US Pat. No. 10,095,153

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:a light source configured to emit a beam in accordance with image information;
a controller substrate configured to control said light source;
a deflector configured to scanningly deflect the beam emitted by said light source;
an optical system configured to direct the beam deflected by said deflector onto a member-to-be-scanned;
a casing supporting said controller substrate, said deflector and said optical system,
wherein said controller substrate is provided with a projected portion projecting relative to said casing; and
a connector configured to removably connect a cable for supplying a signal to said light source, said connector being provided on a surface of said projected portion where said controller substrate is supported by said casing,
wherein said cable is insertable and removable relative to said connector in a direction parallel with the surface of said projected portion provided with said connector.

US Pat. No. 10,095,154

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a photosensitive member;
a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive member;
a light scanning apparatus configured to emit a plurality of light beams to form an electrostatic latent image on a surface of the photosensitive member;
a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image to form, on the surface of the photosensitive member, a toner image to be transferred onto a recording medium; and
an image control portion configured to control the light scanning apparatus,
the light scanning apparatus comprising:
a light source comprising a plurality of light emitting points in order to emit a plurality of light beams;
a light intensity detection portion configured to detect a light intensity of each of the plurality of light beams;
a plurality of light intensity control portions provided corresponding to the plurality of light emitting points, respectively, in order to control the light intensity of each of the plurality of light beams based on a corresponding detection result of the light intensity detection portion, each of the plurality of light intensity control portions being configured to supply, in advance, to a corresponding light emitting point of the plurality of light emitting points, a bias current equal to or less than a threshold current at which the corresponding light emitting point starts emitting light, and supply, to the corresponding light emitting point, a switching current superposed on the bias current, the switching current being modulated in order to control light emission of the corresponding light emitting point in accordance with an image signal; and
a bias current setting unit configured to output, for each of the plurality of light emitting points, a bias setting signal, which is used to set the bias current to be supplied to the corresponding light emitting point of the plurality of light emitting points, based on a control signal from the image control portion,
wherein each of the plurality of light intensity control portions comprises a bias current changing unit configured to change the bias current to be supplied to the corresponding light emitting point in accordance with the bias setting signal from the bias current setting unit,
wherein the image control portion controls the plurality of light intensity control portions so that each of the plurality of light intensity control portions operates in a first mode, in which a driving current to be supplied to the corresponding light emitting point is adjusted in order to emit a light beam having a first light intensity from the corresponding light emitting point, and in a second mode, in which a driving current to be supplied to the corresponding light emitting point is adjusted in order to emit a light beam having a second light intensity from the corresponding light emitting point, the second light intensity being lower than the first light intensity, and
wherein the bias current changing unit changes the bias current to be supplied to the corresponding light emitting point in accordance with the bias setting signal from the bias current setting unit even when the plurality of light intensity control portions are controlled by the image control portion so as to operate in the first mode and the second mode.

US Pat. No. 10,095,171

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a sheet, comprising:a plurality of image forming units configured to form images of different colors based on image data;
an intermediate transfer member;
a measurement unit configured to measure a measurement image that is transferred onto the intermediate transfer member;
a selecting unit configured to control the plurality of image forming units to form first measurement images of different colors, control the measurement unit to measure the first measurement images on the intermediate transfer member, and select a color of interest based on measurement results of the first measurement images;
a determination unit configured to determine measurement image data based on (i) a measurement result of a first measurement image of the color of interest selected by the selecting unit and (ii) a measurement result of a first measurement image of another color; and
a controller configured to control the plurality of image forming units to form second measurement images of different colors based on the measurement image data, control the measurement unit to detect a color misregistration amount for relative positions of a second measurement image of a reference color of the second measurement images and a second measurement image of another color of the second measurement images, and correct a write timing of each of the plurality of image forming units based on the color misregistration amount.

US Pat. No. 10,097,748

CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM WHICH ARE CAPABLE OF CORRECTING DEFOCUS AMOUNT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:a non-transitory memory storing a program; and
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the non-transitory memory to implement an acquisition unit, a setting unit, and a control unit,
wherein:
the acquisition unit is configured to acquire light source information relating to a light source that illuminates an object,
the setting unit is configured to set correction information of a defocus amount corresponding to the light source information according to an operation by a user,
the non-transitory memory is configured to store the light source information and the correction information correlated with each other, and
the control unit is configured to perform focus control based on the correction information correlated with the light source information, and
wherein the control unit is configured to:
determine whether first light source information obtained in photographing and first correction information correlated with the first light source information are stored in the non-transitory memory as the light source information and the correction information, respectively, and
perform the focus control by using the first correction information when the first light source information and the first correction information correlated with the first light source information are stored in the non-transitory memory.

US Pat. No. 10,097,763

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,095,010

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens group which is not moved for zooming and is composed of a single lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens group which has a negative refractive power and comprises at least one lens unit each of which is moved toward an image side during zooming from a wide angle end to a telephoto end;
a third lens group which has a positive refractive power and comprises at least one lens unit each of which is moved toward the object side during zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end;
a fourth lens group which is configured to move during zooming and focusing and is composed of a single lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a rear lens group which is composed of at least one lens unit,
wherein intervals between adjacent lens units are changed during zooming,
wherein the first lens group comprises at least three lenses, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
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US Pat. No. 10,093,511

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:a printing unit configured to perform a printing process in which an image is formed on sheets;
a first binding unit configured to perform a first binding process on sheets;
a second binding unit capable of binding sheets by performing a second binding process on the sheets of which a number of the sheets is greater than an upper limit of a number of sheets performable with the first binding process by the first binding unit;
a setting unit configured to set whether or not to switch a binding process from the first binding process to the second binding process in advance of starting the printing process, in a case where the first binding process is designated and where the number of sheets to be bound exceeds the upper limit of the number of sheets performable with the first binding process by the first binding unit; and
a control unit configured to,
(i) cause the first binding unit to perform the first binding process on sheets printed in the printing process in a case where the first binding process is designated and where the number of sheets to be bound is not greater than the upper limit of the number of sheets performable with the first binding process by the first binding unit,
(ii) cause the second binding unit to perform the second binding process on sheets printed in the printing process in a case where the first binding process is designated and where the number of sheets to be bound is greater than the upper limit of the number of sheets performable with the first binding process by the first binding unit and where a switching the binding process from the first binding process to the second binding process is set by the setting unit, and
(iii) cause the second binding unit to perform the second binding process on sheets printed in the printing process in a case where the second binding process is designated,
wherein the second binding unit does not perform the second binding process on sheets in a case where the first binding process is designated and where the number of sheets to be bound is greater than the upper limit of the number of sheets performable with the first binding process by the first binding unit and where the setting unit is set not to execute the switching to the second binding process.

US Pat. No. 10,095,125

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,091,410

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a flicker light source is included in a plurality of predetermined focus detection areas;
a plurality of sensors for focus detection that correspond to the focus detection areas, and in which electric charges corresponding to received light accumulate; and
a controller configured to control accumulation in the sensors,
wherein the controller monitors a signal that is based on electric charges accumulated in each of the sensors, performs first control for stopping accumulation in a sensor in which the signal has exceeded a predetermined threshold value among the sensors, and second control for stopping accumulation in a sensor in which accumulation of electric charges has not been stopped in a case where an accumulation period of electric charges has reached a predetermined maximum accumulation period, and sets the maximum accumulation period of a sensor that is different from a first sensor in which accumulation has been stopped first by the first control, based on a result of determination performed by the determination unit and the accumulation period of the first sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,091,444

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:a plurality of photoelectric conversion units arranged in a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns, and each of which includes a first electrode, a second electrode, a photoelectric conversion layer which accumulates signal charges and which is disposed between the first and second electrodes, and an insulating layer disposed between the photoelectric conversion layer and the second electrode, and each of the plurality of photoelectric conversion units configured to output an optical signal based on the signal charges from the second electrode;
a plurality of signal lines;
a plurality of amplification transistors arranged in a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns, each of the plurality of amplification transistors including an output node and a gate; and
a capacitive element having a first node and a second node, the first node being connected to a plurality of second electrodes of photoelectric conversion units among the plurality of photoelectric conversion units and the gate of one of the plurality of amplification transistors, and the second node selectively receiving each one of a plurality of potentials having different values.

US Pat. No. 10,081,184

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head having a recording element substrate for discharging a liquid and a housing with the recording element substrate attached thereto, which is attached to a carriage of a liquid discharge apparatus, the liquid discharge head comprising:a plurality of holes having openings on a back side of an attachment surface of the housing to be attached to the carriage, juxtaposed in a direction intersecting with a vertical direction in a state where the liquid discharge head is attached to the carriage; and
two first abutting portions, on the attachment surface, formed above two holes at both end sides of a plurality of the juxtaposed holes in the attachment state, or above portions more on an inner side than the two holes in the intersecting direction in the attachment state, and configured to contact the carriage to determine a position of the liquid discharge head on the carriage.

US Pat. No. 10,082,767

AIR EXHAUSTS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COMPRISING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming portion;
an outer casing in which the image forming portion is provided, the outer casing including:
a first exhaust opening provided on a back surface of the outer casing and configured to discharge an air, taken into the outer casing and passing through a first ventilation path formed in the outer casing, from the back surface; and
a second exhaust opening provided on the back surface of the outer casing and configured to discharge an air, taken into the outer casing and passing through a second ventilation path formed in the outer casing, from the back surface; and
a guide cover configured to cover the second exhaust opening in such a manner that the first exhaust opening is not covered and the air discharged out of the second exhaust opening is guided toward a space other than a space facing the first exhaust opening,
wherein at least a portion of the guide cover is aligned with at least a portion of the first exhaust opening in a vertical direction and the guide cover is positioned backward of the first exhaust opening.

US Pat. No. 10,075,713

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR ENCODING AND DECODING THE TRANSFORM UNITS OF A CODING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of inverse transforming a plurality of residual coefficient arrays from a video bitstream configured for a 4:2:2 format, the method comprising:decoding four luma residual coefficient arrays, wherein each luma residual coefficient array corresponds to one 4×4 luma block of four 4×4 luma blocks collectively occupying an 8×8 luma region;
decoding, after the four luma residual coefficient arrays are decoded, a first chroma residual coefficient array and a second chroma residual coefficient array for a first colour channel, wherein the first chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with an upper portion of the 8×8 luma region and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with a lower portion of the 8×8 luma region, and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel is decoded consecutively after the first chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel is decoded;
decoding, after the first chroma residual coefficient array and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel are decoded, a first chroma residual coefficient array and a second chroma residual coefficient array for a second colour channel, wherein the first chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with the upper portion of the 8×8 luma region and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with the lower portion of the 8×8 luma region, and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel is decoded consecutively after the first chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel is decoded; and
applying a 4×4 inverse transform to each of the four decoded luma residual coefficient arrays, the decoded first and second chroma residual coefficient arrays for the first colour channel and the decoded first and second chroma residual coefficient arrays for the second colour channel.

US Pat. No. 10,067,427

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,070,000

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND A COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SELECTING A SHEET FOR PRINTING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of executing printing on a sheet included in sheets of a plurality of sizes, the image forming apparatus comprising:a communication interface configured to receive an electronic mail;
a generation unit configured to generate a header regarding the electronic mail received by the communication interface; and
a user interface configured to accept a setting of printing the header or a setting of not printing the header and display a selection candidate for a sheet based on the accepted setting as a selection candidate for a sheet to be used for printing an image attached to the electronic mail received by the communication interface,
wherein the user interface displays the sheets of the plurality of sizes as selection candidates for the sheet in accordance with accepting the setting of not printing the header, displays a sheet having a short side length equal to or larger than a predetermined length as a selection candidate for the sheet in accordance with accepting the setting of printing the header and does not display a sheet having a short side length smaller than the predetermined length as a selection candidate for the sheet in accordance with accepting the setting of printing the header, and
wherein at least the generation unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 10,067,444

REMANUFACTURING METHOD OF DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,067,461

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,059,045

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that forms a pattern of an imprint material on a shot region of a substrate by using a mold, comprising:a detector configured to detect a position of each of a plurality of substrate-side marks provided to the shot region, and a position of each of a plurality of mold-side marks provided to the mold;
a controller configured to
predict a position of each of the plurality of substrate-side marks formed to the shot region, based on information about deformation of the shot region,
cause the detector to detect a position of each of the plurality of substrate-side marks,
obtain a substrate-side mark for which a difference between the detected position and the predicted position does not fall within an allowable range set in advance, among the plurality of substrate-side marks, and
perform the alignment between the mold and the shot region based on the detected positions of substrate-side marks which are different from the obtained substrate-side mark.

US Pat. No. 10,055,822

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
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:
use a first parameter for correcting a tint of a second object that a second image capturing device captured in a first time zone to a tint of a first object that a first image capturing device that is a reference captured in the first time zone to correct a tint of an object that the second image capturing device captured in a second time zone after the first time zone; and
use, if a third object that a third image capturing device captured in a third time zone after the second time zone corresponds to the first object, a second parameter for correcting a tint of the third object to the tint of the first object that the first image capturing device captured in the first time zone, and to use, if the third object corresponds to the second object, the first parameter and a third parameter for correcting the tint of the third object to the tint of the second object that the second image capturing device captured in the first time zone to correct a tint of an object that the third image capturing device captured in a fourth time zone after the third time zone.

US Pat. No. 10,053,314

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a sheet supporter configured to support a sheet;
a first rotary member configured to feed the sheet supported on the sheet supporter;
a second rotary member configured to feed the sheet supported on the sheet supporter with a feeding force weaker than the first rotary member;
a third rotary member in contact with a separation member and configured to separate sheets fed by the first rotary member one by one;
a motor driving the first rotary member, the third rotary member and the second rotary member; and
a drive transmission switching between a first drive transmission state in which a driving force from the motor to the first rotary member and the third rotary member is transmitted while the driving force from the motor to the second rotary member is cut off, and a second drive transmission state in which the driving force from the motor to the second rotary member is transmitted while the driving force from the motor to the first rotary member and the third rotary member is cut off,
wherein the drive transmission switches driving states such that the first drive transmission state is selected in a state where the motor is driven in a first direction, and the second drive transmission state is selected in a state where the motor is driven in a second direction opposite to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,054,882

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,052,071

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a sensor unit including a sensor array configured to generate a signal corresponding to radiation;
a sound-production unit configured to make a notification by sound production;
an internal power source capable of operating the radiation imaging apparatus;
a control unit configured to cause the sound-production unit to execute sound production in response to detection of insufficient remaining amount of the internal power source when the radiation imaging apparatus is operating on the internal power source, wherein
if insufficient remaining amount of the internal power source, which includes a sound-production request, is detected during a first period including a period of reading out a signal from the sensor array, the control unit restricts execution of sound production by the sound-production unit so as to reduce influence caused by execution of the sound-production unit on a signal read from the sensor array during the first period.

US Pat. No. 10,054,898

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to transfer a toner image formed on an image bearing member onto a recording medium;
a stacking unit on which a recording medium to be conveyed to the image forming unit is stacked; and
a first frame member and a second frame member which are aligned in a direction of a rotation axis of the image bearing member and face each other across the image forming unit and the stacking unit,
wherein the first frame member includes a first portion and a second portion, the first portion including a first side surface facing the image forming unit, the second portion being provided separately from the first portion and including a second side surface facing the stacking unit, and the second portion being fixed to the first portion,
wherein the second frame member includes a third side surface facing the image forming unit and the stacking unit,
wherein at least a part of the second side surface is provided in a position different from a position of the first side surface, in the direction of the rotation axis of the image bearing member, and
wherein the third side surface is an integrally-formed surface having an area facing the image forming unit and an area supporting the stacking unit.

US Pat. No. 10,042,249

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,044,814

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,042,266

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,042,272

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,042,280

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND STORAGE UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,039,511

BREAST TOMOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,040,292

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,044,992

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,037,136

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,035,673

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING IMAGE ON CONVEYED SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,038,023

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;
a first isolation portion which is arranged between the charge accumulation regions of the one of the charge accumulation region pairs, the first isolation portion including an isolation region extending from the second surface toward the first surface; and
a second isolation portion which is arranged between the charge accumulation region pairs, the second isolation portion continuously extending from the second surface toward the first surface, wherein a depth, from the second surface, of the isolation region of the first isolation portion is smaller than a depth, from the second surface, of the second isolation portion.

US Pat. No. 10,038,814

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus that prints an overcoat layer on printing paper on which a main image has been printed, the printing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire supplemental information;
a setting unit configured to set a gloss mode of an overcoat layer; and
a control unit configured to perform control so that the overcoat layer is printed based on overcoat layer print data,
wherein, in a case where the supplemental information acquired by the acquisition unit is printed by using an overcoat layer, the control unit performs control so that the overcoat layer is printed based on overcoat layer print data generated by combining the supplemental information formed in a mixture pattern for the supplemental information in which a high gradation value and a low gradation value are arranged alternately in rows and columns, with a mixture pattern for a background portion in which a high gradation value and a low gradation value are arranged,
wherein the control unit performs control so that the overcoat layer is printed based on overcoat layer print data having a low gradation value if a first gloss mode is set by the setting unit, and performs control so that the overcoat layer is printed based on overcoat layer print data having a mixture pattern for the background portion in which a high gradation value and a low gradation value are arranged if a second gloss mode is set by the setting unit, and
wherein, in a case where the supplemental information is printed by using an overcoat layer, even if the first gloss mode is set, the control unit performs control so that the overcoat layer is printed based on overcoat layer print data generated by combining the supplemental information with a mixture pattern for the background portion in which a high gradation value and a low gradation value are arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,038,819

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A signal processing apparatus comprising:an AD conversion unit configured to convert six analog image signals obtained from a sensor configured to read a document image into six first signals, each of which is a 10-bit digital image signal, respectively;
a memory unit to which the six first signals are written at a first speed that is the same as a frequency of the six analog image signals;
a serialization unit configured to:
read out from the memory unit four second signals, each of which is a 10-bit digital image signal at a second speed lower than two times the first speed, respectively; and
serialize the four second signals to generate six 7-bit serial signals; and
a transmission unit configured to convert the six 7-bit serial signals into low-voltage differential signals, respectively, and to transmit the low-voltage differential signals to an apparatus in a subsequent stage.

US Pat. No. 10,032,279

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,033,895

PRINTING APPARATUS HAVING PLURALITY OF POWER STATES AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:a device;
a printer configured to print an image on a sheet; and
a controller configured to,
in accordance with an instruction for shifting the printing apparatus into a low-power state, shift the printing apparatus into a first power-saving state in which power is supplied to a part of the printer and power is not supplied to the device or a second power-saving state in which power is not supplied to the part of the printer and the device based on first setting value set in advance, and,
in accordance with a predetermined instruction for shifting the printing apparatus into a high-power state in the second power-saving state, shift the printing apparatus from the second power-saving state into a first power state in which power is supplied to the part of the printer and the device or a second power state in which power is not supplied to the part of the printer and power is supplied to the device based on a second setting value set in advance,
wherein the controller prohibits the printing apparatus from being shifted from the first power-saving state into the second power state in accordance with the predetermined instruction in the first power-saving state.

US Pat. No. 10,033,438

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply unit that wirelessly supplies power to an electronic apparatus;
a communication unit that performs wireless communication for acquiring status information from the electronic apparatus;
a detection unit that detects an external apparatus different from the electronic apparatus; and
a control unit that performs control so that the wireless communication is repeatedly performed with the electronic apparatus, after performing authentication via the communication unit,
wherein the control unit performs the authentication again in a case where timing at which communication is to be performed with the electronic apparatus via the communication unit comes in a state that the external apparatus different from the electronic apparatus is newly detected by the detection unit after the power supply unit starts wirelessly supplying power, and
wherein the control unit does not perform the authentication again in a case where timing at which communication is to be performed with the electronic apparatus via the communication unit comes in a state that the electronic apparatus different from the electronic apparatus is not newly detected by the detection unit after the power supply unit starts wirelessly supplying power.

US Pat. No. 10,031,406

IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,025,171

IMAGE DISPLAYING APPARATUS, CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image displaying apparatus comprising:a first light source section and a second light source section each configured to be able to change a percentage of a radiation luminous flux; and
a controlling unit configured to control the first light source section and the second light source section such that the percentage of the radiation luminous flux obtained by combining together the radiation luminous flux from the first light source section and the radiation luminous flux from the second light source section continuously changes,
wherein the first light source section comprises a plurality of light sources, and
wherein the controlling unit is configured to be able to stepwisely change the percentage of the radiation luminous flux from the first light source section, by controlling the number of the light sources of radiating luminous flux from among the plurality of the light sources.

US Pat. No. 10,025,216

CHARGING MEMBER WITH ELECTRO-CONDUCTIVE ELASTIC LAYER HAVING EXPOSED BOWL-SHAPED RESIN PARTICLES, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A charging member comprising:an electro-conductive substrate; and
an electro-conductive elastic layer as a surface layer on the substrate,whereinthe electro-conductive elastic layer
comprises a binder, and
retains a bowl-shaped resin particle having an opening, so that the opening of the bowl-shaped resin particle is exposed at a surface of the charging member;
the surface of the charging member comprises:
a concavity derived from the opening of the bowl-shaped resin particle exposed at the surface, and
a protrusion derived from an edge of the opening of the bowl-shaped resin particle exposed at the surface;
a part of the surface of the charging member is constituted by the electro-conductive elastic layer; and
relations represented by the following formulae (1) and (2) are satisfied,

wherein
when the charging member is pressed onto a glass plate so that a load on the glass plate is 100 (g),
in a contact region R1 comprising at least one contact portion between the charging member and the glass plate in a nip between the charging member and the glass plate, S1 is defined as an average value of contact areas between the charging member and the glass plate in the respective contact portions and
d1 is defined as an average value of heights of respective spaces formed between the charging member and the glass plate in the contact region R1; and
when the charging member is pressed onto a glass plate so that a load on the glass plate is 500 (g),
in a contact region R5 comprising at least one contact portion between the charging member and the glass plate in a nip between the charging member and the glass plate, S5 is defined as an average value of contact areas between the charging member and the glass plate in the respective contact portions and
d5 is defined as an average value of heights of respective spaces formed between the charging member and the glass plate in the contact region R5.

US Pat. No. 10,025,218

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING HIGH VOLTAGE GENERATING CIRCUIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a charger that charges a photoreceptor;
a developer that develops a latent image formed on the photoreceptor with toner;
a first power source that supplies a charging voltage to the charger;
a second power source that supplies a developing voltage including a direct current component and an alternating current component to the developer;
a first detector that detects a current flowing through the charger;
a second detector that detects a current which is an alternating current flowing through the developer;
an OR circuit to which a first detection signal that indicates a detection result of the first detector and a second detection signal that indicates a detection result of the second detector are input and which outputs a first output signal corresponding to the first detection signal, in a case where a level of the first detection signal is higher than a level of the second detection signal, and outputs a second output signal corresponding to the second detection signal, in a case where the level of the first detection signal is not higher than the level of the second detection signal; and
a controller that determines an error related to the first power source or the photoreceptor based on the first output signal, and determines an error related to the second power source or the developer based on the second output signal.

US Pat. No. 10,025,232

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An intermediate transfer member for electrophotography, comprising:a substrate; and
a surface layer provided on the substrate, wherein
the surface layer comprises a binder resin and a perfluoropolyether,
an extraction amount of the perfluoropolyether per 10 mm3 of the surface layer, is 0.10 mg or more and 5.00 mg or less, the extraction amount of the perfluoropolyether obtained by immersing the intermediate transfer member for electrophotography into a solvent of 1,1,2,2,3,3,4-heptafluorocyclopentane and methylethylketone, the mixing ratio in mass being 1:1, at 25 degrees in Celsius for 24 hours,
a surface of the intermediate transfer member for electrophotography that is not subjected to the following first and second treatments, has a n-hexadecane contact angle of 55 degrees or more,
a surface of the intermediate transfer member for electrophotography that has been subjected to the following first treatment, has a n-hexadecane contact angle of 40 degrees or less, and
a surface of the intermediate transfer member for electrophotography that has been subjected to the following second treatment, has a n-hexadecane contact angle of 50 degrees or more,
(I) the first treatment comprising the steps of:
(i) cutting a rectangular test piece from the intermediate transfer member for electrophotography;
(ii) wrapping and fixing the rectangular test piece around a peripheral surface of a cylindrical metal core to form a first roller;
(iii) bringing the first roller into contact with a second roller with a load of 2 kgf, the second roller comprising a cylindrical metal core and a surface layer provided thereon containing a carbon black and an acrylonitrile rubber, and having a volume resistivity of 1.0×106?·cm; and
(iv) rotating the first roller at a circumferential speed of 200 mm/s for 15 hours while a voltage of 6.5 kV is applied between the first roller and the second roller,
(II) the second treatment comprising the steps of:
(v) cutting a rectangular test piece from the intermediate transfer member for electrophotography;
(vi) wrapping and fixing the rectangular test piece around a peripheral surface of a cylindrical metal core to form a first roller;
(vii) bringing the first roller into contact with a second roller with a load of 2 kgf, the second roller comprising a cylindrical metal core and a surface layer provided thereon containing a carbon black and an acrylonitrile rubber, and having a volume resistivity of 1.0×106?·cm;
(viii) rotating the first roller at a circumferential speed of 200 mm/s for 15 hours while a voltage of 6.5 kV is applied between the first roller and the second roller; and
(ix) heating the first roller resulting from the step (viii) at 70 degrees in Celsius for 2 hours,
the content of the perfluoropolyether is 10.0 mass % or more and 70.0 mass % or less based on the mass of the total solid component in the surface layer, and
the perfluoropolyether has a hydroxy group, a trifluoromethyl group, or a methyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,024,980

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,025,269

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MEMBER FOR POSITIONING CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,018,722

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus for measuring one of a position and an attitude of a measurement target, comprising:a first illumination unit configured to illuminate the measurement target with pattern light of a first wavelength;
a second illumination unit configured to illuminate the measurement target with light of a second wavelength different from the first wavelength;
an image sensor including one pixel unit in which a plurality of pixels adjacent to each other are arranged in a matrix and configured to capture the measurement target illuminated with the pattern light of the first wavelength and the light of the second wavelength by the one pixel unit and obtain a first image corresponding to the pattern light of the first wavelength and a second image corresponding to the light of the second wavelength by the one pixel unit;
an optical member arranged between the measurement target and the image sensor and configured to separate the pattern light of the first wavelength and the light of the second wavelength and make one of the pattern light of the first wavelength and the light of the second wavelength enter each pixel of the one pixel unit; and
a processing unit configured to obtain information of one of the position and the attitude of the measurement target based on the first image and the second image.

US Pat. No. 10,021,333

IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:a pixel portion formed by arraying pixels including photoelectric conversion portions in a matrix;
a combining portion which combines pixel signals from pixels on an identical row on different pixel columns to each other;
a plurality of A/D converters which are provided in a one-to-one correspondence to pixel columns of said pixel portion and converts combined pixel signals obtained by combining the pixel signals by said combining portion to digital signals; and
a distributing portion which distributes the combined pixel signals of plural different rows of the pixel portion to different A/D converters of said plurality of A/D converters, wherein the combined pixel signal of each row of the plural different rows is distributed to each of the different A/D converters in one-to-one correspondence,
wherein each of the different A/D converters converts the combined pixel signal of each row of the plural different rows to digital signal simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,019,814

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A LUMA VALUE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining luma values from 4:4:4 RGB video data for encoding chroma downsampled 4:2:0 YCbCr video data into a bitstream, the method comprising:determining initial coefficents for a region of a colour space, the region being one of a plurality of regions located in the colour space and each region having a plurality of associated coefficients;
applying the determined initial coefficients to an initial image to produce a test image, the test image being a chroma downsampled 4:2:0 YCbCr version of the initial image;
determining a measure of quality by comparing the initial image and the test image;
modifying the determined initial coefficients to increase the determined measure of quality; and
determining luma values from 4:4:4 RGB video data for encoding chroma downsampled 4:2:0 YCbCr video data into a bitstream using the modified coefficients.

US Pat. No. 10,021,403

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,015,803

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing code to be executed by the at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor executes the code to function as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a first radio quality regarding a first signal and a second radio quality regarding a second signal when spatially separating and transmitting the first signal of a first communication period length and the second signal of a second communication period length, wherein the first radio quality and the second radio quality are obtained in parallel;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the first radio quality satisfies a first level for transmitting the first signal in the first communication period length and whether the second radio quality satisfies a second level for transmitting the second signal in the second communication period length;
a comparison unit configured to compare the first communication period length with the second communication period length to obtain a difference between the first communication period length and the second communication period length; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where at least one of the first radio quality or the second radio quality does not satisfy the corresponding first level or the second level and the difference between the first communication period length and the second communication period length is not smaller than a predetermined length, perform control of extending the communication period length of a signal having a smaller communication period length out of the first signal and the second signal by lowering a coding rate of the signal having the smaller communication period length so as to transmit, in the extended communication period length, the same amount of data as data of the signal having the smaller communication period length in the communication period length before extension.

US Pat. No. 10,015,358

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING IF COLOR INFORMATION OF PRINT DATA CAN BE CHANGED PRIOR TO PRINTING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a storage configured to store data, an image forming device configured to form an image on a sheet, and a display device configured to display information of a user and configured to receive an instruction from the user, the image forming apparatus comprising:a controller, including a processor configured to execute instructions stored in a memory or including circuitry, the controller configured to:
acquire first print data including a chromatic content to be printed and color mode information indicating that the content is to be printed in black-and-white, and store the first print data in the storage so as to enable the user to input, through the display device, an instruction for causing the image forming device to form an image based on the first print data;
acquire second print data including a non-chromatic content to be printed and color mode information indicating that the content is to be printed in black-and-white, and store the second print data in the storage so as to enable the user to input, through the display device, an instruction for executing an instruction for causing the image forming device to form an image based on the second print data, wherein the non-chromatic content is generated by converting chromatic content to non-chromatic content; and
receive, through the display device, an instruction for selecting one print data from among a list of a plurality of print data including the first print data and the second print data,
wherein the controller causes the display device to display a first screen through which color mode information of the selected print data can be changed by selecting from among a plurality of modes including a color mode and a monochrome mode based on information indicating that the selected print data is the first print data, and
wherein the controller causes the display device to display a second screen through which color mode information of the selected print data cannot be changed by selecting from among a plurality of modes including a color mode and a monochrome mode based on information indicating that the selected print data is the second print data.

US Pat. No. 10,015,381

IMAGING SYSTEM, ILLUMINATION APPARATUS, AND CONTROLLING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging system comprising:an illumination apparatus; and
an imaging apparatus, wherein
the illumination apparatus includes:
a light emitting unit;
a movable unit including the light emitting unit, and configured to be rotatably held to a main body unit;
a driving unit configured to drive the movable unit;
a calculating unit configured to calculate an illumination direction of the light emitting unit; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the imaging apparatus, information about a charged voltage of a capacitor for storing energy to cause the light emitting unit to emit light, and
the transmitting unit transmits, to the imaging apparatus, information indicating that the charged voltage of the capacitor is less than the predetermined value, when the driving unit is used to drive the movable unit to cause the calculating unit to calculate the illumination direction, even if the charged voltage of the capacitor is a predetermined value or more.
US Pat. No. 10,012,922

TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle, the toner particle comprising:a binder resin;
a pigment having a structure derived from a basic compound;
a resin A having an acidic functional group, the content of resin A being 1.0 to 30.0 mass parts per 100 mass parts of the pigment; and
a resin B having an acid value of at least 2.0 mg KOH/g and a glass transition temperature TgB of at least 50° C., wherein
a hydrophobic parameter HPA of the resin A and a hydrophobic parameter HPB of the resin B satisfy:
HPA?0.60 where HPA represents a volume fraction of heptane at a point of precipitation by the resin A as measured by the addition of heptane to a solution containing 0.01 mass parts of the resin A and 1.48 mass parts of chloroform,
HPB?0.70 where HPB represents a volume fraction of heptane at a point of precipitation by the resin B as measured by the addition of heptane to a solution containing 0.01 mass parts of the resin B and 1.48 mass parts of chloroform, and
HPA?HPB>0.

US Pat. No. 10,015,746

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,009,548

LENS APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus attachable to an image pickup apparatus, the lens apparatus comprising:a diaphragm unit;
a driver configured to drive the diaphragm unit; and
a lens controller configured to communicate with the image pickup apparatus to which the lens apparatus is attached, and to control the driver,
wherein the lens controller is configured to send, to the image pickup apparatus, time information necessary to drive the diaphragm unit, during a period that starts when the driver starts driving the diaphragm unit and ends when the driver firstly stops driving the diaphragm unit,
wherein the lens controller is configured to send to the image pickup apparatus, information of a period that starts when the driver starts driving the diaphragm unit and ends when the driver firstly stops driving the diaphragm unit as the time information, in a case where the driver drives the diaphragm unit so that an aperture diameter formed by aperture blades in the diaphragm unit is larger than an open aperture diameter that is a fixed aperture diameter formed by a component in the diaphragm unit, and
wherein the lens controller is configured to send to the image pickup apparatus, information of a sum of the period that starts when the driver starts driving the diaphragm unit and ends when the driver firstly stops driving the diaphragm unit, and a predetermined time period, as the time information, in a case where the driver drives the diaphragm unit so that the aperture diameter is smaller than the open aperture diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,009,559

IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging device; and
a CPU configured to:
perform a first reading operation to obtain a first image signal corresponding to accumulated electric charge on a pixel included in a first area of the imaging device, and perform a second reading operation to obtain a second image signal and a signal for phase difference detection, corresponding to accumulated electric charge on a pixel included in a second area different from the first area, wherein the second reading operation is different from the first reading operation; and
correct, in a correction process, image signals based on signals obtained from the first and second areas by use of neighboring image signals obtained from a plurality of neighboring pixels located near a pixel targeted for the correction process, and coefficients corresponding respectively to the plurality of neighboring pixels,
wherein the CPU sets a coefficient corresponding to each of the plurality of neighboring pixels in accordance with the first or second reading operation executed on a neighboring pixel of the plurality of neighboring pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,009,816

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors that cause the communication apparatus to:
obtain information of a first wireless network generated by a first other communication apparatus from a second other communication apparatus, wherein the second other communication apparatus connects to the first wireless network by a first wireless communication scheme;
search for a wireless network by the first wireless communication scheme;
determine, based on the information of the first wireless network obtained from the second other communication apparatus, whether the first wireless network to which the second other communication apparatus is connected and the wireless network detected by the search are different; and
transmit, if it is determined that the first wireless network to which the second other communication apparatus is connected and the wireless network detected by the search are different, a predetermined notification signal to the second other communication apparatus via communication by a second wireless communication scheme having lower transmission power than the first wireless communication scheme, and
not transmit, if it is determined that the first wireless network to which the second other communication apparatus is connected and the wireless network detected by the search are not different, the predetermined notification signal to the second other communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,009,561

DRIVING METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving method of an imaging apparatus including a plurality of pixels and an output line,the plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion unit configured to accumulate electric charges, a floating diffusion region, a transfer transistor configured to transfer the electric charges of the photoelectric conversion unit to the floating diffusion region, an amplification transistor configured to output a signal that is based on an electric potential of the floating diffusion region, to the output line, and a transistor connected to the floating diffusion region, the driving method comprising:
reading out a signal from a second pixel of the plurality of pixels to the output line, after reading out a signal from a first pixel of the plurality of pixels to the output line;
turning the transistor of the second pixel to an on state in a period in which a signal is read out from the first pixel to the output line;
turning the transistor of the second pixel to an off state precedential to a period in which a signal is read out from the second pixel to the output line; and
turning the transistor of the second pixel to the on state again in the period in which a signal is read out from the second pixel to the output line.

US Pat. No. 10,009,583

PROJECTION SYSTEM, PROJECTION APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection apparatus comprising:a holding unit configured to hold setting information about a role of the projection apparatus among a plurality of projection apparatuses for executing multi-projection;
a reception unit configured to receive an instruction regarding setting of a parameter of the projection apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine whether to display a menu screen, based on the setting information held by the holding unit, upon reception of a first instruction by the reception unit, the first instruction regarding displaying the menu screen for changing the parameter of the projection apparatus;
a projection unit configured to project image according to a result of the determination by the determination unit; and
a changing unit configured to, regardless of whether the projection unit projects the menu screen, change the parameter of the projection apparatus upon reception of a second instruction by the reception unit later than reception of the first instruction by the reception unit, the second instruction regarding changing the parameter of the projection apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,009,608

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR ENCODING AND DECODING THE TRANSFORM UNITS OF A CODING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of inverse transforming a plurality of residual coefficient arrays from a video bitstream configured for a 4:2:2 format, the method comprising:decoding four luma residual coefficient arrays, wherein each luma residual coefficient array corresponds to one 4×4 luma block of four 4×4 luma blocks collectively occupying an 8×8 luma region;
decoding, after the four luma residual coefficient arrays are decoded, a first chroma residual coefficient array and a second chroma residual coefficient array for a first colour channel, wherein the first chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with an upper portion of the 8×8 luma region and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with a lower portion of the 8×8 luma region, and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel is decoded consecutively after the first chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel is decoded;
decoding, after the first chroma residual coefficient array and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel are decoded, a first chroma residual coefficient array and a second chroma residual coefficient array for a second colour channel, wherein the first chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with the upper portion of the 8×8 luma region and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with the lower portion of the 8×8 luma region, and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel is decoded consecutively after the first chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel is decoded; and
applying a 4×4 inverse transform to each of the four decoded luma residual coefficient arrays, the decoded first and second chroma residual coefficient arrays for the first colour channel and the decoded first and second chroma residual coefficient arrays for the second colour channel.

US Pat. No. 10,009,615

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VECTOR ENCODING IN VIDEO CODING AND DECODING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding an image, the image comprising a plurality of coding elements made of blocks of pixels, each block of pixels being encoded according to a coding mode out of a plurality of coding modes, the method comprising for each block of pixel to be encoded:determining the coding mode to be used for the encoding of a given block of pixels by sequentially evaluating some coding modes in the plurality of coding modes;
wherein the method comprises:
evaluating Inter coding modes and fast IBC coding modes, fast IBC coding modes evaluation performing a fast analysis using preferred block vectors; and
conducting a residue-test after evaluation of fast IBC coding modes to early terminate coding mode evaluation in case a coding mode leading to no residue has been found, wherein no residue-test is conducted between the evaluation of the Inter coding mode and the evaluation of the fast IBC mode.

US Pat. No. 10,001,727

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating container for accommodating developer, the developer accommodating container comprising:a flexible container provided with a plurality of openings for permitting discharge of developer accommodated therein and provided with a hole for being fixed; and
a sealing member for sealing the plurality of openings so as to cover the plurality of openings and for exposing the plurality of openings by being moved,
wherein, when the sealing member is moved, the flexible container is deformed to change a shape of the plurality of openings.

US Pat. No. 10,003,734

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor that has a plurality of pixels, arranged in two dimensions, each having a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions and a microlens, and outputs an image signal corresponding to a quantity of incident light; and
at least one processor or one circuitry which functions as
a detection unit that detects a moving direction of a subject based on the image signal;
a determination unit that, in a case where the moving direction of the subject detected by the detection unit is a main scanning direction, determines to perform first readout in which a pair of signals having parallax and an added signal of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions are obtained from each pixel in every predetermined number of rows, and to perform second readout in which an added signal of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions corresponding to each microlens is obtained from each pixel in the rows except for the every predetermined number of rows; and
a control unit that controls the image sensor by switching between the first readout and the second readout in units of rows based on a determination result of the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,001,956

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that is capable of using a device driver with a first architecture and a device driver with a second architecture different from the first architecture, and that has the device driver with the first architecture installed therein, the information processing apparatus comprising:a processor and a memory storing computer executable code, wherein the processor executes the code to perform:
searching for a queue to be replaced in installing the device driver with the second architecture, the queue to be replaced using the device driver with the first architecture corresponding to a peripheral device to which the device driver with the second architecture corresponds;
performing control to, when the queue to be replaced has been found, replace the queue to be replaced with another queue that uses the installed device driver with the second architecture; and
convert setting information of the queue to be replaced into a format compatible with the device driver with the second architecture, and storing the converted setting information as setting information of the another queue.

US Pat. No. 9,998,673

DISPLAY PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display processing apparatus for displaying, on a display device, an image in accordance with image data captured by an image capture apparatus, the display processing apparatus comprising:a storage device; and
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the computer executable instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the display processing apparatus to:
obtain data for an order of displaying a plurality of images captured by the image capture apparatus; and
perform, based on the data for the order, display processing for providing in a display region corresponding to an angle including first and second angles a first display element indicating the first angle for capturing a first one of the plurality of images, a second display element indicating the second angle for capturing a second one of the plurality of images to be displayed subsequent to the first one of the plurality of images, a third display element that indicates that the second one of the plurality of images is to be displayed subsequent to the first one of the plurality of images, and a fourth display element that indicates a time for changing from the first one of the plurality of images to the second one of the plurality of images.

US Pat. No. 9,998,724

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING THREE-DIMENSIONAL DATA THAT DESCRIBES A SPACE THAT INCLUDES PHYSICAL OBJECTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain three-dimensional data that describes a space that includes physical objects;
a converting unit configured to convert data of positions in a predetermined direction of the three-dimensional data in accordance with a position of each of the physical objects, wherein the positions do not include the position of at least one of the physical objects; and
an output unit configured to output three-dimensional data converted by the converting unit,
wherein the converting unit converts data of a position in a range corresponding to a space in which the physical objects are not present with a larger compression rate compared to data of a position in a range corresponding to a space in which the physical objects are present.

US Pat. No. 9,996,770

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ASSEMBLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method in which a processing unit determines, through image processing, a position of a workpiece from a search image obtained by capturing an image of the workpiece, the image processing method comprising:a model acquisition step of, with the processing unit, acquiring a model containing a plurality of model edges;
a rough search step of, with the processing unit, within the search image, searching for a position where a degree of matching between the search image and the model is maximized;
an edge extraction step of, with the processing unit, within the search image, setting an edge extraction region for each of the plurality of model edges contained in the model when the model is moved to the position searched for in the rough search step and performing an arithmetic operation of extracting an edge in each of the plurality of edge extraction regions; and
a close search step of, with the processing unit, performing fitting of a certain shape to an edge set of edges extracted in the edge extraction step to calculate a position of the workpiece,
wherein, in the close search step, if there is an edge extraction region where no edge has been able to be extracted in the edge extraction step, the processing unit incorporates, of the model moved to the position searched for in the rough search step, a model edge located in the edge extraction region where no edge has been able to be extracted in the edge extraction step into the edge set and performs the fitting.

US Pat. No. 9,996,032

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPMENT APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container, comprising:a casing that contains developer; and
a belt-shaped conveying member configured to convey the developer and including a partitioning portion, the partitioning portion being a partition for the developer contained in the casing with respect to a conveying direction in which the developer is conveyed,
wherein the partitioning portion is in contact with an interior surface of the casing when the developer container is new and extends in a direction intersecting with the conveying direction in which the developer is conveyed,
wherein, when the developer container is new, a first developer amount which is an amount of the developer contained at an upstream side that is upstream of the partitioning portion in the conveying direction, is larger than a second developer amount which is an amount of the developer contained at a downstream side that is downstream of the partitioning portion in the conveying direction,
the partitioning portion (i) being moved to downstream side in the conveying direction together with the conveying member and moved relative to the casing or (ii) being joined to the casing and moved relative to the conveying member when the conveying member moves in circulating direction.

US Pat. No. 9,996,306

BOOKBINDING SYSTEM, PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a receiver configured to receive image data;
a printer engine configured to print an image on a sheet based on the image data;
a saddle finisher configured to perform saddle stitching on the sheet conveyed from the printer engine and to discharge a booklet including the sheet; and
a controller configured to,
(i) in a case that an opening orientation of the saddle stitching is designated to be left-open and a print on an outer surface of a front cover of the booklet is designated and in a case that an opening orientation of the saddle stitching is designated to be right-open and a print on an outer surface of a back cover of the booklet is designated, control the printer engine to print the image on the sheet without rotating the image data 180 degrees, and,
(ii) in a case that an opening orientation of the saddle stitching is designated to be right-open and the print on the outer surface of the back cover of the booklet is not designated, control the printer engine to print the image on the sheet with rotating the image data 180 degrees,
wherein the booklet is discharged from the saddle finisher with a printed surface of the booklet facing upward in both the case of the orientation of the saddle stitching being left-open and the case of the orientation of the saddle stitching being right-open.

US Pat. No. 9,990,698

CONTROL APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM THAT DETERMINE DATA AS COEFFICIENT DATA CORRESPONDING TO AN ORDER LESS THAN A PREDETERMINED ORDER OF AN APPROXIMATION FUNCTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:a storage circuit that stores first data containing a plurality of coefficient data obtained by approximating an optical transfer function of an optical system to an approximation function having a predetermined order;
an input circuit that inputs information of an image processing apparatus that is different from the control apparatus and performs image processing on an image captured by using the optical system;
a determination circuit that determines second data that are coefficient data corresponding to an order less than the predetermined order of the approximation function, from the first data stored in the storage circuit based on the information of the image processing apparatus; and
an output circuit that outputs the second data to the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,986,909

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING INFORMATION ABOUT OCULAR BLOOD FLOW

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for processing images of a retina of an eye, the information processing apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor that is in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
an extraction unit configured to extract a first retinal layer and a second retinal layer from a plurality of tomographic images;
a blood vessel detection unit configured to detect a first blood vessel in the first retinal layer and a second blood vessel in a second retinal layer, a depth position of the second retinal layer being deeper than a first depth position of the first retinal layer;
a blood flow acquisition unit configured to acquire blood flow information, including at least one of blood flow velocity and blood flow rate, on each of the first blood vessel and the second blood vessel by using a plurality of retinal images; and
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display the blood flow information such that depth positions of the blood flow information are displayed distinctively.

US Pat. No. 9,992,329

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus that captures a line according to an off-hook operation, the communication apparatus comprising:a first adjustment unit configured to perform first impedance adjustment according to detection of the off-hook operation;
a detection unit configured to detect a line current and a dial tone signal; and
a second adjustment unit configured to perform second impedance adjustment based on the line current when the dial tone signal is not detected by the detection unit after the first impedance adjustment is performed by the first adjustment unit,
wherein the second impedance adjustment is performed to obtain an impedance lower than an impedance obtained by the first impedance adjustment being performed, and
wherein, during a period when the dial tone signal is not detected by the detection unit, the second adjustment unit repeats the second impedance adjustment until a previously set lower limit of impedance is reached.

US Pat. No. 9,992,612

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO WIRELESSLY SUPPLY POWER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply unit configured to wirelessly supply power to an electronic apparatus;
a communication unit configured to receive information regarding the electronic apparatus from the electronic apparatus; and
a control unit configured to control whether to perform a process for detecting a foreign object according to whether the information is updated by the electronic apparatus,
wherein the control unit controls the power supply unit so as to supply first power to the electronic apparatus, if the information is determined not to be updated by the electronic apparatus, and
wherein the control unit controls the power supply unit so as to supply second power, which is set based on the information, to the electronic apparatus according to non-detection of the foreign object, if the information is determined to be updated by the electronic apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,990,573

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING OPERATIONS BASED ON WHETHER AN EXTERNALLY-ATTACHED DEVICE IS CONNECTED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus into which a first reader for user authentication is built, and to which a second reader for user authentication is connectable, the apparatus comprising:a connector that connects the second reader to the information processing apparatus via a network;
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
determine whether or not the information processing apparatus is able to communicate with the second reader; and
control, in a case where it is determined that the information processing apparatus is able to communicate with the second reader, the information processing apparatus to cause an operation of the first reader to stop even if the first reader is usable and to use the second reader,
wherein the first reader is an interface device that acquires a user credential for the authentication, and
wherein, in a case where the second reader is disconnected, the at least one processor executes the instructions to control a state of the first reader to change from a state in which the first reader is not usable for acquiring a user credential for user authentication to a state in which the first reader is usable for acquiring a user credential for user authentication.

US Pat. No. 9,989,879

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member comprising a support, and a surface layer on the support, wherein the surface layer comprises:a polymetalloxane containing at least one metal atom selected from the group consisting of aluminum, titanium, zirconium and tantalum, and
at least one group selected from groups represented by Formulae (1) to (4) is bonded to the at least one metal atom in the polymetalloxane:

where X1 and X2 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group having 6 to 20 carbon atoms; R1 to R5 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms; A1 represents a group of atoms needed to form an aromatic ring; and a symbol “*” represents a site of bonding to the metal atom in the polymetalloxane.

US Pat. No. 9,989,903

FIXING APPARATUS FOR FIXING A TONER IMAGE ON A RECORDING MATERIAL AT A NIP PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus, comprising:a heating member receiving power supplied from an AC power supply, configured to heat a toner image formed on a recording material;
a backup unit forming a nip portion with the heating member,
wherein the recording material on which the toner image has been formed is conveyed at the nip portion, and the toner image is fixed on the recording material;
a power shutdown member configured to operate in response to an abnormal temperature of the backup unit and to shut down power supplied to the heating member; and
a relay configured to open an AC power supply circuit on which the AC power supply and the heating member are provided,
wherein the power shutdown member is provided in a DC power supply circuit on which a DC power supply and the relay are provided, and
wherein, when the power shutdown member operates in response to the abnormal temperature of the backup unit, the DC power supply circuit is opened and the power supplied to the heating member is shut down.

US Pat. No. 9,983,527

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:a cylindrical rotatable heating member having an inner surface;
a nip-forming member having a first surface that contacts the inner surface of said cylindrical rotatable heating member, and a second surface opposite to the first surface;
a supporting member having a supporting surface that contacts the second surface of said nip-forming member, for supporting said nip-forming member; and
a pressing member for forming a nip in cooperation with said nip-forming member though said cylindrical rotatable heating member,
wherein a recording material on which an image is formed is heated at the nip while being fed through the nip, and the image is fixed on the recording material, and
wherein the supporting surface of said supporting member supports the second surface of said nip-forming member so that said nip-forming member is swingable relative to said supporting member about an axis substantially parallel to a rotational axis of said cylindrical rotatable heating member.
US Pat. No. 9,981,292

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,985,962

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,980,637

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,977,419

POSITION CONTROL APPARATUS, POSITION CONTROL METHOD, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A position control apparatus comprising:a calculator configured to calculate a control amount for causing a control target to follow a target position in response to a detected position of the control target;
a control unit configured to control the control target in response to the control amount calculated by the calculator or a total control amount obtained by adding the control amount to a disturbance cancellation control amount corresponding to an amount of movement of the control target; and
a storage unit configured to store an attitude difference correction amount which is a control amount for maintaining a stopped state if the control target is in the stopped state,
wherein the disturbance cancellation control amount is furthermore a control amount which corresponds to a control amount obtained by computing the attitude difference correction amount stored in the storage unit from the total control amount during position control for causing the control target to follow a moving target.

US Pat. No. 9,977,363

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH SELECTIVE CONTROL OF CHARGES APPLIED TO RESIDUAL TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image thereon;
an intermediate transferring member onto which the toner image is to be primarily transferred from the image bearing member;
a secondary transfer member configured to secondarily transfer the toner image from the intermediate transferring member onto a recording material;
a transfer power supply unit configured to apply a transfer voltage to the secondary transfer member;
a first charging member configured to charge residual toner remaining on the intermediate transferring member;
a second charging member configured to charge the residual toner remaining on the intermediate transferring member;
a charging power supply unit configured to apply a charging voltage to each of the first charging member and the second charging member; and
a control unit configured to control the charging power supply unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to cause a voltage with a polarity opposite to an original charging polarity of toner to be applied from the charging power supply unit to the first charging member and the second charging member in a first mode in which application of a first transfer voltage from the transfer power supply unit to the secondary transfer member is set, and cause a voltage with the original charging polarity to be applied from the charging power supply unit to the first charging member and the voltage with the opposite polarity to be applied from the charging power supply unit to the second charging member in a second mode in which application of a second transfer voltage higher than the first transfer voltage from the transfer power supply unit to the secondary transfer member is set.

US Pat. No. 9,971,131

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens unit having positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having negative refractive power; and
a rear lens group including one or more lens units and having positive refractive power,
wherein a distance between the lens units arranged next to each other changes during zooming,
wherein one lens unit among the fourth lens unit and the one or more lens units included in the rear lens group comprises a resin lens Lkp having positive refractive power and a resin lens Lkn having negative refractive power, and
wherein following conditional expressions are satisfied:
50.0 15.0 1.500 1.500 where a refractive index of a material of the resin lens Lkp having positive refractive power is denoted by Ndkp, Abbe number thereof is denoted by ?dkp, a refractive index of a material of the resin lens Lkn having negative refractive power is denoted by Ndkn, and Abbe number thereof is denoted by ?dkn.

US Pat. No. 9,967,423

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for processing print data, comprising:a control unit configured to control a plurality of nonvolatile storage devices having different transfer rates; and
a determination unit configured to determine a nonvolatile storage device to store print data from among the plurality of nonvolatile storage devices based on information related to a size of the print data, information related to the transfer rates of the plurality of nonvolatile storage devices, and a threshold value depending on the number of sheets to be printed and output per unit time,
wherein the control unit and the determination unit are implemented by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,964,609

OPTICALLY PUMPED MAGNETOMETER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optically pumped magnetometer using atomic electron spin or nuclear spin, comprising:a cell containing at least a first alkali-metal atom group and a second alkali-metal atom group interacting via spin exchange with the first alkali-metal atom group, wherein a nuclear spin of the first alkali-metal atom group and a nuclear spin of the second alkali-metal group are the same, and wherein an element constituting the first alkali-metal atom group is different from an element constituting the second alkali-metal atom group,
a pump light system that causes a pump light to enter the cell, where the pump light has a first wavelength in order to spin-polarize the first alkali-metal atom group;
a probe optical system that causes probe light entering the cell to form an optical axis identical to the pump light, where the probe light has a second wavelength different from the first wavelength, and where the probe light measures spin polarization of the second alkali-metal atom group;
wherein the pump light and the probe light are overlapped and illuminated onto the cell;
a measuring unit configured for measuring a rotation angle of a polarization plane of the probe light that is passed through the cell; and
a wavelength discrimination unit that transmits the probe light from the cell into the measuring unit without transmitting the pump light from the cell into the measuring unit.

US Pat. No. 9,966,411

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an image capturing apparatus, the method comprising:forming, in a substrate, an imaging region in which a plurality of photoelectric conversion units are arranged and a peripheral region for processing signals output from the plurality of photoelectric conversion units;
forming, above the imaging region and the peripheral region, a structure which includes an interlayer insulation film having a plurality of opening portions, respectively, arranged above the plurality of photoelectric conversion units and wiring patterns arranged in the interlayer insulation film;
forming a first film so as to cover the structure arranged above the imaging region and the peripheral region while filling the plurality of opening portions;
planarizing the first film to form, above the imaging region and the peripheral region, a waveguide member having an upper surface with a flat surface;
forming, above the imaging region and the peripheral region, a second film so as to cover the waveguide member after the planarizing the first film;
polishing the second film to expose the waveguide member arranged above the imaging region; and
removing a portion of the waveguide member arranged above the peripheral region arranged above some of the wiring patterns so as to expose the interlayer insulation film after the polishing the second film,
wherein in the planarizing the first film, a defect portion of a concave shape is generated on the upper surface of the waveguide member, and
wherein in the forming the second film, a part of the second film is embedded in the defect portion.

US Pat. No. 9,967,447

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, HANDHELD APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:an image pickup apparatus;
a handheld apparatus wirelessly communicable with the image pickup apparatus; and
a wearable apparatus wirelessly communicable with the handheld apparatus,
wherein the image pickup apparatus comprises:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the image pickup apparatus to:
receive a pickup instruction from the handheld apparatus,
execute image pickup processing in response to the pickup instruction, and
transmit event information about the image pickup processing to the handheld apparatus,
wherein the handheld apparatus comprises:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the image handheld apparatus to:
transmit the pickup instruction to the image pickup apparatus,
set one of a plurality of operation modes to operate in accordance with the set operation mode,
receive the event information from the image pickup apparatus,
selectively transfer the event information to the wearable apparatus in accordance with the set operation mode at the time of receiving the event information, and
execute processing corresponding to the event information if the event information is not transferred to the wearable apparatus, and
wherein the wearable apparatus comprises:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the image wearable apparatus to:
receive the event information from the handheld apparatus, and
execute processing corresponding to the event information if the event information is received,
wherein the handheld apparatus displays the event information on a first display unit, and sets one of at least two operation modes in which display modes on the first display unit are different from each other, and
the wearable apparatus displays the event information on a second display unit, and sets one of at least two operation modes in which display modes on the second display unit are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,967,448

IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS, ACCESSORY APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-capturing apparatus to which an accessory apparatus is detachably attachable, the image-capturing apparatus comprising:a camera communicator configured to provide, with the accessory apparatus, three channels that are a notification channel used for providing a notice from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus, a first data communication channel used for transmitting accessory data from the accessory apparatus to the image-capturing apparatus, and a second data communication channel used for transmitting camera data from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus; and
a camera controller configured to control data communication with the accessory apparatus through the camera communicator,
wherein the camera controller is configured to:
in response to detecting a start bit included in each of frames of the accessory data and indicating a start of each frame, transmit one frame of the camera data to the accessory apparatus through the second data communication channel; and
perform detection of the start bit regardless of whether or not during transmitting the camera data to the accessory apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,966,015

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light source apparatus, comprising:a light-emitting unit having a plurality of light-emitting diodes having mutually different light emission colors;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing a program which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the light source apparatus to:
set any of a plurality of drive modes including a first drive mode and a second drive mode having mutually different drive methods for the light-emitting unit; and
drive the light-emitting unit in such that each of the plurality of light-emitting diodes emits light periodically, by a drive method corresponding to the set drive mode, wherein
the plurality of light-emitting diodes include a G-LED which is a light-emitting diode that emits green light; and
in a case where the light-emitting unit is lit with a predetermined light emission brightness, the current supplied to the G-LED in the lighting period of the G-LED is lower, and the lighting period of the G-LED in one cycle of light emission of the G-LED is longer in the second drive mode than those in the first drive mode.

US Pat. No. 9,965,830

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for displaying image data in accordance with a line-of-sight direction of a viewer, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media that are coupled to the one or more processors,
wherein the one or more computer-readable media store a plurality of environment maps having different resolutions, and
wherein the one or more computer-readable media store instructions for
obtaining information indicating a motion of a viewer as motion information;
retaining a current area that is being displayed to the viewer;
determining a target area on the environment maps on the basis of the current area and the motion information, wherein the target area is an area where the motion of the viewer is predicted to stop;
determining as a path area an area that includes a path, from the current area to the target area, along which a line-of-sight direction of the viewer changes;
setting resolutions that respectively correspond to the path area and the target area among the resolutions of the plurality of environment maps;
reading pieces of image data that respectively correspond to the path area and the target area from the environment maps, of the plurality of environment maps, having the set resolutions; and
generating image data for display in the path area and image data for display in the target area.

US Pat. No. 9,956,779

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR EJECTING LIQUIDS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,958,633

DRIVE CONTROL APPARATUS, AND LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM INCLUDING THE DRIVE CONTROL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A drive control apparatus, comprising:a motor;
a transmission device including a gear and configured to transmit a driving force of the motor to a movable member;
a first detector provided on a side of the movable member with respect to the transmission device and configured to detect a driving state of the movable member;
a second detector provided on a side of the motor with respect to the transmission device and configured to detect a driving state of the movable member; and
a controller configured to control the motor,
wherein the controller is configured to
control the motor based on a first detection result obtained by the first detector in a case where a difference between the first detection result and a second detection result obtained by the second detector does not exceed a given value, and control the motor based on the second detection result in a case where the difference exceeds the given value.

US Pat. No. 9,958,637

OPTICAL DEVICE HAVING IMPROVED IMPACT RESISTANCE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical device comprising:a lens holding member configured to hold a first lens, and having a plurality of follower pins formed thereon in a radially protruding manner;
a cam member disposed outside said lens holding member and having a cam groove formed therein for engagement with any one of said follower pins;
a first moving member disposed on an image surface side of said lens holding member in an optical axis direction and configured to move in the optical axis direction; and
a second moving member disposed on an image surface side of said first moving member in the optical axis direction, configured to move in the optical axis direction, and configured to hold a second lens,
wherein said first moving member has a plurality of first portions formed thereon, each of said plurality of first portions comprising a protrusion extending toward an object side,
wherein said second moving member has a plurality of second portions formed thereon, each of said plurality of second portions comprising another protrusion extending toward the image surface side,
wherein in a case where said first moving member and said second moving member move in the optical axis direction, the optical device is switched between a wide angle position in which one of said plurality of first portions and said any one of said follower pins are aligned in a radial direction of the optical device, and a telephoto position in which one of said plurality of second portions and said any one of said follower pins are aligned in the radial direction of the optical device, the second lens and said plurality of first portions being disposed on the object side of said plurality of second portions and said plurality of follower pins aligned when in the telephoto position, and
wherein another plurality of said first portions and another plurality of said second portions are formed at respective locations different in phase by 180 degrees from the location where said any one of said follower pins is formed, and are not aligned with each of the plurality of follower pins in the radial direction of the optical device.

US Pat. No. 9,958,654

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein during zooming, the first lens unit and the third lens unit are configured to not move, and the second lens unit and the fourth lens unit are configured to move with loci different from each other,
wherein the first lens unit consists of, in order from the object side to the image side, a negative lens G11, a positive lens G12, and a positive lens G13, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
15.0 1.7 2.0<|f1/f2|<5.0,
where v1n represents an Abbe number of a material of the negative lens G11, N1ave represents an average value of refractive indices of materials of three lenses included in the first lens unit, f1 represents a focal length of the first lens unit, and f2 represents a focal length of the second lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,952,536

DEVELOPING APPARATUS HAVING DEVELOPER DISTRIBUTION CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming portion configured to form images on recording media, the image forming portion including:
a developer bearing member configured to bear developer and carry the developer by rotating;
a first chamber configured to supply the developer to the developer bearing member;
a second chamber configured to recover the developer from the developer bearing member without causing the developer to pass through the first chamber, and configured to communicate with the first chamber to form a circulating route of the developer;
a first feeding member configured to feed the developer in the first chamber; and
a second feeding member configured to feed the developer in the second chamber; and
a control portion configured to execute a plurality of modes by suspending an image forming operation when an image forming job of forming images on the recording media continuously is carried out, the plurality of modes including:
(i) a first mode of circulating the developer in the circulating route in a condition in which a ratio of a rotational speed of the developer bearing member to a rotational speed of the first and second feeding members is decreased as compared to that in forming the images; and
(ii) a second mode of increasing the ratio of the rotational speed of the developer bearing member to the rotational speed of the first feeding member as compared to that in forming the images, the second mode being executed after the first mode and before resuming the image forming operation.

US Pat. No. 9,950,512

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,955,128

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a first image sensor which has a plurality of color filters, each corresponding to each of rays of light having wavelengths different from each other; and
a CPU which synthesizes signals corresponding to the plurality of color filters, at predetermined ratios, respectively, wherein
a focus position, in a first region of the first image sensor, for rays of light corresponding to the plurality of color filters is different from a focus position, in a second region of the first image sensor, for rays of light corresponding to the plurality of color filters, and
the CPU changes the predetermined ratios, into different values in the first region and in the second region, according to the focus position for the rays of light corresponding to each of the plurality of color filters.

US Pat. No. 9,953,423

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,953,225

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,953,251

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR EXECUTING IMAGE PROCESSING USING MULTIPLE SERIAL IMAGE PROCESSING UNITS TO PROCESS DIFFERENT COLORS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a first image processing chip and a second image processing chip configured to execute image processing on received image data, wherein the first image processing chip and the second image processing chip are connected in serial;
wherein the first image processing chip has
a transfer unit configured to transfer the received image data, and
a first image processing unit configured to execute image processing on the received image data, and
a determination unit configured to determine a color to be allocated to each processing chip, and
wherein the second image processing chip has
a second image processing unit configured to execute image processing on the received image data,
wherein in a case where the first image processing chip receives first image data, the first image processing unit generates second image data by executing image processing on a first processing color of the first image data, and the transfer unit transfers the first image data and the second image data, and
wherein in a case where the second image processing chip receives the first image data transferred from the first image processing chip, the second image processing unit generates third image data by executing image processing on a second processing color of the first image data, the second processing color being different from the first processing color.

US Pat. No. 9,946,214

CONTROL OF AN ENVIRONMENT HEATER IN AN IMAGING FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,948,840

OPTICAL DRIVING APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,948,850

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:a pixel array in which focus detection pixels and imaging pixels are arranged in a matrix, wherein each of the focus detection pixels outputs a signal for focus detection with a phase difference detection method and an image signal and wherein each of the imaging pixels outputs an image signal and does not output a focus detection signal; and
a controller that controls signal readout from the pixel array,
wherein the focus detection pixels and the imaging pixels are arranged in a first pattern in a first type of pixel row in the pixel array, and the focus detection pixels and the imaging pixels are arranged in a second pattern in a second type of pixel row in the pixel array,
the controller performs readout control that differs between the first type of pixel row and the second type of pixel row, and
the controller performs the readout control such that a signal readout operation in one of the first type of pixel row and the second type of pixel row is performed without waiting for a signal readout operation in the other type of the pixel row.
US Pat. No. 9,944,809

INK FOR INK-JET RECORDING, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK-JET RECORDING PROCESS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink for ink-jet recording comprising polymer particles, whereinthe polymer particles each include a first layer, a second layer, and a third layer from the inside to the outside in this order, wherein
the first layer is formed of a first polymer having a tetrahydrofuran-insoluble fraction of 25% by mass or less;
the second layer is formed of a second polymer having ionizable groups and a tetrahydrofuran-insoluble fraction of higher than 25% by mass; and
the third layer is formed of units each having a hydrophilic part and a hydrophobic part.

US Pat. No. 9,937,660

CARTRIDGE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,942,550

IMAGE ENCODING DEVICE, IMAGE ENCODING METHOD AND PROGRAM, IMAGE DECODING DEVICE, AND IMAGE DECODING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image encoding device comprising:an input unit configured to input a luminance signal with a first bit depth of an image and a chrominance signal with a second bit depth of the image where the second bit depth is different from the first bit depth;
a first determining unit configured to determine a luminance quantization parameter used to quantize the input luminance signal;
a second determining unit configured to determine a chrominance quantization parameter used to quantize the input chrominance signal, the chrominance quantization parameter being a value within a range depending on a difference between the first bit depth and the second bit depth; and
a quantizing unit configured to quantize the input luminance signal by the luminance quantization parameter, and to quantize the input chrominance signal by the chrominance quantization parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,936,927

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,942,569

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus for encoding image data, the image encoding apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions;
a processor configured to implement the instructions stored in the memory and execute:
a transforming task that performs wavelet transform on image data as an encoding target, and generate coefficients of a plurality of subbands; and
a predictive encoding task that performs predictive coding on the coefficients in a raster scan order for each of the subbands obtained by the transforming task by performing:
a symbol generating task that obtains a predictive value corresponding to a coefficient of interest in a subband of interest from a coefficient in a completely encoded position around the coefficient of interest, and generates a symbol as an encoding target from a predictive error as a difference between a value of the coefficient of interest and the predictive value;
an encoding task that performs entropy coding on the generated symbol using a parameter determined in a process of encoding an immediately preceding coefficient of the coefficient of interest;
an estimation task that estimates a tentative symbol corresponding to a succeeding coefficient to be encoded next to the coefficient of interest, based on a symbol corresponding to the coefficient of interest; and
a determination task that determines a parameter for the succeeding coefficient from a code length obtained when assuming that the tentative symbol estimated by the estimation task is encoded by a parameter used when encoding the symbol of the coefficient of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,939,760

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,939,768

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,941,315

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,941,317

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA WHICH CAN DETECT VISIBLE LIGHT AND INFRARED LIGHT AT A HIGH S/N RATIO

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor including a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second pixels, whereineach of the plurality of first pixels includes a first filter having a visible light transmittance higher than an infrared light transmittance and a first photoelectric converter configured to receive visible light transmitted through the first filter,
each of the plurality of second pixels includes a second filter having an infrared light transmittance higher than a visible light transmittance and a second photoelectric converter configured to receive infrared light transmitted through the second filter,
the plurality of first pixels form a plurality of first groups,
the plurality of second pixels form a plurality of second groups,
the solid-state image sensor includes a plurality of first synthesizers respectively corresponding to the plurality of first groups and a plurality of second synthesizers respectively corresponding to the plurality of second groups,
each of the plurality of first synthesizers is configured to synthesize a first signal from signals of first pixels of a corresponding first group of the plurality of first groups,
each of the plurality of second synthesizers is configured to synthesize a second signal from signals of second pixels of a corresponding second group of the plurality of second groups, and
a number of the second pixels of each second group used to generate the synthesized second signal is greater than a number of the first pixels of each first group used to generate the synthesized first signal.

US Pat. No. 9,941,325

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid-state image sensor, the method comprising:preparing a substrate which includes a photoelectric conversion portion, and an insulating member which is provided on the substrate;
forming, above the photoelectric conversion portion, a first opening in the insulating member, the first opening having a bottom face apart from an upper face of the substrate and having a first side face, the first side face being formed by a surface of the insulating member, the surface being inclined both to a direction parallel to the upper face of the substrate and to a direction normal to the upper face of the substrate;
forming a first member in the first opening;
forming, above the photoelectric conversion portion, a second opening in the first member;
forming, above the photoelectric conversion portion, a third opening in the insulating member by etching a portion of the insulating member between the second opening and the photoelectric conversion portion by using the first member having the second opening as a mask, the third opening having a second side face; and
forming a second member in the third opening,
wherein an angle formed by the first side face and the upper face of the substrate is smaller than an angle formed by the second side face and the upper face of the substrate,
wherein in the forming the second opening, the second opening is formed by etching using a resist pattern having an opening therein, and
wherein W1>W3>W2, where W1 is a width of the first opening flush with an upper face of the insulating member, W2 is a width of a bottom face of the first opening, and W3 is a width of the opening in the resist pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,940,082

SYSTEM, PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME FOR PERFORMING RE-PRINTING PROCESSING FOR A FIRST JOB PREFERENTIALLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:a printing apparatus; and
a post-processing apparatus,
wherein the post-processing apparatus includes:
a processor; and
a memory storing at least one program which, when executed by the processor, causes the post-processing apparatus to:
perform post-processing on a product printed by the printing apparatus, and
transmit, to the printing apparatus, instruction information including a first instruction to cause the printing apparatus to perform re-printing processing on a first job subjected to print processing performed by the printing apparatus and a second instruction to cause the printing apparatus to perform re-printing processing on the first job preferentially,
wherein the instruction information includes job information identifying the first job, and
wherein the printing apparatus includes:
a processor; and
a memory storing at least one program which, when executed by the processor of the printing apparatus, causes the printing apparatus to:
store information about at least one print job in a storage;
receive, from the post-processing apparatus, the instruction information;
identify information about the first job from the information about the at least one print job stored in the storage based on job information included in the instruction information; and
perform control in such a manner that the printing apparatus performs the re-printing processing for the first job preferentially over print processing for a second job for which printing has not been completed, based on the identified information about the first job and the second instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,942,430

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is able to shift to a power saving state, comprising:a printer which performs printing processing;
a first controller which outputs a drive signal for at least one motor provided in the printer;
a power supply which outputs power to the at least one motor;
a switch arranged between the at least one motor and the power supply;
a second controller which turns on the switch and turns off the switch and outputs a predetermined signal to the first controller, wherein the first controller is able to output the drive signal while the predetermined signal is not input and does not output the drive signal while the predetermined signal is input;
a user interface which receives a return instruction;
a display; and
a storage which stores information indicating an initial screen, preset by a user, to be displayed when the user interface receives the return instruction,
wherein, when the user interface receives the return instruction in the power saving state, the second controller
(i) turns on the switch, and
(ii) outputs the predetermined signal to the first controller or does not output the predetermined signal to the first controller based on the information stored in the storage.

US Pat. No. 9,942,442

IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus that irradiates an object placed on a read table with light from an irradiation unit, captures the object by an image capturing unit, and obtains an image data of the object, the apparatus comprising:a measurement unit configured to measure a shape of the object;
a specifying unit configured to estimate an amount of light which irradiates each position on a surface of the object and which enters the image capturing unit, the estimate being based on the shape of the object measured by the measurement unit and a positional relationship between the irradiation unit and the image capturing unit, and further configured to specify, out of areas on the surface of the object, an area where the amount of light that enters the image capturing unit is less than a predetermined amount of light; and
a determination unit configured to determine an amount of light with which the irradiation unit irradiates the object,
wherein the determination unit makes a determination such that the amount of light with which the irradiation unit irradiates the object in an area specified by the specifying unit is greater than that in an area not specified,
wherein the irradiation unit irradiates the object with light in accordance with the amount of light determined by the determination unit, and
wherein the image capturing unit captures image data of the object while the irradiation unit is irradiating the object with light in accordance with the determined amount.

US Pat. No. 9,942,445

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from image data acquired in such a manner that a chart formed by an image forming unit is read, a line signal value from pixel values of pixels for a line arranged in a first direction of the chart and a line representative value by using line signal values respectively acquired from a plurality of lines adjacent to each other in a second direction different from the first direction of the chart; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether a streak is generated in a first position by using a difference between a first representative value and a second representative value, the first representative value being acquired by the acquisition unit at a second position that is read prior to the first position in the second direction and the second representative value being acquired by the acquisition unit at a third position that is read posterior to the first position in the second direction,
wherein the second position is a position where the determination unit does not determine that a streak is generated.

US Pat. No. 9,939,634

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a rear lens group that has one or more lens units,
wherein spacings between lens units adjacent to each other change during zooming,
wherein at least of a part of the second lens unit constitutes a first correction lens system that is rotatable about a first center of rotation, which is one point on an optical axis or in the vicinity of the optical axis, during image blur correction,
wherein at least of a part of an optical system disposed on the image side of the second lens unit constitutes a second correction lens system that is rotatable about a second center of rotation, which is one point on an optical axis or in the vicinity of the optical axis, during image blur correction,
wherein the first center of rotation is positioned on the image side of a surface vertex of a lens surface of the first correction lens system closest to the object side, and
wherein the second center of rotation is positioned on the image side of a surface vertex of a lens surface of the second correction lens system closest to the object side.

US Pat. No. 9,942,454

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor in which a plurality of pixels are arrayed two-dimensionally;
a driver that bends the image sensor; and
a controller that controls the driver to bend the image sensor a predetermined curvature by controlling the driver on the basis of a table for curvature control based on optical information regarding a zoom position of an imaging lens,
wherein the controller is configured to determine whether an image capture operation is started and to determine whether an image capture operation is terminated,
wherein the controller controls the driver, in response to determining that an image capture operation is started, to bend the image sensor to a curvature based on the optical information, and in response to determining that an image capture operation is terminated, controls the driver so that stress acting on the image sensor is less than in a case where an image capture operation is carried out regardless of the optical information of the imaging lens,
wherein in a case where an image capture operation is carried out, the controller sets the curvature to which the image sensor is bent to a greater value in the case where the zoom position of the imaging lens is on a wide angle-side than in the case where the zoom position is on a telephoto-side, and
wherein the image capture operation is an operation for reading out an image signal from the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,938,097

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding apparatus, comprising:a stack portion on which a sheet is stacked;
a first feed member that moves between a first position in which the sheet stacked on the stack portion is fed and a second position where the first feed member that has moved upwards from the first position is positioned, the first feed member configured to feed the sheet to a first conveyance path;
a separation member that separates a sheet fed by the first feed member;
a second feed unit provided above the stack portion that feeds a sheet separate from the stack portion, the sheet being conveyed from the first conveyance path through a second conveyance path;
an extended lower guide portion, provided above the stack portion, configured to guide an underside of the sheet fed by the second feed unit, the extended lower guide portion having a recess formed in a distal edge of the extended lower guide portion; and
a moving member that moves from a retracted position in which the moving member is retracted from the first conveyance path, to a protruded position in which the moving member protrudes into the first conveyance path, when positioned in the protruded position, the moving member providing a moving member guide portion that guides an underside of the sheet fed by the second feed unit, the moving member configured to move from the retracted position to the protruded position through the recess, the moving member guide portion being positioned below the extended guide portion when the moving member guide portion is in the protruded position,
wherein the moving member moves the sheet near the separation member towards an upstream side in a feed direction by moving from the retracted position to the protruded position, and
the second feed unit feeds the sheet while in a state in which the moving member is positioned in the protruded position.

US Pat. No. 9,942,457

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus to communicate with an external apparatus over a network and mount a first storage and/or a second storage, the imaging apparatus comprising:a receiver capable of receiving, from the external apparatus over the network, a first mount command to allow the imaging apparatus to mount the first storage and a second mount command to allow the imaging apparatus to mount the second storage;
a mounting unit implemented by a processor and configured to mount the first storage and/or the second storage;
a transmitter configured to transmit a response to the external apparatus over the network when the receiver receives a command; and
a controller configured to instruct the mounting unit,
wherein, if a mount command received by the receiver is a first mount command, the controller instructs the mounting unit to mount and access the first storage by a first access protocol for accessing the first storage,
wherein, if the mount command received by the receiver is a second mount command, the controller instructs the mounting unit to mount and access the second storage by a second access protocol which is an access protocol for accessing the second storage and is different from the first access protocol,
wherein the receiver receives, over the network, a first record command to record data of the imaging apparatus in the first storage and a second record command to record data of the imaging apparatus in the second storage from the external apparatus, and
wherein the controller instructs the transmitter to transmit a response indicating error to the external apparatus over the network if the first record command is received when the mounting unit does not mount the first storage, and instructs the transmitter to transmit a response indicating error to the external apparatus over the network if the second record command is received when the mounting unit does not mount the second storage.

US Pat. No. 9,942,458

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING CAPTURED IMAGES TO A TERMINAL VIA A NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:a communication unit configured to receive, via a network, at least one of a first command that instructs to rotate an image captured by an image pickup unit by 180 degrees, and a second command that instructs to reverse a control direction for changing an image capturing region captured by the image capturing unit; and
a control unit configured to execute, if the communication unit receives one of the first command and the second command, both of a first process corresponding to the first command and a second process corresponding to the second command, in response to the one of the first command and the second command,
wherein, if the communication unit receives a third command that specifies a first region for changing the image capturing region before the second process is executed, the control unit causes the image pickup unit to capture an image corresponding to the first region, and
wherein, if the communication unit receives the third command that specifies the first region for changing the image capturing region after the second process is executed, the control unit causes the image pickup unit to capture an image corresponding to a second region different from the first region.

US Pat. No. 9,938,102

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus, comprising:an abutment member having an abutment surface against which a leading edge of a sheet being conveyed abuts so as to correct a skew feed of the sheet; and
a holding member configured to hold the abutment member and being movable between a first position in which the holding member is located and a second position in which the holding member is retracted from the first position,
wherein the abutment member has a striking surface which can be stricken on a regulating portion provided on the holding member,
wherein in a state in which the striking surface is stricken on the regulating portion and the leading edge of the sheet is pushing the abutment surface, the holding member is moved from the first position to the second position, and
wherein in a state in which the leading edge of the sheet is disengaged from the abutment surface and the abutment member is pressed by the sheet, the abutment member is rotated with respect to the holding member to separate the striking surface from the regulating portion so that the holding member is moved from the second position to the first position while holding the abutment member which is pressed by the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,942,493

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND READING METHOD FOR OUTPUTTING SIGNALS BASED ON LIGHT FLUX PASSING THROUGH AN ENTIRE AREA OF AN EXIT PUPIL AND LIGHT FLUX PASSING THROUGH PART OF THE EXIT PUPIL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:a pixel array portion in which a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric converter are arranged into a matrix pattern, a first pixel among the plurality of pixels is configured to output a signal that is generated based on a light flux that passes through an entire area of an exit pupil of an image pickup optical system, a second pixel among the plurality of pixels is configured to output a signal that is generated based on a light flux that passes through a pupil area, which is a part of the exit pupil, and a floating diffusion area connected to the photoelectric converter via a transfer switch is shared by the plurality of pixels located in a plurality of rows adjacent to one another;
a row selecting unit configured to select, in first scanning, a row in which the first pixel is arranged while thinning some pixels, and to select, in second scanning, a row in which the second pixel is arranged and which differs from the row selected in the first scanning;
a reading unit configured to read a signal that is generated based on a voltage of the floating diffusion area of the pixel that is located in the row selected by the row selecting unit; and
a controller configured to set a first accumulation period for the row in which the first pixel is arranged and a second accumulation period for the row in which the second pixel is arranged separately so as to prevent the first accumulation period and the second accumulation period from overlapping with each other for a predetermined length of time or longer, when the first pixel located in one row that is read in the first scanning shares the floating diffusion area with the second pixel that is located in another row and the another row is read in the second scanning.

US Pat. No. 9,942,497

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING WITH A LIMITING CIRCUIT FOR LIMITING AN AMPLIFIER OUTPUT IN FIRST AND SECOND PERIODS TO FIRST AND SECOND RANGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:a pixel unit including a photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate a first signal by a photoelectric conversion and a pixel amplification unit configured to input the first signal and to output a second signal onto an output line;
an amplifier unit, connected to the output line, configured to amplify the second signal output onto the output line by the pixel unit; and
a limiting circuit configured to limit a level of an output signal from the amplifier unit, wherein
as the second signal, the pixel unit outputs a noise signal under a reset state during a first period and outputs a pixel signal under a non-reset state during a second period,
the limiting circuit limits the level of the output signal from the amplifier unit in the first period to a first range, and limits the level of the output signal from the amplifier unit in the second period to a second range, the first range being narrower than the second range, and
the limiting circuit is switched from the first range to the second range before the second period,
the amplifier unit has a differential amplifier having a first input node and a second input node,
the pixel signal from the pixel unit is input to the first input node, and a reference voltage is input to the second input node, and
the first range is determined based on the reference voltage and an offset voltage of the differential amplifier.

US Pat. No. 9,940,706

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXTRACTING A LESION HAVING A GROUND GLASS OPACTIY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which identifies a lesion from an image, the apparatus comprising:one or more processors: and
at lease 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:
divide the image into a first candidate region including a core region, and a second candidate region including a ground glass opacity, wherein the first candidate region is adjacent to the second candidate region, and the first candidate region is different from the second candidate region,
perform enhancement processing of pixel values of the second candidate region so as to increase a difference between pixel values of the second candidate region and pixel values in a background region,
obtain combined data representing the first candidate region and data representing the second candidate region, based on pixel values of the first candidate region and the processed pixel values of the second candidate region, and
identify, based on the combined data, a lesion including both the core region and the ground glass opacity, each being distinguished from the background region.

US Pat. No. 9,942,504

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:an image sensing device including a plurality of pixels, each of the pixels including:
a photoelectric conversion element;
a plurality of signal holding circuits each of which holds a signal generated in the photoelectric conversion element and which are connected in parallel with respect to the photoelectric conversion element;
an output circuit which outputs the signal held by each of the plurality of signal holding circuits;
a plurality of transfer circuits which transfer the signal from each of the plurality of signal holding circuits to the output circuit; and
at least one processor which generates an image based on the signal output from the image sensing device,
wherein the photoelectric conversion element is formed in a first chip, and the plurality of signal holding circuits and the output circuits are formed in a second chip.

US Pat. No. 9,936,122

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING FOCUS CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory,
wherein the memory contains instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to function as:
a first acquirer configured to acquire first information relating to a peak position of a spatial frequency that an image pickup optical system transmits for each spatial frequency,
a focus detector configured to acquire a focus detection result for a focus control based on an image signal output from an image pickup element which captures an object image through the image pickup optical system and outputs the image signal, the image pickup optical system including a focus lens,
a second acquirer configured to acquire second information relating to a first spatial frequency and a second spatial frequency, the first spatial frequency being a spatial frequency relating to a process performed when the object image is generated and the second spatial frequency being a spatial frequency relating to a process performed when a signal used for acquiring the focus detection result is generated,
a third acquirer configured to acquire third information relating to a weighting for each spatial frequency,
a corrector configured to calculate a correction value based on the first, second, and third information and correct the focus detection result so that a focus state of the object image changes by using the correction value,
a controller configured to control a movement of the focus lens based on the corrected focus detection result, and
a generator configured to generate the object image based on the image signal output from the image pickup element,
wherein the third information contains information set so as to increase the weighting with a decrease of a half-value width of spatial frequency characteristics for each spatial frequency when a focus state is changed.

US Pat. No. 9,931,845

LIQUID EJECTION MODULE AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection module that is used in a page wide type liquid ejection head ejecting a liquid from an ejection opening to a relatively moving print medium, the liquid ejection module comprising:a print element board that includes first and second ejection opening rows, in which ejection openings ejecting a liquid are arranged in a direction intersecting the relative movement direction, and first and second liquid supply paths respectively supplying a liquid to the first and second ejection opening rows and extending in the intersection direction; and
first and second openings that respectively communicate with the first and second liquid supply paths to respectively supply a liquid to the first and second liquid supply paths,
wherein a gravity center of the first opening and a gravity center of the second opening are deviated from a line extending in the relative movement direction.

US Pat. No. 9,933,895

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a capacitive touch sensor including a sensor area;
a processor configured to perform, upon detection by the capacitive touch sensor of a first capacitance greater than or equal to a first capacitance amount threshold, processing corresponding to a touched position; and
a controller configured to perform control to restrict the processing corresponding to the touched position in a case where a certain condition is satisfied even when the capacitive touch sensor detects the first capacitance greater than or equal to the first capacitance amount threshold, the certain condition including a second capacitance greater than or equal to a second capacitance amount threshold being detected in an edge area of the sensor area of the capacitive touch sensor, the second capacitance amount threshold being less than the first capacitance amount threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,936,101

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:one or more memory that stores a first language associated with a first user, a second language associated with a second user and a device language which is not associated with any one of users; and
one or more processors that operate to:
receive a login request from a user;
upon a successful login of the first user to the image forming apparatus, set the first language stored in association with the first user as a language that is to be used for display on an operation screen;
upon a logout of the first user from the image forming apparatus, switch the language to be used from the first language to the device language;
cause the first user to log out of the image forming apparatus according to receipt of a login request from the second user when the first user is currently logged in to the image forming apparatus; and
in a case where the first user is caused to log out of the image forming apparatus according to the receipt of the login request from the second user, skip the switching of the language to be used from the first language to the device language, and, upon a successful login of the second user to the image forming apparatus, switch the language to be used from the first language to the second language stored in association with the second user.

US Pat. No. 9,936,105

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that suppresses image degradation caused by a flare due to reflected light, comprising:a processor that executes a program stored in a memory and functions as:
an image capturing unit configured to capture an image;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from the captured image, a value of a first imaging pixel adjacent in a first direction to a first focusing pixel, and a value of a second imaging pixel adjacent in the first direction to a second focusing pixel present in a vicinity of the first imaging pixel; and
a correcting unit configured to correct the value of the first imaging pixel based on a result of comparing (a) the values of the first imaging pixel and the second imaging pixel with (b) values based on values of a plurality of third imaging pixels that exist in vicinities of the first imaging pixel and the second imaging pixel and are not adjacent to a focusing pixel, in order to suppress an effect on the value of the first imaging pixel that is caused by the flare.

US Pat. No. 9,927,700

IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for molding an imprint material on a target region on a substrate using a mold to form a pattern on the target region, the apparatus comprising:a heater configured to deform the target region by heating the substrate;
a measurement device configured to measure an overlay state between the target region and the mold; and
a controller configured to control the heater while causing the measurement device to measure the overlay state, such that the measured overlay state falls within a tolerance and then keeps within the tolerance,
wherein the controller is configured to control, during cure of the imprint material, the heater such that a thermal dose per unit time to be applied to the target region by the heater is reduced by a heat amount due to curing the imprint material.

US Pat. No. 9,927,732

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus, comprising:a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so as to scan a photosensitive member with the light beam;
an optical member configured to guide the light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror to the photosensitive member;
an optical box on which the light source is mounted and configured to contain the rotary polygon mirror and the optical member;
a cover configured to cover an opening of the optical box;
a fixation unit configured to fix the cover on the optical box; and
a dust-proof member which is molded on the cover so as to prevent dust from entering into the optical box and which is sandwiched between the cover fixed on the optical box by the fixation unit and a side wall of the optical box,
wherein the dust-proof member includes an abutment portion against which a top of the side wall abuts, and a groove which is formed along the abutment portion to absorb deformation amount of the dust-proof member to be deformed by abutting the top of the side wall against the abutment portion, and
wherein the groove is recessed from a surface to be opposed to the top of the side wall in a direction parallel to a rotation axis of the rotary polygon mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,927,745

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating device, comprising:a heater having a substrate, a first heat generating block which is formed on the substrate and generates heat by supplied power, and a second heat generating block which is formed on the substrate and generates heat by supplied power and which is arranged at a position different from a position at which the first heat generating block is arranged in a longitudinal direction of the substrate;
a temperature detecting element; and
a controller to which a signal from the temperature detecting element is input,
wherein the controller controls a ratio of power supplied to the first heat generating block to power supplied to the second heat generating block to thereby switch heat generation distribution of the heater,
wherein the temperature detecting element is arranged so as to extend across both of the first heat generating block and the second heat generating block, and
wherein the controller judges that an abnormality has occurred when a detected temperature of the temperature detecting element reaches a threshold which is set according to the ratio.
US Pat. No. 9,925,814

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising in the following order:a water-resistant substrate;
a first ink receiving layer; and
a second ink receiving layer being an outermost layer,
wherein the first ink receiving layer contains a fumed silica and a binder; and the second ink receiving layer contains a colloidal silica having an average primary particle diameter of 50 nm or more and 100 nm or less, and a polyvinyl alcohol having a silanol group,
wherein the colloidal silica accounts for 84% or more and 99% or less at an outermost surface of the recording medium, and
wherein the colloidal silica accounts for 60% or more of a cross section of the recording medium in the region within a depth of 300 nm from the outermost surface of the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,924,082

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an illuminator configured to emit infrared light in an irradiation area to irradiate an object;
an illumination controller configured to automatically control an infrared illumination intensity of the infrared light emitted
by the illuminator;

an imaging unit configured to capture an image of the object illuminated by the infrared light from the illuminator;
a target detector configured to detect at least a portion of a human body in the capture image and contained within the irradiation
area of the illuminator;

a radiation illuminance calculator configured to calculate a radiation illuminance of the illuminator with respect to the
at least a portion of the human body detected by the target detector; and

a comparator configured to compare values,
wherein, while a moving image is captured by the imaging unit, the illumination controller continually limits the infrared
illumination intensity of the infrared light that irradiates the at least a portion of a human body based on the comparator
comparing the calculated radiation illuminance with a predetermined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,924,101

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS INCLUDING RELEASE MEMBER, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a release member;
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 capturing apparatus to:

capture an image using one of a plurality of image capturing functions which include a particular application-specific image
capturing function;

detect whether the release member is operated;
determine whether a particular application for the particular application-specific image capturing function is active;
determine whether the particular application-specific image capturing function is invoked in a case where it is determined
that the particular application is active; and

display an image capturing screen of the particular application-specific capturing function in the case where an operation
of the release member is detected and it is determined that the particular application-specific image capturing function is
not invoked.

US Pat. No. 9,924,113

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a plurality of imaging pixels configured to acquire a radiation image;
a plurality of detection pixels each including a detection conversion element, which detects an incident radiation ray, and
a detection switch element, which is connected to the detection conversion element;

a drive unit configured to drive the detection switch element of each of the plurality of detection pixels;
a plurality of detection regions in each of which the plurality of detection pixels are arranged;
a control unit configured to control the drive unit to drive the plurality of detection pixels arranged in each of the plurality
of detection regions at respective different timing; and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire an amount of incidence of radiation rays on each of the plurality of detection regions
based on a value obtained by summing or averaging signals read out from the plurality of detection pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,922,425

VIDEO SEGMENTATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of classifying visual elements in a region of a video as either foreground or background, the method comprising:
classifying each visual element in the region as either foreground or background using a first classifying method;
expanding spatially at least one of the visual elements classified as foreground to form a spatially expanded area; and
classifying the visual elements in the spatially expanded area as either foreground or background using a second classifying
method that is more sensitive for detecting foreground than the first classifying method.

US Pat. No. 9,923,023

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus including a pixel circuit region and a peripheral circuit region, comprising:
a semiconductor layer constituting the pixel circuit region and the peripheral circuit region;
a passivation film disposed above the semiconductor layer and extending from the pixel circuit region to the peripheral circuit
region;

a member disposed between the semiconductor layer and the passivation film in the peripheral circuit region; and
a plurality of conductive lines disposed between the semiconductor layer and the passivation film,
wherein at least one of the passivation film and the member contains hydrogen,
the passivation film in the peripheral circuit region has a portion overlapping one conductive line of the plurality of conductive
lines in a direction perpendicular to a main surface of the semiconductor layer, the one conductive line being closest to
the passivation film among the plurality of conductive lines, and

the passivation film in the peripheral circuit region has a through-hole, the through-hole including a portion not overlapping
the one conductive line in the direction perpendicular to the main surface of the semiconductor layer,

wherein a photodiode in the pixel circuit region is arranged in the semiconductor layer, and a transistor in the peripheral
circuit region is arranged on the semiconductor layer, and

wherein all of the plurality of conductive lines in the pixel circuit region overlaps the passivation film in the direction
perpendicular to the main surface of the semiconductor layer.

US Pat. No. 9,921,501

TONER AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle which contains a binder resin, a fatty acid metal salt, and a resin having an ionic
functional group, wherein
the fatty acid metal salt is a fatty acid metal salt of a polyvalent metal with valency of 2 or higher and a fatty acid with
carbon atom number of 8 to 28, where the fatty acid metal salt is mixed in said toner particle with the binder resin and the
resin having an ionic functional group, and

the acid dissociation constant pKa of the resin having an ionic functional group is 6.0 to 9.0.

US Pat. No. 9,917,415

DRIVING CIRCUIT FOR LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving circuit for causing a light emitting element to emit light in response to a driving signal, the driving circuit
comprising:
a first current supply circuit that starts to supply a first current for driving the light emitting element to the light emitting
element in response to the driving signal; and

a second current supply circuit that starts to supply a second current to the light emitting element in response to the driving
signal, the second current increasing a current supplied to the light emitting element, the second current supply circuit
comprising a MOS transistor having a source connected to the light emitting element,

wherein the second current supply circuit stops supplying the second current in response to the MOS transistor being OFF,
wherein the first current supply circuit continues to supply the first current to the light emitting element after the second
current supply circuit stops supplying the second current,

wherein the source of the MOS transistor is connected to the light emitting element without another transistor intervening
therebetween,

wherein a constant voltage is applied to a drain of the MOS transistor,
wherein the second current supply circuit further comprises a diode fixing a potential of a gate of the MOS transistor in
response to the driving signal, and

wherein the second current supply circuit stops supplying the second current as the MOS transistor stops operating as a source
follower when a voltage applied to the light emitting element reaches a threshold voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,917,958

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF PRINTING APPARATUS REQUESTING PRINT JOB FROM SERVER SYSTEM BASED ON DETECTED EVENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus which is connected to a server system via a network and executes printing in accordance with a print
job transmitted from the server system, the printing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program;
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the memory; and
a printing mechanism configured to execute printing,
wherein the processor detects a predetermined event about a status of the printing apparatus; and
wherein the processor transmits a request for the print job which is supplied to the server system from a terminal apparatus,
to the server system, on a condition that a predetermined time has elapsed from the detection of the predetermined event,
and

wherein the printing mechanism executes printing, in accordance with the print job which is transmitted to the printing apparatus
from the server system based on the request.

US Pat. No. 9,917,536

LINEAR ULTRASONIC MOTOR AND OPTICAL APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving apparatus, comprising:
a movable part comprising a vibrator including a piezoelectric element and a pressurization part being configured to bring
the vibrator into pressure contact with a base part by applying impression force to the vibrator, the movable part being linearly
driven; and

a cover part being configured to receive reactive force of the impression force through intermediation of a rolling part,
the cover part being fixed to the base part by a holding part extending in a direction crossing a movement direction of the
movable part,

wherein the rolling part is sandwiched by a guide part of the movable part extending in the movement direction of the movable
part and a cover guide part of the cover part extending in the movement direction of the movable part, and

wherein the guide part of the movable part is positioned on an outer side beyond a side of the holding part facing the movable
part when the movable part is positioned at at least one movable end.

US Pat. No. 9,915,760

OPTICAL MEMBER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical member comprising:
a base material; and
an antireflective layer on the base material,
wherein the antireflective layer includes a plurality of fine protrusions on a surface thereof and a support layer, disposed
on the base material below the protrusions, for supporting the protrusions,

wherein the protrusions are made mainly of boehmite and
wherein the support layer contains aluminum oxide and boron in an amount equal to or greater than 7×1019 atoms/cm3 and equal to or less than 2.5×1020 atoms/cm3,

wherein a thickness of the support layer is 10 nm or more and 100 nm or less, and a porosity in a cross-section of the support
layer is 20% or more and 45% or less,

wherein the base material has a refractive index nd of 1.48 or more and 1.71 or less, and

wherein a minimum reflectance of the optical member is 0.03% or less.

US Pat. No. 9,908,726

JOB PROCESSING METHOD FOR OVERCOMING A MULTIFEED OF DOCUMENTS STOPPING PRINTING OPERATION IN A PRINTING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
feeder configured to feed a sheet;
a printing section configured to print image onto the sheet fed by the feeder;
a sensor configured to detect multi feed of sheets fed by the feeder;
a receiver configured to receive a first instruction for interrupting execution of a print job if the sensor detects the multi
feed of sheets, the instruction being received before the execution of the print job is started; and

a controller configured to perform control so as to continue the execution of the print job if the sensor detects the multi
feed of sheets in a case where the receiver has not received the first instruction, and perform control so as to interrupt
the execution of the print job if the sensor detects the multi feed of sheets in a case where the receiver has received the
first instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,912,873

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH DISPLAY SECTION AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising a memory that stores a program, and at least one processor that executes the program
to cause the image pickup apparatus to function as:
an image pickup unit configured to pick up an image of an object;
a development unit configured to generate image data by developing input data acquired by said image pickup unit;
a first generation unit configured to generate a first image by performing image processing on part of the image data as an
image of an observed area;

a second generation unit configured to perform predetermined image processing, which has a greater number of processing steps
than the image processing performed by said first generation unit, on the image data to thereby generate a second image;

a synthesis unit configured to generate a third image by synthesizing the first image with the second image; and
a display unit configured to display the third image.

US Pat. No. 9,912,886

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD OF IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising an image sensor and a control unit configured to control the image sensor,
the image sensor including a plurality of pixels,
each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric conversion unit, a charge holding unit, an output unit, a first
transfer unit configured to transfer charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit to the charge holding unit, and
a second transfer unit configured to transfer charge held in the charge holding unit to the output unit,

wherein the control unit causes the image sensor to repeatedly perform a holding operation and a transfer operation, the holding
operation being for making the first transfer unit transfer charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit to the charge
holding unit to hold the charge, and the transfer operation being for making the second transfer unit transfer the charge
held in the charge holding unit to the output unit, and

the control unit causes the image sensor to perform, as the holding operation, one or more of a plurality of holding operations
including a first holding operation and a second holding operation, the first holding operation being for performing, a plurality
of times in a period of one frame, a first sampling operation of making the first transfer unit transfer charge generated
by the photoelectric conversion unit in a first exposure time to the charge holding unit to hold the charge, and the second
holding operation being for performing, not less than once in the period of one frame, a second sampling operation of making
the first transfer unit transfer charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit in a second exposure time longer than
the first exposure time to the charge holding unit to hold the charge.

US Pat. No. 9,911,921

ORGANIC COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A device comprising:
an anode;
a cathode;
an emission layer placed between the anode and the cathode; and
an organic compound layer placed between the anode and the emission layer,
wherein the organic compound layer contains compound A and compound B, compound A being an organic compound free of a nitrogen
atom and a metal atom, the compound having SP2 carbon atoms and SP3 carbon atoms, and compound B being a compound having a tertiary amine structure,

wherein compound A has general formula [3]:

wherein, in the general formula [3], Z2 represents a naphthyl group, a fluorenyl group, a phenanthryl group, a triphenylenyl group, an aliphatic condensed polycyclic
group, a carbon atom, or an oxygen atom, and when Z2 represents a naphthyl group, a fluorenyl group, a phenanthryl group, a triphenylenyl group, or an aliphatic condensed polycyclic
group, Z2 can be substituted with a substituent selected from the group consisting of an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an aryl group,
and a halogen atom,

wherein, in the general formula [3], R1 to R9 each represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, or a halogen atom, provided that at least two of substituents
represented by R1 to R9 comprise alkyl groups,

wherein, in the general formula [3], m represents an integer of from 1 to 6, provided that when Z2 represents a carbon atom, m represents 4, and when Z2 represents an oxygen atom, m represents 2, and when m represents 2 or more, structures in parentheses may be identical to
or different from each other, and

with the proviso that Z2, m and R1-R9 are selected so that compound A has a ratio of the number of the SP3 carbon atoms to the number of the SP2 carbon atoms of 40% or more.

US Pat. No. 9,901,257

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND PHOTOACOUSTIC PROBE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

16. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
an optical system having a lens configured to form a light beam from light generated by a light source;
a light guide configured to guide the light beam that has exited from the optical system, the light guide having an emission
end configured to emit light;

a diffusion member configured to diffuse the emitted light from the light guide;
a transparent spacer that includes a transparent member having a diffusion member side end and an object side end configured
to irradiate the object with the diffused light via the transparent member and via acoustic matching gel provided on the object,
the spacer spanning a distance from said diffuser panel to a position for the object;

a receiver having a receiving end configured to face the object and receive an acoustic wave generated at and propagated from
the object via the acoustic matching gel;

a housing surrounding the diffusion member and the transparent spacer;
a sealing member arranged on a periphery of the transparent spacer and so as to seal between the housing and the transparent
spacer to prevent the acoustic matching gel from penetrating inside of the housing; and

a processor configured to acquire information on an inside of the object on the basis of the acoustic wave,
wherein the transparent spacer has a spacing length between the diffusion member side end and the object side end such that
the object side end of the transparent spacer and the receiving end of the receiver are configured to abut the object via
the acoustic matching gel.

US Pat. No. 9,904,342

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a controller which includes one or more processors;
a printer unit;
a printer interface which is able to communicate with the controller and outputs image data to the printer unit;
a power-supply which outputs a first power and a second power of a higher voltage than the first power, the first power being
supplied to the controller, and the second power being supplied to the printer unit;

a power converter which converts the second power supplied from the power-supply into a third power of a lower voltage than
the second power, the third power being supplied to the printer unit; and

a power monitoring circuit which monitors the second power and outputs a detection signal to the controller based on the second
power becoming lower than a predetermined voltage,

wherein the controller outputs a stop signal to the printer interface based on the detection signal from the power monitoring
circuit, and wherein the printer interface stops outputting image data to the printer unit based on the stop signal.

US Pat. No. 9,901,316

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREFOR, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging system comprising:
a plurality of imaging apparatuses, each of which performs an imaging operation for detecting radiation irradiated from a
radiation generation unit and obtaining a radiation image; and

an input/output apparatus that performs input of imaging order information for the imaging operation and output of the radiation
image,

each of the plurality of imaging apparatuses comprising:
a first control unit configured to control a whole radiation imaging system in accordance with the imaging order information;
and

a second control unit configured to control an imaging operation in the imaging apparatus in accordance with the imaging order
information received from the first control unit,

wherein the first control unit of one designated imaging apparatus of the plurality of imaging apparatuses is activated, and
the first control unit of another non-designated imaging apparatus of the plurality of imaging apparatuses is inactivated.

US Pat. No. 9,904,199

CHARGING MEMBER HAVING OUTER SURFACE WITH CONCAVE PORTIONS BEARING EXPOSED ELASTIC PARTICLES, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member, comprising:
an electro-conductive support; and
a surface layer having in an outer surface thereof, concave portions independent of each other, each of which holds an elastic
particle positioned in each of the concave portions, the elastic particles being exposed at a surface of the charging member
to form a convex portion in the surface of the charging member, wherein

when each of the concave portions and the elastic particle held in each of the concave portions are orthogonally projected
on a surface of the support and orthogonal projection image is obtained, in the orthogonal projection image, a site exists
in which an outer edge of a projection image derived from each of the concave portions and an outer edge of a projection image
derived from the elastic particle in the respective concave portions are separated,

a part of a wall of each of the concave portions constitutes a part of the surface of the charging member,
the elastic particle has an elastic recovery power We (%) of 70% or more, and has a Martens hardness of 0.1 to 3.0 N/mm2,

the Martens hardness of the elastic particle is lower than a Martens hardness measured at a surface of the part of the wall
constituting the surface of the charging member,

an average value of acute angles is 0° to less than 45°, each of the acute angles being formed by (I) a line segment and (II)
a longitudinal direction of the charging member, the line segment connecting (i) a center of gravity of a gap formed by separation
of the elastic particle and each of the concave portion, and (ii) a center of gravity of the elastic particle,

the elastic recovery power is determined by We (%)=We/Wt×100 where We is elastic deformation work and Wt is mechanical driving
total work, We and Wt being measured by using a microhardness meter with a square pyramid shaped diamond as an indenter,

the elastic particle has an average particle diameter of 6 to 30 ?m, and
a distance of the site in which the outer edge of the projection image derived from the elastic particle and the outer edge
of the projection image derived from the each of the concave portions are separated is ? or more of the average particle diameter
of the elastic particle and 70 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,904,206

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a photoreceptor configured to be driven for rotation on which a latent image is formed by the light beam;
a rotatable polygonal mirror configured to rotate about a rotation axis and have a plurality of mirror planes which deflect
the light beam so that the light beam scans the photoreceptor;

a processing unit configured to perform a dither process on input image data; and
a correction unit configured to correct image data which has been subjected to the dither process using correction amounts
based on inclinations of the plurality of mirror planes relative to the rotation axis of the rotatable polygonal mirror,

wherein the light source emits the light beam for forming the latent image based on the corrected image data, and
the correction unit determines the correction amounts in accordance with a type of the dither process.

US Pat. No. 9,904,236

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS ACCOMODATING TONER COLLECTION CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming station configured to form a toner image;
a toner collection container configured to collect toner discharged from said image forming station;
a supporting unit configured to support said toner collection container and to be movable between a collecting position for
collecting the toner discharged from said image forming station while said image forming station forms the toner image and
a mounting and dismounting position at which said toner collection container is mountable and dismountable relative to said
image forming apparatus;

an openable member rotatably movable between a closing position and an opening position, wherein a rotatable axis of said
openable member extends in a vertical direction and is disposed upstream of said openable member with respect to a movement
direction of said supporting unit from the collecting position to the mounting and dismounting position; and

a restricting portion provided on said supporting unit and being configured to prevent contact between said toner collection
container and said openable member,

wherein a part of a movement path of said openable member, along which said openable member moves between the closing position
and the opening position, and a part of a movement path of said toner collection container, along which said toner collection
container moves with said supporting unit between the collecting position and the mounting and dismounting position, are overlapped
with each other,

wherein said toner collection container includes a portion overlapping said openable member as viewed in a horizontal direction
perpendicular to the movement direction of said supporting unit when said toner collection container is mounted on said supporting
unit, and said supporting unit is in the collecting position,

wherein the overlapping portion of said toner collection container includes an inclined surface inclining away from said openable
member toward a downstream side with respect to the movement direction of said supporting unit,

wherein said restricting portion provided on said supporting unit extends along the inclined surface of said toner collection
container,

wherein a side surface of said restricting portion includes a first portion overlapping said toner collection container and
a second portion not overlapping said toner collection container, as viewed in the horizontal direction perpendicular to the
movement direction of said supporting unit, when said toner collection container is mounted on said supporting unit, and said
supporting unit is in the collecting position, and

wherein the second portion is disposed such that when said openable member is in the opening position, said restricting portion
is opposed substantially along an entirety of said openable member in a widthwise direction of said openable member, and the
second portion is disposed extending along the first portion.

US Pat. No. 9,900,533

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory which stores an address of a defective pixel that satisfies a predetermined condition, among defective pixels included
in an image sensor having a plurality of pixels covered with color filters; and

a correction circuit which corrects, among pixel data of an image obtained by exposing the image sensor, the pixel data of
the defective pixel at the address stored in the memory to generate a corrected image,

wherein the defective pixel is a pixel having pixel data whose difference from a value determined using the pixel data of
pixels surrounding the pixel is greater than a threshold value, and

the predetermined condition includes at least one of a condition that a plurality of defective pixels, including the defective
pixel, among pixels corresponding to different color filters are directly adjacent to each other, and a condition that a plurality
of defective pixels, including the defective pixel, among pixels corresponding to the same color filter are directly adjacent
to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,890,001

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a feeding unit configured to feed a sheet by coming into contact with an uppermost sheet of a plurality of stacked sheets;
a separation surface configured to be contacted by the sheet fed by the feeding unit to separate the sheet;
a first separation part, provided separate from the separation surface, and configured to be switched between a first position
in which the first separation part protrudes from the separation surface and the sheet is capable of contacting the first
separation part and a second position in which the first separation part is retracted from the separation surface and the
sheet is not capable of contacting the first separation part;

a fixing unit configured to selectively fix the first separation part at the first position or the second position so that
the first separation part is not moved between the first position and the second position as a result of a contact force which
the first separation part receives from the sheet; and

a second separation part, provided separate from the separation surface, and configured to be movable in a first direction
from a condition in which the second separation part protrudes from the separation surface and the sheet is capable of contacting
the second separation part to a condition in which the second separation part is retracted from the separation surface, the
movement by a contact force which the second separation part receives from the sheet, and the second separation part configured
to be biased in a second direction opposite to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,894,149

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which is configured to execute the instructions causing the image processing apparatus to:
acquire information about an installed application if reservation information acquired from a server is reservation information
about a distributed application;

download the distributed application if the installed application matches the distributed application;
update the installed application by using the distributed application that has been downloaded;
download firmware if the acquired reservation information is reservation information about the firmware; and
configured to execute an update using the firmware that has been downloaded,
wherein, in the updating of the application, if a state of the installed application before update using the distributed application
is a stop state, the state of the application is not set to a start state in order to make the state of the application after
an update using the distributed application the stop state, and

wherein, in the updating of the application, if the state of the installed application before update using the distributed
application is the start state, the state of the application after update using the distributed application is set to the
start state.

US Pat. No. 9,893,650

DRIVING CIRCUIT FOR A VIBRATION TYPE ACTUATOR, VIBRATION DEVICE, IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS, REPLACEMENT LENS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND AUTOMATIC STAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving circuit for a vibration type actuator, the driving circuit comprising an inductor and a capacitor which are connected
in series with the inductor,
wherein the inductor and the capacitor are configured to be connected in series to an electric-mechanical energy conversion
element of a vibrator, and

wherein, in a case where a series resonance frequency based on the inductor and the capacitor is set as fs, and a resonance
frequency in a vibration mode other than vibration used for driving of the vibrator is set as fu, 0.73·fu

US Pat. No. 9,893,651

LINEAR VIBRATION-WAVE MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A linear vibration-wave motor being configured to apply a driving force, comprising:
a vibrator being operable to excite a vibration,
a member to be contacted contacting the vibrator, the vibrator being arranged to move in a direction of the driving force
with respect to the member to be contacted upon exciting the vibration;

a vibrator support configured to support the vibrator;
a pressurization member being operable to press the vibrator against the member to be contacted;
a unit cover member having an opening so that width direction thereof is extending in the direction of the driving force;
and

a unit base member having fixed thereto the member to be contacted and the unit cover member,
wherein the pressurization member is detachable from the vibrator support via the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,883,845

RADIOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND TOMOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiographic apparatus for imaging a plurality of positions of a subject comprising:
a radiation source configured to emit radiation;
a radiation detection unit configured to detect the radiation emitted from the radiation source and transmitted through an
object to be examined of the subject;

a holding unit configured to hold the object to be examined between the radiation source and the radiation detection unit;
and

a control unit configured to perform control for determining a holding state of the object to be examined by the holding unit
based on a position of the subject and an imaging condition based on the holding state of the object,

wherein the control unit sets an intensity of the radiation larger in accordance with the cross section of the object which
naturally drops without being held by the holding unit in a case of imaging with a prone position than that in a case of imaging
with a standing position.

US Pat. No. 9,888,206

IMAGE CAPTURING CONTROL APPARATUS THAT ENABLES EASY RECOGNITION OF CHANGES IN THE LENGTH OF SHOOTING TIME AND THE LENGTH OF PLAYBACK TIME FOR RESPECTIVE SETTINGS, CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing control apparatus, comprising:
at least one processor, and
a memory storing instructions which cause the at least one processor to perform operations of:
selecting, as a setting relating to shooting of a moving image by an image capturing unit, any of a plurality of settings
having respectively different ratios of a length of a shooting time to a length of a playback time; and

performing control such that:
when a first or second setting, in which a length of a shooting time is shorter than a length of a playback time, is selected
from the plurality of settings, a length of a predetermined exemplary shooting time is displayed as a length of a shooting
time, wherein in the case of the first setting, a length of a first playback time that corresponds to the length of the predetermined
exemplary shooting time in accordance with the first setting is displayed together with the length of the predetermined exemplary
shooting time, and in the case of the second setting, a length of a second playback time that corresponds to the length of
the predetermined exemplary shooting time in accordance with the second setting is displayed together with the length of the
predetermined exemplary shooting time; and

when a third or fourth setting, in which a length of a shooting time is longer than a length of a playback time, is selected
from the plurality of settings, a length of a predetermined exemplary playback time is displayed as a length of a playback
time, wherein in the case of the third setting, a length of a third shooting time that corresponds to the length of the predetermined
exemplary playback time in accordance with the third setting is displayed together with the length of the predetermined exemplary
playback time, and in the case of the fourth setting, a length of a fourth shooting time that corresponds to the length of
the predetermined exemplary playback time in accordance with the fourth setting is displayed together with the length of the
predetermined exemplary playback time.

US Pat. No. 9,887,227

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, the intra-pair isolation region including an isolation region extending from the first surface toward the second
surface; and

an inter-pair isolation region which is arranged between the charge accumulation region pairs, the inter-pair isolation region
continuously extending from the first surface toward the second surface, wherein a depth of the isolation region from the
first surface is smaller than a depth of the inter-pair isolation region from the first surface.

US Pat. No. 9,884,505

RECORDING MEDIUM AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium, comprising:
a base; and
an ink receiving layer comprising inorganic particles having a primary particle size of 3 nm or more and not more than 50
nm, wherein a content of the inorganic particles in the ink receiving layer is 70 mass % or more and not more than 95 mass
%, based on the total mass of the ink receiving layer, and at least one compound selected from a compound represented by the
following formula (I) and a compound represented by the following formula (II),


wherein, in the formulas (I) and (II), R1 represents a structure represented by the following formula (III) or a structure represented by the following formula (IV),
and R2 to R4 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a structure represented by —(CH2)n—, where n represents an integer of 1 or more, and Y represents a structure represented by the following formula (V),


wherein, in the formulas (III) and (IV), R5 to R7 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a structure represented by —(CH2)n—, where n represents an integer of 1 or more,


wherein, in the formula (V), o and p each independently represent an integer of 0 or more but o and p do not simultaneously
represent 0, and R?1 to R?8 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a hydroxyalkyl group, a carbonyl group, —O—, a glucose group,
or a structure represented by —(CH2)n—where n represents an integer of 1 or more,

wherein the compound is obtained by causing dialdehyde starch, polyvinyl alcohol, and a primary or secondary amine to react
with each other, and

wherein the dialdehyde starch has a molecular weight of 10000 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,888,184

LIGHT EMISSION CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH LIGHT EMISSION CONTROL DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light emission control device comprising:
a selecting unit configured to divide each of a non-emission image obtained by photographing an object without making an emission
unit emit light and a pre-emission image obtained by photographing the object while making the emission unit emit light with
a predetermined light amount into a predetermined number of block areas, and to select at least one block area in the non-emission
image as at least one light-control target area according to a difference between a luminance value of a block area in the
non-emission image and a luminance value of a corresponding block area in the pre-emission image;

a first weighting unit configured to generate first weighting data by allocating a predetermined weight to each of the at
least one light-control target area;

a second weighting unit configured to obtain a weighting coefficient for each of the at least one light-control target area
in the non-emission image, and to generate second weighting data by multiplying the first weighting data by the weighting
coefficient;

a control unit configured to control the emission unit according to a main emission amount determined with reference to the
second weighting data; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether a photographing scene is a backlight scene,
wherein said second weighting unit decreases the weighting coefficient as the luminance value of the block area that is equal
to or more than a predetermined luminance value increases, and

wherein said determination unit determines that a photographing scene is a backlight scene when the luminance value of the
at least one light-control target area is equal to or less than a predetermined first threshold and when the luminance value
of background areas that are block areas except the at least one light-control target area is equal to or more than a second
threshold that is more than the first threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,888,442

ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR WIRELESSLY RECEIVING POWER FROM POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A non-transitory storage medium that stores a program for causing a computer to perform a method of controlling an electronic
device, the method comprising:
determining whether a detachable communication device is capable of using a wireless power supply of the power supply apparatus
if the detachable communication device is connected with a connection interface to the electronic device, wherein the electronic
device includes a power receiver that wirelessly receives power from a power supply apparatus, a first communicator that performs
wireless communication, and the connection interface that connects the detachable communication device to the electronic device,
the detachable communication device including a second communicator that performs wireless communication; and

controlling the first communicator to transmit data for notifying the power supply apparatus that the detachable communication
device that is currently connected is not capable of using the wireless power supply if the detachable communication device
that is currently connected is not capable of using the wireless power supply.

US Pat. No. 9,883,438

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first communication unit configured to perform wireless communication with another communication apparatus using a first
communication method;

a second communication unit configured to perform wireless communication for performing communication processing with the
another communication apparatus using a second communication method which is different from the first communication method;

a setting unit configured to set priority to each of a plurality of communication processing associated with a record which
is used for performing handover from the first communication method to the second communication method and which is for designating
the second communication method;

a transmission unit configured to transmit information of the plurality of communication processing indicating the priority
set by the setting unit associated with the record to the another communication apparatus via the first communication unit;
and

a determination unit configured to determine, based on a response message with respect to the record, whether to perform handover
to the second communication method.

US Pat. No. 9,880,376

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a fifth lens unit having a positive or negative refractive power,
wherein intervals between adjacent lens units are changed during zooming,
wherein the third lens unit includes four or more lenses, and in the third lens unit, a lens arranged closest to the image
side, a lens arranged second when counted from the image side, and a lens arranged third when counted from the image side
are arranged with air gaps therebetween, and

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
?0.8
?15.00 where fw represents a focal length of the zoom lens at a wide-angle end, ft represents a focal length of the zoom lens at
a telephoto end, f4 represents a focal length of the fourth lens unit, and M1 represents a movement amount of the first lens unit during zooming from a wide-angle end to the telephoto end, provided that
a sign of the movement amount is negative when the first lens unit is located on the object side at the telephoto end with
respect to the wide-angle end, and is positive when the first lens unit is located on the image side at the telephoto end
with respect to the wide-angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,880,478

METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a toner including a toner particle, the method comprising:
a granulation step of mixing a polymerizable monomer composition containing a polymerizable monomer and an aqueous medium
to form a suspension of a particle of the polymerizable monomer composition; and

a polymerization step of polymerizing the polymerizable monomer in the particle of the polymerizable monomer composition in
a presence of a metal phosphate containing aluminum as a metal element to provide the toner particle, wherein,

a content ratio of aluminum in the metal phosphate containing aluminum is 1.0 mol % or more and 95.0 mol % or less with respect
to all metal elements of the metal phosphate containing aluminum, and

the metal phosphate containing aluminum is obtained by adding an aluminum compound to the aqueous medium and/or the suspension.

US Pat. No. 9,880,486

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH BAND-PASS FILTERS EACH HAVING PASSBAND FREQUENCY THAT IS INTEGRAL MULTIPLE OF CHARGING BIAS FREQUENCY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a charging member configured to charge a surface of the image bearing member in contact with or in proximity to the image
bearing member;

a power supply configured to selectively output a first charging bias having a first frequency or a second charging bias having
a second frequency, the first frequency being approximately n times the second frequency (n is an integer not less than 2),
each of the first charging bias and the second charging bias being obtained by superimposing a direct-current voltage and
an alternating-current voltage;

a detection member configured to detect a current flowing through the charging member;
a plurality of band-pass filters each configured to receive an output of a current detected by the detection member and have
a passband of a different frequency that is an integral multiple of the first frequency; and

a setting unit configured to set a first peak-to-peak voltage of the first charging bias based on a plurality of outputs of
the current of the first charging bias detected by the detection member passed through the plurality of band-pass filters,
and to set a second peak-to-peak voltage of the second charging bias based on a plurality of outputs of the current of the
second charging bias detected by the detection member passed through the plurality of band-pass filters, the setting unit
using a band-pass filter having a passband of an mth harmonics of the first frequency as a band-pass filter having a passband
of an (m×n)th harmonics of the second frequency (m is an integer not less than 2).

US Pat. No. 9,876,975

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM WITH READOUT UNIT INCLUDING CURRENT SOURCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
an image sensing unit including a plurality of pixel blocks, each of the plurality of pixel blocks including a photoelectric
converter, a first transistor, a second transistor, and a current source; and

a plurality of readout circuits, each of the plurality of readout circuits configured to read out a signal from the image
sensing unit, and each including a first current source connected to a first vertical signal line, a second current source
connected to a second vertical signal line, and a circuit,

wherein a first main electrode of the first transistor and a first main electrode of the second transistor are connected to
a common node, a second main electrode of the first transistor is connected to one of the first vertical signal line and the
second vertical signal line, a second main electrode of the second transistor is connected to the other of the first vertical
signal line and the second vertical signal line, and the current source is provided in a path between the common node and
a predetermined voltage,

wherein each of the circuits is configured to compare a value of a first electric current flowing through the first vertical
signal line with a value of a second electric current flowing through the second vertical signal line and output a result
of the comparison,

wherein a readout operation for reading out a signal from the image sensing unit includes an operation in which a voltage
corresponding to charges generated in the photoelectric converter is supplied to a control electrode of the first transistor,
and a ramp signal is supplied to a control electrode of the second transistor, and

wherein in one mode of the sensor, a signal representing signals of at least two pixel blocks of the plurality of pixel blocks
is read out by each of the plurality of readout circuits by causing the at least two pixel blocks to drive the first vertical
signal line and the second vertical signal line.

US Pat. No. 9,875,522

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a plurality of receivers each of which is configured to acquire image data;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing a program which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the display control apparatus
to:

determine, as a display target, image data acquired by at least one of the receivers on the basis of an acquisition result
by the plurality of receivers; and

set a first display mode, in which two or more images based on two or more image data acquired by two or more of the receivers
are displayed together, in a case where the two or more image data are determined as the display targets, and set a second
display mode, in which one image based on one image data acquired by one of the receivers is displayed, in a case where the
one image data is determined as the display target,

wherein in a case where a plurality of image data are acquired and formats of the plurality of image data are not the same,
one format is determined based on the formats of the plurality of image data, and one or more image data having the determined
one format are determined as the display target.

US Pat. No. 9,875,559

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a plurality of pixel value rows aligned in a depth direction of an object to be measured
based on interference light obtained by causing return light of scanned measurement light from the object to be measured and
reference light corresponding to the measurement light to interfere with each other;

a forming unit configured to form a two-dimensional image based on pixel values selected in accordance with a predetermined
selection criterion from the plurality of pixel value rows, one of the pixel values being selected from one of the plurality
of pixel value rows;

a setting unit configured to set a selection range which is a range in the depth direction for selecting the pixel values
in the plurality of pixel value rows; and

a criterion changing unit configured to change the predetermined selection criterion in accordance with the set selection
range.