US Pat. No. 9,871,989

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit;
a communication unit;
a memory; and
a processor for executing a program stored in the memory, tine program including following steps of:
capturing an object by the image capturing unit and generating image data;
communicating with an external apparatus via the communication unit by a procedure selected from a plurality of procedures,
the plurality of procedures including a first procedure in which user operation is input until the communication apparatus
and an external apparatus are connected and a second procedure in which user operation which is simpler than the user operation
in the first procedure is input until the communication apparatus and an external apparatus are connected, wherein the procedure
is selected before connection between the communication apparatus and the external apparatus is established by the communication
unit;

operating in a first transmitting anode when the connection with the external apparatus is established via the first procedure;
operating in a second transmitting mode when the connection with the external apparatus is established via the second procedure;
wherein, in the first transmitting mode, a content that is selected based on an operation on the communication apparatus is
transmitted and, in the second transmitting mode, a content that is selected based on an operation on an external apparatus
is transmitted,

wherein the first transmitting mode is executed after establishing the connection between the communication apparatus and
the external apparatus and the second transmitting mode is executed after the connection between the communication apparatus
and the external apparatus is established by the communication unit, and

wherein the contents recorded in a recording medium include the image data generated by the image capturing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,866,755

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising,
a finder optical system that includes an imaging surface of an image-capturing lens and a display device configured to transmit
light forming an optical image and to display information;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire a first image that is a combined image of the optical image formed on the imaging
surface and the information displayed by the display device; and

a processing unit configured to perform predetermined image processing using a second image that excludes data of a pixel
having a display color of the information from pixels included in a predetermined area of the first image,

wherein the predetermined image processing is subject detection processing or subject tracking processing that uses characteristic
colors of pixels included in the second image, and

wherein, when a difference between a position of the predetermined area and a position of the information in the first image
is a predetermined value or more, the processing unit performs the predetermined image processing using an image that does
not exclude data of a pixel having the display color of the information.

US Pat. No. 9,866,774

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged so as to form a plurality of columns, each of the plurality of pixels including
a photoelectric conversion unit including a first electrode, a second electrode, a photoelectric conversion layer arranged
between the first electrode and the second electrode, and an insulating layer arranged between the photoelectric conversion
layer and the second electrode,

an amplifier unit electrically connected to the second electrode and configured to output a signal generated in the photoelectric
conversion unit, and

a reset unit configured to supply a reset voltage to the second electrode; and
a plurality of column circuits arranged in correspondence to the plurality of columns, each of the plurality of column circuits
receiving a signal from a part of the plurality of pixels, wherein

in accordance with a voltage applied between the first electrode and the second electrode, an accumulating operation for accumulating
signal charges in the photoelectric conversion unit and a removing operation for removing, from the photoelectric conversion
unit, the signal charges accumulated by the accumulating operation are alternately executed,

the reset unit supplies the reset voltage to the second electrode for a period of time of at least a part of a horizontal
scanning period adapted to sequentially read out the signals from the plurality of column circuits, and

the period the reset unit supplies the reset voltage to the second electrode is longer than the horizontal scanning period.

US Pat. No. 9,864,480

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a scanner;
a printer;
a display device; and
at least one processor,
wherein the at least one processor acts as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of icons of different sizes from a Web server identified by a URL;
a display control unit configured to perform control to display a plurality of display items, including a display item used
for executing a scanning function provided by the scanner in the image forming apparatus, a display item used for executing
a copy function provided by the printer in the image forming apparatus, and a display item used for accessing a Web service
provided by the Web server by using a Web browser application of the image forming apparatus, on an operation screen of the
display device based on a display size set through a user operation, wherein each of the plurality of display items includes
at least a display image based on an icon; and

an accepting unit configured to accept, through the user operation, an instruction of changing the display size of the plurality
of display items,

wherein, in a case where the accepting unit accepts the instruction of changing the display size of the plurality of display
items, the display control unit is configured to perform control to display on the operation screen the plurality of display
items with the changed display size, by:

selecting an icon from among the plurality of icons obtained by the obtaining unit based on the changed display size and performing
an arrangement process of displaying the plurality of display items including a display image based on the selected icon as
the display item used for accessing the Web service provided by the Web server, and

selecting an icon for an application in the image forming apparatus corresponding to the changed display size and performing
an arrangement process of displaying the plurality of display items including a display image based on the selected icon as
the display item used for executing the scanning function provided by the scanner in the image forming apparatus or the display
item used for executing the copy function provided by the printer in the image forming apparatus.

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. 9,863,496

DAMPING COMPONENT AND STRUCTURE INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A damping structure comprising:
a first frame on which a driving portion is mounted;
a second frame;
a screw which fixes the first frame to the second frame;
a restrict portion, provided around the screw and provided between the first and second frames, which restricts a distance
between the first and second frames; and

a damping member provided around the restrict portion and including one surface on a side of one end of the screw in an axial
direction and another surface on a side of the other end of the screw, the damping member being compressed by the first and
second frames in a condition in which the one surface and the other surface of the damping member respectively contact with
the first and second frames, the damping member having elasticity and rigidity, the rigidity of the damping member being lower
than rigidity of the first frame, rigidity of the second frame and rigidity of the restrict portion, and the damping member
having a loss factor, measured by a mechanical impedance method in a state of being compressed between the first and second
frames, of 0.05 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,864,290

TONER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESSES AND ELECTROSTATIC PRINTING PROCESSES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner, comprising:
toner particles each including:
a core portion containing a binder resin; and
a surface layer containing an organosilicon polymer,
wherein the organosilicon polymer has a partial structure represented by formula (1):
R—SiO3/2  formula (1)
where R represents a hydrocarbon group having 1 or more and 6 or less carbon atoms,
when surfaces of the toner particles are subjected to X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis to determine a carbon atom
density dC, an oxygen atom density dO, and a silicon atom density dSi, the silicon atom density dSi is 2.5 atomic % or more
and 28.6 atomic % or less with respect to 100.0 atomic % of the total of the carbon atom density dC, the oxygen atom density
dO, and the silicon atom density dSi,

in a chart obtained by subjecting tetrahydrofuran-insoluble matter of the toner particles to 29Si-NMR measurement, a percentage of an area of a peak assigned to the partial structure represented by formula (1) described
above is 20% or more with respect to a total area of a peak of the organosilicon polymer,

each of the toner particles contains a polyvalent metal element having a resistivity of 2.5×10?8 ?·m or more and 10.0×10?8 ?·m or less at 20° C., and

when the toner particles are subjected to X-ray fluorescence analysis, a net intensity originating from the polyvalent metal
element is 0.10 kcps or more and 30.00 kcps or less.

US Pat. No. 9,864,306

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CLEANING BLADE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable image bearing member configured to carry a toner image;
a cleaning blade configured to remove, with rotation of said image bearing member, toner remaining on said image bearing member,
said cleaning blade including a supported portion supported by a supporting member and a free end portion, said cleaning blade
contacting said image bearing member such that a direction from the supported portion toward an edge of the free end portion
is opposite a peripheral movement direction of said image bearing member, and said cleaning blade further including a first
surface opposed to said image bearing member and a second surface opposite from the first surface;

a toner retaining member cooperative with said image bearing member and configured to provide a toner accommodation space
capable of accommodating the toner removed from said image bearing member by said cleaning blade, said toner retaining member
being capable of retaining therein a part of the toner accommodated in the toner accommodation space and capable of being
deformed by the toner accommodated in the toner accommodation space to discharge the toner from said toner accommodation space;
and

a supporting sheet opposed to and substantially parallel with the second surface of said cleaning blade with a gap therebetween,
said supporting sheet having a first end portion supported at the supported portion of said cleaning blade and a second end
portion projecting beyond the free end portion of said cleaning blade,

wherein said supporting sheet supports said toner retaining member at a position adjacent to the second surface of said cleaning
blade beyond the free end portion of said cleaning blade, such that a gap is provided between said toner retaining member
and said image bearing member at a position where they are closest to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,866,618

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT UPLOADS IMAGES HELD BY A PLURALITY OF DEVICES TO SERVERS SET ON A DEVICE-BY-DEVICE BASIS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to communicate with a plurality of devices and a plurality of storage sites
to enable sharing of image information stored in the plurality of devices, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a device detection area provided on a surface of the information processing apparatus and configured to detect the plurality
of devices based on a change in pressure or by short distance wireless communication;

a memory; and
a processor connected to the memory and configured to execute instructions that, when executed, cause the information processing
apparatus to:

detect the plurality of devices placed within the device detection area, the plurality of devices each storing image information,
each device of the plurality of devices detected within a predetermined time period;

acquire respective storage site information indicative of an image upload destination, corresponding to a storage site of
the plurality of storage sites, to store the images stored in each respective device of the plurality of devices;

acquire image information stored in each respective device of the plurality of devices detected within the predetermined time
period;

upload the acquired image information from each respective device of the plurality of devices to the respective storage site
of the plurality of storage sites, the respective storage site corresponding to the image upload destination for the corresponding
respective device, based at least on the acquired respective storage site information; and

notify other devices of the plurality of devices of the respective storage site for each corresponding respective device of
the plurality of devices to enable sharing of image information stored in each device of the plurality of devices with the
other devices of the plurality of devices.

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. 9,857,757

CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A container in which toner discharged from an apparatus body of an image forming apparatus is collected, the container
comprising:
an intake portion from which the toner discharged from the apparatus body enters the container;
a collecting portion in which the toner entering via the intake portion accumulates;
a conveying member configured to convey the toner in the collecting portion in a direction away from the intake portion; and
a movable member movable in accordance with an amount of toner in the collecting portion and configured to cause, when the
movable member is at a first position, a detecting portion to detect an amount of toner in the collecting portion, the detecting
portion being provided on the apparatus body,

wherein the movable member (i) includes a guiding portion configured to guide the toner in a direction away from the first
position while the toner is conveyed by the conveying member and (ii) forms an opening, and

wherein the container further comprises a closing portion configured to close the opening after the movable member starts
to move and before the movable member reaches the first position, the closing portion opening the opening enabling the toner
to be released from the movable member through the opening when the movable member moves further than the first position by
further accumulated toner in the collecting portion after the movable member starts to move.

US Pat. No. 9,857,763

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:
a frame;
a developing roller rotatably supported by said frame;
a coupling member provided at one longitudinal end of said frame and configured to receive a driving force;
a gear provided at the one longitudinal end and configured to receive the driving force from said coupling member;
a covering member provided at the one longitudinal end and configured to cover said gear; and
a movable member provided at the one longitudinal end and movable relative to said frame,
wherein said movable member includes a projected portion capable of projecting beyond said covering member, and said movable
member is movable between a first position in which said projected portion projects beyond said covering member and a second
position in which said projected portion is closer to said frame than in the first position,

wherein, when said movable member is in the first position, said movable member is rotatable about an axis parallel with a
longitudinal direction of said frame, and

wherein a position of said projected portion is different at least with respect to the longitudinal direction of said frame
between when said movable member is in the first position and in the second position, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,857,764

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a coupling member having an axis L2, the coupling member including a first end portion operatively connected to the photosensitive drum and a second end portion,
the second end portion including at least one projection that is open to the axis L2 and an outer surface that faces away from the first end portion,

wherein, for at least part of the outer surface, a maximum distance from the axis L2 to the outer surface along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 decreases as the distance along the axis L2 from the first end portion increases, and

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

US Pat. No. 9,857,765

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
a casing;
developer contained within the casing;
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1, the photosensitive drum being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1;

a developing roller having an axis L1?, the developing roller being configured to develop a latent image formed on the photosensitive drum with the developer,
and the developing roller being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1?; and

a coupling member having an axis L2 and including (i) a first end portion operatively connected to the photosensitive drum and the developing roller, (ii) a
second end portion having an outermost surface, (iii) an axle portion connecting the first end portion and the second end
portion to each other, and (iv) at least one projection extending from the second end portion,

wherein, for at least part of the outermost surface of the second end portion, a maximum distance from the axis L2 to the outermost surface along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 increases as the distance along the axis L2 from the axle portion increases, and

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

US Pat. No. 9,857,767

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge detachably attached to an image forming apparatus, the process cartridge comprising:
a drum unit configured to rotatably hold a photosensitive drum;
a developing unit that is assembled in such a manner as to be rotatable relative to the drum unit and includes a developing
roller configured to supply a developer to the photosensitive drum;

gap maintaining members provided to the photosensitive drum or the developing roller on both end portions of the photosensitive
drum in an axial direction, the gap maintaining members holding the developing roller while being apart from the photosensitive
drum with a gap in between; and

urging members configured to bias the developing unit toward the drum unit in such a direction that the developing roller
comes into contact with the photosensitive drum,

wherein the urging members are respectively disposed on outer sides of the gap maintaining members disposed at both end portions
in the axial direction, and

wherein the drum unit or the developing unit includes an electric contact portion configured to come into contact with an
electric contact of the image forming apparatus when the process cartridge is attached to the image forming apparatus, the
electric contact portion being disposed between the gap maintaining members in the axial direction.

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. 9,855,774

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head including a plurality of recording elements configured to eject ink which are arranged in a predetermined
direction, the recording elements being arranged into a plurality of groups each of which is constituted by a plurality of
predetermined adjacent recording elements;

a scanning unit configured to execute a recording scanning in a forward direction and a recording scanning in a backward direction
along an intersecting direction that intersects with the predetermined direction with respect to a unit area including a pixel
area equivalent to a plurality of pixels on a recording medium by the recording head;

a driving unit configured to drive each of the plurality of predetermined adjacent recording elements in order at different
timings in the recording scanning in the forward direction and the recording scanning in the backward direction; and

a determination unit configured to determine a first mode in which an image specified by a user is recorded by the recording
scanning in the forward direction and the recording scanning in the backward direction by the scanning unit or a second mode
in which a pattern is recorded in each of the recording scanning in the forward direction and the recording scanning in the
backward direction by the scanning unit so as to form an adjustment pattern for adjusting a recording position in the intersecting
direction of the recording head, wherein a relative position of a recording position by the recording scanning in the forward
direction and a recording position by the recording scanning in the backward direction in the first mode is adjusted in accordance
with information relating to the formed adjustment pattern,

wherein the driving unit is arranged to drive the plurality of predetermined adjacent recording elements in a manner that,
in a case where the determination unit determines the first mode, the plurality of predetermined adjacent recording elements
are driven in a first order in the recording scanning in the forward direction and the plurality of predetermined adjacent
recording elements are driven in an order that is different from an inverted order of the first order in the recording scanning
in the backward direction, and in a case where the determination unit determines the second mode, the plurality of predetermined
adjacent recording elements are driven in a second order in the recording scanning in the forward direction and the plurality
of predetermined adjacent recording elements are driven in an inverted order of the second order in the recording scanning
in the backward direction.

US Pat. No. 9,860,682

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the communication apparatus to:
select another apparatus to be connected by the communication apparatus;
wirelessly receive, from the selected apparatus, information indicating that the selected apparatus is a source device which
transmits data being played by the source device or a sink device which receives and plays data being played by another source
device; and

select, based on whether the received information indicates that the selected apparatus is the source device or the sink device,
whether the communication apparatus, which is a dual-role device capable of operating as the sink device or the source device
selectively, operates as the sink device or the source device,

wherein,
(1) in a case where the received information indicates that the selected apparatus is the source device, the instructions
cause the communication apparatus to select the communication apparatus to operate as the sink device to connect to the selected
device,

(2) in a case where the received information indicates that the selected apparatus is the sink device, the instructions cause
the communication apparatus to select the communication apparatus to operate as the source device to connect to the selected
device.

US Pat. No. 9,856,098

FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body that includes an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet being conveyed;
a feeding cassette configured to be inserted into and pulled out from the apparatus main body;
a stacking member provided to the feeding cassette and configured to have sheets stacked on the stacking member;
a feeding member configured to be raised and lowered and to feed the sheets stacked on the stacking member to the image forming
unit;

a regulating member provided movably on the feeding cassette and configured to regulate a position of the sheets stacked on
the stacking member;

a first contact plate having a surface and provided on the regulating member and configured to come into contact with the
sheets stacked on the stacking member;

an elastic portion configured to elastically bias the first contact portion toward the sheets stacked on the stacking member;
a second contact plate having a surface and provided on the regulating member and configured to come into contact with the
sheets stacked on the stacking member on an upstream side, in a direction of sheet feeding by the feeding member, of the first
contact portion; and

a third contact plate having a surface and provided on the regulating member and configured to come into contact with the
sheets stacked on the stacking member on a downstream side, in the direction of sheet feeding by the feeding member, of the
first contact portion,

wherein, in a height direction of the sheets stacked on the stacking member, the entire surface in contact with the sheet
of the third contact plate is shorter than the entire surface in contact with the sheet of the second contact plate, and the
entire surface in contact with the sheet of the first contact plate is shorter than the entire surface in contact with the
sheet of the third contact plate, and

wherein the first contact plate is disposed at a position where the first contact portion comes into contact with the sheets
stacked on the stacking member in a case where an amount of sheets stacked on the stacking member is equal to or more than
a predetermined amount, and the first contact plate does not come into contact with the sheets stacked on the stacking member
in a case where the amount of the sheets stacked on the stacking member is less than the predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 9,851,552

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a light source which emits excitation light;
a phosphor which converts the excitation light into fluorescent light and rotates;
an image display element which modulates the fluorescent light; and
a control unit which controls the image display element so that the image display element repeats first displaying based on
an image signal and second displaying which is darker than the first displaying, at a predetermined frequency, wherein

the control unit can be operated in a moving image display mode which repeats the first displaying and the second displaying,
and in a still image display mode which does not repeat the first displaying and the second displaying, and

in a case of operating in the moving image display mode, when a higher frequency of the predetermined frequency and a rotation
frequency of the phosphor is represented by Fhigh, and a lower frequency thereof is represented by Flow,

the frequencies satisfy a relationship of:
|Fhigh/2?Flow|<15.

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. 9,854,121

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR GENERATING A DIGITIZED DOCUMENT BY USING IMAGE DATA AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input first image data and second image data, the first image data and the second image data having
a same layout;

an extraction unit configured to extract text data of character strings contained in the first image data and information
about position of the character strings in the first image data, and extract text data of character strings contained in the
second image data and information about position of the character strings in the second image data

a receiving unit configured to receive, from a user, a specifying of one character string out of the character strings contained
in the first image data;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a character string at a position, in the second image data having the
same layout as the first image data, common to the first position in the first image data matches the one character string,
the specifying of which has been received by the receiving unit, using the text data and the information about the position
of the text data extracted, by the extraction unit, from the first image data and the text data and the information about
the position of the text data extracted, by the extraction unit, from the second image data; and

a storage control unit configured to perform control so as to store, in a case where the determination unit determines that
the character string at the position, in the second image data, common to the first position in the first image data matches
the one character string, the first image data and the second image data in one folder of which a name includes the character
string received by the receiving unit and configured to perform control so as to store, in a case where the determination
unit determines that the character string at the position, in the second image data, common to the first position in the first
image data does not match the one character string, the first image data and the second image data in different folders,

wherein at least one of the input unit, the extraction unit, the receiving unit, the determination unit, and the storage control
unit is implemented by one or more processors.

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. 9,851,628

LIGHT SOURCE CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING LIGHT SOURCE CONTROL PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light source control apparatus configured to control driving of multiple light sources included in a light source unit
that is used in a state where the multiple light sources are lit, the multiple light sources each including multiple light-emitting
elements, the light source control apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor configured to implement the instructions stored in the memory and execute:
a measuring task that measures a measurable amount of each of the light sources, the measurable amount relating to a temporal
change of each of the light sources;

a calculating task that calculates a lifetime of each of the multiple light sources using the measurable amount; and
a control task that decreases, when the multiple light sources include a first light source whose calculated lifetime is shorter
than a target lifetime set for the light source unit, a light emission amount of the first light source.

US Pat. No. 9,849,592

ROBOT APPARATUS, ROBOT CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:
a robot arm that includes a plurality of joints;
a robot hand attached to a distal end of the robot arm;
a force detector configured to detect a first detection force in a first direction intersecting a distal end shaft extending
from the robot arm to the robot hand and a second detection force in a second direction in which the distal end shaft extends;
and

a control unit configured to control an operation of the robot arm so as to perform a fitting operation for fitting a gripped
object gripped by the robot hand and a counterpart object to each other on the basis of trajectory data of the robot arm,
and
wherein
the control unit executes a first detection force correcting process that performs a filtering process for the first detection
force with a first low-pass filter having a first cutoff frequency during the fitting operation;

a first force control process that moves the robot hand in the first direction to reduce the first detection force to correct
a trajectory of the robot arm during the fitting operation;

a second detection force correcting process that performs a filtering process for the second detection force with a second
low-pass filter having a second cutoff frequency higher than the first cutoff frequency during the fitting operation; and

a second force control process that stops the movement of the robot hand in the second direction when the second detection
force exceeds a threshold value during the fitting operation,
wherein
one of the gripped object and the counterpart object is a fitting object, and the other one is a fitted object having a hole
into which the fitting object is fitted, and

the control unit performs an operation for causing the fitting object to be fitted into the hole of the fitted object.

US Pat. No. 9,853,963

AUTHORIZATION SERVER, AUTHENTICATION COOPERATION SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authentication cooperation system comprising an authorization server, the authorization server comprises:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the at least one processor, controls the processor
act as:

a unit configured to, in a case where a client is authenticated successfully on basis of client information in response to
an authorization token generation request, transmit an authorization token to the client and generate and store authorization
token information by associating local user information received along with the authorization token generation request with
the authorization token; and

a responding unit configured to receive an authorization token verification request including the authorization token from
an application server having received a processing request along with the authorization token from the client, and, in a case
where the authorization token is verified successfully on basis of the received authorization token and the authorization
token information, transmit identification information of a tenant corresponding to the client information and the local user
information included in the authorization token information to the application server; and

the application server including at least one processor and at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed by
the at least one processor, controls the at least one processor to act as:

a receiving unit configured to transmit the authorization token verification request to the authorization server when the
receiving unit receives the processing request along with the authorization token from the client and receive the authorization
token information including the local user information associated with the authorization token and the identification information
of the tenant corresponding to the client information and the local user information included in the authorization token information
as a response as a result of a success of the authorization token verification request; and

a storing unit configured to store a local authentication cooperation mode indicating whether cooperation with a local authentication
security domain is enabled or not, for each tenant; and

a processing unit configured to process the processing request with the local user information included in the authorization
local information as a user identification in a case where the local authentication cooperation mode of the tenant described
in the identification information of the tenant is enabled and process the processing request with the identification of the
client which is included in the authorization token information as the user identification in a case where the local authentication
cooperation mode is not enabled.

US Pat. No. 9,851,669

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing a toner image onto a recording medium by conveying and heating the recording medium on which
the toner image is formed at a nip portion, comprising:
a first fixing member;
a second fixing member configured to form the nip portion together with the first fixing member;
a frame configured to support the second fixing member; and
a pair of urging mechanisms provided on either end of the first fixing member in a longitudinal direction of the first fixing
member, the pair of urging mechanisms urging the first fixing member against the second fixing member,

wherein each of the pair of urging mechanisms includes
a lever movable with respect to the frame in an urging direction in which the first fixing member is urged, and
a helical compression spring disposed in a compression state between a first spring support portion of the lever and a second
spring support portion of the frame, the spring including a first winding end portion and a second winding end portion opposite
to the first winding end portion in a compression direction of the spring,

wherein the first fixing member is urged against the second fixing member via the lever by an elastic force of the spring,
and

wherein at least one of the first spring support portion and the second spring support portion includes,
a protruding portion protruding toward the spring and inserted into an inner diameter side of the spring, and
a supporting surface supporting the first winding end portion of the spring, the supporting surface being provided outside
the protruding portion in a radial direction of the spring,
and
wherein the supporting surface includes a first supporting area and a second supporting area closer to the second winding
end portion of the spring— in the urging direction than the first supporting area, a portion of the first winding end portion of the spring with which
the second supporting area of the supporting surface contacts is located downstream of a portion of the first winding end
portion of the spring with which the first supporting area of the supporting surface contacts, in a winding direction of the
spring from the first winding end portion to the second winding end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,851,672

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT ADJUSTS IMAGE FORMING CONDITIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image;
an intermediate transfer member configured to have the image transferred thereto and to convey the image;
a sensor configured to measure light reflected from the intermediate transfer member;
a controller configured to control the image forming unit to form a measurement image, to control the sensor to measure light
reflected from a first area of the intermediate transfer member, to control the sensor to measure light reflected from the
measurement image, and to control the sensor to measure light reflected from a second area of the intermediate transfer member;

a selection unit configured to determine, from a plurality of measurement results of the first area, first information relating
to a tendency of the measurement results of the first area, to determine, from a plurality of measurement results of the second
area, second information relating to a tendency of the measurement results of the second area, and to select a computational
equation for computing a correction value of a measurement result of the measurement image from among a plurality of computational
equations, based on the first information and the second information;

a generation unit configured to generate the correction value from the measurement results of the first area and the measurement
results of the second area, based on the computational equation selected by the selection unit; and

an adjustment unit configured to adjust an image forming condition from the correction value generated by the generation unit
and the measurement result of the measurement image,

wherein the first area corresponds to an area, on an upstream side of the measurement image with respect to a conveyance direction
in which the intermediate transfer member conveys the image, in which the measurement image is not formed, and

the second area corresponds to an area, on a downstream side of the measurement image with respect to the conveyance direction,
in which the measurement image is not formed.

US Pat. No. 9,854,116

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO TRANSMIT IMAGE DATA AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit configured to scan a document and generate data of the document;
a receiving unit configured to receive data;
a registration unit configured to register a plurality of destinations in an address book;
a transmission unit configured to transmit data generated by the scanning unit to a destination set from the plurality of
destinations and to transmit data received by the receiving unit to a destination set from the plurality of destinations;

a selection unit configured to select, for a destination of the plurality of destinations, whether to display, when transmitting
the data to the destination, an input screen for receiving authentication information from a user or to use, without displaying
the input screen when transmitting the data to the destination, authentication information registered for the destination
registered by the registration unit; and

a display unit configured to display the input screen in a case where the transmitting unit transmits the data generated by
the scanning unit to the destination for which the selecting unit selects to display the input screen for receiving authentication
information from the user,

wherein the transmitting unit transmits the data generated by the scanning unit using the authentication information input
by the input screen,

wherein the registration unit can register the authentication information for the destination for which the selecting unit
selects to use the authentication information registered by the registration unit,

wherein the scan data and the received data are transmitted to the destination using the registered authentication information
by the transmitting unit based on the selection to use the registered authentication information, and

wherein the destination for which the selecting unit selects to display the input screen for receiving authentication information
from the user cannot be set as a destination of the data received by the receiving unit.

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. 9,847,742

LINEAR MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS AND LINEAR MOTOR CONTROL SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A linear motor control apparatus comprising:
a plurality of coil units which are continuously arranged;
a plurality of position detecting unis configured to detect a position of a first truck which moves over the plurality of
coil units;

a first motor controller configured to obtain deviation information on the basis of a value of a position of the first truck
detected by at least one of the position detecting units and a value of a target position of the first truck, and to obtain
current control signals on the basis of the deviation information;

a plurality of current control units configured to supply driving currents to the plurality of coil units on the basis of
the current control signals; and

a switching unit configured to select one or two adjacent of the current control units on the basis of the current control
signals output by the first motor controller,

wherein the selected one or two adjacent of the current control units provides the driving currents for the coil units on
the basis of the output of the first motor controller.

US Pat. No. 9,846,245

RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiographic image capturing apparatus comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels outputting an electrical signal corresponding to radiation are arranged;
a readout circuit section that reads an electrical signal output from the pixel array; and
a member for preventing radiation from entering the readout circuit section,
the radiographic image capturing apparatus causing image signals to be generated based on electrical signals read by the readout
circuit section,

wherein the pixel array includes a first region in which, among the plurality of pixels, some pixels used for generating the
image signals are arranged, and a second region in which, among the plurality of pixels, other pixels not used for generating
the image signals and different from the some pixels are arranged in at least part of a region around the first region,

wherein the readout circuit section is disposed in the second region, and
wherein, from an outer side toward an inner side of the pixel array in at least one direction of the pixel array, an end on
the inner side of the readout circuit section, an end on the inner side of an orthogonal projection of the member to the pixel
array, and an end on the inner side of the second region are arranged in this order.

US Pat. No. 9,846,810

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR TRACKING OBJECTS OF A SCENE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of tracking objects of a scene, the method comprising:
determining two or more tracks which have merged, each track being associated with at least one of the objects and having
a corresponding graph structure, each graph structure comprising at least one node representing the corresponding track;

creating a new node representing the merged tracks;
adding the graph structures as children nodes of the new node to create a merged graph structure;
detecting a split between the objects associated with one of the tracks represented by the nodes of the merged graph structure;
determining similarity between one or more of the nodes in the merged graph structure and foreground areas corresponding to
split objects;

selecting one of the one or more nodes in the merged graph structure based on the determined similarity; and
dividing the merged graph structure and creating a new graph structure for tracking the objects in response to the detection
of the split, the new graph structure being created from the merged graph structure based on the determined similarity, wherein
the new graph structure has the selected node at the root of the new graph structure such that the selected node is distinct
or separate from any preceding or prior node,

wherein the creation of the new graph structure removes and/or does not have a requirement or condition on having a 1:1 correlation
between merged tracks and split tracks, and

wherein the new graph structure is monitored, maintained and/or updated by an object tracker, a video object tracker or a
processor to track the objects of the scene or the objects in a sequence of images of the scene.

US Pat. No. 9,846,559

SYSTEM, AND POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:
a printing apparatus; and
a plurality of post-processing apparatuses,
wherein each of the post-processing apparatuses includes:
at least one processor configured to
perform post-processing on a product printed by the printing apparatus;
determine whether subsequent post-processing is to be performed by a subsequent one of the post-processing apparatuses on
the post-processed printed product or not, said subsequent post-processing apparatus being connected to, and following, the
post-processing apparatus;

transmit a completion notification that indicates completion of processing to the printing apparatus upon the completion of
the post-processing in a case where it is determined that no subsequent post-processing is to be performed by the subsequent
post-processing apparatus connected to, and following, the post-processing apparatus on the post-processed printed product;
and

transmit a partial completion notification that indicates completion of a part of processing to the printing apparatus upon
the completion of the post-processing in a case where it is determined that subsequent post-processing is to be performed
by the subsequent post-processing apparatus connected to, and following, the post-processing apparatus on the post-processed
printed product; and

wherein the printing apparatus includes:
a storage configured to hold job data,
a printer configured to perform print processing of the job data, and
at least one processor configured to delete the held job data in a case where the completion notification is received and
not to delete the held job data in a case where the partial completion notification is received.

US Pat. No. 9,846,560

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SELECTING AMONG A PLURALITY OF POWER SAVING MODES USING A SIMPLE OPERATION, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printer;
a controller that includes at least a processor, a memory, and a sleep recovery circuit, and controls the printer; and
a sleep recovery button that receives a user operation and causes a signal to be detected by the sleep recovery circuit in
response to receiving the user operation,

wherein, when an auto sleep timer value becomes zero, the controller shifts the printing apparatus to a power saving mode
in which power is not supplied to the printer and the processor, but power is supplied to the sleep recovery circuit,

wherein, when the sleep recovery button receives the user operation, the sleep recovery circuit detects the signal and causes
power to be supplied to the processor and the memory, thereby causing the controller to:

in a case where an operation time of the sleep recovery button is shorter than a threshold value, shift the printing apparatus
from the power saving mode to a first power mode in which power is not supplied to the printer, and reset the auto sleep timer
value to a default value; and

in a case where the operation time of the sleep recovery button is longer than a threshold value, shift the printing apparatus
from the power saving mode to a second power mode in which power is supplied to the printer, and reset the auto sleep timer
value to an extended value different from the default value, according to the operation time of the sleep recovery button,
and

wherein the operation time of the sleep recovery button includes a depression time of the sleep recovery button.

US Pat. No. 9,846,561

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS COMMUNICATING WITH IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR SAVING A TRANSMISSION HISTORY BASED ON A USER INSTRUCTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a storage device that stores a transmission history that includes a transmission destination of data and a corresponding transmission
setting used in transmission of the data to the transmission destination; and

at least one processor coupled to the storage device and programmed to provide:
a transmission unit configured to transmit data to the transmission destination;
a display control unit configured to display, on a display device, a screen for accepting a user instruction as to whether
or not to store the transmission history that includes the transmission destination when the transmission unit completes the
transmission processing, wherein the display control unit performs display control to display the screen for accepting the
user instruction on the display device in a case where the transmission unit succeeds in the transmission processing and not
to display the screen for accepting the user instruction on the display device in a case where the transmission unit fails
in the transmission processing;

a storing control unit configured to control to store, in the storage device, the transmission history that includes the transmission
destination used in the transmission processing in a case where the user instruction indicating to store the transmission
history that includes the transmission destination is accepted via the screen, and not to store, in the storage device, the
transmission history that includes the transmission destination used in the transmission processing in a case where the user
instruction indicating not to store the transmission history that includes the transmission destination is accepted via the
screen or in the case where the transmission unit fails in the transmission processing; and

a setting unit configured to, based on acceptance of a user instruction to use the transmission history stored in the storage
device, obtain a transmission destination and the corresponding transmission setting used in previous transmission processing
and included in the stored transmission history, and set the obtained transmission destination as a transmission destination
to be used for transmission, and set the obtained transmission setting as a transmission setting to be used for transmission
by the transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 9,846,380

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT ADJUSTS RELATIVE POSITIONS OF IMAGES BY DETECTING TEST PATTERN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of image forming units configured to form images, each having a different color;
an intermediate transfer member to which the images formed by the plurality of image forming units are transferred, the intermediate
transfer member being configured to convey the images;

a detection unit configured to detect a color pattern formed on the intermediate transfer member, the color pattern being
used for detecting color misregistration;

a controller configured to:
control the plurality of image forming units to form a first plurality of color patterns, each having a difference color,
on the intermediate transfer member,

control the detection unit to detect a first amount of color misregistration, related to a relative position of a color pattern
having a reference color among the first plurality of color patterns and a color pattern having another color among the first
plurality of color patterns, and

determine a correction value for adjusting an image write start timing of the other color different from the reference color
based on the first amount of color misregistration detected by the detection unit; and

an obtaining unit configured to obtain information related to a sheet,
wherein the controller is further configured to, in a case where the plurality of image forming units continuously form a
first image and a second image that are to be transferred, respectively, to a first sheet and a second sheet based on a print
job, control the plurality of image forming units to form a second plurality of color patterns, each having a different color,

wherein the second plurality of color patterns are formed in between the first image and the second image on the intermediate
transfer member,

wherein the controller is further configured to control the detection unit to detect a second amount of color misregistration,
related to a relative position of a color pattern having a reference color among the second plurality of color patterns and
a color pattern having another color among the second plurality of color patterns, and determine the correction value based
on the second amount of color misregistration detected by the detection unit,

wherein a basis weight of the first sheet is less than a predetermined basis weight,
wherein a basis weight of the second sheet is greater than the predetermined basis weight, and
wherein a length of the second plurality of color patterns formed on the intermediate transfer member in a conveyance direction
of the images by the intermediate transfer member is longer than a length of the first plurality of color patterns formed
on the intermediate transfer member in the conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 9,846,384

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus to which a cartridge, which includes a photosensitive drum to be driven to rotate, is mounted
at a predetermined mounting position by moving the cartridge in a rotational axis direction of the photosensitive drum, the
image forming apparatus comprising:
an LED array on which a plurality of LED elements that emit light to form a latent image on the photosensitive drum are arrayed
in an array in a direction substantially parallel to a rotational axis line of the photosensitive drum;

a lens array through which the light emitted from the LED array passes;
an LED unit including the LED array and the lens array;
a first spring arranged outside one end of the LED array in a longitudinal direction of the LED array and elastically deformable
in an optical axis direction of a lens included in the lens array of the LED unit;

a second spring arranged outside another end of the LED array in the longitudinal direction and elastically deformable in
the optical axis direction;

a cam mechanism that elastically deforms the first and the second springs by the movement of the cartridge when mounting the
cartridge to the image forming apparatus; and

a positioning mechanism that (i) relatively positions the photosensitive drum of the cartridge mounted at the predetermined
mounting position and the lens in the optical axis direction and (ii) includes the first and the second springs and the cam
mechanism,

wherein, in a state in which the cartridge has been mounted at the predetermined mounting position, the first and the second
springs are contracted by an action of the cam mechanism in the state more than the first and second springs are contracted
during the movement of the cartridge when mounting the cartridge to the predetermined position, and

wherein relative positions of the photosensitive drum of the cartridge mounted at the predetermined mounting position and
the LED unit are defined by a force acted on the LED unit in the optical axis direction due to contraction of the first and
second springs in the state in which the cartridge has been mounted at the predetermined mounting position.

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. 9,846,399

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS THAT DETECTS POSITION OF TARGET

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detection apparatus that detects a position of a target in a predetermined direction, the position detection
apparatus comprising:
a swinging member of which one end is in contact with the target in the predetermined direction;
a moving member that is in contact with the other end of said swinging member;
a plurality of sensors that are arranged in a direction that intersects a moving direction of said moving member and output
signals corresponding to a position of said moving member that corresponds to a swinging amount of said swinging member; and

a detection unit configured to detect the position of the target based on output signals of said sensors,
wherein said moving member has a plurality of measured parts disposed on said moving member along a plurality of loci of measuring
positions of said sensors formed on said moving member during movement of said moving member,

wherein the measured parts are disposed so that the sum total of the output signals of said sensors becomes an even number,
and

wherein said detection unit determines that any one of said sensors failed in a case where the sum total of the output signals
of said sensors is an odd number.

US Pat. No. 9,846,407

DEVELOPING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing member comprising an electro-conductive substrate and an electro-conductive surface layer in this order,
the surface layer comprising a binder resin, an alumina particle and a polyester phosphate compound having a structure represented
by Formula 1:


wherein at least one of R1 to R3 is a substituent having a polyester structure, with the proviso that (i) if one of R1, R2
and R3 is a substituent having a polyester structure, the other two are a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkenyl group,
an aralkyl group, an aryl group or a polyoxyalkylene group, and (ii) if two of R1, R2 and R3 are substituents having a polyester
structure, the other is a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkenyl group, an aralkyl group, an aryl group or a polyoxyalkylene
group.

US Pat. No. 9,846,408

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a drum flange provided at an end of the photosensitive drum, a part of the drum flange being positioned within the photosensitive
drum; and

a coupling member having an axis L2 and including (i) a first end portion at least a part of which is positioned within the drum flange, (ii) a second end portion
including (ii-i) a surface recessed in the second end portion and facing away from the first end portion and (ii-ii) at least
one projection projecting from a surface adjacent to the recessed surface, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first
end portion and the second end portion,

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

wherein a maximum distance as measured from the axis L2, in a direction perpendicular to the axis L2, of at least a part of the connecting portion is shorter than a distance between the at least one projection and the axis
L2.

US Pat. No. 9,847,444

PHOTONIC DEVICE AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS INCLUDING THE PHOTONIC DEVICE AS LIGHT SOURCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photonic device comprising:
a first cladding layer;
a second cladding layer; and
an active layer including an emitting layer and a barrier layer and being provided between the first cladding layer and the
second cladding layer, the emitting layer emitting light in a spectrum having a center wavelength ?c and a spectrum half-maximum
width ??,

wherein at least one of the first cladding layer and the second cladding layer includes a light absorbing part for absorbing
light having a wavelength of ?s or less represented by the following Expression (1):

?s<(?c?(??/2))  (1), and

wherein the light absorbing part comprises a light absorbing layer, the light emitted from the emitting layer has a spectrum
center wavelength of 830 to 870 nm, and the light absorbing layer absorbs at least light having a wavelength of 790 nm or
less.

US Pat. No. 9,841,886

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a detection unit configured to detect a position input on a screen displayed on a display unit;
a display control unit configured to display a display item on the display unit and to scroll the display item with a display
effect corresponding to a scroll instruction; and

a control unit configured
to scroll, in a state where the position input is not detected, the display item with a display effect which is different
depending on whether a direction of the scroll is a first direction or a second direction opposite to the first direction,
in response to a scroll instruction,

to stop the scroll and to maintain, if the detection unit detects the position input on the screen during the scroll, the
display effect displayed when the position input has been detected during a detection of the position input, and

to scroll, in a state where the position input is being detected with the display effect displayed when the position input
has been detected, the display item while maintaining the display effect displayed when the position input has been detected,
according to movement of a position of the position input.

US Pat. No. 9,841,932

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, OUTPUT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
a display unit configured to display logical pages in a first area according to a first range of pages and display a print
image to show a print output result for a plurality of pages on which print settings are reflected in a second area according
to a second range of pages, the plurality of pages corresponding to the logical pages respectively;

a selection unit configured to select a logical page from the logical pages in the first area;
a deletion unit configured to delete the selected logical page from a print target; and
a display control unit configured to control the display unit to include a page corresponding to the deleted logical page
in the first range of pages and exclude the page corresponding to the deleted logical page from the second range of pages,

wherein when the selected logical page is not deleted by the deletion unit, the display unit displays the selected logical
page in the first area, and concurrently displays, in the second area, a first print image to show a print output result for
the plurality of pages, on which the print settings are reflected, including a page corresponding to the selected logical
page,

wherein when the selected logical page is deleted by the deletion unit, the display unit displays the deleted logical page
in the first area as a deleted page, and concurrently displays, in the second area, a second print image to show a print output
result for the plurality of pages, on which the print settings are reflected, in which the page corresponding to the deleted
logical page is excluded by the display control unit, and

wherein when the selected logical page is deleted by the deletion unit, the second range of pages from which the page corresponding
to the deleted logical page is excluded is smaller than the first range of pages.

US Pat. No. 9,843,999

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. A communication apparatus that is to be connected to an external apparatus via a network, comprising:
at least one processor;
a communication interface coupled to the processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor,
wherein the at least one processor is configured to function as following units:
a forming unit configured to form a first network, with the communication apparatus as an access point;
a participation unit configured to participate in a second network formed by an external access point;
a storing unit configured to store in the memory, information on the first network previously formed if any by the forming
unit, information on the second network previously formed if any by the external access point, and information on one or more
external apparatuses if any to which the communication apparatus has been connected before;

an accepting unit configured to accept selection, before forming the first network or participating in the second network,
on the basis of the information on the one or more external apparatuses stored in the memory, of one external apparatus for
which communication via the communication interface is to be established; and

a searching unit configured to search for, if the selection is accepted by the accepting unit, the second networks corresponding
to the network information stored in the memory in an area surrounding the communication apparatus via the communication interface,
wherein, if at least one of the second networks corresponding to the network information stored in the memory is found, the
participation unit participates in one of the second networks found by the searching unit and, if the search unit does not
find the second networks corresponding to the network information stored in the memory, the forming unit forms the first network
newly or based on the information on the first network stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,842,997

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 bisimidazolidene 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 benzyl 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 dibenzothiophenyl
group; and

R5 to R12 are each independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less
carbon atoms and a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,838,010

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a rotation operation member having a circumferential surface;
a sheet member that is fixed to the circumferential surface of the rotation operation member; and
a detection unit provided at a position facing the sheet member and configured to apply light to the sheet member and detect
light reflected from the sheet member,

wherein, in the sheet member, a first region having a first reflectance, a second region having a second reflectance that
is lower than the first reflectance, and a convex portion are formed,

wherein, in the rotation operation member, a concave portion with which the convex portion can be engaged is formed, and
wherein, in the sheet member, the convex portion engages with the concave portion, and the sheet member is fixed to the circumferential
surface such that the first region and the second region are alternately arranged in the circumferential direction of the
circumferential surface.

US Pat. No. 9,835,964

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:
a toner particle that contains a colorant, and a binder resin containing a styrene-acrylic resin and a crystalline resin,
wherein

a compatibility parameter (V) between the styrene-acrylic resin and the crystalline resin satisfies 0.40?V?1.10, and
a weight-average molecular weight (Mw) of the crystalline resin is 15,000 to 45,000.

US Pat. No. 9,838,270

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND MANAGEMENT METHOD FOR MANAGEMENT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A management apparatus comprising,
a memory storing instructions related to a management application for managing network devices on a network; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the management apparatus to:
generate, as a function of a plug-in for adding a service to the management application, a first task which is a remote task
for determining whether the network devices support the service provided by the plug-in;

generate, as a function of the plug-in, a second task which is a remote task specified to be executed by a user operation
performed via a management screen provided by the plug-in, and which is a remote task having a higher priority than the first
task;

generate, as a function of the plug-in, a third task which is a remote task having a lower priority than the first task;
register, in an execution waiting task queue, the remote tasks generated by the plug-in according to the priorities of the
remote tasks; and

execute, as a function of the plug-in, the first one of the remote tasks registered in the execution waiting task queue,
wherein, when the second task is specified to be executed via the management screen provided by the plug-in, display control
is performed to disable operations via the management screen since a time when the execution is specified by the user until
a time when the second task is executed and the execution result is analyzed by the plug-in.

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. 9,835,985

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image with a toner, comprising:
a movable member-to-be-cleaned on which the toner is deposited;
a first cleaning unit configured to remove the toner deposited on said member-to-be-cleaned, said first cleaning unit including
a first attracting member, a first rotatable member and a first blade member,

wherein said first attracting member contacts said member-to-be-cleaned while rotating and is supplied with a voltage of a
first polarity to attract the toner deposited on said member-to-be-cleaned,

wherein said first rotatable member contacts said first attracting member to move the toner from said first attracting member
thereto, and

wherein said first blade member contacts said first rotatable member at a first contact portion and scrapes deposited matter
off said first rotatable member with rotation of said first rotatable member, and the toner scraped off by said first blade
member drops by gravitation at a first position;

a second cleaning unit configured to remove the toner deposited on said member-to-be-cleaned, said second cleaning unit including
a second attracting member, a second rotatable member and a second blade member,

wherein said second attracting member contacts said member-to-be-cleaned while rotating and is supplied with a voltage of
a second polarity to attract the toner deposited on said member-to-be-cleaned,

wherein said second rotatable member contacts said second attracting member to move the toner from said second attracting
member thereto, and

wherein said second blade member contacts said second rotatable member at a second contact portion and scrapes deposited matter
off said second rotatable member with rotation of said second rotatable member, and the toner scraped off by said second blade
member drops by gravitation at a second position; and

a feeding member configured to feed the toner dropped from the first position and the second position in a direction of a
rotational axis thereof,

wherein said feeding member rotates around the rotational axis and is provided vertically below the first position and the
second position,

wherein said feeding member is disposed such that vertical lines passing through the first position and the second position
cross said feeding member, and

wherein rotational directions of said first rotatable member and said second rotatable member are opposite to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,836,001

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MEASURING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the image bearing member;
a measuring unit having a first sensor, a second sensor, and a shutter, and configured to measure a measurement image formed
on the image bearing member, wherein the shutter protects the first sensor and the second sensor;

a driving unit configured to be driven to move the shutter, wherein, in a state in which the shutter is at a first position,
the shutter prohibits measurement of the measurement image by the first sensor and the second sensor and wherein, in a state
in which the shutter is at a second position, the measurement image is measured by the first sensor and the second sensor;
and

a controller configured to:
control the image forming unit to form the measurement image on the image bearing member,
drive the driving unit to move the shutter to the second position,
control the measurement unit to measure the measurement image,
control whether or not to change an image forming condition of the image forming unit based on (i) a comparison result of
a first output value corresponding to a measurement result of the first sensor and a first reference value and (ii) a comparison
result of a second output value corresponding to a measurement result of the second sensor and a second reference value.

US Pat. No. 9,836,015

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus cartridge comprising:
a casing;
developer contained within the casing;
a developing roller having an axis L1, the developing roller being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1; and

a coupling member having an axis L2 and having (i) a first end operatively connected to the developing roller and (ii) a second end including at least one projection,

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 developing 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 developing
roller as measured in the direction of the axis L1, with the first distance being greater than the second distance,

wherein the coupling member includes a first part, a second part, and a third part, with the second part being between the
first part and the third part in a direction of the axis L2, and

wherein, for each of the first part, the second part, and the third part, a maximum distance from the axis L2 to an outermost surface of the coupling member as measured along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 is (i) D1 for the first part of the coupling member, (ii) D2 for the second part of the coupling member, and (iii) D3 for the third part of the coupling member, with the distances D1 and D3 being greater than the distance D2.

US Pat. No. 9,836,020

PROCESS CARTRIDGE WITH FORCE RECEIVING PORTION CONFIGURED TO RECEIVE A FORCE TO MOVE A DEVELOPING ROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
a photosensitive drum;
a developing roller movable relative to the photosensitive drum between (i) a first position in which the developing roller
is positioned proximate to the photosensitive drum such that the developing roller can develop a latent image on the photosensitive
drum and (ii) a second position in which the developing roller is spaced apart from the photosensitive drum; and

a force receiving portion having a surface configured to receive a force to move the developing roller from the first position
to the second position,

wherein the process cartridge is configured such that, when the photosensitive drum is positioned on a downward side of the
process cartridge with an axis of the photosensitive drum positioned downward from an axis of the developing roller and when
the developing roller is positioned in the first position, (i) the force receiving portion is positioned downward from the
developing roller and (ii) the surface of the force receiving portion at least partially faces upward.

US Pat. No. 9,836,021

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
a casing;
developer contained within the casing;
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1, the photosensitive drum being rotatably supported in the casing about the axis L1;

a developing roller having an axis L1?, the developing roller being configured to develop a latent image formed on the photosensitive drum with the developer,
and the developing roller being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1?;

a drum flange provided at an end of the photosensitive drum, the drum flange being rotatable with the photosensitive drum
about the axis L1, and a part of the drum flange being positioned within the photosensitive drum; and

a coupling member having an axis L2 and including (i) a first end portion at least a part of which is positioned within the drum flange, the first end portion
being operatively connected to the photosensitive drum and the developing roller, (ii) a second end portion including (ii-i)
a surface recessed in the second end portion and facing away from the first end portion and (ii-ii) at least one projection
projecting from a surface adjacent to the recessed surface, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion
and the second end portion,

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

wherein a maximum distance as measured from the axis L2, in a direction perpendicular to the axis L2, of at least a part of the connecting portion is shorter than a distance between the at least one projection and the axis
L2.

US Pat. No. 9,834,002

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, IMPRINT APPARATUS AND PART MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus, comprising:
a head including a discharge port surface on which a discharge port is formed to discharge a liquid;
a first reservoir that stores the liquid to be supplied to the head;
a flexible member, separating an inner space of the first reservoir into a first chamber that stores the liquid and a second
chamber that stores an operation liquid;

a second reservoir communicating with the second chamber, the second reservoir storing the operation liquid to be supplied
to the second chamber, the second reservoir being disposed in such a manner that a liquid surface of the operation liquid
stored in the second reservoir is positioned below the discharge port surface; and

an adjustment unit that performs adjustment in such a manner that a position of the liquid surface of the operation liquid
in the second reservoir is maintained within a predetermined range in a state where the second reservoir is opened to atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 9,836,855

DETERMINING A DEPTH MAP FROM IMAGES OF A SCENE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for determining a depth measurement associated with a scene captured by an image capture device, the method comprising:
receiving a first image and a second image of the scene captured by the image capture device, the first image being captured
using at least one different camera parameter than that of the second image;

selecting a first patch from the first image;
selecting a second patch from the second image to correspond with the first patch such that the first and second patches represent
a common part of the scene;

determining which of the first and second patches is more focused;
calculating Fourier transforms for each of the first and second patches; and
calculating a ratio of the Fourier transforms corresponding to the first and second patches to produce an estimate of a complex
OTF ratio, with the Fourier transform of the more focused patch as denominator of the ratio, the estimate of the complex OTF
ratio representing relative blur of the first and second patches and being a function of distance to the objects in the common
part of the scene; and

determining the depth measurement of the common part of the scene from the estimate of the complex OTF ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,838,397

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first information management unit configured to manage identification information of a first user and device identification
information of a device owned by the first user in association with each other;

a second information management unit configured to manage identification information of a second user and device identification
information of a plurality of devices owned by the second user in association with each other;

a third information management unit configured to manage the device identification information of the device owned by the
first user that transmitted a request to the second user for associating the first user and the second user with each other,
the device identification information of one of the devices owned by the second user that received the request, and information
indicating a response state of a response to the request in association with each other; and

a control unit configured to control data transmission and reception between the device owned by the first user and the devices
owned by the second user by associating the identification information of the first user and the identification information
of the second user with each other,

wherein the control unit is configured to:
receive the request to the second user issued from the first user, for associating the first user and the second user with
each other;

transmit the request from the first user to the plurality of devices owned by the second user;
associate the first user and the second user with each other in response to receiving permission information from one of the
devices owned by the second user as a result of the second user performing a permission operation on the device;

transmit a notification for canceling the request to at least one of the devices other than the device that transmitted the
permission information among the plurality of devices owned by the second user; and

if there is a device that has already transmitted the permission information among the plurality of devices owned by the second
user when the request from the device owned by the first user is received, notify the device owned by the first user of presence
of the device that has already transmitted the permission information.

US Pat. No. 9,837,936

VIBRATION TYPE DRIVE DEVICE, MEDICAL APPARATUS, AND MEDICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration type drive device comprising:
a mechanical energy application element;
a resilient member having a ring shape and provided with the mechanical energy application element; and
a driven member subjected to a relative displacement with respect to the resilient member due to a vibration excited by the
resilient member,

wherein the resilient member includes a plurality of a first resilient elements each including a conductive material and a
plurality of a second resilient elements each including a non-conductive material, and

wherein the plurality of the first resilient element and the plurality of the second resilient element are arranged in an
alternate manner in a circumferential direction of the resilient 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. 9,836,676

COLOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A method for controlling a color image processing apparatus including an image forming unit, the method comprising:
an image processing step of implementing a plurality of image processing methods that achieves a plurality of types of halftone
representations;

a color measuring step of performing color measurement of the color image formed by the image forming unit;
a single-color calibration step of executing single-color calibration by causing the color measurement step to perform color
measurement of a pattern image including a plurality of single-color patch images that is formed using a same single-color
recording material, among a plurality of single-color recording materials, and that has densities different from one another,
the plurality of single-color patch images being formed for each of the plurality of single-color recording materials by the
image forming unit, and then acquiring, based on a result of the color measurement by the color measurement step, a correction
data to be used to bring a reproduction characteristic of a single-color image formed by the image forming unit close to a
first target value; and

a multi-color calibration step of executing multi-color calibration by causing the color measuring step to perform color measurement
of a pattern image including a plurality of multi-color patch images having colors different from one another, each of which
is formed using multiple color recording materials by the image forming unit, and then acquiring, based on results of the
color measurement by the color measuring step, correction data to be used to bring a reproduction characteristic of a multi-color
image formed by the image forming unit close to a second target value,

wherein two or more image processing methods among the plurality of image processing methods are used to form the pattern
image including the plurality of single-color patch images during the single-color calibration, and one or more image processing
methods among the plurality of image processing methods are used to form the pattern image including the plurality of multi-color
patch images during the multi-color calibration, and

a number of image processing methods used at a time of forming the pattern image including the plurality of multi-color patch
images is smaller than a number of image processing methods used at a time of forming the pattern image including the plurality
of single-color patch images.

US Pat. No. 9,830,542

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printer configured to print images on sheets;
a sheet processor configured to execute bookbinding processing on the printed sheets on which images have been printed by
the printer;

a stacker, on which processed sheets, resulting from the bookbinding processing having been executed on the printed sheets
by the sheet processor, are stacked;

a movable stopper configured to prevent dropping of the processed sheets stacked on the stacker;
a controller configured to:
(i) set, based on a user instruction, a first mode or a second mode,
(ii) stop a print operation of the printer based on an amount of stacked sheets on the stacker and restart the print operation
when the stacked sheets are removed from the stacker, in a case where a mode of the printing apparatus is set to the first
mode, and

(iii) continue the print operation regardless of the amount of stacked sheets on the stacker in a case where the mode of the
printing apparatus is set to the second mode; and

a display unit configured to display a message for prompting a user to lower the movable stopper in a case where the mode
of the printing apparatus is set to the second mode.

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. 9,830,544

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXECUTING PRINT PROCESSING USING A PASSWORD INCLUDING SELECTING A PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION CODE TYPE THAT INDICATES A PURPOSE FOR USING THE PASSWORD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising one or more processors coupled via a bus to a memory, the one or more processors
being programmed to control:
a first display control unit configured to display a first setting screen provided by an operating system, the first setting
screen having only one area for inputting a personal identification code;

a setting unit configured to set the personal identification code via the displayed first setting screen;
a second display control unit configured to display a second setting screen provided by a device application installed in
conjunction with installing of a printer driver, the second setting screen being different from the first setting screen and
being used for selecting a personal identification code type among plural personal identification code types;

a selection unit configured to select, as the personal identification code type, one personal identification code type among
the plural personal identification code types via the displayed second setting screen, wherein the selected personal identification
code type is displayed on the first setting screen after the personal identification code type is selected via the second
setting screen;

a generation unit configured to generate a print job in which the personal identification code set via the displayed first
setting screen is used in accordance with the personal identification code type selected via the displayed second setting
screen; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit the generated print job to an image forming apparatus,
wherein the personal identification code is used as a password, and the personal identification code type indicates a purpose
for using the password.

US Pat. No. 9,830,545

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR SENDING IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system, comprising:
an authentication controller configured to authenticate a user;
a first operation key configured to set, as a transmission destination of data, a folder which has been registered for the
user authenticated by the authentication controller;

a second operation key configured to set, as a transmission destination of data, an e-mail address which has been registered
for the user authenticated by the authentication controller;

a transmitter configured to transmit data to the folder set by selection of the first operation key and to transmit data to
the email-address set by selection of the second operation key; and

a controller configured to restrict use of the first operation key in accordance with a user instruction for restricting use
of the first operation key,

wherein use of the second operation key is not restricted by the controller in accordance with the user instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,831,060

X-RAY GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray generating apparatus comprising:
an X-ray generating tube comprising:
an anode comprising a transmissive target and an anode member connected to the transmissive target;
a cathode comprising an electron emitting source and a cathode member connected to the electron emitting source; and
an insulating tube having a pair of ends in a tube axis direction, one end of which is connected to the anode member and the
other end of which is connected to the cathode member; and

a conductive container, which is connected to the anode member and is configured to house the X-ray generating tube and an
electrically insulating liquid,

wherein the anode member comprises an outer anode member configured to transfer a heat from the transmissive target to the
conductive container, and an inner anode member configured to transfer a heat from the electron emitting source to the electrically
insulating liquid.

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. 9,829,802

CONVEYING HAND AND LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A conveying hand for adsorbing a conveyed object, the conveying hand comprising:
a base;
a pad configured to contact the conveyed object and provide a first space between the pad and the conveyed object;
a first elastic member fixed to the base and configured to movably support the pad; and
a second elastic member disposed between the base and the pad and provide a second space communicating with the first space,
wherein the pad contacts the second elastic member to permit evacuation of the first space and the second space, and cause
the conveyed object to be adsorbed to the pad, and

wherein the pad, which is supported by the first elastic member, moves to separate from the second elastic member to release
the conveyed object from being adsorbed to the pad.

US Pat. No. 9,829,810

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a support and a photosensitive layer formed on the support,
wherein a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member contains a cured product obtained by copolymerizing:
at one compound (i) selected from the group consisting of a triphenylamine compound having a hydroxymethyl group and a benzidine
compound having a hydroxymethyl group; and

at least one compound (ii) selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by the following formula (1), a compound
represented by the following formula (2), a compound represented by the following formula (3), and a compound represented
by the following formula (4):


where, in the formulae (1) to (4), X represents an oxygen atom or a sulfur atom,
R1, R2, R21, R22, R23, R31, R32, R33, R34, R41, R42, R43, R44, and R45 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a monovalent group derived by removing one hydrogen atom from a saturated
aliphatic hydrocarbon with a carbon number of 4 or less in a straight chain,

Ar11, Ar12, Ar21, Ar23, Ar31, Ar34, Ar41, and Ar45 each independently represent a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group,

Ar22, Ar32, Ar33, Ar42, Ar43, and Ar44 each independently represent a substituted or unsubstituted arylene group, a substituent of the aryl group or the arylene
group is a group selected from the group consisting of a methyl group and a hydroxymethyl group,

at least one of Ar11 and Ar12 is an aryl group having a hydroxymethyl group as a substituent,

at least one of Ar21 to Ar23 is an aryl group or arylene group having a hydroxymethyl group as a substituent,

at least one of Ar31 to Ar34 is an aryl group or arylene group having a hydroxymethyl group as a substituent, and

at least one of Ar41 to Ar45 is an aryl group or arylene group having a hydroxymethyl group as a substituent.

US Pat. No. 9,829,814

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing:
a binder system containing at least two different polymers, said binder system comprising (i) a binder resin and (ii) a crystalline
polyester other than the binder resin;

a pigment; and
a pigment dispersant, wherein
the pigment dispersant comprises a structure represented by formula (1) and a polymer moiety, and
a hydrophobic parameter HP1 of the pigment dispersant and a hydrophobic parameter HP2 of the crystalline polyester satisfy
?0.28?(HP1?HP2)?0.15

where HP1 represents a volume fraction of heptane at a point of precipitation by the pigment dispersant as measured by the
addition of heptane to a solution containing 0.05 mass parts of the pigment dispersant and 1.48 mass parts of chloroform,
and

HP2 represents a volume fraction of heptane at a point of precipitation by the crystalline polyester as measured by the addition
of heptane to a solution containing 0.05 mass parts of the crystalline polyester and 1.48 mass parts of chloroform,


where R1 represents a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group or a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group;

Ar represents a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group;
Ar and R2 to R6 satisfy at least one of (i) Ar has a linking group that is bonded to a carbon atom in the aryl group and that forms a linking
portion of bond to the polymer moiety, or (ii) at least one of R2 to R6 is a linking group that forms a linking portion of bond to the polymer moiety;

each of the R2 to R6 that is not a linking group independently represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a hydroxyl
group, an amino group, a cyano group, a trifluoromethyl group, a carboxyl group, or a group represented by formula (2-1) or
a group represented by formula (2-2); and

Ar and R2 to R6 satisfy at least one of (iii) Ar has a group represented by formula (2-1) or a group represented by formula (2-2) as a substituent,
or (iv) at least one of R2 to R6 is a group represented by formula (2-1) or a group represented by formula (2-2),


wherein in formula (2-1) * represents a site where the group bonds to the Ar or the aromatic ring having R2 to R6 in formula (1);

R7 represents a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, an aralkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxycarbonyl
group, or a substituted or unsubstituted aralkyloxycarbonyl group;

A1 represents an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, or an NR8 group; and

R8 represents a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxycarbonyl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted aralkyloxycarbonyl
group,


wherein in formula (2-2) * and ** each represent a site where the group bonds to the Ar or the aromatic ring having R2 to R6 in formula (1);

the group represented by formula (2-2) forms a 5-membered heterocycle by bonding with the Ar or the aromatic ring having R2 to R6 in formula (1);

A2 represents an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, or an NR8 group; and

R8 represents a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxycarbonyl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted aralkyloxycarbonyl
group.

US Pat. No. 9,832,635

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a receiver configured to receive, from another communication apparatus, service type information indicating a type of service
that is executable between the communication apparatus and the another communication apparatus after communication has been
established;

at least one processor and a memory storing instructions, that when executed by the at least one processor controls the at
least one processor to perform operations comprising:

obtaining a communication parameter for communication with the another communication apparatus;
establishing communication between the communication apparatus and the another communication apparatus using the communication
parameter;

searching for the service type information via the communication established based on the obtained communication parameter,
wherein the receiver is configured to receive the service type information from the another communication apparatus based
on the searching; and

discarding the obtained communication parameter in response to a failure of the search to locate the service type information,
wherein the communication parameter includes identification information of a wireless network, and an encryption method and
an authentication method that are used for the wireless network.

US Pat. No. 9,830,842

DISPLAY APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING CONTROL TO CHANGE A POSITION ON AN IMAGE WHERE AN ADDITIONAL IMAGE IS SUPERIMPOSED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display a first image on a screen, wherein the first image includes a superimposing area on which
an image to be displayed on the screen by another display apparatus is superimposed and the first image is superimposed by
an additional image; and

a control unit configured to perform control such that the additional image does not overlap the superimposing area by controlling
change of a position on the first image where the additional image is superimposed, in a case where change of the position
is requested that at least a part of the additional image is included in the superimposing area.

US Pat. No. 9,829,820

TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle comprising a toner base particle containing a binder resin, a colorant and a releasing
agent; and a resin particle adhering to the surface of the toner base particle, wherein
the resin particle has a negatively charging characteristic and contains a resin A having an acid dissociation constant pKa
of 7.0 to 9.0, resin A comprising a monovalent group a represented by Formula (1):


where R1 represents a hydroxy group, a carboxy group, an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, or an alkoxy group having 1 to 18
carbon atoms; R2 represents a hydrogen atom, a hydroxy group, an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, or an alkoxy group having 1 to 18
carbon atoms; g represents an integer of 1 to 3; h represents an integer of 0 to 3; and when h is 2 or 3, a number h of R1 may be the same or different.

US Pat. No. 9,829,833

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT SETS SPEEDS OF DRIVING SOURCES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable image bearing member for bearing a toner image;
a toner image forming portion configured to form the toner image on said image bearing member;
a rotatable intermediary transfer member, contacting said image bearing member at a transfer portion, and configured to carry
the toner image transferred from said image bearing member at the transfer portion and then to be transferred onto a recording
material;

a first driving motor configured to rotationally drive said image bearing member;
a second driving motor configured to drive said intermediary transfer member;
a detecting portion configured to detect information on an output torque of said first driving motor or said second driving
motor;

a changing portion configured to change a speed instruction value of each of driving speeds of said first driving motor and
said second driving motor;

an executing portion configured to execute an operation in a detecting mode in which information on the output torque of another
driving motor corresponding to the speed instruction value of one driving motor is detected while driving said first driving
motor and said second driving motor in a period other than during image formation, wherein the detecting mode includes a first
detection period in which a state relating to a frictional force between said image bearing member and said intermediary transfer
member at the transfer portion is set at a first state and then the detection is made, and includes a second detection period
in which the state is set at a second state greater in the frictional force than in the first state and then the detection
is made, wherein in each of the first and second detection periods, the speed instruction value of the other driving motor
is set at a fixed value, wherein in the first detection period the speed instruction value of the one driving motor is successively
changed to a plurality of different values and information on plural output torque values of the one driving motor corresponding
to the different speed instruction values is successively detected, and wherein in the second detection period the speed instruction
value of the one driving motor is successively changed to a plurality of different values and information on plural output
torque values of the one driving motor corresponding to the plurality of different speed instruction values is successively
detected; and

a setting portion configured to set the speed instruction value of the one driving motor to be used during the image formation
on the basis of the information on plural output torque values detected in the first detection period and the information
on plural output torque values detected in the second detection period.

US Pat. No. 9,827,783

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
first and second image forming devices each of which includes a photosensitive member, a light source that emits a light beam,
and a developing member movable between a developing position for developing a latent image formed on the photosensitive member
and a retracted position retracted from the developing position;

a polygon mirror that rotates and reflects each of the light beams emitted from the light sources of the first and second
image forming devices; and

a detector that detects the light beam emitted from the light source of the second image forming device and reflected by the
polygon mirror,

wherein both of the first and second image forming devices are capable of forming latent images on the respective photosensitive
members by reflecting the light beams emitted from the light sources with the polygon mirror and emitting the light beams
to the photosensitive members, and developing the latent image in order from the first image forming device to the second
image forming device by the developing member that is positioned at the developing position,

wherein the second image forming device performs a light emitting processing to emit the light beam from the light source
of the second image forming device into the photosensitive member of the second image forming device and the detector so as
to detect the light beam at the detector, and the developing member of the first image forming device reaches the developing
position before the light emitting processing is finished.

US Pat. No. 9,829,836

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH PRE-EXPOSURE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image input portion into which image data corresponding to toner images to be formed is inputted;
a first image forming station including a first photosensitive member, a first charging roller configured to charge said first
photosensitive member at a first charging position, a first exposure member configured to expose said first photosensitive
member charged by said first charging roller to light on the basis of, among the image data inputted into said image input
portion, first image data corresponding to a first toner image formed at said first image forming station, and a first developing
device configured to develop with a toner an electrostatic latent image formed on said first photosensitive member by said
first exposure member;

a second image forming station including a second photosensitive member, a second charging roller configured to charge said
second photosensitive member at a second charging position by being supplied with only a DC voltage, a second exposure member
configured to expose said second photosensitive member charged by said second charging roller to light on the basis of, among
the image data inputted into said image input portion, second image data corresponding to a second toner image formed at said
second image forming station, and a second developing device configured to develop with a toner an electrostatic latent image
formed on said second photosensitive member by said second exposure member;

an intermediary transfer belt configured to bear the first toner image and the second toner image which are transferred superposedly
in the listed order;

a first transfer member disposed opposed to said first photosensitive member via said intermediary transfer belt and configured
to electrostatically transfer the first toner image formed on said first photosensitive member onto said intermediary transfer
belt at a first transfer position;

a second transfer member disposed opposed to said second photosensitive member via said intermediary transfer belt and configured
to electrostatically transfer the second toner image formed on said second photosensitive member onto said intermediary transfer
belt at a second transfer position, wherein said first image forming station is not provided with a pre-exposure member configured
to expose said first photosensitive member to light at a position downstream of the first transfer position and upstream of
the first charging position with respect to a movement direction of said first photosensitive member, and said second image
forming station is provided with said pre-exposure member configured to expose said second photosensitive member to light
at a position downstream of the second transfer position and upstream of the second charging position with respect to a movement
direction of said second photosensitive member; and

a controller configured to control an operation of said pre-exposure member depending on the first image data,
wherein said controller controls the operation of said pre-exposure member when image formation is effected using the first
image data and the second image data.

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. 9,832,160

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT DEVICE, DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A document management system comprising an image processing apparatus and a management device that communicates with the
image processing apparatus through a network,
wherein the management device comprises:
a first processor that executes first code; and
a first memory storing the first code,
wherein the first processor executes the first code to control to:
automatically acquire first information relating to a content posted to an information sharing site, wherein the first information
includes a comment transmission destination of the information sharing site, the comment transmission destination indicating
a destination to which a comment about the posted content is transmitted from the image processing apparatus, and wherein
the information sharing site is different from the management device;

automatically generate, based on the automatically acquired first information, a ticket including a storage destination and
the comment transmission destination, wherein the storage destination indicates a destination of the management device to
which an electronic document is transmitted from the image processing apparatus, and wherein the ticket includes control information
for, when the ticket is selected by the user of the image processing apparatus, causing the image processing apparatus to
transmit an electronic document to the management device identified based on the selected ticket and causing the image processing
apparatus to transmit a comment about the posted content and document specifying information for specifying the electronic
document to the comment transmission destination of the information sharing site identified based on the selected ticket;

transmit the generated ticket to the image processing apparatus;
register an electronic document received from the image processing apparatus based on the storage destination included in
the ticket;

generate second information that is a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) used for specifying the registered electronic document;
and

transmit the generated second information to the image processing apparatus, and
wherein the image processing apparatus comprises:
a second processor that executes second code; and
a second memory storing the second code,
wherein the second processor executes the second code to control to:
display the ticket received from the management device;
receive a selection of the displayed ticket based on an operation of a user;
generate the electronic document;
transmit the generated electronic document to the management device based on the storage destination included in the selected
ticket;

receive the second information from the management device after the transmitting of the generated electronic document to the
management device; and

transmit a comment and the received second information to the information sharing site based on the comment transmission destination
included in the selected ticket.

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. 9,827,593

ULTRASONIC MOTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor comprising:
a vibrator that is configured to vibrate when a high frequency drive voltage is applied thereto;
a sliding member that comes in contact frictionally with the vibrator;
a pressurizing means for pressurizing the vibrator to the sliding member;
a base to which the vibrator is fixed;
a vibrator support member holding the base; and
a coupling means for coupling the base with the vibrator support member, the vibrator and the sliding member being relatively
moved by the vibration,

wherein the coupling means comprises a first rolling member and a second rolling member that freely move the base to the vibrator
support member in a pressurizing direction of the pressurizing means, and an urging member that urges one of the first rolling
member and the second rolling member in a direction perpendicular to the pressurizing direction of the pressurizing means,

wherein the first rolling member and the second rolling member are disposed in a position between the base and the vibrator
support member, and

wherein the vibrator is disposed in a position between the first rolling member and the second rolling member in a relative
moving direction of the vibrator and the sliding member.

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. 9,832,812

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the processor(s), cause the communication apparatus to:
establish a wireless network compliant with Wi-Fi Direct standard with another communication apparatus; and
determine whether the communication apparatus has established the wireless network prior to start of a predetermined service,
1) wherein, in a case where it is determined that the communication apparatus has established the wireless network prior to
the start of the predetermined service, processing for leaving the wireless network is not performed when the predetermined
service ends, and

2) wherein, in a case where it is determined that the communication apparatus has not established the wireless network prior
to the start of the predetermined service, processing for leaving the wireless network is performed when the predetermined
service ends.

US Pat. No. 9,828,200

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a feeding member configured to feed a sheet;
a separating member configured to form a nip portion with the feeding member and separate sheets one by one at the nip portion;
a conveying unit disposed downstream of the feeding member in a sheet feeding direction and configured to convey the sheet;
a transfer unit disposed downstream of the conveying unit in the sheet feeding direction and configured to transfer an image
formed on an image bearing member onto the sheet while conveying the sheet;

a detecting unit configured to detect the sheet conveyed by the conveying unit; and
a control unit configured to control the conveying unit based on a detection result by the detection unit,
wherein a trailing edge of the sheet passes through the nip portion after a leading edge of the sheet reaches the transfer
unit,

wherein, before the trailing edge of the sheet passes through the nip portion, the control unit sets a conveyance speed of
the sheet by the conveying unit to a first speed and a loop of the sheet is formed between the conveying unit and the transfer
unit, and by passing of the trailing edge of the sheet through the nip portion, the conveyance speed of the sheet by the conveying
unit changes from the first speed to a second speed that is faster than the first speed and an amount of the loop becomes
larger, and

wherein the control unit calculates a point in time at which the trailing edge of the sheet passes through the nip portion
based on the detection result by the detecting unit, and the control unit changes the conveyance speed of the sheet by the
conveying unit from the second speed to a third speed that is slower than the second speed after the point in time so that
the amount of loop does not become larger than a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,831,278

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA WITH PIXEL OPENINGS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising a plurality of pixels for focus detection, each of the pixels plurality of pixels
including a photoelectric converter arranged in a semiconductor substrate, a microlens, and a light blocking portion arranged
between the semiconductor substrate and the microlens to cover part of the photoelectric converter,
wherein a face in each of the plurality of pixels, which is parallel to a surface of the semiconductor substrate and on which
the light blocking portion is arranged, includes a first opening and a second opening in addition to the light blocking portion,

wherein the light blocking portion includes a separator that has a light blocking property and is arranged between the first
opening and the second opening, and

wherein the second opening is larger in area than the light blocking portion, and the light blocking portion is larger in
area than the first opening.

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. 9,823,603

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A feeding device for feeding a developer, comprising:
an accommodating member for accommodating the developer;
a first helical feeding member provided rotatably in said accommodating member and including a first region having a first
diameter and a second region having a second diameter smaller than the first diameter in a named order with respect to a first
feeding direction in which the developer is fed;

a second helical feeding member, provided rotatably in said accommodating member, for feeding the developer in a second feeding
direction crossing the first feeding direction; and

a wall provided in said accommodating member and extending toward said second helical feeding member so that said wall is
spaced from said first helical feeding member toward a downstream side of said first helical feeding member with respect to
the first feeding direction to branch a flow path of the developer,

wherein with respect to the first feeding direction, the second region is provided between the first region and a position
where said first and second helical feeding members cross each other.

US Pat. No. 9,818,925

VIBRATING BODY, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME AND VIBRATION TYPE DRIVE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibrating body comprising:
a substrate;
a piezoelectric element comprising a piezoelectric layer and electrode layers and joined to the substrate; and
a ceramic layer between the substrate and the piezoelectric element,
wherein the ceramic layer comprises a first region and a second region which is adjacent to the first region in a direction
perpendicular to a thickness direction of the ceramic layer,

wherein the first region has a square shape, each side of the first region having a length equal to a thickness of the ceramic
layer,

wherein the second region has a square shape, each side of the second region having a length equal to the thickness of the
ceramic layer,

wherein a difference between a porosity of the first region and a porosity of the second region is not greater than 15%,
wherein a porosity of the entire ceramic layer is between 10 and 60%, and
wherein the porosity of the entire ceramic layer is higher than a porosity of the entire piezoelectric layer.

US Pat. No. 9,804,512

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer which comprises a metal oxide particle and is formed on the support;
a charge generating layer formed on the undercoat layer; and
a charge transporting layer formed on the charge generating layer,
wherein either or both of the undercoat layer and the charge generating layer comprise a compound represented by the following
formula (1),

wherein R1 to R8 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a hydroxy group, an amino group, or a carboxyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,804,514

METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing a toner comprising a toner particle including a binder resin, a colorant, a crystalline polyester,
and a wax, wherein
the crystalline polyester and the wax satisfy the following Formula (1),
45
where Tp (° C.) represents a peak temperature of a crystallization peak (Pp) in the crystalline polyester measured by differential
scanning calorimetry (DSC), and

Tw (° C.) represents a peak temperature of a crystallization peak (Pw) in the wax measured by differential scanning calorimetry
(DSC),

the method comprising the steps of:
(i) setting a temperature of an aqueous medium in which a coloring particle is dispersed to at least the Tw, the coloring
particle including the binder resin, the colorant, the crystalline polyester, and the wax;

(ii) cooling the aqueous medium at a cooling rate of at least 5.0° C./min after the step (i) in a temperature range where
an integral value relative to a total area of the Pw becomes at least 70%; and

(iii) obtaining the toner particle by the following step (a) or (b):
(a) holding the aqueous medium in a temperature range of the Pp for at least 30 min after the step (ii),
(b) cooling the aqueous medium at a cooling rate of not more than 1.0° C./min after the step (ii) in a temperature range where
an integral value relative to a total area of the Pp becomes at least 50%.

US Pat. No. 9,801,960

PROBE FOR A BIOLOGICAL SPECIMEN AND LABELLING METHOD AND SCREENING METHOD USING THE PROBE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A labelling method, wherein one of staining and differential staining is performed by bringing a biological specimen into
contact with a composition comprising a probe for a biological specimen comprising, as an active agent, at least one member
among the following formulae

US Pat. No. 9,804,522

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an optical scanning unit configured to scan a photosensitive member with a light beam, wherein said optical scanning unit
includes a rotatable polygonal mirror configured to deflect the light beam emitted from a light source and a detecting portion
configured to detect the light beam deflected by said rotatable polygonal mirror; and

a controller configured to control, on the basis of a detected signal by said detecting portion, a scanning start position
of the photosensitive member with the light beam deflected by said rotatable polygonal mirror,

wherein a rotation center of said rotatable polygonal mirror is made eccentric with respect to a center of gravity of said
rotatable polygonal mirror by an eccentricity amount of 7.5 ?m or more, and

wherein said controller identifies one of a plurality of reflecting surfaces of said rotatable polygonal mirror as a reference
surface by using a light beam detection signal output from said detecting portion for each of the plurality of reflecting
surfaces of said rotatable polygonal mirror and a period of the light beam detection signals from light beams reflected by
two consecutive reflecting surfaces with respect to a rotational direction of said rotatable polygonal mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,804,523

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to rotate;
a charging unit configured to charge a surface of the image bearing member at a charging position;
a developing unit configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member at a development
position, the developing unit comprising a developer bearing member configured to rotate while bearing a developer containing
a toner and a carrier thereon and configured to be applied a development voltage; and

a control portion configured to perform a first mode and a second mode, the first mode being a mode in which a driving input
to the developer bearing member is stopped in response to image formation completion before or at the same time when a trailing
end of a charging area of the image bearing member charged by the charging unit reaches the development position, and an application
of the development voltage is stopped after the trailing end of the charging area reaches the development position, the second
mode being a mode in which the driving input to the developer bearing member is stopped in response to image formation completion
before or at the same time when the trailing end of the charging area reaches the development position, and the application
of the development voltage is stopped at a timing after the trailing end of the charging area reaches the development position
and earlier than that in the first mode, or at the same time when the trailing end of the charging area reaches the development
position,

wherein the control portion is configured to switch the first mode and the second mode based on information which influences
a toner charging amount.

US Pat. No. 9,807,084

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ENCRYPTION COMMUNICATING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for performing encryption communication with an external apparatus in accordance with
an encryption communication protocol, comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the stored instructions to perform the functions of:
a receiving unit configured to receive, from the external apparatus, information including strength of hash available in the
external apparatus that is used to sign parameter information in a handshake process, before receiving from the external apparatus
the parameter information signed with the hash in the external apparatus, wherein the parameter information is to be used
for encrypted communication protocol between the information processing apparatus and the external apparatus; and

a control unit configured to control the information processing apparatus not to communicate with the external apparatus,
in accordance with the encrypted communication protocol by using the parameter information signed with the hash in the external
apparatus, in a case where the external apparatus does not provide the information including the strength of the hash in the
external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,804,529

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING DEVELOPER REGULATING RIB

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developing container capable of accommodating a developer which contains toner and a carrier and including a first chamber
and a second chamber;

a partition wall configured to partitioning said first chamber and said second chamber;
a first communication portion configured to permit communication of the developer from said first chamber to said second chamber;
a second communication portion configured to permit communication of the developer from said second chamber to said first
chamber, the developer being communicatable between said first chamber and said second chamber through said first communication
portion and said second communication portion;

a developer supplying portion configured to supply the developer;
a developer discharging portion provided in said second chamber and configured to discharge a part of the developer;
a first conveying screw, provided in said first chamber, for conveying the developer in said first chamber in a first conveying
direction;

a second conveying screw, provided rotatably in said second chamber, for conveying the developer in said second chamber, wherein
said second conveying screw comprises,

(i) a shaft;
(ii) a first blade portion formed helically on an outer peripheral surface of said shaft and configured to convey the developer
in said second chamber in a second conveying direction opposite to the first conveying direction; and

(iii) a second blade portion formed helically on an outer peripheral surface of said shaft at a position downstream of said
first blade portion and upstream of said developer discharging portion with respect to the second conveying direction and
configured to convey the developer in said second chamber in the first conveying direction;

wherein said second conveying screw rotates in a direction from said partition wall toward a lower portion of said second
chamber with respect to a vertical direction; and

a projected portion which is provided on an inner wall portion of said second chamber on a side opposing said partition wall
and projects toward an interior of said second chamber while opposing a region of said second chamber, wherein said projected
portion is positioned between said first blade portion and said second blade portion with respect to a rotational axis direction
of said shaft and at a location where no helical blade portion is formed, said projected portion is also positioned to extend
above an upper end of said second blade portion with respect to a gravitational direction.

US Pat. No. 9,804,355

LENS BARREL AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel having a lens movable in an optical axis direction, the lens barrel comprising:
a first tube; and
a second tube that holds the lens,
wherein the first tube and the second tube are relatively movable in the optical axis direction,
wherein either one of the first tube and the second tube includes a first roller and a second roller which are brought into
contact with the other tube in a plane orthogonal to the optical axis direction,

wherein the first roller and the second roller are rotatable in accordance with the relative movement of the second tube and
movable in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis direction, and

wherein the one tube is configured not to limit a movement of the first roller in a direction to the other tube and to limit
a movement of the second roller in the direction to the other tube.

US Pat. No. 9,804,369

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGING 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 positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having positive refractive power; and
a fourth lens unit having positive refractive power,
wherein, during zooming from a wide-angle end to a telephoto end, the first lens unit does not move and at least the second
lens unit and the fourth lens unit move, and a distance between adjacent lens units varies during zooming,

wherein the first lens unit includes, in order from the object side to the image side thereof, a negative lens, a positive
lens, a positive lens, and a positive lens, and the second lens unit includes three or more lens elements including at least
one positive lens,

wherein one of the positive lenses included in the first lens unit satisfies a following conditional expression:
74.0 wherein the second lens unit includes a positive lens that satisfies a following conditional expression:
10.0 where Abbe number of a material of the one positive lens included in the first lens unit is denoted by ?d1p and Abbe number
of a material of the positive lens provided in the second lens unit is denoted by ?d2p, and

wherein following conditional expressions are satisfied:
?7.30
1.16
3.80
0.95<(TL/?t)/(ft/fw)<1.20, and

?12.00
where a focal length of the first lens unit is denoted by f1, a focal length of the second lens unit is denoted by f2, a focal
length of the third lens unit is denoted by f3, a focal length of the fourth lens unit is denoted by f4, a focal length of
an entire system at the wide-angle end is denoted by fw, and a lateral magnification of the second lens unit during focusing
on an infinite-distance object at the telephoto end is denoted by ?2t, a distance on an optical axis from a lens surface closest
to the object side in the first lens unit to an image plane is denoted by TL, an effective image circle radius at the telephoto
end is denoted by ?, and a focal length of the entire system at the telephoto end is denoted by ft.

US Pat. No. 9,804,370

ZOOM LENS SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens system comprising:
in order from an object side to an image side,
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power that does not move for zooming;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power that moves during zooming; and
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power that moves during zooming, wherein
a distance between lens units that are adjacent to each other changes during zooming,
the first lens unit consisting of a first a-lens unit that does not move for focusing, and a first b-lens unit that moves
from the image side towards the object side during focusing from an infinite object to a near object, and

the first a-lens unit comprises two positive lenses and two negative lenses,
wherein
the following condition is satisfied:
7.50<|f1/f2|<11.00,

where f1 is a focal length of the first lens unit, and f2 is a focal length of the second lens unit.

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. 9,804,407

IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTION APPARATUS HAVING EXPOSED DAMPING MEMBER AND INSTALLATION REGION OF DAMPING MEMBER OVERLAPPING WITH BALL OR SPHERE CONTACT SURFACE IN AN OPTICAL AXIS DIRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image vibration correction apparatus, the apparatus comprising:
a first fixing member;
a second fixing member;
a movable member holding an optical element and configured to reduce image vibration by moving in a direction different from
a direction of an optical axis relative to the first fixing member, and to be disposed between the first fixing member and
the second fixing member; and

a spherical member that is movable being between the first fixing member and the movable member;
wherein the second fixing member has a damping member configured to attenuate vibration resulting from movement of the movable
member by connection with a portion of the movable member,

wherein the movable member includes a contact surface configured to make contact with the spherical member,
wherein, when viewed from the direction of the optical axis, the maximum movable range of the contact surface overlaps with
at least a portion of an installation region of the damping member,

wherein, when viewed from the direction of the optical axis, a center of the contact surface is positioned further outside
than a center of the optical element, and the installation region of the damping member is positioned further outside than
the center of the contact surface, and

wherein, when the image vibration correction apparatus is viewed from a side of the first fixing member on the direction of
the optical axis, at least a part of the damping member is exposed.

US Pat. No. 9,807,280

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a binarizing unit configured to generate a binary image by executing a binarization process on an input image;
a first determining unit configured to determine a character region within the binary image;
a character segmenting unit configured to acquire a region surrounding a character contained in the character region as character
segmentation rectangle information;

a thinning unit configured to acquire a thinned image by executing a thinning process on a region within the binary image,
the region being identified based on the character segmentation rectangle information;

an edge detecting unit configured to acquire an edge detected image by executing an edge detection process on the region identified
based on the character segmentation rectangle information;

a logical operation unit configured to take a logical AND of the thinned image and the edge detected image;
a second determining unit configured to determine, based on a result of the logical AND performed by the logical operation
unit, whether the character identified based on the character segmentation rectangle information is a character to be separated
from a background by the binarization process or not; and

an image processing unit configured to perform a predetermined image process for a character on the region being identified
based on the character segmentation rectangle information based on determination of the second determining unit that the character
identified based on the character segmentation rectangle information is a character to be separated from a background by the
binarization process,

wherein the image processing unit does not perform the predetermined image process for a character on the region being identified
based on the character segmentation rectangle information based on determination of the second determining unit that the character
identified based on the character segmentation rectangle information is not a character to be separated from a background
by the binarization process,

wherein the units are implemented by one or more processors, a circuitry, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,807,281

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for printing an image on a print medium with use of multiple color materials, the image processing
apparatus comprising:
a data acquisition unit configured to acquire pieces of multivalued data of a target pixel, the pieces of multivalued data
respectively corresponding to the multiple color materials;

a threshold value acquisition unit configured to, from among multiple threshold value matrices each configured to include
arrayed multiple threshold values, set one threshold value matrix for each of the multiple color materials, and from the set
threshold value matrix, acquire a first threshold value corresponding to the target pixel;

a reference color setting unit configured to, from among the pieces of multivalued data respectively corresponding to the
multiple color materials, set reference data that is referred to in order to perform a predetermined process on the first
threshold value acquired by the threshold value acquisition unit for that color material;

a calculation unit configured to, for that color material, perform the predetermined process on the first threshold value
on a basis of the reference data set by the reference color setting unit and thereby calculate a second threshold value; and

a generation unit configured to, for that color material, generate quantization data for printing a dot by comparing a corresponding
one of the pieces of multivalued data and the second threshold value, wherein

the threshold value acquisition unit and the reference color setting unit set the threshold value matrix and the reference
data for that color materials so as to make graininess of a dot pattern of that color material lower than graininess of a
mixed color dot pattern obtained by mixing respective dot patterns of the multiple color materials, the dot pattern being
determined by the quantization data.

US Pat. No. 9,807,296

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND AUTO FOCUS CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit;
a display controller configured to perform control such that a live view image which is captured by the image capturing unit
is displayed on a display unit;

a magnification ratio changing unit configured to change a magnification ratio of the live view image which is displayed on
the display unit;

an AF mode setting unit configured to set one of a plurality of AF modes in which a focus adjustment position to be used for
focus detection is selected according to the set AF mode; and

a controller configured to perform control such that in a case where a first AF mode is set by the AF mode setting unit and
a change is made from a first magnification ratio to a second magnification ratio which is greater than the first magnification
ratio by the magnification ratio changing unit, the live view image is enlarged and displayed at the second magnification
ratio and the AF mode is set to a second AF mode, and such that in a case where a change to the first magnification ratio
is made after the second magnification ratio is set, the first AF mode is set and the focus adjustment position is set based
on a focus adjustment position which is set in the second AF mode.

US Pat. No. 9,807,297

DEPTH DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS AND DEPTH DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A depth detection apparatus for detecting depth information on an object, based on a first signal corresponding to a luminous
flux that has passed through a first pupil region of an exit pupil of an imaging optical system, and a second signal corresponding
to a luminous flux that has passed through a second pupil region, which is different from the first pupil region,
the depth detection apparatus comprising:
a shift amount acquisition unit configured to acquire a provisional image shift amount, which is an amount of positional shift
between the first signal and the second signal;

a filter processing unit configured to perform filter processing on one or both of the first signal and the second signal
using a filter, wherein the filter is generated based on the provisional image shift amount; and

a depth deriving unit configured to derive the depth information on an object, based on a positional shift amount between
the filtered first signal and the filtered second signal, a positional shift amount between the filtered first signal and
the unfiltered second signal, or a positional shift amount between the unfiltered first signal and the filtered second signal,

wherein a phase term of the filter is a function generated by multiplying a second function by a coefficient, the second function
being generated based on a phase transfer function corresponding to the first pupil region or the second pupil region and
on the provisional image shift amount, and the coefficient being a real number greater than 0 and smaller than 1.

US Pat. No. 9,802,434

RECORDING MEDIUM WITH INCREASED SCRATCH AND WATER RESISTANCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising:
a substrate; and
an ink-receiving layer,
wherein the ink-receiving layer
contains an inorganic particle and a binder, and
does not contain any water-soluble resin or contains a water-soluble resin such that a ratio of a content of the water-soluble
resin to a content of the binder in the ink-receiving layer is 20% by mass or less,

the binder contains at least one component selected from the group consisting of acrylic resins, polycarbonate-modified urethane
resins, and polyether-modified urethane resins, and

for the recording medium, a ratio of a total pore volume in a pore radius range of 7 nm or more and 20 nm or less to a total
pore volume in a pore radius range of 0 nm or more and 20 nm or less is 25% by volume or less.

US Pat. No. 9,800,587

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus having a remote access function of providing web contents including at least status information
on the image processing apparatus to an external apparatus via a network, the image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one hardware processor which acts as:
a first setting unit configured to set password information for executing access restriction to the web contents including
at least the status information on the image processing apparatus, wherein the password information has no dependency relation
with information for identifying a user and a department that use a resource of the image processing apparatus;

a second setting unit configured to set whether to enable a department management function of identifying a department that
uses a resource of the image processing apparatus, wherein in a case where to enable the department management function is
set, different authority to execute an image processing function of the image processing apparatus is assignable to each department
identified based on at least a department identification for identifying a department, and a number of times of using the
image processing function is counted for each identified department;

a control unit configured to, in a case where not to enable the department management function is set by the second setting
unit, request the external apparatus that has requested the web contents to input a password for accessing the remote access
function, and control whether to permit access to the web contents including the status information based on whether the password
received from the external apparatus matches the password information for executing access restriction to the web contents,
wherein the received password has no dependency relation with the information for identifying a user and a department that
use a resource of the image processing apparatus, and

in a case where to enable the department management function is set by the second setting unit, request the external apparatus
that has requested the web contents to input authentication information on the department management function without requesting
the external apparatus to input the password for accessing the remote access function, and control whether to permit access
to the web contents including the status information based on the authentication information received from the external apparatus,
wherein the received authentication information includes at least a department identification;

a providing unit configured to provide a top screen of the remote access function to the external apparatus according to the
control unit having permitted access to the web contents including the status information; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether to permit access to the web contents including the status information,
wherein upon condition that the received password matches the password information, the determination unit determines to permit
access to the web contents including the status information, and

wherein in a case where not to enable the department management function is set by the second setting unit, the control unit
permits access from the external device to the web contents including the status information if the determination unit determines
to permit access to the web contents including the status information.

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. 9,798,282

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. 9,799,124

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A PROPERTY OF AN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of determining a property of an image captured by a camera, the method comprising:
determining a plurality of vanishing points from the image;
associating each pixel of the image with at least one of the vanishing points based on alignment of a pixel edge orientation
with a vanishing point direction for each pixel, a similarity of an orientation of an image gradient at each pixel, and a
vanishing point direction from each pixel to each of the vanishing points;

partitioning the image into a set of regions based on a pair of the vanishing points;
constructing a space partition tree by iterating the partitioning;
determining a boundary line for each region of the set of regions that passes through at least one of the vanishing points
of said pair of vanishing points;

determining, for at least one of said regions, a confidence value for the property of the image based on pixels in the at
least one region; and

determining the property of the image for one or more pixels within said image based on the confidence value.

US Pat. No. 9,798,157

IMAGE STABILIZING APPARATUS, LENS BARREL, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilizing apparatus comprising:
a movable member holding a lens;
a moving unit configured to move the movable member in a predetermined plane;
a tilting unit configured to tilt the movable member relative to the predetermined plane;
a detection unit configured to detect shake; and
a control unit configured to control the moving unit and the tilting unit,
wherein the control unit sets a shift target value of the moving unit based on shake information obtained by the detection
unit, and

wherein the control unit sets a tilt target value of the tilting unit in accordance with the shift target value.

US Pat. No. 9,789,705

INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording method in which an image is formed by applying onto a recording medium a reaction liquid, an aqueous
pigment ink containing an anionic polymer aggregatable by the reaction liquid and a resin-containing aqueous liquid containing
an anionic polymer aggregatable by the reaction liquid to form an image, the method comprising the steps of:
applying the reaction liquid to the recording medium;
applying the aqueous pigment ink to a surface of the recording medium to which the reaction liquid is applied by an ink jet
method to form an image; and

applying the resin-containing aqueous liquid to the image formed on the recording medium by the ink jet method,
wherein a surface tension of the resin-containing aqueous liquid is higher than a surface tension of the aqueous pigment ink.

US Pat. No. 9,791,764

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS ENABLING AUTOMATIC IRRADIATION DIRECTION CONTROL, LIGHTING DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AUTOMATIC IRRADIATION DIRECTION CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus to which a lighting device that changes an irradiation direction of a light emitting section
is mounted or is attachable, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
a first operation switch configured to start automatic irradiation direction control that drives the light emitting section
to direct in a determined irradiation direction, and to start photographing preparation;

a second operation switch configured to start the automatic irradiation direction control;
a processor configured to act as a control unit configured to continuously perform the automatic irradiation direction control
in operation without stopping when said second operation switch is operated during the automatic irradiation direction control
owing to the operation of said first operation switch,

wherein said control unit starts the automatic irradiation direction control when said second operation switch is operated
after execution of the automatic irradiation direction control owing to the operation of said first operation switch is finished.

US Pat. No. 9,793,314

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit; and
a junction type field effect transistor configured to output a signal based on a carrier generated by the photoelectric conversion
unit,

wherein
the junction type field effect transistor includes a channel region of a first conductivity type, a source region of the first
conductivity type, a drain region of the first conductivity type and a gate region of a second conductivity type,

the channel region includes a first region and a second region, the first region and the second region being disposed in this
order from the source region to the drain region,

an impurity density of the second region is lower than an impurity density of the first region,
the gate region includes a surface gate region and a buried gate region disposed at different depths from each other, and
the channel region is disposed between the surface gate region and the buried gate region.

US Pat. No. 9,794,596

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPTIMIZING ENCODING/DECODING OF COMPENSATION OFFSETS FOR A SET OF RECONSTRUCTED SAMPLES OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding at least a part of an image comprising a plurality of samples and at least one filtering parameter,
each sample comprising at least two components, the method comprising:
encoding a first chroma component and a second chroma component of at least one sample of the image to provide at least one
encoded sample;

decoding the at least one encoded sample to produce, for each said sample that is encoded and decoded, a corresponding decoded
sample having components corresponding respectively to said components of the sample concerned; and

determining the at least one filtering parameter based on a difference between at least one component of the at least one
sample of the image and the at least one corresponding component of the at least one corresponding decoded sample, the at
least one filtering parameter being determined so as to be used as a filtering parameter for performing sample adaptive offset
loop filtering on said at least one corresponding component of a decoded sample;

wherein when the sample adaptive offset loop filtering is of a first type at least one filtering parameter is determined to
be used as a common filtering parameter for performing filtering on both the first and second chroma components, the common
filtering parameter indicating a classification for the filtering of the first type, the first type of sample adaptive offset
loop filtering being one of edge-type filtering and band-type filtering, and when the sample adaptive offset loop filtering
is of a second type, different from the first type, different filtering parameters are determined to be used as dedicated
filtering parameters for indicating a classification for filtering the first and second chroma components respectively, the
second type of sample adaptive offset loop filtering being the other of edge-type filtering and band-type filtering.

US Pat. No. 9,788,719

FUNDUS IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus for imaging a first fundus image of a first area of an eye to be inspected in accordance with return
light from the first area, which is irradiated with first light emitted from a first light source, the imaging apparatus comprising:
a setting unit that sets the first area of the eye to be inspected;
a determination unit that determines, in accordance with the first area, a prohibited area of acquisition of a second fundus
image, wherein the prohibited area is an area which is not irradiated with second light emitted from a second light source
when the first area is irradiated with the first light;

a detection unit that detects moving of the eye to be inspected in accordance with the second fundus image, which is generated
by using return light from a second area, other than the prohibited area which is not irradiated with the second light, the
second area being irradiated with the second light;

a correction unit that corrects the first area in accordance with the detected moving of the eye to be inspected; and
a forming unit that forms a first fundus image of the eye to be inspected in accordance with the return light from the corrected
first area, which is irradiated with the first light,

wherein the second light source is different from the first light source,
wherein the first light enters the eye to be inspected after the first area is set by the setting unit, and
wherein the setting unit, the determination unit, the detection unit, the correction unit, and the forming unit are implemented
using a processor executing a program.

US Pat. No. 9,794,649

METHODS, DEVICES, AND COMPUTER PROGRAMS FOR STREAMING PARTITIONED TIMED MEDIA DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for receiving streamed timed media data organized into temporal media segments, the timed media data belonging
to partitioned timed media data comprising timed samples, each timed sample comprising a plurality of subsamples, the timed
media data being transmitted as at least one media segment file comprising independently encapsulated components comprising
at least one partition component containing a subsample selected from among the plurality of subsamples of one of the timed
samples and one corresponding subsample of each of the other timed samples and at least one reference component comprising
at least one extractor identifying at least one partition component, the method comprising:
receiving a manifest describing a plurality of versions of the partitioned timed media data, the manifest comprising representations,
each representation comprising at least a description of a version of a portion of the partitioned timed media data, at least
one said representation comprising a description of a plurality of components among which at least one component is required
to reconstruct at least partially the partitioned timed media data and among which at least one component is an optional component
that can be selected to reconstruct at least a portion of the partitioned timed media data;

selecting at least one optional component that can be selected to reconstruct at least a portion of the partitioned timed
media data;

requesting the at least one component that is required to reconstruct at least partially the partitioned timed media data
and the at least one selected optional component that can be selected to reconstruct at least a portion of the partitioned
timed media data; and

on reception of the requested components:
parsing the at least one component that is required to reconstruct at least partially the partitioned timed media data; and
generating a playable media representation bit-stream from the parsed at least one component, the playable media representation
bit-stream being generated as a function of media data of the at least one selected optional component determined as a function
of the parsed data of the at least one component that is required to reconstruct at least partially the partitioned timed
media data.

US Pat. No. 9,792,107

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS FIRMWARE UPDATE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a network interface; and
a processor configured to:
receive instructions to perform a firmware update;
obtain version information of a plural of pieces of firmware currently installed on the image forming apparatus;
obtain version information of update firmware corresponding to each of the plural pieces of firmware via the network interface;
identify a update firmware having a version difference from one of the plural pieces of firmware;
obtain the update firmware via the network interface;
determine whether the one of the plural pieces of firmware to be updated has characteristic information regarding TSF;
display a prompt to the user to choose whether to perform the update, wherein the prompt has a message indicating that the
characteristic information regarding TSF will not be maintained if the update is performed; and

update the one of plural pieces of firmware with the obtained update firmware in accordance with the user selecting to perform
the update on the prompt.

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. 9,794,426

MOBILE TERMINAL, CONTROL METHOD FOR MOBILE TERMINAL, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR COMMUNICATING WITH AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile terminal comprising:
a memory device that stores programs; and
a processor that executes the programs to:
determine, in a case of receiving a beacon signal for BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) by the mobile terminal from an image processing
apparatus, whether radio field intensity of the beacon signal is not less than a threshold value;

upon determination that the radio field intensity is not less than the threshold value, automatically transmit user information
for login of the image processing apparatus to the image processing apparatus via GATT (Generic Attribute Profile) communication
by BLE; and

transmit an execution instruction for scan processing to the image processing apparatus via wireless LAN communication in
response to a scan instruction received by the mobile terminal from a user after the login of the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,794,429

SERVER APPARATUS STORING PRINT DATA, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND PRINTING SYSTEM FOR CHECKING PROCESSING STATUS ON A PRINT DATA LIST

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus using an image forming unit configured to form an image based on print data and a display unit
configured to display information and communicating with an external device, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a controlling portion having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, the controlling
portion being configured to:

acquire information about print data that is to be received but has not yet been received by the external device;
cause the display unit to display a screen for enabling a printing instruction for causing the image forming unit to form
an image to be provided, based on the information of the print data that has not yet been received by the external device;
and

after the printing instruction is provided, cause the image forming unit to form an image according to the print data, that
has not vet been received by the external device, having been received.

US Pat. No. 9,794,431

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT REDUCE USER OPERATION LOAD FOR PRINTING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory that stores a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the communication apparatus to:
select an image to be printed;
receive from a user an instruction for initiating processing of a wireless parameter automatic setting, in a state where the
image to be printed is selected;

create a wireless network based on a wireless parameter;
perform the processing of a wireless parameter automatic setting with a partner apparatus that connects to the wireless network,
so as to provide the partner apparatus with the wireless parameter;

determine whether or not the partner apparatus connected to the wireless network using the wireless parameter provided by
the processing of a wireless parameter automatic setting is a printer apparatus; and

automatically transmit the selected image to the partner apparatus without performing a printer selection process by the user,
in a case where it is determined that the partner apparatus is the printer apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,792,388

PATTERN EXTRACTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pattern extraction apparatus for extracting a pattern of event transitions from event time-series data relating to operations
in a file system, comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the pattern extraction
apparatus to:

acquire operation information relating to operations performed by a computer terminal in the file system in response to user
input to the computer terminal;

store the operation information as the event time-series data, the event time-series data having a plurality of different
types of events in an operation history database;

generate an adjacent event graph by fetching, from the operation history database, adjacent events from the event time-series
data, representing each of the adjacent events as a node, connecting the nodes by a directed link, which has a direction based
on a direction of a transition between the adjacent events and a weight based on a weight of the transition between the adjacent
events, and representing identical events as a single node, wherein, if there are a plurality of transitions between the adjacent
events, the weight of the directed link between the adjacent events is obtained by accumulating weights of the plurality of
transitions;

set the weight of the directed link between the adjacent events based on a time period of at least one transition between
the adjacent events in the event time-series data when a number of stored data of the adjacent events is less than a predetermined
value, and set the weight of the directed link between the adjacent events to a predetermined fixed value when the number
of stored data of the adjacent events is not less than the predetermined value;

extract a pattern of event transitions from the event time-series data based on weights of directed links in graphical representation
form;

determine a recommended user input based on the extracted pattern; and
transmit, to the computer terminal, a message including the recommended user input to cause an operation in the file system
to be performed by the computer terminal.

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. 9,794,440

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT OPERATES IN NORMAL MODE AND POWER SAVING MODE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that includes a printer engine and operates in a normal mode and a power saving mode, the image
forming apparatus comprising:
a main system;
a sub system communicably connected with the main system; and
an engine controller communicably connected with the sub system and configured to control the printer engine,
wherein when the image forming apparatus returns from the power saving mode to the normal mode, the sub system completes start-up
of software necessary for communication between the sub system and the engine controller before starting software necessary
for communication between the main system and the sub system is completed, and transmits, to the engine controller, device
information of the image forming apparatus acquired from the main system.

US Pat. No. 9,794,445

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a photosensitive member rotating in a first direction;
a light scanning device having:
a light source including a plurality of light emission points; and
a deflecting unit configured to deflect a light beam emitted from the light source and move spots of the light beam radiated
to the photosensitive member in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, to thereby form scanning lines,

the light scanning device configured to, when the photosensitive member rotates at a slower speed than a predetermined speed,
irradiate the photosensitive member with the light beam through use of part of scanning lines corresponding to the slower
speed among a plurality of scanning lines formed on the photosensitive member when the photosensitive member rotates at the
predetermined speed;

a storage unit in which information on positional deviation of the plurality of scanning lines in the first direction is stored;
and

a correction portion configured to, with a predetermined scanning line and a scanning line group included within a predetermined
range in an advance direction and a return direction in the first direction from the predetermined scanning line being targeted,
calculate a correction value for correcting positional deviation amounts of the predetermined scanning line and the scanning
line group in the first direction based on the information stored in the storage unit, and correct positional deviation of
the predetermined scanning line in the first direction based on the calculated correction value,

wherein the correction portion is configured to, when the photosensitive member rotates at the slower speed, extract information
corresponding to the part of the scanning lines from the information stored in the storage unit, to thereby calculate the
correction value for correcting the positional deviation amount of the predetermined scanning line.

US Pat. No. 9,794,463

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. A control method for obtaining a captured image from an image capturing apparatus and controlling display of the obtained
image on a display unit, comprising:
determining a region defined by a pair of first coordinate values and a pair of second coordinate values which are designated
on the captured image displayed on the display unit;

controlling the display unit to display, when the region exceeds a display range of the captured image in accordance with
an operation of designating at least one of the pair of first coordinate values and the pair of second coordinate values,
a predetermined image including at least a part of the region on a portion that has exceeded the range while holding the region;
and

outputting a command for obtaining a captured image corresponding to the region displayed and controlled in the controlling.

US Pat. No. 9,794,464

IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing system including an image capturing apparatus configured to obtain an image signal by capturing, and
an information processing apparatus configured to provide, to the image capturing apparatus, a recovery filter for reducing
influence that is included in the image signal and arises from an imaging optical system,
the image capturing apparatus comprising:
a first CPU; and
a first memory storing instructions which, when executed by the first CPU, cause the image capturing apparatus to operate
as the following units:

a first transmission unit configured to transmit information indicating a capturing condition to the information processing
apparatus;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an image signal by capturing;
a first reception unit configured to receive a recovery filter corresponding to a predetermined capturing condition from the
information processing apparatus and store the recovery filter in a storage unit; and

a recovery unit configured to perform recovery processing by applying the recovery filter received by the first reception
unit to the image signal obtained by the obtaining unit, and

the information processing apparatus comprising:
a second CPU; and
a second memory storing instructions which, when executed by the second CPU, cause the information processing apparatus to
operate as the following units:

a second reception unit configured to receive the information that has been transmitted by the first transmission unit and
represents the capturing condition; and

a second transmission unit configured to obtain the recovery filter corresponding to the predetermined capturing condition
based on the information indicating the capturing condition, and transmit the recovery filter to the image capturing apparatus,
wherein

one of the first memory of the image capturing apparatus and the second memory of the information processing apparatus further
stores instructions which cause the apparatus to operate as a prediction unit configured to predict a capturing condition
set at the time of capturing based on information indicating the capturing condition and information indicating a history
of capturing conditions in the image capturing apparatus, and

the second transmission unit obtains a recovery filter corresponding to the capturing condition predicted by the prediction
unit, and transmits the recovery filter as the recovery filter corresponding to the predetermined capturing condition.

US Pat. No. 9,794,465

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit;
a plurality of driving units configured to change a shooting direction of the imaging unit by driving each of a plurality
of movable units having different driving directions;

a detection unit configured to detect rotation angles of the plurality of movable units; and
a driving control unit configured to acquire the rotation angles detected by the detection unit to control the plurality of
driving units,

wherein the driving control unit corrects a target position of each movable unit according to a correction value corresponding
to the rotation angle of the movable unit with respect to a plurality of different positions of the plurality of movable units
when the imaging unit capture in the same shooting direction in order to control each driving unit by using a corrected value,

wherein the image pickup apparatus comprises a plurality of correction tables each including the correction value corresponding
to the rotation angle of the movable unit, and the driving control unit selects any one of the plurality of correction tables
through a determination by comparing the rotation angle of the movable unit with a threshold value and acquires the correction
value corresponding to the rotation angle of the movable unit using the selected correction table.

US Pat. No. 9,794,466

LENS UNIT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING LENS UNIT AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens unit capable of being removably mounted on an image pickup apparatus configured to generate a focus signal indicating
a focus state of an image pickup optical system using an image signal and to generate control information used for vibration
control that vibrates a correction lens and also moves a vibration center of the correction lens in a direction where the
focus signal increases, the lens unit comprising:
the image pickup optical system including a magnification varying lens configured to perform a magnification varying operation
and the correction lens configured to correct an image plane variation caused by a movement of the magnification varying lens;

a storage unit storing first information that indicates a relation between a position of the magnification varying lens and
a position of the correction lens for each object distance; and

a lens controller configured to control a communication with the image pickup apparatus and to control driving the correction
lens,

wherein the lens controller sends information relating to the magnification varying operation to the image pickup apparatus,
and

wherein when the magnification varying operation is performed, the lens controller determines a first position of the correction
lens in accordance with the movement of the magnification varying lens based on the first information, and determines a moving
amount of the correction lens based on the control information generated by the image pickup apparatus in accordance with
the information relating to the magnification varying operation and the first position of the correction lens.

US Pat. No. 9,794,467

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus adjustment apparatus comprising:
An image sensor configured to capture an image formed by a photographing optical system including a focus lens;
a processor; and
a first memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
setting focus detection areas corresponding to respective areas of the image sensor,
detecting, as a first detecting, a focus state which includes a defocus amount and a focusing direction of each of the focus
detection areas by detecting a phase difference between a pair of image signals output from the mage sensor,

detecting, as a second detecting, contrast information of the focus detection areas based on signals output from the image
sensor, and

controlling driving of the focus lens based on a detection result of at least one of the first detecting and the second unit
detecting,

wherein, in a case where a reliability of a detection result of the first detecting is lower than a second level, controlling
includes determining whether a number of detection areas where the detection result of the first detecting indicates a reliability
that is higher than a reliability indicated by a first level is greater than or equal to a first threshold,

wherein, determining a number of detection areas where a detection result of the first detecting indicates a reliability that
is higher than a reliability indicated by a first level is greater than or equal to the first threshold, controlling the driving
of the focus lens by using the detection result of the first detecting,

wherein the second level is set to value such that the defocus amount and the focusing direction each have a reliability that
is higher than a predetermined value, and the first level is set to a value such that the focusing direction has a reliability
that is higher than a predetermined value.

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. 9,768,375

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, MULTILAYERED PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR MULTILAYERED PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE DEVICE, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, OPTICAL DEVICE, VIBRA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A piezoelectric material that is free of potassium, comprising a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula
(1):
(NaxM1-y)(Zrz(Nb1-wTaw)y(Ti1-vSnv)(1-y-z))O3  (1),

where M represents at least any one of Ba, Sr, and Ca, and relationships of 0.80?x?0.95, 0.85?y?0.95, 0 and 0.05?1-y-z?0.15 are satisfied.

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. 9,756,307

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM FOR CORRECTING COLOR BLUR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a controller (a) configured to acquire a first image and a second image produced by image pickup of a three-dimensional object
through an image-pickup system set in mutually different focus states and (b) configured to calculate a difference between
information on color of a first area in the first image and information on color of a second area corresponding to the first
area in the second image to determine, from the calculated difference, whether or not the first area of the first image includes
color blur due to defocus, wherein the information on color includes chroma and hue, the color blur due to defocus is generated
by a difference in blur amounts of color components of the first image, and the blur amounts of the color components change
depending on chromatic aberration of the image-pickup system that varies with a defocus amount; and

a corrector configured to, in a case that the controller determines that the first area includes the color blur due to defocus
from the calculated difference between at least one of the chromas and the hues in the first and second images, perform a
correction process to reduce the color blur due to defocus included in the first area of the first image.

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. 9,723,187

LIGHT AMOUNT ADJUSTING APPARATUS, LENS BARREL, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light amount adjusting apparatus, which is arranged in an optical path, for driving aperture blades and changing an opening
diameter to adjust a light amount, the light amount adjusting apparatus comprising:
a base supporting a motor; and
a ring-shaped member arranged rotatably about a predetermined axis with respect to the base, and that drives the aperture
blades with the motor,

wherein one of the base or the ring-shaped member is provided with two arc-shaped engaged parts disposed around the axis,
and the other of the base or the ring-shaped member is provided with two engaging parts each engaging with one of the arc-shaped
engaged parts.

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. 9,723,209

IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTION DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image shake correction device for performing panning photographing the device comprising:
a processor programmed to function as:
a correction unit configured to correct a difference between an angular velocity data of an image pickup apparatus detected
by an angular velocity detection unit and a movement angular velocity data of the main subject calculated from a motion vector
detected based on the signal output from an imaging element by using an optical correction unit,

a determination unit configured to execute a determination process on a motion vector to calculate an angular velocity of
the main object for use in calculation of a drive signal of the optical correction unit; and

a control unit configured to change the determination process by the determination unit according to a state of the image
pick-up apparatus,

wherein the determination unit determines whether the detected motion vector is a motion vector of a main object or a motion
vector of a background, and

wherein the control unit changes a determination threshold value which serves as a criterion of the determination according
to the state of the image pick-up apparatus.

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. 9,723,213

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an image signal that is capable of generating a plurality of reconstruction images
which have mutually different focus states;

a generating unit configured to generate a reconstruction image from the image signal obtained by the obtaining unit;
a display control unit configured to cause a display to display a reconstruction image generated by the generation unit;
a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction for performing enlarged display or reduced display; and
a control unit,
wherein, upon receiving an instruction for performing enlarged display or reduced display while a reconstruction image is
displayed on the display, the control unit selectively causes the display control unit to perform enlarged display or reduced
display of the displayed reconstruction image, or to perform enlarged display or reduced display of an other reconstruction
image which is generated by the generating unit and has a different focus state from the displayed reconstruction image.

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. 9,720,207

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus, comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a deflector including a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflect the light beam so that the light beam scans a photosensitive
member, a motor configured to rotate the rotary polygon mirror, a driving unit configured to drive the motor, and a circuit
board on which the motor and the driving unit are mounted;

a plurality of reflecting mirrors configured to reflect the light beam deflected by the deflector to guide the light beam
deflected by the deflector onto the photosensitive member; and

an optical box on which the light source is mounted, the optical box being configured to contain the deflector and the plurality
of reflecting mirrors,

wherein the optical box includes an installation portion on which the deflector is installed and a stepped portion including
a plurality of steps disposed between the installation portion and a side wall of the optical box,

wherein the plurality of steps include a farther step and a nearer step of which the farther step is farther from the installation
portion than the nearer step, and

wherein a height of the farther step is higher than a height of the nearer step.

US Pat. No. 9,715,193

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CONSTANT VOLTAGE ELEMENT FOR SECONDARY TRANSFER OF TONER IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
an intermediary transfer member configured to carry the toner image transferred from the image bearing member at a primary-transfer
position;

a transfer member provided contactable to an outer peripheral surface of the intermediary transfer member and configured to
transfer the toner image from the intermediary transfer member onto a recording material at a secondary-transfer position;

a constant-voltage element electrically connected between the intermediary transfer member and a ground potential and configured
to form a predetermined voltage by passing of a current therethrough, said constant-voltage element comprising a Zener diode
or a varistor;

wherein the predetermined voltage is a breakdown voltage of the constant-voltage element,
a power source to form both of a secondary transfer electric field at the secondary-transfer position and a primary-transfer
electric field at the primary-transfer position by applying a voltage to the transfer member to pass the current through the
constant-voltage element;

a detecting portion configured to detect the current passing through the transfer member;
an executing portion configured to execute a test mode in which a test voltage is applied to the transfer member by the power
source to detect the current by the detecting portion when no recording material exists at the secondary-transfer position;
and

a controller configured to control a voltage to be applied to the transfer member by the power source when the recording material
exists at the secondary-transfer position on the basis of the current detected by the detecting portion in the test mode,
wherein

the controller controls the test voltage applied by the power source so that the current passes through the constant-voltage
element in a period of the test mode.

US Pat. No. 9,716,808

IMAGE COMMUNICATING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image communicating apparatus capable of performing a deemed voice communication, comprising:
a modem configured to perform FAX communication by the deemed voice communication;
a detection unit configured to detect a FAX reception instead of the modem by analyzing data of the deemed voice communication
received via an IP network; and

a control unit configured to control the detection unit on whether to detect the FAX reception based on the FAX communication
which is being performed by the modem,

wherein the control unit controls the detection unit to detect the FAX reception in a case where the modem is sending a FAX
signal in the FAX communication by the deemed voice communication, and

the control unit controls the detection unit not to detect the FAX reception in a case where the modem is not sending the
FAX signal in the FAX communication by the deemed voice communication.

US Pat. No. 9,716,823

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF DRIVING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of driving an image pickup apparatus, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of microlenses;
a plurality of image pickup rows, in each of which a plurality of image pickup pixels are arranged, each of the plurality
of image pickup pixels comprising a photoelectric conversion element that is arranged correspondingly to one of the plurality
of microlenses, and being configured to output a signal for generating an image;

a distance measurement row, in which a plurality of focus detection pixels are arranged, each of the plurality of focus detection
pixels comprising a photoelectric conversion element that is arranged correspondingly to one of the plurality of microlenses
and that has a smaller light receiving area than the photoelectric conversion element included in the image pickup pixel,
and being configured to output a focus detection signal; and

a plurality of signal processing units, to each of which signals of the plurality of focus detection pixels and the plurality
of image pickup pixels are output,

the method comprising:
performing a first operation of reading signals from the plurality of image pickup rows to the plurality of signal processing
units;

performing, before or after the first operation, a second operation of reading signals from the distance measurement row to
the plurality of signal processing units;

controlling the plurality of signal processing units to be in an operating state in one of the first operation and the second
operation;

controlling a part of the plurality of signal processing units to be in an operation-restricted state in another of the first
operation and the second operation, wherein the method of driving an image pickup apparatus;

adding signals of image pickup pixels in a plurality of columns together in the first operation;
controlling, in the first operation, one of the plurality of signal processing units that processes the added signals to be
in the operating state, and controlling another of the plurality of signal processing units to be in the operation-restricted
state; and

controlling the another of the plurality of signal processing units to be in the operating state in the second operation.

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. 9,706,075

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system comprising:
a server; and
an image processing apparatus that communicates with the server via a network,
wherein the server comprises:
a first memory for storing a first program; and
a first processor for executing the first program,
wherein the server manages a plurality of folders in a hierarchy, and
wherein the image processing apparatus comprises:
a scanner configured to scan a document to generate image data;
a second memory for storing a second program; and
a second processor for executing the second program, wherein the second processor controls to:
receive selection of one of the plurality of folders;
determine whether the selected folder has at least one subfolder;
display a list of the at least one subfolder on a display unit if it is determined that the selected folder has at least one
subfolder; and

display a setting screen on the display unit if it is determined that the selected folder has no subfolder,
wherein the displayed setting screen is used to set a reading parameter for scanning the document with the scanner.

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. 9,699,330

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR TRANSMITTING IMAGE DATA TO A PLURALITY OF DESTINATIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a destination;
a scanning unit configured to scan at least a part of a plurality of documents and generate image data;
a transmission unit configured to transmit the image data;
a control unit configured to perform control such that, when a plurality of destinations that correspond to communication
sessions different from each other is set by the setting unit,

starting a communication session that corresponds to one of the plurality of destinations,
transmitting the image data of the at least the part of the plurality of documents to the destination through the communication
session, and

ending the communication session are repeated until transmission of the image data to all the plurality of destinations is
completed, and then, in a case where another part of the plurality of documents exists, the scanning unit starts scanning
another part of the plurality of documents;

a reception unit configured to receive a designation of a format of image data to be transmitted by the transmission unit;
and

a determination unit configured to determine whether transmission of image data needs a plurality of communication sessions
on the basis of the destination set by the setting unit,

wherein, in a case where the determination unit determines that a plurality of communication sessions is not needed, the control
unit performs control such that image data is converted into a file on the basis of a format received by the reception unit
and the file is transmitted and, in a case where the determination unit determines that a plurality of communication sessions
is needed, even if the format received by the reception unit is a format that stores a plurality of pages of image data in
a single file, the control unit performs control such that each page of image data is converted into a respective file of
a plurality of files and the obtained files are transmitted, and

wherein a part of the control unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

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. 9,646,232

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. 9,647,027

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:
forming an organic film on a pad electrode;
forming an inorganic film on the organic film;
forming a photoresist pattern on the inorganic film for creation of an opening to the pad electrode of the semiconductor device;
dry-etching the inorganic film using plasma with the photoresist pattern serving as a mask;
dry-etching the organic film using plasma with the photoresist pattern serving as a mask without exposing the pad electrode;
removing the photoresist pattern using a stripping solution, and;
after the removing the photoresist pattern using a stripping solution, etching the organic film to expose the pad electrode
with the inorganic film that remains after the dry-etching the inorganic film using plasma,

wherein the inorganic film that remains after the dry-etching serves as a mask in the etching the organic film to expose the
pad electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,645,773

PERIPHERAL DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM, PRINTING DEVICE, PERIPHERAL DEVICE CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION REGARDING AN AMOUNT OF COLOR MATERIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
one or more processors in communication with the memory, the one or more processors configured to execute the instructions
to:

request for information on a color material of a device which performs a process by using the color material;
acquire, from the device, an RGB value representing a color of the color material as a response to the request of the request
unit; and

generate an image corresponding to an amount of the color material based on the acquired RGB value.

US Pat. No. 9,648,119

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR EXCHANGING DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of obtaining data from a server, the method being implemented at a receiving device and comprising the following
steps:
receiving a push message comprising pushed data from the server;
storing received pushed data in a memory of the receiving device, the stored data being identified as being pushed data;
selecting a sub-part of the pushed data received from the server and stored in the memory;
transmitting a request for data comprising information about pushed data stored in the memory of the receiving device, wherein
the request for data includes information referring only to the sub-part of the pushed data;

receiving a response to said request comprising requested data;
wherein selecting the sub-part of pushed data comprises:
computing a distance between the request and at least one previous request for previously requested data stored in the memory;
selecting at least one of the previous requests based on the distance to the request, and
wherein said sub-part of pushed data comprises only pushed data stored in the memory, that have been pushed in response to
the selected previous requests,

wherein the step of receiving the response to said request comprising requested data allows the server to avoid pushing data
available at the receiving device.

US Pat. No. 9,664,876

DRIVING APPARATUS, AND LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving apparatus to be connected to a lens barrel including a movable optical member so as to drive the movable optical
member, the lens driving apparatus comprising:
a drive unit driving the movable optical member;
a controller controlling the drive unit;
a first deriving unit deriving: a first information indicating at least one of a position or a speed of the movable optical
member; and a second information indicating at least one of a position or a speed of the drive unit based on a counter-electromotive
voltage generated through the drive of the drive unit; and

a selection unit configured to select the first information or the second information as a selected information in accordance
with a state of a backlash of the drive unit,

the controller controlling the drive unit based on: the first information or the second information selected by the selection
unit; and command information to direct driving of the movable optical member.

US Pat. No. 9,630,322

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD THEREFOR, MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, AND WORKING APPARATUS FOR ESTIMATING A POSITION/ORIENTATION OF A THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT BASED ON RELATIVE MOTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold a shape model of an object to be measured;
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors cause the information processing apparatus to:

input an image of the object obtained by a first device,
input range information obtained by a second device, wherein the range information indicates surface positions of the object,
estimate a first degree of blur as a result of capturing the image during relative motion between the object and the first
device, and a second degree of blur as a result of receiving the range information during relative motion between the object
and the second device, and

estimate a position and/or orientation of the object based on the image and/or range information, the shape model, and the
first and second degrees of blur.

US Pat. No. 9,628,670

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising at least one processor coupled to at least one memory, the at least one processor
being programmed to:
input a color signal representing an image and an image quality signal representing a texture of the image;
convert the image quality signal into a physical quantity signal representing a physical quantity; and
determine a color material amount for outputting the image based on the color signal and the physical quantity signal,
wherein the image quality signal includes a signal representing glossiness value and a signal representing gloss clarity,
and the physical quantity corresponding to the signal representing the glossiness value and the physical quantity corresponding
to the signal representing the gloss clarity are a refractive index and a surface roughness of the image,

wherein a correlation between the physical quantity signal and the color material amount is higher than a correlation between
the image quality signal and the color material amount.

US Pat. No. 9,628,714

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:
an optical system including multiple lens units,
wherein the optical system comprises:
a first image blur correction lens unit disposed closest to an object side in the optical system and configured to rotate
during an operation of vibration isolation; and

a second image blur correction lens unit configured to move in a direction including a component in a direction perpendicular
to the optical axis during the operation of vibration isolation,

wherein a rotation center position of the first image blur correction lens unit in the optical axis direction changes depending
on zooming, and an interval between the first image blur correction lens unit and the rotation center position of the first
image blur correction lens unit is changed during zooming, and

wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:
1.0
where ft represents a focal length of the optical system at a telephoto end, and f1 represents a focal length of the first
image blur correction lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,628,717

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING ZOOM CONTROL BASED ON A SIZE OF AN OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
at least one processor or one circuitry which functions as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information about an object detected from an image,
a setting unit configured to set a reference size of an object for zoom control,
a control unit configured to perform the zoom control based on a size of the object indicated by the acquired information
and the set reference size, and

a first detection unit configured to detect a first operation for instructing to change the reference size,
wherein, in a case where the first operation has been detected during the zoom control in a first mode, the control unit performs
the zoom control in a second mode until a first time elapses after the first operation has been detected, and, when the first
time has elapsed, the control unit switches the second mode to the first mode, and

wherein, in the first mode, the reference size is set to a predetermined size and, in the second mode, the reference size
is changed according to the first operation.