US Pat. No. 9,210,433

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. An image processing method comprising:
inputting a plurality of image frames included in moving image data;
determining a specific area in the input image frame based on a result of an object detection for the input image frame;
estimating, by using a specific area in a first input image frame which is determined by the determining based on a result
of an object detection for the first input image frame and a specific area in a second input image frame succeeding the first
input image frame which is determined by the determining based on a result of an object detection for the second input image
frame, a specific area in a third input image frame succeeding the second input image frame;

specifying a difference between a specific area in the third input image frame which is determined by the determining based
on a result of an object detection for the third input image frame and the specific area in the third input image frame which
is estimated by the estimating by using the specific areas in the first and second input image frames; and

changing, based on the difference specified by the specifying, a specific area being based on an estimation result of the
estimating for a fourth input image frame succeeding the third input image frame and controlling a parameter for encoding
the fourth input image frame such that the changed specific area is encoded with a higher image quality than other area in
the fourth input image frame.

US Pat. No. 9,207,581

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating unit comprising:
an accommodating portion, provided with an opening, for accommodating the developer;
a sealing member for sealing the opening; and
an unsealing member rotatable for winding up said sealing member,
wherein said sealing member is peelable from said accommodating portion to unseal the opening in a first unsealing direction
and a second unsealing direction that is opposite to the first unsealing direction,

wherein the first unsealing direction is a direction from an upstream side of the opening to a downstream side of the opening
with respect to a rotational direction of said unsealing member, and

wherein the second unsealing direction is a direction from a downstream side of the opening to an upstream side of the opening
with respect to a rotational direction of said unsealing member.

US Pat. No. 9,208,374

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which generates an information processing rule for executing information processing
for target data in a target system including a processor and a memory, comprising:
one or more processors configured to function as:
an input unit configured to input configuration information concerning configuration elements of the target system;
a calculator configured to calculate, in accordance with the input configuration information, a reference load for referring
to an element at each position in the target data in the memory when the processor executes the information processing, in
consideration of a cache hit based on histories of the positions of the elements of the processing target data which have
been referred to so far; and

a determination unit configured to determine the information processing rule representing the positions of the elements to
be referred to and a reference order thereof using the reference load calculated by said calculator.

US Pat. No. 9,201,618

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,204,055

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,199,451

PRINTING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A substrate comprising:
a discharging unit including an element configured to discharge liquid from a nozzle and a transistor configured to drive
the element;

a logic circuit unit configured to be supplied with a first power supply voltage and to receive data;
a unit configured to be supplied with a second power supply voltage and to output a signal from the logic circuit unit to
a control terminal of the transistor;

a voltage generation unit configured to be supplied with a third power supply voltage and to generate, using the third power
supply voltage, the second power supply voltage to be supplied to the unit;

a monitor unit configured to be supplied with the third power supply voltage to monitor a potential of a node supplied with
the first power supply voltage; and

a controlling unit configured to control supply of the third power supply voltage to the voltage generation unit,
wherein when a monitor result by the monitor unit indicates that the first power supply voltage is not supplied to the logic
circuit unit, the controlling unit does not supply the third power supply voltage to the voltage generation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,201,289

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,196,138

IMAGE REPRODUCTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE REPRODUCTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reproduction controlling apparatus for controlling a reproduction of an image, comprising:
a reading unit configured to read out, from a storage device, specifying information for specifying a specific time;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire, from an image recording apparatus, the latest image corresponding to the specific
time in a plurality of images corresponding to the specific time and a plurality of dates, in a case where the specifying
information includes time information for specifying the specific time and does not include date information for specifying
a specific date; and

a control unit configured to perform, in accordance with the specifying information including the time information for specifying
the specific time and not including the date information for specifying the specific date, control to reproduce the latest
image corresponding to the specific time and acquired from the image recording apparatus without reproducing a second image
corresponding to the specific time, captured before the latest image corresponding to the specific time, and included in the
plurality of images corresponding to the specific time and the plurality of dates.

US Pat. No. 9,196,188

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,195,424

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,192,350

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,197,817

IMAGE BLURRING CORRECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, OPTICAL DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image blurring correction apparatus comprising:
a correction member configured to correct image blur;
a shake detection unit configured to detect a shake of the apparatus and output a shake signal;
a first generation unit configured to generate first shake amount data based on the shake signal;
a second generation unit configured to generate, based on the shake signal, second shake amount data with which a higher shake
correction effect than a shake correction effect of the first shake amount data can be obtained;

a selection unit configured to select the first shake amount data or the second shake amount data based on the shake signal;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a shake correction amount which is a moving amount of the correction member using
the shake amount data selected by the selection unit; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the apparatus is in a constant point capturing state in which
a panning control is turned off, based on whether or not a magnitude of the shake signal is in a predetermined shake signal
magnitude range and the shake correction amount is in a predetermined shake correction amount range,

wherein the selection unit provides the calculation unit with the second shake amount data if the determination unit determines
that the apparatus is in the constant point capturing state, and provides the calculation unit with the first shake amount
data if the determination unit determines that the apparatus is not in the constant point capturing state.

US Pat. No. 9,197,820

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING APERTURE STOP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,189,693

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,188,927

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,178,161

BENZO[C]PHENANTHRENE COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE CONTAINING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A benzo[c]phenanthrene compound represented by formula [3]:

wherein Ar represents a naphthalenediyl group or a fluorenediyl group;and the Ar may have an alkyl group as a substituent.

US Pat. No. 9,170,469

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING THE CHIRP OF AN OPTICAL SIGNAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for altering a chirp of an input light comprising:
a first grating structure positioned to receive the input light to produce a first dispersed light;
a first electro-optical block positioned relative to the first grating structure to receive the first dispersed light which
exits the first electro-optical block as a second dispersed light;

a second grating structure positioned relative to the first electro-optical block to receive the second dispersed light to
produce a first collinear light;

a third grating structure positioned relative to the second grating structure to receive the first collinear light to produce
a third dispersed light;

a second electro-optical block positioned relative to the third grating structure to receive the third dispersed light which
exits the second electro-optical block as a fourth dispersed light;

a fourth grating structure positioned relative to the second electro-optical block to receive the fourth dispersed light to
produce an output light; and

wherein a voltage applied to the first and second electro-optical blocks alters the chirp of the output light.

US Pat. No. 9,158,088

LENS BARREL AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,152,037

PATTERN CORRECTION METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING MASK, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pattern correction method of, when a plurality of pattern elements on a mask used to process line patterns formed on
a substrate are transferred to the substrate, performing proximity effect correction of a pattern element, among the plurality
of pattern elements, so that a transferred image has a target dimension, the method comprising the steps of:
setting, based on a density of pattern elements in a peripheral region surrounding a pattern element of interest, among the
plurality of pattern elements, a dimension of a pattern element whose transferred image formed under the density of the pattern
elements in the peripheral region surrounding the pattern element of interest has the target dimension as a reference value
for the pattern element of interest;

calculating a dimension of transferred image of the pattern element of interest while changing a dimension of the pattern
element of interest around the reference value; and

determining the dimension of the pattern element of interest based on the calculation result.

US Pat. No. 9,152,081

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,154,693

PHOTOGRAPHING CONTROL APPARATUS AND PHOTOGRAPHING CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,154,752

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,150,697

INK JET RECORDING HEAD AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording head, comprising a member provided with an ejection orifice for ejecting ink, wherein the ink jet
recording head further comprises a water-repellent layer comprising a cured product of a condensed product obtained by condensation
of a hydrolyzable silane compound having an epoxy group and a hydrolyzable silane compound having a perfluoropolyether group
on a surface of the member on a side on which the ejection orifice opens.

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. 9,141,042

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MISREGISTRATION CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first image bearing member on which an electrostatic latent image is formed;
a first developing device for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the first image bearing member;
a second image bearing member on which an electrostatic latent image is formed;
a second developing device for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the second image bearing member;
an intermediate transfer member which is rotatable and is configured to form a first primary transfer portion with the first
image bearing member and a second primary transfer portion with the second image bearing member; and

a control unit that is configured to execute an image forming mode,
wherein in a case where the control unit receives a print signal for transferring a toner image onto a recording material,
the control unit controls a timing of forming a toner patch so that the toner patch developed by the second developing device
is provided to the second primary transfer portion between a timing when the control unit receives the print signal and a
timing when the toner image developed on the first image bearing member is primarily transferred to the intermediate transfer
member at the first primary transfer portion.

US Pat. No. 9,141,066

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR APPLYING POST PROCESS TO SHEET

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,143,038

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. 9,132,670

CONVEYING DEVICE AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conveying device comprising:
a conveyer unit conveying a sheet;
a motor for driving the conveyer unit;
an estimate device for estimating temperature of the motor based on a rotation amount and a stop period of the motor; and
a determination device to determine whether to drive the motor either in a first mode in which the motor is continuously rotated
or in a second mode in which the motor is intermittently rotated based on an estimation result of the estimate device.

US Pat. No. 9,136,407

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid-state image sensor including a first charge accumulation region, a second charge accumulation
region positioned adjacent to the first charge accumulation region, a first transfer gate positioned adjacent to the first
charge accumulation region and configured to transfer a charge in the first charge accumulation region, and a second transfer
gate positioned adjacent to the second charge accumulation region and configured to transfer a charge in the second charge
accumulation region, the first accumulation region and the second accumulation region being positioned between a region below
the first transfer gate and a region below the second transfer gate, the method comprising:
preparing a semiconductor substrate provided with the first transfer gate and the second transfer gate;
forming, on the semiconductor substrate, a mask pattern including a first opening for implanting ions into a first region
where the first charge accumulation region is to be formed, a second opening for implanting ions into a second region where
the second charge accumulation region is to be formed, and a wall portion which is positioned between the first opening and
the second opening, the first region including a first portion which is arranged below the first transfer gate, and the second
region including a second portion which is arranged below the second transfer gate; and

implanting ions into the semiconductor substrate through the first opening and the second opening to form the first charge
accumulation region and the second charge accumulation region,

wherein the implanting ions into the semiconductor substrate includes:
a first implantation of implanting ions into a part of the first region, which includes the first portion, and a part of the
second region; and

a second implantation of implanting ions into a part of the first region, and a part of the second region, which includes
the second portion.

US Pat. No. 9,134,898

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a touch onto a display screen of a display unit;
a display control unit configured to perform control:
to display on the display unit first guide information indicating functions executable by an operation following a movement
of the touch position from an original position on the display screen to a current position on the display screen without
releasing the detected touch,

to display second guide information indicating a function among the functions indicated by the first guide information to
be executed at a time when the detected touch is released when the movement of the touch position satisfies a first condition
without releasing the detected touch, and

to terminate display of the second guide information when the movement of the touch position of the detected touch satisfies
a second condition without releasing the touch after the movement of the touch position satisfies the first condition, the
second guide information indicating whether the function to be executed is invoked; and

a control unit configured to perform control to execute the function indicated by the second guide information, when the detected
touch is released while the second guide information is being displayed.

US Pat. No. 9,129,188

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to function as:
a first calculation unit configured to calculate pixel value differences between a pixel of interest and a plurality of adjacent
pixels in an input image for each of the pixels in the input image, wherein the plurality of adjacent pixels are a plurality
of pixels which are located at positions separated from the pixel of interest by a predetermined interval in different directions;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate similarities between the pixel value differences calculated for the pixel
of interest in the input image for each of the pixels in the input image;

a third calculation unit configured to calculate a distribution of the pixel value differences based on the calculated similarities;
and

an estimation unit configured to estimate a color of a light source which illuminates an object in the input image based on
the calculated distribution.

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. 9,128,430

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING POWER CONTROL TO SELECT POWER LEVELS BASED ON TEMPERATURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing unit configured to perform heat fixing an unfixed toner image formed on a recording sheet onto the recording sheet,
the fixing unit includes a heater that generates heat by electric power supplied from an alternating-current power supply;
and

a power control unit configured to control the electric power to be supplied to the heater such that the fixing unit is kept
to a target temperature,

wherein the power control unit is configured to select a power level per one control cycle from a control table in which a
plurality of power levels have been set in accordance with a temperature of the fixing unit, the duration of the one control
cycle being defined by a predetermined number of consecutive half-cycles in an alternating-current waveform,

wherein the alternating-current waveform flowing in the heater in the one control cycle including a phase control waveform
in which a current flows only in a part of a half-cycle of the alternating-current waveform and a wave number control waveform
in which all current flows in a half-cycle of the alternating-current waveform,

wherein as the control table, a plurality of control tables having different ratios of the phase control waveforms and the
wave number control waveforms in the one control cycle have been set, and

the control unit is configured to select one of the plurality of control tables depending on a set target temperature, and
select a power level from the selected control table in accordance with the temperature of the fixing unit.

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. 9,128,446

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
a reversing unit configured to reverse the printed sheet;
a post-processing unit configured to perform post-processing to the printed sheet;
a receiving unit configured to receive the printed sheet in a position subjected to post-processing by the post-processing
unit;

a control unit configured to control the reversing unit and the post-processing unit such that, in a case where the printed
sheet subjected to post-processing by the post-processing unit is to be received in the position in a first orientation, control
the reversing unit not to reverse the printed sheet and the post-processing unit to perform post-processing to the printed
sheet received by the receiving unit, and, in a case where the printed sheet subjected to post-processing by the post-processing
unit is to be received in the position in a second orientation, control the reversing unit to reverse the printed sheet and
the post-processing unit to perform post-processing to the printed sheet received by the receiving unit after the reversing
unit reverses the printed sheet; and

a display unit configured to, in a case where the printed sheet subjected to post-processing by the post-processing unit is
to be received in the position in the second orientation and the sheet subjected to image printing by the printing unit and
post-processing by the post-processing unit is of a type unsuitable for reversal, display a screen for a user to change the
type of the sheet to be used for printing by the printing unit and post-processing by the post-processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,122,224

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,116,640

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,116,303

HOLOGRAM WITH CELLS TO CONTROL PHASE IN TWO POLARIZATION DIRECTIONS AND EXPOSURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A hologram which forms a light intensity distribution on a predetermined plane by using incident light, the hologram comprising:
a plurality of cells configured to control both a phase of a first polarized light component in a first polarization direction
of the incident light and a phase of a second polarized light component in a second polarization direction perpendicular to
the first polarization direction, to form a phase difference distribution between phase distributions for the first and second
polarized light components,

wherein the plurality of cells comprises an isotropic medium and an anisotropic medium,
wherein the phase distribution of the first polarized light component and the phase distribution of the second polarized light
component are designed so that a number of phase difference levels of the phase difference distribution is less than a number
of phase levels of the phase distribution of the first polarized light component, and

wherein the plurality of cells is formed in the hologram based on the phase distribution of the first polarized light component
and the phase distribution of the second polarized light component which are designed so that the number of phase difference
levels of the phase difference distribution is less than the number of phase levels of the phase distribution of the first
polarized light component.

US Pat. No. 9,110,401

INTERVAL GUARANTEE MEMBER, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,110,439

CARTRIDGE HAVING A GRIP PROVIDED ON A FRAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,105,553

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS WITH PLURAL CURRENT SOURCE CIRCUITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion element;
a signal line to which the plurality of pixels output signals;
a first current source circuit configured to supply a current to the signal line, the first current source circuit including
a first transistor having a drain or collector node capable of being connected electrically to the signal line, a first resistor
electrically connected between a reference voltage node and a source or emitter node of the first transistor, and a second
transistor having a drain or collector node electrically connected to the signal line and having a source or emitter node
electrically connected to the drain or collector node of the first transistor; and

a second current source circuit including a third transistor having a gate or base node being connected electrically to a
gate or base node of the first transistor, a second resistor electrically connected between a reference voltage node and a
source or emitter node of the third transistor, a fourth transistor having a gate or based node electrically connected to
the gate or base node of the second transistor, and having a source or emitter node electrically connected to the drain or
collector node of the third transistor, and a first current source electrically connected to the gate or base node of the
third transistor and to the drain or collector node of the fourth transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,100,561

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT PROVIDES A CORRELATION IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element configured to provide a photoelectric conversion to an optical image formed by an image pickup optical
system;

a correlation image acquirer configured to obtain a first product between a pixel value of an image output from the image
pickup element and a representative value of a first reference signal that fluctuates during an exposure time period for each
of a plurality of divided time periods made by dividing the exposure time period by a predetermined division number such that
each of the divided time periods is not more than a half of a period of the first reference signal and to obtain a second
product between the pixel value and a representative value of a second reference signal that is a fixed value; and

a correlation image calculator configured to obtain an output from the image pickup element and to calculate a first sum of
the first product for the exposure time period as a first correlation image and a second sum of the second product for the
exposure time period as a second correlation image.

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. 9,098,781

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,100,530

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,095,256

OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,099,918

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus, comprising: a power conversion unit configured to convert a first voltage into a second voltage;
and a smoothing unit configured to smooth the second voltage output from the power conversion unit, the smoothing unit including
a coil arranged on a first board, a first capacitor arranged on a second board, and a cable; and a control unit configured
to control the power conversion unit for regulating the second voltage output from the smoothing unit based on a voltage of
the first capacitor; wherein the cable connects the first board and the second board comprises a plurality of power supply
wires connecting one end of the first capacitor to the coil and a plurality of ground wires connecting the other end of the
first capacitor to a ground of the power conversion unit, and one of power supply wire is arranged between every two consecutively
arranged ground wires, the control unit is arranged on the first board and detects the voltage of the first capacitor arranged
on the second board by a first detection line and a second detection line, the first detection line being arranged in the
cable and connected to a power supply line of the second board and the control unit, and the second detection line being arranged
in the cable and connected to a ground for the smoothing unit of the second board and the control unit, and the power supply
apparatus further comprising a second capacitor is arranged to connected to connect a ground for the smoothing unit of the
first board to the second detection line.

US Pat. No. 9,099,941

VIBRATION TYPE DRIVING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,091,912

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
a charge-generating layer on the support; and
a charge-transporting layer on the charge-generating layer,
wherein, a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises:
at least one charge-transporting substance selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by the Formula (CTM-1),
a compound represented by the Formula (CTM-4), and an enamine compound; and

a polyester resin having a repeating structural unit represented by the Formula (A) and a repeating structural unit represented
by the Formula (B), and

wherein, the content of the repeating structural unit represented by the Formula (A) is 30% by mass or more based on the total
mass of the polyester resin included in the surface layer,


where, R11 to R14 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a methyl group,


where,
R21 to R24 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a methyl group;

X1 represents a divalent group having two p-phenylene groups bonded with an oxygen atom; and

Y1 represents a single bond, a methylene group, an ethylidene group, a propylidene group, a phenylethylidene group, a cyclohexylidene
group, or an oxygen atom,


US Pat. No. 9,091,974

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,091,983

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. 9,093,927

ACTUATOR WITH IONIC LIQUID

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,090,077

LIQUID CONTAINER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,069,234

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,061,489

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,064,351

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,055,911

RADIATION GENERATING DEVICE AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,052,656

CLEANING DEVICE AND FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning device comprising:
(i) a cleaning unit for cleaning a rotatable member, said cleaning unit including,
(i-i) a web;
(i-ii) a first roller on which said web is wound,
(i-iii) a second roller configured and positioned to wind said web up;
(i-iv) a driving mechanism configured to drive said second roller,
(i-v) a third roller configured and positioned to urge said web to said rotatable member,
(i-vi) an urging portion configured and positioned to urge said third roller toward said rotatable member,
(i-vii) a supporting mechanism supporting said third roller, said supporting mechanism permitting movement of said third roller
relative to said first roller and said second roller against an urging force of said urging portion;

(ii) a moving mechanism configured and positioned to cause a relative movement between said cleaning unit and said rotatable
member, between a first position in which said web is spaced from said rotatable member and a second position in which said
web contacts said rotatable member; and

(iii) a controller configured to control an operation of said driving mechanism,
wherein when said moving mechanism causes the relative movement from the first position to the second position, said controller
operates said driving mechanism for a predetermined duration to substantially eliminate the slackness of said web resulting
from the relative movement.

US Pat. No. 9,054,147

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,397,963

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:at least one memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor executing the instructions stored in the memory;
wherein the instructions are executed to:
perform communication with a communication apparatus by a first communication method;
perform communication with the communication apparatus by a second communication method different from the first communication method;
obtain, from the communication apparatus, first information relating to a network connection in the communication apparatus using the first communication method; and
hold the obtained first information in the at least one memory, wherein
in a case where the information processing apparatus cannot communicate with the communication apparatus by the first communication method using the first information that is held in the at least one memory, obtain, from the communication apparatus and via communication using the second communication method, second information relating to the network connection in the communication apparatus using the first communication method; and
in a case where the obtained second information is different from the first information that is held in the at least one memory, transmit, to the communication apparatus and via communication using the second communication method, the first information.

US Pat. No. 10,075,340

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a storage that stores setting information used by the information processing apparatus to perform an operation;
a memory that stores a set of instructions; and at least one processor that executes instructions in the memory to: manage configuration information indicating a device configuration of the information processing apparatus, the configuration information indicating at least one of an equipment which is installed with the information processing apparatus and an application which is installed with the information processing apparatus;
receive setting information, from a server, to update the setting information stored in the storage; and
control whether or not to cause a display unit to display information prompting an execution of reboot processing to reflect the update of the setting information, based on a type of the setting information to be updated and the configuration information indicating at least one of the equipment which is installed with the information processing apparatus and the application which is installed with the information processing apparatus,
wherein the information prompting an execution of reboot processing to reflect an update of predetermined setting information is not displayed, in a case where the application and the equipment for which the predetermined setting information is used are not installed with the information processing apparatus, and
wherein the predetermined setting information received from the server is stored in the storage as the setting information of the information processing apparatus, even if the application and the equipment for which the predetermined setting information is used are not installed with the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,070,837

MEDICAL IMAGING APPARATUS, PROGRAM INSTALLABLE IN MEDICAL IMAGING APPARATUS, AND MEDICAL IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical imaging apparatus comprising:a cardiac lumen region identifying unit configured to identify, based on signal values of a region where blood is flowing, a cardiac lumen region from a medical image including a heart region;
a myocardium identifying unit configured to identify a face of a myocardium region obtained by extending a surface of the cardiac lumen region, identified by the cardiac lumen region identifying unit, by a certain distance at a time toward a myocardium side; and
a generating unit configured to generate a three-dimensional color-coded image in which the face of the myocardium region, identified by the myocardium identifying unit, is colored in colors according to signal values of the medical image corresponding to positions on the face of the myocardium region.

US Pat. No. 9,974,104

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SEAMLESSLY COMMUNICATING DATA BY SETTING UP AND SWITCHING BETWEEN MULTIPLE NETWORKS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing code to be executed by the at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor executes the code to function as:
a first communication unit configured to perform wireless communication based on a first communication method;
a second communication unit configured to perform wireless communication based on a second communication method with a higher communication speed or a larger communication range than the first communication method;
a transmitting unit configured to transmit, by the first communication unit, identification information of the communication apparatus in a case where the communication apparatus is connected to another communication apparatus by the first communication unit;
a receiving unit configured to receive, by the first communication unit, instruction information for instructing to communicate in a second wireless network different from a first wireless network; and
in a case where the communication apparatus is connected to the other communication apparatus by the first communication unit and connected to the first wireless network by the second communication unit, a control unit configured to:
control the second communication unit to communicate with the other communication apparatus in the second wireless network, instead of the first wireless network, in a case where the receiving unit receives the instruction information after the transmitting unit transmits the identification information, and
control the second communication unit to communicate with the other communication apparatus in the first wireless network in a case where the receiving unit does not receive the instruction information after the transmitting unit transmits the identification information.

US Pat. No. 9,819,829

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus having a service provider for outputting a first log representing information about a job
executed according to a request of a service for providing a function in cooperation with the image processing apparatus,
comprising:
a memory storing instructions as an expense management application; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the image processing apparatus to:
request an expense management apparatus to perform user authentication processing in a case where a user accesses the service;
request the service provider to perform a job in response to a reception of a request from a web application via a network;
acquire matter information of the user authenticated by the expense management apparatus;
monitor the first log output by the service provider and acquire job information about a job of the user executed by the service
provider according to the request from the web application, from the first log; and

register expense information based on the acquired job information, as expense information of the acquired matter information,
to the expense management apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,812,646

ORGANIC COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE AND DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light emitting device comprising:
a pair of electrodes; and
an organic compound layer disposed between the pair of electrodes, wherein
the organic compound layer includes an organic compound represented by the following formula (1):
wherein R1 and R2 each independently selected from a hydrogen atom, Substituent group A shown below, and Substituent group B shown below, wherein
at least one of R1 and R2 is selected from Substituent group A or Substituent group B;

R11 and R12 of a substituent belonging to Substituent group A are each independently selected from Substituent group B; and

each substituent belonging to Substituent group A or Substituent group B optionally has a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted
alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a silyl group, or a cyano group at a position other than the R11 and R12 substitution positions:


US Pat. No. 9,811,019

MAGNETIC CARRIER AND TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A magnetic carrier comprising:
a filled core particle including a porous magnetic core particle and a silicone resin filled in pores thereof; and
a vinyl resin coating a surface of the filled core particle,
wherein in a pore distribution of the porous magnetic core particle measured by a mercury intrusion method, a cumulative pore
volume of the porous magnetic core particle is 35.0 to 95.0 mm3/g,

in a pore distribution of the filled core particle measured by a mercury intrusion method, a cumulative pore volume of the
filled core particle is 3.0 to 15.0 mm3/g,

the content of the vinyl resin is 1.2 to 3.0 parts by mass with respect to 100.0 parts by mass of the filled core particle,
and

the mercury intrusion method comprises the following steps:
weighing 1.0 g of the porous magnetic core particle or the filled core particle,
intruding a mercury into the pores of the porous magnetic core particle or the filled core particle while measuring a mercury
intrusion pressure and a volume of the intruded mercury in a range of 13.8 kPa to 315.6 kPa and in a range of 316.3 kPa to
413.6 MPa,

obtaining the pore distribution of the porous magnetic core particle or the filled core particle, by calculation from the
mercury intrusion pressure and the volume of the intruded mercury, and

computing the cumulative pore volume of the porous magnetic core particle or the filled core particle by integrating a Log
differential pore volume in a pore diameter range of 0.1 to 3.0 ?m in the pore distribution of the porous magnetic core particle
or the filled core particle,

wherein the vinyl resin is a copolymer of
a vinyl monomer having a cyclic hydrocarbon group in its molecular structure, and
a methyl methacrylate macromonomer having a methacryloyl group at one terminal thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,813,612

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,784,972

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

outputting the image.

US Pat. No. 9,655,589

SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,653,675

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,599,956

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A DUAL-POSITION DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, comprising:
a main assembly to which a cartridge including an image bearing member on which a latent image is formed and including a developing
device for developing the latent image on said image bearing member is detachably mountable; and

a transfer unit, detachably mountable to said main assembly separately from said cartridge, for transferring a developer image
formed on said image bearing member,

wherein said developing device includes a developer carrying member and is movable between a contact position where said developer
carrying member is contacted to said image bearing member and a spaced position where said developer carrying member is spaced
from said image bearing member,

wherein said transfer unit includes a developing device contact-and-separation mechanism for moving said developing device
between the contact position and the spaced position, and

wherein said developing device contact-and-separation mechanism includes an engaging member engageable with said cartridge
and movable between an engaging position and a non-engaging position, wherein said engaging member in the engaging position
places the developing device in the spaced position, and said engaging member in the non-engaging position permits the developing
device to be placed in the contact position.

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. 9,563,142

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. 9,560,961

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. 9,557,944

PRINTING SYSTEM INCLUDING A HOST APPARATUS, AND A PRINTING APPARATUS WHICH IS CONNECTED TO THE HOST APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING SECURE PRINTING WITH MISMATCHED AUTHENTICATION DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system comprising a host apparatus which transmits to a printing apparatus: a print job and account information
including a password, a personal identifier, and an affiliation identifier, which are input by a user to the host apparatus,
and the printing apparatus which is connected to the host apparatus, receives the print job and the account information, and
performs authenticated printing, wherein the printing apparatus comprises:
a storage unit configured to store account information including a password, a personal identifier, and an affiliation identifier
for each user input by an administrator of the printing system beforehand;

a processor configured to:
authenticate the user by comparing the account information transmitted by the host apparatus with the account information
in the storage unit;

execute printing based on the print job in a first case where it is determined by authentication by the authentication unit
that: even though all of the account information transmitted by the host apparatus do not match with all of the account information
stored in the storage unit for a first user, (1) the password and the personal identifier transmitted by the host apparatus
and the password and the personal identifier stored in the storage unit for the first user match; (2) the affiliation identifier
transmitted by the host apparatus and the affiliation identifier stored in the storage unit for the first user do not match;
and (3) the affiliation identifier transmitted by the host apparatus has been stored in the storage unit for a second user;
and

suppress the printing in a second case where it is determined by authentication by the authentication unit that the password
and the personal identifier transmitted by the host apparatus and the password and the personal identifier stored in the storage
unit for the first user match, and the affiliation identifier transmitted by the host apparatus has not been stored for any
user.

US Pat. No. 9,560,256

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

JPEG processing circuit to compress the signal as one frame.

US Pat. No. 9,521,339

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,519,842

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANAGING AN OBJECT EXTRACTED FROM IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a management unit configured to classify face feature information of a plurality of faces extracted from image data in units
of similar face feature information into feature groups, and manage linking information for linking each feature group with
a person group in a dictionary;

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display face images based on image data for each person group
based on the linking information managed by the management unit;

a receiving unit configured to receive a user's correction instruction about the person group displayed on the display unit;
and

a processing unit configured to perform an associating process of person groups based on the user's correction instruction
received by the receiving unit,

wherein the processing unit is configured to, if the user's correction instruction is received by the receiving unit, performs
the associating process by updating the linking information based on the user's correction instruction, and not to update
the classification of the feature groups, and

wherein one or more of the management unit, the display control unit, the receiving unit, or the processing unit is implemented
by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,517,043

MULTI-SOURCE RADIATION GENERATOR AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation generator comprising:
an electron source array including a plurality of electron sources each of which is configured to emit electrons;
a radiation source array having a plurality of radiation sources arranged in series from one array end to the other array
end of the radiation source array corresponding to the electron source array; and

a control unit configured to control each of the electron sources in the electron source array so as to form a dose distribution
of radiation in the radiation source array,

wherein the control unit controls the electron sources such that each radiation source sequentially irradiates a common region
with a controlled dose of radiation controlled based on a different position of the radiation source and the dose distribution
of radiation shows a decreasing profile and an increasing profile in that order from the one array end to the other array
end.

US Pat. No. 9,508,170

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus for displaying an image containing a plurality of objects, the image display apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor functions as:
a determination unit configured to determine a display order for the plurality of objects contained in the image;
a setting unit configured to set one of the plurality of objects as a display target object and set a magnification according
to at least a size of the display target object;

a magnification unit configured to change a magnification of an entirety of the image to the magnification set by the setting
unit; and

a display control unit configured to perform control to display on a screen a part of the entire image magnified with the
magnification changed by the magnification unit,

wherein the part of the entire image contains the display target object, and
wherein the display control unit is further configured to switch the display target object to an object that is a next display
target object among the plurality of the objects contained in the image according to the display order determined by the determination
unit; and

wherein the display control unit is further configured to cause, as a part of the entire image magnified by the magnification
unit at the magnification set by the setting unit according to at least a size of the next display target object, a part that
includes the next display target object to be displayed on the screen.

US Pat. No. 9,507,194

DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a display panel;
a panel holder having a plurality of supporting portions that make contact with parts of a rear surface of the display panel
and an edge of the display panel so as to support the display panel; and

a vibrating unit provided facing a supporting portion, of the plurality of supporting portions, corresponding to the edge
of the display panel so as to apply vibration to at least a portion of the display panel which is in contact with the supporting
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,507,295

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image bearing members configured to bear toner images:
an intermediate transfer belt configured to perform secondary transfer onto a transfer medium of a toner image subjected to
primary transfer from the plurality of image bearing members, the intermediate transfer belt having been formed endless and
rotatably;

a current supply member configured to contact the intermediate transfer belt;
a detecting member configured to detect a test pattern formed on the intermediate transfer belt;
a contact member configured to contact an inner peripheral face of the intermediate transfer belt;
a voltage maintaining element configured to be connected to the contact member; and
an opposing member configured to oppose the detecting member across the intermediate transfer belt;
a bearing configured to support a shaft of an opposing roller serving as the opposing member, the opposing roller being rotated
by the intermediate transfer belt, the bearing being electrically insulated; and

a supporting plate configured to support the detecting member,
wherein the supporting plate is supported by the bearing,
wherein the contact member to which the voltage maintaining element is connected maintains a predetermined potential by current
flowing from the current supply member to the intermediate transfer belt; and

wherein the opposing member contacts the inner peripheral face of the intermediate transfer belt at a different position from
that of the contact member, and is in an electrically insulated state.

US Pat. No. 9,507,310

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CIRCUIT BOARD WITH SILK-PRINTED MARK FOR HOLDING CLAW

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a process unit to which a high voltage is applied, and the process unit being configured to perform an image forming process;
a circuit board configured to generate the high voltage to be applied to the process unit;
a holding claw configured to hold the circuit board;
a power feed member configured to apply the high voltage to the process unit, the power feed member having an elastic member
electrically connected to an output portion of the circuit board from which the high voltage is output in a state in which
the circuit board is held by the holding claw; and

a silk-printed mark put on the circuit board, the silk-printed mark indicating a portion of the circuit board to be pressed
by an operator in order to cause the circuit board to be held by the holding claw, wherein

the output portion of the circuit board comprises a plurality of output portions,
the silk-printed mark comprises a plurality of silk-printed marks,
the plurality of silk-printed marks comprise outline numerals on solid marks, and
the outline numerals indicate an order in which the operator is to press the circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,509,880

DEVICE CAPABLE OF READING PLURAL DOCUMENTS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to scan at least one document placed on a document plate and to generate an image of the at least
one document; and

a printing unit configured to print the image generated by the reading unit,
wherein the printing unit is configured not to print a first image generated by the reading unit scanning a first document
according to copy inhibition information included in the scanned first document, the copy inhibition information indicating
that copying is inhibited,

wherein the printing unit is configured to print a second image generated by the reading unit scanning a second document according
to copy permission information included in the scanned second document, the copy permission information indicating that copying
is permitted, and

wherein, in a case where a user instructs starting a copy operation under a condition where the first document and the second
document are both placed on the document plate, the printing unit is configured not to print a third image generated by the
reading unit scanning both the first document and the second document according to the copy inhibition information included
in the scanned first document.

US Pat. No. 9,500,999

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING POSITIONING OF TRANSFER UNIT INTERLOCKED WITH CLOSING OF MAIN BODY DOOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member which is provided in the main body of the image forming apparatus, the image bearing member bearing
a toner image;

a transfer unit which includes a transfer member for transferring the toner image borne on the image bearing member to a recording
material;

a door which is movably provided on the main body, the door movably holding the transfer unit;
a roller pair including a first roller which is movably held by the door and a second roller provided on the main body, the
roller pair conveying the recording material to which the toner image borne on the image bearing member is transferred by
the transfer member;

a transfer positioning member which is provided on the main body such that the transfer positioning member is interlocked
with rotation of the door, the transfer positioning member positioning the transfer unit with the transfer member being in
contact with the image bearing member; and

a roller positioning member which is provided on the main body such that the roller positioning member is interlocked with
rotation of the door, the roller positioning member positioning the first roller with the first roller being in contact with
the second roller,

wherein when opening the door, the timing of a peak of force for operating the transfer positioning member is different from
the timing of a peak of force for operating the roller positioning member.

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. 9,493,018

PRINTING APPARATUS WITH CUT UNIT CONFIGURED TO CUT A SHEET ACCORDING TO AN OPERATOR'S INSTRUCTIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a support unit configured to support a continuous sheet;
an operation unit configured to operate a conveyance unit to convey the continuous sheet in accordance with an operator's
instruction;

a detection unit configured to detect that a continuous sheet has been loaded into the support unit;
a cut unit configured to cut the continuous sheet drawn from the support unit; and
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display an operation screen for prompting operations by the operation
unit,

wherein in response to the detection by the detection unit that a continuous sheet has been loaded into the support unit,
the display control unit causes the display unit to display the operation screen for prompting operations by the operation
unit to selectively advance or reverse the continuous sheet before cutting the continuous sheet by the cut unit and before
a printing on the continuous sheet is started.

US Pat. No. 9,488,501

MEASURING APPARATUS, MEASURING METHOD, AND PROCESSING APPARATUS THEREOF THAT OBTAIN DISPLACEMENT AMOUNT OF AN OBJECT USING CLOCK IN SYNCHRONIZATION WITH DATA REQUEST SIGNAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measuring apparatus for performing detection of a signal that varies with displacement of an object and measurement of
the displacement, the measuring apparatus comprising:
a clock generator configured to generate, in synchronization with a request signal for requesting measurement data, a first
clock signal having a cycle shorter than a cycle of the request signal;

a detector configured to perform the detection with respect to each cycle of the first clock signal;
an operation device configured to obtain the measurement data based on an output of the detector; and
a correction device configured to:
obtain a displacement amount of the object per unit time based on a plurality of the measurement data from the operation device;
and

correct the measurement data based on the obtained displacement amount and a time difference between the first clock signal
relating to the measurement data and the first clock signal relating to the request signal.

US Pat. No. 9,488,366

LIGHT EMISSION DEVICE FOR IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,485,388

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,485,406

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,484,178

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,471,979

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. 9,473,672

IMAGE READING APPARATUS, INCLUDING ABNORMAL PIXEL DETECTION, AND IMAGE READING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
an original conveyance unit configured to convey an original to a reading position;
a reading unit configured to read the conveyed original at the reading position through a limpidity member, and output the
read data;

a reference member disposed so as to face the limpidity member;
a controller connected to a memory, the controller and memory configured to perform:
a first abnormal pixel detection which detects a first position of an first abnormal pixel in a main scanning direction based
on a first data acquired by said reading unit reading the reference member through the limpidity member, the main scanning
direction being perpendicular to a direction in which the original is conveyed;

a second abnormal pixel detection which detects a second position of a second abnormal pixel in the main scanning direction
based on a second data acquired by said reading unit reading a predetermined area of the original through the limpidity member,
an absolute value of a difference between the second data of the second abnormal pixel, and the first data corresponding to
the second position of the second abnormal pixel in the main scanning direction being less than a predetermined value; and

a decision which decides a position detected both as the first position and as the second position, as an abnormal position
in the main scanning direction,

wherein the first data is acquired by said reading unit before the original corresponding to the second data passes through
the reading position.

US Pat. No. 9,473,683

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,472,766

FUSED POLYCYCLIC COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,465,303

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,456,789

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. 9,459,569

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COUNTING CUMULATIVE NUMBER OF STARTUPS OF FIXING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. An image forming apparatus that forms a toner image on a recording medium, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an unfixed toner image on the recording medium;
a fixing unit configured to fix the unfixed toner image on the recording medium while conveying the recording medium bearing
the unfixed toner image at a nip portion, the fixing unit including a fixing rotating member and a pressure member forming
the nip portion with the fixing rotating member;

a counting portion configured to count a cumulative rotation time of the fixing rotating member, a cumulative number of startups
of the fixing unit, and a cumulative number of printed sheets; and

a notifying portion configured to perform a notification of information about at least one of the expiration of the lifetime
of the fixing unit and the necessity of replacing the fixing unit,

wherein the cumulative rotation time is corrected such that the larger the cumulative number of startups of the fixing unit,
the longer the cumulative rotation time, and

wherein the notifying portion performs the notification of the information at the earlier of the time when the cumulative
number of printed sheets reaches a threshold number and the time when the cumulative rotation time that has been corrected
reaches a threshold time, whichever takes place earlier.

US Pat. No. 9,459,429

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:
a diaphragm unit configured to be driven in a first driving direction from an open side to a small aperture side and a second
driving direction from the small aperture side to the open side;

a driving unit configured to drive the diaphragm unit based on a driving instruction;
a control unit configured to output the driving instruction for driving the diaphragm unit from a current position to a target
position to the driving unit; and

a storage unit configured to store a plurality of first driving instruction values that are used for driving the diaphragm
unit in the first driving direction and respectively corresponds to a plurality of target aperture values,
and a plurality of second driving instruction values that are used for driving the diaphragm unit in the second driving direction
and respectively corresponds to the target aperture values,
wherein the control unit outputs, when driving the diaphragm unit in the first driving direction, one of the first driving
instruction values as the driving instruction to the driving unit based on the target aperture value and a current aperture
value, and outputs, when driving the diaphragm unit in the second driving direction, one of the second driving instruction
values as the driving instruction to the driving unit based on the target aperture value and the current aperture value.

US Pat. No. 9,454,087

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,442,398

POSITION DETECTOR, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,444,974

PRINTING SYSTEM FOR PRINTING PATCHES HAVING DIFFERENT LENGTH TO MEASURE GRADATION VALUES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system comprising:
a printing unit configured to print a plurality of patches including a first patch and a second patch having an optical density
lower than that of the first patch on a print medium; and

a sensor configured to measure each of the plurality of the patches while moving relative to the printing medium at a predetermined
speed,

wherein the sensor receives a quantity of light for which it sets a value and, a length of the first patch and a length of
the second patch is determined using the value set by the sensor for the quantity of light received,

wherein a length of the first patch, having the optical density higher than the second patch, in a relative movement direction
between the plurality of the patches and the sensor, is longer than the length of the second patch having the lower density
in the relative movement direction, and

wherein the printing unit prints the second patch having the lower optical density than the first patch after printing the
first patch having the length longer than the length of the second patch, and the sensor reads the first patch having the
optical density higher than the second patch, after reading the second patch.

US Pat. No. 9,442,187

OBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS, DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object information obtaining apparatus comprising:
a plurality of conversion elements configured to transmit elastic waves to an object, receive reflected waves reflected at
respective positions inside the object, and convert the reflected waves into a plurality of receiving signals;

a fixed signal processing unit configured to perform addition processing with a predetermined weight by using the plurality
of receiving signals to obtain first distribution information;

an adaptive signal processing unit configured to perform adaptive signal processing with a weight adaptively changing according
to the receiving signals by using the plurality of receiving signals to obtain second distribution information; and

a display control unit to which the first distribution information and the second distribution information are input, and
configured to output image information to be displayed on a display unit,

wherein the display control unit receives information about a specified area, in the image of the first distribution information,
input by the user in a state where the image of the first distribution information is displayed, and outputs image information
for displaying on the display unit an image of the second distribution information or a combined image for the first and second
distribution information, corresponding to the specified area.

US Pat. No. 9,445,009

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,445,030

RADIATION IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation image capturing apparatus, comprising:
a sensor configured to monitor an irradiating dose of radiation from a radiation source;
a switch configured to cause said sensor to output a sensor signal upon changing from a non-conductive state to a conductive
state;

a readout unit configured to read out the sensor signal from said sensor via said switch and a signal line; and
a controlling unit configured to control the switch and the readout unit so as to perform first control of repeatedly performing,
while radiation from the radiation source irradiates said sensor, a series of operations including a first operation of setting
said switch to the conductive state and a second operation of setting said switch to the non-conductive state,

second control of reading out, by said readout unit, the sensor signal from said sensor in the first operation as a first
signal and reading out, by said readout unit, a potential of the signal line in the second operation as a second signal, and

third control of calculating the irradiating dose of radiation based on the first signal and the second signal.

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. 9,438,797

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a certification unit configured to certificate a mounted battery; and
a control unit configured to perform control such that,
if an instruction to execute first processing is given before certification processing by the certification unit is completed,
the first processing is not executed before the certification processing is completed, and

if an instruction to execute second processing is given before the certification processing by the certification unit is completed,
the second processing is executed before the certification processing is completed,

wherein the control unit performs control such that, in the case where the instruction to execute the first processing is
given before the certification processing is completed, and the first processing is not executed before the certification
processing is completed, the first processing is executed if certification is successful after the certification processing
is completed.

US Pat. No. 9,438,887

DEPTH MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A depth measurement apparatus comprising:
an image signal acquisition unit configured to acquire a first image signal from a first viewpoint and a second image signal
from a second viewpoint;

a correlation value acquisition unit configured to calculate, with respect to a plurality of shift amounts, a correlation
value between the first image signal in a depth detection region and the second image signal in a region obtained by shifting
the depth detection region;

a provisional shift amount acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of provisional shift amounts on the basis of
the correlation value;

an image restoration unit configured to subject, for each of the plurality of provisional shift amounts, at least one of the
first image signal and the second image signal to image restoration using an image restoration filter corresponding to each
of the plurality of provisional shift amounts;

a contrast analysis unit configured to analyze a contrast change resulting from image restoration processing by the image
restoration unit; and

a depth determination unit configured to determine depths with respect to a plurality of pixels in the depth detection region
on the basis of a result of contrast analysis by the contrast analysis unit, wherein

the provisional shift amount acquisition unit determines a first shift amount at which an extreme value of the correlation
value is given, divides a first range, which is a range of a predetermined shift amount including the first shift amount,
into a plurality of second ranges in order to acquire a provisional shift amount for each of the second ranges.

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. 9,432,606

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT HAVING IMAGE PICKUP PIXEL AND FOCUS DETECTION PIXEL AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element including a reference region, a plurality of first image pickup pixel portions that perform a photoelectric
conversion and a plurality of second pixel portions that are formed so that an opening region of a photoelectric conversion
area corresponding to a microlens for the second pixel portion is smaller than an opening region of a photoelectric conversion
area corresponding to a microlens for the first image pickup pixel portion; and

a signal processor configured to perform a shading correction for a pixel signal from the image pickup element,
wherein, in an output mode, the image pickup element generates and outputs a first pixel signal by combining signals from
the plurality of first image pickup pixel portions, and generates and outputs a second pixel signal without combining a signal
from the second pixel portions, and

wherein, in the output mode, the signal processor performs a first correction for the first pixel signal and the second pixel
signal using shading correction data based on a pixel signal from the reference region, and performs a second correction only
for the second pixel signal using additional shading correction data different from the shading correction data in the first
correction.

US Pat. No. 9,430,825

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ANALYZING RETINA LAYERS OF AN EYE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, which analyzes retina layers of an eye to be examined, comprising:
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:

extract a feature amount, which represents an anatomical feature in the eye to be examined from a fundus image of the eye
to be examined;

detect structures of the retina layers in a tomogram of the retina layers, wherein the tomogram corresponds to the fundus
image;

extract information of a shape of at least one retina layer based on the detected structures of the retina layers;
determine whether the anatomical feature includes a first morbid portion or a blood vessel based on the feature amount and
to determine whether or not the anatomical feature includes an age-related macular degeneration as a second morbid portion
based on the information of the shape;

decide at least one layer including a retinal pigment epithelium layer from the retina layers according to the determination
of whether the anatomical feature includes the first morbid portion or the blood vessel; and

modify the decided at least one layer and estimate, in a case where the anatomical feature includes the second morbid portion,
a normal structure of the retinal pigment epithelium layer.

US Pat. No. 9,431,595

VIBRATION WAVE DRIVING DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, OPTICAL APPARATUS, LIQUID DISCHARGE DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration wave driving device that generates a vibration wave by applying an AC voltage to a piezoelectric element, the
vibration wave driving device comprising:
the piezoelectric element including a piezoelectric material and an electrode; and
a capacitor that is connected in parallel to the piezoelectric element,
wherein the piezoelectric material contains a perovskite-type metal oxide as a main component, the perovskite-type metal oxide
being represented by general formula (1)

(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-yZry)O3  (1)

where 1.00?a?1.01, 0.02?x?0.30, 0.020?y?0.095, and y?x,
wherein the perovskite-type metal oxide contains Mn, the content of Mn in 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type metal
oxide being 0.02 parts by weight or more and 0.40 parts by weight or less on a metal basis,

wherein the capacitor contains Ba, Ca, Ti, and Zr as main components, and
wherein, when a maximum value of a relative dielectric constant of the piezoelectric material in a temperature range of ?60°
C. to +50° C. is ?(Pmax), a temperature at the maximum value of the relative dielectric constant of the piezoelectric material
is T?(Pmax), a relative dielectric constant of the capacitor at the temperature T?(Pmax) is ?(Cc), a maximum value of the
relative dielectric constant of the capacitor in the temperature range of ?60° C. to +50° C. is ?(Cmax), and a temperature
at the maximum value of the relative dielectric constant of the capacitor is T?(Cmax), 20[° C.]?T?(Cmax)?T?(Pmax)?75[° C.]
and 0.50??(Cc)/?(Cmax)?0.80 are satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,429,866

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,427,870

ROBOTICS APPARATUS, ROBOT CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robotics apparatus, comprising:
a first link pivotably connected at a first joint with regard to a base portion;
a second link pivotably connected at a second joint with regard to the first link;
a first driving source configured to drive the first link about the first joint;
a second driving source configured to drive the second link about the second joint;
a third driving source configured to simultaneously drive the first link about the first joint and the second link about the
second joint; and

a control unit configured to respectively control driving forces of the first driving source, a driving force of the second
driving source and a driving force of the third driving source, based on a first driving-force command value for the first
driving source, a second driving-force command value for the second driving source, and a third driving-force command value
for the third driving source,

wherein the control unit executes:
target joint-angle generation processing for generating a first target joint angle for the first joint and a second target
joint angle for the second joint based on a target trajectory of a distal end of the second link;

setting processing for setting the third driving-force command value to a predetermined setting value;
first driving-force command value calculation processing for calculating the first driving-force command value based on the
third driving-force command value and the first target joint angle; and

second driving-force command value calculation processing for calculating the second driving-force command value based on
the third driving-force command value and the second target joint angle.

US Pat. No. 9,429,415

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,427,145

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. 9,432,545

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. 9,425,584

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,426,354

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,426,375

LINE-OF-SIGHT DETECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,421,765

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,424,629

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,417,573

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device, comprising:
a cylindrical rotary member including a conductive layer;
a coil that is disposed inside the rotary member, the coil including a helical portion of which a helical axis is substantially
parallel to a generatrix direction of the rotary member, the coil being configured to form an alternating magnetic field to
generate heat in the conductive layer by electromagnetic induction;

a core disposed inside the helical portion, the core configured to guide a line of magnetic force of the alternating magnetic
field;

a roller that comes in contact with an outer surface of the rotary member so as to form a fixing nip portion between the roller
and the rotary member;

a metal stay that is disposed inside the rotary member; and
a sliding member configured to form the fixing nip portion together with the roller through the rotary member,
wherein an image on a recording material is fixed to the recording material by being heated at the fixing nip portion, wherein
the sliding member is electrically insulating,

wherein a cross sectional shape of the metal stay has a U-shape,
wherein the metal stay is arranged such that an opening portion of the U-shape opposes to the nip portion,
wherein two leg portions of the U-shape are in contact with the sliding member,
wherein, when viewing from one end of the helical axis toward a direction of the helical axis, the coil is surrounded by the
metal stay and the sliding member, and

wherein the metal stay directly opposes to the rotary member.

US Pat. No. 9,413,979

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECAPTURING AN IMAGE CAPTURED IN A MULTIPLE EXPOSURE SHOOTING MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a first receiving unit configured to receive a capturing instruction to capture an image in a multiple exposure shooting mode;
a generation unit configured to generate a second composite image by combining a first image captured according to the capturing
instruction received by the first receiving unit with a first composite image generated by combining a plurality of images;

a display control unit configured to display, on a display unit, the second composite image generated by the generation unit
as a quick review immediately after the first image is captured in response to the capturing instruction received by the first
receiving unit, and to switch during the quick review, display from the second composite image to the first composite image
in response to an operation by a user; and

a second receiving unit configured to receive a recapturing instruction to recapture the first image when the first composite
image is displayed on the display unit during the quick review,

wherein the display control unit is configured to display the first composite image and the second composite image in a playback
mode, and

wherein the display control unit is configured not to display an image that is captured before shifting to the multiple exposure
shooting mode except a base image if shifting to the playback mode is performed with one or more images captured in the multiple
exposure shooting mode, and is configured to display also an image that is captured before shifting to the multiple exposure
shooting mode if shifting to the playback mode is performed after the recapturing instruction is received by the second receiving
unit in a state where only one captured image is retained in the multiple exposure shooting mode.

US Pat. No. 9,409,429

BELT UNIT, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND BELT MEMBER EXCHANGING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,411,274

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,410,038

COMPOUND, INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A compound represented by the following general formula (1):

wherein R1, R5, R6 and R10 each independently represent an alkyl group; R3 and R8 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group or an aryloxy group; R2, R4, R7 and R9 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group or a group represented by
the general formula (2) described below, at least one of R2, R4, R7 and R9 represents an alkyl group, an alkoxy group or an aryloxy group, and at least one of R2, R4, R7 and R9 represents a group represented by general formula (2) described below; Z independently represents a sulfonic group or a sulfamoyl
group; n represents an integer of 0 to 3 when at least one of R2, R3, R4, R7, R8 and R9 contains an ionic group, and n represents an integer of 1 to 3 when none of R2, R3, R4, R2, R8 and R9 contains an ionic group; and when Z is present, Z is substituted for at least one hydrogen atom of an aromatic ring in the
general formula (1),


wherein R11 represents an alkyl group, a cycloalkyl group, an aryl group, an aralkyl group, an alkenyl group or a heterocyclic group;
and * represents the bonding site of an aromatic ring in the general formula (1).

US Pat. No. 9,402,586

STEREO X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS AND STEREO X-RAY IMAGING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

13. The imaging method according to claim 12,
wherein the imaging method is a stereo imaging method, and
wherein the imaging method further comprises causing the display unit to stereoscopically display the second image and a combination
image obtained from a combination of the first image and the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,405,760

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,389,536

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,392,263

3D SCANNER, 3D SCAN METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A 3D scanner comprising:
a stage on which a target object, which is targeted for scan, is to be located;
a location object that is to be placed on the stage during scan and on which the target object is to be located during scan;
a display unit configured to display an image on the stage;
an imaging unit configured to perform image capturing on the stage; and
a control unit configured to generate 3D model data of the target object based on a video image of the target object captured
by the imaging unit, and to cause the display unit to display, on the stage, an image indicating a direction in which to move
the target object, based on video images of the target object and the location object captured by the imaging unit.

US Pat. No. 9,392,030

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DATA COMMUNICATION USING A CALL CONTROL SERVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus configured to perform data communication using a call control server, comprising:
a first controller; and
a second controller,
wherein the second controller includes
a reception unit configured to receive an initiation request for a session,
a first response unit configured to perform first response for the initiation request that the reception unit has received,
and

an activation instruction unit configured to instruct activation of the first controller in response to reception of the initiation
request by the reception unit;

and wherein the first controller includes
a second response unit configured to perform second response subsequent to the first response after the first controller is
activated in response to the instruction by the activation instruction unit, and

a communication controller configured to perform data communication using a session established between the communication
controller and a partner device after the second response unit performs the second response.

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. 9,386,312

VIDEO ENCODING AND DECODING WITH IMPROVED ERROR RESILIENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding a sequence of digital images into a bitstream, at least one portion of an image being encoded by motion
compensation with respect to a reference image portion,
wherein, for at least one image portion to encode, the method comprises:
obtaining a target number of motion information predictors to be used for said image portion to encode; and
generating a set of motion information predictors using the obtained target number of motion information predictors; and
wherein generating comprises:
obtaining a first set of motion information predictors each associated with an image portion having a predetermined relationship
with said image portion being encoded, wherein the predetermined relationship is at least one selected from: a spatial relationship;
a temporal relationship; and a spatial and temporal relationship,

modifying said first set of motion information predictors by removing one or more duplicate motion information predictors
to obtain a reduced set of motion information predictors containing a first number of motion information predictors, each
motion information predictor of said reduced set being different from any other motion information predictor of said reduced
set,

after obtaining said reduced set of motion information predictors, comparing said first number of motion information predictors
to said target number obtained, and

if said first number is lower than said target number,
obtaining an additional motion information predictor, and
adding said additional motion information predictor to said reduced set of motion information predictors.

US Pat. No. 9,372,409

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,370,946

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,373,532

GUIDE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A guide apparatus comprising:
a guide member located above a surface of a base;
a movable member movable along longitudinal direction of the guide member; and
a plurality of plate members connected to the movable member,
wherein the plurality of plate members are disposed spaced apart from each other along the longitudinal direction, with a
gap therebetween, and each have an end disposed facing the surface of the base, with a gap between the end and the surface
of the base, and

wherein the guide member is disposed to not intervene between the ends of the plurality of plate members and the surface of
the base.

US Pat. No. 9,360,825

CLEANING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,360,836

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a printing unit;
a processing unit configured to control the printing unit;
a cooling unit configured to cool the processing unit, the cooling unit being different from another cooling unit for cooling
the printing unit;

a receiving unit configured to receive a print job for causing the printing unit to perform print processing; and
a control unit configured to perform, if the receiving unit receives the print job when the image forming apparatus is in
a power saving state in which power supply to the printing unit is stopped, control such that the cooling unit cools the processing
unit based on temperature information of the processing unit, after power is supplied to the printing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,352,603

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,357,032

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,357,086

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store data;
a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor, wherein the memory includes instructions executable by the processor to:
register addresses including at least a first address of the storage unit and a second address of an external device;
display, by a display unit, the registered addresses in a selectable form;
select an address from the displayed addresses;
transfer data, which has been received from a facsimile device, to the storage unit or the external device connected to the
communication apparatus over a network, wherein the data is transferred to the selected address;

set a server function to be enabled or disabled, the server function allowing a client to access the storage unit over the
network; and

determine, upon the server function being set to be disabled, the first address of the storage unit and then control the display
unit to display the registered addresses except the first address.

US Pat. No. 9,354,545

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,354,549

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER, DEVELOPER SUPPLYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,357,134

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,346,283

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,342,020

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,344,590

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,342,040

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, to which a cartridge is detachably mountable, for forming an image on a recording material,
comprising:
a mounting portion for mounting to the image forming apparatus when the cartridge performs an image forming operation;
a drive transmission member for transmitting a driving force by being engaged with a drive-transmitted member provided on
the cartridge when the cartridge is mounted to said mounting portion; and

a protecting member movable from a protecting position where said drive transmission member is prevented from engaging with
the drive-transmitted member to an open position where said protecting member is retracted from the protecting position thereby
to permit engagement of said drive transmission member with the drive-transmitted member, with said protecting member moving
to the open direction during transference of the cartridge in an insertion direction.

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. 9,335,688

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing a toner image on a recording material, comprising:
a cylindrical film; and
a cover covering the film along an outer circumferential surface of the film,
wherein the toner image is heated by heat of the film, and
wherein the cover is configured so that a gap, between the film and the cover at an end portion of the film in a longitudinal
direction of the film, is smaller than that at a center portion of the film in the longitudinal direction of the film.

US Pat. No. 9,338,344

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,331,121

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS INCLUDING PIXEL WELL CONTACT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a photoelectric conversion apparatus, the method comprising:
forming a dielectric film for covering:
a photoelectric conversion element and an amplification element, in a well of a pixel circuit section; and
a MOS transistor in a peripheral circuit section; and
forming, by etching the dielectric film, a side spacer by retaining a portion of the dielectric film on a side surface of
a gate electrode of the MOS transistor while protecting, by a resist, a first portion and a second portion of the dielectric
film, wherein the first portion covers the photoelectric conversion element and the second portion covers the amplification
element,

wherein an opening is formed in the dielectric film in the pixel circuit section with the etching of the dielectric film,
wherein the etching for forming the side spacer and the etching for forming the opening are performed simultaneously,
wherein a contact for defining a potential of the well is formed through the opening, and
wherein the amplification element is configured to generate a signal based on an amount of charge generated in the photoelectric
conversion element.

US Pat. No. 9,319,588

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF IMAGE STABILIZATION DURING A PANNING OPERATION AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:
a shake detection unit configured to detect a shake;
an image stabilization unit configured to correct the shake of an image to be captured;
a panning detection unit configured to detect based on a detection result of said shake detection unit whether a panning operation
is being executed;

a speed setting unit configured to set a target speed of the panning operation;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a correction amount of said image stabilization unit based on the target speed
set by said speed setting unit and a speed of the shake detected by said shake detection unit;

a control unit configured to control a movement of said image stabilization unit based on the correction amount calculated
by said calculation unit when said panning detection unit detects that the panning operation is being executed; and

a storage unit configured to store a plurality of initial speeds in advance,
wherein the target speed of the panning operation is set to be equal to an arbitrary initial speed of the plurality of initial
speeds stored in said storage unit by said speed setting unit immediately after said panning detection unit detects that the
panning operation is being executed.

US Pat. No. 9,316,932

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, METHOD FOR PRODUCING 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 a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises a polymerized product of a composition
comprising a charge transporting compound with a polymerizable functional group represented by formula (1) below,

where,
R1 and R2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a straight alkyl group, and

at least one of R1 and R2 is the straight alkyl group, and

wherein the charge transporting compound is a compound represented by formula (3) or (4) below,
where,
Ar1, Ar2, and Ar4 each independently represent a monovalent group represented by formula (M1) below or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group;

Ar3 represents a divalent group represented by formula (M2) below or a substituted or unsubstituted arylene group; at least one
of Ar1 to Ar4 represents a monovalent group represented by formula (M1) below or a divalent group represented by formula (M2) below; r is
0 or 1; and when none of Ar1, Ar2, and Ar4 is a monovalent group represented by formula (M1) below, r is 1 and Ar3 is a divalent group represented by formula (M2) below;

where,
A5, Ar6, Ar9, and Ar10 each independently represent a monovalent group represented by formula (M1) below or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group;
Ar7 and Ar8 each independently represent a divalent group represented by formula (M2) below or a substituted or unsubstituted arylene
group; at least one of A5 to Ar8 is a monovalent group represented by formula (M1) below or a divalent group represented by formula (M2) below; P1 represents an oxygen atom, a cycloalkylidene group, a divalent group having two phenylene groups bonded through an oxygen
atom, or an ethylene group; s and t each independently represent 0 or 1; and when none of A5, Ar6, Ar9, and Ar10 is a monovalent group represented by formula (M1) below and Ar7 is not a divalent group represented by formula (M2) below, t is 1 and Ar8 is a divalent group represented by formula (M2) below;

where,
R1 and R2 are the same as R1 and R2 in formula (1), Ar11 represents a substituted or unsubstituted arylene group, and m represents an integer of 1 or more:

where,
R1 and R2 are the same as R1 and R2 in formula (1), Ar12 represents a substituted or unsubstituted trivalent aromatic hydrocarbon group, and n represents an integer of 1 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,309,071

CONVEYING APPARATUS AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conveying apparatus, comprising:
a sheet conveyance path including a curved portion having an inner guide and a outer guide;
a roller pair including a first roller located on the inner guide and a second roller located on the outer guide and configured
to pinch a sheet; and

a mechanism configured to move the first roller to an upstream side with respect to a sheet conveying direction by a first
amount and move the second roller to the upstream side with respect to the sheet conveying direction by a second amount which
is smaller than the first amount after the roller pair pinches the sheet,

wherein the first roller is a drive roller that is supported by a swing member and rotates by a drive force transmitted from
a drive source, and when conveyance resistance of the sheet increases, the drive force swings and swing member.

US Pat. No. 9,313,715

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a transmitting unit configured to start a process for sharing communication parameters in response to an instruction from
a user and to wirelessly transmit the communication parameters to a receiving apparatus when the receiving apparatus requests,
in response to an instruction from a user, transmission of the communication parameters, wherein the communication parameters
are parameters for performing a wireless communication between the communication apparatus and the receiving apparatus;

a communication unit configured to communicate with the receiving apparatus using the communication parameters transmitted
by the transmitting unit; and

a notifying unit configured to transmit, to the receiving apparatus, a notification stopping uses of the communication parameters
transmitted by the transmitting unit after the communication starts a communication using the communication parameters transmitted
by the transmitting unit,

wherein at least one of the providing unit and the notifying unit are implemented by one or more processors constructed to
execute computer-readable instructions stored in a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,308,718

PRINTING APPARARUS AND PRINTING CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a control unit configured to control printing of images so that a plurality of images are printed on a first surface of a
continuous sheet and then a plurality of images are printed on a second surface of the continuous sheet which is a backside
of the first surface; and

a specifying unit configured to specify on the continuous sheet a print unsuitable area including unique portion, which is
unsuitable for image printing,

wherein in a case where the specifying unit specifies the print unsuitable area when printing on the second surface, the control
unit controls the printing of images so as to print an image for the second surface that is to be printed on the print unsuitable
area and so as to reprint an image that has been already printed on the first surface corresponding to the print unsuitable
area.

US Pat. No. 9,308,721

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SUBSTRATE FOR LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, SUBSTRATE FOR LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a substrate for a liquid ejection head including an ejection port forming member which has formed
therein ejection ports opened to a surface for ejection liquid, the method comprising the steps of:
forming a first layer by using a first layer forming member containing a solvent and a photo-acid-generating agent;
forming a second layer on the first layer by using a second layer forming member containing a solvent and a photo-acid-generating
agent; and

hardening a partial region of each of the first layer and the second layer and removing a region different from the partial
region so as to form the ejection ports, resulting in that the first layer and the second layer constitute the ejection port
forming member,

wherein a member containing a solvent to dissolve the first layer forming member and a photo-acid-generating agent having
an acid strength weaker than an acid strength of the photo-acid-generating agent contained in the first layer forming member
is used as the second layer forming member, and

wherein an absolute value of a difference between a solubility parameter of the second layer forming member and a solubility
parameter of the first layer forming member is a predetermined value that is four or less.

US Pat. No. 9,308,722

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate having a heating section and a protective film that has an area overlapping with the heating section when viewed
from a direction orthogonal to a face of the substrate,

an electrode capable of generating a voltage between the protective film and the electrode;
a flow path formed between a surface of the protective film and a surface of the electrode; and
an ejection port, liquid being ejected from the ejection port with use of heat generated by the heating section via the protective
film,

wherein the protective film and the electrode are arranged such that a distance in the flow path between the area of the protective
film and the electrode corresponding to the area satisfies 1 is set as “b”.

US Pat. No. 9,307,068

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first communication unit constructed to communicate with a plurality of another apparatuses by first wireless communication
complied with a first wireless communication protocol;

a second communication unit constructed to communicate with a base station by second wireless communication complied with
a second wireless communication protocol being different from the first wireless communication protocol;

a determination unit constructed to determine a plurality of apparatuses using the second wireless communication among the
plurality of another apparatuses communicating by the first wireless communication;

a detection unit constructed to detect disconnection of the second wireless communication performed with the base station;
and

a control unit constructed to disconnect the first wireless communication performed with the plurality of apparatuses using
the second wireless communication determined by the determination unit in a case where the detection unit detects the disconnection
of the second wireless communication performed with the base station, and maintain the first wireless communication performed
with another apparatus which does not use the second wireless communication among the plurality of another apparatuses.

US Pat. No. 9,300,879

IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensing system comprising:
a photoelectric conversion apparatus that includes a pixel array including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix including
rows and columns, the plurality of pixels including a plurality of image sensing pixels for image sensing and a plurality
of ranging pixels for ranging;

a signal processing unit configured to process signals read from the photoelectric conversion apparatus; and
a shutter switch,
wherein signals are read from the pixel array in each of a first frame and a second frame,
wherein the system is capable of performing a first operation and a second operation,
the first operation is an operation that signals are read from the ranging pixels and the image sensing pixels in the first
frame,

the signal processing unit performs ranging based on the signals from the ranging pixels of the first frame,
the signal processing unit generates an image which is based on the signals from the image sensing pixels of the first frame,
the second operation is an operation that signals are read from the image sensing pixels without reading signals from the
ranging pixels in the second frame, and exposure is controlled based on the signals from the image sensing pixels of the second
frame,

wherein the system switches operation from the first operation to the second operation by switching the shutter switch, wherein
the first operation is repeated while the shutter switch is in an OFF state, and wherein according to a state of the shutter
switch switching from the OFF state to an ON state, the system switches operation from the first operation to the second operation.

US Pat. No. 9,298,399

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD WITH PRINTING PLURAL IMAGE PORTIONS GENERATED BY DIVIDING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus for causing a printing apparatus to print on a print sheet each of a plurality of image portions
generated by dividing an image to be printed, the print control apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program;
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the memory,
wherein the processor obtains a finish size corresponding to a size resulting from bonding together a plurality of print sheets
having the plurality of image portions respectively printed thereon,

wherein the processor selects from among (a) having a whole of the image to be printed in the finish size and (b) having the
image to be printed extend out from the finish size in a case where an aspect ratio of the image is different from an aspect
ratio of the finish size, and

wherein the processor generates each of the plurality of image portions by enlarging the image by varying a scaling factor
depending on both of a result of the selection and the finish size, and by dividing the image such that the image is divided
in a short-side direction of the image with a number of segments which is based on a length of a short side of the finish
size and a length of a short side of each of the print sheets, and

wherein the processor causes the printing apparatus to print the plurality of image portions respectively on the print sheets
such that a short side of each of the plurality of image portions coincides with a short side of each of the print sheets.

US Pat. No. 9,298,149

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS COLOR MISALIGNMENT CORRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a process unit configured to act on the photosensitive member;
a forming unit configured to form a detection pattern including a plurality of latent image marks that are electrostatic latent
images for color misalignment correction on the photosensitive member;

a detecting unit configured to detect the electrostatic latent images formed on the photosensitive member;
a color misalignment correcting unit configured to perform color misalignment correction based on time information obtained
by detecting, by the detecting unit, the detection pattern including the plurality of latent image marks that are electrostatic
latent images for color misalignment correction; and

a storage unit configured to store a weighting coefficient of each latent image mark of the detection pattern,
wherein the color misalignment correcting unit is further configured to weight the time information by using the corresponding
weighting coefficient and perform color misalignment correction.

US Pat. No. 9,300,788

APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus which accepts a connection of a telephone and connects to a telephone line, the apparatus comprising:
a controller configured to control ringer impedance of the telephone line to be compliant with a standard;
a detecting unit configured to detect a ringing signal received from the telephone line;
a determining unit configured to determine whether the telephone captures the telephone line;
a suppression unit configured to disable the ringer impedance control by the controller until the detecting unit detects the
ringing signal; and

a cancelling unit configured to cancel a disablement of the ringer impedance control,
wherein the cancelling unit cancels the disablement of the ringer impedance control in a case where the detecting unit detects
the ringing signal, and

wherein the suppression unit disables the ringer impedance control by the controller in a case where the determining unit
determines that the telephone captures the telephone line after the detecting unit detects the ringing signal and the cancelling
unit cancels the disablement of the ringer impedance control.

US Pat. No. 9,297,990

CONFOCAL MICROSCOPE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A confocal microscope comprising:
an illumination optical system configured to uniformly illuminate at least part of a first confocal stop;
a first collection optical system configured to collect a light beam passing through the first confocal stop onto a specimen;
a second collection optical system configured to collect a light beam from the specimen onto a second confocal stop;
a detection unit configured to detect a light beam passing through the second confocal stop;
a first light intensity control member provided to at least one of the first collection optical system and the second collection
optical system and having a transmittance of a first region including an optical axis that is lower than a transmittance of
a second region around the first region; and

a second light intensity control member provided to the illumination optical system and having a transmittance of a third
region including the optical axis that is lower than a transmittance of a fourth region around the third region.

US Pat. No. 9,300,839

IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD AND A NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM TO GENERATE BOTH IMAGE DATA BEFOREHAND FOR LOW AND HIGH SPEED FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image communication apparatus which is able to perform facsimile transmission of image data to a transmission destination
according to session initiation protocol (SIP), comprising:
an inputting unit configured to input image data;
a generation unit configured to generate both of image data for high-speed transmission and image data for low-speed transmission,
based on the image data input by the inputting unit;

a performing unit configured to perform a call connection according to session initiation protocol after the generation unit
generates both of the image data for high-speed transmission and the image data for low-speed transmission;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not high-speed transmission of the image data is possible after the
performing unit performs the call connection;

a selection unit configured to select the image data for high-speed transmission when said determination unit determines that
high-speed transmission of the image data is possible, and select the image data for low-speed transmission when said determination
unit determines that high-speed transmission of the image data is impossible; and

a transmission unit configured to perform facsimile transmission of image data selected by said selection unit,
wherein said inputting unit, said generation unit, said performing unit, said determination unit, said selection unit, and
said transmission unit are implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,292,930

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A BOUNDARY OF AN OBSTACLE WHICH OCCLUDES AN OBJECT IN AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining a boundary of a static obstacle which occludes an object in an image, said method comprising:
detecting at least one object in the image and a further image captured by a camera;
determining a plurality of regions in which the at least one object is detected in the image and further image;
determining locations of edges of the plurality of regions in the image and the further image;
determining a common location in the image and the further image, from the determined edges, the common location being located
between the static obstacle and the at least one object in each of the image and the further image; and

determining the boundary of the static obstacle, wherein the boundary comprises a part of the edges at the common location.

US Pat. No. 9,292,188

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a touch panel, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a display configured to display a plurality of items, wherein at least some of the plurality of items include data about a
data transmission address; and

a display control unit configured to cause the plurality of items, displayed on the display, to be scroll-displayed in response
to receiving communication regarding a flick operation performed on the touch panel or a drag operation performed on the touch
panel,

wherein, in response to receiving communication regarding the flick operation being performed, the display control unit causes
an item that satisfies a specific condition to be displayed in a form different from that of a displayed other item while
the displayed plurality of items is scroll-displayed,

wherein, in response to receiving communication regarding the drag operation being performed, the display control unit refrains
from causing the item satisfying the specific condition to be displayed in the form different from that of the displayed other
item while the displayed plurality of items is scroll-displayed,

wherein the specific condition is that a data transmission address is used a predetermined number of times during a predetermined
period, and

wherein, depending on a detected scroll speed, the display control unit is configured to determine an enlargement for displaying
the item satisfying the specific condition.

US Pat. No. 9,292,760

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A method for an apparatus including a processor and a memory, the method comprising:
registering a person, in a database, in accordance with an instruction by a user;
detecting information relating to image data;
performing person grouping, in a plurality of images, based on the information detected from the plurality of images in the
detecting, wherein a result of the person grouping is registered in the database;

determining a region in an image, with the processor, corresponding to one or more persons; and
deciding, with the processor, in a case where a first region corresponding to the person who has been registered in the database
and a second region corresponding to a person who has not been registered in the database are both determined to be in one
image, a portion of an output target in the one image based on the determination and the registration of the person in the
database, so that the portion includes the first region and does not include the second region.