US Pat. No. 9,942,544

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DERIVING A SET OF ENABLED CODING MODES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for deriving a set of enabled coding modes relative to the encoding of an image or image portion which forms part of an image sequence, the method comprising:obtaining statistics related to enabled coding modes of one or more previously encoded images of the sequence;
analyzing the statistics and deducing from the analyzed statistics one or more coding modes to be enabled for the current image or image portion; and
enabling, for the current image or image portion, the one or more coding modes to be enabled.

US Pat. No. 9,939,746

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising:an electroconductive substrate; and
an electroconductive surface layer containing:
an electroconductivity imparting agent; and
a bound polyrotaxane of which a first polyrotaxane and a second polyrotaxane are crosslinked,
the first polyrotaxane molecule including first cyclic molecules each of which has at least one hydroxy group, and a first linear-chain molecule threaded through the first cyclic molecules, the first linear-chain molecule including two blocking groups at both ends thereof so as to prevent the first cyclic molecules from being dissociated from the first linear-chain molecule,
the second polyrotaxane molecule including a-second-cyclic molecules each of which has at least one hydroxy group, and a second linear-chain molecule threaded through the second cyclic molecules, the second linear-chain molecule including two blocking group at both ends thereof so as to prevent the second cyclic molecules from being dissociated from the second linear-chain molecule,
each of the first cyclic molecules being bound to each of the second cyclic molecules with a linkage which binds an oxygen atom derived from the hydroxy group in each of the first cyclic molecules, and
an oxygen atom derived from the hydroxy group in each of the second cyclic molecules,
the linkage having structures at both ends adjacent to the respective oxygen atoms, wherein
each of the structures is selected from the group consisting of structures represented by formulae (2) to (7):

wherein
in structural formula (2), R3 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, and n1 and n2 each represent an integer of 1 to 4,
in structural formula (3), m represents 0 or 1,
in structural formula (5), p1 and p2 each represent 0 or 1,
in structural formula (6), q1 represents 0 or 1, and
in structural formula (7), R4 represents a hydrocarbon group having a carbon number of 5 to 47 or an alkyl group having a polyether structure and a total carbon number of 5 to 47, and R5 represent a hydrogen atom or a methyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,939,754

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CORRECTS A WIDTH OF A FINE LINE, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit that obtains image data;
an identification unit that identifies a fine line part in the image data;
a correction unit that corrects a density value of the fine line part and a density value of a non-fine line part adjacent to the fine line part;
an exposure unit that exposes a photosensitive member based on the image data in which the density values of the fine line part and the non-fine line part have been corrected,
wherein an exposure spot corresponding to the fine line part and an exposure spot corresponding to the non-fine line part are overlapped with each other, and a combined potential is formed on the photosensitive member by the exposure spot corresponding to the fine line part and the exposure spot corresponding to the non-fine line part; and
an image forming unit that forms an image on the exposed photosensitive member by developing agent adhering on the exposed photosensitive member according to a potential on the exposed photosensitive member formed by the exposure unit,
wherein the correction causes a peak of the formed combined potential to reach a target potential and a size of a part of the formed combined potential whose potential is greater than a predetermined potential to reach a target size.

US Pat. No. 9,939,766

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MATERIAL DETERMINATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image formation unit configured to form an image on a recording material;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the recording material;
an irradiation unit configured to emit light onto the recording material being conveyed by the conveyance unit;
an image capturing unit configured to capture the light emitted by the irradiation unit and reflected from the recording material as a surface image of the recording material; and
a control unit configured to control an image forming condition of the image formation unit based on the surface image of the recording material captured by the image capturing unit,
wherein the image capturing unit captures a plurality of surface images of the recording material having different resolutions, and the control unit controls the image forming condition based on the plurality of surface images of the recording material having different resolutions.

US Pat. No. 9,939,778

CARTRIDGE AND COVER MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge attachable to a main body of an apparatus, the cartridge comprising:a photosensitive drum;
a support frame configured to rotatably support the photosensitive drum;
a coupling member configured to transmit driving force to the photosensitive drum to rotate the photosensitive drum, the coupling member arranged on one end side of the photosensitive drum in a direction of a rotational axis of the photosensitive drum; and
a cover member attached to the support frame,
wherein the support frame includes
an arc portion arranged on one end side, which corresponds to the one end side of the photosensitive drum, of the support frame in the direction of the rotational axis, with a center axis of the arc portion being the rotational axis, and
a protrusion portion configured to make contact a guide portion of the main body and be regulated in position in the direction of the rotational axis, the protrusion portion protruding radially outward from an outer peripheral surface of the arc portion, and
wherein the cover member includes
a flat portion,
a substantially circular hole portion formed in the flat portion and having a substantially circular shape viewed in a normal direction of the flat portion, the arc portion being inserted through the hole portion,
a first concave portion having a shape concaved outward from the substantially circular hole portion in a radial direction of the substantially circular hole portion, the first concave portion arranged in a position opposed to the protrusion portion when viewed in the direction of the rotational axis, and
a second concave portion having a shape concaved from the substantially circular hole portion in the normal direction of the flat portion to expose the coupling member when viewed in a direction orthogonal to the rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 9,940,075

PRINT INSPECTION APPARATUS AND PRINT INSPECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print inspection apparatus which inspects a print product of variable printing, the print inspection apparatus comprising:a memory; and
at least one processor that controls the print inspection apparatus to function as:
a combining unit configured to obtain an object which is stored in a storage and used in the variable printing and to generate a combined image by combining the obtained object;
an image setting unit configured to, in a case where the combined image is normally generated by the combining unit, set the combined image to both of a print image and a collation image, wherein, in a case where the combined image is not normally generated, the image setting unit sets a first image to the print image and further sets a second image to the collation image prior to printing the print image, and wherein the first image is a blank image, and wherein the second image is a black image used in contrast with the blank image;
a printing unit configured to instruct a printer to perform printing the print image set by the image setting unit thereby generating the print product;
an image obtainment unit configured to obtain image data by reading the generated print product with a scanner; and
a comparison unit configured to compare the image data obtained by the image obtainment unit with the collation image set by the image setting unit to perform inspection of the print product.

US Pat. No. 9,940,084

DISPLAY PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus for causing a display device to display an image, the display control apparatus comprising:a processor operatively coupled to a memory, the processor functioning as:
(1) an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from a server connected with the display control apparatus via a network, first image data representing a first image to be displayed on the display device and to which first time data representing a first time is added, and second image data representing a second image to be displayed on the display device after the first image and to which second time data representing a second time is added; and
(2) a processing unit configured to perform display processing to display the first image on the display device for a first time period according to a difference between the first time and the second time if the difference between the first time and the second time is shorter than or equal to a predetermined time period, and to perform display processing to display the first image on the display device for a second time period different from the first time period if the difference between the first time and the second time is longer than the predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 9,939,620

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens unit having a positive refractive power, a second lens unit having a negative refractive power, a third lens unit having a positive refractive power, and a rear lens group including one or more lens units, whereinduring zooming, the first lens unit does not move, the second lens unit and at least one of the lens units of the rear lens group move, and intervals between adjacent ones of the lens units change during the zooming,
an aperture stop is arranged between the second lens unit and the third lens unit,
the third lens unit consists of a first lens sub-unit having a positive refractive power and a second lens sub-unit having a negative refractive power and being located on the image side of the first lens sub-unit with the largest air interval within the third lens unit,
the second lens sub-unit consists of, in order from the object side to the image side, a negative lens G3bn and a positive lens G3bp, and
the following conditions are satisfied:
?2.0 0.15 where R3bn1 is a radius of curvature of an object-side surface of the negative lens G3bn, f3 is a focal length of the third lens unit, D3ab is an air interval between the first lens sub-unit and the second lens sub-unit, and Dsi is a distance combining a back focus in air and a distance from the aperture stop to a lens surface closest to the image side at a wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,938,112

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a sheet stacking unit on which a sheet is stacked;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the sheet fed from the sheet stacking unit;
an operation unit configured to receive information from a user and display a selection screen for the user to select a type and an orientation of the sheet to be stacked on the sheet stacking unit; and
a control unit configured to (i) receive sheet information, indicating the type and the orientation of the sheet to be stacked on the sheet stacking unit, from the operation unit, (ii) control the image forming unit based on the received sheet information, and
(iii) cause the operation unit to display a message prompting the user to mount an attachment for the sheet on the sheet stacking unit so as to increase stability of the sheet when feeding the sheet, based on the type and the orientation of the sheet indicated by the received sheet information,
wherein the control unit is configured to cause the operation unit to display the message in a case that the received sheet information indicates that the type of the sheet corresponds to a first type of envelope, and not to cause the operation unit to display the message in a case that the received sheet information indicates that the type of sheet corresponds to a second type of envelope that is different from the first type of envelope, and
wherein the attachment is necessary for the first type of envelope and is not necessary for the second type of envelope.

US Pat. No. 9,942,494

CURRENT-VOLTAGE CONVERTER, PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, AND CAMERA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A current-voltage converter comprising:an operational amplifier having an input terminal and an output terminal;
a first resistor portion connected to the input terminal; and
a second resistor portion provided between the input terminal and the output terminal,
wherein the input terminal of the operational amplifier, the first resistor portion, and the second resistor portion are connected to each other,
the first resistor portion is connected to a current source on a side opposite to the input terminal and configured to receive all currents from the current source,
the second resistor portion includes a diode configured to cause the current-voltage converter to perform logarithmic compression of a current received by the first resistor portion,
the first resistor portion has a first resistance value when a current of a first current amount is supplied to the first resistor portion, and
the first resistor portion has a second resistance value smaller than the first resistance value when a current of a second current amount larger than the first current amount is supplied to the first resistor portion.

US Pat. No. 9,935,140

SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state imaging device comprising:a pixel circuit comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit provided in a substrate;
a first transistor having a first gate electrode over the substrate;
a second transistor having a second gate electrode adjacent to the first gate electrode in a plan view, the second gate electrode being over the substrate;
an insulator film covering the first gate electrode and the second gate electrode;
a light shielding member provided on the insulator film;
an interlayer insulating film over the light shielding member; and
a wiring over the interlayer insulating film,
wherein a void is present in a region surrounded by the first gate electrode, the second gate electrode, and the insulator film,
wherein the interlayer insulating film is provided between the first and second gate electrodes and the wiring,
wherein the light shielding member is provided between the insulator film and the interlayer insulating film, and
wherein the light shielding member is absent in a position on an opposite side of the insulator film to the void in a direction perpendicular to the plan view.

US Pat. No. 9,933,616

MIRROR ANGULAR-POSITIONING APPARATUS AND PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for angular positioning of a mirror, the apparatus comprising:a mirror;
a motor, including a rotatable shaft, configured to rotate the mirror via the rotatable shaft;
a detector configured to detect a rotational angle of the mirror around a designed central axis of the rotatable shaft; and
a controller configured to:
supply electric current to the motor based on an output of the detector so that the rotational angle of the mirror reaches a target angle;
estimate, based on a model representing a relation between a value of electric current to be supplied to the motor and an angle of inclination of the mirror, the angle of inclination of the mirror in a case where the electric current is supplied to the motor, wherein the angle of inclination of the mirror is an angle at which the mirror inclines with respect to the designed central axis; and
if the estimated angle of inclination exceeds a predetermined tolerance, adjust supply of electric current to the motor so that the angle of inclination of the mirror falls within the predetermined tolerance.

US Pat. No. 9,936,180

PROJECTOR AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,931,855

LIQUID STORAGE CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,932,195

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,933,734

FIXING APPARATUS AND HEATER FOR USE IN THE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus that fixes a toner image formed on a recording medium to the recording medium, the apparatus comprising:a tubular film; and
a heater in contact with an inner surface of the film,
wherein the heater comprises:
a substrate;
a first heat generation resistor on the substrate, the first heat generation resistor being arranged on the substrate parallel with a longitudinal direction of the substrate;
a second heat generation resistor on the substrate, the second heat generation resistor being arranged on the substrate parallel with the longitudinal direction of the substrate; and
a conductor electrically connecting the first heat generation resistor and the second heat generation resistor to each other,
wherein at least part of the conductor is disposed in an area, in the longitudinal direction, in which the first heat generation resistor is disposed, and the part of the conductor disposed in the area is disposed between the first heat generation resistor and the second heat generation resistor in a lateral direction of the substrate,
wherein one end of the conductor is electrically connected to the first heat generation resistor at a position of an end of the first heat generation resistor in the longitudinal direction, and the other end of the conductor is electrically connected to the second heat generation resistor at a position of an end of the second heat generation resistor in the longitudinal direction,
wherein the part of the conductor disposed in the area is in contact with neither the first heat generation resistor nor the second heat generation resistor,
wherein, in a range of 25° C. to 900° C., the conductor has a resistance lower than a total resistance of the first heat generation resistor and the second heat generation resistor, and
wherein the conductor has a temperature coefficient of resistance larger than a temperature coefficient of resistance of the first heat generation resistor.

US Pat. No. 9,928,452

IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,927,740

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,925,776

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR CHIPS FOR LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,925,791

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,921,544

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,923,604

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, POWER TRANSMITTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supplying apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the power supplying apparatus to execute
steps of:

supplying power wirelessly to one or more power receiving apparatuses including a first power receiving apparatus, wherein
power is not supplied to a second power receiving apparatus while power is supplied to the first power receiving apparatus;

receiving a notification from the first power receiving apparatus;
controlling the power supplying apparatus to change a supply destination of the power being supplied to the first power receiving
apparatus, from the first power receiving apparatus to the second power receiving apparatus, in response to the received notification,
in a case where the received notification is related to an error of power supply and history information indicating a number
of times of the error indicates a number which is smaller than or equal to a predetermined number; and

controlling to stop supplying power to all of the power receiving apparatuses which are receiving power supply from the power
supplying apparatus, in response to the received notification, in a case where the received notification indicates a an error
of power supply and the history information indicating the number of times of the error indicates a number which is larger
than the predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 9,922,092

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR CONTEXT MANAGEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for contextual management, the method comprising:
performing a first process repeatedly, wherein the first process includes:
(i) extracting content information corresponding to a new or modified content item from a collection of digital content items
to be distributed in a plurality of locations on a network,

(ii) normalizing the new or modified content item corresponding to the extracted content information,
(iii) sending the normalized content item to a data warehouse, which is a local storage for managing a normalized content
item, and

(iv) registering keywords extracted from the new or modified content item to the data warehouse;
performing a second process repeatedly, wherein the second process includes:
(i) examining a new content item of the data warehouse,
(ii) generating an index from content information of the new content item, and
(iii) updating an index database using the generated index,
receiving a query from a computing device, wherein the query is automatically generated by a client program of the computing
device in response to a user's operations for an application;

determining a context of the user associated with the received query;
generating an enhanced query by using a registered keyword corresponding to the contents of the query according to the reception
of the query;

performing a search based on the context of the user and contents of the enhanced query generated by using the registered
keyword;

generating a recommendation according to a result of the search and an index in the index database; and
returning the generated recommendation to the client program of the computing device.

US Pat. No. 9,914,850

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,917,959

SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING JOB PROCESSING BETWEEN A PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SERVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing system comprising a server and a processing apparatus in communication with the server,
the server including
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a job,
a first control unit configured to store the obtained job and job notification information corresponding to the job in a first
memory,

a first notification unit configured to perform, in a case where a communication connection between the processing apparatus
and the server is established, job notification using the job notification information stored in the first memory, and

a first transmission unit configured to transmit job information in accordance with a request on the job information, and
the processing apparatus including
a second reception unit configured to receive the job notification notified from the server,
a second control unit configured to store reception information indicating that the job notification is received in a second
memory,

a determination unit configured to determine, in a case where a communication connection between the processing apparatus
and the server is established, whether or not the reception information is stored in the second memory,

a request unit configured to request, in a case where the second reception unit receives the job notification, the server
to transmit the job information, and

an execution unit configured to execute the job using the job information transmitted from the first transmission unit,
wherein the request unit requests the server to transmit the job information in a case where the determination unit determines
that the reception information is stored, and

wherein, in a case where the execution unit completes executing the job, the second control unit restores the reception information
related to the completed job in the second memory to an initial state.

US Pat. No. 9,915,909

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a rotatable image bearing member;
a charging roller configured to charge a surface of the image bearing member through contact with the surface at a charging
position;

a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer and supply the developer having a normal polarity onto the surface
of the image bearing member at a developing position when being in contact with the image bearing member, to form a developer
image;

a contact/separation unit configured to switch between a state in which the image bearing member and the developer bearing
member are in contact with each other and a state in which the image bearing member and the developer bearing member are separated
from each other;

a transfer member configured to transfer the developer image to a transferred member at a transfer position,
the developer bearing member being capable of collecting the developer remaining on the surface of the image bearing member
after transfer by using the transfer member; and

a control portion configured to perform a cleaning operation for the charging roller that includes (i) a first step of causing
the developer, which has a reversed polarity and is attracted to a surface of the charging roller, to have the normal polarity
under a state in which the developer bearing member is separated from the image bearing member with the contact/separation
unit, and (ii) a second step of collecting the developer, which has the normal polarity and is attracted to the surface of
the image bearing member, to the developer bearing member, by rotating the image bearing member and the developer bearing
member under a state in which the developer bearing member is brought into contact with the image bearing member with the
contact/separation unit after performing the first step.

US Pat. No. 9,915,913

COVER FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a main body configured to accommodate an image forming portion which forms an image on a recording material;
a cover which is provided on the main body and covers the image forming portion;
a driving unit which is provided on the main body and drives the image forming portion; and
a film attached to the cover with a gap formed against an inner wall of the cover, the film facing the inner wall of the cover
while a tension is given thereto and without coming into contact with the driving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,917,986

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,917,245

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,918,028

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS COMPRISING A PLURALITY OF PROCESSING CIRCUITS FOR CORRECTING DEFECTIVE PIXEL BY USING INFORMATION OF DEFECTIVE PIXEL DETECTED IN DIFFERENT FRAMES AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor which has a plurality of pixels;
a first processing circuit having a first detection circuit and a first memory; and
a second processing circuit having a second detection circuit and a second memory,
wherein the first processing circuit and the second processing circuit perform defective pixel correction on different frames
of images output from the image sensor,

the first detection circuit of the first processing circuit performs the defective pixel detection by determining whether
or not a first target pixel in a first region of a first frame is a defective pixel on the basis of a value of an adjacent
pixel of the first target pixel,

the second detection circuit of the second processing circuit performs the defective pixel detection by determining whether
or not a second target pixel in a second region, different from the first region, of a second frame, different from the first
frame, is a defective pixel on the basis of a value of an adjacent pixel of the second target pixel,

the first memory of the first processing circuit stores information on a defective pixel in the first region of the first
frame detected by the first detection circuit and information on a defective pixel in the second region of the second frame
detected by and transmitted from the second detection circuit,

the second memory of the second processing circuit stores information on the defective pixel in the second region of the second
frame detected by the second detection circuit and information on the defective pixel in the first region of the first frame
detected by and transferred from the first detection circuit, and

the first processing circuit performs the defective pixel correction using the information on a defective pixel stored in
the first memory and the second processing circuit performs the defective pixel correction using the information on the defective
pixel stored in the second memory.

US Pat. No. 9,915,999

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a near field communication unit which communicates with a mobile terminal wirelessly;
a storage which stores data;
a control unit which authenticates users; and
a power control unit which controls power supply to the control unit,
wherein, when a user holds the mobile terminal over the near field communication unit, the near field communication unit operates
with power supplied from the mobile terminal, receives authentication data from the mobile terminal, stores the authentication
data into the storage, and outputs a recovery instruction to the power control unit,

wherein the power control unit performs control so that the power is supplied to the control unit based on receiving the recovery
instruction, and then

wherein the control unit receives the authentication data from the storage and authenticates the users by using the received
authentication data.

US Pat. No. 9,916,516

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CORRECTING AN IMAGE BASED ON COLOR AND SCATTERED LIGHT INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates a corrected image obtained by removing, from a color image whose pixel values
contain components derived from scattered light, at least part of the components derived from the scattered light, the image
processing apparatus comprising:
a memory for storing a computer program;
a processor coupled to the memory for executing the computer program, the computer program causing the processor to:
acquire the color image;
derive, based on pixel values of a first color component of the color image, a first reference intensity corresponding to
the first color component of the scattered light, and derive, based on pixel values of a second color component, which is
different from the first color component, of the color image, a second reference intensity, which is different from the first
reference intensity, corresponding to the second color component of the scattered light;

set, for each pixel in the color image, weight values representing levels of influences of the scattered light;
perform a filtering process in which at least one pixel value of each pixel in the color image is replaced; and
generate the corrected image by correcting a pixel value of the first color component of each pixel in the color image by
using the first reference intensity and a weight value, and by correcting a pixel value of the second color component of each
pixel in the color image by using the second reference intensity and a weight value,

wherein the filtering process is a process in which a pixel value of the first color component of a pixel to be subjected
to the filtering process is replaced with a minimum pixel value among pixel values of the first color component of a plurality
of pixels including the pixel to be subjected to the filtering process, and a pixel value of the second color component of
a pixel to be subjected to the filtering process is further replaced with a minimum pixel value among pixel values of the
second color component of a plurality of pixels including the pixel to be subjected to the filtering process.

US Pat. No. 9,918,057

PROJECTING TEXT CHARACTERS ONTO A TEXTURED SURFACE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,916,521

DEPTH NORMALIZATION TRANSFORMATION OF PIXELS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus
to perform operations comprising:

extracting a feature point from an input image including an image region which includes pixels having different depth values;
determining a transformation matrix to normalize depth values of pixels of a vicinity of the feature point in the input image
to be the same value;

generating, in accordance with the determined transformation matrix, an image by transforming pixel positions of the vicinity
of the feature point; and

calculating a feature amount from a region of the vicinity of the feature point in the generated image,
wherein the determining determines, as the transformation matrix, a matrix that causes a normal vector of a plane including
three-dimensional coordinates of the pixels in the vicinity of the feature point which are represented by coordinates of the
pixels of the vicinity of the feature point and depth values of the pixels to be parallel with a depth direction of the input
image.

US Pat. No. 9,910,522

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a touch panel display, the apparatus comprising:
a first detection unit configured to detect that an instruction object touches the touch panel display;
a second detection unit configured to detect that the instruction object having been held in contact with the touch panel
display is detached therefrom; and

a control unit configured to, in a case where the first detection unit detects that an instruction object touches an area
of a display item on the touch panel display, select the display item which exists in the touched area,

wherein the control unit performs control to carry out processing associated with the selected display item when the second
detection unit detects that the instruction object is detached from the touch panel display before a moving distance of the
instruction object reaches a predetermined threshold value, and does not perform control to carry out processing associated
with the selected display item when the moving distance of the instruction object reaches the predetermined threshold value
before the second detection unit detects that the instruction object is detached from the touch panel display.

US Pat. No. 9,912,850

VIBRATION TYPE ACTUATOR, OPTICAL DEVICE, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration type actuator comprising:
a vibrator;
a friction member configured to relatively move in contact with the vibrator;
a pressing unit configured to bring the vibrator into press contact with the friction member by a pressing force;
a setting unit configured to set the pressing force applied by the pressing unit; and
a control unit configured to alter the pressing force set by the setting unit,
wherein the vibrator comprises a plurality of projections brought into contact with the friction member, and
wherein the friction member moves relative to the vibrator by elliptic motion of the projections, which are brought into press
contact with the friction member by the pressing force set by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,911,060

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR REDUCING COLOR NOISE IN AN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one of:
one or more circuits; or
one or more processors and at least one memory, the at least one memory being coupled to the one or more processors and having
stored thereon instructions executable by the one or more processors,

wherein at least one of the one or more circuits or the execution of the instructions cause the image processing apparatus
to function as:

a first determination unit configured to determine whether or not a first area consisting of a plurality of pixels including
a pixel of interest is an area in a uniform color for the pixel of interest in input image data;

a second determination unit configured to determine whether or not a second area, different from the first area, consisting
of a plurality of pixels including the pixel of interest is an area in a uniform color;

a setting unit configured to set a reference area consisting of the pixel of interest and adjacent pixels of the pixel of
interest for the pixel of interest; and

a first correction unit configured to correct the pixel value of the pixel of interest to a value for which noise has been
reduced based on the pixel values of the pixels included in the reference area,

wherein the setting unit sets:
a predetermined area prepared in advance and consisting of a plurality of pixels as the reference area in a case where the
first determination unit determines that the first area is an area in a uniform color; and

an area consisting of a plurality of pixels in accordance with determination results by the second determination unit as the
reference area in a case where the first determination unit determines that the first area is not an area in a uniform color.

US Pat. No. 9,912,866

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DRIVING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup apparatus comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels arranged in a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns; and
a plurality of column signal processing circuits provided respectively for the columns of the pixel array, each being configured
to receive output signals from the pixels and an analog signal varying with time,

wherein the plurality of column signal processing circuits include a first column signal processing circuit and a second column
signal processing circuit configured such that each of the first column signal processing circuit and the second column signal
processing circuit is configured to be independently switched between a driving state and a power saving state, and

a signal line for supplying the analog signal to the first column signal processing circuit and a signal line for supplying
the analog signal to the second column signal processing circuit are electrically isolated from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,911,070

IMPROVING PRODUCT PACKING OPERATION EFFICIENCY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
a computer-readable storage medium that stores computer executable instructions, which when executed by the at least one processor,
causes:

printing a first work instruction sheet including information about a product to be delivered to a destination that is the
same as a destination of a first product read by a reading apparatus;

printing, in a case where all products to be delivered to the destination that is the same as the destination of the first
product are read by the reading apparatus, a first shipping label for delivery to the destination of the first product;

determining, in a case where a second product to be delivered to a destination different from the destination of the first
product is read by the reading apparatus, whether there is another product to be delivered to the destination of the second
product; and

printing, in a case where it is determined that no other product is to be delivered to the destination of the second product,
a second shipping label for delivery to the destination of the second product.

US Pat. No. 9,912,885

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING PARTIAL READOUT FUNCTION OR SKIP READOUT FUNCTION AND PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. An operating method of an image pickup apparatus capable of reading out and outputting pixel data of a partial area of
a rolling shutter type image sensor, the method comprising:
controlling accumulation of the image sensor and signal readout from the image sensor so as to achieve constant accumulation
time irrespective of a readout condition of the image sensor,

wherein the controlling starts accumulation of a readout object line and signal readout of a line next to the readout object
line after signal readout from the readout object line is ended in a case where the accumulation time is equal to or longer
than a readout time for reading out all readout object pixel signals, and starts accumulation of the readout object line and
signal readout of the readout object line after signal readout from all readout object lines is ended in a case where the
accumulation time is shorter than the readout time for reading out all the readout object pixel signals.

US Pat. No. 9,912,893

DRIVING METHOD FOR AN IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving method for an image pickup apparatus that includes
pixel columns each including pixels each including a first sub pixel and a second sub pixel, the first sub pixel and the second
sub pixel each including a photoelectric conversion unit,

amplification portions each configured to process a signal generated at the photoelectric conversion units of a corresponding
pixel, the method comprising:

accumulating a signal generated during a first charge accumulation period by the first sub pixel;
accumulating a signal generated during a second charge accumulation period partially overlapped with the first charge accumulation
period by the second sub pixel; and

controlling the amplification portions such that
after processing of the signal generated during the first charge accumulation period is performed, processing of the signal
is performed which is generated during the second charge accumulation period of the second sub pixel included in the pixel
where the signal processing of the first sub pixel is performed, and

a bias current flowing through each of the amplification portions is reduced after the processing of the signal generated
during the first charge accumulation period is ended and before the second charge accumulation period is ended.

US Pat. No. 9,912,894

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric-conversion units each configured to generate a charge by photoelectric conversion;
a plurality of analog-to-digital (AD) converters; and
a first wiring,
wherein each of the plurality of AD converters comprises a comparing circuit,
the comparing circuit performs a first comparison which is a comparison of a signal based on the charge and a predetermined
threshold, and generates a first comparison result signal indicating a result of the first comparison,

when the first comparison result signal indicates that the signal based on the charge is smaller than the predetermined threshold,
the comparing circuit compares the signal based on the charge and a first ramp signal having a voltage changing in a first
time-dependent change rate,

when the first comparison result signal indicates that the signal based on the charge is larger than the predetermined threshold,
the comparing circuit compares the signal based on the charge and a second ramp signal having a voltage changing in a second
time-dependent change rate larger than the first time-dependent change rate,

wherein the first wiring transmits one of the first ramp signal and the second ramp signal, to the plurality of AD converters,
and

wherein the first wiring further transmits the predetermined threshold to the plurality of AD converters.

US Pat. No. 9,910,198

OPTICAL FILTER AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,906,663

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus, comprising:
a light source emitting a light beam;
a rotary polygon mirror deflecting the light beam emitted from the light source so as to scan a photosensitive member with
the light beam;

an optical member configured to guide the light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror to the photosensitive member;
an optical box on which the light source is mounted and which contains the rotary polygon mirror and the optical member;
a cover mounted on a side wall of the optical box so as to cover an opening of the optical box, and the cover having a dust-proof
member which is molded on the cover so as to prevent dust from entering into the optical box and sandwiched between the cover
and the side wall of the optical box; and

the dust-proof member including a plurality of convex portions which are protruded toward the optical box and which are configured
to respectively contact with a top of the side wall of the optical box opposed to the dust-proof member, and a concave portion
which is provided between the plurality of convex portions and separated from the top of the side wall.

US Pat. No. 9,906,673

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A data processing apparatus, comprising:
a human sensor;
a first controller which computes a first value corresponding to a distance between a human and the data processing apparatus
at a first time based on output from the human sensor, a second value corresponding to a distance between a human and the
data processing apparatus at a second time which is later than the first time based on output from the human sensor, and a
change amount of a distance in a first time period between the first time and the second time based on the first value and
the second value; and

a power controller which changes a power state of the data processing apparatus based on the change amount.

US Pat. No. 9,904,179

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus for exposing each of a plurality of shot regions on a substrate, the plurality of shot regions including
two shot regions arranged adjacent to each other such that edges thereof contact each other, the apparatus comprising a control
unit configured to control exposure processing of exposing each of the plurality of shot regions on the substrate using control
information for controlling shapes of the shot regions exposed on the substrate such that the two shot regions are adjacent
to each other,
wherein the control information includes correction information for correcting, based on layout information of the plurality
of shot regions, a deviation of adjacent portions of the two shot regions caused by a distortion of the shapes of the two
shot regions when exposing each of the two shot regions, and

wherein the correction information includes information of a correction factor for at least one of the two shot regions for
matching sides where the two shot regions adjacent to each other are in contact, and

the control unit controls the exposure processing using the correction information.

US Pat. No. 9,906,748

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,906,749

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF GENERATING AND ADDING PIXEL REGION INFORMATION TO IMAGE DATA, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:
a pixel portion comprising a first pixel region and a second pixel region;
a a region information generator which generates region information indicating the first pixel region and the second pixel
region based on coordinate information and a region of image data obtained from the pixel portion;

a packet generating circuit which generates a packet by adding the region information to the image data; and
a packet output circuit which outputs the packet; and
a signal processor which corrects pixel data of the first pixel region using pixel data of the second pixel region for image
data read out from the pixel portion,

wherein the signal processor extracts pixel data of the first pixel region and pixel data of the second pixel region of the
image data using the region information included in the packet.

US Pat. No. 9,902,160

SUPPLY APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND ATTACHMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,895,887

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising a nozzle for ejecting a liquid,
wherein a recess portion recessed relative to a nozzle inner wall surface of the nozzle is formed on a nozzle inner wall in
a region having an inner diameter of the nozzle of 15 ?m or less,

wherein the recess portion has one of a hollow shape and a groove shape,
wherein the hollow shape has a maximum area of an opening of a hollow portion of 0.8 ?m2 to 20 ?m2, and

wherein the groove shape has a groove width of 1 ?m to 6 ?m and a depth of 0.5 ?m to 6 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,900,530

IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensing system comprising
a plurality of pixels arranged in an image sensing region which is a quadrilateral having a first side and a second side facing
the first side, the plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion portion,

wherein the plurality of pixels include:
a first pixel disposed at a location closer to the first side than to the second side, a distance between the first side and
the first pixel being shorter than a distance between the second side and the first pixel;

a second pixel disposed at a location closer to the second side than to the first side, a distance between the second side
and the second pixel being shorter than a distance between the first side and the first pixel;

a third pixel adjacent to the first pixel on a side toward the first side of the first pixel, the third pixel being arranged
between the first side and the first pixel;

a fourth pixel adjacent to the second pixel on a side toward the second side of the second pixel, the fourth pixel being arranged
between the second side and the second pixel;

a fifth pixel adjacent to the first pixel on a side toward the second side of the first pixel, the fifth pixel being arranged
between the second side and the first pixel; and

a sixth pixel adjacent to the second pixel on a side toward the first side of the second pixel, the sixth pixel being arranged
between the first side and the second pixel,

wherein the photoelectric conversion portion of the first pixel includes a first accumulation region which is a first conductivity-type
semiconductor region that accumulates a signal electric charge,

wherein a first isolation region which is a second conductivity-type semiconductor region is provided between the photoelectric
conversion portion of the first pixel and a photoelectric conversion portion of the third pixel,

wherein a second isolation region which is a second conductivity-type semiconductor region is provided between the photoelectric
conversion portion of the first pixel and a photoelectric conversion portion of the fifth pixel,

wherein the first isolation region and the second isolation region are disposed at locations deeper from a light-receiving
surface than the first accumulation region,

wherein a first distance between the first accumulation region and the first isolation region is larger than a second distance
between the first accumulation region and the second isolation region,

wherein the photoelectric conversion portion of the second pixel includes a second accumulation region which is a first conductivity-type
semiconductor region that accumulates a signal electric charge,

wherein a third isolation region which is a second conductivity-type semiconductor region is provided between the photoelectric
conversion portion of the second pixel and a photoelectric conversion portion of the fourth pixel,

wherein a fourth isolation region which is a second conductivity-type semiconductor region is provided between the photoelectric
conversion portion of the second pixel and a photoelectric conversion portion of the sixth pixel,

wherein the third isolation region and the fourth isolation region are disposed at locations deeper from the light-receiving
surface than the second accumulation region, and

wherein a third distance between the second accumulation region and the third isolation region is larger than a fourth distance
between the second accumulation region and the fourth isolation region.

US Pat. No. 9,893,569

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, POWER SUPPLY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
an output unit configured to wirelessly output electric power to an electronic device;
a detecting unit configured to detect a current flowing to the output unit;
a control unit configured to perform a process to restrict a current flowing to the output unit in a case where the current
detected by the detecting unit is greater than or equal to a predetermined value set according to a predetermined magnetic
field strength while the output unit outputs electric power to the electronic device, and

a resonance unit configured to resonate the output unit and the electronic device, wherein the process includes controlling
a capacitance of the resonance unit;

wherein the resonance unit includes a coil, a first capacitor, and a second capacitor, wherein the coil is connected to the
output unit in series, wherein the first capacitor is connected to the output unit in series via the coil, and wherein the
second capacitor is connected to the output unit in parallel.

US Pat. No. 9,891,565

FIXING MEMBER, FIXING APPARATUS AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing member comprising:
a substrate;
an elastic layer on the substrate; and
a surface layer bonded to the elastic layer with an adhesive layer, the surface layer containing a fluorine resin,
wherein:
the surface layer has a thermal resistance in a thickness direction of 3.0×10?5 m2·K/W to 1.3×10?4 m2·K/W;

a peel adhesion strength between the surface layer and the elastic layer is 3.0 N/cm to 20.0 N/cm;
the elastic layer undergoes a cohesive failure in a peel test between the surface layer and the elastic layer;
the fluorine resin contains a tetrafluoroethylene/perfluoroethyl vinyl ether copolymer; and
a polymerization ratio of perfluoroethyl vinyl ether in the tetrafluoroethylene/perfluoroethyl vinyl ether copolymer is 3.0
mol % to 5.8 mol %.

US Pat. No. 9,891,327

STRUCTURE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE STRUCTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A shield grating for an X-ray apparatus comprising;
a metal structure in which a plurality of holes are arranged;
a substrate supporting a peripheral area of the metal structure; and
a resin layer having higher X-ray transmittance than the substrate, formed in at least part of each of the plurality of holes,
wherein the plurality of holes has an aspect ratio of 20 or more and
a thickness of a center area of the substrate corresponding to the metal structure is less than a thickness of a peripheral
area of the substrate supporting the metal structure.

US Pat. No. 9,893,423

ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE SENSOR AND/OR EMITTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,892,949

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,894,241

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AN INTERFACE CONFIGURATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printer;
a USB interface;
a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to display a selection screen on which a user selects an operating system
(OS) type of an information processing apparatus that communicates with the printing apparatus via the USB interface,

and to determine an interface configuration of the USB interface based on the OS type selected on the selection screen, wherein
in a case where the selected OS type is a predetermined type, it is determined to configure plural interfaces including an
interface for Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) and an interface for a service which is different from the IPP, and in a case
where the selected OS type is not the predetermined type, it is determined to configure an interface for a service not including
the IPP.

US Pat. No. 9,894,308

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF DRIVING AN IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, each of the plurality of pixels being configured to output a reset signal and
an image signal;

a scanning circuit configured to output the reset signal and the image signal sequentially from each of the plurality of pixels
by selecting the plurality of pixels sequentially; and

an amplifier unit configured to output a plurality of image signals obtained by amplifying one image signal that is output
from one of the plurality of pixels at a plurality of gains including a first gain and a second gain, which has a different
value from that of the first gain,

wherein, in a reading period, which is a period between beginning of selection of a first pixel by the scanning circuit out
of the plurality of pixels and beginning of subsequent selection of a second pixel out of the plurality of pixels, a number
of the reset signals output from the amplifier unit is less than a number of the plurality of amplified image signals output
from the amplifier unit,

wherein the amplifier unit also amplifies the reset signal at only one of the first gain and the second gain.

US Pat. No. 9,884,485

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:
a plurality of terminals for being electrically connected with a contact point provided in a liquid ejecting apparatus;
a liquid ejecting element substrate having a liquid ejecting element formed for ejecting a liquid in response to a control
signal transmitted from the liquid ejecting apparatus; and

a wiring member having a plurality of wirings that connect the plurality of terminals with the liquid ejecting element substrate
electrically,

wherein
the plurality of terminals includes a power source terminal for drive and a ground terminal for drive, for driving the liquid
ejecting element;

the power source terminal for drive and the ground terminal for drive are arranged adjacent to each other;
the plurality of wirings includes a power source wiring that connects the power source terminal for drive with the liquid
ejecting element substrate and a ground wiring that connects the ground terminal for drive with the liquid ejecting element
substrate, and

the power source wiring and the ground wiring are at least partially arranged in parallel.

US Pat. No. 9,887,063

RADIATION GENERATING TUBE, RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS, RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation generating tube comprising:
an envelope including an insulating tube having a pair of openings, a cathode connected to one of the pair of openings of
the insulating tube, and an anode connected to the other of the pair of openings of the insulating tube;

an electron emitting source connected to the cathode; and
a target connected to the anode,
wherein the insulating tube and at least any one of the cathode and the anode are bonded via a conductive bonding member so
as to form a triple junction at a boundary between the insulating tube, the conductive bonding member, and vacuum inside the
envelope; and

wherein the boundary is coated with a dielectric layer without at least any of the one of the cathode and the anode intervened
therebetween so as to relax electric field concentration due to the triple junction.

US Pat. No. 9,888,134

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING FILE ATTACHMENTS OF ELECTRONIC MAIL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for receiving an electronic mail from a mail server, and printing an image based on a file attached
to the electronic mail, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a network interface that transmits, to the mail server, a deletion request for deleting the electronic mail from the mail
server after the image is printed by a printing unit;

a processor that executes programs to:
determine whether the electronic mail is deleted from the mail server by the deletion request;
store, in a storage, identification information of the electronic mail in a case where the printing unit prints the image
and it is determined that the electronic mail is not deleted from the mail server by the deletion request; and

execute control not to print the image based on the file attached to the electronic mail corresponding to the identification
information stored in the storage in a case where a condition for receiving the electronic mail is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,888,144

PRINTING APPARATUS FOR SKIPPING USER AUTHENTICATION FOR AN EXTERNAL DEVICE WHEN COMMUNICATING THROUGH A DIRECT WIRELESS CONNECTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to function as:
a wireless communication unit configured to perform a wireless communication being compliant with Wi-Fi Direct;
a reception unit configured to receive a login request via an operation unit of the printing apparatus;
a login unit configured to cause a user pertaining to the login request to log into the printing apparatus in accordance with
having received the login request by the reception unit;

a print authentication unit configured to send an authentication request to request user information for an external apparatus
in a case in which a print request is received from the external apparatus, and to notify the external apparatus of whether
or not the print request is accepted based on the user information received from the external apparatus as a response to the
authentication request; and

a print control unit configured to execute printing based on print data received from the external apparatus,
wherein, in a case in which the print request is received from an external apparatus with the wireless communication being
compliant with the Wi-Fi Direct, the print authentication unit notifies the external apparatus that the printing apparatus
accepts the print request without sending the authentication request to the external apparatus in a state in which a user
logs into the printing apparatus, and

wherein, in a case in which the print request is received from an external apparatus with a communication other than the wireless
communication being compliant with the Wi-Fi Direct, the print authentication unit sends the authentication request to the
external apparatus, and then determines whether or not to accept the print request based on a response to the authentication
request from the external apparatus, and notifies the external apparatus of whether or not the print request is accepted based
on the determination.

US Pat. No. 9,886,627

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,888,189

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING IMAGE CAPTURING CONTROL PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image captures having a plurality of pixels each including a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements for each micro
lens;

a reader configured to read a signal from the pixel by a first signal readout in which signals from the plurality of photoelectric
conversion elements are synthesized and read out and a second signal readout in which an output of a first photoelectric conversion
element is read out among the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements and then an output of a second photoelectric
conversion element is read out;

a photometer configured to provide photometry using a signal read out of at least a part of pixel area that has received light
from an object field;

a light emission controller configured to make a light emitter provide a first light emission and a second light emission
with a light emission amount calculated based on a result of the photometry in the first light emission, the light emitter
being configured to emit light to illuminate the object field; and

a switcher configured to switch a readout of an exposure control signal from the pixel area, between the first signal readout
and the second signal readout;

wherein the switcher switches the readout of the exposure control signal between the first signal readout and the second signal
readout based on the result of the photometry in a non-light emission of the light emitter before the first light emission.

US Pat. No. 9,880,506

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,880,763

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD FOR PROCESSING DATA IN MEMORY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus that stores data in a non-volatile memory, comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether a life time of the non-volatile memory is about to expire by referring
to a response value of a life time check command issued to a non-volatile memory, wherein the determination unit refers to
a first response value indicating a number of rewriting times of a cell in the non-volatile memory and a second response value
indicating a number of reserved blocks in the non-volatile memory, and, in a case where one of the response values indicates
a corresponding predetermined value of the one of the values, determines that the life time of the non-volatile memory is
about to expire;

an accepting unit configured to accept a selection of whether or not to erase data stored in the non-volatile memory in a
case where the determination unit determines that the life time of the non-volatile memory is about to expire;

an erasing unit configured to erase the data stored in the non-volatile memory, in a case where the accepting unit has accepted
the selection of erasing the data stored in the non-volatile memory; and

a display unit configured to display whether or not to erase the data stored in the non-volatile memory, in a case where the
determination unit has determined that the first response value indicates a first value which is a predetermined value corresponding
to the first response value, wherein

the accepting unit accepts a selection from a user after the display has been performed by the display unit, and
the determination unit further performs a determination after the accepting unit has accepted a selection of not erasing the
data stored in the non-volatile memory, and determines whether the first response value indicates a second value indicating
that the number of rewriting times of a cell is larger than the first value, or the second response value indicates a predetermined
value corresponding to the second response value, and

the erasing unit erases the data stored in the non-volatile memory in a case where the determination unit has determined that
the first response value indicates a second value indicating that the number of rewriting times of a cell is larger than the
first value, or the second response value indicates a predetermined value corresponding to the second response value.

US Pat. No. 9,880,511

CONTAINER FOR WASTE DEVELOPER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A container detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus for accommodating developer collected from the image forming
apparatus, said container comprising:
a case provided with an opening at an upper portion thereof and configured to accommodate the collected developer;
a lid unit that is detachably mounted to said case at a position so as to close said opening, said lid unit being detachable
from said case when said case becomes substantially full of collected developer;

a feeding member rotatable about a rotational axis thereof and configured to feed the developer accommodated in said case,
said feeding member being supported by said lid unit when said lid unit is dismounted from said case;

a pair of first supporting portions provided on said case correspondingly to respective end portions of said feeding member
with respect to a direction of the rotational axis and configured to rotatably support said feeding member by contacting said
respective end portions of said feeding member when said lid unit is mounted to said case; and

a pair of second supporting portions provided on said lid unit correspondingly to said respective end portions of said feeding
member and configured to support said feeding member by contacting said respective end portions of said feeding member when
said lid unit is dismounted from said case,

wherein said second supporting portions are disposed so as not to contact said respective end portions when said lid unit
is mounted to said case.

US Pat. No. 9,880,790

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR REDUCING A CONSUMPTION AMOUNT OF COLOR MATERIAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an area in which, in image data, pixels with more than a predetermined density are
successive in a main scanning direction and in a sub scanning direction; and

a correction unit configured to, on a basis of a distance from an edge portion of the area acquired by the acquisition unit
to a target pixel in the acquired area, correct a value of the target pixel,

wherein, in correction of the value of the target pixel by the correction unit, the target pixel is sub-divided into sub pixels,
and decreases a density on a sub-pixel-by-sub-pixel basis,

wherein the number of sub pixels that decreases a density in the target pixel is varied on a basis of the distance, and
wherein, in an area in which a plurality of pixels is successive in the main scanning direction including the target pixel,
the number of sub pixels that decreases a density for at least one of the plurality of pixels is different from the number
of sub pixels that decreases a density in the target pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,880,794

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a reception unit for receiving an instruction from a user and a display unit
for displaying information, the information processing apparatus capable of communicating with a printing apparatus that executes
print processing based on print data, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a controller having a processor that executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, the controller being configured
to:

obtain preview data generated by the printing apparatus, wherein the preview data includes images of a logical page unit and
first layout information, generate a first preview image of a physical page unit based on the images of the logical page unit
and first layout information, and cause the display unit to display the first preview image; and

obtain second layout information based on the instruction received via the reception unit, generate a second preview image
of the physical page unit based on the images of the logical page unit and the second layout information, and cause the display
unit to display the second preview image,

wherein the images of the logical page unit used for generating the second preview image of the physical page unit are the
images of the logical page unit used for generating the first preview image of the physical page unit.

US Pat. No. 9,880,483

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CLEANING MODE USING AC VOLTAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member;
a charging member configured to charge the image bearing member;
a voltage applying device configured to apply a voltage to the charging member; and
a control unit configured to control the voltage applying device so as to perform a cleaning mode for applying an AC voltage
to the charging member with the voltage applying device while moving a surface of the image bearing member during non-image
formation of the image forming apparatus,

wherein a period of time during which the cleaning mode is performed includes a first time-period during which a first AC
voltage is applied and a second time-period during which a second AC voltage is applied, and a period of the first AC voltage
is different from a period of the second AC voltage,

wherein a peak-to-peak voltage value of the first AC voltage is the same as a peak-to-peak voltage value of the second AC
voltage, and

wherein the first and second AC voltages are non-sinusoidal.

US Pat. No. 9,880,500

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a cylindrical film;
a plate heater contacting an inner surface of said film, and including an electrode portion for supplying electric power to
said heater, wherein said electrode portion is provided at a position outside of an end portion of said film with respect
to a longitudinal direction of said film, and at an end portion of said heater with respect to a longitudinal direction of
said heater, and a lubricant is applied in a region in which said heater contacts said film;

a supporting member for supporting a surface of said heater opposite from a surface of said heater that contacts said film;
and

a sealing member contacting a surface of said heater on which said electrode portion is provided, said sealing member being
provided at a position closer to a center of said heater than the position of said electrode portion,

wherein an image on a recording material is heated by heat of said film and is fixed on the recording material, and
wherein said sealing member includes an engaging portion engaging with an end portion of said supporting member with respect
to a widthwise direction of said heater perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of said heater, and a cantilever contact
portion contacting the surface of said heater on which said electrode portion is provided.

US Pat. No. 9,875,408

SETTING APPARATUS, OUTPUT METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a computer program for causing a computer to perform a method
for outputting a setting window for setting a detection line on an image for detecting an object that passes through the detection
line, the method comprising:
receiving image data indicating an image shot by an imaging unit;
storing, in a memory a trajectory of an object; and
outputting the setting window on which the image shot by the imaging unit, the trajectory stored in the memory, and a range
are displayed,

wherein the range is displayed on the setting window on the basis of the trajectory, and the range is provided for setting
the detection line for detecting an object which moves along the trajectory displayed on the setting window.

US Pat. No. 9,875,423

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT CALCULATES LIGHT AMOUNT CHANGE CHARACTERISTIC, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CALCULATING LIGHT AMOUNT CHANGE CHARACTERISTIC

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
one or more processors connected to one or more memories, the one or more processors configured to:
perform a first calculation of a light amount change characteristic of light from an object based on a plurality of photometric
values obtained at intervals of a time period shorter than a predetermined time period;

perform a second calculation of the light amount change characteristic based on information on luminance changes within an
image, which information is obtained by performing charge accumulation for each of areas such that start timing thereof is
differentiated on an area-by-area basis, over a charge accumulation time period longer than the time period for obtaining
each of the plurality of photometric values; and

control whether to calculate the light amount change characteristic using said first calculation or calculate the light amount
change characteristic using said second calculation according to a state of the object.

US Pat. No. 9,876,962

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus capable of continuous shooting, comprising:
an imaging unit; and
at least one processor that executes instructions stored in at least one memory to detect a light amount change characteristic
of light from an object;

to determine an exposure timing of the imaging unit; and
to perform control to execute, during the continuous shooting, a first mode or a second mode which is different from the first
mode, based on the light amount change characteristic detected before the continuous shooting is started,

wherein in the first mode, the light amount change characteristic is detected between first and second exposures of the imaging
unit during the continuous shooting and an exposure timing of the second exposure is determined based on the detected light
amount change characteristic,

wherein the first mode is executed during the continuous shooting, if a change of an amount of light from the object changes
in a predetermined period is detected before the continuous shooting is started,

wherein the second mode is executed during the continuous shooting, if a change of the amount of light from the object changes
in the predetermined period is not detected before the continuous shooting is started, and

wherein in the second mode, the imaging apparatus does not detect the light amount change characteristic of light from the
object between the first and the second exposures during the continuous shooting.

US Pat. No. 9,874,733

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens unit having a negative refractive power;
and a second lens unit having a positive refractive power, an interval between adjacent lens units varying during zooming,
the first lens unit comprises at least three lenses, the first lens unit comprises a negative lens G1n that is made of a resin material and has an aspherical-shaped lens surface, and a positive lens G1p that is made of a resin material and has an aspherical-shaped lens surface,

wherein a following conditional expression is satisfied:
0.55<|f1/Sk|<2.20,

where f1 represents a focal length of the first lens unit, and Sk represents a back focus at a wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,873,262

DRIVING DEVICE OF ROTATING POLYGONAL MIRROR AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE DRIVING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam for exposing a photosensitive member;
a rotating polygonal mirror configured to deflect the light beam with a plurality of reflection surfaces so that the light
beam scans the photosensitive member; and

a driving device of the rotating polygonal mirror for rotating the rotating polygonal mirror, the driving device comprising:
a driving motor configured to include a rotor to which the rotating polygonal mirror is fixed, a stator provided with a plurality
of coils arranged at different positions in a rotation direction of the rotor, driving currents being supplied to the plurality
of coils respectively, the driving currents causing the rotor to rotate, and a magnet that is attached to the rotor and in
which a plurality of N poles and a plurality of S poles are alternately magnetized along a rotation direction of the rotor;

a circuit board on which the driving motor is arranged;
a detection element arranged on the circuit board and configured to detect a change of magnetic flux by rotation of the magnetic
pattern of the magnet which rotates with a rotation of the rotor and output signal having a waveform which indicates the change
of magnetic flux;

a driving unit configured to supply the driving currents to the plurality of coils respectively and cause the rotor to rotate
by switching supply of the driving currents to the plurality of coils respectively; and

an acquisition unit configured to control the driving unit so the driving unit stops supplying the driving currents to the
driving motor after the driving currents are being supplied to rotate the rotating polygonal mirror, and acquire a period
of the detected waveform output from the detection element in the state where supply of the driving currents are stopped;
and

a storage unit configured to store period data for performing pattern matching with the period of the detected waveform acquired
by the acquisition unit, the period data being associated with the plurality of reflection surfaces; and

an identification unit configured to identify a reflection surface on which the light beam is incident among the plurality
of reflection surfaces while the driving motor is rotating, based on a result of the pattern matching between the period of
the detected waveform output by the detection element and the period data, the waveform is detected by the detection element
in a period in which a rotation speed of the rotating polygonal mirror is reducing by stopping supplying the driving currents
to the driving motor in the state where the driving currents are supplied.

US Pat. No. 9,874,854

PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drum unit usable in a process cartridge, the drum unit comprising:
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1;

a drum flange provided at an end of the photosensitive drum; and
a coupling member having an axis L2 and including (i) a first end portion connected to the drum flange, (ii) a second end portion including at least one projection
having a slanted surface with respect to a plane perpendicular to the axis L2, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion,

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,868,283

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD CLEANING METHOD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of cleaning a liquid discharge head that includes a heat generating resistor that generates thermal energy for
discharging a liquid and a covering portion covering the heat generating resistor, the method comprising:
alternately performing a first voltage application process and a second voltage application process multiple times,
wherein the first voltage application process includes applying voltage between the covering portion and an electrode through
the liquid to dissolve the covering portion in the liquid, and

wherein the second voltage application process includes reversing relative polarities of the covering portion and the electrode
in the first voltage application process and applying voltage between the covering portion and the electrode; and

reducing energy applied in the second voltage application process at least one time such that the energy applied is less than
energy applied in the first voltage application process of an immediately preceding time.

US Pat. No. 9,867,545

ACOUSTIC WAVE MEASURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF ACOUSTIC WAVE MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An acoustic wave measuring apparatus, comprising:
an acoustic probe;
an input device for setting two or more regions of interest for an object, the regions of interest being set apart from each
other;

a pointing device for setting priorities on the regions of interest that have been set;
a processor configured to
(i) determine, for each of the set priorities, an inclusion region including the regions of interest set with the priority,
(ii) divide each of the inclusion regions into a plurality of scanning regions and determine which of continuous measuring,
fixed measuring, and non-measurement moving are performed for each of the scanning regions so as to shorten a total time required
for scanning,

wherein the continuous measuring is a method of measuring while moving said acoustic probe at a first speed,
wherein the fixed measuring is a method in which a measurement is performed while stopping said acoustic probe and after the
measurement said acoustic probe is moved at a speed faster than the first speed, and

wherein the non-measurement moving is a method of moving said acoustic probe without measuring at a speed faster than the
first speed, and

(iii) determine a priority scanning order of a plurality of scanning regions having the same priority so as to shorten a movement
distance of said acoustic probe; and

a movable mirror for scanning each of the inclusion regions according to the priority,
wherein said mirror scans the scanning regions according to the determined scanning order in each of the inclusion regions.

US Pat. No. 9,871,934

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a manual feed tray on which a recording material is to be manually stacked;
a first detector configured to detect a presence or absence of the recording material on the manual feed tray;
a second detector arranged on an upstream side of the first detector in a conveyance direction of the recording material,
the second detector configured to detect a presence or absence of the recording material on the manual feed tray;

a third detector arranged on an upstream side of the second detector in the conveyance direction of the recording material,
the third detector configured to detect a presence or absence of the recording material on the manual feed tray;

a fourth detector configured to detect a length of the recording material on the manual feed tray in a direction orthogonal
to the conveyance direction;

a display portion configured to display information; and
a controller configured to determine a size of the recording material based on detection results of the first detector, the
second detector, the third detector and the fourth detector, and causing the display portion to display a first screen displaying
the determined size of the recording material,

wherein the controller causes the display portion to display a second screen for designating the size of the recording material,
when, among the first detector, the second detector and the third detector, a detection result of a downstream-side detector
located on a downstream side in the conveyance direction does not detect the presence of the recording material and a detection
result of an upstream-side detector located on an upstream side of the downstream-side detector in the conveyance direction
does detect the presence of the recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,871,947

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,871,468

VIBRATION-TYPE DRIVING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration-type driving device comprising:
a first vibrator comprising a first vibration plate including a first contact portion and a first electro-mechanical energy
conversion element joined to the first vibration plate;

a second vibrator comprising a second vibration plate including a second contact portion and a second electro-mechanical energy
conversion element joined to the second vibration plate; and

a driven object comprising:
a first contact region in contact with the first contact portion; and
a second contact region in contact with the second contact portion,
wherein the first and second vibrators and the driven object are configured to relatively rotate about a rotation axis,
wherein a position of the first vibrator differs from a position of the second vibrator in a radial direction and a circumferential
direction with respect to the rotation axis, and

wherein the first contact region and the second contact region do not overlap with each other in the circumferential direction,
wherein a distance between the first and the second contact regions in the radial direction is less than a sum of a distance
between the first contact portion and an edge of the second contact region side of the first vibration plate in the radial
direction and a distance between the second contact portion and an edge of the first contact region side of the second vibration
plate in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,869,943

METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING RESIN PARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a toner comprising a toner particle, the method comprising the steps of:
a) preparing a resin solution by mixing a resin A and an organic solvent,
b) mixing the resin solution, a resin fine particle containing a resin B, and a dispersion medium to form a droplet of the
resin solution whose surface has been covered with the resin fine particle, and

c) removing the organic solvent in the droplet, wherein:
the resin B is a polymer of a monomer composition comprising a monomer X having polymerizable unsaturated groups at the both
ends;

the monomer X has a peak molecular weight of 5,000 or more and 50,000 or less;
the content of the monomer X is 0.10% by mol or more and 3.00% by mol or less based on a total amount of monomers of the monomer
composition, and

the resin A and the monomer X satisfy the following formula (1),
|SPX?SPA|?2.0  (1)

where
SPA represents a solubility parameter of the resin A, and

SPX represents a solubility parameter of the monomer X.

US Pat. No. 9,869,960

PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
a casing;
developer contained within the casing;
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1, the photosensitive drum being rotatably supported in the casing about the axis L1;

a drum flange provided at an end of the photosensitive drum, the drum flange being rotatable with the photosensitive drum
about the axis L1; and

a coupling member having an axis L2 and having (i) a first end at least a part of which is positioned within the drum flange, and (ii) a second end including
at least one projection,

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

wherein the coupling member includes a first part, a second part, and a third part, with the second part being between the
first part and the third part in a direction of the axis L2, and

wherein, for each of the first part, the second part, and the third part, a maximum distance from the axis L2 to an outermost surface of the coupling member as measured along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 is (i) D1 in the first part of the coupling member, (ii) D2 in the second part of the coupling member, and (iii) D3 in the third part of the coupling member, with the distances D1 and D3 being greater than the distance D2.

US Pat. No. 9,866,755

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising,
a finder optical system that includes an imaging surface of an image-capturing lens and a display device configured to transmit
light forming an optical image and to display information;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire a first image that is a combined image of the optical image formed on the imaging
surface and the information displayed by the display device; and

a processing unit configured to perform predetermined image processing using a second image that excludes data of a pixel
having a display color of the information from pixels included in a predetermined area of the first image,

wherein the predetermined image processing is subject detection processing or subject tracking processing that uses characteristic
colors of pixels included in the second image, and

wherein, when a difference between a position of the predetermined area and a position of the information in the first image
is a predetermined value or more, the processing unit performs the predetermined image processing using an image that does
not exclude data of a pixel having the display color of the information.

US Pat. No. 9,866,774

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged so as to form a plurality of columns, each of the plurality of pixels including
a photoelectric conversion unit including a first electrode, a second electrode, a photoelectric conversion layer arranged
between the first electrode and the second electrode, and an insulating layer arranged between the photoelectric conversion
layer and the second electrode,

an amplifier unit electrically connected to the second electrode and configured to output a signal generated in the photoelectric
conversion unit, and

a reset unit configured to supply a reset voltage to the second electrode; and
a plurality of column circuits arranged in correspondence to the plurality of columns, each of the plurality of column circuits
receiving a signal from a part of the plurality of pixels, wherein

in accordance with a voltage applied between the first electrode and the second electrode, an accumulating operation for accumulating
signal charges in the photoelectric conversion unit and a removing operation for removing, from the photoelectric conversion
unit, the signal charges accumulated by the accumulating operation are alternately executed,

the reset unit supplies the reset voltage to the second electrode for a period of time of at least a part of a horizontal
scanning period adapted to sequentially read out the signals from the plurality of column circuits, and

the period the reset unit supplies the reset voltage to the second electrode is longer than the horizontal scanning period.

US Pat. No. 9,864,556

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,864,306

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CLEANING BLADE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable image bearing member configured to carry a toner image;
a cleaning blade configured to remove, with rotation of said image bearing member, toner remaining on said image bearing member,
said cleaning blade including a supported portion supported by a supporting member and a free end portion, said cleaning blade
contacting said image bearing member such that a direction from the supported portion toward an edge of the free end portion
is opposite a peripheral movement direction of said image bearing member, and said cleaning blade further including a first
surface opposed to said image bearing member and a second surface opposite from the first surface;

a toner retaining member cooperative with said image bearing member and configured to provide a toner accommodation space
capable of accommodating the toner removed from said image bearing member by said cleaning blade, said toner retaining member
being capable of retaining therein a part of the toner accommodated in the toner accommodation space and capable of being
deformed by the toner accommodated in the toner accommodation space to discharge the toner from said toner accommodation space;
and

a supporting sheet opposed to and substantially parallel with the second surface of said cleaning blade with a gap therebetween,
said supporting sheet having a first end portion supported at the supported portion of said cleaning blade and a second end
portion projecting beyond the free end portion of said cleaning blade,

wherein said supporting sheet supports said toner retaining member at a position adjacent to the second surface of said cleaning
blade beyond the free end portion of said cleaning blade, such that a gap is provided between said toner retaining member
and said image bearing member at a position where they are closest to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,866,618

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT UPLOADS IMAGES HELD BY A PLURALITY OF DEVICES TO SERVERS SET ON A DEVICE-BY-DEVICE BASIS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to communicate with a plurality of devices and a plurality of storage sites
to enable sharing of image information stored in the plurality of devices, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a device detection area provided on a surface of the information processing apparatus and configured to detect the plurality
of devices based on a change in pressure or by short distance wireless communication;

a memory; and
a processor connected to the memory and configured to execute instructions that, when executed, cause the information processing
apparatus to:

detect the plurality of devices placed within the device detection area, the plurality of devices each storing image information,
each device of the plurality of devices detected within a predetermined time period;

acquire respective storage site information indicative of an image upload destination, corresponding to a storage site of
the plurality of storage sites, to store the images stored in each respective device of the plurality of devices;

acquire image information stored in each respective device of the plurality of devices detected within the predetermined time
period;

upload the acquired image information from each respective device of the plurality of devices to the respective storage site
of the plurality of storage sites, the respective storage site corresponding to the image upload destination for the corresponding
respective device, based at least on the acquired respective storage site information; and

notify other devices of the plurality of devices of the respective storage site for each corresponding respective device of
the plurality of devices to enable sharing of image information stored in each device of the plurality of devices with the
other devices of the plurality of devices.

US Pat. No. 9,857,713

RESIN PARTICLE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE RESIN PARTICLE, AND TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle, the toner particle comprising a core-shell structure composed of a core particle and
a shell phase on a surface of the core particle,
the core particle comprising a resin X and a colorant;
the shell phase is derived from a resin fine particle comprising a resin Y, said resin Y having a crosslinked structure and
an organic polysiloxane structure represented by formula (i)


where R1 represents an alkyl group, and n represents a polymerization degree and is an integer of 2 or more; and

said resin Y being a polymer of a monomer composition comprising a polyester having a polymerizable unsaturated group, with
an average number of polymerizable unsaturated groups in one molecule of the polyester being 1.4 to 2.6, wherein

the resin fine particle swells in an organic solvent,
the resin X, the resin Y, and the organic solvent satisfy formulae (1) and (2):
1.5?|SPX?SPY|?3.1  (1)

0?|SPSOL?(SPX?SPY)/2|?2.5  (2)

where SPX represents a SP value ((J/cm3)1/2) of resin X, SPY represents a SP value ((J/cm3)1/2) of resin Y, and SPSOL represents a SP value ((J/cm3)1/2) of the organic solvent, and

the resin fine particle satisfies formulae (3) and (4):
80?A?140  (3)

1.33?(4?(B/2)3/3)/(4?(A/2)3/3)?2.85  (4)

where “A” represents a number-average particle diameter (nm) of the resin fine particle when the resin fine particle is dispersed
in water, and

“B” represents a number-average particle diameter (nm) of the resin fine particle when the resin fine particle is dispersed
in the organic solvent.

US Pat. No. 9,857,762

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DETACHABLE FIXING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprises:
an image forming device configured to form a toner image on a sheet during printing which corresponds to an input print job;
a fixing device configured to fix the toner image formed on the sheet by the image forming device, the fixing device being
exchangeable with another fixing device;

a storage unit configured to store information which corresponds to a sheet size which is permitted for a fixing process to
be executed by the fixing device;

a controller configured to acquire, from the storage unit, the information which corresponds to a sheet size which is permitted
for a fixing process to be executed by a currently-attached fixing device; and

a selection unit configured to urge an operator to select one mode from among a plurality of modes including a first mode
and a second mode,

wherein in a case where a first print job requiring a sheet to be used, of which the sheet size does not coincide with the
sheet size presented by the information acquired by the controller, and a second print job requiring a sheet to be used, of
which the sheet size coincides with the sheet size presented by the information acquired by the controller, are input continuously
and consequently, in the first mode, the first print job is executed prior to the second print job, and in the second mode,
the second print job is executed prior to the first print job, and

wherein the controller executes the one mode selected by the operator through the selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,857,763

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:
a frame;
a developing roller rotatably supported by said frame;
a coupling member provided at one longitudinal end of said frame and configured to receive a driving force;
a gear provided at the one longitudinal end and configured to receive the driving force from said coupling member;
a covering member provided at the one longitudinal end and configured to cover said gear; and
a movable member provided at the one longitudinal end and movable relative to said frame,
wherein said movable member includes a projected portion capable of projecting beyond said covering member, and said movable
member is movable between a first position in which said projected portion projects beyond said covering member and a second
position in which said projected portion is closer to said frame than in the first position,

wherein, when said movable member is in the first position, said movable member is rotatable about an axis parallel with a
longitudinal direction of said frame, and

wherein a position of said projected portion is different at least with respect to the longitudinal direction of said frame
between when said movable member is in the first position and in the second position, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,860,403

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS, AND READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus, comprising:
a size detecting portion which detects a size of a sheet in a sheet width direction orthogonal to a conveying direction of
a fed sheet;

a conveying mechanism, the conveying mechanism including,
a feed rotating member which feeds the sheet stacked on a stacking member, and
a conveying portion which conveys the sheet fed by the feed rotating member;
a detecting portion which detects the sheet fed by the feed rotating member; and
a controller which controls the conveying mechanism based on a detection result of the size detecting portion in a manner
such that,

when a size in the sheet width direction of the sheet fed by the rotating member is a first size, the controller performs
a first control on the conveying mechanism by using a detection result of the detecting portion, and

when a size in the sheet width direction of the sheet fed by the rotating member is a second size, the controller performs
a second control on the conveying mechanism without using the detection result of the detecting portion, and

wherein the detecting portion is disposed such that the sheet having the first size in the sheet width direction fed by the
feed rotating member passes through a detection area of the detecting portion and the sheet having the second size in the
sheet width direction fed by the feed rotating member does not pass through the detection area of the detecting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,860,682

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the communication apparatus to:
select another apparatus to be connected by the communication apparatus;
wirelessly receive, from the selected apparatus, information indicating that the selected apparatus is a source device which
transmits data being played by the source device or a sink device which receives and plays data being played by another source
device; and

select, based on whether the received information indicates that the selected apparatus is the source device or the sink device,
whether the communication apparatus, which is a dual-role device capable of operating as the sink device or the source device
selectively, operates as the sink device or the source device,

wherein,
(1) in a case where the received information indicates that the selected apparatus is the source device, the instructions
cause the communication apparatus to select the communication apparatus to operate as the sink device to connect to the selected
device,

(2) in a case where the received information indicates that the selected apparatus is the sink device, the instructions cause
the communication apparatus to select the communication apparatus to operate as the source device to connect to the selected
device.

US Pat. No. 9,856,098

FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body that includes an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet being conveyed;
a feeding cassette configured to be inserted into and pulled out from the apparatus main body;
a stacking member provided to the feeding cassette and configured to have sheets stacked on the stacking member;
a feeding member configured to be raised and lowered and to feed the sheets stacked on the stacking member to the image forming
unit;

a regulating member provided movably on the feeding cassette and configured to regulate a position of the sheets stacked on
the stacking member;

a first contact plate having a surface and provided on the regulating member and configured to come into contact with the
sheets stacked on the stacking member;

an elastic portion configured to elastically bias the first contact portion toward the sheets stacked on the stacking member;
a second contact plate having a surface and provided on the regulating member and configured to come into contact with the
sheets stacked on the stacking member on an upstream side, in a direction of sheet feeding by the feeding member, of the first
contact portion; and

a third contact plate having a surface and provided on the regulating member and configured to come into contact with the
sheets stacked on the stacking member on a downstream side, in the direction of sheet feeding by the feeding member, of the
first contact portion,

wherein, in a height direction of the sheets stacked on the stacking member, the entire surface in contact with the sheet
of the third contact plate is shorter than the entire surface in contact with the sheet of the second contact plate, and the
entire surface in contact with the sheet of the first contact plate is shorter than the entire surface in contact with the
sheet of the third contact plate, and

wherein the first contact plate is disposed at a position where the first contact portion comes into contact with the sheets
stacked on the stacking member in a case where an amount of sheets stacked on the stacking member is equal to or more than
a predetermined amount, and the first contact plate does not come into contact with the sheets stacked on the stacking member
in a case where the amount of the sheets stacked on the stacking member is less than the predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 9,857,166

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING A TARGET OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a first image and a second image of a measuring target object with a light pattern
projected thereon by a projection unit, wherein the first image and the second image are, respectively, captured by a first
imaging unit and a second imaging unit disposed at a position different from a position of the first imaging unit;

a measurement unit configured to measure distance information about the measuring target object based on the first image and
the second image captured by the first imaging unit and the second imaging unit, respectively;

a determination unit configured to determine that the measured distance information is valid in a case where a difference
between first distance information about the measuring target object and second distance information about the measuring target
object is within a predetermined threshold, the first distance information being measured based on the first image and the
second distance information being measured based on the second image; and

a control unit configured to reduce luminance of a light pattern, included in a projected light pattern, which is projected
on an area with respect to which the measured distance is determined by the determination unit to be valid.

US Pat. No. 9,852,365

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR IMPORTING SETTING INFORMATION IN A SYNCHRONOUS MANAGEMENT ENVIRONMENT, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM ON WHICH COMPUTER READABLE PROGRAM IS STORED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus communicating with a management apparatus, comprising:
one or more processors;
a storage unit configured to store setting information including a plurality of setting values; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus
to perform operations comprising:

receiving an instruction for importing setting information based on a user instruction;
determining whether setting information held by the management apparatus and the setting information stored in the storage
unit are in a synchronization state;

changing the synchronization state to a suspension state, excluding predetermined setting information from setting information
to be imported based on the user instruction, importing the setting information from which the predetermined setting information
is excluded, and updating the setting information stored in the storage unit, in a case where the instruction for importing
the setting information is received and the setting information held by the management apparatus and the setting information
stored in the storage unit are in the synchronization state; and

acquiring predetermined information held by the management apparatus by changing the suspension state to the synchronization
state after finishing importing the setting information,

wherein the predetermined setting information is setting information managed in the management apparatus as a setting value
common to the information processing apparatus and another information processing apparatus different from the information
processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,851,628

LIGHT SOURCE CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING LIGHT SOURCE CONTROL PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light source control apparatus configured to control driving of multiple light sources included in a light source unit
that is used in a state where the multiple light sources are lit, the multiple light sources each including multiple light-emitting
elements, the light source control apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor configured to implement the instructions stored in the memory and execute:
a measuring task that measures a measurable amount of each of the light sources, the measurable amount relating to a temporal
change of each of the light sources;

a calculating task that calculates a lifetime of each of the multiple light sources using the measurable amount; and
a control task that decreases, when the multiple light sources include a first light source whose calculated lifetime is shorter
than a target lifetime set for the light source unit, a light emission amount of the first light source.

US Pat. No. 9,853,963

AUTHORIZATION SERVER, AUTHENTICATION COOPERATION SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authentication cooperation system comprising an authorization server, the authorization server comprises:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the at least one processor, controls the processor
act as:

a unit configured to, in a case where a client is authenticated successfully on basis of client information in response to
an authorization token generation request, transmit an authorization token to the client and generate and store authorization
token information by associating local user information received along with the authorization token generation request with
the authorization token; and

a responding unit configured to receive an authorization token verification request including the authorization token from
an application server having received a processing request along with the authorization token from the client, and, in a case
where the authorization token is verified successfully on basis of the received authorization token and the authorization
token information, transmit identification information of a tenant corresponding to the client information and the local user
information included in the authorization token information to the application server; and

the application server including at least one processor and at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed by
the at least one processor, controls the at least one processor to act as:

a receiving unit configured to transmit the authorization token verification request to the authorization server when the
receiving unit receives the processing request along with the authorization token from the client and receive the authorization
token information including the local user information associated with the authorization token and the identification information
of the tenant corresponding to the client information and the local user information included in the authorization token information
as a response as a result of a success of the authorization token verification request; and

a storing unit configured to store a local authentication cooperation mode indicating whether cooperation with a local authentication
security domain is enabled or not, for each tenant; and

a processing unit configured to process the processing request with the local user information included in the authorization
local information as a user identification in a case where the local authentication cooperation mode of the tenant described
in the identification information of the tenant is enabled and process the processing request with the identification of the
client which is included in the authorization token information as the user identification in a case where the local authentication
cooperation mode is not enabled.

US Pat. No. 9,851,669

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing a toner image onto a recording medium by conveying and heating the recording medium on which
the toner image is formed at a nip portion, comprising:
a first fixing member;
a second fixing member configured to form the nip portion together with the first fixing member;
a frame configured to support the second fixing member; and
a pair of urging mechanisms provided on either end of the first fixing member in a longitudinal direction of the first fixing
member, the pair of urging mechanisms urging the first fixing member against the second fixing member,

wherein each of the pair of urging mechanisms includes
a lever movable with respect to the frame in an urging direction in which the first fixing member is urged, and
a helical compression spring disposed in a compression state between a first spring support portion of the lever and a second
spring support portion of the frame, the spring including a first winding end portion and a second winding end portion opposite
to the first winding end portion in a compression direction of the spring,

wherein the first fixing member is urged against the second fixing member via the lever by an elastic force of the spring,
and

wherein at least one of the first spring support portion and the second spring support portion includes,
a protruding portion protruding toward the spring and inserted into an inner diameter side of the spring, and
a supporting surface supporting the first winding end portion of the spring, the supporting surface being provided outside
the protruding portion in a radial direction of the spring,
and
wherein the supporting surface includes a first supporting area and a second supporting area closer to the second winding
end portion of the spring— in the urging direction than the first supporting area, a portion of the first winding end portion of the spring with which
the second supporting area of the supporting surface contacts is located downstream of a portion of the first winding end
portion of the spring with which the first supporting area of the supporting surface contacts, in a winding direction of the
spring from the first winding end portion to the second winding end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,851,934

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,851,681

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,851,692

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,854,116

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO TRANSMIT IMAGE DATA AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit configured to scan a document and generate data of the document;
a receiving unit configured to receive data;
a registration unit configured to register a plurality of destinations in an address book;
a transmission unit configured to transmit data generated by the scanning unit to a destination set from the plurality of
destinations and to transmit data received by the receiving unit to a destination set from the plurality of destinations;

a selection unit configured to select, for a destination of the plurality of destinations, whether to display, when transmitting
the data to the destination, an input screen for receiving authentication information from a user or to use, without displaying
the input screen when transmitting the data to the destination, authentication information registered for the destination
registered by the registration unit; and

a display unit configured to display the input screen in a case where the transmitting unit transmits the data generated by
the scanning unit to the destination for which the selecting unit selects to display the input screen for receiving authentication
information from the user,

wherein the transmitting unit transmits the data generated by the scanning unit using the authentication information input
by the input screen,

wherein the registration unit can register the authentication information for the destination for which the selecting unit
selects to use the authentication information registered by the registration unit,

wherein the scan data and the received data are transmitted to the destination using the registered authentication information
by the transmitting unit based on the selection to use the registered authentication information, and

wherein the destination for which the selecting unit selects to display the input screen for receiving authentication information
from the user cannot be set as a destination of the data received by the receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,846,560

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SELECTING AMONG A PLURALITY OF POWER SAVING MODES USING A SIMPLE OPERATION, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printer;
a controller that includes at least a processor, a memory, and a sleep recovery circuit, and controls the printer; and
a sleep recovery button that receives a user operation and causes a signal to be detected by the sleep recovery circuit in
response to receiving the user operation,

wherein, when an auto sleep timer value becomes zero, the controller shifts the printing apparatus to a power saving mode
in which power is not supplied to the printer and the processor, but power is supplied to the sleep recovery circuit,

wherein, when the sleep recovery button receives the user operation, the sleep recovery circuit detects the signal and causes
power to be supplied to the processor and the memory, thereby causing the controller to:

in a case where an operation time of the sleep recovery button is shorter than a threshold value, shift the printing apparatus
from the power saving mode to a first power mode in which power is not supplied to the printer, and reset the auto sleep timer
value to a default value; and

in a case where the operation time of the sleep recovery button is longer than a threshold value, shift the printing apparatus
from the power saving mode to a second power mode in which power is supplied to the printer, and reset the auto sleep timer
value to an extended value different from the default value, according to the operation time of the sleep recovery button,
and

wherein the operation time of the sleep recovery button includes a depression time of the sleep recovery button.

US Pat. No. 9,846,119

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,846,384

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus to which a cartridge, which includes a photosensitive drum to be driven to rotate, is mounted
at a predetermined mounting position by moving the cartridge in a rotational axis direction of the photosensitive drum, the
image forming apparatus comprising:
an LED array on which a plurality of LED elements that emit light to form a latent image on the photosensitive drum are arrayed
in an array in a direction substantially parallel to a rotational axis line of the photosensitive drum;

a lens array through which the light emitted from the LED array passes;
an LED unit including the LED array and the lens array;
a first spring arranged outside one end of the LED array in a longitudinal direction of the LED array and elastically deformable
in an optical axis direction of a lens included in the lens array of the LED unit;

a second spring arranged outside another end of the LED array in the longitudinal direction and elastically deformable in
the optical axis direction;

a cam mechanism that elastically deforms the first and the second springs by the movement of the cartridge when mounting the
cartridge to the image forming apparatus; and

a positioning mechanism that (i) relatively positions the photosensitive drum of the cartridge mounted at the predetermined
mounting position and the lens in the optical axis direction and (ii) includes the first and the second springs and the cam
mechanism,

wherein, in a state in which the cartridge has been mounted at the predetermined mounting position, the first and the second
springs are contracted by an action of the cam mechanism in the state more than the first and second springs are contracted
during the movement of the cartridge when mounting the cartridge to the predetermined position, and

wherein relative positions of the photosensitive drum of the cartridge mounted at the predetermined mounting position and
the LED unit are defined by a force acted on the LED unit in the optical axis direction due to contraction of the first and
second springs in the state in which the cartridge has been mounted at the predetermined mounting position.

US Pat. No. 9,846,399

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS THAT DETECTS POSITION OF TARGET

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detection apparatus that detects a position of a target in a predetermined direction, the position detection
apparatus comprising:
a swinging member of which one end is in contact with the target in the predetermined direction;
a moving member that is in contact with the other end of said swinging member;
a plurality of sensors that are arranged in a direction that intersects a moving direction of said moving member and output
signals corresponding to a position of said moving member that corresponds to a swinging amount of said swinging member; and

a detection unit configured to detect the position of the target based on output signals of said sensors,
wherein said moving member has a plurality of measured parts disposed on said moving member along a plurality of loci of measuring
positions of said sensors formed on said moving member during movement of said moving member,

wherein the measured parts are disposed so that the sum total of the output signals of said sensors becomes an even number,
and

wherein said detection unit determines that any one of said sensors failed in a case where the sum total of the output signals
of said sensors is an odd number.

US Pat. No. 9,846,407

DEVELOPING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing member comprising an electro-conductive substrate and an electro-conductive surface layer in this order,
the surface layer comprising a binder resin, an alumina particle and a polyester phosphate compound having a structure represented
by Formula 1:


wherein at least one of R1 to R3 is a substituent having a polyester structure, with the proviso that (i) if one of R1, R2
and R3 is a substituent having a polyester structure, the other two are a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkenyl group,
an aralkyl group, an aryl group or a polyoxyalkylene group, and (ii) if two of R1, R2 and R3 are substituents having a polyester
structure, the other is a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkenyl group, an aralkyl group, an aryl group or a polyoxyalkylene
group.

US Pat. No. 9,846,408

PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drum unit usable in a process cartridge, the drum unit comprising:
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1;

a drum flange provided at an end of the photosensitive drum, a part of the drum flange being positioned within the photosensitive
drum; and

a coupling member having an axis L2 and including (i) a first end portion at least a part of which is positioned within the drum flange, (ii) a second end portion
including (ii-i) a surface recessed in the second end portion and facing away from the first end portion and (ii-ii) at least
one projection projecting from a surface adjacent to the recessed surface, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first
end portion and the second end portion,

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

wherein a maximum distance as measured from the axis L2, in a direction perpendicular to the axis L2, of at least a part of the connecting portion is shorter than a distance between the at least one projection and the axis
L2.

US Pat. No. 9,847,444

PHOTONIC DEVICE AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS INCLUDING THE PHOTONIC DEVICE AS LIGHT SOURCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photonic device comprising:
a first cladding layer;
a second cladding layer; and
an active layer including an emitting layer and a barrier layer and being provided between the first cladding layer and the
second cladding layer, the emitting layer emitting light in a spectrum having a center wavelength ?c and a spectrum half-maximum
width ??,

wherein at least one of the first cladding layer and the second cladding layer includes a light absorbing part for absorbing
light having a wavelength of ?s or less represented by the following Expression (1):

?s<(?c?(??/2))  (1), and

wherein the light absorbing part comprises a light absorbing layer, the light emitted from the emitting layer has a spectrum
center wavelength of 830 to 870 nm, and the light absorbing layer absorbs at least light having a wavelength of 790 nm or
less.

US Pat. No. 9,843,692

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,843,703

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,843,999

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. A communication apparatus that is to be connected to an external apparatus via a network, comprising:
at least one processor;
a communication interface coupled to the processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor,
wherein the at least one processor is configured to function as following units:
a forming unit configured to form a first network, with the communication apparatus as an access point;
a participation unit configured to participate in a second network formed by an external access point;
a storing unit configured to store in the memory, information on the first network previously formed if any by the forming
unit, information on the second network previously formed if any by the external access point, and information on one or more
external apparatuses if any to which the communication apparatus has been connected before;

an accepting unit configured to accept selection, before forming the first network or participating in the second network,
on the basis of the information on the one or more external apparatuses stored in the memory, of one external apparatus for
which communication via the communication interface is to be established; and

a searching unit configured to search for, if the selection is accepted by the accepting unit, the second networks corresponding
to the network information stored in the memory in an area surrounding the communication apparatus via the communication interface,
wherein, if at least one of the second networks corresponding to the network information stored in the memory is found, the
participation unit participates in one of the second networks found by the searching unit and, if the search unit does not
find the second networks corresponding to the network information stored in the memory, the forming unit forms the first network
newly or based on the information on the first network stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,842,997

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT AND DISPLAY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light emitting element containing an anode and a cathode, and a light emitting layer arranged between the anode
and the cathode, and
the organic light emitting element further containing an organic compound layer which is arranged between the cathode and
the light emitting layer and touches the cathode,

wherein the organic compound layer contains a bisimidazolidene compound represented by the following general formula [1]:

in the formula [1], R1 to R4 are each independently selected from the group consisting of a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group, a substituted or
unsubstituted benzyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted biphenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted naphthyl group,
a substituted or unsubstituted phenanthrenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted fluorenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
triphenylenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted dibenzofuranyl group, and a substituted or unsubstituted dibenzothiophenyl
group; and

R5 to R12 are each independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less
carbon atoms and a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,838,010

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a rotation operation member having a circumferential surface;
a sheet member that is fixed to the circumferential surface of the rotation operation member; and
a detection unit provided at a position facing the sheet member and configured to apply light to the sheet member and detect
light reflected from the sheet member,

wherein, in the sheet member, a first region having a first reflectance, a second region having a second reflectance that
is lower than the first reflectance, and a convex portion are formed,

wherein, in the rotation operation member, a concave portion with which the convex portion can be engaged is formed, and
wherein, in the sheet member, the convex portion engages with the concave portion, and the sheet member is fixed to the circumferential
surface such that the first region and the second region are alternately arranged in the circumferential direction of the
circumferential surface.

US Pat. No. 9,836,021

PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
a casing;
developer contained within the casing;
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1, the photosensitive drum being rotatably supported in the casing about the axis L1;

a developing roller having an axis L1?, the developing roller being configured to develop a latent image formed on the photosensitive drum with the developer,
and the developing roller being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1?;

a drum flange provided at an end of the photosensitive drum, the drum flange being rotatable with the photosensitive drum
about the axis L1, and a part of the drum flange being positioned within the photosensitive drum; and

a coupling member having an axis L2 and including (i) a first end portion at least a part of which is positioned within the drum flange, the first end portion
being operatively connected to the photosensitive drum and the developing roller, (ii) a second end portion including (ii-i)
a surface recessed in the second end portion and facing away from the first end portion and (ii-ii) at least one projection
projecting from a surface adjacent to the recessed surface, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion
and the second end portion,

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

wherein a maximum distance as measured from the axis L2, in a direction perpendicular to the axis L2, of at least a part of the connecting portion is shorter than a distance between the at least one projection and the axis
L2.

US Pat. No. 9,838,433

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,837,178

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,838,465

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,830,542

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printer configured to print images on sheets;
a sheet processor configured to execute bookbinding processing on the printed sheets on which images have been printed by
the printer;

a stacker, on which processed sheets, resulting from the bookbinding processing having been executed on the printed sheets
by the sheet processor, are stacked;

a movable stopper configured to prevent dropping of the processed sheets stacked on the stacker;
a controller configured to:
(i) set, based on a user instruction, a first mode or a second mode,
(ii) stop a print operation of the printer based on an amount of stacked sheets on the stacker and restart the print operation
when the stacked sheets are removed from the stacker, in a case where a mode of the printing apparatus is set to the first
mode, and

(iii) continue the print operation regardless of the amount of stacked sheets on the stacker in a case where the mode of the
printing apparatus is set to the second mode; and

a display unit configured to display a message for prompting a user to lower the movable stopper in a case where the mode
of the printing apparatus is set to the second mode.

US Pat. No. 9,831,060

X-RAY GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray generating apparatus comprising:
an X-ray generating tube comprising:
an anode comprising a transmissive target and an anode member connected to the transmissive target;
a cathode comprising an electron emitting source and a cathode member connected to the electron emitting source; and
an insulating tube having a pair of ends in a tube axis direction, one end of which is connected to the anode member and the
other end of which is connected to the cathode member; and

a conductive container, which is connected to the anode member and is configured to house the X-ray generating tube and an
electrically insulating liquid,

wherein the anode member comprises an outer anode member configured to transfer a heat from the transmissive target to the
conductive container, and an inner anode member configured to transfer a heat from the electron emitting source to the electrically
insulating liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,829,802

CONVEYING HAND AND LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A conveying hand for adsorbing a conveyed object, the conveying hand comprising:
a base;
a pad configured to contact the conveyed object and provide a first space between the pad and the conveyed object;
a first elastic member fixed to the base and configured to movably support the pad; and
a second elastic member disposed between the base and the pad and provide a second space communicating with the first space,
wherein the pad contacts the second elastic member to permit evacuation of the first space and the second space, and cause
the conveyed object to be adsorbed to the pad, and

wherein the pad, which is supported by the first elastic member, moves to separate from the second elastic member to release
the conveyed object from being adsorbed to the pad.

US Pat. No. 9,827,593

ULTRASONIC MOTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor comprising:
a vibrator that is configured to vibrate when a high frequency drive voltage is applied thereto;
a sliding member that comes in contact frictionally with the vibrator;
a pressurizing means for pressurizing the vibrator to the sliding member;
a base to which the vibrator is fixed;
a vibrator support member holding the base; and
a coupling means for coupling the base with the vibrator support member, the vibrator and the sliding member being relatively
moved by the vibration,

wherein the coupling means comprises a first rolling member and a second rolling member that freely move the base to the vibrator
support member in a pressurizing direction of the pressurizing means, and an urging member that urges one of the first rolling
member and the second rolling member in a direction perpendicular to the pressurizing direction of the pressurizing means,

wherein the first rolling member and the second rolling member are disposed in a position between the base and the vibrator
support member, and

wherein the vibrator is disposed in a position between the first rolling member and the second rolling member in a relative
moving direction of the vibrator and the sliding member.

US Pat. No. 9,826,896

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,832,812

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the processor(s), cause the communication apparatus to:
establish a wireless network compliant with Wi-Fi Direct standard with another communication apparatus; and
determine whether the communication apparatus has established the wireless network prior to start of a predetermined service,
1) wherein, in a case where it is determined that the communication apparatus has established the wireless network prior to
the start of the predetermined service, processing for leaving the wireless network is not performed when the predetermined
service ends, and

2) wherein, in a case where it is determined that the communication apparatus has not established the wireless network prior
to the start of the predetermined service, processing for leaving the wireless network is performed when the predetermined
service ends.

US Pat. No. 9,828,200

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a feeding member configured to feed a sheet;
a separating member configured to form a nip portion with the feeding member and separate sheets one by one at the nip portion;
a conveying unit disposed downstream of the feeding member in a sheet feeding direction and configured to convey the sheet;
a transfer unit disposed downstream of the conveying unit in the sheet feeding direction and configured to transfer an image
formed on an image bearing member onto the sheet while conveying the sheet;

a detecting unit configured to detect the sheet conveyed by the conveying unit; and
a control unit configured to control the conveying unit based on a detection result by the detection unit,
wherein a trailing edge of the sheet passes through the nip portion after a leading edge of the sheet reaches the transfer
unit,

wherein, before the trailing edge of the sheet passes through the nip portion, the control unit sets a conveyance speed of
the sheet by the conveying unit to a first speed and a loop of the sheet is formed between the conveying unit and the transfer
unit, and by passing of the trailing edge of the sheet through the nip portion, the conveyance speed of the sheet by the conveying
unit changes from the first speed to a second speed that is faster than the first speed and an amount of the loop becomes
larger, and

wherein the control unit calculates a point in time at which the trailing edge of the sheet passes through the nip portion
based on the detection result by the detecting unit, and the control unit changes the conveyance speed of the sheet by the
conveying unit from the second speed to a third speed that is slower than the second speed after the point in time so that
the amount of loop does not become larger than a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,831,278

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA WITH PIXEL OPENINGS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising a plurality of pixels for focus detection, each of the pixels plurality of pixels
including a photoelectric converter arranged in a semiconductor substrate, a microlens, and a light blocking portion arranged
between the semiconductor substrate and the microlens to cover part of the photoelectric converter,
wherein a face in each of the plurality of pixels, which is parallel to a surface of the semiconductor substrate and on which
the light blocking portion is arranged, includes a first opening and a second opening in addition to the light blocking portion,

wherein the light blocking portion includes a separator that has a light blocking property and is arranged between the first
opening and the second opening, and

wherein the second opening is larger in area than the light blocking portion, and the light blocking portion is larger in
area than the first opening.

US Pat. No. 9,826,245

METHOD, APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR ENCODING/DECODING USING PARALLEL PROCESSING OF IMAGE TILES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

3. An image encoding apparatus comprising:
circuitry configured to:
input a picture;
encode the input picture using one of:
a first encoding method of generating encoded image data that is decodable using a sequential process, wherein the input picture
is not divided into a plurality of tiles,

a second encoding method of generating encoded image data that is decodable using the sequential process, wherein the input
picture is divided into a plurality of rectangular tiles,

a third encoding method of generating encoded image data that is decodable using a wavefront parallel process, wherein the
input picture is not divided into the plurality of tiles, and

a fourth encoding method of generating encoded image data that is decodable using wavefront parallel process, wherein the
input picture is divided into the plurality of rectangular tiles;

set a profile from a plurality of profiles to represent a combination of processes for image encoding;
wherein, in a case where a first profile is set,
the encoding method is selected from first encoding method, second encoding method, third encoding method, and fourth encoding
method and

generate a first flag indicating whether encoded image data is generated from the input picture as one tile, or the plurality
of tiles, and a second flag indicating whether encoded image data is decodable using the sequential process or with the wavefront
parallel process,

set the first flag indicating encoded image data is generated from the input picture as the plurality of tiles and
set the second flag indicating encoded image data is decodable using the wavefront parallel process, and
in a case where a second profile is set,
the encoding method is selected from first encoding method, second encoding method, and third encoding method and
both the first flag indicating encoded image data is generated from a picture as the plurality of tiles and the second flag
indicating encoded image data is able to be decoded with a parallel process are not allowed to be generated.

US Pat. No. 9,818,321

CALIBRATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

19. A calibration apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor to store instructions that cause the processor to perform operations of at least one of
a plurality of steps including:

a calibration step of performing calibration for an image display apparatus;
an acquiring step of acquiring a color deviation direction that represents a direction of deviation in a color space between
a color measurement value and a theoretical value, for each of color patches of a plurality of colors; and

a displaying step of displaying on a display unit of the image display apparatus a display image including a visual representation
of a vector which indicates the color deviation direction of each of the plurality of colors.

US Pat. No. 9,818,925

VIBRATING BODY, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME AND VIBRATION TYPE DRIVE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibrating body comprising:
a substrate;
a piezoelectric element comprising a piezoelectric layer and electrode layers and joined to the substrate; and
a ceramic layer between the substrate and the piezoelectric element,
wherein the ceramic layer comprises a first region and a second region which is adjacent to the first region in a direction
perpendicular to a thickness direction of the ceramic layer,

wherein the first region has a square shape, each side of the first region having a length equal to a thickness of the ceramic
layer,

wherein the second region has a square shape, each side of the second region having a length equal to the thickness of the
ceramic layer,

wherein a difference between a porosity of the first region and a porosity of the second region is not greater than 15%,
wherein a porosity of the entire ceramic layer is between 10 and 60%, and
wherein the porosity of the entire ceramic layer is higher than a porosity of the entire piezoelectric layer.

US Pat. No. 9,804,507

STAGE APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

18. A lithography apparatus which forms a pattern on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a stage apparatus configured to move the substrate,
wherein the stage apparatus including:
a first movable unit;
a linear motor that includes a stator coil array arranged over a stroke range in a predetermined direction of the first movable
unit and a mover magnet fixed to the first movable unit, the mover magnet opposing the stator coil array;

a second movable unit that is arranged to face the first movable unit via a space and relatively moves with respect to the
first movable unit in the predetermined direction; and

a switch unit configured to form a first closed circuit and a second closed circuit to generate a braking force for the first
movable unit during operation of a dynamic brake, the first closed circuit including a first coil located in a center region
of the stator coil array and a first resistance connected to the first coil, the second closed circuit including a second
coil located in a region, which is other than the center region, of the stator coil array and a second resistance connected
to the second coil,

wherein an electrical resistance value of the second resistance is less than an electrical resistance value of the first resistance,
and

wherein the mover magnet opposes the second coil after the first movable unit and the second movable unit are in contact during
operation of the dynamic brake.

US Pat. No. 9,804,510

INTERFEROMETER SYSTEM, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

13. A lithography apparatus that forms a pattern on a substrate, the lithography apparatus comprising:
a holder configured to hold an original or the substrate, and to be moved; and
an interferometer system configured to irradiate the holder with measuring light to thereby measure a position of the holder,
wherein the interferometer system comprises:
a laser light source including an emission opening from which laser light is emitted;
a member including a first opening through which the laser light emitted from the emission opening enters, and configured
to surround an optical path of the laser light;

a light source cover configured to surround the laser light source and only a part of the member; and
an interferometer configured to separate the laser light which passes through the first opening into the measuring light and
reference light and that is provided on an outside of the light source cover such that an optical path of the measuring light
is external to the light source cover,

wherein an emission portion included in the laser light source including the emission opening is brought into contact with
a first portion included in the member including the first opening.

US Pat. No. 9,807,583

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,807,584

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor
to function as:

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,804,512

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer which comprises a metal oxide particle and is formed on the support;
a charge generating layer formed on the undercoat layer; and
a charge transporting layer formed on the charge generating layer,
wherein either or both of the undercoat layer and the charge generating layer comprise a compound represented by the following
formula (1),

wherein R1 to R8 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a hydroxy group, an amino group, or a carboxyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,801,960

PROBE FOR A BIOLOGICAL SPECIMEN AND LABELLING METHOD AND SCREENING METHOD USING THE PROBE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A labelling method, wherein one of staining and differential staining is performed by bringing a biological specimen into
contact with a composition comprising a probe for a biological specimen comprising, as an active agent, at least one member
among the following formulae

US Pat. No. 9,807,084

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ENCRYPTION COMMUNICATING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for performing encryption communication with an external apparatus in accordance with
an encryption communication protocol, comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the stored instructions to perform the functions of:
a receiving unit configured to receive, from the external apparatus, information including strength of hash available in the
external apparatus that is used to sign parameter information in a handshake process, before receiving from the external apparatus
the parameter information signed with the hash in the external apparatus, wherein the parameter information is to be used
for encrypted communication protocol between the information processing apparatus and the external apparatus; and

a control unit configured to control the information processing apparatus not to communicate with the external apparatus,
in accordance with the encrypted communication protocol by using the parameter information signed with the hash in the external
apparatus, in a case where the external apparatus does not provide the information including the strength of the hash in the
external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,804,535

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable endless belt;
an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on said belt;
a plurality of rollers configured to stretch said belt at an inner peripheral surface side of said belt, wherein said rollers
include a first roller configured to form a transfer portion where the toner image is transferred from said belt onto a recording
material and a second roller provided at a position at an upstream side of said first roller with respect to a movement direction
of said belt; and

an urging member configured to urge said belt toward an outer peripheral surface side of said belt in contact with an inner
peripheral surface of said belt along a widthwise direction crossing the movement direction of said belt, wherein said urging
member is provided at the inner peripheral surface side at a position which is adjacent to and upstream of said first roller
and which is downstream of said second roller with respect to the movement direction of said belt, and wherein said urging
member is supported at an upstream end portion thereof with respect to the movement direction of said belt and includes a
first urging portion and a second urging portion at two different positions with respect to the movement direction of said
belt, said first urging portion and said second urging portion simultaneously urging said belt at the two different positions
with respect to the movement direction of said belt.

US Pat. No. 9,804,549

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a developer image;
a developing apparatus having a developer bearing member that bears developer and a regulating member that regulates an amount
of the developer on the developer bearing member;

a detection portion that detects the amount of the developer stored in the developing apparatus; and
a control portion that performs a discharging operation for discharging the developer from the developing apparatus, apart
from an image forming operation,

wherein the developer bearing member bears a coating agent during an unused state, and
in the discharging operation, a first amount of the developer discharged, when a first amount of the developer stored is detected,
is larger than a second amount of the developer discharged when a second amount of the developer stored, that is larger than
the first amount of the developer stored, is detected.

US Pat. No. 9,804,554

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
a driving source provided in said main assembly;
a first coupling provided in said main assembly and rotatable by a driving force from said driving source, said first coupling
is capable of transmitting the driving force by an engaging portion provided at an end portion thereof in a first direction
which is a direction of a rotational axis of said first coupling and being movable in the first direction, said first coupling
being provided at a side surface of said engaging portion with a coupling taper surface having a diameter which increases
in the first direction from a free end portion toward said driving source; and

a unit detachably mountable to said main assembly in a second direction crossing with the first direction, said unit including
a second coupling, a driven member and a releasing member,

wherein said second coupling is rotatable and is disposed such that when said unit is mounted to said main assembly in a mounted
position, a rotational axis of said second coupling and the rotational axis of said first coupling are substantially coaxial
with each other, and said second coupling includes, at an end portion thereof with respect to a direction of the rotational
axis of said second coupling, a portion-to-be-engaged engageable with said engaging portion to transmit the driving force
from said driving source,

wherein said driven member receives the driving force from said second coupling, and
wherein said releasing member is movable relative to said second coupling in a direction crossing with the direction of the
rotational axis of said second coupling member, and wherein when said unit is in the mounted position, said releasing member
in contact with said coupling taper surface moves in the second direction to move said first coupling away from said second
coupling to effect disengagement between said engaging portion and said portion-to-be-engaged.

US Pat. No. 9,804,555

POSITIONING MEMBER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A positioning member configured to be fixed to a main assembly frame of an image forming apparatus and configured to position
a fixing device, comprising:
a mounting portion configured to mount one end of the fixing device with respect to a first direction substantially parallel
to a longitudinal direction of the fixing device;

a first projected portion configured to be inserted into a first hole of the main assembly frame, wherein said first projected
portion has a shape that said first projected portion is substantially immovable relative to the main assembly frame in a
second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction and is movable relative to the main assembly frame in
a third direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction and the second direction;

a second projected portion configured to be inserted into a second hole of the main assembly frame, wherein said second projected
portion has a shape that said second projected portion is substantially immovable relative to the main assembly frame in the
second direction, and is movable relative to the main assembly frame in the third direction; and

a third projected portion configured to be inserted into a third hole of the main assembly frame, wherein said third projected
portion has a shape that said third projected portion is substantially immovable relative to the main assembly frame in the
third direction substantially parallel to the first direction and is movable relative to the main assembly frame in the second
direction;

wherein said third projected portion includes a snap-off facilitating portion which facilitates to snap off in order to permit
movement of said positioning member relative to the main assembly frame in the third direction.

US Pat. No. 9,804,559

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A MOVING MEMBER CONFIGURED TO MOVE A CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body;
a cartridge including a supported portion;
a main body side positioning portion provided on the apparatus main body and configured to position the cartridge in a position
capable of image formation by supporting the supported portion;

a moving member configured to move with respect to the apparatus main body and thereby move the cartridge, the moving member
being moveable between an external position, in which the moving member is positioned at least partially outside the apparatus
main body and wherein the cartridge is attachable and attachable from the image forming apparatus when the moving member is
in the external position, and an internal position in which the moving member is positioned at least substantially inside
the apparatus main body and wherein the cartridge is positioned by contacting with the main body side positioning portion
when the moving member is in the internal position; and

an upward inclination portion provided on the apparatus main body and inclined upwardly from a movement direction in which
the moving member moves from the external position to the internal position,

wherein the upward inclination portion moves the cartridge upward with respect to the moving member by contacting with the
supported portion of the cartridge in a process in which the moving member moves from the external position to the internal
position

wherein the moving member includes a first force application portion arranged to apply, when the moving member moves toward
the internal position, a force to a force reception portion provided on the cartridge to move the cartridge into the apparatus
main body, and while the moving member moves from the external position to the internal position, the cartridge moves upward
in a state where contacting to the upward inclination portion and the first force application portion, and

wherein the first force application portion and the force reception portion are, when the moving member is in the internal
position, separated from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,804,560

CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
a photosensitive drum;
a developing roller for developing a latent image on the photosensitive drum, the developing roller being movable relative
to the photosensitive drum between (i) a first position in which the developing roller is positioned proximate to the photosensitive
drum such that the developing roller can develop a latent image on the photosensitive drum and (ii) a second position in which
the developing roller is spaced apart from the photosensitive drum; and

a clutch comprising:
a first drive transmission member capable of receiving a rotational force to thereby rotate about a rotational axis, the first
drive transmission member including an engagement portion comprising at least one projection; and

a second drive transmission member capable of receiving the rotational force from the first drive transmission member to thereby
rotate about a rotational axis and transmit the rotational force to the developing roller, the second drive transmission member
including an engagement portion comprising at least one projection, the engagement portion of the second drive transmission
member being engageable with the engagement portion of the first drive transmission member,

wherein the engagement portion of the first drive transmission member and the engagement portion of the second drive transmission
member contact each other when the developing roller is in the first position to enable the second drive transmission member
to receive the rotational force from the first drive transmission member, and

wherein the engagement portion of the first drive transmission member and the engagement portion of the second drive transmission
member are separated from each other when the developing roller is in the second position in order to prevent the second drive
transmission member from receiving the rotational force from the first drive transmission member.

US Pat. No. 9,805,853

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,806,124

SOLID STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a solid state image pickup apparatus in which a plurality of light receiving portions are provided
on an upper surface of a semiconductor substrate, comprising:
forming a plurality of color filters corresponding to each light receiving portion in such a manner as to contact each other
above the semiconductor substrate;

forming a hard mask on the plurality of color filters;forming a resist pattern having first openings on the hard mask;
heat treating the resist pattern to form an etching mask having second openings whose width is smaller than that of the first
openings;

performing first etching using the etching mask as a mask to form openings in the hard mask;
performing second etching using at least the hard mask as a mask to form an opening between each color filter; and
forming a cap layer covering the opening formed between each color filter to form an air gap between each color filter.

US Pat. No. 9,804,355

LENS BARREL AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel having a lens movable in an optical axis direction, the lens barrel comprising:
a first tube; and
a second tube that holds the lens,
wherein the first tube and the second tube are relatively movable in the optical axis direction,
wherein either one of the first tube and the second tube includes a first roller and a second roller which are brought into
contact with the other tube in a plane orthogonal to the optical axis direction,

wherein the first roller and the second roller are rotatable in accordance with the relative movement of the second tube and
movable in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis direction, and

wherein the one tube is configured not to limit a movement of the first roller in a direction to the other tube and to limit
a movement of the second roller in the direction to the other tube.

US Pat. No. 9,804,370

ZOOM LENS SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens system comprising:
in order from an object side to an image side,
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power that does not move for zooming;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power that moves during zooming; and
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power that moves during zooming, wherein
a distance between lens units that are adjacent to each other changes during zooming,
the first lens unit consisting of a first a-lens unit that does not move for focusing, and a first b-lens unit that moves
from the image side towards the object side during focusing from an infinite object to a near object, and

the first a-lens unit comprises two positive lenses and two negative lenses,
wherein
the following condition is satisfied:
7.50<|f1/f2|<11.00,

where f1 is a focal length of the first lens unit, and f2 is a focal length of the second lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,802,341

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,805,433

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,802,410

INK JET PRINT HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,806,251

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula (1);
Mn; and
Bi or Bi and Li,
wherein a Mn content relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide is 0.500 parts by weight or less,
a Bi content relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide is 0.042 parts by weight or more and 0.850 parts by weight
or less, and

a Li content relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide is 0.028 parts by weight or less:
(Ba1?x?yCaxSny)?(Ti1?zZrz)O3 (where 0.020?x?0.200, 0.020?y?0.200, 0?z?0.085, 0.986???1.100)   General formula (1).

US Pat. No. 9,807,281

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for printing an image on a print medium with use of multiple color materials, the image processing
apparatus comprising:
a data acquisition unit configured to acquire pieces of multivalued data of a target pixel, the pieces of multivalued data
respectively corresponding to the multiple color materials;

a threshold value acquisition unit configured to, from among multiple threshold value matrices each configured to include
arrayed multiple threshold values, set one threshold value matrix for each of the multiple color materials, and from the set
threshold value matrix, acquire a first threshold value corresponding to the target pixel;

a reference color setting unit configured to, from among the pieces of multivalued data respectively corresponding to the
multiple color materials, set reference data that is referred to in order to perform a predetermined process on the first
threshold value acquired by the threshold value acquisition unit for that color material;

a calculation unit configured to, for that color material, perform the predetermined process on the first threshold value
on a basis of the reference data set by the reference color setting unit and thereby calculate a second threshold value; and

a generation unit configured to, for that color material, generate quantization data for printing a dot by comparing a corresponding
one of the pieces of multivalued data and the second threshold value, wherein

the threshold value acquisition unit and the reference color setting unit set the threshold value matrix and the reference
data for that color materials so as to make graininess of a dot pattern of that color material lower than graininess of a
mixed color dot pattern obtained by mixing respective dot patterns of the multiple color materials, the dot pattern being
determined by the quantization data.

US Pat. No. 9,807,545

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,802,426

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PLATEN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,802,175

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,807,297

DEPTH DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS AND DEPTH DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A depth detection apparatus for detecting depth information on an object, based on a first signal corresponding to a luminous
flux that has passed through a first pupil region of an exit pupil of an imaging optical system, and a second signal corresponding
to a luminous flux that has passed through a second pupil region, which is different from the first pupil region,
the depth detection apparatus comprising:
a shift amount acquisition unit configured to acquire a provisional image shift amount, which is an amount of positional shift
between the first signal and the second signal;

a filter processing unit configured to perform filter processing on one or both of the first signal and the second signal
using a filter, wherein the filter is generated based on the provisional image shift amount; and

a depth deriving unit configured to derive the depth information on an object, based on a positional shift amount between
the filtered first signal and the filtered second signal, a positional shift amount between the filtered first signal and
the unfiltered second signal, or a positional shift amount between the unfiltered first signal and the filtered second signal,

wherein a phase term of the filter is a function generated by multiplying a second function by a coefficient, the second function
being generated based on a phase transfer function corresponding to the first pupil region or the second pupil region and
on the provisional image shift amount, and the coefficient being a real number greater than 0 and smaller than 1.

US Pat. No. 9,804,481

LENS ACCESSORY, LENS APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens accessory detachably attached to a lens barrel, the lens accessory comprising:
a first holder and a second holder configured to hold the lens barrel;
an operation member configured to move at least one holder of the first holder and the second holder between a first position
and a second position; and

a biasing mechanism configured to apply a biasing force to the at least one holder so as to hold the lens barrel,
wherein the biasing mechanism includes a first biasing member and a moving member that moves the at least one holder from
the first position to the second position according to an operation of the operation member via the first biasing member,
and

wherein when the at least one holder contacts the lens barrel, the first biasing member is displaced by the moving member.

US Pat. No. 9,800,587

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus having a remote access function of providing web contents including at least status information
on the image processing apparatus to an external apparatus via a network, the image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one hardware processor which acts as:
a first setting unit configured to set password information for executing access restriction to the web contents including
at least the status information on the image processing apparatus, wherein the password information has no dependency relation
with information for identifying a user and a department that use a resource of the image processing apparatus;

a second setting unit configured to set whether to enable a department management function of identifying a department that
uses a resource of the image processing apparatus, wherein in a case where to enable the department management function is
set, different authority to execute an image processing function of the image processing apparatus is assignable to each department
identified based on at least a department identification for identifying a department, and a number of times of using the
image processing function is counted for each identified department;

a control unit configured to, in a case where not to enable the department management function is set by the second setting
unit, request the external apparatus that has requested the web contents to input a password for accessing the remote access
function, and control whether to permit access to the web contents including the status information based on whether the password
received from the external apparatus matches the password information for executing access restriction to the web contents,
wherein the received password has no dependency relation with the information for identifying a user and a department that
use a resource of the image processing apparatus, and

in a case where to enable the department management function is set by the second setting unit, request the external apparatus
that has requested the web contents to input authentication information on the department management function without requesting
the external apparatus to input the password for accessing the remote access function, and control whether to permit access
to the web contents including the status information based on the authentication information received from the external apparatus,
wherein the received authentication information includes at least a department identification;

a providing unit configured to provide a top screen of the remote access function to the external apparatus according to the
control unit having permitted access to the web contents including the status information; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether to permit access to the web contents including the status information,
wherein upon condition that the received password matches the password information, the determination unit determines to permit
access to the web contents including the status information, and

wherein in a case where not to enable the department management function is set by the second setting unit, the control unit
permits access from the external device to the web contents including the status information if the determination unit determines
to permit access to the web contents including the status information.

US Pat. No. 9,798,045

ANTIREFLECTION FILM AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens comprising: a substrate; and an antireflection film provided on the substrate, wherein: the antireflection film
includes hollow particles and a binder; the hollow particles have a mean particle size of from 15 nm to 100 nm; the antireflection
film contains voids, which are different from the hollow particles; the binder contains 10 voids/?m2 or less, each having
a cross-sectional area of 1,000 nm2 or more with respect to 1 ?m2 of a cross-sectional area of the binder; and a content of
the voids contained in the antireflection film is from 5 vol % to 25 vol % with respect to the antireflection film.

US Pat. No. 9,799,118

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS AND DISTANCE CORRECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for correcting a depth map corresponding to an image, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an object included in the image;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the object detected by the detection unit is smaller than a predetermined
size or larger than the predetermined size; and

a correction unit configured to correct distance information in a target area, the target area corresponding to an area of
the object in the depth map, when the detected object is smaller than the predetermined size, and to not correct the distance
information in the target area when the detected object is larger than the predetermined size,

wherein the correction unit is further configured to acquire a confidence coefficient of the distance information, which indicates
an estimated accuracy of the distance information, at each position of the depth map, and to correct the distance information
in the target area using only the distance information of which the confidence coefficient is equal to or greater than a predetermined
value,

wherein the detection unit is further configured to determine a type of the detected object, and
wherein the determination unit is further configured to change the predetermined size depending on the type of the detected
object.

US Pat. No. 9,799,124

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A PROPERTY OF AN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of determining a property of an image captured by a camera, the method comprising:
determining a plurality of vanishing points from the image;
associating each pixel of the image with at least one of the vanishing points based on alignment of a pixel edge orientation
with a vanishing point direction for each pixel, a similarity of an orientation of an image gradient at each pixel, and a
vanishing point direction from each pixel to each of the vanishing points;

partitioning the image into a set of regions based on a pair of the vanishing points;
constructing a space partition tree by iterating the partitioning;
determining a boundary line for each region of the set of regions that passes through at least one of the vanishing points
of said pair of vanishing points;

determining, for at least one of said regions, a confidence value for the property of the image based on pixels in the at
least one region; and

determining the property of the image for one or more pixels within said image based on the confidence value.

US Pat. No. 9,798,869

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,962

PRINTING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR MANAGING SHEET ATTRIBUTE INFORMATION FOR PRINT JOBS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

16. A printing apparatus which executes a job for printing an image on a sheet conveyed from at least one of a plurality of
sheet holding units, the printing apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold the job;
a receiving unit configured to receive an execution instruction to execute the job held in the holding unit;
a determining unit configured to determine, based on a user instruction and before the receiving unit receives the execution
instruction, whether attribute information of the sheet designated by the job corresponds to sheet attribute information of
sheets held in the plurality of sheet holding units;

a displaying unit configured to display, based on the determination by the determining unit that the attribute information
of the sheet designated by the job does not correspond to the sheet attribute information of sheets held in the plurality
of sheet holding units, information indicating that the attribute information of the sheet designated by the job does not
correspond to the sheet attribute information of sheets held in the plurality of sheet holding units; and

a selecting unit configured to select, from the plurality of sheet holding units based on a user instruction, a sheet holding
unit from which the sheet designated by the job is to be conveyed,

wherein the display unit stops displaying the information in accordance with selection of the sheet holding unit by the selecting
unit without further determination by the determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,800,810

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,800,811

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,484

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,231

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,596

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPTIMIZING ENCODING/DECODING OF COMPENSATION OFFSETS FOR A SET OF RECONSTRUCTED SAMPLES OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding at least a part of an image comprising a plurality of samples and at least one filtering parameter,
each sample comprising at least two components, the method comprising:
encoding a first chroma component and a second chroma component of at least one sample of the image to provide at least one
encoded sample;

decoding the at least one encoded sample to produce, for each said sample that is encoded and decoded, a corresponding decoded
sample having components corresponding respectively to said components of the sample concerned; and

determining the at least one filtering parameter based on a difference between at least one component of the at least one
sample of the image and the at least one corresponding component of the at least one corresponding decoded sample, the at
least one filtering parameter being determined so as to be used as a filtering parameter for performing sample adaptive offset
loop filtering on said at least one corresponding component of a decoded sample;

wherein when the sample adaptive offset loop filtering is of a first type at least one filtering parameter is determined to
be used as a common filtering parameter for performing filtering on both the first and second chroma components, the common
filtering parameter indicating a classification for the filtering of the first type, the first type of sample adaptive offset
loop filtering being one of edge-type filtering and band-type filtering, and when the sample adaptive offset loop filtering
is of a second type, different from the first type, different filtering parameters are determined to be used as dedicated
filtering parameters for indicating a classification for filtering the first and second chroma components respectively, the
second type of sample adaptive offset loop filtering being the other of edge-type filtering and band-type filtering.

US Pat. No. 9,792,824

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,649

METHODS, DEVICES, AND COMPUTER PROGRAMS FOR STREAMING PARTITIONED TIMED MEDIA DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for receiving streamed timed media data organized into temporal media segments, the timed media data belonging
to partitioned timed media data comprising timed samples, each timed sample comprising a plurality of subsamples, the timed
media data being transmitted as at least one media segment file comprising independently encapsulated components comprising
at least one partition component containing a subsample selected from among the plurality of subsamples of one of the timed
samples and one corresponding subsample of each of the other timed samples and at least one reference component comprising
at least one extractor identifying at least one partition component, the method comprising:
receiving a manifest describing a plurality of versions of the partitioned timed media data, the manifest comprising representations,
each representation comprising at least a description of a version of a portion of the partitioned timed media data, at least
one said representation comprising a description of a plurality of components among which at least one component is required
to reconstruct at least partially the partitioned timed media data and among which at least one component is an optional component
that can be selected to reconstruct at least a portion of the partitioned timed media data;

selecting at least one optional component that can be selected to reconstruct at least a portion of the partitioned timed
media data;

requesting the at least one component that is required to reconstruct at least partially the partitioned timed media data
and the at least one selected optional component that can be selected to reconstruct at least a portion of the partitioned
timed media data; and

on reception of the requested components:
parsing the at least one component that is required to reconstruct at least partially the partitioned timed media data; and
generating a playable media representation bit-stream from the parsed at least one component, the playable media representation
bit-stream being generated as a function of media data of the at least one selected optional component determined as a function
of the parsed data of the at least one component that is required to reconstruct at least partially the partitioned timed
media data.

US Pat. No. 9,790,042

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,429

SERVER APPARATUS STORING PRINT DATA, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND PRINTING SYSTEM FOR CHECKING PROCESSING STATUS ON A PRINT DATA LIST

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus using an image forming unit configured to form an image based on print data and a display unit
configured to display information and communicating with an external device, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a controlling portion having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, the controlling
portion being configured to:

acquire information about print data that is to be received but has not yet been received by the external device;
cause the display unit to display a screen for enabling a printing instruction for causing the image forming unit to form
an image to be provided, based on the information of the print data that has not yet been received by the external device;
and

after the printing instruction is provided, cause the image forming unit to form an image according to the print data, that
has not vet been received by the external device, having been received.

US Pat. No. 9,794,431

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT REDUCE USER OPERATION LOAD FOR PRINTING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory that stores a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the communication apparatus to:
select an image to be printed;
receive from a user an instruction for initiating processing of a wireless parameter automatic setting, in a state where the
image to be printed is selected;

create a wireless network based on a wireless parameter;
perform the processing of a wireless parameter automatic setting with a partner apparatus that connects to the wireless network,
so as to provide the partner apparatus with the wireless parameter;

determine whether or not the partner apparatus connected to the wireless network using the wireless parameter provided by
the processing of a wireless parameter automatic setting is a printer apparatus; and

automatically transmit the selected image to the partner apparatus without performing a printer selection process by the user,
in a case where it is determined that the partner apparatus is the printer apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,794,440

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT OPERATES IN NORMAL MODE AND POWER SAVING MODE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that includes a printer engine and operates in a normal mode and a power saving mode, the image
forming apparatus comprising:
a main system;
a sub system communicably connected with the main system; and
an engine controller communicably connected with the sub system and configured to control the printer engine,
wherein when the image forming apparatus returns from the power saving mode to the normal mode, the sub system completes start-up
of software necessary for communication between the sub system and the engine controller before starting software necessary
for communication between the main system and the sub system is completed, and transmits, to the engine controller, device
information of the image forming apparatus acquired from the main system.