US Pat. No. 10,313,547

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
reading out data of a first area of image data to be subjected to image processing from an external memory, sequentially interpreting a plurality of commands included in a command list obtained from the external memory, and transmitting the data of the first area to an image processing circuit according to the command; and
receiving data obtained by performing the image processing on the data of the first area from the image processing circuit and writing the received data in the external memory according to the command,
wherein, based on a control signal indicating that data of a second area following to the data of the first area can be read out from the external memory,
reading out data comprises controlling readout of a following command to a command indicating suspension from the external memory and continuation, suspension, or restart of transmission of the data of the second area, and
based on a control signal indicating that the data of the second area following to the data of the first area can be read out from the external memory,
receiving data comprises controlling, in a case that the command indicating suspension is received, continuation, suspension, or restart of writing of the data of the second area to the external memory.

US Pat. No. 10,313,554

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING DOCUMENT THUMBNAIL IMAGE, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a storage that is able to store a first document, a first thumbnail image of a top page of the first document, a second document, and a second thumbnail image of a top page of the second document;
a user interface that receives a merge instruction for merging the first document and the second document; and
a controller that performs output process of
outputting a third document obtained by merging, in accordance with the merge instruction, the first document and the second document stored in the storage;
wherein the first document, the first thumbnail image, the second document, and the second thumbnail image remain after merging the first document and the second document, and
wherein, in accordance with the merge instruction, the controller determines a top thumbnail image of a top document in the first document and the second document
as a thumbnail image of the third document without generating a third thumbnail image of the third document.

US Pat. No. 10,313,580

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a touch detection unit configured to detect a touch operation on an operation surface, the operation surface including a first region, a third region adjacent to the first region, and a second region adjacent to the third region; and
a control unit configured to perform, when a touch position is moved in the first region, control to move a mark, which is displayed on a display unit different from the operation surface, based on a first component and a second component of movement of the touch position,
wherein the control unit performs control not to move the mark displayed on the display unit when the touch position is moved in the second region of the operation surface, and
wherein the control unit performs control not to move the mark displayed on the display unit based on at least one of the first component and the second component of movement of the touch position when the touch position is moved in the third region.

US Pat. No. 10,308,458

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a feeding portion configured to feed a sheet;
an image forming portion configured to form an image to be transferred on the sheet fed by the feeding portion;
a transferring portion configured to transfer the image formed by the image forming portion on the sheet;
a conveying portion configured to stop the sheet fed by the feeding portion at a predetermined position and to convey the sheet to the transferring portion so that the image formed by the image forming portion is transferred to the sheet;
a type discriminating portion configured to discriminate a type of the sheet to be fed; and
a controlling portion configured to control the feeding portion,
wherein the controlling portion changes a sheet feeding start timing at which the feeding portion starts to feed the sheet to the conveying portion based on the type of the sheet discriminated by the type discriminating portion, whereby a time period in which the sheet is being stopped by the conveying portion is changed based on the type of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,306,453

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for a communication apparatus capable of establishing a first wireless connection based on a predetermined communication standard with a first apparatus and a second wireless connection based on the predetermined communication standard with a second apparatus, wherein the communication apparatus is able to establish the first wireless connection and the second wireless connection concurrently in a case where a communication channel used for the first wireless connection is the same as a communication channel used for the second wireless connection, the control method comprising:executing first search processing at a first interval more than once in a case where the second wireless connection is disconnected in a state in which the first wireless connection and the second wireless connection are established concurrently, wherein the first search processing is a search for the second apparatus by using a plurality of communication channels, and executing second search processing at a second interval shorter than the first interval more than once in a case where the second wireless connection is disconnected in a state in which the first wireless connection and the second wireless connection are not established concurrently, wherein the second search processing is a search for the second apparatus by using a plurality of communication channels; and
establishing the second wireless connection in a case where the second apparatus capable of being wirelessly connected to the communication apparatus is discovered by one of the first search processing and the second search processing.

US Pat. No. 10,252,872

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,252,393

COMPONENT MANUFACTURING METHOD AND POLISHING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A component manufacturing method for manufacturing a component by moving a workpiece having a spherical processed surface with respect to a polishing tool having a spherical processing surface to polish the workpiece, the component manufacturing method comprising:causing a holding member to hold the workpiece such that a spherical center of the processed surface of the workpiece is located on a central axis of the holding member;
pressing the processed surface of the workpiece against the processing surface of the polishing tool; and
moving the holding member, by a moving mechanism, such that the spherical center of the processed surface of the workpiece is positioned at a spherical center of the processing surface of the polishing tool and that the workpiece held by the holding member reciprocates on the processing surface of the polishing tool,
wherein the moving mechanism comprises an articulated arm formed by a plurality of arms pivotally coupled together by a plurality of rotary joints, and wherein each of the plurality of rotary joints rotates about a rotational axis and is independently driven, and
wherein at least three of the rotational axes about which respective rotary joints rotate are substantially parallel to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,289,049

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,291,869

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:a pixel section in which pixels are arranged two-dimensionally, each of the pixels including (i) an amplifier transistor that is connected to a power voltage and has a gate into which a voltage of a signal charge generated by a photoelectric conversion area is input and (ii) a selection transistor that is connected to the amplifier transistor and a signal line; and
an AD conversion circuit including (i) a reference transistor that has a gate into which a ramp signal having a voltage that changes at a constant rate is input and (ii) a constant current source that is connected to the reference transistor and the signal line,
wherein the voltage of the ramp signal or a driving ability of the reference transistor changes between a first mode and a second mode, the first mode being a mode in which a voltage of a signal charge obtained by turning one selection transistor on per signal line is AD-converted by the AD conversion circuit, and the second mode being a mode in which a voltage of a signal charge obtained by turning a plurality of selection transistors on per signal line is AD-converted by the AD conversion circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,254,706

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A CONTACT/SEPARATION MECHANISM FOR MOVING A DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly;
a drum cartridge which includes a photosensitive drum rotatable by receiving a driving force from said main assembly and on which an electrostatic latent image is formed by being exposed to light, said drum cartridge being mountable to and dismountable from a mounting position in said main assembly along a mounting and dismounting path;
a rotatable member which is provided in the main assembly and which is rotatable between a closed position on the mounting and dismounting path and an open position retracted from the mounting and dismounting path;
a developing device including a developer carrying member configured to carry a developer to develop the electrostatic latent image with toner contained in the developer;
a contact/separation mechanism for bringing said developing device into contact with and separating said developing device from said drum cartridge in interrelation with rotational motion of said rotatable member, with the contact/separation mechanism bringing said developing device into contact with said drum cartridge mounted at the mounting position such that a distance between a photosensitive surface of said photosensitive drum and a developer carrying surface of the developer carrying member is a predetermined distance;
an elastic member configured to apply an urging force to said drum cartridge toward an upstream side of a mounting direction of said drum cartridge against a mounting operation thereof;
an engaging portion configured to engage with said drum cartridge receiving the urging force to restrict movement of said drum cartridge from a mounted position toward the upstream side in the mounting direction;
wherein the drum cartridge further includes a release member for releasing engagement between said drum cartridge and said engaging portion;
wherein said drum cartridge is moved to a predetermined position in an upstream side of the mounting position with respect to the mounting direction by receiving the urging force upon release of the engagement between said drum cartridge and said engaging portion;
wherein said drum cartridge positioned at the predetermined position contacts said rotatable member subjected to a closing operation to restrict rotation of said rotating member, and said drum cartridge receives a force including a component toward upstream of the mounting direction, from said rotatable member through a contact portion with said rotatable member.

US Pat. No. 10,289,054

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus body;
an image forming portion disposed in the apparatus body and configured to form an image on a sheet;
a first sheet discharge portion configured to discharge the sheet, on which the image has been formed by the image forming portion, out of the apparatus body;
a second sheet discharge portion provided above the first sheet discharge portion and configured to discharge the sheet, on which the image has been formed by the image forming portion, out of the apparatus body;
a first sheet processing unit configured to process the sheet on which the image has been formed by the image forming portion;
a second sheet processing unit comprising a body separate from the first sheet processing unit and configured to be mounted between the first sheet discharge portion and the first sheet processing unit, the second sheet processing unit being configured to process the sheet discharged from the first sheet discharge portion and guide the sheet to the first sheet processing unit;
a first support portion provided on the first sheet processing unit;
a second support portion disposed upstream of the first support portion in a sheet discharge direction of the second sheet discharge portion and on or above the second sheet processing unit, the second support portion being configured to support stacked sheets, each of which is discharged out of the apparatus body by the second sheet discharge portion, in collaboration with the first support portion; and
a trailing end regulating portion arranged on an upstream end of the second support portion in the sheet discharge direction and configured to be in contact with and regulate trailing ends, in the sheet discharge direction, of the sheets stacked on the first and second support portions.

US Pat. No. 10,255,507

DETECTION OF AN OBJECT IN A DISTORTED IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,290,135

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM THAT SELECT IMAGES BASED ON EVALUATIONS AND LAY OUT A MAIN IMAGE ON A MAIN SLOT AND A SUB IMAGE ON A SUB SLOT IN A TEMPLATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method, for creating an album of a plurality of double page spreads, that is executed, in an image processing apparatus, by a processor executing a program stored in a memory, the method comprising: dividing a plurality of images into a plurality of image groups corresponding to the double page spreads; analyzing a feature amount for each of the images included in each of the plurality of image groups; determining, based on the analyzed feature amount of the images, a kind of scene of an image group among the plurality of image groups, performing a first image evaluation for an image of the image group, in accordance with a first evaluation criterion corresponding to the determined kind of scene among a plurality of first evaluation criteria, and performing a second image evaluation for an image of the image group in accordance with a second evaluation criterion, corresponding to the determined kind of scene among a plurality of second evaluation criteria, different from the first evaluation criteria; automatically selecting a main image included in each of the plurality of image groups, to be laid out on a main slot in a template, based on the first image evaluation for selecting the main image, and automatically selecting a sub image included in each of the plurality of image groups, to be laid out on a sub slot in the template that is smaller than the main slot, based on the second image evaluation performed for selecting the sub image, except the selected main image; and automatically laying out the main image on the main slot in the template for each of the plurality of double page spreads, and automatically laying out the sub image on the sub slot in the template, wherein the kind of scene is determined individually for each of the plurality of image groups, and the first evaluation criterion and the second evaluation criterion are selected individually for each of the plurality of image groups.

US Pat. No. 10,288,855

ATTACHMENT OPTICAL SYSTEM, IMAGE CAPTURING OPTICAL SYSTEM, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An attachment optical system detachably attached to an image capturing optical system, the attachment optical system comprising:a first lens provided with a first aspherical surface, the first aspherical surface including a plurality of concave portions and a plurality of convex portions that are formed in a rotation direction with respect to an optical axis of the attachment optical system; and
a second lens provided with a second aspherical surface, the second aspherical surface including a plurality of concave portions and a plurality of convex portions that are formed in the rotation direction,
wherein, by relatively rotating the first lens and the second lens around the optical axis, a distance between the first aspherical surface and the second aspherical surface in a direction of the optical axis changes while a combined focal length of the first and the second lenses is unchanged.

US Pat. No. 10,257,374

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a storage configured to store a personal setting value of a user in a first storage area;
a processor; and
a memory storing a computer code, which when executed by the processor, causes the processor to function as:
an executing unit configured to execute a login of the user;
a control unit configured to determine whether the personal setting value of the user who logs into the image forming apparatus can be stored in the first storage area, and in a case where it is determined that the personal setting value cannot be stored and registration of the personal setting value is instructed by the user, perform control so as to store the personal setting value of which the registration is instructed in a second storage area; and
a holding unit configured to hold information about personal setting subject to storage into the second storage area, the information about the personal setting including information about a transmission function of the image forming apparatus,
wherein a first personal setting value of the user stored in the first storage area is not deleted when the user logs out, and a second personal setting value stored in the second storage area is deleted when the user logs out, and
wherein the control unit performs control to store the personal setting value of which the registration is instructed in the second storage area in a case where it is determined that the personal setting value instructed by the user is a value associated with the information about the personal setting subject to storage, held by the holding unit, and to prohibit to store the personal setting value of which the registration is instructed in a case where it is determined that the personal setting value instructed by the user is a value not associated with the information about the personal setting subject to storage, held by the holding unit.

US Pat. No. 10,255,883

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for outputting to a display unit an output image, the image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor and/or at least one circuit to perform the operations of the following units:
a first acquisition unit acquiring a detected value from a measurement unit for measuring luminance of an image displayed on the display unit;
a setting unit setting the output dynamic range based on the detected value;
a conversion unit generating the output image by converting gradation values of the input image based on the output dynamic range, and
an output unit outputting the output image to the display unit, wherein
the conversion unit converts a gradation value of a first pixel of an input image, the gradation value of the first pixel corresponding to luminance without the output dynamic range, into a predetermined gradation value, and converts a gradation value of a second pixel of the input image, the gradation value of the second pixel corresponding to luminance in the output dynamic range into a gradation value less than or equal to the predetermined gradation value.

US Pat. No. 10,257,683

MOBILE TERMINAL, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of correcting a radio wave strength of a packet received by a communication terminal, comprising:displaying a first screen related to the correction of the radio wave strength of the received packet;
acquiring first information indicating the radio wave strength of the packet received by the communication terminal, in accordance with acceptance of a predetermined user instruction via the first screen;
displaying a second screen related to the correction of the radio wave strength of the received packet, at least in accordance with completion of the acquisition;
acquiring second information indicating the radio wave strength of the packet received by the communication terminal, in accordance with acceptance of a predetermined user operation via the second screen; and
deciding a correction value at least based on the acquired first information and the acquired second information.

US Pat. No. 10,257,428

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THAT ADJUST, BASED ON A TARGET OBJECT DISTANCE, AT LEAST ONE OF BRIGHTNESS OF EMITTED PATTERN LIGHT AND AN EXPOSURE AMOUNT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor operatively coupled to a memory, serving as:
(a) an acquisition unit configured to acquire a captured image obtained by capturing, by an image capturing unit, a target object to which a pattern has been projected;
(b) an obtaining unit configured to obtain an intersection point between (i) a luminance value waveform formed from luminance values of respective pixels constituting a first captured image of the target object to which a first pattern has been projected, and (ii) a luminance value waveform formed from luminance values of respective pixels constituting a second captured image of the target object to which a second pattern obtained by inverting bright and dark portions in the first pattern has been projected; and
(c) an adjustment unit configured to adjust, in accordance with a ratio of the number of intersection points to the number of pixels of the captured image, at least one of (i) a first parameter for controlling brightness of the pattern projected from a projection unit configured to project the pattern, and (ii) a second parameter for controlling an exposure amount of the image capturing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,286,649

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND CLEANING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:a recording head configured to perform a recording operation on a recording medium, the recording head including a discharge port surface in which a first discharge port configured to discharge a first amount of ink droplets and a second discharge port configured to discharge a second amount of ink droplets are formed, the second amount being smaller than the first amount;
a cap configured to cover the discharge port surface;
a pump connected to the cap and configured to suck ink from the recording head when the cap covers the discharge port surface;
a valve arranged between the cap and the pump, the valve being capable of switching between an open state in which the cap communicates with the pump and a closed state in which the cap does not communicate with the pump;
a determination unit configured to determine which of a plurality of recording operations to be performed by the recording head, the plurality of recording operations including a first recording operation for performing recording on the recording medium by using the first and second discharge ports and a second recording operation for performing recording on the recording medium by using the first discharge port without using the second discharge port; and
a control unit configured to if the determination unit determines to perform the first recording operation, control to perform a first suction operation and a second suction operation before the first recording operation wherein the first suction operation is an operation of sucking the ink by driving the pump with the valve opened, and wherein the second suction operation is an operation of sucking the ink by opening the valve after driving the pump for a predetermined time with the valve closed, and,
wherein the control unit is configured to, if the determination unit determines to perform the second recording operation, control not to perform the second suction operation and to perform the first suction operation before the second recording operation.

US Pat. No. 10,286,657

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND RECOVERY PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a print head configured to perform printing by ejecting ink from an ejection port;
an ink receiving unit configured to receive ink ejected from the print head;
a preliminary discharge unit configured to cause the print head to perform a preliminary discharge operation to the ink receiving unit in response to receiving a preliminary discharge command having a number of preliminary discharges;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information relating to a condensation degree of ink; and
a changing unit configured to change the number of preliminary discharges, in a case where the preliminary discharge command is received, based on a first threshold value determined by the condensation degree of ink obtained by the obtaining unit and a second threshold value that is larger than the first threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,286,661

LIQUID DISCHARGE METHOD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS FOR HEATING A LIQUID THROUGH A SURFACE TO GENERATE A BUBBLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge method of discharging liquid with a liquid discharge head having a heating surface that contacts and heats the liquid, a discharge port that faces the heating surface and discharges the liquid, and a heating portion configured to generate thermal energy that is used to heat the liquid through the heating surface, the method comprising:heating, by applying a first voltage pulse to the heating portion, the liquid through the heating surface to generate a first bubble such that the first bubble communicates with an atmosphere, thereby discharging the liquid, wherein the liquid that is being discharged from the discharge port includes a trailing portion, the trailing portion moves toward the heating surface in response to a reduction in volume of the first bubble, and the trailing portion contacts the heating surface; and
heating, by applying a second voltage pulse to the heating portion, the trailing portion that is in contact with the heating surface through the heating surface, thereby generating a second bubble.

US Pat. No. 10,256,672

POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM, POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DETERMINING WHEN RECEIVED POWER IS DETERIORATED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transfer system comprising a power supply apparatus, and a power receiving apparatus which receive power supply from said power supply apparatus,the power receiving apparatus comprising
a power receiving unit configured to wirelessly receive power from the power supply apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine, when power received by the power receiving unit deteriorates, whether or not another power receiving apparatus exists within a range over which the power supply apparatus transmits power by detecting communication between the power supply apparatus and the another power receiving apparatus; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the power supply apparatus, a limitation signal for causing the power supply apparatus to limit supply of power in a case where the determination unit determines that the another power receiving apparatus does not exist within the range when power received by the power receiving unit deteriorates;
the power supply apparatus comprising
a control unit configured to limit wirelessly performing supply of power in a case where the limitation signal is received.

US Pat. No. 10,286,668

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid ejection head having an ejection port forming region including liquid ejection energy generating elements arranged on a first surface of a substrate along with electric wiring for driving the liquid ejection energy generating elements, a plurality of liquid supply ports each running through the substrate and having an opening at the first surface of the substrate, a liquid path formed on the first surface as a space containing the liquid ejection energy generating elements and the plurality of liquid supply ports, and ejection ports for ejecting liquid from the liquid path by driving the liquid ejection energy generating elements, the method comprising:a step of forming a liquid path forming member on the first surface of the substrate, using a first dry film resist;
a step of forming an ejection port forming member on the liquid path forming member;
a step of forming the liquid path in the liquid path forming member; and
a step of forming the ejection ports in the ejection port forming member,
wherein the substrate has dummy holes each having an opening at the first surface of the substrate outside the ejection port forming region, and
wherein the step of forming the liquid path includes a step of curing at least part of the liquid path forming member located above the dummy holes.

US Pat. No. 10,257,704

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a communication unit configured to perform a communication based on a predetermined communication method;
an authentication unit configured to execute authentication processing for authenticating an information processing apparatus by using authentication information as a specific apparatus that is permitted to perform a predetermined communication with the communication apparatus based on the predetermined communication method, wherein the authentication processing is executed based on specifications of the predetermined communication method;
a display unit configured to display a display screen including identification information for identifying the information processing apparatus authenticated by the authentication processing as the specific apparatus, wherein the identification information is not information set to be obtained by the communication apparatus in the authentication processing based on the specifications of the predetermined communication method;
an execution unit configured to execute change processing for changing contents of the authentication information; and
a control unit configured to perform, in a case where the change processing is executed, control such that the identification information for identifying the information processing apparatus authenticated as the specific apparatus by the authentication processing executed before the execution of the change processing is not included in the display screen.

US Pat. No. 10,280,020

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:a rotary drive member configured to rotate by receiving transmission of driving force from a driving source;
a driven rotary member arranged with a predetermined distance in a sheet conveyance direction from the rotary drive member;
an endless belt member supported on the rotary drive member and the driven rotary member, and configured to be rotated by a rotation of the rotary drive member;
a guide member configured to guide a sheet conveyed by the belt member; and
a shaft configured to support the rotary drive member, the guide member being mounted to the shaft,
wherein the rotary drive member is supported on the shaft in a rotatable manner with respect to the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,280,021

FEEDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding apparatus comprising:a feeding rotary member configured to feed a recording material accommodated in an accommodation unit;
a conveying rotary member pair configured to convey the recording material fed by the feeding rotary member,
wherein the conveying rotary member pair includes first and second rotary members which form a nip portion and the recording material is conveyed while being nipped in the nip portion;
an output unit configured to output a state signal in accordance with a rotation state of the second rotary member;
a detection unit configured to determine whether the recording material has reached a position on a downstream side relative to the nip portion in a feeding direction of the recording material; and
a control unit configured to stop the feeding operation in a case where the detection unit does not detect the recording material by the time when a threshold time has elapsed after the feeding operation is started on the recording material by the feeding rotary member and the conveying rotary member pair,
wherein the control unit determines that the recording material is stopped at a position on an upstream side relative to the nip portion in the feeding direction in a case where a rotation speed of the second rotary member, indicated by the state signal output from the output unit at least in a period of time from when a period of time required for the recording material to reach the nip portion has elapsed to when the feeding operation is stopped, is faster than a threshold speed.

US Pat. No. 10,279,546

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING STRUCTURAL BODY AND MANUFACTURING APPARATUS THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a structural body in which while an in-process structural body is supported by a support member on a model forming table, a model forming layer which forms the structural body is laminated to form the structural body, the method comprising the steps of:supplying a liquid model forming material for forming the model forming layer directly on a surface of the in-process structural body using a liquid ejector to eject the liquid model forming material directly on the surface of the in-process structural body;
while a defining surface of a defining member which defines an upper surface of the model forming layer on the surface of the in-process structural body is in contact with the upper surface of the model forming layer, loading a support material which forms the support member into a space, defined by the surface of the in-process structural body, a side surface of the model forming layer, and the defining surface, at a periphery of the model forming layer so as to fill the space and forming the support member by solidifying the support material to form a layer formed by the support member and the model forming layer; and
removing the defining member from the layer formed by the support member and the model forming layer.

US Pat. No. 10,281,735

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS INCORPORATING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical system which includes a plurality of lens elements and in which at least one of the plurality of lens elements moves during focusing, the optical system comprising:an aperture diaphragm;
a first optical element disposed on a light incident side of the aperture diaphragm and having transmittance distribution; and
a second optical element disposed on a light emission side of the aperture diaphragm and having transmittance distribution,
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.6?Te1/T1?1
0?Te2/T2?0.4
where T1 is a maximum transmittance of the first optical element, T2 is a maximum transmittance of the second optical element, Te1 is transmittance of the first optical element at a position in which a marginal ray of an on-axis light flux enters the first optical element when the aperture diaphragm is opened and the optical system focuses on infinity, and Te2 is transmittance of the second optical element at a position in which the marginal ray enters the second optical element when the aperture diaphragm is opened and the optical system focuses on infinity.

US Pat. No. 10,277,823

ZOOM CONTROL DEVICE, IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF ZOOM CONTROL DEVICE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom control device comprising:at least one processor or one circuitry which functions as:
a subject detection unit configured to detect a subject image from an image;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the subject detection unit detects the subject image in a specific region of the image; and
a control unit configured to perform control of zoom magnification,
wherein, in the control of the zoom magnification, the control unit performs first control such that the zoom magnification is controlled to a telescopic side responsive to a determination by the determination unit that the subject image is not detected in the specific region, and the control unit performs second control such that the zoom magnification is controlled based on a standard size and a size of the subject image detected by the subject detection unit responsive to a determination by the determination unit that the subject image is detected in the specific region.

US Pat. No. 10,265,951

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:(a) a print head configured to print an image by ejecting an ink from an ejection port;
(b) a tank configured to store the ink supplied to the print head;
(c) a first path for supplying ink from the tank to the print head;
(d) a second path for collecting ink from the print head and returning the collected ink to the tank;
(e) a circulation path including the tank, the first path, the print head, and the second path, the circulation path being configured to circulate the ink between the print head and the tank,
(f) a discharging unit configured to perform a discharging operation for discharging the ink in the circulation path;
(g) an evaporation amount calculating unit configured to calculate an evaporation amount of the ink;
(h) a calculating unit configured to calculate a value relating to ink density in the circulation path on the basis of (i) an amount of ink in the circulation path and (ii) the evaporation amount of the ink; and
(i) a control unit configured to cause the discharging unit to perform the discharging operation based on the value relating to the ink density calculated by the calculating unit.

US Pat. No. 10,268,881

PATTERN CLASSIFYING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PATTERN CLASSIFYING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pattern classifying apparatus including a plurality of logically cascaded weak classifiers, the apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a plurality of memories coupled to the one or more processors, the memories holding data to be used in pattern classification and having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the pattern classifying apparatus to:
generate a plurality of feature images from an input image and divide the plurality of feature images into a plurality of groups;
store each group of feature images into respective one of the plurality of memories;
access in parallel at least two of the plurality of memories holding data required to perform pattern classification by a first weak classifier among the plurality of logically cascaded weak classifiers so as to read out at least two feature images in parallel; and
perform the pattern classification with the first weak classifier by using the at least two read feature images; and
if the pattern classification with the first weak classifier is successfully performed, access in parallel the at least two memories holding data required to perform pattern classification by a second weak classifier that is subsequent to the first weak classifier so as to read out at least two feature images and perform the pattern classification with the second weak classifier by using the at least two read feature images.

US Pat. No. 10,264,181

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an evaluation unit configured to evaluate validity of an imaging parameter acquired from image data outputted from an image capturing element that captures a subject image and generate an evaluation value of the imaging parameter;
a generation unit configured to generate shake correction data by using shake data outputted from a shake detection unit;
a control unit configured to control an image blur correction unit by using the shake correction data;
a changing unit configured to cause, about a frame image at a time of photographing a moving image, an image blur correction performance of the image blur correction unit in a case of the evaluation value of the imaging parameter being close to a target value of the imaging parameter to be greater than the image blur correction performance of the image blur correction unit in a case of the evaluation value of the imaging parameter being far from the target value of the imaging parameter; and
a recording unit configured to record the frame image whose image blur correction performance exceeds a predetermined threshold value in association with metadata,
wherein the imaging parameter is any one of an exposure parameter used for exposure control, a focus state parameter used for focus lens control, and a white balance parameter, and
wherein each unit is implemented by one or more processors, circuitry or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,245,003

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGING CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a radiation detection unit including an image obtaining pixel for obtaining a radiation image and a dose obtaining pixel for obtaining a radiation dose;
a calibration data generating unit configured to compare information obtained from an output value of the image obtaining pixel and information obtained from an output value of the dose obtaining pixel, and generate calibration data for calibrating an output value of the dose obtaining pixel so that the information based on the output value of the image obtaining pixel and the information based on the output value of the dose obtaining pixel become equal; and
a calibration control unit configured to calibrate the output value of the dose obtaining pixel by using the calibration data.

US Pat. No. 10,248,338

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to communicate with a connectable and removable nonvolatile storage device, the information processing apparatus comprising:a display device;
one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, causing the information processing apparatus to function as;
a backup processing unit configured to acquire a list of storage devices connected to the image processing apparatus and determine a backup setting information set in the image processing apparatus; and
a display control unit configured to display on the display device the list of storage devices connected to the image processing apparatus,
wherein based on the determined backup setting information, a storage device not specified as a backup destination for backing up data in the information processing apparatus is displayed on the display device as a removal instruction target, and
wherein based on the determined backup setting information, a storage device specified as a backup destination is not displayed on the display device as a removal instruction target to prevent the storage device for backup from being disconnected.

US Pat. No. 10,244,137

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXTRACTING ONE OR MORE SETTINGS FROM A RECEIVED PRINT JOB IN A CASE WHERE POST-PROCESSING CANNOT BE PERFORMED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that executes a print job in which it is instructed to execute post-processing on a sheet on which an image has been printed, comprising:an operation interface configured to accept an operation from a user; and
one or more processors configured to perform processing, including
setting in advance, on a basis of first information inputted via the operation interface, a first setting regarding a control that is to be performed if the post-processing instructed in the print job is not executable,
receiving a print job in which post-processing is instructed,
controlling, in a case where a second setting regarding a control that is to be performed if the instructed post-processing is not executable is specified in the received print job and where the instructed post-processing is actually not executable, execution of the print job such that priority is given to the second setting over the first setting, the second setting being set independently of inputting of the first information, and
controlling, in a case where the second setting is not specified in the received print job and where the instructed post-processing is actually not executable, execution of the print job on a basis of the first setting.

US Pat. No. 10,244,141

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ADDING USER INFORMATION AND NUMBER INFORMATION TO PRINT TARGET IMAGE, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus capable of adding number information differing from copy set to copy set, to a printing target image, the printing apparatus comprising:a judging unit configured to judge whether to add user information indicating a current user to a printing target image;
a determination unit configured to determine a position to which the number information is to be added, based on the judgment about whether or not to add the user information indicating the current user to the printing target image;
a first setting unit configured to set whether to add the number information; and
a second setting unit configured to set whether to add the user information,
wherein the setting by the first setting unit and the setting by the second setting unit are configurable by users different from each other of the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,244,142

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CARRIES OUT FACSIMILE COMMUNICATIONS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that has a first codec that carries out an encoding process on image data, and a second codec that carries out an encoding process on the image data at higher speed compared with the first codec, comprising:a processor configured to cause the image processing apparatus to:
perform an encoding process on a first type of job using the second codec; and
stop, when a second type of job, which requires use of the second codec, is received while the second codec is being used to perform the encoding process on the first type of job, use of the second codec for performing the encoding process on the first type of job, and execute the encoding process on the first type of job using the first codec and an encoding process on the second type of job using the second codec in parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,244,152

CAMERA AND CAMERA ACCESSORY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A camera accessory comprising:a mount; and
an actuator configured to be driven to move an optical member,
wherein a plurality of electrical contact surfaces including a first electrical contact surface, a second electrical contact surface, and a third electrical contact surface are disposed on the mount in a mount circumferential direction of the mount, and the first, second, and third electrical contact surfaces are disposed in an order of the first, second, and third electrical contact surfaces,
wherein the first and the second electrical contact surfaces are disposed adjacent to each other, and the second and the third electrical contact surfaces are disposed adjacent to each other,
wherein, in the mount circumferential direction of the mount, any electrical contact surfaces which contact to electrical contact pins disposed on a camera are not disposed between the first and second electrical contact surfaces and any electrical contact surfaces which contact to electrical contact pins disposed on a camera are not disposed between the second and third electrical contact surfaces,
wherein the first electrical contact surface is used to detect that the camera accessory is coupled to a camera,
wherein the second electrical contact surface is for receiving electrical power from the coupled camera for communication, and
wherein the third electrical contact surface is for receiving electrical power from the coupled camera for driving the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,240,063

LIGHT-SHIELDING PAINT, LIGHT-SHIELDING PAINT SET, LIGHT-SHIELDING FILM, OPTICAL ELEMENT, METHOD FOR PRODUCING LIGHT-SHIELDING FILM, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light-shielding paint for an optical element comprising:an epoxy group-containing compound;
an inorganic particle having a refractive index (nd) of 2.2 or more and 3.5 or less
a silica particle;
a coloring agent; and
an amine curing agent,
wherein a number-average particle size of the inorganic particle is 10 nm or more and 100 nm or less;
wherein an amount of the coloring agent is 2.5% by mass or more and 15.0% by mass or less, wherein an amount of the inorganic particle is 2.5% by mass or more and 20.0% by mass or less;
wherein an amount of the amine curing agent is 0.5% by mass or more and 13.0% by mass or less, and
wherein a ratio (A?/A) of a mass (A?) of the amine curing agent to an active hydrogen equivalent (A) of the amine curing agent and a ratio (E?/E) of a mass (E?) of the epoxy group-containing compound to an epoxy equivalent (E) of the epoxy group-containing compound satisfy formula (1) below
0.1?[(A?/A)/(E?/E)]?0.45  Formula (1).

US Pat. No. 10,243,948

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC MAIL TRANSMITTING METHOD, AND ELECTRONIC MAIL TRANSMITTING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A MFP (Multi Function Peripheral) for transmitting data using an SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol), the MFP comprising:a scanner generating image data by scanning an original;
a storage device that stores authentication information, which includes an SMTP user name and a password, corresponding to identification information, which includes a user name, of each user of the MFP;
a memory storing instructions, and
a processor executing the instructions to cause the MFP to:
accept identification information of a user of the MFP;
obtain, from the storage device, authentication information managed for an SMTP authentication based on the accepted identification information;
send the obtained authentication information to an SMTP server for the SMTP authentication; and
after the SMTP authentication has been executed on the SMTP server, transmit, by Internet FAX (facsimile) using the SMTP, data including the image data generated by the scanner,
wherein the transmitted data includes a predetermined address, which is different from an e-mail address of the user corresponding to the accepted identification information, as a setting to a FROM field, and
wherein the predetermined address is common for a plurality of users and is set to the MFP in advance.

US Pat. No. 10,239,206

ROBOT CONTROLLING METHOD, ROBOT APPARATUS, PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A controlling method of a robot in which a controlling unit performs control for causing an actuator of each joint of a multi joint robot to operate according to each joint instruction value, the robot controlling method comprising:calculating, by the controlling unit, a joint error of each joint of the robot, for each of the joints;
calculating, by the controlling unit, an error component in a driving direction of the actuator of the joint, for each of the joints;
calculating, by the controlling unit, a residuals component excluding the error component in the driving direction of the actuator from the joint error of the joint, for each of the joints;
calculating, by the controlling unit, an error in position and orientation of an end point of the robot based on the residuals component of each of the joints by forward mechanism calculation;
calculating, by the controlling unit, a first correction quantity for correcting the joint instruction value using the error component in a driving direction of the actuator of the joint, for each of the joints;
calculating, by the controlling unit, a second correction quantity for correcting the joint instruction value by using the error in position and orientation of the end point of the robot, for each of the joints by inverse mechanism calculation; and
correcting, by the controlling unit, the joint instruction value by using the first correction quantity and the second correction quantity, for each of the joints.

US Pat. No. 10,237,484

IMAGE CAPTURE SYSTEM, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, LENS UNIT, CONTROL METHODS THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture system comprising an image capturing apparatus and an interchangeable lens configured to be detachably mounted to the image capturing apparatus,the image capturing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor or circuit configured to operate as:
an image capturing unit configured to obtain a captured image;
a synchronous signal generation unit configured to generate a synchronous signal for reading out the captured it rage continuously from the image capturing unit;
a first communication unit configured to transmit the synchronous signal to the interchangeable lens; and
a first measurement unit configured to measure a delay time from a timing at which the synchronous signal is generated until a timing at which the first communication unit transmits the synchronous signal to the interchangeable lens, the delay time being transmitted to the interchangeable lens by the first communication unit together with the synchronous signal, and
the interchangeable lens comprising:
at least one processor or circuit configured to operate as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain lens information;
a second communication unit configured to transmit the lens information to the image capturing apparatus;
a receiving unit configured to receive the synchronous signal and the delay time from the image capturing apparatus;
a second measurement unit configured to measure a time at which the receiving unit receives the synchronous signal;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a synchronous signal time which is a predicted value of the timing at which the synchronous signal is generated in the image capturing apparatus, by subtracting the delay time from the time, measured by the second measurement unit, at which the synchronous signal is received; and
a determination unit configured to determine a timing for the obtaining unit to obtain the lens information, based on the synchronous signal time.

US Pat. No. 10,237,440

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus for adding information to an image to be printed on a sheet, the printing apparatus comprising:a memory device storing instructions; and
one or more processors that executes the instructions to cause the printing apparatus to act as:
an addition unit configured to add the information;
a first setting unit configured to set, based on a user operation, an area on which the information is printed in a sheet;
a second setting unit configured to set, based on a user operation, a sheet size option in which it is not necessary for a user to specify a length in a sheet conveyance direction of the sheet on which the image is to be printed; and
a control unit configured to control the addition unit to add the information to the image, so that the information is printed on an area in the sheet corresponding to the area set by the first setting unit,
wherein the control unit is further configured to control, according to the setting of the sheet size option by the second setting unit in which it is not necessary for the user to specify a length in the sheet conveyance direction of the sheet on which the image is to be printed, the addition unit to add the information to the image, so that the information is printed on a leading end side area in the sheet conveyance direction of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,228,624

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus which transfers a pattern of an original to a substrate, the apparatus comprising:a substrate holding unit configured to hold the substrate;
an original holding unit configured to hold the original;
an electrode structure arranged so as to surround a side surface of one of the substrate or the original; and
a power supply configured to supply an alternating voltage to the electrode structure in a state where the substrate is held by the substrate holding unit and the original is held by the original holding unit,
wherein the electrode structure includes a plurality of electrode groups electrically insulated from each other, each electrode group including a plurality of electrodes electrically connected to each other, and
wherein the power supply supplies alternating voltages having different phases to the plurality of electrode groups.

US Pat. No. 10,228,627

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle including a binder resin, a wax, a crystalline polyester and a colorant, whereinthe wax comprises an ester wax, the ester wax being (i) an ester compound of a dihydric alcohol and an aliphatic monocarboxylic acid, or (ii) an ester compound of a divalent carboxylic acid and an aliphatic monoalcohol,
a softening point of the toner is 80° C. to 140° C.;
an average circularity of the toner is at least 0.940; and
an integrated value of stress in the toner at 150° C. is at least 80 g·m/sec when measured using a tackiness tester on a toner pellet obtained by compressing the toner.

US Pat. No. 10,228,889

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR EXECUTING JOB CONTROL SO THAT COPY JOB IS NOT LEFT IN SUSPENDED STATE WHEN USER LOGS OUT WHILE COPY JOB IS SUSPENDED BY USER OPERATION, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing computer-executable instructions that, when executed by a computer, cause the computer to perform a method for controlling an image processing apparatus that performs print processing based on a job, wherein the print processing that is performed by the image processing apparatus includes at least print processing performed based on a copy job for printing an image obtained by scanning an original on a sheet and print processing performed based on a print job for printing print data, the method comprising:changing, in response to receipt of a predetermined user operation via an operation unit the copy job on which the print processing is not yet completed to a suspended state, wherein the print job on which the print processing is not yet completed is not changed to the suspended state; and
upon condition of detecting a logout event that causes a user who has logged into the image processing apparatus to log out of the image processing apparatus, resuming at least one job and canceling a job or jobs that are not resumed from jobs changed to the suspended state, wherein when detecting the logout event, resuming a job that is not instructed to be executed by a user who logs out of the image processing apparatus and cancels a job or jobs instructed to be executed by the user who logs out of the image processing apparatus from the jobs changed to be in the suspended state.

US Pat. No. 10,228,638

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONCENTRATION MEASUREMENT FUNCTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a sheet using a liquid developer including toner and carrier liquid, the image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive member;
an exposure unit configured to expose the charged photosensitive member to form an electrostatic latent image;
a development unit configured to store the liquid developer and to develop the electrostatic latent image using the liquid developer;
a supplying unit configured to supply toner and carrier liquid to the development unit;
a light emitting unit;
a light receiving unit configured to receive light that is emitted from the light emitting unit and passes through the liquid developer in the development unit, and to output an output value based on a light receiving amount;
a circulation unit configured to circulate the liquid developer stored in the development unit; and
a controller configured to:
control the circulation unit to circulate the liquid developer stored in the development unit:
start emission of the light emitting unit; and
determine whether a bubble is present in the liquid developer after a predetermined period elapses from an emission start of the light emitting unit according to a duration of a period of time from a first timing to a second timing, wherein the first timing corresponds to a timing at which the output value exceeds a first threshold, and the second timing corresponds to a timing at which the output value falls below a second threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,228,648

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DETERMINES LIFETIME OF PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member including a photosensitive layer made of amorphous silicon and a protective layer made of inorganic material provided outside said photosensitive layer;
a charger configured to electrically charge said photosensitive member;
an exposure light source configured to expose, to light, said photosensitive member charged by said charger;
a detector configured to detect a surface potential of said photosensitive member;
a controller configured to operate in an acquiring mode at predetermined timing during non-image formation, wherein in the acquiring mode said controller controls a charging condition of said charger so that a surface potential of said photosensitive member after being charged reaches a first surface potential, controls an exposure amount of said exposure light source which exposes said charged photosensitive member so the surface potential thereof reaches a second surface potential, and acquires the controlled exposure amount; and
an output circuit configured to output information on a lifetime of said photosensitive member, wherein said output circuit outputs the information in a case where a ratio Life(%) satisfies 0

US Pat. No. 10,228,649

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a piezoelectric transformer configured to output an output voltage;
a signal generator configured to generate a signal to drive the piezoelectric transformer; and
a controller configured to change a frequency of the signal so that the output voltage from the piezoelectric transformer is to be at a target voltage,
wherein in a case where the target voltage is a first voltage, the controller sets a change amount of the frequency of the signal to a first value, and changes the frequency of the signal per the first value in a period from a predetermined frequency to a target frequency corresponding to the first voltage, and in a case where the target voltage is a second voltage less than the first voltage, the controller sets a change amount of the frequency of the signal to a second value larger than the first value, and changes the frequency of the signal per the second value in a period from the predetermined frequency to a target frequency corresponding to the second voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,228,651

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,229,944

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:a photoelectric conversion portion,
a first transfer transistor configured to transfer electric carriers from the photoelectric conversion portion,
an electric-carrier accumulation portion to which the electric carriers are transferred by the first transfer transistor,
a second transfer transistor configured to transfer electric carriers accumulated in the electric-carrier accumulation portion,
a floating diffusion to which the electric carriers are transferred by the second transfer transistor,
an active region having the photoelectric conversion portion, the electric-carrier accumulation portion, and the floating diffusion, and
an element isolation region defining the active region;
wherein, in planar view, a total length from a first boundary where the element isolation region contacts the active region to a second boundary where the element isolation region contacts the active region in the electric-carrier accumulation portion side under a gate of the first transfer transistor is larger than a total length from a third boundary where the element isolation region contacts the active region to a fourth boundary where the element isolation region contacts the active region in the photoelectric conversion portion side under the gate of the first transfer transistor, and
wherein, in planar view, a total length from a fifth boundary where the element isolation region contacts the active region to a sixth boundary where the element isolation region contacts the active region in the electric-carrier accumulation portion side under a gate of the second transfer transistor is larger than a total length from a seventh boundary where the element isolation region contacts the active region to an eighth boundary where the element isolation region contacts the active region of the active region in the floating diffusion side under the gate of the second transfer transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,229,474

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which outputs a transformation image obtained from an input image, the apparatus comprising:one or more hardware processors which cause the image processing apparatus to:
specify a plurality of coordinate points on the input image which corresponds to a coordinate point on the transformation image;
determine an evaluation value for the coordinate point on the transformation image on the basis of a plurality of pixel values corresponding to the specified plurality of coordinate points on the input image;
determine, based on the evaluation value which is determined for the coordinate point on the transformation image on the basis of the plurality of pixel values corresponding to the specified plurality of coordinate points on the input image, a parameter regarding a bicubic interpolating process for the plurality of pixel values corresponding to the specified plurality of coordinate points on the input image, wherein an edge enhancement degree by the bicubic interpolating process varies according to the parameter;
execute the bicubic interpolating process, using the parameter which is determined based on the evaluation value, on the plurality of pixel values corresponding to the specified plurality of coordinate points on the input image to obtain a pixel value corresponding to the coordinate point on the transformation image; and
output, as a pixel value of the transformation image, the pixel value obtained by executing the bicubic interpolating process on the plurality of pixel values corresponding to the specified plurality of coordinate points on the input image,
wherein an interpolating process other than the bicubic interpolating process is not executed to obtain the transformation image.

US Pat. No. 10,227,191

SHEET SUPPORTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet supporting apparatus comprising:a supporting portion configured to support a sheet; and
a regulation unit configured to regulate a position of an edge of the sheet supported by the supporting portion, the regulation unit configured to be moved and positioned with respect to the supporting portion, the regulation unit comprising:
a body portion;
an engagement portion configured to move between an engagement position at which the engagement portion engages with the supporting portion and a separation position at which the engagement portion is separated away from the supporting portion;
an operation portion configured to move the engagement portion between the engagement position and the separation position, the operation portion being pivotably supported by the body portion and comprising a pressing portion configured to press the engagement portion from the engagement position to the separation position by the operation portion being pivoted; and
a fixing component configured to fix the operation portion such that the operation portion is immovable with respect to the body portion so as to retain the engagement portion at the engagement position.

US Pat. No. 10,214,373

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device comprising:a stacking member on which a plurality of sheets is stacked;
a first conveying unit configured to convey an uppermost sheet stacked on the stacking member;
a second conveying unit including a feed roller and a separating member, the second conveying portion being configured to convey the uppermost sheet conveyed by the first conveying unit, and the second conveying unit being configured to separate the uppermost sheet from the plurality of sheets if the first conveying unit conveys the plurality of sheets simultaneously;
a plurality of stopper portions disposed at different positions in a direction perpendicular to the sheet conveying direction, the plurality of stopper members being configured to move from a first position toward a second position,
wherein the first position is downstream of the first conveying unit and upstream of the second conveying unit,
wherein, in a case where the plurality of stopper portions is located at the first position, a front end of the uppermost sheet conveyed by the first conveying unit is abutted against the plurality of stopper portions at the first position so to correct skew conveying of the uppermost sheet,
wherein, in a case where the plurality of stopper portions is located at the second position, the uppermost sheet conveyed by the first conveying unit passes by the plurality of stopper portions, and
wherein, in a case where the plurality of stopper portions is moved from the second position toward the first position, the first conveying unit separates from the uppermost sheet stacked on the stacking member and the separating member separates from the feed roller.

US Pat. No. 10,212,745

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a displaying unit configured to display a selection screen on which a user selects device information to be obtained from a printing apparatus, the device information being selectable from among a plurality of candidates;
a selecting unit configured to select device information to be obtained from the printing apparatus on the selection screen;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire connection information for establishing a wireless connection between the communication apparatus and the printing apparatus, from the printing apparatus by using NFC (Near Field Communication);
an establishing unit configured to establish a wireless connection between the communication apparatus and the printing apparatus based on the connection information, wherein the wireless connection is established in accordance with the acquiring unit acquiring the connection information; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit, in accordance with the wireless connection being established, an obtainment request for obtaining device information selected by the selecting unit prior to acquiring the connection information to the printing apparatus using the established wireless communication.

US Pat. No. 10,209,929

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

5. An image forming apparatus comprising:a sheet support portion configured to support a sheet;
a size detection portion configured to detect a size of the sheet supported by the sheet support portion;
an image forming portion configured to form an image on the sheet fed from the sheet support portion;
a storage portion configured to store information of a sheet size and a sheet orientation of the sheet supported on the sheet support portion, and information indicating whether an input-free setting that allows to omit an input of the sheet size and the sheet orientation is enabled or disabled; and
a controller comprising a processor and configured to execute, in a case where an image forming job is inputted, one of a plurality of modes including a first mode and a second mode,
wherein the first mode is a mode in which an image is formed on the sheet by the image forming portion only if a sheet size included in the image forming job is consistent with the sheet size stored in the storage portion, and the second mode is a mode in which an image is formed by the image forming portion even if the sheet size included in the image forming job is inconsistent with the sheet size stored in the storage portion, and
wherein in a case where the controller executes the second mode with the input-free setting enabled, the controller is configured to execute an operation by which an orientation of an image to be formed on the sheet by the image forming portion is changed depending on the size of the sheet detected by the size detection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,209,943

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus for controlling a multi-projection by a plurality of projection units, the display control apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit for obtaining an overlap value relating to a width by which a first region image of a whole image and a second region image of the whole image are to be overlapped;
a determining unit for determining whether a width of a projection overlap region in which a first projection image projected by a first projection unit based on the first region image and a second projection image projected by a second projection unit based on the second region image are overlapped is larger than the width according to the overlap value obtained by the obtaining unit; and
a control unit for:
executing, in a case where the determining unit determines that the width of the projection overlap region in which the first projection image projected by the first projection unit and the second projection image projected by the second projection unit are overlapped is larger than the width according to the overlap value obtained by the obtaining unit, first setting processing including distortion correction processing for the first and second projection units such that the width of the projection overlap region in which the first projection image projected by the first projection unit and the second projection image projected by the second projection unit is equal to the width according to the overlap value obtained by the obtaining unit; and
executing, in a case where the determining unit determines that the width of the projection overlap region in which the first projection image projected by the first projection unit and the second projection image projected by the second projection unit are overlapped is not larger than the width according to the overlap value obtained by the obtaining unit, second setting processing including reducing processing for reducing a spatial size of a multi-projection image relative to the case where the first setting processing is executed and distortion processing for the first and second projection units,
wherein an aspect ratio of the whole image is equal to an aspect ratio of a multi-projection image according to the first setting processing and an aspect ratio of a multi-projection image according to the second setting processing.

US Pat. No. 10,209,207

X-RAY TALBOT INTERFEROMETER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray Talbot interferometer comprising:a source grating having a plurality of X-ray transmitting portions to transmit some X-rays from an X-ray source;
a beam splitter grating configured to diffract the X-rays from the X-ray transmitting portions with a periodic structure to form interference patterns;
an analyzer grating configured to block parts of the interference patterns; and
a detector configured to detect X-rays from the analyzer grating,
wherein the beam splitter grating forms the interference patterns corresponding to the respective X-ray transmitting portions by diffracting X-rays from each of the X-ray transmitting portions with the periodic structure;
the X-ray transmitting portions are arranged to form a periodic pattern in which specific spatial frequency components are enhanced by superimposing the interference patterns corresponding to the respective X-ray transmitting portions;
the specific spatial frequency components are spatial frequency components contained in a sideband produced when spatial frequency components specific to the interference patterns are modulated by an object; and
when no object is placed between the source grating and the analyzer grating, the periodic pattern is is substantially the same as a grating pattern of the analyzer grating in a positional relationship over an entire imaging field.

US Pat. No. 10,209,980

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus in which firmware update is allowed, the image forming apparatus comprising: one or more storage devices; a display; andone or more processors configured to:
update firmware including plural firmware programs in the image forming apparatus,
receive an instruction to update the firmware in the image forming apparatus, execute the instruction to acquire a firmware type indicator corresponding to the firmware version wherein the firmware type indicator indicating whether the firmware of the firmware version: has the security specification configuration of the firmware in the image forming apparatus, wherein the firmware version information includes the firmware type indicator which indicates that the firmware has a security specification configuration,
identify an authority of an operator of the image forming apparatus, and prevent altering the firmware by updating at least one of the plural firmware programs in the firmware in the image forming apparatus in a case where the firmware, including the plural firmware programs, installed in the image forming apparatus is firmware of a security version which is verified as firmware complying with a predetermined security standard and the authority of the operator of the image forming apparatus is not verified as a predetermined authority,
wherein the firmware of the security version complying with the predetermined security standard is updated in accordance with an update instruction, only in a case where the update instruction is verified as the instruction associated with a predetermined authorized input by the operator,
wherein it is identified whether firmware has the security specification configuration based on the firmware version information including a firmware type indicator indicating whether the firmware has the security specification configuration on the firmware installed in the image forming apparatus,
and wherein the processor controls the display for a user who is not authenticated as IT manager to allow displaying version information of the firmware as IT manager in a case where the firmware type indicator corresponding to the firmware version does not indicate that the firmware has the security specification configuration and controls the display for a user who is not authenticated as IT manager not to display version information of the firmware in a case where the firmware type indicator corresponding to the firmware version indicates that the firmware has the security specification configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,208,244

ORGANIC COMPOUND, ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT CONTAINING THE SAME, OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, IMAGING DEVICE, AND WINDOW MATERIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound represented by the following general formula (1)
wherein in the general formula (1), R11 to R15 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an unsubstituted or a substituted alkyl group, an unsubstituted or a substituted alkoxy group, an unsubstituted or substituted aryl group, an unsubstituted or a substituted aryloxy group, an unsubstituted or a substituted aralkyl group, an acyl group, or a halogen atom, provided that at least one of R11, R13, and R15 represents the unsubstituted or the substituted alkoxy group or the unsubstituted or the substituted aryloxy group; and R11 to R15 may form a ring structure by bonding therebetween,
R5 and R6 each independently represent an unsubstituted or a substituted alkyl group, an unsubstituted or a substituted aryl group, or an unsubstituted or a substituted aralkyl group, and
R21 to R24 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an unsubstituted or a substituted alkyl group, an unsubstituted or a substituted alkoxy group, an unsubstituted or a substituted aryl group, an unsubstituted or a substituted aryloxy group, an unsubstituted or a substituted aralkyl group, an acyl group, or a halogen atom and may form a ring structure by bonding therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,201,972

RECORDING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,201,974

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,201,977

INK-JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CLEANING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,201,980

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,205,841

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of starting in any of a plurality of activation modes including a first activation mode and a second activation mode operable with faster activation time than the first activation mode, the information processing apparatus comprising:a user interface to be operated by a user to activate the information processing apparatus;
a plurality of nonvolatile memories for storing respectively the same set of a plurality of types of data;
one or more processors; and
one or more memories, wherein one or more programs are stored in the one or more memories and configured to be executed by the one or more processors, the one or more programs causing the information processing apparatus to:
set the first activation mode or the second activation mode; and
execute a first activation process according to the setting of the first activation mode, and execute a second activation process according to the setting of the second activation mode, in accordance with an operation to the user interface by the user for activating the information processing apparatus,
wherein the one or more programs, when executed, cause the information processing apparatus to:
if the first activation process has been executed, read all of the plurality of types of data from each of the nonvolatile memories, check if each of the nonvolatile memories stores the same set of the plurality of types of data based on the all of the plurality of types of data read from nonvolatile memories, and hold at least a predetermined type of data of each of the nonvolatile memories; and
if the second activation process has been executed, read the predetermined type of data from each of the nonvolatile memories and check if the predetermined type of data currently stored in each of the nonvolatile memories conforms to the held predetermined type of data based on the predetermined type of data read from each of the nonvolatile memories and the held predetermined type of data without using all of the plurality of types data stored in the nonvolatile memories.

US Pat. No. 10,205,842

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM IN WHICH AN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS SENDS UPDATED SETTING INFORMATION TO A CONNECTED DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information system including an information processing apparatus and a device,the information processing apparatus comprising:
a first memory storing instructions; and
a first processor that executes the instructions stored in the first memory to cause the information processing apparatus to:
hold setting data used by a device connected to the information processing apparatus in a first database of the information processing apparatus;
control backup of the setting data held in the first database;
control execution of restoring the setting data backed up to the first database;
receive a request for acquiring setting data in the database from the device after the execution of the restoring, wherein the request includes time information;
when the time information included in the received request is not between the backup and the execution of restoring, send, to the device, update information indicating setting data corresponding to data updated in the first database since the time information included in the received request; and
when the time information included in the received request is between the backup and the execution of restoring, notify the device of a predetermined notification for causing the device to acquire setting data held in the first database after the execution of restoring; and
the device comprising:
a second memory storing instructions; and
a second processor that executes the instructions stored in the second memory to cause the information processing apparatus to:
hold setting data in a second database of the device;
send the request to the information processing apparatus, and
update the second database using the received update information.

US Pat. No. 10,205,848

PRINTING APPARATUS SERVING AS AN ACCESS POINT BASED ON AUTHENTICATION INFORMATION FOR A WIRELESS CONNECTION, PRINTING SYSTEM INCLUDING THE PRINTING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

19. A control method by a printing apparatus serving as a first access point based on inherent authentication information for a wireless LAN connection and an image processing apparatus in which the inherent authentication information is stored, the control method comprising:connecting to make a wireless LAN connection between the printing apparatus and the image processing apparatus in at least either one of:
a first connection mode for making a wireless LAN connection to the image processing apparatus while the printing apparatus serves as the first access point; and
a second connection mode for making a wireless LAN connection to the image processing apparatus via a second access point provided by an apparatus other than the printing apparatus and the image processing apparatus; and
controlling, in a case of making a connection in the first connection mode, a first function provided by the printing apparatus to be enabled and a second function which is enabled in the second connection mode to be disabled,
wherein the first function includes a function which receives a first print job from a first image processing apparatus connected in the first connection mode, and the second function includes a function which receives a second print job from a second image processing apparatus which is not connected in the first connection mode, and
wherein, by the controlling, the first print job is executed and the second print job is not executed in a case where a connection is made in the first connection mode, based on information received from the first image processing apparatus as a result of the connection made in the first connection mode.

US Pat. No. 10,205,851

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR SENDING IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for receiving authentication information from a user and performing login of the user based on the received authentication information, the image processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor executing the instructions causing the image processing apparatus to:
perform a selection whether to use, by operating one key, common path information, or to use, by operating the one key, user path information corresponding to a login user;
in a case where to use the common path information is selected, register the common path information input by a user as an administrator;
in a case where the login user operates the one key after the common path information has been registered, set, as a first transmission destination of image data, folder path information including the common path information and information related to the login user;
transmit the image data to the set first transmission destination;
in a case where to use the user path information is selected, register the user path information input by each login user;
in a case where the login user operates the one key after the user path information corresponding to the login user has been registered, set, as a second transmission destination of image data, folder path information using the user path information corresponding to the login user; and
transmit the image data to the set second transmission destination.

US Pat. No. 10,205,857

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE WITH LAND LAYOUT THAT ENABLES RELIABLE SOLDERING, AND MOUNTING BOARD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup device that outputs an image signal corresponding to an optical image, comprising:signal terminals configured to be placed on one surface of the image pick device and soldered to a mounting board on which the image pickup device is to be mounted;
reinforcing terminals configured to be provided on the one surface, on which the signal terminal is placed, and reinforce the image pickup device; and
a holding fixing unit configured to hold the image pickup device,
wherein when the image pickup device is mounted on the mounting board, the reinforcing terminals are located between the signal terminals and the holding fixing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,205,869

VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A video processing apparatus that controls an imaging apparatus capable of changing a focus position, the video processing apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a focus position where a certain object is focused on;
a controller configured to control the imaging apparatus such that a focus position in the imaging apparatus is changed to the focus position where the certain object is focused on which is detected by the detection unit in accordance with a certain operation; and
a display controller configured to display, on a display screen,
a first mark indicating a current focus position of the imaging apparatus in a focus range in which the imaging apparatus is capable of changing a focus position,
a second mark indicating an in-focus position where the certain object is focused on which is detected by the detection unit in the focus range, and
a frame indicating a width of a depth of field on a sliding user interface.

US Pat. No. 10,205,870

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor;
a readout circuit configured to read out a signal from pixels of the image sensor; and
at least one processor, configured to function as:
a setting unit configured to set a region in which a plurality of signals having different viewpoints are read out from each pixel of the image sensor by the readout circuit,
a first information acquisition unit configured to acquire first depth information for detecting an object using a signal read out from a first signal readout region set by the setting unit,
an evaluation information acquisition unit configured to acquire evaluation information for detecting a focus state of an object using a signal read out by the readout circuit, and
a control unit configured to control a signal readout amount of the first signal readout region from the pixels of the image sensor by the readout circuit, based on the focus state determined based on the evaluation information.

US Pat. No. 10,205,872

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a memory and at least one processor and/or at least one circuit to perform the operations of the following units:
a display control unit configured to display a first type of image generated with a first gradation characteristic, and a second type of image generated with a second gradation characteristic having a higher gradation quality on a high-luminance side than the first gradation characteristic; and
a control unit configured to perform control such that luminance of a display unit is set to second luminance higher than first luminance of a case where the first type of image is displayed on the display unit, in a case where the second type of image is displayed on the display unit,
wherein in a case where a luminance setting of the display unit is a luminance setting as bright as or brighter than a predetermined value, the control unit performs control such that an output gamma characteristic with which the second type of image is output on the display unit is set to a second output gamma characteristic that enables a low-luminance side to be displayed more brightly than a first output gamma characteristic with which the first type of image is output on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,205,878

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor configured to capture a plurality of images;
a first acquirer configured to acquire first information related to a first moving amount of the image calculated by using the plurality of images captured by the image sensor;
a gyro, having a sensor configured to detect a position change of the image capturing apparatus;
a second acquirer configured to acquire second information related to a second moving amount of the image captured by the image sensor, the second moving amount calculated using information output from the gyro;
an aligner configured to align the plurality of images; and
a combiner configured to generate a panoramic image by combining the plurality of images aligned by the aligner,
wherein the first acquirer acquires the first information of the first moving amount by searching a feature point which is same as a feature point in a first frame in an image of a second frame, and a search range is determined based on a position information of the image capturing apparatus, and
wherein when the first acquirer cannot acquire the first information of a target frame, the aligner aligns the plurality of images based on a calculated difference moving amount between the first moving amount indicated by the first information and the second moving amount indicated by the second information of frames, excluding the target frame among the plurality of images used in the calculation of the first moving amount, and the second moving amount indicated by the calculated second information corresponding to the target frame.

US Pat. No. 10,205,885

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING SHUTTER SPEED DURING PANNING SHOOTING AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor that shoots a subject image that is incident thereon via an imaging optical system;
a processor that executes a program stored in a memory and functions as:
a setting unit that sets a background flow amount in panning shooting which is a shooting technique for obtaining an image with a main moving subject staving at a same position in the image while a background flowing; and
a calculation unit that calculates, in panning shooting, a shutter speed based on the background flow amount, an angular velocity detected by an angular velocity sensor that detects an angular velocity of vibration, and a focal length of the imaging optical system, so that the background flow amount set by the setting unit is obtained;
wherein the setting unit sets the background flow amount by selecting one of a plurality of preset background flow amount levels, and
wherein the calculation unit calculates the shutter speed so that the shutter speed increases as the background flow amount increases, the shutter speed decreases as the angular velocity increases, and the shutter speed decreases as the focal length increases.

US Pat. No. 10,205,899

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor including a plurality of pixels, whereineach pixel includes a photoelectric converter, a pixel amplifier having an input portion to which a signal from the photoelectric converter is input, and a switch configured to connect a reset terminal to the input portion,
the image sensor comprises a signal line to which a signal from the pixel amplifier is supplied, a reset line connected to the reset terminal, and a reset portion configured to reset a voltage of the input portion,
the reset portion includes a capacitor configured to hold, in a first period, a second voltage appearing at the signal line in response to application of a first voltage to the input portion, and a supplier configured to set, in a second period after the first period, the input portion to a reset voltage via the switch by supplying a third voltage corresponding to the second voltage held by the capacitor to the reset terminal via the reset line, and
in the first period, the input portion is disconnected from the supplier while the signal line is connected to the capacitor, and
in the second period, the signal line is disconnected from the capacitor while the input portion is connected to the supplier.

US Pat. No. 10,201,323

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging system comprising:a radiation imaging apparatus that captures a radiation image that is based on radiation irradiated from a radiation generation apparatus; and
a control apparatus configured to control said radiation imaging apparatus,
said control apparatus comprising a processor and memory, said processor and memory cooperating to
control display of an imaging enable screen that enables said radiation imaging apparatus to perform imaging;
detect at least an operation for finishing a radiation imaging examination and an operation other than an operation for finishing a radiation imaging examination; and
determine a first imaging mode that performs radiation imaging in which a communication with said radiation generation apparatus is performed and an imaging timing is matched, and a second imaging mode that performs radiation imaging in which said radiation imaging apparatus itself detects radiation irradiated from said radiation generation apparatus and starts an accumulation operation of accumulating the radiation, wherein
said radiation imaging system is switchable between said first and said second imaging modes,
when said radiation imaging apparatus operates in the first imaging mode, a transition from the imaging enable screen to another screen other than the imaging enable screen is not inhibited, and
when said radiation imaging apparatus operates in the second imaging mode,
(i) in the case that an operation other than an operation for finishing a radiation imaging examination is detected while the imaging enable screen is displayed, a transition from the imaging enable screen to another screen related to the operation other than the operation for finishing a radiation imaging examination is inhibited and the control apparatus keeps the radiation imaging apparatus in an imaging enable state,
and (ii) in the case that the operation for finishing a radiation imaging examination is detected while the imaging enable screen is displayed, a transition from the imaging enable screen to an examination end screen is implemented and the control apparatus changes the radiation imaging apparatus from the imaging enable state to an imaging preparation state.

US Pat. No. 10,205,946

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors,
a memory; and
one or more programs stored in the memory including instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to perform operations of:
acquiring an encoding target block having a plurality of groups each including a predetermined number of pixels;
deciding for each group a quantization parameter used to quantize image data of the group and an encoding scheme so that a code length of the encoding target block does not exceed a predetermined value; and
generating encoded data by encoding image data of the encoding target block in accordance with the quantization parameters and the encoding schemes decided for the respective groups in the deciding,
wherein a first encoding scheme that outputs quantized image data and a second encoding scheme that outputs encoded data of a differential between quantized image data and prediction data are used in the generating encoded data,
wherein the deciding decides, as the encoding scheme of the respective groups, whichever of the first encoding scheme and the second encoding scheme that can obtain a smaller code length, and
wherein in the deciding, the quantization parameter of the respective groups is decided as, either a first quantization parameter or a second quantization parameter corresponding to a quantization step smaller than a quantization step corresponding to the first quantization parameter, out of a plurality of quantization parameters, and
wherein in the deciding, one of the plurality of quantization parameters is decided as the first quantization parameter so that a code length of encoded data of the encoding target block generated by quantizing all of the groups of the encoding target block using the first quantization parameter, and encoding the respective groups using the encoding schemes decided for the respective groups does not exceed the predetermined value, and becomes a maximum value, and decides the second quantization parameter is decided as a quantization parameter for same of the groups of the encoding target block.

US Pat. No. 10,203,914

PRINTING APPARATUS OPERABLE IN SERVICE MODE FOR WORK PERFORMED BY SERVICE ENGINEER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus operable in a normal operation mode and a service mode for work performed by a service engineer, the printing apparatus comprising:at least one processor to perform the operations of the following units:
a receiving unit configured to receive a start instruction for starting a direct wireless communication function when the printing apparatus operates in the service mode;
a wireless communication unit configured to communicate with an external device by using the direct wireless communication function started according to the start instruction received by the receiving unit; and
a control unit configured to reactivate the printing apparatus when the printing apparatus receives a reactivation instruction from the external device connected to the printing apparatus by the direct wireless communication function,
wherein the printing apparatus reactivated by the control unit starts an operation in the service mode instead of the normal operation mode and starts the direct wireless communication function without receiving the start instruction for starting the direct wireless communication function.

US Pat. No. 10,203,915

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which is operated by at least switching between a first power state and a second power state whose power consumption is less than the first power state, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions,
wherein the at least one processor executes the instructions to perform the functions of
a communication unit configured to communicate with an outside even in the second power state;
a detection unit configured to detect an occurrence of a first event during a period from start to end of processing of making transition from the first power state to the second power state; and
in a case where the first event detected by the detection unit is a communication establishment event, a control unit configured to cause the communication unit to transmit, in the second power state, to a connection partner of the communication a notification for maintaining connection of the communication.

US Pat. No. 10,203,916

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CHANGES A MESSAGE TO BE DISPLAYED WHEN AN ICON IS OPERATED BY A USER, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SETTING REGARDING A NEAR FIELD WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIU

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a display device; and
at least one control circuit,
wherein the at least one control circuit acts as units comprising:
(a) a display control unit configured to display, on the display device, a print preview screen including an icon for causing to display guidance related to a near field wireless communication function in accordance with a user's operation on the icon, in a case that the information processing apparatus has a near field wireless communication circuit for controlling the near field wireless communication function, and to display, on the display device, the print preview screen without the icon, in a case that the information processing apparatus does not have the near field wireless communication circuit;
(b) a setting unit configured to set, as a setting regarding the near field wireless communication function, one of an ON setting for enabling the near field wireless communication function and an OFF setting for disabling the near field wireless communication function, wherein the setting is enabled in the case that the information processing apparatus has the near field wireless communication circuit; and
(c) a determination unit configured to determine, in a case where the user operates the icon, whether the ON setting has been set by the setting unit or whether the OFF setting has been set by the setting unit,
wherein upon a condition in which the information processing apparatus has the near field wireless communication circuit and the determination unit has determined that the setting unit has set the ON setting, the display control unit displays, as the guidance, a first guidance for prompting the user to touch a printing apparatus with the information processing apparatus,
wherein upon a condition in which the information processing apparatus has the near field wireless communication circuit and determination unit has determined that the setting unit has set the OFF setting, the display control unit displays, as the guidance, a second guidance for prompting the user to change the setting regarding the near field wireless communication function.

US Pat. No. 10,203,917

MOBILE TERMINAL, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MOBILE TERMINAL, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication system comprising a communication apparatus capable of performing direct wireless communication with a plurality of mobile terminals with which the communication apparatus has completed establishing processing for establishing a connection, and the plurality of mobile terminals, whereinat least one of the mobile terminals comprises:
a first wireless network interface available for direct wireless communication;
a position information obtainment circuit that outputs position information of the mobile terminal; and
at least one first controller that functions as:
a unit that obtains a first output from the position information obtainment circuit in accordance with establishing processing;
a unit that obtains a second output from the position information obtainment circuit after the connection has been established; and
a unit that transmits a disconnection request for disconnecting the connection via the first wireless network interface to the communication apparatus based on the first output and the second output,
the communication apparatus comprises:
a second wireless network interface available for direct wireless communication; and
at least one second controller that functions as:
a unit that obtains, via the second wireless network interface, the disconnection request transmitted from one of the plurality of mobile terminals; and
a unit that disconnects, in accordance with the disconnection request being obtained, the connection with the mobile terminal from which the disconnection request was transmitted, out of the plurality of mobile terminals with which the communication apparatus has established connections.

US Pat. No. 10,203,918

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING ACCESS POINT FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including an access point function comprising:a display; and
one or more processors that execute a set of instructions to perform operations to:
determine whether a user who issued an instruction for activating the access point function matches a user who logged into the information processing apparatus; and
control the display to display wireless connection information corresponding to the access point function in a case where it is determined that the user who issued the instruction for activating the access point function matches the user who logged into the information processing apparatus and not to display the wireless connection information in a case where it is determined that the user who issued the instruction for activating the access point function does not match the user who logged into the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,203,922

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD PERFORMED IN THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a printing medium based on a print job, the image forming apparatus comprising:at least one memory containing instructions; and
at least one processor executing the instructions to
set whether or not to delete a print completed job for which printing has been completed for each of a first user group in which a user instructing the printing is charged a fee at the time of performing printing based on the print job, and a second user group in which a user instructing the printing is not charged a fee at the time of performing printing based on the print job.

US Pat. No. 10,205,506

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory including instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to:
search for other communication apparatuses each of which can execute, as a proxy of the communication apparatus, at least one of transmission processing and reception processing of a wireless signal during a period of a predetermined length which comes at a predetermined time interval;
obtain information indicating an appearance frequency of periods during which each communication apparatus among the other communication apparatuses detected by the search can transmit/receive the wireless signals; and
select, from the other communication apparatuses detected by the search, an apparatus for executing the processing as the proxy of the communication apparatus based on the obtained information.

US Pat. No. 10,203,197

RANGE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND RANGE MEASUREMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,203,206

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS HAVING SIGNAL READOUTS USING DISTANCE MEASUREMENT REGION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,203,985

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR MANAGING A NUMBER OF CONCURRENTLY EXECUTING SUBTASKS BASED ON A THRESHOLD AND PRIORITIES OF SUBTASK QUEUES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising a memory storing instructions related to a first controller and instructions related to a second controller, and a processor that executes the instructions related to the first controller and the instructions related to the second controller,wherein the instructions related to the first controller cause the information processing apparatus to:
control execution of a task, and
wherein, in any of a plurality of queues, one or more subtasks generated from the task controlled by the first controller are registered,
wherein the plurality of queues include a first queue and a second queue that has a lower degree of priority than the first queue;
wherein for each of the plurality of queues, an upper limit value of a number of subtasks executed simultaneously among subtasks registered in the respective queue is defined, and
wherein the instructions related to the second controller cause the information processing apparatus to:
manage a threshold corresponding to a number of subtasks executed simultaneously in the information processing apparatus; and
if a number of subtasks currently executing in the information processing apparatus does not exceed the threshold, obtain a subtask from one of the plurality of queues and cause the obtained subtask to execute by creating a new thread, wherein,
if a number of subtasks currently executing among subtasks registered in the first queue is less than the upper limit value defined for the first queue, obtain a subtask registered in the first queue and cause the obtained subtask to execute by creating a new thread regardless of whether or not the number of subtasks currently executing in the information processing apparatus exceeds the threshold,
wherein if the number of subtasks currently executing in the information processing apparatus exceeds the threshold, a new thread is not created for the subtask registered in the second queue.

US Pat. No. 10,200,200

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING SSL COMMUNICATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus as an SSL server configured to issue an SSL server certificate to perform SSL communication, the image forming apparatus having a print unit, the image forming apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
at least one processor configured to execute the instructions stored in memory to:
receive, from a client apparatus, an acquisition request for acquiring a Web page, the Web page being a setting page for inputting SSL server certificate settings, the acquisition request comprising an HTTP communication request for requesting execution of HTTP communication and including host information for identifying the image forming apparatus;
extract identification information of at least the image forming apparatus from the HTTP communication request;
transmit the Web page for inputting the SSL server certificate settings with the extracted identification information as an initial value of a common name for the SSL server certificate to be issued, to the client apparatus as a response of the HTTP communication request, in a case where the HTTP communication request is received;
receive, from the client apparatus, an issuance request for issuing, based on the SSL server certificate settings inputted via the Web page, a SSL server certificate of the image forming apparatus; and
issue the SSL server certificate for use in performing the SSL communication between the image forming apparatus and the client apparatus and transmit the issued SSL server certificate to the client apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,200,721

IMAGE DATA ENCAPSULATION WITH REFERENCED DESCRIPTION INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encapsulating an encoded bitstream representing one or more still images, the method comprising:generating sub-image information comprising both of (i) one or more item IDs for identifying one or more sub-images of each of the one or more still images and (ii) location information used for identifying a portion, in the bitstream, of each of the one or more sub-images identified by the one or more item IDs;
generating sub-image description information comprising display parameters relating to the one or more sub-images;
generating reference information for associating the one or more item IDs with a display parameter in the sub-image description information; and
outputting the bitstream together with the generated information as an encapsulated data file.

US Pat. No. 10,197,910

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate using a mold, the apparatus comprising:a supply unit including a plurality of orifices, each of the plurality of orifices discharges the imprint material toward the substrate, and configured to supply the imprint material on the substrate by discharging the imprint material from each of the plurality of orifices; and
a control unit configured to control the discharge of the imprint material from each of the plurality of orifices in accordance with arrangement information showing an arrangement, on the substrate, of the imprint material to be discharged from each of the plurality of orifices,
wherein the control unit
obtains a measurement result on a thickness of a pattern of the imprint material that has been actually supplied on the substrate in accordance with the arrangement information and formed using the mold, and
updates the arrangement information by correcting the number of discharges of the imprint material in the arrangement information, based on the obtained measurement result.

US Pat. No. 10,197,684

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a scintillator configured to convert radiation into light; a sensor panel in which a plurality of pixels each comprising a light detector configured to detect the light is arranged in a two-dimensional array; and a processing unit,
wherein the processing unit comprises
a signal generating unit configured to output signals indicating intensities of the light detected by the light detector of each of the plurality of pixels, and
a detection unit configured to identify a group of pixels each of which outputs a signal of a level exceeding a reference value out of the signals and detect, based on a pattern of the group, pileup in which a plurality of radiation photons is detected as a single radiation photon.

US Pat. No. 10,197,960

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING IMAGE PROJECTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly including an image forming portion configured to form an image on a recording material;
a first openable portion provided on a first side of said main assembly and capable of being pulled out from the first side or being rotated relative to the first side;
a second openable portion provided on a second side of said main assembly and capable of being pulled out from the second side or being rotated relative to the second side;
a single projector portion configured to project an image;
a first projecting portion configured to project the image from said projector portion, from above said first openable portion onto a projection object provided on the first side or onto said first openable portion when said first openable portion is open; and
a second projecting portion configured to project the image from said projector portion, from above said second openable portion onto a projection object provided on the second side or onto said second openable portion when said second openable portion is open.

US Pat. No. 10,197,961

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on the image bearing member;
a transfer portion configured to transfer the toner image formed on the image bearing member by the image forming portion onto a sheet having a first surface and a second surface;
a moving portion provided upstream of the transfer portion in a conveyance direction of the sheet and configured to move the sheet in a width direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction;
a re-conveyance portion configured to invert the sheet bearing the toner image transferred onto the first surface such that the first surface and the second surface change places and convey the sheet to the transfer portion again;
a detection portion configured to detect a first sheet position where a position, in the width direction, of the sheet before a first toner image is transferred onto the first surface, and a second sheet position where a position, in the width direction, of the sheet inverted by the re-conveyance portion before a second toner image is transferred onto the second surface; and
a control portion configured to control the image forming portion and the moving portion, wherein the control portion is configured to control the image forming portion such that
(1) the first toner image to be transferred onto the first surface of the sheet is formed on a first image position of the image bearing member in the width direction based on a first image position data, and
(2) the second toner image to be transferred onto the second surface of the sheet is formed on a second image position of the image bearing member in the width direction based on the first image position data and an offset value, and
wherein the control portion is configured to control the moving portion such that
(3) the moving portion moves the sheet in the width direction based on the first sheet position detected by the detection portion and the first image position data before the first toner image is transferred onto the first surface of the sheet, and
(4) the moving portion moves the sheet in the width direction based on the second sheet position detected by the detection portion, the first image position data, and the offset value before the second toner image is transferred onto the second surface of the sheet inverted by the re-conveyance portion.

US Pat. No. 10,197,970

PROCESS UNIT HAVING A SEAL MEMBER THAT SEALS A SPACE BETWEEN A FLANGE AND A PORTION SUPPORTING A FLANGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming unit that is detachably attachable to an image forming apparatus that forms an image on a recording medium with toner, the image forming unit comprising:an image bearing member that bears an image formed with toner, the image bearing member being configured to be rotatable;
a flange provided on an end portion of the image bearing member in a rotary axis direction of the image bearing member, the flange being configured to be rotatable integrally with the image bearing member;
a rotational axis portion provided on the flange, the rotational axis portion protruding from the end portion of the image bearing member toward the outside of the image bearing member in the rotary axis direction of the image bearing member, the rotational axis portion being configured to rotate integrally with the image bearing member;
a supporting portion that rotatably supports the rotational axis portion;
a conducting portion provided on the supporting portion, the conducting portion being configured to electrically conduct electric power supplied from an electric power supplying source of the image forming apparatus;
an electrical contact provided on the flange, the electrical contact being configured to electrically contact with the conducing plate;
a seal member that seals at least a part of a space formed between the supporting portion on which the conducting portion is provided and the flange on which the electrical contact is provided, the conducting portion being disposed in the space, the electrical contact being disposed in the space; and
a cleaning portion arranged so as to be opposed to the image bearing member, the cleaning portion being configured to remove residual toner from the image bearing member,
wherein the seal member is provided so as to be opposed to a substantially entire circumference of the flange, and
wherein a joint portion of the seal member is located (i) upstream of a position where an electrostatic image formed on the image bearing member is developed by a rotatable developing member that supplies the toner toward the position and (ii) downstream of the cleaning portion in a rotational direction of the image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 10,200,552

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A job processing apparatus comprising:a storage unit;
an authentication unit configured to authenticate a user;
a memory storing instructions; and
one or more processors which execute the instructions and cause the job processing apparatus to function as:
a login processing unit configured to perform a login process for causing the user authenticated by the authentication unit to log into the job processing apparatus;
a storage control unit configured to store setting information of a job received from the user authenticated by the authentication unit, in association with identification information of the user;
a logout processing unit configured to perform a logout process for causing the user caused to log into the job processing apparatus by the login processing unit to log out of the job processing apparatus; and
a display control unit configured to, according to that the user caused to log out of the job processing apparatus by the logout processing unit is caused to log into the job processing apparatus again by the login processing unit, display a dialog for confirming whether to restore the setting information received from the user, and display a screen on which the setting information stored by the storage control unit is reflected based on an instruction to restore the setting information.

US Pat. No. 10,200,590

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus configured to reconstruct a refocused image, the image pickup apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the image pickup apparatus to function as units comprising:
(1) an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image photographed by using an image pickup element having a pupil-division pixel area together with photographing information of an optical system at a time of photographing, the photographing information including an F-number;
(2) an object detecting unit configured to detect at least one object on the image so as to calculate an object area of the at least one object and calculate an object distance corresponding to a depth distance to the at least one object from a defocus amount in the object area; and
(3) a refocusing possibility determining unit configured to determine possibility of refocusing for bringing the at least one object into focus by calculating a refocusable view angle range from the object distance, the object area, and the photographing information and determining whether or not the object area is included in the refocusable view angle range through a comparison regarding position between the object area and the refocusable view angle range, in response to a user operation.

US Pat. No. 10,200,594

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND FOCUS DETECTION METHOD SETTING FOCUS DETECTION AREA USING RELIABILITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:an image sensor including a plurality of photoelectric conversion units and configured to output a pair of parallax image signals and an imaging signal; and
at least one processor or one circuit with functions as:
a first setting unit configured to set a first focus detection area and a second focus detection area with respect to an image based on the imaging signal, the second focus detection area being positioned in a vicinity of the first focus detection area;
a first focus detection unit configured to obtain the pair of parallax image signals corresponding to each of the first and second focus detection areas, and perform focus detection of a phase difference detection method on each of the first and second focus detection areas by using the pair of parallax image signals;
a reliability acquisition unit configured to obtain reliability of the focus detection of each of the first and second focus detection areas by the first focus detection unit;
a second setting unit configured to determine a third focus detection area by using the reliability of the focus detection of the first and second focus detection areas, obtained by the reliability acquisition unit; and
a second focus detection unit configured to perform focus detection by using the third focus detection area,
wherein the second setting unit is configured to, in a case where the reliability of a focus detection result of the first focus detection area is lower than a first threshold and the reliability of a focus detection result of the second focus detection area is higher than or equal to a second threshold, set the first focus detection area as the third focus detection area,
wherein the reliability of the focus detection of the first focus detection area is at least one of coincidence level, steepness, and contrast information of the pair of parallax image signals corresponding to the first focus detection area, and
wherein the reliability of the focus detection of the second focus detection area is at least one of coincidence level, steepness, and contrast information of the pair of parallax image signals corresponding to the second focus detection area.

US Pat. No. 10,200,595

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:an image sensor having a plurality of pixels;
a focus detection unit configured to perform focus detection of an imaging optical system based on a focus detection signal obtained by the pixels;
a continuous shooting unit configured to perform control to cause the image sensor to, a plurality of times, execute accumulation of an image signal for recording;
a storage unit configured to store the image signal for recording;
an estimation unit configured to estimate an in-focus position of an object at a time of acquiring the image signal for recording based on a result of the focus detection by the focus detection unit and information relating to an accumulation timing of the focus detection signal that is used in the focus detection; and
a focus adjustment unit configured to control focus adjustment of the imaging optical system based on an estimation result by the estimation unit,
wherein the image sensor performs accumulation of the focus detection signal in a time period in which the storage unit cannot store the image signal for recording,
the focus detection unit performs the focus detection that uses the focus detection signal acquired in the time period, and
the estimation unit estimates the in-focus position at the time of acquiring the image signal for recording that is acquired after the end of the time period based on the focus detection result that uses the focus detection signal acquired in the time period and the information relating to the accumulation timing of the focus detection signal used in the focus detection.

US Pat. No. 10,200,903

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors configured to function as:
an execution unit configured to execute share processing for sharing a communication parameter;
a search unit configured to search, by sending a probe request and receiving a probe response, a communication partner apparatus that executes the share processing in a plurality of channels including a first channel and a second channel, wherein the second channel is not adjacent to the first channel; and
a waiting unit configured to wait for a probe request from a communication partner apparatus, wherein, in a case where the waiting unit receives a probe request during execution of a wait processing for waiting for a probe request, the waiting unit responds by sending a probe response,
wherein
when a search in the first channel is finished, the search unit performs a search in the second channel without a search in a third channel which is adjacent to the first channel and length of period for the wait processing by the waiting unit is randomly determined.

US Pat. No. 10,192,495

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,192,296

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CAMERA SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT RESTORE AN IMAGE WITH A FILTER CORRESPONDING TO AN IMAGE PICKUP PLANE POSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a controller configured to adjust a position of a focal plane of an image pickup optical system with respect to a position of an image pickup plane by a correction amount based on image pickup environmental information so that the image pickup plane is positioned in an intermediate region between a peak position of a modulation transfer function (MTF) of the image pickup optical system at a center of an image and a peak position of the modulation transfer function (MTF) at a peripheral part of the image;
an image pickup element configured to generate the image by converting an optical image formed on the image pickup plane to electric signals after the position of the focal plane is adjusted by the controller; and
an image processor configured to restore the image utilizing an image restoration filter obtained base on the image pickup environmental information and image pickup state information of the image pickup optical system,
wherein the image pickup environmental information includes at least one of atmospheric temperature, humidity, and internal temperature of the image pickup optical system during shooting.

US Pat. No. 10,192,314

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,249

RECORDING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording element substrate comprising:a recording module including a plurality of recording elements and first logic circuits corresponding to the plurality of recording elements;
a memory module including a plurality of memory elements and second logic circuits corresponding to the plurality of memory elements;
a signal supply circuit configured to supply a signal for controlling the recording elements and a signal for controlling the memory elements; and
a common line configured to connect the signal supply circuit to the plurality of first logic circuits and the plurality of second logic circuits in common,
wherein the recording elements are arranged along an extending direction in which the common line extends, and the memory modules are disposed between the common line and the recording elements.

US Pat. No. 10,189,250

PRINTHEAD, ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printhead comprising:a plurality of element substrates that each include a first element substrate adjacent to a second element substrate in a first direction,
wherein a planar shape of each of the first element substrate and the second element substrate is quadrilateral that has a first side and a second side along the first direction,
wherein the quadrilateral of the first element substrate has a first element substrate oblique side close to the second element substrate, the first element substrate oblique side obliquely intersecting with both of the first side and the second side of the first element substrate,
wherein the quadrilateral of the second element substrate has a second element substrate oblique side close to the first element substrate side, the second element substrate oblique side obliquely intersecting with both of the first side and the second side of the second element,
wherein the first element substrate and the second element substrate each have a print element array in which a plurality of print elements are arrayed in the first direction, and each have a plurality of driving circuits that respectively correspond to the plurality of print elements, each corresponding print element and driving circuit being arranged in a second direction that intersects with both of the first direction and a third direction along the first element substrate oblique side and along the second element substrate oblique side, and each of the plurality of driving circuits being arranged on either a side of the first side or a side of the second side with respect to a print element corresponding to a driving circuit,
wherein a first print element array arranged in the first element substrate includes a first print element that is closest to the second element substrate in the first direction, and a second print element array arranged in the second element substrate includes a second print element that is closest to the first element substrate in the first direction, and
wherein an order of arrangement in the second direction of at least the first print element and a first driving circuit corresponding to the first print element is opposite to an order of arrangement in the second direction of the second print element and a second driving circuit corresponding to the second print element.

US Pat. No. 10,192,153

APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for a system including a mobile device and a printer to which a container containing a recording material for printing of an image by the printer is attached,wherein the printer comprises:
a first processor;
a first communication device configured to execute wireless communication by using a predetermined communication method; and
a storage device, and
the mobile device comprises:
a second processor;
a second communication device configured to execute wireless communication by the predetermined communication method; and
a display device,
wherein the method comprises:
storing, by the first processor, predetermined information in the storage device, in a case where the container is operated;
newly displaying, by the second processor, in a case where the second communication device executes wireless communication with the first communication device after a first display item is designated by a user on the display device, a first display content which includes a predetermined display item, using the display device based on the predetermined information which the mobile device acquires from the storage device; and
newly displaying, by the second processor, in a case where the second communication device executes communication with the first communication device after a second display item is designated by the user on the display device, a second display content which does not include the predetermined display item, using the display device.

US Pat. No. 10,191,394

DISTORTION DETECTION METHOD, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for obtaining a plurality of types of distortion components relating to a shot region of a substrate, implemented by a control unit included in an exposure apparatus configured to expose the substrate with light, the method comprising:obtaining, by the control unit, a first formula that expresses a shape of a substrate based on information about a warping shape of the substrate in a state where the substrate is not yet held by a chuck configured to hold the substrate and included in the exposure apparatus;
converting, by the control unit, the first formula into a second formula that expresses positional deviation amounts at a plurality of positions on a surface of the substrate held by the chuck;
calculating, by the control unit, the positional deviation amounts by using the second formula; and
obtaining, by the control unit, a plurality of types of distortion components relating to a shot region of the substrate, held by the chuck, based on the calculated positional deviation amounts,
wherein the chuck is held by a moving unit configured to be movable and included in the exposure apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,191,403

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a plurality of photosensitive members;
a light scanning apparatus configured to emit light beams scanning on surfaces of the plurality of photosensitive members, respectively, to form electrostatic latent images on the surfaces of the plurality of photosensitive members;
a plurality of developing devices configured to develop the electrostatic latent images formed on the surfaces of the plurality of photosensitive members with developers having respective colors to form a plurality of toner images;
an intermediate transfer member on which the plurality of toner images developed by the plurality of developing devices are transferred;
a pattern detector configured to detect a registration correction pattern included in the toner images transferred onto the intermediate transfer member; and
a controller configured to correct a color misregistration between toner images having respective colors on the intermediate transfer member, based on a detection result of the pattern detector,
wherein the light scanning apparatus includes:
a light source configured to emit the light beams;
a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflect the light beams emitted from the light source so that the light beams scan on the surfaces of the plurality of photosensitive members, respectively, to form the electrostatic latent images;
a motor configured to rotate the rotary polygon mirror;
a first pulse generation unit configured to generate a first pulse in synchronization with a rotation speed of the motor;
a second pulse generation unit configured to generate a second pulse by receiving a light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror;
a drive circuit board, to which the light source is attached, configured to drive the light source according to image data;
a housing configured to hold the polygon mirror and the motor therein; and
a temperature detector, disposed on the drive circuit board provided outside of the housing, configured to detect a temperature of the drive circuit board, and
wherein the controller
starts rotation of the rotary polygon mirror when a predetermined condition is satisfied in a state in which the rotary polygon mirror is stopped, and rotates the rotary polygon mirror at a predetermined rotation speed based on the first pulse in a first state in which the light beams are not emitted from the light source,
thereafter, starts emission of the light beams from the light source, switches a rotation control based on the first pulse to a rotation control based on the second pulse, and rotates the rotary polygon mirror at the predetermined rotation speed based on the second pulse in a second state in which the light beams are emitted from the light source, and
thereafter, detects a temperature of the drive circuit board by the temperature detector in response to input of an image formation start signal for starting image formation, and corrects color misregistration using a detected temperature of the temperature detector and the detection result of the pattern detector.

US Pat. No. 10,191,406

ROTATABLE MEMBER AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE ROTATABLE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A rotatable member for use with a rotatable driving member provided in a process cartridge or an electrophotographic image forming apparatus, said rotatable member comprising:a hollow cylindrical rotation shaft engageable with the rotatable driving member,
wherein said rotation shaft includes a seam extending from one end to the other end thereof in an axial direction thereof,
wherein said rotation shaft includes a transmitting surface engaging with the driving member and configured to receive a driving force for rotating said rotation shaft about the axial direction, and
wherein said transmitting surface is twisted or inclined with respect to the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,191,410

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device for use with an image forming apparatus, comprising:a developer carrying member being rotatable and configured to carry a developer for developing a latent image;
a supplying member, for supplying the developer to said developer carrying member, configured to be rotatable and to form a nip in contact with said developer carrying member;
an accommodating portion, provided below said supplying member in a state the developing device is mounted on the image forming apparatus for use, for accommodating the developer to be supplied from said supplying member to said developer carrying member;
a feeding member, provided in said accommodating portion, for feeding the developer accommodated in said accommodating portion to said supplying member;
a rotatable member, provided above said feeding member and located at a downstream side of the nip with respect to a rotational direction of said supplying member, for moving the developer toward the nip; and
a retaining portion for retaining the developer supplied to said supplying member,
wherein said supplying member rotates so that a surface thereof moves downward at the nip, and
wherein said rotatable member opposes said supplying member and is disposed in said retaining portion provided below the nip.

US Pat. No. 10,191,412

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM HAVING PUMP OPERATED DEVELOPER DISCHARGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:a developer accommodating portion configured to accommodate developer;
a discharge opening provided in the developer accommodating portion and configured to permit discharging of the developer in the developer accommodating portion;
a driving force receiving portion configured and positioned to receive a driving force; and
a pump portion configured and positioned to act on the developer accommodating portion by the driving force received by the driving force receiving portion,
wherein the pump portion is configured to alternately change an internal pressure of the developer accommodating portion between a pressure lower than ambient pressure and a pressure higher than the ambient pressure to supply the developer along with air out of the developer accommodating portion through the discharge opening, which has an area of not more than 12.6 mm2.

US Pat. No. 10,191,698

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. A control method for an information processing apparatus that is able to execute an application,wherein the application supports two invoking methods including a first invoking method which is invoked by a first file of an extension supported by the application being shared by a sharing function of another application being executed and a second invoking method which is invoked from a printing system of an operating system by a second file targeted for print processing being received, and
wherein the control method comprising, in a case where the first file is shared according to the first invoking method, invoking the printing system by issuing a print instruction to the printing system using the shared first file, receiving the second file converted from the first file according to the second invoking method, and performing print processing based on the second file.

US Pat. No. 10,191,703

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display a preview screen including identification information of document data and a preview image of the document data;
a selection unit configured to select a storage function based on a user operation using the preview screen being performed by the user; and
an accepting unit configured to accept a print instruction based on a user operation using a print item in the preview screen being performed by the user,
wherein in a case where the storage function is selected, the identification information of the document data is displayed in the preview screen after print processing for the document data has been performed, and in a case where the storage function is not selected, the identification information of the document data is not displayed in the preview screen after print processing for the document data has been performed,
wherein in a case where (1) target identification information is selected, based on a user operation to select the target identification information using the preview screen being performed by the user, from the preview screen including as the identification information first identification information of first document data for which print processing is to be newly performed and second identification information of second document data for which the storage function is selected and print processing has been already performed and (2) print setting information is changed, print setting information of document data corresponding to the selected target identification information is changed and print setting information of document data corresponding to the identification information not selected is not changed,
wherein the preview image of the document data corresponding to the selected target identification information is displayed in the preview screen and the preview image of the document data corresponding to the identification information not selected is not displayed in the preview screen, and
wherein printing based on the document data corresponding to the selected target identification information is performed and printing based on the document data corresponding to the identification information not selected is not performed, in a case where the target identification information is selected from the first and second identification information and the print instruction is accepted in a state the first and second identification information are displayed in the preview screen.

US Pat. No. 10,191,704

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS READING DATA CREATED BY RENDER FILTER FOR IMAGE FORMATION FROM STORAGE AREA AND SAVING THE DATA IN TEMPORARY STORAGE AREA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus installed with a driver having a render filter that creates data for image formation and that saves the created data in a storage area that is not deleted at a time of uninstallation of the driver, the apparatus comprising:a saving unit configured to read the data saved in the storage area and to save the data in a temporary storage area that is deleted at a time of uninstallation of the driver;
a deletion unit configured to delete the data from the storage area after the data is saved in the temporary storage area;
a determination unit that determines whether or not the data for image formation which has been created by the render filter is stored in the storage area; and
a control unit that reads data saved in the storage area, saves the data in the temporary storage area that is deleted at the time of uninstallation of the driver, and deletes the data from the storage area in a case where the determination unit determines that the data for image formation is saved in the storage area,
wherein the saving unit, the deletion unit, the determination unit, and the control unit are implemented by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,191,706

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:at least one processor that operates to control:
a first wireless communication unit having a memory, the first wireless communication unit configured to
communicate with an external apparatus by near field wireless communication;
store, in the memory, first information including communication information for establishing longer field wireless communication having a communication range longer than a range of the near field wireless communication and which is read by the external apparatus, wherein the first information is deleted from the memory if second information including setting information for activating an access point included in the communication apparatus is written to the memory;
receive a request for writing the second information from the external apparatus; and
store, in the memory, the second information, wherein the second information is stored in the memory after the request is received from the external apparatus;
a setting unit configured to activate the access point included in the communication apparatus, if the first information stored in the memory is deleted from the memory and the second information is written to the memory based on the request received from the external apparatus;
a second wireless communication unit configured to communicate with the external apparatus which has read the first information by the longer field wireless communication if the access point is activated; and
an update unit configured to update, after the first information is deleted from the memory by writing the second information to the memory, the memory from a state where the second information is stored in the memory to a state where the first information is stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,186,122

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,183,820

SHEET STORAGE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet storage apparatus comprising:a sheet storage portion configured to store a sheet; and
a regulating member provided movably in the sheet storage portion and comprising a first regulating surface configured to abut against a sheet stored in the sheet storage portion and a second regulating surface configured to abut against a sheet stored in the sheet storage portion, the regulating member being movable to
(i) a first regulating position on which the first regulating surface is orthogonal to a first direction, and abuts against and regulates end portions, in the first direction, of a plurality of first sheets each having a first size in a case where the plurality of first sheets are stored in the sheet storage portion,
(ii) a second regulating position on which the first regulating surface is parallel with the first direction, and abuts against and regulates end portions, in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, of a plurality of second sheets each having a second size different from the first size in a case where the plurality of second sheets are stored in the sheet storage portion, and
(iii) a third regulating position on which the second regulating surface is orthogonal to the first direction and regulates end portions in the first direction, of a plurality of third sheets each having a third size, the third sheet having a different length in the first direction from the first sheet and the second sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,183,822

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,183,824

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a feeding rotating member configured to feed a sheet;
a separating portion configured to separate and feed one by one the sheet fed by the feeding rotating member, the separating portion including a separating rotating member configured to feed a sheet and a separating member configured to form a separation nip portion by abutting on the separating rotating member;
a sheet stacking portion on which sheets are stacked and disposed to face the feeding rotating member;
a sheet introducing portion configured to guide the sheet toward the separating portion, the sheet introducing portion being disposed in a downstream side of the sheet stacking portion and positioned above a tangent line at a contacting point between the feeding rotating member and the sheet stacking portion in a vertical direction; and
a contact member disposed to be able to contact with an upper surface of the sheet conveyed by the feeding rotating member in a region of the sheet introducing portion,
wherein the sheet introducing portion comprises a rib disposed along a sheet conveying direction, wherein the rib is positioned outside of the feeding rotating member in a sheet width direction perpendicular to the sheet conveying direction, and wherein the contact member is positioned at an opposite side of the feeding rotating member with respect to the rib in the sheet width direction, and
wherein, in a cross-section, in the sheet width direction, involving the contact member and the rib, (a) a highest portion of the rib is higher than a surface of the sheet introducing portion corresponding to the feeding rotating member in the sheet width direction, and (b) a lowest portion of the contact member in a status that the sheet is not conveyed is lower than the highest portion of the rib.

US Pat. No. 10,183,828

SHEET DISCHARGE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet discharge device comprising:a conveying portion which includes a first roller contacting a first surface of a sheet and a second roller contacting a second surface of the sheet and which conveys the sheet in a conveying direction with the sheet nipped between the first roller and the second roller;
a first conveying guide which is provided upstream of the conveying portion in the conveying direction to guide the first surface of the sheet;
a second conveying guide which is provided to face the first conveying guide to guide the second surface of the sheet;
a rotating portion which is disposed on a shaft of the first roller and has an outer diameter larger than that of the first roller; and
a guide portion which is provided in the first conveying guide and in which an interval between the guide portion and the second conveying guide becomes narrower toward a downstream side in the conveying direction, the guide portion being located at a position corresponding to the rotating portion in a sheet width direction orthogonal to the conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,183,829

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus comprising:a discharging portion comprising a nip portion nipping and conveying a sheet, and configured to discharge the sheet;
a stacking portion on which the sheet discharged by the discharging portion is stacked;
an air blowing unit configured to blow air toward a lower face of the sheet being nipped by the nip portion; and
a control portion configured to execute a first mode in a case where a length of the sheet to be discharged by the discharging portion in a sheet discharging direction is a first length and a second mode in a case where a length of the sheet to be discharged by the discharging portion in the sheet discharging direction is a second length longer than the first length, the first mode being a mode where the air blowing unit does not change a volume of the air to the sheet while the nip portion of the discharging portion is nipping and conveying the sheet, and the second mode being a mode where the air blowing unit changes the volume of the air from a first air volume to a second air volume which is smaller than the first air volume while the nip portion of the discharging portion is nipping and conveying the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,186,906

POWER-TRANSMITTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF WIRELESSLY TRANSMITTING POWER TO POWER-RECEIVING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power-transmitting apparatus that wirelessly transmits power to a power-receiving apparatus, the power-transmitting apparatus comprising:an antenna configured to wirelessly output power; and
a control unit;
wherein the control unit performs:
detecting the presence of a foreign substance between the power-receiving apparatus and the power-transmitting apparatus; and
adjusting power to be transmitted to the power-receiving apparatus through the antenna in accordance with a detection result of detecting the presence of a foreign substance,
wherein the control unit is configured to determine, in accordance with a foreign substance detection threshold determined according to maximum power transmittable to the power-receiving apparatus, whether the foreign substance necessitates control of power to be transmitted to the power-receiving apparatus, and
wherein the foreign substance detection threshold is determined in accordance with a maximum transmittable power of the power-transmitting apparatus or maximum receivable power of the power-receiving apparatus, whichever is smaller.

US Pat. No. 10,185,119

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,185,904

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,185,942

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,185,179

LIGHT-EMITTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING FIXING MEMBERS IN PIXEL BOUNDARIES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A backlight apparatus comprising:a board on which a plurality of light source units are arranged in a matrix pattern;
an optical sheet configured to transmit light from the plurality of light source units;
a partition sheet arranged between the board and the optical sheet and having a shape which encloses each of the plurality of light source units on a plane parallel to the board; and
a plurality of fixing members fixing the optical sheet and the partition sheet, wherein
the plurality of fixing members include a fixing member arranged in a boundary portion between two light source units that are adjacent to each other in a row direction or a column direction.

US Pat. No. 10,186,990

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,185,457

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,187,532

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,187,538

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,187,540

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,185,490

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,187,541

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,185,240

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH STORAGE OF CLEANING BLADE CONTACT PRESSURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a unit configured to be detachably mountable to a main assembly of said image forming apparatus, said unit including:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image,
a cleaning blade contacting said image bearing member at a cleaning portion and being configured to remove deposited matter on said image bearing member with movement of said image bearing member, and
an information storing member configured to store pressure information measured during an assembling step of said unit, the pressure information being information on contact pressures of said cleaning blade to said image bearing member with respect to a widthwise direction perpendicular to a movement direction of said image bearing member in each of a plurality of regions of said cleaning blade with respect to the widthwise direction;
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image from said image bearing member onto a toner image receiving member;
an input portion configured to be inputted with the pressure information; and
an executing portion configured to execute a toner supplying operation for supplying toner to the cleaning portion using a toner image formed on said image bearing member, in a period other than a period in which the toner image is formed on said image bearing member, for each predetermined number of image forming operations,
wherein on the basis of the pressure information inputted to said input portion, said executing portion sets amounts of the toner supplied to the respective regions in the toner supplying operation.

US Pat. No. 10,187,553

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,186,532

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,187,559

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,185,520

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,185,523

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,183,490

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head configured to discharges liquid to a recording medium conveyed in a first direction, the liquid discharge head comprising:a recording element board including:
a plurality of discharge ports for discharging liquid;
a plurality of pressure chambers communicating with the plurality of discharge ports, respectively, and each including thereinside an energy generating element configured to generate energy to be used for discharging liquid; and
a common supply path communicating with the plurality of pressure chambers and configured to supply liquid to the plurality of pressure chambers,
wherein the plurality of discharge ports forms a discharge port array arrayed in an inclined manner with respect to a second direction perpendicular to the first direction,
wherein adjacent pressure chambers in an array direction of the discharge port array communicate with each other via only the common supply path,
wherein the plurality of discharge ports is divided into N number of groups (N?2), each of the groups includes a plurality of discharge ports arranged every Nth discharge port, and the N number of groups sequentially perform liquid discharge operations on a group basis according to time division in such a manner that each of a plurality of discharge ports belonging to a same group discharges liquid at a same time and a plurality of discharge ports belonging to different groups successively discharges liquid in array order, and
wherein the discharge port array is inclined to the second direction by an angle ? that satisfies a relation of tan ?=d2/(N×d1), where d1 is a distance between discharge ports within the discharge port array in the second direction, and d2 is a distance between two adjacent discharge ports within each of the groups in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,187,595

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensor comprising a pixel area in which a plurality of pixels is disposed in a matrix, the image sensor comprising:a first pixel including a plurality of photoelectric conversion units disposed in a first direction, one microlens disposed in common to the plurality of photoelectric conversion units, and a first color filter;
a second pixel adjacent to the first pixel along the first direction and including at least one photoelectric conversion unit and a second color filter;
a third pixel disposed adjacent to the first pixel along a second direction intersecting with the first direction and including at least one photoelectric conversion unit and a third color filter;
a first member disposed between the first color filter and the third color filter; and
a second member disposed between the first color filter and the second color filter,
wherein a width in the second direction of the first member is larger than a width in the first direction of the second member, and
wherein the first member and the second member have at least one of silicon compound, gas, vacuum, and metal.

US Pat. No. 10,186,068

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR RENDERING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,181,095

PREPARATION OPERATION FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a full color mode for forming a full color image and a monochrome mode for forming a monochrome image as color modes, the apparatus comprising:an image forming unit including a first forming unit configured to form a monochrome image in the monochrome mode and a second forming unit configured to cooperate with the first forming unit to form a full color image in the full color mode;
an intermediate transfer unit configured to contact with the first forming unit without contacting with the second forming unit and carry the monochrome image in the monochrome mode, and contact with both of the first forming unit and the second forming unit and carry the full color image in the full color mode;
a transfer unit configured to transfer an image carried by the intermediate transfer unit to a sheet;
a fixing unit configured to fix the image to the sheet; and
a processor configured to control the image forming apparatus,
wherein the processor includes:
a first preparing function configured to perform a first preparation operation in the full color mode when power is supplied from a power supply to activate the image forming apparatus, and
a second preparation function configured to perform, when an image formation request in accordance with one of the monochrome mode and the full color mode is inputted, a second preparation operation in the color mode in accordance with the image formation request, and
wherein the processor is configured to, in a case where an image formation request in accordance with the monochrome mode is inputted during performance of the first preparation operation, cause the image forming unit to form a monochrome image in accordance with the full color mode without performing the second preparation operation for the monochrome mode after the first preparation operation is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,181,096

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to perform a process comprising:
performing, at a first communicator, near field wireless communication by a first communication method;
transmitting, at a transmitter, a message including information of a first service to be executed by performing communication with an external apparatus and information of a second service to be executed by performing wireless communication directly with another communication apparatus by a second communication method different from the first communication method, to the another communication apparatus by the first communicator;
in response to transmission of the message, establishing a connection with the external apparatus, and starting processing for performing wireless communication directly with the another communication apparatus by the second communication method; and
in a case where the second service is executed, disconnecting the connection with the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,182,186

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor;
a readout circuit configured to read out a signal from pixels of the image sensor; and
at least one processor, configured to function as:
a setting unit configured to set a region in which a plurality of signals having different viewpoints are read out from each pixel of the image sensor by the readout circuit,
a first information acquisition unit configured to acquire first depth information for detecting an object using a signal that has been read out from a first region set by the setting unit,
a second information acquisition unit configured to acquire second depth information for detecting a focus state of the object using a signal that has been read out from a second region set by the setting unit, and
a control unit configured to variably control a ratio of frames in which the first region is set by the setting unit and frames in which the second region is set by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,180,651

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH RESTRICTING MEMBER THAT RESTRICTS MOVEMENT OF CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,182,188

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,182,192

IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A monitoring camera comprising:an image sensor configured to pick up an image;
a reception interface configured to receive, from a client apparatus, an acquisition request to acquire superimposing options available in the monitoring camera, wherein each of the superimposing options includes a parameter for superimposing a content on the image picked-up by the image sensor; and
a transmission interface configured to transmit superimposing options,
wherein, in a case where the acquisition request is received by the reception interface, the transmission interface is configured to transmit superimposing options available in the monitoring camera.

US Pat. No. 10,181,187

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD THEREOF, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM THAT DISPLAY A MEDICAL IMAGE WITH COMMENT INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a report acquisition unit adapted to acquire report information including a region of interest in a medical image and comment information associated with the region of interest;
a related region acquisition unit adapted to acquire a region related to the region of interest in the medical image;
a determination unit adapted to determine a display position of a display region of the comment information so as not to make the display region of the comment information overlap the related region; and
a display control unit adapted to display the medical image including the comment information so that the comment information is displayed at the determined display position of the display region on a display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,175,609

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,177,695

MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,173,850

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,173,853

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,173,856

SHEET SUPPORTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,177,190

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup device comprising:a photoelectric conversion portion including a first semiconductor region and configured to generate a charge in accordance with incident light, the first semiconductor region being of a first conductivity type;
a charge holding portion including a second semiconductor region configured to hold the charge generated by the photoelectric conversion portion and provided in a semiconductor substrate, the second semiconductor region being of the first conductivity type;
a floating diffusion region of the first conductivity type provided in the semiconductor substrate;
a first transfer gate electrode provided on a region between the first semiconductor region and the second semiconductor region;
a second transfer gate electrode provided on a region between the second semiconductor region and the floating diffusion region; and
a third semiconductor region provided under the second semiconductor region and in the semiconductor substrate, the third semiconductor region being of a second conductivity type;
a fourth semiconductor region provided under the first semiconductor region, the fourth semiconductor region being of the second conductivity type,
wherein
in a cross section of a pixel including the second semiconductor region, the third semiconductor region and the second transfer gate electrode, an impurity concentration at a first point within the third semiconductor region and on a first line oriented toward a depth direction of the semiconductor substrate and passing through the second semiconductor region is higher than an impurity concentration at a second point on a second line oriented toward the depth direction and passing through the second transfer gate electrode,
the second point on the second line is at a same depth as the first point on the first line, and
the third semiconductor region and the fourth semiconductor region are included in a continuous semiconductor region of the second conductivity type.

US Pat. No. 10,175,452

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,175,464

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,178,551

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO PERFORM PROCESS FOR SHARING COMMUNICATION PARAMETER WITH ANOTHER COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the processor(s), cause the communication apparatus to:
provide first information containing information unique to the communication apparatus and information on a predetermined channel for use in sharing a communication parameter for wireless communication with another communication apparatus or second information containing the information unique to the communication apparatus but not containing information on the predetermined channel;
i) in a case where the first information is provided, wait to receive a predetermined signal containing information corresponding to the information unique to the communication apparatus without shifting from the predetermined channel to another channel;
ii) wait, using a plurality of channels, to receive the predetermined signal in a case where the second information is provided; and
in a case where the predetermined signal is received from the other communication apparatus, perform a process for sharing the communication parameter with the other communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,177,821

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wireless communication system comprising:a first antenna;
a second antenna with an orientation relative to the first antenna that is changeable around a predetermined axis; and
a communication control unit configured to control wireless communication based on electric field coupling between the first antenna and the second antenna,
wherein the first antenna includes a first electrode including a bored portion, which is configured such that the predetermined axis passes through an inside of the bored portion, and a second electrode located inside the bored portion as viewed from a reference direction that is in parallel with the predetermined axis, and
wherein the second antenna includes a third electrode configured such that an electric signal is transmitted between the first electrode and the third electrode, and a fourth electrode configured such that an electric signal is transmitted between the second electrode and the fourth electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,172,964

COMPOUND OR SALT THEREOF AND CONTRAST AGENT FOR OPTICAL IMAGING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A compound consisting of at least one organic dye covalently bound to a polyethylene glycol, or a salt thereof,wherein the organic dye is represented by any of formulae (2) to (6), and
wherein the polyethylene glycol is represented by any of formulae (8) to (10):

wherein, in the formulae (2) to (6):
X represents any of a hydrogen atom, a sodium atom, and a potassium atom; and
* represents a bond to O adjacent to Y in the formulae (8) to (10), either directly or through a linker;

wherein, in the formula (8):
Y represents a bond to N adjacent to * in the formulae (2) to (6), either directly or through a linker; and
t is an integer of 1 or more;
Y?OCH2CH2?nO—Y,   (9)
wherein, in the formula (9):
Y represents a bond to * in the formulae (2) to (6), either directly or through a linker, and the organic dye at each Y may be the same or different; and
n is an integer of 1 or more;

wherein, in the formula (10):
Y represents a bond to * in the formulae (2) to (6), either directly or through a linker, and the organic dye at each Y may be the same or different; and
s is an integer of 1 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,176,567

PHYSICAL REGISTRATION OF IMAGES ACQUIRED BY FOURIER PTYCHOGRAPHY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,176,576

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,178,134

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MANAGEMENT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which has a printer engine, comprising:a network interface;
a facsimile communication unit;
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the image forming apparatus to:
manage a password for an administrator about settings corresponding to functions of the image forming apparatus;
receive a password via a web browser executed by a personal computer when an operation for the settings is performed;
provide a setting screen to the web browser by a web server of the image forming apparatus, wherein whether processing using a Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface is to be restricted, whether a facsimile function of transmitting data to an outside by the facsimile communication unit is to be restricted, and whether a predetermined function of transferring data to the outside using the network interface is to be restricted are designatable on the setting screen; and
reflect, on the image forming apparatus, at least one of setting values corresponding to restriction of the processing using the USB interface, restriction of the facsimile function, and restriction of the predetermined function according to one or more designations via the setting screen,
wherein, when the password for the administrator has been received from the web browser, the web browser is capable of designating the restriction of the processing using the USB interface, the restriction of the facsimile function, and the restriction of the predetermined function via the setting screen.

US Pat. No. 10,168,958

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD IN INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system that performs data communication between a host and a device in conformity with a SATA standard, whereinthe host transmits a setup command to which information on an undefined command is written to the device, and
the device:
has a command table for commands in conformity with the SATA standard, in which a command code to identify each command and information on a transfer protocol of each command are described; and
makes the undefined command available between the host and the device by writing information on the undefined command to the command table in accordance with the received setup command.

US Pat. No. 10,171,008

VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR AND DRIVING APPARATUS USING THE VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration wave motor, comprising:a vibrating plate having a rectangular surface;
a piezoelectric device bonded onto the vibrating plate, and configured to vibrate at high frequency; and
a projection provided on one of the vibrating plate and the piezoelectric device, wherein
a natural vibration mode, which has a resonant frequency equal to or adjacent to a resonant frequency of torsional vibration in a natural vibration mode under a state in which the vibrating plate, the piezoelectric device, and the projection are integrated, is a natural vibration mode of bending vibration in one of a direction parallel to and a direction orthogonal to a torsion center axis of the torsional vibration in the natural vibration mode, and
the projection is provided at a position closer to an antinode than to a node, the node and the antinode being in the direction orthogonal to the torsion center axis of the torsional vibration in the natural vibration mode.

US Pat. No. 10,169,596

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to control an operation of software based on an issued license, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed, cause the at least one processor to operate as:
a holding unit configured to hold a serial number input to issue a first license for controlling the operation of the software;
a reception unit configured to receive an input of a serial number required to issue a second license for controlling the operation of the software at a different version;
a checking unit configured to check whether the serial number corresponding to the first license held by the holding unit and the serial number received by the reception unit are different from each other; and
a control unit configured to control the software based on the second license issued by a licensing server based on the serial number received by the reception unit along with returning the first license to the licensing server, if the checking unit confirms that the serial number corresponding to the first license held by the holding unit and the serial number received by the reception unit are different.

US Pat. No. 10,171,134

ELECTRIC DEVICE AND OPERATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electric device for performing short distance wireless communication with a mobile terminal, comprising:an antenna configured to generate induced power by an RF signal from the mobile terminal;
a resistor configured to drop a peak voltage generated by the induced power;
a circuit driven by the voltage dropped by the resistor and configured to perform the short distance wireless communication; and
a light emission element driven by the voltage dropped by the resistor and configured to emit light, wherein
the resistor is series-connected between the circuit and the antenna.

US Pat. No. 10,169,673

REGION-OF-INTEREST DETECTION APPARATUS, REGION-OF-INTEREST DETECTION METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A region-of-interest detection apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to provide:
a segmentation unit configured to segment an input image into a plurality of partial regions;
a background region setting unit configured to set a background region in the input image;
an overlap region setting unit configured to set a plurality of overlap regions each corresponding to a region in which one of the partial regions and the background region overlap each other, and calculate a region feature amount of each of the overlap regions;
a foreground level calculation unit configured to calculate a foreground level indicating a possibility of a foreground based on the region feature amount of each of the overlap regions and a pixel feature amount of each of a plurality of pixel positions in the input image, the foreground level being calculated for each of the plurality of pixel positions;
a saliency calculation unit configured to, based on the feature amount of each of the plurality of pixel positions and a feature amount of a portion around each of the plurality of the pixel positions, calculate a saliency indicating a degree of saliency of each of the plurality of pixel positions; and
a detection unit configured to detect a region of interest based on the foreground level and the saliency of the position.

US Pat. No. 10,162,247

SHUTTER DEVICE AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A shutter device comprising:a shutter plate where an opening is formed;
a light shielding member movable reciprocally between a closed state where the opening is closed and an open state where the opening is open;
a motor;
a drive member including a cam engaging portion, rotatable in conjunction with the light shielding member; and
a cam member configured to be driven by the motor to rotate,
wherein the cam member engages with the cam engaging portion, and includes a first cam surface and a second cam surface, the first cam surface driving the drive member to move the light shielding member to the closed state, the second cam surface driving the drive member to move the light shielding member to the open state,
wherein the first cam surface and the second cam surface are formed symmetrically with respect to a straight line extending in a radial direction from a rotation center of the cam member,
wherein the motor is rotatable in a first direction and a second direction, and
wherein the cam member is configured to:
drive the drive member on the first cam surface according to rotation of the motor in the first direction, and
drive the drive member on the second cam surface according to rotation of the motor in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,162,248

AUTOMATIC FOCUSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an image sensor configured to capture an image of an object through a photographic system including a focus lens and output image data;
a scan unit configured to move the focus lens within a predetermined scan range, having a scan center position, defined by a scan-starting point and a scan-ending point;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a focus evaluation value based on the image data while the scan unit moves the focus lens, and to determine a maximal focus evaluation value based on the focus evaluation value;
a control unit configured to adjust the focus lens to a lens position where the maximal focus evaluation value was obtained; and
a setting unit configured to set a scan range for a next scan depending on whether a direction of a lens position where the maximal focus evaluation value was obtained in a previous scan to a scan center position of the scan range in the previous scan is the same as a direction of a lens position where the maximal focus evaluation value is obtained in a present scan to a scan center position of the scan range for the present scan, or not,
wherein, if the direction of the lens position where the maximal focus evaluation value was obtained in the previous scan to the scan center position of the scan range for the previous scan is not the same as the direction of the lens position where the maximal focus evaluation value is obtained in the present scan to the scan center position of the scan range for the present scan, the scan range for the next scan is set without using a prediction calculation.

US Pat. No. 10,163,035

EDGE DETECTING APPARATUS AND EDGE DETECTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An edge detecting apparatus, comprising:at least one processor that operates as:
a first determining unit configured to determine, based on an input image, at least one of a distance between local maximum pixels which are pixels of which gradation values are local maximum values and a distance between local minimum pixels which are pixels of which gradation values are local minimum values; and
a detecting unit configured to detect an edge from the input image with a detection sensitivity based on the distance determined by the first determining unit wherein the detecting unit:
performs block matching using the input image;
corrects a result of the block matching using a correction parameter corresponding to a detection sensitivity based on a distance determined by the first determining unit; and
detects an edge from the input image based on a result of the block matching after correction.

US Pat. No. 10,160,222

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, LIQUID CONTAINER, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a liquid container capable of containing liquid and including a rocking body rotatable around a support shaft depending on an amount of contained liquid, the manufacturing method comprising the steps of:setting a spacer having a predetermined width at the support shaft;
assembling the rocking body to the liquid container by melting and swaging a part of the support shaft, said assembling of the rocking body to the liquid container being performed after said setting of the spacer at the support shaft; and
removing the spacer, said removing of the spacer being performed after said assembling of the rocking body to the liquid container.

US Pat. No. 10,162,300

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly;
an image forming portion provided inside said main assembly and configured to form an image on a sheet;
an image reading device provided on said main assembly and including a reading portion configured to read an image on a sheet;
a sheet discharging portion provided in said main assembly and configured to discharge the sheet on which the image is formed by said image forming portion, wherein said sheet discharging portion is positioned below said image reading device with respect to a vertical direction;
a controller provided in said main assembly and disposed on a side closer to a rear surface of said image forming apparatus than said image forming portion is;
an operating panel mounted to said main assembly and disposed on a side closer to a front surface of said image forming apparatus than said image reading device is;
a cable configured to electrically connect said controller and said operating panel; and
an accommodating portion provided in said main assembly between said image reading device and said sheet discharging portion with respect to the vertical direction and configured to form a space for accommodating said cable in a state in which said cable forms a loop, wherein said accommodating portion includes an opening configured to permit passing of said cable in the space to an outside of said main assembly and accommodates said cable in the space so that a size of the loop changes depending on a position of said operating panel, connected by said cable, relative to said main assembly and so that a length of said cable from said opening to said operating panel changes depending on a change of the size of the loop.

US Pat. No. 10,162,306

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an exhaust duct, including a first air duct, a second air duct, a first exhaust port, and a second exhaust port, the exhaust duct being configured to form exhaust paths, air through the first air duct being exhausted from the first exhaust port toward outside the image forming apparatus, air through the second air duct being exhausted from the second exhaust port toward outside the image forming apparatus;
a first and a second filter provided in the first and the second air duct respectively configured to remove at least one of ozone, VOC, and a fine particle included in the air inside the image forming apparatus; and
a filter case provided in the exhaust duct configured to house the filters in a manner that the filters are able to be taken out, the filter case being provided in a drawable manner from the exhaust duct in a state that the exhaust ports remain in the exhaust duct in a drawing direction.

US Pat. No. 10,163,381

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,190

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a body unit;
a movable unit;
a two-axis rotation means that connects the body unit and the movable unit;
a magnetic field generating means that is disposed in the movable unit;
a first magnetic sensor that is disposed in the body unit, detects a magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating means, and outputs a signal; and
a second magnetic sensor that is disposed in the body unit, detects a magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating means, and outputs a signal,
wherein each unit is implemented by one or more processors, circuitry or a combination thereof,
wherein the two-axis rotation means has a first axis and a second axis orthogonal to the first axis,
wherein the magnetic field generating means generates a magnetic field orthogonal to the first axis direction,
wherein the first magnetic sensor is disposed to detect a magnetic field in the first axis direction,
wherein the second magnetic sensor detects a magnetic field in a direction orthogonal to the first axis,
wherein the first magnetic sensor and the second magnetic sensor are disposed so as to align in the first axis direction,
wherein the first magnetic sensor and the second magnetic sensor cannot detect the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating means in a first state where the movable unit is housed in the body unit,
wherein the first magnetic sensor and the second magnetic sensor cannot detect the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating means in a second state where the movable unit is rotated about the first axis from the first state and the movable unit protrudes from the main unit,
wherein the first magnetic sensor detects the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating means in a third state where the movable unit is rotated about the second axis from the second state,
wherein the first magnetic sensor detects the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating means in a fourth state where the movable unit is rotated about the first axis from the third state and the movable unit is housed in the body unit,
wherein a transition from the second state to the third state is detected by a change in an output of the first magnetic sensor, and
wherein the transition from the third state to the fourth state is detected by the change in an output of the second magnetic sensor.