US Pat. No. 10,069,813

AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS, AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM, AUTHENTICATION METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A method of controlling a network camera, the method comprising:authenticating, in a case where an authentication scheme for first authentication data included in a message received from a client is a first authentication scheme, the first authentication data using the first authentication scheme, and authenticating, in a case where the authentication scheme for the first authentication data is a second authentication scheme, the first authentication data using the second authentication scheme;
authenticating second authentication data;
executing, in a case where authentication for the first authentication data and authentication for the second authentication data succeed, processing for a service corresponding to a request by the received message; and
notifying the client of an error in a case where the second authentication data does not exist, even if the authentication using the second authentication scheme for the first authentication data succeeds.

US Pat. No. 10,068,056

MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A medical diagnosis support apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the apparatus to:
acquire medical diagnosis information from an image to be interpreted by computer processing;
receive from a user interpretation information as an interpretation result of the image to be interpreted;
calculate a degree of matching between the acquired diagnosis information and the interpretation information; and
permit, when the calculated degree of matching exceeds a predetermined threshold, presentation of the acquired diagnosis information,
wherein presentation of the acquired diagnosis information is inhibited when the calculated degree of matching does not exceed the predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,068,314

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a first optical image generation unit configured to generate optical low frequency image data from input optical image data;
a first digital imaging unit configured to obtain digital low frequency image data from the optical low frequency image data generated by the first optical image generation unit;
a second digital imaging unit configured to obtain digital image data from the input optical image data;
a memory configured to store instructions; and
one or more processors configured to execute the instructions stored in the memory to provide:
a second generation unit configured to generate digital high frequency image data from the digital image data that is obtained by the second digital imaging unit; and
a third generation unit configured to generate output image data based on both of the digital low frequency image data that is obtained by the first digital imaging unit and the digital high frequency image data that is generated by the second generation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,068,321

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

17. An image processing method comprising:acquiring an image from which a skin region of a human body is to be extracted;
estimating a human body part region in the acquired image;
estimating a skin attribute of the estimated human body part region;
correcting the human body part region based on the estimated skin attribute; and
extracting the skin region from the acquired image based on the skin attribute of the estimated human body part region and the corrected human body part region,
wherein the estimating of the skin attribute of the human body part region and the correcting of the human body part region are repeated for a plurality of times, and
wherein a difference in position of the human body part region between before and after corrections of the human body part region is compared with a predetermined value, and estimation of the skin attribute of the human body part region and correction of the human body part region are repeated until the difference in position becomes smaller than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,069,089

ORGANIC METAL COMPLEX, AND ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE AND DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A luminescent material comprising:an organic metal complex having a structure represented by the following general formula (1):
MLmL?n  (1)
wherein L and L?, which are different from each other, each represent a bidentate ligand; wherein m represents an integer of 1 to 3 and n represents an integer of 0 to 2, provided that m+n is 3;
wherein M represents Ir;
wherein the partial structure MLm has a structure represented by the following general formula (8):

wherein the benzene ring with R41-R44 attached thereto in the formula (8) is further represented by any one of the following formulae:

wherein *1 shows the connection to the Ir;
wherein *2 shows the connection to the benzo[f]isoquinoline ring represented in the formula (8);
wherein R88 to R102, which may be identical to or different from each other, each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryloxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted aralkyl group, an amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group;
wherein the partial structure ML?n has a structure represented by any one of the following general formulae (10) to (12):

wherein R45 to R52, which may be identical to or different from each other, each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryloxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted aralkyl group, an amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, and R47 and R48 may be bonded to form a benzene ring that is fused with the benzo[f]isoquinoline ring represented in the formula (8); and
wherein R65 to R79, which may be identical to or different from each other, each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an aralkyl group, a substituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, and adjacent substituents among R65 to R68 may be bonded to form a ring that is fused with the benzene ring represented in the formula (10), and adjacent substituents among R77 to R79 may be bonded to form a ring that is fused with the backbone represented in the formula (12).

US Pat. No. 10,069,349

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply unit configured to perform wireless power supply based on a first frequency;
a communication unit configured to perform communication based on a second frequency; and
a control unit configured to control the communication unit to transmit, before predetermined power is supplied to an electronic device, a first command for acquiring at least one of data corresponding to a first address and data corresponding to a second address from the electronic device, to the electronic device,
wherein the control unit determines whether the electronic device is adaptable to the power supply unit by using the data corresponding to the first address,
wherein the control unit determines whether to perform a power supply process for supplying the predetermined power to the electronic device by using the data corresponding to the second address,
wherein, in a case where the electronic device is adaptable to the power supply unit, and when the power supply process is started, the control unit controls the communication unit to transmit a second command including data corresponding to a third address to the electronic device to notify the electronic device of starting to supply the predetermined power, and
wherein the data corresponding to the first address is unrewritable from the power supply apparatus and the electronic device, the data corresponding to the second address is rewritable from the electronic device and unrewritable from the power supply apparatus, and the data corresponding to the third address is unrewritable from the electronic device and rewritable from the power supply apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,061,263

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A DUAL-POSITION DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, comprising:a main assembly;
a cartridge detachably mountable to said main assembly, said cartridge including a developing member configured to carry a developer to be applied to an image bearing member;
a transfer unit including an endless belt, a roller supporting said endless belt, and a roller supporting member for supporting said roller, and configured to transfer the developer image formed on said image bearing member;
a developing member moving mechanism configured to move said developing member relative to said image bearing member between a first position in which said developing member supplies the developer to said image bearing member and a second position which is different from the first position,
wherein said developing member moving mechanism is provided between said roller supporting member and said endless belt with respect to a longitudinal direction of said roller.

US Pat. No. 10,059,540

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:an apparatus body;
a tray swingably supported on the apparatus body;
a sheet feed unit configured to feed a sheet supported on the tray;
a link comprising a first end portion and a second end portion, the second end portion being configured to engage with the tray;
a long hole, disposed on the tray, along which a pin that is provided on the second end portion of the link is guided;
a link support portion disposed in the apparatus body and configured to engage with the first end portion of the link, the link support portion comprising:
a first support part on which the first end portion is supported while the tray is positioned at a first position where the sheet supported on the tray is fed by the sheet feed unit;
a second support part on which the first end portion is supported while the tray is positioned at a second position where a swing angle of the tray is greater than the first position with respect to the apparatus body; and
a guide part along which the first end portion of the link moves between the first support part and the second support part.

US Pat. No. 10,062,153

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor or circuit configured to:
acquire an input image generated by image pickup via an optical system; and
perform unsharp mask processing for the input image using a filter generated based on information of a point spread function of the optical system corresponding to an image pickup condition of the optical system in generating the input image,
wherein the filter is generated based on an unsharp mask used for the unsharp mask processing, and includes two-dimensional data having filter coefficients that are arranged rotationally asymmetrically with respect to a filter coefficient corresponding to a target pixel in the input image in convoluting the filter with the input image, and
wherein a peak position or a center of gravity position of the unsharp mask accords with a position in the filter of the filter coefficient corresponding to the target pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,057,874

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus connectable to a wireless base station, the apparatus comprising:a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a moving speed of the communication apparatus;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a moving speed of the wireless base station;
a control unit configured to control connection to the wireless base station based on the moving speed of the communication apparatus and the moving speed of the wireless base station;
a search unit configured to search for the wireless base station, and
a connection unit configured to connect to the wireless base station,
wherein when the search unit searches for a plurality of wireless base stations, the control unit determines whether a difference between the moving speed of the communication apparatus and a moving speed of each wireless base station is not more than the predetermined value, and
wherein when there exists the plurality of wireless base stations each having the difference not more than the predetermined value, the connection unit connects to one of the plurality of wireless base station each having the difference not more than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,055,640

CLASSIFICATION OF FEATURE INFORMATION INTO GROUPS BASED UPON SIMILARITY, AND APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least a processor and at least a memory coupled to the at least the processor and having stored thereon instructions which when executed by the at least the processor cooperate to act as:
an extraction unit configured to extract a feature information from an object in input image data;
a registration unit configured to classify a plurality of feature information into a plurality of groups based upon a similarity, and register the plurality of feature information into a dictionary, wherein the dictionary is used to determine a similarity between the feature information registered in the dictionary and the feature information extracted by the extraction unit; and
a deletion unit configured to delete, among the plurality of groups, a feature information of a group, which does not reach a predetermined use level, from the dictionary,
wherein information related to a time period elapsed from when the feature information had been registered in the dictionary at first is used as the use level, and
wherein, in a case where the number of feature information registered in the dictionary exceeds a predetermined number, the deletion unit deletes, from the dictionary, the feature information of the group which does not reach the predetermined use level.

US Pat. No. 10,054,877

DEVELOPING APPARATUS HAVING VARYING MAGNETIC FLUX DENSITY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a container containing a magnetic developer and having an opening through which the magnetic developer is fed;
a developer bearing member provided in the container so as to be rotatable in the opening and configured to carry the magnetic developer;
a magnetic field generating member provided inside the developer bearing member to generate a predetermined magnetic field;
a regulating member configured to contact the developer bearing member to regulate a layer thickness of the magnetic developer carried on the developer bearing member; and
a sealing member configured to seal a gap between an end of the developer bearing member in a rotation axis direction and an end of the opening in a longitudinal direction,
wherein, at the end of the opening in the longitudinal direction, an overlap portion is provided in which the developer bearing member, the regulating member, the sealing member, and the container are sequentially arranged so as to contact one another in a direction orthogonal to the rotation axis direction,
the magnetic field generating member has a first area where a value of a magnetic flux density is a predetermined value in the rotation axis direction and a second area including a local minimum portion in which the value is a minimum value, within a range from an end of the second area connected to the first area to an outer end of the overlap portion in the rotation axis direction, and
wherein in the second area, from the first area toward the overlap portion, the value decreases to the minimum value and then increases again.

US Pat. No. 10,054,878

DRIVING FORCE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving force transmission apparatus, comprising:a driving rotary member configured to receive driving force transmitted from a driving force source;
a driven rotary member configured to rotate through engagement with the driving rotary member, the driven rotary member having a non-engaging portion preventing engagement with the driving rotary member, wherein, in a state in which the driving rotary member and the driven rotary member are opposed to each other through the non-engaging portion, transmission of driving force from the driving rotary member to the driven rotary member is cut;
a first rotary member configured to rotate in synchronization with the driven rotary member;
a second rotary member configured to be engaged with the first rotary member to transmit driving force to a driven member; and
a first elastic member configured to press the driven rotary member with an elastic force at a predetermined position at which the driving rotary member and the driven rotary member are opposed to each other through the non-engaging portion,
wherein the first rotary member has a non-contact portion at which the first rotary member and the second rotary member are prevented from being brought into contact with each other in the state in which the driving rotary member and the driven rotary member are opposed to each other through the non-engaging portion,
wherein a gear portion of the first rotary member which is adjacent to the non-contact portion of the first rotary member has a first arc surface and a gear portion of the second rotary member has a second arc surface corresponding to the first arc surface, and
wherein, in a state in which the first rotary member and the second rotary member are opposed to each other through the non-contact portion, the first arc surface opposes and does not contact the second arc surface.

US Pat. No. 10,054,890

DETECTING UNIT, SHEET FEEDING UNIT, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COMPRISING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly including an image forming portion;
a rotatable member capable of feeding a sheet and configured to rotate; and
a detecting unit including an interrelating member configured to rotate in interrelation with rotation of said rotatable member, a detecting member configured to detect rotation of said interrelating member, and a holding member configured to integrally hold said interrelating member and said detecting member, wherein said interrelating member, said detecting member and said holding member are integrally assembled into a unit,
wherein said detecting unit is detachably mountable to said main assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,054,892

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming unit arranged to form an image on a sheet;
a supporting unit arranged to support a sheet;
a folding roller arranged to fold the sheet supported by the supporting unit while rotating at a folding speed;
a thrusting member arranged to move at a thrust speed, which is higher than the folding speed, and to thrust the sheet supported by the supporting unit towards the folding roller; and
a control unit arranged to control the thrusting member and the folding roller such that a speed difference between the folding speed of the folding roller and the thrust speed of the thrusting member, in a case in which the folding roller folds a first number of sheets, is smaller than the speed difference between the folding speed of the folding roller and the thrust speed of the thrusting member, in a case in which the folding roller folds a second number of sheets, the second number of sheets being larger than the first number of sheets.

US Pat. No. 10,055,677

PRINTING APPARATUS, SHEET-PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREOF, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND PRINTING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a binding unit that is capable of executing a binding process for a sheet bundle provided from the image forming unit and a sheet bundle inserted by a manual operation of a user;
a detection unit configured to detect the sheet bundle inserted by the manual operation of the user;
an operation unit configured to input a user instruction for binding the sheet bundle inserted by the manual operation of the user; and
a control unit configured to control, in a case when the user instruction is not inputted via the operation unit before a limited period elapses since the detection unit has detected the sheet bundle, the binding unit to execute the binding process for the sheet bundle inserted by the manual operation of the user in response to the elapsing of the limited period after the detection unit has detected the sheet bundle, and the control unit controls, in a case when the user instruction is inputted via the operation unit before the limited period elapses since the detection unit has detected the sheet bundle, the binding unit to execute the binding process for the sheet bundle, in response to the inputting of the user instruction via the operation unit before the limited period is elapsed.

US Pat. No. 10,057,472

FLASH UNIT HAVING MOVABLE LIGHT EMITTING UNIT AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH FLASH UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a display unit that is arranged rotatably between a regular position opposite to a back face of a body of the image pickup apparatus and a stand-up position that is rotated from the regular position by about 180 degrees so as to stand up from an upper face of the body; and
a flash unit that is provided on the upper face of the body so that a light emitting unit is movable between a light-emitting position that is projected from the body and a retracted position that is retracted inside the body, said flash unit comprising:
a first rotating shaft, a second rotating shaft, and a third rotating shaft that are arranged in parallel mutually;
a first support member that is rotatably connected with the light emitting unit through said first rotating shaft; and
a second support member that is rotatably connected with said first support member through said second rotating shaft and is rotatably connected with the body through said third rotating shaft,
wherein said third rotating shaft is arranged more on a side of the back face of the body than said first rotating shaft and said second rotating shaft is arranged more on a side of a front face of the body than said first rotating shaft in a case where the light emitting unit is in the retracted position, and
wherein the light emitting unit is movable between the retracted position and the light-emitting position even in a case where said display unit is in the stand-up position.

US Pat. No. 10,057,519

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels each of which includes:
a photoelectric conversion portion which photoelectrically converts incident light to generate a signal charge;
a charge holding portion that accumulates the signal charge transferred from the photoelectric conversion portion;
a floating diffusion region to which the signal charge of the charge holding portion is transferred;
a first transfer gate configured to transfer the signal charge from the photoelectric conversion portion to the charge holding portion; and
a second transfer gate configured to transfer the signal charge from the charge holding portion to the floating diffusion region,
wherein:
the photoelectric conversion portion includes a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type, and a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity type including a majority carrier of a polarity of the signal charge formed under the first semiconductor region,
the charge holding portion includes a third semiconductor region of the first conductivity type, and a fourth semiconductor region of the second conductivity type formed under the third semiconductor region,
in a first cross section including the photoelectric conversion portion, the charge holding portion and the first transfer gate, a first side edge of the fourth semiconductor region on the photoelectric conversion portion side is provided between the second semiconductor region and a first side edge of the third semiconductor region on the photoelectric conversion portion side,
in a second cross section including the charge holding portion, the floating diffusion region and the second transfer gate, a second side edge of the fourth semiconductor region on the floating diffusion region side is provided between the floating diffusion region and a second side edge of the third semiconductor region on the floating diffusion region side, and
a plane including the first cross section is different and distant from a plane including the second cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,051,213

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, RANGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS WITH PIXELS HAVING IN-PIXEL MEMORIES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:a plurality of first pixels, each first pixel including a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions arranged in a row direction; and
a plurality of second pixels, each second pixel including a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions arranged in a column direction,
wherein the plurality of first pixels and second pixels are disposed in the form of a matrix, and signals from the plurality of first pixels and second pixels are output for each row,
each of the plurality of second pixels has at least one in-pixel memory which holds charge obtained by the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, and
each of the plurality of first pixels does not have an in-pixel memory.

US Pat. No. 10,048,904

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF OBTAINING PREDICTION VALUE OF TIME RELATING TO PRINTING, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory that stores a program executed by the one or more processors in order for the image processing apparatus to function as following units,
a reception unit configured to receive a print job via a network interface;
an estimation unit configured to perform estimation processing for estimating a time required for a completion of the print job;
a display control unit configured to display, on a display device, a job list including a first area for displaying names of print jobs and a second area for displaying estimated time required for completion of the respective print job; and
a cancellation unit configured to cancel the estimation processing for the print job, in accordance with an elapse time for the estimation processing which is being performed,
wherein the display control unit is configured to display a name of the print job in the first area in the job list,
wherein the display control unit is further configured to display, for the print job for which the estimation processing is finished, the estimated time of the print job in the second area in the job list, and
wherein the display control unit is further configured to display, for the print job for which the estimation processing is cancelled in accordance with the elapse time, predetermined information indicating that an estimated time required for a completion of the print job is not being obtained, in the second area in the job list.

US Pat. No. 10,049,687

AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS AND AUDIO PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An audio processing apparatus comprising:an input unit configured to receive sound data picked up by a sound pickup apparatus and receive an image captured by an imaging apparatus that corresponds to the sound pickup apparatus;
a detection unit configured to detect, from the received image, a condition of an imaging target in the received image;
a learning speed determination unit configured to set a learning speed;
a noise learning unit configured to perform noise component extraction processing to extract a noise component from the received sound data and perform learning processing at the set learning speed; and
a removal unit configured to remove a noise component from the received sound data based on the extracted noise component,
wherein, after the learning speed determination unit sets a first learning speed and to adapt the noise component extraction processing to the received sound data, the learning speed determination unit causes the noise learning unit to change the speed at which learning processing is performed by changing the first learning speed to a second learning speed, that is different from the first learning speed, based on the detected imaging target condition.

US Pat. No. 10,051,136

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a display device;
a scanner device;
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions, the instructions, when executed, cause the image processing apparatus to:
receive a setting to be used for a first application that uses the scanner device from a communication terminal;
control the received setting to be used for the first application when the screen being displayed on the display device is a screen provided by an application for accepting addition of the setting to the first application;
control the received setting not to be used for the first application when the screen being displayed on the display device is a screen provided by an application for refusing addition of the setting to the first application; and
switch, upon condition that the received setting is to be used for the first application, the screen displayed on the display device to a screen of the first application,
wherein upon condition that the received setting is not to be used for the first application, the screen displayed on the display device is not switched to the first screen.

US Pat. No. 10,051,137

IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING FACSIMILE COMMUNICATION VIA IP NETWORK, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus that is capable of executing facsimile communication via an IP network, the communication apparatus comprising:a facsimile controller including a tone detector configured to detect a facsimile identification signal, and configured to control facsimile communication by deeming an analog signal as voice;
a telephone controller configured to control a telephone;
a selector configured to control whether to supply input signals from the IP network to both the facsimile controller and the telephone controller, or to either the facsimile controller or the telephone controller; and
at least one processor that executes instructions to set a reception mode of the communication apparatus from among a plurality of reception modes including a FAX/TEL-switching mode that, when a call is received, automatically determines whether to execute a facsimile reception or execute voice communication using the telephone,
wherein the selector provides control so that the input signals from the IP network are supplied to the facsimile controller and are prevented from being supplied to the telephone controller according to a call for voice communication being received when the FAX/TEL-switching mode has been set, and
wherein the facsimile controller executes the facsimile communication via the IP network according to the tone detector detecting the facsimile identification signal.

US Pat. No. 10,051,154

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD IN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of the stored instructions, functions as
a service request unit configured to be capable of requesting a service from a connected external server;
a service provision unit configured to provide a service to outside in accordance with a request by the external server; and
a holding unit configured to hold identification information of a service requester to which service provision by the service provision unit is permitted, and to be installable and uninstallable, wherein
the service provision unit determines, with reference to the identification information held by the holding unit, whether or not service provision to the service requester is permitted, and in a case where it is determined that the service provision is permitted, provides the requested service,
the service request unit further obtains and displays display screen information with respect to the external server, and
the service provision unit obtains, from the service request unit, identification information of a service request destination from which the service request unit has requested a service, compares at least part of the obtained identification information of the service request destination with at least part of identification information held as identification information of the service requester by the holding unit, and if the at least part of the obtained identification information of the service request destination and the at least part of the identification information held by the holding unit match, determines that service provision to the service requester is permitted.

US Pat. No. 10,041,834

COLOR MEASURING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND COLOR MEASURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color measurement device, comprising:a light emitting portion configured to illuminate an object with light;
a dispersing portion configured to spectrally disperse light emitted and reflected by the object;
a light receiving portion including a plurality of elements configured to receive the light spectrally dispersed by said dispersing portion; and
a controller configured to effect color measurement on the basis of a result of light reception of said light receiving portion from the object which is an image formed on a recording material;
wherein the light emitted by said light emitting portion has a first intensity of light in a first wavelength range and a second intensity lower than the first intensity in a second wavelength range,
wherein said controller deduces a value relating to color measurement for the second wavelength range on the basis of a result of light reception of said light receiving portion for the first wavelength range,
wherein said controller determines a spectral reflectance for the first wavelength range on the basis of the result of light reception of said light receiving portion for the first wavelength range, and
wherein said controller deduces the spectral reflectance in the second wavelength on the basis of the spectral reflectance determined in the first wavelength range for one of a wavelength range where the light is absorbed with a spectral reflectance of a coloring material of the image, a wavelength range where the reflectance is maximum, a wavelength range where the reflectance is higher than in another wavelength range, and a wavelength range where the reflectance is lower than in another wavelength range.

US Pat. No. 10,025,542

BOOKBINDING SYSTEM, PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a receiver configured to receive image data;
a printer engine configured to print an image on a sheet based on the image data;
a saddle finisher configured to perform saddle stitching on the sheet conveyed from the printer engine and to discharge a booklet including the sheet; and
a controller configured to,
(i) in a case that an opening orientation of the saddle stitching is designated to be left-open and a print on an outer surface of a front cover of the booklet is designated and in a case that an opening orientation of the saddle stitching is designated to be right-open and a print on an outer surface of a back cover of the booklet is designated, control the printer engine to print the image on the sheet without rotating the image data 180 degrees, and,
(ii) in a case that an opening orientation of the saddle stitching is designated to be right-open and the print on the outer surface of the back cover of the booklet is not designated, control the printer engine to print the image on the sheet with rotating the image data 180 degrees,
wherein the booklet is discharged from the saddle finisher with a printed surface of the booklet facing upward in both the case of the orientation of the saddle stitching being left-open and the case of the orientation of the saddle stitching being right-open.

US Pat. No. 10,025,059

OPTICAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:a driving unit holding a lead screw;
a holder holding the driving unit;
a moving member that holds an optical member and that moves in an optical axis direction along the lead screw by drive of the driving unit; and
a guide that is pressed into and fixed to the holder in parallel to the optical axis direction,
wherein the driving unit is fixed to the holder by a screw, which extends in the optical axis direction, and a nut,
wherein the nut (a) includes a first plane part and a second plane part different from the first plane part, and (b) when viewed in the optical axis direction, is formed in a polygonal shape,
wherein, when viewed in the optical axis direction, the nut is disposed so that the first plane part of the nut is substantially orthogonal to a line connecting a center of the guide and a center of the nut,
wherein, when viewed in the optical axis direction, the nut is disposed so that the second plane part of the nut is substantially orthogonal to a line connecting a center of the driving unit and the center of the nut,
wherein, when viewed in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis direction, the holder includes a housing part for housing the nut, which is formed between a part where the driving unit is held and a part to which the guide is fixed, and a gap is formed between the nut and the housing part, and
wherein when viewed in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis direction, a position in the optical axis direction of a part of the holder at which the nut is arranged and a position in the optical axis direction of a part of the holder at which the guide is fixed by press fitting are overlapped with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,025,075

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:a zoom lens; and
an image pickup element configured to receive an image formed by the zoom lens,
the 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;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a rear lens group including one or more lens units,
wherein an interval between each pair of adjacent lens units is changed during zooming,
wherein an interval between the first lens unit and the second lens unit is larger at a telephoto end than at a wide angle end, and an interval between the second lens unit and the third lens unit is smaller at the telephoto end than at the wide angle end,
wherein one of the entire second lens unit and a lens sub-unit having a negative refractive power, which corresponds to a part of the second lens unit, serves as a first image stabilizing unit configured to move during image blur correction in a direction having a component in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis,
wherein one of a lens sub-unit having a negative refractive power, which corresponds to a part of the third lens unit, and a lens unit having a negative refractive power, which is included in the rear lens group, serves as a second image stabilizing unit configured to move during image blur correction in a direction having a component in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.2 0.2 where D1t represents a distance from a lens surface closest to the object side of the first image stabilizing unit to an image plane at the telephoto end, D2t represents a distance from a lens surface closest to the object side of the second image stabilizing unit to the image plane at the telephoto end, and fT represents a focal length of the zoom lens at the telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 10,026,156

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND 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 instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:
acquire first subject information and second subject information for the same subject;
separate each of the first subject information and the second subject information into a high-frequency component and a low-frequency component;
correct the second subject information for at least part of an area of the second subject information based on a result of the separating; and
determine a similarity between the first subject information and the second subject information by calculating a correlation between the low-frequency component of the first subject information and the low-frequency component of the second subject information,
wherein a corrected high-frequency component for at least the part of the area of the second subject information is generated based on the high-frequency component of the first subject information, and the second subject information is restored by using the low-frequency component of the second subject information and the corrected high-frequency component, and
wherein the corrected high-frequency component from the high-frequency component of the first subject information is generated and the corrected high-frequency component is taken to be a high-frequency component of the second subject information in a case where the correlation is equal to or higher than a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,027,958

CODING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ENCODING IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an acquiring unit configured to acquire an encoding target block having a plurality of groups each including a predetermined number of pixels;
a deciding unit configured to decide, for each group, a quantization parameter used to quantize image data of the group and an encoding scheme so that a code length of the encoding target block does not exceed a predetermined value corresponding to a target code amount of the encoding target block, wherein the deciding unit selects, as the encoding scheme of respective groups, either of a first encoding scheme that outputs quantized image data or a second encoding scheme that outputs encoded data of a differential between quantized image data and prediction data; and
an encoding unit configured to generate encoded data by encoding image data of the encoding target block in accordance with the quantization parameters and the encoding schemes decided for the respective groups by the deciding unit,
wherein the deciding unit is further configured to assign, as the quantization parameter of the respective groups, either a first quantization parameter or a second quantization parameter corresponding to a quantization step smaller than a quantization step corresponding to the first quantization parameter, out of the plurality of quantization parameters, and
wherein the deciding unit selects as an encoding mode for the encoding target block either a first mode that selects either the first encoding scheme or the second encoding scheme as the encoding scheme for each group, by comparing sums of code lengths for each group resulting from encoding using each encoding scheme, or a second mode that selects the first encoding scheme as the encoding scheme of all groups of the encoding target block, and decides the quantization parameters and the encoding schemes of the plurality of groups of the encoding target block in accordance with the selected encoding mode,
wherein the deciding unit is further configured to select whichever of the first mode and the second mode has a smaller total of quantization parameters assigned to the plurality of groups of the encoding target block and to select the second mode regardless of the total of the quantization parameters, if the code length of the encoding target block obtained in the first mode is not the predetermined value or less.

US Pat. No. 10,025,250

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CORRECTS COLOR MISREGISTRATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of image forming units configured to form images each having a different color;
an intermediate transfer member onto which the images formed by the plurality of image forming units are transferred;
a detection unit configured to detect a color pattern formed on the intermediate transfer member, the color pattern being used for detecting color misregistration;
a controller configured to control the plurality of image forming units to form a plurality of first color patterns having different colors at a first image forming speed on the intermediate transfer member, control the detection unit to detect first color misregistration amounts, control the plurality of image forming units to form a plurality of second color patterns having the different colors at a second image forming speed different from the first image forming speed on the intermediate transfer member, and control the detection unit to detect second color misregistration amounts;
a generation unit configured to generate first correlation data based on the first color misregistration amounts and the second color misregistration amounts, and generate second correlation data based on the first correlation data; and
a correction unit configured to correct an image formation position based on the first color misregistration amounts in a case where the image forming units form images at the first image forming speed, correct the image formation position based on the first color misregistration amounts and the first correlation data generated by the generation unit in a case where the image forming units form images at the second image forming speed, and correct the image formation position based on the first color misregistration amounts and the second correlation data generated by the generation unit in a case where the image forming units form images at a third image forming speed,
wherein the third image forming speed is different from the first image forming speed, and
wherein the third image forming speed is different from the second image forming speed.

US Pat. No. 10,015,376

IMAGING APPARATUS WITH PHASE DIFFERENCE FOCUS DETECTION AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging element that includes pixel portions each having a plurality of photoelectric conversion units and outputs a first parallax image signal and a second parallax image signal from the photoelectric conversion units;
a calculation unit configured to perform phase difference detection-type focus detecting calculation using a first signal obtained by performing pixel combine processing on the first parallax image signal and a second signal obtained by performing pixel combine processing on the second parallax image signal; and
a control unit configured to acquire the result of calculation performed by the calculation unit so as to perform focus adjustment based on the result of calculation performed by the calculation unit,
wherein the calculation unit compares, before performing the pixel combine processing to obtain the first signal, the first parallax image signal with a first threshold value, and compares, before performing the pixel combine processing to obtain the second signal, the second parallax image signal with a second threshold value, so as to perform the focus adjustment in a restrictive manner using the first signal and the second signal when the first parallax image signal exceeds the first threshold value or the second parallax image signal exceeds the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,013,221

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT GENERATES PRINT DATA USING AN APPLICATION WITH TWO PROGRAM LAYERS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:at least one memory storing (i) an instruction set of an operating system, (ii) an instruction set of a first program layer of an application, containing instructions that require translation to be executable by a processor, and (iii) an instruction set of a second program layer of the application, containing instructions that have been translated in advance so as to be executable by a processor; and
at least one processor that, upon executing instructions stored in the at least one memory, performs the functions of
deciding a division condition of an image to be laid out in a print content based on at least one of information of the image and information of the information processing apparatus by causing at least one of the first program layer and the second program layer to operate;
dividing the image in accordance with the division condition decided in the deciding and creating a divided image by causing the second program layer to operate;
constructing the print content in which the divided image is laid out by causing at least one of the first program layer and the second program layer to operate;
rendering the print content in which the divided image is laid out and generating a rendering image by causing the second program layer to operate;
generating print data using the rendering image by causing the second program layer to operate; and
sending the print data generated using the rendering image to a printer.

US Pat. No. 10,007,678

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed, cause the at least one processor to:
acquire an image;
divide the acquired image into a plurality of partial regions within an image frame of the acquired image;
extract one or more pieces of similar image data from each of the plurality of divided partial regions;
determine a target region, in the image frame of the acquired image, including partial regions having a relationship with each other indicative of a common object, based on information about a relationship of the acquired image the extracted image data; and
collate whether a plurality of the regions, in a plurality of the acquired images, including partial regions having a relationship with each other is related to each other based on the information used for determining the relative positional relationship between the plurality of the partial regions.

US Pat. No. 10,008,959

DRIVING APPARATUS AND LENS DRIVING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving apparatus comprising:a vibration plate;
a vibrator having a piezoelectric element, a first contact part and a second contact part, the piezoelectric element exciting vibration of the vibration plate; and
a friction member being in contact with the first contact part and the second contact part, wherein the vibrator and the friction member relatively move with respect to each other, and the first contact part and the second contact part are provided at positions with and interpose an odd number of antinodal lines of vibration generated in a first direction of the vibrator along with excitation, and provided at positions with and interpose an odd number of nodal lines of vibration generated in a second direction of the vibrator along with excitation.

US Pat. No. 10,009,494

IMAGE READING APPARATUS WITH END DETECTION AND IMAGE READING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:a tray on which an original is to be placed;
a conveyor configured to convey the original placed on the tray;
a sensor configured to read an image of the original that is being conveyed by the conveyor and to output image data;
a controller configured to:
perform an edge detection process on each pixel in a plurality of lines near a front end of the original, and to obtain, for each pixel, a result of the edge detection process,
generate a logical addition of the results of the edge detection process for each point in a main scanning direction to obtain edge information which indicates whether or not an image of an edge portion is detected at the each point, the main scanning direction being orthogonal to a conveying direction in which the original is conveyed, and
detect, based on the edge information, a portion where a given number of successive edge portions are detected in the main scanning direction to determine an original end portion in the main scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 10,009,496

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An Information processing apparatus, comprising:a camera that acquires image data;
a first control unit that performs a moving-object detection process for detecting a moving object using low resolution image data acquired by the camera;
a second control unit that performs a user authenticating process for authenticating a user who uses the information processing apparatus using high resolution image data acquired by the camera in a normal power consumption mode; and
a power control unit that shifts the information processing apparatus to a power saving mode in which electric power is supplied to the first control unit and in which supply of electric power to the second control unit is stopped,
wherein, in the power saving mode, the power control unit shifts the information processing apparatus to the normal power consumption mode in which electric power is supplied to the second control unit when the first control unit detects a moving object in the moving-object detection process;
wherein, in the power saving mode, the camera has low imaging resolution, and in the normal power consumption mode, the camera has high imaging resolution.

US Pat. No. 10,009,497

NETWORK COMMUNICATION APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH AUTO-SHUTDOWN FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a computer-executable program for executing a method of controlling a network communication apparatus that includes a network port connectable to a telephone line and a communicator that communicates with an external apparatus via the telephone line,wherein the method comprises:
executing shutdown processing for stopping supply of electric power to the network communication apparatus when an auto-shutdown shifting time period elapses without receiving a user's operation;
detecting whether or not the network port is connected to the telephone line;
determining whether or not the shutdown processing is enabled; and
displaying, when it is detected that the network port is changed from a state of not being connected to the telephone line to a state of being connected to the telephone line, a selection screen for prompting a user to select whether or not to execute the shutdown processing.

US Pat. No. 10,009,500

LIGHT-GUIDE MEMBER, ILLUMINATION DEVICE, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS USING A LINE-SEQUENTAL METHOD TO ILLUMINATE A DOCUMENT FOR READING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light-guide member comprising:a light-incident surface formed at an end portion of the light-guide member in a first direction;
a light-emitting surface that is elongated in the first direction and that includes first and second light-emitting regions, which cause light to be emitted in different directions in a first cross section perpendicular to the first direction;
a common deflecting portion that deflects light from the light-incident surface toward the first and second light-emitting regions; and
a first protruding portion located on one side of the deflecting portion in the first cross section, and
a second protruding portion located on other side of the deflecting portion in the first cross section,
wherein the first and second protruding portions are protruded in a direction away from the light-emitting surface with respect to the deflecting portion, and
wherein curvature of the first and second light-emitting regions are different from each other in the first cross section.
US Pat. No. 10,007,206

MAGNETIC CARRIER, TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER, REPLENISHING DEVELOPER, AND IMAGE-FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. The magnetic carrier according to claim 1, wherein the ferrite core material particle is a particle comprising a porous particle having pores, anda resin filled into the pores.

US Pat. No. 10,009,512

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SERVER AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising an information processing apparatus and a server,wherein the information processing apparatus includes
at least a first processor; and
at least a first memory coupled to the at least first processor and having stored therein instructions which, when executed by the at least first processor, cause the at least first processor to function as:
a login unit configured to make a request to the server for permitting a user to automatically log in to the information processing apparatus, and configured to provide a function of the information processing apparatus to the user in response to a response from the server indicating that the server permits the automatic login;
a setting unit configured to be capable of setting at least one condition for the user to automatically log out from the information processing apparatus; and
a logout unit configured to make an inquiry to the server about whether or not the set condition has been satisfied, and stop providing the function of the information processing apparatus to the user in response to a response from the server indicating that the condition has been satisfied,
wherein, in a case that no condition is set, the logout unit makes the inquiry to the server, including an instruction that the information processing apparatus logs out only by an explicit instruction of the user, and
wherein the server includes
at least a second processor; and
at least a second memory coupled to the at least second processor and having stored therein instructions which, when executed by the at least second processor, cause the at least second processor to function as
a determination unit configured to transmit the response to the login unit indicating that the server permits the automatic login, when the determination unit determines to permit the user to automatically log in, based on face recognition processing for an image in which the user is imaged, in response to the request from the login unit,
wherein the determination unit transmits the response to the logout unit indicating that the condition has been satisfied, when the determination unit determines that the condition has been satisfied, based on face recognition processing for an image in which the user or another user is imaged, in response to the inquiry from the logout unit.

US Pat. No. 10,007,212

DEVELOPING APPARATUS HAVING DEVELOPER GUIDING PORTIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developer bearing member configured to rotate, bear developer including toner and carrier, and convey the developer to a developing region where the developer bearing member faces an image bearing member;
a first chamber arranged below a rotation axis of the developer bearing member in a gravity direction and configured to supply the developer to the developer bearing member;
a second chamber facing the developer bearing member and configured to collect the developer having passed through the developing region;
a partition portion arranged to separate the first chamber and the second chamber from each other;
a first communicating portion configured to permit the developer in the first chamber to communicate from the first chamber to the second chamber;
a second communicating portion configured to permit the developer in the second chamber to communicate from the second chamber to the first chamber;
a first conveyance screw arranged in the first chamber and configured to convey the developer in the first chamber in a first direction;
a second conveyance screw arranged in the second chamber configured to convey the developer in the second chamber in a second direction opposite to the first direction; and
a developer guiding portion arranged on the partition portion and facing the developer bearing member, the developer guiding portion being configured to guide the developer having passed through the developing region from the developer bearing member to the second chamber,
wherein the developer guiding portion includes
a first guiding portion arranged in an area between the first communicating portion and the second communicating portion in the second direction, and
a second guiding portion arranged above the second communicating portion, the second guiding portion covering an entire area of the second communicating portion in the second direction when viewed in the gravity direction, and
wherein when the developing apparatus is viewed in a cross section perpendicular to the rotation axis of the developer bearing member, one end portion of the second guiding portion is arranged above an upper end of the partition portion in the gravity direction while leaving a clearance between the second guiding portion and the developer bearing member, and the other end portion of the second guiding portion is arranged above a rotation axis of the second conveyance screw in the gravity direction and below an uppermost portion of the second conveyance screw in the gravity direction while leaving a clearance between the second guiding portion and the second conveyance screw.

US Pat. No. 10,007,220

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH IMAGE CORRECTION USING MEASUREMENT IMAGE AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a correction unit configure to correct image data based on a correction condition;
an image bearing member;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the image bearing member, based on the corrected image data;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the image onto a recording material;
a measurement unit configured to measure a measurement image formed on the image bearing member;
a converting unit configured to convert, based on a conversion condition, a measurement result of the measurement image measured by the measurement unit;
a first generating unit configured to:
control the image forming unit to form the measurement image,
control the measurement unit to measure the measurement image,
control the converting unit to convert the measurement result of the measurement image, and
generate the correction condition based on the measurement result converted by the converting unit; and
a second generating unit configured to:
control the image forming unit to form a test image,
control the transfer unit to transfer the test image onto the recording material,
obtain reading data related to the test image transferred onto the recording material, wherein the reading data is output from a reading device, and
generate the correction condition based on the reading data,
wherein the second generating unit controls the measurement unit to measure the test image formed on the image bearing member before the test image is transferred onto the recording material, and generates the conversion condition based on the reading data and the measurement result of the test image by the measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 10,007,225

FEEDING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding device for feeding developer, the feeding device comprising:a cleaning member for removing developer on an image bearing member, the cleaning member being in contact with the image bearing member, and the cleaning member extending toward an upstream side with respect to a rotational direction of the image bearing member;
an accommodating portion for accommodating the removed developer;
a feeding member for feeding the developer from the accommodating portion; and
a sheet member fixed to the accommodating portion and contacting the image bearing member,
wherein a wall surface of the accommodating portion is positioned on a side where the sheet member is provided with respect to a rectilinear line connecting a rotation center of the image bearing member and a rotation center of the feeding member in a flat plane perpendicular to an axial direction of the image bearing member,
wherein the wall surface approaches the rectilinear line with an increasing level with respect to a vertical direction so as to guide the developer to the feeding member,
wherein the feeding member is provided vertically above a position where the cleaning member contacts the image bearing member such that the feeding member overlaps a part of the cleaning member and a part of the image bearing member that is upstream of the cleaning member with respect to the rotational direction of the image bearing member, and
wherein a rotational direction of the feeding member and a rotational direction of the image bearing member are the same.

US Pat. No. 9,996,776

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO AVOID PERFORMING SHEET TYPE DETECTION IN PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:at least one processor;
a sensor configured to detect a sheet type of a sheet used for a print job;
a determination unit configured to determine, in a case where a cassette is opened, whether the cassette is used for the print job and the print job is suspended because of a sheet empty state;
a storage configured to store, in a case where the determination unit determines that the cassette is used for the print job and the print job is suspended because of the sheet empty state, the sheet type detected by the sensor; and
an instruction unit configured to instruct, in a case where printing is restarted, a printer to restart printing of the print job using the sheet type stored by the storage,
wherein the determination unit further determines whether the printing apparatus is set to a speed priority mode at a printing restart time,
wherein the storage stores the sheet type detected by the sensor in a case where the determination unit determines that (i) the cassette is used for the print job, (ii) the print job is suspended because of sheet empty state, and (iii) the printing apparatus is set to the speed priority mode, and
wherein the determination unit and the instruction unit are each implemented by at least one of the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,990,733

OBJECT TRACKING DEVICE AND A CONTROL METHOD FOR OBJECT TRACKING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object tracking device that obtains image data, detects an object, and tracks a target object comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors and including instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the object tracking device to:
collate image data of a tracking object, which is a tracking target, with image data that has been obtained, and output information about a candidate region of the tracking object;
determine an object region relating to the tracking object from the candidate region that is output;
calculate depth information of the object; and
set a depth range based on information about the object region that has been determined and the depth information that has been calculated,
wherein the object region relating to the tracking object is determined based on an image region falling within the depth range that is set and the candidate region that is output.

US Pat. No. 9,989,888

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVELOPER CONTAINER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a developer container including:a first frame and a second frame configured to define a developer containing portion;
a first electrode; and
a second electrode which is arranged on a surface of the first frame and which has a surface opposed to the first electrode,
wherein a developer amount in the developer containing portion is detected based on a capacitance between the first electrode and the second electrode,
the method comprising:
holding a conductive resin member on a mold configured to mold the first frame, a surface of the conductive resin member being directly in contact with a surface of the mold, the surface of the mold being configured to mold a surface of the first frame on a side of the developer containing portion;
injecting a resin to be formed into the first frame, into the mold on which the conductive resin member is held, wherein a position of a gate of injection, with respect to a direction parallel to the surface of the first frame, is different from a position of the conductive resin member;
curing the resin to form the first frame to which the second electrode constituted by the conductive resin member is fixed; and
coupling the first frame and the second frame to form the developer containing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,983,528

PRINTING SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for a bookbinding printing, the apparatus comprising:a receiver that receives a print job having print data of a plurality of pages; and
a processor that is capable of imposing print data to a first area which is a half area on one surface of a front and back of a recording sheet on which print data is to be printed, a second area which is another half area on the one surface, a third area which is a half area on another surface of the front and back of the recording sheet, and a fourth area which is another half area on the another surface,
wherein in a case where a predetermined bookbinding mode has been set to the print job, the processor:
(a) imposes print data to the first, third, and fourth areas on a first recording sheet on which a first page of the print job is to be printed, and does not impose print data to the second area on the first recording sheet,
(b) imposes print data to the third and fourth areas on a second recording sheet on which fourth and subsequent pages of the print job are to be printed, and does not impose print data to the first and second areas on the second recording sheet, and
(c) imposes print data to at least the third area among the second, third, and fourth areas on a third recording sheet on which the last page of the print job is to be printed, and does not impose print data to the first area on the third recording sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,984,613

SUBSTRATE AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A substrate used for a display apparatus that displays an image, comprising:a first image processing circuit configured to perform image processing of the image displayed by the display apparatus;
a second image processing circuit configured to perform image processing of the image displayed by the display apparatus;
a clock signal generator configured to generate a plurality of spread spectrum clocks, which are a plurality of clock signals subjected to spread spectrum processing;
a transmitter configured to transmit a first spread spectrum clock, which is one of the plurality of spread spectrum clocks, to the first image processing circuit and a second spread spectrum clock, which is another one of the plurality of spread spectrum clocks, to the second image processing circuit; and
a phase difference adjuster configured to adjust a phase difference between the first and second spread spectrum clocks,
wherein the clock signal generator includes a signal generator that generates a clock signal subjected to the spread spectrum processing and a signal divider that divides the clock signal subjected to the spread spectrum processing into the plurality of spread spectrum clocks, and
wherein the first and second image processing circuits synchronize with each other in accordance with the first and second spread spectrum clocks.

US Pat. No. 9,986,174

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND FOR NOTIFYING PREDETERMINED TIME POINT DURING MOVIE RECORDING AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:an image capturing control unit configured to perform control to record a movie captured by an image capturing unit and including a first recording period to which a specific effect is applied and a second recording period to which the specific effect is not applied, the second recording period being a period contiguous to the first recording period, in one recording period; and
a display control unit configured to perform control to display, during recording the movie, an information display related to a time point at which the first recording period switches to the second recording period or a time point at which the second recording period switches to the first recording period with a live view image.

US Pat. No. 9,977,638

JOB DELECTION CONTROL METHOD FOR AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for a data processing apparatus comprising:executing a transmission job for transmitting data;
storing, in a storage, history information of the executed transmission job;
receiving, from a user, a setting as to whether or not to delete a transmission job in which a communication error has occurred;
controlling, in accordance with the received setting, whether or not to delete the transmission job in which the communication error has occurred; and
controlling such that, in a case where a transmission job for transmitting the history information stored in the storage is executed, the transmission job for transmitting the history information stored in the storage, in which the communication error has occurred, is not deleted regardless of the received setting.

US Pat. No. 9,976,897

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a radiation detection panel configured to detect radiation irradiated by a radiation generation unit;
a first member and second member arranged on a radiation-incident direction side;
a third member and fourth member arranged on a side opposite to the radiation-incident direction side; and
a housing containing the radiation detection panel and at least the fourth member,
wherein the fourth member is configured as a base which supports the radiation detection panel, and
wherein the second member is arranged between the first member and the radiation detection panel,
the third member is arranged between the radiation detection panel and the fourth member and in contact with the radiation detection panel,
the second member and the third member are lower in elastic modulus than the first member and the fourth member, and
the elastic modulus of the second member is lower than the elastic modulus of the third member.

US Pat. No. 9,977,220

IMAGE PICKUP OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup optical system having a focal length, comprising:a first lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a third lens unit having a negative refractive power,
the first lens unit, the second lens unit, and the third lens unit being arranged in the stated order from an object side to an image side,
wherein the first lens unit consists of one negative lens or two negative lenses,
wherein the second lens unit includes a plurality of lenses which include a positive lens closest to the object side,
wherein the third lens unit consists of a negative lens and a positive lens, which are arranged in the stated order from the object side to the image side,
wherein the focal length of the image pickup optical system is fixed, and the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.3 0 ?2.20 2.00 0.30

US Pat. No. 9,977,739

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A method for controlling an image processing apparatus that includes a processor and a non-volatile memory in communication with the processor, the non-volatile memory storing a control program that when executed by the processor, performs a process requested by a request for job processing; and a volatile working memory, wherein a size of an access unit of the volatile working memory is smaller than a size of an access unit of the non-volatile memory, the method comprising the steps of:detecting a request to back up management information regarding the job processing;
setting, upon condition that the request for data backup is accepted, whether the management information is to be cached to the non-volatile memory or the volatile memory based working on a predetermined data amount of the management information, wherein the setting determines that the management information is to be cached to the volatile working memory upon condition that the amount of management information is smaller than the predetermined data amount;
caching the management information in a set caching destination;
storing the management information to the volatile working memory in a case where it is determined that a data size of the management information requested to be stored is less than or equal to the predetermined data amount and (ii) to store the management information to the non-volatile memory in a case where it is determined that a data size of the management information requested to be store is more than the predetermined data amount, and,
wherein the caching back-ups the stored management information in the volatile working memory to the non-volatile memory upon condition that it is determined that a data size of data which has been stored in the volatile working memory has reached a data amount of the access unit of the non-volatile memory.

US Pat. No. 9,977,237

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:a light source;
a light deflector for deflecting a light beam emitted from said light source;
a mirror for reflecting the beam deflected by said light deflector;
an optical box and a closing member mounted to said optical box, wherein said mirror is accommodated in a space defined by said optical box and said closing member;
a pressing member for pressing said mirror to a seating surface of said optical box and for regulating a movement of said mirror in a direction of a normal line of a reflecting surface of said mirror; and
a regulating portion for regulating movement of said mirror in a direction which is parallel to the seating surface and in which the mirror approaches the closing member, said regulating portion being disposed in a position opposed to a surface of said mirror which is perpendicular to a said reflecting surface of said mirror and which is closer to said closing member than another surface of said mirror which is perpendicular to said reflecting surface of said mirror,
wherein said mirror has a plurality of apex lines, and said pressing member and said regulating portion are disposed at positions which are remoter from said closing member than the apex line that is closest to said closing member, with respect to a direction perpendicular to a surface of the closing member.

US Pat. No. 9,977,306

ELECTROCHROMIC DEVICE, OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrochromic device comprising:a pair of electrodes; and
an electrochromic layer disposed between the pair of electrodes and containing different electrochromic materials having the same polarity,
wherein, in the case where two materials are selected from the different electrochromic materials having the same polarity in descending order of maximum absorbance under a situation in which the electrochromic layer is in a colored state, diffusion coefficients of the two materials are the same or are different from each other and,
wherein, in the case where the diffusion coefficients of the two materials are different from each other, a diffusion coefficient D2min of a material that is one of the two materials and has a smaller diffusion coefficient than the other material in the two materials, a diffusion coefficient D2max of the other material that is in the two materials and has a larger diffusion coefficient than the material, and maximum absorbance H2 of the other material having the larger diffusion coefficient under the situation in which the electrochromic layer is in the colored state satisfy Formula
1?D2max/D2min?(1+0.146/H2)2  (5).

US Pat. No. 9,977,346

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus comprising:a first processing device supported by a base and configured to form a pattern on a substrate;
a first actuator configured to exert an action to the first processing device;
a detector configured to detect vibrations of the base at a position between the first processing device and a first mechanism supported by the base; and
a first controller configured to control the first actuator to reduce vibrations generated in the mechanism and transferred to the first processing device through the base,
wherein the first controller is configured to estimate a first signal component, caused by vibrations generated in the first processing device and transferred to the base, of an output signal from the detector, and control the first actuator based on a first signal obtained by removing the estimated first signal component from the output signal.

US Pat. No. 9,977,353

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising an electro-conductive mandrel and an electro-conductive layer, whereinthe electro-conductive layer comprises an anion and a polymeric binder resin having at least one partial structure selected from the group consisting of partial structures represented by formulae (1) to (7) in a molecule of the polymeric binder resin:

wherein R101 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, R102 represents CmH2m (wherein m is 2 to 16) or (C2H4O)1C2H4 (wherein 1 is 1 to 8), and A represents the following structural formula:

wherein R103 to R109 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, n represents 1 or 2, and B? represents a methylene group or an oxygen atom;

wherein R201 and R202 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, R203 and R204 each independently represent CmH2m (wherein m is 2 to 16) or (C2H4O)1C2H4 (wherein 1 is 1 to 8), and C? represents the following structural formula:

wherein R205 and R206 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, n represents 1 or 2, and D represents a methylene group or an oxygen atom;

wherein R301 to R303 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, R304 to R306 each independently represent CmH2m (wherein m is 2 to 16) or (C2H4O)LC2H4 (wherein 1 is 1 to 8), and R307 represents an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms;

wherein R401 to R404 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, and R405 to R408 each independently represent CmH2m (wherein m is 2 to 16) or (C2H4O)1C2H4 (wherein 1 is 1 to 8);

wherein R501 and R502 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, R503 to R505 each independently represent CmH2m (wherein m is 2 to 16) or (C2H4O)LC2H4 (wherein 1 is 1 to 8), G represents a nitrogen atom or a methine group, and F? represents the following structural formula:

wherein R506 to R512 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, n represents 1 or 2, and H? represents a methylene group or an oxygen atom;

wherein R601 to R603 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, R604 to R607 each independently represent CmH2m (wherein m is 2 to 16) or (C2H4O)1C2H4 (wherein 1 is 1 to 8), I? represents a nitrogen cation or a carbon atom, and J represents the following structural formula:

wherein R608 to R614 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, n represents 1 or 2, and K? represents a methylene group or an oxygen atom; and

wherein R701 to R704 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, R705 to R710 each independently represent CmH2m (wherein m is 2 to 16) or (C2H4O)1C2H4 (wherein 1 is 1 to 8), L and L? each represent a nitrogen atom or a methine group, and M represents the following structural formula:

wherein R711 and R712 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 16 carbon atoms, n represents 1 or 2, and P? represents a methylene group or an oxygen atom.

US Pat. No. 9,977,359

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member, comprising:a substrate; and
a surface layer,
wherein the surface layer satisfies the following requirements (A) and (B):(A) the surface layer contains, in a region from a surface thereof to a depth of up to 0.1 ?m, a copolymer containing:a constituent unit represented by the following structural formula (1); and
at least one selected from the group consisting of a constituent unit represented by the following structural formula (2) and a constituent unit represented by the following structural formula (3):
in the structural formula (1), R1 represents a methyl group or a hydrogen atom, and X represents an atomic group having a nitrogen-containing aromatic heterocyclic amine structure;in the structural formula (2), R2 represents a methyl group or a hydrogen atom, and Y represents an atomic group having a linear or branched alkyl structure having 10 to 18 carbon atoms, or a cycloalkyl structure having 10 to 18 carbon atoms;in the structural formula (3), R3 represents a methyl group or a hydrogen atom, and Z represents an atomic group having a silicone structure; and(B) a concentration of a nitrogen atom derived from the nitrogen-containing aromatic heterocyclic amine structure in the copolymer is from 6.0 mass % to 30.0 mass %.

US Pat. No. 9,977,363

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH SELECTIVE CONTROL OF CHARGES APPLIED TO RESIDUAL TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image thereon;
an intermediate transferring member onto which the toner image is to be primarily transferred from the image bearing member;
a secondary transfer member configured to secondarily transfer the toner image from the intermediate transferring member onto a recording material;
a transfer power supply unit configured to apply a transfer voltage to the secondary transfer member;
a first charging member configured to charge residual toner remaining on the intermediate transferring member;
a second charging member configured to charge the residual toner remaining on the intermediate transferring member;
a charging power supply unit configured to apply a charging voltage to each of the first charging member and the second charging member; and
a control unit configured to control the charging power supply unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to cause a voltage with a polarity opposite to an original charging polarity of toner to be applied from the charging power supply unit to the first charging member and the second charging member in a first mode in which application of a first transfer voltage from the transfer power supply unit to the secondary transfer member is set, and cause a voltage with the original charging polarity to be applied from the charging power supply unit to the first charging member and the voltage with the opposite polarity to be applied from the charging power supply unit to the second charging member in a second mode in which application of a second transfer voltage higher than the first transfer voltage from the transfer power supply unit to the secondary transfer member is set.

US Pat. No. 9,977,365

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CORRECTION OF EXPOSURE LIGHT USING MEASUREMENT IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
an exposing unit configured to expose the photosensitive member to exposure light to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member, wherein the exposure light scans the photosensitive member;
a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member to form an image;
an intermediate transfer member onto which the image on the photosensitive member is transferred;
a measurement unit configured to measure a measurement image transferred onto the intermediate transfer member;
an adjustment unit configured to:
control the exposing unit and the developing unit to form the measurement image on the photosensitive member;
control the measurement unit to measure the measurement image on the intermediate transfer member; and
adjust gradation characteristics of an output image based on a measurement result of the measurement unit, wherein the output image to be formed by the image forming apparatus; and
a correction unit configured to correct intensity of the exposure light for each of a plurality of positions on the photosensitive member in a scanning direction in which the exposure light scans the photosensitive member,
wherein, based on a correction amount for intensity of the exposure light corresponding to another position which is different from a predetermined position included in the plurality of positions in the scanning direction, the correction unit corrects the intensity of the exposure light for each of the plurality of positions, the correction amount being an amount with respect to the intensity of the exposure light corresponding to the predetermined position, and
wherein the predetermined position on the photosensitive member in the scanning direction corresponds to a position on the photosensitive member in the scanning direction, at which the measurement image is formed.

US Pat. No. 9,977,368

DEVELOPING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developing sleeve that bears magnetic developer on an outer circumferential surface thereof;
a magnet roller disposed on an inner side of the developing sleeve;
a container frame in which the magnetic developer is stored; and
a stirring unit provided in the container frame and including a rotation shaft disposed in a direction along an axial direction of the developing sleeve, and a sheet-shaped stirring member attached to the rotation shaft to move with the rotation of the rotation shaft, the stirring unit stirring the magnetic developer in the container frame by the movement of the stirring member to move the magnetic developer toward the developing sleeve,
wherein, in the axial direction of the developing sleeve, ends of the stirring member are disposed on an outer side of a region in a magnetic field region generated by the magnet roller, the region having a magnetic field strength equal to or larger than a predetermined magnetic flux density at which the magnetic developer can be borne on the surface of the developing sleeve.

US Pat. No. 9,973,336

HASH VALUE GENERATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A hash value generating device comprising:a ? processor that operates to perform ? processing included in round processing of Secure Hash Algorithm 3 (SHA-3 algorithm);
a ? processor that operates to perform ? processing included in the round processing;
a ? processor that operates to perform ? processing included in the round processing;
a ? processor that operates to perform ? processing included in the round processing; and
an processor that operates to perform processing included in the round processing,
wherein the ? processor receives input of data in units of planes, performs the ? processing and outputs data in units of sheets,
wherein each of the ? processor, the ? processor, the ? processor, the ? processor, and the processor is arranged independently in the hash value generating device, and the hash value generating device further comprises a register that operates to hold data on which processing has been performed, and
wherein the register receives input of data in units of sheets and outputs data in units of planes.

US Pat. No. 9,969,834

WAX DISPERSANT FOR TONER AND TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wax dispersant for a toner comprising:a graft polymer having a polypropylene onto which a styrene-acrylic resin is grafted, wherein
the styrene-acrylic resin has a monomer unit represented by Formula (1)

where R1 represents a methyl group, and R2 represents a cyclohexyl group, a cycloheptyl group, a cyclooctyl group, a cyclopentyl group, a cyclobutyl group, or a cyclopropyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,973,679

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to function as:
a determiner configured to determine a focus direction based on refocus signals generated from a first pixel signal and a second pixel signal captured by an image capture device; and
a focus detector configured to perform a focus detection by a phase difference detection method based on the first and second pixel signals obtained after driving a lens in the focus direction,
wherein in a case where a defocus amount calculated through the focus detection by phase difference detection method is larger than a threshold, the determiner determines the focus direction based on the refocus signals, and
wherein the refocus signals include a shift addition signal obtained by relatively shifting the first and second pixel signals and adding the first and second pixel signals together.

US Pat. No. 9,973,693

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR GENERATING WIDE-ANGLE IMAGE BY COMPOSITING PLURAL IMAGES, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one memory configured to store instructions; and
at least one processor connected to the at least one memory and configured to execute the instructions to:
obtain a plurality of images that are generated by repeating to photograph images with exposure values different for every predetermined step while changing a photographing target area continuously;
detect an overlapped area among the plurality of images;
compute composition ratios of the overlapped areas of the plurality of images according to signal value of at least one of the plurality of images and the exposure values of the plurality images; and
generate a wide angle-composite image by compositing the plurality of images based on the composition ratios,
wherein the at least one processor executes further instruction to:
when compositing another image onto the generated wide-angle composite image to generate a new wide-angle composite image,
not use the another in an area where a predetermined number of images are used for compositing the plurality of images, from among the overlapped areas where the another image and the generated wide-angle composite image overlap each other,
but use the another image in an area where images of which number is less than the predetermined number are used for compositing the plurality of images, from among the overlapped areas.

US Pat. No. 9,973,699

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,967,408

INFORMATION SETTING APPARATUS, INFORMATION MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, INFORMATION GENERATION APPARATUS, AND METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system, comprising an information setting apparatus, an information management apparatus, an information generation apparatus, and an imaging apparatus being communicable with the information setting apparatus and the information generation apparatus, whereinthe imaging apparatus comprises:
a first processor; and
a first memory storing a program which, when executed by the first processor, causes the imaging apparatus to:
generate a main image and a sub image, a data amount of the sub image being smaller than a data amount of the main image;
store the main image and the sub image in association with an image ID;
transmit the image ID and the sub image to the information setting apparatus; and
transmit the image ID and the main image to the information generation apparatus which is different from the information setting apparatus,
the information setting apparatus comprises:
a second processor; and
a second memory storing a program which, when executed by the second processor, causes the information setting apparatus to:
execute a development process on the sub image and set an adjustment value for use in the development process; and
transmit the image ID and the adjustment value to the information management apparatus,
the information management apparatus comprises:
a third processor; and
a third memory storing a program which, when executed by the third processor, causes the information management apparatus to:
store the image ID and the adjustment value in association with each other;
receive the image ID from the information generation apparatus; and
transmit the adjustment value stored in association with the image ID to the information generation apparatus, and
the information generation apparatus comprises
a fourth processor; and
a fourth memory storing a program which, when executed by the fourth processor, causes the information generation apparatus to:
execute a development process on the main image using the adjustment value and generate the results of the development process.

US Pat. No. 9,967,412

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

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:
receive a request from a supported device to notify the supported device of a relay identifier, the relay identifier being used to communicate information between the supported device and a supporting device;
determine, among a plurality of relay identifiers managed by the information processing apparatus, a relay identifier which is not being used by another supported device; and
notify the supported device of the determined relay identifier which is not being used by another supported device,
wherein the information communicated between the supported device and the supporting device includes at least one of remote operation instruction data, information indicating at least one way of using the supported device, and information for solving troubles which occurred in the supported device.

US Pat. No. 9,967,417

MANAGING APPARATUS POWER STATES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising a main device, a first sub-device communicably connected to the main device, and a second sub-device communicably connected to the main device, wherein:the first sub-device determines a power state to which the first sub-device shifts, notifies the main device of a first time period corresponding to the determined power state and shifts to the determined power state,
the second sub-device notifies the main device of a second time period, and
wherein the main device determines a power state to which the main device shifts based on the first time period notified from the first sub-device and the second time period notified from the second sub-device, and shifts to the power state determined by the main device.

US Pat. No. 9,966,411

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an image capturing apparatus, the method comprising:forming, in a substrate, an imaging region in which a plurality of photoelectric conversion units are arranged and a peripheral region for processing signals output from the plurality of photoelectric conversion units;
forming, above the imaging region and the peripheral region, a structure which includes an interlayer insulation film having a plurality of opening portions, respectively, arranged above the plurality of photoelectric conversion units and wiring patterns arranged in the interlayer insulation film;
forming a first film so as to cover the structure arranged above the imaging region and the peripheral region while filling the plurality of opening portions;
planarizing the first film to form, above the imaging region and the peripheral region, a waveguide member having an upper surface with a flat surface;
forming, above the imaging region and the peripheral region, a second film so as to cover the waveguide member after the planarizing the first film;
polishing the second film to expose the waveguide member arranged above the imaging region; and
removing a portion of the waveguide member arranged above the peripheral region arranged above some of the wiring patterns so as to expose the interlayer insulation film after the polishing the second film,
wherein in the planarizing the first film, a defect portion of a concave shape is generated on the upper surface of the waveguide member, and
wherein in the forming the second film, a part of the second film is embedded in the defect portion.

US Pat. No. 9,962,937

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:first and second recording element boards having recording elements for generating energy to be utilized for ejection of liquid;
first and second support members for respectively supporting the first and second recording element boards; and
a flow channel forming member carrying thereon the first and second support members arranged side by side,
wherein the edge of the first recording element board located at the side of the second recording element board projects toward the second recording element board from the edge of the first support member located at the side of the second support member, and
wherein a liquid supply channel is formed on the surface of the first recording element board located vis-à-vis the first support member to supply liquid to the recording elements and a lid member is arranged between the first recording element board and the first support member to form part of the liquid supply channel.

US Pat. No. 9,954,582

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus that performs power transmission to a power receiving apparatus, the power transmission apparatus comprising:an amplifier that includes a switching element;
a detection unit configured to detect a value for evaluating the efficiency of the amplifier at a time when the switching element transitions from an off state to an on state; and
a power control unit configured to increase a voltage supplied to the amplifier in a case where the value for evaluating the efficiency of the amplifier that was detected by the detection unit indicates a second state in which the efficiency of the amplifier is less than an efficiency of the amplifier in a first state and to decrease the voltage supplied to the amplifier in a case where the value for evaluating the efficiency of the amplifier that was detected by the detection unit indicates a third state in which the efficiency of the amplifier is less than the efficiency of the amplifier in the first state,
wherein the power control unit is further configured to maintain the voltage supplied to the amplifier in a case where the value for evaluating the efficiency of the amplifier that was detected by the detection unit indicates the first state.

US Pat. No. 9,952,653

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a storing unit configured to store a response pattern indicating a packet to which the printing apparatus is capable of responding while being maintained in a power saving mode;
a processing unit configured to, in a case where a packet that the printing apparatus operating in the power saving mode has received matches the response pattern, respond to the received packet while being maintained in the power saving mode;
a receiving unit configured to receive a registration request requesting registration of a new response pattern from an external apparatus in a network; and
a registration unit configured to register, in the storing unit, the new response pattern indicated by the registration request,
wherein the registration request includes an Object ID (OID) in Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) as information indicating a packet to which the printing apparatus responds while being maintained in the power saving mode.

US Pat. No. 9,946,645

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND MEMORY CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory having a plurality of banks;
a plurality of processor elements configured to track an object in a moving image by sequentially performing a recognition of a position and orientation of the object with accessing memory areas corresponding to candidates of the position and orientation in the memory;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a current recognition result of the position and orientation of the object, and obtain, as a current access frequency distribution, an access frequency distribution to a plurality of memory areas of the memory in a current recognition by the plurality of processor elements;
a detection unit configured to detect a moving amount and moving direction of the object based on the current recognition result and a preceding recognition result of the position and orientation of the object;
an estimation unit configured to estimate a succeeding access frequency distribution by modifying the current access frequency distribution based on the detected moving amount and moving direction of the object; and
an allocation unit configured to allocate the plurality of banks to the plurality of memory areas based on the estimated succeeding access frequency distribution.

US Pat. No. 9,947,702

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type provided on a substrate;
a second semiconductor region of the first conductivity type provided on the first semiconductor region;
a third semiconductor region of a second conductivity type provided in the second semiconductor region such that a pn junction is formed between the second semiconductor region and the third semiconductor region;
a fourth semiconductor region of the second conductivity type provided on the first semiconductor region; and
a MOS transistor having a source region of the second conductivity type and a drain region of the second conductivity type which are provided in a well of the first conductivity type,
wherein the first semiconductor region is formed such that an impurity concentration of the first semiconductor region decreases as a position within the first semiconductor region goes from a side of the substrate toward a side of the third semiconductor region, and
wherein the well and the first semiconductor region are electrically isolated by the fourth semiconductor region.

US Pat. No. 9,945,657

OPTICAL-COHERENCE-TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND SURFACE-EMITTING LASER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical-coherence-tomography apparatus comprising:a light-source unit configured to emit light while changing a wavelength of the light;
an optical interferometric system configured to split the light from the light-source unit into illuminating light to be applied to an object and reference light, and to generate interfering light both from the illuminating light reflected by the object and the reference light;
a photodetection unit configured to receive the interfering light; and
an information-acquiring unit configured to acquire information on the object from the interfering light received by the photodetection unit,
wherein the light-source unit includes a movable portion that is displaceable with an electrostatic force, the movable portion being used in performing wavelength sweep, and
wherein the optical-coherence-tomography apparatus further includes a pull-in-detection unit configured to detect whether or not a pull-in effect is occurring on the movable portion of the light-source unit.

US Pat. No. 9,946,498

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD BY REQUEST PROCESSING MODULE OPERATING ON INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus on which an operating system (OS) operates, the information processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions related to an agent module for controlling communication between an external server on a network and a system in the information processing apparatus; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
receive a first authentication error via the network from a proxy server as an intermediary in communication to the server from the information processing apparatus after a transmission of a first request to a destination corresponding to the server, wherein the first authentication error indicates that proxy authentication is required;
notify the system in the information processing apparatus of a second authentication error indicating that authentication different from the proxy authentication is required, without notifying of the first authentication error;
receive a request including authentication information corresponding to the second authentication error from the system in the information processing apparatus as a response to the second authentication error;
perform conversion processing for the received request from the system in the information processing apparatus so that a second request, in which the authentication information corresponding to the second authentication error is added as authentication information usable for the proxy authentication, is generated; and
transmit the second request generated by the conversion processing to the destination corresponding to the server.

US Pat. No. 9,943,793

POLYMER NANOFIBER STRUCTURAL BODY AND POLYMER NANOFIBER COMPOSITE USING THE STRUCTURAL BODY, AND METHODS OF PRODUCING THE STRUCTURAL BODY AND THE COMPOSITE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A polymer nanofiber structural body, comprising a first layer and a second layer different from each other in pore structure, wherein:length directions of polymer nanofibers of the first layer are irregularly directed;
the second layer comprises polymer nanofibers whose length directions each form an angle of less than 45° with respect to a thickness direction of the second layer and polymer nanofibers whose length directions each form an angle of 45° or more with respect to the thickness direction of the second layer;
in the second layer, a number of the polymer nanofibers whose length directions each form the angle of less than 45° with respect to the thickness direction of the second layer is larger than a number of the polymer nanofibers whose length directions each form the angle of 45° or more with respect to the thickness direction of the second layer; and
the polymer nanofiber structural body includes polymer nanofibers extending over the first layer and the second layer.

US Pat. No. 9,936,179

IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image projection apparatus comprising:a light source;
a projection lens;
a light modulation element including an image formation area on which an image is formed;
an electronic zoom unit configured to perform electronic zooming by magnifying or reducing a size of the image formation area on the light modulation element by electronic zooming centered at a predetermined position; and
a control unit configured to control the electronic zoom unit to perform the electronic zooming using an optical axis of the projection lens as the predetermined position,
wherein, in a case where a center of the image formation area on the light modulation element is not shifted with respect to the optical axis of the projection lens, the control unit is configured to control the electronic zoom unit without changing the center position of the image formation area on the light modulation element while performing electronic zooming, and
wherein, in a case where the center of the image formation area on the light modulation element is shifted with respect to the optical axis of the projection lens, the control unit is configured to control the electronic zoom unit so as-to change the center position of the image formation area on the light modulation element during the electronic zooming, while performing the electronic zooming based on a shift position of the projection lens relative to the light modulation element.

US Pat. No. 9,919,883

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device comprising:
a sheet containing unit detachably provided in a main body of the device, the sheet containing unit including a sheet stacking
member on which a sheet is stacked, the sheet stacking member being capable of being lifted and lowered;

a drive unit provided in the main body of the device, the drive unit including a drive gear and a driving source that drives
the drive gear;

a lifting unit that includes a pivoting member capable of pivoting in a direction in which the sheet stacking member is lifted
and lowered, and a drive transmission gear connected to the pivoting member, the drive transmission gear being engaged with
the drive gear when the sheet containing unit is mounted and releasing engagement with the drive gear when the sheet containing
unit is dismounted, the lifting unit lifting the sheet stacking member to a first position;

a brake unit that applies a braking force generated by frictional force to the drive transmission gear, the brake unit includes
a pressure contacted portion provided in one of the sheet containing unit and the drive transmission gear, and pressure contact
portions provided in the other one of sheet containing unit and the drive transmission gear, the pressure contact portions
sliding along the pressure contacted portion while in pressure contact with the pressure contacted portion when the drive
transmission gear rotates in a lowering direction that is a direction in which the sheet stacking member is lowered; and

a buffer member that absorbs force exerted to the drive transmission gear when the engagement between the drive gear and the
drive transmission gear is released and the sheet stacking member is lowered.

US Pat. No. 9,915,909

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a rotatable image bearing member;
a charging roller configured to charge a surface of the image bearing member through contact with the surface at a charging
position;

a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer and supply the developer having a normal polarity onto the surface
of the image bearing member at a developing position when being in contact with the image bearing member, to form a developer
image;

a contact/separation unit configured to switch between a state in which the image bearing member and the developer bearing
member are in contact with each other and a state in which the image bearing member and the developer bearing member are separated
from each other;

a transfer member configured to transfer the developer image to a transferred member at a transfer position,
the developer bearing member being capable of collecting the developer remaining on the surface of the image bearing member
after transfer by using the transfer member; and

a control portion configured to perform a cleaning operation for the charging roller that includes (i) a first step of causing
the developer, which has a reversed polarity and is attracted to a surface of the charging roller, to have the normal polarity
under a state in which the developer bearing member is separated from the image bearing member with the contact/separation
unit, and (ii) a second step of collecting the developer, which has the normal polarity and is attracted to the surface of
the image bearing member, to the developer bearing member, by rotating the image bearing member and the developer bearing
member under a state in which the developer bearing member is brought into contact with the image bearing member with the
contact/separation unit after performing the first step.

US Pat. No. 9,917,964

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus capable of communicating with a print server, comprising:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
transmit a first request for acquiring Web contents to the print server by using a first communication method, wherein the
first communication method is a communication method that uses an HTTP protocol;

display on a display unit, in a case where Web contents are received as a response to the first request, a screen based on
the received Web contents;

acquire, in a case where the Web contents cannot be acquired as a response to the first request, a condition of the print
server from the print server by using a second communication method different from the first communication method, wherein
the second communication method is a communication method that uses a communication protocol different from the HTTP protocol;

generate display data indicating a condition of the print server based on the acquired condition;
display on the display unit, in the case where the Web contents cannot be acquired as a response to the first request, a screen
based on the generated display data without displaying a screen indicating an error of the first request transmitted using
the HTTP protocol;

transmit a second request for acquiring Web contents to a server different from the print server using the HTTP protocol;
and

display on the display unit, in a case where Web contents cannot be received as a response to the second request, a screen
indicating an error of the second request transmitted using the HTTP protocol without displaying the screen based on the generated
display data.

US Pat. No. 9,915,913

COVER FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a main body configured to accommodate an image forming portion which forms an image on a recording material;
a cover which is provided on the main body and covers the image forming portion;
a driving unit which is provided on the main body and drives the image forming portion; and
a film attached to the cover with a gap formed against an inner wall of the cover, the film facing the inner wall of the cover
while a tension is given thereto and without coming into contact with the driving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,915,997

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, POWER CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a first sensor;
a second sensor;
a third sensor; and
a controller which includes one or more processors,
wherein:
(i) the second sensor is turned on based on a detection result of the first sensor,
(ii) the third sensor is turned on based on a detection result of the second sensor, and
(iii) the first sensor is turned off based on a detection result of the third sensor, and
wherein the controller is returned to a first power mode from a second power mode, in which power consumption is lower than
power consumption of the first power mode, based on a detection result of the second sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,911,783

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device having an image sensing region in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix form, each of
the pixels having a photoelectric converting unit, a first transfer transistor configured to transfer electric carriers in
the photoelectric converting unit, a carrier accumulating portion configured to accumulate electric carriers transferred from
the first transfer transistor, a second transfer transistor configured to transfer electric carriers from the carrier accumulating
portion, a floating diffusion configured to accumulate electric carriers transferred from the second transfer transistor,
a reset transistor configured to reset a potential of the floating diffusion, and an overflow transistor that discharges electric
carriers of the photoelectric converting unit, comprising:
a gate drive line for the first transfer transistor;
a gate drive line for the reset transistor;
a gate drive line for the overflow transistor; and
a region where the gate drive line for the first transfer transistor, the gate drive line for the reset transistor, and the
gate drive line for the overflow transistor extend in a first direction in a planar view,

wherein, in the region, a line width of the gate drive line for the first transfer transistor and a line width of the gate
drive line for the overflow transistor are greater than a line width of the gate drive line for the reset transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,910,371

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus that includes a projection optical system configured to project, on a substrate, a pattern of a mask
held by a mask stage, a substrate stage movable in a first direction parallel to an optical axis of the projection optical
system and a second direction perpendicular to the first direction and configured to hold the substrate, a measurement device
configured to measure a light amount that is transmitted through a mask-side reference mark, the projection optical system,
and a substrate-side reference mark arranged on the substrate stage, and a controller configured to determine a focus position
of the projection optical system based on a measurement result of the measurement device, the apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information on a relationship between a moving amount of the substrate stage in the
first direction and an amount of a positional shift in an image of the mask-side reference mark projected on the substrate-side
reference mark by the projection optical system in the second direction with respect to the substrate-side reference mark,
the amount of the positional shift occurring when the substrate stage is driven in the first direction,

wherein the controller determines a focus position based on the measurement result by causing the measurement device to measure
the light amount while, together with driving the substrate stage in the first direction, driving the substrate stage also
in the second direction by the amount of the positional shift in the second direction corresponding to the moving amount of
the substrate stage in the first direction by using the information.

US Pat. No. 9,908,338

LIQUID STORAGE BOTTLE, LIQUID STORAGE BOTTLE PACKAGE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID STORAGE BOTTLE PACKAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid storage bottle, comprising:
a main body portion configured to store a liquid;
a nozzle portion configured to discharge the liquid stored in the main body portion;
a cap mounted on the nozzle portion;
a space portion formed between the nozzle portion and the cap; and
a communicating portion configured to allow the space portion to communicate with outside of the liquid storage bottle,
wherein the nozzle portion includes a contact portion which comes into contact with the cap in a state in which the cap is
mounted on the nozzle portion, and the communicating portion is a groove portion formed by cutting out a part of the contact
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,902,059

ROBOT TEACHING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A robot teaching apparatus for teaching an operation of a robot, the robot teaching apparatus comprising:
a measuring unit configured to measure a holding force exerted in a state where a holding unit of a mechanism is holding a
target object, the mechanism having a shape or a function corresponding to a hand unit of the robot; and

a generating unit configured to generate an operation instruction for the robot based on the holding force measured by the
measuring unit.

US Pat. No. 9,906,749

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF GENERATING AND ADDING PIXEL REGION INFORMATION TO IMAGE DATA, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:
a pixel portion comprising a first pixel region and a second pixel region;
a a region information generator which generates region information indicating the first pixel region and the second pixel
region based on coordinate information and a region of image data obtained from the pixel portion;

a packet generating circuit which generates a packet by adding the region information to the image data; and
a packet output circuit which outputs the packet; and
a signal processor which corrects pixel data of the first pixel region using pixel data of the second pixel region for image
data read out from the pixel portion,

wherein the signal processor extracts pixel data of the first pixel region and pixel data of the second pixel region of the
image data using the region information included in the packet.

US Pat. No. 9,906,750

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE DRIVING METHOD, IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM USING RESET CANCELLATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving method of an image pickup device that comprises
a plurality of pixels configured to be arranged in plural rows and plural columns, respectively include a photoelectric convertor
for generating charge, and respectively output an optical signal based on the charge, and

a plurality of A/D converting units configured to be respectively provided corresponding to the plural columns and convert
the optical signal to a digital signal,

the driving method comprising:
resetting the photoelectric convertor of the pixel in a second row, which is different from a first row, among the plural
rows during a period in which the pixel in the first row among the plural rows is being selected as a pixel to output the
optical signal; and

canceling the reset of the photoelectric convertor of the pixel in the second row in a period other than the period in which
the A/D converting unit converts the optical signal of the pixel in the first row into the digital signal.

US Pat. No. 9,906,761

PROJECTOR, ITS CONTROL METHOD, AND IMAGE PROJECTION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A projector which constitutes an image projection system to project one image by combining a plurality of projection images
projected by a plurality of projectors on a screen while overlapping parts of the projection images with each other, said
projector comprising:
a deformation unit configured to carry out geometric deformation with respect to an image to be projected therefrom;
a setting unit configured to set a parameter for deformation processing by said deformation unit; and
a receiving unit configured to receive, while recognizably projecting four corners of an overlap area in a projection image
by the projector, user's operations to input instructions to select one of said four corners and to move the position of the
selected corner, wherein the overlap area in the projection image is predetermined as an area to be overlapped with a part
of an adjacent projection image projected by another projector,

wherein said setting unit sets as said parameter for deformation processing a parameter for deforming an entire projection
image to be projected by the projector based on coordinates of said four corners after movement of the selected corner, and

said deformation unit carries out a deformation based on the set parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,899,738

ANTENNA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An antenna comprising:
a feeding point;
a first conductor which is connected to said feeding point, includes, as an open end, an end which is not connected to said
feeding point, and has a linear shape; and

a second conductor which is formed to branch from said first conductor, includes, as an open end, an end on an opposite side
of a point branching from said first conductor, and has a linear shape,

wherein at least part of said first conductor and at least part of said second conductor are formed on different planes, include
coupling portions electromagnetically coupled to each other, and overlap with each other at least in part when viewed from
a direction perpendicular to the planes,

wherein the antenna comprises a dual band antenna,
a length of said first conductor is smaller than ¼ of a wavelength in an operating frequency band to which said first conductor
contributes, and

a length of said second conductor is smaller than ¼ of a wavelength in an operating frequency band to which said second conductor
contributes.

US Pat. No. 9,897,964

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus, comprising:
a first line and a secondary line to each of which an AC voltage is input;
a first capacitor arranged between the first line and the secondary line;
a voltage detection unit configured to detect the AC voltage;
a conversion element to be connected to the first line or the secondary line, the conversion element being configured to convert
the AC voltage to be input to the first line or the secondary line into a current corresponding to the AC voltage;

a switch configured to switch between connection and disconnection of the voltage detection unit and the conversion element;
and

a control unit configured to control the voltage detection unit and the switch,
wherein when the control unit controls the switch to connect the voltage detection unit and the conversion element to form
a current path between the first line and the secondary line through the voltage detection unit and the conversion element,
the voltage detection unit detects the AC voltage between the first line and the secondary line to discharge an electric charge
charged in the first capacitor through the current path.

US Pat. No. 9,900,598

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an encoding unit configured to encode frames of a moving image;
a conversion unit configured to lower gradation of pixels of the frames;
a search unit configured to search for a motion vector based on a correlation between a target block in a target frame of
which the gradation has been lowered by the conversion unit, and each of a plurality of blocks in a frame different from the
target frame of which the gradation has been lowered by the conversion unit, the target frame being subsequent to the first
frame; and

a determination unit configured to determine, based on an encoding result of the first frame by the encoding unit, whether
to use a motion vector obtained by a search performed by the search unit or a predetermined vector as a motion vector for
the target block.

US Pat. No. 9,899,872

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE, POWER TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmission device comprising:
a power transmission unit configured to transmit power to a plurality of power reception devices in a time-division manner,
wherein a transmission time allocated to a particular power reception device among the plurality of power reception devices
is a first time; and

a changing unit configured to change the transmission time allocated to the particular power reception device to a second
time that is shorter than the first time in a case of detection, by the power transmission device, of emergence of a new power
reception device that is not included in the plurality of power reception devices constituting targets of power transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,898,131

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus including a flexible display device, comprising:
a touch detection unit configured to detect a touch operation to the display device;
a bending detection unit configured to detect a bending state of the display device; and
a control unit configured to control an operation according to a touch operation depending on the detected bending state,
wherein the control unit differentiates the operation according to the touch operation between a case where a portion of the
display device, which is less than a predetermined bending amount, is greater than a predetermined threshold and a case where
the portion that is less than the predetermined bending amount is less than the predetermined threshold,

wherein the bending detection unit detects a bending position and a bending amount of the display device,
wherein the control unit includes a first calculation unit configured to calculate an area of the portion, which is less than
the predetermined bending amount, based on the detected bending position and the detected bending amount, and

wherein the control unit activates the touch detection unit when the area calculated by the first calculation unit is greater
than a predetermined threshold and stops the touch detection unit when the area calculated by the first calculation unit is
less than the predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,899,959

ELEMENT, AND OSCILLATOR AND INFORMATION ACQUIRING DEVICE INCLUDING THE ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An element comprising:
a first conductor layer extending in a first direction;
a second conductor layer extending in the first direction; and
a semiconductor disposed between the first conductor layer and the second conductor layer,
the semiconductor comprising:
a first semiconductor layer in contact with the first conductor layer;
a second semiconductor layer in contact with the second conductor layer; and
an active layer disposed between the first semiconductor layer and the second semiconductor layer,
wherein, when a second direction represents a direction in which the first semiconductor layer, the active layer, and the
second semiconductor layer are arranged:

the semiconductor has a width of 0.5 ?m or more and 5 ?m or less in a direction intersecting the first direction and the second
direction, and has a thickness of 0.1 ?m or more and 1.0 ?m or less in the second direction;

the active layer comprises a double-barrier resonant tunnel diode including two barrier layers; and
each of the two barrier layers of the double-barrier resonant tunnel diode has a thickness of 0.7 nm or more and 2.0 nm or
less in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,899,714

ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic circuit, comprising:
a substrate having an electromagnetic band gap structure formed including a ground conductor and a plurality of conductor
plates, the plurality of conductor plates being arranged on a first surface of the substrate, and at least a portion of the
ground conductor being arranged on a second surface of the substrate;

a second conductor that is arranged at a distance from and rearward of at least a portion of the plurality of conductor plates
in a view from the second surface to the first surface of the substrate, wherein the second conductor is connected to the
ground conductor and is electromagnetically coupled to at least a portion of the plurality of conductor plates, and

wherein the electronic circuit has a configuration that is adjustable so as to change a positional relationship between the
second conductor and the plurality of conductor plates, and

wherein the second conductor is formed to cover another electronic component arranged on the first surface of the substrate
and functions as a shielding case for the another electronic component.

US Pat. No. 9,893,569

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, POWER SUPPLY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
an output unit configured to wirelessly output electric power to an electronic device;
a detecting unit configured to detect a current flowing to the output unit;
a control unit configured to perform a process to restrict a current flowing to the output unit in a case where the current
detected by the detecting unit is greater than or equal to a predetermined value set according to a predetermined magnetic
field strength while the output unit outputs electric power to the electronic device, and

a resonance unit configured to resonate the output unit and the electronic device, wherein the process includes controlling
a capacitance of the resonance unit;

wherein the resonance unit includes a coil, a first capacitor, and a second capacitor, wherein the coil is connected to the
output unit in series, wherein the first capacitor is connected to the output unit in series via the coil, and wherein the
second capacitor is connected to the output unit in parallel.

US Pat. No. 9,894,343

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method comprising the steps of:
determining a plurality of first components, each of the plurality of first components corresponding to light reflected inside
an image pickup optical system and included in each of a plurality of parallax images obtained by using the image pickup optical
system, based on a plurality of pieces of relative difference information of the plurality of parallax images;

calculating a synthesis value of the plurality of first components; and
reducing a second component determined based on the synthesis value from a synthesis image of the plurality of parallax images.

US Pat. No. 9,891,565

FIXING MEMBER, FIXING APPARATUS AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing member comprising:
a substrate;
an elastic layer on the substrate; and
a surface layer bonded to the elastic layer with an adhesive layer, the surface layer containing a fluorine resin,
wherein:
the surface layer has a thermal resistance in a thickness direction of 3.0×10?5 m2·K/W to 1.3×10?4 m2·K/W;

a peel adhesion strength between the surface layer and the elastic layer is 3.0 N/cm to 20.0 N/cm;
the elastic layer undergoes a cohesive failure in a peel test between the surface layer and the elastic layer;
the fluorine resin contains a tetrafluoroethylene/perfluoroethyl vinyl ether copolymer; and
a polymerization ratio of perfluoroethyl vinyl ether in the tetrafluoroethylene/perfluoroethyl vinyl ether copolymer is 3.0
mol % to 5.8 mol %.

US Pat. No. 9,891,576

FEEDING DEVICE, CLEANING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding device for feeding a developer, said feeding device comprising:
a cleaning member configured to be in contact with an image bearing member for carrying a developer image to remove a developer
from the image bearing member;

an accommodating portion configured to accommodate the developer removed by said cleaning member;
a feeding member including a rotational shaft and a spiral feeding blade and configured to feed the developer from said accommodating
portion;

a sheet fixed to said accommodating portion and contacted to the image bearing member; and
a guiding portion extending toward said feeding member and forming a part of a wall surface of said accommodating portion
at a position on a side where said sheet is provided, with respect to a line connecting a rotation center of the image bearing
member and a rotation center of said feeding member, as viewed in an axial direction of the image bearing member when the
feeding device is attached to the image bearing member,

wherein relative to a horizontal orientation, said guiding portion is inclined at a first angle that is greater than an angle
of repose of the developer and less than 90°, and

wherein an imaginary extension of said guiding portion in a cross-section perpendicular to the axial direction of the image
bearing member passes through said rotational shaft, and as said guiding portion approaches said feeding member, a distance
between said guiding portion and a line which extends vertically through the rotation center of the feeding member decreases.

US Pat. No. 9,891,580

DRIVE TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive transmission device comprising:
a driving rotational body;
a driven rotational body that rotates by engaging with the driving rotational body;
a driven member that is driven by the rotation of the driven rotational body;
an elastic member that rotates the driven rotational body by an elastic force when the driven rotational body does not engage
with the driving rotational body; and

a first rotational body and a second rotational body arranged downstream of the driven rotational body in a drive train that
transmits a driving force from the driving rotational body to the driven member, the first rotational body being configured
to rotate in synchronization with the driven rotational body, the second rotational body being configured to be rotated by
the first rotational body and drive the driven member,

wherein the first rotational body and the second rotational body are gears that mesh with each other,
wherein the first rotational body rotates without rotating the second rotational body when the driven rotational body rotates
by the elastic force of the elastic member,

wherein an arcuate surface coaxial with a rotation center of the first rotational body is provided in a portion of the first
rotational body that faces the second rotational body in a phase in which the first rotational body does not rotate the second
rotational body, and an arcuate surface extending along the arcuate surface of the first rotational body is provided in a
portion of the second rotational body that faces the first rotational body in the phase in which the first rotational body
does not rotate the second rotational body,

wherein, in a state where the arcuate surface of the first rotational body and the arcuate surface of the second rotational
body are in contact with each other, the first rotational body rotates without rotating the second rotational body when the
driven rotational body rotates by the elastic force of the elastic member, and

wherein the elastic member is a torsion spring of which center being coaxial with a rotation axis of the second rotational
body.

US Pat. No. 9,891,327

STRUCTURE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE STRUCTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A shield grating for an X-ray apparatus comprising;
a metal structure in which a plurality of holes are arranged;
a substrate supporting a peripheral area of the metal structure; and
a resin layer having higher X-ray transmittance than the substrate, formed in at least part of each of the plurality of holes,
wherein the plurality of holes has an aspect ratio of 20 or more and
a thickness of a center area of the substrate corresponding to the metal structure is less than a thickness of a peripheral
area of the substrate supporting the metal structure.

US Pat. No. 9,893,651

LINEAR VIBRATION-WAVE MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A linear vibration-wave motor being configured to apply a driving force, comprising:
a vibrator being operable to excite a vibration,
a member to be contacted contacting the vibrator, the vibrator being arranged to move in a direction of the driving force
with respect to the member to be contacted upon exciting the vibration;

a vibrator support configured to support the vibrator;
a pressurization member being operable to press the vibrator against the member to be contacted;
a unit cover member having an opening so that width direction thereof is extending in the direction of the driving force;
and

a unit base member having fixed thereto the member to be contacted and the unit cover member,
wherein the pressurization member is detachable from the vibrator support via the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,894,241

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AN INTERFACE CONFIGURATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printer;
a USB interface;
a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to display a selection screen on which a user selects an operating system
(OS) type of an information processing apparatus that communicates with the printing apparatus via the USB interface,

and to determine an interface configuration of the USB interface based on the OS type selected on the selection screen, wherein
in a case where the selected OS type is a predetermined type, it is determined to configure plural interfaces including an
interface for Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) and an interface for a service which is different from the IPP, and in a case
where the selected OS type is not the predetermined type, it is determined to configure an interface for a service not including
the IPP.

US Pat. No. 9,894,270

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR HANDLING A RAW IMAGE, OF A MOVING IMAGE OR A STILL IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a central processing unit (CPU); and
a memory having stored thereon instructions that when executed by the CPU, cause the CPU to perform control to cause the image
processing apparatus to:

obtain a RAW image generated from a captured image;
perform first development processing of developing the RAW image to obtain a developed image;
store, into a storage medium, the RAW image as a RAW image file and the developed image obtained by the first development
processing as an image file;

read the RAW image file stored in the storage medium and perform second development processing of developing the RAW image
to obtain a developed image having higher image quality than the developed image obtained by the first development processing;

output the developed image obtained by the first or second development processing as a display image;
recieve an instruction for enlarging a partial area of the display image; and
perform a switching operation to output the developed image obtained by the second development processing in a case where
the instruction for enlarging the partial area is given in a state in which the developed image obtained by the first development
processing is displayed as the display image.

US Pat. No. 9,894,283

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first input unit configured to input image data;
a second input unit configured to input spectral imaging data of shooting scene of the image data;
a generation unit configured to generate information relating to a light source of the shooting scene based on the spectral
imaging data; and

an appending unit configured to append the information relating to the light source to the image data,
wherein at least one of the first input unit, the second input unit, the generation unit, or the appending unit is implemented
using a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,894,295

IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric conversion unit that generates charge by
photoelectric conversion, a holding unit that holds charge transferred from the photoelectric conversion unit, and an amplifier
unit that outputs a signal based on charge transferred from the holding unit, wherein

the plurality of pixels includes
a first group including the pixel that outputs a signal based on charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit during
a first exposure period in each of frames, and

a second group including the pixel that outputs a signal based on charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit during
a second exposure period in each of the frames,

the second exposure period is longer than the first exposure period, and at least a part of the second exposure period overlaps
with the first exposure period, and

the pixel belonging to the second group includes in the second exposure period
a first period during which the charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit is accumulated in the photoelectric
conversion unit, and the charge held by the holding unit is transferred to the amplifier unit, and

a second period during which the charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit during the first period is held in
the holding unit, and the charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit after the first period is held by one of the
photoelectric conversion unit and the holding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,894,306

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging system comprising:
a radiation imaging apparatus including a radiation detection unit in which a plurality of conversion elements configured
to convert radiation into electric charges are arranged and a driving unit configured to drive the radiation detection unit;
and

a control apparatus configured to control the radiation imaging apparatus,
wherein the control apparatus comprises:
an operation detection unit configured to detect an operation instruction for the control apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine, in accordance with the operation instruction detected by the operation detection
unit, whether a difference time acquired by subtracting an elapsed time from initialization of the radiation detection unit
from an image sensing enable time indicating a time capable of image sensing a radiation image in use of the radiation detection
unit is not less than a threshold time; and

a control unit configured to change operating states of the radiation detection unit and the driving unit in accordance with
a determination result of the determination unit, wherein if it is determined that the difference time is not less than the
threshold time, the control unit energizes the radiation detection unit and the driving unit to set the operating state to
an image sensing enable state, and wherein if it is determined that the difference time is less than the threshold time, the
control unit stops energizing the radiation detection unit and the driving unit to shift the operating state to a sleep state.

US Pat. No. 9,886,453

APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING OUTPUT TARGET CONTENT, METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store at least one program; and
at least one processor configured to execute the at least one program stored in the memory to perform:
registering an event corresponding to one or more dates, and one or more contents corresponding to the event;
displaying, by the at least one processor, calendar information indicating a plurality of dates and a plurality of events,
on a display device, wherein each of the plurality of events individually corresponds to the one or more dates and the one
or more contents, by the registering;

specifying, by the at least one processor, the event among the plurality of events, based on a user designation on the displayed
calendar information; and

displaying on the display device, by the at least one processor, the one or more contents corresponding to the specified event,
wherein, when a predetermined content is registered for a first event corresponding to a single date and a second event is
registered for the single date after the registration of the first event, the at least one processor registers the predetermined
content automatically for the second event, and then, the at least one processor deletes the predetermined content from one
or more contents registered for the second event, in accordance with a predetermined instruction performed by the user on
the display device,

in a first case where the predetermined content is registered for the second event, the at least one processor displays the
predetermined content if any of the first event and the second event is specified, and

in a second case where the predetermined content is not registered for the second event, the at least one processor does not
display the predetermined content if the second event is specified.

US Pat. No. 9,887,222

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an apparatus, comprising:
arranging a plate and a photo-curing resin above a substrate so that the photo-curing resin is located between the plate and
the substrate;

forming a member by curing the photo-curing resin; and
cutting the substrate and the plate after forming the member,
wherein the curing of the photo-curing resin includes a first ultraviolet irradiation to the photo-curing resin via the plate
and a second ultraviolet irradiation to the photo-curing resin via the plate after the first ultraviolet irradiation, and
the second ultraviolet irradiation is stronger than the first ultraviolet irradiation.

US Pat. No. 9,886,218

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a hard disk drive and a controller that controls the hard disk drive, the
information processing apparatus comprising:
a power supply unit which supplies power to the hard disk drive, the controller, and a load resistance;
a power controller which shifts the information processing apparatus from a first power state, in which the power is supplied
to the hard disk drive and the controller, to a second power state, in which the power is supplied to the hard disk drive
while limiting supply of the power to the controller that controls the hard disk drive; and

a switching unit which switches between stopping supplying the power to the load resistance in the first power state and supplying
the power to the load resistance in the second power state.

US Pat. No. 9,885,974

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing cartridge comprising:
a cylindrical developing roller that develops an electrostatic latent image that is formed on an image bearing member;
a developer regulating member that regulates a thickness of developer carried on the developing roller; and
a frame that rotatably supports the developing roller and supports the developer regulating member,
wherein the frame has a developing roller support section that rotatably supports an outer peripheral surface of at least
one end of the developing roller,

wherein the developing roller support section has a shape such that part of the developing roller support section facing to
the image bearing member is cut away,

wherein the frame is provided with a conductive section that is formed of a conductive resin that transmits developing bias
to the developing roller through contact with the outer peripheral surface of the developing roller, and

wherein the conductive section is integrally formed with the frame in such a manner that a predetermined distance for suppressing
leakage of developing bias is secured between the conductive section and the image bearing member; and

wherein the conductive section has a first contact portion, which is formed on a surface of the developing roller support
section, and which conductively contacts the outer peripheral surface of the developing roller, and a second contact portion,
which is exposed on an outer surface of the frame, and which conductively communicates with the first contact portion.

US Pat. No. 9,885,977

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a developer container, which is detachably mountable to the image forming apparatus, and configured to contain a developer;
a discharge portion, which is provided on the developer container, and configured to discharge the developer in the developer
container;

a shutter, which is provided on the developer container, and configured to open and close the discharge portion;
an engaging member which is configured to move and to engage with the shutter; and
a driving force transmitting mechanism configured to transmit a driving force to the engaging member to move the engaging
member from a first position to a second position,

wherein in a case in which the engaging member is in the first position, the shutter maintains a closed status of the discharge
portion when the developer container is mounted on the image forming apparatus, and

wherein in a case in which the engaging member is in the second position, in which engaging member is retracted from the first
position, the engaging member engages with the shutter so as to open the discharge portion by an attaching operation in which
the developer container is moved into a discharge position to be capable of discharging the developer from the discharge portion.

US Pat. No. 9,885,990

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DETECTION APPARATUS FOR DETECTING POSITION OR DENSITY INFORMATION OF DETECTION IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier;
a forming unit configured to form a detection image made of a developing material on the image carrier;
an irradiation unit configured to irradiate the image carrier having the formed detection image with light;
a light-receiving unit configured to receive reflected light of the light irradiated by the irradiation unit and output a
detection signal corresponding to a light-receiving amount of the reflected light including a specular-reflected light component;
and

a detection unit configured to obtain a difference value between a value of the detection signal corresponding to the light-receiving
amount of the reflected light from a first position where the detection image is formed and a value of the detection signal
corresponding to the light-receiving amount of the reflected light from a second position different from the first position
during a time when the detection image formed on the image carrier passes through an irradiation region of the irradiation
unit, and to detect one of position information and density information of the detection image based on the difference value,
in which a scatter-reflected light component in the detection signal is suppressed,

wherein an amount of the developing material of the detection image changes in a moving direction of the detection image,
and

a distance between the image carrier and the light-receiving unit and the change in the amount of the developing material
of the detection image are set such that an oscillation of an amount of scatter-reflected light received from the detection
image by the light-receiving unit, which occurs due to a movement of the detection image, is not more than a predetermined
amount.

US Pat. No. 9,888,132

PORTABLE TERMINAL PERFORMING A PRINTER SEARCH BY USING BLUETOOTH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A portable terminal that searches for at least one printing apparatus using Bluetooth® and transmits print data to the
at least one printing apparatus via a communication different from Bluetooth® communication, the portable terminal comprising:
a memory; and
a processor that executes instructions stored in the memory to:
search for the at least one printing apparatus using Bluetooth®;
determine whether it is possible to perform the communication different from the Bluetooth® communication between the at least
one printing apparatus found by the search and the portable terminal; and

display the at least one printing apparatus found by the search as a search result in a case where it is determined that it
is possible to perform the communication different from the Bluetooth® communication between the at least one printing apparatus
found by the search and the portable terminal,

wherein the at least one printing apparatus found by the search is not displayed as the search result in a case where it is
determined that it is not possible to perform the communication different from the Bluetooth® communication between the at
least one printing apparatus found by the search and the portable terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,887,879

MONITORING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A monitoring apparatus comprising:
a selection unit configured to select, in a case where a monitoring task for monitoring setting information set for a network
device is generated, a setting content to be a monitoring target from setting information that can be set for the network
device;

a saving unit configured to extract, as monitoring data, in a case where setting information of a specific type is selected
as the setting content, setting information corresponding to the setting content along with generation of a monitoring task
in which a network device as a target to be monitored, a monitoring setting, and a monitoring schedule are set, and save the
monitoring data in such a manner that the monitoring data is associated with the generated monitoring task;

a control unit configured to control execution of the generated monitoring task according to the monitoring schedule set in
the monitoring task;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire, in a case where the monitoring task is executed, setting information corresponding
to the monitoring data from the network device set in the monitoring task; and

an execution unit configured to execute, according to a result of a comparison process using the setting information acquired
by the acquisition unit, processing according to the monitoring setting set in the executed monitoring task,

wherein in a case where setting information of a type different from the specific type is selected as the setting content,
the saving unit does not save monitoring data along with generation of a monitoring task in which a network device as a target
to be monitored, a monitoring setting, and a monitoring schedule are set.

US Pat. No. 9,883,067

MEMORY RESET CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE CONTROL APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
a memory which stores at least information indicating a condition to start a boot processing of the control apparatus;
a first controller which performs the boot processing of the control apparatus, wherein the first controller refers to the
information stored in the memory in response to receiving power, and then the first controller, in a case where the information
stored in the memory is first information, starts the boot processing without waiting for an input of a certain signal, and,
in a case where the information stored in the memory is second information, waits for the input of the certain signal and
starts the boot processing in response to the input of the certain signal; and

a second controller which initializes the information stored in the memory on a basis of lapse of a predetermined time without
performing the boot processing after supplying power to the first controller.

US Pat. No. 9,880,505

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device comprising:
a main assembly;
a holding unit detachably mountable to said main assembly;
a portion-to-be-engaged provided on said main assembly;
a rotatable member, provided in said holding unit, for feeding a sheet;
a guiding member for guiding feeding of the sheet, wherein said guiding member is provided in said holding unit and includes
an engaging portion engageable with said portion-to-be-engaged; and

a connecting shaft which is supported by the main assembly and which is connected with said holding unit,
wherein said guiding member is movable between an engaging position where said portion-to-be-engaged and the engaging portion
are engaged with each other to guide the sheet and a guiding position where said portion-to-be-engaged and the engaging portion
are disengaged from each other to guide demounting and mounting of said holding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,883,078

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EFFICIENT HALFTONE WHERE DIFFERENT DITHERING MATRICES ARE COMBINED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A graphics processing method comprising:
receiving a plurality of contiguous pixels, as a single input, comprising at least a first pixel span associated with a first
content type and a second pixel span associated with a second content type;

associating at least one dithering matrix with each of the pixel spans based on a corresponding content type, so that the
first and the second pixel spans are associated with different dithering matrices; and

processing the single input of the received plurality of pixels using an SIMD (Single Instruction Multiple Data) type processor
by referring to different dithering matrices depending on the content type of the corresponding pixel spans,

wherein the different dithering matrices are combined into a combined data structure by selecting elements of the matrices
depending on an arrangement of the pixel spans in the single input.

US Pat. No. 9,880,517

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
a photosensitive drum;
a rotatable developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on said photosensitive drum;
a rotatable developer supplying roller for supplying developer to said developing roller,
a developing roller gear, provided at an end of said developing roller, for receiving a driving force to rotate said developing
roller;

a developer supplying roller gear, provided at an end of said developer supplying roller, for transmitting a driving force
to said developer supplying roller and said developing roller gear;

an idler gear for transmitting a driving force to said developer supplying roller gear;
a coupling member having a driving force receiving portion for receiving a driving force from outside said process cartridge,
and a driving force transmitting portion for transmitting a driving force from said driving force receiving portion to said
idler gear;

an urging member for urging said driving force receiving portion in a direction crossing a rotational axis of said driving
force transmitting portion,

a supporting portion for rotatably supporting said driving force receiving portion so as to be movable together with said
driving force receiving portion relative to said driving force transmitting portion in the direction crossing the rotational
axis of said driving force transmitting portion; and

an abutting portion for receiving said supporting portion urged by said urging member,
wherein said abutting portion is positioned outside an outer periphery of said photosensitive drum on a plane perpendicular
to the rotational axis of said driving force transmitting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,877,704

PHANTOM USED FOR ACOUSTIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An acoustic phantom comprising a urethane gel produced by a reaction of a polyether polyol and an isocyanate, the urethane
gel having a cross-linking index in the range of 1600 to 5000, the cross-linking index being defined by the following equation
(1):

wherein WU represents the total weight of the urethane gel;

W0 represents the weight of the isocyanate in WU of the urethane gel;

WOH represents the weight of the polyether polyol in WU of the urethane gel;

MOH represents the number-average molecular weight of the polyether polyol;

EqOH represents the active hydroxy group equivalent weight of the polyether polyol;

Eq0 represents the active isocyanate group equivalent weight of the isocyanate;

COH represents the total moles of the polyether polyol in WU of the urethane gel;

[OH] represents the moles of the active hydroxy group in WU of the urethane gel; and

[NCO] represents the moles of the active isocyanate group in WU (g) of the urethane gel.

US Pat. No. 9,883,096

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit including a plurality of pixels for detecting a pair of image signals of an object from light beams
that have passed through different pupil regions of an image forming optical system; and

at least one processor or circuitry, which functions as:
a setting unit configured to set focus detection areas in which a plurality of pixels of the image capturing unit are aligned
in a first direction and a second direction to form pixel lines along the first direction and the second direction, respectively,

a signal generation unit configured to generate the pair of image signals from outputs of distance measurement lines in each
of the set focus detection areas, and

a focus detection unit configured to determine an amount of defocus of an imaging optical system by using the pair of image
signals generated by the signal generation unit,

wherein of the set focus detection areas, for first and second set focus detection areas which are adjacent to each other
in the first direction, the distance measurement lines in the second set focus detection area are arranged in different pixel
lines in the second direction with respect to the pixel lines in which the distance measurement lines in the first set focus
detection area are arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,883,103

IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING A DISPLAY IMAGE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging control apparatus that controls a capturing range in which an image is captured, the apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain settings regarding a plurality of predetermined capturing ranges and settings regarding
an order in which the plurality of predetermined capturing ranges are captured; and

a generating unit configured to generate a display image showing a range to be captured by image capturing performed while
the capturing range is changed from one of the plurality of predetermined capturing ranges to another one of the plurality
of predetermined capturing ranges or a range not to be captured by the image capturing performed while the capturing range
is changed from one of the plurality of predetermined capturing ranges to another one of the plurality of predetermined capturing
ranges, based on the settings regarding the plurality of predetermined capturing ranges and the settings regarding the order
in which the plurality of predetermined capturing ranges are captured.

US Pat. No. 9,880,028

ABSOLUTE ENCODER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An absolute encoder comprising:
a scale on which a plurality of marks including a plurality of types of marks are arrayed at a pitch with a gap therebetween,
the plurality of marks including a first mark group having an associated first code sequence and a second mark group having
an associated second code sequence, the first code sequence and the second code sequence having a complementary relation where
the second code sequence is an inverted code sequence of the first code sequence;

a first detecting device configured to detect the first mark group of the plurality of marks;
a second detecting device configured to detect the second mark group of the plurality of marks, wherein the second mark group
is different from the first mark group; and

a processor configured to obtain position information based on outputs of the first and second detecting devices by:
generating a sum signal of a first signal based on a detection result by the first detecting device and a second signal based
on a detection result by the second detecting device, wherein the sum signal is a periodic signal with a fixed amplitude;

obtaining first position data based on at least one of the first and second signals;
obtaining second position data having a resolution higher than that of the first position data based on a phase of the periodic
signal; and

generating data representing the position information based on the first position data and the second position data.

US Pat. No. 9,883,105

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor executing computer executable instructions or at least one circuit which functions as:
a first calculation unit configured to calculate first motion detection information indicating a motion of an imaging apparatus
body based on information detected by an angular velocity detection unit;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate second motion detection information indicating a motion of an object based
on successively captured images; and

a control unit configured to correct a movement amount relating to the motion of the object indicated by the second motion
detection information in the images of a plurality of frames corresponding to a predetermined period based on the first motion
detection information corresponding to each frame based on the first motion detection information, and calculate a motion
vector of a main object based on the corrected movement amount, and

wherein the control unit adds a frequency of the corrected movement amount relating to the motion of the object for the images
of the plurality of frames and calculates the motion vector of the main object based on a frequency distribution obtained
through the addition.

US Pat. No. 9,883,106

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
a viewfinder;
a detector configured to detect whether or not a user observes the object through use of the viewfinder, and
a controller configured to control an actuator, the actuator being configured to drive at least a part of a photography optical
system and being capable of performing a first operation and a second operation different from the first operation, the second
operation being an operation for maintenance of the actuator,

wherein, when the detector detects that the user does not observe the object through use of the viewfinder, the controller
causes the actuator to perform the second operation, and when the detector detects that the user observes the object through
use of the viewfinder, the controller does not cause the actuator to perform the second operation,

wherein the actuator comprises a vibrator including a piezoelectric element, and
wherein, in the second operation, an AC voltage with a higher frequency than a frequency of an AC voltage to be applied to
the piezoelectric element in the first operation is applied to the piezoelectric element.

US Pat. No. 9,881,569

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus, comprising:
a light-emitting unit;
a display unit configured to display an image on a screen by modulating light from the light-emitting unit based on image
data;

a first acquiring unit configured to acquire brightness information on brightness of the image data;
an image-processing unit configured to perform age processing on input image data;
a second acquiring unit configured to acquire parameters used for the image processing; and
a control unit configured to control emission brightness of the light-emitting unit based on the brightness information and
the parameters, so as to suppress a change in contrast of an image, which is displayed on the screen, caused by the image
processing.

US Pat. No. 9,883,127

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor having at least part of pixels arranged in two dimensions are comprised of a plurality of pairs of first detection
pixels and second detection pixels, the first detection pixels and the second detection pixels respectively receiving light
fluxes that have passed through different pupil regions of a photographing optical system;

a memory control circuit configured to read out, from a memory, position information for the detection pixels and pixel information
for identifying the first detection pixels and the second detection pixels stored in the memory; and

a correction circuit configured to identify positions of the detection pixels in the image sensor based on the position information
for the detection pixels and to correct, based on the pixel information, a defective first detection pixel signal using defect-free
first detection pixel signals and a defective second detection pixel signal using defect-free second detection pixel signals.

US Pat. No. 9,883,392

COMMUNICATION CONTROL APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A first communication apparatus comprising:
a computing unit configured to generate first information used in an authentication processing by performing calculation according
to a predetermined algorithm for a PIN held by the first communication apparatus;

a reception unit configured to receive second information, which is used in the authentication processing, from a second communication
apparatus via wireless communication compliant with IEEE802.11 standard;

an authentication unit configured to perform the authentication processing in which authentication is successful in a case
where the first information and the second information match, and the authentication is failed in a case where the first information
and the second information do not match; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit, in a case where the authentication in the authentication processing performed
by the authentication unit is successful, a communication parameter, which is used for performing wireless communication of
encryption type compliant with IEEE802.11 standard, to the second communication apparatus via wireless communication compliant
with IEEE802.11 standard, and not to transmit, in a case where the authentication in the authentication processing performed
by the authentication unit is failed, the communication parameter to the second communication apparatus via wireless communication
compliant with IEEE802.11 standard,

wherein the first communication apparatus performs wireless communication of the encryption type compliant with IEEE802.11
standard with the second communication apparatus based on the communication parameter after transmission of the communication
parameter by the transmitting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,883,152

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a first pixel, a second pixel, a third pixel, a fourth pixel, a fifth pixel, a sixth pixel, and a seventh pixel, each of the
pixels having a photoelectric converting unit, and a signal processing unit,

wherein a wavelength band range of light to be photoelectrically converted by the photoelectric converting unit of the first
pixel is a first wavelength band range;

a wavelength band range of light to be photoelectrically converted by the photoelectric converting unit of each of the second
to seventh pixels is a second wavelength band range including the first wavelength band range and being wider than the first
wavelength band range;

the second to seventh pixels are adjacent to the first pixel;
the first pixel is present between the second pixel and the third pixel in a first direction;
the first pixel is present between the fourth pixel and the fifth pixel in a second direction different from the first direction;
the first pixel is present between the sixth pixel and the seventh pixel in a third direction different from the first and
second directions;

the fourth pixel and the seventh pixel are provided adjacently along a direction parallel with the first direction;
the second pixel and the sixth pixel are provided adjacently along a direction parallel with the second direction;
the signal processing unit acquires a first correlation value being a correlation value in the first direction from signals
of the fourth pixel and the seventh pixel and acquires a second correlation value being a correlation value in the second
direction from signals of the second pixel and the sixth pixel;

the signal processing unit acquires one with higher correlation between the first direction and the second direction by comparing
the first correlation value and the second correlation value; and

the signal processing unit further interpolates a signal corresponding to the second wavelength band range of the first pixel
by using signals of two pixels provided along the direction with higher correlation among the second to seventh pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,881,373

IMAGE GENERATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE GENERATING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image generating apparatus which generates an edge image that is an image for which an edge has been enhanced or extracted
from an original image obtained by imaging a subject,
the image generating apparatus comprising:
a viewpoint image generating unit configured to generate a plurality of viewpoint images from the original image;
an edge processing unit configured to generate a plurality of edge images by applying a plurality of filters to the plurality
of viewpoint images generated by the viewpoint image generating unit; and

an image synthesizing unit configured to generate an synthesized edge image by synthesizing the plurality of edge images generated
by the edge processing unit,

wherein the plurality of viewpoint images includes a first viewpoint image and a second viewpoint image which has a different
line-of-sight direction from the first viewpoint image, and

wherein the edge processing unit generates a first edge image by applying a first filter to the first viewpoint image, and
generates a second edge image by applying a second filter different from the first filter to the second viewpoint image.

US Pat. No. 9,881,648

IMAGING DEVICE AND PLAYBACK DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
an imaging element that acquires a first image based on signal charge generated during a first accumulation time, and a second
image based on signal charge generated during a second accumulation time relatively longer than the first accumulation time
and recorded in synch with the first image during a synchronization period including the first accumulation time; and

a moving image file generating unit that generates a moving image file including a first moving image based on the first image,
a second moving image based on the second image, and synchronization information for synchronizing the first moving image
and the second moving image frame by frame.

US Pat. No. 9,880,375

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 negative refractive power;
an aperture stop; and
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the first lens unit and the second lens unit are configured to move during zooming so that an interval between each
pair of adjacent lens units is changed,

wherein the second lens unit includes at least one positive lens and at least one negative lens, and
wherein, when a refractive index of a material with respect to a wavelength of 400 nm is represented by Ns, a refractive index
of the material with respect to a wavelength of 1,050 nm is represented by Nm, a refractive index of the material with respect
to a wavelength of 1,700 nm is represented by Nl, and a relative partial dispersion ? of the material is expressed as:

?=(Ns?Nm)/(Ns?Nl),
the following conditional expression is satisfied:
?0.020 where ?IR(G2p)AVE represents an average value of relative partial dispersions of materials of the at least one positive lens included in the
second lens unit, and ?IR(G2n)AVE represents an average value of relative partial dispersions of materials of the at least one negative lens included in the
second lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,882,432

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREFOR, PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus comprising:
a first power transmitting unit configured to transmit power by a first wireless power transmission method;
a second power transmitting unit configured to transmit power by a second wireless power transmission method;
a detection unit configured to detect a wireless power transmission method supported by a power receiving apparatus; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether power is transmitted to a first power receiving apparatus by the first
power transmitting unit or the second power transmitting unit, based on a wireless power transmission method supported by
the first power receiving apparatus and detected by the detection unit, and a wireless power transmission method supported
by a second power receiving apparatus and detected by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,881,950

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA WITH LIGHT-SHIELDING PORTIONS AND AMPLIFICATION TRANSISTORS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor including a plurality of image sensing pixels configured to sense an image of an object, a first
pixel configured to detect light passing through a pupil of an image sensing lens, and a second pixel configured to detect
light passing through a different portion of the pupil, the sensor comprising:
a semiconductor substrate having a first surface and a second surface arranged opposite to the first surface, the semiconductor
substrate including, between the first surface and the second surface:

a well having a first conductivity,
photoelectric converters of the plurality of image sensing pixels,
a first photoelectric converter and a first semiconductor region of the first pixel, the first photoelectric converter including
a first part of the well and a first charge accumulation region having a second conductivity arranged in the well, the second
conductivity being different from the first conductivity, and

a second photoelectric converter and a second semiconductor region of the second pixel, the second photoelectric converter
including a second part of the well and a second charge accumulation region having the second conductivity arranged in the
well;

a first light shielding portion arranged above the first surface and configured to shield the first semiconductor region from
light;

a second light shielding portion arranged above the first surface and configured to shield the second semiconductor region
from light;

a first amplification transistor associated with the first photoelectric converter;
a second amplification transistor associated with the second photoelectric converter;
a first contact plug arranged over and in contact with the first semiconductor region to supply a potential to the well through
the first semiconductor region; and

a second contact plug arranged over and in contact with the second semiconductor region to supply a potential to the well
through the second semiconductor region,

wherein a first distance between the first semiconductor region and a gate electrode of the first amplification transistor
differs from a second distance between the second semiconductor region and a gate electrode of the second amplification transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,881,958

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a first substrate which is provided with a photoelectric conversion element and a floating diffusion region; and
a second substrate which is provided with a transistor,
wherein the floating diffusion region has a semiconductor region on which a first insulating film is disposed, and the transistor
has a silicide region on which a second insulating film is disposed,

wherein the first substrate and the second substrate are stacked with each other so that the first insulating film is disposed
between the first substrate and the second substrate, and

wherein the silicide region is arranged between the second insulating film and a semiconductor region of the second substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,880,684

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
one or more memories that store a set of instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the instructions to:
detect a touch position indicated by an operation object in contact with an input target surface;
detect a proximity position indicated by the operation object in proximity to the input target surface;
decide a condition for recognizing a type of operation with a plurality touch positions performed by the operation object
as a moving operation, according to a movement amount of the detected proximity position before the touch position starts
to be detected; and

recognize that the operation object has started the moving operation, based on the detected touch position and the decided
condition.

US Pat. No. 9,883,011

METHOD AND CORRESPONDING DEVICE FOR STREAMING VIDEO DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for streaming data corresponding to a video, each of a plurality of frames of the video being divided into n spatial
tiles, n being an integer, the method comprising:
transmitting, by a server, a description file to a client device, said description file including data about a spatial position
of each of the n spatial tiles and including data about at least n URLs corresponding to the n spatial tiles,

determining by the client device one or more URLs according to the data about the spatial position included in the description
file,

receiving from the client device, by the server, one or more request messages for requesting one or more spatial tiles, each
request message comprising one of the URLs determined by the client device, and

transmitting to the client device, by the server, video data corresponding to the one or more spatial tiles, in response to
the one or more request messages.

US Pat. No. 9,880,463

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint method of performing an imprint process on each of a plurality of shot regions of a substrate, wherein:
the plurality of shot regions include a peripheral shot region that includes an outer periphery of the substrate and a non-peripheral
shot region that does not include the outer periphery of the substrate,

the peripheral shot region includes a valid chip area from which a valid chip is obtained and an invalid chip area from which
no valid chip is obtained,

the invalid chip area includes a first area and a second area,
the first area captures an uncured resin that becomes pushed outwardly toward the outer periphery of the substrate when a
mold and the uncured resin are contacted with each other, and includes the outer periphery of the substrate,

the second area is located at an inner side of the first area, and
for the imprint process for the peripheral shot region, the method comprises:
a supplying step of supplying the uncured resin to the second area, without supplying the uncured resin to the first area;
a contacting step of bringing a pattern surface of the mold into contact with the uncured resin on the peripheral shot region;
a curing step of curing the resin while the uncured resin and the pattern surface are in contact with each other; and
a releasing step of releasing the pattern surface of the mold from the resin cured in the curing step.

US Pat. No. 9,880,475

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY METHOD, LITHOGRAPHY SYSTEM, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus comprising:
a first patterning device configured to perform patterning of a substrate;
a second patterning device configured to perform patterning of a substrate; and
a controller configured to:
cause the first and second patterning devices to perform parallel processings in which the first patterning device performs
patterning of a first substrate belonging to a first lot based on recipe information for the first substrate, and the second
patterning device performs patterning of a second substrate belonging to a second lot different from the first lot based on
recipe information for the second substrate; and

transmit information regarding the parallel processing that includes a timing for requesting for the substrate to a preprocessing
apparatus configured to supply the substrate to the first and second patterning devices.

US Pat. No. 9,880,478

METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a toner including a toner particle, the method comprising:
a granulation step of mixing a polymerizable monomer composition containing a polymerizable monomer and an aqueous medium
to form a suspension of a particle of the polymerizable monomer composition; and

a polymerization step of polymerizing the polymerizable monomer in the particle of the polymerizable monomer composition in
a presence of a metal phosphate containing aluminum as a metal element to provide the toner particle, wherein,

a content ratio of aluminum in the metal phosphate containing aluminum is 1.0 mol % or more and 95.0 mol % or less with respect
to all metal elements of the metal phosphate containing aluminum, and

the metal phosphate containing aluminum is obtained by adding an aluminum compound to the aqueous medium and/or the suspension.

US Pat. No. 9,880,482

ULTRAVIOLET-CURABLE LIQUID DEVELOPER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ultraviolet-curable liquid developer comprising a hydrophobic cationically polymerizable liquid monomer, a photopolymerization
initiator, a toner particle insoluble in the liquid monomer, and a toner particle dispersing agent, wherein
the toner particle comprises a binder resin having an acid value of at least 5 mg KOH/g;
the toner particle dispersing agent is a polymer containing at least both a monomer unit represented by formula (1) and a
monomer unit represented by formula (2); and

the toner particle dispersing agent has a monomer unit represented by formula (1) at a position other than the terminal position:
?K?  (1)
where K is a unit having a primary amino group
?Q?  (2)
where Q is a unit having an alkyl group having at least 6 carbons, which may be substituted, a cycloalkyl group having at
least 6 carbons, which may be substituted, an alkylene group having at least 6 carbons, which may be substituted, or a cycloalkylene
group having at least 6 carbons, which may be substituted.

US Pat. No. 9,880,483

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CLEANING MODE USING AC VOLTAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member;
a charging member configured to charge the image bearing member;
a voltage applying device configured to apply a voltage to the charging member; and
a control unit configured to control the voltage applying device so as to perform a cleaning mode for applying an AC voltage
to the charging member with the voltage applying device while moving a surface of the image bearing member during non-image
formation of the image forming apparatus,

wherein a period of time during which the cleaning mode is performed includes a first time-period during which a first AC
voltage is applied and a second time-period during which a second AC voltage is applied, and a period of the first AC voltage
is different from a period of the second AC voltage,

wherein a peak-to-peak voltage value of the first AC voltage is the same as a peak-to-peak voltage value of the second AC
voltage, and

wherein the first and second AC voltages are non-sinusoidal.

US Pat. No. 9,880,485

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image forming units configured to respectively form an image;
a plurality of voltage generation units configured to respectively generate voltages for driving the plurality of image forming
units,

wherein each of the plurality of voltage generation units comprises:
a voltage generator having a transformer, configured to generate a voltage by a switching operation that is driven by changing
an input voltage of primary side of the transformer;

a clock generation unit configured to generate a clock signal of a frequency that becomes a reference frequency of the switching
operation;

a setting unit configured to set the frequency of the clock signal that the clock generation unit generates; and
a control unit configured to control so that the frequencies of the clock signals are set by the setting unit to values that
are different from each other when the image forming apparatus is in image forming and in a standby state in which the image
forming apparatus is waiting for start of image forming.

US Pat. No. 9,880,486

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH BAND-PASS FILTERS EACH HAVING PASSBAND FREQUENCY THAT IS INTEGRAL MULTIPLE OF CHARGING BIAS FREQUENCY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a charging member configured to charge a surface of the image bearing member in contact with or in proximity to the image
bearing member;

a power supply configured to selectively output a first charging bias having a first frequency or a second charging bias having
a second frequency, the first frequency being approximately n times the second frequency (n is an integer not less than 2),
each of the first charging bias and the second charging bias being obtained by superimposing a direct-current voltage and
an alternating-current voltage;

a detection member configured to detect a current flowing through the charging member;
a plurality of band-pass filters each configured to receive an output of a current detected by the detection member and have
a passband of a different frequency that is an integral multiple of the first frequency; and

a setting unit configured to set a first peak-to-peak voltage of the first charging bias based on a plurality of outputs of
the current of the first charging bias detected by the detection member passed through the plurality of band-pass filters,
and to set a second peak-to-peak voltage of the second charging bias based on a plurality of outputs of the current of the
second charging bias detected by the detection member passed through the plurality of band-pass filters, the setting unit
using a band-pass filter having a passband of an mth harmonics of the first frequency as a band-pass filter having a passband
of an (m×n)th harmonics of the second frequency (m is an integer not less than 2).

US Pat. No. 9,880,495

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR DETECTING AN AMOUNT OF DEVELOPER BASED ON A CHANGE IN ELECTRIC CAPACITANCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container configured to accommodate developer comprising:
a stirring member having a sheet member for stirring the developer; and
a conductive resin sheet arranged in the developer container so as to come into contact with the sheet member for detecting
an amount of developer by using electrostatic capacitance,

wherein the conductive resin sheet includes (i) an antenna member which is arranged on an inner surface of a frame of the
developer container and which is formed of a conductive resin, and (ii) a route portion which is formed of a conductive resin,
and

wherein an end of the antenna member in a longitudinal direction of the antenna member is provided outside an end of the sheet
member in a longitudinal direction of the sheet member.

US Pat. No. 9,883,060

APPARATUS, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT STORES PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a controller, which controls display of a specific notification;
a switching unit configured to switch the specific notification from a non-display state to a display state according to operation
of a specific button by a user; and

a setting unit configured to perform a setting for causing the switching unit to switch the specific notification from the
non-display state to the display state according to the operation of the specific button, in accordance with a user's instruction;

wherein the controller is able to perform displaying in a single window mode or a multi-window mode,
wherein
in a case where the setting is performed and displaying in the single window mode is performed, the switching unit switches
the specific notification from the non-display state to the display state according to the operation of the specific button
and the specific notification is displayed in a single window, and

in a case wherein the setting is not performed, the switching unit does not switch the specific notification from the non-display
state to the display state, even if the specific button is operated, and

wherein the controller, the switching unit, and the setting unit are implemented by one or more processors.

US Pat. No. 9,880,503

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT GENERATES CONVERSION CONDITION OF A MEASURING UNIT, AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a tone correction unit configured to correct image data based on a tone correction condition;
an image forming unit configured to form an image based on the corrected image data;
an image bearing member configured to bear the image formed by the image forming unit;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the image on the image bearing member onto a sheet;
a sensor configured to measure a measuring image on the image bearing member;
a receiving unit configured to receive a user instruction; and
a controller configured to execute:
a first measuring task that controls the image forming unit to form the measuring image on the image bearing member, and controls
the sensor to measure the measuring image;

a converting task that converts the measurement result of the measuring image measured in the first measuring task, based
on a conversion condition;

a first generating task that generates the tone correction condition based on the measurement result converted in the converting
task;

a test image forming task that controls the image forming unit to form a test image based on test image data, controls the
transfer unit to transfer the test image on the image bearing member onto the sheet;

a second measuring task that controls the sensor to measure the test image, which is formed by the image forming unit, on
the bearing member;

a receiving task that receives, using the receiving unit, a comparison information included in the user instruction, the comparison
information corresponding to information related to a result of a user having compared a sample image and the test image transferred
onto the sheet; and

a second generating task that adjusts the conversion condition, based on the comparison information and a measurement result
of the test image in the second measuring task, and adjusts the tone correction condition based on the measurement result
converted with the adjusted conversion condition.

US Pat. No. 9,875,408

SETTING APPARATUS, OUTPUT METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a computer program for causing a computer to perform a method
for outputting a setting window for setting a detection line on an image for detecting an object that passes through the detection
line, the method comprising:
receiving image data indicating an image shot by an imaging unit;
storing, in a memory a trajectory of an object; and
outputting the setting window on which the image shot by the imaging unit, the trajectory stored in the memory, and a range
are displayed,

wherein the range is displayed on the setting window on the basis of the trajectory, and the range is provided for setting
the detection line for detecting an object which moves along the trajectory displayed on the setting window.

US Pat. No. 9,875,423

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT CALCULATES LIGHT AMOUNT CHANGE CHARACTERISTIC, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CALCULATING LIGHT AMOUNT CHANGE CHARACTERISTIC

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
one or more processors connected to one or more memories, the one or more processors configured to:
perform a first calculation of a light amount change characteristic of light from an object based on a plurality of photometric
values obtained at intervals of a time period shorter than a predetermined time period;

perform a second calculation of the light amount change characteristic based on information on luminance changes within an
image, which information is obtained by performing charge accumulation for each of areas such that start timing thereof is
differentiated on an area-by-area basis, over a charge accumulation time period longer than the time period for obtaining
each of the plurality of photometric values; and

control whether to calculate the light amount change characteristic using said first calculation or calculate the light amount
change characteristic using said second calculation according to a state of the object.

US Pat. No. 9,876,961

LIGHTING APPARATUS INCLUDING FIRST HOUSING AND SECOND HOUSING THAT CAN ROTATE WITH RESPECT TO THE FIRST HOUSING AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lighting apparatus comprising:
a first housing detachably attached to an image pickup apparatus;
a second housing rotatable with respect to the first housing;
a light emission unit provided to the second housing;
a driving unit configured to rotate the second housing with respect to the first housing;
a sensor configured to output information related to whether or not an object exists in a predetermined range;
an operation unit configured to instruct the driving unit to rotate the second housing; and
a setting unit configured to set a limit angle of rotating the second housing by the driving unit with respect to the first
housing in accordance with the information output from the sensor,

wherein the setting unit does not set the limit angle in accordance with the information output from the sensor until an elapsed
time since the operation unit is operated exceeds a predetermined time, and the setting unit sets the limit angle in accordance
with the information output from the sensor after the elapsed time since the operation unit is operated exceeds the predetermined
time.

US Pat. No. 9,877,012

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR ESTIMATING THREE-DIMENSIONAL POSITION OF OBJECT AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold a positional relationship of a plurality of image capturing units;
an acquisition unit configured to detect objects from respective images captured by the plurality of image capturing units
and acquire positions of the objects on the captured images and geometric attributes of the objects;

a selection unit configured to select a combination of objects to be associated, based on the positional relationship and
the positions of the objects on the respective captured images;

a determination unit configured to determine a consistency of the selected combination based on a degree of similarity between
the geometric attributes of the respective objects belonging to the combination;

an associating unit configured to associate the objects in the combination based on the consistency of the combination; and
an estimation unit configured to estimate a three-dimensional position of the objects based on the positional relationship
and the positions of the detected objects.

US Pat. No. 9,874,733

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 negative refractive power;
and a second lens unit having a positive refractive power, an interval between adjacent lens units varying during zooming,
the first lens unit comprises at least three lenses, the first lens unit comprises a negative lens G1n that is made of a resin material and has an aspherical-shaped lens surface, and a positive lens G1p that is made of a resin material and has an aspherical-shaped lens surface,

wherein a following conditional expression is satisfied:
0.55<|f1/Sk|<2.20,

where f1 represents a focal length of the first lens unit, and Sk represents a back focus at a wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,875,522

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a plurality of receivers each of which is configured to acquire image data;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing a program which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the display control apparatus
to:

determine, as a display target, image data acquired by at least one of the receivers on the basis of an acquisition result
by the plurality of receivers; and

set a first display mode, in which two or more images based on two or more image data acquired by two or more of the receivers
are displayed together, in a case where the two or more image data are determined as the display targets, and set a second
display mode, in which one image based on one image data acquired by one of the receivers is displayed, in a case where the
one image data is determined as the display target,

wherein in a case where a plurality of image data are acquired and formats of the plurality of image data are not the same,
one format is determined based on the formats of the plurality of image data, and one or more image data having the determined
one format are determined as the display target.

US Pat. No. 9,875,524

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory for storing instructions to be executed by the one or more processors, wherein, when the instructions stored in the
memory are executed by the one or more processors, the image processing apparatus functions as:

an input unit adapted to input an image;
a first acquisition unit adapted to acquire a low-frequency component image from the image input by the input unit;
a first transformation unit adapted to transform the low-frequency component image acquired by the first acquisition unit;
a second transformation unit adapted to transform the image input by the input unit;
a second acquisition unit adapted to acquire a transformed high-frequency component image from the transformed image obtained
by the second transformation unit; and

a display control unit adapted to display, on a display unit, a combined image obtained by combining the transformed low-frequency
component image obtained by the first transformation unit and the transformed high-frequency component image acquired by the
second acquisition unit,

wherein an image transformation performed by the first transformation unit and the second transformation unit includes at
least one of enlargement, reduction, or geometric transformation of the image.

US Pat. No. 9,873,247

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INK JET PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet printing apparatus for performing printing by using a print head that includes a substrate and a plurality of
printing element arrays provided on the substrate and that ejects ink according to transmitted data, each of the plurality
of printing element arrays having a plurality of printing elements which generates energy for ejecting ink by applying a driving
pulse, the driving pulse comprising a pre-pulse which is applied in a period from a first timing to a second timing, and a
main pulse which is applied in a period from a third timing which is later than the first timing to a fourth timing, the ink
jet printing apparatus comprising:
a first determination unit configured to determine a plurality of first driving pulses corresponding to the plurality of printing
element arrays;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an overlapping value indicating the number of overlapped timings among the first, second,
third, and fourth timings of the plurality of first driving pulses;

a second determination unit configured to determine a plurality of second driving pulses to be applied to the plurality of
printing element arrays according to the overlapping value;

a control unit configured to control ejecting ink from the plurality of printing element arrays based on the plurality of
second driving pulses, wherein

the second determination unit
determines the plurality of first driving pulses as the plurality of second driving pulses when the overlapping value is smaller
than a predetermined threshold, and

determines a plurality of third driving pulses as the plurality of second driving pulses when the overlapping value is larger
than the predetermined threshold, wherein the plurality of third driving pulses is different from the plurality of first driving
pulses, and the overlapping value corresponding to the number of overlapped timings among the first, second, third, and fourth
timings of the plurality of third driving pulses is smaller than the predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,875,559

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a plurality of pixel value rows aligned in a depth direction of an object to be measured
based on interference light obtained by causing return light of scanned measurement light from the object to be measured and
reference light corresponding to the measurement light to interfere with each other;

a forming unit configured to form a two-dimensional image based on pixel values selected in accordance with a predetermined
selection criterion from the plurality of pixel value rows, one of the pixel values being selected from one of the plurality
of pixel value rows;

a setting unit configured to set a selection range which is a range in the depth direction for selecting the pixel values
in the plurality of pixel value rows; and

a criterion changing unit configured to change the predetermined selection criterion in accordance with the set selection
range.

US Pat. No. 9,875,073

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus in which a basic program for controlling execution of a print job operates, the printing apparatus
comprising:
a memory storing instructions related to a log record program as an extension program of the printing apparatus; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the printing apparatus to:
receive event issued according to the basic program;
determine, for a job registration event, as the received event, issued according to the basic program when a print job is
received, whether the print job includes designation of a print setting as a monitoring target;

store identification information of the print job in a predetermined storage area of the printing apparatus when it is determined
that the print job includes the designation of the print setting as the monitoring target, wherein, when the print job does
not include the designation of the print setting as the monitoring target, identification information of the print job is
not stored in the predetermined storage area;

determine, for a job registration event, as the received event, issued according to the basic program when a job log corresponding
to the print job is recorded, whether identification information in the job log has been stored in the predetermined storage
area;

record the job log in a first file when it is determined that the identification information included in the job log is stored
in the predetermined storage area; and

record the job log in a second file different from the first file when it is determined that the identification information
included in the job log is not stored in the predetermined storage area.

US Pat. No. 9,875,074

PROJECTION DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection device comprising:
a projection unit configured to project an image;
a communication unit configured to communicate with an external projection device; and
a control unit configured to control the projection unit to project a predetermined image indicating a plurality of areas
indicating positional relationship of a plurality of projection images, area information on each of the areas, and identification
information on the external projection device associated with each of the areas, in a case where an image to be projected
by the projection unit and an image to be projected by the external projection device are arranged and projected, and

wherein the communication unit transmits the area information associated with the external projection device to the external
projection device in order that the external projection device displays an image corresponding to the area information.

US Pat. No. 9,874,854

PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drum unit usable in a process cartridge, the drum unit comprising:
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1;

a drum flange provided at an end of the photosensitive drum; and
a coupling member having an axis L2 and including (i) a first end portion connected to the drum flange, (ii) a second end portion including at least one projection
having a slanted surface with respect to a plane perpendicular to the axis L2, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion,

wherein, as measured along a line perpendicular to the axis L2, a maximum distance from the axis L2 to an outermost surface of the connecting portion is shorter than a distance between the axis L2 and the at least one projection, and

wherein the coupling member is movable between (i) a first position in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first
distance away from the photosensitive drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the photosensitive
drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1, wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 9,873,576

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a sheet supporting portion configured to support a sheet;
a rotary feed member configured to rotate in a first direction so as to feed the sheet supported on the sheet supporting portion;
a rotary conveyance member configured to rotate in the first direction so as to convey the sheet fed from the rotary feed
member;

a rotary separation member being in pressure contact with the rotary conveyance member and configured to be driven in a second
direction opposite to the first direction so as to separate the sheet being fed by the rotary conveyance member from another
sheet supported on the sheet supporting portion;

a first shaft configured to rotate the rotary conveyance member;
a second shaft configured to rotate the rotary separation member;
a holding portion rotatably provided on the first shaft and configured to hold the rotary feed member rotatably;
a lifting portion configured to move the holding portion so as to move the rotary feed member to a standby position located
above the sheet supported on the sheet supporting portion and an abutment position on which the rotary feed member abuts with
the sheet supported on the sheet supporting portion; and

a drive unit configured to drive the lifting portion,
wherein the lifting portion comprises a first member rotatably provided on the second shaft, the first member being configured
to rotate by driving force of the drive unit and lift the holding portion such that the rotary feed member moves from the
abutment position to the standby position.

US Pat. No. 9,874,861

POSITION CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REDUCING CALCULATION TIME AND DETECTING AN ENCODE ERROR OF AN INCREMENTAL SIGNAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position control apparatus comprising:
a signal generation unit configured to generate at least three position detection signals which have different periods that
change according to movement of a position control target;

a signal selection unit configured to switch among the position detection signals, and output the position detection signals
to one or more signal lines less than the number of position detection signals;

a first calculation unit configured to calculate a relative position of the position control target using a first position
detection signal among the position detection signals;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate a relative position of the position control target using a second position
detection signal and the first position detection signal among the position detection signals;

a third calculation unit configured to calculate an absolute position of the position control target using at least three
position detection signals among the position detection signals; and

a controller comprising a microprocessor configured to drive a driving unit and control a position of the position control
target, using a position calculation result of the position control object,

wherein the controller controls a position of the position control target using a position calculation result of the first
calculation unit, and in a case where a predetermined relation is not established between position calculation results of
the first calculation unit and the second calculation unit, causes the third calculation unit to calculate the absolute position,
and corrects the position calculation result of the first calculation unit using a position calculation result of the third
calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,873,585

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body formed with an opening;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a plurality of storage portions, each configured to store, inside the main body, the sheet on which the image has been formed
by the image forming unit; and

a sheet moving unit configured to move the sheet stored in each of the plurality of storage portions, and stop the sheet in
an exposure state where a trailing edge of the sheet in a movement direction is inside the main body and a leading edge of
the sheet in the movement direction is exposed outside the main body through the opening,

wherein the sheet moving unit moves a first sheet stored in a first storage portion and a second sheet stored in a second
storage portion, and stops the first sheet and the second sheet in the exposure state, wherein the leading edge of the first
sheet and the leading edge of the second sheet are exposed outside the main body through the same opening.

US Pat. No. 9,868,279

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus which includes a plurality of nozzle arrays each formed from a plurality of nozzles for discharging
ink, and controls a printhead for executing printing on a print medium by discharging inks of a plurality of colors from the
plurality of nozzle arrays, the apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive image data from an external apparatus;
a generation unit, comprised of a plurality of integrated circuits, each including, as a component, a data processing unit
for processing image data, configured to generate print data to be output to the printhead by using the plurality of integrated
circuits to execute data processing for the image data received by the reception unit; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the print data generated by the generation unit to the printhead, wherein
one integrated circuit of the plurality of integrated circuits includes a first interface configured to receive the image
data from the reception unit,

each of the rest of the plurality of integrated circuits, respectively, includes a third interface configured to transfer
data to the transmission unit,

each of the plurality of integrated circuits includes a second interface configured to communicate with another integrated
circuit,

the one integrated circuit executes common data processing for the plurality of colors with respect to the image data received
by the reception unit, and transfers, via the second interface, the image data which has undergone the common data processing
to another integrated circuit responsible for executing specific data processing related to each of the plurality of colors,
and

the rest of the plurality of integrated circuits, respectively, executes, for the image data, input via the second interface,
having undergone the common data processing, the specific data processing related to an ink color by the data processing unit,
generates print data corresponding to the ink color for which the other integrated circuit is responsible by causing the data
processing unit to execute, for the image data, input via the second interface, having undergone the common data processing,
the specific data processing related to the ink color, and transfers the generated print data to the transmission unit via
the third interface.

US Pat. No. 9,868,282

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus including a power supply unit configured to supply electric power, comprising:
a capacitor connected to a power supply line extending from the power supply unit to a printhead;
a discharge circuit configured to release charge stored in the capacitor; and
a control unit configured to control a current value during a discharge operation by the discharge circuit, such that the
current value increases as a voltage value of the capacitor decreases, and

wherein the control unit controls the current value during the discharge operation by the discharge circuit, such that an
amount of generated heat of the discharge circuit, which is obtained based on a difference between the voltage value of the
capacitor and GND, and the current value during the discharge operation by the discharge circuit, does not exceed an allowable
loss of the discharge circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,868,283

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD CLEANING METHOD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of cleaning a liquid discharge head that includes a heat generating resistor that generates thermal energy for
discharging a liquid and a covering portion covering the heat generating resistor, the method comprising:
alternately performing a first voltage application process and a second voltage application process multiple times,
wherein the first voltage application process includes applying voltage between the covering portion and an electrode through
the liquid to dissolve the covering portion in the liquid, and

wherein the second voltage application process includes reversing relative polarities of the covering portion and the electrode
in the first voltage application process and applying voltage between the covering portion and the electrode; and

reducing energy applied in the second voltage application process at least one time such that the energy applied is less than
energy applied in the first voltage application process of an immediately preceding time.

US Pat. No. 9,867,545

ACOUSTIC WAVE MEASURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF ACOUSTIC WAVE MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An acoustic wave measuring apparatus, comprising:
an acoustic probe;
an input device for setting two or more regions of interest for an object, the regions of interest being set apart from each
other;

a pointing device for setting priorities on the regions of interest that have been set;
a processor configured to
(i) determine, for each of the set priorities, an inclusion region including the regions of interest set with the priority,
(ii) divide each of the inclusion regions into a plurality of scanning regions and determine which of continuous measuring,
fixed measuring, and non-measurement moving are performed for each of the scanning regions so as to shorten a total time required
for scanning,

wherein the continuous measuring is a method of measuring while moving said acoustic probe at a first speed,
wherein the fixed measuring is a method in which a measurement is performed while stopping said acoustic probe and after the
measurement said acoustic probe is moved at a speed faster than the first speed, and

wherein the non-measurement moving is a method of moving said acoustic probe without measuring at a speed faster than the
first speed, and

(iii) determine a priority scanning order of a plurality of scanning regions having the same priority so as to shorten a movement
distance of said acoustic probe; and

a movable mirror for scanning each of the inclusion regions according to the priority,
wherein said mirror scans the scanning regions according to the determined scanning order in each of the inclusion regions.

US Pat. No. 9,871,934

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a manual feed tray on which a recording material is to be manually stacked;
a first detector configured to detect a presence or absence of the recording material on the manual feed tray;
a second detector arranged on an upstream side of the first detector in a conveyance direction of the recording material,
the second detector configured to detect a presence or absence of the recording material on the manual feed tray;

a third detector arranged on an upstream side of the second detector in the conveyance direction of the recording material,
the third detector configured to detect a presence or absence of the recording material on the manual feed tray;

a fourth detector configured to detect a length of the recording material on the manual feed tray in a direction orthogonal
to the conveyance direction;

a display portion configured to display information; and
a controller configured to determine a size of the recording material based on detection results of the first detector, the
second detector, the third detector and the fourth detector, and causing the display portion to display a first screen displaying
the determined size of the recording material,

wherein the controller causes the display portion to display a second screen for designating the size of the recording material,
when, among the first detector, the second detector and the third detector, a detection result of a downstream-side detector
located on a downstream side in the conveyance direction does not detect the presence of the recording material and a detection
result of an upstream-side detector located on an upstream side of the downstream-side detector in the conveyance direction
does detect the presence of the recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,871,188

PIEZOELECTRIC CERAMIC, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric ceramic having a remanent polarization, comprising:
a perovskite-type metal oxide containing barium titanate; and Mn,
wherein when a surface thereof along the direction of the remanent polarization is a measurement surface subjected to X-ray
diffraction analysis at room temperature, the ratio of the diffraction intensity of the (002) plane of the measurement surface
to the diffraction intensity of the (200) plane of the measurement surface is 1.0 or more, the diffraction peak of the (002)
plane has a half width of 1.2° or less, and the lattice constant of the c-axis thereof and the lattice constant of the a-axis
thereof satisfy the relationship 1.004?c/a?1.010.

US Pat. No. 9,870,184

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS COMBINING MULTIPLE FILTERS, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus executing a printer driver including a first filter and a second filter, comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
the first filter configured to receive data corresponding to a print target document of a hierarchical structure including
a first hierarchical level and a second hierarchical level, generate, based on merging processing of merging first print setting
information of the first hierarchical level and second print setting information of the second hierarchical level in the received
data, merged print setting information, convert a format of the merged print setting information to generate intermediate
information, and store the generated intermediate information in an area of a data management function provided from an operating
system,

the second filter configured to receive the data after a process by the first filter for the print target document, skip the
merging processing and acquire from the area the intermediate information stored by the first filter, and generate a print
command based on the intermediate information, wherein the print command is used in a printing process of a printer.

US Pat. No. 9,871,468

VIBRATION-TYPE DRIVING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration-type driving device comprising:
a first vibrator comprising a first vibration plate including a first contact portion and a first electro-mechanical energy
conversion element joined to the first vibration plate;

a second vibrator comprising a second vibration plate including a second contact portion and a second electro-mechanical energy
conversion element joined to the second vibration plate; and

a driven object comprising:
a first contact region in contact with the first contact portion; and
a second contact region in contact with the second contact portion,
wherein the first and second vibrators and the driven object are configured to relatively rotate about a rotation axis,
wherein a position of the first vibrator differs from a position of the second vibrator in a radial direction and a circumferential
direction with respect to the rotation axis, and

wherein the first contact region and the second contact region do not overlap with each other in the circumferential direction,
wherein a distance between the first and the second contact regions in the radial direction is less than a sum of a distance
between the first contact portion and an edge of the second contact region side of the first vibration plate in the radial
direction and a distance between the second contact portion and an edge of the first contact region side of the second vibration
plate in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,871,982

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT DETECTS FLASH BAND AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that has an image pickup unit and detects a band-shaped luminance step appearing in a plurality
of frame images, which are obtained through image pickup by the image pickup unit, in a video comprised of the plurality of
frame images, comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a detection area, which is for use in detecting the luminance step, in a part of the frame
image according to a subject included in the frame image, wherein said setting unit obtains a subject area based on distance
information indicative of a distance between the image pickup apparatus and the subject and sets the detection area according
to the subject area; and

a detecting unit configured to obtain luminance data on a line-by-line basis in the detection area, and based on a difference
in luminance data between corresponding lines in the frame images, detects the luminance step.