US Pat. No. 9,616,694

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising:
applying an ink comprising a pigment to a recording medium; and
applying a liquid composition comprising organic acid and one or more organic solvents to the recording medium in such a manner
as to be at least partially overlapped with a region to which the ink is applied, wherein

a content (% by mass) of the organic acid in the liquid composition is 10% by mass or more based on a total amount of the
liquid composition,

a content (% by mass) of the one or more organic solvents in the liquid composition is 5% by mass or more based on the total
amount of the liquid composition,

a content (% by mass) of the one or more organic solvents having a hydroxyl group in the liquid composition is 4% by mass
or less based on the total amount of the liquid composition,

wherein the one or more organic solvents comprises a glycol diether having a molecular weight of 1000 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,621,076

VIBRATION TYPE DRIVING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vibration type driving device comprising:
an electro-mechanical energy conversion element;
a vibrator fixed to the electro-mechanical energy conversion element;
a first driven member and a second driven member arranged concentrically and are in contact with the vibrator, each being
configured to transmit rotational forces to an output shaft; and

a pressing portion configured to bring the first driven member and the second driven member into press contact with the vibrator,
wherein

the pressing portion, the first driven member, the second driven member, and the vibrator are arranged to allow an air flow
generated by an airflow generation unit to flow through an air-ventilation path of the pressing portion, between the first
driven member and the second driven member, and an air-ventilation path of the vibrator.

US Pat. No. 9,621,082

PRINTING APPARATUS AND MOTOR CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus that performs printing while moving a carriage by a motor, comprising:
an encoder sensor configured to detect at least one of a position and velocity of the carriage;
an acceleration sensor, provided on the carriage, for detecting an acceleration of the moving carriage; and
a control unit configured to drive the motor to move the carriage by feedback control based on outputs of said encoder sensor
and said acceleration sensor,

wherein said control unit generates a cancel signal for canceling cogging of the motor while moving the carriage, and determines
whether to use the cancel signal for the feedback control to suppress influence of the cogging.

US Pat. No. 9,615,016

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,612,818

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM MANAGEMENT METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A program management method in an information processing apparatus provided with an extension unit for performing control
to download an extension program for extending functionality from an external server and to install the extension program,
the method comprising:
by the extension unit,
performing control to download from the external server an introduction program that provides information about an extension
program which can be downloaded from the external server, and to install the introduction program;

obtaining, from the installed introduction program, information about the extension program which can be downloaded;
performing control to download the extension program that can be downloaded from the external server and install the extension
program that can be downloaded, based on the information obtained from the introduction program in the obtaining, in response
to receiving an instruction to install the extension program which can be downloaded; and

stopping the installed extension program, based on limitation information for the extension program, which is included in
the information obtained from the introduction program by the obtaining, and performing control to uninstall; and

displaying, when the control to uninstall is performed based on the limitation information, a notification screen for notifying
that uninstallation is performed due to a limit expiration, wherein in the stopping,

if a type of the stopped extension program is an applet type, when an icon displayed in a main menu is pressed, screen data
for displaying a notification of the limit expiration of the extension program and the icon are associated and stored, and

if the type of the stopped extension program is a servlet type, a URL of the extension program is obtained, and screen data
for displaying a notification of the limit by a Web browser of an access resource when the URL is accessed, and the URL are
associated and stored,

wherein any one of screen data stored in the stopping is displayed in the displaying, and
wherein if the type of the stopped extension program is an esplet type, a notification of the limit expiration of the extension
program is displayed on a status line within the main menu in the displaying.

US Pat. No. 9,595,838

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,590,391

REFLECTOR, SURFACE-EMITTING LASER, SOLID-STATE LASER DEVICE, OPTOACOUSTIC SYSTEM, AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A reflector comprising:
a substrate containing GaN;
first layers containing AlxGa1-xN;

second layers containing InyGa1-yN; and

a third layer containing GaN, the first, second, and third layers being stacked on the substrate,
wherein the first and second layers are alternately stacked, the third layer is placed between one of the first layers and
one of the second layers,

wherein x in AlxGa1-x,N and y in InyGa1-yN satisfy the inequality 0.00<4.66y
wherein the first layers have a thickness less than the thickness of the second layers, and
wherein the second layers have an optical thickness of ?/8 to 3?/8, where ? is the central wavelength of the reflection band
of the reflector.

US Pat. No. 9,584,768

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory, serving as:
(i) an image obtaining unit configured to obtain an image captured by an image capturing apparatus;
(ii) an index detection unit configured to detect index information from the image;
(iii) a measurement value obtaining unit configured to obtain a measurement value measured by a sensor;
(iv) a determination unit configured to determine a suitability of the index information and the measurement value as calibration
data for performing a calibration of at least one of a position and an orientation of the sensor with respect to the image
capturing apparatus, based on the index information and the measurement value; and

(v) a presentation unit configured to present the suitability of the calibration data on a display area displayed on a predetermined
display,

wherein the suitability as the calibration data to be presented identifiably represents a case when a capturing environment
of an image from which the index information included in the calibration data is detected or a measurement environment of
the measurement value is not suitable for performing the calibration, or a case when a capturing environment of an image from
which the index information included in the calibration data is detected or a measurement environment of the measurement value
is suitable for performing the calibration and the calibration data satisfies a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 9,581,934

DEVELOPING APPARATUS, DEVELOPING METHOD, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a toner comprising a binder resin, colorant and 0.40-1.50 parts by mass silica fine particles based on 100 parts by mass of
the toner particles;

a developing container accommodating the toner;
a rotatably held developing roller that carries toner fed from the developing container on the surface of the developing roller
to form a toner layer and convey the toner, the developing roller comprising a substrate having a base layer disposed on an
outer peripheral surface of the substrate and a coverage portion disposed on an outer periphery of the base layer, the coverage
portion having a volume resistivity of at least 1.0×108 ?·cm and an average thickness of 0.3 to 5.0 ?m; and

a toner layer thickness controlling member controlling the thickness of the toner layer, wherein
diffusion index X1/X2??0.0042×X1+0.62
where theoretical coverage rate with all the silica particles contained in the toner X2 (area %)=31/2/(2?)×(dt/da)×(?t/?a)×C×100, da is number average particle diameter (D1) of primary particles of the silica fine particles,
dt is mass average particle diameter (D4) of the toner, ?a is true specific gravity of the silica fine particles, ?t is true
specific gravity of the toner, C is mass of the silica fine particles/mass of the toner, and a covering rate X1 of the surface
of each of the toner particles with the silica fine particles is 40.0-75.0 area % as determined by observing the toner with
an X-ray electron spectroscope for chemical analysis (ESCA).

US Pat. No. 9,581,941

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,582,518

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:
obtain a plurality of pairs of a feature point in the first image and a feature point in the second image, wherein the pair
of feature points are selected such that local feature amounts of the images at the feature points are similar;

count at least one of the number of feature points in the first image where local feature amounts are similar to a local feature
amount at one of the pair or the number of feature points in the second image where local feature amounts are similar to a
local feature amount at one of the pair and set an evaluation for each of the pairs based on the counted number of feature
points such that the smaller the counted number of feature points, the higher the evaluation; and

determine a similarity between the first image and the second image using a random sample consensus (RANSAC) method, wherein
a selected pair having a high evaluation is used with priority and an unselected pair is excluded in derivation of a function
for transforming coordinates of a feature point in the second image into coordinates of a corresponding feature point in the
first image, and the unselected pair is used in evaluation of the function using the RANSAC method, the selected pair and
the unselected pair being included in the plurality of pairs.

US Pat. No. 9,575,402

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM WITH LIGHT-COMPRESSING LENS ARRAYS HAVING NO OPTICAL POWER ON ONE SECTION AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination optical system configured to illuminate an image display device using a light flux from a light source,
the illumination optical system comprising:
a polarization splitter having a first polarization splitting surface configured to split a polarization component of the
light flux;

a first compression system configured to compress the light flux on each of a first section that contains a normal of the
first polarization splitting surface and an optical axis of the illumination optical system, and a second section that contains
the optical axis and is orthogonal to the first section;

a polarization converter configured to convert non-polarized light into linearly polarized light and that includes a second
polarization splitting surface, and is arranged so that a section that contains a normal of the second polarization splitting
surface and the optical axis becomes the second section; and

a second compression system configured to compress the light flux in the first section and includes:
a first lens array that includes a plurality of lens cells configured to split the light flux into a plurality of light fluxes,
and is arranged on the light source side with respect to the polarization converter along the optical axis; and

a second lens array that includes a plurality of lens cells corresponding to the plurality of lens cell of the first lens
array, and is arranged between the first lens array and the polarization converter along the optical axis,

wherein both of the first lens array and the second lens array have no optical power in the second section,
wherein a light flux from the first compression system is incident on all of the plurality of lens cells of the first lens
array in the first section and the second section, and

wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
1.1 1.1 where ? is a compression ratio applied by the second compression system in the first section and ? is a compression ratio
applied by the first compression system in the first and second sections.

US Pat. No. 9,577,734

METHOD AND A SYSTEM FOR CONFIGURING A BEAM FORMING ANTENNA IN A COMMUNICATION NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of configuring a beam forming antenna in a communication network that comprises a first node where the beam forming
antenna is located, a plurality of second nodes and at least one destination node, communication links being established between
said first node and said at least one destination node through at least some of said second nodes, characterized in that the
method comprises:
obtaining a first set of antenna parameters so that the beam forming antenna configured with said first set of antenna parameters
is prevented from emitting beams in directions other than towards the plurality of second nodes to which the signal is to
be sent,

emitting a signal by the beam forming antenna configured with the first set of antenna parameters, the signal being sent from
the first node to several second nodes,

obtaining, for a plurality of communication links through which the signal has been sent, at least one item of information
representing distortion caused by each communication link to the signal,

obtaining for each link of said plurality of communication links information representing energy received through said link,
the at least one item of information and said information being two types of information characterizing each link of said
plurality of communication links,

aggregating said items of information of said plurality of communication links, obtaining a second set of antenna parameters
for configuring the beam forming antenna in accordance with said aggregated items of information;

wherein aggregating the items of information of the plurality of communication links and obtaining the second set of antenna
parameters are performed by the at least one destination node; and

wherein obtaining the second set of antenna parameters for configuration of the beam forming antenna comprises calculation
of a vector of the antenna parameters that involves, a sum of information of a first type relating to the at least one item
of information obtained for each link of said plurality of communication links established on the various paths, divided by
a sum of information of a second type representing energy received through each link of said plurality of communication links.

US Pat. No. 9,575,449

FIXING MEMBER AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR, FIXING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing member, comprising:
a base member;
an elastic layer on a surface of the base member; and
a surface layer,
wherein the surface layer contains a tetrafluoroethylene-hexafluoropropylene copolymer having a partial structure represented
by structural formula (1):


 and
wherein the surface layer has a surface having a contact angle of 65° or more with respect to a liquid mixture for a wetting
tension test, the liquid mixture having a wetting tension of 31.0 mN/m.

US Pat. No. 9,576,110

ACCESS CONTROL APPARATUS, ACCESS CONTROL METHOD, AND PRINTING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An access control apparatus belonging to a first domain in a multi-domain environment, comprising:
a request unit configured to receive a request for access control information corresponding to a user who gives an instruction
via an operation unit of an image forming apparatus for using a function of the image forming apparatus belonging to the first
domain, the access control information being used for controlling usage of one or more functions of the image forming apparatus;

a determination unit configured to determine, based on the received request, whether domain information of the user who gave
the instruction via the operation unit of the image forming apparatus belonging to the first domain indicates the first domain;
and

an issuance unit configured to issue, if the domain information of the user indicates the first domain, access control information
corresponding to the user in response to the request received by the request unit of the access control apparatus belonging
to the first domain,

wherein, if the domain information of the user indicates a second domain that is different from the first domain, the issuance
unit is further configured to issue, for the user, domain default access control information for the second domain as access
control information in response to the request received by the request unit of the access control apparatus belonging to the
first domain,

wherein the domain default access control information is prepared in the first domain before the request unit receives the
request for the access control information, and

wherein, according to the domain default access control information issued for the user having the domain information indicating
the second domain, the function of the image forming apparatus belonging to the first domain is used.

US Pat. No. 9,569,817

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising a CPU that functions as:
an interpolation unit configured to determine, using a pixel signal included in a region referenced on a pixel of interest
of an image, a direction having a high signal correlation in the region, and to perform, using pixel signals from neighboring
pixels of the pixel of interest based on a result of the determination, interpolation processing for interpolating a pixel
signal of the pixel of interest; and

a reduction unit configured to perform reduction by reducing the number of pixels of the image interpolated by the interpolation
unit,

wherein the interpolation unit executes the interpolation processing according to a reduction rate used by the reduction unit,
such that a high frequency component of the image decreases as a degree of reduction increases, while applying a weight to
the pixel signal of a pixel, among the neighboring pixels, located in the direction determined as having the high correlation
based on the result of the determination.

US Pat. No. 9,569,829

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,566,001

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,566,003

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,568,867

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,571,687

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,571,692

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,571,693

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,571,715

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,571,740

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,565,367

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING FRAMING ASSIST CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,559,724

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROCESSING RECEIVED DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of decoding multiple copies of a data packet, wherein each copy of the data packet is encoded using a product
code and an encoded copy of the data packet comprises data blocks organized into rows and columns, each row having a respective
error detecting code and each column having a respective error detecting code the method comprising for a copy of the data
packet:
detecting erroneous row and column data by means of their associated error detecting code;
identifying, in the copy of the data packet, a potentially erroneous data block that belongs to a row and a column of data
blocks that both have been detected as erroneous;

determining, in another copy of the data packet, a non-erroneous data block corresponding to the identified potentially erroneous
data block, wherein the data block is determined as non-erroneous if it belongs to at least one row of data or one column
of data that has been detected as non-erroneous; and

replacing the identified potentially erroneous block by the determined non-erroneous block.

US Pat. No. 9,560,238

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,560,245

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,557,543

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens including a plurality of lens units, in which an interval between adjacent lens units changes during zooming,
comprising:
a first lens subunit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens subunit having a positive refractive power, which is arranged adjacent to an image side of the first lens subunit;
and

at least one lens unit on an object side of the first lens subunit,
wherein lens systems arranged on the object side of the first lens subunit Lp1 have a negative combined focal length over an entire zoom range,

wherein the second lens subunit moves along an optical axis to the image side during focusing from an object at infinity to
a proximate object, and

wherein the zoom lens satisfies the following conditional expression:
1.0 where fp1 represents a focal length of the first lens subunit, and fp2 represents a focal length of the second lens subunit.

US Pat. No. 9,557,904

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,553,995

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of executing a voice call and a data transmission, comprising:
a reading unit configured to read a document and generate image data of the document;
a registration unit configured to register, for one destination, voice call destination information used to execute the voice
call and data transmission destination information used to execute the data transmission;

a selecting unit configured to select a communication mode including at least a voice call mode, a transmission mode, and
a transmission after calling mode in accordance with an operation by a user; and

a control unit configured to execute, based on a selection of the transmission after calling mode, a voice call with the destination
using the voice call destination information registered for the destination, and then cause, based on a user instruction input
by a user, the reading unit to read the document, and then execute data transmission of the image data of the document to
the destination using the data transmission destination information registered by the registration unit.

US Pat. No. 9,551,955

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a photosensitive member; and
an optical scanning unit configured to scan the photosensitive member with a laser beam, the optical scanning unit comprising:
a housing having an aperture through which the laser beam is to be emitted; and
a transparent member provided at the aperture,
wherein the housing comprises a projecting portion projecting in a laser emitting direction with respect to the transparent
member, the projecting portion being provided in an area of the housing outside an area in which the transparent member is
provided, in a main scanning direction and outside the area in which the transparent member is provided, in a sub-scanning
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,551,794

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray radiation imaging apparatus including a sensor array including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix form,
a switch element connected to each pixel, and a column signal line common to pixels on each column to which each pixel is
connected via the switch element, the X-ray radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a first control unit configured to control reset operation of sequentially removing signals respectively output from a plurality
of lines constituting the sensor array;

an identifying unit configured to identify a line currently subjected to the reset operation when a start of X-ray radiation
irradiation is detected;

a second control unit configured to control read operation of reading a signal output from each of the plurality of lines
at a timing set in advance for each line upon completion of the X-ray radiation irradiation;

an interpolation unit configured to interpolate an image, which is part of an image generated based on signals read by the
read operation, and which corresponds to a line identified by the identifying unit, by using images of adjacent lines;

a driving circuit which performs control to set the switch element in an ON state and an OFF state for each row; and
a detection unit configured to detect X-ray radiation irradiation by monitoring an electrical signal output from the pixel,
wherein the first control unit controls the driving circuit to set a switch element on each row in an ON state for a predetermined
period,

wherein, with a first row, a second row, a third row, and a fourth row arranged in the order named, the first control unit
performs control to set switch elements on the first and third rows in an ON state while setting switch elements on the second
and fourth rows in an OFF state in a first period and to set switch elements on the second and fourth rows in an ON state
while setting the switch elements on the first and third rows in an OFF state in a second period which does not overlap the
first period, and

wherein the first control unit causes the switch element on a row which is in an ON state when the detection circuit has detected
X-ray radiation irradiation to continue an ON state for a period longer than the predetermined period.

US Pat. No. 9,551,864

EYEPIECE LENS AND OBSERVATION APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An eyepiece lens comprising in order from an object side to an observation side:
a first lens having a positive refractive power;
a second lens having a negative refractive power; and
a third lens having a positive refractive power,
wherein a lens surface of the first lens on the object side has a convex shape,
wherein a lens surface of the second lens on the observation side has a concave shape, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.65
?0.75
?100.00<(r2b+r1a)/(r2b?r1a) where f represents a focal length of the eyepiece lens, f11 represents a focal length of the lens surface of the first lens on the object side, f22 represents a focal length of the lens surface of the second lens on the observation side, r1a represents a curvature radius of the lens surface of the first lens on the object side, and r2b represents a curvature radius of the lens surface of the second lens on the observation side.

US Pat. No. 9,551,918

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect predetermined coordinates from a first captured image obtained by capturing a projection
image projected by a projection unit;

a determining unit configured to determine, using a result of the detection of the predetermined coordinates by the detection
unit, whether dimensions of the projection image are to be changed;

a changing unit configured to change, in a case where the determining unit determines that the dimensions of the projection
image are to be changed, the dimensions of the projection image projected by the projection unit to obtain a second captured
image based on a resized projection image; and

a control unit configured to control a distortion correction parameter to be used for correcting a distortion of a projection
image projected by the projection unit, in accordance with a detection result of the predetermined coordinates obtained by
the detection unit for the second captured image based on the resized projection image in a case where the detection unit
detects the predetermined coordinates from the second captured image.

US Pat. No. 9,544,459

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive, from an image forming apparatus, first time information obtained by the image forming
apparatus, second time information obtained by the image forming apparatus in accordance with update of setting information
of the image forming apparatus, and update information indicating the updated setting information;

a storage unit configured to store setting information of the image forming apparatus in association with time information
indicating a time at which the setting information is updated;

a time measuring unit configured to measure a time;
a holding unit configured to hold correction information generated through comparison between the first time information and
third time information obtained by the time measuring unit in response to reception of the first time information;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire corrected time information obtained by correcting the second time information received
by the reception unit with the correction information; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether to update the setting information stored in the storage unit using the
update information received by the reception unit, based on comparison between the time information associated with the setting
information stored in the storage unit and the corrected time information.

US Pat. No. 9,542,086

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING WINDOW DISPLAY CONTROL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a user's operation of a first specific key of a keyboard during a drag operation of
a file;

a display control unit configured to control to display an object on the foreground if the detection unit detects the user's
operation of the first specific key of the keyboard during the drag operation of the file, wherein the display control unit
does not control to display the object on the foreground if the detection unit detects the user's operation of the first specific
key of the keyboard except during the drag operation of the file;

a menu display unit configured to control to display a menu for selecting a process to be executed for the dragged file if
the dragged file is dragged to the object displayed on the foreground; and

an executing unit configured to execute a process selected from the displayed menu for the dragged file.

US Pat. No. 9,535,246

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning device, comprising:
first, second, third, and fourth light emitting members, each including two or more laser emitting units and four or more
lead pins;

a laser driving substrate including sixteen or more holes into which all of the lead pins of the four light emitting members
are respectively inserted; and

a deflection scanning unit configured to reflect laser beams respectively emitted from the four light emitting members to
perform deflection scanning,

wherein all the sixteen or more holes into which the sixteen or more lead pins are inserted are arranged to be located at
intersections of virtual coordinates including at least four mutually-parallel first virtual straight lines and at least four
mutually-parallel second virtual straight lines intersecting with the first virtual straight lines,

wherein all the sixteen or more holes are arranged so that one of the sixteen or more holes and any of other holes located
at coordinates different from coordinates where the one hole is located, in both a first direction in which the first virtual
straight lines are arranged and a second direction in which the second virtual straight lines are arranged, do not overlap
in either of the first and second directions,

wherein the first to fourth light emitting members each include at least a first lead pin intended for a first light emitting
point, a second lead pin intended for a second light emitting point, a common lead pin shared by the first and second light
emitting points, and a photodiode (PD) lead pin intended for a photodiode, and

wherein
a positional relationship between a hole into which the first lead pin of the first light emitting member is inserted and
a hole into which the first lead pin of the third light emitting member is inserted,

a positional relationship between a hole into which the second lead pin of the first light emitting member is inserted and
a hole into which the second lead pin of the third light emitting member is inserted,

a positional relationship between a hole into which the common lead pin of the first light emitting member is inserted and
a hole into which the common lead pin of the third light emitting member is inserted, and

a positional relationship between a hole into which the PD lead pin of the first light emitting member is inserted and a hole
into which the PD lead pin of the third light emitting member is inserted are all symmetrical about a point.

US Pat. No. 9,535,795

SERVER SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING PARALLEL DISTRIBUTED PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A server system that can communicate with a plurality of tasks of executing prescribed processes, and causes the plurality
of tasks, of which the prescribed processes are different from each other, to sequentially process a job having occurred,
thereby achieving processing of the job, the server system comprising:
a processor; and
a memory configured to store data to be processed by the processor, and the processor comprising:
a counting unit configured to count a number of task attempts according to a failure of a particular process executed by each
of the tasks; and

a job management unit configured to, when the tasks of executing the particular process has made a request to acquire the
job, if the number of task attempts counted by the counting unit has not exceeded the maximum number of attempts, transmit
a regular job, and if the number of task attempts counted by the counting unit has exceeded the maximum number of attempts,
transmit a job for a failure, wherein, if the job management unit has transmitted the regular job, the tasks execute the particular
process, and if the job management unit has transmitted the job for a failure, the tasks execute post-processing corresponding
to the particular process,

wherein the counting unit counts the number of job attempts when the counted number of task attempts has exceeded the maximum
number of attempts, and wherein, when the tasks of executing the particular process has made a request to acquire the job,
if the number of task attempts counted by the counting unit has exceeded the maximum number of attempts but the number of
job attempts has not exceeded the maximum number of attempts, the job management unit performs control to process the job
again from a beginning without transmitting the job for a failure.

US Pat. No. 9,536,172

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CHECKING AN EXPOSURE STATE OF CAPTURED IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

acquire input image data that is obtained by capturing an image including a chart as part of a subject;
perform noise reduction on the input image data;
generate a histogram of color of the input image data based on noise reduced image data; and
extract a chart area based on color information on the input image data, wherein
the histogram is generated based on image data in which noise reduction has been performed on the chart area of the input
image data in a degree greater than that in which noise reduction has been performed on an area other than the chart area,
and

the input image data is divided into a plurality of areas and an area whose representative luminance value within the area
is within a predetermined threshold value range is extracted as the chart area from among a plurality of divided areas.

US Pat. No. 9,529,556

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one
processor, the at least one processor and the at least one memory functioning as:
a first receiving unit configured to receive a processing request for execution of processing of document data;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire the document data;
a first determining unit configured to determine whether the information processing apparatus can execute the requested processing
of the acquired document data, if the first receiving unit receives the processing request;

a requesting unit configured to send, to an external apparatus, a conversion request to convert the acquired document data
into converted data by converting a format of the acquired document data, if the first determining unit determines that the
information processing apparatus cannot execute the requested processing of the acquired document data, the information processing
apparatus being able to execute the requested processing of the converted data;

a second receiving unit configured to receive, from the external apparatus, the converted data and determination information,
as a response to the conversion request sent from the requesting unit, the determination information including at least one
of information specifying an application corresponding to a data format of the acquired document data before being converted
and information of a determination result by the external apparatus about whether the data format of the acquired document
data before being converted is a data format of an application of which a software license is set to the information processing
apparatus;

a second determining unit configured to determine, based on the determination information received from the external apparatus,
whether the data format of the acquired document data before being converted is the data format of the application of which
a software license is set to the information processing apparatus; and

an execution unit configured to execute, in response to the processing request, if the second determining unit determines
that the data format of the acquired document data before being converted is the data format of the application of which the
software license is set to the information processing apparatus, the requested processing of the converted data received from
the external apparatus, and not to execute, in response to the processing request, if the second determining unit determines
that the data format of the acquired document data before being converted is not the data format of the application of which
the software license is set to the information processing apparatus, the requested processing of the converted data.

US Pat. No. 9,529,340

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:
a robot arm;
a robot hand having a plurality of fingers for grasping a inserting object piece and being attached to the robot arm;
a force sensor configured to detect a force exerted on the robot hand in a inserting direction to insert the inserting object
piece to a inserting target piece;

at least two vibrators respectively attached to two or more of the plurality of fingers, at a position so as to contact the
inserting object piece;

a driving source configured to vibrate each of the vibrators; and
a controlling unit configured to control the robot arm and the robot hand, and to control the driving source, wherein
the controlling unit:
controls the driving source, to perform a inserting operation and to start a vibration of each of the vibrators; and
judges as to whether a detecting value by the force sensor exceeds a threshold value or falls below the threshold value; and,
when the controlling unit judges the detecting value by the force sensor exceeds the threshold value during the inserting
operation, the controlling unit controls the driving source, to change at least one of an amplitude, a frequency and a phase
of the vibration of at least one of the vibrators.

US Pat. No. 9,530,185

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
perform an interpolation process in each of a plurality of defined directions on a mosaic image to output interpolated images
having undergone the interpolation process for each pixel, wherein the mosaic image is generated by an image pickup device
which outputs an image signal corresponding to one of colors of a plurality of color filters for each pixel;

acquire an evaluation value representing a correlation for each of the defined directions for each of pixels;
correct the evaluation values for at least one pixel of interest based on the evaluation values for peripheral pixels of the
at least one pixel of interest in a case where the evaluation values for the at least one pixel of interest and the evaluation
values for the peripheral pixels satisfy a predetermined condition; and

output an image signal for each pixel based on the corrected evaluation values and the interpolated images.

US Pat. No. 9,529,270

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus which transfers a pattern to a photosensitive material on each of a plurality of shot regions on
a substrate, the plurality of shot regions including peripheral shot regions of a first group and peripheral shot regions
of a second group, the peripheral shot regions of the first group including a first peripheral shot region and a second peripheral
shot region, the peripheral shot region of the second group including a third peripheral shot region which is arranged adjacent
to the first peripheral shot region and a fourth peripheral shot region, the apparatus comprising:
a shield including a shield member having an aperture formed therein and having a first edge and a second edge defining the
aperture, and configured to shield a peripheral region of the substrate from irradiation for transferring the pattern with
a shield region of the shield member including one of the first edge and the second edge;

a driving mechanism including a rotation mechanism configured to rotate the shield member and a translation mechanism configured
to translate the shield member, and configured to change a shield region of the substrate by the shield member in accordance
with a peripheral shot region to which the pattern is to be transferred; and

a controller configured to control the driving mechanism such that the pattern is sequentially transferred to the peripheral
shot regions of the first group from the first peripheral shot region to the second peripheral shot region while shielding
the peripheral region with respect to each of the peripheral shot regions of the first group, to which the pattern is transferred,
using the shield region including the first edge, and thereafter the pattern is sequentially transferred to the peripheral
shot regions of the second group from the third peripheral shot region to the fourth peripheral shot region while shielding
the peripheral region with respect to each of the peripheral shot regions of the second group, to which the pattern is transferred,
using the shield region including the second edge.

US Pat. No. 9,529,798

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, SEARCH DESIGNATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document management apparatus capable of managing a plurality of documents in which attribute names and attribute values
corresponding to the attribute names are set as attributes, the document management apparatus comprising:
a memory that stores a computer program; and
at least one processor that executes the computer program to function as:
an attribute display unit configured to display, in an attribute display screen, attribute names and attribute values which
have been set for one document selected from the plurality of documents based on a user's instruction, wherein the attribute
display unit does not display, in the attribute display screen, attribute values which have not been set for the selected
one document,

a selection unit configured to select, based on a user's instruction, at least one attribute value from the attribute values
displayed in the attribute display screen by the attribute display unit,

a search screen display unit configured to display, when an instruction to display a search screen is issued in a state where
the at least one attribute value is selected in the attribute display screen by the selection unit, the search screen in a
state where the selected at least one attribute value and at least one attribute name corresponding to the selected at least
one attribute value are set automatically as search conditional expression values and search conditional expression names
in a search conditional expression of an attribute search in the search screen,

wherein an attribute value that is not selected by the selection unit is not set automatically as a search conditional expression
of the attribute search in the search screen displayed by the search screen display unit,

wherein the search screen is different from the attribute display screen, and
wherein the search screen display unit displays, if a plurality of attribute values are selected by the selection unit, the
search screen which includes a plurality of lines for which the selected plurality of attribute values and a plurality of
attribute names corresponding to the selected plurality of attribute values are set automatically, wherein each of the plurality
of lines is for setting a search conditional expression,

a setting unit configured to further add to and/or revise, based on a user's instruction, the search conditional expression
of the attribute search in the search screen displayed by the search screen display unit, and

an execution unit configured to execute the attribute search for the plurality of documents based on the search conditional
expression being set in the search screen.

US Pat. No. 9,523,851

LIGHT DEFLECTION UNIT, OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light deflection unit comprising a rotary member, wherein the rotary member comprises:
a rotor frame formed of a plate of a metal; and
a rotary polygon mirror configured to rotate together with the rotor frame and deflect a light beam emitted from a light source,
wherein a mass of the rotor frame is largest among masses of a plurality of members forming the rotary member,
wherein the mass of the rotor frame is smaller than 3 [gram],
wherein the rotor frame comprises a frame main body portion having a cylindrical shape, an inward-looking flange portion extending
radially inward from one end of the frame main body portion, an outward-looking flange portion extending radially outward
from another end of the frame main body portion, and a bent-back portion having a cylindrical shape and extending from a distal
end of the outward-looking flange portion toward the one end side of the frame main body portion,

wherein when the thickness of the plate of the metal is represented by t mm , an inner diameter of the frame main body portion
is represented by 2R1[mm], an inner diameter of a cylindrical surface formed by a distal end of the inward-looking flange portion is represented
by 2R2 [mm], a distance from the inward-looking flange portion to the outward-looking flange portion in an axial direction of the
rotor frame is represented by L1 [mm], a length of the outward-looking flange portion in a radial direction of the rotor frame is represented by L2 [mm], a length of the bent-back portion in the axial direction of the rotor frame is represented by L3 [mm], and a specific gravity of the rotor frame is represented by ?1 [g/mm3],


is satisfied, and
wherein the thickness t of the plate is set within a range in which a stress amplitude of a portion of the rotor frame on
which a largest stress is exerted during rotation of the rotor member is smaller than a fatigue limit of the metal.

US Pat. No. 9,524,448

LOCATION-BASED SIGNATURE SELECTION FOR MULTI-CAMERA OBJECT TRACKING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of linking tracks of objects in different fields of view, comprising:
detecting a first object in a first field of view and a second object in a second field of view;
generating a first track and a second track by tracking the first object in the first field of view and the second object
in the second field of view, respectively;

accumulating, during the tracking, a plurality of first signatures representing respective appearances of the first object
corresponding to different views of the first object in association with the first track and a plurality of second signatures
representing respective appearances of the second object corresponding to different views of the second object in association
with the second track;

determining a first area in the first field of view, based on a portion of the first object in a frame associated with the
first track;

determining a plurality of second areas corresponding to the first area in the second field of view in a plurality of frames
associated with the second track, by comparing a first one of the first signatures of the first track corresponding to the
first area with the plurality of second signatures of the second track;

comparing the first one of the first signatures corresponding to the first area and a respective one of the second signatures
corresponding to the second areas; and

linking the first track and the second track, if the first one of the first signatures matches with any of the second signatures
corresponding to the second areas as a result of the comparison.

US Pat. No. 9,513,853

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING POWER SUPPLY, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus, comprising:
a process unit configured to process data;
a storage unit configured to store information indicative of a state into which the data processing apparatus is to be brought
in a case where an instruction to turn off a power source of the data processing apparatus is received; and

a power control unit configured to bring, in a case where the instruction to turn off the power source of the data processing
apparatus is received when the data processing apparatus is in a first power state in which supply of power to said process
unit is stopped, the data processing apparatus from the first power state into a second power state in which power is supplied
to said process unit,

wherein in a case where the data processing apparatus has been brought into the second power state by said power control unit,
said process unit determines a state into which the data processing apparatus is to be brought based on the information stored
in said storage unit, and

said power control unit bring the data processing apparatus into the state determined by said process unit.

US Pat. No. 9,516,013

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR TRANSMITTING IMAGE FILE TO A NETWORK ADDRESS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a designation unit configured to designate whether to perform encrypted transmission or plain text transmission for a broadcast
of an e-mail to a plurality of destination addresses;

a setting unit configured to set, in a case that it is designated by the designation unit to perform the encrypted transmission
for the broadcast, whether not to perform transmission to a destination address of the email, with respect to which the encrypted
transmission is not possible, or to perform the plain text transmission to the destination address of the e-mail, with respect
to which the encrypted transmission is not possible;

a transmission unit configured to control:
(i) to individually perform the encrypted transmission of the e-mail to each destination address of the plurality of destination
addresses, with respect to which the encrypted transmission is possible,

(ii) in a case that the setting unit sets not to perform transmission to a destination address of the e-mail, with respect
to which the encrypted transmission is not possible, not to perform transmission of the e-mail to the destination address,
with respect to which the encrypted transmission is not possible, and

(iii) in a case that the setting unit sets to perform the plain text transmission to a destination address of the e-mail,
with respect to which the encrypted transmission is not possible, to collectively perform the plain text transmission of the
e-mail to a plurality of destination addresses, with respect to which the encrypted transmission is not possible, of the plurality
of destination addresses of the broadcast,

wherein the designation unit, the setting unit, and the transmission unit are implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,500,755

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, DETERMINATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, CALIBRATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a signal generation unit configured to generate a signal value corresponding to charges detected by a radiation detector;
an acceleration detection unit configured to detect acceleration applied to the radiation imaging apparatus;
a noise measurement unit configured to measure a noise value based on the detected acceleration;
a reduction unit configured to reduce the noise value from the signal value;
a radiation irradiation determination unit configured to determine radiation irradiation based on the noise-reduced signal
value; and

a driving control unit configured to perform control to shift an operation mode of the radiation imaging apparatus to an accumulation
mode for accumulating charges if said radiation irradiation determination unit determines that radiation irradiation is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,500,965

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND GALLIUM PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support;
wherein the photosensitive layer comprises:
a gallium phthalocyanine crystal in which a compound represented by the following formula (1) is contained:

wherein,
n represents an integer selected from 4 to 8,
n pieces of R1 may be identical or different from each other, and represent a hydrogen atom or a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group,

n pieces of R2 may be identical or different from each other, and represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group,

n pieces of R3 may be identical or different from each other, and represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and

n pieces of Ar1 may be identical or different from each other, and represent a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon ring group,
a substituted or unsubstituted hetero ring group, or a mono-valent group formed by a combination of a plurality of groups
selected from the group consisting of a substituted aromatic hydrocarbon ring group, an unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon
ring group, a substituted hetero ring group, and an unsubstituted hetero ring group.

US Pat. No. 9,475,229

RESIN PRODUCTION METHOD AND RESIN PRODUCTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A resin production method for producing a resin having a predetermined pattern by curing a radiation curable composition
while keeping a mold having a predetermined depressed and projected pattern on a surface thereof and the radiation curable
composition in contact with each other, the method comprising:
an arrangement step of arranging the radiation curable composition on a substrate;
a contacting step of bringing the mold into contact with the radiation curable composition;
a radiation irradiation step of irradiating the radiation curable composition with a radiation while keeping the radiation
curable composition in contact with the mold;

a tensile stress generation step of generating, while subjecting the radiation curable composition to radiation irradiation,
a tensile stress by increasing a relative distance between the mold and the substrate without separating the mold from the
radiation curable composition; and

a mold release step of releasing a cured composition and the mold from each other,
wherein the mold release step is started after the tensile stress generation step.

US Pat. No. 9,479,701

IMAGE REPRODUCING APPARATUS, IMAGE REPRODUCING METHOD, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reproducing apparatus comprising:
a storing unit configured to store a moving image and shake information of the moving image;
a reproduction vibration-proofing unit configured to electronically execute a reproduction vibration-proofing on a basis of
the shake information during a reproduction of the moving image; and

a control unit configured to set a reproduction vibration-proofing term in which the reproduction vibration-proofing is performed
and a second zoom magnification which is used in the reproduction vibration-proofing term and differs from a first zoom magnification
which is used in a term in which the reproduction vibration-proofing is not performed into the moving image on a basis of
the shake information,

wherein the control unit provides a change term in which a zoom magnification is changed from one of the first zoom magnification
and the second zoom magnification to the other into at least one of periods before and after the reproduction vibration-proofing
term.

US Pat. No. 9,459,815

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus capable of being connected to a predetermined recording apparatus, which has a recording medium configured
to record a control file and executes processing in accordance with a command that is written to the control file, the control
apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
an interface configured to connect to a recording apparatus,
wherein:
the processor performs functions of at least a display control unit, a writing control unit, and a first determination unit;
the display control unit is configured to display, on a display unit, a control menu for accepting a control instruction to
the predetermined recording apparatus by a user operation;

the writing control unit is configured to control to write a command corresponding to the control instruction accepted using
the control menu to the control file in the recording medium; and

the first determination unit is configured to determine whether or not a data-writing inhibit state is set by a hardware switch
of the recording apparatus after detecting connection to the predetermined recording apparatus and recognizing the predetermined
recording apparatus, wherein the data-writing inhibit state is a state for inhibiting data from being written to the recording
medium,

wherein if it is determined by the first determination unit that the data-writing inhibit state is set, the display control
unit controls the display unit so as to make a user recognize that the user cannot control the predetermined recording apparatus
using the control menu.

US Pat. No. 9,438,836

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM WITH DIFFERENT CHARGE ACCUMULATION PERIODS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged to form a matrix, the pixels including at least a first pixel configured to detect light in
a first wavelength range and a second pixel configured to detect light in a second wavelength range, the second wavelength
range including a wavelength range on a longer-wavelength side than the first wavelength range,

wherein each of the first pixel and the second pixel includes a photoelectric converter, a floating diffusion portion, a transfer
transistor configured to transfer charges from the photoelectric converter to the floating diffusion portion, an amplifier
transistor configured to output a signal corresponding to a potential of the floating diffusion portion, and a memory portion,
and the first pixel and the second pixel belong to a same row,

a first transfer control line configured to control the transfer transistor of the first pixel and a second transfer control
line configured to control the transfer transistor of the second pixel are provided independently,

the solid-state image sensor further comprises a control portion configured to supply a control signal to the transfer transistor
such that a charge accumulation period of the first pixel is different from a charge accumulation period of the second pixel,
and an output portion configured to output an image signal including a signal of the first pixel and a signal of the second
pixel,

wherein the control portion controls the first pixel and the second pixel to hold the signal of the first pixel in the memory
portion of the first pixel until charge accumulation in the second pixel is finished, and the output portion outputs the image
signal including the signal of the first pixel and the signal of the second pixel after the charge accumulation in the second
pixel is finished.

US Pat. No. 9,395,666

MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY AND HEAT FIXING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A heat fixing device, which is configured to fix an unfixed toner image formed on a recording medium onto the recording
medium through heating and pressurization,
wherein, the heat fixing device comprises a member for electrophotography comprising:
a substrate;
an elastic layer containing a cured silicone rubber having a methyl group bonded to a silicon atom; and
a fluorine resin release layer bonded to a surface of the elastic layer by an addition-curing-type silicone rubber adhesive,
wherein the elastic layer contains a titanium oxide particle having an anatase-type crystal structure,
wherein a volume-average particle diameter of primary particles of the titanium oxide particle is from 20 nm to 40 nm, and
wherein the volume-average particle diameter is obtained from a sample cut out from the elastic layer.

US Pat. No. 9,395,683

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING EXPOSURE DEVICE WINDBRAKE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, comprising:
a main assembly; and
a cartridge, including an image bearing member, detachably mountable to said main assembly,
wherein said main assembly includes:
an exposure device for exposing a surface of the image bearing member to light, said exposure device including a light emitting
surface which emits light toward said surface of said image bearing member; and

a fixing device for fixing a toner image transferred on the recording material,
wherein said cartridge includes a windbreak portion projecting from said cartridge, and a width of said windbreak portion
is wider than a width of said light emitting surface with respect to a longitudinal direction of said exposure device, and

wherein said windbreak portion blocks air flow between said fixing device and said exposure device, and
wherein said windbreak portion also functions as a first cleaning member for cleaning a light emitting portion of said exposure
device in contact with said light emitting portion in a process in which said cartridge is mounted in said main assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,349,326

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a display panel configured to display a moving image;
a light-emitting unit configured to emit light to the display panel; and
a control unit configured to control lighting and extinction of the light-emitting unit for each frame of the moving image
to be displayed on the display panel,

wherein the control unit controls, for reducing blur of the moving image to be displayed on the display panel, lighting and
extinction of the light-emitting unit in each frame such that at least two lighting period different in length from each other
are included in each frame,

in a case where a drive frequency for the display panel is a first frequency, the control unit controls lighting and extinction
of the light-emitting unit in each frame such that a greater number of lighting periods than in a case where the drive frequency
is a second frequency are included in one frame, wherein the second frequency is higher than the first frequency, and

the control unit control lighting and extinction of the light-emitting unit in each frame such that an interval between the
lighting periods within one frame is shorter than a length of time from an ending time of a last lighting period in the frame
to an ending time of the frame.

US Pat. No. 9,341,976

MULTI-STATION IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH START-UP CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first image bearing member and a second image bearing member, on each of which an electrostatic latent image is formed by
laser light;

a first developing device and a second developing device, each configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed
on the corresponding image bearing member to form a toner image;

a first transfer device and a second transfer device, each configured to transfer the toner image on the corresponding image
bearing member onto a recording medium;

a voltage applying unit configured to apply a voltage to the second transfer device;
a current detection unit configured to detect a current flowing when the voltage applying unit applies the voltage to the
second transfer device;

a first light source and a second light source, each configured to emit laser light to the corresponding image bearing member;
a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflect the laser light beams emitted from the first light source and the second light
source;

a motor configured to drive the rotary polygon mirror;
a detection unit configured to detect the laser light deflected by the rotary polygon mirror; and
a control unit configured to execute start-up control for controlling driving of the motor based on a detection result of
the detection unit so that a rotation number of the motor reaches a predetermined rotation number, and to execute determination
control for determining a voltage to be applied from the voltage applying unit to the second transfer device upon execution
of image formation,

wherein the detection unit is arranged at a position where the detection unit detects the laser light deflected by the rotary
polygon mirror toward the first image bearing member, and

wherein the control unit executes the start-up control and the determination control in parallel.

US Pat. No. 9,341,985

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device configured to be used for an image forming apparatus, the developing device comprising:
a developer container configured to accommodate a developer and to have an opening;
a developer bearing member configured to be rotatably provided and to bear the developer; and
a seal member configured to be provided at an end of the opening of the developer container in an axial direction of the developer
bearing member and to come into contact with a peripheral surface of the developer bearing member to suppress leakage of the
developer borne by the developer bearing member,

wherein a lubricant is applied to a surface of the developer bearing member,
wherein, in the axial direction of the developer bearing member, an end of the developer bearing member is located further
outward than an outer end of the seal member, and an end of a cleaning member is located further outward than the end of the
developer bearing member, and

wherein, in the axial direction of the developer bearing member, a first application quantity of the lubricant applied to
the surface of the developer bearing member at a position further outward than the outer end of the seal member is larger
than a second application quantity of the lubricant applied to the surface of the developer bearing member at a position corresponding
to the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,333,749

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head substrate including an energy generating element that generates energy
for ejecting a liquid and a liquid supply port for supplying the liquid to the energy generating element, the method comprising
following steps in stated order:
(1) a step for etching a substrate, which has the energy generating element at a side of a first surface, from a side of a
second surface, which is a surface on an opposite side from the first surface, thereby to form at a time at least a part of
the liquid supply port and a recess along a cutting section of the substrate;

(2) a step for irradiating a laser beam toward the side of the first surface from an etched surface of the recess, the etched
surface of the recess having been exposed by the etching, so as to form a reformed portion inside the substrate; and

(3) a step for cutting the substrate at the reformed portion,
wherein the liquid supply port comprises a common liquid supply port formed in the second surface and an individual liquid
supply port formed in a bottom portion of the common liquid supply port, and the individual supply port and the recess are
formed at a time in the step (1), and

wherein the step (1) comprises following steps in stated order:
(A) a step for preparing the substrate, which has the energy generating element at the side of the first surface and also
has a first etching mask layer at the side of the second surface; and

(B) a step for etching the substrate from the side of the second surface to form the common liquid supply port, and
(C) a step for etching the substrate from the side of the second surface thereby to form at a time the individual liquid supply
port and the recess; and

wherein the first etching mask layer has an opening pattern in a region corresponding to the common liquid supply port.

US Pat. No. 9,335,810

POWER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A control method for a power management system including (a) a plurality of image processing apparatuses and (b) a management
server configured to manage power consumption of the plurality of image processing apparatuses,
each of the plurality of image processing apparatuses executing:
(1) causing a notification unit to notify the management server that maintenance is to be executed, and
(2) causing an execution unit to, upon receiving, from the management server, a response to the notification by the notification
unit, disconnect communication to start maintenance, and to upon end of the maintenance, establish communication to notify
the management server of completion of the maintenance, and

the management server executing:
(1) calculating, according to the notification by the notification unit, the power consumption of the plurality of image processing
apparatuses including a maintenance target image processing apparatus so as not to be higher than a preset total power by
assuming that the maintenance target image processing apparatus is operated at maximum power consumption of the image processing
apparatus, and

(2)notifying a maintenance non-target image processing apparatus of a calculation result in the calculating, and
(3) upon receiving, from the maintenance non-target image processing apparatus, a notification that the maintenance non-target
image processing apparatus has transited to power control according to the calculation result, sending, to the maintenance
target image processing apparatus, a permission notification for permitting the maintenance target image processing apparatus
to execute the maintenance, as a response to the notification.

US Pat. No. 9,336,322

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING OPERATION SCREEN ON CONSOLE SECTION BASED ON CONTENTS RECEIVED FROM EXTERNAL DEVICE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a plurality of form images different in size from each other for displaying a button on an operation
screen;

a network communication interface configured (i) to receive first data including (a) instruction information for instructing
the button to be displayed and (b) size information representing a size of an area for detecting a touch by a user on the
button, and (ii) to receive second data that includes the instruction information but that does not include the size information;

a processor configured such that (i) in a case in which the first data is received from the network communication interface,
the processor selects a form image from the memory that is close in size to the size represented by the size information,
and increases or reduces the selected form image to make the size thereof coincide with the size represented by the size information,
and (ii) in a case in which the second data is received by the network communication interface, the processor selects a default
image from the form images in the memory; and

a display apparatus configured to display the button with the selected form image on the operation screen, the selected form
image being increased or reduced if the first data is received.

US Pat. No. 9,317,924

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, THREE-DIMENSIONAL POSITION CALCULATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising a memory and at least one processor that executes a program to function as:
a region extraction unit configured to extract a first region having predetermined color information from a first image sensed
by an imaging apparatus in a first viewpoint and a second region having the predetermined color information from a second
image sensed by an imaging apparatus in a second viewpoint different from the first viewpoint;

a first determination unit configured to determine whether a first area of the extracted first region in the first image is
larger than a first threshold value, and determine whether a second area of the extracted second region in the second image
is larger than a second threshold value;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain first intersection points where a first line set in the first image intersects first
pixels of an outline of the first region, and the first determination unit determines that the first area of which in the
first image is larger than the first threshold value, and obtain second intersection points where a second line set in the
second image intersects second pixels of an outline of the second region, and the first determination unit determines that
the second area of which in the second image is larger than the second threshold value;

an attribute determination unit configured to determine first attributes which indicate whether the first pixels at the obtained
first intersection points are on a right side or on a left side of the first region in the first image, and determine second
attributes which indicate whether the second pixels at the obtained second intersection points are on a right side or on a
left side of the second region in the second image;

a second determination unit configured to determine whether the first attributes of the first intersection points on the first
line set in the first image match with second attributes of the second intersection points on the second line set in the second
image;

a correspondence processing unit configured to obtain corresponding points between the first image and the second image based
on a result of the second determination unit; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate at least a depth value of an object based on obtained corresponding points.

US Pat. No. 9,310,589

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. An image pickup lens comprising in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit;
a stop; and
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power, the second lens unit comprising a second lens sub-unit composed of
one or more positive lenses,

wherein each of the positive lenses included in the second lens sub-unit is made of material, the material satisfying the
following conditions:

62 N2a<1.63;

0.605?(?2a/1000)
dn2a/dTrelative where N2a represents a refractive index at a d-line, v2a represents an Abbe constant, ?2a represents a partial dispersion
ratio, and dn2a/dTrelative represents an absolute value of a differential of refractive indices against temperature at the
d-line, and
wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
0.20
3.00 where f represents a focal length of the image pickup lens, f2a represents a focal length of the second lens sub-unit, TD
represents an overall length of the image pickup lens, and BF represents a distance from an image-side surface of a lens arranged
closest to an image side in the image pickup lens to an image plane of an image pickup element.

US Pat. No. 9,310,695

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, METHOD OF OBTAINING AMOUNT OF REGULATION OF OBJECT TO BE REGULATED, PROGRAM, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which exposes a substrate to light through a reticle, the apparatus comprising:
a projection device including an object whose at least one of a position, an attitude and a shape is regulatable, and configured
to project light from the reticle onto the substrate;

a regulating device configured to regulate the at least one of the position, the attitude and the shape of the object; and
a controller configured to obtain an amount of regulation of the object by the regulating device, the amount of regulation
being used for regulating a first optical characteristic value of the projection device expressed by a square root of a weighted
square sum of wavefront aberration coefficients of light projected by the projection device, and to control the regulating
device based on the amount of regulation,

wherein the controller is configured, under a constraint including a linear equality and a plurality of linear inequalities,
the linear equality being linear with respect to the amount of regulation and indicating the wavefront aberration coefficient,
and each of the plurality of linear inequalities being linear with respect to the wavefront aberration coefficient and indicating
that, in an orthogonal coordinate system having each coordinate axis that represents the wavefront aberration coefficient,
a distance to one of each side and each face of corresponding one of a polygon and a polyhedron, with a center of gravity
thereof at an origin of the orthogonal coordinate system, from the origin is not greater than a first variable, to obtain,
by linear programming, the amount of regulation which minimizes an objective function, wherein the objective function is the
first variable.

US Pat. No. 9,313,352

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS FOR SETTING GROUP OWNERSHIP INTENT, COMMUNICATION METHOD FOR SETTING GROUP OWNERSHIP INTENT, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SETTING GROUP OWNERSHIP INTENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of wirelessly communicating with a communication partner apparatus, the communication
apparatus comprising:
memory; and
one or more processors, the one or more processors configured to:
send, in a case where the communication apparatus is in a power saving status to reduce power consumption, information indicating
that the communication apparatus does not operate as an access point to the communication partner apparatus;

set an intent value to be lower than a predetermined value after the information is sent, wherein the intent value indicates
a degree of intent to operate as an access point in a wireless communication; and

send the set intent value to the communication partner apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,211,722

RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising:
recording on a sheet an array of color patches and positioning patterns in a vicinity of the array of the color patches;
moving a sensor with a carriage in a scanning direction intersecting with a conveyance direction of the sheet to read the
positioning patterns recorded on the sheet;

moving the sensor with the carriage in the scanning direction to position the sensor on each of the color patches recorded
on the sheet based on a reading result of the positioning patterns with the sensor; and

performing colorimetric measurement of each of the color patches with the sensor,
wherein the positioning patterns are recorded on both sides of the array of the color patches intersecting with the scanning
direction and on a downstream side of the array of the color patches in the conveyance direction, and

each of the positioning patterns has two triangle portions arranged such that a hypotenuse of each triangle portions faces
each to form an inclined slit mark between the two hypotenuses, and the inclined slit mark is detected with the sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,158,237

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MOVABLE ENDLESS BELT SUPPORTING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member for carrying a toner image;
an endless intermediary transfer belt which is movable along an endless path;
a transfer member, including a contact portion contacting an inner surface of said belt, for transferring the toner image
from said image bearing member onto a surface of said belt, wherein a length of the contact portion measured in a moving direction
of said belt is larger than a length of a portion where said belt contacts said image bearing member, measured in the moving
direction;

a voltage source for applying a voltage to said transfer member;
a supporting member having a supporting portion for supporting said transfer member, and
an urging member for urging said supporting member in an urging direction toward said belt,
wherein said supporting member is rotatable during movement of said belt, about an axis of a rotational shaft so as to move
in a direction perpendicular to the moving direction of said belt,

wherein said urging member urges said supporting member to contact said contact portion to said belt during movement of said
belt,

wherein said rotational shaft is disposed at a position which is away from the inner surface of said belt in the endless path
and which is upstream of said contact portion with respect to the moving direction of said belt.

US Pat. No. 9,152,065

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner comprising:
magnetic toner particles comprising a binder resin and a magnetic body; and
inorganic fine particles that are present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles and are not a magnetic iron oxide
and

magnetic iron oxide particles that are present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles,
wherein;
the inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles comprise metal oxide fine particles,
the metal oxide fine particles containing silica fine particles, and optionally containing titania fine particles and alumina
fine particles, and a content of the silica fine particles being at least 85 mass % with respect to a total mass of the silica
fine particles, the titania fine particles and the alumina fine particles,

wherein;
when a coverage ratio A (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles and
a coverage ratio B (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles that are
fixed to the magnetic toner particles' surface,

the magnetic toner has a coverage ratio A of at least 45.0% and not more than 70.0% and a ratio [coverage ratio B/coverage
ratio A] of the coverage ratio B to the coverage ratio A of at least 0.50 and not more than 0.85, and

wherein;
the magnetic iron oxide particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles are from at least 0.10 mass % to
not more than 5.00 mass % with respect to a total amount of the magnetic toner.

US Pat. No. 9,152,076

DEVELOPING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a developing roller rotatably carrying a developer to develop an electrostatic image formed on an image bearing member;
a developing device frame supporting said developing roller and configured to include a developer accommodating portion for
accommodating the developer;

a sealing member provided at each of first and second opposite ends of said developing device frame with respect to a rotational
axis direction of said developing roller and in contact with said developing roller to prevent leakage of the developer; and

a developing blade in contact with said developing roller to regulate an amount of the developer carried on said developing
roller,

wherein said developing blade has a free end at a downstream side with respect to a rotational moving direction of said developing
roller, a longitudinal end portion with respect to a lengthwise direction of said developing roller, a projection projecting
from said longitudinal end portion in the lengthwise direction, an opposing surface opposed to said developing roller and
a non-opposing surface opposite from said opposing surface,

wherein said sealing member extends to ride on said projection from an upstream side of said projection with respect to the
rotational direction of said developing roller so as to extend from the opposing surface side to the non-opposing side of
said developing blade, and said sealing member urges said projection to said developing roller.

US Pat. No. 9,152,078

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:
a developer carrying member provided in a rotatable manner, and configured to carry developer including toner and magnetic
carrier so as to develop a latent image;

a regulating member configured to regulate the developer carried on the developer carrying member, the regulating member having
a distal end portion facing the developer carrying member and the distal end portion being positioned below a rotation center
of the developer carrying member in a gravity direction;

a first chamber provided so as to face a peripheral surface of the developer carrying member, and configured to supply the
developer to the developer carrying member;

a second chamber provided so as to face the peripheral surface of the developer carrying member at an upstream side with respect
to the first chamber in a rotation direction of the developer carrying member, and configured to collect the developer from
the developer carrying member, the second chamber communicating with the first chamber at both end portions of the second
chamber so as to form a circulation route for circulating the developer between the first chamber and the second chamber;

a first conveying member provided in a rotatable manner in the first chamber;
a second conveying member provided in a rotatable manner in the second chamber; and
a magnet fixed inside of the developer carrying member, and configured to generate a magnetic field for causing the developer
to be carried on the developer carrying member, the magnet comprising a plurality of magnetic poles including:

a pair of magnetic poles composed of a first magnetic pole and a second magnetic pole, the second magnetic pole having the
same polarity as a polarity of the first magnetic pole and being arranged adjacently to the first magnetic pole at a downstream
side with respect to the first magnetic pole in the rotation direction of the developer carrying member; and

a third magnetic pole having a polarity different from the polarity of the second magnetic pole and being arranged adjacently
to the second magnetic pole at the downstream side with respect to the second magnetic pole in the rotation direction of the
developer carrying member,

the developer carrying member and the first conveying member being arranged at positions overlapping with each other as viewed
in a vertical direction,

a rotation center of the first conveying member being arranged below the rotation center of the developer carrying member
in the gravity direction,

the second magnetic pole being arranged, on the peripheral surface of the developer carrying member, at a position on the
upstream side in the rotation direction of the developer carrying member with respect to an intersection at which a vertical
line passing through the rotation center of the first conveying member intersects with a lower surface of the developer carrying
member.

US Pat. No. 9,141,067

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT IS CAPABLE OF DOUBLE-SIDED PRINTING, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a conveyance unit configured to convey a recording sheet along a conveyance path;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the recording sheet conveyed by said conveyance unit;
a control unit configured to control said conveyance unit and said image forming unit so that a double-sided image formation
process is performed to a plurality of recording sheets;

a detection unit configured to detect a jam of the recording sheet on the conveyance path; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether residual sheets, which are recording sheets on the conveyance path other
than a jamming sheet that generates a jam, are available in the double-sided image forming process resumed after the jam is
removed when the jam is detected by said detection unit based on whether the same image is being formed on the plurality of
recording sheets, an order identification number of a recording sheet on which an image has been formed on one side, and an
order identification number of the latest recording sheet that was normally ejected,

wherein said control unit stops the double-sided image formation process and ejects the residual sheets that are determined
unavailable by said determination unit from the conveyance path.

US Pat. No. 9,141,069

PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM UNIT, ASSEMBLING METHOD THEREFOR, AND ASSEMBLING THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An assembling method for a photosensitive drum unit, said photosensitive drum unit comprising:
(A) a photosensitive drum having a cylinder;
(B) a rotational force receiving member for receiving a rotational force for rotating said photosensitive drum, said rotational
force receiving member having 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;

(C) a spherical member having (1) a spherical portion, (2) a projected portion projected from said spherical portion, and
(3) an engaging portion for engaging with said portion-to-be-engaged;

(D) a drum flange having (1) a hole portion that opens outwardly in the longitudinal direction of said cylinder, and (2) a
groove portion that continues from said hole portion; and

(E) a closing member for limiting outward movement of said spherical portion in the longitudinal direction of said cylinder,
wherein said assembling method comprises:
i) a step of mounting said drum flange to one end portion of said cylinder;
ii) a step of accommodating said spherical member with said drum flange by inserting said spherical portion into the inside
of said hole portion through an opening formed thereof, and inserting said projected portion into said groove portion for
receiving the rotational force from said projected portion;

iii) a step of mounting said closing member to said drum flange and making said closing member partially covering said opening
of said hole portion; and

iv) a step of connecting said spherical member with said rotational force receiving member by inserting said portion-to-be-engaged
into said hole portion through said opening and engaging said portion-to-be-engaged with said engaging portion.

US Pat. No. 9,131,540

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
an image heating member configured to include a conductive layer that generates heat when subjected to a magnetic flux, and
to heat an image on recording material;

a coil arranged outside the image heating member and generating the magnetic flux;
a magnetic core arranged inside the image heating member;
a temperature detection unit configured to be arranged in an area between an area of the image heating member opposed to the
coil and the magnetic core, and to detect a temperature of the image heating member;

a control circuit configured to control energization to the coil based on an output of the temperature detection unit; and
wherein the magnetic core is provided with a through portion through which an electrical wire for electrically connecting
the control circuit and the temperature detection unit is passed in an area where the magnetic core is opposed to the coil
with the image heating member therebetween, wherein the through portion is formed to have an area where an opening of the
through portion on an interior side overlaps the magnetic core in a direction of a normal to the opening of the through portion
on the interior side.

US Pat. No. 9,128,655

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING WHETHER TO DISPLAY ERROR INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. A control method of an information processing apparatus, comprising:
a designation step of controlling a designation unit to designate an image forming apparatus to execute a job;
a transmission step of transmitting the job to the image forming apparatus;
a reception step of controlling a reception unit to receive, in a case where an error has occurred in the image forming apparatus
due to execution of the job, error information indicating that the error has occurred;

a display step of controlling a display unit to display the error information on a screen in a case where the reception unit
receives the error information;

an acquisition step of controlling an acquisition unit to acquire, from the image forming apparatus, information indicating
that a user operated an operation unit, which is provided on the image forming apparatus, for skipping the error which has
occurred in the image forming apparatus;

a determination step of controlling a determination unit to determine, in accordance with a table which stores error information
regarding those errors for which display of the error information is required to continue to be displayed and those errors
for which display of the error information is not required to continue to be displayed, in a case where the information is
acquired in the acquisition step, whether the error information of the skipped error displayed on the screen is required to
continue to be displayed; and

a control step of controlling a control unit to continue, in a case where it is determined in the determination step that
the error information of the skipped error displayed on the screen is required to continue to be displayed, to continue to
display the error information of the skipped error on the screen, and to cancel, in a case where it is determined in the determination
step that the error information of the skipped error displayed on the screen is not required to continue to be displayed,
display of the error information of the skipped error on the screen to remove the error information of the skipped error from
the screen.

US Pat. No. 9,113,779

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an extraction unit configured to extract a plurality of layers from a cross-sectional image of a retina of an eye;
an analysis unit configured to obtain information regarding an order of display of the plurality of layers from the cross-sectional
image; and

a display control unit configured to perform control such that the plurality of layers are sequentially displayed on a display
unit on the basis of the information regarding the order of display, the plurality of layers being displayed in a display
form which is sequentially changed,

wherein the order of display is determined based on distances from a vitreous body to each of the plurality of layers.

US Pat. No. 9,116,096

MULTI-RADIATION UNIT AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM INCLUDING THE UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A multi-radiation unit, comprising:
(a) a multi-radiation tube including
a plurality of electron sources,
a plurality of targets respectively corresponding to the plurality of electron sources and
an intermediate electrode located between the electron sources and the targets, the intermediate electrode including openings
through which electrons emitted from the electron sources pass through;

(b) a selection circuit configured to allow electrons to be emitted from a selected electron source selected from the plurality
of electron sources;

(c) an intermediate electrode potential defining unit configured to define a potential of the intermediate electrode;
(d) a storage unit configured to store, for each of the plurality of electron sources, an electrostatic control condition
of the intermediate electrode for obtaining a predetermined irradiated state of a target corresponding to the selected electron
source; and

(e) a changing unit configured to change, when electrons are emitted from the selected electron source, the electrostatic
control condition of the intermediate electrode based on the electrostatic control condition stored in the storage unit for
the selected electron source.

US Pat. No. 9,116,492

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, MANAGEMENT SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A management system comprising:
an image forming device that replaceably loads a consumable container; and
a management device that communicates with the image forming device via a network,
wherein the image forming device comprises:
a management unit configured to manage remaining amount information of a consumable contained in a loaded consumable container;
a first detection unit configured to detect identification information of a new consumable container to be loaded in the image
forming device upon replacement of the loaded consumable container;

a second detection unit configured to detect an error occurred in the image forming device;
a third detection unit configured to detect low status of a remaining amount of the consumable contained in the loaded consumable
container;

an event management unit configured to manage the error detected by the second detection unit and the low status detected
by the third detection unit as event information; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the management device, a replacement notification including all of the identification
information detected by the first detection unit, counter information indicating the operation status of the image forming
device upon replacement, and remaining amount information of the consumable contained in the loaded consumable container which
has been removed by the replacement,

wherein the counter information indicating the operation status is information corresponding to a value accumulated by the
image forming device for each print processing,

wherein the transmission unit transmits the event information managed by the event management unit to the management device,
and

wherein the management device comprises:
a reception unit configured to receive the replacement notification; and
a storage unit configured to store the identification information, the counter information, and the remaining amount information
as management information based on the received replacement notification.

US Pat. No. 9,116,495

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DRIVE CONDITION OF BELT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for controlling a driving condition of an endless belt driven in a condition having a periodic disturbance and
an other disturbance other than the periodic disturbance, comprising steps of:
feedback controlling a widthwise position of the belt by a steering mechanism that is configured to move the belt in the widthwise
direction such that an influence of the periodic disturbance is compensated;

estimating or detecting a phase angle of the periodic disturbance on the timing when the other disturbance is added to the
belt in response to detecting that the other disturbance is to be added during the feedback control;

obtaining interpolation coefficients that respectively interpolate values of feedforward inputs when the other disturbance
is added in case of a plurality of typical angles set in advance among phase angles of the periodic disturbance stored in
a memory based on the estimated or detected phase angles of the periodic disturbance and adding values obtained by multiplying
these interpolation coefficients by the values of the corresponding feedforward inputs; and

controlling the steering mechanism by adding the values obtained by multiplying the interpolation coefficients by the values
of the corresponding feedforward inputs to control values of the feedback control as a correction value,

wherein the plurality of typical angles are four types of phase angles of the periodic disturbance determined by a phase angle
where the control value is maximized, a phase angle where the control value is minimized, and two phase angles which are medians
of the control values from a relationship between more than four types of phase angles of the periodic disturbance and their
control values of the feedback control at a time when a variation of the control values with respect to time is maximized
when the other disturbance is caused in the belt which is feedback controlled by rushing the recording member into the nip
portion at the more than four types of phase angles, and

the values of feedforward inputs are values of four feedforward inputs corresponding to the four typical angles, and each
feedforward input is obtained by obtaining a deviation from a target value of the widthwise position of the belt by causing
the other disturbance to the belt which is feedback controlled when the phase angle of the periodic disturbance is the corresponding
typical angle, obtaining a control value of the steering mechanism calculated such that the deviation is compensated based
on the deviation of the widthwise position of the belt, repeating the control of the belt on which the other disturbance is
caused when the phase angle of the periodic disturbance is the corresponding typical angle by using the calculated control
value, determining a control value by which the deviation of the widthwise position of the belt is minimized, and obtaining
the values of feedforward inputs based on the determined control value.

US Pat. No. 9,117,009

REPORT CREATION SUPPORT APPARATUS, CREATION SUPPORT METHOD THEREOF AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for obtaining images similar to a diagnosis target image, comprising:
a selector configured to select medical images specified by a user, the selected medical images each including image data
representing a region of interest selected from within the diagnosis target image;

a receiver configured to obtain, based on each of the selected medical images, an evaluation, from the image data representing
the region of interest within each of the selected medical images, of an evaluation item common to the selected medical images;

a determiner configured to determine a range based on each of the obtained evaluations, the range defining a space including
evaluation values for indicating whether other medical images are similar to the selected medical images; and

a central processing unit configured to search a database for one or more other medical images based on the determined range.

US Pat. No. 9,111,197

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING REPORT PRINTING FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit;
a storage unit configured to store information on the image processing apparatus;
a touch panel configured to receive input from a log-in user; and
a control unit configured to control execution of automatic report printing in which the information is printed by said printing
unit as a report when predetermined conditions are satisfied, and execution of manual report printing in which the information
is printed by said printing unit as a report based on an instruction from the log-in user,

wherein said control unit performs the automatic report printing in a predetermined language and performs the manual report
printing in a language for the log-in user.

US Pat. No. 9,110,222

IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup system, comprising:
two lens apparatuses each including a movable optical member, a driving unit that drives the movable optical member, and a
driving signal generating unit that generates a driving signal for causing the driving unit to drive the movable optical member;

a command signal generating unit that generates a command signal to command driving of the movable optical member;
a posture determining unit that determines a posture of each of the two lens apparatuses; and
a master-slave setting unit that sets each of the lens apparatuses, based on the posture of the lens apparatus determined
by the posture determining unit, as one of a master lens apparatus in which the driving signal generating unit generates the
driving signal based on the command signal and a slave lens apparatus in which the driving signal generating unit generates
the driving signal based on a position of the movable optical member in the other lens apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,548,102

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR A NEIGHBOR AWARENESS NETWORK

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing code to be executed by the at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor executes the code to:
detect a start instruction for communicating in compliance with a Neighbor Awareness Networking (NAN) standard;
determine whether the communication apparatus currently performs communication using a frequency channel other than a predetermined frequency channel used in the NAN, in a case where the start instruction is detected;
start to form the NAN in response to a user operation for starting the communication compliant with the NAN standard, in a case where a result of the determining indicates that the communication apparatus currently performs communication using the frequency channel other than the predetermined frequency channel used in the NAN, and start to form the NAN without the user operation, in a case where a result of the determining does not indicate that the communication apparatus currently performs communication using the frequency channel other than the predetermined frequency channel used in the NAN;
determine whether the communication apparatus is currently connected to an access point already registered in the communication apparatus; and
display a screen for a user to confirm whether or not to start the communication compliant with the NAN standard in a case where the result of the determining indicates that the communication apparatus currently performs communication using the frequency channel other than the predetermined frequency channel used in the NAN, wherein the at least one processor executes the code to start the communication compliant with the NAN standard according to the user operation performed after the screen is displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,536,856

COMMUNICATION CONTROL APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A first communication apparatus comprising:a generating unit configured to generate first information used in a communication parameter setting processing relating to a communication parameter, which is used for performing wireless communication of encryption type compliant with IEEE802.11 standard, by performing calculation according to a predetermined algorithm for a PIN held by the first communication apparatus;
a reception unit configured to receive second information, which is used in the communication parameter setting processing, from a second communication apparatus via wireless communication compliant with IEEE802.11 standard;
an authentication unit configured to perform authentication in the communication parameter setting processing, wherein the authentication is succeeded in a case where the first information and the second information match, and the authentication is failed in a case where the first information and the second information do not match;
a transmitting unit configured to transmit, in a case where the authentication performed by the authentication unit is succeeded, the communication parameter to the second communication apparatus via wireless communication compliant with IEEE802.11 standard, and not to transmit, in a case where the authentication performed by the authentication unit is failed, the communication parameter to the second communication apparatus via wireless communication compliant with IEEE802.11 standard; and
a communication unit configured to communicate data comprising a captured image via a wireless communication of the encryption type compliant with IEEE802.11 standard with the second communication apparatus based on the communication parameter after transmission of the communication parameter by the transmitting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,511,953

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wireless communication apparatus communicable in a system in which a predetermined period to transmit or receive a beacon is shared in a wireless network, comprising:at least one memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of the instructions, functions as
a reception unit configured to receive signals during the predetermined period; and
a setting unit configured to set a value to be used in determining whether to play a role of transmitting a signal for causing another wireless communication apparatus not belonging to the wireless network to recognize the wireless network, based on first information about a number of transmission sources of the signals received by the reception unit.

US Pat. No. 10,511,781

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image sensor configured to capture a plurality of images at different focus positions of an optical system; and
a control circuit configured to control a depth of field of the optical system when the image sensor captures an image,
wherein, if the control circuit determines that a plurality of subject areas satisfies a predetermined condition based on a distance for each subject area, the control circuit increases a depth of field of the optical system in a case where the image sensor captures one of the plurality of images, in comparison with a case where the plurality of subject areas does not satisfy the predetermined condition, and
wherein the predetermined condition includes a difference in distance of any two of the plurality of subject areas in optical axis direction being greater than the predetermined distance.

US Pat. No. 10,496,880

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMPARING OBJECTS IN IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method to compare objects in images from a target domain, the method comprising:receiving a dictionary determined from a plurality of feature vectors and codes, wherein the plurality of feature vectors was formed from a test image in the target domain, the codes were formed by applying the dictionary to the plurality of feature vectors of the target domain, and the dictionary is based on source domain training data and on a difference in mean values between the formed codes;
determining comparison codes for the objects in the images by applying the dictionary to feature vectors of the objects in the images; and
comparing the objects in the images based on the comparison codes of the objects.

US Pat. No. 10,491,802

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

20. An image capturing method executed by an image capturing apparatus comprising an image sensor including a plurality of pixels for generating image signals for display and detection signals for focus detection, the method comprising:controlling a continuous capturing mode to acquire continuous still images based on the image signals, and so as to acquire a live display image which includes the image signals and the detection signals between the continuous still images,
wherein a number of signals output from the image sensor when capturing the live display image is smaller than a number of signals output from the image sensor when capturing a recording still image.

US Pat. No. 10,491,844

IMAGING APPARATUS, SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND MOVING BODY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus including a plurality of pixels arranged on a substrate comprising:a first pixel group; and
a second pixel group,
wherein at least one of the pixels included in a first pixel group includes:
a first electrode;
a second electrode facing to the first electrode in a first direction;
a third electrode disposed between the first and second electrodes;
a photoelectric conversion layer disposed on the first, second, and third electrodes;
a counter electrode disposed on the photoelectric conversion layer; and
a micro-lens corresponding to the first, second, and third electrodes,
wherein signals for phase difference detection are read from the first and second electrodes,
wherein at least one of pixels included in the second pixel group includes
a fifth electrode,
the photoelectric conversion layer disposed on the fifth electrode, and
the counter electrode disposed on the photoelectric conversion layer, and
wherein an area of the fifth electrode is greater than areas of the first, second, and third electrodes in a planar view.

US Pat. No. 10,477,616

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:an inquiry unit configured to inquire, in a case where the communication apparatus receives, from a user, a first instruction to establish direct wireless connection with a printing apparatus operating in a direct wireless communication mode, of the printing apparatus whether the printing apparatus is in the direct wireless connection with an external apparatus;
a display unit configured to display, in a case where it is determined, based on a result of the inquiry by the inquiry unit, that the printing apparatus is in the direct wireless connection with the external apparatus, a screen for receiving, from the user, a second instruction to stop operating in the direct wireless communication mode; and
an instruction unit configured to instruct the printing apparatus to stop operating in the direct wireless communication mode in a case where the second instruction is received via the screen.

US Pat. No. 10,434,694

RESIN MOLDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A resin molding method comprising:a first molding step of molding a first molded part and a second molded part in different positions in a mold by injecting resin into the mold; and
a second molding step of joining the first molded part and the second molded part to form a resin molded article by engaging the first molded part and the second molded part in a first direction inside the mold and injecting resin into engaged portions,
wherein in the first molding step, the second molded part is formed by injecting resin into an area where a first core movable in the first direction and a second core movable in a second direction intersecting with the first direction are engaged,
wherein the first core comprises protrusions in the first direction,
wherein in the second molding step, the second molded part is joined to the first molded part by injecting the resin while the first core is in contact with the second molded part and the second core is removed from the second molded part,
wherein areas where the first core and the second core are located in the first molding step become hollow areas connected to each other by removing the first core and the second core from the second molded part, and
wherein in the engagement in the first molding step, at least one of the protrusions of the first core in the first direction is not in contact with the second core in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,421,294

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain image data for indicating an image to be formed on a recording medium;
an ink applying unit including a discharge opening for discharging ink containing a coloring material, the ink applying unit applying, based on the obtained image data, the ink from the discharge opening on the recording medium so as to form the image;
a treatment-solution applying unit configured to apply, on the recording medium, a treatment solution to a first region to which the ink is applied and to a second region to which the ink is not applied and which is outside of the first region, the treatment solution containing an acid for agglomerating components contained in the ink;
a setting unit configured to obtain information about an amount of unreacted acid for each unit region of the recording medium having a given size based on the obtained image data, and to set a neutralizing-solution application region based on the obtained information; and
a neutralizing unit including a discharge opening for discharging a neutralizing solution for neutralizing the acid, the neutralizing unit applying the neutralizing solution from the discharge opening to the set neutralizing-solution application region on the recording medium,
wherein the setting unit, in response to the amount of unreacted acid for a target unit region being less than a given amount, does not set the target unit region as the neutralizing-solution application region, and, in response to the amount of unreacted acid for the target unit region being not less than the given amount, sets the target unit region as the neutralizing-solution application region.

US Pat. No. 10,403,008

IMAGE GENERATING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. A control method for an image generating apparatus generating a plurality of images by using a reception signal of an acoustic wave propagated from an object, the control method comprising:acquiring request information including information representing a requested viewing time of the plurality of images and information representing requested image qualities of the plurality of images;
setting the image qualities of the plurality of images to the requested image qualities when the plurality of images can be generated with the requested image qualities before the requested viewing time passes;
setting the image qualities of the plurality of images to image qualities different from the requested image qualities when the plurality of images cannot be generated with the requested image qualities before the requested viewing time passes; and
generating the plurality of images with the set image qualities of the plurality of images.

US Pat. No. 10,397,475

CAPTURING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A capturing control apparatus that generates a high-dynamic-range (HDR) moving image by combining a first moving image captured by a first capturing unit and a second moving image captured by a second capturing unit, the capturing control apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions stored in memory to provide:
a first setting unit configured to set a first capturing condition in the first capturing unit and the second capturing unit when capturing a first frame image pair to be used in HDR composition;
a second setting unit configured to set a second capturing condition, different from the first capturing condition, in the first capturing unit and the second capturing unit when capturing a second frame image pair to be used in deriving a geometric correction parameter;
a capturing control unit configured to control capturing of the first moving image by the first capturing unit and the second moving image by the second capturing unit by capturing at least one first frame image pair using the first capturing condition and at least one second frame image pair using the second capturing condition;
a deriving unit configured to derive the geometric correction parameter used to correct a position shift between a frame image of the first frame image pair included in the first moving image and another frame image of the first frame image pair included in the second moving image based on frame images of the second frame image pair captured under the second capturing condition, one frame image of the second frame image pair being included in each of the first moving image and the second moving image; and
a combining unit configured to perform geometric correction processing for at least one of the frame image of the first frame image pair included in the first moving image and the another frame image of the first frame image pair included in the second moving image using the derived geometric correction parameter based on the second frame image pair, and after the geometric correction processing, combine at least the first frame image pair included in the first moving image and the second moving image to generate the HDR moving image,
wherein each of the first capturing condition and the second capturing condition include a first exposure condition for the first capturing unit and a second exposure condition for the second capturing unit,
wherein, in the first capturing condition, the first exposure condition for the first capturing unit is different from the second exposure condition for the second capturing unit, and
wherein, in the second capturing condition, at least one of the first exposure condition or the second exposure condition is higher than in the first capturing condition when capturing a scene that has shadow-detail loss regions or lower than in the first capturing condition when capturing a scene that has highlight-detail loss regions.

US Pat. No. 10,397,514

PROJECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for deforming a first image into a second image and generating a third image which contains the second image, the image processing apparatus comprising:a memory unit configured to store coordinate values indicating a position of each of a plurality of grid points after deformation disposed in the second image; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether a pixel of interest in the third image is located in the second image or the pixel of interest in the third image is located outside of the second image, based on the coordinate values stored in the memory unit,
wherein the determination unit further decides a set of grid points after deformation corresponding to the pixel of interest from the plurality of grid points after deformation.

US Pat. No. 10,397,587

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain image data of a first data format, wherein the image data of the first data format comprises a plurality of pixel data each having a value of a single color component among a predetermined plurality of color components, and wherein the plurality of pixel data in the image data of the first data format being arranged according to a predetermined pixel arrangement;
a first conversion unit configured to convert the image data of the first data format that was obtained by the obtaining unit to a second data format, and output the image data of the second data format, wherein the image data of the second data format comprises a plurality of pixel data each having values of the plurality of color components;
a resizing unit configured to reduce the number of pixel data of the image data of the second data format that was output from the first conversion unit, and output reduced image data of the second data format; and
a second conversion unit configured to convert the reduced image data of the second format to the first data format, and output the converted image data as the reduced image data of the first data format.

US Pat. No. 10,362,933

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS, TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE GENERATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM THAT DETERMINE AN IMAGING REGION FOR CAPTURING A PLURALITY OF TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGES FOR GENERATING AN AVERAGED TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a movement amount of a subject's eye;
an error obtaining unit configured to obtain a value of tracking error based on a result of the detection;
a determining unit configured to determine each position of a plurality of scanning lines at intervals corresponding to the value of tracking error;
a tomographic image obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of tomographic images by scanning each position of the plurality of scanning lines with measurement light; and
a generation unit configured to generate an averaged tomographic image by averaging pixel values of the plurality of tomographic images obtained by the tomographic image obtaining unit,
wherein the determining unit determines the intervals based on the value of tracking error.

US Pat. No. 10,345,937

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH A BACKLIGHT AND CAPACITIVE TOUCH PANEL AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC DEVICE SO AS TO SUPPRESS ERROR DETECTION OF A TOUCH OPERATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a displaying unit configured to display an image,
a backlight;
a capacitive touch panel arranged on a display surface side of the displaying unit, the touch panel comprising a plurality of column electrodes and a plurality of row electrodes, which are arranged orthogonal to each other and are configured to detect a touch operation;
a backlight control unit configured to control a current of the backlight based on pulse width modulation; and
a control unit configured to (a) acquire a first frequency for detecting a change amount, as a capacitance change amount, of a signal at each of crossing points between the plurality of column electrodes and the plurality of row electrodes, and (b) cause the backlight control unit to drive the backlight at a second frequency different from a natural number multiple of the acquired first frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,343,401

DROPLET EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A droplet ejection apparatus comprising: a flow path unit having formed therein a liquid flow path including a plurality of nozzles, a plurality of pressure chambers respectively in communication with each of the plurality of nozzles, and a common liquid chamber in communication with the plurality of pressure chambers; and an actuator configured to selectively apply pressure to liquid in the plurality of pressure chambers, whereinthe flow path unit is formed by laminating a plurality of lamination plates,
the flow path unit further has a first damper chamber extending in a manner overlapping with the plurality of pressure chambers with respect to a longitudinal direction in which the plurality of pressure chambers is aligned, as seen from an opening side of the plurality of nozzles,
the first damper chamber being provided at a height between the plurality of pressure chambers and the common liquid chamber, as measured along the laminating direction in which the plurality of lamination plates is laminated, and
a first support part is provided inside the first damper chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,343,406

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid ejection head having an ejection port forming region including liquid ejection energy generating elements arranged on a first surface of a substrate along with electric wiring for driving the liquid ejection energy generating elements, a plurality of liquid supply ports each running through the substrate and having an opening at the first surface of the substrate, a liquid path formed on the first surface as a space containing the liquid ejection energy generating elements and the plurality of liquid supply ports, and ejection ports for ejecting liquid from the liquid path by driving the liquid ejection energy generating elements, the method comprising:a step of forming a liquid path forming member on the first surface of the substrate, using a first dry film resist;
a step of forming an ejection port forming member on the liquid path forming member;
a step of forming the liquid path in the liquid path forming member; and
a step of forming the ejection ports in the ejection port forming member,
wherein the substrate has dummy holes each having an opening at the first surface of the substrate outside the ejection port forming region, and
wherein the step of forming the liquid path includes a step of curing at least part of the liquid path forming member located above the dummy holes.

US Pat. No. 10,345,974

TECHNIQUE FOR IMPROVING CAPACITANCE TYPE INPUT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An input apparatus comprising:a touch panel sensor having a plurality of column electrodes and a plurality of row electrodes arranged to intersect the plurality of column electrodes;
a first measurement unit configured to execute a self-capacitance measurement for each of a plurality of peripheral electrodes which are column electrodes and row electrodes arranged in a peripheral portion of the touch panel sensor out of the plurality of column electrodes and the plurality of row electrodes;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not any measurement result of the plurality of peripheral electrodes measured by the first measurement unit exceeds a threshold value;
a setting unit configured to set, if any measurement result of the plurality of peripheral electrodes measured by the first measurement unit exceeds a threshold value, an accumulation number of each mutual-capacitance of a plurality of intersection points, which are formed by the plurality of column electrodes and the plurality of row electrodes intersecting, so that the accumulation number of an intersection point closer to a position of a conductor object estimated based on measurement results of the self-capacitance measurement is larger, and the accumulation number of an intersection point farther from the position of the conductor object is smaller, and set, if all of the measurement results of the plurality of peripheral electrodes measured by the first measurement unit do not exceed the threshold value, the accumulation numbers of the mutual-capacitances of each of the plurality of intersection points to be the same value;
a second measurement unit configured to execute a mutual-capacitance measurement for each of the plurality of the intersection points in accordance with the accumulation numbers set for each of the plurality of intersection points by the setting unit; and
a decision unit configured to decide coordinates of the conductor object based on the measurement result of the mutual-capacitance measurement executed by the second measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 10,345,726

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a toner including a toner particle containing a binder resin, the method comprising processes (1) and (2):process (1): preparing an aqueous mixed solution comprising a silicon compound represented by Formula (1), a fine particle having a number average particle diameter of 3 to 500 nm, and a toner base particle containing the binder resin, wherein the fine particle has an absolute value of zeta potential of 10.0 mV or more at the pH of the mixed solution
(Ra)n—Si—(Rb)4-n  (1)
where Ra independently represents a halogen atom, a hydroxyl group, or an alkoxy group; Rb independently represents an alkyl group, an alkenyl group, an acyl group, an aryl group, an acryloxyalkyl group or a methacryloxyalkyl group; and n is an integer of 1 to 4; and
process (2): adjusting a pH of the mixed solution to 7.0 to 12.0 to condense the silicon compound, wherein the pH is adjusted when the mixed solution is at a temperature of (Tg+10)° C. to 105° C., where Tg is a glass transition temperature of the toner base particle or the toner particle.

US Pat. No. 10,345,751

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to transfer a toner image formed on an image bearing member onto a recording medium;
a stacking unit on which a recording medium to be conveyed to the image forming unit is stacked; and
a first frame member and a second frame member which are aligned in a direction of a rotation axis of the image bearing member and face each other across the image forming unit and the stacking unit,
wherein the first frame member includes a first side surface facing the image forming unit and a second side surface being provided separately from the first side surface and facing the stacking unit, and the second side surface being fixed to the first side surface, and
wherein the second frame member includes an integrally-formed surface, the integrally-formed surface being a reference surface provided commonly for the image forming unit and the stacking unit,
wherein the first frame member supports a low voltage power supply unit configured to supply low voltage power to a high-voltage power supply unit, and the low voltage power supply unit is provided on a side opposite to the stacking unit across the second side surface in the direction of the rotation axis of the image bearing member,
wherein the high-voltage power supply unit converts the low voltage power into high voltage power and supplies the high voltage power to the image forming unit, and
wherein the second frame member supports the high-voltage power supply unit.

US Pat. No. 10,345,756

DEVELOPING APPARATUS HAVING A SEALED DEVELOPER BEARING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process cartridge detachably attached to an apparatus main body of an image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, the apparatus main body including a conveyance member configured to convey the recording medium, the process cartridge comprising:a developer bearing member that carries a developer;
a frame by which the developer bearing member is rotatably supported;
a seal member that extends in a crossing direction crossing a rotational axis direction of the developer bearing member and is fixed on a first surface of the frame so as to seal a first gap between an end portion of the developer bearing member in the rotational axis direction and the frame; and
a sealing portion that seals a second gap between the frame and an end portion of the seal member in the crossing direction,
the frame includes:
an injection inlet through which elastomer has been injected into the second gap for forming the sealing portion;
a storage portion that is a space surrounded by a second surface of the frame opposite to the first surface of the frame and a wall protruding from the second surface of the frame and in which any elastomer spilling out of the second gap is stored, and
a protruding portion that protrudes, from the second surface of the frame,
further than the wall of the storage portion in a direction in which the wall protrudes, the protruding portion being arranged so as to overlap the storage portion when viewed in the rotational axis direction, and
wherein the protruding portion is configured to contact the recording medium conveyed by the conveyance member when the process cartridge is mounted in the apparatus main body of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,348,870

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising: one or more communication interfaces having one or more circuits which function as a connection unit and a receiving unit; the connection unit configured to be connectable to an electronic apparatus using a first communication method or a second communication method, wherein the electronic apparatus is capable of operating as an access point which is connectable using the first communication method and has no gateway function to an Internet during connection using the first communication method; the receiving unit configured to receive, from the electronic apparatus using the second communication method, information indicating a capability of software that is needed for communication with the electronic apparatus using the first communication method; one or more processors executing computer instructions or circuits which function as each of the following: a determination unit configured to determine whether or not software of the information processing apparatus meets the capability; a transmitting unit configured, if it is determined by the determination unit that the software of the information processing apparatus meets the capability, to transmit a response for operating the electronic apparatus as the access point which is connectable using the first communication method, to the electronic apparatus; an acquiring unit configured, if it is determined by the determination unit that the software of the information processing apparatus does not meet the capability, to acquire software that meets the capability from a server on the Internet using a third communication method without transmitting the response to the electronic apparatus by the transmitting unit so as not to operate the electronic apparatus as the access point; and a control unit configured to enable and switch to the communication with the electronic apparatus using the first communication method after the software that meets the capability is acquired using the third communication method.

US Pat. No. 10,343,278

MEASURING APPARATUS, MEASURING METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus that utilizes machine vision to determine a position of a first object and/or a posture of the first object disposed on a surface in order to evaluate whether processing of the first object should be performed in view of the determined position and/or the determined posture of the first object on the surface, the apparatus comprising:an image sensor configured to image the first object; and
a processor configured to:
obtain first information of the position of the first object, the posture of the first object, or both the position of the first object and the posture of the first object based on an output of the image sensor,
obtain second information of a contact between the first object and a second object different from the first object based on the output of the image sensor,
perform an evaluation of the first information by projecting the contact between the first object and the second object to the surface on which the first object is disposed to determine a suitability of the first object for the processing based on the position of the first object, the posture of the first object, or both the position and the posture of the first object, and
obtain a result of the performed evaluation indicating whether the processing of the first object should be performed based on the position of the first object, the posture of the first object, or both the position and the posture of the first object.

US Pat. No. 10,341,514

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a scanner unit which reads an original to obtain an image;
a display unit which displays a setting screen of a job for performing setting of a plurality of setting items related to the job;
a memory that stores, in association with identification information about a user, setting values of the setting items related to the set job in accordance with logout of the user who has logged in to the image processing apparatus; and
a control unit configured to perform control so as to read the setting values stored in the memory and display, on the display, the setting screen of the job to which the setting values are restored while a user having logged out logs in again,
wherein the setting items include a transmission destination to which the image obtained by reading the original is transmitted, and the control unit does not restore, to the setting screen, a transmission destination set when the user logs out, and
wherein the control unit is implemented by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,325,345

DEVICE FOR PERFORMING IMAGE TRANSFORMATION PROCESSING AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device that transforms an image, the image processing device comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory that stores instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the image processing device to function as:
a storage unit configured to store coordinate values in a coordinate system of a pre-transformed image, each of the coordinate values corresponding to a grid point in a coordinate system of a transformed image;
a selection unit configured to select a grid point in a vicinity of a target pixel in the transformed image;
a calculation unit configured to refer to a pre-transformed coordinate value, corresponding to the selected grid point and stored in the storage unit, to calculate a homography matrix based on the selected grid point and the referred coordinate value, and to calculate a pre-transformed coordinate value corresponding to the target pixel, using the homography matrix,
wherein the calculation unit generates vectors by connecting coordinate values of a plurality of the grid points, and to calculate the homography matrix using the vectors; and
an output unit configured to output a pixel value of the coordinate value calculated in the pre-transformed image, as a pixel value of the target pixel in the transformed image.

US Pat. No. 10,313,591

MOTION VECTOR DETECTION DEVICE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING A MOTION VECTOR DETECTION DEVICE, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS THAT CHANGE A SIZE AND A NUMBER OF A TEMPLATE BLOCK BASED ON A USE OF A DETECTED MOTION VECTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A motion vector detection device comprising:at least one processor and at least one memory that function as:
(a) a detection unit configured to detect a motion vector between a plurality of images; and
(b) a control unit configured to perform setting with respect to a detection of the motion vector,
wherein the detection unit detects the motion vector by searching for an area, which has a correlation with a template block that is set in one of the plurality of images, within a search range that is set for another one of the plurality of images, and
wherein the control unit changes a size and a number of the template block, based on a use of the motion vector that is detected by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,310,433

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS A TEMPERATURE OF AT LEAST ONE OF A ROTATING MEMBER BASED ON A WEARING AMOUNT OF THE ROTATING MEMBER AND A PRESSING MEMBER BASED ON A HARDNESS CHANGE AMOUNT OF THE PRESSING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that prints an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:a fixing unit that fixes an image, formed on a recording material, onto the recording material, the fixing unit having a rotating member with a surface layer, a pressing member that forms a fixing nip portion to sandwich and to transport the recording material with the rotating member, and a heater that heats the rotating member;
a rotating member temperature sensor that detects a temperature of the rotating member;
a wearing amount acquisition portion that acquires a wearing amount of the surface layer of the rotating member, the wearing amount acquisition portion acquiring the wearing amount corresponding to the temperature detected by the rotating member temperature sensor, and the wearing amount acquisition portion acquiring the wearing amount per recording material, the wearing amount per recording material being different depending on the temperature detected by the rotating member temperature sensor; and
a control temperature setting portion that sets a control temperature of the heater according to the wearing amount.

US Pat. No. 10,289,038

FIXING DEVICE HAVING A SEPARATING MEMBER THAT SEPARATES A RECORDING MATERIAL FROM A CYLINDRICAL FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:a cylindrical film;
a nip forming member configured to form a nip between itself and said film when in contact with an outer surface of said film;
a preventing member provided in a position opposing an end portion of said film with respect to a generatrix direction of said film and configured to prevent movement of said film in the generatrix direction;
a frame; and
a separating member configured to separate, from said film, a recording material discharged from the nip, said separating member being rotatable relative to said preventing member at a first portion thereof, and being slidable relative to said frame at a second portion thereof, said second portion of said separating member being in a position that is more remote from a surface of said film than is said first portion, and a sliding direction of said separating member crossing a plane of the nip,
wherein said fixing device fixes, at the nip, a toner image on the recording material while nipping and feeding the recording material on which the toner image is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,291,899

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR GENERATING RESTORED IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a synthesizer that synthesizes a first image with a second image having a parallax relative to the first image to generate a synthetic image, the first image and the second image being based on outputs of a single image sensor; and
a correction circuit that performs correcting processing of convolving a filter having reverse characteristics of an optical transfer function of an image pickup optical system that is used to generate the first image and the second image with respect to the synthetic image,
wherein the synthesizer synthesizes the first image with the second image while a position of the second image is shifted relative to the first image, and
wherein the correction circuit does not perform the correcting processing on the synthetic image, when a shift amount of the position of the second image relative to the first image is greater than a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,288,833

OPTICAL COMPONENT, OPTICAL COMPONENT MANUFACTURING METHOD, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical component comprising:a lens having a lens surface held in a holder;
a portion of the holder in contact with the lens surface; and
a holding portion configured to hold the lens in the holder,
wherein a mold shrinkage factor of a material that forms the holder is smaller than a mold shrinkage factor of a material that forms the lens by no less than 0.3%.

US Pat. No. 10,255,512

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining a boundary of an object in an input image, the method comprising:determining a set of vertical medial axes of the object in the input image, at least a portion of at least one of the vertical medial axes being curved following a shape of the object;
determining an edge response image for the input image using the vertical medial axes; and
determining a continuous path on at least one side of the vertical medial axes, at least one vertical medial axis of the vertical medial axes and the continuous path extending at least from a first vertical bound to a second vertical bound, and the continuous path summing up to a maximum total edge response and representing at least a portion of the boundary of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,288,836

LENS APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:a converting mechanism including:
a fixed barrel;
a movable barrel arranged inside the fixed barrel and holding an optical element, the movable barrel including a straight groove extending parallel with an optical axis of the optical element;
a cam mechanism or a helicoid mechanism configured to move the movable barrel relative to the fixed barrel in a direction of the optical axis, by rotating the movable barrel relative to the fixed barrel about the optical axis; and
an operating member supported by the fixed barrel, rotatable about a rotation axis perpendicular to the optical axis, and arranged outside of the fixed barrel,
wherein:
the operating member includes an eccentric shaft eccentric with respect to the rotation axis,
the eccentric shaft includes an engagement part engaged with the straight groove, the engagement part engaged with the straight groove being substantially circular in shape, and
rotation of the operating member about the rotation axis causes the engagement part engaged with the straight groove to rotate the movable barrel about the optical axis causes the converting mechanism to move the movable barrel relative to the fixed barrel in the direction of the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,288,838

MIRROR DRIVE DEVICE CAPABLE OF HIGH-SPEED DRIVING AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mirror drive device comprising:a first mirror holder that holds a first mirror and is configured to be movable between a first position in a photographing optical path and a second position retracted from the photographing optical path;
a second mirror holder that holds a second mirror in a state rotatably attached to said first mirror holder and is configured to be movable between a third position in the photographing optical path and a fourth position retracted from the photographing optical path, the second mirror reflects and object light flux through the first mirror;
a motor; and
a driving member configured to be driven by said motor to thereby move said second mirror holder between the third position and the fourth position,
wherein said driving member directly contacts with said second mirror holder and moves said second mirror holder from the third position to the fourth position, whereby said first mirror holder is moved from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,289,355

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR ADJUSTING PRINT POSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a container in which a sheet is contained;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the sheet;
a reading unit configured to read a test image formed on the sheet; and
a controller configured to
control the image forming unit to form the test image on the sheet,
control the reading unit to read the test image, and
generate, based on a reading result of the reading unit, an image forming condition for correcting a shift between a position of an image to be formed on a first surface of the sheet by the image forming unit and a position of an image to be formed on a second surface different from the first surface of the sheet by the image forming unit,
wherein the controller determines a timing for the image forming unit to subsequently form the test image based on a time period during which the sheet is contained in the container.

US Pat. No. 10,289,360

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a connection unit configured to connect to an image forming apparatus over a wireless network;
a first identifying unit configured to broadcast a packet to the wireless network and identify a current address of the image forming apparatus from a response packet to the packet;
a second identifying unit configured to unicast a packet to a default address of the image forming apparatus on the wireless network and, if a response packet to the packet is received, to identify that the current address of the image forming apparatus is the default address;
a third identifying unit configured to, if the first identifying unit and the second identifying unit do not identify the current address of the image forming apparatus, obtain an address of the information processing apparatus in the wireless network and information regarding a connection state of the network of the information processing apparatus and identify the current address of the image forming apparatus based on the address of the information processing apparatus and the information regarding the connection state of the network of the information processing apparatus; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit print data to the identified current address of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,291,961

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first communicator configured to receive a first signal obtained by multiplexing a plurality of signals having a plurality of standards which are different from each other, and demultiplex a first network signal which is transmittable to and receivable from a network and which is included in the first signal;
a second communicator configured to receive a second network signal transmittable to and receivable from the network;
a selector configured to select one network signal from the first or second network signals; and
a controller,
wherein the first communicator includes a first confirmer configured to confirm a reception of the first network signal,
wherein the second communicator includes a second confirmer configured to confirm a reception of the second network signal, and
wherein the controller is configured to:
set at least one of a first selection mode for causing the selector to select one of the first or second network signals as a selected network signal or a second selection mode for causing the selector to select a preset network signal between the first and second network signals as the selected network signal;
in a case where the first selection mode is set, perform communication of the selected network signal whose reception is first confirmed between the first and second network signals by the first or second confirmer;
in a case where the second selection mode is set and a reception of the preset network signal is confirmed by the first or second confirmer, perform communication of the preset network signal; and
in a case where the second selection mode is set and the reception of the preset network signal is not confirmed, perform a receiving operation for receiving an instruction indicating whether the preset network signal is to be changed or a warning operation.

US Pat. No. 10,288,719

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus, comprising:a light irradiating unit configured to irradiate an object with light;
an acoustic probe configured to receive an acoustic wave generated from the object due to the light and to convert the acoustic wave into an electrical signal;
a characteristic information acquiring unit configured to acquire characteristic information relating to the object based on the electrical signal;
an area information acquiring unit configured to acquire information relating to a reachable area of the light irradiated from the light irradiating unit;
a location detecting unit configured to acquire an operator location which is a location of an operator; and
a determining unit configured to determine whether the operator location is in a first state where the operator location overlaps with the reachable area of the light or a second state where the operator location does not overlap with the reachable area of the light.

US Pat. No. 10,286,675

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus which executes recording on a first area of a recording medium conveyed in a conveyance direction by using a first recording unit having a group of recording elements for discharging ink stored in a first tank and executes recording on a second area of the recording medium different from the first area in a scanning direction by using a second recording unit having a group of recording elements for discharging ink stored in a second tank, which is arranged separately from the first recording unit by a predetermined distance in the scanning direction intersecting with the conveyance direction, the recording apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire first information about a residual amount of ink within the first tank and second information about a residual amount of ink within the second tank;
a determination unit configured to determine the first area and the second area in the scanning direction based on the first information and the second information,
wherein the length of the first area and the length of the second area in the scanning direction are according to a difference of the residual amount of ink within the first tank indicated by the first information and the residual amount of ink within the second tank indicated by the second information; and
a control unit configured to control recording of an image based on a determination made by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,274,873

BELT UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a belt rotatably disposed, and configured to carry toner;
a first roller configured to support the belt;
a second roller configured to support the belt;
a first cleaning member facing the first roller with the belt interposed therebetween, and configured to clean an outer peripheral surface of the belt;
a second cleaning member facing the second roller with the belt interposed therebetween, and configured to clean the outer peripheral surface of the belt;
a cleaning container configured to rotatably support the first cleaning member and the second cleaning member;
projecting members projecting from an inner peripheral surface of the belt on end portions of the belt to restrict a position in a width direction of the belt;
a first abutment portion disposed in the cleaning container and configured to abut against the outer peripheral surface of the belt at one end portion of the belt, the first abutment portion being arranged at a position corresponding to the first cleaning member in a circumferential direction of the belt and arranged on an outer side relative to the first cleaning member in the width direction of the belt; and
a second abutment portion disposed in the cleaning container and configured to abut against the outer peripheral surface of the belt at the one end portion of the belt, the second abutment portion being arranged at a position corresponding to the second cleaning member in the circumferential direction of the belt and arranged on an outer side relative to the second cleaning member in the width direction of the belt,
wherein the second roller is shorter than the first roller in the width direction od the belt, and the projecting member at the one end portion of the belt is configured to abut against an end portion of the first roller when the belt is moved in the width direction,
wherein an outer end of the first abutment portion is located on an inner side relative to the end portions of the first roller, and an inner end of the second abutment portion is located on an outer side of the second roller in the width direction of the belt.

US Pat. No. 10,265,960

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head including a substrate, a flow channel member overlying the substrate and having a flow channel therein through which a liquid flows, and an ejection opening member overlying the flow channel member and having an ejection opening therein through which the liquid is ejected, the method comprising:forming a first negative photosensitive resin layer over the substrate, the first negative photosensitive resin layer containing a photopolymerization initiator, a photopolymerizable compound, and a sensitivity adjusting agent capable of reducing the sensitivity of the first negative photosensitive resin layer, the first negative photosensitive resin layer having a thickness of 10 ?m or less;
exposing the first negative photosensitive resin layer to light to form a latent image of the flow channel member;
forming a second negative photosensitive resin layer containing a photopolymerization initiator and a photopolymerizable compound over the first negative photosensitive resin layer having the latent image;
exposing the second negative photosensitive resin layer to light to form a latent image of the ejection opening member; and
removing unexposed portions of the first and the second negative photosensitive resin layer to form the flow channel and the ejection opening,
wherein the first negative photosensitive resin layer has a transmittance A of 0.70 or less for the light used to expose the second negative photosensitive resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,261,731

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING RESERVATION PRINTING PROCESS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a user interface configured to receive an instruction from a user,
a storage device storing first print data; and
a controller, having a processor that executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, configured to execute:
a setting receiving task that receives a setting of one mode from among a plurality of modes, including a specific mode;
a receiving task that receives, from the user interface, a print instruction for printing selected plural sets of print data, including the first print data stored in the storage device, second print data stored in an external device, and third print data that is stored in the external device;
a determining task that determines, in accordance with information about each storage location of the first print data, the second print data, and the third print data, a printing order thereof, where the first print data, which is stored in the storage device, is printed before the second and third print data, which are stored in the external device; and
a control task that controls an image forming device to print the plural sets of print data in accordance with the determined printing order,
wherein the control task allows the image forming device to print a third image based on the third print data after printing a first image based on the first print data, but before printing a second image based on the second print data, in accordance with the received print instruction, in a case where the setting receiving task receives the setting of the specific mode.

US Pat. No. 10,259,964

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for ink jet comprising:a pigment; and
a surfactant,
wherein the pigment comprises a self-dispersible pigment in which at least one functional group selected from the group consisting of (i) an anionic group and (ii) a group in which another atomic group and an anionic group are bonded to each other is bonded to a surface of a particle of carbon black and a density of the functional group is 0.10 ?mol/m2 or more to 0.48 ?mol/m2 or less and
wherein the surfactant comprises an amino acid type surfactant in which a nitrogen atom capable of becoming a cation has a structure of a secondary amine or a tertiary amine.

US Pat. No. 10,244,155

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus to which an interchangeable lens apparatus is attachable, the image capturing apparatus comprising:one or more processors configured to
acquire data from the interchangeable lens apparatus and to perform image correction processing based on the data acquired from the interchangeable lens apparatus;
wherein a data structure of the data acquired by the one or more processors includes:
a first region that stores first information indicating a number of first shooting condition values and second information indicating a number of second shooting condition values in a set of the second shooting condition values;
a second region that stores third information indicating a number of sets of the second shooting condition values;
a third region that stores the first shooting condition values and the sets of the second shooting condition values, a number of the first shooting condition values is indicated by the first information and a number of the sets of the second shooting condition values is indicated by the third information, and each set of the second shooting condition values consisting of the second shooting condition values whose number is indicated by the second information, and each set of the second shooting condition values consisting of the second shooting condition values whose number is indicated by the second information; and
a fourth region that stores correction values according to a combination of the first shooting condition values and the second shooting condition values.

US Pat. No. 10,244,172

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image sensor configured to photoelectrically convert an optical image of a subject to accumulate electric charge;
an optical member located on a subject side of the image sensor;
a vibration unit configured to vibrate the optical member;
a display unit configured to display a moving image based on a captured image signal output from the image sensor; and
a control unit configured to perform drive control of the image sensor, the vibration unit, and the display unit,
wherein, in a case where the optical member is vibrated while the moving image is displayed, the control unit causes the vibration unit to vibrate the optical member in a time between two readout periods for reading out electric charge accumulated in the image sensor and not to vibrate the optical member in the readout periods.

US Pat. No. 10,244,173

DRIVING DEVICE PROVIDED IN IMAGE STABILIZER, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving device for driving a moving part that is movably supported by a fixing part in a predetermined direction, the driving device comprising:a first actuator and a second actuator each of which is provided with a coil arranged in one of the fixing part and the moving part and a magnet arranged in the other part so as to face the coil, a thrust being given to the moving part so as to drive the moving part in the predetermined direction;
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to control an electric current supplied to the coil of the first actuator in response to a result obtained by multiplying a first coefficient that varies in response to the position of the moving part by a first control value obtained from a first function based on the position of the moving part, and to control an electric current supplied to the coil of the second actuator in response to a result obtained by multiplying a second coefficient that varies in response to the position of the moving part by a second control value obtained from a second function that is different from the first function based on the position of the moving part.

US Pat. No. 10,244,193

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising a plurality of pixels each including:a pixel circuit in a substrate;
a first and a second electrode above the substrate, placed sequentially in a first direction being a direction along a surface of the substrate;
an upper electrode above the first and second electrodes;
a photoelectric conversion layer between the first and second electrodes and the upper electrode; and
an insulating layer between the first electrode and the photoelectric conversion layer, wherein
the pixel circuit includes
a first signal output circuit having a first amplification portion with a first input node connected to the first electrode,
a second signal output circuit having a second amplification portion with a second input node connected to the second electrode,
a first capacitor connected to the first electrode and the first input node, and
a first potential control portion configured to control a potential of the first electrode via the first capacitor, and
the first potential control portion supplies a first potential that collects signal charge generated in the photoelectric conversion layer, or a second potential that transfers the signal charge in the first direction, to the first electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,236,798

VIBRATION ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration actuator, comprising:a vibrator including an electromechanical transducer and an elastic body;
a vibrator fixing member configured to hold the vibrator;
a contact member disposed in contact with the vibrator;
a guide portion configured to guide the vibrator in a direction in which the vibrator moves by relative movement of the vibrator and the contact member, the guide portion including a vibration damping member disposed in the vibrator fixing member; a movable plate; a rolling member configured to roll in the direction; and a hold member disposed so as to hold the rolling member between the movable plate and the hold member;
wherein the vibration damping member, the movable plate, the rolling member, and the hold member are disposed in this order, and, in relation to the movable plate, the vibration damping member is disposed on the vibrator side only, and
wherein the vibrator, the vibrator fixing member, the vibration damping member, and the movable plate are configured to be able to move integrally in relation to the contact member.

US Pat. No. 10,235,342

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, causing the apparatus to:
acquire information about a bidirectional reflectance distribution function for each pixel, as information about an image to be formed;
determine color information for forming color of each pixel of the image, based on the acquired information; and
based on information that indicates a correspondence of a first specular spread component in a case of forming the color based on the determined color information, a second specular spread component in the acquired bidirectional reflectance distribution function, and shape information for forming a shape of each pixel of the image, determine the shape information.

US Pat. No. 10,233,041

SHEET SUPPORTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet supporting apparatus comprising:a body;
a supporting portion configured to be held by the body and to support a sheet;
a first regulating member regulating a position on an end, in a first direction, of a first size sheet having a first size supported on the supporting portion at a first regulating position;
a second regulating member disposed at a position different from the first regulating member in the first direction, and regulating a position on an end, in the first direction, of a second size sheet having a second size different from the first size supported on the supporting portion at a second regulating position; and
a biasing portion biasing the first regulating member to the first regulating position, and biasing the second regulating member to the second regulating position, and
a movement portion capable of moving to a first position where the first regulating member is positioned at the first regulating position, and to a second position where the second regulating member is positioned at the second regulating position,
wherein the first regulating member is capable of moving from the first regulating position to a second direction intersecting the first direction against a biasing force of the biasing portion, and
the second regulating member is capable of moving from the second regulating position to the second direction against the biasing force of the biasing portion,
the second regulating member is not overlapped with the first size sheet on the supporting portion in the second direction when viewed in an orthogonal direction orthogonal to the first and second directions in a state where the movement portion is positioned at the first position, and
the first regulating member is not overlapped with the second size sheet on the supporting portion in the second direction when viewed in the orthogonal direction in a state where the movement portion is positioned at the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,237,426

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT EXECUTES A DESIRED WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device that is capable of communicating with an external apparatus that comprises a first Near Field Communication (NFC) circuit and a second NFC circuit, the communication device comprising:a display configured to display information;
a third NFC circuit; and
at least one controller configured to function as:
a unit that causes, in the display, display of a first screen that prompts a user to carry out an operation for starting NFC communication, wherein the first screen is a screen that is displayed in a state in which the third NFC circuit is not permitted to perform specified communication with the first NFC circuit but is permitted to perform specified communication with the second NFC circuit; and
a unit that causes, in the display, display of a second screen that prompts a user to carry out an operation for starting NFC communication, wherein the second screen is a screen that is displayed in a state in which the third NFC circuit is permitted to perform specified communication with the first NFC circuit but is not permitted to perform specified communication with the second NFC circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,230,856

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus for conveying a sheet, the sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:a conveyance roller configured to convey the sheet;
a motor configured to drive the conveyance roller;
a connection member configured to connect or separate the conveyance roller and the motor;
a phase determiner configured to determine a rotation phase of a rotor of the motor;
a detector configured to detect a driving current flowing through a winding of the motor; and
a controller configured to control the driving current in such a way that a value of a torque current component of the driving current detected by the detector becomes a target value of the torque current component, and control the driving current in such a way that a value of an exciting current component of the driving current detected by the detector becomes a target value of the exciting current component, wherein the torque current component is a current component that generates torque on the rotor and is expressed in a rotating coordinate system based on the rotation phase determined by the phase determiner, wherein the exciting current component is a current component that affects an intensity of a magnetic flux passing through the winding and is expressed in the rotating coordinate system,
wherein the controller is configured to set the target value of the torque current component such that a deviation between a command phase indicating a target phase of the rotor and the rotation phase determined by the phase determiner decreases and, in a first period after first timing in a period in which the rotor rotates at a predetermined speed, set the target value of the exciting current component such that the magnetic flux passing through the winding becomes weaker than a magnetic flux of the rotor and, in a second period before the first timing, set the target value of the exciting current component such that the magnetic flux passing through the winding becomes stronger than that passing through the winding in the first period, wherein the first timing is a predetermined time before the conveyance roller and the motor are connected by the connection member.

US Pat. No. 10,227,337

EVALUATION PROBE FOR CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM PERMEABILITY, EVALUATION METHOD FOR CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM PERMEABILITY, AND SCREENING METHOD USING AN EVALUATION PROBE FOR CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM PERMEABILITY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An evaluation method for an influence of a substance to be tested on permeability of a substance through a central nervous system tissue, the method comprising:a first step of administering, to a first biological specimen, an evaluation probe for central nervous system permeability in a non-invasive manner;
independently of the first step, a second step of administering, to a second biological specimen, the evaluation probe and a substance to be tested in a non-invasive manner; and
a third step of detecting and comparing permeability of the evaluation probes administered in the first step and in the second step through the central nervous system tissue of the first and second biological specimens,
wherein the detecting comprises observing, more than once over time, a dyeing state of the evaluation probe at a cranial nerve tissue,
wherein the evaluation probe is a probe for visualizing a function of a transporter associated with at least one of influx and efflux in a central nervous system, and
wherein the evaluation probe comprises at least one compound selected from the group consisting of compounds (1), (5)-(23), (25)-(28), and (30)-(46):

US Pat. No. 10,228,635

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, APPARATUS MAIN BODY, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developer bearing member for bearing developer;
a frame housing the developer;
a stirring member including a sheet-like stirring portion and a rotary shaft to which the stirring portion is attached; and
a first electrode and a second electrode which are used to detect a signal related to an amount of the developer housed in the frame and which are arranged with an interval therebetween, the first electrode and the second electrode being arranged along a wall surface of the frame,
wherein an area between the first electrode and the second electrode is positioned below the rotary shaft of the stirring member, and, as seen in a gravitation direction when the developing apparatus is mounted in an image forming apparatus, a trajectory of rotation around the rotary shaft by the stirring member overlaps the area, the first electrode, and the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,209,945

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that transmits image data to be displayed in a display unit to a display control apparatus, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor;
a communication interface;
wherein the at least one processor functions as a transmission control unit and a detection unit, wherein
the transmission control unit performs control such that the image data to be displayed is transmitted to the display control apparatus via the communication interface; and
the detection unit detects an operation performed on the information processing apparatus,
wherein in a case where the detection unit detects a predetermined operation for changing a display appearance of the image data to be displayed, the transmission control unit performs control such that information of an amount of change resulting from the predetermined operation is transmitted before transmission of the image data to be displayed, to the display control apparatus via the communication interface, and
wherein the information of the amount of change which the display control apparatus uses to process the image data to be displayed that is received from the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,206,586

SPECIMEN INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a light source configured to irradiate a specimen with light;
a detector configured to output a signal by detecting an acoustic wave that is produced by irradiating the specimen with the light; and
a memory in communication with a processor, the memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to:
calculate, by using the signal, a first optical characteristic value distribution in the specimen, the first optical characteristic value distribution being an initial sound pressure distribution or an optical energy absorption density distribution which represents the product of an absorption coefficient distribution and a local fluence distribution;
determine, based on a designation by an operator within the first optical characteristic value distribution, two or more regions of a vessel in the specimen;
determine from the first optical characteristic value distribution, the initial sound pressure distribution or the optical energy absorption density distribution of the determined two or more regions of the vessel;
calculate, by using the initial sound pressure distribution or the optical energy absorption density distribution of the determined two or more regions of the vessel, an average optical constant of a background region which surrounds the two or more regions of the vessel;
calculate, by using the calculated average optical constant of the background region, the local fluence distribution in the specimen; and
calculate, by dividing the first optical characteristic value distribution by the local fluence distribution, a second optical characteristic value distribution in which the first optical characteristic value distribution is corrected.

US Pat. No. 10,201,970

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a wall member for partitioning a first liquid chamber and a second liquid chamber adjacent to each other and forming the first liquid chamber and the second liquid chamber, the wall member having formed therein a void for communicating between the first liquid chamber and the second liquid chamber;
a first energy generation element which is provided in the first liquid chamber and foams liquid in order to eject the liquid;
a second energy generation element which is provided in the second liquid chamber and foams liquid in order to eject the liquid;
a first electrode which is provided in the first liquid chamber and is arranged in a vicinity of the first energy generation element;
a second electrode for forming, between the first electrode and the second electrode, an electric field in liquid inside the first liquid chamber; and
a supply port which supplies liquid to the first energy generation element, wherein
the wall member includes a channel wall defining a channel through which the second liquid chamber, the void, and the supply port communicate, in this order, with each other via liquid, and the second electrode is arranged between the second liquid chamber and the supply port in the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,205,886

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an image capturing sensor; and at least one processor that operates to: acquire information about a periodic change in light intensity from a subject or an object; and control exposure timing of the image capturing sensor to the light, wherein, when consecutive image capturing is performed and each of image capturing processes of the consecutive image capturing is performed, the at least one processor controls exposure timing of the image capturing sensor so that the image capturing sensor is exposed in synchronization with a first timing at which the light intensity from the subject or the object becomes a first light intensity based on the information acquired,
wherein a first period which is a time period between two successive time periods in each of which the light intensity becomes the first light is shorter than a change period of the light intensity from the subject or the object based on the information acquired, and
wherein the first timing is a timing other than a timing at which the light intensity that is periodically changed becomes maximum or minimum.

US Pat. No. 10,201,901

ROBOT APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ROBOT, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:a robot arm having at least one joint;
an end-effector which is supported by an end portion of the robot arm;
a first sensor which is arranged between the end-effector and the end portion of the robot arm and detects force generated at the end-effector;
a second sensor which is arranged in the joint of the robot arm and detects torque generated at the joint; and
a controlling unit for controlling operations of the robot arm and the end-effector,
wherein:
ranges of detectable values of the first and second sensors are different from each other, and
the controlling unit selects one detection result of the detection results of the first sensor or the second sensor based on a predetermined condition, and controls the robot arm based on the detection result selected.

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. 10,199,244

IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for imprinting a pattern on an imprint material on a substrate using a mold having the pattern, the imprint apparatus comprising:a substrate holder including a plurality of chucking regions for chucking the substrate; and
a control unit configured to control chucking forces of the plurality of chucking regions,
wherein the plurality of chucking regions include:
a first chucking region having a first groove having a ring shape for chucking a periphery of a first substrate having a first diameter;
a second chucking region having a second groove having a ring shape for chucking a periphery of a second substrate having a second diameter larger than the first diameter, a diameter of the second groove being larger than a diameter of the first groove;
a first chucking region group having a plurality of chucking regions in a region surrounded by the first groove; and
a second chucking region group having a plurality of chucking regions in a region between the first groove and the second groove, and
wherein the control unit controls the chucking forces of the first groove, the second groove, the plurality of chucking regions of the first chucking region group, and the plurality of chucking regions of the second chucking region group.

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. 10,191,192

LIGHT AMOUNT ADJUSTING DEVICE, LENS BARREL, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light amount adjusting device that adjusts an amount of light passing through an aperture, the light amount adjusting device comprising:a first filter, including a transparent area and a non-transparent area, configured to move between a retracted position and an in-use position in an area including an area facing the aperture,
wherein a width of the non-transparent area is narrower than an opening diameter of the aperture; and
a second filter, including a transparent area and a non-transparent area, configured to move between a retracted position and an in-use position in an area including the area facing the aperture,
wherein, if the first filter and the second filter are in the retracted positions, the transparent area of the first filter and the transparent area of the second filter overlap in a position facing an entire area of the aperture,
wherein, if the first filter and the second filter are in the in-use positions, the transparent area of the first filter and the non-transparent area of the second filter overlap in a position facing the aperture, and the non-transparent area of the first filter and the transparent area of the second filter overlap in a position facing the aperture,
wherein the non-transparent area includes a uniform density area in which an optical density is substantially uniform, and a gradation area that is arranged between the transparent area and the uniform density area and includes an area in which an optical density continuously changes from the transparent area to the uniform density area, and
wherein, if the first filter and the second filter are in the in-use positions, the transparent area of the first filter and the uniform density area of the second filter overlap in a position facing the aperture, the uniform density area of the first filter and the transparent area of the second filter overlap in a position facing the aperture, and the gradation area of the first filter and the gradation area of the second filter overlap in a position facing the aperture.

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. 10,185,206

LENS BARREL, LENS DRIVING DEVICE, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel mounted on an image pickup apparatus that supports an operation member rotatably, the lens barrel comprising:a drive barrel configured to engage with a lens holding member that holds a lens and to drive the lens holding member in an optical axis direction by moving in the optical axis direction while rotating;
a motor configured to transfer rotation to said drive barrel through a transfer mechanism;
a switching mechanism configured to switch lens drive between electric lens drive that drives the lens holding member in the optical axis direction by transferring rotation of the motor to said drive barrel, and manual lens drive that drives the lens holding member in the optical axis direction by transferring rotation of the operation member to said drive barrel via an elastic member that rotates together with the operation member, according to a user's operation; and
an interruption mechanism configured to interrupt a transfer path that transfers the rotation from the motor to said drive barrel via the transfer mechanism when the lens drive is switched to the manual lens drive by said switching mechanism in a state where said drive barrel engages with the elastic member,
wherein said drive barrel engages with the elastic member while shifting from a non-photographing area to a photographing area in the optical axis direction so as to allow the rotation of the operation member.

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. 10,185,242

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. 10,187,561

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:an image processor configured to function as a motion vector detector configured to detect a motion vector in a first time period;
a computer configured to function as:
(i) a calculator configured to set, depending on the first time period, an angular velocity detection time period in which a first angular velocity is detected by an angular velocity detector; and
(ii) a communicator configured to:
(ii-i) transmit the angular velocity detection time period and first ID information corresponding to the first time period in relation to each other; and
(ii-ii) receive the first angular velocity detected in the angular velocity detection time period and second ID information corresponding to the first angular velocity in relation to each other,
wherein the calculator is configured to calculate an angular velocity of an object, when the first ID information and the second ID information are identical to each other, by using the motion vector detected in the first time period corresponding to the first ID information and the first angular velocity corresponding to the second ID information.

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. 10,182,348

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION PARAMETER PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device, comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing a program to be executed by the at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor executes the program to function as:
an image capturing unit configured to capture an image;
a storage unit configured to store the information obtained from the captured image;
a display unit configured to present a display to prompt a user whether to reuse the stored information; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether to reuse the stored information based on a user's response,
wherein, when the communication parameter is changed after the communication parameter is transmitted to the another communication device and the determination unit determines to reuse the information, the transmission unit transmits the changed communication parameter to the another communication device by reusing the stored information.

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. 10,175,617

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING A BELT GUIDE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus that fixes an image onto a recording material, comprising:a cylindrical belt;
a long narrow nip plate contacting an inner surface of the belt;
a roller configured to form a nip portion through the belt in conjunction with the nip plate;
a supporting member supporting the nip plate along a longitudinal direction of the nip plate, the supporting member having a cross section in a shape of U perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the nip plate, and supporting, with two legs forming an opening in the shape of U, a surface of the nip plate opposite to a surface contacting the belt; and
a guide member disposed on an upstream side of the nip plate in a recording material conveying direction in the nip portion and including a guide portion configured to contact the inner surface of the belt,
wherein the recording material on which the image is formed is heated while being conveyed through the nip portion, and the image is fixed onto the recording material,
wherein the supporting member is arranged such that the opening in the shape of U opens towards the nip plate,
wherein the guide member is supported by a first surface and a second surface of an upstream side leg, among the two legs of the supporting member, located on an upstream side in the recording material conveying direction, and
wherein the first surface is an end surface of the upstream side leg, and the second surface is a side surface of the upstream side leg and facing the inner surface of the belt.

US Pat. No. 10,177,687

OSCILLATORY WAVE MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An oscillatory wave motor comprising:a piezoelectric element;
an elastic member that includes a projecting portion;
a friction member that moves relative to the elastic member and includes a contact surface in contact with the projecting portion; and
pressing unit that brings the projecting portion into contact under pressure with the contact surface in a pressing direction that is a direction of a perpendicular line of the contact surface,
wherein the piezoelectric element and the elastic member are fixed and caused to vibrate by application of an AC voltage to the piezoelectric element,
wherein the projecting portion includes:
a spherical portion formed in a center of the projecting portion on a side opposed to the friction member;
a contact portion that is in contact with the contact surface and formed on or near a center of the spherical portion;
a flat portion formed around the spherical portion; and
a corner portion formed around the flat portion,
wherein the spherical portion, the flat portion and the corner portion are configured to have a uniform thickness,
wherein the spherical portion, the flat portion and the corner portion have flexibility in the pressing direction with the contact portion as a center.

US Pat. No. 10,160,204

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a support member extending in a first direction;
first and second supply path members arranged in the support member adjacent to each other along the first direction, each of which has a supply path extending in the first direction; and
a print element board having an element configured to generate energy used for ejection of a liquid supplied from the supply paths of the first and second supply path members, and further having an ejection port through which the liquid is ejected,
wherein the first supply path member includes an outlet port through which the liquid supplied to the supply path of the first supply path member flows out of the first supply path member,
wherein the second supply path member includes an inlet port that receives liquid flowed out of the outlet port of the first supply path member and transmits the received liquid into the supply path of the second supply path member,
wherein the outlet port is provided near an end portion of the supply path of the first supply path member on the side of the support member on which the second supply path member is provided,
wherein the inlet port is provided near an end portion of the supply path of the second supply path member on the side of the support member on which the first supply path member is provided, and
wherein the support member includes a first through hole communicating with the outlet port of the first supply path member, and a second through hole communicating with the inlet port of the second supply path member.

US Pat. No. 10,163,027

APPARATUS FOR AND METHOD OF PROCESSING IMAGE BASED ON OBJECT REGION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:
acquire image data;
acquire distance information corresponding to the image data;
detect one or more object regions, each representing an object, from the image data based on the distance information;
set a specific three-dimensional region;
extract an object region representing an object which does not overlap the specific three-dimensional region, from among detected object regions, based on the distance information; and
perform image processing for synthesizing the extracted object region in the image data and a corresponding region in the background image at a predetermined ratio or replacing the extracted object region in the image data with the corresponding region in the background image.

US Pat. No. 10,162,292

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS A SHEET FEEDING INTERVAL BASED ON AN ABNORMAL STATE IN WHICH A HEAT ABSORPTION MEMBER REMAINS IN CONTACT WITH A PRESSING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming station configured to form a toner image on a recording material;
a rotatable heating member and a rotatable pressing member that are configured to form a nip for fixing the toner image on the recording material;
a rotatable heat absorption member configured to absorb heat by contacting said rotatable pressing member;
a moving mechanism configured to move said rotatable heat absorption member to and away from said rotatable pressing member;
a detecting portion configured to detect an abnormal state in which said rotatable heat absorption member remains in contact with said rotatable pressing member; and
a controller configured to control an interval between adjacent recording materials when an image forming operation is continuously carried out for a plurality of recording materials,
wherein, when said detecting portion does not detect the abnormal state, said controller supplies the recording materials into the nip at a first feeding interval, and, when said detecting portion detects the abnormal state, said controller supplies the recording materials into the nip at a second feeding interval that is longer than the first interval.

US Pat. No. 10,165,380

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions executable by the at least one hardware processor to cause the information processing apparatus to perform at least:
acquiring a plurality of head related transfer functions which can be used for generating an output audio signal based on an input audio signal;
setting a boundary direction based on characteristics, each corresponding to a direction, of at least two of the acquired plurality of head related transfer functions; and
selecting, according to relation between a specific direction and the set boundary direction based on the characteristics of the at least two of the acquired plurality of head related transfer functions, at least one of the plurality of head related transfer functions to be used for generating the output audio signal to reproduce a sound corresponding to the specific direction.

US Pat. No. 10,165,131

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a scanner to read a document; and
at least one processor that executes a set of instructions to:
receive, from an external apparatus, data that contains at least a transmission destination;
store the received data into a storage upon condition that the received data contains scan settings;
transmit, to the transmission destination, transmission data received from the external apparatus upon condition that the received data does not contain scan settings, wherein transmission of the transmission data is performed without receiving an execution instruction from a user on the image processing apparatus;
display a transmission screen for transmitting, to the transmission destination contained in the received data stored in the storage, data obtained by reading the document by the scanner; and
transmit, to the transmission destination, the data obtained by reading the document by the scanner in accordance with acceptance of an execution instruction from a user in a state where the transmission screen is displayed.

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. 10,165,174

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:a focus signal generator configured to generate a focus signal by using a component of a predetermined frequency band of an image signal; and
a controller configured to perform in-focus control based on the focus signal,
wherein the controller is configured to:
perform minute drive of reciprocating a focus lens in an optical axis direction in the in-focus control, and
change each of a reciprocation period and the predetermined frequency band depending on a focus state or an image capturing condition in the minute drive.

US Pat. No. 10,165,191

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING ZOOM FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image sensor;
an object detector configured to detect a specific object from a live view image picked up by said image sensor;
a movement detector configured to detect movement of the image pickup apparatus;
a memory; and
at least one processor and/or at least one circuit to perform the operations of the following units:
a zoom control unit configured to perform control such that a zoom operation is performed according to an amount of movement of the image pickup apparatus detected by said movement detector; and
a control unit configured to perform control such that the zoom operation performed by said zoom control unit according to the amount of movement of the image pickup apparatus is restricted, in a case where predetermined conditions are satisfied which include a condition that a direction of the movement of the object detected by said object detector is the same as a direction of the movement of the image pickup apparatus detected by said movement detector.

US Pat. No. 10,165,214

IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a photoelectric conversion unit;
a differential amplifier circuit including a plurality of transistors forming a differential pair and a current source supplying a bias current to the plurality of transistors, and configured to receive a signal based on charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit;
a capacitor element including a first terminal and a second terminal;
a first switch connecting the first terminal to an electric path between the current source and the plurality of transistors; and
a second switch connecting the first terminal to a voltage supply node supplied with a voltage,
wherein the first switch and the second switch operate in phases opposite to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,165,220

RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a first input unit configured to accept an instruction for recording a moving image;
a recording unit configured to record a moving image to a recording medium based on the instruction for recording a moving image;
a communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus via a network;
a second input unit configured to accept a predetermined transfer designation operation for transferring, using the communication unit, a moving image;
a third input unit configured to accept an instruction for stopping moving image recording; and
a control unit configured to select different moving image portions, which are generated by a predetermined recording process of the moving image, to be transferred to the external apparatus in accordance with an operation state of the recording apparatus at which the predetermined transfer designation operation is accepted,
wherein
in a case where the predetermined transfer designation operation is accepted by the second input unit during recording of a moving image by the recording unit, in response that the instruction for stopping the moving image recording is accepted by the third input unit and the moving image recording is completed after the predetermined transfer designation operation is accepted by the second input unit, the control unit selects a moving image portion which is sequentially generated by the predetermined recording process of the moving image and in which the predetermined recording process of the moving image is completed after the predetermined transfer designation operation is accepted and automatically transfers the selected moving image portion to the external apparatus, and
in a case where the predetermined transfer designation operation is accepted by the second input unit while the recording unit is in a moving image recording preparation state, the control unit selects moving image portions that has been generated by the time of the acceptance of the predetermined transfer designation operation and automatically transfers the selected moving image portions to the external apparatus,
the predetermined transfer designation operation accepted during recording of a moving image by the recording unit and the predetermined transfer designation operation accepted while the recording unit is in a moving image recording preparation state are operations for outputting the same instructions from the same operation member.

US Pat. No. 10,163,971

IMAGE SENSOR, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:a plurality of pixels, wherein each pixel of said plurality of pixels comprises:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion parts, each one of the plurality of photoelectric conversion parts receiving a luminous flux passing through a different part of a pupil of a photographing lens and outputting an output signal based on photoelectric conversion;
a microlens; and
a plurality of interlayer lenses formed between said plurality of photoelectric conversion parts and said microlens and integrally formed to correspond to respective ones of the plurality of photoelectric conversion parts,
wherein said plurality of interlayer lenses cause light incident on said plurality of interlayer lenses to enter said corresponding plurality of photoelectric conversion parts and are arranged at a focus position of said microlens, and
wherein said microlens and said plurality of photoelectric conversion parts are conjugate due to said plurality of interlayer lenses.

US Pat. No. 10,163,222

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, TRACKING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a tracking unit configured to detect an area correlated with a tracking area corresponding to an object;
a touch detection unit configured to detect a touch operation;
a first detection unit configured to detect information corresponding to a distance to the object;
a second detection unit configured to detect a movement of the object;
a setting unit configured to set an area including a touch position where the touch operation is performed as an area from which the information corresponding to the distance to the object is detected, in accordance with a result of the detection by the second detection unit; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate, for the area, a difference between the information corresponding to the detected distance to the object and information corresponding to a distance to an object that has previously been tracked,
wherein the tracking unit is configured to set the tracking area based on a calculated result.

US Pat. No. 10,159,418

INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR OBTAINING INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information obtaining apparatus comprising:a first unit configured to obtain three or more image data pieces different in imaging conditions;
a second unit configured to obtain a first index value of a first region which is at least a part of a region corresponding to an artery, a vein, or a new blood vessel group and a second index value of a second region which is at least a part of a region other than the region corresponding to the artery, the vein, or the new blood vessel group in the image data;
a third unit configured to select a pair of the image data pieces from the three or more image data pieces using the first index value and the second index value of the image data; and
a fourth unit configured to obtain information about a blood vessel using the selected pair of the image data pieces,
wherein, in a case where the first index value of a first image data in the three or more image data pieces is ?1, the first index value of a second image data different from the first image data in the three or more image data pieces is ?2, the second index value of the first image data is ?1, the second index value of the second image data is ?2, and k is a positive constant, the third unit selects the first image data and the second image data which maximize a value of a following expression as the pair of the image data pieces,
|(?1?k·?2)?(?1?k·?2)|.

US Pat. No. 10,154,156

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:at least one storage memory configured to store data, wherein plural logical storage partitions are defined in the storage memory, one of the partitions is configured to store a temporally data generated by the image forming program and another one of the partitions is configured to store data other than the temporally data generated by the image forming program;
a storage malfunction detecting unit configured to detect a malfunction of the storage memory;
a partition confirmation unit configured to confirm, when the malfunction of the storage memory is detected by the storage malfunction detecting unit, whether or not the malfunctioning portion of the storage memory is in the partition which is configured to store the temporally data generated by the image forming program; and
a partition formatting unit configured to format the partition for clearing a logical error in a file system in the partition upon a condition that it is confirmed by the partition confirmation unit that the malfunctioning portion of the storage memory detected by the storage malfunction detecting unit is in the partition which is configured to store the temporally data generated by the image forming program; and
a display control unit configured to control displaying an error notification on a display of the image forming apparatus without formatting the partition in which the malfunction is detected at least upon a condition that it is confirmed by the partition confirmation unit that the malfunctioning portion of the storage memory detected by the storage malfunction detecting unit is not in the partition which is configured to store the temporally data generated by the image forming program;
wherein the storage malfunction detecting unit, the partition confirmation unit, the partition formatting unit, and the display control unit are implemented by at least one computer.

US Pat. No. 10,152,659

PRINTING APPARATUS, USER INTERFACE SCREEN DISPLAYING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus to which a plurality of user-exchangeable color material containers is attached, the printing apparatus comprising:a display configured to display a user interface screen having a first display area in which contents explaining a procedure for exchanging a color material container are displayed and a second display area in which a display item relating to a remaining amount of color material in a color material container is displayed, wherein the first display area and the second display area are included in a same screen; and
a processor configured to control the display,
wherein the processor controls the user interface screen such that the contents in the first display area are automatically updated in sequence without an operation by a user, and the display item in the second display area is updated by an operation by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,152,945

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING CONVERSION ON INPUT IMAGE DATA FOR WIDE DYNAMIC RANGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a display panel; and
at least one processor that operates to:
set a second dynamic range as a display target of the display panel in a first dynamic range of input image data;
generate a 1D-LUT as a one-dimensional lookup table for performing first conversion processing, by which a gradation characteristic in a gradation range corresponding to the second dynamic range is improved and gradation values higher than the gradation range corresponding to the second dynamic range are converted to the maximum gradation value, on each of red values, green values, and blue values of the input image data;
perform the first conversion processing on each of red values, green values, and blue values of the input image data by using the same 1D-LUT;
generate, based on the set second dynamic range, a 3D-LUT as a three-dimensional lookup table for performing second conversion processing on red values, green values, and blue values of image data obtained by the first conversion processing;
perform the second conversion processing, by using the 3D-LUT, on red values, green values, and blue values of the image data obtained by the first conversion processing; and
output, to the display panel, image data obtained by the second conversion processing,
wherein the 1D-LUT is generated such that the smaller a ratio of the set second dynamic range to the first dynamic range is, the more a low gradation characteristic of the input image data is improved by the 1D-LUT.