US Pat. No. 10,288,838

MIRROR DRIVE DEVICE CAPABLE OF HIGH-SPEED DRIVING AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mirror drive device comprising:a first mirror holder that holds a first mirror and is configured to be movable between a first position in a photographing optical path and a second position retracted from the photographing optical path;
a second mirror holder that holds a second mirror in a state rotatably attached to said first mirror holder and is configured to be movable between a third position in the photographing optical path and a fourth position retracted from the photographing optical path, the second mirror reflects and object light flux through the first mirror;
a motor; and
a driving member configured to be driven by said motor to thereby move said second mirror holder between the third position and the fourth position,
wherein said driving member directly contacts with said second mirror holder and moves said second mirror holder from the third position to the fourth position, whereby said first mirror holder is moved from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,255,517

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the apparatus to:
obtain a feature amount from an input image;
obtain context information representing a context regarding the input image, wherein the context information includes a position and size of the input image in an original image from which the input image has been extracted;
obtain, from the feature amount, a first likelihood indicating a likelihood at which the input image is an image of a specific object;
obtain, from the context information, a second likelihood indicating a likelihood at which the input image is an image of the specific object; and
identify, by using the first likelihood and the second likelihood, whether the input image is an image of the specific object,
wherein the obtaining of the second likelihood is performed by a discriminator which has been learned using the first likelihood and the context information.

US Pat. No. 10,255,008

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE EXECUTION OF PRINT JOBS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors and storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the printing apparatus to function as:
an operation unit;
a receiving unit that receives a print job;
a storage unit that stores sheets;
a printing unit that prints an image of the print job on a sheet stored in the storage unit; and
a control unit that can perform, without requiring a user's operation after a sheet shortage of the storage unit occurs, a first control such that the printing unit prints an image of a subsequent print job before the print job whose printing is not executed due to the sheet shortage of the storage unit, and perform, without requiring a user's operation after a sheet shortage of the storage unit occurs, a second control such that the print job whose printing is not executed due to the sheet shortage of the storage unit is cancelled,
wherein the first control is performed based on an instruction user's input via a first setting screen displayed on the operating unit, and the second control is performed based on an instruction input via a second setting screen displayed on the operating unit; and
wherein the first setting screen can be displayed without predetermined authentication and the second setting screen is displayed upon condition that the predetermined authentication information is input.

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. 10,255,532

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a memory device that stores raster image data corresponding to a background in a compressed format;
a generator that generates intermediate data corresponding to a foreground of the background based on obtained print data;
a decompressor that decompresses the raster image data stored in the memory device in a compressed format; and
a rasterizer that generates new raster image data based on raster data corresponding to the background obtained by the decompression and the generated intermediate data corresponding to the foreground,
wherein in a case where a request is made to stop the generation of the new raster image data in a state of waiting for at least a portion of the raster image data corresponding to the background to be decompressed,
the rasterizer stops generation of the new raster image data, and
the decompressor continues decompressing the at least a portion of the raster image data corresponding to the background.

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. 10,255,534

CONTROL APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a plurality of sheet accommodating sections, the printing apparatus comprising:a display device;
a storage device that stores sheet attribute information of sheets to be stored in the plurality of sheet accommodating sections; and
at least one processor that, by executing a set of instructions, causes the printing apparatus to perform processing including:
displaying on the display device a screen relating to a print job,
determining, based on the sheet attribute information stored in the storage device, whether there is a sheet accommodating section among the plurality of sheet accommodating sections for which sheet attribute information designated in the print job is registered,
notifying, to a user, a determination result by the determining,
receiving, from the user, a setting instruction for setting the sheet attribute information stored in the storage device, and
setting, according to the received setting instruction, the sheet attribute information stored in the storage device,
wherein the determining is performed at least in response to setting the sheet attribution information according to the received setting instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,257,337

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONNECTABLE WITH USE OF CLOSE PROXIMITY WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus;
a second communication unit configured to communicate with the external apparatus, a communication speed of the second communication unit being less than a communication speed of the first communication unit; and
a control unit configured to control the first communication unit to start establishing of communication with the external apparatus in a case where the second communication unit shares a communication parameter with the external apparatus, wherein the communication parameter is used by the first communication unit for establishing the communication with the external apparatus;
wherein the control unit selects from among a plurality of display modes including a single-display mode of displaying a single content recorded in the recording medium on a single screen of a display unit, and a multi-display mode of simultaneously displaying a plurality of contents recorded in the recording medium on the single screen of the display unit,
wherein the control unit determines a display mode in a case where the second communication unit shares the communication parameter with the external apparatus;
wherein, if a display mode in a case where the second communication unit shares the communication parameter with the external apparatus is the multi-display mode, the control unit displays the plurality of contents recorded in the recording medium on the single screen of the display unit and receives a selection of a transmission target and an instruction for starting transmission after establishment of the communication with the external apparatus by the first communication unit, and
wherein, if a display mode in a case where the second communication unit shares the communication parameter with the external apparatus is the single-display mode, the control unit performs control in such a manner that the communication apparatus transmits the content displayed in the single-display mode to the external apparatus via the communication unit without receiving a selection of the transmission target and an instruction for starting transmission after the establishment of the communication with the external apparatus by the first communication unit.

US Pat. No. 10,290,162

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a first detection unit configured to detect an object entering a queue;
a second detection unit configured to detect an object exiting the queue;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a number of objects lining up in a queue which includes a target object targeted for measuring a queuing time, in a case where the first detection unit has detected that the target object has entered the queue;
a measurement unit configured to measure, as the queuing time of the target object in the queue, a period from a time when the target object has entered the queue to a time when a number of objects having been detected by the second detection unit has reached the number acquired by the acquisition unit; and
an output unit configured to output the queuing time of the target object in the queue measured by the measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 10,254,809

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING POWER SAVING FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus excluding a printing apparatus for printing an image, the image processing apparatus comprising:a power supply unit that receives alternating current (AC) power, the power supply unit being different from another power supply unit included in the printing apparatus such that power states of the image processing apparatus are controlled independent of power states of the printing apparatus;
a first network interface that connects the image processing apparatus to and communicates with an external apparatus but not the printing apparatus via a first network not including the printing apparatus, the first network interface capable of receiving data from the external apparatus even when the image processing apparatus is in a first power state in which the power supply unit supplies power to a first part including less than all devices that constitute the image processing apparatus;
a second network interface that connects the image processing apparatus to and communicates with the printing apparatus but not the external apparatus via a second network separate from the first network;
a memory that stores programs; and
a processor that executes the programs stored in the memory to:
shift the image processing apparatus to the first power state;
while not shifting the image processing apparatus from the first power state, determine a type of the data received via the first network interface when the image processing apparatus is in the first power state;
in a case where it is determined that the data received from the external apparatus by the first network interface when the image processing apparatus is in the first power state is a first type data which can be responded without shifting the image processing apparatus from the first power state, respond to the data received via the first network interface without shifting the image processing apparatus from the first power state; and
in a case where it is determined that the data received from the external apparatus by the first network interface when the image processing apparatus is in the first power state is a second type data which is necessary to be transferred to the printing apparatus via the second network interface, shift the image processing apparatus from the first power state to a second power state in which the power supply unit supplies power to the first part including less than all devices that constitute the image processing apparatus and to another device, which is also included in the image processing apparatus, to transfer the received data to the printing apparatus,
wherein in a case where the data received from the external apparatus by the first network interface when the image processing apparatus is in the first power state is the second type data, the image processing apparatus transfers the received second type data to the printing apparatus via the second network interface after shifting from the first power state to the second power state.

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. 10,257,376

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM CAPABLE OF REDUCING POWER CONSUMPTION, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication system comprising:an image forming apparatus operable in a first power mode and a second power mode in which power consumption is lower than power consumption in the first power mode and greater than power consumption in a power off state; and
an image processing apparatus operable in a third power mode and a fourth power mode in which power consumption is lower than power consumption in the third power mode;
wherein the image forming apparatus includes:
a plurality of wake-up devices, each of the plurality of wake-up devices outputs a wake-up signal;
a first controller that receives the wake-up signal, shifts the image forming apparatus from the second power mode to the first power mode based on the wake-up signal, and identifies a wake-up device which output the received wake-up signal; and
a first network interface that transmits a predetermined instruction to the image processing apparatus in a case where the identified wake-up device is a predetermined device,
wherein the image processing apparatus includes:
a second network interface that receives the predetermined instruction from the image forming apparatus; and
a second controller that shifts the image processing apparatus from the fourth power mode to the third power mode based on the predetermined instruction, and
wherein one of the plurality of wake-up devices is a modem, and the first network interface does not transmit the predetermined instruction to the image processing apparatus on the basis that the identified wake-up device is the modem.

US Pat. No. 10,257,377

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printer engine;
a network interface which can change a link speed, and which receives data from an external apparatus;
a first controller which controls communication with the network interface;
a second controller which controls power supply to the printer engine and the first controller,
wherein
the first controller causes the printing apparatus to make a transition to a first sleep state or a second sleep state,
the first sleep state is a sleep state in which the second controller stops power supply to the first controller and the printer engine, and the link speed of the network interface is a first link speed,
the second sleep state is a sleep state in which the second controller stops power supply to the first controller and the printer engine, and the link speed of the network interface is a second link speed lower than the first link speed, and
the second controller
in a case where the printing apparatus is in the first sleep state, supplies power to the first controller by receiving data from the external apparatus, and
in a case where the printing apparatus is in the second sleep state, supplies power to the first controller and the printer engine by receiving data from the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,257,381

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF BEING SET TO POWER SAVING MODE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a printer;
a scanner;
a memory that stores programs; and
a processor that executes the programs to:
when a first setting is set for the image forming apparatus as a power saving setting, disconnect a communication link and change a communication speed of the image forming apparatus to a lower speed when the image forming apparatus shifts to a specific power saving mode in which power is not supplied to at least the printer, the scanner, and the processor; and
when a second setting is set for the image forming apparatus as the power saving setting, not disconnect the communication link when the image forming apparatus shifts to the specific power saving mode.

US Pat. No. 10,252,516

PRINTING APPARATUS, LIQUID ABSORBING APPARATUS, AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a transfer drum that includes a transfer section and a non-transfer section which are moved cyclically;
a print unit configured to form an ink image by discharging ink to the transfer section;
a transfer unit configured to perform a transfer operation of transferring the ink image formed on the transfer section to a print medium;
a liquid absorbing member configured to absorb a liquid component from the ink image on the transfer section before the transfer operation is performed;
a driving unit configured to move the liquid absorbing member; and
a control unit configured to control the driving unit such that, when a position at which the liquid absorbing member absorbs the liquid component from the ink image on the transfer section is defined as a liquid absorbing position, a predetermined portion in which liquid absorbing performance of the liquid absorbing member degrades passes through the liquid absorbing position while the non-transfer section passes through the liquid absorbing position.

US Pat. No. 10,257,388

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SETTING USER AUTHENTICATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
display, on a display unit, an application selection screen;
accept, via the application selection screen, an instruction to activate a web browser;
execute an application selected in a web page displayed on the web browser;
set, in accordance with a user operation input via the web browser, setting information indicating whether or not user authentication is required to execute an application which is selectable via the web browser, wherein the setting information is stored in a storage of the information processing apparatus;
require an input of user information, in a case where an execution for the application is instructed via the web browser and the setting information indicates that the user authentication for executing an application selected via the web browser is required; and
execute, based on an instruction via the web browser, the application selected via the web browser in a case where the user authentication based on the inputted user information succeeds,
wherein in a case where the setting information indicating that user authentication is required to activate the web browser is set, the user authentication is required to be performed twice from a time when the web browser is activated via a menu screen to a time when the application is executed from the web page displayed on the web browser.

US Pat. No. 10,257,390

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT TRANSFERS TO A SET TRANSMITTING DESTINATION WHEN A SET CONDITION IS SATISFIED, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising;a scanner configured to scan an image for generating image data;
a storage configured to store a first address book associated with user information and a second address book not associated with the user information; and
one or more processors configured to execute a set of instructions to;
in a case where a transmitting destination is set for a transferring function for transmitting image data received from an external apparatus, enable to set a transmitting destination from the second address book without enabling to set a transmitting destination from the first address book;
set a transmitting destination and a condition for the transferring function, and
execute, in accordance with satisfaction of the set condition, the transferring function by using the set transmitting destination.

US Pat. No. 10,288,418

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more memories storing instructions; and
one or more processors which, when executing the instructions, causes the apparatus to:
acquire image data on a target object from an imaging apparatus;
calculate a necessity of being imaged for generating a shape model for use in estimation of a position-and-orientation of the target object, for each of a plurality of regions of the acquired image data;
extract a region of interest from the plurality of regions of the acquired image data, based on the necessity calculated for each of the plurality of regions;
determine a position-and-orientation of the imaging apparatus so as to capture an image of the region of interest;
change a relative position-and-orientation of the target object and the imaging apparatus to the determined position-and-orientation;
register two or more pieces of the acquired image data;
generate a shape model for use in estimation of a position-and-orientation of the target object from the registered image data; and
output the determined position-and-orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,257,402

CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE SENSING DEVICE, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM THAT CONTROLS AN IMAGE SENSING DEVICE FOR TRACKING AND SENSING A TRACKING TARGET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus that controls an image sensing device for tracking and sensing a tracking target, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor operatively coupled to a memory, serving as:
(a) a detection unit configured to detect a tracking target that appears in a sensed video sensed by the image sensing device;
(b) a recording unit configured to record a size of the tracking target that appears in the sensed video;
(c) a determination unit configured, when a state in which the tracking target is detected in the sensed video becomes a state in which the tracking target is not detected in the sensed video, to determine a predicted size of the tracking target in the sensed video, based on the size recorded by the recording unit, for a case of zooming out at a predetermined scaling factor; and
(d) a search unit configured to zoom out by the predetermined scaling factor, if the predicted size is larger than a predetermined size, and then to search for the tracking target in the sensed video after the zoom out.

US Pat. No. 10,289,702

IMAGE RETRIEVAL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of searching for similar images in a database of images, the method comprising:performing, by a processor, an image registration to store a plurality of records each being corresponding to a feature vector of an image, wherein said image registration for each of said records comprises:
selecting from a multidimensional lattice a lattice region containing said feature vector of said image;
identifying candidate lattice points from said lattice region based on a query radius;
selecting one of said identified candidate lattice points as a hash code;
associating the record corresponding to said feature vector of said image with the selected hash code in a hash table in the database of images; and
performing an image query, by the processor, to retrieve, based on a query vector of a query image, at least one of said stored records from said hash table in the database of images, said image query comprising:
identifying, based on said query vector and said query radius, hash codes in said hash table, wherein images associated with the identified hash codes are images that are similar to the query image; and
retrieving at least one of said stored records associated with at least one of said identified hash codes from the database of images.

US Pat. No. 10,257,407

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR USE THEREWITH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus, comprising:a memory that stores a program of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the program of instructions to cause the focus detection apparatus to:
perform a first correlation calculation in accordance with a pair of image signals, which pair of image signals is based on an output of an imaging sensor that receives a pair of luminous fluxes passing through different pupil areas of an imaging optical system and performs photoelectric conversion to the pair of luminous fluxes;
amplify a difference between a first image signal and a second image signal of the pair of image signals, and output a third image signal corresponding to the first image signal and a fourth image signal corresponding to the second image signal; and
determine whether or not a focus state is a false in-focus state on a basis of a result of a second correlation calculation according to the third image signal and the fourth image signal.

US Pat. No. 10,257,408

CONTROL APPARATUS THAT DETERMINES FOCAL POINTS OF A PLURALITY OF OPTICAL SYSTEMS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, LENS APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:a focus detector configured to perform focus detection based on an image signal obtained via a first imaging optical system, the first imaging optical system having a shallowest depth of field in a plurality of imaging optical systems having focal lengths different from each other; and
a controller configured to:
obtain an output signal from the focus detector, the output signal being generated based on the image signal obtained via the first imaging optical system, and
determine, based on the output signal, position information of a second focus unit of a second imaging optical system, the second imaging optical system being different from the first imaging optical system and included in the plurality of imaging optical systems.

US Pat. No. 10,257,153

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more memories; and
one or more computers for causing the communication apparatus to:
request name resolution, by designating a domain name, to a domain name system (DNS) server,
receive a response to the request, which includes address information corresponding to the designated domain name, from the DNS server,
determine whether or not a length of the designated domain name is longer than a predetermined length;
in a case where it is not determined that the length of the designated domain name is longer than the predetermined length, cause the one or more memories to store the designated domain name and the address information in association with each other, and to perform communication based on the address information that is included in the response; and
in a case where it is determined that the length of the designated domain name is longer than the predetermined length, even in a case where the response is received, cause the one or more memories not to store the designated domain name and the address information in association with each other, and to perform communication based on the address information that is included in the response.

US Pat. No. 10,257,409

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS TO DISPLAY A PLURALITY OF ITEMS ARRANGED IN AN ITEM LINE ON A DISPLAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

18. An electronic apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the electronic apparatus to function as:
a selection unit configured to select, as a selected item, any item of a plurality of items arranged in an item line on a display,
a change unit configured to change a number in an order of the item line of a selected item according to a change operation for changing the number in the order, and
a control unit configured to perform control,
wherein a first item is arranged at a number immediately previous to a first number in the order, the first number is the number of the selected item in the order in the item line before the number in the order of the item line is changed, a second item is arranged at a number immediately subsequent to the first number in the order, and a specific position is where the selected item is displayed in a predetermined area where the item line is displayed,
wherein, to surround the specific position between the first item and the second item, the control unit perform control in a manner that the first item is displayed at a first position and the second item is displayed at a second position, and
wherein the control unit is further configured to perform control in a manner that, with the selected item kept displayed at the specific position and according to acceptance of the change operation for changing the number in the order of the selected item from the first number to a second number, an item A arranged at a number immediately previous to the second number of the selected item in the order in the item line is displayed at the first position, and an item B arranged at a number immediately subsequent to the second number in the order is displayed at the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,257,411

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING TOUCH OPERATIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device equipped with a display unit, comprising:a processor; and
a memory configured to store a program that, when executed by the processor, causes the electronic device to function as:
a touch detection unit configured to detect a touch operation performed on the display unit;
an orientation detection unit configured to detect an orientation of the electronic device; and
a control unit configured to perform control to:
set the electronic device to a second state in a case where the electronic device is set to a first state and the detected orientation changes from a first orientation to a second orientation that is different from the first orientation,
set the electronic device to the first state in a case where the detected orientation changes from the second orientation to the first orientation,
perform, in a case where the electronic device is set to the first state, predetermined processing based on the touch operation performed on the display unit, and
not perform, in a case where the electric device is set to the second state, the predetermined processing even if the touch operation is performed anywhere on a screen of the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,290,994

LASER DEVICE, INFORMATION ACQUISITION DEVICE, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A laser device comprising:a wavelength-tunable type surface emitting laser including an active layer; and
an excitation unit configured to excite the surface emitting laser, the excitation unit including at least a first exciting light source and a second exciting light source, the first exciting light source configured to emit light with peak wavelength ?1, the second exciting light source configured to emit light with peak wavelength ?2 different from the peak wavelength ?1, the first exciting light source located laterally to, and spaced away from, the wavelength-tunable type surface emitting laser, the first exciting light source including a first electrode, a second electrode and an active layer provided between the first electrode and the second electrode, and the first exciting light source configured to emit light laterally to the wavelength-tunable type surface emitting laser in a perpendicular direction or an in-plane direction intersecting with a light output direction of the surface emitting laser, wherein
the excitation unit excites the active layer of the surface emitting laser so that a carrier occupation state of an energy level can oscillate different wavelength in different areas of the active layer of the surface emitting laser in an in-plane direction intersecting with a light output direction of the surface emitting laser,
the first exciting light source is provided so as to excite a first area of the active layer of the surface emitting laser by emitting light with the peak wavelength ?1 for exciting the first area, and the second exciting light source is provided so as to excite a second area of the active layer of the surface emitting laser by emitting light with the peak wavelength ?2 for exciting the second area, the different areas of the active layer of the surface emitting laser including the first area and the second area, and
at least the active layers of each of the surface emitting laser and the first exciting light source are located in different stacks that are spaced away from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,257,420

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing executable instructions, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:
divide one frame image into a plurality of divided images;
perform a plurality of image processing processes to respectively process the plurality of divided images; and
combine the divided images respectively subjected to image deformation processing by the plurality of image processing processes,
wherein an amount of overlap between the plurality of divided images is changed according to a deformation amount of the image deformation processing performed on the divided image calculated by the image processing process, and
wherein the amount of overlap between the plurality of divided images in a case where the deformation amount of the image deformation processing performed on the divided image calculated by the image processing process is greater than a predetermined value is larger than the amount of overlap between the plurality of divided images in a case where the deformation amount of the image deformation processing performed on the divided image calculated by the image processing process is less than the predetermined value.

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. 10,257,425

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a first display whose positional relationship with a main body is variable;
an eyepiece viewfinder;
a proximity detector configured to detect that an object is in proximity to the eyepiece viewfinder; and
(a) a memory and at least one processor and/or (b) at least one circuit, to perform the operations of the following unit:
a control unit configured to perform control such that, if the first display is in a first position in which the first display is folded on the main body without a display surface of the first display facing the main body, display of a second display that is provided in the eyepiece viewfinder is started when the proximity detector detects that the object is in proximity to the eyepiece viewfinder at a distance that is smaller than a first distance, and if the first display is in a second position in which the first display is folded on the main body with the display surface of the first display facing the main body, display of the second display of the eyepiece viewfinder is started when the proximity detector detects that the object is in proximity to the eyepiece viewfinder at a distance that is smaller than a second distance, the second distance being greater than the first distance,
wherein, when the first display is in the second position, the control unit sets the same frame rate as a frame rate in the case of the first position when the object is in proximity to the eyepiece viewfinder at a distance that is smaller than the first distance.

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. 10,288,701

OPTICALLY PUMPED ATOMIC MAGNETOMETER AND MAGNETIC SENSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optically pumped atomic magnetometer comprising:one or a plurality of cells containing alkali metal atoms;
a pump beam optical system that introduces a plurality of pump beams including a circularly polarized light component to different locations of the one or a plurality of cells;
a probe beam optical system that introduces a probe beam including a linearly polarized light component to the cell so that the probe beam intersects with the plurality of pump beams entering the one or a plurality of cells at the different locations;
a detection unit that detects a signal reflecting a rotation angle of a plane of polarization of the probe beam after intersecting with the plurality of pump beams; and
an information acquisition unit that acquires information related to a magnetic field intensity of each of the different locations from the signal detected by the detection unit,
wherein the pump beam optical system comprises a modulation unit that modulates at least one of the plurality of pump beams so that at least one of frequencies and phases of the plurality of pump beams that is introduced to the different locations are different with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,257,437

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR POSITIONING A PLURALITY OF IMAGES CONTINUOUSLY CAPTURED BY AN IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus that performs positioning of a plurality of images that has continuously been captured by an image sensor, the imaging apparatus comprising:(A) at least one memory; and
(B) at least one processor coupled to the at least one memory and functioning as:
(a) a detection unit configured to detect a difference in position between the images of the plurality of images captured by the image sensor;
(b) a drive unit configured to drive a shake correction unit that optically corrects image blur of each image, of the plurality of images, based on the difference in position detected by the detection unit; and
(c) a coordinate transformation unit configured to perform positioning of the images, of the plurality of images, in which the image blur has been corrected by the shake correction unit, based on the difference in position detected by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,251,547

OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic apparatus including a program stored in a non-transitory memory and executable by a processor comprising:a first acquiring module configured to acquire a parameter regarding capturing of a first tomographic image of an eye to be examined, the parameter including a resolution, wherein the first tomographic image is a tomographic image already captured;
a second acquiring module configured to acquire a parameter regarding capturing of a second tomographic image of the eye to be examined, wherein the second tomographic image is a tomographic image to be captured and capturing of the second tomographic image is being performed after capturing of the first tomographic image;
a determination module configured to compare the parameter regarding capturing of the first tomographic image with the parameter regarding capturing of the second tomographic image, wherein the comparing by the determination module is performed before the second tomographic image is captured and after the first tomographic image is captured; and
a warning module configured to issue a warning, in a case where a resolution regarding capturing of the second tomographic image is lower than a resolution of the first tomographic image, against capturing of the second tomographic image in accordance with a result of a comparison by the determination module, wherein the warning module issues the warning before the second tomographic image is captured and after the first tomographic image is captured.

US Pat. No. 10,257,444

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor, the memory having instructions that, when executed by the processor, perform operations comprising:
inputting a first image generated based on an electromagnetic wave other than visible light;
obtaining a visible range of a wearer wearing a night vision apparatus or a thermal imaging apparatus based on a display range of the first image and actual values or assumed values of a position and a gaze direction of the wearer;
outputting a second image as an image obtained by emulating a displayed image using the night vision apparatus or the thermal imaging apparatus based on the first image; and
performing processing to cause a display unit to display the second image,
wherein the outputting outputs, as the second image, an image obtained by performing processing to limit an amount of light of at least a partial region that is not included in the visible range from among an entire region of the first image.

US Pat. No. 10,288,719

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus, comprising:a light irradiating unit configured to irradiate an object with light;
an acoustic probe configured to receive an acoustic wave generated from the object due to the light and to convert the acoustic wave into an electrical signal;
a characteristic information acquiring unit configured to acquire characteristic information relating to the object based on the electrical signal;
an area information acquiring unit configured to acquire information relating to a reachable area of the light irradiated from the light irradiating unit;
a location detecting unit configured to acquire an operator location which is a location of an operator; and
a determining unit configured to determine whether the operator location is in a first state where the operator location overlaps with the reachable area of the light or a second state where the operator location does not overlap with the reachable area of the light.

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. 10,255,661

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. An image processing method comprising:an image obtaining step for obtaining an image of an inside of an object generated by using an electric signal obtained by receiving an acoustic wave propagating from the object;
a distribution creating step for creating a frequency distribution of pixel values included in a region of interest including a point of interest in the image, the frequency distribution being expressed by a plurality of sections and a number of elements having a pixel value included in each of the plurality of sections;
a section determining step for determining, from among the plurality of sections, a section which includes a pixel value of the point of interest; and
a process changing step for changing a process for the pixel value of the point of interest on the basis of the section which includes the pixel value of the point of interest,
wherein, in a case where the pixel value of the point of interest is included in a maximum section or a minimum section among the plurality of sections, emphasizing processing is performed on the pixel value of the point of interest, and
wherein, in a case where the pixel value of the point of interest is not included in either the maximum section, the minimum section or a section of a most frequent point among the plurality of sections, non-singular processing is performed on the pixel value of the point of interest such that the pixel value of the point of interest is close to a mode of the frequency distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,281,846

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
an intermediate transferring belt having ionic conductivity with an ionic conductive agent;
a contact member that is in contact with an inner peripheral surface of the intermediate transferring belt;
a current supply member that is in contact with an outer peripheral surface of the intermediate transferring belt;
an opposing member that opposes the current supply member through the intermediate transferring belt, wherein the opposing member is in contact with the inner peripheral surface of the intermediate transferring belt, and the opposing member is electrically connected to the contact member;
an environment detection device that detects an environment; and
a control unit configured to execute a recovery operation in which in a state where a primary transfer in which a toner image is primarily transferred to the intermediate transferring belt from the image bearing member is not performed, a current is supplied to flow in a flow direction opposite to a flow direction of a current in the primary transfer through the opposing member from the current supply member to move the ionic conductive agent in the intermediate transferring belt,
wherein the control unit performs a change of the current supplied to the contact member in the recovery operation based on a detection result of the environment detection device, and the change includes at least one of settings (i) to set an absolute value of the current supplied to the contact member in the recovery operation when an environment temperature indicated in the detection result is a first temperature to be less than an absolute value of the current supplied to the contact member in the recovery operation when the temperature is a second temperature lower than the first temperature, and (ii) to set an absolute value of the current supplied to the contact member in the recovery operation when a humidity of the environment indicated in the detection result is a first humidity to be less than an absolute value of the current supplied to the contact member in the recovery operation when the humidity is a second humidity lower than the first humidity.

US Pat. No. 10,277,765

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

16. A method for controlling an information processing device having a predetermined program for generating a job for causing a communication device to execute image processing, comprising:transmitting an instruction to a server before the job is generated by means of the predetermined program, the instruction being for executing acquiring processing for acquiring an exclusive object by means of a predetermined server-side program of the server; and
generating the job by means of the predetermined program in a state in which the exclusive object acquired by means of the predetermined server-side program is held,
wherein the job is not generated by means of the predetermined program in a state in which the exclusive object is not acquired by means of the predetermined program,
wherein the generated job is transmitted to the communication device via the server in a state in which the exclusive object acquired by means of the predetermined server-side program is held, and
in a state in which the exclusive object acquired by means of the predetermined server-side program is not held, communication with the communication device based on at least one program of the server other than the predetermined server-side program is executable, and in a state in which the exclusive object acquired by means of the predetermined server-side program is held, communication with the communication device based on the at least one other program of the server other than the predetermined server-side program is not performed.

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. 10,268,918

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CALCULATING IMAGE DEFORMATION BETWEEN IMAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to:
obtain information on corresponding points group including two or more pairs of corresponding points for associating a position in a first image with a position in a second image different from the first image, wherein the first image and the second image are three-dimensional medical images;
calculate deformation between the first image and the second image on the basis of the information on the corresponding points group by using a high-speed algorithm in which accuracy of calculation processing on deformation is lower than that of a low-speed algorithm and which is capable of executing the calculation processing at high speed;
cause a deformation image to be displayed on the basis of the calculated deformation;
modify the information on the corresponding points group in a coordinate system of the first image or the second image on the basis of information generated based on a designation of a user, wherein the information on the corresponding points group is modified by at least one of addition of new corresponding points, deletion of arbitrary corresponding points, or movement of positions of arbitrary corresponding points, in the coordinate system of the first image or the second image;
in a case where the information is modified, calculate deformation on the basis of the modified information on the corresponding points group by using the high-speed algorithm; and
in a case where the information is not modified, calculate deformation on the basis of the information on the corresponding points group by using the low-speed algorithm.

US Pat. No. 10,261,731

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING RESERVATION PRINTING PROCESS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a user interface configured to receive an instruction from a user,
a storage device storing first print data; and
a controller, having a processor that executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, configured to execute:
a setting receiving task that receives a setting of one mode from among a plurality of modes, including a specific mode;
a receiving task that receives, from the user interface, a print instruction for printing selected plural sets of print data, including the first print data stored in the storage device, second print data stored in an external device, and third print data that is stored in the external device;
a determining task that determines, in accordance with information about each storage location of the first print data, the second print data, and the third print data, a printing order thereof, where the first print data, which is stored in the storage device, is printed before the second and third print data, which are stored in the external device; and
a control task that controls an image forming device to print the plural sets of print data in accordance with the determined printing order,
wherein the control task allows the image forming device to print a third image based on the third print data after printing a first image based on the first print data, but before printing a second image based on the second print data, in accordance with the received print instruction, in a case where the setting receiving task receives the setting of the specific mode.

US Pat. No. 10,261,734

APPARATUS, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING LOGOUT PROCESSING IN A JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A job processing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
receive an instruction to log into the job processing apparatus;
perform a log-out processing of a first user for the job processing apparatus, based on a predetermined first auto logout time elapsing, in a case where the instruction to log into the job processing apparatus is received from the first user in a state any other user other than the first user is not logged into the job processing apparatus, and the first user is logged into the job processing apparatus according to the received instruction; and
perform a log-out processing of the first user for the job processing apparatus, based on a second auto logout time elapsing, in a case where the instruction to log into the job processing apparatus is received from the first user in a state a second user is already logged into the job processing apparatus, and the first user is logged into the job processing apparatus according to the received instruction;
wherein each of measurement of the predetermined first auto logout time and measurement of the second auto logout time is reset in response to an operation of the job processing apparatus is received from the first user,
wherein each of the predetermined first auto logout time and the second auto logout time correspond to a time from an acceptance of a last operation by the first user to the logout processing of the first user, and
wherein the second auto logout time is shorter than the predetermined first auto logout time.

US Pat. No. 10,243,133

PIEZOELECTRIC BODY, VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric body, comprising:a piezoelectric element on which a plurality of first electrodes are disposed; and
a flexible printed circuit substrate including a plurality of wiring layers extending over a base, a part of the wiring layers being covered with a coverlay, and at a part of the wiring layers that is not covered with the coverlay, a plurality of second electrodes being disposed, wherein
the piezoelectric element and the flexible printed circuit substrate are bonded so that a part of the first electrodes and a part of the second electrodes are electrically connected and the piezoelectric element and a part of the coverlay overlap,
the coverlay has an end made up of a first outline part and a second outline part that intersect with the wiring layers, the first outline part coming in contact with one electrode of the second electrodes, and the second outline part coming in contact with another electrode of the second electrodes,
a length from an outer-shape line of the piezoelectric element that intersects with the flexible printed circuit substrate to the first outline part is shorter than a length from the outer-shape line to the second outline part, and
the one of the second electrodes is located closer to the outer-shape line than the other electrode of the second electrodes.

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. 10,243,486

VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration wave motor comprising:a vibrator including a protruding portion that performs high frequency vibration;
a friction member, the vibrator being pressed to cause the protruding portion to abut to the friction member;
a fixing member configured to be attached or connected to either the vibrator or the friction member;
a movable member that moves integratedly with either the vibrator or the friction member;
a plurality of rotating members enabling relative movement between the friction member and the movable member; and
a falling off restriction portion that prevents the rotating members provided in either the fixing member or the movable member from falling off,
wherein the rotating members are provided between a first recessed portion provided on a surface of the movable member and a second recessed portion provided on a surface of the fixing member opposed to the movable member,
in case where at least one of the movable member and the fixing member moves in a pressing direction of a pressurizing member, so as to move the first recessed portion and the second recessed portion to a direction separating each other, wherein the falling off restriction portion abuts to an opposed portion opposed to the falling off restriction portion to restrict a movable range of the movable member in a pressing direction, so that a gap between surface provided with the first recessed portion and the surface provided with the second recessed portion is smaller than a diameter of the rotating members.

US Pat. No. 10,240,950

SCALE, MEASURING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS, SCALE FABRICATING UNIT, AND SCALE FABRICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scale for measuring a displacement or velocity of a rotating object, the scale comprising:a first region including a first mark row with a plurality of marks arranged in a first period;
a second region including a second mark row with a plurality of marks arranged in a second period, which is different from the first period, having a phase continuity with the first mark row in the first region; and
a periodic mark row including the first mark row and the second mark row disposed one after another along a rotating direction of the rotating object,
wherein the periodic mark row is disposed over an entire circumference of the rotating object, and
wherein an expression below is satisfied:

where R2 represents a length of the second region, P1 represents the first period, P2 represents the second period, and round(a) represents an integer to which a value of a is round.

US Pat. No. 10,240,982

MEASUREMENT SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A measurement apparatus comprising:an illumination unit configured to illuminate a measurement object with use of a plurality of point light sources configured to emit light based on illumination images modulated according to periodic functions out of phase with one another;
an imaging unit configured to image the measurement object illuminated based on the illumination images;
a first calculation unit configured to calculate phase information of a change in a luminance value at each pixel based on a plurality of images captured by the imaging unit; and
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the phase information, a maximum reflection direction where a reflection direction is maximized on the measurement object.

US Pat. No. 10,244,376

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DECIDING CORRECTION AMOUNT IN THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of adjusting a sensitivity for a radio field intensity of a Bluetooth LE (Bluetooth Low Energy) packet received by a communication terminal, the method comprising:displaying a first screen related to an adjustment of the sensitivity for the radio field intensity of the Bluetooth LE packet; and
in accordance with receiving a predetermined user's instruction via the first screen, adjusting the sensitivity for the radio field intensity of the Bluetooth LE packet based on at least the radio field intensity of the Bluetooth LE packet received by the communication terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,237,479

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A camera comprising:an input member for inputting a shooting instruction;
at least one processor which executes the following:
operating as an access point of a wireless network;
detecting an operation on the input member; and
terminating the operation as the access point according to the detection of the operation on the input member,
wherein the camera is configured to concurrently perform the operation as the access point and shooting in a case where predetermined shooting processing is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,235,743

MEASURING APPARATUS, MEASURING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A measuring apparatus comprising:an imaging device including plural pixels arranged in a matrix form and configured to take an image of a light source by the plural pixels;
an optical system configured to project light from the light source onto a sample and to guide light regularly reflected on the sample to the imaging device; and
a processor configured to obtain an optical characteristic of the sample based on an output of the imaging device,
wherein the processor is configured to
estimate a degree of diffusion for the projected light of the sample based on one of the image and the Fourier transform thereof and one of the light source and the Fourier transform thereof,
determine a coefficient of a Wiener filter based on the estimated degree of diffusion, and
obtain the optical characteristic based on the Wiener filter of which the coefficient has been determined, the Fourier transform of the image, and the Fourier transform of the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,237,568

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for an image decoding apparatus for decoding quantization parameters for subblocks in a block representing a part of an image, wherein the block is divided into subblocks so as to form a quadtree, the method comprising:decoding a first quantization parameter for a first subblock, coded data related to a first difference value between the first quantization parameter for the first subblock and a second quantization parameter for a second subblock, and coded data related to a second difference value between a third quantization parameter for a third subblock and a rounding value of an average of quantization parameters for subblocks in the block, wherein the first subblock, the second subblock, and the third subblock are generated by dividing the block so as to form a quadtree;
acquiring the second quantization parameter based on the first quantization parameter and the first difference value decoded by the decoding, and acquiring the third quantization parameter based on the second difference value decoded by the decoding and the rounding value of the average of quantization parameters for subblocks decoded before the third subblock.

US Pat. No. 10,235,010

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO GENERATE AN AUDIO SIGNAL CORRESPONDING TO A VIRTUAL VIEWPOINT IMAGE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory which stores instructions executable by the at least one processor to cause the information processing apparatus to perform:
acquiring information related to a position of a virtual viewpoint for a virtual viewpoint image generated based on images obtained by capturing a region from a plurality of directions by a plurality of cameras;
determining, based on a position of an object in the region and the acquired information related to the position of the virtual viewpoint for the virtual viewpoint image, a virtual listening point for generating an audio signal; and
generating, based on the determined virtual listening point and a plurality of collected sound signals obtained by a plurality of microphones for collecting at least a sound in a part of the region, the audio signal corresponding to the determined virtual listening point.

US Pat. No. 10,234,775

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which exposes a first shot region of a substrate, comprising:a measurement unit configured to measure a height of the substrate at each of a plurality of measurement points on the first shot region; and
a control unit configured to control at least one of the height and a tilt of the substrate based on measurement results obtained by the measurement unit, and control an operation to arrange the first shot region of the substrate in a first position and expose the first shot region while the first shot region is arranged in the first position,
wherein the first shot region includes a plurality of partial regions on which patterns are to be formed, and
the control unit causes the measurement unit to measure the height of the substrate by arranging the first shot region in a second position that is shifted from the first position, such that the number of measurement points arranged on the plurality of partial regions in the first shot region when the first shot region is arranged in the second position is larger than the number of measurement points arranged on the plurality of partial regions in the first shot region when the first shot region is arranged and exposed in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,234,777

TONER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner obtained by heat treating a toner particle containing a crystalline polyester resin, an amorphous polyester resin, a hydrocarbon wax and a wax dispersant,the crystalline polyester resin being a hybrid resin having crystalline polyester segments and amorphous vinyl segments,
the wax dispersant being a graft-polymer containing a polyolefin onto which a styrene acrylic polymer is grafted, and
the styrene acrylic polymer containing a monomer unit represented by Formula (1)

where R1 represents a hydrogen atom or methyl group, and R2 represents a saturated alicyclic group, wherein
a mass ratio of the crystalline polyester segments and the amorphous vinyl segments in the crystalline polyester resin (crystalline segments/amorphous segments) is 70/30 to 98/2.

US Pat. No. 10,234,779

TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing a resin component, wherein:the resin component contains an olefin copolymer,
the olefin copolymer including:
a monomer unit Y1 represented by Formula (1), and
a monomer unit Y2 represented by Formula (2);
the content of the olefin copolymer in the resin component being more than 50 mass % based on the total mass of the resin component; and
the olefin copolymer having a melting point of 80° C. or more and 150° C. or less,

where in Formulae (1) and (2), R1 represents H or CH3; and R2 represents H or CH3.

US Pat. No. 10,234,793

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE USING A DRY ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A development device that develops an electrostatic latent image formed on an image bearing member, the development device comprising:a developer bearing rotatable member configured to bear and convey developer; and
a magnetic field generation unit configured to include a first magnetic pole that is fixedly disposed inside the developer bearing member at a position facing the image bearing member, a second magnetic pole that is disposed adjacent to the first magnetic pole at a position upstream of the first magnetic pole in a rotation direction of the developer bearing member and that has a magnetic polarity different from the first magnetic pole, and a third magnetic pole that is disposed adjacent to the first magnetic pole at a position downstream of the first magnetic pole in the rotation direction of the developer bearing member and that has a magnetic polarity different from the first magnetic pole,
wherein a maximum value and a full width half maximum of a magnetic flux density of the third magnetic pole in a normal direction of the developer bearing member are larger than a magnetic flux density of the second magnetic pole in the normal direction of the developer bearing member, and
wherein a distance between the third magnetic pole and the first magnetic pole is smaller than that between the second magnetic pole and the first magnetic pole.

US Pat. No. 10,234,795

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER AND INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER WITH SURFACE LAYERS CONTAINING ACRYLIC RESIN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member configured to bear a toner image, the photosensitive member having a surface layer containing acrylic resin; and
an intermediate transfer member configured to secondarily transfer the toner image having been primarily transferred from the photosensitive member onto a transfer material, the intermediate transfer member having a surface layer containing acrylic resin and having a ten-point average roughness Rz set within a range of 0.35 ?m?Rz?1.5 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,234,797

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image borne on the image bearing member to a recording material with application of a transfer voltage;
a power supply configured to apply the transfer voltage to the transfer member;
a current detection unit configured to detect a current flowing through the transfer member;
a control unit configured to control the transfer voltage on a basis of a test bias applied to the transfer member during a non-image forming period, and a test current detected by the current detection unit when the test bias is applied to the transfer member; and
an operation portion configured to be capable of manually inputting a target value for changing the transfer voltage,
wherein the control unit is configured to change an upper limit value of a range of settings of the transfer voltage, being changeable through the operation portion, based on an upper limit voltage obtained on the basis of the test bias and the test current.

US Pat. No. 10,234,800

CONTROL DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control device comprising:a controller configured to control an operation of a first load and a second load, said controller including an input port and further being configured for selectively receiving a periodical first signal corresponding to an AC voltage and a non-periodical second signal generated from said second load through said input port and for controlling the operation of said first load based on the first signal,
wherein said controller controls the operation of said first load based on the first signal during a period of receiving the first signal and non-receiving the second signal, and generates a pseudo first signal and controls the operation of said first load based on the pseudo first signal during a period of non-receiving the first signal and receiving the second signal.

US Pat. No. 10,234,803

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE CAPABLE OF ENSURING AN ELECTRICAL INSULATION DISTANCE BETWEEN A ROTATABLE MEMBER AND A FRAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating device for heating a toner image while nipping and feeding a recording material carrying the toner image at a nip, said image heating device comprising:a cylindrical film;
an opposing member opposing said film to form the nip between said opposing member and said film;
an electroconductive frame; and
a preventing member provided on said frame to prevent movement of said film and including a preventing surface contacting an end edge of said film when said film moves in a longitudinal direction thereof, wherein said preventing member includes an enclosing portion extending from said preventing surface toward a central portion of said film with respect to the longitudinal direction so as to enclose an outer peripheral surface of a longitudinal end portion of said film, said enclosing portion being provided at a position at which said enclosing portion is in non-contact with the outer peripheral surface of said film with respect to a radial direction of said film.

US Pat. No. 10,234,805

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND ULTRASONIC SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material;
a transmission unit configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave;
a reception unit configured to receive the ultrasonic wave transmitted from the transmission unit; and
a control unit configured to obtain a surrounding temperature on the basis of a time period from when the transmission unit transmits the ultrasonic wave toward a predetermined recording material until when the reception unit receives the ultrasonic wave via the predetermined recording material and control, on the basis of an amplitude value of the ultrasonic wave received via the predetermined recording material and the surrounding temperature, an image formation condition in a case where the image forming unit forms the image on the predetermined recording material.

US Pat. No. 10,234,806

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image bearing member for bearing a developer;
a charging member that, in a contact portion, moves in the same direction as the image bearing member and that comes into contact with the image bearing member at a different velocity and charges the image bearing member;
a transferring device for transferring a developer image on the image bearing member to a transferred body;
a developer bearing member that supplies a developer to the image bearing member and that recovers a developer remaining on the image bearing member after transfer;
a detecting device for detecting information relating to injection charging in which a charge is injected to the image bearing member from the charging member; and
a control device for, based on the information, controlling an amount of a developer to be supplied to a non-image forming portion of the image bearing member during image formation.

US Pat. No. 10,234,807

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a cartridge configured to be detachably mountable to a main assembly of the image forming apparatus, said cartridge including an image bearing member, a cleaning member, and an information holding portion, said image bearing member being configured to bear a toner image, said cleaning member being provided in contact with said image bearing member and being configured to remove toner remaining on a surface of said image bearing member, said information holding portion being configured to hold pressure information regarding contact pressure of said cleaning member against said image bearing member, the contact pressure being measured by using a measuring jig in advance;
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 input the pressure information;
a display portion configured to display lifetime information regarding a lifetime of said cartridge; and
a controller configured to carry out a process for displaying the lifetime information on said display portion on the basis of the pressure information.

US Pat. No. 10,234,815

ELECTRODE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrode comprising:an elastically deformable spring portion formed cylindrically by winding a conductive wire rod into a helix; and
a ring portion provided on one end of the spring portion, in a first axial direction, obtained by annularly winding the conductive wire rod in a second axial direction intersecting the first axial direction,
wherein the ring portion includes, in the second axial direction:
a first ring connected to the spring portion; and
a second ring connected to the first ring,
wherein in a state where the ring portion is not in contact with a contact point target, a contact point end portion of the second ring on the contact point target side, protrudes further in a direction of the contact point target than a contact point end portion of the first ring on the contact point target side, and
wherein in a state where the contact point end portion of the second ring is in contact with the contact point target, and the spring portion is compressed in the first axial direction, both the contact point end portion of the first ring and the contact point end portion of the second ring come into contact with the contact point target.

US Pat. No. 10,234,817

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,234,844

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the apparatus to:
input a shape model of a first part and a shape model of a second part;
input an image including the first part and the second part to which the first part is assembled;
estimate each of positions and orientations of the first part and the second part, by associating the first part and the second part, in the input image, with the shape model of the first part and the shape model of the second part, respectively;
determine a first geometric feature in a portion of interest of the shape model of the first part and a second geometric feature in a portion of interest of the shape model of the second part, wherein the second geometric feature is associated with the first geometric feature;
calculate a distance between the first geometric feature and the second geometric feature;
calculate an evaluation value for evaluating an assembled state of the first part and the second part based on the distance between the first geometric feature and the second geometric feature;
determine assembly success/failure of the first part with respect to the second part based on the evaluation value; and
control an assembly operation based on a result of the assembly success/failure determination.

US Pat. No. 10,235,612

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CONVERTING DRAWING DATA OF A TRANSPARENT OBJECT THAT DOES NOT OVERLAP ANOTHER DRAWING OBJECT INTO DRAWING DATA OF A DRAWING OBJECT THAT DOES N

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores a printer driver; and
(B) a processor that is connected to the memory and that executes the printer driver to perform the steps of:
(a) determining, in a case in which a drawing object making up page data of a print job is a transparent object having an alpha channel as color information, whether the transparent object overlaps another drawing object;
(b) converting, in a case in which it is determined that the transparent object does not overlap the other drawing object, drawing data of the transparent object into drawing data of a drawing object not having an alpha channel as color information, wherein, in a case in which it is determined that the transparent object overlaps the other drawing object, the drawing data of the transparent object is not converted into the drawing data of the drawing object not having the alpha channel as color information; and
(c) creating, based on the converted drawing data of the transparent object that does not overlap the other drawing object, and based on the drawing data of the transparent object that has not been converted in the converting step, Page Description Language (PDL) data to be output to an image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,237,450

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CORRECTING CURVE OF IMAGE IN SUB SCANNING DIRECTION, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a first laser scanner unit configured to irradiate a first photosensitive member with a laser beam to form an image in a first process color;
a second laser scanner unit configured to irradiate a second photosensitive member with a laser beam to form an image in a second process color;
a printing unit configured to print an image on paper by overlaying one of the image formed in the first process color by the first laser scanner unit and the image formed in the second process color by the second laser scanner unit with the other,
wherein the printing apparatus forms an image on the first photosensitive member on a basis of first correction data for correcting distortion, in a sub scanning direction, of a scanning line of the laser beam with which the first photosensitive member is irradiated by the first laser scanner unit, and forms an image on the second photosensitive member on a basis of second correction data for correcting distortion, in the sub scanning direction, of a scanning line of the laser beam with which the second photosensitive member is irradiated by the second laser scanner unit;
a storage configured to store test image data for printing, on each of at least three areas arranged in a main scanning direction, an image that includes a plurality of patterns arranged in the sub scanning direction and each including a first object image formed in the first process color and a second object image formed in the second process color, and includes a plurality of pieces of identification information each for identifying a different one of the plurality of patterns, wherein at each area, a position of the second object image in the sub scanning direction in relation to the first object image differs from pattern to pattern;
a user interface configured to, after printing of a test image based on the test image data, for each of the areas, accept an input, from a user, of a piece of identification information corresponding to a pattern which is included in the plurality of patterns and for which a position where the first object image is formed coincides with a position where the second object image is formed; and
a controller configured to generate either one or both of the first correction data and the second correction data on a basis of the identification information inputted via the user interface,
wherein the second correction data is data obtained from a curve derived from the identification information input by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,230,854

IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM WITH INTERPOLATION OF CORRECTION DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:a reading unit having a first line sensor and a second line sensor, each line sensor having a plurality of light receiving elements receiving light of a first color and a plurality of light receiving elements receiving light of a second color that is different from the first color, the light receiving elements being arranged along a first direction, the line sensors being arranged along a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, and the reading unit is configured to read an image of a target object at a reading position;
a processor; and
at least one memory, the processor operating to:
derive correction data for shading correction based on output from the first line sensor and the second line sensor having read a reference white plate,
detect an abnormal pixel based on output from the first line sensor and the second line sensor having read a reference white plate,
generate abnormal pixel information by combining detected results of the abnormal pixel detector, and
interpolate the correction data for a portion corresponding to the abnormal pixel based on a pixel adjacent to a region represented by the generated abnormal pixel information in the first direction,
wherein the processor performs a logical OR operation on first abnormal pixel information and second abnormal pixel information, and
wherein the first abnormal pixel information represents a position of a first abnormal pixel indicating the abnormal pixel for the first color in the first direction, and the second abnormal pixel information represents a position of the second abnormal pixel indicating the abnormal pixel for the second color in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,230,857

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONTROLLED CONVEYANCE SPEED, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image based on print data and print setting information included in a print job, the image forming apparatus comprising:at least one memory containing instructions; and
at least one processor to execute the instructions to operate as:
a printing determination unit to determine whether or not continuous printing is possible, in which a printing medium to be used for printing of a second print job is fed to a conveyance path before discharge of printed matter of a first print job is completed, based on the first print job and the second print job received after the first print job;
a determination unit to determine, in a case where it is determined that the continuous printing is possible, whether the first print job includes an odd number of pages and both-side printing is set to the first print job and the second print job, respectively;
a control unit to perform, in a case where the first print job includes an odd number of pages and both-side printing is set to the first print job and the second print job, respectively, control so as to insert a blank page so that the first page of the second print job is not printed on the opposite side of the last page of the first print job; and
a conveyance control unit to convey a printing medium at a first conveyance speed in a case where a number of copies to be printed is smaller than a predetermined number, and to convey the printing medium at a second conveyance speed larger than the first conveyance speed in a case where the number of copies to be printed is larger than the predetermined number,
wherein in a case where the numbers of copies to be printed of the first and second print jobs are smaller than the predetermined number, and a printing medium to be used for the first print job and the printing medium to be used for the second print job are conveyed at the first conveyance speed, or in a case where the numbers of copies to be printed of the first and second print jobs are larger than the predetermined number, and the printing medium to be used for the first print job and the printing medium to be used for the second print job are conveyed at the second conveyance speed, the printing determination unit determines that continuous printing of the first and second print jobs is possible.

US Pat. No. 10,230,868

FACSIMILE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A facsimile apparatus which is able to perform IP facsimile communication and G3 facsimile communication, comprising:a memory configured to store a setting whether to perform facsimile communication in an error correction mode or to perform facsimile communication in a non-error correction mode; and
a controller configured to control performing IP facsimile communication in the error correction mode even if the setting is a setting to perform facsimile communication in the non-error correction mode,
wherein the controller controls performing G3 facsimile communication in the error correction mode based on the setting to perform facsimile communication in the error correction mode, and to control performing G3 facsimile communication in the non-error correction mode based on the setting to perform facsimile communication in the non-error correction mode.

US Pat. No. 10,230,882

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS ACQUIRING A PLURALITY OF IN-FOCUS IMAGES OF DIFFERENT FIELD ANGLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image pickup unit configured to perform photoelectric conversion of object images formed by a plurality of image pickup optical systems of different focal lengths,
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:

where EPmax is a longest distance among distances from a reference image plane to each of entrance pupil planes of the plurality of image pickup optical systems, EPmin is a shortest distance among distances from the reference image plane to each of the entrance pupil planes of the plurality of image pickup optical systems, and ftele35 is a 35 mm equivalent focal length of an image pickup optical system which has the longest focal length among the plurality of image pickup optical systems, and
wherein the reference image plane is defined as an image plane most separated from an object side among the image planes of the plurality of image pickup optical systems.

US Pat. No. 10,230,885

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus configured to make communication with an external apparatus through a network, the imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging unit configured to capture an object image;
an infrared cut filter configured to cut infrared rays;
an inserting and removing unit configured to insert and remove the infrared cut filter into and from an optical path to the imaging unit;
a receiving unit configured to receive, from the external apparatus through the network, an adjustment command which is capable of being described with a condition value relating to brightness of the object and is capable of separately including descriptions of the condition value for a case in which the infrared cut filter is inserted into the optical path and the condition value for a case in which the infrared cut filter is removed from the optical path;
one or more hardware processors; and
one or more memories for storing instructions to be executed by the one or more hardware processors,
wherein, when the instructions stored in the one or more memories are executed by the one or more hardware processors, the imaging apparatus functions as:
a conversion unit configured to cause, by converting condition values separately described in an adjustment command received by the receiving unit, a value converted from a first condition value described in the adjustment command for the case in which the infrared cut filter is inserted into the optical path to be larger than a value converted from a second condition value described in the adjustment command for the case in which the infrared cut filter is removed from the optical path; and
a control unit configured to control the inserting and removing unit on the basis of values converted by the conversion unit.

US Pat. No. 10,230,893

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus attachable to and detachable from an image capturing apparatus and configured to communicate with the image capturing apparatus and an accessory being attachable to and detachable from the lens apparatus, the lens apparatus comprising:a determiner configured to determine whether update data is used for the lens apparatus or the accessory, the update data being transmittable from the image capturing apparatus and used to update stored data stored in the lens apparatus or the accessory; and
a controller configured to transmit the update data, to the accessory, received from the image capturing apparatus when the determiner determines that the update data is used for the accessory.

US Pat. No. 10,230,896

ACCESSORY FOR CAMERA AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING DISPLAY CONTROL PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

14. An image capturing lens interchangeable to a camera comprising:an optical system;
a display element configured to electrically display information related to an image capturing condition; and
a controller configured to control the display element so that a consumption of electric power in the display element when the image capturing lens is attached to a first camera body of a first type camera is different from a consumption of electric power in the display element when the image capturing lens is attached to a second camera body of a second type camera different from the first type camera, the first camera body being a different camera body than the second camera body.

US Pat. No. 10,230,897

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:a motion vector detector configured to detect a motion vector;
a calculator configured to calculate angular velocity information of an object based on the motion vector and an angular velocity detected by an angular velocity detector; and
a controller configured to control a shake corrector based on the angular velocity information of the object,
wherein the controller is configured to change control of the shake corrector depending on information relating to whether an output signal from the angular velocity detector has been corrected.

US Pat. No. 10,230,899

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF INTERMITTENTLY CAPTURING IMAGES, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus for intermittently acquiring first images for use in generating a time lapse moving image, from among images corresponding to frames included in a moving image acquired using an image capturing unit of the image capturing apparatus, the image capturing apparatus comprising:a photometric unit configured to perform photometry of an object;
a target value setting unit configured to, based on a result of the photometry performed by the photometric unit, set a target value regarding an exposure when an image is acquired using the image capturing unit;
a control value calculation unit configured to calculate a control value with respect to each frame regarding the exposure when brightness is changed toward the target value set by the target value setting unit; and
a control unit configured to control the exposure based on the control value calculated by the control value calculation unit,
wherein in a predetermined period from a predetermined timing before each first image is acquired to when the first image is acquired, the control unit changes the exposure by a first degree of change, and outside the predetermined period, the control unit changes the exposure by a second degree of change different from the first degree of change, and
wherein in a case where the same amount of exposure is changed in the predetermined period and outside the predetermined period, the exposure changes more steeply by the first degree of change than by the second degree of change when an image is acquired.

US Pat. No. 10,230,903

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING IMAGE SENSOR CAPABLE OF OUTPUTTING PARALLAX IMAGE SIGNAL, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image sensor;
a drive unit configured to alternately repeat a first drive, which accumulates and reads an electric charge with the image sensor in order to obtain a first image signal used for at least one of a focus process and a photometry process, and a second drive, which accumulates and reads an electric charge with the image sensor in order to obtain a second image signal which is different from the first image signal, during continuous photographing that obtains the second image signals continuously using the image sensor;
a photometry unit including a circuit configured to perform the photometry process based on the electric charge read by the first drive of the image sensor;
a calculation unit configured to start calculating an aperture value for obtaining the second image signal of an (N+1)th frame based on a result of the photometry process by the photometry unit during accumulation of the electric charge for obtaining the second image signal of an N-th frame by the second drive; and
a control unit configured to control a diaphragm based on the calculated aperture value with the calculation unit and a predetermined aperture value during reading of the electric charge for obtaining the second image signal of the N-th frame by the second drive of the image sensor,
wherein the drive unit, the calculation unit, and the control unit are provided at least in part by at least one processor configured to execute programs stored in memory.

US Pat. No. 10,230,915

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a pixel outputting a pixel signal;
a ramp-signal supplying unit configured to output a ramp signal whose potential changes with a lapse of time; and
an analog-to-digital conversion unit,
wherein the analog-to-digital conversion unit comprises:
a first comparator including input nodes to receive the pixel signal and the ramp signal, and configured to perform first comparison that is comparison between the pixel signal and the ramp signal and to output a first comparison result signal indicating a result of the first comparison;
a second comparator including input nodes to receive the pixel signal and the ramp signal, and configured to perform second comparison that is comparison between the pixel signal and the ramp signal and to output a second comparison result signal indicating a result of the second comparison; and
an offset imparting unit including connected node that is connected to one input node of the input nodes of the first comparator and the second comparator, and configured to impart an offset to at least one of the pixel signal and the ramp signal to be input to either one of the first comparator and the second comparator,
so that the first comparison result signal and the second comparison result signal change in signal level in this order due to the offset during an analog-to-digital conversion period from start of a change in potential of the ramp signal to end of the change,
wherein the second comparator is in a non-operating state during a period from start of the analog-to-digital conversion period until the signal level of the first comparison result signal changes,
wherein the second comparator is set to be an operating state in correspondence with a change in the signal level of the first comparison result signal to perform the second comparison, and
wherein current consumption per unit time of the first comparator during the first comparison is lower than current consumption per unit time the second comparator during of the second comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,228,635

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developer bearing member for bearing developer;
a frame housing the developer;
a stirring member including a sheet-like stirring portion and a rotary shaft to which the stirring portion is attached; and
a first electrode and a second electrode which are used to detect a signal related to an amount of the developer housed in the frame and which are arranged with an interval therebetween, the first electrode and the second electrode being arranged along a wall surface of the frame,
wherein an area between the first electrode and the second electrode is positioned below the rotary shaft of the stirring member, and, as seen in a gravitation direction when the developing apparatus is mounted in an image forming apparatus, a trajectory of rotation around the rotary shaft by the stirring member overlaps the area, the first electrode, and the second electrode.

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. 10,216,953

CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING THE DISCLOSURE OF ADDRESS BOOK DATA TO AN APPARATUS TO WHICH THE ADDRESS BOOK DATA IS TO BE EXPORTED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

4. A control method for a data distribution system including an export apparatus and an import apparatus which includes a storage unit including a shared area which is a storage area of data shared among a plurality of users and a private area which is a storage area of data individually provided for each user, the control method comprising:generating, in the export apparatus, a first export file including private data individually used by a user of the export apparatus and having added type data indicating the private data is included;
generating, in the export apparatus, a second export file including shared data shared among a plurality of users of the export apparatus and not including the private data,
externally outputting, in the export apparatus, the first export file or the second export file,
inputting, in the import apparatus, a file via a user interface which the import apparatus provides to an electronic apparatus by using a hypertext transfer protocol;
accepting, in the import apparatus, designation of an import destination of the input file via the user interface,
determining, in the import apparatus, whether the input file is the first export file including the private data according to the type data added to the input file;
writing, in the import apparatus, the private data included in the input file in the private area if it is determined that the input file is the first export file and the private area is designated as the import destination of the input file,
writing, in the import apparatus, the shared data included in the input file in the shared area if the input file is the second export file in which the type data has not been added and the shared area is designated as the import destination of the input file, and
displaying, in the import apparatus, a warning message via the user interface without writing the private data included in the input file in the shared area if it is determined that the input file is the first export file and the shared area is designated as the import destination of the input file.

US Pat. No. 10,209,663

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a printer configured to perform print processing on a sheet;
a puncher configured to punch the sheet printed by the printer;
a binder provided with a stacking portion on which a plurality of sheets punched by the puncher are to be stacked, the binder being configured to perform a bookbinding process so as to form a bound product in which a binding member penetrates punch holes into the plurality of sheets stacked on the stacking portion;
a first detector configured to detect a first jam of a sheet in the binder;
a second detector configured to detect a second jam of a sheet which occurs upstream of the binder in a conveyance direction of the sheet;
an annunciator configured to notify information; and
a controller configured to cause the annunciator to notify first instruction information for instructing removal of a sheet and the binding member, which are located in the binder and for which the bookbinding process is incomplete, in a case where the first detector has detected the first jam, and cause the annunciator to notify second instruction information for instructing removal of the second jam, in a case where the second detector has detected the second jam and the first detector has not detected the first jam.

US Pat. No. 10,209,664

PRINTING SYSTEM INCLUDING PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system, comprising:an image processing apparatus that is capable of transmitting image data; and
a printing apparatus that is different from the image processing apparatus, and is capable of printing on a basis of the image data transmitted by the image processing apparatus;
wherein the printing apparatus includes
a power switch that a user is capable of operating; and
a power control unit that turns off and/or on the printing apparatus in accordance with an operation of the power switch;
wherein the image processing apparatus includes
a control unit that turns off and/or on the image processing apparatus; and
a setting unit that sets whether or not to associate a power state of the image processing apparatus with a power state of the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,209,409

OPTICAL COMPONENT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical component having a surface including an optically effective area having an antireflection coating arranged thereon and an adjoining optically non-effective area having a light-shielding coating film arranged thereon,wherein the light-shielding coating film is formed such that an edge portion of the light-shielding coating film lies on an edge portion of the antireflection coating with an overlap width between 0.5 ?m and 50 ?m, and
wherein a thickness of the antireflection coating decreases toward an edge of the antireflection coating, which is in the edge portion of the antireflection coating, in an area having a width between 5 ?m and 1.8 mm from the edge of the antireflection coating.

US Pat. No. 10,209,665

CLEANING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning device, capable of being provided at a predetermined position adjacent to an image bearing member carrying a liquid developer, for cleaning a surface of the image bearing member, said cleaning device comprising:a blade configured to scrape the liquid developer off the surface of the image bearing member with movement of the image bearing member when said cleaning device is in the predetermined position, wherein said blade has a free end on one side and is supported on the other side by a supporting portion, and when said cleaning device is in the predetermined position, said blade satisfies the following i) to iv):
i) a front surface which is one of widthwise-height surfaces opposes the image bearing member,
ii) an edge portion, formed at a crossing portion of the front surface and a free end surface which is a widthwise-thickness surface on a free end side, contacts the image bearing member at a contact portion,
iii) the free end surface faces an upstream side of a movement direction of the image bearing member at the contact portion, and
iv) said supporting portion is positioned above the free end surface with respect to a vertical direction,
an accommodating portion configured to accommodate the liquid developer scraped off by said blade; and
a pair of seal members provided adjacent to the free end surface in a position which is spaced from each of end portions of said edge portion toward a central portion of said edge portion and which corresponds to a neighborhood of each of the end portions,
wherein said seal member positioned on one end side of an image portion with respect to a widthwise direction of said blade includes a first portion and a second portion adjacent to said first portion on the one end side, said first portion including a first surface, a second surface and a third surface, and said second portion including a fourth surface,
wherein the first surface is provided opposed to and adjacent to the free end surface when said cleaning device is in the predetermined position,
wherein the second surface is connected with the first surface in a neighborhood of said edge portion and is provided opposed to and adjacent to the surface of the image bearing member when said cleaning device is in the predetermined position,
wherein the third surface is connected with the first surface and the second surface on the one end side and is provided so as to be substantially perpendicular to the free end surface and front surface and so as to face the one end side,
wherein the fourth surface crosses substantially perpendicularly to the third surface and to the free end surface at a position adjacent to the third surface in the one end side and is opposed to the surface of the image bearing member in a position spaced more from the surface of the image bearing member than the second surface is when said cleaning device is in the predetermined position,
wherein a first interior corner line is formed by the free end surface and the third surface so as to be substantially parallel to a thickness direction of said blade, and
wherein a second interior corner line is formed by the third surface and the fourth surface so as to be connected with said first interior corner line and be substantially parallel to a height direction of said blade.

US Pat. No. 10,209,667

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, and the developer accommodating body being provided with a gear portion provided about the 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 permit discharge of 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 and extending below a horizontal plane that includes the rotational axis, each track (i) projecting from a surface, (ii) including a first part that extends from a first end portion to a second end portion, with the second end portion being closer to the gear portion than the first end portion, and with the first part ascending such that the second end portion is closer to the horizontal plane than the first end portion, and (iii) including a second part extending from the second end portion of the first part such that a plane perpendicular to the rotational axis and passing through the second part crosses the discharge opening, with a portion of the surface extending from the first end portion in a direction away from the gear portion.

US Pat. No. 10,211,717

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply device comprising:a smoothing unit configured to smooth an input current;
a boost converter connected to the smoothing unit, the boost converter including a switching element configured to switch the smoothed current, the boost converter configured to boost the smoothed current by switching the switching element and to output a boosted constant voltage; and
a switching unit configured to switch to a first path in which the smoothed current is supplied to the boost converter and to a second path in which the smoothed current is supplied to a load without passing through the boost converter, the switching unit including a first switching element to be turned on and a second switching element to be turned off when the first path is formed,
wherein the smoothing unit is a circuit including at least one capacitor and a high-density large-capacitance capacitor connected in parallel, and
wherein the high-density large-capacitance capacitor includes one of an electric double layer capacitor and a lithium ion capacitor.

US Pat. No. 10,209,668

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE, AND DRUM CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
a charging member that contacts the image bearing member and charges the image bearing member;
a cleaning member including a contact portion configured to contact the charging member and clean the charging member; and
a developer bearing member including a base body and an elastic layer that covers the base body, configured to bear a developer for developing a latent image formed on the image bearing member, the developer bearing member being disposed below the cleaning member so as to overlap with the cleaning member when viewed in a vertical direction,
wherein the image forming apparatus is configured so that remaining toner remaining on the image bearing member that is not used for forming an image is collected by the developer bearing member,
a coat layer of the developer for developing the latent image is formed in a region of the elastic layer and the region is arranged inside of the both ends of the elastic layer in a direction of a rotation axis of the image bearing member, and
an end of the contact portion of the cleaning member is disposed, in the direction of the rotation axis, between one end of the ends of the elastic layer and an end of the region in which the coat layer is formed, and the end of the region is on a same side of the one end of the elastic layer.

US Pat. No. 10,209,671

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH COOLING FAN CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus adaptable as a plurality of models including a first model and a second model, a maximum output number of recording medium per unit time of the second model in a case of forming an image on a recording medium of a predetermined size being less than a maximum output number of recording medium per unit time of the first model in a case of forming an image on a recording medium of the predetermined size, the image forming apparatus operating as one of the plurality of models and comprising:an image forming portion configured to form an image on a recording medium including the recording medium of the predetermined size and having a driving motor included in a driving system of the image forming apparatus, a rotation speed of the driving motor for the second model in a case of forming an image on the recording medium with the maximum output number of the recording medium of the predetermined size being slower than a rotation speed of the driving motor for the first model in a case of forming an image on the recording medium with the maximum output number of the recording medium of the predetermined size;
a temperature detecting portion configured to detect temperature;
a fan configured to cool the image forming portion; and
a controller configured to identify one of the plurality of models that corresponds to the image forming apparatus, control the fan at a first rotation speed in a case that the image forming apparatus is identified as the first model and a detection result detected by the temperature detecting portion is equal to or lower than a predetermined value, and control the fan at a second rotation speed slower than the first rotation speed in a case that the image forming apparatus is identified as the second model and a detection result detected by the temperature detecting portion is equal to or lower than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,210,441

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING TO EXECUTE A JOB USED FOR MANUFACTURING A PRODUCT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory that stores a computer program,
wherein the processor executes the computer program to perform:
managing, as retrieval targets, a plurality of images corresponding to products of which jobs have been executed for manufacturing the products;
retrieving an image similar to a first image corresponding to a first product from the plurality of images being managed as the retrieval targets when an instruction to start execution of a first job used for manufacturing the first product is issued;
controlling to execute the first job used for manufacturing the first product and to manage the first image corresponding to the first product as one of the retrieval targets in a case where no image similar to the first image corresponding to the first product is retrieved from the plurality of images being managed as the retrieval targets when the instruction is issued; and
controlling to suspend the first job used for manufacturing the first product in a case where a second image similar to the first image corresponding to the first product is retrieved from the plurality of images being managed as the retrieval targets when the instruction is issued.

US Pat. No. 10,212,491

METHOD, DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR ENCAPSULATING PARTITIONED TIMED MEDIA DATA USING SUB-TRACK FEATURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of generating at least one media file based on partitioned timed media data in a server to be transmitted to a client, the partitioned timed media data comprising timed samples, each timed sample comprising a plurality of subsamples, the method comprises:grouping one or more of the plurality of subsamples of a timed sample into at least one group;
creating at least one track comprising one or more subsamples which are grouped into a same group and corresponding subsamples of other timed samples,
and creating a box for describing a group identifier of the subsamples which are grouped into said same group, the group identifier being used to associate NAL units of the subsamples which are grouped into said same group with a particular TileRegionGroupEntry; and
generating at least one media file based on each of the created tracks and the created box.

US Pat. No. 10,207,883

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:a first conveyance path whose downstream portion in a sheet conveyance direction is curved;
a second conveyance path configured to merge with the first conveyance path at a merging portion; and
a second path side guide member disposed on a side of the second conveyance path among guide members configured to form the first conveyance path, wherein
the second path side guide member comprises a downstream end portion, in the sheet conveyance direction, positioned at a merging portion, a curved portion provided upstream, in the sheet conveyance direction, of the downstream end portion, and a straight portion provided upstream, in the sheet conveyance direction, of the curved portion and extending straightly so as to be continuous with the curved portion, with the downstream end portion, the curved portion, and the straight portion formed as one piece,
the straight portion comprises a plurality of ribs, a base portion, and a slope portion, the plurality of ribs projecting from the base portion and being parallel to the sheet conveyance direction, the slope portion being provided between two of the plurality of ribs adjacent to each other in a width direction orthogonal to the sheet conveyance direction and being inclined in such a manner that the slope portion approaches from the base portion to ridges of the ribs as it approaches the downstream side in the sheet conveyance direction,
the curved portion and the downstream end portion comprise smooth surfaces,
a first surface of the downstream end portion of the second path side guide member is configured to form the first conveyance path in the merging portion and a second surface, oppositely arranged to the first surface, of the downstream end portion of the second path side member is configured to form the second conveyance path in the merging portion, and
no rib is provided on the downstream end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,209,182

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS THAT ACQUIRES PASSAGE TIMES OF COLOR DEVELOPERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus comprising:multiple developing units configured to form images using multiple color developers whose colors are mutually different;
an image carrier configured to, in color displacement detection, carry the multiple color developers transferred thereon from the multiple developing units at mutually different image-carrying positions;
an optical sensor configured to project a light to the image carrier and receive a reflected light from the image carrier; and
an acquirer configured to acquire, in response to output from the optical sensor, passage times at which the multiple color developers carried by the image carrier respectively pass a detection position,
wherein the optical sensor is configured to receive a diffusively reflected light from a non-transferred area of the image carrier on which the developers are not transferred,
the acquirer is configured to acquire the passage times of all the multiple color developers, in response to changes in the output from the optical sensor at an output level higher than that corresponding to a diffusively reflected light from the developers on the image carrier, and
the optical sensor includes a light-receiving portion that is provided at a position where the received diffusively reflected light amount from the nontrans erred area of the image carrier is larger than that from the developers on the image carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,207,406

ROBOT TRAJECTORY GENERATION METHOD, ROBOT TRAJECTORY GENERATION APPARATUS, PRODUCT FABRICATION METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM, PROGRAM, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot trajectory generation method arranged to generate trajectories for operating a plurality of robot arms, which are closely installed, by a control device, the robot trajectory generation method comprising:generating an operation instruction list which stores trajectory definition data including starting points and ending points of the trajectories of the plurality of robot arms to be generated;
determining a trajectory generation order of trajectory generation in accordance with the plurality of trajectory definition data included in the generated operation instruction list;
generating a first trajectory for operating a first robot arm such that the first trajectory avoids obstacle spaces registered in an obstacle memory in accordance with the trajectory definition data associated with the first robot arm included in the operation instruction list based on the determined trajectory generation order;
registering a sweeping space, in which a structure of the first robot arm sweeps, in the obstacle memory as an obstacle space to be avoided by the robot arm other than the first robot arm; and
generating a second trajectory for operating a second robot arm such that the second trajectory avoids the obstacle spaces registered in the obstacle memory, including an additionally registered obstacle space that is the sweeping space to be swept by the structure of the first robot arm, based on the trajectory definition data regarding the second robot arm, the trajectory of which is to be generated next after generating the first trajectory of the first robot arm as determined in the trajectory generation order.

US Pat. No. 10,207,918

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME WHICH SUPPRESSES LOWERING OF SENSITIVITY WHILE A PROTECTIVE LAYER IS FORMED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electromechanical transducer comprising:at least two elements, each element including:
a first electrode;
a vibrating membrane formed above the first electrode so that a cavity is located between the vibrating membrane and the first electrode; and
a second electrode formed on an upper surface of the vibrating membrane; and
an insulating protective layer formed both on the upper surface of vibrating membrane and on an upper surface of the second electrode,
wherein the protective layer covers both the second electrode and wiring connecting to the second electrode, and
wherein the protective layer is not formed above an area located between adjacent two cavities.

US Pat. No. 10,207,409

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method comprising:generating a plurality of captured model edge images by executing edge extraction processing on a plurality of captured model images acquired by capturing a target object;
executing pattern matching of the captured model edge images and a model edge image related to the detection target object;
calculating similarity at respective edge points in the model edge image;
calculating a variance and an average of the similarity at the edge points in the model edge image in relation to the captured model edge images respectively;
eliminating an edge point from the model edge image based on at least one of the average and the variance not to use the edge point for the pattern matching.

US Pat. No. 10,206,642

IMAGING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS, X-RAY IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR CAUSING COMPUTER TO EXECUTE CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a communication circuit configured to communicate with an X-ray imaging apparatus, the X-ray imaging apparatus including a detection unit configured to detect irradiation of radiation by photoelectric conversion and an X-ray sensor configured to obtain an X-ray image in response to the detection by the detection unit; and a control circuit,
the control circuit being configured to perform
a discriminating process of discriminating between a valid imaging period and an invalid imaging period, and
a display control process of causing a display unit to display an icon for accepting an operation input instructing whether to receive the X-ray image in response to the detection unit detecting irradiation of radiation in a period determined to be the invalid imaging period.

US Pat. No. 10,212,297

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH DISPLAYS A PAPER FEED UNIT SELECTION SCREEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a plurality of sheet holding units, wherein the printing apparatus is constructed for printing of an image on a sheet conveyed from any one of the plurality of sheet holding units, the printing apparatus comprising:a display configured to display one of (i) a first list including information of part of the plurality of sheet holding units, and (ii) a second list, including information of another sheet holding unit, of the plurality of sheet holding units, which is not displayed in the first list;
a user interface configured to receive a change instruction for changing the first list displayed by the display to the second list; and
a controller configured to control the display based on the change instruction received by the user interface, wherein the controller controls the display such that, when an empty state occurs in a sheet holding unit of the part of the plurality of sheet holding units included in the information of the first list, the display initially displays the first list, and, when an empty state occurs in the other sheet holding unit included in the information of the second list, the display initially displays the second list.

US Pat. No. 10,209,224

PROBE AND OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A probe comprising:an element having at least one cell in which a vibration film containing one electrode out of two electrodes that are provided so as to interpose a space therebetween is vibratably supported;
a support layer comprising a resin disposed over the vibration film;
an optical reflection layer disposed on the support layer;
a protection layer formed on the optical reflection layer to oppose an acoustic medium; and
an acoustic matching layer formed on the vibration film, the support layer being disposed on the acoustic matching layer,
wherein the support layer supports the optical reflection layer,
wherein the acoustic matching layer is provided for conformity of acoustic impedance between the vibration film and the support layer, and
wherein the protection layer has a thickness equal to or less than 10 ?m and a principal ingredient comprising a resin.

US Pat. No. 10,209,481

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING LENS APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:an optical system including a focus lens;
a vibrating motor configured to drive the focus lens in an optical axis direction;
a detector configured to detect a position of the focus lens in the optical axis direction;
an operating unit configured to be operated by a user and input a position instruction for the focus lens; and
a controller configured to output an instruction value for the motor, which is obtained based on the position of the focus lens obtained from the detector and the position instruction obtained from the operating unit, in a case where a difference between the position instruction and the position of the focus lens is not smaller than a threshold determined based on a depth of field obtained based on a state of the optical system,
wherein the controller is configured to output, even in a case where the difference is smaller than the threshold, the instruction value for the motor in a case where the operating unit is not operated for a predetermined time or more.

US Pat. No. 10,209,482

LENS CONTROL DEVICE, IMAGING APPARATUS, LENS DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING LENS CONTROL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens drive control device which drives a lens using a drive unit according to an operation of an operation member, the lens drive control device comprising: (a) at least one processor or (b) circuitry, which functions as units comprising: (1) a detection unit configured to detect a drive speed of the drive unit; and (2) a control unit configured to control a drive voltage to the drive unit by acquiring a detection signal of the operation amount of the operation member and a detection signal of the drive speed, wherein the control unit performs first control that a drive voltage output to the drive unit between a time at which the operation of the operation member starts and the time at which the operation ends is changed in a phased manner, and second control that a rise rate of the drive voltage is relatively increased as compared to the first control, the second control being after the first control.

US Pat. No. 10,212,301

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM, WITH SELECTING BETWEEN PROCESS EXECUTABLE BY IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESS EXECUTABLE BY EXTERNAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a reading unit configured to read an image;
one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image forming apparatus to function as:
(1) a display control unit configured to display a selection screen for selecting one from among processes including at least first processing and second processing as processing for image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit, wherein the first processing is processing executable by the image forming apparatus for image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit, and the second processing is processing executable by an external device for image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit;
(2) a creation unit configured to create image data processed by the first processing from the image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit, if the first processing is selected via the selection screen as the processing for the image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit;
(3) a transmission unit configured to transmit the image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit to the external device, if the second processing is selected via the selection screen as the processing for the image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit; and
(4) a reception unit configured to receive, from the external device to which the image data was transmitted by the transmission unit, image data processed by the second processing from the image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit that was transmitted to the external device by the transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 10,212,308

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system in which an image forming apparatus and an information processing apparatus are connected, and in which remote support of the image forming apparatus is performed from the information processing apparatus,wherein the image forming apparatus comprises:
a first memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one first processor that executes the instructions to:
connect to a telephone network and make a call to the information processing apparatus,
determine whether or not the call is by a predetermined connection, and
switch communication with the information processing apparatus to a call in accordance with HTTP media, in accordance with having determined that the call is by the predetermined connection, and
wherein the information processing apparatus comprises:
a second memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one second processor that executes the instructions to:
connect to the telephone network and make a call to the image forming apparatus, and
perform a call in accordance with HTTP media with the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,212,309

PRINTING DEVICE, PRINTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, FOR ROTATING IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing device configured to print an image based on print data, comprising:a print unit;
a network interface configured to receive the print data from an external computer;
at least one processor that causes a display unit to display a preview image generated from the received print data and representing a content of the image to be printed on a recording medium, wherein the preview image is displayed with an input portion in a state where it is determined that the received print data does not have an instruction setting an orientation of the received print data designated by a user, the input potion is for inputting an instruction of setting an orientation for the received print data from a user and causes the print unit to print the content of the image on the recording medium in the orientation set by the instruction input via the input portion by the user; and
in a state where it is determined that the received print data has an instruction of setting an orientation of the received print data designated by a user,
cause the print unit to print the content of the image on the recording medium in the orientation in accordance with the instruction originally set in the received print data without displaying the input portion.

US Pat. No. 10,212,314

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH COLOR CALIBRATION BY MEASUREMENT IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of image forming stations configured to form a measurement image on a sheet;
a fixing device configured to fix the measurement image on the sheet by heating the measurement image formed by the plurality of image forming stations;
a color sensor, provided on downstream of the fixing device in a conveyance direction of the sheet, configured to measure the measurement image on the sheet; and
a controller configured to:
control the plurality of image forming stations to form the measurement image on the sheet,
control the fixing device to fix the measurement image on the sheet,
perform a pre-scan for measuring the measurement image by the color sensor in order to determine a measurement condition for a main scan, wherein the measurement condition for the main scan is determined based on a measurement result of the measurement image by the pre-scan,
perform the main scan for measuring the measurement image by the color sensor based on the measurement condition for the main scan, and
detect spectral data of the measurement image based on a measurement result by the main scan,
wherein, in a case where density data of the measurement image is detected, the controller performs another main scan for measuring the measurement image by the color sensor based on a measurement condition for density detection without performing the pre-scan.

US Pat. No. 10,209,496

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the second lens unit is configured to move toward the image side during zooming from a wide angle end to a telephoto end, and an interval between adjacent lens units is changed during zooming,
wherein the first lens unit comprises a lens pair (LB1) of a positive lens (LP1) and a negative lens (LN1) that are arranged adjacent to each other, and a lens pair (LB2) of a positive lens (LP2) and a negative lens (LN2) that are arranged adjacent to each other,
wherein the second lens unit comprises a lens pair (LB3) of a positive lens (LP3) and a negative lens (LN3) that are arranged adjacent to each other, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.000<(?IRP1??IRN1)/(?IRP1??IRN1)<0.015;
?0.015<(?IRP2??IRN2)/(?IRP2??IRN2)<0.000; and
?0.005<(?IRP3??IRN3)/(?IRP3??IRN3)<0.015,
where, when a refractive index of a material at a wavelength of 400 nm is N400, a refractive index of the material at a wavelength of 1,050 nm is N1050, a refractive index of the material at a wavelength of 1,700 nm is N1700, an Abbe number ?IR of the material and a partial dispersion ratio ?IR of the material are ?IR=(N1050?1)/(N400?N1700) and ?IR=(N400?N1050)/(N400?N1700), respectively, ?IRP1 and ?IRP1 represent an Abbe number ?IR and a partial dispersion ratio ?IR of a first material for the positive lens (LP1), respectively, ?IRN1 and ?IRN1 represent an Abbe number ?IR and a partial dispersion ratio ?IR of a second material for the negative lens (LN1), respectively, ?IRP2 and ?IRP2 represent an Abbe number ?IR and a partial dispersion ratio ?IR of a third material for the positive lens (LP2), respectively, ?IRN2 and ?IRN2 represent an Abbe number ?IR and a partial dispersion ratio ?IR of a fourth material for the negative lens (LN2), respectively, ?IRP3 and ?IRP3 represent an Abbe number ?IR and a partial dispersion ratio ?IR of a fifth material for the positive lens (LP3), respectively, and ?IRN3 and ?IRN3 represent an Abbe number ?IR and a partial dispersion ration ?IR of a sixth material for the negative lens (LN3), respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,212,316

VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A video processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store a program and a plurality of input video signals; and
a processor configured to execute the program to implement a combining unit, a synchronizing unit, a predicting unit, and a control unit, wherein:
the combining unit is configured to combine the plurality of input video signals to output a combined video signal,
the synchronizing unit is configured to synchronize the combined video signal with one of the plurality of input video signals,
the control unit is configured to control an output timing of the combined video signal based on input timings of the plurality of input video signals, and
the predicting unit is configured to predict whether an overtaking occurs based on a relation between the input timing of the plurality of input video signals and the output timing of the combined video signal,
wherein when the overtaking is unavoidable for every input video signal of the plurality of input video signals, the control unit controls the output timing of the combined video signal based on input timings of input video signals except for an input video signal having a lowest priority among the plurality of input video signals.

US Pat. No. 10,212,318

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS SUCH AS NETWORK CAMERA, AND IMAGE MONITORING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a lens unit;
a cover configured to protect the lens unit;
an illumination unit configured to be provided around the lens unit and emit illumination light toward a subject through the cover; and
an annular light-shielding member configured to be provided between the lens unit and the cover in a state of being in close contact with the cover and to shield reflected light of the illumination light so as to prevent the illumination light emitted from the illumination unit and reflected by the cover from entering the lens unit,
wherein the light-shielding member has a circulation path that enables circulation of air between an inner space of the light-shielding member and an outer space of the light-shielding member.

US Pat. No. 10,212,324

POSITION DETECTION DEVICE, POSITION DETECTION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories coupled to the one or more processors, the memories having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the device to:
detect an object from an image captured by each of a plurality of image capturing devices;
determine whether an object of interest is detected by at least two image capturing devices or a single image capturing device in the image capturing devices;
estimate, when the object of interest is detected by the at least two image capturing devices, a three-dimensional position and information on a height of the object based on a detected position where the object of interest is detected in an image captured by each of the at least two image capturing devices and positions and orientations of the at least two image capturing devices; and
estimate, when the object of interest is detected by the single image capturing device in the image capturing devices, the three-dimensional position of the object of interest based on a detected position where the object of interest is detected in an image captured by the single image capturing device, a position and an orientation of the single image capturing device, and the estimated information on the height.

US Pat. No. 10,212,582

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, PROVIDING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to:
acquire first information corresponding to another communication apparatus;
transmit, to the another communication apparatus by unicast, an authentication request message for requesting authentication processing to be performed for the communication apparatus to provide a communication parameter for communicating in a wireless network, in a case where the first information is acquired, a search request message is received from the another communication apparatus, and the search request message includes second information corresponding to the first information,
transmit the authentication request message by multicast or broadcast, in a case where the first information is acquired and the search request message is not received from the another communication apparatus, or in a case where the first information is acquired and the search request message received from the another communication apparatus does not include the second information.

US Pat. No. 10,212,335

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a touch detector configured to detect a touch operation performed on an extra-viewfinder display;
an access detector configured to detect access to a viewfinder unit including an intra-viewfinder display; and
a memory and at least one processor and/or at least one circuit to perform operation of the following units:
a control unit configured to perform control to perform specific processing based on a position of the detected touch operation,
wherein, in a case where no access is detected, after a touch on the extra-viewfinder display is started, the control unit performs control to perform, during the touch, the specific processing based on a position where the touch is detected,
wherein, in a case access is detected, even if a touch on the extra-viewfinder display is started, the control unit performs control not to perform the specific processing on a position where the touch is detected, and when the touch is released from the extra-viewfinder display, the control unit performs control to perform the specific processing on a position where the touch is released,
wherein, in a case where access is detected, the control unit performs control to set, as a position serving as a criterion for the specific processing, a position not based on a position where start of a touch is detected and that has been moved according to an amount of movement of a touch position of the touch from a position serving as a criterion for the specific processing that is set before start of the touch is detected, and
wherein, in a case where access is not detected, the control unit performs control to set, as a position serving as a criterion for the specific processing, a position based on a position where start of a touch is detected irrespective of a position serving as a criterion for the specific processing before start of the touch is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,212,344

IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD CAPABLE OF ADJUSTING EXPOSURE TIMING BASED ON DETECTED LIGHT QUANTITY CHANGE CHARACTERISTIC

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing device comprising:a photometric unit configured to obtain respective photometric values of a plurality of photometry areas in an image capturing area;
an operation unit configured to perform setting regarding continuous shooting and/or focus adjustment;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a light quantity change characteristic of a photometric target based on the photometric values of the plurality of photometry areas;
an adjustment unit configured to adjust exposure timing based on the light quantity change characteristic; and
a control unit configured to change a method of calculating the light quantity change characteristic according to the setting regarding continuous shooting and/or focus adjustment, and to determine whether the exposure timing is adjusted based on the light quantity change characteristic.

US Pat. No. 10,212,347

IMAGE STABILIZING APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a panning detection unit configured to detect a panning velocity of the image pickup apparatus;
a vector detection unit configured to detect motion vectors from a plurality of images acquired by an image sensor whose image pickup plane has a plurality of detection frames arranged in a first direction and a second direction orthogonal to the first direction;
a determination unit configured to determine a motion vector of an object among the motion vectors obtained from the detection frames;
a specifying unit configured to specify a target point in the images;
a control unit configured to set an image area in accordance with the motion vector of the object and the target point in the images and to drive an optical element so as to correct a difference between a moving velocity of the object and the panning velocity of the image pickup apparatus based on the image area; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate a moving direction of the object based on the motion vector of the object,
wherein the control unit drives the optical element based on the motion vector obtained from the detection frame located in the second direction when an angle between the first direction and the moving direction is smaller than an angle between the second direction and the moving direction, and
wherein each unit is implemented by one or more processors, circuitry or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,212,348

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which causes a display unit to display a still image captured by an image capturing apparatus that includes the display unit, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to:
perform a control so as to extract an area for a main object from an image captured by the image capturing apparatus and display the extracted area;
calculate information on a motion of the main object based on a blur detected by a first detector which detects the blur of the image capturing apparatus and a motion vector detected by a second detector which detects the motion vector from the image; and
control an optical correction unit provided in the image capturing apparatus based on a motion vector indicating the information on the motion of the main object during capturing the still image,
wherein the one or more processors change the area, which is displayed on the display unit, for the main object based on the motion vector indicating the information on the motion of the main object before the still image is captured.

US Pat. No. 10,212,349

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a correction unit configured to optically correct image shake by moving a lens or an imaging element;
a first detector configured to detect an angular velocity of the imaging apparatus;
a second detector configured to detect a motion vector from a captured image;
a calculator configured to calculate an object angular velocity on the basis of the angular velocity of imaging apparatus and the motion vector;
a third detection unit configured to detect a cycle of a motion of the object on the basis of the object angular velocity; and
a processor configured to detect a cycle of a motion of the object on the basis of the object angular velocity and set an exposure timing at the time of panning on the basis of the cycle of the motion of the object and correct image shake of the object by driving the correction unit.

US Pat. No. 10,212,353

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire information about a focusing degree of a plurality of focal point detection areas; and
a display control unit configured to control each of the plurality of focal point detection areas to display a focus guide indicating a plurality of pieces of information including the focusing degree in a superimposed manner on a live view image captured by an image pickup unit,
wherein the display control unit performs the control to perform a simple display by displaying a focus guide corresponding to a focal point detection area having a low focusing degree to be smaller than a focus guide corresponding to a focal point detection area having a high focusing degree, or by not displaying at least one of the plurality of pieces of information in the focus guide corresponding to the focal point detection area having the low focusing degree.

US Pat. No. 10,210,820

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:a light-emitting unit including a plurality of light sources, each of which emits light having a first color, and a conversion member that converts a part of the light having the first color emitted from the respective light sources into light having a second color and emits light including the light having the first color and the light having the second color;
a display unit configured to display an image on a screen by modulating, based on image data, the light including the light having the first color and the light having the second color emitted from the light-emitting unit;
a control unit configured to individually control respective light-emitting brightness of the plurality of light sources based on input image data;
an estimation unit configured to estimate, based on the respective light-emitting brightness of the plurality of light sources, a first brightness distribution which is a brightness distribution of combined light obtained by combining the light having the first color emitted from the light-emitting unit and a second brightness distribution which is a brightness distribution of combined light obtained by combining the light having the second color emitted from the light-emitting unit; and
an image processing unit configured to perform image processing, in which color unevenness in the screen due to a difference between the first brightness distribution and the second brightness distribution is reduced based on the first brightness distribution and the second brightness distribution, to the input image data, and to output image data to which the image processing having been performed to the display unit, wherein
respective pixel values of the input image data include a first gradation value corresponding to the first color and a second gradation value corresponding to the second color, and
in the image processing, the respective first gradation values of the input image data are corrected based on the first brightness distribution and the respective second gradation values of the input image data are corrected based on the second brightness distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,210,821

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light source apparatus, comprising:a light-emitting unit having a plurality of light-emitting diodes having mutually different light emission colors;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing a program which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the light source apparatus to:
drive the light-emitting unit in such that each of the plurality of light-emitting diodes emits light periodically, wherein
the plurality of light-emitting diodes include a G-LED which is a light-emitting diode that emits green light and a specified-color LED which is a light-emitting diode that emits light different from green light; and
in a case where white light is emitted from the light-emitting unit, the current supplied to the G-LED in the lighting period of the G-LED is lower than the current supplied to the specified-color LED in the lighting period of the specified-color LED, and the lighting period of the G-LED in one cycle of light emission of the G-LED is longer than the lighting period of the specified-color LED in one cycle of light emission of the specified-color LED.

US Pat. No. 10,212,364

ZOOM CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND ZOOM CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A zoom control apparatus configured to control an angle of view, the apparatus comprising:a motion sensor configured to acquire a motion amount of an image capturing optical system; and
at least one processor or at least one circuit programmed to function as:
a controller configured to vary the angle of view,
wherein the controller is configured to (a) acquire a first value that is a velocity or an acceleration as a value relating to the motion amount, (b) acquire a second value that is a value relating to a moved amount of a motion of the image capturing optical system from a time at which the first value becomes equal to or higher than a third threshold and (c) make the angle of view wider in response to the second value becoming equal to or larger than a fourth threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,207,498

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. 10,207,501

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet recording method using an ink jet recording apparatus having a plurality of aqueous inks that include a cyan ink, a magenta ink and a yellow ink each comprising a dye, ink storage portions that respectively store the respective aqueous inks, and a recording head that has a heat-generating portion to generate thermal energy and ejects the aqueous inks by action of the thermal energy, the method comprising ejecting the aqueous inks from the recording head to record an image on a recording medium, whereinthe recording head is formed by arranging a plurality of ejection orifice arrays corresponding to the aqueous inks on one recording element substrate,
the ink storage portions are housings formed of a thermoplastic resin, said ink storage portions being integrally formed in the recording head without any another member being interposed therebetween,
a protective layer comprising at least one of tantalum and tantalum oxide is formed on a face of the heat-generating portion that comes in contact with the aqueous inks, and
the ejection orifice arrays include a first ejection orifice array and a second ejection orifice array at both sides and include a third ejection orifice array at a position between the first and second ejection orifice arrays, and the aqueous inks corresponding to the first, second and third ejection orifice arrays satisfy condition 1 and condition 2 below:
condition 1: a value of dynamic surface tension (mN/m) of the aqueous ink corresponding to the third ejection orifice array is smaller than a maximum value of dynamic surface tension (mN/m) of the aqueous inks corresponding to the first ejection orifice array and the second ejection orifice array, and
condition 2: a value of lightness of the aqueous ink corresponding to the third ejection orifice array is larger than a minimum value of lightness of the aqueous inks corresponding to the first ejection orifice array and the second ejection orifice array.

US Pat. No. 10,207,506

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND RECOVERY METHOD OF PRINT HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a print head that ejects ink from an ejection port to perform a print operation, the print head having an ejection port surface on which the ejection port is formed;
a sucking unit having a cap which contacts the ejection port surface to perform a sucking operation of sucking the ink from the ejection port;
a first obtaining unit that obtains a first elapsed time from the end of a previous print operation;
a second obtaining unit that obtains a second elapsed time from a previous sucking operation by the sucking unit; and
a control unit that causes the sucking unit to perform the sucking operation in at least one of (i) a case where the first elapsed time is longer than a first threshold time and (ii) a case where the second elapsed time is longer than a second threshold time, the second threshold time being longer than the first threshold time,
wherein if the second elapsed time is longer than a third elapsed time which is shorter than the second threshold time after performing the print operation, the control unit causes the sucking unit to perform the sucking operation.

US Pat. No. 10,212,378

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a pixel array that has a plurality of image forming pixels and a plurality of focus detection pixels; and
one or more circuits configured to function as:
a readout unit that reads out a pixel signal from the pixel array;
an A/D conversion unit that has a first mode for A/D converting the pixel signal read out by the readout unit with a first resolution and a second mode for A/D converting the pixel signal read out by the readout unit with a second resolution that is higher than the first resolution; and
a control unit that switches between the first mode and the second mode in accordance with a magnitude relationship between a signal level of the pixel signal read out from the pixel array and a reference level.

US Pat. No. 10,207,511

INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET PRINTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink cartridge mountable, in a mounting direction crossing with a direction of gravity, to a cartridge mounting portion provided with an ink receiving tube and a plurality of electrical connecting portions, said ink cartridge comprising:a casing including an ink accommodating chamber configured to accommodate ink to be supplied to said ink receiving tube, said casing having a first side surface in a position at a leading end with respect to the mounting direction, an upper surface and a bottom surface;
a tube inserting portion into which the ink receiving tube is insertable and which is provided at said first side surface in a position closer to said bottom surface than to said upper surface;
a substrate having an area above said tube inserting portion, the area crossing with the mounting direction;
a plurality of electrical contacts electrically connectable with the plurality of electrical connecting portions, said electrical contacts being arranged in the area in a direction crossing with a direction of height which is from said bottom surface toward said upper surface;
a positioning portion provided in a position above said tube inserting portion and below said electrical contacts and engageable with a positioning member provided in the cartridge mounting portion to limit movement of said casing in a direction perpendicular to the mounting direction; and
a through-opening at a position between said tube inserting portion and said positioning portion of said first side surface, said through-opening being in fluid communication with said ink accommodating chamber to supply the air into said ink accommodating chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,212,382

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device, comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the image processing device to:
display an image and an item on a screen;
set whether or not to superimpose and record an item on the image; and
store the image on which the item is superimposed, in a memory unit, when the item is set to be superimposed and recorded on the image, and store the image on which the item is not superimposed, in the memory unit, when the item is set to be recorded without being superimposed on the image,
wherein the item is controlled to be located on the image and displayed on the screen when the item is set to be superimposed and recorded on the image, and the item is controlled to be located on a blank area generated by a difference between an aspect ratio of the image and an aspect ratio of the screen, and displayed on the screen when the item is set to be recorded without being superimposed on the image.

US Pat. No. 10,212,131

NETWORK DEVICE THAT REGISTERS EVENT, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network device that has a personal firewall function, and registers an event concerning a network service, comprising:one or more processors, connected to a memory, the one or more processors being configured to:
receive a registration request for registering an event;
determine whether or not a transmission destination specified by the received registration request corresponds to a transmission restriction target of the personal firewall; and
perform control, when it is determined that the transmission destination corresponds to the transmission restriction target, so as not to register an event according to the registration request,
wherein when control is performed so as not to register an event according to the registration request, a response indicative of a registration failure is transmitted to a transmission source of the registration request.

US Pat. No. 10,212,394

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR FOCUS DETECTION, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A signal processing apparatus for processing image signals, which are acquired from an image sensor arranged with a plurality of pixels, comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory,
wherein the at least one processor is configured to function as:
a correlation operation unit configured to perform a correlation operation with shifting of an A-image signal and a B-image signal respectively corresponding to a plurality of predetermined pixels of the image sensor,
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a defocus amount based on an output of the correlation operation, and
a control unit configured to determine image signals, included within the A-image signal and the B-image signal, with which the correlation operation is not to be performed, based on a comparison of a difference between the A-image signal and the B-image signal with a predetermined value, and to control the correlation operation unit to perform the correlation operation based on portions of the A-image signal and the B-image signal other than the determined image signals without performing the correlation operation on the determined image signals, and
wherein the acquiring unit is configured to acquire the defocus amount based on the output of the correlation operation performed in the correlation operation unit which is based on the portions of the A-image signal and B-image signal other than the determined image signals.

US Pat. No. 10,207,528

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING ORDER OF IMAGE FORMATION ON A PLURALITY OF PAGES TO BE POST-PROCESSED, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus that is connectable with a post-processing apparatus, wherein the post-processing apparatus comprises a first tray, a second tray, a stacking portion, and a folding unit, and is configured to discharge a sheet conveyed from the printing apparatus to the first tray, without switching back the conveyed sheet and is configured to switch back a sheet conveyed from the printing apparatus to the stacking portion, stack the switched back sheet on the stacking portion, perform a folding process that folds a plurality of the stacked sheets by using the folding unit to thereby form a brochure, and discharge the formed brochure to the second tray, comprising:a printer configured to form images for a plurality of pages of the brochure on a plurality of sheets; and
a processor that controls the post-processing apparatus to
in a first case where an instruction to execute the folding process has been received and the number of the plurality of sheets is larger than a predetermined number, discharge the plurality of sheets to the first tray, and
in a second case where the instruction to execute the folding process has been received and the number of the plurality of sheets is smaller than the predetermined number, fold the plurality of sheets to thereby form a brochure by using the folding unit and discharge the formed brochure to the second tray,
wherein the order of the images for the plurality of pages to be formed by the printer in the first case and the order of the images for the plurality of pages to be formed by the printer in the second case are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,212,405

CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the control apparatus to:
acquire information concerning an update timing of a projection or display image;
determine an image capturing timing by an image capturing unit based on the information concerning the update timing and an exposure period by the image capturing unit for capturing the projection or display image; and
control a projection or display image based on a pattern image extracted from a captured image obtained by image capturing by the image capturing unit at the determined image capturing timing based on the information concerning the update timing and the exposure period by the image capturing unit for capturing the projection or display image,
wherein an area in the projection or display image is specified based on the information concerning the update timing and information of the exposure period of the image capturing unit, and the image capturing timing is determined such that an image capture by the image capturing unit is performed during a period in which no update occurs in the specified area in the projection or display image, and
wherein the instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the control apparatus to determine a timing al which a lowermost end line of the specified area is updated as a timing to start capturing by the image capturing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,210,619

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,209,102

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS, MACHINE TOOL APPARATUS, AND EXPOSURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,209,358

OBJECT DETECTION USING SONIC WAVES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,209,104

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,210,643

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,212,183

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,211,675

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,209,370

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,209,631

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,209,633

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,211,684

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,209,637

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,210,419

CONVOLUTION OPERATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,210,422

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,209,655

FILM FOR USE IN FIXING DEVICE AND FIXING DEVICE WITH FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,206,586

SPECIMEN INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,201,969

RECORDING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,201,972

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. 10,201,980

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,201,987

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PLATEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,205,352

POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power receiving apparatus that complies with at least two power transfer methods and receives power wirelessly from a power transmitting apparatus, comprising:a detecting unit configured to detect power transmitted from another power transmitting apparatus which is different from the power transmitting apparatus while a first power transfer method is used out of the at least two power transfer methods; and
a control unit configured to control, when the power transmitted from the other power transmitting apparatus is detected, the power transmitting apparatus and the power receiving apparatus so that a second power transfer method different from the first power transfer method out of the at least two power transfer methods is used,
wherein a frequency used for wireless power transfer by the first power transfer method and a frequency used for wireless power transfer by the second power transfer method are different.

US Pat. No. 10,204,400

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:on or more processors: and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
a first acquiring unit configured to acquire information relating to a depth distribution of an object as map data with a first resolution;
a second acquiring unit configured to acquire image data of the object as image data with a second resolution higher than the first resolution;
a shaping unit configured to shape the map data based on the image data acquired by the second acquiring, unit;
a first reducing unit configured to reduce the image data acquired by the second acquiring unit so as to conform to the first resolution: and
a second reducing unit configured to reduce the image data acquired by the second acquiring unit for display so as to conform to a resolution lower than the second resolution,
wherein the shaping unit shapes the map data with the first resolution with reference to the image data of which the resolution has been changed from the second resolution to the first resolution, and
wherein the second reducing unit suppresses alias generated by reduction of the image more strongly than that suppressed by the first reducing unit.

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. 10,203,637

FIXING APPARATUS HAVING A RESTRICTIVE GUIDE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:a cylindrical rotating member;
a guide member in contact with an inner surface of the rotating member and configured to guide rotation of the rotating member;
a roller forming a nip portion together with the guide member, with the rotating member in between;
a stay disposed in a hollow portion of the rotating member and configured to reinforce the guide member,
wherein an image carried by a printing material is fixed onto the printing material while the printing material is nipped and conveyed through the nip portion, and
wherein the guide member has a contact surface that restricts a position of the guide member with respect to the stay by coming into contact with a surface of the stay on the upstream side in the printing-material conveying direction, the contact surface being disposed, in a direction perpendicular to the printing-material conveying direction, in such a manner that a center is downstream from ends in the printing-material conveying direction.

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

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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. 10,201,901

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,203,197

RANGE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND RANGE MEASUREMENT METHOD

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

US Pat. No. 10,203,206

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS HAVING SIGNAL READOUTS USING DISTANCE MEASUREMENT REGION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,201,927

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,203,985

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

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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. 10,197,953

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

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1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
an exposure device configured to expose a surface of said image bearing member to form an electrostatic latent image thereon;
a developing device, rotatably provided with a developer bearing member bearing a liquid developer containing toner and a carrier liquid, configured to develop the electrostatic latent image on the surface of said image bearing member at a developing portion by being supplied with a developing bias with the toner when said developer bearing member is positioned at a developing position;
a transfer device configured to transfer a toner image developed by said developing device from said image bearing member by being supplied with a transfer bias at a transfer portion opposed to said image bearing member;
a detecting portion configured to detect at least one of a voltage applied to the transfer portion and a current flowing through the transfer portion; and
a controller configured to set the transfer bias to be supplied to said transfer device during image formation on the basis of a detection result of said detecting portion when a test bias is applied to said transfer device in a preparatory operation required before carrying out the image formation in response to an image formation instruction signal,
wherein in the preparatory operation said controller is configured to cause said developing device to supply the carrier liquid to said image bearing member and cause said transfer device to be supplied with the test bias after a leading end of a region of said image bearing member which is supplied with the carrier liquid by said developing device passes through the transfer portion,
wherein in the preparatory operation said controller is configured to cause said transfer device to be supplied with the test bias while a region of said image bearing member which is substantially not formed with the electrostatic latent image passes through the transfer portion,
wherein said developer bearing member is movably provided between the developing position and a spaced position away from said image bearing member, and in the preparatory operation said controller causes said developer bearing member to move from the spaced position to the developing position in response to the image formation instruction signal, and
wherein in the preparatory operation said controller causes said developer bearing member to be supplied with the developing bias before moving said developer bearing member from the spaced position to the developing position in response to the image formation instruction signal.

US Pat. No. 10,199,244

IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for imprinting a pattern on an imprint material on a substrate using a mold having the pattern, the imprint apparatus comprising:a substrate holder including a plurality of chucking regions for chucking the substrate; and
a control unit configured to control chucking forces of the plurality of chucking regions,
wherein the plurality of chucking regions include:
a first chucking region having a first groove having a ring shape for chucking a periphery of a first substrate having a first diameter;
a second chucking region having a second groove having a ring shape for chucking a periphery of a second substrate having a second diameter larger than the first diameter, a diameter of the second groove being larger than a diameter of the first groove;
a first chucking region group having a plurality of chucking regions in a region surrounded by the first groove; and
a second chucking region group having a plurality of chucking regions in a region between the first groove and the second groove, and
wherein the control unit controls the chucking forces of the first groove, the second groove, the plurality of chucking regions of the first chucking region group, and the plurality of chucking regions of the second chucking region group.

US Pat. No. 10,189,162

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,189,674

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,192,495

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,192,308

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,193,084

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,192,314

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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