US Pat. No. 10,205,872

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a memory and at least one processor and/or at least one circuit to perform the operations of the following units:
a display control unit configured to display a first type of image generated with a first gradation characteristic, and a second type of image generated with a second gradation characteristic having a higher gradation quality on a high-luminance side than the first gradation characteristic; and
a control unit configured to perform control such that luminance of a display unit is set to second luminance higher than first luminance of a case where the first type of image is displayed on the display unit, in a case where the second type of image is displayed on the display unit,
wherein in a case where a luminance setting of the display unit is a luminance setting as bright as or brighter than a predetermined value, the control unit performs control such that an output gamma characteristic with which the second type of image is output on the display unit is set to a second output gamma characteristic that enables a low-luminance side to be displayed more brightly than a first output gamma characteristic with which the first type of image is output on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,205,922

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:at least one hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions executable by the at least one hardware processor to cause the display control apparatus to perform:
increasing pixel values of a plurality of predetermined positions on a first image based on an image frame of an inputted image signal;
decreasing pixel values of the plurality of predetermined positions, which are the same as positions where the pixel values of the first image are increased in the increasing, on a second image based on the image frame;
performing projection control to control a projection unit so that N image frames, which are based on the image frame and include both the first image whose pixel values of the predetermined positions have been increased in the increasing and the second image whose pixel values of the predetermined positions have been decreased in the decreasing, are projected at a frequency that is N-times a frame frequency according to the inputted image signal, wherein N is greater than 1;
acquiring, based on a captured image obtained by a capturing unit for capturing a projection surface where an image is projected according to the projection control, a parameter for adjusting an image to be projected by the projection unit; and
performing adjustment processing for adjusting, based on the parameter acquired in the acquiring, the image to be projected on the projection surface by the projection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,205,928

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT ESTIMATES DISTANCE INFORMATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an imaging optical unit configured to form at least one object image;
an image pickup unit configured to pick up at least one object image formed by the imaging optical unit;
a first generation unit configured to generate a first distance distribution from a first plurality of images having parallax and picked up by the image pickup unit, wherein the first distance distribution is generated by a stereo correspondence point search;
a second generation unit configured to generate a second distance distribution from a second plurality of images having different degrees of focus at respective corresponding locations therein and picked up by the image pickup unit, wherein the second distance distribution is generated by a depth from defocus;
a detection unit configured to detect a depth of field of an object;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a synthesis coefficient according to the depth of field detected by the detection unit, wherein the synthesis coefficient corresponds to weighting coefficients to be applied to the first distance distribution and the second distance distribution, and wherein the synthesis coefficient corresponding to a weighting coefficient for the first distance distribution increases monotonically as the detected depth of field of the object increases; and
a third generation unit configured to generate a synthesized distance distribution by combining the first distance distribution generated by the first generation unit and the second distance distribution generated by the second generation unit based at least on the synthesis coefficient calculated by the calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,203,918

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING ACCESS POINT FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including an access point function comprising:a display; and
one or more processors that execute a set of instructions to perform operations to:
determine whether a user who issued an instruction for activating the access point function matches a user who logged into the information processing apparatus; and
control the display to display wireless connection information corresponding to the access point function in a case where it is determined that the user who issued the instruction for activating the access point function matches the user who logged into the information processing apparatus and not to display the wireless connection information in a case where it is determined that the user who issued the instruction for activating the access point function does not match the user who logged into the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,194,803

CONTROL APPARATUS, MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A control method comprising the steps of:acquiring a measured signal obtained by measuring light emitted from a scattering test object onto which light is irradiated;
calculating an objective function that varies in accordance with a statistical value obtained by statistically processing the measured signal, wherein, in a case where the statistical value includes at least one of a standard deviation, a variance, or an average value of an intensity of the measured signal, the objective function is a speckle contrast based on the standard deviation, the variance, or the average value, and, in a case where the statistical value includes a temporal correlation of the measured signal, the objective function is set based on the temporal correlation; and
changing a spatial modulation amount of a wavefront of the light irradiated onto the scattering test object so as to minimize the objective function, wherein the spatial modulation amount includes at least one of a phase modulation amount or an amplitude modulation amount.

US Pat. No. 10,195,848

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a recording element configured to generate thermal energy used to discharge liquid;
a pressure chamber having the recording element within;
a discharge orifice configured to discharge liquid, and include at least one protrusion extending toward a center of the discharge orifice; and
a discharge orifice portion communicating between the discharge orifice and the pressure chamber,
wherein a bubble is generated in the pressure chamber by the thermal energy, the generated bubble enters into the discharge orifice portion, and liquid is discharged from the discharge orifice, in a direction downstream of the discharge orifice, by the pressure of the bubble,
and wherein the bubble first communicates with the atmosphere at a location downstream of the discharge orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,195,850

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:substrate including an energy generation element configured to generate energy to be used to discharge liquid; and
a discharge port forming member including a discharge port configured to discharge the liquid,
wherein the discharge port forming member includes, on a surface opposed to a surface where the discharge port is provided, a liquid flow path configured to supply the liquid to the energy generation element, and includes thick film portions and thin film portions in a region where the liquid flow path is formed, the thick film portions being lined up in a first direction so as to sandwich the discharge port therebetween and thicker than an adjacent portion adjacent to the discharge port, the thin film portions being lined up in a second direction intersecting with the first direction so as to sandwich the discharge port therebetween and thinner than the adjacent portion.

US Pat. No. 10,195,868

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTING HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting unit configured to eject liquid supplied from a tank; and
a negative pressure regulating unit, being provided between passages connecting the tank to the liquid ejecting unit, configured to regulate fluid pressure of liquid flowing into the liquid ejecting unit,
wherein
the negative pressure regulating unit includes: a negative pressure chamber whose internal pressure is regulated within a predetermined range, a discharging passage for discharging liquid stored in the negative pressure chamber from the negative pressure regulating unit, a pressure chamber being able to horizontally communicate with the negative pressure chamber, and an introducing passage guiding liquid from an introducing port opened in the bottom to the pressure chamber,
the discharging passage has an outlet and a bubble accumulation portion and a passage, the outlet being disposed in an upper portion of the negative pressure chamber in a direction of gravity, the bubble accumulation portion being connected to the outlet above the outlet in the direction of gravity and being constructed to accumulate bubbles discharged from the negative pressure chamber, and the passage guiding liquid flowing from the outlet to a discharging port opened in a bottom of the negative pressure regulating unit, and
the discharging passage, the introducing passage and the bubble accumulation portion are provided on a side of the pressure chamber of the negative pressure regulating unit, which is different from a side of the negative pressure chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,197,926

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus configured to expose a substrate through a projection optical system arranged in a chamber, the apparatus comprising:a stage arranged in the chamber and configured to be movable while holding the substrate;
a detection unit arranged in the chamber and configured to emit detection light in a first direction and detect a position of the stage based on the detection light reflected by the stage;
a blowing unit having an outlet which blows out a gas inside the chamber; and
a guide unit including a first portion and a second portion,
wherein the first portion is configured to guide the gas blown out inside the chamber from the outlet of the blowing unit, and flow the gas in a direction along the substrate, toward a first space between the projection optical system and the substrate, such that a gas flow along the substrate is formed in the first space,
wherein the second portion is configured to guide the gas blown out inside the chamber from the outlet of the blowing unit, to a second space where the detection light passes through, such that a gas flow in a second direction different from the first direction is formed in the second space, and
wherein the guide unit is arranged between the outlet and the projection optical system, to be spaced apart from the outlet without contacting the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,197,936

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising toner particles each containing an amorphous polyester resin and a wax, wherein:a surface of each of the toner particles has a coating layer;
the coating layer contains at least one kind of olefin-based copolymer selected from a group of resins each having at least a structural unit represented by the following formula (1) and a structural unit represented by the following formula (2) and/or the following formula (3); and
an arithmetic average of ratios of the units represented by the formulae (2) and (3) with respect to the olefin-based copolymer is 3 mass % or more and 35 mass % or less:
where R1 represents H or CH3, R2 represents H or CH3, R3 represents CH3, C2H5 or C3H7, R4 represents H or CH3, and R5 represents CH3 or C2H5.

US Pat. No. 10,197,939

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH A CONTROL THAT COMPENSATES FOR CHANGING HUMIDITY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:a photoreceptor;
a charging member configured to charge a surface of the photoreceptor;
an exposing device configured to expose:
a non-image forming portion on the surface of the photoreceptor, where a developer image is not formed, at a first exposure amount; and
an image forming portion on the surface of the photoreceptor, where the developer image is formed, at a second exposure amount larger than the first exposure amount;
a developing member configured to supply developer to the surface of the photoreceptor to form the developer image on the surface of the photoreceptor; and
a control portion configured to control the exposing device,
wherein the control portion controls the first exposure amount so that a potential difference between the non-image forming portion and the charging member increases as absolute humidity inside the image forming apparatus decreases, and decreases as the absolute humidity increases.

US Pat. No. 10,197,940

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CHANGING MAGNITUDE OF CONTROL SIGNAL USED FOR IMAGE FORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image bearing member that bears a developer image;
an endless belt that rotates while contacting the image bearing member;
a current supply member that contacts the belt, with respect to a rotating direction of the belt, at a position different from the position where the image bearing member contacts the belt, and that supplies current to the belt;
a control portion that outputs a control signal, the magnitude of which is variable;
a contact member that contacts the belt; and
a voltage adjusting portion that includes a voltage adjusting member connected to the contact member, the voltage adjusting portion being capable of changing the magnitude of the control signal that is input from the control portion, and capable of changing a magnitude of a transfer potential, which is a surface potential of the belt at a contact portion with the image bearing member and is a potential to transfer the developer image borne by the image bearing member to the belt, wherein
in a non-image forming state in which image formation to form an image on a recording material is not performed, the image forming apparatus changes the magnitude of the control signal output by the control portion, and when the current supply member supplies the belt with an amount of current generated by adding, to a predetermined target current used for the image formation, an amount of current that flows from the contact member to the ground and changes in accordance with the magnitude of the control signal, the image forming apparatus acquires the magnitude of the control signal generated when the current, which is supplied from the current supply member to the belt and flows to the voltage adjusting member from the belt via the contact member, becomes zero, and
the image forming apparatus performs the image formation using the control signal having the acquired magnitude.

US Pat. No. 10,192,524

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:a display control unit configured to enlarge a display target object to be displayed among a plurality of objects included in an image and to display the enlarged display target object on a screen one by one in a predetermined order;
a detection unit configured to detect whether there is a person in a predetermined range from the image display apparatus; and
a switching unit configured to switch a next display target object to be enlarged and displayed on the screen by the display control unit,
wherein, in a case that a person is detected in the predetermined range from the image display apparatus by the detection unit, the switching unit switches to an object that is classified as a first display type on the screen as the display target object among the plurality of objects by the display control unit, and, in a case that a person is not detected in the predetermined range from the image display apparatus by the detection unit, the switching unit switches to an object that is classified as a second display type which is different from the first display type on the screen as the display target object among the plurality of objects by the display control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,192,296

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CAMERA SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT RESTORE AN IMAGE WITH A FILTER CORRESPONDING TO AN IMAGE PICKUP PLANE POSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a controller configured to adjust a position of a focal plane of an image pickup optical system with respect to a position of an image pickup plane by a correction amount based on image pickup environmental information so that the image pickup plane is positioned in an intermediate region between a peak position of a modulation transfer function (MTF) of the image pickup optical system at a center of an image and a peak position of the modulation transfer function (MTF) at a peripheral part of the image;
an image pickup element configured to generate the image by converting an optical image formed on the image pickup plane to electric signals after the position of the focal plane is adjusted by the controller; and
an image processor configured to restore the image utilizing an image restoration filter obtained base on the image pickup environmental information and image pickup state information of the image pickup optical system,
wherein the image pickup environmental information includes at least one of atmospheric temperature, humidity, and internal temperature of the image pickup optical system during shooting.

US Pat. No. 10,193,391

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus comprising:a power transmission unit configured to wirelessly transmit power to one or more power receiving apparatuses; and
a processor configured to function as:
a receiving unit configured to receive, from each of the one or more power receiving apparatuses, function information;
a determination unit configured to determine, based on the function information received from each of the one or more power receiving apparatuses, whether each of the one or more power receiving apparatuses has a function for internally lowering a voltage obtained through power reception; and
a control unit configured to control the power transmission unit to perform power transmission in a first manner in a case where the determination unit determines that at least one of the one or more power receiving apparatuses does not have the function for internally lowering the voltage obtained through power reception, and to control the power transmission unit to perform power transmission in a second manner that is different from the first manner in a case where the determination unit determines that all of the one or more power receiving apparatuses have the function for internally lowering the voltage obtained through power reception.

US Pat. No. 10,188,285

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a light-source unit configured to emit light while sweeping a frequency of the light;
an interference unit configured to separate the light emitted from the light-source unit into illuminating light to be applied to a fundus and reference light, and to generate interfering light formed of reflected light, which is light applied to the fundus and reflected by the fundus, and the reference light;
a scanning unit configured to scan the fundus with the illuminating light;
a detecting unit configured to detect the interfering light; and
an information-acquiring unit configured to acquire information on the fundus from the interfering light,
wherein the scanning unit is configured such that an angle of linear scanning of the fundus with the illuminating light is 68 degrees or greater in the air,
wherein the light-source unit in hides a surface-emitting laser, the surface-emitting laser including a first reflector, a second reflector, and an active layer provided between the first reflector and the second reflector,
wherein, when at least one of the first reflector and the second reflector is driven, a distance between the first reflector and the second reflector changes and the frequency of the light emitted changes,
wherein a coherence length of the surface-emitting laser during the sweeping of the frequency of the light is 23 mm or longer, and
wherein a range of a depth of a tomographic image of the fundus to be obtained using the information on the fundus is 3.2 mm or more.

US Pat. No. 10,191,359

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE ILLUMINATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An illumination apparatus comprising:a solid state light source unit including a plurality of light emitting points that emits light and is arranged on a light emitting face;
a plurality of optical elements configured to guide light emitted from the plurality of light emitting points to an illumination target face;
a heat conduction member arranged in a space different from a space between the light emitting face of the solid state light source unit and the plurality of optical elements, configured to conduct heat from the solid state light source unit; and
a cooling unit configured to supply a first fluid to the heat conduction member along a first flow path and supply a second fluid to the space between the light emitting face and the optical elements along a second flow path,
wherein the second fluid is a fluid from which dust or dust and moisture is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,192,153

APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for a system including a mobile device and a printer to which a container containing a recording material for printing of an image by the printer is attached,wherein the printer comprises:
a first processor;
a first communication device configured to execute wireless communication by using a predetermined communication method; and
a storage device, and
the mobile device comprises:
a second processor;
a second communication device configured to execute wireless communication by the predetermined communication method; and
a display device,
wherein the method comprises:
storing, by the first processor, predetermined information in the storage device, in a case where the container is operated;
newly displaying, by the second processor, in a case where the second communication device executes wireless communication with the first communication device after a first display item is designated by a user on the display device, a first display content which includes a predetermined display item, using the display device based on the predetermined information which the mobile device acquires from the storage device; and
newly displaying, by the second processor, in a case where the second communication device executes communication with the first communication device after a second display item is designated by the user on the display device, a second display content which does not include the predetermined display item, using the display device.

US Pat. No. 10,193,950

NETWORK SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network system comprising:a first information processing terminal on which a first web browser runs;
a second information processing terminal on which a second web browser runs; and
a shared server,
wherein the shared server includes a memory storing instructions and a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the shared server to:
manage access data on a first tab of the first web browser in which to access a website and data on session storage valid for a session with the website in association with the first information processing terminal, the data on the session storage being locally managed by the first web browser in association with the first tab, wherein the data on the session storage includes data defined by using a combination of a key and a value that are designated by the website,
receive an instruction for sharing the first tab of the first web browser with the second web browser,
transmit the access data and the data on the session storage related to the first tab to the second web browser according to the instruction,
delete association between the transmitted data on the session storage and the first information processing terminal so that the data on the session storage being locally managed by the first web browser is deleted by the first web browser, and
manage the data on the session storage in association with the second information processing terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,191,404

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A charging member comprising:an electroconductive substrate; and
a resin layer on the electroconductive substrate,
wherein the charging member has an area on a surface of the charging member,
the area including a compound represented by the following formula (1):

in the formula (1), R1 and R2 each represent a linear or branched alkyl group having carbon atoms of 3 or more and 16 or less, wherein the area being formed by applying an emulsion containing the compound to a surface of the resin layer, and wherein the compound is contained in the emulsion with a concentration of 30% by mass or more and 50% by mass or less based on the total mass of the emulsion.

US Pat. No. 10,191,417

FIXING DEVICE HAVING A COVER MEMBER THAT COVERS A FIXATION ROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:a first rotatable member configured to heat, in a fixing nip, an unfixed toner image formed on a sheet with toner comprising a parting material;
a second rotatable member cooperative with said first rotatable member to form said fixing nip;
a cleaner configured to clean said first rotatable member; and
a covering member configured to cover said first rotatable member over a range from said cleaner to an entrance of said fixing nip along a rotational direction of said first rotatable member with a gap D of not less than 0.5 mm and not more than 3.5 mm, said covering member being provided with a projection extending toward said first rotatable member at one end portion of said covering member with respect to the rotational direction of said first rotatable member, and said projection extending along a longitudinal direction of said first rotatable member,
wherein the gap D (mm) between said covering member and said first rotatable member and a peripheral speed V of said first rotatable member (mm/s) satisfy
0.5?D?0.0059×V+0.72.

US Pat. No. 10,191,419

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO CONVEY RECORDING MATERIAL HAVING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material;
a fixing unit configured to fix the image formed by the image forming unit on the recording material at a nip portion;
a conveyance path configured to convey a recording material on which the image has been fixed by the fixing unit,
wherein the image forming apparatus is configured such that a recording material, whose length in a conveyance direction is equal to or longer than a threshold length, is able to be conveyed in the conveyance path, and a recording material, whose length in the conveyance direction is shorter than the threshold length, is not able to be conveyed in the conveyance path; and
a control unit configured to perform control,
wherein, in a case where it is detected that a length of a predetermined recording material is shorter than the threshold lenght while the predetermined recording material is being conveyed toward the conveyance path, the control unit performs control to stop conveyance of the predetermined recording material in a state where the predetermined recording material is nipped at the nip portion.

US Pat. No. 10,191,428

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PERFORMING MISREGISTRATION CORRECTION CONTROL BASED ON DETECTION RESULTS OF DETECTION PATTERN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a forming unit configured to form a detection pattern on a rotationally drivable image carrier, the forming unit including a photosensitive member;
a detection unit configured to detect the detection pattern; and
a control unit configured to perform misregistration correction control based on a detection result of the detection pattern by the detection unit,
wherein the detection pattern includes a plurality of basic patterns arranged at a first interval in a sub scanning direction, which is a rotation direction of the image carrier,
each of the plurality of basic patterns includes N image groups (N being an integer of at least 3) arranged at a second interval in the sub scanning direction,
in the N image groups, a first image group including an image at a first angle relative to the sub scanning direction, and a second image group including an image at a second angle different from the first angle relative to the sub scanning direction, are arranged alternately in the sub scanning direction,
the first interval corresponds to a distance that a surface of the image carrier moves in a period of M (M being an integer of at least 2) times a first period corresponding to a rotation period of a rotational member included in the forming unit,
the second interval corresponds to a distance that the surface of the image carrier moves in a period of 1/(N?1) of the first period,
the forming unit is further configured to form a toner image on the photosensitive member, and transfer the toner image from the photosensitive member to the image carrier, thereby forming the detection pattern on the image carrier, and
the rotational member is the photosensitive member or a motor configured to drive the photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 10,191,430

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image by using a developer;
a mounting unit to which a container is mounted, wherein the container is configured to contain a developer, and
wherein the container supplies the developer to the image forming unit;
a cover configured to be opened to replace the container mounted to the mounting unit, and to be closed to cover the container mounted to the mounting unit;
a detector configured to detect the container mounted to the mounting unit,
the detector being capable of detecting the container mounted to the mounting unit in a state where the cover is closed or in a state where the cover is opened;
a controller configured to determine whether a remaining amount of the developer contained in the container mounted to the mounting unit is more than a predetermined amount; and
a display unit configured to:
display, in a case where the container in which the remaining amount of developer is more than the predetermined amount is removed from the mounting unit, a first screen to prompt re-mounting of the removed container,
display a second screen different from the first screen in a case where the cover is closed without detecting the container by the detector after the first screen is displayed, and
display a third screen different from the second screen after the second screen is displayed in a case where the container is not mounted to the mounting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,191,436

PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM UNIT, ASSEMBLING METHOD THEREFOR, AND DISASSEMBLING METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photosensitive drum unit comprising:a photosensitive drum having a cylinder provided with a photosensitive portion at a peripheral surface thereof;
a rotational force receiving member for receiving a rotational force for rotating the photosensitive drum, the rotational force receiving member including a rotational force receiving portion for receiving the rotational force at one end portion side thereof and a portion-to-be-engaged at another end portion side thereof;
a spherical member including a spherical portion, a projected portion projected from the spherical portion, and an engaging portion for engaging with the portion-to-be-engaged;
a drum flange provided at one end portion of the cylinder and accommodating the spherical member, the drum flange including (i) a hole portion capable of accommodating the spherical portion and having an opening that opens outwardly in the longitudinal direction of the cylinder, (ii) a groove portion that continues from the hole portion and is capable of accommodating the projected portion for receiving the rotational force from the projected portion, and (iii) a limiting portion for limiting inward movement of the spherical portion in the longitudinal direction of the cylinder; and
a closing member capable of partially covering the opening of the hole portion and capable of being mounted to the drum flange to limit outward movement of the spherical portion in the longitudinal direction of the cylinder,
wherein one of the engaging portion and the portion-to-be-engaged includes a male screw portion and the other of the engaging portion and the portion-to-be-engaged includes a female screw portion.

US Pat. No. 10,191,438

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member for bearing a developer image;
an optical sensor including a light emitting portion for emitting light to a surface of said image bearing member, a light receiving portion for receiving the light reflected by the surface of said image bearing member, and a cover member, having a light-transmissive property, for covering said light emitting portion or said light receiving portion;
a cleaning member for cleaning said cover member in contact with said cover member, said cleaning member being movable; and
a supporting member for supporting said optical sensor, said supporting member being movable between a proximity position, where said optical sensor opposes said image bearing member with a predetermined distance, and a spaced position, where said optical sensor is spaced from said image bearing member by a distance more than the predetermined distance to form a cleaning space for permitting said cleaning member to move thereinto for cleaning of said cover member with said cleaning member between said optical sensor and said image bearing member,
wherein, when said supporting member is in the proximity position, said cleaning member is in a retracted position and, in the retracted position said cleaning member (i) is retracted from an opposing space between said optical sensor and said image bearing member and (ii) is in a space of a gap between said image bearing member and said supporting member, and
wherein, when said supporting member is in the spaced position, said cleaning member moves toward a cleaning position from the retracted position for cleaning said cover member with said cleaning member.

US Pat. No. 10,191,440

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a first controller including:
a first processor configured to, based on print target image data, obtain information indicating toner amount supplied to a photoconductor by a developer unit to form an image,
wherein an image forming area along a scanning direction of a laser that exposes the photoconductor is divided into a plurality of regions, and the obtained information includes at least information indicating toner amount on one of the plurality of regions; and
a second controller including:
a generation unit configured to, based on the information obtained by the first processor, generate patch data for cleaning the photoconductor, and
a second processor configured to control the developer unit to execute image formation, and to execute image formation based on the patch data generated by the generation unit,
wherein the information indicating toner amount on a part of the plurality of regions is transmitted from the first controller to the second controller.

US Pat. No. 10,191,698

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. A control method for an information processing apparatus that is able to execute an application,wherein the application supports two invoking methods including a first invoking method which is invoked by a first file of an extension supported by the application being shared by a sharing function of another application being executed and a second invoking method which is invoked from a printing system of an operating system by a second file targeted for print processing being received, and
wherein the control method comprising, in a case where the first file is shared according to the first invoking method, invoking the printing system by issuing a print instruction to the printing system using the shared first file, receiving the second file converted from the first file according to the second invoking method, and performing print processing based on the second file.

US Pat. No. 10,191,444

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH INCLUDES A DETACHABLE CARTRIDGE CONFIGURED TO AVOID A COLLISION BETWEEN AN EXPOSING MEMBER AND THE CARTRIDGE WHEN MOUNTING THE CARTRIDGE TO A SUPPORTING MEMBER OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:at least one cartridge including an image bearing member and a frame, the frame having at least two protruding portions protruding from an end of the frame; and
a supporting member for supporting the at least one cartridge configured to move between an inside position situated inside a main unit of the image forming apparatus and an outside position situated outside of the main unit, the supporting member comprising:
a mounting portion to which the at least one cartridge is mountable along a direction orthogonal to an axial direction of the image bearing member;
a pair of opposing and parallel-oriented vertical sidewalls connected to opposing sides of the mounting portion;
at least one image exposing member, positioned between and orthogonal to the pair of opposing vertical sidewalls, configured to form a latent image on the image bearing member by emitting light from a light emitting surface toward the image bearing member, the at least one image exposing member protruding from a bottom of the supporting member and being inserted from an opening into the cartridge when the cartridge is mounted to the mounting portion;
at least two guide portions, each formed as a groove provided on each of the vertical sidewalls so that an open-side of the groove faces inward into the supporting member, configured to engage the at least two protruding portions to guide the at least one cartridge to move toward the mounting portion; and
at least one regulating portion, formed in an upper edge of each of the vertical sidewalls, configured to regulate a rotation position of the cartridge when the at least two protruding portions are at a position in contact with the at least one regulating portion and not engaged with the at least two guide portions, the rotation having rotation axis which is parallel to the axial direction,
wherein a gap is formed between (i) a part of a bottom surface of the frame which is opposed to the light emitting surface and (ii) the light emitting surface when the rotation position of the cartridge is regulated by the at least one regulating portion being in contact with the at least two protruding portions and is not engaged with the at least two guide portions in a state in which the opening is opposed to a plane perpendicular to protruding direction of the at least one image exposing member.

US Pat. No. 10,191,445

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a movable unit including a regulating portion for regulating a position of a developing unit for supporting a developer carrying member and movable between a contact position for permitting contact of said developer carrying member with an image bearing member and a spaced position for permitting spacing of said developer carrying member from said image bearing member;
a driving member for moving said movable unit from the contact position to the spaced position, said driving member being displaceable between a contact phase for permitting location of said movable unit at the contact position and a spaced phase for maintaining said movable unit at the spaced position;
an openable member for opening and closing an opening provided for demounting said developer carrying member and/or said image bearing member from a main assembly of said image forming apparatus; and
a pressing member for pressing and moving said movable unit by being moved in interrelation with an opening operation of said openable member,
wherein when said driving member is displaced from the contact phase to the spaced phase, said movable unit is moved by a first movement amount from the contact position to a first spaced position, and
wherein when said openable member is opened, said pressing member presses and moves said movable unit to a second spaced position from the contact position by the first movement amount and a second movement amount smaller than the first movement amount.

US Pat. No. 10,191,446

PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER CARTRIDGE AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cartridge usable with a developing unit, the developing unit including a developing roller configured to carry toner, an accommodating portion configured to accommodate the toner, an agitator configured to stir the toner in the accommodating portion, and an opening provided in a side surface of the accommodating portion crossing with a rotational axis of the agitator and sealed by a sealing member, the cartridge comprising:a frame;
a photosensitive drum rotatably supported by the frame;
a mounting portion to which the developing unit is detachably mountable; and
a lever provided at an end portion of the frame with respect to a rotational axis direction of the photosensitive drum, the lever being rotatable between a first position and a second position,
wherein, when the developing unit is mounted and set in the mounting portion, the lever in the first position permits the developing unit to be retained in a mounted position in which the developing roller contacts the photosensitive drum,
wherein, when the lever is rotated from the first position to the second position in a state that the developing unit is in the mounted position, the lever urges the developing unit to move the developing unit relative to the frame, and
wherein in the first position at least a part of the lever overlaps with the opening in a case where the part of the lever is projected to the side surface in a direction along the rotational axis of the photosensitive drum in the state that the developing unit is in the mounted position.

US Pat. No. 10,191,703

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display a preview screen including identification information of document data and a preview image of the document data;
a selection unit configured to select a storage function based on a user operation using the preview screen being performed by the user; and
an accepting unit configured to accept a print instruction based on a user operation using a print item in the preview screen being performed by the user,
wherein in a case where the storage function is selected, the identification information of the document data is displayed in the preview screen after print processing for the document data has been performed, and in a case where the storage function is not selected, the identification information of the document data is not displayed in the preview screen after print processing for the document data has been performed,
wherein in a case where (1) target identification information is selected, based on a user operation to select the target identification information using the preview screen being performed by the user, from the preview screen including as the identification information first identification information of first document data for which print processing is to be newly performed and second identification information of second document data for which the storage function is selected and print processing has been already performed and (2) print setting information is changed, print setting information of document data corresponding to the selected target identification information is changed and print setting information of document data corresponding to the identification information not selected is not changed,
wherein the preview image of the document data corresponding to the selected target identification information is displayed in the preview screen and the preview image of the document data corresponding to the identification information not selected is not displayed in the preview screen, and
wherein printing based on the document data corresponding to the selected target identification information is performed and printing based on the document data corresponding to the identification information not selected is not performed, in a case where the target identification information is selected from the first and second identification information and the print instruction is accepted in a state the first and second identification information are displayed in the preview screen.

US Pat. No. 10,191,704

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS READING DATA CREATED BY RENDER FILTER FOR IMAGE FORMATION FROM STORAGE AREA AND SAVING THE DATA IN TEMPORARY STORAGE AREA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus installed with a driver having a render filter that creates data for image formation and that saves the created data in a storage area that is not deleted at a time of uninstallation of the driver, the apparatus comprising:a saving unit configured to read the data saved in the storage area and to save the data in a temporary storage area that is deleted at a time of uninstallation of the driver;
a deletion unit configured to delete the data from the storage area after the data is saved in the temporary storage area;
a determination unit that determines whether or not the data for image formation which has been created by the render filter is stored in the storage area; and
a control unit that reads data saved in the storage area, saves the data in the temporary storage area that is deleted at the time of uninstallation of the driver, and deletes the data from the storage area in a case where the determination unit determines that the data for image formation is saved in the storage area,
wherein the saving unit, the deletion unit, the determination unit, and the control unit are implemented by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,191,706

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:at least one processor that operates to control:
a first wireless communication unit having a memory, the first wireless communication unit configured to
communicate with an external apparatus by near field wireless communication;
store, in the memory, first information including communication information for establishing longer field wireless communication having a communication range longer than a range of the near field wireless communication and which is read by the external apparatus, wherein the first information is deleted from the memory if second information including setting information for activating an access point included in the communication apparatus is written to the memory;
receive a request for writing the second information from the external apparatus; and
store, in the memory, the second information, wherein the second information is stored in the memory after the request is received from the external apparatus;
a setting unit configured to activate the access point included in the communication apparatus, if the first information stored in the memory is deleted from the memory and the second information is written to the memory based on the request received from the external apparatus;
a second wireless communication unit configured to communicate with the external apparatus which has read the first information by the longer field wireless communication if the access point is activated; and
an update unit configured to update, after the first information is deleted from the memory by writing the second information to the memory, the memory from a state where the second information is stored in the memory to a state where the first information is stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,183,824

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a feeding rotating member configured to feed a sheet;
a separating portion configured to separate and feed one by one the sheet fed by the feeding rotating member, the separating portion including a separating rotating member configured to feed a sheet and a separating member configured to form a separation nip portion by abutting on the separating rotating member;
a sheet stacking portion on which sheets are stacked and disposed to face the feeding rotating member;
a sheet introducing portion configured to guide the sheet toward the separating portion, the sheet introducing portion being disposed in a downstream side of the sheet stacking portion and positioned above a tangent line at a contacting point between the feeding rotating member and the sheet stacking portion in a vertical direction; and
a contact member disposed to be able to contact with an upper surface of the sheet conveyed by the feeding rotating member in a region of the sheet introducing portion,
wherein the sheet introducing portion comprises a rib disposed along a sheet conveying direction, wherein the rib is positioned outside of the feeding rotating member in a sheet width direction perpendicular to the sheet conveying direction, and wherein the contact member is positioned at an opposite side of the feeding rotating member with respect to the rib in the sheet width direction, and
wherein, in a cross-section, in the sheet width direction, involving the contact member and the rib, (a) a highest portion of the rib is higher than a surface of the sheet introducing portion corresponding to the feeding rotating member in the sheet width direction, and (b) a lowest portion of the contact member in a status that the sheet is not conveyed is lower than the highest portion of the rib.

US Pat. No. 10,186,906

POWER-TRANSMITTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF WIRELESSLY TRANSMITTING POWER TO POWER-RECEIVING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power-transmitting apparatus that wirelessly transmits power to a power-receiving apparatus, the power-transmitting apparatus comprising:an antenna configured to wirelessly output power; and
a control unit;
wherein the control unit performs:
detecting the presence of a foreign substance between the power-receiving apparatus and the power-transmitting apparatus; and
adjusting power to be transmitted to the power-receiving apparatus through the antenna in accordance with a detection result of detecting the presence of a foreign substance,
wherein the control unit is configured to determine, in accordance with a foreign substance detection threshold determined according to maximum power transmittable to the power-receiving apparatus, whether the foreign substance necessitates control of power to be transmitted to the power-receiving apparatus, and
wherein the foreign substance detection threshold is determined in accordance with a maximum transmittable power of the power-transmitting apparatus or maximum receivable power of the power-receiving apparatus, whichever is smaller.

US Pat. No. 10,185,116

LENS DRIVING APPARATUS AND LENS DRIVING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens driving apparatus comprising:a lens holding member for holding a lens movably in an optical axis direction;
a first guide bar and a second guide bar that support the lens holding member movably in the optical axis direction;
first driving unit and second driving unit that drive the lens holding member in the optical direction, the first driving unit is positioned closer than the second driving unit to the first guide bar, the second driving unit is positioned closer than the first driving unit to the second guide bar in a direction of perpendicular to the optical axis; and
first position detection unit and second position detection unit that detect a position of the lens holding member in the optical axis direction, the first position detection unit is positioned closer than the second position detection unit to the first guide bar, the second position detection unit is positioned closer than the first position detection unit to the second guide bar in the direction of perpendicular to the optical axis,
wherein upon driving the lens holding member, either of or both of the first driving unit and the second driving unit are driven and controlled from a position detection result of the first position detection unit and the second position detection unit in such a manner that the first driving unit and the second driving unit are positioned at a target position,
wherein the first driving unit and the second driving unit drive the same lens.

US Pat. No. 10,186,988

VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR AND DRIVER UTILIZING THE VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration wave motor comprising:a vibrating plate having a substantially rectangular outline; and
a piezoelectric element bonded to the vibrating plate and configured to vibrate, wherein
the vibrating plate has a section not covered with the piezoelectric element inside a rectangular region encompassing the piezoelectric element within a plane where the piezoelectric element is bonded,
the vibrating plate has a notched portion in the section not covered with the piezoelectric element,
either one of the vibrating plate and the piezoelectric element is provided with a protrusion configured to perform an elliptic motion by vibrations of the piezoelectric element with different phases, and
the notched portion on the vibrating plate includes a first notched portion and a second notched portion, with nodes of the vibration of the vibrating plate being located between the first notched portion and the second notched portion.

US Pat. No. 10,186,989

VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vibration wave motor comprising:a vibrator that generates an elliptic motion;
a holding member that holds the vibrator; and
a driven body driven by the vibrator, wherein
the holding member comprises a first abutting portion and a second abutting portion abutting the vibrator,
the vibrator comprises a first displacement portion at a part abutting the first abutting portion and comprises a second displacement portion at a part abutting the second abutting portion,
a displacement of the first displacement portion is smaller than a displacement of the second displacement portion, and
an area of the first abutting portion of the holding member is greater than an area of the second abutting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,186,990

DRIVING APPARATUS THAT DRIVES MOVING BODY IN MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving apparatus that has a first vibrator vibrated through application of a plurality of first AC voltages, and a second vibrator vibrated through application of a plurality of second AC voltages, and moves a moving body by a driving force of the first vibrator and a driving force of the second vibrator, comprising:a detecting unit configured to detect a position of the moving body:
a first control unit configured to control a voltage amplitude of the plurality of first AC voltages and a voltage amplitude of the plurality of second AC voltages; and
a second control unit configured to control each of the first vibrator and the second vibrator based on a deviation between a driving command for moving the moving body and a result of detection by the detecting unit while the plurality of first AC voltages and the plurality of second AC voltages are being controlled by the first control unit,
wherein a driving direction of the first vibrator and a driving direction of the second vibrator cross each other,
wherein the first control unit is configured to control the voltage amplitude of the plurality of first AC voltages based on a relative angle between a moving direction of the moving body, which is indicated by the driving command, and the driving direction of the first vibrator, and
wherein the first control unit is configured to control the voltage amplitude of the plurality of second AC voltages based on a relative angle between the moving direction of the moving body and the driving direction of the second vibrator.

US Pat. No. 10,185,225

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus which includes a projection optical system that projects a pattern of an original on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:an original holder that holds the original;
a substrate holder that holds the substrate;
a detector that detects an original-side mark image arranged in one of the original and the original holder, and a substrate-side mark image arranged in one of the substrate and the substrate holder via the projection optical system; and
a controller,
wherein the detector generates refocusable light field image data that includes the original-side mark image and the substrate-side mark image, and
wherein the controller
performs, based on the light field image data obtained from the detector, a refocus operation of reconstructing a plurality of images, and
adjusts a position of at least one of the original holder and the substrate holder in a first direction parallel to an optical axis of the projection optical system based on a difference between a peak position on a contrast curve obtained from a contrast value of the original-side mark image in each of the plurality of images and a peak position on a contrast curve obtained from a contrast value of the substrate-side mark image in each of the plurality of images.

US Pat. No. 10,185,226

STAGE APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

17. A lithography apparatus which forms a pattern on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:a stage apparatus configured to hold the substrate via a chuck with a chucking hole for chucking the substrate,
wherein the stage apparatus includes:
a plate configured to support the chuck on a support surface,
wherein the plate includes a first plate member, a second plate member, and a third plate member from a side of the support surface in a thickness direction,
at least one surface out of a first surface of the first plate member on a side of the second plate member and a second surface of the second plate member on a side of the first plate member includes a first concave portion configured to form a first channel extending in a direction along the surface,
at least one surface out of a third surface of the second plate member on a side of the third plate member and a fourth surface of the third plate member on the side of the second plate member includes a second concave portion configured to form a second channel extending in a direction along the surface, and
one of the first channel and the second channel communicates with the chucking hole.

US Pat. No. 10,185,233

COVER MEMBER, CONVEYING APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cover member for covering a first surface on an opposite side with respect to a holding surface of a holding portion that holds a substrate, the cover member comprising:a first removing member configured to remove a foreign substance attached to the first surface; and
a fixing member configured to fix the holding portion in a direction extending along the first surface while the holding portion is movable in a direction perpendicular to the first surface,
wherein the fixing member is configured to fix the holding portion while the first surface and the first removing member are in contact with each other covering the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,185,235

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

15. A measurement apparatus that measures a position of an object, the apparatus comprising:a detector configured to obtain an image of a mark formed on the object; and
a processor configured to generate detection data from the obtained image and obtain the position of the object based on the detection data,
wherein the processor is configured to obtain the position of the object based on a portion of the detection data that is limited based on information about a tolerance regarding a measurement precision for the object,
wherein the processor is configured to evaluate a position measurement precision with respect to each of a plurality of portions of the detection data, select, based on the information, a portion of the plurality of portions at which the position measurement precision satisfies the tolerance, and obtain the position of the object based on the portion,
wherein the mark includes a plurality of mark elements arrayed in a first direction, and
wherein the processor is configured to obtain the position of the object based on the portion corresponding to partial mark elements of the plurality of mark elements at which the position measurement precision satisfies the tolerance.

US Pat. No. 10,185,240

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH STORAGE OF CLEANING BLADE CONTACT PRESSURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a unit configured to be detachably mountable to a main assembly of said image forming apparatus, said unit including:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image,
a cleaning blade contacting said image bearing member at a cleaning portion and being configured to remove deposited matter on said image bearing member with movement of said image bearing member, and
an information storing member configured to store pressure information measured during an assembling step of said unit, the pressure information being information on contact pressures of said cleaning blade to said image bearing member with respect to a widthwise direction perpendicular to a movement direction of said image bearing member in each of a plurality of regions of said cleaning blade with respect to the widthwise direction;
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image from said image bearing member onto a toner image receiving member;
an input portion configured to be inputted with the pressure information; and
an executing portion configured to execute a toner supplying operation for supplying toner to the cleaning portion using a toner image formed on said image bearing member, in a period other than a period in which the toner image is formed on said image bearing member, for each predetermined number of image forming operations,
wherein on the basis of the pressure information inputted to said input portion, said executing portion sets amounts of the toner supplied to the respective regions in the toner supplying operation.

US Pat. No. 10,185,242

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:a light source configured to emit a laser light flux;
a deflection unit configured to deflect the laser light flux emitted from the light source; and
a light reception member configured in such a manner that the laser light flux reflected by the deflection unit is incident thereon,
wherein the light source emits the laser light flux tilted by a predetermined angle with respect to a horizontal direction toward the deflection unit, and
wherein the light reception member is disposed above or below the light source, and the laser light flux reflected by the deflection unit and tilted by the predetermined angle with respect to the horizontal direction is incident on the light reception member.

US Pat. No. 10,185,245

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a rotatable photoconductive member on which an electrostatic image is formed based on an image signal;
a developing unit configured to apply toner to the electrostatic image formed on the photoconductive member;
a cleaning blade that is in contact with the photoconductive member to form a nip portion and that is configured to remove an adhering substance adhering to the photoconductive member as the photoconductive member moves; and
an execution unit configured to execute a supply operation of forming a supply toner on the photoconductive member to supply the supply toner to the nip portion after completion of an image forming job of forming an image on one or a plurality of printing media in a series of operations and before the photoconductive member stops rotation,
wherein the execution unit sets the amount of supply toner such that the amount of supply toner linearly increases with an increase in the number of images formed at the image forming job.

US Pat. No. 10,185,251

REPRODUCTION METHOD FOR DEVELOPING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A reproduction method for a developing device including:a frame of the developing device;
a developer carrying member that carries developer;
a bearing member that rotatably supports the developer carrying member;
a fixing member having electric conductivity, the fixing member provided so as to pass through a through hole provided in the frame; and
a resin member having electric conductivity, the resin member fixed to the bearing member and engaged with the fixing member,
the reproduction method comprising:
releasing the engagement between the fixing member and the resin member and separating the bearing member and the resin member from the frame;
replacing parts to be used in the developing device or replenishing the developing device with developer;
connecting the bearing member and the resin member to the frame; and
inserting a fixing member having electric conductivity into the through hole to engage with the resin member and fix the resin member to the frame, thereby fixing the bearing member to the frame,
wherein, when the bearing member and the resin member are fixed to the frame again after separating the bearing member and the resin member from the frame, a conductive member having conductivity is attached to at least one of the fixing member and the resin member so that the conductive member is interposed between the resin member and the fixing member.

US Pat. No. 10,187,578

CONTROL APPARATUS OF VIBRATION ACTUATOR, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VIBRATION ACTUATOR, DRIVING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, AND AUTOMATIC STAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus of a vibration actuator, the control apparatus including a control unit comprising:a unit configured to obtain a relative position between a vibrator and a driven member by a position detection unit, and to output a first deviation, which is a difference between the relative position and a command value of the relative position;
a gain control unit configured to obtain a second deviation, which is a difference between the relative position and a target position of the relative position, and to a output a gain based on the second deviation; and
a control amount calculation unit configured to output a control amount to be used to control driving of the vibrator using the first deviation and the gain,
wherein the gain control unit reduces the gain output in accordance with reduction of the second deviation, and
the relative position between the vibrator and the driven member is changed due to driving of the vibrator.

US Pat. No. 10,187,581

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT COMPENSATES FOR FLASH BAND, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image pickup device configured to sequentially start exposure and sequentially read out signals for each row of pixels; and
at least one processor or circuit configured to function as the following units:
a detection unit configured to, based on an image signal output from the image pickup device, detect a flash band that appears in a plurality of frames consecutive in terms of time due to an external flash;
a correction unit configured to correct an image in at least one of the plurality of frames in which the flash band was detected by the detection unit to a full-screen flash image; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether a width of the flash band detected by the detection unit is equal to or greater than the number of rows in one frame,
wherein when the determination unit determines that the width of the flash band is not equal to or greater than the number of rows in one frame, the correction unit interpolates a row in which the flash band does not appear using a row in which the flash band appears and which immediately precedes or immediately succeeds the row in which the flash band does not appear.

US Pat. No. 10,183,490

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head configured to discharges liquid to a recording medium conveyed in a first direction, the liquid discharge head comprising:a recording element board including:
a plurality of discharge ports for discharging liquid;
a plurality of pressure chambers communicating with the plurality of discharge ports, respectively, and each including thereinside an energy generating element configured to generate energy to be used for discharging liquid; and
a common supply path communicating with the plurality of pressure chambers and configured to supply liquid to the plurality of pressure chambers,
wherein the plurality of discharge ports forms a discharge port array arrayed in an inclined manner with respect to a second direction perpendicular to the first direction,
wherein adjacent pressure chambers in an array direction of the discharge port array communicate with each other via only the common supply path,
wherein the plurality of discharge ports is divided into N number of groups (N?2), each of the groups includes a plurality of discharge ports arranged every Nth discharge port, and the N number of groups sequentially perform liquid discharge operations on a group basis according to time division in such a manner that each of a plurality of discharge ports belonging to a same group discharges liquid at a same time and a plurality of discharge ports belonging to different groups successively discharges liquid in array order, and
wherein the discharge port array is inclined to the second direction by an angle ? that satisfies a relation of tan ?=d2/(N×d1), where d1 is a distance between discharge ports within the discharge port array in the second direction, and d2 is a distance between two adjacent discharge ports within each of the groups in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,187,595

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensor comprising a pixel area in which a plurality of pixels is disposed in a matrix, the image sensor comprising:a first pixel including a plurality of photoelectric conversion units disposed in a first direction, one microlens disposed in common to the plurality of photoelectric conversion units, and a first color filter;
a second pixel adjacent to the first pixel along the first direction and including at least one photoelectric conversion unit and a second color filter;
a third pixel disposed adjacent to the first pixel along a second direction intersecting with the first direction and including at least one photoelectric conversion unit and a third color filter;
a first member disposed between the first color filter and the third color filter; and
a second member disposed between the first color filter and the second color filter,
wherein a width in the second direction of the first member is larger than a width in the first direction of the second member, and
wherein the first member and the second member have at least one of silicon compound, gas, vacuum, and metal.

US Pat. No. 10,187,601

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:a pixel region in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix including a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns, each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric converter and a source follower circuit configured to output a signal corresponding to an electric charge generated in the photoelectric converter;
a first output line connected to the source follower circuit of a first pixel and to the source follower circuit of a second pixel arranged in the same column as the first pixel; and
a second output line connected to the source follower circuit of a third pixel arranged in the same column as the second pixel and to the source follower circuit of a fourth pixel arranged in the same column as the third pixel,
wherein the first output line is connected to a third output line via a first select circuit,
wherein the second output line is connected to the third output line via a second select circuit, and
wherein the first select circuit and the second select circuit are provided in the pixel in a planar view.

US Pat. No. 10,187,603

DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a display unit configured to sequentially display a plurality of images based on a plurality of frames including a first frame and a second frame; and
a control unit configured to control the display unit so as to display each frame with a display brightness according to a brightness of each frame,
wherein in a case that the second frame is to be subjected to predetermined image processing, the control unit performs controlling the display unit such that an amount of change from a display brightness of the first frame to a display brightness of the second frame is not more than a predetermined threshold value, and in a case that the second frame is not to be subjected to predetermined image processing, the control unit does not perform the controlling,
wherein the predetermined image processing is at least one of enlarging processing, outline enhancement processing, marker synthesizing processing, zebra display processing, and clipping processing.

US Pat. No. 10,183,505

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PLATEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printhead configured to eject ink;
a sheet conveying unit configured to convey a sheet in a first direction;
a suction unit configured to suction ink; and
a platen unit configured to support the sheet to be printed with the printhead,
wherein the platen unit comprises:
supporting portions arranged in a second direction intersecting with the first direction, and configured to support the sheet;
an ink receiver for receiving ink ejected from the printhead, the ink receiver being adjacent to the supporting portions in the first direction and extending in the second direction;
an ink channel including an inclined bottom surface for allowing flow of ink received by the ink receiver, the ink channel being disposed below the ink receiver and extending in the second direction;
an ink collector which can contain the ink flowing from the inclined bottom surface and is disposed below the inclined bottom surface; and
a discharge port for discharging ink contained in the ink collector by suction of the suction unit through a tube connected to the discharge port.

US Pat. No. 10,183,509

SHEET SUPPLYING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a setting portion on which a roll sheet wound in a shape of a roll is set;
a pressing member configured to be movable between a first position for pressing an outer surface of the roll sheet set on the setting portion and a second position apart from the roll sheet set on the setting portion;
a printing unit configured to print on the roll sheet; and
a control unit configured to move the pressing member to the first position in a first case where the roll sheet set on the setting portion is supplied to the printing unit, and to move the pressing member to the second position in a second case where a roll sheet having a first surface printed by the printing unit is wound on the setting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,179,453

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:an ejection opening row in which a plurality of ejection openings configured to eject a liquid are disposed in a first direction;
a pressure chamber in which a print element configured to generate energy to be used to eject a liquid is disposed;
a passage which communicates with the pressure chamber;
a supply opening row in which a plurality of supply openings extending in a second direction intersecting a face provided with the print element and configured to supply a liquid to the passage are arranged in the first direction;
a collection opening row in which a plurality of collection openings extending in the second direction and configured to collect a liquid from the passage are arranged in the first direction;
a first common supply passage which extends in the first direction and is configured to supply a liquid to the supply opening row;
a first common collection passage which extends in the first direction and is configured to collect a liquid from the collection opening row;
a first supply side communication opening which extends in the second direction and is configured to supply a liquid to the first common supply passage;
a first collection side communication opening which extends in the second direction and is configured to collect a liquid from the first common collection passage;
a substrate comprising the first common supply passage and the first common collection passage; and
a lid member including the first supply side communication opening and the first collection side communication opening, the lid member being disposed on the substrate,
wherein at least one of the first supply side communication opening and the first collection side communication opening is provided two or more in number.

US Pat. No. 10,180,646

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a photosensitive drum;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photosensitive drum to form an electrostatic latent image on a surface of the photosensitive drum;
a developing roller configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the surface of the photosensitive drum by using a developer;
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
for each predetermined pixel of a plurality of pixels of image data to be formed, obtain a number of pixels to be developed on a downstream side in a sub-scanning direction from the predetermined pixel,
in order to correct a density increase that occurs at a trailing edge of an image to be formed in accordance with a peripheral speed difference between the photosensitive drum and the developing roller, determine a correction amount of light amount for each predetermined pixel of the plurality of pixels in accordance with the obtained number of pixels, and
generate image formation data using the correction amount of light amount determined for each predetermined pixel, and
wherein the correction amount of light amount is determined to be a fixed correction amount of light amount at a trailing region of the image where the density increase occurs, and is determined so that it smoothly reduces from the fixed correction amount of light amount in a predetermined region width from a leading edge side of the trailing region toward the leading edge side of the image.

US Pat. No. 10,180,655

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR STABLY DETACHING A DEVELOPING UNIT ON AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a supporting member configured to support a developing unit including a developing roller and be movable between a first position where the developing roller can attach toner to a photosensitive member, and a second position where the developing roller is separate from the photosensitive member so that the developing roller does not attach toner to the photosensitive member;
an opening/closing member configured to open and close an opening through which the developing unit passes when the developing unit is attached to or detached from the supporting member; and
a restriction member configured to restrict a movement of the supporting member from a third position different from the first and second positions,
wherein in case where the opening/closing member is opened when the supporting member is at the first position, the restriction member presses the supporting member to move to the third position, and in case where the opening/closing member is opened when the supporting member is at the second position, the restriction member presses the supporting member to move to the third position.

US Pat. No. 10,176,614

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:an image acquirer configured to acquire first images and second images included in a first and a second sets, wherein each of the first and the second sets includes
at least one of the first images obtained by imaging a first region having a predetermined size at an eye fundus of a subject eye and the second images obtained by imaging a second region smaller than the predetermined size, and
wherein the first and the second images included in a same set are associated with each other based on an imaging period;
a registerer configured to perform
first registration of the first image and the second images included in the same set and
second registration of the first images included in different sets and
to generate positional information of the first registration and the second registration; and
a superimposer configured to superimpose
the second images included in the first set and the second images included in the second set acquired after the first set on one of the first images included in the first set or one of the first images included in the second set based on the positional information generated by the registerer to generate a superimposed image;
a region acquirer configured to acquire, from within the superimposed image, an evaluation region serving as a partial region subject to time-course evaluation;
an image selector configured to select the second images subject to fine registration from among the second images including the evaluation region;
a region extractor configured to extract a common region included in common in the second images subject to a third registration, the third registration being fine registration of the second images selected by the image selector and being performed by the registerer; and
a controller configured to perform control to display the common region and a result of the third registration.

US Pat. No. 10,172,524

PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a light source;
a receiving element configured to receive, at a plurality of positions, a photoacoustic wave generated through irradiation of a subject with single pulsed light generated by the light source and output a time-series reception signal corresponding to the single pulsed light; and
a signal data obtaining unit configured to:
obtain the time-series reception signal output from the receiving element;
generate reception signal data from the time-series reception signal, and
store the reception signal data,
wherein the signal data obtaining unit is configured to obtain information on a shape of the subject and determine a first period corresponding to a period in which the receiving element receives a photoacoustic wave generated in a region other than the subject and a second period corresponding to a period in which the receiving element receives a photoacoustic wave generated in the subject on the basis of the information on the shape of the subject, and
wherein the signal data obtaining unit is configured to generate the reception signal data in such a manner that a data amount per unit of time of the time-series reception signal which is output from the receiving element in the first period and is stored in the signal data obtaining unit is smaller than a data amount per unit of time of the time-series reception signal which is output from the receiving element in the second period and is stored in the signal data obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 10,178,551

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO PERFORM PROCESS FOR SHARING COMMUNICATION PARAMETER WITH ANOTHER COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the processor(s), cause the communication apparatus to:
provide first information containing information unique to the communication apparatus and information on a predetermined channel for use in sharing a communication parameter for wireless communication with another communication apparatus or second information containing the information unique to the communication apparatus but not containing information on the predetermined channel;
i) in a case where the first information is provided, wait to receive a predetermined signal containing information corresponding to the information unique to the communication apparatus without shifting from the predetermined channel to another channel;
ii) wait, using a plurality of channels, to receive the predetermined signal in a case where the second information is provided; and
in a case where the predetermined signal is received from the other communication apparatus, perform a process for sharing the communication parameter with the other communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,168,966

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that performs a direct wireless communication with a communication terminal, the information processing apparatus comprising:a wireless local area network (LAN) interface;
a memory device that stores set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions of
controlling the wireless LAN interface to activate an access point to be used in the direct wireless communication, and
controlling, upon condition that the information processing apparatus operates in a first mode where an instruction for a predetermined setting change of the information processing apparatus is waited for from the communication terminal by using the direct wireless communication, transmission and reception of data via the access point by using a first communication filter, and controlling, upon condition that the information processing apparatus operates in a second mode which is different from the first mode, the transmission and the reception of the data via the access point by using a second communication filter.

US Pat. No. 10,162,278

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a support, an electrically conductive layer, and a photosensitive layer in this order,wherein the electrically conductive layer contains a binder material and particles represented by General Formula (1)
Nb2.00O5.00-XNY  (1)
wherein, in Formula (1), Nb is a niobium atom, O is an oxygen atom, N is a nitrogen atom, and 0.00

US Pat. No. 10,162,546

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus capable of transmitting and receiving data to and from a plurality of storages mounted on a network, the imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging unit configured to capture an image;
a memory configured to store a priority order of the plurality of storages;
one or more interfaces configured to receive a first command or a second command, and a third command, wherein the first command includes an instruction to mount a specific storage, wherein the second command includes an instruction to mount a storage selected by the imaging apparatus from among the plurality of storages, and wherein the third command includes an instruction to execute one of a plurality of types of data transfer processing by using a mounted storage; and
one or more processors configured to automatically select and mount a storage from among the plurality of storages, the plurality of storages not mounted to the imaging apparatus, if the one or more interfaces receive the second command and the third command, the storage to mount being selected based on the type of data transfer processing specified in the instruction included in the third command in a case where no storage has been mounted to the imaging apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,162,549

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT CHIP AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An integrated circuit chip which incorporates a processor, and can be connected to a ROM and a RAM, the chip comprising:a communication unit configured to communicate with another integrated circuit chip; and
a reset controller which includes a register storing initial data for setting the processor in a reset state, and is configured to select, based on a logical level of an external terminal, processing to be performed between a first processing to provide the data of the register to a reset terminal of the processor and a second processing to provide an external signal to the reset terminal of the processor,
wherein, if the integrated circuit chip is connected to the RAM and the ROM which stores a program to be executed by the integrated circuit chip and another integrated circuit chip to be connected, the processor of the integrated circuit chip
performs an activation process in accordance with the program of the connected ROM,
communicates with the other integrated circuit chip via the communication unit,
transmits, via the communication unit, the program for the other integrated circuit chip stored in the ROM to the RAM connected to the other integrated circuit chip, and
causes the processor of the other integrated circuit chip to perform activation based on the program stored in the RAM by storing data indicating reset cancellation in the register of the reset controller of the other integrated circuit chip via the communication unit.

US Pat. No. 10,162,580

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a wireless communicator;
a printer; and
a controller,
wherein, when the printing apparatus starts a direct wireless communication, which is directly and wirelessly communicating with an information processing apparatus by the wireless communicator without going through a relay apparatus, the controller determines whether or not a setting of a specific protocol for the printing apparatus to provide a printing service to the information processing apparatus is enabled, and
wherein, in accordance with the determination that the setting of the specific protocol is not enabled, the controller changes the setting of the specific protocol from disable to enable.

US Pat. No. 10,165,153

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing data used for printing an image on a print medium with use of printing materials of multiple colors including at least printing material of a first color, printing material of a second color different from the first color, and printing material of a third color having higher lightness than the first and second colors, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media coupled to the one or more processors, the one or more computer-readable media storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing device to perform operating comprising:
acquiring first, second, and third pieces of multivalued data respectively corresponding to the printing materials of the first, second, and third colors; and
generating first, second, and third pieces of quantization data, respectively corresponding to the printing materials of the first, second, and third colors, for a plurality of pixels by quantization processing using a plurality of threshold value matrices defining threshold values for respective pixels,
wherein the generating, (i) generates the first quantization data on a basis of the acquired first piece of multivalued data of a target pixel and a threshold value for the target pixel in a first threshold value matrix, without using a second threshold value matrix, the arrangement of threshold values in the first threshold value matrix being different from the arrangement of threshold values in the second threshold value matrix, (ii) generates the second quantization data on a basis of the acquired second piece of multivalued data of the target pixel and a threshold value for the target pixel in the second threshold value matrix, without using the first threshold value matrix, and (iii) generates the third quantization data on a basis of the acquired third piece of multivalued data of the target pixel, the threshold value for the target pixel in the second threshold value matrix and the second piece of multivalued data of the target pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,154,262

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD USING IMPROVED PREDICTIVE ENCODING TECHNIQUES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an acquiring unit configured to acquire an encoding target block having a plurality of groups each including a predetermined number of pixels;
a deciding unit configured to decide for each group a quantization parameter used to quantize image data of the group and an encoding scheme so that a code length of the encoding target block does not exceed a predetermined value,
wherein the deciding unit selects, as the encoding scheme of a respective group, either a first encoding scheme that outputs quantized image data or a second encoding scheme that outputs encoded data of a differential between quantized image data and prediction data;
an encoding unit configured to generate encoded data by encoding image data of the encoding target block in accordance with the quantization parameters and the encoding schemes decided for the respective groups by the deciding unit; and
a multiplexing unit configured to generate stream data by multiplexing encoded data of the encoding target block outputted from the encoding unit and header information including first information for identifying an encoding mode,
wherein the deciding unit assigns, as the quantization parameter of the respective group, either a first quantization parameter or a second quantization parameter corresponding to a quantization step smaller than a quantization step corresponding to the first quantization parameter, out of the plurality of quantization parameters,
wherein the deciding unit selects as the encoding mode of the encoding target block either a first mode that compares, for each group, a code length obtained from encoding according to the first encoding scheme with a code length obtained from encoding according to the second encoding scheme and selects, for each group, whichever of the first encoding scheme and the second encoding scheme can obtain a smaller code length, or a second mode that selects the second encoding scheme as the encoding scheme of all groups of the encoding target block, and decides the quantization parameters and the encoding schemes of the plurality of groups of the encoding target block in accordance with the selected encoding mode,
wherein the multiplexing unit multiplexes the header information which includes second information for identifying the encoding scheme of each of the plurality of groups of the encoding target block if the deciding unit selects the first mode, and multiplexes the header information which does not include the second information if the deciding unit selects the second mode, and
wherein the deciding unit in the first mode decides the quantization parameters and the encoding schemes of the groups so that the code length of the encoding target block does not exceed a first value, and in the second mode decides the quantization parameters and the encoding schemes of the groups so that the code length of the encoding target block does not exceed a second value larger than the first value.

US Pat. No. 10,149,262

DATA SYNCHRONIZATION ACROSS PLURAL TERMINALS BY MANAGEMENT OF PARENT AND CHILD USER IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for communicating with a plurality of terminals that have same user identification information and that communicate with a server that performs a data synchronization among the plurality of terminals on the basis of the user identification information, the information processing apparatus comprising at least a processor and at least a memory coupled to the at least the processor and having stored thereon instructions, and, when the instructions are executed by the at least the processor, the at least the processor and the at least the memory cooperating to act as:a first managing unit configured to manage a first table including a parent user identification information and terminal identification information of the plurality of terminals in association with each other;
a providing unit configured to provide a designation screen based on the terminal identification information of the plurality of terminals in association with the parent user identification information included in the first table, the designation screen being used to designate at least one terminal from among a list of the plurality terminals possessed by a user;
a forming unit configured to form a child user identification information for at least one terminal designated by the user through the designation screen;
a registering unit configured to register the formed child user identification information into the server;
a second managing unit configured to manage a second table including the parent user identification information, the child user identification information, and a terminal identification information of the designated at least one terminal in association with each other; and
a transmitting unit configured to, in response to reception of the parent user identification information and a request for obtaining the child user identification from one terminal among the designated at least one terminal, specify the child user identification information of the designated at least one terminal based on the second table and a combination of the parent user identification information and the terminal identification information of the one terminal so as to transmit the specified child user identification information to the one terminal,
wherein the one terminal is configured to transmit the child user identification information to the server so that the server performs a data synchronization among the designated at least one terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,147,287

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS TO SET A DETECTION LINE USED TO COUNT THE PASSING NUMBER OF MOVING OBJECTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory for storing instructions to be executed by the hardware processor, wherein, when the instructions stored in the memory are executed by the hardware processor, the image processing apparatus functions as:
a generation unit configured to generate a movement trajectory of an object based on a plurality of images obtained from successive image capturing,
an obtaining unit configured to obtain setting information of a detection line for detecting passage of the object,
a determination unit configured to determine a display form of the movement trajectory according to a positional relationship of the detection line corresponding to the setting information obtained by the obtaining unit and the movement trajectory generated by the generation unit, wherein the determination unit determines a display form of the movement trajectory so that display forms are different between a movement trajectory intersecting the detection line and a movement trajectory not intersecting the detection line, and
a display control unit configured to display the movement trajectory on a display screen in the display form determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,148,854

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a controlling portion having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having a circuitry, the controlling portion being configured to:
detect an edge portion of an object in first image data to generate edge information corresponding to a pixel of the first image data;
perform dither processing using a dither matrix for the first image data to generate second image data;
with respect to a neighboring area of the edge portion, the neighboring area being included in the object in the first image data,
in a case where a value of a pixel in the second image data corresponding to the pixel of the neighboring area is a value of a pixel showing white, determine a value of the pixel of the neighboring area based on whether or not a value of the pixel of the detected edge portion is a predetermined value or more, and output the determined value of the pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,145,790

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions, which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:
determine an atmospheric light component from a captured image including an influence of fine particles in an atmosphere; and
generate an image from the captured image, in which the influence of fine particles has been reduced, based on the determined atmospheric light component, wherein
the image is generated based on data of the captured image and data of an exposure value at the time of photographing the captured image.

US Pat. No. 10,149,204

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device comprising:a base station unit configured to operate as a base station which constructs a first wireless network compliant with IEEE802.11 series;
a station unit configured to operate as a station which is connected to a base station that constructs a second wireless network compliant with the IEEE802.11 series;
a providing unit configured to operate as a providing device that provides a first communication parameter for connecting to the first wireless network;
a receiving unit configured to operate as a receiving device that receives a second communication parameter for connecting to the second wireless network;
a setting unit configured to set a value used for determining whether the communication device operates as a first role or a second role,
wherein, in a case where the communication device operates as the first role the communication device activates the base station unit and the providing unit, and the providing unit provides another communication device with the first communication parameter, and
wherein, in a case where the communication device operates as the second role, the communication device activates the station unit and the receiving unit, and the receiving unit receives, from the other communication device, the second communication parameter; and
a determination unit configured to perform a determination process of determining whether the communication device operates as the first role or the second role based on comparison of a value set by the setting unit with a value received from the other communication device,
wherein the setting unit is configured to set a different value based on whether the communication device activates the station unit.

US Pat. No. 10,146,145

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

15. A measurement apparatus that measures a position of an object, the apparatus comprising:a detector configured to obtain an image of a mark formed on the object; and
a processor configured to generate detection data from the obtained image and obtain the position of the object based on the detection data,
wherein the processor is configured to obtain the position of the object based on a portion of the detection data that is limited based on information about a tolerance regarding a measurement precision for the object,
wherein the processor is configured to evaluate a position measurement precision with respect to each of a plurality of portions of the detection data, select, based on the information, a portion of the plurality of portions at which the position measurement precision satisfies the tolerance, and obtain the position of the object based on the portion,
wherein the mark includes a plurality of mark elements arrayed in a first direction, and
wherein the processor is configured to obtain the position of the object based on the portion corresponding to partial mark elements of the plurality of mark elements at which the position measurement precision satisfies the tolerance.

US Pat. No. 10,142,500

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS TWO SEPARATE AND DIFFERENT SEARCH OPERATIONS FOR A DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus connected to an external access point, the information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors operating to:
cause a first search to be performed so that a first device that is not in a state of being connected to the external access point and that has a function of an access point is searched for;
cause a second search to be performed so that a second device that is already in a state of being connected to the external access point is able to be searched for, wherein the second search is a different search operation than the first search; and
cause a display unit to display first information regarding the first device found by the first search and second information regarding the second device found by the second search,
wherein, in a case where the first information displayed on the display unit is designated, processing for connecting the first device to the external access point is performed based on the designation of the first information,
wherein, in a case where the second information displayed on the display unit is designated, processing for connecting the second device to the external access point is not performed based on the designation of the second information, and
wherein the external access point is provided outside of the information processing apparatus, the first device, and the second device.

US Pat. No. 10,139,218

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more programmable processors;
a memory storing a program that is executable by the one or more programmable processors and when executed, causes the one or more programmable processors to function as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a captured image and distance information of a subject in the captured image;
a generation unit configured to generate, from the captured image, a plurality of depth-divided images, each of the depth-divided images including only a subject of the captured image in a specific distance range that is different from the distance range of others in said plurality of depth-divided images, based on the distance information of the subject;
a display control unit configured to selectably display the plurality of depth-divided images; and
an image processing unit configured to apply image processing to an image selected from among the plurality of depth-divided images, and
wherein the obtaining unit obtains the distance information of the subject in the captured image from a monochromatic distance image with a same number of pixels as the captured image, and wherein each pixel value indicates a subject distance of the corresponding pixel in the captured image to the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,133,219

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS THAT DETECTS A CRACK IN A FIXING BELT BASED ON A DIFFERENCE IN DETECTION TEMPERATURE BETWEEN A FIRST DETECTOR AND A SECOND DETECTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:an endless belt for heating a toner image on a sheet;
a first detector for detecting a temperature of one longitudinal end portion of said endless belt;
a second detector for detecting a temperature of the other longitudinal end portion of said endless belt; and
a controller for controlling whether notification of generation of an error is provided on the basis of a change amount per unit time of a difference between the temperature detected by said first detector and the temperature detected by said second detector.

US Pat. No. 10,126,697

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a developer containing unit configured to contain therein a developer including toner and a carrier;
a developer bearing member configured to bear the developer in the developer containing unit;
a toner density detection unit configured to detect the density of the toner relative to the developer in the developer containing unit;
a toner replenishment unit configured to replenish the toner into the developer containing unit;
an image density detection unit configured to detect the density of density detection toner images developed by the developer bearing member at a preset interval;
a control unit configured to control the replenishing of toner, by the toner replenishment unit, into the developer containing unit so as to maintain toner density, detected by the toner density detection unit, at a target value;
wherein the control unit is further configured to set the target value of the toner density to a value that is a preset lower limit value or higher and a preset upper limit value or lower based on an output of the image density detection unit; and
wherein the control unit is further configured to set the interval to the first interval when the target value is set to a value higher than the lower limit value and lower than the upper limit value, and to set the interval to a second interval greater than the first interval when the target value setting unit sets the target value to the upper limit value or the lower limit value.

US Pat. No. 10,127,241

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus connectable to an external apparatus, the information processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
display, on a screen, files existing in a folder of the external apparatus,
receive an event indicating a change in the folder from the external apparatus, and
update display content of the screen according to the received event,
wherein, in a case where a delete event indicating that a first file of the existing files in the folder is to be deleted is received from the external apparatus, the display content of the screen is not updated, and in a case where another event corresponding to the first file is further not received from the external apparatus within a predetermined time period after receiving the delete event, the display content of the screen is updated according to the delete event so that the first file is deleted,
and wherein, in a case where a delete event indicating that a second file of the existing files in the folder is to be deleted is received from the external apparatus, the display content of the screen is not updated, and in a case where an append event, corresponding to second file information, indicating that a new file is appended is further received from the external apparatus within a predetermined time period after receiving the delete event, the delete event and the append event are regarded as events of change to the second file by a user operation, and the display content of the screen is updated according to the change, without updating the display content of the screen according to the delete event.

US Pat. No. 10,123,699

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:a scanning unit arranged to scan a fundus of an eye to be inspected, with measurement light;
a selecting unit configured to select one imaging mode out of a first imaging mode and a second imaging mode which is different from the first imaging mode, wherein a plurality of times of scans included in a scanning group are executed by the scanning unit in the second imaging mode;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire information which indicates a movement amount of the eye to be inspected, based on a plurality of planar images of the fundus; and
a correcting unit configured to correct a scanning position of the measurement light in an initial scan which is executed after the information indicating the movement amount has been acquired, in a case where the first imaging mode has been selected, and correct the scanning position of the measurement light in an initial scan included in an initial scanning group which is newly executed after the information indicating the movement amount has been acquired, in a case where the second imaging mode has been selected,
wherein the correcting unit is configured to not correct the scanning position of the measurement light in a scan other than the initial scan in the initial scanning group, in the case where the second imaging mode has been selected.

US Pat. No. 10,126,523

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, a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power, and a fifth lens unit having a negative refractive power, whereinthe first lens unit does not move for zooming,
each of the distances between the lens units adjacent to each other is changed during zooming, and
when a magnification amount Z2 of the second lens unit, a magnification amount Z3 of the third lens unit, and a magnification amount Z4 of the fourth lens unit are given by
Z2=?2t/?2w,
Z3=?3t/?3w, and
Z4=?4t/?4w,
where ?2w and ?2t are respectively lateral magnifications of the second lens unit focused at infinity at a wide angle end and a telephoto end, ?3w and ?3t are respectively lateral magnifications of the third lens unit focused at infinity at the wide angle end and the telephoto end, and ?4w and ?4t are respectively lateral magnifications of the fourth lens unit focused at infinity at the wide angle end and the telephoto end, wherein the conditional expressions are satisfied:
2.0 0.5<|f5|/M5<2.0
where f5 is a focal length of the fifth lens unit, and M5 is an amount of movement of the fifth lens unit in zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end while focused at infinity.

US Pat. No. 10,129,419

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a first storage configured to store a plurality of individual movie files prepared for each of operation works to be performed on the image forming apparatus by a user;
a second storage configured to store information indicating plural sets of combinations of individual movie files to be played and information indicating an order of play of respective individual movie files of each set of combinations of the plural sets of combinations, wherein each set of combinations of the plural sets of combinations is associated with maintenance identifying information for identifying a single maintenance event;
a processor configured to execute:
an acquiring task that acquires the individual movie files to be played from among the plurality of individual movie files stored in the first storage and that acquires a total number of the individual movie files to be played, based on the information indicating the set of combination of the individual movie files stored in the second storage in association with the maintenance identifying information for identifying the detected maintenance event;
a determining task that determines whether a value of a counter is equal to the total number of the individual movie files to be played; and
a displaying task that displays on a display the acquired individual movie files as a series of movies in order according to the stored order of play of the acquired individual movie files together with a total play time of the acquired individual movie files, the display of the acquired individual movie files as the series of movies ending when it is determined that the value of the counter is equal to the total number of the individual movies files to be played,
wherein the determining task determines whether the value of the counter is equal to the total number of the individual movies files to be played after an end of replay of each individual movie file of the acquired individual movie files, and the processor is further configured to execute a counting task that increments the value of the counter, after the end of replay of each individual movie file of the acquired individual movie files when it is determined, in the determining task, that the value of the counter is not equal to the total number of the individual movies files to be played.

US Pat. No. 10,127,182

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM EXECUTING APPLICATION OCCUPATION OF AN APPLICATION AND USING BIDI SCHEMA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having an operating system, the information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
a receiving operation to receive an occupation request associated with a definition file in the printer driver for an exclusive access to a peripheral device from a first application;
a determining operation to determine whether the peripheral device is occupied by another application including a second application different from the first application, in a case where the occupation request associated with the definition file is received from the first application; and
an executing operation to execute occupation processing in an occupation period based on the occupation request associated with the definition file if it is determined that the peripheral device is not occupied by the other application, so that the first application is able to execute at least one of processing for acquiring information from the peripheral device and processing for transmitting information to the peripheral device, and that the other application including the second application is not able to execute processing for acquiring information from the peripheral device and processing for transmitting information to the peripheral device,
wherein the operating system stores identification information about the occupation processing in a storage area in a case where the occupation processing is executed,
wherein in a case where identification information about an execution request to be issued by the first application for executing at least one of the processing for acquiring information from the peripheral device and the processing for transmitting information to the peripheral device coincides with the identification information stored in the storage area, processing based on the execution request issued by the first application is executed, and
wherein in a case where identification information about an execution request to be issued by the other application including the second application does not coincide with the identification information stored in the storage area, processing based on the execution request issued by the other application is not executed.

US Pat. No. 10,126,434

RADIATION IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation image sensing apparatus comprising:a housing
an image sensing panel arranged in the housing and including a substrate having a surface, and an array having a plurality of elements two-dimensionally arranged on the surface of the substrate and configured to detect radiation;
a circuit component arranged in the housing and configured to drive the image sensing panel and process a signal from the image sensing panel;
a supporting plate arranged in the housing and including a first face on one side of the supporting plate and a second face on an opposite side of the supporting plate, the supporting plate being configured to support the image sensing panel and the circuit component, wherein the image sensing panel is supported by the first face so that the array is arranged between the surface of the substrate and the supporting plate in a state that the image sensing panel is arranged apart from the housing, and the circuit component is supported by the second face in a state that the circuit component is arranged apart from the housing;
a connecting portion arranged in the housing and having a first end connected to a region of the surface of the substrate, which is arranged outside the array, and a second end connected to the circuit component so that the image sensing panel and the circuit component are electrically connected with each other; and
a joint configured to join the housing and the second face of the supporting plate so as to support the image sensing panel and the circuit component via the supporting plate, wherein
upon an orthogonal projection onto a plane parallel to the first face, the supporting plate includes a first edge which is positioned inside an outer edge of the substrate and constitutes an outer edge of a concave portion of the supporting plate and a second edge which constitutes an outer edge of a projecting portion of the supporting plate, and the connecting portion passes through a space outside the first edge so as to electrically connect the array and the circuit component with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,116,832

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method of an information processing device that communicates with a communication device and includes at least one processor configured to execute the control method, the method comprising:accepting a predetermined operation by a user;
not executing control to execute newly transmission processing for transmitting wirelessly, to the communication device by a first communication standard, information about an external device outside the communication device and outside the information processing device, and communicating with the communication device via the external device in a case where the predetermined operation is accepted, in a state that the external device is connected to the information processing device by a second communication standard different from the first communication standard and the communication device is connected to the external device by the second communication standard, and
communicating with the communication device via the external device after the control to execute newly the transmission processing is executed based on the predetermined operation in a case where the predetermined operation is accepted, in a state that the communication device is not connected to the external device by the second communication standard, the external device being connected to the information processing device by the second communication standard
wherein after the control to execute newly the transmission processing is executed, the communication device connects to the external device by the second communication standard based on the information about the external device, the information being transmitted to the communication device as a result of the transmission processing being executed newly.

US Pat. No. 10,116,415

TRANSMISSION DEVICE, RECEIVING DEVICE, TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND RECEIVING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transmission device, comprising:one or more processors;
a memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the transmission device to:
generate restoration data packets for restoration of lost data packets by using first data packets, which are data packets forming transmission data and which are transmitted as data packets of a first data stream, and second data packets, which are data packets forming the transmission data and which are transmitted as data packets of a second data stream different from the first data stream; and
a transmitter configured to transmit to a receiving device the first data packets as data packets of the first data stream, transmit to the receiving device the second data packets as data packets of the second data stream, and transmit to the receiving device the restoration data packets generated using the first data packets and the second data packet,
wherein the transmission data includes data of a base layer to be used for displaying by the receiving device an image having a first resolution, and data of an enhancement layer to be used together with the data of the base layer for displaying by the receiving device an image having a second resolution that is higher than the first resolution, and
wherein the transmitter is configured to transmit to the receiving device the data of the base layer as the data packets of the first data stream, and transmit to the receiving device the data of the enhancement layer as the data packets of the second data stream.
US Pat. No. 10,108,099

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising:toner base particles; and
an external additive,
wherein a resin which has an elastic deformation rate of 70% or more and a melting temperature of 125.0° C. or less is contained in surfaces of the toner base particles.

US Pat. No. 10,110,759

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SETTING A TRANSMISSION DESTINATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a scanner scanning a document and generating image data;
a network interface;
a storage;
a display;
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor executing the instructions causing the image processing apparatus to:
store an address book in the storage, wherein the address book includes e-mail addresses for e-mail transfer and a destination address for at least one of Server Message Block (SMB) and File Transfer Protocol (FTP); and
perform a setting for inhibiting setting, as a transmission destination of data transmission of the image data generated by the scanner via the network interface, an e-mail address using the address book,
wherein, if the setting for inhibiting setting, as the transmission destination of the data transmission, an e-mail address using the address book is not set, use of an e-mail address included in the address book is permitted as a transmission destination of the data transmission,
wherein, even if the setting for inhibiting setting, as the transmission destination of the data transmission, an e-mail address using the address book is set, use of an e-mail address included in the address book is permitted as a transmission destination of a completion notification of the data transmission, and
wherein, in a case where the setting for inhibiting setting, as the transmission destination of the data transmission, an e-mail address using the address book is set and a transmission destination of the image data generated by the scanner is set, e-mail addresses included in the address book are not displayed but the destination address included in the address book is displayed on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,110,766

METHOD OF CONTROLLING A PRINTING APPARATUS THAT SCRAMBLES IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION OF AN AUTHENTICATED USER AND CAUSES A PRINTER TO PRINT CHARACTERS OBTAINED BY SCRAMBLING THE IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION, AND RELATED PRINTING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY C

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling an image forming apparatus having a scanner that scans a document to obtain an image of the document as the image and a printer that prints an image on a sheet, the method comprising:performing an authentication processing for authenticating a user that uses the image forming apparatus;
causing the scanner to scan a document in accordance with a copy instruction by the user authenticated as the user that uses the image forming apparatus;
obtaining a month, day, and time on which the image obtained by scanning the document with the scanner is printed by the printer;
scrambling identification information of the authenticated user using at least one of the obtained month, day, and time; and
causing the printer to print, on a sheet, (i) the image obtained by scanning the document with the scanner, (ii) one or more characters obtained by scrambling the identification information, and (iii) the obtained month, day, and time.

US Pat. No. 10,110,776

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. An image reading method to be executed by an image reading apparatus,the image reading apparatus comprising:
an original tray on which an original is to be placed;
a reader configured to read an image of the original;
a conveyor configured to convey the original from the original tray to a reading position used by the reader; and
a skew corrector provided on a path for conveying the original and configured to mechanically correct skew of the original at a time of conveyance of the original,
the image reading method comprising:
acquiring a skew amount of the original at the time of the conveyance of the original based on an original image read by the reader;
stopping the conveyance of the original using the conveyor in a case where an absolute value of the skew amount based on the original image read by the reader without conducting correction of the skew using the skew corrector is larger than a predetermined first threshold value;
causing the skew corrector to correct skew of a succeeding original and correcting a tilt of the original image by conducting image processing on the original image read by the reader in a case where the absolute value of the skew amount based on the original image read by the reader without conducting the correction of the skew using the skew corrector is smaller than the predetermined first threshold value and larger than a second threshold value that is smaller than the predetermined first threshold value; and
correcting the tilt of the original image by conducting the image processing on the original image read by the reader in a case where the absolute value of the skew amount based on the original image read by the reader without conducting the correction of the skew using the skew corrector is smaller than the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,098,541

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
memory coupled to the one or more processors and storing instructions, the instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a color fundus image including an optic disk area and a macular area of a subject's eye, the color fundus image being obtained using at least visible light;
a determination unit configured to determine, as a partial region of the color fundus image, one of a region of the color fundus image which includes the macular area and a region of the color fundus image which includes the optic disk area; and
a generation unit configured to generate an image in which a difference in color of the partial region is enhanced, by applying image processing based on a decorrelation stretching method to the partial region.

US Pat. No. 10,104,244

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM INCLUDING IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE WHICH COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A method at an image processing system comprising one or more information processing devices and one or more image processing devices connected to each other via a network, at least one of the image processing devices including a scanner that scans an image and outputs image data and a computer-readable storage medium, the method comprising:transmitting from each of the image processing devices via the network a notification signal indicating a function of the image processing device,
searching for at least one image processing device having a scanning function based on the notification signal received from an image processing device via the network;
transferring, based on the result of searching for at least one image processing device having the scanning function, from at least one of the information processing devices, identification data of the information processing device to an image processing device having the scanning function without transferring the identification data of the information processing device to another image processing device which does not have the scanning function;
receiving the identification data of an information processing device sent from the information processing device;
causing the computer-readable storage medium of the image processing device to store the received identification data of the information processing device;
selecting an information processing device whose identification data is stored in the computer-readable storage medium; and
transferring the image data outputted from the scanner to the selected information processing device.

US Pat. No. 10,099,476

PIEZOELECTRIC THIN FILM, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, PIEZOELECTRIC THIN FILM MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A piezoelectric thin film containing Pb(1.00˜1.20)(ZrxTi1-x)O3, where x=0.4 to 0.6, and having crystal orientations of at least a (100) plane, a (110) plane, and a (111) plane,wherein a ratio of a reflection intensity of the (100) plane relative to a sum of reflection intensities of the (100) plane, the (110) plane, and the (111) plane of the Pb(1.00˜1.20)(ZrxTi1-x)O3, where x=0.4 to 0.6, is not less than 95% as measured by X-ray diffractometry, and
wherein the piezoelectric thin film is formed after a dried coating layer is formed by applying a coating solution onto a substrate and heating the substrate to evaporate an organic solvent from the coating solution applied thereon in a state that a shield plate is arranged around the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,097,736

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions, which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the image processing device to:
obtain image data representing an image of an object from an image capturing device;
obtain an angular dependency of an intensity of light reflected by the object;
calculate an angle of the light reflected by the object to the image capturing device; and
correct the obtained image data based on the calculated angle and the obtained angular dependency.

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. 10,097,768

LIGHT EMISSION CONTROL DEVICE THAT CONTROLS LIGHT EMISSION OF LIGHTING DEVICE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light emission control device for controlling a light emission unit that irradiates light to an object when the object is shot by an image pickup apparatus, the light emission control device comprising:at least one processor that functions, according to one or more programs in a memory, as units comprising:
(1) a detection unit configured to detect posture information of at least one of the image pickup apparatus and the light emission unit;
(2) a selection unit configured to, when performing bounce shooting in which the object is shot by causing the light emitted from the light emission unit to be reflected from the reflection object for illumination of the object, select one of (a) a first mode for controlling an irradiating direction of the light emission unit according to distances from the image pickup apparatus to the object and to a reflection object, and (b) a second mode for manually controlling the irradiating direction of the light emission unit; and
(3) a control unit configured to start an operation for controlling, in a case where the second mode has been selected, the irradiating direction of the light emission unit according to the posture information detected by said detection unit, when a predetermined first operation that is different from an operation for selecting one of the first mode and the second mode is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,097,700

FACSIMILE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME TO PREVENT MISTAKEN TRANSMISSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A facsimile apparatus constructed for execution of IP facsimile transmission to any one of a plurality of networks, the plurality of networks including at least one intranet IP network and at least one public network and further constructed for execution of G3 facsimile transmission to the public network, the facsimile apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions, and
a processor executing the instructions causing the facsimile apparatus to:
perform a setting, for each communication mode of the IP facsimile transmission, whether or not to permit a usage of the communication mode;
accept, from a user, a first transmission destination of facsimile transmission and a first communication mode for performing the facsimile transmission, wherein the first communication mode is selected from among a communication mode corresponding to the G3 facsimile transmission and one or more communication modes of the IP facsimile transmission according to the performed setting;
display, after the first transmission destination and the first communication mode have been accepted, a facsimile confirmation screen including a destination re-entry region and a communication mode re-entry region in which the communication mode corresponding to the G3 facsimile transmission is displayed as a default;
accept, from the same user, a second transmission destination via the destination re-entry region and a second communication mode via the communication mode re-entry region;
determine whether the accepted first transmission destination matches the accepted second destination;
determine whether the accepted first communication mode matches the accepted second communication mode; and
execute the facsimile transmission according to the first transmission destination and the first communication mode in accordance with determining that the first transmission destination matches the second transmission destination and the first communication mode matches the second communication mode,
wherein the instructions further cause the facsimile apparatus not to execute the facsimile transmission according to the first transmission destination and the first communication mode, in accordance with determining that the first communication mode does not match the second communication mode.

US Pat. No. 10,090,352

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a first semiconductor substrate which is provided with a photodiode;
a second semiconductor substrate which is provided with a transistor;
a wiring structure which is disposed between the first semiconductor substrate and the second semiconductor substrate laminated with each other, the wiring structure including a first metal layer and a second metal layer arranged between the first semiconductor substrate and the second semiconductor substrate;
a first conductive section which penetrates the first semiconductor substrate; and
a second conductive section which penetrates the first semiconductor substrate, wherein the first conductive section and the second conductive section are electrically continuous with each other through the wiring structure.

US Pat. No. 10,091,401

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING PLURALITY OF EXTERNAL CONNECTION TERMINALS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a plurality of inclined faces formed on a side surface in a width direction of an apparatus main body, the width direction being perpendicular to an optical axis of a lens part which is provided on the image pickup apparatus, the plurality of inclined faces being inclined such that ends of the respective inclined faces on a back side of the apparatus main body are inclined in a direction to come close to the optical axis of the lens part; and
a plurality of external connection terminals provided on the respective plurality of inclined faces,
wherein the plurality of inclined faces are arranged at positions so as not to overlap to each other when viewed from the width direction of the apparatus main body, and are arranged at a position such that at least a part of the inclined faces overlap to each other when viewed from a direction of the optical axis of the lens part, and
wherein a relative position of the external connection terminals each provided on respective different inclined faces among the plurality of inclined faces is deviated in a height direction of the image pickup apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,089,102

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having an operating system on which a plurality of device drivers with different structures are installable, comprising:a memory storing instructions related to the operating system; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
perform a first comparison to compare an identifier for identifying a device associated with a device driver that has been installed on the information processing apparatus and an identifier for identifying a device to be associated with a device driver to be updated;
install the device driver to be updated and associate the installed device driver to be updated with the device identified by the identifier when it is determined based on the first comparison that the two identifiers are different;
display a message for inquiring a user of whether or not to update the device driver that has been installed with the device driver to be updated when it is determined based on the first comparison that the two identifiers are identical, and the structure of the device driver that has been installed is different from the structure of the device driver to be updated; and
update the device driver that has been installed, by the device driver that is to be updated and of which the structure is different from the structure of the device driver that has been installed, when the user gives an instruction for choosing the update to the displayed message.

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. 10,091,415

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:at least one processor that executes computer instructions or a circuit operates as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire RAW data, which is captured by an image pickup unit;
a processing unit configured to perform a plurality of different image processing steps on the acquired RAW data in a step-wise manner; and
a control unit configured to control the processing unit, and configured to limit a stepwise execution of the plurality of different image processing steps to be performed by the processing unit, and configured to generate information indicating a limited step limited by the control unit,
wherein the control unit limits the stepwise execution of the plurality of different image processing steps to be performed by the processing unit in accordance with at least any one of the RAW data, an operation status of an apparatus including the image pickup unit when capturing an optical image corresponding to the RAW data, and an operation status of the processing unit when processing the RAW data,
wherein the control unit adaptively limits the stepwise execution of the plurality of different image processing steps in accordance with any one of a data amount and a noise amount of the RAW data acquired by the acquisition unit.

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. 10,091,712

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to function as:
a reception unit configured to receive a probe request signal defined in IEEE 802.11 standard and transmitted from another communication device,
a first determination unit configured to determine whether the communication device executes a specific protocol,
a second determination unit configured to determine whether an information element indicating the specific protocol is added to the received probe request signal,
a third determination unit configured to determine whether the communication device is operating as an access point, and
a transmission unit configured
not to transmit a probe response signal when the information element is not added to the received probe request signal, and to transmit the probe response signal when the information element is added to the received probe request signal, in a case where the first determination unit determines that the communication device is executing the specific protocol,
not to transmit the probe response signal when the information element is added to the received probe request signal, and to transmit the probe response signal when the information element is not added to the received probe request signal, in a case where the third determination unit determines that the communication device is operating as the access point, and
not to transmit the probe response signal to the received probe request signal in a case where the first determination unit determines that the communication device is not executing the specific protocol and the third determination unit determines that the communication device is not operating as the access point.

US Pat. No. 10,089,726

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, RELATING TO GENERATING AN IMAGE CORRESPONDING TO A PREDETERMINED THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE BY TRANSFORMING A CAPTURED IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to perform operations comprising:
acquiring information for identifying a position of a vertex of a plane in a captured image, the captured image including a structure composed of a plurality of planes as an object;
identifying points corresponding to positions of vertexes of the plane on a spherical coordinate that corresponds to an image-capturing range of an image-capturing unit that captures the captured image based on the information acquired by the acquiring;
correcting positions of the points on the spherical coordinate to form a three-dimensional shape having the points on the spherical coordinate as the vertexes, into a predetermined three-dimensional shape; and
generating an overhead image by making a region in the captured image corresponding to the positions of the points corrected by the correcting, as a region corresponding to the plane.

US Pat. No. 10,089,730

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor that
obtains an image pickup condition of a shot image,
generates an image restoration filter based on an optical transfer function according to the image pickup condition, and
performs image processing on the shot image using restoration filter,
wherein the processor changes a maximum gain of the image restoration filter on the basis of information on noise characteristics of the shot image.

US Pat. No. 10,090,780

DEVICE WITH ELECTRODE CONNECTED TO THROUGH WIRE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device comprising:a substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, the substrate including a through wire extending therethrough between the first surface and the second surface; and
a conductive protective film which is disposed over at least one of a surface A of the through wire on the first surface side of the substrate and a surface B of the through wire on the second surface side of the substrate,
wherein at least one of the surface A and the surface B is recessed toward the inside of the substrate; and
wherein the surface of the conductive protective film is flush with the surface of the substrate or recessed toward the inside of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,082,643

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS WITH DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system comprising:a diffractive surface; and
at least one aspherical surface,
wherein a phase function ?(r) of the diffractive surface is represented by
?(r)=2×m×?/?0×(C1×r2+C2×r4+C3×r6+C4×r8+C5×r10+ . . . +Cp×r2×p),
where ?0 is a designed wavelength, m (m is an integer) is a designed diffractive order, r is a position from an optical axis in a height direction orthogonal to the optical axis, i is an integer from 1 to p, Ci is a phase coefficient of a 2i-th order term,
wherein an aspherical function X(r) of the aspherical surface is represented by
X(r)=(1/R)×r2/[1+?{1?(1+k)(r/R)2}]+A1×r4+A2×r6+A3×r8+A4×r10+ . . . +Aq×r2×(q+1),
where R is a paraxial radius of curvature, k is a conic constant, r is the position from the optical axis in the height direction, j is an integer from 1 to q, Aj is an aspherical coefficient of a 2(j+1)-th order term,
wherein when an aspherical surface of the at least one aspherical surface closest to the diffractive surface is referred to as a first aspherical surface, the phase function ?(r) and the aspherical function X(r) of the first aspherical surface increase with different signs from each other in the height direction with increasing a distance from the optical axis, and a condition below is satisfied:

where f is a focal length of the optical system when focusing on an infinite object, and Fno is an F number of the optical system,
wherein a value of a sum of phase coefficients Ci of a higher order term than a second order term is large compared to a phase coefficient C1 of the second order term in the phase function ?(r), and
wherein a focal length fdo on the diffractive surface is set to a value satisfying
1/fdo=?2×m×C1×?/?0,
where ? is a wavelength, and
wherein conditions below are satisfied:

where L is a total optical length of the optical system.

US Pat. No. 10,073,330

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS AND PROJECTION TYPE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination apparatus comprising:an illumination optical system configured to illuminate a light modulation element;
a first light source unit that includes a first solid-state light source, a first wavelength conversion element configured to convert at least part of light from the first solid-state light source into first converted light that has a wavelength different from that of the light from the first solid-state light source, and a first light guide optical system configured to guide the light from the first solid-state light source to the first wavelength conversion element;
a second light source unit that includes a second solid-state light source, a second wavelength conversion element configured to convert at least part of light from the second solid-state light source into second converted light that has a wavelength different from that of the light from the second solid-state light source and a spectral distribution different that of the first converted light, and a second light guide optical system configured to guide the light from the second solid-state light source to the second wavelength conversion element; and
an optical path combining system that includes a first light guide surface configured to guide the light from the first light source unit to the illumination optical system, and a second light guide surface different from the first light guide surface and configured to guide light from the second light source unit to the illumination optical system,
wherein the first light guide surface viewed from an optical axis direction of the illumination optical system does not overlap the second light guide surface and is provided at a position different from that of the second light guide surface,
wherein the optical path combining system includes a first condenser optical system configured to form a first light source image on the first light guide surface using the light from the first light source unit, and a second condenser optical system configured to form a second light source image on the second light guide surface using the light from the second light source unit, and
wherein 0.7?d1/d2?1.3 is satisfied,
where when viewed from the optical axis direction of the illumination optical system, d1 is a distance between the first light source image and the second light source image and d2 is a width of the first light source image in a direction in which the first light source image and the second light source image are arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,073,414

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH PRINTER UNIT AND AIR-COOLED READER UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a printer unit configured to form a toner image on a recording material, said printer unit including a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image on the recording material;
a reader unit provided above said printer unit and configured to read an image of an original, said reader unit including an image sensor configured to optically read the original;
wherein in a side of said reader unit opposed to said printer unit, there are provided a suction opening configured to suck air from an outside of said reader unit and a discharging opening configured to discharge the air to an outside of said reader unit, and
wherein an air flow path connecting said suction opening and said discharging opening overlaps with an entirety of said image sensor in a longitudinal direction of said image sensor so that air can flow in the longitudinal direction of said image sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,068,138

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR GENERATING A TEMPORAL-ADAPTIVE REPRESENTATION FOR VIDEO-EVENT CLASSIFICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device comprising:one or more computer-readable media; and
one or more processors that are coupled to the computer-readable media and that are configured to cause the device to
obtain frame-level feature sets of visual features that were extracted from respective frames of a video, wherein the respective frame-level feature set of a frame includes the respective visual features that were extracted from the frame,
generate first-pooled-level feature sets, wherein each first-pooled-level feature set is generated by pooling the visual features from two or more frame-level feature sets, wherein each first-pooled-level feature set includes pooled features, and wherein a pooled feature in the first-pooled-level feature sets is generated by pooling two or more visual features,
generate second-pooled-level feature sets, wherein each second-pooled-level feature set is generated by pooling the pooled features in two or more first-pooled-level feature sets, wherein each second-pooled-level feature set includes pooled features, and wherein a pooled feature in the second-pooled-level feature sets is generated by pooling two or more pooled features in the first-pooled-level feature sets,
obtain trajectory features that were extracted from the video;
fuse the trajectory features with at least some of the pooled features in the first-pooled-level feature sets and the pooled features in the second-pooled-level feature sets, thereby generating fused features;
train classifiers based on the fused features;
obtain a test video; and
classify the test video using the trained classifiers.

US Pat. No. 10,068,152

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus, comprising:an image capture unit;
an attitude detector which detects an attitude of the image capture apparatus; and
a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a display control unit which performs control so as to display an image that was captured by the image capture unit in, among a first area along a first edge of a display unit visible through an eyepiece unit of an eyepiece finder, and a second area differing from the first area and along a second edge opposing the first edge of the display unit, the first area regardless of the attitude detected by the attitude detector, and so as to display an information group related to shooting on the display unit with an arrangement that differs according to the attitude detected by the attitude detector,
the image capture apparatus further comprising:
a second display unit visible from outside different from the eyepiece finder; and
an eye contact detector which detects eye contact to the eyepiece finder,
wherein the display control unit performs control such that in the second display unit, display is performed such that the center of the image that was captured by the image capture unit is positioned at the center of the second display unit, and margin areas of equal width are displayed on both sides of the displayed image, and
the display control unit performs control so as to display the image and the information group in the display unit within the eyepiece finder in a case where eye contact was detected by the eye contact detector, and so as to display the image and the information group in the second display unit in a case where eye contact has not been detected by the eye contact detector.

US Pat. No. 10,068,160

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to generate image data to be used by an image forming apparatus to perform image forming, the image forming apparatus including, a plurality of light emitting elements disposed at first intervals in a first direction, and configured to emit optical beams based on the image data, and a plurality of lenses disposed at second intervals different from the first intervals in the first direction, and configured to focus the light emitted from the plurality of the light emitting elements on an image plane, the image processing apparatus comprising:a storage device configured to store a plurality of dither matrices respectively corresponding to different halftone dot patterns; and
a halftone processor configured to perform halftone processing by using one of the plurality of the dither matrices, wherein the one of the plurality of the dither matrices is selected from the plurality of the dither matrices corresponding to a relative fixed positional difference between a position of each of the plurality of light emitting elements and a position of each of the plurality of lenses to generate the image data.

US Pat. No. 10,068,161

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MAINTENANCE OF AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a sheet, the apparatus comprising:a projector that projects an image onto a projection target; and
one or more processors that execute a set of instructions to
detect an event that needs user work on the image forming apparatus; and
control the projector to project the image so that a target portion of the user work can be identified and to project an instruction image for performing the user work, based on a detected event,
wherein, on a basis of a detection that an amount of toner remaining in a toner bottle is low, the one or more processors execute the instructions to control the projector to project the image so that a cover of a container of the toner bottle can be identified and to control the projector to project the instruction image onto an opened cover of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,064,592

COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHIC MAMMOGRAPHY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A Computed Tomography apparatus for breast comprising:a gantry, including a front face plate provided with an insertion opening and an accommodation portion into which a breast is inserted through the insertion opening;
an X-ray tube disposed within the gantry and configured to rotate around a rotation axis
a sensing device disposed within the gantry and configured to rotate around the rotation axis so as to face the X-ray tube and detect X-rays emitted from the X-ray tube and transmitted through the accommodation portion;
a driving unit configured to rotate the X-ray tube and the sensing device around the rotation axis at the same angular speed and same direction;
a collimator having an aperture and configured to collimate the X-rays emitted from the X-ray tube, form an irradiation field and rotate around the rotation axis synchronously with the X-ray tube and sensing device; and
a shield surrounding a perimeter of the insertion opening is provided on an internal face of the front face plate,
wherein the shield includes a tapered face of which an inner diameter of the shield gradually expands internally in the gantry and the collimator includes a counter tapered face facing the tapered face.

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. 10,070,001

DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing method in a document reading apparatus that includes a scanner configured to generate image data by reading an image of a document, the processing method comprising:prompting input, to be supplied by a user, of characters to be included in a file name of the image data generated by the scanner;
performing character recognition on the image data generated by the scanner to recognize characters from the image data;
receiving, from the user, a setting relating to whether characters representing unique information is included in a file name of the image data generated by the scanner; and
setting in a case where characters to be included in a file name are input by the user and the character recognition performed on the image data is successful, according to the received setting, a file name that includes the characters input by the user, the characters recognized from the image data and the characters representing the unique information or a file name that includes the characters input by the user and the characters recognized from the image data and does not include the characters representing the unique information, as the file name of the image data,
wherein in a case where characters to be included in a file name are not input by the user,
if the character recognition performed on the image data is successful, a file name that includes the characters representing the unique information or a file name that does not include the characters representing the unique information is set according to the received setting, and
if the character recognition performed on the image data is not successful, a file name that includes the characters representing the unique information is set regardless the received setting.

US Pat. No. 10,070,015

IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SHADING CORRECTION ACCOUNTING FOR DARK CURRENT INFLUENCE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:an image sensor to read a document;
a movement unit configured to relatively move the document and the image sensor by using a motor as a drive source;
an output unit configured to output data of a plurality of colors based on accumulated light-receiving signals by accumulating the light-receiving signals from the image sensor for each color in order for each line in a direction of the movement based on an encoder pulse output from an encoder in accordance with rotation of the motor; and
a correction unit configured to perform shading correction for each piece of data of the plurality of colors output by the output unit by using a correction value to correct influence on data of the plurality of colors due to a dark current in the image sensor based on shading data, wherein
the output unit accumulates the light-receiving signal for predetermined color of the plurality of colors from timing based on the encoder pulse until end timing determined asynchronously with the encoder pulse so that an accumulation time becomes a predetermined time, and accumulates the light-receiving signals for other color different from the predetermined color of the plurality of colors from start timing based on the encoder pulse until end timing determined in synchronization with the encoder pulse, and
the correction unit corrects data of the predetermined color and data of the other color independently of each other and performs correction of data of the other color by using a correction value corresponding to the end timing determined in synchronization with the encoder pulse.

US Pat. No. 10,065,412

INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording method comprising the steps of:applying, onto a recording medium, a treatment liquid containing (i) a component that causes an ink viscosity increase and (ii) a compound A having a polyalkylene glycol ether structure and having only one hydroxy group; and
applying an ink onto the recording medium,
wherein the compound A is represented by the following general formula (1):
CnH2n+1—[(OCH(CH3)CH2)x(OCH2CH2)y]—OH  (1)
where n is an integer of 8 or more to 16 or less, x is an integer of 1 or more to 8 or less, and y is an integer of 6 or more to 20 or less, and
wherein a cloud point of the compound A, measured by using a 1% by mass concentration aqueous solution of the compound A, is 50° C. or more.

US Pat. No. 10,067,466

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main body of the apparatus;
a plurality of cartridges each including a photosensitive member;
a belt unit detachably mounted on the main body of the apparatus, the belt unit comprising:
two belt unit side plates;
an endless belt opposing each photosensitive member; and
a plurality of rollers configured to tension the belt, each of the plurality of rollers being directly supported by the two belt unit side plates,
wherein the two belt unit side plates are provided with a plurality of positioning portions,
wherein positions of the plurality of cartridges are determined by abutment of respective frame bodies of the plurality of cartridges against the two belt unit side plates; and
a frame body including two main body side plates opposing each other,
wherein a movable member configured to be movable while supporting the plurality of cartridges, moves between the two main body side plates,
wherein the frame body includes a stay fixed between the two main body side plates, and
wherein the two belt unit side plates are fastened to the stay by screws.

US Pat. No. 10,070,052

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:at least one non-transitory memory device;
at least one processor;
a camera device that includes a taking lens and an image sensor and captures a first image, based on a first shooting setting;
a scene discrimination unit that discriminates a scene of an object, based on the first shooting setting and a feature amount of the first image;
a candidate generation unit that generates a shooting setting candidate, based on a result of the discrimination by the scene discrimination unit;
an image generation unit that generates, based on the shooting setting candidate generated by the candidate generation unit, an image reflecting an effect obtained by the shooting setting candidate; and
a display control unit that causes a display device to display the image generated by the image generation unit,
wherein the candidate generation unit performs at least one of a first operation for generating a plurality of shooting setting candidates in which a predetermined parameter is separated by greater than or equal to a threshold value out of the shooting settings based on a result of the discrimination by the scene discrimination unit and a second operation for generating at least one shooting setting candidate based on the result of the discrimination by the scene discrimination unit, and
the display control unit causes the display device to preferentially display the shooting setting candidates generated by the first operation, and
wherein the scene discrimination unit, the candidate generation unit, the image generation unit and the display control unit are implemented by the at least one processor executing at least one program recorded on the at least one non-transitory memory device.

US Pat. No. 10,067,242

SCINTILLATOR, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a scintillator, the method comprising:growing a scintillator layer constituted by a plurality of columnar crystals on a base;
forming a first protection film so as to cover the scintillator layer;
planarizing the first protection film, the planarizing including a polishing process of polishing an entire surface region of the first protection film; and
forming a second protection film configured to cover the first protection film that has undergone the planarizing,
wherein the scintillator layer grown on the base includes an abnormally grown portion, and
in the polishing process, a front end of the abnormally grown portion is polished as well as the entire surface region of the first protection film without specifying a position of the abnormally grown portion.

US Pat. No. 10,070,082

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus that has a plurality of pixels capable of outputting an image signal in accordance with an irradiation of radiation, the apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a program including instructions executed by the processor, the processor and the memory being operatively coupled to function as:
a photoelectric conversion unit configured to have a first capacitance and a second capacitance as charge accumulation capacitances; and
a gain correction unit configured to correct a pixel value in relation to a dose of the irradiated radiation based on an image signal outputted in accordance with a charge accumulated by the photoelectric conversion unit, wherein
the gain correction unit changes an interval of gain correction points at which to perform the correction in accordance with a switch from the first capacitance to the second capacitance.

US Pat. No. 10,070,088

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY PERFORMING FOCUS DETECTION AND IMAGE GENERATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensor, comprising:a pixel region in which a plurality of pixel units are arranged, each pixel unit having a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions;
a driving circuit that drives the pixel region to output signals from the pixel units in the pixel region;
a focus detection signal processor that generates focus detection signals by performing a predetermined arithmetic processing using first signals read out from at least one but not all of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions of the pixel units by the signal readout circuit;
a captured image signal processor that generates captured image signals using second signals read out from all of the photoelectric conversion portions of the pixel units by the signal readout circuit;
a focus detection signal output circuit that outputs the focus detection signals; and
a captured image signal output circuit that outputs the captured image signals,
wherein the focus detection signal processor, the captured image signal processor, the focus detection signal output circuit and the captured image signal output circuit are provided on the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,067,807

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that can provide security for a native function to be used by a script obtained by an application being executed, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:
(1) a storage unit configured to store a table that associates (a) application identification information that identifies an application, (b) a native function to be used by a script obtained by the application, and (c) a binding state that indicates whether or not the native function is usable by the script obtained by the application, wherein the table stores identification information of the application, the native function, and the binding state for each application;
(2) a detection unit configured to detect switching of display between applications being executed;
(3) a first identification unit configured to identify a first application transitioned from a displayed state to a non-displayed state, based on the switching of display detected by the detection unit;
(4) a first determination unit configured to determine, in the table, whether the binding state of the first application identified by the first identification unit indicates that the native function is usable;
(5) a first update unit configured to update the table by changing a value of the binding state associated with the first application to a value indicating that the native function is not usable in a case where it is determined by the first determination unit that the binding state of the first application identified by the first identification unit indicates that the native function is usable;
(6) a first change unit configured to change a state of the native function associated with the table to an unusable state by the script obtained by the first application in a case where it is determined by the first determination unit that the binding state of the first application identified by the first identification unit indicates that the native function is usable;
(7) a second identification unit configured to identify a second application transitioned from a non-displayed state to a displayed state, based on the switching of display detected by the detection unit;
(8) a second determination unit configured to determine, in the table, whether the binding state of the second application identified by the second identification unit indicates that the native function is usable;
(9) a second update unit configured to update the table by changing a value of the binding state associated with the second application to a value indicating that the native function is usable in a case where it is determined by the second determination unit that the binding state of the second application identified by the second identification unit indicates that the native function is not usable; and
(10) a second change unit configured to change a state of the native function associated with the table to a usable state by the script obtained by the second application in a case where it is determined by the second determination unit that the binding state of the second application identified by the second identification unit indicates that the native function is not usable.

US Pat. No. 10,070,117

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A three-dimensional measuring apparatus that measures a three-dimensional position of a measurement target object by using a projection apparatus configured to project a pattern onto the measurement target object, the three-dimensional measuring apparatus comprising:a holding unit configured to hold a relationship in which a temperature-dependent parameter of the projection apparatus is set as a function of temperature;
an image input unit configured to input a picked-up image obtained by picking up an image of the measurement target object by an image pickup apparatus onto which the pattern is projected by the projection apparatus;
a temperature input unit configured to input a temperature of the projection apparatus;
a temperature-dependent parameter determination unit configured to determine the temperature-dependent parameter of the projection apparatus based on the temperature of the projection apparatus which is input by the temperature input unit and the relationship;
a pattern detection unit configured to detect the pattern from the picked-up image input by the image input unit; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate three-dimensional positions on a surface of the measurement target object based on the pattern detected by the pattern detection unit and the temperature-dependent parameter determined by the temperature-dependent parameter determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,063,759

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus capable of communicating with an external apparatus, the image pickup apparatus comprising:an image capturing device which captures an image to generate a captured image; and
a circuitry to:
receive, via a network, a command to output an image obtained by performing rotating processing on the captured image, and
superimpose, in a case where the command has been received and in accordance with a flag set for superimposing information, the superimposing information on the output image obtained by performing rotating processing on the captured image output from the image capturing device,
wherein, in accordance with the flag set for the superimposing information, it is determined whether to superimpose the superimposing information on the output image as first superimposing information or second superimposing information,
wherein the first superimposing information is superimposed on a predetermined position in the output image when the output image is displayed on a display screen, and
wherein the second superimposing information is superimposed on the output image to follow the position of the rotating processing.

US Pat. No. 10,061,242

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:a rotatable heating member and a rotatable pressing member configured to form a nip for fixing a toner image on a recording material;
a detecting portion configured to detect a temperature of said rotatable heating member;
a guiding portion configured to guide the recording material toward the nip while sliding on a back surface of the recording material;
a moving mechanism configured to move said rotatable pressing member relative to said rotatable heating member and said guiding portion so that said rotatable pressing member is movable between a first position where said rotatable pressing member contacts said rotatable heating member and a second position where said rotatable pressing member is spaced from said rotatable heating member and is further spaced from said guiding portion;
an air blowing portion configured to blow air toward said rotatable pressing member from a side, with respect to a recording material feeding path including the nip, where said rotatable pressing member is provided; and
a suppressing portion configured to suppress blowing of the air from said air blowing portion toward said detecting portion through between said guiding portion and said rotatable pressing member, said suppressing portion including an opposing portion that is positioned between said guiding portion and a peripheral surface of said rotatable pressing member and that opposes the peripheral surface of said rotatable pressing member taking the second position with a distance narrower than a distance between the peripheral surface of said rotatable pressing member taking the second position and said guiding member.

US Pat. No. 10,062,021

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store a program; and
a multi-core processor configured to execute the program to function as:
first and second analyzing units configured to analyze print data of a plurality of pages, wherein each of the analyzing units is capable of analyzing, in parallel to analyzing of pages by the other analyzing unit, a page different from the pages analyzed by the other analyzing unit; and
a control unit configured to control the first and second analyzing units,
wherein, the control unit controls the first and second analyzing units, in a case of an analysis error occurring in analyzing one page among the plurality of pages by the first analyzing unit, even if an analysis of the plurality of pages is suspended due to the analysis error, in order to enable image output of all pages preceding the one page,
wherein, in the case, the first analyzing unit stops immediately the analyzing of the one page,
the second analyzing unit is controlled to either continue analyzing another page if it is a page preceding the one page until completing the analyzing of the another page, or stop analyzing the another page if it is a page succeeding the one page in response to the suspension of the analysis.

US Pat. No. 10,059,002

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE 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:
obtain a captured image of a target object that is captured by an image capturing apparatus capturing the target object, on which an illumination pattern is irradiated by an irradiation apparatus;
obtain information that indicates a deterioration degree of the captured image, for a position in the captured image;
extract a three-dimensional position of a point on an image of the target object, as a feature of the target object from the captured image based on the deterioration degree, a position of the irradiation apparatus, a position of the image capturing apparatus, and the illumination pattern;
hold a three-dimensional model of the target object;
associate the three-dimensional position of the point on the image of the target object and a three-dimensional position of a surface of the three-dimensional model that neighbors that three-dimensional position observed when the three-dimensional model is arranged in accordance with a predetermined position and orientation; and
derive a position and orientation of the target object with respect to the image capturing apparatus by correcting the predetermined position and orientation based on a result of association.

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. 10,062,150

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method comprising:obtaining a first image and a second image, wherein a first area, which is included in the first image, is a defocus area and a second area, which is included in the second image and corresponds to the first area, is an in-focus area;
obtaining an optical transfer function corresponding to an image capturing condition of an image capturing optical system when the first image is captured;
calculating a first change amount using a first transform data obtained by Fourier-transforming the first area included in the first image and a second transform data obtained by Fourier-transforming the second area included in the second image;
correcting the optical transfer function based on the first change amount to generate a first filter based on the corrected optical transfer function; and
performing a filter process for the first area included in the first image using the first filter.

US Pat. No. 10,063,720

RELAY SERVER ENABLING RESUMPTION OF REMOTE SUPPORT, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A relay server that relays communication between at least one image processing apparatus and at least one information processing apparatus that performs remote support for the image processing apparatus, comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
manage a plurality of memory regions on the relay server each of which is used for a relay of communication for the remote support between an image processing apparatus and an information processing apparatus;
assign, for each connection being made from the image processing apparatus, one of the plurality of memory regions to the image processing apparatus as a memory region to be used for undergoing the remote support;
associate identification information of the image processing apparatus with identification information of the information processing apparatus in a case where the remote support for the image processing apparatus is started by the information processing apparatus; and
in a case where a resumption of the remote support is requested from the information processing apparatus after a reconnection by the image processing apparatus is performed, identify a memory region newly assigned, in accordance with the reconnection, to the image processing apparatus that is a target of the remote support, based on the identification information of the image processing apparatus associated with the identification information of the information processing apparatus, and transmit information for using the identified memory region to the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,057,321

IMAGE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD CAPABLE OF AUTOMATICALLY CREATING COMMENT DATA RELEVANT TO AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image management apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory configured to store at least one program executable by said processor, the at least one program comprising program code that, when executed by said processor, implements units comprising:
(1) an acquiring unit configured to acquire data of an image and positional information on a subject included in the image;
(2) a computation unit configured to compute a relative positional relationship between a plurality of subjects included in the image in at least a depth direction, based on the acquired positional information on the plurality of subjects included in the image; and
(3) a creating unit configured to create comment data relevant to the image automatically, based on the computed relative positional relationship between the plurality of subjects,
wherein the creating unit creates the comment data based on a predetermined correlation between (a) the relative positional relationship between the plurality of subjects and (b) a comment.

US Pat. No. 10,055,819

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising a processor coupled to a storage medium programmed to function as:a correction data acquiring unit configured to acquire, from image data captured in a predetermined imaging mode, offset correction data corresponding to the predetermined imaging mode;
a switching unit configured to switch an acquisition mode for acquiring the offset correction data, depending on the predetermined imaging mode; and
an image processing unit configured to subtract the offset correction data from a radiation image of an object to perform an offset correction process,
wherein the acquisition mode includes a first mode where the offset correction data is acquired after imaging of an object and a second mode where the offset correction data is acquired before imaging of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,053,324

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH SHEET BINDING USING CONCAVITIES AND CONVEXITIES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit; and
a sheet binding unit configured to bind a sheet bundle including a sheet on which an image has been formed by the image forming unit, the sheet binding unit including:
a first member having a first surface in which pluralities of concavities and convexities are provided,
a second member having a second surface in which pluralities of concavities and convexities are provided, wherein the second surface crimps the sheet bundle together with the first surface of the first member so as to bind the sheet bundle, and
a supporting portion supporting at least one of the first and second members turnably centering on a turning axis,
wherein the first surface is configured such that a first distance between an end on the turning axis side of a first convex portion of the pluralities of concavities and convexities and the turning axis is longer than a second distance between an end on the turning axis side of a second convex portion of the pluralities of concavities and convexities and the turning axis, and
wherein the second distance is longer than a third distance between an end of the turning axis side of a third convex portion of the pluralities of concavities and convexities on the first surface and the turning axis.

US Pat. No. 10,054,181

DAMPING COMPONENT AND DAMPING STRUCTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

16. A damping structure comprising:a vibrated member to which vibration is transmitted from an exciter; and
a damping component coupled with the vibrated member, the damping component comprising:
a base comprising an attachment portion to be attached to the vibrated member;
a damping member disposed at an outer circumferential side of the base while being compressed; and
a holding portion disposed at an outer circumferential side of the damping member and compressively holding the damping member;
wherein the damping member has rigidity lower than rigidity of the base and rigidity of the holding portion and has a loss factor, measured by a mechanical impedance method in a state being compressed between the base and the holding portion, of 0.05 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,046,555

RECORDING METHOD AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording method comprising:applying a reactant to an intermediate transfer body, the reactant configured to thicken upon contact with ink;
forming an intermediate image by applying ink to the intermediate transfer body carrying the reactant;
applying an auxiliary liquid to the intermediate image to form an intermediate image layer, the auxiliary liquid containing a water-soluble polymer; and
transferring the intermediate image layer to a recording medium;
in this order, wherein
the auxiliary liquid contains a compound represented by formula (1):

where “w” and “x” each independently represent a divalent organic group, “a” and “b” each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a monovalent organic group, “n” and “l” are each independently 1 or more and 75 or less, and “n”+“l” is 2 or more and 150 or less, “m” is 1 or more and 60 or less, and “p” and “q” are each independently 0 or 1.

US Pat. No. 10,046,556

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD AND IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising:a reaction liquid applying step of applying a reaction liquid to an intermediate transfer member;
a first liquid composition applying step of applying to the intermediate transfer member a first liquid composition that contains a first water-soluble resin and causes viscosity increase on contact with the reaction liquid so as to at least partly overlap with an area where the reaction liquid is applied;
an ink applying step of applying an ink that contains a second water-soluble resin to the intermediate transfer member so as to at least partly overlap with an area where the first liquid composition is applied, to form an intermediate image;
a transfer step of transferring the intermediate image to a recording medium by bringing the intermediate image on the intermediate transfer member into contact with the recording medium to separate the intermediate image from the intermediate transfer member while keeping the contact with the recording medium; and
a control step of controlling at least one of temperatures of the intermediate image, the intermediate transfer member, and the recording medium,
wherein in the control step a temperature Tc of the intermediate image and a temperature T1 of the intermediate transfer member from a position at which the intermediate image starts to be in contact with the recording medium to a position at which the intermediate image is separated from the intermediate transfer member are adjusted to a temperature not less than a glass transition temperature Tgs of the second water-soluble resin, and a temperature Tr of the intermediate image and a temperature T2 of the recording medium at a position at which the intermediate image is separated from the intermediate transfer member are adjusted to a temperature less than the glass transition temperature Tgs of the second water-soluble resin,
wherein the first liquid composition contains first resin particles,
wherein the ink contains second resin particles, and
wherein the temperature T1 is a temperature less than a glass transition temperature Tgp of the first resin particles contained in the first liquid composition.

US Pat. No. 10,048,907

DISPLAYING INFORMATION ON TERMINAL DEVICE BASED ON TERMINAL DEVICE TYPE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling screens to be displayed on terminal devices having different sized display devices, the method comprising:determining, on a terminal device, that the terminal device is a first type device having a display device of a first size or that the terminal device is a second type device having a display device of a second size that is smaller than the display device of the first size;
causing, on a terminal device determined to be the first type device, the display device of the first size to display a first screen including a predetermined menu item and information corresponding to a menu item other than the predetermined menu item, wherein the predetermined menu item corresponds to predetermined information relating to an image forming apparatus but not included in the first screen, wherein the first screen is displayed based on the determination that the terminal device is the first type device;
changing, in response to selection, by a user, of the predetermined menu item on the first screen, the first screen displayed on the display device of the first size, to a second screen including the predetermined menu item included in the first screen and the corresponding predetermined information,
wherein, the predetermined menu item and the information corresponding to the menu item other than the predetermined menu item are displayed concurrently on the first screen;
wherein, the predetermined menu item and the corresponding predetermined information are displayed concurrently on the second screen;
causing, on a terminal device determined to be the second type device, the display device of the second size to display a third screen including the predetermined menu item included in the second screen but not including the corresponding predetermined information, wherein the third screen is displayed based on the determination that the terminal device is the second type device;
changing, in response to selection of the predetermined menu item, by the user, on the third screen, the third screen displayed on the display device of the second size, to a fourth screen that includes the corresponding predetermined information; and
changing, in response to selection of a specific menu item, by the user, on the third screen, the third screen displayed on the display device of the second size, to a fifth screen including an item for an instruction to execute printing,
wherein the corresponding predetermined information included in the second screen is displayed based on information transmitted from the image forming apparatus based on a request from the terminal device having the display device of the first size;
and the corresponding predetermined information included in the fourth screen is displayed based on information transmitted from the image forming apparatus based on a request from the terminal device having the display device of the second size.

US Pat. No. 10,048,909

IMAGE FORMING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing device capable of performing communication by Bluetooth Low Energy, the printing device comprising:at least one processor,
the at least one processor being caused to perform operations comprising:
transmitting first advertisement information based on the Bluetooth Low Energy, wherein the first advertisement information includes transmission power information relating to transmission power used for transmitting the first advertisement information by the Bluetooth Low Energy;
receiving, by the Bluetooth Low Energy, predetermined information from an information processing device, wherein the predetermined information is transmitted by the information processing device in accordance with the first advertisement information having been received by the information processing device;
transmitting, based on the predetermined information being received, second advertisement information that is based on the Bluetooth Low Energy and different from the first advertisement information, using transmission power same as the transmission power used for transmitting, by the Bluetooth Low Energy, the first advertisement information received by the information processing device, wherein transmission power used for transmitting, by the Bluetooth Low Energy, the second advertisement information is same as transmission power indicated by the transmission power information included in the first advertisement information received by the information processing device;
receiving a print job from the information processing device that has received the second advertisement information; and
executing printing based on the print job.

US Pat. No. 10,051,223

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus having a first substrate and a second substrate overlaid on each other such that a first surface of the first substrate and a second surface of the second substrate are brought into contact with each other,wherein the first substrate includes:
a photoelectric conversion element,
a first electrically conductive portion configured to form part of the first surface,
a second electrically conductive portion which is included in an electrically conductive pattern closest to the first electrically conductive portion and is electrically connected to the first electrically conductive portion, and
a third electrically conductive portion which is included in an electrically conductive pattern second closest to the first electrically conductive portion and to which a signal generated in the photoelectric conversion element is transmitted,
wherein the second substrate includes:
a fourth electrically conductive portion configured to form part of the second surface and electrically connected to the first electrically conductive portion, and
a circuit electrically connected to the fourth electrically conductive portion and configured to process the signal generated in the photoelectric conversion element, and
wherein in a planar view with respect to the first surface of the first substrate, an area of the first electrically conductive portion is smaller than an area of the second electrically conductive portion and larger than an area of a portion of the third electrically conductive portion overlaying the second electrically conductive portion.

US Pat. No. 10,051,274

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CALCULATING INFORMATION ACCORDING TO MOTION OF FRAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that calculates information according to an interframe motion of a moving image based on motion vectors detected in the moving image, the image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor and at least one memory cooperating to act as units comprising:
(1) a detection unit configured to detect motion vectors in a frame of a moving image;
(2) a specifying unit configured to specify, from the motion vectors detected by the detection unit, one or more motion vectors that belong to a region of interest of a plurality of regions obtained by dividing the frame;
(3) a determination unit configured to, in a case where a plurality of motion vectors that belong to the region of interest are specified by the specifying unit, determine, from the plurality of motion vectors that belong to the region of interest, a representative motion vector of the region of interest;
(4) an extraction unit configured to, from the plurality of motion vectors that belong to the region of interest other than the representative motion vector of the motion vectors that belong to the region of interest extract, as motion vectors having components that are similar to the representative motion vector of the region of interest, only motion vectors that satisfy a predetermined condition; and
(5) a calculation unit configured to, where the specifying, determining, and extracting are performed to a plurality of regions in the frame, calculate a rotation matrix as the information according to the interframe motion of the moving image based on one or more motion vectors of the extracted motion vectors of in each of the plurality of regions,
wherein the calculation unit selects a predetermined number of motion vectors from motion vectors extracted in each of the plurality of regions, and calculates a rotation matrix based on the selected motion vectors, wherein the predetermined number is equal to or more than 4, and
wherein the calculation unit (a) compares (1) the difference between a terminal point of a motion vector extracted in each of the plurality of regions and a point to which a motion vector extracted in each of the plurality of regions is projected using a calculated rotation matrix with (2) a first tolerance, (b) counts a number of motion vectors that do not exceed the first tolerance, and (c) determines the rotation matrix by changing a combination of the motion vectors to be selected from motion vectors extracted in each of the plurality of regions, until a counted value satisfies a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,051,276

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, METHOD AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. An image encoding apparatus, comprising:at least one circuit or processor that operates as:
a generator which generate two new lines of pixel data, by sorting, in accordance with a rule set in advance, two lines of pixel data which are obtained from a pixel portion in which a plurality of pixels that output signals of each color component are arranged in a Bayer array;
a first encoder which encodes pixel data of one of the two new lines generated by the generator; and
a second encoder which encodes pixel data of the other of the two new lines generated by the generator;
wherein the generator, based on two lines of pixel data that sandwich one line between them in the pixel portion, generates pixel data of a first line and a second line respectively configured by pixels of a single color component, and supplies pixel data of the first line to the first encoder and pixel data of the second line to the second encoder,
wherein the first and second encoders respectively,
in relation to a pixel of interest to be encoded in the supplied line, generate a prediction pixel in relation to the pixel of interest with reference to pixel data of already encoded pixels, and perform predictive encoding.

US Pat. No. 10,043,300

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORD MEDIUM FOR SELECTING A TEMPLATE FOR LAYING OUT IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for an image processing apparatus, the control method comprising:acquiring, as a first acquiring, at least a first template group having a first number of image data layout regions and including a plurality of templates having different layouts from each other and a second template group having a second number, different from the first number, of image data layout regions and including a plurality of templates having different layouts from each other;
acquiring, as a second acquiring, at least a first layout candidate information group including a plurality of layout candidate information pieces generated based on the first number of image data pieces and the plurality of templates included in the first template group and a second layout candidate information group including a plurality of layout candidate information pieces generated based on the second number of image data pieces and the plurality of templates included in the second template group;
evaluating a plurality of layout candidate information pieces at least including the layout candidate information pieces in the first layout candidate information group and in the second layout candidate information group to provide an evaluation;
selecting a template corresponding to one layout candidate information piece of the evaluated plurality of layout candidate information pieces based on the evaluation; and
outputting a layout result based on the selected template.

US Pat. No. 10,042,298

FILM AND IMAGE HEATING DEVICE USING FILM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A film unit used in a fixing apparatus having a heating roller, the film unit comprising:a cylindrical film including a resin layer, which is made from a crystalline thermoplastic resin, wherein a degree of crystallinity of the resin layer is not less than 81% of a maximum saturated degree of crystallinity of the crystalline thermoplastic resin; and
a nip forming member contacting an inner surface of the film, configured to form a nip portion with the heating roller via the film,
wherein an image is fixed on a recording material by heat from the heating roller while the recording material, on which the image is formed, is being conveyed at the nip portion.

US Pat. No. 10,042,300

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PERFORMING CONTACT CONTROL OR SEPARATION CONTROL OF PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUMS AND DEVELOPING ROLLERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of image forming units including respective photosensitive drums, and developing rollers configured to develop latent images formed on the photosensitive drums;
a contact/separation unit configured to shift the photosensitive drums and the developing rollers of the plurality of image forming units from a separated state to a contact state or from the contact state to the separated state;
a driving unit configured to drive the contact/separation unit; and
a control unit configured to execute a first contact control, in which the driving unit is driven at a first speed and the photosensitive drums and the developing rollers of the plurality of image forming units are shifted from the separated state to the contact state, or a second contact control, in which the driving unit is driven at a second speed higher than the first speed and the photosensitive drums and the developing rollers of the plurality of image forming units are shifted from the separated state to the contact state, and execute a first separation control, in which the driving unit is driven at a third speed and the photosensitive drums and the developing rollers of the plurality of image forming units are shifted from the contact state to the separated state, or a second separation control, in which the driving unit is driven at a fourth speed higher than the third speed and the photosensitive drums and the developing rollers of the plurality of image forming units are shifted from the contact state to the separated state,
wherein the control unit is configured to select which contact control to execute, the first contact control or the second contact control, and which separation control to execute, the first separation control or the second separation control, according to a size of a sheet for image formation, and
wherein the control unit is configured to select the contact control and the separation control so that a difference between a number of times of execution of the second contact control and a number of times of execution of the second separation control becomes less than or equal to a predetermined number of times.

US Pat. No. 10,036,871

LENS BARREL PROVIDED IN IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:a lens unit configured to be movable in a direction of an optical axis between a collapsed position and a shooting position;
a cam cylinder configured to have a first projecting portion in an outer peripheral portion thereof, be provided rotatably in a state of being engaged with said lens unit and movably in the direction of the optical axis, and move said lens unit in the direction of the optical axis by rotating;
a straight advance cylinder configured to be provided movably in the direction of the optical axis in a state of being inhibited from rotating on an outer peripheral side of said cam cylinder and have a through cam groove through which said first projecting portion passes; and
a rotary cylinder configured be rotatively driven in a state of being inhibited from moving in the direction of the optical axis on an outer peripheral side of said straight advance cylinder and have in the direction of the optical axis a straight advance groove with which the first projecting portion is to be engaged,
wherein in an inner peripheral portion of said rotary cylinder, second projecting portions are provided on opposite sides of said straight advance groove in a circumferential direction, and
wherein in an outer peripheral portion of said straight advance cylinder, circumferential grooves with which the respective second projecting portions provided on the opposite sides of said straight advance groove in the circumferential direction are to be engaged are provided in the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,035,344

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:a rotating member having a plurality of printing areas on a circumference thereof;
a printhead configured to discharge printing material onto the plurality of printing areas;
a linear encoder scale having slits and provided on the circumference of the rotating member along a rotation direction;
a plurality of encoder sensors provided at different positions in the rotation direction of the linear encoder scale, and configured to detect the slits of the linear encoder scale; and
an adjustment unit configured to adjust a timing of discharge from the printhead by using a detection result by at least one of the encoder sensors, wherein
the adjustment unit adjusts a timing of discharge from the printhead with respect to a first printing area out of the plurality of printing areas based on a detection result of a first encoder sensor, and adjusts a timing of discharge from the printhead with respect to a second printing area based on the detection result of a second encoder sensor, without using the detection result of the first encoder sensor, and
the first encoder sensor is provided at a position corresponding to an area of the circumference in which the slits are provided during the discharge of the printing material from the printhead to the first printing area and corresponding to an indefinite area of the circumference in which no slit is provided within a discharge of the printing material from the printhead to the second printing area, and the second encoder sensor is provided at a position corresponding to an area of the circumference in which the slits are provided during the discharge of the printing material from the printhead to the second printing area.

US Pat. No. 10,036,970

MAGENTA TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magenta toner having a toner particle containing a binder resin, a wax and a colorant, whereinthe colorant contains a compound (1) and a compound (3),
a content of the compound (1) is 0.5 to 20.0 mass parts per 100 mass parts of the binder resin,
a content of the compound (3) is 0.2 to 10.0 mass parts per 100 mass parts of the binder resin, and
the binder resin contains a polyester resin, a content ratio of the polyester resin is 50 to 100 mass % of a total of the binder resin:
and

US Pat. No. 10,029,466

INK-JET RECORDING HEAD, RECORDING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING INK-JET RECORDING HEAD, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING RECORDING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for dividing a silicon wafer, the method comprising:providing a silicon wafer to which a first group of ejection pressure generating elements and a second group of ejection pressure generating elements are arranged along each other, each of the first group and the second group including a plurality of ejection pressure generating elements for ejecting a liquid; and
forming in the silicon wafer, by dry etching, a first supply port for supplying a liquid to the first group of ejection pressure generating elements, and a second supply port for supplying a liquid to the second group of ejection pressure generating elements; and
dividing the silicon wafer into a first recording element substrate including the first group of ejection pressure generating elements and a second recording element substrate including the second group of ejection pressure generating elements by performing dry etching on an area, of the silicon wafer, between the first group of ejection pressure generating elements and the second group of ejection pressure generating elements.

US Pat. No. 10,029,475

RECORDING HEAD AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording head comprising:a plurality of discharge opening array units arranged side by side and including at least two first discharge opening array units for discharging an ink of a first color;
two second discharge opening array units for discharging an ink of a second color;
a third discharge opening array unit for discharging an ink of a third color; and
two fourth discharge opening array units for discharging an ink of a fourth color,
wherein
h1 L3>L1>L4, and
L3>L2>L4are satisfied, where h1 is a hue angle of the first color, L1 is a lightness of the first color, h2 is a hue angle of the second color, L2 is a lightness of the second color, h3 is a hue angle of the third color, L3 is a lightness of the third color, and L4 is a lightness of the fourth color,wherein the third discharge opening array unit is the only discharge opening unit, among the plurality of discharge opening array units, for discharging the ink of the third color, and
wherein the plurality of discharge opening array units is arranged in such a manner that the one third discharge opening array unit is located between the two first discharge opening array units, between the two second discharge opening array units, and not between the two fourth discharge opening array units.

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. 10,029,366

CONTROL DEVICE FOR MOTOR DRIVE DEVICE, CONTROL DEVICE FOR MULTI-AXIAL MOTOR, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR MOTOR DRIVE DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor drive device configured to perform motion control of a moving member via a transmission mechanism connected to a motor, the motor drive device comprising:a thrust control unit configured to generate a position command value for the motor based on an input thrust command value; and
a motor control unit configured to generate a current value to control the motor based on the position command value for the motor,
wherein
the motor control unit executes a first feedback control according to detection results of a motor position detecting unit configured to detect a position of an output member that outputs rotation of the motor, and
the thrust control unit executes a second feedback control according to detection results of a thrust detecting unit configured to detect thrust occurring at the moving member.

US Pat. No. 10,027,907

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE HAVING UNIT PIXELS ARRANGED IN TWO-DIMENSIONAL MATRIX FORM EACH OF WHICH HAS PIXELS OF DIFFERENT SENSITIVITIES, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR, AND SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE FOR IMAGE PICKUP DEV

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image pickup device in which a plurality of unit pixels are arranged in a two-dimensional matrix form, each of the plurality of unit pixels including:
a plurality of first sensitivity pixels, which are arranged at a periphery of the unit pixel, each first sensitivity pixel configured to have a first sensitivity based on a first light receiving area; and
at least one second sensitivity pixel configured to have a second sensitivity based on a second light receiving area smaller than a total area of the first light receiving areas of the plurality of first sensitivity pixels included in the unit pixel, wherein the first light receiving areas of each of the first sensitivity pixels of each unit pixel differ in size and form from the second light receiving area of the second sensitivity pixel of the respective unit pixel;
an adding circuit configured to add pixel signals that are outputs of the plurality of first sensitivity pixels such that the centroid position of the total area of the first light receiving areas of the plurality of first sensitivity pixels included in the unit pixel approximately coincides with a centroid position of the second light receiving area of the at least one second sensitivity pixel; and
a correction circuit configured to correct an added first sensitivity pixel signal having undergone addition by the adding circuit and a second sensitivity pixel signal of the at least one second sensitivity pixel based on preset common shading correction data.

US Pat. No. 10,027,913

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,027,915

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:a first pixel and a second pixel,
each of the first pixel and the second pixel including
a photoelectric conversion unit, and
an amplification unit configured to output a signal generated by the photoelectric conversion unit,
the photoelectric conversion unit including a first electrode and a second electrode,
wherein the photoelectric conversion device further includes:
a photoelectric conversion layer including quantum dots; and
an insulating layer disposed on the second electrode of the first pixel and the second electrode of the second pixel,
wherein the photoelectric conversion layer extends to a first region from a second region, the first region being a region between the first electrode of the first pixel and the insulating layer disposed on the second electrode of the first pixel, and the second region being a region between the first electrode of the second pixel and the insulating layer disposed on the second electrode of the second pixel, and
wherein the first region and the second region are disposed in a same layer.

US Pat. No. 10,027,919

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensing apparatus comprising:a pixel section;
an analog-digital converter that converts an analog signal output from the pixel section to a digital signal using one of a plurality of reference signals having different slopes from each other;
an analysis unit that analyzes a distribution of the digital signal; and
a controller that changes a signal level for selecting one of the plurality of reference signals to be used for conversion by the analog-digital converter based on a bias condition of the distribution of the digital signal.

US Pat. No. 10,027,949

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating a panoramic image used for stereo viewing, the apparatus comprising:an image acquiring unit configured to acquire a first image for left eye which is viewed from a first left-eye viewpoint, a first image for right eye which is viewed from a first right-eye viewpoint separated from the first left-eye viewpoint by a predetermined distance, a second image for left eye which is viewed from a second left-eye viewpoint different from the first left-eye viewpoint and has a first overlapping area which is an image area overlapping with the first image for left eye, and a second image for right eye which is viewed from a second right-eye viewpoint separated from the second left-eye viewpoint by the predetermined distance and has a second overlapping area which is an image area overlapping with the second image for right eye;
a positioning unit configured to perform positioning of the first image for left eye and the second image for left eye to be overlapped with the first overlapping area, and positioning of the first image for right eye and the second image for right eye to be overlapped with the second overlapping area;
a decision unit configured to decide a first position which is a position of a seam at which the first image for left eye and the second image for left eye which are positioned by the positioning unit are combined, and a second position which is a position of a seam at which the first image for right eye and the second image for right eye which are positioned by the positioning unit are combined; and
a generation unit configured to synthesize the first image for left eye and the second image for left eye by using the first position to thereby generate a panoramic image for left eye and synthesize the first image for right eye and the second image for right eye by using the second position to thereby generate a panoramic image for right eye, wherein
the decision unit decides a first seam position of the first position and the second position, and then decides a second seam position based on the first seam position and a disparity amount of an object at the first seam position.

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. 10,023,673

CURABLE COMPOSITION AND CURED PRODUCT THEREOF, METHOD FOR PRODUCING CURED PRODUCT, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL COMPONENT, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CIRCUIT BOARD, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A curable composition that satisfies the following formula (1) in a cured state:Er1/Er2?1.10  (1)
wherein Er1 denotes a surface reduced modulus (GPa) of a cured product of the curable composition, and Er2 denotes an internal reduced modulus (GPa) of the cured product.

US Pat. No. 10,025,212

TONER AND EXTERNAL ADDITIVE FOR TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising:toner particles each containing a binder resin and a colorant; and
an external additive, wherein:
the external additive comprises an external additive A containing a fine particle of a crystalline resin or a fine particle of a wax,
the crystalline resin and the wax each have an urethane bond or an urea bond, and
the melting point of the crystalline resin and the melting point of the wax are each from 50° C. to 130° C.

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. 10,025,223

INK JET RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING ANIONIC INORGANIC PARTICLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording medium comprising:a substrate; and
at least two or more ink receiving layers on the substrate, wherein:
a first ink receiving layer which is an outermost surface layer contains anionic inorganic particles having an average particle diameter of 3.0 ?m or more, a binder, a cationic polymer, and a polyvalent metal salt,
a content of the polyvalent metal salt based on the anionic inorganic particles in the first ink receiving layer is 5 mass % or more and 40 mass % or less,
a content ratio of the polyvalent metal salt to the cationic polymer in the first ink receiving layer (Content of polyvalent metal salt/Content of cationic polymer) is 1.0 or more and 8.0 or less,
an arithmetic average roughness Ra of a surface of the recording medium is 1.0 ?m or more, and
a second ink receiving layer adjacent to a lower side of the first ink receiving layer, wherein the second ink receiving layer contains a polyvalent metal salt of a content lower than the content of the polyvalent metal salt contained in the first ink receiving layer or does not contain a polyvalent metal salt.

US Pat. No. 10,012,741

RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation detection apparatus comprising:a housing;
a first radiation imaging panel and a second radiation imaging panel arranged to overlap each other in the housing; and
a radiation absorbing portion arranged between the first radiation imaging panel and the second radiation imaging panel,
wherein the radiation absorbing portion comprises:
a first member with energy at a K-absorption edge of 38 keV to 60 keV; and
a second member,
wherein the first member comprises a resin with added particles containing at least one element selected from the group consisting of lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, promethium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, and thulium, and
wherein the second member comprises a metal plate containing at least one element selected from the group consisting of copper, silver, zinc, and tin.

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. 10,015,724

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING 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 with the another communication apparatus using a second communication method in which a communication speed is higher than a communication speed in the first communication method;
a determination unit configured to determine, when the communication apparatus is connected to the another communication apparatus by the first communication unit, if the communication apparatus transmits a request message requesting a connection with the another communication apparatus by the second communication unit and receives a request message requesting a connection using the second communication method from the another communication apparatus, whether a response message is to be transmitted by the communication apparatus or by the another communication apparatus on the basis of a comparison between a random number included in the request message transmitted by the communication apparatus and a random number included in the request message received from the another communication apparatus; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit, if the determination unit determines that the communication apparatus transmits the response message, a response message rejecting the connection using the second communication method to the another communication apparatus using the first communication unit; and
a display control unit configured to control a display unit and to cause the display unit to display information regarding a reason for rejecting the connection using the second communication method if the response message rejecting the connection using the second communication method is transmitted by the transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 10,012,923

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles, each of which contains a binder resin, a colorant, a releasing agent and a crystalline polyester, whereinin an observation of a cross-section of each of the toner particles by transmission electron microscopy,
specific toner particles, each of which has domains of the crystalline polyester and domains of the releasing agent, are present at a ratio of at least 70% by number of the toner particles in the toner,
an arithmetic mean of maximum diameters of the domains of the releasing agent is at least 1.0 ?m and not more than 4.0 ?m, and
the specific toner particles satisfy conditions (i) to (iii):
(i) an average coverage ratio of the domains of the releasing agent by the domains of the crystalline polyester is at least 80%;
(ii) an average ratio of an area occupied by the domains of the crystalline polyester to a cross-sectional area of each of the specific toner particles is at least 10.0% and not more than 40.0%; and
(iii) an average ratio of an area occupied by the domains of the releasing agent to a cross-sectional area of each of the specific toner particles is at least 10.0% and not more than 40.0%.

US Pat. No. 10,005,629

CONVEYANCE CONTROL OF RECORDING MEDIUM IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a first feeding unit configured to feed a sheet having a first surface and a second surface on which no image has been formed;
a second feeding unit configured to feed a sheet having a first surface on which an image has been formed;
a feeding control unit configured to control the first feeding unit and the second feeding unit;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the first surface of the sheet fed by the first feeding unit and to form an image on a second surface of the sheet fed by the second feeding unit;
a reversal unit configured to reverse a conveyance direction of a sheet that was fed by the first feeding unit and has a first surface on which an image has been formed, and to convey the sheet with the first surface on which the image has been formed to the second feeding unit;
a post-processing unit configured to apply post-processing to a sheet; and
a post-processing control unit configured to control the post-processing unit,
wherein based on a post-processing time amount notified from the post-processing control unit, the feeding control unit adjusts a feed time of a sheet fed from the first feeding unit so that the sheet fed from the first feeding unit does not contact with a sheet waiting in the second feeding unit in a state where the sheet fed from the first feeding unit cannot wait at the reversal unit, and
wherein the first feeding unit continuously feeds a plurality of sheets until a number of sheets waiting on a sub conveyance path reaches a maximum wait number, and when the number of sheets waiting on the sub conveyance path reaches the maximum wait number, the first feeding unit feeds a sheet alternatingly with the second feeding unit.

US Pat. No. 10,005,630

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:a conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet;
a guide member configured to be movable between a first position in which the guide member guides the sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit toward a first conveyance path and a second position in which the guide member guides the sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit toward a second conveyance path;
a holding member for holding the guide member at the first position;
a first urging member configured to apply an urging force to the holding member so that the guide member is held at the first position; and
a second urging member configured to apply, to the guide member, an urging force in a direction for moving the guide member from the first position to the second position,
wherein the holding member is movable between a hold position in which the holding member holds the guide member at the first position against the urging force of the second urging member and a release position in which the holding member releases a holding of the guide member by going further away from the guide member than the hold position, and
wherein, due to movement of the holding member from the hold position to the release position during conveyance of the sheet along the first conveyance path, the guide member moves from the first position to the second position and comes into contact with the sheet in the first conveyance path.

US Pat. No. 10,009,533

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF WITH CONTRAST FOCUS EVALUATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a sensor configured to output, with a single sensor exposure reading, images picked up at different angles of incidence based on different pupil areas; and
a processor,
wherein the processor is configured to function as:
an image generation unit configured to generate a plurality of images of which imaging positions are mutually different by shifting the images outputted from the sensor relative to one another at each of a plurality of steps and combined per each of the shifted images at each of the plurality of the steps,
a contrast evaluation unit configured to calculate a plurality of contrast evaluation values of the images generated by the image generation unit of which imaging positions are different from each other in a focus adjusting direction, and
a decision unit configured to decide a best contrast evaluation value among the plurality of contrast evaluation values corresponding to a corresponding area among the images of which imaging positions are different from each other in the focus adjusting direction.

US Pat. No. 10,009,540

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR SETTING A COMBINATION PARAMETER FOR COMBINING A PLURALITY OF IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing device comprising:an image capturing unit configured to perform image capturing by forming a subject image of a subject with an optical system;
an operation unit configured to set, by user operation thereof, selection conditions and at least one of a focus position, an f-stop, or a zoom magnification,
wherein the operation unit includes a focus adjustment ring for setting the focus position, an aperture adjustment ring for setting the f-stop, and a zoom adjustment ring for setting the zoom magnification, the focus adjustment ring, aperture adjustment ring, and zoom adjustment ring included in a lens barrel of the optical system;
a central processing unit (CPU);
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the CPU, cause the CPU to:
generate a plurality of combined images by performing combination processing on an image captured by the image capturing unit using a plurality of image combination parameters, wherein each combined image of the plurality of combined images is combination processed using a different combination parameter of the plurality of image combination parameters;
retain the plurality of combined images; and
select at least one combined image from the plurality of combined images based on the selection conditions set by the operation unit, wherein the selection conditions are set based on user operation of at least one of the focus adjustment ring, the aperture adjustment ring, or the zoom adjustment ring of the operation unit after the image is captured by the image capturing unit; and
a display unit configured to display the selected at least one combined image.

US Pat. No. 10,005,283

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head including a substrate having formed thereon an energy generating element, wiring for supplying power to the energy generating element, and a supply port for supplying a liquid, the substrate having laminated thereon a flow path forming member on which a flow path for guiding the liquid supplied from the supply port to the energy generating element is formed, the method comprising:a step for forming a resin layer by applying a resin to form an area to be the flow path on the substrate;
a first smoothing step for smoothing a surface of the resin layer so that the resin layer has a first thickness, by pressing the resin layer with a smoothing member;
a concave-portion-forming step for forming a concave portion on the resin layer by removing a portion of the resin layer smoothed by the first smoothing step; and
a second smoothing step for smoothing a surface of the resin layer so that the resin layer has a second thickness, which is less than the first thickness, by pressing the resin layer on which the concave portion is formed by the concave-portion-forming step with the smoothing member.

US Pat. No. 10,004,020

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus having a plurality of antennas, comprising:a communication unit configured to use a predetermined frequency channel to perform communication;
an adjustment unit configured to adjust beamforming for transmission/reception by setting a weighting coefficient for each of the plurality of antennas;
a detection unit configured to monitor to detect a radar signal outputted from another communication apparatus by using the predetermined frequency channel in a beamforming state formed in accordance with the weighting coefficients; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a reception level of the radar signal detected by the detection unit is greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold, wherein
in a case when it is determined by the determination unit that the reception level of the radar signal detected by the detection unit is greater than or equal to the predetermined threshold, the adjustment unit changes the weighting coefficients, and
the communication unit uses the predetermined frequency channel in a beamforming state formed in accordance with the changed weighting coefficients to perform communication.