US Pat. No. 9,805,433

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,801,596

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging system, comprising:
a plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses, each radiation imaging apparatus comprising
a radiation detecting panel including a plurality of pixels arrayed in a two-dimensional matrix and configured to convert
radiation into image signals, and

an enclosure enveloping the radiation detecting panel;
wherein the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses are arrayed so that a part of each of the radiation imaging apparatuses
spatially overlap as seen from a radiation irradiation side, and a radiation image is acquired based on image signals from
each of the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses,

wherein the enclosure of at least one radiation imaging apparatus of the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses is formed
so that a radiation transmittance of the enclosure positioned in the overlapping region is higher than a radiation transmittance
of the enclosure positioned in a region that is different to the overlapping region,

wherein a power switch for the radiation imaging apparatus, a display unit for displaying a power state of the radiation imaging
apparatus and a connection portion of the radiation imaging apparatus are disposed on the enclosure positioned in the region
that is different from the overlapping region of the radiation imaging apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,807,255

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,802,410

INK JET PRINT HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,807,281

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,807,545

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,802,426

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PLATEN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,807,807

COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program;
a processor;the program stored in the memory causes the communication apparatus to:
acquire information of another communication apparatus;
decide which of the communication apparatus and said another communication apparatus provides a communication parameter for
communicating in a predetermined wireless network;

communicate the communication parameter with said another communication apparatus according to the decision in a case where
which of the communication apparatus and said another communication apparatus provides the communication parameter is decided
according to the acquired information of said another communication apparatus and information of the communication apparatus;
and

in a case where which of the communication apparatus and said another communication apparatus provides the communication parameter
is not decided according to the acquired information of said another communication apparatus and the information of the communication
apparatus:

1) terminate communication with said another communication apparatus without communicating the communication parameter with
said another communication apparatus,

2) notify said another communication apparatus of failure of communication processing of the communication parameter, and
3) display an error.

US Pat. No. 9,807,296

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND AUTO FOCUS CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit;
a display controller configured to perform control such that a live view image which is captured by the image capturing unit
is displayed on a display unit;

a magnification ratio changing unit configured to change a magnification ratio of the live view image which is displayed on
the display unit;

an AF mode setting unit configured to set one of a plurality of AF modes in which a focus adjustment position to be used for
focus detection is selected according to the set AF mode; and

a controller configured to perform control such that in a case where a first AF mode is set by the AF mode setting unit and
a change is made from a first magnification ratio to a second magnification ratio which is greater than the first magnification
ratio by the magnification ratio changing unit, the live view image is enlarged and displayed at the second magnification
ratio and the AF mode is set to a second AF mode, and such that in a case where a change to the first magnification ratio
is made after the second magnification ratio is set, the first AF mode is set and the focus adjustment position is set based
on a focus adjustment position which is set in the second AF mode.

US Pat. No. 9,802,175

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,807,297

DEPTH DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS AND DEPTH DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,804,481

LENS ACCESSORY, LENS APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,800,587

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,799,108

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire image data;
a brightness acquisition unit configured to acquire brightness information relating to ambient brightness of a display area
of an image based on the image data;

a control unit configured to control contrast of the image data acquired by the image acquisition unit, by using the brightness
information acquired by the brightness acquisition unit, such that contrast corresponding to a first range of gradation values
is higher in a first case where brightness information indicating a brightness lower than a predetermined brightness is acquired
by the brightness acquisition unit in comparison with a second case where brightness information indicating a brightness higher
than the predetermined brightness is acquired by the brightness acquisition unit, and such that contrast corresponding to
a second range of gradation values is lower in the first case in comparison with the second case, wherein gradation values
of the first range is less than the gradation values of the second range; and

a display control unit configured to display an image based on the image data whose contrast has been controlled by the control
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,799,118

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS AND DISTANCE CORRECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,800,674

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing terminal having a web browser functioning as a relay function, which relays, via a network, a
client for managing data and a service for providing a function using the data managed by the client, the information processing
terminal comprising:
a processor;
a storage device; and
a memory storing a program for the relay function, wherein the program, when executed by the processor, causes the information
processing terminal to:

receive, upon receiving a message containing markup data for registering intent service information including location information
for calling a function provided by a service executed by an external device with which the information processing terminal
can communicate via the network, reference information pertaining to providing of the intent service information from the
service, wherein the reference information is embedded as a parameter of one of a title attribute and href attribute forming
the intent service information and includes information related to a service providing source of the service;

execute registration processing for registering the intent service information into the storage device by the relay function
according to the markup data contained in the received message;

provide, in response to a designation of a function by a user on a screen provided by the client, the user with a list of
pieces of the intent service information registered by the registration processing and service information corresponding to
a local service executed in the information processing terminal, wherein the pieces of the intent service information in the
list is displayed according to a display order or a display position based on the reference information, and the reference
information is displayed in the list;

transmit, to the service corresponding to the intent service information selected from the list, a request including information
about the data managed by the client; and

receive, from the service to which the request is transmitted, a response to be notified to the client,
wherein the received response includes a result of processing for the data using the function provided by the service,
wherein the result is related to processing for the data using a print function,
wherein, in the provided list, displaying of the service information corresponding to the local service has a priority, and
wherein the location information used for calling the function provided by the service is set to the href attribute forming
the intent service information.

US Pat. No. 9,799,124

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,869

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,138

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGING OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning device comprising:
a deflector configured to deflect a light beam to optically scan a scanned region on a scanned surface in a main scanning
direction; and

an imaging optical system configured to guide the light beam deflected by the deflector, to the scanned surface,
wherein the imaging optical system includes an imaging optical element in which, in the main scanning direction, a distance
to an optical axis from one effective end portion through which a light beam that enters one end portion of the scanned region
passes is longer than a distance to the optical axis from another effective end portion through which a light beam that enters
another end portion of the scanned region passes, and

wherein, in the imaging optical element, a thickness in an optical axis direction of the one effective end portion is thinner
than a thickness in the optical axis direction of the other effective end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,798,157

IMAGE STABILIZING APPARATUS, LENS BARREL, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilizing apparatus comprising:
a movable member holding a lens;
a moving unit configured to move the movable member in a predetermined plane;
a tilting unit configured to tilt the movable member relative to the predetermined plane;
a detection unit configured to detect shake; and
a control unit configured to control the moving unit and the tilting unit,
wherein the control unit sets a shift target value of the moving unit based on shake information obtained by the detection
unit, and

wherein the control unit sets a tilt target value of the tilting unit in accordance with the shift target value.

US Pat. No. 9,798,952

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to divide input image data into blocks each including a plurality of pixels, and to acquire
feature amounts of the blocks;

a first detection unit configured to detect a pair of two blocks whose feature amounts are approximate to each other, and
to extract a first aggregate area in which one block of the pair gathers and a second aggregate area in which the other block
of the pair gathers from the input image data; and

a second detection unit configured to perform additional detection of adding a first adjacent block adjacent to the first
aggregate area to the first aggregate area, and adding a second adjacent block adjacent to the second aggregate area to the
second aggregate area, wherein if the feature amounts of the first and second adjacent blocks are approximate to each other,
the addition of the first and second adjacent blocks is performed, wherein a relative positional relationship between the
two blocks of the pair is the same as a relative positional relationship between the first adjacent block and the second adjacent
block, and wherein at least one of the acquisition unit, the first detection unit, or the second detection unit is implemented
at least in part by hardware components of the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,798,964

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING ACCOUNT INFORMATION MANAGED BY MOBILE TERMINAL APPARATUS ADAPTED TO MULTIUSER MODE FOR PERFORMING AUTHENTICATION PRINTING, SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an authentication information reception unit configured to receive authentication information which is based on at least user
information corresponding to a user account for a user using a mobile terminal from the mobile terminal through a short-range
wireless communication, the mobile terminal managing one or more user accounts and controlling, for each of the one or more
user accounts, an authorization of access to data for printing stored in the mobile terminal; and

a print control unit configured to control, in a case where the received authentication information corresponds to information
associated by the mobile terminal with target data for printing, a printer to print the target data, the information associated
with the target data being based on at least user information corresponding to one of the one or more user accounts managed
by the mobile terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,800,810

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,800,811

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,484

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,231

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,789,705

INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording method in which an image is formed by applying onto a recording medium a reaction liquid, an aqueous
pigment ink containing an anionic polymer aggregatable by the reaction liquid and a resin-containing aqueous liquid containing
an anionic polymer aggregatable by the reaction liquid to form an image, the method comprising the steps of:
applying the reaction liquid to the recording medium;
applying the aqueous pigment ink to a surface of the recording medium to which the reaction liquid is applied by an ink jet
method to form an image; and

applying the resin-containing aqueous liquid to the image formed on the recording medium by the ink jet method,
wherein a surface tension of the resin-containing aqueous liquid is higher than a surface tension of the aqueous pigment ink.

US Pat. No. 9,791,764

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS ENABLING AUTOMATIC IRRADIATION DIRECTION CONTROL, LIGHTING DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AUTOMATIC IRRADIATION DIRECTION CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus to which a lighting device that changes an irradiation direction of a light emitting section
is mounted or is attachable, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
a first operation switch configured to start automatic irradiation direction control that drives the light emitting section
to direct in a determined irradiation direction, and to start photographing preparation;

a second operation switch configured to start the automatic irradiation direction control;
a processor configured to act as a control unit configured to continuously perform the automatic irradiation direction control
in operation without stopping when said second operation switch is operated during the automatic irradiation direction control
owing to the operation of said first operation switch,

wherein said control unit starts the automatic irradiation direction control when said second operation switch is operated
after execution of the automatic irradiation direction control owing to the operation of said first operation switch is finished.

US Pat. No. 9,794,596

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,788,719

FUNDUS IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus for imaging a first fundus image of a first area of an eye to be inspected in accordance with return
light from the first area, which is irradiated with first light emitted from a first light source, the imaging apparatus comprising:
a setting unit that sets the first area of the eye to be inspected;
a determination unit that determines, in accordance with the first area, a prohibited area of acquisition of a second fundus
image, wherein the prohibited area is an area which is not irradiated with second light emitted from a second light source
when the first area is irradiated with the first light;

a detection unit that detects moving of the eye to be inspected in accordance with the second fundus image, which is generated
by using return light from a second area, other than the prohibited area which is not irradiated with the second light, the
second area being irradiated with the second light;

a correction unit that corrects the first area in accordance with the detected moving of the eye to be inspected; and
a forming unit that forms a first fundus image of the eye to be inspected in accordance with the return light from the corrected
first area, which is irradiated with the first light,

wherein the second light source is different from the first light source,
wherein the first light enters the eye to be inspected after the first area is set by the setting unit, and
wherein the setting unit, the determination unit, the detection unit, the correction unit, and the forming unit are implemented
using a processor executing a program.

US Pat. No. 9,792,824

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,649

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,790,042

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,424

APPARATUS WHICH CAUSES A DEVICE TO PRINT AN IMAGE AFTER COMMUNICATION WITH THE DEVICE VIA A SHORT DISTANCE WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus which causes a device to print an image, the apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
a display screen,
wherein a state of the apparatus is changed from a first state to a second state when the image is settled as a print target
by a user, the first state being a state in which the at least one processor does not cause the device to print the image
even if the apparatus is put close to the device and the second state being a state in which the at least one processor can
cause the device to print the image if the apparatus is put close to the device,

wherein the at least one processor causes the display screen to display first information for confirmation of the image and
not to display second information for prompting the user to put the apparatus close to the device for printing the image before
the image is settled as the print target by the user when the state of the apparatus is the first state,

wherein the at least one processor causes the display screen to display the second information with the first information,
after the image is settled as the print target and when the state of the apparatus is the second state, and

wherein after the apparatus in the second state performs a short distance wireless communication with the device, the device
prints the image.

US Pat. No. 9,794,431

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,440

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,442

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first communication unit capable of transmitting stop information in a case where communication is stopped;
a second communication unit not capable of transmitting stop information in a case where communication is stopped; and
a determination unit configured to determine, in a case where data received from a terminal device is uninterpretable by the
communication apparatus, whether to stop reception of the data before the reception of the data is completed or receive the
data until the end thereof, based on a communication unit used to receive the data,

wherein, in a case where the uninterpretable data is received using the first communication unit, the determination unit determines
to stop reception of the data before the reception of the data is completed, and the stop information is transmitted according
to the reception of the data having been stopped,

wherein, in a case where uninterpretable data is received using the second communication unit, the determination unit determines
to receive the data until the end thereof, and a response indicating completion of reception is transmitted to the terminal
device according to the reception of the data having been completed, and

wherein the first communication unit, the second communication unit and the determination unit are implemented by a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,794,445

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a photosensitive member rotating in a first direction;
a light scanning device having:
a light source including a plurality of light emission points; and
a deflecting unit configured to deflect a light beam emitted from the light source and move spots of the light beam radiated
to the photosensitive member in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, to thereby form scanning lines,

the light scanning device configured to, when the photosensitive member rotates at a slower speed than a predetermined speed,
irradiate the photosensitive member with the light beam through use of part of scanning lines corresponding to the slower
speed among a plurality of scanning lines formed on the photosensitive member when the photosensitive member rotates at the
predetermined speed;

a storage unit in which information on positional deviation of the plurality of scanning lines in the first direction is stored;
and

a correction portion configured to, with a predetermined scanning line and a scanning line group included within a predetermined
range in an advance direction and a return direction in the first direction from the predetermined scanning line being targeted,
calculate a correction value for correcting positional deviation amounts of the predetermined scanning line and the scanning
line group in the first direction based on the information stored in the storage unit, and correct positional deviation of
the predetermined scanning line in the first direction based on the calculated correction value,

wherein the correction portion is configured to, when the photosensitive member rotates at the slower speed, extract information
corresponding to the part of the scanning lines from the information stored in the storage unit, to thereby calculate the
correction value for correcting the positional deviation amount of the predetermined scanning line.

US Pat. No. 9,794,464

IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing system including an image capturing apparatus configured to obtain an image signal by capturing, and
an information processing apparatus configured to provide, to the image capturing apparatus, a recovery filter for reducing
influence that is included in the image signal and arises from an imaging optical system,
the image capturing apparatus comprising:
a first CPU; and
a first memory storing instructions which, when executed by the first CPU, cause the image capturing apparatus to operate
as the following units:

a first transmission unit configured to transmit information indicating a capturing condition to the information processing
apparatus;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an image signal by capturing;
a first reception unit configured to receive a recovery filter corresponding to a predetermined capturing condition from the
information processing apparatus and store the recovery filter in a storage unit; and

a recovery unit configured to perform recovery processing by applying the recovery filter received by the first reception
unit to the image signal obtained by the obtaining unit, and

the information processing apparatus comprising:
a second CPU; and
a second memory storing instructions which, when executed by the second CPU, cause the information processing apparatus to
operate as the following units:

a second reception unit configured to receive the information that has been transmitted by the first transmission unit and
represents the capturing condition; and

a second transmission unit configured to obtain the recovery filter corresponding to the predetermined capturing condition
based on the information indicating the capturing condition, and transmit the recovery filter to the image capturing apparatus,
wherein

one of the first memory of the image capturing apparatus and the second memory of the information processing apparatus further
stores instructions which cause the apparatus to operate as a prediction unit configured to predict a capturing condition
set at the time of capturing based on information indicating the capturing condition and information indicating a history
of capturing conditions in the image capturing apparatus, and

the second transmission unit obtains a recovery filter corresponding to the capturing condition predicted by the prediction
unit, and transmits the recovery filter as the recovery filter corresponding to the predetermined capturing condition.

US Pat. No. 9,794,466

LENS UNIT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING LENS UNIT AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens unit capable of being removably mounted on an image pickup apparatus configured to generate a focus signal indicating
a focus state of an image pickup optical system using an image signal and to generate control information used for vibration
control that vibrates a correction lens and also moves a vibration center of the correction lens in a direction where the
focus signal increases, the lens unit comprising:
the image pickup optical system including a magnification varying lens configured to perform a magnification varying operation
and the correction lens configured to correct an image plane variation caused by a movement of the magnification varying lens;

a storage unit storing first information that indicates a relation between a position of the magnification varying lens and
a position of the correction lens for each object distance; and

a lens controller configured to control a communication with the image pickup apparatus and to control driving the correction
lens,

wherein the lens controller sends information relating to the magnification varying operation to the image pickup apparatus,
and

wherein when the magnification varying operation is performed, the lens controller determines a first position of the correction
lens in accordance with the movement of the magnification varying lens based on the first information, and determines a moving
amount of the correction lens based on the control information generated by the image pickup apparatus in accordance with
the information relating to the magnification varying operation and the first position of the correction lens.

US Pat. No. 9,794,467

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus adjustment apparatus comprising:
An image sensor configured to capture an image formed by a photographing optical system including a focus lens;
a processor; and
a first memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
setting focus detection areas corresponding to respective areas of the image sensor,
detecting, as a first detecting, a focus state which includes a defocus amount and a focusing direction of each of the focus
detection areas by detecting a phase difference between a pair of image signals output from the mage sensor,

detecting, as a second detecting, contrast information of the focus detection areas based on signals output from the image
sensor, and

controlling driving of the focus lens based on a detection result of at least one of the first detecting and the second unit
detecting,

wherein, in a case where a reliability of a detection result of the first detecting is lower than a second level, controlling
includes determining whether a number of detection areas where the detection result of the first detecting indicates a reliability
that is higher than a reliability indicated by a first level is greater than or equal to a first threshold,

wherein, determining a number of detection areas where a detection result of the first detecting indicates a reliability that
is higher than a reliability indicated by a first level is greater than or equal to the first threshold, controlling the driving
of the focus lens by using the detection result of the first detecting,

wherein the second level is set to value such that the defocus amount and the focusing direction each have a reliability that
is higher than a predetermined value, and the first level is set to a value such that the focusing direction has a reliability
that is higher than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,794,491

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,497

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,789,694

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet recording method comprising:
ejecting an aqueous ink from a recording head to record an image on a recording medium using an ink jet recording apparatus,
the ink jet recording apparatus comprising:

a first ink storage portion;
a second ink storage portion; and
a recording head,
wherein the first ink storage portion has a maximum ink storage amount (V1) 3.0 or more to 50.0 or less times larger than a maximum ink storage amount (V2) of the second ink storage portion,

wherein the aqueous ink contains a pigment and a first water-soluble organic solvent having a relative dielectric constant
of 10.0 or more to 30.0 or less at a temperature of 25° C., and a first water-soluble organic solvent content S (% by mass)
is 2.0 or more to 10.0 or less times higher than a pigment content P (% by mass), and

wherein, during the ejecting, the aqueous ink has a temperature at which a ratio of a viscosity of the aqueous ink in the
recording head (?B) to a viscosity of the aqueous ink at a temperature of 25° C. (?A) is 0.8 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,785,098

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH COMMON POWER SOURCE FOR PRIMARY TRANSFER AND SECONDARY TRANSFER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
an image forming portion configured to form an electrostatic image on the photosensitive member to deposit a toner image on
an image portion of the electrostatic image;

an intermediary transfer member configured to carry the toner image primary transferred from the photosensitive member at
a primary-transfer position;

a transfer member provided contactable to an outer peripheral surface of the intermediary transfer member and configured to
secondary transfer the toner image from the intermediary transfer member onto a recording material at a secondary-transfer
position;

a constant-voltage element electrically connected between the intermediary transfer member and a ground potential, said constant-voltage
element being configured to maintain a predetermined voltage by passing of a current therethrough;

a power source configured to form both of a secondary-transfer electric field at the secondary-transfer position and a primary-transfer
electric field at the primary-transfer position by applying a voltage to the transfer member to pass the current through the
constant voltage element from the transfer member via the intermediary transfer member;

a detecting member configured to detect a humidity in an ambient condition; and
a controller configured to control a potential of the electrostatic image depending on a detection result of the detecting
member.

US Pat. No. 9,787,205

POWER SOURCE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power source device comprising:
a transformer in which a primary side and a secondary side are insulated from each other;
a first switching element and a second switching element which are connected in series;
a resonance capacitor connected in series with a primary winding of said transformer;
wherein one end of said second switching element is connected with one end portion of the primary winding different from another
end portion of the primary winding connected with said resonance capacitor,

wherein another end of said second switching element is connected with one end portion of said resonance capacitor different
from another end portion of said resonance capacitor connected with the primary winding, and

wherein said primary winding and said resonance capacitor are resonated with each other by alternately operating said first
switching element and said second switching element to supply electric power to a load connected with a secondary winding
of said transformer,

a switch for connecting and disconnecting between the primary winding and said resonance capacitor,
wherein the primary winding includes a first primary winding and a second primary winding, and
wherein depending on the load, said switch connects or disconnects between the first primary winding and said resonance capacitor,
or connects or disconnects between the second primary winding and said resonance capacitor.

US Pat. No. 9,785,221

POWER CONTROL OF A PLURALITY OF FUNCTIONAL UNITS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus having a plurality of functional units that respectively execute predetermined functions,
the apparatus comprising:
a memory storing a set of instructions; and
one or more processors that execute instructions of the set of the instructions and cause the image processing apparatus to
function as:

a management unit configured to manage a memory with a plurality of areas;
an allocation unit configured to allocate the plurality of areas of the memory to the plurality of functional units respectively;
a power control unit configured to control to supply an electric power to the plurality of functional units and the plurality
of areas of memory;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a condition for transition to a power saving state is satisfied;
and

a control unit configured to control to, in a case that the determination unit determines that the condition is satisfied,
cause the power control unit to stop an electric power supply to at least one of the plurality of functional units and an
area of the memory allocated to the at least one functional unit to which the electric power supply is stopped to transition
into the power saving state, and to cause an area of the memory allocated to a functional unit to which the electric power
supply is maintained to transition into a self-refresh mode.

US Pat. No. 9,785,087

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,781,367

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS HAVING AN ARRANGEMENT OF PIXELS AND WELL CONTACTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
an image sensing plane in which a plurality of pixels are two-dimensionally arranged at an equal pitch and at least a portion
of a region thereof has a curved shape; and

a plurality of well contacts that are connected to a portion of pixels from among the plurality of pixels and fix a well potential,
wherein the plurality of well contacts are arranged such that an arrangement density thereof in the image sensing plane is
different in each region according to the curved shape of the image sensing plane.

US Pat. No. 9,779,329

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,779,341

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,775,508

DEPOLARIZING REGION IDENTIFICATION IN THE RETINA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,778,582

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

X1 represents a carbonyl group or a dicarbonyl group,

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

US Pat. No. 9,778,611

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND REMAINING TONER AMOUNT ESTIMATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,778,613

CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,778,616

PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,778,891

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,778,686

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,772,804

JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM THAT PROCESSES A PLURALITY OF JOBS IN RESPONSE TO RECEPTION OF EXECUTION INSTRUCTIONS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system in which at least a client apparatus and a server apparatus and at least a printing apparatus are to
be connected, the printing system comprising:
the client apparatus including:
a display unit configured to display a list of documents stored in the server apparatus; and
a first controlling unit having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, the first
controlling unit being configured to:

transmit, to the server apparatus, a printing request for printing a plurality of documents selected from the list of documents
displayed by the display unit;

the server apparatus including:
a second controlling unit having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, the second
controlling unit being configured to:

generate print data from the plurality of documents based on the transmitted printing request; and
transmit, to the client apparatus, a generation request for generating a print job in response to the transmitted printing
request; and

the printing apparatus including:
a third controlling unit having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, the third
controlling unit being configured to:

generate a plurality of job identifications as many as a number of the plurality of documents selected in the client apparatus
in response to receiving, from the client apparatus, the generation request transmitted from the server apparatus; and

transmit, to the client apparatus, the generated plurality of job identifications,
wherein the second controlling unit of the server apparatus is further configured to transmit, to the client apparatus, a
plurality of uniform resource locators and a plurality of job identifications corresponding to respective pieces of the print
data in response to receiving, from the client apparatus, the plurality of job identifications transmitted from the printing
apparatus, the uniform resource locators being information indicating a storing destination of the print data on the server
apparatus, and

wherein the first controlling unit of the client apparatus is further configured to transmit, to the printing apparatus, the
plurality of uniform resource locators and the plurality of job identifications transmitted from the server apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,772,598

CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable driving coupling member including a driving force transmitting portion for transmitting a driving force and a
driving side abutment portion;

a cartridge dismountable in a dismounting direction substantially perpendicular to a rotational axis of said driving coupling
member, said cartridge including:

a casing,
a photosensitive drum rotatably supported in said casing,
a rotatable driven coupling member including a plurality of projections that extend from a surface of said driven coupling
member that is perpendicular to a rotational axis of said driven coupling member, with said plurality of projections being
driving force receiving portions for receiving the driving force to rotate said photosensitive drum, said driven coupling
member including a driven side abutment portion to be abutted by said driving side abutment portion, and said driven coupling
member being translatable in a predetermined direction that is substantially parallel with a rotational axis of said photosensitive
drum,

wherein at least one of said driving side abutment portion and said driven side abutment portion is inclined so that said
driven coupling member is retractable away from said driving coupling member in the predetermined direction by a force received
by said driven side abutment portion from said driving side abutment portion when said cartridge is dismounted from a main
assembly in the dismounting direction, and

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

US Pat. No. 9,773,188

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,737,271

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of sensors arrayed to form a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns on a substrate;
a driving unit configured to drive the plurality of sensors row by row, said driving unit performing:
a first operation of driving the plurality of sensors while selecting the plurality of rows in a first order; and
a second operation of driving the plurality of sensors while selecting the plurality of rows in a second order different from
the first order after the first operation, such that a time difference is produced, between a sensor in each row and a sensor
in a neighboring row from a timing of the selection in the first order to a timing of the selection in the second order; and

a correcting unit configured to correct a signal, based on a signal from each sensor in a first row as one of the plurality
of rows, a signal from each sensor in a second row neighboring the first row, and the time difference between the first row
and the second row, the signal to be corrected being from a sensor in at least one of the first row and the second row among
the plurality of sensors which are driven in the second order in the second operation.

US Pat. No. 9,773,458

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a light emission unit;
a display unit configured to display an image on a screen by modulating light from the light emission unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire base image data and difference data used in an expansion process for expanding at
least one of a dynamic range and a color gamut of image data;

a control unit configured to control light emission of the light emission unit, based on the difference data; and
a generation unit configured to generate display image data outputted to the display unit, based on the base image data.

US Pat. No. 9,773,459

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,770,911

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,736,359

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,764,554

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MOLDED MEMBER AND LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, AND MOLD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejecting head including a print element having an ejecting unit configured to eject
a liquid and a liquid chamber for supplying the liquid to the print element, wherein a housing provided with the liquid chamber
is formed by a molded member, the method comprising:
a step for molding the liquid chamber by extracting a first piece, a second piece, a third piece, and a fourth piece of a
mold in four different directions,

wherein the second piece has an elongated shape in its extracting direction,
wherein the second piece and the fourth piece have extracting directions substantially opposed to each other,
wherein, at the molding, each of the first piece, the second piece, the third piece, and the fourth piece abuts on at least
one of the first piece, the second piece, the third piece, and the fourth piece,

wherein the first piece and the third piece have extracting directions substantially opposed to each other, and, at the molding,
respectively abut on the second piece,

wherein a filter is disposed in an opening part formed by extracting the first piece,
wherein an opening part formed by extracting the second piece is closed by a first lid member, and
wherein an opening part formed by extracting the fourth piece is closed by a second lid member.

US Pat. No. 9,766,877

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS UPDATE OF FIRMWARE, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A computer-readable non-transitory storage medium storing a program for causing a computer to execute a control method
for an information processing apparatus capable of executing download of firmware and having a storage memory including a
first storage area that stores instructions to execute the control method and a second storage area that stores a file indicating
that download of the firmware is disabled according to a disable setting which disables download of the firmware, the control
method comprising:
an authentication step of performing authentication and, in a case where the authentication is successful, permit setting
the disable setting or an enable setting which enables download of the firmware;

a deleting step of deleting the file from the second storage area of the storage memory according to the enable setting;
a first execution step of executing download of the firmware according to absence of the file; and
a second execution step of executing, in a case where readout of the file in the second storage area of the storage memory
is not possible because of corruption of the second storage area of the storage memory, download of the firmware regardless
that the file is present.

US Pat. No. 9,767,395

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,764,562

PRINTING APPARATUS AND DRIVING CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTHEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,769,218

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,764,570

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body;
a first sheet storage portion configured to be movably provided to a mounting position and a pull-out position with respect
to the apparatus body;

a second sheet storage portion disposed side by side with the first sheet storage portion and configured to be movably provided
to the mounting position and the pull-out position with respect to the apparatus body;

a sheet transfer portion configured to transfer a sheet bundle stored in the second sheet storage portion to the first sheet
storage portion when the first sheet storage portion and the second sheet storage portion are in the mounting position;

a rotator configured to feed a sheet by being rotated while abutting against the sheet stored in the first sheet storage portion
in the same direction as a moving direction of the sheet transfer portion while transferring the sheet bundle stored in the
second sheet storage portion to the first sheet storage portion;

a conveyance rotator provided downstream of the rotator in a sheet transferring direction and configured to convey the sheet
fed by the rotator further downstream; and

a control portion configured to control the sheet transfer portion and the rotator, the control portion being configured to
execute a mode of rotating the rotator in the same rotation direction as that during feeding the sheet when transferring the
sheet bundle of the second sheet storage portion to the first sheet storage portion by the sheet transfer portion and stopping
the rotator before a leading end of the uppermost sheet of the sheet bundle reaches the conveyance rotator even if the uppermost
sheet comes into contact with the rotator.

US Pat. No. 9,736,380

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories coupled to the one or more processors and having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by
the one or more processors, cause the display control apparatus to:

obtain information from storage in which light field information with which an image whose focus state has been changed can
be generated is stored in association with an image having a predetermined focus state; and

perform control to display an image stored in the storage on a display unit, wherein in a case where an image having a different
focus state from the predetermined focus state is associated with the light field information, a first display item that notifies
that the image having the different focus state is present is displayed on the display unit together with the image having
the predetermined focus state,

wherein in response to receiving an input of an instruction on the first display item, the image having the different focus
state is displayed,

wherein in response to receiving an input of an instruction on the image having the predetermined focus state, information
regarding the image having the predetermined focus state is displayed together with the image having the predetermined focus
state,

wherein the predetermined focus state is a deep focus state, which is a focus state having a large depth of field,
wherein in response to designating a position in the image having the predetermined focus state, a reconstructed image in
which a subject located at the designated position is in an in-focus state is generated based on the light field information,
and

wherein in response to receiving an input of an instruction to save the reconstructed image, the reconstructed image is associated
with the light field information as a new image.

US Pat. No. 9,736,390

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a first image;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a second image that is different in dynamic range from the first image;
a characteristics acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the first image, characteristics information representing at
least one of a gradation value representing a bright area that is an area in the first image and is an area formed of a pixel
with a gradation value greater than or equal to a first threshold value, and a size of the bright area;

a first conversion unit configured to convert the first image to a third image by performing image processing in which a correspondence
relationship of a gradation value and display brightness is made closer to a correspondence relationship in the second image,
based on the characteristics information acquired by the characteristics acquisition unit; and

a combination unit configured to generate a combined image by combining the second image and the third image.

US Pat. No. 9,733,571

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,733,578

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,769,246

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,733,591

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,733,599

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,766,423

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,769,267

MANAGING SYSTEM AND MANAGING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,733,608

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,766,211

ACOUSTIC-WAVE ACQUISITION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,730,581

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,736,223

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REFERRING TO TRANSMISSION JOB HISTORY, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image transmitting apparatus which is able to transmit image data by at least a first transmission protocol and a second
transmission protocol, comprising:
a scanning unit configured to scan a document;
an execution unit configured to execute a transmission job for transmitting image data generated by scanning the document
by the scanning unit;

a storage configured to store transmission history information of transmission jobs executed by the execution unit;
a control unit configured to read out setting information included in the transmission history information which has been
stored in the storage and use the setting information as setting information of a new transmission job;

a first setting unit configured to set, based on a user instruction, whether to permit a use of the first transmission protocol;
and

a second setting unit configured to set, based on a user instruction, whether to permit a use of the second transmission protocol,
wherein use of setting information included in transmission history information of transmission job of the first transmission
protocol is permitted based on the use of the first transmission protocol being set to be permitted by the first setting unit,

wherein use of setting information included in transmission history information of transmission job of the second transmission
protocol is permitted based on the use of the second transmission protocol being set to be permitted by the second setting
unit, and

wherein the execution unit, the control unit, the first setting unit, and the second setting unit are implemented by a processor
and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,736,485

ENCODING APPARATUS, ENCODING METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,769,335

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,736,239

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that communicates with a first device and a second device, the information processing
apparatus comprising:
a management unit configured to manage a plurality of pieces of setting information that the first device uses and a plurality
of pieces of setting information that the second device uses;

an acceptance unit configured to accept a change instruction for changing setting information that the first device uses;
a processing unit configured to perform synchronization processing for synchronizing at least a part of pieces of setting
information from among the plurality of pieces of setting information that the first device uses and at least a part of pieces
of setting information from among the plurality of pieces of setting information that the second device uses; and

a control unit configured to, in a case where, if setting information that the second device uses is synchronized with setting
information obtained by changing the setting information that the first device uses according to the change instruction, the
plurality of pieces of setting information that the second device uses becomes mismatched with one another, cancel the setting
information that the first device uses from being changed according to the change instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,769,344

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,731,919

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,769,380

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR OBTAINING WATERMARK INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that obtains information of a digital watermark based on an image obtained by causing an
image capturing device to capture a print product in which the digital watermark is embedded, comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to cause the image capturing device to capture a plurality of areas on the print product
by repeating continuous shooting a plurality of times, wherein the continuous shooting is performed under a plurality of image
capturing conditions;

a selection unit configured to select, from a plurality of images obtained by the continuous shooting by said image capturing
unit, an image from which the information of the digital watermark is to be obtained; and

an obtaining unit configured to obtain the information of the digital watermark based on the image selected by said selection
unit from the plurality of images obtained by the respective times of the continuous shooting by said image capturing unit,

wherein the plurality of the image capturing conditions correspond to a plurality of different focal lengths to the print
product, and

wherein said selection unit selects an image by using a predetermined criterion corresponding to a degree of an edge contained
in each of the plurality of images obtained by the continuous shooting.

US Pat. No. 9,767,077

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,766,566

TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,766,569

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CORONA CHARGER CLEANING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,767,611

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING DEPTH VALUES USING AN APPROXIMATE PLANE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor configured to operate to:
from a first image of an object captured from a first viewpoint and from a second image of the object captured from a second
viewpoint which is different from the first viewpoint, extract a contour of the object respectively;

associate a first plurality of points on a first contour extracted from the first image with a second plurality of points
on a second contour, and derive three-dimensional coordinates of the associated points;

derive an approximate plane for approximating the object based on the derived three-dimensional coordinates of the associated
points;

calculate an angle formed between a normal line of the approximate plane and a straight line connecting a viewpoint position
of an image capturing device with a point on a contour; and

select, based on the calculated angle, either (i) processing to calculate distances between the associated points and the
approximate plane, estimate depth values of one or more unassociated points other than the associated first plurality of points
on the first contour based on the calculated distances and estimate depth values of one or more unassociated points other
than the associated second plurality of points on the first contour based on the calculated distances or (ii) processing to
estimate depth values of one or more unassociated points other than the associated first plurality of points on the first
contour by performing linear interpolation on depth values of the associated points and estimate depth values of one or more
unassociated points other than the associated second plurality of points on the second contour by performing linear interpolation
on depth values of the associated points.

US Pat. No. 9,766,578

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,766,579

FIXING APPARATUS FOR AN ELECTROGRAPHIC OR ELECTROSTATIC IMAGING FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,766,587

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE USED THEREIN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,768,935

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a packet from another communication apparatus;
a transmission unit configured to transmit, after a predetermined time period has elapsed without another packet having been
received from the other communication apparatus since the reception unit receives the packet, a response to the packet received
by the reception unit to the other communication apparatus; and

a notification unit configured to notify the other communication apparatus of information of the predetermined time period,
wherein the transmission unit transmits the reply to the other communication apparatus before the predetermined time period
has elapsed if a predetermined number of packets are received by the reception unit.

US Pat. No. 9,766,096

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,763,277

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a searching unit configured to search for a function provided by another communication device;
a notification unit configured to perform a notification of a function provided by the communication device;
a determining unit configured to determine whether, when a wireless network is newly established between the communication
device and the other communication device, performing a predetermined service via the wireless network is indicated from a
user or not at the communication device; and

a controlling unit configured to perform control, on the basis of a determination made by the determination unit, to increase
a time period for the search performed by the searching unit and reduce a time period for the notification performed by the
notification unit, or to reduce the time period for the search performed by the searching unit and increase the time period
for the notification performed by the notification unit.

US Pat. No. 9,762,770

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING DYNAMICALLY RECONFIGURABLE CIRCUITS TO PERFORM IMAGE PROCESSING, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, as a target for job execution, image data that includes a plurality of pages;
a determination unit configured to determine image processing corresponding to each of the plurality of pages of the acquired
image data;

a logic device including at least one dynamically configurable image processing circuit, wherein the logic device is configured
to dynamically configure the at least one image processing circuit for executing the determined image processing; and

a control unit configured to cause the at least one image processing circuit configured in the logic device to execute the
determined image processing for each of the plurality of pages of the acquired image data.

US Pat. No. 9,763,032

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,762,802

IMAGE BLURRING CORRECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, OPTICAL DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image blurring correction apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate first shake correction data based on a shake signal, and generate second shake correction
data based on the shake signal so as to obtain a greater shake correction effect than the first shake correction data; and

a calculation unit configured to use the first shake correction data in a case of a first movie shooting mode to calculate
a shake correction amount that is a movement amount of an image blur correction unit, and to use the second shake correction
data in a case of a second movie shooting mode to calculate the shake correction amount,

wherein the first movie shooting mode is transitioned to the second movie shooting mode when a magnitude of the shake signal
is less than or equal to a first predetermined range and the second movie shooting mode is transitioned to the first movie
shooting mode when the magnitude of the shake signal is greater than or equal to a second predetermined range,

wherein the first movie shooting mode is a mode that performs a change to a cut-off frequency of a filter at all driving positions
of the image blur correction unit,

wherein the second movie shooting mode is a mode that does not perform a change to the cut-off frequency of the filter at
driving positions of the image blur correction unit that are at or below a predetermined value, and

wherein when transitioning from the first movie shooting mode to the second movie shooting mode, the calculation unit obtains
a difference between the second shake correction data and the first shake correction data at the time of the transition, and
uses corrected second shake correction data obtained by subtracting the difference from the second shake correction data to
calculate the shake correction amount.

US Pat. No. 9,762,805

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS PERFORMING TONE CORRECTION PROCESS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS PERFORMING TONE CORRECTION PROCESS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor, and
a memory storing instructions for causing the at least one processor to perform operations of following units:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image signal obtained by imaging an object by an image sensing unit:
a generation unit configured to obtain a luminance distribution of the object based on the obtained image signal;
a division unit configured to divide a partial region having a luminance lower than a predetermined luminance extracted from
the generated luminance distribution into a predetermined number of sub-regions, and obtain a most frequent region having
a highest luminance frequency from the divided sub-regions;

a selection unit configured to select a correction table, based on the obtained most frequent region and a ratio of an image
signal having a luminance lower than the predetermined luminance in the obtained image signal, from a plurality of correction
tables stored in a storage unit; and

a processing unit configured to perform a tone correction process on the image signal by using the selected correction table,
wherein the selection unit selects a correction table with which the image signal is corrected in larger degree in the tone
correction process as the ratio increases.

US Pat. No. 9,762,808

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREFORE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory having stored thereon instructions that when executed by the at least one processor cause the at least
one processor to function as:

a detecting unit configured to detect a flicker caused by illumination;
a processing unit configured to, in a case where the flicker is detected, perform anti-flicker shooting processing, which
is shooting processing at a position where a change rate of a light amount due to the flicker is small;

a selection unit configured to select a shooting mode of the imaging apparatus from among a plurality of shooting modes by
a user operation;

a setting unit configured to set whether to perform the anti-flicker shooting processing in a predetermined shooting mode;
and

a control unit configured to control, in the predetermined shooting mode, that detection of the flicker is notified when the
flicker is detected and, in a shooting mode that is not the predetermined shooting mode, that the detection of the flicker
is not notified even when the flicker is detected.

US Pat. No. 9,760,508

CONTROL APPARATUS, COMPUTER SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,760,000

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that performs processing including dispensing of an imprint material and molding of the dispensed
imprint material using a mold with respect to each of a plurality of imprint regions on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a dispenser including a discharge section having an array of ports for discharging the imprint material, and configured to
dispense the imprint material;

a driving mechanism configured to change relative positions of the discharge section and the substrate, the driving mechanism
being configured to change the relative positions in a direction perpendicular to an array direction in which ports are arranged
in the array of ports while the dispenser dispenses the imprint material; and

a controller configured to control the dispenser, during the processing for the plurality of imprint regions, such that a
first subset of the array of ports is used for dispensing the imprint material onto a first imprint region of the plurality
of imprint regions, and a second subset, different from the first subset, of the array of ports is used for dispensing the
imprint material onto a second imprint region, different from the first imprint region, of the plurality of imprint regions,
to determine, based on information of arrangement of concave portions of a pattern of the mold, the first subset and the second
subset such that each of the first subset and the second subset includes a plurality of discontinuous ports depending on the
arrangement of the concave portions, and continuous unused time of ports of the array of ports is reduced compared to a case
of use of one of the first subset and the second subset, and to control the driving mechanism to change the relative positions
of one of the plurality of imprint regions and the discharge section in the array direction in accordance with which of the
first subset and the second subset is used for the one of the plurality of imprint regions.

US Pat. No. 9,762,831

IMAGE SENSOR AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
a plurality of pixels each including:
a photoelectric conversion portion;
a floating diffusion portion which holds charge transferred from the photoelectric conversion portion;
an addition capacitor; and
a connection switch which connects the additional capacitor to the floating diffusion portion;
a plurality of column output lines; and
a controller which controls the connection switch to connect the additional capacitor to the floating diffusion portion in
a case where signals are simultaneously output to the same column output line of the plurality of column output lines from
pixels selected from the plurality of pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,760,016

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus which performs a process of forming a pattern on a substrate conveyed from a coating apparatus
which coats the substrate with a resist, the lithography apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from the coating apparatus, first specifying information which specifies a processing
target substrate conveyed from the coating apparatus to the lithography apparatus, out of a plurality of substrates which
are coated with the resist by the coating apparatus and on which the process is to be performed; and

a processing unit configured to:
select offset correction information corresponding to the processing target substrate from a plurality of pieces of offset
correction information respectively corresponding to the plurality of substrates based on the first specifying information,
the offset correction information including an offset on a substrate basis for changing a correction value corresponding to
a lot in which the processing target substrate belongs, to a correction value corresponding to the processing target substrate,
and

perform the process on the processing target substrate based on the correction value corresponding to the lot and the selected
offset correction information.

US Pat. No. 9,760,274

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,761,301

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,729,786

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS USING A PLURALITY OF INTEGRATED CIRCUITS FOR IMAGE PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain moving image data in a first format;
a first integrated circuit (IC) connected to the obtaining unit, wherein the first IC executes image processing with respect
to the moving image data in the first format output from the obtaining unit;

a second IC that executes image processing with respect to moving image data in a second format that is different from the
first format;

a third IC connected to the first IC and the second IC; and
an output unit that outputs the moving image data in the first format and the moving image data in the second format to an
external device,

wherein the image processing apparatus has a first mode for outputting the moving image data in the first format by the output
unit and a second mode for outputting the moving image data in the second format and corresponding to the obtained moving
image data in the first format,

wherein in the first mode, the first IC performs image processing on the obtained moving image data in the first format and
outputs the moving image data in the first format on which the image processing of the first IC is performed to the third
IC, the third IC provides the moving image data in the first format received from the first IC to the output unit without
converting the moving image data into the second format, and the output unit outputs the moving image data in the first format
provided from the third IC to an external device,

wherein in the second mode, the first IC performs image processing on the obtained moving image data in the first format and
outputs the moving image data in the first format on which the image processing of the first IC is performed to the third
IC, and the third IC converts the moving image data in the first format received from the first IC into moving image data
in the second format and outputs the converted moving image data in the second format to the second IC,

wherein in the second mode, the second IC performs image processing on the converted moving image data in the second format
received from the third IC and outputs to the third IC the converted moving image data in the second format on which the image
processing of the second IC is performed, and

wherein in the second mode, the third IC provides,
the converted moving image data in the second format, on which the image processing of the second IC is performed and received
from the second IC, to the output unit, and the output unit outputs the moving image data in the second format provided from
the third IC to the external device.

US Pat. No. 9,762,839

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in rows and columns and each including a photoelectric conversion unit and an amplifying transistor
to which an electric charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit is input;

a plurality of vertical signal lines disposed in correspondence with the columns of the plurality of pixels and each connected
to the amplifying transistor of each pixel in a corresponding one of the columns;

a plurality of current sources each connected to a corresponding one of the plurality of vertical signal lines; and
a reference current source connected in common to the plurality of current sources through a first common connecting line;
wherein each of the plurality of current sources includes:
a first transistor connected to a corresponding one of the vertical signal lines to constitute a source follower circuit together
with the amplifying transistor;

a first switch;
a second transistor connected to a corresponding one of the vertical signal lines via the first switch to constitute a source
follower circuit together with the amplifying transistor; and

a second switch;
wherein a gate of the first transistor is connected to the first common connecting line; and
wherein a gate of the second transistor is connected to the first common connecting line via the second switch.

US Pat. No. 9,762,841

SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state imaging device comprising:
a pixel unit including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, wherein each of the pixels includes a photoelectric conversion
element;

a signal line;
a readout circuit that outputs, to the signal line, a first signal corresponding to a state where the pixel is reset and a
second signal based on charges generated by photoelectric conversion in the photoelectric conversion element;

a signal output circuit including an amplifier and a clamp capacitor, wherein a first terminal of the clamp capacitor is connected
to the signal line and a second terminal of the clamp capacitor is connected to an input terminal of the amplifier;

a correction circuit that generates a correction signal based on a difference between an output signal of the amplifier and
a reference signal; and

a holding circuit that holds the correction signal and applies the correction signal to the input terminal of the amplifier
when the first signal is output to the signal line.

US Pat. No. 9,729,790

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING WIRELESS TRANSMITTER-RECEIVER UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device configured to photoelectrically convert an object image into image signals;
a lens unit configured to form the object image on the image pickup device;
an image processing unit configured to perform image processing on the image signals output from the image pickup device;
a control unit configured to control the image pickup device and the image processing unit;
a converting unit configured to convert electric power supplied from a battery and supply converted electric power to the
image pickup device, the image processing unit, and the control unit;

a first board on which the image processing unit, the control unit and the converting unit are mounted; and
a wireless transmitting unit configured to wirelessly transmit data,
wherein the image pickup device is mounted on the lens unit via a second board,
wherein the first board is disposed in such a manner that the converting unit mounted on the first board does not overlap
the image pickup device and the lens unit,

wherein the converting unit has heat resistance higher than any one of the image pickup device, the image processing unit,
and the control unit, and

wherein the wireless transmitting unit is disposed in such a manner that a distance between the wireless transmitting unit
and the converting unit is shorter than any one of a distance between the wireless transmitting unit and the image pickup
device, a distance between the wireless transmitting unit and the image processing unit, and a distance between the wireless
transmitting unit and the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,760,285

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR CONFIGURING LOGICAL CIRCUIT ON CIRCUIT ACCORDING TO CONFIGURATION DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing system comprising:
a circuit capable of configuring a logical circuit according to configuration data;
a storage unit configured to store first configuration data for configuring a first logical circuit in a predetermined area
on the circuit, and second configuration data for configuring a second logical circuit in the predetermined area; and

a configuration unit configured to perform first configuration processing for configuring the first logical circuit in the
predetermined area, by using the stored first configuration data and predetermined configuration data, on the predetermined
area and an area different from the predetermined area, and to perform second configuration processing for configuring the
second logical circuit in the predetermined area, by using the stored second configuration data and predetermined configuration
data, on the predetermined area and the different area,

wherein a logical circuit configured in the different area by the first configuration processing and a logical circuit configured
in the different area by the second configuration processing are identical, and

wherein the predetermined configuration data used for the first configuration processing and the predetermined configuration
data used for the second configuration processing are not stored in the storage unit in a duplicated way.

US Pat. No. 9,760,030

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a laminated body and a hole transporting layer on the laminated body, the laminated body comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer having a thickness of d1 (?m), on the support; and
a charge generating layer having a thickness of d2 (?m), on the undercoat layer, wherein
the hole transporting layer has a thickness of 15 ?m or less,
the undercoat layer comprises a polymerized product of a composition including an electron transport material represented
by formula (1), a cross-linking agent, and a thermoplastic resin having a polymerizable functional group:

Z1—X—Z2  (1)

in which Z1 and Z2 each represent a group having an electron transport property;

X represents a linking group, and the linking group is a substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group, a substituted or unsubstituted
arylene group, a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, or a group derived by substituting one of methylene groups
in a main chain of the substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group with R1, the R1 representing an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, SO2, NR2, CO, or a substituted or unsubstituted arylene group, the R2 representing a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, or an aryl group; and

at least one of Z1, Z2, and X has a polymerizable functional group, and the polymerizable functional group is a hydroxyl group, a thiol group, an
amino group, a carboxyl group, or a methoxy group;

when the charge generating layer of the laminated body is charged by corona charging so that a dark potential of a surface
of the charge generating layer after 1.0 second from the corona charging being defined as Vd1, Vd1 satisfies expression (4)

Vd1=?100×(d1+d2)  (4), and

a dark potential of the surface of the charge generating layer after 0.80 second from the corona charging is defined as Vd2,
Vd1 and Vd2 satisfies expression (2)

0.20?|Vd2?Vd1|?2.0  (2), and

when the surface of the charge generating layer which has a potential of Vd1 (V) is exposed to a laser light having a wavelength
of 780 nm for 1 microsecond and a light intensity so that the potential of the surface of the charge generating layer decays
by 20% with respect to Vd1 (V) after 0.04 second from the exposure to the laser light, and a transit time (ms) determined
based on a time change rate of the potential of the surface of the charge generating layer after the exposure to the laser
light is defined as ?, ?, satisfies expression (3):

??10  (3).

US Pat. No. 9,762,850

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to receive an input of an input image signal including a high resolution component signal and a low
resolution component signal having a lower resolution than a resolution of the high resolution component signal;

a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a high frequency component signal of the high resolution component signal included
in the input image signal;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a low resolution signal obtained by scaling down the resolution of the high resolution
component signal included in the input image signal;

a changing unit configured to change a value of at least one of the low resolution signal and the low resolution component
signal based on a combination of a value of the low resolution signal obtained by the second obtaining unit and a value of
the low resolution component signal included in the input image signal input by the input unit; and

a generation unit configured to generate an output image signal corresponding to the input image signal based on the at least
one of the low resolution signal and the low resolution component signal whose value has been changed by the changing unit,
and the high frequency component signal obtained by the first obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,760,037

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a developer carrying member for carrying a developer including toner and magnetic carrier to develop a latent image formed
on an image bearing member, said developer carrying member including a surface having a plurality of grooves extending in
a longitudinal direction;

a magnet, provided inside said developer carrying member, for attracting the developer on the surface of said developer carrying
member;

a regulating member, provided spaced from said developer carrying member, for regulating an amount of the developer carried
on said developer carrying member,

wherein said regulating member is made only of non-magnetic material, and
wherein an amount M/S (mg/mm2) of the developer carried on a unit area of said developer carrying member after passing by said regulating member, a gap
SB (mm) between a free end of said regulating member and said developer carrying member, a density G (mg/mm3) of the developer, a groove ratio ? which is a ratio of the grooves in the surface of said developer carrying member, and
a depth D (mm) of the groove satisfy,

0.1?M/S (mg/mm2)?0.45,

0.2?SB (mm), and
M/S (mg/mm2)×¼??×{SB(mm)+D(mm)}×G(mg/mm3)

US Pat. No. 9,762,615

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MANAGEMENT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

export the encrypted information as a file.

US Pat. No. 9,759,549

DISTANCE DETECTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A distance detecting device comprising computing unit for detecting a distance to a subject on the basis of a first signal
due to a light flux that has passed through a first pupil area of an imaging optical system and a second signal due to a light
flux that has passed through a second pupil area of the imaging optical system, the first signal and the second signal being
generated by image pickup member formed by arranging a plurality of pixels,
the computing unit being so configured as to execute:
a tentative region definition processing of defining tentative distance detection ranges as ranges of pixels to be used for
tentative detection of the first signal and the second signal;

a tentative image shift amount calculation processing of calculating a tentative image shift amount from the first signal
and the second signal in the tentative distance detection ranges;

a region definition processing of defining distance detection ranges as ranges of pixels to be used for detection of the first
signal and the second signal on the basis of the tentative image shift amount;

an increase/decrease processing of increasing/decreasing the number of distance detection ranges from the defined distance
detection ranges; and

a distance calculation processing of calculating the distance to the subject on the basis of the first signal and the second
signal in the distance detection ranges defined by the increase/decrease processing.

US Pat. No. 9,760,318

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,760,319

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,760,320

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,759,297

RACK INCLUDING FORCING UNIT AND OPTICAL APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A rack mounted to a movable member including a lens unit and configured to transfer a driving power of a driver to the
movable member, the rack comprising:
a first member including a main tooth to be engaged with a lead screw rotated by the driver;
a second member including an opposite tooth disposed opposite the main tooth with respect to the lead screw and engageable
with the lead screw, the second member being rotatable with respect to the first member;

a first forcing unit configured to force the main tooth against the lead screw; and
a second forcing unit configured to force the main tooth and the opposite tooth closer to each other,
wherein on a plane perpendicular to the central axis of the lead screw, each of an area on which the first forcing unit contacts
the first member, an area on which the second forcing unit contacts the first member, and an area on which the second forcing
unit contacts the second member is disposed on an optical axis side of the lens unit with respect to a straight line connecting
a rotating axis of the second member and the central axis of the lead screw.

US Pat. No. 9,760,321

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,762,638

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,762,916

ENCODING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An encoding apparatus comprising:
a configuration unit configured to make a center of each of displace screen sizes correspond to a center position of an image;
a dividing unit configured to divide the image into tiles according to each of the display screen sizes;
a determining unit configured to determine, for each of the tiles, a reference region to be searched for a prediction pixel
block when performing encoding;

an encoder configured to, when encoding a predetermined coding target block, search for a prediction pixel block from the
reference region determined and corresponding to a predetermined tile including the predetermined coding target block, and
performs prediction coding for the coding target block based on a difference between the predetermined coding target block
and the found prediction pixel block; and

a processing unit configured to process encoded data so as to independently perform decoding for each of the tiles,
wherein the dividing unit determines a coordinate position indicated by each side of each display screen size as a position
where the image is divided.

US Pat. No. 9,762,159

MOTOR DRIVE APPARATUS FOR DRIVING STEPPING MOTOR AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,758,324

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:
a stacking portion on which sheets are stacked;
a rotator conveying a sheet by rotating in a contact state with the sheet stacked on the stacking portion;
a separating member pressing the rotator and separating the sheets one by one at a contact portion where the rotator and the
separating member contact each other;

a holder holding the separating member;
a guide portion rotatably provided with the holder and capable of guiding a front end of the sheet to the contact portion,
the guide portion configured to rotate with respect to the holder in a direction separating from the rotator in a state where
the separating member presses the rotator;

a regulating portion regulating the guide portion from rotating in a direction approaching the rotator in a state where the
guide portion contacts against the regulating portion, and

a guide portion biasing member biasing the guide portion, at a position upstream of the contact portion in a sheet conveyance
direction, toward the rotator,

wherein the guide portion covers both the holder and the separating member from outside in a width direction orthogonal to
the sheet conveyance direction, and is arranged upstream of a downstream end, in the sheet conveyance direction, of the separating
member.

US Pat. No. 9,758,327

ROTATION DETECTING UNIT, SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A rotation detecting unit comprising:
a light emitting device for emitting light;
a light receiving device for receiving the light;
an output device for outputting an output waveform changing depending on a received light quantity of said light receiving
device;

a rotatable plate, rotatably supported by a shaft, for being irradiated with the light emitted from said light emitting device
and entering said light receiving device; and

a discriminating device for discriminating a state of said rotatable plate on the basis of the output waveform of said output
device,

wherein said rotatable plate includes a first portion and a second portion which are alternately provided along a circumferential
direction, a third portion provided between said first portion and said second portion with respect to the circumferential
direction, and a fourth portion provided between said second portion and said first portion with respect to the circumferential
direction,

wherein when a region of said first portion is irradiated with the light emitted from said light emitting device and received
by said light receiving device, the received light quantity of said light receiving device is a maximum,

when a region of said second portion is irradiated with the light emitted from said light emitting device and received by
said light receiving device, the received light quantity of said light receiving device is a minimum, and

wherein when said third portion or said fourth portion is irradiated with the light emitted from said light emitting device
and received by said light receiving device, the received light quantity of said light receiving device is larger than the
minimum and is smaller than the maximum.

US Pat. No. 9,762,167

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,761,406

RADIATION TUBE AND RADIATION INSPECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,761,158

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,760,148

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,756,197

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,750,827

NEAR-INFRARED DYE-CONJUGATED HYALURONIC ACID DERIVATIVE AND CONTRAST AGENT FOR OPTICAL IMAGING INCLUDING THEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A polymer formed of units each represented by general formula (1):

wherein:
R1's are independent of each other from unit to unit in the general formula (1); and
the polymer contains at least one unit in which R1 is selected from the group consisting of general formula (2) and general formula (25), and at least one unit in which R1 is general formula (3):

provided that: in the general formula (2), the general formula (3), and the general formula (25), L's represent linkers independent
of each other from unit to unit, and * represents a binding site with N in the general formula (1); and in the general formula
(3), R2 represents any one of H, OH, OMe, NH2, and COOH, and k represents an integer of 20 or more and 200 or less,
wherein 0.13

US Pat. No. 9,753,681

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS TRANSMITTING A STORAGE DESTINATION OF DATA IN AN EXTERNAL INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS TO AN IMAGE FORMING DEVICE FOR ACQUIRING THE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising a memory and a processor in communication with the memory configured to
control:
a display unit configured to display data that is saved by an external information processing apparatus;
an identification unit configured to identify an image forming device by short-range wireless communication;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the image forming device, compatibility information indicating whether or
not the image forming device is compatible with a first print method for acquiring the data from the external information
processing apparatus, and printing based on the data; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the image forming device, a storage destination of the data in the external
information processing apparatus so that the image forming device acquires the data and prints based on the acquired data,
if the compatibility information indicates that the image forming device is compatible with the first print method, and to
generate print data and transmit the generated print data to the image forming device, if the image forming device is not
compatible with the first print method but is compatible with a second print method for receiving print data from the information
processing apparatus and printing based on the received print data.

US Pat. No. 9,756,246

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus configured to receive light passed through an optical system by an image sensor to capture an image
of an object, comprising:
a zoom controller configured to change a field angle by optical zooming or electronic zooming;
an image stabilizing controller configured to reduce, by controlling an image stabilizing lens, an influence on the image
of the object caused by camera shake;

a plurality of controllers configured to respectively control a plurality of adjustment parameters for determining a photographing
condition;

an operation member configured to be different from an operation switch to switch between auto-focus AF mode and manual focus
MF mode and arranged around a lens barrel; and

a mode changing unit including a memory and a processor, the memory storing a program of instructions, the processor executing
the program of instructions to change a first mode to a second mode in a case where an operation is instructed by the operation
member, wherein a driven range of the image stabilizing lens by the image stabilizing controller in the second mode is wider
than a driven range of the image stabilizing lens by the image stabilizing controller in the first mode, and a zooming speed
by the zoom controller in the second mode is slower than a zooming speed by the zoom controller in the first mode.

US Pat. No. 9,750,404

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,756,307

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM FOR CORRECTING COLOR BLUR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a controller (a) configured to acquire a first image and a second image produced by image pickup of a three-dimensional object
through an image-pickup system set in mutually different focus states and (b) configured to calculate a difference between
information on color of a first area in the first image and information on color of a second area corresponding to the first
area in the second image to determine, from the calculated difference, whether or not the first area of the first image includes
color blur due to defocus, wherein the information on color includes chroma and hue, the color blur due to defocus is generated
by a difference in blur amounts of color components of the first image, and the blur amounts of the color components change
depending on chromatic aberration of the image-pickup system that varies with a defocus amount; and

a corrector configured to, in a case that the controller determines that the first area includes the color blur due to defocus
from the calculated difference between at least one of the chromas and the hues in the first and second images, perform a
correction process to reduce the color blur due to defocus included in the first area of the first image.

US Pat. No. 9,754,772

CHARGED PARTICLE IMAGE MEASURING DEVICE AND IMAGING MASS SPECTROMETRY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,721,538

INFORMATION DISPLAY APPARATUS, INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. An information display apparatus which superposes information on an imaged image and displays them, comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a movement direction of the imaged image relative to an imaging target;
a determination unit configured to determine a location of a target area within the imaged image, based on the movement direction
detected by the detection unit, wherein the location of the target area is shifted within the imaged image in the movement
direction detected by the detection unit;

a recognition unit configured to recognize an object in the imaged image; and
a display control unit configured to superpose, on the imaged image, a display form of the information related to the object
existing in the target area and a display form of the information related to the object existing outside the target area as
respectively different display forms,

wherein the detection unit further detects a speed of movement of the imaged image, and
wherein, in a case where the speed detected by the detection unit is equal to or lower than a first threshold value, the determination
unit determines the target area as a first area which is near the center, and, in a case where the speed detected by the detection
unit exceeds the first threshold value, the determination unit determines the target area as a second area which is shifted
within the imaging target in the movement direction detected by the detection unit, and

wherein, in a case where a ratio of the objects existing in the imaged image does not exceed a threshold value, the detection
unit does not measure the movement direction and the speed, the determination unit determines the whole imaged image as the
target area, the recognition unit recognizes the objects being recognizable in the imaged image, and the display control unit
superposes, on the imaged image, the information related to the recognized objects in the imaged image.

US Pat. No. 9,721,539

IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system comprising:
a display apparatus comprising:
a first processor; and
a first memory having instructions stored thereon, which, when executed by the first processor, cause the display apparatus
to:

capture an image of physical space; and
transmit the captured image of physical space; and
an image processing apparatus which communicates with the display apparatus, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a second processor; and
a second memory storing instructions that, when executed by the second processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:
receive the captured image of physical space;
generate a virtual image based on position and orientation information of the display apparatus;
generate a synthesized image based on the captured image of physical space and the generated virtual image; and
transmit the generated synthesized image to the display apparatus,
wherein the first memory has further instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the first processor, cause the display
apparatus to:

receive the generated synthesized image; and
display the generated synthesized image in a first display mode and the captured image of physical space in a second display
mode, and

wherein the display apparatus uses the second display mode when the display apparatus cannot communicate with the image processing
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,722,107

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit including a first electrode, a second electrode, a photoelectric conversion layer disposed
between the first electrode and the second electrode, and an insulating layer disposed between the photoelectric conversion
layer and the second electrode;

an amplification unit electrically connected to the second electrode and configured to output a signal generated by the photoelectric
conversion unit;

a reset unit configured to supply a reset voltage to the second electrode;
a first capacitor including a first terminal and a second terminal, the first terminal being electrically connected to the
second electrode; and

a voltage supply unit configured to supply at least a first voltage and a second voltage different from the first voltage
to the second terminal,

wherein the following relationship is satisfied:
where Vs denotes a voltage supplied to the first electrode, Vd1 denotes the first voltage, Vd2 denotes the second voltage, Vres denotes the reset voltage, C1 denotes a capacitance value of the first capacitor, and C2 denotes a capacitance value of a second capacitor formed by the first electrode and the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,720,340

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising:
toner particles, said toner particles comprising resin particles fixed to toner base particles, the toner base particles each
comprising resins and a colorant, wherein

the resins comprise a styrene-acrylic resin and a polyester resin A,
a content of the styrene-acrylic resin is 50.0 mass % or more with reference to the resins,
a content of the polyester resin A is 1.0 to 40.0 mass % with reference to the resins,
the styrene-acrylic resin has a peak molecular weight (Mp) of 5,000 to 30,000,
the polyester resin A has a unit represented by formula (1), and a ratio of the unit represented by formula (1) is 0.10 to
30.00 number % with reference to the number of all units constituting the polyester resin A,


a fixing amount of the resin particles to the toner base particles is 0.1 to 5.0 parts by mass with respect to 100.0 parts
by mass of the toner base particles, and

glass transition temperature of the resin particles Tg2 (° C.) is higher than glass transition temperature of the toner base
particles Tg1 (° C.).

US Pat. No. 9,720,348

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:
a developer accommodating body configured to contain developer, wherein a surface is provided inside of the developer accommodating
body, with the surface being configured to move the developer;

a developer discharging body in fluid communication with the developer accommodating body such that the developer can flow
from the developer accommodating body to the developer discharging body, the developer discharging body including a discharge
opening through which the developer can be discharged from the developer discharging body;

a gear configured and positioned to receive a rotational force;
a pump having a variable volume, the pump being configured and positioned to force developer out of the developer discharging
body through the discharge opening when the volume of the pump is reduced; and

a cam projection and a cam groove operatively connected to the gear and the pump, the cam projection and the cam groove being
configured and positioned to convert the rotational force received by the gear to a force for changing the volume of the pump.

US Pat. No. 9,720,353

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic intermediate transfer member comprising:
a base layer; and
a surface layer,
wherein the surface layer has in the thickness direction a matrix-domain structure, and
the matrix contains a binder resin and
the domains contain a perfluoropolyether, and wherein:
a microhardness of a surface of the electrophotographic intermediate transfer member measured by an ultramicro-hardness meter
is 50 MPa or more, and

the binder resin is an acrylic resin.

US Pat. No. 9,719,847

DETECTION CIRCUIT, DRIVING METHOD, PROBE, AND SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A probe comprising:
a transducer configured to:
transmit an acoustic wave;
receive a reflected acoustic wave; and
output a detection signal in response to receiving the reflected acoustic wave;
a detection circuit configured to:
receive the detection signal from the transducer; and
perform, an operation on the detection signal; and
an operation control unit configured to output an operation signal to the detection circuit based on a transmission operation
signal,

wherein the transmission operation signal causes the transducer to transmit the acoustic wave,
wherein the transducer and the detection circuit are installed in built-in manner, and
wherein the detection circuit is caused to perform the operation, by the operation signal, for a first period of time, and
caused to not perform the operation, by the operation signal, for a second period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,721,391

POSITIONING OF PROJECTED AUGMENTED REALITY CONTENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of displaying augmented reality content on a physical surface, the method comprising:
determining a surface complexity measure for said physical surface from a captured image of said physical surface, said surface
complexity measure representing an amount of fine detail in said captured image;

determining a content complexity measure for the augmented reality content to be applied to said physical surface, said content
complexity measure representing an amount of fine detail in said augmented reality content;

adjusting a display attribute of said augmented reality content, based on a comparison of said surface complexity measure
and said content complexity measure, to modify the fine detail in said augmented reality content thereby improving the legibility
of the augmented reality content against said physical surface; and

displaying the modified augmented reality content on said physical surface.

US Pat. No. 9,723,187

LIGHT AMOUNT ADJUSTING APPARATUS, LENS BARREL, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light amount adjusting apparatus, which is arranged in an optical path, for driving aperture blades and changing an opening
diameter to adjust a light amount, the light amount adjusting apparatus comprising:
a base supporting a motor; and
a ring-shaped member arranged rotatably about a predetermined axis with respect to the base, and that drives the aperture
blades with the motor,

wherein one of the base or the ring-shaped member is provided with two arc-shaped engaged parts disposed around the axis,
and the other of the base or the ring-shaped member is provided with two engaging parts each engaging with one of the arc-shaped
engaged parts.

US Pat. No. 9,723,201

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor which captures a plurality of moving images; and
a processor which adds special effects to each of the plurality of moving images,
and generates a joined moving image constituted by the plurality of moving images to which the special effects have been added,
wherein the special effects include a color/tone conversion filtering effect corresponding to control for applying a filter
that converts at least one of a color and a tone, and at least one of a variable framerate effect corresponding to control
of a playback speed of a moving image and an afterimage effect corresponding to control for adding an afterimage to a moving
subject using a recursive filter,

wherein the processor determines the special effects to be added based on analysis of at least one of the plurality of moving
images captured by the image sensor, and

wherein the processor adds, to all of the plurality of moving images constituting the joined moving image, a common color/tone
conversion filtering effect, and adds, to each of the plurality of moving images constituting the joined moving image, at
least one of a variable framerate effect and an afterimage effect depending on each of the plurality of moving images.

US Pat. No. 9,721,153

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 an analysis processing result including information related to at least an object direction
of an object detected from a plurality of images;

a designation task that designates a type of a target object; and
a determination task that determines, from among the plurality of images processed to obtain the analysis processing result,
at least one image applied to detection processing of the target object corresponding to the type designated by the designation
task and the information related to at least the object direction of the object included in the analysis processing result
acquired by the acquisition task.

US Pat. No. 9,723,208

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first calculation unit configured to calculate a shake correction amount for a moving image by using a shake signal output
from a shake detection unit;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate a shake correction amount for a still image achieving a higher anti-shake
performance than the shake correction amount for the moving image by using a shake signal output from the shake detection
unit;

a generation unit configured to generate, based on a difference between the shake correction amount for the moving image and
the shake correction amount for the still image, evaluation values indicating amount of shake on image sensing plane of an
image sensor; and

a recording unit configured to record the evaluation values in association with frame images of the moving image,
wherein the generation unit changes a display form for displaying information on the evaluation value in association with
the frame image of the moving image in accordance with the amount of shake.

US Pat. No. 9,723,209

IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTION DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image shake correction device for performing panning photographing the device comprising:
a processor programmed to function as:
a correction unit configured to correct a difference between an angular velocity data of an image pickup apparatus detected
by an angular velocity detection unit and a movement angular velocity data of the main subject calculated from a motion vector
detected based on the signal output from an imaging element by using an optical correction unit,

a determination unit configured to execute a determination process on a motion vector to calculate an angular velocity of
the main object for use in calculation of a drive signal of the optical correction unit; and

a control unit configured to change the determination process by the determination unit according to a state of the image
pick-up apparatus,

wherein the determination unit determines whether the detected motion vector is a motion vector of a main object or a motion
vector of a background, and

wherein the control unit changes a determination threshold value which serves as a criterion of the determination according
to the state of the image pick-up apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,723,213

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an image signal that is capable of generating a plurality of reconstruction images
which have mutually different focus states;

a generating unit configured to generate a reconstruction image from the image signal obtained by the obtaining unit;
a display control unit configured to cause a display to display a reconstruction image generated by the generation unit;
a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction for performing enlarged display or reduced display; and
a control unit,
wherein, upon receiving an instruction for performing enlarged display or reduced display while a reconstruction image is
displayed on the display, the control unit selectively causes the display control unit to perform enlarged display or reduced
display of the displayed reconstruction image, or to perform enlarged display or reduced display of an other reconstruction
image which is generated by the generating unit and has a different focus state from the displayed reconstruction image.

US Pat. No. 9,721,232

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR COMMUNICATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a scanner that scans a document, and
a processor and a memory storing computer code that, when executed by the processor, causes the image processing apparatus
to function as:

a setting unit that sets an upper limit value of a data size of an electronic mail, the upper limit value being designated
by a user;

a determining unit configured to determine, by subtracting a predetermined value from the upper limit value designated by
the user, a second upper limit value for dividing the electronic mail, the determined second upper limit value being less
than the upper limit value designated by the user;

a dividing unit that divides an electronic mail including image data of the document scanned by the scanner into a plurality
of electronic mails so that a data size of each of the plurality of electronic mails does not exceed the determined second
upper limit value; and

a transmitting unit that transmits the plurality of electronic mails divided by the dividing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,715,722

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS TONE CORRECTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory for storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor and the memory to function as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a luminance histogram from image data;
a correction unit configured to perform tone correction on the image data using a correction curve generated based on the
luminance histogram obtained by said obtaining unit;

a setting unit configured to receive a setting as to a correction intensity of the tone correction from a user and set parameters
for determining coordinate values of control points on the correction curve according to the correction intensity; and

a tone control unit configured to generate the correction curve based on the luminance histogram and determine the coordinate
values according to the parameters set by said setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,716,011

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,716,818

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,709,381

SURFACE EMITTING LASER AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A surface emitting laser comprising:
a lower reflector;
an active layer;
a gap portion;
an upper reflector; and
a driving unit,
wherein the lower reflector, the active layer, the gap portion, and the upper reflector are arranged in that order,
wherein the surface emitting laser is capable of varying a wavelength of emitted light by changing a distance between the
upper and lower reflectors,

wherein the driving unit moves one of the upper and lower reflectors in an optical axis direction of the emitted light,
wherein, ?g is a wavelength at which a gain at a time of laser oscillation of the active layer is at a maximum, ?0 is a center wavelength of the emitted light, and ?r is a wavelength at which a reflectance of one of the upper and lower reflectors from which the light is emitted is at a maximum,
?r
wherein ?g is greater than ?0 and

wherein one of the upper and lower reflectors from which the light is emitted includes
a laminated body in which first layers and second layers are stacked alternately to constitute a multilayer structure, the
second layer having a refractive index lower than a refractive index of the first layer, the first layers including outermost
layers of the laminated body, and

a third layer provided on at least one end of the laminated body and configured such that an optical thickness nd of the third
layer satisfies ?0/4 a refractive index of a layer provided adjacent to the third layer at a side opposite to a side at which the laminated body
is provided.

US Pat. No. 9,706,121

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
obtain a plurality of images;
calculate correlation values between the plurality of images with respect to relative positions;
detect a motion vector between the plurality of images based on the correlation values;
determine reliability of the motion vector; and
perform at least one of an anti-shake process and a moving object tracking process with the motion vector, wherein
the processor determines the reliability based on a value indicating the highest correlation among the correlation values
and a correlation value, among the correlation values, obtained at a position that is distant by a predetermined distance
or longer from a position at which the value indicating the highest correlation is obtained.

US Pat. No. 9,703,114

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,701,122

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,702,405

MOVING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,703,724

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,704,505

AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,703,242

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,700,214

PHOTOACOUSTIC MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoacoustic measuring apparatus comprising:
a light source;
a holding unit which holds an object and is configured to move in a direction to press the object held by the holding unit;
a light diffusing unit which is positioned apart from the holding unit at a fixed interval and diffuses light incident from
the light source; and

an acoustic wave obtaining unit which obtains an acoustic wave generated from the object by the light emitted via the holding
unit and the light diffusing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,699,047

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device capable of wireless communication, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor having instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform
operations comprising:

wirelessly connecting the communication device to a first other communication device, the communication device operating as
a device which establishes a wireless network or as a device which takes part in an established wireless network;

receiving a request for print processing using wireless communication from a second other communication device different from
the first other communication device, while the communication device is connected to the first other communication device;

determining whether print processing is being performed with the first other communication device in a case where the request
for the print processing is received; and

determining whether the communication device is operating as a device which establishes a wireless network or as a device
which takes part in an established wireless network; and

transmitting a response indicating that print processing is performable to the received request in a case where the first
determination determines that the print processing is not being performed or in a case where the second determination determines
that the communication device is operating as a device which establishes a wireless network, and not transmitting a response
indicating that print processing is performable to the received request in a case where the first determination determines
that the print processing is being performed and the second determination determines that the communication device is operating
as a device which takes part in an established wireless network.

US Pat. No. 9,699,330

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR TRANSMITTING IMAGE DATA TO A PLURALITY OF DESTINATIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a destination;
a scanning unit configured to scan at least a part of a plurality of documents and generate image data;
a transmission unit configured to transmit the image data;
a control unit configured to perform control such that, when a plurality of destinations that correspond to communication
sessions different from each other is set by the setting unit,

starting a communication session that corresponds to one of the plurality of destinations,
transmitting the image data of the at least the part of the plurality of documents to the destination through the communication
session, and

ending the communication session are repeated until transmission of the image data to all the plurality of destinations is
completed, and then, in a case where another part of the plurality of documents exists, the scanning unit starts scanning
another part of the plurality of documents;

a reception unit configured to receive a designation of a format of image data to be transmitted by the transmission unit;
and

a determination unit configured to determine whether transmission of image data needs a plurality of communication sessions
on the basis of the destination set by the setting unit,

wherein, in a case where the determination unit determines that a plurality of communication sessions is not needed, the control
unit performs control such that image data is converted into a file on the basis of a format received by the reception unit
and the file is transmitted and, in a case where the determination unit determines that a plurality of communication sessions
is needed, even if the format received by the reception unit is a format that stores a plurality of pages of image data in
a single file, the control unit performs control such that each page of image data is converted into a respective file of
a plurality of files and the obtained files are transmitted, and

wherein a part of the control unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,696,543

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,692,978

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,645,259

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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