US Pat. No. 10,342,423

RETINAL MOVEMENT TRACKING IN OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method comprising:imaging a fundus of an eye to obtain a plurality of fundus images;
imaging the fundus to obtain a plurality of tomographic images;
determining a fundus movement of the eye based on the plurality of fundus image;
determining, based on the determined fundus movement, the number and positions of tomographic images to be re-imaged; and
re-imaging the determined number of tomographic images at the determined positions.

US Pat. No. 10,342,436

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus, comprising:an irradiating unit configured to irradiate an object with pulsed light;
an acoustic wave detection unit configured to detect an acoustic wave generated from the object irradiated with the pulsed light and convert the acoustic wave into an electric signal;
a storage unit configured to store a normalized light fluence distribution, which is a light fluence distribution normalized for a region of a predetermined size; and
a processing unit configured to acquire characteristic information on the object using the stored normalized light fluence distribution and the electric signal,
wherein
the irradiating unit irradiates the object with the pulsed light at a plurality of irradiation positions, and
the processing unit uses same normalized light fluence distribution for the plurality of irradiation positions.

US Pat. No. 10,348,846

CLIENT-DRIVEN PUSH OF RESOURCES BY A SERVER DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of communication between a server device and a client device, comprising the following steps, at the server device:receiving, from the client device, an HTTP request to obtain first data, wherein the HTTP request includes first data identifying information allowing identification of the first data on the server device and includes one or more additional header fields containing information for identifying second data other than the first data requested by the HTTP request, wherein the information for identifying second data allows the server device to determine whether the client device is to receive the second data;
sending the first data to the client device in response to the HTTP request received from the client device;
determining the second data on the server device, using only the one or more additional header fields, the second data being related to the first data according to a reference file; and
pushing, to the client device, using the push feature of HTTP/2, the second data so determined using the one or more additional header fields contained in the HTTP request received from the client device to obtain the first data.

US Pat. No. 10,345,779

THREE-DIMENSIONAL FORMING DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system including a management system that manages forming data to be used in forming of a three-dimensional object and a forming control apparatus,wherein the management system comprises a memory storing first instructions and at least one processor executing the first instructions causing the management system to:
manage, in a first table, identification information about a forming apparatus that forms the three-dimensional object;
encrypt forming data such that the forming data can be decrypted by the forming control apparatus;
manage, in a second table, identification information about the encrypted forming data and user information for identifying a user who approves utilization of the forming data while associating them with each other;
receive a forming request of forming data;
generate a forming code for forming processing to be performed based on the forming data, in response to an approval by a user identified by the user information managed in association with identification information about the forming data as a target of the forming request in the second table; and
notify a request source of the forming request of the forming code, and
wherein the forming control apparatus comprises a memory storing second instructions and at least one processor executing the second instructions causing the forming control apparatus to:
receive an input of the forming code;
transmit the forming code to the management system;
acquire the encrypted forming data transmitted by the management system according to the forming code;
perform decryption processing on the encrypted forming data acquired from the management system; and
control the forming unit to perform forming processing of a three-dimensional object based on the forming data subjected to the decryption processing.

US Pat. No. 10,345,552

LENS BARREL AND OPTICAL APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:an optical system that includes a first lens unit held by a first holder, a second lens unit held by a second holder and a third lens unit held by a third holder;
a zooming ring;
a focus unit;
a first cam barrel to be driven rotatably about an optical axis of the optical system in zooming by a rotation of the zooming ring;
a second cam barrel to be driven in an optical axis direction of the optical system in synchronization with the first cam barrel in the zooming;
a third cam barrel to be driven in the optical axis direction in synchronization with the first cam barrel in the zooming and driven rotatably about the optical axis in focusing by a drive of the focus unit; and
a guiding barrel,
wherein the first lens unit, the second lens unit, and the third lens unit move in the optical axis direction in the zooming,
wherein the second cam barrel is provided with a first linear movement groove engaged with one of the first holder and the second holder and is provided with a first cam groove engaged with the other of the first holder and the second holder,
wherein the third cam barrel is provided with a second cam groove engaged with the one of the first holder and the second holder and is provided with a second linear movement groove engaged with the other of the first holder and the second holder,
wherein the first and second lens units are held by first and second linear movement grooves and first and second cam grooves of the second and third cam barrels,
wherein the guiding barrel is provided with a fifth linear movement groove,
wherein the first cam barrel is provided with a fifth cam groove, and
wherein the third holder engages with the fifth cam groove and the fifth linear movement groove.

US Pat. No. 10,348,137

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COMMUNICATION, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply unit configured to perform wireless power supply to an electronic device;
a communication unit configured to communicate with the electronic device using power for the wireless power supply;
one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the power supply apparatus to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the electronic device, predetermined information for performing communication using the power; and
a control unit configured to control communication with the electronic device by the communication unit based on the predetermined information,
wherein in a case where the electronic device can perform communication using the power, the control unit controls the communication unit such that a modulation degree indicating a degree to which an amplitude changes in amplitude modulation for the communication is smaller the higher the power transmitted by the power supply unit is.

US Pat. No. 10,348,913

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including an image forming unit that forms an image, the image forming apparatus comprising:a display portion configured to display a state of the image forming unit;
an operation unit including an accommodating portion configured to accommodate the display portion;
a pivoting member provided in the display portion and being pivotably supported by a support portion provided in the accommodating portion such that the display portion is configured to pivot, wherein the display portion is capable of being pivoted with respect to the accommodating portion such that a center of mass of the display portion that has been pivoted from the accommodating portion is vertically above a center of mass of the display portion accommodated in the accommodating portion; and
an applying member provided in the operation unit so as to come into surface contact with the pivoting member, wherein the applying member is configured to apply frictional force to the pivoting member,
wherein the applying member is provided in the operation unit so that an area in contact with the pivoting member, in a case where a center of mass of the display portion is positioned vertically above a predetermined position, is larger than the area in contact with the pivoting member, in a case where the center of mass of the display portion is positioned at or below the predetermined position in a vertical direction,
wherein the predetermined position is a position that the center of mass of the display portion is vertically above the position of the center of mass of the display portion in a case where the display portion is accommodated in the accommodating portion,
wherein the display portion in which the center of mass is positioned vertically above the predetermined position is stopped by the frictional force applied by the applying member, and the display portion in which the center of mass is positioned at or below the predetermined position is pivoted by a weight of the display portion and is accommodated in the accommodating portion.

US Pat. No. 10,348,921

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of connecting a telephone to a telephone line and capable of shifting to a power saving state, the communication apparatus comprising:a controller configured to switch between a first state in which the telephone is connected to the telephone line and a second state in which the telephone is disconnected from the telephone line,
wherein the controller switches from the first state to the second state and the communication apparatus shifts to the power saving state in a case that a condition that the communication apparatus shifts to the power saving state is satisfied, and
wherein, if the controller detects an incoming call while the communication apparatus is in the power saving state, the communication apparatus returns from the power saving state, and then the controller switches from the second state to the first state.

US Pat. No. 10,348,673

MANAGEMENT SERVER SYSTEM, SYSTEM, METHOD OF SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A management server system for communicating with one or more domain name system (DNS) servers and a distribution server, the DNS server(s) returning an internet protocol (IP) address corresponding to a hostname received with a request for name resolution, the distribution server transmitting a processing request for a Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) request and an application programming interface (API) request from a client to a system corresponding to the IP address returned from the DNS server(s), the management server system comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory coupled to the at least one processor, the memory having instructions that, when executed by the processor, perform operations as:
a construction unit configured to deploy a program for constructing a system environment in an information processing apparatus to construct a system; and
a setting unit configured to set an IP address of the system for each of a hostname corresponding to an HTML request and a hostname corresponding to an API request, the hostnames being registered in the DNS server(s),
wherein, after a new system is constructed by the construction unit, the setting unit starts to rewrite the current IP address set for the hostname corresponding to the API request to an IP address of the new system, and, in response to confirmation that rewriting of all of the DNS server(s) corresponding to the request for name resolution from the distribution server is completed, starts to rewrite the IP address set for the hostname corresponding to the HTML request to the IP address of the new system.

US Pat. No. 10,348,932

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM THAT DECREASE THE LIGHTNESS OF PIXELS, EXCEPT FOR A HIGHLIGHT REGION, BASED ON A GENERATED LIGHTNESS HISTOGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a first extraction unit configured to extract an object included in image data;
a second extraction unit configured to extract a highlight region of the object extracted by the first extraction unit;
a generation unit configured to generate a lightness histogram of pixels in a region including the highlight region extracted by the second extraction unit and a region around the highlight region in the object; and
a decreasing unit configured to decrease the lightness of the pixels, except for the highlight region, based on the lightness histogram generated by the generation unit,
wherein the first extraction unit, the second extraction unit, the generation unit, and the decreasing unit are implemented by at least one of a processor and a circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,345,615

OPTICAL CONTROL APPARATUS, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING OPTICAL CONTROL PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical control apparatus comprising:a tilt acquirer configured to acquire tilt information on an object surface to an imaging surface;
a vibration acquirer configured to acquire vibration information on a vibration of an optical system;
a calculator configured to calculate a shift drive amount to drive a shiftable unit in a direction orthogonal to an optical axis of the optical system or a direction parallel to the imaging surface, and calculate a focus correction amount to drive a focus correction unit in a direction of the optical axis of the optical system or a direction along a normal of the imaging surface, based at least on the tilt information acquired by the tilt acquirer and the vibration information acquired by the vibration acquirer; and
a controller configured to control the shiftable unit based on the shift drive amount calculated by the calculator and control the focus correction unit based on the focus correction amount calculated by the calculator.

US Pat. No. 10,338,450

ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT UNIT, DIMMING WINDOW, AND IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrochromic element unit comprising:an electrochromic element having a pair of electrodes and an electrochromic layer disposed between the pair of electrodes;
a driver unit; and
an operation unit connected to the electrochromic element via the driver unit,
wherein the driver unit receives information from the operation unit and controls a transmittance of the electrochromic element,
wherein the operation unit performs a first type operation and a second type operation, and
wherein change in the transmittance of the electrochromic element by the second type operation is different from change in the transmittance of the electrochromic element by the first type operation.

US Pat. No. 10,338,491

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:a light source;
a substrate including an electric circuit for causing the light source to emit light; and
a deflection unit configured to deflect and scan the light emitted from the light source,
wherein the light source and the electric circuit are connected to each other with terminals of the light source inserted into holes provided at positions, opposing the light source, of the substrate,
wherein the substrate includes a plurality of holes, and
a number of the plurality of holes is larger than a number of the terminals of the light source, and
wherein the substrate has an area with which the light source is overlapped as seen in an optical axis of the light, and
the plurality of holes is located in the area of the substrate and the plurality of holes is located within a concentric circle centered at the optical axis of the light emitted from the light source toward the deflection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,338,495

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a cleaning cartridge including an image bearing member, and a cleaning member configured to come into contact with the image bearing member and clean the image bearing member;
a developing cartridge having a developing agent bearing member configured to convey developing agent to the image bearing member; and
a control unit configured to execute a supply process of developing agent supplied from the developing cartridge to the cleaning member via the image bearing member during a non-image-forming period,
wherein the cleaning cartridge and the developing cartridge are each detachably mounted to an apparatus main body of the image forming apparatus,
wherein the control unit decides, based on a value relating to an amount of developing agent recovered by the cleaning member and a value relating to a usage amount of the developing cartridge, a supply amount of the developing agent supplied from the developing cartridge to the cleaning member in the supplying process of the developing agent, and
wherein, in a case where the usage amount of the developing cartridge is fixed, for increasing amounts of developing agent recovered by the cleaning member, the supply amount of the developing agent decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,338,859

RECORDING CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AS WELL AS IMAGING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording control apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain a photographic image captured by an imaging apparatus to be recorded and analysis information corresponding to a distance from a focus position to an object in each portion represented in the photographic image;
a recording control unit configured to execute recording of the photographic image; and
a selecting unit configured to select, on the basis of a value of each pixel of the photographic image and the analysis information, a dot layout pattern that is used to record each pixel of the photographic image and that indicates a layout of recorded dots included in dots constituting the pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,338,359

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens unit having a positive refractive power, a second lens unit having a negative refractive power, an aperture stop, and a rear group including a plurality of lens units, whereinintervals between the adjacent lens units are changed during zooming,
in the rear group, a lens unit Lp having a positive refractive power is arranged closest to an image side, a lens unit Ln having a negative refractive power is arranged on the object side of and adjacent to the lens unit Lp, and a third lens unit having a positive refractive power is arranged closest to the object side,
the aperture stop does not move for zooming, but the second lens unit and the lens unit Ln move during zooming,
the first lens unit consists of, in order from the object side to the image side, a negative lens, a positive lens, a positive lens, and a positive lens, and
the zoom lens satisfies the following conditional expressions:
?6.00 ?1.80 where f2 denotes a focal length of the second lens unit, fn denotes a focal length of the lens unit Ln, M2 denotes a movement amount of the second lens unit during zooming from a wide angle end to a telephoto end, and Mn denotes a movement amount of the lens unit Ln during zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 10,334,161

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores an operation control program; and
(B) at least one processor coupled to the memory, and configured to load and to execute the operation control program stored in the memory
a) to acquire light field data comprising a plurality of divided image data, including a first group of light field data received via a first group of divisional pixels, and a second group of light field data received via a second group of divisional pixels;
(b) to perform image processing, including color correction processing, on each of the first group of light field data and the second group of light field data of the plurality of divided image data; and
(c) to form synthesized image data by combining pixel signals of each of the first group of light field data and each of the second group of light field data, respectively, of the plurality of divided image data, wherein depths of field of the plurality of divided image data are greater than depth of field of the synthesized image data,
wherein the at least one processor executes the operation control program to form the synthesized image data using the plurality of divided image data subjected to the image processing.

US Pat. No. 10,334,176

IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus including an optical system for forming an object image, and configured to acquire the object image as image signals at a predetermined frame rate, the imaging apparatus comprising:an image sensor outputting a plurality of image signals with different exposures and a focus detection signal for performing a phase difference detection; and
controller having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory, the controller being configured to function as:
a composition unit configured to compose the plurality of image signals with different exposures output from the imaging unit to output composed image signals,
wherein, in outputting the plurality of image signals with different exposures at the predetermined frame rate, the image sensor outputs the focus detection signal as a substitute for a part of the plurality of image signals with different exposures at a predetermined timing, and
wherein, in composing the plurality of image signals with different exposures, the composition unit uses the image signals acquired before the predetermined timing instead of a part of the image signals replaced at the predetermined timing.

US Pat. No. 10,331,387

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a reader configured to read a document;
a memory configured to store image data of the document read by the reader;
a storage configured to store the image data transferred from the memory;
at least one hardware controller configured to:
reserve, in the storage, a storage area for storing image data of the document transferred from the memory;
store the image data of the document in the reserved storage area in the storage; and
read out the image data of the document from the reserved storage area; and
a printer configured to print an image on a sheet fed from a sheet holder based on the image data read out by the at least one hardware controller,
wherein the at least one hardware controller is configured to control a process in which the printer is able to start to feed the sheet from the sheet holder before the storage area is reserved.

US Pat. No. 10,330,901

ZOOM LENS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM HAVING THE ZOOM LENS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens unit having a negative refractive power, an aperture stop, a second lens unit having a positive refractive power, and a rear lens group having a positive refractive power, wherein
the first lens unit includes a positive lens,
the rear lens group includes a lens unit LN having a negative refractive power and a lens unit LP having a positive refractive power,
during zooming, the first lens unit does not move, the second lens unit moves so as to be closer to the object side at a telephoto end than at a wide-angle end, the lens unit LP moves so as to be closer to the image side at the telephoto end than at the wide-angle end, and an interval between every adjacent two of the lens units changes, and
the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
1.1<|M2|/f2<3.0,
0.15<|Mp|/fp<0.50,
1.96 10.0

US Pat. No. 10,329,106

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device comprising:a stacking portion on which a plurality of recording materials are stacked;
a feeding rotary member configured to feed the plurality of recording materials stacked on the stacking portion one by one, wherein the feeding rotary member feeds a first recording material which is an uppermost recording material stacked on the stacking portion and feeds a second recording material positioned under the first recording material;
a conveying rotary member configured to convey the recording material fed by the feeding rotary member;
a separating rotary member configured to form a nip with the conveying rotary member, wherein the separating rotary member is rotated in a predetermined direction so as to convey the first recording material when the first recording material is fed to the nip, and the separating rotary member stops in rotation or rotates in a direction opposite to the predetermined direction so as to separate the first recording material and the second recording material when the first recording material and the second recording material are fed to the nip;
a detecting unit configured to detect a rotational speed of the separating rotary member;
a driving unit configured to execute a feeding operation by the feeding rotary member;
a threshold determining unit configured to determine a threshold speed depending on the rotational speed of the separating rotary member detected by the detecting unit in a period in which the separating rotary member is rotated in the predetermined direction in a state where the first recording material is fed to the nip after the feeding operation of the first recording material is started;
a feeding control unit configured to control the driving unit to execute the feeding operation of the second recording material subsequently to passing of a trailing end of the first recording material through the feeding rotary member in an overlapping state where the first recording material and the second recording material partially overlap,
wherein, in a case where the rotational speed of the separating rotary member detected by the detecting unit is faster than the threshold speed, the feeding control unit controls the driving unit to continue the feeding operation of the second recording material,
wherein, in a case where the rotational speed of the separating rotary member detected by the detecting unit becomes slower than the threshold speed while the separating rotary member is rotated in the predetermined direction, the feeding control unit controls the driving unit to stop the feeding operation of the second recording material in a state where a leading end of the second recording material reaches the nip,
wherein the sheet feeding device further comprises a second detecting unit, provided downstream of the nip with respect to a recording material feeding direction, the second detecting unit being configured to detect a leading end of the recording material, and
wherein the threshold determining unit determines the threshold speed according to the rotational speed of the separating rotary member in a period from when the second detecting unit detects a leading end of the first recording material to when a distance between the trailing end of the first recording material and the feeding rotary member with respect to the feeding direction becomes a predetermined distance.

US Pat. No. 10,329,112

DRIVE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive transmission apparatus comprising:a rotatable shaft;
a pin provided on the shaft and projecting radially out of an outer circumferential surface of the shaft;
a rotating member configured to rotate with the shaft, the rotating member comprising an inner circumferential surface facing the outer circumferential surface of the shaft and an engage portion configured to engage with the pin; and
a protruded portion provided on one of the outer circumferential surface of the shaft and the inner circumferential surface of the rotating member and disposed in pressure contact with the other one of the outer circumferential surface of the shaft and the inner circumferential surface of the rotating member.

US Pat. No. 10,329,113

MOUNT APPARATUS TO BE MOUNTED ON MAIN BODY OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING MOUNT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mount apparatus to be mounted in a vertical direction on a top surface of a main body of an image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a sheet, the mount apparatus comprising:a latch member extending toward the main body from a surface facing the top surface of the main body, wherein the latch member is rotatable around a rotational axis extending in a direction orthogonal to the vertical direction and includes a first protrusion and a second protrusion, wherein the first protrusion protrudes in a direction intersecting the direction in which the latch member extends, the second protrusion is provided on a distal end side of the latch member relative to the first protrusion and protrudes in a direction opposite to the direction in which the first protrusion protrudes; and
a biasing member configured to bias the latch member in a predetermined rotation direction,
wherein, in a state where the mount apparatus is mounted on the main body, the first protrusion is inserted into the main body through an opening provided on the top surface of the main body and is engaged with an engaged portion of the main body by a biasing force of the biasing member, and
wherein, in a case where the mount apparatus is inclined with respect to the main body in a direction in which engagement of the first protrusion with the engaged portion of the main body is released, the second protrusion is engaged with the main body so as to regulate the inclination of the mount apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,334,265

MOVING IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, MOVING IMAGE ENCODING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A moving image encoding apparatus comprising:an encoding unit configured to perform predictive encoding for an encoding target image on a block basis;
a decoding unit configured to generate a decoded image by decoding the target image having undergone the predictive encoding;
a filter unit configured to apply deblocking filtering to the decoded image; and
an offset processing unit configured to perform an offset processing for the decoded image having undergone the deblocking filtering,
wherein the encoding unit performs the predictive encoding based on the decoded image having undergone the offset processing by the offset processing unit,
wherein the offset processing unit selects and executes a first offset processing for a low-frequency component image when an image of the block has a feature associated with the low-frequency component image in accordance with a feature of an image of a processing target block, and selects and executes a second offset processing for a high-frequency component image when an image of the block does not have a feature associated with the low-frequency component image,
wherein the apparatus further comprises:
(a) a counting unit configured to count a number of pixels, for each selected band of a plurality of bands, of the processing target block of the decoded image having undergone the deblocking filtering, whose pixel values belongs to the selected band, wherein the plurality of bands are obtained by dividing, into a plurality of portions, a range of values which pixel values are configured to take; and
(b) a decision unit configured to decide a starting band position of a predetermined number of consecutive bands of the plurality of bands, wherein the number of pixels included in the consecutive bands is the largest, and
wherein the offset processing unit selects the first offset processing when the number of pixels included in the predetermined number of bands from the decided starting band position is not less than a second threshold, and selects the second offset processing when the number of pixels included in the predetermined number of bands from the decided starting band position is less than the second threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,333,774

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT COOPERATES WITH MANAGEMENT SERVER, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that communicates with a management server, the image forming apparatus comprising:an operation unit;
a memory storing first instructions related to software for communicating with the management server and second instructions related to an application for display control, and
at least one hardware processor executing the second instructions causing the image forming apparatus to:
acquire message list information from the management server;
control to display a message list on the operation unit based on the acquired message list information, and
store first time information indicating a time when the message list has been displayed on the image forming apparatus, and
wherein the at least one hardware processor executes the first instructions causing the image forming apparatus to:
periodically make an inquiry about an instruction to the management server; and
store second time information about a registered time of the message acquired from the management server as a result of the inquiry, and
acquire the second time information stored by the software;
determine whether or not to display a notification indicating that a message has arrived, based on the acquired second time information and the first time information; and
control the notification indicating that a message has arrived to be displayed in a predetermined display area on the operation unit in accordance with a determination that the notification is displayed in a case where the registered time indicated by the acquired second time information is newer than the time indicated by the first time information, and
wherein the notification indicating that the message has arrived is not displayed in the predetermined display area on the operation unit in a case where the registered time indicated by the acquired second time information is not newer than the time indicated by the first time information.

US Pat. No. 10,332,246

INSPECTION METHOD, INSPECTION APPARATUS, PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR DETECTING DEFECTS OF A WORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inspection method in which a processing unit controls imaging timing of an imaging apparatus that picks up an image of a work, controls an operation of a moving apparatus for moving at least one of the work and the imaging apparatus, and inspects the work based on an imaging result of the imaging apparatus, the inspection method comprising:a moving process in which the processing unit makes the moving apparatus operate according to path data, and changes a relative position between the work and the imaging apparatus;
an image acquiring process in which the processing unit makes the imaging apparatus pick up, at a plurality of imaging times, the image of a same inspection region of the work, while changing the relative position between the work and the imaging apparatus in the moving process, and acquires a plurality of images;
a position calculating process in which the processing unit determines the relative position between the work and the imaging apparatus, at each imaging time, of the plurality of imaging times, when having made the imaging apparatus pick up, at the plurality of imaging times, the image of the work; and
an identifying process in which the processing unit inspects, at a plurality of inspection times, the same inspection region of the work from each of the images, and identifies, in response to detection of a defect in the inspection region, a position of the defect in the work, based on the relative position between the work and the imaging apparatus at a time of picking up the image during which the defect is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,333,783

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHODS FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing programs that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to function as:
a communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus, using any of a plurality of communication manners including a first connection manner via a network and a second connection manner that is different from the first connection manner;
a search unit configured to search for an external apparatus capable of executing a predetermined function for transmitting an image;
a selection unit configured to select an external apparatus found in the search by the search unit as a connection-target device; and
a control unit configured to determine if the selected external apparatus has been connected to previously such that, in a case where it is determined that the external apparatus selected by the selection unit has been connected to previously and image data has been transmitted to the external apparatus previously, the communication unit is controlled to communicate with the external apparatus using the first connection manner, and
in a case where it is determined that image data has not been transmitted to the external apparatus previously, the communication unit is controlled to communicate with the external apparatus using the second connection manner,
wherein in the first connection manner the control unit controls the external apparatus to start up an application, and to perform communication via a wireless network formed by an access point and to make a plurality of functions including the predetermined function executable using the application, and in the second connection manner the control unit controls the external apparatus to perform communication by a direct connection without starting up the application, and to make the predetermined function executable.

US Pat. No. 10,332,259

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, causing the image processing apparatus to function as:
an input unit configured to input image data representing a plurality of images obtained by photographing the same object from a plurality of viewpoints that are mutually different;
an estimation unit configured to estimate first information indicating a disparity map comprising a magnitude of a disparity between the plurality of images by comparing image regions each having a first size between the plurality of images;
a deriving unit configured to derive an evaluation value indicating a degree of reliability for each pixel position of the disparity map;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the degree of reliability reaches a predetermined standard; and
an identifying unit configured to identify image regions of the plurality of images whose degree of reliability has not reached the predetermined standard as image regions to be subjected to disparity estimation by comparing image regions each having a second size, which is different from the first size, between the plurality of images, based on the derived evaluation value,
wherein the estimation unit further estimates second information indicating a magnitude of a disparity between the plurality of images in the image regions identified by the identifying unit by comparing the image regions each having the second size between the plurality of images.

US Pat. No. 10,332,268

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, GENERATION METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates a depth map that represents distances from a predetermined viewpoint in a field of view based on the predetermined viewpoint, the apparatus comprising:a processor configured to implement instructions stored in a memory and execute a plurality of tasks, including:
a specification task that specifies coordinates on a two-dimensional image that respectively correspond to a plurality of points on a three-dimensional object included in the field of view; and
a generation task that generates the depth map based on a result of assignment processing that assigns distance information of a first point corresponding to first coordinates to a first area that includes the first coordinates and assigns distance information of a second point corresponding to second coordinates to a second area that includes the second coordinates, the first and second coordinates belonging to a plurality of coordinates on the two-dimensional image that are specified by the specification unit,
wherein a distance from the predetermined viewpoint to the first point corresponding to the first coordinates is longer than a distance from the predetermined viewpoint to the second point corresponding to the second coordinates, and the first area that includes the first coordinates corresponding to the first point is smaller than the second area that includes the second coordinates corresponding to the second point, and
wherein the plurality of points include the first point and the second point.

US Pat. No. 10,332,783

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:arranging an insulation film on a substrate;
forming a hole in the insulation film;
first exposing for exposing a first portion of a photoresist arranged on the insulation film;
second exposing for exposing a second portion of the photoresist after the first exposing;
forming a resist pattern by developing the photoresist after the first exposing and the second exposing;
forming a trench in the insulation film in accordance with etching the insulation film using the resist pattern as a mask; and
embedding a conductor in the hole and the trench,
wherein the trench includes a first trench corresponding to a first pattern of the resist pattern, the first pattern being formed by the exposing of the first portion, and a second trench corresponding to a second pattern of the resist pattern, the second pattern being formed by the exposing of the second portion,
wherein, in the embedding of the conductor, both the first trench and the second trench communicate with the hole, the hole comprises a part that is deeper than the first trench and the second trench, and the conductor comprises a portion in the part of the hole, and
wherein, in a plan view, an inner edge of the part of the hole surrounds the portion of the conductor and does not surround an insulator.

US Pat. No. 10,332,275

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image, including a measurement target object, captured by an image capturing apparatus;
a storage unit configured to store information about a plurality of geometric features constituting a three-dimensional model of the measurement target object;
a setting unit configured to set, in a case where the plurality of geometric features is associated with a plurality of image features in the image, a flag for the geometric feature that may correspond to the image feature caused by a shadow of the measurement target object;
an association unit configured to associate the plurality of geometric features with the plurality of image features detected from the image, based on an approximate position and orientation of the measurement target object and the flag set by the setting unit; and
a derivation unit configured to derive a position and orientation of the measurement target object based on a result of the association by the association unit.

US Pat. No. 10,328,696

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a plurality of ejection ports;
a plurality of pressure chambers each communicating with each of the ejection ports;
a piezoelectric actuator constituting part of walls of the pressure chambers;
a common liquid chamber for containing liquid to be supplied to the plurality of pressure chambers;
an opposing wall interposed between the pressure chambers and the common liquid chamber, the opposing wall having an upper surface functioning as one of the walls of the pressure chambers; and
a reinforcing portion having at least one sidewall interconnecting an upper surface and lower surface of the common liquid chamber that supports a lower surface of the opposing wall,
wherein the pressure chambers and the common liquid chamber are arranged in an opposing configuration with respect to each other,
wherein the common liquid chamber is provided in a first manifold plate and a second manifold plate,
wherein the reinforcing portion includes a first reinforcing portion provided in the first manifold plate and a second reinforcing portion provided in the second manifold plate, and the first reinforcing portion and the second reinforcing portion are in contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,325,378

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire pieces of silhouette image data of an object viewed from multiple different viewpoints;
a generation unit configured to generate, from the pieces of silhouette image data, pieces of low-resolution data representing images with a resolution lower than the pieces of silhouette image data; and
an estimation unit configured to, by performing, for a plurality of line segments in space containing the object, processing in which, after a line segment in the space is projected onto a piece of low-resolution data to calculate a first intersection of the line segment with the object, the line segment is projected onto a piece of silhouette image data to calculate a second intersection of the line segment with the object, calculate intervals over which the plurality of line segments intersect the object and estimate a shape of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,324,667

PROGRAM PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A program processing apparatus that executes a plurality of threads, comprising:a memory storing a control program; and
a multi-core processor that includes a plurality of processor cores and respective caches for the plurality of processor cores, wherein when the control program is executed by the multi-core processor it causes the multi-core processor to perform a method comprising:
storing an identifier of a generated thread;
setting an operation state to be an activation processing state, when a specific program starts activation processing of an application program, and setting the operation state to be an activation processing complete state, after completion of the activation processing of an application program that is being executed, wherein the application program continues to execute after the activation processing state completes; and
while the operation state is the activation processing state, fixedly allocating a generated thread of the specific program to a specific processor core, and after the operation state is set to the activation processing complete state, allocating the generated thread of the specific program to a plurality of processor cores determined by an operating system,
wherein the same data is not cached in the respective caches for the plurality of processor cores by fixedly allocating the generated thread of the specific program to the specific processor core while the operation state is the activation processing state.

US Pat. No. 10,324,027

ELASTIC WAVE RECEIVING APPARATUS, ELASTIC WAVE RECEIVING METHOD, PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoacoustic wave receiving apparatus comprising:a supporting member configured to support a subject;
a scanning light source located opposing the subject via the supporting member and configured to irradiate the subject with pulsed light;
a scanning probe acoustically and slidably in contact with the supporting member and configured to receive a photoacoustic wave propagated from the subject via the supporting member and output an electric signal;
a driving unit configured to move said scanning probe and said scanning light source along the supporting member;
a drive controlling unit including a memory and a pulse generator that supplies a drive pulse signal to said driving unit configured to control a movement of said scanning probe; and
a load estimation unit configured to estimate a scanning load generated due to an acoustic contact between the scanning probe and the supporting member,
wherein said drive controlling unit corrects the drive pulse signal based on an estimated scanning load in a feedforward control using the following load correction function:
C(t)=k{f(t)?g(t)},where k is a positive constant, f(t) is a target position and g(t) is an actual measurement position of the probe at time t.

US Pat. No. 10,325,345

DEVICE FOR PERFORMING IMAGE TRANSFORMATION PROCESSING AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device that transforms an image, the image processing device comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory that stores instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the image processing device to function as:
a storage unit configured to store coordinate values in a coordinate system of a pre-transformed image, each of the coordinate values corresponding to a grid point in a coordinate system of a transformed image;
a selection unit configured to select a grid point in a vicinity of a target pixel in the transformed image;
a calculation unit configured to refer to a pre-transformed coordinate value, corresponding to the selected grid point and stored in the storage unit, to calculate a homography matrix based on the selected grid point and the referred coordinate value, and to calculate a pre-transformed coordinate value corresponding to the target pixel, using the homography matrix,
wherein the calculation unit generates vectors by connecting coordinate values of a plurality of the grid points, and to calculate the homography matrix using the vectors; and
an output unit configured to output a pixel value of the coordinate value calculated in the pre-transformed image, as a pixel value of the target pixel in the transformed image.

US Pat. No. 10,324,582

MEDICAL IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A medical image display apparatus for displaying a thumbnail image corresponding to medical image data, and displaying the medical image data in a display area upon selection of the thumbnail image, comprising:a determination unit configured to determine a display method of the medical image data in the display area, based on a divided area specified by a designated position in the thumbnail image when the thumbnail image is selected by a user, wherein the thumbnail image is divided into a plurality of divided areas; and
a display control unit configured to display the medical image data in the display area, according to the display method determined by the determination unit,
wherein the determination unit associates a plurality of partial areas obtained by dividing the display area and the plurality of divided areas, and
determines the display method such that the medical image data is displayed in a partial area in the display area associated with a divided area to which the designated position belongs.

US Pat. No. 10,325,355

VIDEO SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, VIDEO SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A video signal processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
performing gamma correction on a video signal using a gamma characteristic selected from among a plurality of gamma characteristics; and
processing contour comprising calculating, in a case where a first gamma characteristic used in the gamma correction is changed to a second gamma characteristic by selection of the gamma characteristic, and based on a ratio of a slope between a gamma curve of the first gamma characteristic and a gamma curve of the second gamma characteristic, a contour correction characteristic corresponding to the second gamma characteristic and performing contour correction using the contour correction characteristic on the video signal.

US Pat. No. 10,318,816

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR SEGMENTING AN IMAGE SET TO GENERATE A PLURALITY OF EVENT CLUSTERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer implemented method of segmenting an image set to generate a plurality of event clusters, each event cluster including at least one image from the image set, said method comprising:accessing, using one or more computer processors, the image set having time metadata corresponding to each image in the set;
determining, using the one or more computer processors, a time interval between each pair of neighbouring images in the image set, the neighbouring images in each of said pairs being adjacent in a time ordered sequence, said time interval for each of said pairs being determined from time metadata associated with each image in the pair;
determining, using the one or more computer processors, an adjustment value for one or more of the determined time intervals based on at least one of predetermined time of day information and calendar information, wherein the adjustment value is determined based on at least one of the group consisting of:
overlap of the time interval and one or more predetermined date and time of day periods; and
non-overlap of the time interval and one or more predetermined date and time of day periods; and
segmenting, using the one or more computer processors, the images in the image set to generate the plurality of event clusters, wherein segmentation boundaries for each event cluster are determined using at least the determined adjustment value.

US Pat. No. 10,313,589

IMAGING DEVICE HAVING AN IMAGE MODE SET ACCORDING TO A FILTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device including a lens group configured to form an object image, and an imaging sensor configured to convert the formed object image to an image signal, the imaging device comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the imaging device to perform operations including:
inserting and removing a plurality of optical filters to and from the lens group,
setting one of a first imaging mode, a second imaging mode, and a third imaging mode,
performing noise reduction processing on the image signal according to a set imaging mode,
switching a threshold based on the set imaging mode,
comparing an illuminance value of the image signal with the threshold to produce a comparison result, and
switching, based on the comparison result, two of the following: the first imaging mode, the second imaging mode, and the third imaging mode,
wherein the plurality of optical filters includes:
a first filter having a transmittance of a wavelength component in an infrared region that is smaller than a transmittance of a wavelength component in a visible region, and
a second filter having a transmittance of the wavelength component in the infrared region that is larger than the transmittance of the wavelength component in the visible region, and
wherein the first imaging mode inserts the first filter into the lens group, the second imaging mode inserts the second filter into the lens group, and the third imaging mode removes the first filter and the second filter from the lens group.

US Pat. No. 10,313,593

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE STABILIZATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An age stabilization apparatus comprising:an identification unit that, based on an angular velocity signal outputted from an angular velocity sensor, a motion vector calculated from a difference between frames of images outputted from image sensor, and a position signal indicating a position of a correction unit that corrects a shake optically, identifies an output variation of the angular velocity sensor; and
a conversion unit that converts the angular velocity signal into a shake correction amount signal by correcting the angular velocity signal based on the output variation identified by the identification unit,
wherein the output variation is a variation of a sensitivity and an offset of the angular velocity sensor, and
wherein the conversion unit converts the angular velocity signal into the shake correction amount signal by applying the variation of the sensitivity of the angular velocity sensor and the offset of the angular velocity sensor to the angular velocity signal;
each unit is implemented by at least one processor or circuitry, or combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,311,546

EDGE DETECTION APPARATUS AND EDGE DETECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An edge detection apparatus, comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a dispersion degree of gradation values of input image data whose resolution is lower than an output resolution;
a determination unit configured to determine detection sensitivity, which is edge detectability, based on the dispersion degree detected by the detection unit;
an edge detection unit configured to detect an edge from an input image based on the input image data, at the detection sensitivity determined by the determination unit; and
a scaling unit configured to output image data generated by converting the input image data to the output resolution in accordance with the detected edge, wherein
with respect to first and second cases in which the dispersion degree is lower in the first case than the dispersion degree in the second case, the determination unit determines a detection sensitivity that is lower in the first case and higher in the second case.

US Pat. No. 10,311,549

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a CPU; and
at least one memory, the CPU and the at least one memory cooperating to provide:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain image data captured by detecting radial rays via a grid disposed in front of a radiation detector while resetting odd-numbered lines or even-numbered lines of the radiation detector;
a calculating unit configured to calculate data lack information of the image data including grid components caused by the grid from a start of radial rays by an irradiating unit to detection of the radial rays by the obtaining unit, by calculating ratios of pixels in which data lack occurs in odd-numbered lines or even-numbered lines to pixels in which data lack does not occur using adjacent lines that are normal, wherein the data lack occurs in odd-numbered lines or even-numbered lines by resetting the odd-numbered lines or the even-numbered lines of the radiation detector;
a fitting unit configured to fit a model function representing data lack to the data lack information; and
a correcting unit configured to correct the image data using data lack information obtained by reducing grid components in accordance with the model function subjected to the fitting performed by the fitting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,311,559

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to perform operations including:
extracting a plurality of types of feature amounts from an image including an inspection target object,
determining an anomaly degree of the inspection target object based on the extracted plurality of types of feature amounts,
generating a plurality of feature amount maps each for representing a distribution of feature amounts of respective one of the extracted plurality of types of feature amounts,
integrating the generated plurality of feature amount maps to obtain an integrated map based on contribution degrees of the respective plurality of feature amounts with respect to the determined anomaly degree, and
displaying, on a display, the integrated map as a defect image representing a defect included in the inspection target object.

US Pat. No. 10,311,568

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the one or more processors to function as units comprising:
(1) an image acquisition unit adapted to acquire a radiation image capturing an object;
(2) a function acquisition unit adapted to acquire a point spread function from the radiation image; and
(3) a determination unit adapted to determine, based on a ratio of a length of a shape based on the point spread function projected in a first direction and a length of a shape based on the point spread function projected in a second direction, presence/absence of a movement of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,313,627

APPARATUS FOR PLAYING BACK RECORDED VIDEO IMAGES RELATED TO EVENT, AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a recording unit configured to record a video image;
a detection unit configured to detect an event in which a state of an object changes from the video image;
a generation unit configured to generate, when a first type event and one or more second type event related to the first type event are detected from the video image, an index associating the first type event and the one or more second type event;
a display unit configured to display a time line on which a plurality of symbols indicating respective events are arranged, wherein a symbol indicating each of the events is arranged in a position corresponding to a time when each of the events occurred;
a specifying unit configured to specify an event in response to a selection of a symbol indicating the event by a user;
an identification unit configured to identify, when the event of the first type is specified, one or more second type event related to the specified first type event based on the index; and
a playback unit configured to play back a video image concerning the identified one or more second type event.

US Pat. No. 10,311,595

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND ITS CONTROL METHOD, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing device to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of image data and a plurality of depth data corresponding to the plurality of image data, respectively;
a calculating unit configured to calculate first position and attitude changes for each depth from the plurality of image data and the plurality of depth data;
a grouping unit configured to calculate a frequency distribution of depths corresponding to the first position and attitude changes from each of the plurality of depth data, and group the plurality of depth data in a plurality of groups based on the frequency distribution;
a detection unit configured to detect motions in the plurality of image data;
a region calculating unit configured to estimate regions, which have a same motion;
a processing unit configured to calculate second position and attitude changes of the regions for each motion; and
a determining unit configured to determine a position and attitude change of a whole image for the plurality of image data by determining a static region based on data of the first position and attitude changes which respectively correspond to the plurality of groups obtained by the grouping unit and data of the second position and attitude changes.

US Pat. No. 10,313,649

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor or circuit configured to function as following units:
an image generation unit configured to generate one or more reduced images that are reduced in a stepwise fashion based on an input image, the input image and the reduced images forming hierarchized images;
a gain map generation unit configured to generate a gain map for each hierarchical level that represents a gain at each pixel position of an image, by applying a first tone characteristic to each of the hierarchized images and also further applying a second tone characteristic to at least one of the one or more reduced images; and
a composing unit configured to compose gain maps generated for each hierarchical level to generate a composed gain map that represents gain applied to each pixel position of the input image,
wherein the gain map generation unit applies, for each subject region, the first tone characteristic and the second tone characteristic to the at least one of the one or more reduced images, and
wherein the first tone characteristic and the second tone characteristic are mutually different tone characteristics associated with a respective subject region included in the input image.

US Pat. No. 10,308,018

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTHEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a plurality of printing elements;
driving circuits that have at least one source follower transistor and correspond to each of the plurality of printing elements; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where a number of printing elements driven simultaneously does not exceed a predetermined number, perform a first control for driving the at least one source follower transistor by a fixed pulse width irrespective of the number of printing elements driven simultaneously, and, in a case where the number of printing elements driven simultaneously exceeds the predetermined number, perform a second control for changing a pulse width to drive the at least one source follower transistor based on the number of printing elements driven simultaneously,
wherein the predetermined number is determined such that the driving circuits keep a voltage across the printing elements fixed.

US Pat. No. 10,308,021

PRINT ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print element substrate that includes a plurality of heaters and a plurality of temperature sensors provided in correspondence with a plurality of nozzles, the substrate comprising:a selecting unit configured to select one temperature sensor from the plurality of temperature sensors and output a temperature signal, and change the temperature sensor;
a determining unit configured to determine a discharge state of the nozzle based on the temperature signal output by the selecting unit;
an outputting unit configured to, based on a determination result output from the determining unit, externally output a signal indicating the discharge state of the nozzle corresponding to the temperature sensor selected by the selecting unit; and
a masking unit configured to, in accordance with a change of the temperature sensor by the selecting unit, mask the determination result output from the determining unit to the outputting unit for a predetermined time after the change of the temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,313,145

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM INCLUDING A PRINTING SYSTEM THAT SUPPORTS A SEARCH FUNCTION AND A SEARCH RESULT SCREEN DISPLAY CONFORMING TO A SEARCH RESULT PRINTER FOUND

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A method for controlling an information processing apparatus that executes an operating system (OS) including a printing system that supports a search function using a first search protocol as a standard, the method comprising:identifying, if a plug-in for the printing system is installed, a vendor that corresponds to the plug-in;
performing a search using the first search protocol; and
performing, if a search using a second search protocol is performed by the plug-in for the printing system, together with a first display conforming to a search result of one or more printers found by using the first search protocol, in which a printer of the identified vendor is excluded, a second display conforming to a search result using the second search protocol, which includes the printer of the identified vendor.

US Pat. No. 10,311,097

IMAGE RETRIEVING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image retrieving apparatus comprising:an image obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of images and store the obtained plurality of images in a storage device;
a category obtaining unit configured to obtain respective categories to which the plurality of images obtained by the image obtaining unit belongs;
a basic searching unit configured to search for a specific image, which is an image that includes a specific object, from among the images stored in the storage device;
a counting unit configured to count a number of the specific images that include the specific object for each category obtained by the category obtaining unit;
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not an additional search for the specific image that includes the specific object is to be performed for a category among the categories obtained by the category obtaining unit, based on the number of the specific images that include the specific object of each category counted by the counting unit; and
an additional searching unit configured to search for the specific image that includes the specific object from among the images, stored in the storage device, which belong to the category for which it has been determined by the determining unit that the additional search is to be performed, the category for which it has been determined by the determining unit that the additional search is to be performed including no specific images including the specific object based on a result of the search performed by the basic searching unit.

US Pat. No. 10,311,612

DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display device comprising:a first display unit;
a second display unit arranged on a back side of the first display unit;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing at least one program which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the display device to:
acquire first image data;
select automatically a display mode based on contents of the first image data;
control the first display unit to transmit light from the second display unit based on the first image data;
generate second image data corresponding to the first image data based on the selected display mode; and
control the second display unit so as to display an image based on the second image data, wherein
in a case where a first display mode is selected, the image displayed based on the second image data is blurred more than in a case where a second display mode is selected.

US Pat. No. 10,313,668

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ENCODING OR DECODING AN IMAGE COMPRISING ENCODING OF DECODING INFORMATION REPRESENTING PREDICTION MODES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A device for encoding an image, the device comprising a processor being configured for:receiving the image within an original sequence of digital images received as an input by the computing device;
encoding the image into encoded data, the encoding comprising the encoding of mode information representing a prediction mode for encoding a current block of pixels according to an Intra coding mode;
encapsulating the encoded data within a bitstream output from the computing device;
wherein encoding the image comprises for the determination of set of most probable prediction modes;
defining at least one candidate for a most probable prediction mode to be the mode information of a neighbour-block if it exists;
and wherein a candidate for a most probable prediction mode is horizontal or vertical mode information if this neighbour-block exists and has been encoded using a predetermined coding mode,
wherein the predetermined coding mode is neither inter coding mode nor intra coding mode.

US Pat. No. 10,308,040

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which generates data for forming an image, the image processing apparatus comprising:a first obtaining unit configured to obtain color signals representing colors of the image;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a gloss signal representing gloss of the image;
a third obtaining unit configured to obtain a predetermined amount of a recording material;
a first determination unit configured to determine a recording amount of glossy recording material to be recorded in a first region of the image based on the gloss signal;
a second determination unit configured to determine recording amounts of colored recording materials to be recorded in the first region based on the color signals such that a total amount of the recording amount of the glossy recording material to be recorded in the first region determined by the first determination unit and the recording amounts of the colored recording materials to be recorded in the first region does not exceed the predetermined amount; and
a third determination unit configured to determine recording amounts of colored recording materials to be recorded in a second region of the image based on the color signals and the recording amounts of the colored recording materials determined by the second determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,308,043

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an ink image by an aqueous liquid component and a coloring material on an ink receiving medium;
a liquid absorbing device configured to come into contact with the ink image and absorb the aqueous liquid component from the ink image;
a first temperature measuring unit configured to measure a first temperature of the ink image after the aqueous liquid component is absorbed by the liquid absorbing device; and
a determination unit configured to determine a working state of the ink jet recording apparatus based on the first temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,308,044

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus including a recording head, the recording head including a plurality of recording devices containing ink, first and second heating devices, and first and second detection devices, the recording devices each generating energy for ejection of the ink, the first and second heating devices respectively heating the ink in a vicinity of recording devices located at first and second positions of the recording devices, and the first and second detection devices respectively detecting temperatures in the vicinity of the recording devices located at the first and second positions, the recording apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to a representative temperature of the temperatures detected by the first and second detection devices;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the representative temperature or a first temperature threshold is higher;
a decision unit configured to decide an upper limit of driving power of each of the first and second heating devices, based on a determination result of the determination unit;
a recording control unit configured to drive the recording devices to control a recording operation; and
a heat control unit configured to drive each of the first and second heating devices to control a heating operation during the recording operation, based on the temperatures respectively detected by the first and second detection devices and a second temperature threshold that is higher than the first temperature threshold,
wherein the heat control unit drives the first and second heating devices to cause the driving power to be lower than the decided upper limit indicated by the representative temperature related information, and
wherein the decision unit decides the upper limit (i) so as to increase the upper limit in a case where the determination unit determines one time that the representative temperature is lower than the first temperature threshold, and (ii) so as to decrease the upper limit in a case where the determination unit consecutively determines N(N?2) times that the representative temperature is higher than the first temperature threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,311,915

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which performs image processing to a plurality of input frame images, the 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:
a clipping unit configured to clip each image of the plurality of input frame images at a position determined based on a random value;
a masking unit configured to partially mask the image processed by the clipping unit; and
an outputting unit configured to output a plurality of frame images which are processed by the clipping unit and masked by the masking unit as a moving image, wherein the masking unit masks the image processed by the clipping unit so that a noise area included in the clipped image is hidden.
US Pat. No. 10,310,396

METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a toner comprising a toner particle, the toner particle containing:a resin particle containing a binder resin, and
a condensate of an organosilicon compound on a surface of the resin particle,
the toner production method comprising:
a condensation step of condensing an organosilicon compound given by formula (1) below in a surfactant-containing aqueous medium, in which the resin particle is dispersed, to obtain the toner particle, wherein
a surface tension of the aqueous medium in the condensation step is at least 35.0 mN/m:
Ra(n)—Si—Rb(4-n)  (1)wherein, in formula (1), each Ra independently represents a halogen atom, a hydroxy group, or an alkoxy group; each Rb independently represents an alkyl group, an alkenyl group, an aryl group, an acyl group, or a methacryloxyalkyl group; and n represents an integer from 1 to 4.

US Pat. No. 10,313,541

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF IDENTIFYING USER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus that uses a job management unit configured to manage job information about a print job, a user management unit configured to manage user information about registered users, and a display unit configured to display information, the printing apparatus comprising:a printing unit configured to perform printing based on a print job, and
one or more controllers including a processor that executes a program or a circuit having a function, the one or more controllers configured to function as:
a display control unit configured to cause the display unit to display a user selection screen for selecting one of the registered users, the user selection screen on which a plurality of selection objects corresponding to the registered users are arrangeable, and the user selection screen having a plurality of display states including a first display state and a second display state, and
cause, based on user information associated with a selection object selected on the user selection screen, the display unit to display a job list screen capable of listing print jobs associated with the user information,
wherein, in the first display state, at least one object, among the plurality of selection objects, corresponding to a first user being one of the registered users is arranged on the user selection screen, and at least one object, among the plurality of selection objects, corresponding to a second user being one of the registered users is not arranged on the user selection screen, in a case where a print job associated with the first user is held and a print job associated with the second user is not held by the printing apparatus, and
wherein, in the second state, the at least one object corresponding to the first user and the at least one object-corresponding to the second user are arranged on the user selection screen, without depending on whether a job associated with the first user or a job associated with the second user is held or not held by the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,314,060

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to:
in a case where the communication apparatus is in a first cluster, detect a second cluster different from the first cluster, wherein the first cluster and the second cluster conform to a Neighbor Awareness Networking (NAN) standard;
select a period which does not overlap any of a discovery window of the first cluster and a discovery window of the second cluster, as a communication period in which the communication apparatus communicates with another communication apparatus via a NAN Data Link in the first cluster;
establish, with the another communication apparatus, the NAN Data Link in the first cluster that uses the selected communication period while the communication apparatus is in the first cluster; and
merge the second cluster with the first cluster after successful establishment of the NAN Data Link with the another communication apparatus in the first cluster.

US Pat. No. 10,312,283

IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a first region where a plurality of pixel circuits each constituting a light receiving pixel is arranged;
a second region where a peripheral circuit is arranged; and
a third region positioned between the first region and the second region,
wherein a semiconductor layer, a first wiring layer disposed over the semiconductor layer, and a second wiring layer disposed farther from the semiconductor layer than the first wiring layer are arranged in the first region, the second region, and the third region,
wherein the first region includes a first section having a square outline with a width of four sides being from 10 ?m to 100 ?m, and at least one of the plurality of pixel circuits is positioned in the first section,
wherein the third region includes a second section having an outline congruent with the square outline of the first section, and at least the one of the plurality of pixel circuits and the peripheral circuit in the second region is connected via a wiring included in at least one of the first wiring layer and the second wiring layer in the second section,
wherein an occupancy rate of the one of the first wiring layer and the second wiring layer in the second section to an area of the second section is from 0.5 to 1.5 times an occupancy rate of the one of the first wiring layer and the second wiring layer in the first section to an area of the first section, and
wherein a number of contacts connected to the semiconductor layer in the second section is larger than a number of contacts connected to the semiconductor layer in the first section.

US Pat. No. 10,313,824

AUDIO PROCESSING DEVICE FOR PROCESSING AUDIO, AUDIO PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An audio processing device comprising:a first low-pass filter unit configured to output a low-frequency component of a first right channel audio signal;
a second low-pass filter unit configured to output a low-frequency component of a first left channel audio signal;
a first subtraction unit configured to subtract an output signal of the second low-pass filter unit from the first right channel audio signal, thereby outputting a second right channel audio signal;
a second subtraction unit configured to subtract an output signal of the first low-pass filter unit from the first left channel audio signal, thereby outputting a second left channel audio signal;
a first addition unit configured to add up the first right channel audio signal and the first left channel audio signal;
a third low-pass filter unit configured to output a low-frequency component of an output signal of the first addition unit;
a first amplification unit configured to amplify an output signal of the third low-pass filter unit;
a control unit configured to control an amplification factor of the first amplification unit based on the second right channel audio signal and the second left channel audio signal;
a second addition unit configured to add up the second right channel audio signal and an output signal of the first amplification unit; and
a third addition unit configured to add up the second left channel audio signal and the output signal of the first amplification unit.

US Pat. No. 10,313,577

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, FOCUS DETECTION METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus that performs focus detection based on a phase difference method using signals output from an image sensor including a plurality of focus detection pixels, each focus detection pixel having a first photoelectric portion and a second photoelectric portion that share one microlens and receive light beams passing through different pupil regions of an imaging optical system, the focus detection apparatus comprising:a setting unit that sets one or more focus detection areas in which the focus detection is performed, such that a subject in an image formed on the image sensor is included therein;
a detection unit that detects whether at least one of a position and a size of the subject has changed;
a division unit that divides each of the one or more focus detection areas into a plurality of divisional areas in a preset first direction in accordance with a result of the detection by the detection unit; and
a focus detection unit that
for each divisional area, adds signals output from the first photoelectric portions included in the divisional area in the first direction, adds signals output from the second photoelectric portions included in the divisional area in the first direction, and obtains correlation amounts while shifting a pair of signals obtained through the addition relative to each other, and
adds the obtained correlation amounts of the divisional areas for each focus detection area, and performs the focus detection based on a result of adding the obtained correlation amounts,
wherein the division unit makes a divisor used in obtaining the divisional areas smaller when at least one of the position and the size of the subject has changed than when there is no change in the position and the size of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,313,578

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging optical system capable of connecting to an image capturing apparatus capable of executing autofocus detection of an imaging optical system and to a detachable converter lens that is mounted on an image capturing apparatus capable of executing autofocus detection of an imaging optical system, the imaging optical system comprising:a storage that stores information for correcting a change in a focus state caused by aberration of the imaging optical system, wherein the information relates to an in-focus position of the imaging optical system for each of a plurality of different spatial frequencies;
a processor; and
a memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
converting the information stored in the storage based on a change in spatial frequencies caused by a magnification of the converter lens in a case where the converter lens is mounted.

US Pat. No. 10,313,582

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WHICH SEPARATES IMAGES INTO GROUPS BASED ON IMAGE PICKUP CONDITION INFORMATION TO PERFORM A CORECTION ON IMAGES USING A SAME IMAGE RESTORATION FILTER WITH RESPECT TO EACH GROUP, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory that stores an optical transfer function;
one or more processors; and
a storage medium including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to;
read a plurality of images;
analyze header information of the plurality of images to acquire image pickup condition information of each of the plurality of images;
generate an image restoration filter from the optical transfer function on the basis of the image pickup condition information so as to correct the plurality of images using the image restoration filter; and
separate the plurality of images into a plurality of groups based on the image pickup condition information to correct images included in each group using a same image restoration filter with respect to each group.

US Pat. No. 10,303,077

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DETERMINES LIFETIME OF INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photoconductor configured to carry a toner image;
an intermediate transfer belt onto which the toner image carried on the photoconductor is transferred;
a metal transfer roller which is disposed to abut an inner peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer belt such that, when viewed in a thickness direction of the intermediate transfer belt, an abutting position between the metal transfer roller and the intermediate transfer belt does not overlap an abutting position between the photoconductor and the intermediate transfer belt, the metal transfer roller being configured to transfer the toner image carried on the photoconductor to the intermediate transfer belt at a transfer position when a voltage is applied from a power supply;
a detection portion configured to detect a current flowing when a voltage is applied to the transfer roller from the power supply; and
a controller capable of executing a mode in which a plurality of voltages higher than a discharge starting voltage is applied from the power supply to the transfer roller during a period other than a transfer period when the toner image carried on the photoconductor is transferred onto the intermediate transfer belt, the controller being configured to output information regarding a lifetime of the intermediate transfer belt based on a current flowing when the plurality of voltages is applied to the transfer roller.

US Pat. No. 10,303,079

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member having an electro-conductive resin layer, the resin layer comprising a resin and an anion, the resin having at least one cationic structure selected from the group consisting of formulae (1), (2) and (3)whereinthe resin further comprises a structure of at least one of formulae (4) and (5)
*—X1—*  (4)
where “*” represents a binding moiety for the nitrogen cation in said at least one structure selected from formulae (1), (2) and (3),
X1 represents at least one structure selected from the group consisting of formulae (X101) to (X105)
—R1—  (X101)
where R1 represents a divalent saturated or unsaturated hydrocarbon group having a linear moiety having at least 4 carbon atoms,

where R2 and R3 independently represent a divalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, R4 represents a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and d1 represents 0 or 1,

where R5 and R6 independently represent a divalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, R7 represents a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and d2 represents 0 or 1,
—R8?O—R9?n1  (X104)
where R8 and R9 independently represent a divalent hydrocarbon group having 2 to 4 carbon atoms, and n1 represents an integer of 1 to 4,

where R10 and R11 independently represent a divalent hydrocarbon group having 2 to 4 carbon atoms, and R12 represents a hydrogen atom or a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms;
*—X2  (5)
where X2 represents at least one structure selected from the group consisting of formulae (X201) to (X205)
—R13  (X201)
where R13 represents a hydrocarbon group having 1 or more carbon atoms,

where R14 represents a divalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, R15 represents a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and d3 represents an integer of 0 to 2,

where R16 represents a divalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, R17 represents a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and d4 represents an integer of 0 to 2,
—R18?O—R19?n2O—R20  (X204)
R18 and R19 independently represent a divalent hydrocarbon group having 2 to 4 carbon atoms, R20 represents a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, and n2 represents an integer of 1 to 4,

where R21 represents a divalent hydrocarbon group having 2 to 4 carbon atoms, and R22 and R23 independently represent a hydrogen atom or a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 10,303,080

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH IMPROVED TIMING FOR EMITTING BEAM DETECT LIGHT BEAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a plurality of photosensitive members;
a plurality of charging devices provided corresponding to the plurality of photosensitive members, respectively, and configured to charge the plurality of photosensitive members, respectively;
a plurality of developing devices provided corresponding to the plurality of photosensitive members, respectively, and configured to develop electrostatic latent images, formed on the plurality of photosensitive members, respectively, by using respective toners;
a transfer device including: an intermediate transfer belt onto which toner images formed on the plurality of photosensitive members are transferred; a plurality of rollers configured to rotate the intermediate transfer belt, and a transfer roller configured to form a transfer nip between the transfer roller and one of the plurality of rollers and to which a transfer bias is applied, wherein the toner images on the intermediate transfer belt are transferred onto a recording material at the transfer nip;
a light scanning apparatus configured to emit a plurality of light beams to form the electrostatic latent images on the plurality of photosensitive members, respectively,
wherein as an exposure unit for one of the plurality of photosensitive members, the light scanning apparatus comprises:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a rotary polygon mirror comprising a plurality of reflection surfaces configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so that the light beam scans the one of the plurality of photosensitive members;
a drive motor which rotates the rotary polygon mirror, the drive motor including a rotary rotor to which the rotary polygon mirror and a magnet are fixed, wherein N poles and S poles of the magnet are alternately magnetized along a rotation direction of the rotary polygon mirror;
a beam detector configured to receive the light beam deflected by each of the plurality of reflection surfaces, and to generate a first signal indicating a scan starting position of the light beam on the one of the plurality of photosensitive members based on each reception of the light beam deflected by each of the plurality of reflection surfaces; and
a rotation sensor which generates a second signal in accordance with a rotation phase of the rotor in response to a rotation of the magnet in association with a rotation of the rotor,
wherein the image forming apparatus further comprises a controller which, until one of the plurality of charging devices starts charging the one of the plurality of photosensitive members for forming an image based on image data after a start signal for starting image formation is inputted, causes the rotor to rotate and causes the light source to emit the light beam continuously during at least one revolution of the rotary polygon mirror so as to cause the beam detector to generate the first signal and so as to cause the rotation sensor to generate the second signal,
the controller identifying, based on a phase relationship between the first signal and the second signal, a scan timing at which the light beam scans the beam detector during one revolution of rotation of the rotary polygon mirror,
the controller controlling, after the one of the plurality of charging devices starts charging the one of the plurality of photosensitive members, an emission timing of the light beam based on the scan timing so that the light beam scans the beam detector to generate the first signal without scanning the one of the plurality of photosensitive members,
wherein the phase relationship between the first signal and the second signal is obtained in a state in which the rotary polygon mirror is rotated at a first speed without applying the voltage to the one of the plurality of charging devices, and
wherein the emission timing of the light source is determined based on the phase relationship between the first signal and the second signal and a number of second signals in a state in which the rotary polygon mirror is rotated at a second speed higher than the first speed with the voltage being applied to the one of the plurality of charging devices.

US Pat. No. 10,303,081

CASING OF A LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS, LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A casing of a light scanning apparatus, the casing accommodating a rotary polygon mirror having a plurality of reflective surfaces and configured to deflect a light beam emitted from a light source, and an optical member including an imaging lens configured to image the light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror on a photosensitive member and a reflective mirror configured to guide the light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror to the photosensitive member, the casing comprising:a plurality of first seat surfaces arranged on a bottom surface of the casing to mount a first deflection portion to the casing, the first deflection portion including a first rotary polygon mirror, a first motor configured to drive the first rotary polygon mirror, and a first board on which the first rotary polygon mirror and the first motor are fixed; and
a plurality of second seat surfaces arranged on the bottom surface of the casing to mount a second deflection portion to the casing, the second deflection portion including a second rotary polygon mirror, a second motor configured to drive the second rotary polygon mirror and having a maximum number of revolutions per unit time that is higher than a maximum number of revolutions per unit time of the first motor, a second board on which the second rotary polygon mirror and the second motor are fixed, and a mounting portion configured to support the second board,
wherein at least one of the plurality of second seat surfaces is arranged outside of a region formed by connecting the plurality of first seat surfaces to each other,
wherein the second deflection portion includes a cover member to be mounted to the mounting portion,
wherein the second rotary polygon mirror, the second motor, and the second board are tightly sealed inside the mounting portion by the cover being mounted to the mounting portion, and
wherein the cover member has an opening on an extension line of a rotary center axis of the rotary polygon mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,303,083

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LAYER THICKNESS REGULATING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a developer regulating member made of a resin material and provided in non-contact with and opposed to a rotatable developing member for carrying and feeding a developer toward a position where an electrostatic image formed on an image bearing member is developed, the developer regulating member comprising:a base portion;
a regulating portion provided as a part of the base portion on a side opposing the rotatable developing member and configured to regulate an amount of the developer carried on the rotatable developing member;
an extended portion provided as a part of the base portion on the side opposing the rotatable developing member and extended from a most upstream end of the regulating portion toward an upstream side with respect to a rotational direction of the rotatable developing member; and
a rib portion provided as a part of the base portion on a side opposite from the side opposing the rotatable developing member, projected from the side opposite from the side opposing the rotatable developing member, and formed along a rotational axis direction of the rotatable developing member,
wherein the developer regulating member is provided separately from a developing container for accommodating the developer,
the method comprising:
an injecting step of injecting the resin material between a first split mold for molding at least the regulating portion and the extended portion of the developer regulating member and a second split mold for molding at least the rib portion of the developer regulating member;
a first separating step of separating the developer regulating member from the first split mold by moving the second split mold relative to the first split mold in a state that the resin material injected in the injecting step is solidified; and
a second separating step of separating the developer regulating member from the second split mold by pushing out the rib portion with an ejecting member penetrating through and moving relative to the second split mold in a state that the developer regulating member separated from the first split mold in the first separating step is held by the second split mold.

US Pat. No. 10,303,084

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developing container configured to accommodate a developer containing toner and carrier;
a rotatable developing sleeve rotatably supported by said developing container and configured to carry the developer from said developing container;
a magnet provided in said developing sleeve and having a plurality of magnetic poles arranged in a circumferential direction; and
a regulating member provided opposed to said developing sleeve with a predetermined gap therebetween and configured to regulate a layer thickness of the developer carried on said developing sleeve,
wherein said magnetic poles include a first pole disposed opposed to said regulating member, and a second pole of the same polarity as said first pole, said second pole being disposed adjacent to said first pole upstream of said first pole in a rotational direction of said developing sleeve, said first pole is disposed such that a maximum value position at which a magnetic flux density in a normal line direction of said developing sleeve is a maximum is not less than 3° downstream in the rotational direction of said developing sleeve from a half peak center portion position which is a center portion position of a half-peak width of the magnetic flux density, and wherein said regulating member is disposed such that a position of said regulating member closest to said developing sleeve is upstream of the maximum value position with respect to the rotational direction of said developing sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,306,160

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:a pixel array having a plurality of pixels arranged two-dimensionally therein, the plurality of pixels each including: a photoelectric converter that performs photoelectric conversion; a first charge holding section that holds a charge obtained due to a first charge accumulation by the photoelectric converter; and a second charge holding section that holds a charge obtained due to a plurality of times of second charge accumulations by the photoelectric converter; and
a controller, the controller generating a first image by a first signal which is based on the charge obtained by the first charge accumulation performed within a first time period corresponding to one frame of an image group, the controller generating a second image using at least a second signal which is based on the charge obtained by the plurality of times of second charge accumulations performed within the first time period, and the controller, in a first case where a time of the first charge accumulation is less than a predetermined time, generating the second image by the second signal without using the first signal, and in a second case where the time of the first charge accumulation is the predetermined time or more, generating the second image using the first signal and the second signal.

US Pat. No. 10,303,085

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:a support, an electrically conductive layer, and a photosensitive layer, sequentially,
wherein the electrically conductive layer contains a binder resin and a carbon black, a number average primary particle diameter of the carbon black is 200 nm or more and 500 nm or less, an average inter-particle distance of the carbon black is 200 nm or more and 600 nm or less, a coefficient of variation of an inter-particle distance is 1.2 or less, and SF-1 of the carbon black is 150 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,303,086

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supplying system comprising:a developer replenishing apparatus; and
a developer supply container detachably mountable to the developer replenishing apparatus,
wherein the developer replenishing apparatus includes:
a mounting device configured and positioned to demountably mount the developer supply container;
a developer receiver configured and positioned to receive developer from the developer supply container;
a driver configured and positioned to apply a driving force to the developer supply container; and
a single toggle configured and positioned to attract the developer supply container toward a mounting position when the developer supply container is being mounted to the developer replenishing apparatus,
wherein the developer supply container includes:
a developer discharging body;
a developer accommodating body configured and positioned to accommodate the developer;
a discharge opening, provided on the developer discharging body, configured and positioned to discharge the developer accommodated in the developer accommodating body from the developer discharging body;
a feeding portion, provided on the developer accommodating body, configured and positioned to feed the developer in the developer accommodating body toward the developer discharging body;
a gear configured and positioned to receive a rotational force from the driver for rotating the feeding portion; and
a projection to be toggled at each of lateral sides of the developer discharging body, the each projection to be toggled being projected in a direction perpendicular to a rotational axis of the feeding portion,
wherein the discharge opening is disposed between the gear and the projection to be toggled with respect to the rotational axis of the feeding portion and
wherein the toggle is rotatable about a horizontal axis that is perpendicular to the rotational axis of the feeding portion to attract both projections to be toggled into the mounting position, with a mounting operation of the developer supply container.

US Pat. No. 10,303,090

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developer container comprising a first chamber in which a discharge port of developer is formed and a second chamber that forms a circulation path of developer with the first chamber;
a first conveyance screw disposed in the first chamber and comprising:
a conveyance portion configured to convey developer to a first direction toward the discharge port; and
a return conveyance portion disposed upstream of the discharge port in the first direction and configured to convey developer conveyed by the conveyance portion in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction;
a partition wall configured to separate the first chamber and the second chamber in the developer container with first and second communication ports, the first communication port being disposed on a downstream side in the first direction and configured to deliver developer from the first chamber to the second chamber, the second communication port being disposed on an upstream side in the first direction and configured to deliver developer from the second chamber to the first chamber; and
a partition member disposed in the first chamber above a discharge space communicated to the discharge port positioned downstream of the return conveyance portion in the first direction, and configured to divide a space within the first chamber in a gravity direction,
wherein the first conveyance screw is arranged such that an upstream end in the first direction of the return conveyance portion is overlapped with the first communication port,
the partition member is configured to extend from a wall portion on a downstream side of the developer container to a position corresponding to a downstream end of the return conveyance portion or to a position further upstream beyond the position corresponding to the downstream end of the return conveyance portion in the first direction, and
a surface, opposed to the first conveyance screw, of the partition member is positioned downward in the gravity direction than an upper end of the first communication port and upward in the gravity direction than the first conveyance screw.

US Pat. No. 10,304,371

LIQUID CRYSTAL DRIVE APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING LIQUID CRYSTAL DRIVE PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid crystal drive apparatus configured to drive a liquid crystal element based on an input image, the liquid crystal element including a plurality of pixels, the apparatus comprising:a tone setter configured to set drive tones for each pixel of the plurality of pixels of the liquid crystal element based on a plurality of input tones of corresponding pixels of the input image;
a driver configured to control, depending on the set drive tones, a voltage applied to each corresponding pixel of the plurality of pixels of the liquid crystal element to a first voltage or a second voltage lower than the first voltage, in respective two or more sub-frame periods included in one frame period, to cause the corresponding pixel of the liquid crystal element to form a display tone; and
a temperature detector configured to detect a temperature of or around the liquid crystal element,
wherein the tone setter is configured to change the drive tones to decrease, as the detected temperature increases, a drive tone corresponding to a maximum input tone of the plurality of input tones at which a period in which the first voltage is applied in the two or more sub-frame periods is maximum,
wherein the change of one or more drive tones changes a total length of one or more first sub-frame periods, among the two or more sub-frame periods, in which the first voltage is applied to one or more corresponding pixels, and changes a total length of one or more second sub-frame periods thereamong, in which the second voltage is applied to one or more corresponding pixels, and
wherein, when the detected temperature is higher than a predetermined temperature, as compared with when the detected temperature is lower than the predetermined temperature, the tone setter is configured to set the drive tones to decrease the total length of the one or more first sub-frame periods and increase the total length of the one or more second sub-frame periods.

US Pat. No. 10,303,091

VOLTAGE DETECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A voltage detection apparatus comprising:a first line and a second line configured to supply an alternating voltage that is input from an alternating current power supply to a load;
a transformer, in which a primary side and a secondary side are insulated from each other, the primary side connected in parallel with the first line and the second line, configured to output an output voltage from the secondary side of the transformer according to the alternating voltage supplied to the primary side;
a detection circuit configured to detect a frequency of the alternating voltage; and
a correction unit configured to acquire information corresponding to the output voltage and information corresponding to the frequency that is detected by the detection circuit, and that corrects the information corresponding to the output voltage according to the information corresponding to the frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,303,093

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PROMPTS EXCHANGE OF A FIRST ROTATABLE MEMBER OF A FIXING PORTION BASED ON A ROTATION TIME OF THE FIRST ROTATABLE MEMBER OR A RECORDING MATERIAL LENGTH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. An image forming apparatus comprising:(A) an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a recording material;
(B) a fixing portion including:
(a) a first rotatable member;
(b) a second rotatable member, the first rotatable member and the second rotatable member being configured to form a nip therebetween for fixing the toner image, formed by the image forming portion, to the recording material; and
(c) a detecting portion configured to detect a temperature of the first rotatable member;
(C) a first acquiring portion configured to acquire a rotation time of the first rotatable member;
(D) a first accumulating portion configured to accumulate the rotation time of the first rotatable member acquired by the first acquiring portion after the rotation time is weighted on the basis of the temperature of the first rotatable member detected by the detecting portion;
(E) a second acquiring portion configured to acquire a length of the recording material with respect to a feeding direction of the recording material;
(F) a second accumulating portion configured to accumulate the length of the recording material acquired by the second acquiring portion after the length of the recording material is weighted on the basis of the temperature of the first rotatable member detected by the detecting portion; and
(G) a notifying portion configured to provide a notification prompting exchange of the first rotatable member on the basis of outputs of the first accumulating portion and the second accumulating portion.

US Pat. No. 10,303,094

FIXING DEVICE HAVING A FIXING NIP FORMED BY AN ELASTIC ROLLER AND A BACK-UP UNIT WITH A CYLINDRICAL FILM AND A FILM GUIDE INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF RIBS EXTENDING CIRCUMFERENTIALLY ALONG THE INNER PERIPHERY OF THE FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:(A) an elastic roller; and
(B) a back-up unit cooperative with said elastic roller to form a fixing nip therebetween, said back-up unit including:
(a) a cylindrical film contacting said elastic roller;
(b) a heat leveling member contacting an inner surface of said film to cooperate with said elastic roller to form a nip nipping said film; and
(c) a supporting member provided in an inside space of said film to support said heat leveling member, said supporting member including a groove for supporting said heat leveling member, wherein an edge of said groove with respect to a rotational direction of said film is protruded toward said elastic roller beyond a surface of said heat leveling member that contacts the inner surface of said film,
wherein an unfixed toner image is heat-fixed on a recording material at the fixing nip while feeding the recording material carrying the unfixed toner image at the fixing nip,
wherein said device feeds the recording material such that the unfixed toner image contacts said elastic roller,
wherein said film includes a layer of a thermoplastic resin material, and, when said device fixes the unfixed toner image on a small size sheet, a temperature of a non-sheet-passage-part of said film rises to a temperature that is greater than a glass transition point of the thermoplastic resin material, and
wherein a width of contact, measured in the rotational direction of said film, between the non-sheet-passage-part of said film and said heat leveling member is greater than a width of contact, measured in the rotational direction of said film, between a sheet-passage-part of said film and said heat leveling member, when the temperature of the non-sheet-passage-part of said film is greater than the glass transition point of the thermoplastic resin material.

US Pat. No. 10,303,095

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT ACQUIRES A TEMPERATURE OF A HEATER IN A REGION IN WHICH A HEAT GENERATION MEMBER IS FORMED BASED ON A DETECTED RESISTANCE OF THE HEAT GENERATION MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:(A) a fixing unit configured to fix an image, formed on a recording material, to the recording material, the fixing unit including:
(a) a heater having:
(i) a first heat generation member; and
(ii) a second heat generation member controllable independently of the first heat generation member and formed in a region different from a region in which the first heat generation member is formed in a direction orthogonal to a recording material conveyance direction; and
(b) a temperature detection element configured to detect a temperature of the region in which the first heat generation member is formed of the heater;
(B) an energization control unit configured to control energization to the first heat generation member depending on the temperature detected by the temperature detection element,
(C) a resistance detecting unit configured to detect a resistance of the second heat generation member; and
(D) a temperature acquiring unit configured to acquire a temperature of the heater in the region in which the second heat generation member is formed based on the resistance detected by the resistance detecting unit,
wherein the image, formed on the recording material, is fixed to the recording material with heat from the heater.

US Pat. No. 10,303,099

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO EXECUTE A CALIBRATION PROCESS FOR A FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:(A) a correcting portion configured to correct gradation of inputted image data on the basis of a correction condition;
(B) an image forming device configured to form, on a recording material, a toner image corresponding to the image data corrected by said correcting portion;
(C) a fixing device configured to fix, on the recording material, the toner image formed by said image forming device, said fixing device being one of a plurality of fixing devices including:
(a) a first fixing device including a first pair of rotatable members forming a first nip under a first load, the first fixing device being configured to fix, on the recording material in the first nip, the toner image formed by said image forming device; and
(b) a second fixing device including a second pair of rotatable members forming a second nip under a second load that is less than the first load, and configured to fix, on the recording material in the second nip, the toner image formed by said image forming device;
(D) a mounting portion configured to selectively mount one of the plurality of fixing devices;
(E) a detector configured to detect a density of the toner image fixed on the recording material;
(F) an executing portion configured to execute a calibration process for generating the correction condition on the basis of a result of detection of a predetermined toner image by said detector, the predetermined toner image being a toner image that is formed, on the basis of predetermined data, on the recording material by said image forming device, and that is fixed by said fixing device mounted in said mounting portion, and the predetermined toner image forming a plurality of image regions different in density, said executing portion permitting execution of the calibration process when said fixing device mounted in said mounting portion is the first fixing device, and prohibiting the execution of the calibration process when said fixing device mounted in said mounting portion is the second fixing device;
(G) a receiving portion configured to receive an input of an execution instruction of the calibration process; and
(H) a notifying portion configured to provide a notification indicating non-execution of the calibration process with receipt of the execution instruction by said receiving portion when the second fixing device is mounted in said mounting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,303,107

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system comprising:an image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording member;
an operation unit configured to operate the image forming apparatus, the operation unit comprising an operation portion and a stand portion configured to be attached to the operation portion and to stand on a top surface of the image forming apparatus;
a cable configured to electrically communicate between the image forming apparatus and the operation unit, the cable being connected with the operation unit while a part of the cable is exposed from the image forming apparatus; and
an anchor portion provided on a rear side of the top surface of the image forming apparatus and configured to anchor the exposed part of the cable at a predetermined portion of the rear side of the top surface of the image forming apparatus,
wherein, in a state where the exposed part of the cable is anchored at the predetermined portion, a length of a free area of the cable, which is located on a free end side beyond the predetermined portion, is such a length that the stand portion is capable of standing at least at two positions of the top surface of the image forming apparatus, and that the operation unit cannot reach an installation surface of the image forming apparatus if the operation unit falls from the top surface of the image forming apparatus in a rear direction, and
wherein the cable has a strength capable of supporting the operation unit if the operation unit falls from the top surface of the image forming apparatus in the rear direction.

US Pat. No. 10,306,445

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the apparatus to:
transmit a first signal in a case where the communication apparatus is connected to first predetermined number of source devices defined by a Wi-Fi Miracast standard and where the communication apparatus is not connected to second predetermined number of sink devices defined by the Wi-Fi Miracast standard, the first signal indicating the communication apparatus operates as the source device;
transmit a second signal in a case where the communication apparatus is not connected to the first predetermined number of the source devices and where the communication apparatus is connected to the second predetermined number of sink devices, the second signal indicating that the communication apparatus operates as the sink device;
transmit a third signal in a case where the communication apparatus is not connected to the first predetermined number of the source devices nor to the second predetermined number of the sink devices, the third signal indicating that the communication apparatus operates as a dual-role device that is capable of operating both as the source device and as the sink device; and
establish a connection to an external communication apparatus that has responded to any of the first, second, or third signals.

US Pat. No. 10,303,114

IMAGE FORMING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming unit detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus, the image forming unit comprising:a main assembly that includes an image bearing member and is insertable into the image forming apparatus;
a cover portion engageable with the main assembly of the image forming unit to cover the image bearing member; and
a locking portion movably provided on the cover portion and configured to lock the cover portion to the image forming apparatus,
wherein, in a case that the main assembly is between (i) an initial position in which the main assembly is positioned when the setting of the cover portion to said image forming apparatus is completed and (ii) a first position in which the main assembly is inserted into the image forming apparatus from the initial position by a first amount, the locking portion is positioned in an unlocked position in which the locking portion unlocks the cover portion from the image forming apparatus, and
wherein, in a case that the main assembly is between the first position and a second position in which the main assembly is inserted into the image forming apparatus from the initial position by a second amount that is larger than the first amount, the locking portion is positioned in a locked position in which the locking portion locks the cover portion to the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,306,192

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS FOR DEMOSAICING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a signal processing circuit that obtains first image data and second image data, and executes demosaicing on the first image data by referring to the second image data, wherein a field of view of the second image data overlaps a field of view of the first image data, and resolution of the second image data is higher than that of the first image data, wherein:
each pixel value in the first image data corresponds to one color component out of a plurality of color components that constitute a color filter of an image sensor used for obtaining the first image data,
each pixel value in the second image data corresponds to one color component out of a plurality of color components that constitute a color filter of an image sensor used for obtaining the second image data, and
the signal processing circuit executes demosaicing on the pixel to be interpolated by referring to, out of values of pixels that constitute the second image data, a value of a pixel (i) at a first position corresponding to a position of a pixel to be interpolated in the first image data or pixel (ii) at a second position being closest to the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,303,117

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A SWINGABLY SUPPORTED DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly;
a rotatable image bearing member;
a cartridge detachably mountable to said main assembly, said cartridge including a rotatable developer carrying member;
a first bearing provided in said cartridge and supporting said developer carrying member at one axial end of said developer carrying member, said first bearing being provided with a first regulated portion;
a second bearing provided in said cartridge and supporting said developer carrying member at the other axial end of said developer carrying member, said second bearing being provided with a second regulated portion;
a third bearing supporting said image bearing member at one axial end of said image bearing member, said third bearing being provided with a first regulating portion;
a fourth bearing supporting said image bearing member at the other axial end of said image bearing member, said fourth bearing being provided with a second regulating portion;
a first swingable member provided in said main assembly and engaged with one end of said cartridge in an axial direction of said developer carrying member when said cartridge is mounted in said main assembly, said first swingable member being swingable integrally with said cartridge; and
a second swingable member provided in said main assembly and engaged with the other end of said cartridge in the axial direction of said developer carrying member when said cartridge is mounted in said main assembly, said second swingable member being swingable integrally with said cartridge;
wherein said cartridge is swingable integrally with said first swingable member and said second swingable member to move between a first position in which said developer carrying member is contacted with or close to said image bearing member and a second position in which said developer carrying member is spaced from said image bearing member,
wherein said first swingable member is provided with a third regulated portion, and said second swingable member is provided with a fourth regulated portion,
wherein said main assembly is provided with a third regulating portion corresponding to said third regulated portion and a fourth regulating portion corresponding to said fourth regulated portion,
wherein when said cartridge is in the first position, said first regulated portion contacts said first regulating portion, said second regulated portion contacts said second regulating portion, said third regulated portion contacts said third regulating portion, and said fourth regulated portion is spaced from said fourth regulating portion.

US Pat. No. 10,303,634

ELECTRONIC DEVICE THAT CAN PERFORM COMMUNICATIONS BASED ON A PLURALITY OF COMMUNICATION STANDARDS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a connector constituted by plural types of pins, including a plurality of switching pins and a plurality of common pins, and configured to perform a communication in accordance with at least one of a first communication standard for requesting a symmetrical pin arrangement and a second communication standard for requesting an asymmetrical pin arrangement;
a first detection circuit connected to at least one pin of the plurality of common pins and configured to detect that a communication standard an external apparatus connected to the connector conforms to is the first communication standard based on a first signal input to at least one of symmetrically arranged pins among the plurality of common pins;
a second detection circuit connected to at least one pin of the plurality of switching pins and configured to detect that a communication standard an external apparatus connected to the connector conforms to is the second communication standard based on a second signal input to a predetermined pin of the plurality of switching pins; and
a control unit configured to
set the plurality of switching pins except for the predetermined pin thereof to be not used for the first communication standard and the second communication standard until at least one of the first signal and the second signal is detected,
in a case where the communication standard the external apparatus conforms to is the first communication standard, set the switching pins, including the predetermined pin, to be used as a symmetrical pin arrangement, and
in a case where the communication standard the external apparatus conforms to is the second communication standard, set the switching pins to be used as an asymmetrical pin arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,306,455

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a search unit configured to execute the Discovery Process specified by the Wi-Fi Direct standard to search a communication partner apparatus:
a decision unit configured to execute the Group Owner Negotiation specified by the Wi-Fi Direct standard with the communication partner apparatus discovered by the search unit to decide whether the communication apparatus operates as a Group Owner or a Client:
a connection unit configured to connect, based on the decision by the decision unit, to the communication partner apparatus according to the Wi-Fi Direct standard:
a determination unit configured to determine whether the connection by the connection unit has been disconnected: and
a control unit configured to control the communication apparatus such that, in a case where it is determined, by the determination unit, that the connection has been disconnected while the communication apparatus operates as the Group Owner, the communication apparatus continues to operate as the Group Owner, and, in a case where it is determined, by the determination unit, that the connection has been disconnected while the communication apparatus operates as the Client, the communication apparatus stops an use of an IP address which was used in a communication with the communication partner apparatus connected by the connection unit and starts a search by the search unit.

US Pat. No. 10,304,158

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM WITH CALCULATION OF INFORMATION REPRESENTING DIRECTION OF TARGET TISSUE AND WITH ESTIMATING OF DEPICTING APPEARANCE OF TARGET TISSUE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire information representing directivity at the time of imaging a first image of an object obtained by a first apparatus;
a calculation unit configured to calculate information representing a direction of a target tissue based on an image of the target tissue in a second image of the object obtained by a second apparatus;
a registration unit configured to (1) acquire a deformation rule to deform the second image to the first image as registration information for registration between the first image and the second image and (2) generate a deformed image of the second image by performing deforming the second image toward the first image by using the deformation rule as the registration between the first image and the second image;
an extracting unit configured to generate a label image by extracting an image representing the target tissue from the second image;
an estimation unit configured to estimate a depicting appearance of the target tissue in the first image based on (1) the information representing the directivity and (2) the information representing the direction of the target tissue; and
an image generation unit configured to generate a display image based on the depicting appearance of the target issue in the first image,
wherein the calculation unit generates a deformed label image by transforming the label image by using the deformation rule, and calculates the information representing the direction of the target tissue based on the deformed label image, and
wherein the image generation unit is configured to generate, as the display image, an image by superimposing (a) the deformed image of the second image and (b) an image of the target tissue with the depicting appearance of the target tissue in the first image.

US Pat. No. 10,304,164

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING LIGHTING PROCESSING FOR IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
a generation unit configured to generate normal image data in which normal information is stored for each of a plurality of areas at least part of which is different from one another in image data and for each pixel of the area;
a setting unit configured to set one of at least two or more smoothness degrees different from one another to each of a plurality of pieces of generated normal image data;
a smoothing unit configured to smooth each of the plurality of pieces of normal image data in the smoothness degree set by the setting unit;
an integration unit configured to generate integrated normal image data corresponding to pixel arrangement of the image data by integrating the plurality of pieces of normal image data smoothed by the smoothing unit; and
a lighting processing unit configured to perform lighting processing for the image data based on the integrated normal image data.

US Pat. No. 10,304,168

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor configured to implement the stored instructions to execute a plurality of tasks, including:
an acquiring task that acquires a plurality of captured images and an image capturing condition of each of the plurality of captured images;
a classifying task that classifies the plurality of captured images into groups, which include a first group and a second group, based on the image capturing condition of each of the plurality of captured images;
a calculating task that performs, after the classifying task has finished classifying all of a plurality of images belong to one of the first group or the second group:
first common calculation processing on the first group of images to generate first optical transfer function information or point spread function information for the first group of images; and
second common calculation processing on the second group of images to generate second optical transfer function information or point spread function information for the second group of images, the second optical transfer function information or point spread function information being different from the first optical transfer function information or point spread function information; and
an image restoring task that performs:
first restoration processing on the first group of images based on the first optical transfer function information or the point spread function information generated by the first common calculation processing; and
second restoration processing on the second group of images based on the second optical transfer function information or the point spread function information generated by the second common calculation processing.

US Pat. No. 10,302,125

SLIDING MEMBER AND SLIDING MECHANISM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sliding part comprising:a shaft; and
two or more intervening members, each located between the shaft and a bearing, and each being operable independently of the shaft and the bearing, the two or more intervening members having a first intervening member facing the shaft and a second intervening member having a surface facing the bearing,
wherein at least one surface of the two or more intervening members on a shaft side comprises a sliding surface under one of a radial load and an axial load, and
wherein a material for forming the first intervening member is different from a material for forming the second intervening member.

US Pat. No. 10,302,895

COMPOSITE PLASTIC LENS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A camera having a lens comprising:a resin lens including a convex surface, a surface on the side opposite to the convex surface, a side surface, a protrusion protruding from at least part of the side surface; and
a resin light-shielding holder configured to hold the resin lens,
wherein the resin lens is joined with the resin light-shielding holder at least at the protrusion on the side of the convex surface, and an interface of the resin light-shielding holder with respect to the protrusion on the side of the convex surface is inclined inward from an outer periphery of the lens in a direction approaching the surface on the side opposite to the convex surface; and
an angle F formed between the interface and a plane including a line orthogonal to an optical axis falls within a range from 5° to 80°.

US Pat. No. 10,302,896

OPTICAL PART, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE OPTICAL PART, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical part comprising:a lens including an eyepiece-side lens surface, an objective-side lens surface opposing the eyepiece-side lens surface, and a side surface continuous between the eyepiece-side lens surface and the objective-side lens surface; and
a cylindrical holder configured to fix the lens on the eyepiece-side lens surface side, the cylindrical holder including a front surface present on the eyepiece-side lens surface side, a back surface opposing the front surface and present on the objective-side lens surface side, an inner peripheral surface continuous between the front surface and the back surface, and an outer peripheral surface continuous between the front surface and the back surface and opposing the inner peripheral surface,
wherein the inner peripheral surface of the cylindrical holder consists of a first region that is formed continuously from the front surface and is not in contact with the lens, and a second region that is formed continuously from the back surface and is in contact with the lens,
wherein the second region is formed to approach an optical axis of the lens in a direction from the front surface to the back surface, and
wherein the cylindrical holder is in contact with the lens only on the back surface of the cylindrical holder and in the second region.

US Pat. No. 10,304,690

FLUID DISPENSE METHODOLOGY AND APPARATUS FOR IMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of generating a fluid droplet pattern for an imprint lithography process, the method comprising:rotating a set of the fluid dispense ports arranged on a fluid dispense head in a fixed arrangement of at least two rows and at least two columns to a rotation angle to change a fluid droplet pitch in a first direction while the fluid dispense ports remain in the fixed arrangement, wherein the rotation angle is selected from a set of discrete rotation angles, and wherein the number of discrete rotational angles in the set of discrete rotational angles decreases as the number of columns increases;
moving a substrate and the set of the fluid dispense ports relative to each other in a second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction; and
dispensing fluid droplets of a formable material onto the substrate while moving the substrate and the set of the fluid dispense ports relative to each other, wherein the fluid droplets of the fluid droplet pattern have the fluid droplet pitch in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,302,899

ZOOM-TYPE LENS BARREL AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:a first optical member configured to move in a direction of an optical axis of the lens barrel;
a second optical member configured to move in the direction of the optical axis;
a cam member configured to be cam-engaged with each of said first optical member and said second optical member and be held rotatably about a cam axis parallel to the optical axis; and
a linear actuator configured to drive said first optical member,
wherein said cam member is rotated by a cam action of said cam member and said first optical member, which is driven to move in the direction of the optical axis by said linear actuator,
wherein rotation of said cam member causes said second optical member to move in the direction of the optical axis due to a cam action of said second optical member and said cam member, and
wherein said cam member is disposed in an outer peripheral portion of the first optical member.

US Pat. No. 10,304,182

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain, on a basis of plural pieces of three-dimensional image data obtained by imaging an object at a plurality of different time points, a plurality of projection images obtained by projection from a plurality of different projection directions corresponding to projection images in accordance with a three-dimensional partial region where a pixel value is increased and a three-dimensional partial region where the pixel value is decreased at a second time point with respect to a first time point among the plurality of time points;
a display control unit configured to display the plurality of projection images on a display unit; and
a specification unit configured to specify a projection direction,
wherein the display control unit displays the projection image obtained by projection in the specified projection direction on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,304,205

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a computer executing instructions that, when executed by the computer, cause the computer to function as:
a moving object detection unit configured to detect a moving object from a moving image;
a detection unit configured to detect from the moving image a line corresponding to the moving object, wherein the line is a line in which one of end points of the line corresponds to a leading end position of the moving object; and
a determination unit configured to determine, based on a detection result of the detection unit, whether the moving object is a self-moving object.

US Pat. No. 10,304,206

SELECTING FEATURE PATTERNS AND CORRESPONDING LAYOUT POSITIONS FOR VIEWPOINT MEASUREMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a calculation circuit configured to obtain a feature distribution by calculating a distribution of features, existing in an environment, that can be used to measure a position and orientation of a measurement viewpoint;
a deciding circuit configured to decide on a feature pattern to be laid out and a layout position of the feature pattern in the environment that enable the obtainment of a feature distribution according to a criteria for measuring accuracy at which the position and orientation of the measurement viewpoint is calculated; and
a presenting circuit configured to present the feature pattern and the layout position of the feature pattern decided on by the deciding circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,300,640

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that molds an imprint material on a shot region of a substrate by using a mold on which a pattern is formed, comprising:a detection unit configured to irradiate a first mark of the mold and a second mark of the substrate with first light, detect the first light from the first mark and the second mark, and measure a position deviation between the first mark and the second mark;
a heating unit configured to irradiate the substrate via the mold with second light for heating, and heat the substrate to deform the shot region; and
a control unit configured to control alignment between the mold and the substrate based on the position deviation measured by the detection unit,
wherein during the alignment which is controlled by the control unit, the control unit is configured to cause the detection unit to detect the first light and measure the position deviation and the control unit is configured to cause the heating unit to heat the substrate by irradiating the substrate with the second light while the detection unit detects the first light and measures the position deviation, and
wherein a direction in which the detection unit receives the first light, a numerical aperture of the detection unit, a wavelength of the second light, and a direction of the second light which is incident on the substrate are configured to suppress detection of the second light reflected by at least one of the first mark and the second mark by the detection unit in the alignment during the heating of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,300,643

MANUFACTURE METHOD OF LIQUID SUPPLY MEMBER AND MANUFACTURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A manufacture method of a liquid supply member configured by a plurality of constituting components including first and second constituting components for forming a liquid supply path between the first constituting component and the second constituting component, comprising:a first step of injection-molding the first constituting component between a first position of a first mold and a first position of a second mold and injection-molding the second constituting component between a second position of the first mold and a second position of the second mold;
a second step of opening the first mold and the second mold so that the first position of the first mold has the first constituting component and the second position of the second mold has the second constituting component to subsequently move the first mold relative to the second mold so that the first constituting component is opposed to the second constituting component;
a third step of closing the first mold and the second mold so that a first region surrounding a part in which the liquid supply path is formed in the first constituting component and a second region surrounding a part in which the liquid supply path is formed in the second constituting component are abutted to each other; and
a fourth step of allowing molten resin to flow to an outer side of the first and second regions,
wherein in the third step, one of the first region and the second region is pushed to the other when the first mold and the second mold are closed, and
wherein: D1+D2>D3,
where, in a state prior to the closing of the first mold and the second mold in the third step, D1 is a distance between the first region and a first face of the first mold abutted to a region at an opposite face of the first region in the first constituting component, and D2 is a distance between the second region and a second face of the second mold abutted to a region at an opposite side of the second region in the second constituting component, and
where, in a state where the first mold and the second mold are closed in the third step, D3 is a distance between the first face and the second face.

US Pat. No. 10,306,554

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus that causes an external apparatus to operate through a remote control, the communication apparatus comprising:at least one processor or circuit to perform the operations of:
a communication unit configured to wirelessly communicate with the external apparatus; and
an instruction accepting unit configured to accept an instruction of an operation for the external apparatus to execute,
wherein the communication unit:
establishes a wireless connection with the external apparatus upon the instruction accepting unit accepting the instruction, and transmits an operation command corresponding to the instruction to the external apparatus; and
disconnects the wireless connection with the external apparatus upon the external apparatus executing part of a series of operations corresponding to the operation command, without waiting for the remaining operations to be executed,
wherein in the case where the operation executed by the external apparatus is a shooting operation and the instruction accepting unit continuously accepts an instruction for the shooting operation,
the communication unit maintains the wireless connection with the external apparatus even after the external apparatus has executed part of the operations corresponding to the operation command,
wherein in the case where, after the instruction accepting unit has continuously accepted the instruction for the shooting operation, the instruction accepting unit no longer accepts the instruction,
the communication unit disconnects the wireless connection with the external apparatus after the instruction is no longer being accepted.

US Pat. No. 10,306,558

POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS FOR WIRELESSLY RECEIVING POWER FROM EXTERNAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power receiving apparatus comprising:a first antenna;
a second antenna; and
a control unit configured to execute control to exclusively and alternately execute power reception processing of wirelessly obtaining power from a power transmission apparatus via the first antenna and communication processing of wirelessly communicating with the power transmission apparatus via the second antenna, wherein power is wirelessly received by receiving a signal of a predetermined frequency via the first antenna in the power reception processing, and wireless communication is performed by receiving the signal of the predetermined frequency via the second antenna in the communication processing,
wherein during execution of the communication processing, the control unit executes control to set a resonance frequency of the second antenna to be the predetermined frequency and a resonance frequency of the first antenna to be a frequency other than the predetermined frequency and frequencies of an integral multiple of the predetermined frequency, so that the first antenna does not resonate with the signal of the predetermined frequency,
wherein during execution of the power reception processing, the control unit executes control to set the resonance frequency of the first antenna to be the predetermined frequency and the resonance frequency of the second antenna to be a frequency other than the predetermined frequency and frequencies of an integral multiple of the predetermined frequency, so that the second antenna does not resonate with the signal of the predetermined frequency, and
wherein in a case where execution of the communication processing is changed to execution of the power reception processing, the control unit executes control to first set the resonance frequency of the second antenna to be the predetermined frequency and then to set the resonance frequency of the first antenna to be a frequency other than the predetermined frequency and frequencies of an integral multiple of the predetermined frequency, so that the first antenna does not resonate with the signal of the predetermined frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,306,077

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a memory storing instructions, and
at least one processor that, when executing the instructions, causes the image processing apparatus to:
permit a user to use the image processing apparatus, based on first authentication information which is input by the user;
receive, from the user, destination information for specifying a WebDAV server or a SMB server as a file server;
perform a connection confirmation for trying to connect to the file server using the received destination information;
register the destination information in an address book; and
transmit a file including image data to the file server using the registered destination information,
wherein, in a case where a first mode for transmitting image data using the first authentication information is set, the connection confirmation is performed using the destination information for specifying the file server and the first authentication information.

US Pat. No. 10,300,698

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising: a substrate; a heat generating resistor element arranged on the substrate to generate thermal energy for ejecting liquid; and a flow channel forming member for forming a flow channel for allowing liquid to flow therethrough, the flow channel forming member having a side wall surrounding at least part of the heat generating resistor element,the heat generating resistor element having a pair of oppositely disposed sides, a pair of electrical connection regions being formed on a substrate-facing surface of the heat generating resistor element in order to supply electric energy to the heat generating resistor element, the electrical connection regions extending along the respective sides of the pair of sides and separated from the respective sides of the pair of sides by a distance, and
the side wall having at least one concave corner comprised of a curved surface or a surface extending obliquely to the pair of sides, the heat generating resistor element having at least one convex corner facing the at least one concave corner of the side wall, the convex corner being rounded or chamfered.

US Pat. No. 10,306,082

SYSTEM, SERVERS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, FOR EXECUTING PROCESS WITH WEB APPLICATION, JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system including an application server, and a job processing apparatus,the job processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor, wherein at least one of the at least one processor is configured to function as:
a display unit configured to display screen including a content provided by a server external to the job processing apparatus;
a request unit configured to request, to the application server, issuing a job for printing an image, through the display screen displayed by the display unit in accordance with a user operation to the job processing apparatus; and
the application server comprising:
at least one processor, wherein at least one of the at least one processor is configured to function as:
an issuing unit configured to issue the job according to the request of issuing the job,
wherein at least one of the at least one processor of the job processing apparatus is further configured to function as:
a receiving unit configured to receive a job; and
a performing unit configured to perform printing process for printing an image based on the received job,
wherein the performing unit is controlled so that,
if a job, which has been issued as a job to be processed by the job processing apparatus, is a first job issued through the display screen, the printing process, which has been required to the job processing apparatus based on the first job, is performed, and
if a job, which has been issued as the job to be processed by the job processing apparatus in a state where the display screen is displayed by the display unit, is a second job issued without going through the display screen, the printing process which has been required to the job processing apparatus based on the second job, is not performed, based on a fact that the job, which has been issued as the job to be processed by the job processing apparatus in the stage where the display screen is displayed by the display unit, is not the first job but the second job.

US Pat. No. 10,300,699

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a recording element substrate having a first discharge port group, a second discharge port group, a third discharge port group, and a fourth discharge port group, each of which includes a plurality of discharge ports for discharging liquid,
wherein a sum of opening areas of the plurality of discharge ports included in the first discharge port group is larger than a sum of opening areas of the plurality of discharge ports included in the second discharge port group, and is smaller than a sum of opening areas of the plurality of discharge ports included in the third discharge port group and a sum of opening areas of the plurality of discharge ports included in the fourth discharge port groups;
a first flow path connecting a first liquid tank to the first discharge port group;
a second flow path connecting a second liquid tank to the second discharge port group; and
a third flow path connecting a third liquid tank to the third discharge port group and the fourth discharge port group,
wherein a flow resistance in the first flow path is smaller than a flow resistance in the second flow path and larger than a flow resistance in the third flow path, and
wherein a ratio of the flow resistance in the second flow path to the flow resistance in the third flow path is 4 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,306,084

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS ACQUIRING SETTING INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH USER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of communicating with a server, comprising:a display device configured to display information; and
at least one controller configured to function as:
a unit configured to cause the display device to display an identification screen for acquiring user identification information;
a unit configured to, upon acquiring the user identification information, transmit a request based on the user identification information to the server;
a unit configured to, upon acquiring the user identification information, cause a screen transition from the identification screen to a next screen, wherein a predetermined message is displayed on the next screen later in response to receiving setting information from the server, wherein the setting information is information that corresponds to the user identification information and relates to a display method of the next screen; and
a unit that causes the display device to display the next screen whose display method has been changed on a basis of the setting information upon acquiring the user identification information after further display of the identification screen,
wherein the predetermined message is a message that prompts a user to perform an operation including a step of instructing for further display of the identification screen.

US Pat. No. 10,306,085

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which executes individual processes for a plurality of documents, the apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory that stores a computer executable instructions, wherein the processor executes the computer executable instructions to perform;
dividing an area, that indicates progress status about all of the individual processes to be executed for the plurality of documents into individual areas, wherein the information processing apparatus executes at least two of the individual processes to be executed for the plurality of documents in parallel; and
displaying, in each of the divided individual areas, individual process statuses about each of the individual processes to be executed for the plurality of documents in parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,306,089

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR RETRANSMITTING IMAGE DATA BASED ON DETECTION OF ABNORMALITY OF RECEPTION TIMING OF A HORIZONTAL SYNCHRONIZATION SIGNAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system, comprising:a reader that reads an image of a document for each line to generate image data;
a reader controller that has a memory that stores the image data generated by the reader, wherein the reader controller transmits the image data generated by the reader and a horizontal synchronization signal; and
a controller configured to receive the image data and the horizontal synchronization signal transmitted from the reader controller,
wherein the controller transmits a request of retransmission of the image data stored in the memory based on detection of abnormality of reception timing of the horizontal synchronization signal transmitted from the reader controller, and
wherein the reader controller transmits the image data in accordance with the request transmitted by the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,305,836

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus which is capable of receiving an e-mail as Internet FAX, comprising:a display;
a network interface;
a controller, including a memory which stores instructions and a processor which executes the instructions, the controller being configured to execute the following:
receive, via a user interface displayed on the display, settings for an e-mail received as the Internet FAX, wherein the settings include a predetermined storage destination, conditions and a transmission destination;
store image data attached to a received first e-mail in the predetermined storage destination according to the conditions included in the settings received via the user interface;
acquire first character codes included as text in the received first e-mail and first classification information which indicates an encoding type of the first character codes; and
generate, in a case where the image data attached to the first e-mail is stored in the predetermined storage destination included in the settings received via the user interface, a second e-mail having a multipart format including a first part and a second part; and
transmit, using the network interface, the generated second e-mail to the transmission destination included in the settings received via the user interface,
wherein, in the first part of the transmitted second e-mail, second character codes corresponding to notification information for notifying that the image data attached to the first e-mail has been stored in the predetermined storage destination and second classification information which indicates an encoding type of the second character codes are described, the encoding type of the second character codes corresponding to a language used by the communication apparatus,
wherein, in the second part of the transmitted second e-mail, the acquired first classification information and the acquired first character codes are described, and
wherein, if another received e-mail does not satisfy the conditions included in the settings received via the user interface, image data attached to the received e-mail is not stored in the predetermined storage destination and the second e-mail is not generated.

US Pat. No. 10,306,099

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. A semiconductor integrated circuit having a plurality of image processing units, a control unit configured to control the plurality of image processing units, and an interrupt unit configured to output an interrupt to the control unit, the circuit having:an external interface that receives an interrupt output from an external device; and
a switch unit configured to output an interrupt received by the external interface to one of the plurality of image processing units, wherein
one of the plurality of image processing units, to which the interrupt is input, outputs an interrupt to the interrupt unit in accordance with the interrupt being input from the switch unit.

US Pat. No. 10,306,100

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a short-range wireless communication function, comprising:a scanner that scans a document and generates image data of the scanned document;
a storage that stores the image data generated by the scanner;
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to function as:
a control unit that, if an operation mode of scanning a document by the scanner and transmitting image data of the scanned document to an external apparatus by the short-range wireless communication function is instructed by a user input, controls to generate image data of a document by controlling the scanner, store the image data in the storage, and then, in response to the image data being stored in the storage, transmit the image data stored in the storage to the external apparatus by the short-range wireless communication function, and
a console unit that has a display unit and accepts a user instruction,
wherein, in response to storing the image data of the scanned document in the storage, the control unit performs display on the display unit to prompt a user to move the external apparatus to a communication area where short-range wireless communication is possible,
wherein if the operation mode is instructed, the control unit establishes wireless communication connection to the external apparatus by the short-range wireless communication function, generates a job ID, and transmits the job ID to the external apparatus, and
after generating the image data of the scanned document by controlling the scanner and storing the image data in the storage, the control unit requests the external apparatus of the job ID, obtains the job ID, and transmits, if the transmitted job ID matches the obtained job ID, the image data stored in the storage to the external apparatus by the short-range wireless communication function.

US Pat. No. 10,306,101

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ESTABLISHING CONNECTION WITH INTERNET BASED ON FIRST COMMUNICATION METHOD AND CONNECTION WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS BASED ON SECOND COMMUNICATION METHOD IN PARALLEL, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for an information processing apparatus, comprising:receiving a selection operation for selecting data from a user;
receiving the data selected on a basis of the selection operation via communication with the Internet based on a first communication method in a state that the information processing apparatus is operating in a first state, the first state being a state in which a first connection with the Internet based on the first communication method and a second connection with an external apparatus based on a second communication method are established in parallel and in which the first communication with the Internet based on the first communication method is possible and second communication with the external apparatus based on the second communication method is not possible;
switching, after receiving the data selected on a basis of the selection operation, the state of the information processing apparatus from the first state to a second state while the information processing apparatus maintains the connection with the Internet based on the first communication method and the connection with the external apparatus based on the second communication method in parallel, the second state being a state in which the first connection and the second connection are established in parallel and in which the second communication is possible and the first communication is not possible, the switching being performed while the information processing apparatus maintains the first connection and the second connection in parallel; and
transmitting, while the information processing apparatus is operating in a second state, the data, which has been selected on a basis of the selection operation and acquired via the communication with the Internet based on the first communication method, to the external apparatus via the communication with the external apparatus based on the second communication method.

US Pat. No. 10,306,102

ENDING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION BASED ON NUMBER OF WIRELESSLY CONNECTED TERMINALS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first communication interface configured to perform a communication that conforms to any one of IEEE802.11 series;
a second communication interface configured to perform a wireless communication that conforms to Bluetooth® Low Energy; and
one or more processors configured to execute a set of instructions to
wirelessly connect the communication apparatus to a printing apparatus operating in a direct wireless communication mode via the first communication interface without using a relay apparatus;
acquire information regarding communication in the direct wireless communication mode from the printing apparatus through Bluetooth® Low Energy communication via the second communication interface;
determine whether to make the printing apparatus stop operation of the direct wireless communication mode based on the acquired information in a case where an instruction for making the printing apparatus stop the operation of the direct wireless communication mode is received from a user; and
instruct the printing apparatus to stop the operation of the direct wireless communication mode via the second communication interface by executing Bluetooth® Low Energy communication in a case where it is determined to make the printing apparatus stop the operation of the direct wireless communication mode.

US Pat. No. 10,306,103

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a platen glass on which a document is to be placed;
a reader configured to read the document;
a document feeder configured to convey the document on a tray;
a printer configured to print an image based on an image forming condition; and
a controller configured to:
cause the printer to form a test image on a sheet;
cause the reader to read the test image; and
generate the image forming condition based on a result of the reader reading the test image formed on the sheet,
wherein the reader has a first reading mode for reading the document placed on the platen glass and a second reading mode for reading the document being conveyed by the document feeder,
wherein in a case where the test image is formed on a sheet of a first type, the test image on the sheet of the first type is readable in the second mode,
wherein in a case where the test image is formed on a sheet of a second type, the test image on the sheet of the second type is not readable in the second mode, and
wherein grammage of the sheet of the second type is higher than grammage of the sheet of the first type.

US Pat. No. 10,303,033

ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, AND IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrochromic element comprising:a first electrode;
a second electrode; and
a third electrode, wherein:
at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode is a transparent electrode, and an electrolyte, an anodic organic electrochromic compound, and a cathodic redox substance are present between the first electrode and the second electrode,
the third electrode is electrically connectable to the first electrode or the second electrode via the electrolyte,
the third electrode contains an irreversible oxidation substance, and
an oxidation potential C of the irreversible oxidation substance is between an oxidation potential A of a reversible first oxidation reaction of the anodic organic electrochromic compound and an oxidation potential B of an irreversible oxidation reaction of the anodic organic electrochromic compound.

US Pat. No. 10,306,109

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image processor configured to convert an image signal based on a tone correction table indicating a relationship between a level of the image signal and an output signal value;
a printer configured to form an image based on the converted image signal;
a sensor configured to measure a pattern image formed by the printer;
a controller, including a processor, configured to execute:
a pattern image forming task that controls the printer to form the pattern image;
a measuring task that controls the sensor to measure the pattern image;
a generating task that generates the tone correction table based on a measurement result from the measuring task;
an obtaining task that obtains a reference output signal value corresponding to a high density level of the image signal based on the tone correction table generated by the generating task; and
a controlling task that controls, based on the reference output signal value obtained by the obtaining task an image forming condition for adjusting a maximum density of an output image to be formed by the printer.

US Pat. No. 10,301,495

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording method that records an image, the method comprising:preparing an aqueous ink comprising a pigment for application onto a recording medium using an ink jet recording apparatus equipped with (i) a line head having a nozzle for ejecting the aqueous ink, and (ii) a recovery mechanism for recovering an ejection state of the aqueous ink from the nozzle;
causing the aqueous ink to flow in the nozzle by operating an ink flow mechanism that is included with the recovery mechanism;
reducing a viscosity of the aqueous ink in the nozzle by heating the aqueous ink at the time of causing the aqueous ink to flow in the nozzle by operating the ink flow mechanism;
ejecting the aqueous ink from the nozzle; and
recovering the ejection state of the aqueous ink from the nozzle using the recovery mechanism,
wherein the pigment has an average particle diameter of 80 nm or more, and
wherein the aqueous ink has a dynamic surface tension of 55 mN/m or less at a lifetime of 10 milliseconds.

US Pat. No. 10,303,043

IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image projection apparatus comprising:a light modulation element;
a pixel shift unit that includes an optical element configured to shift an optical path of light from a pixel in the light modulation element and to shift a position on a projection surface of projected pixel formed on the projection surface by a projection optical system with the light; and
an attachment portion to which the pixel shift unit is attached,
wherein the optical element shifts the optical path by a shift amount in accordance with an attachment angle of the pixel shift unit relative to a plane orthogonal to an optical axis from the light modulation element to the projection optical system,
wherein the attachment portion is configured to select a plurality of angles for the attachment angle, and
wherein the attachment portion includes a plurality of holders configured to selectively hold the pixel shift unit.

US Pat. No. 10,303,049

REDUCING ELECTRIC CHARGE IN IMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. An imprint lithography method of manufacturing an article, comprising:contacting a polymerizable material disposed on a surface of a substrate with a patterning surface of an imprint lithography template;
curing the polymerizable material in a working environment, comprising a first gas,
to yield a cured polymeric layer, the working environment proximate to the surface of the substrate;
introducing a second gas into the working environment;
after introducing the second gas into the working environment, separating the patterning surface of the imprint lithography template and the surface of the substrate to yield the article and achieve at least a particular distance between the patterning surface of the imprint lithography template and the surface of the substrate; and
after achieving at least the particular distance between the patterning surface of the imprint lithography template and the surface of the substrate, introducing a third gas into the working environment,
wherein, for a given pressure of the working environment, the second gas has a breakdown voltage less than that of the first gas up to the particular distance, and the third gas has a breakdown voltage less than that of the second gas at distances greater than the particular distance.

US Pat. No. 10,306,639

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory coupled to the at least one processor, the memory storing a computer program which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the at least one processor to function as:
a communication unit capable of concurrently performing first communication in which communication with a partner apparatus is performed via another apparatus that decides a wireless channel to be used in wireless communication and second communication in which communication with the partner apparatus is performed not via another apparatus by the communication apparatus deciding the wireless channel; and
a control unit configured to set, when a connection for the first communication is to be established while a connection for the second communication is established in a state in which the first communication and the second communication are concurrently performed, a second wireless channel to be used in the second communication so that the second wireless channel matches a first wireless channel to be used when the connection for the first communication is established,
wherein in the state in which the first communication and the second communication are concurrently performed, if a time which has elapsed without successful establishment of the connection for the first communication since the start of processing for establishing the connection exceeds a timeout value, the control unit determines that the connection for the first communication has not been successfully established, controls the communication unit so as to set a wireless channel to be used in the second communication based on a history of a wireless channel used in the first communication, and controls the communication unit to execute processing for establishing the connection for the second communication in a state in which the connection for the first communication has not been established.

US Pat. No. 10,306,130

IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS, ACCESSORY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-capturing apparatus to which an accessory apparatus is detachably attachable, the image-capturing apparatus comprising:a camera communicator configured to provide, with the accessory apparatus, a first data communication channel used for receiving accessory data at the image-capturing apparatus, and a second data communication channel used for transmitting image-capturing apparatus data from the image-capturing apparatus; and
a camera controller configured to perform communication through the camera communicator,
wherein the camera controller is configured to be capable of switching its communication mode between a first communication mode and a second communication mode, and
wherein the camera controller is configured to transmit, in the first and second communication modes, a request to the accessory apparatus to transmit the accessory data whose setting of a parity bit is predetermined so as to be different depending on a communication mode of the accessory apparatus between the first and second communication modes.

US Pat. No. 10,306,131

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:an image pickup unit configured to perform photoelectric conversion on a luminous flux having passed through an imaging optical system;
a focus detection unit configured to detect a focusing state based on a signal generated by the image pickup unit;
a setting unit configured to set a first region within an image generated by the image pickup unit;
a display controller configured to control such that an index representing the focusing state detected by the focus detection unit within the first region can be superimposed on the image;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information regarding a predetermined subject in the image; and
an operating member configured to receive a predetermined operation,
wherein the setting unit changes the position of the first region in accordance with the predetermined operation, and
wherein the display controller increases responsiveness of display of the index in a case where the amount of change in position of the first region in accordance with the predetermined operation is equal to a first amount, compared with a case where the amount of change is equal to a second amount smaller than the first amount.

US Pat. No. 10,306,132

DISTANCE CALCULATION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS AND DISTANCE CALCULATION METHOD THAT INCLUDE CONFIDENCE CALCULATION OF DISTANCE INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A distance calculation apparatus configured to calculate distance information based on a first image, which is generated based on luminous flux that passed through a first pupil region, and a second image, which is generated based on luminous flux that passed through a second pupil region, the distance calculation apparatus comprising:at least one processor operatively coupled to a memory serving as:
(a) a distance calculation unit configured to calculate the distance information by comparing a local region of the first image and a local region of the second image; and
(b) a confidence calculation unit configured to calculate confidence of the distance information based on a contrast evaluation value, which is a value indicating a magnitude of a contrast change amount in the local region of the first image, in the local region of the second image or in a local region of a composite image of the first image and the second image, and a noise amount estimation value, which is a value indicating an estimated amount of noise contained in the first image, the second image, or the composite image, is calculated based on one of pixel values of the local region of the first image, pixel values of the local region of the second image, and pixel values of the local region of the composite image of the first image and the second image.

US Pat. No. 10,306,133

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR GENERATING A LIKELIHOOD DISTRIBUTION OF AN OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor;
at least one nonvolatile memory device;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire distance information indicating a distance of each of regions in first image data;
a generation unit configured to generate a likelihood distribution of an object in the first image data; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate a feature amount to be used to detect the object from second image data based on the likelihood distribution,
wherein the acquisition unit, the generation unit, and the calculation unit is realized by execution of a program stored in the at least one nonvolatile memory device by the at least one processor, and
wherein the generation unit generates the likelihood distribution by classifying the distance information in the first image data into a plurality of classes based on a difference in the distance information from a region containing a position specified as the object, and reliability of the distance information.

US Pat. No. 10,306,137

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an orientation detector configured to detect an orientation of the imaging apparatus; and
a memory and at least one processor to perform operations of the following units:
a control unit configured to perform control so as to present a first 2-area enlargement display of displaying live view images captured at two imaging regions in an imaging unit that are separated in a width direction while arranging them on a display unit if the orientation detection unit detects that the orientation of the imaging apparatus is a first orientation, and present a second 2-area enlargement display of displaying live view images captured at two imaging regions in the imaging unit that are separated in a height direction while arranging them on the display unit if the orientation detection unit detects that the orientation of the imaging apparatus is a second orientation, the control unit being configured to perform control to end the first 2-area enlargement display based on the orientation of the imaging apparatus changed from the first orientation in a manner satisfying a predetermined condition when the first 2-area enlargement display is presented.

US Pat. No. 10,306,141

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an input unit configured to input a plurality of image data shot with a plurality of different exposures;
a determination unit configured to determine whether each of the plurality of image data includes an exposure defect;
a generation unit configured to generate a plurality of panoramic images respectively corresponding to the plurality of exposures by panoramically composing a plurality of image data shot with the same exposure based on a result of the determination;
an alignment unit configured to perform alignment between the plurality of panoramic images using image data determined not to include the exposure defect and image data obtained by performing luminance correction for image data determined to include the exposure defect; and
a composition unit configured to perform high dynamic range composition for the plurality of aligned panoramic images.

US Pat. No. 10,303,069

PATTERN FORMING METHOD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pattern forming method of forming a plurality of pattern layers on a substrate by using a plurality of lithography apparatuses including a first lithography apparatus adopting a die-by-die alignment method and a second lithography apparatus adopting a global alignment method, the pattern forming method comprising:forming only a plurality of alignment marks on the substrate, by using a lithography apparatus which adopts a global alignment method;
forming a first pattern layer on the substrate by using the first lithography apparatus, based on first alignment information obtained by performing the die-by-die alignment method for the plurality of marks formed on the substrate; and then
forming a second pattern layer on the substrate so as to overlap with the first pattern layer, by using the second lithography apparatus, based on second alignment information obtained by performing the global alignment method for a plurality of shot regions in the first pattern layer to which patterns have been respectively formed by the first lithography apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,303,074

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle that contains a binder resin and a colorant, whereinthe toner has a Martens hardness, as measured at a maximum load condition of 2.0×10?4 N, of from 200 MPa to 1,100 MPa.

US Pat. No. 10,306,150

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS IMAGE SUITABLE FOR OPENED/CLOSED STATE AND ROTATED STATE OF DISPLAY UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus in which a display unit is able to open and close with respect to an apparatus main body via an opening/closing axis and is supported in a manner being rotatable about a rotational axis in an opened state, comprising;a magnetic field generating unit; and
at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operation of the following units:
an opening/closing detecting unit configured to be used to detect opening and closing of the display unit;
a rotation detecting unit configured to detect rotation of the display unit; and
a control unit configured to control display on a display panel of the display unit based on results of detection of a magnetic field, which is generated by the magnetic field generating unit, by the opening/closing detecting unit and the rotation detecting unit,
wherein the opening/closing detecting unit, the rotation detecting unit, and the magnetic field generating unit are arranged so that:
when the display unit is opened, assuming that the closed position with respect to the apparatus main body corresponds to an opening/closing angle of 0°, the opening/closing detecting unit detects the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating unit in a range of the opening/closing angle from 0° to 90°, the opening/closing detecting unit does not detect the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating unit in a range of the opening/closing angle from 90° to 175°, and the rotation detecting unit detects the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating unit irrespective of the opening/closing angle; and
when the display unit is rotated, assuming that a state in which the display panel faces the rear side of the apparatus main body corresponds to a rotational angle of 0° in the range of the opening/closing angle from 90° to 175°, the opening/closing detecting unit does not detect the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating unit irrespective of the rotational angle, the rotation detecting unit does not detect the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating unit in a range of the rotational angle from ?90° to 90°, and the rotation detecting unit detects the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating unit in a range of the rotating angle from 90° to 180°.

US Pat. No. 10,295,902

IMPRINT APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE, AND SUPPLY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus comprising:a chamber configured to define a first space including a processing unit which includes a discharge unit configured to discharge an imprint material onto a substrate and is configured to perform an imprint process of forming a pattern of the imprint material on the substrate by using a mold, the first space containing a gas having a predetermined level of cleanliness; and
an enclosure configured to define a second space including a tank configured to store the imprint material supplied to the discharge unit,
wherein a gas that is cleaner than the gas that is contained in the first space is supplied to the second space so that a pressure of the second space becomes higher than a pressure inside the tank,
the tank has a first opening open to the second space, and
the enclosure has a supply port configured to supply the gas that is cleaner than the gas in the first space, to the second space, and
the gas supplied to the second space is absorbed from the first opening to the inside of the tank in response to a change in pressure inside the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,293,600

INK JET RECORDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording device comprising:a recording head having:
an ejection port configured to eject an aqueous ink; and
an ejection-port surface in which the ejection port is opened; and
a liquid supply mechanism configured to supply an ejection-port clogging prevention liquid into the ejection port,
wherein the aqueous ink contains at least one component selected from the group consisting of pigment particles and resin particles, and
wherein the clogging prevention liquid has a dielectric constant of 20 to 40 at 25° C.

US Pat. No. 10,293,620

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INKJET PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus using a printing head including a plurality of nozzle arrays each including a plurality of nozzles configured to eject ink and arrayed in a first direction, the nozzle arrays being arranged in a second direction intersecting with the first direction, to print an image on a print medium while relatively moving at least one of the printing head and the print medium in the second direction, the inkjet printing apparatus comprising one or more processors and one or more computer-readable media functioning as:a generation unit configured to generate a plurality of items of print data corresponding to the plurality of the nozzle arrays, respectively, by allocating print data indicating whether or not to eject ink to each pixel on the print medium to the plurality of the nozzle arrays;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information on a defective nozzle included in the printing head; and
a compensating unit configured to compensate for an ejection failure of the defective nozzle by causing a compensating nozzle different from the defective nozzle to eject ink to a pixel area, on the print medium, to which ink is indicated to be ejected onto by the defective nozzle,
wherein the compensating unit determines the compensating nozzle such that the following conditions are satisfied:
i) a first condition that the compensating nozzle is not a defective nozzle, and
ii) a second condition that nozzles belonging to the nozzle array including the compensating nozzle do not eject ink to a pixel area corresponding to N pixels (N is a positive integer) around any pixel area to which ink is indicated to be ejected onto by the defective nozzle in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,298,998

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus that accepts remote control from an external apparatus via wireless communication, the communication apparatus comprising:a communication unit configured to communicate with the external apparatus; and
a control unit configured to execute, in response to an operation request that the communication unit has received from the external apparatus, the request being performed through the remote control, a task corresponding to the operation,
wherein the control unit
sets a time period to at least one of a first time period which is longer than a predetermined time period, which is used for determining key repeat by the communication apparatus, and a second time period which is shorter than the predetermined time period, wherein the time period relates to a timing at which communication with the external apparatus is performed,
controls the communication unit to perform communication with the external apparatus in compliance with the set time period,
in a case where the predetermined time period has elapsed, without accepting a request to cancel the operation from the external apparatus, after having accepted the operation request that the communication unit received from the external apparatus, the request being performed through the remote control, executes the task corresponding to the operation again,
in a case where the time period is set to the first time period which is longer than the predetermined time period, even if the predetermined time period has elapsed without receiving a request to cancel the operation transmitted from the external apparatus, performs control such that the task corresponding to the operation is not executed again,
in a case where the time period is set to the second time period which is shorter than the predetermined time period and the communication unit receives a request to cancel the operation before the predetermined time period has elapsed, the control unit cancels an operation state, and
in a case where the time period is set to the second time period which is shorter than the predetermined time period, when the predetermined time period has elapsed without accepting a request to cancel the operation from the external apparatus, the control unit executes a task corresponding to the operation again.

US Pat. No. 10,298,796

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING POWER STATE SHIFTING BASED ON AMPLITUDES OF RECEIVED SOUND WAVES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a sound wave sensor that outputs a sound wave and receives a reflected wave of the output sound wave;
a control unit that stores a plurality of amplitudes of sound waves which are received by the sound wave sensor during a predetermined time interval; and
a power control unit that shifts a power state of the information processing apparatus from a first power state into a second power state where power consumption is larger than that in the first power state, on a basis that a received sound wave is of an amplitude that is larger than or equal to a threshold value, in a case where, among the plurality of the amplitudes of the sound waves received in the predetermined time interval, the number of the amplitudes that are larger than or equal to the threshold value is equal to or smaller than a predetermined number, and maintains the power state of the information processing apparatus in the first power state in a case where, among the plurality of amplitudes of the sound waves received during the predetermined time interval, the number of the amplitudes of the sound waves that are larger than or equal to the threshold value is larger than the predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 10,298,797

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photoconductor; and
an optical scanning apparatus configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the photoconductor, the optical scanning apparatus comprising:
an outer cover;
a light source configured to emit a light beam for forming the electrostatic latent image;
a rotary polygon mirror disposed inside the outer cover and configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source such that the photoconductor is scanned with the light beam;
an optical member disposed inside the outer cover and configured to guide the light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror to the photoconductor;
a transparent member attached to the outer cover; and
an elastic member molded on the outer cover;
wherein an opening, for passing the light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror from inside of the outer cover to outside of the outer cover, is formed on the outer cover and is covered by the transparent member,
wherein the elastic member is molded on the outer cover in such a way as to enclose the opening and protrude from a fluid passage, the elastic member being made of a material that is different from a material of the outer cover, the elastic member being more elastic than the outer cover, the fluid passage being formed on the outer cover in such a way as to enclose the opening, a molten material of the elastic member being poured into the fluid passage so as to mold the elastic member on the outer cover in such a way as to enclose the opening, and
wherein the elastic member elastically deforms due to contact of a protruding portion of the elastic member protruding from the fluid passage with the transparent member, and the deformed elastic member seals a gap between the outer cover and the transparent member.

US Pat. No. 10,298,830

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, RECEPTION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image capturing unit configured to perform processing to generate image data;
an encoding unit configured to perform processing to encode the image data;
a communication unit configured to receive a command for changing Video Source Mode to define at least a frame rate and resolution related to the image data, from an external apparatus via a network; and
a control unit configured to perform a reboot process and cause the communication unit to transmit a predetermined notification to the external apparatus, in a case where Video Source Mode being set in the image capturing apparatus is changed from first Video Source Mode to second Video Source Mode different from the first Video Source Mode, in response to the command for changing Video Source Mode received by the communication unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to perform control not to perform the reboot process in a case where Video Source Mode being set in the image capturing apparatus is changed from the first Video Source Mode to third Video Source Mode different from the first Video Source Mode and the second Video Source Mode, in response to the command for changing Video Source Mode received by the communication unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to cause the communication unit to transmit, to the external apparatus, information indicating that the second Video Source Mode is a target on which the reboot process is to be performed and information indicating that the third Video Source Mode is not a target on which the reboot process is to be performed, in response to a request command from the external apparatus,
wherein the communication unit is configured to receive a configuration command for setting at least the frame rate and the resolution from the external apparatus, and
wherein at least one of the image capturing unit and the encoding unit is configured to perform the processing in accordance with the configuration command.

US Pat. No. 10,298,831

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME WITH NOTIFICATION WHETHER TO STOP MOVING IMAGE RECORDING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus capable of being remotely controlled from an external apparatus, comprising:an image capturing unit;
a communication unit configured to communicate with the external apparatus;
a reception unit configured to receive a control instruction from the external apparatus via the communication unit; and
a control unit configured to control the image capturing apparatus based on the received control instruction,
wherein, when a connection with the external apparatus by the communication unit is disconnected during moving image recording in accordance with remote control from the external apparatus, the control unit continues the moving image recording and notifies a user whether to stop the moving image recording.

US Pat. No. 10,298,844

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor and a memory storing therein program instructions which, when executed, cause the processor to operate as following units:
a detection unit that detects moving information using a plurality of images output from an image sensor;
a prediction unit that predicts moving information corresponding to a first image that is captured after a first image group based on moving information detected using a plurality of images included in the first image group; and
a calculation unit that calculates a coefficient to be used in prediction processing by the prediction unit,
wherein the calculation unit calculates a coefficient to be used in the prediction processing for predicting moving information corresponding to a second image captured after the first image using the moving information corresponding to the first image that is predetected by the prediction unit and moving information corresponding to the first image detected by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,298,852

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus that performs intermittent image capturing to acquire a moving image which is composed of combined plural images, the image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor configured to capture an image of a subject;
at least one processor, the at least one processor functioning, according to a program stored in a memory, as:
a luminance value acquisition unit configured to acquire a luminance value of the subject;
an exposure control unit configured to control exposure according to the luminance value acquired by the luminance value acquisition unit; and
a range setting unit configured to set a predetermined range in which the exposure control unit does not change the exposure according to a change of the luminance value acquired by the luminance value acquisition unit,
wherein the range setting unit sets the predetermined range based on information related to time when intermittent image capturing is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,298,853

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus includingat least one non-transitory memory device;
at least one processor; and
a recording unit configured to acquire a plurality of image data and record the plurality of image data in a recording medium, the image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire depth distribution information of an object corresponding to image data; and
a control unit configured to perform a process of recording the plurality of image data by performing switching between a first mode in which the recording unit records the image data and the depth distribution information corresponding to the image data in the recording medium and a second mode in which the recording unit records the image data in the recording medium without recording the depth distribution information,
wherein the depth distribution information is one of an image shift map based on parallax amounts of a plurality of viewpoint images, a defocus map based on a defocus amount for every region, a distance map indicating a relative distance relationship of objects in image data, and distance information indicating a distance relationship between an imaging apparatus and each object acquired according to a time of flight (TOF) method; and
wherein the recording unit, the acquisition unit and the control 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. 10,296,807

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that decides a tone-conversion characteristic for converting an M level input image into an N level output image (where M>N), the apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory including instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:
decide a maximum d (where d is a positive integer) at which a difference between a luminance value Y(i) corresponding to an ith level of the input image and a luminance value Y(i+d) corresponding to an (i+d)th level does not exceed a given threshold; and
based on the decided maximum d, set the tone-conversion characteristic so that the ith level and the (i+d)th level of the input image respectively correspond to a jth level and a (j+1)th level of an output image.

US Pat. No. 10,298,865

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CORRECTING IMAGE CORRESPONDING TO CHANGE IN STATE OF AN OPTICAL MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a circuitry configured to perform operations of:
obtaining an image generated by an image sensor by photoelectrically converting an optical image of a subject that has passed through an optical member, wherein the image has degradation in image quality caused by an optical member, and a degree of degradation changes in accordance with a state of the optical member;
setting first correction values for correcting the degradation in image quality caused by the optical member, in accordance with the state of the optical member when the image is generated;
calculating second correction values based on (i) a correction value for correcting the largest degradation in image quality of the degradation in image quality caused by the optical member which changes in accordance with the state of the optical member, (ii) a predetermined upper limit value, and (iii) the first correction values; and
correcting the image based on the second correction values.

US Pat. No. 10,298,867

IMAGING DEVICE HAVING A PLURALITY OF PIXELS EACH WITH A PLURALITY OF PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION PORTIONS COVERED BY ONE MICROLENS OF A PLURALITY OF MICROLENSES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels each including a first photoelectric conversion portion, a second photoelectric conversion portion, a third photoelectric conversion portion and a fourth photoelectric conversion portion, a first transfer gate that transfers charges of the first photoelectric conversion portion, a second transfer gate that transfers charges of the second photoelectric conversion portion, a third transfer gate that transfers charges of the third photoelectric conversion portion and a fourth transfer gate that transfers charges of the fourth photoelectric conversion portion, and an amplification transistor; and
a plurality of microlenses each covering the first photoelectric conversion portion, the second photoelectric conversion portion, the third photoelectric conversion portion and the fourth photoelectric conversion portion of a corresponding pixel of the plurality of pixels,
wherein,
the first photoelectric conversion portion and the second photoelectric conversion portion are arranged adjacent along a first direction,
the third photoelectric conversion portion and the fourth photoelectric conversion portion are arranged adjacent along the first direction,
the first photoelectric conversion portion and the third photoelectric conversion portion are arranged adjacent along a second direction,
the second photoelectric conversion portion and the fourth photoelectric conversion portion are arranged adjacent along the second direction,
each of the first transfer gate, the second transfer gate, the third transfer gate and the fourth transfer gate is arranged so that a channel width direction crosses both the first direction and the second direction,
the amplification transistor is shared by the first photoelectric conversion portion, the second photoelectric conversion portion, the third photoelectric conversion portion, and the fourth photoelectric conversion portion covered with one microlens of the plurality of microlenses, and
the first photoelectric conversion portion, the second photoelectric conversion portion, the third photoelectric conversion portion and the fourth photoelectric conversion portion covered with the one microlens are arranged in one active region.

US Pat. No. 10,298,889

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates a combined image by performing gamma processing and combination processing for a plurality of images obtained by capturing images of the same image capturing-target scene under different exposure conditions, the image processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire adjustment parameters that adjust gamma characteristics applied to the gamma processing in accordance with a dynamic range of the image capturing-target scene;
a gamma processing unit configured to perform the gamma processing to which adjustment parameters acquired by the acquisition unit have been applied for the plurality of images; and
a combination unit configured to generate the combined image by performing the combination processing for the plurality of images for which the gamma processing has been performed by the gamma processing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,297,625

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising a semiconductor substrate and a pixel,wherein the pixel includes:
a first electrode unit;
a second electrode unit located between the first electrode unit and the semiconductor substrate;
a photoelectric conversion layer located between the first electrode unit and the second electrode unit;
a blocking unit located between the photoelectric conversion layer and the second electrode unit and configured to cause electric charge having a first polarity to be injected from the photoelectric conversion layer into the second electrode unit and to prevent electric charge having a second polarity opposite to the first polarity from being injected from the photoelectric conversion layer into the second electrode unit; and
a voltage supply unit configured to supply a first voltage to one of the first electrode unit and the second electrode unit such that electric charge having the first polarity is injected from the photoelectric conversion layer into the second electrode unit, and configured to supply a second voltage to the one of the first electrode unit and the second electrode unit such that electric charge having the first polarity is prevented from being injected from the photoelectric conversion layer into the second electrode unit.

US Pat. No. 10,294,042

TRANSFER SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transfer system comprising:a stator in which a plurality of coils are arranged in a line; and
a carriage;
the carriage comprising:
a holding mechanism configured to hold a workpiece;
a carriage drive magnet arranged facing the line of the plurality of coils;
a power receiver to which a power receiving magnet is arranged facing the line of the plurality of coils; and
a conversion mechanism configured to convert an orientation of the workpiece using power that the power receiver receives.

US Pat. No. 10,294,059

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a discharge rotary member pair configured to discharge the sheet on which the image has been formed by the image forming unit;
a sheet supporting unit configured to support the sheet discharged through the discharge rotary member pair, the sheet supporting unit comprising a first support surface, and a second support surface provided downstream, in a sheet discharge direction, of the first support surface, and having a smaller inclination angle than the first support surface with respect to a horizontal plane;
an abutment surface configured to abut against an upstream end, in the sheet discharge direction, of the sheet supported on the sheet supporting unit;
an elevation unit configured to move the sheet supporting unit up and down; and
a control unit, in a state where no sheet is supported on the sheet supporting unit, configured to execute
(1) a first discharge mode of controlling the elevation unit such that the sheet supporting unit is positioned at a first position where a first intersection between a first extension line of the second support surface and a plane including the abutment surface is positioned higher than a nip of the discharge rotary member pair before the discharge rotary member pair starts discharging the sheet, and
(2) a second discharge mode of controlling the elevation unit such that the sheet supporting unit is positioned at a second position lower than the first position and where a second intersection between a second extension line of the second support surface and the plane including the abutment surface is positioned lower than the nip of the discharge rotary member pair before the discharge rotary member pair starts discharging the sheet,
wherein the control unit executes the first discharge mode in a case where a type of sheet to be discharged by the discharge rotary member pair is a first type, and executes the second discharge mode in a case where a type of sheet to be discharged by the discharge rotary member pair is a second type, and
the sheet of the second type has a higher stiffness than that of the sheet of the first type.

US Pat. No. 10,294,060

SHEET DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly including an image forming portion configured to form the image on the sheet; and
a sheet discharge unit disposed above the main assembly, the sheet discharge unit including:
a plurality of discharge portions including a first discharge portion and a second discharge portion disposed above the first discharge portion, configured to discharge the sheet on which the image had been formed by the image forming portion to an outside of the image forming apparatus; and
a plurality of trays including a first tray on which the sheet discharged by the first discharge portion is to be stacked and a second tray on which the sheet discharged by the second discharge portion is to be stacked, the second tray being disposed above the first tray,
wherein each of the first and second trays includes a protruding portion which protrudes from a surface thereof on which the sheet is to be stacked and which is disposed in a downstream end thereof in a discharge direction of the sheet,
wherein when viewed in a width direction of the sheet perpendicular to the discharge direction of the sheet, the protruding portion includes an inclined surface which is inclined upward in the discharge direction of the sheet and which is inclined with respect to a vertical direction, and
wherein the main assembly includes a cartridge in which the image forming portion is provided, and wherein the cartridge is arranged between the second discharge portion and the protruding portion of the second tray in the discharge direction of the sheet when the image forming portion forms the image on the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,294,068

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a discharging portion configured to discharge the sheet on which the image has been formed to an outside of the image forming apparatus;
a supporting portion configured to support the sheet discharged by the discharging portion;
an image reading portion configured to read, at a reading position, the image formed on the sheet;
a switching portion configured to switch between a first position to cause the sheet discharged by the discharging portion to be conveyed to the supporting portion and a second position to cause the sheet discharged by the discharging portion to be conveyed toward the image reading portion configured to read the image;
a conveyance portion configured to convey the sheet;
a control portion configured to control switching of the switching portion; and
a read sheet supporting portion configured to support the sheet whose image has been read by the image reading portion,
wherein the sheet conveyed toward the image reading portion due to the switching portion is conveyed to the reading position after conveyance of the sheet by the discharging portion is finished; and
wherein the control portion is configured to cause the sheet to be conveyed at a first conveyance speed in a period before a trailing end of the sheet is released from the discharging portion in a conveyance direction of the sheet and to cause the sheet to be conveyed at a second conveyance speed different from the first conveyance speed in a period after the trailing end of the sheet is released from the discharging portion in the conveyance direction of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,298,947

DESCRIPTION OF IMAGE COMPOSITION WITH HEVC STILL IMAGE FILE FORMAT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for generating an image file based on a plurality of images, the method comprising:obtaining the plurality of images; and
generating the image file based on the plurality of images,
wherein the image file includes offset information for identifying a data position of each of the plurality of images within the image file, and includes composition image information relating to a composition image that is based on the plurality of images, and
wherein the composition image is represented in a part of the image file.

US Pat. No. 10,298,961

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR DE-BLOCKING A BLOCK OF VIDEO SAMPLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of de-blocking an edge of a block of samples in a frame of sample data, the method comprising:decoding a first prediction mode for a first block of two adjacent blocks of sample data, each of the blocks of sample data including a primary color channel and at least one secondary color channel;
decoding a second prediction mode for a second block of the two adjacent blocks of sample data;
determining a boundary strength value for a block of samples along an edge corresponding to a boundary between said first block of sample data and said second block of sample data if the first prediction mode and the second prediction mode are both intra-block copy, wherein the boundary strength value indicates application of a weak de-blocking filter if block vectors associated with the two adjacent blocks are different, and indicates no de-blocking filtering is applied if the block vectors are equal; and
applying the weak de-blocking filter to the block of samples along said edge of the two blocks if the determined boundary strength value indicates that the weak de-blocking filter should be applied, the weak de-blocking filter having a filter strength that is less than the filter strength of a de-blocking filter that applied to an edge determined to have two, adjacently located, intra prediction mode blocks,
the method being characterized in that the block vectors reference a block of samples in the frame, and also in that the weak de-blocking filter is applied to the primary color channel of the block of samples along said edge without also applying a de-blocking filter to the at least one secondary color channel of the block of sample along said edge.

US Pat. No. 10,254,643

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. An imprint apparatus which forms a pattern of an imprint material on a shot region on a substrate by using a mold, the apparatus comprising:a supply device having a plurality of discharge outlets each of which is configured to discharge the imprint material as droplets; and
a controller configured to control the supply device, so as to discharge the imprint material as droplets from the plurality of discharge outlets and supply the imprint material onto the shot region,
wherein a discharge amount of the imprint material to be discharged as a droplet from each discharge outlet changes in accordance with a cumulative number of times the imprint material has been discharged as droplets, and
wherein the controller is configured to control the supply device based on information indicating the cumulative number of times for each discharge outlet, so that the discharge amount for each discharge outlet is brought close to a target amount.

US Pat. No. 10,288,747

RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS FOR CHANGING SENSITIVITY OF RADIATION SENSING DURING CONTROL FOR RADIATION IMAGING, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation detection apparatus comprising:a plurality of pixels for obtaining X-ray radiation image data based on charges corresponding to X-ray radiation irradiated from a radiation generator through radiation imaging;
a controller configured to perform controls for the radiation imaging to the plurality of pixels; and
a sensing circuit configured to execute sensing whether or not the radiation irradiation to the plurality of pixels has been started, based on information which is obtained from the plurality of pixels and obtained separately from the radiation image,
wherein the sensing circuit senses while changing sensing sensitivity so that the sensing sensitivity in a first period, during which the controller performs controls for the radiation imaging for obtaining X-ray radiation image data, is higher than the sensing sensitivity in a second period, during which the controller performs controls for the radiation imaging for obtaining the X-ray radiation image data, having a lower probability of the radiation irradiation than the first period, and
wherein the controller accumulates the charges on the plurality of pixels in accordance with the sensing.

US Pat. No. 10,254,922

USER INTERFACE FOR CUSTOMIZING MENUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a registration unit configured to register a menu item in a menu having a hierarchical structure in accordance with a user operation, the menu being composed of a plurality of items; and
a display control unit configured to
(i) display a first-type item and a second-type item as options in a specific layer of the menu having the hierarchical structure,
(ii) perform control to display a first menu item in a first-type menu in a lower layer below a layer of the first-type item, the first menu item being used to register a menu item in the first-type menu using the registration unit, and/or to delete a menu item registered in the first-type menu by the registration unit, and
(iii) display a second menu item in a second-type menu, wherein the second-type menu is a different menu from the first-type menu, and not displayed based on selecting of a menu item in the first-type menu, in a lower layer below a layer of the second-type item, the second menu item being used for deleting a menu item that is in the first-type menu in the lower layer below the layer of the first-type item and that has been registered by the registration unit.

US Pat. No. 10,255,690

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO MODIFY DISPLAY OF AUGMENTED REALITY CONTENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

20. A head mounted device, comprising:a camera,
a processor,
and a memory, the memory having instructions thereon executable by the processor to:
display a mixed reality environment to a user of the head mounted device, and
modify display of augmented reality content in the mixed reality environment, by:
detecting an interaction between a person and the user of the head mounted device, the interaction being detectable when a gaze interaction of the person is detected as directed towards the user and accordingly the camera;
determining an urgency of the detected interaction according to further interaction between the person and the user, the further interaction being non-gaze interaction;
determining that an element of the display of the augmented reality content is obscuring the interaction when the element is positioned between the person and a view of the user;
selecting a transition effect for modifying the display of the element from a plurality of transition effects according to the determined urgency of the interaction, the selected transition effect being selected based on a speed at which a visibility of the person to the user is varied; and
modifying the display of the element according to the selected transition effect.

US Pat. No. 10,252,872

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS THAT FEEDS SHEET MEMBERS, AND DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT INCLUDE THE SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:a stacking unit configured such that a sheet member is stacked thereon;
a feeding unit configured to feed a sheet member stacked on the stacking unit;
a conveying roller that is provided downstream of the feeding unit in a conveying direction in which the sheet member is conveyed, and that is configured to convey the sheet member fed by the feeding unit downstream in the conveying direction;
a motor configured to drive the conveying roller;
a phase determiner configured to determine a rotation phase of a rotor of the motor; and
a controller configured to control a drive current flowing in a winding of the motor based on a value of a torque current component for generating torque on the rotor of the motor and a value of an excitation current component that influences an intensity of magnetic flux passing through the winding of the motor, the torque current component and the excitation current component being current components of the drive current flowing in the winding of the motor and being expressed in a rotating coordinate system that is based on the rotation phase determined by the phase determiner,
wherein in a state in which the conveying roller is conveying a first sheet member that was fed by the feeding unit, if the value of the torque current component of the drive current flowing in the winding of the motor changes from a value greater than or equal to a predetermined value to a value less than the predetermined value, the feeding unit starts feeding of a second sheet member that is to be fed after the first sheet member.

US Pat. No. 10,288,772

OPTICAL MEMBER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical member comprising:a light-transmitting substrate having a surface including an optically effective area and an optically non-effective area, wherein the optically effective area and the optically non-effective area are located adjacent relative to each other,
wherein the surface is bent, the angle of the bend being not less than 45 degrees and not more than 90 degrees,
wherein the optically non-effective area includes a boundary area extending along the border between the optically non-effective area and the optically effective area, and
wherein a light-shielding film is formed on (1) a fine rugged structure that is formed in the boundary area on (a) the substrate or (b) an intermediate layer formed on the substrate, and (2) the substrate or the intermediate layer, in the optically non-effective area other than the boundary area.

US Pat. No. 10,289,543

SECURE ERASURE OF PROCESSED DATA IN NON-VOLATILE MEMORY BY DISABLING DISTRIBUTED WRITING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a receiving unit configured to receive a job;
a non-volatile memory storing data related to the job received by the receiving unit;
a control unit configured to invalidate, if the job is a secure job, a writing distribution function of distributing writing on the non-volatile memory before performing data processing based on the job, which is not erasure processing, and validate the writing distribution function after the erasure processing;
a processing unit configured to perform data processing based on the job in priority to other jobs, if the job is a secure job; and
an erasure unit configured to perform, based on a processing state of the job processed by the processing unit, the erasure processing by writing a predetermined value in an area storing data related to the job.

US Pat. No. 10,257,247

METHOD, DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR ENCAPSULATING AND PARSING TIMED MEDIA DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for encapsulating a video bitstream organized into slice segments, the slice segments comprising a plurality of coding units, the method comprising:obtaining a region of interest comprising one or more tiles, each tile comprising a set of one or more coding units;
determining whether the region of interest forms part of a slice segment;
if it is determined that the region of interest forms part of a slice segment, defining a new slice segment comprising the coding units of only the region of interest; and
encapsulating the bitstream comprising the coding units of the region of interest using the new slice segment if it is determined that the region of interest forms part of a slice segment, and using the slice segment otherwise.

US Pat. No. 10,257,250

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, SERVER, CLIENT, AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A method performed in a management system for managing one or more target devices located in a customer environment, the method comprising:associating client information identifying a client device located in the customer environment with one or more target device identifiers identifying the one or more target devices, the client device being separate from the one or more target devices and responsible for collecting data from the one or more target devices;
generating a client installer to install client software on the client device, wherein the client information is included in the generated client installer;
transmitting the generated client installer to the client device;
receiving a validation request including the client information from the installed client software on the client device after the client software has been installed on the client device according to an execution of the client installer;
validating the client device on which the client software has been installed in response to the validation request received from the client device on which the client software has been installed, the validation request including the client information;
receiving from the validated client device a request for the one or more target device identifiers;
after determining that the client device has been validated, sending, to the validated client device, the one or more target device identifiers,
wherein the client software on the client device obtains data comprising at least one of log information, counter information, status information, and a setting value, from the one or more target devices, via a local network in the customer environment, based on the one or more target device identifiers sent by the management system; and
receiving the obtained data from the client software installed on the client device.

US Pat. No. 10,254,691

FIXING DEVICE THAT REGULATES A POSITION OF AN INNER SURFACE OF A FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:a rotatable cylindrical film;
a contact member contacting an inner surface of said film;
a nip forming member configured to form a nip in cooperation with said contact member through said film, wherein, in the nip, a recording material on which an image is formed is heated while being fed, and the image is fixed on the recording material; and
a regulating member provided at an inner space of an end portion of said film in a longitudinal direction of said film, and including an inner surface regulating surface that contacts the inner surface of said film and that is configured to regulate a position of the inner surface of said film, wherein, as viewed in the longitudinal direction of said film, with respect to a rotational direction of said film, said inner surface regulating surface includes a first region remotest from the nip and a second region closer to the nip than the first region, and the second region being positioned in a side upstream of a center of the nip with respect to a recording material feeding direction,
wherein said inner surface regulating surface is inclined so as to be spaced from the inner surface of said film toward a longitudinal center of said film with respect to the longitudinal direction of said film, and a degree of inclination of said inner surface regulating surface is greater in the first region than in the second region.

US Pat. No. 10,257,252

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:at least one hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions executable by the at least one hardware processor to cause the apparatus to perform at least:
determining whether contents identified by a content list to be transmitted to a reception apparatus include one or more unstored contents that have not been stored in a storage unit;
issuing, in a case where the contents identified by the content list include one or more unstored contents, a notification to the reception apparatus for restraining the reception apparatus from transmitting a content request for at least one unstored content to be stored and transmittable afterward;
acquiring and storing the at least one unstored content specified by the notification into the storage unit after issuing the notification for restraining the reception apparatus from transmitting the content request for the at least one unstored content to be stored and transmittable afterward; and
transmitting, in response to a content request from the reception apparatus that has received the content list, a content stored in the storage unit to the reception apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,289,049

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM, THAT DISPLAYS WHEN CONSUMABLE OF PRINTING APPARATUS NEEDS TO BE REPLENISHED/REPLACED IN A TIME SEQUENCE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores instructions; and
at least one processor that implements the instructions to execute a plurality of tasks, including:
an obtaining task that obtains first prediction data indicating a timing at which a consumable for use in a printing apparatus is to be replenished in the printing apparatus, and second prediction data indicating a timing at which a part of the printing apparatus is to be replaced;
an arranging task that arranges the obtained first and second prediction data in a time sequence on the basis of the timings indicated by the first and second prediction data; and
a displaying task that displays the first and second prediction data arranged in a time-sequence,
wherein the first prediction data is based at least on:
information of a job being scheduled to be performed by the printing apparatus;
information of a remaining amount of the consumable; and
performance information of processing performance of a printer engine of the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,254,710

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A development device which is removably insertable into an image forming apparatus, the development device comprising:a housing configured to store developer;
a developer carrying member configured to carry developer;
a first conductive member having a first surface for use in detection of an amount of developer stored in the housing based on a change in electrostatic capacitance, the first conductive member extending in a longitudinal direction of the developer carrying member, the longitudinal direction being perpendicular to an insertion direction in which the development device is inserted into the image forming apparatus;
a second conductive member having a second surface facing the first surface, the second conductive member extending in the longitudinal direction of the developer carrying member;
a development contact point electrically connected to the developer carrying member;
a first contact point electrically connected to the first conductive member; and
a second contact point electrically connected to the second conductive member,
wherein the first contact point is disposed on a more inner side than the development contact point in a perpendicular direction with respect to the insertion direction, and
wherein the second contact point is disposed on a more inner side than the first contact point in the perpendicular direction with respect to the insertion direction.

US Pat. No. 10,254,711

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:a developer accommodating body configured to contain developer, the developer accommodating body being rotatable about a rotational axis;
a developer discharging body in fluid communication with the developer accommodating body, the developer discharging body having a discharge opening provided in a bottom portion of the developer discharging body, with the discharge opening being configured to discharge the developer from the developer discharging body, and with the developer accommodating body being rotatable relative to the developer discharging body; and
a track provided at each of opposite sides of the developer discharging body, each track being provided below a plane that includes the rotational axis and divides the developer supply container into a lower section that includes the discharge opening and an upper section, each track extending from a first position to a second position, with the second position being closer to the plane than the first position and such that a plane perpendicular to the rotational axis and passing through the track passes through the discharge opening, and each track projecting from a surface, with a portion of the surface extending from the first position in a direction of the rotational axis and away from the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,254,712

CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge for electrophotographic image formation, the process cartridge comprising:(i) a rotatable photosensitive member;
(ii) a rotatable developing roller configured to develop a latent image formed on the photosensitive member, the developing roller being capable of contacting to and spacing from the photosensitive member;
(iii) an urging force receiving portion configured to receive an urging force for spacing the developing roller from the photosensitive member;
(iv) a rotational force receiving portion configured to receive a rotational force for rotating the developing roller from outside of the process cartridge; and
(v) a movable member movable relative to the rotational force receiving portion outwardly at least in a longitudinal direction of the developing roller by the urging force receiving portion receiving the urging force.

US Pat. No. 10,255,486

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF GENERATING FACE IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method comprising:storing in advance, as partial instance images in a storing unit, a plurality of partial face images obtained by photographing a face image of each of a plurality of persons on a plurality of photographing conditions and extracting a plurality of specific parts from each photographed face image, while associating each of the specific parts with a corresponding person and a corresponding photographing condition;
obtaining a photographing condition of an input face image;
approximating, for each of the specific parts, a specific part of the input face image by a first linear combination of the partial instance images of the specific part stored in the storing unit in association with respective persons and the photographing condition corresponding to the photographing condition of the input face image;
deciding, for each specific part of the input face image, a second linear combination of the partial instance images of the specific part stored in the storing unit in association with respective persons and each of a plurality of predetermined photographing conditions so that a weight for a partial instance image associated with each person in the second linear combination corresponds to the weight for the partial instance image associated with that person in the first linear combination of that part; and
generating an approximate image of the input face image with respect to each of the plurality of predetermined photographing conditions, by synthesizing the second linear combinations obtained for the plurality of specific parts of the input face image for each predetermined photographing condition.

US Pat. No. 10,291,899

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR GENERATING RESTORED IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a synthesizer that synthesizes a first image with a second image having a parallax relative to the first image to generate a synthetic image, the first image and the second image being based on outputs of a single image sensor; and
a correction circuit that performs correcting processing of convolving a filter having reverse characteristics of an optical transfer function of an image pickup optical system that is used to generate the first image and the second image with respect to the synthetic image,
wherein the synthesizer synthesizes the first image with the second image while a position of the second image is shifted relative to the first image, and
wherein the correction circuit does not perform the correcting processing on the synthetic image, when a shift amount of the position of the second image relative to the first image is greater than a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,255,507

DETECTION OF AN OBJECT IN A DISTORTED IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for determining an object in a distorted image, comprising: detecting a location of a first part of the object on the distorted image on a distorted image plane; determining a corresponding location of the first part of the object on an undistorted image plane corresponding to the distorted image based on a plurality of calibration parameters; predicting a location of a second part of the object on the undistorted image plane based on the determined location of the first part of the object on the undistorted image plane; determining a corresponding location of the second part of the object on the distorted image based on the predicted location of the second part of the object on the undistorted image plane and the calibration parameters; determining the object based on the detected location of the first part of the object and the determined location of the second part of the object in the distorted image; generating a rectified image of the object based on a determined bounding box; determining an appearance descriptor based on the rectified image; and matching the image of the object to at least one other image of the object based on the determined appearance descriptors.

US Pat. No. 10,288,833

OPTICAL COMPONENT, OPTICAL COMPONENT MANUFACTURING METHOD, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical component comprising:a lens having a lens surface held in a holder;
a portion of the holder in contact with the lens surface; and
a holding portion configured to hold the lens in the holder,
wherein a mold shrinkage factor of a material that forms the holder is smaller than a mold shrinkage factor of a material that forms the lens by no less than 0.3%.

US Pat. No. 10,255,512

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining a boundary of an object in an input image, the method comprising:determining a set of vertical medial axes of the object in the input image, at least a portion of at least one of the vertical medial axes being curved following a shape of the object;
determining an edge response image for the input image using the vertical medial axes; and
determining a continuous path on at least one side of the vertical medial axes, at least one vertical medial axis of the vertical medial axes and the continuous path extending at least from a first vertical bound to a second vertical bound, and the continuous path summing up to a maximum total edge response and representing at least a portion of the boundary of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,288,836

LENS APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:a converting mechanism including:
a fixed barrel;
a movable barrel arranged inside the fixed barrel and holding an optical element, the movable barrel including a straight groove extending parallel with an optical axis of the optical element;
a cam mechanism or a helicoid mechanism configured to move the movable barrel relative to the fixed barrel in a direction of the optical axis, by rotating the movable barrel relative to the fixed barrel about the optical axis; and
an operating member supported by the fixed barrel, rotatable about a rotation axis perpendicular to the optical axis, and arranged outside of the fixed barrel,
wherein:
the operating member includes an eccentric shaft eccentric with respect to the rotation axis,
the eccentric shaft includes an engagement part engaged with the straight groove, the engagement part engaged with the straight groove being substantially circular in shape, and
rotation of the operating member about the rotation axis causes the engagement part engaged with the straight groove to rotate the movable barrel about the optical axis causes the converting mechanism to move the movable barrel relative to the fixed barrel in the direction of the optical axis.