US Pat. No. 10,210,619

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR SELECTING AN OBJECT IMAGE TO BE PROCESSED BASED ON A DETERMINATION RESULT OF CORRELATION, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an image acquiring unit configured to acquire, based on an input image, a plurality of resolution hierarchical images having resolutions that are different from one another;
an extracting unit configured to extract a feature point in each of the plurality of resolution hierarchical images;
a feature amount acquirer configured to acquire a feature amount of the feature point;
a determining unit configured to determine a correlation among a plurality of feature points in the plurality of resolution hierarchical images using information on positions of the plurality of feature points in each resolution hierarchical image;
a selecting unit configured to select at least one processing object image to be processed with the feature point in the plurality of resolution hierarchical images, based on a determination result of the correlation; and
a processing unit configured to detect a motion vector using the at least one processing object image selected by the selecting unit,
wherein the determining unit determines the correlation between a specified resolution hierarchical image and another resolution hierarchical image that satisfy a predetermined condition of the feature amount in the plurality of resolution hierarchical images,
wherein the selecting unit selects a processing object image including at least the specified resolution hierarchical image for which the determination result of the correlation satisfies the predetermined condition, and does not select a processing object image for which the determination result of the correlation does not satisfy the predetermined condition,
wherein the predetermined condition is one of:
that the feature point having the largest feature amount in the plurality of resolution hierarchical images is included, and
that the feature point having the feature amount equal to or larger than a predetermined value in the plurality of resolution hierarchical images is included,
wherein each unit is implemented by one or more processors, circuitry or a combination thereof, and
wherein the processing unit performs one or more of image stabilization processing and dynamic range enlargement processing on the input images using the detected motion vectors.

US Pat. No. 10,209,102

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS, MACHINE TOOL APPARATUS, AND EXPOSURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detection apparatus comprising:a scale including a reference position grating configured to change a pattern period along a first direction;
a detector including a light source configured to emit a divergent light beam, a detection grating configured to change a pattern period in the first direction, and a light receiver including a plurality of light receiving elements arrayed along the first direction; and
a signal processor configured to process a signal output from the detector, wherein:
the scale and the detector are relatively movable in the first direction,
the signal processor acquires a relative reference position between the scale and the detector by using a light intensity distribution of the divergent light beam obtained via the reference position grating and the detection grating,
the detection grating has a first spatial frequency that is offset by a predetermined frequency offset amount with respect to a local spatial frequency of an interference image from the reference position grating,
the detection grating is provided in an optical path between the scale and the light receiver, and
the light receiver detects a component of a second spatial frequency that is lower than the first spatial frequency in the light intensity distribution transmitting through the detection grating.

US Pat. No. 10,209,358

OBJECT DETECTION USING SONIC WAVES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus having a sensor including an output unit for outputting a sonic wave and an input unit for inputting a sonic wave from outside, the apparatus comprising:a control unit configured to cause the output unit to output a first sonic wave for a first time period and a second sonic wave for a second time period following the first time period and which is shorter than the first time period; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether there is an object in a first area, based on a first reflected wave of the first sonic wave input to the input unit after the output unit outputs the first sonic wave and after a first masking period longer than the first time period and overlapping with the first time period, and to determine whether there is an object in a second area which is closer to the apparatus than the first area, based on a second reflected wave of the second sonic wave input to the input unit after the output unit outputs the second sonic wave and after a second masking period longer than the second time period and overlapping the second time period and which is shorter than the first masking period.

US Pat. No. 10,209,104

ABSOLUTE ENCODER, PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, DRIVING APPARATUS, AND INDUSTRIAL MACHINE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An absolute encoder comprising:a scale having a sequence of marks;
a detector configured to detect a signal corresponding to a plurality of marks of the scale; and
a processor configured to generate a signal group that includes a plurality of signals for which there is a high probability of being detected this time by the detector on a basis of at least one signal that has been detected by the detector in advance and configured to obtain degrees of similarity between the signal detected this time by the detector and respective signals included in the signal group and configured to obtain an absolute position corresponding to the signal detected this time on a basis of the degrees of similarity;
wherein the signal detected this time by the detector and each of the plurality of signals are a code sequence that includes a plurality of codes corresponding to the plurality of marks of the scale.

US Pat. No. 10,210,643

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM THAT GENERATES AN IMAGE FROM A CAPTURED IMAGE IN WHICH AN INFLUENCE OF FINE PARTICLES IN AN ATMOSPHERE HAS BEEN REDUCED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates an image from a captured image, in which an influence of fine particles in an atmosphere has been reduced, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory that stores instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the image processing apparatus to function as:
(a) an input unit configured to acquire the captured image;
(b) a correction processing unit configured to perform correction processing that (i) corrects the captured image to reduce the influence of fine particles in the atmosphere, based on a pixel value of a pixel in which a scattered light component is enhanced due to the fine particles, and (ii) generates a corrected captured image; and
(c) an output unit configured to output an image based on the corrected captured image,
wherein the pixel value of the pixel, in which the scattered light component is enhanced due to the fine particles, is determined based on a lower pixel value, except for a minimum pixel value, within a predetermined block that includes the pixel in the captured image.

US Pat. No. 10,212,183

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PREVENTS UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS THERETO, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A method of controlling an information processing apparatus capable of communicating, with a server, the method comprising:inquiring of the server about an IP address of the information processing apparatus managed by the server;
determining whether the IP address obtained from the server as a result of the inquiry and an IP address stored in the information processing apparatus match each other; and
when it is determined that the IP address obtained from the server and the IP address stored in the information processing apparatus match each other, issuing a warning that a security level of the information processing apparatus is low.

US Pat. No. 10,211,675

WIRELESS POWER FEEDING SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wireless power feeding system for supplying electric power to a power reception device, in which a power transmission device and at least one other power transmission device that transmit electric power form a group in cooperation with each other,wherein the power transmission device comprises:
a power transmission unit configured to transmit electric power to the power reception device;
a communication unit configured to perform communication with the power reception device and the at least one other power transmission device; and
at least one processor that functions as:
a calculation unit configured to calculate a number of communicatable power transmission devices, using said communication unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a number of communicatable power transmission devices from each communicatable one of the at least one other power transmission device, using said communication unit;
a comparison unit configured to compare the number of communicatable power transmission devices, which is calculated by said calculation unit, and the number of communicatable power transmission devices of each communicatable one of the at least one other power transmission device, which is acquired by said acquisition unit; and
a determination unit configured to determine the power transmission device as a master device of the group, in a case where a result of comparison by said comparison unit indicates that the number of communicatable power transmission devices, which is calculated by said calculation unit, is larger than the number of communicatable power transmission devices of each communicatable one of the at least one other power transmission device, which is acquired by said acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 10,209,370

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a sensor array in which a plurality of sensors each configured to detect radiation is arranged;
a readout circuit configured to read out a signal from the plurality of sensors;
an output circuit configured to output the signal;
a driving unit configured to drive the plurality of sensors;
a controller configured to perform first control for resetting the plurality of sensors by causing the driving unit to drive the plurality of sensors before start of radiation irradiation, second control for causing the driving unit to accumulate charges in the plurality of sensors after the start of the radiation irradiation, and third control for causing the driving unit to drive the plurality of sensors to cause the output circuit to output the signal after the second control; and
a power supply circuit including a first switching voltage regulator that generates a voltage for the readout circuit and a second switching voltage regulator that generates a voltage for the output circuit,
wherein the second voltage regulator generates the voltage for the output circuit based on a first clock signal provided from the controller in the third control, and generates the voltage for the output circuit based on a second clock signal in the first control, the second clock signal being lower in power consumption of the second voltage regulator than the first clock signal, and
wherein the first voltage regulator generates the voltage for the readout circuit based on a third clock signal provided from the controller in the first control, the second control, and the third control.

US Pat. No. 10,209,631

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus for transferring a pattern of a mask onto a substrate by exposing the substrate while scanning the mask and the substrate, the apparatus comprising:a stage configured to hold and move the substrate;
a control unit configured to control movement of the stage;
a first measurement unit configured to measure a position, in a height direction, of a shot region of the substrate held by the stage before the shot region reaches an exposure area where the shot region is exposed; and
a second measurement unit configured to measure the position of the shot region in the height direction prior to the first measurement unit,
wherein the control unit:
controls the stage to perform:
first driving where the substrate is driven in the height direction based on a measurement result of the second measurement unit; and
second driving where the substrate is driven in the height direction based on a measurement result of the first measurement unit after the second measurement unit measures the position of the shot region in the height direction and until the shot region reaches the exposure area;
makes a first driving amount of the stage in the height direction in the first driving larger than half a distance corresponding to a difference between a final target position of the shot region in the height direction and the position of the shot region in the height direction measured by the second measurement unit;
makes a second driving amount of the stage in the height direction in the second driving smaller than the first driving amount of the stage in the height direction in the first driving; and
controls the stage so that the position of the shot region in the height direction is positioned at a position different from the final target position by the first driving and is positioned at the final target position by the second driving.

US Pat. No. 10,209,633

VIBRATION CONTROL APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

21. A lithography apparatus comprising:a patterning device configured to perform patterning on a substrate; and
a vibration control apparatus configured to control vibration of an object on which the patterning device is mounted,
wherein the vibration control apparatus includes:
a support member configured to contact a base and the object and support the object, the support member having a damping coefficient to passively damp vibration transferring from the base to the object;
a driving device configured to drive the patterning device to change a relative position between the patterning device and the base; and
a controller configured to perform:
negative feedback control of the driving device based on a command value obtained from information on vibration of the object; and
positive feedback control of the driving device based on a command value obtained by multiplying information on a relative velocity between the object and the base by a feedback gain, which is set to a value equal to or smaller than the damping coefficient of the support member.

US Pat. No. 10,211,684

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus comprising:a power transmitting unit configured to wirelessly transmit power to a power receiving apparatus;
a receiving unit configured to receive schedule information that defines a process performed by the power receiving apparatus and a time at which the process is performed; and
a control unit configured to determine a power amount to be transmitted to the power receiving apparatus in accordance with the process to be performed by the power receiving apparatus and control the power transmitting unit to transmit the determined power amount at a time at which the process is to be performed by the power receiving apparatus, based on the schedule information.

US Pat. No. 10,209,637

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising, in a following order:a support;
a charge generating layer containing a charge generation material; and
a charge transporting layer containing a charge transport material and serving as a surface layer,
wherein the charge transporting layer contains:
a polycarbonate resin (i) having a structural unit represented by formula (1-1), a structural unit represented by formula (1-2), and a structural unit represented by formula (1-3),
when numbers of repetitions of the structural unit represented by the formula (1-1) and the structural unit represented by the formula (1-2) in the polycarbonate resin (i) are respectively a and b, a/b is 0.25 to 4.00,
in the formula (1-1), R11 to R14 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an alkoxy group,in the formula (1-2), R15 to R18 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an alkoxy group, and X represents an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, or a sulfonyl group,in the formula (1-3), R211 to R214 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an alkoxy group; R215 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an alkoxy group; R216 and R217 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 9 carbon atoms; and i211 represents an integer of 0 to 3.

US Pat. No. 10,210,419

CONVOLUTION OPERATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A convolution operation apparatus, which recognizes a target in an input image data, comprising:a first product-sum calculator including:
a plurality of first multipliers each configured to multiply data input to a first input and a second input;
a plurality of first accumulators each configured to accumulate a multiplication result from a corresponding one of the plurality of first multipliers;
a first data supplier configured to supply the input image data as first data to the first input of each of the plurality of first multipliers; and
a second data supplier configured to supply a plurality of second data to respective second inputs of the plurality of first multipliers;
a second product-sum calculator including:
a plurality of second multipliers each configured to multiply data input to a first input and a second input;
a plurality of second accumulators each configured to accumulate a multiplication result from a corresponding one of the plurality of second multipliers;
a third data supplier configured to supply third data to the first input of each of the plurality of second multipliers; and
a fourth data supplier configured to receive and hold an output from each of the plurality of first accumulators and supply the output as fourth data to the second input of a corresponding one of the plurality of second multipliers; and
a controller configured to control the first product-sum calculator and the second product-sum calculator to parallelly execute product-sum processing,
wherein the second product-sum calculator provides the outputs from the plurality of second accumulators as results of convolution operations to the second data using the first data and the third data, and the target in the input image data is recognized based on the results of convolution operations, and
wherein the number of the plurality of first multipliers, the number of the plurality of first accumulators, the number of the plurality of second multipliers, and the number of the plurality of second accumulators correspond to a size of a filter kernel.

US Pat. No. 10,211,701

DRIVING APPARATUS AND OPTICAL APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving apparatus comprising:a driving unit comprising a motor;
an elastic member being in contact with the driving unit;
a fixing member configured to fix the driving unit through intermediation of the elastic member;
a first gear configured to transmit rotational driving force of the motor;
a second gear to be meshed with the first gear;
a rotary shaft holding the second gear; and
a regulating member configured to:
be spaced apart from the rotary shaft in a state where the rotary shaft is at a first position; and
come into contact with the rotary shaft in a state where the rotary shaft is at a second position displaced from the first position through deformation of the elastic member to regulate displacement of the rotary shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,210,422

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

12. An information processing method comprising:setting a plurality of patterns of blocks including a plurality of pixels;
obtaining feature amounts of pixel values in the plurality of blocks; and
detecting structure information of an image area of an image on the basis of the feature amounts of the pixel values obtained in the plurality of patterns,
wherein the plurality of patterns are set as block groups in which the plurality of blocks arranged at positions, which are point-symmetrical with respect to a center pixel in the image area.

US Pat. No. 10,209,655

FILM FOR USE IN FIXING DEVICE AND FIXING DEVICE WITH FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cylindrical film for use in a fixing device, the film comprising:a base layer having a cylindrical shape;
an a first electrode portion formed at one end part of the base layer in a longitudinal direction of the film;
a second electrode portion formed at the other end part of the base layer in the longitudinal direction of the film; and
a heat generation portion formed at a middle part of the base layer in the longitudinal direction of the film and electrically connected to the first and second electrode portions, the heat generation portion being formed of a conductive layer made of a same material as a material of the electrode portions,
wherein a thickness of the conductive layer is larger in the electrode portions than in the heat generation portion, and a surface area of the conductive layer per unit length in the longitudinal direction of the film is larger in the electrode portions than in the heat generation portion, and
wherein the electrode portions are formed of a circular part of the conductive layer, and the heat generation portion is formed of a plurality of thin linear parts of the conductive layer, the circular part extending in the circumferential direction of the film, and the plurality of thin linear parts extending in the longitudinal direction of the film and being arranged at predetermined intervals in the circumferential direction of the film.

US Pat. No. 10,206,586

SPECIMEN INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a light source configured to irradiate a specimen with light;
a detector configured to output a signal by detecting an acoustic wave that is produced by irradiating the specimen with the light; and
a memory in communication with a processor, the memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to:
calculate, by using the signal, a first optical characteristic value distribution in the specimen, the first optical characteristic value distribution being an initial sound pressure distribution or an optical energy absorption density distribution which represents the product of an absorption coefficient distribution and a local fluence distribution;
determine, based on a designation by an operator within the first optical characteristic value distribution, two or more regions of a vessel in the specimen;
determine from the first optical characteristic value distribution, the initial sound pressure distribution or the optical energy absorption density distribution of the determined two or more regions of the vessel;
calculate, by using the initial sound pressure distribution or the optical energy absorption density distribution of the determined two or more regions of the vessel, an average optical constant of a background region which surrounds the two or more regions of the vessel;
calculate, by using the calculated average optical constant of the background region, the local fluence distribution in the specimen; and
calculate, by dividing the first optical characteristic value distribution by the local fluence distribution, a second optical characteristic value distribution in which the first optical characteristic value distribution is corrected.

US Pat. No. 10,201,969

RECORDING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording element substrate comprising:a plurality of recording elements;
a first logic circuit array which is an array of first logic circuits which correspond to the recording elements;
a plurality of memory elements;
a second logic circuit array which is an array of second logic circuits which correspond to the plurality of memory elements;
a signal supply circuit configured to supply a signal for controlling the plurality of recording elements and a signal for controlling the plurality of memory elements; and
a common line configured to connect the signal supply circuit to the first logic circuit array and the second logic circuit array in common,
wherein the first and second logic circuit arrays extend along a direction in which the common line extends, the first logic circuit array is disposed on one side of the common line, the second logic circuit array is disposed on the other side of the common line, and the first and second logic circuit arrays are arranged so that at least a portion of the first logic circuit array and a portion of the second logic circuit array overlap with each other in a direction orthogonal to the extending direction.

US Pat. No. 10,201,970

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a wall member for partitioning a first liquid chamber and a second liquid chamber adjacent to each other and forming the first liquid chamber and the second liquid chamber, the wall member having formed therein a void for communicating between the first liquid chamber and the second liquid chamber;
a first energy generation element which is provided in the first liquid chamber and foams liquid in order to eject the liquid;
a second energy generation element which is provided in the second liquid chamber and foams liquid in order to eject the liquid;
a first electrode which is provided in the first liquid chamber and is arranged in a vicinity of the first energy generation element;
a second electrode for forming, between the first electrode and the second electrode, an electric field in liquid inside the first liquid chamber; and
a supply port which supplies liquid to the first energy generation element, wherein
the wall member includes a channel wall defining a channel through which the second liquid chamber, the void, and the supply port communicate, in this order, with each other via liquid, and the second electrode is arranged between the second liquid chamber and the supply port in the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,201,972

RECORDING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording element substrate, comprising:a substrate on which a plurality of energy generating elements that generate energy to be used for ejecting liquid are arranged side by side;
an ejection port forming member in which ejection ports are formed at positions corresponding to the plurality of energy generating elements;
a plurality of supply passages which are channels extending in a thickness direction of the substrate and through which liquid is supplied to the plurality of energy generating elements, wherein a plurality of supply ports are apertures of the plurality of supply passages on a side in which the plurality of energy generating elements are provided, and are linearly arranged side by side on the substrate;
a plurality of support members provided side by side between two adjacent supply ports of the plurality of supply ports on the substrate in a direction in which the supply ports are aligned, wherein each of the support members is formed between the substrate and the ejection port forming member and supports the ejection port forming member;
a liquid chamber that includes therein at least one of the energy generating elements of the plurality of energy generating elements and at least two of the supply ports of the plurality of supply ports and communicates with at least one of the ejection ports; and
a wall member that is formed between the substrate and the ejection port forming member and forms a wall of the liquid chamber, the wall extending in a direction in which the plurality of energy generating elements are aligned, wherein
at least one of the support members is continuous with the wall member.

US Pat. No. 10,201,974

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process for producing a liquid discharge head comprising a substrate having an energy-generating element for discharging a liquid on a first surface thereof and a liquid supply path passing through from the first surface to a second surface opposing to the first surface, and a discharge port forming member having a discharge port communicating with the supply path through a flow path, the process comprising:a first resin layer forming step of providing a first photosensitive resin layer for forming a part of the discharge port forming member in a region covering an opening of the supply path in the first surface of the substrate;
a flow path pattern latent image forming step of forming a latent image of a pattern of the flow path in the first photosensitive resin layer by exposure;
a second resin layer forming step of providing a negative second photosensitive resin layer for forming a part of the discharge port forming member on the first photosensitive resin layer in which the latent image of the flow path pattern is formed;
a curing step of curing a portion, opposing to the opening of the supply path in the first surface of the substrate, of the second photosensitive resin layer;
after the curing step, a step of providing a water-repellent layer on the second photosensitive resin layer by using a material containing a solvent, which softens or dissolves an uncured portion of the second photosensitive resin layer;
after the step of providing the water-repellent layer, a discharge port pattern latent image forming step of forming a latent image of a pattern of the discharge port in the second photosensitive resin layer by exposure; and
a flow path and discharge port forming step of developing the latent images of the respective patterns of the flow path and the discharge port to form the flow path and the discharge port.

US Pat. No. 10,201,977

INK-JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CLEANING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink-jet printing apparatus comprising:a print head having a discharge port face having a first discharge port configured to eject ink droplets of a first amount and a second discharge port configured to eject ink droplets of a second amount less than the first amount, the print head being configured to perform, based on a job of a received print instruction, a printing operation on a recording medium;
a cap configured to cover the first discharge port and the second discharge port;
a suction unit connected to the cap, configured to suck ink from the print head when the cap covers the discharge port face, and capable of performing a first suction operation sucking ink at a first strength and a second suction operation sucking ink at a second strength higher than the first strength;
a first determining unit configured to determine whether to cause the suction unit to perform the suction operation or not;
a second determining unit configured to determine a printing operation to be performed by the print head among a plurality of printing operations including a first printing operation performing printing on a recording medium by using the first discharge port and the second discharge port and a second printing operation performing printing on a recording medium by using the first discharge port without using the second discharge port; and
a storing unit configured to store history information indicating that the first printing operation has been performed in the past,
wherein, in a case where the second determining unit determines to perform the first printing operation, the first determining unit causes the suction unit to perform the first suction operation and the second suction operation before the first printing operation, and
in a case where the second determining unit determines to perform the second printing operation, the first determining unit causes the suction unit to perform the first suction operation and not to perform the second suction operation before the second printing operation and determines whether to cause the suction unit to perform the second suction operation after the second printing operation or not based on the history information.

US Pat. No. 10,201,980

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A page-wide type liquid discharge head comprising:a plurality of recording element boards configured to discharge liquid;
a support member configured to support the plurality of recording element boards,
wherein the plurality of recording element boards comprise:
a plurality of discharge orifices configured to discharge liquid;
a plurality of pressure chambers respectively including therein recording elements for discharging liquid from the discharge orifices;
a first common channel for supplying liquid to the plurality of pressure chambers; and
a second common channel for recovering liquid from the plurality of pressure chambers,
wherein the support member comprises:
a common supply channel for supplying liquid to the plurality of recording element boards;
a common recovery channel for recovering liquid from the plurality of recording element boards;
a first inlet port for supplying liquid to the common supply channel;
a first recovery port for recovering liquid from the common supply channel;
a second inlet port for supplying liquid to the common recovery channel; and
a second recovery port for recovering liquid from the common recovery channel;
a first negative pressure control unit communicating with the common supply channel; and
a second negative pressure control unit communicating with the common recovery channel,
wherein the first negative pressure control unit and the second negative pressure control unit are respectively provided on a downstream side of the common supply channel and the common recovery channel.

US Pat. No. 10,201,987

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PLATEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printhead configured to print on a sheet by ejecting ink;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the sheet in a first direction;
a platen including:
a plurality of supporting portions configured to support the sheet at a position opposing the printhead, wherein each of the supporting portions includes a supporting surface which is formed on a ribbed projection having a rectangular shape and contacts the sheet, a recess surrounded by the supporting surface, and a suction hole provided at the recess for suctioning the sheet onto the supporting surface, the plurality of supporting portions being positioned along a second direction crossing the first direction,
a plurality of first negative pressure chambers provided corresponding to the plurality of supporting portions, the pressure chambers communicating with the suction hole, and
a second negative pressure chamber communicating with the plurality of first negative pressure chambers; and
a fan configured to communicate with the second negative pressure chamber and generate negative pressure in the second negative pressure chamber and the plurality of first negative pressure chambers.

US Pat. No. 10,202,249

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE, IMAGE READING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device for feeding a sheet, the sheet feeding device comprising:a stacking unit configured to stack sheets on the stacking unit;
a feeding unit configured to feed the sheets stacked on the stacking unit;
a conveyance rotating member configured to convey the sheets, and which is disposed on a downstream side of the feeding unit in a sheet conveyance direction;
a separation unit configured to separate the sheets fed from the feeding unit one by one, and which is disposed to contact the conveyance rotating member;
a holding unit configured to hold the feeding unit and the conveyance rotating member, and which is disposed to be rotatable;
a swinging member configured to guide the sheets, and which is swingably disposed on the holding unit; and
a guiding unit configured to guide the sheets, and which is disposed on a lower side of the swinging member to contact the swinging member,
wherein a first contact portion, that is a contact portion of the swinging member and the guiding unit, is disposed on an upstream side of a second contact portion, that is a contact portion of the conveyance rotating member and the separation unit, in the sheet conveyance direction,
wherein a swinging shaft of the swinging member is disposed on an upstream side of the first contact portion in the sheet conveyance direction, and
wherein the first contact portion and the second contact portion are arranged to overlap with each other in the sheet conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 10,201,901

ROBOT APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ROBOT, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:a robot arm having at least one joint;
an end-effector which is supported by an end portion of the robot arm;
a first sensor which is arranged between the end-effector and the end portion of the robot arm and detects force generated at the end-effector;
a second sensor which is arranged in the joint of the robot arm and detects torque generated at the joint; and
a controlling unit for controlling operations of the robot arm and the end-effector,
wherein:
ranges of detectable values of the first and second sensors are different from each other, and
the controlling unit selects one detection result of the detection results of the first sensor or the second sensor based on a predetermined condition, and controls the robot arm based on the detection result selected.

US Pat. No. 10,203,197

RANGE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND RANGE MEASUREMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:a projector that irradiates a target object with pattern light in the form of slit light;
a camera that images the target object;
a memory storing a program; and
a processor that executes the program stored in the memory to act as units comprising:
(a) an image obtaining unit configured to obtain an image, imaged by the camera, of the target object projected with the slit light;
(b) a detection unit configured to detect, from the obtained image, a region projected with the slit light;
(c) an enlarging unit configured to enlarge the projected region in the obtained image;
(d) a search unit configured to search a region, which is a region in the obtained image except for the enlarged projected region, for image features of the target object; and
(e) a derivation unit configured to derive a position and an orientation of the target object, based on (1) a result of the searching of the region in the obtained image except for the enlarged projected region for image features of the target object and (2) a model of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,203,206

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS HAVING SIGNAL READOUTS USING DISTANCE MEASUREMENT REGION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus, comprising:an imaging element including a plurality of pixels configured to have a plurality of photoelectric conversion units for one micro lens;
a control circuit configured to make a first setting to set ones of the plurality of pixels in the imaging element as a first region and set other ones of the plurality of pixels as a second region, and make a second setting to set a distance measurement region for at least ones of the plurality of pixels; and
a reading unit configured to perform a first readout operation of reading, from a first pixel included in the first region and the distance measurement region of the imaging element, signals according to electric charges accumulated in the photoelectric conversion units of the first pixel, and perform a second readout operation of reading, from a second pixel included in the second region and the distance measurement region, signals according to electric charges accumulated in the photoelectric conversion units of the second pixel, the second readout operation being different from the first readout operation, wherein
the imaging element captures images in a plurality of frames, and when the control circuit performs the second setting to set the same distance measurement region in the images in the plurality of frames, the control circuit performs the first setting to change the position of the first region in the distance measurement region between the images in the plurality of frames at random or periodically.

US Pat. No. 10,201,927

IMPRINT APPARATUS, FOREIGN PARTICLE REMOVAL METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which performs an imprint process of molding an imprint material on a substrate using a mold and forming a pattern on the substrate, the apparatus comprising:a substrate chuck configured to hold a substrate;
a first plate configured to surround the substrate chuck;
a suction mechanism including a nozzle arranged to face a gap between the substrate chuck and the first plate, configured to suction a gas contained in the gap through the nozzle; and
a first stocker which stocks a second plate which is different from the substrate on which a pattern is formed,
wherein the substrate chuck is configured to hold the second plate while the suction mechanism suctions the gas contained in the gap,
wherein the second plate prevents a foreign particle, which is diffused from the gap by suctioning the gas contained in the gap by the suction mechanism, from adhering onto the substrate chuck.

US Pat. No. 10,197,926

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus configured to expose a substrate through a projection optical system arranged in a chamber, the apparatus comprising:a stage arranged in the chamber and configured to be movable while holding the substrate;
a detection unit arranged in the chamber and configured to emit detection light in a first direction and detect a position of the stage based on the detection light reflected by the stage;
a blowing unit having an outlet which blows out a gas inside the chamber; and
a guide unit including a first portion and a second portion,
wherein the first portion is configured to guide the gas blown out inside the chamber from the outlet of the blowing unit, and flow the gas in a direction along the substrate, toward a first space between the projection optical system and the substrate, such that a gas flow along the substrate is formed in the first space,
wherein the second portion is configured to guide the gas blown out inside the chamber from the outlet of the blowing unit, to a second space where the detection light passes through, such that a gas flow in a second direction different from the first direction is formed in the second space, and
wherein the guide unit is arranged between the outlet and the projection optical system, to be spaced apart from the outlet without contacting the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,197,934

TONER, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:a toner particle containing a binder resin, an amorphous polyester, and a colorant, wherein
a softening point of the toner is 110 to 140° C.,
an integrated value f1 for stress of the toner is not more than 10 g·m/sec, as measured using a tack tester, with a temperature for a probe end being 150° C. and a press holding time being 0.01 seconds, and
an integrated value f2 for stress of the toner is at least 30 g·m/sec, as measured using a tack tester, with a temperature for a probe end being 150° C. and a press holding time being 0.1 seconds.

US Pat. No. 10,197,942

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a photosensitive member, and a light-irradiation unit configured to form a latent image on the photosensitive member by scanning, with laser light, a plurality of sections in a main scanning direction at a non-constant scanning velocity, the image forming apparatus comprising:an image data changing unit configured to extract a pixel piece smaller in size than one pixel from image data or insert the pixel piece into the image data according to which of the sections in the main scanning direction data corresponds to among image data for scanning with the laser light; and
a brightness changing unit configured to change an emission brightness of the laser light according to which of the sections in the main scanning direction the laser light corresponds to,
wherein, in a first section in the main scanning direction, the image data changing unit changes a number of pixel pieces corresponding to the first section to a first number and the brightness changing unit changes an emission brightness of laser light corresponding to the first section to a first emission brightness,
wherein, in a second section, in which a scanning velocity is faster than that in the first section, in the main scanning direction, the image data changing unit changes a number of pixel pieces corresponding to the second section to a second number and the brightness changing unit changes an emission brightness of laser light corresponding to the second section to a second emission brightness, and
wherein the first number is smaller than the second number, and the second emission brightness is larger than the first emission brightness.

US Pat. No. 10,189,162

MODEL GENERATION APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, MODEL GENERATION METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A model generation method for execution by a model generation apparatus, the model generation method comprising:inputting a three-dimensional shape model of a target object including (1) plane geometric features and (2) line geometric features;
setting a plurality of positions and orientations of a viewpoint, the viewpoint being used to observe the three-dimensional shape model of the target object, and sequentially selecting one of the plurality of positions and orientations of the viewpoint;
calculating, for the selected one of the plurality of positions and orientations of the viewpoint set in the setting and for the plane geometric features and the line geometric features, respectively, a degree of change of a relationship between image features of an image to be observed at the viewpoint and each of the plane geometric features and the line geometric features of the three-dimensional shape model when the selected position and orientation of the viewpoint or a position and orientation of the target object is changed; and
generating a hierarchical cluster of plane geometric features and a hierarchical cluster of line geometric features, separately, for the selected one of the plurality of positions and orientations of the viewpoint, by setting each of the plane geometric features and each of the line geometric features as an initial cluster in a lowest layer, and sequentially merging a pair of clusters in a current layer to generate a cluster in a higher layer based on similarity of the degree of change of the relationship calculated for the pair of clusters.

US Pat. No. 10,189,674

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a first discharging portion configured to discharge the sheet on which the image has been formed to an outside of the image forming apparatus;
a first supporting portion configured to support the sheet discharged by the first discharging portion;
an image reading portion configured to read the image formed on the sheet;
a first switching portion configured to switch between a first position to cause the sheet discharged by the first discharging portion to be conveyed to the first supporting portion and a second position to cause the sheet to be conveyed toward the image reading portion configured to read the image;
a second discharging portion configured to discharge the sheet whose image has been read by the image reading portion to the outside of the image forming apparatus;
a second supporting portion configured to support the sheet discharged by the second discharging portion; and
a second switching portion configured to switch between a third position to cause the sheet whose image has been read by the image reading portion to be conveyed toward the second discharging portion and a fourth position to cause the sheet to be conveyed toward the image forming unit,
wherein the image reading portion is disposed above the first discharging portion in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,192,495

DISPLAY APPARATUS WITH LIGHTING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a plurality of light-emitting units configured to emit light;
a display unit configured to display an image on a screen with transmitted light emitted based on an input image;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire initial luminance values of the plurality of light-emitting units based on the luminance of each of a plurality of regions of the input image corresponding to each of the plurality of light-emitting units;
a first processing unit configured to acquire intermediate luminance values of the plurality of light-emitting units by correcting the initial luminance values, wherein the first processing unit increases an initial luminance value of a first target light-emitting unit among the plurality of light-emitting units that is greater than an initial luminance value of a first neighboring light-emitting unit neighboring the first target light-emitting unit, according to a difference of the initial luminance value of the first target light-emitting unit and the initial luminance value of the first neighboring light-emitting unit;
a second processing unit configured to acquire correct luminance values of the plurality of light-emitting units by correcting the intermediate luminance values, wherein the second processing unit increases an intermediate luminance value of a second target light-emitting unit among the plurality of light-emitting units that is smaller than an intermediate luminance value of a second neighboring light-emitting unit neighboring the second target light-emitting unit, according to a difference of the intermediate luminance value of the second target light-emitting unit and the intermediate luminance value of the second neighboring light-emitting unit, the second target light-emitting unit being same or different from the first target light-emitting unit; and
a control unit configured to control light emission of each of the plurality of light-emitting units according to the correct luminance value of each of the plurality of light-emitting units.

US Pat. No. 10,192,308

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a division unit configured to divide, into a plurality of partial regions, a region of interest obtained from each of cross sections of a first image and a second image, each of which has a plurality of cross sections;
a statistic information calculation unit configured to calculate, for each of the cross sections of the first image and the second image and each of the partial regions, statistic information of pixels included in the partial region;
a degree-of-coincidence calculation unit configured to calculate a degree of coincidence between the pieces of statistic information for a partial region in the first image and a partial region, corresponding to the partial region, in the second image, in a pair of cross-sectional positions in the first image and the second image; and
a specifying unit configured to specify positions of corresponding cross sections between the first image and the second image based on comparison between evaluation values each obtained by integrating the degrees of coincidence over the plurality of partial regions.

US Pat. No. 10,193,084

2,2?-BIBENZO[D]IMIDAZOLIDENE COMPOUND HAVING HETEROMONOCYCLIC GROUPS AT THE 1-, 1?-, 3- AND 3?- POSITIONS, AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT AND DISPLAY DEVICE CONTAINING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A 2,2?-bibenzo[d]imidazolidene compound expressed by the following general formula (1):
wherein Ar1 to Ar4 each represent a substituted or unsubstituted heteromonocyclic group; R1 to R8 each represent a hydrogen atom or a substituent selected from the group consisting of halogen atoms, alkyl groups having a carbon number in the range of 1 to 8, and substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon groups.

US Pat. No. 10,192,314

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A LOWEST POINT OF A TARGET OBJECT IN AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method executed by one or more processors that determines a lowest point of a target object in an image of a scene captured by a camera, said method comprising:receiving a region of the target object in the image captured by the camera;
receiving a horizontal vanishing line of the image captured by the camera;
selecting, within the image captured by the camera, at least one reference object in the scene;
determining, within the image captured by the camera, at least a first line connecting the received region of the target object and a highest point of the reference object;
determining, within the image captured by the camera, at least an intersection point of the first line and the horizontal vanishing line;
determining, within the image captured by the camera, at least a second line connecting the determined intersection point to a lowest point of the reference object; and
determining a lowest point of the target object within the image captured by the camera based on the second line.

US Pat. No. 10,188,308

METHOD OF IDENTIFYING THE SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION OF AREAS IN A SENSORY AREA OF BRAIN, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of identifying a spatial distribution of areas in a sensory area of brain by obtaining brain activity information from a human body of a subject to which a sensory stimulus is applied, comprising:determining a rough spatial distribution of at least one target area in a sensory area of cerebral cortex in each of a left hemisphere and right hemisphere of the brain;
applying a sensory stimulus to the target area by showing a video to the subject;
obtaining brain activity information using a brain activity measuring machine which measures brain activity in a region that includes the target area while the sensory stimulus is being applied to the target area;
calculating a correlation value between brain activity information of the target area in the left hemisphere and brain activity information of the target area in the right hemisphere using the obtained brain activity information; and
adjusting the determined rough spatial distribution of the target area to an adjusted spatial distribution of the target area in each of the left and right hemispheres so that the correlation value between brain activity information of respective target areas of an identical type in the adjusted spatial distribution in the left and right hemispheres increases.

US Pat. No. 10,193,949

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory storing one or more programs configured to be executed by the hardware processor, the one or more programs including instructions for:
acquiring a media content;
transmitting the media content acquired by the acquiring to another communication apparatus;
determining whether to describe, as an acquisition source URL of the media content acquired by the acquiring, a URL of the communication apparatus or a URL of the another communication apparatus, in accordance with a state of transmission of the media content;
generating, based on the determination made by the determining, a description file in which the acquisition source URL of each predetermined unit of the media content is described; and
providing the description file generated by the generating.

US Pat. No. 10,193,950

NETWORK SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network system comprising:a first information processing terminal on which a first web browser runs;
a second information processing terminal on which a second web browser runs; and
a shared server,
wherein the shared server includes a memory storing instructions and a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the shared server to:
manage access data on a first tab of the first web browser in which to access a website and data on session storage valid for a session with the website in association with the first information processing terminal, the data on the session storage being locally managed by the first web browser in association with the first tab, wherein the data on the session storage includes data defined by using a combination of a key and a value that are designated by the website,
receive an instruction for sharing the first tab of the first web browser with the second web browser,
transmit the access data and the data on the session storage related to the first tab to the second web browser according to the instruction,
delete association between the transmitted data on the session storage and the first information processing terminal so that the data on the session storage being locally managed by the first web browser is deleted by the first web browser, and
manage the data on the session storage in association with the second information processing terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,191,409

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONTROLLED TONER DISCHARGE AMOUNT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
a developing device that develops an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member;
a toner bottle which is configured to supply the developing device with toner, and having a storage portion storing the toner and a discharge portion made of resin and discharging the toner stored in the toner storage portion, with the storage portion configured to rotate relatively to the discharge portion;
an attachment portion configured to be attached with the toner bottle;
a driving portion configured to drive the storage portion in a state that the toner bottle is attached to the attachment portion;
a controller controlling the driving portion;
a memory disposed in the toner bottle and memorizing information regarding component dimensions of a molded discharge portion of the toner bottle; and
an information reading portion that reads information regarding the component dimensions of the molded discharge portion;
wherein the controller controls the driving portion so that a discharge amount of the toner from the discharge portion becomes a specific toner amount targeted based on the information regarding the component dimensions of the molded discharge portion.

US Pat. No. 10,191,443

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an openable member rotatable relative to a main assembly of the image forming apparatus; and
a supporting member connected between said main assembly of the image forming apparatus and said openable member and configured to support said openable member when said openable member is opened,
wherein said supporting member includes a first arm member and a second arm member which are slidable relative to each other, a pinion provided on said first arm member, a viscous damper mounted on a rotation shaft of said pinion, a rack provided on said second arm member and engaged with said pinion, and
wherein by opening said openable member, relative slide movement is caused between said first arm member and said second arm member so that said pinion engaged with said rack rotates and a braking force is produced by said viscous damper.

US Pat. No. 10,186,122

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that is connected to an image capturing apparatus via a network, the information processing apparatus comprising:circuitry configured to:
(i) acquire, from the image capturing apparatus, an image and constraint information indicating a line or a figure settable onto a captured image with distortion;
(ii) set a line or a figure, which is input by a user and includes a first number of line segments, onto a corrected captured image generated through distortion correction processing executed on at least a part of the captured image captured by the image capturing apparatus to detect an object, wherein the distortion correction processing corrects the captured image with distortion based on a distortion aberration of a lens of the image capturing apparatus;
(iii) convert the line or the figure which includes the first number of line segments into a line or a figure, settable to the image capturing apparatus, for a captured image with distortion including a second number of line segments in accordance with the constraint information, the second number being greater than the first number; and
(iv) transmit, to the image capturing apparatus, information indicating the line or the figure including the second number of line segments.

US Pat. No. 10,183,822

SHEET FEEDING UNIT, SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS INCLUDING SHEET FEEDING UNIT, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding unit attachable to and removable from a sheet feeding apparatus configured to feed a sheet, the sheet feeding unit comprising:an endless belt configured to be brought into contact with a sheet stacked on a stacking device to feed the sheet;
a first rotary member configured to come into contact with an inner periphery of the endless belt to support the endless belt;
a second rotary member configured to come into contact with the inner periphery of the endless belt to support the endless belt and disposed to cause a separation device and the endless belt to separate sheets one by one; and
a holding device configured to hold the first rotary member and the second rotary member,
wherein the endless belt includes a first plurality of protruding and depressed portions on the inner periphery of the endless belt, the second rotary member includes a second plurality of protruding and depressed portions, and the first rotary member does not include a protruding portion or a depressed portion, and
wherein, to rotate the endless belt to feed the sheet in contact with the endless belt, the first plurality of protruding and depressed portions meshes with the second plurality of protruding and depressed portions to transmit a driving force from the second plurality of protruding and depressed portions to the endless belt.

US Pat. No. 10,185,116

LENS DRIVING APPARATUS AND LENS DRIVING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens driving apparatus comprising:a lens holding member for holding a lens movably in an optical axis direction;
a first guide bar and a second guide bar that support the lens holding member movably in the optical axis direction;
first driving unit and second driving unit that drive the lens holding member in the optical direction, the first driving unit is positioned closer than the second driving unit to the first guide bar, the second driving unit is positioned closer than the first driving unit to the second guide bar in a direction of perpendicular to the optical axis; and
first position detection unit and second position detection unit that detect a position of the lens holding member in the optical axis direction, the first position detection unit is positioned closer than the second position detection unit to the first guide bar, the second position detection unit is positioned closer than the first position detection unit to the second guide bar in the direction of perpendicular to the optical axis,
wherein upon driving the lens holding member, either of or both of the first driving unit and the second driving unit are driven and controlled from a position detection result of the first position detection unit and the second position detection unit in such a manner that the first driving unit and the second driving unit are positioned at a target position,
wherein the first driving unit and the second driving unit drive the same lens.

US Pat. No. 10,185,119

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS WITH REFLECTION MIRROR MOUNTED BY LEAF SPRINGS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THEROF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a deflecting unit configured to deflect the light beam so that a photosensitive member is scanned with the light beam emitted from said light source;
a reflection mirror configured to guide the light beam, onto the photosensitive member, deflected by said deflecting unit; and
a casing configured to accommodate said deflecting unit and said reflection mirror; and
first and second leaf springs,
wherein said casing includes a first mirror supporting portion configured to support said reflection mirror in one end side, a second mirror supporting portion configured to support said reflection mirror in the other end side with respect to a longitudinal direction of said reflection mirror, and a facing portion configured to face a side end portion of said reflection mirror in said one end side,
wherein the following relationship is satisfied:
D2 where with respect to the longitudinal direction, L is a length of said reflection mirror, D1 is a longest distance of distances between a contact portion of said first mirror supporting portion to said reflection mirror and a contact portion of said second mirror supporting portion to said reflection mirror, W is a contact width of said second mirror supporting portion to said reflection mirror, and D2 is a distance between said facing portion and a position, closest to said facing portion, of the contact portion of said first mirror supporting portion to said reflection mirror,
wherein said first leaf spring urges said reflection mirror in an elastically deformed state in said one end side so as to urge said reflection mirror against said first mirror supporting portion,
wherein said second leaf spring urges said reflection mirror in an elastically deformed state in said the other side so as to urge said reflection mirror against said second mirror supporting portion, and
wherein at least one of said first and second leaf springs is bonded to said reflection mirror with an adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,185,902

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CONVERTS IMAGE DATA FROM LINE SEQUENCE TO BLOCK SEQUENCE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus that performs image processing on input image data in units of block, the apparatus comprising:one or more processors configured to function as:
a derivation unit configured to derive a memory size used in conversion processing of converting data alignment sequence in the image data from a line sequence into a block sequence which is executed before a generation of raster data based on the input image data and a memory size used in the conversion processing which is executed after the generation of the raster data;
a determination unit configured to determine whether to execute the conversion processing before the generation of the raster data or after the generation of the raster data, based on a comparison between the derived memory sizes; and
a conversion unit configured to execute the conversion processing before the generation of the raster data or after the generation of the raster data based on the determination.

US Pat. No. 10,185,904

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR SETTING AN ATTRIBUTE OF A PIXEL BASED ON A CONFORMITY BETWEEN PIXEL VALUES OF OBJECTS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD FOR SETTING AN ATTRIBUTE OF A PIXEL BASED ON A CONFORMITY BETWEEN PIXEL VALUES OF OBJECTS, AND NON-TR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that sets an attribute of a pixel in a part of a second object superimposed on a first object, the image processing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
compare a pixel value of the first object in the pixel with a pixel value of the second object in the pixel to determine whether or not there is conformity between the pixel value of the first object in the pixel and the pixel value of the second object in the pixel;
set, in a case where it is determined that the conformity is present, the attribute of the pixel to the attribute of the first object, and
set, in a case where it is determined that the conformity is not present, the attribute of the pixel to the attribute of the second object.

US Pat. No. 10,185,407

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:an operation identifying unit configured to identify a type of operation by identifying a shape of a hand of an operator based on a captured image including the hand; and
a display controlling unit configured to display a cursor at an in-screen position corresponding to a first position indicated by the hand forming a first shape in a case where a first operation performed by the hand forming the first shape is detected and display the cursor at an in-screen position corresponding to a second position indicated by a finger of the hand forming a second shape in a case where a second operation performed by the hand forming the second shape is detected,
wherein the first shape is a shape of a clenched first in which none of fingers of the hand, including the finger, is extended,
wherein the second shape is a shape in which the finger is extended, and
wherein the display controlling unit corrects the in-screen position corresponding to the second position in a case where the second operation is detected after the first operation is detected so as to prevent the in-screen position of the cursor from moving due to the operator's extending the finger.

US Pat. No. 10,185,942

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory to store instructions; and
one or more processors to execute the instructions and cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
a count unit configured to count, as a color pixel, a pixel determined as a gray pixel in an input image without counting, as a color pixel, a pixel determined as a white pixel in the input image in a case where a predetermined setting is not received from a user and, in a case where the predetermining setting is received from the user, the count unit counts without counting as a color pixel either of a pixel determined as a gray pixel in the input image or a pixel determined as a white pixel in the input image; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether the input image is a color document based on a number of pixels counted as a color pixel by the count unit.

US Pat. No. 10,185,437

TOUCH SCREEN PANEL, INTERFACE CIRCUIT, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A touch screen panel comprising:a first electrode substrate with a rectangular first transparent conductive film formed on a surface;
a second electrode substrate with a rectangular second transparent conductive film formed on a surface;
a first electrode and a second electrode formed on two opposite sides of the first transparent conductive film of the first electrode substrate;
a third electrode and a fourth electrode formed on two opposite sides of the second transparent conductive film of the second electrode substrate, which are different from the two opposite sides of the first transparent conductive film;
an interface circuit configured to receive electrical signals from the first electrode and the second electrode, and the third electrode and the fourth electrode and process the signals; and
connecting portions, respectively provided on the same side of the first electrode substrate and the second electrode substrate, configured to connect the first electrode and the second electrode, and the third electrode and the fourth electrode to the interface circuit,
wherein the interface circuit includes a member configured to make an impedance of a wiring path formed on the side where the connecting portion is provided and connected to one of the first electrode, the second electrode, the third electrode, and the fourth electrode higher than an impedance of wiring paths connected to remaining electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,186,990

DRIVING APPARATUS THAT DRIVES MOVING BODY IN MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving apparatus that has a first vibrator vibrated through application of a plurality of first AC voltages, and a second vibrator vibrated through application of a plurality of second AC voltages, and moves a moving body by a driving force of the first vibrator and a driving force of the second vibrator, comprising:a detecting unit configured to detect a position of the moving body:
a first control unit configured to control a voltage amplitude of the plurality of first AC voltages and a voltage amplitude of the plurality of second AC voltages; and
a second control unit configured to control each of the first vibrator and the second vibrator based on a deviation between a driving command for moving the moving body and a result of detection by the detecting unit while the plurality of first AC voltages and the plurality of second AC voltages are being controlled by the first control unit,
wherein a driving direction of the first vibrator and a driving direction of the second vibrator cross each other,
wherein the first control unit is configured to control the voltage amplitude of the plurality of first AC voltages based on a relative angle between a moving direction of the moving body, which is indicated by the driving command, and the driving direction of the first vibrator, and
wherein the first control unit is configured to control the voltage amplitude of the plurality of second AC voltages based on a relative angle between the moving direction of the moving body and the driving direction of the second vibrator.

US Pat. No. 10,185,457

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a display and further comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions, which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the information processing apparatus to:
display a first window and a second window on the display with the second window positioned behind the first window and at least partially overlapped with the first window;
obtain first information representing a position within a display range of the display, the first information being input via touching on the display;
obtain second information corresponding to position information representing a position within the display range of the display, the second information being input via touching on a surface corresponding to a rear side of the display, the rear side of the display existing on one surface among the surfaces constituting the information processing apparatus;
receive a first operation for selecting an item among at least one item included in the first window based on the first information and copying the selected item to the second window;
display, each time the first operation is received, the item copied according to the first operation on a predetermined position in the second window in line;
receive a second operation to select, based on the second information, an item among at least one item positioned on the second window as a result of the first operation and move the selected item in the second window;
in response to receiving a third operation for copying the item selected by the second operation to the first window, display, at a first position within the first window which corresponds to a second position, the item copied according to the third operation, the second position corresponding to a position within the second window to which the item is moved by the second operation;
the second operation includes an instruction to scroll the content of the second window, and the selected item is moved within the second window in accordance with the scroll of the second window; and
wherein the third operation is input via releasing the touch corresponding to the second operation to the surface corresponding to the rear side of the display.

US Pat. No. 10,185,723

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a display device configured to display a setting screen; and
processing circuitry configured to cause the information processing apparatus to:
set a first image file naming rule by setting each of a plurality of items, selected via the displayed setting screen, to configure a file name to be created using the first image file naming rule;
determine whether or not any one of the plurality of items that configure the file name to be created using the first image file naming rule makes the file name created using the first image file naming rule unique;
add, in response to a determination that none of the plurality of items that configure the file name to be created using the first image file naming rule makes the file name created using the first image file naming rule unique, an item to the first image file naming rule that makes a file name created using the first image file naming rule having the added item unique; and
save a second image file naming rule, the second image file naming rule including the first image file naming rule and the added item.

US Pat. No. 10,187,532

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which has an image forming unit, comprising:a controller including a memory storing instructions and a processor which executes the instructions to cause the controller to implement:
a clipping unit configured to clip an arbitrary area from image data acquired by reading a chart output from the image forming unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a signal value relating to a plurality of positions in a scanning direction of the clipped area; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit information about the clipped area and the acquired signal value.

US Pat. No. 10,187,538

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM HAVING PREDETERMINED EVENT OCCURRING DURING SHIFTING PROCESS OF POWER STATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a power state which includes at least a first power state and a second power state in which less power is consumed than in the first power state, the apparatus comprising:a control unit configured to perform a shifting process for shifting the power state from the first power state to the second power state; and
a power control unit configured to control processing so as to supply power to a module based on a predetermined event generated in the second power state, the module corresponding to the predetermined event,
wherein, when the predetermined event occurs during the shifting process, the control unit stores information indicating the predetermined event in a storage unit and continues the shifting process, and
wherein, after the shifting process, the power control unit controls processing so as to supply power to the module corresponding to the predetermined event based on the information stored in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,187,540

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND OPTICAL SENSOR DETECTING TARGET FORMED ON IMAGE CARRIER OR RECORDING MEDIUM USING EFFECTIVE LIGHT-RECEIVING ELEMENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a light-emitting unit configured to emit light toward an image carrier or a recording medium;
a first light-receiving unit that includes a plurality of first light-receiving elements arranged along a first direction that is a movement direction of the image carrier or the recording medium, and is arranged so as to receive light emitted from the light-emitting unit and specularly reflected off the image carrier or the recording medium;
a second light-receiving unit arranged at a different position from the first light-receiving unit in a second direction different from the first direction, and that includes a plurality of second light-receiving elements arranged along the first direction, and is arranged so as to receive light emitted from the light-emitting unit and reflected off the image carrier or the recording medium;
a selection unit configured to select whether or not each of the plurality of first light-receiving elements in the first light-receiving unit is a first effective light-receiving element and to select whether or not each of the plurality of second light-receiving elements in the second light-receiving unit is a second effective light-receiving element;
a generation unit configured to generate a first detection signal from an output of the first effective light-receiving element selected by the selection unit, and to generate a second detection signal from an output of the second effective light-receiving element selected by the selection unit; and
a detection unit configured to detect a target formed on the image carrier or the recording medium based on the first detection signal and the second detection signal.

US Pat. No. 10,185,490

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a projection unit;
one or more memories storing instructions; and
one or more processors which, when executing the instructions, causes the information processing apparatus to perform:
acquiring operation information as an instruction to an image projected on a projection surface by the projection unit; and
executing movement processing of the projected image based on movement permission determination of second operation information involving transit of instruction coordinates from a first position to a second position of the projected image in a case where first operation information is not acquired, and executing image processing on the projected image based on movement permission determination of the second operation information in a case where the first operation information has been acquired indicating that the instruction coordinates change,
wherein processing based on the second operation information is different between when the first operation information is acquired and when the first operation information is not acquired, and
wherein the projection unit is configured to project a document image, and in a case where the projection unit projects additional information associated with a paper document of the projected document image near the projected document image and the first operation information is acquired within a projected image obtained by the document image being projected, image processing is executed on the additional information based on the second operation information acquired within an area of the additional information if the first operation information is not acquired within the area of the additional information.

US Pat. No. 10,187,541

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a board on which a plurality of light sources are arranged;
a light guide comprising:
a light guide portion configured to guide light emitted from the plurality of light sources, in an intersecting direction intersecting with an arrangement direction of the plurality of light sources, the light guide portion comprising a first surface and a second surface facing each other and configured to internally reflect the light from the light sources, the first surface and the second surface being formed such that a distance between the first surface and the second surface increases as the first surface and the second surface extend away from the light sources;
a deflection portion configured to deflect and emit light guided by the light guide portion; and
a projection portion projecting outward from the first surface; and
an image reading portion configured to perform photoelectric conversion on reflected light reflected by a sheet which has received the light emitted from the deflection portion of the light guide, and to read image information,
wherein the light guide portion, the deflection portion, and the projection portion are integrally formed,
wherein at least one of the first surface and the second surface includes a concave portion positioned to cover the projection portion in the arrangement direction; and
wherein, in a plane passing through the concave portion and parallel to the arrangement direction, a distance between the first surface and the second surface in a portion where the concave portion is formed is smaller than a distance between the first surface and the second surface in a portion where the concave portion is not formed.

US Pat. No. 10,187,553

COLOR CONVERSION PROCESSING APPARATUS, COLOR CONVERSION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color conversion processing apparatus that converts a signal value of an input image into an output value of an actual color material used in an image forming apparatus, the color conversion processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire a printing setting for the input image; and
a conversion unit configured to convert the signal value of the input image into the output value of the actual color material in accordance with the acquired printing setting, wherein
the conversion unit performs the conversion while maintaining a relationship between the signal value of the input image and output values of a virtual color material,
the number of virtual color materials is smaller than the number of actual color materials and the respective virtual color materials have respective densities corresponding to respective wavelength bands obtained by dividing a wavelength range reproduced by the actual color materials being output into a plurality of wavelength bands,
the output values of the plurality of virtual color materials are determined based on the respective densities corresponding to the respective wavelength bands, and
the relationship is a relationship that increases monotonically and whose secondary differential does not become negative.

US Pat. No. 10,186,532

IMAGE DEVICE, IMAGE SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image device comprising a plurality of pixels, each of the pixels including a photoelectric conversion unit that accumulates charges generated by photoelectric conversions, a holding unit that holds the charges, an amplification unit that outputs signals based on the charges, a first transfer transistor that transfers the charges from the photoelectric conversion unit to the holding unit, a second transfer transistor that transfers the charges from the holding unit to the amplification unit, and an overflow transistor that drains the charges accumulated in the photoelectric conversion unit,wherein, in a read-out period of each frame, the second transfer transistors of the plurality of pixels are sequentially turned on to cause the charges of a previous frame to be transferred from the holding units to the amplification units,
wherein the read-out period includes a drain period in which the overflow transistors of the plurality of pixels are in an on-state and a first period in which the overflow transistors and the first transfer transistors of the plurality of pixels are in an off-state to cause the photoelectric conversion units of the plurality of pixels to accumulate charges,
wherein, in a second period following the first period, the photoelectric conversion units of the plurality of pixels accumulate charges generated in the second period while the holding units of the plurality of pixels hold the charges accumulated in the first period,
wherein, in the first and second periods, each of the plurality of pixels performs a plurality of times of charge transfers from the photoelectric conversion unit to the holding unit by turning on the first transfer transistor, the plurality of times of charge transfers including a charge transfer performed at the end of the second period, and
wherein transfers of the charges of the previous frame overlap in time with at least the drain period and/or accumulations of the charges in the first period.

US Pat. No. 10,187,559

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A flash band determination device that determines whether or not there is a flash band caused by an external flash of light in an image obtained through image pickup by an image pickup device, comprising:at least one processor:
a memory,
wherein the at least one processor is configured to function as following units by processing data stored in the memory:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not there is a flash band which is an area having a luminance level higher than a threshold level in a plurality of images which are continuously obtained; and
a changing unit configured to change the threshold level with respect to a current image picked up with an exposure condition which is different from an exposure condition used in picking up a preceding image;
wherein when it is determined by said determination unit that the flash band is present in the preceding image, and also image pickup has been performed with respect to the current image with the exposure condition different from the exposure condition used in picking up the preceding image, said changing unit changes the threshold level.

US Pat. No. 10,187,561

ACCESSORY APPARATUS, IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:an image processor configured to function as a motion vector detector configured to detect a motion vector in a first time period;
a computer configured to function as:
(i) a calculator configured to set, depending on the first time period, an angular velocity detection time period in which a first angular velocity is detected by an angular velocity detector; and
(ii) a communicator configured to:
(ii-i) transmit the angular velocity detection time period and first ID information corresponding to the first time period in relation to each other; and
(ii-ii) receive the first angular velocity detected in the angular velocity detection time period and second ID information corresponding to the first angular velocity in relation to each other,
wherein the calculator is configured to calculate an angular velocity of an object, when the first ID information and the second ID information are identical to each other, by using the motion vector detected in the first time period corresponding to the first ID information and the first angular velocity corresponding to the second ID information.

US Pat. No. 10,187,823

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device comprising:a base station unit configured to operate as a base station which constructs a first wireless network compliant with IEEE802.11 series;
a station unit configured to operate as a station which is connected to a base station that constructs a second wireless network compliant with the IEEE802.11 series;
a providing unit configured to operate as a providing device that provides a first communication parameter for connecting to the first wireless network;
a receiving unit configured to operate as a receiving device that receives a second communication parameter for connecting to the second wireless network;
a setting unit configured to set a value used for determining whether the communication device operates as a first role or a second role,
wherein, in a case where the communication device operates as the first role the communication device activates the base station unit and the providing unit, and the providing unit provides another communication device with the first communication parameter, and
wherein, in a case where the communication device operates as the second role, the communication device activates the station unit and the receiving unit, and the receiving unit receives, from the other communication device, the second communication parameter; and
a determination unit configured to perform a determination process of determining whether the communication device operates as the first role or the second role based on comparison of a value set by the setting unit with a value received from the other communication device,
wherein the setting unit is configured to set a different value based on whether the communication device activates the station unit.

US Pat. No. 10,185,519

DOCUMENT PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A document processing method, comprising:obtaining first and second document data, wherein the first document data includes a first element and first print setting information in association with each other in a higher hierarchical level, and a third element in a lower hierarchical level, and wherein the second document data includes a second element and second print setting information in association with each other in the higher hierarchical level, and a fourth element in the lower hierarchical level;
causing a display apparatus to display a setting screen;
generating combined document data based on the first and second document data if a combining instruction is input on the setting screen;
wherein the higher hierarchical level of the combined document data includes the first element and the first print setting information and neither includes the second element nor the second print setting information, and
wherein the lower hierarchical level of the combined document data includes the second print setting information and the fourth element in association with each other; and
causing an image forming apparatus to print based on user operation on the displayed setting screen.

US Pat. No. 10,185,520

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR EXECUTING PRINT DRIVER MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing:
a printer driver that generates, based on print data generated by a first application in the information processing apparatus, a print command to be output to and interpreted by a printer, wherein the printer driver does not have a function for providing a graphical user interface (GUI) for receiving a user instruction to input a print setting,
a second application external from and linked with the printer driver via identification information and external from the first application, the second application, when executed by the at least one processor, operates to:
provide a first GUI for receiving a first user instruction to input a print setting which is output by the second application and is to be applied by the printer driver to the generated print data when the printer driver generates the print command to be output to and interpreted by the printer, the output print command causing the printer to perform printing,
cause a second GUI to be displayed for receiving a second user instruction; and
wherein a third GUI for receiving a third user instruction to select maintenance processing to be performed on the printer is displayed based on the second user instruction being received in the second GUI,
wherein the information processing apparatus instructs the maintenance processing selected by the third user instruction to be performed on the printer by transmitting identifier data indicating the selected maintenance processing to the printer.

US Pat. No. 10,185,523

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM FOR PREVENTING INCONSISTENCY OF A SETTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a web browser, comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, causing the information processing apparatus to function as:
an update unit configured to update a setting related to a web application with a new setting in response to an instruction to access the web application;
an access unit configured to access, in response to the instruction, an access destination included in the setting updated by the update unit using the web browser;
a determination unit configured to determine, in response to a service request, whether the access destination included in the setting related to the web application matches a sender of the service request; and
a providing unit configured to provide a service in response to the service request in a case where the determination unit determines that the access destination matches the sender,
wherein the setting includes a current setting and a new setting,
the information processing apparatus further provides the current setting to an external device in response to a request from the external device and to store, as the new setting, a changed setting received from the external device,
in a case where there is the new setting, the update unit updates the setting by rewriting the current setting with the new setting and deletes the new setting after updating the setting, and
in a case where the access destination included in the current setting related to the web application matches the sender of the request, the determination unit determines that the access destination included in the setting matches the sender of the request.

US Pat. No. 10,187,578

CONTROL APPARATUS OF VIBRATION ACTUATOR, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VIBRATION ACTUATOR, DRIVING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, AND AUTOMATIC STAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus of a vibration actuator, the control apparatus including a control unit comprising:a unit configured to obtain a relative position between a vibrator and a driven member by a position detection unit, and to output a first deviation, which is a difference between the relative position and a command value of the relative position;
a gain control unit configured to obtain a second deviation, which is a difference between the relative position and a target position of the relative position, and to a output a gain based on the second deviation; and
a control amount calculation unit configured to output a control amount to be used to control driving of the vibrator using the first deviation and the gain,
wherein the gain control unit reduces the gain output in accordance with reduction of the second deviation, and
the relative position between the vibrator and the driven member is changed due to driving of the vibrator.

US Pat. No. 10,185,528

E-MAIL COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, E-MAIL COMMUNICATION METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a printer;
a memory storing computer-executable instructions; and
a processor executing the instructions causing the image processing apparatus to;
receive a plurality of divided e-mails which are divided from an e-mail;
generate the e-mail by combining the received plurality of divided e-mails;
control the printer to print an image based on image data included in the generated email; and
send, after a completion of the printing of the image by the printer, a confirmation e-mail to an e-mail address included in header information of the generated e-mail based on an MDN (Mail Delivery Notification) request included in the header information, wherein the confirmation e-mail is not send, in a case where the printing of the image has not yet been completed by the printer.

US Pat. No. 10,187,603

DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a display unit configured to sequentially display a plurality of images based on a plurality of frames including a first frame and a second frame; and
a control unit configured to control the display unit so as to display each frame with a display brightness according to a brightness of each frame,
wherein in a case that the second frame is to be subjected to predetermined image processing, the control unit performs controlling the display unit such that an amount of change from a display brightness of the first frame to a display brightness of the second frame is not more than a predetermined threshold value, and in a case that the second frame is not to be subjected to predetermined image processing, the control unit does not perform the controlling,
wherein the predetermined image processing is at least one of enlarging processing, outline enhancement processing, marker synthesizing processing, zebra display processing, and clipping processing.

US Pat. No. 10,186,068

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR RENDERING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of rendering an image, the method comprising:assigning a multi-threaded rendering unit to render a region of the image using a plurality of threads, the plurality of threads comprising at least a first thread and a second thread;
for a first thread rendering a pixel on a scan line of the region, determining using an identifier of the first thread, an index of a start pixel on said scan line rendered by the second thread;
rendering the pixel by the first thread using a position of the pixel determined based on the index of the start pixel and the identifier of the first thread; and
rendering the image by combining rendered pixels of the region based on positions of the rendered pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,183,509

SHEET SUPPLYING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a setting portion on which a roll sheet wound in a shape of a roll is set;
a pressing member configured to be movable between a first position for pressing an outer surface of the roll sheet set on the setting portion and a second position apart from the roll sheet set on the setting portion;
a printing unit configured to print on the roll sheet; and
a control unit configured to move the pressing member to the first position in a first case where the roll sheet set on the setting portion is supplied to the printing unit, and to move the pressing member to the second position in a second case where a roll sheet having a first surface printed by the printing unit is wound on the setting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,180,557

CORRECTING OPTICAL DEVICE, IMAGE DEFLECTION CORRECTING DEVICE AND IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A correcting optical device comprising:a fixing member;
a rotating member rotatably supported with respect to the fixing member in a plane perpendicular to an optical axis of the correcting optical device;
a movable member supported to be movable in parallel to the plane and configured to hold a lens;
at least first and second drive units provided between the movable member and the rotating member, and configured to produce a rotational driving force for moving the movable member; and
at least first and second contact members configured to limit a movable range of the movable member,
wherein the first and second drive units, the rotating member, the movable member, the first contact member, and the second contact member are adapted such that: for the regulation of movement of the movable member, by the rotational driving force produced by the first and second drive units, the rotating member is rotated in an opposite direction of a rotational direction of the movable member after the movable member is rotated in the rotational direction to be brought into contact with the first contact member, whereby an engaging portion formed in the rotating member and an engaging portion formed in the movable member engage each other to regulate translational movement of the movable member; and
wherein for image deflection correction, by a rotational driving force in the opposite direction of the rotational direction produced by the first and second drive units, the rotating member is rotated in the rotational direction with respect to the movable member after the movable member is rotated in the opposite direction to be brought into contact with the second contact member, whereby engagement between the rotating member and the movable member is released.

US Pat. No. 10,180,619

TERAHERTZ WAVE GENERATING ELEMENT AND TERAHERTZ WAVE DETECTING ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A terahertz wave generating element comprising:a nonlinear optical crystal configured to generate terahertz waves by light propagating therethrough; and
a coupling member through which the terahertz waves generated by the nonlinear optical crystal propagate;
wherein the coupling member includes a reflecting face configured to reflect at least a part of the terahertz waves generated by the nonlinear optical crystal and a transmission face configured to transmit the terahertz waves reflected at the reflecting face;
wherein the reflecting face is convex in a propagation direction of the terahertz waves generated by the nonlinear optical crystal;
wherein an angle at the coupling member side between the reflecting face and a propagation direction of the light is greater than 90 degrees?cos?1 (ng/nTHz) and smaller than 90 degrees at a plane including the propagation direction of the light, where ng represents a group refractive index of the nonlinear optical crystal at a wavelength of the light, and nTHz represents the refractive index of the coupling member at a wavelength of the terahertz waves generated by the nonlinear optical crystal;
and wherein a radius of curvature of the reflecting face, in a reflection region where the terahertz waves generated by the nonlinear optical crystal are reflected, is smaller the farther downstream in the propagation direction of the light.

US Pat. No. 10,180,651

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH RESTRICTING MEMBER THAT RESTRICTS MOVEMENT OF CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus, comprising:a cartridge that is attachable and detachable, includes a drum cartridge, including a photosensitive drum, and a developing cartridge, including a developer-bearing member that supplies a developer to the photosensitive drum;
a contact-separation mechanism that causes the photosensitive drum and the developer-bearing member to come into contact with each other or to separate from each other, the contact-separation mechanism including a portion that is contactable with the cartridge; and
a restricting member contactable with the cartridge, configured to restrict movement of the cartridge installed in a main body of the image-forming apparatus,
wherein the contact-separation mechanism causes the photosensitive drum and the developer-bearing member to separate from each other while the restricting member restricts the movement of the cartridge with the cartridge installed in the main body, and
wherein restriction of the movement of the cartridge by the restricting member is released in conjunction with operation of bringing the photosensitive drum and the developer-bearing member into contact with each other by the contact-separation mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,182,188

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTS BLACK BALANCE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image pickup unit configured to pick up an image of a subject;
a first adjustment unit configured to adjust an amount of light incident on said image pickup unit;
a second adjustment unit configured to be provided separately from said first adjustment unit and adjust an amount of light incident on said image pickup unit;
a judgment unit configured to judge whether an image pickup environment is dark to the extent that automatic adjustment of black balance is possible, based on evaluation values of a picked-up image obtained in a state where the amounts of incident light are maximized by respective ones of said first adjustment unit and said second adjustment unit, and a predetermined judgment threshold value;
a determination unit configured to determine the judgment threshold value based on a range over which the amount of incident light is adjustable by said first adjustment unit and a range over which the amount of incident light is adjustable by said second adjustment unit; and
a generation unit configured to, when said judgment unit judges that the automatic adjustment is possible in a state in which the image pickup environment is sufficiently dark, generate image correction data for adjusting black balance in a state where the amounts of incident light are minimized by respective ones of said first adjustment unit and said second adjustment unit.

US Pat. No. 10,180,658

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photoconductor;
a developing unit configured to develop a latent image formed on the photoconductor, with a developer;
a transfer unit configured to transfer a developer image developed on the photoconductor onto a sheet;
a detecting unit configured to detect a temperature outside the image forming apparatus;
a rotatable fan;
a cleaning unit configured to collect toner supplied onto the photoconductor; and
a controller configured to determine whether a condition for occurrence of dew condensation is satisfied based on information detected by the detecting unit,
wherein, in a case where the controller determines the condition for occurrence of dew condensation is satisfied, the controller executes a first dew condensation recovery operation for rotating the fan, and when an image forming job is input, the controller executes a second dew condensation recovery operation, in addition to the first dew condensation recovery operation, the second dew condensation recovery operation comprising supplying toner from the developing unit to the photoconductor and collecting the toner with the cleaning unit, before executing the image forming job.

US Pat. No. 10,176,614

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:an image acquirer configured to acquire first images and second images included in a first and a second sets, wherein each of the first and the second sets includes
at least one of the first images obtained by imaging a first region having a predetermined size at an eye fundus of a subject eye and the second images obtained by imaging a second region smaller than the predetermined size, and
wherein the first and the second images included in a same set are associated with each other based on an imaging period;
a registerer configured to perform
first registration of the first image and the second images included in the same set and
second registration of the first images included in different sets and
to generate positional information of the first registration and the second registration; and
a superimposer configured to superimpose
the second images included in the first set and the second images included in the second set acquired after the first set on one of the first images included in the first set or one of the first images included in the second set based on the positional information generated by the registerer to generate a superimposed image;
a region acquirer configured to acquire, from within the superimposed image, an evaluation region serving as a partial region subject to time-course evaluation;
an image selector configured to select the second images subject to fine registration from among the second images including the evaluation region;
a region extractor configured to extract a common region included in common in the second images subject to a third registration, the third registration being fine registration of the second images selected by the image selector and being performed by the registerer; and
a controller configured to perform control to display the common region and a result of the third registration.

US Pat. No. 10,175,595

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle, said toner particle comprising:a toner base particle containing a binder resin and a wax; and
a coating layer containing a 1,2-polybutadiene resin at the surface of the toner base particle, wherein
the 1,2-polybutadiene resin has a 1,2-syndiotactic structure,
a percentage content of the 1,2-syndiotactic structure in the 1,2-polybutadiene resin is at least 30 mass %, and
a coverage ratio of the toner base particle by the coating layer is at least 50%.

US Pat. No. 10,172,524

PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a light source;
a receiving element configured to receive, at a plurality of positions, a photoacoustic wave generated through irradiation of a subject with single pulsed light generated by the light source and output a time-series reception signal corresponding to the single pulsed light; and
a signal data obtaining unit configured to:
obtain the time-series reception signal output from the receiving element;
generate reception signal data from the time-series reception signal, and
store the reception signal data,
wherein the signal data obtaining unit is configured to obtain information on a shape of the subject and determine a first period corresponding to a period in which the receiving element receives a photoacoustic wave generated in a region other than the subject and a second period corresponding to a period in which the receiving element receives a photoacoustic wave generated in the subject on the basis of the information on the shape of the subject, and
wherein the signal data obtaining unit is configured to generate the reception signal data in such a manner that a data amount per unit of time of the time-series reception signal which is output from the receiving element in the first period and is stored in the signal data obtaining unit is smaller than a data amount per unit of time of the time-series reception signal which is output from the receiving element in the second period and is stored in the signal data obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 10,175,609

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating container configured to be urged by an urging member, the developer accommodating container comprising:developer; and
a container body accommodating the developer, the container body including a first member and a second member attached to the first member,
wherein the developer is accommodated in a space formed between the first member and the second member, and the first member is provided with a plurality of openings for discharging the developer from the space, and
wherein the first member is deformable toward an outside of the container body after the first member is deformed toward an inside of the space by being urged by the urging member.

US Pat. No. 10,175,617

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING A BELT GUIDE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus that fixes an image onto a recording material, comprising:a cylindrical belt;
a long narrow nip plate contacting an inner surface of the belt;
a roller configured to form a nip portion through the belt in conjunction with the nip plate;
a supporting member supporting the nip plate along a longitudinal direction of the nip plate, the supporting member having a cross section in a shape of U perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the nip plate, and supporting, with two legs forming an opening in the shape of U, a surface of the nip plate opposite to a surface contacting the belt; and
a guide member disposed on an upstream side of the nip plate in a recording material conveying direction in the nip portion and including a guide portion configured to contact the inner surface of the belt,
wherein the recording material on which the image is formed is heated while being conveyed through the nip portion, and the image is fixed onto the recording material,
wherein the supporting member is arranged such that the opening in the shape of U opens towards the nip plate,
wherein the guide member is supported by a first surface and a second surface of an upstream side leg, among the two legs of the supporting member, located on an upstream side in the recording material conveying direction, and
wherein the first surface is an end surface of the upstream side leg, and the second surface is a side surface of the upstream side leg and facing the inner surface of the belt.

US Pat. No. 10,175,632

POWER SUPPLY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply for supplying power to a load, the power supply comprising:a first switching unit configured to perform a switching operation to convert an input voltage to an output voltage, switching on and off being repeatedly performed in the switching operation in accordance with a control signal;
a power restriction unit configured to input the control signal; and
a second switching unit configured to input the control via the power restriction unit, and configured to perform switching on and off selectively in accordance with a control signal,
wherein the second switching unit is in an off state in a case where a voltage value according to the control signal is smaller than a threshold value and switches to an on state from the off state in a case where a voltage value according to the control signal exceeds the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,177,695

MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor control apparatus comprising:a motor including a rotor;
a current detection unit configured to detect a current flowing through the motor;
a position estimation unit configured to estimate a position of the rotor based on the current detected by the current detection unit; and
a driving voltage generation unit configured to generate a voltage applied to the motor based on the position of the rotor estimated by the position estimation unit, wherein
the position estimation unit includes:
a counter electromotive voltage estimation unit configured to estimate a counter electromotive voltage generated in the motor based on the voltage generated by the driving voltage generation unit and the current detected by the current detection unit; and
an arc tangent calculation unit configured to calculate an angle of deviation by performing an arc tangent calculation using coordinate data on a two-dimensional plane based on the counter electromotive voltage estimated by the counter electromotive voltage estimation unit, and
the arc tangent calculation unit includes:
a fundamental-wave rotation calculation unit configured to repeatedly perform a rotation calculation of coordinate data on a fundamental wave by gradually decreasing a rotation angle;
a harmonic rotation calculation unit configured to repeatedly perform a rotation calculation of coordinate data on at least one harmonic by gradually decreasing the rotation angle;
a rotation direction judgment unit configured to judge a rotation direction of a subsequent rotation calculation by the fundamental-wave rotation calculation unit and the harmonic rotation calculation unit based on a result of the rotation calculation by the fundamental-wave rotation calculation unit and a result of the rotation calculation by the harmonic rotation calculation unit; and
a deviation angle calculation unit configured to calculate, as an angle of deviation of the fundamental wave, a total of rotation angles obtained as a result of the rotation calculation by the fundamental-wave rotation calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,173,850

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device for feeding a sheet, the sheet feeding device comprising:a support unit configured to support the sheet;
a feeding unit configured to feed the sheet supported by the support unit;
an open-close member, arranged on an upstream side of the support unit in a feeding direction of the sheet and rotatably supported between an open position and a closed position with respect to the support unit, and configured to support the sheet in the open position with the support unit;
a slide member supported in a slidably movable manner in the feeding direction with respect to the support unit, wherein the slide member includes a rotation shaft portion on a downstream side in the feeding direction and a projection portion configured to contact the support unit to regulate a position of the feeding direction; and
a regulation member, supported by the slide member, configured to regulate a position of a sheet on an upstream end of the regulated sheet in the feeding direction of the sheet, where the regulated sheet is a sheet supported by the support unit or a sheet supported by the support unit and the open-close member,
wherein the support unit includes a guide portion configured to movably guide the rotation shaft portion,
wherein, if the open-close member is rotated from the open position toward the closed position in a state in which the open-close member is in contact with the slide member, the slide member rotates by following movement of the open-close member with respect to the guide portion around the rotation shaft portion, and
wherein the support unit includes a retraction portion in which the projection portion is retracted when the slide member rotates with respect to the guide portion by following movement of the open-close member.

US Pat. No. 10,173,853

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a sheet supporting member to support a sheet and is configured to be lifted and lowered;
a feeding member to feed the sheet stacked on the sheet supporting member;
a lift unit to lift the sheet supporting member such that the sheet stacked on the sheet supporting member is abutted against the feeding member, wherein the lift unit includes an urging member that surges the sheet supporting member towards the feeding member, a moving member that, with respect to the sheet supporting member, moves in a first direction that is a direction different from a lifting direction of the sheet supporting member, and a contact member that is supported by the sheet supporting member and is in contact with the moving member; and
a rotatable separating member provided in the sheet feeding apparatus,
wherein the moving member moves by rotation of the separating member,
wherein the contact member includes a curved surface in a region that comes in contact with the moving member,
wherein a contact state between the moving member and the contact member is changed by the curved surface, and
wherein owing to the change in the contact state, the sheet supporting member is capable of moving to a feed position in which the sheet stacked on the sheet supporting member is abutted against the feeding member with the urging member, and capable of moving to a retracted position in which the sheet supporting member countering an urging force of the urging member is retreated more from the feeding member with respect to the feed position.

US Pat. No. 10,173,856

SHEET SUPPORTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet supporting apparatus configured to support a sheet, the sheet supporting apparatus comprising:a first unit including a first housing, first and second lock portions, a first shaft configured to be supported rotatably with respect to the first housing and to turnably support the first lock portion, and a second shaft configured to be supported rotatably with respect to the first housing and to turnably support the second lock portion;
a second unit including a second housing and first and second engagement portions provided in the second housing and configured to engage respectively with the first and second lock portions; and
an interlock mechanism configured to interlock the first and second lock portions, the interlock mechanism comprising:
a gear portion rotating together with the first lock portion; and
a move portion including a rack portion engaging with the gear portion and a pressure surface configured to press the second lock portion and configured to move in a move direction in parallel with the second shaft, the pressure surface being configured to press the second lock portion from the move direction by the move portion that moves in the move direction,
wherein the first lock portion being locked with the first engagement portion and the second lock portion being locked with the second engagement portion are unlocked along with movements of the first and second lock portions, and
the first and second shafts are disposed such that extension lines of rotational axes of the first and second shafts cross with each other in a plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,175,452

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:a first image sensor including line sensors each having a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements and configured to receive a pair of different, light fluxes among light fluxes passing through an imaging optical system, to output an image signal;
an accumulation control unit configured to control accumulation of the image signal by each of the line sensors;
a focus detection unit configured to establish a correspondence of an AF area with each of a plurality of regions in each of the line sensors and detect a de focus amount of each of the plurality of regions based on the image signal of each of the plurality of regions; and
a setting unit configured to set the region corresponding to a position of a subject that should be in focus among the plurality of regions, as a reference region for the control of the accumulation of the image signal by the accumulation control unit,
wherein the focus detection unit detects the defocus amount based on the signal acquired from the control of the accumulation by the accumulation control unit, the control of the accumulation being based, on a light reception amount in the reference region set by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,175,464

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising,a plurality of lens units having an interval between each pair of adjacent lens units changed for zooming,
wherein the plurality of lens units consists of, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a third lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a fifth lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the third lens unit is configured to move in an optical axis direction during focusing, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.85<|f3/fw|<3.15;
?1.60 1.30<|f1/fw|<1.83,where fw represents a focal length of the zoom lens at a wide angle end, f3 represents a focal length of the third lens unit, m3 represents a movement amount of the third lens unit during zooming from the wide angle end to a telephoto end, and f1 represents a focal length of the first lens unit.

US Pat. No. 10,176,567

PHYSICAL REGISTRATION OF IMAGES ACQUIRED BY FOURIER PTYCHOGRAPHY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A computer-implementable method for processing images captured using a microscopy device, the method comprising:for each of a first microscopy slide and a second microscopy slide, capturing a plurality of partial spectrum images under multiple optical configurations so that each partial spectrum image captures a different portion of the spectrum of substantially same area of at least one of the first microscopy slide and the second microscopy slide;
selecting, from a first plurality of partial spectrum images, a partial spectrum image associated with a first optical configuration, wherein the first plurality of partial spectrum images is used in a reconstruction of a first combined spectrum image of at least part of the first microscopy slide;
determining a partial spectrum image in a second plurality of partial spectrum images captured under substantially the same optical configuration as the selected partial spectrum image to establish a first pair of partial spectrum images, wherein the second plurality of partial spectrum images is used in a reconstruction of a second combined spectrum image of at least part of the second microscopy slide;
determining a distortion map by aligning images derived from the first pair of the corresponding partial spectrum images, wherein the determined distortion map is used to process at least one of the first and second combined spectrum images.

US Pat. No. 10,176,576

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the medical image processing apparatus to perform operations including:
obtaining a medical three-dimensional image data from the at least one memory;
identifying a core line of a tubular structure included in the medical three-dimensional image data;
identifying, as a second point, an average coordinate calculated using a plurality of first points forming the core line;
obtaining a third point on an inner wall of the tubular structure on a basis of a positional relationship with the second point, the third point being located outside the core line in a direction from the second point to the tubular structure; and
calculating, as a length of the tubular structure, a length of a curve on the inner wall of the tubular structure, the curve including the third point,
wherein the length of the tubular structure is used for calculating a length of an artificial material to be inserted into the tubular structure.

US Pat. No. 10,162,289

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER, DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating container comprising:developer;
a flexible container provided with an accommodating portion for accommodating the developer and a plurality of openings for permitting discharge of the developer from the accommodating portion, and the flexible container provided with a hole that is disposed away from the accommodating portion; and
a sealing member bonded to the flexible container so as to cover the plurality of openings and for exposing the plurality of openings by being moved,
wherein, when the sealing member is moved, the flexible container is deformed to change a shape of the plurality of openings.

US Pat. No. 10,162,546

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus capable of transmitting and receiving data to and from a plurality of storages mounted on a network, the imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging unit configured to capture an image;
a memory configured to store a priority order of the plurality of storages;
one or more interfaces configured to receive a first command or a second command, and a third command, wherein the first command includes an instruction to mount a specific storage, wherein the second command includes an instruction to mount a storage selected by the imaging apparatus from among the plurality of storages, and wherein the third command includes an instruction to execute one of a plurality of types of data transfer processing by using a mounted storage; and
one or more processors configured to automatically select and mount a storage from among the plurality of storages, the plurality of storages not mounted to the imaging apparatus, if the one or more interfaces receive the second command and the third command, the storage to mount being selected based on the type of data transfer processing specified in the instruction included in the third command in a case where no storage has been mounted to the imaging apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,162,292

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS A SHEET FEEDING INTERVAL BASED ON AN ABNORMAL STATE IN WHICH A HEAT ABSORPTION MEMBER REMAINS IN CONTACT WITH A PRESSING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming station configured to form a toner image on a recording material;
a rotatable heating member and a rotatable pressing member that are configured to form a nip for fixing the toner image on the recording material;
a rotatable heat absorption member configured to absorb heat by contacting said rotatable pressing member;
a moving mechanism configured to move said rotatable heat absorption member to and away from said rotatable pressing member;
a detecting portion configured to detect an abnormal state in which said rotatable heat absorption member remains in contact with said rotatable pressing member; and
a controller configured to control an interval between adjacent recording materials when an image forming operation is continuously carried out for a plurality of recording materials,
wherein, when said detecting portion does not detect the abnormal state, said controller supplies the recording materials into the nip at a first feeding interval, and, when said detecting portion detects the abnormal state, said controller supplies the recording materials into the nip at a second feeding interval that is longer than the first interval.

US Pat. No. 10,162,303

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing a toner image on a recording material, the fixing apparatus comprising:a pair of rotating members configured to form a nip portion at which the recording material, on which the toner image has been formed, is conveyed and heated, the pair of rotating members including a cylindrical film and a pressure roller;
a frame configured to support the pair of rotating members rotatably; and
an opening and closing door configured to be movable between an open position and a closed position relative to the frame on a downstream side of the nip portion in a conveyance direction of the recoding material, the opening and closing door including a duct in which air flows toward an outside of the fixing apparatus,
wherein the recording material is being conveyed at the nip portion while the opening and closing door is in the closed position,
wherein the duct includes an aperture through which air near the pair of rotating members is sucked into the duct, the aperture being provided in a position in which the pressure roller faces the aperture and in which the recording material does not pass through the aperture,
wherein the opening and closing door includes a rod having a first portion movable by contact with the recording material and a second portion movable integrally with the first portion, and includes a sensor configured to output different signals according to the position of the second portion of the rod, and
wherein the second portion of the rod and the sensor are provided on an outer side of the area where the duct is provided in a longitudinal direction of the pair of rotating members.

US Pat. No. 10,162,304

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:a photosensitive drum configured to carry an electrostatic latent image;
a developing roller configured to develop the electrostatic latent image;
a drum frame for supporting the photosensitive drum;
a developing frame for supporting the developing roller, wherein the developing frame is rotatably supported by the drum frame about an rotational axis, and wherein the developing frame is movable, relative to the drum frame, between a contact position in which the developing roller is contact with the photosensitive drum and a spaced-apart position in which the developing roller is spaced apart from the photosensitive drum;
a force receiving member having an end and an urged portion, the force receiving member being configured to move between a regulating position and an operative position, wherein the end is closer to the rotational axis when the force receiving member is in the regulating position than when the force receiving member is in the operative position,
an urging member including a first portion contacting with and urging the urged portion of the force receiving member, a second portion, and an elastic portion disposed between the first portion and the second portion,
wherein, when a force is applied to the end of the force receiving member when the force receiving member is in the operative position, the developing frame is moved such that the developing roller is spaced apart from the photosensitive drum, and
wherein the elastic portion is elastically deformable when the force receiving member is in the regulating position.

US Pat. No. 10,162,580

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a wireless communicator;
a printer; and
a controller,
wherein, when the printing apparatus starts a direct wireless communication, which is directly and wirelessly communicating with an information processing apparatus by the wireless communicator without going through a relay apparatus, the controller determines whether or not a setting of a specific protocol for the printing apparatus to provide a printing service to the information processing apparatus is enabled, and
wherein, in accordance with the determination that the setting of the specific protocol is not enabled, the controller changes the setting of the specific protocol from disable to enable.

US Pat. No. 10,165,151

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
store in a storage unit, as user information of a user capable of logging into the information processing apparatus, first user information of a first user having particular authority and second user information of a second user having no particular authority,
wherein the particular authority is an authority to change particular settings of the information processing apparatus;
display a user selection screen on which at least a login instruction button for the second user is displayed and a login instruction button for the first user is not displayed; and
perform a login process that, according to selection of the login instruction button for the second user, enables the second user to log into the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,163,381

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for outputting an image to a display device, the apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:
generate a plurality of sub-frame images from an input frame image;
adjust lightness of one or more sub-frame images included in the plurality of sub-frame images to generate a light image and a dark image using an adjustment degree of the lightness, wherein the dark image is not brighter than the light image;
set a color-non-uniformity correction table among a plurality of color-non-uniformity correction tables based on the adjustment degree used for adjusting the light image and the dark image; and
perform color-non-uniformity correction processing on the light image and the dark image using a correction value obtained by referencing the set color-non-uniformity correction table to reduce color non-uniformity of the display device.

US Pat. No. 10,163,382

LIQUID CRYSTAL DRIVE APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REDUCING DEGRADATION IN IMAGE QUALITY DUE TO DISCLINATION, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING LIQUID CRYSTAL DRIVE PROGRAM CAPABLE THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid crystal drive apparatus configured to drive a liquid crystal element, the apparatus comprising:an image data producer configured to produce, using each of multiple input frame image data continuously input thereto, first frame image data and second frame image data; and
a driver configured to drive the liquid crystal element so as to cause each of multiple pixels of the liquid crystal element to form a tone by sequentially controlling, depending on the first frame image data and the second frame image data, application of a first voltage or a second voltage lower than the first voltage to each of the multiple pixels of the liquid crystal element in each of multiple sub-frame periods that are included in one frame period and in which the liquid crystal element is driven depending on one of the first and second image data,
wherein the image data producer is configured to (a) apply a first gain to all tones of the input frame image data to produce the first frame image data and (b) apply a second gain different from the first gain to the all tones of that input frame image data to produce the second frame image data, and
wherein a difference between the first gain and the second gain is 20% or less of a higher one of the first and second gains.

US Pat. No. 10,163,971

IMAGE SENSOR, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:a plurality of pixels, wherein each pixel of said plurality of pixels comprises:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion parts, each one of the plurality of photoelectric conversion parts receiving a luminous flux passing through a different part of a pupil of a photographing lens and outputting an output signal based on photoelectric conversion;
a microlens; and
a plurality of interlayer lenses formed between said plurality of photoelectric conversion parts and said microlens and integrally formed to correspond to respective ones of the plurality of photoelectric conversion parts,
wherein said plurality of interlayer lenses cause light incident on said plurality of interlayer lenses to enter said corresponding plurality of photoelectric conversion parts and are arranged at a focus position of said microlens, and
wherein said microlens and said plurality of photoelectric conversion parts are conjugate due to said plurality of interlayer lenses.

US Pat. No. 10,163,222

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, TRACKING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a tracking unit configured to detect an area correlated with a tracking area corresponding to an object;
a touch detection unit configured to detect a touch operation;
a first detection unit configured to detect information corresponding to a distance to the object;
a second detection unit configured to detect a movement of the object;
a setting unit configured to set an area including a touch position where the touch operation is performed as an area from which the information corresponding to the distance to the object is detected, in accordance with a result of the detection by the second detection unit; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate, for the area, a difference between the information corresponding to the detected distance to the object and information corresponding to a distance to an object that has previously been tracked,
wherein the tracking unit is configured to set the tracking area based on a calculated result.

US Pat. No. 10,165,287

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image coding apparatus comprising:a quantization unit configured to quantize transform coefficients by using a quantization matrix, the quantization matrix being a matrix with n rows and n columns, n being a natural number equal to or greater than 4,
an acquisition unit configured to acquire difference values between elements among a plurality of elements in the quantization matrix, and
a coding unit configured to code the difference values acquired by the acquisition unit,
wherein the acquisition unit acquires a difference value between an element corresponding to a first row and a first column and a predetermined initial value, and
wherein the acquisition unit acquires a difference value between an element corresponding to the first row and a p-th column (p is a natural number equal to or greater than 2) in the quantization matrix and an element corresponding to a (p+1)th row and the first column in the quantization matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,152,023

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, the image forming apparatus comprising:a process cartridge including an engaged portion; and
an apparatus main body to which the process cartridge is mountable, the apparatus main body including:
a guiding member configured to guide the process cartridge while the process cartridge is being mounted to the apparatus main body in a mounting direction, and configured to move up and down, together with the process cartridge, between a mounting position where the process cartridge is mountable and an image forming position, above the mounting position, where image forming is possible; and
an engaging portion configured to engage with the engaged portion of the process cartridge so as to restrict a movement of the process cartridge in the mounting direction in a state that the guiding member is positioned at the image forming position, the engaging portion being configured to move up and down interlocking with the guiding member,wherein in a state that the guiding member is positioned at the mounting position, the engaging portion is spaced from the engaged portion of the process cartridge in a direction in which the guiding member moves up and down, so as not to engage with the engaged portion of the process cartridge, andwherein with a movement of the guiding member from the mounting position to the image forming position, the engaging portion approaches the engaged portion of the process cartridge, so that the engaging portion engages with the engaged portion of the process cartridge in the state that the guiding member is positioned at the image forming position.

US Pat. No. 10,146,176

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:a photosensitive drum configured to carry an electrostatic latent image;
a developing roller configured to develop the electrostatic latent image;
a drum frame for supporting the photosensitive drum;
a developing frame for supporting the developing roller, wherein the developing frame is rotatably supported by the drum frame about an rotational axis, and wherein the developing frame is movable, relative to the drum frame, between a contact position in which the developing roller is contact with the photosensitive drum and a spaced-apart position in which the developing roller is spaced apart from the photosensitive drum;
a force receiving member having an end and an urged portion, the force receiving member being configured to move between a regulating position and an operative position, wherein the end is closer to the rotational axis when the force receiving member is in the regulating position than when the force receiving member is in the operative position,
an urging member including a first portion contacting with and urging the urged portion of the force receiving member, a second portion, and an elastic portion disposed between the first portion and the second portion,
wherein, when a force is applied to the end of the force receiving member when the force receiving member is in the operative position, the developing frame is moved such that the developing roller is spaced apart from the photosensitive drum, and
wherein the elastic portion is elastically deformable when the force receiving member is in the regulating position.

US Pat. No. 10,146,992

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT RECOGNIZE AN IMAGE BASED ON A DESIGNATED OBJECT TYPE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory storing instructions executable by the hardware processor,
wherein the hardware processor executes the instructions stored in the memory to execute:
an acquisition task that acquires first information from each of a plurality of images, wherein the first information is related to a part of an object detected in each of the plurality of images;
a storing task that stores second information representing a relationship between the part of the object and an item to be considered in a case of recognizing a target object;
a designation task that accepts designation of a retrieval condition of a target object, wherein the retrieval condition includes third information describing the part of the target object;
a selection task that selects, from among the plurality of images, at least one image based on the item relating to the part of the target object included in the retrieval condition designated by the designation task; and
a detection task that detects the target object with regard to the images selected by the selection task.

US Pat. No. 10,147,014

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for reducing noise in an X-ray image obtained from a digital X-ray detector, the image processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing a program; and
one or more processors which, by executing the program, function as:
a processing unit configured to execute low-pass filtering on the X-ray image in a specific direction and high-pass filtering on the X-ray image in a direction perpendicular to the specific direction to obtain filtered image data, and to extract linear noise in the specific direction from the filtered image data; and
wherein the processing unit subtracts the extracted linear noise from the X-ray image,
wherein the processing unit extracts the linear noise for segmented imaging regions obtained by segmenting the filtered image data.

US Pat. No. 10,147,018

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:
obtain a local feature amount at a feature point in an image by performing rotation correction by a rotation correction amount, and, after the rotation correction, calculating the local feature amount at the feature point;
obtain a plurality of pairs of feature points, wherein a pair of feature points includes a feature point in a first image and a feature point in a second image, and the plurality of pairs include a first pair and a second pair; and
determine a similarity between the first image and the second image using the obtained plurality of pairs based on a RANSAC method, through:
calculating a first difference between the rotation correction amount, which was used in calculating the local feature amount at the feature point, included in the first pair, in the first image, and the rotation correction amount, which was used in calculating the local feature amount at the feature point, included in the second pair, in the first image; and
determining, based on the first difference, whether to use the first pair and the second pair as two pairs in derivation of a function for transforming coordinates of a feature point in the second image into coordinates of a corresponding feature point in the first image in the RANSAC method.

US Pat. No. 10,146,150

PROCESS CARTRIDGE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a rotatable image bearing member that bears a latent image;
an exposure unit for exposing the image bearing member;
a charging member that charges the image bearing member;
a bias applying unit for applying a bias voltage to the charging member;
a discharge amount detection unit for detecting a current amount discharged between the charging member and the image bearing member;
a discharge current control unit for determining a bias voltage to be applied to the charging member from the discharge current amount detected by the discharge amount detection unit; and
a discharge information detection unit for detecting discharge information which is information on discharge between the charging member and the image bearing member, wherein
the discharge information detection unit sets, in a part of a printable region on the surface of the image bearing member, a region, which has a width in a direction perpendicular to the rotation direction that is less than a width of the printable region, as a partial measurement region, and detects partial discharge information on discharge between the partial measurement region and the charging member when the exposure unit forms different potentials in the partial measurement region and a region excluding the partial measurement region after the image bearing member is charged to a constant potential by the charging member, and
the discharge current control unit corrects the bias voltage in image formation that is applied to the charging member on the basis of the partial discharge information.

US Pat. No. 10,142,571

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor including a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions for each of a plurality of microlenses;
readout control circuitry that performs readout control using one of a first readout method in which the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions corresponding to each of the microlenses are separated into two or more portions to read out a plurality of image signals from the image sensor, and a second readout method in which image signals of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions corresponding to each of the microlenses are added together to read out the added image signal;
determination circuitry that determines whether an image signal read out from the image sensor has been read out using the first readout method or the second readout method, and outputs a determination result;
an adder that adds the plurality of image signals that have been read out using the first readout method, based on the determination result provided by the determination circuitry; and
adjusting circuitry that adjusts the added image signal obtained through the addition by an increased amount of the black level that has increased due to the addition performed by the adder, as an adjustment value.

US Pat. No. 10,136,001

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a conveying unit that conveys a document;
a reading unit that reads both a first side and a second side of the document conveyed by the conveying unit, and generates image data of the first side and image data of the second side;
a first storage unit configured to store image data of the first side read by the reading unit and image data of the second side read by the reading unit;
a second storage unit configured to store image data of the first side transferred from the first storage unit and image data of the second side transferred from the first storage unit; and
a determining unit configured to determine whether the second side is a blank page based on image data of the second side read by the reading unit,
wherein, in a case where the determining unit determines that the second side is not a blank page, the second storage unit stores image data of the second side transferred from the first storage unit, and
wherein, in a case where the determining unit determines that the second side is a blank page, the second storage unit does not store image data of the second side.

US Pat. No. 10,136,016

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS HAVING PROHIBITED DATA DELETION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus being capable of performing facsimile communication, comprising:at least one memory that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
receive facsimile data;
store the received facsimile data in a storage;
generate a preview image, based on the facsimile data stored in the storage;
transmit, according to a request for a preview image from an external device, the generated preview image to the external device;
determine whether or not the external device is displaying the preview image of the facsimile data; and
delete, in a case where an instruction to delete the facsimile data stored in the storage is received from another external device and it is determined that the external device is not displaying the preview image of the facsimile data, the facsimile data in the storage according to the instruction,
wherein, in a case where the instruction to delete is received from the another external device and it is determined that the external device is displaying the preview image of the facsimile data, the facsimile data, in the storage is not deleted according to the instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,136,025

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more controllers having a circuit configured to execute programs or a circuit implementing functions, the one or more controllers being configured to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire print data including a plurality of pages;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether all of the plurality of pages included in the acquired print data are designated to be rotated through 180 degrees;
a second determination unit configured to determine whether two or more pages of the plurality of pages included in the acquired print data are designated to be aggregated in a predetermined arrangement; and
an output unit configured to output, based on a determination that all of the plurality of pages included in the acquired print data are designated to be rotated through 180 degrees and a determination that two or more pages of the plurality of pages included in the acquired print data are designated to be aggregated in the predetermined arrangement, an image in which all of the plurality of pages are not rotated through 180 degrees and are aggregated in an arrangement different from the predetermined arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,136,026

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that performs a rasterization of a thin graphic object, the image forming apparatus comprising:a controller including a processor and a memory storing instructions executed by the processor, wherein the controller acts as units comprising:
(a) a correction unit configured to control, for the rasterization, whether or not to perform widening processing of widening a width of the thin graphic object, according to whether a setting of widening the thin graphic object is set to be enabled or disabled; and
(b) a control unit configured to control, for the rasterization, whether to perform a first conversion complying with a first conversion rule on the thin graphic object for which the widening processing has been controlled to be performed by the correction unit or to perform a second conversion complying with a second conversion rule on the thin graphic object, in accordance with whether the setting of widening the thin graphic object is set to be enabled or disabled,
wherein the rasterization corresponding to the first conversion rule fills or does not fill a pixel with color depending on a position of a boundary of the thin graphic object in the pixel, and
wherein the rasterization corresponding to the second conversion rule fills a pixel with color in a case where the position of the boundary of the thin graphic object exists in the pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,136,029

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,133,219

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,133,220

FIXING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing an image onto a recording material, the fixing apparatus comprising:a heating rotary member;
a film having a cylindrical shape; and
a pressure member that presses the film from inside the film toward the heating rotary member to form a nip portion which is an area where the heating rotary member and the film contact, the pressure member including a metallic member extending from an upstream side of a center of the nip portion to a downstream side of the center of the nip portion in a recording material conveyance direction and a resin member that supports the metallic member and press the film toward the heating rotary member,
wherein the recording material on which the image is formed is conveyed while being heated at the nip portion to fix the image onto the recording material,
wherein the metallic member and the resin member are in contact with an inner surface of the film,
wherein the nip portion is formed between the heating rotary member and an area of the film with which the metallic member and the resin member are in contact in the recording material conveyance direction,
wherein in a cross section perpendicular to a rotation axis direction of the heating rotary member, a center of gravity of the metallic member is on the upstream side of the center of the nip portion in the recording material conveyance direction,
wherein, of the resin member, a portion that is located downstream of the nip portion in the recording material conveyance direction protrudes toward the heating rotary member beyond the metallic member.

US Pat. No. 10,136,039

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,136,051

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,133,246

POSITION CONTROL DEVICE AND POSITION CONTROL METHOD, OPTICAL DEVICE, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A position control device comprising:an encoder that detects a position of an object to be controlled;
a processor constructed to:
output a target velocity and a target position of the object to be controlled,
calculate a first control amount for causing the object to be controlled to track the target position,
calculate a second control amount for controlling the velocity of the object to be controlled to be at the target velocity,
calculate a total control amount obtained by adding the first control amount and the second control amount, and
acquire a correction amount on the basis of the first control amount or the total control amount when the object to be controlled is kept at a first position,
wherein the processor is further constructed to output a corrected control amount as the second control amount, the corrected control amount being calculated on the basis of the acquired correction amount and a third control amount calculated from the target velocity while a velocity of the object to be controlled is changed into the target velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,136,064

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,136,070

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:an image capturing unit;
a memory configured to store image data that is output at a predetermined frame rate from the image capturing unit;
one or more processors or circuits that function as:
a writing unit configured to write the image data to the memory;
a readout unit configured to read out the image data stored in the memory; and
a control unit configured to:
control reading out of the image data by the readout unit,
perform control such that a frame of image data read out by the readout unit differs between when electronic zoom is operating and when electronic zoom is not operating,
perform, when electronic zoom is not operating, a first control in which the readout unit reads out image data of a frame that is the same as a frame for which the writing unit is writing image data, and
perform, when electronic zoom is operating, a second control in which image data that was written to the memory at least one frame prior is read out; and
a display configured to display an image based on the image data read out by the readout unit.

US Pat. No. 10,136,072

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,136,073

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,136,091

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,136,093

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,126,691

IMAGE FORMING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming device comprising:an image forming portion configured to form an image on a recording medium;
an endless belt including a layer containing metal, the endless belt configured to heat, at a nip portion, the image formed on the recording medium by the image forming portion;
a nip formation member provided on an inside of the endless belt;
a rotary member cooperating with the endless belt to form the nip portion and configured to rotate the endless belt;
a pressing mechanism configured to press the nip formation member and the rotary member to form the nip portion, the pressing mechanism causing a relative position of the nip formation member to the rotary member to be at a first position at which a predetermined recording medium remaining between the endless belt and the rotary member is pullable with a tensile force of 9.8 N or a second position at which the predetermined recording medium remaining between the endless belt and the rotary member is not pullable with the tensile force of 9.8 N;
a detecting portion configured to detect a crack of an end portion of the endless belt;
a rotation control portion configured to stop rotation of the rotary member according to detection of the crack of the end portion of the endless belt by the detecting portion;
an informing portion configured to inform an error in response to detection of the crack of the end portion of the endless belt by the detecting portion;
a power source switch switchable between an OFF state for stopping a power supply to the image forming device and an ON state for supplying power to the image forming device; and
a pressing control portion configured to control the pressing mechanism,
wherein when jam causing the recording medium to remain at the nip portion occurs without detection of the crack of the end portion of the endless belt by the detecting portion, the pressing control portion controls the pressing mechanism such that the relative position is at the first position, and
when the error is informed by the informing portion and the jam causing the recording medium to remain at the nip portion occurs and the power source switch is switched to the OFF state, the pressing control portion controls the pressing mechanism such that the power supply to the image forming device is stopped with the relative position being at the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,126,693

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH TECHNOLOGY FOR SENDING COMMAND IN TIMELY MANNER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a light source;
an image carrier;
a scanning unit configured to deflect a light beam output from the light source such that the light beam scans the image carrier;
a first control unit configured to execute control related to a video signal; and
a second control unit connected to the first control unit by a communication line, and configured to control the light source according to a video signal received from the first control unit;
the first control unit having:
a video signal generation unit configured to generate a video signal according to image information,
a command generation unit configured to generate a command for transmitting a control parameter used to control the light source,
a storage unit configured to store a command generated by the command generation unit, and
a sending unit configured to send each of a plurality of commands stored in the storage unit according to an order of earliest to latest execution timing through the communication line, and
the second control unit having:
a receiving unit configured to receive the video signal and the command through the communication line, and
a drive unit configured to generate a drive signal according to the video signal and the command received by the receiving unit and drive the light source,
wherein the image forming apparatus further comprises:
a sorting unit configured to sort a plurality of commands stored in the storage unit according to an order of earliest to latest execution timing of each command,
wherein the sending unit sends the plurality commands sorted by the sorting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,126,695

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT IS IMPROVED IN JAM PROCESSING EFFICIENCY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a conveying path for conveying a sheet supplied from the image forming unit;
a sheet inspection device configured to perform a sheet duplication inspection on a sheet being conveyed through the conveying path;
a display unit configured to display information; and
a controller configured to control the image forming unit to:
to interrupt image formation when a jam occurs in the conveying path; and
resume formation of images including respective images formed on one or more jammed sheets, after the one or more jammed sheets are removed,
wherein, in a case where one of the one or more jammed sheets is on a downstream side of the sheet inspection device, the controller is configured to control the image forming unit to resume the image formation from an image formed on the one of the one or more jammed sheets, based on a user instruction for resuming the image formation, and
wherein, in a case where one of the one or more jammed sheets is on an upstream side of the sheet inspection device, the controller is configured to control the image forming unit to resume the image formation from an image formed on the one of the one or more jammed sheets, without the user instruction for resuming the image formation.

US Pat. No. 10,126,706

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus, comprising:a main body of the apparatus in which a cartridge is mountable, the cartridge including a first driven body, a second driven body, a first engaged portion to be engaged for receiving a driving force that causes the first driven body to be driven, and a second engaged portion to be engaged for receiving a driving force that causes the second driven body to be driven; and
a driving force transmitter rotatable about a rotational axis thereof, the driving force transmitter including a first engaging portion engaging the first engaged portion to rotate the first engaged portion and a second engaging portion engaging the second engaged portion to rotate the second engaged portion,
wherein a torque required to rotate the second engaged portion is larger than a torque required to rotate the second engaging portion in a state where the first engaging portion does not engage the first engaged portion.

US Pat. No. 10,127,241

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,129,427

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,129,441

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image processor configured to perform image processing to image data, and output the image data;
an image former configured to form an image on a sheet based on the output image data;
a conveyor configured to convey the sheet along a conveyance path;
a sensor, provided in the conveyance path, configured to measure a test pattern on the sheet, the test pattern being formed by the image former; and
a controller configured to:
control the image former to form the test pattern on the sheet, the test pattern including measurement images, trigger images and blank areas in which the measurement images and the trigger images are not formed, wherein the test pattern includes a first measurement image, a second measurement image, a first blank area and a second blank area between a first trigger image and a second trigger image in a conveyance direction of the sheet, wherein the first blank area is between the first trigger image and the first measurement image in the conveyance direction, wherein the first measurement image is between the first blank area and the second blank area in the conveyance direction, wherein the second measurement image is between the second blank area and the second trigger image in the conveyance direction, and wherein the second blank area is between the first measurement image and the second measurement image;
control the sensor to read, while conveying the sheet by the conveyor, the test pattern on the sheet;
determine a conveyance error of the sheet based on a reading result of the test pattern by the sensor; and
generate an image processing condition based on the reading result of the test pattern by the sensor, in a case where the conveyance error is not determined,
wherein the image processing condition is used for the image processing.

US Pat. No. 10,129,446

TELECOMMUNICATION UNIT THAT ENABLES COMMUNICATION BETWEEN IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, AS WELL AS LENS ADAPTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication unit that is removably fixed to an image pickup apparatus and provided in a lens adapter, on which an interchangeable lens is removably mounted, to enable communication between the image pickup apparatus and the interchangeable lens, comprising:a first electric connecting unit having a plurality of contact portions that are electrically connected to contact portions of the interchangeable lens when the interchangeable lens is mounted on the lens adapter; and
a second electric connecting unit having a plurality of contact portions that are electrically connected to contact portions of the image pickup apparatus when the lens adapter is fixed to the image pick apparatus,
wherein the plurality of contact portions of the second electric connecting unit are formed as a comb teeth-shaped terminal, wherein a contact position of the comb teeth-shaped terminal contacting with the contact portions of the image pickup apparatus is movable relatively in an optical axis direction, and
wherein the plurality of contact portions of the second electric connecting unit are arranged more linearly than an arrangement of the plurality of contact portions of the first electric connecting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,129,449

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,129,453

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a computer executing instructions that, when executed by the computer, cause the computer to function as:
a receiving control unit configured to control a receiving unit which receives, from an external apparatus, a command designating a parameter value related to image data; and
a transmitting control unit configured to control a transmitting unit which transmits a response to the external apparatus in response to the command received by the receiving unit,
wherein a video source mode is settable to the image capturing apparatus,
wherein the video source mode defines at least a maximum value for a parameter of a first kind and a maximum value for a parameter of a second kind,
wherein, an error response is not transmitted to the external apparatus from the transmitting unit in a state where a first video source mode is being set to the image capturing apparatus, if the parameter value designated by the command is not settable in the state and the parameter value designated by the command is the parameter value for the parameter of the first kind, and
wherein the transmitting control unit is configured to cause the transmitting unit to transmit an error response to the external apparatus in response to the command received by the receiving unit in the state, if the parameter value designated by the command is not settable in the state and the parameter value designated by the command is the parameter value for the parameter of the second kind.

US Pat. No. 10,129,457

CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SHOOTING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to provide:
an acquisition unit adapted to acquire annotation information input by a user with respect to a first image shot by a shooting unit;
an analysis unit adapted to analyze the acquired annotation information and determine whether the annotation information is a camera command generation target;
a generation unit adapted to generate a camera command defining an operation of the shooting unit based on the annotation information determined as the camera command generation target; and
a transmission unit adapted to transmit the generated camera command to the shooting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,129,466

IMAGE GENERATING APPARATUS, IMAGE GENERATING METHOD, AND IMAGE GENERATING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image generating apparatus, comprising:an input unit configured to input data on a defocused image group constituted by a plurality of images acquired by imaging an object for a plurality of times while changing a focal position in an optical axis direction of an imaging optical system;
a storage unit configured to store data on a plurality of filters generated on the basis of a three-dimensional blur function for approximating a blur characteristic of the imaging optical system; and
a computing unit configured to acquire data on a filter to be used from the storage unit and to generate a new image by applying the filter to the defocused image group, wherein
when a first element of a first filter out of the plurality of filters is symmetrical or anti-symmetrical with a second element included in the first filter or a second filter, which is different from the first filter, the storage unit does not store the data on the first element of the first filter, and the computing unit generates the data on the first element of the first filter on the basis of data on the second element which is stored in the storage unit when the first filter is used.

US Pat. No. 10,129,473

VIDEO RECORDING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A video recording apparatus comprising:a high-precision-signal generation circuit that generates a highly accurate clock that is used to count for clocking when power is ON;
a low-frequency-signal generation circuit that generates a low frequency clock for counting by performing an oscillation operation at a frequency that is lower than the frequency of the high-precision-signal generation circuit when the power is OFF;
one or more processors; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the video recording apparatus to:
set a count method by which a time code given to a video image is counted by selecting from among a plurality of count methods including a free run mode in which the time code is counted regardless of whether a video image is recording;
control so as to perform auto power off to turn off power when a mode other than the free run mode is set and when a predetermined condition, which includes a condition where there is no user's operation within a predetermined period, is satisfied; and
control so as not to turn off the power even when the predetermined condition is satisfied when the free run mode is set.

US Pat. No. 10,129,475

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING AN IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,127,182

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,126,674

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning device comprising:a semiconductor laser configured to emit a laser beam for exposing a photosensitive member;
a laser holder, which is a resin molded product, configured to hold the semiconductor laser;
an optical member configured to guide the laser beam so that the laser beam scans the photosensitive member;
an optical box configured to accommodate the optical member and including a side wall to which the laser holder is fixed, the optical box including (i) a first screw portion provided to the side wall and into which a first fixing screw is tightened for fixing the laser holder to the side wall, (ii) a second screw portion provided to the side wall and into which a second fixing screw is tightened for fixing the laser holder to the side wall, and (III) a third screw portion provided to the side wall and into which a third fixing screw is tightened for fixing the laser holder to the side wall;
wherein the laser holder includes:
a holding portion which is a main body of the laser holder and formed with a hole configured to allow the first screw to pass therethrough and a hole configured to allow the third screw to pass therethrough,
wherein the holding portion includes:
fixing portions configured to attach the semiconductor laser; and
a first contacting portion formed adjacent to the holes and contacts with the side wall;
a fixing mechanism protruding from an outer peripheral portion of the holding portion in a direction crossing with the second screw, the fixing mechanism includes:
two projecting portions projecting from the holding portion,
a bridge portion connected to the holding portion via the two projecting portions so as to bridge the two projecting portions, and
a second contacting portion formed adjacent to a hole through which the second screw passes;
wherein the second contacting portion is disposed inside the holes that is formed by the holding portion, two projecting portions and the bridge portion in an insertion direction of the second screw,
wherein the second contacting portion is connected with a bridge portion and not connected with a holding portion,
wherein the laser holder is fixed to the optical box by the first contacting portion abutting on the side wall by the first screw being fixed to the first screw portion, the second contacting portion abutting on the side wall by the second screw being fixed to the second screw portion, and the third contacting portion abutting on the side wall by the third screw being fixed to the third screw portion.

US Pat. No. 10,126,675

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image based on input image data, comprising:a semiconductor laser including a light-emitting element configured to emit laser light;
a light-receiving element configured to receive the laser light emitted from the light-emitting element;
a deflection unit configured to deflect the laser light emitted from the light-emitting element so that the laser light scans a photoconductor;
a drive unit configured to drive the semiconductor laser,
the drive unit including
a current supply unit configured to supply a current to the light-emitting element, the current supply unit being configured to, in at least a period during which the laser light scans the photoconductor, supply a bias current to the light-emitting element regardless of the image data and supply a switching current to be superimposed on the bias current to the light-emitting element on the basis of the image data,
a correction unit configured to correct a value of the current supplied from the current supply unit to the light-emitting element to correct a rising edge of a waveform representing an amount of laser light emitted from the light-emitting element, and
a bias current control unit configured to control a value of the bias current in accordance with a light receiving result of the light-receiving element which has received the laser light emitted from the light-emitting element upon a current being supplied to the light-emitting element; and
a control unit configured to switch a state of an operation performed by the correction unit for the current supplied to the light-emitting element, in such a manner that the correction unit corrects a value of the switching current when the switching current is supplied to the light-emitting element on the basis of the image data and in such a manner that the correction unit does not correct a value of the current supplied from the current supply unit to the light-emitting element when the laser light is made incident on the light-receiving element to control the value of the bias current.

US Pat. No. 10,127,701

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,126,683

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:a developer bearing member configured to be rotatable;
a first chamber configured to supply developer to the developer bearing member;
a second chamber configured to collect the developer conveyed from the developer bearing member and to form a circulation path of the developer with the first chamber;
a first wall dividing the first chamber from the second chamber and through which a first communication port for delivering the developer from the second chamber to the first chamber and a second communication port for delivering the developer from the first chamber to the second chamber are defined;
a first screw disposed within the first chamber and conveying the developer in a first direction;
a second screw disposed within the second chamber, comprising a first conveyance portion configured to convey the developer in a second direction opposite to the first direction and a return portion provided downstream of the first communication port in the second direction, the return portion being configured to convey the developer in the first direction;
a discharge portion provided, in the second chamber, downstream of the return portion in the second direction to discharge the developer out of the second chamber; and
a second wall through which a third communication port disposed upstream of the discharge portion in the second direction is defined to deliver the developer from the second chamber to the first chamber, the second wall facing at least a part of the return portion in a view from a horizontal direction such that a lower end of the third communication port is located above a lower end of the first communication port.

US Pat. No. 10,126,686

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING CLEANING UNIT WITH BRUSH ROLLER, ROTATABLE MEMBER, AND BLADE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an intermediary transfer member;
a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on said intermediary transfer member with toner including a wax;
a transfer rotatable member contactable to an outer surface of said intermediary transfer member to form a transfer portion in which a transferring electric field for transferring the toner image from said intermediary transfer member onto a recording material fed into the transfer portion is formed;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image on the recording material by heating the recording material together with the toner image carried thereon;
a feeding portion configured to feed the recording material after passing through said fixing unit, said feeding portion feeding the recording material such that a surface of the recording material carrying the toner image faces toward said transfer rotatable member at the transfer portion;
an executing portion configured to execute a double-sided image forming operation for forming toner images on respective sides of the recording material while passing the recording material through said feeding portion; and
a cleaning unit configured to electrostatically remove the toner from said transfer rotatable member,
wherein said cleaning unit includes a brush roller, a rotatable member, a first blade member and a second blade member, and said brush roller is electroconductive and contactable with said transfer rotatable member while rotating to electrostatically attract the toner from said transfer rotatable member,
wherein said rotatable member is supplied with a voltage and is contacted with said brush roller at a contact position to electrostatically attract the toner from said brush roller,
wherein said first blade member contacts said rotatable member at a first cleaning position to remove the toner from said rotatable member with rotation of said rotatable member,
wherein said second blade member contacts said rotatable member at a second cleaning position which is downstream of the first cleaning position and upstream of the contact position with respect to a rotational moving direction of said rotatable member and scrapes the wax from said rotatable member with the rotation of said rotatable member, and
wherein said first blade member is made of elastomer material, and said second blade member is made of plastic resin material.

US Pat. No. 10,126,689

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit including a plurality of photosensitive members, an exposure device to expose each of the plurality of photosensitive members to form electrostatic latent images, and a developing device to develop the electrostatic latent images on the photosensitive member, the image forming unit configured to form a plurality images, each having a different color;
a transfer member onto which the plurality of images formed by the image forming unit are transferred;
a first temperature detection unit provided on a circuit board of the exposure device and configured to detect a first temperature of the exposure device, the circuit board controlling a light source of the exposure device;
a second temperature detection unit configured to detect a second temperature;
a third temperature detection unit configured to detect a third temperature, wherein a distance between the third temperature detection unit and the first temperature detection unit is longer than a distance between the second temperature detection unit and the first temperature detection unit;
a detection unit configured to detect a patch image formed on the transfer member, the patch image being used for detecting color misregistration;
a controller configured to control the image forming unit to form, on the transfer member, a plurality of patch images, each having a different color, control the detection unit to detect an amount of color misregistration, related to a relative position of a patch image having a reference color among the plurality of patch images and a patch image having another color among the plurality of patch images; and
a correction unit configured to correct an image write start timing of the other color different from the reference color based on the amount of color misregistration, the first temperature detected by the first temperature detection unit, and the second temperature detected by the second temperature detection unit,
wherein the correction unit, in a case where a difference between the first temperature and the third temperature is greater than a threshold, corrects the image write start timing based on the amount of color misregistration and the second temperature without the first temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,122,601

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device comprising,a wireless communication unit;
a plurality of sensors;
a memory storing instructions, and
a processor executing the instructions causing the electronic device to
detect, via the wireless communication unit, wireless communication from a terminal existing on the periphery of the electronic device;
detect a change of state of the electronic device by using at least one of the plurality of sensors;
if the change of state is detected, and wireless communication that meets a predetermined condition corresponding to the detected change is detected, generate a first log that associates identification information corresponding to information included in the wireless communication with the detected change of state;
if the change of state is detected after a login operation to the electronic device is performed, generate a second log that associates identification information used to identify a user specified based on the login operation with the detected change of state; and
store the first log and the second log,
wherein the first log is generated independent of any login operation.

US Pat. No. 10,118,774

TRANSFER SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,118,778

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,122,926

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,122,941

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,118,385

PRINTING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,121,985

DISPLAY APPARATUS WITH OPTICAL INTERFERENCE LAYER HAVING A LARGER REFRACTIVE INDEX THAN A WHITE LIGHT EMITTING LAYER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a substrate;
a plurality of light emitting elements formed on the substrate;
a reflection layer provided between the substrate and the light emitting elements; and
an optical interference layer provided between the light emitting elements and the reflection layer,
wherein the plurality of light emitting elements includes a transparent lower electrode, an organic layer including a white light emitting layer, and an optically transparent upper electrode in this order from the substrate side,
wherein an optical distance from the white light emitting layer to the reflection layer is equal in the plurality of light emitting elements,
wherein the optical interference layer has a larger refractive index than a refractive index of the white light emitting layer and a ratio (nr/nb) of a refractive index (nr) with respect to a red wavelength region to a refractive index (nb) with respect to a blue wavelength region in the optical interference layer is less than 0.95, and
wherein orders of interference m in the blue, green, and red wavelength regions are 5, 4, and 3, respectively, when the optical distance from the light emitting layer to the reflection layer is (2m+1)?/4±(?)?, wherein ? represents wavelength.

US Pat. No. 10,122,802

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROCESSING METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising an image processing device and an information processing device,the information processing device comprising at least one processor and at least one memory storing computer executable instruction that, when executed by the at least one processor of the information processing device, causes the information processing device to: a processing unit configured to perform processing
accept a user instruction for causing the image processing device to perform image reading processing;
transmit, to a server via a first communication path, a request with first additional information including reading setting information and first identification information, so as to issue a first execution instruction for causing the image processing device to perform the image reading processing, in response to the user instruction; and
issue, to the image processing device via a second communication path different from the first communication path, a second execution instruction, with second additional information including reading setting information and second identification information, for causing the image processing device to perform the image reading processing, in response to the user instruction,
the image processing device comprising at least one processor and at least one memory storing computer executable instruction that, when executed by the at least one processor of the image processing device, causes the image processing device to:
receive the first execution instruction with the first additional information and image transmission destination information, that the server has issued via the first communication path;
receive the second execution instruction with the second additional information, that the information processing device has issued via the second communication path;
generate digital image data by performing image reading processing; and
transmit the generated digital image data, and
wherein, in a case where the first execution instruction is received before the second execution instruction, the image reading processing is performed in response to the first execution instruction and the generated digital image data is transmitted based on the image transmission destination information, and
wherein, in a case where the second execution instruction is received before the first execution instruction, the image reading processing is performed in response to the second execution instruction and the generated digital image data is transmitted based on the image transmission destination information if the first identification information and the second identification information are associated with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,113,888

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,114,151

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,115,754

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup device, comprising:a pixel region including a plurality of pixels;
a well region in which the plurality of pixels are provided;
first and second well wires configured to supply a potential to the well region, the first and second well wires being arranged in the pixel region;
first and second well contacts connected to the well region, the first and second well contacts being connected in the first well wire at a first interval; and
third and fourth well contacts connected to the well region, the third and fourth well contacts being connected in the second well wire at a second interval larger than the first interval,
a number of pixels arranged in the second interval is larger than a number of pixels arranged in the first interval.

US Pat. No. 10,115,755

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM USING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device comprising:a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including:
a first transfer transistor configured to transfer carriers stored at a first semiconductor region of a first conductive type disposed in a substrate to a second semiconductor region of the first conductive type disposed in the substrate;
a second transfer transistor configured to transfer the carriers held at the second semiconductor region to a third semiconductor region of the first conductive type disposed in the substrate, and
an amplification transistor configured to output a signal based on a potential of the third semiconductor region; and
a metal film
including
a first bottom surface located above an upper surface of a gate electrode of the first transfer transistor,
a second bottom surface located above the first semiconductor region, and
a third bottom surface located above the second semiconductor region,
wherein
with respect to a distance in a direction perpendicular to a surface of the substrate, a first distance between the second bottom surface and the surface of the substrate and a second distance between the third bottom surface and the surface of the substrate are each smaller than a third distance between the upper surface of the gate electrode and the surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,115,756

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,116,809

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM, WHICH OBTAINS CALIBRATION IMAGE INFORMATION WITH WHICH TO CORRECT IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of a document placed on a document board;
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions, when executed by the processor, causing the apparatus to function as:
a determination unit configured to determine a correction parameter for correcting a first image of the document placed on the document board, the first image being captured by the image capturing unit, using a value corresponding to each pixel in a second image that is captured by imaging the document board by the image capturing unit; and
a correction unit configured to correct the first image of the document placed on the document board, the first image being captured by the image capturing unit, using the correction parameter determined by the determination unit,
wherein the determination unit modifies the parameter by modifying a value corresponding to each pixel in a first region containing an edge portion extracted based on an edge extraction filter from the second image of the document board using a value corresponding to each pixel surrounding the first region,
wherein in a case where the first region surrounding the edge portion is larger than a predetermined size, the determination unit is configured to change a coefficient of the edge extraction filter, extract the edge portion from the second image of the document board, and determine, as a second region, a region surrounding an edge portion extracted using the changed coefficient.

US Pat. No. 10,116,816

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,116,832

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method of an information processing device that communicates with a communication device and includes at least one processor configured to execute the control method, the method comprising:accepting a predetermined operation by a user;
not executing control to execute newly transmission processing for transmitting wirelessly, to the communication device by a first communication standard, information about an external device outside the communication device and outside the information processing device, and communicating with the communication device via the external device in a case where the predetermined operation is accepted, in a state that the external device is connected to the information processing device by a second communication standard different from the first communication standard and the communication device is connected to the external device by the second communication standard, and
communicating with the communication device via the external device after the control to execute newly the transmission processing is executed based on the predetermined operation in a case where the predetermined operation is accepted, in a state that the communication device is not connected to the external device by the second communication standard, the external device being connected to the information processing device by the second communication standard
wherein after the control to execute newly the transmission processing is executed, the communication device connects to the external device by the second communication standard based on the information about the external device, the information being transmitted to the communication device as a result of the transmission processing being executed newly.

US Pat. No. 10,116,858

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an optical system that includes a focus adjustment lens that operates to move forward and backward in an optical axis direction in a predetermined movable area;
an imaging element that has an imaging plane capable of being curved and that captures an image of a subject formed via the optical system;
an evaluation unit that determines an evaluation value indicating a degree of in-focus of an image signal output from the imaging element based on the image signal;
an adjustment unit that adjusts, based on the evaluation value, a position of the focus adjustment lens to, among positions in the predetermined movable area, a position with the highest evaluation value; and
a control unit that performs control of the curvature of the imaging plane for correcting an image plane curve in the optical system and that performs control of the curvature of the imaging plane for bringing the image signal into focus, wherein
in a case where the adjustment unit adjusts the position of the focus adjustment lens to an end portion of the predetermined movable area, the control unit performs the control of the curvature of the imaging plane for bringing the image signal into focus on a priority basis.

US Pat. No. 10,116,876

IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD AND APPARATUS, WITH REDUCED SATURATION AND IMPROVED SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO BASED ON A DYNAMIC RANGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image capturing unit including an image sensor that captures an object image and output image data; and
at least one processor that performs the operations of the following units by executing instructions stored in at least one memory;
an adjustment unit configured to adjust an exposure of the image capturing unit;
a detection unit configured to, in a case where the image data which is based on a signal outputted from the image sensor is saturated, detect a signal level corresponding to a highest level of incident light outputted from the image sensor after the exposure is reduced by the adjustment unit so as to reduce the saturation; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where the exposure is reduced, preferentially select a method having a faster response speed with respect to an exposure change instruction among a plurality of methods for changing the exposure,
wherein the control unit adjusts an exposure so as to reduce the saturation based on a dynamic range corresponding to before reducing the exposure and a maximum dynamic range that can be set in the image capturing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,114,328

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a storage portion configured to store a sheet stack including a plurality of sheets;
a setting unit configured to set a type of sheets that are stored in the storage portion, wherein the setting unit is settable with at least a first type representing an envelope having thickness that is different between a leading edge side and a trailing edge side in a feeding direction and a second type representing a sheet different from the envelope;
a lifting and lowering portion configured to move up and down the sheet stack stored in the storage portion;
a feeding portion configured to feed a sheet from the sheet stack stored in the storage portion;
a regulation member being movable and configured to regulate a position on a trailing edge side of the sheet stack stored in the storage portion in a feeding direction in which the feeding portion feeds a sheet;
a display unit configured to display information;
a trailing edge detection portion being movable together with the regulation member and configured to detect a sheet surface on the trailing edge side of the sheet stack; and
a control unit configured to perform a determining operation for determining whether the regulation member is positioned to an end surface on the trailing edge side of the sheet stack based on a result of detection by the trailing edge detection portion, and configured to cause the display unit to provide a warning display if it is determined that the regulation member is not positioned to the end surface,
wherein, in a case where the first type is set by the setting unit, the control unit does not cause the display unit to provide the warning display even if the sheet surface is not detected by the trailing edge detection portion, and
wherein, in a case where the second type is set by the setting unit, the control unit causes the display unit to provide the warning display if the sheet surface is not detected by the trailing edge detection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,114,337

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus for forming a toner image on a recording material, comprising:an image-forming unit that forms an unfixed toner image on the recording material;
a fixing device that fixes the unfixed toner image on the recording material, the fixing device including a heating rotator and a pressure member that forms, together with the heating rotator, a nip portion at which the recording material is heated and conveyed;
a bias-applying unit that applies bias to the heating rotator; and
a control unit that controls the bias-applying unit,
wherein a plurality of image forming modes can be performed in a case where image formation is successively performed on a preceding recording material and a succeeding recording material, each of the plurality of image forming modes having a time interval between the preceding recording material and the succeeding recording material which is different from each other,
wherein the control unit executes a first control of the bias-applying unit such that bias having the same polarity as a toner of the unfixed toner image is applied while the recording materials are being conveyed at the nip portion, and a second control of the bias-applying unit such that bias having a polarity opposite to a polarity of the toner is applied while the recording materials are not being conveyed at the nip portion due to the time interval, and
wherein a switching time between start of switching from the second control to the first control and completion of the switching in the image forming mode in which the time interval is a first time interval is determined to be longer than in the image forming mode in which the time interval is a second time interval shorter than the first time interval.

US Pat. No. 10,116,917

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that corrects a depth image representing information about a depth to a subject in a scene, which is the same scene of a plurality of images obtained by photographing the same subject from different viewpoints, the image processing apparatus comprising:a unit configured to determine a pixel of interest in a first image that is taken to be a reference among the plurality of images and peripheral pixels existing within a predetermined region according to the pixel of interest, the peripheral pixels being pixels for which a weight is to be derived;
an evaluation value derivation unit configured to derive a matching evaluation value between the plurality of images for the respective peripheral pixels;
a weight determination unit configured to determine a weight for the respective peripheral pixels in the correction based on the evaluation value; and
a correction unit configured to correct a pixel value of the pixel of interest in the depth image by using the weight and a pixel value of the peripheral pixels,
wherein the evaluation value derivation unit specifies, for each peripheral pixel, a pixel corresponding to the pixel of interest in a second image among the plurality of images, the second image being different from the first image, by using a depth of the respective peripheral pixels in the depth image and derives the matching evaluation value of each peripheral pixel based on the pixel value of the pixel of interest and the pixel value of the specified corresponding pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,116,923

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR IMPROVING QUALITY OF IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a generator configured to generate difference information relating to a difference in a luminance value between a plurality of parallax images;
a gain distribution determiner configured to determine a gain distribution depending on a reduction rate distribution determined based on the plurality of parallax images and the difference information generated by the generator;
an intensity determiner configured to determine an intensity of an unnecessary component based on a product of the gain distribution and the difference information, the unnecessary component corresponding to a ghost or a flare; and
a reducer configured to generate an output image by reducing, using the intensity of the unnecessary component, the unnecessary component from a synthesized image obtained by synthesizing the plurality of parallax images.

US Pat. No. 10,109,328

MEMORY CONTROLLER FOR ADJUSTING TIMING BASED ON MEMORY POWER STATES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A memory controller that controls first memory device and a second memory device, comprising:a power supply control unit configured to control power supply to the first memory device and the second memory device;
a storage unit configured to store a first setting value for adjusting writing timing in a first power state of writing of data in the first memory device, or reading timing in the first power state of reading of data from the first memory device, the first power state indicating a state where the power is supplied to the first memory device and the second memory device, and a second setting value for adjusting a writing timing in a second power state of writing of data in the first memory device, or a reading timing in the second power state of reading of data from the first memory device, the second power state indicating a state where the power is supplied to the first memory device while the power supply to the second memory is stopped; and
a control unit configured to control, in the first power state, the writing timing of the writing of data in the first memory device or the reading timing of the reading of data from the first memory device based on the first setting value stored in the storage unit, and control, in the second power state, the writing timing of the writing of data in the first memory device, or the reading timing of the reading of data from the first memory device, based on the second setting value stored in the storage unit.
US Pat. No. 10,108,099

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising:toner base particles; and
an external additive,
wherein a resin which has an elastic deformation rate of 70% or more and a melting temperature of 125.0° C. or less is contained in surfaces of the toner base particles.

US Pat. No. 10,108,382

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
read a two-dimensional code displayed by a device;
search for the device based on address information included in the two-dimensional code;
determine whether a direct wireless communication function of the device can be used based on information included in the two-dimensional code in a case where the device cannot be detected through the search operation; and
notify a user of the communication apparatus to use the direct wireless communication function of the device in a case where the device cannot be detected through search operation,
wherein the at least one processor determines that the direct wireless communication function of the device can be used in a case where information indicating that setting of the direct wireless communication function of the device is valid is included in the two-dimensional code, and the processor determines that the direct wireless communication function of the device cannot be used in a case where information indicating that setting of the direct wireless communication function of the device is invalid is included in the two-dimensional code.

US Pat. No. 10,105,041

LIGHT GUIDING OPTICAL SYSTEM AND ENDOSCOPIC APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light guiding optical system comprising:a light guide configured to guide light from an entrance end of the light guide to an exit end of the light guide by internally reflecting the light a plurality of times; and
an optical unit including a plurality of lenses configured to condense the light emitted from the exit end in a first section of a cross-section of the exit end, the first section including an optical axis of the optical unit,
wherein the exit end has an aperture that has a larger size in a first direction perpendicular to the first section than in a second direction perpendicular to a second section of the cross-section of the exit end, the second section perpendicular to the first section and including the optical axis,
wherein the exit end aperture has a size in the second direction that is smaller than a size of an aperture of the entrance end in the second direction,
wherein a lens closest to the light guide among the plurality of lenses has positive powers both in the first section and the second section of the cross-section, and
an optical power that has a size in the second section larger than a size in the first section, and
wherein the light from the exit end of the light guide enters the lens closest to the light guide among the plurality of lenses without entering any other intervening lens.

US Pat. No. 10,106,357

DISCHARGE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A discharge device which discharges a sheet, the discharge device comprising:a shaft which is driven to rotate by a driving force transmitted from a driving source;
a driving roller configured to convey and discharge the sheet, the driving roller being provided on the shaft and rotating with the shaft; and
a rotating member provided on the shaft and having an outer circumferential surface which contacts the sheet, the rotating member being rotatable with respect to the shaft and including a first rotating part and a second rotating part adjacent to the first rotating part with respect to a rotating direction of the rotating member, a downstream end surface of the first rotating part adjoins an upstream end surface of the second rotating part with respect to the rotating direction of the rotating member in a boundary between the first rotating part and the second rotating part, and a downstream end surface of the second rotating part adjoins an upstream end surface of the first rotating part with respect to the rotating direction of the rotating member in the boundary between the first rotating part and the second rotating part,
wherein when the rotating member is viewed in an axial direction of the shaft, a distance between a rotation center of the shaft and an outermost edge of the downstream end surface of the first rotating part is greater than a distance between the rotation center of the shaft and an outermost edge of the upstream end surface of the second rotating part, and a distance between the rotation center of the shaft and an outermost edge of the downstream end surface of the second rotating part is greater than a distance between the rotation center of the shaft and an outermost edge of the upstream end surface of the first rotating part, and
wherein when the rotating member is viewed in the axial direction of the shaft, an entirety of the outer circumferential surface of the rotating member has an outer diameter greater than an outer diameter of an outer circumferential surface of the driving roller, and the outer circumferential surface of the rotating member, except for the vicinity of the boundary, does not have a protruding portion or a recessed portion.