US Pat. No. 10,152,289

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT OBTAINS APPLICATION INFORMATION FROM A COMMUNICATION PARTNER APPARATUS EXISTING WITHIN AN EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION RANGE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A method for controlling a communication apparatus that communicates with a communication partner apparatus via a communication unit, comprising:sensing an event generated in the communication apparatus;
detecting, in response to the event being sensed by the communication apparatus, whether the communication partner apparatus exists in an effective range of the communication unit;
when the communication partner apparatus is detected to exist in the effective range of the communication unit, selecting an application corresponding to the sensed event without accepting an application selection instruction from a user, wherein (1) a first application is selected in a case where a first event is sensed and (2) a second application different from the first application is selected in a case where a second event different from the first event is sensed;
receiving, via another communication unit that has another effective range different from the effective range of the communication unit of the communication apparatus, a job that is to be executed by the communication apparatus;
transmitting, to the communication partner apparatus via the other communication unit, an activation instruction for the selected application in a case where the job is received via the other communication unit and where it is detected that the communication partner apparatus does not exist in the effective range of the communication unit; and
transmitting, to the communication partner apparatus via the communication unit, an activation instruction for the selected application in a case where the job is received via the other communication unit and where it is detected that the communication partner apparatus exists in the effective range of the communication unit,
wherein the activation instruction for an application for setting paper information is transmitted in a case where insertion-extraction of a cassette that stores paper to be printed by a printing function of the communication apparatus is sensed as the event, and
wherein the paper information that is designated by the application for setting paper information is registered in the communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,144,217

RECORDING APPARATUS, RECORDING METHOD, AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD FOR RECORDING AN IMAGE BY EJECTING LIQUID DROPLETS TOWARD A RECORDING MEDIUM WHILE MOVING THE LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND THE RECORDING MEDIUM RELATIVE TO EACH OTHER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a liquid ejection head that ejects liquid droplets from ejection ports including a medium ejection port line from which liquid droplets of a predetermined amount are ejected, a large ejection port line from which liquid droplets of an amount larger than the predetermined amount are ejected, and a small ejection port line from which liquid droplets of an amount smaller than the predetermined amount are ejected;
wherein the recording apparatus records an image on a recording medium while moving the liquid ejection head and the recording medium relative to each other,
wherein the liquid ejection head includes
an outlet from which gas is ejected toward the recording medium, wherein the outlet, the small ejection port line, the medium ejection port line, and the large ejection port line are arranged adjacently in this order, and wherein a distance between the outlet and the medium ejection port line is 60 ?m or shorter, and
wherein the gas is ejected from the outlet at a velocity that is higher than or equal to a velocity at which a vortex is generated by the ejected gas.

US Pat. No. 10,148,843

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprisinga memory that stores a program; and
at least one processor that executes the program to cause the communication apparatus to function as:
a communication unit configured to communicate with a recording apparatus having storage medium and capable of accepting an operation on the content data stored in the storage medium via communication;
a registration unit configured to register a predetermined recording apparatus; and
a control unit configured to perform control for receiving the content data stored in the storage medium, and to control predetermined processing for causing the recording apparatus to delete the content data stored in the storage medium,
wherein the control unit, in a case where the recording apparatus is the predetermined recording apparatus registered by the registration unit, performs control so as to perform the predetermined processing for causing the content data stored in the storage medium to be deleted, and in a case where the recording apparatus is not the predetermined recording apparatus registered by the registration unit, performs control so as to not perform the predetermined processing for causing the content data stored in the storage medium to be deleted.

US Pat. No. 10,148,854

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,145,790

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,148,947

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING PARAMETERS FOR ENCODING OR DECODING OF AN IMAGE OF A VIDEO SEQUENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining encoding parameters for encoding, into a bitstream, a portion of an image of a video sequence, the image portion being encoded by motion estimation with respect to a reference image portion, the encoding parameters for encoding the image portion by motion estimation including a coding mode and a motion information predictor for predicting motion information for obtaining the reference image portion, said method comprisingselecting a coding mode to encode the image portion by motion estimation from a first coding mode which is a skip mode in which a block residual is not encoded and motion information is encoded using a set of motion information predictors and a second coding mode which is a merge mode in which a block residual may be encoded and motion information is encoded using a set of motion information predictors, the set of motion information predictors being the same for the first and second coding modes;
selecting a motion information predictor to encode the motion information of the image portion from the set of motion information predictors which is the same for the first and the second coding modes,
wherein the selection of the coding mode and the motion information predictor involve comparing costs of encoding the image portion using the motion information predictors of the set in the first and second coding modes, said comparison of costs comprising:
calculating for one of the motion information predictors of the set, the cost of encoding the image portion for the first coding mode and the cost of encoding the image portion for the second coding mode;
detecting when one or more conditions are met, wherein the one or more conditions include a condition that, for the one of the motion information predictors of the set, the first-coding-mode cost of encoding the image portion is less than the second coding mode cost of encoding the image portion
if it is detected that the one or more conditions are met, omitting the computing of a cost for the second-coding-mode for any motion information predictors of the set for which a cost for the second coding mode has not yet been computed, and otherwise computing of the cost for the second coding mode for at least one further motion information predictor of the set for which a cost for the second coding mode has not yet been computed.

US Pat. No. 10,146,145

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,142,500

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,142,510

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for controlling an apparatus having a processor and a memory configured to implement the functions of a first wireless communication portion configured to execute first wireless communication by a first wireless communication method, and a second wireless communication portion configured to execute second wireless communication by a second wireless communication method having a communication range broader than that of the first wireless communication method, the method comprising:a display control step causing a display device to display a predetermined screen in which printing is instructed by a user, in a first case where the first wireless communication portion performs the first wireless communication with a printer and a predetermined condition is satisfied in the first wireless communication, and causing the display device to not display the predetermined screen, in a second case where the first communication portion performs the first wireless communication with the printer and the predetermined condition is not satisfied in the first wireless communication, and
a transmitting step transmitting data to be printed by the printer, to the printer, using the second wireless communication which is established based on the first wireless communication,
wherein, the data is transmitted in the transmitting step in the first case, in accordance with an instruction by the user to the display device displaying the predetermined screen in the display control step, and
wherein the data is transmitted in the transmitting step in the second case, even if the instruction by the user is not performed on the display device.

US Pat. No. 10,139,218

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,142,558

ADAPTOR AND CAMERA SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An adaptor attachable between an interchangeable lens and a camera main body, the interchangeable lens including a first light amount adjustment stop capable of changing a passing area of image pickup light, the camera main body including an image pickup element, the adaptor comprising:a second light amount adjustment stop capable of changing transmittance of the image pickup light by using a change in a physical property; and
a controller configured to control the second light amount adjustment stop, wherein
in a moving image pickup mode, the controller controls the transmittance in the second light amount adjustment stop depending on an operating amount of an operation unit by a user to adjust an amount of light, or in response to an instruction, transmitted toward the interchangeable lens from the camera main body, to drive the first light amount adjustment stop,
in the moving image pickup mode, the controller converts the instruction, transmitted toward the interchangeable lens from the camera main body, to drive the first light amount adjustment stop, into a drive completion signal, and transmits the drive completion signal to the camera main body, and
in the moving image pickup mode, the first light amount adjustment stop is not driven.

US Pat. No. 10,131,154

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:a recording head configured to eject ink to record an image;
an ink tank provided in an apparatus body, including a filling portion to store ink to be supplied to the recording head;
a first cover member configured to be movable to a first position where the filling portion is not exposed and a second position where the filling portion is exposed; and
a valve unit configured to be switchable between an opened state where the ink tank communicates with the recording head and the inside of the tank communicates with external air and a closed state where the ink tank does not communicate with the recording head and the inside of the ink tank does not communicate with external air.

US Pat. No. 10,136,029

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to execute an image forming process;
an authentication unit configured to authenticate a user;
a controlling unit having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, the controlling unit being configured to:
acquire password-set print data;
set whether the authentication unit authenticates a user;
in a case where it is set that the authentication unit authenticates a user, cause the image forming unit to perform the image forming process based on the password-set print data, associated with the authenticated user, without an input of a password for performing authentication different from the authenticating the user in accordance with a print instruction; and
in a case where it is set that the authentication unit does not authenticate a user, cause the image forming unit to perform the image forming process based on the password-set print data with an input of the password for performing authentication different from the authenticating the user in accordance with a print instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,133,219

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,136,039

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PREVENTING THERMAL DEFORMATION OF A FIXING MEMBER FIXED TO IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE PACKAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image pickup device package configured to hold an image pickup device;
a circuit substrate configured to be placed on a rear side of the image pickup device package and electrically connected to the image pickup device via the image pickup device package; and
a fixing member configured to be placed on a rear side of the circuit substrate and have at least one arm portion provided with a joint portion that is to be solder-joined to the image pickup device package,
wherein the at least one arm portion has a heat supply unit to which heat is externally supplied and which transfers the supplied heat to the joint portion, and
wherein an area with a smaller plate thickness than the plate thickness of other areas is provided around an area that transfers heat from the heat supply unit to the joint portion.

US Pat. No. 10,136,051

IMAGING APPARATUS FOR IMAGING DURING PANNING IMAGING WHEN A SELF-TIMER IS SET TO ON

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging instruction member configured to issue an imaging instruction;
an image sensor configured to perform imaging in response to a reception of the imaging instruction issued by the imaging instruction member;
a memory and at least one processor which function as a switching unit configured to switch a panning imaging assistance function to be activated and deactivated; and
the memory and the at least one processor function as a control unit configured to perform control in such a manner that when the panning imaging assistance function that has been inactive is activated in a state where a self-timer setting is ON and the imaging instruction is received, the imaging is performed without counting down of a self-timer.

US Pat. No. 10,136,064

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors programmed to perform operations of following units:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a focal length of an imaging optical system;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a distance to a subject;
a setting unit configured to set a movable range for a correction unit configured to correct camera shake, based on the focal length and the distance to a subject; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate a correction amount for correcting the camera shake within the movable range that was set by the setting unit, based on a camera shake signal from a camera shake sensor configured to detect camera shake and output the camera shake signal,
wherein the setting unit sets the movable range such that, in a case where the distance to a subject is less than or equal to a predetermined threshold value, the movable range continuously becomes narrower as the distance to a subject becomes shorter.

US Pat. No. 10,136,072

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus capable of communicating with an external apparatus via a network, the image pickup apparatus comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory for storing instructions to be executed by the hardware processor, wherein, when the instructions stored in the memory are executed by the hardware processor, the image pickup apparatus functions as:
an image pickup unit,
a receiving unit configured to receive, from the external apparatus via the network, a command including synthesizing information and exposure information, wherein the synthesizing information is for controlling a first operation to synthesize a plurality of images captured by the image pickup unit under different exposure conditions and generate synthesized image data, and wherein the exposure information is for controlling a second operation to set an exposure condition and to obtain an image generated under the exposure condition,
a control unit configured to selectively perform one of the first operation and the second operation if the command is received by the receiving unit, and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the external apparatus via the network, a non-error response in response to the received command,
wherein, if the synthesizing information includes a command to cause the image pickup apparatus to automatically control the first operation, the control unit selects the first operation to perform, and if the exposure information includes a command to cause the image pickup apparatus to automatically control the second operation, the control unit selects the second operation to perform.

US Pat. No. 10,136,073

IMAGING APPARATUS, CLIENT DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF CLIENT DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for operating an imaging apparatus that can perform normal shooting or infrared shooting based on adjustment information received from a client device via a network, the method comprising:transmitting, to the client device, information indicating whether adjustment information for performing switching from the normal shooting to the infrared shooting and adjustment information for performing switching from the infrared shooting to the normal shooting can be individually set to the imaging apparatus; and
shooting a subject's image by performing normal shooting or infrared shooting with switching between the normal shooting and the infrared shooting based on the adjustment information received from the client device.

US Pat. No. 10,136,091

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup element including a plurality of pixels that are arranged in a two-dimensional manner, each of the plurality of pixels comprising:a plurality of photoelectric conversion units each including a pixel electrode, a photoelectric conversion layer disposed on the pixel electrode, and a counter electrode disposed on the photoelectric conversion layer;
an amplification transistor in a substrate;
a capacitor having a first wiring, a second wiring disposed facing the first wiring, and an insulating layer disposed between the first wiring and the second wiring, and
a plurality of wiring layers including the first wiring and the second wiring, wherein the plurality of wiring layers are disposed between the plurality of photoelectric conversion units and the substrate
wherein each of the plurality of photoelectric conversion units has a first photoelectric conversion unit and a second photoelectric conversion unit,
wherein light collected by one microlens enters the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second photoelectric conversion unit,
wherein the first wiring is electrically connected to a gate of the amplification transistor,
wherein the second wiring is electrically connected to a bias voltage, and
wherein in the plurality of wiring layers, another wiring layer is disposed between the substrate and both of the first wiring and the second wiring.

US Pat. No. 10,136,093

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels each outputting a photo-electrically converted signal are arrayed two-dimensionally, and a color filter is provided in each of the plurality of pixels;
a plurality of column output lines provided for each column of the pixel array;
a current source which supplies a current to each of the plurality of column output lines; and
a controller which controls current values of the plurality of column output lines to differ for respective colors of the color filters in a case where the signals of the plurality of pixels with the color filters of the same color arranged on same column are simultaneously output to each of the plurality of column output lines so as to be combined.

US Pat. No. 10,126,697

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,127,241

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,123,699

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,126,523

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,129,419

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,129,427

SYSTEM FOR ESTABLISHING COMMUNICATION BETWEEN A PLURALITY OF TERMINALS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication system including a first terminal and a second terminal, at least one management server, and a relay server configured to relay communication between the first terminal and the second terminal,wherein the at least one management server comprises:
at least one first memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions stored in the at least one first memory device to:
notify, in a case where the first terminal is authenticated in response to a request from the first terminal, the first terminal of first authority information used by the first terminal to request the relay server to verify an authority of the first terminal and connection information used by the first terminal to connect to the relay server; and
notify, in a case where the second terminal is authenticated in response to a request from the second terminal, the second terminal of second authority information used by the second terminal to request the relay server to verify an authority of the first terminal, and
wherein the relay server comprises:
at least one second memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions stored in the at least one second memory device to:
verify the first authority information which is transmitted by the first terminal to the relay server using the connection information;
verify the second authority information which is transmitted by the second terminal to the relay server using the connection information;
issue, in a case where a verification of the first authority information received from the first terminal succeeds, access information used for the communication between the first terminal and the second terminal via the relay server and transmit the access information to the first terminal;
transmit the access information to the second terminal in a case where a verification of the second authority information received from the second terminal succeeds; and
relay support data including at least instruction data for remote control of the first terminal by the second terminal based on the access information,
wherein the relay server receives, from the second terminal, after the verification of the second authority information succeeds, specifying information corresponding to the first terminal, and, the relay server transmits, to the second terminal, the access information corresponding to the specifying information received from the second terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,129,449

FLASH BAND, DETERMINATION DEVICE FOR DETECTING FLASH BAND, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A flash band determination device that determines whether or not a flash band caused by an external flash of light is present in an image obtained through image pickup, comprising:at least one processor;
a memory;
wherein the at least one processor is configured to function as following units by processing data stored in the memory,
a first determination unit configured to determine whether or not a high-luminance area, which is an area having a luminance level exceeding a predetermined luminance level, is present in the image; and
a second determination unit configured to determine, in a case where it is determined by said first determination unit that the high-luminance area is present when determining whether or not a flash band which is an area having a luminance level higher than a predetermined threshold level is present in a difference image which is a difference between two images which are continuously obtained, whether or not the flash band is present, by excluding an area corresponding to the high-luminance area, as a determination excluded area, from the difference image.

US Pat. No. 10,129,475

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING AN IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor including an imaging plane that receives an image of a shooting target field through color filters according to two or more wavelength regions and outputs a signal of the image of the shooting target field;
an attitude detection circuit configured to detect an attitude of the image capturing apparatus; and
a processor configured to set a larger weight for a wavelength region having a higher image forming performance than for a wavelength region having a lower image forming performance in accordance with a direction based on the attitude of the image capturing apparatus detected by the attitude detection circuit, generate image data based on the signal output by the image sensor, and detect an object in the generated image data.

US Pat. No. 10,124,610

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a conveyance roller configured to convey a print medium in a first direction;
a printhead configured to print an image on the print medium conveyed by the conveyance roller;
a carriage mounting the printhead and configured to move in a second direction which intersects the first direction; and
a rotary encoder including a code wheel provided coaxially with the conveyance roller and configured to detect a rotation amount of the conveyance roller,
wherein the carriage includes a cutout portion in a side portion, and
the carriage is configured to move to a position at which the carriage overlaps the code wheel at the cutout portion in a direction perpendicular to the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,127,182

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,127,701

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus, comprising;a CPU configured to perform functions of at least one of an input unit, a determination unit, a margin adding unit, a plurality of image processing units, and a synthesizing unit;
the input unit that inputs, from external image output apparatus, a plurality of input images to an edge of each of which a margin image has not been added;
the determination unit that determines whether the plurality of input images are a plurality of divided images obtained by dividing one original image, or a plurality of independent images which are respectively independent;
the margin adding unit that (i) adds a first margin image to an edge of a first input image of the plurality of input images, and adds a second margin image to an edge of a second input image that is an input image adjacent to the first input image in the original image, in a case where the plurality of input images are determined by the determination unit to be the plurality of divided images, and (ii) does not add the first margin image to the first input image, and does not add the second margin image to the second input image, in a case where the plurality of input images are determined by the determination unit to be the plurality of independent images;
the plurality of image processing units that perform an image processing on the plurality of input images;
the synthesizing unit that synthesizes the plurality of input images on which the image processing has been performed by the plurality of image processing units; and
a display unit that displays the plurality of input images synthesized by the synthesizing unit, wherein
in a case where the plurality of input images are determined by the determination unit to be the plurality of divided images, the first margin image is generated from an edge portion of the second input image, the second margin image is generated from an edge portion of the first input image,
the image processing includes spatial filter processing in which a pixel value of a target pixel is rewritten to a value generated by weighting and synthesizing the pixel value of the target pixel and pixel values of neighboring pixels with weights according to their pixel positions,
(i) in case where the plurality of input images are determined by the determination unit to be the plurality of divided images,
a first image processing unit of the plurality of image processing units performs the image processing on the first input image to which the first margin image has been added, and
a second image processing unit of the plurality of image processing units performs the image processing on the second input image to which the second margin image has been added, and wherein
(ii) in a case where the plurality of input images are determined by the determination unit to be the plurality of independent images,
the first image processing unit performs the image processing on the first input image to which the first margin image has not been added, and
the second image processing unit performs the image processing on the second input image to which the second margin image has not been added.

US Pat. No. 10,127,456

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CORRECTS IMAGE DISTORTION TO SET A PASSAGE DETECTION LINE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to perform:
receiving a designation of a position for setting a passage detection line, for detecting a passage of a moving object, on an omnidirectional image captured by an image capture apparatus;
generating a corrected partial region image that is obtained by performing a distortion correction that reduces a distortion, wherein the corrected partial region image includes the position designated on the omnidirectional image;
receiving an information of the passage detection line on the corrected partial region image in accordance with a designation by a user;
converting the received information of the passage detection line into information of a passage detection line on the omnidirectional image;
generating an image of the passage detection line based on the information of the passage detection line on the omnidirectional image obtained by the converting; and
superimposing the generated image of the passage detection line on the omnidirectional image.

US Pat. No. 10,118,774

TRANSFER SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transfer system comprising:a stator including a plurality of coils; and
a carriage having a carriage drive magnet arranged facing the plurality of coils and a power transmitter fixed to the carriage, wherein the carriage includes a power receiver to which a power receiving magnet arranged facing the plurality of coils is fixed and which is connected to the power transmitter.

US Pat. No. 10,118,778

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS, SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus comprising:a stacking plate on which a sheet material is stacked;
an elevating member that elevates the stacking plate;
a first rotating member that transmits, when rotating in a first direction, a force for elevating the stacking plate to the stacking plate;
a second rotating member that meshes with the first rotating member and rotates in conjunction with rotation of the first rotating member;
a support member that supports the second rotating member such that the second rotating member can move; and
a locking member by which the second rotating member is enabled to be locked so as to stop rotation of the second rotating member, wherein
the second rotating member is movable to a first support position and to a second support position on the support member,
when the first rotating member rotates in the first direction, the second rotating member rotates at the first support position in conjunction with rotation of the first rotating member to permit the rotation of the first rotating member,
when the first rotating member rotates in a second direction opposite to the first direction, the second rotating member moves to the second support position under a force received from the first rotating member in an area where the second rotating member meshes with the first rotating member, and at the second support position, the second rotating member is locked on the locking member, and the locked second rotating member prevents the first rotating member from rotating in the second direction, and
the second rotating member moves to the first support position and to the second support position by moving relative to the support member in a direction of an axis of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,120,316

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF APPROPRIATELY EXECUTING SHUTDOWN PROCESSING, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus of which power states include at least a normal state, a power saving state, a first turned off state, and a second turned off state, the printing apparatus comprising:a switch used by a user to turn off the printing apparatus,
a storage device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
set one of at least two modes including an initialization mode and a resume mode,
wherein, in the initialization mode, the printing apparatus is started from an initialized state, and, in the resume mode, the printing apparatus is started from a resumed state,
wherein, in a case where the resume mode is set, the at least one processer executes following instructions to:
receive a turn off signal in a case where the switch is operated by the user to turn off the printing apparatus;
control to shift, in a case where no operation is performed in the normal state over a predetermined time period, the printing apparatus to the power saving state,
control to shift, in a case where a predetermined return factor occurs in the power saving state, the printing apparatus to the normal state, without an operation of the switch by the user;
control to shift, in response to the reception of the turn off signal, the printing apparatus to the first turned off state, at least under a condition that the printing apparatus is not in a predetermined state,
control to shift, in response to the reception of the turn off signal, the printing apparatus to the second turned off state, at least under a condition that the printing apparatus is in the predetermined state,
control to shift, in a case where the switch is operated by the user to turn on the printing apparatus in the first turned off state, the printing apparatus to the normal state, and
control to shift, in a case where the switch is operated by the user to turn on the printing apparatus in the second turned off state, the printing apparatus to the normal state,
wherein the predetermined state includes at least one of
a state in which a job to be executed by the printing apparatus is not executed properly,
a state in which an error has occurred on a software in a memory, turning off to the second turned off state being required to recover the image forming apparatus from the error,
a state in which update of a kernel of an Operating System (OS) is required,
a state in which change of the kernel is required, or
a state in which reboot of a module driver is required, and
wherein
power is supplied to the memory during the first turned off state, and
power is not supplied to the memory during the second turned off state,
wherein, in a case where the initialization mode is set, the at least one processor executes instructions to:
receive a turn off signal in a case where the switch is operated by the user to turn off the printing apparatus; and
control to shift, in response to the reception of the turn off signal, the printing apparatus to the second turned off state so that the printing apparatus is initialized in the next start processing of the printing apparatus, irrespective of whether or not the printing apparatus is in the predetermined state.

US Pat. No. 10,120,317

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a manual feeding tray;
a detecting portion configured to detect whether or not a sheet is put on said manual feeding tray;
an image forming portion configured to form an image on the sheet fed from said manual feeding tray;
a first rotatable member;
a second rotatable member configured to form a nip, for fixing the image on the sheet, in cooperation with said first rotatable member;
a pressing mechanism configured to press said first rotatable member toward said second rotatable member;
a moving mechanism configured to move said pressing mechanism between a first position where the nip is formed by said first and second rotatable members and a second position where said first and second rotatable members are spaced from each other;
a control unit configured to control an operation of said moving mechanism; and
a receiving portion configured to receive input of an instruction about an image forming operation for forming the image on the sheet by said image forming portion,
wherein said image forming apparatus is capable of selectively executing one of operations in a plurality of modes including a first mode in which said control unit is in a rest state and a second mode in which electric power is supplied to said control unit, and
wherein said image forming apparatus changes the mode of the operation to the second mode of the operation in response to detection of putting of the sheet on said manual feeding tray during execution of the operation in the first mode with said pressing mechanism being in the second position, and
then in response to receipt of input of a predetermined instruction about the image forming operation by said receiving portion during execution of the operation in the second mode, said control unit controls said moving mechanism so that said pressing mechanism moves from the second position to the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,120,320

SHEET TRANSPORT DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet transport device comprising:a transport rotary unit that transports a sheet in a transporting direction by rotating;
a rotary member that rotates by being pressed by the sheet transported by the transport rotary unit;
a photo-interrupter that generates a signal in accordance with rotation of the rotary member; and
an endless belt that transmits a driving force from a motor to the transport rotary unit,
wherein the rotary member includes
a shaft extending in an axial direction of the rotary member,
a contact portion that projects from the shaft and that is brought into contact with the sheet transported, and
a light-blocking portion that blocks an optical path of the photo-interrupter,
wherein the contact portion and the light-blocking portion are arranged in such a manner that the endless belt is interposed between the contact portion and the light-blocking portion in the axial direction of the rotary member, and
wherein the rotary member is arranged in such a manner that part of the shaft of the rotary member is surrounded by the endless belt.

US Pat. No. 10,120,323

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a transfer belt configured to rotate in contact with the image bearing member;
a transfer member configured to make contact with an inner peripheral surface of the transfer belt, wherein the transfer member is provided to correspond to the image bearing member;
a first power supply unit configured to apply a voltage to the transfer member, wherein if the first power supply unit applies a voltage of a second polarity opposite to a first polarity to the transfer member, a current flows in a first direction through a position in which the image bearing member makes contact with the transfer belt, and if the first power supply unit applies a voltage of the first polarity to the transfer member, a current flows in a second direction opposite to the first direction through the position in which the image bearing member makes contact with the transfer belt, the first polarity being a normal charging polarity of toner;
a resistance element connected between the first power supply unit and the transfer member; and
a diode connected in parallel with the resistance element in a direction in which the current flowing in the first direction is blocked and the current flowing in the second direction is passed.

US Pat. No. 10,122,926

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a first type of operation member in which any of a plurality of functions can be registered;
a second type of operation member which is a member different from the first type of operation member, and in which a function is registered in advance;
a registration unit configured to register any of the plurality of functions in the first type of operation member; and
a control unit configured to perform control
so that a function registered in the first type of operation member is executed based on a fact that the first type of operation member is operated without the second type of operation member being operated, and
so that, if the first type of operation member is physically operated simultaneously while the second type of operation member continues to be physically operated after the second type of operation member is physically operated, the function registered in the first type of operation member is not executed, and a setting screen which is a screen on which a function to be registered in the first type of operation member by the registration unit can be selected is displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,122,941

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image pickup unit capable of changing an image pickup direction to pick up an image;
a memory to hold a plurality of video source configurations including a resolution of the picked-up image; and
circuitry configured to:
receive identification information for identifying a video source configuration and a mask position for setting a mask image to be displayed within the picked-up image; and
set the mask position of the mask image to be displayed on the picked-up image on the basis of the video source configuration identified by the received identification information, the mask position of the mask image being set relative to a current image pickup direction of the image pickup unit.

US Pat. No. 10,118,385

PRINTING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing element substrate comprising:a printing element;
a driving circuit configured to drive the printing element;
a receiver circuit configured to receive a first signal and a second signal; and
a correction circuit configured to correct a phase difference between the first signal and the second signal received by the receiver circuit, and output the corrected first and second signals to the driving circuit,
wherein the correction circuit includes
a first delay circuit configured to generate a plurality of first delayed signals having different delay times with respect to the first signal, and
a second delay circuit configured to generate a plurality of second delayed signals having different delay times with respect to the second signal,
the correction circuit specifies a phase of the corrected first signal to be output to the driving circuit, on the basis of comparison between the plurality of first delayed signals and the second signal, and
the correction circuit specifies a phase of the corrected second signal to be output to the driving circuit, on the basis of comparison between the plurality of second delayed signals and the corrected first signal having the specified phase.

US Pat. No. 10,120,723

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PROCESSING JOBS IN PLURALITY OF QUEUES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system having a plurality of queues, including a first queue, a second queue, and a third queue, to manage processing jobs, the information processing system comprising,a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, causes the information processing system to perform operations including:
inputting a first job to the first queue, wherein the first job is regularly generated in the information processing system,
determining a queue to which a second job is to be input, wherein the second job is generated upon reception of a request corresponding to an operation of a user via a screen provided to a display by the information processing system,
wherein, in a case where aggregate processing of data to be processed for the second job is not completed, determining includes determining that the second job is to be input into the second queue, wherein a job input to the second queue is processed by the information processing system prior to a job input to the first queue, and
wherein, in a case where aggregate processing of the data to be processed for the second job is completed, determining includes determining that the second job is to be input into the third queue different from the second queue,
generating, in a case where a processing of the second job obtained from the second queue or the third queue has been performed by the information processing system, a report screen according to the performed processing, and
providing the generated report screen to the display for the user,
wherein a job input to the third queue is obtained by the information processing system prior to a job input to the second queue, and
wherein an aggregate processing of data to be processed for the obtained job input to the third queue is skipped on the information processing system.

US Pat. No. 10,122,584

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH NETWORK INTERFACES, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, provided with a first network interface and a second network interface, that transmits a search packet and receives a response packet in response to the search packet, the communication apparatus comprising:a memory;
a processor connected to the memory, the processor configured to:
transmit the search packet via each of the first network interface and the second network interface, wherein the search packet transmission via the first network interface and the search packet transmission via the second network interface each use the same protocol;
receive, via an operation screen, a selection whether to include the apparatus in search results;
determine, in a case where the communication apparatus receives a first response packet in response to the search packet via the first network interface and the communication apparatus receives a second response packet in response to the search packet via the second network interface, whether or not a source address of the first response packet and a source address of the second response packet match with each other; and
display on a user operation panel, in a case where it is determined that the source address of the first response packet and the source address of the second response packet match with each other, any one of information of the first response packet and information of the second response packet, as a search result, and not display on the user operation panel the other of the information of the first response packet and information of the second response packet, as the search result, and then perform control whether or not to display the apparatus based on the received selection.

US Pat. No. 10,113,888

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS, APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME AND POSITION DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detection apparatus comprising:a first position detector (a) being an optical position detector used with an optical scale provided with multiple periodic patterns whose periods are mutually different and (b) configured to receive lights from the multiple periodic patterns when moving relatively to the optical scale with a movement of a movable member to generate multiple first detection signals respectively changing at periods corresponding to the periods of the multiple periodic patterns;
a second position detector being a non-optical position detector and configured to generate a second detection signal changing with the movement of the moveable member; and
a calculator configured to (a) produce a first position signal by using the multiple first detection signals, (b) produce a second position signal whose resolution is different from that of the first position signal, by using the second detection signal, and (c) perform a calculation for combining the first position signal with the second position signal to produce a signal showing an absolute position of the movable member,
wherein the first position signal has multiple folded-back portions; and
the resolution of the second position signal is a resolution capable of specifying one of the multiple folded-back portions.

US Pat. No. 10,114,151

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor which includes a microlens array in which a plurality of microlenses are arrayed so as to constitute a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns,wherein when a first axis parallel to the plurality of rows and passing through an array center as a center of the microlens array, and a second axis parallel to the plurality of columns and passing through the array center are defined, microlenses, out of the plurality of microlenses, positioned on a virtual circle having the array center as a center include a first microlens positioned on one of the first axis and the second axis, and a second microlens positioned on neither the first axis nor the second axis,
each of the first microlens and the second microlens has a non-circular bottom shape,
a width of the second microlens in a second direction passing through the second microlens and the array center is longer than a width of the first microlens in a first direction passing through the first microlens and the array center, and
the first microlens has a line-symmetric shape with respect to a straight line parallel to the first direction as a symmetrical axis, and the second microlens has a line-symmetric shape with respect to a straight line parallel to the second direction as a symmetrical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,112,387

LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharging head comprising:a discharge port that discharges a liquid;
a pressure chamber that communicates with the discharge port;
an energy generating element that is disposed in the pressure chamber;
a supply path that supplies a liquid to the pressure chamber; and
a recovery path that recovers the liquid from the pressure chamber,
wherein the discharge port is provided with a plurality of projections that project towards a central portion of the discharge port from an inner peripheral edge of the discharge port,
wherein an interval between the projections at a location where the projections are closest to each other is 5 ?m or less, and
wherein the supply path and the recovery path are connected to the pressure chamber so as to allow a circulatory flow of a liquid flowing from the supply path to the recovery path via the pressure chamber to be generated.

US Pat. No. 10,112,403

LIQUID CONTAINER AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid container comprising a containing chamber configured to contain a liquid, a supply port constructed for supply of the liquid into the containing chamber, and a cover member detachably attached to the supply port, whereinthe cover member includes a body portion located outside of the containing chamber and the supply port in a first state attached to the supply port;
the body portion includes a covering portion covering an opening surface of the supply port in the first state of the cover member, the body portion further including a support portion constructed for connecting the covering portion with another member in a second state of the cover member removed from the supply port, and a projecting portion projecting from the covering portion; and
in an attitude of the liquid container in a case where the cover member is to be removed from the supply port, the projecting portion projects only from below a gravity center of the covering portion in a gravity direction seen from a direction orthogonal to the opening surface in the first state of the cover member.

US Pat. No. 10,115,756

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM HAVING LIGHT SHIELDING PORTION WITH FIRST AND SECOND FILMS ON RESPECTIVE UNDER FACE AND UPPER FACE SIDES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device, comprising:an image pickup pixel having a first photoelectric conversion portion and a first transistor for reading out a signal based on a charge generated in the photoelectric conversion portion;
a focus detection pixel having a second photoelectric conversion portion, a second transistor for reading out a signal based on a charge generated in the second photoelectric conversion portion, and a light shielding portion formed in a first wiring layer and having an opening, the second photoelectric conversion portion having a light receiving face that receives light through the opening;
a first film containing titanium and being provided on an under face side of the light shielding portion and not extending through the opening;
a second film containing titanium nitride and being provided on an upper face side of the light shielding portion and not extending through the opening and below a first insulating film, the upper face side being positioned farther apart from the light receiving face than from the under face side;
a third film containing titanium and being provided between the first film and the second photoelectric conversion portion; and
a wiring line for the first transistor and the second transistor provided above the first transistor and the second transistor,
wherein a thickness of the second film is larger than that of the first film in height direction,
wherein the wiring line and a structure having the light shielding portion, the first film, the second film, and the third film are provided in the same layer, and
wherein the second film is formed between the light shielding portion and a second wiring layer above the first wiring layer.

US Pat. No. 10,116,816

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,116,836

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an acquirer configured to acquire information related to a lateral chromatic aberration; and
a corrector configured to correct an image to reduce the lateral chromatic aberration based on the information related to the lateral chromatic aberration,
wherein the information related to the lateral chromatic aberration includes a first component related to a design value, a second component related to a manufacturing error,
wherein each of the first component and the second component is a rotationally symmetric component.

US Pat. No. 10,116,857

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus adjustment apparatus comprising:an imaging unit configured to convert light from an optical system to an electric signal by photoelectric conversion and output an image signal for imaging and a pair of parallax image signals in a focus detection area;
a focus detection unit configured to detect a defocus amount using the pair of parallax image signals;
a control unit configured to control adjustment of a focus position of the optical system based on the defocus amount;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether the imaging unit is imaging a subject with a repetitive pattern in the focus detection area; and
a second determination unit configured to determine whether a degree of image blurring is equal to or more than a predetermined degree of blurring using at least one of the image signal for imaging and the pair of parallax image signals, wherein
when the first determination unit determines that the imaging unit is imaging a subject with a repetitive pattern in the focus detection area and the second determination unit determines that the degree of image blurring is equal to or more than the predetermined degree of blurring, the control unit moves a focus lens in the optical system to acquire a new defocus amount.

US Pat. No. 10,114,309

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF ADJUSTING IMAGE FORMATION START POSITION IN MAIN SCANNING DIRECTION OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a generation unit configured to generate a scanning speed profile, which is information about a scanning speed for each main scanning position in a main scanning direction of a laser beam which scans a photoconductor surface; and
a derivation unit configured to derive a scanning position adjustment amount specifying a distance from a reference position in the main scanning direction of the laser beam to a write start position of the laser beam to the photoconductor surface based on the generated scanning speed profile in the main scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 10,112,324

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND PRODUCTION METHOD FOR ARTICLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint method for forming a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold, the method comprising:carrying the substrate into an imprint apparatus;
supplying the imprint material by using a supply unit;
removing, after the substrate is carried into the imprint apparatus, a whole or a portion of foreign particles adhering to a pattern of the mold formed on the mold when bringing an imprint material supplied to a member different from the substrate inside the imprint apparatus and the mold into contact, and curing the imprint material so as to form the pattern of the imprint material on the member; and
forming the pattern on the substrate that has been carried into the imprint apparatus, by using the mold from which the foreign particles are removed,
wherein a distance between the member and the supply unit when carrying the substrate into the imprint apparatus is shorter than a distance between the substrate and the supply unit when carrying the substrate into the imprint apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,106,350

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:a first rotary member configured to rotate in one direction;
a second rotary member configured to convey a sheet in a first direction together with the first rotary member with a rotation of the first rotary member;
a third rotary member configured to convey the sheet in a second direction different from the first direction together with the first rotary member with a rotation of the first rotary member; and
a switching unit configured to move the first rotary member before a trailing edge of the sheet conveyed in the first direction has been conveyed by the first and the second rotary members to switch from a first state to a second state, wherein the first state is a state where the second rotary member contacts a first surface of the sheet and the first rotary member contacts a second surface opposite to the first surface of the sheet, wherein the second state is a state where the first rotary member contacts the first surface of the sheet and the third rotary member contacts the second surface of the sheet,
wherein the switching unit switches from the first state to a third state and then switches from the third state to the second state, wherein the third state is a state where the first rotary member contacts the first or the second surface of the sheet, the second rotary member contacts the first surface of the sheet, and the third rotary member contacts the second surface of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,110,507

PUSH-BASED TRANSMISSION OF RESOURCES AND CORRELATED NETWORK QUALITY ESTIMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for a server device to provide resources to a client device, comprising at the server device:receiving an HTTP message from the client device based on which the server device determines resources to push to the client device using an HTTP protocol connection;
receiving a probing message from the client device requesting the server device to enter a probing mode;
wherein the probing mode includes the following steps for the server device:
pushing, to the client device, the determined resources, using the HTTP protocol connection and a target data rate; and
notifying the client device of pushing information using a Web Socket connection established between a client application in the client device and a server application in the server device, thereby enabling a web application running in a web browser of the client device to determine an actual data rate of transmission of the pushed resources, the Web Socket connection being separate from the HTTP connection.

US Pat. No. 10,101,681

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing a binder resin and a wax, whereina cross-section of the toner observed under a transmission electron microscope shows at least 5 wax domains having an aspect ratio of at least 5, and
the toner satisfies the following formulae (1) to (3):
Ps/Pd?0.90  (1)
2.20?Ph/Pd  (2)
0.50?Pd?3.00  (3)
where Pd represents an intensity of the highest absorption peak in a range of 2843 cm?1 to 2853 cm?1 when an intensity of the highest absorption peak in a range of 3022 cm ?1 to 3032 cm ?1 is set to 1.00 in an FT-IR spectrum of the toner obtained by an attenuated total reflectance (ATR) method with an infrared light-incidence angle of 45° using diamond as the ATR crystal;
Ps represents an intensity of the highest absorption peak in a range of 2843 cm?1 to 2853 cm?1 when an intensity of the highest absorption peak in a range of 3022 cm?1 to 3032 cm?1 is set to 1.00 in an FT-IR spectrum of the toner obtained by the ATR method with an infrared light-incidence angle of 45° using germanium as the ATR crystal; and
Ph represents an intensity of the highest absorption peak in a range of 2843 cm?1 to 2853 cm?1 when an intensity of the highest absorption peak in a range of 3022 cm?1 to 3032 cm?1 is set to 1.00 in an FT-IR spectrum of a toner sample obtained by the ATR method with an infrared light-incidence angle of 45° using germanium as the ATR crystal, and the toner sample is obtained by heating the toner at 150° C. for 0.10 seconds and then leaving same to cool to 25° C.

US Pat. No. 10,104,295

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH DISPLAY OF CROP AREA AND GRID LINES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an optical finder;
a first display segment placed on an optical path in the optical finder, the first display segment being a display segment for displaying a first crop area and having a frame shape;
a second display segment placed on the optical path, the second display segment being a display segment for displaying a grid line and having a shape with a plurality of lines that intersect one another and located inside the first display segment;
a third display segment placed on the optical path, the third display segment being a line-shaped display segment for displaying a grid line and located outside the second display segment, wherein in a state where the second display segment and the third display segment are simultaneously displayed, the lines included in the second display segment and the lines included in third display segment are visually recognized as lines in same straight lines; and
a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a setting unit configured to set a crop area;
a control unit configured to perform control
in a case where the first crop area is not set by the setting unit, to display both of the second display segment and the third display segment without displaying the first display segment, and
in a case where the first crop area is set by the setting unit, to display the first display segment and the second display segment without displaying the third display segment.

US Pat. No. 10,104,320

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE WITH SIGNAL PROCESSING AND LEVEL SHIFTING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device, comprising:a pixel array including a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric conversion unit and a transfer transistor configured to transfer charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit;
a signal processing unit configured to process signals output from the pixels; and
a level shift unit configured to supply a pulse to a gate of the transfer transistor,
wherein amplitude of the pulse supplied to the gate of the transfer transistor is larger than amplitude of a pulse supplied to a gate of a transistor that constitutes the signal processing unit,
wherein the pixel array and the level shift unit are arranged on a first semiconductor substrate, whereas the signal processing unit is arranged on a second semiconductor substrate stacked on the first semiconductor substrate, and
wherein a gate insulating film of a transistor that constitutes the level shift unit is thicker than a gate insulating film of a transistor that constitutes the signal processing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,102,809

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:a light-emitting unit includes a plurality of light sources of which the emission brightness are individually controllable;
a display unit configured to display an image by transmitting light emitted from the plurality of light sources; and
a controller configured to control an emission brightness of each of the plurality of light sources, and control transmittance of the display unit, wherein the controller:
generates first image data by increasing a lower limit of gradation values of input image data to a first gradation value;
controls an emission brightness of each light source based on brightness of each region of the input image data or the first image data corresponding to each of the plurality of light sources;
generates second image data by correcting gradation values of the first image data based on the emission brightness of each light source;
generates third image data by reducing gradation values of the second image data that are equal to or lower than a second gradation value to a predetermined value; and
controls the display unit to display the image by controlling the transmittance of the display unit based on the third image data, and wherein
in a case where emission brightness of a light source corresponding to a region of the first image data is first brightness, the controller generates the second image data so that gradation values of the second image data in the region is smaller than in a case where the emission brightness of the light source corresponding to the region is second brightness which is lower than the first brightness.

US Pat. No. 10,097,736

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,092,187

PHOTOACOUSTIC WAVE MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoacoustic apparatus, comprising: a probe configured to receive an acoustic wave which is generated by light irradiating an object; and a signal processor configured to acquire information about the object on the basis of the acoustic wave which is received by the probe, wherein the probe includes a bright-field device having a view angle covering a bright-field illumination area, which is an area where the object is irradiated with the light, and a dark-field device having a view angle which does not cover the bright-field illumination area, which are configured to receive the acoustic wave, wherein a first contribution rate for a signal acquired, before a predetermined time period has elapsed since the light irradiation of the object, by said dark-field device is larger than a second contribution rate for a signal acquired, before the predetermined time period has elapsed since the light irradiation of the object, by said bright-field device.

US Pat. No. 10,090,352

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,091,401

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING PLURALITY OF EXTERNAL CONNECTION TERMINALS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,091,712

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,084,394

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR CAPACITIVE ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE CAPACITIVE ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a driving/detecting unit that performs at least one of a driving operation to cause a second electrode of a capacitive transducer to vibrate and a detecting operation to detect current that flows by vibration of the second electrode, the capacitive transducer including a plurality of cells, each cell including a first electrode and the second electrode that face each other with a gap being interposed in between; and
an interconnect switching unit that changes the number of the cells to be electrically connected to one driving/detecting unit by switching connection/disconnection between the first electrode or the second electrode of a first cell and the first electrode or the second electrode of a second cell, wherein:
when the driving/detecting unit performs the driving operation, the driving/detecting unit adjusts a center frequency of a driving signal supplied to the capacitive transducer, corresponding to the number of the cells; and
when the driving/detecting unit performs the detecting operation, the driving/detecting unit adjusts a center frequency of a frequency band detected by a current detecting unit of the driving/detecting unit, corresponding to the number of the cells.

US Pat. No. 10,082,643

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS WITH DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,081,175

AUXILIARY LIQUID, LIQUID SET, IMAGE RECORDING METHOD AND IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising the steps of:(a) forming a first intermediate image including:
(i) a step of applying a reaction solution containing an ink viscosity increasing component onto a first region of an intermediate transfer member, and
(ii) a step of applying an ink onto a second region of the intermediate transfer member, such that the second region where the ink is applied at least partly overlaps with the first region where the reaction solution is applied;
(b) forming a second intermediate image having the first intermediate image and an auxiliary liquid on the first intermediate image, by applying the auxiliary liquid containing a water-soluble resin and wax particles onto the first intermediate image on the intermediate transfer member; and
(c) bringing the second intermediate image on the intermediate transfer member into contact with a recording medium, peeling off the second intermediate image, having the first intermediate image, from the intermediate transfer member while maintaining the contact between the second intermediate image and the recording medium, and transferring the second intermediate image onto the recording medium,
wherein the method further comprises:
(i) adjusting a temperature Tc of the second intermediate image when the second intermediate image is contacting the recording medium, so as not to be lower than the melting point of the wax particles; and
(ii) adjusting a temperature Tr of the second intermediate image when the second intermediate image is peeled off from the intermediate transfer member, so as to be lower than the melting point of the wax particles.

US Pat. No. 10,081,185

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, FLOW PATH MEMBER, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising: a liquid supply unit having a supply passage for liquid formed therein; and a liquid ejection unit capable of ejecting the liquid supplied through the supply passage from an ejection port,wherein the liquid supply unit includes first and second flow path forming members having first and second opposed surfaces opposed to each other, and a joining member which joins the first and second flow path forming members,
the first opposed surface has a groove portion which forms the supply passage, and a protruding portion protruding from the first opposed surface to form a side wall of the groove portion,
the second opposed surface has a lid portion which abuts against the protruding portion to cover the opening of the groove portion, and
the joining member is formed of a resin to come into contact with an outer surface of the protruding portion, the first opposed surface, and the second opposed surface.

US Pat. No. 10,082,991

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a memory which stores a program,
at least one processor which executes the program stored in the memory to perform:
first device search using a first network protocol capable of searching for a device in a first subnet including the information processing apparatus and a second subnet not including the information processing apparatus;
second device search using a second network protocol capable of searching for a device in only the first subnet among the first subnet and the second subnet; and
automatic determination of a communication port to be used for a selected device selected by a user among one or a plurality of devices detected by the first device search,
wherein, in the automatic determination, the at least one processor automatically determines a first communication port corresponding to the first network protocol as the communication port to be used for the selected device, in a case where the selected device is not detected by the second device search, and
wherein, in the automatic determination, the at least one processor automatically determines a second communication port corresponding to the second network protocol as the communication port to be used for the selected device, in a case where the selected device is detected by the second device search.

US Pat. No. 10,082,749

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING AND TRANSFERRING A TONER IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on a photosensitive member;
a transfer portion configured to transfer the toner image formed by the image forming unit to a transfer material;
a first roller disposed upstream of the transfer portion in a conveying direction of the transfer material conveyed to the transfer portion, the first roller conveying the transfer material by coming into contact with a surface of the transfer material to which the toner image is to be transferred, wherein a triboelectric charge polarity of the first roller when the first roller is triboelectrically charged by contact with the transfer material is opposite to a charge polarity of the photosensitive member;
a first facing roller facing the first roller; and
a second roller disposed upstream of the transfer portion and downstream of the first roller in the conveying direction, the second roller conveying the transfer material by coming into contact with the surface of the transfer material to which the toner image is to be transferred, wherein a triboelectric charge polarity of the second roller when the second roller is triboelectrically charged by contact with the transfer material is same as the charge polarity of the photosensitive member,
wherein a triboelectric charge polarity of the surface of the first roller when the surface is triboelectrically charged by contact with the first facing roller is same as the triboelectric charge polarity of the surface of the first roller when the surface is triboelectrically charged by contact with the transfer material.

US Pat. No. 10,080,492

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MOTION ARTEFACTS REMOVAL IN OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for compensating for motion artefacts in Optical Coherence Tomography, the method comprising:acquiring a B-scan set including a plurality of B-scan OCT images acquired at least a position corresponding to a target position of a fundus of an eye; and
aligning the plurality of B-scans within the B-scan set using a first alignment process and a second alignment process, wherein the second alignment process is performed on the B-scan images within the B-scan set aligned by the first alignment process;
wherein the first alignment process aligns the B-scan images within the B-scan set at a first resolution in at least an axial direction, and the second alignment process aligns the B-scan images within the B-scan set aligned in the first alignment process at a second resolution being a higher resolution than the first resolution in at least the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,073,406

DAMPER DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus main body including an image forming unit to form an image on a sheet on a sheet conveying path;
a moving part supported by the apparatus main body and configured to be rotated to take an opened position and a closed position with respect to the apparatus main body;
a rack provided in one of the apparatus main body and the moving part, wherein the rack includes a rack gear and an abutting portion extending along the rack gear;
a damper unit provided in the other of the apparatus main body and the moving part, wherein the damper unit includes a damper main body and a damper gear unit,
wherein the damper gear unit includes a gear portion, meshed with the rack gear, and a flange portion provided along a rotation shaft of the gear portion, wherein the gear portion and the flange portion integrally rotate, and
wherein the damper gear unit is rotatably supported by the damper main body such that a resistance force is applied from the damper main body through the gear portion to the rack gear during rotation of the moving part towards the opened position;
a holding member configured to hold the damper main body;
a first restricting portion provided on the holding member and configured to restrict a position of the rack by abutting to the abutting portion of the rack so that the rack gear is secured between the first restricting portion and the gear portion meshed with the rack gear; and
a second restricting portion provided on the holding member and configured to restrict a position of damper gear unit by contacting an outer peripheral surface of the flange portion of the damper gear unit,
wherein, during rotation of the moving part towards the opened position and towards the closed position, the outer peripheral surface of the flange portion can contact the second restricting portion of the holding member while rotating relative to the second restricting portion of the holding member.

US Pat. No. 10,073,411

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a cartridge including at least one of a rotatable photosensitive member and a rotatable developer carrying member for carrying the developer to be supplied to said photosensitive member; and
a supporting member configured to detachably support said cartridge, said supporting member being movable between an inside position for permitting mounting of said cartridge to said image forming apparatus and an outermost position outside said image forming apparatus in a direction along an axial direction of said photosensitive member or said developer carrying member,
wherein said cartridge is mountable to and dismountable from said supporting member, at a position above said supporting member, and wherein when said supporting member is in the outermost position in a state that said cartridge is mounted to said supporting member, an upstream end portion of said supporting member with respect to a moving direction from the inside position toward the outermost position is inside said image forming apparatus, and
wherein when said supporting member is in the outermost position, said supporting member is inclined so that a downstream portion of said supporting member with respect to the moving direction is at a position lower than that when said supporting member is in the inside position.

US Pat. No. 10,068,138

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,064,592

COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHIC MAMMOGRAPHY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,066,934

THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE MEASURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A measurement apparatus comprising:a projection unit configured to sequentially project, onto an object, a plurality of patterns, wherein a width of each of bright and dark sections of a first pattern of the plurality of patterns is different from a width of each of bright and dark sections of a second pattern of the plurality of patterns;
a capturing unit configured to sequentially capture, by using an image capturing device, a plurality of images of the object onto which the plurality of patterns are sequentially projected; and
a processor and a memory that cooperate to act as units comprising:
(1) a measurement unit configured to
(a) binarize the plurality of images, wherein the binarization specifies positions to which a principle of triangulation is applied, and
(b) measure a three-dimensional shape of the object based on the specified positions; and
(2) a control unit configured to control the projection unit or the capturing unit such that an exposure amount on the image capturing device when capturing a first image which corresponds to the first pattern, the first pattern being used to define a position, is larger than an exposure amount on the image capturing device when capturing a second image which corresponds to the second pattern,
wherein the measurement unit defines the position in the first image, and utilizes the defined position in the first image to specify, from the second image captured by the image capturing device whose exposure amount is smaller than the exposure amount on the image capturing device when capturing the first image, a position of the positions to which the principle of triangulation is applied.

US Pat. No. 10,067,466

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,070,037

IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS, ACCESSORY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-capturing apparatus to which an accessory apparatus is detachably attachable, the image-capturing apparatus comprising:a camera communicator configured to provide, with the accessory apparatus, three channels that are a clock/communication request channel used for providing a clock signal and a communication request from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus, a first data communication channel used for transmitting accessory data from the accessory apparatus to the image-capturing apparatus, and a second data communication channel used for transmitting camera data from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus; and
a camera controller configured to perform communication with the accessory apparatus through the camera communicator,
wherein:
the camera controller is configured to be capable of switching its communication method between (a) a first communication method in which the camera controller receives the accessory data and transmits the camera data while providing the clock signal by alternately switching a signal level of the clock/communication request channel between a first level and a second level and (b) a second communication method in which the camera controller provides the communication request by switching the signal level of the clock/communication request channel from the first level to the second level, as a request to the accessory apparatus to transmit the accessory data to the image-capturing apparatus, and transmits the camera data; and
the camera controller is further configured, in response to detecting a communication error in the communication in each of the first and second communication methods, to transmit through the second data communication channel a specific signal for restoring the communication while keeping the signal level of the clock/communication request channel at the first level.

US Pat. No. 10,070,078

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR WITH PIXELS HAVING IN-PIXEL MEMORIES, MOTION INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor for acquiring respective signals of a plurality of pixels disposed in a matrix in the solid-state image sensor, by sequentially reading the signals in signal lines disposed along a column direction, the solid-state image sensor comprising:first pixels that are disposed in columns of the matrix; and
second pixels having in-pixel memories and disposed in columns of the matrix different from those of the first pixels,
wherein a difference in exposure timings of the second pixels between adjacent rows of the matrix is caused to be different from a difference in exposure timings of the first pixels between adjacent rows of the matrix, by reading signals from the second pixels after holding the signals in the in-pixel memories for a predetermined charge retention time,
wherein an aperture ratio of photoelectric conversion units of the first pixels is larger than an aperture ratio of photoelectric conversion units of the second pixels,
wherein the first pixels are first ranging pixels and the second pixels are second ranging pixels, and
wherein image information is generated by selecting image information acquired in the first ranging pixels in a case where a value of the signals acquired in the second ranging pixels is smaller than a first value and by selecting image information acquired in the second ranging pixels in a case where a value of the signals acquired in the first ranging pixels is larger than a second value, the second value being greater than the first value.

US Pat. No. 10,070,082

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,070,088

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,063,759

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,061,242

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,062,150

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,054,760

ZOOM LENS BARREL AND OPTICAL APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens barrel, comprising:a focus lens frame configured to move in an optical axis direction during zooming and focusing;
a focus cam ring configured to rotate to move the focus lens frame in the optical axis direction;
a key member configured to rotate to transmit torque to the focus cam ring;
a zoom lens frame configured to move in the optical axis direction along with the focus cam ring;
a zoom cam ring configured to rotate to move the zoom lens frame in the optical axis direction;
a first rotation transmission portion provided to the focus cam ring; and
a second rotation transmission portion provided to the key member to be engaged with the first rotation transmission portion,
wherein a plurality of cam grooves formed on the zoom cam ring are engaged with a plurality of rollers provided to the zoom lens frame, respectively,
wherein the focus lens frame is configured to move in the optical axis direction when the focus cam ring rotates with the rotation of the key member during focusing, and the focus lens frame is configured to move in the optical axis direction along with the zoom lens frame when the focus cam ring rotates with a change in relative positions of the first rotation transmission portion and the second rotation transmission portion in the optical axis direction and a rotational direction during zooming, and
wherein the first rotation transmission portion comprises a cam follower, and the second rotation transmission portion comprises a cam groove, which is not in parallel to the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,052,017

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing apparatus for use in tomography, the processing apparatus comprising:a processor-implemented comparison unit configured to compare, based on a tomogram, layer thicknesses at symmetrical positions with respect to a line that couples, in a fundus, a macular region and an optic nerve papillary region; and
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display information indicating a comparison result produced by the comparison unit,
wherein the comparison unit automatically obtains a difference between the layer thicknesses at symmetrical positions with respect to the line that couples the macular region and the optic nerve papillary region, as the comparison result of the layer thicknesses at symmetrical positions with respect to the line that couples the macular region and the optic nerve papillary region,
wherein the display control unit causes the display unit to change the display form in accordance with the difference between the layer thicknesses at the symmetrical positions with respect to the line that couples the macular region and the optic nerve papillary region, and
wherein the display form includes a display color.

US Pat. No. 10,053,320

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus, comprising:a first conveyance unit having:
a first roller configured to rotate around a first rotation axis; and
a second roller configured to rotate around a second rotation axis, the second roller coming into contact with the first roller and thereby forming a nip portion in which a sheet is conveyed, the second rotation axis being inclined with respect to the first rotation axis; and
a second conveyance unit having the same configuration as the first conveyance unit,
wherein the second roller includes a first outer circumferential portion having a first outside diameter, a second outer circumferential portion arranged on one side of the first outer circumferential portion in an axial direction of the second rotation axis and having a second outside diameter larger than the first outside diameter, and a third outer circumferential portion arranged on the other side of the first outer circumferential portion in the axial direction of the second rotation axis and having a third outside diameter larger than the first outside diameter,
wherein an outer circumferential surface of the first roller contacts with at least the first outer circumferential portion, the second outer circumferential portion, and the third outer circumferential portion of the second roller to form the nip portion,
wherein the first conveyance unit is arranged on one side of a center of the sheet in a width direction of the sheet conveyed in the nip portion, and
the first conveyance unit and the second conveyance unit are arranged symmetrically with respect to the center of the sheet in the width direction of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,054,866

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing:a binder resin and a crystalline material;
the toner particle having a surface layer comprising an organosilicon polymer, wherein
a/b?0.85 when “a” is an endothermic quantity deriving from the crystalline material in a differential scanning calorimetric measurement of the toner and “b” is an endothermic quantity deriving from the crystalline material in a differential scanning calorimetric measurement of the toner that has been held for 10 hours in an environment with a temperature of 55° C. and a humidity of 8% RH,
in a dynamic viscoelastic measurement of a non-melt-molded pellet of the toner measured using a rotational parallel plate rheometer in temperature sweep mode in a temperature range of 50° C. to 160° C. at a temperature ramp rate of 2.0° C./minute and an oscillation frequency of 1.0 Hz (6.28 rad/s), the toner has a temperature range A for which G??1×105 Pa and tan ?<1 are satisfied, and
in the dynamic viscoelastic measurement of a melt-molded pellet of the toner formed by (i) providing a sample by compression molding the toner into a circular disk with a diameter of 7.9 mm and a thickness of 2.0±0.3 mm using a tablet molder in a 25° C. environment, (ii) placing the sample in the parallel plates, (iii) raising the temperature of the sample placed in the parallel plates from 25° C. to 120° C., (iv) holding the temperature of the sample at 120° C. for 1 minute while displacing the parallel plates between which the sample is placed up-to-down in 5 back-and-forth excursions at an amplitude of 1 cm, and (v) trimming the shape of the sample, the toner has a temperature range B for which tan ?>1 is satisfied within the temperature range A.

US Pat. No. 10,055,956

MONITORING CAMERA APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR MONITORING CAMERA APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A monitoring camera apparatus comprising:at least one memory;
at least one processor which is connected to the at least one memory, the at least one processor configured to:
reading setting data from a transmission control program;
upload a video captured by the monitoring camera, on which a privacy mask is superimposed, to a server via a network for a general client which is not a privileged client;
receive a request for transmitting a video from a privileged client;
determining that the request is a first transmission request with a set restriction setting to transmit a video without the privacy mask to the privileged client in accordance with the request;
in a case where a setting request is received from the privileged client, performing setting processing to invalidate an upload processing stop flag when it is determined by the transmission control program that an item to be set is recorded in the setting data; and
stop uploading of the video with the privacy mask to the server for the general client when the video without the privacy mask is transmitted to the privileged client in accordance with the request.

US Pat. No. 10,048,906

MOBILE TERMINAL THAT PERFORMS LOGIN PROCESSING, METHOD OF PERFORMING LOGIN PROCESSING, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile terminal comprising:a communication controller configured to receive beacon signals transmitted by an image forming apparatus and transmit user information to the image forming apparatus; and
a processor configured to implement instructions stored in a memory and execute:
a first determining task that determines whether or not a received signal strength of a received beacon signal is not lower than a predetermined signal strength;
a second determining task that determines, after the first determining task determines that the received signal strength is not lower than the predetermined signal strength, whether or not a difference between the received signal strength of a first beacon signal received by the communication controller and the received signal strength of a second beacon signal received by the communication controller after receiving the first beacon signal satisfies a predetermined condition, wherein the difference reflects a change amount of a distance between the mobile terminal and the image forming apparatus; and
a transmission task that transmits the user information to the image forming apparatus, using the communication controller, for logging in to the image forming apparatus in a case where the second determining task determines that the difference satisfies the predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 10,048,410

LIGHT-SHIELDING FILM FOR OPTICAL ELEMENT AND OPTICAL ELEMENT HAVING LIGHT-SHIELDING FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical element comprising a lens or a prism having a light-shielding film on an outer portion,wherein the light-shielding film comprises a resin and (i) a colorant and non-black particles having a refractive index (nd) of 2.2 or more or (ii) inorganic black particles having a refractive index (nd) of 2.2 or more and 3.5 or less,
wherein the light-shielding film has an average thickness of 2 ?m or more and 30 ?m or less, and
wherein the average of extinction coefficient of the light-shielding film for light having wavelengths ranging from 400 to 700 nm is 0.03 or more and 0.15 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,051,577

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a communication unit configured to perform Near Field Communication;
a detection unit configured to detect a partner apparatus that exists within a communicable range of the communication unit;
a determination unit configured to determine, in the case where the communication unit transmits a first signal, whether or not the communication unit has received a response to the first signal; and
a control unit configured to control, in the case where the partner apparatus is detected by the detection unit and it is determined by the determination unit that the communication unit has not received the response to the first signal, the communication unit to transmit a second signal that has a higher amplitude than the first signal and a higher power than the first signal,
wherein the second signal is a signal that is of a different type from the first signal and is for causing the partner apparatus to transition into a state in which the partner apparatus can respond to the first signal, and
wherein the communication unit performs wireless communication with the partner apparatus in the case where the communication unit has received the response to the first signal from the partner apparatus after transmission of the second signal.

US Pat. No. 10,051,154

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD IN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of the stored instructions, functions as
a service request unit configured to be capable of requesting a service from a connected external server;
a service provision unit configured to provide a service to outside in accordance with a request by the external server; and
a holding unit configured to hold identification information of a service requester to which service provision by the service provision unit is permitted, and to be installable and uninstallable, wherein
the service provision unit determines, with reference to the identification information held by the holding unit, whether or not service provision to the service requester is permitted, and in a case where it is determined that the service provision is permitted, provides the requested service,
the service request unit further obtains and displays display screen information with respect to the external server, and
the service provision unit obtains, from the service request unit, identification information of a service request destination from which the service request unit has requested a service, compares at least part of the obtained identification information of the service request destination with at least part of identification information held as identification information of the service requester by the holding unit, and if the at least part of the obtained identification information of the service request destination and the at least part of the identification information held by the holding unit match, determines that service provision to the service requester is permitted.

US Pat. No. 10,043,276

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method by which an arithmetic operation unit performs image processing on an input image in which work positions in the input image of a work held by a holding unit imaged by an imaging unit appear preferentially in a plurality of distributed regions on the input image, comprising:a setting process in which the arithmetic operation unit sets searching regions on the input image so as to correspond to the plurality of distributed regions, respectively; and
a detecting process in which the arithmetic operation unit detects the work position by performing pattern matching processing by using a reference image, in a plurality of searching regions that have been set in the setting process, wherein,
in the detecting process, the arithmetic operation unit determines an evaluation value of pattern matching, every time the pattern matching processing is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,039,448

OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic apparatus, comprising:a large area image acquisition unit configured to acquire a large area image of a fundus of an eye to be inspected at a low resolution based on first return light of first measuring light from the fundus;
a small area image acquisition unit configured to acquire a small area image of the fundus at a high resolution based on second return light of second measuring light from the fundus; and
a dichroic prism configured to guide the first measuring light and the second measuring light to a common optical path toward the eye to be inspected, and to separate a return light from the eye to be inspected to the first return light toward the large area image acquisition unit and the second return light toward the small area image acquisition unit,
wherein the large area image acquisition unit includes an optical member having a positive optical power, which is arranged at a position opposite to the eye to be inspected with respect to the dichroic prism.

US Pat. No. 10,043,300

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,044,883

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
an adjustment unit configured to select a type of adjustment processing to be executed for the image forming unit from among a plurality of types of adjustment processing, and to execute the selected type of adjustment processing for the image forming unit;
a determination unit configured to determine a required time of the selected type of adjustment processing; and
a display unit configured to display a remaining time to be taken until the selected type of adjustment processing finishes being executed based on the required time,
wherein the display unit counts down the remaining time,
wherein the display unit controls a resolution of the remaining time based on the selected type of adjustment processing,
wherein the plurality of types of adjustment processing includes a first type of adjustment processing and a second type of adjustment processing,
wherein the first type of adjustment processing is executed again if the first type of adjustment processing fails,
wherein the second type of adjustment processing is not executed again if the second type of adjustment processing fails,
wherein the resolution includes a first resolution corresponding to the first type of adjustment processing and a second resolution corresponding to the second type of adjustment processing, and
wherein the second resolution is finer than the first resolution.

US Pat. No. 10,036,871

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,027,915

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,027,949

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating a panoramic image used for stereo viewing, the apparatus comprising:an image acquiring unit configured to acquire a first image for left eye which is viewed from a first left-eye viewpoint, a first image for right eye which is viewed from a first right-eye viewpoint separated from the first left-eye viewpoint by a predetermined distance, a second image for left eye which is viewed from a second left-eye viewpoint different from the first left-eye viewpoint and has a first overlapping area which is an image area overlapping with the first image for left eye, and a second image for right eye which is viewed from a second right-eye viewpoint separated from the second left-eye viewpoint by the predetermined distance and has a second overlapping area which is an image area overlapping with the second image for right eye;
a positioning unit configured to perform positioning of the first image for left eye and the second image for left eye to be overlapped with the first overlapping area, and positioning of the first image for right eye and the second image for right eye to be overlapped with the second overlapping area;
a decision unit configured to decide a first position which is a position of a seam at which the first image for left eye and the second image for left eye which are positioned by the positioning unit are combined, and a second position which is a position of a seam at which the first image for right eye and the second image for right eye which are positioned by the positioning unit are combined; and
a generation unit configured to synthesize the first image for left eye and the second image for left eye by using the first position to thereby generate a panoramic image for left eye and synthesize the first image for right eye and the second image for right eye by using the second position to thereby generate a panoramic image for right eye, wherein
the decision unit decides a first seam position of the first position and the second position, and then decides a second seam position based on the first seam position and a disparity amount of an object at the first seam position.
US Pat. No. 10,023,673

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,025,212

TONER AND EXTERNAL ADDITIVE FOR TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,025,265

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container, comprising:a frame that forms an opening and accommodates developer;
first and second partition members each of which covers at least a part of the opening; and
an opening member that is arranged at a position that allows contact with the developer, fixes one edge of each of the first and second partition members, and opens the opening by causing the first and second partition members to move, wherein
in a state where at least a part of the opening is covered with the first and second partition members,
the first partition member includes an overlapping part at least a part of which overlaps with the second partition member,
at least a part of the overlapping part overlaps with a part of the opening, and
in a case of opening the opening, the first partition member moves away and separates from a part of the frame forming the opening earlier than the second partition member does
wherein in a case where the overlapping part is set as a first overlapping part, the second partition member includes a second overlapping part that overlaps with the first partition member, and the first overlapping part includes a region that is not welded to the second overlapping part.

US Pat. No. 10,012,741

RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,009,533

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF WITH CONTRAST FOCUS EVALUATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,009,540

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,009,560

IMAGING DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING SIGNAL CHARGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric conversion unit configured to accumulate charges generated by an incident light, a first holding unit and a second holding unit configured to hold the charges, an amplification unit configured to output a signal based on the charges, a first transfer switch provided between the photoelectric conversion unit and the first holding unit, a second transfer switch provided between the photoelectric conversion unit and the second holding unit, a third transfer switch provided between the first holding unit and the amplification unit, and a fourth transfer switch provided between the second holding unit and the amplification unit; and
a controller,
wherein the controller controls the first transfer switch, the second transfer switch, the third transfer switch, and the fourth transfer switch so that:
by being controlled to be on, the first transfer switch transfers, from the photoelectric conversion unit to the first holding unit, actual signal charges accumulated in the photoelectric conversion unit in an exposure period of one frame,
by being maintained to be off from a time when the fourth transfer switch is controlled to be off to a time when again controlled to be on, the second transfer switch does not transfer the actual signal charges from the photoelectric conversion unit to the second holding unit, and
by being controlled to be on after the exposure period, the third transfer switch transfers, from the first holding unit to the amplification unit, the actual signal charges transferred to the first holding unit and first false signal charges accumulated in the first holding unit, and
by being controlled to be on, the fourth transfer switch transfers, from the second holding unit to the amplification unit, a second false signal charges accumulated in the second holding unit.

US Pat. No. 10,005,272

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BODY, IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming method comprising:a step of applying an ink to an image forming surface of an intermediate transfer body to form an intermediate image of a temperature t1;
a step of performing temperature control such that the temperature of the intermediate image changes from the temperate t1 to a temperature t2; and
a step of transferring the intermediate image of the temperature t2 to a recording medium,
wherein the intermediate transfer body includes a surface layer having the image forming surface, an elastic layer, and a heat-insulating layer contiguously in the mentioned order, and
wherein the surface layer, the elastic layer, and the heat-insulating layer satisfy equations 1 to 4:
(C1+C2)×?t?Q,  equation 1:
where C1 is a heat capacity per 1 m2 of the surface layer; C2 is a heat capacity per 1 m2 of the elastic layer; ?t=t2?t1 and ?t>0° C. are satisfied; Q is a heat quantity applied to 1 m2 of a surface of the surface layer by heating at the temperature t1; and Q?50,000 J;
100 MPa?E1?1,000 MPa,  equation 2:
where E1 is a compressive elastic modulus of the surface layer;
0.5 MPa?E2?50 MPa,  equation 3:
where E2 is a compressive elastic modulus of the elastic layer; and
?3?0.13 W/m·K??1??2,  equation 4:
where ?1 is a thermal conductivity of the surface layer; ?2 is a thermal conductivity of the elastic layer; and ?3 is a thermal conductivity of the heat-insulating layer.

US Pat. No. 10,005,278

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a first transistor that includes a first primary terminal, a second primary terminal, and a first control terminal;
a second transistor that includes a third primary terminal, a fourth primary terminal, and a second control terminal; and
a first resistive element,
wherein the first primary terminal and the third primary terminal are connected to a first voltage line,
the second primary terminal and one terminal of the first resistive element are connected to a second voltage line,
the first control terminal, the second control terminal, the fourth primary terminal, and the other terminal of the first resistive element are connected to each other so as to form one node,
a potential change in the third primary terminal is transmitted to the first control terminal via capacitive coupling between the third primary terminal and the one node,
a transmitted potential change at the first control terminal turns on the first transistor, and
the semiconductor device further comprises:
a capacitive element which includes a first terminal connected to the first voltage line and a second terminal;
a third transistor which includes a fifth primary terminal connected to the second terminal, a sixth primary terminal connected to the second voltage line, and a third control terminal; and
a driving unit formed by at least one transistor which includes a fourth transistor and configured to cause an insulation breakdown of the capacitive element by supplying a control signal to the third control terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,004,020

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,002,314

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR EFFICIENTLY ISSUING A PRINT INSTRUCTION TO IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a storage unit configured to store a plurality of settings of a printer driver, wherein the settings of the printer driver include a public portion, specifications of which are disclosed, and a private portion, specifications of which are not disclosed; and
at least one processor configured to operate to:
acquire a job ticket in which print settings are described;
select, based on the print settings described in the job ticket, one setting of the printer driver from the plurality of settings of the printer driver;
cause a print setting corresponding to the public portion of the settings of the printer driver out of the print settings described in the job ticket to be reflected on a print item of the public portion of the selected settings of the printer driver;
generate a PDL by using the printer driver and based on the setting on which the print setting has been reflected;
determine whether or not a print setting corresponding to the private portion of the settings of the printer driver is included in the print settings described in the job ticket;
determine whether or not an item having a different setting from the job ticket is included in the generated PDL;
in a case where it has been determined that the print settings described in the job ticket include a print setting corresponding to the private portion of the settings of the printer driver and in a case where it has been determined that the generated PDL includes an item having a different setting from the job ticket, edit print settings of the generated PDL, based on the print settings described in the job ticket; and
transmit the edited PDL to an image forming apparatus,
wherein, in the case where it has been determined that the print settings described in the job ticket includes a print setting corresponding to the private portion of the settings of the printer driver, the print settings of the generated PDL is edited based on the print setting corresponding to the private portion of the settings of the printer driver out of the print settings described in the job ticket.

US Pat. No. 10,003,949

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first communication interface configured to communicate with an external apparatus through a network using a first wireless communication;
a second communication interface configured to communicate with the external apparatus using a second wireless communication, which is different from the first wireless communication;
a user interface configured to accept an instruction for communicating with the external apparatus using the first communication interface; and
a controller configured to control the communication with the external apparatus by using the first communication interface,
wherein in a case where the communication with the external apparatus is performed using the first wireless communication in response to acceptance of the instruction with a predetermined operation, the controller controls the first communication interface to communicate with the external apparatus with an identifier that is different for each connection,
wherein in a case where the communication with the external apparatus is performed using the first wireless communication in response to the communication with the external apparatus by the second communication interface, the controller controls the first communication interface to communicate with the external apparatus with a predetermined identifier for each connection,
wherein the identifier that is different for each connection includes a common character string, and
wherein the identifier to be used in the case where the communication with the external apparatus is performed using the first wireless communication in response to acceptance of the instruction with the predetermined operation, and the identifier used in the case where the communication with the external apparatus is performed using the first wireless communication in response to the communication with the external apparatus by the second communication interface include the common character string.

US Pat. No. 10,003,735

CALCULATION DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE USING CALCULATION DEVICE AND CALCULATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A calculation device that calculates a defocus amount using a parallax image signal output from an image pickup element, the calculation device comprising:a calculation unit configured to acquire a first correlation signal of the parallax image signal, composite a plurality of the first correlation signals to acquire a second correlation signal, and calculate the defocus amount based on the second correlation signal; and
a detection unit configured to detect a predetermined object, wherein
a composite amount of signals from the image pickup element in acquiring the first correlation signal of a case where a size of the object detected in the detection unit is smaller than a predetermined amount is smaller than a composite amount of signals from the image pickup element in acquiring the first correlation signal of a case where the size of the object detected in the object detection unit is the predetermined amount or more, and
a composite amount of the first correlation signals in acquiring the second correlation signal of a case where the size of the object detected in the object detection unit is smaller than the predetermined amount is larger than a composite amount of the first correlation signals in acquiring the second correlation signal of a case where the size of the object detected in the object detection unit is the predetermined amount or more.

US Pat. No. 9,996,762

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method comprising:performing an image recognition process on input image data by a control device;
determining, by the control device, two extraction regions of the input image data in accordance with a method of the image recognition process performed on the input image data; and
extracting, by the control device, data from the two extraction regions and storing the data,
wherein the image recognition process represents the image recognition process of recognizing a specific portion of an image of the input image data, the specific portion of the image including at least one captured object, and determining the two extraction regions based on the at least one captured object,
wherein the control device performs respective image recognition processes in accordance with a plurality of methods of the image recognition process,
wherein the two extraction regions do not overlap with each other, and
wherein different methods of the image recognition process are applied to respective objects captured in the two extraction regions.

US Pat. No. 9,996,040

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photoreceptor;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photoreceptor based on image data to form an electrostatic latent image on the photoreceptor;
a developing unit, having a rotating member configured to rotate to charge a developer including toner, configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the photoreceptor using the developer;
a sensor configured to detect a density of the toner in the developing unit;
a supply unit configured to supply toner to the developing unit; and
a controller configured to control, based on (i) a rotation time of the rotating member, (ii) a detection result of the sensor, and (iii) a consumption amount, the supply unit to restrict a change amount of a charge amount of the toner in the developing unit to a predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 9,989,674

PLASTICS OPTICAL COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A plastic optical component comprising:a base member made of a first plastic;
a covering member disposed on a surface of the base member, the covering member made of a second plastic,
wherein a water absorption of the first plastic is lower than a water absorption of the second plastic, and a hardness of the second plastic is higher than a hardness of the first plastic, and
wherein the base member has a first surface and a second surface, and the covering member includes a first covering portion disposed on the first surface and a second covering portion disposed on the second surface; and
a rib coupling the first covering portion and the second covering portion,
wherein the rib has widths at a portion in contact with the first covering portion and a portion in contact with the second covering portion, the width at the portion in contact with the first covering portion being in the range of 1/12 to 4/12 relative to the length of the periphery of the first covering portion, the width at the portion in contact with the second covering portion being in the range of 1/12 to 4/12 relative to the length of the periphery of the second covering portion.

US Pat. No. 9,990,955

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE PLAYBACK APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program for causing a computer to execute an image recording method of an image recording apparatus having an imaging unit and a particular operation member, the method comprising:setting one of a plurality of operation modes including a first recording mode and a second recording mode, wherein at least one function associated with operating the particular operation member is changed when the operation mode is changed by the setting unit between the first and second recording modes; and
controlling so as to start or to stop, in a case where the first recording mode is set, in accordance with an operation on the particular operation member, a recording to a recording medium of a moving image captured by the imaging unit, and to control so as to record, in a case where the second recording mode is set, in accordance with an operation on the particular operation member, while continuing recording to the recording medium of a moving image captured by the imaging unit, information indicating a start of a scene which is a portion of the moving image being recorded, or information indicating an end of a scene which is a portion of the moving image being recorded,
wherein when a recording of a moving image is performed in the second recording mode, the recording of the moving image is started in accordance with an operation on the particular operation member but the recording of the moving image is not stopped in accordance with an operation on the particular operation member and the recording of the moving image is stopped in accordance with an operation on a second operation member other than the operation on the particular operation member.

US Pat. No. 9,990,704

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

22. An image processing apparatus comprising: one or more processors; and one or more memories storing a program which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the image processing apparatus to execute: obtaining a brightness range value used during processing for adjusting a dynamic range of display-image data; and generating the display-image data on the basis of the obtained brightness range value, using first image data and brightness difference data expressing a correspondence relationship between gradation values of the first image data and gradation values of second image data having a dynamic range wider than a dynamic range of the first image data, wherein in the generating, when the obtained brightness range value is within a predetermined range, the image processing apparatus generates the display-image data such that when the obtained brightness range value becomes smaller, (1) the dynamic range of the display-image data becomes narrower, and (2) the difference between a maximum gradation value of the dynamic range of the display-image data and a maximum gradation value of the dynamic range of the first image data becomes smaller.

US Pat. No. 9,989,463

MATERIAL CLASSIFICATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for material classification of an object, comprising:accessing parameters for classification by a first controller, wherein the parameters include a selection to select a subset of angles for classification, a selection to select a subset of spectral bands for classification, a selection to capture texture features, and a selection to compute image-level features;
illuminating the object by a light source;
capturing an image of the illuminated object by an image capturing device;
computing a feature vector of the captured image of the illuminated object by a second controller based on the parameters; and
classifying the material from which the object is fabricated by the second controller using the feature vector.

US Pat. No. 9,990,015

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO CONTROL COOLING OPERATION THEREOF BASED ON VARIABLE CONFIGURATION AND COOLING METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

24. A control method for an information processing apparatus that has a cooling device, a temperature sensor and an interface configured to be connectable to a plurality of storage devices, the control method comprising:controlling the cooling device according to a detection result of the temperature sensor in a case where mirroring control for storing same data in plural storage devices is not applied; and
controlling the cooling device without using the detection result of the temperature sensor in a case where the mirroring control is applied.

US Pat. No. 9,992,366

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A copier including a reader for reading an image on a document and generating image data and a printer for printing the image based on the image data, and performing a copy job using the reader and the printer, the copier comprising:a conveyor for conveying a document set on a document setting tray;
a first sensor for detecting a size of the document set on the document setting tray before the conveyor starts to convey the document;
a second sensor for detecting the size of the document while the document is being conveyed by the conveyor;
a user interface for receiving a copy setting for the copy job; and
a controller for selecting, based on at least the copy setting received by the user interface, whether the printer starts to print the image before the reader finishes generating image data for one page or the printer starts to print the image after the reader finishes generating image data for at least one page,
wherein the controller performs the copy job based on the size of the document detected by the first sensor in a case where the controller selects that the printer starts to print the image before the reader finishes generating image data for one page, and
wherein the controller performs the copy job based on the size of the document detected by the second sensor in a case where the controller selects that the printer starts to print the image after the reader finishes generating image data for at least one page.

US Pat. No. 9,992,367

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a sheet comprising:a main body frame;
an operation unit configured to display information and receive an input of data;
a rotation shaft configured to support the operation unit and rotate with respect to the main body frame;
a drive motor configured to rotate the rotation unit, wherein the motor causes the operation unit to rotate between a home position and a position other than the home position by rotating the rotation shaft;
a detection sensor configured to detect a rotation position of the operation unit rotating between the home position and the position other than the home position;
an information reader configured to read user identification information of an ID card;
a processor configured to execute a first rotation operation and a second rotation operation in response to the information reader read user identification information, the first rotation operation is to rotate the motor based on the user identification information such that the operation unit rotates from the home position to a position corresponding to the user identification information, and the second rotation operation is to rotate the motor such that the operation unit rotates back to the home position from the position other than the home position,
wherein the processor stops the first rotation operation in response to the detection sensor detecting the operation unit not rotating for a predetermined period of time and not rotating to a position corresponding to the user identification information while executing the first rotation operation, and executes the second rotation operation in a case where the detection sensor detected the operation unit not positioning at the home position after stopping the first rotation operation.

US Pat. No. 9,992,421

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING FA ZOOM FUNCTION, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to control:
a movement detection unit configured to detect a movement of the image pickup apparatus;
a subject detection unit configured to detect a subject in an image obtained by the image pickup apparatus;
a setting unit configured to set a mode for controlling a zoom operation which mode is individually enabled as a first mode or a second mode; and
a control unit configured to control the zoom operation in accordance with the mode set by the setting unit,
wherein, in the first mode, the control unit controls the zoom operation in accordance with at least one of a position and a size of the subject detected by the subject detection unit,
wherein, in the second mode, the control unit performs a determination of whether to perform a first zoom operation for changing a zoom magnification to a wide-angle side based on a movement amount of the image pickup apparatus, controls the zoom operation based on a result of the determination, performs the first zoom operation when the movement amount of the image pickup apparatus corresponds to a first amount which is larger than a predetermined amount, and performs a second zoom operation for changing the zoom magnification to a telephoto side when a movement amount of the image pickup apparatus detected after execution of the first zoom operation corresponds to a second amount which is smaller than the predetermined amount, and
wherein the setting unit performs switching between the first mode and second mode according to whether or not a subject is detected by the subject detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,992,425

IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM THAT PERFORMS LIGHT EMISSION CONTROL, LIGHT EMISSION DEVICE, LIGHT EMISSION CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup system including an image pickup apparatus, and a light emission device that is incorporated or removably mounted on the image pickup apparatus and is capable of communicating with the image pickup apparatus, the light emission device including a light emission section that emits light, and a drive unit configured to change an irradiation direction of light emitted from the light emission section,the image pickup system comprising:
an exposure condition-setting unit configured to set exposure conditions which are set to the image pickup apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine the irradiation direction of light emitted from the light emission section which is to be changed by said drive unit; and
a light emission condition-setting unit configured to set light emission conditions which are set to the light emission device according to the exposure conditions,
wherein said determination unit determines the irradiation direction of light emitted from the light emission section, based on the exposure conditions set by said exposure condition-setting unit, and the light emission conditions set by said light emission condition-setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,992,438

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD FOR SETTING A METHOD FOR CODING IMAGE DATA OUTPUT FROM AN IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus for communicating with at least one of a first external apparatus and a second external apparatus via a network, the imaging apparatus comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory for storing instructions to be executed by the hardware processor, wherein when the instructions stored in the memory are executed by the hardware processor, the imaging apparatus functions as:
an imaging unit configured to capture an image of an object;
a coding unit configured to encode the image captured by the imaging unit;
a reception unit configured to receive setting commands, which can be used to set parameters to be used by the coding unit, from the first external apparatus or the second external apparatus via the network, wherein the first external apparatus transmits a first setting command and the second external apparatus transmits a second setting command different from the first setting command;
a storage unit configured to store a first parameter included in the first setting command into a first storage area and store a second parameter included in the second setting command into a second storage area; and
a conversion unit configured to convert a format of the first parameter stored in the first storage area into a format corresponding to the second setting command and store a converted first parameter into the second storage area.

US Pat. No. 9,989,915

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, said electrophotographic image forming apparatus comprising:a rotatable main assembly engaging portion;
a rotatable development rotary member;
a function member; and
a developing cartridge detachably mountable to said development rotary member, said developing cartridge including:
a casing;
a developing roller, provided in said casing, configured to rotate and carry developer;
a developing supplying roller, provided in said casing, configured to rotate and supply the developer to said developing roller;
a coupling member configured to receive a rotational force for rotating said developing roller, said coupling member being movable between a first position in which a rotational axis of said coupling member is parallel to a rotational axis of said developing roller and a second position in which the rotational axis of said coupling member is inclined relative to the rotational axis of said developing roller; and
a non-elastic member, provided adjacent to said coupling member, movable between a contact position in which said non-elastic member contacts said coupling member to urge said coupling member to the second position and a spaced position in which said non-elastic member is spaced from said coupling member,
wherein said non-elastic member is movable from the spaced position to the contact position by being abutted by said function member in response to movement of said developing cartridge when said development rotary member rotates.

US Pat. No. 9,986,109

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of instructing a facsimile transmission by controlling a device capable of transmission of a facsimile, the information processing apparatus comprising:a processor coupled to a memory and configured to function as:
a designation unit configured to designate a document which is a transmission target;
a specifying unit configured to specify destination information related to a transmission destination of the document designated by the designation unit;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether or not a communication mode is designated in the destination information specified by the specifying unit;
a second determination unit configured to determine whether or not a driver for causing the device to perform a facsimile transmission supports the communication mode; and
a control unit configured to:
(i) in a case where the first determination unit determines that the communication mode is designated in the destination information and the second determination unit determines that the driver supports the designated communication mode, cause the facsimile transmission to be performed in accordance with the designated communication mode,
(ii) in a case where the first determination unit determines that the communication mode is not designated in the destination information and the second determination unit determines that the driver supports a communication mode other than G3, display a screen via which a user selects a communication mode for performing the facsimile transmission, and
(iii) in a case where the first determination unit determines that the communication mode is not designated in the destination information and the second determination unit determines that the driver only supports G3, cause the facsimile transmission to be performed by G3.

US Pat. No. 9,985,780

HASH VALUE GENERATING DEVICE THAT PERFORMS ROUND PROCESSING OF A HASH ALGORITHM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A hash value generating device comprising:a ? processor operating to perform ? processing included in round processing of Secure Hash Algorithm 3 (SHA-3 algorithm);
a ? processor operating to perform ? processing included in the round processing;
a ? processor operating to perform ? processing included in the round processing;
a ? processor operating to perform ? processing included in the round processing; and
an ? processor operating to perform ? processing included in the round processing,
wherein the ? processor includes a ?1 processor operating to calculate column sum and a ?2 processor operating to add the calculated column sum to a predetermined bit, and
wherein, in the round processing, the ? processor performs processing before the ?2 processor and the ? processor perform processing and after the ? processor performs processing.

US Pat. No. 9,977,638

JOB DELECTION CONTROL METHOD FOR AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for a data processing apparatus comprising:executing a transmission job for transmitting data;
storing, in a storage, history information of the executed transmission job;
receiving, from a user, a setting as to whether or not to delete a transmission job in which a communication error has occurred;
controlling, in accordance with the received setting, whether or not to delete the transmission job in which the communication error has occurred; and
controlling such that, in a case where a transmission job for transmitting the history information stored in the storage is executed, the transmission job for transmitting the history information stored in the storage, in which the communication error has occurred, is not deleted regardless of the received setting.

US Pat. No. 9,977,385

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a fixing film for fixing a toner image formed on a recording material;
first and second fixing heaters configured to heat the fixing film, wherein the first fixing heater has a high heat generation region at a center portion in a width direction of a fixing nip portion and the second fixing heater has a high heat generation region at an end portion in the width direction of the fixing nip portion;
a center portion temperature detection unit configured to detect a center portion temperature of a center portion of the fixing film in the width direction;
an end portion temperature detection unit configured to detect an end portion temperature of an end portion of the fixing film in the width direction;
a size detection unit configured to detect a size of the recording material; and
a control unit configured to control a heat generation amount of the first fixing heater and the second fixing heater based on the center portion temperature, the end portion temperature, and the size of the recording material, wherein the control unit is configured:
(i) in a case when the size of the recording material detected by the size detection unit is smaller than a predetermined value, to control heat generation amounts of the first fixing heater and the second fixing heater in a first control mode in which an energization ratio of the first fixing heater is preferentially determined and then an energization ratio of the second fixing heater is determined based on the energization ratio of the first fixing heater, and
(ii) in a case when the size of the recording material detected by the size detection unit is larger than the predetermined value, to control heat generation amounts of the first fixing heater and the second fixing heater in a second control mode in which an energization ratio of the first fixing heater and an energization ratio of the second fixing heater are respectively determined based on a difference between the center portion temperature and the end portion temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,977,388

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS A REMAINING AMOUNT OF RECORDING MATERIAL, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR DISPLAYING A REMAINING AMOUNT OF RECORDING MATERIAL IN AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for performing image formation using a recording material stored in a container, the image forming apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing computer executable instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to:
identify, based on an output of a remaining amount sensor, that a remaining amount of the recording material reaches a first threshold indicating a low amount of the recording material and that the remaining amount of the recording material reaches a second threshold indicating a lower amount of the recording material than the first threshold;
calculate a consumed amount of the recording material based on a dot count of a raster data used in the image formation;
estimate a current value indicating a current remaining amount of the recording material based on at least information indicating the calculated consumed amount of the recording material and the identification based on the output of the remaining amount sensor,
wherein, upon condition that it is identified based on the output of the remaining amount sensor that the remaining amount of the recording material has reached the first threshold in a state where the estimated current value has not reached the first threshold, correction processing is performed such that the current value reaches the first threshold,
wherein, upon condition that the estimated current value has reached the first threshold and it is not identified based on the output of the remaining amount sensor that the remaining amount of the recording material has reached the first threshold, the estimation is controlled such that the estimated current value is maintained at the first threshold even in a case where an image formation in which the recording material is consumed is performed,
wherein, upon condition that the estimated current value has reached the first threshold and it is identified based on the output of the remaining amount sensor that the remaining amount of the recording material has reached the first threshold, control is performed to estimate the current value indicating the current remaining amount of the recording material based on the at least information indicating the calculated consumed amount of the recording material and the identification based on the output of the remaining amount sensor instead of the control performed to maintain the estimated current value at the first threshold,
wherein, upon condition that the estimated current value has reached the second threshold and it is not identified based on the output of the remaining amount sensor that the remaining amount of the recording material has reached the second threshold, control is performed to maintain the current value at the second threshold even in a case where an image formation in which the recording material is consumed is performed, and
wherein, upon condition that it is identified based on the output of the remaining amount sensor that the remaining amount of the recording material has reached the second threshold, control is performed to shift the image forming apparatus to a state where execution of an image formation in which the recording material is consumed is not accepted; and
display, on a displaying unit, information indicating the remaining amount of the recording material based on the predicted current value.

US Pat. No. 9,979,968

METHOD, A DEVICE, A MEDIUM FOR VIDEO DECODING THAT INCLUDES ADDING AND REMOVING MOTION INFORMATION PREDICTORS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of decoding a bitstream comprising a sequence of digital images encoded using inter prediction, the method comprising the steps of:generating a set of motion information predictors including at least one motion information predictor from among one or more potential motion information predictors for inclusion in the generated set, each potential motion information predictor being associated with an image portion having a predetermined spatial relationship with an image portion being decoded,
wherein if the one or more potential motion information predictors for inclusion in the generated set contains one or more duplicates, the set of motion information predictors is generated without at least one of the duplicates and one or more additional motion information predictors are added until a number of motion information predictors in the generated set is a target number.

US Pat. No. 9,976,897

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a radiation detection panel configured to detect radiation irradiated by a radiation generation unit;
a first member and second member arranged on a radiation-incident direction side;
a third member and fourth member arranged on a side opposite to the radiation-incident direction side; and
a housing containing the radiation detection panel and at least the fourth member,
wherein the fourth member is configured as a base which supports the radiation detection panel, and
wherein the second member is arranged between the first member and the radiation detection panel,
the third member is arranged between the radiation detection panel and the fourth member and in contact with the radiation detection panel,
the second member and the third member are lower in elastic modulus than the first member and the fourth member, and
the elastic modulus of the second member is lower than the elastic modulus of the third member.

US Pat. No. 9,979,979

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CODING IMAGE, PROGRAM THEREFOR, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR DECODING IMAGE, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image coding apparatus comprising:a division unit configured to divide an input image into a plurality of blocks, at least one of the blocks being divided into subblocks so as to form a quadtree;
a decision unit configured to decide respective quantization parameters of the subblocks;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a first difference value between a first quantization parameter of a first subblock of the subblocks and a second quantization parameter of a second subblock of the subblocks, the first subblock to be coded before the second subblock, and to acquire a second difference value between a third quantization parameter of a third subblock of the subblocks and a value corresponding to an average of quantization parameters of subblocks which are to be coded before the third subblock; and
a coding unit configured to code the first difference value and the second difference value.

US Pat. No. 9,979,231

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power reception apparatus comprising:a power reception unit configured to wirelessly receive power from a power supply apparatus;
a first detection unit configured to detect a voltage of the power received by the power reception unit;
a second detection unit configured to detect a voltage output from a battery;
a load unit; and
a control unit configured to control supply of the power received by the power reception unit to the load unit according to a detection result of the first detection unit and a detection result of the second detection unit,
wherein, in a case where a voltage detected by the first detection unit is lower than a first predetermined value, the control unit limits supply of power which is received by the power reception unit to the load unit based on the detection result of the second detection in order to keep power for supplying to the control unit, and
wherein, in a case where the voltage detected by the first detection unit is higher than or equal to the first predetermined value, the control unit does not limit supply of power which is received by the power reception unit to the load unit regardless of the detection result of the second detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,978,005

PRINTER FOR DRAWING BOLD CHARACTER, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printer comprising:a printing device;
a network interface configured to receive data for drawing a character, wherein the data for drawing the character is a drawing command described in a page description language; and
a data processing unit including at least one processor and a memory storing instructions executed by the at least one processor, wherein the data processing unit acts as:
a drawing unit configured to, based on the data for drawing the character, draw the character multiple times by varying a drawing position of the character each time,
wherein the drawing performed multiple times includes at least drawing at a first drawing position, drawing at a second drawing position different from the first drawing position in a horizontal direction only, and drawing at a third drawing position different from the first drawing position in a vertical direction only;
a conversion unit configured to convert a drawing result obtained by performing the drawing multiple times into display list data; and
a rasterization unit configured to perform rasterization based on at least the display list data to generate a raster image of a page printed by the printing device.

US Pat. No. 9,977,306

ELECTROCHROMIC DEVICE, OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrochromic device comprising:a pair of electrodes; and
an electrochromic layer disposed between the pair of electrodes and containing different electrochromic materials having the same polarity,
wherein, in the case where two materials are selected from the different electrochromic materials having the same polarity in descending order of maximum absorbance under a situation in which the electrochromic layer is in a colored state, diffusion coefficients of the two materials are the same or are different from each other and,
wherein, in the case where the diffusion coefficients of the two materials are different from each other, a diffusion coefficient D2min of a material that is one of the two materials and has a smaller diffusion coefficient than the other material in the two materials, a diffusion coefficient D2max of the other material that is in the two materials and has a larger diffusion coefficient than the material, and maximum absorbance H2 of the other material having the larger diffusion coefficient under the situation in which the electrochromic layer is in the colored state satisfy Formula
1?D2max/D2min?(1+0.146/H2)2  (5).

US Pat. No. 9,979,874

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND PIXEL SCANNING METHOD FOR IMAGE GENERATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image pickup device that includes a plurality of imaging pixels configured to capture an object image, and focus detection pixels arranged in an arrangement of the plurality of imaging pixels;
a CPU that controls to perform a first vertical scanning for image generation in which signals of the pixels included in a plurality of rows that do not include the focus detection pixels are read out and, before or after the first vertical scanning in a readout period of one frame, to perform a second vertical scanning for focus detection in which signals of the pixels included in a plurality of rows that include the focus detection pixels are read out; and
a digital signal processor that performs different correction processes for signals read out by the first vertical scanning and the second vertical scanning in each one frame,
wherein said CPU controls to perform the first vertical scanning at a first predetermined thinning rate in a first readout node and to perform the first vertical scanning at a second predetermined thinning rate different from the first predetermined thinning rate in a second readout mode to acquire a plurality of sequential object images,
wherein the focus detection pixels are arranged at a plurality of rows which are thinned out in the first vertical scanning in the first readout mode and also thinned out in the first vertical scanning in the second readout mode,
wherein said CPU controls to perform a third vertical scanning for still image generation in which signals are read out without thinning, and
wherein the digital signal processor performs correction processing for signals read out from defective pixels included in the plurality of imaging pixels and focus detection pixels by third vertical scanning, and perform the different correction processing for signals read out from focus detection pixels by the first vertical scanning and the second vertical scanning.

US Pat. No. 9,977,346

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus comprising:a first processing device supported by a base and configured to form a pattern on a substrate;
a first actuator configured to exert an action to the first processing device;
a detector configured to detect vibrations of the base at a position between the first processing device and a first mechanism supported by the base; and
a first controller configured to control the first actuator to reduce vibrations generated in the mechanism and transferred to the first processing device through the base,
wherein the first controller is configured to estimate a first signal component, caused by vibrations generated in the first processing device and transferred to the base, of an output signal from the detector, and control the first actuator based on a first signal obtained by removing the estimated first signal component from the output signal.

US Pat. No. 9,977,353

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising an electro-conductive mandrel and an electro-conductive layer, whereinthe electro-conductive layer comprises an anion and a polymeric binder resin having at least one partial structure selected from the group consisting of partial structures represented by formulae (1) to (7) in a molecule of the polymeric binder resin:

wherein R101 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, R102 represents CmH2m (wherein m is 2 to 16) or (C2H4O)1C2H4 (wherein 1 is 1 to 8), and A represents the following structural formula:

wherein R103 to R109 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, n represents 1 or 2, and B? represents a methylene group or an oxygen atom;

wherein R201 and R202 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, R203 and R204 each independently represent CmH2m (wherein m is 2 to 16) or (C2H4O)1C2H4 (wherein 1 is 1 to 8), and C? represents the following structural formula:

wherein R205 and R206 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, n represents 1 or 2, and D represents a methylene group or an oxygen atom;

wherein R301 to R303 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, R304 to R306 each independently represent CmH2m (wherein m is 2 to 16) or (C2H4O)LC2H4 (wherein 1 is 1 to 8), and R307 represents an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms;

wherein R401 to R404 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, and R405 to R408 each independently represent CmH2m (wherein m is 2 to 16) or (C2H4O)1C2H4 (wherein 1 is 1 to 8);

wherein R501 and R502 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, R503 to R505 each independently represent CmH2m (wherein m is 2 to 16) or (C2H4O)LC2H4 (wherein 1 is 1 to 8), G represents a nitrogen atom or a methine group, and F? represents the following structural formula:

wherein R506 to R512 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, n represents 1 or 2, and H? represents a methylene group or an oxygen atom;

wherein R601 to R603 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, R604 to R607 each independently represent CmH2m (wherein m is 2 to 16) or (C2H4O)1C2H4 (wherein 1 is 1 to 8), I? represents a nitrogen cation or a carbon atom, and J represents the following structural formula:

wherein R608 to R614 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, n represents 1 or 2, and K? represents a methylene group or an oxygen atom; and

wherein R701 to R704 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, R705 to R710 each independently represent CmH2m (wherein m is 2 to 16) or (C2H4O)1C2H4 (wherein 1 is 1 to 8), L and L? each represent a nitrogen atom or a methine group, and M represents the following structural formula:

wherein R711 and R712 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 16 carbon atoms, n represents 1 or 2, and P? represents a methylene group or an oxygen atom.

US Pat. No. 9,971,248

SHUTTER UNIT, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. A shutter unit for a lithography apparatus form forming a pattern of an original on a substrate, the shutter unit comprising:a first plate having a light passing region through which light passes; and
a shutter having a first light shielding portion and a second light shielding portion overlapping each other,
wherein the first light shielding portion and the second light shielding portion are disposed so that the light passing region and part of the first plate are sandwiched between the first light shielding portion and the second light shield portion while the shutter is closed.

US Pat. No. 9,971,554

RESOLVING PRINT SETTING CONFLICTS IN AN IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memory devices storing executable instructions, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to perform operations comprising:
performing initialization of a first module which performs conflict resolving processing for resolving a conflict between two print settings, wherein the print settings include a print setting that is received on an application; and
performing control, if the application receives a change in the print setting and initialization of the first module is completed, to perform the conflict resolving processing by the first module and, if an instruction to terminate the application is received and initialization of the first module is not completed, to call a function of conflict resolving processing by a second module that is an external module of the application, the function being the second module.

US Pat. No. 9,971,557

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a computer program that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to perform:
uploading first data to an external information processing apparatus after receiving an instruction for printing from a user of the information processing apparatus;
receiving a download URL specifying a location of image data, wherein the image data is created by the external information processing apparatus by converting the uploaded first data;
downloading the image data based on the received download URL; transmitting the downloaded image data to an image forming apparatus;
receiving, from the user of the information processing apparatus during the download of the image data, an instruction for canceling a processing for downloading the image data; and
requesting, using the download URL, the external information processing apparatus to delete the image data that is stored in the location specified with the download URL if the instruction for canceling the processing for downloading the image data is received during the download of the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,968,263

PROBE, SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE PROBE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A probe comprising:a transducer having elements and extraction electrodes of the elements;
flexible wiring boards having wiring electrically connected to the extraction electrodes;
an acoustic lens having stepped portions, the acoustic lens being provided on the elements; and
a substrate to support the elements and the extraction electrodes,
wherein the acoustic lens is butted against end portions of the flexible wiring boards in a contact state at the stepped portions and fixed,
wherein the flexible wiring boards are disposed at edge portions on the substrate in a bent state, and
wherein a protrusion defined by the stepped portions of the acoustic lens is provided to fit into a recessed portion formed by the substrate and end portions of the flexible wiring boards disposed in at least a pair of two edge sides of the substrate, and the bottom surface of the protrusion is bonded to the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,973,653

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory having instructions stored thereon, which when executed by the at least one processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:
divide image data obtained by reading a document into a plurality of regions,
acquire variance values of pixel values obtained from the image data of each divided region, and determine whether the document is blank using the acquired variance values,
acquire edge counts from the image data of respective divided regions, and determine whether the document is blank using the acquired edge counts, and
determine that the document has content in a case where at least one of:
1) a result of the determination whether the document is blank using the acquired variance values, or
2) a result of the determination whether the document is blank using the acquired edge counts,
indicates a determination result that the document has content.

US Pat. No. 9,973,660

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING TEST PATTERN ON SHEET USING COLORING MATERIAL OF PLURALITY OF COLORS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image former configured to form an image on a sheet;
a sheet conveyer configured to convey the sheet along a conveyance path;
a sensor assembly configured to measure reflected light from a test sheet conveyed by the sheet conveyer, the sensor assembly including a first sensor and a second sensor, the second sensor being provided at a position different from a position of the first sensor in a direction perpendicular to a conveyance direction in which the sheet is conveyed by the sheet conveyer; and
a controller configured to control the image former to form, on the sheet, a plurality of measurement images for creating the test sheet, to control the sheet conveyer to convey the test sheet, to control the sensor assembly to measure the reflected light from the test sheet, and to generate information regarding a color of the plurality of measurement images based on a measurement result obtained by the sensor assembly,
wherein the controller controls the image former to form a first plurality of measurement images for creating a first test sheet, and controls the image former to form a second plurality of measurement images for creating a second test sheet,
wherein the controller detects a sensor that has output an abnormal measurement result, based on a measurement result regarding reflected light from a first predetermined region of the first test sheet obtained by the sensor assembly, and based on a measurement result regarding reflected light from a second predetermined region of the second test sheet obtained by the sensor assembly,
wherein the first predetermined region corresponds to a region on which the first plurality of measurement images are not formed, and
wherein the second predetermined region corresponds to a region on which the second plurality of measurement images are not formed.

US Pat. No. 9,969,579

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:an openable member provided on an apparatus body;
a conveyance roller pair comprising a first conveyance roller provided in the apparatus body and a second conveyance roller configured to come into pressure contact with the first conveyance roller;
a holding member configured to rotatably hold the second conveyance roller and slidable in a pressing direction in which the second conveyance roller is pressed against the first conveyance roller;
an urging member configured to urge the holding member in the pressing direction; and
a reduction portion configured to reduce a force applied to the openable member by the urging member when the openable member is opened or closed,
wherein the reduction portion comprises
a swingable member swingably supported by the openable member and movable to a first position and a second position, the first position being a position at which the swingable member causes the second conveyance roller to be pressed against the first conveyance roller, and the second position being a position at which the swingable member causes the second conveyance roller to be separated from the first conveyance roller, and
an abut portion which is provided in the apparatus body and against which the swingable member abuts,
wherein the urging member is disposed between the swingable member and the holding member and configured to urge the swingable member to swing toward the abut portion, and
wherein the swingable member, in a case of closing the openable member, abuts the abut portion and moves to the first position along with movement of the openable member in a closing direction while compressing the urging member and, in a case of opening the openable member, moves to the second position along with movement of the openable member in an opening direction while abutting the abut portion.

US Pat. No. 9,971,901

CONTENT MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND CONTENT MANAGEMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A content management apparatus for providing a content management service that manages contents, the content management apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory coupled with the processor, the memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
acquiring, from a posting management service provided by a posting management server, information of groups which are used for the posting management service when receiving a registration screen display request from a client apparatus of a first user, wherein the registration screen display request is a request for displaying a registration screen that causes the first user to designate a new content to be registered and a selected group for which a message is to be posted, wherein the posting management server provides the posting management service that manages messages and comments posted by users, and wherein the posting management server is different from the content management apparatus;
providing the registration screen to the client apparatus of the first user, wherein the registration screen causes the first user to designate the new content to be registered into the content management service, and wherein the registration screen further causes the first user to designate, from the acquired information of groups, a selected group for which a message is to be posted;
receiving, from the client apparatus of the first user, a registration request including the new content and information of the selected group for which a message is to be posted, wherein the selected group is designated from the acquired information of groups by the first user;
storing, in the content management service provided by the content management apparatus, the received new content and content information of the stored new content that is associated with the received information of the selected group;
transmitting a posting request for writing information of storage destination as a message in a group region corresponding to the selected group of the posting management server, wherein the written information of storage destination is required to access the stored new content;
acquiring, when receiving an access request for accessing the stored new content from a second user using the written information of storage destination, group information of the second user from the posting management server; and
determining whether or not the received access request is to be approved, based on the acquired group information of the second user and the information of the selected group being stored in association with the content information of the stored new content corresponding to the access request.

US Pat. No. 9,967,408

INFORMATION SETTING APPARATUS, INFORMATION MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, INFORMATION GENERATION APPARATUS, AND METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system, comprising an information setting apparatus, an information management apparatus, an information generation apparatus, and an imaging apparatus being communicable with the information setting apparatus and the information generation apparatus, whereinthe imaging apparatus comprises:
a first processor; and
a first memory storing a program which, when executed by the first processor, causes the imaging apparatus to:
generate a main image and a sub image, a data amount of the sub image being smaller than a data amount of the main image;
store the main image and the sub image in association with an image ID;
transmit the image ID and the sub image to the information setting apparatus; and
transmit the image ID and the main image to the information generation apparatus which is different from the information setting apparatus,
the information setting apparatus comprises:
a second processor; and
a second memory storing a program which, when executed by the second processor, causes the information setting apparatus to:
execute a development process on the sub image and set an adjustment value for use in the development process; and
transmit the image ID and the adjustment value to the information management apparatus,
the information management apparatus comprises:
a third processor; and
a third memory storing a program which, when executed by the third processor, causes the information management apparatus to:
store the image ID and the adjustment value in association with each other;
receive the image ID from the information generation apparatus; and
transmit the adjustment value stored in association with the image ID to the information generation apparatus, and
the information generation apparatus comprises
a fourth processor; and
a fourth memory storing a program which, when executed by the fourth processor, causes the information generation apparatus to:
execute a development process on the main image using the adjustment value and generate the results of the development process.

US Pat. No. 9,967,412

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
receive a request from a supported device to notify the supported device of a relay identifier, the relay identifier being used to communicate information between the supported device and a supporting device;
determine, among a plurality of relay identifiers managed by the information processing apparatus, a relay identifier which is not being used by another supported device; and
notify the supported device of the determined relay identifier which is not being used by another supported device,
wherein the information communicated between the supported device and the supporting device includes at least one of remote operation instruction data, information indicating at least one way of using the supported device, and information for solving troubles which occurred in the supported device.

US Pat. No. 9,967,417

MANAGING APPARATUS POWER STATES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising a main device, a first sub-device communicably connected to the main device, and a second sub-device communicably connected to the main device, wherein:the first sub-device determines a power state to which the first sub-device shifts, notifies the main device of a first time period corresponding to the determined power state and shifts to the determined power state,
the second sub-device notifies the main device of a second time period, and
wherein the main device determines a power state to which the main device shifts based on the first time period notified from the first sub-device and the second time period notified from the second sub-device, and shifts to the power state determined by the main device.

US Pat. No. 9,967,427

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, METHODS OF RESPECTIVELY CONTROLLING THEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication system in which a remote supporting apparatus and a print server are connected via a server apparatus, and a printer is connected to the print server,wherein the remote supporting apparatus comprises:
a first memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes instructions out of the instructions to
transmit a remote control connection request to the printer via the server apparatus and the print server,
the print server comprises:
a second memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes instructions out of the instructions to
relay communication between the remote supporting apparatus and the printer, and
the printer comprises:
a third memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes instructions out of the instructions to:
in accordance with receiving the remote control connection request from the remote supporting apparatus via the server apparatus and the print server, transfer the remote control connection request to the print server to control the print server by the printer; and
execute remote control communication with the remote supporting apparatus via the server apparatus and the print server, and perform remote control communication with the print server to control the print server by the printer.

US Pat. No. 9,967,451

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD THAT DETERMINE WHETHER AN OBJECT EXISTS IN A REFOCUSABLE RANGE ON THE BASIS OF DISTANCE INFORMATION AND PUPIL DIVISION OF PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERTERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an image pickup device having a plurality of photoelectric converters configured to receive light fluxes from an object that have passed through different pupil areas, the image pickup device having a first image pickup device configured to pick up an optical image of the object;
a distance information generator configured to detect light from the object and to generate distance information regarding a distance of the object, wherein the distance information generator is different from the image pickup device, the distance information generator having a second image pickup device configured to pick up the optical image of the object, wherein the distance information generator (i) generates an image signal for performing a focus detection by the second image pickup device, (ii) generates an image shift amount in the second image pickup device using the image signal, (iii) generates the distance information on the basis of the image shift amount, and (iv) generates information of a maximum refocus amount of the image pickup device on the basis of information of a pixel pitch of the first image pickup device and a pixel pitch of the second image pickup device;
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the object exists in a refocusable range in a process to an image signal obtained by an image pickup of the image pickup device, after the image pickup, on the basis of the distance information and a pupil division construction of the plurality of photoelectric converters; and
a control unit configured to control the image pickup of the object by the image pickup device in accordance with a result of the determination by the determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,964,889

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS SUPPLY BIAS FOR SUPPLYING AND COLLECTING DEVELOPER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image carrier configured to be driven to rotate and on which an electrostatic latent image is to be formed;
a development unit configured to develop, using a developer, the electrostatic latent image formed on the image carrier and form a developer image in a region where the image carrier faces the development unit;
a supply unit configured to output a supply bias, supply the developer to the development unit, and collect the developer from the development unit;
a reception unit configured to receive image data;
an analysis unit configured to analyze a non-image region where the developer image is not formed from the image data; and
a control unit configured to control the supply bias in accordance with a length of the non-image region where the developer image is not formed in a rotation direction of the image carrier,
wherein the control unit is further configured to control, if the length of the non-image region is longer than or equal to a predetermined length, the supply bias so as to collect the developer from the development unit during a time period from a timing that is a predetermined time period earlier than when a position of the image carrier corresponding to the non-image region starts to pass through the region where the image carrier faces the development unit to a timing that is the predetermined time period earlier than when the position of the image carrier corresponding to the non-image region finishes passing through the region where the image carrier faces the development unit,
the development unit is a development roller, and
the predetermined length is a circumferential length of the development roller.

US Pat. No. 9,967,464

IMAGE REPRODUCING APPARATUS, IMAGE REPRODUCING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reproducing apparatus comprising:at least one processor or circuitry that performs:
reproducing, as a moving image, moving image data which is a moving image in which an image shake is corrected based on an output, and reproducing a predetermined frame image of the moving image data as a still image; and
adding a motion blur produced by an interframe motion to the frame image,
wherein, when reproducing the moving image data as the moving image, the reproducing reproduces the moving image with a motion blur based on first shake information arising between frame images of the moving image data added,
wherein, when reproducing the moving image data as the still image, the reproducing reproduces the still image without a motion blur based on the first shake information added,
wherein, based on the output, correction is made to an image shake arising in an exposure period of each frame image of the moving image data, and
wherein, based on the output and a result of the correction, the reproducing calculates an amount of image movement between frame images of the moving image data to generate the first shake information.

US Pat. No. 9,967,483

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH FLASH BAND COMPENSATION TECHNIQUE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a lens unit configured to have a zoom function;
an image pickup device configured to sequentially start exposure and sequentially read out signals for each row of pixels;
a signal processing unit configured to generate image information based on image signals output from the image pickup device;
a storage unit configured to hold, in a memory unit, the image information generated by the signal processing unit;
a detection unit configured to, based on the image information held in the memory unit, detect a flash band that is caused by an external flash and extending across a plurality of frames;
a correction unit configured to correct the frames in which the flash band was detected by the detection unit to an image having no different levels of luminance; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate a zoom change ratio of the lens unit,
wherein the correction unit corrects the frames according to the zoom change ratio when the calculated zoom change ratio does not fall inside of a predetermined first range.

US Pat. No. 9,967,497

IMAGING APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus provided with a plurality of chips including a first chip and a second chip, each of the first chip and the second chip comprising:a plurality of pixels each configured to photoelectrically convert incident light to generate an optical signal;
an output circuit configured to output a signal based on the optical signal output from each of the plurality of pixels;
a current consumption circuit provided separately from the plurality of pixels and the output circuit,
wherein the first chip and the second chip are electrically connected to a current supply line in common, and a supply current is provided from the current supply line to the output circuit and the current consumption circuit of each of the first chip and the second chip,
wherein the output circuit of each of the first chip and the second chip consumes more supply current in a second state than in a first state,
wherein, in a first period in a first case and a second case, the output circuit of each of the first chip and the second chip is in the first state,
wherein in the first case, the output circuit of the first chip and the output circuit of the second chip operate serially, and in the second case, the output circuit of the first chip and the output circuit of the second chip operate in parallel,
wherein, in the first case, in a second period after the first period, the output circuit of the first chip is in the second state, and the output circuit of the second chip is in the first state,
wherein, in the second case, in the second period, the output circuit of each of the first chip and the second chip is in the second state,
wherein, in the first case and the second case, a current consumption amount of the current consumption circuit of each of the first chip and the second chip in the first period is larger than that in the second period, and
wherein a current consumption amount of the current consumption circuit of each of the first chip and the second chip in the first period in the second case is larger than a current consumption amount of the current consumption circuit of each of the first chip and the second chip in the first case, such that a difference between a current consumption amount in the first period and a current consumption amount in the second period is reduced.

US Pat. No. 9,965,473

SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system in which data stored in a first information processing apparatus is migrated to a second information processing apparatus,wherein a client apparatus is capable of updating the data stored in a first database of the first information processing apparatus by requesting to the first information processing apparatus,
wherein the first information processing apparatus comprises:
a memory storing first instructions; and
a processor which is capable of executing the first instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
export migration target data that is stored in the first database;
store an operation history for the data; and
record time information indicating a time of exporting performed at each time when migration target data is exported,
wherein all of the data stored in the first database is exported, if the time information is not recorded,
wherein the second information processing apparatus comprises:
a memory storing second instructions; and
a processor which is capable of executing the second instructions causing the second information processing apparatus to:
perform an import process for importing the exported data into a second database comprised of a management system which is different from a management system of the first database,
wherein, during the import process, the client apparatus is capable of updating the data stored in the first database, not the second database, by requesting to the first information processing apparatus,
wherein, if the time information is recorded and the data stored in the first database has been updated during the import process, the time information and information regarding an update date of the data stored in the first database are compared and data updated at the time indicated by the time information or subsequent to the time indicated by the time information, of the data stored in the first database, is exported as difference data of migration target,
wherein an import process for importing the difference data into the second database is performed,
wherein information regarding data that has been subjected to at least one of movement and deletion at the time indicated by the time information or subsequent to the time indicated by the time information is exported,
wherein, if an update with respect to the data is an update of actual data, the updated actual data and property information of the data are exported,
wherein, if an update with respect to the data is deletion or movement, the property information of the data is exported, and
wherein the time information and the operation history are further compared and information regarding data that has been subjected to at least one of movement and deletion at or subsequent to the time indicated by the time information is exported.

US Pat. No. 9,966,778

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a first switch unit configured to be connected between an electrical load and a battery;
a second switch unit configured to be connected between the electrical load and the battery, and configured to be connected in parallel with the first switch unit;
a first control unit that controls the first switch unit to charge the battery with a first power supplied from an external apparatus to the electronic apparatus; and
a second control unit that controls the second switch unit based on whether the first power is supplied from the external apparatus to the electronic apparatus,
wherein in a case where the first power is not supplied from the external apparatus to the electronic apparatus, the second control unit controls the second switch unit to supply a second power from the battery to the electrical load via the second switch unit.

US Pat. No. 9,962,950

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a recording head including
a first recording element row where a plurality of recording elements configured to generate energy to discharge a first type of ink are arrayed in a predetermined direction, and
a second recording element row where a plurality of recording elements configured to generate energy to discharge a second type of ink, that is different from the first type of ink, are arrayed in the predetermined direction;
a scanning unit configured to execute
a first scan of the recording head over a unit region on a recording medium, K (K?1) times in a first direction following an intersecting direction intersecting the predetermined direction, and
a second scan of the recording head over the unit region, L (L?1) times in a second direction opposite to the first direction;
a first generating unit configured to generate K+L sets of first recording data stipulating discharge or non-discharge of the first type of ink, as to each of a plurality of pixels, corresponding to the K+L scans by the scanning unit, based on first image data that corresponds to an image to be recorded in the unit region and stipulates a plurality of combinations of number of times of discharge of the first type of ink to each of the plurality of pixel regions, and K+L first mask patterns corresponding to the K+L scans by the scanning unit and stipulating a plurality of combinations of number of times of discharge of the first type ink to each of the plurality of pixel regions;
a second generating unit configured to generate K+L sets of second recording data stipulating discharge or non-discharge of the second type of ink, as to each of a plurality of pixels, corresponding to the K+L scans by the scanning unit, based on second image data that corresponds to an image to be recorded in the unit region and stipulates a plurality of combinations of number of times of discharge of the second type of ink to each of the plurality of pixel regions, and K+L second mask patterns corresponding to the K+L scans by the scanning unit and stipulating a plurality of combinations of number of times of discharge of the second type ink to each of the plurality of pixel regions;
a driving unit configured to
drive a plurality of first recording elements corresponding to the unit region in the K first scans within the first and second recording element rows, at a first driving order, and
drive a plurality of second recording elements corresponding to the unit region in the L second scans within the first and second recording element rows, at a second driving order that is different from the opposite order from the first driving order; and
a control unit configured to effect control to discharge the first and second types of ink to a plurality of pixel regions equivalent to the plurality of pixels within the unit region by driving the plurality of recording elements within the first and second recording element rows, based on the K+L sets of first and second recording data, in the K+L scans by the scanning unit,
wherein
(i) an array of pixels regarding which an M (M?1) number of ink discharge permitted is stipulated by one of the K first mask patterns corresponding to the K first scans, and an array of pixels regarding which an N (N>M) number of ink discharge permitted is stipulated by one of the L first mask patterns corresponding to the L second scans, correspond to each other,
(ii) an array of pixels regarding which an M number of ink discharge permitted is stipulated by one of the K second mask patterns corresponding to the K first scans, and an array of pixels regarding which an N number of ink discharge permitted is stipulated by one of the L second mask patterns corresponding to the L second scans, correspond to each other, and
(iii) an array of pixels regarding which an N number of ink discharge permitted is stipulated by one of the K first mask patterns corresponding to the K first scans, and an array of pixels regarding which an N number of ink discharge permitted is stipulated by one of the K second mask patterns corresponding to the K first scans, are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,962,968

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus capable of mounting a cassette in which a sheet is stored by allowing the cassette to be inserted in a cassette-loading direction into the sheet feeding apparatus, the sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a sheet feeding mechanism configured to convey a sheet in a direction orthogonal to the cassette-loading direction of the sheet feeding apparatus, wherein the sheet feeding mechanism includes a sheet feed roller movable to a press-contacting position and a retraction position, an elevation cam operatively connected to the sheet feed roller to cause the sheet feed roller to move to the press-contacting position and to the retraction position, and a driving member operatively connected to the elevation cam to drive the elevation cam and operatively connectable to the sheet feed roller to drive the sheet feed roller;
a locking member movable to a locking position and to a release position, wherein the locking member is disposed to lock the cassette when the locking member is at the locking position so that the cassette cannot be drawn out of the sheet feeding apparatus, and the locking member is disposed to not lock the cassette when the locking member is in the release position so that the cassette can be drawn out of the sheet feeding apparatus;
an interlocking member operatively connected to the elevation cam such that the interlocking member moves with the sheet feed roller and the elevation cam, wherein the interlocking member is at a position at which it fixes the locking member at the locking position when the sheet feed roller is at the press-contacting position, and the interlocking member is at a position at which it does not fix the locking member at the locking position but allows the locking member to move to the release position when the sheet feed roller is at the retraction position;
a coupling unit movable between a coupling position, at which it transmits a drive of the driving member to the elevation cam, and a non-coupling position, at which it does not transmit the drive of the driving member to the elevation cam;
a switching unit movable between a first state and a second state; and
a regulation unit movable upon movement of the switching unit to regulate a position of the coupling unit.

US Pat. No. 9,965,842

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus adapted to inspect a printed image, the image processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire image data having a predetermined reading resolution by reading the image at the predetermined reading resolution;
a processing unit configured to perform a predetermined process on the image data;
an extracting unit configured to extract a unique portion from image data resulting from performing the predetermined process; and
a setting unit configured to set the predetermined reading resolution and a predetermined division size, wherein
the predetermined process includes
an averaging process on the image data for each of division areas obtained by dividing the image data by the predetermined division size,
a quantization process for quantizing values obtained by the averaging process, and
an addition process for adding values obtained by the quantization process, that are different in the dividing way of the image data in the averaging process, and
the setting unit sets the predetermined reading resolution so as to make a width of the unique portion in the image correspond to N read pixels (N?2), and sets the division size so as to have a width larger than N pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,958,800

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:a toner particle containing a resin component, wherein
the resin component contains:
an ester group-containing olefin copolymer, and
an acid group-containing olefin copolymer;
the ester group-containing olefin copolymer includes:
a unit Y1 represented by Formula (1), and
a unit Y2 composed of at least one member selected from the group consisting of units represented by Formula (2) and units represented by Formula (3);
the ester group-containing olefin copolymer has an acid value of 10 mg KOH/g or less, and the acid group-containing olefin copolymer has an acid value of 50 mg KOH/g or more and 300 mg KOH/g or less;
the content of the ester group-containing olefin copolymer in the resin component is 50 mass % or more based on the total mass of the resin component; and
the content of the unit Y2 in the ester group-containing olefin copolymer is 3 mass % or more and 35 mass % or less based on the total mass of the ester group-containing olefin copolymer,
in Formulae (1) to (3), R1 denotes H or CH3, R2 denotes H or CH3, R3 denotes CH3 or C2H5, R4 denotes H or CH3, and R5 denotes CH3 or C2H5.

US Pat. No. 9,958,802

ELECTROCONDUCTIVE MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electroconductive member for electrophotography, comprising:an electroconductive support; and
a surface layer on the electroconductive support,
wherein the surface layer comprises a skeleton that is three-dimensionally continuous and a pore that communicates in a thickness direction,
wherein, when any region measuring 150 ?m per side of a surface of the surface layer is photographed and equally divided into 60 parts in a vertical direction and 60 parts in a horizontal direction to form 3,600 squares, a number of squares including through holes is 100 or less,
wherein the skeleton is non-electroconductive, and
wherein the skeleton comprises a plurality of particles connected to each other through a neck, and an average value D1 of circle-equivalent diameters of the particles is 0.1 ?m or more and 20 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,957,122

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a sheet containing unit configured to hold sheets; and
a sheet feeding device configured to feed the sheets contained in the sheet containing unit,
wherein the sheet containing unit includes:
a main body configured to hold sheets,
a drawer member disposed in the main body to be capable of being drawn from the main body, wherein the drawer member is configured to hold the sheets in cooperation with the main body when drawn from the main body,
a restricting member disposed at the drawer member to be movable in a direction parallel to a sheet feeding direction, wherein the restricting member is configured to restrict an upstream end position of the contained sheets in the sheet feeding direction, wherein the restricting member includes an engaging portion,
a first retaining member disposed at the main body and configured to retain the restricting member at a first position at which an upstream end position of a first standard-size sheet in the sheet feeding direction is to be restricted, wherein the engaging portion is configured to engage the first retaining member in a state where the drawer member is drawn from the main body, and
a second retaining member disposed at the drawer member and configured to retain the restricting member at a second position at which an upstream end position of a sheet of a second size larger than the first standard-size in the sheet feeding direction is to be restricted in a state in which the drawer member is drawn, wherein the engaging portion is configured to engage the second retaining member in the state where the drawer member is drawn from the main body.

US Pat. No. 9,952,530

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image bearing member configured to rotate;
a charging unit configured to charge a surface of the image bearing member;
a latent image forming unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the surface of the image bearing member charged by the charging unit;
a developing unit including a developer bearing member configured to rotate and to bear a developer including a toner and a carrier, the developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the surface of the image bearing member by the toner by applying a development voltage to the developer bearing member; and
a controller configured to perform a first mode and a second mode, the first mode being a mode where the developer bearing member rotates in a condition where the image bearing member is charged by the charging unit, and in a condition where the development voltage is applied to the developer bearing member, during a predetermined operation period from a command of an image forming operation until start of forming the electrostatic latent image by the latent image forming unit, the second mode being a mode where the developer bearing member rotates such that a number of rotations is smaller than that in the first mode in a condition where the image bearing member is charged by the charging unit, and in a condition where the development voltage is applied to the developer bearing member, during the predetermined operation period,
wherein the controller performs the first mode before a usage amount of the developer bearing member reaches a predetermined value, and performs the second mode in a case where the usage amount of the developer bearing member is equal to or larger than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,952,816

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus to acquire a job from an external apparatus via a network and process the job, wherein the job includes data to be processed and setting information required to process the data, the data processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor coupled to a memory;
a storage unit configured to store, in the memory, a plurality of data processing modules to be used to process the job;
a selection unit configured to select, from the plurality of data processing modules using the at least one processor, a plurality of data processing modules to be used in processing the data based on setting information included in the job; and
a processing unit configured to cause the at least one processor to use the selected plurality of data processing modules to sequentially perform processing on the data,
wherein, in a case where processing is to be sequentially performed by a first processing module and then a second processing module included in the selected plurality of data processing modules and then a third processing module included in the selected plurality of data processing modules, the processing unit is configured to input information processed by the first processing module and setting information used by the first processing module and including setting of processing of the first processing module, processing of the second processing module and processing of the third processing module into the second processing module and the third processing module, the second processing module and the third processing module are referring to the setting information for processing, and the processing unit is configured to input information processed by the second processing module into the third processing module.

US Pat. No. 9,952,817

PRINTING SYSTEM, MOBILE TERMINAL, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system comprising:a printing apparatus;
a server; and
a mobile terminal,
wherein the server includes:
at least one non-transitory memory that stores server instructions,
at least one hardware processor that executes the server instructions to cause the server to function as a receiving unit configured to receive print data from an external apparatus, and
a storage unit configured to store the received print data,
wherein the printing apparatus includes at least one non-transitory memory that stores printing apparatus instructions, and at least one hardware processor that executes the printing apparatus instructions to cause the printing apparatus to function as:
a first transmission unit configured to transmit a packet, wherein the packet is transmitted by using a near field wireless communication interface,
a second transmission unit configured to transmit to the server, based on a reception of a predetermined user operation via an operation unit of the printing apparatus, a first print instruction for receiving the print data from the server, wherein the first print instruction is transmitted by an interface different from the near field wireless communication interface, and
a first setting unit configured to set whether to perform printing of the print data stored in the storage unit of the server, triggered by a determination that the mobile terminal and the printing apparatus are within a predetermined distance of each other, based on a user operation via the operation unit of the printing apparatus, wherein the setting of the first setting unit is able to be performed as a predetermined print setting,
wherein the mobile terminal includes at least one non-transitory memory that stores mobile terminal instructions, and at least one hardware processor that executes the mobile terminal instructions to cause the mobile terminal to function as:
a reception unit configured to receive the packet transmitted by the first transmission unit,
a first determination unit configured to determine whether or not the mobile terminal and the printing apparatus are within the predetermined distance of each other based on radio field intensity of the received packet, and
a third transmission unit configured to transmit a second print instruction to the server, triggered by the determination unit determining that the mobile terminal and the printing apparatus are within the predetermined distance of each other, wherein the second print instruction is a print instruction for causing the server to transmit the print data stored in the storage section of the server to the printing apparatus,
wherein, in a case in which the first setting unit is set not to perform printing of the print data stored in the storage unit of the server, the third transmission unit does not transmit the second print instruction to the server, triggered by the determination by the first determination unit that the mobile terminal and the printing apparatus are within the predetermined distance of each other, even when the first determination unit determines that the mobile terminal and the printing apparatus are within the predetermined distance of each other, and in a case in which the server receives the first print instruction or the second print instruction, the server transmits the print data to the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,950,530

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a recording element substrate, which has a flow passage member including an ejection port for ejecting a liquid and a flow passage for supplying the liquid to the ejection port and a substrate having an ejection energy generation element for generating energy so as to eject the liquid from the ejection port;
an electric wiring member for transmitting a signal so as to drive the ejection energy generation element;
an electrical connection portion for electrically connecting the recording element substrate to the electric wiring member;
a first sealant for sealing a region under the electrical connection portion; and a second sealant for sealing a region on the electrical connection portion,
wherein the first sealant and the second sealant contain the same base agent, curing agent and filler,
wherein the ratio (?1/?2) of the linear expansion coefficient (?1) of the first sealant to the linear expansion coefficient (?2) of the second sealant is 1.2 to 1.0, and
wherein the base agent has an epoxy group and the curing agent is an acid anhydride curing agent, and wherein the content of the acid anhydride curing agent included in the first sealant and the content of the acid anhydride curing agent included in the second sealant are within the range of 90 to 99 percent by mass relative to an epoxy equivalent of the base agent.

US Pat. No. 9,952,653

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a storing unit configured to store a response pattern indicating a packet to which the printing apparatus is capable of responding while being maintained in a power saving mode;
a processing unit configured to, in a case where a packet that the printing apparatus operating in the power saving mode has received matches the response pattern, respond to the received packet while being maintained in the power saving mode;
a receiving unit configured to receive a registration request requesting registration of a new response pattern from an external apparatus in a network; and
a registration unit configured to register, in the storing unit, the new response pattern indicated by the registration request,
wherein the registration request includes an Object ID (OID) in Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) as information indicating a packet to which the printing apparatus responds while being maintained in the power saving mode.

US Pat. No. 9,955,040

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a light source comprising a plurality of light emitting points;
a photosensitive member configured to rotate in a first direction so that a latent image is formed on the photosensitive member by light beams emitted from the light source;
a deflection unit configured to deflect the light beams emitted from the light source with a mirror face and cause light spots of the light beams radiated on the photosensitive member to be moved in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction to form scanning lines;
a storage unit configured to store information on positional deviation of the plurality of light emitting points in the first direction and information on an optical face tangle error of the mirror face of the deflection unit in accordance with the second direction;
a correction unit configured to correct the information on the optical face tangle error stored in the storage unit, based on a deviation amount from a predetermined distance between the deflection unit and the photosensitive member;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a positional deviation amount based on the information on the positional deviation stored in the storage unit and the information on the optical face tangle error corrected by the correction unit;
a transformation unit configured to transform a position of a pixel of an input image by performing coordinate transformation based on the positional deviation amount calculated by the calculation unit so that an interval between the scanning lines on the photosensitive member becomes a predetermined interval; and
a filtering unit configured to obtain a pixel value of a pixel of an output image by subjecting a pixel value of the pixel of the input image to a convolution operation based on the position of the pixel of the input image after the coordinate transformation.

US Pat. No. 9,946,137

ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, LENS UNIT, IMAGING DEVICE, AND WINDOW MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrochromic element comprising:a pair of transparent electrodes; and
an electrochromic layer placed between the transparent electrodes,
wherein each of the transparent electrodes includes an end portion having an electric supply portion, the electric supply portions disposed at an opposite side each other,
the surface resistivity of each of the transparent electrodes increases with an increase of distance from one of the electric supply portions, and a potential of the transparent electrodes is such that a difference between maximum and minimum potentials in a surface of each transparent electrode is less than or equal to 20 mV.

US Pat. No. 9,946,164

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which exposes a substrate with light from a light source, the apparatus comprising:a rotation shutter including a light-shielding portion which shields the light and configured to control incidence of the light onto the substrate; and
a control unit configured to control a rotational speed of the rotation shutter so as to match an exposure amount on the substrate with a target exposure amount in exposure processing for a shot region on the substrate, based on first information indicating a relationship between a rotational speed of the rotation shutter and an exposure amount on the substrate when rotating the rotation shutter at the rotational speed without stopping rotation of the rotation shutter so as to make a shift from a first state in which the rotation shutter shields the light to a second state in which the rotation shutter passes the light and then back to the first state,
wherein the control unit updates the first information based on second information concerning a change in the illuminance of the light.

US Pat. No. 9,948,883

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD THAT NOTIFY WHEN A DISPLAY UNIT IS DETERMINED TO BE ABLE TO DISPLAY AN IMAGE BASED ON A DISPLAY IMAGE WITH BRIGHTNESS OF INPUT IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire input brightness information on brightness of input image data, wherein the input image data includes gradation characteristics;
a setting unit configured to set, based on a user's operation, (i) a display range that is a range for displaying brightness that includes at least a portion of a range of possible brightness of the input image data, and (ii) reference brightness that is an upper limit of brightness of a display unit;
a generation unit configured to generate display image data by converting the gradation characteristics of the input image data, based on the display range set by the setting unit;
a determining unit configured to determine display characteristics of the display unit based on (i) the input brightness information acquired by the acquisition unit, (ii) the display range set by the setting unit, and (iii) the reference brightness set by the setting unit; and
a notification unit configured (i) to perform first notification processing to provide a first notification of information to a user regarding the display unit, in a case when the determining unit determines that the display unit is able to display an image based on the display image data generated by the generation unit with the brightness of the input image data, and (ii) to perform second notification processing to provide a second notification of information to a user regarding the display unit, in a case when the determining unit determines that the display unit is not able to display the image based on the display image data generated by the generation unit with the brightness of the input image data.