US Pat. No. 9,243,812

FLOW PATH STRUCTURE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A flow path structure comprising:
a flow path introducing fluid from an inlet to an outlet; and
when a flow direction of the fluid is a direction that the fluid is guided from the inlet to the outlet, and an intersectional-to-flow
direction is a direction intersecting with the flow direction, a flow velocity control structure provided in a portion between
the inlet and the outlet in the flow path to reduce difference in flow velocity that the fluid flowing into the flow path
has in the intersectional-to-flow direction,

wherein the flow velocity control structure includes, in the intersectional-to-flow direction, plural flow velocity control
members provided alternately with spaces through which the fluid passes, and

wherein the flow velocity control members have a first flow velocity control member and a second flow velocity control member,
which is provided in a region in which the fluid flows at a higher flow rate than a region provided with the first flow velocity
control member,

wherein a width of the second flow velocity control member in the intersectional-to-flow direction at a position of the second
flow velocity control member is larger than a width of the first flow velocity control member in the intersectional-to-flow
direction at a position of the first flow velocity control member.

US Pat. No. 9,247,431

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A first communication apparatus comprising:
a processor and memory;
a processing unit configured to execute a communication parameter sharing processing for sharing a communication parameter
to perform wireless communication between the first communication apparatus and a second communication apparatus in a second
network different from a first network;

a determination unit configured to determine an authentication method for participating in the first network established by
an access point; and

a control unit configured to control the processing unit to restrict execution of the communication parameter sharing processing
with the second communication apparatus different from the access point in a case that the first communication apparatus is
participating in the first network and the determination unit determines that the authentication method for participating
in the first network is an authentication method by which an external apparatus different from the access point performs authentication,

wherein at least one of the processing unit, the determination unit and the control unit is implemented by the processor and
memory.

US Pat. No. 9,239,550

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ADJUSTING BELT UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body;
a belt unit, mounted to and dismounted from said main body along a first direction of said belt unit, including an endless
belt, a plurality of rollers including a first and a second roller configured to stretch said belt, a frame configured to
support said rollers, a first engaging portion disposed at an end portion of said first roller with respect to a second direction
along a longitudinal direction of said rollers and configured to be fixed to said frame and to position said first roller
to said main body, a second engaging portion disposed at an end portion of said second roller with respect to the second direction
and configured to be movable to said frame with respect to a third direction intersecting both the first direction and the
second direction and to position said second roller to said main body, and a third engaging portion disposed in said frame
at a region between said first engaging portion and said second engaging portion as viewed in a direction of axes of said
first and second rollers and configured to be fixed to said frame; and

a guide member configured to guide said belt unit, disposed in said main body at a position corresponding to said first engaging
portion and said second engaging portion, including a first engaged portion engaged with said first engaging portion, a second
engaged portion engaged with said second engaging portion, and a third engaging portion engaged with said third engaging portion,
in a state that said belt unit is mounted to said main body.

US Pat. No. 9,239,946

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING AND PROCESSING SPECIFIC PATTERN FROM IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising:
calculating a first ratio of pixels having a skin color attribute in a first region of an image and a second ratio of pixels
having the skin color attribute in a second region of the image, wherein the second region is inside the first region;

determining whether the first ratio is larger than a first threshold value and the second ratio is larger than a second threshold
value; and

detecting a human face in a vicinity of a point inside the first region when the first ratio is determined to be larger than
the first threshold value and the second ratio is determined to be larger than the second threshold value,

wherein the second threshold value is larger than the first threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,240,231

RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
an output unit configured to output a clock signal to a storage device;
a communication unit configured to output a command and data to the storage device in response to the clock signal and receive
data from the storage device in response to a timing signal;

a generating unit configured to generate the timing signal by delaying the clock signal;
a control unit configured to control the communication unit and the generating unit so that a predetermined command instructing
predetermined data for adjusting a delay amount of the clock signal to be sent is output multiple times to the storage device
and each piece of data sent by the storage device in response to the multiple predetermined commands is received in accordance
with the timing signal having a different delay amount for each of the multiple predetermined commands, and configured to
determine whether or not the communication unit successfully received the predetermined data in accordance with the respective
timing signals having different delay amounts;

a detection unit configured to detect, in order of the delay amounts, a range of the delay amounts of the timing signals for
which it has been determined that the predetermined data has been successfully received; and

a setting unit configured to set, in a case where a plurality of the ranges have been detected by the detection unit, a single
delay amount in a single predetermined range among the plurality of ranges, as the delay amount of the timing signal.

US Pat. No. 9,229,672

AUDITING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An auditing system that stores, using a data server, job history information of a job to be executed by an image forming
apparatus, the auditing system comprising:
a setting unit configured to set page filtering conditions, wherein the page filtering conditions include a ratio of a number
of pages to be acquired as image data to a total number of pages included in a job to be executed by the image forming apparatus;

a storing unit configured to generate and store, as the job history information, image data of all pages included in a job
executed by an image forming apparatus;

a decision unit configured to decide, in response to the ratio being set as the page filtering conditions, numbers to be included
in a group, wherein a quantity of the numbers corresponds to the number of pages to be acquired as image data and values of
the numbers are equal to or less than the total number of pages included in the job to be executed; and

an acquisition unit configured to execute an acquisition process to acquire image data,
wherein, in response to a transmission instruction for job history information, the acquisition unit execute the acquisition
process to acquire, from the storing unit and as managed job history information to be managed by the data server, image data
from pages included in the job whose page number corresponds to the numbers in the group, and

wherein at least one of the setting unit and the acquisition unit is implemented by a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,226,655

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a tomographic image including an optic disc portion and a macula portion of a fundus
of a subject's eye;

an analysis unit configured to analyze the optic disc portion and the macula portion of the fundus in the tomographic image,
analyzing the optic disc portion including calculating a bowing angle of a lamina cribrosa, analyzing the macula portion including
calculating a curvature of a layer boundary in the fundus; and

a display control unit configured to display side-by-side, on a display unit, information based on the bowing angle of the
lamina cribrosa and the curvature of the layer boundary in the fundus.

US Pat. No. 9,224,767

METHOD FOR DRIVING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. A photoelectric conversion apparatus including a first pixel, the first pixel including a photoelectric conversion unit
configured to accumulate charge;
a first holding unit configured to hold the charge;
a second holding unit configured to hold the charge;
a first transfer unit configured to transfer the charge from the photoelectric conversion unit to the first holding unit;
a second transfer unit configured to transfer the charge from the first holding unit to the second holding unit; and
a third transfer unit configured to electrically connect the photoelectric conversion unit and a power supply; and a control
unit, wherein

the control unit controls the first and third transfer units to form a potential barrier in the first transfer unit and a
potential barrier in the third transfer unit against the charge in the photoelectric conversion unit when accumulating charge
in the photoelectric conversion unit, wherein the potential barrier in the first transfer unit is lower than the potential
barrier in the third transfer unit,

thereafter, the control unit controls the first, second and third transfer units so that:
a potential barrier in the third transfer unit is formed;
a potential in the first transfer unit for the charge is lower than a potential in the photoelectric conversion unit; and
a potential in the second transfer unit is lower than the potential in the first transfer unit while a potential in the third
transfer unit is higher than the potential in the first transfer unit, and

thereafter, the control unit controls the third transfer unit to reset the photoelectric conversion unit and thereafter to
form a potential barrier in the third transfer unit.

US Pat. No. 9,218,147

CONDITIONALLY DISPLAYING ERRORS IN A PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that processes jobs, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate a print command corresponding to a job in which print output is performed in a printing
apparatus;

a transmission and reception unit configured to transmit the generated print command to the printing apparatus and to receive
information of occurrence of a first error in the printing apparatus from the printing apparatus; and

a display unit configured to perform control such that the received information included in a file recorded by the transmission
and reception unit is displayed when a job in which print output is performed in the printing apparatus is processed in the
information processing apparatus,

wherein, when a job in which print output is not performed in the printing apparatus is processed in the information processing
apparatus, the transmission and reception unit masks the received information in the file such that a display of the received
information by the display unit is not performed, and

wherein the job in which print output is not performed in the printing apparatus includes a job for creating a form.

US Pat. No. 9,216,874

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
a discharge unit configured to discharge, into a stacking unit, sheets of a plurality of copies by executing a first job that
is set to print a plurality of copies, and configured to discharge, into the stacking unit, sheets of a plurality of copies
by executing a second job that is set to print a plurality of copies and follows the first job;

a first determination unit configured to determine whether or not a setting for changing a discharge position between copies
in a job is active;

a second determination unit configured to determine whether a setting for changing a discharge position between jobs is active;
and

a control unit configured to carry out, in the case where the first determination unit determines that the setting for changing
the discharge position between copies is active and the second determination unit determines that the setting for changing
the discharge position between jobs is active, control so that a sheet discharge position for the plurality of copies discharged
by executing the first job changes selectively to a first discharge position in the stacking unit and to a second discharge
position in the stacking unit between copies of the first job, and to carry out control so that a sheet discharge position
for the plurality of copies discharged by executing the second job changes selectively to a third discharge position in the
stacking unit and to a fourth discharge position in the stacking unit between copies of the second job,

wherein the control unit carries out, in the case where the first determination unit determines that the setting for changing
the discharge position between copies is not active and the second determination unit determines that the setting for changing
the discharge position between jobs is active, control so that a sheet discharge position for the plurality of copies discharged
by executing the first job is the first position in the stacking unit and a sheet discharge position for the plurality of
copies discharged by executing the second job is the fourth position in the stacking unit, and

wherein the first discharge position is different from the third discharge position and the fourth discharge position.

US Pat. No. 9,217,973

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus's comprising:
a hollow heating roller, including an electroconductive layer of magnetism-adjusted alloy having a Curie temperature lower
than a heat-resistant temperature of said apparatus, configured to heat an image on a sheet;

an excitation coil provided in said heating roller and configured to generate a magnetic flux for heating said heating roller,
said excitation coil being wound about a winding center;

a first magnetic core provided in said heating roller and configured to direct the magnetic flux to said heating roller, said
first magnetic core including a first end portion positioned in the winding center and adjacent to said heating roller;

a second magnetic core provided in said heating roller and configured to direct the magnetic flux to said heating roller,
said second magnetic core including a second end portion adjacent to said heating roller not through said excitation coil;

a controller configured to control electric power supply to said excitation coil so that a temperature of said heating roller
is maintained at a target temperature lower than the Curie temperature; and

a magnetic flux shielding plate provided so as to oppose said excitation coil through said heating roller and configured to
shield the magnetic flux when said heating roller is heated up to a temperature higher than the Curie temperature, said magnetic
flux shielding plate being made of a non-magnetic metal having a resistivity smaller than that of said magnetism-adjusted
alloy and being stationary relative to said heating roller,

wherein said magnetic flux shielding plate is disposed within an angular range between a first angular position in which said
first end portion is positioned and a second angular position in which said second end portion is positioned and excluding
the first angular position and the second angular position, and

wherein a length of said magnetic flux shielding plate is the same or larger than a half length of the angular range, in a
rotational direction of said heating roller.

US Pat. No. 9,216,575

RECORDING-ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording-element substrate comprising:
an ejection port configured to eject liquid;
a heating resistance element configured to generate thermal energy for ejecting the liquid from the ejection port; and
a drive circuit configured to drive the heating resistance element,
wherein the heating resistance element includes a heating resistor layer and three or more electrodes provided for the heating
resistor layer;

the drive circuit forms a heating area that generates thermal energy in the heating resistor layer by selectively using at
least two of the three or more electrodes and changes an area in which the heating area is formed depending on the electrodes
used; and

the three or more electrodes include a plurality of first electrodes that allow an electric current to flow through a first
area and a plurality of second electrodes that allow an electric current to flow through a second area adjacent to the first
area, a center of the first area coinciding with a center of an area including the first area and the second area.

US Pat. No. 9,213,263

FLEXIBLE DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER WITH UNSEALABLE OPENINGS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer accommodating container for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating container comprising:
a flexible container including an injection port for permitting entrance of the developer and a plurality of openings for
permitting discharge of the developer; and

a sealing member mounted on said flexible container in a state in which said sealing member seals the plurality of openings
and capable of exposing the plurality of openings by being moved in an unsealing direction,

wherein the plurality of openings are provided at different positions along a direction perpendicular to the unsealing direction,
and wherein the flexible container is deformable to change a shape of the openings when the sealing member is removed.

US Pat. No. 9,207,699

ELECTRIC POWER CONTROL SYSTEM AND ELECTRIC POWER CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electric power control system comprising:
a first device configured to perform an operation when electric power is supplied via a first plug socket;
a second device configured to perform an operation when electric power is supplied via a second plug socket, wherein the first
device and the second device are connected in such a way as to communicate with each other; and

an electric power control apparatus configured to control the electric power to be supplied to the first device and the second
device,

wherein the first device includes a notification unit configured to notify the electric power control apparatus of information
indicating the second device that is a device relating to the first device, and

wherein the electric power control apparatus includes an electric power control unit configured to stop supplying electric
power to the second device based on the information notified from the notification unit when the electric power control unit
stops supplying electric power to the first device.

US Pat. No. 9,201,618

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REPRODUCING USER SETTINGS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a processor connected to a memory;
a first storage unit configured to store files with which first print settings can be associated;
a second storage unit configured to store second print settings in a manner associated with a user;
the processor and memory being configured to:
select one of the files stored by said first storage unit according to an instruction from the user who has logged into the
image forming apparatus; and

execute print processing according to the first print settings when the first print settings are associated with the selected
file, and execute print processing according to the second print settings when the first print settings are not associated
with the selected file.

US Pat. No. 9,204,055

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
a capturing unit that captures an object image and generates image data;
a first setting unit that sets a first exposure time for the capturing unit;
a second setting unit that sets a second exposure time in which the capturing unit obtains each of a plurality of image data;
a composition unit that generates composite image data in which the plurality of image data have been composed, wherein total
exposure time of the plurality of image data corresponds to the first exposure time;

a recording control unit that records, into a recording medium, the composite image data generated by the composition unit
and a plurality of history image data generated by sequentially composing the image data of the second exposure time, obtained
from the capturing unit, that has been sequentially generated up until the composite image data has been generated; and

a detection unit that detects the brightness of the history image data sequentially generated by the composition unit,
wherein of the history image data sequentially generated by the composition unit, the recording control unit selectively records
image data, whose brightness as detected by the detection unit exceeds a predetermined value, in the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,201,289

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS IN WHICH AN ARRANGEMENT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AN IMAGE SENSOR AND A MICROLENS ARRAY CAN BE VARIED, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus having an image sensor in which a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements are arranged,
the image capture apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from a photographic lens that includes a lens array and is attachable to and detachable
from the image capture apparatus, information on the photographic lens; and

a control unit configured to give an instruction to shift the lens array or the image sensor, so that the lens array and the
image sensor are arranged at a distance based on the information on the photographic lens, in a state in which the photographic
lens is attached,

wherein the distance between the lens array and the image sensor is determined such that an outgoing light flux from each
of lenses that constitute the lens array is incident on a predetermined number of the photoelectric conversion elements of
the image sensor, the predetermined number being two or more.

US Pat. No. 9,196,188

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a light source;
a display panel unit configured to control a transmittance of light from the light source based on an image data;
an image processing unit configured to divide each frame of an input image data into a plurality of sub-frames, and to output
the image data of the plurality of sub-frames to the display panel unit at a frame rate higher than that of the input image
data; and

a light source control unit configured to control a light quantity of the light source, the image processing unit including:
a control unit configured to output a filter coefficient for each sub-frame;
a filter unit configured to perform high frequency emphasis processing for emphasizing a spatial high-frequency component
with the filter coefficient given from the control unit on the image data of a first sub-frame among the plurality of sub-frames
so that the filter coefficient is larger, the spatial high-frequency component of the image data of the first sub-frame is
more emphasized, and to perform high frequency suppression processing for suppressing a spatial high-frequency component on
the image data of a second sub-frame different from the first sub-frame; and

an adjustment unit configured to perform level adjustment processing on the high-frequency-emphasized image data of the first
sub-frame using a first level compression/expansion coefficient which decreases as the filter coefficient given from the control
unit increases, and to perform level adjustment processing on the high-frequency-suppressed image data of the second sub-frame
using a second level compression/expansion coefficient different from the first level compression/expansion coefficient, and

the light source control unit controls the light quantity of the light source during a period of a sub-frame in which the
image data subjected to the level adjustment processing is outputted, in accordance with the level adjustment performed on
the sub-frame.

US Pat. No. 9,195,424

PRINT SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR GENERATING DATA TO BE TRANSMITTED USING AN APPLICATION BASED ON AN INSTRUCTION FROM A WEB BROWSER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system that includes an information processing apparatus executing a Web browser and an application server including
an application used via the Web browser, wherein the application server comprises:
a generation unit configured to generate data to be transmitted to the information processing apparatus using the application
according to an instruction via the Web browser; and

wherein the information processing apparatus comprises a memory and a processor in communication with the memory, the processor
configured to control:

a first reception unit configured to receive a precedent instruction by a user to register information related to a transfer
destination to a predetermined storage region in the information processing apparatus;

a second reception unit configured to receive a selection of an execution instruction to transfer the generated data received
from the application server via a screen on the Web browser, wherein the screen is displayed according to the registered information
based on the precedent instruction received by the first reception unit if a menu button included in a web page provided by
the application of the application server is selected; and

a control unit configured to control a transmission of the generated data received from the application server to the transfer
destination related to the registered information corresponding to the selection received by the second reception unit, through
a network.

US Pat. No. 9,195,170

CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, said cartridge comprising:
a frame;
a flexible container, provided with an opening at a lateral side thereof and provided inside said frame, for accommodating
developer; and

a feeding member, provided below said flexible container and provided between said flexible container and said frame, for
feeding the developer,

wherein said feeding member is capable of contacting the developer and discharging the developer discharged through the opening
of said flexible container from between said flexible container and said frame.

US Pat. No. 9,192,350

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A portable radiation imaging apparatus configured to wirelessly communicate with a radiation generation apparatus, the
portable radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a radiation image sensor including a two-dimensional arrangement of a plurality of detection elements configured to detect
a radiation generated by the radiation generation apparatus;

a wireless communication unit configured to receive a generation condition of the radiation generated by the radiation generation
apparatus;

a control unit configured to associate the received generation condition and radiation image data obtained by the radiation
image sensor;

a storage unit configured to store the received generation condition and radiation image data associated by the control unit;
and

a housing configured to accommodate the radiation image sensor, the wireless communication unit, and the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,197,820

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING APERTURE STOP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens apparatus including a lens, comprising:
an aperture stop unit configured to adjust light intensity;
a drive circuit configured to drive the aperture stop unit; and
a controller configured to control the drive circuit,
wherein the controller is capable of controlling the drive circuit in a first mode and in a second mode,
wherein, in the first mode, the controller drives the aperture stop unit from a first position to a second position by way
of an open position between each exposure, and

wherein, in the second mode, the controller drives the aperture stop unit from the first position to the second position directly,
differently from the first mode, without driving the aperture stop unit to the open position between each exposure.

US Pat. No. 9,189,693

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a computer program; and
a processor configured to execute the computer program stored in the memory to function as:
an encoding unit configured to encode an input pattern to a code including a plurality of bits based on differences between
feature amounts on the input pattern;

a calculation unit configured to calculate reliabilities for respective bits of the code based on differences between the
feature amounts against the input pattern;

a generation unit configured to generate similar codes each similar to the code based on the reliabilities; and
a recognition unit configured to recognize the input pattern based on the code encoded by said encoding unit and the similar
codes generated by said generation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,188,927

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRIC POWER CONSUMPTION, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first execution unit configured to execute a first job;
a second execution unit configured to execute a second job irrespective of a reason for interruption of the first job;
a calculation unit configured to calculate electric energy consumption in a period from a start of execution of the first
job by said first execution unit to an end except electric energy consumption in a period from interruption of execution of
the first job by said first execution unit to restarting, as electric energy consumption at the time of job execution,

wherein the first execution unit performs a degeneration operation of a function in a case where the second executing unit
starts and completes execution of the second job while the first execution unit interrupts execution of the first job due
to the reason for interruption of the first job, and

the calculation unit calculates electric energy consumption of the information processing apparatus in a period from interruption
of execution of the first job by said first execution unit to restarting, except electric energy consumption in a period from
a start of execution of the second job by said second execution unit to an end, as electric energy consumption during the
interruption of the first job.

US Pat. No. 9,189,459

DOCUMENT IMAGE LAYOUT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus that arranges a target image on a template having a plurality of data arrangement areas, the apparatus comprising
at least a processor and a memory, cooperating to function as:
a first determination unit that determines an amount of a protrusion of text article data with respect to a data arrangement
area of the plurality of data arrangement areas, wherein the text article data is segmented from the target image;

a second determination unit that determines whether or not the amount of the protrusion of the text article data with respect
to the data arrangement area is less than a predetermined value;

a control unit that reduces an image corresponding to the text article data when the amount of the protrusion of the text
article data is less than the predetermined value and that segments images corresponding to the text article data into a plurality
of text row rectangle images when the amount of the protrusion of the text article data is greater than the predetermined
value; and

an arrangement unit that arranges the reduced image or a plurality of block data on the data arrangement areas,
wherein the control unit further reconstructs text article data by moving the segmented text row rectangle images, and
wherein the control unit further block-segments the reconstructed text article data into the plurality of block data.

US Pat. No. 9,185,243

CONTROLLING RE-EXECUTION OF FACSIMILE TRANMISSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A facsimile apparatus having a first interface that connects to an IP network and a second interface that connects to an
analog network, the apparatus comprising:
a selection unit configured to automatically select a communication mode to be used from among a plurality of communication
modes for transmission using the first interface;

a transmission unit configured to execute facsimile transmission using the communication mode automatically selected by the
selection unit in the case where an instruction has been made to automatically select the communication mode to be used and
to execute facsimile transmission using a manually-selected communication mode in the case where one of the plurality of communication
modes has been manually selected; and

a control unit responsive to failure of facsimile transmission using the first interface, the control unit being configured
to control execution or non-execution of re-transmission using the second interface such that (a) re-transmission using the
second interface is executed in a case where the communication mode used in the facsimile transmission is the communication
mode automatically selected by the selection unit and a fallback setting is valid, (b) re-transmission using the second interface
is not executed in a case where the communication mode used in the facsimile transmission is the communication mode automatically
selected by the selection unit and the fallback setting is invalid, and (c) re-transmission using the second interface is
not executed, regardless of whether the fallback setting is valid or invalid, in a case where the communication mode used
in the facsimile transmission is the manually-selected communication mode.

US Pat. No. 9,170,507

METHOD OF PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a surface layer,
wherein the method comprises the following steps of:
forming a coat of a surface-layer coating solution; and
drying the coat to form the surface layer,
wherein the surface-layer coating solution comprises:
(?) at least one resin selected from the group consisting of a polycarbonate resin not having a siloxane moiety at an end
thereof, and a polyester resin not having a siloxane moiety at an end thereof;

(?) at least one resin selected from the group consisting of a polycarbonate resin having a siloxane moiety at an end thereof,
a polyester resin having a siloxane moiety at an end thereof, and a polyacrylate resin having a siloxane moiety at an end
thereof;

(?) at least one solvent selected from the group consisting of toluene and xylene; and
(?) a compound having a boiling point in one atmosphere higher than that of the solvent of the (?), the compound being represented
by the following formula (1);


wherein, in the formula (1),
R represents an alkylene group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, and
n represents 0 or 1.

US Pat. No. 9,164,405

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS FOR CALCULATION OF SUBSTRATE TILT, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus which measures a height of a test surface, the apparatus comprising:
a stage configured to hold the test surface;
an image sensing device including a plurality of detection units configured to detect interfering light formed by measurement
light from the test surface illuminated by white light and reference light from a reference surface illuminated by white light,

wherein the reference surface is arranged to generate a difference among optical path length differences between the measurement
light and the reference light that enter said plurality of detection units, respectively;

an optical system configured to guide measurement light reflected at a plurality of measurement points on the test surface
and the reference light reflected at a plurality of reference points on the reference surface, to said plurality of detection
units; and

a processing unit configured to:
obtain a plurality of position data, within the plurality of detection units, indicating peaks or bottoms of intensities of
the interfering light detected by the plurality of detection units and configured to calculate the height of the test surface
using the obtained position data;

obtain the optical path length differences between the measurement light and the reference light corresponding to the detected
peaks or bottoms of intensities of the interfering light; and

calculate a tilt of the test surface using the obtained optical path length differences and data of the optical path lengths
of the reference light corresponding to the obtained positions within the plurality of detection units.

US Pat. No. 9,164,430

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
a developer chamber, provided with an opening, for accommodating developer;
a rotatable member rotatably supported in said developer chamber; and
a sealing member for being removed at the opening by being wound up by said rotatable member, said sealing member being provided
in said developer chamber and including a first end portion connected to said rotatable member and a second end portion sealing
the opening,

wherein the opening is sealed by bonding said sealing member along an edge of the opening,
wherein said developer container includes a first bonding portion provided upstream of the opening and a second bonding portion
provided downstream of the opening with respect to an unsealing direction of said sealing member, and

wherein a peeling-off force for peeling off said sealing member at a predetermined angle is larger at said first bonding portion
than at said second bonding portion.

US Pat. No. 9,165,226

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXECUTING IMAGE PROCESSING AND PERFORMING DECORATION PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A non-transitory storage medium storing a program that causes a computer to perform an image processing method comprising:
selecting, in performance monochrome output on color image data, either a first monochrome output for outputting the color
image data with decoration of patterns different for each color of the color data included in the color image data, or a second
monochrome output for outputting the color image data without the decoration for the color data included in the color image
data;

determining a combination of a color of color data having a highest number of pixels among colors of color data contained
in the color image data, in a case where the selecting selects performing the first monochrome output, and a decoration pattern
having a lowest number of pixels among the decoration patterns and decorating color data contained in the color image data
in accordance with a combination of a color and a decoration pattern corresponding to the color determined by the determining
for monochrome decoration output of the color image data,

wherein conversion of the color data in the color image data in accordance with the determined combination of a color and
a decoration pattern is cancelled, if an amount of black coloring material used for performing the first monochrome output
of the color image data in accordance with the determination combination is a predetermined amount or more larger than an
amount of black coloring material used for performing the second monochrome output for the color image data.

US Pat. No. 9,167,149

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens apparatus connectable to a camera apparatus including an image pickup unit, the lens apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system including a movable lens unit;
a drive unit configured to drive the movable lens unit in an optical axis direction of the imaging optical system; and
a control unit configured to cause the movable lens unit to perform a wobbling motion in the optical axis direction by alternatively
outputting to the drive unit a first drive command for driving the movable lens unit at a first driving speed and a stop command
for stopping driving of the movable lens unit, and to move the movable lens unit based on contrast information obtained from
the image pickup unit during the wobbling motion of the movable lens unit in the optical axis direction,

wherein, in the wobbling motion, before outputting the first drive command to the drive unit and after outputting the stop
command to the drive unit, and before outputting the stop command to the drive unit and after outputting the first drive command
to the drive unit, the control unit outputs to the drive unit a second drive command for driving the movable lens unit at
a second driving speed lower than the first driving speed.

US Pat. No. 9,158,088

LENS BARREL AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a first lens disposed on a first optical axis;
a bending optical element configured to bend a light flux incident from a direction of the first optical axis toward a direction
of a second optical axis extending in a direction different from the direction of the first optical axis;

a holding member configured to hold the bending optical element,
wherein, when the lens barrel shifts from a photographing state to a retracted state, the holding member holding the bending
optical element moves along the second optical axis while rotating around a rotational axis extending in a direction different
from the directions of the first optical axis and the second optical axis; and

a movable tube configured to move backward and forward in the direction of the first optical axis in conjunction with a movement
of the first lens,

wherein, when the lens barrel shifts from the photographing state to the retracted state, the holding member holding the bending
optical element contacts the movable tube moving in the direction of the first optical axis within the movable tube to rotate
around a rotational axis perpendicular to both the first optical axis and the second optical axis and to move along the second
optical axis.

US Pat. No. 9,152,081

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating container for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating container comprising:
a flexible container provided with an opening for permitting discharge of the developer; and
a sealing member which includes a bonded portion bonded to an outer surface of said flexible container so as to seal the opening
and which is capable of exposing the opening by peeling said bonded portion from said flexible container,

wherein said sealing member includes a first bonded portion in an upstream side of the opening and a second bonded portion
in a downstream side of the opening with respect to a sealing member unsealing direction, said second bonded portion being
provided in a non-contact position with the opening, and

wherein, where said sealing member is unsealed, a shape of the opening is changed.

US Pat. No. 9,150,022

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus using a liquid ejection head for ejecting liquid to perform printing by ejecting liquid on a print
medium which is relatively conveyed with respect to the liquid ejection head, the printing apparatus comprising:
a suction mechanism provided downstream of the liquid ejection head with respect to a direction of the conveyance of the print
medium; and

a roller for conveying the print medium, the roller being provided downstream of the suction mechanism with respect to the
direction of the conveyance,

wherein the roller includes a blowing-out mechanism for blowing out gas in a direction of the suction mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,154,693

PHOTOGRAPHING CONTROL APPARATUS AND PHOTOGRAPHING CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photographing control apparatus for controlling a shooting direction of a camera comprising:
a deriving unit configured to derive a parameter for deriving an image for displaying from the camera; and
a determining unit configured to determine, based on the parameter derived by the deriving unit, as to whether the shooting
direction of the camera is controlled or not, according to a designation of a position, in a display area, in which the image
captured by the camera is displayed.

US Pat. No. 9,152,365

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, NETWORK SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus connectable to a network, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store first address book information indicating transmission destination of data which is to
be transmitted outside the image processing apparatus and first set information for operating the image processing apparatus;

a receiving unit configured to receive, from an external apparatus via the network, second address book information indicating
transmission destination of data which is to be transmitted outside the image processing apparatus and second set information;

a setting unit configured to set a first setting as to whether or not to update the first address book information and a second
setting as to whether or not to update the first set information; and

an updating unit configured to, in a case where the first setting indicating update of the first address book information
is set by the setting unit, update the first address book information stored in the storage unit with the second address book
information received by the receiving unit, and in a case where the first setting indicating no update of the first address
book information is set by the setting unit, not update the first address book information stored in the storage unit with
the second address book information received by the receiving unit, and to, in a case where the second setting indicating
update of the first set information is set by the setting unit, update the first set information stored in the storage unit
with the second set information received by the receiving unit, and in a case where the second setting indicating no update
of the first set information is set by the setting unit, not update the first set information stored in the storage unit with
the second set information received by the receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,154,752

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display device, which forms, on a screen, an image displayed on a first display panel and an image displayed on
a second display panel superposed with each other, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a video signal of successive respective frames;
a frame rate converting unit configured to perform frame-rate-convert-processing for outputting intermittent frames whose
frame rate is lower than that of the successive respective frames;

a first generation unit configured to generate a low frequency video signal of the intermittent frames;
a second generation unit configured to calculate a ratio of a signal value of a video signal of an acquired frame acquired
by said acquisition unit to a signal value of the low frequency video signal of an intermittent frame, wherein the intermittent
frame is every other frame of the successive respective frames, to generate a high frequency video signal having a signal
value based on the calculated ratio, and to output the generated high frequency video signal to the first display panel; and

a third generation unit configured to calculate a ratio of a signal value of the video signal of the intermittent frame to
a signal value of the high frequency video signal of the intermittent frame, to generate an adjusted low frequency video signal
having a signal value based on the calculated ratio, and to output the generated adjusted low frequency video signal to the
second display panel.

US Pat. No. 9,148,590

IMAGING APPARATUS WITH REFERENCE SIGNALS HAVING DIFFERENT RATE OF CHANGE FIRST AND SECOND PIXELS HAVING SAME COLOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a first pixel configured to generate a signal by photoelectric conversion;
a second pixel, arranged in a row same as that in which the first pixel is arranged, configured to generate a signal by photoelectric
conversion, wherein color filters respectively having a same color are provided on the first pixel and the second pixel;

a first comparator configured to compare the signal based on the first pixel with a first reference signal of which a level
is changed according to passage of time;

a second comparator configured to compare the signal based on the second pixel with a second reference signal of which a rate
of change for passage of time is different from that of the first reference signal;

a first counter configured to perform counting until the first comparator outputs a signal indicating that a magnitude relation
of the signal based on the first pixel and the first reference signal is inverted;

a second counter configured to perform counting until the second comparator outputs a signal indicating that a magnitude relation
of the signal based on the second pixel and the second reference signal is inverted; and

a processing unit configured to generate one pixel signal based on a count value of the first counter and a count value of
the second counter.

US Pat. No. 9,141,066

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR APPLYING POST PROCESS TO SHEET

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet;
a sensor unit configured to have a plurality of sensors that are arranged in a sheet width direction that intersects perpendicularly
with a sheet conveyance direction, and that detect a side end of a sheet in the sheet width direction;

a moving unit configured to move said sensor unit in the sheet width direction;
a control unit configured to control said moving unit so as to move said sensor unit at a first movement speed during conveyance
of the sheet by said conveyance unit, and so as to move said sensor unit at a second movement speed after the side end of
the sheet is detected by a first sensor among the plurality of sensors so that the side end of the sheet is detected by a
second sensor among the plurality of sensors;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain a sheet length of the sheet in the sheet conveyance direction; and
a setting unit configured to set up the second movement speed based on the sheet length obtained by said obtaining unit,
wherein said control unit controls said moving unit so as to move said sensor unit at the second movement speed set up by
said setting unit until the side end of the sheet is detected by the second sensor after the side end of the sheet is detected
by the first sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,143,753

3D IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A 3D image display apparatus for causing a left eye image and a right eye image that are displayed by a frame-sequential
method to be observed through liquid crystal shutter glasses, the apparatus comprising:
a display unit which is driven to emit light in a line-sequential or a block-sequential manner;
a storage unit which stores characteristic information relating to temporal change in transmittance of the liquid crystal
shutter glasses with respect to light of respective primary colors in the display unit; and

a correction unit which corrects an input image signal of the respective primary colors using the characteristic information,
to reduce color fluctuation between lines or between blocks in the observed image caused by differences in the temporal change
of the transmittance of the liquid crystal shutter glasses in respect of each of the primary colors, wherein

the display unit displays a corrected image based on a corrected image signal generated by the correction unit,
the liquid crystal shutter glasses have characteristics by which the transmittance with respect to light of a first primary
color gradually increases, and

the correction unit generates the corrected image signal such that a brightness of a corrected image becomes higher the earlier
the line or block is arranged in the sequence of light emission, when an image signal of only the first primary color is input.

US Pat. No. 9,143,038

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a generation unit having a first portion constructed to generate a first voltage and a second portion constructed to generate
an adding voltage;

a drive portion constructed to drive the generation unit;
a first output unit constructed to output the first voltage;
a second output unit constructed to output a second voltage obtained by adding the first voltage and the adding voltage; and
a feedback control unit constructed to compose a first feedback component obtained by adjusting the first voltage outputted
by the first output unit by a first feedback factor and a second feedback component obtained by adjusting the second voltage
outputted by the second output unit by a second feedback factor, and to PWM-control the drive unit, based on a composed feedback
component obtained by composing the first feedback unit and the second feedback unit.

US Pat. No. 9,134,649

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member capable of bearing a developer image that is formed by supplying a developer to a latent image formed
on a surface thereof;

a developer carrying member that is provided to be capable of rotating while carrying the developer, and that supplies the
developer to the image bearing member by contacting the image bearing member;

a regulating member that regulates a layer thickness of the developer carried on the developer carrying member; and
a voltage applying device for applying a voltage to the developer carrying member and the regulating member,
wherein the developer carrying member includes a conductive base layer and a surface layer covering the base layer, and
when a volume resistance of the surface layer is ?c, a film thickness thereof is dc, and a relative dielectric constant thereof
is ?c,

a surface charge density of the developer on the developer carrying member, the film thickness of which has been regulated
by the regulating member, is q/s, a relative dielectric constant thereof is ?t, and a layer thickness thereof is dt,

a potential difference between the developer carrying member and the regulating member is V, and
a time required for the developer to pass through a contact region between the developer carrying member and the regulating
member after entering the contact region as the developer carrying member rotates is T,


is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,129,718

X-RAY WAVEGUIDE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A X-ray waveguide comprising:
a core configured to guide X-rays having a wavelength band in which the real part of refractive index of material is smaller
than 1; and

a cladding configured to confine the X-rays in the core,
wherein the core has a one-dimensional periodic structure in which a plurality of layers respectively formed of inorganic
materials having different real parts of refractive indices are periodically laminated,

the core and the cladding are configured so that a critical angle for total reflection for the X-rays at an interface between
the core and the cladding is larger than a Bragg angle due to a periodicity of the one-dimensional periodic structure, and

a critical angle for total reflection for the X-rays at an interface between layers in the one-dimensional periodic structure
is smaller than the Bragg angle due to the periodicity of the one-dimensional periodic structure.

US Pat. No. 9,128,651

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus which prints an image on a print medium by a plurality of recording elements, comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey the print medium in a conveyance direction;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a width, in a direction which crosses the conveyance direction, of the print medium
conveyed by the conveying unit, wherein the width is detected by a sensor arrange in the conveyance direction between the
most upstream element and the most downstream element of the plurality of recording elements; and

a printing unit configured to determine whether the width has been detected by the sensor, and in response to determining
that the width has been detected by the sensor, configured to print, on the print medium, an image of a size in accordance
with the acquired width of the print medium using the recording elements so that a first part of the recording elements is
used for printing on an area which has been conveyed downstream from the sensor in the conveyance direction when the detection
is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,128,445

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus configured to feed a sheet from any one of a plurality of sheet storage units, the printing apparatus
comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a sheet storage unit included in the plurality of sheet storage units as a particular sheet
storage unit to be used when a sheet storage unit to be used for a job has not been specified;

a specifying unit configured to specify a type of sheet to be stored in a sheet storage unit included in the plurality of
sheet storage units; and

a control unit configured to perform control so that the specifying unit does not specify a particular type in the sheet storage
unit set by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,125,591

ACOUSTIC-WAVE MEASURING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An acoustic-wave measuring apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold a subject;
an irradiation unit configured to irradiate the subject with light;
an acoustic-wave detecting unit configured to receive acoustic waves generated within the subject due to irradiation with
the light irradiated from the irradiation unit, the acoustic-wave detecting unit being disposed at a side of the holding unit
opposite to the subject;

an image pickup unit configured to acquire, through the holding unit, an image of a shape of the subject held by the holding
unit;

a coordinate transforming unit configured to transform coordinates of a measurement position designated by an observer, on
the image acquired by the image pickup unit to coordinates on the holding unit; and

a position control unit configured to move at least one of the irradiation unit and the acoustic-wave detecting unit on the
holding unit based on information output from the coordinate transforming unit.

US Pat. No. 9,122,437

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND MEDIUM FOR MANAGING STATUS INFORMATION ABOUT AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to manage status information about an image forming apparatus, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
a history management unit configured to manage job history information recorded by the image forming apparatus;
an apparatus management unit configured to manage whether the image forming apparatus is permitted to enter a power saving
mode;

a reception unit configured to receive status information from the image forming apparatus;
a determination unit configured to, if the reception unit has not received status information for a certain time period, determine
that a status of the image forming apparatus is an unknown status or a status indicative of the power saving mode; and

an output unit configured to, if the determination unit determines that the status of the image forming apparatus is the unknown
status, output, to an administrator, information indicating that the status of the image forming apparatus is the unknown
status,

wherein if the determination unit determines that the status of the image forming apparatus is the status indicative of the
power saving mode, an output of information to the administrator by the output unit is not performed.

US Pat. No. 9,122,224

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming section configured to form a toner image on recording material; and
a power supply section including
a voltage detection circuit configured to detect a voltage of a commercial alternating-current power supply,
a first power supply configured to convert the voltage of the commercial alternating-current power supply into a direct-current
voltage and to output a first voltage,

a second power supply configured to convert the voltage of the commercial alternating-current power supply into a direct-current
voltage and to output a second voltage larger than the first voltage, the second power supply being configured to switch between
a first rectification state and a second rectification state in accordance with an output of the voltage detection circuit,

a first switch section configured to be capable of disconnecting the second power supply from the commercial alternating-current
power supply and that operates with the first voltage, and

a second switch section configured to be capable of disconnecting the voltage detection circuit from the commercial alternating-current
power supply and that operates with the first voltage,

wherein when the image forming apparatus is to be in a power saving mode, the second power supply is disconnected from the
commercial alternating-current power supply by using the first switch section, and the voltage detection circuit is disconnected
from the commercial alternating-current power supply by using the second switch section.

US Pat. No. 9,116,640

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus having a reading unit configured to read a document to acquire data and a print unit configured to execute
print, the apparatus comprising:
an execution unit configured to execute a service for communicating with an external service which manages data to be uploaded
in an external apparatus; and

a web browser configured to display an operation screen on an operation unit, the operation screen being generated by a web
application,

wherein the execution unit controls display on the web browser to display on the operation screen a name of data whose format
matches a format of the data acquired in the reading unit or a format of printable data in the print unit, wherein the format
determines whether the data can be uploaded from the external apparatus,

wherein the web application determines whether the format of the name of data matches the format of the data acquired in the
reading unit or the format of printable data in the print unit,

wherein the execution unit performs control to display on the operation screen a download button for a user to instruct download
of the data from the external apparatus by associating with a name of the data whose format matches to that of the printable
data, among the data pieces whose names are displayed on the operation screen, and

wherein the execution unit receives an instruction to download data according to a user's operation of the download button
and, if a size of data with the name associated with the download button exceeds a size of data which can be printed from
the web browser, the execution unit performs control to display on the operation screen that print cannot be executed.

US Pat. No. 9,116,649

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH UNIT DETERMINING WHETHER OPERATION INFORMATION IS TRANSMITTED TO LOG STORAGE SERVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, which is configured to communicate to/from a management server for managing operation information
on multiple image forming apparatus, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit a first piece of operation information of the image forming apparatus to the management
server in accordance with a schedule set by the management server;

a reception unit configured to receive from the management server (a) a transmission instruction for a second piece of operation
information, (b) destination information on a log storage server to which the second piece of operation information is to
be transmitted, the log storage server being different from the management server, and (c) authentication information;

a determination unit configured to determine in accordance with a link speed with respect to the log storage server whether
or not the second piece of operation information is to be transmitted to the log storage server; and

a notification unit configured to notify the management server of an error when the determination unit determines that the
second piece of operation information is not to be transmitted to the log storage server, wherein

the transmission unit is further configured to transmit the second piece of operation information of the image forming apparatus
to the log storage server by using the destination information and the authentication information in accordance with reception
of the transmission instruction for the second piece of operation information when the determination unit determines that
the second piece of operation information is to be transmitted to the log storage server.

US Pat. No. 9,118,608

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus which communicates with a terminal, which has a transmission destination IP address, as a packet
transmission destination via a network, comprising:
a routing table configured to hold a next transmission destination IP address as route information;
an ARP table configured to manage an IP address and a MAC address of the terminal on the network in association with each
other;

a connection management table configured to hold connection management information as information added to each connection
in TCP communication;

a route decision unit configured to decide a next transmission destination IP address by referring to said routing table in
connection establishment processing in TCP communication;

a MAC address decision unit configured to decide a next transmission destination MAC address associated with the next transmission
destination IP address by referring to said ARP table;

a storage unit configured to store the transmission destination IP address and the next transmission destination MAC address
as the connection management information in said connection management table; and

a creation unit configured to create a transmission packet using the transmission destination IP address and the next transmission
destination MAC address which are managed by the connection management information stored in said connection management table.

US Pat. No. 9,110,401

INTERVAL GUARANTEE MEMBER, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An interval guarantee member configured to maintain a distance between an image bearing member on which a latent image
is formed and a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer, comprising:
a first image bearing member side sliding portion configured to come into sliding contact with the image bearing member on
an upstream side of a line connecting a center of the image bearing member and a center of the developer bearing member in
the direction of rotation of the image bearing member when the image bearing member and the developer bearing member rotate
so that surfaces oppose to each other thereof move in the same direction;

a first developing side sliding portion configured to come into sliding contact with the developer bearing member on an upstream
side of a line connecting a center of the image bearing member and a center of the developer bearing member in the direction
of rotation of the developer bearing member when the image bearing member and the developer bearing member rotate so that
surfaces oppose to each other thereof move in the same direction;

a second image bearing member side sliding contact portion configured to come into sliding contact with the image bearing
member on an downstream side of the first image bearing member side sliding portion in the direction of rotation of the image
bearing member; and

a second developing side sliding contact portion configured to come into sliding contact with the developer bearing member
on an downstream side of the first developing side sliding contact portion in the direction of rotation of the developer bearing
member, wherein

a distance between the first image bearing member side sliding contact portion and the first developing side sliding contact
portion is longer than a distance between the second image bearing member side sliding contact portion and the second developing
side sliding contact portion, and the first image bearing member side sliding contact portion and the first developer side
sliding contact portion come into contact with the image bearing member and the developer bearing member respectively, whereby
the interval guarantee member is prevented from moving in the direction of rotation of the image bearing member and the developer
bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,110,439

CARTRIDGE HAVING A GRIP PROVIDED ON A FRAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge for detachably mounting to an apparatus body of an image forming apparatus in a mounting and dismounting direction,
the cartridge comprising:
a frame formed of a first resin; and
a grip provided on the frame for gripping the cartridge when the cartridge is mounted on or dismounted from the apparatus
body, the grip including a first molded portion integrally molded with the frame, and a second molded portion formed of a
second resin integrally molded with the first molded portion after the molding of the first molded portion,

wherein the second molded portion is molded on the first molded portion in the mounting and dismounting direction.

US Pat. No. 9,113,062

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus that incorporates a wireless communication unit for performing wireless communication, the imaging
apparatus comprising:
an optical member that guides light incident on the imaging apparatus to an eyepiece optical system and has a reflection surface
that reflects incident light toward the eyepiece optical system;

a outer covering member that cover the optical member; and
a substrate fixing member that fixes a substrate on which an antenna section of the wireless communication unit is mounted,
wherein the wireless communication unit is arranged in a space formed between the optical member and the outer covering member,
wherein a ground section of the wireless communication unit is connected to the substrate fixing member at a portion opposite
to the antenna section so that the wireless communication unit is arranged substantially in parallel with the reflection surface
of the optical member, and

wherein the substrate fixing member is attached to a member for holding the optical member so as to be electrically connected
to a ground section of the imaging apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,098,781

PRINTING APPARATUS FOR MOVING A PRINT CARRIAGE AND WRITING TAG INFORMATION IN A WIRELESS TAG ON A PAPER SHEET

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a print carriage incorporating a printhead and a communication unit configured to perform short distance wireless communication;
a movement control unit configured to move said print carriage;
a detection unit configured to detect, when said movement control unit moves said print carriage to cause said printhead to
execute printing of print data, a wireless tag on a paper sheet using said communication unit; and

a write unit configured to write tag information in the wireless tag detected by said detection unit,
wherein the movement control unit moves said print carriage to scan a width corresponding to a wireless tag search range on
the paper sheet before a number of wireless tags detected by said detection unit reaches a number of target wireless tags
which are targets of write processing by said write unit, and moves said print carriage to scan a width corresponding to a
printing range of the print data after the number of wireless tags detected by said detection unit reaches the number of target
wireless tags.

US Pat. No. 9,100,530

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising a processor for executing a method comprising:
an acquisition step of acquiring a frame image;
an identification step of identifying a single minimum pixel value, wherein the single minimum pixel value is a minimum value
of a first minimum pixel value, a second minimum pixel value, and a third minimum pixel value, the first minimum pixel value
being a minimum value of pixel values of a first color component of all pixels within a predetermined area including a pixel
of interest in the frame image, the second minimum pixel value being a minimum value of pixel values of a second color component
of all pixels within the predetermined area including the pixel of interest in the frame image, and the third minimum pixel
value being a minimum value of pixel values of a third color component of all pixels within the predetermined area including
the pixel of interest in the frame image;

a replacing step of replacing pixel values of the first, second, and third color components of the pixel of interest in the
frame image with the single minimum pixel value identified in said identification step such that respective first, second,
and third pixel values of the first, second, and third color components of the pixel of interest are equal;

a low-pass filtering step of applying a low-pass filter processing to a preprocessed image, wherein the preprocessed image
is generated based on replacing the pixel values in the replacing step; and

an output step of outputting a first subframe image based on a result of the low-pass filter processing for the preprocessed
image and of outputting a second subframe image based on a difference between the frame image acquired in the acquisition
step and the first subframe, wherein the first and second subframes are output alternately in the output step.

US Pat. No. 9,095,256

OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic imaging apparatus, comprising:
an irradiation unit configured to irradiate an eye to be inspected with a measuring beam;
a fixation lamp;
a lighting position changing unit configured to change a lighting position of the fixation lamp;
an optical path length difference changing unit configured to change an optical path length difference between the measuring
beam and a reference beam corresponding to the measuring beam;

a control unit configured to control, when the lighting position of the fixation lamp is changed by the lighting position
changing unit, the optical path length difference changing unit to change the optical path length difference with a changing
amount corresponding to a changing amount of the lighting position of the fixation lamp; and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a tomographic image of the eye to be inspected based on a beam obtained by combining
the reference beam with a return beam from the eye to be inspected, which is irradiated with the measuring beam.

US Pat. No. 9,099,656

ORGANIC COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE INCLUDING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A naphtho[2?,3?:5,6]indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene derivative represented by general formula (1):

wherein in general formula (1), R1 to R16 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl groups, substituted
or unsubstituted alkoxy groups, substituted or unsubstituted amino groups, substituted or unsubstituted aryl groups, and substituted
or unsubstituted heterocyclic groups, and at least one of R3, R4, R9, and R10 is selected from substituted or unsubstituted aryl groups and substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic groups.

US Pat. No. 9,099,941

VIBRATION TYPE DRIVING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration type driving device comprising:
a vibrator configured to make an elliptic motion of a contact portion by combining vibrations in different vibration modes;
and

a driven body configured to be rotated relative to the vibrator by the elliptic motion while being in contact with the contact
portion,

wherein a contact pressure of the contact portion with the driven body is lower on a radial inner side than on a radial outer
side in a radial direction of the rotation.

US Pat. No. 9,100,520

DETERMINING WHETHER A SCANNED PAGE IS BLANK OR CONTAINS IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display preview images of a plurality of image data;
a determining unit configured to determine whether each of the plurality of image data is a blank page;
a display control unit configured to display a preview image of image data determined not to be a blank page on the display
unit in a first display mode, and to display a preview image of image data determined to be a blank page on the display unit
in a second display mode; and

a change unit configured to: (i) when an instruction for changing a display mode of a selected preview image from the first
display mode to the second display mode is executed on the display unit, change the display mode on the display unit from
the first display mode to the second display mode and change a determination result of image data corresponding to the preview
image to a blank page; and (ii) when an instruction for changing a display mode of a selected preview image from the second
display mode to the first display mode is executed on the display unit, change the display mode on the display unit from the
second display mode to the first display mode and change a determination result of image data corresponding to the preview
image to a non-blank page.

US Pat. No. 9,095,882

PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE, DUST REMOVING APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric device comprising:
an elastic member;
an electrical-mechanical energy conversion element fixed to the elastic member, configured to cause the elastic member to
generate vibration; and

a supporting member that supports the elastic member,
wherein the electrical-mechanical energy conversion element comprises a piezoelectric material in which, in a usage temperature
range of the piezoelectric device, a piezoelectric constant decreases along with temperature rise, and

wherein a supporting member that supports the elastic member comprises a material in which, in the usage temperature range
of the piezoelectric device, Q value increases along with temperature rise.

US Pat. No. 9,091,974

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 processing section that converts image data into a plurality of pixel data;
an image forming section that forms a toner image based on the plurality of pixel data onto the recording material; and
a fixing section that fixes the toner image onto the recording material by heating the recording material on which the toner
image is formed while conveying the recording material through a nip portion,

wherein the plurality of pixel data corresponding to one sheet of the recording material are divided into a plurality of areas,
each of which is composed of a predetermined number of pixels,

wherein the image processing section selects a fewer number of pixels than the predetermined number of pixels, regardless
of their density information, within each of the areas, and acquires density information of the fewer number of the pixels
selected,

wherein the image processing section finally does not acquire density information from pixels, except for the fewer number
of the pixels selected, within each of the areas,

wherein the image processing section determines a maximum value within the density information acquired, and
wherein the fixing section fixes the toner image for which the density information has been acquired, under a fixing condition
according to the maximum value.

US Pat. No. 9,092,232

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, ALTERNATE RESPONSE APPARATUS, RESPONSE METHOD, CONTROL PROGRAM, AND NETWORK SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing computer-executable code; and
a processor to execute the code to perform steps comprising:
a request step of issuing, to a network, a request for information related to a peripheral device at a predetermined interval;
a reception step of receiving, as a response to the request, information related to the peripheral device which is not in
compliance with a predetermined network discovery protocol from the peripheral device;

a specification step of specifying, as information required for an installation of a control program for controlling the peripheral
device, identification information for identifying the peripheral device from the information related to the peripheral device
previously received by the reception step, when a discovery request for the predetermined network discovery protocol is received
from a client apparatus;

a creating step of creating a message for the predetermined network discovery protocol by using the specified identification
information; and a transmission step of transmitting the message to the client apparatus,

wherein the identification information comprises at least one of manufacturer information and model information of the peripheral
device.

US Pat. No. 9,093,927

ACTUATOR WITH IONIC LIQUID

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An actuator comprising:
a pair of electrodes facing each other;
an intermediate layer containing an ionic liquid and arranged between the pair of electrodes,
the electrodes and the intermediate layer being bent and deformed when a potential difference larger than a potential window
of the ionic liquid is applied between the electrodes; and

insulating layers that suppress direct contact between ions of the ionic liquid and the electrodes, the insulating layers
being arranged between the intermediate layer and the electrodes

wherein the insulating layers contain an insulating polymer and highly dielectric inorganic particles; and
wherein in the insulating layers, an amount of the highly dielectric inorganic particles may be 10% by weight or more and
90% by weight or less relative to an amount of the organic polymer.

US Pat. No. 9,091,869

TERAHERTZ-WAVE ELEMENT, TERAHERTZ-WAVE DETECTING DEVICE, AND TERAHERTZ TIME-DOMAIN SPECTROSCOPY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A terahertz-wave element comprising:
a waveguide that includes an electro-optic crystal and allows light to propagate therethrough; and
a coupling member that causes a terahertz wave to enter the waveguide,
wherein a propagation state of the light propagating through the waveguide changes as the terahertz wave enters the waveguide
via the coupling member,

wherein the terahertz-wave element is of a Cerenkov phase-matching type, and
wherein the coupling member includes a circular conical surface which collects a terahertz wave linearly.

US Pat. No. 9,090,077

LIQUID CONTAINER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink container comprising:
a casing including an ink chamber configured to contain an ink and having an ink supply port configured to supply the ink
in the ink chamber to an outside of the casing, the casing having a bottom wall having the ink supply port, a top wall and
a plurality of side walls, the bottom wall, the top wall and the plurality of side walls being defined by orientation in a
state that the ink container is oriented with the ink supply port facing downward, the plurality of side walls having a first
side wall and a second side wall opposed to the first side wall;

a first engaging projection provided on the first side wall;
a second engaging projection closer to the second side wall than to the first side wall; and
an electrical contact closer to the bottom wall than to the top wall and closer to the second side wall than to the first
side wall, the electrical contact being inclined relative to the bottom wall and the second side wall.

US Pat. No. 9,086,659

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a movable photosensitive member;
an exposure unit configured to form a latent image on the photosensitive member at a predetermined exposure timing to correspond
to a position of the latent image in a direction perpendicular to a moving direction of the photosensitive member;

a developing unit configured to form toner image from the latent image on the photosensitive member;
a movable endless intermediate transfer belt configured to have transferred to the endless intermediate belt the toner image
from the photosensitive member;

a steering roller configured to stretch the intermediate transfer belt and configured to incline so as to move the intermediate
transfer belt in a width direction;

a sensor configured to detect a position of the intermediate transfer belt in the width direction;
a controller configured to incline the steering roller based on a detection result of the sensor so as to maintain the position
of the intermediate belt in the width direction within a predetermined range;

a transfer device configured to transfer the toner image on the intermediate transfer belt to a recording material at a transfer
portion;

an output portion configured to output an estimated moving amount of the intermediate transfer belt, the estimated moving
amount being a predicted value of moving amount of the intermediate transfer belt in the width direction which is determined
based on a plurality of historical data of the sensor;

a moving device configured to move in the width direction a position of a recording material conveyed to the transfer portion;
and

an adjusting portion configured to adjust at least one of the position of a recording material in the width direction and
the predetermined exposure timing so that a position of the toner image transferred onto a recording material with respect
to the width direction is not at an incorrect position when the intermediate transfer belt moves in width direction within
the predetermined range, based on information from the output portion.

US Pat. No. 9,086,662

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS PRINT START TEMPERATURE OF FIXING SECTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

4. A method of controlling an image forming apparatus including an image forming unit that forms an image by transferring
a color material to a recording medium and fixing the color material onto the recording medium using a fixing section, the
method comprising:
a reception step of receiving a print job;
a warm-up step of raising a temperature of the fixing section in a case where the reception step receives the print job;
a generation step of generating a plurality of pages of images to be formed on recording mediums;
a determining step of determining, in a case where the generation step generates predetermined pages of images, whether or
not all of the predetermined pages of images are for text images; and

a controlling step of:
controlling, in a case where the determining step determines that all of the predetermined pages of images are for the text
images, the image forming unit so that printing starts when the temperature of the fixing section reaches a first temperature
that enables formation of text images representing only text; and

controlling, in a case where the determination step determines that all of the predetermined pages of images are not for the
text images, the image forming unit so that printing starts when the temperature of the fixing section reaches a second temperature,
which is higher than the first temperature, that enables formation of graphic images, including images other than the text
images.

US Pat. No. 9,085,172

RECORDING METHOD AND RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for recording images on a sheet having a first and a second side, using at least one inkjet recording head having
nozzles, comprising:
a first supply step of supplying a first humidified gas to the first side of the sheet, with a first supply port;
a humidifying step of supplying a second humidified gas to a space where the nozzles are exposed, with a second supply port
located at a position closer to the recording head than the first supply port;

a first recording step of recording in the space where atmosphere humidity is increased, using the inkjet recording head,
on the first side of the sheet having a moisture content increased in the first supply step;

a heating step of heating the sheet on which an image has been recorded on the first side for drying;
a second supply step of supplying the first humidified gas to the second side of the sheet having been heated in the heating
step, with the first supply port; and

a second recording step of recording in the space in which the second humidified gas is supplied, using the inkjet recording
head, on the second side of the sheet having the moisture content increased in the second supply step,

wherein an amount of humidification in the first supply step is different from that in the second supply step.

US Pat. No. 9,087,237

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an image management unit configured to manage a multi-viewpoint image group;
an object information management unit configured to manage information about objects and relationship information indicating
a relationship between the objects;

a specification unit configured to specify an object in each image of the image group by performing an object recognition
process on the image based on focal length information and the information about the objects;

a determination unit configured to determine a target object based on the relationship information; and
an image generation unit configured to generate an image that contains the determined target object specified by the specification
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,088,679

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an original;
a conveying unit configured to convey an original placed on a tray to a reading position of the reading unit and to discharge
the original conveyed to the reading position, wherein a plurality of originals placed on the tray are successively, one by
one, conveyed and discharged by the conveying unit; and

a control unit configured to control the reading unit such that:
(i) the reading unit reads the conveyed originals from a first original to an Nth original of the plurality of originals placed
on the tray, where N is a predetermined number, and

(ii) the reading unit does not read the conveyed originals from the (N+1)th original to the last original of the plurality
of originals placed on the tray.

US Pat. No. 9,082,168

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a radiation image signal and electrical signals, the radiation image signal being read
during a first radiation imaging from a radiation detector including a plurality of pixels, and the electrical signals being
read in succession from the radiation detector continuously after the reading of the radiation image signal and corresponding
to accumulated electric charges of the plurality of pixels;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not to correct another radiation image signal read from the radiation
detector during a second radiation imaging that is performed continuously after the reading of the electrical signals based
on a temporal change in the obtained electrical signals; and

a correction unit configured to correct said another radiation image signal based on a result of the determination and dark
current data which is obtained after the first radiation imaging based on the temporal charge in the obtained electrical signals.

US Pat. No. 9,082,185

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit arranged to obtain pattern data including a plurality of measurement lines and a reference line which has
a plurality of intersection points with the plurality of measurement lines, wherein the reference line has a specific feature
defined by a pattern having displacement on a line which connects two of the intersection points;

an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of an object onto which projection pattern light, based on the pattern
data obtained by the obtaining unit, is projected;

an intersection extraction unit configured to extract the intersection points from the image captured by the image capturing
unit; and

an information obtaining unit configured to obtain identification information which is used to identify each measurement line
in the plurality of measurement lines, based on the specific feature.

US Pat. No. 9,079,432

SHEET CONVEYING DEVICE WITH SHEET EDGE GUIDE DOWNSTREAM OF BUFFER UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus for conveying a sheet in a conveying direction comprising:
a correcting unit for correcting a positional deviation of the sheet by guiding with a guide member an edge of the sheet in
a crossing direction that crosses to the conveying direction;

a plurality of conveying roller pairs including a first conveying roller pair and a second conveying roller pair which is
positioned downstream of the first conveying roller pair in the conveying direction and upstream of the guide member in the
conveying direction; and

a conveying control unit configured to control conveying of the sheet by driving of the plurality of conveying roller pairs,
wherein

a conveying control unit controls conveying the sheet such that
(i) the first conveying roller pair is driven before the sheet is nipped by the second conveying roller pair, and
(ii) the first conveying roller pair is driven and the second conveying roller pair is not driven after the sheet is nipped
by the second conveying roller pair within a predetermined period,

wherein the conveying control unit controls so as to continuously drive the first conveying roller pair while correcting the
positional deviation by the correcting unit after stopping driving of second conveying roller pair, and

wherein the conveying control unit controls a moving unit configured to move the second conveying roller pair between a position
where the second conveying roller pair can nip the sheet and a position where each roller of the second conveying roller pair
is separate from each other after correcting the positional deviation by the correcting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,069,234

FINDER OPTICAL SYSTEM, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A finder optical system comprising:
a focusing glass including a collection surface configured to collect a light beam obtained via an image pickup optical system
and a diffusion surface configured to diffuse the light beam collected by the collection surface;

an eyepiece configured to receive apart of the light beam diffused by the diffusion surface;
a photometry lens arranged near the eyepiece; and
a photometry sensor on which an image of another part of the light beam diffused by the diffusion surface is formed via the
photometry lens,

wherein a plurality of micro lenses are arranged on the diffusion surface of the focusing glass,
wherein at least one micro lens of the plurality of micro lenses has at least two radii of curvature on its cross section
in a predetermined direction, and

wherein the at least one micro lens satisfies R1 is smaller than a distance between a center of the micro lens and the photometry lens, and R2 is a radius of curvature in a second area of the micro lens where a distance between the second area and the photometry lens
is greater than the distance between the center of the micro lens and the photometry lens.

US Pat. No. 9,061,489

SUBSTRATE FOR INKJET HEAD AND INKJET HEAD HAVING PROTECTION LAYER INCLUDING INDIVIDUAL SECTIONS CORRESPONDING TO HEATING RESISTORS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A substrate for an inkjet head comprising:
a base;
a plurality of heating resistors being disposed on the base and producing heat for heating ink in a case where the heating
resistors are energized;

a first protection layer covering the heating resistors and having electrical conductivity; and
a second protection layer being disposed between the first protection layer and the heating resistors, the second protection
layer electrically insulating the first protection layer from the heating resistors,

wherein the first protection layer includes individual sections provided at positions corresponding to the plurality of heating
resistors and a common section which commonly connects the individual sections,

wherein the individual sections and the common section are connected via connect sections which include at least one of Ir
and Ru,

wherein the connect sections are formed to have a thickness smaller than that of the individual sections, and
wherein the connect sections are eluted by an electrochemical reaction that occurs between the connect sections and ink so
that an electrical connection between the individual sections and the common section is cut.

US Pat. No. 9,064,351

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a moving image display unit configured to control a display apparatus to display a moving image thereon;
a reading unit configured to read animation information, different from the moving image, including a plurality of frame images;
a detection unit configured to detect touch on the display apparatus; and
a display control unit configured to control the display apparatus:
(a) to display a first frame image of the animation information in a display area where the moving image is being displayed
in response to detecting touch on a specific position of the display apparatus by the detection unit when the moving image
is being displayed on the display aparatus,

(b) to keep a display of frame images of the animation information without starting a transition display of frame images of
the animation information while the touch on the display apparatus which caused the first frame image of the animation information
to be displayed is being detected, and

(c) to start a transition display of frame images of the animation information in response to detecting, by the detection
unit, that the touch on the display apparatus which caused the first frame image of the animation information to be displayed
is released.

US Pat. No. 9,057,969

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

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 compound represented by the following formula (1); and
a gallium phthalocyanine, and wherein, the content of the compound represented by the formula (1) in the photosensitive layer
is from 10 ppm to 1,000 ppm (mass ratio) based on the gallium phthalocyanine,

H2N—CH2—R1—CH2—NH2  (1)

wherein, in the formula (1),
R1 represents a single bond, a substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group having 1 to 10 main-chain carbon atoms,

a substituent of the substituted alkylene group is an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, an alkyl group having 1 to 3
carbon atoms and substituted with an amino group, or a hydroxy group,

one of the carbon atoms in the main chain of the alkylene group may be replaced with an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, or a bivalent
group represented by the formula —NR2—, and

R2 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms and substituted
with an amino group.

US Pat. No. 9,055,911

RADIATION GENERATING DEVICE AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation generating device comprising:
an arm configured to support a radiation generating unit that generates radiation;
a post configured to support the arm;
a movable portion configured to support the post and to be movable on a floor; and
a supporting foot portion that is rotatable with respect to the movable portion.

US Pat. No. 9,054,147

ALIGNMENT METHOD, ALIGNMENT APPARATUS, AND ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT (EL) ELEMENT MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of carrying out alignment between a substrate and a mask, the substrate and the mask having respective alignment
marks, the method comprising:
irradiating the substrate with laser light and to measure vibrations of the substrate in a direction of gravity to produce
vibration data;

producing an antiphase vibrational wave, based on the corresponding vibration data produced in the irradiating step;
applying the antiphase vibrational wave to the substrate, thereby reducing the vibrations of the substrate in the direction
of gravity;

at a time when the measured vibrations of the substrate in the direction of gravity fall within a predetermined value that
is set in advance, taking images of relative positions of the respective alignment marks provided on the substrate and the
mask, from the substrate side, in the direction of gravity, and producing data corresponding to the obtained images;

calculating an amount of movement of one of the substrate and the mask in a horizontal direction, based on the data corresponding
to the obtained images; and

moving the one of the substrate and the mask, based on the calculated amount of movement.

US Pat. No. 10,055,052

OPERATION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANT INCLUDING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An operation apparatus comprising:a surface to which input of an operation is performed, the surface including a variable tactile portion whose tactile is variable;
a detector configured to detect input of a slide operation to the surface; and
a controller configured to control the tactile of the variable tactile portion such that the variable tactile portion is formed into one of a first tactile as a tactile of a region of the surface other than the variable tactile portion and a second tactile different from the first tactile,
wherein the controller is configured to control, in a case where the detector detects the input of the slide operation, the tactile of the variable tactile portion such that the variable tactile portion is formed into the first tactile before the detected slide operation reaches the variable tactile portion.

US Pat. No. 9,813,612

IMAGING APPARATUS, INFORMATION MANAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SUPERIMPOSING IMAGE DATA ON A DISPLAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire, from an external apparatus, other image data obtained by other imaging apparatuses,
and other image data information containing information about the other image data; and

a display control unit configured to arrange, in a first region of a display unit that displays an imaging confirmation screen
to confirm image data obtained by the image capturing unit, the image data and the other image data in an order of an imaging
date and an imaging time, and display, in a second region of the display unit, image data information indicating information
about the image data and other image information indicating information about the image data of all other imaging apparatuses
belonging to a same group as the imaging apparatus,

wherein the image data information comprises information indicating an identification of a photographer who is a user of the
imaging apparatus, and the other image data information comprises information indicating an identification of other photographers
who are users of the other imaging apparatuses.

US Pat. No. 9,784,972

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising a processor and a memory containing instructions that when executed by the
processor, cause the processor to perform operations, comprising:
storing attribute data having a first attribute and a second attribute that is different from the first attribute in association
with a position of a virtual object;

outputting warning information for a user, based on a position of the user and the position of the virtual object associated
with which the attribute data in a case where the first attribute indicates outputting of the warning information for the
user;

generating an image, in a case where the second attribute which indicates masking of a virtual object is set in accordance
with a position of a first virtual object without drawing a second virtual object in a region in which the position of the
first virtual object is closer to the position of the user than a position of the second virtual object, based on the position
of the real object with which the data is associated and the position at which the virtual object is arranged, and by drawing
the second virtual object in a region in which the position of the first virtual object is associated is farther from the
position of the user than the position of the second virtual object; and

outputting the image.

US Pat. No. 9,736,424

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

capture an object;
acquire image data;
acquire image capturing conditions of the image capturing apparatus;
hold history information of peripheral devices that have been connected to the image capturing apparatus;
acquire, from an external apparatus, image capturing auxiliary information related to image capturing performed by the image
capturing apparatus based on the acquired image capturing conditions and on the held history information, wherein the image
capturing auxiliary information includes composition data;

output signals for performing image capturing; and
output signals for acquiring the image capturing auxiliary information.

US Pat. No. 9,655,589

SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A subject information acquisition apparatus for transmitting an elastic wave to a subject, receiving the elastic wave reflected
from inside the subject, and acquiring information inside the subject, the subject information acquisition apparatus comprising:
a conversion device configured to receive the elastic wave and convert the elastic wave into an electrical signal;
a reference layer which is provided between the conversion device and the subject and whose viscosity coefficient and elastic
modulus are known;

a measuring unit configured to measure strain of the subject and strain of the reference layer which are generated when a
pressure is applied to the subject and the reference layer by using the electrical signal; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate a viscosity coefficient (?) of the subject by using a viscosity coefficient and
an elastic modulus of the reference layer, the strain of the subject, and the strain of the reference layer,

wherein
a pressure applied to the subject and the reference layer is periodic pressure application including releasing the pressure,
and

the calculation unit calculates the viscosity coefficient (?) of the subject by using an area of a hysteresis loop drawn with
strain values of the subject and strain values of the reference layer which are generated by the periodic pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,653,675

DRIVING APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving apparatus comprising:
a movable portion having a plurality of movable side guide portions;
a base portion having a plurality of fixed side guide portions opposed to said plurality of movable side guide portions;
a vibrator having a piezoelectric element, the vibrator being provided at either one of said movable portion and said base
portion;

a friction member provided at the other of said movable portion and said base portion;
a pressing portion, provided at said one of said movable portion and said base portion, for applying a pressing force to said
vibrator to bring the vibrator into pressed contact with said friction member; and

a plurality of rolling portions sandwiched between said plurality of movable side guide portions and said plurality of fixed
side guide portions,

wherein said plurality of movable side guide portions and said plurality of fixed side guide portions extend with a predetermined
length in a moving direction in which said movable portion is moved with respect to said base portion through said plurality
of rolling portions by vibration excited by said piezoelectric element, and

wherein, within spacing in a direction orthogonal to said moving direction of a pair of movable side guide portions of said
plurality of movable side guide portions, a pressing center of said pressing portion and another movable side guide portion
of said plurality of movable side guide portions are positioned.

US Pat. No. 9,563,142

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising:
toner particles each including a surface layer that contains an organic silicon polymer, the organic silicon polymer including
a unit represented by formula (1) or (2) below:

(in formula (2), L represents a methylene group, an ethylene group, or a phenylene group),
wherein, in a chart obtained by 29Si-NMR measurement performed on THF insoluble components of the toner particles, a ratio SQ3 of a peak area attributable to
a structure represented by formula (Q3) below to a total peak area of the organic silicon polymer satisfies mathematical formula
(3) below:

RF—SiO3/2  (Q3)
(in formula (Q3), RF represents one of structures represented by formulae (i) to (iv) below:
(in formulae (i) to (iv), * represents a bonding portion that bonds to the silicon atom, and in formulae (ii) and (iv), L
independently represents a methylene group, an ethylene group, or a phenylene group)), and
SQ3?0.40  (3), and

wherein a silicon concentration at surfaces of the toner particles determined by electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis
conducted on the surfaces of the toner particles is 2.5 atomic % or more.

US Pat. No. 9,561,922

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device, comprising:
a loading unit that loads a sheet;
a first rotating member that is arranged above the loading unit;
a second rotating member that is arranged upstream in a sheet feed direction of the first rotating member;
an adsorbing member in which an inside is supported in a loose state by the first rotating member and the second rotating
member and electrically adsorbs the sheet loaded on the loading unit;

a first nip member that, together with the first rotating member, nips the adsorbing member;
a second nip member that, together with the second rotating member, nips the adsorbing member;
a driving unit that rotates the first rotating member, the first nip member, the second rotating member, and the second nip
member;

a power source that applies a voltage to the adsorbing member and provides adsorption force of adsorbing the sheet by static
electricity; and

a control unit configured to control the driving unit,
wherein the control unit causes the sheet loaded on the loading unit to be adsorbed on the adsorbing member by increasing
a downward looseness amount of the adsorbing member and then feeds the sheet adsorbed on the adsorbing member while reducing
the downward looseness amount of the adsorbing member,

wherein a distance between the first rotating member and the sheet loaded on the loading unit is larger than a distance between
the second rotating member and the sheet loaded on the loading unit,

wherein two electrodes are arranged in the adsorbing member and the power source includes a first power source that applies
a positive voltage to one of the two electrodes and a second power source that applies a negative voltage to the other of
the two electrodes, and

wherein a conducting portion is formed in at least one of the first nip member and the second nip member, one of the first
power source and the second power source is connected to one of the two electrodes of the adsorbing member through the conducting
portion, and the other of the first power source and the second power source is connected to the other of the two electrodes
of the adsorbing member through the conducting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,560,961

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY TANGIBLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of tomographic images of an eye to be inspected;
a specification unit configured to specify an area of a tomographic image among the plurality of tomographic images, on which
a folded image is generated; and

a display control unit configured to control a display unit to display (1) a layer thickness map based on the plurality of
tomographic images with (2) data indicating the area on which the folded image is generated,

wherein the data indicating the area on which folded image is generated is superimposed on the layer thickness map, and
wherein the display control unit controls the display unit to display the layer thickness map with a color and to display
the data indicating the area on which the folded image is generated by a color different from the color of the layer thickness
map.

US Pat. No. 9,557,688

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONDUCTIVE SHEET GUIDE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a transfer portion transferring a toner image to a sheet;
a sheet guide portion guiding the sheet to the transfer portion, the sheet guide portion including:
a resin member made of resin;
a conductive portion provided to be in contact with the sheet to which the toner image is being transferred by the transfer
portion, supported on the resin member, and electrically connected to the resin member, the conductive portion having lower
volume resistivity than that of the resin member; and

a ground portion configured to be electrically connected to the resin member to ground the resin member,
wherein the conductive portion is grounded by passing current from the conductive portion, through the resin member, and to
the ground portion.

US Pat. No. 9,560,256

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURE METHOD IN WHICH AN IMAGE IS PROCESSED BY A PLURALITY OF IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A digital camera, comprising:
an imaging unit configured to output a signal for one frame via a first and a second channel,
wherein the frame is divided in half in the vertical direction into a first portion and a second portion,
wherein data read from the first portion of the frame is outputted via the first channel and data read from the second portion
of the frame is outputted the second channel, and

wherein the signal is concurrently read out from the first channel and the second channel;
a first storage unit configured to store the data outputted by the first channel and a second storage unit configured to store
the data outputted by the second channel,

wherein the first storage unit is different than the second storage unit;
a first color interpolation circuit to perform interpolation processing of the data stored in the first storage unit;
a second color interpolation circuit to perform interpolation processing of the data stored in the second storage unit,
wherein either the first color interpolation circuit or the second color interpolation circuit performs interpolation processing;
and

JPEG processing circuit to compress the signal as one frame.

US Pat. No. 9,521,339

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first correction unit configured to set each of a plurality of pixels included in an image as a target pixel in sequence,
determine whether or not the target pixel is a defective pixel, and correct the target pixel using peripheral pixels of the
target pixel in a case where the target pixel is determined to be a defective pixel, wherein the first correction unit does
not use, in the correction of the target pixel, a defective pixel in the peripheral pixels that is known at the time of the
correction of the target pixel; and

a second correction unit configured to correct each corrected pixel that has been corrected by the first correction unit using
a defective pixel which was unknown at the time of the correction, using the peripheral pixels used by the first correction
unit, wherein the second correction unit uses, for the defective pixel in the peripheral pixels used by the first correction
unit, a corrected pixel obtained by correcting the defective pixel by the first correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,509,997

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A coding apparatus configured to code multi-viewpoint images captured from a plurality of viewpoints with respect to an
object, the apparatus comprising:
an imaging element or device configured to capture images using parameters related to exposure set for each of the plurality
of viewpoints; and

at least one processor that operates to perform inter-frame predictive coding on an image to be coded using a reference image
selected from the images captured by the imaging element or device based on the parameters related to the exposure set for
each of the plurality of viewpoints,

wherein the at least one processor further operates to select the reference image based on the parameters related to exposure
and a parallax, which is a difference between a viewpoint from which the image to be coded is captured and a viewpoint from
which an image other than the image to be coded is captured,

wherein the at least one processor further operates to first determine whether an image is captured from a viewpoint of which
the parallax is within a predetermined range, and

wherein the at least one processor selects the reference image based on results of the first determination.

US Pat. No. 9,507,283

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, METHOD OF PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
a charge-generating layer on the support; and
a charge-transporting layer on the charge-generating layer,
wherein:
the charge-transporting layer is a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member;
the charge-transporting layer comprises a matrix-domain structure having:
a domain which comprises a polycarbonate resin A comprising:
a structural unit represented by one of the following formulae (A-1) and (A-2);
a structural unit represented by the following formula (B); and
a structural unit represented by the following formula (C); and
a matrix which comprises a charge-transporting substance and a resin D having a structural unit represented by the following
formula (D);

a content of the structural unit represented by one of the formulae (A-1) and (A-2) is from 5% by mass to 25% by mass based
on a total mass of the polycarbonate resin A;

a content of the structural unit represented by the formula (B) is from 35% by mass to 65% by mass based on the total mass
of the polycarbonate resin A;

a content of the structural unit represented by the formula (C) is from 10% by mass to 60% by mass based on the total mass
of the polycarbonate resin A,

in the formula (A-1):
Z11 and Z12 each independently represent an alkylene group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms;

R11 to R14 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, or a phenyl group; and

n11 represents a number of repetitions of a structure within parentheses, and an average of n11 in the formula (A-1) ranges from 10 to 150;

in the formula (A-2):
Z21 to Z23 each independently represent an alkylene group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms;

R16 to R27 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, or a phenyl group; and

n21, n22, and n23 each independently represent a number of repetitions of a structure within parentheses, an average of n21 and an average of n22 in the formula (A-2) each range from 1 to 10, and an average of n23 in the formula (A-2) ranges from 10 to 200;

in the formula (C):
Y31 represents an oxygen atom or a sulfur atom; and

R31 to R34 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a methyl group;

in the formula (D):
m41 represents 0 or 1;

when m41 represents 1, X41 represents an o-phenylene group, a m-phenylene group, a p-phenylene group, a bivalent group having two p-phenylene groups
bonded with a methylene group, or a bivalent group having two p-phenylene groups bonded with an oxygen atom;

Y41 represents a single bond, an oxygen atom, a methylene group, an ethylidene group, a propylidene group, a cyclohexylidene group,
a phenylmethylene group, or a phenylethylidene group; and

R41 to R48 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a methyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,507,545

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising: a determination unit configured to determine whether each of a plurality of pieces
of input image data is a blank sheet; a display control unit configured to display a preview image of the plurality of pieces
of input image data on a display unit; and an instruction unit configured to, in a case where a first preview image is displayed
on the display unit and a second preview image is not displayed on the display unit, perform an instruction to display a second
preview image, the first preview image being a preview image of first image data determined to be the blank sheet by the determination
unit, and the second preview image being a preview image of second image data that is different from the first image data,
and determined to be the blank sheet by the determination unit, wherein the second image data is a page closest to the first
image data from among the plurality of pieces of input image data, and wherein at least one of the determination unit, the
display control unit, and the instruction unit are implemented by a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,501,121

JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS USING MULTIPLE POWER SOURCES AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A job processing apparatus that performs job processing by using power supplied from a first power supply and a second
power supply, the job processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a job;
a calculating unit configured to calculate an amount of power consumed to process the received job;
a determining unit configured to determine whether the received job is executable based on a first amount of power that can
be supplied from the first power supply and the calculated amount of power;

a control unit configured to perform control so that the job is processed with the power supplied from the first power supply
if the determining unit determines that the job is executable with the first amount of power and the job is processed with
the power supplied from the second power supply if the determining unit determines that the job is not executable with the
first amount of power;

a storage unit configured to store a power history in which each executed job is associated with a type of the power supply
that is used; and

a charging unit configured to charge each job in accordance with the type of the power supply associated with the job stored
in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,495,123

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING SHORT-DISTANCE WIRELESS COMMUNICATION UNIT, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a near field communication (NFC) unit;
a display unit configured to display a setting screen for setting a desired type of NFC data exchange format (NDEF) data from
among a plurality of types of NDEF data written into the NFC unit, wherein the plurality of types of NDEF data include at
least an application installed in an external apparatus; and

a controller configured to write, into the NFC unit, the desired type of NDEF data set through the setting screen.

US Pat. No. 9,494,775

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side of the zoom lens to an image side of the zoom lens:
a first lens unit having positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having positive refractive power;
an aperture stop;
a fourth lens unit having positive refractive power; and
a fifth lens unit having negative refractive power,
wherein: (i) a distance between adjacent lens units of the zoom lens changes during zooming;
(ii) the third lens unit includes at least one positive lens and further includes at least one negative lens at the image
side with respect to the positive lens; and

(iii) following conditions are satisfied;
?4.00
?5.00 where f2 is a focal length of the second lens unit, f5 is a focal length of the fifth lens unit, fa is a combined focal length
of lenses disposed at the object side with respect to the aperture stop at a wide-angle end, and fb is a combined focal length
of lenses disposed at the image side with respect to the aperture stop at the wide-angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,497,352

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus having a plurality of lines, comprising:
a setting unit configured to set, for a line based on a user instruction, whether to permit transmission of data using the
line;

a selecting unit configured to select, automatically, a line from among lines which are set to permit transmission of data;
a transmission unit configured to transmit data by the line selected by the selecting unit; and
a changing unit configured to automatically change, for a line, a setting not to permit transmission of data using the line
to a setting to permit transmission of data using the line,

wherein when a predetermined line enters a disabled state and settings not to permit transmission of data are set for all
lines other than the predetermined line, the changing unit automatically changes, for one line of the lines other than the
predetermined line, the setting not to permit transmission of data using the one line to the setting to permit transmission
of data using the one line.

US Pat. No. 9,488,366

LIGHT EMISSION DEVICE FOR IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light emission device attachable and detachable to and from an imaging apparatus, comprising:
a light emission portion;
a storage portion for accommodating a battery supplying electric power for causing the light emission portion to emit light;
a cover portion for opening and closing the storage portion;
a connection portion electrically connected to a terminal portion of the imaging apparatus to which the light emission device
is attached; and

a contact portion electrically connected to the battery accommodated in the storage portion when the cover portion is closed,
wherein the storage portion is arranged such that one end of the battery accommodated in the storage portion in a longitudinal
direction is further away from a plane including a surface of the connection portion facing the terminal portion of the imaging
apparatus to which the light emission device is attached than the other end of the battery in the longitudinal direction,

wherein the cover portion and the storage portion are arranged side by side in the longitudinal direction of the battery accommodated
in the storage portion,

wherein the cover portion opens and closes the storage portion by rotating around a rotation shaft substantially perpendicular
to the surface of the connection portion facing the terminal portion, and

wherein the contact portion is provided on a surface which is inclined to the rotation shaft by an angle substantially the
same as an inclination angle of the storage portion to the surface of the connection portion facing the terminal portion.

US Pat. No. 9,485,388

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND COMPUTER STORAGE MEDIUM CONFIGURED FOR LINE CORRECTION BASED ON A NUMBER OF LINKED DOTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that corrects multivalued data on which halftone processing has been performed, the image
processing apparatus comprising:
a first input unit configured to input multivalued data of a correction line to be corrected among the multivalued data;
a second input unit configured to input multivalued data of a precedent line that precedes the correction line by N lines;
a detection unit configured to detect a number of linked dots, wherein the number of linked dots indicates how many pixels
having a pixel value that is equal to or greater than a predetermined threshold value are linked in the multivalued data in
a sub scanning direction from a bottom-end edge located closest to the correction line to the correction line; and

a line correction unit configured to determine whether to correct each pixel in the correction line based on the number of
linked dots indicated by the detection unit and correct the multivalued data of the pixel determined to be corrected in the
correction line inputted by the first input unit,

wherein the detection unit has a counter for counting pixels having a pixel value that is equal to or greater than a predetermined
threshold value and controls a counter value of the counter based on a result of detecting pixels having a pixel value that
is less than a predetermined threshold value between the correction line and the precedent line, so as to detect the number
of linked dots that are linked from a side of the correction line to the bottom-end edge in the sub scanning direction, and

the bottom-end edge is an edge at which the density becomes lower in the sub scanning direction and the lower of density values
represents the background color.

US Pat. No. 9,485,406

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
an image data obtaining unit configured to obtain image data of an optical image of an object, the image data being obtained
by an imaging unit, wherein the imaging unit is configured to output parallax images as the image data, wherein the imaging
unit includes a plurality of pixels arranged in an array in a first direction and a second direction different from the first
direction in a pixel array area, wherein the image data are output from the plurality of pixels arranged in the pixel array
area of the imaging unit on a line by line basis, wherein the line is extended in the first direction, and wherein a plurality
of the lines are arranged repeatedly in the second direction;

a setting unit configured to set a focus detection area which includes a plurality of detection areas;
a mode information obtaining unit configured to obtain setting information of a focus detection mode, wherein the focus detection
mode includes a first mode and a second mode, and wherein a size of a region, where the focus detection area is set, in the
second direction in the second mode is larger than a size of a region, where the focus detection area is set, in the second
direction in the first mode;

a generating unit configured to generate defocus information by calculating a phase difference of the parallax images in the
first direction; and

a drive signal generation unit configured to generate a drive signal for a photographing optical system on the basis of the
focus detection information,

wherein a size of the detection area in the first direction in the second mode is larger than a size of the detection area
in the first direction in the first mode,

wherein an arrangement of the detection areas in the second direction in the second mode is more discrete than an arrangement
of detection areas in the second direction in the first mode, and

wherein at least one of the image data obtaining unit, the mode information obtaining unit, the setting unit, the generating
unit, and the drive signal generation unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,484,178

TARGET AND X-RAY GENERATING TUBE INCLUDING THE SAME, X-RAY GENERATING APPARATUS, X-RAY IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A target comprising;
a target layer configured to be irradiated with an electron to generate an X-ray, and
a support substrate configured to support the target layer, wherein the support substrate is a polyhedron containing a polycrystalline
diamond and including multiple structure planes each of which has a normal line from one another, and

wherein the target layer is supported by the support substrate at a structure plane with a smaller area density of a monocrystalline
domain showing a {101} plane than each of an area density of a monocrystalline domain showing a {100} plane and an area density
of a monocrystalline domain showing a {111} plane.

US Pat. No. 9,483,016

PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photosensitive drum for use with an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a cylinder, having a photosensitive layer at its surface, to which process means is contacted;
a supporting shaft extending through said cylinder; and
a flange provided at a longitudinal end portion of said cylinder, said flange having a radially inner side and a radially
outer side, the radially inner side being disposed closer to said supporting shaft,

wherein said flange includes:
a supporting projection disposed on the radially outer side of said flange and supporting an inner peripheral portion of said
cylinder with a longitudinal region corresponding to a direct contact area at which the process means is in direct contact
with said cylinder,

a first supported projection disposed on the radially inner side of said flange and supported by said supporting shaft, said
first supported projection disposed further from said longitudinal end portion of said cylinder than said supporting projection,

a second supported projection disposed on the radially inner side of said flange and supported by said supporting shaft, said
second supported projection disposed closer to said longitudinal end portion of said cylinder than said supporting projection,
and

a clearance provided between said first supported projection and said second supported projection with respect to a longitudinal
direction of said cylinder,

wherein with respect to the longitudinal direction of said cylinder, said supporting projection is provided at a position
overlapping with said clearance, not overlapping with said first supported projection, and not overlapping with said second
supported projection.

US Pat. No. 9,479,663

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a wireless communication unit which embodies a processor configured to execute wireless communication, the wireless communication
unit being operable in a power saving mode in which a state of the wireless communication unit is transitioned to an Awake
state and to a Doze state in synchronization with a beacon of an access point;

a setting unit configured to set, based on a user instruction, whether the power saving mode is to be used;
a display unit configured to display a screen; and
a controlling unit configured to, in a case where the setting unit sets that the power saving mode is to be used, perform
control to temporarily disable the power saving mode in a condition that the display unit displays a predetermined screen.

US Pat. No. 9,477,915

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINT APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, WITH NOTIFICATION OF ROTATION RESULT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus for controlling a print apparatus to print an image on a sheet based on print data, the print
control apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program; and
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the memory,
wherein in a case where a user designates from a plurality of print apparatuses a print apparatus to be used for printing
of the image, the processor determines whether a width of a sheet set in the designated print apparatus corresponds to the
width of the image,

wherein in a case where it is determined that the width of the sheet set in the designated print apparatus does not correspond
to the width of the image, or the user does not designate a print apparatus from the plurality of print apparatuses, (a) the
processor acquires, for the designated print apparatus or each of the plurality of print apparatuses, information relating
to a rotation result in a case that the image is rotated with respect to a sheet set in the designated print apparatus or
the plurality of print apparatuses, and (b) the processor notifies a user of the rotation result based on the information
acquired for the designated print apparatus or each of the plurality of print apparatuses,

wherein in a case where the rotation result is notified based on the information acquired for each of the plurality of print
apparatuses, the processor controls a print apparatus selected from the plurality of print apparatuses to print the image,
in accordance with an instruction by the user,

wherein in a case where the rotation result is notified based on the information acquired for the designated print apparatus,
the processor controls the designated print apparatus to print the image which is rotated in accordance with an instruction
by the user, and

wherein in a case where the user designates the print apparatus and it is determined that the width of the sheet set in the
designated print apparatus corresponds to the width of the image, the processor (a) does not notify the user of the rotation
result, and (b) controls the designated print apparatus to print the image on the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,471,979

IMAGE RECOGNIZING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image recognizing apparatus comprising:
a memory for storing a program;
a processor for executing the program stored in the memory to function as:
an extracting unit configured to extract a partial feature quantity from an object in an input image;
a determination unit configured to determine, based on an attribute of the partial feature quantity extracted by the extracting
unit, whether or not a parameter for dimension reduction is to be dynamically generated;

a generation unit configured to generate a dynamic parameter for dimension reduction if the determination unit determines
that the parameter is to be dynamically generated;

a read out unit configured to read out a preset parameter for dimension reduction stored in a parameter storing unit if the
determination unit does not determine that the parameter is to be dynamically generated;

a reduction unit configured to reduce a dimension of the partial feature quantity using the dynamic parameter for dimension
reduction generated by the generation unit or the preset parameter for dimension reduction read out by the read out unit;

a feature quantity storing unit configured to store the partial feature quantity of an object in a registration image of which
a dimension has been reduced; and

a calculating unit configured to calculate similarity between the object in the input image and the object in the registration
image, using the partial feature quantity of the object in the input image of which the dimension has been reduced by the
compressing unit and the partial feature quantity of the object in the registration image stored in the storing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,472,648

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a semiconductor device including a DMOS transistor, an NMOS transistor, and a PMOS transistor
arranged on a semiconductor substrate,
wherein the DMOS transistor includes a source region, a drain region, a first semiconductor region that is of a first conductivity
type and has a lower impurity concentration than the drain region, and a second semiconductor region that is of a second conductivity
type opposite to the first conductivity type, and is formed to be adjacent to the first semiconductor region, the drain region
being formed in the first semiconductor region, and the source region being formed in the second impurity region,

the manufacturing method of the semiconductor device comprising:
a first step of forming the first semiconductor region at the same time as a first well of the first conductivity type in
which one of the NMOS transistor and the PMOS transistor is to be formed; and

a second step of forming the second semiconductor region at the same time as a second well of the second conductivity type
in which the other of the NMOS transistor and the PMOS transistor is to be formed.

US Pat. No. 9,473,683

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, LENS UNIT, COMMUNICATION CONTROLLING METHOD, AND DIAPHRAGM CONTROLLING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus adapted for detachable engagement with a lens unit, the apparatus comprising:
a communication unit for communication with a lens unit, capable of switching between a first communication mode of transmitting
first control information to the lens unit and a second communication mode of transmitting second control information different
from the first control information to the lens unit; and

a control unit configured to control communication with the lens unit;
wherein the first control information and the second control information are diaphragm control information for controlling
a diaphragm included in the lens unit, and

wherein the control unit performs the communication control such that, while the control based on either one of the first
control information and the second control information is performed, the other one of the first control information and the
second control information is not transmitted, and while the control based on the one of the first control information and
the second control information is not performed, the other one of the first control information and the second control information
is transmitted.

US Pat. No. 9,472,766

FUSED POLYCYCLIC COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fused polycyclic compound represented by the following general formula [1] or [2]:

wherein in the general formulas [1] and [2], R1 to R20 are each independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a cyano group, a substituted or an unsubstituted
alkyl group, a substituted or an unsubstituted aryl group, and a substituted or an unsubstituted heterocyclic group.

US Pat. No. 9,463,600

METHOD OF PRODUCING COMPOSITE OPTICAL ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a composite optical element in which a transparent thermoplastic resin material is integrated with
one surface of a transparent glass substrate by heating, the method comprising:
a molding step of molding a composite optical element by integrating the transparent thermoplastic resin material with the
one surface of the transparent glass substrate in a heated state;

a cooling step of cooling the composite optical element prepared in the molding step to a first cooling temperature lower
than a glass transition temperature of the transparent thermoplastic resin material;

after the cooling step, a heating step of heating an interface layer of the transparent thermoplastic resin material, the
interface layer contacting the transparent glass substrate, to a temperature equal to or higher than the glass transition
temperature of the transparent thermoplastic resin material, by causing infrared light having a wavelength region in which
an infrared absorptivity of the transparent thermoplastic resin material is higher than an infrared absorptivity of the transparent
glass substrate to enter from a surface on the transparent glass substrate to the transparent thermoplastic resin material;
and

a stress removal step of cooling the composite optical element to a second cooling temperature lower than the first cooling
temperature,

wherein in the heating step, only a portion of the interface layer that is in contact with the transparent glass substrate
is heated, and

wherein the portion of the interface layer has a thickness of 10 ?m to 450 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,467,709

DATA DECODING DEVICE AND PROCESS OPERATING DEPENDING ON SELECTED MODES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data decoding device comprising:
at least one memory storing a program; and
a CPU, operating under control of the program, to perform:
a first decoding step,
a second decoding step,
a combining step,
a first selecting step,
a second selecting step, and
a reference data separation step, wherein
in a case where a high speed operation mode is selected, the first selecting step controls a path so that reference data is
transmitted to a first decoding unit that performs the first decoding step without separation by the reference data separation
step, the first decoding step performs decoding processing based on compressed data of a first line and reference data for
the first line and outputs first decoded data obtained by decoding the compressed data of the first line for a memory and
the second decoding step that is performed by a second decoding unit, the second selecting step controls a path between the
first and the second decoding units so that decoded data outputted from the first decoding unit is transmitted to the second
decoding unit, and the second decoding step performs decoding processing based on compressed data of a second line next to
the first line and the first decoded data and outputs second decoded data obtained by decoding the compressed data of the
second line for a memory, wherein the decoding processing by the first decoding step and the decoding processing by the second
decoding step are performed in parallel, and

in a case where a high picture-quality operation mode is selected, the first selecting step controls a path so that reference
data is transmitted to the first decoding unit through separation by the reference data separation step, the reference data
separation step separates reference data into higher-end reference data and lower-end reference data, the first decoding step
performs decoding processing based on higher-end compressed data of pixels included in an object line and the higher-end reference
data and outputs third decoded data obtained by decoding the higher-end compressed data for the combining step, the second
selecting step controls the path between the first and the second decoding units so that decoded data outputted from the first
decoding unit is not transmitted to the second decoding unit, the second decoding step performs decoding processing based
on lower-end compressed data of pixels included in the object line and the lower-end reference data and outputs fourth decoded
data obtained by decoding the lower-end compressed data for the combining step, and the combining step generates decoded data
of the object line based on the third decoded data and the fourth decoded data.

US Pat. No. 9,465,303

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus of transferring a pattern on a substrate on which a resist has been coated via a projection optical
system disposed in an exposure chamber, the apparatus comprising:
a substrate stage configured to move while holding the substrate;
an atmosphere maintaining unit configured to maintain a space in the exposure chamber in an air atmosphere;
a gas supply unit configured to selectively supply one of air and a mixed gas containing air and an inert gas to a local space,
between a final surface of the projection optical system and the substrate held by the substrate stage, of the space;

a first detector configured to detect a position of a reference mark formed on the substrate stage; and
a controller configured to determine a gas to be supplied by the gas supply unit in response to a processing operation and
control the gas supply unit to supply the determined gas,

wherein the processing operation includes detection of the reference mark and an exposure to the substrate, and
wherein the controller controls the gas supply unit to supply the air at the time of the detection of the reference mark and
supply the mixed gas containing the air and the inert gas at the time of the exposure to the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,457,978

ARTICLE DELIVERY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A delivery system comprising:
a supply device having a supply port for supplying an article;
a receiving device having a receiving port configured to receive the article that is supplied from the supply port; and
a storage unit that is arranged between the supply device and the receiving device and stores sheets that are supplied from
the supply port, wherein

the system is configured to have a first state in which the supply port and the receiving port engage and the supply device
and the receiving device are joined, and to have a second state in which the supply device and the receiving device are separated,
and

in the first state, sheets that are supplied from the supply port are delivered by way of the receiving port, and in the second
state, sheets drop into and are stored in the storage unit without passing through the receiving port.

US Pat. No. 9,456,789

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. An object information acquisition apparatus comprising:
a holding member including a movable holding member configured to be movable in a direction of sandwiching an object;
an irradiation member configured to irradiate the object with light from a light source through the holding member;
an acoustic wave detection unit configured to receive an acoustic wave generated in the object by the light and to convert
the acoustic wave into an electrical signal;

a processing unit configured to acquire information in the object by using the electrical signal;
a light diffusion member configured to be arranged on the movable holding member; and
an imaging unit configured to capture an optical pattern formed when the light diffusion member is irradiated with the light,
wherein a distance between a light emission position of the irradiation member and the light diffusion member is changed by
movement of the movable holding member,

wherein the imaging unit is configured to be capable of adjusting a focus according to the distance between the light emission
position of the irradiation member and the light diffusion member,

wherein a distance between the imaging unit and the light diffusion member is changed by relative movement of the light emission
position of the irradiation member and the light diffusion member, and

wherein the processing unit is configured to compare a distance between the imaging unit and the light diffusion member when
the optical pattern is captured at a reference angle of view with a distance between the imaging unit and the light diffusion
member when a first optical pattern is captured at the reference angle of view and correct an imaging signal of the first
optical pattern to correct the difference in the angle of view and acquire, based on the corrected imaging signal of the first
optical pattern, a relative illuminance distribution when the first optical pattern is captured.

US Pat. No. 9,454,087

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which includes a projection optical system that projects a pattern of a reticle onto a substrate,
and exposes the substrate through the projection optical system and a liquid, the apparatus comprising:
a supply unit which includes a supply path connected to a supply port, and is configured to supply the liquid to a space between
the projection optical system and the substrate through the supply port and the supply path;

a recovery unit which includes a recovery path connected to a recovery port, and is configured to recover the liquid, supplied
to the space, through the recovery port and the recovery path;

a nozzle member which is disposed around the projection optical system, and includes the supply port and the recovery port
formed therein, wherein the supply path includes, in the nozzle member, a supply path which is disposed along a circumference
of a circle to surround an optical axis of the projection optical system, and the recovery path includes, in the nozzle member,
a recovery path which is disposed outside the supply path along a circumference of a circle to surround the optical axis;
and

a heating unit which is disposed along the recovery path, and configured to heat the liquid recovered through the recovery
port and the recovery path.

US Pat. No. 9,442,398

POSITION DETECTOR, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mark detector for detecting a mark, the mark detector comprising:
an optical system configured to detect the mark and including:
a lens that has a positive refractive power;
a reflection portion composed of a transparent first material; and
a reflection member,
wherein the reflection portion has a reflection surface configured to reflect an incident light that passes through the transparent
first material, where the incident light is in a convergent or divergent state,

wherein the reflection member is made of a second material different from the first material and is disposed behind the reflection
surface of the reflection portion, and

wherein the second material is at least one of a material that exhibits a refractive index of less than 1.0 and greater than
0.0 and an extinction coefficient of greater than 0.0 or a material that exhibits a refractive index of greater than 1.0 and
an extinction coefficient of greater than 0.5.

US Pat. No. 9,445,009

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF GENERATING COMPOSITE VIDEO IMAGE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first computation unit configured to find a first composition ratio of a plurality of frames of images that are continuously
taken at mutually different exposures based on luminance of at least one of the plurality of frames of images;

a second computation unit configured to find a second composition ratio of the plurality of frames of images based on the
luminance difference between the plurality of frames of images;

a third computation unit configured to find a third composition ratio as a final composition ratio for compositing the plurality
of frames of images based on the first composition ratio, the second composition ratio, and shutter speed at a time of taking
the plurality of frames of images; and

a composition unit configured to generate one frame of an image by compositing the plurality of frames of images based on
the third composition ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,445,023

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a first photoelectric conversion element including a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type;
a first floating diffusion region of the first conductivity type;
a first transfer gate configured to transfer an electric carrier of the first photoelectric conversion element to the first
floating diffusion region;

a second photoelectric conversion element including a second semiconductor region of the first conductivity type;
a second floating diffusion region of the first conductivity type;
a second transfer gate configured to transfer an electric carrier of the second photoelectric conversion element to the second
floating diffusion region;

a third semiconductor region of a second conductivity type in which the first semiconductor region and the second semiconductor
region are provided; and

a contact part provided on the third semiconductor region and being in contact with a part of the third semiconductor region,
wherein the first semiconductor region, the second semiconductor region, and the part of the third semiconductor region form
a continuous active region.

US Pat. No. 9,438,792

IMAGE-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE-PROCESSING METHOD FOR GENERATING A VIRTUAL ANGLE OF VIEW

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-processing apparatus, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain first image data having a first angle of view obtained by image-capturing and second
image data having a second angle of view smaller than the first angle of view, the second image data corresponding to the
same viewpoint as the first image data, wherein the second image data has been generated using fourth image data and fifth
image data each having the second angle of view and each captured from viewpoints different from each other; and

a generating unit configured to generate third image data, corresponding to the same viewpoint as the first and second image
data, by performing weighted combination of the first image data and the second image data, the third image data having a
third angle of view determined according to a user command, wherein the third image data has an angle of view that is smaller
than the first angle of view but is larger than the second angle of view,

wherein the generating unit determines weights on the first image data and the second image data used for the weighted combination
such that the closer the third angle of view is to the second angle of view, the larger the weight on the second image data
is relative to the weight on the first image data, and

wherein the generating unit performs the weighted combination of the first image data and the second image data using the
determined weights.

US Pat. No. 9,438,875

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate first developed image data by correcting an image data formed by an imaging unit
with use of a first white balance correction value corresponding to a first light source, and generate second developed image
data by correcting the image data formed by the imaging unit with use of a second white balance correction value corresponding
to a second light source, wherein the first developed image data and the second developed image data are generated by correcting
the same image data;

a color evaluation value calculation unit configured to calculate a color evaluation value of each of the plurality areas
in the image data;

a combining ratio calculation unit configured to calculate a combining ratio based on the color evaluation value of each area,
which is calculated by the color evaluation value calculation unit, relative to a color evaluation value of white under one
of the light sources; and

a combining unit configured to combine the first developed image data and the second developed image data according to the
combining ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,438,914

ENCODING APPARATUS AND ENCODING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An encoding apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the encoding apparatus to:
encode an image to be encoded;
generate a local decoded image from the encoded image;
calculate difference values between pixels included in the local decoded image and pixels included in the image to be encoded;
select one of the calculated difference values, wherein the selected difference value is a value which is most frequent in
the calculated difference values; and

correct each pixel of the local decoded image based on the selected difference value.

US Pat. No. 9,437,637

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD AND RESIST PATTERN FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a semiconductor device comprising:
a first step of forming a first photoresist film on a substrate;
a second step of forming a first photoresist pattern by exposing and then developing the first photoresist film;
a third step of irradiating the first photoresist pattern with ultraviolet light to cure a surface of the first photoresist
pattern;

a fourth step of forming a second photoresist film so as to cover the substrate and the first photoresist pattern;
a fifth step of forming a second photoresist pattern at least a part of which is provided on the first photoresist pattern
by exposing and then developing the second photoresist film; and

a sixth step of performing ion implantation in the substrate using the second photoresist pattern,
wherein the second photoresist pattern is:
(i) not subjected to ultraviolet irradiation after the second photoresist film has been developed and before the ion implantation
is performed, or

(ii) irradiated with the ultraviolet light, after the second photoresist film has been developed and before the ion implantation
is performed, under a condition that at least one of an ultraviolet light irradiation amount, an ultraviolet light irradiation
time, and an atmospheric temperature at the time of ultraviolet irradiation is reduced relative to that in the third step,
and

wherein, in the fifth step, a mask having an opening a diameter of which is smaller than that of an opening of a mask that
is used in the second step is used.

US Pat. No. 9,429,866

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charger that charges the photosensitive member;
an optical scanning apparatus configured to scan the photosensitive member with a light beam output from a light source when
a driving current modulated based on image information is supplied to the light source;

a developer configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member by scanning of the light
beam by the optical scanning apparatus to form an image on the photosensitive member, and

a control unit configured to control the optical scanning apparatus,
wherein the optical scanning apparatus comprises:
the light source configured to output the light beam having a light power dependent on a value of the driving current;
a detection unit configured to detect the light power of the light beam output from the light source;
a capacitor configured to hold a voltage;
a charging unit configured to charge the capacitor, and
a comparison unit configured to compare a voltage corresponding to the light power detected by the detection unit with a reference
voltage corresponding to the target light power,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the charging unit so that the capacitor is charged by the charging unit
and configured to control the value of the driving current,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the charging unit so that the capacitor is charged by the charging unit
in a state where the driving current is not supplied to the light source, to control the charging unit based on a detection
result of the detection unit so that the voltage held in the capacitor is controlled from the voltage of the capacitor charged
in the state where the driving current is not supplied to the light source, and to control the value of the driving current
based on the voltage held in the capacitor controlled by the control unit,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the value of the driving current such that the light power of the light
beam is controlled to a target light power, by changing the voltage of the capacitor based on a comparison result of the comparison
unit such that the voltage corresponding to the light power detected by the detection unit approaches the reference voltage,

wherein the control unit is configured to start to supply the driving current to the light source after the capacitor is charged
to a predetermined voltage by the charging unit in a turn-off state of the light source before light beam scans the photosensitive
member, and

when starting to supply the driving current to the light source, the control unit is configured to decide the driving current
to be supplied to the light source based on the predetermined voltage to which the capacitor is charged by the charging unit
in the turn-off state.

US Pat. No. 9,429,900

CARTRIDGE SUPPORTING MEMBER HAVING DIFFERENT MOVING DIRECTION GUIDE PORTIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, said image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge supporting member movable between an inside position in which said cartridge supporting member is inside a main
assembly of said image forming apparatus in a state of carrying a first cartridge and a second cartridge, each of which includes
a developing roller, and a drawn position in which said cartridge supporting member is outside said main assembly of said
apparatus and in which said first cartridge and said second cartridge are mountable and demountable relative to said cartridge
supporting member, wherein said cartridge supporting member includes a first mounting portion to which said first cartridge
is mountable, and a second mounting portion to which said second cartridge is mountable, said second mounting portion being
disposed upstream of said first mounting portion with respect to a drawing direction in which said cartridge supporting member
is moved from the inside position to the drawn position;

a belt member configured to contact a plurality of photosensitive drums when said cartridge supporting member is positioned
at the inside position;

a first guide portion, provided on said cartridge supporting member, for guiding mounting and dismounting of said first cartridge
relative to said first mounting portion; and

a second guide portion, provided on said cartridge supporting member, for guiding mounting and dismounting of said second
cartridge relative to said second mounting portion,

wherein said first cartridge is dismounted from said first mounting portion in a first moving direction within said cartridge
supporting member guided by said first guide portion, and said second cartridge is dismounted from said second mounting portion
in a second moving direction within said cartridge supporting member guided by said second guide portion, wherein said second
guide portion has a guiding portion that includes an inclined guiding portion which is inclined toward the drawing direction
more than a guiding portion of said first guide portion, and the second moving direction is different from the first moving
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,429,415

SURFACE EMITTING LASER HAVING A FACTOR OF EQUIVALENT REFRACTIVE INDEX CONSTRAINT BY SCALED CENTRAL WAVELENGTHS AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH SUCH SURFACE EMITTING LASER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A surface emitting laser comprising:
a lower reflector;
a first spacer layer;
an active layer;
a second spacer layer composed of a semiconductor material;
a central non-oxidized region within a peripheral oxidized region;
a third spacer layer composed of the semiconductor material;
a gap section formed of at least one of vacuum and gas; and
an upper reflector,
wherein the lower reflector, the first spacer layer, the active layer, the second spacer layer, the central non-oxidized region,
the third spacer layer, the gap section, and the upper reflector are disposed respectively,

wherein the surface emitting laser varies a wavelength of light to emit by changing a distance between an interface between
the third spacer layer and the gap section and an interface between the upper reflector and the gap section, and

wherein, expressions (1) and (3) are satisfied:
(ma/2+3/16)?0?neff×d?(ma/2+?)?0  (1)

(mb/2+3/16)?0?neff?×du?(mb/2+?)?0  (3),

in which neff denotes an equivalent refractive index of the layers interposed between a first interface between the lower reflector and
the first spacer layer and a second interface between the third spacer layer and the gap section,

d denotes a distance between the first interface and the second interface,
ma denotes an integer of 2 or larger, and
?0 denotes a central wavelength of a reflection wavelength band of the upper reflector or the lower reflector,

neff? denotes an equivalent refractive index of at least a layer disposed between the second interface and a third interface between
the second spacer layer and the central non-oxidized region,

du denotes a distance between the second interface and the third interface,
mb denotes an integer of 0 or larger, and
?0 denotes the central wavelength of the reflection wavelength band of the upper reflector or the lower reflector.

US Pat. No. 9,433,031

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first radio communication unit that communicates with another communication apparatus;
a first acquisition unit that acquires device information regarding said another communication apparatus via the first radio
communication unit;

a storage unit that stores the acquired device information via the first radio communication unit;
a second radio communication unit that communicates with said another communication apparatus, using a different radio communication
system from that of the first radio communication unit;

a detection unit that, when a predetermined service is being executed with said another communication apparatus based on the
device information acquired by the first acquisition unit, detects a predetermined signal to stop executing of the predetermined
service via the second radio communication unit,

a determination unit that, if the detection unit detects the predetermined signal, determines whether device information,
included in the predetermined signal, regarding said another communication apparatus is included in the device information
which has been acquired via the first radio communication unit and has been stored in the storage unit; and

an execution unit that,
(i) if the device information, included in the predetermined signal, regarding said another communication apparatus is included
in the device information which has been acquired via the first radio communication unit and has been stored in the storage
unit, executes stop processing of the predetermined service, and,

(ii) if the device information, included in the predetermined signal, regarding said another communication apparatus is not
included in the device information which has been acquired via the first radio communication unit and has been stored in the
storage unit, does not execute the stop processing of the predetermined service.

US Pat. No. 9,427,145

OPHTHALMOLOGIC MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic measurement apparatus comprising:
a measurement unit configured to acquire an image of an eye to be inspected;
a main unit in which the measurement unit is placed and which includes a holding part for holding the main unit with a hand;
an eyepiece part having a shape asymmetric about a measurement optical axis of the measurement unit and capable of being in
contact with an area around an eye to be inspected;

a position detection unit configured to detect a position of the eyepiece part;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire eye distinguishing information indicating whether the eye to be inspected is a right
eye or a left eye; and

a display control unit configured to control a display unit to display an image of the eye to be inspected such that the image
of the eye to be inspected is rotated in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction based on the eye distinguishing information
and the position of the eyepiece part detected by the position by the detection unit and a resultant image is displayed.

US Pat. No. 9,432,537

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING A PAPER FEED UNIT SELECTION SCREEN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display a paper selection screen via which a user is operable to select a paper to be used for
printing, wherein the paper selection screen includes a selection list that provides a user with information of a plurality
of paper holding units of the image forming apparatus in a plurality of pages;

a determining unit configured to determine whether or not an error related to a paper occurs in the image forming apparatus;
and

a specifying unit configured to specify a page of the plurality of pages including information of a paper holding unit related
to the error in response to the determination unit having determined that the error related to a paper occurs in the image
forming apparatus,

wherein in a case that the page specified by the specifying unit is not a first page of the plurality of pages, the display
unit displays the paper selection screen that initially displays a selection list including the page specified by the specifying
unit other than the first page of the plurality of pages.

US Pat. No. 9,432,545

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING TRANSITION TO A SLEEP MODE AND SETTING OF AN INTERRUPT SETTING IN ACCORDANCE WITH RECEPTION OF DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having an interface for communicating with an external apparatus, the information processing
apparatus comprising:
a processor;
a memory;
a detection unit configured to detect that a transition condition for the information processing apparatus to transition into
a sleep mode is satisfied;

a setting unit configured to set, for the interface, (a) a NAK response setting for indicating that a NAK response is performed
upon a data reception and (b) an interrupt setting for indicating that an interrupt is caused to occur upon a reception of
data, in a case where the detection unit detects that the transition condition is satisfied; and

a controlling unit configured to stop a transition to the sleep mode, when the interrupt is caused to occur during the interval
after the setting unit has set the NAK response setting and the interrupt setting to the interface until the transition to
the sleep mode is completed, and to cancel the NAK response setting and the interrupt setting set to the interface,

wherein the detection unit, the setting unit and the controlling unit are implemented at least in part by the processor executing
at least one program recorded on the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,423,739

ENDLESS BELT FOR FIXING, FIXING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ENDLESS BELT FOR FIXING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An endless belt for fixing, the endless belt comprising:
a base layer including a first layer, a second layer, and a third layer disposed between the first layer and the second layer,
each of which are made of nickel; and

a toner parting layer provided on the base layer,
wherein a content rate of phosphorus in the first layer and the second layer is lower than that in the third layer.

US Pat. No. 9,426,322

NETWORK DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM WITH MANAGEMENT OF A SHARED SETTING VALUE AND A UNIQUE SETTING VALUE FOR EACH NETWORK DEVICE OF A PLURALITY OF NETWORK DEVICES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising a central processing unit coupled to a memory, where the central processing
unit is programmed to provide:
a managing unit configured to manage setting values of a plurality of network devices, wherein the setting values include
a shared setting value to be set on the plurality of network devices and a unique setting value to be set on a single network
device, where the unique setting value is a setting value unique to the single network;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire a request of an initialization for initializing at least a part of the setting value
managed by the managing unit; and

an initializing unit configured to initialize the unique setting value managed by the managing unit without initializing the
shared setting value managed by the managing unit if the request of the initialization is acquired.

US Pat. No. 9,425,584

LASER DRIVE DEVICE THAT DRIVES LASER DIODE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A laser drive device that drives a laser diode, comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a light amount of a laser beam output from the laser diode;
a light amount control unit configured to control the light amount of the laser beam output from the laser diode to a plurality
of set light amounts by controlling a drive current supplied to the laser diode according to a detection output from said
detection unit;

a threshold current calculation unit configured to calculate a threshold current according to the detection output from said
detection unit and a drive current supplied to the laser diode; and

a control unit configured to switch and select the plurality of set light amounts, compare a plurality of threshold currents
with each other which are obtained from said threshold current calculation unit with respect to the plurality of set light
amounts, respectively, and determine a set light amount among the plurality of set light amounts as a determined set light
amount for use in light amount control of the laser diode according to whether a difference in threshold currents corresponding
to the determined set light amount and another set light amount among the plurality of set light amounts is not less than
a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,426,354

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensing apparatus comprising:
an image sensing unit configured to output data in which respective pixels of image signals of each frame correspond to light
beams having different pupil regions through which the light beams have passed in an imaging optical system;

at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following units:
a display unit configured to perform a display of an image on a display;
a detection unit configured to detect a specific subject in the image;
a decision unit configured to decide a focal position at which the specific subject detected by the detection unit is focused
on;

a driving unit configured to decide a driving position of the focus lens based on the focal position decided by the decision
unit, and drive the focus lens to the driving position; and

a recording unit configured to record, on a recording medium moving data including a plurality of frames of the data output
from the image sensing unit after driving the focus lens by the driving unit;

wherein the decision unit generates, from the image signals of a frame of the data, a pair of images respectively corresponding
to light beams having passed through different pupil regions of the imaging optical system and calculates, for the decision
of the focal position, an image position shift between the pair of images.

US Pat. No. 9,426,375

LINE-OF-SIGHT DETECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A line-of-sight detection apparatus, comprising:
an image sensor configured to obtain a face image;
a memory;
a processor in communication with the memory, configured to control:
an area setting unit configured to set an eye area in the face image obtained by the obtaining unit;
a determination unit configured to determine an eye type of the eye area set by the area setting unit;
a correction unit configured to correct luminance of the eye area so that a luminance image of eyes has an identical luminance
distribution regardless of color of an iris area in the eye area based on the eye type determined by the determination unit;

a feature extraction unit configured to extract a feature of the eye area in which the luminance has been corrected; and
a line-of-sight detection unit configured to detect a line of sight of a face in the face image, based on the feature of the
eye area extracted by the feature extraction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,421,765

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid discharging head which includes a flow path forming member which has a discharge port
for discharging a liquid and a liquid flow path communicating with the discharge port, and a base body having a liquid supply
port which supplies the liquid flow path with the liquid, the base body having a heating portion for discharging the liquid,
the method comprising:
(1) forming a mold of the liquid flow path and a foundation member including a porous inorganic material over the base body,
the foundation member being of a single layer and having unevenness, wherein the foundation member does not serve an electrical
function for the heating portion;

(2) applying an organic resin over the base body so as to cover the mold and the foundation member to form the flow path forming
member, the organic resin permeating the unevenness;

(3) forming the discharge port in the flow path forming member and forming the liquid supply port in the base body; and
(4) removing the mold to form the liquid flow path,
wherein the thickness of the foundation member is greater than or equal to 30% and less than or equal to 90% of the thickness
of the flow path forming member.

US Pat. No. 9,424,629

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus capable of generating a restored image from an original image, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element configured to photoelectrically convert an object image formed via an image pickup optical system
to obtain the original image;

a storage unit configured to store a first optical transfer function which is different depending on an image pickup condition
and on a position in the original image, and an image restoration filter whose distribution of two-dimensional filter values
is constant with respect to a position in the original image and different depending on an aperture value or a function designed
to generate a second optical transfer function;

a data obtaining unit configured to obtain the first optical transfer function when the aperture value is less than a predetermined
value, and obtain the image restoration filter or the second optical transfer function generated based on the function designed
to generate the second optical transfer function when the aperture value is not less than the predetermined value;

a filter generating unit configured to generate an image restoration filter based on the first optical transfer function or
the second optical transfer function when the data obtaining unit obtains the first optical transfer function or the second
optical transfer function; and

an image processing unit configured to generate the restored image from the original image by using the image restoration
filter stored in the storage unit or the image restoration filter generated by the filter generating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,413,952

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISTANCE MEASURING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a search unit configured to search a plurality of corresponding points in a second image that correspond to a plurality of
points in a first image respectively;

a calculating unit configured to generate groups, each including a part of the plurality of corresponding points based on
a distance between each of the plurality of points in the first image and the respective corresponding points in the second
image, and to calculate a coordinate transformation coefficient corresponding to each generated group, wherein the calculating
unit:

generates a first group including a first part of the plurality of corresponding points in the first image and a second group
including a second part of the plurality of corresponding points in the first image and not included in the first group, and

calculates a first coordinate transformation coefficient corresponding to the first group and a second coordinate transformation
coefficient corresponding to the second group; and

a synthesizing unit configured to generate a synthesis image, using at least one generated coordinate transformation coefficient
and the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,409,429

BELT UNIT, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND BELT MEMBER EXCHANGING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A belt unit for use with an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a belt member;
a belt supporting unit including a plurality of supporting rollers, a pair of side units, attaching portions, and a connected
portion, wherein the plurality of supporting rollers are configured to support said belt member, the pair of side units are
configured to support end portions of each of the plurality of supporting rollers, the attaching portions are provided proximate
to positions where the pair of side units support the end portions of one of the supporting rollers, and the connected portion
is provided at an end of one of the side units; and

a cleaning unit, attached to said belt supporting unit in an attached position, configured to clean a deposited matter on
said belt member, said cleaning unit including attached portions, a connecting portion, and a contact portion, wherein the
attached portions are provided at longitudinal end portions, respectively, of said cleaning unit and are engaged with the
attaching portions, respectively, to mount said cleaning unit in the attached position, the connecting portion is provided
in a position different from each of the attached portions and proximate to a longitudinal central portion of said cleaning
unit and is connectable with the connected portion, and the contact portion is provided on an outer surface of said cleaning
unit and contacts a horizontal surface when said cleaning unit is placed on the horizontal surface so that a longitudinal
direction of said cleaning unit is directed in a horizontal direction, and

wherein, when said belt supporting unit is in a standing state in which one of the side units is directed downward and a direction
of rotation axis of the supporting rollers is directed in a vertical direction, said cleaning unit is placed on the horizontal
surface in a state in which the contact portion contacts the horizontal surface, and the connected portion and the connecting
portion are connected, said cleaning unit maintains said belt supporting unit in the standing state.

US Pat. No. 9,411,274

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS SWITCHING BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND AIR FEEDING OPERATIONS WITH DIFFERENT OPENING AMOUNTS OF AN OPENING THROUGH WHICH AIR FED FROM A FAN PASSES ACCORDING TO THE DETECTED TEMPERATURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming a toner image on a recording material, said image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form an unfixed toner image on the recording material;
a fixing portion, including a heating member and a back-up member configured to cooperate with said heating member to form
a nip, configured to fix the unfixed toner image on the recording material by heating the recording material bearing the unfixed
toner image in the nip while feeding recording material;

an air feeding portion configured to feed air to a non-sheet-passing area of at least one of said heating member and said
back-up member, said air feeding portion including a fan configured to feed the air, an opening through which the air fed
from said fan passes, and an adjusting member configured to adjust an opening amount of said opening; and

a temperature detecting member configured to detect a temperature of the non-sheet-passing area,
wherein said apparatus is configured to switch, when said fixing portion fixes the unfixed toner images on recording materials
having the same widths measured in a direction perpendicular to a feeding direction of the recording materials, between a
first air feeding operation with a first opening amount of said opening and a second air feeding operation with a second opening
amount of said opening different from the first opening amount, according to the temperature detected by said temperature
detecting member.

US Pat. No. 9,405,193

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for forming a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold, the imprint apparatus
comprising:
a substrate stage configured to hold the substrate;
a dispense unit configured to dispense the imprint material on the substrate;
an irradiation unit configured to irradiate an energy beam that cures the imprint material;
a receiving unit configured to receive an imprint material that is dummy dispensed from the dispense unit; and
a controller configured to cause the dummy dispensed imprint material to be irradiated by an energy beam from the irradiation
unit without bringing the dummy dispensed imprint material into contact with the mold.

US Pat. No. 9,405,760

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire identification information for identifying a file stored in an external device connected
to the printing apparatus;

a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the identification information acquired by the acquisition unit
is described using a predetermined character code set;

a generation unit configured to generate, in a case where said determination unit determines that the identification information
acquired by the acquisition unit is not described using the predetermined character code set, substitute identification information,
described using the predetermined character code set, of the identification information acquired by the acquisition unit,
wherein the generation unit generates the substitute identification information without converting the identification information
using a conversion table, wherein the substitute identification information includes a predetermined affix not derived from
the identification information and numerical value which is incremented whenever the substitute identification information
is generated by the generation unit, and wherein the generation unit does not generate the substitute identification information
in a case where said determination unit determines that the identification information acquired by the acquisition unit is
described using the predetermined character code set;

a storing unit configured to store the substitute identification information generated by the generation unit and the identification
information acquired by the acquisition unit in association with each other; and

a display unit configured to display on a display section the substitute identification information stored by the storing
unit in a case where said determination unit determines that the identification information acquired by the acquisition unit
is not described using the predetermined character code set, and to display the identification information acquired by the
acquisition unit on the display section in a case where said determination unit determines that the identification information
acquired by the acquisition unit is described using the predetermined character code set,

wherein at least one of the acquisition unit, the determining unit, the generation unit, the storing unit, and the display
unit is implemented, at least in part, by a hardware processor.

US Pat. No. 9,403,989

PRODUCTION PROCESS FOR SELF-DISPERSIBLE PIGMENT, SELF-DISPERSIBLE PIGMENT, INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A production process for a self-dispersible pigment, the process comprising a step of bonding a functional group containing
a hydrophilic group to a particle surface of a pigment by causing a compound represented by the following general formula
(1) to react with the particle surface of the pigment:

wherein R1 is a halogen atom, R2 is an alkali metal, R3 is a single bond, —CO—, —CONH— or —SO2—, and R4 is a group (a) having at least one of an aliphatic group and an aromatic group and (b) being substituted with at least one
hydrophilic group selected from the group consisting of a carboxylic acid group, a sulfonic acid group, a phosphoric acid
group, and a phosphonic acid group.

US Pat. No. 9,389,536

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier;
a developing apparatus configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the image carrier by a toner at a developing
position and forming a toner image;

wherein the developing apparatus including:
a developer container configured to store a developer containing the toner and a carrier; and
an agitating member rotating and agitating the developer within the developer container;
a developer replenishing apparatus configured to replenish the developer to the developer container corresponding to a toner
consumption amount;

a control portion configured to selectively execute first and second modes,
the first mode being a mode of forming a controlling toner image between a succeeding image and a preceding image in a case
when a number of recording media is more than a predetermined threshold value during a consecutive image forming job in which
images are formed consecutively on recording media, and the second mode being a mode of driving the agitating member between
a succeeding image and a preceding image in a case when an integrated value of values related to a toner replenishing amount
is greater than the predetermined threshold value during the consecutive image forming job,

wherein a total number of rotations of the agitating member in a period until when the succeeding image reaches the developing
position after when the preceding image passes the developing position in the second mode is greater than a total number of
rotations of the agitating member in the first mode; and

a resetting portion resetting the integrated value in a case when the first mode or the second mode is executed.

US Pat. No. 9,389,538

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TONER SUPPLY CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner supply system including a toner receiving apparatus and a toner supply container detachably mountable to said toner
receiving apparatus, said system comprising:
said toner supply container includes:
(i) a container body configured to contain toner;
(ii) a discharge port configured to permit discharging of the toner in said container body; and
(iii) a feeding portion configured to feed the toner in said container body toward said discharge port with a rotation of
said container body,

said toner receiving apparatus includes:
(i) a toner receiving portion configured to receive the toner from said toner supply container, which is in a set position,
through said discharge port;

(ii) a driving mechanism engageable with said container body to rotationally drive said container body; and
(iii) a regulating mechanism movable between a regulating position, where the rotation of said container body, which is in
the set position and is engaged with said driving mechanism, is regulated, and a releasing position, where regulation of rotation
of said container body, which is in the set position and is engaged with said driving mechanism, is released.

US Pat. No. 9,390,354

METHOD FOR PRINTING AN UPSCALED IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of printing an transformed image corresponding to a source image, said method comprising:
determining at least a first scale factor to upscale said source image to generate said transformed image, said first scale
factor being at a first mathematical precision;

enlarging said source image along at least two orthogonal edges of said source image to form an enlarged area defining an
enlarged source image;

copying pixel data along the at least two orthogonal edges of the source image into the enlarged area of said enlarged source
image; and

mapping each pixel of said transformed image back to a corresponding pixel of the enlarged source image including the copied
pixel data along the at least two orthogonal edges of the source image.

US Pat. No. 9,390,753

CONTENT MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, RECORDING APPARATUS, OPERATION APPARATUS, CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A content management apparatus including a recording unit configured to record a content, and an operation unit configured
to accept a user operation required to append additional information to the content, said apparatus comprising:
an execution unit configured to execute a first process for recording additional information in association with latest content
data recorded in a recording medium in the recording unit in response to a predetermined user operation; and

a control unit configured to enable, when the latest content data recorded in the recording medium is determined to have been
recorded in the recording medium by an immediately preceding recording operation of the recording unit, the predetermined
user operation required to issue an execution instruction of the first process,

wherein the control unit disables, when the latest content data recorded in the recording medium become content data that
have not been recorded in the recording medium by an immediately preceding recording operation of the recording unit due to
deletion of content data that have been recorded in the recording medium by an immediately preceding recording operation,
the predetermined user operation required to issue the execution instruction of the first process.

US Pat. No. 9,386,227

FINDER APPARATUS FOR A CAMERA, FINDER DISPLAY CONTROLLING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an optical finder to be supplied with an optical image of an object;
a display configured to display image information as an electronic image;
an optical path combining unit configured to optically combine the optical image supplied to the optical finder and the electronic
image displayed by the display with each other in an optical path of the optical finder; and

at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of units comprising an image display processing unit
configured to perform image display processing to the image information,

wherein the optical path combining unit includes an optical element which has first transmissivity in a first wavelength range
of a visible light wavelength range, and has second transmissivity lower than the first transmissivity in a second wavelength
range on a longer wavelength side than the first wavelength range, and

wherein, when the optical finder is not supplied with the optical image of the object, the image display processing unit reduces
an intensity of a color of the second wavelength range to be lower than a first predetermined value and increases an intensity
of a color of the first wavelength range to be higher than a second predetermined value, in regard to the electronic image.

US Pat. No. 9,383,419

MAGNETIC GRADIOMETER AND MAGNETIC SENSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A gradiometer using an optically pumped magnetometer, the gradiometer using the optically pumped magnetometer comprising:
one or more cells each containing a group of atoms in a gaseous state, including an alkali metal, encapsulated therein; a
pump beam source that applies a first pump beam and a second pump beam to each of the one or more cells to spin-polarize the
group of atoms, the first pump beam and the second pump beam being parallel to each other; a probe beam source that applies
a probe beam to the one or more cells to which the pump beams have been applied; a detector for detecting a rotation of a
polarization plane of the probe beam that has passed through the one or more cells in a state in which the group of atoms
is spin-polarized,
wherein the first pump beam and the probe beam cross each other at a first measurement position, the second pump beam and
the probe beam crosses each other at a second measurement position, the first measurement position and the second measurement
position are arranged along a first direction that is linear with respect to a signal source, and the probe beam sequentially
passes through the first measurement region and the second measurement region;

wherein an alkali metal density, a measurement position length, a pump beam intensity and a spin polarization ratio for the
first measurement position are the same as those of the second measurement position; and

wherein each of a direction of a magnetic field measured at the first measurement position and a direction of a magnetic field
measured at the second measurement position is the same as the first direction, a sign of spin polarization caused by optical
pumping is different between the first measurement region and the second measurement region; and an angle of rotation of the
polarization plane of the probe beam that has sequentially passed through each of the first measurement position and the second
measurement position is obtained, thereby obtaining a difference in magnetic flux density between the first measurement position
and the second measurement position.

US Pat. No. 9,377,838

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND POWER SAVING CONTROL METHOD WHEN TRANSITING TO A POWER SAVING STATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a plurality of application programs and an operating system for controlling communications between
the plurality of application programs and a hardware of the data processing apparatus, the plurality of application programs
including a sleep control application for transition from a first power state to a second power state that consumes less power
than that in the first power state and a monitoring application for monitoring communication between the operating system
and an external apparatus via a network; and

a processor configured to execute the plurality of application programs and the operating system,
wherein the operating system includes data monitoring software for notifying the monitoring application that the operating
system receives data from the external apparatus and data processing software for processing the data received from the external
apparatus,

wherein if the monitoring application receives a notification from the data monitoring software and determines that the data
is to be processed by the data processing software, the monitoring application instructs the sleep control application not
to transit from the first power state to the second power state while the data processing software is processing the data,
and

wherein when the sleep control application receives an instruction from the monitoring application, the sleep control application
does not transit the data processing apparatus from the first power state to the second power state while the data processing
software is processing the data.

US Pat. No. 9,380,199

RECORDING MEDIUM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A non-transitory recording medium removable from a host device, comprising:
one or more CPUs configured to perform the functions of a wireless communication unit, an image transmission control unit,
a determination unit, and a notification unit, wherein,

the wireless communication unit is configured to establish wireless communication with an external device different from the
host device by using a wireless communication protocol;

the image transmission control unit is capable of transmitting image data to the external device via the wireless communication
established by said wireless communication unit by using an image transmission protocol;

the determination unit is configured to determine either said image transmission control unit of the recording medium or image
transmission control unit of the host device, to which the recording medium is attached, is used to transmit image data via
the wireless communication established by said wireless communication unit; and

the notification unit is configured to, upon receiving a signal based on the image transmission protocol from the external
device in a case where it is determined by the determination unit that the image transmission control unit of the host device
is to be used to transmit image data to the external device, notify the host device of the reception of the signal using an
interrupt signal.

US Pat. No. 9,372,409

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus that exposes a plurality of exposure shots on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a stage configured to hold the substrate;
a driving unit configured to drive the stage;
a processor configured to create a target locus of the stage; and
a control unit configured to control the driving unit based on the created target locus created by the processor,
wherein the processor creates the target locus using constrained-quadratic-linear programming for deriving a driving time
of the stage so that the driving time from an end of an exposure of a first exposure shot to a start of a next exposure of
a second exposure shot as a target function falls within an acceptable range, and

wherein the constrained-quadratic-linear programming is executed under constrained conditions of an arrangement of the exposure
shots, an exposure order of the exposure shots, an upper limit of a velocity of the stage, an upper limit of an acceleration
of the stage, and a lower limit of a time required for jerk of the stage.

US Pat. No. 9,370,928

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND FABRICATING METHOD FOR LIQUID EJECTING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:
a main body provided with an ejecting portion capable of ejecting liquid supplied through a liquid channel and an electric
contact portion;

a channel forming member that is connected to the main body in a first direction so as to form the liquid channel; and
a conductive flat spring that is fixed to the channel forming member and is brought into contact with the electric contact
portion by a resilient restoring force in a case where the flat spring is deformed in a second direction crossing the first
direction,

wherein the flat spring is provided with an abutment portion that abuts on the main body so as to resiliently deform the flat
spring in the second direction in a case where the channel forming member is connected to the main body in the first direction,
and

the flat spring includes a plurality of bent portions whose bend angles are changed in a case where the flat spring is resiliently
deformed in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,370,946

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a feeding roller configured to feed a printing sheet stacked on a stacking unit;
a conveyance roller configured to convey the printing sheet fed by said feeding roller;
a printing unit configured to print on the printing sheet conveyed by said conveyance roller;
a conveyance control unit configured to control conveyance of printing sheets so that a trailing edge of a preceding sheet
as a printing sheet precedingly fed from the stacking unit and a leading edge of a succeeding sheet as a printing sheet succedingly
fed from the stacking unit overlap each other;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the leading edge of the succeeding sheet overlaps the trailing edge of
the preceding sheet; and

a delay unit configured to delay conveyance of the preceding sheet when said determination unit determines that the leading
edge of the succeeding sheet does not overlap the trailing edge of the preceding sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,367,768

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM COMPUTER-READABLY STORING PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. an image processing device comprising circuitry configured as:
a classification unit configured to classify object-related information, which indicates a feature of an object, as coinciding
with an attribute of one or more attributes, wherein each attribute of the one or more attributes defines a respective relationship
between a first object and a second object;

a generation unit configured to generate respective feature information of one or more partial areas of an image by executing
object recognition processing on the one or more partial areas of the image;

a first calculation unit configured to calculate respective degrees of similarity between the object and the one or more partial
areas based on the object-related information and the respective feature information;

an estimation unit configured to estimate a respective at least one particular object for each of the one or more partial
areas based on the respective degrees of similarity between the one or more partial areas and the respective at least one
particular object;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate, for each attribute, respective totals of the degrees of similarity of estimated
particular objects coinciding with the attribute for each combination of the estimated particular objects assigned to partial
areas in the image, wherein the degrees of similarity of the estimated particular objects not coinciding with the attribute
are not included in the respective total for the attribute;

a selection unit configured to select at least one of the combinations of the estimated particular objects based on the calculated
totals; and

a storage unit configured to store information of the particular objects included in the selected combination in association
with the image.

US Pat. No. 9,367,025

CARTRIDGE INCLUDING CARTRIDGE ELECTRODE INTEGRALLY MOLDED WITH FRAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to an apparatus main assembly of an image forming apparatus, said cartridge comprising:
process means for effecting image formation, said process means extending in a longitudinal direction of the cartridge;
a frame for supporting said process means;
a cartridge electrode formed on said frame; and
an electroconductive member for electrically connecting said process means and said cartridge electrode,
wherein said cartridge electrode comprises:
a first contact portion provided for being electrically connected to a main assembly contact of the apparatus main assembly
when said cartridge is mounted in the apparatus main assembly;

a second contact portion contacted to said electroconductive member; and
an injection receiving portion for permitting injection of an electroconductive resin into a space between a metal mold, inserted
from outside of said frame, and said frame,

wherein said cartridge electrode is integrally molded with said frame and further comprises a projected portion that (i) is
formed of the electroconductive resin extruded from the space, (ii) is connected to said second contact portion, and (iii)
projects from an end of said second contact portion that is an innermost part of said second contact portion in the longitudinal
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,360,825

CLEANING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning device for use with an image forming apparatus, said cleaning device comprising;
a frame;
a cleaning member, mounted to said frame, for removing a developer from a surface of an image bearing member, said cleaning
member including a blade member contactable to the surface of the image bearing member and a supporting member supporting
said blade member, said supporting member including a first flat surface, a second flat surface extending in a direction crossing
with said first flat surface, and a bent portion connecting said first flat surface and said second flat surface over an entire
longitudinal area of said supporting member, said blade member extending along a longitudinal direction of said supporting
member at an end portion of said first flat surface opposite from said bent portion with respect to a direction crossing with
the longitudinal direction; and

a sealing member of sealing resin material provided between said cleaning member and said frame, said sealing member including
a seal portion sealing between said second flat surface and said frame,

wherein said seal portion extends from said frame and contacts said second flat surface, and includes an inclination at an
angle having a component parallel with said first flat surface and a component parallel with said second flat surface, in
a section perpendicular to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,352,603

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus configured to process sheets comprising:
a sheet conveyance portion configured to convey a sheet;
a sheet stacking portion on which sheets, conveyed by the sheet conveyance portion, to be processed are stacked;
an overlapping portion, arranged between the sheet stacking portion and the sheet conveyance portion, configured to overlap
a plurality of sheets to be discharged on the sheet stacking portion one on the other and keep the plurality of sheets on
standby while preceding sheets on the sheet stacking portion are being processed;

an end portion stopper against which one end in a sheet conveyance direction of each of the plurality of sheets conveyed from
the overlapping portion to the sheet stacking portion is abutted; and

a control unit configured to control the overlapping portion so that the overlapping portion overlaps the sheets such that
when the plurality of sheets are discharged onto the stacking portion, an end of a first sheet of the plurality of sheets
being lowermost on the stacking portion, to be abutted against the end portion stopper, is closer to the end portion stopper
than an end of a second sheet on the first sheet, to be abutted against the end portion stopper, and the end of the second
sheet is closer to the end portion stopper than an end of a third sheet on the second sheet, to be abutted against the end
portion stopper, and the end of the third sheet is closer to the end portion stopper than an end of a fourth sheet on the
third sheet, to be abutted against the end portion stopper, a shift amount between the end of the first sheet and the end
of the second sheet being larger than a shift amount between the end of the third sheet and the end of the fourth sheet,

wherein the overlapping portion includes:
a standby portion branching off from a sheet conveyance path provided between the sheet stacking portion and the sheet conveyance
portion and configured to keep on standby the plurality of sheets in the overlapped state;

a first conveyance portion configured to convey from the standby portion the plurality of sheets that have been kept on standby
at the standby portion; and

a second conveyance portion, provided in the standby portion, configured to convey the plurality of sheets kept on the standby
portion to the first conveyance portion, wherein the control unit controls the first conveyance portion so that the sheet
conveyed from the sheet conveyance portion is conveyed to the sheet stacking portion with normal rotation of the first conveyance
portion and that the sheets are conveyed to the standby portion with reverse rotation thereof, and controls the second conveyance
portion so that the sheets conveyed with reverse rotation of the first conveyance portion are conveyed into the standby portion
with normal rotation of the second conveyance portion and that the sheet conveyed into the standby portion are conveyed to
the first conveyance portion with reverse rotation of the second conveyance portion.

US Pat. No. 9,357,032

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF RESTRICTING DESTINATION OF TRANSMISSION BY AUTHENTICATED USER, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus having a transmission function for transmitting data to another apparatus using a transmission
protocol, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a plurality of units comprising instructions for execution on the processor, the plurality of units including:
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of destination addresses of the transmission protocol;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a destination address of an authenticated user;
a setting unit configured to configure a setting such that transmission using the destination address acquired by the acquisition
unit is permitted, and transmission using other destination addresses than the destination address acquired by the acquisition
unit is inhibited;

a receiving unit configured to receive a display request of an address book from a user;
a display control unit configured to permit, in a case where the setting is not configured by the setting unit and the receiving
unit receives the display request of the address book, a display unit to display the destination address acquired by the acquisition
unit and destination addresses other than the destination address acquired by the acquisition unit among the plurality of
destination addresses which are stored by the storage unit; and

an accepting unit configured to accept, from a user, selection of a destination address from among destination addresses displayed
by the display unit,

wherein, the display control unit permits, in a case where the setting is configured by the setting unit and the receiving
unit receives the display request of the address book, the display unit to display the destination address acquired by the
acquisition unit, and inhibits the display unit to display destination addresses other than the destination address acquired
by the acquisition unit among the plurality of destination addresses which are stored by the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,354,545

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on a surface of an electrostatic latent image
bearing member to form a toner image on the surface of the electrostatic latent image bearing member, the developing apparatus
comprising:
a toner for developing the electrostatic latent image;
a toner carrier for carrying the toner; and
a regulating member for regulating a layer thickness of the toner carried by the toner carrier,
wherein:
the toner comprises a toner containing
toner particles each containing a binder resin and a magnetic material, and
inorganic fine particles present on surfaces of the toner particles;
the toner has a dielectric loss factor (??) at a frequency of 100 kHz and a temperature of 30° C. of 0.03 pF/m or more and
0.30 pF/m or less;

the toner carrier includes
a substrate,
an elastic layer, and
a surface layer containing a urethane resin; and
the urethane resin has a partial structure derived from a reaction between
a compound represented by the following structural formula (1) and
a polyisocyanate:
in the structural formula (1):
n represents an integer of 1 or more and 4 or less;
R3's each independently represent a group selected from the group consisting of the following (a) to (c):
(a) a hydroxyalkyl group having 2 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms,(b) an aminoalkyl group having 2 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms, and(c) a group represented by the following structural formula (2); and
R4 represents an alkylene group having 2 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms:

in the structural formula (2):
m in 2 or 3; and
R5 represents an alkylene group having 2 or more and 5 or less carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,354,549

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER, DEVELOPER SUPPLYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container detachably mountable to a developer supplying device, said developer supply container comprising:
a developer accommodating chamber capable of accommodating developer;
a rotatable feeding portion configured to feed the developer in said developer accommodating chamber;
a developer discharging chamber including a discharge opening for permitting discharge of the developer fed by said feeding
portion;

a driving force receiving portion configured to receive a rotational force for rotating said feeding portion;
a pump portion capable of changing an inside volume of said developer accommodating chamber in a longitudinal direction of
said developer supply container to apply a pressure at least to said discharge opening; and

a driving force converting portion configured to convert the rotational force received by said driving force receiving portion
into a feeding driving force for feeding the developer by an operation of said pump portion in the longitudinal direction
of said developer supply container,

wherein an expansion and contraction stroke of said pump portion provided by said driving force converting portion in an initial
predetermined number of rotations in an initial stage is different from that in a subsequent stage after the initial stage.

US Pat. No. 9,353,278

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE-RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising:
a self-dispersible pigment;
a polyurethane polymer particle;
a surfactant;
a water-soluble organic solvent; and
water,
wherein the surfactant includes a fluorinated surfactant having an HLB value of 11 or less determined by a Griffin method
and represented by Formula (1):

R1(CR2R3)nCH2CH2(OCH2CH2)mOH
wherein, R1 represents a fluorine atom or a hydrogen atom; R2 and R3 each independently represent a fluorine atom or a hydrogen atom, provided that at least one of R2 and R3 represents fluorine atom; n represents a number of 1 or more and 30 or less; and m represents a number of 1 or more and 60
or less;
wherein the water-soluble organic solvent includes at least one water-soluble organic solvent selected from Group A consisting
of glycerin, ethylene glycol, diethylene glycol, polyethylene glycol with a weight-average molecular weight of 10,000 or less,
1,3-propanediol, 1,4-butanediol, and diglycerol;

wherein the total content of the water-soluble organic solvents of the Group A in the ink is larger than the total content
of water-soluble organic solvents other than the water-soluble organic solvents of Group A in the ink; and wherein the mass
ratio of the total content of the water-soluble organic solvents of the Group A to the total content of water-soluble organic
solvents other than the water-soluble organic solvents of Group A, based on the total mass of the ink, is 10 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,357,134

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus having an image sensing function, the electronic apparatus comprising:
a first operation unit including one or more buttons;
a second operation unit including a touch panel; and
a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a performing unit configured to perform a first function and a second function which is different from the first function,
wherein the first function is able to be performed in accordance with each of an operation to the first operation unit and
an operation to the second operation unit, and the second function is able to be performed in accordance with each of an operation
to the first operation unit and an operation to the second operation unit; and

a display control unit configured to control a display to display items to perform functions if the items are selected by
an operation to the first operation unit or the second operation unit;

wherein the display control unit controls the display to display first operational display items including an item, which
is able to be selected by an operation to the first operation unit and which causes the electronic apparatus to perform the
second function, based on an operation, by which the first function is performed, to the first operation unit,

wherein the display control unit controls the display to display second operational display items including an item, which
is able to be selected by an operation to the second operation unit and which causes the electronic apparatus to perform the
second function, based on an operation, by which the first function is performed, to the second operation unit,

wherein performing the second function by the performing unit in accordance with an operation to the second operation unit
is restricted while the first operational display items are displayed on the display, and

wherein performing the second function by the performing unit in accordance with an operation to the first operation unit
is restricted while the second operational display items are displayed on the display.

US Pat. No. 9,350,886

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory;
a receiving unit configured to receive a job;
a display configured to display the job received by the receiving unit;
a first storing unit configured to store attribute information of a sheet as attribute information of a sheet held in a sheet
holding unit;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from the first storing unit and in response to receipt of the job by the receiving
unit, attribute information of a sheet held in a sheet holding unit specified in the job;

a second storing unit configured to store the attribute information of the sheet obtained by the obtaining unit;
a changing unit configured to change attribute information of a sheet stored in the first storing unit;
a determining unit configured to determine whether the attribute information of the sheet stored in the first storing unit
corresponds to the attribute information of the sheet stored in the second storing unit; and

a notification unit configured to perform, based on the determination by the determining unit that the attribute information
of the sheet stored in the first storing unit does not correspond to the attribute information of the sheet stored in the
second storing unit, notification that the attribute information of the sheet stored in the first storing unit has been changed
by the changing unit,

wherein the receiving unit, the obtaining unit, the changing unit, the determining unit, and the notification unit are implemented
by the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,346,283

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium using a black color material and a plurality
of chromatic color materials, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate black color material data for arranging a dot of the black color material on the
recording medium and a plurality of pieces of chromatic color material data for arranging a dot of the plurality of chromatic
color materials on the recording medium, based on input image data; and

a formation unit configured to form an image on the recording medium using the black color material and the plurality of chromatic
color materials based on the black color material data and the plurality of pieces of chromatic color material data,

wherein the generation unit is configured to generate the plurality of pieces of chromatic color material data, for each color
positioned at a surface of a dark portion reproduced using the black color material and two color materials among the plurality
of chromatic color materials in a color gamut that can be reproduced using the black color material and the plurality of chromatic
color materials, in such a way as to set the number of specific colors of the plurality of chromatic color materials having
one or more dots arranged exclusively with dots of other chromatic color materials on the recording medium to be equal to
or less than one color among colors corresponding to each of the plurality of chromatic color materials by arranging the dots
to be partially overlapped or by overlapping the dots of the plurality of chromatic colors other than the one or more dots
of the specific chromatic color which are exclusively arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,343,650

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, MULTILAYERED PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, OPTICAL EQUIPMENT, VIBRATION APPARATUS, DUST REMOVING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARAT

FUJI CHEMICAL CO., LTD., ...

1. A piezoelectric material, comprising a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by the following general formula (1) as
a main component, the piezoelectric material containing Mn in a content of 0.01 part by weight or more and 0.80 part by weight
or less with respect to 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type metal oxide:
(Li?xNa?yK?zBa?Bi0.5?+?)a(Ti?+?Fe?)O3  (1)
where 0.800???0.999, 0???0.150, 0.001???0.050, ?+?+?=1, 0?x?0.050, 0.045?y?0.450, 0.045?z?0.450, 0.450?x+y+z?0.500, and 0.980?a?1.020.

US Pat. No. 9,344,687

MONITORING CAMERA APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR MONITORING CAMERA APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A monitoring camera comprising:
a processing unit configured to perform a restriction process for restricting viewing a part of an image to be captured by
the monitoring camera;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit the image data without the restriction process to a privileged client apparatus
according to a request from a privileged client;

a setting unit configured to set a parameter for restricting viewing a part of the image to be captured by the monitoring
camera according to an instruction from the privileged client apparatus while image data captured by the monitoring camera
without the restriction process is transmitted to the privileged client apparatus;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the image data captured by the monitoring camera without the restriction
process is transmitted to the privileged client apparatus while the parameter for restricting viewing a part of the image
to be captured by the monitoring camera is being set; and

a control unit configured to prevent image data without the restriction process from being uploaded to a server via a network
if the determination unit determines that the image data captured by the monitoring camera without the restriction process
is transmitted to the privileged client apparatus while the parameter for restricting viewing a part of the image is being
set by using the captured image without the restriction process and configured to upload image data captured by the monitoring
camera to the server via the network in accordance with an event if the determination unit determines that the image data
captured by the monitoring camera without the restriction process is not transmitted to the privileged client apparatus while
the parameter for restricting viewing a part of the image is not being set by using the captured image without the restriction
process.

US Pat. No. 9,343,038

IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image projection apparatus configured to project an image on a projection surface, the image projection apparatus comprising:
a light modulation unit configured to modulate light from a light source unit;
an image processing unit configured to generate an image signal to be input to the light modulation unit;
a light intensity measuring unit disposed in the image projection apparatus and configured to measure an intensity of part
of the light modulated by the light modulation unit;

a light guide optical system configured to guide the part of the light to the light intensity measuring unit and another part
of the light to the projection surface; and

a correction unit configured to correct brightness of the image projected on the projection surface based on a video signal
supplied to the image projection apparatus and a measurement result of the light intensity measuring unit.

US Pat. No. 9,342,020

PRINTING APPARATUS USING TECHNIQUE TO HANDLE ERROR IN FINISHER, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to perform printing;
a sheet-discharging unit configured to discharge a sheet, on which the printing has been performed, to a post-processing apparatus;
a storing unit configured to store information on a prohibited sheet which is prohibited to be discharged to the post-processing
apparatus;

a receiving unit configured to receive an error notification from the post-processing apparatus;
an identifying unit configured to identify, when the receiving unit has received the error notification from the post-processing
apparatus, a type of a sheet, which has been discharged to the post-processing apparatus immediately before the receiving
unit has received the error notification; and

a display unit configured to display a confirmation screen for a user to confirm whether to register the sheet type identified
by the identifying unit as a type of the prohibited sheet,

wherein in a case where the user issues an instruction to register the sheet type identified by the identifying unit as a
type of the prohibited sheet through the confirmation screen, the storing unit registers information on the sheet type identified
by the identifying unit as the prohibited sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,344,590

NETWORK SYSTEM, MOBILE TERMINAL, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network system comprising a mobile terminal which is capable of operating by a rechargeable battery and transmits a job
by short distance wireless communication, and an information processing apparatus which receives the job by short distance
wireless communication, and executes the job, wherein
the information processing apparatus comprises:
a first communication unit configured to perform short distance wireless communication;
a power supply unit configured to supply power by wireless power supply; and
a processing unit configured to execute processing of the job received from the mobile terminal by the first communication
unit, and

the mobile terminal comprises:
a second communication unit configured to perform short distance wireless communication with the first communication unit
of the information processing apparatus; and

a recharge unit configured to recharge the rechargeable battery by wireless power supply by the power supply unit,
wherein it is controlled to perform an inquiry operation of inquiring of a user whether to recharge the rechargeable battery
by wireless power supply at a timing different from a timing of transmission of the job, based on start or completion of the
transmission by the first communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,339,254

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold an object;
a detector configured to output a signal by detecting a photoacoustic wave generated from the object held by the holding unit
and irradiated with light from a light source, said detector having a reception region, and said reception region being disposed
in contact with said holding unit;

a generator configured to generate, using the signal, image data indicating characteristic information about at least a portion
in the object;

a region acquirer configured to acquire information on a region in the image where said holding unit contacts the object;
and

a display information acquirer configured to cause a display unit to display display information corresponding to the image
data and display information corresponding to the information on the region.

US Pat. No. 9,340,027

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head configured to discharge ink;
a platen configured to hold a recording sheet in a position to face the recording head;
a first waste ink retaining member arranged in an opening of the platen and configured to absorb ink discharged from the recording
head;

a second waste ink retaining member arranged below the first waste ink retaining member;
a pair of first inclined surfaces configured to flow waste ink overflowing the first waste ink retaining member downward,
wherein a bottom end of one of the first inclined surfaces is opposed to a bottom end of the other one of the first inclined
surfaces;

a waste ink receiving surface arranged between the bottom ends and including a porous body sheet for absorbing waste ink;
and

a second inclined surface configured to flow waste ink overflowing from the porous body sheet to the second waste ink retaining
member, wherein a direction in which the second inclined surface flows ink intersects a direction which the pair of first
inclined surfaces flow waste ink,

wherein at least one of the first inclined surface and the second inclined surface includes a groove extending along a direction
of inclination of the one of the first inclined surface and the second inclined surface,

wherein an inclination angle of the second inclined surface with respect to a horizontal plane is larger than an inclination
angle of the first inclined surface with respect to the horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 9,338,319

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING PLURALITY OF POWER MODES AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which is capable of operating in a first power mode and in a second power mode in which less
electric power is supplied than in the first power mode, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an object;
an operation unit configured to receive user's operation for changing a power mode of the image forming apparatus;
a power control unit configured to change the power mode of the image forming apparatus from the second power mode to the
first power mode in a case where the detection unit detects an object or in a case where the operation unit receives the user's
operation; and

a determination unit configured to determine a range of detection of the detection unit, based on an operation history of
the operation unit and a detection history of the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,338,344

FOCUSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focusing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to generate a pair of image signals used for focus state detection by phase-difference detection
method;

a calculation unit configured to calculate a first value based on a coincidence degree of the pair of image signals, wherein
the first value indicates reliability of the pair of image signals;

a detection unit configured to detect a focus state based on the pair of image signals; and
a control unit configured to control drive of a focusing lens based on the focus state detected by the detection unit,
wherein, when the first value indicates that the reliability of the pair of image signals is higher than predetermined reliability,
the control unit controls the focusing lens in a first mode in which the focusing lens is driven at a first speed if the first
value indicates that the reliability of the pair of image signals is at a first level, and at a second speed lower than the
first speed if the first value indicates that the reliability of the pair of image signals is at a second level higher than
the first level,

wherein the focus state includes a defocus direction and the predetermined reliability corresponds to reliability indicating
that a defocus direction detected by the detection unit is reliable.

US Pat. No. 9,335,671

BELT UNIT HAVING STEERING ROLLER TO CORRECT POSITION OF BELT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt unit comprising:
an endless belt configured to be movably supported by a plurality of support rollers;
a steering roller included in the plurality of support rollers, and configured to correct a position of the belt in a width-wise
direction by being rotated about a steering axis line crossing a rotary axis direction of the steering roller and inclined;

a supporting member configured to support the steering roller in such a manner that the steering roller is rotatable about
the steering axis line;

a frame configured to support the supporting member;
a pair of non-rotating members disposed at both end portions of the steering roller in the rotary axis direction, and configured
to generate force for rotating the steering roller about the steering axis line with frictional force produced by friction
on an inner circumference surface of the belt; and

a restricting portion configured to enable the steering roller to incline by a maximum possible amount for correcting the
position of the belt in the width-wise direction and to restrict inclination exceeding the maximum possible amount.