US Pat. No. 9,350,724

AUTHENTICATION SERVER SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING CONTROL OF NOTIFICATIONS DURING SERVICE USE, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authentication server system configured to perform authentication processing relating to use of a service, comprising:
a memory; and
one or more processors configured to act as an authentication unit, a notification unit, and a control unit, wherein
the authentication unit is configured to perform authentication processing using both a first authentication system that requests
a user to input authentication information and receives the input authentication information, to perform authentication processing
based on the authentication information, and a second authentication system that performs authentication processing without
requesting the user to input authentication information and receives the authentication information in response to authentication
processing performed in another authentication server system different from the authentication server system having successfully
been performed;

the notification unit is configured to issue a notification associated with the service to a terminal operated by the user;
and

the control unit is configured to perform control so that the notification unit issues the notification if the terminal is
permitted to use the service as a result of the authentication unit having performed the authentication processing using the
first authentication system, and configured to perform control so that the notification unit does not issue the notification
if the terminal is permitted to use the service as a result of the authentication unit having performed the authentication
processing using the second authentication system,

wherein the notification unit notifies, based on a table storing a notification period, a notification content, and an authentication
system corresponding to the notification content in association with one another, the terminal of the notification content
within the notification period, and

wherein the control unit performs, if the terminal is permitted to use the service as a result of the authentication processing
having been performed using the first authentication system, control so that the notification unit issues the notification
when the terminal is to be notified of the notification content within the notification period and the notification content
corresponds to the first authentication system.

US Pat. No. 9,340,696

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE-RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising: a self-dispersing pigment; polymer particles; a surfactant; a water-soluble organic solvent; and water,
wherein an amount of anionic functional group on the surface of the polymer particles is 0.2 mmol/g or less,
the surfactant is represented by the following general formula (1) and contains a fluorinated surfactant having a hydrophile-lipophile
balance (HLB) of 11 or less as determined by a Griffin method,

R1(CR2R3)nCH2CH2(OCH2CH2)mOH  (1)

wherein R1 denotes a fluorine atom or a hydrogen atom, R2 and R3 independently denote a fluorine atom or a hydrogen atom, and at least one of R2 and R3 denotes a fluorine atom, n is 1 or more and 30 or less, and m is 1 or more and 60 or less, and

the water-soluble organic solvent contains at least one water-soluble organic solvent selected from the following group A:glycerin, ethylene glycol, diethylene glycol, poly(ethylene glycol) having a weight-average molecular weight of 10,000 or
less, 1,3-propanediol, 1,4-butanediol, and diglycerol.

US Pat. No. 9,344,588

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SPECIFYING AT LEAST ONE IDENTIFIER OF CONTENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus connectable to a contents providing apparatus, comprising:
a memory device configured to store a first program for accepting a user operation of designating first a content and a second
program different from the first program;

a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a list of identifiers of contents saved in the contents providing apparatus from
the contents providing apparatus using the second program in response to receiving a request from the first program;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain accessibility information of the contents saved in the contents providing apparatus
from the contents providing apparatus using the second program in response to receiving the request from the first program;

a specifying unit configured to specify, based on the accessibility information obtained by the second obtaining unit, at
least one identifier of contents set to be accessible among the identifiers of the list obtained by the first obtaining unit
without a user operation, using the second program; and

a passing unit configured to pass the at least one identifier specified by the specifying unit to the first program using
the second program.

US Pat. No. 9,344,602

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an attribute determination unit configured to determine an attribute of an object included in image data to be subjected to
printing processing;

a color conversion unit configured to convert the color space of the image data into a color space compatible with a printing
apparatus in accordance with the determination results obtained by the attribute determination unit;

an edge determination unit configured to determine an edge of an object included in the image data whose color space has been
converted by the color conversion unit; and

a black monochromatization unit configured to convert the color of a pixel, which is a pixel of an achromatic object of the
objects of the image data whose color space has been converted into the color space compatible with the printing apparatus
and which is a pixel determined to be an edge by the edge determination unit, into black alone.

US Pat. No. 9,344,886

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory having instructions for execution to cause the processor to:
detect a wireless network created by a base station;
acquire identification information of a provider of the detected wireless network;
determine whether the communication apparatus possesses authentication information which corresponds to the identification
information and is used for authentication with an authentication server so as to connect with the detected wireless network;

provide another communication apparatus with the acquired identification information if the communication apparatus does not
possess the authentication information;

acquire the authentication information corresponding to the provided identification information from the another communication
apparatus if the another communication apparatus possesses the authentication information;

perform a process for generating the authentication information if the another communication apparatus does not possess the
authentication information; and

perform the authentication with the authentication server using the acquired or the generated authentication information.

US Pat. No. 9,344,631

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR SELECTING AN IMAGE CAPTURED ON AN IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of selecting an image captured on a portable image capture device having a forward facing camera component and
a backward facing camera component, said method comprising:
capturing an image using the forward facing camera component of the portable image capture device;
displaying the captured image on a display of the portable image capture device;
capturing, using the backward facing camera component of the portable image capture device, a viewer image of at least the
viewer viewing the display displaying the displayed image;

comparing at least one region of the displayed image and the viewer image to identify at least one common feature in the displayed
image and the viewer image; and

selecting the displayed image for communication to at least the viewer according to the communication details of the viewer,
if the at least one common feature is identified in both the displayed image and the viewer image.

US Pat. No. 9,342,069

ARTICLE PROCESSING APPARATUS, GENERATION METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An article processing apparatus having a movable member for processing an article, the apparatus comprising:
an information processor configured to generate a transition order of states of the movable member,
wherein the information processor is configured to:
respectively set a plurality of clusters each including, as a plurality of nodes, a plurality of states that the movable member
may take, with respect to a plurality of regions of the article;

respectively set a plurality of costs with respect to a plurality of combinations of two nodes respectively belonging to two
clusters different from each other of the plurality of clusters; and

generate the transition order by obtaining, based on the plurality of clusters and the plurality of costs, as a solution of
a traveling salesman problem, an order of traveling a plurality of nodes obtained by selecting one node from each of the plurality
of clusters.

US Pat. No. 9,336,746

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display device comprising:
a light-emitting unit including a first light source and a second light source;
a setting unit configured to set a display mode of the image display device to any one of a plurality of display modes;
a control unit configured to control to light the first light source based on the display mode set by the setting unit and
to control to light the second light source based on the display mode set by the setting unit; and

a display panel that is illuminated by the light-emitting unit,
wherein a difference between color matching functions of plural visual angles in a peak wavelength of a spectrum of the first
light source is smaller than that of the second light source, and

wherein the control unit is configured to light the first light source in a case where the setting unit sets a first display
mode for suppressing a difference in color appearance between the plural visual angles.

US Pat. No. 9,335,664

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
an accommodating chamber, provided with an opening for permitting discharge of a developer, for accommodating the developer;
and

developer feeding means for discharging the developer accommodated in said accommodating chamber through the opening by rotation,
wherein said developer feeding means includes:
a rotatable member;
a developer feeding member, fixed on said rotatable member, for discharging the developer accommodated in said accommodating
chamber through the opening by rotation of said rotatable member;

a sealing member for opening the opening by the rotation of said rotatable member, wherein one end portion thereof is fixed
on said rotatable member and the other end portion thereof is provided so as to seal the opening; and

a regulating portion for regulating said sealing member, which is wound about said rotatable member after the opening is opened
by the rotation of said rotatable member, so as to expose a feeding surface of said developer feeding member.

US Pat. No. 9,323,173

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a charging apparatus configured to charge the image bearing member;
an exposure apparatus configured to expose the image bearing member charged by the charging apparatus to form an electrostatic
latent image, the exposure apparatus intermittently performing light irradiation for each unit region of the image bearing
member;

a developing apparatus provided with a developer accommodation section that accommodates developer and configured to develop
the electrostatic latent image by the developer;

a signal output unit configured to output an electric signal for instructing the exposure apparatus to perform exposure, the
signal output unit outputting a first signal for exposing a printing part of the image bearing member where a developer image
is formed and a second signal for exposing a non-printing part of the image bearing member where the developer image is not
formed, wherein an exposure time period per unit region of the image bearing member in a case where the exposure apparatus
performs the light irradiation according to the second signal is shorter than an exposure time period per unit region of the
image bearing member in a case where the exposure apparatus performs the light irradiation according to the first signal;

a counting apparatus configured to receive the electric signal output from the signal output unit, count the first signals
and the second signals, and output a count value including a count value of the first signals and a count value of the second
signals; and

a calculation apparatus configured to obtain a use amount of the developer by the developing apparatus by calculating in such
a manner that an influence from exposure according to the second signal is removed based on the count value output from the
counting apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,323,186

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form the image on the recording material;
a fixing portion, including a cylindrical rotatable member having a heat generating layer, configured to fix the image on
the recording material by heat of said rotatable member; and

a temperature detecting portion configured to detect the temperature of said rotatable member, said temperature detecting
portion including a plurality of temperature detection sensors arranged at both longitudinal end portions of said rotatable
member,

wherein said temperature detecting portion monitors a temperature change amount per one rotation of said rotatable member,
wherein said rotatable member is heated by the heat generating layer generating heat by a flow of a current in the heat generating
layer, and

wherein depending on the temperature change amount, a notification of an abnormality of said image forming apparatus is provided.

US Pat. No. 9,316,970

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER SUPPLY TO HEATER OF FIXING UNIT BASED ON RESISTANCE VALUE OF HEATER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for heating and fixing a toner image formed on a recording medium, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a recording medium;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information regarding the size of the recording medium stored in the storage unit,
a conveying unit configured to convey the recording medium stored in the storage unit;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the recording medium conveyed by the conveying unit;
a fixing unit, having a plurality of heaters including a first heater performing heating based on the amount of the power
supplied and a second heater performing heating based on the amount of the power supplied, configured to fix the image on
the recording medium by heating the image on the recording medium using the plurality of heaters;

a control unit configured to determine a heater to which the power is supplied among the plurality of heaters based on the
information obtained by the obtaining unit and configured to control the amount of power to be supplied to the determined
heater based on the resistance value of the determined heater; and

a detection unit, provided in a power line for supplying power to the plurality of heaters, configured to detect current values
of the plurality of heaters; and

a determining unit configured to:
in a case where the size of the recording medium stored in the storing unit is larger than or equal to a predetermined size,
based on the information obtained by the obtaining unit, control the detection unit to detect the current value of the first
heater and the current value of the second heater before the fixing unit fixes the image onto the recording medium, determine
a first resistance value of the first heater based on the detected current value of the first heater, and determine a second
resistance value of the second heater based on the detected current value of the second heater, and

in a case where the size of the recording medium stored in the storing unit is smaller than the predetermined size, based
on the information obtained by the obtaining unit, control the detection unit to detect the current value of the second heater
before the fixing unit fixes the image onto the recording medium, and determine the second resistance value of the second
heater based on the detected current value of the second heater,

wherein the control unit is configured to control, in a case where the size of the recording medium is a first size, which
is larger than or equal to the predetermined size, the amount of the power supplied to the first heater, and configured to
control, in a case where the size of the recording medium is a second size, which is smaller than the predetermined size,
the amount of the power supplied to the second heater.

US Pat. No. 9,317,230

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR MANAGING POWER CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A management apparatus comprising:
a management unit configured to manage a power control rule for a change of a state of one or more information processing
devices;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain information of a power control ability of an information processing device of the one
or more information processing devices;

a determination unit configured to determine, using the information of the power control ability of the information processing
device obtained by the obtaining unit, whether or not power control of the information processing device can be performed
based on the power control rule managed by the management unit;

a setting unit configured, if the determination unit determines that the power control of the information processing device
cannot be performed based on the power control rule managed by the management unit, to set a power control rule different
from the power control rule managed by the management unit so as to match the power control ability of the information processing
device;

a detection unit configured to detect the change of the state of the information processing device; and
a control unit configured to perform power control over the information processing device based on the change of the state
of the information processing device detected by the detection unit and on the power control rule set by the setting unit,

wherein if the determination unit determines the power control of the information processing device cannot be performed based
on the power control rule managed by the management unit, the setting unit sets a power control rule based on a pre-set operational
configuration that is prioritized in power control,

wherein the pre-set operational configuration is a configuration indicating whether to prioritize power saving or to prioritize
continuation of an operation of the information processing device in power control, and

wherein at least one of the management unit, the obtaining unit, the determination unit, the setting unit, the detection unit,
and the control unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,316,744

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix in which each pixel includes a conversion element configured
to convert radiation into a charge and a switch element configured to transfer an electric signal based on the charge;

a plurality of wirings arranged in the pixel array, wherein the plurality of wirings includes a drive wiring through which
the switch element is supplied with a signal for controlling a conductive state and a non-conductive state of the switch element,
a bias wiring through which the conversion element is supplied with a voltage for the conversion element to convert the radiation
into the charge, and a signal wiring through which the electric signal is transferred to a readout circuit; and

a detecting unit configured to detect radiation irradiation to the pixel array,
wherein the detecting unit includes a detecting circuit configured to detect the radiation irradiation to the pixel array
on the basis of a plurality of currents flowing through the plurality of wirings detected for each of the plurality of wirings,

wherein the detecting circuit includes a current detection circuit configured to detect the plurality of currents flowing
through the plurality of wirings for each of the plurality of wirings,

wherein the current detection circuit detects a current flowing through the bias wiring and a current flowing through the
signal wiring, and

wherein the detecting circuit detects the radiation irradiation to the pixel array based on values of the currents detected
by the current detection circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,316,807

LENS BARREL AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a first blade member;
a second blade member provided at an object side of the first blade member and overlapped with at least part of the first
blade member in an optical axis direction;

a drive unit configured to perform an opening and closing drive of the first blade member and the second blade member; and
a biasing member configured to apply a biasing force to the drive unit,
wherein the biasing member is disposed in a direction orthogonal to an optical axis with respect to the first blade member,
and

wherein the biasing member is disposed so as to overlap with at least part of the second blade member in the optical axis
direction during an opening and closing operation of the second blade member.

US Pat. No. 9,316,949

PARTICLE ADHESION PREVENTING MEMBER, ELECTRIC FIELD FORMING MEMBER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member that moves while bearing a toner image;
a developing device that includes a developer bearing member that bears charged toner and develops an electrostatic latent
image formed on the image bearing member with toner; and

an electric field forming member that forms an electric field between a surface thereof onto which the charged toner adheres
and an opposed portion which opposes the electric field forming member in the image forming apparatus,

wherein the electric field forming member includes a conductive member connected to ground, and an insulating member attached
to the conductive member at a position opposite the opposed portion, the insulating member including a porous member made
of an ethylene propylene diene ternary copolymer having a volume resistivity of 1010 ?·cm or more and 1016 ?·cm or less and a density of 0.01 g/cm3 or more and 0.2 g/cm3 or less, and

wherein a normal charge polarity of the toner is in negative polarity and the porous member is negatively charged by being
adhered with a negatively-charged toner.

US Pat. No. 9,310,187

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a dividing unit configured to divide light from a measurement light source into reference light and measurement light;
a light receiving unit configured to receive interference light between (a) return light from an object to be examined based
on the measurement light and (b) the reference light;

an interference signal acquisition unit configured to acquire an interference signal based on the interference light received
by said light receiving unit;

an interference signal correction unit configured to separate the interference signal into a signal including information
representing a phase characteristic of the interference light and a signal including no information representing the phase
characteristic of the interference light; and

a tomographic image acquisition unit configured to acquire a tomographic image of the object by using the signal including
no information representing the phase characteristic of the interference light,

wherein said dividing unit comprises an optical coupler,
wherein said light receiving unit comprises a line sensor, and
wherein said interference signal acquisition unit, said interference signal correction unit, and said tomographic image acquisition
unit are implemented using a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,310,986

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a display control unit configured to display image data including a first area with significant information and a second area
without significant information; and

a movement control unit configured, in a state where a part of an area in the image data is displayed in a predetermined display
area by the display control unit, to move an area to be displayed target from the part of the area to another part of the
area according to a flick operation performed by a user,

wherein, if the first area is not included in the another part of the area to which the area to be displayed target is moved,
the movement control unit performs control not to move the area to be displayed target to the another part of the area.

US Pat. No. 9,310,739

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING THE DISPLAY OF AN AGGREGATION RESULT OF A NUMBER OF PRINTED PAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus that manages a number of printed pages in a single color level and a number of printed pages in monochrome,
comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive setting information related to displaying an aggregation result of a number of printed
pages from a managing apparatus;

a displaying unit configured to control displaying an aggregation result of a number of printed pages; and
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the received setting information indicates a first setting to display
a first aggregation result of a number of printed pages of each level among a plurality of color levels on an apparatus configured
not to manage a number of printed pages of each level among the plurality of color levels,

wherein the displaying unit is configured to control to display the first aggregation result in response to a determination
result of the determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,313,345

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus executed by a computer which includes a storage unit and a processing unit and which
implements a registration unit, a notification unit, and a relay unit, the information processing apparatus configured to
relay data via a network between a supporting device and a supported device that receives remote support by the supporting
device, the information processing apparatus comprising:
the storage unit;
the processing unit configured to store in the storage unit a plurality of relay identifiers, each for transmitting and receiving
data between a supporting device and a supported device, in such a manner that a relay identifier included in the plurality
of relay identifiers is associated with a supporting device or a supported device that is using the relay identifier;

the registration unit configured to select, according to a request from a first supported device, a first relay identifier
not being used by another supported device from among the stored plurality of relay identifiers and then register the first
supported device in association with the first relay identifier, and to register, according to a request from a first supporting
device for providing remote support to the first supported device, the first supporting device in association with the first
relay identifier;

the notification unit configured to notify the first supported device and the first supporting device about the first relay
identifier; and

the relay unit configured to buffer data according to receiving, from the first supported device or the first supporting device,
a POST request to post the data based on the first relay identifier, and to return the buffered data according to receiving,
from the first supporting device or the first supported device, a GET request to get the buffered data based on the first
relay identifier.

US Pat. No. 9,310,307

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROCESSING DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing device configured to process measurement spectral data by using a multivariate analysis, the data processing
device comprising:
a determination unit configured to, based on the measurement spectral data, determine sampling intervals to be used in the
multivariate analysis;

a data group obtaining unit configured to obtain a spectral data group of the sampling intervals determined by the determination
unit; and

a multivariate analysis unit configured to carry out the multivariate analysis by using the spectral data group obtained by
the data group obtaining unit,

wherein the determination unit determines the sampling intervals based on one of a rate of change of a spectral distribution,
intensity information in a frequency space, a magnitude of a spectral intensity distribution, or a magnitude of a Mahalanobis
distance.

US Pat. No. 9,304,439

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating unit comprising:
a flexible container provided with an opening for permitting discharge of the accommodated developer therein;
a sealing member for sealing the opening so as to cover the opening and for exposing the opening by being moved;
an unsealing member, mounted on said sealing member and contactable with the developer, for moving said sealing member; and
a frame for accommodating said unsealing member therein,
wherein said frame includes a fixing portion for fixing said flexible container.

US Pat. No. 9,304,440

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit comprising:
a flexible container including an opening for permitting discharge of a developer;
a sealing member having a bonding portion to seal the opening; and
an unsealing member, attached to said sealing member, for unsealing said sealing member,
wherein said bonding portion includes (i) a first bonding portion extending lengthwise in a direction crossing a peeling direction,
(ii) a second bonding portion provided in a downstream side of said first bonding portion with respect to the peeling direction,
and (iii) a third bonding portion bonded upstream of said first bonding portion with respect to the peeling direction,

wherein, when said sealing member exposes the opening, said bonding portion is peeled in the order of said third bonding portion,
said first bonding portion, and said second bonding portion, and

wherein, when said sealing member exposes said opening, the flexible container is deformed to change a shape of said opening.

US Pat. No. 9,304,458

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to carry a toner image;
a transfer unit configured to nip a recording material by a transfer nip formed with said image bearing member and to transfer
the toner image from said image bearing member onto the recording material;

a fixing unit configured to nip the recording material by a fixing nip and to fix the toner image on the recording material
by heating the recording material using an AC voltage applied thereto;

a voltage source portion configured to apply an AC voltage to said fixing unit;
an electroconductive member contactable to the recording material;
a resistance element connected with said electroconductive member; and
a capacitor element connected with said electroconductive member,
wherein said electroconductive member is disposed at a position separated from said fixing unit and contactable to the recording
material nipped simultaneously by said transfer nip and said fixing nip, and

said resistance element and said capacitor element are connected in parallel between said electroconductive member and a ground
potential.

US Pat. No. 9,304,715

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR STORING AND REUSING SETTINGS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A method for controlling an image processing apparatus, the method comprising:
reading an image on a document to generate image data of the image;
storing, by a first storage unit, a transmission destination history indicating a history of a transmission destination of
the generated image data, but only in a case in which the first storage unit is controlled to store the transmission destination
history;

setting a transmission destination according to a selected transmission destination history stored in the first storage unit;
receiving user's input of user information which specifies a user and a transmission destination in response to input of the
user's input by the user;

acquiring a definition file association with the received user information, the definition file including a transmission destination
used for data transmission;

in response to a content of the definition file, transmitting the generated image data by a transmission unit by one of a
first transmission method, a second transmission method, and a third transmission method, the first transmission method transmitting
the generated image data only according to the transmission destination set by the setting, the second transmission method
transmitting the generated image data only according to the transmission destination included in the acquired definition file
and preventing the setting of the transmission destination according to the selected transmission destination history, and
the third transmission method transmitting the generated image data, according to either the transmission destination set
by the setting or the transmission destination included in the acquired definition file, in response to a selection by the
user; and

controlling the first storage unit to store the transmission destination history, in a case where the transmission unit transmits
the generated image data by the first transmission method, and to control the first storage unit not to store the transmission
destination history, in a case where the transmission unit transmits the generated image data by the second transmission method
so that no information obtained from the definition file is stored in the first storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,304,284

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:
a fixed barrel;
a first operating member rotatable in a circumferential direction and arranged on an outer side of the fixed barrel;
a movable lens barrel arranged on an inner diameter side of the fixed barrel, the movable lens barrel holding an optical element
and being movable in an optical axis direction by rotation of the first operating member;

a movable stop arranged on the inner diameter side of the fixed barrel, the movable stop comprising a movable member rotatable
to change an aperture diameter;

a second operating member rotatable in the circumferential direction and arranged on the outer side of the fixed barrel; and
an actuation transmission barrel engaging with the fixed barrel at a position on the inner diameter side of the fixed barrel,
the actuation transmission barrel being connected to the second operating member at a first engaging portion and to the movable
member of the movable stop at a second engaging portion separated from the first engaging portion in the optical axis direction,
the actuation transmission barrel having an opening between the first engaging portion and the second engaging portion in
the optical axis direction,

wherein the movable lens barrel is connected to the first operating member through the opening of the actuation transmission
barrel.

US Pat. No. 9,307,174

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS USING COUNTER TO COUNT A CLOCK SIGNAL AT START OF CHANGE IN LEVEL OF A REFERENCE SIGNAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel configured to output a signal generated by photoelectric conversion;
a comparison unit configured to output a comparison signal whose signal level is according to a result of comparing the signal
output from the pixel, and a reference signal whose level changes with time;

a storage unit;
a counter configured to generate the count signal by counting a clock signal;
a reset unit configured to output a control signal for resetting the storage unit;
a first path to which the comparison signal is output from the comparison unit;
a second path to which the control signal is output from the reset unit; and
a logic sum circuit including an input part and an output part, wherein the first path and the second path are connected to
the input part and the storage unit is connected to the output part.

US Pat. No. 9,282,263

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS WITH DRIVING LINES SUPPLYING DRIVING SIGNALS THROUGH BUFFERS ARRANGED BETWEEN PIXELS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising:
a pixel region including a plurality of pixels arranged therein, each pixel having a photoelectric conversion element and
at least one transistor;

a plurality of driving lines driving the plurality of transistors included in the plurality of the pixels;
a scanning circuit arranged at an outside of the pixel region, the scanning circuit being configured to supply a driving signal
to each of the plurality of driving lines; and

a plurality of buffers, each outputting the driving signal to the driving line, wherein
the driving lines, each supply the driving signal through the buffer to the transistors,
each of the buffers being arranged between two pixels, and
a number of the buffers is smaller than a number of the pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,280,116

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH FORCED TONER SUPPLY MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a developing device configured to develop an electrostatic image formed on the image bearing member, the developing device
including a developer bearing member configured to carry a developer;

a supply device configured to supply toner to the developing device;
a density detector configured to detect information about a toner density as a ratio of toner and carrier of the developer
of the developing device; and

a controller configured to execute a forced supply mode of performing the toner supply to the developing device from the supply
device,

wherein the controller interrupts an image forming operation and executes the forced supply mode when both of the following
conditions (i) and (ii) are satisfied in a job in which image formation is continuously performed on a plurality of recording
materials:

(i) a remaining supply amount obtained based on first information of at least one of detection results of the density detector
and information about a toner consumption and second information concerning a driving amount of the supply device is greater
than a first predetermined amount,

(ii) an accumulated amount of toner consumed after the forced supply mode is executed last time is greater than or equal to
a second predetermined amount, and

wherein the controller does not execute the forced supply mode in case that at least one of the above conditions (i) and (ii)
is not satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,282,214

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING AN AUTHENTICATION UNIT, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
an authentication unit including a processor configured to execute process steps stored in a non-transitory computer-readable
memory to, in a state in which a user is logged into the information processing apparatus as a first user that can use the
information processing apparatus without user authentication being required, perform a user authentication in order for the
user to log into the information processing apparatus as a second user other than the first user;

a determination unit including a processor configured to execute process steps stored in the memory to, in a case where the
user authentication is performed by the authentication unit, compare a use authority of the first user and a use authority
of the second user for each of a plurality of functions that the information processing apparatus has, and determine whether
or not there exists a function, out of functions for which usage by the first user is permitted, for which usage is not permitted
for the second user; and

a modification unit including a processor configured to execute process steps stored in the memory to, in a case where it
is determined by the determination unit that there exists the function, out of the functions for which usage by the first
user is permitted, for which usage is not permitted for the second user, modify a use authority of the second user for the
function for which usage by the second user is not permitted, so as to permit usage of the function for the second user.

US Pat. No. 9,279,660

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING POLARIZATION DATA OF POLARIZATION SENSITIVE OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for processing polarization data of polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography, comprising:
detecting light, the light being obtained by splitting combined light using a polarization beam splitter, the combined light
being obtained by combining return light from a sample to be measured irradiated with measuring light and reference light
corresponding to the measuring light;

acquiring a plurality of sets of polarization data items obtained from the detected light;
converting the plurality of sets of the polarization data items into a representation in vector form including information
regarding retardation and axis orientation;

averaging the plurality of sets of the converted polarization data items that are expressed in the representation;
calculating retardation and axis orientation from the plurality of sets of the averaged polarization data items;
generating polarization-sensitive B-scan images of different types by using the calculated retardation and axis orientation;
and

causing a display unit to display at least one of the generated polarization-sensitive B-scan images.

US Pat. No. 9,279,661

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a data storing unit configured to store data, indicating a shape of an object to be measured, for estimating a position-and-orientation
of the object;

an approximate position-and-orientation obtaining unit configured to obtain an approximate position-and-orientation of the
object;

a first image input unit configured to input a first image including the object, captured by a movable imaging apparatus at
a first time;

a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a first position-and-orientation of the movable imaging apparatus when the first
image is captured;

a second image input unit configured to input a second image captured by the movable imaging apparatus at a second time being
different from the first time;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire relative position-and-orientation information between the first position-and-orientation
and a second position-and-orientation, wherein the second position-and-orientation is a position-and-orientation of the movable
imaging apparatus when the second image is captured;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain the second position-and-orientation of the movable imaging apparatus based on
the first position-and-orientation and the relative position-and-orientation information;

an association unit configured to associate the data indicating the shape of the object with the object included in the first
image based on the first position-and-orientation of the movable imaging apparatus and the approximate position-and-orientation
of the object and associate the data indicating the shape of the object with the object included in the second image based
on the second position-and-orientation of the movable imaging apparatus and the approximate position-and-orientation of the
object; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate a position-and-orientation of the object, based on a result of the association
unit,

wherein the data storing unit, the approximate position-and-orientation obtaining unit, the first image input unit, the first
obtaining unit, the second image input unit, the acquisition unit, the second obtaining unit, the association unit, and the
calculation unit are implemented by at least one processor in the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,279,671

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH INCLINATION GUIDE DISPLAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image-pickup mode setter which sets one image-pickup mode in a plurality of image-pickup modes for each specific image-pickup
scene in which a control for picking-up images is preliminarily set depending on the specific image-pickup scene;

an inclination detector which detects an inclination of the image-pickup apparatus;
a display processor for showing, on a display device, an inclination guide display depending on the inclination detected by
the inclination detector; and

a display controller which controls display of the inclination guide display in accordance with an image-pickup mode for the
specific image-pickup scene, which is set by the image-pickup mode setter,

wherein the display controller changes a level of exaggeration of the inclination guide display in accordance with the image-pickup
mode for the specific image-pickup scene set by the image-pickup mode setter.

US Pat. No. 9,274,442

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CHARGE TRANSPORT LAYER WITH MATRIX-DOMAIN STRUCTURE AND CHARGING MEMBER HAVING CONCAVITY AND PROTRUSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophoto graphic image forming apparatus comprising:
an electrophotographic photosensitive member,
a charging unit in contact with the electrophotographic photosensitive member so as to charge the electrophotographic photosensitive
member with a charging member, and

a developing unit which supplies toner to the electrophotographic photosensitive member on which an electrostatic latent image
is formed, to form a toner image on the electrophotographic photosensitive member;

wherein,
the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises:
a support,
a charge generation layer disposed on the support, and
a charge transport layer disposed on the charge generation layer;
the charge transport layer is a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member,
the charge transport layer has a matrix-domain structure comprising a matrix and a domain,
the domain comprises a polyester resin A having:
a structural unit represented by the following Formula (A) and
a structural unit represented by the following Formula (B), and
the matrix comprises:
at least one resin selected from the group consisting of a polyester resin C having a structural unit represented by the following
Formula (C) and a polycarbonate resin D having a structural unit represented by the following Formula (D) and

a charge transport substance,
wherein,
the charging member comprises
an electro-conductive substrate, and
an electro-conductive elastic layer;
the electro-conductive elastic layer comprising a binder, and holding a bowl-shaped resin particle having an opening, so that
at least a part of the bowl-shaped resin particle is exposed, and

the charging member has
a concavity derived from the opening of the bowl-shaped resin particle on the surface thereof, and a protrusion derived from
an edge of the opening of the bowl-shaped resin particle on the surface thereof;

the protrusion on the surface of the charging member coming into contact with the electrophotographic photosensitive member:

wherein,
X1 represents a m-phenylene group, a p-phenylene group, or a bivalent group having two p-phenylene groups bonded to an oxygen
atom;

R11 to R14 each independently represent a methyl group, an ethyl group, or a phenyl group; and

n represents the number of repetitions of a structure in brackets, an average value of n in the polyester resin A is 20 or
more and 120 or less;


wherein,
X2 represents a m-phenylene group, a p-phenylene group, or a bivalent group having two p-phenylene groups bonded to an oxygen
atom;


wherein,
R31 to R38 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a methyl group;

X3 represents a m-phenylene group, a p-phenylene group, or a bivalent group having two p-phenylene groups bonded to an oxygen
atom; and

Y3 represents a single bond, a methylene group, an ethylidene group, or a propylidene group;


wherein,
R41 to R48 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a methyl group; and

Y4 represents a methylene group, an ethylidene group, a propylidene group, a phenylethylidene group, a cyclohexylidene group,
or an oxygen atom.

US Pat. No. 9,274,468

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
first and second rotatable members cooperative with each other to form a nip therebetween for heating a toner image on a sheet;
a rubbing rotatable member configured to rub an outer surface of said first rotatable member;
a moving mechanism configured to move said rubbing rotatable member between a contact position in which said rubbing rotatable
member contacts said first rotatable member and a spacing position in which said rubbing rotatable member is spaced from said
first rotatable member;

a measuring portion configured to measure the time elapsed from the start of a rubbing process executed with said rubbing
rotatable member placed in the contact position; and

a controller configured to determine, upon receipt of an execution instruction of an image heating process during the execution
of the rubbing process, whether to continue the rubbing process or to interrupt the rubbing process and execute the image
heating process, on the basis of the time measured by said measuring portion.

US Pat. No. 9,264,640

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR DRIVING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric converting unit which stores a charge generated by photoelectric conversion on incident light;
a differential amplifying unit having a first input node electrically connected to the photoelectric converting unit;
a switch Metal Oxide Semiconductor (MOS) transistor;
an output circuit having an input node electrically connected to an output node of the differential amplifying unit via the
switch MOS transistor and an output node electrically connected to a second input node of the differential amplifying unit;
and

a potential control unit,
wherein
a first main node of the switch MOS transistor is electrically connected to the output node of the differential amplifying
unit,

a second main node of the switch MOS transistor is electrically connected to the input node of the output circuit; and
the potential control unit is configured to control a potential of the first main node of the switch MOS transistor so as
to prevent a voltage between a control node of the switch MOS transistor and the first main node of the switch MOS transistor
from changing toward a direction for turning on the switch MOS transistor in a period when a predetermined potential is given
to the control node of the switch MOS transistor and a signal based on the charge in the photoelectric converting unit is
given to the first input node of the differential amplifying unit, the predetermined potential being configured to set the
voltage between the control node of the switch MOS transistor and the first main node of the switch MOS transistor to be within
a threshold voltage of the switch MOS transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,237,302

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus that stores an image captured by an image capture unit to a recording medium as an image file
having a predetermined image file format, the image capture apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit that acquires location information;
a first determination unit that determines whether or not acquisition of location information by the acquisition unit was
successful;

a storage control unit that, in a case of storing an image captured by the image capture unit to the recording medium as an
image file that complies with the image file format,

if a result of the determination performed by the first determination unit is that acquisition of location information was
successful, stores information indicating the existence of location information in a first area as attribute information that
complies with the image file format, stores the acquired location information in a second area as attribute information, and
stores the captured image in a predetermined format, and

if a result of the determination performed by the first determination unit is that acquisition of location information was
unsuccessful, stores information indicating the existence of location information in the first area that complies with the
image file format, stores predetermined information other than location information in the second area, allocates a reserved
area for location information recording in a continuous area that follows the predetermined information, and stores the captured
image in a predetermined format,

a writing unit that writes the location information acquired by the acquisition unit to an image file that is already stored
on the recording medium; and

a second determination unit that determines whether or not one of a world standard time and time difference information that
enables calculation of a world standard time is stored in the image file as one type of the attribute information,

wherein if information indicating the existence of location information is stored in the first area as attribute information
of the image file targeted for writing, and furthermore the reserved area exists in the second area, the writing unit overwrites
the location information acquired by the acquisition unit to the second area, and

wherein if the second determination unit determines that neither the world standard time nor the time difference information
is stored, the writing unit does not write the location information.

US Pat. No. 9,213,293

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MEASUREMENT UNIT THAT IRRADIATES A MEASUREMENT IMAGE AND MEASURES LIGHT REFLECTED THEREFROM, AND HAVING SHIELDING UNIT THAT CAN BE MOVED TO BLOCK SUCH IRRADIATION AND MOVED TO NOT BLOCK SUCH IRRADIAT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form a measurement image on a sheet;
a measurement unit configured to irradiate the measurement image with light and measure light reflected from the measurement
image;

a white reference plate arranged to be movable to a first position opposed to the measurement unit and a second position being
far away from the measurement unit than the first position;

a shielding unit arranged to be movable to a third position where the shielding unit blocks the light with which the measurement
unit irradiates the white reference plate and a fourth position where the shielding unit does not block the light;

a conveyance unit arranged to be movable to a fifth position opposed to the measurement unit and a sixth position being farther
away from the measurement unit than the fifth position, and convey the sheet; and

a control unit configured to control positions of the white reference plate and the shielding unit and the conveyance unit,
wherein, in a case where the measurement unit measures the white reference plate, the shielding unit is at the fourth position,
the white reference plate is at the first position, and the conveyance unit is at the sixth position,

wherein, in a case where the measurement unit measures the measurement image, the white reference plate is at the second position,
the shielding unit is at the third position, and the conveyance unit is at the fifth position,

wherein, in a print operation, the shielding unit is at the third position, the white reference plate is at the second position,
and the conveyance unit is at a seventh position between the fifth and sixth positions,

wherein the print operation is performed without a measurement of the white reference plate performed by the measurement unit,
and

wherein the print operation is performed without a measurement of the measurement image performed by the measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 9,213,301

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
a belt unit detachably mountable to said main assembly, said belt unit including a movable endless belt, a supporting roller,
a steering unit, and a cleaning unit, wherein said supporting roller supports said endless belt, and said steering unit supports
said endless belt and is configured to be inclined relative to said supporting roller so as to move said endless belt in a
first widthwise direction perpendicular to a moving direction of said endless belt by a force produced by movement of said
endless belt in a second widthwise direction opposite to the first widthwise direction, and wherein said cleaning unit is
supported by said steering unit and is configured to remove and collect toner from said endless belt, said cleaning unit including
a discharge opening configured to discharge the collected toner;

an image forming station configured to form a toner image on said endless belt;
a toner container including a receiving opening portion at a cleaning unit side, said toner container being provided in said
main assembly and configured to contain the toner collected by said cleaning unit; and

a path member configured to guide the toner collected by said cleaning unit to said toner container, including a first opening
portion disposed at said cleaning unit side and a second opening portion disposed at said toner container side,

wherein in a state that said belt unit is dismounted from said main assembly, said path member is supported by said main assembly,
and

wherein in a state that said belt unit is mounted to said main assembly, said path member is not supported by said main assembly,
and is connected with said steering unit to be integrally movable with inclination of said steering unit, the first opening
portion is disposed at a position corresponding to the discharge opening, and the second opening portion is disposed at a
position inside the receiving opening portion such that the second opening portion does not contact the receiving opening
portion when being moved by the inclination of said steering unit.

US Pat. No. 9,211,748

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CALIBRATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus for printing an image by using a print head having a plurality of first nozzle arrays and a second
nozzle array, a plurality of nozzles capable of ejecting a first ink are arranged in a first direction so as to form the plurality
of first nozzle arrays, a plurality of nozzles capable of ejecting a second ink of a different color from that of the first
ink are arranged in the first direction so as to form the second nozzle array, the plurality of first nozzle arrays and the
second nozzle array being arranged in a second direction crossing the first direction such that the second nozzle array is
positioned between the plurality of first nozzle arrays with respect to the second direction, the printing being performed
by ejecting the first ink from the plurality of first nozzle arrays and ejecting the ink from the second nozzle array according
to print data, the printing apparatus comprising:
a test pattern printing unit that prints a test pattern including a plurality of patches, each of the patches being printed
by using the plurality of first nozzle arrays capable of ejecting the first ink and without using the second nozzle array;
and

a determining unit that determines a correction amount for correcting the print data for ejecting the first ink by using the
plurality of first nozzle arrays according to printed results of the test pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,184,697

OSCILLATION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An oscillation device comprising:
a substrate; and
a plurality of resonance structures arranged on the substrate to resonate electromagnetic waves,
each of the plurality of resonance structures having:
a negative differential resistance device for generating electromagnetic waves;
a first conductor arranged electrically in contact with the negative differential resistance device; and
a second conductor arranged electrically in contact with the negative differential resistance device on the opposite side
to the first conductor with respect to the negative differential resistance device,

wherein adjacently located resonance structures of the plurality of resonance structures are interconnected by means of a
metal part adapted for capacitive coupling with the first conductors thereof, and

wherein the plurality of resonance structures are arranged so as to be separated from each other by a distance not greater
than a wavelength of electromagnetic waves to be oscillated by them.

US Pat. No. 9,183,434

INSPECTION APPARATUS, INSPECTION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inspection apparatus configured to perform position adjustment between a reference image and a target image of a printed
document to inspect the printed document, the inspection apparatus comprising:
an extraction unit configured to extract a feature point of each of the reference image and the target image used for the
position adjustment;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image in a band region of a predetermined size from each of the reference image
and the target image;

a position adjustment unit configured to perform a first position adjustment on the reference image and the target image in
the band region, using each feature point in the band region extracted by the extraction unit;

a first determination unit configured to compare the reference image and the target image after the first position adjustment
and determine whether there is a difference between the reference image and the target image after the first position adjustment;
and

a second determination unit configured to determine whether there is a feature point for the first position adjustment in
a region adjacent to the band region, in a case where the first determination unit determines that there is a difference between
the reference image and the target image in the band region after the first position adjustment,

wherein in a case where the second determination unit determines that there is no feature point for the first position adjustment
in the region adjacent to the band region, the position adjustment unit performs a second position adjustment of the reference
image and the target image after the first position adjustment using a feature point for the first position adjustment in
the band region and additional patch information in the region adjacent to the band region, and

wherein the determination unit determines whether there is a difference between the reference image and the target image after
the second position adjustment, and

wherein in a case where the second determination unit determines that there is a feature point for the first position adjustment
in the region adjacent to the band region, the position adjustment unit does not perform the second position adjustment.

US Pat. No. 9,183,446

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for encoding two or more frame images of a moving image, comprising:
an extraction unit that extracts one or more specific regions corresponding to an object from a frame image;
an encoding unit that encodes a target frame image using an encoding parameter so that image quality of one or more selected
regions among specific regions is higher than that of one or more regions other than the selected regions,

wherein said encoding unit encodes the target frame so that image quality of a first region extracted by said extraction unit
from a first frame is higher than image quality of a second region different from the first region in the first frame, and

wherein, when said extraction unit extracts from a second frame subsequent to the first frame a third region corresponding
to the first region and a fourth region not corresponding to a region whose image quality is higher than that of the second
region in the first frame, said encoding unit selects the fourth region as a region whose image quality is to be higher in
the second frame in preference to the third region.

US Pat. No. 9,152,018

IMAGE PICKUP LENS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup lens comprising:
an optical system that includes a magnification variable lens used for a magnification variation, and a focus lens configured
to adjust an in-focus state, wherein the optical system is capable of attaching a wide attachment lens being configured to
change an enlargement ratio of the optical system; and

a manipulator manipulated so as to instruct driving of the magnification variable lens,
wherein a range capable of driving the magnification variable lens when the wide attachment lens is attached is restricted
to be smaller than that when the wide attachment lens is not attached, and

a moving amount of the magnification variable lens per a predetermined manipulated amount of the manipulator when the wide
attachment lens is attached is restricted to be a smaller distance than that when the wide attachment lens is not attached.

US Pat. No. 9,154,689

FOCUS DETECTOR, AND LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detector comprising:
a pair of lenses;
a pair of sensors having a plurality of pixels, the sensors photoelectrically converting a pair of subject images formed by
the pair of lenses into a pair of image signals;

a setting unit that computes a correlation amount for the pair of image signals for each of states in which a number of pixels
to be subject to computation is changed and sets a reference number-of-pixels based on a smallest number of pixels to be subject
to computation, among the numbers of pixels to be subject to computation that show high coincidence degree based on correlation
amount computed for each of the states;

a correlation computing unit that computes a correlation amount for the pair of the image signals for each of a plurality
of areas of the sensors defined based on the reference number-of-pixels,

wherein an in-focus state is detected based on a correlation amount computed by the correlation computing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,114,565

PROCESS FOR FORMING UNEVEN STRUCTURE ON SURFACE OF SURFACE LAYER OF CYLINDRICAL ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING CYLINDRICAL ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER HAVING UNEVEN STRUCTURE FOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process for forming an uneven structure on a surface of a cylindrical electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising
a cylindrical substrate and a surface layer,
the process comprising the steps of:
(i) inserting an insert into the cylindrical substrate, and
(ii) bringing into contact a molding member having a surface structure corresponding to the uneven structure on a surface
thereof with the surface of the surface layer, and transferring the surface structure on the surface of the molding member
to the surface of the surface layer,

the insert comprising:
a shaft part;
an abutting part positioned outside of the shaft part in a radial direction, the abutting part having:
an outer peripheral surface which contacts with an inner peripheral surface of the cylindrical substrate when the insert is
inserted into the cylindrical substrate; and

an inner peripheral surface facing an outer peripheral surface of the shaft part with a gap at both end portions thereof in
a axial direction; and

a connecting part connecting the abutting part and the shaft part,
wherein,
the step (ii) further comprises:
(a) applying force on both end portions of the shaft part in an axial direction, and bringing the surface of the surface layer
into pressure contact with the surface of the molding member, so as to press the outer peripheral surface of the abutting
part against the inner peripheral surface of the cylindrical substrate, while maintaining the gap in such a manner that the
outer peripheral surface of the shaft part and the inner peripheral surface of the abutting part are not in contact with each
other, or

(b) supporting both end portions of the shaft part in an axial direction, and applying force to the molding member, and bringing
the surface of the molding member into pressure contact with the surface of the surface layer, so as to press the inner peripheral
surface of the cylindrical substrate against the outer peripheral surface of the abutting part, while maintaining the gap
in such a manner that the outer peripheral surface of the shaft part and the inner peripheral surface of the abutting part
are not in contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,114,651

RECORDING APPARATUS AND COLOR MEASURING METHOD FOR RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a recording unit configured to apply ink on a sheet by a printing head to perform recording;
a drying unit configured to dry the sheet on which recording was performed by the recording unit;
a measuring unit configured to measure colors of color patterns on the sheet;
a conveying unit configured to convey the sheet;
a recovering unit configured to perform a recovering operation for the printing head; and
a control unit configured to control the apparatus such that the recording apparatus performs a recording operation to form
color patterns, the conveying unit performs a first conveying operation to convey the sheet from a recording region of the
recording unit to a drying region of the drying unit, the drying unit performs a drying operation, the conveying unit performs
a second conveying operation to convey the sheet from the drying region to a measuring region of the measuring unit, and the
measuring unit performs a measuring operation, in sequence,

wherein the recovering operation is performed at timing after the recording operation and at least partially overlapping at
least one of the first conveying operation, the second conveying operation, and the drying operation, and

wherein the recovering operation is not performed at timing overlapping the color measuring operation.

US Pat. No. 9,118,788

DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print setting apparatus that includes an operation unit having a touch panel function, the print setting apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to cause the operation unit to display images including a first image and a second image respectively
corresponding to a first page and a second page of a plurality of pages; and

a control unit configured to (1) accept, in response to at least one of the first image and the second image being touched
and dragged on the operation unit such that the first image and the second image are moved close to each other on the operation
unit, a first selection between (a) whether to make a setting to print the first image and the second image on a same surface
of one sheet and (b) whether to make a setting to print the first image and the second image on respective surfaces of one
sheet, and (2) control to make the setting to print the first image and the second image in accordance with the first selection.

US Pat. No. 9,118,789

APPLICATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR RESTRICTING APPLICATION CONCURRENT EXECUTION DEPENDING ON AN IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE THAT OPERATES THE APPLICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive an activation request for a first application;
a determination unit configured to, in a case where the receiving unit receives the activation request when a second application
has already been activated, determine whether one of the first and second applications has a predetermined function and other
one of the first and second applications is compliant with the predetermined function;

a warning unit configured to issue a warning message in accordance with a determination that one of the applications has the
predetermined function and other one of the first and second applications is non-compliant with the predetermined function;
and

a control unit configured to execute an activating process of the first application if an activation instruction is received
after the warning message is issued.

US Pat. No. 9,118,823

IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS, IMAGE GENERATION METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR GENERATING A TARGET IMAGE BASED ON A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GRIP-STATE IMAGE AND A NON-GRIP-STATE IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image generation apparatus comprising:
a grip unit configured to grip a target object by a hand with a plurality of fingers;
an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of at least one of the target object and said grip unit;
an image processing unit configured to process an image; and
a grip controller configured to control said grip unit; and
an image capturing controller configured to control said image capturing unit,
wherein said image capturing controller controls said image capturing unit to capture, as a grip-state image for a predetermined
orientation, said grip unit and the target object when said grip controller controls said grip unit to grip the target object
by the hand in a grip state and place the target object in the predetermined orientation relative to said image capturing
unit,

wherein the image capturing controller stores the orientation and position of the hand in the grip state,
wherein said image capturing controller controls said image capturing unit to capture, as a non-grip-state image for the predetermined
orientation, said grip unit when said grip controller controls said grip unit not to grip the target object, to be in the
stored position and orientation that are coincident with the position and orientation in which said grip unit gripped and
placed the target object in the predetermined orientation, and to be positioned and oriented in the same way of opening the
fingers of the hand when said grip unit gripped the target object by the hand, and

wherein said image processing unit generates the target object image representing the target object in the predetermined orientation
based on a difference between the grip-state image for the predetermined orientation and the non-grip-state image for the
predetermined orientation.

US Pat. No. 9,116,020

ENCODER, LENS APPARATUS, AND CAMERA CAPABLE OF DETECTING POSITION OF OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An encoder comprising:
a cylinder configured to be rotatable in a circumferential direction;
a scale attached to the cylinder; and
a detector configured to detect a position of the cylinder by using the scale,
a fixed holder holding the scale,
a movable holder configured to be movable in the circumferential direction of the cylinder and holding the scale, and
a biasing portion configured to bias the scale via the movable holder toward a side of the fixed holder so that the scale
is attached to an inner wall of the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 9,110,278

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a rear lens group including one or more lens units and having as a whole a positive refractive power,
wherein:
the first lens unit and the rear lens group are moved during zooming so that a distance between the first lens unit and the
rear lens group decreases at a telephoto end as compared with at a wide-angle end,

the first lens unit includes an image side aspheric lens having a negative aspheric amount and one or more object side aspheric
lenses disposed on the object side further than the image side aspheric lens, and

the following condition is satisfied:
0.060
where Aspi represents an aspheric amount of an i-th object side aspheric lens counted from the object side among the one or
more object side aspheric lenses, Ndi represents a refractive index of a material of the i-th object side aspheric lens, BLD1
represents a length of the first lens unit from its most-object side lens surface to its most-image side lens surface, and
? represents summation.

US Pat. No. 9,084,582

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus having an irradiation unit configured to irradiate radiation, a positioning unit configured
to position said irradiation unit, and a cart unit configured to move while said irradiation unit and said positioning unit
are mounted on said cart unit, said radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a moving unit configured to hold a display unit below said irradiation unit and to slide the display unit along with a display
screen of the display unit;

a detection unit configured to detect a position of the display unit; and
a control unit configured to control display information on the display unit,
wherein said control unit obtains the position detected by said detection unit and controls the display information on the
display unit in accordance with the position.

US Pat. No. 9,086,826

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for editing data provided by a document editing server using a web browser, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
a processor coupled to a memory;
a printer driver configured to recognize a printing service of a printing server as a connection destination, to receive,
from the web browser and after a print instruction is made to electronic data edited through the web browser, the electronic
data and an electronic data uniform resource identifier (URI) to acquire the electronic data from the document editing server,
and to transmit the received electronic data and the electronic data URI;

a transmission unit configured to receive, from the printer driver, the electronic data, the electronic data URI, specific
information corresponding to an image forming apparatus specified at a time of print instruction, and a printing server URI,
and to transmit the electronic data URI to the printing server based on the received printing server URI;

a reception unit configured to receive information from the printing server,
wherein, in a case where the reception unit receives information from the printing server indicating that the printing server
is unable to acquire the electronic data from the document editing server in response to transmitting the electronic data
URI to the document editing server, the transmission unit transmits a print instruction together with the electronic data
to the printing service to cause the printing server to convert the electronic data, transmitted by the transmission unit,
into print data and a print data URI associated with the print data, and the reception unit receives the print data URI from
the printing server; and

a pull print command transmission unit configured to transmit a pull print command including the print data URI received by
the reception unit to the image forming apparatus based on the specific information, and

wherein the processor implements at least one of the printer driver, the transmission unit, the reception unit, and the pull
print command transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 9,076,085

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a display unit including a touch panel;
a printing unit configured to execute a print job;
a preview display unit configured to display a preview of each page of the print job on the display unit before printing the
print job;

a specification unit configured to specify a specific printing method for laying out and printing a plurality of pages of
documents on one sheet of printing paper as a setting of the print job; and

a display control unit configured to perform a scroll display on each page displayed in preview by the preview display unit
according to a flick operation performed on a touch panel,

wherein the display control unit is configured to set a scroll distance in a scroll display performed during a preview display
of a print job to which the specific printing method is specified to be shorter than a scroll distance in a scroll display
performed during a preview display of a print job to which the specific printing method is not specified, and

wherein the display control unit is configured to set a scroll distance in a scroll display performed during a preview display
of a print job to which a printing method based on an N-in-1 layout is specified to be 1/N the scroll distance in a case where
the printing method is not specified.

US Pat. No. 9,066,704

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray apparatus configured to acquire information on an object, the apparatus comprising:
a grating configured to form an interference pattern by diffracting X-rays from an X-ray source;
an amplitude grating configured to partly shield X-rays forming the interference pattern, the amplitude grating having a plurality
of shielding portions arranged therein for shielding X-rays, comprising a center, and including a central area and a peripheral
area, the center being a point located on the amplitude grating where a hypothetical straight line connecting the X-ray source
and the amplitude grating intersects with the amplitude grating perpendicularly thereto, the central area being an area where
a distance from any point located therein to the center is smaller than a predetermined length, and the peripheral area being
an area where a distance from any point located therein to the center is not smaller than the predetermined length; and

an X-ray detector configured to detect an intensity distribution of X-rays from the amplitude grating,
wherein each of the shielding portions has a thickness in the direction perpendicular to the direction of arrangement of the
plurality of shielding portions, the thicknesses of the shielding portions that are arranged in the central area having a
first average thickness and the thicknesses of the shielding portions that are arranged in the peripheral area having a second
average thickness which is smaller than the first average thickness.

US Pat. No. 9,047,573

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND MEDIUM FOR DETERMINING EXECUTABILITY OF PROCESS DEFINITION TICKETS IN AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus that executes data processing according to descriptive contents of process definition tickets
in which a series of operation flows for an image forming apparatus are described, and that is connected to an administration
terminal having a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the descriptive contents of the process definition
tickets are executable on the data processing apparatus, the data processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain the process definition tickets from the administration terminal;
a second determination unit configured to, when the determination unit determines that the descriptive contents of the process
definition tickets are unexecutable on the data processing apparatus, determine, based on at least an authority of a user
operating the data processing apparatus, whether or not the unexecutable descriptive contents of the process definition tickets
are editable by the user to be made executable;

a display unit configured to, as a result of the determination of the determination unit, display, in a manner identifiable
by the user as a list of the process definition tickets, the process definition tickets whose descriptive contents are determined
as being executable on the data processing apparatus and the process definition tickets whose descriptive contents are determined
as being unexecutable on the data processing apparatus, wherein the display unit further visually indicates in the list respectively
which of the process definition tickets are process definition tickets whose descriptive contents are determined, by said
second determination unit, as being editable by the user to be made executable;

a selection receiving unit configured to receive a selection of one or more of the process definition tickets by the user
from the list of the process definition tickets displayed by said display unit; and

an execution unit configured to execute the descriptive contents of the process definition tickets received by said selection
receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,542,171

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SETTING A NAMING RULE FOR A FILE NAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the information processing apparatus to:
display a setting screen for setting a naming rule;
allow a user to select items as the naming rule in the displayed setting screen, wherein the naming rule is used for automatically generating a file name of a file;
determine whether or not the selected items satisfy a predetermined condition;
give a user a warning that the selected items should include a predetermined item in a case where it is determined that the selected items do not satisfy the predetermined condition;
store the selected items as the naming rule after it is determined that the selected items satisfy the predetermined condition; and
automatically generate a file name of a file in accordance with the selected items stored as the naming rule.

US Pat. No. 10,542,183

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD SETTING DOT ARRANGEMENTS TO REDUCE DIFFERENCES IN DISPERSIVENESS OF DOTS BETWEEN OVERLAPPING AND NON-OVERLAPPING RECORDING AREAS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates recording data with respect to a recording apparatus, the recording apparatus relatively moving a recording unit including a first recording section and a second recording section which are located away from each other along a predetermined direction with respect to a recording medium and, during relative movement of the recording unit, recording an image in a first area on the recording medium by applying a recording agent using the first recording section without using the second recording section and recording an image in a second area on the recording medium by applying a recording agent using the first recording section and by applying a recording agent using the second recording section, the image processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire first multivalued image data of a first color including a plurality of pieces of data having gradation values respectively determined with respect to a plurality of pixels corresponding to an image to be recorded in the first area by the first recording section, second multivalued image data of the first color including a plurality of pieces of data having gradation values respectively determined with respect to a plurality of pixels corresponding to an image to be recorded in the second area by the first recording section, and third multivalued image data of the first color including a plurality of pieces of data having gradation values respectively determined with respect to a plurality of pixels corresponding to an image to be recorded in the second area by the second recording section; and
a generation unit configured to generate first recording data to be used by the first recording section for image recording in the first area, second recording data to be used by the first recording section for image recording in the second area, and third recording data to be used by the second recording section for image recording in the second area by quantizing the first multivalued image data, the second multivalued image data, and the third multivalued image data.

US Pat. No. 10,542,206

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CAPABLE OF INDEPENDENTLY DISPLAYING GAZING REGION INFORMATION AND MAIN OBJECT INFORMATION TO THE USER, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:circuitry which
obtains a shot image shot by an image sensor;
detects a first region that is a region gazed at by a user within a region of the shot image based on a detection result from a gaze region detecting sensor different from the image sensor;
determines a second region that is a region of a main object within the region of the shot image; and
performs control to display first region information indicating the first region and second region information indicating the second region so as to be superimposed on the shot image;
wherein, before a first instruction member is operated, the circuitry displays the first region information and the second region information based on information on the identical position, and after the first instruction member is operated, the circuitry displays the first region information and the second region information based on the first region and the second region independently determined.

US Pat. No. 10,509,313

IMPRINT RESIST WITH FLUORINATED PHOTOINITIATOR AND SUBSTRATE PRETREATMENT FOR REDUCING FILL TIME IN NANOIMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A nanoimprint lithography method comprising:disposing a pretreatment composition on a nanoimprint lithography substrate to form a pretreatment coating on the nanoimprint lithography substrate, wherein the pretreatment composition comprises a first polymerizable component;
disposing discrete portions of imprint resist on the pretreatment coating, each discrete portion of the imprint resist covering a target area of the nanoimprint lithography substrate, wherein the imprint resist is a polymerizable composition and comprises a fluorinated photoinitiator;
forming a composite polymerizable coating on the nanoimprint lithography substrate as each discrete portion of the imprint resist spreads beyond its target area, wherein the composite polymerizable coating comprises a mixture of the pretreatment composition and the imprint resist;
contacting the composite polymerizable coating with a surface of a nanoimprint lithography template; and
polymerizing the composite polymerizable coating to yield a composite polymeric layer on the nanoimprint lithography substrate,
wherein the interfacial surface energy between the pretreatment composition and air exceeds the interfacial surface energy between the imprint resist and air by at least 0.5 mN/m.

US Pat. No. 10,509,335

COVER MEMBER, CONVEYING APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conveying apparatus for conveying a holding portion that includes a holding surface where the holding portion holds a substrate, the conveying apparatus comprising:a conveying portion configured to convey the holding portion, and a cover member that covers a first surface on an opposite side of the holding surface of the holding portion; and
an attaching and detaching portion configured to attach and detach the holding portion to and from the cover member,
wherein the cover member is configured to be fixed to the holding portion while the first surface and the cover member are in contact with each other,
wherein the conveying portion conveys the holding portion and the cover member to a movable moving unit configured to hold the holding portion while having the first surface and the cover member be in contact with each other,
wherein the conveying portion conveys the cover member from the moving unit, and
wherein the attaching and detaching portion conveys the holding portion to the moving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,509,606

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS RETRIEVING ERROR SCREEN FROM WEB SERVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that communicates with a Web server via a network, the image processing apparatus comprising:a display device;
a scanner device;
a storage device that stores error screen data to be displayed on the display device, wherein the error screen data is stored in the storage device in advance, and wherein the error screen data is not acquired from the Web server;
at least one processor; and
a memory device that stores a set of instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the at least one processor to perform the following operations of at least the following modules:
a web-based communication module configured to
send a first request for screen information to the Web server on the network,
receive a first Web page from the Web server in response to the first request,
display a scan operation screen based on the first Web page on the display device,
send a second request for performing scan processing using the scanner device to the Web server based on receiving an execution instruction for the scan processing from a user via the scan operation screen,
receive a second Web page from the Web server in response to the second request, and
display a scan execution screen based on the second Web page;
a job execution module configured to
receive a scan request instruction, as a response to the second request for performing the scan processing, from the Web server, and
execute a scan job for performing the scan processing using the scanner device based on the scan request instruction received from the Web server;
an event detection module configured to detect an occurrence of an event concerning the scan job being executed by the job execution module, wherein the execution of the scan job by the job execution module is caused by the scan request instruction received from the Web server, and the detected event concerning the scan job includes at least an error event indicating that a paper jam in the scanner device has occurred while the scan job is being executed and an error removal event indicating that the paper jam has been removed; and
a control module configured to automatically switch display on the display device from the scan execution screen based on the second Web page received from the Web server, being displayed on the display device, to an error screen based on the error screen data stored in the storage device of the image processing apparatus, based on the event detection module detecting the occurrence of the error event, and to automatically switch the display on the display device from the error screen based on the error screen data stored in the storage device of the image processing apparatus, being displayed on the display device, to a screen that is based on a Web page received from the Web server and is different from the scan execution screen, based on the event detection module detecting the occurrence of the error removal event,
wherein the event detection module notifies both of the Web server and the control module about the error event in a case where the error event is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,509,360

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH REMOVABLE CARTRIDGES MOUNTED ON TRAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly; and
a cartridge including at least an image bearing member;
a tray drawable from said main assembly, wherein said cartridge is mountable to and dismountable from said tray in one direction and an opposite direction, respectively; and
a light emission unit provided in said tray and including a plurality of light emission elements arranged in an axial direction of said image bearing member to form a latent image on said image bearing member,
wherein said cartridge is capable of being inserted into said tray by moving said cartridge in the one direction, in response to which said light emission unit is moved in a direction crossing with the one direction to outside of a movement range of insertion of said cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,509,361

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE MOUNTABLE ON THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main body of an image forming apparatus, the main body including: a fixing portion that includes a heating rotation member and that heat-fixes a toner image on a sheet; and a mounting portion on which the cartridge is mounted, the fixing portion including a fixing shutter configured to be movable between a first position where a part of the heating rotation member is covered and a second position where the part of the heating rotation member is exposed, the fixing shutter including a force receiving portion configured to receive a force for causing the fixing shutter to move from the first position to the second position,the cartridge comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a frame configured to support the photosensitive member so that the photosensitive member is rotatable;
a photosensitive member shutter connected to the frame so as to be movable between a covering position where a part of the photosensitive member is covered and an exposure position where the part of the photosensitive member is exposed; and
a pressing portion configured to press the force receiving portion of the fixing shutter while the cartridge is being mounted on the mounting portion to move the fixing shutter from the first position to the second position, the pressing portion being provided in the photosensitive member shutter.

US Pat. No. 10,511,725

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH SLIDABLE OPERATING PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a reader configured to read an original;
an image forming portion provided below said reader with respect to a vertical direction and configured to form an image on a recording material;
a sheet discharge portion provided between said reader and said image forming portion with respect to the vertical direction and configured to discharge and stack the recording material carrying the image formed by said image forming portion;
an operating portion capable of being operated by a user and provided on a front side of said image forming apparatus and adjacent to said reader with respect to a horizontal direction, said operating portion being slidable along a portion of a side of said reader on the front side of said image forming apparatus; and
a sensor unit provided on the side of said reader on which said operating portion slides, said sensor unit being outside of a slidable range of said operating portion with respect to a direction of a sliding movement and being disposed closer to a back side of said image forming apparatus than said operation portion with respect to a front and rear direction of said image forming apparatus, said sensor unit being capable of detecting a user in the adjacencies of said image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,510,229

MOUNT CAPABLE OF MOUNTING ACCESSORY, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mount that is capable of being disposed in a main body of an image pickup apparatus, the mount comprising a first mount portion configured to be attachable/detachable with respect to an accessory,wherein the first mount portion includes:
a fixing portion that is fixed to the main body of the image pickup apparatus;
a fixed mount portion that is fixed and held to the fixing portion;
a movable mount portion that is relatively rotatable with respect to the fixed mount portion with an optical axis of the image pickup apparatus as a center;
a mount ring that is rotatable with the movable mount portion; and
an insertion portion to which an operation member to switch a non-lock state and a lock state of the accessory with respect to the first mount portion is inserted from an outside of the first mount portion,
the insertion portion includes a first fitting portion to which an operation portion of the operation member is fitted, and a second fitting portion to which a support portion different from the operation portion of the operation member is fitted,
the first fitting portion is formed by an opening that is formed by opening a side where the accessory is mounted in the optical axis direction, and a pair of wall portions that are opposed to each other with reference to the circumferential direction of the first mount portion, and
the second fitting portion has a regulation portion to regulate a movement of the operation member in the optical axis direction in a state where the operation member is fitted, and is disposed at a position different from the first fitting portion in the optical axis direction.

US Pat. No. 10,511,770

ACCESSORY APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM FOR ACCESSORY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An accessory apparatus attachable to an interchangeable lens attached to a camera body, the accessory apparatus including a power mode settable to a first accessory power mode and a second accessory power mode consuming less power than the first accessory power mode, the camera body including a power mode settable to a first camera power mode and a second camera power mode consuming less power than the first camera power mode, and the interchangeable lens includes a power mode settable to a first lens power mode and a second lens power mode consuming less power than the first lens power mode, the accessory apparatus comprising:an accessory communication unit configured to communicate with the interchangeable lens; and
an accessory control unit configured to control the power mode of the accessory apparatus,
wherein, when first information indicating that the power mode of the camera body will shift to the second camera power mode and second information indicating that the power mode of the interchangeable lens will shift to the second lens power mode are received, the accessory control unit sets the power mode of the accessory apparatus to the second accessory power mode.

US Pat. No. 10,509,507

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display device comprising:a touch panel having a display screen and configured to have an area for detecting a touch operation by a user, the area containing an area in which one or more icons for accepting a touch operation from the user are to be displayed to instruct execution of associated processing and an area in which the one or more icons are not to be displayed; and
a display control unit configured to control the display screen to display a screen for notifying the user that a touch operation is being detected on the area in which the one or more icons are not displayed, in a case where a touch operation is detected on the area in which the one or more icons are to be displayed while the touch operation is being detected on the area in which the one or more icons are not to be displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,491,761

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, FOR DISPLAYING A CANDIDATE FOR SELECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a network interface for transmission of data;
at least one memory storing instructions, and
at least one processor, the instructions when executed by the at least one processor causing the information processing apparatus to:
obtain identification information of a user; and
display a candidate for a domain name to be used in a destination address of data to be transmitted using the network interface,
wherein, as the displayed candidate, a domain name based on the obtained identification information is displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,488,817

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge mountable to and dismountable from a main assembly of an image forming apparatus and usable for forming an image on a recording material, said cartridge comprising:a memory configured to store information on said cartridge;
a guide configured to guide a portion-to-be-guided provided in the main assembly and to guide a main assembly contact provided in the main assembly to a memory contact of said memory when said cartridge is mounted in the main assembly; and
a grip portion,
wherein said guide is provided at a bottom of said cartridge when said cartridge is hung by gripping said grip portion and constitutes a part of a supporting portion configured to support said cartridge when said cartridge is placed on a horizontal placement surface,
wherein said guide has a chamfered surface formed by being chamfered, and
wherein when said cartridge is supported at said supporting portion, the chamfered surface opposes the horizontal placement surface, and a surface of said memory contact is inclined with respect to the horizontal placement surface.

US Pat. No. 10,481,539

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
an exposure unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the image bearing member by emitting light to the image bearing member based on image information;
a developer bearing member configured to develop the electrostatic latent image with a developer;
a control portion; and
an alerting device configured to alert an alarm concerning a residual amount of the toner,
wherein the control portion makes the alerting device to alert an alarm concerning a residual amount of the toner based on image information input from an external device,
wherein the image forming apparatus is capable of operating
in a first mode in which the image forming apparatus performs image formation at a first peripheral speed ratio representing a ratio of a peripheral speed of the developer bearing member to a peripheral speed of the image bearing member, and
in a second mode in which the image forming apparatus performs image formation at a second peripheral speed ratio, which is greater than the first peripheral speed ratio,
wherein the alert by the alerting device is issued earlier as an operation frequency of the second mode becomes higher than an operation frequency of the first mode.

US Pat. No. 10,477,686

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:a power input terminal;
a positive trunk line connected with a positive electrode of the power input terminal;
a negative trunk line connected with a negative electrode of the power input terminal;
a first switching circuit controlling connection/disconnection of power supply to a load;
a second switching circuit controlling connection/disconnection of power supply to a load;
a first positive wire connecting the positive trunk line with the first switching circuit without passing through the second switching circuit;
a second positive wire connecting the positive trunk line with the second switching circuit without passing through the first switching circuit;
a first capacitor provided between the first positive wire and the negative trunk line;
a second capacitor provided between the second positive wire and the negative trunk line; and
a bypass circuit connecting the first positive wire with the second positive wire.

US Pat. No. 10,466,603

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising in this order:a support member;
an electroconductive layer; and
a photosensitive layer,
wherein the electroconductive layer contains a binder resin having a refractive index Rb for a light ray having a wavelength of 780 nm, electrically conductive first metal oxide particles having a refractive index Rc for the light ray, and second metal oxide particles having a refractive index Rh for the light ray, the refractive indices Rb, Rc, and Rh satisfying the following relationships:
|Rb?Rc|?0.35; and
|Rb?Rh|?0.65, and
wherein the electroconductive layer has a volume resistivity of 1.0×106 ?·cm to 1.0×1013 ?·cm, and the ratio Sc/Sh of the specific gravity Sc of the first metal oxide particles to the specific gravity Sh of the second metal oxide particles is 0.85 to 1.20.

US Pat. No. 10,466,612

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING OPTICAL PRINT HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a drum unit having a rotatable photosensitive drum;
a circuit board having a plurality of light-emitting elements configured to emit light for exposing the photosensitive drum;
a holding member configured to hold the circuit board and to expose the photosensitive drum in a state of being biased against the drum unit; and
a movement mechanism configured to move the holding member distanced from the drum unit toward the drum unit and to bias against the drum unit,
wherein the movement mechanism includes
a first spring that is provided to one end side of the holding member in the longitudinal direction, and that is configured to apply biasing force to the holding member, to bias the holding member against the drum unit,
a second spring that is provided to an other end side of the holding member in the longitudinal direction, and that is configured to apply biasing force to the holding member, to bias the holding member against the drum unit,
a first link portion that is pivotably connected to one end side of the holding member in the longitudinal direction, and pivots to press the first spring and causes the holding member to move by means of the first spring,
a second link portion that is pivotably connected to the other end side of the holding member in the longitudinal direction, and pivots to press the second spring and causes the holding member to move by means of the second spring, and
wherein a portion of the holding member holding the circuit board, a portion of the holding member to which the first link portion is connected, and a portion of the holding member to which the second link portion is connected are integral with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,466,616

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably attachable to an apparatus main body of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:a developer bearing member configured to bear developer on a surface thereof;
a frame that supports the developer bearing member so that the developer bearing member is rotatable;
a developing blade including
a regulating member that regulates a thickness of a layer of the developer borne on the surface of the developer bearing member, and
a support member that is fixed to the frame and that supports the regulating member; and
an accommodating member supported by the support member and configured to form an accommodating portion for accommodating the developer scattered from the developer bearing member therein, wherein the accommodating member is configured to form an opening through which the developer enters into the accommodating portion and which opposes the developer bearing member, and a bottom of accommodating portion that is the farthest part of the accommodating portion from the opening in a state the accommodating member is supported by the support member,
wherein the accommodating portion of the accommodating member includes a longitudinal end region corresponding to a longitudinal end portion of the developer bearing member and a longitudinal middle region corresponding to a longitudinal middle portion of the developer bearing member, and wherein the bottom of the accommodating portion at the longitudinal end region is farther away from the developer bearing member than that at the longitudinal middle region in a direction orthogonal to a rotational axis direction of the developer bearing member, and
wherein, a sectional area of the accommodating portion, orthogonal to the rotational axis direction, at the longitudinal end region is larger than that at the longitudinal middle region.

US Pat. No. 10,466,631

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing device comprising a cylindrical fixing belt and a heater,the heater being disposed so as to contact with an inner surface of the cylindrical fixing belt,
the fixing belt including a resin layer forming an inner circumferential surface contactable with the heater,
the heater having a surface layer forming a sliding surface sliding with the inner surface of the cylindrical fixing belt,
the surface layer being constituted by an amorphous carbon film containing graphite particles,
the sliding surface including protrusions derived from the graphite particles, and the protrusions having a distribution density of 50 to 2000 per 1 square millimeter on the sliding surface.

US Pat. No. 10,466,633

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a transfer member configured to form a transfer portion where the transfer member is brought into contact with the image bearing member;
a transfer power source configured to apply a voltage to the transfer member;
a detection unit configured to detect a current flowing in the transfer member when the voltage is applied from the transfer power source to the transfer member;
a control unit configured to control the transfer power source to transfer the toner image from the image bearing member onto a transfer medium by applying a first voltage from the power source to the transfer member, wherein the control unit sets the first voltage based on a value of the voltage applied from the transfer power source to the transfer member during a period that a value of the current detected by the detection unit is a predetermined value while the transfer medium is not held in the transfer portion; and
a fixing unit disposed downstream from the transfer member in a conveyance direction of the transfer medium, the fixing unit including a heating member configured to heat the transfer medium and a pressing member configured to form a fixing portion where the pressing member is brought into contact with the heating member,
wherein the control unit sets a second voltage to be applied from the transfer power source to the transfer member, based on a simple average value of a current value that is obtained by calculating a simple moving average of current values detected by the detection unit during a predetermined time period, after a leading edge of the transfer medium in the conveyance direction for the transfer medium is held in the transfer portion and while the first voltage is applied from the transfer power source to the transfer member.

US Pat. No. 10,466,636

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT ADJUSTS COLOR MISREGISTRATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet;
a setting unit configured to set a scaling factor in a conveyance direction of the sheet;
a first image forming unit configured to form a first image of a first color, the first image being scaled based on the scaling factor, the first image forming unit including:
a first photosensitive member;
a first exposure unit having a first light source and a first deflector configured to deflect a first light beam from the first light source to scan the first photosensitive member with the first light beam, and being configured to expose the first photosensitive member with the first light beam deflected by the first deflector to form a first electrostatic latent image; and
a first developing unit configured to develop the first electrostatic latent image on the first photosensitive member with toner of the first color;
a second image forming unit configured to form a second image of a second color different from the first color, the second image being scaled based on the scaling factor, the second image forming unit including:
a second photosensitive member;
a second exposure unit having a second light source and a second deflector configured to deflect a second light beam from the second light source to scan the second photosensitive member with the second light beam, and being configured to expose the second photosensitive member with the second light beam deflected by the second deflector to form a second electrostatic latent image; and
a second developing unit configured to develop the second electrostatic latent image on the second photosensitive member with toner of the second color;
an intermediate transfer member on which the first image and the second image are formed;
a transfer portion at which the first image and the second image are transferred from the intermediate transfer member to the sheet;
a sensor unit configured to measure a plurality of color patterns, including a color pattern of the first color and a color pattern of the second color, on the intermediate transfer member; and
a controller configured to:
control the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit to form a first plurality of color patterns and a second plurality of color patterns, the first plurality of color patterns being scaled based on the scaling factor, the second plurality of color patterns being scaled based on the scaling factor, and the second plurality of color patterns being adjacent to the first plurality of color patterns in the conveyance direction,
determine a first timing to start a measurement of the first plurality of color patterns by the sensor unit,
determine a second timing to start a measurement of the second plurality of color patterns by the sensor unit based on the scaling factor,
control the sensor unit to measure the first plurality of color patterns based on the first timing,
control the sensor unit to measure the second plurality of color patterns based on the second timing,
detect color misregistration related to the color pattern of the first color and the color pattern of the second color based on a measurement result of the first plurality of color patterns and a measurement result of the second plurality of color patterns, and
control a relative position between the first image to be formed by the first image forming unit and the second image to be formed by the second image forming unit based on the detected color misregistration.

US Pat. No. 10,466,641

IMAGE FORMING UNIT TO SUPPRESS UNEVEN CHARGING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photosensitive drum unit comprising:a photosensitive drum;
a frame having a guide portion and a seat surface and supporting the photosensitive drum so that the photosensitive drum is rotatable;
a driving member provided on one end side of the photosensitive drum in a rotational axis direction and configured to transmit driving force of the photosensitive drum;
a roller configured to come in contact with the photosensitive drum and to rotate together with the photosensitive drum;
a bearing member supporting the roller so that the roller is rotatable, disposed on the one end side of the photosensitive drum in the rotational axis direction, and configured to be guided by the guide portion so that the bearing member is movable in a direction perpendicular to the rotational axis; and
an elastic member configured to urge the bearing member so that the roller comes in contact with the photosensitive drum, wherein a first end of the elastic member is supported by the bearing member and a second end of the elastic member opposite to the first end of the elastic member is supported by the seat surface,
wherein the elastic member is supported by the bearing member and the seat surface so that a direction of a first rotational moment generated by a first force from the elastic member around a rotational axis of the roller acting on the bearing member, is same as a direction of a second rotational moment generated by a second force from the roller around the rotational axis of the roller acting on the bearing member, in a state in which the roller is rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,466,668

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprisinga memory storing instructions, and
at least one processor executing the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
identify a part being a forming target in a forming apparatus on the basis of information acquired from the forming apparatus for forming a three-dimensional object, wherein, as the information acquired from the forming apparatus, at least one of counter information and status information is acquired;
acquire model data describing a shape of the identified part to form the part in the forming apparatus; and
transmit, to the forming apparatus, a request for forming the identified part by using the acquired model data before an error about the identified part occurs.

US Pat. No. 10,466,940

REDIRECTING TRANSMISSION OF CONTENT FROM FIRST HTTPS ADDRESS TO SECOND HTTPS ADDRESS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first transmission unit configured to transmit, to a first address, a communication request that does not include a content;
a determination unit configured to determine whether a response representing transfer to a second address different from the first address is received as a response to the communication request that does not include the content; and
a second transmission unit configured to transmit, if it is determined that the response representing transfer to the second address is received, the content to the second address and to transmit, if it is determined that the response representing transfer to the second address is not received, the content to the first address,
wherein a communication partner apparatus with which communication is performed using the first address is the same as a communication partner apparatus with which communication is performed using the second address, and
wherein the first transmission unit, the determination unit, and the second transmission unit are implemented using at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,466,942

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:a broker for receiving and distributing messages;
one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, causing the information processing system to function as:
a generation unit configured to generate a message attribute reflecting a hierarchical relationship between a tenant and another tenant according to generation of the tenant in compliance with an instruction to generate the tenant;
a setting unit configured to set, by the broker, the generated message attribute;
a tenant unit configured for the tenant to process a message in response to an approval instruction from the tenant user to distribute the message to a child tenant;
a reception unit configured to receive, by the broker, a message from a specific tenant; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit the received message to the child tenant disposed immediately below the specific tenant based on a message attribute of the child tenant that is set by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,447,881

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM, FOR EXTENDING IMAGE PROCESSING FUNCTIONALITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a storage storing a device control application for causing the image forming apparatus to carry out a job;
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
perform control to store on the storage an image processing plug-in application for extending the device control application;
provide a connection library for executing the image processing plug-in application in conjunction with execution of the device control application; and
perform control to store on the storage an independent function plug-in application operable independently of the device control application,
wherein the image processing plug-in application extends also the independent function plug-in application,
wherein the provided connection library is used also by the independent function plug-in application for executing the image processing plug-in application in conjunction with execution of the independent function plug-in application,
wherein, in a case where a request for executing image processing is received from the device control application, the provided connection library selectively calls an image processing library or the image processing plug-in application depending on content of the request, and
wherein, in a case where a request for executing image processing is received from the independent function plug-in application, the provided connection library selectively calls the image processing library or the image processing plug-in application depending on content of the request.

US Pat. No. 10,445,624

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM, FOR MANAGING SETTINGS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling an information processing apparatus having a storage configured to store setting information including a plurality of setting values, the method comprising:receiving a command for importing setting information on a basis of a user instruction;
determining whether or not the information processing apparatus is an apparatus that is performing a synchronization of setting information held by a management apparatus with the setting information stored in the storage;
excluding at least predetermined setting information from a target of import that is the setting information commanded to be imported on the basis of the user instruction in a case where, with a receipt of the command for importing the setting information, the information processing apparatus is an apparatus that is performing a synchronization of setting information held by a management apparatus with the setting information stored in the storage; and
importing the setting information on the basis of the user instruction in a case where, with a receipt of the command for importing the setting information, the information processing apparatus is an apparatus that is not performing a synchronization of setting information held by a management apparatus with the setting information stored in the storage,
wherein the predetermined setting information is setting information managed in the management apparatus as a common setting value that is shared by the information processing apparatus and another information processing apparatus that is different from the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,439,893

INFORMATION SHARING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information sharing system including a server and a device capable of communicating with the server,the device comprising a first processor configured to:
hold setting information about a predetermined setting item shared by a plurality of devices, and
the server comprising a second processor configured to:
hold the setting information about the predetermined setting item;
determine, when a plurality of devices update contents of the setting information about the predetermined setting item held in the plurality of devices respectively and the server receives the updated contents of the setting information about the predetermined setting item from the plurality of devices, whether to reflect updated contents of the setting information about the predetermined setting item held in at least one of the plurality of devices in the setting information about the predetermined setting item held in the server, using a first upper limit and a second upper limit larger than the first upper limit that are specified on an information amount of the setting information for the predetermined setting item to be held in the server, wherein the first upper limit corresponds to an information amount of the setting information for the predetermined setting item that the device can hold; and
reflect, when it is determined to reflect the updated contents of the setting information about the predetermined setting item held in at least one of the plurality of devices in the setting information about the predetermined setting item held in the server, the updated contents of the setting information about the predetermined setting item held in at least one of the plurality of devices in the setting information about the predetermined setting item held in the server,
wherein the second processor determines to reflect the updated contents of the setting information about the predetermined setting item held in at least one of the plurality of devices in the setting information about the predetermined setting item held in the server, unless the information amount of the setting information for the predetermined setting item held in the server exceeds the second upper limit.

US Pat. No. 10,438,361

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR FINDING BACKGROUND REGIONS IN AN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing a background model generated from a background image, the background model including respective superpixels in the background image and stability in terms of time for each superpixel in the background model, and storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:
input a video;
divide an image in the input video into a plurality of regions based on superpixels;
extract a feature from each of the plurality of regions;
select, with respect to a region of interest in the image, a neighboring region in the background model in a neighborhood of the region of interest based on the stability in terms of time for each superpixel in the background model;
compare the feature extracted from the region of interest in the image with a feature of the neighboring region in the background model and determine for each of the plurality of regions in the image whether the region is the background based on a result of the comparison;
output information of a region which is not determined as the background, as information representing an object region; and
update the stability in terms of time for each superpixel in the background model based on information of the region which is determined as the background.

US Pat. No. 10,434,776

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head, in which a plurality of element substrates that eject a liquid are adjacently arranged in a predetermined direction on a support member as odd-numbered element substrates and even-numbered element substrates counted from one end of the support member in the predetermined direction by using an adhesive that cures by irradiation of light, the manufacturing method comprising:a first application step of applying the adhesive to a plurality of first areas on a surface of the support member at which each of all of the odd-numbered element substrates is to be arranged;
a first fixing step of fixing the support member, to which the adhesive has been applied to the first areas, to a fixing and conveying unit;
a first joining step of moving the support member to move the fixing and conveying unit to a position for joining each of the odd-numbered element substrates, and carrying out the irradiation of light and the joining of all of the odd-numbered element substrates for each of the first areas to which the adhesive has been applied in the first application step;
a step of removing the support member, to the first areas of which all of the odd-numbered element substrates are joined, from the fixing and conveying unit;
a second application step of applying the adhesive to a plurality of second areas, which are adjacent to the first areas where the odd-numbered element substrates have been joined, on the surface of the support member and at which each of all of the even-numbered element substrates is to be arranged;
a second fixing step of fixing the support member, to which the adhesive has been applied to the second areas, to the fixing and conveying unit; and
a second joining step of moving the support member to move the fixing and conveying unit to a position for joining each of the even-numbered element substrates, and carrying out the irradiation of light and the joining of all of the even-numbered element substrates for each of the second areas to which the adhesive has been applied in the second application step,
wherein, in the first joining step, a series of the moving of the support member, the irradiation of light, and the joining of the odd-numbered element substrates is carried out for each of the first areas from the one end of the support member to the other end of the support member, and
wherein, in the second joining step, a series of the moving of the support member, the irradiation of light, and the joining of the even-numbered element substrates is carried out for each of the second areas from the one end of the support member to the other end of the support member.

US Pat. No. 10,440,213

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a main body unit;
a sheet conveyer openably supported on the main body unit and configured to convey a sheet;
a conveyance path comprising a first transparent member provided on an upper surface of the main body unit, and a second transparent member provided on a lower surface of the sheet conveyer, through which the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveyer passes;
a first image reading portion provided on the main body unit, and configured to read an image on a first surface of the sheet conveyed on the conveyance path via the first transparent member at a first reading position;
a second image reading portion provided on the sheet conveyer downstream of the first image reading portion in a sheet conveyance direction, and configured to read an image on a second surface opposite from the first surface of the sheet conveyed on the conveyance path via the second transparent member at a second reading position; and
a projection portion arranged between the first reading position of the first image reading portion and the second reading position of the second image reading portion in the sheet conveyance direction, and projected from one of the upper surface of the main body unit and the lower surface of the sheet conveyer, the projection portion being arranged outside an area through which the sheet on the conveyance path passes in a width direction orthogonal to the sheet conveyance direction, a gap of the conveyance path in a height direction between the upper surface of the main body unit and the lower surface of the sheet conveyer being secured by the projection portion abutting against the other of the upper surface and the lower surface outside the area.

US Pat. No. 10,440,257

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging control apparatusa display control unit configured to display a setting screen on a display unit, wherein an object corresponding to a setting item of the imaging control apparatus is laid out on the setting screen;
a setting unit configured to accordance with a user operation, an object corresponding to a specific function to be displayed on the setting screen from a plurality of objects including a first object and a second object, wherein display size of the second object is larger than display size of the first object, a first setting item concerning the specific function is included both in the first, object and the second object, and when the specific function is set to the specific setting, a second setting item concerning the specific function is included in the second object but is not included in the first setting item, and
a change unit configured to, in a case in which the first object is set and displayed on the setting screen, change a setting state of the first setting item in accordance with an operation on either a first operation member or a second operation member, and in a case in which the second object is set and displayed on the setting screen, change the setting state of the first setting item accordance with the operation on the first operation member and change a setting state of the second setting item in accordance with the operation on the second operation member.

US Pat. No. 10,440,259

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a selection member;
a first operation member;
a second operation member located farther from the selection member than the first operation member; and
at least one memory and at least one processor that function as:
a control unit that selects, on a first setting screen displayed on a display unit for a setting related to first processing, one of a plurality of selection items including a first selection item and a second selection item in response to an operation performed on the selection member, wherein the first selection item indicates that the first processing is to be executed and the second selection item indicates that the first processing is not to be executed,
wherein in a case where the first selection item is selected on the first setting screen, the control unit performs control to execute the first processing in response to an operation performed on the second operation member but does not execute the first processing in response to an operation performed on the first operation member,
wherein in a case where the second selection item is selected on the first setting screen, the control unit performs control to change the first setting screen to a screen different from the first setting screen in response to an operation performed on the first operation member, and
wherein the first setting screen is a screen for determining whether to execute the first processing.

US Pat. No. 10,440,274

IMAGING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF IMAGING WITH THE USE OF AN ILLUMINATION APPARATUS INCLUDING A FLASH UNIT CAPABLE OF CHANGING A RADIATION DIRECTION, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus which images with the use of an illumination apparatus comprising a flash unit which changes a radiation direction automatically, comprising:a photometry unit;
a display unit configured to display information about a result of photometry using the photometry unit;
at least one processor and at least one memory functioning as:
a display control unit configured to execute a control related to display on the display unit, and
a determination unit configured to determine, based on a received status signal of the illumination apparatus, whether the illumination apparatus is performing a first operation of multiple emissions by the flash unit while changing automatically the radiation direction of the flash unit to a plurality of different directions,
wherein, when the determination unit determines that the illumination apparatus is performing the first operation, the display control unit performs a control so as not to display the information about the photometry result on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,439,518

VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR, DRIVING METHOD FOR VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving method for a vibration-type actuator that has a vibration body, which has an electro-mechanical energy conversion element and an elastic body, and a driven body that is in contact with the vibration body, the driving method comprising:a step of applying a driving voltage, which has a frequency fd within a driving frequency range, to the electro-mechanical energy conversion element; and
a step of determining a voltage value of the driving voltage so that a difference between a resonance frequency in a natural vibration mode of the vibration body that is higher than an upper limit frequency fs of the driving frequency range and that is nearest to fs and fd is greater than a difference between a resonance frequency in a natural vibration mode used for moving the vibration body and the driven body relatively and fd.

US Pat. No. 10,440,313

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR SPATIALLY ARRANGING A PLURALITY OF VIDEO FRAMES FOR DISPLAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processor-implemented method for spatially arranging a plurality of video frames for display on a layout region, said method comprising:analyzing a video sequence to determine a motion path followed by at least one object within the video sequence over a duration of the analyzed video sequence;
selecting, from within the analyzed video sequence, a set of video frames as the plurality of video frames based on the determined motion path of the at least one object within the analyzed video sequence;
creating, using the determined motion path, an image layout path for the selected video frames;
determining a position of each of the plurality of video frames along the created image layout path based on the determined motion path of the object and at least one motion characteristic of the at least one object within each of the plurality of video frames;
generating an anchor point for each selected video frame corresponding to the determined position, each said anchor point locating a selected video frame along the created layout path; and
spatially arranging the selected plurality of video frames within the layout region relative to the created image layout path using the generated anchor points.

US Pat. No. 10,433,734

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IRRADIATING A MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first irradiation unit configured to irradiate a medium with an incident wave;
an ultrasound device configured to focus an ultrasound wave onto a position in the medium such that the incident wave is modulated into a frequency-shifted wave at the position where the ultrasound wave is focused by the ultrasound device;
a first detection unit configured to obtain information corresponding to an interference pattern generated by interference between the frequency-shifted wave and a reference wave;
a second irradiation unit configured to irradiate the first detection unit with the reference wave, a frequency difference between the reference wave and the incident wave being exactly or approximately equal to a frequency of the ultrasound wave focused by the ultrasound device;
a generation unit configured to irradiate the medium with a phase conjugation wave of the frequency-shifted wave to irradiate the medium to retrace trajectory of the frequency-shifted wave to the position where the ultrasound wave is focused by the ultrasound device based on the information obtained by the first detection unit; and
a processing unit configured to control the generation unit,
a second control unit configured to control the ultrasound device,
wherein the first detection unit comprises an array sensor configured to detect the interference pattern,
wherein the generation unit comprises a spatial light modulator,
wherein the processing unit is configured set phase values of pixels included in the spatial light modulator based on the information corresponding to the interference pattern detected by the array sensor, and
wherein the spatial light modulator is configured to modulate light by the set phase values at the pixels included in the spatial light modulator to generate the phase conjugation wave of the frequency-shifted wave,
wherein the second control unit is configured to set the position by using information obtained from a modality such that the ultrasound device focuses the ultrasound wave onto the set position, the modality including X-ray, MRI, or ultrasound.

US Pat. No. 10,421,219

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold, the apparatus comprising:a stage configured to be movable along a surface of a base plate, while holding the substrate;
a driver configured to relatively drive the mold and the substrate so as to bring the mold and the imprint material on the substrate into contact with each other, in a state where the stage is arranged on a first position of the base plate, wherein the stage arranged on the first position is located below the mold;
a measurement device configured to measure an inclination of the substrate held by the stage in a state where the stage is arranged on a second position of the base plate different from the first position, wherein the stage arranged on the second position is not located below the mold; and
a controller configured to control a relative inclination between the mold and the substrate when bringing the mold into contact with the imprint material in a state where the stage is arranged on the first position, based on information representing a difference of inclinations of the substrate at the first position and the second position, and the inclination of the substrate measured by the measurement device.

US Pat. No. 10,425,590

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a read unit configured to perform a first driving that reads image signals from each of photoelectric conversion units and a second driving that simultaneously reads image signals from the photoelectric conversion units, the photoelectric conversion units receiving light that passes through pupil regions having different imaging optical systems;
a compensating unit configured to perform a process of compensating a first linearity based on the image signals obtained by the first driving and a second linearity based on the image signals obtained by the second driving, each of the first and second linearities being a relation between an amount of light incident to the photoelectric conversion unit and a brightness of the image signals read by the reading unit; and
a generating unit configured to generate an image signal for recording by adding the image signals compensated the first linearity by the compensating unit.

US Pat. No. 10,421,276

PRINTING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing element substrate comprising:a substrate;
an energy generating element disposed on one surface of the substrate and configured to generate energy for use in ejecting liquid;
an ejection-port formed member disposed on other portions of the one surface of the substrate, the ejection-port formed member including ejection ports defined by an outer periphery that eject the liquid; and
at least one protrusion, formed from the ejection-port formed member, provided on the outer periphery of each the ejection ports such that the at least one protrusion protrudes towards a center of each respective ejection port,
wherein each protrusion has a thickness defined by (1) an inner protrusion surface positioned above a pressure chamber formed between the one surface of the substrate and the inner protrusion surface and (2) an opposing exterior surface of the ejection-port formed member,
wherein each protrusion has a distal tip portion configured such that both the inner protrusion surface and the opposing exterior surface of the distal tip portion are positioned closer to the substrate towards the center of each respective ejection port than the inner protrusion surface and the opposing exterior surface at the outer periphery of each respective ejection port.

US Pat. No. 10,421,287

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface;
a circulation channel provided on a side of the first surface of the substrate;
a pressure chamber provided on the side of the first surface of the substrate, liquid being circulated through the pressure chamber; and
an ejection energy generating element provided on the side of the first surface of the substrate, the ejection energy generating element generating energy for ejecting liquid in the pressure chamber from an ejection port of the liquid ejection head,
wherein the substrate includes:
a penetration supply path configured to penetrate between the first surface and second surface of the substrate so as to supply liquid to the circulation channel; and
a penetration recovery path configured to penetrate between the first surface and the second surface of the substrate so as to recover liquid from the circulation channel,
wherein the pressure chamber is provided in plural number in series in the circulation channel,
wherein the circulation channel includes the plural pressure chambers, a first supply path configured to supply liquid, having a first pressure, to a first position of the circulation channel, and a second supply path configured to supply liquid, having a second pressure different from the first pressure, to a second position of the circulation channel different from the first position, and
wherein the circulation channel includes a connection channel positioned between the first surface of the substrate and the ejection port, the connection channel being configured to allow the plurality of pressure chambers to communicate therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,421,299

SHEET SUPPLYING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet supplying apparatus, comprising:a driving unit configured to cause a roll including a wound consecutive sheet to rotate in a first direction for feeding the sheet or a second direction opposite to the first direction; and
a sensor that detects the sheet,
wherein, in a case in which the sensor detects a leading end portion of the sheet while the roll is being rotated in the second direction, the driving unit changes a rotation direction of the roll from the second direction to the first direction and feeds the sheet, and
wherein the sheet supplying apparatus further comprises a specifying unit configured to specify a type of the sheet on the basis of a variation in an output of the sensor while the roll is being rotated in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,422,893

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:an image capturing device comprising a sensor array having a plurality of sensors arranged in an array; and
a controller comprising a signal generator and being configured to perform a control so as to drive the image capturing device in response to a trigger, wherein
the controller is configured to perform radiographic imaging by executing repetitively an operation for obtaining image data of one frame from the sensor array at a period corresponding to a predetermined frame rate, the operation being performed by driving the image capturing device so as to be synchronized with one radiation irradiation for the sensor array,
the controller is configured to shift to a non-capturing mode upon receiving an instruction representing a suspension of the radiographic imaging,
the controller is configured to shift to a capturing mode upon receiving an instruction representing a start of the radiographic imaging,
the controller is configured to drive the image capturing device using a synchronization signal as the trigger in the capturing mode, the synchronization signal being for a synchronous controlling between the operation and the radiation irradiation repeated at the period,
the signal generator is configured to generate another signal differing from the synchronization signal when the controller is in the non-capturing mode, and
the controller drives the image capturing device using the other signal as the trigger instead of using the synchronization signal in the non-capturing mode, thereby suppressing lowering of a temperature of the sensor array in the non-capturing mode from the temperature of the sensor array in the capturing mode.

US Pat. No. 10,425,731

AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS, AUDIO PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. An audio processing method comprising:inputting a plurality of audio signals;
reducing wind noise of the plurality of input audio signals; and
controlling a reduction amount of the wind noise in the reducing based on a difference between an in-phase component and an antiphase component of the plurality of audio signals and controlling a speed of a change of the reduction amount of the wind noise in the reducing based on a magnitude of the in-phase component of the plurality of audio signals,
wherein, when the reducing decreases the reduction amount of the wind noise, the controller decreases the reduction amount of the wind noise in a first period of time in a case where the in-phase component of the plurality of audio signals is not larger than a threshold value, and decreases the reduction amount of the wind noise in a second period of time which is shorter than the first period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,424,721

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, MULTILAYERED PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:a perovskite-type metal oxide containing Ba, Ca, Ti, and Zr;
a Mn;
crystal grains having an average circular equivalent diameter of 1 ?m or more and 10.8 ?m or less; and
a relative density of 91.8% or more and 100% or less,
wherein a molar ratio x of a content of Ca to a total of contents of Ba and Ca is in a range of 0.02?x?0.30,
a molar ratio y of a content of Zr to a total of contents of Ti and Zr is in a range of 0.020?y?0.095 and y?x, and
a molar ratio a of the total of contents of Ba and Ca to the total of contents of Ti and Zr is in a range of 1.00?a?1.01,
wherein a content of Mn relative to 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type metal oxide is 0.02 parts by weight or more and 0.40 parts by weight or less on a metal basis, and
wherein a total content of component other than the perovskite-type metal oxide and Mn relative to 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type metal oxide is 1.2 parts by weight or less.

US Pat. No. 10,424,722

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, PIEZOELECTRIC ACTUATOR, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A piezoelectric element, comprising:a substrate;
a first electrode;
a piezoelectric film; and
a second electrode,
wherein the piezoelectric film comprises a perovskite metal oxide comprising barium zirconate titanate, manganese, and trivalent bismuth,
wherein the trivalent bismuth comprises trivalent bismuth positioned at an A site of the perovskite metal oxide,
wherein the piezoelectric film satisfies 0.02?x?0.13,
where x is a mole ratio of zirconium to a sum of zirconium and titanium,
wherein a manganese content is 0.002 moles to 0.015 moles for 1 mole of barium zirconate titanate, and
wherein a bismuth content is 0.00042 moles to 0.00850 moles for 1 mole of barium zirconate titanate, and
wherein a maximum film thickness TP nm of the piezoelectric film at a portion sandwiched between the first electrode and the second electrode is 10 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 10,422,697

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling an image processing apparatus, the method comprising:detecting occurrence of a sheet jam; and
displaying, based on detecting the occurrence and position of the sheet jam, text concurrently with a moving image indicating at least work to remove the jammed sheet,
wherein the text includes at least information that indicates work that a user is to carry out after removing the jammed sheet, and does not include information that indicates work where the user opens a cover to access the jammed sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,419,624

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming unit;
a processor and a memory storing computer code that, when executed by the processor, causes the image forming apparatus to have a first processing mode and a second processing mode,
wherein the first processing mode includes at least a first processing unit and a first correction data generation unit, and the second processing mode includes at least a second correction data generation unit,
wherein the first processing unit executes first processing,
wherein the first correction data generation unit, by using a result of measurement of an image formed by the image forming unit on an intermediate image transfer member, generates first correction data for correcting a color value of the image formed by the image forming unit,
wherein generation of the first correction data by the first correction data generation unit is one of processing to be performed at time of startup of the image forming apparatus, and
wherein the second correction data generation unit, by using a result of measurement of an image formed by the image forming unit on paper, generates second correction data for correcting a color value of the image formed by the image forming unit; and
a control unit configured to:
in a case where the first processing mode and the second processing mode are executed successively, control execution of the first processing unit and skipping execution of the first correction data generation unit from among processing in the first processing mode, and successively control execution of the second processing mode, and
in a case where the first processing mode and the second processing mode are executed not successively, control execution of the first processing unit and the first correction data generation unit in the first processing mode.

US Pat. No. 10,399,802

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a body;
a sheet storage portion configured to store a sheet and inserted to the body;
a sheet supporting member configured to support the sheet and liftable with respect to the sheet storage portion;
a lift portion configured to lift the sheet supporting member with respect to the sheet storage portion; and
a damper mechanism comprising:
a movable portion supported by the sheet storage portion and configured to be moved with respect to the sheet storage portion by abutting against the body in a case where the sheet storage portion is inserted to the body;
a resistance member configured to produce a resistive force;
a first transmission portion interposed between the resistance member and the movable portion, the first transmission portion configured to actuate the resistance member to produce the resistive force and transmit the resistive force to the movable portion along with movement of the movable portion, so that an insertion speed of the sheet storage portion is reduced in a case where the sheet storage portion is inserted to the body; and
a second transmission portion interposed between the resistance member and the sheet supporting member, the second transmission portion configured to actuate the resistance member to produce the resistive force and transmit resistive force to the sheet supporting member along with lowering movement of the sheet supporting member, so that a lowering speed of the sheet supporting member is reduced in a case where the sheet storage portion with the sheet supporting member having been lifted by the lift portion is drawn out of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,399,805

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:a conveyance portion configured to convey a sheet in a sheet conveyance direction;
a moving member comprising a main body portion, a contact portion configured to come into contact with the sheet conveyed by the conveyance portion, and a shaft portion provided on the main body portion, the moving member being configured to be moved due to the contact portion contacting the sheet;
a first support portion configured to pivotably support a first part of the shaft portion such that the moving member is configured to pivot around the shaft portion;
a second support portion configured to pivotably and slidably support a second part of the shaft portion such that the second part of the shaft portion swings around the first part;
a biasing member configured to bias the moving member; and
a sensor configured to transmit a signal according to a position of the moving member,
wherein the moving member is configured to be moved so as to return, from a first position, to the first position through a second position and a third position from when a leading end of a single sheet contacts the contact portion until a trailing end of the single sheet leaves the contact portion, the first position being a position at which the contact portion protrudes inside a conveyance path of the sheet, the second position being a position to which the contact portion is moved downstream in the sheet conveyance direction and is moved in a direction of being retracted from the conveyance path from the first position, and the third position being a position to which the contact portion is moved upstream in the sheet conveyance direction from the second position, and
wherein the shaft portion extends so as to incline with respect to the sheet conveyance direction such that the shaft portion is further downstream in the sheet conveyance direction as the shaft portion extends toward to the conveyance path.

US Pat. No. 10,399,810

SHEET DISCHARGING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet discharging apparatus configured to discharge a sheet, the sheet discharging apparatus comprising:a discharging portion configured to discharge a sheet so that the sheet is bent in a curved shape in a width direction of the sheet perpendicular to a discharging direction of the sheet when viewed in a sheet discharging direction;
a contact member configured to be moved by contact with the sheet discharged by the discharging portion,
wherein the contact member includes a first contact surface to be in contact with an edge of the sheet and a second contact surface to be in contact with a surface of the sheet,
wherein the first contact surface is not in contact with the discharging portion,
wherein the first contact surface faces the discharging portion in a state where the first contact surface is not in contact with the sheet,
wherein the first contact surface is inclined along the curved shape of the sheet in the width direction of the sheet when viewed in the sheet discharging direction, and
wherein the second contact surface is inclined along the curved shape of the sheet in the width direction of the sheet when viewed in the sheet discharging direction; and
a detector configured to detect a discharging of the sheet based on the movement of the contact member.
US Pat. No. 10,401,730

METHOD FOR PRODUCING MICROSTRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a microstructure provided with a member in which, on a substrate having a plurality of concave shapes processed thereon, a negative dry film resist is subjected to tenting on open faces of the plurality of concave shapes and then openings are formed in a tenting part of the dry film resist, the method comprising:forming the openings through steps including
a first exposure step of performing exposure with a first exposure light for the dry film resist other than a region in which the openings are formed,
a post baking step, and
a step of developing an unexposed part at the first exposure step with developer; and
forming the member by performing steps including
a second exposure step of performing exposure so as to cause overexposure with second exposure light radiated through a solid blank mask and
a step of performing curing processing in this order, wherein
an exposure dose (E1) of the first exposure light of the first exposure step is six times or less of an exposure dose (Egel) of the second exposure light used for gelling of the dry film resist.

US Pat. No. 10,391,772

SILICON SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A silicon substrate processing method comprising:providing a silicon substrate with a sacrificial layer formed in a form of an island on a front surface thereof, the front surface being a surface on a side where a flow path of an ejection port for ejecting liquid is to be formed, the sacrificial layer having a higher etching rate than the silicon substrate;
forming a mask layer on a back surface of the silicon substrate, the back surface being a surface opposite from the front surface, the mask layer being a layer that does not include an opening at a portion of the back surface opposite from the sacrificial layer;
forming a non-penetrating hole from an opening on the back surface of the silicon substrate; and
forming a beam on the back surface side by performing anisotropic etching on the silicon substrate in which the non-penetrating hole is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,395,103

OBJECT DETECTION METHOD, OBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object detection method comprising:acquiring an image;
generating a plurality of layer images by enlarging or reducing the image;
detecting a first object from at least one of the plurality of layer images;
estimating a specific object based on the detected first object;
selecting at least one of the plurality of layer images based on the estimated specific object;
detecting a second object larger than the detected first object in the selected layer image;
estimating the specific object based on the detected second object; and
determining the specific object based on the specific object estimated based on the first object and the specific object estimated based the second object.

US Pat. No. 10,397,428

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, having at least a first power state, and a second power state which consumes less power than the first power state, the image forming apparatus comprising:an accepting unit configured to accept, from a user, a transition instruction for a transition of the image processing apparatus to the second power state;
a detecting unit configured to detect human;
a power control unit configured to transition the image processing apparatus from the second power state to the first power state based on detection of human by the detecting unit; and
a prohibition unit configured to prohibit the image processing apparatus from transitioning from the second power state to the first power state based on detection of human by the detecting unit, for a predetermined period in accordance with the transition instruction accepted by the accepting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,391,801

INKJET RECORDING METHOD AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording method comprising:forming an ink image by ejecting ink on an ejection receiving medium by an inkjet head comprising a recording element substrate having an element which generates energy that is utilized for ejecting ink, a pressure chamber which has the element in the inside, and an ejection port which ejects ink, wherein the ink is circulated between the inside of the pressure chamber and the outside of the pressure chamber; and
removing at least a portion of a liquid component from the ink image by bringing a liquid absorbing member into contact with the ink image,
wherein the ink contains 5% by mass or more to 30% by mass or less of a water-soluble organic solvent having a boiling point of 110° C. or more, and
50% by mass or more of the water-soluble organic solvent contained in the ink image and having a boiling point of 110° C. or more is removed from the ink image in the removal of at least a portion of a liquid component from the ink image.

US Pat. No. 10,397,473

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING AN IMAGE SYNTHESIS UNIT THAT GENERATES SYNTHESIZED IMAGE DATA DEPENDING ON AN OBJECT BRIGHTNESS, AND RELATED IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores instructions; and
(B) one or more processors that execute the instructions to cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
(a) a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first image data from one of a first pixel and a second pixel, of an image sensor, that share a single micro lens and receive light passing through different pupil areas of an optical system;
(b) a second acquisition unit configured to acquire second image data as a sum of the first image data obtained from the first pixel and the first image data obtained from the second pixel; and
(c) an image synthesis unit configured (i) to synthesize the first image data acquired by the first acquisition unit and the second image data acquired by the second acquisition unit based on an object brightness, so that the first image data is selected in an area in which the object brightness is a first value that is greater than a threshold value, and the second image data is selected in an area in which the object brightness is a second value that is less than the threshold value, and (ii) to generate synthesized image data of the first image data and the second image data.

US Pat. No. 10,397,482

IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging control apparatus comprising:at least one memory and at least one processor which function as:
a display control unit configured to perform control to present a 2-area enlargement display of displaying live view images captured at two imaging regions in an imaging unit that are separately arranged in a width direction or a height direction on a display unit;
a setting unit configured to set an autofocus method;
a control unit configured to perform control to conduct, in response to an autofocus instruction operation on a first operation unit, an autofocus operation inside of a range displayed in the 2-area enlargement display while maintaining the 2-area enlargement display in a state where the 2-area enlargement display is presented, and
to end, in response to an autofocus instruction operation on a second operation unit, the 2-area enlargement display and conduct the autofocus operation in a range independent of the inside of the range displayed in the 2-area enlargement display in a state where the 2-area enlargement display is presented,
wherein the control unit performs control to end the 2-area enlargement display and conduct the autofocus operation in the range independent of the inside of the range displayed in the 2-area enlargement display in response to the autofocus instruction operation on the second operation unit in a state where the 2-area enlargement display is presented when a first autofocus method is set by the setting unit, and
wherein the control unit performs control to conduct the autofocus inside the range displayed in the 2-area enlargement display while maintaining the 2-area enlargement display in response to the autofocus instruction operation on the second operation unit when a second autofocus method is set by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,397,486

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD EXECUTED BY IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a program, wherein when the program is executed by the processor, the image processing apparatus is configured to function as:
an image capture unit that performs predetermined image capture process using a physical auxiliary light source and a virtual light source, wherein the image capture unit performs the predetermined image capture process using the physical auxiliary light source and the virtual light source by:
obtaining a first image by capturing a subject with the physical auxiliary light source emitted;
generating a second image by applying image processing that reduces brightness to the first image; and
applying correction process that adds an effect of a virtual light of the virtual light source to the second image.

US Pat. No. 10,397,487

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A signal processing apparatus that processes a video signal, comprising:a signal conversion unit configured to convert a first video signal quantized according to a first characteristic to represent a video image with a relative luminance, into a second video signal quantized according to a second characteristic to represent the video image with an absolute luminance in an output of a display device based on a predetermined conversion correspondence relationship; and
a signal output unit configured to output information representing the conversion correspondence relationship in association with at least one of the first video signal and the second video signal.

US Pat. No. 10,394,173

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material;
a fixing unit having a heater and configured to heat and fix an image formed on the recording material onto the recording material; and
a control unit,
wherein the control unit calculates estimated power (Pp_after) to be used in the apparatus in a case where a throughput thereof is to be increased to become higher than a current throughput during forming the image, and compares the estimated power (Pp_after) and maximum suppliable power (Plimit) to the apparatus to determine whether the throughput is to be increased or not, and
wherein if the power used by the apparatus during forming the image at the current throughput is defined as power (Pp), the power (Pp_after) is calculated on a basis of the power (Pp) and a ratio of the current throughput to a throughput after the change.

US Pat. No. 10,397,774

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an operation unit;
one or more memory devices that store a set of instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the set of instructions to perform operations including:
activating a software access point that is used in a case of executing direct wireless communication with a communication terminal and is identified from an external apparatus by a predetermined service set identifier (SSID) that complies with a specific setting method among a plurality of setting methods when an initial setting of the information processing apparatus is executed, wherein the initial setting is executed upon condition that power is supplied to the information processing apparatus while the information processing apparatus is in a state of factory shipment, and
activating a software access point that is used in a case of executing direct wireless communication with a communication terminal and is identified from an external apparatus by an SSID that is different from the predetermined SSID and complies with a setting method that is different from the specific setting method, based on a user operation for executing setting of the information processing apparatus through the setting method different from the specific setting method among the plurality of setting methods,
wherein the user operation is received via the operation unit, and
wherein a network setting used by the information processing apparatus is received from the communication terminal using the direct wireless communication via the activated software access point.

US Pat. No. 10,397,566

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image coding apparatus which codes an image using intra prediction, the image coding apparatus comprising:a size determination unit configured to determine a size of a prediction block to be a unit of processing for performing intra prediction;
an intra prediction unit configured to derive a prediction error by performing intra prediction on the prediction block;
a cost determination unit configured to derive a coding cost of a prediction mode in a case where the intra prediction is performed using a reference according to the size determined by the size determination unit and determine the coding cost of the prediction mode based on the coding cost of the prediction mode and the prediction error; and
a mode determination unit configured to determine a prediction mode of the prediction block from among a plurality of prediction modes based on the coding cost.

US Pat. No. 10,397,843

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT WIRELESSLY COMMUNICATES WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus in accordance with a first communication method;
a second communication unit configured to communicate with the external apparatus in accordance with a second communication method;
a determination unit configured to determine identification information of the second communication unit based on predetermined information related to communication with the external apparatus via the first communication unit; and
a control unit configured to perform control so as to establish communication with external apparatus via the second communication unit, using the determined identification information of the second communication unit,
wherein the determination unit randomly determines at least a portion of the identification information of the second communication unit in a case where the predetermined information satisfies a predetermined condition, and
determines the identification information of the second communication unit to be a specific value in a case where the predetermined information does not satisfy the predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 10,397,870

ELECTRONIC DEVICE THAT PERFORMS INDICATION ON A DISPLAY WHEN A WIRELESS CONNECTION WITH AN EXTERNAL DEVICE IS DISCONNECTED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:at least one processor; a first wireless communication interface coupled to the at least one processor;
wherein the at least one processor is configured to function as following units:
a first determination unit configured to, if a connection with an external device through the first wireless communication interface is disconnected, determine whether or not a disconnection is based on a request from the external device; and
a display control unit configured to control displaying a warning screen for indicating the disconnection on a display unit,
wherein in a case in which the first determination unit determines that the disconnection is based on the request from the external device, the display control unit causes display of the warning screen to be maintained for a predetermined amount of time and then automatically ended, and
wherein in a case in which the first determination unit does not determine that the disconnection is based on the request from the external device, the display control unit causes display of the warning screen to be maintained until a confirmation operation of a user is detected, and to be ended upon detection of the confirmation operation.

US Pat. No. 10,383,587

RADIATION CT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation CT apparatus, comprising:a rotation unit configured to rotate a radiation generation unit and a radiation detector about a rotation axis;
a gantry cover containing the radiation generation unit and the radiation detector:
a door configured to open and close an opening portion that is placed on the gantry cover; and
a control unit configured to control such that, when the door is opened, the rotation unit is stopped at a specific rotation position where a space that allows a user to access from the opening portion is formed, wherein
the rotation unit is stopped not to arrange the radiation generation unit and the radiation detector between the opening portion and a breast insert portion which the gantry cover includes.

US Pat. No. 10,384,444

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a recording head including a plurality of ink discharge ports arranged in a predetermined direction;
a determination unit configured to, according to tone data indicating a tone of an image to be formed on a recording medium, determine recording data indicating whether or not to discharge ink at a position corresponding to each of pixels forming the image on the recording medium;
a complementing unit configured to generate complementary data based on the recording data, according to discharge defect information identifying a defective discharge port at which a discharge defect has occurred among the plurality of ink discharge ports, for causing a different discharge port, from the identified defective discharge port for discharging the ink to a different position from a position corresponding to the defective discharge port, to discharge ink; and a control unit configured to control a recording operation so as to move the recording head and the recording medium relative to each other in a direction intersecting the predetermined direction and discharge ink from the recording head onto the recording medium according to the complementary data,
wherein, if at least one discharge port among the plurality of ink discharge ports is identified as the defective discharge port, the complementing unit generates the complementary data for causing a discharge port, configured to discharge at a complementing position that is one predetermined position of positions adjacent, on both side in the predetermined direction, to a position at which the at least one discharge port discharge the ink, to discharge ink, and
wherein, if a tone value indicated by the tone data indicates a tone value half as large as a maximum tone value, the determination unit determines not to discharge the ink at more than half of complementing positions, each of which is the complementing position for the at least one discharge port.

US Pat. No. 10,386,760

FIXING UNIT INCLUDING A PORTION-TO-BE-ENGAGED PROVIDED ON AN OPENABLE MEMBER, THE PORTION-TO-BE-ENGAGED BEING SPACED FROM OR ENGAGED WITH AN ENGAGING PORTION BASED ON MOVEMENT OF THE OPENABLE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing unit comprising:a fixing portion, including a rotatable heating member and a rotatable pressing member to form a first nip in cooperation with said rotatable heating member, to fix an image on a recording material by heating the recording material carrying the image, while nipping the recording material, at the first nip, and feeding the recording material in a recording material feeding direction;
a feeding portion, provided downstream of said fixing portion with respect to the recording material feeding direction, and including a first rotatable member and a second rotatable member to form a second nip, in cooperation with said first rotatable member, to nip and to feed the recording material fed from said fixing portion;
a main assembly rotatably supporting said rotatable heating member, said rotatable pressing member, and said first rotatable member;
an openable member, rotatably supporting said second rotatable member, and rotatably supported on said main assembly by a shaft and a bearing portion supporting said shaft, wherein, when said openable member is opened relative to said main assembly, said second rotatable member is spaced from said first rotatable member, and, when said openable member is closed relative to said main assembly, said second rotatable member contacts said first rotatable member;
an urging member provided in said main assembly and configured to urge said first rotatable member toward said second rotatable member along an urging direction, wherein said bearing portion includes an elongated hole having a long axis extending along the urging direction of said urging member;
an engaging portion provided in said main assembly; and
a portion-to-be-engaged provided on said openable member, wherein said portion-to-be-engaged is spaced from said engaging portion when said openable member is opened, and is engaged with said engaging portion when said openable member is closed,
wherein said shaft and said bearing portion are provided at a position at which a direction of moment acting on said openable member by an urging force of said urging member is the same as a direction in which said openable member opens.

US Pat. No. 10,389,945

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. A control method for an imaging control apparatus including a manual focus operation unit configured to receive an operation of manually adjusting focus, the control method comprising:a magnification instruction step of providing an instruction to magnify a live-view image obtained by an imaging unit; and
a control step of performing control to display the live-view image in magnified form at a first magnification in response to the instruction provided in the magnification instruction step, and performing control to, in response to the manual focus operation unit receiving the operation, display the live-view image at a higher magnification among the first magnification and a second magnification, the second magnification being determined in advance as a magnification at which the live-view image is displayed in response to the manual focus operation unit receiving the operation.

US Pat. No. 10,376,915

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus, comprising:a discharge unit in which a plurality of nozzles that discharge a liquid onto a substrate are arranged along a first direction;
a plurality of elements that are provided for the plurality of nozzles and control to discharge the liquid from each of the plurality of nozzles;
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of drive waveforms applied to the plurality of elements when driving the plurality of elements;
a moving unit for moving the substrate in a second direction that intersects the first direction; and
a selection unit configured to select, from among the plurality of drive waveforms stored in the storage unit, a drive waveform corresponding to a discharge spacing of each of the plurality of nozzles in the second direction when the liquid is discharged from each of the plurality of nozzles with moving the substrate by the moving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,381,314

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING MOUNTING MEMBER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a mounting member including a base member having an arrangement region for an electronic device, and a frame member having an opening corresponding to the arrangement region and adhered to a periphery of the arrangement region of the base member, comprising:placing a base member and a frame member having a thermal expansion coefficient different from a thermal expansion coefficient of the base member in a state in which the base member is stacked with the frame member and a thermosetting adhesive agent is interposed between the base member and the frame member;
adhering the base member and the frame member by heating the base member, the frame member, and the adhesive agent from the state to a temperature equal to or higher than a curing temperature of the adhesive agent; and
cooling the base member and the frame member from the curing temperature, wherein the frame member has a quadrilateral shape including:
a first side including a first corner, a second corner and a first intermediate portion between the first corner and the second corner,
a second side including a third corner, a fourth corner, and a second intermediate portion between the third corner and the fourth corner,
a third side including the first corner, the third corner, and a third intermediate portion between the first corner and the third corner, and
a fourth side including the second corner, the fourth corner, and a fourth intermediate portion between the second corner and the fourth corner, and
in the state, the first side is warped so that a distance between the first intermediate portion and the base member is larger than a distance between the first corner and the base member and a distance between the second corner and the base member, and
in the state, the second side is warped so that a distance between the second intermediate portion and the base member is larger than a distance between the third corner and the base member and a distance between the fourth corner and the base member, and
in the cooling, a deformation in which warpage of the first side is reduced occurs in the first side, and a deformation in which the warpage of the second side is reduced occurs in the second side.

US Pat. No. 10,379,797

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT NOTIFIES A SERVER, BASED ON DATA SIZE INFORMATION, WHETHER A PORTABLE DOCUMENT FORMAT IS SUPPORTED, AND RELATED METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTING AND PRINTING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus communicable with a server and having an image forming unit to print an image from a print job on a sheet, the image processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores instructions; and
(B) a controller having a processor that executes the instructions to function as:
(a) an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from the server, (i) a print job including, print data (ii) data size information of print data, the data size information not including print data in a Portable Document Format (PDF) format, and (iii) size information of the print job, the size information not including, print data of the print job; and
(b) a notification unit configured:
(i) to initially provide a notification indicating that both of a PDF format and a format that is different front the PDF format are supported, wherein the image processing apparatus waits for receipt of complete pint data of a print job in the PDF format before performing image processing, and d w image processing apparatus is capable of starting the image processing before receipt of complete print data of a pint job in the format that is different from the PDF format; and
(ii) to provide, after obtaining the data size information, an updated notification to the server in a case in which the obtained date size information indicates a data size that is greater than a predetermined size, wherein the updated notification than is used to identify that the PDF format is not supported, but a format that is different from the PDP format is supported, wherein the image processing apparatus is capable of starting the image processing before receipt of the complete data of the print job in the format that is different from the PDF format,
wherein the notification unit provides a notification indicating that both of the PDF format and the format that is different from the PDF are supported again, after the notification unit provides the updated notification to the server, in a case in which the obtained data size information indications a data size that is greater that the predetermined size, and after printing the image from the print job.

US Pat. No. 10,379,798

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT OBTAINS AND DISPLAYS SYNCHRONIZED SETTING INFORMATION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
authenticate a user;
obtain synchronous data related to the authenticated user from an external apparatus;
receive a selection of whether to enable or disable immediate reflection upon completion of synchronization of the obtained synchronous data as a synchronization timing;
upon completion of synchronization of the synchronous data, determine whether a screen related to the synchronous data has been displayed on a display;
in a case where the screen related to the synchronous data has been displayed on the display and the synchronization timing is set to enable immediate reflection, reflect the synchronous data immediately on displayed contents of the screen related to the synchronous data;
in a case where the screen related to the synchronous data has been displayed on the display and the synchronization timing is set to disable immediate reflection, reflect the synchronous data on displayed contents of the screen upon accepting a predetermined operation from the user; and
in a case where the screen related to the synchronous data has been not displayed on the display, reflect, when displaying the screen on the display, the synchronous data on displayed contents of the screen.

US Pat. No. 10,379,799

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a printer;
a storage device;
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor executing the instructions causing the image forming apparatus to:
receive a print instruction to print component information indicating a use state of a component of the image forming apparatus,
determine whether print processing according to the print instruction is executable with the printer,
perform control to cause the printer to print the component information according to the print instruction in a case where it is determined that the print processing is executable, and
perform control to cause the storage device to hold the component information without performing printing in a case where it is determined that the print processing is inexecutable.

US Pat. No. 10,381,399

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a first substrate having a first primary surface, a second primary surface, an internal side surface which surrounds a through-hole formed in the first substrate, and an outer side surface which surrounds at least a part of the first substrate;
a semiconductor element formed on the first primary surface;
a first electrode formed on the first primary surface and connected to the semiconductor element on the first primary surface;
a second electrode formed on the second primary surface;
a through-electrode formed in the through-hole, the through-hole being formed so as to penetrate the first substrate, and the through-electrode connecting the first electrode and the second electrode to each other;
a second substrate bonded to the first substrate so as to face the first primary surface; and
a third electrode formed on the outer side surface of the first substrate and connected to the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,381,190

X-RAY GENERATING TUBE, X-RAY GENERATING APPARATUS, AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray generating tube comprising:an insulating tube having a pair of ends in a tube axial direction;
a cathode connected to the one end of the insulating tube and comprising:
an electron emitting source having an electron emitting portion configured to irradiate an electron beam; and
a cathode member electrically connected to the electron emitting source; and an anode connected to the other end of the insulating tube and comprising:
a target configured to generate an X-ray upon an irradiation with the electron beam;
an anode member which is electrically connected to the target and which holds the target;
a joining member configured to connect the insulating tube and the anode and located therebetween;
an outer anode sleeve protruding along the insulating tube from a peripheral portion of the anode member configured to be hermetically connected to the insulating tube via the joining member; and
an end surface conductive layer provided on the other end of the insulating tube,
wherein the other end of the insulating tube, the end surface conductive layer and the anode member are located in this order in the tube axial direction without being intervened by the joining member.

US Pat. No. 10,380,949

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a display;
an operation member; and
at least one of: a memory and at least one processor, or at least one circuit, to perform operations of units including:
a display control unit configured to perform control such that a plurality of items, including a specific item for setting a display color change mode to keep a dark adaptation state of a user from being completely released, are displayed on the display;
a setting unit configured to set the display color change mode based on an operation that includes an operation of selecting the specific item among the plurality of items displayed on the display, wherein the display color change mode is a display mode in which a display color is changed from a mode which is not the display color change mode; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where the display color change mode is set, perform control to release the display color change mode according to a specific operation on the operation member excluding an operation of selecting any of the plurality of items displayed on the display,
wherein in a case in which the display color change mode is set, and a power supply of the display apparatus is turned off and then turned on again, the setting unit maintains setting of the display color change mode, and
wherein in a case where the display color change mode is not set, the control unit performs control to increase a display brightness of the display according to the specific operation being performed, and in a case where the display color change mode is set, the control unit performs control to release the display color change mode according to the specific operation being performed.

US Pat. No. 10,382,757

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM, AND IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus comprising:a determination unit configured to determine a block size of a block included in an image;
an information encoding unit configured to encode information on a minimum area size related to a quantization parameter; and
an encoding unit configured to encode a difference value for a quantization parameter capable of being shared in encoding processes for a block group including a plurality of blocks,
wherein a size of each of the plurality of blocks is smaller than the minimum area size,
wherein the plurality of blocks includes at least both of a first block and a second block processed subsequent to the first block,
wherein the encoding unit is configured to encode the difference value in processing of the first block, in a case where the first block contains a coefficient value not equal to 0 and a split flag for the first block indicates that the first block is not split, and
wherein the encoding unit is configured to encode the difference value in processing of the second block, in a case where the second block contains a coefficient value not equal to 0 and the difference value has not been encoded in the processing of the first block and a split flag for the second block indicates that the second block is not split.

US Pat. No. 10,382,764

VIDEO ENCODING AND DECODING WITH IMPROVED ERROR RESILIENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of decoding a bitstream comprising an encoded sequence of digital images, at least one portion of an image being encoded with respect to a reference image by a motion estimation process that determines motion information identifying the reference image portion, the method comprising decoding the motion information using a motion information prediction process comprising:obtaining, for a target image portion of an image to be decoded, if available, one or more actual motion information predictors having motion vectors obtained from motion vectors associated with first image portions of the image to be decoded wherein the first image portions are adjacent to the target image portion;
if a number of the one or more obtained motion information predictors is lower than a target number, wherein the target number is greater than one, adding one or more motion information predictors to generate a set of motion information predictors until a number of motion information predictors in the set is equal to the target number, wherein the adding of one or more motion information predictors comprises:
performing a first process of adding, if available, one or more further actual motion information predictors having motion vectors obtained from motion vectors associated with second image portions of the image to be decoded or of the different image from the image to be decoded; and
if a number of motion information predictors after the first process is lower than the target number, performing a second process of adding one or more virtual motion information predictors, the one or more virtual motion information predictors having motion vectors which are neither associated with image portions of the image to be decoded nor of the different image from the image to be decoded; and
determining a motion information predictor from the generated set of motion information predictors for the target image portion of the image to be decoded.

US Pat. No. 10,382,765

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ENCODING OR DECODING AND IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding a video signal having at least a first signal component corresponding to a first color component, and a second signal component, associated with the first signal component and corresponding to a second color component, each said signal component being divided into blocks, and each said block having one or more encodable units, and the encoding of at least one encodable unit of said second signal component being switchable between first and second modes, the encoding in the first mode including a transforming step for transforming an encodable unit into coefficients, and the encoding in the second mode excluding the transforming step, the method comprising:excluding, for at least one said encodable unit of said second signal component, use of said second mode for the encoding of the second-signal-component encodable unit concerned when the following condition is satisfied: the first-signal-component block corresponding to the second-signal-component encodable unit concerned is a sub-divided block having at least two encodable units, and the second mode is not used for encoding any of the encodable units of the sub-divided first-signal-component block; and
when the condition is not satisfied, enabling a choice of which of the first and second encoding modes to use for the encoding of the second-signal-component encodable unit concerned.

US Pat. No. 10,366,520

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that creates album data, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor causing the apparatus to act as units comprising:
(1) a management unit configured to manage templates each of which defines a slot for an image to be arranged in a layout page, wherein the templates have been classified into a plurality of template groups, wherein templates belonging to a first template group include slots having a first shape, and wherein templates belonging to a second template group includes slots having a second shape different from the first shape;
(2) a setting unit configured to set, for each of a plurality of layout pages in an album to be created, one of the plurality of template groups based on setting information, whereby each of the first template group and the second template group are set to at least one of the plurality of layout pages;
(3) an acquiring unit configured to acquire image files;
(4) an evaluation unit configured to analyze the acquired image files so as to decide an evaluation value for each image;
(5) a decision unit configured to decide images allocated to a target layout page of the plurality of layout pages;
(6) a selection unit configured to select, for the target layout page, one template from templates in a template group that has been set for the target layout page, based on (a) the evaluation values of images allocated to the target layout page and (b) capturing date and times of images allocated to the target layout page; and
(7) a layout unit configured to arrange, in a template selected for the target layout page, images allocated to the target layout page and to generate album data,
wherein, if the first template group is set to the target layout page, the selection unit selects, from templates which include slots having the first shape, a first template satisfying a first condition based on the evaluation values and the capturing date and times of images allocated to the target layout page, and
wherein, if the second template group is set to the target layout page, the selection unit selects, from templates which include slots having the second shape, a second template satisfying a second condition based on the evaluation values and the capturing date and times of images allocated to the target layout page.

US Pat. No. 10,343,862

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:a first pair of rotary members that nip and convey a sheet in a sheet conveying direction;
a contacting surface which is provided along the sheet conveying direction;
a second pair of rotary members that is disposed next to the first pair of rotary members in the sheet conveying direction, which, obliquely with respect to the sheet conveying direction, conveys the sheet so as to contact the side edge of the sheet to the contacting surface;
a third pair of rotary members that is disposed next to the second pair of rotary members in the sheet conveying direction, which, obliquely with respect to the sheet conveying direction, conveys the sheet so as to contact the side edge of the sheet to the contacting surface;
a first mechanism which switches the first pair of rotary members between a state of nipping the sheet and a state of nip releasing the sheet;
a second mechanism which switches the second pair of rotary members between a state of nipping the sheet and a state of nip releasing the sheet and which switches the third pair of rotary members between a state of nipping the sheet and a state of nip releasing the sheet; and
a controller configured to control the second mechanism such that the second pair of rotary members and the third pair of rotary members are changed into the state of nipping the sheet after the sheet reaches to the third pair of rotary members conveyed by the first pair of rotary members under a status that nipping of the sheet by the second pair of rotary members and the third pair of rotary members are released,
wherein the controller is further configured to control the first mechanism so as to release nipping of the first pair of rotary members after the sheet is nipped by the second pair of rotary members and the third pair of rotary members, and
wherein a conveying force of the first pair of rotary members is larger than a conveying force of the second pair of rotary members so that the second pair of rotary members is slipped against the sheet when the first pair of rotary members, the second pair of rotary members, and the third pair of rotary members nip and convey the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,343,403

METHOD FOR FORMING FILM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING INKJET PRINT HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for forming a film that covers a side wall of a through hole in a substrate having the through hole, the method comprising, in order, the steps of:providing a substrate having a through hole that passes therethrough from a first surface to a second surface, the second surface being a surface opposite to the first surface;
forming, on the first surface, a lid member that blocks an opening of the through hole open on the first surface;
recessing, in a direction away from the first surface, a surface of the lid member that blocks the opening by removing part of the lid member through the opening; and
forming a film that covers the side wall of the through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,346,102

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS INSTALL OF A DEVICE DRIVER IN ACCORDANCE WITH CAPABILITY OF AN OPERATING SYSTEM, INSTALLATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising,a memory storing an installer including a set of instructions for controlling an install of at least one device driver among devices drivers of two architectures, using a driver file that includes information for constructing the device drivers of the two architectures, which are a new architecture and an old architecture; and
a processor for executing the set of instructions to cause the information processing apparatus to:
obtain specific information specifying an operating system that controls execution of the set of instructions included in the installer;
communicate with a peripheral apparatus to receive identification information from the peripheral apparatus, the identification information indicating a type of a device driver to be installed in the information processing apparatus; and
control, in a case when it is determined that the operating system is an operating system that can install either of the device drivers of the two architectures in accordance with the obtained specific information, or, in a case when it is determined that the operating system is an operating system that can install only a device driver of the new architecture in accordance with the obtained specific information, to install the device driver of the new architecture using the driver file,
wherein, in a case when it is determined that the operating system can install only the device driver of the new architecture and the type of the device driver indicated by the received identification information is a device driver of the old architecture, a set up of the installed device driver of the new architecture is performed for the peripheral apparatus, by using set up information for the device driver of the new architecture, and
wherein, in a case when it is determined that the operating system can install both of the device drivers of the two architectures and the type of the device driver indicated by the received identification information is the device driver of the old architecture, a set up of the installed device driver of the new architecture is performed for the peripheral apparatus, by using the set up information for the device driver of the new architecture.

US Pat. No. 10,346,113

PRINTING APPARATUS WHICH NOTIFIES A USER THAT A PREDETERMINED ATTRIBUTE OF A SHEET SET IN THE PRINTING APPARATUS AND THE PREDETERMINED ATTRIBUTE SET AS A PRINT SETTING DO NOT MATCH, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus for printing an image, the printing apparatus comprising:a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first sheet information related to a predetermined attribute of a sheet set in the printing apparatus;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire second sheet information related to the predetermined attribute set as a print setting for printing executed by the printing apparatus; and
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display notification information,
wherein, in a case where the first sheet information and the second sheet information do not match, the display control unit causes the display unit to display notification information for notifying a user that the first sheet information acquired by the first acquisition unit and the second sheet information acquired by the second acquisition unit do not match,
wherein the notification information is for notifying the user of a first display item related to the first sheet information and a second display item related to the second sheet information,
wherein, when displaying the notification information, the display control unit causes the display unit to display a first part of the notification information and a predetermined display item of the first display item and the second display item, and
wherein, even in a case where no user instruction is given in a case where the first part and the predetermined display item are displayed, the display control unit causes the display unit to display a second part of the notification information different from the first part and displays another display item of the first display item and the second display item instead of the first part and the predetermined display item.

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. 10,338,467

METHOD OF PRODUCING FILM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a film, comprising:a disposing step of disposing a photocurable composition on a substrate;
a mold contact step of bringing the photocurable composition and a mold into contact with each other;
a photoirradiation step of irradiating the photocurable composition with light to form a cured product; and
a mold release step of releasing the cured product and the mold from each other,
wherein the method further comprises an alignment step of aligning the mold and the substrate with each other between the mold contact step and the photoirradiation step,
wherein the photocurable composition contains at least a polymerizable compound serving as a component (A) and a photopolymerization initiator serving as a component (B),
wherein the polymerizable compound has a polymerization conversion ratio of 50% or more when exposed to light under conditions of an illuminance of 0.12 mW/cm2 and an exposure time of 11.0 seconds, and
wherein when the disposing step, the mold contact step, the alignment step, the photoirradiation step, and the mold release step are defined as one shot and the method comprises a plurality of shots, a required time from the mold release step in a shot of the plurality of shots to the alignment step in a next shot of the plurality of shots is 1.2 seconds or less.

US Pat. No. 10,342,092

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source apparatus, comprising:a light source unit; and
a control unit configured to perform lighting control to light the light source unit, wherein
the light source unit emits first color light at a first timing, and emits second color light at a second timing which delays after the first timing by a predetermined period, in accordance with the lighting control by the control unit, and
the control unit performs a plurality of times of lighting control based on the predetermined period, so that at least a part of a period in which the light source unit emits the second color light in accordance with a first lighting control overlaps with at least a part of a period, in which the light source unit emits the first color light in accordance with a second lighting control, which is performed after the first lighting control.

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. 10,332,268

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. 10,307,952

CYLINDRICAL EXTRUDING DIE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SEAMLESS TUBE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing an electrically conductive seamless tube containing a thermoplastic resin serving as a binder and an electrically conductive filler dispersed in the thermoplastic resin, the method comprising the steps of:(1) preparing an electrically conductive resin composition containing a thermoplastic resin and an electrically conductive filler;
(2) preparing a cylindrical extruding die comprising a cylindrical slit, a plurality of circumferential distribution channels communicating with the slit and configured to distribute the resin composition that is plasticized in a helical direction toward the slit, and a plurality of lead-in paths configured to lead the plasticized resin composition into the plurality of circumferential distribution channels, each of the plurality of lead-in paths containing a line mixer;
(3) introducing the plasticized resin composition into the plurality of lead-in paths of the cylindrical extruding die toward the plurality of circumferential distribution channels;
(4) introducing the plasticized resin composition that has flowed through the plurality of lead-in paths into the plurality of circumferential distribution channels toward the slit; and
(5) introducing the plasticized resin composition that has flowed through the plurality of circumferential distribution channels into the slit and extruding the plasticized resin composition from an outlet of the slit into a cylindrical shape,
wherein
the step (3) comprises a step of interchanging the plasticized resin composition flowing through the plurality of lead-in paths between a flow near a wall of the plurality of lead-in paths and a flow in a radial center of the plurality of lead-in paths by the line mixers disposed in the plurality of lead-in paths,
the plurality of lead-in paths has a circular cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,310,775

JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR AUDIO GUIDANCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A job processing apparatus comprising:a hardware numeric keypad at least including a first hardware key and a second hardware key;
a touch panel display device;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, causing the job processing apparatus to perform operations including:
displaying, on the touch panel display device, an operation screen that includes at least a plurality of display items for accepting an operation that relates to execution of a job,
outputting, in response to setting a focus on one of the plurality of display items displayed on the touch panel display device, an audio guidance for the one display item on which the focus has been set,
moving a target of the focus based on selection of the first hardware key, and
executing the job at least based on detecting pressing of the second hardware key in a state in which the focus is not set on any of the plurality of display items.

US Pat. No. 10,310,777

PRINT SYSTEM, PRINT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising a print apparatus and a server system,wherein the server system comprises:
at least one memory storing a program;
at least one processor that when executing the program causes the server system to:
generate print data based on an audio control device receiving a print instruction by voice of a user, wherein the audio control device executes
a first reception process of receiving information on an external access point from a terminal apparatus through a first wireless communication and a second reception process of receiving information on the external access point from the terminal apparatus through a second wireless communication, a communication speed of the first wireless communication is faster than that of the second wireless communication, and
wherein the print apparatus comprises:
a wireless interface configured to communicate to the external access point to which the audio control device connects based on the information on the external access point received in the first reception process or the second reception process;
at least one memory storing a program;
at least one processor that when executing the program causes the print apparatus to:
obtain, via the external access point, the print data generated by the server system based on the audio control device receiving the print instruction by voice; and
a printer engine configured to print based on the print data.

US Pat. No. 10,310,783

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS NEAR-FIELD WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to communicate with an external device, the information processing apparatus comprising:a first near-field wireless communication device configured to start a communication with the external device in accordance with a reception of a wireless signal transmitted from the external device near the first near-field wireless communication device;
a second near-field wireless communication device configured to start a communication with the external device in accordance with a reception of a wireless signal transmitted from the external device near the second near-field wireless communication device; and
at least one processor configured to execute a program to function as:
a control unit configured to, in a case where both the first near-field wireless communication device and the second near-field wireless communication device receive the wireless signal transmitted from the external device at a same time, control the second near-field wireless communication device to communicate with the external device in accordance with the reception of the wireless signal transmitted from the external device near the second near-field wireless communication device by the second near-field wireless communication device, and control the first near-field wireless communication device not to communicate with the external device even though the first near-field wireless communication devices also receives the wireless signal transmitted from the external device near the first near-field wireless communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,313,602

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to function as:
a focus detection unit configured to detect a defocus amount in an imaging optical system based on a signal obtained from an image sensor and to obtain a reliability of the detected defocus amount;
an exposure control unit configured to control exposure based on the signal obtained from the image sensor; and
a control unit configured to control driving of a focusing lens based on the defocus amount,
wherein:
the defocus amount detection and the exposure control are concurrently performed,
in a case where the reliability of the defocus amount detected by the focus detection unit is greater than or equal to a first reliability threshold value, and the defocus amount is smaller than or equal to a first defocus amount threshold value:
if the defocus amount does not meet a first condition or a second condition, the control unit determines that the image capture apparatus in an in-focus state and ends the control of driving of the focusing lens;
if the defocus amount meets the first condition or the second condition, the control unit does not determine that the image capture apparatus is in an in-focus state; and
the first condition is that it is determined that the defocus amount is based on a signal obtained before the exposure control is completed, and the second condition is that it is determined that the defocus amount is based on a signal affected by driving of an aperture in the exposure control, and
the exposure control includes generating an evaluation value and determining an exposure condition based on the evaluation value, and also includes at least one of changing an exposure time and changing an f-number in accordance with the determined exposure condition.

US Pat. No. 10,313,604

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a light emitter having a light source, configured to provide a notification of an operation status of a count-down operation of a self-timer when performing self-timer shooting, the notification being via light emission;
a memory and at least one processor, which function as:
a control unit configured to control the light emitter to provide the notification of the operation status of the self-timer in self-timer shooting if a predetermined condition that is assumed to be a shooting of a person is satisfied, and to control the light emitter not to provide the notification of the operation status of the self-timer in self timer shooting if the predetermined condition is not satisfied,
an object detector configured to detect a specific object from a captured image; and
a mode setting unit configured to set one of a plurality of operation modes,
wherein:
the predetermined condition includes a state where the object detector is detecting the specific object,
if the mode setting unit has set a first operation mode, the control unit is configured to control the light emitter to provide the notification of the operation status of the count-down operation of the self-timer in self-timer shooting irrespective of whether the object detector has detected the specific object, and
if the mode setting unit has set a second operation mode for a dark place, the control unit is configured to control the presence/absence of the notification of the operation status of the self-timer by the light emitter in accordance with whether the object detector has detected the specific object.

US Pat. No. 10,310,788

CONTROL METHOD FOR GENERATING DATA USED FOR PRINTING AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method in an information processing apparatus, the method comprising:receiving document data that has a layer structure and is able to contain a print ticket corresponding to each layer;
generating a first command for controlling printing according to a setting value included in a print ticket of a first layer contained in the received document data for a whole print job;
if there is a setting value corresponding to a first function belonging to a job scope or a document scope among setting values included in the print ticket of the first layer, storing the setting value corresponding to the first function on a storage area;
generating page data that is to be included in a print job on a basis of the received document data;
when there is a print ticket of a second layer that is lower than the first layer and is to be set for a page when the page data is generated, comparing a setting value corresponding to the first function included in the print ticket for the page with the stored setting value; and
when the compared setting values are different from each other, issuing a control code for separation and generating a second command for controlling the printing according to setting values corresponding to a plurality of functions included in the print ticket for the page,
wherein, when the compared setting values are not different from each other, next page data based on the received document data is generated without issuing the control code.

US Pat. No. 10,313,605

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF FOR GENERATING HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which generates HDR (High Dynamic Range) image data from a plurality of image data different in exposure amount, the apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory, the at least one memory having stored thereon instructions executable by the one or more processors,
wherein the execution of the instructions causes the image processing apparatus to function as units comprising:
(1) a discrimination unit configured to discriminate whether or not one preset image data of the plurality of image data includes a light region; and
(2) a composition unit configured to generate HDR image data by, in accordance with a discrimination result by the discrimination unit, applying at least one of first gamma or second gamma different from the first gamma to each of the plurality of image data, and composing a plurality of image data obtained by applying at least one of the first gamma or the second gamma,
wherein the composition unit, in a case that the discrimination unit discriminates that the one preset image data includes the light region, calculates a pixel value using a pixel value obtained as a result of applying the first gamma to at least one of the plurality of image data in an area not discriminated to be the light region without using a result of applying the second gamma to the plurality of image data, and calculates a pixel value using a pixel value obtained as a result of applying the second gamma to at least one of the plurality of image data in the region discriminated to be the light region,
wherein the first gamma is gamma which emphasizes gradation of a dark portion, and
wherein the second gamma is gamma which emphasizes gradation of a light portion.

US Pat. No. 10,313,617

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a pixel portion in which pixels that convert entered light into electric signals are arranged in a matrix;
a column output line provided for each pixel column of the pixel portion;
a clip circuit configured to clip, at a predetermined signal level, signals respectively output from the pixels to the column output lines;
an A/D converter configured to A/D convert the signals clipped by the clip circuit;
a controller circuit configured to change a signal level at which clipping is performed by the clip circuit, according to a maximum value of a conversion range of the A/D converter; and a correction circuit configured to correct streak-shaped or band-shaped noise of the A/D converted signals in a line direction caused by high luminance light that enters the pixel portion, wherein the clip circuit is arranged at a preceding stage of a comparison circuit of the A/D converter and clips analog signals respectively output from the pixels to the column output lines, and
wherein the analog signals are clipped to a value that is smaller than a maximum value of a ramp signal input to the comparison circuit and a digital gain is applied to the A/D converted signals to compensate a difference between the clipped value and the maximum value of the ramp signal.

US Pat. No. 10,311,592

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method for capturing image data of a moving object, comprising:acquiring a plurality of image data items by continuously capturing images of the object;
computing positional information of the moving object and image feature values of respective one of the image data items;
calculating degree of matching, for each of the plurality of image data items and while the positional information satisfies a predetermined condition, by sequentially comparing the image feature values with reference image feature values that have been acquired in advance,
wherein either image data for which the degree of matching has been calculated earlier or image data for which the degree of matching has been calculated later, whichever is higher in the degree of matching, is stored.

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. 10,308,557

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric ceramic comprising Cu content and a perovskite-type metal oxide having the following general formula (1):NaxBa1-yNbyZr1-yO3  (1)
wherein x satisfies 0.85?x?0.96, and y satisfies 0.90?y?0.96,
wherein the Cu content corresponds to 2.00 mol % or less of the amount of the perovskite-type metal oxide, and
wherein the average equivalent circular diameter of crystal grains of the piezoelectric ceramic is 0.3 ?m or more and 100 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 10,310,350

ORGANIC COMPOUND, ELECTROCHROMIC COMPOUND, AND ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, IMAGING DEVICE, AND WINDOW COMPONENT HAVING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound of Formula (1),
wherein, in Formula (1), R1 is an alkyl group or an alkoxy group, X1 and X2 are each independently selected from an alkyl group which may have a substituent, an aryl group which may have a substituent, or an aralkyl group which may have a substituent, and A1? and A2? are each independently a monovalent anion.

US Pat. No. 10,310,357

OPTICAL APPARATUS INCLUDING ELASTIC DAMPING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:an optical unit including a movable member and an actuator that drives the movable member;
a holder configured to hold the optical unit; and
an elastic member that has a first contacting portion and a second contacting portion each contacting the holder, and a flexible portion provided between the first and second contacting portions and connected to the optical unit,
wherein the flexible portion is connected to the optical unit at a connection position such that a first space is formed between the flexible portion and the optical unit, and a second space is formed between the flexible portion and the holder so as to include an opposite position to the connection position.

US Pat. No. 10,312,723

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:an authentication unit that performs authentication to determine whether a battery is a predetermined battery;
a power receiving unit that receives power supplied from an external apparatus; and
a power control unit that (a) controls power supplied from the external apparatus to a first power path and a second power path if it has been determined that the battery is the predetermined battery, and (b) limits power supplied from the external apparatus to the first power path and the second power path if it has been determined that the battery is not the predetermined battery,
wherein the first power path differs from the second power path, and the second power path is a power path for supplying power from the power control unit to the battery.

US Pat. No. 10,310,675

USER INTERFACE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for specifying an operation performed on an operation surface, the apparatus comprising:an image sensor installed at a position upward from the operation surface and configured to sense a distance from respective positions of a plurality of positions of a target object placed on the operation surface;
a memory storing instructions; and
one or more processors which execute the instructions and cause the apparatus to function as units comprising:
(1) a first acquisition unit that acquires distances from the image sensor to respective positions of a plurality of positions of a target object placed on the operation surface;
(2) a first determination unit that determines that the target object performs a touch gesture against the operation surface in a case where the distance acquired by the first acquisition unit is less than or equal to a predetermined value;
(3) a first specification unit that specifies a tip of the target object that is determined to have performed the touch gesture in an image having the distances acquired by the first acquisition unit;
(4) a second specification unit that specifies a direction of the target object in the image having the distances;
(5) a second acquisition unit that acquires an angle formed by the direction of the target object and the operation surface using the image having the distances; and
(6) a second determination unit that determines, as the touch position on the operation surface, a position shifted by a predetermined amount in the specified direction of the target object from the specified tip of the target object,
wherein the predetermined amount is a first amount in a case where the acquired angle is a first angle, and
wherein the predetermined amount is a second amount that is smaller than the first amount in a case where the acquired angle is a second angle that is larger than the first angle.

US Pat. No. 10,310,424

FIXING DEVICE THAT ALLEVIATES A PHYSICAL LOAD ON NON-HEAT-GENERATING REGIONS OF A HEAT GENERATING LAYER OF A FIXING FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:(A) a cylindrical film including a heat generating layer that generates heat by energization, and an electroconductive layer electrically connected with the heat generating layer and extending along a circumferential direction of the film at a longitudinal end portion of the film, wherein a volume resistivity of the electroconductive layer is less than a volume resistivity of the heat generating layer;
(B) an energizing member configured to energize the heat generating layer;
(C) a roller;
(D) a sliding member elongated in a longitudinal direction of the film and configured to slide on an inner surface of the film and to form a nip in cooperation with the roller, so as to feed a recording material through the nip; and
(E) a supporting member configured to support the sliding member from a side opposite from a side on which the sliding member contacts the film, wherein a thermal conductivity of the sliding member is greater than a thermal conductivity of the supporting member,
wherein the recording material, on which a toner image is formed is heated while being fed through the nip, and
wherein a longitudinal end of the sliding member is positioned between an inner end surface and an outer end surface of the electroconductive layer with respect to the longitudinal direction of the film.

US Pat. No. 10,310,429

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image bearing member;
a rotatable intermediary transfer belt configured to receive a toner image from said image bearing member at a primary transfer portion opposing said image bearing member;
a secondary transfer roller configured to contact said intermediary transfer belt to transfer the toner image from said intermediary transfer belt onto the recording material at a secondary transfer portion;
a feeding path configured to feed the recording material to said secondary transfer portion;
a sensor unit provided below said intermediary transfer belt and opposed to said intermediary transfer belt and said feeding path at a position downstream of said primary transfer portion and upstream of said secondary transfer portion and including a sensor configured to detect the toner image on said intermediary transfer belt and a shutter configured to open and close the sensor;
wherein said shutter includes an exposing portion configured to expose a window of said sensor to permit detection of the toner image on said intermediary transfer belt and a cover portion configured to cover said window of said sensor,
wherein said sensor unit is provided with a side wall disposed at a position upstream of said sensor with respect to a rotating direction of said intermediary transfer belt and crossing with a plane of said shutter,
wherein said side wall is provided with a cut-away portion at a top end thereof,
wherein as viewed in a direction facing said side wall, said cut-away portion overlaps an imaginary range provided by extending said exposing portion in a direction perpendicular to a surface of said shutter when said shutter is in a closing position, and
wherein a lower end of said cut-away portion is below a lower surface of said shutter, and is opposed to said exposing portion when said shutter is in the closing position.

US Pat. No. 10,310,432

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a recording material;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image on the recording material, said fixing portion including a first rotatable member and a second rotatable member cooperative with said first rotatable member to form a nip, wherein the recording material carrying the toner image is subjected to a fixing process by passing through the nip so that the toner image is fixed on the recording material;
an obtaining portion configured to obtain information relating to remaining service life of each area provided by dividing said first rotatable member into a plurality of areas in a longitudinal direction of said first rotatable member; and
an informing portion configured to inform a remaining service life of said fixing portion or said image forming apparatus in accordance with the information obtained by said obtaining portion,
wherein the information is provided by accumulating values each obtained, for each image formation job, by multiplying a time period of said fixing process by an operation coefficient determined on the basis of a size of the recording material and a position of the area.

US Pat. No. 10,310,436

SHEET DISCHARGE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet discharge device comprising:a discharge roller;
a first roller configured to form a first nip portion by contacting the discharge roller;
a second roller configured to form a second nip portion by contacting the discharge roller on a downstream side of the first roller in a rotation direction of the discharge roller;
an urging unit configured to urge the first roller and the second roller toward the discharge roller;
an adjustment unit configured to adjust a ratio of a pressure of the second nip portion relative to a pressure of the first nip portion in a state in which the first roller and the second roller are kept in contact with the discharge roller by the urging unit; and
a stacking unit on which a sheet is to be stacked,
wherein, in a case where the ratio is adjusted by the adjustment unit to a first ratio, the sheet that passes through the second nip portion is decurled and discharged directly toward the stacking unit at a first discharge angle, and
wherein, in a case where the ratio is adjusted by the adjustment unit to a second ratio that is different from the first ratio, the sheet that passes through the second nip portion is decurled and discharged directly toward the stacking unit at a second discharge angle that is equivalent to the first discharge angle.

US Pat. No. 10,310,439

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing unit;
a display unit;
a touch sensor;
a human sensor;
a power control unit which performs control, based on a detection result of the human sensor, so that power is supplied to a predetermined device of the printing apparatus without lighting up the display unit;
a display control unit which lights up the display unit based on a detection result of the touch sensor; and
a print control unit which controls, based on a predetermined user operation for a predetermined screen displayed on the display unit, a predetermined device of the printing unit to be driven.

US Pat. No. 10,310,442

FRAME FOR FORMING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE FRAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a frame structure for an image forming apparatus, the frame structure includinga first stay including a first and a second welding surface welded to a frame assembly,
a second stay including a third and a fourth welding surface welded to said frame assembly,
a third stay including a fifth and a sixth welding surface welded to said frame assembly,
at least one supporting portion provided on each of said first stay, said second stay and said third stay and configured to support said frame assembly on an installation surface in contact with said installation surface,
a first opposing surface of said frame assembly opposing said first welding surface and welded with said first welding surface,
a second opposing surface of said frame assembly opposing said second welding surface and welded with said second welding surface,
a third opposing surface of said frame assembly opposing said third welding surface and welded with said third welding surface,
a fourth opposing surface of said frame assembly opposing said fourth welding surface and welded with said fourth opposing surface,
a fifth opposing surface of said frame assembly opposing said fifth welding surface and welded with said fifth welding surface, and
a sixth opposing surface of said frame assembly opposing said sixth welding surface and welded with said sixth opposing surface,
said frame assembly being welded with said first stay, said second stay and said third stay so that said frame assembly supported to said installation surface by a plurality of said supporting portions is not contact with said installation surface, said manufacturing method comprising:
a fixing step of fixing said frame assembly to a jig in a state in which said frame assembly is not contact with said installation surface;
a adjusting step of adjusting a position of said first stay to said frame assembly by moving said first stay in a vertical direction in a state in which said first welding surface contacts said first opposing surface and said second welding surface contacts said second opposing surface, adjusting a position of said second stay to said frame assembly by moving said second stay in the vertical direction in a state in which said third welding surface contacts said third opposing surface and said fourth welding surface contacts said fourth opposing surface, and adjusting a position of said third stay to said frame assembly by moving said third stay in the vertical direction in a state in which said fifth welding surface contacts said fifth opposing surface and said sixth welding surface contacts said sixth opposing surface; and
a welding step of welding said first welding surface to said first opposing surface, welding said second welding surface to said second opposing surface, welding said third welding surface to said third opposing surface, welding said fourth welding surface to said fourth opposing surface, welding said fifth welding surface to said fifth opposing surface, and welding said sixth welding surface to said sixth opposing surface in a state in which said plurality of said supporting portions contact said installation surface and said frame assembly is not contact with said installation surface.

US Pat. No. 10,310,447

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising an electroconductive support and an elastic layer on the support, whereinthe electrophotographic member has convex portions composed of the elastic layer on a surface of the electrophotographic member,
the electrophotographic member has a filled portion containing a resin at a valley portion between the convex portions,
the filled portion has a height lower than heights of the convex portions,
the surface of the electrophotographic member includes
a first region which is a surface of the elastic layer uncovered with the filled portion and
a second region which is a surface of the filled portion, and wherein when
a Martens hardness measured at a surface of the first region is defined as H1, and a Martens hardness measured at a surface of the second region is defined as H2, H1 and H2 satisfy a following relationship: H2>H1.

US Pat. No. 10,310,449

LOUVER ASSEMBLY FOR AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion configured to form an image;
a circuit board provided further on a back side of the image forming apparatus than the image forming portion and on which a circuit component configured to drive the image forming portion is implemented;
an apparatus body configured to accommodate the image forming portion and the circuit board; and
a louver unit through which an inside of the apparatus body communicates with an outside of the apparatus body and which is disposed under the circuit board such that at least a part of the louver unit overlaps with the circuit board when the louver unit is viewed in a vertical direction from underneath, the louver unit comprising a first louver portion and a second louver portion, the first louver portion comprising a plurality of first slat portions arranged with first openings therebetween, the second louver portion comprising a plurality of second slat portions arranged with second openings therebetween,
wherein the apparatus body comprises such a shape that the louver unit and a surface on which the image forming apparatus is installed oppose each other with a space therebetween,
wherein the plurality of second slat portions are disposed under the plurality of first slat portions such that, in a case where the louver unit is viewed in the vertical direction from underneath, the plurality of second slat portions respectively overlap the first openings, and
wherein the first openings and the second openings communicate the inside with the outside of the apparatus body.

US Pat. No. 10,313,535

REMOTE SUPPORT APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, REMOTE SUPPORT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:a supporting apparatus;
a relay server; and
a printing apparatus,
the supporting apparatus comprising:
a first memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions stored in the first memory device to:
receive a selection of one support type from among a plurality of support types of the printing apparatus including at least a first support type and a second support type, wherein the first support type indicates a remote operation of the printing apparatus, and the second support type indicates a displaying of a maintenance moving image; and
transmit, to the relay server, information indicating the support type of which selection is received,
the printing apparatus comprising:
a second memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions stored in the second memory device to:
get, from the relay server, the information indicating the support type;
display a maintenance moving image on an operation panel of the printing apparatus in a case where the got support type is the second support type indicating the displaying of a maintenance moving image, the displayed maintenance moving image being got from the relay server; and
transmit, to the relay server, an image displayed on the operation panel of the printing apparatus in a case where the got support type is the first support type indicating the remote operation of the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,310,213

LENS CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens control apparatus comprising:a focus detection unit configured to detect an amount of defocus on a basis of a pair of image signals obtained by an imaging element receiving and photoelectrically converting a pair of light rays with parallax that has passed through a shooting optical system including a focus lens;
a control unit configured to control drive of the focus lens on a basis of a focus detection result of the focus detection unit;
a moving subject determination unit configured to determine whether or not a subject is a moving subject; and
a focus determination unit configured to determine whether or not the subject is in focus, on a basis of the amount of defocus, wherein
in a first mode where the control unit performs control in such a manner as to drive the focus lens on a basis of a preset drive speed, upon the moving subject determination unit having determined that the subject is a moving subject, when the focus determination unit determines that the subject is in focus, a transition is made to a second mode where a drive speed of the focus lens is variably controlled on the basis of the amount of defocus.

US Pat. No. 10,313,544

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a sensor including a plurality of elements and each of the plurality of elements outputs temperature data, the image forming apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
memory, wherein one or more programs are stored in the memory and configured to be executed by the one or more processors, the one or more programs including:
instruction for identifying elements that output temperature data which is higher than a reference temperature among the plurality of elements;
instruction for identifying a heat source region where the number of elements is largest from among a plurality of heat source regions formed by the identified elements;
instruction for determining one or more feature parameters of the identified largest heat source region; and
instruction for shifting a power state of the image forming apparatus based on the one or more the determined feature parameters.