US Pat. No. 9,764,917

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF SHEET STACKING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to perform an image forming process for forming an image on a sheet;
a discharging unit configured to discharge the sheet having the image formed in the image forming process;
a tray on which the sheet discharged by the discharging unit is stacked;
a detecting unit configured to detect whether a sheet is on the tray;
a moving unit configured to cause the tray to ascend and descend, wherein the moving unit is capable of causing the tray to
descend to a lower limit position according to an amount of sheets on the tray;

a determination unit configured to determine that descending of the tray by the moving unit is interrupted at a position located
higher than the lower limit position; and

a display unit configured to display a screen,
wherein, in a case that the tray is located at the lower limit position, the display unit is configured to display a first
screen prompting a removal of the sheets from the tray, and

wherein, in a case that the descending of the tray is determined by the determination unit to be interrupted, the display
unit is configured to display a second screen including both an information prompting a removal of the sheets from the tray
and an information showing that an obstacle presents under the tray, the image forming unit stops the image forming process,
and then the moving unit causes the tray to ascend in response to a detection result of the detection unit that the sheets
are not on the tray and, after causing the tray to ascend, the image forming process of the image forming unit is resumed,
even if the obstacle presents under the tray.

US Pat. No. 9,766,211

ACOUSTIC-WAVE ACQUISITION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An acoustic-wave acquisition apparatus equipped with a detector including a plurality of detection elements that receive
acoustic waves from a subject and output receiver signals, the receiving surfaces of at least some of the detection elements
being at different angles, the apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit that moves at least one of the subject and the detector to change the relative position of the subject and
a highest-resolution area determined depending on the placement of the detection elements;

a control unit that controls the movement of the scanning unit;
a light source that generates pulsed light, and
a holding member that holds part of the subject,
wherein the acoustic waves are generated at the subject when the subject is irradiated with the pulsed light generated by
the light source, and

wherein the control unit controls the movement of the scanning unit so that the pulsed light is applied to the subject at
least one time while the relative position changes by a distance equal to the size of the highest-resolution area.

US Pat. No. 9,730,581

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical coherence tomographic imaging apparatus comprising:
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of images of a subject's eye at different times;
a tomographic image acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of tomographic images of the subject's eye using interference
light obtained by interfering return light from the subject's eye irradiated with measuring light via a scanning unit and
reference light corresponding to the measuring light;

a movement amount acquisition unit configured to acquire the amount of subject's eye movement using the plurality of images;
and

a control unit configured to control the scanning unit to perform, using the amount of subject's eye movement, scanning position
correction in an interval between the end of one scan by the scanning unit and the start of a next scan by the scanning unit
and to control, in a case the amount of subject's eye movement exceeds a threshold value, the scanning unit to scan again
at least one scanning position where the subject's eye movement occurred.

US Pat. No. 9,736,485

ENCODING APPARATUS, ENCODING METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An encoding apparatus comprising:
a dividing unit that divides a target image included in an image into coding blocks;
an encoding unit that encodes the target image including the coding blocks;
a generating unit that generates a locally decoded image from the encoded target image;
a filtering unit that applies a predetermined filtering to the locally decoded image; and
a determination unit that determines, based on a number of the coding blocks included in the target image, whether a band
offset process is applied to the locally decoded image o edge offset process is applied to the locally decoded image.

US Pat. No. 9,769,335

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus in which an operating system is operable and which includes a program including (i)
a first program layer with an instruction set described in a first program language and (ii) a second program layer with an
instruction set described in a second program language different from the first program language, the information processing
apparatus comprising:
a first interpretation unit configured to execute an interpretation process for output content to perform a first output process;
a second interpretation unit configured to execute the interpretation process for the output content to perform a second output
process; and

a communication unit configured to perform communication, via the second program layer, between the first program layer and
a printer,

wherein said second interpretation unit is provided in the second program layer,
wherein data is handled as text data in the first program layer,
wherein data is handled as a binary data in the second program layer,
wherein the output content is to be printed by the printer is described in the first program layer,
wherein, as the first output process, said first interpretation unit performs interpretation to display the output content
on a screen, and

wherein, as the second output process, said second interpretation unit performs rendering to output the output content to
the printer as image data.

US Pat. No. 9,769,344

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS DISPLAY OF DISPLAY UNIT, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus provided with a display unit, comprising:
a first detection unit configured to detect whether a communication line is connected to the information processing apparatus;
a second detection unit configured to detect an off-hook state in the information processing apparatus; and
a display control unit configured to control whether to turn on said display unit,
wherein said display control unit turns on said display unit in a case where said first detection unit detects connection
of the communication line to the information processing apparatus and said second detection unit detects the off-hook state,
and

wherein said display control unit does not turn on said display unit in a case where said first detection unit detects non-connection
of the communication line to the information processing apparatus and said second detection unit detects the off-hook state.

US Pat. No. 9,769,358

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor that operates to:
acquire light field data including a plurality of pieces of data indicating an incidence position, an incidence direction,
and an intensity of a ray incident on an imaging apparatus from an object;

derive, for each piece of data included in the light field data, information indicating a projection method in a light field
space defined by the incidence position and the incidence direction of the ray, based on a plurality of pieces of data corresponding
to an object that is same as an object corresponding to the piece of data; and

project data included in the light field data corresponding to a region that does not belong to a predetermined subspace in
the light field space, on the predetermined subspace based on the derived projection method to generate corrected data in
which an amount of information in the light field data is increased in the predetermined subspace.

US Pat. No. 9,767,549

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain first data indicating a deformation from a first shape to a second shape and second
data indicating a deformation from a third shape different from the first shape to a fourth shape different from the second
shape, wherein the first shape and the third shape are shapes measured in a first state, and the second shape and the fourth
shape are shapes measured in a second state;

a generation unit configured to generate, based on the first data and the second data, data indicating a relation between
a shape and a deformation amount which changes in response to a shape; and

an estimation unit configured to estimate, based on the data indicating the relation, a deformation from the first state to
the second state.

US Pat. No. 9,764,462

ROBOT APPARATUS AND ROBOT CONTROLLING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:
a multi-articulated robot including a plurality of rotational joints; and
a controlling apparatus that drive-controls the multi-articulated robot based on an input motion command, wherein
the controlling apparatus includes:
a joint angle computing unit that computes a joint angle command of each of the plurality of rotational joints, the joint
angle command being for driving the multi-articulated robot based on the motion command;

a joint drive controlling unit that moves the multi-articulated robot by rotationally driving each of the plurality of rotational
joints based on the joint angle command computed by the joint angle computing unit;

a singular point calculating unit that calculates one of a singular point angle and a singular point distance of each of the
plurality of rotational joints to a singular point of the multi-articulated robot; and

a joint speed limiting unit that limits a rotation speed of a rotational joint specified in advance based on a type of the
singular point when the one of the singular point angle and the singular point distance calculated by the singular point calculating
unit becomes smaller than a predetermined value,

wherein the joint angle computing unit includes:
a position command calculating unit that calculates a position command based on the motion command;
a correction level adjusting unit that calculates a correction rate that is a rate of correction according to the one of the
singular point angle and the singular point distance calculated by the singular point calculating unit;

a position command correcting unit that corrects the position command by adding a product of a previous correction amount
and the correction rate calculated by the correction level adjusting unit to the position command;

an inverse kinematics calculating unit that transforms the position command corrected by the position command correcting unit
into a tentative joint angle command;

a joint angle correcting unit that calculates a next joint angle command by calculating a joint angle deviation from the tentative
joint angle command and a previous joint angle command, and making the tentative joint angle command smaller such that the
joint angle deviation does not exceed the rotation speed;

a forward kinematics calculating unit that calculates a next position from the next joint angle command calculated by the
joint angle correcting unit; and

a correction amount calculating unit that calculates a next correction amount by adding the previous correction amount to
a difference between the next position and the position command.

US Pat. No. 9,767,562

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. An image processing method comprising:
a corresponding point information obtaining step of obtaining corresponding point information, which indicates a plurality
of pairs of points corresponding on two images, to perform an alignment between the two images;

a reliability map obtaining step of obtaining a reliability map that indicates a spatial distribution of reliability degrees
representing estimated alignment accuracies at a plurality of points of interest on either of the two images, wherein the
reliability degree at each point of interest is deduced for that point of interest based on distances between the point of
interest and respective corresponding points;

a determination step of determining, based on the reliability map, whether the corresponding point information is satisfactory
to perform the alignment; and

a presentation control step of presenting the determination result of the determination step.

US Pat. No. 9,731,919

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a sheet conveyance path through which a sheet conveyed in a sheet conveyance direction passes, the sheet conveyance path having
a curved section in which the sheet is curved as it passes through the curved section so that the sheet changes its distance
to an inner curved portion within the sheet conveyance path as the sheet is conveyed in the sheet conveyance direction; and

a detection unit which detects a curved sheet in the curved section of the sheet conveyance path,
wherein the detection unit comprises:
a light-emitting surface from which light directed toward the sheet conveyance path emits, and
a light-receiving surface which receives reflected light that has been reflected from the sheet in the sheet conveyance path,
and

wherein the detection unit is configured so that,
the light-emitting surface and the light-receiving surface are arranged in a width direction of the sheet perpendicular to
the sheet conveyance direction, and

the reflected light received by the light-receiving surface has a length in the sheet conveyance direction which is longer
than a length in a direction perpendicular to the sheet conveyance direction and perpendicular to an advancing direction in
which the reflected light advances toward the light receiving surface.

US Pat. No. 9,766,539

METHOD FOR DETERMINING MASK PATTERN, NON-TRANSITORY RECORDING MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for determining patterns for a plurality of masks used for a mask manufacturing method for manufacturing the plurality
of masks, the method being executed by a processor, comprising:
acquiring data on a pattern containing a plurality of pattern elements; and
assigning the acquired plurality of pattern elements into masks, decomposing the acquired plurality of pattern elements into
patterns of the masks, and calculating an evaluation value for an evaluation index, based on a number of masks, the distances
between a plurality of pattern elements in each mask, and angles of lines connecting a plurality of pattern elements in each
mask,

wherein the evaluation index has a term defined by difference between the angles and a first predetermined angle in one mask
illuminated by a first illumination and a term defined by difference between the angles and a second predetermined angle in
other mask illuminated by a second illumination different from the first illumination,

wherein the first predetermined angle is different from the second predetermined angle,
wherein a pattern of each mask is determined based on the calculated evaluation value, and
wherein the mask manufacturing method comprises a step of manufacturing the plurality of masks, each mask including the determined
pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,768,620

WIRELESS POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wireless power supply system for wirelessly supplying power to an assigned power receiving apparatus, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing computer executable code that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to function as:
an assigning unit configured to assign, to the power receiving apparatus, a power transmitting apparatus;
a determining unit configured to determine a power supplying schedule such that, when the assigning unit assigns, to a particular
power receiving apparatus, a plurality of power transmitting apparatuses including one master power transmitting apparatus
and a plurality of slave power transmitting apparatuses, the plurality of power transmitting apparatuses supply the power
to the particular power receiving apparatus, not simultaneously; and

a power transmission controlling unit configured to control a power transmission such that, according to an instruction from
the master power transmitting apparatus, in a period assigned by the master power transmitting apparatus to each of the plurality
of power transmitting apparatuses, the plurality of slave power transmitting apparatuses supply the power to the power receiving
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,767,077

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT STORES PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, for each of a first object and a second object, each having an attribute, a first
value of the attribute of the first object and a second value of the attribute of the second object, wherein the first object
and the second object have been laid out in an image;

an evaluation unit configured to calculate, where each of the first object and the second object has a feature, (a) for the
first object, a first evaluation score of the first value each of the values obtained by the obtaining unit, based on a parameter
indicating the feature of the first object and (b) for the second object, a second evaluation score of the second value obtained
by the obtaining unit, based on a parameter indicating the feature of the second object;

a selection unit configured to, for a new object having the attribute, select, from the first value and the second value,
a value of the attribute of the new object, based on the first evaluation score and the second evaluation score calculated
by the evaluation unit; and

a display unit configured to cause a display device to display the image, in which the new object having the value of the
attribute selected by the selection unit is inserted.

US Pat. No. 9,766,561

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support, and
a photosensitive layer on the support, the photosensitive layer comprising a charge generating layer containing a charge generating
material, and a charge transporting layer containing a charge transporting material, in this order, wherein

the charge transporting layer contains:
(?) at least one selected from the group consisting of a polycarbonate resin having a structural unit represented by formula
(A), and a polyester resin having a structural unit represented by formula (B);

(?) the charge transporting material;
(?) a methoxybenzene; and
(?) at least one compound selected from the group consisting of a methoxycyclohexane, and a methoxybenzene having a methyl
group or an ethyl group as a substituent, the content W? of (?) being 0.001 to 1% by mass based on the total mass of the charge
transporting layer:


where R11 to R14, and R21 to R24 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, or an ethyl group;

X1 and X2 each independently represent a single bond or a divalent hydrocarbon group; and

Y1 represents a phenylene group or a diphenylene ether group.

US Pat. No. 9,766,566

TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle including a surface layer, wherein:
the toner particle comprises a styrene acrylic resin and a block polymer;
the surface layer comprises an organosilicon polymer;
the organosilicon polymer has a partial structure represented by Formula (1) below,
Rf—SiO3/2  (1)

where Rf represents an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, or a phenyl group;
the block polymer has a polyester segment C and a vinyl polymer segment A;
a mass ratio C/A of the polyester segment C to the vinyl polymer segment A is 40/60 or more and 80/20 or less;
the polyester segment C has a structural unit represented by Formula (2) below; and
the block polymer has a melting point Tm of 55° C. or more and 90° C. or less,

where m and n each independently represent an integer of 4 to 16.

US Pat. No. 9,766,569

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CORONA CHARGER CLEANING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable photosensitive member;
a corona charger detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus main assembly, configured to electrically charge said
photosensitive member, and including a discharging electrode, a first shield portion, a second shield portion, a cleaning
member, and a movable member; and

a first urging member and a second urging member, provided in said image forming apparatus main assembly and having elasticity,
configured to urge said corona charger in directions crossing a longitudinal direction of said corona charger when said corona
charger is mounted in said image forming apparatus main assembly,

said discharging electrode effecting electric discharge under application of a voltage and being provided along the longitudinal
direction,

said first shield portion and said second shield portion, having a plate shape, being provided along the longitudinal direction
at opposing positions with respect to said discharging electrode,

said cleaning member cleaning a portion-to-be-cleaned in said corona charger and being moved while contacting the portion-to-be-cleaned,
said movable member, holding said cleaning member, being moved in the longitudinal direction while being guided by said first
shield portion and said second shield portion,

said first urging member urging said first shield portion toward said second shield portion,
said second urging member urging said second shield portion toward said first shield portion, and
said first urging member and said second urging member being provided so that a first portion-to-be-urged of said first shield
portion urged by said first urging member and a second portion-to-be-urged of said second shield portion urged by said second
urging member are in non-opposing positions relative to each other with respect to the longitudinal direction when said corona
charger is mounted in said image forming apparatus main assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,766,571

PROCESS CARTRIDGE WITH DEVELOPING CONTAINER FOR AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a developing device configured to develop a latent image formed on an image bearing member,
the developing device comprising: a rotatable developing-agent bearing member configured to bear developing agent, a developing
container configured to form a developing-agent storage chamber that stores the developing agent, and a developing-agent regulating
portion supported by the developing container to regulate an amount of the developing agent born on the developing-agent bearing
member, wherein the method comprises:
setting the developing-agent regulating portion on a mold; and then
performing an insert molding by injecting resin in the mold to thereby integrally form the developing container and the developing-agent
regulating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,766,574

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a toner image forming portion configured to form the toner image on the image bearing member;
an intermediate transfer body to which the toner image on the image bearing member is primary transferred;
a secondary transfer belt configured to form a secondary transfer nip, where the toner image on the intermediate transfer
body is secondary transferred to a recording medium, with the intermediate transfer body;

a secondary transfer roller configured to secondary transfer the toner image on the intermediate transfer body to the recording
medium, the secondary transfer roller including an elastic layer formed of rubber material and being arranged so as to be
in contact with an inner surface of the secondary transfer belt at a position corresponding to the secondary transfer nip;

a drive roller configured to drive the secondary transfer belt, the drive roller being arranged so as to be in contact with
the inner surface of the secondary transfer belt;

a timer configured to measure a time from when a rotation of the drive roller has stopped; and
an execution portion configured to execute a mode in which the secondary transfer belt is temporarily driven by the drive
roller based on a result of measurement by the timer,

wherein the execution portion sets a moving amount of the secondary transfer belt driven by the drive roller in the mode such
that the moving amount of the secondary transfer belt is less than a length on the secondary transfer belt from a position
at which the secondary transfer roller contacts with the secondary transfer belt to a position at which the drive roller contacts
with the secondary transfer belt in the rotation direction of the secondary transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 9,766,578

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device that fixes a toner image on a recording material while conveying the recording material carrying the toner
image at a nip, the fixing device comprising:
a tubular film;
a heater including a first surface that is in contact with the film, the heater including a substrate and a heat-generating
resistor provided on the substrate;

a heat-conductive member having a higher thermal conductivity than the substrate, configured to contact a second surface of
the heater opposite to the first surface of the heater; and

a supporting member configured to support the heater via the heat-conductive member interposed between the supporting member
and the heater,

wherein the heat-conductive member includes bent portions which are bent toward the supporting member at both longitudinal
end portions of the heat-conductive member, and

wherein the supporting member includes:
openings where the respective bent portions of the heat-conductive member are inserted;
first and second parts formed on an opposed surface of the supporting member opposed to the heat-conductive member, the first
and second parts being arranged in a short direction of the heater and sandwiching the heat-conductive member with the heater;
and

a recess part formed on the opposed surface of the supporting member and recessed from the heat-conductive member, the recess
part being arranged between the openings in a longitudinal direction of heater and between the first and second parts in the
short direction of the heater.

US Pat. No. 9,767,612

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR REMOVING A MARKER PROJECTED IN A SCENE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of removing a projected marker projected in a scene from a view of the scene, the method comprising:
capturing a first image of the scene using a camera with the projected marker disabled;
capturing a second image of the scene, using the camera, with the projected marker enabled, the projected marker being projected
onto an object in the scene using an image projector projecting visible light to indicate a reference location in the scene
for positioning a virtual object, the second image containing a representation of the projected marker, wherein the second
image is interleaved with the first image and the projection of the projected marker by the image projector is synchronised
with the capturing of the second image; and

forming a data stream using at least the first and second image to generate a view of the scene, the data stream containing
data representing the virtual object as part of the captured images of the scene, the virtual object being positioned relative
to the projected marker captured in the second image and using pixels from the first image as pixel values at pixel locations
where the projected marker was located in the second image to remove the projected marker from the generated view of the scene.

US Pat. No. 9,766,579

FIXING APPARATUS FOR AN ELECTROGRAPHIC OR ELECTROSTATIC IMAGING FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus which fixes a toner image on a recording material, comprising:
a tubular film;
a heater disposed in contact with the film, the heater including a substrate and a heat generating resistor formed on the
substrate;

a contact member disposed in contact with a first surface of the heater opposite to a second surface of the heater in contact
with the film, a thermal conductivity of the contact member being higher than that of the substrate, a coefficient of linear
expansion of the contact member being larger than that of the substrate; and

a support member configured to support the heater, the support member sandwiching the contact member with the heater,
wherein a grease is applied to at least a longitudinal end portion of a contact region between the heater and the contact
member, and

wherein an outer edge of the surface of the substrate on a first surface side of the heater has cut grooves formed by a laser
scribed cut.

US Pat. No. 9,767,619

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing
apparatus to:

acquire a tomogram of an object;
acquire a reference distance from a reference point to a region of interest in the object;
calculate a corresponding distance based on the reference distance and an attribute of the object;
specify a place in the tomogram which corresponds to a portion spaced apart from a position of the reference point by the
corresponding distance; and

generate a composite image by combining the tomogram with information indicating the place; and
output the composite image.

US Pat. No. 9,766,587

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE USED THEREIN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly; and
a cartridge capable of supplying developer and detachably mountable to said main assembly,
wherein said main assembly includes a mounting portion for mounting said cartridge and a door for causing said mounting portion
to be in an open state and a closed state,

wherein said main assembly or said cartridge includes an expansion and contraction member for displacing at least a part of
said cartridge,

wherein opening and closing of said door is interrelated with expansion and contraction of said expansion and contraction
member,

wherein in the closed state, said cartridge mounted in said mounting portion is in a first position, inside said main assembly,
where an image is formable,

wherein in the open state, said cartridge mounted in said mounting portion is in a second position where at least a part thereof
projects to an outside of said main assembly, and

wherein said cartridge includes a grip portion for being gripped when said cartridge is mounted into and demounted from said
main assembly,

wherein said expansion and contraction member displaces said grip portion in a state in which said mounting portion is not
displaced, and

wherein said grip portion is accommodated inside said main assembly at the first position and is projected outside of said
main assembly at the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,736,334

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS METHOD AND MEDIUM CORRECTING VALUE OF PIXEL OF INTEREST IN IMAGE DATA USING DETERMINED AMOUNT OF CORRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a feature amount indicating variance of signal values of pixels included in a
region of image data, wherein the region is of a predetermined size and includes a pixel of interest;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a feature amount indicating a brightness in the region;
a determination unit configured to determine an amount of correction of a value of the pixel of interest using the feature
amount indicating the brightness and an index value corresponding to the feature amount indicating variance in reference to
index values corresponding to each of a plurality of mutually differing feature amounts indicating variance; and

a correction unit configured to correct the value of the pixel of interest using the amount of correction determined by the
determination unit,

wherein the first obtaining unit, the second obtaining unit, the determination unit, and the correction unit are implemented
by one or more processors or circuitry, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,766,096

ENCODER FOR PRODUCING POSITION INFORMATION USING POSITIONS OF A FIRST AND SECOND SENSOR, TILT ANGLES, PERIOD OF A PATTERN ON A SCALE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An encoder comprising:
a scale; and
a sensor, the scale and the sensor being movable relative to each other in a first direction, the sensor being configured
to read a first pattern as a periodic pattern provided to the scale to produce position information in the first direction,

wherein the sensor includes a first reader and a second reader disposed with an interval therebetween in the first direction
and each configured to read the first pattern, and

wherein the encoder further comprises:
a first position acquirer configured to acquire a first position in the first direction by using an output signal from the
first reader reading the first pattern and to acquire a second position in the first direction by using an output signal from
the second reader reading the first pattern;

a period acquirer configured to acquire a period of the first pattern by using the first and second positions;
a second position acquirer configured to acquire a first shift amount that is a relative positional shift amount between the
scale and the first reader in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction and acquire a second shift amount that
is a relative positional shift amount between the scale and the second reader in the second direction; and

a position information producer configured
to acquire, by using the first and second shift amounts, (a) a first tilt angle of a direction connecting positions at which
the first and second readers read the first pattern relative to the first direction and (b) a second tilt angle of a periodic
direction of the first pattern relative to the first direction, and to produce the position information by using the first
and second positions, the period and the first and second tilt angles.

US Pat. No. 9,763,032

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS SHORT-RANGE WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a short-range wireless communication unit configured to perform short-range wireless communication, wherein said short-range
wireless communication unit holds data and transmits the data to an external apparatus by dividing the data;

a detection unit configured to detect an interrupt signal generated by said short-range wireless communication unit, the interrupt
signal indicating that said short-range wireless communication unit has transmitted a divided data item of the data to the
external apparatus; and

a notification unit configured to notify a user that transmission of the data is completed, in a case where the number of
times of detection of the interrupt signal by said detection unit reaches a predetermined number of times.

US Pat. No. 9,727,951

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
(a) a memory storing instructions; and
(b) one or more processors that execute the instructions and cause the data processing apparatus to function as:
(i) an obtaining unit configured to obtain a feature amount related to brightness of each pixel of at least a part of a plurality
of pixels in image data and a color-difference value of each pixel of at least a part of a plurality of pixels in the image
data;

(ii) a determination unit configured to determine a scene of the image data among a plurality of scenes including at least
underexposure, using at least the feature amount related to brightness and a feature amount related to a variance of the plurality
of color-difference values obtained by the obtaining unit; and

(iii) a correction unit configured to correct the image data in accordance with the scene determined by the determination
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,760,250

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with an external device;
an acquisition unit configured to access a device in which content data files are stored; and
a control unit configured to provide, in response to a request from the external device, information of at least one of the
stored content data files to the external device via the communication unit,

wherein, when the control unit receives from the external device a request that requests information of content data files
and that specifies a number, the control unit transmits to the external device the specified number of information of content
data files in an order from a newest content data file from among the stored content data files.

US Pat. No. 9,760,506

CONFIGURABLE DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM BASED ON A HYBRID DATA AND CONTROL DRIVEN PROCESSING ARCHITECTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing system for processing system input data and providing processed data to a data output, the system comprising
a plurality of data inputs and of data outputs for communicating with external elements, the data processing system comprising:
a plurality of data processing hardware units, each data processing hardware unit being configured to process data within
a predetermined latency and according to a predetermined data processing task, to provide an item of processed data;

a memory for storing the predetermined latency for each of the data processing hardware units; and
a controller configured to determine a data processing task to be executed as a function of a source of data to be processed
or of a destination of processed data and further configured to select one data processing hardware unit as a function of
the determined data processing task to be executed and of latency constraints associated with the data processing task to
be executed taking into account the predetermined latencies stored in the memory, at least one source of data to be processed
being linked to at least one data input of the plurality of data inputs and at least one destination of processed data being
linked to at least one data output of the plurality of data outputs.

US Pat. No. 9,760,508

CONTROL APPARATUS, COMPUTER SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus which controls an access to a memory, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an address at which page close is performed, the address being determined in accordance
with an access pattern according to which a processing apparatus accesses the memory; and

a control unit configured to control the access to the memory so as to perform the page close after the processing apparatus
accesses the address acquired by the acquisition unit,

wherein, for the access pattern and another access pattern, there is at least one address which is commonly accessed, but
shapes of regions accessed according to the respective access patterns or respective orders of addresses in which the memory
is accessed according to the respective access patterns are different.

US Pat. No. 9,760,274

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to generate image data by capturing an image;
an identification unit configured to identify a plurality of users based on the image data; and
a display unit configured to display an operation screen used to operate the information processing apparatus for a first
user, and display a job list corresponding to a second user,

wherein a user whose job list is displayed is changed in accordance with an instruction by a user.

US Pat. No. 9,761,301

MEMORY CONTROL CIRCUIT FOR CONTROLLING MEMORY DEVICE THAT OPERATES IN SELF-REFRESH MODE, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A memory control circuit including a memory controller that performs data memory reset processing including deleting data
held in a volatile memory that operates when electric power is being supplied from a first power supply, by changing a memory
reset signal which is effective, after a voltage value of a second power supply becomes equal to or higher than a predetermined
value, comprising:
a mask circuit that is provided between the volatile memory and the memory controller, for masking the memory reset signal
when a mask signal which is effective is input;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not to keep the data, in a case where an event occurs which makes
the voltage value of the second power supply lower than the predetermined value, and also the first power supply is on; and

an output control circuit configured to, in a case where it is determined by said determination unit that the data is to be
kept, cause said mask circuit to mask the memory reset signal, by outputting the mask signal made effective to said mask circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,762,615

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MANAGEMENT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A management apparatus for managing a device capable of communicating on a network, the management apparatus comprising,
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the management apparatus to:
acquire, as setting information including a plurality of setting values and setting items related to processing executed by
a device, a security policy from the device, wherein the security policy indicates a setting value of a security setting item
being a part of the plurality of setting items;

delete a policy password from the acquired security policy, wherein the policy password is required to reflect the security
policy on a device or change the security policy in the device;

manage the acquired security policy from which the policy password has been deleted;
select a device to which the managed security policy is to be distributed;
set a policy password required to reflect the security policy on the selected device or change the security policy in the
selected device;

generate distribution data including the security policy and the set policy password; and
distribute the generated distribution data to the selected device,
wherein when the managed security policy is to be exported as a file, receive entries of a policy password and a second password,
the second password being related to encryption and decryption,

encrypt information including the security policy and the entered policy password so that the information is able to be decrypted
using the entered second password, and

export the encrypted information as a file.

US Pat. No. 9,760,318

SYSTEM, PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A method for controlling a printing apparatus, the method comprising:
performing printing;
receiving a command for a temporary stop of print processing for a first job and information indicating a period of time during
which the temporary stop continues from a post-processing apparatus configured to perform post-processing on a product printed
by the printing;

stopping the print processing for the first job according to the command for the temporary stop; and
controlling, based on the received information indicating the period of time during which the temporary stop continues, print
processing for a second job processable within the period of time during which the temporary stop continues.

US Pat. No. 9,760,319

SYSTEM, PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. A method for controlling a printing apparatus, the method comprising:
performing printing;
receiving a command for a temporary stop of print processing for a first job and information indicating a reason for the temporary
stop from a poet-processing apparatus configured to perform post-processing on a product printed by the printing;

stopping the print processing for the first job according to the command for the temporary stop; and
acquiring a period of time during which the temporary stop continues, based on the received information indicating the reason
for the temporary stop.

US Pat. No. 9,760,320

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system comprising:
a print control apparatus; and
a printing apparatus,
wherein the print control apparatus includes a CPU circuit and memory, wherein the CPU circuit of the print control apparatus
executes instructions in the memory, the CPU circuit causing the print control apparatus to perform the functions of:

a first communication unit that communicates with an external device on a network;
a second communication unit that communicates with the printing apparatus; and
a first shutdown unit that executes first shutdown processing for turning off a power supply of the print control apparatus,
wherein in a case where the first communication unit has received a shutdown instruction from the network, the second communication
unit instructs the printing apparatus to turn off a power supply of the printing apparatus,

wherein the printing apparatus includes a control unit comprising a second CPU circuit and second memory, the control unit,
through the second CPU circuit, loads instructions stored in the second memory, causing the printing apparatus to perform
the functions of:

a third communication unit that communicates with the print control apparatus; and
a second shutdown unit that executes, in a case where the print control apparatus has instructed the printing apparatus to
turn off the power supply of the printing apparatus, second shutdown processing for turning off the power supply of the printing
apparatus,

wherein the second shutdown processing includes a plurality of processes,
wherein in a case where a part of the plurality of processes is completed, the third communication unit transmits an end notification
to the print control apparatus,

wherein in a case where the second communication unit has received the end notification from the printing apparatus, the first
shutdown unit executes the first shutdown processing,

wherein in a case where the second communication unit has received a power supply state notification from the printing apparatus,
the first communication unit transmits the power supply state notification to the network, and after the first communication
unit transmits the power supply state notification to the network, the printing control apparatus determines if the end notification
has been received from the third communication unit, and if the end notification has not been received, the second communication
unit transmits an instruction to the printing apparatus to transmit the end notification, and

wherein the power supply to the print control apparatus is maintained after the second communication unit receives the power
supply state notification until the second communication unit receives the end notification.

US Pat. No. 9,760,321

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display a user interface of an application for determining at least one print setting item of
a printer driver, for which a user cannot change a setting value on a user interface of the printer driver; and

a creation unit configured to create a file for installing the printer driver in which the user cannot change the setting
value of the at least one print setting item, wherein the file is created based on the at least one print setting item of
the printer driver determined from the user interface,

wherein, by the printer driver installed using the created file, the user cannot change the setting value on the user interface
for the at least one print setting item,

wherein at least one of the display unit and the creation unit is implemented using a CPU.

US Pat. No. 9,762,638

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A facsimile apparatus comprising:
an interface configured to connect to an IP network;
one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the facsimile apparatus to perform
operations comprising:

determining whether a facsimile communication using User Datagram Protocol (UDP) is to be performed via a gateway apparatus
or without using the gateway apparatus, wherein the gateway apparatus converts a packet received from the IP network into
an analog signal and transmits the analog signal to an analog network, a size enabling a packet to be received by the gateway
apparatus being restricted;

performing the facsimile communication by transmitting a UDP packet via the interface by using the IP network; and
when it is determined that the facsimile communication is to be performed via the gateway apparatus and a mode of the facsimile
transmission is an error correction mode, controlling to transmit the UDP packet having a size equal to or smaller than a
maximal size enabling a packet to be received by the gateway apparatus, and

when it is determined that the facsimile communication is to be performed without using the gateway apparatus and the mode
of the facsimile transmission is the error correction mode, controlling to be able to transmit the UDP packet having a size
larger than the maximal size enabling a packet to be received by the gateway apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,762,159

MOTOR DRIVE APPARATUS FOR DRIVING STEPPING MOTOR AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A motor drive apparatus that drives a motor having a coil and a rotor that rotates when the coil is energized, comprising:
a drive unit configured to supply a sinusoidal drive signal to the coil;
a rotation detection unit configured to detect predetermined rotation of the rotor; and
a control unit configured to control the drive unit,
wherein the sinusoidal drive signal includes a plurality of phases,
wherein the control unit stores a reference phase which is a phase when the rotation detection unit detects predetermined
rotation of the rotor in a case where there is no follow-up delay of the rotor relative to the sinusoidal drive signal,

wherein the control unit acquires an actual phase which is a phase when the rotation detection unit detects predetermined
rotation of the rotor, and

wherein the control unit controls the drive unit so as to decrease, increase or maintain a voltage of the sinusoidal drive
signal in accordance with a difference between the reference phase and the actual phase based on a result of the comparison.

US Pat. No. 9,762,167

COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM, GENERATING METHOD, GENERATING APPARATUS, DRIVING APPARATUS, PROCESSING APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A computer-readable storage medium which stores a program for causing a computer to generate time-series data of an electric
current to be supplied to a motor in order to cause, a control system, including the motor configured to drive an object,
to transit from a first state to a second state, the program causing the computer to generate the time-series data so as to
satisfy a constraint including a condition to constrain an upper limit value of dispersion of a plurality of state quantities
respectively obtained from a plurality of models each of which estimates, from the time-series data, a state quantity of a
specific mode of a vibration mode and motion mode of the object, and so that a value of an evaluation function for evaluating
the time-series data falls within a tolerance,
wherein the plurality of models correspond to respective different operating environments of the control system and estimate
respective ones of the state quantity of the specific mode.

US Pat. No. 9,761,406

RADIATION TUBE AND RADIATION INSPECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation tube comprising:
an enclosure having an opening portion;
a cathode having an electron source configured to emit electrons disposed inside the enclosure;
an anode having a target unit configured to generate radiation in response to irradiation by being bombarded with electrons
emitted from the electron source and a front shield configured to collimate the radiation and form a fan beam radiation, the
front shield being disposed on the opening portion and having a proximal end closer to the target unit and a distal end farther
from which the target unit than the proximal end; and

an insulating tube having a pair of tube ends being connected to the cathode and the anode, respectively and configured to
form a vacuum envelope with the cathode and the anode,

wherein the front shield has a slit-shaped opening having a wide opening width and a narrow opening width, and
wherein the wide opening width at the proximal end is larger than a diameter of the target unit and the narrow opening width
at the proximal end is smaller than the diameter of the target unit.

US Pat. No. 9,761,158

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a specification unit configured to, from a first projection region for a first projection apparatus within a multi-screen
display performed by a plurality of projection apparatuses, specify (a) a first overlapping region in which the first projection
region for the first projection apparatus and a second projection region for a second projection apparatus overlap, (b) a
second overlapping region in which the first projection region for the first projection apparatus and a third projection region
for a third projection apparatus overlap, and (c) a third overlapping region in which (i) the first projection region for
the first projection apparatus, (ii) the second projection region for the second projection apparatus, and (iii) the third
projection region for the third projection apparatus overlap, wherein each overlapping region corresponds to a portion or
a whole of one side of the first projection region;

a determination unit configured to, in accordance with overlap directions and positions of each of the first, second, and
third overlapping regions in the multi-screen display, determine first luminance correction coefficients of the first overlapping
region, second luminance correction coefficients of the second overlapping region, and third luminance correction coefficients
of the third overlapping region, such that each of (a) a total luminance correction coefficient of the first luminance correction
coefficients, (b) a total luminance correction coefficient of the second luminance correction coefficients, and (c) a total
luminance correction coefficient of the third luminance correction coefficients becomes a predetermined value, wherein the
total luminance correction coefficients are respectively obtained by adding luminance correction coefficients that are in
a corresponding positional relationship in a respective one of the first, second, and third overlapping regions; and

a correction unit configured to perform luminance correction processing for correcting luminance of image data for the multi-screen
display, based on the first, second, and third luminance correction coefficients determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,760,148

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RESUMING THE APPARATUS FROM A POWER-SAVING STATE BASED ON A PORT NUMBER OF A RECEIVED SPECIFIC PACKET OR A CONTENT OF THE RECEIVED SPECIFIC PACKET

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a controller including a processor and a memory;
a power controller which shifts the information processing apparatus to a power saving state in which power supply to the
processor is stopped; and

a network interface which receives a packet transmitted from an external device while the information processing apparatus
is in the power saving state, the network interface instructing the power controller to supply power to the processor and
transmitting the received packet to the controller in a case where the received packet is a specific packet,

wherein the controller determines a power state to which the information processing apparatus is to shift on a basis of a
port number of the received packet, and, in a case where the power state to which the information processing apparatus is
to shift is unable to be determined on the basis of the port number of the received packet, analyzes a content of the received
packet to determine the power state to which the information processing apparatus is to shift on the basis of a result of
the analysis.

US Pat. No. 9,752,870

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for generating a projection pattern used in three-dimensional measurement of a target
object, the information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain first distance information of the target object based on a first image obtained by
capturing the target object onto which a first projection pattern is projected and to obtain second distance information of
the target object based on a second image obtained by capturing the target object onto which a second projection pattern is
projected, wherein the first projection pattern is generated based on a first projection code string and the second projection
pattern is generated based on a second projection code string;

a determination unit configured to determine a projection code string for generating a projection pattern to be projected
based on the first distance information and the second distance information;

a generation unit configured to generate a pattern image of the projection pattern to be projected based on a projection code
string determined by the determination unit;

an image capturing unit configured to capture the target object on which the pattern image is projected and to obtain an image;
a pattern obtaining unit configured to extract a captured pattern from the image to obtain a captured code string;
an association unit configured to collate the projection code string with the captured code string to perform association
between the projection code string and the captured code string; and

a measurement unit configured to measure distance information of the target object based on the association,
wherein the determination unit determines the projection code string based on the difference between a distance value indicated
by the first distance information and a distance value indicated by the second distance information.

US Pat. No. 9,750,402

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus, comprising:
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a fundus image of an eye to be examined; and
a correction unit configured to correct the fundus image in accordance with a degree of clouding of the eye such that, among
color components contained in the fundus image, a ratio of a blue component in the fundus image increases against a red component
and a green component.

US Pat. No. 9,750,403

RETINAL MOVEMENT TRACKING IN OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method comprising:
imaging a fundus of an eye to obtain a plurality of fundus images;
imaging the fundus to obtain a plurality of tomographic images;
determining a fundus movement of the eyes based on the plurality of fundus image;
tracking the determined fundus movement of the fundus;
determining the number and positions of tomographic images imaged during a time including a time during which the fundus movement
cannot be tracked;

re-imaging the determined number of tomographic images at the determined positions.

US Pat. No. 9,750,404

OPHTHALMIC IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic imaging apparatus, comprising:
an imaging unit configured to perform imaging to produce a tomographic image of a fundus of an examined eye based on interference
light obtained by combining measurement light and reference light in a vitreous body mode or in a choroid mode, wherein the
imaging unit sets, in the vitreous body mode, a position in which an optical path length of the measurement light and an optical
path length of the reference light match at a vitreous body side of the examined eye, and sets, in the choroid mode, the position
at a choroid side of the examined eye;

a determination unit configured to determine whether aliasing has occurred in the tomographic image imaged in the vitreous
body mode;

a movement unit configured to, when the determination unit has determined that the aliasing has occurred, move the position
from the vitreous body side to the choroid side;

a generation unit configured to generate a fundus image based on a plurality of tomographic images having been produced through
imaging performed by the imaging unit in the choroid mode; and

a display control unit configured to display, on a display unit, (a) the tomographic image imaged in the vitreous body mode
and (b) the fundus image generated based on the plurality of tomographic images imaged in the choroid mode.

US Pat. No. 9,754,772

CHARGED PARTICLE IMAGE MEASURING DEVICE AND IMAGING MASS SPECTROMETRY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A charged particle image measuring device comprising:
a sample stage;
a charged particle lens opposite the sample stage;
a two-dimensional detector;
a first diaphragm disposed between the sample stage and a position of a crossover that is formed by the charged particle lens
and that is closest to a sample; and

a second diaphragm disposed between the first diaphragm and the two-dimensional detector.

US Pat. No. 9,752,991

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR ACQUISITION OF AN ANGULAR-DEPENDENT MATERIAL FEATURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A method for measuring reflected light, the method comprising:
obtaining a first light-measurement objective, wherein a light-measurement objective defines one or more of an intensity of
emitted light, a spectrum of emitted light, a spectrum of detected light, and a reflectance angle of detected light;

obtaining a second light-measurement objective;
obtaining an angular-dependence objective, wherein the angular-dependence objective defines a difference between a first light-reflection
angle and a second light-reflection angle;

selecting first settings values for one or more first illumination-emission devices and one or more first illumination-detection
devices based on the first light-measurement objective;

selecting second settings values for one or more second illumination-emission devices and one or more second illumination-detection
devices based on the second light-measurement objective; and

selecting a speed of an object conveyor based on the angular-dependence objective.

US Pat. No. 9,723,286

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an image input interface at which an input image is received, wherein a color adjustment process is performed by the image
processing apparatus on at least a spatially partial region of the input image to generate an output image;

an image output interface from which the output image is outputted;
a memory interface from which color adjustment information is outputted for storage by a memory, wherein the color adjustment
information includes information representing an approximate expression which approximates conversion characteristics of the
color adjustment process and region information representing the spatial position of the spatially partial region of the input
image,

wherein a color space of an image is divided into a plurality of color ranges, and
wherein the image processing apparatus
acquires a color histogram regarding color in at least the spatially partial region of the input image,
acquires, for each of the plurality of color ranges, information representing an approximate expression which approximates
conversion characteristics of the color range as division characteristics, and

generates, as composition characteristics, information representing an approximate expression which composites the approximate
expressions of the plurality of color ranges by compositing the division characteristics of the plurality of color ranges
based on the color histogram,

wherein the composition characteristics are outputted as information representing the approximate expressions.

US Pat. No. 9,723,550

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first communicator configured to perform a wireless communication with another communication apparatus using a first communication
method;

a second communicator configured to perform a wireless communication with the another communication apparatus using a second
communication method that is different from the first communication method;

one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to execute
steps of:

sending, via the first communicator, a request message for requesting connection to the another communication apparatus by
using the second communication method, the request message including information about at least one of a print service, an
image transmission service, an image reproduction service, and an image scanning service, of which execution by using the
second communication method is requested to the another communication apparatus; and

performing a search process for searching for a service that is executable with the another communication apparatus using
the wireless communication by the second communicator, in a case where the second communicator starts performing the wireless
communication with the another communication apparatus after the communication apparatus has started performing the wireless
communication with the another communication apparatus in a state in which the service of which execution by using the second
communication method is requested to the another communication apparatus is not specified and the request message not including
the information has been sent.

US Pat. No. 9,715,094

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having negative refractive power; and
a rear lens group including one or more lens units and having overall positive refractive power,
wherein during zooming, a distance between every adjacent lens units varies,
wherein the second lens unit has the highest negative refractive power of all the lens units,
wherein during focusing from an infinite distance to a minimum object distance, the second lens unit and the fourth lens unit
move toward the object side, and

wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
0.65<|FLm/FLm2|<1.50,

0.5<|FLp/FLm|<1.0, and

0.6
where FLm is a focal length of the fourth lens unit, FLm2 is a focal length of the third lens unit, FLp is a focal length of the rear lens group at a wide-angle end, TLDm is a lens
configuration length of the entire zoom lens at a time of achieving of a maximum photographing magnification, and TLDt is
a lens configuration length of the entire zoom lens at a time of infinite-distance focusing at a telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 9,716,011

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:
a first etching step of etching a substrate on which a silicon member, a silicon oxide member, and a compound member containing
nitrogen and silicon are exposed, by using a first gas containing XeF2 and H2, wherein, in the first etching step, a deposit is formed on an exposed surface of the compound member while at least part
of a surface of the silicon oxide member is not covered by the deposit to be exposed; and

a second etching step of etching the substrate by using a second gas containing XeF2 after the first etching step, the deposit formed in the first etching step functioning as a protective layer for suppressing
etching of the compound member in the second etching step,

wherein the second gas used in the second etching step satisfies at least one of:
a condition that the second gas used in the second etching step is lower in a partial pressure of H2 than the first gas used in the first etching step, and

a condition that the second gas used in the second etching step is smaller in a quantity of flow of H2 than the first gas used in the first etching step, and

wherein, for each of the first gas and the second gas, N2 is used as a carrier gas for sublimating solid XeF2.

US Pat. No. 9,716,818

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS HAVING FIRST CASE AND SECOND CASE ROTATABLE RELATIVE TO FIRST CASE, AND IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING DETACHABLE ILLUMINATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An illumination apparatus comprising:
a first case detachably attached to an imaging apparatus;
a second case rotatable relative to the first case;
a light emission unit disposed on the second case;
a driving unit configured to rotate the second case relative to the first case;
a sensor configured to output information on presence or absence of an object in a certain range; and
a setting unit configured to set a limitation angle for rotation of the second case rotated by the driving unit relative to
the first case,

wherein the sensor is disposed in a back surface of the first case, and
the setting unit sets a smaller limitation angle when the information output from the sensor indicates that an object does
not exist in the certain range when compared with a case where the information indicates that an object exists in the certain
range.

US Pat. No. 9,715,042

LIGHT-SHIELDING COATING MATERIAL AND LIGHT-SHIELDING FILM FOR OPTICAL ELEMENT AND OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light-shielding film for an optical element comprising:
a substance at least containing an epoxy resin, titania fine particles, a dye, and an amine curing agent,
wherein a content of the titania fine particles contained in the substance is 20 weight percent or more and 60 weight percent
or less with respect to a total weight of the substance,

wherein an equivalent ratio (A/E) of an active hydrogen equivalent weight (A) of the amine curing agent and an epoxy equivalent
weight (E) of the epoxy resin and a compounding ratio (A?/E?) of an amine curing agent amount (A?) and an epoxy resin amount
(E?) satisfy the following expressions 1, 2, and 3:

1.1?(A?/E?)/(A/E)?1.4  (Expression 1)

0.13?(A/E)?0.32  (Expression 2)

0.142?(A?/E?)?0.445, and  (Expression 3)

wherein the amine curing agent at least contains aliphatic amine.

US Pat. No. 9,714,826

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus for measuring a three-dimensional shape of an object using a plurality of space encoding patterns
each of which includes a light portion and a dark portion, the measurement 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 measurement apparatus to:

obtain a first pattern set comprising patterns each of which has the light portion of each space encoding pattern masked by
a checkerboard pattern mask, and a second pattern set comprising patterns each of which has the light portion of each of the
space encoding pattern masked by a mask with varying the checkerboard pattern mask,

input, from a capturing device, captured images of an object to be measured on which the patterns of the first and second
pattern sets are sequentially projected by a projection device,

detect a correspondence between projection coordinates of the projected pattern and image coordinates of a captured image
for the projected pattern, and

derive a three-dimensional shape of the object to be measured based on detected correspondences.

US Pat. No. 9,703,112

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising:
in order from an object side to an image side,
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a rear unit including a plurality of lens units,
wherein a distance between adjacent lens units changes during zooming,
wherein an image stabilizing unit Ls comprising at least part of the second lens unit moves in a direction perpendicular to
an optical axis during blurring correction,

wherein the image stabilizing unit Ls is disposed on a most object side of the second lens unit,
wherein an aperture stop is arranged on a position adjacent to an image side of the image stabilizing unit Ls,
wherein the zoom lens comprises a lens unit for focusing disposed on an image side of the aperture stop,
wherein the lens unit for focusing moves to the image side when focusing from infinity to a closest distance, and
wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
1.30
2.00 where fLs represents a focal length of the image stabilizing unit Ls, TExp represents a distance between an exit pupil and an image surface of the zoom lens at a wide angle end, and fw represents a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,703,114

IMAGE STABILIZER, LENS BARREL, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilizer comprising:
a support member;
a movable member holding a correcting member and rotatable relative to the support member around a first rotating axis, which
intersects with an optical axis, or a second rotating axis, which intersects with both the optical axis and the first rotating
axis; and

a restricting member which has an opening part and rotatably holds the movable member around the first rotating axis and restricts
rotation of the movable member around the second rotating axis,

wherein the support member rotatably holds the restricting member around the second rotating axis along with the movable member
and restricts rotation of the restricting member relative to the support member around the first rotating axis,

wherein the support member, the movable member, and the restricting member overlap one another in an optical axis direction,
and

wherein the correcting member and the opening part of the restricting member overlap with one another in the optical axis
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,701,122

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus including a moving unit configured to make a relative movement between at least one liquid
ejecting unit, having an ejection port for ejecting liquid, and a print medium, the print medium being placed at a predetermined
interval with respect to the liquid ejecting unit, the liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:
at least one mist removing unit provided downstream of the at least one liquid ejecting unit in a movement direction in which
the print medium is moved in the case of relative movement, the mist removing unit comprising:

at least one suction hole configured to suck air existing in a region defined by the liquid ejecting unit and the print medium
together with mist; and

at least one blowing hole that is formed downstream of the suction hole in the movement direction, the blowing hole configured
to blow air toward the print medium so as to generate a vortex of gas downstream of the suction hole,

wherein a relationship expressed by the following expression is satisfied:
??h/3

where ? represents a maximum vortex core radius (mm) of the vortex in a direction perpendicular to the print medium, and h
represents a distance (mm) between the mist removing unit and the print medium, and

wherein a relationship expressed by the following expression is satisfied:
v??1.82L+28.2

where L represents a distance (mm) between the suction hole and the blowing hole, v represents a rate (m/s) of an airflow
produced by blowing air through the blowing hole, and the constant values of ?1.82 and 28.2 in the relationship have units
of (m/(s·mm)) and (m/s), respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,702,405

MOVING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:
a guide having a vertical flat surface extending in a first direction that is horizontal;
a carriage mounting an inkjet recording head configured to reciprocate along the guide in the first direction, wherein the
carriage has a contact slide portion sliding on the vertical flat surface with a lubricant;

a platen configured to support a sheet to be recorded by the inkjet recording head;
a mechanism to change a height of the carriage relative to the platen by moving the carriage in a second direction that is
vertical along the vertical flat surface; and

a first rib-like structure and a second rib-like structure each formed on the carriage such that the contact slide portion
is disposed between the first and the second rib-like structures in the first direction, wherein in each of the first and
the second rib-like structures, a plurality of ribs forms a cross-like shape having a size larger than the contact slide potion
in the second direction and a center of the cross-like shape in the second direction is rid of ribs, whereby the first and
the second rib-like structures gather the lubricant on the vertical flat surface toward the center in the second direction
while the carriage reciprocates,

wherein a sliding region on the vertical flat surface, in which the contact surface slides while the carriage reciprocates,
shifts in the second direction according to changing of the height of the carriage changed by the mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,701,147

RECORDING MEDIUM WITH ENHANCED FLEXIBILITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising:
a substrate; and
an ink receiving layer on the substrate, the ink receiving layer including
inorganic particles, and
a binder,
the inorganic particles including at least one type of alumina particles selected from fumed alumina particles and hydrated
alumina particles,

the binder including
a water-soluble resin (1), and
a polyurethane resin (2) having an average particle diameter of 0.3 ?m or more and an elongation of 550% or more,
the total amount of the resin (1) and the resin (2) included in the ink receiving layer being 20% by mass or more and 50%
by mass or less of the content of the alumina particles included in the ink receiving layer.

US Pat. No. 9,703,724

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
an input unit configured to input a deletion instruction of data stored in a nonvolatile memory;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the nonvolatile memory has reached an end of its rewrite operating life
in accordance with the deletion instruction input by the input unit;

an acceptance unit configured to accept an instruction for setting a password to the nonvolatile memory in a case where the
determination unit determines that the nonvolatile memory has reached the end of its rewrite operating life; and

a setting unit configured to set the password to the nonvolatile memory in accordance with the instruction accepted by the
acceptance unit.

US Pat. No. 9,704,505

AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An audio signal processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor programmed to function as:
an obtaining unit configured to apply non-negative matrix factorization on an audio signal which includes a target sound and
non-target sound and to obtain a plurality of base spectra constituting rows of a basis matrix as a result of the non-negative
matrix factorization;

a classifying unit configured to classify the plurality of base spectra into first base spectra corresponding to the target
sound and second base spectra corresponding to the non-target sound based on a distribution of the base spectra along a frequency
axis, wherein the classifying unit classifies a base spectrum, which has a component in a frequency band lower in the frequency
axis than a base spectrum that is classified into the first base spectrum, into a second base spectrum; and

an outputting unit configured to output the audio signal via an output device in which the non-target sound is reduced or
removed using at least one of the first base spectra and the second base spectra,

wherein the classifying unit classifies the base spectra into the first base spectra and the second base spectra based on
a barycentric frequency in the distribution of the base spectra along the frequency axis.

US Pat. No. 9,702,982

CONTROL APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus which receives a radiation image from a radiation imaging apparatus, the control apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store examination information and a radiation image received from the radiation imaging apparatus
in accordance with the examination information;

a determination unit configured to determine whether any unreceived radiation image exists, at the time of activation, based
on a storage state of a radiation image corresponding to the examination information in the storage unit; and

a request unit configured to request, in response to a predetermined operation input from a user, the radiation imaging apparatus
to transmit a radiation image when the determination unit determines that the unreceived radiation image exists.

US Pat. No. 9,703,242

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus, comprising:
a fixing roller including a rubber layer;
a first unit configured to be brought into contact with a surface of the fixing roller so as to heat the fixing roller;
a second unit configured to form a fixing nip portion for nipping and conveying a recording material bearing an image with
the fixing roller, wherein the image on the recording material is fixed onto the recording material through heating at the
fixing nip portion;

a first opposing portion provided between a shaft of the fixing roller and the first unit, wherein a distance between the
first opposing portion and the first unit when a pressure during a fixing processing for the image is applied to a contact
region between the fixing roller and the first unit is more than 0 mm and 2 mm or less; and

a second opposing portion provided between the shaft of the fixing roller and the second unit, wherein a distance between
the second opposing portion and the second unit when the pressure during the fixing processing is applied to the fixing nip
portion is more than 0 mm and 2 mm or less.

US Pat. No. 9,703,758

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR CONVERTING AN ORIGINAL DOCUMENT HAVING A FORMAT INTO A FILE HAVING A DIFFERENT FORMAT AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set whether to store an original document in a common file;
a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction for an original document having a first format;
a generation unit configured to generate a common file having a second format by converting the original document having the
first format, wherein the common file having the second format can be handled by a predetermined application, and wherein
the second format is different from the first format;

a determination unit configured, when the generation unit generates the common file, to determine whether the instruction
received by the receiving unit is an editing instruction or a printing instruction, wherein the editing instruction is an
instruction for starting an editing screen that enables a user to perform editing the generated common file, and wherein the
printing instruction is an instruction for printing the generated common file without starting the editing screen; and

a storage unit configured to store the original document having the first format in the generated common file having the second
format if the determination unit determines that the received instruction is the editing instruction and the setting unit
sets that the original document is to be stored in the common file,

wherein the storage unit does not store, even if the setting unit sets that the original document is to be stored in the common
file, the original document having the first format in the generated common file having the second format if the determination
unit determines that the received instruction is the printing instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,703,254

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A DUAL-POSITION DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,705,087

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An organic light emitting device comprising:
an anode;
a cathode; and
an organic compound layer being placed between the anode and the cathode and including at least a hole transport layer and
an emission layer,

wherein the emission layer contains a light emitting material which emits light including light in the blue color wavelength
region;

wherein the hole transport layer contains a first organic compound and a second organic compound;
wherein an ionization potential of the second organic compound is smaller than that of the first organic compound;
wherein the second organic compound in a radical cation state has no absorption spectrum peak in the blue color wavelength
region; and

wherein concentration of the second organic compound is 5% by weight or more to 30% by weight or less of the hole transport
layer.

US Pat. No. 9,696,678

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a sheet stacking portion on which a sheet is stacked;
a pick-up roller configured to contact with stacked sheets on the sheet stacking portion from above the sheet stacking portion
and to feed an uppermost sheet from among the stacked sheets on the sheet stacking portion:

a driven rotating body contacting with the pick-up roller and driven by the pick-up roller;
a driving source configured to drive the pick-up roller;
a shutter member movable between a first position where the shutter member abuts against a downstream end portion in the sheet
feeding direction of the sheet fed by the pick-up roller and stops the sheet and a second position where the sheet passes
the shutter member, the shutter member disposed in a vicinity of a nip portion formed by the pick-up roller and the driven
rotating body; and

a torque limiter provided between the pick-up roller and the driving source, transmitting a driving force of the driving source
to the pick-up roller in a state that a load of less than a predetermined torque is applied to the pick-up roller by the sheet,
and not transmitting the driving force of the driving source to the pick-up roller in a state that the sheet is stopped by
the shutter member and a load of more than the predetermined torque is applied to the pick-up roller by the sheet,

wherein, when the shutter member is in the first position, the shutter member overlaps with the pick-up roller when viewed
along a rotational axis of the pick-up roller.

US Pat. No. 9,696,543

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An 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:

acquire arrangement positions in a physical space, which are set in advance for a plurality of indices;
specify an index that satisfies a predetermined condition as a target index among indices included in an image of the physical
space captured by an image capturing device having a known position; and

generate a notification of the arrangement position of the target index,
wherein the specifying the index as the target index among the indices included in the image includes specifying, as the target
index, an index having a motion amount in the image that is larger than a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,697,064

SYSTEM, SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory device and programmed to function as:
a plurality of processing units that are each configured to receive a file to be processed and perform data processing on
the file;

a registering unit configured to register identification information of a file if an error has occurred during the data processing
on the file; and

a starting unit configured to start a plurality of the processing units in accordance with a number of received files for
performing distributed processing on files that are received continuously,

wherein if at least one processing unit of the plurality of the processing units started by the starting unit is stopped due
to the occurrence of the error during the data processing of a respective received file, the registering unit registers identification
information for that file and, if another processing unit determines that a newly received file has identification information
that is identical to the identification information registered by the registering unit, the other processing unit performs
error notification without performing the data processing on the newly received file.

US Pat. No. 9,696,620

COMPOSITION, METHOD FOR PRODUCING FILM WITH THE COMPOSITION, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A method for producing a film, comprising a step of subjecting the composition according to claim 1 to cationic polymerization.

US Pat. No. 9,659,988

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

3. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels each having a first photoelectric conversion unit and a second photoelectric conversion unit, a floating
diffusion, a first transfer transistor configured to transfer electric carriers from the first photoelectric conversion unit
to the floating diffusion, a second transfer transistor configured to transfer electric carriers from the second photoelectric
conversion unit to the floating diffusion, and an amplification transistor configured to amplify signals based on the electric
carriers transferred to the floating diffusion;

first-conductivity type first semiconductor regions serving as channel regions for the first transfer transistor and the second
transfer transistor and a first-conductivity type second semiconductor region serving as the channel region for the amplification
transistor; and

a contact plug configured to supply a reference voltage to the first semiconductor regions and the second semiconductor region,
wherein

during a period from a start of an accumulation period of electric carriers for the first photoelectric conversion unit and
the second photoelectric conversion unit, to an end of a reading period for which signals based on the electric carriers generated
in the accumulation period of electric carriers are read to the outside of the pixel, a number of times an on-state voltage
is supplied to a gate electrode of the first transfer transistor is larger than a number of times an on-state voltage is supplied
to a gate electrode of the second transfer transistor, and

the image pickup apparatus further comprises a plurality of first active regions each having a second-conductivity type third
semiconductor region partially constituting the first photoelectric conversion unit and accumulating the electric carriers
generated in the first photoelectric conversion unit, a second-conductivity type fourth semiconductor region partially constituting
the second photoelectric conversion unit and accumulating the electric carriers generated in the second photoelectric conversion
unit, and a second-conductivity type fifth semiconductor region constituting the floating diffusion, wherein

the contact plug is arranged in at least one of a first first active region and a second first active region adjacent to the
first first active region among the plurality of first active regions, or arranged in a second active region arranged between
the first first active region and the second first active region, and

a distance from the contact plug to the gate electrode of the second transfer transistor arranged on the first first active
region is shorter than distances from the contact plug to the respective gate electrodes of the first transfer transistors
arranged on the first first active region and the second first active region, and at the same time, is equal to or shorter
than a distance from the contact plug to the gate electrode of the second transfer transistor arranged on the second first
active region.

US Pat. No. 9,692,931

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one storage device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes instructions in the at least one storage device of:
inputting an image;
storing, in a memory, a plurality of form images including at least a first form image and a second form image;
synthesizing the inputted image and at least one form image stored in the memory;
printing an image obtained by the synthesizing; and
storing, in a storage, both an input log of the inputting of the image and an output log of execution of the printing,
wherein in accordance with execution of the inputting of the image, the inputted image is stored in the storage as the input
log, and in accordance with execution of the printing of the image obtained by the synthesizing, reference information which
is for referring to the inputted image stored in the storage and reference information which is for referring to the at least
one form image used in the synthesizing are stored in the storage as the output log of the execution of the printing,

wherein, in a case where both the first form image and the second form image are used in the synthesizing, the reference information
which is for referring to the inputted image which is not synthesized with a form image, reference information which is for
referring to the first form image, and reference information which is for referring to the second form image are stored in
association with each other as output logs of the execution of the printing in the storage.

US Pat. No. 9,692,978

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a position that has been designated by a user on a first display screen;
a display unit configured to display, on the first display screen, a captured image generated by an image capturing unit;
a transmission unit configured to transmit the captured image to an external apparatus, the external apparatus being configured
to display the captured image on a second display screen and detect a position that has been designated by the user on the
second display screen;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from the detection unit or the external apparatus, position information based on the
position designated by the user; and

a selection unit configured to
in a case where the position information has been obtained from the detection unit, if the position designated by the user
is within a first region corresponding to a part of the captured image on the first display screen, select a partial region
of the captured image based on the position information, and

in a case where the position information has been obtained from the external apparatus, if the position designated by the
user is within a second region, which is different from the first region, of the captured image on the second display screen,
select a partial region of the captured image based on the position information.

US Pat. No. 9,643,441

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising:
a substrate;
a first ink-receiving layer;
a second ink-receiving layer adjacent to the first ink-receiving layer; and
a top layer on a top surface of the second ink-receiving layer in this order,
wherein the first ink-receiving layer comprises inorganic particles having an average particle size of 50 nm or less,
a content of the inorganic particles having an average particle size of 50 nm or less in the first ink-receiving layer is
90 mass % or more based on a total content of all inorganic particles in the first ink receiving layer,

the second ink-receiving layer comprises an amorphous silica having an average particle size of 3.2 ?m or more,
the top layer comprises a colloidal silica,
a content of the amorphous silica in the second ink-receiving layer is 90 mass % or more based on a total content of all inorganic
particles in the second ink-receiving layer, and

a coating amount of the first ink-receiving layer is 3 g/m2 or more and 55 g/m2 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,645,259

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. A radiation image pickup apparatus comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels arranged to form a plurality of columns and a plurality of rows and configured
to convert a radiant ray into analog signals, the plurality of pixels each including a conversion element configured to convert
a radiant ray into a charge and a switch element configured to output an analog signal according to the charge;

a driving unit configured to drive the pixel array so as to bring the switch elements of the plurality of pixels from a non-conductive
state into a conductive state on a column-by-column basis so that the analog signals are output from the plurality of pixels
in parallel on the column-by-column basis;

signal processors configured to output serial digital signals obtained in accordance with the analog signals output from the
pixel array in parallel, the signal processors including a plurality of readout circuits, the plurality of readout circuits
each including an A/D converter configured to convert the analog signals output from the pixel array in parallel into the
serial digital signals, a radiation image being obtained based on the serial digital signals; and

a controller configured to control the driving unit and the signal processors,
wherein, after irradiation of a radiant ray to the pixel array is terminated, the controller is configured to cause the signal
processors to enter a second power consumption state in which power consumption is higher than power consumption of a first
power consumption state, and to cause the signal processors to perform a preparation operation for operating the A/D converter,
without causing the driving unit to drive the pixel array, after the signal processors enter the second power consumption
state, and to cause the driving unit to drive the pixel array and the signal processors to output the serial digital signals
after the signal processors are caused to perform the preparation operation.

US Pat. No. 9,645,516

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a charge generating layer and a charge transporting layer on the support,
wherein the charge generating layer comprises:
a gallium phthalocyanine crystal in which an organic compound is contained,
wherein the organic compound is at least one compound selected from the group consisting of N-methylformamide, N-propylformamide,
and N-vinylformamide,

the content of the organic compound is 0.1% by mass or more and 1.5% by mass or less based on a gallium phthalocyanine in
the gallium phthalocyanine crystal, and

the charge transporting layer comprises a polyester resin having a structural unit represented by formula (1),
?A-B?  (1)
wherein, in the formula (1),
“A” represents a divalent group represented by formula (2), and
“B” represents a divalent group represented by formulae (4), (11) or (12),

wherein, in the formula (2), R21 and R22 each independently represent an alkyl group, an aryl group or an alkoxy group, and i and j each independently represent an
integer of 0 to 4; and in the formula (2), X represents a group represented by any of formulae (3-1) to (3-7):


wherein, in the formula (3-1), R31 and R32 represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl
group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl group, or a group required to form a cycloalkyl ring or a heterocyclic ring
by bonding of R31 and R32; in the formula (3-7), R33 to R36 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group; and in the formula (3-4) and in the formula (3-7), “a” and “b” and “d” represent an integer of 0 to 20, and “c”
represents an integer of 1 to 500;


wherein, in the formula (4), R41 and R42 each independently represent an alkyl group, an aryl group or an alkoxy group, and “k” and “l” each independently represent
an integer of 0 to 4; and


US Pat. No. 9,645,521

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a light source configured to include a plurality of light emitting elements that are each configured to emit a light beam
for exposing a photosensitive member;

a deflection unit configured to deflect a plurality of light beams emitted from the plurality of light emitting elements such
that the plurality of light beams scan the photosensitive member;

a beam detection unit, provided at a position on which a light beam deflected by the deflection unit is incident, configured
to generate, in response to the light beam being incident on the beam detection unit, a detection signal that indicates detection
of the light beam deflected by the deflection unit;

an image forming unit configured to form an image by developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive
member by exposure using the plurality of light beams;

a correction unit configured to execute first correction to cause the image forming unit to form an image for correction and
to correct, based on the formed image for correction, relative emission timings according to which the plurality of light
emitting elements emit light beams based on image data, and second correction to measure a parameter corresponding to a state
of the plurality of light beams scanning the photosensitive member and to correct, based on a value of the measured parameter,
the relative emission timings for the plurality of light emitting elements; and

a control unit configured to control the light source such that the plurality of light emitting elements emit light beams
based on image data in accordance with the relative emission timings corrected by the correction unit,

wherein when the first correction is to be executed, the correction unit executes the second correction before executing the
first correction, and

wherein in the second correction, the correction unit controls the light source such that first and second light emitting
elements among the plurality of light emitting elements emit first and second light beams in sequence, and measures, as the
parameter, a time interval between two detection signals that are generated by the beam detection unit and that correspond
to the first and second light beams.

US Pat. No. 9,645,777

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
wherein the information processing apparatus includes at least a processor and at least a memory coupled to the at least a
processor and having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least the processor, cause the at least the
processor to function as:

an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from a plurality of plug-ins that perform searches for printers on a network, detection
results in the searches; and

a display unit configured to display, based on the detection results, a selection screen enabling selection of a printer from
detected printers,

wherein if one printer has been redundantly detected by the plurality of plug-ins, the display unit displays the one printer
as a single selection candidate on the selection screen and enables display for recognizing at least one plug-in among the
plurality of plug-ins having detected the one printed to be performed,

wherein, if the one printer has been redundantly detected by the plurality of plug-ins, one of the plurality of plug-ins for
the one printer redundantly detected is specified, and the display unit displays the one printer as a single selection candidate
on the selection screen where the specified plug-in is included and a plug-in other than the specified plug-in is excluded.

US Pat. No. 9,645,522

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus, comprising:
a deflection unit configured to deflect a light flux to scan a scanned surface with the light flux in a main scanning direction;
and

an imaging optical element configured to guide the light flux that has been deflected by the deflection unit onto the scanned
surface,

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.65
0.30<(X1max?X10)/(X20?X10)<0.49

?0.24<(X2max?X20)/(X20?X10) where f? represents an f? coefficient of the imaging optical element, fs represents a focal length of the imaging optical element, and when an intersection between the deflection unit and an optical
axis of the imaging optical element is set as an origin, X1max (mm) represents a coordinate in an optical axis direction of an intersection between a principal ray of an outermost off-axis
light flux and an incident surface of the imaging optical element, X2max (mm) represents a coordinate in the optical axis direction of an intersection between the principal ray of the outermost off-axis
light flux and an exit surface of the imaging optical element, X10 (mm) represents a coordinate in the optical axis direction of an intersection between a principal ray of an on-axis light
flux and the incident surface, and X20 (mm) represents a coordinate in the optical axis direction of an intersection between the principal ray of the on-axis light
flux and the exit surface.

US Pat. No. 9,645,783

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus for displaying a setting window for a plurality of projectors on a multi-projection area that
is formed by combining display areas of the plurality of projectors and is larger than each of the display areas, 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 display control apparatus to:

accept a display instruction to display the setting window of at least one of the plurality of projectors, and
in a case where a predetermined area on the multi-projection area in which the setting window of the projector is displayed
crosses display areas of a plurality of second projectors of the plurality of projectors, cause each of the plurality of second
projectors to display a partial image of the setting window in response to acceptance of the display instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,648,200

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM STORING RECEIVED IMAGE DATA IN FOLDER, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store an address book which registers a name and address in association with each other;
at least one processor in communication with the memory, the at least one processor performs
storing a rule for setting a folder path which includes a plurality of hierarchical folders, wherein the rule defines that
a name registered in the address book is used as a folder name of one folder selected from the plurality of hierarchical folders,
and wherein the rule is stored before receiving image data;

receiving, from an external apparatus, image data and an address of the external apparatus;
acquiring a name, that is registered in the address book, corresponding to the received address of the external apparatus
in response to receiving the image data from the external apparatus;

setting a folder path based on the stored rule and the acquired name in response to receiving the image data from the external
apparatus, wherein the set folder path includes the acquired name as a folder name of the one folder selected from the plurality
of hierarchical folders; and

storing the received image data in a folder indicated by the set folder path.

US Pat. No. 9,638,992

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An illumination optical system comprising:
a first optical system configured to shape a light flux from a light source such that the light flux forms a rectangular shape
of an illumination surface on a plurality of micro mirrors;

a second optical system having an optical axis tilted with respect to a normal to the illumination surface and configured
to introduce the light flux from the first optical system to the illumination surface; and

a light-transmissive element having an entrance surface receiving a light flux from the first optical system and an exit surface
introducing a light flux from the entrance surface to the illumination surface, the entrance surface and the exit surface
respectively forming mutually different angles with respect to the optical axis of the second optical system in a first plane
including the optical axis of the second optical system and the normal to the illumination surface,

wherein the illumination surface is tilted with respect to the optical axis of the second optical system in a second plane
orthogonal to the first plane and including the optical axis of the second optical system, and

wherein the light-transmissive element is disposed between the first optical system and the illumination surface.

US Pat. No. 9,641,961

SYSTEM, SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system where communication is performed using near-field communication, the system comprising:
a mobile terminal apparatus; and
an electronic apparatus including a near-field communication tag chip,
the mobile terminal apparatus including:
a read unit configured to read first information from the tag chip, and
a first write unit configured to write, in the tag chip of the electronic apparatus, second information representing a request
for replacement of information stored in the tag chip,

the electronic apparatus including:
a second write unit configured to write third information in the tag chip after the second information is written in the tag
chip by the mobile terminal apparatus,

wherein the read unit reads the third information from the tag chip, and
wherein the second write unit writes back the first information in the tag chip after the third information is read from the
tag chip by the mobile terminal apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,671,707

APPARATUS FOR HEAT-TREATING POWDER PARTICLES AND METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for heat-treating powder particles each of which contains a binder resin and a colorant, the apparatus comprising:
(1) a treatment chamber having a cylindrical shape, in which the powder particles are heat-treated;
(2) a columnar member having a substantially circular shape in cross-section, the columnar member being provided on a center
axis of the treatment chamber so as to protrude from a lower end part of the treatment chamber toward an upper end part of
the treatment chamber;

(3) a powder particle supply unit which comprises multiple particle supply ports provided on an outer circumferential surface
of the columnar member, for ejecting and supplying the powder particles to the treatment chamber;

(4) a hot air supply unit for supplying hot air for heat-treating the supplied powder particles; and
(5) a collection unit for collecting the heat-treated powder particles discharged outside the treatment chamber through a
toner discharge port provided on the lower end part side of the treatment chamber, wherein

the hot air supply unit is provided so that the hot air is supplied while being rotated along an inner circumferential surface
of the treatment chamber,

and
the toner discharge port is provided in an outer circumferential portion of the treatment chamber so as to keep a rotation
direction of the powder particles.

US Pat. No. 9,671,736

UNIT MOVING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body including an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a container configured to contain a sheet on which an image to be formed by the image forming unit and supported by the main
body so as to be pulled out in a pulling-out direction from an attached position;

a positioning unit configured to position the container, the positioning unit including,
a protrusion disposed on one of the main body and the container, and
a fitting portion, disposed on the other one of the main body and the container, into which the protrusion fits in a state
that the container is at the attached position;

a pull-in unit configured to apply a pulling force to the container so that the container is pulled in the attached position,
wherein the container is movable in a first area where the container is applied with the pulling force from the pull-in unit
and in a second area that is farther from the attached position than the first area in the pulling-out direction and where
the container is not applied with the pulling force from the pull-in unit; and

a regulating unit configured to regulate a position of the container in a width direction crossing the pulling-out direction
such that a movable range of the container in the width direction in a case that the container is at a predetermined position
included in the first area with respect to the pulling-out direction to become smaller than a movable range of the container
in the width direction in a case that the container is at other position included in the second area with respect to the pulling-out
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,671,745

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming a toner image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body of the image forming apparatus;
a first opening/closing member configured to form part of an outer casing of the main body and arranged to be openable and
closable with respect to the main body;

a second opening/closing member arranged inside the main body;
a unit detachably attachable to the main body, the unit being attachable to and detachable from the main body in a state where
the first opening/closing member is open; and

a crank mechanism configured to convert reciprocating motion caused by an opening and closing operation of the first opening/closing
member into rotating motion of the second opening/closing member, the crank mechanism including a crank pin and a bearing
configured to hold the crank pin and either the crank pin or the bearing being arranged on part of the second opening/closing
member,

wherein the first opening/closing member is provided at a side opposite from a surface of the recording material on which
an unfixed toner image is formed,

wherein the second opening/closing member is provided at a side opposed to the surface of the recording material on which
an unfixed toner image is formed, and

wherein the crank pin or the bearing is arranged at a position overlapping with a main body portion of the second opening/closing
member in a thickness direction of the main body portion.

US Pat. No. 9,671,747

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
(i) a photosensitive drum;
(ii) a rotatable developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on said photosensitive drum;
(iii) a developer supplying roller, provided in contact with said developing roller, for supplying a developer to said developing
roller;

(iv) a driving force receiving portion for receiving a driving force, wherein said driving force receiving portion is provided
at a shaft end portion of said developer supplying roller and is movable in a direction crossing a shaft of said developer
supplying roller;

(v) a first driving force transmitting portion configured to transmit the driving force received by said driving force receiving
portion, to said developing roller, wherein said first driving force transmitting portion is provided on said developer supplying
roller; and

(vi) a second driving force transmitting portion provided on said developing roller and configured to transmit the driving
force by engaging with said driving force transmitting portion,

(v) flexible sheets provided adjacent to an engaging portion between said first driving force transmitting portion and second
driving force transmitting portion and configured to intermittently contact said second driving force transmitting portion
with rotation of said second driving force transmitting portion,

wherein a peripheral movement direction of said developing roller is opposite to a peripheral movement direction of said developer
supplying roller, and a peripheral speed of said developer supplying roller is larger than a peripheral speed of said developing
roller.

US Pat. No. 9,671,748

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE WITH MOUNTING INTERVAL REGULATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
a drum cartridge including an image bearing member configured to carry an image and provided detachably mountable to said
main assembly with respect to a rotational axis direction of said image bearing member;

a developing cartridge including a developer carrying member which is rotatable while carrying a developer on a surface thereof
and which is configured to develop a latent image formed on said image bearing member, wherein said developing cartridge is
provided detachably mountable to said main assembly with respect to the rotational axis direction of said image bearing member;

a moving mechanism configured to movably support said developing cartridge so that said developing cartridge is movable between
a mounting position where said developing cartridge is mounted and a spaced position spaced further from a surface of said
developing cartridge than the mounting position is;

a first bearing member configured to rotatably support a rotation shaft of said image bearing member and including a first
contact portion contacting said developing cartridge to regulate an interval between said image bearing member and said developing
cartridge;

a second bearing member configured to rotatably support said rotation shaft of said image bearing member and including a second
contact portion contacting said developing cartridge to regulate an interval between said image bearing member and said developing
cartridge;

a first mounting portion which is provided on a first side surface provided at one end side of said drum cartridge with respect
to the rotational axis direction of said image bearing member and on which said first bearing member is mounted, wherein said
first mounting portion includes a first hole into which said first bearing member is inserted and which includes a first supporting
portion configured to support said first bearing member and a first groove portion through which said first contact portion
is passable; and

a second mounting portion which is provided on a second side surface provided at the other end side of said drum cartridge
with respect to the rotational axis direction of said image bearing member and on which said second bearing member is mounted,
wherein said second mounting portion includes a second hole into which said second bearing member is inserted and which includes
a second supporting portion configured to support said second bearing member and a second groove portion through which said
second contact portion is passable;

wherein the first side surface is provided at a downstream side of said drum cartridge with respect to an inserting direction
of said drum cartridge into said main assembly,

wherein a phase where said first groove portion is provided is different from a phase where said first contact portion is
positioned when said first bearing member is mounted,

wherein a phase where said second groove portion is provided is the same as a phase where said second contact portion is positioned
when said second bearing member is mounted, and

wherein as viewed in the rotational axis direction of said image bearing member, on a line connecting a rotation center of
said image bearing member and a rotation center of said developer carrying member, an exterior side of the first side surface
facing the developer carrying member is positioned closer to the rotation center of said image bearing member than an exterior
side of the second side surface is.

US Pat. No. 9,662,921

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising:
a substrate; and
an ink receiving layer on the substrate, the ink receiving layer comprising inorganic particles and a water-soluble resin,
wherein the recording medium has (i) an HM1 of 40 N/mm2 or less and (ii) a rate of change of HM2 to HM1 (HM2/HM1×100) of 400% or less,

where HM1 is a Martens hardness when an indenter is pushed at a load of 500 mN over 180 seconds from a surface of the recording
medium into a depth of 1 ?m in a thickness direction thereof, and HM2 is a Martens hardness when the indenter is pushed up
to a position where the indenter is not in contact with the surface of the recording medium, and then the indenter is pushed
at a load of 500 mN over 180 seconds from a pressing starting position into a depth of 1 ?m in the thickness direction at
the same point as the point at which the indenter is first pushed.

US Pat. No. 9,633,280

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DETERMINING PIXEL SIMILARITIES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which executes image processing on image data obtained by forming an image on an image pickup
element, the image processing apparatus comprising a memory and a processor that execute a program to function as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a pixel in the image data corresponding to a fixed position in the image pickup element
as a specific pixel;

a determination unit configured to determine a target region including a target pixel and a reference region including a reference
pixel which are used for determining a degree of similarity between the target pixel and the reference pixel in accordance
with the specific pixel obtained by the obtaining unit; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate a degree of similarity between the target pixel and the reference pixel by comparing
the target region and the reference region determined by the determination unit,

wherein the determination unit sets the target region and the reference region such that the degree of similarity is calculated
using pixels other than specific pixels included in the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,635,331

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS TONE CORRECTION AND EDGE ENHANCEMENT, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first correction unit configured to multiply a signal of a target pixel in image data by a first gain based on values obtained
by reflecting signals of pixels around the target pixel;

a gamma conversion unit configured to, for a signal of the target pixel output from said first correction unit, carry out
gamma conversion based on the signal of the target pixel;

an edge extraction unit configured to extract an edge signal from the image data;
a second correction unit configured to multiply the edge signal corresponding to the target pixel by a second gain to generate
a corrected edge signal; and

an adding unit configured to add the corrected edge signal output from said second correction unit to a signal output from
said gamma conversion unit,

wherein the second gain is based on the signal of the target pixel in image data that has been multiplied by the first gain,
and the edge signal is extracted from image data that has not been multiplied by the first gain.

US Pat. No. 9,633,290

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a memory configured to store instructions; and
one or more processors configured to execute the instructions stored in the memory and cause the image processing apparatus
to function as:

a determination unit configured to determine whether a pixel in an image is included in a region with at least a predetermined
number of lines; and

a reduction unit configured to, with regard to a pixel that is determined by the determination unit to be included in the
region with at least the predetermined number of lines, reduce a pixel value at the same reduction rate whether the pixel
is an edge portion or a non-edge portion, and with regard to a pixel that is determined by the determination unit to be included
in a region in which the number of lines is smaller than the predetermined number, reduce a pixel value in such a manner that
a reduction rate is higher when the pixel is the non-edge portion than when the pixel is the edge portion.

US Pat. No. 9,630,790

COUPLING DEVICE, SHEET CONVEYANCE DEVICE, AND DRIVING FORCE TRANSMITTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving device comprising:
a driving source;
a shaft;
a rotating member supported by the shaft, the rotating member rotated by receiving a driving force from the driving source
with respect to the shaft and demountable from the shaft;

a contacting portion provided on the rotating member; and
a restricting member that is provided on the shaft to be rotatable with respect to the shaft and restricts a movement of the
rotating member in an axial direction by contact with the contacting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,635,235

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus having a first image capturing device arranged on a first face and a second image capturing device
arranged on a second face that is different from the first face, comprising:
at least one processor;
a communication interface configured to communicate with an external image capturing apparatus; and
wherein in a case where communication with the external image capturing apparatus via the communication interface is not established,
the at least one processor switches between a first mode in which an image is captured by controlling the first image capturing
device and a second mode in which an image is captured by controlling the second image capturing device, and

in a case where communication with the external image capturing apparatus via the communication interface is established,
the at least one processor switches between the first mode and a third mode in which an image is captured by remotely controlling
the external image capturing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,630,399

METHOD FOR CLEANING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for cleaning a liquid ejection head, which includes a flow path forming member configured to form a liquid flow
path, a heat generating resistive element, and a coating layer configured to cover the heat generating resistive element and
configured to be in contact with the liquid, in which the heat generating resistive element is made to generate heat and the
liquid is made to be ejected from an ejection port, the method comprising:
applying a voltage to the coating layer to produce an electrochemical reaction between the coating layer and the liquid, and
causing the coating layer to be eluted into the liquid, thereby removing kogation deposited on the coating layer; and

ejecting the liquid from the ejection port by causing the heat generating resistive element to generate heat while a voltage
is applied to the coating layer continuously to produce the electrochemical reaction.

US Pat. No. 9,633,479

TIME CONSTRAINED AUGMENTED REALITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of displaying virtual content on an augmented reality device, the virtual content being associated with a scene,
the method comprising:
receiving an image of a scene captured using the augmented reality device;
determining a viewing time of the scene, according to a relative motion between the augmented reality device and the scene,
the viewing time defining an estimated period of time that the scene will be visible to the augmented reality device;

selecting virtual content, from a predetermined range of virtual content, based on the determined viewing time; and
displaying the virtual content on the augmented reality device together with the image of the scene.

US Pat. No. 9,632,471

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:
a first rotator;
a second rotator configured to convey a sheet together with the first rotator;
a cam member configured to change a position of the second rotator with respect to the first rotator;
a drive unit configured to rotate the cam member; and
a load portion configured to apply load on a rotation of the cam member, the load portion including:
a contact member having a cam surface formed on a side surface intersecting a line extending in an axial direction of the
cam member;

an abutment member capable of abutting against the cam surface; and
a biasing member configured to bias one of the contact member and the abutment member toward the other in the axial direction
such that the cam surface of the contact member and the abutment member come into contact each other,

wherein a biasing force of the biasing member in the axial direction is converted into a force in a direction opposing a rotating
direction in which the cam member is driven by the drive unit by contact between the cam surface and the abutment member.

US Pat. No. 9,625,836

INTERFEROMETER, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

17. A lithography apparatus which forms a pattern on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a substrate stage configured to hold the substrate; and
an interferometer configured to measure a surface shape of the substrate held by the substrate stage,
the interferometer including:
an optical system configured to generate interfering light by dividing light from a light source, and combining reference
light generated by reflecting one beam of the divided light by a reference surface, and measurement light generated by making
the other beam of the divided light obliquely incident on an object to be detected and reflecting the other beam by the object;

a detector configured to detect the interfering light generated by the optical system;
an optical member configured to give spatial coherence to the light from the light source before the detector detects the
light from the light source; and

a spectral unit configured to disperse the interfering light generated by the optical system,
wherein the optical member gives higher spatial coherence in a second direction serving as a direction of a line of intersection
of a cross section of a beam of the light incident on the optical member, and a plane including optical paths of the light
from the light source before being divided by the optical system, the reference light, the measurement light, and the interfering
light, than in a first direction perpendicular to the plane, and

wherein the spectral unit makes a direction of wavelength resolution parallel to the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,625,837

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for forming a pattern on an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold, the imprint apparatus
comprising:
an illumination optical system configured to irradiate the imprint material with first light for curing the imprint material;
a detection optical system configured to irradiate, with second light, a mark on the mold and a mark on the substrate, and
guide the second light reflected by the marks to a sensor;

a relay optical system configured to form an imaging plane of the substrate plane between the detection optical system and
the relay optical system,

wherein the relay optical system comprises:
a light combining device configured to combine the first light from the illumination optical system and the second light from
the detection optical system and guide the combined first light and second light to the mold;

an optical member configured to transmit the second light from the light combining device so that the second light becomes
incident on the sensor, and block the first light from the light combining device;

a light-transmissive member arranged in an opposite side of the optical member with respect to a center of the relay optical
system; and

lenses arranged point-symmetric with respect to the center of the relay optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,625,842

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:
toner particles comprising a styrene binder resin, and a release agent comprising a monoester or diester compound, with inorganic
fine particles comprising metal oxide fine particles present on the surface of the toner particles,

the metal oxide fine particles comprising silica fine particles, and optionally comprising titania and alumina fine particles,
a content of the silica fine particles being at least 85 mass % with respect to a total mass of the silica, titania and alumina
fine particles, wherein

when a coverage ratio A (%) is a coverage ratio of the toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles and a coverage
ratio B (%) is a coverage ratio of the toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles that are fixed on the toner
particles' surface,

the toner has a coverage ratio A of 45.0% to 70.0% and a ratio B/A is from 0.50 to 0.85, and the toner has a softening temperature
(Ts) from 60.0° C. to 75.0° C. and a softening point (Tm) from 120.0° C. to 150.0° C. measured with a constant-load extrusion-type
capillary rheometer.

US Pat. No. 9,625,844

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles, each of which comprises a binder resin containing a polyester as a main component,
a colorant, and a wax, a peak temperature of a maximum endothermic peak derived from the binder resin is 50 to 80° C. and
an endothermic quantity of the maximum endothermic peak is 30 to 100 J/g, wherein
the binder resin comprises a block polymer in which a segment capable of forming a crystalline structure and a segment incapable
of forming a crystalline structure are bonded, said segment incapable of forming a crystalline structure comprising a polyurethane
obtained by reacting a diol with a diisocyanate, and the block polymer containing 50 to 85 mass % of the segment capable of
forming a crystalline structure based on the total amount of the binder resin,

the wax being an ester wax obtained by an esterification reaction between an alcohol and a long-chain linear saturated fatty
acid, and

the alcohol is at least one member selected from the group consisting of a glycerol, a pentaerythritol and a dipentaerythritol.

US Pat. No. 9,625,845

COMPOUND HAVING AZO SKELETON STRUCTURE, PIGMENT-DISPERSING AGENT, PIGMENT COMPOSITION, PIGMENT DISPERSION, AND TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A compound comprising:
a structure in which a moiety represented by the following formula (1) is bound to a polymer portion having a monomer unit
represented by the following formula (2) via a linking group in the moiety,

wherein in the formula (1),
Ar1 represents

an unsubstituted aryl group, or
an aryl group substituted with at least one group selected from the group consisting of an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a
halogen atom, a hydroxy group, a cyano group, a trifluoromethyl group, a carboxy group, a carboxylate group, a carboxamide
group, an SOOR9 group, an NR10SOOR11 group, and the linking group,

R1 represents an alkyl group, a phenyl group, or the linking group,

R2 to R6 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an SOOR60 group, an NR61SOOR62 group, or the linking group,

R9 and R60 each independently represent an OR12 group, an NR13R14 group, or an NR15CONR16R17 group,

R10, R61, and R15 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group,

R11 and R62 each independently represent an alkyl group, a phenyl group, or an aralkyl group,

R12 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a phenyl group, an aralkyl group, an alkali metal ion, or a quaternary ammonium
ion,

R13 and R14 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an aralkyl group,

R16 and R17 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a phenyl group, or an aralkyl group,

Ar1 and R2 to R6 satisfy at least one of requirements i) and ii) described below,

i) Ar1 represents an aryl group having the substituent, the aryl group having an SOOR9 group or an NR10SOOR11 group serving as the substituent, and

ii) at least one of R2 to R6 represents an SOOR60 group or an NR61SOOR62 group, and wherein

at least one group selected from the group consisting of R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6 and the substituent of Ar1 in the case that Ar1 represents an aryl group having the substituent, is the linking group; and


wherein in the formula (2),
R7 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and

R8 represents a phenyl group, a carboxy group, a carboxylate group, or a carboxamide group.

US Pat. No. 9,625,849

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a light source which emits light to a photosensitive member;
a deflection unit which reflects the light emitted from the light source to the photosensitive member to form a latent image;
a light receiving unit configured to receive the light which is emitted from the light source and reflected by the deflection
unit;

a signal output unit which outputs a signal based on a value related to the received light;
a light quantity changing unit which changes a light quantity that the light source emits; and
a setting unit which sets a threshold for outputting the signal based on the value related to the received light, wherein
in a case where the light receiving unit receives light which is emitted from the light source with a first light quantity,
the setting unit sets a first threshold based on a value related to a first received light corresponding to the first light
quantity, and

in a case of changing the first light quantity to a second light quantity which is smaller than the first light quantity,
the light quantity changing unit changes the light quantity to a third light quantity, which is smaller than the first light
quantity and larger than the second light quantity, before changing the light quantity to the second light quantity, and

the third light quantity is a light quantity with which the signal is able to be output in a state where the first threshold
is set.

US Pat. No. 9,625,852

CLEANING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning unit for an image forming apparatus, the cleaning unit comprising:
a cleaning blade adapted to contact a rotatable image bearing member for removing developer from the image bearing member;
a frame that includes a developer accommodating portion for accommodating the developer removed by the cleaning blade;
a first sealing member sealing between the frame and the cleaning blade to prevent leakage of the developer from the developer
accommodating portion; and

a second sealing member sealing between the frame and the image bearing member to prevent leakage of the developer from the
developer accommodating portion, the second sealing member being provided at a position opposing the cleaning blade in an
axial direction of the image bearing member,

wherein a gap is provided between the cleaning blade and the second sealing member in the axial direction, and
wherein the first sealing member includes a rib extending in the axial direction, the rib (a) overlapping the gap in a stacking
direction in which the frame, the first sealing member, and the cleaning blade are sequentially stacked, and (b) being compressed
by the cleaning blade, the second sealing member, and the frame.

US Pat. No. 9,625,854

DEVELOPER CARRYING MEMBER, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer carrying member, comprising:
an electroconductive substrate;
an elastic layer on the substrate; and
a surface layer covering a surface of the elastic layer,
the surface layer containing a modified acrylic urethane resin synthesized from (i) a modified acrylic polyol containing an
ester bond, (ii) an isocyanate and (iii) a polyol comprising a structure represented by formula (2), and at least one structure
selected from the group consisting of formulae (3) and (4), and having a constituent unit represented by formula (1):


in which R1 represents an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms,

U represents a urethane resin having, between two adjacent urethane bonds, said structure represented by formula (2), and
said at least one structure selected from the group consisting of formulae (3) and (4), and

L represents a divalent linking group containing an ester bond (—O—C(?O)—)

wherein 10.5?(B)/(A)?50 when (A) is a number of moles of a hydroxyl group in the modified acrylic polyol and (B) is a number
of moles of hydroxyl groups in all polyols other than the modified acrylic polyol.

US Pat. No. 9,626,133

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least a processor and at least a memory coupled to the processor, the memory storing instructions, while executed by the
processor, act as:

a display configured to display a screen of a management application in response to selection of an activation object of the
management application displayed on a home screen on which other activating objects are displayed, the screen of the management
application including a plurality of device objects for peripheral apparatuses associated with the management application;
and

a receiver configured to receive an instruction to display an activating object corresponding to one device object among the
plurality of device objects for the peripheral apparatuses associated with the management application, wherein

if the receiver receives the instruction, the activating object corresponding to the one device object is displayed on the
home screen.

US Pat. No. 9,627,177

MASS SPECTROMETER AND MASS IMAGE ANALYZING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mass spectrometer which irradiates a sample with primary ions to perform mass spectrometry of secondary ions emitted
from the sample, the mass spectrometer comprising:
a chamber in which the sample is disposed;
an irradiation unit for irradiating the sample with particles; and
an extraction electrode which leads the secondary ions emitted from the sample to a mass spectrometry unit,
the irradiation unit switching between a first mode of irradiation of the primary ions for causing the secondary ions to be
emitted from the sample and a second mode of emitting nonionic particles containing water molecules to be made to adhere to
the sample, and irradiating the sample with the particles, and

the irradiation unit having an opening for connection to inside of the chamber, and the sample being irradiated with the primary
ions and the nonionic particles containing the water molecules through the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,625,675

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
an image forming pixel which receives a light beam passing through an imaging pupil area of an imaging optical system;
a focus detecting pixel which receives a light beam passing through a pupil area smaller than the imaging pupil area,
wherein the focus detecting pixel comprises a light-blocking layer having an opening, which limits the light beam passing
through the imaging pupil area, between a lens of the focus detecting pixel and a photo-electric conversion portion of the
focus detecting pixel,

the light-blocking layer overlaps with a portion of the photo-electric conversion portion of the focus detecting pixel to
block light from reaching that portion of the photo-electric conversion portion, and

a direction of eccentricity of the lens of the focus detecting pixel relative to a center of said pixel is opposite to a direction
of eccentricity of a geometric center of the opening relative to a center of said pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,626,743

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:
a processor programmed to function as a signal separation unit, a panning determination unit and a control unit, wherein:
the signal separation unit separates a shake signal output from a shake detection unit into a low frequency band shake signal
and a high frequency band shake signal;

the panning determination unit determines, based on an output from the shake detection unit, whether a panning operation is
performed; and

control unit controls a first image stabilization unit which optically corrects image blur based on the high frequency band
shake signal and controls a second image stabilization unit which optically corrects image blur based on the low frequency
band shake signal and is different from the first image stabilization unit,

wherein the apparatus has a first mode in which if said panning determination unit determines that a panning operation is
performed, control is performed to make the second image stabilization unit approach a center of correction of the second
image stabilization unit, and no control is performed to make the first image stabilization unit approach a center of correction
of the first image stabilization unit.

US Pat. No. 9,625,973

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS WITH DISPLAY UNIT, AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD FOR ELECTRONIC APPARATUS WITH DISPLAY UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a display unit;
a detection unit configured to detect a distance between said display unit and an object; and
a control unit configured to change an operation mode of said display unit according to the distance between said display
unit and the object detected by said detection unit,

wherein the operation mode includes at least a display mode in which said display unit displays an image, and first and second
power saving modes in which power consumption is smaller than power consumption in the display mode,

wherein the power consumption in the second power saving mode is larger than the power consumption in the first power saving
mode, and shifting time to the display mode from the second power saving mode is shorter than shifting time to the display
mode from the first power saving mode, and

wherein said control unit sets said display unit to the display mode when the object is at a position of which distance from
said display unit is shorter than a predetermined first distance, sets said display unit to the second power saving mode when
the object is at a position of which distance from said display unit is longer than the first distance and is shorter than
a predetermined second distance, and sets said display unit to the first power saving mode when the object is at a position
of which distance from said display unit is longer than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 9,623,652

LIQUID DISCHARGE COMPONENT AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge component including a plurality of discharge units arrayed to form a plurality of columns each extending
in a first direction and a plurality of rows each extending in a second direction, wherein
each of the plurality of discharge units includes a discharge orifice, a liquid chamber communicating with the discharge orifice,
an element configured to apply energy to a liquid in the liquid chamber, and a driving circuit configured to drive the element,

the liquid discharge component comprises a logic circuit configured to control the driving circuits of the plurality of discharge
units,

the number of the plurality of columns is less than the number of the plurality of rows,
the logic circuit includes a plurality of shift registers configured to transfer, in the second direction, data to be supplied
to the driving circuits of the plurality of discharge units,

each shift register is configured to supply data to the discharge units of at least one row,
each shift register includes a plurality of flip-flops arranged in the second direction in correspondence with the plurality
of columns and connected in series,

each of the plurality of flip-flops supplies data to the driving circuit of the discharge unit that is included in the at
least one row corresponding to the shift register including the flip-flop, and included in a column corresponding to the flip-flop,

the liquid chamber of each of the discharge units forming one column out of the plurality of discharge units communicates
with a supply port configured to supply a liquid,

the supply port includes a first portion extending in the first direction, a plurality of second portions configured to make
the first portion communicate with the liquid chamber of each of the discharge units forming one column out of the plurality
of discharge units, and beams provided between the second portions adjacent to each other among the plurality of second portions,
and

at least one of the shift registers transfers data through a wiring pattern provided on one of the beams.

US Pat. No. 9,623,654

LIQUID EJECTING CONTROL METHOD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejecting control method for ejecting liquids from a plurality of nozzles comprising:
a step for obtaining control information indicating one drive mode to be associated among a plurality of drive modes in which
an amount of liquids ejected from one nozzle is different from each other; and

a drive signal generating step for generating a drive signal to an individual pixel according to the control information and
image data that is input for each pixel, wherein the control information is preliminarily set according to a control information
setting method including:

a step for obtaining a plurality of ejection amounts corresponding to the plurality of drive modes in regard to each of the
plurality of nozzles;

a setting step for, in regard to one pixel, setting one drive mode out of the plurality of drive modes by comparing the plurality
of ejection amounts of the nozzle corresponding to the pixel with a target ejection amount set to the pixel;

a difference obtaining step for finding a difference between an ejection amount corresponding to the drive mode set by the
setting step and the target ejection amount; and

an adjusting step for adjusting a target ejection amount to the other pixel to which the drive mode is not set, based upon
the difference.

US Pat. No. 9,626,767

SURFACE NORMAL INFORMATION PRODUCING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, SURFACE NORMAL INFORMATION PRODUCING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING SURFACE NORMAL INFORMATION PRODUCING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A surface normal information producing apparatus configured to produce surface normal information on a normal line to a
surface of an object by using a captured image acquired by image capturing of the object, the apparatus comprising:
an image acquirer configured to acquire, as the captured images, (a) multiple first images in which light source positions
relative to the object are mutually different and (b) three or more second images in which polarization states are mutually
different;

a divider configured to perform area division of the surface of the object depending on at least one of luminance information
that changes corresponding to the light source positions acquired from the first images and polarization information acquired
from the second images; and

a producer configured to select, for each divided area obtained by the area division, information to be used in production
of the surface normal information from (c) information relating to change of the luminance information corresponding to the
light source positions and (d) the polarization information to perform the production of the surface normal information.

US Pat. No. 9,626,782

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the image processing apparatus to:
obtain an output area of RAW image data to be displayed on a display means;
obtain a reference area of the RAW image data, which reference area is to be pasted to the output area of the RAW image data;
develop the output area of the RAW image data and the reference area of the RAW image data, using development parameters,
but not to develop an area that is neither the output area nor the reference area of the RAW image data, wherein the development
parameter indicates at least one of digital gain, white balance, sharpness and brightness;

paste a development result of the reference area of the RAW image data on a development result of the output area of the RAW
image data;

execute display processing of the development result of the output area of the RAW image data on which the development result
of the reference area of the RAW image data was pasted; and

obtain, as the reference area, an assembly area including a plurality of reference areas, if a total number of the reference
areas which each have an area below a predetermined value is more than a predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 9,623,682

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
a conveyance path configured to convey the sheet on which the image is printed by the printing unit;
a sheet stacking unit on which the sheet discharged from the conveyance path is stacked inside the printing apparatus;
an extrusion member configured to push an edge of the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking unit such that a part of the stacked
sheet is exposed outside the printing apparatus via a discharge port, wherein the extrusion member is reciprocated between
a stack position and an extrusion position;

an operation unit configured to input a user instruction for picking up the sheet; and
a control unit configured to control the extrusion member to move from the stack position to the extrusion position in response
to the user instruction input by the operation unit,

wherein the control unit controls the movement of the extrusion member from the stack position to the extrusion position to
be restricted while the printing unit prints an image on a sheet to be stored in the sheet stacking unit.

US Pat. No. 9,623,688

DRIVING FORCE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving force transmission apparatus; comprising:
a driving member configured to rotate by receiving driving force from a driving source;
a driven member configured to concentrically rotate with the driving member by receiving driving force from the driving member;
an engaging portion configured to be movably held on the driven member and to be engageable with the driving member;
an abutted portion configured to be movably held on the driven member;
an abutting member configured to be movable between a contact position at which the abutting member is in contact with the
abutted portion and a non-contact position at which the abutting member is not in contact with the abutted portion, wherein
the engaging portion separates from the driving member in a case where the abutting member is positioned at the contact position;
and

a biasing member configured to bias the engaging portion,
wherein, when the engaging portion is engaged with the driving member, driving force is transmitted from the driving member
to the driven member via the engaging portion,

wherein, when the engaging portion is disengaged from the driving member, transmission of the driving force from the driving
member to the driven member is stopped,

wherein the biasing member is disposed between the engaging portion and the abutted portion,
wherein biasing force by the biasing member acts on the engaging portion and the abutted portion in directions in which the
engaging portion and the abutted portion are attracted to each other, and

wherein, when the abutting member is in contact with the abutted portion and the engaging portion is engaged with the driving
member, the biasing member biases the engaging portion in a direction where the engaging portion is disengaged from the driving
member.

US Pat. No. 9,623,439

METHOD OF FORMING FILM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a film, comprising:
applying, onto a substrate, a photocurable composition containing a polymerizable monomer, a photopolymerization initiator,
and a photosensitive gas generator that generates a gas through light stimulation to form an applied film;

bringing a mold into contact with the applied film;
irradiating the applied film with light through the mold to cure the applied film and to generate the gas in the applied film;
and

releasing the mold from the applied film after the irradiation of the applied film with the light to form a film having a
predetermined pattern shape on the substrate,

wherein in the irradiation of the applied film with the light, a reaction rate of a polymerization reaction of the polymerizable
monomer in the applied film is higher than a reaction rate of a gas-generating reaction of the photosensitive gas generator
in the applied film, and

wherein the photosensitive gas generator comprises a molecule with a repeating unit of an ethylene oxide group at a non-terminal
location.

US Pat. No. 9,626,551

COLLATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND IMAGE SEARCHING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A collation apparatus for collating an input image with a plurality of registered images comprising:
a processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions that when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
extract a plurality of feature quantities from a region of an object in the input image;
calculate, per each of the feature quantities, a plurality of similarity degrees between the plurality of feature quantities
extracted from the input image and a corresponding plurality of feature quantities of a registered image among the plurality
of registered images;

integrate, using a parameter, the plurality of similarity degrees corresponding to the plurality of feature quantities into
an integrated similarity degree;

estimate as to whether the object in the input image is identical with an object in each of the plurality of registered images;
and

learn the parameter to be used to integrate the plurality of similarity degrees, based on a result of the estimation by the
estimation unit and the integrated similarity degree.

US Pat. No. 9,619,874

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a first fundus oculi image, a second fundus oculi image and a third fundus oculi
image, the first fundus oculi image being an aberration- corrected image of an eye being examined, the second fundus oculi
image being an image having a larger view angle and a lower resolution than the first fundus oculi image, the third fundus
oculi image being an image having a smaller view angle and a higher resolution than the second fundus oculi image and having
a larger view angle and a lower resolution than the first fundus oculi image;

an alignment unit configured to align the first fundus oculi image and the second fundus oculi image by using the third fundus
oculi image.

US Pat. No. 9,619,886

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. An image processing method comprising:
inputting image information indicating a point-of-view position and a blurred state of an image based on a user instruction;
acquiring a first image of a subject viewed from a first point of view and a second image of the subject viewed from a second
point of view different from the first point of view and having a different blurred state from that of the first image;

processing the first image and the second image to change a blurred state of at least one of the first image and the second
image;

determining, by comparing the first image and the second image after the blurred state of at least one of the first image
and the second image is changed, image regions corresponding to a same subject between the first image and the second image;

generating a virtual viewpoint image corresponding to the point-of-view position and the blurred state indicated in the input
image information based on the determined corresponding image regions between the first image and the second image and the
input image information,

wherein
the acquiring includes further acquiring a third image including a same subject as that in the first image and the second
image;

the first image and the third image are images having a blurred state closer to a blurred state of the virtual viewpoint image
than that of the second image;

the second image is an image viewed from a point-of-view position closer to the point-of-view position of the virtual viewpoint
image than those of the first image and the third image;

the processing further includes changing a blurred state of at least one of the second image and the third image;
the determining further includes determining image regions corresponding between the second image and the third image based
on the changed blurred state of at least one of the second image and the third image; and

the generating includes generating the virtual viewpoint image by using the first image and the third image based on the corresponding
image regions determined between the first image and the second image and the corresponding image regions determined between
the second image and the third image.

US Pat. No. 9,618,386

PROBE, OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE PROBE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A probe configured to receive an acoustic wave from an object, the probe comprising:
an element having a cell structure, in which a vibration membrane having one of a pair of electrodes formed with a gap arranged
therebetween is supported so that the vibration membrane can be vibrated by the acoustic wave;

a light reflection layer provided at a position near the object with respect to the element and configured to reflect light;
and

a support layer provided between the element and the light reflection layer and configured to support the light reflection
layer,

wherein the support layer has a rupture stress of 50 MPa or larger.

US Pat. No. 9,619,182

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING CONTROLLING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

an identifying unit configured to identify an identifier of a book generated at least from printed material of a cover and
printed material of a body;

a displaying unit configured to display a reprinting setting screen which includes a first accepting portion for instructing
lump reprinting of at least the printed material of the cover and the printed material of the body necessary for generating
the book of the identified identifier, a second accepting portion for instructing reprinting of printed material of a part
necessary for generating the book of the identified identifier, and a third accepting portion for, when the reprinting of
the printed material of the part is instructed, instructing at least the printed material of the cover or the printed material
of the body; and

a generating unit configured to generate a printing job of the printed material necessary in the identified identifier, for
which the instruction of reprinting has been accepted via the reprinting setting screen,

wherein the generating unit generates at least print jobs of the printed material of the cover and the printed material of
the body included in the book of the identified identifier when the first accepting portion is selected via the reprinting
setting screen,

wherein the generating unit generates a print job of the printed material of the cover of the book of the identified identifier
when the second accepting portion is selected and the printed material of the cover is instructed by the third accepting portion
via the reprinting setting screen, and

wherein the generating unit generates a print job of the printed material of the body of the book of the identified identifier
when the second accepting portion is selected and the printed material of the body is instructed by the third accepting portion
via the reprinting setting screen.

US Pat. No. 9,621,744

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a generating unit configured to generate a packet including image data; and
a transmission unit configured to perform a first transmission method for transmitting the packet generated by the generating
unit using a predetermined coding method, and to perform a second transmission method for transmitting the packet generated
by the generating unit without using the predetermined coding method,

wherein the transmission unit transmits, in the first transmission method, a plurality of packets based on a waiting time
between completion of transmission of a packet and start of transmission of a next packet, the waiting time being a period
when a packet is not transmitted by the transmission unit,

wherein the transmission unit transmits, in the second transmission method, a plurality of packets not based on the waiting
time, and

wherein at least one of the generating unit and the transmission unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,621,746

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate data by a data generation operation by a user; and
a communication unit configured to transmit the data to an information management apparatus,
wherein, in a case where a prescribed time for which a disclosure cancel operation by the user to cancel disclosure of the
data transmitted by the communication unit is allowed has elapsed without the disclosure cancel operation being performed
by the user, the communication unit transmits a disclosure notification for causing the information management apparatus to
disclose the data transmitted by the communication unit without an operation by the user, to the information management apparatus,
and in a case where the disclosure cancel operation is performed by the user before the prescribed time has elapsed, the communication
unit does not transmit the disclosure notification to the information management apparatus,

wherein at least one of the units is implemented by a processor operating in conjunction with a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,619,185

DATA COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, HISTORY INFORMATION STORAGE METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data communication apparatus, comprising:
a memory; and
at least one processor connected to the memory and configured to execute computer program modules, the computer program modules
including:

a transmission module that automatically detects a transmission request file stored in a predetermined folder, generates transmission
data and job name data based on information extracted from the transmission request file, and outputs the transmission data
and the job name data to a driver module,

wherein the information extracted from the transmission request file comprises at least one of a destination name, destination
number, person in charge information and a request ID;

the driver module that generates log information based on the transmission data and the job name data received from the transmission
module, and causes a job processing apparatus to transmit the transmission data to a destination; and

a job management module that identifies a predetermined part of the job name data including at least one of the information
extracted from the transmission request file associated with a user who generated the transmission request file, acquires
from a database the name of the user different from and corresponding to the identified predetermined part of the job name
data, changes the user information included in the log information to the determined name of the user who generated the transmission
request file, and stores history information generated based on the changed user information.

US Pat. No. 9,619,193

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A control method in an image processing apparatus, the control method comprising:
executing a first job for inputting image data;
holding the input image data including image data of a blank page in a holding unit as an image log for the first job;
executing a second job for outputting the image data input by an execution of the first job, in a case where the input image
data is not a blank page, wherein the image log for the first job is also used as the image log for the second job; and

executing a control to hold attribution information in association with the held image data of the blank page, the attribution
information indicating that the image data of the blank page associated with the attribution information has not been output.

US Pat. No. 9,621,783

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD WITH IMPROVED FOCUS ADJUSTMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
an image sensor configured to perform photoelectric conversion on a subject image formed by an image optical system including
a focus adjustment unit;

a scan AF operation circuit configured to:
set a first imaging area and a second imaging area;
extract a component of a first frequency band from an image signal output from the first imaging area;
extract a component of a second frequency band from the second imaging area, the second frequency band being higher than the
first frequency band; and

calculate a first focus evaluation value based on the component of the first frequency band and calculate a second focus evaluation
value based on the component of the second frequency band;

a memory; and
a CPU configured to execute computer executable instruction recorded in the storage device, the computer executable instructions,
when executed, cause the imaging apparatus to:

perform control based on the second focus evaluation value of a first focus adjustment process which moves the image optical
system to adjust a focus position and perform control based on a third focus evaluation value corresponding to a difference
between the first focus evaluation value and the second focus evaluation value of a second focus adjustment process which
moves the image optical system to adjust the focus position.

US Pat. No. 9,621,787

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING, TO LENS UNIT, CONTROL INFORMATION FOR FOCUSING AND STOPPING AT DIFFERENT TIMINGS, LENS UNIT, AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus capable of detachably mounting a lens unit including a plurality of optical members that includes
a stop and a focus lens, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to accumulate charge in synchronization with a vertical synchronizing signal to generate an image
signal; and

a processor programmed to function as a control unit configured to perform communication in synchronization with the vertical
synchronizing signal with the lens unit,

wherein the control unit is configured to receive information relating to the optical members from the lens unit in the communication
in synchronization with the vertical synchronizing signal,

wherein the control unit is configured to generate control information for each of the stop and the focus lens of the mounted
lens unit on the basis of the information relating to the optical members from the lens unit, and to transmit the control
information for the focus lens to the lens unit in the communication in synchronization with the vertical synchronizing signal
at a first timing which is a different timing from a timing to receive the information relating to the optical members, and
to transmit the control information for the stop to the lens unit in the communication in synchronization with the vertical
synchronizing signal at a second timing which is a later timing than the first timing.

US Pat. No. 9,621,789

IMAGING APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging device that outputs a parallax image of a first image signal and a second image signal;
a first focus detecting unit configured to calculate a defocus amount by a phase-difference detection method using the first
signal and the second image signal;

a second focus detecting unit configured to calculate a contrast evaluation value based on a combined signal, wherein the
combined signal is a signal obtained by relatively shifting phases of the first and second image signals and combining the
first and second image signals; and

a saturation detecting unit configured to detect saturated pixel signal of the first and second image signals, and
a control unit configured to, when a number of the saturated pixel signals detected by the saturation detecting unit is a
first value, control a focus adjustment operation using a result of the first focus detecting unit, whereas when the number
of the saturated pixel signals detected by the saturation detecting unit is a second value which is less than the first value,
the control unit controls the focus adjustment operation using the result of the first focus detecting unit and a result of
the second focus detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,621,534

AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS, AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM, AUTHENTICATION METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A service processing method of a service processing apparatus having a server and a service processing unit, comprising:
determining, by the server, an authentication scheme used for a received message from a client,
generating, by the server, an authentication result indicating that first authentication data does not exist in the received
message, in a case where it is determined that the authentication scheme used for the received message is not a predetermined
authentication scheme;

generating, by the server, an authentication result indicating whether the first authentication data does or does not exist
in the received message, based on whether or not predetermined data exists in the received message, in a case where it is
determined that the authentication scheme used for the received message is the predetermined authentication scheme; and

deciding, by the service processing unit, whether or not to execute a process for
a service for the received message based on whether or not second authentication data exists in the received message and on
the generated authentication result.

US Pat. No. 9,619,485

DOCUMENT RETRIEVING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT RETRIEVING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A document retrieving apparatus comprising:
a document retrieving unit constructed to retrieve, from a plurality of document data, document data which includes a page
that matches an input retrieval condition;

a retrieval result display unit constructed to display, on a display unit, the document data which includes the page that
matches the retrieval condition based on a retrieval result of the document retrieving unit;

a setting unit constructed to set an arrangement of a number of pages to be displayed as thumbnails in advance, in a case
where at least a first page, a page neighboring the first page, a top page, and a last page, which form the document data
which includes the page that matches the retrieval condition, are displayed as thumbnails; and

a thumbnail display unit constructed to display a first thumbnail and a second thumbnail,
wherein the setting unit is configured to set the number of pages, from the page neighboring the first page, of the thumbnails
to be displayed, and set the number of pages, from the top page of the document data, of the thumbnails to be displayed, and
set the number of pages, from the last page of the document data, of the thumbnails to be displayed,

wherein the first thumbnail is of the page that matches the retrieval condition in the document data, and the second thumbnail
is of a page which forms the document data and is selected from the document data based on the arrangement of the pages and
the number of pages set by the setting unit in advance,

wherein the thumbnail display unit does not display, as the second thumbnail, a thumbnail of a page which is not selected
based on the arrangement of the pages set by the setting unit in advance, and

wherein at least one of the document retrieving unit, the retrieval result display unit, the setting unit and the thumbnail
display unit comprises a processor and a computer-readable storage medium.

US Pat. No. 9,621,793

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD THEREFOR, AND MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an estimation unit configured to estimate a spread degree of a geometric feature projected onto a surface of an object to
be measured, wherein the geometric feature is included in a geometric pattern projected onto the surface of the object to
be measured, and is observed in an image obtained by an image capture unit that captures an image of the object on which the
geometric pattern is projected;

a parameter setting unit configured to set a parameter based on the estimated spread degree;
a point setting unit configured to determine, based on the parameter, a point location of the geometric pattern in a captured
image obtained by capturing the image of the object to be measured on which the geometric pattern is projected; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate a three-dimensional position on the surface of the object corresponding to the
determined point,

wherein at least one of the estimation unit, the parameter setting unit, the point setting unit, or the calculation unit is
implemented using a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,621,797

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that performs image processing for light-field image data which has been stored after shooting
and for which a focus range is changeable after shooting, the image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
a memory storing program which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the processor to function as:
an analyzing unit configured to analyze a characteristic of partial image data in a trimming area specified with respect to
the stored light-field image data;

a range determining unit configured to determine a focus range of the partial image data of the trimming area in accordance
with a result of analysis by the analyzing unit;

a focus range appending unit configured to append information about the focus range determined by the range determining unit
to edited light-field image data which is generated by trimming a part of the stored light-field image data;

a storage unit configured to store the edited image data after trim editing and the information about the focus range appended
to the edited image data, and

an output unit configured to output, to a display unit, an image which is brought into focus on the focus range determined
by the range determining unit by reconstructing the edited light-field image data using the appended information.

US Pat. No. 9,618,731

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a front group having a negative refractive power;
an aperture stop; and
a rear group having a positive refractive power, wherein:
the front group consists of, in order from the object side to the image side:
a first lens having a negative refractive power and having a concave surface facing the image side;
a second lens; and
a third lens;
the rear group consists of, in order from the object side to the image side:
a fourth lens having a positive refractive power; and
a cemented lens having a negative refractive power, which is obtained by cementing a fifth lens having a positive refractive
power and a sixth lens having a negative refractive power; and

the following conditional expression is satisfied:
?130.0 where f56 represents a focal length of the cemented lens, and f represents a focal length of the optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,621,809

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A method for controlling a display control apparatus comprising:
displaying, via a first display unit, a GUI including a plurality of selection items in an eyepiece viewfinder;
displaying, via second display unit, the same GUI in a similar format including the same plurality of selection items displayed
by first display unit, so that the GUI display is visible without a user's eye being in contact therewith the second display
unit;

controlling, via a control unit, the second display unit to display a soft keyboard on the second display unit without displaying
the soft keyboard on the first display unit in response to an operation for displaying the soft keyboard during display via
the first display unit,

detecting, via an operation control unit, a touch operation performed on the second display unit and inputting characters
in response to the touch operation performed on the soft keyboard displayed on the second display unit; and

controlling, via a direction operation member separate from the first display unit and second display unit, control to select
any of a plurality of items displayed on the first display unit in response to an operation performed on the direction operation
member, and to disable an operation performed on the direction operation member in response to the operation for displaying
the soft keyboard during display on the first display unit,

wherein the plurality of selection items displayable on both the first and second display units includes at least one selection
item including indicia representing a soft keyboard associated with the at least one selection item, so as to connote to an
operator of the display control apparatus that selection of the at least one selection item having the indicia representative
of the soft keyboard associated therewith, will result in display of the soft keyboard.

US Pat. No. 9,618,992

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a controller which includes a processor and a memory;
and a Universal Serial Bus (USB) controller which is able to communicate with a USB device connected to a USB interface;
wherein the controller identifies a type of the USB device based on device information, of the USB device, acquired from the
USB device connected to the USB interface, and

wherein the controller, based on a predetermined condition being satisfied in which no operation is performed by the printing
apparatus, shifts the printing apparatus to a first power state in which power supply to the processor and the USB controller
is stopped if the USB device is a first type device,

and shifts the printing apparatus to a second power state in which power supply to the processor is stopped and power is supplied
to the USB controller if the USB device is a second type device;

and
wherein the first and second power states are sleeps states.

US Pat. No. 9,618,743

ADAPTIVE OPTICS SYSTEM WITH POLARIZATION SENSITIVE SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATORS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An adaptive optical imaging system for imaging an object comprising:
a light source that produces irradiation light to irradiate the object;
a first modulator that is a polarization sensitive spatial light phase modulator, so as to modulate the irradiation light
with a first polarization produced by the light source and does not substantially modulate light with a second polarization
that is orthogonal to the first polarization;

a polarization adjustment device that converts the polarization of light that has passed through the first modulator before
it irradiates the object and converts the polarization of reflected light from the object that has been irradiated with the
irradiation light, such that the reflected light has a second polarization that is orthogonal to the first polarization;

a wavefront sensor that measures a wavefront of the reflected light;
an image signal detector;
a second modulator that is a polarization sensitive spatial light phase modulator, placed between the image signal detector
and the polarization adjustment device so as to not modulate the irradiation light and modulate the reflected light; and

a controller that sends:
first instructions to the first modulator to correct the aberration of the irradiation light on the object, and
second instructions to the second modulator to correct the aberration of the reflected light on the image signal detector.

US Pat. No. 9,616,693

PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a computer program for causing a computer to execute steps of
a control method for controlling an image processing apparatus which is capable of generating a book product by folding at
least one sheet, the method comprising steps of:
printing plural pages of images onto a plurality of sheets;
dividing the plurality of sheets into at least two groups, wherein the plurality of sheets divided into the at least two group
are to be folded individually for each group;

determining a number of sheets to be included in each group of the at least two groups based on a position on which an additional
sheet is to be inserted; and

controlling such that the plurality of sheets are divided based on the determined number.

US Pat. No. 9,616,694

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising:
applying an ink comprising a pigment to a recording medium; and
applying a liquid composition comprising organic acid and one or more organic solvents to the recording medium in such a manner
as to be at least partially overlapped with a region to which the ink is applied, wherein

a content (% by mass) of the organic acid in the liquid composition is 10% by mass or more based on a total amount of the
liquid composition,

a content (% by mass) of the one or more organic solvents in the liquid composition is 5% by mass or more based on the total
amount of the liquid composition,

a content (% by mass) of the one or more organic solvents having a hydroxyl group in the liquid composition is 4% by mass
or less based on the total amount of the liquid composition,

wherein the one or more organic solvents comprises a glycol diether having a molecular weight of 1000 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,621,828

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
an image sensor including a plurality of focus detection pixels for generating a focus detection image and a plurality of
imaging pixels for generating a captured image in which a subject is captured, the plurality of focus detection pixels being
arrayed in a predetermined direction in such a manner that different colors thereof alternate;

a color ratio detection unit configured to detect a color ratio based on a pixel value output from a pixel in a position surrounding
a processing target pixel;

a color conversion unit configured to generate a first pixel value by applying color conversion, using the color ratio, to
a pixel value output from a pixel that is located in the predetermined direction of the processing target pixel; and

an addition unit configured to generate a third pixel value by adding a second pixel value output from the processing target
pixel with the first pixel value having the same color as the second pixel value.

US Pat. No. 9,621,061

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a first converter configured to convert an input direct current voltage into a first direct current voltage by switching a
first switching element, and to output the first direct current voltage; and

a second converter configured to convert the first direct current voltage output from the first converter into a second direct
current voltage lower than the first direct current voltage by switching a second switching element and to output the second
direct current voltage,

wherein the first converter is further configured to output a third direct current voltage lower than the second direct current
voltage by switching the first switching element at a second switching frequency lower than a first switching frequency of
the first switching element when the first convertor outputs the first direct current voltage,

wherein the second convertor controls an operation of the second switching element so as to output the third direct current
voltage input from the first convertor.

US Pat. No. 9,621,830

IMAGE SENSOR, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND CELLULAR PHONE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
a first semiconductor substrate including a plurality of pixels two-dimensionally arranged, and a plurality of output lines
to which pixel signals are output from the plurality of pixels; and

a second semiconductor substrate including a plurality of signal processing units, corresponding to the plurality of output
lines, respectively, which process the output pixel signals, and a plurality of output units, each shared by the plurality
of the signal processing units, which output the processed signals outside of the image sensor,

wherein the first semiconductor substrate and the second semiconductor substrate are stacked, N (N is a positive integer greater
than 1) output lines are arranged in each column of the plurality of pixels, and the plurality of output lines and the plurality
of signal processing units are connected in correspondence with each other,

each of the plurality of signal processing unit includes at least two processing parts connected in series between the corresponding
output line and one of the output units, and

N is determined to correspond to a number of the signal processing units arranged in each column on the second semiconductor.

US Pat. No. 9,621,831

METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE, IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE, AND IMAGE CAPTURE SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for driving an image capture device including a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including
a microlens and a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements, the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements generating
respective charges based on light passing through the microlens and being disposed at a first position and a second position
with respect to the microlens in such a manner as to receive light passing through different respective pupils in an optical
system, the pupils being different from each other, the method comprising:
supplying a common voltage to the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements such that the plurality of photoelectric
conversion elements are depleted;

in one vertical scanning period in which rows in which the plurality of pixels are arranged are vertically scanned,
by using a first pixel, outputting a signal based on charges obtained by adding together the charges generated by the plurality
of photoelectric conversion elements;

by using a second pixel, outputting a signal based on charges generated by the photoelectric conversion element disposed at
the first position among the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements, without outputting a signal based on charges
generated by the photoelectric conversion element disposed at the second position among the plurality of photoelectric conversion
elements; and

by using a third pixel, outputting a signal based on charges generated by the photoelectric conversion element disposed at
the second position among the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements, without outputting a signal based on charges
generated by the photoelectric conversion element disposed at the first position among the plurality of photoelectric conversion
elements.

US Pat. No. 9,621,832

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are two-dimensionally arranged, and
a plurality of column signal processing circuits which are arranged on one side of the pixel signal array and process signals
from the pixel array via a plurality of column signal lines, the plurality of column signal lines extending parallel to a
first direction, the plurality of column signal processing circuits including first column signal processing circuits configured
to process signals from pixels of a first color and second column signal processing circuits configured to process signals
from pixels of a second color different from the first color, the first column signal processing circuits being arranged parallel
to a second direction which is different from the first direction, the second column signal processing circuits being arranged
parallel to the second direction,
wherein signals of the pixels of different colors in the pixel array are processed by the first column signal processing circuits
and the second column signal processing circuits during a same period,

wherein the sensor further comprises a first conductive line extending in the second direction, and a second conductive line
extending in the second direction and separated from the first conductive line, the first conductive line being configured
to supply a first voltage to the first column signal processing circuits, and the second conductive line being configured
to supply a second voltage to the second column signal processing circuits, and

wherein a position of the first column signal processing circuits in the first direction is different from a position of the
second column signal processing circuits in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,621,076

VIBRATION TYPE DRIVING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vibration type driving device comprising:
an electro-mechanical energy conversion element;
a vibrator fixed to the electro-mechanical energy conversion element;
a first driven member and a second driven member arranged concentrically and are in contact with the vibrator, each being
configured to transmit rotational forces to an output shaft; and

a pressing portion configured to bring the first driven member and the second driven member into press contact with the vibrator,
wherein

the pressing portion, the first driven member, the second driven member, and the vibrator are arranged to allow an air flow
generated by an airflow generation unit to flow through an air-ventilation path of the pressing portion, between the first
driven member and the second driven member, and an air-ventilation path of the vibrator.

US Pat. No. 9,621,082

PRINTING APPARATUS AND MOTOR CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus that performs printing while moving a carriage by a motor, comprising:
an encoder sensor configured to detect at least one of a position and velocity of the carriage;
an acceleration sensor, provided on the carriage, for detecting an acceleration of the moving carriage; and
a control unit configured to drive the motor to move the carriage by feedback control based on outputs of said encoder sensor
and said acceleration sensor,

wherein said control unit generates a cancel signal for canceling cogging of the motor while moving the carriage, and determines
whether to use the cancel signal for the feedback control to suppress influence of the cogging.

US Pat. No. 9,621,087

STEPPING MOTOR DRIVING APPARATUS, IMAGE CARRIER ROTATION DRIVING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A stepping motor driving apparatus, comprising:
a stepping motor having a rotor;
a driving unit configured to drive the stepping motor;
a rotation position detection unit configured to detect a rotation angle of the rotor of the stepping motor; and
a control unit configured to output a signal to control the driving unit and configured to calculate a magnetic pole position
of the stepping motor based on a detection result detected by the rotation position detection unit,

wherein the control unit is configured to calculate the magnetic pole position based on a first detection result and a second
detection result,

wherein the control unit causes the stepping motor to rotate by a predetermined step in one rotation direction from an initial
position and thereafter the control unit causes the stepping motor to rotate by the predetermined step in an opposite rotation
direction so that the stepping motor is in a first held state,

the first detection result is detected by the rotation position detection unit in the first held state, and
wherein the control unit causes the stepping motor to rotate by the predetermined step in the opposite rotation direction
in the first held state and thereafter the control unit causes the stepping motor to rotate by the predetermined step in the
one rotation direction so that the stepping motor is in a second held state, and the second detection result is detected by
the rotation position detection unit in the second held state.

US Pat. No. 9,621,856

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image input unit configured to input an image of a plurality of objects;
an orientation estimation unit configured to estimate each of a plurality of orientations of a plurality of picking target
objects included in the plurality of objects based on the image;

an occurrence likelihood storage unit configured to store an occurrence likelihood corresponding to each of the orientations
that the objects can have;

an occurrence likelihood obtaining unit configured to obtain each occurrence likelihood for each of the plurality of orientations
of the plurality of picking target objects by referring to the occurrence likelihood storage unit, wherein each occurrence
likelihood represents a likelihood of occurrence of each of the plurality of orientations;

a reliability obtaining unit configured to obtain a reliability for each estimated orientation of the plurality of picking
target objects, based on the obtained occurrence likelihood, wherein the obtained reliability increases as the obtained occurrence
likelihood increases;

a comparison unit configured to compare the obtained reliabilities of the plurality of picking target objects; and
a selection unit configured to select an object, among the plurality of picking target objects, to be picked by a picking
unit, based on the comparison of the obtained reliabilities of the plurality of picking target objects,

wherein the image input unit, the orientation estimation unit, the occurrence likelihood obtaining unit, the reliability obtaining
unit, comparison unit, and the selection unit are implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,621,860

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a pixel area where a plurality of unit pixels are arranged, each of the unit pixels including a
photoelectric conversion portion configured to convert incident light into charges, a first charge holding portion, a second
charge holding portion, a third charge holding portion, a first charge transfer portion provided between the photoelectric
conversion portion and the first charge holding portion and configured to transfer charges accumulated in the photoelectric
conversion portion to the first charge holding portion, a second charge transfer portion provided between the first charge
holding portion and the second charge holding portion and configured to transfer charges held in the first charge holding
portion to the second charge holding portion, and a third charge transfer portion provided between the second charge holding
portion and the third charge holding portion and configured to transfer charges held in the second charge holding portion
to the third charge holding portion;

a light projector which projects light to an object; and
a controller which controls said image sensor and said projector to set the second charge transfer portion in an OFF state
synchronized with a light projection operation by said light projector while keeping the first charge transfer portion in
an ON state after controlling the photoelectric conversion portion to perform photoelectric conversion, and setting the first
charge transfer portion and the second charge transfer portion in the ON states.

US Pat. No. 9,614,985

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME FOR COOPERATIVE OPERATION OF PROGRAMS EXECUTED ON PLATFORMS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a plurality of software platforms, the apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having stored thereon instructions which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:

transform service information provided by first software for operating on a first software platform of the plurality of software
platforms into information that is able to be used by a second software platform of the plurality of software platforms, and
register the information, and

transform the transformed and registered information, which second software for operating on the second software platform
calls, into the service information provided by the first software, and cause the first software to provide a service corresponding
to the service information.

US Pat. No. 9,615,019

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS WITH PARTICLE FILTER FOR MAIN OBJECT DETECTION AND SELECTING FOCUS DETECTION AREA BASED ON PRIORITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to capture an image formed by an imaging optical system;
an object detection unit having a particle filter and configured to detect a main object in the image with the particle filter;
a focus detection unit configured to detect a focus state of an object with a plurality of focus detection areas;
a selection unit configured to select a focus detection area where a focal point is detected from the plurality of the focus
detection areas; and

a focus calculation unit configured to calculate a focal position of the imaging optical system based on a signal output from
the focus detection area selected by the selection unit,

wherein the selection unit is configured to divide the image into divided areas corresponding to each of the plurality of
focus detection areas, set a priority to each of the focus detection areas based on a distributed state of particles distributed
in each of the divided areas, and detected by the object detection unit, and select the focus detection area based on the
priority.

US Pat. No. 9,615,102

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING COMPONENTS OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of processing components of an image for coding or decoding of a sample of the image, the image being composed
of at least a first type of component and a second type of component different to the first type of component, wherein samples
of the second type of component are predictable from samples of at least the first type of component using a prediction model
linking the first type of component to the second type of component, the method comprising:
computing at least one parameter value for use in representing, in the prediction model, the link between the first type of
component and the second type of component, two intermediate model parameter values being used in computing the at least one
parameter value;

detecting, whether or not, at least one type of error exists in at least one such computed parameter value of the prediction
model and in the case where at least a first type of error is detected;

determining at least one of a plurality of different types of error as a function of the values of said two intermediate model
parameters, said determining comprising comparing said intermediate model parameter values with at least one predetermined
threshold, and depending on the result of said comparison, said determining further comprising determining whether or not
the computed parameter value lies in a predetermined range;

adapting the at least one such computed parameter value to correct for the error detected depending upon the type of error
detected; and

predicting at least one sample of the second type from a sample of the first type using the prediction model and the adapted
at least one parameter value.

US Pat. No. 9,594,253

SPECTRAL APPARATUS, DETECTION APPARATUS, LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS, REACTION APPARATUS, AND MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a slit that light enters;
a first optical system configured to collimate the light from the slit;
a transmissive type diffraction element configured to diffract the light from the first optical system; and
a second optical system including a first mirror configured to reflect the light diffracted by the transmissive type diffraction
element, and a second mirror configured to reflect the light reflected by the first mirror and diffracted by the transmissive
type diffraction element, and configured to make the light reciprocally travel between the first mirror and the second mirror
via the transmissive type diffraction element,

wherein the first optical system and the transmissive type diffraction element are arranged such that an incident angle of
the light that enters the transmissive type diffraction element equals an exit angle of the light that exits from the transmissive
type diffraction element,

the first mirror is arranged such that an optical path of the light diffracted by the transmissive type diffraction element
and traveling toward the first mirror and an optical path of the light reflected by the first mirror and traveling toward
the transmissive type diffraction element exist in one first plane without overlapping each other in the first plane, and

the second mirror is arranged such that an optical path of the light diffracted by the transmissive type diffraction element
and traveling toward the second mirror and an optical path of the light reflected by the second mirror and traveling toward
the transmissive type diffraction element exist in one second plane without overlapping each other in the second plane.

US Pat. No. 9,594,343

CARTRIDGE, MOUNTING METHOD FOR COUPLING MEMBER, AND DISASSEMBLING METHOD FOR COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge comprising:
a developing roller rotatable about an axis thereof;
a coupling member for receiving a rotational force for rotating said developing roller;
a cylindrical member movably supporting one end portion of said coupling member inside of said cylindrical member;
a cylindrical member side force receiving portion, provided inside said cylindrical member, for receiving the rotational force
received by said coupling member;

a first regulating portion, provided inside of said cylindrical member, for preventing one end portion of said coupling member
from disengaging in an axial direction of said cylindrical member, wherein said first regulating portion is deformable outwardly
in a radial direction of said cylindrical member to allow said one end portion of said coupling member to disengage in the
axial direction of said cylindrical member; and

a second regulating portion for regulating deformation of said first regulating portion outward of said cylindrical member
in the radial direction in a state in which one end portion of said coupling member is mounted to the inside of said cylindrical
member;

a driving motor; and
a driving shaft engageable with the coupling member of the cartridge.

US Pat. No. 9,590,391

REFLECTOR, SURFACE-EMITTING LASER, SOLID-STATE LASER DEVICE, OPTOACOUSTIC SYSTEM, AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A reflector comprising:
a substrate containing GaN;
first layers containing AlxGa1-xN;

second layers containing InyGa1-yN; and

a third layer containing GaN, the first, second, and third layers being stacked on the substrate,
wherein the first and second layers are alternately stacked, the third layer is placed between one of the first layers and
one of the second layers,

wherein x in AlxGa1-x,N and y in InyGa1-yN satisfy the inequality 0.00<4.66y
wherein the first layers have a thickness less than the thickness of the second layers, and
wherein the second layers have an optical thickness of ?/8 to 3?/8, where ? is the central wavelength of the reflection band
of the reflector.

US Pat. No. 9,582,064

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF BEING INSTRUCTED TO POWER OFF BY A COMMAND FROM EXTERNAL APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which is able to communicate with an external apparatus, comprising:
a manual switch adapted to be operated by a user and to be moved between an on state and an off state;
an actuator adapted to move the manual switch from the on state to the off state;
a relay circuit connected with the manual switch in parallel;
a reception unit adapted to receive a command for turning off the power of the information processing apparatus from the external
apparatus;

an execution unit adapted to execute a shutdown process of the information processing apparatus in accordance with receiving
of the command from the external apparatus; and

a control unit adapted to control the actuator to move the manual switch from the on state to the off state and to control
the relay circuit to be shifted from an on state to an off state after the execution unit starts the shutdown process.

US Pat. No. 9,584,676

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a non-transitory memory configured to store log data and image data, wherein
the log data indicates locations along a path of movement,
the log data contains a plurality of pieces of position information and a plurality of pieces of time information, each of
which corresponds to a respective one of the plurality of pieces of position information,

the image data contains a metadata region including time information indicating a time when an image is captured and position
information indicating a position where the image is captured, and

the position information contained in the metadata region of the image data is obtained at a timing at which the image is
captured, the timing being different from timings at which the plurality of position information contained in the log data
are obtained; and

a processor coupled to the non-transitory memory, wherein the processor is programmed to function as a display control unit
configured to display, on a display device, the plurality of position information contained in the log data and the position
information contained in the metadata region of image data in an order corresponding to the plurality of time information
contained in the log data and the time information contained in the metadata region of the image data,

wherein, if the non-transitory memory stores first image data that contains a metadata region including first time information
indicating a first time when a first image is captured, the first time being next to a second time indicated by second time
information contained in the log data in the order, the display control unit controls the display unit to display a first
position indicated by position information contained in the metadata region of the first image data and a second position
indicated by position information corresponding to the second time information of the log data such that the first and second
positions are connected to each other, and

wherein, if the non-transitory memory does not store the first image data, the display control unit controls the display unit
to display the second position and a third position indicated by position information corresponding to third time information
of the log data indicating a third time which is next to the second time in the order such that the second and third positions
are connected to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,584,693

MEMORY CONTROL FOR POWER SAVING STATE BASED ON DETERMINATION OF VOLATILE MEMORY OR NON-VOLATILE MEMORY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a first memory to store a print job, the image forming apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
a second memory having instructions stored thereon, which when executed by the least one processor, cause the at least one
processor to:

determine whether the first memory is a non-volatile memory or a volatile memory;
a storage memory configured to store a result of the determination in a non-volatile manner,
erase a data stored in the first memory in accordance with an event that causes the image forming apparatus to transition
into a power off state or a power saving state, in a case where it is determined that the first memory is the non-volatile
memory;

cause the image forming apparatus to transition to the power off state or the power saving state after the data stored in
the first memory is erased in the case where it is determined that the first memory is the non-volatile memory,

receive an instruction to instruct the image forming apparatus to hold the print job in the first memory until the print job
is instructed to print; and

output a message indicating that the print job is to be kept in the first memory in a case where the image forming apparatus
receives the instruction and it is determined that the first memory is the non-volatile memory, and not output the message
in the case where the image forming apparatus receives the instruction and it is determined that the first memory is the volatile
memory.

US Pat. No. 9,584,714

IMAGING APPARATUS, CLIENT APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CLIENT APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING SENSITIVITY USING THE INSERTION AND R

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus that communicates with an external apparatus via a network, the imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system;
an infrared cut filter that cuts off infrared light;
an image sensor configured to capture an image of an object formed by the imaging optical system; and
at least one processor that operates to:
insert and retract the infrared cut filter into and from an optical path of the imaging optical system;
increase gain of a video signal output from the image sensor by use of a means other than retracting the infrared cut filter
from the optical path of the imaging optical system;

receive, from the external apparatus via the network, an adjustment command in which adjustment information about insertion
and retraction of the infrared cut filter is described, the adjustment information being describable separately or in common
for a case where the infrared cut filter is inserted into the optical path and a case where the infrared cut filter is retracted
from the optical path; and

control the increase of the pain of the video signal and the insertion and retraction of the infrared cut filter at respectively
different timing based on the adjustment command received by the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,579,085

IMAGE GENERATING APPARATUS, IMAGE GENERATING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data generating apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of detection elements configured to detect an acoustic wave propagating from a subject and output a plurality
of detection signals; and

a determination unit configured to determine a first propagation velocity of the acoustic wave,
wherein said determination unit is configured to
set a target position, using data generated based on a second propagation velocity and the plurality of detection signals,
set a third propagation velocity,
determine a plurality of signals corresponding to the target position, out of the plurality of detection signals based on
respective distances from said detection elements to the target position and the third propagation velocity, and

determine the first propagation velocity based on the plurality of signals corresponding to the target position.

US Pat. No. 9,581,927

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DETECTION OF SEPARATION FAILURE JAMS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a transfer belt bearing a toner image and rotating;
a transfer unit transferring the toner image, which is born on the transfer belt, onto a sheet;
a roller pair transporting the sheet to the transfer unit;
a stepping motor rotating the roller pair according to pulse input to the stepping motor;
a detection unit detecting the transported sheet downstream of the transfer unit in a sheet transport direction; and
a changing unit changing, based on a detection result of the detection unit, a first state in which the pulse is input to
the stepping motor for rotating the roller pair to a second state in which current flows into the stepping motor without inputting
the pulse to the stepping motor so as to stop rotation of the roller pair.

US Pat. No. 9,581,928

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a sheet conveyed on a conveying path, comprising:
an exposure unit configured to expose an image carrier to write the image on the image carrier;
a pair of rollers configured to convey the sheet with the sheet nipped by the pair of rollers and to shift the conveyed sheet
in a widthwise direction which is perpendicular to the conveying direction of the sheet;

a detector configured to detect a side edge of the conveyed sheet to detect the side edge position of the sheet in the widthwise
direction;

a skew corrector configured to correct a skew of the conveyed sheet on a conveying path; and
a controller,
wherein the controller is configured to:
determine an image writing position by the exposure unit for a sheet in a main scanning direction which is perpendicular to
a moving direction of the image carrier, based on a first detection result of the detector at a timing before a correction
of a skew of the sheet by the skew corrector;

determine a shift amount of the pair of the rollers for the sheet, based on a second detection result by the detector at a
timing after a correction of a skew of the sheet by the skew corrector; and

control a shift operation of the pair of rollers to shift the sheet by the determined shift amount.

US Pat. No. 9,581,929

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND SUPPORT MEMBER FOR AN OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus, comprising:
an optical deflector having a polygon mirror reflecting a light flux emitted from a light source to carry out scanning;
a drive unit rotating the polygon mirror about a rotation axis;
a board supporting the drive unit and the polygon mirror;
a housing to which the board is fixed;
at least two protruding portions protruding from the housing, wherein each of the protruding portions has a hole through which
a screw fixing the board to the housing is inserted and a bearing surface which is provided at a position around the hole
and which supports the board; and

first and second abutment portions protruding from the housing,
wherein each of the first and second abutment portions has a top, which contacts with an undersurface of the board, and supports
the board at a position different from the bearing surfaces, and

wherein a distal end of each of the first and second abutment portions protrudes toward the board higher than the bearing
surfaces in a direction along the rotation axis.

US Pat. No. 9,581,931

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member, comprising:
a substrate; and
an electro-conductive layer, the electro-conductive layer comprising a binder resin, an anion and a resin having a structure
unit represented by formula (1)


where R1 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, and Z represents a cationic organic group, wherein

said anion is at least one member selected from the group consisting of a fluorinated sulfonylimide anion, a fluorinated sulfonylmethide
anion, a fluorinated sulfonate anion, a fluorinated carboxylate anion, a fluorinated borate anion, a fluorinated phosphate
anion, a fluorinated arsenate anion, a fluorinated antimonate anion, a dicyanamide anion and a bis(oxalato)borate anion, and

a content of the resin having a structure unit represented by formula (1) is 1 to 10 parts by mass with respect to 100 parts
by mass of the binder resin.

US Pat. No. 9,581,933

REGULATING MEMBER, DEVELOPING DEVICE AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device for an image forming apparatus, said developing device comprising:
a developing roller including a surface for carrying developer; and
a regulating member for regulating the developer carried on said surface of said developing roller, said regulating member
including a plate-like metal portion and a resin portion provided on said metal portion,

wherein said metal portion includes a facing surface facing said developing roller and a non-facing surface opposite from
said facing surface, with said resin portion being provided on both of said facing surface and said non-facing surface, and
with said metal portion being provided between a part of said resin portion contacting said developing roller and a part of
said resin portion provided on said non-facing surface along a line perpendicular to said surface of said developing roller,
and

wherein, in a contact region between said developing roller and said regulating member, said resin portion on said facing
surface is thicker than said resin portion on said non-facing surface.

US Pat. No. 9,581,934

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a toner comprising a binder resin, colorant and 0.40-1.50 parts by mass silica fine particles based on 100 parts by mass of
the toner particles;

a developing container accommodating the toner;
a rotatably held developing roller that carries toner fed from the developing container on the surface of the developing roller
to form a toner layer and convey the toner, the developing roller comprising a substrate having a base layer disposed on an
outer peripheral surface of the substrate and a coverage portion disposed on an outer periphery of the base layer, the coverage
portion having a volume resistivity of at least 1.0×108 ?·cm and an average thickness of 0.3 to 5.0 ?m; and

a toner layer thickness controlling member controlling the thickness of the toner layer, wherein
diffusion index X1/X2??0.0042×X1+0.62
where theoretical coverage rate with all the silica particles contained in the toner X2 (area %)=31/2/(2?)×(dt/da)×(?t/?a)×C×100, da is number average particle diameter (D1) of primary particles of the silica fine particles,
dt is mass average particle diameter (D4) of the toner, ?a is true specific gravity of the silica fine particles, ?t is true
specific gravity of the toner, C is mass of the silica fine particles/mass of the toner, and a covering rate X1 of the surface
of each of the toner particles with the silica fine particles is 40.0-75.0 area % as determined by observing the toner with
an X-ray electron spectroscope for chemical analysis (ESCA).

US Pat. No. 9,582,518

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:
obtain a plurality of pairs of a feature point in the first image and a feature point in the second image, wherein the pair
of feature points are selected such that local feature amounts of the images at the feature points are similar;

count at least one of the number of feature points in the first image where local feature amounts are similar to a local feature
amount at one of the pair or the number of feature points in the second image where local feature amounts are similar to a
local feature amount at one of the pair and set an evaluation for each of the pairs based on the counted number of feature
points such that the smaller the counted number of feature points, the higher the evaluation; and

determine a similarity between the first image and the second image using a random sample consensus (RANSAC) method, wherein
a selected pair having a high evaluation is used with priority and an unselected pair is excluded in derivation of a function
for transforming coordinates of a feature point in the second image into coordinates of a corresponding feature point in the
first image, and the unselected pair is used in evaluation of the function using the RANSAC method, the selected pair and
the unselected pair being included in the plurality of pairs.

US Pat. No. 9,584,611

MANAGEMENT DEVICE AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A management device configured to manage, through a network, at least one management target device having multiple power
supply modes, the management device comprising:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a hop count between the management device and the management target device;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain, from the management target device, a notification destination range of an unspecified
notification pertaining to a power supply mode;

a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the unspecified notification pertaining to the power supply mode
can be received from the management target device on the basis of the hop count obtained by the first obtaining unit and the
notification destination range obtained by the second obtaining unit; and

a requesting unit configured to request the management target device to register the management device as an individual notification
destination on the basis of a determination result of the determining unit,

wherein the determining unit determines whether or not a communication processing unit of the management target device can
carry out response processing while the management target device is in a low power consumption mode, and

wherein the requesting unit requests the management target device to register the management device as the individual notification
destination in a case in which the determining unit determines that the unspecified notification pertaining to the power supply
mode cannot be received from the management target device and that the communication processing unit cannot carry out the
response processing while the management target device is in the low power consumption mode.

US Pat. No. 9,578,482

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus which establishes a connection with a device in a network by using a discovery protocol for discovering
the device, comprising:
a communication interface that communicates with a device in a network;
a processor that controls operation of the communication interface; and
wherein the processor:
controls the communication interface to transmit a search command to search devices in the network;
controls the communication interface to receive pieces of device information transmitted from devices in the network in response
to the search command;

selects a device based on an instruction via an operation unit of the communication apparatus from among the devices from
which the pieces of device information are received;

controls the communication interface to transmit an advertisement signal to advertise to devices in the network of presence
of the communication apparatus after the selection of the device;

controls the communication interface to receive a connection request transmitted from a device in the network, the connection
request being transmitted by a device which has received the advertisement signal;

determines whether the connection request has been transmitted from the selected device; and
controls the communication interface to transmit a response representing that a connection is accepted in response to the
connection request if it is determined that the connection request has been transmitted from the selected device.

US Pat. No. 9,575,402

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM WITH LIGHT-COMPRESSING LENS ARRAYS HAVING NO OPTICAL POWER ON ONE SECTION AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination optical system configured to illuminate an image display device using a light flux from a light source,
the illumination optical system comprising:
a polarization splitter having a first polarization splitting surface configured to split a polarization component of the
light flux;

a first compression system configured to compress the light flux on each of a first section that contains a normal of the
first polarization splitting surface and an optical axis of the illumination optical system, and a second section that contains
the optical axis and is orthogonal to the first section;

a polarization converter configured to convert non-polarized light into linearly polarized light and that includes a second
polarization splitting surface, and is arranged so that a section that contains a normal of the second polarization splitting
surface and the optical axis becomes the second section; and

a second compression system configured to compress the light flux in the first section and includes:
a first lens array that includes a plurality of lens cells configured to split the light flux into a plurality of light fluxes,
and is arranged on the light source side with respect to the polarization converter along the optical axis; and

a second lens array that includes a plurality of lens cells corresponding to the plurality of lens cell of the first lens
array, and is arranged between the first lens array and the polarization converter along the optical axis,

wherein both of the first lens array and the second lens array have no optical power in the second section,
wherein a light flux from the first compression system is incident on all of the plurality of lens cells of the first lens
array in the first section and the second section, and

wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
1.1 1.1 where ? is a compression ratio applied by the second compression system in the first section and ? is a compression ratio
applied by the first compression system in the first and second sections.

US Pat. No. 9,575,413

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus for sequentially performing exposure in each of a plurality of underlying shot regions formed on
a substrate via a projection optical system that projects a reticle pattern onto the substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a controller configured to control the exposure so as to perform one-shot exposure that exposes one shot region without dividing
the one shot region and divided exposure that divides the one shot region into a plurality of partial regions and exposes
each of the partial regions separately,

wherein the controller is configured to
determine, for each of the plurality of underlying shot regions, whether to perform the one-shot exposure or the divided exposure,
based on information of respective shapes in a plane perpendicular to an optical axis of the projection optical system, of
the plurality of underlying shot regions, and

in a case where the divided exposure is determined to be performed, determine shapes of the plurality of partial regions in
the one shot region in which the divided exposure is to be performed, and control the exposure so as to perform the divided
exposure in each of the partial regions based on the determined shape of each partial region.

US Pat. No. 9,574,910

POSITION DETECTING APPARATUS, AND LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE POSITION DETECTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detecting apparatus, comprising:
a scale comprising a plurality of pattern arrays formed in different cycles in a movement direction;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of signals in accordance with a position of the plurality of pattern arrays;
a phase calculator configured to calculate a plurality of phases of the plurality of signals, respectively;
a synchronism calculator configured to calculate a relative positional relationship between the obtaining unit and the scale
by performing synchronism calculation of the plurality of phases calculated by the phase calculator;

a synchronization error calculator configured to calculate a synchronization error in the synchronism calculation; and
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the synchronism calculation is normal by comparing the synchronization
error and a predetermined threshold value with each other.