US Pat. No. 9,836,855

DETERMINING A DEPTH MAP FROM IMAGES OF A SCENE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,838,397

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,837,936

VIBRATION TYPE DRIVE DEVICE, MEDICAL APPARATUS, AND MEDICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

wherein the plurality of the first resilient element and the plurality of the second resilient element are arranged in an
alternate manner in a circumferential direction of the resilient member.

US Pat. No. 9,837,938

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,836,676

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,830,542

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,830,543

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,830,544

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,830,545

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR SENDING IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,831,060

X-RAY GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,832,358

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,829,802

CONVEYING HAND AND LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,829,810

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,829,814

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,832,635

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,830,842

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,829,820

TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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


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

US Pat. No. 9,829,833

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT SETS SPEEDS OF DRIVING SOURCES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,827,783

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,829,836

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH PRE-EXPOSURE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,829,839

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,829,587

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,829,844

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,829,845

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,832,160

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,829,856

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,829,857

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING AN ERRONEOUS ATTACHING PREVENTION UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,827,593

ULTRASONIC MOTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,830,683

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,830,689

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,830,490

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,832,812

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,828,200

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,831,278

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA WITH PIXEL OPENINGS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,831,285

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,831,029

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE, POWER TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,830,021

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,830,537

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,823,603

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,818,925

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,804,512

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,804,514

METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,801,960

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,804,522

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,804,523

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,807,084

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ENCRYPTION COMMUNICATING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,804,529

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING DEVELOPER REGULATING RIB

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,804,355

LENS BARREL AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,804,369

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having positive refractive power; and
a fourth lens unit having positive refractive power,
wherein, during zooming from a wide-angle end to a telephoto end, the first lens unit does not move and at least the second
lens unit and the fourth lens unit move, and a distance between adjacent lens units varies during zooming,

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,804,370

ZOOM LENS SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,804,371

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,804,372

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

0.20<|f1/f2|<0.59

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,804,407

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,807,280

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,807,281

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,807,296

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND AUTO FOCUS CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,807,297

DEPTH DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS AND DEPTH DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,802,434

RECORDING MEDIUM WITH INCREASED SCRATCH AND WATER RESISTANCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,800,587

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,266

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING ABNORMALLY DISCHARGED IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,282

BELT CONVEYOR UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,799,108

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,799,124

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,157

IMAGE STABILIZING APPARATUS, LENS BARREL, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,800,810

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel including an amplifier transistor configured to output a noise signal and an optical signal based on light;
an amplification circuit into which the noise signal and the optical signal are input from the amplifier transistor, the amplification
circuit including a first and a second amplifier circuit; and

a limiter circuit connected to an output node of the first amplifier circuit, wherein
the first amplifier circuit outputs, to the second amplifier circuit, a first reference signal amplified from the noise signal,
and a first optical signal amplified from the optical signal,

the second amplifier circuit includes a capacitive element and an amplifier,
the limiter circuit limits the amplitude of the first reference signal output by the first amplifier circuit,
the capacitive element is provided on an electric path between the limiter circuit and an input node of the amplifier, and
the capacitive element clamps the first reference signal whose amplitude is limited by the limiter circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,789,705

INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,791,764

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,793,314

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,596

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,788,719

FUNDUS IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,649

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,792,107

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,424

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,426

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,429

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,431

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,792,388

PATTERN EXTRACTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,438

OPERATION UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,440

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,445

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,463

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,464

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,465

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,466

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,467

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,736,390

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,768,375

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,767,611

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,756,307

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,721,391

POSITIONING OF PROJECTED AUGMENTED REALITY CONTENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

displaying the modified augmented reality content on said physical surface.

US Pat. No. 9,723,187

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,723,208

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,723,209

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,723,210

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,723,213

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,720,206

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,720,207

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,715,193

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,716,808

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,716,823

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,706,062

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,706,075

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,694,598

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,699,047

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,699,330

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,696,780

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,646,232

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,647,027

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,645,773

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,648,119

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR EXCHANGING DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,641,961

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system where communication is performed using near-field communication, the system comprising:
a mobile terminal apparatus; and
an electronic apparatus including a near-field communication tag chip,
the mobile terminal apparatus including:
a read unit configured to read first information from the tag chip, and
a first write unit configured to write, in the tag chip of the electronic apparatus, second information representing a request
for replacement of information stored in the tag chip,

the electronic apparatus including:
a second write unit configured to write third information in the tag chip after the second information is written in the tag
chip by the mobile terminal apparatus,

wherein the read unit reads the third information from the tag chip, and
wherein the second write unit writes back the first information in the tag chip after the third information is read from the
tag chip by the mobile terminal apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,664,876

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,630,322

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,628,670

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,628,714

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,628,717

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,628,727

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM DETERMINING OR ACQUIRING TARGET NOISE AMOUNT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing system comprising:
a plurality of image capturing apparatuses; and
an information processing apparatus that controls the plurality of image capturing apparatuses, wherein
each of the plurality of image capturing apparatuses comprises:
a memory storing a program; and
a processor that executes the program to function as
a target noise amount specifying unit that acquires a target noise amount as a noise amount that is targeted; and
an image capturing parameter determination unit that determines image capturing conditions based on the target noise amount,
where said image capturing conditions are specified by one or more image capturing parameters, and

the information processing apparatus comprises:
a memory storing a program; and
a processor that executes the program to function as
a noise amount range determination unit that determines a range that can be taken by a noise amount in each image capturing
apparatus;

a common area calculation unit that calculates a common range of a noise amount common to the plurality of image capturing
apparatuses; and

a target noise amount determination unit that determines a target noise amount from the common range of the noise amount.

US Pat. No. 9,623,655

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a discharge-port-forming member having a first discharge port and a second discharge port through which a liquid is to be
discharged, the first discharge port and the second discharge port being formed in a same surface of the discharge-port-forming
member; and

a pressure-chamber-forming member that includes a first pressure chamber which is in communication with the first discharge
port and includes a first heating resistor formed in a bottom portion of the first pressure chamber, a second pressure chamber
which is in communication with the second discharge port and includes a second heating resistor formed in a bottom portion
of the second pressure chamber, a plurality of wiring layers, each of which includes a barrier metal as a base member, and
a joint surface, which is joined to the discharge-port-forming member,

wherein the first heating resistor and the second heating resistor whose depths from the same surface of the discharge-port-forming
member are different from each other, the first heating resistor is formed of a first barrier metal, the second heating resistor
is formed of a second barrier metal, and the plurality of wiring layers is not provided on a surface at a side of the joint
surface of the first barrier metal and the second barrier metal.

US Pat. No. 9,621,623

CLIENT, SERVER, MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A client configured to perform communication with a server, comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
a request unit configured to access a service provided by the server and to request operation control information corresponding
to the service;

a registration unit configured to execute registration processing of the operation control information received from the server
according to the request, wherein the operation control information includes at least action information indicating an operation
executed by the service and type information indicating information for filtering associated with the operation;

a calling unit configured to call the service in order to cause the server to execute the service according to selection of
the service corresponding to the operation control information registered by a user; and

an execution unit configured to execute processing according to a content of processing information;
wherein the registration unit is further configured to register client processing information in associated with the operation
control information if operation control information and the client processing information are received from the server, and

wherein the execution unit is configured to executed, in calling the service by the calling unit, processing to be executed
by the client according to t a content of the registered client processing information associated with the operation control
information.

US Pat. No. 9,618,861

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
a conductive layer on the support; and
a photosensitive layer on the conductive layer, wherein
the conductive layer comprises a binder material, a first particle, and a second particle;
the first particle is composed of a core particle coated with aluminum-doped zinc oxide;
the second particle is composed of the same material as that of the core particle of the first particle and is not coated
with an inorganic material or an organic material;

a content of the first particle in the conductive layer is 20% by volume or more and 50% by volume or less based on a total
volume of the conductive layer; and

a content of the second particle in the conductive layer is 0.1% by volume or more and 15% by volume or less based on the
total volume of the conductive layer, and 0.5% by volume or more and 30% by volume or less based on the volume of the first
particle in the conductive layer.

US Pat. No. 9,618,867

PIGMENT DISPERSION AND TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pigment dispersion comprising:
a pigment;
a non-water-soluble solvent;
a compound having:
a partial structure represented by formula (1) and
a polymer having a monomer unit represented by formula (2); and
a polymer compound having a monomer unit comprising at least one structure selected from the group consisting of partial structures
represented by formulas (3) and (4)

[in formula (1), R1 and R2 each independently represent a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group, an OR5 group, or an NR6R7 group;R5 to R7 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl
group, or an aralkyl group; andAr represents a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group;wherein at least one of R1, R2, and Ar has a substituent that has a site bonded to the polymer]
[in formula (2), R3 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group andR4 represents a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group, a carboxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxycarbonyl group,
or a substituted or unsubstituted carboxamide group]
[in formula (3), R8 to R11 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a hydroxyl group, a carboxy group, a sulfo group, a C1-18 alkyl group, a C1-18 alkoxy group, or an organic group as required to form a ring with an adjacent position, wherein at least one of R8 to R11 has a substituent that has a site bonded to a main chain or a side chain in the polymer compound, and M1 and M2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a metal atom, or NH4]
[in formula (4), R12 to R16 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a hydroxyl group, an alkyl group, or an alkoxy group, wherein
at least one of R12 to R16 has a substituent that has a site bonded to a main chain or a side chain in the polymer compound, and M3 represents a hydrogen atom, a metal atom, or NH4].

US Pat. No. 9,615,795

PROBE SUPPORT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A probe support apparatus comprising:
a base stand;
a horizontal rotation member having a circumferential rotation axis extending vertically, configured to rotate circumferentially
with respect to said base stand and connected to said base stand;

a tilting-rotation member having a tilt axis extending in a horizontal direction, configured to tilt with respect to said
base stand and connected to said horizontal rotation member;

an arm connected to said base stand via said horizontal rotation member and said tilting-rotation member so as to rotate circumferentially
in a horizontal direction and tilt in a vertical plane; and

a probe support member having a non-deformable section connected to said arm and a deformable section connected to said non-deformable
section and configured to be connected to a probe,

wherein said arm has an alternative tilt axis extending in said horizontal direction at a far side far from said tilting-rotation
member, and

wherein said non-deformable section is tiltably connected to the arm via said alternative tilt axis so that said non-deformable
section can tilt around said alternative tilt axis parallel to said tilt axis.

US Pat. No. 9,618,876

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam for exposing a photoconductor;
a rotating mirror configured to deflect the light beam so that the light beam scans the photoconductor;
an optical box where the light source and the rotating mirror are disposed;
a cover attached to the optical box, the cover including a transparent window which the light beam deflected by the rotating
mirror passing therethrough and a recess at which a connection portion is provided;

a shutter which slides so as to reciprocate between a position on a light path of the light beam that has passed through the
transparent window and a position off the light path of the light beam that has passed through the transparent window;

a shutter moving mechanism including pushing unit and a spring, the pushing unit pushes the shutter to slide, the spring being
connected to the connection portion and the shutter so as to urge the shutter in a direction opposite to a pushing direction
of the pushing unit, and sliding the shutter in the opposite direction by elastic force;

wherein the recess is recessed toward an inner side of the optical box, and the recess is further recessed than a position
of a surface of the cover which is disposed on an extension of a rotational axis of the mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,618,880

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to bear developer;
a development chamber including the developer bearing member;
a developer storage chamber configured to store developer to be supplied to the development chamber;
a partition configured to separate the development chamber and the developer storage chamber and having an opening that allows
communication between the developer storage chamber and the development chamber;

a rotating shaft configured to be rotatable and provided inside the developer storage chamber;
a first sheet member attached to the rotating shaft;
a second sheet member attached to the rotation shaft; and
a plurality of protruding portions configured to protrude toward the inside of the developer storage chamber from the partition,
wherein in a rotation radial direction of the rotating shaft, a length of the first sheet member is shorter than a length
of the second sheet member, and the first sheet member contacts the plurality of protruding portions so that a space is formed
between the first sheet member and a plane portion of the partition which forms the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,618,883

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO CONTROL ROTATIONAL SPEED OF A ROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a transfer unit configured to transfer a toner image onto a sheet;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image onto the sheet, wherein the fixing unit includes a roller for conveying the
sheet; and

a control unit configured to control a rotational speed of the roller,
wherein, in a first case where both a first loop amount of the sheet at one side in a width direction orthogonal to a sheet
conveyance direction and a second loop amount of the sheet at the other side in a width direction are larger than a predetermined
amount, or both the first loop amount of the sheet at the one side and the second loop amount of the sheet at the other side
are smaller than the predetermined amount, the control unit switches the rotational speed of the roller between a first speed
and a second speed that is different from the first speed, and

wherein, in a second case where one of the first loop amount and the second loop amount is larger than the predetermined amount
and the other of the first loop amount and the second loop amount is smaller than the predetermined amount, the control unit
switches the rotational speed of the roller between a third speed and a fourth speed that is different from the third speed,

wherein a difference of the third speed and the fourth speed is smaller than a difference of the first speed and the second
speed.

US Pat. No. 9,615,810

X-RAY IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND MANAGEMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for controlling X-ray imaging by an X-ray detector including a photoelectric conversion device, the
control apparatus comprising:
a control unit configured to cause a display unit to display imaging conditions and an X-ray image corresponding to one of
the imaging conditions, and to simultaneously display a first icon and a second icon different from the first icon on a same
screen of the display unit so that one of the first icon and the second icon is selectable for the displayed X-ray image;
and

a receiver configured to receive a first operation input for selecting the first icon and a second operation input for selecting
the second icon,

wherein, in a case where the receiver receives the first operation input for the displayed X-ray image, the control unit is
configured to

associate first information indicating an imaging error with the displayed X-ray image, and
cause a storage unit to store the first information associated with the displayed X-ray image,
wherein, in a case where the receiver receives the second operation input for the displayed X-ray image, the control unit
is configured to

set an imaging condition for retaking a new X-ray image,
associate second information indicating an imaging error with the displayed X-ray image,
cause the storage unit to store the second information associated with the displayed X-ray image, and
control the X-ray detector according to the set imaging condition, and
wherein the control unit is configured to determine whether to set an imaging condition for retaking a new X-ray image, based
on whether the receiver receives the first operation input for the displayed X-ray image or the second operation input for
the displayed X-ray image.

US Pat. No. 9,615,811

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
a sensor array configured to obtain X-ray image data;
a read-out circuit configured to read out electric signals from the sensor array to obtain X-ray image data;
a determination unit configured to determine stability of offset data included in the X-ray image data obtained by the read-out
circuit before the X-ray image data is obtained based on data that the read-out circuit has repeatedly read out during a period
in which a condition where no X-ray is irradiated continues before an irradiation of the X-ray; and

a control unit configured to, when it is determined that the offset date is stable, perform a first control in which offset
data for offset correction to X-ray image data is obtained using the read-out circuit before obtaining the X-ray image data,
and perform a second control after the first control, in which X-ray image data is obtained using the read-out circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,525,812

MASTER FLASH APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A master flash apparatus which is connected to an image capturing device, and emits light when said image capturing device
outputs a synchronous light emission command synchronized with traveling of a shutter after said image capturing device outputs
a first light emission start command, wherein
said master flash apparatus can perform wireless communication with a slave flash apparatus which emits light in response
to a second light emission start command received from said master flash apparatus, and

said master flash apparatus comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit the second light emission start command to said slave flash apparatus when a predetermined
time has elapsed after said image capturing device outputs the first light emission start command;

a measurement unit configured to measure a time from the output of the first light emission start command from said image
capturing device to the output of the synchronous light emission command from said image capturing device; and

an adjustment unit configured to adjust the predetermined time based on the time measured by said measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 9,524,125

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system which includes an image processing apparatus and a printing apparatus, wherein
the image processing apparatus comprises:
a processor and a memory;
a receiving unit configured to receive a print job transmitted from an information processing apparatus;
a generating unit configured to generate image data based on image information included in the received print job;
a setting unit configured to set authentication information used for login to the image processing apparatus as authentication
information of the print job transmitted from the information processing apparatus, and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit the print job including the authentication information set by the setting unit
and the image data generated based on the image information included in the print job transmitted from the information processing
apparatus, to the printing apparatus,

wherein the processor and the memory cooperate to function as the receiving unit, generating unit, setting unit and the transmitting
unit, and

the printing apparatus comprises:
an authenticating unit configured to perform authentication based on the authentication information included in the print
job transmitted from the image processing apparatus; and

a printing unit configured to perform printing based on the image data according to a success of the authentication.

US Pat. No. 9,524,133

PRINTING SERVER GROUP INCLUDING A PRINT SERVICE OF TRANSFERRING A PRINT JOB TO A PRINTER VIA A NETWORK

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. A method of controlling a printing server group including a print service of transferring a print job to a printer via
a network, comprising:
obtaining printer information about a printer, user information about a first user, and server information about a print server
which centrally manages a plurality of printers, wherein the print server is a server which is different from the printing
server group including the print service;

generating, based on the printer information of the printer and the user information, a printer object used when using the
printer via the print service, and storing the generated printer object in a storage unit in association with the server information
of the print server which manages the printer;

providing, if the first user selects the print server, a setting window for instructing to share, with a second user, a plurality
of printers managed by the selected print server; and

changing, if sharing is instructed in the setting window, a state of printer objects of the respective printers to a shared
state to allow the second user to use the printer objects of the respective printers managed by the selected print server,

wherein the print service transmits a print job to a target printer depending on that the second user instructs to print using
printer objects of the respective printers managed by the selected print server.

US Pat. No. 9,524,155

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus in which an application program having an image processing function operates, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions that when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
select an image to be processed by the application program;
display, on a display unit, a table showing a plurality of functions of a processing which is applicable to the image selected,
according to a feature of the image selected, wherein the plurality of functions of the processing shown in the table include
a function of a processing which the application program already has, and a function of a processing which to be added to
the application program;

select, from the functions shown in the table displayed on the display unit, a function to be applied to the image selected;
obtain an installation program corresponding to the function of the processing selected, when the function of the processing
selected is the function of the processing to be added to the application program; and

add the function of the processing by using the installation program.

US Pat. No. 9,523,659

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a signal initialization unit configured to acquire, as an initial value of a pressure signal, a pressure signal that is obtained
by receiving, by a receiving unit, of an elasticity wave propagating from a measurement object;

an impulse response initialization unit configured to acquire an initial value of an impulse response of the receiving unit;
an output unit configured to output a modified pressure signal based on the initial value of the pressure signal and the initial
value of the impulse response,

wherein said output unit further comprises:
a signal modifying unit configured to modify the pressure signal by using the impulse response;
a signal constraining unit configured to modify the pressure signal based on constraint conditions, wherein the constraint
conditions include at least one of high contrast properties, positivity, and frequency band characteristics;

an impulse response modifying unit configured to modify the impulse response by using the pressure signal; and
an impulse response constraining unit configured to modify the impulse response based on constraint conditions which are time-bandwidth
characteristics of the impulse response, and

wherein said output unit is configured to generate the modified pressure signal by iteratively executing processes of the
signal modifying unit, the signal constraining unit, the impulse response modifying unit, and the impulse response constraining
unit in accordance with a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 9,523,926

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus that irradiates a pattern formed on an original with light emitted from an illumination system, projects
an image of the pattern on a substrate via a projection optical system, and exposes the substrate, the exposure apparatus
comprising:
an original holding unit including a holding frame and configured to move in a first direction and a second direction opposite
to the first direction; and

a measuring device configured to measure a position of the original holding unit,
wherein the holding frame has a first penetrating portion provided at a front lateral side of the holding frame and a second
penetrating portion provided at a back lateral side of the holding frame, each of the first and second penetrating portions
being configured to allow gas present in a space defined by the original and the holding frame to flow into and out from the
space while the original holding unit is being moved in the first and second directions,

wherein both the first and second penetrating portions are configured to allow a pressure loss in the flow of the gas in the
first direction caused by moving the original holding unit in the second direction to be less than the pressure loss in the
flow of the gas in the second direction caused by moving the original holding unit in the first direction, and

wherein the measuring device is arranged at a side toward the second direction of the original holding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,524,444

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A CONTOUR SEGMENT FOR AN OBJECT IN AN IMAGE CAPTURED BY A CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining a contour segment for an object in an image captured by a camera, the method comprising:
determining a plurality of corner points located on a part of an object in the image, wherein each corner point represents
a location of a corner of the object;

selecting pairs of corner points from the determined corner points;
determining a path for at least one of the pairs of corner points, the path connecting the corner points of the at least one
pair of corner points along the boundary of the object; and

determining the contour segment for the object using the determined path.

US Pat. No. 9,523,954

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS DEVELOPER REPLENISHMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photosensitive member based on image data to form an electrostatic latent image;
a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image using toner;
a container configured to contain toner;
a replenishment unit configured to replenish the toner to the developing unit from the container;
a detection unit configured to detect an amount of the toner contained in the developing unit:
a calculation unit configured to calculate a difference value between the amount of the toner detected by the detection unit
and a target toner amount

an accumulation unit configured to accumulate the difference value calculated by the calculation unit;
a controller configured to control the replenishment unit based on the difference value calculated by the calculation unit
and the accumulated value accumulated by the accumulation unit: and

a determination unit configured to obtain an amount of toner consumed by the developing unit based on the image data, obtain
the amount of toner contained in the developing unit based on a detecting result of the detection unit, determine, based on
the amount of the consumed toner and the amount of the contained toner, whether or not an error of an amount of the toner
replenished by the replenishment unit is larger than a threshold value, and determine, based on the number of times that the
error is determined, whether or not replacement of the container is required.

US Pat. No. 9,525,874

TRANSMITTING APPARATUS AND TRANSMISSION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A receiving apparatus configured to receive encoded moving image data from a transmitting apparatus, comprising:
a decoding unit configured to decode the encoded moving image data stored in the receiving apparatus;
a first determination unit configured to determine a decoding time at which decoding is performed for lost encoded moving
image data, the decoding time depending on an amount of the encoded moving image data stored in the receiving apparatus;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire the decoding time determined by the first determination unit when the loss of the
encoded moving image data occurs;

a second determination unit configured to determine whether retransmission of the lost encoded moving image data is in time
for the decoding, and in a case where the second determination unit determines that the retransmission of the lost encoded
moving image data is not in time, determine to request the transmitting apparatus to switch, for moving image data of which
decoding time is later than the decoding time of the lost encoded moving image data, to intraframe encoding and transmit the
encoded moving image data; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit the request determined by the second determination unit to the transmitting apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,498,961

PRINTING APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus including an inkjet printhead with at least two nozzle arrays arranged in a first direction, each
nozzle array including a plurality of nozzles arranged along a second direction intersecting the first direction, the apparatus
comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey a longitudinally long-shaped sheet in the first direction;
a driving unit configured to drive the printhead so that each nozzle performs preliminary discharge on the sheet conveyed
by the conveying unit while printing a dot based on print data; and

a unit that performs the following operations:
a first operation of expanding image data onto a memory in correspondence with the first and second directions,
for each nozzle array of every column data corresponding to the second direction in the expanded image data, a second operation
of selecting some of the plurality of nozzles as non-driving nozzles that do not overlap between the nozzle arrays in the
first direction, and selecting the remaining nozzles of the plurality of nozzles as driving nozzles,

a third operation of determining image data of the expanded image data to be assigned to each nozzle array so that each column
data indicating driving of a nozzle is assigned only to a nozzle array to which the driving nozzle belongs or to another nozzle
array different from a nozzle array to which the non-driving nozzle belongs when the column data corresponds to a non-driving
nozzle,

a fourth operation of generating data for preliminary discharge corresponding to the image data determined in the third operation
to discretely perform preliminary discharge by the plurality of nozzles on the sheet in at least one of the first and second
directions, by setting the column data as data for the nozzle to perform preliminary discharge when the nozzle selected as
the driving nozzle for column data is set as a preliminary discharge target, and another column data which is different from
the column data and in which the nozzle is selected as the driving nozzle in the second operation, as data used by the nozzle
to perform preliminary discharge when the nozzle selected as the non-driving nozzle for column data is set as a preliminary
discharge target, and

a fifth operation of generating print data by a logical sum of the image data determined in the third operation and the data
for preliminary discharge generated in the fourth operation, and outputting the generated print data to each nozzle array.

US Pat. No. 9,479,326

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS OR INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

22. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a supply unit configured to supply a clock to an external device;
an instruction unit configured to instruct the external device to output data of a predetermined pattern used for calibration;
a receiving unit configured to receive data including the data of the predetermined pattern that is output from the external
device in synchronization with the clock;

a holding unit configured to hold data received by the receiving unit and to issue a notification that an amount of data held
by the holding unit reaches a predetermined amount in a case where the amount of data held by the holding unit reaches the
predetermined amount;

a first control unit configured to cause the supply unit to stop supply of the clock in response to the notification from
the holding unit; and

a second control unit configured to cause the supply unit to stop supply of the clock during reception of the data of the
predetermined pattern used for calibration in accordance with information indicating at which timing the supply of the clock
is to be stopped,

wherein a timing at which the receiving unit stops the data reception in a case where the first control unit stops the supply
of the clock is delayed based on a difference between the predetermined pattern and a received pattern received by the receiving
unit when the second control unit stops the supply of the clock.

US Pat. No. 9,457,570

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording head comprising:
a recording element substrate that includes an energy generating element that generates energy utilized for ejecting a liquid,
and a supply port through which the liquid is supplied to the energy generating element;

a first support member that has a flow passage that penetrates through the first support member to communicate with the supply
port of the recording element substrate, the first support member supporting the recording element substrate; and

a second support member that has a support surface that supports the first support member, an opening that is provided to
the support surface and supplies the liquid to the supply port, and a convex portion that is provided around the opening of
the support surface and is engaged with the flow passage of the first support member,

wherein a thermal conductivity of the first support member is equal to or greater than a thermal conductivity of the recording
element substrate, and

wherein a thermal conductivity of the convex portion is less than the thermal conductivity of the first support member.

US Pat. No. 9,330,462

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus that acquires information inside an object by receiving an acoustic wave that
has arrived from inside the object through a layer having an acoustic impedance that is different from that of the object,
and analyzing the acoustic wave, the object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
an acoustic wave probe that receives an acoustic wave and converts the acoustic wave into an electric signal;
a whole image generation unit that generates a whole image, which is an image indicating information inside the object, based
on the electric signal after the conversion;

a partial image generation unit that extracts a partial image, which is a part of the whole image, from the whole image; and
a similar image search unit that searches an area similar to the partial image, from the whole image,
wherein the similar image search unit searches an area similar to the partial image from a start position, which is a position
where the partial image has been extracted, in a direction where the acoustic wave that has arrived from inside the object
is reflected by the layer having acoustic impedance that is different from that of the object.

US Pat. No. 9,319,558

DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus, comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a destination of an electronic mail (e-mail), the receiving unit being able to receive
a plurality of destinations which are more than a maximum number of destinations for one e-mail;

dividing unit configured to divide the plurality of destinations received by the receiving unit in to a plurality of groups
of destinations which are equal to or less than the maximum number; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit each of a plurality of e-mails to each of the plurality of groups of destinations,
wherein the transmitting unit transmits, in a case where the number of a plurality of destinations received by the receiving
unit is equal to or less than the maximum number, one e-mail for which all of the plurality of destinations are set, and

wherein at least one of the receiving unit, the dividing unit and the transmitting unit is implemented by a memory and a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,213,279

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for performing a fixing process in which an unfixed toner image is fixed on a recording material while
conveying the recording material bearing the unfixed toner image at a nip portion, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a first rotary member configured to contact the unfixed toner image;
a second rotary member configured to form the nip portion with the first rotary member; and
an air supply unit configured to supply air to the second rotary member,
wherein the fixing apparatus is configured to execute
a first mode in which a warm-up for warming the second rotary member while rotating the first rotary member and the second
rotary member is performed for a period of the warm-up before the fixing process and in which supplying air by the air supply
unit for a period of the fixing process is performed,

a second mode in which the warm-up is performed for a longer period than the period of warm-up in the first mode and in which
supplying air by the air supply unit is performed for the period of the fixing process, and

a third mode in which the warm-up is performed for the same period as the period of the warm-up in the first mode and in which
supplying air by the air supply unit is not performed, independently of the number of the recording materials on which the
unfixed toner images are continuously fixed, for an entire period of the fixing process.

US Pat. No. 9,088,709

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first detection unit to detect an area of a first detection subject from an image;
a second detection unit to detect, from an image, an area of a second detection subject that allows for an estimation of the
area of the first detection subject;

a correction unit to correct a location of the area of the first detection subject detected by the first detection unit;
a setting unit to set an evaluation area based on the area of the first detection subject; and
a control unit to perform at least one of a focus detection control, an exposure control, and a color control based on a signal
of an image corresponding to the evaluation area,
wherein
the correction unit corrects the location of the area of the first detection subject based on information about the area of
the second detection subject corresponding to the area of the first detection subject detected by the first detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,056,456

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus that records an image, comprising:
a recording head including at least first, second, and third discharge port arrays each having a plurality of discharge ports
for discharging inks having the same color arranged in a predetermined direction, the first, second, and third discharge port
arrays being displaced from one another in the predetermined direction so that N number of first discharge ports arranged
at an end on the first side in the predetermined direction of the first discharge port array and N number of second discharge
ports arranged at an end on the second side opposite to the first side in the predetermined direction of the second discharge
port array are arranged in a direction intersecting the predetermined direction to form a first overlap portion for discharging
the inks to the same area on a recording medium, and N number of third discharge ports arranged at an end on the first side
in the predetermined direction of the second discharge port array and N number of fourth discharge ports arranged at an end
on the second side in the predetermined direction of the third discharge port array are arranged in the intersecting direction
to form a second overlap portion for discharging the inks to the same area on the recording medium; and

a control unit configured to performs control to discharge the inks to the recording medium from the recording head according
to recording ratios respectively determined for the N number of first discharge ports, the N number of second discharge ports,
the N number of third discharge ports, and the N number of fourth discharge ports while relatively scanning in the intersecting
direction of the recording head and the recording medium,

wherein the control unit controls the discharge of the inks in each of pixel columns including a plurality of pixels arranged
in the predetermined direction on the recording medium so that (i) the inks are not discharged, among the N number of first
discharge ports, from M (0?M?N) number of discharge ports on the first side in the predetermined direction and are discharged
according to the first recording ratio from L (0?L?N?M) number of discharge ports on the second side in the predetermined
direction, (ii) the inks are not discharged, among the N number of second discharge ports, from the L number of discharge
ports on the second side in the predetermined direction and are discharged according to the first recording ratio from the
M number of discharge ports on the first side in the predetermined direction, (iii) the inks are not discharged, among the
N number of third discharge ports, from K (0?K?N) number of discharge ports on the first side in the predetermined direction
and are discharged according to the second recording ratio from J (0?J?N?K) number of discharge ports on the second side in
the predetermined direction, and (iv) the inks are not discharged, among the N number of fourth discharge ports, from the
J number of discharge ports on the second side in the predetermined direction and are discharged according to the second recording
ratio from the K number of discharge ports on the first side in the predetermined direction, and

wherein respective values in at least one of a first set of the M and the K and a second set of the L and the J continuously
increase or decrease as a position of the pixel column in the intersecting direction on the recording medium changes, and
the respective values differ from each other when the position of the pixel column in the intersecting direction on the recording
medium is a predetermined position.

US Pat. No. 9,056,745

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus comprising:
a sheet stacking member on which sheets are stacked, the sheet stacking member being detachably attached to an apparatus body;
a conveyance guide provided in the apparatus body, the conveyance guide positioned above the sheet stacking member when the
sheet stacking member is attached to the apparatus body;

a regulating member movably provided to regulate a position of the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking member;
an abutted portion provided on a bottom surface of the conveyance guide;
an abutting portion provided so as to move integrally with the regulating member, the abutting portion abutting a bottom surface
of the abutted portion; and

a movement regulating portion which regulates movement of the regulating member in a moving direction of the regulating member
when the sheet stacking member is attached to the apparatus body,

wherein the abutting portion is movable between a first position in which the abutting portion abuts the abutted portion in
a state that the sheet stacking member is attached to the apparatus body and a second position in which the abutting portion
has moved integrally with the regulating member in the regulating member's movable direction from the first position so that
the abutting portion does not abut the abutted portion in the state that the sheet stacking member is attached to the apparatus
body,

wherein the movement regulating portion includes a latching portion provided in the conveyance guide and a latched portion
formed on an upper surface of the abutting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,049,599

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a management setting unit configured to enable or disable a management function for managing users who use the image forming
apparatus;

a reception unit configured to receive a print job from an external apparatus via a wireless communication, the print job
including user identification information;

a first determination unit configured to determine whether the management function has been enabled or disabled;
a job control unit configured to, in a case where it is determined by said first determination unit that the management function
has been enabled, perform a user authentication based on the user identification information which is included in the print
job and permit an execution of the print job when the user authentication is successful, while the job control unit being
configured to, in a case where it is determined by said first determination unit that the management function has been disabled,
permit the execution of the print job without processing the user authentication;

a wireless communication setting unit configured to set an encryption method of the wireless communication;
a second determination unit configured to determine whether or not the encryption method set by said the wireless communication
setting unit has a predetermined security function; and

a warning display unit configured to display a warning message in a case where it is determined by said first determination
unit that the management function has been disabled and it is determined by said second determination unit that the encryption
method does not have the predetermined security function.

US Pat. No. 9,044,948

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head substrate comprising:
a base;
a pair of wiring lines placed on or above the base;
a heat-generating resistive layer which is placed on or above the base, which is in contact with the wiring lines, and which
has a portion corresponding to a space between the wiring lines, the portion forming an electrothermal transducer;

an insulating layer which covers the heat-generating resistive layer and the wiring lines and which contains Si;
a protective layer which covers at least one region of the insulating layer that corresponds to the electrothermal transducer
and which contains Ir; and

an intermediate layer which is placed between the insulating layer and the protective layer and which is in contact with the
insulating layer and the protective layer, wherein the intermediate layer contains a material represented by the formula TaxSiyNz, where x is 5 atomic percent to 80 atomic percent, y is 3 atomic percent to 60 atomic percent, z is 10 atomic percent to
60 atomic percent, and the sum of x, y, and z is 100 atomic percent.

US Pat. No. 9,044,979

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey a recording medium in a conveyance direction;
a recording head having an ejection port portion for ejecting ink onto a recording medium;
a carriage having the recording head removably mounted therein, the carriage being movable in a direction crossing to the
conveyance direction, the carriage being movable to a replacement position at which the recording head is ready for replacement,
the replacement position being located in an area which allows the recording medium to pass therethrough;

a platen configured to support the recording medium at a position facing the recording head; and
a contacting rib provided on the platen at a position that faces a portion of the recording head other than the ejection port
portion when the carriage having the recording head mounted therein is moved to the replacement position,

wherein the contacting rib extends on the platen in the conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 10,405,819

IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGING CONTROL SYSTEM, AND IMAGING CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging control apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the imaging control apparatus to perform operations including:
acquiring a notification relating to an examination order, wherein the notification is sent in a case where the examination order has been registered in an external apparatus, wherein the notification includes information for specifying the examination order;
in a case where the examination is not in progress, acquiring the examination order corresponding to the notification from the external apparatus;
in response to acquisition of the examination order registered in the external apparatus, causing a display unit to display a screen for carrying out an examination relating to the examination order; and
in a case where the examination is in progress, restricting acquisition of the examination order registered in the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,412,776

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of communicating with another communication apparatus in a network conforming to NAN (Neighbor Awareness Networking), the communication apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to, while joining a first NAN cluster included among a plurality of NAN clusters, detect an existence of a second NAN cluster included among the plurality of NAN clusters;
a comparison unit configured to compare an attribute value of the second NAN cluster with an attribute value of the first NAN cluster; and
a transmission unit configured to, when the attribute value of the second NAN cluster is lower than the attribute value of the first NAN cluster, transmit information indicating an existence of the first NAN cluster to the second NAN cluster.

US Pat. No. 10,412,839

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD, POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:a piezoelectric element mounted on the printed circuit board and including a primary side electrode pair configured to input a voltage, a secondary side electrode configured to generate an output voltage according to the input voltage to the primary side electrode pair and a conductive resistor that couples the primary side electrode pair;
a first connection part connected to the primary side electrode pair of the piezoelectric element;
a second connection part connected to the secondary side electrode of the piezoelectric element; and
an opening provided to the printed circuit board arranged between the first connection part and the second connection part so as to prevent an occurrence of leakage between the first connection part and the second connection part, the opening passing through the printed circuit board,
wherein the conductive resistor is arranged between the first connection part and the opening when viewed from a direction perpendicular to the printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,409,532

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including an image forming unit for forming an image on a sheet and a display unit for displaying information for a user, the image forming apparatus comprising:a controller having a processor for executing instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry and being configured to:
display, on the display unit, a screen including a first display region for displaying a notification for prompting execution of printing a report indicating information on use states of the image forming apparatus and a second display region for causing the user to select print data as a printing target,
receive an instruction for executing the print process based on the information on use states of the image forming apparatus after the screen is displayed and cause the image forming unit to form an image based on the information on use states of the image forming apparatus, and
receive an instruction for executing the print process on the selected print data after the screen is displayed and cause the image forming unit to form an image based on the selected print data.

US Pat. No. 10,410,065

DYNAMIC PARAMETRIZATION OF VIDEO CONTENT ANALYTICS SYSTEMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for parametrizing a video surveillance system comprising a current video content analytics module, a reference video content analytics module, and a video streaming component, the reference video content analytics module having higher performance than the current video content analytics module, the current video content analytics module processing video data transmitted by the video streaming component, the method comprising:obtaining, by the current video content analytics module, first video data having first characteristics;
analysing the first video data having the first characteristics, by the current video content analytics module, so as to obtain a first performance value;
obtaining, by the reference video content analytics module, second video data having second characteristics, the second video data being transmitted by the video streaming component;
analysing the second video data having the second characteristics, by the reference video content analytics module, so as to obtain a second performance value;
comparing the first performance value with the second performance value; and,
adapting configuration parameters of the video surveillance system based on the comparison result.
US Pat. No. 10,401,748

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a toner comprising a toner particle containing an amorphous polyester, the toner production method comprising:a step of melt-kneading the amorphous polyester; and
a step of pulverizing the obtained kneaded material, wherein
the amorphous polyester contains an amorphous polyester 1,
the amorphous polyester further contains an amorphous polyester 2,
the amorphous polyester 1 contains either one of a tin compound and a titanium compound,
the amorphous polyester 2 contains the other of the tin compound and the titanium compound,
in the step of melt-kneading the amorphous polyester, both the amorphous polyester 1 and the amorphous polyester 2 are melt-kneaded,
a Sn/Ti abundance ratio between Sn and Ti in the amorphous polyester according to x-ray fluorescence analysis is 20/80 to 80/20,
a weight-average molecular weight Mw1 of the amorphous polyester 1 according to measurement by gel permeation chromatography (GPC) is Mw1<7,000,
the tin compound does not contain a Sn—C bond, and
the titanium compound has an alkanolamine-derived residue.

US Pat. No. 10,402,006

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, OPERATION DETERMINATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:
detect a touch position on an input surface of a predetermined display touched with a predetermined pointer;
set a size of a specific region at an end portion of the input surface based on at least one of an operation status having been performed with the predetermined pointer and a display state of an image displayed on the predetermined display, wherein the specific region is not explicitly displayed in the predetermined display, and, even in a case where the size of the specific region is changed based on the operation status or the display state, the change in the specific region does not affect the image displayed on the predetermined display;
receive, depending on a start point of a linear locus of the touch position not being inside the specific region on the input surface, the linear locus of the touch position as a first operation and receive, depending on the start point of the linear locus of the touch position being inside the specific region on the input surface, the linear locus of the touch position as a second operation different from the first operation; and
change the display state of the image displayed on the predetermined display by reflecting the received first operation or second operation.

US Pat. No. 10,402,537

REMOTE INTERPRETATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGEMENT OF INTERPRETATION REQUEST INFORMATION AND INTERPRETATION RESULT INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A remote interpretation system for management of an interpretation request sent from a requesting facility and management of an interpretation result corresponding to the interpretation request, comprising at least one processor and memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:an obtaining unit configured to obtain the interpretation request associated with a particular patient from among a plurality of interpretation requests associated with a plurality of patients and obtain the interpretation result corresponding to the interpretation request associated with the particular patient from among a plurality of interpretation results associated with the plurality of patients;
a generating unit configured to generate a screen including a first region and a second region divided by a line representing a time axis; and
an arrangement unit configured to arrange event data corresponding to the interpretation request in the first region in chronological order along the time axis and arrange event data corresponding to the interpretation result in the second region in chronological order along the time axis.

US Pat. No. 10,401,777

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH IMAGE TIMING SIGNAL ADJUSTMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a conveyance unit configured to convey a recording material to an image forming position;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the recording material conveyed from the conveyance unit in response to an image signal output from an output unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a length of the recording material in a conveyance direction of the recording material conveyed from the conveyance unit; and
a control unit configured to determine an image forming interval between a timing at which an image signal corresponding to a preceding recording material is output from the output unit and a timing at which an image signal corresponding to a following recording material just after the preceding recording material, that is output from the output unit, based on a time interval according to an output period of the image signal corresponding to the recording material and a time interval according to the length of the recording material acquired by the acquisition unit,
wherein before the acquisition unit acquires the length of the recording material, the control unit determines the image forming interval as a first interval based on a time interval according to a maximum size of the recording material among recording materials conveyed by the conveyance unit, or based on a designated size of the recording material, in a case where a size of the recording material is designated, the control unit determines the first interval based on the time interval according to the designated size of the recording material,
wherein after the acquisition unit acquires the length of the recording material, the control unit determines the image forming interval as a second interval,
in a case where the time interval according to the output period of the image signal corresponding to the recording material is longer than the time interval according to the length of the recording material, the control unit determines the second interval by adding the output period of the image signal corresponding to the preceding recording material into a margin period necessary for the output unit to start outputting an image signal corresponding to the following recording material, wherein the image signal is not output from the output unit during the margin period.

US Pat. No. 10,403,571

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:a semiconductor package including a ceramic substrate on which a semiconductor element is mounted and having a first surface on which a plurality of first lands is arranged; and
a printed wiring board having a second surface facing the first surface and on which a plurality of second lands respectively corresponding to the plurality of first lands is arranged,
wherein the plurality of first lands is respectively bonded to the plurality of second lands by solder, and
wherein a first bonding area of at least one of the second lands bonded to the solder is 56% or more and 81% or less of a second bonding area of a corresponding one of the first lands bonded to the solder, andwherein the at least one of the second lands bonded to the solder in the area of 56% or more and 81% or less of the area in which the corresponding one of the first lands is bonded to the solder is arranged in a region where an interval between the corresponding one of the first lands and the at least one of the second lands bonded to the corresponding one of the first lands is larger than an average value of intervals between the plurality of first lands and the plurality of second lands respectively bonded to the plurality of first lands.

US Pat. No. 10,401,779

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a movable belt;
a first image bearing member that abuts against the belt and that carries a toner image, a first transfer portion being formed at a position where the first image bearing member and the belt abut against each other;
a second image bearing member that is disposed downstream of the first image bearing member in a moving direction of the belt and that carries a toner image having a color different from the toner image carried on the first image bearing member, a second transfer portion being formed at a position where the second image bearing member and the belt abut against each other;
a developing member that develops an electrostatic latent image formed on the second image bearing member with toner into a toner image, the developing member being capable of collecting toner that is charged to a first polarity that is a normal charge polarity of the toner and that has remained on the second image bearing member after the toner has passed through the second transfer portion with a rotation of the second image bearing member; and
a charge member that charges the second image bearing member, the charge member including, in a surface thereof, recesses that have sizes that are equivalent to or larger than a volume average particle diameter of the toner accommodated on the developing member, the recesses being capable of collecting toner that has born on the belt after transferring toner to the first image bearing member at the first transfer portion and moved to the second image bearing member from the belt at the second transfer portion.

US Pat. No. 10,401,780

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING A POSITIONING PORTION THAT POSITIONS A HEATER HOLDER IN A LONGITUDINAL DIRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:(A) a frame including:
(a) a first side plate provided at one end portion; and
(b) a second side plate provided at another end portion with respect to a longitudinal direction of said image heating apparatus;
(B) a cylindrical rotatable member provided between said first side plate and said second side plate;
(C) a heater contacting an inner surface of said rotatable member, wherein an image, formed on a recording material, is heated by heat of said heater, while the recording material moves in a state in which the recording material contacts said rotatable member; and
(D) a holder for holding said heater, said holder being provided in an inside space of said rotatable member, and, with respect to the longitudinal direction, a length of said holder is greater than a distance between said first side plate and said second side plate, wherein said holder has a positioning portion for positioning said holder in the longitudinal direction, said positioning portion engaging with said first side plate, and, with respect to the longitudinal direction, said positioning portion being provided at a position corresponding to said first side plate and not being provided at a position corresponding to said second side plate.

US Pat. No. 10,401,783

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:(i) a photosensitive drum;
(ii) a first frame configured and positioned to rotatably support the photosensitive drum;
(iii) a developing roller configured and positioned to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive drum;
(iv) a second frame configured and positioned (a) to rotatably support the developing roller, and (b) to be connected to the first frame so as to be movable relative to the first frame between a contact position in which the developing roller contacts the photosensitive drum, and a spaced position in which the developing roller is spaced from the photosensitive drum;
(v) a coupling member provided adjacent to an end of the second frame in a direction parallel to a rotational axis of the developing roller, the coupling member including:
(v-i) a driving force receiving portion configured and positioned (a) to receive a driving force for rotating the developing roller, and (b) to be movable relative to the second frame in a crossing direction crossing a rotational axis of the driving force receiving portion; and
(v-ii) a driving force transmitting portion configured and positioned to transmit the driving force from the driving force receiving portion toward the developing roller, wherein the driving force receiving portion is movable relative to the driving force transmitting portion; and
(vi) a retaining portion provided on the first frame and configured to retain the driving force receiving portion such that an axis of the driving force receiving portion is offset from an axis of the driving force transmitting portion when the second frame takes the spaced position.

US Pat. No. 10,401,786

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE USED FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge attachable to an apparatus main body of an image forming apparatus including a movement member, the cartridge comprising:a first unit including a first frame and a photosensitive drum supported rotatably by the first frame;
a second unit including a second frame and a developer bearing member supported rotatably by the second frame, the second unit being coupled to the first unit;
a coupling configured to engage with a drive member of the apparatus main body so as to receive a drive force to rotate at least one of the photosensitive drum and the developer bearing member, the coupling including a projected portion provided at an end portion thereof and engaging with the drive member; and
an engaged portion provided on the second frame and configured to engage with an engaging portion of the movement member,
wherein the movement member moves the cartridge and is movable between a first position in which the cartridge is disposed at a position where image formation is possible and a second position in which the cartridge is disposed at a position where the image formation is impossible, the first position being different from the second position in a moving direction of the movement member,
wherein when the movement member is positioned at the first position, the coupling is arranged to engage with the drive member so as to be positioned at a drive position where the coupling is able to rotate the at least one of the photosensitive drum and the developer bearing member,
wherein the coupling is movable to a retracted position from the drive position, and, with respect to a rotational axis direction of the photosensitive drum, a position of the projected portion in a state that the coupling is positioned at the retracted position is different from a position of the projected portion in a state that the coupling is positioned at the drive position, and
wherein, in response to movement of the movement member from the first position to the second position, the cartridge is moved by a first surface of the engaged portion being pushed by the engaging portion without a second surface of the engaged portion, opposite to the first surface in the moving direction of the movement member, contacting with the engaging portion, so that the coupling moves from the drive position to the retracted position, and
in response to movement of the movement member from the second position to the first position, the cartridge is moved by the second surface of the engaged portion being pushed by the engaging portion without the first surface contacting with the engaging portion, so that the coupling moves from the retracted position to the drive position.

US Pat. No. 10,401,787

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MEMBER FOR POSITIONING CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus main body;
a cartridge including a supported portion;
a positioning portion provided on the apparatus main body and configured to support the supported portion for positioning the cartridge in an image formation position capable of image formation;
a moving member configured to move with respect to the apparatus main body and thereby move the cartridge, the moving member being moveable between an external position, in which the moving member is positioned at least partially outside the apparatus main body and wherein the cartridge is attachable and detachable from the moving member when the moving member is in the external position, and an internal position in which the moving member is positioned inside the apparatus main body and the cartridge is positioned in the image formation position by the positioning portion; and
an upward inclination portion provided on the apparatus main body and inclined upwardly, the upward inclination portion having a surface coming into contact with the cartridge,
wherein the upward inclination portion is configured to move the cartridge along the surface and upward with respect to the moving member by guiding the supported portion when the moving member moves in an inserting direction in which the moving member moves from the external position to the internal position, the supported portion being a protruding part of the cartridge and not being in contact with the moving member, and
wherein the surface is provided on upstream side of the most downstream of the cartridge and on downstream side of the most upstream of the cartridge with respect to the inserting direction when the cartridge is positioned at the image formation position.

US Pat. No. 10,401,788

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A MOVABLE ENGAGEABLE SPACING MEMBER AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE INCLUDING A FORCE RECEIVING PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:(i) a main assembly including:
(i-i) a spacing member, and
(i-ii) a movable member movable while supporting the spacing member, wherein the spacing member is movable relative to the movable member between (a) a normal position and (b) a retracted position retracted from the normal position; and
(ii) a process cartridge detachably mountable to the main assembly, the process cartridge including:
(ii-i) a photosensitive drum,
(ii-ii) a developing roller movable in directions toward and away from the photosensitive drum,
(ii-iii) a spacing force receiving portion configured to receive a spacing force, for moving the developing roller in a direction away from the photosensitive drum, from the spacing member of the main assembly, and
(ii-iv) a contact portion configured to contact the spacing member to retract the spacing member,
wherein, when the spacing member is in the normal position, the spacing member is capable of applying the spacing force to the spacing force receiving portion by movement of the movable member, and
wherein the spacing member is retractable from the normal position to the retracted position by being contacted by the contact portion of the process cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,404,867

SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system including an image forming apparatus, a mobile terminal, and an operator terminal, whereinthe image forming apparatus comprises:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to
receive from the mobile terminal an image of the image forming apparatus that is photographed by the mobile terminal,
transmit the image of the image forming apparatus to the operator terminal,
receive identification information showing a position in the image forming apparatus from the operator terminal,
obtain coordinate information of the position based on the identification information and generate an image of the position, and
transmit the coordinate information and the image of the position to the mobile terminal, and
the mobile terminal comprises:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to
photograph the image forming apparatus,
transmit an image of the image forming apparatus obtained by the photographing to the image forming apparatus,
receive the coordinate information and the image of the position from the image forming apparatus, and
based on the coordinate information, superimpose and display the image of the position and the photographed image of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,404,869

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CARRIES OUT COMMUNICATION WITH MULTIPLE EXTERNAL APPARATUSES, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system including a printing control apparatus which performs a control on printing and an image forming apparatus which forms an image on a sheet and is connected via a LAN cable to the printing control apparatus,wherein the image forming apparatus comprising:
a first network interface connected to the LAN cable; and
a second network interface that provides an access point and allocates one IP address to an external terminal which accesses the access point,
wherein the printing control apparatus comprising:
a third network interface connected to the LAN cable; and
a fourth network interface to which a specific IP address used for connecting to a specific network is allocated, and
wherein the image forming apparatus obtains network information related the specific IP address from the printing control apparatus, and determines based on at least the network information the one IP address to be distributed to the external terminal which accesses the access point.

US Pat. No. 10,401,544

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system comprising:a first optical surface located closest to an object side of the optical system;
a first optical element made of resin having an anomalous dispersion property with respect to a g-line and an F-line;
a second optical surface located between the first optical surface and the first optical element; and
a reflection portion provided on the second optical surface and configured to reflect ultraviolet radiation, and
a second optical element made of other than resin and located closest to an image side of the optical system, and
wherein the anomalous dispersion property is represented by the expression 0.0272<|??gF|, and wherein ?gF=(ng?nF)/(nF?nC),
where ng, nF, nd, and nC respectively represents refractive index of Fraunhofer lines: the g-line, the F-line, a d-line, and a C-line,
wherein, to suppress ultraviolet radiation from entering into the first optical element, the optical system satisfies the following conditional expressions:
0.10?Lu/L?0.90,
|tan?1(H0/Lr)?tan?1{H0(Lr?Lu)/(Ru×Lr)}|?25°,
where Lu represents a distance along an optical axis of the optical system, measured from the first optical surface to the reflection portion, L represents a distance along the optical axis as measured from the first optical surface to the image side of the second optical element, H0 represents a maximum height of the first optical surface as measured from the optical axis, Lr represents a distance along the optical axis as measured from the first optical surface to the first optical element, and Ru represents a radius of curvature of the second optical surface.

US Pat. No. 10,402,057

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CALCULATING GLOSS PARAMETER DURING PAGE TURN OF PRINT PREVIEW

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to cause the display control apparatus to act as:
a selecting unit configured to select a paper type to be used for print preview,
an acquiring unit configured to acquire an image data group, a generating unit configured to generate a layout image of a spread page by arranging at least an image based on image data in the image data group acquired by the acquiring unit, a display control unit configured to cause a display to display a preview image of the layout image of the spread page generated by the generating unit, and
a specifying unit configured to specify a glossiness of a page in the preview image,
wherein, in a case where the at least one processor causes the specifying unit to execute, the specifying unit executes to:
specify an angle parameter for each of a plurality of areas divided out of the page,
specify a glossiness for each of the plurality of areas based on a gloss parameter, wherein the gloss parameter is determined based on the paper type selected by the selecting unit, and the angle parameter specified for each of the plurality of areas, and specify a glossiness for each of the plurality of areas anew in a case where a position of the page changes based on page turning,
wherein, in a case where the display displays the preview image, the preview image is displayed based on the layout image of the spread page generated by the generating unit and the glossiness specified by the specifying unit.

US Pat. No. 10,404,879

REMOTE SUPPORT SYSTEM THAT NOTIFIES WHEN A DEVICE IS IN A STATE OF REMOTE SUPPORT SERVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, EXTERNAL TERMINAL, PRINTER CONTROLLER, METHODS OF CONTROLLING THESE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A remote support system including an image forming apparatus, a printer controller for transferring at least a print job to execute image processing in the image forming apparatus, wherein the printer controller has an operation display unit for managing the print job, an external terminal, and a relay server that relays information for performing a remote support service between the image forming apparatus and the external terminal, and whereinthe image forming apparatus comprises
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
transmit, in a case where the remote support service for performing maintenance of the image forming apparatus is started, a start notification of the remote support service to the printer controller; and
the printer controller comprises:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
receive the transmitted start notification; and
notify, based on the received start notification, an instruction apparatus that makes an instruction to the printer controller which transmits the print job to be executed by the image forming apparatus, of information regarding the remote support service and a notification causing the operation display unit of the printer controller for managing the print job to display a display indicating that the image forming apparatus accepts the remote support service,
wherein the at least one processor of the printer controller further executes the instructions to:
accept a job to be executed by the image forming apparatus; and
restrict execution of the job based on whether or not the remote support service is being performed,
wherein the image forming apparatus further comprises:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to
set setting information about a job accepted during the remote support service, and
transmit the start notification and the set setting information to the printer controller, and
wherein the at least one processor of the printer controller further executes the instructions to:
restrict execution of the job based on the setting information.

US Pat. No. 10,402,066

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing terminal communicating with a client via a network, wherein the client provides HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) data including descriptions related to data to be shared and a share object to be displayed in a window via a user agent (UA), the information processing terminal comprising:a memory storing instructions related to a web browser of the information processing terminal; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing terminal to:
display a page including the share object based on the HTML data received from the client, wherein the HTML data includes descriptions related to a first function executed in response to an operation to the share object displayed on the page and, in the first function, descriptions related to the data to be shared and descriptions related to a second function using a navigator interface to provide a selection screen for selecting a service are defined;
make a request for function information, by executing the first function in response to a user instruction to the share object via the displayed page, from the web browser to an operating system (OS) of the information processing terminal;
receive function information from the OS based on the request;
present, according to the second function a selection screen for selecting one of services corresponding to the received function information; and
issue a share request for the data to be shared in response to a selection via the selection screen,
wherein the function information is information for calling, from the web browser, the service provided by a service provider different from the OS, and
wherein, after the share request is issued, the service provider providing the service corresponding to the selection via the selection screen receives the data to be shared.

US Pat. No. 10,404,889

PRINTING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTING SYSTEM THAT ALLOW A USER OF A MOBILE TERMINAL TO PRINT TO AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE MOBILE TERMINAL, AND A SERVICE PROVIDER TO CHARGE THE USER FOR PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling a printing system in which a mobile terminal and a plurality of image forming apparatuses are connectable to a management system and a charging system via a network, the method comprising:in the management system, authenticating that a user of the mobile terminal is a registered user of the printing system;
in the charging system, for charging payment for a print service provided using an image forming apparatus, of the plurality of image forming apparatuses, by one or more service providers, confirming that clearance processing of the user of the mobile terminal is possible;
in the mobile terminal, displaying, on a screen, a setting region for inputting a print setting for print data, and a search region for inputting a search condition for image forming apparatus candidates, of the plurality of image forming apparatuses, for executing printing;
in the management system, searching for one or more image forming apparatuses, out of the plurality of image forming apparatuses, in accordance with the search condition input in the search region of the screen displayed in the mobile terminal;
in the mobile terminal, displaying display content that associates information of the one or more image forming apparatuses with charge information for when the print data is printed by the one or more image forming apparatuses, respectively, on a screen that includes a selection region by which it is possible to select a printing target, out of the one or more image forming apparatuses found in the searching, wherein the charge information is calculated based on at least (i) cost fees according to the respective image forming apparatuses, which are necessary if the print data is printed, obtained by the input print setting, and (ii) an additional fee required by a service provider, of the one or more service providers, of the respective image forming apparatuses;
in the mobile terminal, transmitting, to the management system, a print instruction that includes information of an image forming apparatus selected as the printing target in the selection region;
in the management system, issuing a print job including information by which it is at least possible to identify the print instruction that is for the image forming apparatus selected as the printing target if the clearance processing of the user is possible;
in the image forming apparatus selected as the printing target, outputting printed material by printing the print data based on the issued print job; and
in the management system, making a request for clearance processing, based on the charge information, to the charging system after the outputting of the printed material.

US Pat. No. 10,404,892

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR OUTPUTTING A HALFTONE IMAGE AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a controlling portion having a processor which executes a set of instructions or having a circuitry, the controlling portion being configured to:
execute halftone processing using a dithering matrix on input image data with a first resolution, and output the image data having been subjected to the halftone processing;
perform correction on the image data having been subjected to the halftone processing to shift a pixel in a sub-scanning direction at a correction position in a main-scanning direction, the correction position being determined based on correction information for correcting distortion resulting from curvature of a scan line to form an image according to the output image data; and
generate image data with a converted resolution by performing resolution conversion processing on the corrected image data to convert the resolution of the image data from the first resolution to a second resolution lower than the first resolution,
wherein the dithering matrix includes a plurality of sub-matrices,
wherein an arrangement of a threshold in a first sub-matrix is configured so as to form a first halftone dot having a first line shape for an input image with a predetermined density,
wherein an arrangement of a threshold in a second sub-matrix adjacent to the first sub-matrix is configured so as to form a second halftone dot with the same angle as the first line shape and having a center position different from the first halftone dot for the input image with the predetermined density, and
wherein the first halftone dot and the second halftone dot form a line shape with a predetermined screen angle in an image having been subjected to the halftone processing, the image being obtained after executing the halftone processing on the input image with the predetermined density by using the first sub-matrix and the second sub-matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,404,893

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM STORAGE MEDIUM THAT CONVERT GRAY HIGHLIGHT COLOR VALUES FROM NOT TARGETED TO BEING TARGETED FOR BACKGROUND COLOR REMOVAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
obtain device-dependent RGB values;
convert the device-dependent RGB values into device-independent RGB values using a three-dimensional look-up table;
perform background color removal processing for the converted device-independent RGB values to convert a signal value being larger than a first predetermine signal value into white using a one-dimensional look-up table; and
convert the device-independent RGB values for which the background color removal processing has been performed into CMYK values,
wherein the at least one processor executes the set of instructions to:
in a conversion of the device-dependent RGB values using the three-dimensional look-up table, convert gray highlights RGB values that are not target for the background color removal processing of the device-dependent RGB values before the conversion, into RGB values that are target for the background color removal processing, and
in the conversion of the device-dependent RGB values using the three-dimensional look-up table, not convert highlights RGB values that are not gray and are not target for the background color removal processing of the device-dependent RGB values before the conversion, into RGB values that are target for the background color removal processing.

US Pat. No. 10,402,080

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS RECOGNIZING INSTRUCTION BY TOUCH INPUT, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors which, when executing instructions, causes the information processing apparatus to function as:
an obtainment unit configured to obtain input positions input and periodically detected on an input area, and determine whether a first condition is satisfied by an initial portion of a series of the obtained input positions;
a display control unit configured to scroll at least a portion of an image displayed on a display screen in response to movement of an input position obtained by the obtainment unit;
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of dictionary data pieces corresponding to a plurality of instructions recognized by the information processing apparatus, wherein the plurality of dictionary data pieces includes figures constituted of two or more strokes; and
a recognition unit configured to recognize an instruction corresponding to a figure based on a comparison between a shape of two or more strokes constituted of input positions input after the first condition is satisfied by the initial portion of the series of input positions obtained by the obtainment unit and shapes of the figures included in the plurality of dictionary data pieces,
wherein the recognition unit determines whether a shape of a first stroke of the two or more strokes is similar to each of a first stroke of the figures included in the dictionary data pieces, and recognizes, in case of determination that the shape of the first stroke of the two or more strokes is similar to any one of the first stroke of the figures included in the dictionary data pieces, the instruction based on a comparison between a shape formed by all of the two or more strokes including the first stroke and the shapes of the figures included in the plurality of dictionary data pieces,
wherein, the display control unit does not scroll the image in response to movement of an input position input after the first condition is satisfied, and
wherein the recognition unit further determines, in case of determination that the shape of the first stroke of the two or more strokes is not similar to any one of the first stroke of the figures included in the dictionary data pieces, whether a second condition is satisfied by the first stroke of the two or more strokes constituted of input positions input after the first condition and, in case of determination that the second condition is satisfied, excludes the first stroke from a target of processing for determining whether the target forms one of the figures included in the plurality of dictionary data pieces corresponding to the plurality of instructions recognized by the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,404,905

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:a pixel portion that is constituted by a plurality of pixels, and includes a first pixel group and a second pixel group,
wherein each of the pixels included in the first pixel group and the second pixel group includes:
a microlens;
a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions corresponding to the microlens; and
a plurality of transfer gates that respectively correspond to the photoelectric conversion portions, and have transfer gate electrodes covering same partial regions in the photoelectric conversion portions, and
an average position of barycenters of respective light receivable regions of the photoelectric conversion portions corresponding to the each microlens of the first pixel group and an average position of barycenters of respective light receivable regions of the photoelectric conversion portions corresponding to the each microlens of the second pixel group are offset in opposite directions to each other in the pixels.