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. 10,025,219

PRINTING APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE FOR DRIVING LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a light-emitting element;
a light-receiving element having an output terminal configured to output the monitor current, and configured to output, from the output terminal, a monitor current having a value corresponding to a light-emitting amount of the light-emitting element;
a comparison unit having a first input terminal and a second input terminal and configured to compare the monitor current with a reference current;
a driving unit configured to drive the light-emitting element based on a comparison result by the comparison unit;
a current generation unit configured to generate a first current having a first current value; and
a conversion unit having an input terminal configured to receive the first current, an input terminal configured to receive a control signal, and an output terminal configured to output, as the reference current, a second current having a second current value,
wherein a ratio of the second current value to the first current value is set based on the control signal, and
wherein the output terminal of the light-receiving element, the output terminal of the conversion unit, and the first input terminal of the comparison unit are connected to each other, and the second input terminal receives a reference voltage.

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. 10,025,259

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A DAMPER UNIT WHICH REGULATES MOVEMENT OF A DOOR UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main body of the image forming apparatus;
a door unit that is provided to be opened with respect to the main body;
a loading portion that regulates movement of the door unit, the loading portion including:
a rotating member that is rotatable with the movement of the door unit; and
a damper unit that applies a resistive load to the rotating member so as to regulate the rotation of the rotating member and to thereby regulate the movement of the door unit; and
an arm portion provided on the door unit and projecting from the door unit in a predetermined direction, the arm portion comprising:
a first arm member (i) projecting from the door unit in the predetermined direction and (ii) including a first engagement portion engageable with the rotating member such that, when the first engagement portion is engaged with the rotating member, the rotating member rotates with the movement of the door unit, and
a second arm member (i) supported by the first arm member (ii) moveable with respect to the first arm member in the predetermined direction and (iii) including a second engagement portion engageable with the rotating member, wherein, in a state in which the first arm member and the rotating member are not engaged with each other and the second arm member and the rotating member are engaged with each other, the second arm member is configured to move with respect to the first arm member so that a distance between a distal end of the arm portion and the door unit in the predetermined direction increases during an opening operation of the door unit.

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. 10,015,724

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first communication unit configured to perform wireless communication with another communication apparatus, using a first communication method;
a second communication unit configured to perform wireless communication with the another communication apparatus using a second communication method in which a communication speed is higher than a communication speed in the first communication method;
a determination unit configured to determine, when the communication apparatus is connected to the another communication apparatus by the first communication unit, if the communication apparatus transmits a request message requesting a connection with the another communication apparatus by the second communication unit and receives a request message requesting a connection using the second communication method from the another communication apparatus, whether a response message is to be transmitted by the communication apparatus or by the another communication apparatus on the basis of a comparison between a random number included in the request message transmitted by the communication apparatus and a random number included in the request message received from the another communication apparatus; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit, if the determination unit determines that the communication apparatus transmits the response message, a response message rejecting the connection using the second communication method to the another communication apparatus using the first communication unit; and
a display control unit configured to control a display unit and to cause the display unit to display information regarding a reason for rejecting the connection using the second communication method if the response message rejecting the connection using the second communication method is transmitted by the transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 10,012,923

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles, each of which contains a binder resin, a colorant, a releasing agent and a crystalline polyester, whereinin an observation of a cross-section of each of the toner particles by transmission electron microscopy,
specific toner particles, each of which has domains of the crystalline polyester and domains of the releasing agent, are present at a ratio of at least 70% by number of the toner particles in the toner,
an arithmetic mean of maximum diameters of the domains of the releasing agent is at least 1.0 ?m and not more than 4.0 ?m, and
the specific toner particles satisfy conditions (i) to (iii):
(i) an average coverage ratio of the domains of the releasing agent by the domains of the crystalline polyester is at least 80%;
(ii) an average ratio of an area occupied by the domains of the crystalline polyester to a cross-sectional area of each of the specific toner particles is at least 10.0% and not more than 40.0%; and
(iii) an average ratio of an area occupied by the domains of the releasing agent to a cross-sectional area of each of the specific toner particles is at least 10.0% and not more than 40.0%.

US Pat. No. 10,011,138

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a creasing unit configured to crease a sheet conveyed from the image forming unit;
a case binding unit configured to glue inner sheets with a cover sheet and to form a bookbinding product from the inner sheets and the cover sheet, wherein the inner sheets are conveyed from the image forming unit and are not creased by the creasing unit while being conveyed toward the case binding unit, and the cover sheet is conveyed from the image forming unit and is creased by the creasing unit while being conveyed toward the case binding unit; and
a control unit configured to determine a creasing position of the cover sheet based on at least (i) a size of the cover sheet, (ii) a thickness of a spine cover of the bookbinding product, and (iii) an offset value which is a length from an edge of the spine cover, wherein the thickness of the spine cover is determined based on a type of the cover sheet, a type of the inner sheets and a number of the inner sheets, and the offset value is a value input in accordance with a user instruction,
wherein the control unit is configured to control the creasing unit to crease the cover sheet at the determined creasing position.

US Pat. No. 10,005,629

CONVEYANCE CONTROL OF RECORDING MEDIUM IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a first feeding unit configured to feed a sheet having a first surface and a second surface on which no image has been formed;
a second feeding unit configured to feed a sheet having a first surface on which an image has been formed;
a feeding control unit configured to control the first feeding unit and the second feeding unit;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the first surface of the sheet fed by the first feeding unit and to form an image on a second surface of the sheet fed by the second feeding unit;
a reversal unit configured to reverse a conveyance direction of a sheet that was fed by the first feeding unit and has a first surface on which an image has been formed, and to convey the sheet with the first surface on which the image has been formed to the second feeding unit;
a post-processing unit configured to apply post-processing to a sheet; and
a post-processing control unit configured to control the post-processing unit,
wherein based on a post-processing time amount notified from the post-processing control unit, the feeding control unit adjusts a feed time of a sheet fed from the first feeding unit so that the sheet fed from the first feeding unit does not contact with a sheet waiting in the second feeding unit in a state where the sheet fed from the first feeding unit cannot wait at the reversal unit, and
wherein the first feeding unit continuously feeds a plurality of sheets until a number of sheets waiting on a sub conveyance path reaches a maximum wait number, and when the number of sheets waiting on the sub conveyance path reaches the maximum wait number, the first feeding unit feeds a sheet alternatingly with the second feeding unit.

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. 10,005,630

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:a conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet;
a guide member configured to be movable between a first position in which the guide member guides the sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit toward a first conveyance path and a second position in which the guide member guides the sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit toward a second conveyance path;
a holding member for holding the guide member at the first position;
a first urging member configured to apply an urging force to the holding member so that the guide member is held at the first position; and
a second urging member configured to apply, to the guide member, an urging force in a direction for moving the guide member from the first position to the second position,
wherein the holding member is movable between a hold position in which the holding member holds the guide member at the first position against the urging force of the second urging member and a release position in which the holding member releases a holding of the guide member by going further away from the guide member than the hold position, and
wherein, due to movement of the holding member from the hold position to the release position during conveyance of the sheet along the first conveyance path, the guide member moves from the first position to the second position and comes into contact with the sheet in the first conveyance path.

US Pat. No. 10,009,483

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING PRINT DATA TRANSMISSION METHODS SUITABLE FOR EACH SITUATION BY CAUSING AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO ACQUIRE PRINT DATA BY A SUITABLE METHOD BASED ON WHETHER THE IMAGE FOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with an image forming apparatus and a server via a network, the information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions, when executed by the processor, causing the information processing apparatus to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the image forming apparatus, information indicating whether the image forming apparatus is capable of acquiring, directly not via the information processing apparatus, from the server, print data acquired by converting a document file in the server,
wherein, on the basis that the acquisition unit has acquired from the image forming apparatus, information indicating that the image forming apparatus is capable of acquiring the print data from the server, the processor performs control to transmit, to the image forming apparatus via the interface, information for acquisition of the print data from the server, and
wherein, on the basis that the acquisition unit has acquired from the image forming apparatus, information indicating that the image forming apparatus is not capable of acquiring the print data from the server, the processor performs control to acquire the print data from the server, and transmit the acquired print data to the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,009,485

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging system for capturing an image by detecting radiation from a radiation generating apparatus and converting radiation into an electric signal, by a sensor, and transmitting image data of the image captured by the sensor to a controller, whereinthe controller displays, on a display unit, a message including the number of untransmitted images based on untransmitted image data which the sensor holds, based on whether the sensor already holds the captured image data at the time of connection of the sensor,
the sensor includes a storage unit comprising a semiconductor storage device configured to hold the image data of the captured image, and a transmission unit configured to transmit the image data held in the storage unit to the controller,
the controller includes a control unit configured to control whether to permit the use of the sensor, a reception unit configured to receive the image data transmitted by the transmission unit, and a generation unit configured to generate imaging data by adding imaging information to the received image data, and
the control unit controls whether to permit the use of the sensor, in accordance with the presence/absence of untransmitted image data in the storage unit, such that if the untransmitted image data exists in the storage unit, the control unit disables the use of the sensor.

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. 10,007,206

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. 10,009,511

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM THAT PERFORMS READING AND TRANSMITTING PROCESS OF ORIGINAL IMAGE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus having a plurality of functions, including at least a copy function and a transmission function, and communicable with a mobile terminal via a network, the image processing apparatus comprising:an operation device;
a reading device that reads an original;
a memory device that stores instructions; and
at least one processor that implements the instructions stored in the memory to:
control the operation device to display a selection screen where a desired function, among the plurality of functions, is selectable;
receive a request regarding the transmission function from the mobile terminal via the network;
control the operation device to change a screen to be displayed on the operation device:
in accordance with the request regarding the transmission function received from the mobile terminal, from the selection screen to a predetermined screen, and then
in accordance with a first user operation received from the operation device while the predetermined screen is displayed on the operation device, from the predetermined screen to a transmission setting screen on which a destination set by the mobile terminal as a transmission destination of the image data is set; and
control, in accordance with a second user operation for executing a process regarding the transmission function received from the operation device while the transmission setting screen is displayed on the operation device, the reading device to read an original to obtain image data and to transmit data based on the obtained image data to the transmission destination.

US Pat. No. 10,007,208

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS FOR CORRECTING A BRIGHTNESS OF A LASER LIGHT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus comprising:a light-irradiation unit, having a rotational polygon mirror configured to reflect laser light emitted based on image data, configured to perform scanning by moving reflected light, reflected by the rotational polygon mirror, at a non-constant scanning velocity in a main scanning direction of a photosensitive member being charged without the reflected light being reflected, to form a latent image on a surface of the photosensitive member,
an emission timing correcting unit configured to correct an emission timing of the laser light so that an emission interval of the laser light becomes shorter as the scanning velocity increases, and/or an emission interval of the laser light becomes longer as the scanning velocity decreases; and
a brightness correcting unit configured to correct a brightness of the laser light so that an emission brightness of the light source increases as the scanning velocity increases and/or the emission brightness of the light source decreases as the scanning velocity decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,007,989

OCT DATA PROCESSING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING THE OCT DATA PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROCESSING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An OCT data processing method, comprising:acquiring interference signal sets of a plurality of frames including interference signal sets corresponding to a plurality of frames that form an image of the same cross section of an object to be inspected;
generating 3-D tomographic image data on the object to be inspected from the interference signal sets of the plurality of frames;
generating 3-D motion contrast data based on a pixel with time modulation in the object to be inspected from the interference signal sets corresponding to the plurality of frames that form the same cross section;
extracting a vessel from the object to be inspected based on one of the 3-D tomographic image data and the 3-D motion contrast data;
detecting a coordinate of an outer surface of a vessel wall of the extracted vessel based on the generated 3-D tomographic image data; and
detecting a coordinate of an inner surface of the vessel wall of the extracted vessel based on the generated 3-D motion contrast data.

US Pat. No. 10,007,232

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING FIXING DEVICE AND BLOWER FOR THE FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms a toner image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form the toner image on a recording medium;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image on the recording medium while conveying and heating the recording medium bearing the toner image at a fixing nip portion, the fixing unit including a heating member, and a pressurizing member forming the fixing nip portion with the heating member, a conveyance roller pair configured to convey the recording medium on which the toner image has been fixed at the fixing nip portion, and a cover covering the heating member and the conveyance roller pair;
a blower unit including a duct and a fan configured to blow air to a non-sheet-passing area of the heating member, the duct including a first opening through which airflow from the fan is directed to the non-sheet-passing area of the heating member and a second opening through which airflow from the fan discharges air surrounding the conveyance roller pair,
wherein the cover includes a third opening, and airflow from the fan is directed through the second opening of the duct and the third opening of the cover to discharge air surrounding the conveyance roller pair.

US Pat. No. 10,009,544

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME AND IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:an image capturing unit which generates image data of an object;
an information adder which adds recording region information that indicates a region to be recorded and display region information that indicates a region to be displayed to the image data as a header information;
an output unit which outputs the image data to which the recording region information and the display region information is added; and
an image processor which extracts a recording region from the image data which is specified by the cording region information for recording and extracts a display region from the image data which is specified by the display region information for display.

US Pat. No. 10,008,528

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

20. A method of manufacturing a solid-state image sensor, the method comprising:forming an insulating layer on a substrate including a photoelectric conversion portion;
forming an opening in a portion of the insulating layer above the photoelectric conversion portion; and
forming an embedded member in the opening,
wherein a width of an upper end of the opening in a first direction and a width of the upper end of the opening in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction are different from each other, and
letting d be a depth of the opening, a curvature radius at each point on a circumference of the upper end of the opening is not less than 0.3d.

US Pat. No. 10,008,048

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:
acquire an image of a breast;
acquire information on a position of a nipple of the breast in a three-dimensional coordinate system to which the image of the breast belongs;
specify a plurality of places in the image spaced apart from the nipple of the breast by a plurality of three-dimensional distances set at equal intervals on the basis of the information on the position of the nipple;
generate a composite image including the image and information indicating the plurality of places; and
cause a display unit to display the composite image.

US Pat. No. 10,005,283

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head including a substrate having formed thereon an energy generating element, wiring for supplying power to the energy generating element, and a supply port for supplying a liquid, the substrate having laminated thereon a flow path forming member on which a flow path for guiding the liquid supplied from the supply port to the energy generating element is formed, the method comprising:a step for forming a resin layer by applying a resin to form an area to be the flow path on the substrate;
a first smoothing step for smoothing a surface of the resin layer so that the resin layer has a first thickness, by pressing the resin layer with a smoothing member;
a concave-portion-forming step for forming a concave portion on the resin layer by removing a portion of the resin layer smoothed by the first smoothing step; and
a second smoothing step for smoothing a surface of the resin layer so that the resin layer has a second thickness, which is less than the first thickness, by pressing the resin layer on which the concave portion is formed by the concave-portion-forming step with the smoothing member.

US Pat. No. 10,005,287

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND METHOD OF SUPPLYING LIQUID

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus that uses a liquid ejection head including at least one print element board, and ejects a liquid from the liquid ejection head, the liquid ejection apparatus comprising:differential pressure generating unit that includes a supply passage of the liquid supplied to the print element board and a collection passage of the liquid collected from the print element board, and is configured to generate a difference between a pressure of the liquid in the supply passage and a pressure of the liquid in the collection passage to perform a supply and a collection of the liquid; and
flow resistance adjustment unit provided in the supply passage and/or the collection passage,
wherein the differential pressure generating unit includes a pair of negative pressure control units having set pressures different from each other, the negative pressure control unit of a higher pressure side is connected to the supply passage, the negative pressure control unit of a lower pressure side is connected to the collection passage, and a liquid feed pump that feeds the liquid from the supply passage and the collection passage to a liquid receiving tank is connected to a downstream side of the supply passage and the collection passage.

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. 9,988,227

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:a conveying roller configured to convey a sheet;
an abutment member against which a leading end of the sheet conveyed by the conveying roller abuts, the abutment member being provided at a downstream side of the conveying roller in a conveying direction in which the sheet is conveyed;
a motor configured to drive the conveying roller;
a phase determiner configured to determine a rotation phase of a rotor of the motor;
a controller configured to control the motor by controlling a value of a torque current component and a value of an excitation current component so that a difference between an instruction phase representing a target phase of the rotor and the rotation phase determined by the phase determiner is decreased, the torque current component being a current component having a current value represented in a rotating coordinate system based on the rotation phase, which generates torque in the rotor, and the excitation current component being a current component having a current value represented in the rotating coordinate system based on the rotation phase, which affects a strength of a magnetic flux through a winding of the motor; and
a torque determiner configured to determine load torque exerted on the rotor,
wherein the controller continues driving of the motor if the load torque determined by the torque determiner is lower than predetermined torque when the conveying roller conveys the sheet in a state in which the leading end of the sheet abuts against the abutment member to deflect the sheet and stops the driving of the motor if the load torque determined by the torque determiner is higher than or equal to the predetermined torque when the conveying roller conveys the sheet in a state in which the leading end of the sheet abuts against the abutment member to deflect the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,992,095

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for controlling a communication apparatus configured to perform, by using an internet protocol (IP) network in conformity with ITU-T Recommendation version V.34, packet communication of facsimile image data as audio data via a first channel and to perform facsimile procedure signal exchange via a second channel, wherein the communication apparatus includes a buffer configured to temporarily store transmitted and received packets to synchronize the transmitted and received packets between a transmitting side and a receiving side, the control method comprising:executing pre-procedure for facsimile communication via the second channel in conformity with ITU-T Recommendation version V.30;
executing synchronization procedure for the first channel after execution of the pre-procedure;
receiving facsimile image data via the first channel after execution of the synchronization procedure for the first channel;
shifting to the second channel after receiving the facsimile image data;
executing control processing including (1), (2), and (3) below at a timing of shifting to the second channel:
(1) acquiring a number of packets stored in the buffer,
(2) executing packet processing, including discarding one or more packets stored in the buffer in a case where the number of acquired packets exceeds a first threshold value and inserting a silent packet in the buffer in a case where the number of acquired packets does not exceed a second threshold value that is less than the first threshold value, and
(3) executing synchronization procedure for the second channel after execution of the packet processing; and
executing post-procedure for facsimile communication via the second channel in conformity with ITU-T Recommendation version V.30 after completion of executing the control processing.

US Pat. No. 9,988,541

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for ink jet comprising a resin particle,wherein the resin particle has a first layer and a second layer in this order from the inside toward the outside of the resin particle,
wherein the first layer is formed of a first resin in which a proportion of a unit derived from a cycloaliphatic-group-containing ethylenically unsaturated monomer is 10% by mass or less, and
wherein (i) a tetrahydrofuran-insoluble fraction of the second layer is 15% by mass or more, (ii) the second layer is formed of a second resin having the unit derived from the cycloaliphatic-group-containing ethylenically unsaturated monomer and a unit derived from an ionic-group-containing ethylenically unsaturated monomer, and (iii) a proportion of the unit derived from the ionic-group-containing ethylenically unsaturated monomer in the second resin is 3% by mass or more to 70% by mass or less.

US Pat. No. 9,989,875

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions;
one or more processors which execute the instructions and cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
a setting unit configured to set a toner save mode in which printing is performed by saving a toner consumption as compared to a normal printing mode;
an edge detection unit configured to detect an edge portion of an object in a color image, the color image including at least one pixel which is a chromatic color including C, M, Y, K color components, at least one color component of the chromatic color including C, M, Y, K color components having a value of 1 or more among the C, M, Y color components; and
a conversion unit operable in a case where the toner save mode is set, wherein in the case where the toner save mode is set, the conversion unit is configured to,
decrease values of C, M, Y color components in the pixel, which is a chromatic color including C, M, Y, K color components, on the edge portion of the object detected by the edge detection unit in the color image and increase a value of K color component of the pixel, and
decrease values of the C, M, Y, K color components in the pixel, which is a chromatic color including C, M, Y, K color components, on other than the edge portion of the object detected by the edge detection unit in the color image to result in values of the C, M, Y, K color components representing a chromatic color paler than the chromatic color.

US Pat. No. 9,989,880

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image by transferring a toner image from a rotatable image bearing member onto a transfer receiving material, said image forming apparatus comprising:a charging member for electrically charging the image bearing member;
a light source for emitting light with which a surface of the image bearing member is irradiated to remove an electric charge remaining on the surface of the image bearing member after transfer of the toner image, wherein a part of the light is reflected by a surface of a belt; and
a light quantity lowering member for lowering a quantity of a reflection component of the light that has an optical path on a belt side with respect to a tangential line extending from a center of said light source to the surface of the image bearing member,
wherein said light quantity lowering member is provided so that a lowering amount of the quantity of the reflection component of the light at each of end portions of a charging region where the surface of the image bearing member is charged by said charging member is greater than that at a portion inside the end portions with respect to a rotational axis direction of the image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,989,883

DEVELOPING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developer carrying roller rotatable in a first rotating direction, and
a developer regulating member which regulates a thickness of a developer layer carried on the developer carrying roller,
wherein at least a part of the developer regulating member is in pressure contact with a surface of the developer carrying roller to form an abutting portion between the developer carrying roller and the developer regulating member, the abutting portion having an abutting width W in a circumferential direction of the developer carrying member of 1.0 mm or more and 5.0 mm or less, wherein
in the abutting portion, an abutting pressure has a maximum value in a first area, the first area having a width of 20% or less of the abutting width W from an upstream edge of the abutting portion in the first rotating direction, and wherein
an abutting pressure in a second area is 0.08 MPa or more and 0.18 MPa or less, the second area starting at a point in a downstream side in the first rotating direction from the upstream edge of the abutting portion by 30% of the abutting width W, and ending at a point in a downstream side in the first rotating direction from the upstream edge of the abutting portion by 90% of the abutting width W.

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. 9,989,892

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER WITH PROJECTED SHAPED PORTION FOR CONTACTING TONER SEAL MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A developing device comprising:a developer carrying member configured to carry developer;
a frame including (i) a developing chamber that includes said developer carrying member and (ii) an accommodating chamber that includes developer, said accommodating chamber being provided with an opening configured to permit discharge of the developer to said developing chamber; and
a developer feeding member provided in said accommodating chamber and configured to discharge the developer accommodated in said accommodating chamber through the opening by rotation thereof,
wherein said developer feeding member includes:
a rotatable member,
a developer feeding sheet fixed to said rotatable member and having a feeding surface configured to feed the developer accommodated in said accommodating chamber through the opening by rotation of said rotatable member, and
a sealing sheet including one end portion fixed to said rotatable member and the other end portion provided to seal the opening, said sealing sheet being configured to open the opening by the rotation of said rotatable member,
wherein, when said sealing sheet is wound about said rotatable member and when a free end of said sealing sheet with respect to a perpendicular direction perpendicular to a rotational axis of said rotatable member contacts said developer feeding sheet, said feeding surface of said developer feeding sheet is exposed in a portion between a free end of said developer feeding sheet with respect to the perpendicular direction and a contact portion where said developer feeding sheet contacts said free end of said sealing sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,989,893

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING INTENSITY OF LIGHT IRRADIATING INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BODY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of image forming units configured to form images of different colors;
an intermediate transfer body, on which a detection image for detecting a color misregistration amount of the images of different colors is transferred;
a light emitting element configured to emit light for irradiating the intermediate transfer body;
a light receiving element configured to receive light reflected from the intermediate transfer body and to output an output value corresponding to an intensity of the reflected light;
a controller configured to control the plurality of image forming units to form the detection image, to control the light emitting element to emit light, to control the light receiving element to receive light reflected from the detection image, to compare a threshold value and an output value corresponding to an intensity of the light reflected from the detection image outputted by the light receiving element, and to detect the color misregistration amount based on a comparison result of the threshold value and the output value corresponding to the intensity of the light reflected from the detection image;
a correction unit configured to correct, based on the color misregistration, relative positions of images of the different colors to be formed by the plurality of image forming units;
an update unit configured to update the threshold value based on a previous output value corresponding to the intensity of the light reflected from the detection image outputted by the light receiving element; and
an adjustment unit configured to control the light emitting element to emit light based on a plurality of emission intensities, to control the light receiving element to receive light reflected from the intermediate transfer body, to obtain a plurality of output values corresponding to the intensity of the light reflected from the intermediate transfer body outputted by the light receiving element, and to adjust an emission intensity of the light emitting element based on the plurality of output values,
wherein
the update unit updates, in a case when the emission intensity is adjusted by the adjustment unit, the threshold value based on the previous output value corresponding to the intensity of the light reflected from the detection image outputted by the light receiving element, a previous emission intensity, and the emission intensity adjusted by the adjustment unit.

US Pat. No. 9,989,895

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a movable endless belt stretched by a plurality of stretching rollers;
a first image bearing member which is provided above said belt at a position opposing said belt and on which a first toner image is formed;
a plurality of second image bearing members which are provided above said belt at positions opposing said belt and on which second toner images are formed, respectively, said second image bearing members being arranged upstream of said first image bearing member with respect to a movement direction of said belt;
a first transfer roller, urged toward said first image bearing member in contact with an inner peripheral surface of said belt, configured to form a first transfer nip;
a plurality of second transfer rollers, urged toward said second image bearing members in contact with the inner peripheral surface of said belt, capable of forming a plurality of second transfer nips, said second transfer rollers being movable in a direction including a vertical direction;
a first auxiliary roller provided in contact with the inner peripheral surface of said belt at a position adjacent to and upstream of a most upstream second transfer roller among said plurality of second transfer rollers with respect to the movement direction of said belt, said first auxiliary roller being movable in the direction including the vertical direction;
a second auxiliary roller provided between said first transfer roller and a most downstream second transfer roller among said plurality of second transfer rollers with respect to the movement direction of said belt, said second auxiliary roller being movable in the direction including the vertical direction;
a first moving mechanism capable of moving said second transfer rollers in the direction including the vertical direction, a second moving mechanism capable of moving said first auxiliary roller in the direction including the vertical direction, and a third moving mechanism capable of moving said second auxiliary roller in the direction including the vertical direction; and
an executing portion capable of executing operations in first and second modes, wherein in the operation of the first mode, said second transfer rollers, said first auxiliary roller, and said second auxiliary roller are set in a first arrangement to form the first transfer nip and the second transfer nips and the second toner images and the first toner image are successively transferred from said second image bearing members and said first image bearing member, respectively, onto said belt, and in the operation in the second mode, said second transfer rollers, said first auxiliary roller, and said second auxiliary roller are set in a second arrangement to form the first transfer nip and in a state in which said belt is spaced from said second image bearing members and in which said second transfer rollers are spaced from said belt, and only the first toner image is transferred from said first image bearing member onto said belt to form an image,
wherein each of positions of said second transfer rollers and said first auxiliary roller with respect to the vertical direction is lower in the second arrangement than in the first arrangement, and
wherein in the second arrangement, in a state in which said first auxiliary roller contacts the inner peripheral surface of said belt, a position of a top of said first auxiliary roller is higher than an uppermost position among positions of tops of said second transfer rollers with respect to the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,987,848

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND CLEANING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:a conveyance unit configured to convey a record medium in a first direction;
a recording head having a nozzle arrangement region in which a plurality of nozzles for discharging ink is arranged in a second direction intersecting the first direction, the recording head being configured to perform a recording operation for recording on the record medium;
a cleaning unit configured to perform a cleaning operation on the recording head; and
a control unit configured to control the cleaning operation performed by the cleaning unit,
wherein a change operation changes relative position relation between a region where the record medium passes and the nozzle arrangement region,
wherein the control unit acquires end passage positions and a passage region, the end passage positions being positions in the nozzle arrangement region facing to positions where two side edges of the record medium in the second direction pass in a first recording operation before the change operation is performed, and the passage region being a region in the nozzle arrangement region facing to a region where the record medium passes in a second recording operation after the change operation is performed, and
wherein the control unit performs control for executing the cleaning operation in a case where the end passage position is included in the passage region, and control for not executing the cleaning operation in a case where the end passage position is not included in the passage region.

US Pat. No. 9,987,849

LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejecting device comprising:a liquid containing portion which contains liquid;
a liquid storage unit for containing the liquid supplied from the liquid containing portion;
a first space disposed in the liquid storage unit, having a damper function, and defined by an inner surface of a flexible member having a convex portion and a bottom surface of the liquid storage unit;
a second space which is disposed in the liquid storage unit and in which liquid is stored, the second space being defined by an outer surface of the flexible member and a side surface and a top surface of the liquid storage unit;
a tube which connects the liquid storage unit and the liquid containing portion;
a liquid ejecting head ejecting the liquid supplied from the liquid storage unit; and
a carriage that carries the liquid storage unit and the liquid ejecting head and moves in a first direction;
wherein the first space is not supplied with the liquid and the second space is supplied with the liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,989,907

IMAGE INFORMATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion configured to form a developer image on a recording material;
a fixing portion configured to heat-fix the developer image to the recording material;
a first motor configured to drive the image forming portion;
a second motor configured to drive the fixing portion; and
a control portion configured to control the first motor and the second motor,
wherein the second motor is a stepping motor, and the control portion allows the second motor to start rotation at a speed in a self-start region, temporarily stops the second motor at a timing at which the first motor is activated, then allows the second motor to restart rotation at a speed in the self-start region, and changes the speed of the second motor to a speed outside of the self-start region before the recording material arrives at the fixing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,990,166

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM IN WHICH CONNECTION FOR JOB TRANSMISSION IS ESTABLISHED, PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND SERVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A processing apparatus capable of being connected to one or more servers the one or more servers including one or more processors which execute a program stored in one or more memories, wherein the one or more processors cause the processing apparatus to perform operations comprising:executing a first registration to register the processing apparatus in the one or more servers;
executing a second registration to link the processing apparatus which has been registered in the one or more servers by the first registration with a user account managed in the one or more servers;
receiving a job in accordance with a request from the processing apparatus from the one or more servers in both of a first case where the second registration has been executed, and a second case where the first registration has been executed and the second registration has not been executed, and receiving a job in accordance with a request from a device different from the processing apparatus from the one or more servers in the first case, wherein the second registration is not executed in the second case; and
performing a predetermined process in accordance with a job received,
wherein a connection between the processing apparatus and the one or more servers to receive a job is established at a predetermined timing without a predetermined instruction by a user, in the first case and
wherein the connection is not established at the predetermined timing in the second case, and
wherein even in the second case, the connection is established in a state that the second registration has not been performed, in accordance with the predetermined instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,991,450

SPIRO[CYCLOPENTA[DEF]TRIPHENYLENE-4,9?-FLUORENE] COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A spiro[cyclopenta[def]triphenylene-4,9?-fluorene] compound represented by the following General Formula [1]:
wherein R1 to R8 are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen atoms, phenyl groups, biphenyl groups, terphenyl groups, naphthyl groups, phenanthryl groups, triphenylene groups, fluorenyl groups, dibenzothiophene groups, carbonyl groups, amino groups, and spiro[cyclopenta[def]triphenylene-4,9?-fluorene] groups, wherein
the phenyl groups, the biphenyl groups, the terphenyl groups, the naphthyl groups, the phenanthryl groups, the triphenylene groups, the fluorenyl groups, the dibenzothiophene groups, the carbonyl groups, the amino groups, and the spiro[cyclopenta[def]triphenylene-4,9?-fluorene] groups optionally have substituents selected from alkyl groups, phenyl groups, carbonyl groups having phenyl groups, substituted amino groups, and dibenzothiophene groups;
wherein R8 is selected from the group consisting of phenyl groups, biphenyl groups, terphenyl groups, naphthyl groups, phenanthryl groups, triphenylene groups, fluorenyl groups, dibenzothiophene groups, carbonyl groups, amino groups, and spiro[cyclopenta[def]triphenylene-4,9?-fluorene] groups.

US Pat. No. 9,989,918

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DEFINED ARRANGEMENT OF HEAT DISCHARGE DUCT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on a recording material, the image forming unit comprising an image bearing member and a developing unit forming the toner image on the image bearing member;
an image heating unit configured to heat the toner image formed on the recording material;
a supporting unit, provided above the image forming unit in a vertical direction, configured to support the recording material discharged from the image forming apparatus;
a duct, provided below the supporting unit in the vertical direction, configured to discharge heat in a vicinity of the image heating unit to an outer side of the image forming apparatus;
a frame body of the image forming apparatus;
a toner cartridge which is provided below the duct in the vertical direction and capable of being inserted into the image forming apparatus in a direction from a front side of the image forming apparatus toward a rear side of the image forming apparatus, and storing toner to be supplied to the developing unit; and
a stay respectively connected to a front side portion of the frame body and a rear side portion of the frame body, the toner cartridge and the duct being oppositely arranged with the stay interposed therebetween in the vertical direction.

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. 9,986,117

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:a display configured to display a print job history screen which represents a list of a plurality of already-printed print jobs;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor, the at least one memory having stored thereon data used in execution of a print job and instructions, which when executed by the at least one processor, cause the image processing device to:
selectively set a reprint function included in the image processing device to be enabled or disabled according to user operation on a reprint setting screen to be displayed by the display, wherein the setting via the reprint setting screen applies not only to a specific print job to be printed but also to the list of the plurality of already-printed print jobs represented on the print job history screen displayed by the display;
in a case where the reprint function is set to be enabled, reprint an already-printed print job using the data stored in the at least one memory, wherein the already-printed print job is selected from the list of the plurality of already-printed print jobs represented on the print job history screen displayed by the display,
selectively set a delete function included in the image processing device to be enabled or disabled according to user operation on a job security setting screen to be displayed by the display, wherein the setting via the job security setting screen applies not only to a specific print job to be printed but also to a plurality of print jobs executed by the image processing apparatus;
delete, after execution of a print job is completed, data used in executing the print job from the at least one memory by overwriting the data by other data in a case where the delete function is set to be enabled,
set the reprinting function to be disabled in response to setting of the delete function to be enabled, and
restrict the display to not accept an instruction to reprint any one of the already-printed print jobs included in the displayed print job history screen in a case where the delete function is set to be enabled,
wherein, in a case where the delete function is set to be disabled, the display displays on the print job history screen a reprint button for accepting the instruction to reprint at least one of the already-printed print jobs, and
wherein, in a case where the delete function is set to be enabled, the display does not display the reprint button on the print job history screen.

US Pat. No. 9,985,939

SERVER SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SERVER SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, FOR PROVIDING A SERVICE BASED ON AUTHORIZATION INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A server system including a service provider configured to provide a predetermined service using an external service, the server system comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the server system to perform operations comprising:
issuing authorization information in response to an authorization operation, which is performed by a user via an authorization confirmation screen displayed on a client, for granting the server system a right of the user with respect to the external service;
storing the authorization information;
providing the predetermined service using the external service without use of authentication information about the user, by using the authorization information stored by the storing unit; and
updating, in a case where the authorization information stored by the storing unit is old authorization information issued in another server system that is different from the server system, the old authorization information with new authorization information according to a case in which information about authorization that is identified based on the old authorization information satisfies a condition,
wherein the condition is whether a first state is indicated, the first state being a state in which an issuer of the old authorization information that is identified based on the old authorization information is the same as an authenticated user.

US Pat. No. 9,982,102

PHOTOCURABLE COMPOSITION AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING FILM USING THE COMPOSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a film, comprising:a placing step of placing a photocurable composition on a substrate;
a mold contact step of bringing the photocurable composition and a mold into contact with each other;
a light irradiation step of irradiating the photocurable composition with light;
a mold release step of releasing a cured product of the photocurable composition and the mold from each other after the light irradiation step; and
a residual film removal step of removing a film remaining in a recessed portion of the cured product by etching after the mold release step to expose a surface of the substrate,
wherein the photocurable composition comprises:
a polymerizable compound, wherein the polymerizable compound comprises (2-methyl-2-ethyl-1,3-dioxolan-4-yl)methyl acrylate and at least one selected from the group consisting of isobornyl acrylate and hexanediol diacrylate;
a photopolymerization initiator; and
a surfactant represented by one of the general formulae (2) and (3):

wherein, in the general formula (2) and (3), n represents an integer of 1 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,982,993

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus for measuring a shape of a surface of an object, comprising:a probe configured to be scanned on the surface of the object;
a plurality of reference members configured to be arranged in a scanning direction of the probe;
a plurality of detection units configured to be provided at different positions of the probe in the scanning direction and each configured to detect a distance from a reference member which has been selected from the plurality of reference members in accordance with a position of the probe in the scanning direction; and
a processing unit configured to obtain shape information of the surface of the object by obtaining position information of the probe based on at least one of detection results of the plurality of detection units while scanning the probe,
wherein the processing unit changes the detection result to be used to obtain the position information among the detection results of the plurality of detection units in accordance with a range within which the probe is arranged, among a plurality of ranges obtained by partitioning a scanning range of the probe in the scanning direction, and
a combination of reference members respectively selected for the plurality of detection units is different in each of the plurality of ranges.

US Pat. No. 9,977,381

FIXING DEVICE FOR FIXING AN IMAGE ON A RECORDING MATERIAL AND HAVING A SPACER BETWEEN A PROJECTION OF A NIP PLATE AND PORTIONS OF A SUPPORTING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing an image on a recording material, said device comprising:a cylindrical belt;
a nip plate contacting an inner surface of said belt;
a supporting member having a U-shaped cross section and provided in a hollow portion of said cylindrical belt, said supporting member having two end portions defining an opening of a U-shape thereof and supporting said nip plate;
a heater provided in a region enclosed by said supporting member and said nip plate, and configured to radiate radiant light to said nip plate to heat said nip plate; and
a roller cooperative with said nip plate to form a nip between said cylindrical belt and an outer peripheral surface of said roller,
wherein a recording material carrying the image is fed through and heated in the nip to fix the image on the recording material,
wherein said nip plate is provided with a projection in a region downstream of the nip with respect to a feeding direction of the recording material, the projection projecting toward said roller and extending in a longitudinal direction of said cylindrical belt, and
wherein at least a part of one of the two end portions of said supporting member overlaps the projection of said nip plate with respect to the feeding direction of the recording material and the longitudinal direction of said cylindrical belt to support the projection; and
said fixing device further comprising a spacer provided between the projection and at least part of one of the two end portions.

US Pat. No. 9,977,382

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing an unfixed image formed on a recording medium, onto the recording medium while conveying the recording medium at a fixing nip portion, the fixing device comprising:a cylindrical film;
a back-up member in contact with an inner surface of the film;
a roller configured to be in contact with an outer surface of the film and to form the fixing nip portion with the back-up member via the film;
a metal bearing configured to rotatably hold a shaft of the roller; and
an insulating portion provided between an end surface of the film and the metal bearing,
wherein a width of the insulation portion is larger than a width of the metal bearing in an axial direction of the roller, and
wherein the end surface of the film is positioned inside an area where the insulating portion is provided in the axial direction of the roller.

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. 9,979,841

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING PRINT DATA TRANSMISSION METHODS SUITABLE FOR EACH SITUATION BY CAUSING AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO ACQUIRE PRINT DATA BY A SUITABLE METHOD BASED ON WHETHER THE IMAGE FOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with an image forming apparatus and a server via a network, the information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions, when executed by the processor, causing the information processing apparatus to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the image forming apparatus, information indicating whether the image forming apparatus is capable of acquiring, directly not via the information processing apparatus, from the server, print data acquired by converting a document file in the server,
wherein, on the basis that the acquisition unit has acquired from the image forming apparatus, information indicating that the image forming apparatus is capable of acquiring the print data from the server, the processor performs control to transmit, to the image forming apparatus via the interface, information for acquisition of the print data from the server, and
wherein, on the basis that the acquisition unit has acquired from the image forming apparatus, information indicating that the image forming apparatus is not capable of acquiring the print data from the server, the processor performs control to acquire the print data from the server, and transmit the acquired print data to the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,979,858

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a captured image obtaining unit configured to obtain a captured image of a subject on a stage, the captured image being captured by an image capturing device;
a distance image obtaining unit configured to obtain a distance image of the subject, the distance image being generated by a distance image generating device;
a candidate point detecting unit configured to set a plurality of division lines at predetermined intervals on an area including the subject in the distance image obtained by the distance image obtaining unit, and, on the basis of distance information on the division line, to detect, for each of the division lines, a point at which a change amount of a distance is larger than a threshold on the division line, as a candidate point of a contour of the subject;
a line detecting unit configured to detect a line in the captured image on the basis of luminance information of the captured image obtained by the captured image obtaining unit; and
a determining unit configured to determine, in the captured image, one line in the plurality of lines as the contour of the subject, on the basis of a positional relation between the plurality of lines detected by the line detecting unit and the plurality of candidate points detected by the candidate point detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,976,034

COLORING COMPOUND, YELLOW TONER, INK, THERMAL TRANSFER RECORDING SHEET, AND COLOR FILTER RESIST COMPOSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A coloring compound with a structure represented by the following formula (1):
wherein R1 to R3 independently denote a hydrogen atom, an unsubstituted amino group, or an amino group with a substituent,
R4 to R6 independently denote a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an unsubstituted aryl group, or an aryl group with a substituent,
A1 to A3 independently denote a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an aryl group, a carbamoyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, a carboxylic acid amide group, an alkoxysulfonyl group, a sulfonic acid amide group, a trifluoromethyl group, a cyano group, a hydroxy group, a nitro group, an amino group, or a halogen atom, and the aryl group, the carboxylic acid amide group, the sulfonic acid amide group, and the amino group in A1 to A3 optionally have a substituent, and
n denotes an integer in the range of 1 to 5.

US Pat. No. 9,977,347

POSITIONING APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A positioning apparatus configured to move a movable part on a surface parallel to a first direction and a second direction perpendicular to each other, and comprising a single guide serving as a guide configured to constrain a position of the movable part in the second direction and a drive mechanism configured to drive the movable part,wherein the movable part includes
a first movable member movable in the first direction while being guided by the guide,
a second movable member having a first end and a second end, the first end being connected to the first movable member via a rotation bearing and moving above the surface, and
a third movable member movable within a predetermined range between the first end and the second end while being guided by the second movable member, and
the drive mechanism includes
a first driver configured to drive the first end of the second movable member in the first direction, and
a second driver configured to drive the second end of the second movable member in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,979,910

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a pixel region in which unit pixels, each of which includes a microlens and a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, are disposed; and
a controller that switches between a first readout mode, in which signals of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions in each of the unit pixels are merged in each of the unit pixels to be output from each of the unit pixels, and a second readout mode, in which the signals of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions in each of the unit pixels are not merged in each of the unit pixels and to be independently output from each of the unit pixels,
wherein the controller switches the readout mode based on a parameter relating to a dark current level.

US Pat. No. 9,979,916

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a pixel region including a first group of pixels configured to perform a photoelectric conversion and a second group of pixels configured to perform the photoelectric conversion, each of pixels in the first and second groups being a pixel which outputs an output signal based on the photoelectric conversion;
a first signal processing unit arranged in a first direction with regard to the pixel region, and configured to perform a signal processing of the output signal from the first group of pixels;
a second signal processing unit arranged in a second direction different from the first direction, with regard to the pixel region, and configured to perform a signal processing of the output signal from the second group of pixels;
a first external connecting terminal arranged in the first direction with regard to the pixel region, and configured to supply a first voltage;
a second external connecting terminal arranged in the second direction with regard to the pixel region, and configured to supply the first voltage;
a third external connecting terminal arranged in the first direction with regard to the pixel region, and configured to supply a second voltage; and
a fourth external connecting terminal arranged in the second direction with regard to the pixel region, and configured to supply the second voltage,
wherein:
the first signal processing unit receives the first voltage from the first external connecting terminal, without receiving the first voltage from the second external connecting terminal,
the second signal processing unit receives the first voltage from the second external connecting terminal, without receiving the first voltage from the first external connecting terminal,
the first group of pixels receives the second voltage from the third external connecting terminal, without receiving the second voltage from the fourth external connecting terminal,
the second group of pixels receives the second voltage from the fourth external connecting terminal, without receiving the second voltage from the third external connecting terminal,
the first external connecting terminal, the second external connecting terminal, the third external connecting terminal and the fourth external connecting terminal are arranged outside the pixel region, and
the first direction is on a first side of the pixel region and the second direction is on a second side of the pixel region opposite the first side.

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. 9,977,368

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. 9,977,372

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image bearing member;
a developing device which is configured to store developer having magnetic carrier and toner and to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member;
a discharge port which is arranged in the developing device and through which developer is discharged from the developing device;
a collection portion which is configured to collect the developer discharged through the discharge port;
a discharge conveyance portion which is configured to convey the developer discharged through the discharge port to the collection portion;
an environment detector which is arranged in a conveyance passage of the discharge conveyance portion and is configured to detect environment information; and
an adjustment portion which is configured to adjust a development condition of the developing device based on output of the environment detector.

US Pat. No. 9,977,630

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A FOLDER ACCESSIBLE FROM AN EXTERNAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus using an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:a storage unit configured to store data, a plurality of folders being stored in the storage unit, the plurlaity of folders including a first folder and a second folder, the plurality of folders being accessiable from an external apparatus, specific print setting being associated with the first folder, no print setting being associated with the second folder; and
a controller having a processor executing instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry;
wherein the controller obtains a first file requested to be stored into the first folder, and causes the image forming unit to perform print processing based on the first file by using the specific print setting; and
wherein the controller obtains a second file requested to be stored into the second folder, and stores the second file into the second folder without causing the image forming unit to perform print processing based on the second file.

US Pat. No. 9,971,270

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising;an image forming unit configured to form an image on a printing medium;
a fixing unit configured to fix the image on the printing medium;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the printing medium along a conveyance path;
a color measurement unit configured to measure, downstream of the fixing unit in a conveyance direction of the printing medium, a color of the image;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information related to the printing medium; and
a controller configured to determine, based on the obtained information, a predetermined time for reducing an influence of thermochromism, and control, based on the predetermined time, the conveyance of the printing medium until the color measurement unit measures the color of the image formed on the printing medium after the printing medium passes the fixing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,971,276

DEVELOPING MEMBER, METHOD OF PRODUCING DEVELOPING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing member comprising:a conductive substrate;
a conductive elastic layer on the conductive substrate; and
a plurality of insulating domains on the conductive elastic layer, wherein
the developing member has a surface including:
at least one surface of the insulating domains; and
an exposed portion of the conductive elastic layer not covered with the insulating domains, and
the conductive elastic layer contains a resin and an anion, wherein
the resin has a cationic structure including at least one structure represented by a formula selected from the following Formulae (1) to (7):
[where R1 to R4 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond, provided that at least one of R1 to R4 represents a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or an urethane bond];[where R5 to R7 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond; R8 represents a carbon chain constituting a 4- to 6-membered ring and optionally containing a heteroatom; n represents the number of R9 that can bind to R8 at the number of the ring members; and (R9)n each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond, provided that at least one of R5 to R7 and (R9)n represents a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or an urethane bond];[where R10 and R11 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond; R12 represents a carbon chain constituting a 4- to 6-membered ring and optionally containing an oxygen atom or a sulfur atom; n represents the number of R13 that can bind to R12 at the number of the ring members; and (R13)n each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond, provided that at least one of R10, R11, and (R13)n represents a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or an urethane bond];[where R14 to R16 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond; R17 represents a carbon chain constituting a 4- to 6-membered ring and optionally containing a heteroatom; n represents the number of R18 that can bind to R17 at the number of the ring members; and (R18)n each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond, provided that at least one of R14 to R16 and (R18)n represents a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or an urethane bond];[where R19 to R22 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond, provided that at least one of R19 to R22 represents a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or an urethane bond];[where R23 to R25 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond, provided that at least one of R23 to R25 represents a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or an urethane bond]; and[where R26 represents a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond; R28 represents a carbon chain constituting a 4- to 6-membered ring and optionally containing a heteroatom; n represents the number of R27 that can bind to R28 at the number of the ring members; and (R27)n each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond, provided that at least one of R26 and (R27)n represents a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or an urethane bond].

US Pat. No. 9,971,298

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
a charging member that charges the image bearing member;
a cleaning member that contacts the charging member and cleans the charging member;
a developer bearing member that bears a developer for developing a latent image formed on the image bearing member; and
a frame that accommodates the developer,
wherein the developer bearing member is disposed below the cleaning member so as to overlap with the cleaning member when viewed in a vertical direction and includes a base body and an elastic layer that covers the base body and has a width that accommodates, in a longitudinal direction of the developer bearing member, the entire region of the cleaning member in the longitudinal direction, and
in the longitudinal direction, the cleaning member is disposed at a position where the entire region thereof in the longitudinal direction is accommodated in the width of the elastic layer.

US Pat. No. 9,973,655

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a receiving unit configured to receive a user ID and domain information;
an executing unit configured to execute login of a user to the image processing apparatus based on at least the user ID and the domain information received by the receiving unit; and
one key configured to set, as a storage destination of image data, a folder path of a folder of the user which is in a login state to the image processing apparatus; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit image data using the folder path set by the one key,
wherein, using the user ID received by the receiving unit, the folder path which includes the user ID received by the receiving unit and does not include the domain information received by the receiving unit is set by the one key, and
wherein at least one of the receiving unit, the executing unit, and the transmitting unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,971,614

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus functioning as a virtual machine which executes an application, the apparatus comprising:one or more processors:
a memory coupled to the one or more processors and having instructions stored thereon
that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:
execute a native code corresponding to a function requested from the application when the native code is stored in a cache memory and execute the function requested from the application in an interpreter form when the native code is not stored in the cache memory; and
compile, when a compilation request is received from the application, a requested function and record a generated native code in the cache memory, wherein the application issues the compilation request at timing controlled by the application;
wherein at least one of the instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, further cause the information processing apparatus to erase, upon reception of a function end request from the application, a requested native code from the cache memory or set a priority level of maintenance in the cache memory to a lower priority level.

US Pat. No. 9,972,650

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING SEALING PORTION DISPOSED IN BONDED MEMBERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprisinga first semiconductor substrate which is provided with a photoelectric conversion unit and a first transistor;
a second semiconductor substrate which is provided with a second transistor;
a plurality of wiring layers, a first wiring layer of the plurality of wiring layers including a first conductive pattern connected to the first transistor, and a second wiring layer of the plurality of wiring layers including a second conductive pattern connected to the second transistor; and
an insulating member,
wherein the first semiconductor substrate and the second semiconductor substrate are laminated in such a way that the insulating member and the plurality of wiring layers are disposed between the first semiconductor substrate and the second semiconductor substrate,
wherein the first wiring layer includes a third conductive pattern, the second wiring layer includes a fourth conductive pattern,
a sealing portion is constituted by the third conductive pattern and the fourth conductive pattern, and
a wiring layer of the plurality of wiring layers includes a fifth conductive pattern, and
wherein the fifth conductive pattern is surrounded by the sealing portion in a plane view.

US Pat. No. 9,973,675

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a communication unit configured to receive a command for changing VideoSourceMode to define at least one of a frame rate, resolution and a coding method from an external apparatus via a network; and
a control unit configured to perform a reboot process and cause the communication unit to transmit a predetermined notification to the external apparatus, in a case where VideoSourceMode being set in the communication apparatus is changed from first VideoSourceMode to second VideoSourceMode different from the first VideoSourceMode in response to a command received by the communication unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to perform control to not perform the reboot process in a case where VideoSourceMode being set in the communication apparatus is changed from the first VideoSourceMode to third VideoSourceMode differen t from the first VideoSourceMode and the second VideoSourceMode in response to a command received by the communication unit, and
wherein the control unit is configured to cause the communication unit to transmit, to the external apparatus, information indicating that the second VideoSourceMode is a target on which the reboot process is to be performed and information indicating that the third VideoSourceMode is not a target on which the reboot process is to be performed, in response to a request command from the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,969,578

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a first tray configured to store sheets;
a sheet feeder configured to feed sheets stored on the first tray;
a first sheet sensor configured to detect presence or absence of a sheet on the first tray;
a second tray configured to store sheets, to be supplied to the first tray, wherein the second tray is disposed adjacently to the first tray;
a sheet mover configured to move the sheets stored on the second tray, wherein the sheet mover is movable between a first position for storing sheets on the second tray and a second position for supplying the sheets stored on the second tray to the first tray;
an abnormality detector configured to detect an abnormality in the sheet mover; and
a controller configured to control,
in a case where the abnormality detector detects an abnormality in the sheet mover, to inhibit the sheet mover from operating, and
in a case where the first sheet sensor detects a sheet after the abnormality detector detects the abnormality, to permit the sheet feeder to feed a sheet.

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. 9,971,137

IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE GENERATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image generation apparatus connected to an ophthalmic apparatus including a plurality of imaging units each of which has a photoelectric conversion unit which receives return light of measurement light used by a scanner to scan a region of an eye to be inspected and converts the return light into an electric signal, the image generation apparatus comprising:an extraction unit configured to extract a reference signal of the scanner obtained while the scanner performs reciprocating scanning once;
a data string generation unit configured to generate sampling data strings of reciprocating scanning based on the electric signals for individual imaging units using the reference signal as a sampling reference position;
a first evaluation unit configured to compare, among the sampling data strings of the reciprocating scanning, a sampling data string of forward scanning with a sampling data string of backward scanning so as to evaluate the correlation between the sampling data strings;
a second evaluation unit configured to compare first evaluation results of the individual imaging units obtained as results of the evaluation performed by the first evaluation unit so as to evaluate reliability;
a reference position compensation unit configured to compensate the sampling reference position in accordance with the first evaluation results and a second evaluation result obtained as a result of the evaluation performed by the second evaluation unit; and
an image construction unit configured to assemble image data to construct an image of the region of the eye based on the sampling data strings of the reciprocating scanning for each imaging unit in accordance with the sampling reference position compensated by the reference position compensation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,965,854

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical image processing apparatus comprising:a core line identifying unit configured to identify a core line of a predetermined region of a tubular structure from medical three-dimensional image data;
a center position identifying unit configured to identify a center position of the tubular structure from a plurality of points forming the core line identified by the core line identifying unit;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain positions where straight lines connecting the center position and the plurality of points forming the core line and the tubular structure in the medical three-dimensional image data are in contact with each other;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the tubular structure includes a branching based on the positions obtained by the obtaining unit; and
a calculating unit configured to correct a position on a structure branching from the tubular structure among the positions obtained by the obtaining unit and calculate a length of the tubular structure based on the positions obtained by the obtaining unit and the corrected positions in a case where the determination unit determines that the tubular structure includes a branching, and to calculate the length of the tubular structure based on the positions obtained by the obtaining unit in a case where the determination unit determines that the tubular structure includes no branching,
wherein the calculating unit calculates a position or a length of an artificial material to be inserted into the tubular structure.

US Pat. No. 9,963,313

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS HAVING CONTAINING AREA FOR FEEDING SHEET AND CONTAINING AREA FOR REPLENISHING SHEET, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a sheet feeding cassette including:
a first containing area configured to contain sheets to be fed;
a second containing area adjacent to the first containing area and configured to contain replenishing sheets; and
a sheet mover that transfers the sheets contained in the second containing area to the first containing area;
a first detector configured to detect whether the sheet mover is at a standby position;
a second detector configured to detect presence or absence of sheets in the second containing area; and
an annunciator configured to, in a case where the first detector detects that the sheet mover is not at the standby position, issue a warning that prompts return of the sheet mover to the standby position,
wherein in a case where the first detector detects that the sheet mover is not at the standby position and the second detector detects sheets in the second containing area, the annunciator issues a warning that the sheets in the second containing area cannot be transferred to the first containing area.

US Pat. No. 9,966,395

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising a substrate which includes an image sensing region in which a pixel is arranged and a peripheral region which includes a circuit configured to process a signal output from the pixel, and a first insulation film arranged over the substrate,wherein the peripheral region includes:
a holding capacitor configured to hold the signal,
a first transistor including a first diffusion region electrically connected to the holding capacitor, and
a second transistor including a second diffusion region, and configured to perform at least one of control of the pixel, control of the first transistor, and processing of the signal,
wherein the first insulation film includes:
a first film including a first material, and
a second film including a second material on the first film,
wherein the first film and the second film are arranged in the image sensing region and the peripheral region,
wherein a first portion of the first diffusion region is covered with the first insulation film,
wherein the first portion includes a second portion covered with the second film without the first film intervening therebetween,
wherein a third portion of the second diffusion region is covered with the first insulation film,
wherein the third portion includes a fourth portion covered with the first film and the second film,
wherein a stress generated in the substrate from the fourth portion is larger than a stress generated in the substrate from the second portion, and
wherein in a planar view with respect to the substrate, a proportion of an area of the first portion except the second portion to an area of the first portion is lower than a proportion of an area of the fourth portion to an area of the third portion.

US Pat. No. 9,966,398

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels arranged so as to form a plurality of columns;
a reference signal supply unit configured to output a reference signal; and
a comparison unit configured to output a signal depending on the reference signal and a signal from a pixel among the plurality of pixels,
wherein the comparison unit includes
a comparator circuit including an input terminal and an output terminal;
a first switch configured to connect the input terminal and the output terminal of the comparator circuit;
a clamp capacitor including a first terminal connected to the input terminal of the comparator circuit;
a second switch connected to a second terminal of the clamp capacitor, the second switch being configured to select one of the signal from the pixel and the reference signal and to input the selected signal to the second terminal;
a buffer circuit arranged between the reference signal supply unit and the second switch; and
a clipping circuit arranged in an electrical path through which the reference signal is input to the comparator circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,967,429

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a halftone processing unit configured to generate halftone image data with a first resolution by performing halftone processing based on a result of comparison between a pixel value of a pixel for image data having the first resolution and a threshold value of a dither matrix; and
a resolution conversion unit configured to convert the first resolution of the halftone image data into a second resolution which is half of the first resolution,
wherein the dither matrix is composed of a plurality of columns aligned along a main scanning direction and a plurality of rows aligned along a sub scanning direction, each of the columns and each of the rows including a plurality of threshold values having multivalues, the plurality of columns including at least one column having duplicated threshold values and the plurality of rows including at least an odd-number row and an even-number row having the same duplicated threshold values.

US Pat. No. 9,964,876

TONER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:toner particles which contain a binder resin, a colorant, a wax, and a resin A having an organic polysiloxane structure,
wherein the amount (atomic %) of Si atoms of the toner particles measured by an X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is 4.5 to 10.0,
in an analysis using an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS) performed on a cross-section of each toner particle observed by a transmission electron microscope,
in a surface layer region R from the periphery of the cross-section of the toner particle to the inside at a distance of 10.0% of the particle diameter in the cross-section of the toner particle, the content of Si atoms derived from the organic polysiloxane structure is 90.0% or more with respect to the total amount of Si atoms contained in the toner particle, and
in a line analysis along a straight line between the periphery of the surface layer region R and a gravity center of the cross-section,
an intensity count of Si atoms in the toner particle satisfies the following formula (1)
Si0>Si1>Si2>Si3?0  (1)
wherein in the formula (1),
Si0 represents the intensity count of Si atoms at an intersection P0 between the straight line and the periphery,
Si3 represents the intensity count of Si atoms at an intersection P3 between the straight line and a boundary line of the surface layer region R; and
when points equally dividing a line segment P0P3 into three portions are represented by P1 and P2 in this order from the side close to the intersection P0,
Si1 represents the intensity count of Si atoms at the intersection P1, and
Si2 represents the intensity count of Si atoms at the intersection P2.

US Pat. No. 9,964,879

TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing:a binder resin;
a resin A; and
a pigment, wherein
the resin A has a pKa of 6.0 to 9.0 where pKa represents an acid dissociation constant measured by preparing a resin solution in which 1.0 part by mass of the resin A, 70.0 parts by mass of toluene and 30.0 parts by mass of ethanol are mixed, and carrying out neutralization titration with a 0.1 mol/L potassium hydroxide ethanol solution, and
the resin A has a hydrophobic parameter HPA of 0.65 to 0.95 where HPA represents a volume fraction of heptane at a point of precipitation by the resin A as measured by the addition of heptane to a solution containing 0.01 parts by mass of the resin A and 1.48 parts by mass of chloroform.

US Pat. No. 9,967,473

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an adjusting unit configured to perform an adjustment process to a first image, in a set of the first image generated by performing a certain process to an image signal output from an image pickup element and a second image generated by not performing the certain process;
a setting unit configured to set a parameter used in the adjustment process to the first image or the second image for each adjustment item;
an acquiring unit configured to, after the setting unit starts to set the parameter used in the adjustment process to the first image, acquire the second image; and
a display unit configured to display a plurality of adjustment items set by the setting unit on a screen and update a display mode of at least one certain adjustment item, among the plurality of adjustment items, depending on an acquisition status of the second image by the acquiring unit to display the certain adjustment item in the updated display mode.

US Pat. No. 9,964,918

PROCESS CARTRIDGE INCLUDING A COUPLING MEMBER AND A SHEET THAT CONTACTS THE COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:a photosensitive drum;
a rotatable developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive drum;
a rotatable roller having a rotation shaft in a position deviated from an axis of the developing roller, the rotatable roller being configured for transmitting a driving force to the developing roller;
an Oldham coupling member disposed at an end portion of the shaft of the rotatable roller, the Oldham coupling including a drive receiving portion for receiving a driving force to be transmitted to the developing roller, wherein the drive receiving portion is movable relative to the rotatable roller in a direction crossing the shaft of the rotatable roller;
an urging member for urging the drive receiving portion in the direction crossing the shaft of the rotatable roller;
a supporting portion for rotatably supporting the drive receiving portion so as to be movable together with the drive receiving portion relative to the rotatable roller in the direction crossing the shaft of the rotatable roller;
an abutting portion for receiving the supporting portion urged by the urging member; and
an elastic sheet provided at an end of the developing roller,
wherein the elastic sheet is configured to rotate along with the developing roller and intermittently contact at least part of the Oldham coupling member by rotation of the elastic sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,967,494

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:a photoelectric conversion element;
an amplification transistor including a gate configured to receive a signal based on a charge generated at the photoelectric conversion element;
at least one transistor connected to the gate;
a selection transistor provided in series with respect to the amplification transistor and forming a first path through which a current from the amplification transistor flows;
a first current source configured to output a first reference current to a second path separated from the first path;
a voltage control unit configured to control a voltage of a control line electrically connected to one of a source and a drain of the amplification transistor; and
a comparison unit configured to compare the current from the amplification transistor with the first reference current,
wherein the selection transistor is in a non-conductive state during a period in which the at least one transistor is in a conductive state.

US Pat. No. 9,967,498

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS HAVING A PLURALITY OF STORAGE DEVICES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor which comprises a first semiconductor substrate on which a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements are arranged, a second semiconductor substrate on which a storage device for storing pixel signals is arranged, and a plurality of connectors which electrically connects the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements and the storage device; and
a selector which selects between a first mode in which said image sensor is caused to alternately generate pixel signals and output the generated pixel signals and a second mode in which said image sensor is caused to generate pixel signals a plurality of times and output the generated pixel signals,wherein in the first mode, part or all of a power supply of said second semiconductor substrate is turned off.

US Pat. No. 9,962,137

CONTROL APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD OF RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROLLING A STATE OF A RADIATION SENSOR BASED ON FIRST AND SECOND TIMES FROM AN INITIALIZATION OPERATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus for a radiation sensor, including pixels each for obtaining electric charges, comprising:a control unit configured to drive the radiation sensor in an imaging-enable state in which the radiation sensor is capable of executing radiation imaging, and stop driving of the radiation sensor in the imaging-enable state when a first time has elapsed after an initialization operation that initializes the radiation sensor; and
a receiving unit configured to receive, from an external apparatus, an instruction signal for transiting a state of the radiation sensor to the imaging-enable state, wherein the time the instruction signal is received is a second time from the initialization operation, and
wherein the control unit is configured to, in response to reception of the instruction signal, control a state of the radiation sensor based on a difference between the first time and the second time.

US Pat. No. 9,966,245

COOLING APPARATUS, ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cooling apparatus for cooling a light source unit, comprising:a cooling unit having a heat sink provided outside a path of light from the light source unit; and
a heat pipe including a thermal conduction pipe having a first distal end, a second distal end, and a fluid sealed inside the thermal conduction pipe between the first distal end and the second distal end,
wherein the heat pipe connects a heat generating portion of the light source unit disposed at the first distal end of the thermal conduction pipe and the heat sink disposed at the second distal end of the thermal conduction pipe, and moves heat generated at the heat generating portion to the heat sink by the fluid sealed inside the thermal conduction pipe between the first distal end and the second distal end, and
the thermal conduction pipe also serves as an electrode wire of the light source unit.

US Pat. No. 9,965,225

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus equipped with a direct wireless communication function for executing a direct wireless communication with an external apparatus, the communication apparatus comprising:a memory that stores a program;
a processor that executes the program to;
in a case that a first setting for instructing to use a Service Set Identifier, SSID, corresponding to a user who logs into the communication apparatus, is set in the communication apparatus, execute the direct wireless communication function using the SSID corresponding to the user who logs into the communication apparatus;
in a case that a second setting for instructing to use an SSID that is randomly generated is set in the communication apparatus, execute the direct wireless communication function using the SSID that is randomly generated; and
in a case that a third setting for instructing to use a default SSID is set in the communication apparatus, execute the direct wireless communication function using the default SSID.

US Pat. No. 9,964,731

VIBRATION TYPE MOTOR, AND LENS DRIVE APPARATUS, LENS UNIT AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS USING VIBRATION TYPE MOTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vibration type motor comprising:a vibrator that vibrates by application of an AC voltage;
a friction member that includes a first surface in pressed contact with the vibrator and a second surface positioned on a side opposed to the first surface, the friction member extending in a predetermined direction; and
a holding member that holds the friction member,
wherein the first surface forms with a surface adjacent thereto a first corner portion extending in a direction parallel with the predetermined direction,
wherein the second surface forms with a surface adjacent thereto a second corner portion extending in the direction parallel with the predetermined direction,
wherein the first corner portion is different in radius of curvature from the second corner portion, and
wherein either one of the first surface and the second surface is in contact with the holding member, the either one of the first surface and the second surface forms with the surface adjacent thereto one of the first corner portion and the second corner portion and the one of the first corner portion and the second corner portion has a radius of curvature smaller than the other.

US Pat. No. 9,966,012

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus, comprising:a light emitter;
a first panel configured to transmit light emitted from the light emitter;
a second panel configured to transmit the light transmitted through the first panel; and
a controller configured to control, based on image data, emission brightness of the light emitter, transmittance of the first panel, and transmittance of the second panel, so that an image based on the image data is displayed on the second panel, wherein the controller
selects one, under which power consumption of the image display apparatus is lower, of a first control condition and a second control condition, based on a first power consumption of the image display apparatus in a case of displaying the image using the first control condition and a second power consumption of the image display apparatus in a case of displaying the image using the second control condition, each of the first control condition and the second control condition being a control condition for controlling the light emitted from the light emitter, the emission brightness of the light emitter under the first control condition being higher than the emission brightness of the light emitter under the second control condition,
controls the emission brightness of the light emitter with the selected control condition, and
controls the transmittance of the first panel and the transmittance of the second panel, in a case where the second control condition is selected, so that a display brightness of the image display apparatus substantially equals a display brightness of the image display apparatus in a case where the first control condition is selected.

US Pat. No. 9,962,945

LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE, HEAD, AND LIQUID FILLING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejecting device comprising:a liquid container that can store liquid thereinside;
a head provided on a carriage and including a liquid containing unit that has a holding member capable of holding liquid thereinside and a liquid ejecting unit that ejects liquid; and
a flexible member that connects the liquid container to the liquid containing unit and supplies the liquid stored inside the liquid container to the liquid containing unit,
wherein an internal space of the liquid containing unit has a rectangular parallelepiped shape,
wherein a value obtained by dividing a length of a long side of a cross-section along a horizontal surface in the internal space by a length of the holding member along a gravity direction is 1.5 or more in a posture having the head provided on the carriage,
wherein the internal space of the liquid containing unit is covered by a cover member, the cover member has a pressing rib, and the pressing rib presses the holding member,
wherein a supply port that is opened to an inside of the liquid containing unit and is an entrance of the liquid supplied from the liquid container to the inside of the liquid containing unit is formed at a position offset from a facing position, wherein the facing position is a position facing a position at which there is formed a flow passage entrance where the internal space communicates with a liquid flow passage through which the liquid is supplied to the liquid ejecting unit from the internal space in the liquid containing unit, and
wherein in a case where the internal space of the liquid containing unit is equally divided into three areas in an extending direction of the long side:
the flow passage entrance is formed in an area at one end along the extending direction of the long side of the three areas, and
the supply port is formed in a center area along the extending direction of the long side of the three areas.

US Pat. No. 9,962,947

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid ejection head by joining a print element substrate for ejecting print liquid and a supporting member for supporting the print element substrate with an adhesive agent, the method comprising:a step of providing the supporting member having a projection and a handling jig having a protrusion portion outside an application area to which the adhesive agent is applied; and
a step of joining the print element substrate to the supporting member while carrying out positioning of the print element substrate with respect to the supporting member by the handling jig holding the print element substrate,
wherein joining in the joining step is performed while a flat top portion of the protrusion portion of the handling jig is in contact with a flat top surface of the projection of the supporting member.

US Pat. No. 9,966,865

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a transformer comprising a primary winding and a secondary winding;
a first switching element connected in series to the primary winding of the transformer;
a second switching element connected in parallel to the primary winding of the transformer;
a capacitor connected in series to the second switching element and connected in parallel to the primary winding of the transformer along with the second switching element;
a feedback unit that outputs information according to a voltage induced in the secondary winding of the transformer; and
a control unit that controls turn-on or turn-off of the first switching element and the second switching element based on the information input from the feedback unit,
wherein the control unit can perform operation of alternately repeating a first period and a second period, wherein the first period is for performing switching operation of alternately turning on or turning off the first switching element and the second switching element before and after a dead time for turning off both of the first switching element and the second switching element, and the second period is for halting the switching operation, and
wherein the control unit makes a transition to the second period after turning on the second switching element in the transition from the first period to the second period and also makes a transition to the first period after turning on the second switching element in the transition from the second period to the first period, and
wherein the control unit turns on the second switching element in a shorter time than a time of continuation of the second period in the transition from the first period to the second period and in the transition from the second period to the first period.

US Pat. No. 9,961,309

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions to be executed by the hardware processor, wherein in accordance with the instructions executed by the hardware processor, the image processing apparatus performs:
acquiring a captured image including at least an image of an overlapping region in a projection surface on which a first projected image projected by a first projection-type display apparatus and a second projected image projected by a second projection-type display apparatus are being displayed with an overlap;
obtaining, based on the captured image acquired in the acquiring, information of a positional difference between the first projected image projected by the first projection-type display apparatus and the second projected image projected by the second projection-type display apparatus in each of a plurality of partial regions in the overlapping region;
determining, based on the information obtained in the obtaining, a plurality of correction values for correcting positional differences between the first projected image projected by the first projection-type display apparatus and the second projected image projected by the second projection-type display apparatus in the plurality of partial regions in the overlapping region; and
correcting, by using the plurality of correction values determined in the determining, the positional differences between the first projected image projected by the first projection-type display apparatus and the second projected image projected by the second projection-type display apparatus in the plurality of partial regions in the overlapping region.

US Pat. No. 9,961,317

MULTI-PROJECTOR ALIGNMENT REFINEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of aligning two portions of an image, a first of the portions being projected by a first projector on a surface and a second of the portions being projected by a second projector on the surface to form respective projected portions of the image, wherein a calibration pattern is projected in each or the two portions, the method comprising the steps of: capturing from the surface an image of the calibration pattern from each of first and second projected portions, the calibration pattern extending across a combined projection area of the first and second projectors; locating an overlap area or the first and second projected portions of the image according to the calibration pattern across the combined projection area; the overlap area comprising a predetermined location on the surface; for each of the first and second projectors; determining projector image coordinates at the predetermined location using a position in the calibration pattern of image data captured from the surface at the predetermined location; and aligning the two projected portions of the image according to the determined locations in the overlap area of the first and second projected portions.

US Pat. No. 9,961,320

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus that is capable of being connected, directly or via a recording apparatus, to an image capturing apparatus, the image display apparatus comprising:a fan for lowering an internal temperature of the image display apparatus;
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the image display apparatus to function as:
(1) a first acquisition unit configured to acquire recording process information on an image recording process for recording, by the image capturing apparatus or the recording apparatus, image data generated by capturing an object with the image capturing apparatus; and
(2) a reduction unit configured to execute a sound reduction process in which a rotational speed of the fan is reduced or rotation of the fan is stopped, in response to the image recording process being executed, based on the recording process information.

US Pat. No. 9,958,804

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
an exposing unit configured to expose the photosensitive member with light to form an electrostatic latent image;
an identifying unit configured to identify, on basis of image data, a pixel to be corrected from a plurality of pixels of an image to be formed from the image data;
a holding unit configured to hold a plurality of correction information pieces describing correction amounts for exposure amounts; and
a correcting unit configured to select a correction information piece from the plurality of correction information pieces on basis of distances between one of the pixels to be corrected and a plurality of edges of the image formed from the image data and to correct an exposure amount to be applied by the exposing unit to the pixel to be corrected on basis of the selected correction information piece from an exposure amount corresponding to the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,958,805

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a developing device including a rotatable developer carrying member for carrying a developer, a developer supplying member for supplying the developer to said developer carrying member, and a regulating member for regulating an amount of the developer carried by said developer carrying member in contact with said developer carrying member;
a first power source for applying a bias to said developer carrying member;
a second power source for applying a bias to said regulating member; and
a controller for controlling said first and second power sources,
wherein in a period from a start of a developing operation to an end of the developing operation for printing an image on a single recording material, said controller effects control of a potential difference between said developer carrying member and said regulating member so that a force for urging the developer from said regulating member toward said developer carrying member acts on the developer at a contact portion between said regulating member and said developer carrying member, with the potential difference being controlled so that the force acting on the developer is stronger at the end of the developing operation than at the start of the developing operation on the single recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,958,816

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a fixing section that fixes an image, formed on a recording material, to the recording material; and
a timing setting section that sets a timing at which the recording material is fed,
wherein, when a state of a current consumption of the apparatus is changed from a second state of large current consumption to a first state, in which the current consumption is less than that in the second state, while images are being consecutively formed on a plurality of recording materials, the timing setting section changes a feeding interval of the plurality of recording materials, at which the plurality of recording materials are consecutively fed, to a first interval narrower than a second interval in the second state, and
wherein a third time period, in which the recording material is fed at a third interval, is provided between a second time period, in which the recording material is fed at the second interval, and a first time period, in which the recording material is fed at the first interval, the third interval being wider than the second interval.
US Pat. No. 9,952,523

TONER AND TONER PRODUCTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle comprising:a binder resin;
a pigment;
a pigment dispersant; and
an amorphous polyester resin having a unit derived from a non-cyclic aliphatic diol, wherein
the pigment dispersant has a rate of adsorption A1 (%) to the pigment of 80 to 100% as measured for a mixture obtained by mixing together 0.1 part by mass of the pigment dispersant, 1.0 part by mass of the pigment and 20 parts by mass of a solvent in which styrene and n-butyl acrylate are mixed in a 4:1 ratio by mass,
the amorphous resin has a rate of adsorption A2 (%) to the pigment of 0 to 60% as measured for a mixture obtained by mixing together 0.1 part by mass of the amorphous resin, 1.0 part by mass of the pigment and 20 parts by mass of a solvent in which styrene and n-butyl acrylate are mixed in a 4:1 ratio by mass,
the binder resin has an Rf value (RfL) of 0.50 to 1.00 as measured by thin-layer chromatography at 60° C. using a solution of the binder resin, silica gel as a stationary phase and a developing solvent, the solution of the binder resin being obtained by mixing together 0.1 part by mass of the binder resin and 20 parts by mass of a solvent in which styrene and n-butyl acrylate are mixed in a 4:1 ratio by mass, and the developing solvent being obtained by mixing together styrene and n-butyl acrylate in a 1:1 ratio by mass, and
the amorphous resin has an Rf value (RfH) of 0.00 to 0.35 as measured by thin-layer chromatography at 60° C. using a solution of the amorphous resin, silica gel as a stationary phase and the developing solvent, the solution of the amorphous resin being obtained by mixing together 0.1 part by mass of the amorphous resin and 20 parts by mass of a solvent in which styrene and n-butyl acrylate are mixed in a 4:1 ratio by mass.

US Pat. No. 9,949,707

RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiographic imaging system including a plurality of radiographic imaging apparatuses each configured to acquire a radiographic image based on radiation emitted from a radiation source and a processing unit configured to combine a plurality of the radiographic images acquired from the plurality of radiographic imaging apparatuses to generate a stitched image, the radiographic imaging system comprising:a correction image data determination unit configured to determine correction image data based on an irradiation condition of radiation emitted from the radiation source; and
an image correction unit configured to correct an area of the stitched image corresponding to an area in which the plurality of radiographic imaging apparatuses overlap each other, by using the correction image data.

US Pat. No. 9,949,708

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, RADIATION IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire a radiation image from radiation detected by a radiation detection unit;
a correction coefficient calculation unit configured to calculate a correction coefficient to correct a pixel value of a first pixel that is a correction target in the radiation image by referring to a pixel value of a second pixel other than the first pixel;
a correction unit configured to correct the pixel value of the first pixel by amplifying the pixel value of the first pixel using the correction coefficient;
a calculation unit configured to calculate an evaluation value that evaluates an amplification in a noise level caused when the first pixel is corrected by amplifying the pixel value of the first pixel; and
a reduction unit configured to perform processing of reducing the noise level for the first pixel after the correction based on the evaluation value calculated by the calculation unit.

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. 9,952,550

PRINTING SYSTEM INCLUDING PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system including a printing control apparatus which generates image data, and a printing apparatus which is able to connect to the printing control apparatus and performs printing by using the image data transmitted from the printing control apparatus,wherein the printing apparatus comprises:
a first processing unit configured to control the printing apparatus;
a memory unit configured to store data processed by the first processing unit;
a first network interface unit configured to communicate with the printing control apparatus; and
a power source control unit configured to shift the printing apparatus to a first power saving state in which power is not supplied to the first processing unit and the first network interface unit and power is supplied to the memory unit,
wherein the first network interface unit is configured to, based on a first condition for shifting the printing apparatus to the first power saving state being satisfied, transmit first information to the printing control apparatus, and
wherein the printing control apparatus comprises:
a second network interface unit configured to receive the first information transmitted by the first network interface unit; and
a second processing unit configured to turn off the printing control apparatus in accordance with receiving the first information.

US Pat. No. 9,952,555

CARTRIDGE CONFIGURED TO BE REMOVABLY ATTACHABLE TO AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cartridge configured to be removably attachable to an apparatus body of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:a rotation member including a coupling configured to be coupleable to a driving shaft provided in the apparatus body and to rotate by receiving a driving force from the driving shaft; and
a bearing member configured to pivotally support the rotation member,
wherein the bearing member includes an engaged portion that is positioned on one end side of the cartridge in a direction of a rotational axis of the rotation member and configured to engage with an engaging portion provided in the apparatus body,
such that an engagement state between the engaged portion and the engaging portion is maintained until at least the coupling is coupled to the driving shaft in a process of attaching the cartridge to the apparatus body, and
such that a movement of the bearing member towards, at least, the other end side of the cartridge in the direction of the rotational axis is restricted when the engaged portion and the engaging portion are put into the engagement state.

US Pat. No. 9,952,966

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a host apparatus;
storage devices including a first storage unit and a second storage unit; and
a memory controller which communicates with the host apparatus, wherein the memory controller comprises:
a deletion unit configured to delete data on a memory in the first or second storage device by rewriting the data to be deleted on the memory with predetermined data;
a receiving unit configured to receive a first command and a second command from the host apparatus, wherein the first command is a command to execute a first deletion process on the first storage device with the deletion unit in accordance with user's instruction, and the second command is a command to delete data corresponding to a print job in one of the storage devices with the deletion unit in response to a completion of printing processing of the print job;
a first setting unit configured to set a number of times for rewriting the data to be deleted on the memory in deletion process by the deletion unit in accordance with the first command;
a second setting unit configured to set a number of times for rewriting the data to be deleted on the memory in deletion process by the deletion unit in accordance with the second command wherein the number of times set by the first setting unit and the number of times set by the second setting unit can be different numbers and can be set individually; and
a control unit configured to execute the first deletion process in accordance with the receipt of the first command, and execute the second deletion process in accordance with the receipt of the second command,
wherein in the first deletion process, the deletion unit deletes the data designated to be deleted by the user in the first storage unit by rewriting, the number of times set by the first setting unit, the designated data,
in the second deletion process, only one or more blocks in the memory corresponding to the print job is determined and the deletion unit deletes, the number of times set by the second setting unit, the only data corresponding to the print job by rewriting the determined memory block by the deletion unit,
wherein in a case where the receiving unit receives the first command for a first storage unit, and the second deletion processing has started on a second storage unit, the control unit executes the first deletion process on the first storage unit after the second deletion processing of the second storage unit is completed, and
wherein the control unit notifies the host apparatus without waiting completion of the first deleting process and notifies the host apparatus after completion of the second deleting process.

US Pat. No. 9,952,504

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus configured to form a pattern of an imprint material supplied to a plurality of shot areas on a substrate using a mold, the imprint apparatus comprising:a mold holding portion configured to hold the mold; and
a control unit configured to:
cause the mold holding portion to successively bring a plurality of part areas of a whole pattern of the mold into contact with the imprint material supplied to respective part shot-areas including a periphery on the substrate for removing foreign matter from the part areas of the whole pattern of the mold, wherein a combination of the respective part areas of the whole pattern of the mold includes the whole pattern of the mold; and
cause the mold holding portion to bring the whole pattern of the mold into contact with the imprint material supplied to a full shot-area for forming the pattern of the imprint material to the full shot-area on the substrate using the whole pattern of the mold brought into contact with the imprint material supplied to the respective part shot-areas.

US Pat. No. 9,948,944

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CODING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image coding apparatus that codes a moving image frame in units of blocks, the image coding apparatus comprising:a processor that executes a program stored in a memory to function as units comprising:
(1) an extraction unit configured to extract high frequency component data from the moving image frame, the high frequency component data corresponding to high frequency components of the moving image frame;
(2) a conversion unit configured to reduce a number of gradations of the high frequency component data to generate a gradation-reduced-image;
(3) an intraframe prediction unit configured to generate a first prediction image block for a target block in the moving image frame, based on blocks, other than the target block, within the moving image frame that includes the target block;
(4) a detection unit configured to detect a motion vector based on a plurality of the gradation-reduced-images generated by the conversion unit by reducing the number of gradations of the high frequency component data;
(5) an interframe prediction unit configured to generate a second prediction image block for the target block, based on blocks, which are determined according to the detected motion vector and are within a moving image frame other than the moving image frame that includes the target block;
(6) a selection unit configured to select one of the first prediction image block generated by the intraframe prediction unit and the second prediction image block generated by the interframe prediction unit, in accordance with a predetermined evaluation method; and
(7) a coding unit configured to code the target block by using the selected prediction image block selected by the selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,946,179

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a binder resin, a crystalline material and a colorant, said toner providing a domain of the crystalline material in a cross section of the toner observed with a scanning electron microscope, whereinwhen domain A satisfies 0.125?r/R?0.375 and domain B satisfies 0.000625?r/R?0.0625, where r represents a long axis of the domain of the crystalline material and R represents the long axis of the toner,
the toner in which the domain A and the domain B are both present is at least 50 number %,
the toner satisfies 4 ?m?RAvg?12 ?m where RAvg represents the number average diameter of a long axis of the toner, and
the number of domain B per cross section image of one toner is 50 to not more than 300.

US Pat. No. 9,949,270

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION METHOD, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication system that includes a first communication apparatus and a second communication apparatus,the first communication apparatus comprising:
at least one memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of the instructions stored in the at least one memory of the first communication apparatus, functions as
a communication unit configured to, by using a second wireless communication method that consumes lower power than a first wireless communication method, transmit to the second communication apparatus a signal that requests information for connecting to a network, and receive from the second communication apparatus information for connecting to another communication apparatus that is connectable to the network, wherein the other communication apparatus is an apparatus that forms a wireless network in which the first wireless communication method is used; and
a connection unit configured to connect to the other communication apparatus by using the first wireless communication method based on the received information, and connect to the network via the other communication apparatus, and
the second communication apparatus comprising:
at least one memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of the instructions stored in the at least one memory of the second communication apparatus, functions as
an accepting unit configured to accept the signal from the first communication apparatus by using the second wireless communication method;
a determination unit configured to determine, in response to accepting the signal and then performing a search for the other communication apparatus, whether or not the other communication apparatus is present within a communicable range of the second communication apparatus;
a notification unit configured to, by using the second wireless communication method, notify the first communication apparatus of the information for connecting to the other communication apparatus in the case that the other communication apparatus is determined to be present within the communicable range; and
an ending unit configured to end the search for the other communication apparatus in the case that communication with the first communication apparatus using the second wireless communication method is disconnected.

US Pat. No. 9,944,478

SHEET SUPPORTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet supporting apparatus comprising:an apparatus body comprising a conveyance guidance portion;
a supporting unit, configured to be drawn from and inserted to the apparatus body, comprising a supporting member on which a sheet is supported;
a conveyance guide, comprising a first engagement portion and a second engagement portion that engage with the conveyance guidance portion, configured to move between a first position at which a sheet conveyance path is constituted and a second position corresponding to a position of the conveyance guide drawn from the first position along the conveyance guidance portion, the second engagement portion being disposed further downstream in a drawing direction of the supporting unit than the first engagement portion; and
a regulation unit regulating the conveyance guide positioned at the second position from moving in an inserting direction of the supporting unit in a state where the first and second engagement portions engage with the conveyance guidance portion.

US Pat. No. 9,944,480

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND FEEDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an accommodation unit configured to accommodate a recording material;
a feeding member configured to feed a recording material accommodated in the accommodation unit;
a conveying member configured to convey a recording material fed by the feeding member;
a separating member configured to form a nip with the conveying member and separate a plurality of recording materials at the nip;
a detecting unit configured to detect that the plurality of recording materials has been fed to the nip;
a control unit which causes the feeding member to start feeding of a recording material accommodated in the accommodation unit and, in a case where the detecting unit detects that a plurality of recording materials is fed to the nip, causes the feeding member to finish the feeding;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material fed from the accommodation unit; and
a regulating unit configured to regulate an end on an upstream side in a feeding direction of recording materials accommodated in the accommodation unit,
wherein the control unit measures a time period from start of feeding of a recording material performed by the feeding member to detection by the detecting unit of that a plurality of recording materials is fed to the nip and, based on the measured time period, outputs information indicating that a position of the regulating unit is deviated from a position according to a size of the recording materials accommodated in the accommodation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,943,224

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing a tomogram of an eye fundus, the apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor that is in communication with the memory, the processor being configured to function as units comprising:
(a) a feature acquisition unit configured to acquire anatomical features of the tomogram;
(b) a morbid portion acquisition unit configured to detect a first morbid portion and a second morbid portion from a plurality of layers specified by the anatomical features acquired by said feature acquisition unit;
(c) a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the first morbid portion and the second morbid portion exist on an identical tissue structure;
(d) a generation unit configured to generate a composite image by projecting information of the tissue structure, the first morbid portion and the second morbid portion detected by said morbid portion acquisition unit, and a result determined by said determination unit onto a predetermined two-dimensional image; and
(e) a display unit configured to display the composite image generated by said generation unit,
wherein said determination unit determines whether or not the first morbid portion and the second morbid portion exist on an identical tissue structure in accordance with x,y-coordinate information of each of the first morbid portion and the second morbid portion.

US Pat. No. 9,948,871

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a radiation detection unit including a plurality of sensors which detect radiation; and
a monitoring unit which monitors irradiation of radiation based on signals detected by the plurality of sensors,
wherein the monitoring unit determines a plurality of effective sensor candidates from the plurality of sensors, and determines effective sensor(s) from effective sensor candidates excluding certain effective sensor candidates of the plurality of effective sensor candidates, the certain effective sensor candidates being an effective sensor candidate which has detected a signal having a maximum value and an effective sensor candidate which has detected a signal having a minimum value, and
wherein the monitoring unit monitors irradiation of radiation based on signal(s) detected by the effective sensor(s).

US Pat. No. 9,948,877

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM HAVING FIRST AND SECOND METAL MEMBERS ARRANGED IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising:a first amplifier and a second amplifier;
a capacitor comprising a first electrode and a second electrode;
a first metal member, arranged over a surface of a semiconductor substrate, configured to connect an output terminal of the first amplifier and the first electrode; and
a second metal member configured to connect an input terminal of the second amplifier and the second electrode,
wherein the second electrode comprises polysilicon, and
wherein, in a cross section perpendicular to the surface of the semiconductor substrate, a first part of the first metal member and a part of the second metal member are adjacent to each other in at least a first direction, and a second part of the first metal member and the part of the second metal member are adjacent to each other in a second direction which is different from the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,947,083

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method performed by an image processor, the method comprising the steps of:acquiring an input image produced by image capturing using an optical system;
acquiring a first noise amount present in the input image;
performing a resolution enhancement process on the input image;
performing frequency decomposition of the input image into a plurality of decomposed images corresponding to mutually different frequency band components;
calculating, based on the first noise amount and a frequency characteristic of the resolution enhancement process, a second noise amount present in each of areas of each of the plurality of decomposed images;
performing a noise reduction process on each area of each of the plurality of decomposed images based on the second noise amount calculated for that area in the calculating step; and
generating an enhanced-resolution noise-reduced output image by combining the noise-reduced plurality of decomposed images.

US Pat. No. 9,948,879

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing signals read out from an image sensor that includes a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions for each of a plurality of micro-lenses that are two-dimensionally arranged, and can read out signals for each row selectively by either a first reading method in which signals from the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions are added and read out, or a second reading method for performing readout so as to acquire a pair of signals having a phase difference from the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, the image processing apparatus comprising:a first processing unit configured to perform offset correction on signals of a first row read out by the first reading method, using signals in a predetermined number of rows that were read out by the first reading method before the first row, the predetermined number being two or more; and
a second processing unit configured to perform offset correction on signals of a second row read out by the second reading method, using the signals of the second row and a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,943,284

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:an information processing apparatus configured to receive captured radiographic images captured by a plurality of image capturing apparatuses each having a wireless communication function;
a wired apparatus configured to be connected to the information processing apparatus in a wired manner;
a confirmation unit configured to confirm that, according to one of the plurality of image capturing apparatuses having been connected to the wired apparatus, the connected image capturing apparatus has been set as a slave unit;
a setting unit configured to set, according to a result of confirmation performed by the confirmation unit, the connected image capturing apparatus as a master unit of wireless communication; and
a communication unit configured to receive, via the image capturing apparatus set as the master unit by the setting unit, a captured image of a different image capturing apparatus that is received through wireless communication by the image capturing apparatus set as the master unit from the different image capturing apparatus set as a slave unit of wireless communication.

US Pat. No. 9,939,757

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A CONTACT-SEPARATION MECHANISM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of photosensitive drums;
a plurality of development rollers respectively corresponding to the plurality of photosensitive drums, and configured to develop electrostatic latent images formed on the plurality of photosensitive drums as toner images;
an image bearing member onto which the plurality of toner images developed by the plurality of development rollers are transferred;
a shifting mechanism configured to shift between a contact state in which the plurality of photosensitive drums and the plurality of development rollers are in contact with each other and a separated state in which the plurality of photosensitive drums and the plurality of development rollers are separated from each other; and
an engine controller configured to control whether to shift the plurality of photosensitive drums and the plurality of development rollers into the contact state or the separated state,
wherein the plurality of development rollers includes at least a first development roller and a second development roller, and the plurality of photosensitive drums includes at least a first photosensitive drum corresponding to the first development roller and a second photosensitive drum corresponding to the second development roller,
wherein the second photosensitive drum and the second development roller are disposed on an upstream side of the first photosensitive drum and the first development roller in a moving direction of the image bearing member, and
wherein, in a case where an electrostatic latent image formed on the first photosensitive drum is to be developed by the first development roller after the engine controller shifts the first development roller and the first photosensitive drum into the contact state and shifts the second development roller and the second photosensitive drum into the contact state, the engine controller controls timing at which the electrostatic latent image formed on the first photosensitive drum is to be developed by the first development roller so that toner to be supplied onto the image bearing member in response to the second photosensitive drum and the second development roller being shifted into the contact state is not superposed on a toner image obtained by developing the electrostatic latent image by the first development roller and transferred onto the image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,939,774

CONNECTION MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet post-processing apparatus for performing post-processing on a sheet on which images have been formed by an image forming apparatus, comprising:a post-processing unit configured to perform post-processing on a sheet; and
a connecting portion including a rotation arm rotatable about a rotation shaft at a first end of the rotation arm and,
an urging unit configured to urge the rotation arm, the connecting portion being capable of being inserted integrally into a connected portion provided on the image forming apparatus,
wherein the rotation arm includes an engagement pin provided on a second end opposite to the first end of the rotatable arm,
wherein the connecting portion includes a case member configured to cover the rotation arm, the case member is configured to perform positioning, in a width direction intersecting an insertion direction of the connecting portion, of the connecting portion with respect to the connected portion,
wherein the engagement pin is guided by a guiding portion provided in the connected portion, and
wherein the engagement pin is configured to move along the guiding portion while the case member is inserted into the connected portion.

US Pat. No. 9,940,560

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR HIGH SPEED ACTIVATION AND TERMINAL REDUCTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a memory device in which a boot program is stored;
a random access memory (RAM);
a scanner that scans an image on a document to generate image data;
a printer that performs printing on a basis of the image data;
an interface for connecting the memory device and including a dedicated terminal and a shared terminal, a first signal line and a second signal line being connected to the dedicated terminal, either one of a third signal line and a fourth signal line being selectively connected to the shared terminal, the first signal line being a line for communication of a control signal with the memory device, the second signal line being a line for communication of data with the memory device, the third signal line being a line for communication of data with the memory device, and the fourth signal line being a line for communication with the scanner or the printer; and
at least one processor that executes a set of instructions to:
in response to initiation of activating the image processing apparatus:
connect the third signal line to the shared terminal,
read the boot program stored in the memory device by using both the second signal line and the third signal line, and
load the read boot program into the RAM;
connect the fourth signal line to the shared terminal upon completion of the loading of the boot program; and
access the memory device by using the second signal line without using the third signal line during the activation of the image processing apparatus after connecting the fourth signal line to the shared terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,940,049

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF MOUNTING DATA STORAGE MEDIUM THAT STORES DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a setting storage unit configured to store a setting, which can be set by a user via an operation panel of the information processing apparatus, as to whether or not a data storage medium which has been inserted to the information processing apparatus is to be used by the information processing apparatus;
an acceptance unit configured to accept an instruction for deleting data in the data storage medium; and
a change unit configured to change the setting in the setting storage unit into a setting indicating a data storage medium which has been inserted to the information processing apparatus is not to be used after the data in the data storage medium has been deleted in accordance with the instruction accepted by the acceptance unit,
wherein a format process to format the inserted data storage medium is not performed in a case where a setting indicating the data storage medium is to be used by the information processing apparatus is changed to the setting indicating the data storage medium is not to be used by the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,940,076

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a management unit configured to manage an execution order of a plurality of print jobs;
a first accepting unit configured to accept a first setting from a user who is not authenticated as an administrator, the first setting indicating that, in a case where a job interruption event occurs during execution of a print job, another print job managed by the management unit is to be executed while leaving the execution of the print job interrupted;
a second accepting unit configured to accept a second setting exclusively from a user who is authenticated as the administrator, the second setting indicating that, in a case where a job interruption event occurs during execution of a print job, the execution of the print job is to be canceled; and
a control unit configured to, when the first setting is made in a case where a job interruption event occurs during execution of a print job, execute another print job managed by the management unit while leaving the execution of the print job interrupted, and to, when the second setting is made in a case where a job interruption event occurs during execution of a print job, cancel the execution of the print job,
wherein the management unit and the control unit are implemented by a controller of the printing apparatus, and the first accepting unit and the second accepting unit are implemented by a user interface of the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,942,427

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors operating to:
cause a display to display a first object, wherein the first object is provided by an application,
cause the display to display a second object, wherein the second object is included in page data in a HyperText Markup Language (HTML) form acquired via the Internet,
acquire management information from an external management apparatus, wherein the management information includes timing information specifying a period during which information indicating an update of a content managed by the external management apparatus may be displayed on the display, and
control a memory to store the management information acquired from the external management apparatus,
wherein, if a timing when the first object is displayed is within the period based on the management information stored in the memory, information, for the first object, indicating an update of the content is displayed by the application, and
wherein, if the page data in the HTML form acquired via the Internet includes information indicating an update of the content, information, for the second object, indicating an update of the content is displayed, and
wherein the displayed information, for the second object, indicating the update of the content is not based on the management information and not provided by the application.

US Pat. No. 9,942,439

DATA COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data communication apparatus comprising:a storage device that stores address information including an identifier and an address associated with the identifier, and transfer destination information including the identifier but not including the address;
a communication interface used to communicate data;
at least one processor that executes a set of instructions to: acquire, based on the identifier included in the transfer destination information, an address associated with the identifier from the address information;
transfer data received from outside of the apparatus to the acquired address via the communication interface; and
import at least one of address information and transfer destination information to store the imported information in the storage device,
wherein the at least one processor executes the instructions to i) not disable transfer of the data based on the transfer destination information in a case where both of the address information and the transfer destination information are imported and ii) disable transfer of the data based on the transfer destination information in a case where one of the address information and the transfer destination information is imported and the other of the address information and the transfer destination information is not imported.

US Pat. No. 9,936,137

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:a viewfinder including an eye contacting portion and an internal display unit;
an eye approaching detection unit configured to detect a distance to an object approaching the eye contacting portion;
a mode switching unit configured to select one of a plurality of operation modes including first and second operation modes; and
a control unit configured to perform control such that
an on state of the internal display unit is changed to an off state based on detection, by the eye approaching detection unit, of an object which moves away from the eye contacting portion to a position at or further than a first distance from the eye contacting portion in the first operation mode, and
the on state of the internal display unit is changed to the off state based on detection, by the eye approaching detection unit, of an object which moves away from the eye contacting portion to a position at or further than a second distance, which is larger than the first distance, from the eye contacting portion in the second operation mode.

US Pat. No. 9,927,761

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image from said image bearing member onto a toner image receiving member at a transfer portion;
a cleaning member contacting said image bearing member at a contact portion and configured to remove transfer residual toner remaining on a surface of said image bearing member from the surface of said image bearing member with movement of said image bearing member; and
an executing portion configured to execute a supplying operation for forming a predetermined toner image on said image bearing member during non-image formation and then supplying toner of the predetermined toner image to the contact portion,
wherein said executing portion executes the supplying operation with a forming condition of the predetermined toner image preset on the basis of information on contact pressure applied by said cleaning member to said image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,928,018

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, FOR A DRAWING CONTROL TECHNIQUE OF A PRINTER DRIVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory for storing a graphics device interface application, a conversion module and a printer driver,
wherein the processor executes the graphics device interface application to issue GDI (graphics device interface) drawing commands in accordance with a print instruction, and
wherein the processor executes the conversion module to generate XPS (extensible markup language paper specification) drawing commands by converting the issued GDI drawing commands, and
wherein the processor executes the printer driver to generate print data based on the generated XPS drawing commands,
wherein if the issued GDI drawing commands include a pattern drawing command for filling a figure with a pattern, the conversion module obtains information of a resolution specified by the printer driver and generates the XPS drawing commands by converting the issued GDI drawing commands and setting a pattern resolution of the pattern drawing command based on the obtained information of the resolution specified by the printer driver.

US Pat. No. 9,929,202

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A device comprising:a first substrate which is provided with a first transistor;
a first structure which is disposed on the first substrate, the first structure including a first portion containing a conductive material and including a first wiring layer arranged between the first portion and the first substrate;
a second substrate provided with a second transistor;
a second structure disposed on the second substrate, the second structure including a second portion containing a conductive material and including a second wiring layer arranged between the second portion and the second substrate,
wherein the first structure and the second structure are arranged between the first substrate and the second substrate so that the first portion and the second portion are connected to each other,
wherein the first structure includes a first insulating film and a second insulating film, the first insulating film is arranged between the second insulating film and the first substrate, a material of the second insulating film is different from a material of the first insulating film, the first wiring layer is arranged between the first insulating film and the first substrate, and the first portion is arranged in a first groove formed of at least the first insulating film and the second insulating film, and
wherein the second structure includes a third insulating film, the second wiring layer is arranged between the third insulating film and the second substrate, and the second portion is arranged in a second groove formed of at least the third insulating film.

US Pat. No. 9,924,157

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:
a memory that stores instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the instructions to cause the image processing device to function as:
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire an image;
a depth information acquisition unit configured to acquire depth information relating to a depth distribution of the image
acquired by the image acquisition unit;

an image transformation unit configured to perform an image transformation process on the image acquired by the image acquisition
unit through coordinate conversion;

a depth information transformation unit configured to perform a transformation process on the depth information acquired by
the depth information acquisition unit through coordinate conversion corresponding to the coordinate conversion performed
on the image;

a combination information generation unit configured to generate combination information based on the depth information transformed
by the depth information transformation unit; and

an image combination unit configured to combine a plurality of images transformed by the image transformation unit based on
the combination information generated by the combination information generation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,916,647

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid crystal display apparatus that displays an image based on an input image signal, the liquid crystal display apparatus
comprising:
a liquid crystal display element;
a processor that performs processing to reduce disclination in the liquid crystal element with respect to the input image
signal so as to output an output image signal; and

a liquid crystal driver that drives the liquid crystal display element according to the output image signal,
wherein the processor outputs the output image signal by performing processing that restricts an upper limit value, a lower
limit value, or both an upper limit value and a lower limit value of a signal level of the input image signal in a case where
amounts of a predetermined frequency component included in the input image signal are equal to or larger than a threshold
value, and outputs the outputs image signal by performing processing that performs smoothing processing with respect to the
input image signal in a case where the amounts of the predetermined frequency component included in the input image signal
are smaller than the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,915,881

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus comprising:
a plurality of patterning devices arranged in two rows and each configured to perform patterning on one of a plurality of
substrates using one of a plurality of originals;

a substrate conveying path arranged to convey one of the plurality of substrates to one of the plurality of patterning devices,
wherein at least a portion of the substrate conveying path is arranged along and between the two rows; and

an original conveying path arranged to convey one of the plurality of originals to one of the plurality of patterning devices,
wherein at least a portion of the original conveying path is arranged along the two rows and opposite to the at least a portion
of the substrate conveying path with respect to one of the two rows.

US Pat. No. 9,915,889

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable intermediary transfer member for carrying a toner image to be transferred onto a recording material;
a first image forming portion including a rotatable first photosensitive member, a first charging member for electrostatically
charging said first photosensitive member, a first developing device for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on
a charged surface charged by said first charging member, a first transfer portion for transferring a toner image onto said
intermediary transfer member, and a first pre-exposure device for exposing to light said first photosensitive member at a
position downstream of said first transfer portion and upstream of said first charging member with respect to a rotational
direction of said first photosensitive member;

a second image forming portion including a rotatable second photosensitive member, a second charging member for electrostatically
charging said second photosensitive member, a second developing device for developing an electrostatic latent image formed
on a charged surface charged by said second charging member, a second transfer portion for transferring a toner image onto
said intermediary transfer member, and a second pre-exposure device for exposing to light said second photosensitive member
at a position downstream of said second transfer portion and upstream of said second charging member with respect to a rotational
direction of said second photosensitive member, wherein said second image forming portion is positioned upstream of said first
image forming portion with respect to a movement direction of said intermediary transfer member;

a detecting portion for detecting a current flowing through said first charging member when a predetermined voltage is applied
to said first charging member; and

an adjusting portion for adjusting an exposure amount of said first photosensitive member by said first pre-exposure device
on the basis of a detection result of said detecting portion in a region on said first photosensitive member having contacted
a toner band formed in a maximum amount per unit area on said intermediary transfer member by said second image forming portion
in a state in which a transfer current is supplied to said first transfer portion.

US Pat. No. 9,913,581

PHOTOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND PHOTOGRAPHY METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photography apparatus for acquiring a plurality of polarization-sensitive tomographic images of an object using information
about light having polarization different from each other, combined light being obtained by combining return light from the
object irradiated by measurement light and reference light corresponding to the measurement light, the combined light being
split into the light having polarization different from each other, the photography apparatus comprising:
a selecting unit configured to select one of a plurality of photography modes, including a follow up photography mode;
a tomographic image acquiring unit configured to acquire the plurality of polarization-sensitive tomographic images obtained
by photographing the object at different times; and

a positioning unit configured to, in a case where the follow up photography mode is selected, position the plurality of polarization-sensitive
tomographic images using information about a plurality of polarization planar images of the object corresponding to the plurality
of polarization-sensitive tomographic images.

US Pat. No. 9,915,891

DEVELOPING DEVICE WITH LIGHT REFLECTION THROUGH REGULATING MEMBER GAP

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a container for accommodating a developer including toner and a carrier;
a developer carrying member, rotatably supported by said container, for carrying the developer;
a developer regulating member, provided on said container, for regulating an amount of the developer carried on said developer
carrying member;

a first chamber, opposing said developer carrying member, for supplying the developer to said developer carrying member;
a second chamber for circulating the developer between itself and said first chamber;
a partition wall for partitioning said first chamber and said second chamber;
a first feeding member, rotatably provided in said first chamber, for feeding the developer in said first chamber in a first
feeding direction; and

a second feeding member, rotatably provided in said second chamber, for feeding the developer in said second chamber in a
second direction opposite to the first feeding direction;

a cover for covering an opening of said container so that part of an outer peripheral surface of said developer carrying member
is covered over an entire longitudinal region of said developer carrying member; and

a light-transmitting portion, provided in said cover, for permitting light transmission to an inside of said container,
wherein said light-transmitting portion is provided at least in a cover side closer to said developer carrying member than
said partition wall is so that a light beam entering the inside of said container is reflected by a surface of said first
feeding member, the reflected light being emitted to an outside of said container through a gap between said developer carrying
member and said developer regulating member.

US Pat. No. 9,916,149

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM OF PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
at least one processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the information processing apparatus
to function as:

a detection unit configured to detect a connection of a portable medium storing a plurality of applications, the plurality
of applications including a first type of application and a second type of application, wherein the first type of application
is a host bundle and the second type of application is a fragment bundle that is added to the first type of application to
enhance functionality of the first type of application;

a creating unit configured to create, in response to a detection by the detection unit, an installation task list defining
an order of installing applications such that the first type of application is installed first and then the second type of
application is installed;

an installation unit configured to install the first type of application first and then install the second type of application
into the first type of application based on the installation task list created by the creating unit, wherein the second type
of application is temporary installed and disabled before installed into the first type of application, and is enabled after
installed into the first type of application; and

a control unit configured to start, after installation by the installation unit, the first type of application after enabling
the second type of application,

wherein the creating unit checks whether or not a license file that is stored in the portable medium and paired with at least
one of the first type of application or the second type of application corresponds to the information processing apparatus,
and creates the installation task list without the first type of application or the second type of application paired with
the license file that does not correspond to the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,917,965

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
acquire setting information for a user from a server in a case where the user logs into the image forming apparatus;
display a first display screen according to the acquired setting information in a case where the acquired setting information
is supported by the image forming apparatus;

display a second display screen according to pre-stored setting information of the image forming apparatus in a case where
the acquired setting information is not supported by the image forming apparatus; and

transmit, to the server at a predetermined timing, updated setting information indicating a change by the user to the acquired
setting information and not transmit, to the server at the predetermined timing, the pre-stored setting information of the
image forming apparatus even if the pre-stored setting information is used instead of using the acquired setting information
in a case where the acquired setting information is not supported by the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,917,966

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO STORE SPECIFIC DATA UPON OCCURRENCE OF INTERRUPTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a reader configured to read a document; and
a storage configured to store image data of the document read by the reader;
a controller configured to read the image data of the document from the storage before image data for one page of the document
has been stored in the storage and cause a printer to perform printing based on the read image data,

wherein the controller performs, upon occurrence of an interruption factor before image data for one page of the document
has been stored in the storage, control to store specific data in a storage area of the storage device in which remaining
image data of the document is to be stored,

wherein, in a case where an interruption factor occurs before image data for one page of the document has been stored in the
storage, the printer performs printing based on the image data of the document stored in the storage and the specific data
stored in the storage.

US Pat. No. 9,917,973

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a network external that receives, from an internal device, a print job including one of first setting information specifying
a first process and second setting information specifying a second process; and

a controller that performs, according to the first setting information included in the received print job, the first process
of rendering a page of the received print job and then printing the rendered page without waiting for a completion of rendering
of all pages of the received print job, and performs, according to the second setting information included in the received
print job, the second process of rendering all the pages of the received print job and then printing all the rendered pages,

wherein the controller performs, according to third setting information included in the received print job, the second process.

US Pat. No. 9,917,980

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INQUIRING WHETHER A USER WANTS TO CHANGE A BINDING PROCESS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus that controls a print operation based on a print job, the apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the print control apparatus to:
accept a setting change of a print job selected by a user from among stored print jobs,
in a case where the print job becomes a print job in which a number of sheets to be used for the print job does not exceed
a number of sheets allowable for a first binding processing for binding sheets without using any staple and a second binding
processing for binding sheets with a staple is set by reflecting the setting change, perform an inquiry to inquire whether
a user wants to perform the first binding processing and reflect the setting change of the print job based on a user instruction
received in response to the inquiry, and

in a case where the print job becomes a print job in which the number of sheets to be used for the print job exceeds the number
of sheets allowable for the first binding processing and the second binding processing is set by reflecting the setting change,
reflect the setting change of the print job without performing the inquiry.

US Pat. No. 9,914,222

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM THAT CALCULATE AN ACCURACY OF CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN A MODEL FEATURE AND A MEASUREMENT DATA FEATURE AND COLLATE, BASED ON THE ACCURACY,

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
(A) at least one memory storing computer executable instructions; and
(B) at least one processor configured to execute the computer executable instructions to implement:
(a) a prediction unit configured to predict, based on a geometric model representing a shape of an object to be measured,
an image degradation of the object to be measured in an image in which the object to be measured is captured by a capturing
device;

(b) a searching unit configured to search a two-dimensional image in which the object to be measured is captured by the capturing
device for a measurement data feature that corresponds to a model feature of the geometric model;

(c) an evaluation unit configured to evaluate, using the two-dimensional image, an image degradation with respect to the measurement
data feature found by the searching unit;

(d) a calculation unit configured to calculate, based on the image degradation predicted by the prediction unit and the image
degradation evaluated by the evaluation unit, an accuracy of the correspondence between the model feature and the measurement
data feature; and

(e) a collation unit configured to collate, based on the accuracy of the correspondence between the model feature and the
measurement data feature, the geometric model and the object to be measured in the two-dimensional image.

US Pat. No. 9,916,043

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR RECOGNIZING USER OPERATION BASED ON AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a processor that upon executing instructions stored in the memory functions as:
a detection unit configured to detect, from an image obtained by capturing a predetermined object, one or more indicated positions
indicated by a part of the predetermined object;

an extraction unit configured to extract, from the image, feature information indicating a state of the predetermined object,
the feature information being different from the one or more indicated positions;

a first recognition unit configured to recognize, based on a change in a positional relationship between two or more of the
indicated positions detected by the detection unit, an operation to be input to the information processing apparatus;

a second recognition unit configured to, based on a change in the feature information extracted by the extraction unit, recognize
the operation to be input to the information processing apparatus; and

an output unit configured to output either one of recognition results of the first recognition unit and the second recognition
unit, the either one of recognition results being selected based on a shift of a number of the indicated positions detected
by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,912,900

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus capable of communicating with an external device, the display apparatus comprising:
a first communication unit;
a second communication unit; and
a control unit configured to control the first communication unit and the second communication unit,
wherein the display apparatus is capable of being on standby in a first standby mode in which the first communication unit
and the second communication unit are enabled and in a second standby mode in which the second communication unit is enabled,

wherein, in response to the display apparatus being on standby in the first standby mode, when the control unit receives a
command via communication from the external device to the first communication unit, the control unit acquires information
of another display apparatus via the second communication unit and transmits the information to the external device via the
first communication unit, and

wherein, in response to the display apparatus being on standby in the second standby mode, when the control unit receives
a command via communication from another display apparatus to the second communication unit, the control unit transmits information
of the display apparatus to the other display apparatus via the second communication unit.

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. 9,910,629

IMAGE OUTPUT SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS AND METHODS THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image output system in which an image processing apparatus, an image output apparatus and a conversion server for data
conversion are connected to one another via a network,
wherein the image processing apparatus comprises:
a storage unit configured to store print data received from an external apparatus via the network; and
a conversion control unit configured to request the conversion server to perform a conversion process on the print data,
wherein the conversion server comprises:
a conversion unit configured to perform a conversion process of converting the print data into a predetermined format in response
to the request from the image processing apparatus;

a reference information generation unit configured to generate reference information indicating a location of the print data
after conversion by the conversion unit; and

a reference information transmission unit configured to transmit the reference information to the image processing apparatus
as a response to the request from the image processing apparatus,

wherein the image output apparatus comprises:
a print data request unit configured to notify the image processing apparatus of apparatus configuration information on the
image output apparatus and issue a print data request to the image processing apparatus; and

a print unit configured to perform a print process,
wherein the image processing apparatus further comprises a print data request response unit configured to select either of
the print data stored in the storage unit and the reference information received from the conversion server based on the apparatus
configuration information, and output a selection result to the image output apparatus as a response to the print data request
from the image output apparatus, and

wherein in the image output apparatus, when the reference information is received from the image processing apparatus, the
print unit acquires the print data after conversion by the conversion unit from the conversion server and performs printing,
based on the reference information, and, when the print data is received from the image processing apparatus, the print unit
performs printing based on the print data.

US Pat. No. 9,910,375

YELLOW TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A yellow toner comprising a toner particle containing:
a binder resin; and
a colorant containing at least one compound selected from the group consisting of a compound expressed by the following formula
(1), a compound expressed by the following formula (2), and a compound expressed by the following formula (3):


wherein in formulas (1) to (3), R1, R11, R12, and R21 each represent an alkyl group having a carbon number of 3 or more,

R3, R13, and R23 each represent an alkyl group, and

R4, R14, and R24 each represent a linear alkyl group having a carbon number of 3 or more, and

wherein the colorant further contains a pigment selected from the group consisting of C.I. Pigment Yellows 180, 155, 150,
and 74.

US Pat. No. 9,910,378

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SHORTENING TIME REQUIRED FOR START-UP, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a printer engine which forms an image on a sheet;
a storage which stores a print job for causing the printer engine to perform a print process;
an interface which receives an instruction to stop supplying power to the printer engine;
a controller which includes a processor and a memory, and, when the interface has received the predetermined instruction to
stop supplying power to the printer engine, performs a deletion process for deleting the print job stored in the storage and
transmits a predermined command to the printer engine without waiting for completion of the deletion process, wherein the
printer engine performs a protection process for protecting the printer engine in accordance with receiving the predetermined
command without waiting for completion of the deletion process; and

a power controller which stops supplying power to the printer engine when the protection process is completed, and stops supplying
power to the printer engine forcibly when a predetermined period has elapsed since the interface recieved the predetermined
instruction to stop supplying power to the printer engine without waiting for completion of the deletion process.

US Pat. No. 9,910,379

CHARGING MEMBER WITH CONCAVE PORTIONS CONTAINING INSULATING PARTICLES AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member comprising:
an electro-conductive support; and
an electro-conductive surface layer, the electro-conductive surface layer including, on an outer surface thereof, concave
portions that are independent of each other, a part of a wall of each of the concave portions constituting a part of the charging
member outer surface, each of the concave portions holding an insulating particle positioned therein, wherein

the insulating particle being exposed to a surface of the charging member and forming a convex portion on the surface of the
charging member,

an orthogonal projection image is obtained when each of the concave portions and the insulating particle held in each of the
concave portions are orthogonally projected on a surface of the electro-conductive support,

in the orthogonal projection image, a site exists in which an outer edge of a projection image derived from the insulating
particle and an outer edge of a projection image derived from each of the concave portions are separated,

an average value of acute angles is from 0° to less than 45°, each of the acute angles being formed by (I) a line segment
and (II) a longitudinal direction of the charging member, the line segment connecting (i) a center of gravity of a gap formed
by separation of the insulating particle and each of the concave portion, and (ii) a center of gravity of the insulating particle
and

the insulating particle has an average particle size of 6 to 30 ?m, and
a distance of the site in which the outer edge of the projection image derived from the insulating particle and the outer
edge of the projection image derived from the each of the concave portions are separated is 10 to 70 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,910,391

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus for heating an image formed on a recording material, the image heating apparatus comprising:
a tubular rotary member including a conductive layer;
a magnetic core inserted into a hollow portion of the rotary member;
a coil helically wound around an outer side of the magnetic core and continuously extending in a range from one longitudinal
end of the rotary member to the other longitudinal end of the rotary member in the hollow portion, a helical axis of the coil
extending along a generatrix direction of the rotary member; and

a control unit configured to control a frequency of an alternating current flowing through the coil,
wherein the conductive layer generates heat by an electromagnetic induction in an alternating magnetic field formed when the
alternating current flows through the coil, and

wherein the control unit controls the frequency in accordance with a size of the recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,910,394

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. 9,910,397

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH SPEED DIFFERENCE CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable image bearing member configured to carry a toner image;
a transfer device configured to transfer the toner image from said image bearing member onto a transfer material;
a cleaning blade configured to remove toner from said image bearing member after transfer of the toner image;
a rotatable fur brush provided at a position downstream of said transfer device and upstream of said cleaning blade with respect
to a rotational moving direction of said image bearing member, said fur brush being rotatable to provide a peripheral moving
direction thereof counterdirectional with respect to a peripheral moving direction of said image bearing member;

an executing portion capable of executing an operation in a first mode for forming a toner image on the transfer material
on the basis of an image formation signal inputted to said image forming apparatus and in a second mode for supplying a band
of the toner to said cleaning blade; and

a controller configured to control a peripheral speed difference between said image bearing member and said fur brush,
wherein the peripheral speed difference between said image bearing member and said fur brush when the band of the toner passes
said fur brush in the second mode is less than the peripheral speed difference between said image bearing member and said
fur brush when residual toner remaining on said image bearing member after transfer of the toner image passes said fur brush
in the first mode.

US Pat. No. 9,910,401

CARTRIDGE AND MEMBER USED FOR CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge attachable to and detachable from an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a rotatable developer carrying member; and
a development container configured to support the developer carrying member,
wherein the development container includes a positioning portion and a rotation stop portion provided at one end in an axial
direction of the developer carrying member and configured to be engaged with and guided by a guide of the image forming apparatus,
and also includes a longitudinal positioning portion provided at the one end in the axial direction of the developer carrying
member and configured to contact the guide and position the development container in a longitudinal direction, and

wherein, in a state where the cartridge is attached to the image forming apparatus, when a cross-sectional positioning range
is defined by using a width, having one end at a point at which the rotation stop portion contacts the guide and another end
at a point at which the positioning portion contacts the guide in an attachment direction of the cartridge, and a height being
a width of the guide at the point at which the rotation stop portion contacts the guide or the point at which the positioning
portion contacts the guide, the longitudinal positioning portion overlaps the cross-sectional positioning range in the longitudinal
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,910,405

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer;
a regulating member configured to regulate an amount of the developer borne by the developer bearing member; and
a toner seal member being in contact with a peripheral surface of the developer bearing member,
wherein the regulating member includes a flexible support member composed by a plate-like member and a blade member covering
the support member and being in contact with the developer bearing member, the regulating member is formed so that an end
portion of the regulating member protrudes in a thickness direction of the regulating member in comparison with a central
portion of the regulating member in a rotation axial direction of the developer bearing member, and the regulating member
is disposed so that the projecting direction of the regulating member faces the developer bearing member, and

the toner seal member is pressed along the rotation axial direction to the end portion of the regulating member in the rotation
axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,910,407

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form an image on a recording material;
a discharge portion configured to discharge the recording material on which the image has been formed by the image forming
portion, wherein a delivery conveyance portion is mountable to the discharge portion in a space adjacent to the image forming
portion, the delivery conveyance portion being configured to convey the recording material discharged from the discharge portion
to a post-processing apparatus configured to perform post-processing on the recording material, the delivery conveyance portion
having a power source circuit configured to supply electric power to the delivery conveyance portion;

a detection unit configured to detect a temperature;
a first cooling unit configured to cool the image forming portion; and
a control unit configured to control, in a case where the delivery conveyance portion is mounted, rotation of the first cooling
unit based on the temperature detected by the detection unit in a standby state in which an image forming operation is not
performed,

wherein, in a case where the delivery conveyance portion is not mounted, the control unit performs control on the first cooling
unit in the standby state regardless of the temperature detected by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,911,198

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR MATCHING MOVING TARGETS BETWEEN CAMERA VIEWS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of matching moving targets between two camera views, the method comprising:
tracking the moving targets over video frames in each of the camera views and recording motion directions of the targets;
determining appearance similarities for cross-camera target pairs over synchronised ones of the video frames;
determining a joint probability model of co-occurred ones of the recorded motion directions for the camera views using a weighted
accumulation of the recorded motion directions of the cross-camera target pairs, where accumulation weights used in determining
the joint probability model are derived from the determined appearance similarities; and

matching the moving targets between the camera views using the joint probability model.

US Pat. No. 9,906,400

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD IN THE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A management system that includes a plurality of network devices and a management server,
the management server having a management unit configured to manage a setting value to be set in the plurality of network
devices in common as master data,

each network device that is included in the plurality of network devices having a receiving unit configured to transmit an
acquisition request of the setting value managed as the master data to the management server and to receive the setting value,

the plurality of network devices including a first network device,
the first network device comprising:
an import unit configured to import a setting value from a USB memory; and
a notification unit configured to notify an information to the management server, the information showing that the import
unit is performing an import processing,

and
the management server comprising:
a first receiving unit configured to receive the information showing that the import processing is performed, from the first
network device;

a second receiving unit configured to receive an update request of the master data from a second network device that is included
in the plurality of network devices;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the first network device performs the import processing, by using the
information received by the first receiving unit;

a response unit configured to respond with an error to the update request from the second network device, when the determination
unit determines that the first network device performs the import processing; and

an update unit performing an update of the master data on the basis of the update request from the second network device,
when the determination unit determines that the import processing is not performed in the first network device.

US Pat. No. 9,906,661

APPARATUS HAVING POWER-SAVING MODE, CONTROL METHOD OF THE APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus having, as operation modes, a normal mode and a power-saving mode in which consumed power is less than that
in the normal mode, the apparatus comprising:
a display unit;
a main control unit that transmits display information to the display unit;
a storage unit that stores data of an initial screen that is displayed on the display unit;
a sub control unit that transmits the initial screen data stored in the storage unit to the display unit at least during starting
of the main control unit; and

a change unit that transmits a change instruction to change the initial screen data stored in the storage unit into new initial
screen data, based on a change of a screen to be displayed at the time of return from the power-saving mode.

US Pat. No. 9,904,195

TONER, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising: a toner particle containing a binder resin and a colorant, and an inorganic fine particle A and an
inorganic fine particle B present on a surface of the toner particle, wherein
the inorganic fine particle A is a silica fine particle having a number-average particle diameter (D1) of primary particles of not less than 80 nm and not more than 200 nm;

the inorganic fine particle B has a number-average particle diameter (D1) of primary particles of not less than 5 nm and not more than 25 nm, and is at least one fine particle which is selected
from a group consisting of a silica fine particle, a titanium oxide fine particle, and an alumina fine particle;

when a fixing ratio of the inorganic fine particle A to the toner particle is represented by a fixing ratio A and a fixing
ratio of the inorganic fine particle B to the toner particle is represented by a fixing ratio B,

a sum of the fixing ratio A and the fixing ratio B is 75% or more,
where an inter-particle force measured after a load of 78.5 N is applied to the toner is Fp(A) and an inter-particle force
measured after a load of 157.0 N is applied to the toner is Fp(B),

the Fp(A) and the Fp(B) satisfy the following Formulas (1) and (2):
Fp(A)?30.0 nN, and   Formula (1):

(Fp(B)?Fp(A))/Fp(A)?0.90.   Formula (2):

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. 9,904,200

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image-bearing member;
a charging member configured to charge the image-bearing member by receiving a charge voltage in which a direct-current voltage
and an alternating-current voltage are superposed on each other;

a power source configured to apply the charge voltage to the charging member;
a toner-image forming unit configured to form a toner image on the image-bearing member charged by the charging member;
a detector configured to detect a current flowing through the charging member when the power source applies the charge voltage
to the charging member;

an extraction unit configured to extract, from the current detected by the detector when the charge voltage is applied to
the charging member, a current in a frequency band including a discharge current component;

an adjustment unit configured to adjust the alternating-current voltage based on the current extracted by the extraction unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information about an amount of use of the image-bearing member; and
a setting unit configured to set, based on the information acquired by the acquisition unit, a frequency band for extraction
performed by the extraction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,904,202

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING POTENTIAL DIFFERENCE CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a charging member configured to charge the image bearing member;
a developer bearing member configured to carry a developer for forming a developer image by developing an electrostatic image
on the image bearing member;

a developer storage portion configured to store the developer to be carried by the developer bearing member;
a transfer portion configured to transfer the developer image, formed on the image bearing member, onto a recording material;
a fixing device configured to fix the developer image on the recording material; and
a control portion configured to implement control such that, in a case that (I) the developer remaining on the image bearing
member without being transferred to the recording material is moved from the image bearing member to the developer bearing
member and then recovered in the developer storage portion, and (II) a second image is formed on a rear face of the recording
material after a first image is formed on a surface of the recording material and the first image is fixed by the fixing device,
(i) a second potential difference between (i-1) a surface potential of the image bearing member after being charged with the charging member when forming the second image
and (i-2) a potential of the developer bearing member is less than (ii) a first potential difference between (ii-1) a surface potential of the image bearing member after being charged with the charging member when forming the first image
and (ii-2) a potential of the developer bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,902,157

LIQUID EJECTION SUBSTRATE, LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection substrate including an ejection opening that ejects a liquid, an ejection energy generation element that
generates energy used to eject the liquid, and a pressure chamber that has the ejection energy generation element provided
therein,
wherein the liquid ejection substrate includes a first portion and a second portion deviated from each other in a thickness
direction of the liquid ejection substrate,

wherein the first portion is provided with a supply passage disposed at one side of the pressure chamber to supply the liquid
to the pressure chamber and a collection passage disposed at the other side of the pressure chamber to collect the liquid
from the pressure chamber, and

wherein the second portion is provided with a common supply passage communicating with a plurality of the supply passages
and a common collection passage communicating with a plurality of the collection passages.

US Pat. No. 9,904,208

ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER, CLEANING DEVICE, DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An accommodating device for collecting developer from an image bearing member, comprising:
an accommodating container for accommodating the developer from the image bearing member;
a feeding member for feeding the developer in a developer feeding direction and provided in said accommodating container;
and

a wall member for partitioning inside of said accommodating container, said wall member provided in said accommodating container
extending along a direction crossing the developer feeding direction and inclined toward a downstream side of said feeding
member with respect to the developer feeding direction,

wherein said wall member is contactable to the developer being fed in the developer feeding direction.

US Pat. No. 9,904,222

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH PLURALITY OF RIBS ON GUIDE TO FIXING NIP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion for forming an unfixed image on a recording material;
a fixing portion for fixing the unfixed image formed on the recording material onto the recording material at a fixing nip;
a first guide member configured to guide the recording material to the fixing nip, said first guide member contactable with
a surface of the recording material opposite from a surface of the recording material on which the unfixed image is formed;
and

a second guide member configured to guide the recording material to the fixing nip, said second guide member provided at a
position opposed to the surface of the recording material on which the unfixed image is formed and at an end of said fixing
portion with respect to a direction, as a widthwise direction of the recording material, perpendicular to a feeding direction
of the recording material,

wherein said second guide member is shaped so that a guide portion of said second guide member, contactable with the recording
material, is inclined in the direction perpendicular to a feeding direction of the recording material so that the guide portion
approaches said first guide member at a position thereof closer to an end portion thereof,

wherein a plurality of ribs with which the recording material is contactable are provided on the guide portion of said second
guide member,

wherein when the plurality of ribs are seen from a side upstream of the fixing nip with respect to the feeding direction,
the plurality of ribs are inclined in the direction perpendicular to the feeding direction of the recording material, and

wherein when the plurality of ribs are viewed in the direction perpendicular to the feeding direction, the plurality of ribs
are inclined in the feeding direction.

US Pat. No. 9,904,225

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a rotatable image bearing member on which an electrostatic image is formed;
a rotatable developer bearing member that supplies a developer to the image bearing member and develops the electrostatic
image; and

processing portion that processes image information so as to add a specific dot pattern to an image to be formed on recording
material, wherein the image forming apparatus executes: a first image formation mode in which an image is formed based on
the image information by setting a peripheral velocity ratio Vd/Vdr between a peripheral velocity Vd of the developer bearing
member and a peripheral velocity Vdr of the image bearing member to a first peripheral velocity ratio ?VI; and

a second image formation mode in which an image is formed based on the image information by setting the peripheral velocity
ratio Vd/Vdr to a second peripheral velocity ratio ?V2, which is higher than the first peripheral velocity ratio ?VI,

in the first image formation mode, the image forming apparatus forms an image with a first development contrast CI and forms
the specific dot pattern with a second development contrast C2, which is lower than the first development contrast CI,

in the second image formation mode, the image forming apparatus forms an image with a third development contrast C3 and forms
the specific dot pattern with a fourth development contrast C4, which is lower than the third development contrast C3, and
when ?C1 (=C2/C1) denotes a ratio between the second development contrast C2 and the first development contrast CI, and ?C2
(=C4/C3) denotes a ratio between the fourth development contrast C4 and the third development contrast C3,

?C2

US Pat. No. 9,904,227

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONSUMABLE PRODUCT MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A consumable product management method for an image forming apparatus that can form an image by using a toner cartridge
filled with toner particles, the toner cartridge having a first non-volatile memory that holds individual information including
at least one of reference date and time and use record value, and the image forming apparatus includes a second non-volatile
memory configured to store the individual information, the method comprising:
reading individual information from the first non-volatile a memory of the toner cartridge
performing a first control or a second control, in which the first control includes adding the individual information read
from the first non-volatile memory of the toner cartridge, as new individual information, to the second non-volatile memory
of the image forming apparatus based on a comparison between the reference date and time included in the individual information
held in the first non-volatile memory of the toner cartridge and reference date and time included in individual information
stored in the second non-volatile memory of the image forming apparatus, and the second control includes adding the individual
information read from the first non-volatile memory of the toner cartridge, as new individual information, to the second non-volatile
memory of the image forming apparatus based on a comparison between the use record value included in the individual information
held in the first non-volatile memory of the toner cartridge and use record value included in individual information stored
in the second non-volatile memory of the image forming apparatus;

detecting a residual toner quantity of the toner cartridge using a sensor; and
setting irreversible life alarm history information into the first non-volatile memory of the toner cartridge, based on the
detected residual toner quantity,

wherein the first non-volatile memory of the toner cartridge has at least an area for storing the individual information about
the toner cartridge and an area for storing the irreversible life alarm history information.

US Pat. No. 9,902,183

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus, comprising:
a sheet supporting portion on which sheets are supported; and
a sheet binding unit having a first member and a second member, and binding a sheet bundle supported on the sheet supporting
portion by clamping and deforming a binding area of the sheet bundle by the first and second members, the binding area including
an edge of the sheet bundle and formed such that a longitudinal direction thereof inclines with respect to the edge of the
sheet bundle.

US Pat. No. 9,906,581

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory coupled to at least the processor and having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by at least the processor,
cause the information processing apparatus to perform operations comprising

establishing, by a management unit, a first Transmission Control Protocol communication connection with a server device and
a second Transmission Control Protocol communication connection with the server device in response to acquiring a communication
start request from an application installed in the information processing apparatus;

acquiring, by a first communication unit information indicating whether or not content has been generated from the server
device which dynamically generates the content using the first Transmission Control Protocol communication connection;

downloading, by a second communication unit, the generated content using the second Transmission Control Protocol communication
connection; and

executing, by a printing unit, a print process for transmitting print data based on the downloaded content to an image processing
apparatus, in parallel with downloading the content that has been completely generated by the server device using the second
Transmission Control Protocol communication connection by the second communication unit,

wherein the first communication unit does not download the generated content using the first Transmission Control Protocol
communication connection,

wherein the management unit transmits a download instruction to the second communication unit in response to the first communication
unit acquiring information indicating that the content has been generated and instructs the first Transmission Control Protocol
communication connection to disconnect from the first communication unit in response to confirming that there is no download
incomplete content in the server device and instructs the second Transmission Control Protocol communication connection to
disconnect from the second communication unit after instructing disconnection of the first Transmission Control Protocol communication
connection,

wherein the second communication unit continues to download the content generated in accordance with the download instruction
from the management unit while maintaining the second Transmission Control Protocol communication connection until the disconnection
of the second Transmission Control Protocol communication connection is instructed by the management unit.

US Pat. No. 9,904,046

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an illumination optical system configured to illuminate a specimen;
an imaging optical system configured to form an optical image of the specimen;
a light modulator configured to generate at least one of a transmittance distribution and a phase distribution which are asymmetric
with respect to an optical axis on a pupil plane of at least one of the illumination optical system and the imaging optical
system;

an image sensor configured to photoelectrically convert the optical image;
a driver configured to change a relative position along an optical axis direction of the imaging optical system between a
focal plane of the imaging optical system and at least one of the specimen and the image sensor; and

an operating unit configured to reconstruct information of the specimen,
wherein the driver changes the relative position in acquiring a plurality of images of the specimen,
wherein the illumination optical system and the imaging optical system form a partially coherent imaging system, and
wherein the operating unit is configured to perform a compressive sensing reconstruction algorithm for the plurality of images
using the following expressions:

I=?T
T=1+i?(n021?n·n)
where I is a M×1 vector obtained by combining the plurality of images and subtracting a constant, ? is a M×N matrix determined
from the illumination optical system and the imaging optical system, T is a N×1 vector representing three-dimensional information
of the specimen, n is an N×1 vector representing a three-dimensional refractive index distribution of the specimen, n0 is a background refractive index of the specimen, • is an operator for taking the Hadamard product, and 1 is an N×1 vector
having all elements of 1.

US Pat. No. 9,904,559

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ACTIVATION METHOD THEREFOR FOR PROCESSING DATA OF A HIBERNATION IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a volatile memory;
at least one processor that operates to: (i) compress at least a part of data stored in the volatile memory into compressed
data, and (ii) decompress compressed data read into the volatile memory; a non-volatile memory configured to store non-compressed
data and the compressed data as hibernation images;

a first reading circuit configured to read the compressed data stored in the non-volatile memory into a region in the volatile
memory that is not used for initialization of a kernel; and

a second reading circuit configured to read the non-compressed data stored in the non-volatile memory into the volatile memory
in parallel with the decompression processing executed by the at least one processor,

wherein the at least one processor further operates to activate a system based on the decompressed data and the non-compressed
data read by the second reading circuit, and

wherein the initialization of the kernel executed by using a part of the volatile memory which is exclusively independent
of the region used by at least one of the processing executed by the first reading circuit and the processing executed by
the second reading circuit, the processing executed by the first reading circuit and the processing executed by the second
reading circuit are in parallel.

US Pat. No. 9,901,249

TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A tomographic image processing apparatus comprising:
an analyzing unit configured to perform layer analysis of a tomographic image of an eye to be inspected, the tomographic image
having been obtained using an OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) optical system;

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display (1) the tomographic image and (2) information indicating
a plurality of boundaries of layers in the tomographic image; and

an adjustment unit configured to adjust, in a case where a boundary of layers is selected from the indicated plurality of
boundaries, contrast of the tomographic image such that (a) a brightness difference between layers corresponding to the selected
boundary in the tomographic image becomes larger and (b) a brightness of a layer different from the layers corresponding to
the selected boundary is maintained.

US Pat. No. 9,904,071

IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION DEVICE CAPABLE OF PREVENTING OCCURRENCE OF IMAGE BLUR, LENS BARREL, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image blur correction device comprising:
a correction optical element,
a first drive section configured to include a first vibrator in which predetermined vibration is excited and a first slider
being in contact with said first vibrator and to move said correction optical element in a first direction orthogonal to a
direction of are optical axis of the correction optical element; and

a second drive section configured to include a second vibrator in which predetermined vibration is excited and a second slider
being in contact with said second vibrator and to move said correction optical element in a second direction orthogonal to
the direction of the optical axis,

wherein when viewed in the optical axis direction, said first drive section and said second drive section at least partially
overlap each other and a center point of the area of contact between said first vibrator and said first slider and a center
point of the area of contact between said second vibrator and said second slider overlap each other.

US Pat. No. 9,895,882

DRIVING DEVICE FOR A LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving device for a liquid ejection head, which is configured to drive a plurality of piezoelectric elements of the
liquid ejection head, the liquid ejection head including a plurality of ejection orifices configured to eject liquid and the
plurality of piezoelectric elements configured to generate energy for ejecting liquid from the plurality of ejection orifices,
the driving device comprising:
a control circuit unit comprising:
storage sections configured to store a plurality of pieces of drive voltage waveform data of different waveforms for controlling
an ejection amount of the liquid; and

a transfer circuit configured to transfer the plurality of pieces of drive voltage waveform data stored in the storage sections;
and

a drive circuit unit comprising a plurality of individual drive circuit sections which are arranged so as to correspond to
the plurality of piezoelectric elements, respectively, and each configured to select one of the plurality of pieces of drive
voltage waveform data transferred by the transfer circuit to generate a drive voltage for driving a corresponding piezoelectric
element with use of a selected piece of drive voltage waveform data,

the control circuit unit comprising an integrated circuit which is different from the drive circuit unit.
US Pat. No. 9,897,933

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising toner particles each having a surface layer containing an organosilicon polymer,
the organosilicon polymer comprising a siloxane-based polymer having a partial structure represented by formula (1) and a
partial structure represented by formula (2)

R—SiO3/2  (1)

where R represents an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, or a phenyl group;
Rf—SiO3/2  (2)

where Rf represents a structure represented by any one of formulae (i) and (ii), * in each of the formulae (i) and (ii) represents
a bonding portion with a silicon atom, and L in the formula (ii) represents a methylene group, an ethylene group, or a phenylene
group

*—CH?CH2  (i)

*-L-CH?CH2  (ii)

wherein an area RT3 of a peak assigned to the partial structure represented by formula (1) and an area RfT3 of a peak assigned
to the partial structure represented by formula (2) satisfy 0.300>(RfT3/RT3)>0.010 in a chart obtained by 29Si-NMR measurement of a tetrahydrofuran-insoluble matter of the toner particles.

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. 9,895,858

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. A control method for controlling a sheet processing apparatus having a sheet discharge unit, the control method comprising:
performing crease processing on a sheet;
discharging, via the sheet discharge unit, a sheet having been subjected to the crease processing;
determining whether a number of the discharged sheets having been subjected to the crease processing exceeds a predetermined
number of sheets; and

performing control to cause the sheet discharge unit to discharge a sheet,
wherein, in a case where it is determined that the number of the discharged sheets having been subjected to the crease processing
exceeds the predetermined number of sheets, performing control includes causing the sheet discharge unit not to discharge
sheets having been subjected to the crease processing onto the discharge destination.

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.