US Pat. No. 9,894,470

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, PORTABLE TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND SERVICE PROVIDING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating, using predetermined wireless communication, with a portable
terminal carried by a user, the information processing apparatus comprising,
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
detect connection to the portable terminal by the predetermined wireless communication; and
display, when selecting a target to be provided with a function of the information processing apparatus, information of a
paired terminal paired with the detected portable terminal as a choice of the target.

US Pat. No. 9,888,844

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an irradiation unit configured to irradiate a measurement object with a measuring light;
a reflection unit configured to reflect or scatter the measuring light;
a polarization control unit configured to control, based on the measuring light reflected or scattered by the reflection unit,
polarization of the measuring light;

an image acquisition unit configured to acquire an image of the measurement object,
wherein the reflection unit is configured to be placed in an optical path of the measuring light in a first mode which is
a mode for controlling polarization of the measuring light by the polarization control unit, and the reflection unit is configured
to be placed out of the optical path of the measuring light in a second mode which is a mode for acquiring the image.

US Pat. No. 9,891,730

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD THEREFOR, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive an update instruction to update at least a part of an image displayed on a display
screen;

an estimating unit configured to estimate a target position on the display screen before designation of the target position
on the display screen by a user operation;

a layout acquiring unit configured to acquire a position of an object to be laid out within the image on the display screen
after the update, the object being displayed at the target position on the display screen before the update, in a case where
an image displayed on the display screen is updated in response to the update instruction received by the receiving unit after
the estimating unit estimates the target position; and

a display control unit configured to, in a case where the target position is different from the position acquired by the layout
acquiring unit, display the object that has been displayed at the target position on the display screen before the update
at the estimated target position on the display screen after the update.

US Pat. No. 9,893,267

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
copper; and
a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula (1)
(1?x){(NayBa1?z)(NbzTi1?z)O3}-xBiFeO3(where 0.001?x?0.015, 0.80?y?0.95, and 0.85?z?0.95)  (1)

wherein 0.04 mol % or more and 2.00 mol % or less of Cu is contained relative to 1 mol of the perovskite-type metal oxide.

US Pat. No. 9,887,224

DETECTION APPARATUS HAVING COVERING LAYER DISPOSED ON INTERLAYER INSULATING LAYER IN A PIXEL-ARRAY OUTSIDE REGION, AND DETECTION SYSTEM INCLUDING DETECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A detection apparatus comprising:
a pixel-array region where a plurality of pixels is disposed on a substrate and a pixel-array outside region disposed outside
the pixel-array region on the substrate, each of the plurality of pixels including a conversion element including an electrode
electrically connected to a corresponding one of a plurality of switching elements, an impurity semiconductor layer disposed
on the electrode, and a semiconductor layer disposed on the impurity semiconductor layer;

an interlayer insulating layer disposed so as to cover the plurality of switching elements and composed of an organic material,
each electrode being disposed on a surface of the interlayer insulating layer in the pixel-array region; and

a covering layer composed of an inorganic material,
wherein the covering layer is disposed on a surface of the interlayer insulating layer in the pixel-array outside region so
that an end of the impurity semiconductor layer of a pixel located at an edge of the pixel-array region among the plurality
of pixels is disposed on a surface of the covering layer on an opposite side of an interlayer insulating layer side.

US Pat. No. 9,885,990

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,885,991

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first image forming unit configured to form an image in a first chromatic color;
a second image forming unit configured to form an image in a second chromatic color different from the first chromatic color;
and

a controller configured to:
control the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit to form, on a sheet, a superimposed measurement image
in which a first measurement image in the first chromatic color is superimposed on a second measurement image in the second
chromatic color;

acquire read data relating to the superimposed measurement image formed on the sheet;
analyze the read data; and
detect a streak image within the first measurement image and a streak image within the second measurement image based on a
result of the analysis, wherein:

the read data is output from a reading device;
the first image forming unit comprises:
a first photosensitive member;
a first charging unit configured to charge the first photosensitive member;
a first exposure unit configured to expose the first photosensitive member to form an electrostatic latent image on the first
photosensitive member; and

a first developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image on the first photosensitive member using a developer
of the first chromatic color on a first sleeve;

the second image forming unit comprises:
a second photosensitive member;
a second charging unit configured to charge the second photosensitive member;
a second exposure unit configured to expose the second photosensitive member to form an electrostatic latent image on the
second photosensitive member; and

a second developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image on the second photosensitive member using a
developer of the second chromatic color on a second sleeve;

the controller is configured to control the first image forming unit so that an absolute value of a first developing bias
applied to the first sleeve becomes larger than an absolute value of a surface potential of the first photosensitive member
charged by the first charging unit in order to form the first measurement image; and

the controller is configured to control the second image forming unit so that an absolute value of a second developing bias
applied to the second sleeve becomes larger than an absolute value of a surface potential of the second photosensitive member
charged by the second charging unit in order to form the second measurement image.

US Pat. No. 9,886,002

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus cartridge comprising:
a casing including an opening and an arc-shaped protrusion that is adjacent to the opening;
a developer roller having an axis L1, the developer roller being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1; and

a coupling member having an axis L2, the coupling member having (i) a first end portion operatively connected to the developer roller, (ii) a second end portion
including at least one projection that is open to the axis L2, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion, wherein a maximum distance as
measured from the axis L2, in a direction perpendicular to the axis L2, of at least part of the connecting portion is shorter than a distance between the at least one projection and the axis L2, and wherein at least part of the second end portion extends beyond the opening in the direction of the axis L1,

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

wherein the arc-shaped protrusion extends only partway around the coupling member.

US Pat. No. 9,885,780

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus, comprising:
a probe configured to irradiate an ultrasonic irradiation region of an object with ultrasonic waves, receive ultrasonic echoes
from the object, and convert the ultrasonic echoes into electric signals;

a driving control unit configured to control a driving mechanism configured to move the probe along a plurality of paths to
perform scanning of the object;

an ultrasonic control unit configured to control irradiation of ultrasonic waves to the object performed by the probe;
a signal processing unit configured to generate a line for an ultrasonic image based on the electric signals from the probe
as the probe moves along each path among the plurality of paths; and

a combining unit configured to combine a plurality of ultrasonic images obtained by the signal processing unit,
wherein the driving control unit causes the probe to move along:
a first path by moving the probe in a first direction; and
a second path by moving the probe in a second direction different from the first direction,
wherein the driving control unit alternates between causing the probe to move along a first set of paths parallel to the first
path in the first direction and causing the probe to move along a second set of paths parallel to the second path in the second
direction;

wherein at least a portion of the ultrasonic irradiation region of the probe in the first path and at least a portion of the
ultrasonic irradiation region of the probe in the second path overlap each other,

the ultrasonic control unit employs different ultrasonic-wave irradiation conditions for the probe as the probe is moved in
the first direction than the ultrasonic-wave irradiation conditions for the probe as the probe is moved in the second direction,

the combining unit combines a plurality of ultrasonic images obtained in accordance with electric signals based on ultrasonic
waves irradiated with the different ultrasonic-wave irradiation conditions,

wherein the ultrasonic-wave irradiation conditions include at least one of a focus position of the ultrasonic waves, a focus
depth of the ultrasonic waves, a center frequency of the ultrasonic waves, a steering direction of the ultrasonic waves, and
a transmission apodization of the ultrasonic waves.

US Pat. No. 9,887,062

TRANSMITTING-TYPE TARGET AND X-RAY GENERATION TUBE PROVIDED WITH TRANSMITTING-TYPE TARGET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmitting-type X-ray target comprising:
a target layer; and
a transmissive substrate configured to support the target layer,
wherein the transmissive substrate includes a first surface and a second surface facing each other and is formed of polycrystalline
diamond,

wherein the first surface includes polycrystalline diamond having a first average crystal grain diameter which is smaller
than a second average crystal grain diameter of polycrystalline diamond included in the second surface, and

wherein the target layer is supported by the first surface which includes the polycrystalline diamond having the first average
crystal grain diameter, such that a grain diameter of the polycrystalline diamond increases from the first surface towards
the second surface.

US Pat. No. 9,885,791

SCINTILLATOR AND RADIATION DETECTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scintillator, which has a first surface and a second surface that are not located on a same surface, the scintillator
comprising:
multiple first phases; and
a second phase positioned around the multiple first phases,
wherein:
a refractive index with respect to a wavelength range of scintillator light of the multiple first phases and a refractive
index with respect to the wavelength range of the scintillator light of the second phase are different from each other;

the scintillator further comprises an absorbing portion for absorbing the scintillator light, the absorbing portion being
provided between the first surface and the second surface in one of the multiple first phases and the second phase, which
has a lower refractive index; and

one of the multiple first phases and the second phase, which has a higher refractive index, is exposed at the first surface
and the second surface.

US Pat. No. 9,886,079

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SUPPLYING POWER TO INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first ACDC converter which inputs AC power and outputs first DC power;
a second ACDC converter which inputs AC power and outputs second DC power;
a DCDC converter which converts the second DC power into third DC power and outputs the third DC power;
a first monitoring circuit which monitors the third DC power and outputs a power good signal based on that a state of the
third DC power;

a first switch arranged on a primary side of the second ACDC converter;
a second switch arranged between the second ACDC converter and a load, the second DC power being supplied to the load; and
a power supply controller which turns on the first switch and then,
if the power good signal is not input from the first monitoring circuit, turns off the first switch and then turns the first
switch back on, and

if the power good signal is input from the first monitoring circuit, turns on the second switch;
wherein the power supply controller turns off the first switch but does not turn the first switch back on if the third DC
power falls into an abnormal state after the second switch is turned on.

US Pat. No. 9,883,795

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM OF PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical coherence tomography apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured, based on interfering light produced by interfering return light of light emitted toward an object
to be measured and reference light, to generate a plurality of tomographic images of a substantially same scanning line portion
on the object to be measured;

an evaluation unit configured to evaluate an image quality of each of the plurality of tomographic images using values of
pixels forming each of the plurality of tomographic images,

a selection unit configured to select a tomographic image, as a reference tomographic image for alignment, from the plurality
of tomographic images based on evaluation results by the evaluation unit;

an alignment unit configured to align each of the plurality of tomographic images with the reference tomographic image selected
by the selection unit;

an image processing unit configured to generate a combined tomographic image by averaging the plurality of tomographic images
aligned by the alignment unit; and

a display control unit configured to display, on a display unit, the combined tomographic image generated by the image processing
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,888,149

IMAGE PRINTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PRINTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image printing apparatus for printing an image on a print medium by using a plurality of color materials including at
least cyan, magenta, and light blue, the image printing apparatus comprising:
a print head to print a dot corresponding to each of the plurality of color materials according to a signal,
wherein
the color material of light blue satisfies:
?LB?(?LC??LB)>0 and

?LB?(?LM??LB)>0

where ?LC represents a difference between lightness of the image printed on the print medium with the color material of cyan and lightness
of a blank area in the print medium, ?LM represents a difference between lightness of the image printed on the print medium with the color material of magenta and
lightness of the blank area in the print medium, and ?LB represents a difference between lightness of the image printed on the print medium with the color material of light blue and
lightness of the blank area in the print medium; and

?LC
h(C+M)
where hM represents a hue angle of the image printed on the print medium with the color material of magenta, h(C+M) represents a hue angle of the image printed on the print medium with the color material of cyan and the color material of
magenta in the same amount, and hB represents a hue angle of the image printed on the print medium with the color material of light blue.

US Pat. No. 9,888,150

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE WHICH PROCESSES IMAGE DATA IN CORRESPONDENCE WITH ONE OR MORE PIXELS OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

25. A method for processing image data in correspondence with one or more pixels of an image, the method comprising:
a first image processing to operate in accordance with an instruction from a CPU, the first image processing including: (i)
receiving first processing image data including image data and attribute data, (ii) processing the image data of the received
first processing image data based on an attribute value of the attribute data, and (iii) outputting second processing image
data including the image data processed by the first processing unit and the attribute data;

an intermediate processing to operate in accordance with an instruction from the CPU, the intermediate processing including:
(i) receiving the second processing image data obtained by the first image processing, and (ii) processing the received second
processing image data to exclude the attribute value of the attribute data thereof; and

a second image processing to operate in accordance with an instruction from the CPU, the second image processing including
processing the image data of the second processing image data processed in the intermediate processing, under a condition
that there is no compatibility with the attribute data.

US Pat. No. 9,888,151

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO SELECT TRANSMITTING DESTINATION FROM ADDRESS BOOK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which has a transmitting function for scanning a document and transmitting image data of
the scanned document and which has a transferring function for receiving image data and transmitting the received image data,
comprising:
at least one storage medium configured (i) to store instructions, and (ii) to store a first address book that users can reference
commonly, and a second address book that only a login user who logs into the image processing apparatus can reference; and

at least one processor that, upon execution of the instructions stored in the at least one storage medium, functions as
an accepting unit configured to accept a first display request of an address book for setting a transmitting destination of
the transmitting function or a second display request of an address book for setting a transferring destination of the transferring
function; and

a control unit configured to enable a display unit to display, in accordance with accepting the first display request by the
accepting unit in a state that a user logs into the image processing apparatus, the first address book and the second address
book,

wherein the control unit enables the display unit to display, in accordance with accepting the second display request by the
accepting unit in a state that a user logs into the image processing apparatus, the first address book without enabling to
display the second address book.

US Pat. No. 9,888,152

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a conversion unit configured to convert image data of a plurality of color components indicating one pixel based on a multidimensional
table;

a correction unit configured to correct the converted image data based on one-dimensional tables, wherein each one-dimensional
table respectively corresponds to the plurality of color components;

an image forming unit configured to convey a sheet along a conveyance path and form an image on the sheet based on the corrected
image data;

a measurement unit provided to the conveyance path and configured to measure a measuring image formed on the sheet;
a first generation unit configured to control the image forming unit to form a first measuring image on the sheet, control
the measurement unit to measure the first measuring image, and generate the multidimensional table based on a result of the
measurement of the first measuring image, wherein the first measuring image is a multi-color image;

a second generation unit configured to control the image forming unit to form a second measuring image for each of the plurality
of color components on the sheet, control the measurement unit to measure the second measuring image, and generate the one-dimensional
table based on a result of the measurement of the second measuring image;

a reading unit configured to read a pattern image formed on the sheet placed on a document positioning plate by a user;
a third generation unit configured to control the image forming unit to form a pattern image for each of the plurality of
color components on the sheet, control the reading unit to read the pattern image, and generate the one-dimensional table
based on a result of the reading of the pattern image;

an input unit configured to input user instruction information indicating whether to use the measurement unit or to use the
reading unit to generate the one-dimensional table; and

a determination unit configured to determine, based on the user instruction information input by the input unit, whether to
cause the second generation unit to generate the one-dimensional table or cause the third generation unit to generate the
one-dimensional table.

US Pat. No. 9,888,156

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus including a photoelectric conversion unit provided with a light incident plane,
the photoelectric conversion unit comprising:
a first electrode;
a second electrode having the light incident plane; and
a photoelectric conversion layer disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode, wherein
the photoelectric conversion apparatus includes a member that is in contact with the photoelectric conversion layer,
an area of a first plane that is parallel to the light incident plane and is located in the photoelectric conversion layer
surrounded by the member is smaller than an area of a second plane that is disposed between the first plane and the second
electrode and is located in the photoelectric conversion layer surrounded by the member, and

an area of orthogonal projection of the first electrode to the light incident plane is smaller than an area of orthogonal
projection of the second plane to the light incident plane, and

an area of orthogonal projection of the first plane to the light incident plane is smaller than the area of orthogonal projection
of the first electrode to the light incident plane.

US Pat. No. 9,883,806

LIGHT IRRADIATING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a probe including an irradiating unit which guides light from a light source to an object, a housing containing the irradiating
unit, an ultrasound probe configured for acquiring an acoustic wave that is generated in response to the object being irradiated
with light from said irradiating unit, and a touch sensor configured for acquiring a contact condition amount between the
object and the housing; and

a controller comprising a CPU configured for controlling irradiation with light from the irradiating unit based on a level
of the contact condition amount and a change in the contact condition amount per unit time,

wherein, in a case in which the contact condition amount is equal to or more than a first reference value and the change in
the contact condition amount per unit time is equal to or more than a second reference value, the controller performs a control
which enables irradiation with light from the irradiating unit, and

in a case in which the contact condition amount is less than the first reference value or the change in the contact condition
amount per unit time is less than the second reference value, the controller performs a control which disables irradiation
with light from the irradiating unit, based on the assumption that the change in the contact condition amount which occurs
when the housing is pressed against the object is positive,

wherein the first reference value is varied according to the change in the contact condition amount.

US Pat. No. 9,883,807

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a signal processor configured to reduce, from a first signal obtained by detection of a photoacoustic wave generated from
an object irradiated with light and a reflection wave of the photoacoustic wave with a probe, a component deriving from the
reflection wave of the photoacoustic wave, by using a time-differential signal of an impulse response of the probe to generate
a second signal; and

an image generator configured to generate image data by using the second signal,
wherein the signal processor is configured to generate a spectrum signal by performing spectral decomposition of the first
signal using the time-differential signal of the impulse response,

wherein the spectral decomposition is performed by base conversion using the time-differential signal of the impulse response
as a base or deconvolution using the time-differential signal of the impulse response,

wherein the signal processor is configured to reduce a negative coefficient of the spectrum signal, and
wherein the signal processor is configured to generate the second signal by converting the spectrum signal whose negative
coefficient is reduced into a time signal, by base conversion using the time-differential signal of the impulse response as
a base or convolution using the time-differential signal of the impulse response.

US Pat. No. 9,888,162

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING A CHANGING UNIT THAT CHANGES A READ REGION DEPENDING ON A REPRODUCTION MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory that stores instructions; and
a processor that executes the instructions to cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
an image data generating unit generating image data based on a signal received from an image pickup element comprising a unit
pixel including a plurality of pixels allocated to each of a plurality of microlenses;

a frame image generating unit generating a frame image for reproduction of a moving image based on data, within the image
data, read from a predetermined read region of the unit pixel; and

a changing unit changing the predetermined read region of the unit pixel for the frame image generating unit depending on
a reproduction mode relating to the reproduction of the moving image,

wherein the reproduction mode comprises a normal reproduction mode and a search reproduction mode, and
wherein a moving image reproduction speed for the search reproduction mode is higher than a moving image reproduction speed
for the normal reproduction mode.

US Pat. No. 9,883,067

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,880,505

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,883,103

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,880,028

ABSOLUTE ENCODER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,883,105

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,881,569

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,882,148

ORGANIC COMPOUND, FIELD ELEMENT, ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT, DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS, LIGHTING APPARATUS, IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS, AND EXPOSURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light-emitting element comprising:
an anode;
a cathode;
an emitting layer between the anode and the cathode; and
an organic compound layer between the cathode and the emitting layer,
the organic compound layer containing a compound represented by general formula (2):

where R29 to R56 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom and a substituent, the substituent being any of a halogen atom, an alkyl
group containing 1 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms, and a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group.

US Pat. No. 9,882,432

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,881,950

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,881,957

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A device, comprising:
a first semiconductor substrate which includes a photoelectric conversion unit where a plurality of photoelectric conversion
elements and a first plurality of transistors are arranged, the first semiconductor substrate having a first surface and a
second surface opposite to the first surface of the first semiconductor substrate, the first plurality of transistors being
on the first surface of the first semiconductor substrate;

a second semiconductor substrate which includes a signal processing unit where a second plurality of transistors are arranged,
the second semiconductor substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface of the second
semiconductor substrate, the second plurality of transistors being on the first surface of the second semiconductor substrate;

conductor layers and insulator layer arranged between the conductor layers; and
a lens array arranged on the second surface of the first semiconductor substrate,
wherein the first semiconductor substrate is stacked on the second semiconductor substrate so that the conductor layers and
the insulator layer are arranged between the first plurality of transistors and the second plurality of transistors, and

wherein a distance between the first surface of the second semiconductor substrate and the second surface of the second semiconductor
substrate is greater than a distance between the first surface of the second semiconductor substrate and a light input surface
of the lens array.

US Pat. No. 9,881,958

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,880,684

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,883,011

METHOD AND CORRESPONDING DEVICE FOR STREAMING VIDEO DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,880,463

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,880,482

ULTRAVIOLET-CURABLE LIQUID DEVELOPER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,880,485

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,876,961

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,877,012

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,875,073

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,875,362

HASH VALUE GENERATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A hash value generation apparatus comprising:
a rearrangement circuit that rearranges input data into sheet structures defined in a SHA-3 algorithm and outputs data for
each sheet structure defined in the SHA-3 algorithm, wherein the sheet structures are parallel to a y-z plane of the input
data;

a ? operation unit configured to execute a ? operation included in a round process of a SHA-3 algorithm;
a ? operation unit configured to execute a ? operation included in the round process;
a ? operation unit configured to execute a ? operation included in the round process;
a ? operation unit configured to execute a ? operation included in the round process; and
an ? operation unit configured to execute an ? operation included in the round process,
wherein said ? operation unit receives data for each sheet structure defined in the SHA-3 algorithm from said rearrangement
circuit, and starts to execute the ? operation upon receiving data of three sheet structures, and

wherein said ? operation unit and said ? operation unit output one sheet structure two clock cycles after said ? operation
unit and said ? operation unit output one sheet structure.

US Pat. No. 9,873,576

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,874,861

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,873,585

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,872,129

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a one or more processors; and
a memory including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to function
as:

a first communication unit configured to perform short distance wireless communication;
a second communication unit configured to perform communication of a wireless local area network (LAN);
a start unit configured to start the short distance wireless communication with another communication apparatus by the first
communication unit while the second communication unit is joining a wireless LAN created by an external access point as a
station of the wireless LAN;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the communication apparatus can concurrently perform a station function
and an access point function of the wireless LAN in accordance with a start of the short distance wireless communication by
the start unit;

a first connection unit configured to directly connect to the another communication apparatus by the wireless LAN by disconnecting
from the external access point when the determination unit does not determine that the station function and the access point
function can be concurrently performed;

a reconnection unit configured to reconnect to the external access point as the station of the wireless LAN when a connection
by the first connection unit fails, wherein the reconnection unit is further configured to reconnect to the external access
point as the station of the wireless LAN when the connection by the first connection unit succeeded and wireless communication
with the another communication apparatus ended; and

a second connection unit configured to directly connect to the another communication apparatus by the wireless LAN without
disconnecting from the external access point when the determination unit determines that the station function and the access
point function can be concurrently performed.

US Pat. No. 9,869,919

ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND WINDOW MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrochromic element, comprising:
a first electrode;
a second electrode;
a third electrode; and
an electrolyte, an anodic organic electrochromic compound, and a cathodic redox substance that are arranged between the first
electrode and the second electrode,

at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode being transparent, wherein:
the third electrode is electrically connectable to at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode through the
electrolyte;

the third electrode further has a redox substance; and
a reduced form of the redox substance of the third electrode is more easily oxidized than a reduced form of the anodic organic
electrochromic compound.

US Pat. No. 9,870,184

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,869,936

DETECTION APPARATUS, MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A measurement apparatus for measuring a position of a mark on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a stage configured to hold the substrate and being movable; and
a detection apparatus configured to cause light to be incident obliquely on the substrate including a plurality of layers,
including a top layer and an underlying layer, whose refractive indices are different from each other and detect a height
of the substrate using light reflected from an interface between the top layer and the underlying layer,

wherein the detection apparatus comprises:
an optical system including a polarizer for reducing, without completely removing, s-polarized light from light containing
p-polarized light and the s-polarized light, and causing the light, in which the s-polarized light has been reduced by the
polarizer, to be incident on the substrate,

wherein the optical system is configured to cause the light to be incident on the substrate at an angle of incidence by which
a ratio of an intensity of light reflected from a surface of the top layer to an intensity of light reflected from the interface
is less than that in a case where the angle of incidence is a Brewster's angle,

wherein the stage is controlled based on a detection by the detection apparatus such so that a height of the mark falls within
a tolerance.

US Pat. No. 9,872,241

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM FOR SERVICE SEARCH PERFORMED IN COMMUNICATION LAYERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a processor; and
a memory coupled with the processor, the memory having instructions that, when executed by the processor, perform operations
comprising:

presenting, before the communication device performs a service detection processing, a plurality of options including a first
option for specifying a service to be executed and performing wireless communication and a second option for specifying a
connected party and performing wireless communication;

selecting one of the first option and the second option;
first detecting, in a case where the first option is selected by the selection unit, a service that another communication
device is able to execute based on communication in a first communication layer; and

second detecting, in a case where the second option is selected by the selecting, a service that another communication device
is able to execute based on communication in a second communication layer different from the first communication layer,

wherein, in a case where the first option is selected and where detection of a service that the communication device is able
to execute by the first detecting fails, the second detecting is used for detecting the service.

US Pat. No. 9,869,953

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a transfer member forming a transfer nip portion together with the image bearing member and transferring a toner image borne
by the image bearing member onto a recording material while the recording material is conveyed at the transfer nip portion;

a fixing unit disposed on a downstream side in a conveyance direction of the recording material with respect to the transfer
nip portion and fixing the toner image onto the recording material while the recording material is sandwiched and conveyed
at the fixing nip portion;

a guide member provided between the transfer nip portion and the fixing nip portion and guiding the recording material to
the fixing nip portion;

a loop amount detection device provided between the transfer nip portion and the fixing nip portion and detecting a loop amount
of the recording material in a state where the recording material being conveyed strides over both the transfer nip portion
and the fixing nip portion; and

a control portion for controlling a conveyance speed of the recording material at the fixing nip portion based on a detection
signal of the loop amount detection device, the control portion controlling the conveyance speed of the recording material
at the fixing nip portion so that the loop amount of the recording material is maintained within a predetermined range,

wherein during a period after an operation for maintaining the loop amount of the recording material being conveyed within
the predetermined range is finished and until a recording material trailing edge exits out the transfer nip portion, the control
portion controls the conveyance speed of the recording material at the fixing nip portion so that a part of the recording
material touches the guide member between the transfer nip portion and the loop detection device.

US Pat. No. 9,869,957

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CLEANING FUNCTION FOR INTERMEDIARY TRANSFER MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image;
an intermediary transfer member configured to receive the toner image formed by said image forming portion;
a blade configured to clean said intermediary transfer member by removing residual toner therefrom;
an ambient condition sensor configured to detect an ambient condition of said apparatus;
a memory configured to store information relating to an accumulated use amount of said intermediary transfer member from a
fresh state thereof; and

a controller configured to execute an operation in a mode in which predetermined toner for cleaning said intermediary transfer
member is deposited on said intermediary transfer member in an area corresponding to a region between a preceding recording
material and a succeeding recording material during execution of a continuous image forming job for continuously forming the
images on the recording materials to supply the predetermined toner to said blade,

wherein when the accumulated use amount is less than a first predetermined amount and the ambient condition sensed by said
ambient condition sensor is a first condition, said controller sets a permissible number, which is a number of image formations
from a previous execution of the operation in the mode to a next execution of the operation in the mode, to a first permissible
number,

when the accumulated use amount is less than the first predetermined amount and the ambient condition sensed by said ambient
condition sensor is a second condition different from the first condition, said controller sets the permissible number to
a second permissible number,

when the accumulated use amount is less than a second predetermined amount which is greater than the first predetermined amount
and the ambient condition sensed by said ambient condition sensor is the second condition, said controller sets the permissible
number to a third permissible number,

wherein the second permissible number is less than the first permissible number and less than the third permissible number,
and

wherein the accumulated use amount is calculated with calibration depending on a size of the formed image.

US Pat. No. 9,869,964

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body to which a cartridge is mountable, the cartridge including a photosensitive drum, a first frame, a second frame,
and a developing member, the photosensitive drum being interposed between the first frame and the second frame, the developing
member being provided in the second frame and configured to supply developer to the photosensitive drum; and

a cartridge opposing member provided opposed to the cartridge mounted to the main body, the cartridge opposing member comprising:
(i) an intermediate portion disposed between the first frame and the second frame of the cartridge mounted to the main body;
(ii) a light emitting portion provided in the intermediate portion and configured to emit a light toward the photosensitive
drum of the cartridge mounted to the main body; and

(iii) a detecting unit provided in a position opposed to the second frame and configured to detect the developer contained
in the second frame.

US Pat. No. 9,869,967

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a mounting portion on which a developer container provided with an accommodating portion configured to accommodate developer
is mountable;

a drive input portion configured to input a driving force for rotating the developer container mounted in said mounting portion,
to the developer container; and

a developer receiving portion for receiving developer discharged from the developer container by the rotation thereof,
wherein said mounting portion is provided with a rib extending in a dismounting direction, in which the developer container
is dismounted from said mounting portion, said rib being configured to guide a bottom portion of the developer container in
the dismounting direction, and said rib including a plurality of sets of alternating peaks and valleys arranged along a longitudinal
direction of said rib, and heights of the peaks as measured from the valleys are not less than 1 mm and not more than 10 mm.

US Pat. No. 9,864,736

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input, as editing information, an input object in document data to an extension application from
an editing application for editing a document, the extension application being executed as an object embedded in the document;

a transmission unit configured to transmit the inputted editing information to an external information processing apparatus;
a reception unit configured to receive content that is a result of processing performed by the external information processing
apparatus based on the transmitted editing information;

an update unit configured to, in a case where the editing application keeps the document open and the extension application
is being executed, update the document data by displaying the content received by the reception unit on a display area of
the extension application;

a storage unit configured to store, in a case where the editing application keeps the document open and the input object in
the document data is edited without the extension application being executed, information indicating that the input object
is edited; and

a display unit configured to display a screen for selecting whether to update the display area of the extension application
in a case where the editing application keeps the document open, the extension application is being executed, and the information
indicating that the input object is edited is stored in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,857,220

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERTER, FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, AND OPTICAL APPARATUS WHICH ARE USED FOR AUTOFOCUSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric converter comprising:
a photoelectric conversion portion configured to receive light from an object to generate charges;
a transfer portion configured to transfer the charges generated by the photoelectric conversion portion;
a capacitance portion configured to accumulate the charges transferred from the transfer portion;
a comparator configured to compare a signal corresponding to a charge amount accumulated in the capacitance portion during
a first time period with a predetermined threshold value, so as to determine whether an accumulation of the charges in the
capacitance portion is to be stopped; and

an output buffer configured to output a predetermined voltage, so as to set a height of a potential barrier in the transfer
portion,

wherein the output buffer is configured to change the predetermined voltage, so as to change the height of the potential barrier
in the transfer portion between the first time period and a second time period different from the first time period.

US Pat. No. 9,858,510

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONVERSION PROCESSING USING PLURAL GEOMETRIC TRANSFORMATIONS ON IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
at least one processor in communication with the memory, wherein the at least one processor performs:
acquiring data targeted for PDL (page description language) generation, the acquired data including first image data determined
to be bitmap data for which a geometric transformation processing is instructed, wherein the geometric transformation processing
includes at least one of first enlargement processing, rotation processing and skew processing;

determining whether the instructed geometric transformation processing includes the first enlargement processing;
extracting, based on a processing order of the first enlargement processing and a rotational angle of the rotation processing
to be performed after the first enlargement processing, second enlargement processing to be performed by a printing apparatus
from the instructed geometric transformation processing if it is determined that the instructed geometric transformation processing
includes the first enlargement processing;

obtaining second image data by performing a second geometric transformation processing for the first image data, wherein the
second geometric transformation processing is a geometric transformation processing other than the extracted second enlargement
processing in the first geometric transformation processing;

generating a command for performing the extracted second enlargement processing for the obtained second image data, wherein
the generated command instructs the printing apparatus to execute the second enlargement processing; and

transmitting the generated command to the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,855,743

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus that records an image by ejecting ink onto a recording medium, comprising:
a recording head including a first recording element array and a second recording element array, the first recording element
array in which a plurality of recording elements configured to produce thermal energy used to eject ink of a first color are
arranged, the second recording element array in which a plurality of recording elements configured to produce thermal energy
used to eject ink of a second color different from the first color are arranged;

a first obtaining unit configured to, for each of the first and second recording element arrays, obtain first information,
the first information being information regarding a total number of times the plurality of recording elements included in
the corresponding one of the first and second recording element arrays have been driven since attachment of the recording
head to the inkjet recording apparatus;

a determining unit configured to, for each of the first and second recording element arrays, determine a driving pulse to
be applied to the plurality of recording elements included in the corresponding one of the first and second recording element
arrays on the basis of the first information; and

a controller configured to, for each of the first and second recording element arrays, control driving of the plurality of
recording elements included in the corresponding one of the first and second recording element arrays so as to eject the ink
by applying the driving pulse determined by the determining unit to the plurality of recording elements included in the corresponding
one of the first and second recording element arrays,

wherein the determining unit determines,
(i-1) when the total number of times indicated by the first information for the first recording element array is a first value,
a first driving pulse as the driving pulse to be applied to the first recording element array,

(i-2) when the total number of times indicated by the first information for the first recording element array is a second
value larger than the first value, a second driving pulse as the driving pulse to be applied to the first recording element
array, the second diving pulse having a pulse width different from that of the first driving pulse,

(ii-1) when the total number of times indicated by the first information for the second recording element array is the first
value, a third driving pulse as the driving pulse to be applied to the second recording element array, and

(ii-2) when the total number of times indicated by the first information for the second recording element array is the second
value, a fourth driving pulse as the driving pulse to be applied to the second recording element array, the fourth driving
pulse having a pulse width different from that of the second driving pulse and that of the third driving pulse.

US Pat. No. 9,855,764

RECORDING APPARATUS, RECORDING SYSTEM, AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a recording unit including a first nozzle array in which a plurality of nozzles for ejecting color ink are arranged in a predetermined
direction for applying the color ink to a recording medium to record an image on the recording medium, and a second nozzle
array in which a plurality of nozzles for ejecting an adjusting liquid are arranged in the predetermined direction, wherein
the adjusting liquid is substantially transparent and colorless and is applied to the recording medium for adjusting a degree
of surface roughness of the image formed on the recording medium, the adjusting liquid including a greater amount of polymer
having a function of adjusting glossiness than a polymer having a function of adjusting glossiness in the color ink, wherein
the first nozzle array and the second nozzle array are arranged in a cross direction crossing the predetermined direction;

a moving unit configured to move the recording unit relative to the recording medium in the cross direction; and
a conveying unit configured to convey the recording medium in the predetermined direction,
wherein the movement of the first and the second nozzle arrays with respect to the recording medium by the moving unit and
the movement of the recording medium by the conveying unit are performed alternately, and

wherein the recording unit applies the color ink to a first region and a second region which is different from the first region
on the recording medium from a part of nozzles of the first nozzle array without using other parts of the first nozzle array,
and applies the adjusting liquid to the first region using a nozzle of the second nozzle array provided upstream in a conveyance
direction of the recording medium than a part of nozzles of the first nozzle array for applying color ink to the first region
without using other parts of the second nozzle array, and applies the adjusting liquid to the second region using a nozzle
of the second nozzle array provided downstream in the conveyance direction of the recording medium than a part of nozzles
of the first nozzle array for applying the color ink to the second region without using other parts of the second nozzle array
so that the color ink is provided on the adjusting liquid without adjusting liquid on the color ink in the first region and
the color ink is provided with adjusting liquid on the color ink and without adjusting liquid under the color ink in the second
region.

US Pat. No. 9,854,120

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A optical scanning apparatus comprising:
a light source;
a deflector configured to scanningly deflect a beam emitted from said light source;
a scanning lens configured to image the beam deflected by said deflector on a surface to be scanned;
a casing accommodating said light source, said deflector and said scanning lens; and
an elastic member urging said scanning lens toward said casing in a direction of an optical axis,
wherein said scanning lens is provided with an abutment surface at a beam emergent side of said scanning lens, said abutment
surface abutting to said casing, and is provided with a limiting portion at a side opposite from a beam emergent side, said
limiting portion limiting movement of said scanning lens in a direction opposite to a assembling direction of said scanning
lens,

wherein said elastic member as well as said limiting portion limits the movement of said scanning lens in the direction opposite
to the assembling direction of said scanning lens, and

wherein in a state that said scanning lens contacts a positioning portion of said casing with respect to the assembling direction,
a gap is provided between said elastic member and said limiting portion with respect to the assembling direction.

US Pat. No. 9,854,133

TEST CHART USED FOR CALIBRATION IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming station configured to form an image on a sheet;
conveyance rollers configured to convey the sheet on which the image is formed;
a sensor configured to measure, based on an accumulation time, reflected light from a measurement image that is formed on
a sheet conveyed by the conveyance rollers; and

a processor configured to cause execution of tasks including:
an image forming task that controls the image forming stations to form a plurality of measurement images on a sheet, wherein
the plurality of measurement images includes a first measurement image and a second measurement image, and

a measurement task that controls the sensor to measure the first measurement image based on a first accumulation time, and
measure the second measurement image based on a second accumulation time, wherein the second accumulation time is longer than
the first accumulation time,

wherein the conveyance rollers are configured to reverse the conveyance direction of the sheet,
wherein the processor is further configured to execute the measurement task after reversal of the conveyance direction of
the sheet on which the plurality of measurement images is formed, and

wherein a length of the first measurement image in a conveyance direction in which the conveyance rollers convey the sheet
is shorter than a length of the second measurement image in the conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 9,852,269

DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A diagnosis support apparatus operably coupled to a medical examination data acquisition apparatus, the diagnosis support
apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
obtain examination data of an object from the medical examination data acquisition apparatus;
process the examination data of the object to extract diagnosis support information;
store medical examination history of the object in a storage unit;
calculate an onset probability of a lesion based on the medical examination history of the object;
determine whether or not the object is taking a first medical examination based on the stored medical examination history
of the object, wherein it is determined that the object is taking the first medical examination if the medical examination
history of the object does not exist in the storage unit,

wherein, in a case where it is determined that the object is taking the first medical examination, a lesion of a size in a
first range is extracted from the examination data, and

wherein, in a case where it is determined that the object is not taking the first medical examination, a lesion of a size
in a second range smaller than the first range is extracted from the examination data, and wherein the second range is based
on the calculated onset probability; and

control the medical examination data acquisition apparatus to change an acquisition parameter in the medical examination data
acquisition apparatus based on the calculated onset probability.

US Pat. No. 9,853,576

CONTROL APPARATUS OF VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR AND CONTROL METHOD OF VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a first vibrator;
a second vibrator; and
a frequency determining unit configured to set frequency of two alternating voltages commonly applied to the first vibrator
and the second vibrator in a range between a first frequency and a second frequency in a case of controlling the driving by
changing phase difference of the two alternating voltages,

wherein the first vibrator has a first resonant frequency when two alternating voltages with a phase difference are applied
to the first vibrator,

wherein the second vibrator has a second resonant frequency when two alternating voltages with the phase difference are applied
to the second vibrator, the second resonant frequency being higher than the first resonant frequency,

wherein the first frequency is a resonant frequency of the second vibrator when two alternating voltages with a phase difference
of 0 degree are applied to the second vibrator, and

wherein the second frequency is a frequency at which a relative position of the first vibrator and a part of an object begins
to change.

US Pat. No. 9,846,944

DEPTH CALCULATION DEVICE, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND DEPTH CALCULATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A depth detection device for detecting depth information on an object from captured first and second images with different
blur, the depth detection device comprising:
an extraction unit configured to extract frequency components from each of the first image and the second image; and
a depth obtaining unit configured to obtain the depth information from the frequency components extracted by the extraction
unit,

wherein the extraction unit extracts a first frequency component and a second frequency component from each of the first image
and the second image, the first frequency component being a component of a first frequency band, the second frequency component
being a component of a second frequency band, the second frequency band being lower than the first frequency band, and

wherein the depth obtaining unit includes:
a first depth-dependent value obtaining unit configured to obtain a first depth-dependent value from the first frequency component
of the first image and the first frequency component of the second image;

a second depth-dependent value obtaining unit configured to obtain a second depth-dependent value from the second frequency
component of the first image and the second frequency component of the second image; and

a depth information obtaining unit configured to obtain the depth information on the basis of the first depth-dependent value
and the second depth-dependent value.

US Pat. No. 9,846,695

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with a file server storing a document file and with a storage
unit storing information on the document file as a record, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing computer-executable instructions; and
a processor executing the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
accept a request from a client to register a document file;
register entity data of the registration-requested document file in the file server;
execute determination processing of determining whether the entity data is successfully completed registering in the file
server, wherein the determination processing is executed to lock a record corresponding to a folder storing the document file
in the storage unit;

lock the record corresponding to the folder storing the document file in the storage unit in response to the determination
processing determining that completion of the registration of the entity data in the file server is successful;

register information on the registration-requested document file in the storage unit, as a record corresponding to the document
file;

update information of the locked record corresponding to the folder storing the document file, and unlock the updated record;
and

notify the client of a result of the request to register the document file.

US Pat. No. 9,846,385

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT AND DISPLAY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light emitting element containing an anode and a cathode, and a light emitting layer arranged between the anode
and the cathode, and
the organic light emitting element further containing an organic compound layer which is arranged between the cathode and
the light emitting layer and touches the cathode,

wherein the organic compound layer contains a 1,1?,3,3a,3?,3?a,4,4?,5,5?,6,6?,7,7a,7?,7?a-hexadecahydro-2,2?-bibenzo[d]imidazolidene
compound represented by the following general formula [1]:


in the formula [1], R1 to R4 are each independently selected from the group consisting of a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group, a substituted or
unsubstituted biphenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted naphthyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted phenanthrenyl
group, a substituted or unsubstituted fluorenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted triphenylenyl group, a substituted or
unsubstituted dibenzofuranyl group, and a substituted or unsubstituted dibenzothiophene group.

US Pat. No. 9,846,386

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container including an opening and accommodating developer, the developer container comprising:
a sheet member that includes a plurality of holes through which the developer is caused to pass and that seals the opening;
and

an unsealing member that includes a plurality of protruded portions and that unseals and reveals the opening by moving the
sheet member,

wherein, as the unsealing member rotates, the protruded portions respectively pass through the holes, and ends of the protruded
portions protrude from a side of the sheet member, the side being opposite to a side on which the unsealing member is located.

US Pat. No. 9,846,392

DEVELOPING DEVICE FOR PREVENTING DENSITY UNEVENNESS AND DEVELOPER OVERFLOW

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device, comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to bear developer including nonmagnetic toner and magnetic carrier and develops a latent
image;

a developer container configured to support the developer bearing member rotatably and contain therein the developer to be
supplied to the developer bearing member, the developer container having a first chamber containing the developer therein,
a second chamber being arranged below the first chamber and forming a circulation path, in which the developer is circulated,
with the first chamber, and a partition wall partitioning the first chamber and the second chamber;

a first conveying member, arranged in the first chamber rotatably, configured to convey the developer;
a second conveying member, arranged in the second chamber, configured to convey the developer;
a multipolar magnet which is arranged inside the developer bearing member; and
a regulating member configured to regulate an amount of the developer borne on the developer bearing member;
the multipolar magnet having a first magnetic pole which is arranged at a position opposing the regulating member or in an
upstream side of a conveyance direction of the developer bearing member with respect to the position, and a second magnetic
pole which is adjacent to the first magnetic pole in an upstream side of the first magnetic pole in the conveyance direction,
and has the same polarity as that of the first magnetic pole,
wherein
a peak position of magnetic force of the first magnetic pole is arranged above a rotational center of the developer bearing
member, and a peak position of magnetic force of the second magnetic pole is arranged below the rotational center of the developer
bearing member,

wherein a rotational center of the first conveying member is arranged below the peak position of the magnetic force of the
first magnetic pole and above the peak position of the magnetic force of the second magnetic pole,

wherein an opposed surface of the partition wall facing the developer bearing member has a concave-arc-shaped opposed portion
formed along a circumferential surface of the developer bearing member, and a clearance between the opposed portion and the
circumferential surface of the developer bearing member facing the opposed portion is 1,200 ?m or less,

wherein the opposed portion having an apex positioned below a minimal position at which magnetic force is the smallest in
a zone in which magnetic force on the surface of the developer bearing member is equal to or less than 50 gauss and above
a peak position of magnetic force of the second magnetic pole, the zone being provided on a surface of the developer bearing
member which is on an upstream side of the first magnetic pole and on a downstream side of the second magnetic pole with respect
to a rotation direction of the developer bearing member,

and
wherein the opposed surface has a surface roughness Rz higher than an average particle diameter of the carrier.

US Pat. No. 9,844,084

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a displaying unit configured to display a selection screen on which a user selects data to be obtained from a printing apparatus,
the data being selectable from among a plurality of candidates and including at least one of a jam history, an error history,
counter information and log information;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire connection information for establishing a wireless connection between the communication
apparatus and the printing apparatus, from the printing apparatus by using NFC (Near Field Communication), wherein the data
to be obtained from the printing apparatus is selected by the user on the selection screen prior to the acquiring unit acquiring
the connection information;

an establishing unit configured to establish a wireless connection between the communication apparatus and the printing apparatus
based on the connection information, wherein the wireless connection is established in accordance with the acquiring unit
acquiring the connection information;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit, in accordance with the wireless connection being established, an obtainment request
for obtaining data selected by the user on the selection screen to the printing apparatus using the established wireless communication;
and

a notifying unit configured to notify, in accordance with completion of obtaining the data corresponding to the obtainment
request, a user that obtainment of the data from the printing apparatus has been completed.

US Pat. No. 9,835,973

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CLEANER-LESS DEVELOPER SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member on which a latent image is formed;
a developer carrying member for carrying a developer and developing the latent image;
an electroconductive regulating member for regulating a layer thickness of the developer in contact with said developer carrying
member; and

a voltage source applying, to said electroconductive regulating member, a voltage of the same polarity as a polarity of the
developer on a surface of said developer carrying member at least during a developing operation,

wherein the developer remaining on the surface of said image bearing member, after a developer image formed on said image
bearing member is transferred, is collected by said developer carrying member, and

wherein at a time when said developer carrying member is driven in a period other than during the developing operation, a
potential difference between said electroconductive regulating member and said developer carrying member is made zero, or
a DC voltage, which has the same polarity as the polarity of the developer and has a smaller magnitude than a voltage applied
to said developer carrying member or which has a polarity opposite from the polarity of the developer, is applied to said
electroconductive regulating member.

US Pat. No. 9,837,938

VIBRATION ELEMENT, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME, AND VIBRATION-TYPE DRIVING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vibration element comprising:
a substrate;
a ceramic layer containing glass and provided on the substrate; and
a piezoelectric element provided on the ceramic layer, wherein the piezoelectric element includes an electrode layer and a
piezoelectric layer, wherein

the glass has a melting temperature of 600 to 750° C.

US Pat. No. 9,830,543

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ACTIVATION METHOD THEREOF FOR CASES WHEN SETTING INFORMATION THAT IS REFERRED TO WHEN THE APPARATUS IS ACTIVATED IS REWRITTEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A control method for an information processing apparatus, the information processing apparatus including a memory which
stores information related to conditions for an activation of the information processing apparatus, a power supply unit which
supplies power, a controller which refers the information stored in the memory when power is supplied from the power supply
unit and then, in a case where the referred information is first information, starts activation of the information processing
apparatus without waiting for receiving a certain signal, and in a case where the referred information is second information,
start the activation of the information processing apparatus in accordance with of receiving the certain signal, the control
method comprising:
outputting the certain signal to the controller in a case where a predetermined time has elapsed without receiving a predetermined
signal from the controller since the power was supplied to the controller,

wherein the controller starts the activation of the information processing apparatus in accordance with receiving the certain
signal output from the power supply controller.

US Pat. No. 9,832,358

IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-capturing apparatus comprising:
a capturing unit comprising circuitry configured to capture an image;
a superimposition unit configured to superimpose an object into target images captured by the capturing unit;
a reception unit configured to receive a request to acquire information regarding a number of settable objects; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit at least one of maximum numbers of settable objects which are to be superimposed
into target images based on the request received by the reception unit, wherein the maximum numbers of settable objects correspond
to respective types of the target images,

wherein the superimposition unit, the reception unit, and the transmission unit are each implemented by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,827,762

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
an ejection element substrate that includes an ejection opening surface provided with an ejection opening capable of ejecting
a liquid;

an electrical wiring substrate that electrically connects with the ejection element substrate; and
a support member that includes a first portion having an electrical wiring substrate mounting surface for mounting the electrical
wiring substrate thereon and a second portion having an ejection element substrate mounting surface, different from the electrical
wiring substrate mounting surface, for mounting the ejection element substrate thereon,

wherein a step portion is formed on a surface of a third portion of the support member along the ejection element substrate,
wherein a step surface of the step portion is formed so that a vertical distance from the surface of the third portion of
the support member to the step surface is shorter than a vertical distance from the surface of the third portion to the electrical
wiring substrate mounting surface and a vertical distance from the surface of the third portion to the ejection opening surface,
and

wherein a gap between the step portion and the ejection element substrate and a region between a connecting surface connecting
the step surface to the electrical wiring substrate mounting surface and the electrical wiring substrate are sealed by a sealant.

US Pat. No. 9,827,765

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
an element substrate having an ejection port configured to eject liquid;
an electric wiring member electrically connected to an electric connection portion of the element substrate by a lead;
a support member supporting the element substrate and the electric wiring member; and
a sealing member for sealing the lead and the electric connection portion, wherein:
the sealing member contains a first sealing member sealing a periphery of the element substrate and a second sealing member
sealing the lead and the electric connection portion from above the lead and the electric connection portion,

the first sealing member is a cured substance of a first sealing material containing an epoxy resin, a curing agent, and a
filler, the filler containing a silica filler and a silicone filler, and

the first sealing material has a filling amount of the filler of 40% by mass or more and has a difference between a median
diameter of the silica filler and a median diameter of the silicone filler of 4.0 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,829,839

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING AN ELECTRIC POWER SHUT-OFF MEMBER, THERMAL FUSE, OR THERMAL SWITCH OPERABLE IN RESPONSE TO AN ABNORMAL TEMPERATURE RISE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus for heating a toner image formed on a recording material, said image heating apparatus comprising:
a fixing member configured to contact the toner image formed on the recording material;
a heater configured to contact said fixing member, said heater including a substrate, a heat generating resistor formed on
said substrate, and a protective layer formed on said substrate so as to protect said heat generating resistor;

a heat conduction member configured to contact a surface of said heater opposite to a surface of said heater contacting said
fixing member, said heat conduction member having a thermal conductivity higher than that of said substrate; and

an electric power shut-off member configured to be operable in response to an abnormal temperature rise of said heater to
shut off supply of electric power to said heater, said electric power shut-off member contacting said heat conduction member,

wherein a first contact area between said heat conduction member and said heater is larger than a second contact area between
said heat conduction member and said electric power shut-off member, the length of the first contact area in a longitudinal
direction of said heater being greater than the length of an outline of an external cover of said electric power shut-off
member in the longitudinal direction of said heater.

US Pat. No. 9,829,587

RADIOGRAPHING SYSTEM, CONTROL APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING RADIOGRAPHING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiographing system comprising:
a plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses configured to detect radiation and to form a radiographic image; and
a control apparatus configured to control the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses, wherein the control apparatus comprises:
a memory; and
a processor, the processor configured to control:
a shifting unit configured to, in response to a transition request from a radiation imaging apparatus to shift the radiation
imaging apparatus into a radiographing enabled state, shift the radiation imaging apparatus into the radiographing enabled
state in which radiation is detected and a radiographic image is generated,

a determining unit configured to determine whether to disable shifting the radiation imaging apparatus into the radiographing
enabled state based on control for radiographing using a different radiation imaging apparatus currently in the radiographing
enabled state, and

a disabling unit configured to disable shifting the radiation imaging apparatus into the radiographing enabled state based
on a determination result.

US Pat. No. 9,829,844

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO DETERMINE WHETHER IMAGE DATA INCLUDES PIXEL HAVING A VALUE LARGER THAN A PREDETERMINED VALUE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising a controller, including a processor configured to execute instructions stored in
a memory, or including circuitry, the controller configured to:
in a case where a value of a pixel in image data is equal to or smaller than a predetermined value, convert the value of the
pixel to a multiple of a constant k;

in a case where the value of the pixel is larger than the predetermined value, convert the value of the pixel to other than
a multiple of the constant k;

count a sum of the converted values of pixels in the image data;
determine whether or not the image data includes at least one pixel whose value is larger than the predetermined value based
on whether or not the counted sum is a multiple of the constant k; and

control a printing unit to perform a pre-exposure process to expose an image carrier before charging the image carrier, based
on the determination that the image data includes at least one pixel whose value is larger than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,829,845

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a developing device configured to develop a latent image on said image bearing member to form a toner image using a toner;
a transferring device configured to transfer the toner image on said image bearing member onto a recording material;
a temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature; and
a controller configured to execute a discharging operation for discharging a toner from said developing device onto said image
bearing member in a region corresponding to an interval between a recording material and a subsequent recording material in
a continuous image forming job for continuously forming an image on a plurality of recording materials on the basis of a value
correlating with an amount of toner consumption obtained every predetermined interval and a detection result of said temperature
sensor,

wherein said controller executes the discharging operation on the basis of integral information obtained by integration of
information determined based on a relationship of a predetermined deterioration threshold with the value correlating with
an amount of toner consumption,

wherein said controller is configured to change the relationship of the predetermined deterioration threshold with the value
correlating with an amount of toner consumption, based on the detection result of said temperature sensor detected upon the
toner consumption, and

wherein said controller changes the relationship so that when a temperature obtained on the basis of information detected
by said temperature sensor is not less than a predetermined temperature, execution of the discharging operation is promoted
more than when the obtained temperature is less than a predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,829,856

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
i) a main assembly to which a process cartridge is detachably mountable, the main assembly including:
a projecting force applying member configured to apply a projecting force to the process cartridge with a closing operation
of an opening and closing cover when the process cartridge is mounted in the main assembly;

a spacing force applying member configured to apply a spacing force to the process cartridge when the process cartridge is
mounted in the main assembly; and

a carrier for carrying the process cartridge from an outside of the main assembly to an inside of the main assembly; and
ii) the process cartridge including:
an electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a developing roller configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a drum frame supporting the electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a developing frame supporting the developing roller and movable relative to the drum frame to move between a contact position
in which the developing roller is in contact with the electrophotographic photosensitive drum and a spaced position in which
the developing roller is spaced from the electrophotographic photosensitive drum;

a spacing force receiving member (i) including a spacing force receiving portion and (ii) movable between a projected position
in which the spacing force receiving portion is projected outside the developing frame and a retracted position in which the
spacing force receiving portion is retracted from the projected position toward an inside of the developing frame, the spacing
force receiving portion being capable of receiving the spacing force from the spacing force applying member to move the developing
frame from the contact position to the spaced position when the cartridge is in the inside of the main assembly and the spacing
force receiving member is in the projected position; and

a projecting force receiving member capable of receiving the projecting force from the projecting force applying member to
move the spacing force receiving member from the retracted position to the projected position when the cartridge is inside
of the main assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,829,857

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING AN ERRONEOUS ATTACHING PREVENTION UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus in which a cartridge is insertable to an attached position, the image forming apparatus comprising:
the cartridge including an protruding portion, extending in an insertion direction of the cartridge, and a boss;
a frame;
a guide surface provided in the frame on which the extending portion is placed;
a guide portion provided in the frame, configured to form a gap with the guide surface through which the extending portion
is able to pass therethrough; and

a movable member, including a pushed portion which comes into contact with the boss, configured on a downstream side of the
guide portion in the insertion direction,

wherein, the movable member moves in a direction intersecting with the insertion direction by the boss comes into contact
with the pushed portion so as to enable the cartridge to move along the guide surface for the attached position.

US Pat. No. 9,832,456

MULTISCALE DEPTH ESTIMATION USING DEPTH FROM DEFOCUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of generating a merged physical depth map from a pair of images of a scene captured by an image capture device
using different capture parameters, said method comprising:
generating, from the captured pair of images, at least one pair of downsampled images at a corresponding spatial resolution;
and

for each pair of images:
forming a relative depth map from the pair of images;
accessing calibration data of the image capture device associated with the pair of images, the calibration data relating relative
depth measurements with physical depth and having a defined working range where a single relative depth measurement relates
to a single physical depth; and

determining a physical depth map for the pair of the images from the formed relative depth map and the accessed calibration
data; and

generating a merged physical depth map by merging, in order of increasing spatial resolution, depth values based on the defined
working range associated with each of the determined physical depth maps.

US Pat. No. 9,830,683

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING IMAGE IN A DESIRED ORIENTATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display device that displays an image in an image display area, comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an attitude of the image display device; and
a control unit configured to control a direction of display of the image based on rotation information added to the image
and the attitude of the image display device, detected by said detection unit, wherein the rotation information added to the
image indicates an orientation of an image on the screen,

wherein if the detection unit detects a first rotation of the image display device from a state where a long side of the image
displayed in the image display area and a long side of the image display area do not match each other, so that longitudinal
sides and lateral sides of the image display device are inverted, said control unit automatically rotates the image displayed
in the image display area such that the long side of the image and the long side of the image display area match each other,

wherein if the detection unit detects a second rotation of the image display device from a state where the image is displayed
in the image display area such that the long side of the image and the long side of the image display area match each other,
so that the longitudinal sides and the lateral sides of the image display device are inverted, said control unit automatically
restricts rotation of the image displayed in the image display area, and

wherein if a predetermined condition has occurred while said control unit is restricting the rotation of the image, the control
unit changes the rotation information added to the image based on a current display state of the image without an explicit
changing operation from a user.

US Pat. No. 9,830,689

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS IMAGE RESTORATION PROCESSING, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that restores an image quality of an image obtained based on an optical image formed on an
image pickup device via an image pickup optical system, from degradation, comprising:
a first color feature amount calculation unit configured to calculate a feature amount of a color of a pixel in the image
before a predetermined restoration processing, as a first color feature amount;

an image restoration processing unit configured to perform the predetermined restoration processing on the image, using an
image restoration filter;

a second color feature amount calculation unit configured to calculate a feature amount of a color of a pixel in an image
after the predetermined restoration processing, which is output from said image restoration processing unit, as a second color
feature amount;

an attenuation unit configured to attenuate high-frequency components included in the first color feature amount and the second
color feature amount according to a photographing condition at a time of photographing of the image; and

a correction unit configured to correct a pixel value in the image after the predetermined restoration processing, based on
the first color feature amount and the second color feature amount of which the high-frequency components are attenuated by
said attenuation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,830,490

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus operating as an access point of a wireless network, the communication apparatus comprising:
a first output unit configured to output an image including information regarding the communication apparatus;
a receiving unit configured to receive, from a first other communication apparatus that reads the image output by the first
output unit and acquires the information regarding the communication apparatus from the image, a communication parameter used
for creating a wireless network;

a creating unit configured to create, after receipt of the communication parameter by the receiving unit, a wireless network
using the received communication parameter;

a second output unit configured to output, after receipt of the communication parameter by the receiving unit, an image including
information regarding the communication apparatus in response to a user instruction; and

a communication unit configured to communicate, through the created wireless network, with a second other communication apparatus
that acquires the communication parameter from the communication apparatus by reading the image output by the second output
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,831,285

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
forming a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type in a trench provided in a semiconductor substrate;
forming an insulating member on the semiconductor substrate;
forming a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity type that forms a photoelectric conversion portion; and
forming a gate electrode of a transistor on the semiconductor substrate,
wherein the first semiconductor region is present between the second semiconductor region and the insulating member in a direction
perpendicular to a depth direction of the semiconductor substrate, and

wherein a first part of the gate electrode is positioned above a channel region of the transistor, and a second part of the
gate electrode is positioned above the insulating member.

US Pat. No. 9,831,029

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE, POWER TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmission device comprising:
a power transmitter that wirelessly transmits power to a power receiving device;
a memory that stores instructions;
a processor that executes the instructions to:
acquire a receiving power amount from a specific power receiving device to which the power transmitter is transmitting power;
determine whether the acquired receiving power amount is smaller than a reference value calculated based on a maximum value
of receiving power amounts previously acquired from the specific power receiving device; and

prompt, in a case where it is determined that the acquired receiving power amount is smaller than the reference value, a user
to bring the specific power receiving device closer to the power transmission device.

US Pat. No. 9,830,021

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS THAT IRRADIATES LIGHT TO AN OBJECT PLACED THEREON AND DISPLAYS A GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-display apparatus comprising:
a display screen;
a plurality of light-emitting units arranged to emit light behind a rear surface of the display screen;
a plurality of light sensors provided at different positions behind the rear surface of the display screen to detect light
including light emitted from at least one light-emitting unit and light reflected from an object placed on a front surface
of the display screen, and to output at least a first detection value at a first time and a second detection value at a second
time; and

a determination unit configured to determine, based on a difference between the first and second detection values output by
the plurality of light sensors, a position of an object region of the display screen on which the object is placed, wherein

a GUI (Graphical User Interface) image including a menu, which receives an instruction from a user, is displayed on the display
screen, and

light emitted from at least one light-emitting unit is irradiated to the object on the display screen.

US Pat. No. 9,830,537

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording medium conveyed in a conveyance direction;
a line buffer configured to temporarily store image data of a predetermined number of lines;
a correction unit configured to perform magnification processing to the image data in a conveyance direction by controlling
reading of image data from the line buffer based on a correction condition so that a distortion of a formed image is corrected;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain a first correction condition based on a test chart formed by the image forming unit;
a derivation unit configured to derive a second correction condition from the first correction condition in a case where the
number of lines of the line buffer corresponding to the first correction condition exceeds the predetermined number of lines,
wherein the number of the lines of the line buffer corresponding to the second correction condition does not exceed the predetermined
number of lines,

wherein in a case in which the number of lines of the line buffer corresponding to the first correction condition does not
exceed the predetermined number of lines, the correction unit controls the reading of the image data from the line buffer
based on the first correction condition,

in a case in which the number of lines of the line buffer corresponding to the first correction condition exceeds the predetermined
number of lines, the correction unit controls the reading of the image data from the line buffer based on the second correction
condition, and

wherein a processor operates to function as the correction unit, the obtaining unit and the derivation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,804,527

SEALING APPARATUS FOR DEVELOPING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a first chamber that contains developer in an initial state;
a second chamber that provides, communication with the first chamber, a path of circulation of the developer;
a partition that separates the first chamber and the second chamber from each other;
a first conveying member, provided in the first chamber, for conveying the developer in the first chamber;
a second conveying member, provided in the second chamber, for conveying the developer in the second chamber;
a first communication port provided on a downstream side in a direction of conveyance in the first chamber and that delivers
the developer from the first chamber to the second chamber;

a second communication port provided on an upstream side in the direction of conveyance in the first chamber and that delivers
the developer from the second chamber to the first chamber;

a first sealing portion bonded to a periphery of the first communication port and that releasably seals the first communication
port;

a second sealing portion bonded to a periphery of the second communication port and that releasably seals the second communication
port;

a supply port from which the developer is supplied, the developer being a mixture of a magnetic carrier and a nonmagnetic
toner;

a discharge port from which of the developer is dischargeable outside the developing device;
a third sealing portion bonded to a periphery of the discharge port and that releasably seals the discharge port; and
a winding shaft to which the first sealing portion, the second sealing portion, and the third sealing portion are attached
and that is capable of winding up the sealing portions when receiving a driving force,

wherein when the winding shaft releases the first sealing portion, the second sealing portion and the third sealing portion,
release of the third sealing portion starts after starting to release the first sealing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,804,539

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus provided with a fixing apparatus comprising:
an infrared irradiation unit for irradiating with infrared light a recording medium bearing a liquid developer comprising
a colorant and a cationic polymerizable monomer having a C-H bond: and

an ultraviolet irradiation unit for irradiating with ultraviolet light the liquid developer, wherein
when a peak wavelength due to the C-H bond in an infrared absorption spectrum of the cationic polymerizable monomer is defined
as ?1 and a half-value wavelength at which a spectral radiant energy density of infrared light emitted from the infrared irradiation
unit is 50%, when two of such half-value wavelengths are present, a half-value wavelength at a longer wavelength, is defined
as ?2, the peak wavelength ?1 is located at a shorter wavelength than the half-value wavelength ?2.

US Pat. No. 9,804,371

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power; and a third lens unit having a positive refractive power, a distance
between the adjacent lens units varying during zooming,
wherein the second lens unit includes a plurality of lenses, a cemented lens GRb2 is disposed nearest to the image side in the second lens unit, and the cemented lens GRb2 includes a negative lens and a positive lens cemented to the image side of the negative lens, and

provided that a lens surface of the cemented lens GRb2 on the object side has a curvature radius Rb2obj, a lens surface of the cemented lens GRb2 on the image side has a curvature radius of Rb2img, the cemented lens GRb2 has a focal length f2bimg, and a focal length of the second lens unit is f2, following conditional expressions are satisfied,

1.65<(Rb2obj+Rb2img)/(Rb2obj?Rb2img)<50.00,
and
1.0

US Pat. No. 9,804,372

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical system comprising, in order from an object side toward an image side:
a first lens unit having positive refractive power; and
a second lens unit having negative refractive power,
wherein a distance between consecutive ones of the lens units changes when focusing is performed,
wherein the first lens unit is stationary during focusing, and the second lens unit is moved toward the image side when focus
is changed from an object at infinity to an object at a short distance, and

wherein the optical system satisfies the following conditional expressions:
3.00<|1??22|<8.00

0.20<|f1/f2|<0.59

0.010
where ?2 denotes lateral magnification of the second lens unit when focusing on the object at infinity, f1 denotes focal length
of the first lens unit, f2 denotes focal length of the second lens unit, D2 denotes thickness of the second lens unit on an
optical axis, and DL denotes thickness of the optical system on the optical axis when focusing on the object at infinity,

where DL corresponds to a distance, on the optical axis, from a lens surface at the extreme end on the object side to a lens
surface at the extreme end on the image side in the optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,802,412

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD AND SET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising the steps of:
applying a liquid composition to a recording medium; and
applying an ink containing a pigment to the recording medium so as to overlap at least with a part of a region of the recording
medium to which the liquid composition is applied,

wherein a water absorption amount of the recording medium at a contact time of 1 second according to the Bristow's method
is 15 ml/m2 or less,

wherein the ink contains water and a compound having a polyoxyalkylene unit,
wherein the liquid composition contains a tannin compound, and
wherein the content of the tannin compound in the liquid composition is more than 10% by mass and 80% by mass or less.

US Pat. No. 9,807,807

COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program;
a processor;the program stored in the memory causes the communication apparatus to:
acquire information of another communication apparatus;
decide which of the communication apparatus and said another communication apparatus provides a communication parameter for
communicating in a predetermined wireless network;

communicate the communication parameter with said another communication apparatus according to the decision in a case where
which of the communication apparatus and said another communication apparatus provides the communication parameter is decided
according to the acquired information of said another communication apparatus and information of the communication apparatus;
and

in a case where which of the communication apparatus and said another communication apparatus provides the communication parameter
is not decided according to the acquired information of said another communication apparatus and the information of the communication
apparatus:

1) terminate communication with said another communication apparatus without communicating the communication parameter with
said another communication apparatus,

2) notify said another communication apparatus of failure of communication processing of the communication parameter, and
3) display an error.

US Pat. No. 9,798,262

METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a toner comprising a toner particle, the method comprising the steps of:
(e) mixing a resin R, a colorant, and an organic solvent to prepare a resin solution;
(f) mixing the resin solution, a resin fine particle, and carbon dioxide in a pressure container to form such a dispersion
that a droplet of the resin solution having a surface covered with the resin fine particle is dispersed in a dispersion medium
comprising the carbon dioxide;

(g) introducing carbon dioxide in a liquid state into the pressure container and pressurizing the pressure container to extract
the organic solvent in the droplet into the dispersion medium; and

(h) removing the organic solvent extracted into the dispersion medium from an inside of the pressure container together with
the carbon dioxide to provide a toner particle, wherein

the resin fine particle comprises a resin S containing an element ?, the resin S being a polymerized product of a monomer
composition comprising an organic polysiloxane compound having a vinyl group, and a polyester having a polymerizable unsaturated
group,

the polyester being a polycondensate of a dicarboxylic and a diol, and the polymerizable unsaturated group of the polyester
is derived from at least one of a dicarboxylic acid having the polymerizable unsaturated group and a diol having the polymerizable
unsaturated group, an average number of polymerizable unsaturated groups in one molecule of the polyester being 1.5 to 2.5,

the resin fine particle satisfies formulae (1) and (2):
3.0?A?6.0  (1)

1.10?B/A?1.55  (2)

where “A” represents an amount (atomic %) of the element a of the resin fine particle measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
(ESCA), and

“B” represents an amount (atomic %) of the element a of a treated resin fine particle measured by the X-ray photoelectron
spectroscopy, the treated resin fine particle being obtained by

loading a dispersion obtained by dispersing the resin fine particle in the organic solvent into the pressure container,
introducing carbon dioxide into the pressure container, and
flowing carbon dioxide through the pressure container while maintaining a pressure in the pressure container at 6.5 MPa and
a temperature in the pressure container at 25° C. to remove the organic solvent from the dispersion.

US Pat. No. 9,798,265

LIQUID DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid developer comprising:
a toner particle that contains a polyester resin;
and a carrier liquid that contains a vinyl ether compound that has a volume resistivity of 1×109 to 1×1015 ?·cm, wherein

the liquid developer contains a polymer compound having a structural unit represented by formula (1) in either the toner particle
or the carrier liquid:


where R1 to R4 are independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom and an alkyl group; A is selected from the group consisting
of a single bond, a carbonyl group, an alkylene group, an arylene group, and —COOR7— (where the carbonyl group in the —COOR7— is bonded to the carbon atom to which R1 is bonded, and R7 represents a C1-4 alkylene group); and B is an alkylene group or an arylene group.

US Pat. No. 9,798,266

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING ABNORMALLY DISCHARGED IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus performing image formation on recording material based on a print signal, the image forming
apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charging member which charges the photosensitive member at a charging position;
a first exposing unit which exposes a surface of the charged photosensitive member to form a latent image;
a second exposing unit which exposes the surface of the photosensitive member after the surface of the photosensitive member
passes a transfer position at which a toner image obtained by causing toner to adhere to the latent image is transferred to
a transferred body and before the surface of the photosensitive member reaches the charging position; and

a control unit which controls a period from a timing at which a portion of the photosensitive member exposed by the second
exposing unit is initially charged by the charging member to a timing at which the first exposing unit starts formation of
the latent image when performing image formation based on the print signal,

wherein the control unit varies a length of the period based on information related to a thickness of a photosensitive layer
of the photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 9,800,861

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
image capture unit having a plurality of micro-lenses, wherein a plurality of photo-electric conversion portions are arranged
for each of the micro-lenses;

recording unit configured to record captured image signals which are read out from the photo-electric conversion portions;
outputting unit configured to output positional information which corresponds to positions of the photo-electric conversion
portions in each micro-lens; and

a processing unit configured to group the image signals of the photo-electric conversion portions into groups based on the
positional information output by the outputting unit,

wherein the outputting unit outputs the positional information with regard to respective photo-electric conversion portions
to group the image signals into groups to have a parallax direction corresponding to a left-eye image and a right-eye image,

wherein each of the groups includes the image signals which are read out from two or more photo-electric conversion portions,
and

wherein the processing unit adjusts a gain of the image signals based on a number of captured image signals combined into
the respective groups.

US Pat. No. 9,798,282

BELT CONVEYOR UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt conveyor unit comprising:
a movable endless belt;
a stretching roller configured to stretch the belt;
a bearing configured to support a stretching roller shaft of the stretching roller; and
a regulation member configured to regulate lateral shift of the belt in a case the belt is shifted to one side in a belt width
direction that is perpendicular to a belt moving direction,

wherein the regulation member is fixed in a non-rotatable state in relation to the stretching roller shaft, and is disposed
outward of an end portion of the stretching roller in the belt width direction,

wherein the regulation member includes a first regulation portion opposing an edge portion of the belt with respect to a width
direction of the belt and a second regulation portion capable of being in contact with an inner peripheral surface of the
belt between the first regulation portion and the end portion of the stretching roller in the belt width direction,

wherein the first regulation portion includes
a first surface contactable to the edge portion of the belt corresponding to a first region of the belt wound around the stretching
roller; and

a second surface that is provided at a position retracted from the edge portion of the belt in comparison with the first surface
in the belt width direction and is not in contact with the edge portion of the belt corresponding to a second region of the
belt not wound around the stretching roller.

US Pat. No. 9,799,108

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire image data;
a brightness acquisition unit configured to acquire brightness information relating to ambient brightness of a display area
of an image based on the image data;

a control unit configured to control contrast of the image data acquired by the image acquisition unit, by using the brightness
information acquired by the brightness acquisition unit, such that contrast corresponding to a first range of gradation values
is higher in a first case where brightness information indicating a brightness lower than a predetermined brightness is acquired
by the brightness acquisition unit in comparison with a second case where brightness information indicating a brightness higher
than the predetermined brightness is acquired by the brightness acquisition unit, and such that contrast corresponding to
a second range of gradation values is lower in the first case in comparison with the second case, wherein gradation values
of the first range is less than the gradation values of the second range; and

a display control unit configured to display an image based on the image data whose contrast has been controlled by the control
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,798,138

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGING OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning device comprising:
a deflector configured to deflect a light beam to optically scan a scanned region on a scanned surface in a main scanning
direction; and

an imaging optical system configured to guide the light beam deflected by the deflector, to the scanned surface,
wherein the imaging optical system includes an imaging optical element in which, in the main scanning direction, a distance
to an optical axis from one effective end portion through which a light beam that enters one end portion of the scanned region
passes is longer than a distance to the optical axis from another effective end portion through which a light beam that enters
another end portion of the scanned region passes, and

wherein, in the imaging optical element, a thickness in an optical axis direction of the one effective end portion is thinner
than a thickness in the optical axis direction of the other effective end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,800,815

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM USING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in rows and columns;
a plurality of comparators, each of the comparators being provided in association with at least one column of the plurality
of pixels, and each of the comparators including a switch for controlling an operation;

a signal line which is provided commonly to the switches of the plurality of comparators and through which a control signal
for controlling the switches of the plurality of comparators is supplied;

a control signal generation unit configured to supply the control signal to the signal line; and
a signal line control unit configured to control an electric potential of the signal line to be set as a fixed electric potential,
wherein the plurality of comparators are arranged between the control signal generation unit and the signal line control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,794,424

APPARATUS WHICH CAUSES A DEVICE TO PRINT AN IMAGE AFTER COMMUNICATION WITH THE DEVICE VIA A SHORT DISTANCE WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus which causes a device to print an image, the apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
a display screen,
wherein a state of the apparatus is changed from a first state to a second state when the image is settled as a print target
by a user, the first state being a state in which the at least one processor does not cause the device to print the image
even if the apparatus is put close to the device and the second state being a state in which the at least one processor can
cause the device to print the image if the apparatus is put close to the device,

wherein the at least one processor causes the display screen to display first information for confirmation of the image and
not to display second information for prompting the user to put the apparatus close to the device for printing the image before
the image is settled as the print target by the user when the state of the apparatus is the first state,

wherein the at least one processor causes the display screen to display the second information with the first information,
after the image is settled as the print target and when the state of the apparatus is the second state, and

wherein after the apparatus in the second state performs a short distance wireless communication with the device, the device
prints the image.

US Pat. No. 9,794,438

OPERATION UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form an image on a recording medium; and
a reading portion disposed over the image forming portion and configured to read an image on an original;
a discharging tray disposed over the image forming portion and below the reading portion, and on which a recording medium,
on which the image is formed, is stacked, the discharging tray arranged such that the recording medium stacked on the discharging
tray is able to be taken out from the front side of the image forming apparatus; and

an operation portion disposed on a front side of the reading portion in a direction heading from a back surface to a front
surface of the image forming apparatus such that the operation portion neighbors the reading portion, and at least a part
of the operation portion overlaps with the discharging tray in a direction orthogonal to the direction heading from the back
surface to the front surface of the image forming apparatus, the operation portion comprising:

a panel portion; comprising
a display panel configured to display an information of the image forming apparatus; and
a touch panel which detects an input operation from a user to change the information displayed on the display panel according
to the input operation to the display panel;

a communication portion provided in the operation portion, comprising an antenna capable of transmitting/receiving radio waves
to/from a communication device brought close to the operation portion, and capable of executing communication between the
communication device and the antenna by a near field communication system, the antenna being provided at a position neighboring
the panel portion on the front side of the panel portion in the direction heading from the back surface to the front surface
of the image forming apparatus and within an area of the panel portion in a direction orthogonal to the direction heading
from the back surface to the front surface of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,794,491

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING ANTI-FLICKER TIMING OFFSET, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor that makes continuous shootings in response to a request for continuous shooting from a user;
a light meter that obtains a light amount of periodically changing light before an initial shooting of the continuous shootings,
and obtains a light amount of the periodically changing light between the initial shooting and a subsequent shooting of the
continuous shootings; and

at least one processor that calculates, based on the light amount obtained before the initial shooting of the continuous shootings,
information regarding a cycle interval of the periodically changing light and a first timing at which a light amount of the
periodically changing light satisfies a predetermined brightness level, and

calculates, based on the calculated information regarding the cycle interval and the first timing, an exposure start timing
of the initial shooting;

wherein the processor calculates, based on the light amount obtained between the initial shooting and the subsequent shooting,
a second timing at which a light amount of the periodically changing light satisfies the predetermined brightness level, and

calculates, based on the calculated information regarding the cycle interval and the second timing, an exposure start timing
of the subsequent shooting,

wherein the processor calculates the exposure start timing of the initial shooting, by adding the first timing to the information
regarding the cycle interval, and

wherein the processor calculates the exposure start timing of the subsequent shooting, by adding the second timing to the
information regarding the cycle interval.

US Pat. No. 9,789,694

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet recording method comprising:
ejecting an aqueous ink from a recording head to record an image on a recording medium using an ink jet recording apparatus,
the ink jet recording apparatus comprising:

a first ink storage portion;
a second ink storage portion; and
a recording head,
wherein the first ink storage portion has a maximum ink storage amount (V1) 3.0 or more to 50.0 or less times larger than a maximum ink storage amount (V2) of the second ink storage portion,

wherein the aqueous ink contains a pigment and a first water-soluble organic solvent having a relative dielectric constant
of 10.0 or more to 30.0 or less at a temperature of 25° C., and a first water-soluble organic solvent content S (% by mass)
is 2.0 or more to 10.0 or less times higher than a pigment content P (% by mass), and

wherein, during the ejecting, the aqueous ink has a temperature at which a ratio of a viscosity of the aqueous ink in the
recording head (?B) to a viscosity of the aqueous ink at a temperature of 25° C. (?A) is 0.8 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,785,221

POWER CONTROL OF A PLURALITY OF FUNCTIONAL UNITS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus having a plurality of functional units that respectively execute predetermined functions,
the apparatus comprising:
a memory storing a set of instructions; and
one or more processors that execute instructions of the set of the instructions and cause the image processing apparatus to
function as:

a management unit configured to manage a memory with a plurality of areas;
an allocation unit configured to allocate the plurality of areas of the memory to the plurality of functional units respectively;
a power control unit configured to control to supply an electric power to the plurality of functional units and the plurality
of areas of memory;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a condition for transition to a power saving state is satisfied;
and

a control unit configured to control to, in a case that the determination unit determines that the condition is satisfied,
cause the power control unit to stop an electric power supply to at least one of the plurality of functional units and an
area of the memory allocated to the at least one functional unit to which the electric power supply is stopped to transition
into the power saving state, and to cause an area of the memory allocated to a functional unit to which the electric power
supply is maintained to transition into a self-refresh mode.

US Pat. No. 9,779,329

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

a creating unit configured to create a plurality of subsets, wherein each of the plurality of subsets is created by selecting,
from a plurality of learning images, one or more learning images;

a learning unit configured to learn an area discriminator for discriminating a class of each area obtained by dividing the
learning images, for each subset created by the creating unit;

a learning discriminating unit configured to discriminate a class of each area obtained by dividing a plurality of learning
evaluation images, by using the plurality of area discriminators learned by the learning unit; and

an identification learning unit configured to learn an integrated identifier based on a discrimination result for each area
of the plurality of learning evaluation images discriminated by the learning discriminating unit and scene information associated
with each of the plurality of learning evaluation images.

US Pat. No. 9,778,611

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND REMAINING TONER AMOUNT ESTIMATION METHOD

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:
receive print data;
generate a raster image based on the received print data;
count pixels in the generated raster image;
execute at least two predetermined image forming processes based on the generated raster image, wherein the at least two predetermined
image forming processes include a first image forming process and a second image forming process different than the first
image forming process, and wherein the second image forming process is executed after the first image forming process;

determine a correction coefficient with reference to a correction table based on a combination of at least two printer engine
control parameters, wherein the at least two printer engine control parameters include a first printer engine control parameter
for the first image forming process and a second printer engine control parameter for the second image forming process;

correct a value of the counted pixels based on the determined correction coefficient; and
estimate a consumed toner amount based on the corrected value.

US Pat. No. 9,778,891

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
at least one processor that operates to control:
a first wireless communication unit having a memory, the first wireless communication unit configured to
communicate with an external apparatus by near field wireless communication;
store, in the memory, first information including communication information for establishing longer field wireless communication
having a communication range longer than a range of the near field wireless communication and which is read by the external
apparatus; and

store, in the memory, second information including setting information for activating an access point included in the communication
apparatus, wherein the second information is stored in the memory by changing the stored first information to the second information
in an NDEF by the external apparatus;

a setting unit configured to activate the access point included in the communication apparatus, if the first information stored
in the memory is changed to the second information by the external apparatus;

a second wireless communication unit configured to communication with the external apparatus which has read the first information
by the longer field wireless communication if the access point is activated; and

an update unit configured to update the memory from a state where the second information is stored in the memory to a state
where the first information, which had been changed to the second information, is stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,737,271

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of sensors arrayed to form a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns on a substrate;
a driving unit configured to drive the plurality of sensors row by row, said driving unit performing:
a first operation of driving the plurality of sensors while selecting the plurality of rows in a first order; and
a second operation of driving the plurality of sensors while selecting the plurality of rows in a second order different from
the first order after the first operation, such that a time difference is produced, between a sensor in each row and a sensor
in a neighboring row from a timing of the selection in the first order to a timing of the selection in the second order; and

a correcting unit configured to correct a signal, based on a signal from each sensor in a first row as one of the plurality
of rows, a signal from each sensor in a second row neighboring the first row, and the time difference between the first row
and the second row, the signal to be corrected being from a sensor in at least one of the first row and the second row among
the plurality of sensors which are driven in the second order in the second operation.

US Pat. No. 9,736,359

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
at least one non-transitory memory device:
at least one processor;
a detection unit that detects a state of a subject;
a determining unit that determines a shooting framerate, a frame recording ratio, and a shooting time based on the state of
the subject;

a shooting unit that shoots a moving image at the determined shooting framerate over the determined shooting time and that
records the moving image in accordance with the determined recording ratio,

a receiving unit that receives a shooting start instruction; and
a display device that notifies a user, in response to the shooting start instruction, that moving image is being shot by the
shooting unit,

wherein in a case where the shooting time determined by the determining unit is less than a threshold time, the display device
continues a constant notification until the threshold time elapses regardless of whether or not a moving image is being shot
by the shooting unit, and

wherein the detection unit, the determining unit, the shooting unit, and the receiving unit are implemented by the at least
one processor executing at least one program recorded on the at least one non-transitory memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,736,390

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a first image;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a second image that is different in dynamic range from the first image;
a characteristics acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the first image, characteristics information representing at
least one of a gradation value representing a bright area that is an area in the first image and is an area formed of a pixel
with a gradation value greater than or equal to a first threshold value, and a size of the bright area;

a first conversion unit configured to convert the first image to a third image by performing image processing in which a correspondence
relationship of a gradation value and display brightness is made closer to a correspondence relationship in the second image,
based on the characteristics information acquired by the characteristics acquisition unit; and

a combination unit configured to generate a combined image by combining the second image and the third image.

US Pat. No. 9,733,608

DETERMINING LIGHT QUANTITY OF PRE-CHARGING EXPOSURE DEVICE IN AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a charging member for electrically charging said image bearing member at a charging portion;
a developing member for forming a developer image on said image bearing member charged by said charging member;
a transfer unit for transferring the developer image onto a transfer material at a transfer portion;
a pre-charging exposure unit for exposing to light a surface of said image bearing member which passes through the transfer
portion and before said image bearing member reaches the charging portion;

a voltage receiving member for receiving a voltage;
a measuring portion for measuring a first value of a voltage applied to said voltage receiving member when constant-current
control is effected; and

a controller for determining a light quantity of said pre-charging exposure unit during image formation based at least on
the measured first value of the voltage and a second value of the voltage,

wherein said controller includes:
a light quantity controller for controlling the light quantity so that said image bearing member charged by applying a first
potential to said charging member is exposed to light at a first light quantity by said pre-charging exposure unit, and

an acquiring portion for acquiring an output of said measuring portion when said image bearing member exposed to light at
the first light quantity is charged by applying a second potential of an opposite polarity to a polarity of the first potential
to said voltage receiving member.

US Pat. No. 9,767,077

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT STORES PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, for each of a first object and a second object, each having an attribute, a first
value of the attribute of the first object and a second value of the attribute of the second object, wherein the first object
and the second object have been laid out in an image;

an evaluation unit configured to calculate, where each of the first object and the second object has a feature, (a) for the
first object, a first evaluation score of the first value each of the values obtained by the obtaining unit, based on a parameter
indicating the feature of the first object and (b) for the second object, a second evaluation score of the second value obtained
by the obtaining unit, based on a parameter indicating the feature of the second object;

a selection unit configured to, for a new object having the attribute, select, from the first value and the second value,
a value of the attribute of the new object, based on the first evaluation score and the second evaluation score calculated
by the evaluation unit; and

a display unit configured to cause a display device to display the image, in which the new object having the value of the
attribute selected by the selection unit is inserted.

US Pat. No. 9,766,569

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CORONA CHARGER CLEANING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable photosensitive member;
a corona charger detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus main assembly, configured to electrically charge said
photosensitive member, and including a discharging electrode, a first shield portion, a second shield portion, a cleaning
member, and a movable member; and

a first urging member and a second urging member, provided in said image forming apparatus main assembly and having elasticity,
configured to urge said corona charger in directions crossing a longitudinal direction of said corona charger when said corona
charger is mounted in said image forming apparatus main assembly,

said discharging electrode effecting electric discharge under application of a voltage and being provided along the longitudinal
direction,

said first shield portion and said second shield portion, having a plate shape, being provided along the longitudinal direction
at opposing positions with respect to said discharging electrode,

said cleaning member cleaning a portion-to-be-cleaned in said corona charger and being moved while contacting the portion-to-be-cleaned,
said movable member, holding said cleaning member, being moved in the longitudinal direction while being guided by said first
shield portion and said second shield portion,

said first urging member urging said first shield portion toward said second shield portion,
said second urging member urging said second shield portion toward said first shield portion, and
said first urging member and said second urging member being provided so that a first portion-to-be-urged of said first shield
portion urged by said first urging member and a second portion-to-be-urged of said second shield portion urged by said second
urging member are in non-opposing positions relative to each other with respect to the longitudinal direction when said corona
charger is mounted in said image forming apparatus main assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,767,611

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING DEPTH VALUES USING AN APPROXIMATE PLANE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor configured to operate to:
from a first image of an object captured from a first viewpoint and from a second image of the object captured from a second
viewpoint which is different from the first viewpoint, extract a contour of the object respectively;

associate a first plurality of points on a first contour extracted from the first image with a second plurality of points
on a second contour, and derive three-dimensional coordinates of the associated points;

derive an approximate plane for approximating the object based on the derived three-dimensional coordinates of the associated
points;

calculate an angle formed between a normal line of the approximate plane and a straight line connecting a viewpoint position
of an image capturing device with a point on a contour; and

select, based on the calculated angle, either (i) processing to calculate distances between the associated points and the
approximate plane, estimate depth values of one or more unassociated points other than the associated first plurality of points
on the first contour based on the calculated distances and estimate depth values of one or more unassociated points other
than the associated second plurality of points on the first contour based on the calculated distances or (ii) processing to
estimate depth values of one or more unassociated points other than the associated first plurality of points on the first
contour by performing linear interpolation on depth values of the associated points and estimate depth values of one or more
unassociated points other than the associated second plurality of points on the second contour by performing linear interpolation
on depth values of the associated points.

US Pat. No. 9,766,578

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device that fixes a toner image on a recording material while conveying the recording material carrying the toner
image at a nip, the fixing device comprising:
a tubular film;
a heater including a first surface that is in contact with the film, the heater including a substrate and a heat-generating
resistor provided on the substrate;

a heat-conductive member having a higher thermal conductivity than the substrate, configured to contact a second surface of
the heater opposite to the first surface of the heater; and

a supporting member configured to support the heater via the heat-conductive member interposed between the supporting member
and the heater,

wherein the heat-conductive member includes bent portions which are bent toward the supporting member at both longitudinal
end portions of the heat-conductive member, and

wherein the supporting member includes:
openings where the respective bent portions of the heat-conductive member are inserted;
first and second parts formed on an opposed surface of the supporting member opposed to the heat-conductive member, the first
and second parts being arranged in a short direction of the heater and sandwiching the heat-conductive member with the heater;
and

a recess part formed on the opposed surface of the supporting member and recessed from the heat-conductive member, the recess
part being arranged between the openings in a longitudinal direction of heater and between the first and second parts in the
short direction of the heater.

US Pat. No. 9,736,350

CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE INPUT APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus capable of controlling a plurality of apparatuses comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the control apparatus to perform:
a first obtaining process for obtaining, from one of a first apparatus into which image data is input and a second apparatus
that outputs image data to be input into the first apparatus, pair information identifying the first apparatus and the second
apparatus;

a second obtaining process for obtaining first attribute information, which identifies formats in which the image data can
be input into the first apparatus, from the first apparatus and second attribute information, which identifies formats in
which the image data can be output by the second apparatus, from the second apparatus; and

interlock control of the first apparatus and the second apparatus on the basis of the pair information, wherein
in the interlock control, an operating mode in the first apparatus is set to an operating mode that is suitable for inputting
image data in a shared format, which is a format shared by the first attribute information and the second attribute information,
and

in the interlock control, an operating mode in the second apparatus is set to an operating mode for outputting image data
in the shared format.

US Pat. No. 9,736,351

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus configured to transmit a command to an image capturing device including an encoding unit which is configured
to generate image data by encoding captured data generated by an image capturing unit, the control apparatus comprising:
a display control unit configured to display, in a display unit, a graphical user interface for setting a first set value
which is for generating the captured data by the image capturing unit and a graphical user interface for setting a second
set value which is for generating the image data by the encoding unit;

a transmission unit capable of transmitting, to the image capturing device, a first command for changing the first set value
and a second command for changing the second set value; and

a receiving unit configured to receive, in a case where, in response to one command of either the first command or the second
command being executed in the image capturing device, a set value corresponding to the other command of the either the first
command or the second command is changed in the image capturing device, information indicating the set value corresponding
to the other command in the image capturing device from the image capturing device,

wherein the display control unit changes a content of a graphical user interface for setting the set value corresponding to
the other command, based on the information, received by the receiving unit, indicating the set value corresponding to the
other command.

US Pat. No. 9,762,805

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS PERFORMING TONE CORRECTION PROCESS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS PERFORMING TONE CORRECTION PROCESS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor, and
a memory storing instructions for causing the at least one processor to perform operations of following units:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image signal obtained by imaging an object by an image sensing unit:
a generation unit configured to obtain a luminance distribution of the object based on the obtained image signal;
a division unit configured to divide a partial region having a luminance lower than a predetermined luminance extracted from
the generated luminance distribution into a predetermined number of sub-regions, and obtain a most frequent region having
a highest luminance frequency from the divided sub-regions;

a selection unit configured to select a correction table, based on the obtained most frequent region and a ratio of an image
signal having a luminance lower than the predetermined luminance in the obtained image signal, from a plurality of correction
tables stored in a storage unit; and

a processing unit configured to perform a tone correction process on the image signal by using the selected correction table,
wherein the selection unit selects a correction table with which the image signal is corrected in larger degree in the tone
correction process as the ratio increases.

US Pat. No. 9,730,045

COMMUNICATING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communicating apparatus capable of connecting with an access point which determines a channel for wireless communication,
comprising:
a processor operating to:
connect with the access point by using a channel selected from a plurality of channels and to directly connect with an external
apparatus, without using the access point, by using the selected channel, wherein the communicating apparatus directly connects
with the external apparatus while the communicating apparatus connects with the access point; and

search the access point by preferentially using the selected channel of the plurality of channels, in a case where the connection
with the access point is disconnected while the communicating apparatus directly connects with the external apparatus by using
the selected channel,

wherein the direct connection, by using the selected channel, between the external apparatus and the communicating apparatus
without using the access point is maintained while the access point is searched by preferentially using the selected channel
of the plurality of channels.

US Pat. No. 9,760,037

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a developer carrying member for carrying a developer including toner and magnetic carrier to develop a latent image formed
on an image bearing member, said developer carrying member including a surface having a plurality of grooves extending in
a longitudinal direction;

a magnet, provided inside said developer carrying member, for attracting the developer on the surface of said developer carrying
member;

a regulating member, provided spaced from said developer carrying member, for regulating an amount of the developer carried
on said developer carrying member,

wherein said regulating member is made only of non-magnetic material, and
wherein an amount M/S (mg/mm2) of the developer carried on a unit area of said developer carrying member after passing by said regulating member, a gap
SB (mm) between a free end of said regulating member and said developer carrying member, a density G (mg/mm3) of the developer, a groove ratio ? which is a ratio of the grooves in the surface of said developer carrying member, and
a depth D (mm) of the groove satisfy,

0.1?M/S (mg/mm2)?0.45,

0.2?SB (mm), and
M/S (mg/mm2)×¼??×{SB(mm)+D(mm)}×G(mg/mm3)

US Pat. No. 9,762,167

COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM, GENERATING METHOD, GENERATING APPARATUS, DRIVING APPARATUS, PROCESSING APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A computer-readable storage medium which stores a program for causing a computer to generate time-series data of an electric
current to be supplied to a motor in order to cause, a control system, including the motor configured to drive an object,
to transit from a first state to a second state, the program causing the computer to generate the time-series data so as to
satisfy a constraint including a condition to constrain an upper limit value of dispersion of a plurality of state quantities
respectively obtained from a plurality of models each of which estimates, from the time-series data, a state quantity of a
specific mode of a vibration mode and motion mode of the object, and so that a value of an evaluation function for evaluating
the time-series data falls within a tolerance,
wherein the plurality of models correspond to respective different operating environments of the control system and estimate
respective ones of the state quantity of the specific mode.

US Pat. No. 9,753,837

APPLICATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, APPLICATION EXECUTION TERMINAL, APPLICATION MANAGEMENT METHOD, APPLICATION EXECUTION TERMINAL CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing terminal being connected to an information processing apparatus via a network, the information
processing terminal comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a condition that an application causes an error, the condition determined by the information
processing apparatus on the basis of the error of another information processing terminal in which the application has been
installed other than the information processing terminal; and

a display control unit configured to change a display form of the application satisfying the condition for causing the error,
wherein the error of the another information processing terminal other than the information processing terminal is determined
by selecting the another information processing terminal from a plurality of information processing terminals connected to
the information processing apparatus via the network according to installation information of the application and finding
common terminal identification information between the information processing terminal and the another information processing
terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,753,903

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL, PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing terminal comprising a memory storing instructions for a relay function of causing a client that
manages data to cooperate with a service that provides a function using the data manacled by the client via a network, and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing terminal to:
execute a transmission of a first request to the service;
receive, from the service, information required to selectively register a plurality of pieces of function information as a
response to the first request, wherein the plurality of pieces of function information corresponds to processing capable of
being performed, based on different settings, using a function provided by the service;

execute a transmission of a second request to the service, according to a selection based on the received information;
perform registration processing of the function information using the relay function, according to a response to the second
request from the service; and

request the service, according to a designation of specific data managed by the client and a selection of registered function
information, to process the specific data based on settings corresponding to the selected function information,

wherein the relay function is provided as a web browser function of the information processing terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,753,682

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire input data used to generate an image;
a conversion unit configured to generate intermediate data by performing data conversion on the input data with a first data
conversion filter activated as a first process, and to generate image data by performing data conversion on the intermediate
data with a second data conversion filter activated as a second process different from the first process;

an output unit configured to output the image data, and
a setting unit configured to set a transmission method for transmitting the intermediate data from the first process to the
second process based on a form available for the first process to output data and a form available for the second process
to input data, wherein said transmission method is at least one of a data communication method and a path communication method.

US Pat. No. 9,753,775

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A resource management apparatus for managing a resource of an application in a unit of a group, wherein the resource management
apparatus includes at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor and having stored
thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to function as:
a changing unit configured to, when an application belonging to a group is installed on a system that, due to an installation
of an application, allocates for the application a resource in accordance with a declaration value of the application, add
a declaration value of a resource of the group to which the installed application belongs to a declaration value of a resource
of a resource definition application; and

an install unit configured to install, after addition processing by the changing unit, the resource definition application
in the system,

wherein the changing unit, if instructed to install an application that belongs to the group, before installing the application
adds a declaration value of the resource of a group to which the application belongs to change the declaration value of the
resource of the resource definition application so not to duplicate,

and the install unit installs the resource definition application, and in a case where the installation of the resource definition
application fails, stops the installation of the application.

US Pat. No. 9,720,224

PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing apparatus that processes an object by scanning light on the object, the apparatus comprising:
a scanning device including a mirror for reflecting the light and configured to scan the light by driving the mirror; and
a controller configured to control the scanning device,
wherein the controller is configured to obtain, based on a target scanning velocity, an angle of the mirror at which the scanning
device is caused to start driving of the mirror, so that an angle of the mirror, at which scanning of the light is started,
is a target angle.

US Pat. No. 9,721,539

IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system comprising:
a display apparatus comprising:
a first processor; and
a first memory having instructions stored thereon, which, when executed by the first processor, cause the display apparatus
to:

capture an image of physical space; and
transmit the captured image of physical space; and
an image processing apparatus which communicates with the display apparatus, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a second processor; and
a second memory storing instructions that, when executed by the second processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:
receive the captured image of physical space;
generate a virtual image based on position and orientation information of the display apparatus;
generate a synthesized image based on the captured image of physical space and the generated virtual image; and
transmit the generated synthesized image to the display apparatus,
wherein the first memory has further instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the first processor, cause the display
apparatus to:

receive the generated synthesized image; and
display the generated synthesized image in a first display mode and the captured image of physical space in a second display
mode, and

wherein the display apparatus uses the second display mode when the display apparatus cannot communicate with the image processing
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,719,773

MEASURING METHOD AND MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of measuring a shape of a surface of an optical element, the method comprising:
a measuring step of measuring, using a measuring device, a shape for each of a plurality of regions on the surface by a surface
height measurement at each of a plurality of positions in each of the plurality of regions to obtain shape data for each of
the plurality of regions, each of the plurality of regions having a region overlapping another of the plurality of regions;

an error obtaining step of obtaining an error of the surface height measurements for each of the plurality of regions so as
to minimize a difference in shape with respect to each of the overlapping regions based on the shape data obtained in the
measuring step for each of the plurality of regions; and

a correcting step of correcting the shape data obtained in the measuring step for each of the plurality of regions using the
error obtained in the error obtaining step for each of the plurality of regions to obtain the shape,

wherein the measuring step obtains, for obtaining the error, the shape data for each of the plurality of regions so as not
to include a component having a spatial frequency higher than a spatial frequency corresponding to a maximum degree of a first
polynomial representing the error.

US Pat. No. 9,722,107

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit including a first electrode, a second electrode, a photoelectric conversion layer disposed
between the first electrode and the second electrode, and an insulating layer disposed between the photoelectric conversion
layer and the second electrode;

an amplification unit electrically connected to the second electrode and configured to output a signal generated by the photoelectric
conversion unit;

a reset unit configured to supply a reset voltage to the second electrode;
a first capacitor including a first terminal and a second terminal, the first terminal being electrically connected to the
second electrode; and

a voltage supply unit configured to supply at least a first voltage and a second voltage different from the first voltage
to the second terminal,

wherein the following relationship is satisfied:
where Vs denotes a voltage supplied to the first electrode, Vd1 denotes the first voltage, Vd2 denotes the second voltage, Vres denotes the reset voltage, C1 denotes a capacitance value of the first capacitor, and C2 denotes a capacitance value of a second capacitor formed by the first electrode and the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,719,810

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A unit detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus including an optical detecting device, said unit comprising:
a rotatable member including a first light blocking portion configured to block light for the optical detecting device and
a second light blocking portion having a light blocking range having a length different from that of a light blocking range
of the first light blocking portion; and

a contacting member contacting said second light blocking portion,
wherein said second light blocking portion is retractable to a retracted position which is inside a peripheral surface of
said rotatable member by contacting said contacting member with rotation of said rotatable member, and wherein said second
light blocking portion is not detected by the optical detecting device when said second light blocking portion is in the retracted
position.

US Pat. No. 9,720,333

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scan-type exposure apparatus for transferring a pattern of a mask to a substrate via a projection optical system while
scanning the mask and the substrate in a scanning direction, comprising:
an aperture stop provided with at least one of a mask stage that holds the mask and is movable and a substrate stage that
holds the substrate and is movable and configured to reduce an influence of flare light that enters from the projection optical
system to the substrate,

wherein an opening of the aperture stop includes a first opening portion corresponding to one shot region on the substrate,
and a serrated second opening portion including a plurality of first openings that protrude in a second direction parallel
to the scanning direction from a side of the first opening portion along a first direction perpendicular to the scanning direction,
and

a length of each of the plurality of first openings in the first direction decreases outward in the second direction from
the side of the first opening portion along the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,720,334

STAGE APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN ARTICLE, AND DETERMINATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. A lithography apparatus which forms a pattern on a substrate, the lithography apparatus comprising:
the stage apparatus which includes a stage configured to be movable,
wherein the stage apparatus includes:
a driving unit configured to drive the stage by providing thrust to the stage;
a measuring unit configured to measure a position of the stage; and
a control unit configured to control the position of the stage by supplying, to the driving unit, a first combination signal
including a first signal for reducing a deviation between a current position of the stage and a target position, and a second
signal for reducing vibration of the stage caused by a thrust ripple included in the thrust, and

wherein the second signal is generated by the control unit by performing a generation process, the generation process including:
preparing a plurality of third signals, wherein an amplitude, a phase, or both the amplitude and the phase of each of the
plurality of third signals is different from each other;

obtaining, as information relating to a response of the stage, a measurement result of the measuring unit when driving the
stage by supplying a second combination signal including the first signal and one of the plurality of third signals to the
driving unit, wherein the information is obtained with respect to each of the plurality of third signals; and

determining the second signal based on the information obtained with respect to each of the plurality of third signals, such
that the vibration of the stage caused by the thrust ripple falls within an allowable range.

US Pat. No. 9,720,337

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND CHLOROGALLIUM PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer in this order,
wherein the photosensitive layer comprises a chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal,
the chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal has one or more peaks in each of a wavelength range of 646 nm or more and 668 nm
or less and a wavelength range of 782 nm or more and 809 nm or less in an absorption spectrum, and

when a peak with a maximum absorbance among the peaks in the wavelength range of 646 nm or more and 668 nm or less is assumed
to be a first peak and a peak with a maximum absorbance among the peaks in the wavelength range of 782 nm or more and 809
nm or less is assumed to be a second peak, an absorbance of the first peak is larger than an absorbance of the second peak.

US Pat. No. 9,720,346

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CORRECTING RELATIVE POSITION BETWEEN LASER BEAMS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member configured to be rotatable;
a light source including a first light emitting element configured to emit a first light beam and a second light emitting
element configured to emit a second light beam and configured to form an electrostatic latent image corresponding to an image
to be formed on a recording medium, on the photosensitive member, the first light emitting element and the second light emitting
element being arranged such that the first light beam and the second light beam expose different positions on the photosensitive
member in a rotation direction of the photosensitive member;

a deflection unit configured to deflect the first light beam and the second light beam emitted from the light source such
that the first light beam and the second light beam scan the photosensitive member;

a lens configured to guide the first light beam and the second light beam deflected by the deflection unit to the photosensitive
member;

an image data generation unit configured to generate first image data corresponding to the first light emitting element and
second image data corresponding to the second light emitting element based on an input image data;

an output unit configured to output a first correction data corresponding to a first area on the photosensitive member and
a second correction data corresponding to a second area on the photosensitive member different from the first area in a scanning
direction of the first light beam and the second light beam, and each of the first correction data and the second correction
data is used for correcting a length of image formed by the second light beam for each of the first area and the second area
based on the second image data and is not used for correcting a length of image formed by the first light beam;

a drive signal generation unit configured to generate a first drive signal for driving the first light emitting element based
on the first image data corresponding to the first light emitting element and generate a second drive signal for driving the
second light emitting element based on the second image data corresponding to the second light emitting element, the second
drive signal including a signal corresponding to the first area and generated based on the second image data corresponding
to the first area and the first correction data, and the second drive signal including a signal corresponding to the second
area and generated based on the second image data corresponding to the second area and the second correction data; and

a drive unit configured to cause the first light emitting element to emit the first light beam based on the first drive signal
and cause the second light emitting element to emit the second light beam based on the second drive signal,

wherein the drive signal generation unit generates the first drive signal and the second drive signal so as to form pixels
included in each of the first image and the second image, and the first correction data and the second correction data are
data for inserting a pixel or auxiliary pixel that is less in width than a pixel or removing a pixel or auxiliary pixel that
is less in width than a pixel for correcting the length of image.

US Pat. No. 9,720,348

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:
a developer accommodating body configured to contain developer, wherein a surface is provided inside of the developer accommodating
body, with the surface being configured to move the developer;

a developer discharging body in fluid communication with the developer accommodating body such that the developer can flow
from the developer accommodating body to the developer discharging body, the developer discharging body including a discharge
opening through which the developer can be discharged from the developer discharging body;

a gear configured and positioned to receive a rotational force;
a pump having a variable volume, the pump being configured and positioned to force developer out of the developer discharging
body through the discharge opening when the volume of the pump is reduced; and

a cam projection and a cam groove operatively connected to the gear and the pump, the cam projection and the cam groove being
configured and positioned to convert the rotational force received by the gear to a force for changing the volume of the pump.

US Pat. No. 9,720,349

DEVELOPER SUPPLY KIT, DEVELOPER SUPPLYING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply kit comprising a developer supply container and developer accommodated therein,
wherein said developer supply container includes:
a developer accommodating portion accommodating said developer,
a discharge opening configured to discharge said developer accommodated in said developer accommodating portion,
a drive receiving portion configured to receive a driving force, and
a pump portion operable so that an internal pressure of said developer accommodating portion alternately and repetitively
changes between a pressure lower than an ambient pressure and a pressure higher than the ambient pressure by the driving force
received by said drive receiving portion,

wherein said developer accommodated in said developer supply container includes toner containing binder resin material and
a coloring material, and said developer satisfies:

10?E (mJ)?80,

0.4?Ea (mJ)?2.0,

where E is total energy when it is not aerated, and Ea is total energy when it is aerated.

US Pat. No. 9,720,352

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ACCURATE POSITIONING OF SENSOR UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a belt unit including an endless belt capable of traveling around a plurality of stretching rollers supporting said endless
belt;

an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on said belt;
a sensor unit including a sensor including a light emitting portion and a light receiving portion and configured to detect
light from said belt;

a setting portion configured to set an image forming condition of said image forming unit in accordance with an output of
said sensor; and

a positioning member including a first portion-to-be-contacted contacting at least one end portion of said belt unit with
respect to a widthwise direction crossing with a moving direction of said belt at a plurality of positioning places and a
second portion-to-be-contacted contacting at least one end portion of said sensor unit with respect to the widthwise direction
at a plurality of positioning places.

US Pat. No. 9,720,353

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic intermediate transfer member comprising:
a base layer; and
a surface layer,
wherein the surface layer has in the thickness direction a matrix-domain structure, and
the matrix contains a binder resin and
the domains contain a perfluoropolyether, and wherein:
a microhardness of a surface of the electrophotographic intermediate transfer member measured by an ultramicro-hardness meter
is 50 MPa or more, and

the binder resin is an acrylic resin.

US Pat. No. 9,721,391

POSITIONING OF PROJECTED AUGMENTED REALITY CONTENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of displaying augmented reality content on a physical surface, the method comprising:
determining a surface complexity measure for said physical surface from a captured image of said physical surface, said surface
complexity measure representing an amount of fine detail in said captured image;

determining a content complexity measure for the augmented reality content to be applied to said physical surface, said content
complexity measure representing an amount of fine detail in said augmented reality content;

adjusting a display attribute of said augmented reality content, based on a comparison of said surface complexity measure
and said content complexity measure, to modify the fine detail in said augmented reality content thereby improving the legibility
of the augmented reality content against said physical surface; and

displaying the modified augmented reality content on said physical surface.

US Pat. No. 9,720,367

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a printer;
a main processor of the image forming apparatus;
a human sensor;
a display;
a backlight of the display;
a touch panel that detects user operation for the display; and
a power controller that performs control such that power is supplied to the main processor, without turning on the backlight,
based on a detection result of the human sensor;

a sub processor that turns on the backlight, on a basis that the touch panel detects the user operation for the display that
the backlight has been turned off,

wherein the main processor controls the printer to be driven, on a basis that a screen displayed on the display that the backlight
has been turned on is operated by a user.

US Pat. No. 9,722,170

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a main component containing a perovskite-type metal oxide that can be expressed by the following general formula (1);
a first subcomponent containing Mn;
a second subcomponent containing Li; and
a third subcomponent containing Bi,
wherein the content of Mn on a metal basis is not less than 0.04 parts by weight and is not greater than 0.36 parts by weight
when the metal oxide is 100 parts by weight, content ? of Li on a metal basis is not less than 0.0013 parts by weight and
is not greater than 0.0280 parts by weight when the metal oxide is 100 parts by weight, and content ? of Bi on a metal basis
is not less than 0.042 parts by weight and is not greater than 0.850 parts by weight when the metal oxide is 100 parts by
weight

(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-y-zZrySnz)O3  (1)
(in the general formula (1), 0.09?x?0.30, 0.074?y?0.085, 0?z?0.02, and 0.986?a?1.02).

US Pat. No. 9,723,201

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor which captures a plurality of moving images; and
a processor which adds special effects to each of the plurality of moving images,
and generates a joined moving image constituted by the plurality of moving images to which the special effects have been added,
wherein the special effects include a color/tone conversion filtering effect corresponding to control for applying a filter
that converts at least one of a color and a tone, and at least one of a variable framerate effect corresponding to control
of a playback speed of a moving image and an afterimage effect corresponding to control for adding an afterimage to a moving
subject using a recursive filter,

wherein the processor determines the special effects to be added based on analysis of at least one of the plurality of moving
images captured by the image sensor, and

wherein the processor adds, to all of the plurality of moving images constituting the joined moving image, a common color/tone
conversion filtering effect, and adds, to each of the plurality of moving images constituting the joined moving image, at
least one of a variable framerate effect and an afterimage effect depending on each of the plurality of moving images.

US Pat. No. 9,722,434

WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM, WIRELESS POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF WIRELESS POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a power receiving apparatus;
a power transmitting unit configured to wirelessly transmit power to a power receiving apparatus detected by said detection
unit; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit information regarding a waiting to a first power receiving apparatus in a case
where said first power receiving apparatus is detected by said detection unit while said power transmitting unit transmits
power to a second power receiving apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,723,208

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first calculation unit configured to calculate a shake correction amount for a moving image by using a shake signal output
from a shake detection unit;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate a shake correction amount for a still image achieving a higher anti-shake
performance than the shake correction amount for the moving image by using a shake signal output from the shake detection
unit;

a generation unit configured to generate, based on a difference between the shake correction amount for the moving image and
the shake correction amount for the still image, evaluation values indicating amount of shake on image sensing plane of an
image sensor; and

a recording unit configured to record the evaluation values in association with frame images of the moving image,
wherein the generation unit changes a display form for displaying information on the evaluation value in association with
the frame image of the moving image in accordance with the amount of shake.

US Pat. No. 9,723,210

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors programmed to perform operations of following units:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a focal length of an imaging optical system;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a distance to a subject;
a setting unit configured to set a movable range for a correction unit configured to correct camera shake, based on the focal
length and the distance to a subject; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate a correction amount for correcting the camera shake within the movable range that
was set by the setting unit, based on a camera shake signal from a camera shake sensor configured to detect camera shake and
output the camera shake signal,

wherein the setting unit determines the movable range such that a decreasing rate of a marginal illumination of light that
enters an image sensor via the imaging optical system, the decreasing rate of the marginal illumination changing according
to the focal length and the distance to a subject, does not become larger than a predetermined decreasing rate.

US Pat. No. 9,718,633

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:
a sheet conveyance portion configured to convey a sheet;
a conveyance guide arranged pivotably between a first open position and a first closed position around a pivot axis and comprising
a guide configured to guide a sheet conveyed by the sheet conveyance portion and a convex portion protruding in an axial direction
from the guide portion;

a retaining portion configured to be pivotable between a retention position and a release position, the retention position
being a position where the retaining portion retains the convex portion in a case where the conveyance guide is positioned
at the first closed position, and the release position being a position where the retaining portion allows the convex portion
to move such that the conveyance guide moves from the first closed position to the first open position; and

a door configured to come in contact with and separate from the conveyance guide, the door arranged pivotably between a second
open position and a second closed position around an opening and closing axis, and moving the conveyance guide from the first
open position to the first closed position by pressing the conveyance guide while pivoting from the second open position to
the second closed position in a state where the conveyance guide is positioned at the first open position.

US Pat. No. 9,720,440

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

5. A method for controlling a communication apparatus having:
an output unit configured to output a clock signal to a communication module that communicates with an external device;
a generation unit configured to generate a timing signal by delaying the clock signal; and
a communication unit configured to transmit data to the communication module according to the clock signal, and to receive
data from the communication module in accordance with a timing corresponding to the timing signal,

the method comprising:
performing an adjustment process for requesting a predetermined test pattern from the communication module and for adjusting
an amount of the delay in accordance with a result of receiving the test pattern which is sent from the communication module
in response to the request of the test pattern and is received by the communication unit in accordance with the timing signal;
and

controlling the communication unit, in a predetermined mode for continuously transmitting stream data to the communication
module, to repeatedly perform first processing for transmitting a first command to the communication module, second processing
for receiving a first response that is sent from the communication module in response to the first command, and third processing
for transmitting a packet including the stream data to the communication module according to the first response,

wherein, in the predetermined mode, if the first response sent from the communication module in response to the first command
is received by the communication unit, the communication unit is controlled to perform processing for transmitting the packet
including the stream data by the third process regardless of contents of the first response sent from the communication module
in response to the first command and received by the communication unit, and if the first response sent from the communication
module in response to the first command is not received by the communication unit, the communication unit is controlled so
that the packet including the stream data is not transmitted to the communication module,

wherein, in the predetermined mode, the communication unit is controlled to transmit a second command different from the first
command to the communication module and controls to perform the adjustment process if there is an error in a second response
sent from the communication module in response to the second command, and

wherein at least the controlling is performed by a CPU operating under control of instructions stored in a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,720,206

LENS APPARATUS HAVING MAGNIFICATION VARIATOR CONFIGURED TO MOVE DURING MAGNIFICATION VARYING AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:
a magnification variator configured to move during magnification varying;
a drive unit configured to drive the magnification variator;
a detector configured to detect a position of the magnification variator;
a deriving unit configured to derive a second drive signal to drive the drive unit based on: an information representing a
relationship between a position of the magnification variator and a size of a field of view picked up through the lens apparatus;
a position detected by the detector; and a first drive signal, wherein a field-of-view change rate obtained when the drive
unit is driven based on the second drive signal is smaller than a field-of-view change rate obtained when the drive unit is
driven based on the first drive signal; and

a corrector configured to output position data in which a variation of speed of the magnification variator is smaller than
that of position data based on the second drive signal, when the magnification variator is driven based on the second drive
signal derived by the deriving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,715,091

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power, which does not move during zooming;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power, which moves during zooming;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power, which moves during zooming;
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power, which moves during zooming; and
a fifth lens unit having a positive refractive power, which does not move during zooming,
wherein the third lens unit comprises at least one negative lens, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
1.50
0.77
 where LN(Z2) is a natural logarithm of a value Z2 (=?2t/?2w) obtained by dividing a lateral magnification ?2t of the second lens unit at a telephoto end by a lateral magnification ?2w of the second lens unit at a wide angle end, LN(Z34) is a natural logarithm of a value Z34 (=?34t/?34w) obtained by dividing a combined lateral magnification ?34t of the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit at the telephoto end by a combined lateral magnification ?34w of the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit at the wide angle end, f34w is a combined focal length of the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit at the wide angle end, and f34t is a combined focal length of the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit at the telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 9,715,094

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having negative refractive power; and
a rear lens group including one or more lens units and having overall positive refractive power,
wherein during zooming, a distance between every adjacent lens units varies,
wherein the second lens unit has the highest negative refractive power of all the lens units,
wherein during focusing from an infinite distance to a minimum object distance, the second lens unit and the fourth lens unit
move toward the object side, and

wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
0.65<|FLm/FLm2|<1.50,

0.5<|FLp/FLm|<1.0, and

0.6
where FLm is a focal length of the fourth lens unit, FLm2 is a focal length of the third lens unit, FLp is a focal length of the rear lens group at a wide-angle end, TLDm is a lens
configuration length of the entire zoom lens at a time of achieving of a maximum photographing magnification, and TLDt is
a lens configuration length of the entire zoom lens at a time of infinite-distance focusing at a telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 9,715,202

FIXING MEMBER, FIXING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING FIXING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. A method of producing a fixing member comprising an elastic layer, and a surface layer containing polytetrafluoroethylene
(PTFE) and a fluorine resin having a melting point lower than that of the PTFE, the method comprising:
forming a coating of a coating material for forming the surface layer on the elastic layer, the coating material containing
PTFE having a melting point of 330° C. to 340° C. and a fluorine resin having a melting point lower than that of the PTFE
at a mixing ratio of 40:60 to 60:40 (mass ratio); and

heating the coating at a temperature of 315° C. to less than the melting point of the PTFE to form the surface layer.

US Pat. No. 9,715,722

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS TONE CORRECTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory for storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor and the memory to function as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a luminance histogram from image data;
a correction unit configured to perform tone correction on the image data using a correction curve generated based on the
luminance histogram obtained by said obtaining unit;

a setting unit configured to receive a setting as to a correction intensity of the tone correction from a user and set parameters
for determining coordinate values of control points on the correction curve according to the correction intensity; and

a tone control unit configured to generate the correction curve based on the luminance histogram and determine the coordinate
values according to the parameters set by said setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,716,011

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:
a first etching step of etching a substrate on which a silicon member, a silicon oxide member, and a compound member containing
nitrogen and silicon are exposed, by using a first gas containing XeF2 and H2, wherein, in the first etching step, a deposit is formed on an exposed surface of the compound member while at least part
of a surface of the silicon oxide member is not covered by the deposit to be exposed; and

a second etching step of etching the substrate by using a second gas containing XeF2 after the first etching step, the deposit formed in the first etching step functioning as a protective layer for suppressing
etching of the compound member in the second etching step,

wherein the second gas used in the second etching step satisfies at least one of:
a condition that the second gas used in the second etching step is lower in a partial pressure of H2 than the first gas used in the first etching step, and

a condition that the second gas used in the second etching step is smaller in a quantity of flow of H2 than the first gas used in the first etching step, and

wherein, for each of the first gas and the second gas, N2 is used as a carrier gas for sublimating solid XeF2.

US Pat. No. 9,706,121

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
obtain a plurality of images;
calculate correlation values between the plurality of images with respect to relative positions;
detect a motion vector between the plurality of images based on the correlation values;
determine reliability of the motion vector; and
perform at least one of an anti-shake process and a moving object tracking process with the motion vector, wherein
the processor determines the reliability based on a value indicating the highest correlation among the correlation values
and a correlation value, among the correlation values, obtained at a position that is distant by a predetermined distance
or longer from a position at which the value indicating the highest correlation is obtained.

US Pat. No. 9,704,909

IMAGE SENSOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements each including a charge accumulation region of a first conductivity type
arranged in a semiconductor substrate; and

an element isolation region arranged at least between the charge accumulation regions adjacent to each other,
wherein the element isolation region includes an insulator isolation portion arranged on an inner side of a trench on a surface
of the semiconductor substrate, and includes a semiconductor region of a second conductivity type opposite to the first conductivity
type, and the semiconductor region is arranged along a side surface of the insulator isolation portion,

wherein a gettering region is arranged between the semiconductor region and the insulator isolation portion, and the gettering
region is arranged along at least a part of the side surface of the insulator isolation portion between the charge accumulation
region and the side surface of the insulator isolation portion, and

wherein the gettering region contains at least one of carbon or germanium.

US Pat. No. 9,706,062

IMAGE READING APPARATUS WITH READING POSITION DETERMINATION UNIT THAT DETERMINES READING POSITION FOR ORIGINAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a conveyor configured to convey an original to a reading area;
a reader configured to read the original at a reading position within the reading area;
a processor;
a detection unit configured to detect foreign objects adhered to a plurality of candidate reading positions using image data
read at the plurality of candidate reading positions within the reading area by said reader in a state where the original
is not being conveyed;

a count unit configured to count the number of foreign objects adhered to a plurality of sections at each of the candidate
reading positions; and

a determination unit configured to determine a reading position at which the original is read from among the candidate reading
positions according to the number of foreign objects adhered to a plurality of sections at each of the candidate reading positions,

wherein said processor operates to function as said detection unit, said count unit and said determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,706,109

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING MULTIPLE IMAGING UNITS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a first imaging unit;
a second imaging unit;
an orientation detection unit configured to detect an orientation of the imaging apparatus;
a combining unit configured to generate a combined image by combining an image captured by the second imaging unit with an
image captured by the first imaging unit;

a recording control unit configured to control the recording of an image performed by the recording unit; and
a control unit configured to control the generating the combined image performed by the combining unit and the recording of
the combined image performed by the recording unit,

wherein the control unit changes a combining position where the image captured by the second imaging unit is combined with
the image captured by the first imaging unit according to the orientation of the imaging apparatus detected by the orientation
detection unit,

wherein in a case where the orientation of the imaging apparatus detected by the orientation detection unit is a first orientation,
the control unit performs control such that the combining unit generates the combined image by combining the image captured
by the second unit with a rotated image which the image captured by the first imaging unit is rotated, and

wherein the control unit performs control the recording such that the recording unit records the combined image having a predetermined
image size, and in a case where the image captured by the first imaging unit is rotated, predetermined data is added to the
rotated image, and the recording unit records the combined image that includes the rotated image to which the predetermined
data is added.

US Pat. No. 9,694,598

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates image data for printing an image by ejecting plural colors of ink from a plurality
of nozzles, for each of a plurality of areas on a print medium, said apparatus comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire information on respective ejection amounts by nozzle groups respectively corresponding
to the plurality of areas, for each of the plural colors of ink having different colors and different light absorption characteristics
on the print medium;

a selecting unit configured to select a correction parameter for generating the image data in response to an input of data
having a plurality of color components of different colors from among a plurality of correction parameters that correspond
to combinations of the information on respective ejection amounts for the respective plural colors of ink and are retained
in a memory, according to a combination of the acquired information on respective ejection amounts for the respective plural
colors of ink, for each of the plurality of areas, wherein each of the plurality of correction parameters defines a correspondence
relationship between a combination of the plurality of color components in the input data and a combination of a plurality
of color components for the image data, and the correction parameter for each of the plurality of areas is used for correcting
a color indicated by the input data and selected so that a difference of color appearance of colors between the plurality
of areas, which is caused by a difference between light absorption characteristics of the ink dots that are formed on the
print medium by overlapping a plurality of inks having different colors and light absorption characteristics of the ink dots
each of which is formed on the print medium with an ink of single color, is reduced; and

a generating unit configured to generate the image data based on the correction parameters selected by the selecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,699,047

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device capable of wireless communication, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor having instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform
operations comprising:

wirelessly connecting the communication device to a first other communication device, the communication device operating as
a device which establishes a wireless network or as a device which takes part in an established wireless network;

receiving a request for print processing using wireless communication from a second other communication device different from
the first other communication device, while the communication device is connected to the first other communication device;

determining whether print processing is being performed with the first other communication device in a case where the request
for the print processing is received; and

determining whether the communication device is operating as a device which establishes a wireless network or as a device
which takes part in an established wireless network; and

transmitting a response indicating that print processing is performable to the received request in a case where the first
determination determines that the print processing is not being performed or in a case where the second determination determines
that the communication device is operating as a device which establishes a wireless network, and not transmitting a response
indicating that print processing is performable to the received request in a case where the first determination determines
that the print processing is being performed and the second determination determines that the communication device is operating
as a device which takes part in an established wireless network.

US Pat. No. 9,696,780

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, AND POWER STATUS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
(a) a power log that records, in a log, that a power status change has been performed;
(b) a sensing unit that senses that an event has occurred;
(c) a detection unit that references the log and detects whether there is a loop of power status transition, if a sensed event
is an event which is a target of an event policy to change power status with an occurrence of the event as a trigger;

(d) a deactivation unit that deactivates the event policy, if the loop of the power status transition is detected; and
(e) a status change unit that changes power status in accordance with the event policy, if the loop of the power status transition
is not detected.

US Pat. No. 9,699,368

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising at least one processor or one circuitry which functions as:
a focus detection unit that detects a defocus value;
a first calculation unit that obtains a correction value for shifting an in-focus position by a first method, the in-focus
position being based on the defocus value;

a second calculation unit that obtains a correction value for shifting the in-focus position by a second method that is different
from the first method, the in-focus position being based on the defocus value;

a conversion unit that converts the correction value obtained by the second method to a correction value of the first method
by changing units;

a storage unit that stores the correction value obtained by the first calculation unit or the correction value converted by
the conversion unit; and

a control unit that controls driving of a focus lens to a lens position based an a value obtained by correcting the defocus
value by the correction value stored in the storage unit,

wherein, in the second method, at least one of a plurality of images obtained by driving the focus lens to a plurality of
different lens position is selected by a user, and the correction value is calculated based on the defocus value corresponding
to the selected image.

US Pat. No. 9,648,243

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a display unit connected to an apparatus through a movable portion so that a direction of a display surface is changeable;
a detection unit configured to detect a rotation position of the display unit; and
a display control unit configured to perform a change in a direction of information displayed on the display surface based
on comparison between the detected rotation position and a threshold,

wherein the display control unit sets such that a first threshold serving as a threshold of the rotation position in a mode
in which a handwritten input to the display surface is allowed is made different from a second threshold serving as a threshold
of the rotation position in another mode.

US Pat. No. 9,646,232

RENDERING APPARATUS, RENDERING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING RENDERING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A rendering apparatus comprising:
a processor and a memory, wherein the processor, when executing a program loaded in the memory, functions as:
a reception unit configured to receive print data including a plurality of objects, wherein at least two objects of the plurality
of objects form a group;

a generation unit configured to generate intermediate data of each of the plurality of objects in order from the received
print data, wherein the generation unit:

determines whether or not a total size of intermediate data of a part of the plurality of objects already generated by the
generation unit exceeds a threshold value, the part including one object of the at least two objects and not including another
object of the at least two objects; and

combines the generated intermediate data according to a combining method associated with the group to obtain new intermediate
data, based on that the total size is determined to exceed the threshold value,

wherein after the combining, the generation unit generates intermediate data of the rest of the plurality of objects, the
rest including the another object and the intermediate data of the another object being associated with the combining method,

wherein the combining method is associated with the group by a group operator, and
wherein the combining method specifies whether an object in a group overlapped with another object in the group is neglected
or not neglected in a region where these objects overlap and specifies whether objects in the group are combined with the
background or without the background.

US Pat. No. 9,645,770

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a monitor unit configured to monitor inputting a file into a first folder;
a matching detection unit configured to detect that a folder name of a second folder which is a sub-directory of the first
folder matches at least part of a file name of a file input into the first folder; and

a control unit configured (i) to, based on that the folder name of the second folder matches at least part of the file name
of the file input into the first folder, process a plurality of files in the second folder and send a plurality of print jobs
for the plurality of files to a print apparatus, and (ii) to, based on that the folder name of the second folder does not
match at least part of the file name of the file input into the first folder, withhold processing of a plurality of files
in the second folder and sending a plurality of print jobs for the plurality of files to the print apparatus until said matching
detection unit detects that the folder name of the second folder matches at least part of the file name of the file input
into the first folder,

wherein, based on that the folder name of the second folder matches at least part of the file name of the file input into
the first folder, said control unit processes the plurality of files that exist in the second folder by the file which is
input into the first folder and is one file, and a plurality of print jobs are sent to the print apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,648,336

ENCODING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An encoding apparatus comprising:
an encoding unit that encodes moving image data so that it has a temporal hierarchical structure in which a frame rate in
a case of decoding up to a layer that is one above a predetermined layer is higher than a frame rate in a case of decoding
up to the predetermined layer; and

a processor that:
acquires a frame rate of encoded first moving image data; and
acquires second moving image data targeted for encoding and a recording frame rate that is designated by a user operation,
wherein the encoding unit encodes the second moving image data so that it has a temporal hierarchical structure including
a layer corresponding to the frame rate of the first moving image data and a layer corresponding to the recording frame rate.

US Pat. No. 9,645,522

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus, comprising:
a deflection unit configured to deflect a light flux to scan a scanned surface with the light flux in a main scanning direction;
and

an imaging optical element configured to guide the light flux that has been deflected by the deflection unit onto the scanned
surface,

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.65
0.30<(X1max?X10)/(X20?X10)<0.49

?0.24<(X2max?X20)/(X20?X10) where f? represents an f? coefficient of the imaging optical element, fs represents a focal length of the imaging optical element, and when an intersection between the deflection unit and an optical
axis of the imaging optical element is set as an origin, X1max (mm) represents a coordinate in an optical axis direction of an intersection between a principal ray of an outermost off-axis
light flux and an incident surface of the imaging optical element, X2max (mm) represents a coordinate in the optical axis direction of an intersection between the principal ray of the outermost off-axis
light flux and an exit surface of the imaging optical element, X10 (mm) represents a coordinate in the optical axis direction of an intersection between a principal ray of an on-axis light
flux and the incident surface, and X20 (mm) represents a coordinate in the optical axis direction of an intersection between the principal ray of the on-axis light
flux and the exit surface.

US Pat. No. 9,648,189

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND POWER CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus being capable of operating in at least a first power state and a second power state which
consumes less power than the first power state, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a human sensor configured to detect a human existing around the image processing apparatus;
a sheet sensor configured to detect a sheet ejected to a sheet ejecting unit in the image processing apparatus; and
a hand sensor configured to detect a human's hand that is in process of acquiring a sheet ejected to the sheet ejecting unit,
and

a controller configured to shift the image processing apparatus from the second power state to the first power state,
wherein, in a case where the human sensor has detected a human and the sheet sensor has not detected a sheet, the controller
shifts the image processing apparatus from the second power state to the first power state, and

wherein, in a case where the human sensor has detected a human, the sheet sensor has detected the sheet ejected to the sheet
ejecting unit, and the human sensor has continuously detected a human for a predetermined period, the controller shifts the
image processing apparatus from the second power state to the first power state, and

wherein, in a case where the hand sensor has detected a human's hand before the result of the detection by the human sensor
indicates that a human has been continuously detected for the predetermined period, the controller refrains from shifting
the image processing apparatus from the second power state to the first power state, even when a subsequent result of the
detection by the human sensor indicates that a human has been continuously detected for the predetermined period.

US Pat. No. 9,643,317

ROBOT SYSTEM CONTROLLING METHOD, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, ROBOT SYSTEM, AND DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. A diagnosis apparatus connected to a robot system including an articulated robot and a control device, the articulated
robot including a plurality of links connected by joints; a plurality of motors configured to drive the respective joints
respectively; and a plurality of encoders configured to output values based on rotational angles of the respective motors
respectively, the control device configured to detect an abnormality in an operation of the articulated robot and stop the
articulated robot, wherein
the diagnosis apparatus is configured to record load information and movement information which are input continuously from
the robot system during the operation of the articulated robot, and when detecting an abnormality in the operation of the
articulated robot, determine presence or absence of a failure in the articulated robot based on the movement information recorded
in at least a period from before detection of the abnormality until detection of the abnormality, and if determining that
there is a failure in the articulated robot, specify a failure portion of the articulated robot.

US Pat. No. 9,648,190

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS USER AUTHENTICATION BY WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a near field communicator;
a display; and
a controller that controls the printing apparatus,
wherein when the near field communicator detects an external device, the near field communicator obtains authentication data
from the external device and outputs a predetermined signal,

the controller starts, in response to the predetermined signal, a returning process for causing the printing apparatus to
return from a power saving mode,

the controller performs, when the returning process is completed, user authentication by using the authentication data obtained
by the near field communicator,

the display performs a first display while the controller performs the returning process, and
the display performs a second display when the returning process is completed.

US Pat. No. 9,645,370

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising a first positive lens unit having a positive refractive power, a second positive lens unit having
a positive refractive power arranged adjacent to the first positive lens unit on its image side, and a third positive lens
unit having a positive refractive power arranged adjacent to the second positive lens unit on its image side, the distances
between the adjacent lens units varying during at least one of zooming and focusing, wherein
the zoom lens includes a front lens group including at least one lens unit provided on the object side of the first positive
lens unit,

the combined focal length of the front lens group at the wide angle end is negative,
the second positive lens unit moves along the optical axis toward the image side during focusing from infinity to a short
distance, and

the zoom lens satisfies the following conditions:
1.5
1.0<|?p2w|, where fp2 is a focal length of the second positive lens unit, fw is a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide angle end,
and ?p2w is a lateral magnification of the second positive lens unit in a state in which the zoom lens is focused at infinity
at the wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,648,222

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS SUPPLY OF AMPERAGE WHEN READING OUT PIXEL SIGNALS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus including a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions for each of a plurality of microlenses
that are arranged in matrix, the image capturing apparatus comprising:
a readout transistor configured to be driven using a first driving method in which a first signal is read out from part of
the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions via an output line, and a second driving method in which an added signal
is read out via the output line that is obtained by adding the first signal and a second signal read out from other part of
the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions;

a supplier configured to, in a case where the first signal is read out using the first driving method, supply an amperage
that is smaller than that in a case where the added signal is read out using the second driving method, to the readout transistor;
and

a controller configured to control the amperage that is to be supplied via the supplier,
wherein the controller controls supplying of an amperage based on positions of the plurality of microlenses arranged in the
matrix.

US Pat. No. 9,648,226

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an obtainment unit configured to obtain an image signal from an image sensor;
a computation unit configured to compute a coefficient for correcting an intensity difference between color components of
the image signal;

an extraction unit configured to extract a specific frequency component from the image signal; and
a focus detection unit configured to carry out focus detection on the basis of the extracted specific frequency component,
wherein in a first focus detection mode, the extraction unit extracts the specific frequency component from the image signal
without applying the coefficient computed by the computation unit or the image signal having applied a coefficient having
a smaller difference between color components than the coefficient computed by the computation unit, and

in a second focus detection mode, the extraction unit extracts the specific frequency component from the image signal having
applied the coefficient computed by the computation unit.