US Pat. No. 10,203,619

TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:a binder resin containing an ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer;
a polysiloxane derivative A represented by formula 1

where R1 to R10 represent a methyl group, and l, m and n each independently represent an integer of at least 1; and
a polysiloxane derivative B represented by formula 2

where at least one of R11 to R20 is a C4-30 alkyl group, a C4-30 alkoxy group, an acrylic group, an amino group, a methacrylic group or a carboxyl group, the remaining groups among R11 to R20 each independently represent a methyl group or a phenyl group, and p, q and r each independently represent an integer of at least 1, wherein
a content of the polysiloxane derivative A is 5 to 30 parts by mass relative to 100 parts by mass of the binder resin, and
a content of the ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer in the binder resin is 50 to 100 mass %.

US Pat. No. 10,205,946

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors,
a memory; and
one or more programs stored in the memory including instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to perform operations of:
acquiring an encoding target block having a plurality of groups each including a predetermined number of pixels;
deciding for each group a quantization parameter used to quantize image data of the group and an encoding scheme so that a code length of the encoding target block does not exceed a predetermined value; and
generating encoded data by encoding image data of the encoding target block in accordance with the quantization parameters and the encoding schemes decided for the respective groups in the deciding,
wherein a first encoding scheme that outputs quantized image data and a second encoding scheme that outputs encoded data of a differential between quantized image data and prediction data are used in the generating encoded data,
wherein the deciding decides, as the encoding scheme of the respective groups, whichever of the first encoding scheme and the second encoding scheme that can obtain a smaller code length, and
wherein in the deciding, the quantization parameter of the respective groups is decided as, either a first quantization parameter or a second quantization parameter corresponding to a quantization step smaller than a quantization step corresponding to the first quantization parameter, out of a plurality of quantization parameters, and
wherein in the deciding, one of the plurality of quantization parameters is decided as the first quantization parameter so that a code length of encoded data of the encoding target block generated by quantizing all of the groups of the encoding target block using the first quantization parameter, and encoding the respective groups using the encoding schemes decided for the respective groups does not exceed the predetermined value, and becomes a maximum value, and decides the second quantization parameter is decided as a quantization parameter for same of the groups of the encoding target block.

US Pat. No. 10,203,916

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CHANGES A MESSAGE TO BE DISPLAYED WHEN AN ICON IS OPERATED BY A USER, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SETTING REGARDING A NEAR FIELD WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIU

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a display device; and
at least one control circuit,
wherein the at least one control circuit acts as units comprising:
(a) a display control unit configured to display, on the display device, a print preview screen including an icon for causing to display guidance related to a near field wireless communication function in accordance with a user's operation on the icon, in a case that the information processing apparatus has a near field wireless communication circuit for controlling the near field wireless communication function, and to display, on the display device, the print preview screen without the icon, in a case that the information processing apparatus does not have the near field wireless communication circuit;
(b) a setting unit configured to set, as a setting regarding the near field wireless communication function, one of an ON setting for enabling the near field wireless communication function and an OFF setting for disabling the near field wireless communication function, wherein the setting is enabled in the case that the information processing apparatus has the near field wireless communication circuit; and
(c) a determination unit configured to determine, in a case where the user operates the icon, whether the ON setting has been set by the setting unit or whether the OFF setting has been set by the setting unit,
wherein upon a condition in which the information processing apparatus has the near field wireless communication circuit and the determination unit has determined that the setting unit has set the ON setting, the display control unit displays, as the guidance, a first guidance for prompting the user to touch a printing apparatus with the information processing apparatus,
wherein upon a condition in which the information processing apparatus has the near field wireless communication circuit and determination unit has determined that the setting unit has set the OFF setting, the display control unit displays, as the guidance, a second guidance for prompting the user to change the setting regarding the near field wireless communication function.

US Pat. No. 10,203,918

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING ACCESS POINT FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including an access point function comprising:a display; and
one or more processors that execute a set of instructions to perform operations to:
determine whether a user who issued an instruction for activating the access point function matches a user who logged into the information processing apparatus; and
control the display to display wireless connection information corresponding to the access point function in a case where it is determined that the user who issued the instruction for activating the access point function matches the user who logged into the information processing apparatus and not to display the wireless connection information in a case where it is determined that the user who issued the instruction for activating the access point function does not match the user who logged into the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,205,506

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory including instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to:
search for other communication apparatuses each of which can execute, as a proxy of the communication apparatus, at least one of transmission processing and reception processing of a wireless signal during a period of a predetermined length which comes at a predetermined time interval;
obtain information indicating an appearance frequency of periods during which each communication apparatus among the other communication apparatuses detected by the search can transmit/receive the wireless signals; and
select, from the other communication apparatuses detected by the search, an apparatus for executing the processing as the proxy of the communication apparatus based on the obtained information.

US Pat. No. 10,198,149

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a document editing application configured to retain, as a mode, a combination of commands including at least one of a command used in executing a document operation on a document and a command used in executing a print operation on the document, the information processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
provide an edit screen for editing a command associated with the mode;
determine whether a command associated with a first mode set as an editing target is editable;
display the command associated with the first mode on the edit screen in a case where it is determined that the command associated with the first mode is editable;
set a second mode, which is a default mode set in advance, as the editing target in a case where it is determined that the command associated with the first mode is not editable; and
display the command associated with the second mode on the edit screen.

US Pat. No. 10,197,910

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate using a mold, the apparatus comprising:a supply unit including a plurality of orifices, each of the plurality of orifices discharges the imprint material toward the substrate, and configured to supply the imprint material on the substrate by discharging the imprint material from each of the plurality of orifices; and
a control unit configured to control the discharge of the imprint material from each of the plurality of orifices in accordance with arrangement information showing an arrangement, on the substrate, of the imprint material to be discharged from each of the plurality of orifices,
wherein the control unit
obtains a measurement result on a thickness of a pattern of the imprint material that has been actually supplied on the substrate in accordance with the arrangement information and formed using the mold, and
updates the arrangement information by correcting the number of discharges of the imprint material in the arrangement information, based on the obtained measurement result.

US Pat. No. 10,199,960

VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration wave motor comprising:a vibrator including a vibration plate and a piezoelectric element;
a friction member in frictional contact with the vibrator;
a pressing member that generates a pressing force to bring the vibrator in frictional contact with the friction member; and
a pressing force transmitting member positioned between the vibrator and the pressing member to transmit the pressing force from the pressing member to the vibrator,
wherein the vibrator and the friction member move relatively in a relative movement direction by an elliptical vibration generated at the vibrator, and
wherein the pressing force transmitting member includes:
an engagement portion that is formed near a contact portion with the pressing member and with which the pressing member is engaged;
a first restricting portion that restricts movement in the relative movement direction; and
a second restricting portion that restricts movement in a direction perpendicular to a pressing direction by the pressing member and the relative movement direction,
wherein the pressing force transmitting member is rotatably held with respect to the pressing member.

US Pat. No. 10,197,955

TEMPERATURE DETECTING MEMBER AND FIXING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A temperature detecting member for detecting a temperature of an object of a fixing device in contact with the object, said temperature detecting member comprising:a first film having an insulating property;
a temperature-sensitive element provided on said first film;
an electroconductive pattern formed on said first film, said electroconductive pattern being electrically connected with said temperature-sensitive element, and
a second film configured to cover said temperature-sensitive element and said electroconductive pattern in cooperation with said first film.

US Pat. No. 10,197,958

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing an image on a recording material, the fixing apparatus comprising:a cylindrical film;
a nip member in contact with an inner surface of the cylindrical film, wherein the nip member extends in a longitudinal direction of the cylindrical film;
a heater configured to heat the nip member by radiation heat, the heater provided in a hollow portion of the cylindrical film;
a roller configured to form a nip portion with the nip member through the cylindrical film, the nip portion being a portion where the recording material on which the image has been formed is conveyed and heated to fix the image on the recording material;
a support member configured to support the nip member, wherein a cross section of the support member perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the cylindrical film has a U-shape, and two end portions forming an opening portion in the U-shape support the nip member;
an insulation member provided between the two end portions of the support member and the nip member to bring the insulation member into contact with both the support member and the nip member and configured to suppress a leak of thermal energy from the nip member to the support member; and
a reflection member provided so as to surround the heater in an area between the nip member and the support member, wherein the reflection member reflects the radiation heat of the heater toward the nip member.

US Pat. No. 10,197,960

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING IMAGE PROJECTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly including an image forming portion configured to form an image on a recording material;
a first openable portion provided on a first side of said main assembly and capable of being pulled out from the first side or being rotated relative to the first side;
a second openable portion provided on a second side of said main assembly and capable of being pulled out from the second side or being rotated relative to the second side;
a single projector portion configured to project an image;
a first projecting portion configured to project the image from said projector portion, from above said first openable portion onto a projection object provided on the first side or onto said first openable portion when said first openable portion is open; and
a second projecting portion configured to project the image from said projector portion, from above said second openable portion onto a projection object provided on the second side or onto said second openable portion when said second openable portion is open.

US Pat. No. 10,199,244

IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,200,584

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-capturing apparatus communicating with a client apparatus via a network, comprising:an image-capturing unit configured to capture an image of a subject;
an infrared light cut filter configured to cut off infrared light;
an insertion and removal unit configured to insert and remove the infrared light cut filter to and from an optical path of the image-capturing unit;
a reception unit configured to receive, from the client apparatus via a network, an adjustment command capable of describing values including a condition of the insertion and removal of the infrared light cut filter and a delay time for the insertion and removal of the infared light cut filter; and
a conversion unit configured to convert the values included in the adjustment command into values that can be set in the image-capturing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,189,162

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,192,524

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:a display control unit configured to enlarge a display target object to be displayed among a plurality of objects included in an image and to display the enlarged display target object on a screen one by one in a predetermined order;
a detection unit configured to detect whether there is a person in a predetermined range from the image display apparatus; and
a switching unit configured to switch a next display target object to be enlarged and displayed on the screen by the display control unit,
wherein, in a case that a person is detected in the predetermined range from the image display apparatus by the detection unit, the switching unit switches to an object that is classified as a first display type on the screen as the display target object among the plurality of objects by the display control unit, and, in a case that a person is not detected in the predetermined range from the image display apparatus by the detection unit, the switching unit switches to an object that is classified as a second display type which is different from the first display type on the screen as the display target object among the plurality of objects by the display control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,194,070

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS THROUGH WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first wireless communication unit;
a second wireless communication unit with a communication speed slower than a communication speed of the first wireless communication unit;
a control unit configured to remotely control an imaging apparatus in a mode selected from among a plurality of modes including a first mode for remotely controlling the imaging apparatus via the first wireless communication unit and a second mode for remotely controlling the imaging apparatus via the second wireless communication unit;
a display unit; and
a detection unit configured to detect a touch operation performed on the display unit,
wherein the control unit controls the display unit to display an item for inputting an instruction to cause the imaging apparatus to capture an image,
wherein the control unit controls the communication apparatus to transmit an image-capturing request to the imaging apparatus in a case where a touch operation on a predetermined region corresponding to the item for inputting an instruction to cause the imaging apparatus to capture an image is detected by the detection unit,
wherein, in the first mode, the control unit controls the display unit to display the item for inputting an instruction to cause the imaging apparatus to capture an image in a first size, and
wherein, in the second mode, the control unit controls the display unit to display the item for inputting an instruction to cause the imaging apparatus to capture an image in a second size that is larger than the first size.

US Pat. No. 10,192,296

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CAMERA SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT RESTORE AN IMAGE WITH A FILTER CORRESPONDING TO AN IMAGE PICKUP PLANE POSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a controller configured to adjust a position of a focal plane of an image pickup optical system with respect to a position of an image pickup plane by a correction amount based on image pickup environmental information so that the image pickup plane is positioned in an intermediate region between a peak position of a modulation transfer function (MTF) of the image pickup optical system at a center of an image and a peak position of the modulation transfer function (MTF) at a peripheral part of the image;
an image pickup element configured to generate the image by converting an optical image formed on the image pickup plane to electric signals after the position of the focal plane is adjusted by the controller; and
an image processor configured to restore the image utilizing an image restoration filter obtained base on the image pickup environmental information and image pickup state information of the image pickup optical system,
wherein the image pickup environmental information includes at least one of atmospheric temperature, humidity, and internal temperature of the image pickup optical system during shooting.

US Pat. No. 10,192,308

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,410

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device for use with an image forming apparatus, comprising:a developer carrying member being rotatable and configured to carry a developer for developing a latent image;
a supplying member, for supplying the developer to said developer carrying member, configured to be rotatable and to form a nip in contact with said developer carrying member;
an accommodating portion, provided below said supplying member in a state the developing device is mounted on the image forming apparatus for use, for accommodating the developer to be supplied from said supplying member to said developer carrying member;
a feeding member, provided in said accommodating portion, for feeding the developer accommodated in said accommodating portion to said supplying member;
a rotatable member, provided above said feeding member and located at a downstream side of the nip with respect to a rotational direction of said supplying member, for moving the developer toward the nip; and
a retaining portion for retaining the developer supplied to said supplying member,
wherein said supplying member rotates so that a surface thereof moves downward at the nip, and
wherein said rotatable member opposes said supplying member and is disposed in said retaining portion provided below the nip.

US Pat. No. 10,191,419

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO CONVEY RECORDING MATERIAL HAVING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material;
a fixing unit configured to fix the image formed by the image forming unit on the recording material at a nip portion;
a conveyance path configured to convey a recording material on which the image has been fixed by the fixing unit,
wherein the image forming apparatus is configured such that a recording material, whose length in a conveyance direction is equal to or longer than a threshold length, is able to be conveyed in the conveyance path, and a recording material, whose length in the conveyance direction is shorter than the threshold length, is not able to be conveyed in the conveyance path; and
a control unit configured to perform control,
wherein, in a case where it is detected that a length of a predetermined recording material is shorter than the threshold lenght while the predetermined recording material is being conveyed toward the conveyance path, the control unit performs control to stop conveyance of the predetermined recording material in a state where the predetermined recording material is nipped at the nip portion.

US Pat. No. 10,191,428

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PERFORMING MISREGISTRATION CORRECTION CONTROL BASED ON DETECTION RESULTS OF DETECTION PATTERN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a forming unit configured to form a detection pattern on a rotationally drivable image carrier, the forming unit including a photosensitive member;
a detection unit configured to detect the detection pattern; and
a control unit configured to perform misregistration correction control based on a detection result of the detection pattern by the detection unit,
wherein the detection pattern includes a plurality of basic patterns arranged at a first interval in a sub scanning direction, which is a rotation direction of the image carrier,
each of the plurality of basic patterns includes N image groups (N being an integer of at least 3) arranged at a second interval in the sub scanning direction,
in the N image groups, a first image group including an image at a first angle relative to the sub scanning direction, and a second image group including an image at a second angle different from the first angle relative to the sub scanning direction, are arranged alternately in the sub scanning direction,
the first interval corresponds to a distance that a surface of the image carrier moves in a period of M (M being an integer of at least 2) times a first period corresponding to a rotation period of a rotational member included in the forming unit,
the second interval corresponds to a distance that the surface of the image carrier moves in a period of 1/(N?1) of the first period,
the forming unit is further configured to form a toner image on the photosensitive member, and transfer the toner image from the photosensitive member to the image carrier, thereby forming the detection pattern on the image carrier, and
the rotational member is the photosensitive member or a motor configured to drive the photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 10,191,443

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an openable member rotatable relative to a main assembly of the image forming apparatus; and
a supporting member connected between said main assembly of the image forming apparatus and said openable member and configured to support said openable member when said openable member is opened,
wherein said supporting member includes a first arm member and a second arm member which are slidable relative to each other, a pinion provided on said first arm member, a viscous damper mounted on a rotation shaft of said pinion, a rack provided on said second arm member and engaged with said pinion, and
wherein by opening said openable member, relative slide movement is caused between said first arm member and said second arm member so that said pinion engaged with said rack rotates and a braking force is produced by said viscous damper.

US Pat. No. 10,191,445

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a movable unit including a regulating portion for regulating a position of a developing unit for supporting a developer carrying member and movable between a contact position for permitting contact of said developer carrying member with an image bearing member and a spaced position for permitting spacing of said developer carrying member from said image bearing member;
a driving member for moving said movable unit from the contact position to the spaced position, said driving member being displaceable between a contact phase for permitting location of said movable unit at the contact position and a spaced phase for maintaining said movable unit at the spaced position;
an openable member for opening and closing an opening provided for demounting said developer carrying member and/or said image bearing member from a main assembly of said image forming apparatus; and
a pressing member for pressing and moving said movable unit by being moved in interrelation with an opening operation of said openable member,
wherein when said driving member is displaced from the contact phase to the spaced phase, said movable unit is moved by a first movement amount from the contact position to a first spaced position, and
wherein when said openable member is opened, said pressing member presses and moves said movable unit to a second spaced position from the contact position by the first movement amount and a second movement amount smaller than the first movement amount.

US Pat. No. 10,186,122

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that is connected to an image capturing apparatus via a network, the information processing apparatus comprising:circuitry configured to:
(i) acquire, from the image capturing apparatus, an image and constraint information indicating a line or a figure settable onto a captured image with distortion;
(ii) set a line or a figure, which is input by a user and includes a first number of line segments, onto a corrected captured image generated through distortion correction processing executed on at least a part of the captured image captured by the image capturing apparatus to detect an object, wherein the distortion correction processing corrects the captured image with distortion based on a distortion aberration of a lens of the image capturing apparatus;
(iii) convert the line or the figure which includes the first number of line segments into a line or a figure, settable to the image capturing apparatus, for a captured image with distortion including a second number of line segments in accordance with the constraint information, the second number being greater than the first number; and
(iv) transmit, to the image capturing apparatus, information indicating the line or the figure including the second number of line segments.

US Pat. No. 10,183,824

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a feeding rotating member configured to feed a sheet;
a separating portion configured to separate and feed one by one the sheet fed by the feeding rotating member, the separating portion including a separating rotating member configured to feed a sheet and a separating member configured to form a separation nip portion by abutting on the separating rotating member;
a sheet stacking portion on which sheets are stacked and disposed to face the feeding rotating member;
a sheet introducing portion configured to guide the sheet toward the separating portion, the sheet introducing portion being disposed in a downstream side of the sheet stacking portion and positioned above a tangent line at a contacting point between the feeding rotating member and the sheet stacking portion in a vertical direction; and
a contact member disposed to be able to contact with an upper surface of the sheet conveyed by the feeding rotating member in a region of the sheet introducing portion,
wherein the sheet introducing portion comprises a rib disposed along a sheet conveying direction, wherein the rib is positioned outside of the feeding rotating member in a sheet width direction perpendicular to the sheet conveying direction, and wherein the contact member is positioned at an opposite side of the feeding rotating member with respect to the rib in the sheet width direction, and
wherein, in a cross-section, in the sheet width direction, involving the contact member and the rib, (a) a highest portion of the rib is higher than a surface of the sheet introducing portion corresponding to the feeding rotating member in the sheet width direction, and (b) a lowest portion of the contact member in a status that the sheet is not conveyed is lower than the highest portion of the rib.

US Pat. No. 10,183,829

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus comprising:a discharging portion comprising a nip portion nipping and conveying a sheet, and configured to discharge the sheet;
a stacking portion on which the sheet discharged by the discharging portion is stacked;
an air blowing unit configured to blow air toward a lower face of the sheet being nipped by the nip portion; and
a control portion configured to execute a first mode in a case where a length of the sheet to be discharged by the discharging portion in a sheet discharging direction is a first length and a second mode in a case where a length of the sheet to be discharged by the discharging portion in the sheet discharging direction is a second length longer than the first length, the first mode being a mode where the air blowing unit does not change a volume of the air to the sheet while the nip portion of the discharging portion is nipping and conveying the sheet, and the second mode being a mode where the air blowing unit changes the volume of the air from a first air volume to a second air volume which is smaller than the first air volume while the nip portion of the discharging portion is nipping and conveying the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,186,906

POWER-TRANSMITTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF WIRELESSLY TRANSMITTING POWER TO POWER-RECEIVING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power-transmitting apparatus that wirelessly transmits power to a power-receiving apparatus, the power-transmitting apparatus comprising:an antenna configured to wirelessly output power; and
a control unit;
wherein the control unit performs:
detecting the presence of a foreign substance between the power-receiving apparatus and the power-transmitting apparatus; and
adjusting power to be transmitted to the power-receiving apparatus through the antenna in accordance with a detection result of detecting the presence of a foreign substance,
wherein the control unit is configured to determine, in accordance with a foreign substance detection threshold determined according to maximum power transmittable to the power-receiving apparatus, whether the foreign substance necessitates control of power to be transmitted to the power-receiving apparatus, and
wherein the foreign substance detection threshold is determined in accordance with a maximum transmittable power of the power-transmitting apparatus or maximum receivable power of the power-receiving apparatus, whichever is smaller.

US Pat. No. 10,186,990

DRIVING APPARATUS THAT DRIVES MOVING BODY IN MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving apparatus that has a first vibrator vibrated through application of a plurality of first AC voltages, and a second vibrator vibrated through application of a plurality of second AC voltages, and moves a moving body by a driving force of the first vibrator and a driving force of the second vibrator, comprising:a detecting unit configured to detect a position of the moving body:
a first control unit configured to control a voltage amplitude of the plurality of first AC voltages and a voltage amplitude of the plurality of second AC voltages; and
a second control unit configured to control each of the first vibrator and the second vibrator based on a deviation between a driving command for moving the moving body and a result of detection by the detecting unit while the plurality of first AC voltages and the plurality of second AC voltages are being controlled by the first control unit,
wherein a driving direction of the first vibrator and a driving direction of the second vibrator cross each other,
wherein the first control unit is configured to control the voltage amplitude of the plurality of first AC voltages based on a relative angle between a moving direction of the moving body, which is indicated by the driving command, and the driving direction of the first vibrator, and
wherein the first control unit is configured to control the voltage amplitude of the plurality of second AC voltages based on a relative angle between the moving direction of the moving body and the driving direction of the second vibrator.

US Pat. No. 10,185,226

STAGE APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

17. A lithography apparatus which forms a pattern on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:a stage apparatus configured to hold the substrate via a chuck with a chucking hole for chucking the substrate,
wherein the stage apparatus includes:
a plate configured to support the chuck on a support surface,
wherein the plate includes a first plate member, a second plate member, and a third plate member from a side of the support surface in a thickness direction,
at least one surface out of a first surface of the first plate member on a side of the second plate member and a second surface of the second plate member on a side of the first plate member includes a first concave portion configured to form a first channel extending in a direction along the surface,
at least one surface out of a third surface of the second plate member on a side of the third plate member and a fourth surface of the third plate member on the side of the second plate member includes a second concave portion configured to form a second channel extending in a direction along the surface, and
one of the first channel and the second channel communicates with the chucking hole.

US Pat. No. 10,187,538

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM HAVING PREDETERMINED EVENT OCCURRING DURING SHIFTING PROCESS OF POWER STATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a power state which includes at least a first power state and a second power state in which less power is consumed than in the first power state, the apparatus comprising:a control unit configured to perform a shifting process for shifting the power state from the first power state to the second power state; and
a power control unit configured to control processing so as to supply power to a module based on a predetermined event generated in the second power state, the module corresponding to the predetermined event,
wherein, when the predetermined event occurs during the shifting process, the control unit stores information indicating the predetermined event in a storage unit and continues the shifting process, and
wherein, after the shifting process, the power control unit controls processing so as to supply power to the module corresponding to the predetermined event based on the information stored in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,187,540

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND OPTICAL SENSOR DETECTING TARGET FORMED ON IMAGE CARRIER OR RECORDING MEDIUM USING EFFECTIVE LIGHT-RECEIVING ELEMENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a light-emitting unit configured to emit light toward an image carrier or a recording medium;
a first light-receiving unit that includes a plurality of first light-receiving elements arranged along a first direction that is a movement direction of the image carrier or the recording medium, and is arranged so as to receive light emitted from the light-emitting unit and specularly reflected off the image carrier or the recording medium;
a second light-receiving unit arranged at a different position from the first light-receiving unit in a second direction different from the first direction, and that includes a plurality of second light-receiving elements arranged along the first direction, and is arranged so as to receive light emitted from the light-emitting unit and reflected off the image carrier or the recording medium;
a selection unit configured to select whether or not each of the plurality of first light-receiving elements in the first light-receiving unit is a first effective light-receiving element and to select whether or not each of the plurality of second light-receiving elements in the second light-receiving unit is a second effective light-receiving element;
a generation unit configured to generate a first detection signal from an output of the first effective light-receiving element selected by the selection unit, and to generate a second detection signal from an output of the second effective light-receiving element selected by the selection unit; and
a detection unit configured to detect a target formed on the image carrier or the recording medium based on the first detection signal and the second detection signal.

US Pat. No. 10,187,541

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a board on which a plurality of light sources are arranged;
a light guide comprising:
a light guide portion configured to guide light emitted from the plurality of light sources, in an intersecting direction intersecting with an arrangement direction of the plurality of light sources, the light guide portion comprising a first surface and a second surface facing each other and configured to internally reflect the light from the light sources, the first surface and the second surface being formed such that a distance between the first surface and the second surface increases as the first surface and the second surface extend away from the light sources;
a deflection portion configured to deflect and emit light guided by the light guide portion; and
a projection portion projecting outward from the first surface; and
an image reading portion configured to perform photoelectric conversion on reflected light reflected by a sheet which has received the light emitted from the deflection portion of the light guide, and to read image information,
wherein the light guide portion, the deflection portion, and the projection portion are integrally formed,
wherein at least one of the first surface and the second surface includes a concave portion positioned to cover the projection portion in the arrangement direction; and
wherein, in a plane passing through the concave portion and parallel to the arrangement direction, a distance between the first surface and the second surface in a portion where the concave portion is formed is smaller than a distance between the first surface and the second surface in a portion where the concave portion is not formed.

US Pat. No. 10,185,235

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

15. A measurement apparatus that measures a position of an object, the apparatus comprising:a detector configured to obtain an image of a mark formed on the object; and
a processor configured to generate detection data from the obtained image and obtain the position of the object based on the detection data,
wherein the processor is configured to obtain the position of the object based on a portion of the detection data that is limited based on information about a tolerance regarding a measurement precision for the object,
wherein the processor is configured to evaluate a position measurement precision with respect to each of a plurality of portions of the detection data, select, based on the information, a portion of the plurality of portions at which the position measurement precision satisfies the tolerance, and obtain the position of the object based on the portion,
wherein the mark includes a plurality of mark elements arrayed in a first direction, and
wherein the processor is configured to obtain the position of the object based on the portion corresponding to partial mark elements of the plurality of mark elements at which the position measurement precision satisfies the tolerance.

US Pat. No. 10,185,240

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH STORAGE OF CLEANING BLADE CONTACT PRESSURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a unit configured to be detachably mountable to a main assembly of said image forming apparatus, said unit including:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image,
a cleaning blade contacting said image bearing member at a cleaning portion and being configured to remove deposited matter on said image bearing member with movement of said image bearing member, and
an information storing member configured to store pressure information measured during an assembling step of said unit, the pressure information being information on contact pressures of said cleaning blade to said image bearing member with respect to a widthwise direction perpendicular to a movement direction of said image bearing member in each of a plurality of regions of said cleaning blade with respect to the widthwise direction;
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image from said image bearing member onto a toner image receiving member;
an input portion configured to be inputted with the pressure information; and
an executing portion configured to execute a toner supplying operation for supplying toner to the cleaning portion using a toner image formed on said image bearing member, in a period other than a period in which the toner image is formed on said image bearing member, for each predetermined number of image forming operations,
wherein on the basis of the pressure information inputted to said input portion, said executing portion sets amounts of the toner supplied to the respective regions in the toner supplying operation.

US Pat. No. 10,186,532

IMAGE DEVICE, IMAGE SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image device comprising a plurality of pixels, each of the pixels including a photoelectric conversion unit that accumulates charges generated by photoelectric conversions, a holding unit that holds the charges, an amplification unit that outputs signals based on the charges, a first transfer transistor that transfers the charges from the photoelectric conversion unit to the holding unit, a second transfer transistor that transfers the charges from the holding unit to the amplification unit, and an overflow transistor that drains the charges accumulated in the photoelectric conversion unit,wherein, in a read-out period of each frame, the second transfer transistors of the plurality of pixels are sequentially turned on to cause the charges of a previous frame to be transferred from the holding units to the amplification units,
wherein the read-out period includes a drain period in which the overflow transistors of the plurality of pixels are in an on-state and a first period in which the overflow transistors and the first transfer transistors of the plurality of pixels are in an off-state to cause the photoelectric conversion units of the plurality of pixels to accumulate charges,
wherein, in a second period following the first period, the photoelectric conversion units of the plurality of pixels accumulate charges generated in the second period while the holding units of the plurality of pixels hold the charges accumulated in the first period,
wherein, in the first and second periods, each of the plurality of pixels performs a plurality of times of charge transfers from the photoelectric conversion unit to the holding unit by turning on the first transfer transistor, the plurality of times of charge transfers including a charge transfer performed at the end of the second period, and
wherein transfers of the charges of the previous frame overlap in time with at least the drain period and/or accumulations of the charges in the first period.

US Pat. No. 10,187,559

FLASH BAND DETERMINATION DEVICE FOR DETECTING FLASH BAND, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A flash band determination device that determines whether or not there is a flash band caused by an external flash of light in an image obtained through image pickup by an image pickup device, comprising:at least one processor:
a memory,
wherein the at least one processor is configured to function as following units by processing data stored in the memory:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not there is a flash band which is an area having a luminance level higher than a threshold level in a plurality of images which are continuously obtained; and
a changing unit configured to change the threshold level with respect to a current image picked up with an exposure condition which is different from an exposure condition used in picking up a preceding image;
wherein when it is determined by said determination unit that the flash band is present in the preceding image, and also image pickup has been performed with respect to the current image with the exposure condition different from the exposure condition used in picking up the preceding image, said changing unit changes the threshold level.

US Pat. No. 10,185,254

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT OBTAINS LIFETIME OF SECONDARY TRANSFER MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
an intermediate transfer member configured to convey the toner image primarily transferred from the image bearing member for secondary transfer onto a transfer material;
a primary transfer member configured to primarily transfer the toner image from the image bearing member onto the intermediate transfer member at a primary transfer portion;
a secondary transfer member configured to secondarily transfer the toner image from the intermediate transfer member onto the transfer material at a secondary transfer portion;
a first power supply configured to apply a voltage to the primary transfer member;
a second power supply configured to apply a voltage to the secondary transfer member;
a first detection unit configured to detect information based on a current value and a voltage value in a case of application of the voltage to the primary transfer member by the first power supply;
a second detection unit configured to detect information based on a current value and a voltage value in a case of application of the voltage to the secondary transfer member by the second power supply; and
a detection unit configured to obtain information with regard to the secondary transfer member based on a detection result by the second detection unit, wherein the detection unit takes advantage of a detection result by the first detection unit to obtain the information with regard to the secondary transfer member.

US Pat. No. 10,187,561

ACCESSORY APPARATUS, IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:an image processor configured to function as a motion vector detector configured to detect a motion vector in a first time period;
a computer configured to function as:
(i) a calculator configured to set, depending on the first time period, an angular velocity detection time period in which a first angular velocity is detected by an angular velocity detector; and
(ii) a communicator configured to:
(ii-i) transmit the angular velocity detection time period and first ID information corresponding to the first time period in relation to each other; and
(ii-ii) receive the first angular velocity detected in the angular velocity detection time period and second ID information corresponding to the first angular velocity in relation to each other,
wherein the calculator is configured to calculate an angular velocity of an object, when the first ID information and the second ID information are identical to each other, by using the motion vector detected in the first time period corresponding to the first ID information and the first angular velocity corresponding to the second ID information.

US Pat. No. 10,185,258

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING A TEMPERATURE OF A FIRST HEATING ELEMENT AND A SECOND HEATING ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus that heats an image formed on a recording material, the image heating apparatus comprising:a first heat generating element;
a second heat generating element that is arranged adjacent to the first heat generating element in a direction orthogonal to a conveying direction of the recording material; and
a control portion that controls power supplied to the first and second heat generating elements, the control portion being capable of individually controlling the first and second heat generating elements, the first and second heat generating elements being respectively controlled so as to maintain a control temperature,
wherein, when an image exists in a second region on the recording material heated by the second heat generating element, and an image does not exist in a first region on the recording material heated by the first heat generating element, the control portion sets the control temperature of the second heat generating element, when heating the second region, in accordance with a distance between an end section of the image in the second region and a boundary of the first region and the second region.

US Pat. No. 10,185,520

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR EXECUTING PRINT DRIVER MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing:
a printer driver that generates, based on print data generated by a first application in the information processing apparatus, a print command to be output to and interpreted by a printer, wherein the printer driver does not have a function for providing a graphical user interface (GUI) for receiving a user instruction to input a print setting,
a second application external from and linked with the printer driver via identification information and external from the first application, the second application, when executed by the at least one processor, operates to:
provide a first GUI for receiving a first user instruction to input a print setting which is output by the second application and is to be applied by the printer driver to the generated print data when the printer driver generates the print command to be output to and interpreted by the printer, the output print command causing the printer to perform printing,
cause a second GUI to be displayed for receiving a second user instruction; and
wherein a third GUI for receiving a third user instruction to select maintenance processing to be performed on the printer is displayed based on the second user instruction being received in the second GUI,
wherein the information processing apparatus instructs the maintenance processing selected by the third user instruction to be performed on the printer by transmitting identifier data indicating the selected maintenance processing to the printer.

US Pat. No. 10,185,523

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM FOR PREVENTING INCONSISTENCY OF A SETTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a web browser, comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, causing the information processing apparatus to function as:
an update unit configured to update a setting related to a web application with a new setting in response to an instruction to access the web application;
an access unit configured to access, in response to the instruction, an access destination included in the setting updated by the update unit using the web browser;
a determination unit configured to determine, in response to a service request, whether the access destination included in the setting related to the web application matches a sender of the service request; and
a providing unit configured to provide a service in response to the service request in a case where the determination unit determines that the access destination matches the sender,
wherein the setting includes a current setting and a new setting,
the information processing apparatus further provides the current setting to an external device in response to a request from the external device and to store, as the new setting, a changed setting received from the external device,
in a case where there is the new setting, the update unit updates the setting by rewriting the current setting with the new setting and deletes the new setting after updating the setting, and
in a case where the access destination included in the current setting related to the web application matches the sender of the request, the determination unit determines that the access destination included in the setting matches the sender of the request.

US Pat. No. 10,186,068

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR RENDERING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of rendering an image, the method comprising:assigning a multi-threaded rendering unit to render a region of the image using a plurality of threads, the plurality of threads comprising at least a first thread and a second thread;
for a first thread rendering a pixel on a scan line of the region, determining using an identifier of the first thread, an index of a start pixel on said scan line rendered by the second thread;
rendering the pixel by the first thread using a position of the pixel determined based on the index of the start pixel and the identifier of the first thread; and
rendering the image by combining rendered pixels of the region based on positions of the rendered pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,181,095

PREPARATION OPERATION FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a full color mode for forming a full color image and a monochrome mode for forming a monochrome image as color modes, the apparatus comprising:an image forming unit including a first forming unit configured to form a monochrome image in the monochrome mode and a second forming unit configured to cooperate with the first forming unit to form a full color image in the full color mode;
an intermediate transfer unit configured to contact with the first forming unit without contacting with the second forming unit and carry the monochrome image in the monochrome mode, and contact with both of the first forming unit and the second forming unit and carry the full color image in the full color mode;
a transfer unit configured to transfer an image carried by the intermediate transfer unit to a sheet;
a fixing unit configured to fix the image to the sheet; and
a processor configured to control the image forming apparatus,
wherein the processor includes:
a first preparing function configured to perform a first preparation operation in the full color mode when power is supplied from a power supply to activate the image forming apparatus, and
a second preparation function configured to perform, when an image formation request in accordance with one of the monochrome mode and the full color mode is inputted, a second preparation operation in the color mode in accordance with the image formation request, and
wherein the processor is configured to, in a case where an image formation request in accordance with the monochrome mode is inputted during performance of the first preparation operation, cause the image forming unit to form a monochrome image in accordance with the full color mode without performing the second preparation operation for the monochrome mode after the first preparation operation is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,181,096

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to perform a process comprising:
performing, at a first communicator, near field wireless communication by a first communication method;
transmitting, at a transmitter, a message including information of a first service to be executed by performing communication with an external apparatus and information of a second service to be executed by performing wireless communication directly with another communication apparatus by a second communication method different from the first communication method, to the another communication apparatus by the first communicator;
in response to transmission of the message, establishing a connection with the external apparatus, and starting processing for performing wireless communication directly with the another communication apparatus by the second communication method; and
in a case where the second service is executed, disconnecting the connection with the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,182,186

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor;
a readout circuit configured to read out a signal from pixels of the image sensor; and
at least one processor, configured to function as:
a setting unit configured to set a region in which a plurality of signals having different viewpoints are read out from each pixel of the image sensor by the readout circuit,
a first information acquisition unit configured to acquire first depth information for detecting an object using a signal that has been read out from a first region set by the setting unit,
a second information acquisition unit configured to acquire second depth information for detecting a focus state of the object using a signal that has been read out from a second region set by the setting unit, and
a control unit configured to variably control a ratio of frames in which the first region is set by the setting unit and frames in which the second region is set by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,180,651

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH RESTRICTING MEMBER THAT RESTRICTS MOVEMENT OF CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus, comprising:a cartridge that is attachable and detachable, includes a drum cartridge, including a photosensitive drum, and a developing cartridge, including a developer-bearing member that supplies a developer to the photosensitive drum;
a contact-separation mechanism that causes the photosensitive drum and the developer-bearing member to come into contact with each other or to separate from each other, the contact-separation mechanism including a portion that is contactable with the cartridge; and
a restricting member contactable with the cartridge, configured to restrict movement of the cartridge installed in a main body of the image-forming apparatus,
wherein the contact-separation mechanism causes the photosensitive drum and the developer-bearing member to separate from each other while the restricting member restricts the movement of the cartridge with the cartridge installed in the main body, and
wherein restriction of the movement of the cartridge by the restricting member is released in conjunction with operation of bringing the photosensitive drum and the developer-bearing member into contact with each other by the contact-separation mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,182,192

IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A monitoring camera comprising:an image sensor configured to pick up an image;
a reception interface configured to receive, from a client apparatus, an acquisition request to acquire superimposing options available in the monitoring camera, wherein each of the superimposing options includes a parameter for superimposing a content on the image picked-up by the image sensor; and
a transmission interface configured to transmit superimposing options,
wherein, in a case where the acquisition request is received by the reception interface, the transmission interface is configured to transmit superimposing options available in the monitoring camera.

US Pat. No. 10,182,199

IMAGING DEVICE AND REPRODUCING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a pixel array including having a pixel including a photoelectric conversion unit, a first charge holding unit, and a second charge holding unit, wherein the first and second charge holding units hold signal charges generated in the photoelectric conversion unit;
a readout unit that reads out a first image signal that is based on signal charges which are generated in the photoelectric conversion unit during a first accumulation period and held in the first charge holding unit and a second image signal that is based on signal charges which are generated in the photoelectric conversion unit during a plurality of second accumulation periods and held in the second charge holding unit;
a scanning unit that drives the pixel such that an intermediate time of the first accumulation period matches an intermediate time of the plurality of second accumulation periods; and
a generating unit that generates images by using the first image signal and the second image signal whose accumulation periods have the matched intermediate time.

US Pat. No. 10,177,695

MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor control apparatus comprising:a motor including a rotor;
a current detection unit configured to detect a current flowing through the motor;
a position estimation unit configured to estimate a position of the rotor based on the current detected by the current detection unit; and
a driving voltage generation unit configured to generate a voltage applied to the motor based on the position of the rotor estimated by the position estimation unit, wherein
the position estimation unit includes:
a counter electromotive voltage estimation unit configured to estimate a counter electromotive voltage generated in the motor based on the voltage generated by the driving voltage generation unit and the current detected by the current detection unit; and
an arc tangent calculation unit configured to calculate an angle of deviation by performing an arc tangent calculation using coordinate data on a two-dimensional plane based on the counter electromotive voltage estimated by the counter electromotive voltage estimation unit, and
the arc tangent calculation unit includes:
a fundamental-wave rotation calculation unit configured to repeatedly perform a rotation calculation of coordinate data on a fundamental wave by gradually decreasing a rotation angle;
a harmonic rotation calculation unit configured to repeatedly perform a rotation calculation of coordinate data on at least one harmonic by gradually decreasing the rotation angle;
a rotation direction judgment unit configured to judge a rotation direction of a subsequent rotation calculation by the fundamental-wave rotation calculation unit and the harmonic rotation calculation unit based on a result of the rotation calculation by the fundamental-wave rotation calculation unit and a result of the rotation calculation by the harmonic rotation calculation unit; and
a deviation angle calculation unit configured to calculate, as an angle of deviation of the fundamental wave, a total of rotation angles obtained as a result of the rotation calculation by the fundamental-wave rotation calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,173,853

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a sheet supporting member to support a sheet and is configured to be lifted and lowered;
a feeding member to feed the sheet stacked on the sheet supporting member;
a lift unit to lift the sheet supporting member such that the sheet stacked on the sheet supporting member is abutted against the feeding member, wherein the lift unit includes an urging member that surges the sheet supporting member towards the feeding member, a moving member that, with respect to the sheet supporting member, moves in a first direction that is a direction different from a lifting direction of the sheet supporting member, and a contact member that is supported by the sheet supporting member and is in contact with the moving member; and
a rotatable separating member provided in the sheet feeding apparatus,
wherein the moving member moves by rotation of the separating member,
wherein the contact member includes a curved surface in a region that comes in contact with the moving member,
wherein a contact state between the moving member and the contact member is changed by the curved surface, and
wherein owing to the change in the contact state, the sheet supporting member is capable of moving to a feed position in which the sheet stacked on the sheet supporting member is abutted against the feeding member with the urging member, and capable of moving to a retracted position in which the sheet supporting member countering an urging force of the urging member is retreated more from the feeding member with respect to the feed position.

US Pat. No. 10,177,190

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup device comprising:a photoelectric conversion portion including a first semiconductor region and configured to generate a charge in accordance with incident light, the first semiconductor region being of a first conductivity type;
a charge holding portion including a second semiconductor region configured to hold the charge generated by the photoelectric conversion portion and provided in a semiconductor substrate, the second semiconductor region being of the first conductivity type;
a floating diffusion region of the first conductivity type provided in the semiconductor substrate;
a first transfer gate electrode provided on a region between the first semiconductor region and the second semiconductor region;
a second transfer gate electrode provided on a region between the second semiconductor region and the floating diffusion region; and
a third semiconductor region provided under the second semiconductor region and in the semiconductor substrate, the third semiconductor region being of a second conductivity type;
a fourth semiconductor region provided under the first semiconductor region, the fourth semiconductor region being of the second conductivity type,
wherein
in a cross section of a pixel including the second semiconductor region, the third semiconductor region and the second transfer gate electrode, an impurity concentration at a first point within the third semiconductor region and on a first line oriented toward a depth direction of the semiconductor substrate and passing through the second semiconductor region is higher than an impurity concentration at a second point on a second line oriented toward the depth direction and passing through the second transfer gate electrode,
the second point on the second line is at a same depth as the first point on the first line, and
the third semiconductor region and the fourth semiconductor region are included in a continuous semiconductor region of the second conductivity type.

US Pat. No. 10,175,916

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus being capable of acquiring print data comprising:an image forming device configured to form an image on a sheet;
an accepting device configured to accept a user operation; and
a controller having a processor that executes instructions stored in a memory, configured to:
acquire print data for a plurality of pages, the print data including a plurality of sets of print commands;
specify a page including print commands that matches print commands included in a top page in the acquired print data, wherein one or more pages preceding to the specified page are identified as a page group including a set of print commands of the plurality of sets of print commands;
accept, via the accepting device, a specification of a number of times image forming for the page group is to be repeatedly performed; and
cause the image forming device to perform an image forming according to the set of print commands the specified number of times repeatedly.

US Pat. No. 10,175,452

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:a first image sensor including line sensors each having a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements and configured to receive a pair of different, light fluxes among light fluxes passing through an imaging optical system, to output an image signal;
an accumulation control unit configured to control accumulation of the image signal by each of the line sensors;
a focus detection unit configured to establish a correspondence of an AF area with each of a plurality of regions in each of the line sensors and detect a de focus amount of each of the plurality of regions based on the image signal of each of the plurality of regions; and
a setting unit configured to set the region corresponding to a position of a subject that should be in focus among the plurality of regions, as a reference region for the control of the accumulation of the image signal by the accumulation control unit,
wherein the focus detection unit detects the defocus amount based on the signal acquired from the control of the accumulation by the accumulation control unit, the control of the accumulation being based, on a light reception amount in the reference region set by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,178,551

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO PERFORM PROCESS FOR SHARING COMMUNICATION PARAMETER WITH ANOTHER COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

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:
provide first information containing information unique to the communication apparatus and information on a predetermined channel for use in sharing a communication parameter for wireless communication with another communication apparatus or second information containing the information unique to the communication apparatus but not containing information on the predetermined channel;
i) in a case where the first information is provided, wait to receive a predetermined signal containing information corresponding to the information unique to the communication apparatus without shifting from the predetermined channel to another channel;
ii) wait, using a plurality of channels, to receive the predetermined signal in a case where the second information is provided; and
in a case where the predetermined signal is received from the other communication apparatus, perform a process for sharing the communication parameter with the other communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,178,134

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MANAGEMENT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which has a printer engine, comprising:a network interface;
a facsimile communication unit;
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the image forming apparatus to:
manage a password for an administrator about settings corresponding to functions of the image forming apparatus;
receive a password via a web browser executed by a personal computer when an operation for the settings is performed;
provide a setting screen to the web browser by a web server of the image forming apparatus, wherein whether processing using a Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface is to be restricted, whether a facsimile function of transmitting data to an outside by the facsimile communication unit is to be restricted, and whether a predetermined function of transferring data to the outside using the network interface is to be restricted are designatable on the setting screen; and
reflect, on the image forming apparatus, at least one of setting values corresponding to restriction of the processing using the USB interface, restriction of the facsimile function, and restriction of the predetermined function according to one or more designations via the setting screen,
wherein, when the password for the administrator has been received from the web browser, the web browser is capable of designating the restriction of the processing using the USB interface, the restriction of the facsimile function, and the restriction of the predetermined function via the setting screen.

US Pat. No. 10,171,008

VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR AND DRIVING APPARATUS USING THE VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration wave motor, comprising:a vibrating plate having a rectangular surface;
a piezoelectric device bonded onto the vibrating plate, and configured to vibrate at high frequency; and
a projection provided on one of the vibrating plate and the piezoelectric device, wherein
a natural vibration mode, which has a resonant frequency equal to or adjacent to a resonant frequency of torsional vibration in a natural vibration mode under a state in which the vibrating plate, the piezoelectric device, and the projection are integrated, is a natural vibration mode of bending vibration in one of a direction parallel to and a direction orthogonal to a torsion center axis of the torsional vibration in the natural vibration mode, and
the projection is provided at a position closer to an antinode than to a node, the node and the antinode being in the direction orthogonal to the torsion center axis of the torsional vibration in the natural vibration mode.

US Pat. No. 10,171,134

ELECTRIC DEVICE AND OPERATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electric device for performing short distance wireless communication with a mobile terminal, comprising:an antenna configured to generate induced power by an RF signal from the mobile terminal;
a resistor configured to drop a peak voltage generated by the induced power;
a circuit driven by the voltage dropped by the resistor and configured to perform the short distance wireless communication; and
a light emission element driven by the voltage dropped by the resistor and configured to emit light, wherein
the resistor is series-connected between the circuit and the antenna.

US Pat. No. 10,169,673

REGION-OF-INTEREST DETECTION APPARATUS, REGION-OF-INTEREST DETECTION METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A region-of-interest detection apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to provide:
a segmentation unit configured to segment an input image into a plurality of partial regions;
a background region setting unit configured to set a background region in the input image;
an overlap region setting unit configured to set a plurality of overlap regions each corresponding to a region in which one of the partial regions and the background region overlap each other, and calculate a region feature amount of each of the overlap regions;
a foreground level calculation unit configured to calculate a foreground level indicating a possibility of a foreground based on the region feature amount of each of the overlap regions and a pixel feature amount of each of a plurality of pixel positions in the input image, the foreground level being calculated for each of the plurality of pixel positions;
a saliency calculation unit configured to, based on the feature amount of each of the plurality of pixel positions and a feature amount of a portion around each of the plurality of the pixel positions, calculate a saliency indicating a degree of saliency of each of the plurality of pixel positions; and
a detection unit configured to detect a region of interest based on the foreground level and the saliency of the position.

US Pat. No. 10,162,247

SHUTTER DEVICE AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A shutter device comprising:a shutter plate where an opening is formed;
a light shielding member movable reciprocally between a closed state where the opening is closed and an open state where the opening is open;
a motor;
a drive member including a cam engaging portion, rotatable in conjunction with the light shielding member; and
a cam member configured to be driven by the motor to rotate,
wherein the cam member engages with the cam engaging portion, and includes a first cam surface and a second cam surface, the first cam surface driving the drive member to move the light shielding member to the closed state, the second cam surface driving the drive member to move the light shielding member to the open state,
wherein the first cam surface and the second cam surface are formed symmetrically with respect to a straight line extending in a radial direction from a rotation center of the cam member,
wherein the motor is rotatable in a first direction and a second direction, and
wherein the cam member is configured to:
drive the drive member on the first cam surface according to rotation of the motor in the first direction, and
drive the drive member on the second cam surface according to rotation of the motor in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,162,292

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS A SHEET FEEDING INTERVAL BASED ON AN ABNORMAL STATE IN WHICH A HEAT ABSORPTION MEMBER REMAINS IN CONTACT WITH A PRESSING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming station configured to form a toner image on a recording material;
a rotatable heating member and a rotatable pressing member that are configured to form a nip for fixing the toner image on the recording material;
a rotatable heat absorption member configured to absorb heat by contacting said rotatable pressing member;
a moving mechanism configured to move said rotatable heat absorption member to and away from said rotatable pressing member;
a detecting portion configured to detect an abnormal state in which said rotatable heat absorption member remains in contact with said rotatable pressing member; and
a controller configured to control an interval between adjacent recording materials when an image forming operation is continuously carried out for a plurality of recording materials,
wherein, when said detecting portion does not detect the abnormal state, said controller supplies the recording materials into the nip at a first feeding interval, and, when said detecting portion detects the abnormal state, said controller supplies the recording materials into the nip at a second feeding interval that is longer than the first interval.

US Pat. No. 10,162,300

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly;
an image forming portion provided inside said main assembly and configured to form an image on a sheet;
an image reading device provided on said main assembly and including a reading portion configured to read an image on a sheet;
a sheet discharging portion provided in said main assembly and configured to discharge the sheet on which the image is formed by said image forming portion, wherein said sheet discharging portion is positioned below said image reading device with respect to a vertical direction;
a controller provided in said main assembly and disposed on a side closer to a rear surface of said image forming apparatus than said image forming portion is;
an operating panel mounted to said main assembly and disposed on a side closer to a front surface of said image forming apparatus than said image reading device is;
a cable configured to electrically connect said controller and said operating panel; and
an accommodating portion provided in said main assembly between said image reading device and said sheet discharging portion with respect to the vertical direction and configured to form a space for accommodating said cable in a state in which said cable forms a loop, wherein said accommodating portion includes an opening configured to permit passing of said cable in the space to an outside of said main assembly and accommodates said cable in the space so that a size of the loop changes depending on a position of said operating panel, connected by said cable, relative to said main assembly and so that a length of said cable from said opening to said operating panel changes depending on a change of the size of the loop.

US Pat. No. 10,162,580

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a wireless communicator;
a printer; and
a controller,
wherein, when the printing apparatus starts a direct wireless communication, which is directly and wirelessly communicating with an information processing apparatus by the wireless communicator without going through a relay apparatus, the controller determines whether or not a setting of a specific protocol for the printing apparatus to provide a printing service to the information processing apparatus is enabled, and
wherein, in accordance with the determination that the setting of the specific protocol is not enabled, the controller changes the setting of the specific protocol from disable to enable.

US Pat. No. 10,165,145

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling an image forming apparatus including a plurality of functions and configured to display, on a first screen, buttons to be selected by a user for using the functions, the buttons respectively corresponding to the plurality of functions, the method comprising:displaying, a second screen after displaying a transition image in response to the user's selection of a button being displayed on the first screen;
wherein the transition image is an image in which the buttons including the selected button on the first screen are enlarged and included, and
wherein the transition image is displayed in such a way that the transition image overlaps the buttons on the first screen.

US Pat. No. 10,163,381

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for outputting an image to a display device, the apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:
generate a plurality of sub-frame images from an input frame image;
adjust lightness of one or more sub-frame images included in the plurality of sub-frame images to generate a light image and a dark image using an adjustment degree of the lightness, wherein the dark image is not brighter than the light image;
set a color-non-uniformity correction table among a plurality of color-non-uniformity correction tables based on the adjustment degree used for adjusting the light image and the dark image; and
perform color-non-uniformity correction processing on the light image and the dark image using a correction value obtained by referencing the set color-non-uniformity correction table to reduce color non-uniformity of the display device.

US Pat. No. 10,165,215

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising a plurality of pixels, each of the pixels including:a first photoelectric converter;
a first pixel memory;
a first transfer unit configured to transfer charges from the first photoelectric converter to the first pixel memory;
a second photoelectric converter;
a second pixel memory;
a second transfer unit configured to transfer charges from the second photoelectric converter to the second pixel memory;
a micro-lens that overlaps with the first and second photoelectric converters when viewed from an optical axis direction of the micro-lens; and
a switch adapted to control an electric connection state between the first pixel memory and the second pixel memory,
wherein an exposure time of the first photoelectric converter is longer than an exposure time of the second photoelectric converter,
wherein in each pixel, the micro-lens collects incident light to the first photoelectric converter and the second photoelectric converter, and
wherein in each pixel disposed in a center region, an optical axis of the micro-lens is located closer to the second photoelectric converter than to the first photoelectric converter.

US Pat. No. 10,165,220

RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a first input unit configured to accept an instruction for recording a moving image;
a recording unit configured to record a moving image to a recording medium based on the instruction for recording a moving image;
a communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus via a network;
a second input unit configured to accept a predetermined transfer designation operation for transferring, using the communication unit, a moving image;
a third input unit configured to accept an instruction for stopping moving image recording; and
a control unit configured to select different moving image portions, which are generated by a predetermined recording process of the moving image, to be transferred to the external apparatus in accordance with an operation state of the recording apparatus at which the predetermined transfer designation operation is accepted,
wherein
in a case where the predetermined transfer designation operation is accepted by the second input unit during recording of a moving image by the recording unit, in response that the instruction for stopping the moving image recording is accepted by the third input unit and the moving image recording is completed after the predetermined transfer designation operation is accepted by the second input unit, the control unit selects a moving image portion which is sequentially generated by the predetermined recording process of the moving image and in which the predetermined recording process of the moving image is completed after the predetermined transfer designation operation is accepted and automatically transfers the selected moving image portion to the external apparatus, and
in a case where the predetermined transfer designation operation is accepted by the second input unit while the recording unit is in a moving image recording preparation state, the control unit selects moving image portions that has been generated by the time of the acceptance of the predetermined transfer designation operation and automatically transfers the selected moving image portions to the external apparatus,
the predetermined transfer designation operation accepted during recording of a moving image by the recording unit and the predetermined transfer designation operation accepted while the recording unit is in a moving image recording preparation state are operations for outputting the same instructions from the same operation member.

US Pat. No. 10,162,493

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a display unit configured to display a conversion setting screen of an electronic binder application when a plurality of mail files generated by a mail application are dragged-and-dropped from the mail application to the electronic binder application based on a first user's operation, wherein the display unit displays, on the conversion setting screen, a list that includes, as individual documents, a plurality of mail body texts and a plurality of attached files that are included in the dragged-and-dropped plurality of mail files, and wherein the individual documents are displayed in the list so that it is identified that each of the dragged-and-dropped mail files includes which mail body text and attached file;
a selection unit configured to select, based on a second user's operation on the conversion setting screen, at least one document to be incorporated in an electronic binder from among the displayed list of the individual documents that comprise the plurality of mail body texts and the plurality of attached files included in the dragged-and-dropped plurality of mail files, wherein the mail body texts and the attached files displayed as the individual documents in the list are selectable individually based on the second user's operation on the conversion setting screen, and wherein the selection unit further changes an order of the selected documents to be incorporated in the electronic binder responsive to if a user instruction to change an order of the selected documents; and
a creation unit configured to create the electronic binder by converting a mail body text and/or an attached file corresponding to the at least one selected document together with any change in order by the selection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,154,164

IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM AND READING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A reading apparatus, comprising:an image pickup element configured to pick up an image of an object;
a first optical system comprising at least one reflective surface configured to reflect a light flux from the object, the first optical system being configured to form an intermediate image of the object; and
a second optical system configured to image the intermediate image onto a light-receiving surface of the image pickup element, wherein:
the at least one reflective surface comprises a first reflective surface which is closest to the light-receiving surface on an optical path, and which has a positive power; and
the following condition is satisfied:
5?TD/IML?20where TD represents a maximum distance from the first reflective surface to the light-receiving surface on the optical path, and IML represents a maximum image height of the second optical system.

US Pat. No. 10,154,172

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM THAT SET A SIZE AND AN ORIENTATION OF AN ENVELOPE BASED ON A USER INSTRUCTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a stacker on which an envelope is to be stacked, the envelope comprising a flap and a body portion;
an image forming device configured to form an image on the envelope conveyed from the stacker;
an operation device configured to display a screen for prompting a user to set a size of the envelope and an orientation of the envelop to be stacked on the stacker, and configured to accept the size of the envelope and the orientation of the envelope based on a user instruction, wherein the orientation of the envelope accepted by the operation device is one of a first orientation, in which the flap and the body portion are aligned in a width direction that is orthogonal to a conveyance direction of the envelope, and a second orientation, in which the flap and the body portion are aligned in the conveyance direction of the envelope; and
a controller configured to control the operation device to display a guidance image based on the size of the envelope and the orientation of the envelope accepted by the operation device,
wherein, in a case in which the first orientation is accepted by the operation device, the guidance image is an image for prompting a user to place the envelope such that the flap is positioned farther from a front side of the image forming apparatus in the width direction than the body portion, and, in a case in which the second orientation is accepted by the operation device, the guidance image is an image for prompting the user to place the envelope such that the flap is positioned upstream of the body portion in the conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 10,154,221

IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, MOBILE APPARATUS, AND DRIVE METHOD OF IMAGING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels each of which outputs at least one of an imaging signal and a ranging signal,
wherein the imaging device performs
a first readout operation that reads out the imaging signal from a first pixel group of the plurality of pixels, and
a second readout operation that, after the first readout operation and before a readout operation for next acquiring the imaging signal is performed, reads out the ranging signal from a second pixel group of the plurality of pixels, wherein,
in the first readout operation, the imaging signal is not read out from a third pixel group of the plurality of pixels,
in a period from a reset of the first pixel group to a next reset of the first pixel group, the third pixel group is reset, and
the second pixel group is selected from the third pixel group based on the imaging signal read out by the first readout operation.

US Pat. No. 10,149,639

PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A medical image display apparatus comprising:a computer that is configured to:
acquire first image data related to an oxygen saturation distribution in an organism generated by performing image reconstruction on the basis of an acoustic wave generated by irradiating an organism with light;
acquire second image data generated by performing image reconstruction based on an acoustic wave generated by irradiating the organism with light, the second image data being different from the first image data;
acquire information on a threshold determined on the basis of operation of a user;
acquire, on the basis of the second image data and the information on the threshold, information related to a first region as a noise where a value of the second image data is lower than the threshold or related to a second region as a blood vessel where the value of the second image data is higher than the threshold in order to determine a blood vessel position;
acquire, on the basis of the first image data related to the oxygen saturation distribution and the information related to the first or second region, an image related to the oxygen saturation distribution by trimming the first region as noise; and
output the image related to oxygen saturation distribution to a display unit configured to display the image related to the oxygen saturation distribution in such a manner that the first region of the image is darker than the second region of the image,
wherein the image reconstruction is performed by a method selected from the group consisting of a Fourier transform method, a universal back projection method, and a filtered back projection method.

US Pat. No. 10,151,950

LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE WITH COLOR CONVERSION MEMBER, SUPPORTING MEMBER AND LIGHT SUPPRESSING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source device comprising:a light source configured to emit light of a first color;
a planar conversion member configured to transmit a part of the light of the first color and configured to convert another part of the light of the first color into light of a second color;
a supporting member configured to support at least a part of an outer peripheral portion of the conversion member;
a suppressing member configured to suppress the light of the second color, from at least the part of the outer peripheral portion of the conversion member that is supported by the supporting member, from being emitted to outside of the light source device; and
a reflecting member configured to reflect the light of the first color and the light of the second color toward a side of the conversion member, wherein
the suppressing member is a member having reflectance lower than reflectance of the reflecting member with respect to at least the light of the first color.

US Pat. No. 10,151,990

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle including:a toner base particle containing a binder resin, the binder resin being a vinyl resin, a polyester resin, or a hybrid resin provided by their bonding; and
a covering layer on the surface of the toner base particle, said covering layer containing a resin A, wherein
resin A is a polyolefinic thermoplastic elastomer having a hydrophilic group, and is present at the surface of the toner particle,
the modulus of elasticity Ea of the resin A and the modulus of elasticity Eb of the binder resin satisfy 0.5?(Ea/Eb)×100[%]?50.0, and
the adhesion force AT of the toner particle is at least 500 nN when a probe having spherical SiO2 attached at the tip of a cantilever is pressed into the toner particle at 3 ?N.

US Pat. No. 10,152,000

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a developer bearing member configured to be rotatable, bear developer containing toner and carrier, and convey the developer to a development area opposing an image bearing member;
a first chamber which is disposed below a rotation axis of the developer bearing member in a vertical direction and from which the developer is supplied to the developer bearing member;
a second chamber disposed so as to be exposed to the developer bearing member and configured to accommodate the developer having passed through the development area and collected from the developer bearing member;
a first conveyance screw portion disposed in the first chamber and configured to convey the developer in the first chamber in a first conveyance direction;
a second conveyance screw portion disposed in the second chamber, comprising a rotatable shaft portion, and configured to convey the developer in the second chamber in a second conveyance direction opposite to the first conveyance direction;
a partition wall configured to separate the first chamber from the second chamber;
a first communication portion configured to permit the developer in the second chamber to be communicated from the second chamber to the first chamber; and
a second communication portion configured to permit the developer in the first chamber to be communicated from the first chamber to the second chamber,
wherein the first communication portion defines a communication path through which the developer in the second chamber is communicated from the second chamber to the first chamber, the communication path having a first area and a second area, at least a part of the first area being positioned within a range corresponding to a developer coating area of the developer bearing member in the second conveyance direction, the second area being positioned downstream of the developer coating area of the developer bearing member in the second conveyance direction, and
wherein a first length of the first area is shorter than a second length of the second area, the first length being a maximum length from a bottom surface portion of the communication path to an upper portion of the first area of the communication path, the second length being a maximum length from the bottom surface portion of the communication path to an upper portion of the second area of the communication path.

US Pat. No. 10,152,012

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. An image forming apparatus comprising:a transforming portion that is configured to transfer a toner image to a sheet;
a fixing portion that is configured to fix the toner image on the sheet;
a drawer portion that (a) is drawable from an apparatus body and (b) includes a first pair of conveying rollers which is disposed at a downstream side of the fixing portion in a sheet conveying direction and which conveys the sheet on which the toner image was fixed by the fixing portion;
a conveying portion that (a) is disposed in the apparatus body and (b) includes a pair of separating rollers which conveys the sheet received from the first pair of conveying rollers and which come in contact with and are separated from each other, the pair of separating rollers conveying the sheet by reverse rotation after conveying the sheet received from the first pair of conveying rollers by positive rotation;
a second pair of conveying rollers that receives the sheet conveyed by the reverse rotation of the pair of separating rollers and conveys the sheet; and
a controller that controls operations of the drawer portion and the conveying portion such that: the pair of separating rollers are separated from each other when a jam of a sheet occurs in a state in which (i) a preceding sheet is nipped by the pair of separating rollers and (ii) a subsequent sheet subsequent to the preceding sheet spans the drawer portion and the conveying portion, and the first pair of conveying rollers conveys the subsequent sheet to a part between the pair of separating rollers up to a position at which the subsequent sheet does not span the drawer portion and the conveying portion.

US Pat. No. 10,152,020

CARTRIDGE AND DRUM UNIT FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:a frame;
a rotatable carrying member for carrying developer;
a rotatable member rotatably supported by the frame;
a coupling member rotatable about a rotational axis thereof and movable between a first position in which the rotational axis of the coupling member is coaxial with the axis of the rotatable member and a second position in which the rotational axis of the coupling member is inclined relative to the rotational axis of the rotatable member; and
an urging member urging the coupling member toward the second position;
wherein the frame includes a retracted portion for permitting the inclination of the coupling member in a direction urged by the urging member at an inclination angle larger than an inclination angle of the coupling member in a direction other than the urged direction.

US Pat. No. 10,144,132

ROBOT CONTROLLING METHOD, ROBOT APPARATUS, PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot controlling method in which a robot hand is attached to an end portion of a robot arm having a plurality of joints, each of the joints of the robot arm having a joint driving apparatus driven by a motor and a joint angle detecting unit, the end portion being rotatable around an end axis, and a control apparatus that controls an operation of the robot arm, based on trajectory data for performing the operation, comprising:the control apparatus making the robot hand grip a symmetrically shaped member having such a shape as to be rotationally symmetric with respect to a central axis of the symmetrically shaped member;
the control apparatus controlling the operation of the robot arm so that the robot arm keeps a force of striking the symmetrically shaped member against a reference member constant, while making the end portion of the robot arm rotate around the end axis, in a state of making the outer periphery of the symmetrically shaped member, which is gripped by the robot hand, strike against the reference member;
the control apparatus acquiring a detection result which has been detected by the joint angle detecting unit of each of the joints when the end portion of the robot arm is rotated in the controlling the operation of the robot arm; and
the control apparatus calculating a correction amount of the trajectory data based on the detection result, and correcting the trajectory data, based on the correction amount.

US Pat. No. 10,147,720

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, LIQUID-DISCHARGE HEAD SUBSTRATE, LIQUID-DISCHARGE HEAD, AND LIQUID-DISCHARGE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a transistor connected to a terminal having a first potential;
an anti-fuse element connected between the transistor and a terminal having a second potential different from the first potential; and
a resistor element connected in parallel with the anti-fuse element between the transistor and the terminal having the second potential,
wherein an electric path between the transistor and the anti-fuse element has a length smaller than a length of an electric path between the transistor and the resistor element.

US Pat. No. 10,147,014

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for reducing noise in an X-ray image obtained from a digital X-ray detector, the image processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing a program; and
one or more processors which, by executing the program, function as:
a processing unit configured to execute low-pass filtering on the X-ray image in a specific direction and high-pass filtering on the X-ray image in a direction perpendicular to the specific direction to obtain filtered image data, and to extract linear noise in the specific direction from the filtered image data; and
wherein the processing unit subtracts the extracted linear noise from the X-ray image,
wherein the processing unit extracts the linear noise for segmented imaging regions obtained by segmenting the filtered image data.

US Pat. No. 10,147,018

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:
obtain a local feature amount at a feature point in an image by performing rotation correction by a rotation correction amount, and, after the rotation correction, calculating the local feature amount at the feature point;
obtain a plurality of pairs of feature points, wherein a pair of feature points includes a feature point in a first image and a feature point in a second image, and the plurality of pairs include a first pair and a second pair; and
determine a similarity between the first image and the second image using the obtained plurality of pairs based on a RANSAC method, through:
calculating a first difference between the rotation correction amount, which was used in calculating the local feature amount at the feature point, included in the first pair, in the first image, and the rotation correction amount, which was used in calculating the local feature amount at the feature point, included in the second pair, in the first image; and
determining, based on the first difference, whether to use the first pair and the second pair as two pairs in derivation of a function for transforming coordinates of a feature point in the second image into coordinates of a corresponding feature point in the first image in the RANSAC method.

US Pat. No. 10,145,790

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions, which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:
determine an atmospheric light component from a captured image including an influence of fine particles in an atmosphere; and
generate an image from the captured image, in which the influence of fine particles has been reduced, based on the determined atmospheric light component, wherein
the image is generated based on data of the captured image and data of an exposure value at the time of photographing the captured image.

US Pat. No. 10,146,145

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

15. A measurement apparatus that measures a position of an object, the apparatus comprising:a detector configured to obtain an image of a mark formed on the object; and
a processor configured to generate detection data from the obtained image and obtain the position of the object based on the detection data,
wherein the processor is configured to obtain the position of the object based on a portion of the detection data that is limited based on information about a tolerance regarding a measurement precision for the object,
wherein the processor is configured to evaluate a position measurement precision with respect to each of a plurality of portions of the detection data, select, based on the information, a portion of the plurality of portions at which the position measurement precision satisfies the tolerance, and obtain the position of the object based on the portion,
wherein the mark includes a plurality of mark elements arrayed in a first direction, and
wherein the processor is configured to obtain the position of the object based on the portion corresponding to partial mark elements of the plurality of mark elements at which the position measurement precision satisfies the tolerance.

US Pat. No. 10,148,455

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus which controls sequential processing by causing control of a data processing apparatus comprising a plurality of processing units to perform processing in a logical processing order, wherein the control apparatus is a processor,wherein the data processing apparatus comprises:
a plurality of communication units; and
the plurality of processing units,
wherein each of the plurality of processing units is connected to one of the plurality of communication units,
wherein the plurality of communication units are connected to a ring bus, and each of the plurality of communication units receives a packet from a previous communication unit connected via the ring bus and transmits a packet to a next communication unit connected via the ring bus,
wherein a packet transmitted in the ring bus can hold data and identification information,
wherein each of the plurality of communication units comprises:
a first storage unit which holds first connection information for identifying a packet of which data should be processed among received packets; and
a second storage unit which holds second connection information to be set to identification information of a packet holding a processed data in a case that the processed data processed by a corresponding processing unit is output, the second connection information being a value corresponding to first connection information held in a first storage unit of a communication unit connected to a respective processing unit which subsequently processes the processed data,
wherein each of the plurality of communication units determines whether data, which is held in a packet received from a previous communication unit, should be processed, the determination being based on the first connection information held by the first storage unit of the communication unit receiving the packet and identification information held in the packet received from the previous communication unit, the identification information having been set based on second connection information held by the second storage unit of the previous communication unit,
wherein the control apparatus, before performing the sequential processing, sets the first connection information of the first storage unit and the second connection information of the second storage unit, based on a logical processing order for the sequential processing, for at least two communication units among the plurality of communication units.

US Pat. No. 10,139,218

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more programmable processors;
a memory storing a program that is executable by the one or more programmable processors and when executed, causes the one or more programmable processors to function as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a captured image and distance information of a subject in the captured image;
a generation unit configured to generate, from the captured image, a plurality of depth-divided images, each of the depth-divided images including only a subject of the captured image in a specific distance range that is different from the distance range of others in said plurality of depth-divided images, based on the distance information of the subject;
a display control unit configured to selectably display the plurality of depth-divided images; and
an image processing unit configured to apply image processing to an image selected from among the plurality of depth-divided images, and
wherein the obtaining unit obtains the distance information of the subject in the captured image from a monochromatic distance image with a same number of pixels as the captured image, and wherein each pixel value indicates a subject distance of the corresponding pixel in the captured image to the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,142,558

ADAPTOR AND CAMERA SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An adaptor attachable between an interchangeable lens and a camera main body, the interchangeable lens including a first light amount adjustment stop capable of changing a passing area of image pickup light, the camera main body including an image pickup element, the adaptor comprising:a second light amount adjustment stop capable of changing transmittance of the image pickup light by using a change in a physical property; and
a controller configured to control the second light amount adjustment stop, wherein
in a moving image pickup mode, the controller controls the transmittance in the second light amount adjustment stop depending on an operating amount of an operation unit by a user to adjust an amount of light, or in response to an instruction, transmitted toward the interchangeable lens from the camera main body, to drive the first light amount adjustment stop,
in the moving image pickup mode, the controller converts the instruction, transmitted toward the interchangeable lens from the camera main body, to drive the first light amount adjustment stop, into a drive completion signal, and transmits the drive completion signal to the camera main body, and
in the moving image pickup mode, the first light amount adjustment stop is not driven.

US Pat. No. 10,135,690

NODE DISCOVERY IN A COMMUNICATION NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of node discovery in a self-organizing network, the method comprising the following steps:performing a first discovery process for discovering spatial topology of a first group of nodes, the first group of nodes comprising at least a first node and a second node of the network, using at least one first wireless communication parameter comprising at least one antenna parameter,
evaluating the discovered spatial topology of the first group of nodes,
adapting said at least one first wireless communication parameter based on the evaluated spatial topology, thereby obtaining at least one second wireless communication parameter coordinated with wireless communication parameters of nodes of the first group of nodes, the at least one second wireless communication parameter comprising at least one antenna parameter; and
performing a second discovery process for discovering spatial topology of at least a third node of the network, not belonging to the first group of nodes, using said at least one second wireless communication parameter; and
wherein said adaptation step is performed in view of performing said second discovery process according to a respective discovery direction corresponding to a subdivision of a node discovery space.

US Pat. No. 10,136,001

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a conveying unit that conveys a document;
a reading unit that reads both a first side and a second side of the document conveyed by the conveying unit, and generates image data of the first side and image data of the second side;
a first storage unit configured to store image data of the first side read by the reading unit and image data of the second side read by the reading unit;
a second storage unit configured to store image data of the first side transferred from the first storage unit and image data of the second side transferred from the first storage unit; and
a determining unit configured to determine whether the second side is a blank page based on image data of the second side read by the reading unit,
wherein, in a case where the determining unit determines that the second side is not a blank page, the second storage unit stores image data of the second side transferred from the first storage unit, and
wherein, in a case where the determining unit determines that the second side is a blank page, the second storage unit does not store image data of the second side.

US Pat. No. 10,136,016

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS HAVING PROHIBITED DATA DELETION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus being capable of performing facsimile communication, comprising:at least one memory that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
receive facsimile data;
store the received facsimile data in a storage;
generate a preview image, based on the facsimile data stored in the storage;
transmit, according to a request for a preview image from an external device, the generated preview image to the external device;
determine whether or not the external device is displaying the preview image of the facsimile data; and
delete, in a case where an instruction to delete the facsimile data stored in the storage is received from another external device and it is determined that the external device is not displaying the preview image of the facsimile data, the facsimile data in the storage according to the instruction,
wherein, in a case where the instruction to delete is received from the another external device and it is determined that the external device is displaying the preview image of the facsimile data, the facsimile data, in the storage is not deleted according to the instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,131,156

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to generate data for forming an image by recording at least a colored ink on a recording medium by using a printer, the image processing apparatus comprising:an input unit configured to input image data representing an image;
a first determination unit configured to determine, based on the image data, a first recording amount for use in recording by arranging the colored ink side by side on the recording medium and a second recording amount for use in recording by stacking the colored ink at discrete positions on the recording medium; and
an output unit configured to output layout data indicating a layout of the colored ink on the recording medium, the layout data being based on the first recording amount and the second recording amount,
wherein a layer to be formed by arranging the colored ink side by side on the recording medium and a layer to be formed by stacking the colored ink at discrete positions on the recording medium are in a same region of a high-density portion of the image.

US Pat. No. 10,133,246

POSITION CONTROL DEVICE AND POSITION CONTROL METHOD, OPTICAL DEVICE, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A position control device comprising:an encoder that detects a position of an object to be controlled;
a processor constructed to:
output a target velocity and a target position of the object to be controlled,
calculate a first control amount for causing the object to be controlled to track the target position,
calculate a second control amount for controlling the velocity of the object to be controlled to be at the target velocity,
calculate a total control amount obtained by adding the first control amount and the second control amount, and
acquire a correction amount on the basis of the first control amount or the total control amount when the object to be controlled is kept at a first position,
wherein the processor is further constructed to output a corrected control amount as the second control amount, the corrected control amount being calculated on the basis of the acquired correction amount and a third control amount calculated from the target velocity while a velocity of the object to be controlled is changed into the target velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,136,064

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 sets the movable range such that, in a case where the distance to a subject is less than or equal to a predetermined threshold value, the movable range continuously becomes narrower as the distance to a subject becomes shorter.

US Pat. No. 10,123,692

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:a movable unit including an examination unit and a manual operation member and configured to be movable with respect to a fixing unit in a horizontal direction;
a drive unit that transmits electric drive force for horizontal movement of the movable unit; and
a drive force transmit switching unit that switches whether or not to execute transmission of the electric drive force from the drive unit to the movable unit,
wherein the movable unit moves by the electric drive force from the drive unit and the drive force transmit switching unit when the transmission of the electric drive force is executed, and the movable unit moves with the drive unit and the drive force transmit switching unit, by a manual drive force provided through the manual operation member when the transmission of the electric drive force is not executed, and
wherein the movable unit is arranged by sharing a slide mechanism in a manual alignment of the examination unit for an eye to be inspected, the manual alignment being executed by using the manual operation member by an operator, and in an automatic alignment of the examination unit for the eye to be inspected, the automatic alignment being executed based on a relative position of the examination unit with respect to the eye to be inspected.

US Pat. No. 10,123,699

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:a scanning unit arranged to scan a fundus of an eye to be inspected, with measurement light;
a selecting unit configured to select one imaging mode out of a first imaging mode and a second imaging mode which is different from the first imaging mode, wherein a plurality of times of scans included in a scanning group are executed by the scanning unit in the second imaging mode;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire information which indicates a movement amount of the eye to be inspected, based on a plurality of planar images of the fundus; and
a correcting unit configured to correct a scanning position of the measurement light in an initial scan which is executed after the information indicating the movement amount has been acquired, in a case where the first imaging mode has been selected, and correct the scanning position of the measurement light in an initial scan included in an initial scanning group which is newly executed after the information indicating the movement amount has been acquired, in a case where the second imaging mode has been selected,
wherein the correcting unit is configured to not correct the scanning position of the measurement light in a scan other than the initial scan in the initial scanning group, in the case where the second imaging mode has been selected.
US Pat. No. 10,126,550

OPTICAL ELEMENT, LIGHT-SHIELDING PAINT SET, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical element comprising:a substrate; and
a light-shielding film on a part of the periphery of the substrate, the light-shielding film containing an epoxy resin, a coloring agent, inorganic particles having a refractive index of 2.2 or more, and silica particles, the light-shielding film having an interface region having a thickness of 15 nm from the interface between the substrate and the light-shielding film,
wherein the average concentration of the inorganic particles in the interface region is 1.1 to 1.5 times as high as the average concentration of the inorganic particles in the light-shielding film.

US Pat. No. 10,129,427

SYSTEM FOR ESTABLISHING COMMUNICATION BETWEEN A PLURALITY OF TERMINALS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication system including a first terminal and a second terminal, at least one management server, and a relay server configured to relay communication between the first terminal and the second terminal,wherein the at least one management server comprises:
at least one first memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions stored in the at least one first memory device to:
notify, in a case where the first terminal is authenticated in response to a request from the first terminal, the first terminal of first authority information used by the first terminal to request the relay server to verify an authority of the first terminal and connection information used by the first terminal to connect to the relay server; and
notify, in a case where the second terminal is authenticated in response to a request from the second terminal, the second terminal of second authority information used by the second terminal to request the relay server to verify an authority of the first terminal, and
wherein the relay server comprises:
at least one second memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions stored in the at least one second memory device to:
verify the first authority information which is transmitted by the first terminal to the relay server using the connection information;
verify the second authority information which is transmitted by the second terminal to the relay server using the connection information;
issue, in a case where a verification of the first authority information received from the first terminal succeeds, access information used for the communication between the first terminal and the second terminal via the relay server and transmit the access information to the first terminal;
transmit the access information to the second terminal in a case where a verification of the second authority information received from the second terminal succeeds; and
relay support data including at least instruction data for remote control of the first terminal by the second terminal based on the access information,
wherein the relay server receives, from the second terminal, after the verification of the second authority information succeeds, specifying information corresponding to the first terminal, and, the relay server transmits, to the second terminal, the access information corresponding to the specifying information received from the second terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,129,441

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING TEST PATTERN ON SHEET USING COLORING MATERIAL OF PLURALITY OF COLORS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image processor configured to perform image processing to image data, and output the image data;
an image former configured to form an image on a sheet based on the output image data;
a conveyor configured to convey the sheet along a conveyance path;
a sensor, provided in the conveyance path, configured to measure a test pattern on the sheet, the test pattern being formed by the image former; and
a controller configured to:
control the image former to form the test pattern on the sheet, the test pattern including measurement images, trigger images and blank areas in which the measurement images and the trigger images are not formed, wherein the test pattern includes a first measurement image, a second measurement image, a first blank area and a second blank area between a first trigger image and a second trigger image in a conveyance direction of the sheet, wherein the first blank area is between the first trigger image and the first measurement image in the conveyance direction, wherein the first measurement image is between the first blank area and the second blank area in the conveyance direction, wherein the second measurement image is between the second blank area and the second trigger image in the conveyance direction, and wherein the second blank area is between the first measurement image and the second measurement image;
control the sensor to read, while conveying the sheet by the conveyor, the test pattern on the sheet;
determine a conveyance error of the sheet based on a reading result of the test pattern by the sensor; and
generate an image processing condition based on the reading result of the test pattern by the sensor, in a case where the conveyance error is not determined,
wherein the image processing condition is used for the image processing.

US Pat. No. 10,127,182

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM EXECUTING APPLICATION OCCUPATION OF AN APPLICATION AND USING BIDI SCHEMA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having an operating system, the information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
a receiving operation to receive an occupation request associated with a definition file in the printer driver for an exclusive access to a peripheral device from a first application;
a determining operation to determine whether the peripheral device is occupied by another application including a second application different from the first application, in a case where the occupation request associated with the definition file is received from the first application; and
an executing operation to execute occupation processing in an occupation period based on the occupation request associated with the definition file if it is determined that the peripheral device is not occupied by the other application, so that the first application is able to execute at least one of processing for acquiring information from the peripheral device and processing for transmitting information to the peripheral device, and that the other application including the second application is not able to execute processing for acquiring information from the peripheral device and processing for transmitting information to the peripheral device,
wherein the operating system stores identification information about the occupation processing in a storage area in a case where the occupation processing is executed,
wherein in a case where identification information about an execution request to be issued by the first application for executing at least one of the processing for acquiring information from the peripheral device and the processing for transmitting information to the peripheral device coincides with the identification information stored in the storage area, processing based on the execution request issued by the first application is executed, and
wherein in a case where identification information about an execution request to be issued by the other application including the second application does not coincide with the identification information stored in the storage area, processing based on the execution request issued by the other application is not executed.

US Pat. No. 10,127,701

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus, comprising;a CPU configured to perform functions of at least one of an input unit, a determination unit, a margin adding unit, a plurality of image processing units, and a synthesizing unit;
the input unit that inputs, from external image output apparatus, a plurality of input images to an edge of each of which a margin image has not been added;
the determination unit that determines whether the plurality of input images are a plurality of divided images obtained by dividing one original image, or a plurality of independent images which are respectively independent;
the margin adding unit that (i) adds a first margin image to an edge of a first input image of the plurality of input images, and adds a second margin image to an edge of a second input image that is an input image adjacent to the first input image in the original image, in a case where the plurality of input images are determined by the determination unit to be the plurality of divided images, and (ii) does not add the first margin image to the first input image, and does not add the second margin image to the second input image, in a case where the plurality of input images are determined by the determination unit to be the plurality of independent images;
the plurality of image processing units that perform an image processing on the plurality of input images;
the synthesizing unit that synthesizes the plurality of input images on which the image processing has been performed by the plurality of image processing units; and
a display unit that displays the plurality of input images synthesized by the synthesizing unit, wherein
in a case where the plurality of input images are determined by the determination unit to be the plurality of divided images, the first margin image is generated from an edge portion of the second input image, the second margin image is generated from an edge portion of the first input image,
the image processing includes spatial filter processing in which a pixel value of a target pixel is rewritten to a value generated by weighting and synthesizing the pixel value of the target pixel and pixel values of neighboring pixels with weights according to their pixel positions,
(i) in case where the plurality of input images are determined by the determination unit to be the plurality of divided images,
a first image processing unit of the plurality of image processing units performs the image processing on the first input image to which the first margin image has been added, and
a second image processing unit of the plurality of image processing units performs the image processing on the second input image to which the second margin image has been added, and wherein
(ii) in a case where the plurality of input images are determined by the determination unit to be the plurality of independent images,
the first image processing unit performs the image processing on the first input image to which the first margin image has not been added, and
the second image processing unit performs the image processing on the second input image to which the second margin image has not been added.

US Pat. No. 10,127,456

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CORRECTS IMAGE DISTORTION TO SET A PASSAGE DETECTION LINE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to perform:
receiving a designation of a position for setting a passage detection line, for detecting a passage of a moving object, on an omnidirectional image captured by an image capture apparatus;
generating a corrected partial region image that is obtained by performing a distortion correction that reduces a distortion, wherein the corrected partial region image includes the position designated on the omnidirectional image;
receiving an information of the passage detection line on the corrected partial region image in accordance with a designation by a user;
converting the received information of the passage detection line into information of a passage detection line on the omnidirectional image;
generating an image of the passage detection line based on the information of the passage detection line on the omnidirectional image obtained by the converting; and
superimposing the generated image of the passage detection line on the omnidirectional image.

US Pat. No. 10,126,689

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit including a plurality of photosensitive members, an exposure device to expose each of the plurality of photosensitive members to form electrostatic latent images, and a developing device to develop the electrostatic latent images on the photosensitive member, the image forming unit configured to form a plurality images, each having a different color;
a transfer member onto which the plurality of images formed by the image forming unit are transferred;
a first temperature detection unit provided on a circuit board of the exposure device and configured to detect a first temperature of the exposure device, the circuit board controlling a light source of the exposure device;
a second temperature detection unit configured to detect a second temperature;
a third temperature detection unit configured to detect a third temperature, wherein a distance between the third temperature detection unit and the first temperature detection unit is longer than a distance between the second temperature detection unit and the first temperature detection unit;
a detection unit configured to detect a patch image formed on the transfer member, the patch image being used for detecting color misregistration;
a controller configured to control the image forming unit to form, on the transfer member, a plurality of patch images, each having a different color, control the detection unit to detect an amount of color misregistration, related to a relative position of a patch image having a reference color among the plurality of patch images and a patch image having another color among the plurality of patch images; and
a correction unit configured to correct an image write start timing of the other color different from the reference color based on the amount of color misregistration, the first temperature detected by the first temperature detection unit, and the second temperature detected by the second temperature detection unit,
wherein the correction unit, in a case where a difference between the first temperature and the third temperature is greater than a threshold, corrects the image write start timing based on the amount of color misregistration and the second temperature without the first temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,120,308

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating device heating an image on a recoding medium, the image heating device comprising:a rotator;
a heater having an elongated and plate-like shape, configured to heat the rotator, the heater including a heat generating resistor that generates heat by receiving power, wherein the image formed on the recording medium is heated with heat from the heater via the rotator;
a connector electrically connected to one of longitudinal end portions of the heater to supply the power to the heater;
a power interrupting unit configured to interrupt supply of the power to the heater in response to an abnormal temperature rise of the heater, the power interrupting unit including a first electrical terminal which extends in a direction away from the connector in a longitudinal direction of the heater and a second electrical terminal which extends in a direction approaching the connector in the longitudinal direction of the heater;
a first conductive sheet metal that electrically connects the connector to the first electrical terminal, the first conductive sheet metal extending in the longitudinal direction of the heater;
a second conductive sheet metal that electrically connects the connector to the second electrical terminal, the second conductive sheet metal extending in the longitudinal direction of the heater, a length of the second conductive sheet metal in the longitudinal direction of the heater being shorter than a length of the first conductive sheet metal in the longitudinal direction of the heater; and
a regulation portion configured to regulate rotation of the power interrupting unit about a rotational axis crossing a surface of the heater.

US Pat. No. 10,120,314

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT SELECT, FROM AMONG A PLURALITY OF PAPER FEED SOURCES, ONE THAT SATISFIES A SELECTED CONDITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image designated by a job on a sheet fed from one of a plurality of paper feed sources, the image forming apparatus comprising:(A) a detection unit that detects paper types of sheets respectively fed from the plurality of paper feed sources when the sheets are conveyed, the detection unit being provided on a conveyance path used in common for the fed sheets;
(B) a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
(C) at least one processor that executes the instructions to function as:
(a) a first holding unit configured to hold paper sizes and paper types that are set by a user in one-to-one correspondence with the plurality of paper feed sources;
(b) a second holding unit configured to hold the paper types detected by the detection unit in one-to-one correspondence with the plurality of paper feed sources;
(c) a third holding unit configured to hold a paper size designated by the job and a paper type designated by the job or a condition related to setting of a paper type;
(d) a first selection unit configured, when the third holding unit holds the paper size and the paper type designated by the job, to select, from among the plurality of paper feed sources, a paper feed source loaded with sheets having the paper size and the paper type designated by the job with reference to the first holding unit;
(e) a second selection unit configured, when the third holding unit holds the condition, to select, from among the plurality of paper feed sources, a paper feed source that satisfies the condition with reference to at least one of the first holding unit and the second holding unit; and
(f) a control unit configured to perform control to feed a sheet from the paper feed source selected by the first selection unit or the second selection unit, and to form the image designated by the job on the fed sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,120,625

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT USES SET SHEET INFORMATION TO REDUCE USER EFFORT IN REPLENISHING SHEETS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of sheet feed cassettes configured to store sheets;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a sensor configured to detect an opening or closing of each sheet feed cassette;
a display unit;
a processor; and
a memory in communication with the processor, the memory storing instructions, which, when executed by the processor, cause the image forming apparatus to:
receive a print job in which a sheet size and a sheet type are designated;
select, from among the plurality of sheet feed cassettes, a sheet feed cassette corresponding to the sheet size designated in the print job;
in a case where a sheet type of the selected sheet feed cassette matches with the sheet type designated in the print job, control the image forming unit to form an image on a sheet fed from the selected sheet feed cassette, wherein, in a case where the sheet type of the selected sheet feed cassette does not match with the sheet type designated in the print job, an execution of the print job is suspended;
in a case where an opening or closing of one of the plurality of sheet feed cassettes is detected while the execution of the print job is suspended, determine whether the sheet feed cassette of which the opening or closing is detected matches with the selected sheet feed cassette;
in a case where it is determined that the sheet feed cassette of which the opening or closing is detected matches with the selected sheet feed cassette, cause the display unit to display a setting screen for setting a sheet type for the sheet feed cassette of which the opening or closing is detected; and
in a case where the sheet type set through the setting screen matches with the sheet type designated in the print job, control the image forming unit to form an image on a sheet fed from the sheet feed cassette of which the sheet type is set.

US Pat. No. 10,122,951

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:an imaging device; and
a signal processing unit, wherein:
the imaging device includes a first pixel and a second pixel each having a photoelectric converter;
the first pixel is a pixel configured to output a first pixel signal based on a light corresponding to white color on the photoelectric converter;
the second pixel is a pixel configured to output a second pixel signal based on a light corresponding to any one of colors of green, blue, and red on the photoelectric converter;
the first pixel is configured to output the first pixel signal in each of a first frame and a second frame;
the second pixel is configured to output the second pixel signal in each of the first frame and the second frame;
the signal processing unit is configured to perform a first inter-frame processing which is an addition of the first pixel signal of the first frame and the first pixel signal of the second frame, and a second inter-frame processing which is an addition of the second pixel signal of the first frame and the second pixel signal of the second frame; and
the signal processing unit is configured to perform the second inter-frame processing by changing weights of the second pixel signal of the first frame and the second pixel signal of the second frame, based on a difference between the first pixel signal of the first frame and the first pixel signal of the second frame.

US Pat. No. 10,120,178

VIBRATION DRIVE DEVICE IN WHICH SEPARATION BETWEEN MEMBERS BY EXTERNAL FORCE IS SUPPRESSED, LENS BARREL, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STAGE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration drive device that comprises a vibrating body including an electromechanical energy conversion element and an elastic body having a first surface to which the electromechanical energy conversion element is joined and a second surface opposite from the first surface, on which protrusions are provided, and a driven body in pressure contact with the protrusions, and is configured to excite vibration in the vibrating body to thereby effect relative movement between the vibrating body and the driven body, the vibration drive device comprising:an equalizing stage disposed on a side facing the first surface of the elastic body; and
a vibration damping member disposed between the vibrating body and said equalizing stage and configured to suppress transmission of vibration of the vibrating body to said equalizing stage,
wherein said equalizing stage receives a pressure application force applied to the vibrating body via said vibration damping member, and thereby equalizes a pressure application force applied from the vibrating body to the driven body,
wherein a length of a region of said vibration damping member in contact with the vibrating body is shorter than a length of the vibrating body in a direction orthogonal to a driving direction in which the vibrating body and the driven body are moved relative to each other, and also to a pressure application direction between the vibrating body and the driven body,
wherein said equalizing stage includes protruding portions in contact with said vibration damping member at respective locations overlapping the protrusions as viewed in the pressure application direction,
wherein an upper surface, facing the vibrating body, of each of the protruding portions has a first predetermined length in the driving direction and a second predetermined length in a direction orthogonal to the driving direction and the pressure application direction, and the predetermined length in the driving direction is shorter than the second predetermined length in the orthogonal direction, and
wherein a length of the upper surface in the driving direction is shorter than a length of each of the protrusions in the driving direction.

US Pat. No. 10,122,584

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH NETWORK INTERFACES, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, provided with a first network interface and a second network interface, that transmits a search packet and receives a response packet in response to the search packet, the communication apparatus comprising:a memory;
a processor connected to the memory, the processor configured to:
transmit the search packet via each of the first network interface and the second network interface, wherein the search packet transmission via the first network interface and the search packet transmission via the second network interface each use the same protocol;
receive, via an operation screen, a selection whether to include the apparatus in search results;
determine, in a case where the communication apparatus receives a first response packet in response to the search packet via the first network interface and the communication apparatus receives a second response packet in response to the search packet via the second network interface, whether or not a source address of the first response packet and a source address of the second response packet match with each other; and
display on a user operation panel, in a case where it is determined that the source address of the first response packet and the source address of the second response packet match with each other, any one of information of the first response packet and information of the second response packet, as a search result, and not display on the user operation panel the other of the information of the first response packet and information of the second response packet, as the search result, and then perform control whether or not to display the apparatus based on the received selection.

US Pat. No. 10,115,186

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, DEPTH MEASURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for detecting a sky region based on a color image and a depth image, the image processing apparatus comprising:a processor and/or circuitry configured to function as:
a first generator configured to generate a first provisional sky map based on pixel values of the color image;
a second generator configured to generate a second provisional sky map based on the depth values of the depth image; and
an integrator configured to generate a sky map by integrating the first provisional sky map and the second provisional sky map.

US Pat. No. 10,114,593

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT REQUIRES AUTHENTICATION OF USER, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a user authentication function, comprising:an NFC (near-field communication) communicator including a memory and configured to perform a near field communication with a mobile terminal;
a memory device configured to store instructions; and
a processor connected to the memory device and configured to execute the instructions to:
store connecting information including at least identification information of the printing apparatus in the memory of the NFC communicator in a case where a user logs into the printing apparatus through the authentication function, the connecting information permitting the user to perform NFC touch-to-print printing by connecting the mobile terminal to the printing apparatus; and
store error information for causing the mobile terminal to display an error message in the memory of the NFC communicator in a case where the user logs out of the printing apparatus, the error information notifying a user of the mobile terminal to place the mobile terminal in proximity to the NFC communicator again after logging into the printing apparatus,
wherein in a case where the mobile terminal is placed in proximity to the NFC communicator in a state where the connecting information is stored in the memory of the NFC communicator, the connecting information is sent to the mobile terminal by the near field communication to permit the user to perform NFC touch-to-print printing by connecting the mobile terminal to the printing apparatus using the connecting information, and
wherein in a case where the mobile terminal is placed in proximity to the NFC communicator in a state where the error information is stored in the memory of the NFC communicator, the error information is sent to the mobile terminal by the near field communication to notify the user to log into the printing apparatus prior to performing NFC touch-to-print printing by connecting the mobile terminal to the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,109,807

ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An organic light-emitting element comprising:a pair of electrodes; and
an organic compound layer placed between the pair of electrodes,
wherein the organic compound layer includes an iridium complex represented by the following general formula [1] and a metal complex compound represented by the following general formula [5]:
in the formula [1]:R1 to R8 each represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a cyano group, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a substituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaromatic group;
m represents an integer of 1 to 3 and n represents an integer of 0 to 2, provided that m+n equals 3;
ring A represents a cyclic structure selected from the group consisting of a benzene ring, a naphthalene ring, a phenanthrene ring, a fluorene ring, a 9,9-spirobifluorene ring and a chrysene ring, and is covalently bonded to a benzo[f]isoquinoline skeleton and an Ir metal, and the ring A may further have a substituent;
X represents a bidentate ligand; and
a partial structure IrXn is selected from any one of structures represented by the following general formulae [2] to [4]:
in the formulae [2] to [4]:R10 to R24 each represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group, an aralkyl group, a substituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaromatic group, and when n represents 2, multiple substituents represented by any one of R10 to R24 may be identical to or different from each other;
ML2  [5]in the formula [5]:M represents a divalent metal atom selected from the group consisting of beryllium, magnesium and zinc;
L represents a bidentate ligand; and
when M represents beryllium or magnesium, a partial structure ML comprises any one of structures represented by the following general formulae [8] to [11], and when M represents zinc, the partial structure ML comprises any one of the structures represented by the following general formulae [8] to [9]:
in the formulae [8] to [11]:R30 to R57 each represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a substituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaromatic group,in the formulae [8] to [11]:a ring B comprises any one of cyclic structures represented by the following general formulae [12] to [14]; and
*1 represents a bonding position with an oxygen atom and *2 represents a bonding position with a carbon atom in a heterocyclic five-membered ring skeleton:
in the formulae [12] to [14]:R60 to R73 each represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a substituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaromatic group.

US Pat. No. 10,111,028

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a communication unit having a transmitting function and a receiving function for a radio signal, wherein, while belonging to a first group of devices, the communication apparatus activates the transmitting function and the receiving function to perform communication during a first period, and deactivates the transmitting function and the receiving function outside of the first period;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the communication apparatus, among devices in the first group, performs monitoring for a presence of a second group of devices which is different from the first group during a second period which is different from the first period;
a control unit configured to control the communication unit by activating the receiving function and performing such monitoring during the second period when it is determined that the communication apparatus performs such monitoring, and by keeping the transmitting function and the receiving function inactive outside the first period when it is determined that the communication apparatus does not perform the monitoring; and
a notification unit configured to notify another device in the first group of information related to the second group during the first period when a presence of the second group is detected during the second period.

US Pat. No. 10,110,776

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. An image reading method to be executed by an image reading apparatus,the image reading apparatus comprising:
an original tray on which an original is to be placed;
a reader configured to read an image of the original;
a conveyor configured to convey the original from the original tray to a reading position used by the reader; and
a skew corrector provided on a path for conveying the original and configured to mechanically correct skew of the original at a time of conveyance of the original,
the image reading method comprising:
acquiring a skew amount of the original at the time of the conveyance of the original based on an original image read by the reader;
stopping the conveyance of the original using the conveyor in a case where an absolute value of the skew amount based on the original image read by the reader without conducting correction of the skew using the skew corrector is larger than a predetermined first threshold value;
causing the skew corrector to correct skew of a succeeding original and correcting a tilt of the original image by conducting image processing on the original image read by the reader in a case where the absolute value of the skew amount based on the original image read by the reader without conducting the correction of the skew using the skew corrector is smaller than the predetermined first threshold value and larger than a second threshold value that is smaller than the predetermined first threshold value; and
correcting the tilt of the original image by conducting the image processing on the original image read by the reader in a case where the absolute value of the skew amount based on the original image read by the reader without conducting the correction of the skew using the skew corrector is smaller than the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,111,051

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of the stored instructions, performs the functions of:
a control unit configured to create a wireless network;
an assignment unit configured to assign, by using a DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol), an IP (Internet Protocol) address necessary for performing communication in the wireless network created by the control unit to another communication apparatus which has joined the wireless network; and
a search unit configured to transmit a search message for searching for an apparatus having a specific service function in the wireless network,
wherein, the search unit does not transmit the search message until the assignment unit transmits a DHCP ACK (Acknowledgment) message to said another communication apparatus in response to an assignment of the IP address to said another communication apparatus, and the search unit transmits the search message after the assignment unit transmits the DHCP ACK message to said another communication apparatus in response to an assignment of the IP address to said another communication apparatus, and
wherein the search unit starts the transmission of the search message after an ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) message obtained from the IP address is received from said another communication apparatus to update an ARP table.

US Pat. No. 10,104,138

METHOD, DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR ENCODING INTER-LAYER DEPENDENCIES IN ENCAPSULATING MULTI-LAYER PARTITIONED TIMED MEDIA DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for encapsulating multi-layer partitioned timed media data, the multi-layer partitioned timed media data comprising timed samples, each timed sample being encoded into a first layer and at least one second layer, at least one timed sample comprising at least one subsample, each subsample being encoded into the first layer or the at least one second layer, the method comprising:obtaining at least one subsample, belonging to said first layer, from at least one of the timed samples;
creating a first track comprising the at least one obtained subsample;
obtaining at least another subsample, belonging to said second layer, from the same one of the timed samples;
creating a second track comprising said at least another obtained subsample and generating descriptive metadata, the descriptive metadata comprising:
a first descriptor comprising a parameter which indicates, when set to 1, that the at least one obtained subsample belonging to said first layer is a complete frame; and
a second descriptor for signaling a dependency link between the at least another obtained subsample belonging to said second layer and the at least one subsample belonging to said first layer, said second descriptor referencing said first descriptor.

US Pat. No. 10,101,593

OPTICAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:a first optical correction device configured to correct an image blur caused by a shake of the apparatus;
a second optical correction device configured to correct the image blur caused by the shake of the apparatus, wherein said second optical correction device is different from said first optical correction device;
a processor; and
a memory storing executable software which, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to function as:
a zoom detection unit configured to detect whether a zoom operation of a zoom lens is in progress or not, wherein a zoom magnification optically varies in the zoom operation;
a correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate correction amounts to be used by said first optical correction device and said second optical correction device; and
a control unit configured to change a calculation method of the correction amounts calculated by said correction amount calculation unit according to whether the zoom operation is in progress or not,
wherein said control unit controls said correction amount calculation unit to calculate the correction amounts to be used by said first optical correction device and said second optical correction device by calculation of separating a frequency of the shake of the apparatus when the zoom operation is stopped, and to calculate the correction amounts to be used by said first optical correction device and said second optical correction device by proportional calculation based on movable ranges of said first optical correction device and said second optical correction device when the zoom operation is in progress.

US Pat. No. 10,102,620

CONTROL DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING TOMOSYNTHESIS IMAGING, IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR CAUSING COMPUTER TO EXECUTE THE CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control device for controlling tomosynthesis imaging for obtaining a tomosynthesis image from a plurality of projected images captured by irradiating an object with X-rays from a plurality of different angles by using an X-ray generation unit and an X-ray detection unit, the control device comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to function as:
a reconstruction unit configured to reconstruct tomosynthesis image from the plurality of projected images in accordance with a reconstruction condition including a reconstruction method and reconstruction filter information,
a tone conversion processing unit configured to perform tone conversion processing of the tomosynthesis image in accordance with a tone conversion condition,
a setting unit configured to change the reconstruction condition and the tone conversion condition, and
a control unit configured to control whether to use the changed tone conversion condition for tone conversion processing to be performed on a tomosynthesis image reconstructed in accordance with the changed reconstruction condition.

US Pat. No. 10,104,268

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of performing one side printing and both side printing, comprising:a scanner which performs a reading process on a document having been placed on a platen to obtain image data;
a user interface which receives a size of the document from a user;
a control unit configured to control the scanner to perform the reading process on the document; and
a printing unit configured to print the image data on a sheet,
wherein the control unit controls the scanner to perform the reading process based on a size of the sheet and obtains image data, and the printing unit performs one side printing based on the obtained image data
wherein in a case where the both side printing is set and a document having been placed on the platen is to be read, the control unit controls, on the condition that a size of the document is received via the user interface, the scanner to perform the reading process, based on the received size, on the document having been placed on the platen, and obtains image data, and the printing unit performs both side printing based on the obtained image data.

US Pat. No. 10,104,320

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE WITH SIGNAL PROCESSING AND LEVEL SHIFTING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device, comprising:a pixel array including a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric conversion unit and a transfer transistor configured to transfer charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit;
a signal processing unit configured to process signals output from the pixels; and
a level shift unit configured to supply a pulse to a gate of the transfer transistor,
wherein amplitude of the pulse supplied to the gate of the transfer transistor is larger than amplitude of a pulse supplied to a gate of a transistor that constitutes the signal processing unit,
wherein the pixel array and the level shift unit are arranged on a first semiconductor substrate, whereas the signal processing unit is arranged on a second semiconductor substrate stacked on the first semiconductor substrate, and
wherein a gate insulating film of a transistor that constitutes the level shift unit is thicker than a gate insulating film of a transistor that constitutes the signal processing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,095,178

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a recording medium, the apparatus comprising:an image-bearing-unit support member that is movable between an inside and an outside of the image forming apparatus while supporting a plurality of image bearing units, which each include an image bearing member;
a belt member that contacts the plurality of image bearing members; and
an image-bearing-unit operating member that moves the image bearing units relative to the image-bearing-unit support member when the image-bearing-unit support member is inside the image forming apparatus, thereby moving the image bearing units from a contact position where the image bearing units contacts the belt member to a separate position where the image bearing units are separated from the belt member
wherein the image-bearing-unit operating member causes at least one of the plurality of image bearing units to be started to move from the contact position toward the separate position at different timing from timing at which the image-bearing-unit operating member causes the other image bearing unit or the other image bearing units to be started to move from the contact position toward the separate position.

US Pat. No. 10,097,768

LIGHT EMISSION CONTROL DEVICE THAT CONTROLS LIGHT EMISSION OF LIGHTING DEVICE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light emission control device for controlling a light emission unit that irradiates light to an object when the object is shot by an image pickup apparatus, the light emission control device comprising:at least one processor that functions, according to one or more programs in a memory, as units comprising:
(1) a detection unit configured to detect posture information of at least one of the image pickup apparatus and the light emission unit;
(2) a selection unit configured to, when performing bounce shooting in which the object is shot by causing the light emitted from the light emission unit to be reflected from the reflection object for illumination of the object, select one of (a) a first mode for controlling an irradiating direction of the light emission unit according to distances from the image pickup apparatus to the object and to a reflection object, and (b) a second mode for manually controlling the irradiating direction of the light emission unit; and
(3) a control unit configured to start an operation for controlling, in a case where the second mode has been selected, the irradiating direction of the light emission unit according to the posture information detected by said detection unit, when a predetermined first operation that is different from an operation for selecting one of the first mode and the second mode is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,097,840

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An encoding apparatus that encodes Bayer array RAW image data, the apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store a program; and
one or more processors configured to execute the program stored in the memory,
wherein the one or more processors function as units comprising:
(1) a first transforming unit that transforms RAW image data into a first plane group constituted of a total of four planes, the four planes being an R plane constituted of an R component, a G0 plane constituted of a G0 component, a G1 plane constituted of a G1 component, and a B plane constituted of a B component;
(2) a second transforming unit that transforms RAW image data into a second plane group constituted of a total of four planes, the four planes including one luminance plane constituted of a luminance component and three color difference planes each of which is constituted of a color difference component, respectively different from each other;
(3) a RAW encoding unit that encodes each plane included in the first plane group or the second plane group by performing, for each plane, (a) wavelet transform to generate transform coefficients, (b) quantization on the generated transform coefficients, and (c) entropy encoding on the quantized transform coefficients; and
(4) a control unit that performs control so as to provide either the first plane group or the second plane group to the RAW encoding unit to encode the RAW image data,
wherein, when encoding a plurality of continuously input RAW image frames, the control unit (a) performs control so as to provide, to the RAW encoding unit, the second plane group obtained from a first RAW image frame in the plurality of continuously input RAW image frames, and (b) determines which of the first plane group or second plane group to be obtained from a second RAW image frame following the first RAW image frame is provided to the RAW encoding unit, based on the transform coefficients obtained when the RAW encoding unit performs the wavelet transform on a plane included in the second plane group of the first RAW image frame.

US Pat. No. 10,090,352

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a first semiconductor substrate which is provided with a photodiode;
a second semiconductor substrate which is provided with a transistor;
a wiring structure which is disposed between the first semiconductor substrate and the second semiconductor substrate laminated with each other, the wiring structure including a first metal layer and a second metal layer arranged between the first semiconductor substrate and the second semiconductor substrate;
a first conductive section which penetrates the first semiconductor substrate; and
a second conductive section which penetrates the first semiconductor substrate, wherein the first conductive section and the second conductive section are electrically continuous with each other through the wiring structure.

US Pat. No. 10,091,401

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING PLURALITY OF EXTERNAL CONNECTION TERMINALS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a plurality of inclined faces formed on a side surface in a width direction of an apparatus main body, the width direction being perpendicular to an optical axis of a lens part which is provided on the image pickup apparatus, the plurality of inclined faces being inclined such that ends of the respective inclined faces on a back side of the apparatus main body are inclined in a direction to come close to the optical axis of the lens part; and
a plurality of external connection terminals provided on the respective plurality of inclined faces,
wherein the plurality of inclined faces are arranged at positions so as not to overlap to each other when viewed from the width direction of the apparatus main body, and are arranged at a position such that at least a part of the inclined faces overlap to each other when viewed from a direction of the optical axis of the lens part, and
wherein a relative position of the external connection terminals each provided on respective different inclined faces among the plurality of inclined faces is deviated in a height direction of the image pickup apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,091,712

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to function as:
a reception unit configured to receive a probe request signal defined in IEEE 802.11 standard and transmitted from another communication device,
a first determination unit configured to determine whether the communication device executes a specific protocol,
a second determination unit configured to determine whether an information element indicating the specific protocol is added to the received probe request signal,
a third determination unit configured to determine whether the communication device is operating as an access point, and
a transmission unit configured
not to transmit a probe response signal when the information element is not added to the received probe request signal, and to transmit the probe response signal when the information element is added to the received probe request signal, in a case where the first determination unit determines that the communication device is executing the specific protocol,
not to transmit the probe response signal when the information element is added to the received probe request signal, and to transmit the probe response signal when the information element is not added to the received probe request signal, in a case where the third determination unit determines that the communication device is operating as the access point, and
not to transmit the probe response signal to the received probe request signal in a case where the first determination unit determines that the communication device is not executing the specific protocol and the third determination unit determines that the communication device is not operating as the access point.

US Pat. No. 10,088,437

COMPUTING DEVICE, COMPUTING PROGRAM, X-RAY MEASURING SYSTEM AND X-RAY MEASURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computing device configured to obtain information about a subject using a detection result detected by an X-ray detector which detects a monochromatic X-ray transmitted through the subject irradiated with a monochromatic X-ray in a certain wavelength, the device comprising:a unit configured to obtain detection results detected by the X-ray detector;
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain information about a tomographic image of a complex refractive index n of the subject for the monochromatic X-ray; and
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain information about a tomographic image of a mass absorption coefficient (?/?) of the subject in accordance with a correlation between a parametric ratio (?/?) according to a complex refractive index n and the mass absorption coefficient (?/?),
where ? denotes a linear absorption coefficient of a subject for a monochromatic X-ray in a certain wavelength, ? denotes mass density, n denotes a complex refractive index of a subject for a monochromatic X-ray in a certain wavelength, and 1?? and ?? respectively denote a real part and an imaginary part in the complex refractive index n,
wherein the detection results are detected at different angles while changing an irradiation angle of the monochromatic X-ray with respect to the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,089,730

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor that
obtains an image pickup condition of a shot image,
generates an image restoration filter based on an optical transfer function according to the image pickup condition, and
performs image processing on the shot image using restoration filter,
wherein the processor changes a maximum gain of the image restoration filter on the basis of information on noise characteristics of the shot image.

US Pat. No. 10,084,950

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a main image capturing system configured to capture an object image formed by a main optical system, the main optical system being a zoom lens; and
multiple sub image capturing systems configured to respectively capture multiple object images respectively formed by multiple sub optical systems,
wherein the multiple sub optical systems are arranged on both sides across a sectional plane including an optical axis of the main optical system,
wherein at least one sub optical system included in the multiple sub optical systems is a fixed focal length optical system whose view angle is equal to or wider than that of the main optical system at its wide-angle end,
wherein at least one other sub optical system included in the multiple sub optical systems is a fixed focal length optical system whose view angle is smaller than that of the main optical system at its wide-angle end and is equal to or wider than that of the main optical system at its telephoto end, and
wherein the apparatus further comprises a processor configured to acquire, using a main image produced by the main image capturing system and multiple sub images produced by the multiple sub image capturing systems, object distance information in an image capturing view angle of the main image capturing system.

US Pat. No. 10,083,166

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING INSPECTION REPORT(S)

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for generating an inspection report, comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory storing a program including instructions to be executed by the at least one processor to perform a method comprising:
receiving an input of text data from a user for an inspection report relating to one or more images which are obtained by one or more inspections on an object;
identifying, in a real-time manner, one or more context features from the input text data which currently has been inputted by the user;
obtaining one or more measured values by performing measurement of the object using the one or more images;
processing items corresponding to the one or more measured values, the processing comprising filtering and/or sorting the items based on one or more of the identified context features;
causing, in a case where the one or more context features have been identified, a display unit to display a list of the processed items corresponding to the one or more measured values, as candidates for measured values relating to the one or more context features;
receiving a selection for an item in the list, the selected item corresponding to a measured value relating to the one or more context features; and
inserting information about the measured value corresponding to the selected item at a position adjacent to the input text data from which the one or more context features are identified.

US Pat. No. 10,085,010

IMAGING SYSTEM FOR CAPTURING AN IMAGE OF THE SAME OBJECT USING A PLURALITY OF IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUSES THAT CAN COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging system for capturing images including a same object using a plurality of image capturing apparatuses capable of communicating with each other, the imaging system comprising:at least one image capturing apparatus of the image capturing apparatuses transmits captured image data which is cut-out of a first captured image including an in-focus position, wherein the transmitted image also includes the in-focus position, to another image capturing apparatus among the image capturing apparatuses, and
each of the image capturing apparatuses determines each depth of field by using signals from an image area located within a second captured image, wherein the image area is an area selected from the second captured image on the basis of a correlation with the transmitted image,
wherein the image area shows the in-focus position of the first captured image within the second captured image.

US Pat. No. 10,082,731

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS AND PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An illumination apparatus comprising:an illumination optical system configured to illuminate a light modulation element;
a plurality of light source units each including a diffusing element, at least one solid-state light source, and a light-guiding optical system configured to guide a light beam from the solid-state light source to the diffusing element; and
an optical-path combining system configured to guide light beams from the light source units to the illumination optical system,
wherein the optical-path combing system includes a first reflective surface on which a first light source image is formed using a light beam from a first light source unit included in the plurality of light source units and a second reflective surface where a second light source image is formed using a light beam from a second light source unit included in the plurality of light source units, and
wherein when a plurality of predetermined regions in a region where light source images are formed by the illumination optical system using light beams from the optical-path combining system as viewed in an optical axis direction of the illumination optical system is defined as a plurality of effective regions and the number of the light source units is denoted by N, the following expression is satisfied:
0.7?X1/Y1·Y2/X2?1.3where X1 denotes a length of each of N subregions in a first side direction of the effective region, the N subregions being obtained by dividing the effective region by N along the first side direction or a second side direction orthogonal to the first side direction, Y1 denotes a length of each of the N subregions in the second side direction, X2 denotes a length of each light source image in the effective region in the first side direction, and Y2 denotes a length of the light source image in the effective region in the second side direction.

US Pat. No. 10,082,749

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING AND TRANSFERRING A TONER IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on a photosensitive member;
a transfer portion configured to transfer the toner image formed by the image forming unit to a transfer material;
a first roller disposed upstream of the transfer portion in a conveying direction of the transfer material conveyed to the transfer portion, the first roller conveying the transfer material by coming into contact with a surface of the transfer material to which the toner image is to be transferred, wherein a triboelectric charge polarity of the first roller when the first roller is triboelectrically charged by contact with the transfer material is opposite to a charge polarity of the photosensitive member;
a first facing roller facing the first roller; and
a second roller disposed upstream of the transfer portion and downstream of the first roller in the conveying direction, the second roller conveying the transfer material by coming into contact with the surface of the transfer material to which the toner image is to be transferred, wherein a triboelectric charge polarity of the second roller when the second roller is triboelectrically charged by contact with the transfer material is same as the charge polarity of the photosensitive member,
wherein a triboelectric charge polarity of the surface of the first roller when the surface is triboelectrically charged by contact with the first facing roller is same as the triboelectric charge polarity of the surface of the first roller when the surface is triboelectrically charged by contact with the transfer material.

US Pat. No. 10,084,320

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO WIRELESSLY RECEIVE POWER FROM EXTERNAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a power reception unit configured to wirelessly receive power from a power supply apparatus;
a load configured to receive the power from the power reception unit;
a communication unit configured to receive a detection period, during which the power supply apparatus detects a foreign object, from the power supply apparatus and to notify a control unit of the detection period; and
the control unit configured to perform a process for keeping power consumed by the electronic apparatus in a predetermined range until the detection period elapses,
wherein the process keeps the load constant by keeping an impedance of the load at a constant value.

US Pat. No. 10,085,110

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO WIRELESSLY SUPPLY POWER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply unit configured to wirelessly supply power to an electronic apparatus;
a communication unit configured to receive information regarding the electronic apparatus from the electronic apparatus; and
a control unit configured to control whether to perform a process for detecting a foreign object according to whether the information is updated by the electronic apparatus,
wherein the control unit controls the power supply unit so as to supply first power to the electronic apparatus, if the information is determined not to be updated by the electronic apparatus, and
wherein the control unit controls the power supply unit so as to supply second power, which is set based on the information, to the electronic apparatus according to non-detection of the foreign object, if the information is determined to be updated by the electronic apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,084,881

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL AND BROWSER STORAGE MANAGEMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing terminal in which an operating system operates, comprising:a memory storing instructions related to a web browser operating on the operating system; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing terminal to:
manage user information corresponding to one or more users registered in the web browser;
receive data to be saved in a reserved area reserved for the web browser from a web site accessed via the web browser;
in a case where specific user information has been input to the web browser to login as a user having been registered to the web browser, encrypt the received data;
save the encrypted data in a storage out of the reserved area corresponding to the specific user information, wherein the saved data in the storage is not data corresponding to an application cache, and
synchronize data saved in the reserved area reserved for the web browser with a corresponding web site as a background process on the information processing terminal, wherein data in the storage within the reserved area corresponding to user information of a user who has not logged-in is not used for a synchronization on the background process.

US Pat. No. 10,074,756

METHOD FOR PRODUCING OPTICAL COMPONENT, OPTICAL COMPONENT, AND OPTICAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical component comprising:a substrate containing silicon oxide;
a first layer disposed on the substrate and containing silicon oxide;
a second layer disposed on the first layer and containing a metal compound;
a third layer disposed on the second layer; and
a fourth layer disposed on the third layer and being a metal oxide layer, a metal nitride layer, or a metal carbide layer,
wherein the first layer has a first portion that is not between the substrate and the second layer, the first layer has a second portion that is between the substrate and the second layer, and each of the first portion and the second portion has a thickness of 30 to 1,000 nanometers (nm),
wherein the second layer has a third portion and a fourth portion that are on the second portion, the fourth portion is disposed between an edge of the second layer and the third portion, a thickness of the fourth portion is smaller than a thickness of the third portion, and the fourth layer overlaps the third portion and the fourth portion, and
wherein a porosity of the first layer is higher than a porosity of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,073,414

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH PRINTER UNIT AND AIR-COOLED READER UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a printer unit configured to form a toner image on a recording material, said printer unit including a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image on the recording material;
a reader unit provided above said printer unit and configured to read an image of an original, said reader unit including an image sensor configured to optically read the original;
wherein in a side of said reader unit opposed to said printer unit, there are provided a suction opening configured to suck air from an outside of said reader unit and a discharging opening configured to discharge the air to an outside of said reader unit, and
wherein an air flow path connecting said suction opening and said discharging opening overlaps with an entirety of said image sensor in a longitudinal direction of said image sensor so that air can flow in the longitudinal direction of said image sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,070,129

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image coding apparatus configured to code an image in units of slices each of which includes a plurality of blocks, the image coding apparatus comprising:a coding unit configured to code blocks included in a first row of a slice and code blocks included in a second row, different from the first row, of the slice,
wherein, when coding a first quantization parameter in coding order of the first row, the coding unit uses a slice quantization parameter that is provided to the slice as an initial value,
wherein, when coding a first quantization parameter in coding order of the second row, the coding unit uses the slice quantization parameter that is provided to the slice as the initial value and that is used when coding the first quantization parameter in coding order of the first row, and
wherein, when coding a second quantization parameter in coding order of the second row, the coding unit uses the first quantization parameter in coding order of the second row.

US Pat. No. 10,068,138

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR GENERATING A TEMPORAL-ADAPTIVE REPRESENTATION FOR VIDEO-EVENT CLASSIFICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device comprising:one or more computer-readable media; and
one or more processors that are coupled to the computer-readable media and that are configured to cause the device to
obtain frame-level feature sets of visual features that were extracted from respective frames of a video, wherein the respective frame-level feature set of a frame includes the respective visual features that were extracted from the frame,
generate first-pooled-level feature sets, wherein each first-pooled-level feature set is generated by pooling the visual features from two or more frame-level feature sets, wherein each first-pooled-level feature set includes pooled features, and wherein a pooled feature in the first-pooled-level feature sets is generated by pooling two or more visual features,
generate second-pooled-level feature sets, wherein each second-pooled-level feature set is generated by pooling the pooled features in two or more first-pooled-level feature sets, wherein each second-pooled-level feature set includes pooled features, and wherein a pooled feature in the second-pooled-level feature sets is generated by pooling two or more pooled features in the first-pooled-level feature sets,
obtain trajectory features that were extracted from the video;
fuse the trajectory features with at least some of the pooled features in the first-pooled-level feature sets and the pooled features in the second-pooled-level feature sets, thereby generating fused features;
train classifiers based on the fused features;
obtain a test video; and
classify the test video using the trained classifiers.

US Pat. No. 10,068,161

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MAINTENANCE OF AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a sheet, the apparatus comprising:a projector that projects an image onto a projection target; and
one or more processors that execute a set of instructions to
detect an event that needs user work on the image forming apparatus; and
control the projector to project the image so that a target portion of the user work can be identified and to project an instruction image for performing the user work, based on a detected event,
wherein, on a basis of a detection that an amount of toner remaining in a toner bottle is low, the one or more processors execute the instructions to control the projector to project the image so that a cover of a container of the toner bottle can be identified and to control the projector to project the instruction image onto an opened cover of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,069,993

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT METHOD AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A resource management apparatus for managing resources used by a plurality of applications, the apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon executing instructions stored in the memory, performs the functions of
an obtaining unit configured to obtain upper-limit values of resource usage amounts of applications in an executable state;
a receiving unit configured to receive a resource obtainment request from a requesting application; and
an allocation unit configured to:
determine whether or not the requesting application is a UI (user interface) type application that involves a user interface;
if the requesting application is determined to be the UI type application,
allocate a requested resource to the requesting application in response to the resource obtainment request regardless of a resource usage amount, and
perform resource adjustment after allocating the requested resource, if the resource usage amount is larger than the upper limit value of resource usage amount;
if the requesting application is determined not to be the UI type application,
perform resource adjustment after entering the resource obtainment request in a queue until the resource usage amount is smaller than or equal to the upper limit value of resource usage amount, if the resource usage amount is larger than the upper limit value of resource usage amount; and
allocate the requested resource to the requesting application in response to a resource obtainment request entered in the queue, if the resource usage amount is smaller than or equal to the upper limit value of resource usage amount.

US Pat. No. 10,065,420

PIEZOELECTRIC THIN FILM, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, PIEZOELECTRIC THIN FILM MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A piezoelectric thin film containing Pb(1.00˜1.20)(ZrxTi1-x)O3, where x=0.4 to 0.6, and having crystal orientations of at least a (100) plane, a (110) plane, and a (111) plane,wherein a ratio of a reflection intensity of the (100) plane relative to a sum of reflection intensities of the (100) plane, the (110) plane, and the (111) plane of the Pb(1.00˜1.20)(ZrxTi1-x)O3, where x=0.4 to 0.6, is not less than 95% as measured by X-ray diffractometry, and
wherein the piezoelectric thin film is formed after a dried coating layer is formed by applying a coating solution onto a substrate and heating the substrate to evaporate an organic solvent from the coating solution applied thereon in a state that a shield plate is arranged around the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,070,029

LIGHT EMISSION CONTROL DEVICE INCLUDING ACCUMULATOR UNIT, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, AS WELL AS IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light mission control device that selectively controls light emission of a light emitting section when photographing, comprising:a capacitor configured to accumulate electric charges so as to supply electric current to the light emitting section;
at least one processor; and
a memory which is coupled to the at least one processor and stores instructions which cause the at least one processor to perform operations of the following units of the light emission control device;
a charge control unit configured to perform charge control for controlling a charge voltage of said capacitor based on a first voltage threshold value;
a light emission control unit configured to control light emission of the light emitting section in photographing, by supplying electric current from said capacitor of which the charge voltage is controlled based on the first voltage threshold value, to the light emitting section; and
a discharge control unit configured to control, when shifting the light emitting section to a predetermined state except the photographing, the charge voltage to a second voltage threshold value which is lower than the first voltage threshold value, by causing electric charges to be discharged from said capacitor,
wherein in a case that the second voltage threshold is set, the charge control unit performs charge control for controlling the charge voltage of said capacitor based on the second voltage threshold value, and
wherein when a power-off operation is performed in the predetermined state, a power is turned off without discharge controlling by the discharge control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,070,033

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that controls an electronic device, comprising:a reception unit configured to receive an operation signal for the electronic device; and
a control unit configured to perform exclusive control of not accepting, when a first operation signal has been received via a first interface unit, a second operation signal which has been received via a second interface unit,
wherein when the first operation signal is an operation signal related to a first function, the control unit performs exclusive control against the second signal for a period from the start to the end of the operation of the electronic device corresponding to the first operation signal, and
when the first operation signal is an operation signal related to a second function, the control unit performs exclusive control against the second operation signal for the period from the start to the end of the operation of the electronic device corresponding to the first operation signal and a period until a predetermined time has elapsed since the end of the operation of the electronic device corresponding to the first operation signal.

US Pat. No. 10,065,438

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a feeding unit configured to feed a printing sheet;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the printing sheet fed by the feeding unit;
a printing unit configured to print the printing sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit; and
a control unit configured to control conveyance of a preceding sheet and a succeeding sheet succeedingly fed after the preceding sheet, wherein the control unit makes a leading edge of the succeeding sheet overlap the preceding sheet,
wherein the control unit decides an overlapping amount of the preceding sheet and the succeeding sheet such that the overlapping amount, in a case when an ink amount discharged on at least one of the preceding sheet and the succeeding sheet is greater than a threshold, is less than the overlapping amount in a case when the ink amount is less than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,065,439

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printhead configured to print an image on a printing medium;
a carriage, on which the printhead is mounted, configured to move;
a driving source;
an operating unit configured to operate by a driving force of the driving source;
a transmitting unit configured to be displaced by the driving force of the driving source between a transmitting position at which the transmitting unit transmits the driving force of the driving source to the operating unit and a non-transmitting position at which the transmitting unit does not transmit the driving force of the driving source to the operating unit;
a movable member arranged on a moving path of the carriage and configured to be displaced by the movement of the carriage;
a restricting member configured to be displaced, in coordination with a displacement of the movable member, between a restricting position at which the displacement of the transmitting unit is restricted by the restricting member and a non-restricting position; and
a selecting member provided between the movable member and the restricting member and configured to be displaced between a coordinating position at which the movable member and the restricting member are coordinated with each other by the selecting member and a non-coordinating position at which the movable member and the restricting member are not coordinated with each other by the selecting member.

US Pat. No. 10,070,061

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR ADDRESSING IMAGE BLUR AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a correcting lens, and
at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following units:
a calculation unit configured to calculate a correction amount for a vibration based on a vibration signal output from a vibration detection unit configured to detect the vibration; and
a setting unit configured to set a range of movement of the correcting lens, the correcting lens configured to be moved to correct image blur based on the correction amount for the vibration,
wherein the range of movement of the correcting lens is set by the setting unit, based on an object distance, and the setting unit sets the range of movement to be larger as the object distance increases, and
wherein the correcting lens is movable in a direction orthogonal to an optical axis of the image capturing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,068,321

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,061,249

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT FORMS COLOR IMAGE BY SUPERIMPOSING PLURALITY OF IMAGES IN DIFFERENT COLORS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is capable of forming an image at a plurality of image forming speeds, the image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit that has a first image forming part which forms a first image in a first color and a second image forming part which forms a second image in a second color different from the first color, and configured to form an image using the first image forming part and the second image forming part;
a first obtaining unit that has a sensor which measures a measurement image including a first measurement image and a second measurement image formed by the image forming unit on an image carrier, and configured to obtain information related to relative positions of the first measurement image and the second measurement image in a conveyance direction of the image carrier based on a result of measurement of the measurement image by the sensor, the first measurement image and the second measurement image being formed by the first image forming part and the second image forming part, respectively;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a type of a recording material on which an image is formed;
a generation unit configured to generate correlation data based on first information which is a result obtained by the first obtaining unit with respect to the measurement image in correspondence with a first image forming speed and on second information which is a result obtained by the obtaining unit with respect to the measurement image in correspondence with a second image forming speed, the correlation data indicating a relationship between relative positions of the first measurement image and the second measurement image in the conveyance direction corresponding to the first image forming speed and relative positions of the first measurement image and the second measurement image in the conveyance direction corresponding to the second image forming speed; and
a controller configured to, in a case where the image forming unit forms an image at the second image forming speed, correct relative positions of the first image and the second image in the conveyance direction based on the first information obtained in advance by the first obtaining unit and on the correlation data generated by the generation unit,
wherein the image forming speed is decided on based on the type of the recording material obtained by the second obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 10,061,260

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DRAWER MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, said apparatus comprising:a main assembly provided with an opening;
a drawer member movable relative to said main assembly while supporting an image forming portion including at least an image bearing member for carrying a toner image, between an inside position which is inside said main assembly and in which an image forming operation is enabled and an outside position to which said drawer member is drawn out of said main assembly through said opening and in which a cartridge including at least a part of said image forming portion is mountable to and dismountable from said drawer member;
an optical unit provided in said main assembly and configured to project light onto said image bearing member and including a light projection opening and a transparent member covering the light projection opening;
a cleaning member provided in said main assembly and configured to clean a surface of the transparent member by moving relative to said optical unit;
an operating portion configured to move said cleaning member in a process of movement of said drawer member from the inside position to the outside position or a process of movement of said drawer member from the outside position to the inside position; and
a guiding rail movable between a first position and a second position different from the first position while supporting said drawer member, said guiding rail permitting, when said guiding rail is in the first position, movement of said drawer member between an inside transitional position inside said main assembly and the outside position, and said guiding rail moving said drawer member from the inside transitional position to the inside position by being moved from first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,061,263

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A DUAL-POSITION DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,059,002

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising: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 image processing apparatus to:
obtain a captured image of a target object that is captured by an image capturing apparatus capturing the target object, on which an illumination pattern is irradiated by an irradiation apparatus;
obtain information that indicates a deterioration degree of the captured image, for a position in the captured image;
extract a three-dimensional position of a point on an image of the target object, as a feature of the target object from the captured image based on the deterioration degree, a position of the irradiation apparatus, a position of the image capturing apparatus, and the illumination pattern;
hold a three-dimensional model of the target object;
associate the three-dimensional position of the point on the image of the target object and a three-dimensional position of a surface of the three-dimensional model that neighbors that three-dimensional position observed when the three-dimensional model is arranged in accordance with a predetermined position and orientation; and
derive a position and orientation of the target object with respect to the image capturing apparatus by correcting the predetermined position and orientation based on a result of association.

US Pat. No. 10,063,720

RELAY SERVER ENABLING RESUMPTION OF REMOTE SUPPORT, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A relay server that relays communication between at least one image processing apparatus and at least one information processing apparatus that performs remote support for the image processing apparatus, comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
manage a plurality of memory regions on the relay server each of which is used for a relay of communication for the remote support between an image processing apparatus and an information processing apparatus;
assign, for each connection being made from the image processing apparatus, one of the plurality of memory regions to the image processing apparatus as a memory region to be used for undergoing the remote support;
associate identification information of the image processing apparatus with identification information of the information processing apparatus in a case where the remote support for the image processing apparatus is started by the information processing apparatus; and
in a case where a resumption of the remote support is requested from the information processing apparatus after a reconnection by the image processing apparatus is performed, identify a memory region newly assigned, in accordance with the reconnection, to the image processing apparatus that is a target of the remote support, based on the identification information of the image processing apparatus associated with the identification information of the information processing apparatus, and transmit information for using the identified memory region to the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,052,018

WAVEFRONT MEASURING METHOD FOR ADAPTIVE OPTICS SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling an optical-image pickup apparatus configured to radiate measurement light onto a subject, to measure a wavefront aberration generated at the subject with a wavefront measurement device, to correct the aberration with a wavefront correction device, and to acquire an optical image of the subject, the method comprising:receiving a first set of quality data that is representative of a quality of wavefront data, wherein the wavefront data is an estimation of wavefront aberrations generated at the subject;
comparing the first set of quality data to a first threshold;
in a first case wherein the comparison of the first set of quality data indicates that the wavefront data is of sufficient quality then performing normal adaptive optics feedback comprising:
sending a first set of control information to the optical-image pickup apparatus instructing the optical-image pickup apparatus to compensate for aberrations based on an estimated shape of the wavefront based on the received wavefront data; and
re-estimating the shape of the wavefront based on re-acquired wavefront data and sending a new first set of control information to the optical-image pickup apparatus instructing the optical-image pickup apparatus to compensate for aberrations based on the re-estimated shape of the wavefront; and
in a second case wherein the comparison of the first set of quality data indicates that the wavefront data is not of sufficient quality then performing an initial adjustment comprising:
sending a second set of control information to the optical-image pickup apparatus instructing the optical-image pickup apparatus to modify the optical path in which measurement light is radiated onto the subject;
receiving a new first set of quality data, to replace the previously received first set of quality data, that is based on new wavefront data after the optical path has been modified; and
re-comparing the new first set of quality data to the first threshold;
in a third case wherein the comparison of the first set of quality data that is based on the new wavefront data indicates that the new wavefront data is of sufficient quality then performing the normal adaptive optics feedback in which the optical path has been adjusted based on the second set of control information; and
in a fourth case wherein the comparison of the first set of quality data that is based on the new wavefront data indicates that the new wavefront data is not of sufficient quality then re-performing the initial adjustment based on a new second set of control information.

US Pat. No. 10,053,320

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus, comprising:a first conveyance unit having:
a first roller configured to rotate around a first rotation axis; and
a second roller configured to rotate around a second rotation axis, the second roller coming into contact with the first roller and thereby forming a nip portion in which a sheet is conveyed, the second rotation axis being inclined with respect to the first rotation axis; and
a second conveyance unit having the same configuration as the first conveyance unit,
wherein the second roller includes a first outer circumferential portion having a first outside diameter, a second outer circumferential portion arranged on one side of the first outer circumferential portion in an axial direction of the second rotation axis and having a second outside diameter larger than the first outside diameter, and a third outer circumferential portion arranged on the other side of the first outer circumferential portion in the axial direction of the second rotation axis and having a third outside diameter larger than the first outside diameter,
wherein an outer circumferential surface of the first roller contacts with at least the first outer circumferential portion, the second outer circumferential portion, and the third outer circumferential portion of the second roller to form the nip portion,
wherein the first conveyance unit is arranged on one side of a center of the sheet in a width direction of the sheet conveyed in the nip portion, and
the first conveyance unit and the second conveyance unit are arranged symmetrically with respect to the center of the sheet in the width direction of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,054,890

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,054,892

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,055,956

MONITORING CAMERA APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR MONITORING CAMERA APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A monitoring camera apparatus comprising:at least one memory;
at least one processor which is connected to the at least one memory, the at least one processor configured to:
reading setting data from a transmission control program;
upload a video captured by the monitoring camera, on which a privacy mask is superimposed, to a server via a network for a general client which is not a privileged client;
receive a request for transmitting a video from a privileged client;
determining that the request is a first transmission request with a set restriction setting to transmit a video without the privacy mask to the privileged client in accordance with the request;
in a case where a setting request is received from the privileged client, performing setting processing to invalidate an upload processing stop flag when it is determined by the transmission control program that an item to be set is recorded in the setting data; and
stop uploading of the video with the privacy mask to the server for the general client when the video without the privacy mask is transmitted to the privileged client in accordance with the request.

US Pat. No. 10,057,524

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a sensor comprising:
a pixel unit configured to be driven based on a reference timing signal, and output a pixel signal;
a first output unit configured to output, via a plurality of transmission paths in accordance with a first timing signal that is associated with the reference timing signal, a plurality of sets of first data obtained by adding, synchronously with the first timing signal, a synchronization code to the pixel signal output from the pixel unit; and
a second output unit configured to output, via a plurality of transmission paths in accordance with a second timing signal that is associated with the reference timing signal, a plurality of sets of second data obtained by adding, synchronously with the second timing signal, the synchronization code to the pixel signal output from the pixel unit; and
an image processing unit comprising:
a first correction unit configured to correct a shift in timing between the plurality of sets of first data output from the first output unit;
a second correction unit configured to correct a shift in timing between the plurality of sets of second data output from the second output unit; and
a third correction unit configured to correct a shift in timing between the plurality of sets of first data that have been corrected by the first correction unit and the plurality of sets of second data that have been corrected by the second correction unit, based on the synchronization code.

US Pat. No. 10,048,907

DISPLAYING INFORMATION ON TERMINAL DEVICE BASED ON TERMINAL DEVICE TYPE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling screens to be displayed on terminal devices having different sized display devices, the method comprising:determining, on a terminal device, that the terminal device is a first type device having a display device of a first size or that the terminal device is a second type device having a display device of a second size that is smaller than the display device of the first size;
causing, on a terminal device determined to be the first type device, the display device of the first size to display a first screen including a predetermined menu item and information corresponding to a menu item other than the predetermined menu item, wherein the predetermined menu item corresponds to predetermined information relating to an image forming apparatus but not included in the first screen, wherein the first screen is displayed based on the determination that the terminal device is the first type device;
changing, in response to selection, by a user, of the predetermined menu item on the first screen, the first screen displayed on the display device of the first size, to a second screen including the predetermined menu item included in the first screen and the corresponding predetermined information,
wherein, the predetermined menu item and the information corresponding to the menu item other than the predetermined menu item are displayed concurrently on the first screen;
wherein, the predetermined menu item and the corresponding predetermined information are displayed concurrently on the second screen;
causing, on a terminal device determined to be the second type device, the display device of the second size to display a third screen including the predetermined menu item included in the second screen but not including the corresponding predetermined information, wherein the third screen is displayed based on the determination that the terminal device is the second type device;
changing, in response to selection of the predetermined menu item, by the user, on the third screen, the third screen displayed on the display device of the second size, to a fourth screen that includes the corresponding predetermined information; and
changing, in response to selection of a specific menu item, by the user, on the third screen, the third screen displayed on the display device of the second size, to a fifth screen including an item for an instruction to execute printing,
wherein the corresponding predetermined information included in the second screen is displayed based on information transmitted from the image forming apparatus based on a request from the terminal device having the display device of the first size;
and the corresponding predetermined information included in the fourth screen is displayed based on information transmitted from the image forming apparatus based on a request from the terminal device having the display device of the second size.

US Pat. No. 10,043,253

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to perform operations including:
receiving input of a plurality of images having different exposures from one another,
generating gain information indicating relationships between coordinates and gains within each of the input plurality of images,
wherein generating the gain information includes generating, using a specific image, gain information indicating a relationship between coordinates and a gain of one image of the plurality of images having an exposure that is the smallest among exposure of the plurality of images, wherein the specific image is an image having a frequency band or resolution different from that of the image having the smallest exposure, and includes generating gain information indicating relationships between coordinates and gains of the rest of the plurality of images based on the generated gain information,
applying gain processing to each of the plurality of images based on the generated gain information,
applying development processing to each of the plurality of images to which the gain processing has been applied, and
compositing the plurality of images to which the development processing has been applied by applying the development processing.

US Pat. No. 10,044,900

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that attaches a consumable including a memory that stores information for indicating use results of a consumable material and including identification information of the consumable, and that forms an image by using the consumable material accommodated in the consumable, the image forming apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the at least one processor, cause the image forming apparatus to:
obtain the information from an attached consumable repeatedly;
create a record, including the identification information of the attached consumable, of the attached consumable based on the obtained information in a case that an obtaining of the information succeeds in an obtainment of the information, and create a record of the attached consumable that makes the identification information of the attached consumable be predetermined information other than the identification information in a case that the obtaining of the information fails in the obtainment of the information; and
change the identification information of the consumable in the record based on the information that is currently obtained in a case that identification information of the attached consumable included in the information that is currently obtained does not match the identification information of the consumable in the record,
wherein the change does not occur until the identification information of the attached consumable included in the information that is currently obtained does not continuously match the identification information of the consumable in the record in a predetermined number of times in the repeatedly obtaining of the information.

US Pat. No. 10,041,834

COLOR MEASURING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND COLOR MEASURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,036,871

LENS BARREL PROVIDED IN IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:a lens unit configured to be movable in a direction of an optical axis between a collapsed position and a shooting position;
a cam cylinder configured to have a first projecting portion in an outer peripheral portion thereof, be provided rotatably in a state of being engaged with said lens unit and movably in the direction of the optical axis, and move said lens unit in the direction of the optical axis by rotating;
a straight advance cylinder configured to be provided movably in the direction of the optical axis in a state of being inhibited from rotating on an outer peripheral side of said cam cylinder and have a through cam groove through which said first projecting portion passes; and
a rotary cylinder configured be rotatively driven in a state of being inhibited from moving in the direction of the optical axis on an outer peripheral side of said straight advance cylinder and have in the direction of the optical axis a straight advance groove with which the first projecting portion is to be engaged,
wherein in an inner peripheral portion of said rotary cylinder, second projecting portions are provided on opposite sides of said straight advance groove in a circumferential direction, and
wherein in an outer peripheral portion of said straight advance cylinder, circumferential grooves with which the respective second projecting portions provided on the opposite sides of said straight advance groove in the circumferential direction are to be engaged are provided in the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,035,344

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:a rotating member having a plurality of printing areas on a circumference thereof;
a printhead configured to discharge printing material onto the plurality of printing areas;
a linear encoder scale having slits and provided on the circumference of the rotating member along a rotation direction;
a plurality of encoder sensors provided at different positions in the rotation direction of the linear encoder scale, and configured to detect the slits of the linear encoder scale; and
an adjustment unit configured to adjust a timing of discharge from the printhead by using a detection result by at least one of the encoder sensors, wherein
the adjustment unit adjusts a timing of discharge from the printhead with respect to a first printing area out of the plurality of printing areas based on a detection result of a first encoder sensor, and adjusts a timing of discharge from the printhead with respect to a second printing area based on the detection result of a second encoder sensor, without using the detection result of the first encoder sensor, and
the first encoder sensor is provided at a position corresponding to an area of the circumference in which the slits are provided during the discharge of the printing material from the printhead to the first printing area and corresponding to an indefinite area of the circumference in which no slit is provided within a discharge of the printing material from the printhead to the second printing area, and the second encoder sensor is provided at a position corresponding to an area of the circumference in which the slits are provided during the discharge of the printing material from the printhead to the second printing area.

US Pat. No. 10,035,346

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

30. A liquid ejection head comprising:an ejection port forming member with an ejection port formed therein;
a base material;
a heating resistance element configured to generate bubbles in a liquid for ejecting the liquid, the heating resistance element having a surface opposite to the ejection port;
an insulating layer positioned between the base material and the heating resistance element;
a first electrical wiring arranged in the insulating layer;
a second electrical wiring arranged in the insulating layer;
a plurality of first connecting members configured to penetrate the insulating layer between the heating resistance element and the first electrical wiring, wherein the first connecting members abut both the first electrical wiring and a back surface of the heating resistance element opposite to the surface, thereby connecting the back surface of the heating resistance element opposite to the surface and the first electrical wiring; and
a plurality of second connecting members configured to penetrate the insulating layer between the heating resistance element and the second electrical wiring, wherein the second connecting members abut the back surface of the heating resistance element opposite to the surface, thereby connecting a back surface of the heating resistance element opposite to the surface and the second electrical wiring, the plurality of second connecting members being provided away from the plurality of first connecting members in a first direction,
wherein the plurality of first connecting members are arranged along a second direction intersecting the first direction and the plurality of second connecting members are arranged along the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,031,444

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A development device, comprising:a developer bearing member which is configured to be rotatable and bear developer containing toner and carrier for carrying the developer to a developing area facing an image bearing member;
a magnet which is fixed inside of the developer bearing member, the magnet comprising a first magnetic pole for developing a latent image formed on the image bearing member, a second magnetic pole disposed adjacent to the first magnetic pole in a rotary direction of the developer bearing member and having an opposite pole to the first magnetic pole, and a third magnetic pole disposed adjacent to both the first magnetic pole and the second magnetic pole in the rotary direction of the developer bearing member and having an opposite pole to the first magnetic pole, and
a regulation portion which is disposed to face the developer bearing member without contacting the developer bearing member and regulates an amount of developer borne by the developer bearing member,
wherein the regulation portion is disposed such that, when a maximum peak amount of a magnetic flux density of the first magnetic pole in a normal direction of the developer bearing member is defined as positive, the magnetic flux density of the first magnetic pole in the normal direction of the developer bearing member becomes positive in an entire region from a downstream side of the regulation portion in the rotary direction of the developer bearing member and through the developing area.

US Pat. No. 10,029,474

LIQUID STORAGE UNIT, LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS USING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF REMOVING BUBBLES FROM LIQUID STORAGE UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid storage unit, comprising:a first liquid storage chamber having a constant volume and being capable of holding liquid supplied from a liquid tank;
a second liquid storage chamber communicating with the first liquid storage chamber, the second liquid storage chamber storing the liquid therein;
a pressure control chamber configured to change a pressure of the pressure control chamber through actuation of a pressure control unit;
a liquid flow path member configured to hold a liquid discharge head configured to discharge the liquid, the liquid flow path member comprising a flow path connecting the first liquid storage chamber to the liquid discharge head;
a joint member on which the liquid tank is mounted;
a seal member configured to seal a gap between the liquid flow path member and the joint member; and
an elastic member being configured to tightly partition the second liquid storage chamber and the pressure control chamber from each other and being deformable so as to increase and decrease a volume of the second liquid storage chamber in accordance with the pressure of the pressure control chamber,
wherein the liquid flow path member, the joint member, and the seal member form the first liquid storage chamber, the second liquid storage chamber, and the pressure control chamber,
wherein the elastic member is a part of the seal member,
wherein the elastic member is capable of removing bubbles in the first liquid storage chamber by increasing and decreasing the volume of the second liquid storage chamber through the deformation, and
wherein a wall member of the first liquid storage chamber is thicker than the elastic member, and an area of an inner surface of the first liquid storage chamber is larger than a surface area of the elastic member.

US Pat. No. 10,022,981

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for ink jet comprising:a self-dispersible pigment; and
a compound represented by General Formula (I):

wherein, in General Formula (I), each R1 independently represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,025,259

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,015,376

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,015,724

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,012,923

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,011,138

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,005,630

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,009,494

IMAGE READING APPARATUS WITH END DETECTION AND IMAGE READING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,007,208

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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