US Pat. No. 10,237,486

IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE-CAPTURING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-capturing apparatus to which a lens apparatus is detachably attachable, the image-capturing apparatus comprising: at least one processor or one circuit which function as:a camera communicator configured to enable communication with the lens apparatus;
a camera controller configured to perform the communication with the lens apparatus through the camera communicator; and
a camera image stabilizer configured to perform, using image stabilization information, an image stabilization operation for reducing image blur,
wherein the camera controller is configured:
to set, before receiving from the lens apparatus first image stabilization information produced by the lens apparatus depending on a shake of the lens apparatus, second image stabilization information usable for the image stabilization operation,
to cause the camera image stabilizer, when receiving the first image stabilization information, to perform the image stabilization operation using the first image stabilization information; and
to cause the camera image stabilizer, when not receiving the first image stabilization information, to perform the image stabilization operation using the second image stabilization information,
wherein the camera image stabilizer is configured to switch image stabilization information used in the image stabilization operation between the first image stabilization information and the second image stabilization information between when the camera controller receives the first stabilization information and when the camera controller does not receive the first stabilization information, and
wherein the camera image stabilizer is configured to perform the image stabilization operation using the first image stabilization information when the camera controller receives the first image stabilization information, and perform the image stabilization operation using the second image stabilization information when the camera controller does not receive the first image stabilization information.

US Pat. No. 10,237,494

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more hardware processor; and
one or more memory for storing instructions to be executed by the one or more hardware processor,
wherein, when the instructions stored in the one or more memory are executed by the one or more hardware processor, the image processing apparatus functions as:
a display control unit configured to cause a display device to display a map image that indicates a layout of a plurality of cameras;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire operation information including designation of an area as a designated area for detection processing and designation of a type of the detection processing to be performed by at least one of the plurality of cameras, wherein the designated area is designated on the map image by a user;
an identification unit configured to identify one or more cameras that are capable of capturing an image corresponding to the designated area on the map image and performing the detection processing on an area corresponding to the designated area of the captured image according to the designated type; and
a processing unit configured to cause the display device to display identification information indicating the one or more cameras identified by the identification unit, among the plurality of cameras included in the map image.

US Pat. No. 10,235,743

MEASURING APPARATUS, MEASURING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A measuring apparatus comprising:an imaging device including plural pixels arranged in a matrix form and configured to take an image of a light source by the plural pixels;
an optical system configured to project light from the light source onto a sample and to guide light regularly reflected on the sample to the imaging device; and
a processor configured to obtain an optical characteristic of the sample based on an output of the imaging device,
wherein the processor is configured to
estimate a degree of diffusion for the projected light of the sample based on one of the image and the Fourier transform thereof and one of the light source and the Fourier transform thereof,
determine a coefficient of a Wiener filter based on the estimated degree of diffusion, and
obtain the optical characteristic based on the Wiener filter of which the coefficient has been determined, the Fourier transform of the image, and the Fourier transform of the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,237,568

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for an image decoding apparatus for decoding quantization parameters for subblocks in a block representing a part of an image, wherein the block is divided into subblocks so as to form a quadtree, the method comprising:decoding a first quantization parameter for a first subblock, coded data related to a first difference value between the first quantization parameter for the first subblock and a second quantization parameter for a second subblock, and coded data related to a second difference value between a third quantization parameter for a third subblock and a rounding value of an average of quantization parameters for subblocks in the block, wherein the first subblock, the second subblock, and the third subblock are generated by dividing the block so as to form a quadtree;
acquiring the second quantization parameter based on the first quantization parameter and the first difference value decoded by the decoding, and acquiring the third quantization parameter based on the second difference value decoded by the decoding and the rounding value of the average of quantization parameters for subblocks decoded before the third subblock.

US Pat. No. 10,235,010

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO GENERATE AN AUDIO SIGNAL CORRESPONDING TO A VIRTUAL VIEWPOINT IMAGE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory which stores instructions executable by the at least one processor to cause the information processing apparatus to perform:
acquiring information related to a position of a virtual viewpoint for a virtual viewpoint image generated based on images obtained by capturing a region from a plurality of directions by a plurality of cameras;
determining, based on a position of an object in the region and the acquired information related to the position of the virtual viewpoint for the virtual viewpoint image, a virtual listening point for generating an audio signal; and
generating, based on the determined virtual listening point and a plurality of collected sound signals obtained by a plurality of microphones for collecting at least a sound in a part of the region, the audio signal corresponding to the determined virtual listening point.

US Pat. No. 10,237,323

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:at least one hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions executable by the at least one hardware processor to cause the communication apparatus to perform at least:
establishing a connection for communication with another communication apparatus;
establishing at least one stream based on the connection for communication with the another communication apparatus;
determining, by using communication information associated with speed of communication between the communication apparatus and the another communication apparatus, a first window size corresponding to a size of a buffer for communication through the connection with the another communication apparatus and a second window size corresponding to a size of a buffer for communication through a stream of the at least one stream with the another communication apparatus;
deciding, based on the first window size determined by using the communication information associated with the speed of communication between the communication apparatus and the another communication apparatus, transmission timing of a first control frame for controlling a size of data to be transmitted from the another communication apparatus through the connection;
transmitting, according to the transmission timing decided, the first control frame generated based on the first window size determined; and
transmitting a second control frame for controlling a size of data to be transmitted from the another communication apparatus through the stream, wherein the second control frame is generated based on the second window size determined.

US Pat. No. 10,234,775

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which exposes a first shot region of a substrate, comprising:a measurement unit configured to measure a height of the substrate at each of a plurality of measurement points on the first shot region; and
a control unit configured to control at least one of the height and a tilt of the substrate based on measurement results obtained by the measurement unit, and control an operation to arrange the first shot region of the substrate in a first position and expose the first shot region while the first shot region is arranged in the first position,
wherein the first shot region includes a plurality of partial regions on which patterns are to be formed, and
the control unit causes the measurement unit to measure the height of the substrate by arranging the first shot region in a second position that is shifted from the first position, such that the number of measurement points arranged on the plurality of partial regions in the first shot region when the first shot region is arranged in the second position is larger than the number of measurement points arranged on the plurality of partial regions in the first shot region when the first shot region is arranged and exposed in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,234,777

TONER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner obtained by heat treating a toner particle containing a crystalline polyester resin, an amorphous polyester resin, a hydrocarbon wax and a wax dispersant,the crystalline polyester resin being a hybrid resin having crystalline polyester segments and amorphous vinyl segments,
the wax dispersant being a graft-polymer containing a polyolefin onto which a styrene acrylic polymer is grafted, and
the styrene acrylic polymer containing a monomer unit represented by Formula (1)

where R1 represents a hydrogen atom or methyl group, and R2 represents a saturated alicyclic group, wherein
a mass ratio of the crystalline polyester segments and the amorphous vinyl segments in the crystalline polyester resin (crystalline segments/amorphous segments) is 70/30 to 98/2.

US Pat. No. 10,234,779

TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing a resin component, wherein:the resin component contains an olefin copolymer,
the olefin copolymer including:
a monomer unit Y1 represented by Formula (1), and
a monomer unit Y2 represented by Formula (2);
the content of the olefin copolymer in the resin component being more than 50 mass % based on the total mass of the resin component; and
the olefin copolymer having a melting point of 80° C. or more and 150° C. or less,

where in Formulae (1) and (2), R1 represents H or CH3; and R2 represents H or CH3.

US Pat. No. 10,234,793

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE USING A DRY ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A development device that develops an electrostatic latent image formed on an image bearing member, the development device comprising:a developer bearing rotatable member configured to bear and convey developer; and
a magnetic field generation unit configured to include a first magnetic pole that is fixedly disposed inside the developer bearing member at a position facing the image bearing member, a second magnetic pole that is disposed adjacent to the first magnetic pole at a position upstream of the first magnetic pole in a rotation direction of the developer bearing member and that has a magnetic polarity different from the first magnetic pole, and a third magnetic pole that is disposed adjacent to the first magnetic pole at a position downstream of the first magnetic pole in the rotation direction of the developer bearing member and that has a magnetic polarity different from the first magnetic pole,
wherein a maximum value and a full width half maximum of a magnetic flux density of the third magnetic pole in a normal direction of the developer bearing member are larger than a magnetic flux density of the second magnetic pole in the normal direction of the developer bearing member, and
wherein a distance between the third magnetic pole and the first magnetic pole is smaller than that between the second magnetic pole and the first magnetic pole.

US Pat. No. 10,234,795

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER AND INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER WITH SURFACE LAYERS CONTAINING ACRYLIC RESIN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member configured to bear a toner image, the photosensitive member having a surface layer containing acrylic resin; and
an intermediate transfer member configured to secondarily transfer the toner image having been primarily transferred from the photosensitive member onto a transfer material, the intermediate transfer member having a surface layer containing acrylic resin and having a ten-point average roughness Rz set within a range of 0.35 ?m?Rz?1.5 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,234,797

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image borne on the image bearing member to a recording material with application of a transfer voltage;
a power supply configured to apply the transfer voltage to the transfer member;
a current detection unit configured to detect a current flowing through the transfer member;
a control unit configured to control the transfer voltage on a basis of a test bias applied to the transfer member during a non-image forming period, and a test current detected by the current detection unit when the test bias is applied to the transfer member; and
an operation portion configured to be capable of manually inputting a target value for changing the transfer voltage,
wherein the control unit is configured to change an upper limit value of a range of settings of the transfer voltage, being changeable through the operation portion, based on an upper limit voltage obtained on the basis of the test bias and the test current.

US Pat. No. 10,234,800

CONTROL DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control device comprising:a controller configured to control an operation of a first load and a second load, said controller including an input port and further being configured for selectively receiving a periodical first signal corresponding to an AC voltage and a non-periodical second signal generated from said second load through said input port and for controlling the operation of said first load based on the first signal,
wherein said controller controls the operation of said first load based on the first signal during a period of receiving the first signal and non-receiving the second signal, and generates a pseudo first signal and controls the operation of said first load based on the pseudo first signal during a period of non-receiving the first signal and receiving the second signal.

US Pat. No. 10,234,803

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE CAPABLE OF ENSURING AN ELECTRICAL INSULATION DISTANCE BETWEEN A ROTATABLE MEMBER AND A FRAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating device for heating a toner image while nipping and feeding a recording material carrying the toner image at a nip, said image heating device comprising:a cylindrical film;
an opposing member opposing said film to form the nip between said opposing member and said film;
an electroconductive frame; and
a preventing member provided on said frame to prevent movement of said film and including a preventing surface contacting an end edge of said film when said film moves in a longitudinal direction thereof, wherein said preventing member includes an enclosing portion extending from said preventing surface toward a central portion of said film with respect to the longitudinal direction so as to enclose an outer peripheral surface of a longitudinal end portion of said film, said enclosing portion being provided at a position at which said enclosing portion is in non-contact with the outer peripheral surface of said film with respect to a radial direction of said film.

US Pat. No. 10,234,805

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND ULTRASONIC SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material;
a transmission unit configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave;
a reception unit configured to receive the ultrasonic wave transmitted from the transmission unit; and
a control unit configured to obtain a surrounding temperature on the basis of a time period from when the transmission unit transmits the ultrasonic wave toward a predetermined recording material until when the reception unit receives the ultrasonic wave via the predetermined recording material and control, on the basis of an amplitude value of the ultrasonic wave received via the predetermined recording material and the surrounding temperature, an image formation condition in a case where the image forming unit forms the image on the predetermined recording material.

US Pat. No. 10,234,806

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image bearing member for bearing a developer;
a charging member that, in a contact portion, moves in the same direction as the image bearing member and that comes into contact with the image bearing member at a different velocity and charges the image bearing member;
a transferring device for transferring a developer image on the image bearing member to a transferred body;
a developer bearing member that supplies a developer to the image bearing member and that recovers a developer remaining on the image bearing member after transfer;
a detecting device for detecting information relating to injection charging in which a charge is injected to the image bearing member from the charging member; and
a control device for, based on the information, controlling an amount of a developer to be supplied to a non-image forming portion of the image bearing member during image formation.

US Pat. No. 10,234,807

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a cartridge configured to be detachably mountable to a main assembly of the image forming apparatus, said cartridge including an image bearing member, a cleaning member, and an information holding portion, said image bearing member being configured to bear a toner image, said cleaning member being provided in contact with said image bearing member and being configured to remove toner remaining on a surface of said image bearing member, said information holding portion being configured to hold pressure information regarding contact pressure of said cleaning member against said image bearing member, the contact pressure being measured by using a measuring jig in advance;
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 input the pressure information;
a display portion configured to display lifetime information regarding a lifetime of said cartridge; and
a controller configured to carry out a process for displaying the lifetime information on said display portion on the basis of the pressure information.

US Pat. No. 10,234,815

ELECTRODE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrode comprising:an elastically deformable spring portion formed cylindrically by winding a conductive wire rod into a helix; and
a ring portion provided on one end of the spring portion, in a first axial direction, obtained by annularly winding the conductive wire rod in a second axial direction intersecting the first axial direction,
wherein the ring portion includes, in the second axial direction:
a first ring connected to the spring portion; and
a second ring connected to the first ring,
wherein in a state where the ring portion is not in contact with a contact point target, a contact point end portion of the second ring on the contact point target side, protrudes further in a direction of the contact point target than a contact point end portion of the first ring on the contact point target side, and
wherein in a state where the contact point end portion of the second ring is in contact with the contact point target, and the spring portion is compressed in the first axial direction, both the contact point end portion of the first ring and the contact point end portion of the second ring come into contact with the contact point target.

US Pat. No. 10,234,817

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:a developer accommodating body configured to contain developer, the developer accommodating body being rotatable about a rotational axis;
a developer discharging body in fluid communication with the developer accommodating body, the developer discharging body having a discharge opening provided in a bottom portion of the developer discharging body, with the discharge opening being configured to discharge the developer from the developer discharging body, and with the developer accommodating body being rotatable relative to the developer discharging body; and
a track provided at each of opposite sides of the developer discharging body, each track being provided below a plane that includes the rotational axis and divides the developer supply container into a lower section that includes the discharge opening and an upper section, each track extending from a first position to a second position, with the second position being closer to the plane than the first position and such that a plane perpendicular to the rotational axis and passing through the track passes through the discharge opening, and each track projecting from a surface, with a portion of the surface extending from the first position in a direction of the rotational axis and away from the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,234,844

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the apparatus to:
input a shape model of a first part and a shape model of a second part;
input an image including the first part and the second part to which the first part is assembled;
estimate each of positions and orientations of the first part and the second part, by associating the first part and the second part, in the input image, with the shape model of the first part and the shape model of the second part, respectively;
determine a first geometric feature in a portion of interest of the shape model of the first part and a second geometric feature in a portion of interest of the shape model of the second part, wherein the second geometric feature is associated with the first geometric feature;
calculate a distance between the first geometric feature and the second geometric feature;
calculate an evaluation value for evaluating an assembled state of the first part and the second part based on the distance between the first geometric feature and the second geometric feature;
determine assembly success/failure of the first part with respect to the second part based on the evaluation value; and
control an assembly operation based on a result of the assembly success/failure determination.

US Pat. No. 10,235,612

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CONVERTING DRAWING DATA OF A TRANSPARENT OBJECT THAT DOES NOT OVERLAP ANOTHER DRAWING OBJECT INTO DRAWING DATA OF A DRAWING OBJECT THAT DOES N

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores a printer driver; and
(B) a processor that is connected to the memory and that executes the printer driver to perform the steps of:
(a) determining, in a case in which a drawing object making up page data of a print job is a transparent object having an alpha channel as color information, whether the transparent object overlaps another drawing object;
(b) converting, in a case in which it is determined that the transparent object does not overlap the other drawing object, drawing data of the transparent object into drawing data of a drawing object not having an alpha channel as color information, wherein, in a case in which it is determined that the transparent object overlaps the other drawing object, the drawing data of the transparent object is not converted into the drawing data of the drawing object not having the alpha channel as color information; and
(c) creating, based on the converted drawing data of the transparent object that does not overlap the other drawing object, and based on the drawing data of the transparent object that has not been converted in the converting step, Page Description Language (PDL) data to be output to an image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,237,425

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS ASSOCIATING WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus including a transmission function for transmitting an image, the image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing computer executable instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to perform operations comprising:
transmitting an image to a set transmission destination;
setting whether to permit use of a previously un-registered destination as a transmission destination of the transmission function to which the image is transmitted;
receiving data including at least a destination field from a mobile terminal; and
controlling the image processing apparatus to set the transmission destination based on destination information included in the destination field of the received data upon a condition that a setting is set permitting use of a previously un-registered destination and not to set the transmission destination based on the destination information included in the destination field of the received data upon a condition that a setting is set prohibiting use of a previously un-registered destination.

US Pat. No. 10,237,426

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT EXECUTES A DESIRED WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device that is capable of communicating with an external apparatus that comprises a first Near Field Communication (NFC) circuit and a second NFC circuit, the communication device comprising:a display configured to display information;
a third NFC circuit; and
at least one controller configured to function as:
a unit that causes, in the display, display of a first screen that prompts a user to carry out an operation for starting NFC communication, wherein the first screen is a screen that is displayed in a state in which the third NFC circuit is not permitted to perform specified communication with the first NFC circuit but is permitted to perform specified communication with the second NFC circuit; and
a unit that causes, in the display, display of a second screen that prompts a user to carry out an operation for starting NFC communication, wherein the second screen is a screen that is displayed in a state in which the third NFC circuit is permitted to perform specified communication with the first NFC circuit but is not permitted to perform specified communication with the second NFC circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,237,433

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SPECIFYING A SETTING VALUE TO BE REST AND RESETTING THE SETTING VALUE AFTER INITIALIZATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a plurality of groups, each group including a plurality of setting items, the information processing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions;
at least one processor that executes the instructions to function as:
a selection unit that selects a group including the plurality of setting items in the selected group;
a clearing unit that clears setting values of the plurality of setting items included in the group selected by the selection unit;
and
a display that is capable of displaying a screen for setting a setting value,
wherein the display displays, in a case where the plurality of setting items includes an initialization setting item that is to be set when the information processing apparatus is initially activated, the screen for setting a setting value of the initialization setting item in accordance with the clearing unit having cleared the setting values of the plurality of setting items, and
wherein the display does not display, in a case where the plurality of setting items does not include the initialization setting item that is to be set when the information processing apparatus is initially activated, the screen in accordance with the clearing unit having cleared the setting values of the plurality of setting items.

US Pat. No. 10,237,440

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus for adding information to an image to be printed on a sheet, the printing apparatus comprising:a memory device storing instructions; and
one or more processors that executes the instructions to cause the printing apparatus to act as:
an addition unit configured to add the information;
a first setting unit configured to set, based on a user operation, an area on which the information is printed in a sheet;
a second setting unit configured to set, based on a user operation, a sheet size option in which it is not necessary for a user to specify a length in a sheet conveyance direction of the sheet on which the image is to be printed; and
a control unit configured to control the addition unit to add the information to the image, so that the information is printed on an area in the sheet corresponding to the area set by the first setting unit,
wherein the control unit is further configured to control, according to the setting of the sheet size option by the second setting unit in which it is not necessary for the user to specify a length in the sheet conveyance direction of the sheet on which the image is to be printed, the addition unit to add the information to the image, so that the information is printed on a leading end side area in the sheet conveyance direction of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,237,443

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a frame;
a sheet conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet in a sheet conveyance direction;
a facing member configured to face a first surface of the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveyance unit;
a reading unit supported movably by the frame in a thickness direction of the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveyance unit, the reading unit comprising:
a transparent portion defining a sheet conveyance path between the facing member and the transparent portion; and
a first reading sensor configured to read image information from a second surface opposite to the first surface of the sheet passing through the sheet conveyance path through the transparent portion;
an urging member configured to urge the reading unit toward the facing member in the thickness direction;
a fixed guide fixed to the frame and disposed in adjacent to the reading unit in the sheet conveyance direction, the fixed guide being configured to guide the second surface of the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveyance unit;
a plurality of protruded portions provided on either one of the reading unit and the fixed guide and protruding in the sheet conveyance direction at a plurality of positions in a width direction orthogonal to the sheet conveyance direction; and
a plurality of recessed portions provided on the other of the reading unit and the fixed guide and arranged on positions in the width direction corresponding to the plurality of the protruded portions, wherein the reading unit is movable in the thickness direction in a state where the plurality of the protruded portions are overlapped with the plurality of the recessed portions when viewed from the width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,237,447

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing inputted image data, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more memories storing instructions; and
one or more processors that, when executing the instructions, causes the image processing apparatus to:
extract edge intensity of a target pixel included in the inputted image data on a basis of the target pixel and surrounding pixels around the target pixel; and
perform conversion processing of converting a pixel value of the target pixel such that brightness of the target pixel becomes greater than brightness of the target pixel before conversion at least in accordance with the extracted edge intensity of the target pixel and the pixel value of the target pixel,
wherein, in the conversion processing, in a case where the pixel value of the target pixel is a first pixel value, the brightness of the target pixel after conversion differs depending on a value of the edge intensity of the target pixel, a ratio of increase in the brightness of the target pixel after conversion from the brightness of the target pixel before conversion decreases as the edge intensity of the target pixel increases, and the ratio of increase in the brightness of the target pixel after conversion from the brightness of the target pixel before conversion increases as the edge intensity of the target pixel decreases, and
wherein, after completion of the conversion processing, an image after the conversion processing is outputted.

US Pat. No. 10,237,450

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CORRECTING CURVE OF IMAGE IN SUB SCANNING DIRECTION, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a first laser scanner unit configured to irradiate a first photosensitive member with a laser beam to form an image in a first process color;
a second laser scanner unit configured to irradiate a second photosensitive member with a laser beam to form an image in a second process color;
a printing unit configured to print an image on paper by overlaying one of the image formed in the first process color by the first laser scanner unit and the image formed in the second process color by the second laser scanner unit with the other,
wherein the printing apparatus forms an image on the first photosensitive member on a basis of first correction data for correcting distortion, in a sub scanning direction, of a scanning line of the laser beam with which the first photosensitive member is irradiated by the first laser scanner unit, and forms an image on the second photosensitive member on a basis of second correction data for correcting distortion, in the sub scanning direction, of a scanning line of the laser beam with which the second photosensitive member is irradiated by the second laser scanner unit;
a storage configured to store test image data for printing, on each of at least three areas arranged in a main scanning direction, an image that includes a plurality of patterns arranged in the sub scanning direction and each including a first object image formed in the first process color and a second object image formed in the second process color, and includes a plurality of pieces of identification information each for identifying a different one of the plurality of patterns, wherein at each area, a position of the second object image in the sub scanning direction in relation to the first object image differs from pattern to pattern;
a user interface configured to, after printing of a test image based on the test image data, for each of the areas, accept an input, from a user, of a piece of identification information corresponding to a pattern which is included in the plurality of patterns and for which a position where the first object image is formed coincides with a position where the second object image is formed; and
a controller configured to generate either one or both of the first correction data and the second correction data on a basis of the identification information inputted via the user interface,
wherein the second correction data is data obtained from a curve derived from the identification information input by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,230,854

IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM WITH INTERPOLATION OF CORRECTION DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:a reading unit having a first line sensor and a second line sensor, each line sensor having a plurality of light receiving elements receiving light of a first color and a plurality of light receiving elements receiving light of a second color that is different from the first color, the light receiving elements being arranged along a first direction, the line sensors being arranged along a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, and the reading unit is configured to read an image of a target object at a reading position;
a processor; and
at least one memory, the processor operating to:
derive correction data for shading correction based on output from the first line sensor and the second line sensor having read a reference white plate,
detect an abnormal pixel based on output from the first line sensor and the second line sensor having read a reference white plate,
generate abnormal pixel information by combining detected results of the abnormal pixel detector, and
interpolate the correction data for a portion corresponding to the abnormal pixel based on a pixel adjacent to a region represented by the generated abnormal pixel information in the first direction,
wherein the processor performs a logical OR operation on first abnormal pixel information and second abnormal pixel information, and
wherein the first abnormal pixel information represents a position of a first abnormal pixel indicating the abnormal pixel for the first color in the first direction, and the second abnormal pixel information represents a position of the second abnormal pixel indicating the abnormal pixel for the second color in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,230,857

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONTROLLED CONVEYANCE SPEED, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image based on print data and print setting information included in a print job, the image forming apparatus comprising:at least one memory containing instructions; and
at least one processor to execute the instructions to operate as:
a printing determination unit to determine whether or not continuous printing is possible, in which a printing medium to be used for printing of a second print job is fed to a conveyance path before discharge of printed matter of a first print job is completed, based on the first print job and the second print job received after the first print job;
a determination unit to determine, in a case where it is determined that the continuous printing is possible, whether the first print job includes an odd number of pages and both-side printing is set to the first print job and the second print job, respectively;
a control unit to perform, in a case where the first print job includes an odd number of pages and both-side printing is set to the first print job and the second print job, respectively, control so as to insert a blank page so that the first page of the second print job is not printed on the opposite side of the last page of the first print job; and
a conveyance control unit to convey a printing medium at a first conveyance speed in a case where a number of copies to be printed is smaller than a predetermined number, and to convey the printing medium at a second conveyance speed larger than the first conveyance speed in a case where the number of copies to be printed is larger than the predetermined number,
wherein in a case where the numbers of copies to be printed of the first and second print jobs are smaller than the predetermined number, and a printing medium to be used for the first print job and the printing medium to be used for the second print job are conveyed at the first conveyance speed, or in a case where the numbers of copies to be printed of the first and second print jobs are larger than the predetermined number, and the printing medium to be used for the first print job and the printing medium to be used for the second print job are conveyed at the second conveyance speed, the printing determination unit determines that continuous printing of the first and second print jobs is possible.

US Pat. No. 10,230,868

FACSIMILE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A facsimile apparatus which is able to perform IP facsimile communication and G3 facsimile communication, comprising:a memory configured to store a setting whether to perform facsimile communication in an error correction mode or to perform facsimile communication in a non-error correction mode; and
a controller configured to control performing IP facsimile communication in the error correction mode even if the setting is a setting to perform facsimile communication in the non-error correction mode,
wherein the controller controls performing G3 facsimile communication in the error correction mode based on the setting to perform facsimile communication in the error correction mode, and to control performing G3 facsimile communication in the non-error correction mode based on the setting to perform facsimile communication in the non-error correction mode.

US Pat. No. 10,230,882

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS ACQUIRING A PLURALITY OF IN-FOCUS IMAGES OF DIFFERENT FIELD ANGLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image pickup unit configured to perform photoelectric conversion of object images formed by a plurality of image pickup optical systems of different focal lengths,
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:

where EPmax is a longest distance among distances from a reference image plane to each of entrance pupil planes of the plurality of image pickup optical systems, EPmin is a shortest distance among distances from the reference image plane to each of the entrance pupil planes of the plurality of image pickup optical systems, and ftele35 is a 35 mm equivalent focal length of an image pickup optical system which has the longest focal length among the plurality of image pickup optical systems, and
wherein the reference image plane is defined as an image plane most separated from an object side among the image planes of the plurality of image pickup optical systems.

US Pat. No. 10,230,885

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus configured to make communication with an external apparatus through a network, the imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging unit configured to capture an object image;
an infrared cut filter configured to cut infrared rays;
an inserting and removing unit configured to insert and remove the infrared cut filter into and from an optical path to the imaging unit;
a receiving unit configured to receive, from the external apparatus through the network, an adjustment command which is capable of being described with a condition value relating to brightness of the object and is capable of separately including descriptions of the condition value for a case in which the infrared cut filter is inserted into the optical path and the condition value for a case in which the infrared cut filter is removed from the optical path;
one or more hardware processors; and
one or more memories for storing instructions to be executed by the one or more hardware processors,
wherein, when the instructions stored in the one or more memories are executed by the one or more hardware processors, the imaging apparatus functions as:
a conversion unit configured to cause, by converting condition values separately described in an adjustment command received by the receiving unit, a value converted from a first condition value described in the adjustment command for the case in which the infrared cut filter is inserted into the optical path to be larger than a value converted from a second condition value described in the adjustment command for the case in which the infrared cut filter is removed from the optical path; and
a control unit configured to control the inserting and removing unit on the basis of values converted by the conversion unit.

US Pat. No. 10,230,893

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus attachable to and detachable from an image capturing apparatus and configured to communicate with the image capturing apparatus and an accessory being attachable to and detachable from the lens apparatus, the lens apparatus comprising:a determiner configured to determine whether update data is used for the lens apparatus or the accessory, the update data being transmittable from the image capturing apparatus and used to update stored data stored in the lens apparatus or the accessory; and
a controller configured to transmit the update data, to the accessory, received from the image capturing apparatus when the determiner determines that the update data is used for the accessory.

US Pat. No. 10,230,896

ACCESSORY FOR CAMERA AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING DISPLAY CONTROL PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

14. An image capturing lens interchangeable to a camera comprising:an optical system;
a display element configured to electrically display information related to an image capturing condition; and
a controller configured to control the display element so that a consumption of electric power in the display element when the image capturing lens is attached to a first camera body of a first type camera is different from a consumption of electric power in the display element when the image capturing lens is attached to a second camera body of a second type camera different from the first type camera, the first camera body being a different camera body than the second camera body.

US Pat. No. 10,230,897

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:a motion vector detector configured to detect a motion vector;
a calculator configured to calculate angular velocity information of an object based on the motion vector and an angular velocity detected by an angular velocity detector; and
a controller configured to control a shake corrector based on the angular velocity information of the object,
wherein the controller is configured to change control of the shake corrector depending on information relating to whether an output signal from the angular velocity detector has been corrected.

US Pat. No. 10,230,899

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF INTERMITTENTLY CAPTURING IMAGES, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus for intermittently acquiring first images for use in generating a time lapse moving image, from among images corresponding to frames included in a moving image acquired using an image capturing unit of the image capturing apparatus, the image capturing apparatus comprising:a photometric unit configured to perform photometry of an object;
a target value setting unit configured to, based on a result of the photometry performed by the photometric unit, set a target value regarding an exposure when an image is acquired using the image capturing unit;
a control value calculation unit configured to calculate a control value with respect to each frame regarding the exposure when brightness is changed toward the target value set by the target value setting unit; and
a control unit configured to control the exposure based on the control value calculated by the control value calculation unit,
wherein in a predetermined period from a predetermined timing before each first image is acquired to when the first image is acquired, the control unit changes the exposure by a first degree of change, and outside the predetermined period, the control unit changes the exposure by a second degree of change different from the first degree of change, and
wherein in a case where the same amount of exposure is changed in the predetermined period and outside the predetermined period, the exposure changes more steeply by the first degree of change than by the second degree of change when an image is acquired.

US Pat. No. 10,230,903

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING IMAGE SENSOR CAPABLE OF OUTPUTTING PARALLAX IMAGE SIGNAL, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image sensor;
a drive unit configured to alternately repeat a first drive, which accumulates and reads an electric charge with the image sensor in order to obtain a first image signal used for at least one of a focus process and a photometry process, and a second drive, which accumulates and reads an electric charge with the image sensor in order to obtain a second image signal which is different from the first image signal, during continuous photographing that obtains the second image signals continuously using the image sensor;
a photometry unit including a circuit configured to perform the photometry process based on the electric charge read by the first drive of the image sensor;
a calculation unit configured to start calculating an aperture value for obtaining the second image signal of an (N+1)th frame based on a result of the photometry process by the photometry unit during accumulation of the electric charge for obtaining the second image signal of an N-th frame by the second drive; and
a control unit configured to control a diaphragm based on the calculated aperture value with the calculation unit and a predetermined aperture value during reading of the electric charge for obtaining the second image signal of the N-th frame by the second drive of the image sensor,
wherein the drive unit, the calculation unit, and the control unit are provided at least in part by at least one processor configured to execute programs stored in memory.

US Pat. No. 10,230,915

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a pixel outputting a pixel signal;
a ramp-signal supplying unit configured to output a ramp signal whose potential changes with a lapse of time; and
an analog-to-digital conversion unit,
wherein the analog-to-digital conversion unit comprises:
a first comparator including input nodes to receive the pixel signal and the ramp signal, and configured to perform first comparison that is comparison between the pixel signal and the ramp signal and to output a first comparison result signal indicating a result of the first comparison;
a second comparator including input nodes to receive the pixel signal and the ramp signal, and configured to perform second comparison that is comparison between the pixel signal and the ramp signal and to output a second comparison result signal indicating a result of the second comparison; and
an offset imparting unit including connected node that is connected to one input node of the input nodes of the first comparator and the second comparator, and configured to impart an offset to at least one of the pixel signal and the ramp signal to be input to either one of the first comparator and the second comparator,
so that the first comparison result signal and the second comparison result signal change in signal level in this order due to the offset during an analog-to-digital conversion period from start of a change in potential of the ramp signal to end of the change,
wherein the second comparator is in a non-operating state during a period from start of the analog-to-digital conversion period until the signal level of the first comparison result signal changes,
wherein the second comparator is set to be an operating state in correspondence with a change in the signal level of the first comparison result signal to perform the second comparison, and
wherein current consumption per unit time of the first comparator during the first comparison is lower than current consumption per unit time the second comparator during of the second comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,229,474

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which outputs a transformation image obtained from an input image, the apparatus comprising:one or more hardware processors which cause the image processing apparatus to:
specify a plurality of coordinate points on the input image which corresponds to a coordinate point on the transformation image;
determine an evaluation value for the coordinate point on the transformation image on the basis of a plurality of pixel values corresponding to the specified plurality of coordinate points on the input image;
determine, based on the evaluation value which is determined for the coordinate point on the transformation image on the basis of the plurality of pixel values corresponding to the specified plurality of coordinate points on the input image, a parameter regarding a bicubic interpolating process for the plurality of pixel values corresponding to the specified plurality of coordinate points on the input image, wherein an edge enhancement degree by the bicubic interpolating process varies according to the parameter;
execute the bicubic interpolating process, using the parameter which is determined based on the evaluation value, on the plurality of pixel values corresponding to the specified plurality of coordinate points on the input image to obtain a pixel value corresponding to the coordinate point on the transformation image; and
output, as a pixel value of the transformation image, the pixel value obtained by executing the bicubic interpolating process on the plurality of pixel values corresponding to the specified plurality of coordinate points on the input image,
wherein an interpolating process other than the bicubic interpolating process is not executed to obtain the transformation image.

US Pat. No. 10,227,191

SHEET SUPPORTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet supporting apparatus comprising:a supporting portion configured to support a sheet; and
a regulation unit configured to regulate a position of an edge of the sheet supported by the supporting portion, the regulation unit configured to be moved and positioned with respect to the supporting portion, the regulation unit comprising:
a body portion;
an engagement portion configured to move between an engagement position at which the engagement portion engages with the supporting portion and a separation position at which the engagement portion is separated away from the supporting portion;
an operation portion configured to move the engagement portion between the engagement position and the separation position, the operation portion being pivotably supported by the body portion and comprising a pressing portion configured to press the engagement portion from the engagement position to the separation position by the operation portion being pivoted; and
a fixing component configured to fix the operation portion such that the operation portion is immovable with respect to the body portion so as to retain the engagement portion at the engagement position.

US Pat. No. 10,214,373

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device comprising:a stacking member on which a plurality of sheets is stacked;
a first conveying unit configured to convey an uppermost sheet stacked on the stacking member;
a second conveying unit including a feed roller and a separating member, the second conveying portion being configured to convey the uppermost sheet conveyed by the first conveying unit, and the second conveying unit being configured to separate the uppermost sheet from the plurality of sheets if the first conveying unit conveys the plurality of sheets simultaneously;
a plurality of stopper portions disposed at different positions in a direction perpendicular to the sheet conveying direction, the plurality of stopper members being configured to move from a first position toward a second position,
wherein the first position is downstream of the first conveying unit and upstream of the second conveying unit,
wherein, in a case where the plurality of stopper portions is located at the first position, a front end of the uppermost sheet conveyed by the first conveying unit is abutted against the plurality of stopper portions at the first position so to correct skew conveying of the uppermost sheet,
wherein, in a case where the plurality of stopper portions is located at the second position, the uppermost sheet conveyed by the first conveying unit passes by the plurality of stopper portions, and
wherein, in a case where the plurality of stopper portions is moved from the second position toward the first position, the first conveying unit separates from the uppermost sheet stacked on the stacking member and the separating member separates from the feed roller.

US Pat. No. 10,216,953

CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING THE DISCLOSURE OF ADDRESS BOOK DATA TO AN APPARATUS TO WHICH THE ADDRESS BOOK DATA IS TO BE EXPORTED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

4. A control method for a data distribution system including an export apparatus and an import apparatus which includes a storage unit including a shared area which is a storage area of data shared among a plurality of users and a private area which is a storage area of data individually provided for each user, the control method comprising:generating, in the export apparatus, a first export file including private data individually used by a user of the export apparatus and having added type data indicating the private data is included;
generating, in the export apparatus, a second export file including shared data shared among a plurality of users of the export apparatus and not including the private data,
externally outputting, in the export apparatus, the first export file or the second export file,
inputting, in the import apparatus, a file via a user interface which the import apparatus provides to an electronic apparatus by using a hypertext transfer protocol;
accepting, in the import apparatus, designation of an import destination of the input file via the user interface,
determining, in the import apparatus, whether the input file is the first export file including the private data according to the type data added to the input file;
writing, in the import apparatus, the private data included in the input file in the private area if it is determined that the input file is the first export file and the private area is designated as the import destination of the input file,
writing, in the import apparatus, the shared data included in the input file in the shared area if the input file is the second export file in which the type data has not been added and the shared area is designated as the import destination of the input file, and
displaying, in the import apparatus, a warning message via the user interface without writing the private data included in the input file in the shared area if it is determined that the input file is the first export file and the shared area is designated as the import destination of the input file.

US Pat. No. 10,209,663

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a printer configured to perform print processing on a sheet;
a puncher configured to punch the sheet printed by the printer;
a binder provided with a stacking portion on which a plurality of sheets punched by the puncher are to be stacked, the binder being configured to perform a bookbinding process so as to form a bound product in which a binding member penetrates punch holes into the plurality of sheets stacked on the stacking portion;
a first detector configured to detect a first jam of a sheet in the binder;
a second detector configured to detect a second jam of a sheet which occurs upstream of the binder in a conveyance direction of the sheet;
an annunciator configured to notify information; and
a controller configured to cause the annunciator to notify first instruction information for instructing removal of a sheet and the binding member, which are located in the binder and for which the bookbinding process is incomplete, in a case where the first detector has detected the first jam, and cause the annunciator to notify second instruction information for instructing removal of the second jam, in a case where the second detector has detected the second jam and the first detector has not detected the first jam.

US Pat. No. 10,209,664

PRINTING SYSTEM INCLUDING PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system, comprising:an image processing apparatus that is capable of transmitting image data; and
a printing apparatus that is different from the image processing apparatus, and is capable of printing on a basis of the image data transmitted by the image processing apparatus;
wherein the printing apparatus includes
a power switch that a user is capable of operating; and
a power control unit that turns off and/or on the printing apparatus in accordance with an operation of the power switch;
wherein the image processing apparatus includes
a control unit that turns off and/or on the image processing apparatus; and
a setting unit that sets whether or not to associate a power state of the image processing apparatus with a power state of the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,209,409

OPTICAL COMPONENT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical component having a surface including an optically effective area having an antireflection coating arranged thereon and an adjoining optically non-effective area having a light-shielding coating film arranged thereon,wherein the light-shielding coating film is formed such that an edge portion of the light-shielding coating film lies on an edge portion of the antireflection coating with an overlap width between 0.5 ?m and 50 ?m, and
wherein a thickness of the antireflection coating decreases toward an edge of the antireflection coating, which is in the edge portion of the antireflection coating, in an area having a width between 5 ?m and 1.8 mm from the edge of the antireflection coating.

US Pat. No. 10,209,665

CLEANING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning device, capable of being provided at a predetermined position adjacent to an image bearing member carrying a liquid developer, for cleaning a surface of the image bearing member, said cleaning device comprising:a blade configured to scrape the liquid developer off the surface of the image bearing member with movement of the image bearing member when said cleaning device is in the predetermined position, wherein said blade has a free end on one side and is supported on the other side by a supporting portion, and when said cleaning device is in the predetermined position, said blade satisfies the following i) to iv):
i) a front surface which is one of widthwise-height surfaces opposes the image bearing member,
ii) an edge portion, formed at a crossing portion of the front surface and a free end surface which is a widthwise-thickness surface on a free end side, contacts the image bearing member at a contact portion,
iii) the free end surface faces an upstream side of a movement direction of the image bearing member at the contact portion, and
iv) said supporting portion is positioned above the free end surface with respect to a vertical direction,
an accommodating portion configured to accommodate the liquid developer scraped off by said blade; and
a pair of seal members provided adjacent to the free end surface in a position which is spaced from each of end portions of said edge portion toward a central portion of said edge portion and which corresponds to a neighborhood of each of the end portions,
wherein said seal member positioned on one end side of an image portion with respect to a widthwise direction of said blade includes a first portion and a second portion adjacent to said first portion on the one end side, said first portion including a first surface, a second surface and a third surface, and said second portion including a fourth surface,
wherein the first surface is provided opposed to and adjacent to the free end surface when said cleaning device is in the predetermined position,
wherein the second surface is connected with the first surface in a neighborhood of said edge portion and is provided opposed to and adjacent to the surface of the image bearing member when said cleaning device is in the predetermined position,
wherein the third surface is connected with the first surface and the second surface on the one end side and is provided so as to be substantially perpendicular to the free end surface and front surface and so as to face the one end side,
wherein the fourth surface crosses substantially perpendicularly to the third surface and to the free end surface at a position adjacent to the third surface in the one end side and is opposed to the surface of the image bearing member in a position spaced more from the surface of the image bearing member than the second surface is when said cleaning device is in the predetermined position,
wherein a first interior corner line is formed by the free end surface and the third surface so as to be substantially parallel to a thickness direction of said blade, and
wherein a second interior corner line is formed by the third surface and the fourth surface so as to be connected with said first interior corner line and be substantially parallel to a height direction of said blade.

US Pat. No. 10,209,667

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:a developer accommodating body configured to contain developer, the developer accommodating body being rotatable about a rotational axis, and the developer accommodating body being provided with a gear portion provided about the rotational axis;
a developer discharging body in fluid communication with the developer accommodating body, the developer discharging body having a discharge opening that is provided in a bottom portion of the developer discharging body, with the discharge opening being configured to permit discharge of the developer from the developer discharging body, and with the developer accommodating body being rotatable relative to the developer discharging body; and
a track provided at each of opposite sides of the developer discharging body and extending below a horizontal plane that includes the rotational axis, each track (i) projecting from a surface, (ii) including a first part that extends from a first end portion to a second end portion, with the second end portion being closer to the gear portion than the first end portion, and with the first part ascending such that the second end portion is closer to the horizontal plane than the first end portion, and (iii) including a second part extending from the second end portion of the first part such that a plane perpendicular to the rotational axis and passing through the second part crosses the discharge opening, with a portion of the surface extending from the first end portion in a direction away from the gear portion.

US Pat. No. 10,211,717

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply device comprising:a smoothing unit configured to smooth an input current;
a boost converter connected to the smoothing unit, the boost converter including a switching element configured to switch the smoothed current, the boost converter configured to boost the smoothed current by switching the switching element and to output a boosted constant voltage; and
a switching unit configured to switch to a first path in which the smoothed current is supplied to the boost converter and to a second path in which the smoothed current is supplied to a load without passing through the boost converter, the switching unit including a first switching element to be turned on and a second switching element to be turned off when the first path is formed,
wherein the smoothing unit is a circuit including at least one capacitor and a high-density large-capacitance capacitor connected in parallel, and
wherein the high-density large-capacitance capacitor includes one of an electric double layer capacitor and a lithium ion capacitor.

US Pat. No. 10,209,668

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
a charging member that contacts the image bearing member and charges the image bearing member;
a cleaning member including a contact portion configured to contact the charging member and clean the charging member; and
a developer bearing member including a base body and an elastic layer that covers the base body, configured to bear a developer for developing a latent image formed on the image bearing member, the developer bearing member being disposed below the cleaning member so as to overlap with the cleaning member when viewed in a vertical direction,
wherein the image forming apparatus is configured so that remaining toner remaining on the image bearing member that is not used for forming an image is collected by the developer bearing member,
a coat layer of the developer for developing the latent image is formed in a region of the elastic layer and the region is arranged inside of the both ends of the elastic layer in a direction of a rotation axis of the image bearing member, and
an end of the contact portion of the cleaning member is disposed, in the direction of the rotation axis, between one end of the ends of the elastic layer and an end of the region in which the coat layer is formed, and the end of the region is on a same side of the one end of the elastic layer.

US Pat. No. 10,209,671

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH COOLING FAN CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus adaptable as a plurality of models including a first model and a second model, a maximum output number of recording medium per unit time of the second model in a case of forming an image on a recording medium of a predetermined size being less than a maximum output number of recording medium per unit time of the first model in a case of forming an image on a recording medium of the predetermined size, the image forming apparatus operating as one of the plurality of models and comprising:an image forming portion configured to form an image on a recording medium including the recording medium of the predetermined size and having a driving motor included in a driving system of the image forming apparatus, a rotation speed of the driving motor for the second model in a case of forming an image on the recording medium with the maximum output number of the recording medium of the predetermined size being slower than a rotation speed of the driving motor for the first model in a case of forming an image on the recording medium with the maximum output number of the recording medium of the predetermined size;
a temperature detecting portion configured to detect temperature;
a fan configured to cool the image forming portion; and
a controller configured to identify one of the plurality of models that corresponds to the image forming apparatus, control the fan at a first rotation speed in a case that the image forming apparatus is identified as the first model and a detection result detected by the temperature detecting portion is equal to or lower than a predetermined value, and control the fan at a second rotation speed slower than the first rotation speed in a case that the image forming apparatus is identified as the second model and a detection result detected by the temperature detecting portion is equal to or lower than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,210,441

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING TO EXECUTE A JOB USED FOR MANUFACTURING A PRODUCT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory that stores a computer program,
wherein the processor executes the computer program to perform:
managing, as retrieval targets, a plurality of images corresponding to products of which jobs have been executed for manufacturing the products;
retrieving an image similar to a first image corresponding to a first product from the plurality of images being managed as the retrieval targets when an instruction to start execution of a first job used for manufacturing the first product is issued;
controlling to execute the first job used for manufacturing the first product and to manage the first image corresponding to the first product as one of the retrieval targets in a case where no image similar to the first image corresponding to the first product is retrieved from the plurality of images being managed as the retrieval targets when the instruction is issued; and
controlling to suspend the first job used for manufacturing the first product in a case where a second image similar to the first image corresponding to the first product is retrieved from the plurality of images being managed as the retrieval targets when the instruction is issued.

US Pat. No. 10,212,491

METHOD, DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR ENCAPSULATING PARTITIONED TIMED MEDIA DATA USING SUB-TRACK FEATURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of generating at least one media file based on partitioned timed media data in a server to be transmitted to a client, the partitioned timed media data comprising timed samples, each timed sample comprising a plurality of subsamples, the method comprises:grouping one or more of the plurality of subsamples of a timed sample into at least one group;
creating at least one track comprising one or more subsamples which are grouped into a same group and corresponding subsamples of other timed samples,
and creating a box for describing a group identifier of the subsamples which are grouped into said same group, the group identifier being used to associate NAL units of the subsamples which are grouped into said same group with a particular TileRegionGroupEntry; and
generating at least one media file based on each of the created tracks and the created box.

US Pat. No. 10,207,883

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:a first conveyance path whose downstream portion in a sheet conveyance direction is curved;
a second conveyance path configured to merge with the first conveyance path at a merging portion; and
a second path side guide member disposed on a side of the second conveyance path among guide members configured to form the first conveyance path, wherein
the second path side guide member comprises a downstream end portion, in the sheet conveyance direction, positioned at a merging portion, a curved portion provided upstream, in the sheet conveyance direction, of the downstream end portion, and a straight portion provided upstream, in the sheet conveyance direction, of the curved portion and extending straightly so as to be continuous with the curved portion, with the downstream end portion, the curved portion, and the straight portion formed as one piece,
the straight portion comprises a plurality of ribs, a base portion, and a slope portion, the plurality of ribs projecting from the base portion and being parallel to the sheet conveyance direction, the slope portion being provided between two of the plurality of ribs adjacent to each other in a width direction orthogonal to the sheet conveyance direction and being inclined in such a manner that the slope portion approaches from the base portion to ridges of the ribs as it approaches the downstream side in the sheet conveyance direction,
the curved portion and the downstream end portion comprise smooth surfaces,
a first surface of the downstream end portion of the second path side guide member is configured to form the first conveyance path in the merging portion and a second surface, oppositely arranged to the first surface, of the downstream end portion of the second path side member is configured to form the second conveyance path in the merging portion, and
no rib is provided on the downstream end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,209,182

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS THAT ACQUIRES PASSAGE TIMES OF COLOR DEVELOPERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus comprising:multiple developing units configured to form images using multiple color developers whose colors are mutually different;
an image carrier configured to, in color displacement detection, carry the multiple color developers transferred thereon from the multiple developing units at mutually different image-carrying positions;
an optical sensor configured to project a light to the image carrier and receive a reflected light from the image carrier; and
an acquirer configured to acquire, in response to output from the optical sensor, passage times at which the multiple color developers carried by the image carrier respectively pass a detection position,
wherein the optical sensor is configured to receive a diffusively reflected light from a non-transferred area of the image carrier on which the developers are not transferred,
the acquirer is configured to acquire the passage times of all the multiple color developers, in response to changes in the output from the optical sensor at an output level higher than that corresponding to a diffusively reflected light from the developers on the image carrier, and
the optical sensor includes a light-receiving portion that is provided at a position where the received diffusively reflected light amount from the nontrans erred area of the image carrier is larger than that from the developers on the image carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,207,406

ROBOT TRAJECTORY GENERATION METHOD, ROBOT TRAJECTORY GENERATION APPARATUS, PRODUCT FABRICATION METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM, PROGRAM, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot trajectory generation method arranged to generate trajectories for operating a plurality of robot arms, which are closely installed, by a control device, the robot trajectory generation method comprising:generating an operation instruction list which stores trajectory definition data including starting points and ending points of the trajectories of the plurality of robot arms to be generated;
determining a trajectory generation order of trajectory generation in accordance with the plurality of trajectory definition data included in the generated operation instruction list;
generating a first trajectory for operating a first robot arm such that the first trajectory avoids obstacle spaces registered in an obstacle memory in accordance with the trajectory definition data associated with the first robot arm included in the operation instruction list based on the determined trajectory generation order;
registering a sweeping space, in which a structure of the first robot arm sweeps, in the obstacle memory as an obstacle space to be avoided by the robot arm other than the first robot arm; and
generating a second trajectory for operating a second robot arm such that the second trajectory avoids the obstacle spaces registered in the obstacle memory, including an additionally registered obstacle space that is the sweeping space to be swept by the structure of the first robot arm, based on the trajectory definition data regarding the second robot arm, the trajectory of which is to be generated next after generating the first trajectory of the first robot arm as determined in the trajectory generation order.

US Pat. No. 10,207,918

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME WHICH SUPPRESSES LOWERING OF SENSITIVITY WHILE A PROTECTIVE LAYER IS FORMED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electromechanical transducer comprising:at least two elements, each element including:
a first electrode;
a vibrating membrane formed above the first electrode so that a cavity is located between the vibrating membrane and the first electrode; and
a second electrode formed on an upper surface of the vibrating membrane; and
an insulating protective layer formed both on the upper surface of vibrating membrane and on an upper surface of the second electrode,
wherein the protective layer covers both the second electrode and wiring connecting to the second electrode, and
wherein the protective layer is not formed above an area located between adjacent two cavities.

US Pat. No. 10,207,409

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method comprising:generating a plurality of captured model edge images by executing edge extraction processing on a plurality of captured model images acquired by capturing a target object;
executing pattern matching of the captured model edge images and a model edge image related to the detection target object;
calculating similarity at respective edge points in the model edge image;
calculating a variance and an average of the similarity at the edge points in the model edge image in relation to the captured model edge images respectively;
eliminating an edge point from the model edge image based on at least one of the average and the variance not to use the edge point for the pattern matching.

US Pat. No. 10,206,642

IMAGING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS, X-RAY IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR CAUSING COMPUTER TO EXECUTE CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a communication circuit configured to communicate with an X-ray imaging apparatus, the X-ray imaging apparatus including a detection unit configured to detect irradiation of radiation by photoelectric conversion and an X-ray sensor configured to obtain an X-ray image in response to the detection by the detection unit; and a control circuit,
the control circuit being configured to perform
a discriminating process of discriminating between a valid imaging period and an invalid imaging period, and
a display control process of causing a display unit to display an icon for accepting an operation input instructing whether to receive the X-ray image in response to the detection unit detecting irradiation of radiation in a period determined to be the invalid imaging period.

US Pat. No. 10,212,297

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH DISPLAYS A PAPER FEED UNIT SELECTION SCREEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a plurality of sheet holding units, wherein the printing apparatus is constructed for printing of an image on a sheet conveyed from any one of the plurality of sheet holding units, the printing apparatus comprising:a display configured to display one of (i) a first list including information of part of the plurality of sheet holding units, and (ii) a second list, including information of another sheet holding unit, of the plurality of sheet holding units, which is not displayed in the first list;
a user interface configured to receive a change instruction for changing the first list displayed by the display to the second list; and
a controller configured to control the display based on the change instruction received by the user interface, wherein the controller controls the display such that, when an empty state occurs in a sheet holding unit of the part of the plurality of sheet holding units included in the information of the first list, the display initially displays the first list, and, when an empty state occurs in the other sheet holding unit included in the information of the second list, the display initially displays the second list.

US Pat. No. 10,209,224

PROBE AND OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A probe comprising:an element having at least one cell in which a vibration film containing one electrode out of two electrodes that are provided so as to interpose a space therebetween is vibratably supported;
a support layer comprising a resin disposed over the vibration film;
an optical reflection layer disposed on the support layer;
a protection layer formed on the optical reflection layer to oppose an acoustic medium; and
an acoustic matching layer formed on the vibration film, the support layer being disposed on the acoustic matching layer,
wherein the support layer supports the optical reflection layer,
wherein the acoustic matching layer is provided for conformity of acoustic impedance between the vibration film and the support layer, and
wherein the protection layer has a thickness equal to or less than 10 ?m and a principal ingredient comprising a resin.

US Pat. No. 10,209,481

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING LENS APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:an optical system including a focus lens;
a vibrating motor configured to drive the focus lens in an optical axis direction;
a detector configured to detect a position of the focus lens in the optical axis direction;
an operating unit configured to be operated by a user and input a position instruction for the focus lens; and
a controller configured to output an instruction value for the motor, which is obtained based on the position of the focus lens obtained from the detector and the position instruction obtained from the operating unit, in a case where a difference between the position instruction and the position of the focus lens is not smaller than a threshold determined based on a depth of field obtained based on a state of the optical system,
wherein the controller is configured to output, even in a case where the difference is smaller than the threshold, the instruction value for the motor in a case where the operating unit is not operated for a predetermined time or more.

US Pat. No. 10,209,482

LENS CONTROL DEVICE, IMAGING APPARATUS, LENS DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING LENS CONTROL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens drive control device which drives a lens using a drive unit according to an operation of an operation member, the lens drive control device comprising: (a) at least one processor or (b) circuitry, which functions as units comprising: (1) a detection unit configured to detect a drive speed of the drive unit; and (2) a control unit configured to control a drive voltage to the drive unit by acquiring a detection signal of the operation amount of the operation member and a detection signal of the drive speed, wherein the control unit performs first control that a drive voltage output to the drive unit between a time at which the operation of the operation member starts and the time at which the operation ends is changed in a phased manner, and second control that a rise rate of the drive voltage is relatively increased as compared to the first control, the second control being after the first control.

US Pat. No. 10,212,301

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM, WITH SELECTING BETWEEN PROCESS EXECUTABLE BY IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESS EXECUTABLE BY EXTERNAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a reading unit configured to read an image;
one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image forming apparatus to function as:
(1) a display control unit configured to display a selection screen for selecting one from among processes including at least first processing and second processing as processing for image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit, wherein the first processing is processing executable by the image forming apparatus for image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit, and the second processing is processing executable by an external device for image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit;
(2) a creation unit configured to create image data processed by the first processing from the image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit, if the first processing is selected via the selection screen as the processing for the image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit;
(3) a transmission unit configured to transmit the image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit to the external device, if the second processing is selected via the selection screen as the processing for the image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit; and
(4) a reception unit configured to receive, from the external device to which the image data was transmitted by the transmission unit, image data processed by the second processing from the image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit that was transmitted to the external device by the transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 10,212,308

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system in which an image forming apparatus and an information processing apparatus are connected, and in which remote support of the image forming apparatus is performed from the information processing apparatus,wherein the image forming apparatus comprises:
a first memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one first processor that executes the instructions to:
connect to a telephone network and make a call to the information processing apparatus,
determine whether or not the call is by a predetermined connection, and
switch communication with the information processing apparatus to a call in accordance with HTTP media, in accordance with having determined that the call is by the predetermined connection, and
wherein the information processing apparatus comprises:
a second memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one second processor that executes the instructions to:
connect to the telephone network and make a call to the image forming apparatus, and
perform a call in accordance with HTTP media with the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,212,309

PRINTING DEVICE, PRINTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, FOR ROTATING IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing device configured to print an image based on print data, comprising:a print unit;
a network interface configured to receive the print data from an external computer;
at least one processor that causes a display unit to display a preview image generated from the received print data and representing a content of the image to be printed on a recording medium, wherein the preview image is displayed with an input portion in a state where it is determined that the received print data does not have an instruction setting an orientation of the received print data designated by a user, the input potion is for inputting an instruction of setting an orientation for the received print data from a user and causes the print unit to print the content of the image on the recording medium in the orientation set by the instruction input via the input portion by the user; and
in a state where it is determined that the received print data has an instruction of setting an orientation of the received print data designated by a user,
cause the print unit to print the content of the image on the recording medium in the orientation in accordance with the instruction originally set in the received print data without displaying the input portion.

US Pat. No. 10,212,314

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH COLOR CALIBRATION BY MEASUREMENT IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of image forming stations configured to form a measurement image on a sheet;
a fixing device configured to fix the measurement image on the sheet by heating the measurement image formed by the plurality of image forming stations;
a color sensor, provided on downstream of the fixing device in a conveyance direction of the sheet, configured to measure the measurement image on the sheet; and
a controller configured to:
control the plurality of image forming stations to form the measurement image on the sheet,
control the fixing device to fix the measurement image on the sheet,
perform a pre-scan for measuring the measurement image by the color sensor in order to determine a measurement condition for a main scan, wherein the measurement condition for the main scan is determined based on a measurement result of the measurement image by the pre-scan,
perform the main scan for measuring the measurement image by the color sensor based on the measurement condition for the main scan, and
detect spectral data of the measurement image based on a measurement result by the main scan,
wherein, in a case where density data of the measurement image is detected, the controller performs another main scan for measuring the measurement image by the color sensor based on a measurement condition for density detection without performing the pre-scan.

US Pat. No. 10,209,496

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the second lens unit is configured to move toward the image side during zooming from a wide angle end to a telephoto end, and an interval between adjacent lens units is changed during zooming,
wherein the first lens unit comprises a lens pair (LB1) of a positive lens (LP1) and a negative lens (LN1) that are arranged adjacent to each other, and a lens pair (LB2) of a positive lens (LP2) and a negative lens (LN2) that are arranged adjacent to each other,
wherein the second lens unit comprises a lens pair (LB3) of a positive lens (LP3) and a negative lens (LN3) that are arranged adjacent to each other, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.000<(?IRP1??IRN1)/(?IRP1??IRN1)<0.015;
?0.015<(?IRP2??IRN2)/(?IRP2??IRN2)<0.000; and
?0.005<(?IRP3??IRN3)/(?IRP3??IRN3)<0.015,
where, when a refractive index of a material at a wavelength of 400 nm is N400, a refractive index of the material at a wavelength of 1,050 nm is N1050, a refractive index of the material at a wavelength of 1,700 nm is N1700, an Abbe number ?IR of the material and a partial dispersion ratio ?IR of the material are ?IR=(N1050?1)/(N400?N1700) and ?IR=(N400?N1050)/(N400?N1700), respectively, ?IRP1 and ?IRP1 represent an Abbe number ?IR and a partial dispersion ratio ?IR of a first material for the positive lens (LP1), respectively, ?IRN1 and ?IRN1 represent an Abbe number ?IR and a partial dispersion ratio ?IR of a second material for the negative lens (LN1), respectively, ?IRP2 and ?IRP2 represent an Abbe number ?IR and a partial dispersion ratio ?IR of a third material for the positive lens (LP2), respectively, ?IRN2 and ?IRN2 represent an Abbe number ?IR and a partial dispersion ratio ?IR of a fourth material for the negative lens (LN2), respectively, ?IRP3 and ?IRP3 represent an Abbe number ?IR and a partial dispersion ratio ?IR of a fifth material for the positive lens (LP3), respectively, and ?IRN3 and ?IRN3 represent an Abbe number ?IR and a partial dispersion ration ?IR of a sixth material for the negative lens (LN3), respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,212,316

VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A video processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store a program and a plurality of input video signals; and
a processor configured to execute the program to implement a combining unit, a synchronizing unit, a predicting unit, and a control unit, wherein:
the combining unit is configured to combine the plurality of input video signals to output a combined video signal,
the synchronizing unit is configured to synchronize the combined video signal with one of the plurality of input video signals,
the control unit is configured to control an output timing of the combined video signal based on input timings of the plurality of input video signals, and
the predicting unit is configured to predict whether an overtaking occurs based on a relation between the input timing of the plurality of input video signals and the output timing of the combined video signal,
wherein when the overtaking is unavoidable for every input video signal of the plurality of input video signals, the control unit controls the output timing of the combined video signal based on input timings of input video signals except for an input video signal having a lowest priority among the plurality of input video signals.

US Pat. No. 10,212,318

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS SUCH AS NETWORK CAMERA, AND IMAGE MONITORING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a lens unit;
a cover configured to protect the lens unit;
an illumination unit configured to be provided around the lens unit and emit illumination light toward a subject through the cover; and
an annular light-shielding member configured to be provided between the lens unit and the cover in a state of being in close contact with the cover and to shield reflected light of the illumination light so as to prevent the illumination light emitted from the illumination unit and reflected by the cover from entering the lens unit,
wherein the light-shielding member has a circulation path that enables circulation of air between an inner space of the light-shielding member and an outer space of the light-shielding member.

US Pat. No. 10,212,324

POSITION DETECTION DEVICE, POSITION DETECTION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories coupled to the one or more processors, the memories having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the device to:
detect an object from an image captured by each of a plurality of image capturing devices;
determine whether an object of interest is detected by at least two image capturing devices or a single image capturing device in the image capturing devices;
estimate, when the object of interest is detected by the at least two image capturing devices, a three-dimensional position and information on a height of the object based on a detected position where the object of interest is detected in an image captured by each of the at least two image capturing devices and positions and orientations of the at least two image capturing devices; and
estimate, when the object of interest is detected by the single image capturing device in the image capturing devices, the three-dimensional position of the object of interest based on a detected position where the object of interest is detected in an image captured by the single image capturing device, a position and an orientation of the single image capturing device, and the estimated information on the height.

US Pat. No. 10,212,582

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, PROVIDING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to:
acquire first information corresponding to another communication apparatus;
transmit, to the another communication apparatus by unicast, an authentication request message for requesting authentication processing to be performed for the communication apparatus to provide a communication parameter for communicating in a wireless network, in a case where the first information is acquired, a search request message is received from the another communication apparatus, and the search request message includes second information corresponding to the first information,
transmit the authentication request message by multicast or broadcast, in a case where the first information is acquired and the search request message is not received from the another communication apparatus, or in a case where the first information is acquired and the search request message received from the another communication apparatus does not include the second information.

US Pat. No. 10,212,335

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a touch detector configured to detect a touch operation performed on an extra-viewfinder display;
an access detector configured to detect access to a viewfinder unit including an intra-viewfinder display; and
a memory and at least one processor and/or at least one circuit to perform operation of the following units:
a control unit configured to perform control to perform specific processing based on a position of the detected touch operation,
wherein, in a case where no access is detected, after a touch on the extra-viewfinder display is started, the control unit performs control to perform, during the touch, the specific processing based on a position where the touch is detected,
wherein, in a case access is detected, even if a touch on the extra-viewfinder display is started, the control unit performs control not to perform the specific processing on a position where the touch is detected, and when the touch is released from the extra-viewfinder display, the control unit performs control to perform the specific processing on a position where the touch is released,
wherein, in a case where access is detected, the control unit performs control to set, as a position serving as a criterion for the specific processing, a position not based on a position where start of a touch is detected and that has been moved according to an amount of movement of a touch position of the touch from a position serving as a criterion for the specific processing that is set before start of the touch is detected, and
wherein, in a case where access is not detected, the control unit performs control to set, as a position serving as a criterion for the specific processing, a position based on a position where start of a touch is detected irrespective of a position serving as a criterion for the specific processing before start of the touch is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,212,344

IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD CAPABLE OF ADJUSTING EXPOSURE TIMING BASED ON DETECTED LIGHT QUANTITY CHANGE CHARACTERISTIC

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing device comprising:a photometric unit configured to obtain respective photometric values of a plurality of photometry areas in an image capturing area;
an operation unit configured to perform setting regarding continuous shooting and/or focus adjustment;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a light quantity change characteristic of a photometric target based on the photometric values of the plurality of photometry areas;
an adjustment unit configured to adjust exposure timing based on the light quantity change characteristic; and
a control unit configured to change a method of calculating the light quantity change characteristic according to the setting regarding continuous shooting and/or focus adjustment, and to determine whether the exposure timing is adjusted based on the light quantity change characteristic.

US Pat. No. 10,212,347

IMAGE STABILIZING APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a panning detection unit configured to detect a panning velocity of the image pickup apparatus;
a vector detection unit configured to detect motion vectors from a plurality of images acquired by an image sensor whose image pickup plane has a plurality of detection frames arranged in a first direction and a second direction orthogonal to the first direction;
a determination unit configured to determine a motion vector of an object among the motion vectors obtained from the detection frames;
a specifying unit configured to specify a target point in the images;
a control unit configured to set an image area in accordance with the motion vector of the object and the target point in the images and to drive an optical element so as to correct a difference between a moving velocity of the object and the panning velocity of the image pickup apparatus based on the image area; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate a moving direction of the object based on the motion vector of the object,
wherein the control unit drives the optical element based on the motion vector obtained from the detection frame located in the second direction when an angle between the first direction and the moving direction is smaller than an angle between the second direction and the moving direction, and
wherein each unit is implemented by one or more processors, circuitry or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,212,348

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which causes a display unit to display a still image captured by an image capturing apparatus that includes the display unit, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to:
perform a control so as to extract an area for a main object from an image captured by the image capturing apparatus and display the extracted area;
calculate information on a motion of the main object based on a blur detected by a first detector which detects the blur of the image capturing apparatus and a motion vector detected by a second detector which detects the motion vector from the image; and
control an optical correction unit provided in the image capturing apparatus based on a motion vector indicating the information on the motion of the main object during capturing the still image,
wherein the one or more processors change the area, which is displayed on the display unit, for the main object based on the motion vector indicating the information on the motion of the main object before the still image is captured.

US Pat. No. 10,212,349

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a correction unit configured to optically correct image shake by moving a lens or an imaging element;
a first detector configured to detect an angular velocity of the imaging apparatus;
a second detector configured to detect a motion vector from a captured image;
a calculator configured to calculate an object angular velocity on the basis of the angular velocity of imaging apparatus and the motion vector;
a third detection unit configured to detect a cycle of a motion of the object on the basis of the object angular velocity; and
a processor configured to detect a cycle of a motion of the object on the basis of the object angular velocity and set an exposure timing at the time of panning on the basis of the cycle of the motion of the object and correct image shake of the object by driving the correction unit.

US Pat. No. 10,212,353

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire information about a focusing degree of a plurality of focal point detection areas; and
a display control unit configured to control each of the plurality of focal point detection areas to display a focus guide indicating a plurality of pieces of information including the focusing degree in a superimposed manner on a live view image captured by an image pickup unit,
wherein the display control unit performs the control to perform a simple display by displaying a focus guide corresponding to a focal point detection area having a low focusing degree to be smaller than a focus guide corresponding to a focal point detection area having a high focusing degree, or by not displaying at least one of the plurality of pieces of information in the focus guide corresponding to the focal point detection area having the low focusing degree.

US Pat. No. 10,210,820

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:a light-emitting unit including a plurality of light sources, each of which emits light having a first color, and a conversion member that converts a part of the light having the first color emitted from the respective light sources into light having a second color and emits light including the light having the first color and the light having the second color;
a display unit configured to display an image on a screen by modulating, based on image data, the light including the light having the first color and the light having the second color emitted from the light-emitting unit;
a control unit configured to individually control respective light-emitting brightness of the plurality of light sources based on input image data;
an estimation unit configured to estimate, based on the respective light-emitting brightness of the plurality of light sources, a first brightness distribution which is a brightness distribution of combined light obtained by combining the light having the first color emitted from the light-emitting unit and a second brightness distribution which is a brightness distribution of combined light obtained by combining the light having the second color emitted from the light-emitting unit; and
an image processing unit configured to perform image processing, in which color unevenness in the screen due to a difference between the first brightness distribution and the second brightness distribution is reduced based on the first brightness distribution and the second brightness distribution, to the input image data, and to output image data to which the image processing having been performed to the display unit, wherein
respective pixel values of the input image data include a first gradation value corresponding to the first color and a second gradation value corresponding to the second color, and
in the image processing, the respective first gradation values of the input image data are corrected based on the first brightness distribution and the respective second gradation values of the input image data are corrected based on the second brightness distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,210,821

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light source apparatus, comprising:a light-emitting unit having a plurality of light-emitting diodes having mutually different light emission colors;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing a program which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the light source apparatus to:
drive the light-emitting unit in such that each of the plurality of light-emitting diodes emits light periodically, wherein
the plurality of light-emitting diodes include a G-LED which is a light-emitting diode that emits green light and a specified-color LED which is a light-emitting diode that emits light different from green light; and
in a case where white light is emitted from the light-emitting unit, the current supplied to the G-LED in the lighting period of the G-LED is lower than the current supplied to the specified-color LED in the lighting period of the specified-color LED, and the lighting period of the G-LED in one cycle of light emission of the G-LED is longer than the lighting period of the specified-color LED in one cycle of light emission of the specified-color LED.

US Pat. No. 10,212,364

ZOOM CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND ZOOM CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A zoom control apparatus configured to control an angle of view, the apparatus comprising:a motion sensor configured to acquire a motion amount of an image capturing optical system; and
at least one processor or at least one circuit programmed to function as:
a controller configured to vary the angle of view,
wherein the controller is configured to (a) acquire a first value that is a velocity or an acceleration as a value relating to the motion amount, (b) acquire a second value that is a value relating to a moved amount of a motion of the image capturing optical system from a time at which the first value becomes equal to or higher than a third threshold and (c) make the angle of view wider in response to the second value becoming equal to or larger than a fourth threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,207,498

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:(a) a print head configured to print an image by ejecting an ink from an ejection port;
(b) a tank configured to store the ink supplied to the print head;
(c) a first path for supplying ink from the tank to the print head;
(d) a second path for collecting ink from the print head and returning the collected ink to the tank;
(e) a circulation path including the tank, the first path, the print head, and the second path, the circulation path being configured to circulate the ink between the print head and the tank,
(f) a discharging unit configured to perform a discharging operation for discharging the ink in the circulation path;
(g) an evaporation amount calculating unit configured to calculate an evaporation amount of the ink;
(h) a calculating unit configured to calculate a value relating to ink density in the circulation path on the basis of (i) an amount of ink in the circulation path and (ii) the evaporation amount of the ink; and
(i) a control unit configured to cause the discharging unit to perform the discharging operation based on the value relating to the ink density calculated by the calculating unit.

US Pat. No. 10,207,501

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet recording method using an ink jet recording apparatus having a plurality of aqueous inks that include a cyan ink, a magenta ink and a yellow ink each comprising a dye, ink storage portions that respectively store the respective aqueous inks, and a recording head that has a heat-generating portion to generate thermal energy and ejects the aqueous inks by action of the thermal energy, the method comprising ejecting the aqueous inks from the recording head to record an image on a recording medium, whereinthe recording head is formed by arranging a plurality of ejection orifice arrays corresponding to the aqueous inks on one recording element substrate,
the ink storage portions are housings formed of a thermoplastic resin, said ink storage portions being integrally formed in the recording head without any another member being interposed therebetween,
a protective layer comprising at least one of tantalum and tantalum oxide is formed on a face of the heat-generating portion that comes in contact with the aqueous inks, and
the ejection orifice arrays include a first ejection orifice array and a second ejection orifice array at both sides and include a third ejection orifice array at a position between the first and second ejection orifice arrays, and the aqueous inks corresponding to the first, second and third ejection orifice arrays satisfy condition 1 and condition 2 below:
condition 1: a value of dynamic surface tension (mN/m) of the aqueous ink corresponding to the third ejection orifice array is smaller than a maximum value of dynamic surface tension (mN/m) of the aqueous inks corresponding to the first ejection orifice array and the second ejection orifice array, and
condition 2: a value of lightness of the aqueous ink corresponding to the third ejection orifice array is larger than a minimum value of lightness of the aqueous inks corresponding to the first ejection orifice array and the second ejection orifice array.

US Pat. No. 10,207,506

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND RECOVERY METHOD OF PRINT HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a print head that ejects ink from an ejection port to perform a print operation, the print head having an ejection port surface on which the ejection port is formed;
a sucking unit having a cap which contacts the ejection port surface to perform a sucking operation of sucking the ink from the ejection port;
a first obtaining unit that obtains a first elapsed time from the end of a previous print operation;
a second obtaining unit that obtains a second elapsed time from a previous sucking operation by the sucking unit; and
a control unit that causes the sucking unit to perform the sucking operation in at least one of (i) a case where the first elapsed time is longer than a first threshold time and (ii) a case where the second elapsed time is longer than a second threshold time, the second threshold time being longer than the first threshold time,
wherein if the second elapsed time is longer than a third elapsed time which is shorter than the second threshold time after performing the print operation, the control unit causes the sucking unit to perform the sucking operation.

US Pat. No. 10,212,378

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a pixel array that has a plurality of image forming pixels and a plurality of focus detection pixels; and
one or more circuits configured to function as:
a readout unit that reads out a pixel signal from the pixel array;
an A/D conversion unit that has a first mode for A/D converting the pixel signal read out by the readout unit with a first resolution and a second mode for A/D converting the pixel signal read out by the readout unit with a second resolution that is higher than the first resolution; and
a control unit that switches between the first mode and the second mode in accordance with a magnitude relationship between a signal level of the pixel signal read out from the pixel array and a reference level.

US Pat. No. 10,207,511

INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET PRINTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink cartridge mountable, in a mounting direction crossing with a direction of gravity, to a cartridge mounting portion provided with an ink receiving tube and a plurality of electrical connecting portions, said ink cartridge comprising:a casing including an ink accommodating chamber configured to accommodate ink to be supplied to said ink receiving tube, said casing having a first side surface in a position at a leading end with respect to the mounting direction, an upper surface and a bottom surface;
a tube inserting portion into which the ink receiving tube is insertable and which is provided at said first side surface in a position closer to said bottom surface than to said upper surface;
a substrate having an area above said tube inserting portion, the area crossing with the mounting direction;
a plurality of electrical contacts electrically connectable with the plurality of electrical connecting portions, said electrical contacts being arranged in the area in a direction crossing with a direction of height which is from said bottom surface toward said upper surface;
a positioning portion provided in a position above said tube inserting portion and below said electrical contacts and engageable with a positioning member provided in the cartridge mounting portion to limit movement of said casing in a direction perpendicular to the mounting direction; and
a through-opening at a position between said tube inserting portion and said positioning portion of said first side surface, said through-opening being in fluid communication with said ink accommodating chamber to supply the air into said ink accommodating chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,212,382

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device, comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the image processing device to:
display an image and an item on a screen;
set whether or not to superimpose and record an item on the image; and
store the image on which the item is superimposed, in a memory unit, when the item is set to be superimposed and recorded on the image, and store the image on which the item is not superimposed, in the memory unit, when the item is set to be recorded without being superimposed on the image,
wherein the item is controlled to be located on the image and displayed on the screen when the item is set to be superimposed and recorded on the image, and the item is controlled to be located on a blank area generated by a difference between an aspect ratio of the image and an aspect ratio of the screen, and displayed on the screen when the item is set to be recorded without being superimposed on the image.

US Pat. No. 10,212,131

NETWORK DEVICE THAT REGISTERS EVENT, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network device that has a personal firewall function, and registers an event concerning a network service, comprising:one or more processors, connected to a memory, the one or more processors being configured to:
receive a registration request for registering an event;
determine whether or not a transmission destination specified by the received registration request corresponds to a transmission restriction target of the personal firewall; and
perform control, when it is determined that the transmission destination corresponds to the transmission restriction target, so as not to register an event according to the registration request,
wherein when control is performed so as not to register an event according to the registration request, a response indicative of a registration failure is transmitted to a transmission source of the registration request.

US Pat. No. 10,212,394

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR FOCUS DETECTION, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A signal processing apparatus for processing image signals, which are acquired from an image sensor arranged with a plurality of pixels, comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory,
wherein the at least one processor is configured to function as:
a correlation operation unit configured to perform a correlation operation with shifting of an A-image signal and a B-image signal respectively corresponding to a plurality of predetermined pixels of the image sensor,
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a defocus amount based on an output of the correlation operation, and
a control unit configured to determine image signals, included within the A-image signal and the B-image signal, with which the correlation operation is not to be performed, based on a comparison of a difference between the A-image signal and the B-image signal with a predetermined value, and to control the correlation operation unit to perform the correlation operation based on portions of the A-image signal and the B-image signal other than the determined image signals without performing the correlation operation on the determined image signals, and
wherein the acquiring unit is configured to acquire the defocus amount based on the output of the correlation operation performed in the correlation operation unit which is based on the portions of the A-image signal and B-image signal other than the determined image signals.

US Pat. No. 10,207,528

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING ORDER OF IMAGE FORMATION ON A PLURALITY OF PAGES TO BE POST-PROCESSED, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus that is connectable with a post-processing apparatus, wherein the post-processing apparatus comprises a first tray, a second tray, a stacking portion, and a folding unit, and is configured to discharge a sheet conveyed from the printing apparatus to the first tray, without switching back the conveyed sheet and is configured to switch back a sheet conveyed from the printing apparatus to the stacking portion, stack the switched back sheet on the stacking portion, perform a folding process that folds a plurality of the stacked sheets by using the folding unit to thereby form a brochure, and discharge the formed brochure to the second tray, comprising:a printer configured to form images for a plurality of pages of the brochure on a plurality of sheets; and
a processor that controls the post-processing apparatus to
in a first case where an instruction to execute the folding process has been received and the number of the plurality of sheets is larger than a predetermined number, discharge the plurality of sheets to the first tray, and
in a second case where the instruction to execute the folding process has been received and the number of the plurality of sheets is smaller than the predetermined number, fold the plurality of sheets to thereby form a brochure by using the folding unit and discharge the formed brochure to the second tray,
wherein the order of the images for the plurality of pages to be formed by the printer in the first case and the order of the images for the plurality of pages to be formed by the printer in the second case are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,212,405

CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the control apparatus to:
acquire information concerning an update timing of a projection or display image;
determine an image capturing timing by an image capturing unit based on the information concerning the update timing and an exposure period by the image capturing unit for capturing the projection or display image; and
control a projection or display image based on a pattern image extracted from a captured image obtained by image capturing by the image capturing unit at the determined image capturing timing based on the information concerning the update timing and the exposure period by the image capturing unit for capturing the projection or display image,
wherein an area in the projection or display image is specified based on the information concerning the update timing and information of the exposure period of the image capturing unit, and the image capturing timing is determined such that an image capture by the image capturing unit is performed during a period in which no update occurs in the specified area in the projection or display image, and
wherein the instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the control apparatus to determine a timing al which a lowermost end line of the specified area is updated as a timing to start capturing by the image capturing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,210,619

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR SELECTING AN OBJECT IMAGE TO BE PROCESSED BASED ON A DETERMINATION RESULT OF CORRELATION, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an image acquiring unit configured to acquire, based on an input image, a plurality of resolution hierarchical images having resolutions that are different from one another;
an extracting unit configured to extract a feature point in each of the plurality of resolution hierarchical images;
a feature amount acquirer configured to acquire a feature amount of the feature point;
a determining unit configured to determine a correlation among a plurality of feature points in the plurality of resolution hierarchical images using information on positions of the plurality of feature points in each resolution hierarchical image;
a selecting unit configured to select at least one processing object image to be processed with the feature point in the plurality of resolution hierarchical images, based on a determination result of the correlation; and
a processing unit configured to detect a motion vector using the at least one processing object image selected by the selecting unit,
wherein the determining unit determines the correlation between a specified resolution hierarchical image and another resolution hierarchical image that satisfy a predetermined condition of the feature amount in the plurality of resolution hierarchical images,
wherein the selecting unit selects a processing object image including at least the specified resolution hierarchical image for which the determination result of the correlation satisfies the predetermined condition, and does not select a processing object image for which the determination result of the correlation does not satisfy the predetermined condition,
wherein the predetermined condition is one of:
that the feature point having the largest feature amount in the plurality of resolution hierarchical images is included, and
that the feature point having the feature amount equal to or larger than a predetermined value in the plurality of resolution hierarchical images is included,
wherein each unit is implemented by one or more processors, circuitry or a combination thereof, and
wherein the processing unit performs one or more of image stabilization processing and dynamic range enlargement processing on the input images using the detected motion vectors.

US Pat. No. 10,209,102

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS, MACHINE TOOL APPARATUS, AND EXPOSURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detection apparatus comprising:a scale including a reference position grating configured to change a pattern period along a first direction;
a detector including a light source configured to emit a divergent light beam, a detection grating configured to change a pattern period in the first direction, and a light receiver including a plurality of light receiving elements arrayed along the first direction; and
a signal processor configured to process a signal output from the detector, wherein:
the scale and the detector are relatively movable in the first direction,
the signal processor acquires a relative reference position between the scale and the detector by using a light intensity distribution of the divergent light beam obtained via the reference position grating and the detection grating,
the detection grating has a first spatial frequency that is offset by a predetermined frequency offset amount with respect to a local spatial frequency of an interference image from the reference position grating,
the detection grating is provided in an optical path between the scale and the light receiver, and
the light receiver detects a component of a second spatial frequency that is lower than the first spatial frequency in the light intensity distribution transmitting through the detection grating.

US Pat. No. 10,209,358

OBJECT DETECTION USING SONIC WAVES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus having a sensor including an output unit for outputting a sonic wave and an input unit for inputting a sonic wave from outside, the apparatus comprising:a control unit configured to cause the output unit to output a first sonic wave for a first time period and a second sonic wave for a second time period following the first time period and which is shorter than the first time period; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether there is an object in a first area, based on a first reflected wave of the first sonic wave input to the input unit after the output unit outputs the first sonic wave and after a first masking period longer than the first time period and overlapping with the first time period, and to determine whether there is an object in a second area which is closer to the apparatus than the first area, based on a second reflected wave of the second sonic wave input to the input unit after the output unit outputs the second sonic wave and after a second masking period longer than the second time period and overlapping the second time period and which is shorter than the first masking period.

US Pat. No. 10,209,104

ABSOLUTE ENCODER, PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, DRIVING APPARATUS, AND INDUSTRIAL MACHINE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An absolute encoder comprising:a scale having a sequence of marks;
a detector configured to detect a signal corresponding to a plurality of marks of the scale; and
a processor configured to generate a signal group that includes a plurality of signals for which there is a high probability of being detected this time by the detector on a basis of at least one signal that has been detected by the detector in advance and configured to obtain degrees of similarity between the signal detected this time by the detector and respective signals included in the signal group and configured to obtain an absolute position corresponding to the signal detected this time on a basis of the degrees of similarity;
wherein the signal detected this time by the detector and each of the plurality of signals are a code sequence that includes a plurality of codes corresponding to the plurality of marks of the scale.

US Pat. No. 10,210,643

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM THAT GENERATES AN IMAGE FROM A CAPTURED IMAGE IN WHICH AN INFLUENCE OF FINE PARTICLES IN AN ATMOSPHERE HAS BEEN REDUCED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates an image from a captured image, in which an influence of fine particles in an atmosphere has been reduced, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory that stores instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the image processing apparatus to function as:
(a) an input unit configured to acquire the captured image;
(b) a correction processing unit configured to perform correction processing that (i) corrects the captured image to reduce the influence of fine particles in the atmosphere, based on a pixel value of a pixel in which a scattered light component is enhanced due to the fine particles, and (ii) generates a corrected captured image; and
(c) an output unit configured to output an image based on the corrected captured image,
wherein the pixel value of the pixel, in which the scattered light component is enhanced due to the fine particles, is determined based on a lower pixel value, except for a minimum pixel value, within a predetermined block that includes the pixel in the captured image.

US Pat. No. 10,212,183

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PREVENTS UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS THERETO, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A method of controlling an information processing apparatus capable of communicating, with a server, the method comprising:inquiring of the server about an IP address of the information processing apparatus managed by the server;
determining whether the IP address obtained from the server as a result of the inquiry and an IP address stored in the information processing apparatus match each other; and
when it is determined that the IP address obtained from the server and the IP address stored in the information processing apparatus match each other, issuing a warning that a security level of the information processing apparatus is low.

US Pat. No. 10,211,675

WIRELESS POWER FEEDING SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wireless power feeding system for supplying electric power to a power reception device, in which a power transmission device and at least one other power transmission device that transmit electric power form a group in cooperation with each other,wherein the power transmission device comprises:
a power transmission unit configured to transmit electric power to the power reception device;
a communication unit configured to perform communication with the power reception device and the at least one other power transmission device; and
at least one processor that functions as:
a calculation unit configured to calculate a number of communicatable power transmission devices, using said communication unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a number of communicatable power transmission devices from each communicatable one of the at least one other power transmission device, using said communication unit;
a comparison unit configured to compare the number of communicatable power transmission devices, which is calculated by said calculation unit, and the number of communicatable power transmission devices of each communicatable one of the at least one other power transmission device, which is acquired by said acquisition unit; and
a determination unit configured to determine the power transmission device as a master device of the group, in a case where a result of comparison by said comparison unit indicates that the number of communicatable power transmission devices, which is calculated by said calculation unit, is larger than the number of communicatable power transmission devices of each communicatable one of the at least one other power transmission device, which is acquired by said acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 10,209,370

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a sensor array in which a plurality of sensors each configured to detect radiation is arranged;
a readout circuit configured to read out a signal from the plurality of sensors;
an output circuit configured to output the signal;
a driving unit configured to drive the plurality of sensors;
a controller configured to perform first control for resetting the plurality of sensors by causing the driving unit to drive the plurality of sensors before start of radiation irradiation, second control for causing the driving unit to accumulate charges in the plurality of sensors after the start of the radiation irradiation, and third control for causing the driving unit to drive the plurality of sensors to cause the output circuit to output the signal after the second control; and
a power supply circuit including a first switching voltage regulator that generates a voltage for the readout circuit and a second switching voltage regulator that generates a voltage for the output circuit,
wherein the second voltage regulator generates the voltage for the output circuit based on a first clock signal provided from the controller in the third control, and generates the voltage for the output circuit based on a second clock signal in the first control, the second clock signal being lower in power consumption of the second voltage regulator than the first clock signal, and
wherein the first voltage regulator generates the voltage for the readout circuit based on a third clock signal provided from the controller in the first control, the second control, and the third control.

US Pat. No. 10,209,631

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus for transferring a pattern of a mask onto a substrate by exposing the substrate while scanning the mask and the substrate, the apparatus comprising:a stage configured to hold and move the substrate;
a control unit configured to control movement of the stage;
a first measurement unit configured to measure a position, in a height direction, of a shot region of the substrate held by the stage before the shot region reaches an exposure area where the shot region is exposed; and
a second measurement unit configured to measure the position of the shot region in the height direction prior to the first measurement unit,
wherein the control unit:
controls the stage to perform:
first driving where the substrate is driven in the height direction based on a measurement result of the second measurement unit; and
second driving where the substrate is driven in the height direction based on a measurement result of the first measurement unit after the second measurement unit measures the position of the shot region in the height direction and until the shot region reaches the exposure area;
makes a first driving amount of the stage in the height direction in the first driving larger than half a distance corresponding to a difference between a final target position of the shot region in the height direction and the position of the shot region in the height direction measured by the second measurement unit;
makes a second driving amount of the stage in the height direction in the second driving smaller than the first driving amount of the stage in the height direction in the first driving; and
controls the stage so that the position of the shot region in the height direction is positioned at a position different from the final target position by the first driving and is positioned at the final target position by the second driving.

US Pat. No. 10,209,633

VIBRATION CONTROL APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

21. A lithography apparatus comprising:a patterning device configured to perform patterning on a substrate; and
a vibration control apparatus configured to control vibration of an object on which the patterning device is mounted,
wherein the vibration control apparatus includes:
a support member configured to contact a base and the object and support the object, the support member having a damping coefficient to passively damp vibration transferring from the base to the object;
a driving device configured to drive the patterning device to change a relative position between the patterning device and the base; and
a controller configured to perform:
negative feedback control of the driving device based on a command value obtained from information on vibration of the object; and
positive feedback control of the driving device based on a command value obtained by multiplying information on a relative velocity between the object and the base by a feedback gain, which is set to a value equal to or smaller than the damping coefficient of the support member.

US Pat. No. 10,211,684

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus comprising:a power transmitting unit configured to wirelessly transmit power to a power receiving apparatus;
a receiving unit configured to receive schedule information that defines a process performed by the power receiving apparatus and a time at which the process is performed; and
a control unit configured to determine a power amount to be transmitted to the power receiving apparatus in accordance with the process to be performed by the power receiving apparatus and control the power transmitting unit to transmit the determined power amount at a time at which the process is to be performed by the power receiving apparatus, based on the schedule information.

US Pat. No. 10,209,637

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising, in a following order:a support;
a charge generating layer containing a charge generation material; and
a charge transporting layer containing a charge transport material and serving as a surface layer,
wherein the charge transporting layer contains:
a polycarbonate resin (i) having a structural unit represented by formula (1-1), a structural unit represented by formula (1-2), and a structural unit represented by formula (1-3),
when numbers of repetitions of the structural unit represented by the formula (1-1) and the structural unit represented by the formula (1-2) in the polycarbonate resin (i) are respectively a and b, a/b is 0.25 to 4.00,
in the formula (1-1), R11 to R14 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an alkoxy group,in the formula (1-2), R15 to R18 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an alkoxy group, and X represents an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, or a sulfonyl group,in the formula (1-3), R211 to R214 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an alkoxy group; R215 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an alkoxy group; R216 and R217 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 9 carbon atoms; and i211 represents an integer of 0 to 3.

US Pat. No. 10,210,419

CONVOLUTION OPERATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A convolution operation apparatus, which recognizes a target in an input image data, comprising:a first product-sum calculator including:
a plurality of first multipliers each configured to multiply data input to a first input and a second input;
a plurality of first accumulators each configured to accumulate a multiplication result from a corresponding one of the plurality of first multipliers;
a first data supplier configured to supply the input image data as first data to the first input of each of the plurality of first multipliers; and
a second data supplier configured to supply a plurality of second data to respective second inputs of the plurality of first multipliers;
a second product-sum calculator including:
a plurality of second multipliers each configured to multiply data input to a first input and a second input;
a plurality of second accumulators each configured to accumulate a multiplication result from a corresponding one of the plurality of second multipliers;
a third data supplier configured to supply third data to the first input of each of the plurality of second multipliers; and
a fourth data supplier configured to receive and hold an output from each of the plurality of first accumulators and supply the output as fourth data to the second input of a corresponding one of the plurality of second multipliers; and
a controller configured to control the first product-sum calculator and the second product-sum calculator to parallelly execute product-sum processing,
wherein the second product-sum calculator provides the outputs from the plurality of second accumulators as results of convolution operations to the second data using the first data and the third data, and the target in the input image data is recognized based on the results of convolution operations, and
wherein the number of the plurality of first multipliers, the number of the plurality of first accumulators, the number of the plurality of second multipliers, and the number of the plurality of second accumulators correspond to a size of a filter kernel.

US Pat. No. 10,210,422

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

12. An information processing method comprising:setting a plurality of patterns of blocks including a plurality of pixels;
obtaining feature amounts of pixel values in the plurality of blocks; and
detecting structure information of an image area of an image on the basis of the feature amounts of the pixel values obtained in the plurality of patterns,
wherein the plurality of patterns are set as block groups in which the plurality of blocks arranged at positions, which are point-symmetrical with respect to a center pixel in the image area.

US Pat. No. 10,209,655

FILM FOR USE IN FIXING DEVICE AND FIXING DEVICE WITH FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cylindrical film for use in a fixing device, the film comprising:a base layer having a cylindrical shape;
an a first electrode portion formed at one end part of the base layer in a longitudinal direction of the film;
a second electrode portion formed at the other end part of the base layer in the longitudinal direction of the film; and
a heat generation portion formed at a middle part of the base layer in the longitudinal direction of the film and electrically connected to the first and second electrode portions, the heat generation portion being formed of a conductive layer made of a same material as a material of the electrode portions,
wherein a thickness of the conductive layer is larger in the electrode portions than in the heat generation portion, and a surface area of the conductive layer per unit length in the longitudinal direction of the film is larger in the electrode portions than in the heat generation portion, and
wherein the electrode portions are formed of a circular part of the conductive layer, and the heat generation portion is formed of a plurality of thin linear parts of the conductive layer, the circular part extending in the circumferential direction of the film, and the plurality of thin linear parts extending in the longitudinal direction of the film and being arranged at predetermined intervals in the circumferential direction of the film.

US Pat. No. 10,205,841

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of starting in any of a plurality of activation modes including a first activation mode and a second activation mode operable with faster activation time than the first activation mode, the information processing apparatus comprising:a user interface to be operated by a user to activate the information processing apparatus;
a plurality of nonvolatile memories for storing respectively the same set of a plurality of types of data;
one or more processors; and
one or more memories, wherein one or more programs are stored in the one or more memories and configured to be executed by the one or more processors, the one or more programs causing the information processing apparatus to:
set the first activation mode or the second activation mode; and
execute a first activation process according to the setting of the first activation mode, and execute a second activation process according to the setting of the second activation mode, in accordance with an operation to the user interface by the user for activating the information processing apparatus,
wherein the one or more programs, when executed, cause the information processing apparatus to:
if the first activation process has been executed, read all of the plurality of types of data from each of the nonvolatile memories, check if each of the nonvolatile memories stores the same set of the plurality of types of data based on the all of the plurality of types of data read from nonvolatile memories, and hold at least a predetermined type of data of each of the nonvolatile memories; and
if the second activation process has been executed, read the predetermined type of data from each of the nonvolatile memories and check if the predetermined type of data currently stored in each of the nonvolatile memories conforms to the held predetermined type of data based on the predetermined type of data read from each of the nonvolatile memories and the held predetermined type of data without using all of the plurality of types data stored in the nonvolatile memories.

US Pat. No. 10,205,842

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM IN WHICH AN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS SENDS UPDATED SETTING INFORMATION TO A CONNECTED DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information system including an information processing apparatus and a device,the information processing apparatus comprising:
a first memory storing instructions; and
a first processor that executes the instructions stored in the first memory to cause the information processing apparatus to:
hold setting data used by a device connected to the information processing apparatus in a first database of the information processing apparatus;
control backup of the setting data held in the first database;
control execution of restoring the setting data backed up to the first database;
receive a request for acquiring setting data in the database from the device after the execution of the restoring, wherein the request includes time information;
when the time information included in the received request is not between the backup and the execution of restoring, send, to the device, update information indicating setting data corresponding to data updated in the first database since the time information included in the received request; and
when the time information included in the received request is between the backup and the execution of restoring, notify the device of a predetermined notification for causing the device to acquire setting data held in the first database after the execution of restoring; and
the device comprising:
a second memory storing instructions; and
a second processor that executes the instructions stored in the second memory to cause the information processing apparatus to:
hold setting data in a second database of the device;
send the request to the information processing apparatus, and
update the second database using the received update information.

US Pat. No. 10,205,848

PRINTING APPARATUS SERVING AS AN ACCESS POINT BASED ON AUTHENTICATION INFORMATION FOR A WIRELESS CONNECTION, PRINTING SYSTEM INCLUDING THE PRINTING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

19. A control method by a printing apparatus serving as a first access point based on inherent authentication information for a wireless LAN connection and an image processing apparatus in which the inherent authentication information is stored, the control method comprising:connecting to make a wireless LAN connection between the printing apparatus and the image processing apparatus in at least either one of:
a first connection mode for making a wireless LAN connection to the image processing apparatus while the printing apparatus serves as the first access point; and
a second connection mode for making a wireless LAN connection to the image processing apparatus via a second access point provided by an apparatus other than the printing apparatus and the image processing apparatus; and
controlling, in a case of making a connection in the first connection mode, a first function provided by the printing apparatus to be enabled and a second function which is enabled in the second connection mode to be disabled,
wherein the first function includes a function which receives a first print job from a first image processing apparatus connected in the first connection mode, and the second function includes a function which receives a second print job from a second image processing apparatus which is not connected in the first connection mode, and
wherein, by the controlling, the first print job is executed and the second print job is not executed in a case where a connection is made in the first connection mode, based on information received from the first image processing apparatus as a result of the connection made in the first connection mode.

US Pat. No. 10,205,851

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR SENDING IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for receiving authentication information from a user and performing login of the user based on the received authentication information, the image processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor executing the instructions causing the image processing apparatus to:
perform a selection whether to use, by operating one key, common path information, or to use, by operating the one key, user path information corresponding to a login user;
in a case where to use the common path information is selected, register the common path information input by a user as an administrator;
in a case where the login user operates the one key after the common path information has been registered, set, as a first transmission destination of image data, folder path information including the common path information and information related to the login user;
transmit the image data to the set first transmission destination;
in a case where to use the user path information is selected, register the user path information input by each login user;
in a case where the login user operates the one key after the user path information corresponding to the login user has been registered, set, as a second transmission destination of image data, folder path information using the user path information corresponding to the login user; and
transmit the image data to the set second transmission destination.

US Pat. No. 10,205,857

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE WITH LAND LAYOUT THAT ENABLES RELIABLE SOLDERING, AND MOUNTING BOARD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup device that outputs an image signal corresponding to an optical image, comprising:signal terminals configured to be placed on one surface of the image pick device and soldered to a mounting board on which the image pickup device is to be mounted;
reinforcing terminals configured to be provided on the one surface, on which the signal terminal is placed, and reinforce the image pickup device; and
a holding fixing unit configured to hold the image pickup device,
wherein when the image pickup device is mounted on the mounting board, the reinforcing terminals are located between the signal terminals and the holding fixing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,205,352

POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power receiving apparatus that complies with at least two power transfer methods and receives power wirelessly from a power transmitting apparatus, comprising:a detecting unit configured to detect power transmitted from another power transmitting apparatus which is different from the power transmitting apparatus while a first power transfer method is used out of the at least two power transfer methods; and
a control unit configured to control, when the power transmitted from the other power transmitting apparatus is detected, the power transmitting apparatus and the power receiving apparatus so that a second power transfer method different from the first power transfer method out of the at least two power transfer methods is used,
wherein a frequency used for wireless power transfer by the first power transfer method and a frequency used for wireless power transfer by the second power transfer method are different.

US Pat. No. 10,205,870

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 read out from a first signal readout region set by the setting unit,
an evaluation information acquisition unit configured to acquire evaluation information for detecting a focus state of an object using a signal read out by the readout circuit, and
a control unit configured to control a signal readout amount of the first signal readout region from the pixels of the image sensor by the readout circuit, based on the focus state determined based on the evaluation information.

US Pat. No. 10,205,886

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an image capturing sensor; and at least one processor that operates to: acquire information about a periodic change in light intensity from a subject or an object; and control exposure timing of the image capturing sensor to the light, wherein, when consecutive image capturing is performed and each of image capturing processes of the consecutive image capturing is performed, the at least one processor controls exposure timing of the image capturing sensor so that the image capturing sensor is exposed in synchronization with a first timing at which the light intensity from the subject or the object becomes a first light intensity based on the information acquired,
wherein a first period which is a time period between two successive time periods in each of which the light intensity becomes the first light is shorter than a change period of the light intensity from the subject or the object based on the information acquired, and
wherein the first timing is a timing other than a timing at which the light intensity that is periodically changed becomes maximum or minimum.

US Pat. No. 10,205,894

IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including
a photoelectric conversion unit that generates a charge by photoelectric conversion;
a holding unit that holds the charge transferred from the photoelectric conversion unit to the holding unit; and
an amplifier unit that outputs a signal based on the charge transferred from the holding unit to the amplifier unit,
wherein:
the plurality of pixels is configured to output a first signal based on a charge generated in a first exposure period and a second signal based on a charge generated in a second exposure period with a length different from the first exposure period,
in the first exposure period, the photoelectric conversion unit accumulates the generated charge, and the charge held by the holding unit is transferred from the holding unit to the amplifier unit to read out the second signal,
the second exposure period includes a period of accumulating the generated charge only in the photoelectric conversion unit and a period of holding the generated charge in the photoelectric conversion unit and the holding unit, and
in the period of accumulating the generated charge only in the photoelectric conversion unit in the second exposure period, the charge held by the holding unit is transferred from the holding unit to the amplifier unit to read out the first signal.

US Pat. No. 10,205,899

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor including a plurality of pixels, whereineach pixel includes a photoelectric converter, a pixel amplifier having an input portion to which a signal from the photoelectric converter is input, and a switch configured to connect a reset terminal to the input portion,
the image sensor comprises a signal line to which a signal from the pixel amplifier is supplied, a reset line connected to the reset terminal, and a reset portion configured to reset a voltage of the input portion,
the reset portion includes a capacitor configured to hold, in a first period, a second voltage appearing at the signal line in response to application of a first voltage to the input portion, and a supplier configured to set, in a second period after the first period, the input portion to a reset voltage via the switch by supplying a third voltage corresponding to the second voltage held by the capacitor to the reset terminal via the reset line, and
in the first period, the input portion is disconnected from the supplier while the signal line is connected to the capacitor, and
in the second period, the signal line is disconnected from the capacitor while the input portion is connected to the supplier.

US Pat. No. 10,205,904

IMAGE SENSOR CAPABLE OF CORRECTING NOISE CAUSED BY DARK CHARGE OF A FLOATING DIFFUSION PORTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:a pixel portion in which a plurality of unit pixels each provided with a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions and a floating diffusion portion shared by the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions are arrayed in matrix form;
an analog-digital converter that compares an analog signal with a reference signal that changes over time at a predetermined gradient, and converts the analog signal to a digital signal by counting, in a first direction or a second direction that differs from the first direction, from a start of the comparison until a transition point of a result of the comparison; and
a control circuit that controls the analog-digital converter;
wherein the control circuit controls the analog-digital converter in a first mode to:
convert a reset level of the floating diffusion portion by counting in the first direction or the second direction to acquire a first noise signal,
acquire a first optical signal by counting, in the first direction, an analog signal obtained by transferring a first photo charge accumulated in one or more photoelectric conversion portions including at least a first photoelectric conversion portion, among the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, to the floating diffusion portion,
acquire a second noise signal by counting, in the second direction, a potential that the floating diffusion portion has after the first optical signal is acquired, and
acquire a second optical signal by counting, the first direction, an analog signal obtained by transferring a second photo charge accumulated in at least a second photoelectric conversion portion not included in the one or more photoelectric conversion portions, among the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, to the floating diffusion portion.

US Pat. No. 10,205,921

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image output device which generates an output image signal representing an output image to be projected by a first projection unit, the first projection unit projecting a first image based on the output image signal so that a partial region in the first image overlaps a region of a second image projected by a second projection unit, the image output device comprising:one or more memories storing instructions; and
one or more hardware processors which, when executing the instructions, causes the image output device to perform:
generating a graphic signal representing information indicating a width of an overlapping region in the first image with the region of the second image, wherein the graphic signal represents an image for supplying user information for setting the first projection unit and/or the second projection unit;
superimposing the graphic signal on the first image, and outputting a graphic-superimposed image;
processing to subject one of the overlapping region of the first image or the graphic-superimposed image to luminance correction, and outputting an overlapping-processed image;
receiving a mode signal indicating which one of predetermined operation modes is to be applied, the predetermined operation modes specifying a procedure for generating the output image signal and including a first operation mode and a second operation mode, wherein the first operation mode is a mode in which alignment of projection regions of a plurality of projection units is performed for a multi-screen display, and the second operation mode is a mode in which the alignment has been completed;
outputting, as the output image signal to the first projection unit, the overlapping-processed image output by the processing or the graphic-superimposed image output by the superimposing according to the operation mode; and
projecting the first image by the first projection unit based on the output image signal so that the partial region in the first image overlaps the region of the second image projected by the second projection unit,
wherein the graphic superimposed image is subjected to the luminance correction after the graphic signal is superimposed on the first image, and the overlapping-processed image subjected to the luminance correction is output as the output image signal, to the first projection unit, in a case where the predetermined operation mode indicated by the mode signal is the second operation mode; and
wherein the graphic signal is superimposed on the overlapping-processed image output after the first image is subjected to the luminance correction, and the graphic-superimposed image is output as the output image signal to the first projection unit, in a case where the predetermined operation mode indicated by the mode signal is the first operation mode.

US Pat. No. 10,203,637

FIXING APPARATUS HAVING A RESTRICTIVE GUIDE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:a cylindrical rotating member;
a guide member in contact with an inner surface of the rotating member and configured to guide rotation of the rotating member;
a roller forming a nip portion together with the guide member, with the rotating member in between;
a stay disposed in a hollow portion of the rotating member and configured to reinforce the guide member,
wherein an image carried by a printing material is fixed onto the printing material while the printing material is nipped and conveyed through the nip portion, and
wherein the guide member has a contact surface that restricts a position of the guide member with respect to the stay by coming into contact with a surface of the stay on the upstream side in the printing-material conveying direction, the contact surface being disposed, in a direction perpendicular to the printing-material conveying direction, in such a manner that a center is downstream from ends in the printing-material conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,203,914

PRINTING APPARATUS OPERABLE IN SERVICE MODE FOR WORK PERFORMED BY SERVICE ENGINEER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus operable in a normal operation mode and a service mode for work performed by a service engineer, the printing apparatus comprising:at least one processor to perform the operations of the following units:
a receiving unit configured to receive a start instruction for starting a direct wireless communication function when the printing apparatus operates in the service mode;
a wireless communication unit configured to communicate with an external device by using the direct wireless communication function started according to the start instruction received by the receiving unit; and
a control unit configured to reactivate the printing apparatus when the printing apparatus receives a reactivation instruction from the external device connected to the printing apparatus by the direct wireless communication function,
wherein the printing apparatus reactivated by the control unit starts an operation in the service mode instead of the normal operation mode and starts the direct wireless communication function without receiving the start instruction for starting the direct wireless communication function.

US Pat. No. 10,203,915

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which is operated by at least switching between a first power state and a second power state whose power consumption is less than the first power state, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions,
wherein the at least one processor executes the instructions to perform the functions of
a communication unit configured to communicate with an outside even in the second power state;
a detection unit configured to detect an occurrence of a first event during a period from start to end of processing of making transition from the first power state to the second power state; and
in a case where the first event detected by the detection unit is a communication establishment event, a control unit configured to cause the communication unit to transmit, in the second power state, to a connection partner of the communication a notification for maintaining connection of the communication.

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. 10,203,917

MOBILE TERMINAL, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MOBILE TERMINAL, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication system comprising a communication apparatus capable of performing direct wireless communication with a plurality of mobile terminals with which the communication apparatus has completed establishing processing for establishing a connection, and the plurality of mobile terminals, whereinat least one of the mobile terminals comprises:
a first wireless network interface available for direct wireless communication;
a position information obtainment circuit that outputs position information of the mobile terminal; and
at least one first controller that functions as:
a unit that obtains a first output from the position information obtainment circuit in accordance with establishing processing;
a unit that obtains a second output from the position information obtainment circuit after the connection has been established; and
a unit that transmits a disconnection request for disconnecting the connection via the first wireless network interface to the communication apparatus based on the first output and the second output,
the communication apparatus comprises:
a second wireless network interface available for direct wireless communication; and
at least one second controller that functions as:
a unit that obtains, via the second wireless network interface, the disconnection request transmitted from one of the plurality of mobile terminals; and
a unit that disconnects, in accordance with the disconnection request being obtained, the connection with the mobile terminal from which the disconnection request was transmitted, out of the plurality of mobile terminals with which the communication apparatus has established connections.

US Pat. No. 10,203,922

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD PERFORMED IN THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a printing medium based on a print job, the image forming apparatus comprising:at least one memory containing instructions; and
at least one processor executing the instructions to
set whether or not to delete a print completed job for which printing has been completed for each of a first user group in which a user instructing the printing is charged a fee at the time of performing printing based on the print job, and a second user group in which a user instructing the printing is not charged a fee at the time of performing printing based on the print job.

US Pat. No. 10,203,985

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR MANAGING A NUMBER OF CONCURRENTLY EXECUTING SUBTASKS BASED ON A THRESHOLD AND PRIORITIES OF SUBTASK QUEUES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising a memory storing instructions related to a first controller and instructions related to a second controller, and a processor that executes the instructions related to the first controller and the instructions related to the second controller,wherein the instructions related to the first controller cause the information processing apparatus to:
control execution of a task, and
wherein, in any of a plurality of queues, one or more subtasks generated from the task controlled by the first controller are registered,
wherein the plurality of queues include a first queue and a second queue that has a lower degree of priority than the first queue;
wherein for each of the plurality of queues, an upper limit value of a number of subtasks executed simultaneously among subtasks registered in the respective queue is defined, and
wherein the instructions related to the second controller cause the information processing apparatus to:
manage a threshold corresponding to a number of subtasks executed simultaneously in the information processing apparatus; and
if a number of subtasks currently executing in the information processing apparatus does not exceed the threshold, obtain a subtask from one of the plurality of queues and cause the obtained subtask to execute by creating a new thread, wherein,
if a number of subtasks currently executing among subtasks registered in the first queue is less than the upper limit value defined for the first queue, obtain a subtask registered in the first queue and cause the obtained subtask to execute by creating a new thread regardless of whether or not the number of subtasks currently executing in the information processing apparatus exceeds the threshold,
wherein if the number of subtasks currently executing in the information processing apparatus exceeds the threshold, a new thread is not created for the subtask registered in the second queue.

US Pat. No. 10,200,200

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING SSL COMMUNICATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus as an SSL server configured to issue an SSL server certificate to perform SSL communication, the image forming apparatus having a print unit, the image forming apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
at least one processor configured to execute the instructions stored in memory to:
receive, from a client apparatus, an acquisition request for acquiring a Web page, the Web page being a setting page for inputting SSL server certificate settings, the acquisition request comprising an HTTP communication request for requesting execution of HTTP communication and including host information for identifying the image forming apparatus;
extract identification information of at least the image forming apparatus from the HTTP communication request;
transmit the Web page for inputting the SSL server certificate settings with the extracted identification information as an initial value of a common name for the SSL server certificate to be issued, to the client apparatus as a response of the HTTP communication request, in a case where the HTTP communication request is received;
receive, from the client apparatus, an issuance request for issuing, based on the SSL server certificate settings inputted via the Web page, a SSL server certificate of the image forming apparatus; and
issue the SSL server certificate for use in performing the SSL communication between the image forming apparatus and the client apparatus and transmit the issued SSL server certificate to the client apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,195,886

THERMAL TRANSFER RECORDING SHEET SET AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A thermal transfer recording sheet set comprising:an ink sheet; and
an image-receiving sheet,
wherein the image-receiving sheet is a thermal transfer image-receiving sheet including an image-receiving layer containing at least one compound selected from the group consisting of compounds represented by general formulae (1) and (2), the image-receiving layer being disposed on a substrate,
the ink sheet is a thermal transfer recording ink sheet including a coloring material layer containing a yellow dye, a coloring material layer containing a magenta dye, and a coloring material layer containing a cyan dye, the coloring material layers being disposed on a substrate,
the yellow dye contains at least one compound selected from the group consisting of compounds represented by general formulae (3) to (6), and
the cyan dye contains at least one compound selected from the group consisting of compounds represented by general formulae (7) to (9),
in the general formula (1), R1 to R8 each independently represent an alkyl group that has 3 to 8 carbon atoms and optionally has a substituent, an alkenyl group that optionally has a substituent, an aralkyl group that optionally has a substituent, an alkynyl group that optionally has a substituent, or an aryl group that optionally has a substituent; R1 and R2, R3 and R4, R5 and R6, and R7 and R8 each optionally bond to each other so as to form a ring; and X? represents an anion,in the general formula (2), R?1 to R?8 each independently represent an alkyl group that has 3 to 8 carbon atoms and optionally has a substituent, an alkenyl group that optionally has a substituent, an aralkyl group that optionally has a substituent, an alkynyl group that optionally has a substituent, or an aryl group that optionally has a substituent; R?1 and R?2, R?3 and R?4, R?5 and R?6, and R?7 and R?8 each optionally bond to each other so as to form a ring; and X?? represents an anion,in the general formula (3), R9 to R12 each independently represent an alkyl group or an aryl group that optionally has a substituent,in the general formula (4), R13 represents an alkyl group, an aryl group that optionally has a substituent, or an amino group that optionally has a substituent; R14 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group that optionally has a substituent, or —N(—Ra)Rb, where Ra and Rb each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, or an acyl group, and Ra and Rb optionally bond to each other so as to form a ring; R15 represents an alkyl group; R16 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group; Y represents a carbonyl group or a sulfonyl group; and n represents an integer of 1 to 3,in the general formula (5), R17 and R18 each independently represent an alkyl group or an aryl group,in the general formula (6), R19 and R20 each independently represent an alkyl group or an aryl group,in the general formula (7), R21 to R25 each independently represent an alkyl group or an aryl group,in the general formula (8), R26 and R27 each independently represent an alkyl group or an aryl group that optionally has a substituent, andin the general formula (9), R28 to R32 each independently represent an alkyl group or an aryl group.

US Pat. No. 10,197,961

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on the image bearing member;
a transfer portion configured to transfer the toner image formed on the image bearing member by the image forming portion onto a sheet having a first surface and a second surface;
a moving portion provided upstream of the transfer portion in a conveyance direction of the sheet and configured to move the sheet in a width direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction;
a re-conveyance portion configured to invert the sheet bearing the toner image transferred onto the first surface such that the first surface and the second surface change places and convey the sheet to the transfer portion again;
a detection portion configured to detect a first sheet position where a position, in the width direction, of the sheet before a first toner image is transferred onto the first surface, and a second sheet position where a position, in the width direction, of the sheet inverted by the re-conveyance portion before a second toner image is transferred onto the second surface; and
a control portion configured to control the image forming portion and the moving portion, wherein the control portion is configured to control the image forming portion such that
(1) the first toner image to be transferred onto the first surface of the sheet is formed on a first image position of the image bearing member in the width direction based on a first image position data, and
(2) the second toner image to be transferred onto the second surface of the sheet is formed on a second image position of the image bearing member in the width direction based on the first image position data and an offset value, and
wherein the control portion is configured to control the moving portion such that
(3) the moving portion moves the sheet in the width direction based on the first sheet position detected by the detection portion and the first image position data before the first toner image is transferred onto the first surface of the sheet, and
(4) the moving portion moves the sheet in the width direction based on the second sheet position detected by the detection portion, the first image position data, and the offset value before the second toner image is transferred onto the second surface of the sheet inverted by the re-conveyance portion.

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. 10,197,970

PROCESS UNIT HAVING A SEAL MEMBER THAT SEALS A SPACE BETWEEN A FLANGE AND A PORTION SUPPORTING A FLANGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming unit that is detachably attachable to an image forming apparatus that forms an image on a recording medium with toner, the image forming unit comprising:an image bearing member that bears an image formed with toner, the image bearing member being configured to be rotatable;
a flange provided on an end portion of the image bearing member in a rotary axis direction of the image bearing member, the flange being configured to be rotatable integrally with the image bearing member;
a rotational axis portion provided on the flange, the rotational axis portion protruding from the end portion of the image bearing member toward the outside of the image bearing member in the rotary axis direction of the image bearing member, the rotational axis portion being configured to rotate integrally with the image bearing member;
a supporting portion that rotatably supports the rotational axis portion;
a conducting portion provided on the supporting portion, the conducting portion being configured to electrically conduct electric power supplied from an electric power supplying source of the image forming apparatus;
an electrical contact provided on the flange, the electrical contact being configured to electrically contact with the conducing plate;
a seal member that seals at least a part of a space formed between the supporting portion on which the conducting portion is provided and the flange on which the electrical contact is provided, the conducting portion being disposed in the space, the electrical contact being disposed in the space; and
a cleaning portion arranged so as to be opposed to the image bearing member, the cleaning portion being configured to remove residual toner from the image bearing member,
wherein the seal member is provided so as to be opposed to a substantially entire circumference of the flange, and
wherein a joint portion of the seal member is located (i) upstream of a position where an electrostatic image formed on the image bearing member is developed by a rotatable developing member that supplies the toner toward the position and (ii) downstream of the cleaning portion in a rotational direction of the image bearing member.

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. 10,189,674

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a first discharging portion configured to discharge the sheet on which the image has been formed to an outside of the image forming apparatus;
a first supporting portion configured to support the sheet discharged by the first discharging portion;
an image reading portion configured to read the image formed on the sheet;
a first switching portion configured to switch between a first position to cause the sheet discharged by the first discharging portion to be conveyed to the first supporting portion and a second position to cause the sheet to be conveyed toward the image reading portion configured to read the image;
a second discharging portion configured to discharge the sheet whose image has been read by the image reading portion to the outside of the image forming apparatus;
a second supporting portion configured to support the sheet discharged by the second discharging portion; and
a second switching portion configured to switch between a third position to cause the sheet whose image has been read by the image reading portion to be conveyed toward the second discharging portion and a fourth position to cause the sheet to be conveyed toward the image forming unit,
wherein the image reading portion is disposed above the first discharging portion in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,192,495

DISPLAY APPARATUS WITH LIGHTING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a plurality of light-emitting units configured to emit light;
a display unit configured to display an image on a screen with transmitted light emitted based on an input image;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire initial luminance values of the plurality of light-emitting units based on the luminance of each of a plurality of regions of the input image corresponding to each of the plurality of light-emitting units;
a first processing unit configured to acquire intermediate luminance values of the plurality of light-emitting units by correcting the initial luminance values, wherein the first processing unit increases an initial luminance value of a first target light-emitting unit among the plurality of light-emitting units that is greater than an initial luminance value of a first neighboring light-emitting unit neighboring the first target light-emitting unit, according to a difference of the initial luminance value of the first target light-emitting unit and the initial luminance value of the first neighboring light-emitting unit;
a second processing unit configured to acquire correct luminance values of the plurality of light-emitting units by correcting the intermediate luminance values, wherein the second processing unit increases an intermediate luminance value of a second target light-emitting unit among the plurality of light-emitting units that is smaller than an intermediate luminance value of a second neighboring light-emitting unit neighboring the second target light-emitting unit, according to a difference of the intermediate luminance value of the second target light-emitting unit and the intermediate luminance value of the second neighboring light-emitting unit, the second target light-emitting unit being same or different from the first target light-emitting unit; and
a control unit configured to control light emission of each of the plurality of light-emitting units according to the correct luminance value of each of the plurality of light-emitting units.

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. 10,193,084

2,2?-BIBENZO[D]IMIDAZOLIDENE COMPOUND HAVING HETEROMONOCYCLIC GROUPS AT THE 1-, 1?-, 3- AND 3?- POSITIONS, AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT AND DISPLAY DEVICE CONTAINING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A 2,2?-bibenzo[d]imidazolidene compound expressed by the following general formula (1):
wherein Ar1 to Ar4 each represent a substituted or unsubstituted heteromonocyclic group; R1 to R8 each represent a hydrogen atom or a substituent selected from the group consisting of halogen atoms, alkyl groups having a carbon number in the range of 1 to 8, and substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon groups.

US Pat. No. 10,192,314

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A LOWEST POINT OF A TARGET OBJECT IN AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method executed by one or more processors that determines a lowest point of a target object in an image of a scene captured by a camera, said method comprising:receiving a region of the target object in the image captured by the camera;
receiving a horizontal vanishing line of the image captured by the camera;
selecting, within the image captured by the camera, at least one reference object in the scene;
determining, within the image captured by the camera, at least a first line connecting the received region of the target object and a highest point of the reference object;
determining, within the image captured by the camera, at least an intersection point of the first line and the horizontal vanishing line;
determining, within the image captured by the camera, at least a second line connecting the determined intersection point to a lowest point of the reference object; and
determining a lowest point of the target object within the image captured by the camera based on the second line.

US Pat. No. 10,188,308

METHOD OF IDENTIFYING THE SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION OF AREAS IN A SENSORY AREA OF BRAIN, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of identifying a spatial distribution of areas in a sensory area of brain by obtaining brain activity information from a human body of a subject to which a sensory stimulus is applied, comprising:determining a rough spatial distribution of at least one target area in a sensory area of cerebral cortex in each of a left hemisphere and right hemisphere of the brain;
applying a sensory stimulus to the target area by showing a video to the subject;
obtaining brain activity information using a brain activity measuring machine which measures brain activity in a region that includes the target area while the sensory stimulus is being applied to the target area;
calculating a correlation value between brain activity information of the target area in the left hemisphere and brain activity information of the target area in the right hemisphere using the obtained brain activity information; and
adjusting the determined rough spatial distribution of the target area to an adjusted spatial distribution of the target area in each of the left and right hemispheres so that the correlation value between brain activity information of respective target areas of an identical type in the adjusted spatial distribution in the left and right hemispheres increases.

US Pat. No. 10,193,949

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory storing one or more programs configured to be executed by the hardware processor, the one or more programs including instructions for:
acquiring a media content;
transmitting the media content acquired by the acquiring to another communication apparatus;
determining whether to describe, as an acquisition source URL of the media content acquired by the acquiring, a URL of the communication apparatus or a URL of the another communication apparatus, in accordance with a state of transmission of the media content;
generating, based on the determination made by the determining, a description file in which the acquisition source URL of each predetermined unit of the media content is described; and
providing the description file generated by the generating.

US Pat. No. 10,191,409

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONTROLLED TONER DISCHARGE AMOUNT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
a developing device that develops an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member;
a toner bottle which is configured to supply the developing device with toner, and having a storage portion storing the toner and a discharge portion made of resin and discharging the toner stored in the toner storage portion, with the storage portion configured to rotate relatively to the discharge portion;
an attachment portion configured to be attached with the toner bottle;
a driving portion configured to drive the storage portion in a state that the toner bottle is attached to the attachment portion;
a controller controlling the driving portion;
a memory disposed in the toner bottle and memorizing information regarding component dimensions of a molded discharge portion of the toner bottle; and
an information reading portion that reads information regarding the component dimensions of the molded discharge portion;
wherein the controller controls the driving portion so that a discharge amount of the toner from the discharge portion becomes a specific toner amount targeted based on the information regarding the component dimensions of the molded discharge portion.

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. 10,185,902

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CONVERTS IMAGE DATA FROM LINE SEQUENCE TO BLOCK SEQUENCE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus that performs image processing on input image data in units of block, the apparatus comprising:one or more processors configured to function as:
a derivation unit configured to derive a memory size used in conversion processing of converting data alignment sequence in the image data from a line sequence into a block sequence which is executed before a generation of raster data based on the input image data and a memory size used in the conversion processing which is executed after the generation of the raster data;
a determination unit configured to determine whether to execute the conversion processing before the generation of the raster data or after the generation of the raster data, based on a comparison between the derived memory sizes; and
a conversion unit configured to execute the conversion processing before the generation of the raster data or after the generation of the raster data based on the determination.

US Pat. No. 10,185,407

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:an operation identifying unit configured to identify a type of operation by identifying a shape of a hand of an operator based on a captured image including the hand; and
a display controlling unit configured to display a cursor at an in-screen position corresponding to a first position indicated by the hand forming a first shape in a case where a first operation performed by the hand forming the first shape is detected and display the cursor at an in-screen position corresponding to a second position indicated by a finger of the hand forming a second shape in a case where a second operation performed by the hand forming the second shape is detected,
wherein the first shape is a shape of a clenched first in which none of fingers of the hand, including the finger, is extended,
wherein the second shape is a shape in which the finger is extended, and
wherein the display controlling unit corrects the in-screen position corresponding to the second position in a case where the second operation is detected after the first operation is detected so as to prevent the in-screen position of the cursor from moving due to the operator's extending the finger.

US Pat. No. 10,185,179

LIGHT-EMITTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING FIXING MEMBERS IN PIXEL BOUNDARIES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A backlight apparatus comprising:a board on which a plurality of light source units are arranged in a matrix pattern;
an optical sheet configured to transmit light from the plurality of light source units;
a partition sheet arranged between the board and the optical sheet and having a shape which encloses each of the plurality of light source units on a plane parallel to the board; and
a plurality of fixing members fixing the optical sheet and the partition sheet, wherein
the plurality of fixing members include a fixing member arranged in a boundary portion between two light source units that are adjacent to each other in a row direction or a column direction.

US Pat. No. 10,185,437

TOUCH SCREEN PANEL, INTERFACE CIRCUIT, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A touch screen panel comprising:a first electrode substrate with a rectangular first transparent conductive film formed on a surface;
a second electrode substrate with a rectangular second transparent conductive film formed on a surface;
a first electrode and a second electrode formed on two opposite sides of the first transparent conductive film of the first electrode substrate;
a third electrode and a fourth electrode formed on two opposite sides of the second transparent conductive film of the second electrode substrate, which are different from the two opposite sides of the first transparent conductive film;
an interface circuit configured to receive electrical signals from the first electrode and the second electrode, and the third electrode and the fourth electrode and process the signals; and
connecting portions, respectively provided on the same side of the first electrode substrate and the second electrode substrate, configured to connect the first electrode and the second electrode, and the third electrode and the fourth electrode to the interface circuit,
wherein the interface circuit includes a member configured to make an impedance of a wiring path formed on the side where the connecting portion is provided and connected to one of the first electrode, the second electrode, the third electrode, and the fourth electrode higher than an impedance of wiring paths connected to remaining electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,185,723

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a display device configured to display a setting screen; and
processing circuitry configured to cause the information processing apparatus to:
set a first image file naming rule by setting each of a plurality of items, selected via the displayed setting screen, to configure a file name to be created using the first image file naming rule;
determine whether or not any one of the plurality of items that configure the file name to be created using the first image file naming rule makes the file name created using the first image file naming rule unique;
add, in response to a determination that none of the plurality of items that configure the file name to be created using the first image file naming rule makes the file name created using the first image file naming rule unique, an item to the first image file naming rule that makes a file name created using the first image file naming rule having the added item unique; and
save a second image file naming rule, the second image file naming rule including the first image file naming rule and the added item.

US Pat. No. 10,187,823

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device comprising:a base station unit configured to operate as a base station which constructs a first wireless network compliant with IEEE802.11 series;
a station unit configured to operate as a station which is connected to a base station that constructs a second wireless network compliant with the IEEE802.11 series;
a providing unit configured to operate as a providing device that provides a first communication parameter for connecting to the first wireless network;
a receiving unit configured to operate as a receiving device that receives a second communication parameter for connecting to the second wireless network;
a setting unit configured to set a value used for determining whether the communication device operates as a first role or a second role,
wherein, in a case where the communication device operates as the first role the communication device activates the base station unit and the providing unit, and the providing unit provides another communication device with the first communication parameter, and
wherein, in a case where the communication device operates as the second role, the communication device activates the station unit and the receiving unit, and the receiving unit receives, from the other communication device, the second communication parameter; and
a determination unit configured to perform a determination process of determining whether the communication device operates as the first role or the second role based on comparison of a value set by the setting unit with a value received from the other communication device,
wherein the setting unit is configured to set a different value based on whether the communication device activates the station unit.

US Pat. No. 10,179,467

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing head that performs printing on a printing medium by ejecting ink from the printing head;
a carriage on which the printing head is mounted;
a first guide rail extending in a first direction that intersects a conveying direction of the printing medium;
a second guide rail extending in the first direction, the second guide rail being spaced apart from the first guide rail in the conveying direction;
a first guide member that is in contact with the first guide rail and that moves together with the carriage, the first guide member guiding the carriage in the first direction;
a second guide member that is in contact with the second guide rail and that moves together with the carriage, the second guide member guiding the carriage in the first direction;
an interval switching member provided between the carriage and the first guide member, the interval switching member relatively displacing the carriage with respect to the printing medium in a second direction that is orthogonal to the conveying direction and the first direction; and
an inclination control member disposed between either one of the first guide member and the second guide member and the carriage, the inclination control member changing a distance between the carriage and the either one of the first guide member and the second guide member,
wherein upon a change in the distance with the inclination control member, the carriage rotates about a guide rail of the first guide rail and the second guide rail that is in contact with the other one of the first guide member and the second guide member, such that an angle of the printing head against the printing medium is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,182,348

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION PARAMETER PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device, comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing a program to be executed by the at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor executes the program to function as:
an image capturing unit configured to capture an image;
a storage unit configured to store the information obtained from the captured image;
a display unit configured to present a display to prompt a user whether to reuse the stored information; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether to reuse the stored information based on a user's response,
wherein, when the communication parameter is changed after the communication parameter is transmitted to the another communication device and the determination unit determines to reuse the information, the transmission unit transmits the changed communication parameter to the another communication device by reusing the stored information.

US Pat. No. 10,181,088

METHOD FOR VIDEO OBJECT DETECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of performing foreground/background separation on an input image, said method comprising the steps of:for each input visual element at a locale in said input image:
identifying, using a processor, corresponding model visual elements at respective locales in a scene model associated with said input image, by comparing each input visual element at each respective locale in said input image to each corresponding model visual element in the respective locale in the scene model, each said model visual element being associated with a set of element models, each element model including at least a first visual data set and a second visual data set forming parts of the element model, said first and second visual data sets being associated with a single temporal data set;
determining, using the processor, a first set of visual distances between each said first data set and each said input visual element at a locale in said input image, and determining a second set of visual distances between each said second visual data set and each said input visual element at a locale in said input image;
determining, using the processor, a set of visual distances for each element model including each said first visual data set and a second visual data set based on a comparison between said first set of visual distances and said second set of visual distances;
selecting, using the processor, element models from said set of element models dependent upon the determined set of visual distances for said selected element models satisfying a predetermined criterion;
updating, using the processor, the first visual data set forming one of the parts of said selected element models using a first method of updating a visual data set;
updating, using the processor, the second visual data set forming one of the parts of said selected element models using a second method of updating a visual data set that is different from the first method;
generating a database containing the updated visual data sets;
classifying, using the processor, said selected element models as one of foreground and background based on the updated visual sets stored in the database; and
identifying, using the processor, a foreground object in the input image based on at least one group of foreground element models formed by applying connected component analysis to the classified element models.

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. 10,180,651

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. 10,181,187

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD THEREOF, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM THAT DISPLAY A MEDICAL IMAGE WITH COMMENT INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a report acquisition unit adapted to acquire report information including a region of interest in a medical image and comment information associated with the region of interest;
a related region acquisition unit adapted to acquire a region related to the region of interest in the medical image;
a determination unit adapted to determine a display position of a display region of the comment information so as not to make the display region of the comment information overlap the related region; and
a display control unit adapted to display the medical image including the comment information so that the comment information is displayed at the determined display position of the display region on a display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,175,610

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING TONER CONTENT DETECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a rotatable developer carrying member configured to carry a developer containing non-magnetic toner and a magnetic carrier;
first and second chambers configured to accommodate the developer supplied to said developer carrying member;
a first rotatable feeding member provided in said first chamber and configured to feed the developer in a first direction;
a second rotatable feeding member provided in said second chamber and configured to feed the developer in a second direction opposite to the first direction;
a first communication port configured to permit feeding of the developer from said second chamber to said first chamber;
a second communication port configured to permit feeding of the developer from said first chamber to said second chamber; and
a toner content detecting portion including a planar detecting surface including at least a planar coil generating a magnetic field and configured to detect the toner content,
wherein said detecting surface is provided in said first communication port above a bottom of said first communication port with respect to a vertical direction, and
wherein said detecting surface is disposed substantially in a central portion of said first communication port with respect to the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,175,626

FEEDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding device comprising:a first plate on which a recording material is placed;
a second plate located above the first plate in a vertical direction;
an uplift unit configured to uplift a recording material placed on the first plate;
a detection unit configured to detect the recording material uplifted by the uplift unit arriving at a feeding position,
wherein a recording material fed from the second plate is detected by the detection unit when the recording material fed from the second plate passes the detection unit while the recording material placed on the first plate is not in the feeding position; and
a control unit configured to cause a first recording material and a second recording material to be sequentially fed from the second plate, and to cause the uplift unit to uplift the recording material placed on the first plate in an interval time from when a trailing edge of the first recording material passes the detection unit to when a leading edge of the second recording material arrives at the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,175,632

POWER SUPPLY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply for supplying power to a load, the power supply comprising:a first switching unit configured to perform a switching operation to convert an input voltage to an output voltage, switching on and off being repeatedly performed in the switching operation in accordance with a control signal;
a power restriction unit configured to input the control signal; and
a second switching unit configured to input the control via the power restriction unit, and configured to perform switching on and off selectively in accordance with a control signal,
wherein the second switching unit is in an off state in a case where a voltage value according to the control signal is smaller than a threshold value and switches to an on state from the off state in a case where a voltage value according to the control signal exceeds the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,175,634

CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A container, used in an image forming apparatus having a detecting portion, in which discharged toner is collected, the container comprising:an intake portion for discharged toner to enter the container;
a collecting portion in which the toner entering via the intake portion accumulates;
a conveying member configured to convey the toner in the collecting portion in a direction away from the intake portion;
a movable member movable in accordance with accumulated toner in the collecting portion and configured to cause the detecting portion to detect movement of the movable member, the movable member having a guiding portion; and
a closing portion configured to make a closed condition with the movable member when the movable member is moving to a detecting position where the detecting portion detects the movement of the movable member,
wherein an opening is formed by the movable member and the closing portion, the opening releasing toner guided by the guiding portion when further toner is accumulated after the detecting portion detects the movement of the movable member.

US Pat. No. 10,177,687

OSCILLATORY WAVE MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An oscillatory wave motor comprising:a piezoelectric element;
an elastic member that includes a projecting portion;
a friction member that moves relative to the elastic member and includes a contact surface in contact with the projecting portion; and
pressing unit that brings the projecting portion into contact under pressure with the contact surface in a pressing direction that is a direction of a perpendicular line of the contact surface,
wherein the piezoelectric element and the elastic member are fixed and caused to vibrate by application of an AC voltage to the piezoelectric element,
wherein the projecting portion includes:
a spherical portion formed in a center of the projecting portion on a side opposed to the friction member;
a contact portion that is in contact with the contact surface and formed on or near a center of the spherical portion;
a flat portion formed around the spherical portion; and
a corner portion formed around the flat portion,
wherein the spherical portion, the flat portion and the corner portion are configured to have a uniform thickness,
wherein the spherical portion, the flat portion and the corner portion have flexibility in the pressing direction with the contact portion as a center.

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. 10,175,971

DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, DISTRIBUTION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A distribution system comprising,a memory storing instructions; and
a processor executing the instructions causing the distribution system to:
obtain identification information and version information on each of firmware and an application that are installed in a plurality of network devices;
switch a screen displayed by a web browser between a first screen for first distribution setting pertaining to the firmware and second screens for second distribution setting pertaining to the application, based on the obtained information, wherein the first screen is not enabled to designate an operating state of the firmware after update of the firmware as the first distribution setting;
receive, through the second screens, designations of identification information on each of the network devices, the application to be distributed and an operating state of the application after distribution as the second distribution setting, wherein the operating state is one of activation, stop, and maintenance of a state before update of the application;
transmit, to each of the network devices, any of the first distribution setting designated through the displayed first screen and the second distribution setting designated through the displayed second screen;
transmit, in response to a request from each of the network devices to which the first distribution setting is transmitted, a first Uniform Resource Locator (URL) for downloading a file of firmware to be updated; and
transmit, in response to a request from each of the network devices to which the second distribution setting is transmitted, a second URL for downloading a file of application to be updated;
wherein each of the network devices to which the second distribution setting is transmitted is configured to:
(1) perform, if the designation of the operating state included in the second distribution setting is the activation, a processing of activating of the application after update of the application to be distributed to transmit an update success notification to the distribution system in response to a success of the processing of activating of the application;
(2) perform, if the designation of the operating state included in the second distribution setting is the maintenance of the state and the state before update of the application is the activation, the processing of activating the application after update of the application to be distributed to transmit an update success notification to the distribution system in response to the success of the processing of activating of the application;
(3) transmit, if the designation of the operating state included in the second distribution setting is the stop, the update success notification to the distribution system without performing the processing of activating of the application after update of the application to be distributed; and
(4) transmit, if the designation of the operating state included in the second distribution setting is the maintenance of the state and the state before update of the application is the stop, the update success notification to the distribution system without performing the processing of activating the application after update of the application to be distributed.

US Pat. No. 10,177,792

DC-FREE NYQUIST-FREE ERROR CORRECTING LINE CODING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of terahertz communication by encoding a bitstream, the encoding comprising:obtaining at least one current input word of the bitstream to encode;
determining a variable codeword and a fixed codeword from the at least one current input word;
selecting the variable codeword or a fixed codeword based on a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) value; and
outputting an encoded word including the selected variable codeword or fixed codeword,
wherein determining the variable codeword comprises:
determining at least one nominal codeword associated with the at least one input word according to an error-control code and according to an error-control codebook,
determining a substitute codeword having a size different from the size of the nominal codeword and comprising a concatenation of the nominal codeword with a complementary bit sequence that is a codeword of the codebook, the substitute codeword having a digital sum and/or an alternate sum that keeps a current running digital sum and/or a running alternate sum bounded, and
selecting one of the at least one nominal codeword or the substitute codeword as the variable codeword.

US Pat. No. 10,177,821

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wireless communication system comprising:a first antenna;
a second antenna with an orientation relative to the first antenna that is changeable around a predetermined axis; and
a communication control unit configured to control wireless communication based on electric field coupling between the first antenna and the second antenna,
wherein the first antenna includes a first electrode including a bored portion, which is configured such that the predetermined axis passes through an inside of the bored portion, and a second electrode located inside the bored portion as viewed from a reference direction that is in parallel with the predetermined axis, and
wherein the second antenna includes a third electrode configured such that an electric signal is transmitted between the first electrode and the third electrode, and a fourth electrode configured such that an electric signal is transmitted between the second electrode and the fourth electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,172,964

COMPOUND OR SALT THEREOF AND CONTRAST AGENT FOR OPTICAL IMAGING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A compound consisting of at least one organic dye covalently bound to a polyethylene glycol, or a salt thereof,wherein the organic dye is represented by any of formulae (2) to (6), and
wherein the polyethylene glycol is represented by any of formulae (8) to (10):

wherein, in the formulae (2) to (6):
X represents any of a hydrogen atom, a sodium atom, and a potassium atom; and
* represents a bond to O adjacent to Y in the formulae (8) to (10), either directly or through a linker;

wherein, in the formula (8):
Y represents a bond to N adjacent to * in the formulae (2) to (6), either directly or through a linker; and
t is an integer of 1 or more;
Y?OCH2CH2?nO—Y,   (9)
wherein, in the formula (9):
Y represents a bond to * in the formulae (2) to (6), either directly or through a linker, and the organic dye at each Y may be the same or different; and
n is an integer of 1 or more;

wherein, in the formula (10):
Y represents a bond to * in the formulae (2) to (6), either directly or through a linker, and the organic dye at each Y may be the same or different; and
s is an integer of 1 or more.

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. 10,168,958

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system that performs data communication between a host and a device in conformity with a SATA standard, whereinthe host transmits a setup command to which information on an undefined command is written to the device, and
the device:
has a command table for commands in conformity with the SATA standard, in which a command code to identify each command and information on a transfer protocol of each command are described; and
makes the undefined command available between the host and the device by writing information on the undefined command to the command table in accordance with the received setup command.

US Pat. No. 10,171,541

METHODS, DEVICES, AND COMPUTER PROGRAMS FOR IMPROVING CODING OF MEDIA PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A proxy for providing a standard manifest for requesting streamed timed media data associated with at least one media item, organized into temporal media segments, the streamed timed media data belonging to partitioned timed media data comprising timed samples, the streamed timed media data being transmitted as media segment files each comprising at least one independently processed component resulting from processing at least one of the timed samples, the proxy comprising at least one microprocessor configured for carrying out the steps of:receiving an enhanced manifest comprising metadata for describing the processed components, the metadata comprising parameters used for describing at least a part of one of the processed components,
wherein at least one of the parameters is a dynamic parameter which value can vary over time, the at least one parameter being associated with an element referring to a metadata resource which is external to the enhanced manifest and which comprises at least one value defining the at least one parameter;
determining which parameters are not resolved from the enhanced manifest as the at least one parameter; and
generating a standard manifest based on metadata of the enhanced manifest and of the at least one value defining the at least one parameter,
wherein the at least one parameter is resolved dynamically using remote information such that at least one parameter from the enhanced manifest may be dynamically re-evaluated without depending upon media presentation description.

US Pat. No. 10,169,596

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to control an operation of software based on an issued license, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed, cause the at least one processor to operate as:
a holding unit configured to hold a serial number input to issue a first license for controlling the operation of the software;
a reception unit configured to receive an input of a serial number required to issue a second license for controlling the operation of the software at a different version;
a checking unit configured to check whether the serial number corresponding to the first license held by the holding unit and the serial number received by the reception unit are different from each other; and
a control unit configured to control the software based on the second license issued by a licensing server based on the serial number received by the reception unit along with returning the first license to the licensing server, if the checking unit confirms that the serial number corresponding to the first license held by the holding unit and the serial number received by the reception unit are different.

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. 10,162,248

AUTOMATIC FOCUSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an image sensor configured to capture an image of an object through a photographic system including a focus lens and output image data;
a scan unit configured to move the focus lens within a predetermined scan range, having a scan center position, defined by a scan-starting point and a scan-ending point;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a focus evaluation value based on the image data while the scan unit moves the focus lens, and to determine a maximal focus evaluation value based on the focus evaluation value;
a control unit configured to adjust the focus lens to a lens position where the maximal focus evaluation value was obtained; and
a setting unit configured to set a scan range for a next scan depending on whether a direction of a lens position where the maximal focus evaluation value was obtained in a previous scan to a scan center position of the scan range in the previous scan is the same as a direction of a lens position where the maximal focus evaluation value is obtained in a present scan to a scan center position of the scan range for the present scan, or not,
wherein, if the direction of the lens position where the maximal focus evaluation value was obtained in the previous scan to the scan center position of the scan range for the previous scan is not the same as the direction of the lens position where the maximal focus evaluation value is obtained in the present scan to the scan center position of the scan range for the present scan, the scan range for the next scan is set without using a prediction calculation.

US Pat. No. 10,160,204

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a support member extending in a first direction;
first and second supply path members arranged in the support member adjacent to each other along the first direction, each of which has a supply path extending in the first direction; and
a print element board having an element configured to generate energy used for ejection of a liquid supplied from the supply paths of the first and second supply path members, and further having an ejection port through which the liquid is ejected,
wherein the first supply path member includes an outlet port through which the liquid supplied to the supply path of the first supply path member flows out of the first supply path member,
wherein the second supply path member includes an inlet port that receives liquid flowed out of the outlet port of the first supply path member and transmits the received liquid into the supply path of the second supply path member,
wherein the outlet port is provided near an end portion of the supply path of the first supply path member on the side of the support member on which the second supply path member is provided,
wherein the inlet port is provided near an end portion of the supply path of the second supply path member on the side of the support member on which the first supply path member is provided, and
wherein the support member includes a first through hole communicating with the outlet port of the first supply path member, and a second through hole communicating with the inlet port of the second supply path member.

US Pat. No. 10,163,027

APPARATUS FOR AND METHOD OF PROCESSING IMAGE BASED ON OBJECT REGION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:
acquire image data;
acquire distance information corresponding to the image data;
detect one or more object regions, each representing an object, from the image data based on the distance information;
set a specific three-dimensional region;
extract an object region representing an object which does not overlap the specific three-dimensional region, from among detected object regions, based on the distance information; and
perform image processing for synthesizing the extracted object region in the image data and a corresponding region in the background image at a predetermined ratio or replacing the extracted object region in the image data with the corresponding region in the background image.

US Pat. No. 10,163,035

EDGE DETECTING APPARATUS AND EDGE DETECTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An edge detecting apparatus, comprising:at least one processor that operates as:
a first determining unit configured to determine, based on an input image, at least one of a distance between local maximum pixels which are pixels of which gradation values are local maximum values and a distance between local minimum pixels which are pixels of which gradation values are local minimum values; and
a detecting unit configured to detect an edge from the input image with a detection sensitivity based on the distance determined by the first determining unit wherein the detecting unit:
performs block matching using the input image;
corrects a result of the block matching using a correction parameter corresponding to a detection sensitivity based on a distance determined by the first determining unit; and
detects an edge from the input image based on a result of the block matching after correction.