US Pat. No. 10,003,767

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an imaging unit configured to use an imaging sensor to acquire a RAW image representing a pre-development image from imaging signals of a subject image;
a reduction unit configured to reduce the RAW image to generate a reduced RAW image;
a recording unit configured to record each data of the RAW image and the reduced. RAW image in a recording medium;
a communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus; and
a control unit configured to transmit data of the reduced RAW image recorded in the recording medium to the external apparatus via the communication unit, and to cause the external apparatus to perform editing processing of the reduced RAW image,
wherein the control unit receives editing information representing the content of editing processing from the external apparatus via the communication unit, and uses this editing information to execute editing of the RAW image corresponding to the reduced RAW image on which the editing processing has been performed, by referencing the editing information.

US Pat. No. 10,004,041

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS PERFORMING COMMUNICATION OPERATION BASED ON A DETECTED TEMPERATURE, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first detection unit configured to detect a temperature of the communication apparatus,
wherein a communication accessory having a communication unit for communicating with an external apparatus can be mounted to the communication apparatus;
a determination unit configured to, in a case where the communication accessory is mounted to the communication apparatus, determine whether the mounted communication accessory comprises a second detection unit for detecting a temperature of the communication accessory; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where the determination unit determines that the communication accessory comprises the second detection unit, when performing data transfer to the external apparatus via the communication unit, cause the second detection unit to detect a temperature of the communication accessory, perform, in a case where the detected temperature is lower than a first value, a first communication operation performed without suspending the data transfer, and perform, in a case where the detected temperature is higher than or equal to the first value, a second communication operation performed while involving suspending the data transfer,
wherein the control unit is configured to, in a case where the determination unit determines that the communication accessory does not comprise the second detection unit, when performing data transfer to the external apparatus via the communication unit, cause the first detection unit to detect a temperature of the communication apparatus, and cause, in a case where the detected temperature is higher than or equal to a second value, the communication unit to suspend the data transfer.

US Pat. No. 10,003,801

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS THAT ENCODES AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus having an image sensor, comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image capturing apparatus to:
encode by, from image data obtained from the image sensor, generating a plane of each of color components that configure the image data, and independently for each of the planes of the color components, performing frequency conversion processing, quantization processing, and encoding, and
determine a quantization coefficient used in quantization processing in accordance with image capturing information of a time of capturing the image data, the determining including:
deciding whether or not to correct a quantization coefficient that is used in quantization processing for a plane of each color component obtained by the image sensor based on an ISO sensitivity or exposure information for a time of capturing; and
in a case when it is decided that a quantization coefficient will be corrected, determine, based on a distribution of a histogram of a plane of each color component, a quantization coefficient used in quantization processing for the respective color component.

US Pat. No. 10,003,587

AUTHORITY TRANSFER SYSTEM, METHOD, AND AUTHENTICATION SERVER SYSTEM BY DETERMINING WHETHER ENDPOINTS ARE IN SAME OR IN DIFFERENT WEB DOMAIN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authority transfer system including a server system having a service usable from a client and the client configured to use the service, the authority transfer system, wherein the server system includes memory device, and at least one processor coupled to the memory device, and the at least one processor having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor cause the authority transfer system to function as:an authentication unit configured to determine whether a user is a valid user based on authentication information input from the user via an authentication screen displayed on the client;
an issue unit configured to issue authority information indicating that an authority of the user with respect to the service is transferred to the client, if the user determined to be the valid user by the authentication unit provides an instruction to permit a transfer of the authority of the user with respect to the service to the client via an authorization confirmation screen displayed on the client;
an authorization unit configured to authorize the client to use the service under the authority of the user based on the authority information transmitted when the client requests use of the service; and
wherein the issue unit receives, from the client, a URL of an authorization endpoint of an authorizing server set as a parameter of a redirect request by the service and further receives an authorization request including a Cookie in which a domain name of the service is set, and a) in a case where a domain name determined from the URL of the endpoint is not the same as the domain name of the service included in the Cookie, provides the authorization confirmation screen to the client and, based on the instruction to permit a transfer of the authority of the user with respect to the service to the client having been provided by the user, issues the authority information and, b) in a case where the domain name determined from the URL of the endpoint is the same as the domain name of the service, issues the authority information without providing the authorization confirmation screen to the client,
wherein the authorization endpoint is a web-hosted client configured to generate a script for causing the client that is the web browser to acquire the authority information, and
wherein in a case where the client is the web browser, the web browser acquires the script from the web-hosted client and acquires the authority information according to the script, and in a case where the client is not the web browser, the client that is not the web browser cancels redirection of a response to the authority information to the web-hosted client and acquires the authority information from a URL included in the authority information.

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. 10,002,315

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of communicating with an external apparatus storing first print data, the image forming apparatus comprising:a display unit configured to display information;
a storage unit configured to store second print data;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet based on the first print data or the second print data;
one or more processors; and
a memory storing executable instructions, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image forming apparatus to perform:
acquiring bibliographic information about a plurality of print data including the first print data and the second print data;
sending a request to the external apparatus for acquiring status of the external apparatus;
displaying a screen for selecting print data from among the plurality of print data including the first print data and the second print data on the display unit based on the bibliographic information; and
causing the image forming unit to form an image based on receiving a printing instruction for the selected print data via the screen,
wherein information that indicates that the first print data is printable or not printable is displayed on the screen depending on whether or not the status of the external apparatus has been acquired from the external apparatus according to the acquisition request.

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. 10,003,734

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor that has a plurality of pixels, arranged in two dimensions, each having a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions and a microlens, and outputs an image signal corresponding to a quantity of incident light; and
at least one processor or one circuitry which functions as
a detection unit that detects a moving direction of a subject based on the image signal;
a determination unit that, in a case where the moving direction of the subject detected by the detection unit is a main scanning direction, determines to perform first readout in which a pair of signals having parallax and an added signal of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions are obtained from each pixel in every predetermined number of rows, and to perform second readout in which an added signal of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions corresponding to each microlens is obtained from each pixel in the rows except for the every predetermined number of rows; and
a control unit that controls the image sensor by switching between the first readout and the second readout in units of rows based on a determination result of the determination unit.

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. 10,003,753

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a light emitter configured to provide a notification of an operation status by light emission;
a flash configured to emit light to illuminate an object; and
a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a determination unit configured to determine whether it is in a first state in which the flash is used or a second state in which the flash is not used;
a shooting control unit configured
when the determination unit determines it is in the first state, in response to one shooting instruction, to control to perform a series of shooting operations including at least a first shooting operation with causing the flash to emit light for shooting a person and a second shooting operation for shooting a background, and
when the determination unit determines it is in the second state, in response to a shooting instruction, to control not to perform a shooting operation by causing the flash to emit light and to perform a shooting operation without causing the flash to emit light; and
a control unit configured
to control the light emitter not to provide the notification at the end of a shooting operation which is not a last shooting operation of the series of shooting operations,
to control the light emitter to provide the notification after the end of the last shooting operation of the series of shooting operations, and
to control the light emitter not to provide the notification at the end of a shooting operation in the second state.

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. 9,993,962

METHOD OF IMPRINTING TO CORRECT FOR A DISTORTION WITHIN AN IMPRINT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method comprising:providing an imprint lithographic template having an imprint surface that includes at least one protrusion, wherein the at least one protrusion defines a primary surface;
providing a substrate holder including a chucking region having a substrate support surface;
placing a substrate over the chucking region, wherein the substrate has a primary surface within an imprint region;
quantifying a distortion in the substrate, a deviation in planarity along the primary surface of the lithographic template, a deviation in planarity along a surface of a component within the imprint apparatus, or any combination thereof, wherein quantifying the distortion comprises determining a deviation in planarity along the primary surface of the substrate support surface of the chucking region within the imprint region, the primary surface of the substrate within the imprint region, or any combination thereof; and
dispensing a formable material over the primary surface of the substrate based at least in part on the distortion in the substrate, the deviation in planarity along the primary surface of the lithographic template, a deviation in planarity along the surface of the component within the imprint apparatus, or any combination thereof, wherein dispensing the formable material is performed such that the formable material is dispensed to:
a first areal density within a first area, where the deviation indicates that the at least one protrusion and the primary surface will be further apart when the imprint lithographic template contacts the formable material within the first area; and
a second areal density within a second area, where the deviation indicates that the at least one protrusion and the primary surface will be closer to each other when the imprint lithographic template contacts the formable material within the second area, wherein the first areal density is greater than the second areal density.

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. 9,987,849

LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejecting device comprising:a liquid containing portion which contains liquid;
a liquid storage unit for containing the liquid supplied from the liquid containing portion;
a first space disposed in the liquid storage unit, having a damper function, and defined by an inner surface of a flexible member having a convex portion and a bottom surface of the liquid storage unit;
a second space which is disposed in the liquid storage unit and in which liquid is stored, the second space being defined by an outer surface of the flexible member and a side surface and a top surface of the liquid storage unit;
a tube which connects the liquid storage unit and the liquid containing portion;
a liquid ejecting head ejecting the liquid supplied from the liquid storage unit; and
a carriage that carries the liquid storage unit and the liquid ejecting head and moves in a first direction;
wherein the first space is not supplied with the liquid and the second space is supplied with the liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,983,527

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:a cylindrical rotatable heating member having an inner surface;
a nip-forming member having a first surface that contacts the inner surface of said cylindrical rotatable heating member, and a second surface opposite to the first surface;
a supporting member having a supporting surface that contacts the second surface of said nip-forming member, for supporting said nip-forming member; and
a pressing member for forming a nip in cooperation with said nip-forming member though said cylindrical rotatable heating member,
wherein a recording material on which an image is formed is heated at the nip while being fed through the nip, and the image is fixed on the recording material, and
wherein the supporting surface of said supporting member supports the second surface of said nip-forming member so that said nip-forming member is swingable relative to said supporting member about an axis substantially parallel to a rotational axis of said cylindrical rotatable heating member.

US Pat. No. 9,983,530

DETERMINATION APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING TYPE OF RECORDING MEDIUM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for determining a type of a recording medium, comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a characteristic value indicating a physical characteristic of a recording medium;
a measurement unit configured to measure a moisture content correlated with a moisture content of the recording medium; and
a determination unit configured to determine the type of the recording medium based on the moisture content measured by the measurement unit and the characteristic value detected by the detection unit,
wherein the determination unit is further configured to correct the characteristic value detected by the detection unit using the moisture content measured by the measurement unit or correct a rule for determining the type of the recording medium using the moisture content measured by the measurement unit, and determine the type of the recording medium in accordance with the corrected characteristic value or the corrected rule.

US Pat. No. 9,983,542

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:(i) a photosensitive drum;
(ii) a first frame configured and positioned to rotatably support said photosensitive drum;
(iii) a developing roller configured and positioned to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on said photosensitive drum;
(iv) a second frame configured and positioned (a) to rotatably support said developing roller, and (b) to be connected to said first frame so as to be movable relative to said first frame;
(v) a coupling member provided adjacent to an end of said second frame in a direction parallel to a rotational axis of said developing roller, said coupling member including:
(v-i) a driving force receiving portion configured and positioned (a) to receive a driving force for rotating said developing roller, and (b) to be movable relative to said second frame in a crossing direction crossing a rotational axis of said driving force receiving portion; and
(vi) a retaining portion provided on said first frame and configured to retain said driving force receiving portion such that a position of said driving force receiving portion relative to said second frame changes in response to movement of said second frame relative to said first frame.

US Pat. No. 9,984,084

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store a computer program; and
a hardware-processor configured to execute the computer program, wherein the hardware-processor in executing the computer program controls to cause the information processing apparatus to:
display a search screen and a search result screen on a display, wherein the search screen is used for setting a search condition designated by a user, and wherein the search result screen displays a list of files that are searched-for based on the search condition, and wherein information displayed for the searched-for files in the list includes attribute information, that corresponds to first item names designated in first columns of the list, for each of the searched-for files;
receive both of a second item name and a search keyword that are set as the search condition via the search screen by the user;
search for second files based on the received second item name and the received search keyword;
acquire the first item names designated in the first columns being displayed on the search result screen;
determine whether the received second item name is included in the acquired first item names; and
automatically add, without further receiving an additional instruction from the user, a second column corresponding to the second item name to the first columns being displayed on the search result screen if it is determined that the received second item name is not included in the acquired first item names, wherein the search result screen displays a second list of the second searched-for files after the second column is added automatically, and wherein information displayed for the second searched-for files in the displayed second list includes attribute information, that corresponds to the second item name designated in the automatically added second column and the first item names designated in the first columns, for each of the second searched-for files.

US Pat. No. 9,986,145

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of participating in a network formed by an access point, the communication apparatus comprising:a communication interface configured to communicate with a data processing apparatus;
a processor configured to control the communication interface to establish communication with the data processing apparatus via a network and to perform data communication with the data processing apparatus;
wherein the communication interface is further configured to receive, after the communication apparatus participates in the network, from the data processing apparatus a notification indicating whether the data processing apparatus has formed the network as the access point and to receive a notification indicating an external access point different from the data processing apparatus has formed the network; and
a display device configured to display a menu for accepting a predetermined instruction for transmission or reception of data via an Internet, wherein
if it is determined that the data processing apparatus has formed the network as the access point based on the notification received by the communication interface, the processor is configured to control the display device to cause a user to recognize that the predetermined instruction is not accepted, and
if it is determined that the external access point apparatus has formed the network based on the notification received by the communication interface, the processor is configured to thereby control the display device to cause a user to recognize that the predetermined instruction is accepted.

US Pat. No. 9,977,379

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:a first rotatable member and a second rotatable member configured to form a nip therebetween for fixing a toner image formed on a recording material;
a heating portion configured to heat said first rotatable member;
a detecting portion configured to detect a temperature of said first rotatable member;
a controller configured to control supplied electrical power to said heating portion depending on a detected temperature by said detecting portion; and
a setting portion configured to set a nip pressure at a first pressure when the recording material of a first kind is subjected to a fixing process and configured to set the nip pressure at a second pressure less than the first pressure when the recording material of a second kind is subjected to the fixing process,
wherein said controller controls the supplied electrical power depending on a difference between a target temperature of said first rotatable member and the detected temperature, the supplied electrical power being less when the nip pressure is the second pressure than when the nip pressure is the first pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,977,381

FIXING DEVICE FOR FIXING AN IMAGE ON A RECORDING MATERIAL AND HAVING A SPACER BETWEEN A PROJECTION OF A NIP PLATE AND PORTIONS OF A SUPPORTING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing an image on a recording material, said device comprising:a cylindrical belt;
a nip plate contacting an inner surface of said belt;
a supporting member having a U-shaped cross section and provided in a hollow portion of said cylindrical belt, said supporting member having two end portions defining an opening of a U-shape thereof and supporting said nip plate;
a heater provided in a region enclosed by said supporting member and said nip plate, and configured to radiate radiant light to said nip plate to heat said nip plate; and
a roller cooperative with said nip plate to form a nip between said cylindrical belt and an outer peripheral surface of said roller,
wherein a recording material carrying the image is fed through and heated in the nip to fix the image on the recording material,
wherein said nip plate is provided with a projection in a region downstream of the nip with respect to a feeding direction of the recording material, the projection projecting toward said roller and extending in a longitudinal direction of said cylindrical belt, and
wherein at least a part of one of the two end portions of said supporting member overlaps the projection of said nip plate with respect to the feeding direction of the recording material and the longitudinal direction of said cylindrical belt to support the projection; and
said fixing device further comprising a spacer provided between the projection and at least part of one of the two end portions.

US Pat. No. 9,977,382

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing an unfixed image formed on a recording medium, onto the recording medium while conveying the recording medium at a fixing nip portion, the fixing device comprising:a cylindrical film;
a back-up member in contact with an inner surface of the film;
a roller configured to be in contact with an outer surface of the film and to form the fixing nip portion with the back-up member via the film;
a metal bearing configured to rotatably hold a shaft of the roller; and
an insulating portion provided between an end surface of the film and the metal bearing,
wherein a width of the insulation portion is larger than a width of the metal bearing in an axial direction of the roller, and
wherein the end surface of the film is positioned inside an area where the insulating portion is provided in the axial direction of the roller.

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. 9,977,419

POSITION CONTROL APPARATUS, POSITION CONTROL METHOD, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A position control apparatus comprising:a calculator configured to calculate a control amount for causing a control target to follow a target position in response to a detected position of the control target;
a control unit configured to control the control target in response to the control amount calculated by the calculator or a total control amount obtained by adding the control amount to a disturbance cancellation control amount corresponding to an amount of movement of the control target; and
a storage unit configured to store an attitude difference correction amount which is a control amount for maintaining a stopped state if the control target is in the stopped state,
wherein the disturbance cancellation control amount is furthermore a control amount which corresponds to a control amount obtained by computing the attitude difference correction amount stored in the storage unit from the total control amount during position control for causing the control target to follow a moving target.

US Pat. No. 9,979,842

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT TRANSMITS AND RECEIVES MAINTENANCE WORK DATA TO AND FROM INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to connect to a session management server that is configured to manage a communication between the image forming apparatus and a call center terminal, to transmit and receive maintenance work data for performing a maintenance work on the image forming apparatus, the image forming apparatus comprising:a processor configured to implement instructions stored in a memory and execute:
a storage task that stores in a storage section, before a connection between the image forming apparatus and a call center terminal, via the session management server, is disconnected, information corresponding to a maintenance service by a call center terminal that is to communicate with the image forming apparatus via the session management server;
a display task that displays a first graphical user interface and a second graphical user interface, on a display section of the image forming apparatus, in a case where the storage task stores the information in the storage section, wherein the first graphical user interface is usable by a user to give an instruction to communicate with the call center terminal providing the maintenance service corresponding to the information stored by the storage task and to continue a maintenance service that was started before the connection between the image forming apparatus and a call center terminal is disconnected, and the second graphical user interface is usable by the user to give an instruction to communicate with a call center terminal to receive a remote maintenance service anew; and
a connection task that connects to the session management server to communicate with the call center terminal providing the maintenance service identified by the information stored by the storing task, in a case where an instruction to connect is received from the first graphical user interface.

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. 9,977,347

POSITIONING APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A positioning apparatus configured to move a movable part on a surface parallel to a first direction and a second direction perpendicular to each other, and comprising a single guide serving as a guide configured to constrain a position of the movable part in the second direction and a drive mechanism configured to drive the movable part,wherein the movable part includes
a first movable member movable in the first direction while being guided by the guide,
a second movable member having a first end and a second end, the first end being connected to the first movable member via a rotation bearing and moving above the surface, and
a third movable member movable within a predetermined range between the first end and the second end while being guided by the second movable member, and
the drive mechanism includes
a first driver configured to drive the first end of the second movable member in the first direction, and
a second driver configured to drive the second end of the second movable member in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,977,372

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image bearing member;
a developing device which is configured to store developer having magnetic carrier and toner and to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member;
a discharge port which is arranged in the developing device and through which developer is discharged from the developing device;
a collection portion which is configured to collect the developer discharged through the discharge port;
a discharge conveyance portion which is configured to convey the developer discharged through the discharge port to the collection portion;
an environment detector which is arranged in a conveyance passage of the discharge conveyance portion and is configured to detect environment information; and
an adjustment portion which is configured to adjust a development condition of the developing device based on output of the environment detector.

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. 9,968,311

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging system comprising:a holding unit configured to hold a plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses configured to convert radiation emitted onto the radiation imaging apparatuses into image signals, and configured to obtain a long-length radiographic image based on the image signals from the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses,
wherein the holding unit is configured to hold the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses, having imaging areas of different sizes, in such a manner that each radiation imaging apparatus among the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses is partially overlapped with each other spatially, by a predetermined overlapping area as viewed from a radiation incident side.

US Pat. No. 9,968,325

RADIOGRAPHING APPARATUS, RADIOGRAPHING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program for causing a computer to execute a controlling method for a radiographing apparatus, the controlling method comprising:acquiring, by image data obtained by photography in a predetermined photographing mode, offset correction data corresponding to the photographing mode, wherein acquiring includes:
acquiring, as a first correction data acquiring, a first number of pieces of first image data in a first photographing mode, and
acquiring, as a second correction data acquiring, a second number of pieces of second image data, which is different from the first number, in a second photographing mode; and
updating the offset correction data corresponding to the photographing mode by using a predetermined number of pieces of the image data, and adjusting the number of pieces of the image data according to the photographing mode, wherein updating includes:
updating, as a first correction data update, first offset correction data corresponding to the first photographing mode by using an average of the first number of pieces of the first image data, and
updating, as a second correction data update, second offset correction data corresponding to the second photographing mode by using an average of the second number of pieces of the second image data.

US Pat. No. 9,958,989

COORDINATE INPUT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A coordinate input apparatus that detects a specified position in a coordinate-input effective area using a light projector that projects light onto a coordinate input surface and a plurality of light receptors that receive the light projected by the light projector, the apparatus comprising:the plurality of light receptors;
a memory that stores instructions; and
a processor that executes the instructions stored in the memory to:
set a first coordinate system based on a positional relationship between two light receptors constituting a first combination of light receptors;
set a second coordinate system based on a positional relationship between two light receptors constituting a second combination of light receptors different from the first combination of light receptors, the plurality of light receptors including the first combination of light receptors and the second combination of light receptors having a same arrangement for the first coordinate system and second coordinate system; and
convert a coordinate value, in the second coordinate system, of the specified position detected using the second combination of light receptors into a coordinate value in the first coordinate system based on the positional relationship between the first combination of light receptors.

US Pat. No. 9,958,330

SENSOR AND INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS USING SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sensor to transmit and detect an electromagnetic wave, the sensor comprising:a substrate;
a transmitting unit and a receiving unit integrated on the substrate; and
a polarization converting unit,
wherein the transmitting unit includes:
a generating element configured to generate a first electromagnetic wave, and
a first antenna electrically connected with the generating element and configured to emit the first electromagnetic wave, wherein the first electromagnetic wave emitted by the first antenna has a first polarization direction,
wherein the polarization converting unit is configured to convert the first electromagnetic wave into a third electromagnetic wave having a third polarization direction for reflection on a subject, and convert the reflected third electromagnetic wave into a second electromagnetic wave having a second polarization direction,
wherein the receiving unit includes:
a second antenna configured to receive the second electromagnetic wave having a second polarization direction, and
a detecting device electrically connected with the second antenna and configured to detect the second electromagnetic wave received by the second antenna,
wherein, to reduce a change of a characteristic of the generating element by reflected electromagnetic waves entering into the transmitting unit, the polarization converting unit converts a polarization state of the first electromagnetic wave such that combining a reflected electromagnetic wave, having a polarization state that differs from the polarization state of the reflected first electromagnetic wave, with the first antenna is more difficult than combining the reflected first electromagnetic wave with the first antenna.

US Pat. No. 9,958,654

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING 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; and
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein during zooming, the first lens unit and the third lens unit are configured to not move, and the second lens unit and the fourth lens unit are configured to move with loci different from each other,
wherein the first lens unit consists of, in order from the object side to the image side, a negative lens G11, a positive lens G12, and a positive lens G13, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
15.0 1.7 2.0<|f1/f2|<5.0,
where v1n represents an Abbe number of a material of the negative lens G11, N1ave represents an average value of refractive indices of materials of three lenses included in the first lens unit, f1 represents a focal length of the first lens unit, and f2 represents a focal length of the second lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,958,929

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a storing device that stores store settings of a pre-set power state to which the image forming apparatus is to be shifted in a case where an operation to turn off a power switch is detected;
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
determine, if the image forming apparatus is returned from a suspended state, whether there has been a change of an optional device attached to the image forming apparatus, the change of the optional device being at least one of an installation of a new optional device on the image forming apparatus, a removal of an optional device from the image forming apparatus, an addition of a new optional device, and a replacement of an optional device;
shift, in response to a detection of the operation to turn off the power switch, the power state of the image forming apparatus from a standby state to the power-off state even if the suspended state is set as the pre-set power state to which the image forming apparatus is to be shifted, in a case where it is determined that there has been the installation of the new optional device on the image forming apparatus, the removal of the optional device from the image forming apparatus, the addition of the new optional device, or the replacement of the optional device; and
execute, in a case where the image forming apparatus is activated from the power-off state, acquisition of information about one or more optional devices attached to the image forming apparatus, the acquired information including at least one of a model name, configuration information, and operation speed of the one or more optional devices attached to the image forming apparatus;
initialize, based on the acquired information about the one or more optional device, at least one of the processor and the one or more optional devices.

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. 9,952,966

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a host apparatus;
storage devices including a first storage unit and a second storage unit; and
a memory controller which communicates with the host apparatus, wherein the memory controller comprises:
a deletion unit configured to delete data on a memory in the first or second storage device by rewriting the data to be deleted on the memory with predetermined data;
a receiving unit configured to receive a first command and a second command from the host apparatus, wherein the first command is a command to execute a first deletion process on the first storage device with the deletion unit in accordance with user's instruction, and the second command is a command to delete data corresponding to a print job in one of the storage devices with the deletion unit in response to a completion of printing processing of the print job;
a first setting unit configured to set a number of times for rewriting the data to be deleted on the memory in deletion process by the deletion unit in accordance with the first command;
a second setting unit configured to set a number of times for rewriting the data to be deleted on the memory in deletion process by the deletion unit in accordance with the second command wherein the number of times set by the first setting unit and the number of times set by the second setting unit can be different numbers and can be set individually; and
a control unit configured to execute the first deletion process in accordance with the receipt of the first command, and execute the second deletion process in accordance with the receipt of the second command,
wherein in the first deletion process, the deletion unit deletes the data designated to be deleted by the user in the first storage unit by rewriting, the number of times set by the first setting unit, the designated data,
in the second deletion process, only one or more blocks in the memory corresponding to the print job is determined and the deletion unit deletes, the number of times set by the second setting unit, the only data corresponding to the print job by rewriting the determined memory block by the deletion unit,
wherein in a case where the receiving unit receives the first command for a first storage unit, and the second deletion processing has started on a second storage unit, the control unit executes the first deletion process on the first storage unit after the second deletion processing of the second storage unit is completed, and
wherein the control unit notifies the host apparatus without waiting completion of the first deleting process and notifies the host apparatus after completion of the second deleting process.

US Pat. No. 9,953,251

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR EXECUTING IMAGE PROCESSING USING MULTIPLE SERIAL IMAGE PROCESSING UNITS TO PROCESS DIFFERENT COLORS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a first image processing chip and a second image processing chip configured to execute image processing on received image data, wherein the first image processing chip and the second image processing chip are connected in serial;
wherein the first image processing chip has
a transfer unit configured to transfer the received image data, and
a first image processing unit configured to execute image processing on the received image data, and
a determination unit configured to determine a color to be allocated to each processing chip, and
wherein the second image processing chip has
a second image processing unit configured to execute image processing on the received image data,
wherein in a case where the first image processing chip receives first image data, the first image processing unit generates second image data by executing image processing on a first processing color of the first image data, and the transfer unit transfers the first image data and the second image data, and
wherein in a case where the second image processing chip receives the first image data transferred from the first image processing chip, the second image processing unit generates third image data by executing image processing on a second processing color of the first image data, the second processing color being different from the first processing color.

US Pat. No. 9,946,179

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a binder resin, a crystalline material and a colorant, said toner providing a domain of the crystalline material in a cross section of the toner observed with a scanning electron microscope, whereinwhen domain A satisfies 0.125?r/R?0.375 and domain B satisfies 0.000625?r/R?0.0625, where r represents a long axis of the domain of the crystalline material and R represents the long axis of the toner,
the toner in which the domain A and the domain B are both present is at least 50 number %,
the toner satisfies 4 ?m?RAvg?12 ?m where RAvg represents the number average diameter of a long axis of the toner, and
the number of domain B per cross section image of one toner is 50 to not more than 300.
US Pat. No. 9,944,809

INK FOR INK-JET RECORDING, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK-JET RECORDING PROCESS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink for ink-jet recording comprising polymer particles, whereinthe polymer particles each include a first layer, a second layer, and a third layer from the inside to the outside in this order, wherein
the first layer is formed of a first polymer having a tetrahydrofuran-insoluble fraction of 25% by mass or less;
the second layer is formed of a second polymer having ionizable groups and a tetrahydrofuran-insoluble fraction of higher than 25% by mass; and
the third layer is formed of units each having a hydrophilic part and a hydrophobic part.

US Pat. No. 9,946,112

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS EMITTING LIGHT FROM AN EMISSION SURFACE AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING THE LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source apparatus that emits light from an emission surface, comprising:a plurality of light sources provided, respectively, in a plurality of first divided regions of the emission surface;
a first suppressing member that suppresses, for each of the plurality of first divided regions, spreading, in a direction parallel to the emission surface, of light emitted from a light source provided in the first divided region;
a conversion member that is provided on a side closer to the emission surface than the plurality of light sources and the first suppressing member so as to convert the color of the light emitted from the plurality of light sources and emit light of the converted color;
a second suppressing member that suppresses, for each of a plurality of second divided regions of the emission surface, spreading, in the direction parallel to the emission surface, of the light emitted from the conversion member in the second divided regions; and
a diffusing member that is provided on a side closer to the emission surface than the second suppressing member so as to diffuse the light emitted from the conversion member,
wherein the second divided region includes two or more first divided regions, and
the second suppressing member is located between the conversion member and the diffusing member.

US Pat. No. 9,942,569

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus for encoding image data, the image encoding apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions;
a processor configured to implement the instructions stored in the memory and execute:
a transforming task that performs wavelet transform on image data as an encoding target, and generate coefficients of a plurality of subbands; and
a predictive encoding task that performs predictive coding on the coefficients in a raster scan order for each of the subbands obtained by the transforming task by performing:
a symbol generating task that obtains a predictive value corresponding to a coefficient of interest in a subband of interest from a coefficient in a completely encoded position around the coefficient of interest, and generates a symbol as an encoding target from a predictive error as a difference between a value of the coefficient of interest and the predictive value;
an encoding task that performs entropy coding on the generated symbol using a parameter determined in a process of encoding an immediately preceding coefficient of the coefficient of interest;
an estimation task that estimates a tentative symbol corresponding to a succeeding coefficient to be encoded next to the coefficient of interest, based on a symbol corresponding to the coefficient of interest; and
a determination task that determines a parameter for the succeeding coefficient from a code length obtained when assuming that the tentative symbol estimated by the estimation task is encoded by a parameter used when encoding the symbol of the coefficient of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,942,431

IMAGING FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of receiving an image data via a network from an image processing controller which generates the image data, the image forming apparatus comprising:a printer which forms an image on a sheet based on the received image data; and
a network interface which transmits predetermined information to an external device via the image processing controller, wherein the image processing controller returns to a first power state from a second power state in which power consumption is higher than power consumption in the first power state in accordance with receiving the predetermined information,
wherein the network interface does not transmit the predetermined information to the image processing controller while the image processing controller is in the first power state, and the network interface transmits the predetermined information to the image processing controller when the image processing controller returns from the first power state to the second power state.

US Pat. No. 9,942,442

IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus that irradiates an object placed on a read table with light from an irradiation unit, captures the object by an image capturing unit, and obtains an image data of the object, the apparatus comprising:a measurement unit configured to measure a shape of the object;
a specifying unit configured to estimate an amount of light which irradiates each position on a surface of the object and which enters the image capturing unit, the estimate being based on the shape of the object measured by the measurement unit and a positional relationship between the irradiation unit and the image capturing unit, and further configured to specify, out of areas on the surface of the object, an area where the amount of light that enters the image capturing unit is less than a predetermined amount of light; and
a determination unit configured to determine an amount of light with which the irradiation unit irradiates the object,
wherein the determination unit makes a determination such that the amount of light with which the irradiation unit irradiates the object in an area specified by the specifying unit is greater than that in an area not specified,
wherein the irradiation unit irradiates the object with light in accordance with the amount of light determined by the determination unit, and
wherein the image capturing unit captures image data of the object while the irradiation unit is irradiating the object with light in accordance with the determined amount.

US Pat. No. 9,940,691

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, AND VIDEO CAMERA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for estimating a projective transformation from a first frame image in a moving image to a second frame image in the moving image, the second frame image corresponding to the first frame image, the information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:
calculate, in each of the first frame image and the second frame image, an area of a triangle whose apexes are three feature points of four feature points;
calculate, in each of the first frame image and the second frame image, a first transformation matrix and a second transformation matrix for transforming four reference feature points into the four feature points, by using the area of the triangle whose apexes are three feature points of the four feature points; and
calculate the projective transformation from the first frame image to the second frame image as a third transformation matrix for transforming the four feature points of the first frame image into the four feature points of the second frame image, by using the first transformation matrix and the second transformation matrix.

US Pat. No. 9,940,715

DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS, METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A diagnosis support apparatus to reduce differences in radiographic interpretation by collectively performing a plurality of radiographic interpretations, comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the diagnosis support apparatus to:
obtain a plurality of target images as interpretation targets;
select a first image finding item of a plurality of image finding items;
sequentially assign an evaluation for the first image finding item to each image of the plurality of target images in accordance with operations input by a user;
select a second image finding item of the plurality of image finding items, wherein the second image finding item is different from the first image finding item and the selection of the second image finding item is performed after the selection of the first image finding item;
sequentially assign another evaluation indicating a degree for the second image finding item to each image of the plurality of target images in accordance with other operations input by a user;
display an image of the plurality of target images for which another evaluation indicating the degree is assigned, in accordance with the operation input, in a display area, of a plurality of display areas corresponding to evaluations configured to be assigned for the second image finding item, and being arranged in order of intensity of the indicated degree for the second image finding item, which corresponds to the evaluation assigned for the target image;
create a structured report based on the evaluations corresponding to each image finding item; and
store the structured report in a database.

US Pat. No. 9,936,124

IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus that performs continuous imaging, in which a plurality of imaging operations are successively performed, the imaging apparatus comprising:a focus detection unit configured to perform focus detection, in which an amount of defocus is detected;
a position detection unit configured to detect an image plane position corresponding to a subject position using the amount of defocus;
an estimation unit configured to estimate a next image plane position using a plurality of pairs of data regarding the image plane position and a respective time at which the amount of defocus has been detected; and
a turnabout determination unit configured to determine whether a subject is a turnabout subject, which is a subject that moves towards the imaging apparatus, changes direction of movement, and then moves away from the imaging apparatus,
wherein, if the turnabout determination unit determines that the subject is a turnabout subject, the estimation unit sets a number of pairs of data to be used for the estimation of the next image plane position to a number smaller than when the turnabout determination unit has determined that the subject is not a turnabout subject.

US Pat. No. 9,936,137

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:a viewfinder including an eye contacting portion and an internal display unit;
an eye approaching detection unit configured to detect a distance to an object approaching the eye contacting portion;
a mode switching unit configured to select one of a plurality of operation modes including first and second operation modes; and
a control unit configured to perform control such that
an on state of the internal display unit is changed to an off state based on detection, by the eye approaching detection unit, of an object which moves away from the eye contacting portion to a position at or further than a first distance from the eye contacting portion in the first operation mode, and
the on state of the internal display unit is changed to the off state based on detection, by the eye approaching detection unit, of an object which moves away from the eye contacting portion to a position at or further than a second distance, which is larger than the first distance, from the eye contacting portion in the second operation mode.

US Pat. No. 9,936,139

IMAGE PICKUP CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup control apparatus comprising a memory and at least one processor which function as:an instruction unit configured to instruct an image pickup unit to shoot an image in accordance with an operation of a photographer;
a first display processing unit configured to display the image shot by the image pickup unit in accordance with an instruction by the instruction unit;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain position information input by the photographer with respect to the image displayed by the first display processing unit;
a second display processing unit configured to display options based on the position information obtained by the obtaining unit; and
an assistance unit configured to perform an assistance including at least one of setting of a parameter for next shooting and guidance display of a parameter related to shooting based on an option selected by the photographer from among the options displayed by the second display processing unit,
wherein, in response to a position indicated by the position information obtained by the obtaining unit being at a distance within a threshold from an in-focus position in the image displayed by the first display processing unit, the second display processing unit displays an option related to a setting of an exposure correction value.

US Pat. No. 9,936,149

IMAGING APPARATUS WITH TEMPERATURE SENSORS, IMAGING SYSTEM AND IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a sensor array having a plurality of subarrays each having a plurality of sensors, each of the plurality of sensors comprising a conversion element converting radiation or light to charges and outputting signals based on the charges; and
a plurality of temperature sensors which output signals based on temperatures of the sensor array,
wherein a signal output from one subarray of the plurality of subarrays and a signal of one temperature sensor of the plurality of temperature sensors are read out through a line to which one sensor included in the one subarray and the one temperature sensor are commonly connected.

US Pat. No. 9,936,180

PROJECTOR AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A projector comprising:a first obtaining unit configured to obtain information that defines a relationship between a tone value and an absolute luminance value of image data to be projected;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a maximum luminance on a projection surface that is achieved by the projector;
a generation unit configured to generate a tone-conversion characteristic based on the information and the maximum luminance; and
an application unit configured to apply the tone-conversion characteristic to the image data and supply the image data to projection unit,
wherein the generation unit generates the tone-conversion characteristic such that a relationship between the tone value of the image data after the tone-conversion characteristic has been applied thereto and a luminance on the projection surface satisfies the relationship between the tone value and the absolute luminance value obtained by the first obtaining unit in at least part of a tone value range.

US Pat. No. 9,931,855

LIQUID STORAGE CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid storage container for storing a liquid having a label member attached to a surface thereof,wherein a bonding face of the label member that is bonded to the surface includes a first area and a second area having a bonding strength lower than a bonding strength of the first area when the first area and the second area are bonded to the surface,
wherein the second area of the label member covers a liquid supply port that opens through the surface and through which the liquid is supplied to an inside of the liquid storage container, and
wherein a score line is formed on the label member, and the score line extends along a boundary between the first area and the second area and is formed in the second area.

US Pat. No. 9,932,195

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:a belt comprising a first surface having a width in a width direction orthogonal to a traveling direction of the belt, a second surface opposite from the first surface, and widthwise side surfaces formed in widthwise side ends of the belt and connecting the first and second surfaces, at least one of the widthwise side surfaces including a portion defining a notch being recessed in the width direction, the notch being defined by less than an entire length, in the traveling direction, of the widthwise side surface;
a contacting member arranged to be in contact with an end portion of a sheet to be conveyed, the contacting member is attached to the belt so that at least a part of the contacting member is arranged in the notch of the belt;
a regulating portion configured to regulate a position of the belt in the width direction by contacting with the widthwise side surface of the belt; and
a driving portion configured to drive the belt to move the contacting member.

US Pat. No. 9,936,101

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:one or more memory that stores a first language associated with a first user, a second language associated with a second user and a device language which is not associated with any one of users; and
one or more processors that operate to:
receive a login request from a user;
upon a successful login of the first user to the image forming apparatus, set the first language stored in association with the first user as a language that is to be used for display on an operation screen;
upon a logout of the first user from the image forming apparatus, switch the language to be used from the first language to the device language;
cause the first user to log out of the image forming apparatus according to receipt of a login request from the second user when the first user is currently logged in to the image forming apparatus; and
in a case where the first user is caused to log out of the image forming apparatus according to the receipt of the login request from the second user, skip the switching of the language to be used from the first language to the device language, and, upon a successful login of the second user to the image forming apparatus, switch the language to be used from the first language to the second language stored in association with the second user.

US Pat. No. 9,930,244

IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM IN WHICH OPTICAL ACCESSORY IS PLACEABLE IN FRONT OF LIGHT EMITTING UNIT, ILLUMINATION APPARATUS IN WHICH OPTICAL ACCESSORY IS PLACEABLE IN FRONT OF LIGHT EMITTING UNIT, AND METHOD FOR DETECTING FOCUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing system comprising:an image capturing apparatus;
a first light emitting unit;
a second light emitting unit having a light coverage smaller than a light coverage of the first light emitting unit; and
a processor configured to perform control according to whether a predetermined optical accessory for the first light emitting unit is present in front of the first light emitting unit in such a manner that, when focus detection is performed in the image capturing apparatus, one of the first light emitting unit and the second light emitting unit is used as a light emitting unit that emits assist light for the focus detection.

US Pat. No. 9,928,452

IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

19. A control method for an image decoding apparatus for decoding data in which first data obtained by compressing an image for each region by a first method and second data obtained by compressing some regions of the image by a second method different from the first method coexist, and outputting the image, the method comprising:decoding the first data and outputting pixel data of each pixel forming the image;
decoding the second data of a compression region based on boundary information indicating the compression region compressed by the second method; and
writing, in a memory, pixel data of each pixel forming the image obtained in the decoding the second data,
wherein the pixel data of each pixel obtained in the decoding the first data is transferred to decoding processing of the second data, and
wherein in the decoding the second data,
it is determined, based on the boundary information, whether a processing target pixel is included in the compression region, and
the pixel data obtained in the decoding the first data is output as a write target for a pixel outside the compression region, and the pixel data obtained in the decoding the second data is output as a write target for a pixel included in the compression region.

US Pat. No. 9,927,700

IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for molding an imprint material on a target region on a substrate using a mold to form a pattern on the target region, the apparatus comprising:a heater configured to deform the target region by heating the substrate;
a measurement device configured to measure an overlay state between the target region and the mold; and
a controller configured to control the heater while causing the measurement device to measure the overlay state, such that the measured overlay state falls within a tolerance and then keeps within the tolerance,
wherein the controller is configured to control, during cure of the imprint material, the heater such that a thermal dose per unit time to be applied to the target region by the heater is reduced by a heat amount due to curing the imprint material.

US Pat. No. 9,927,732

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus, comprising:a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so as to scan a photosensitive member with the light beam;
an optical member configured to guide the light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror to the photosensitive member;
an optical box on which the light source is mounted and configured to contain the rotary polygon mirror and the optical member;
a cover configured to cover an opening of the optical box;
a fixation unit configured to fix the cover on the optical box; and
a dust-proof member which is molded on the cover so as to prevent dust from entering into the optical box and which is sandwiched between the cover fixed on the optical box by the fixation unit and a side wall of the optical box,
wherein the dust-proof member includes an abutment portion against which a top of the side wall abuts, and a groove which is formed along the abutment portion to absorb deformation amount of the dust-proof member to be deformed by abutting the top of the side wall against the abutment portion, and
wherein the groove is recessed from a surface to be opposed to the top of the side wall in a direction parallel to a rotation axis of the rotary polygon mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,927,740

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. An image forming apparatus comprising:a developer container, which is detachably mountable to the image forming apparatus, and configured to contain a developer;
a discharge portion, which is provided on the developer container, and configured to discharge the developer in the developer container;
a shutter, which is provided on the developer container, and configured to open and close the discharge portion;
an engaging member which is configured to move and to engage with the shutter; and
a driving force transmitting mechanism configured to transmit a driving force to the engaging member to move the engaging member from a first position to a second position,
wherein in a case in which the engaging member is in the first position, the shutter maintains a closed status of the discharge portion when the developer container is mounted on the image forming apparatus, and
wherein in a case in which the engaging member is in the second position, in which engaging member is retracted from the first position, the engaging member engages with the shutter so as to open the discharge portion by an attaching operation in which the developer container is moved into a discharge position to be capable of discharging the developer from the discharge portion.

US Pat. No. 9,927,741

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a developing device configured to develop, with toner containing a wax, an electrostatic latent image formed on said image bearing member;
an intermediary transfer member onto which a toner image formed on said image bearing member is transferred;
a rotatable transfer member configured to form a transfer portion in contact with an outer surface of said intermediary transfer member, wherein the toner image formed on said intermediary transfer member is transferred onto a recording material at the transfer portion;
a cleaning device configured to remove the toner deposited on said rotatable transfer member, said cleaning device including a blade contacting said rotatable transfer member or a blade contacting a rotatable member for feeding the toner collected from said rotatable transfer member;
a fixing device including a heating roller configured to fix the toner image by heating the recording material;
a feeding portion configured to turn the recording material passing through said fixing device upside down and configured to feed the recording material to the transfer portion; and
a controller configured to execute a supplying operation for supplying a supplying toner image to said cleaning device during a continuous double-sided job for carrying out continuous image formation on first and second surfaces of each of a plurality of recording materials, wherein the supplying toner image is formed in a region, corresponding to a region between a recording material and a subsequent recording material during the continuous image forming job,
wherein said controller executes the supplying operation on the basis of:
(i) first information on image information on the image formed on each of the recording materials during the continuous double-sided image forming job, and
(ii) second information for discriminating whether or not the first information is information on the image formed on the first surface of each of the recording materials.

US Pat. No. 9,927,745

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating device, comprising:a heater having a substrate, a first heat generating block which is formed on the substrate and generates heat by supplied power, and a second heat generating block which is formed on the substrate and generates heat by supplied power and which is arranged at a position different from a position at which the first heat generating block is arranged in a longitudinal direction of the substrate;
a temperature detecting element; and
a controller to which a signal from the temperature detecting element is input,
wherein the controller controls a ratio of power supplied to the first heat generating block to power supplied to the second heat generating block to thereby switch heat generation distribution of the heater,
wherein the temperature detecting element is arranged so as to extend across both of the first heat generating block and the second heat generating block, and
wherein the controller judges that an abnormality has occurred when a detected temperature of the temperature detecting element reaches a threshold which is set according to the ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,927,752

OPTICAL SENSOR AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical sensor, comprising:a light emitting element that irradiates irradiating light toward an irradiated member;
a first light receiving element for receiving diffused reflection light into which the irradiating light is diffusely reflected by the irradiated member;
a second light receiving element for receiving specular reflection light into which the irradiating light is specularly reflected by the irradiated member; and
a housing for forming a first opening and a second opening, wherein the first opening is an opening for determining an irradiation region of the irradiated member onto which the irradiating light is irradiated, and is the opening through which the irradiating light passes and through which the diffused reflection light to be received by the first light receiving element passes, and the second opening is an opening through which the specular reflection light to be received by the second light receiving element passes.

US Pat. No. 9,927,761

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image from said image bearing member onto a toner image receiving member at a transfer portion;
a cleaning member contacting said image bearing member at a contact portion and configured to remove transfer residual toner remaining on a surface of said image bearing member from the surface of said image bearing member with movement of said image bearing member; and
an executing portion configured to execute a supplying operation for forming a predetermined toner image on said image bearing member during non-image formation and then supplying toner of the predetermined toner image to the contact portion,
wherein said executing portion executes the supplying operation with a forming condition of the predetermined toner image preset on the basis of information on contact pressure applied by said cleaning member to said image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,928,018

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, FOR A DRAWING CONTROL TECHNIQUE OF A PRINTER DRIVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory for storing a graphics device interface application, a conversion module and a printer driver,
wherein the processor executes the graphics device interface application to issue GDI (graphics device interface) drawing commands in accordance with a print instruction, and
wherein the processor executes the conversion module to generate XPS (extensible markup language paper specification) drawing commands by converting the issued GDI drawing commands, and
wherein the processor executes the printer driver to generate print data based on the generated XPS drawing commands,
wherein if the issued GDI drawing commands include a pattern drawing command for filling a figure with a pattern, the conversion module obtains information of a resolution specified by the printer driver and generates the XPS drawing commands by converting the issued GDI drawing commands and setting a pattern resolution of the pattern drawing command based on the obtained information of the resolution specified by the printer driver.

US Pat. No. 9,925,776

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR CHIPS FOR LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a plurality ofsemiconductor chips for a liquid discharge head from a substrate by cutting the substrate along intended cutting portions of a linear form, the substrate including a plurality of energy generating elements configured to generate energy used for discharging liquid, a plurality of liquid flow paths through which the liquid is supplied to the energy generating elements, a plurality of discharge ports through which the liquid is discharged, a first surface on which the energy generating elements are disposed, and a second surface which is a rear surface of the first surface, the method comprising: forming trenches of a linear form through etching from the second surface along the intended cutting portions;
forming modified portions in the substrate by irradiating a laser beam from the first surface side along the intended cutting portions; and splitting the substrate into the plurality of semiconductor chips for the liquid discharge head, by cutting the substrate with stress applied to the modified portions, wherein the intended cutting portions include inclined portions extending in a direction inclined with respect to a crystal orientation plane of the substrate and uninclined portions extending in a direction along the crystal orientation plane of the substrate, and wherein the trenches are formed at least along the inclined portions.

US Pat. No. 9,925,791

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising:a liquid storage container that stores liquid;
a plurality of print element boards including an ejection opening that ejects liquid and a pressure chamber that includes a print element generating energy for ejecting liquid therein;
a common supply passage that supplies liquid to the plurality of print element boards;
a supply-side filter provided in a passage between the liquid storage container and the common supply passage to remove a foreign substance;
a supply-side pressure adjustment mechanism provided in a passage at a downstream side of the common supply passage to adjust a pressure in the common supply passage;
a common collection passage that collects liquid from the plurality of print element boards;
a collection-side filter provided in a passage between the liquid storage container and the common collection passage to remove a foreign substance; and
a collection-side pressure adjustment mechanism provided in a passage at a downstream side of the common collection passage to adjust a pressure in the common collection passage.

US Pat. No. 9,925,792

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, AND LIQUID DISCHARGE METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a plurality of discharge orifices configured to discharge liquid;
a plurality of recording elements configured to generate energy used to discharge liquid;
a plurality of supply channels configured to supply liquid to the plurality of recording elements;
a common supply channel communicating with the plurality of supply channels and configured to supply liquid to the plurality of supply channels;
a plurality of recovery channels configured to recover liquid supplied to the plurality of recording elements by the plurality of supply channels; and
a common recovery channel communicating with the plurality of recovery channels and configured to recover liquid from the plurality of recovery channels,
wherein the liquid discharge head has formed therein
a first inlet port configured to supply liquid from outside of the liquid discharge head to the common supply channel, and
a first recovery port configured to recover liquid from the common supply channel to the outside of the liquid discharge head,
the first inlet port and the first recovery port communicating by the common supply channel without going through channel portions where the recording elements are disposed, and
wherein the liquid discharge head has formed therein
a second inlet port configured to supply liquid from outside of the liquid discharge head to the common recovery channel, and
a second recovery port configured to recover liquid from the common recovery channel to the outside of the liquid discharge head,
the second inlet port and the second recovery port communicating by the common recovery channel without going through channel portions where the recording elements are disposed.

US Pat. No. 9,928,124

REVERTING TIGHTLY COUPLED THREADS IN AN OVER-SCHEDULED SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of processing a task on a processor adapted to process a plurality of tasks, the method comprising the steps of:processing the task by a producer thread and a consumer thread running concurrently, each thread executing at least a portion of the task, the threads communicating via a message queue comprising a plurality of messages produced by the producer thread to be processed by the consumer thread;
detecting a transition of an occupancy state of the message queue from a substantially full state to a substantially empty state, wherein the state of the message queue is determined—based on the plurality of messages in the message queue to be processed by the consumer thread, and the transition of an occupancy state of the message queue from a substantially full state to a substantially empty state is caused by a further task interfering with processing of the task; and
in the event of detecting the transition, processing the task sequentially by a single thread.

US Pat. No. 9,929,202

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A device comprising:a first substrate which is provided with a first transistor;
a first structure which is disposed on the first substrate, the first structure including a first portion containing a conductive material and including a first wiring layer arranged between the first portion and the first substrate;
a second substrate provided with a second transistor;
a second structure disposed on the second substrate, the second structure including a second portion containing a conductive material and including a second wiring layer arranged between the second portion and the second substrate,
wherein the first structure and the second structure are arranged between the first substrate and the second substrate so that the first portion and the second portion are connected to each other,
wherein the first structure includes a first insulating film and a second insulating film, the first insulating film is arranged between the second insulating film and the first substrate, a material of the second insulating film is different from a material of the first insulating film, the first wiring layer is arranged between the first insulating film and the first substrate, and the first portion is arranged in a first groove formed of at least the first insulating film and the second insulating film, and
wherein the second structure includes a third insulating film, the second wiring layer is arranged between the third insulating film and the second substrate, and the second portion is arranged in a second groove formed of at least the third insulating film.

US Pat. No. 9,921,544

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, MOLDED RESIN PRODUCT FOR USE WITH THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A molded resin product for use with an image forming apparatus, the molded resin product comprising: a base portion formed
of a resin material; and a movable member, wherein the movable member includes an engaging portion, wherein the engaging portion
includes a groove having mutually opposing surfaces, with a distance between the mutually opposing surfaces becoming narrower
toward a bottom of the groove, and wherein the base portion includes a portion-to-be-engaged protruding into the groove for
permitting movement of the movable member relative to the base portion in a movement direction by engaging with the engaging
portion to guide the engaging portion.

US Pat. No. 9,914,850

ANTIREFLECTION FILM, OPTICAL MEMBER, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING OPTICAL MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An antireflection film provided on a substrate, the antireflection film comprising:
a first layer including particles, a binder, and a fluorine compound,
wherein:
the first layer has a refractive index of 1.22 to 1.30;
the first layer has a contact angle between the surface thereof and n-hexadecane of 50° to 70°;
the fluorine compound is noncontinuously disposed on a surface of the first layer on a side opposite to the substrate;
the first layer has voids; and
the fluorine compound is provided on surfaces defining the voids.

US Pat. No. 9,917,980

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INQUIRING WHETHER A USER WANTS TO CHANGE A BINDING PROCESS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus that controls a print operation based on a print job, the apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the print control apparatus to:
accept a setting change of a print job selected by a user from among stored print jobs,
in a case where the print job becomes a print job in which a number of sheets to be used for the print job does not exceed
a number of sheets allowable for a first binding processing for binding sheets without using any staple and a second binding
processing for binding sheets with a staple is set by reflecting the setting change, perform an inquiry to inquire whether
a user wants to perform the first binding processing and reflect the setting change of the print job based on a user instruction
received in response to the inquiry, and

in a case where the print job becomes a print job in which the number of sheets to be used for the print job exceeds the number
of sheets allowable for the first binding processing and the second binding processing is set by reflecting the setting change,
reflect the setting change of the print job without performing the inquiry.

US Pat. No. 9,917,986

CONTROLLERS, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A controller comprising:
one or more processors coupled to one or more memories, the one or more processors operating to:
acquire information of a paper type from each of a plurality of image output devices managed in a management system;
perform grouping of a plurality of managed image output devices based on the acquired information of the paper type information;
and

cause a display unit to display information indicating the managed image output devices having undergone the grouping performed,
wherein, in a case where information of a paper type fed in a managed image output device is successfully acquired from the
managed image output device, the grouping for the managed image output information is performed based on the acquired information
of the paper type, and

wherein, in a case where information of a paper type fed in a managed image output device fails to be acquired from the managed
image output device, the grouping for the managed image output device is performed based on calibration-executable paper type
information included in information of paper types registered in the managed image output device.

US Pat. No. 9,917,245

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, PIEZOELECTRIC ACTUATOR, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:
a substrate;
electrodes; and
a piezoelectric film,
wherein the piezoelectric film comprises an oxide including Ba, Ca, Ti, and Zr, and at least one element of Mn and Bi,
wherein 0.09?x?0.30, where x is a mole ratio of Ca to a sum of Ba and Ca,
wherein 0.025?y?0.085, where y is a mole ratio of Zr to a sum of Ti, Zr, and Sn,
wherein 0?z?0.02, where z is a mole ratio of Sn to the sum of Ti, Zr, and Sn,
wherein a total content Save of the at least one element of Mn and Bi is 0.0020 moles to 0.0150 moles for 1 mole of the oxide, and

wherein a total content Sbou of the at least one element of Mn and Bi in a region of the piezoelectric film adjacent to one of the electrodes is smaller
than Save.

US Pat. No. 9,918,057

PROJECTING TEXT CHARACTERS ONTO A TEXTURED SURFACE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of projecting text characters onto a textured surface, the method comprising:
determining, from a captured image of the textured surface, a measure of the texture on the surface for a region of the textured
surface over which the text characters are to be projected;

selecting, based on a function of the determined measure, a glyph set, each glyph in the glyph set having visually contrasting
inner and outer portions, at least one of the inner and outer portions having a width varied according to the determined measure
in each of two mutually perpendicular directions, the outer portion being sized proportionally to the inner portion according
to the determined measure; and

projecting the text characters onto the textured surface of the region using the selected glyph set.

US Pat. No. 9,915,760

OPTICAL MEMBER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical member comprising:
a base material; and
an antireflective layer on the base material,
wherein the antireflective layer includes a plurality of fine protrusions on a surface thereof and a support layer, disposed
on the base material below the protrusions, for supporting the protrusions,

wherein the protrusions are made mainly of boehmite and
wherein the support layer contains aluminum oxide and boron in an amount equal to or greater than 7×1019 atoms/cm3 and equal to or less than 2.5×1020 atoms/cm3,

wherein a thickness of the support layer is 10 nm or more and 100 nm or less, and a porosity in a cross-section of the support
layer is 20% or more and 45% or less,

wherein the base material has a refractive index nd of 1.48 or more and 1.71 or less, and

wherein a minimum reflectance of the optical member is 0.03% or less.

US Pat. No. 9,910,629

IMAGE OUTPUT SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS AND METHODS THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image output system in which an image processing apparatus, an image output apparatus and a conversion server for data
conversion are connected to one another via a network,
wherein the image processing apparatus comprises:
a storage unit configured to store print data received from an external apparatus via the network; and
a conversion control unit configured to request the conversion server to perform a conversion process on the print data,
wherein the conversion server comprises:
a conversion unit configured to perform a conversion process of converting the print data into a predetermined format in response
to the request from the image processing apparatus;

a reference information generation unit configured to generate reference information indicating a location of the print data
after conversion by the conversion unit; and

a reference information transmission unit configured to transmit the reference information to the image processing apparatus
as a response to the request from the image processing apparatus,

wherein the image output apparatus comprises:
a print data request unit configured to notify the image processing apparatus of apparatus configuration information on the
image output apparatus and issue a print data request to the image processing apparatus; and

a print unit configured to perform a print process,
wherein the image processing apparatus further comprises a print data request response unit configured to select either of
the print data stored in the storage unit and the reference information received from the conversion server based on the apparatus
configuration information, and output a selection result to the image output apparatus as a response to the print data request
from the image output apparatus, and

wherein in the image output apparatus, when the reference information is received from the image processing apparatus, the
print unit acquires the print data after conversion by the conversion unit from the conversion server and performs printing,
based on the reference information, and, when the print data is received from the image processing apparatus, the print unit
performs printing based on the print data.

US Pat. No. 9,911,921

ORGANIC COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A device comprising:
an anode;
a cathode;
an emission layer placed between the anode and the cathode; and
an organic compound layer placed between the anode and the emission layer,
wherein the organic compound layer contains compound A and compound B, compound A being an organic compound free of a nitrogen
atom and a metal atom, the compound having SP2 carbon atoms and SP3 carbon atoms, and compound B being a compound having a tertiary amine structure,

wherein compound A has general formula [3]:

wherein, in the general formula [3], Z2 represents a naphthyl group, a fluorenyl group, a phenanthryl group, a triphenylenyl group, an aliphatic condensed polycyclic
group, a carbon atom, or an oxygen atom, and when Z2 represents a naphthyl group, a fluorenyl group, a phenanthryl group, a triphenylenyl group, or an aliphatic condensed polycyclic
group, Z2 can be substituted with a substituent selected from the group consisting of an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an aryl group,
and a halogen atom,

wherein, in the general formula [3], R1 to R9 each represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, or a halogen atom, provided that at least two of substituents
represented by R1 to R9 comprise alkyl groups,

wherein, in the general formula [3], m represents an integer of from 1 to 6, provided that when Z2 represents a carbon atom, m represents 4, and when Z2 represents an oxygen atom, m represents 2, and when m represents 2 or more, structures in parentheses may be identical to
or different from each other, and

with the proviso that Z2, m and R1-R9 are selected so that compound A has a ratio of the number of the SP3 carbon atoms to the number of the SP2 carbon atoms of 40% or more.

US Pat. No. 9,910,198

OPTICAL FILTER AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical filter comprising:
a first multi-layer having a width W1 and including a first optical layer and a second optical layer that are made of materials different from each other and that
are alternately laminated, the first optical layer having a refractive index nH and an average layer thickness dH, and the
second optical layer having a refractive index nL lower than the refractive index nH and an average layer thickness dL; and

a second multi-layer having a width W2 and including the first and the second optical layers alternately laminated,

wherein the first and the second multi-layers are included in each of unit structures arranged being shifted from each other
by a shift amount D in a lamination direction of the first and the second optical layers, the unit structures being arranged
in an array direction orthogonal to the lamination direction, and

expressions below are satisfied:
15° 1.8
(W1+W2)<0.85*?0
where an inclination angle ? of each of the unit structures is defined to be tan?1(|D|/0.5(W1+W2)) for |D| not greater than 0.5(dL+dH) and tan?1(((dL+dH)?|D|)/0.5(W1+W2)) for |D| greater than 0.5(dL+dH), |?|max and |?|min respectively represent a maximum value and a minimum value of an absolute
value of an incident angle range of a light beam on an incident plane parallel to the lamination direction and the array direction,
and ?0 represents a reflection center wavelength of P polarized light for an incident angle (|?|max+|?|min)/2.

US Pat. No. 9,906,748

ANALOG-DIGITAL CONVERSION CIRCUIT DRIVE METHOD, ANALOG-DIGITAL CONVERSION CIRCUIT, IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND ANALOG-DIGITAL CONVERSION CIRCUIT INSPECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An analog-digital conversion circuit comprising:
a plurality of comparators configured to output a first signal indicating a result of comparison of an analog signal and a
reference signal;

a first circuit configured to supply a digital signal; and
a plurality of memories which is provided in correspondence with the plurality of comparators, the plurality of memories being
configured to hold the digital signal; and

a second circuit configured to output a second signal other than the first signal;
wherein in a first mode, the plurality of memories hold, based on the first signal, the digital signal, and
wherein in a second mode, the plurality of memories samples the digital signal, a signal level of the digital signal changes
from a first level to a second level in a period in which the plurality of memories samples the digital signal, and after
the changing of the signal level from the first level to the second level, the plurality of memories holds, based on the second
signal, the digital signal.

US Pat. No. 9,904,188

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer on the support; and
a photosensitive layer on the undercoat layer;
wherein the undercoat layer comprises:
a binder resin; and
conductive particles each comprising a core particle coated with tin oxide doped with aluminum.

US Pat. No. 9,902,160

SUPPLY APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND ATTACHMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead configured to discharge ink;
a supplying portion configured to be connected to an ink tank containing ink and to supply the ink in the ink tank to the
printhead;

a holder configured to hold the ink tank, the holder being movable to a first position at which the ink tank is attachable
to and detachable from the holder and a second position at which the ink tank held by the holder is connected to the supplying
portion;

a link unit coupled to the holder;
an operation portion rotatably coupled to the link unit, and configured to move the holder through the link unit, the operation
portion further being configured to move the holder to the second position by rotation with respect to the link unit;

a rotation restriction unit configured to change the operation portion into a restriction state in which rotation of the operation
portion with respect to the link unit is restricted; and

a changing unit configured to change the operation portion into a non-restriction state in which the rotation of the operation
portion is not restricted by the rotation restriction unit from the restriction state when the holder moves from the first
position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,900,514

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING IMAGE STABILIZATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:
an image capturing optical system including a correction unit configured to move in image stabilization; and
a driver configured to rotationally drive the correction unit based on a rotational center position that varies depending
on an object distance,

wherein a conditional expression below is satisfied:
|Rinf|/D?|Rn|/D>0.001,

where Rinf is a distance in an optical axis direction from an intersection of a lens surface closest to an object side of
the correction unit and an optical axis of the image capturing optical system to the rotational center position when focusing
at infinity, Rn is a distance in the optical axis direction from the intersection of the lens surface closest to the object
side of the correction unit and the optical axis to the rotational center position when focusing in a close range, and D is
a thickness on the optical axis of the correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,893,423

ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE SENSOR AND/OR EMITTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sensor for detecting terahertz waves, comprising:
a semiconductor substrate;
a firing wiring loop;
a first rectifier electrically connected to the first wiring loop;
a second wiring loop; and
a second rectifier electrically connected to the second wiring loop, wherein
the first wiring loop surrounds at least a part of the second wiring loop,
wherein the first wiring loop, the first rectifier, the second wiring loop and the second rectifier are arranged on same surface
side of the semiconductor substrate, and

wherein the first wiring loop and the second wiring loop have different shapes from each other, and are sensitive to terahertz
waves with different polarization directions from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,892,949

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for forming a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold, the imprint apparatus
comprising;
a substrate holding unit configured to hold the substrate by acting as a suction force between the substrate and a holding
surface, the substrate holding unit including a first suction unit for sucking a rear surface of a first region of the substrate
with a first suction force and a second suction unit for sucking a rear surface of a second region of the substrate, different
from the first region of the substrate, with a second suction force;

a deformation mechanism configured to deform a shape of the first region in a direction along the holding surface so as to
reduce a difference between a shape of a pattern region of the mold and the shape of the first region of the substrate when
forming the pattern of the imprint material on the first region; and

an adjusting unit configured to adjust the first suction force and the second suction force, wherein the adjusting unit adjusts
the first suction force to be less than the second suction force in at least a portion of a period during the deforming of
the shape of the first region by the deformation mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,888,206

IMAGE CAPTURING CONTROL APPARATUS THAT ENABLES EASY RECOGNITION OF CHANGES IN THE LENGTH OF SHOOTING TIME AND THE LENGTH OF PLAYBACK TIME FOR RESPECTIVE SETTINGS, CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing control apparatus, comprising:
at least one processor, and
a memory storing instructions which cause the at least one processor to perform operations of:
selecting, as a setting relating to shooting of a moving image by an image capturing unit, any of a plurality of settings
having respectively different ratios of a length of a shooting time to a length of a playback time; and

performing control such that:
when a first or second setting, in which a length of a shooting time is shorter than a length of a playback time, is selected
from the plurality of settings, a length of a predetermined exemplary shooting time is displayed as a length of a shooting
time, wherein in the case of the first setting, a length of a first playback time that corresponds to the length of the predetermined
exemplary shooting time in accordance with the first setting is displayed together with the length of the predetermined exemplary
shooting time, and in the case of the second setting, a length of a second playback time that corresponds to the length of
the predetermined exemplary shooting time in accordance with the second setting is displayed together with the length of the
predetermined exemplary shooting time; and

when a third or fourth setting, in which a length of a shooting time is longer than a length of a playback time, is selected
from the plurality of settings, a length of a predetermined exemplary playback time is displayed as a length of a playback
time, wherein in the case of the third setting, a length of a third shooting time that corresponds to the length of the predetermined
exemplary playback time in accordance with the third setting is displayed together with the length of the predetermined exemplary
playback time, and in the case of the fourth setting, a length of a fourth shooting time that corresponds to the length of
the predetermined exemplary playback time in accordance with the fourth setting is displayed together with the length of the
predetermined exemplary playback time.

US Pat. No. 9,887,227

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor which includes a semiconductor layer having a first surface and a second surface, comprising:
charge accumulation region pairs which are arranged between the first surface and the second surface, one of the charge accumulation
region pairs including charge accumulation regions to accumulate a charge;

a transfer gate which is arranged on a side of the first surface so that the transfer gate transfers the charge;
microlenses which are arranged on a side of the second surface so that one of the microlenses is assigned to the one of the
charge accumulation region pairs;

an intra-pair isolation region which is arranged between the charge accumulation regions of the one of the charge accumulation
region pairs, the intra-pair isolation region including an isolation region extending from the first surface toward the second
surface; and

an inter-pair isolation region which is arranged between the charge accumulation region pairs, the inter-pair isolation region
continuously extending from the first surface toward the second surface, wherein a depth of the isolation region from the
first surface is smaller than a depth of the inter-pair isolation region from the first surface.

US Pat. No. 9,884,482

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a bubble forming chamber capable of retaining a liquid therein;
a heating element disposed in a surface oriented towards the bubble forming chamber, the heating element capable of heating
the liquid retained inside the bubble forming chamber;

an ejection port that ejects the liquid that the bubble forming chamber has retained and that has been heated;
an ejecting portion that communicates the liquid between the ejection port and the bubble forming chamber;
a liquid supply port that supplies the liquid to the bubble forming chamber; and
a flow path resistor that serves as a resistance of a flow of the liquid in the bubble forming chamber,
wherein upon heating performed by the heating element, a bubble is formed in the liquid retained in the bubble forming chamber,
the liquid is ejected, and the bubble disappears without any atmospheric communication,

wherein when a length L is a length of the heating element in a direction in which the liquid is supplied, when viewing in
a direction in which the liquid is ejected, a position of a center of gravity of the ejection port is spaced apart from a
position of a center of gravity of the heating element by L/3.5 or more in the direction in which the liquid is ejected, and

wherein when a length of the ejecting portion in the direction in which the liquid is ejected is l and a length of the bubble
forming chamber in the direction in which the liquid is ejected is h, l/h is 2 or smaller.

US Pat. No. 9,886,627

DOCUMENT ANALYSIS SERVER FOR RECOMMENDING A STORAGE DESTINATION OF IMAGE DATA TO AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document analysis system comprising:
an image processing apparatus; and
an analysis server,
wherein the image processing apparatus comprises:
a first memory; and
a first processor in communication with the first memory, wherein the first processor performs:
dividing image data obtained by scanning a document into a plurality of divided images each of which corresponds to each page
of the document;

sequentially transmitting the divided images to the analysis server;
receiving storage destination candidates from the analysis server, wherein the sequentially transmission of the divided images
is stopped when receiving the storage destination candidates from the analysis server;

displaying the received storage destination candidates for a user to select one storage destination of the image data; and
transmitting the obtained image data as one file to the one storage destination selected from the storage destination candidates
by the user so as to be stored therein, and

wherein the analysis server comprises:
a second memory; and
a second processor in communication with the second memory, wherein the second processor performs:
sequentially analyzing the divided images, that are sequentially received from the image processing apparatus, to determine
the storage destination candidates; and

replying the storage destination candidates to the image processing apparatus when the storage destination candidates are
determined before receiving all of the divided images.

US Pat. No. 9,880,506

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a request for printing that contains a binding direction at the time of case binding
using a signature;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the binding direction contained in the request received by the reception
unit is a predetermined binding direction; and

a control unit configured to perform imposition processing so as to achieve a predetermined folding direction of the signature
and issue an instruction to carry out the printing if the received binding direction is determined to be the predetermined
binding direction, and perform the imposition processing in such a manner that a folding direction of the signature matches
the predetermined folding direction of the signature and also issue an instruction to carry out the printing so as to reverse
an order of a discharging paper if the received binding direction is determined not to be the predetermined binding direction.

US Pat. No. 9,880,376

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING 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 negative refractive power; and
a fifth lens unit having a positive or negative refractive power,
wherein intervals between adjacent lens units are changed during zooming,
wherein the third lens unit includes four or more lenses, and in the third lens unit, a lens arranged closest to the image
side, a lens arranged second when counted from the image side, and a lens arranged third when counted from the image side
are arranged with air gaps therebetween, and

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
?0.8
?15.00 where fw represents a focal length of the zoom lens at a wide-angle end, ft represents a focal length of the zoom lens at
a telephoto end, f4 represents a focal length of the fourth lens unit, and M1 represents a movement amount of the first lens unit during zooming from a wide-angle end to the telephoto end, provided that
a sign of the movement amount is negative when the first lens unit is located on the object side at the telephoto end with
respect to the wide-angle end, and is positive when the first lens unit is located on the image side at the telephoto end
with respect to the wide-angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,871,947

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a controller including a memory storing instructions and a processor executing the instructions, the controller being configured
to function as:

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of images;
a first detection unit configured to detect a quadrilateral region from a first image which is one of the plurality of images
acquired by the acquisition unit;

a determination unit configured to determine a position of each edge that constitutes the quadrilateral region detected by
the first detection unit; and

a second detection unit configured to detect a quadrilateral region included in each of the plurality of images which is different
from the first image acquired by the acquisition unit using information about the position of each edge which has been determined
by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,871,970

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the imaging apparatus to:
generate an image by imaging;
transmit display data based on the image to both a first display device placed inside a viewfinder and a second display device
placed outside the viewfinder;

obtain information indicating whether a user looks into the viewfinder;
perform a process of displaying the display data on each of the first display device and the second display device;
stop displaying the display data on the first display device when a predetermined time elapses after the user stops looking
into the viewfinder; and

stop displaying the display data on the second display device when the user starts looking into the view finder again before
the predetermined time elapses after the user stops looking into the viewfinder.

US Pat. No. 9,871,975

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
a shutter configured to be movable to a position at which the image sensor is shielded from light, and to a position at which
the image sensor is not shielded from light, wherein a moving speed of the shutter changes during movement; and

at least one processor that operates to:
calculate a light amount change characteristic of light from an object; and
perform exposure control of the image sensor based on a movement characteristic of the shutter and the calculated light amount
change characteristic so that a center timing of an exposure period of a center region of an imaging area of the image sensor
differs from a timing when the light from the object satisfies a predetermined condition, the light being calculated by the
at least one processor,

wherein the timing when the light from the object satisfies the predetermined condition is included in an exposure period
of the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,864,556

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING WEB BROWSER, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a processor connected to a memory, the processor being configured to:
determine whether a print controller for expanding print data received from an external apparatus and inputting a print job
to the image forming apparatus via a cable is locally connected to the image forming apparatus;

obtain a code from the printer controller which is connected to the image forming apparatus with a one-to-one connection by
the cable;

obtain information according to a configuration of the image forming apparatus and indicating whether the image forming apparatus
is ready to connect to the print controller wherein the obtained information is originated from the image forming apparatus;

determine whether to register the connected print controller to a menu based on that the obtained code obtained from the print
controller lies inside a specific range and that the information indicating that the image forming apparatus is ready to connect
to the print controller is obtained;

specify a URL including an IP address of the connected print controller without receiving an input by a user;
store the specified URL in a storage according to determining that the print controller is locally connected to the image
forming apparatus and determining to register the connected print controller to the menu based on that the obtained code obtained
from the print controller lies inside the specific range and that the information indicating that the image forming apparatus
is ready to connect to the print controller is obtained;

display a menu including a plurality of icons for executing functions of the image forming apparatus based on a user instruction
for displaying the menu in a case where the specified URL is not stored in the storage;

display a menu including the plurality of icons for executing the functions of the image forming apparatus and an icon corresponding
to the specified URL in a case where the specified URL is stored in the storage; and

receive a web page relating to the printer controller corresponding to the specified URL based on the icon corresponding to
the specified URL being selected by the user, and display the received web page.

US Pat. No. 9,857,760

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main assembly;
a unit detachably mountable to the apparatus main assembly;
a first coupling, provided on the apparatus main assembly, for being rotated by power from a driving source; and
a second coupling, provided on the unit, for being rotated by engagement with the first coupling,
wherein the second coupling includes a plurality of projections and the first coupling has a T-shaped projection and a ring
portion surrounding the T-shaped projection,

wherein at least one of an inner surface of the ring portion and an outer surface of at least one of the projections includes
an inclined surface,

wherein the second coupling is retractable in a direction parallel to a rotational axis thereof,
wherein the rotational axis of the second coupling is movable relative to a rotational axis of the first coupling in a disengaging
direction of the unit by a force exerted in the disengaging direction of the unit, the disengaging direction being perpendicular
to the rotational axis of the second coupling, and

wherein, when the unit is pulled out from the apparatus main assembly in the disengaging direction, the second coupling starts
retracting in the direction parallel to the rotational axis of the second coupling by contact at the inclined surface and
such relative movement of the rotational axes of the first and second couplings.

US Pat. No. 9,855,758

PRINT DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print device comprising:
a first liquid storing unit configured to store liquid;
a second liquid storing unit configured to store the liquid supplied from the first liquid storing unit;
a liquid flow passage for supplying the liquid from the first liquid storing unit to the second liquid storing unit;
an air flow passage for supplying air from the second liquid storing unit to the first liquid storing unit;
a flow suppressing unit configured to suppress a flow of the liquid from the second liquid storing unit to the first liquid
storing unit in the liquid flow passage;

an air flow passage valve provided in the air flow passage and configured to switch between an open state in which air can
be supplied from the second liquid storing unit to the first liquid storing unit, and a closed state in which air cannot be
supplied from the second liquid storing unit to the first liquid storing unit; and

a supplying unit configured to supply a liquid in the first liquid storing unit to the second liquid storing unit when the
air flow passage valve is in the closed state.

US Pat. No. 9,851,932

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS ENABLING CHARGING MANAGEMENT, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
an interface which receives print data from an external device;
a memory storing instructions;
one or more processors which execute the instructions and cause an image forming apparatus to function as:
an identifying unit configured to attempt to identify a user who has transmitted the print data based on the print data; and
a printing control unit configured to print, on a basis of a first condition that the identifying unit identifies the user,
the received print data without a print instruction given via a user interface of the printing apparatus after the receiving
of the print data,

wherein the printing control unit is configured to store, on a basis of a second condition that the identifying unit cannot
identify the user, the received print data in a storage so that the printing control unit prints the received print data according
to a print instruction given via the user interface after the receiving of the print data.

US Pat. No. 9,851,934

PRINTING APPARATUS FOR MANAGING EXECUTION ORDER OF NEWLY GENERATED PRINT JOB AND PLURALITY OF PRINT JOBS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a memory;
one or more processors configured to function as units in accordance with a program loaded to the memory, the units comprising:
a management unit configured to manage an execution order of a plurality of print jobs in each of which the number of copies
is set;

a reception unit configured to receive, for one print job among the plurality of print jobs, an instruction to increase the
number of copies so that the number of copies to be printed is greater than the number of copies set in the one print job;
and

a generation unit configured to generate a new print job for performing printing for a portion, which has been increased based
on the instruction, of the increased number of copies of the one print job,

wherein the management unit is configured to manage the execution order of the new print job generated by the generation unit
and the plurality of print jobs so that the new print job is to be executed after the managed plurality of print jobs is executed,
and

wherein the one or more processors are configured to further function as:
another reception unit configured to receive, for one print job among the plurality of print jobs, an instruction to reduce
the number of copies set in the one print job so that the number of copies to be printed is fewer than the number of copies
set in the one print job;

a determination unit configured to determine whether sheet feeding can be stopped before sheet feeding corresponding to the
number of copies to be reduced is started; and

a reducing unit configured to reduce the set number of copies of the one print job in a case where the determination unit
determines that sheet feeding can be stopped.

US Pat. No. 9,851,681

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image bearing members configured to bear a toner image;
a rotatable endless intermediate transfer member provided with electrical conductivity, a plurality of primary transfer units
being formed of the intermediate transfer member and the plurality of image bearing members, and a toner image being primarily
transferred from the plurality of image bearing members in the plurality of primary transfer units;

a secondary transfer member configured to contact an outer circumferential surface of the intermediate transfer member so
that a secondary transfer unit is formed of the secondary transfer member and configured to secondarily transfer a toner image
onto a transfer material from the intermediate transfer member in the secondary transfer unit;

a transfer power supply configured to apply a transfer voltage to the secondary transfer member so that the secondary transfer
member secondarily transfers the toner image from the intermediate transfer member onto a transfer material;

a facing member configured to support an inner circumferential surface of the intermediate transfer member and to face the
secondary transfer member across the intermediate transfer member; and

a resistive element to be connected to the facing member,
wherein the transfer power supply applies the transfer voltage to the secondary transfer member so that a potential required
to primarily transfer the toner image in each of the primary transfer units is formed by the resistive element and the intermediate
transfer member.

US Pat. No. 9,851,688

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus cartridge comprising:
a casing;
developer contained in the casing;
a developing roller having an axis L1, the developing roller being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1; and

a coupling member having an axis L2 and including (i) a first end portion operatively connected to the developing roller, (ii) a second end portion including
at least one projection having a slanted surface with respect to a plane perpendicular to the axis L2, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion,

wherein, as measured along a line perpendicular to the axis L2, a maximum distance from the axis L2 to an outermost surface of the connecting portion is shorter than a distance between the axis L2 and the at least one projection, and

wherein the coupling member is movable between (i) a first position in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first
distance away from the developing roller as measured in the direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the developing
roller as measured in the direction of the axis L1, wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 9,851,692

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A DRIVING FORCE TRANSMISSION ROTATING BODY WHICH TRANSMITS A DRIVING FORCE TO A DRIVING FORCE RECEIVING PORTION OF A DRIVEN MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus in which a cartridge is attached and which forms an image on a recording material by transmitting
a driving force to the cartridge, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a driving force transmission rotating body which transmits the driving force by engaging with a driving force receiving portion
provided at a longitudinal end of the cartridge; and

a frame, made from a metallic material, the frame having:
a main body portion,
a contacting portion, connected to the main body portion, and configured to contact the cartridge to position the cartridge
in the frame in a direction that is perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the cartridge,

a cylindrical projecting portion, formed by a burring process, the cylindrical projecting portion projecting towards the driving
force receiving portion from the main body portion of the frame in the longitudinal direction of the cartridge, a central
axis of the cylindrical projecting portion coinciding with a rotational center axis of the driving force transmission rotating
body, and

a circumferential surface,. provided on an inner circumferential surface of the cylindrical projecting portion, and rotatably
supporting the driving force transmission rotating body by contacting the driving force transmission rotating body,

wherein the contacting portion and the cylindrical projecting portion do not overlap in a plane that is perpendicular to the
central axis of the cylindrical projecting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,852,760

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording apparatus that can communicate with an external apparatus, the image recording apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a communication interface,
wherein the processor functions at least as a recording unit, a completion unit, a first input unit, and a transmission unit,
wherein the recording unit is configured to record movie data on at least one recording medium,
wherein the completion unit is configured to complete a movie file based on movie data recorded on the at least one recording
medium by the recording unit,

wherein the first input unit is configured to receive a predetermined instruction for transmitting at least part of movie
data, recorded by the recording unit, to the external apparatus,

wherein the transmission unit is configured to transmit, via the communication interface, at least one of movie files completed
by the completion unit, based on the predetermined instruction, and

wherein, in a case in which the first input unit receives the predetermined instruction while the recording unit is recording
the movie data, the completion unit completes a recorded part of the movie data being recorded, as a movie file, and the transmission
unit automatically transmits the completed movie file via the communication interface.

US Pat. No. 9,852,269

DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A diagnosis support apparatus operably coupled to a medical examination data acquisition apparatus, the diagnosis support
apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
obtain examination data of an object from the medical examination data acquisition apparatus;
process the examination data of the object to extract diagnosis support information;
store medical examination history of the object in a storage unit;
calculate an onset probability of a lesion based on the medical examination history of the object;
determine whether or not the object is taking a first medical examination based on the stored medical examination history
of the object, wherein it is determined that the object is taking the first medical examination if the medical examination
history of the object does not exist in the storage unit,

wherein, in a case where it is determined that the object is taking the first medical examination, a lesion of a size in a
first range is extracted from the examination data, and

wherein, in a case where it is determined that the object is not taking the first medical examination, a lesion of a size
in a second range smaller than the first range is extracted from the examination data, and wherein the second range is based
on the calculated onset probability; and

control the medical examination data acquisition apparatus to change an acquisition parameter in the medical examination data
acquisition apparatus based on the calculated onset probability.

US Pat. No. 9,853,576

CONTROL APPARATUS OF VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR AND CONTROL METHOD OF VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a first vibrator;
a second vibrator; and
a frequency determining unit configured to set frequency of two alternating voltages commonly applied to the first vibrator
and the second vibrator in a range between a first frequency and a second frequency in a case of controlling the driving by
changing phase difference of the two alternating voltages,

wherein the first vibrator has a first resonant frequency when two alternating voltages with a phase difference are applied
to the first vibrator,

wherein the second vibrator has a second resonant frequency when two alternating voltages with the phase difference are applied
to the second vibrator, the second resonant frequency being higher than the first resonant frequency,

wherein the first frequency is a resonant frequency of the second vibrator when two alternating voltages with a phase difference
of 0 degree are applied to the second vibrator, and

wherein the second frequency is a frequency at which a relative position of the first vibrator and a part of an object begins
to change.

US Pat. No. 9,846,369

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ADJUSTING LASER BEAMS EMITTED FROM A PLURALITY OF LIGHT SOURCES, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive drum that is driven for rotation;
an exposure device that includes a plurality of light sources for emitting a plurality of laser beams, respectively, the plurality
of light sources being arranged such that exposure positions of the plurality of laser beams are inclined with respect to
a main scanning direction of the photosensitive member, and expose respective different positions in a sub scanning direction,
which is a rotational direction of the photosensitive drum;

a polygon mirror configured to deflect the plurality of laser beams emitted from the plurality of light sources such that
the plurality of laser beams deflected by the polygon mirror scan the photosensitive drum in a main scanning direction intersecting
the sub scanning direction;

an image formation unit configured to form a toner image by developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive
drum, and configured to transfer the toner image on a recording medium;

a setting unit configured to set a magnification setting value, in the main scanning direction, from among a plurality of
magnification setting values corresponding to a first plurality of pattern images, wherein the magnification setting value,
set by the setting unit, corresponds to a pattern image having low Moire defect formed by the plurality of laser beams, the
pattern image being common to the plurality of laser beams and selected from the first plurality of pattern images based on
visual inspection, and wherein the setting unit changes the magnification setting value to form a second plurality of pattern
images which are different from each other in magnification in the main scanning direction based on the selected pattern image
having low Moire defect; and

a control unit configured to control the exposure device and the image formation unit, such that the second plurality of pattern
images are each formed, using the laser beam emitted from the plurality of light sources, based on each of the magnification
setting values different from each other, wherein the second plurality of pattern images are formed at positions different
in the sub scanning direction, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,846,119

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, MEASUREMENT SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DETERMINING AT LEAST ONE MEASUREMENT CONDITION TO MEASURE REFLECTION CHARACTERISTICS OF AN OBJECT WHICH IS TO BE USED TO GE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. An information processing method for an information processing apparatus that determines at least one measurement condition
in a real space to measure reflection characteristics of an object in the real space which is to be used to generate a virtual
image of a virtual object observed from a predetermined virtual camera in a virtual space in which a virtual light source
and the virtual object are disposed, wherein the virtual object reflects a texture of an object actually existing, the information
processing method comprising:
acquiring information indicating a positional relationship between the virtual light source, the virtual object, and a virtual
viewpoint in the virtual space and information indicating a shape of a surface of the virtual object on which light emitted
from the virtual light source is incident;

calculating a light beam path connecting a pixel, the virtual object, and the virtual light source for each pixel of a sensor
that is an imaging plane of the predetermined virtual camera before the reflection characteristics of an object are measured,
based on the acquired information indicating the positional relationship and the acquired information indicating the shape;
and

determining at least one measurement condition among measurement conditions that can be used to measure the reflection characteristics
as at least one measurement condition to be used in the reflection characteristic measurement in the real space,

wherein the measurement condition indicates an object combination of a direction of incident light incident on the object
and a direction of outgoing light outgoing from the object for specifying a positional relationship between a light source
configured to illuminate the object in the real space and a light receiving sensor configured to capture an image of the illuminated
object,

wherein determining includes determining a virtual combination of a direction of an incident light incident on the virtual
object and a direction of an outgoing light outgoing from the virtual object on the light beam path in the virtual space calculated
before the reflection characteristics of the object are measured, as the object combination, of the direction of the incident
light incident on the object and the direction of the outgoing light outgoing from the object, to be indicated by the measurement
condition, and

wherein a combination excluded in the virtual combination of the direction of the incident light incident on the virtual object
and the direction of the outgoing light outgoing from the virtual object on the light beam path in the virtual space calculated
before the reflection characteristics of the object are measured is not regarded as the object combination, of the direction
of the incident light incident on the object and the direction of the outgoing light outgoing from the object, to be indicated
by the measurement condition.

US Pat. No. 9,843,692

IMAGE READING APPARATUS WHICH READS IMAGE ON SHEET CONVEYED THROUGH SHEET CONVEYANCE PATH AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a body unit comprising:
a first transparent member; and
a first image reading portion configured to read an image of a first surface of a sheet conveyed through a sheet conveyance
path through the first transparent member;

an openable unit configured to open with respect to the body unit, the openable unit comprising:
a second transparent member; and
a second image reading portion disposed on an opposite side of the first image reading portion across the sheet conveyance
path, the second image reading portion being configured to read an image of a second surface, opposite to the first surface,
of the sheet conveyed through the sheet conveyance path through the second transparent member;

a moving guide portion provided in the body unit, disposed to face the second transparent member across the sheet conveyance
path, and being movable toward the second transparent member;

an urging member provided in the body unit and urging the moving guide portion toward the second transparent member; and
a gap forming member provided on either one of the second transparent member and the moving guide portion, the gap forming
member being configured to abut with another one of the second transparent member and the moving guide portion, and to provide
a gap through which a sheet passes between the second transparent member and the moving guide portion.

US Pat. No. 9,843,703

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method comprising:
performing image recovery processing by applying a spatial filter for each value of color components of an image, the color
components including a first to third color components;

determining whether or not a saturated pixel is included in a reference region of the image, wherein the reference region
is a region of pixels referred to by the spatial filter; and

adjusting values of the first color component and the second color component resulting from the image recovery processing,
according to a determination result of the determining,

wherein in a case where it is determined in the determining that a saturated pixel is included in the reference region, the
adjusting comprising:

adjusting the value of the first color component resulting from the image recovery processing by performing weighted addition
of (1) the value of the first color component and (2) a sum of a value of the third color component resulting from the image
recovery processing and a difference between values of the first color component and the third color component before performing
the image recovery processing, and;

adjusting the value of the second color component resulting from the image recovery processing by performing weighted addition
of (3) the value of the second color component and (4) a sum of the value of the third color component resulting from the
image recovery processing and a difference between values of the second color component and the third color component before
performing the image recovery processing, and the value of the third color component resulting from the image recovery processing.

US Pat. No. 9,840,387

BELT CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt conveyance apparatus, comprising:
an endless belt;
a regulation rib provided on an inner circumferential surface side of the endless belt along a circumferential direction in
an end portion of the endless belt with respect to a widthwise direction of the endless belt;

a plurality of rollers configured to support the endless belt, the plurality of rollers including a regulation roller having
a regulation portion provided on an end portion of the regulation roller, the regulation portion regulating a position of
the endless belt in the widthwise direction by the regulation rib being brought into contact with the regulation portion;

a frame configured to support the plurality of rollers; and
a contact member, including a first contact portion and a second contact portion, disposed in the frame, and, when viewed
from a rotation axis direction of the regulation roller, each of positions of downstream side end portions of the first contanct
portion and the second contact portion being disposed near an upstream side of an upstream end portion of a contact portion
in which the regulation rib contacts the regulation portion, in a conveyance direction of the endless belt, the first contact
portion and the second contact portion facing each other across the endless belt at least at a region corresponding to the
regulation rib, the first contact portion contacting at least the regulation rib, the second contact portion contacting an
outer circumferential surface side of the endless belt at least at the region corresponding to the regulation rib.

US Pat. No. 9,841,706

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable member unit including a movable member on which a toner image is carried or a movable member configured to feed
a recording material on which the toner image is carried, wherein said movable member unit movably supports said movable member;
and

a container connectable with said movable member unit and including a cleaning member, a sheet member and an urging member,
wherein said cleaning member removes a toner on said movable member with movement of said movable member in contact with said
movable member in a state in which said movable member unit and said container are connected with each other,

wherein said sheet member extends in a widthwise direction perpendicular to a movement direction of said movable member and
is supported by said container in one end side thereof with respect to the movement direction of said movable member, and
at least during cleaning of said movable member, a part of said sheet member in the other end side, where a free end of said
sheet member is positioned, is in a first state in which the part of said sheet member contacts said movable member codirectionally
with the movement direction of said movable member,

wherein said urging member is adjacent to said sheet member in an upstream side of said sheet member with respect to the movement
direction of said movable member and is disposed at a position overlapping with neighborhoods of ends of said sheet member
with respect to the widthwise direction, and the part of said sheet member in the other end side, where the free end of said
sheet member is positioned, is in a second state in which the part of said sheet member is sandwiched between said movable
member and said urging member counterdirectionally with the movement direction of said movable member after said movable member
unit and said container are connected with each other and before said movable member is first moved, and

wherein when a friction coefficient between said sheet member and said movable member is ?1 and a friction coefficient between
said sheet member and said urging member is ?2, the following relationship is satisfied:

?2>?2.

US Pat. No. 9,841,268

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus configured to image an object to be examined, comprising;
a light splitting unit configured to split light obtained by combining a returned light from the object to be examined irradiated
with a measurement light and a reference light corresponding to the measurement light into a plurality of lights having different
polarization components;

a detecting unit configured to detect the plurality of lights;
a first reflecting member provided on an optical path the reference light;
a second reflecting member provided on the optical path of the reference light so as to correct a phase difference between
different polarization components generated by the first reflecting member;

a third reflecting member provided on an optical path of the measurement light; and
a fourth reflecting member provided on the optical path of the measurement light so as to correct a phase difference between
different polarization components generated by the third reflecting member,

wherein the first reflecting member and the second reflecting member are provided so that a first incident surface and a second
incident surface intersect each other perpendicularly, the first incident surface being defined by an incident light on a
boundary surface of the first reflecting member and a reflecting light from the boundary surface of the first reflecting member,
and the second incident surface being defined by an incident light on a boundary surface of the second reflecting member and
a reflecting light from the boundary surface of the second reflecting member, and

wherein the third reflecting member and the fourth reflecting member are provided so that a third incident surface and a fourth
incident surface intersect each other perpendicularly, the third incident surface being defined by an incident light on a
boundary surface of the third reflecting member and a reflecting light from the boundary surface of the third reflecting member,
and the fourth incident surface being defined by an incident light on a boundary surface of the fourth reflecting member and
a reflecting light from the boundary surface of the fourth reflecting member.

US Pat. No. 9,834,683

COMPOUND HAVING AZO SKELETON STRUCTURE, PIGMENT DISPERSANT, PIGMENT COMPOSITION, PIGMENT DISPERSION, AND TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A compound comprising a polymer having a repeating unit represented by the formula (2), the polymer further having a partial
structure represented by the following formula (1), and the partial structure being bonded with a linking group;
in the formula (1),
Ar represents an aryl group,
Ar and R1 to R3 satisfy at least one of the following conditions (i) and (ii):

(i) Ar has the linking group which is bonded to a carbon atom in the aryl group and is constituting a bonding moiety with
the polymer; and

(ii) at least one of R1 to R3 is the linking group which is constituting a bonding moiety with the polymer,

when R1 has not the linking group, R1 represents a hydrogen atom, an amino group, an alkyl group, a phenyl group, or an aralkyl group,

when R2 has not the linking group, R2 represents a hydrogen atom, a sulfonic acid group, a CONR4R5 group, or a COOR6 group,

when R3 has not the linking group, R3 represents an alkyl group, a phenyl group, a hydroxyl group, a NR7R8 group, a CONR9R10 group, a COOR11 group, a CH2COOR12 group, or a C2H4COOR13 group,

R4, R5, and R7 to R10 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a phenyl group, or an aralkyl group, and

R6 and R11 to R13 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a phenyl group, an aralkyl group, or a cation forming a salt
with a carboxylic acid anion;

in the formula (2),
R14 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and

R15 represents a phenyl group, a carboxyl group, a carboxylic acid ester group, or a carboxylic acid amide group.

US Pat. No. 9,834,434

CAPACITIVE TRANSDUCER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a capacitive transducer including a cell including: a first electrode; and a vibration film including
a second electrode that is provided with a gap from the first electrode, the method comprising:
forming a convex part on or above the first electrode;
forming a sacrifice layer on or above the first electrode and the convex part, the sacrifice layer having a thickness larger
than a thickness of the convex part;

forming a membrane on the sacrifice layer;
forming an etching hole in the membrane at a position above the convex part;
etching the sacrifice layer through the etching hole;
sealing the etching hole; and
forming the second electrode,
wherein a diameter of the convex part is smaller than that of the etching hole, and
wherein a material used in the sealing of the etching hole covers the convex part and seals the etching hole.

US Pat. No. 9,838,433

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that communicates with a printing control apparatus, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a security policy for the information processing apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the printing control apparatus is connected in a case where setting of
the security policy is activated; and

a control unit configured to deactivate the setting of the security policy in a case where the printing control apparatus
is connected, and configured to apply the setting of the security policy in a case where the printing control apparatus is
not connected,

wherein the control unit determines whether or not to apply the setting of the security policy in accordance with whether
or not the information processing apparatus is connected to the printing control apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,837,178

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a measurement data acquiring unit that acquires measurement data of an object, the measurement data being obtained by using
an imaging apparatus to capture an image formed by an electromagnetic wave transmitted through the object;

an image generating unit that generates, from the measurement data, a first image, which represents first unique two-dimensional
information based on a first unique physical quantity, and a second image, which represents second unique two-dimensional
information based on a second unique physical quantity;

a filter characteristics determining unit that determines, based on the first image, filter characteristics of an anisotropic
filter; and

a filtering unit that applies the anisotropic filter having the determined filter characteristics to the second image, in
each position in the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,838,465

NETWORK SYSTEM, DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A network system that includes (i) a first distribution system which manages software for a first controller that controls
image forming on an image forming device, the first distribution system comprising a first memory and a first processor, (ii)
a second distribution system which manages software for a second controller for management of print processing on the image
forming device, the second distribution system comprising a second memory and a second processor, and (iii) the image forming
device, which receives software to be distributed from the first distribution system and the second distribution system,
wherein the second memory stores instructions and the second processor is capable of executing the instructions stored in
the second memory to cause the second distribution system to:

(a) search for the software to be distributed according to the second controller, and
(b) transmit, to the first distribution system, a distribution reservation of the software, according to the second controller,
which has been found,

wherein the first memory stores instructions and the first processor is capable of executing the instructions stored in the
first memory to cause the first distribution system to:

(a) perform a further search, in accordance with the distribution reservation, which has been received from the second distribution
system, for the software to be distributed according to the first controller, and

(b) perform setting for distributing the software which has been found in the further search, and
wherein, after the software to be distributed according to the second controller has been received, the image forming device
applies the software which has been found in the further search, in accordance with acquisition of the setting.

US Pat. No. 9,827,762

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
an ejection element substrate that includes an ejection opening surface provided with an ejection opening capable of ejecting
a liquid;

an electrical wiring substrate that electrically connects with the ejection element substrate; and
a support member that includes a first portion having an electrical wiring substrate mounting surface for mounting the electrical
wiring substrate thereon and a second portion having an ejection element substrate mounting surface, different from the electrical
wiring substrate mounting surface, for mounting the ejection element substrate thereon,

wherein a step portion is formed on a surface of a third portion of the support member along the ejection element substrate,
wherein a step surface of the step portion is formed so that a vertical distance from the surface of the third portion of
the support member to the step surface is shorter than a vertical distance from the surface of the third portion to the electrical
wiring substrate mounting surface and a vertical distance from the surface of the third portion to the ejection opening surface,
and

wherein a gap between the step portion and the ejection element substrate and a region between a connecting surface connecting
the step surface to the electrical wiring substrate mounting surface and the electrical wiring substrate are sealed by a sealant.

US Pat. No. 9,827,765

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
an element substrate having an ejection port configured to eject liquid;
an electric wiring member electrically connected to an electric connection portion of the element substrate by a lead;
a support member supporting the element substrate and the electric wiring member; and
a sealing member for sealing the lead and the electric connection portion, wherein:
the sealing member contains a first sealing member sealing a periphery of the element substrate and a second sealing member
sealing the lead and the electric connection portion from above the lead and the electric connection portion,

the first sealing member is a cured substance of a first sealing material containing an epoxy resin, a curing agent, and a
filler, the filler containing a silica filler and a silicone filler, and

the first sealing material has a filling amount of the filler of 40% by mass or more and has a difference between a median
diameter of the silica filler and a median diameter of the silicone filler of 4.0 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,832,456

MULTISCALE DEPTH ESTIMATION USING DEPTH FROM DEFOCUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of generating a merged physical depth map from a pair of images of a scene captured by an image capture device
using different capture parameters, said method comprising:
generating, from the captured pair of images, at least one pair of downsampled images at a corresponding spatial resolution;
and

for each pair of images:
forming a relative depth map from the pair of images;
accessing calibration data of the image capture device associated with the pair of images, the calibration data relating relative
depth measurements with physical depth and having a defined working range where a single relative depth measurement relates
to a single physical depth; and

determining a physical depth map for the pair of the images from the formed relative depth map and the accessed calibration
data; and

generating a merged physical depth map by merging, in order of increasing spatial resolution, depth values based on the defined
working range associated with each of the determined physical depth maps.

US Pat. No. 9,829,942

METHOD, APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR DETECTING CHANGE OF POSITION OF WIRELESSLY CHARGEABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a wireless power supply unit that wirelessly supplies power to an electronic device;
a wireless communication unit that wirelessly communicates with the electronic device;
a detection unit that detects a change of a position of the electronic device; and
a control unit that sets a predetermined time for supplying power to the electronic device,
wherein the control unit sets, regardless of a direction of the change of the position of the electronic device, the predetermined
time to a first time in a case where the detection unit detects the change of the position of the electronic device,

wherein the control unit sets the predetermined time to a second time in a case where the detection unit does not detect the
change of the position of the electronic device,

wherein the control unit controls the wireless power supply unit to wirelessly supply power to the electronic device for the
set predetermined time, and

wherein the first time is shorter than the second time.

US Pat. No. 9,826,896

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image acquiring unit configured to acquire a tomographic image of an eye to be inspected;
a detecting unit configured to execute structural analysis on the tomographic image acquired by the acquiring unit and detect
an abnormal portion of the eye;

a finding acquiring unit configured to acquire finding information about a finding of the abnormal portion;
a position determining unit configured to determine a position on the tomographic image where at least a part of the acquired
finding information does not overlap a region indicating the detected abnormal portion on the tomographic image, based on
a position of the region on the tomographic image; and

a display control unit configured to cause a displaying unit to display the acquired finding information in a manner superimposed
on the determined position on the tomographic image.

US Pat. No. 9,828,196

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a stacking unit in which sheets are stacked, wherein the stacking unit is ejectable from an apparatus main body of the image
forming apparatus;

a movable member, provided in the stacking unit, movable to raise and lower the stacked sheets;
a restricting member that restricts the movable member from being raised when at a restricted position;
an urging member that elastically urges the restricting member toward a permitted position, and
a first holding device that holds, against an urging force of the urging member, the restricting member at a standby position
at which the restricting member is on standby to restrict the movable member from being raised when the stacking unit is elected
from the apparatus main body; and

an image forming part that forms an image on each of the sheets stacked in the stacking unit,
wherein the restricting member is provided in the apparatus main body, and
wherein, in response to movement of ejecting the stacking unit from the image forming apparatus, when the stacking unit is
ejected from the image forming apparatus with the restricting member at the restricted position, the restricting member moves
from the restricted position to the permitted position at which the movable member is permitted to rise.

US Pat. No. 9,818,794

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a semiconductor substrate;
a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type arranged in the semiconductor substrate;
a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity type constituting a charge accumulation region, and being arranged
in the first semiconductor region; and

a lens for condensing light to the second semiconductor region,
wherein the second semiconductor region includes a plurality of portions arranged in a direction along a surface of the semiconductor
substrate,

wherein a potential barrier to a charge accumulated in the charge accumulation region is formed between the plurality of portions,
wherein a surface region of the first semiconductor region is arranged between the surface of the semiconductor substrate
and the plurality of portions,

wherein a depletion region expands from the surface region toward each of the plurality of portions in a direction perpendicular
to the surface of the semiconductor substrate, and

wherein a depletion voltage Vdep_V in the direction perpendicular to the surface of the semiconductor substrate is higher
than a depletion voltage Vdep_H in the direction along the surface of the semiconductor substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,807,583

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
receiving a user instruction to select a search mode for searching a partner apparatus that performs communication conforming
to a standard of Wi-Fi Direct;

searching, according to the received user instruction, a partner apparatus conforming to the standard of Wi-Fi Direct based
on a first search mode or a second search mode,

wherein the first search mode is a mode for discovering an existing wireless network by executing a scan phase specified by
the Wi-Fi Direct and performing a search on a plurality of channels, and the second search mode is a mode for discovering
an apparatus not connected to the existing wireless network by omitting the scan phase, executing a find phase specified by
the Wi-Fi Direct and performing a search on a specified part of the plurality of channels; and

connecting to the searched partner apparatus based on the Wi-Fi Direct.

US Pat. No. 9,807,584

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, 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:

an accepting unit configured to accept a start instruction for starting a predetermined wireless communication protocol;
a providing unit configured to provide a communication parameter for wireless communication;
a receiving unit configured to receive an activation request signal for requesting activation of the providing unit, which
is compliant with the predetermined wireless communication protocol;

an activation unit configured to activate the providing unit in response to receiving the activation request signal; and
a control unit configured to execute a control such that the providing unit provides the communication parameter to another
communication apparatus even if the activation request signal is not received from the another communication apparatus in
a case where a request signal for a communication parameter is received from the another communication apparatus within a
predetermined time from when the start instruction is accepted by the accepting unit,

wherein the control unit executes a control such that, after elapse of the predetermined time, the providing unit does not
provide the communication parameter in a state where the activation request signal has not been received even if the request
signal for a communication parameter is received and the providing unit does provide the communication parameter if the activation
request signal is received, and

wherein the providing unit provides the communication parameter to a second other communication apparatus in response to,
before the elapse of the predetermined time and before providing a first other communication apparatus with the communication
parameter:

the activation request signal being received from the first other communication apparatus, and
the request signal for a communication parameter being received from the second other communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,805,853

ISOLATION TRANSFORMER, AND X-RAY GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An isolation transformer, comprising:
an annular core having an annular portion surrounding a bore portion pierced by an imaginary axis;
one coil wound around the annular core;
a first container housing the annular core and the one coil, the first container having an annular shape and an insulating
property;

a first lead-out line pair that is connected to the one coil and is extracted outside the first container;
another coil wound around the first container; and
a second lead-out line pair connected to the other coil,
the isolation transformer being disposed in an insulating liquid,
the first container having a first opening through which the insulating liquid flows.

US Pat. No. 9,802,341

DRIVING APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving apparatus comprising:
a movable part;
a measuring device configured to measure a position of the movable part;
two actuators configured to respectively generate two thrusts having a substantially common axis of action thereof with respect
to the movable part; and

a controller configured to:
control the position by the two actuators based on measured position of the movable part; and
obtain information of a thrust constant of one of the two actuators, a thrust constant of the other of the two actuators,
or rigidity of a member supporting the movable part with respect to the axis of action, or any combination thereof, based
on a relationship between a disturbance force estimated based on thrust commands for the two actuators and measured position
of the movable part in a case where one of the two actuators is caused to generate a thrust and the other of the two actuators
is caused to control the position, and a thrust command for the one of the two actuators.

US Pat. No. 9,805,433

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first detection unit configured to detect, as an irregularity area, an area where development processing is irregular in
imaging data based on a regularity of a color filter array (CFA) pattern;

a second detection unit configured to detect, as approximate areas, at least two areas having approximate feature amounts
in the imaging data, wherein the approximate feature amounts of each of the approximate areas have a difference that is equal
to or less than a predetermined threshold; and

a specifying unit configured to specify an altered region in the imaging data altered by regarding an overlapping region of
the irregularity area and the approximate areas as the altered region,

wherein each of the first detection unit, the second detection unit, and the specifying unit is implemented using a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,807,255

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit;
a first image processing circuit connected to the image capturing unit; and
a second image processing circuit connected to the first image processing circuit,
wherein a first memory is connected to the first image processing circuit and a second memory is connected to the second image
processing circuit,

the first image processing circuit includes:
a separation unit configured to separate moving image data output from the image capturing unit into first data, which is
a portion to be processed by the first image processing circuit, and second data, which is a portion to be processed by the
second image processing circuit;

a first image processing unit configured to carry out predetermined processing on the first data output from the separation
unit and to store the processed first data in the first memory;

a transmission unit configured to read out the first data processed by the first image processing unit from the first memory,
multiplex the second data from the separation unit and the processed first data read out from the first memory, and transmit
the multiplexed data to the second image processing circuit; and

a first control unit configured to control the transmission unit,
the second image processing circuit includes:
a reception unit configured to receive the multiplexed data transmitted by the transmission unit and separate the multiplexed
data into the second data and the processed first data;

a storage unit configured to store the processed first data received by the reception unit in a buffer;
a writing unit configured to read out the processed first data from the storage unit and store the processed first data in
the second memory;

a second image processing unit configured to carry out the predetermined processing on the second data received by the reception
unit and store the processed second data in the second memory; and

a detection unit configured to output a control signal to the first image processing circuit in response to a data amount
of the processed first data stored in the buffer reaching a threshold value, and

wherein the first control unit controls the transmission unit so as to stop transmission of the processed first data in response
to the control signal from the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,807,264

INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, PORTABLE TERMINAL, AND INFORMATION-PROCESSING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:
a printing apparatus; and
a portable terminal on which a plurality of applications are installed,
wherein the printing apparatus comprises,
a display,
an NFC tag, and
a writing unit configured to write, in the NFC tag, application information corresponding to a screen that the display is
displaying, wherein the application information is for causing the portion terminal to activate a predetermined application,

wherein the portable terminal comprises,
an acquisition unit configured to acquire the application information from the NFC tag, and
an activation unit configured to selected, from the plurality of applications, an application corresponding to the application
information acquired by the acquisition unit and automatically activate the selected application, and

wherein, in a case where the screen that the display is displaying is changed, the writing unit writes, in the NFC tag, application
information corresponding to the changed screen.

US Pat. No. 9,807,268

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING FIRMWARE UPDATE FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING THE METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising: a storage unit that stores (i) a first firmware including a control program for
controlling at least an image processing of the image forming apparatus and an update control program for controlling update
of a second firmware, with (ii) the second firmware controlling update of the control program in the first firmware;
a first update unit configured to update the control program in the first firmware for controlling at least the image processing
in the image forming apparatus;

a first verification unit configured to verify, by performing a first verification program, whether or not the second firmware
has been tampered with, before updating the first firmware;

a first control unit configured to cause the first update unit to perform the update of the first firmware in a case where
it is verified that the second firmware has not been tampered with;

a second update unit configured to update the second firmware used in the updating of the first firmware;
a second verification unit configured to verify, by performing a second verification program, whether or not the update control
program has been tampered with, before updating the second firmware; and

a second control unit configured to cause the second update unit to perform the update of the second firmware in a case where
it is verified that the update control program has not been tampered with.

US Pat. No. 9,802,410

INK JET PRINT HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet print head comprising:
a printing element substrate which has printing elements producing energy for ink ejection, the printing elements being arrayed
in a longitudinal direction, the printing element substrate having two main surfaces, with a bonding plane disposed on one
main surface and the printing elements being disposed on the other, opposite main surface;

a supporting member having a support surface thereof on which to support said printing element substrate, a supply path for
supplying ink to said printing element substrate, and raised portions having flat top surfaces being provided on a part of
the support surface, the supply path having two longitudinal sides extending parallel to the longitudinal direction and two
end sides extending in a short-side direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction and connecting the two longitudinal
sides, the raised portions being provided along a portion of, but not along the entirety of, at least one of the two longitudinal
sides of the supply path and being not provided along either of the two end sides of the supply path; and

an adhesive to bond said printing element substrate and said supporting member by being present between 1) the bonding plane
of said printing element substrate and 2) the support surface,

wherein a thickness of said adhesive between the flat top surfaces of the raised portions and the bonding plane of said printing
element substrate is less than a thickness of said adhesive between the support surface, other than at the parts of the support
surface on which the raised portions are provided, and the bonding plane of said printing element substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,807,545

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONTROLLING CLOSE PROXIMITY WIRELESS COMMUNICATION UNIT, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a close proximity wireless communication circuit configured to be able to perform close proximity wireless communication with
an external apparatus;

at least one processor configured to function as:
a power control unit configured to start control of power supply of the communication apparatus when the close proximity wireless
communication circuit receives electromagnetic waves from the external apparatus; and

a control unit configured to execute shutdown processing for reducing power to each block controlled by the power control
unit,

wherein when the shutdown processing is executed, the control unit disables the close proximity wireless communication circuit
before start of the shutdown processing,

wherein when the shutdown processing is complete, the close proximity wireless communication circuit is enabled.

US Pat. No. 9,802,426

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PLATEN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead configured to eject ink;
a sheet conveying unit configured to convey a sheet in a first direction, and
a platen unit configured to support the sheet to be printed by negative pressure suction,
the platen unit comprising:
a plurality of supporting portions each having a suction hole, arranged in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction;
a plurality of negative pressure chambers, arranged in the second direction and disposed under the supporting portions in
a gravitational direction, each configured to supply a negative pressure to one or more of the supporting portions through
the suction hole; and

an ink groove configured to receive ink ejected from the printhead to an outside of the sheet supported by the supporting
portions,

wherein the ink groove has a shape extending in the second direction and is disposed outside the supporting portions in the
first direction, and a bottom of the ink groove locates lower than a top inner surface of each one of the negative pressure
chambers in the gravitational direction.

US Pat. No. 9,802,175

METHOD OF PRODUCING HOLLOW PARTICLES, METHOD OF PRODUCING ANTIREFLECTION COATING, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of producing hollow particles, comprising:
synthesizing core-shell particles comprising a core containing 51% by mass or more of an organic compound and a shell containing
51% by mass or more of an inorganic-based compound in an aqueous medium;

after the synthesizing, reacting the core-shell particles with a silane coupling agent or a silylating agent before being
heated;

dispersing the core-shell particles in an organic solvent; and
after the dispersing, preparing hollow particles by heating the core-shell particles dispersed in the organic solvent to remove
the core therefrom,

wherein the core-shell particles are heated in a sealed container in the preparation of the hollow particles, and
wherein the core-shell particles are heated at a temperature of 350 to 500 degrees (Celsius) and a pressure of 4.0 to 30 MPa
so as to produce the hollow particles by removing cores from the core-shell particles.

US Pat. No. 9,798,869

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing apparatus that performs predetermined processing, the processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing a program; and
a processor that executes the program stored in the memory to act as units, the units comprising:
an authentication unit configured to authenticate, in response to a request for performing the predetermined processing, a
requestor that made the request,

a performing unit configured to perform the predetermined processing upon the authentication performed by the authentication
unit succeeding, and

a setting unit configured to display a screen in which each of a first setting and a second setting can be performed individually
and to individually perform, the first setting and the second setting in accordance with an instruction by a user on the displayed
screen, (i) the first setting being for setting whether or not the authentication unit is to perform authentication on the
processing apparatus and (ii) the second setting being for setting whether or not the authentication unit is to perform authentication
on an external apparatus of the processing apparatus,

wherein in a case where the requestor is the processing apparatus, the authentication unit performs authentication in accordance
with the setting unit setting the authentication to be performed on the processing apparatus in the first setting, and

wherein in a case where the requestor is the external apparatus, the authentication unit performs authentication in accordance
with the setting unit setting the authentication to be performed on the external apparatus in the second setting.

US Pat. No. 9,800,810

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel including an amplifier transistor configured to output a noise signal and an optical signal based on light;
an amplification circuit into which the noise signal and the optical signal are input from the amplifier transistor, the amplification
circuit including a first and a second amplifier circuit; and

a limiter circuit connected to an output node of the first amplifier circuit, wherein
the first amplifier circuit outputs, to the second amplifier circuit, a first reference signal amplified from the noise signal,
and a first optical signal amplified from the optical signal,

the second amplifier circuit includes a capacitive element and an amplifier,
the limiter circuit limits the amplitude of the first reference signal output by the first amplifier circuit,
the capacitive element is provided on an electric path between the limiter circuit and an input node of the amplifier, and
the capacitive element clamps the first reference signal whose amplitude is limited by the limiter circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,800,811

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
an optical system which forms a subject image on an image sensing plane of the image sensor;
a driver which curves the image sensor; and
a controller which controls the driver to curve the image sensor to a curvature according to aberration of the optical system
and image capturing conditions,

wherein the controller controls the driver to curve the image sensor to a curvature that prioritizes suppression of a deterioration
of an image quality caused by the image capturing conditions over correction of the aberration of the optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,798,484

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a programmable circuit unit comprising a partial reconfiguration unit wherein (a) one or more logic circuits is configured
in the partial reconfiguration unit, and (b) a logic circuit of the one or more logic circuits is reconfigurable, by using
configuration data corresponding to a function, to realize the function in the partial reconfiguration unit;

a storage unit configured to be used by each of the one or more logic circuits configured in the partial reconfiguration unit;
and

a control unit configured to control a logic circuit that becomes an access destination, in accordance with receiving an access
command,

wherein the configuration data includes circuit information for configuring the partial reconfiguration unit such that the
partial reconfiguration unit outputs a signal for identifying an address space in the storage unit used by the logic circuit
realizing the function corresponding to the configuration data, and

wherein the control unit (a) compares an address space indicating the access destination of the access command with the signal
that is output from the partial reconfiguration unit due to the partial reconfiguration unit being configured using the circuit
information, and (b) controls to set, as an access destination, the logic circuit configured in the partial reconfiguration
unit outputting the signal matching the address space indicating the access destination of the access command.

US Pat. No. 9,798,231

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate held by a substrate stage, by using a
mold having a pattern surface, the apparatus comprising:
a deforming unit configured to deform the pattern surface by applying a first force to the mold;
a first measuring unit configured to be placed on the substrate stage and measure a deformation amount of the pattern surface
deformed by the deforming unit in a vertical direction;

a control unit configured to control the first measuring unit to measure the deformation amount of the pattern surface in
each of a plurality of states in which a plurality of first forces are applied to the mold by the deforming unit;

a calculation unit configured to calculate a rate of change in deformation amount of the pattern surface as a function of
a change in first force applied to the mold by the deforming unit, based on a relationship between each of the plurality of
first forces applied to the mold and the deformation amount of the pattern surface corresponding to each of the plurality
of first forces; and

a calibration unit configured to calibrate a first control profile describing the relationship between a time in the imprint
process and a first force to be applied to the mold by the deforming unit, based on the rate of change in deformation amount
of the pattern surface calculated by the calculation unit, so that the deformation amount of the pattern surface in the imprint
process becomes a target amount.

US Pat. No. 9,792,824

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for playing a plurality of sub-movies sequentially as a single movie, the sub-movies respectively representing
operations to be performed to make maintenance on the apparatus; the apparatus comprising:
a first playing unit configured to play the movie using a first frame rate;
a second playing unit configured to play the movie using a second frame rate which is lower than the first frame rate;
a discrimination unit configured to discriminate a job execution status; and
a control unit configured to control, when an instruction for playing the movie is issued after the playing of the movie by
the first playing unit or the second playing unit is paused, to change between playing the movie by the first playing unit
and playing the movie by the second playing unit based on the discriminated job execution status at a timing of change of
the sub-movies.

US Pat. No. 9,790,042

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:
a conveyance roller portion conveying a sheet;
a roller shaft supporting the conveyance roller portion;
a first bearing portion and a second bearing portion rotatably supporting the conveyance roller portion;
a frame supporting the first bearing portion and the second bearing portion, the frame supporting the first bearing portion
such that a movable amount with respect to the frame, in a direction along a sheet conveying direction, of the first bearing
portion is larger than that of the second bearing portion; and

a restricting portion provided with a predetermined gap from the first bearing portion in the direction along the sheet conveying
direction for allowing the first bearing portion to move in a range of the predetermined gap, and configured to restrict the
first bearing portion from moving in the direction along the sheet conveying direction in a case when the first bearing portion
abuts with the restricting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,794,491

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING ANTI-FLICKER TIMING OFFSET, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor that makes continuous shootings in response to a request for continuous shooting from a user;
a light meter that obtains a light amount of periodically changing light before an initial shooting of the continuous shootings,
and obtains a light amount of the periodically changing light between the initial shooting and a subsequent shooting of the
continuous shootings; and

at least one processor that calculates, based on the light amount obtained before the initial shooting of the continuous shootings,
information regarding a cycle interval of the periodically changing light and a first timing at which a light amount of the
periodically changing light satisfies a predetermined brightness level, and

calculates, based on the calculated information regarding the cycle interval and the first timing, an exposure start timing
of the initial shooting;

wherein the processor calculates, based on the light amount obtained between the initial shooting and the subsequent shooting,
a second timing at which a light amount of the periodically changing light satisfies the predetermined brightness level, and

calculates, based on the calculated information regarding the cycle interval and the second timing, an exposure start timing
of the subsequent shooting,

wherein the processor calculates the exposure start timing of the initial shooting, by adding the first timing to the information
regarding the cycle interval, and

wherein the processor calculates the exposure start timing of the subsequent shooting, by adding the second timing to the
information regarding the cycle interval.

US Pat. No. 9,794,497

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE CONTROLLING READ-OUT OF SIGNALS FROM PIXELS IN FIRST AND SECOND AREAS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. The solid-state imaging device according to claim 1, wherein each of the first area and the second area includes at least one row of the pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,789,689

METHOD OF FORMING THROUGH-SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of forming a through-substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, the
method causing the first surface to communicate with the second surface through the substrate, the method comprising:
a first step that forms a first trench having a protective film on its side surfaces using dry etching from a side of the
first surface of the substrate, the dry etching comprising a process that performs etching and forming the protective film;
and

a second step that forms a second trench from a side of the second surface of the substrate using dry etching, the second
trench communicating with the first trench,

wherein the dry etching in the second step is performed while the protective film formed in the first step is present on the
side surfaces of the first trench,

wherein the first step comprises:
a trench formation that etches the substrate, and forms a trench;
a depth adjustment that adjusts a depth of the trench while forming the protective film on the side surfaces of the trench
by the dry etching, and forms the trench as the first trench; and

a protective film adjustment that adjusts a state of the protective film after the depth adjustment, and
wherein the protective film adjustment comprises forming the protective film on the first surface.

US Pat. No. 9,785,087

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
a frame, including an opening, configured to store developer;
a seal member configured to seal the opening; and
an unsealing member including a fixing portion to which the seal member is bonded or welded,
wherein the unsealing member includes the fixing portion on both sides in a longitudinal direction thereof excluding on a
center portion in the longitudinal direction thereof, and

wherein, by movement of the unsealing member, the seal member is removed from the frame to unseal the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,779,329

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor;
and a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the image processing apparatus to function
as:

a creating unit configured to create a plurality of subsets, wherein each of the plurality of subsets is created by selecting,
from a plurality of learning images, one or more learning images;

a learning unit configured to learn an area discriminator for discriminating a class of each area obtained by dividing the
learning images, for each subset created by the creating unit;

a learning discriminating unit configured to discriminate a class of each area obtained by dividing a plurality of learning
evaluation images, by using the plurality of area discriminators learned by the learning unit; and

an identification learning unit configured to learn an integrated identifier based on a discrimination result for each area
of the plurality of learning evaluation images discriminated by the learning discriminating unit and scene information associated
with each of the plurality of learning evaluation images.

US Pat. No. 9,779,341

DATA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, DATA TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, AND DATA RECEPTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data communication system for transmitting data from a data transmission unit to a data reception unit,
the data transmission unit comprising
a first error detection code generation unit configured to generate a first error detection code based on odd-numbered bits
corresponding to odd-numbered digits of transfer data,

a second error detection code generation unit configured to generate a second error detection code based on even-numbered
bits corresponding to even-numbered digits of the transfer data, and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the first error detection code, the second error detection code, and the transfer
data to the data reception unit,

wherein the first error detection code generation unit, the second error detection code generation unit and the transmission
unit are performed by a processor, and

the data reception unit comprising
a reception circuit configured to receive the transfer data, the first error detection code, and the second error detection
code, and

an error detection circuit configured to detect an error based on each of a group of the odd-numbered bits of the transfer
data and the first error detection code and a group of the even-numbered bits of the transfer data and the second error detection
code.

US Pat. No. 9,775,508

DEPOLARIZING REGION IDENTIFICATION IN THE RETINA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implementable method of analysing tissues of a retina, the method comprising:
receiving a polarization-sensitive (PS-OCT) image data set of the retina from a polarization-sensitive device, each element
in the polarization-sensitive image data set being associated with an intensity value ({I1, . . . , IL}) and a polarization direction ({P1, . . . , PL});

determining a likelihood score for each element of the polarization-sensitive image data set based on the intensity value
of the element and a degree of divergence (?*TP or D2) of the polarization direction associated with the element from a reference polarization direction (?*) associated with the
polarization sensitive image data set, wherein the likelihood score indicates whether said element is drawn from a directionally
polarized distribution or a depolarizing distribution; and

classifying elements of the polarization-sensitive image data set using the determined likelihood scores to analyse tissues
of the retina.

US Pat. No. 9,778,582

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS INCORPORATING AN IMPROVED UNDERCOAT LAYER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support;
an undercoat monolayer formed on the support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the undercoat monolayer,
wherein the undercoat monolayer comprises metal oxide particles and a compound represented by the following formula (1), and

wherein, in the formula (1),
R1 to R10 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a hydroxy group, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, or an amino
group,

at least three of R1 to R10 are hydroxy groups, and

X1 represents a carbonyl group or a dicarbonyl group,

wherein the content of the compound represented by the formula (1) in the undercoat monolayer is not less than 0.05% by mass
and not more than 4% by mass relative to the total mass of the metal oxide particles in the undercoat monolayer.

US Pat. No. 9,778,611

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND REMAINING TONER AMOUNT ESTIMATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
receive print data;
generate a raster image based on the received print data;
count pixels in the generated raster image;
execute at least two predetermined image forming processes based on the generated raster image, wherein the at least two predetermined
image forming processes include a first image forming process and a second image forming process different than the first
image forming process, and wherein the second image forming process is executed after the first image forming process;

determine a correction coefficient with reference to a correction table based on a combination of at least two printer engine
control parameters, wherein the at least two printer engine control parameters include a first printer engine control parameter
for the first image forming process and a second printer engine control parameter for the second image forming process;

correct a value of the counted pixels based on the determined correction coefficient; and
estimate a consumed toner amount based on the corrected value.

US Pat. No. 9,778,613

CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge for a main assembly of an electrophotographic image forming apparatus, wherein the main assembly includes a
rotatable driving coupling member including a driving force transmitting portion for transmitting a driving force and a driving
side abutment portion, wherein the cartridge is dismountable from the main assembly in a dismounting direction that is substantially
perpendicular to a rotational axis of the driving coupling member, the cartridge comprising:
a casing;
a photosensitive drum rotatably supported in the casing;
a rotatable driven coupling member, provided on an axial end of the photosensitive drum, the driven coupling member including
a driving force receiving portion for receiving the driving force to rotate the photosensitive drum, and a driven side abutment
portion to be abutted by the driving side abutment portion,

wherein at least one of the driving side abutment portion and the driven side abutment portion is inclined,
wherein the driven coupling member is translatable with respect to the casing in a predetermined direction, which is substantially
parallel to a rotational axis of the photosensitive drum, by a force received by the driven side abutment portion from the
driving side abutment portion when the cartridge is dismounted from the main assembly in the dismounting direction, and

wherein a distance between the rotational axis of the driven coupling member and the driven side abutment portion is not more
than a distance between the rotational axis of the driven coupling member and the driving force receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 9,778,616

PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge capable of being detachably attached to an apparatus body of an image forming apparatus, the process
cartridge comprising:
a process cartridge body having a rotatable image bearing member on which a developer image is formed; and
a handle attached to the process cartridge body so as to be pivotal relative to the process cartridge body,
wherein a rotational axis line of the image bearing member is parallel to a pivotal axis line of the handle,
wherein, when the process cartridge is in a non-used state containing developer and the handle is supported an end portion
of the process cartridge body that is located on the image bearing member side is positioned above a horizontal plane that
includes the rotational axis line, and

wherein, when the process cartridge is in a used state where the developer has been consumed and the handle is supported,
the end portion of the process cartridge body is positioned below the horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 9,778,891

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
at least one processor that operates to control:
a first wireless communication unit having a memory, the first wireless communication unit configured to
communicate with an external apparatus by near field wireless communication;
store, in the memory, first information including communication information for establishing longer field wireless communication
having a communication range longer than a range of the near field wireless communication and which is read by the external
apparatus; and

store, in the memory, second information including setting information for activating an access point included in the communication
apparatus, wherein the second information is stored in the memory by changing the stored first information to the second information
in an NDEF by the external apparatus;

a setting unit configured to activate the access point included in the communication apparatus, if the first information stored
in the memory is changed to the second information by the external apparatus;

a second wireless communication unit configured to communication with the external apparatus which has read the first information
by the longer field wireless communication if the access point is activated; and

an update unit configured to update the memory from a state where the second information is stored in the memory to a state
where the first information, which had been changed to the second information, is stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,778,686

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, ITS CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a touch detection unit configured to detect a touch operation to a display unit;
a display control unit configured to control operation so as to display a touch icon to the display unit;
an attitude detection unit configured to detect an attitude of the electronic apparatus;
a setting unit configured to set a case mode to be used in a case when the electronic apparatus is put in a case; and
a control unit configured to control operation, in a case when the case mode is not set by the setting unit, to change a position
of a touch-responsive area adapted to receive a touch operation to the touch icon in accordance with the attitude of the electronic
apparatus detected by the attitude detection unit, and, in a case when the case mode is set by the setting unit, not to change
the position of the touch-responsive area irrespective of the attitude of the electronic apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,773,188

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR REMOVING UNWANTING OBJECTS FROM IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to process a plurality of images which are acquired by imaging and correspond
to different viewpoint positions, the information processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information regarding a shape of an unwanted object included in the plurality of
images;

a selection unit configured to select a plurality of viewpoint positions from viewpoint positions from which images can be
acquired by the imaging based on the information regarding the shape of the unwanted object; and

a generation unit configured to generate image data in which at least a part of an image of the unwanted object is not included,
with use of a plurality of images corresponding to the selected plurality of viewpoint positions,

wherein the selection unit selects the plurality of viewpoint positions in such a manner that the selected viewpoint positions
do not include a pair of viewpoint positions wherein a direction of a straight line connecting the viewpoint positions to
each other is a same direction as a longitudinal direction of the unwanted object,

wherein the information regarding the shape of the unwanted object includes information that indicates the longitudinal direction
of the unwanted object.

US Pat. No. 9,773,459

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS THAT HAS A LIGHT EMITTING UNIT AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a light-emitting unit having a plurality of light sources;
a display unit having a plurality of regions corresponding to the plurality of light sources, respectively, the display unit
displaying an image by modulating light emitted from the light-emitting unit based on a frame inputted to the display unit;

a control unit that controls an emission brightness of each of the plurality of light sources corresponding to each of the
plurality of regions based on a brightness of each of a plurality of regions in the frame inputted to the display unit; and

a determining unit that determines whether a predetermined assisting object for assisting a user's operation has moved between
a first frame and a second frame, the first frame being input to the display unit before the second frame,

wherein the control unit controls the emission brightness of each of the plurality of light sources of the display unit during
displaying the second frame based on a value obtained by adding a value obtained by multiplying, by a coefficient, a difference
between a first emission brightness of each of the plurality of light sources at emitting light of the display unit during
displaying the first frame and a second emission brightness calculated based on the brightness of each of the plurality of
regions in the second frame to the first emission brightness,

wherein in a case where the determining unit determines that the predetermined assisting object has moved between the first
frame and the second frame, a coefficient A, which is used for controlling the emission brightness of a light source corresponding
to a second region where the predetermined assisting object is not present in the second frame among the plurality of regions,
is larger than a coefficient B, which is used for controlling the emission brightness of a light source corresponding to a
first region where the predetermined assisting object is present in the second frame.

US Pat. No. 9,770,911

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS WITH BEAM-SHAPED MEMBERS IN FLOW PASSAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
an ejection element substrate configured to eject liquid; and
a flow passage configured to guide the liquid to the ejection element substrate, wherein the flow passage includes:
a first beam-shaped member configured to divide the flow passage into a plurality of flow passages, and
a plurality of second beam-shaped members which are provided on a downstream side of the first beam-shaped member in a liquid-flowing
direction so as to sandwich a line extending from the first beam-shaped member in the liquid-flowing direction, wherein

the flow passage is divided into two flow passages including a first flow passage and a second flow passage by the first beam-shaped
member extending in the liquid-flowing direction, and the first flow passage and the second flow passage are different from
each other with respect to velocity at which the liquid flows therethrough.

US Pat. No. 9,736,359

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
at least one non-transitory memory device:
at least one processor;
a detection unit that detects a state of a subject;
a determining unit that determines a shooting framerate, a frame recording ratio, and a shooting time based on the state of
the subject;

a shooting unit that shoots a moving image at the determined shooting framerate over the determined shooting time and that
records the moving image in accordance with the determined recording ratio,

a receiving unit that receives a shooting start instruction; and
a display device that notifies a user, in response to the shooting start instruction, that moving image is being shot by the
shooting unit,

wherein in a case where the shooting time determined by the determining unit is less than a threshold time, the display device
continues a constant notification until the threshold time elapses regardless of whether or not a moving image is being shot
by the shooting unit, and

wherein the detection unit, the determining unit, the shooting unit, and the receiving unit are implemented by the at least
one processor executing at least one program recorded on the at least one non-transitory memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,767,395

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH COPY HISTORY AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image;
an image scanning unit configured to scan an image; and
a control unit configured to perform control of the image forming unit and the image scanning unit so as to scan an image
of an original by the image scanning unit and form the scanned image on a recording material,

wherein the control unit determines, after scanning of the original has been completed, whether formation of an additional
image on the original by the image forming unit is completed, and

wherein the control unit, if the formation of the additional image on the original has not completed, controls the image forming
unit not to form an image in which the original is scanned, and if the formation of the additional image on the original has
completed, controls the image forming unit to form the image in which the original is scanned.

US Pat. No. 9,764,562

PRINTING APPARATUS AND DRIVING CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTHEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead for printing on a printing medium, including:
at least two nozzle arrays configured to print dots on the printing medium, the at least two nozzle arrays having the same
length and being arranged in a first direction, and each nozzle array including a plurality of nozzles arranged along a second
direction intersecting the first direction, and

a plurality of printing elements provided so as to correspond to the plurality of nozzles of each nozzle array;
a driving unit configured to drive the plurality of printing elements by a time-divisional driving method such that ink dots
are discharged from the plurality of nozzles of each nozzle array, the plurality of nozzles being divided into N (N is an
integer not less than 2) groups, and each group including M (M is an integer not less than 2) nozzles and being driven at
different timing periodically; and

a print control unit configured to perform:
a first operation of expanding print data onto a memory in correspondence with the first direction and the second direction,
a second operation of, for each nozzle array, for each unit column data corresponding to the second direction in the print
data expanded in the first operation, determining some of the plurality of nozzles as non-driving nozzles such that the determined
nozzles do not overlap each other between the at least two nozzle arrays in the first direction, and the remaining nozzles
of the plurality of nozzles as driving nozzles, and

a third operation of distributing the print data expanded in the first operation to the nozzle arrays so that printing of
dots corresponding to each unit column data is completed by printing dots by the driving nozzles of each nozzle array determined
in the second operation,

wherein a length of an area in the second direction which is printable by one group in one period of the time-divisional driving
method is shorter than a length of an area corresponding to the one group in the second direction,

wherein, when L (L is an integer not less than 2, and M is a multiple of L) represents the number of nozzle arrays, and when
P represents the number of nozzles determined as the driving nozzles in each group in the second operation, a relationship
of M/L
wherein the print control unit is configured to be capable of distributing the print data expanded in the first operation
to the at least two nozzle arrays such that two or more dots are formed at a same printing position in the second direction
based on each of column data in one period of the time-divisional driving method, the two or more dots corresponding to two
or more nozzles being determined as the driving nozzles and belonging to a different nozzle array.

US Pat. No. 9,731,502

PRINTING APPARATUS AND DATA TRANSFER METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus which causes a printhead to print on a print medium by transferring a plurality of data to the printhead
and driving the printhead while moving the printhead and the print medium relatively to each other, the apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a value on a priority for each of the plurality of data to transfer the plurality of data;
a generation unit configured to generate print timings of the printhead in accordance with (1) a moving speed of the printhead
or the print medium and (2) a print resolution of the printhead;

a selection unit configured to select, from the plurality of data, data to be transferred to the printhead in an interval
between a print timing generated by the generation unit and a next print timing following the print timing, based on the interval,
a data length of each of the plurality of data, and the values set by the setting unit; and

a transfer unit configured to transfer data selected by the selection unit to the printhead.

US Pat. No. 9,731,504

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head including at least one energy generation element for generating heat to be used for ejecting a liquid,
comprising:
an insulating layer which is provided in contact with a substrate and supports the energy generation element;
at least one heat transmitting layer which is composed of a material having a higher thermal conductivity than that of a material
of the insulating layer and which is provided, in the insulating layer, between the energy generation element and the substrate;
and

a heat transmitting member which thermally connects the at least one heat transmitting layer and the substrate,
wherein the heat transmitting member is connected to an area, on the heat transmitting layer, excluding an area directly below
the energy generation element in a position interposed between the energy generation element and the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,769,218

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which is capable of performing an Internet Protocol facsimile communication via an Internet
Protocol network, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive an INVITE message in an SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) for establishing a session
for the Internet Protocol facsimile communication;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the INVITE message received by the reception unit is transmitted from
a public Internet Protocol network or a local Internet Protocol network;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a media type included in the INVITE message received by the reception unit;
a control unit configured to establish, based on the determination unit determining that the INVITE message is transmitted
from the local Internet Protocol network and the media type value acquired by the acquisition unit being audio, the session
and not to establish, based on the determination unit determining that the INVITE message is transmitted from the public Internet
Protocol network and the media type value acquired by the acquisition unit being audio, the session; and

a communication unit configured to perform the Internet Protocol facsimile communication using the established session.

US Pat. No. 9,769,484

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR ENCODING AND DECODING THE SIGNIFICANCE MAP FOR RESIDUAL COEFFICIENTS OF A TRANSFORM UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of decoding video data from a bitstream, the method comprising:
receiving, from the bitstream, encoded data of residual coefficients for a transform unit represented as a predetermined size
of a square block, wherein the received encoded data includes significant coefficient group flags for indicating whether at
least one of residual coefficients within a corresponding sub-block of the square block is significant;

determining a scan order of the significant coefficient group flags for the transform unit from a plurality of scan orders
of the significant coefficient group flags according to an intra-prediction mode corresponding to the transform unit from
a plurality of intra-prediction modes, wherein a first scan order of the significant coefficient group flags is determined
if the intra-prediction mode corresponding to the transform unit is a first intra-prediction mode and a second scan order
of the significant coefficient group flags is determined if the intra-prediction mode corresponding to the transform unit
is a second intra-prediction mode different from the first intra-prediction mode, and the second scan order of the significant
coefficient group flags is different from the first scan order of the significant coefficient group flags;

determining a scan order of the residual coefficients for the transform unit from a plurality of scan orders of the residual
coefficients according to the intra-prediction mode corresponding to the transform unit from the plurality of intra-prediction
modes, wherein a first scan order of the residual coefficients is determined if the intra-prediction mode corresponding to
the transform unit is the first intra-prediction mode and a second scan order of the residual coefficients is determined if
the intra-prediction mode corresponding to the transform unit is the second intra-prediction mode different from the first
intra-prediction mode, and the second scan order of the residual coefficients is different from the first scan order of the
residual coefficients;

determining the significant coefficient group flags corresponding to respective sub-blocks of the square block according to
the determined scan order of the significant coefficient group flags; and

decoding residual coefficients of the transform unit according to the determined significant coefficient group flags and the
determined scan order of the residual coefficients to generate the video data.

US Pat. No. 9,733,571

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL DEVICE, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination optical device for illuminating a first plane to be illuminated using light from a light source, the illumination
optical device comprising:
one optical integrator; and
an imaging optical system configured to:
cause a second plane including a focal point where a condensing mirror condenses light from the light source at a first angle
with respect to an optical axis directed from the light source to the first plane to be illuminated and an incident end surface
of the one optical integrator to have an optically conjugated relation; and

convert light from the focal point to light to be incident on the incident end surface of the one optical integrator at a
second angle greater than the first angle with respect to the optical axis,

wherein the one optical integrator reflects light incident from the incident end surface in an inside surface a plurality
of times and emits light incident from the incident end surface, and

wherein the first plane to be illuminated is illuminated with light from the one optical integrator.

US Pat. No. 9,731,525

RECORDING MATERIAL FEEDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording material feeding device comprising:
a stacking portion on which a recording material is stacked;
a driving source that rotates for moving the stacking portion to a first position;
a feeding member for feeding the recording material stacked on the stacking portion in a case that the stacking portion is
moved to the first position by the driving source;

a holding member for holding the stacking portion at a second position different from the first position;
a torque limiter for limiting transmission of a driving torque from the driving source to the stacking portion so as to permit
the transmission until a torque exerted on the driving source reaches a predetermined torque and to stop the transmission
of the driving torque when the torque exceeds the predetermined torque, in a case that the driving source rotates in a state
in which the holding member holds the stacking portion at the second position;

a storing portion for storing information on a holding state of the holding member; and
a controller for controlling the driving source to rotate at a rotational speed slower when the information stored in the
storing portion is information indicating that the holding member holds the stacking portion at the second position than when
the information stored in the storing portion is information indicating that the holding member does not hold the stacking
portion at the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,733,578

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. A lithography apparatus that performs patterning on a substrate, the lithography apparatus comprising:
a measurement apparatus including a movable stage and configured to measure a position of a mark formed on a substrate held
by the stage; and

a device configured to form a pattern to perform the patterning on the substrate,
wherein the measurement apparatus includes:
an imaging device including a plurality of pixels arranged at a pitch and configured to image the mark via the plurality of
pixels;

a driving device configured to change a relative position between the stage and the imaging device;
a measurement device configured to measure the relative position; and
a processor configured to obtain the position of the mark based on a plurality of images respectively obtained by the imaging
device at a plurality of relative positions between the stage and the imaging device that are different from each other and
associated with the pitch,

wherein the processor is configured to obtain, based on a deviation between a measured relative position where the mark has
been imaged by the imaging device and a first target relative position with respect to one of the plurality of relative positions,
a second target relative position where the mark is to be imaged by the imaging device with respect to another of the plurality
of relative positions.

US Pat. No. 9,769,246

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing terminal comprising,
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which can execute the instructions causing the information processing terminal to execute a relay function of
making a client which manages data and a service which provides a function using the data managed by the client cooperate
with each other via a network,

wherein the relay function:
receives, from a service of a plurality of services, data including function information for calling a function provided by
the service, wherein, in the function information, an action category of the provided function, a processable type of the
provided function and a connection destination of the provided function are defined;

performs registration processing for registering the function information based on the received data from the service;
performs a page request of page data to the client;
displays a page based on the page data obtained in response to the page request, wherein the page includes information related
to specific data managed by the client and each action category;

obtains, when a user instructs a first action category for the specific data via the displayed page, first function information
belonging to the first action category from the registered information by the registration processing;

identifies, from the registered information by the registration processing, second function information for calling a second
function for converting into a processable type of a first function called by using the first function information;

obtains the identified second function information belonging to a second action category different from the first action category
from the registered information by the registration processing;

displays a list based on the obtained first function information and the identified and obtained second function information;
performs a data request for the specific data to the client when the user instructs a selection for using the second function
information via the displayed list;

issues, after the specific data has been obtained from the client in response to the data request, a first request for processing
the converted specific data by the second function called by using the second function information, with the first function
called by using the first function information; and

receives a result of the processing based on the issued first request,
wherein, when the requested processing fails due to the second function, a message indicating that the processing of the specific
data has failed due to the second function and that the processing of the converted specific data with the first function
has not been completed is displayed as the results of the processing.

US Pat. No. 9,733,591

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming a toner image on a sheet, said image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
a first unit including a toner discharge opening;
a second unit including a toner receiving opening, wherein at least one of said first unit and said second unit is detachably
mountable to said main assembly; and

a shutter configured to permit toner to move from said first unit into said second unit in a state that the toner discharge
opening of said first unit is above the toner receiving opening of said second unit when said at least one of said first unit
and said second unit are set in said main assembly, and to close said toner discharge opening of said first unit when said
at least one of said first unit and said second unit is removed from said main assembly,

wherein said main assembly includes a shutter opening member configured to open said shutter, and
wherein insertion of said at least one of said first unit and said second unit into said main assembly causes contact with
said shutter opening member and rotates said shutter opening member such that said shutter is moved to a position above part
of a sealing member for said toner receiving opening, and thereafter, said shutter is opened by a further insertion of said
at least one of said first unit and said second unit into said main assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,733,599

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing portion configured to heat and fix an unfixed image formed on a recording material to the recording material, said
fixing portion including a heater having a substrate and a heat generating element provided on said substrate, a heat leveling
member contacting said heater and having a thermal conductivity higher than that of said substrate, and a temperature detecting
member configured to detect a temperature of said heat leveling member; and

a controller configured to control electric power supplied to said heater so that the detected temperature of said temperature
detecting member is maintained at a target temperature by lowering or raising the target temperature,

wherein a period in which said controller raises the target temperature with an increase of the number of the recording materials,
and a timing at which said controller lowers the target temperature, are provided in a period in which recording materials
having widths smaller than a width of a maximum size recording material usable with said apparatus are continuously subjected
to fixing operations.

US Pat. No. 9,766,423

LENS UNIT HAVING A PLURALITY OF PLASTIC LENSES, AND OPTICAL DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens unit comprising:
a first lens configured to be made of plastic;
a second lens configured to be fitted onto and held on a rear side of said first lens in a direction of an optical axis and
made of plastic; and

a lens holder configured to be disposed on a rear side of said second lens and hold said second lens,
wherein said second lens is positioned with respect to said first lens in the direction of the optical axis and a direction
perpendicular to the optical axis by fitting said second lens into a fitting holding portion of said first lens,

wherein a projection portion corresponding in shape to a part of a gate after molding of said second lens is disposed in a
space between an inner peripheral surface of the fitting holding portion and a cut surface formed by cutting out a part of
an outer periphery of said second lens, and

wherein as viewed from the direction perpendicular to the optical axis, the fitting holding portion and the projection portion
of said second lens overlaps in the direction perpendicular to the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 9,769,267

MANAGING SYSTEM AND MANAGING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A managing system that manages management information using a plurality of tenants that form a hierarchical structure,
the system comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the
one or more processors, cause the managing system to:

designate a first tenant, of the plurality of tenants, that manages management information to be transferred between tenants,
designate a second tenant to serve as a transfer destination for the management information that is to be transferred from
the designated first tenant,

specify second management information, of the management information managed by the first tenant, that is shared with another
tenant, in accordance with a sharing relationship for the second management information,

transfer third management information, of the management information managed by the first tenant, except for the specified
second management information, to the second tenant, and

change the sharing relationship for the specified second management information to a sharing relationship in which the second
management information is shared between the second tenant and a tenant in a level above or below the second tenant in accordance
with a new hierarchical structure formed after the transfer,

wherein the specified second management information is transferred to the second tenant by changing the sharing relationship
for the specified second management information to the sharing relationship in which the second management information is
shared between the second tenant and the tenant in the level above or below the second tenant in accordance with the new hierarchical
structure formed after the transfer.

US Pat. No. 9,733,608

DETERMINING LIGHT QUANTITY OF PRE-CHARGING EXPOSURE DEVICE IN AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a charging member for electrically charging said image bearing member at a charging portion;
a developing member for forming a developer image on said image bearing member charged by said charging member;
a transfer unit for transferring the developer image onto a transfer material at a transfer portion;
a pre-charging exposure unit for exposing to light a surface of said image bearing member which passes through the transfer
portion and before said image bearing member reaches the charging portion;

a voltage receiving member for receiving a voltage;
a measuring portion for measuring a first value of a voltage applied to said voltage receiving member when constant-current
control is effected; and

a controller for determining a light quantity of said pre-charging exposure unit during image formation based at least on
the measured first value of the voltage and a second value of the voltage,

wherein said controller includes:
a light quantity controller for controlling the light quantity so that said image bearing member charged by applying a first
potential to said charging member is exposed to light at a first light quantity by said pre-charging exposure unit, and

an acquiring portion for acquiring an output of said measuring portion when said image bearing member exposed to light at
the first light quantity is charged by applying a second potential of an opposite polarity to a polarity of the first potential
to said voltage receiving member.