US Pat. No. 9,253,384

IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus including an accessory shoe to which an external accessory device can be attached, the imaging apparatus
comprising:
a base member;
an accessory shoe member placed on top of the base member and configured to have a pair of engagement portions formed in a
first direction perpendicular to an attachment direction of the external accessory device and a plurality of fastening holes
formed side by side in the first direction; and

a plurality of fastening members configured to fasten the base member and the accessory shoe member to the imaging apparatus
and inserted into the plurality of fastening holes with the accessory shoe member placed on top of the base member,

wherein in the accessory shoe member, a joining portion joining the pair of engagement portions is formed, and
wherein the accessory shoe member is formed by bending a plate metal material into a loop shape in such a way that a joint
is located between the plurality of fastening holes.

US Pat. No. 9,250,557

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a light-emitting element for emitting a laser beam;
a driving unit configured to drive the light-emitting element by a driving current, wherein the driving unit causes the light-emitting
element to emit light at a first light emission intensity and at a second light emission intensity in a laser light emission
region lower than the first light emission intensity;

a polygon mirror configured to scan the photosensitive member with the laser beam by rotating at a predetermined speed; and
a developing unit configured to form an image on the photosensitive member by causing toner to adhere to the photosensitive
member scanned with the laser beam,

wherein the driving unit causes the light-emitting element to emit light at the first light emission intensity toward an image
portion within an image forming region on the photosensitive member where toner is to be adhered, and causes the light-emitting
element to emit light at the second light emission intensity in the laser light emission region toward a non-image portion
within an image forming region on the photosensitive member where toner is not to be adhered, the second light emission intensity
is larger than an emission intensity of a laser emission emitted from the light-emitting element and the second light emission
intensity is an emission intensity which causes toner not to adhere to the photosensitive member,

wherein the driving unit causes the light-emitting element to emit light at the first light emission intensity with a driving
current obtained by adding a second driving current to a first driving current, and causes the light-emitting element to emit
light at the second light emission intensity in the laser light emission region with the second driving current,

wherein the driving unit performs a first adjustment adjusting the first driving current for causing the light-emitting element
to emit light at the first light emission intensity, and a second adjustment adjusting the second driving current for causing
the light-emitting element to emit light at the second light emission intensity in the laser light emission region, and

wherein the driving unit performs the first adjustment and the second adjustment during a time period after the polygon mirror
starts rotating until the predetermined speed is reached, and

wherein, during the time period, the driving unit initially performs the second adjustment before the first adjustment is
performed.

US Pat. No. 9,253,922

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic component, comprising:
a package that houses an electronic device,
wherein the package includes
a base body having a center region to which the electronic device is fixed, and having a peripheral region located at a side
of an outer edge of the base body with respect to the center region in a first direction,

a lid body that faces the electronic device in a second direction, and
a frame body that encloses at least one of a space between the electronic device and the lid body, and the electronic device,
wherein the frame body has a first portion located at a side of an inner edge of the frame body with respect to the outer
edge of the base body, and a second portion located at a side of an outer edge of the frame body with respect to the outer
edge of the base body, in the first direction from the inner edge of the frame body toward the outer edge of the frame body,

wherein the second portion has a greater length in the first direction than a length of the first portion in the first direction,
wherein the first portion is located between the lid body and the peripheral region of the base body in the second direction,
and a distance between the lid body and the peripheral region of the base body is less than the length of the first portion
in the first direction, and

wherein the frame body has a greater thermal conductivity than a thermal conductivity of the lid body.

US Pat. No. 9,245,199

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating a discriminator being used for recognizing a recognition target object, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that when executed cause the processor to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image including the recognition target object;
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display the image including the recognition target object;
a reception unit configured to receive, on the basis of an instruction for the recognition target object included in the image
from a user, information indicating a partial portion of the recognition target object useful for recognition of the recognition
target object;

a setting unit configured to specify the partial portion of the recognition target object on the image according to the received
information and set a plurality of feature points on both of the specified partial portion and a remaining portion in the
image, so that a number of feature points at the specified partial portion is more than a number of feature points at the
remaining portion, the remaining portion being a portion on the recognition target object other than the partial portion;

an extraction unit configured to extract a plurality of feature amounts from a region including the feature points being set
on the specified partial portion and the feature points being set on the remaining portion; and

a generation unit configured to generate the discriminator for the recognition target object by clustering the plurality of
feature points using the extracted feature amounts.

US Pat. No. 9,247,128

IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus including a plurality of AF frames for automatic focusing based on a phase difference detection method,
the imaging apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a set value set in an adjustment mode, wherein the set value corresponds to at least one AF frame
among the plurality of AF frames; and

a controller configured to perform focus control by adding the set value to a result of focus detection by the automatic focusing
by the phase difference detection method, wherein, in a shooting mode, in a case where an AF frame to be used in the focus
control is different from an AF frame to which the set value is set, the controller notifies a user of this fact.

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. 9,239,561

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body;
a drawer unit configured to be drawably stored in the apparatus body;
a plurality of interlocked lock portions configured to lock the drawer unit to the apparatus body in a state in which the
drawer unit is stored in the apparatus body;

an interlocking portion configured to interlock the interlocked lock portions; and
an independent lock portion configured to lock the drawer unit to the apparatus body independently from the plurality of interlocked
lock portions in a state in which the drawer unit is stored, the independent lock portion locking a first end side of the
drawer unit, in a direction orthogonal to a drawing direction of the drawer unit, to the apparatus body,

wherein a resistance force caused in the first end side of the drawer unit in storing the drawer unit is greater than a resistance
force caused in a second end side of the drawer unit in the direction orthogonal to the drawing direction in storing the drawer
unit.

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. 9,229,358

DEVELOPING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND INTERVAL GUARANTEE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus used in an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to develop a latent image formed on an image bearing member and rotate together with
the image bearing member so that opposed surfaces thereof rotate in the same direction;

an interval guarantee member configured to maintain a distance between the developer bearing member and the image bearing
member by coming into abutment with the developer bearing member and the image bearing member, the interval guarantee member
having:

a first developer bearing member sliding contact portion that comes into sliding contact with the developer bearing member
on an upstream side of a line connecting a center of rotation of the developer bearing member and a center of rotation of
the image bearing member in the direction of rotation of the developer bearing member, and

a first image bearing member sliding contact portion that comes into sliding contact with the image bearing member on the
upstream side of the line in the direction of rotation of the image bearing member; and

a biasing member configured to apply an elastic force to the interval guarantee member, the elastic force being a force against
a force which acts on the interval guarantee member by a sliding contact thereof with the developer bearing member and a sliding
contact thereof with the image bearing member, and being a force generated by elastic deformation.

US Pat. No. 9,229,364

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:
a developer accommodating portion configured to accommodate a developer;
a discharge opening configured to permit discharging of the developer from said developer accommodating portion;
a drive receiving portion configured to receive a driving force;
a pump portion capable of being driven by the driving force received by said drive receiving portion for alternating an internal
pressure of said developer accommodating portion between a pressure lower than an ambient pressure and a pressure higher than
the ambient pressure; and

a locking portion configured to lock a position of said pump portion at a predetermined state so that in an initial action
of said pump portion, air is taken into said developer accommodating portion through said discharge opening.

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. 9,227,897

COATING LIQUID, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL COMPONENT, AND PHOTOGRAPHIC OPTICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an optical component having an optical film, the method comprising:
coating a coating liquid on a base material to form a film; and
burning the film,wherein the coating liquid comprises:
a fluorine-containing organic magnesium compound represented by the following chemical formula (1):
Mg(OR11)(OR22)  Chemical formula (1)
where R11 represents an alkyl group that may have a substituent group having 1 or more and 6 or less carbon atoms having at least a
fluorine atom, R22 represents an alkyl group that may have a substituent group having 1 or more and 6 or less carbon atoms that may have a fluorine
atom, or an aromatic cyclic group that may have a substituent group, and R11 is different from R22.

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. 9,217,964

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip for heating a toner image on a recording material;
a rotatable rubbing member configured to rub said first rotatable member to substantially refresh a surface property of said
first rotatable member;

a metal pipe member provided with an opening, formed at a peripheral surface thereof, configured to permit air blowing toward
said rotatable rubbing member; and

an air blowing portion configured to blow air from one longitudinal end side of said metal pipe member toward an inside of
said metal pipe member so that the air is blown through the opening,

wherein said metal pipe member is provided with a collapsed sealed portion at the other longitudinal end side thereof.

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. 9,204,534

PANEL UNIT THAT REDUCES INFLUENCE OF STATIC ELECTRICITY, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A panel unit comprising:
a panel member that forms a surface of displaying an image, said panel member having interconnection sections; and
a signal interconnection member that includes connection sections, which are electrically connected to said interconnection
sections of said panel member, signal lines, which are electrically connected to said connection sections, a ground interconnection,
and conductor-exposed portions, which are configured to be prevented from being electrically connected to said signal lines
and to be electrically connected to said ground interconnection.

US Pat. No. 9,201,024

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS AND X-RAY IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray imaging system comprising:
a reception unit configured to sequentially receive data of an X-ray image;
an image combining unit configured to acquire an image by sequentially combining the received data in response to sequential
reception of the data by the reception unit;

a mode selection unit configured to select one of a first display mode and a second display mode; and
a control unit configured to, if the first display mode is selected and image enlargement at a certain magnification is instructed
and an image having a resolution corresponding to the certain magnification is not acquired by the image combining unit, perform
control to digitally enlarge the image acquired by the image combining unit, and if the second display mode is selected and
image enlargement at a certain magnification is instructed and an image having a resolution corresponding to the certain magnification
is not acquired by the image combining unit, perform control to wait for combining processing by the image combining unit
until the image having the resolution corresponding to the certain magnification is acquired.

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. 9,195,211

PROCESS CARTRIDGE HAVING A LINK MEMBER, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A LINK MEMBER, AND ASSEMBLY METHOD OF PROCESS CARTRIDGE HAVING A LINK MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge configured to be removably mounted on an apparatus body of an electrophotographic image forming apparatus,
comprising:
a photosensitive unit including a photosensitive drum;
a developing unit including a developing roller configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive
drum, and configured to be rotatably coupled with the photosensitive unit around only a single center of rotation at one end
side of the process cartridge in an axial direction of the photosensitive drum;

a link member provided at the other end side of the process cartridge in the axial direction;
a first shaft portion that couples the link member with the photosensitive unit;
a second shaft portion that couples the link member with the developing unit; and
wherein the link member rotates around the first shaft portion with respect to the photosensitive unit,
wherein the link member rotates around the second shaft portion with respect to the developing unit, and
wherein the link member allows relative movement between the developing roller and the photosensitive drum at the other end
side of the process cartridge.

US Pat. No. 9,188,836

SHUTTER DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING SHUTTER DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. An image pickup apparatus comprising a shutter device, the shutter device comprising:
a stepping motor configured to be driven in open-loop driving mode at which an energization state of a coil is switched at
predetermined time intervals and in feed-back driving mode at which the energization state of the coil is switched accordance
with a rotation position of a rotor;

a driven member configured to be driven by the stepping motor; and
a light shielding member configured to travel between a closed state in which an aperture is closed and an open state in which
the aperture is open,

wherein the light shielding member is driven by the driven member,
wherein the driven member is configured to provide a first driven zone and a second driven zone,
wherein in a case where the driven member is driven in the first driven zone, the light shielding member maintains the closed
state or the open state,

wherein in a case where the driven member is driven in the second driven zone, the light shielding member travels from the
closed state to the open state or from the open state to the closed state,

wherein the driven member is driven in the first driven zone by the stepping motor in one direction, and after the driven
member is driven in the first driven zone, the driven member is driven in the second driven zone,

wherein in a case wherein the driven member is driven in the first driven zone, the stepping motor drives the driven member
in the open-loop driving mode, and

wherein in a case where the driven member is driven in the second driven zone, the stepping motor drives the driven member
in the feed-back driving mode.

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. 9,170,507

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. 9,170,513

YELLOW TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A yellow toner comprising toner particles, each of which comprises a binder resin and a colorant, wherein the colorant
comprises a compound represented by the following general formula (1):

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

R2 represents a functional group selected from the group consisting of a carboxylate ester group, a carboxylic acid dialkylamide
group, a carboxylic acid diphenylamide group, a carboxylic acid monoalkylamide group and a carboxylic acid monophenylamide
group;

A represents a carbonyl group or a sulfonyl group; and
both R3 and R4 represent a cyclohexyl group or both R3 and R4 represent a 2-ethylhexyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,170,550

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROLLING POWER FROM AN AC POWER SUPPLY TO A HEATER IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TEMPERATURE SENSED BY A TEMPERATURE SENSING ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a fixing part configured to heat fix an unfixed toner image formed on a recording material to the recording material, the
fixing part comprising a heater that generates heat by power supplied from an AC power supply;

a temperature sensing element configured to sense a temperature of the fixing part; and
a power control part configured to control the power supplied from the AC power supply to the heater, the power control part
selecting a duty ratio from a plurality of duty ratios set in each of a plurality of tables in accordance with the temperature
sensed by the temperature sensing element per one control cycle defined by a predetermined even number of half-cycles of an
AC wave,

wherein a wave form of at least one duty ratio in the plurality of duty ratios in each of the plurality of tables is composed
of a combination of a phase control pattern and a wave number control pattern, which are included per the one control cycle,
and

wherein ratios of the phase control wave forms with respect to the wave number control wave forms are different among the
plurality of the tables, and

wherein the power control part selects one table per the one control cycle, among the plurality of tables.

US Pat. No. 9,166,968

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a hardware processor, said hardware processor being configured to perform the functions of
an authentication unit configured to execute processing for user authentication using one of a plurality of authentication
methods;

a management unit configured to manage a user credential generated when said authentication unit authenticates a user;
a setting unit configured to record setting contents which do not permit the credential managed by said management unit to
be used to execute a function included in said information processing apparatus, wherein the setting contents are applied
to a specific authentication method among the plurality of authentication methods that the authentication unit can use;

a decision unit configured to decide, when said authentication unit authenticates a user using the specific authentication
method and the user instructs to execute the function included in said information processing apparatus, whether or not the
function is permitted to use the user credential according to setting contents set by said setting unit; and

a control unit configured to control, when said decision unit decides to permit use of the credential, to execute the function
using the credential, and to control, when said decision unit decides to inhibit use of the credential, to prompt the user
to execute user authentication.

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. 9,164,460

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TONE DENSITY CORRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a photoreceptor body;
a charging device that charges the photoreceptor body;
an exposure device that exposes the photoreceptor body to form an electrostatic latent image;
a development device that develops the electrostatic latent image as a toner image using a toner;
a density detection sensor configured to detect density of an image, the density detection sensor having a light emitting
element for emitting light and a light receiving element for receiving a reflection reflected from the image when the light
emitting element emits light to the image; and

a controller configured to selectively execute a correction mode in a warm-up period from power-on of a main body of the image
forming apparatus until allowing an image to be formed on a recording medium, the controller corrects a gamma look-up table
based on detection results of a plurality of image patches having different densities from each other detected by the density
detection sensor in the correction mode;

wherein the controller forms a first image in the warm-up period and then forms a second image in a case when a first detection
result obtained by detecting the first image with the density detection sensor is out of a first predetermined range,

wherein the controller allows an image to be formed on a recording medium without executing the correction mode in a case
when the first detection result is within the first predetermined range or a second detection result obtained by detecting
the second image with the density detection sensor is within a second predetermined range,

the controller executes the correction mode in a case when the first detection result and the second detection result are
out of the first predetermined range and the second predetermined range, respectively;

wherein the first image is a toner image obtained by a potential difference between a DC developing bias applied to the developing
device and a potential of a surface of the photoreceptor body being exposed by the exposure device after being charged by
the charging device, and

the second image is a toner image obtained by a potential difference between a DC developing bias applied to the developing
device and a potential of the surface of the photoreceptor body, without being substantially exposed by the exposure device
after being charged by the charging device.

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. 9,150,022

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. 9,152,365

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. 9,151,929

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND LENS UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens unit comprising:
a mount to mechanically couple with an image pickup apparatus and to electrically connect the lens unit with the image pickup
apparatus; and

a lens controller configured to receive power supply at a fourth voltage from the image pickup apparatus, to produce from
the fourth voltage a sixth voltage different from the fourth voltage, and to perform the communication with the image pickup
apparatus with the sixth voltage,

wherein the mount includes a first lens terminal enabling provision of a type of the lens unit by a configuration to output
a predetermined voltage corresponding to the type of the lens unit in a state of being attached to the image pickup apparatus.

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. 9,141,817

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a display unit;
a storage unit that stores message information received from an external apparatus;
an authentication unit that executes an authentication processing of a user who uses the image processing apparatus;
an acquisition unit that acquires the message information from the storage unit;
a display control unit that displays, on the display unit, an authentication screen to execute the authentication processing;
and

a determination unit that determines whether or not the display unit is turned off when the authentication processing is executed
by the authentication unit,

wherein, when the message information is acquired by the acquisition unit, the display control unit adds the message information
to the authentication screen, and displays, on the display unit, the authentication screen to which the message information
is added, and

wherein, when the authentication processing is executed by the authentication unit and the determination unit has determined
that the display unit is turned off, the display control unit (a) turns on the display unit, (b) displays, on the display
unit, the message information acquired by the acquisition unit, and (c) displays an operation screen of the image processing
apparatus afterwards, and

wherein, when authentication processing is executed by the authentication unit and the determination unit has determined that
the display unit is not turned off, the display control unit displays, on the display unit, the operation screen of the image
processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,141,057

SWITCHING CONTROL APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A switching control apparatus, which is provided between a commercial alternating current power supply and a load, for
controlling a switch for supplying or cutting off electric power from the commercial alternating current power supply to the
load, the switching control apparatus comprising:
a switching driving unit for turning on or off the switch;
a control-purpose power supply for outputting electric power for controlling the switching driving unit;
a power transmission unit provided between the switching driving unit and the control-purpose power supply, for supplying
or cutting off electric power from the control-purpose power supply to the switching driving unit; and

a control unit for controlling the power transmission unit,
wherein the control unit controls the switching driving unit to turn on the switch during a period in which the electric power
from the control-purpose power supply to the switching driving unit is cut off by the power transmission unit, and controls
the switching driving unit to turn off the switch during a period in which the electric power is supplied from the control-purpose
power supply to the switching driving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,141,587

PRINT CONTROL METHOD AND PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING OF STRUCTURED DOCUMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for processing a plurality of elements included in a structured document, the method comprising:
specifying a first element corresponding to a first hierarchy, in a hierarchical structure based on analysis of the structured
document, and a second element corresponding to a second hierarchy in the hierarchical structure which is higher-level than
the first hierarchy in the hierarchical structure, out of the plurality of elements;

causing a display screen to execute display of a display item and display indicating a first area corresponding to the first
element and a second area corresponding to the second element in an image which is displayed in the display screen based on
the structured document, so that a target area of the indication in the first area and the second area change according to
an instruction for the display item by a user; and

outputting, according to an instruction by the user, an output-target element selected from the first element corresponding
to the indicated first area and the second element corresponding to the indicated second area,

wherein in a case where the first element is selected as the output-target element, at least one of other elements among the
plurality of elements is not output.

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. 9,143,058

ULTRASONIC MOTOR AND LENS APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A motor, comprising:
a vibrator including a piezoelectric element and a contact surface to be brought into contact with a member to be driven,
the vibrator driving the member to be driven by a vibration excited by the piezoelectric element;

a holding part configured to hold the vibrator;
a pressing unit configured to apply a bias force for biasing the holding part toward the member to be driven so as to press
the contact surface against the member to be driven; and

a fixing unit configured to support the pressing unit,
wherein the holding part holds the vibrator on both sides of the contact surface in a driving direction of the member to be
driven,

the vibrator including:
a plate part including a projection part forming the contact surface to be brought into contact with the member to be driven,
and the piezoelectric element;

a junction part joined to the holding part configured to hold the vibrator; and
a connection part configured to connect the junction part and the plate part,
the connection part having a higher vibration damping rate than the plate part.

US Pat. No. 9,135,519

PATTERN MATCHING METHOD AND PATTERN MATCHING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pattern matching method of detecting an image of a detection target from a search image obtained by imaging the detection
target by performing pattern matching between the search edge image and a model edge image concerning the detection target,
comprising:
obtaining a reference image of the detection target;
generating the model edge image on a basis of the reference image;
generating the edge extraction domain that is specified as a portion where the model edge image can exist by overlying a plurality
of the model edge images obtained with at least one of (i) a rotation process of rotating the model edge image within a predetermined
range around a rotation center of the model edge image, (ii) an enlargement/reduction process of enlarging/reducing the model
edge image within a predetermined range around the rotation center, and (iii) a translation process of translating the model
edge image within a predetermined range; and

performing pattern matching between the model edge image and the search edge image generated by performing edge extraction
process for the edge extraction domain in the search image;

a first step of rotating the model edge image on the search edge image by a given angle or enlarging/reducing the model edge
image on the search edge image by a given enlargement/reduction ratio, and calculating a similarity between the model edge
image and the search edge image based on edge directions of the model edge image and the search edge image;

a second step of moving a center of the model edge image on the search image by a given pixel, and calculating a similarity
between the model edge image and the search edge image based on the edge directions of the model edge image and the search
edge image;

repeating the first and second steps; and
outputting a position and rotation angle or enlargement/reduction ratio in the search edge image of the model edge image having
a highest similarity as pattern matching results.

US Pat. No. 9,134,785

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH POWER SAVING MODE, AND CONTROL METHOD AND COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first controller configured to perform response processing on received packets in a case where the information apparatus
operates in a first power mode; and

a second controller configured to perform response processing on received packets in a case where the information processing
apparatus operates in a second power mode in which the first controller is incapable of performing the response processing;

wherein the second controller notifies to the first controller a return instruction of allowing the information processing
apparatus to return to the first power mode in a case where the information processing apparatus operates in the second power
mode and receives a predetermined packet to which the second controller is incapable of performing the response processing
with the second power mode maintained,

the first controller performs return processing of allowing the information processing apparatus to return to the first power
mode in a case where the first controller receives the return instruction from the second controller,

the first controller notifies to the second controller a completion notification representing completion of the return processing
in a case where the return processing is completed, and

the second controller performs the response processing on the received packets after the second controller has notified the
return instruction to the first controller until the second controller receives the completion notification,

wherein the received packets are transferred to both the first controller and the second controller after the second controller
has notified the return instruction to the first controller until the second controller receives the completion notification.

US Pat. No. 9,136,163

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method for a semiconductor device, the method comprising:
preparing a laminate of a first component and a second component, the first component comprising a first semiconductor substrate
and a first conductive line supported by the first semiconductor substrate, the second component comprising a second semiconductor
substrate and a second conductive line supported by the second semiconductor substrate; and

forming a connecting member configured to electrically connect the first conductive line and the second conductive line of
the laminate,

wherein the forming of the connecting member comprises:
a phase of perforating the laminate from a side of the first component to form a plurality of connection holes that reach
the first conductive line; and

a phase of filling the plurality of connection holes with a conductive material to form conductive sections in contact with
the first conductive line.

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. 9,128,445

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. 9,122,975

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SETTING INFORMATION ON SHEETS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a sheet holding unit configured to hold sheets;
a setting unit configured to set information on sheets held by the sheet holding unit; and
a printing unit configured to print images based on the information on sheets set by the setting unit, and
a control unit configured to:
(i) control a display unit to display, in a case that a job that uses the sheet holding unit has been interrupted due to lack
of sheets when sheets are placed on the sheet holding unit, information on sheets used by the job and a prompt to confirm
whether or not the displayed information is appropriate for the sheets placed on the sheet holding unit, and

(ii) control, in a case that the displayed information is confirmed as appropriate for the sheets placed on the sheet holding
unit, the printing unit to perform printing based on the displayed information.

US Pat. No. 9,124,817

PROJECTOR AND CONTROL METHOD USED FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projector configured to display an image by projecting light modulated by a light modulation element onto a projection
surface, the projector comprising:
a shift unit configured to move a projection position of the image by changing a position to be used to display the image
in the light modulation element;

a black adjustment unit configured to make luminance of black in a non-overlapping region, in which an image projected by
the projector and an image projected by another projector do not overlap on the projection surface, higher than that in an
overlapping region, in which the image projected by the projector and the image projected by the other projector overlap on
the projection surface, in such a way as to uniform the luminance of black between the non-overlapping region and the overlapping
region; and

a control unit configured to move a boundary position in the image between a region in which the luminance of black is adjusted
by the black adjustment unit and a region in which the luminance of black is not adjusted by the black adjustment unit, by
an amount of movement in which the projection position is moved by the shift unit,

wherein the shift unit is configured to move the projection position of the image by changing a timing of superimposition
of a video signal supplied to the light modulation element with respect to vertical and horizontal display periods of the
light modulation element.

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. 9,113,062

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. 9,096,936

METAL STRUCTURAL BODY-CONTAINING POLYMER FILM, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING METAL STRUCTURAL BODY-CONTAINING POLYMER FILM, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PATTERNED STRUCTURAL BODY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a patterned structural body, comprising the steps of:
preparing a metal structural body-containing polymer film by:
preparing a polymer film that includes a block copolymer having an ion-conductive segment and a non-ion-conductive segment
and has a microphase-separated structure including ion-conductive domains and non-ion-conductive domains; and

forming a metal structural body localized at the ion-conductive domains;
providing the metal structural body-containing polymer film into contact with a base material and producing a composite body
including the metal structural body-containing polymer film and the base material; and

etching the base material by using the metal structural body as a mask.

US Pat. No. 9,097,999

POLYESTER, PIGMENT COMPOSITION, AND TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A polyester, comprising at least one unit represented by one of formula (1) and formula (2):

wherein in the formula (1) and in the formula (2):
* represents a bonding portion in the polyester;
R1 represents an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms or a phenyl group;

R2 to R6 each represent a hydrogen atom, a COOR7 group, or a CONR8R9 group, provided that at least one of R2 to R6 represents the COOR7 group or the CONR8R9 group; and

R7 to R9 each represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms,

wherein the polyester has:
(i) a unit represented by formula (3) and a unit represented by formula (4):

?O-L2-O?,  formula (4)

wherein, in the formula (3), L1 represents a divalent linking group; and

wherein, in the formula (4), L2 represents a divalent linking group, or

(ii) a unit represented by formula (6):

wherein, in the formula (6), L3 represents a divalent linking group.

US Pat. No. 9,098,797

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an object;
a display unit configured to display information indicating a state of the image forming apparatus;
an adjustment unit configured to adjust detection sensitivity of the detection unit in accordance with the state of the image
forming apparatus; and

a power control unit configured to, if it is determined that the detection unit whose detection sensitivity has been adjusted
by the adjustment unit has detected an object, perform control such that power is supplied to the display unit,

wherein, when the state of the image forming apparatus is a normal state, the adjustment unit adjusts the detection sensitivity
of the detection unit such that an object existing in a first region can be detected and, when the state of the image forming
apparatus is an error state, adjusts the detection sensitivity of the detection unit such that an object existing in a second
region, which is larger than the first region, can be detected.

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. 9,100,520

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. 9,091,976

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
an endless belt that heats a toner image on a recording material at a nip section;
a heater that heats the endless belt;
a drive rotary member that forms the nip section with the endless belt and that rotationally drives the endless belt;
a heat absorption rotary member that absorbs heat from the drive rotary member by abutment with the drive rotary member;
a contact and separation mechanism that contacts the heat absorption rotary member with the drive rotary member and separates
the heat absorption rotary member from the drive rotary member; and

a controller that controls operation of the contact and separation mechanism, wherein when the image heating apparatus continuously
applies an image heating process to a plurality of recording materials narrower than a recording material with a maximum width
that is usable with the image heating apparatus, the controller is configured to execute a first mode for abutting the heat
absorption rotary member to the drive rotary member after a predetermined number of the recording materials have passed through
the nip section, and to execute a second mode for abutting the heat absorption rotary member to the drive rotary member before
a first recording material, to which the image heating process is first applied, among the plurality of recording materials,
reaches the nip section.

US Pat. No. 9,091,983

RECORDING MATERIAL DETECTING APPARATUS AND AN IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording material detecting apparatus, comprising:
a first light source that emits first light;
a second light source that emits second light;
a light guiding unit that allows the first light and the second light to enter a surface of a recording material respectively
in two directions which are not parallel when viewed in a normal line direction of a surface of the recording material;

an imaging device that images an area where the first light is irradiated and an area where the second light is irradiated
on the surface of the recording material; and

an output device that outputs information on a surface condition of the recording material based on an output of the imaging
device, wherein

the second light source is a light source of a type which is the same as that of the first light source, and wherein
when viewed in a direction along center optical axes of the first light source and the second light source, the first light
source and the second light source are arranged such that respective reference lines of rotational phases around the center
optical axes are rotated in opposite directions by approximately the same angles from a line perpendicular to a direction
in which the first light source and the second light source are arrayed.

US Pat. No. 9,092,758

SERVICE PROVIDING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHODS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
a memory configured to store an electronic content transmitted by an information processing apparatus;
a first reception unit that receives comments posted to the electronic content;
a management unit that manages comments in accordance with a time order;
a first transmitting unit that transmits, to the information processing apparatus, a screen including (a) the electronic content,
(b) the comments, and (c) a key for inputting an instruction for downloading the electronic content as a file;

a second reception unit that receives, from the information processing apparatus, the instruction for downloading the electronic
content as a file, the instruction being received via the key included in the screen provided by the first providing unit;

an obtaining unit that obtains the comments posted to the electronic content according to the instruction received by the
second reception unit;

a generating unit that generates an electronic file by executing merge processing of the comments and the electronic content;
and

a second transmitting unit that transmits, to the information processing apparatus, the electronic file generated by executing
merge processing of the comments and the electronic content;

wherein the electronic content and the comments are displayed by the information processing apparatus based on the electronic
file provided by the second transmitting unit, and then the electronic content and the comments are printed based on the electronic
file provided by the second transmitting unit; and

wherein a processor is included in the information processing system.

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. 9,091,869

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. 9,086,659

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. 9,083,925

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color processing method of performing image processing for an image recording apparatus which records an image by arranging,
on a recording medium, dots of a plurality of types of dot structures having different arrangements of color materials to
be used, comprising the steps of:
generating a dot arrangement signal which corresponds to an input color signal and represents an arrangement of dots of the
plurality of types of dot structures; and

outputting image data which arranges dots of the plurality of types of dot structures on a recording medium based on the dot
arrangement signal,

wherein, in a case where a set of dot structures recordable by the image recording apparatus is defined as a set A, a set
of color points corresponding to the respective dot structures of the set A is defined as a set B, a polyhedron forming a
convex hull of the color points of the set B in a color space is defined as a polyhedron C, a set of polygons forming a surface
of the polyhedron C is defined as a set D, and a set of dot structures in which color points are positioned on the polygons
of the set D out of the dot structures of the set A is defined as a set E, the dot arrangement signal out of the dot arrangement
signals that corresponds to a color signal value representing a color capable of output on a gamut boundary represents an
arrangement of dot structures serving as a subset of the set E.

US Pat. No. 9,069,512

DISPLAYING SCREEN INFORMATION OF A PRINTING DEVICE ON A CLIENT DEVICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH A TYPE OF CLIENT DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:
a storing unit configured to store a plurality of pieces of screen information, each corresponding to a type of an external
device that is capable of accessing the apparatus;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit the screen information to the external device;
a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction request that is based on the screen information displayed in the external
device; and

an executing unit configured to execute processing in response to the instruction request received by the receiving unit,
wherein the screen information includes a common section that is common among the plurality of pieces of screen information
regardless of the type of the external device and a difference section that differs among the plurality of pieces of screen
information depending on the type of the external device

wherein the screen information stored in the storing unit includes first screen information for displaying a reload object
and second screen information for not displaying the reload object, the reload object allowing data on a display screen of
the external device to return to an initial setting.

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. 9,064,105

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit that acquires, from each of a plurality of applications operating on said information processing apparatus,
manifest information defining a sharing condition for indicating another application out of the plurality of applications
which is trusted by the application to access a user credential, wherein the user credential includes information for certifying
a user;

a generation unit that analyzes the manifest information acquired from each of the plurality of applications, and, based on
the analyzing result, generates sharing settings which define sharing conditions for sharing the user credential among the
applications, and stores the generated sharing settings in a memory;

a holding unit that holds, in a memory, the user credential sent from at least one of the applications;
a provision unit that provides, upon receiving a request of the user credential from one of the applications, the requested
user credential to the requesting application according to the stored sharing settings, wherein the provision unit includes:

(a) an encryption unit that encrypts the user credential held by said holding unit, and
(b) a distribution unit that distributes, to each application, an encryption key used to encrypt the user credential held
by said holding unit;

a non-transitory computer-readable memory configured to store computer-executable process steps; and
a processor configured to function as at least one of the acquisition unit, the generation unit, the holding unit, and the
provision unit by executing the computer-executable process steps stored in the memory,

wherein the manifest information acquired from each of the plurality of applications is created by one or more respective
vendors of each of the plurality of applications, and

wherein the manifest information acquired from each of the plurality of applications is read by an application platform, when
the application platform is installing or starting the application.

US Pat. No. 9,063,497

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A POWER SUPPLY COMMON TO PRIMARY TRANSFER AND SECONDARY TRANSFER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a movable endless conductive intermediate transfer belt configured to allow the toner image to be primarily transferred from
the image bearing member onto the intermediate transfer belt;

a primary transfer member configured to primarily transfer the toner image from the image bearing member onto the intermediate
transfer belt, wherein the primary transfer member contacts with inner periphery of the intermediate transfer belt and faces
to the image bearing member through the intermediate transfer belt;

a secondary transfer member in contact with the intermediate transfer belt, wherein the secondary transfer member forms a
secondary transfer section together with the intermediate transfer belt;

a secondary transfer counter member disposed to face the secondary transfer member with the intermediate transfer belt between
the secondary transfer counter member and the secondary transfer member; and

a voltage maintenance element having a ground side being electrically grounded and an anti-ground side that is in opposite
side of the ground side, and connected to the primary transfer member and the secondary transfer counter member at the anti-ground
side, configured to maintain the primary transfer member and the secondary transfer counter member at a predetermined potential
or higher with a current flowing from the secondary transfer member through the intermediate transfer belt.

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. 9,053,407

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for printing an image on a unit area of a printing medium by performing a plurality of relative
scans, which include a first relative scan and a second relative scan, of a printing head with respect to the printing medium
that is conveyed in a conveying direction to differentiate a position on the printing medium to which printing is to be performed
and processing multi-valued image data for the image to be printed on the unit area, said apparatus comprising:
a first division unit configured to divide the multi-valued image data into at least a first multi-valued data for the first
relative scan, a second multi-valued data for the second relative scan, and a third multi-valued data for both of the first
and second relative scans;

a first quantization unit configured to perform quantization processing for each of the multi-valued data divided by said
first division unit to generate first, second and third quantized data, respectively;

a combination unit configured to combine the first and third quantized data generated by said first quantization unit to generate
a first combined quantized data for the first relative scan and to combine the second and third quantized data generated by
the first quantization unit to generate a second combined quantized data for the second relative scan;

a second quantization unit configured to perform quantization processing for the multi-valued image data to generate quantized
data;

a second division unit configured to divide the quantized data generated by said second quantization unit into respective
quantized data for each of the plurality of relative scans; and

a selecting unit configured to select one of a first process, which processes the multi-valued image data by the first division
unit, the first quantization unit and the combination unit, and a second process, which processes the multi-valued image data
by the second quantization unit and the second division unit, in accordance with a position of the unit area on the printing
medium in the conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,036,935

IMAGING APPARATUS AND MOUNT ADAPTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus provided with a mount section on which a lens device and a mount adapter are mountable comprising:a contact unit configured to have a camera side contact portion electrically connected to an accessory side contact portion provided in the lens device or the mount adapter; and
a moving mechanical unit configured to support the contact unit movably in the direction of an optical axis corresponding to the mount section,
wherein the contact unit is movable to a first position in a direction parallel to the direction of the optical axis and a second position that is different from the first position by the moving mechanical unit, in accordance with a type of the lens device or the mount adapter to be mounted on the mount section.

US Pat. No. 10,032,013

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL DEVICE THROUGH NETWORK, NETWORK SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of communicating with an authentication server via a network, the image forming apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:
receiving card information via a network interface, the card information being read from an IC card by an IC card reader, wherein the card information is received via the network interface without an authentication process using the card information being performed;
storing the card information received via the network interface into a card information storage area;
determining, in a case where the card information is stored in the card information storage area, whether or not the image forming apparatus is in an authenticatable state;
in a case where it is determined that the image forming apparatus is in the authenticatable state, transmitting an authentication request to the authentication server based on the card information stored in the card information storage area, the authentication request including the card information received via the network interface;
in a case where it is determined that the image forming apparatus is not in the authenticatable state, deleting the card information stored in the card information storage area without transmitting the authentication request to the authentication server;
allowing a user corresponding to the card information stored in the card information storage area to log into the image forming apparatus according to an authentication result from the authentication server; and
executing a print job of the user who is allowed to log into the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,948,809

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, MEMORY MANAGEMENT METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM, USING DISCRETELY ARRANGED BLOCKS IN PRIORITIZING INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that performs image processing using information stored in a semiconductor memory, the image forming apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain from the semiconductor memory block size information indicating a block size of a block in the semiconductor memory; and
a management unit configured to manage information which is related to the image processing apparatus to be updated along with execution of the image processing; and
a storing unit configured to store, by arranging discretely in blocks in the semiconductor memory, at least a part of information which is related to the image processing apparatus in view of frequency of updating the information which is related to the image processing apparatus, priority of the information which is related to the image processing apparatus and the block size indicated by the block size information obtained by the obtaining unit so as to reduce a number of times of updating the blocks with the information related to the image processing apparatus in a predetermined time period.

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. 9,807,853

LIGHTING DEVICE, LIGHTING SYSTEM, AND EXTERNAL POWER SOURCE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lighting device comprising:
a light emitting component;
a main capacitor that supplies electric power to said light emitting component;
a connector that is electrically connectable to an external power source device, and that includes a first terminal for supplying
electric power from the external power source device to said main capacitor and a second terminal for discriminating a type
of the external power source device;

a switching unit configured to switch an input-output attribute of the second terminal;
a storage unit configured to store information for discriminating a type of an external power source device connectable to
said connector;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain the information for discriminating the type of the external power source device by
comparing a voltage value of a signal input to the second terminal from the external power source device with a predetermined
voltage threshold when said switching unit sets the attribute of the second terminal to an input; and

a discrimination unit configured to discriminate the type of the external power source device by contrasting the information
that said obtaining unit obtained with the information stored in said storage unit.

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. 9,661,249

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM WITH VARIABLE GAIN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix form, each of the pixels outputting a signal from a photoelectric conversion element;
and

a plurality of readout circuits each provided for a corresponding column of the pixels, signals from the pixels being input
to the readout circuits,

wherein
at least one of the readout circuits includes
an amplifier unit configured to amplify the signal from a corresponding one of the pixels, and having a variable gain, and
a hold capacitance connected to an output terminal of the amplifier unit via a sampling switch, and having a variable capacitance
value,

wherein,
at a time when the variable gain of the amplifier unit is a first gain and the sampling switch is changed from an off state
into an on state, the variable capacitance value of the hold capacitance is a first capacitance value and,

at a time when the variable gain of the amplifier unit is a second gain larger than the first gain and the sampling switch
is changed from the off state into the on state, the variable capacitance value of the hold capacitance is a second capacitance
value smaller than the first capacitance value.

US Pat. No. 9,654,029

VIBRATION TYPE DRIVING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vibration type driving device comprising:
a vibrator comprising an electromechanical energy transducer; and
a driven body in contact with a contact portion of the vibrator,
wherein the vibrator and the driven body are configured so that a relative position of the contact portion and the driven
body is rotated by the elliptic motion,

wherein the vibrator has an end portion in a direction of the relative rotation, and
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 relative rotation.

US Pat. No. 9,596,425

DRIVING METHOD FOR AN IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving method for an image pickup apparatus that includes a plurality of pixels arranged in rows and columns, and a
plurality of signal lines each being arranged corresponding to one of the columns of the plurality of pixels,
the plurality of pixels including
a plurality of effective pixels arranged in the rows and the columns, and
a plurality of reference pixels arranged in at least one row and the columns corresponding to the columns in which the plurality
of effective pixels are arranged and outputting only a signal of a noise level,

each of the plurality of effective pixels including a photoelectric conversion unit to perform a photoelectric conversion
of incident light and an amplification transistor having an input node for inputting charges generated by the photoelectric
conversion unit, and

each of the plurality of reference pixels including an amplification transistor having an input node,
the driving method comprising:
a first operation of overlapping periods, without electrically connecting the input node of the amplification transistor in
each of a first number of effective pixels among the plurality of effective pixels, to each other, each period being a period
during which the amplification transistor in each of the first number of effective pixels outputs a signal to common one of
the signal lines, and

a second operation of:
individually outputting the signal of the noise level to the single signal line by the amplification transistor in each of
the plurality of reference pixels, or

overlapping periods, without electrically connecting the input node of the amplification transistor in each of a second number
of reference pixels among the plurality of reference pixels, to each other, each period being a period during which the amplification
transistor in each of the second number of reference pixels outputs a signal common one of the signal lines, the second number
being fewer than the first number.

US Pat. No. 9,591,674

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus that searches a service providing apparatus, comprising:
a display unit configured to display a search result of the service providing apparatus;
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to:

if a search instruction for searching the service providing apparatus is received from a user, connect a plurality of access
points to the communication apparatus in order and search the service providing apparatus via each of the plurality of access
points; and

if the search of the service providing apparatus via each of the plurality of access points is completed and an access point
to which the communication apparatus is connected does not coincide with an access point to which the communication apparatus
was previously connected before the search of the service providing apparatus was performed, a connection destination is returned
to the access point to which the communication apparatus was previously connected before the search of the service providing
apparatus was performed.

US Pat. No. 9,591,779

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ACCOMMODATING THEREIN MEMBER INCLUDING CABLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a coupler including a coupler body and a cable, which extends out of the coupler body;
an accommodating unit configured to accommodate the coupler; and
an interlock member configured to interlock with the coupler accommodated in the accommodating unit,
wherein the coupler has a recessed portion which is capable of receiving the cable,
wherein a protrusion is provided on an inner wall of the recessed portion, and
wherein in a case where the cable is received within the recessed portion and the coupler is accommodated in the accommodating
unit, the interlock member interlocks with the coupler body and prevents the cable from coming out from the recessed portion,
and a tip portion of the interlock member is positioned above the recessed portion, and is positioned such that a length of
the tip portion of the interlock member protruding from the inner wall is longer than a length of the protrusion protruding
from the inner wall.

US Pat. No. 9,567,181

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body formed with a first opening portion and a second opening portion;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a stacker portion configured to stack the sheet on which the image has been formed by the image forming unit, and which has
been conveyed outside of the apparatus main body through the first opening portion;

a sheet storage portion configured to store the sheet on which the image has been formed by the image forming unit inside
the apparatus main body in a state in which the sheet is not able to be taken out from the outside of the apparatus main body;
and

a sheet moving unit configured to move the sheet stored in the sheet storage portion and to stop the sheet in a state in which
a front end of the sheet in a movement direction is exposed from the second opening portion to the outside of the apparatus
main body,

wherein the sheet storage portion is provided above the image forming unit and below the stacker portion in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,563,391

TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transmitting apparatus comprising:
an executing unit configured to execute a transmission job for transmitting image data;
an outputting unit configured to output a report indicating a result of the transmission job for transmitting the image data
executed by the execution unit;

a first accepting unit configured to accept, as a common setting for a plurality of transmission jobs, a first instruction
regarding output of the report with the outputting unit;

a second accepting unit configured to accept, as an individual setting for a specific transmission job, a second instruction
regarding output of the report with the outputting unit; and

a control unit configured to perform control so as to output the report using the outputting unit if the second instruction
indicates that the report is to be output by the outputting unit, even if the first instruction does not indicate that the
report is to be output by the outputting unit,

wherein the executing unit, the first accepting unit, the second accepting unit and the control unit are implemented by a
processor and a memory.

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. 9,563,170

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO USE A COMMON DRIVING SOURCE FOR IMAGE BEARING MEMBERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image bearing members;
latent image forming means for forming a latent image on each of the image bearing members;
a plurality of developing units for developing the latent images on the image bearing members, wherein the developing units
are provided correspondingly to the image bearing members, respectively, and include developing members movable toward and
away from the image bearing members, respectively, and the latent images are capable of being formed on the image bearing
members by contacting the developing members with the image bearing members, respectively;

a movable member onto which images obtained by developing the latent images with developers are transferred from the image
bearing members;

a common driving source for driving the image bearing members;
a contact-and-separation unit for moving developing members toward and away from the image bearing members, respectively;
and

a control unit for outputting a signal for controlling the contact-and-separation unit,
wherein the image forming apparatus is capable of forming the images in an operation in a mode in which the latent images
are successively formed on the image bearing members and the images are successively transferred from the image bearing members
onto the movable member, and

wherein after end of the latent image formation on a final image bearing member of the plurality of image bearing members
on which latent image formation is finally started and before end of transfer of an associated image from the final image
bearing member, the control unit outputs a spacing signal for spacing associated developing members from other image bearing
members of the plurality of image bearing members, during the image formation in the operation in the mode.

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. 9,537,850

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store at least one program; and
at least one processor configured to execute the at least one program stored in the memory;
wherein the at least one processor, in executing the at least one program, executes:
storing first authentication information corresponding to a first web service and second authentication information corresponding
to a second web service different from the first web service, in a first storage area;

causing a display unit displaying a web page corresponding to the first web service to display an indicator to receive a predetermined
instruction;

executing, in the first storage area, upon receiving the predetermined instruction by the indicator displayed by the display
unit, deletion processing of both of the first authentication information and the second authentication information; and

executing authentication processing for the first web service using the first authentication information stored in a second
storage area different from the first storage area, in a case where the deletion processing is executed in accordance with
the predetermined instruction.

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. 9,514,532

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an identifying unit configured to identify a region relating to the movement of blood cells on a fundus image captured by
an ophthalmologic imaging apparatus that includes an adaptive optics system; and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to a tissue that is positioned on a back side of a position
where the movement of blood cells is recognized, when it is seen from an anterior eye part side, in the identified region.

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. 9,510,069

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A capacitive electromechanical transducer comprising:
a substrate;
a first electrode disposed on the substrate; and
a vibration film disposed on the first electrode with a space therebetween,
wherein
the first electrode has a surface roughness value of 6 nm RMS (root-mean-square) or less,
wherein the vibration film includes a first membrane, a second electrode and a second membrane, and
wherein the first membrane is disposed between the second electrode and the space, and the second membrane is disposed on
a surface of the second electrode opposite to a surface on which the first membrane is disposed.

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. 9,496,484

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a main component comprising a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by Formula (1):
(NaxBa1-y)(NbyTi1-y)O3 (wherein, 0.80?x?0.94 and 0.83?y?0.94), and

an additive component comprising at least one element selected from Mn and Ni, wherein
the content of the Ni is 0 mol or more and 0.05 mol or less based on 1 mol of the perovskite-type metal oxide; and
the content of the Mn is 0 mol or more and 0.005 mol or less based on 1 mol of the perovskite-type metal oxide (provided that
both the content of Mn and the content of Ni are not simultaneously 0 mol)

wherein a relative dielectric constant of the piezoelectric material is 200 or more and 1090 or less, and
wherein a resistivity of the piezoelectric material is 44 G?·cm or more and 3250 G?·cm or less.

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. 9,492,998

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating recording data to be used in each of a plurality of times of relative scanning
of a recording head including a discharge port array in which discharge ports for discharging ink are arrayed in a predetermined
direction, with respect to a unit region on a recording medium, in a crossing direction intersecting with the predetermined
direction, the recording data defining ink discharge or non-discharge for each of a plurality of pixel regions corresponding
to a plurality of pixels in the unit region, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire image data in which information about a number of ink discharge times from
0 to N (N?2) for each of the plurality of pixel regions is defined for each pixel;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire, for each of a plurality of divided regions being obtained by dividing the
unit region in the predetermined direction and the crossing direction and each including a plurality of pixel regions, information
about a total value of respective numbers of ink discharge times for the plurality of pixel regions in each of the divided
regions based on the image data acquired by the first acquisition unit;

a third acquisition unit configured to acquire, based on pieces of information about the respective total values for a plurality
of divided regions adjacent to a target divided region, among pieces of information about the respective total values for
the plurality of divided regions that have been acquired by the second acquisition unit, information about a representative
value of numbers of ink discharge times for the plurality of adjacent divided regions;

a first generation unit configured to generate, based on the information acquired by the second acquisition unit and the information
acquired by the third acquisition unit, correction data in which information indicating the number of ink discharge times
from 0 to N for each of the plurality of pixel regions is defined for each pixel; and

a second generation unit configured to generate, based on the correction data generated by the first generation unit, the
recording data to be used in each of the plurality of times of scanning,

wherein, (i) in a case in which a difference between the total value for the target divided region that is indicated by the
information acquired by the second acquisition unit, and the representative value for the plurality of adjacent divided regions
that is indicated by the information acquired by the third acquisition unit is larger than a first threshold value, the first
generation unit generates the correction data so that a total value of the numbers of ink discharge times for the target divided
region that is indicated by the correction data becomes smaller than a total value of the numbers of ink discharge times for
the target divided region that is indicated by the image data, and (ii) in a case in which the difference is smaller than
the first threshold value, the first generation unit generates the correction data so that a total value of the numbers of
ink discharge times for the target divided region that is indicated by the correction data becomes equal to a total value
of the numbers of ink discharge times for the target divided region that is indicated by the image data.

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. 9,491,359

AUTOMATIC-TRACKING CAMERA APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An automatic-tracking apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit adapted to acquire an image;
an actuator adapted to change a position of said image pickup unit;
a position detecting unit adapted to detect the position of said image pickup unit;
a position instruction value generation unit adapted to generate a position instruction value, for instructing a target position
of said image pickup unit, realizing after a lapse of a predetermined time period from when said image pickup unit has acquired
the image, on the basis of the image acquired by said image pickup unit and the position of said image pickup unit detected
by said position detecting unit;

a speed prediction unit adapted to predict a speed of a tracking target object realizing after a lapse of a predetermined
time period from when said image pickup unit has acquired the image, using previously stored position information and speed
information of the tracking target object, the position information and speed information obtained from multiple acquired
images; and

a control unit adapted to control said actuator so that said image pickup unit reaches the position indicated by the position
instruction value realizing after a lapse of a predetermined time period from when said image pickup unit has acquired the
image, and the speed of said image pickup unit realizing after a lapse of a predetermined time period from when said image
pickup unit has acquired the image corresponds to the speed predicted by said speed prediction unit,

wherein said control unit is adapted to control said actuator so that said image pickup unit is displaced at a constant acceleration
during the period from the start timing of image acquisition by said image pickup unit to the next start timing of image acquisition.

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. 9,471,979

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. 9,470,880

POSITION DETECTING APPARATUS, AND LENS APPARATUS AND OPTICAL OPERATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE POSITION DETECTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detecting apparatus which detects a position of a movable member with respect to a fixed member, comprising:
a scale having a plurality of pattern arrays formed of cycles that differ from one another in a moving direction of the movable
member;

a sensor configured to detect a plurality of phase signals based on the scale depending on the position of the movable member
with respect to the fixed member;

a signal processor configured to generate a plurality of displacement signals based on the plurality of phase signals detected
by the sensor and sequentially output the generated plurality of displacement signals by switching the plurality of displacement
signals at a predetermined cycle;

a speed detector configured to detect a moving speed of the movable member based on at least one of the plurality of displacement
signals;

an absolute position calculator configured to derive the position of the movable member based on at least two displacement
signals among the plurality of displacement signals; and

a relative position calculator configured to derive a displacement amount with respect to a predetermined position based on
a selected displacement signal among the plurality of displacement signals, wherein:

the position calculated by the absolute position calculator is set as the position of the movable member when the moving speed
of the movable member is lower than a first reference speed; and

the position of the movable member is calculated based on the position of the movable member obtained by the absolute position
calculator in advance and the displacement amount with respect to the position calculated by the relative position calculator
when the moving speed of the movable member is equal to or higher than the first reference speed.

US Pat. No. 9,473,679

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND LENS UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, to which a lens unit with an optical member is attached and which communicates with the lens unit
to transmit a control signal for the optical member, the imaging apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
at least one memory;
a communication unit configured to communicate with the attached lens unit;
an imaging unit configured to be able to capture an object image formed by the optical member of the attached lens unit;
a lens information acquisition unit configured to acquire, via the communication unit, individual information of the attached
lens unit;

a determination unit configured to determine a communication method with the attached lens unit;
and a reset instruction unit configured to instruct, via the communication unit, the attached lens unit to reset the optical
member thereof,

wherein the lens information acquisition unit acquires the individual information of the attached lens unit in a first communication
method which does not use a signal corresponding to an imaging timing signal of an image sensor of the imaging apparatus,
thereafter the reset instruction unit instructs to reset the optical member in a second communication method which uses a
signal corresponding to an imaging timing signal of an image sensor of the imaging apparatus, and thereafter the lens information
acquisition unit acquires, via the communication unit, optical correction data of the attached lens unit in the first communication
method,

and wherein at least one of the units is implemented upon execution of the instructions stored in the at least one memory
by the at least one processor.

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. 9,457,978

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. 9,461,086

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, comprising:
forming an insulating member on a structure, an upper surface of the structure including a first portion with a first height,
a second portion with a second height higher than the first height, a third portion with a third height lower than the second
height; and

forming a plurality of openings in the insulating member,
wherein the forming the plurality of openings comprises:
etching the insulating member under a first condition that makes an etching amount per unit time and unit area of the insulating
member larger as a size of the opening becomes larger; and

etching the insulating member under a second condition that makes the etching amount per unit time and unit area of the insulating
member larger as the size of the opening becomes smaller, after the etching the insulating member under the first condition,

in the etching the insulating member under the first condition,
a first opening, which has a first width and whose bottom surface is higher than the second height, is formed on the first
portion with the first height,

a second opening, which has a second width and whose bottom surface is higher than the second height, is formed on the second
portion with the second height, and

a third opening, which has a third width larger than the first width and the second width and whose bottom surface is higher
than the second height, is formed on the third portion with the third height, and

in the etching the insulating member under the second condition, portions under the first opening and the second opening out
of the insulating member are removed so as to expose the first portion with the first height and the second portion with the
second height while leaving a portion of the insulating member between the third opening and the third portion.

US Pat. No. 9,453,986

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING A CURVED IMAGE SURFACE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system including (a) an aperture stop, (b) a first optical system disposed on an object side of the aperture
stop, and (c) a second optical system disposed on an image side of the aperture stop; and

a light-receiving surface which is disposed on an image side of the imaging optical system and is a concave surface facing
the imaging optical system,

wherein the first optical system and the second optical system have different positive power,
wherein the first optical system includes a first lens closest to the object side and a second lens adjacent to the first
lens,

wherein the second optical system includes a third lens closest to the image side and a fourth lens adjacent to the third
lens,

wherein a difference between an Abbe number of the third lens and an Abbe number of the fourth lens is larger than a difference
between an Abbe number of the first lens and an Abbe number of the second lens, and

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.8?|Rimg|/fsys?1.5, and

0.8?|Rimg|/dpup?1.5
where fsys represents a focal length of the imaging optical system, dpup represents a distance from an exit pupil of the imaging optical system to the light-receiving surface, and Rimg represents a radius of curvature of the light-receiving surface.

US Pat. No. 9,456,125

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
a sensor unit, having a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements for receiving light that passed through an imaging
optical system and accumulating charge, configured to generate an image signal to be used for correlation calculation for
focus detection based on the accumulated charge;

a control unit configured to control the photoelectric conversion elements to stop charge accumulation in a case where a first
signal that represents contrast of the image signal reaches a predetermined voltage level; and

a voltage level setting unit configured to set the predetermined voltage level,
wherein the voltage level setting unit sets a larger voltage level as the predetermined voltage level in a first case, in
which luminance change in a direction of the correlation calculation in the plurality of the photoelectric conversion elements
is gentler than a second case, than in the second case.

US Pat. No. 9,456,151

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD WHERE CORRECTION DATA ARE USED AND UPDATED FOR IMAGE DATA CORRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
an image pickup element that includes a pixel array of a plurality of pixels arranged in a first direction and a second direction
to generate an image signal read out line by line, the pixel array including a first area and a second area, the first area
including a plurality of third areas;

a read-out unit that reads out, frame by frame, the image signal from the first area and the second area in the image pickup
element, wherein with each frame, the read-out unit reads out the image signal by a line unit, the lines are in the first
direction;

a generation unit that generates a correction data for the image signal output from the second area based on the image signal
output from the first area; and

a storing unit that includes a memory, and stores the correction data generated by the generation unit,
wherein the read-out unit reads out in a frame, the image signals from a predetermined area among the second area in the second
direction, and reads out the image signal from a third area selected for the frame sequentially among the plurality of third
areas, wherein the plurality of third areas are arranged in the first area in the second direction, and the image signal from
the first area, for generating the correction data, is stored in a memory by sequentially reading out the image signal from
the plurality of third areas.

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. 9,437,162

IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image output apparatus that outputs first image data to a first image display apparatus and second image data to a second
image display apparatus, each of the first image display apparatus and the second image display apparatus being capable of
controlling amount of light of a backlight thereof, the image output apparatus comprising:
a storage that stores the first image data and the second image data; and
a processor configured:
to determine whether the first image data and the second image data stored in the storage satisfy a predetermined condition;
to control, in a case where the first image data and the second image data satisfy the predetermined condition, the first
image display apparatus and the second image display apparatus such that the first image display apparatus and the second
image display apparatus are the same in amount of light of light emission control of the backlight used for display of the
first image data and the second image data by the first image display apparatus and the second image display apparatus even
if the first image data and the second image data are different from each other; and

to control, in a case where the first image data and the second image data do not satisfy the predetermined condition, the
first image display apparatus and the second image display apparatus such that the respective amounts of light of the backlights
thereof used for display of the first image data and the second image data by the first image display apparatus and the second
image display apparatus are adjusted based on respective signal levels of the first image data and the second image data.

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. 9,427,150

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical tomographic imaging apparatus configured to acquire a tomographic image of a subject's eye based on light generated
by combining return light from the subject's eye irradiated by measurement light via a first lens, and reference light corresponding
to the measurement light, the optical tomographic imaging apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit disposed on an optical path of the measurement light, and configured to scan the measurement light on a fundus
of the subject's eye;

a second lens disposed on the optical path of the measurement light between the scanning unit and the first lens;
a first optical path branching unit disposed on the optical path of the measurement light between the first lens and the second
lens, and configured to branch from the optical path of the measurement light to an optical path of an anterior eye observation
optical system for observing an anterior eye of the subject's eye; and

a second optical path branching unit disposed on the optical path of the measurement light between the first lens and the
second lens, and configured to branch from the optical path of the measurement light to an optical path of a fundus observation
optical system for observing the fundus,

wherein the optical path of the anterior eye observation optical system is located on a reflection optical path of the first
optical path branching unit,

wherein the optical path of the fundus observation optical system is located on a transmission optical path of the first optical
branching unit and a transmission optical path of the second optical path branching unit,

wherein the optical path of the measurement light is located on the transmission optical path of the first optical path branching
unit and a reflection optical path of the second optical path branching unit, and

wherein the second lens and the scanning unit are disposed such that an angle at which the measurement light scanned by the
scanning unit is incident on the first optical path branching unit and the second optical path branching unit is substantially
maintained.

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. 9,423,745

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to operate in a first power state and a second power state in which power consumption
is smaller than power consumption in the first power state, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a human;
a return unit configured to return the image forming apparatus from the second power state to the first power state;
an operation unit configured to receive a user operation; and
a power saving unit configured to shift the image forming apparatus from the first power state to the second power state based
on a lapse of a predetermined time without the operation unit receiving the user operation;

wherein, in a case where the operation unit does not receive the user operation in a time period between time when the return
unit returns the image forming apparatus from the second power state to the first power state and time when the detection
unit no longer detects a human, the power saving unit shifts the image forming apparatus from the first power state to the
second power state before the lapse of the predetermined time.

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. 9,413,952

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. 9,411,211

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:
an image sensor including focus detection pixels each including photoelectric converters that receive a pair of light beams
that have passed through different pupil regions in an imaging optical system;

a focus adjustment unit configured to perform focus adjustment of a phase difference type by using focus detection signals
output from the image sensor;

a pixel addition unit configured to add focus detection signals output every line of at least one focus detection pixel line
of the focus detection pixels of the image sensor, the at least one focus detection pixel line being arrayed in a first direction,
the pixel addition unit being configured to add the focus detection signals in a second direction that is different from the
first direction;

a correlation amount calculation unit configured to perform correlation calculation on the focus detection signals added in
the second direction to obtain a correlation waveform value;

a correlation amount addition unit configured to add correlation waveform values calculated by the correlation amount calculation
unit;

an addition ratio change unit configured to change the number of focus detection pixel lines to be subjected to the addition
in the second direction and change the number of correlation waveform values, based on information about a subject; and

an image displacement amount calculation unit configured to calculate an image displacement amount by using an output signal
output from the correlation amount addition unit.

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. 9,403,970

STYRENE BASED RESIN COMPOSITION, FORMED PARTICLE THEREOF, AND OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A formed article produced by forming a styrene based resin composition comprising a styrene based resin and silica particles,
wherein the number average particle diameter of primary particles of the silica particles is 0.5 nm or more and 40 nm or less,
the content of the silica particles is 40 percent by volume or more and 75 percent by volume or less relative to a total of
the styrene based resin and the silica particles, and

wherein the silica particles have amino group or hexadecyl group on surfaces.

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. 9,398,182

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR OBTAINING A READING IMAGE OF A READING TARGET, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. An information processing apparatus configured to execute reading of a reading target placed on a reading plate on which
a plurality of objects can be placed, the information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
a memory that is coupled with the at least one processor and that stores instructions executable by the at least one processor;
wherein the at least one processor executes the instructions to implement:
a detection unit configured to detect one or more objects placed on the reading plate;
a setting unit configured to set a waiting time according to at least a layout of the one or more objects, detected by the
detection unit, on the reading plate;

a reading control unit configured to cause an imaging unit to perform image capturing to generate reading data in which the
one or more objects are the reading target, when the layout of the one or more objects detected by the detection unit is maintained
for the waiting time set by the setting unit; and

a determination unit configured to determine a completion level of the one or more objects as the reading target, based on
at least the layout of the one or more objects detected by the detection unit, and wherein the setting unit is configured
to set the waiting time according to the completion level determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,398,195

IMAGE PROCESSING INCLUDING COLOR MATERIAL SAVING PROCESS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus to which a color material saving process can be applied, the image processing apparatus comprising:
an object analysis unit which determines object type for an object contained in print data;
an object conversion unit which, if the color material saving process is applied and the object analysis unit determines that
the print data contains an image object, decreases the size of the image object contained in the print data, and if the color
material saving process is applied and the object analysis unit determines that the print data contains a character object
or a graphic object, reduces the density of the character object or the graphic object contained in the print data; and

a priority level specifying unit which specifies a priority level of the size or the density,
wherein the object conversion unit reduces the density and decreases the size according to a weight which is based on the
specified priority level.

US Pat. No. 9,398,202

IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device, comprising:
an imaging optical system;
an image sensor; and
an optical fiber bundle including a plurality of optical fibers configured to guide light from the imaging optical system
to the image sensor,

wherein the optical fiber bundle includes a first pair of optical fibers including two optical fibers that are adjacent in
a meridional direction and a second pair of optical fibers including two optical fibers that are adjacent in the meridional
direction,

wherein, in each of the first pair of optical fibers and the second pair of optical fibers, a first value, which is a value
representing a ratio of a component of a distance in the meridional direction between centers of the optical fibers along
a light-exit surface to a component of a distance in the meridional direction between centers of the optical fibers along
a light-incident surface, is greater than one, and

wherein the first value in the second pair of optical fibers, which is located farther from an optical axis of the imaging
optical system, is greater than the first value in the first pair of optical fibers, which is located closer to the optical
axis of the imaging optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,398,206

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS, FOCUS ADJUSTMENT METHOD AND PROGRAM, AND IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus adjustment apparatus that, based on imaging signals obtained by causing an imaging unit to pick up an optical image
of an object formed via a photographing optical system including a focus lens, adjusts a position of the focus lens, the apparatus
comprising:
a read out control unit that performs control so that, in parallel with an operation of reading out first imaging signals
from the imaging unit at a predetermined frame rate, second imaging signals are read out from the imaging unit at a frame
rate that is higher than the predetermined frame rate, the number of the second imaging signals being smaller than the number
of the first imaging signals;

a generation unit that generates a first focus signal using the first imaging signals and that generates a second focus signal
using the second imaging signals; and

a control unit that performs control so that a first focus adjustment that adjusts the position of the focus lens based on
the first focus signal is performed if it is determined that the focus lens is near an in-focus position, and so that a second
focus adjustment that adjusts the position of the focus lens based on the second focus signal is performed if it is determined
that the focus lens is not near the in-focus position.

US Pat. No. 9,389,546

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH INTERMEDIATE TONER TRANSFER MEDIUM, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an exposure unit configured to form a latent image on an image bearing member;
a development unit configured to develop the latent image to form a toner image;
a primary transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image formed on the image bearing member to an intermediate transfer
medium;

a secondary transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image transferred to the intermediate transfer medium to a sheet;
a first drive unit configured to rotate the image bearing member;
a second drive unit configured to rotate the intermediate transfer medium; and
a control unit configured to control said first and second drive units so that a peripheral velocity difference between the
image bearing member and the intermediate transfer medium becomes a first value when driving of said first and second drive
units is started, and configured to control said first and second drive units so that the peripheral velocity difference becomes
a second value larger than the first value when toner, which is adhered to the image bearing member by said development unit
being operated, reaches the position of said primary transfer unit.

US Pat. No. 9,388,012

SHEET STORING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED THEREWITH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. A sheet storing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of sheet stacking units that are lapped over one another in a sheet thickness direction, wherein each of the plurality
of sheet stacking units includes:

a stacking portion on which a sheet conveyed by a conveyance unit is stacked, and
a contact member including a contact portion configured to contact an edge of the sheet stacked on the stacking portion and
an engaged portion that is movable integrally with the contact portion, wherein the contact member is configured to move the
sheet stacked on the stacking portion in a direction perpendicular to a direction in which the conveyance unit conveys the
sheet and discharges the sheet through a discharge port to outside of the sheet storing apparatus, and wherein the contact
member is moved from a standby position to a moved position to discharge the sheet,

wherein, in a state where the contact member is located in the standby position, the contact portion of the contact member
is located upstream of the edge of the sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit in a direction in which the contact member is
moved from the standby position to the moved position;

wherein the sheet storing apparatus further comprises:
an engaging portion;
a first moving unit configured to move the engaging portion in the sheet thickness direction to a position corresponding to
any one of the plurality of engaged portions included in the plurality of sheet stacking units; and

a second moving unit configured to engage the engaging portion which is moved by the first moving unit with the corresponding
engaged portion to move the corresponding contact portion.

US Pat. No. 9,389,067

THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE MEASURING APPARATUS, THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE MEASURING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a captured image of the object on which a projection pattern is projected by a projection
unit; and

a derivation unit configured to derive a three-dimensional shape of the object based on the captured image,
wherein the projection pattern projected on the object by the projection unit includes a first pattern where luminance values
of pixels to form the first pattern continuously vary in a predetermined direction, and a second pattern having information
for identifying the first pattern in the captured image in an area between peaks of the luminance value in the first pattern.

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. 9,388,322

INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING PROCESS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink for use in an ink jet recording process in which an ink is ejected from a recording head by the action of thermal
energy, the ink comprising:
a pigment;
a water-soluble polyurethane polymer;
a compound represented by the following general formula (1) and having a weight-average molecular weight of 1,000 or more
and 8,500 or less; and

a polyethylene oxide alkyl ether, the alkyl group of which has 12 or more carbon atoms,

wherein n is 3 or more and 38 or less, m is 16 or more and 56 or less, and n/(n+m) is 0.15 or more and 0.85 or less,
wherein, based on the total mass of the ink, the content (mass %) of the compound represented by the general formula (1) is
from 0.40 to 1.00, and

wherein, based on the total mass of the ink, the content (mass %) of the polyethylene oxide alkyl ether is from 0.10 to 1.20.

US Pat. No. 9,392,242

IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, FOR UNDERWATER FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus configured to perform white balance correction on an image captured underwater with flash emission,
the imaging apparatus comprising: a memory device configured to load instruction into at least one processor, and the at least
one processor, wherein the at least one processor is configured to:
specify an object region irradiated with flash by the flash emission;
calculate a first white balance coefficient based on a light amount of flash and external light for the specified object region;
calculate an object distance from the imaging apparatus;
calculate a correction value to be used to correct the first white balance coefficient based on the calculated object distance;
and

calculate a second white balance coefficient by correcting the first white balance coefficient with the correction value,
wherein the correction value is calculated so that a correction amount of the first white balance coefficient increases as
the distance of the region excluding a main object from the imaging apparatus becomes smaller than the calculated distance
of the main object from the imaging apparatus.

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. 9,392,063

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS TRANSFER OF IMAGE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which is a mobile device connectable to an external display device, comprising:
a requesting unit configured to request, from a server configured to send one or more of a plurality of contents including
a first content and a second content differing in an amount of information and associated with each other, the second content
being larger than the first content in the amount of information, a particular one of the plurality of contents;

a receiving unit configured to receive the particular one of the plurality of contents transmitted from the server in response
to the request from the requesting unit;

a display unit configured to display the particular one of the plurality of contents received by the receiving unit;
a transmission unit configured to transmit display data based on the particular one of the plurality of contents received
by the receiving unit to the external display device, wherein,

in a case where the particular one of the plurality of contents is requested from the server in a state in which the information
processing apparatus is not connected to the external display device, the requesting unit is configured to request the server
to send the first content,

in a case where the particular one of the plurality of contents is requested from the server in a state in which the information
processing apparatus is connected to the external display device, the requesting unit is configured to not request the server
to send the first content, and

in a case where a state of connection with the external display device changes while the particular one of the plurality of
contents received from the server is being displayed on said display unit, the requesting unit is configured to request another
one of the plurality of contents from the server again, and in accordance with the state of connection after the change, determine
whether to request the server to send the first content.

US Pat. No. 9,386,195

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS HAVING EXTERIOR COVERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a first exterior cover; and
a second exterior cover connected to the first exterior cover,
wherein said first and second exterior covers have first and second abutment portions, respectively,
wherein said first exterior cover has:
engagement portions formed on an inner face of said first exterior cover on a side close to the first abutment portion;
latch portions each disposed between adjacent ones of the engagement portions and provided to protrude toward said second
exterior cover beyond the first abutment portion;

inside ribs disposed inside the engagement portions with a distance therefrom and project toward said second exterior cover
beyond the first abutment portion; and

connection ribs disposed on respective ends of the latch portions and connecting the inside ribs with the engagement portions
together,

wherein said second exterior cover has:
engaged portions disposed along the second abutment portion so as to correspond to the engagement portions of said first exterior
cover and configured to protrude toward said first exterior cover beyond the second abutment portion; and

latched portions each disposed between adjacent ones of the engaged portions so as to correspond to the latch portions of
said first exterior cover,

wherein the engaged portions of said second exterior cover are engaged with the engagement portions of said first exterior
cover,

wherein the latched portions of said second exterior cover are latched to the latch portions of said first exterior cover,
wherein the latch portions each have a first slanted face portion having a first slanted face, and
wherein the latched portions each have a second slanted face portion having a second slanted face, the respective first and
second slanted faces of the first and second slanted face portions abutting each other in a case where the latched portions
are latched to the latch portions.

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. 9,386,082

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, on which a local application is provided, comprising:
an access unit configured to access a web application provided on an external apparatus on a network;
a processing unit configured to perform a processing in accordance with a request from the local application or the web application;
a display unit configured to display a screen; and
a control unit configured to control the display unit to display information on an event by a detailed display method, in
a case where the event of a first processing occurs while the display unit is displaying a webpage of the web application
accessed by the access unit, wherein the first processing is performed in accordance with a request from the web application
accessed by the access unit, and to display information on an event by a simple display method, a size of a display area for
the display by the simple display method being smaller than a size of a display area for the display by the detailed display
method, in a case where the event of a second processing occurs while the display unit is displaying the webpage of the web
application accessed by the access unit, wherein the second processing is performed in accordance with a request from a local
application.

US Pat. No. 9,384,849

MEMORY CONTROL APPARATUS, MEMORY CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A memory control apparatus, comprising:
a writing unit configured to write both of data to be written to one block of a plurality of blocks dividing a storage region
of a nonvolatile memory and information for identifying a number of times of writing to the nonvolatile memory to the one
block; and

a reading-out unit configured to read out data from a block based on the information written by the writing unit among the
plurality of blocks

wherein the writing unit writes a predetermined value to all regions of the one block before writing the data and the information
to the one block, and writes the predetermined data and the information to the one block storing the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,375,920

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a printing element substrate that includes multiple connecting terminals; and
an electric wiring substrate that includes a first wiring line having a first line width, a second wiring line having a second
line width, and inner leads that separately connect the first wiring line to a connecting terminal and the second wiring line
to a connecting terminal, wherein

the first wiring line is provided with one of the inner leads,
the second wiring line is provided with multiple inner leads, and
the second line width is larger than the first line width.

US Pat. No. 9,379,520

SURFACE EMITTING LASER AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A surface emitting laser, comprising:
a first reflector;
a semiconductor cavity including an active layer; and
a second reflector,
the first reflector, the semiconductor cavity, and the second reflector, which are formed in the stated order,
wherein a gap portion is formed between the first reflector and a semiconductor layer,
wherein a cavity length is tunable,
wherein the surface emitting laser has a high reflectivity structure formed between the gap portion and the semiconductor
cavity, and

wherein (?/2)×m+?/8 into an optical thickness in a case of no phase change in optical reflection at a first interface that is at a first reflector
side of the semiconductor cavity and at a second interface that is at a second reflector side of the semiconductor cavity,
m is an integer of 1 or larger, and ? is a center wavelength of laser oscillation.

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. 9,370,928

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. 9,371,225

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A substrate processing method for forming a through-hole in a substrate by reactive ion etching, the method comprising:
preparing a substrate that has a first surface and a second surface and on the first surface side of which a first layer and
a second layer are disposed, the second layer forming a side wall that covers a side surface of the first layer and a ceiling
that covers an upper surface of the first layer; and

performing reactive on etching on the substrate from the second surface to form a through-hole extending through the substrate
from the first surface to the second surface, the reactive on etching being performed to reach the first layer; defining,
as a vertical direction, a direction perpendicular to the first surface of the substrate, a length of the first layer in the
vertical direction being 0.5 um or greater; and defining, as a horizontal direction, a direction parallel to the first surface
of the substrate, the first layer having such a size that the first layer extends beyond an edge of the through-hole formed
by a distance of 0.7 m or greater to each side in the horizontal direction.

wherein the first layer is made of one of poly-Si and P—SiN,
wherein an etching rate of the second layer for the reactive on etching is less than that of the first layer, and wherein
the reactive on etching is performed to reach the ceiling of the second layer.

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. 9,367,008

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER AND HEAT FIXING ASSEMBLY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising an elastic layer, wherein the elastic layer comprises:
a plurality of voids derived from resin microballoons, the voids being connected to and made open to each other; and
an ionic liquid.

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. 9,355,341

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING COLOR OF OUTPUT IMAGE IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A device comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a color value of each of a plurality of pixels included in an input image,
a unit configured to determine whether an additional image is combined with the input image;
a correction unit configured to correct the each color value of the plurality of pixels by using a correction value corresponding
to the additional image in a case where the additional image is determined to be combined with the input image; and

a class determination unit configured to determine a class of color amount for calculating a printing fee of the input image
based on the obtained each color value of the plurality of pixels in a case where the additional image is not determined to
be combined with the input image, and determine a class of color amount for calculating a printing fee of the input image
based on the corrected color value in a case where the additional image is determined to be combined with the input image.

US Pat. No. 9,348,305

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH A CARTRIDGE THAT INCLUDES AND IMAGE BEARING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge including at least an image bearing member, configured to be detachably mounted on an image forming apparatus;
a housing configured to house the cartridge;
an opening portion, provided on the housing, from which the cartridge is inserted toward the housing;
a contact portion configured to contact with a cover so as to slidably move the cartridge with respect to the cover in inserting
the cartridge that is provided with the cover to protect the image bearing member in the housing;

a positioning portion configured to determine, by contacting with the cartridge, a position of the cartridge relative to the
housing in a substantially orthogonal direction with respect to an inserting direction for inserting the cartridge into the
housing;

a biasing portion configured to bias the cartridge toward the positioning portion; and
a moving mechanism configured to move the biasing portion so that the biasing portion biases the cartridge according to the
motion of inserting the cartridge into the housing,

wherein the cartridge is separated from the positioning portion when the biasing portion biases the cartridge in a state that
the cover is in contact with the contact portion, and when the cover is removed from the contact portion, position of the
cartridge is set in the orthogonal direction of the contact portion by the cartridge contacting with the positioning portion.

US Pat. No. 9,348,443

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus provided with a display unit including a touch panel, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
a detection unit that detects a plurality of touch points being touched at a time on the touch panel;
a division unit that divides, if a number of the plurality of touch points detected by the detection unit is a predetermined
number or more, a plurality of display objects into two groups of display objects according to one of the plurality of touch
points moving in an opposite direction on the touch panel to another of the plurality of touch points;

a decision unit that decides one or more objects that are to be displayed in each of the two groups of display objects obtained
by the division unit, according to an attribute, including an aggregation setting in which the plurality of display objects
are constituted by a plurality of objects, of an object that is included in each of the plurality of display objects before
the division; and

a determination unit that determines, if the plurality of display objects before the division have the aggregation setting
of a plurality of objects, whether or not to execute the division of the plurality of display objects by the division unit,
on the basis of a number of display objects in the horizontal direction that are arranged in the plurality of display objects,

wherein one of the two groups of display objects includes the one of the plurality of touch points and another of the two
groups of display objects includes the another of the plurality of touch points.

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. 9,335,956

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRINTING IN WHICH A FOLDING POSITION IS DISPLAYED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus comprising:
a specifying unit configured to specify a sheet folding size corresponding to a folding direction, the sheet folding size
being a size of a sheet corresponding to the folding direction obtained after the sheet has been folded; and

an output size specifying unit configured to specify an output size based on print setting information; and
a changing unit configured to, if the output size in at least one direction of a printing material is not equal to an integer
number times the specified folding size, change the output size to be equal to the integer number times the specified folding
size, wherein the integer number is an integer that is equal to or greater than 2.

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. 9,335,671

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.

US Pat. No. 9,325,966

DEPTH MEASUREMENT USING MULTISPECTRAL BINARY CODED PROJECTION AND MULTISPECTRAL IMAGE CAPTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of measuring depth of a scene using a multichannel projector with narrow spectrally banded channels each with
a characteristic peak wavelength and a multispectral camera with broad spectrally banded channels, wherein the spectrums of
the spectrally banded channels of the multichannel projector are narrower than the spectrums of the spectrally banded channels
of the multispectral camera which are broader, wherein the spectral sensitivities of the camera channels at the characteristic
peak wavelengths of the projector channels form a band diagonal matrix, the method comprising:
projecting a multispectral binary pattern onto the scene with the multichannel projector, wherein the multispectral binary
pattern is composed of binary images, one for each channel of the projector;

capturing one or more images of the scene with the multispectral camera, each image being captured as a multispectral image;
converting each multispectral image into multiple binary images, one binary image for each projector channel; and
recovering the depth of the scene based on the multiple binary images, one binary image for each projector channel.

US Pat. No. 9,318,525

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. A method for manufacturing a solid-state image sensor including, in a semiconductor substrate, a first pixel configured
to receive a light in a first wavelength range, and a second pixel configured to receive a light in a second wavelength range,
a central wavelength in the second wavelength range being shorter than a central wavelength in the first wavelength range,
the first pixel including a first charge accumulation portion of a first conductivity type in a first region of the semiconductor
substrate,

the second pixel including a second charge accumulation portion of the first conductivity type in a second region of the semiconductor
substrate, and a semiconductor region of a second conductivity type in a third region of the semiconductor substrate, the
second conductivity type being different from the first conductivity type,

the manufacturing method comprising the steps of:
forming the first charge accumulation portion and the second charge accumulation portion;
forming a buried layer of the second conductivity type of the semiconductor substrate at a position deeper than the first
charge accumulation portion and the second charge accumulation portion; and

forming the semiconductor region of the semiconductor substrate between the second region and the buried layer,
wherein in the step of forming the first charge accumulation portion and the second charge accumulation portion, impurities
are doped in the first region and the second region to make a net quantity of doping impurities of the first conductivity
type in the second region be larger than a net quantity of doping impurities of the first conductivity type in the first region,

wherein in the step of forming the semiconductor region, impurities of the second conductivity type are doped in the third
region, and the impurities of the second conductivity type to reduce a difference between a net quantity of doping impurities
of the first conductivity type in the first region and a net quantity of doping impurities of the first conductivity type
in the second region.

US Pat. No. 9,319,562

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SYCHRONIZING PERSONAL SETTING INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a platform in which an application that accesses personal setting information can
be installed, the image forming apparatus having been connected to an external apparatus which holds personal setting information,
the image forming apparatus comprising:
a first saving unit in which first personal setting information is saved;
a second saving unit in which second personal setting information is saved; and
a synchronization unit that synchronizes the first personal setting information and the second personal setting information
with the personal setting information held by the external apparatus connected to the image forming apparatus.