US Pat. No. 9,639,023

DEVELOPING ASSEMBLY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing assembly, comprising:
a rotatable developer bearing member for bearing a developer;
a sliding member that slides against the developer bearing member with the developer therebetween, so that the developer is
borne by the developer bearing member; and

a regulating member that regulates the amount of the developer borne on the developer bearing member by sliding against the
developer bearing member with the developer therebetween,

the developing assembly executing a development action on an image bearing member by using the developer, the amount of which
is regulated by the regulating member,

wherein the sliding member has a free end that extends toward a downstream side of a direction of rotation of the developer
bearing member, and a tip portion that is provided on the free end of the sliding member and slides against the developer
bearing member,

the developer bearing member has a first region where, when the developer is placed on a vertical direction upper side of
the developer bearing member which is in a stationary state, the developer can remain without dropping, and

a position against which the tip portion of the sliding member slides, the first region, and a position against which the
regulating member slides are located on the developer bearing member in this order toward the downstream side of the direction
of rotation of the developer bearing member during execution of the development action.

US Pat. No. 9,670,562

METAL SUBSTRATE FOR FIXING MEMBER, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR, FIXING MEMBER, AND FIXING ASSEMBLY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A metal substrate for a fixing member, comprising an austenite stainless steel including a martensite phase, wherein:
in a thickness direction of the metal substrate, a region of an austenite stainless steel comprising a martensite phase with
a nickel content of 8 mass % or more is sandwiched between regions of an austenite stainless steel each comprising a martensite
phase with a nickel content of less than 8 mass %.

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. 9,662,885

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process for producing a liquid ejection head, comprising:
a first step of providing an element substrate including an element for generating energy to be utilized for ejecting a liquid,
a wiring substrate electrically connected to the element substrate by a lead wire, and a support member including a first
support portion and a second support portion which includes a tip surface of a projected portion projected with respect to
the first support portion;

a second step of applying a sealant to the tip surface of the second support portion, the second step being performed after
the first step;

a third step of placing the element substrate on the first support portion to which an adhesive is applied and embedding the
lead wire in the sealant applied to the tip surface of the second support portion, the third step being performed after the
second step; and

a fourth step of curing the sealant in which the lead wire is embedded, the fourth step being performed after the third step.

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. 9,630,399

METHOD FOR CLEANING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for cleaning a liquid ejection head, which includes a flow path forming member configured to form a liquid flow
path, a heat generating resistive element, and a coating layer configured to cover the heat generating resistive element and
configured to be in contact with the liquid, in which the heat generating resistive element is made to generate heat and the
liquid is made to be ejected from an ejection port, the method comprising:
applying a voltage to the coating layer to produce an electrochemical reaction between the coating layer and the liquid, and
causing the coating layer to be eluted into the liquid, thereby removing kogation deposited on the coating layer; and

ejecting the liquid from the ejection port by causing the heat generating resistive element to generate heat while a voltage
is applied to the coating layer continuously to produce the electrochemical reaction.

US Pat. No. 9,625,787

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, FOCUS DETECTION METHOD AND PROGRAM, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory,
wherein said processor is configured to operate as:
a setting unit configured to set a focus detection area; and
an operation unit configured to calculate correlation of first image data and second image data, and to output a plurality
of first correlation data which are a result of the correlation calculation, the plurality of the first correlation data respectively
corresponding to a plurality of division areas of an image sensor,

wherein said memory is configured to hold the plurality of first correlation data output from the operation unit, and
wherein said processor is further configured to operate as:
a generation unit configured to generate second correlation data from selected first correlation data among the plurality
of first correlation data stored in the memory, in accordance with the focus detection area set by the setting unit; and

a determining unit configured to determine focus states using the second correlation data.

US Pat. No. 9,625,675

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
an image forming pixel which receives a light beam passing through an imaging pupil area of an imaging optical system;
a focus detecting pixel which receives a light beam passing through a pupil area smaller than the imaging pupil area,
wherein the focus detecting pixel comprises a light-blocking layer having an opening, which limits the light beam passing
through the imaging pupil area, between a lens of the focus detecting pixel and a photo-electric conversion portion of the
focus detecting pixel,

the light-blocking layer overlaps with a portion of the photo-electric conversion portion of the focus detecting pixel to
block light from reaching that portion of the photo-electric conversion portion, and

a direction of eccentricity of the lens of the focus detecting pixel relative to a center of said pixel is opposite to a direction
of eccentricity of a geometric center of the opening relative to a center of said pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,615,737

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image of an object to be inspected using return light from the object to be inspected
which is irradiated with measurement light via a scanner, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a signal detecting unit for detecting signals output from the scanner which is set to scan the object to be inspected with
the measurement light at a first frequency;

a determining unit for determining a second frequency which is estimated to be used for the scanning by the scanner, by comparing
a first correlation between the detected signals and signals obtained by shifting the detected signals by a cycle of the first
frequency, with a second correlation between the detected signals and signals obtained by shifting the detected signals by
a cycle of a different frequency different from the first frequency; and

an image forming unit for forming the image of the object to be inspected using (1) the determined second frequency and (2)
the return light from the object to be inspected which is irradiated with the measurement light via the scanner.

US Pat. No. 9,615,741

OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING METHOD, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY TANGIBLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic imaging method comprising:
illuminating a fundus of an eye to be inspected with light having a first wavelength;
obtaining a first in-focus position for light having the first wavelength based on return light of the light having the first
wavelength from the fundus, the return light of the light having the first wavelength being guided to an image capture unit
through a focus lens;

moving, before instructing by an imaging switch used for acquiring an image of the fundus by illuminating the fundus with
light having a second wavelength different from the first wavelength, the focus lens to a second in-focus position for light
having the second wavelength based on (a) the first in-focus position and (b) a wavelength difference between the light having
the first wavelength and the light having the second wavelength;

illuminating the fundus of the eye to be inspected with the light having the second wavelength after the instructing by the
imaging switch; and

acquiring an image of the fundus based on return light of the light having the second wavelength from the fundus, the return
light of the light having the second wavelength being guided to an image capture unit through the focus lens that had been
moved to the second in-focus position.

US Pat. No. 9,619,886

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. An image processing method comprising:
inputting image information indicating a point-of-view position and a blurred state of an image based on a user instruction;
acquiring a first image of a subject viewed from a first point of view and a second image of the subject viewed from a second
point of view different from the first point of view and having a different blurred state from that of the first image;

processing the first image and the second image to change a blurred state of at least one of the first image and the second
image;

determining, by comparing the first image and the second image after the blurred state of at least one of the first image
and the second image is changed, image regions corresponding to a same subject between the first image and the second image;

generating a virtual viewpoint image corresponding to the point-of-view position and the blurred state indicated in the input
image information based on the determined corresponding image regions between the first image and the second image and the
input image information,

wherein
the acquiring includes further acquiring a third image including a same subject as that in the first image and the second
image;

the first image and the third image are images having a blurred state closer to a blurred state of the virtual viewpoint image
than that of the second image;

the second image is an image viewed from a point-of-view position closer to the point-of-view position of the virtual viewpoint
image than those of the first image and the third image;

the processing further includes changing a blurred state of at least one of the second image and the third image;
the determining further includes determining image regions corresponding between the second image and the third image based
on the changed blurred state of at least one of the second image and the third image; and

the generating includes generating the virtual viewpoint image by using the first image and the third image based on the corresponding
image regions determined between the first image and the second image and the corresponding image regions determined between
the second image and the third image.

US Pat. No. 9,618,370

OPTICAL ENCODER AND APPARATUS PROVIDED THEREWITH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical encoder comprising:
a scale provided with a scale pattern that reflects or transmits light from a light source;
a sensor configured to receive the light from the scale pattern, the sensor and the scale being moved relative to each other
in a relative movement direction; and

an intermediate pattern provided between the scale and the sensor,
wherein:
the sensor is provided with multiple light-receiving element groups each including plural light-receiving elements, the light-receiving
elements being arranged on the sensor with a pitch P in the relative movement direction, and outputs of the plural light-receiving
elements within each light-receiving element group being added together;

the intermediate pattern includes a first pattern to form a first light intensity distribution with a first spatial period
shorter than the pitch P and a second pattern to form a second light intensity distribution with a second spatial period longer
than the pitch P;

a position of the intermediate pattern and a position of the sensor are relatively fixed with each other; and
the first pattern and the second pattern are arranged in a direction perpendicular to the relative movement direction.

US Pat. No. 9,617,091

FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding device that feeds a sheet, the feeding device comprising:
a support unit;
a stacking unit, on which a sheet is stacked, provided so as to be capable of being inserted into and drawn out from the support
unit;

a feed roller that feeds a sheet stacked on the stacking unit; and
a holding member that holds the feed roller, the holding member provided so as to be capable of being detached from the support
unit by being moved in a predetermined direction,

wherein, during an operation in which the stacking unit is drawn out from the support unit, the holding member concurrently
moves to a second position from a first position such that the feed roller is lifted up,

wherein, during an operation in which the stacking unit is inserted into the support unit, the holding member concurrently
moves to the first position from the second position such that the feed roller is lowered,

wherein the holding member includes a restriction portion that restricts the holding member from moving in the predetermined
direction,

wherein in a state in which the holding member is positioned at the first position, the restriction portion is positioned
at a restrictive position where the holding member is restricted from moving in the predetermined direction, and

wherein in a state in which the holding member is positioned at the second position, the restriction portion is positioned
at a permissive position where the holding member is permitted to move in the predetermined direction.

US Pat. No. 9,619,185

DATA COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, HISTORY INFORMATION STORAGE METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data communication apparatus, comprising:
a memory; and
at least one processor connected to the memory and configured to execute computer program modules, the computer program modules
including:

a transmission module that automatically detects a transmission request file stored in a predetermined folder, generates transmission
data and job name data based on information extracted from the transmission request file, and outputs the transmission data
and the job name data to a driver module,

wherein the information extracted from the transmission request file comprises at least one of a destination name, destination
number, person in charge information and a request ID;

the driver module that generates log information based on the transmission data and the job name data received from the transmission
module, and causes a job processing apparatus to transmit the transmission data to a destination; and

a job management module that identifies a predetermined part of the job name data including at least one of the information
extracted from the transmission request file associated with a user who generated the transmission request file, acquires
from a database the name of the user different from and corresponding to the identified predetermined part of the job name
data, changes the user information included in the log information to the determined name of the user who generated the transmission
request file, and stores history information generated based on the changed user information.

US Pat. No. 9,619,740

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory which stores instructions; and
one or more processors which execute the instructions to cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire one or more objects of page data;
a check unit configured to perform check processing for checking whether to combine an object with another object, for each
of a plurality of objects acquired by the acquisition unit;

a determining unit configured to determine, based on a result of the check processing for each of the plurality of objects,
whether to perform the check processing for checking whether to combine an object with another object, for an object acquired
subsequently to the plurality of objects by the acquisition unit; and

a generating unit configured to generate, based on the determination, intermediate data of the subsequently acquired object
without performing the check processing on the subsequently acquired object.

US Pat. No. 9,616,663

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head that ejects liquid through an ejection port, the liquid ejecting head comprising:
an electric power supply wire configured to supply electric power to an ejection energy generating element configured to generate
ejection energy for ejecting liquid through the ejection port; and

a conductive member configured to cover at least a part of the electric power supply wire with an insulator therebetween,
wherein the coverage is determined according to the following formula:
coverage?1?(3×(D)×10?18)/|(Q)|×(U)2/(V),

where U (inch/second) represents a relative movement speed between the ejection port and a print medium; V (V), a voltage
applied to the electric power supply wire; D (?m), a size of a particle floating between an ejection port forming surface
and the print medium; and Q (C), an electric charge amount possessed by the particle.

US Pat. No. 9,619,485

DOCUMENT RETRIEVING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT RETRIEVING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A document retrieving apparatus comprising:
a document retrieving unit constructed to retrieve, from a plurality of document data, document data which includes a page
that matches an input retrieval condition;

a retrieval result display unit constructed to display, on a display unit, the document data which includes the page that
matches the retrieval condition based on a retrieval result of the document retrieving unit;

a setting unit constructed to set an arrangement of a number of pages to be displayed as thumbnails in advance, in a case
where at least a first page, a page neighboring the first page, a top page, and a last page, which form the document data
which includes the page that matches the retrieval condition, are displayed as thumbnails; and

a thumbnail display unit constructed to display a first thumbnail and a second thumbnail,
wherein the setting unit is configured to set the number of pages, from the page neighboring the first page, of the thumbnails
to be displayed, and set the number of pages, from the top page of the document data, of the thumbnails to be displayed, and
set the number of pages, from the last page of the document data, of the thumbnails to be displayed,

wherein the first thumbnail is of the page that matches the retrieval condition in the document data, and the second thumbnail
is of a page which forms the document data and is selected from the document data based on the arrangement of the pages and
the number of pages set by the setting unit in advance,

wherein the thumbnail display unit does not display, as the second thumbnail, a thumbnail of a page which is not selected
based on the arrangement of the pages set by the setting unit in advance, and

wherein at least one of the document retrieving unit, the retrieval result display unit, the setting unit and the thumbnail
display unit comprises a processor and a computer-readable storage medium.

US Pat. No. 9,616,665

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID SUPPLY MEMBER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid supply member that supplies liquid to a discharge port that discharges liquid, the
method comprising:
preparing a transparent member being transparent to a laser beam and an absorption member for absorbing a laser beam, at least
one of the transparent member and the absorption member having a groove for forming a supply path that supplies the discharge
port with liquid;

bringing the transparent member and the absorption member into contact with each other, with the groove inside;
arranging a plurality of laser beam sources along a longitudinal direction of the groove, each of the laser beam sources having
a laser beam aperture with a diameter such that the groove is entirely irradiated with laser beams; and

forming the supply path by emitting laser beams simultaneously from the plurality of laser beam sources, via the transparent
member, toward a contact portion, which is provided in a vicinity of the groove and at which the transparent member and the
absorption member are in contact, to weld the transparent member and the absorption member at the contact portion,

wherein the laser beams are emitted during the forming step such that a total irradiation amount per unit area with laser
beams for a first portion that are included in the contact portion and located in a vicinity of an end in the longitudinal
direction of the groove is larger than a total irradiation amount per unit area with laser beams for a second portion other
than the first portion of the contact portion.

US Pat. No. 9,616,666

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an element substrate,
the element substrate comprising:
an orifice forming member having an orifice for ejecting liquid formed therein; and
a flow path forming member for forming a pressure chamber for storing the liquid to be ejected through the orifice and for
generating an ejection pressure, and forming a flow reducing portion communicating with the pressure chamber,

the method comprising:
forming a first resist and a second resist on a first surface of a substrate serving as the flow path forming member so that
part of the first surface is exposed;

etching the substrate from a side of the first surface toward a side of a second surface of the substrate, which is a surface
opposite to the first surface, with the first resist and the second resist being used as a mask to form a first recess in
the substrate;

removing the second resist to expose a portion of the substrate that is different from the first recess;
etching the substrate from the side of the first surface to the side of the second surface with the first resist being used
as a mask to deepen the first recess and to form a second recess communicating with the first recess on the side of the second
surface; and

covering openings of the first recess and the second recess with the orifice forming member to form the pressure chamber by
the first recess and the orifice forming member and to form the flow reducing portion on the side of the second surface by
the second recess and the orifice forming member.

US Pat. No. 9,616,667

INKJET HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING INKJET HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet head comprising:
a substrate including a discharge port configured to discharge liquid and including an outer side and an interior side on
a side of the substrate opposite the outer side; and

a supporting member formed of a resin material and including a supporting surface configured to face the substrate interior
side and support the substrate, wherein the supporting surface includes a first supply port and a second supply port, which
are adjacent each other, wherein an area of the supporting surface between the first supply port and the second supply port
includes a first area located on a first supply port side, a second area located on a second supply port side, and a third
area located between the first area and the second area,

wherein the third area is an area where plasma treatment is applied, and each of the first and second areas is an area where
plasma treatment is not applied, and

wherein the substrate interior side is attached to the first area, the second area, and the third area.

US Pat. No. 9,621,807

OPTICAL DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical device comprising:
a first shake correction unit, having a first correcting lens, configured to correct image blur by relatively moving said
first correcting lens based on shake information that is detected by a shake detection sensor; and

a second shake correction unit, having a second correcting lens, configured to correct image blur by relatively moving said
second correcting lens based on shake information that is detected by a shake detection sensor,

wherein said second shake correction unit has a different image blur correction effect from said first shake correction unit,
and

wherein the optical device has a mode in which shake correction is performed using said first shake correction unit without
using said second shake correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,618,743

ADAPTIVE OPTICS SYSTEM WITH POLARIZATION SENSITIVE SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATORS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An adaptive optical imaging system for imaging an object comprising:
a light source that produces irradiation light to irradiate the object;
a first modulator that is a polarization sensitive spatial light phase modulator, so as to modulate the irradiation light
with a first polarization produced by the light source and does not substantially modulate light with a second polarization
that is orthogonal to the first polarization;

a polarization adjustment device that converts the polarization of light that has passed through the first modulator before
it irradiates the object and converts the polarization of reflected light from the object that has been irradiated with the
irradiation light, such that the reflected light has a second polarization that is orthogonal to the first polarization;

a wavefront sensor that measures a wavefront of the reflected light;
an image signal detector;
a second modulator that is a polarization sensitive spatial light phase modulator, placed between the image signal detector
and the polarization adjustment device so as to not modulate the irradiation light and modulate the reflected light; and

a controller that sends:
first instructions to the first modulator to correct the aberration of the irradiation light on the object, and
second instructions to the second modulator to correct the aberration of the reflected light on the image signal detector.

US Pat. No. 9,621,061

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a first converter configured to convert an input direct current voltage into a first direct current voltage by switching a
first switching element, and to output the first direct current voltage; and

a second converter configured to convert the first direct current voltage output from the first converter into a second direct
current voltage lower than the first direct current voltage by switching a second switching element and to output the second
direct current voltage,

wherein the first converter is further configured to output a third direct current voltage lower than the second direct current
voltage by switching the first switching element at a second switching frequency lower than a first switching frequency of
the first switching element when the first convertor outputs the first direct current voltage,

wherein the second convertor controls an operation of the second switching element so as to output the third direct current
voltage input from the first convertor.

US Pat. No. 9,621,831

METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE, IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE, AND IMAGE CAPTURE SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for driving an image capture device including a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including
a microlens and a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements, the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements generating
respective charges based on light passing through the microlens and being disposed at a first position and a second position
with respect to the microlens in such a manner as to receive light passing through different respective pupils in an optical
system, the pupils being different from each other, the method comprising:
supplying a common voltage to the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements such that the plurality of photoelectric
conversion elements are depleted;

in one vertical scanning period in which rows in which the plurality of pixels are arranged are vertically scanned,
by using a first pixel, outputting a signal based on charges obtained by adding together the charges generated by the plurality
of photoelectric conversion elements;

by using a second pixel, outputting a signal based on charges generated by the photoelectric conversion element disposed at
the first position among the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements, without outputting a signal based on charges
generated by the photoelectric conversion element disposed at the second position among the plurality of photoelectric conversion
elements; and

by using a third pixel, outputting a signal based on charges generated by the photoelectric conversion element disposed at
the second position among the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements, without outputting a signal based on charges
generated by the photoelectric conversion element disposed at the first position among the plurality of photoelectric conversion
elements.

US Pat. No. 9,621,832

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are two-dimensionally arranged, and
a plurality of column signal processing circuits which are arranged on one side of the pixel signal array and process signals
from the pixel array via a plurality of column signal lines, the plurality of column signal lines extending parallel to a
first direction, the plurality of column signal processing circuits including first column signal processing circuits configured
to process signals from pixels of a first color and second column signal processing circuits configured to process signals
from pixels of a second color different from the first color, the first column signal processing circuits being arranged parallel
to a second direction which is different from the first direction, the second column signal processing circuits being arranged
parallel to the second direction,
wherein signals of the pixels of different colors in the pixel array are processed by the first column signal processing circuits
and the second column signal processing circuits during a same period,

wherein the sensor further comprises a first conductive line extending in the second direction, and a second conductive line
extending in the second direction and separated from the first conductive line, the first conductive line being configured
to supply a first voltage to the first column signal processing circuits, and the second conductive line being configured
to supply a second voltage to the second column signal processing circuits, and

wherein a position of the first column signal processing circuits in the first direction is different from a position of the
second column signal processing circuits in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,613,419

IMAGE GENERATING DEVICE AND IMAGE GENERATING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image generating device comprising:
a first calculation unit configured to calculate degrees of correlation between a plurality of images;
a second calculation unit configured to calculate an amount of character points in the plurality of images with respect to
an image of a large structural object extending over the plurality of images; and

an order determination unit configured to determine an order of performing position adjustment of the plurality of images
for generating a panoramic image generated by stitching the plurality of images based on calculation results of the first
calculation unit and the second calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,614,985

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME FOR COOPERATIVE OPERATION OF PROGRAMS EXECUTED ON PLATFORMS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a plurality of software platforms, the apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having stored thereon instructions which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:

transform service information provided by first software for operating on a first software platform of the plurality of software
platforms into information that is able to be used by a second software platform of the plurality of software platforms, and
register the information, and

transform the transformed and registered information, which second software for operating on the second software platform
calls, into the service information provided by the first software, and cause the first software to provide a service corresponding
to the service information.

US Pat. No. 9,615,017

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD, METHOD OF CONTROLLING FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements which form a pair of signals having parallax;
a CPU controlling a focus detection using the pair of signals; and
a memory holding a program which makes the CPU and a circuit function as:
a generation unit configured to generate a first signal pair of a first resolution by using signals formed by the plurality
of photoelectric conversion elements included in a first area which corresponds to a predetermined focus detection area and
generate a second signal pair of a second resolution lower than the first resolution by combining signals formed by the plurality
of photoelectric conversion elements included in a second area which corresponds to the predetermined focus detection area
and is wider than the first area;

a focus detection unit configured to perform focus detection processing based on at least one of the first signal pair and
the second signal pair which are generated by the generation unit; and

a recording image generation unit configured to generate a recording image by using a signal output from the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,612,557

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first image forming unit for forming an image by using black toner;
a second image forming unit for forming an image by using color toner;
an intermediate transfer member on which an image formed by the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit
is transferred; and

a controller configured to control the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit,
wherein the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit each respectively include:
an image bearing member;
a charging device which charges the image bearing member; and
a developing device which develops the image bearing member on which a latent image is formed after being charged while applying
at least a DC bias to the image bearing member,

wherein the controller is capable of performing the following modes:
(1) a color mode in which color image formation is performed by using the first image forming unit and the second image forming
unit, with the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit being in contact with the intermediate transfer
member;

(2) a first monochrome mode in which monochrome image formation is performed by using the first image forming unit and not
using the second image forming unit in a state that the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit are in
contact with the intermediate transfer member; and

(3) a second monochrome mode in which image formation is performed by using the first image forming unit and not using the
second image forming unit in a state that the first image forming unit is in contact with the intermediate transfer member
and the second image forming unit is separated from the intermediate transfer member, and

wherein during an image forming job in which image forming is performed on a plurality of recording materials, in a case where
the monochrome image formation is performed after the color image formation in the color mode, the controller determines whether
the first monochrome mode or the second monochrome mode is performed based on an image forming speed which is set when the
monochrome image formation is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,612,372

DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical element comprising:
a diffraction grating for diffracting incident light, the diffraction grating having a continuous surface including optical
effective surfaces and wall surfaces that are disposed alternately and are directly connected with each other,

wherein an aluminum oxide layer is formed on the optical effective surfaces of the diffraction grating so that incident light
can pass through the optical effective surfaces,

wherein an aluminum metal layer is formed on the wall surfaces of the diffraction grating so that incident light cannot pass
through the wall surfaces,

wherein the aluminum metal layer has a film thickness of 50 nm or more and 1 ?m or less, and
wherein the aluminum oxide layer has a film thickness of 5 nm or more and 30 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 9,601,704

ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light-emitting device, comprising:
a pair of electrodes; and
an organic compound layer placed between the pair of electrodes,
wherein the organic compound layer comprises an iridium complex represented by the following general formula [1] and a metal
complex represented by the following general formula [5]:


in the formula [1]:
m represents an integer of 1 to 3, and n represents an integer of 0 to 2, provided that a relationship of m+n=3 is satisfied;
R1 to R14 each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a substituted amino group, a substituted
or unsubstituted aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, and may be identical to or different from
one another, provided that when m represents 3 or when X is free of an alkyl group, at least one of substituents represented
by R1 to R14 comprises an alkyl group;

X represents a bidentate ligand; and
a partial structure IrXn represents any one of partial structures represented by the following general formulae [2] to [4]:


in the formulae [2] to [4], R15 to R29 each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a substituted amino group, a substituted
or unsubstituted aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, and may be identical to or different from
one another, provided that when none of R1 to R14 represents an alkyl group, at least one of substituents represented by R15 to R29 comprises an alkyl group, and when n represents 2, multiple substituents represented by any one of R15 to R29 may be identical to or different from each other;

ML2  [5]

in the formula [5]:
M represents a divalent metal atom selected from beryllium, magnesium, and zinc;
L represents a bidentate ligand;
when M represents beryllium or magnesium, a partial structure ML comprises any one of structures represented by the following
general formulae [6] to [11]; and

when M represents zinc, the partial structure ML comprises any one of structures represented by the following general formulae
[7] to [11]:


in the formulae [6] to [11], R30 to R57 each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a substituted
amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaromatic group,
and in the formulae [8] to [11], a ring B comprises any one of cyclic structures represented by the following general formulae
[12] to [14], *1 represents a bonding position with an oxygen atom, and *2 represents a bonding position with a carbon atom
in a five-membered heterocyclic skeleton:


in the formulae [12] to [14], R58 to R71 each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a substituted
amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaromatic group.

US Pat. No. 9,594,253

SPECTRAL APPARATUS, DETECTION APPARATUS, LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS, REACTION APPARATUS, AND MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a slit that light enters;
a first optical system configured to collimate the light from the slit;
a transmissive type diffraction element configured to diffract the light from the first optical system; and
a second optical system including a first mirror configured to reflect the light diffracted by the transmissive type diffraction
element, and a second mirror configured to reflect the light reflected by the first mirror and diffracted by the transmissive
type diffraction element, and configured to make the light reciprocally travel between the first mirror and the second mirror
via the transmissive type diffraction element,

wherein the first optical system and the transmissive type diffraction element are arranged such that an incident angle of
the light that enters the transmissive type diffraction element equals an exit angle of the light that exits from the transmissive
type diffraction element,

the first mirror is arranged such that an optical path of the light diffracted by the transmissive type diffraction element
and traveling toward the first mirror and an optical path of the light reflected by the first mirror and traveling toward
the transmissive type diffraction element exist in one first plane without overlapping each other in the first plane, and

the second mirror is arranged such that an optical path of the light diffracted by the transmissive type diffraction element
and traveling toward the second mirror and an optical path of the light reflected by the second mirror and traveling toward
the transmissive type diffraction element exist in one second plane without overlapping each other in the second plane.

US Pat. No. 9,584,674

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image
forming apparatus to perform operations comprising:

executing correction data generation processing including first correction data generation processing for generating first
correction data used to bring reproduction characteristics of an image formed by an image forming unit close to a target value,
and second correction data generation processing for generating second correction data different from the first correction
data;

executing a plurality of adjustment processing including the second correction data generation processing;
receiving an instruction that causes correction data generation processing to be executed within a predetermined time period
after execution of adjustment processing;

canceling, on the basis of the received instruction, the execution of the second correction data generation processing included
in the plurality of adjustment processing; and

performing control in a manner such that the first correction data generation processing and the second correction data generation
processing that are included in a plurality of correction data generation processing are executed after processing other than
the second correction data generation processing, which is included in the plurality of adjustment processing and which has
not been canceled, is executed,

wherein the first correction data is more accurate than the second correction data.

US Pat. No. 9,584,679

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which communicates with a print server which manages a printer, the apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control an OS (Operating System) and a print proxy
for realizing a communication with the print server using a message by HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol):

wherein the print proxy comprises;
a receiver configured to receive, via a spooler and a port monitor which supports IPP (Internet Printing Protocol) and is
incorporated in the OS as a default, printing data generated by a printer driver corresponding to a printer object managed
by information of a virtual printer corresponding to the print server, when performing printing by using the printer object,
wherein the receiver receives the printing data as a message by the IPP;

a specifying unit configured to specify job information including document information from the received printing data;
a message converter configured to convert a message between a message by the HTTP and a message by the IPP; and
a controller configured to control transmission of the printing data and the specified job information with respect to the
print server, wherein a message by the HTTP according to the message converter is used in the transmission,

wherein the controller performs at least one of band limitation control of a network between the information processing apparatus
and the print server, and retry processing for printing.

US Pat. No. 9,584,684

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a detecting unit configured to detect an original which has been placed on a document feeder;
a reading unit configured to read an image of the original detected by the detecting unit;
a printing unit configured to print the image read by the reading unit on a sheet;
a setting unit configured to set, based on a user instruction, whether or not to automatically enable a shift function for
shifting the sheet on which the image is printed by the printing unit in response to detection of the original by the detecting
unit; and

a controller configured to automatically enable, in a case where automatically enabling the shift function is set by the setting
unit, the shift function in response to detection of the original by the detecting unit, and to determine a discharge destination
to which the sheet is discharged,

wherein the controller is configured not to automatically enable, in a case where automatically enabling the shift function
is not set by the setting unit, the shift function in response to detection of the original by the detecting unit, and is
configured to determine, in a case where automatically enabling the shift function is set by the setting unit, the discharge
destination from among discharge destinations where the sheet can be shifted, and

wherein the controller determines the discharge destination to which the sheet is discharged further based on a priority order
of the discharge destinations.

US Pat. No. 9,584,689

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a print job execution unit configured to execute a print job for printing image data;
a storage unit configured to store a history of the print job executed by the print job execution unit, the history including
at least the image data and settings of the print job;

a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction to execute a transmission job for transmitting image data stored in
the storage unit; and

a transmission job execution unit configured to execute the transmission job in accordance with the instruction received by
the receiving unit, wherein the transmission job is generated by reflecting at least one of the settings of the print job
included in the stored history of the print job to one or more settings of the transmission job, and the image data included
in the stored history of the print job is processed by the transmission job.

US Pat. No. 9,584,691

ORIGINAL READING APPARATUS FOR READING IMAGE OF AN ORIGINAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination apparatus comprising:
a substrate;
a plurality of light-emitting elements arranged on the substrate; and
a light guide, the light guide having:
a light entrance surface facing with a light emitting surface of the plurality of light-emitting elements;
a first boss arranged between positions of two light-emitting elements adjacent each other in a longitudinal direction of
the light guide;

a second boss arranged on one end area of the light guide in the longitudinal direction of the light guide; and
a third boss arranged on another end area of the light guide in the longitudinal direction of the light guide,
wherein in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the light guide, the first boss is arranged closer to
the light entrance surface than both of the second boss and the third boss, and

wherein, the second and the third boss are arranged further outward in the longitudinal direction than the plurality of light-emitting
elements.

US Pat. No. 9,584,713

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SPECIFYING AN OBJECT IN IMAGE DATA BASED ON OBJECT DETECTION, MOTION DETECTION AND/OR OBJECT RECOGNITION, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS COMMUNICATING WITH IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus;
an image capturing unit configured to generate image data by capturing an object;
a setting unit configured to set a shooting condition;
a specifying unit configured to specify an object in image data captured by the image capturing unit,
wherein the object specified by the specifying unit is used to set the shooting condition by the setting unit; and
a shooting control unit configured to control shooting based on the shooting condition set in accordance with an object specified
by the specifying unit,

wherein processing for specifying the object by the specifying unit is configured to use a result of object detection processing
of detecting a feature of an object and at least one of results of motion detection processing of detecting a motion of the
object and object recognition processing of determining whether the object detected by the motion detection processing is
a predetermined object, when shooting upon reception of an instruction by directly operating the image capturing apparatus,
and

wherein processing for specifying the object by the specifying unit is configured to use a result of the motion detection
processing and not to use a result of the object recognition processing, when shooting upon reception of an instruction from
the external apparatus connected via the communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,580,576

PIGMENT DISPERSION AND YELLOW RESIST COMPOSITION FOR COLOR FILTER AND INK COMPOSITION CONTAINING THE PIGMENT DISPERSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pigment dispersion comprising a dispersing medium, C.I. Pigment yellow 185, and a compound represented by formula (1),
the C.I. Pigment yellow 185 and the compound being dispersed in the dispersing medium:

wherein:
A represents —CON(R4)R5, wherein R4 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and R5 represents an alkyl group;

R1 represents an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an amino group;

R3 represents an alkyl group; and

R2 represents a hydrogen atom, a cyano group, a carboxylic acid group, a carboxylic acid ester group, a carboxylic acid amide
group, or a carbamoyl group, and

wherein the dispersing medium is water, an organic solvent, or a mixture thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,580,847

POROUS LAMINATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A porous laminate, comprising: a layer A formed on a support, the layer A comprising a porous film containing polymer nanofibers;
and
a layer B formed on the layer A, the layer B comprising a porous film containing polymer nanofibers, wherein:
an existence ratio of the polymer nanofibers contained in the layer A is larger than an existence ratio of the polymer nanofibers
contained in the layer B; and

a difference between the existence ratio of the polymer nanofibers contained in the layer A and the existence ratio of the
polymer nanofibers contained in the layer B is more than 40%,

wherein the existence ratio of the polymer nanofibers contained in the layer A is a ratio of a volume of the polymer nanoflbers
contained in the layer A to a volume of the layer A,

wherein the existence ratio of the polymer nanofibers contained in the layer B is a ratio of a volume of the polymer nanoflbers
contained in the layer B to a volume of the layer B, and

wherein the existence ratio of the polymer nanofibers contained in the layer A is 70% to 97%; and the existence ratio of the
polymer nanofibers contained in the layer B is 10% to 45%.

US Pat. No. 9,579,085

IMAGE GENERATING APPARATUS, IMAGE GENERATING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data generating apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of detection elements configured to detect an acoustic wave propagating from a subject and output a plurality
of detection signals; and

a determination unit configured to determine a first propagation velocity of the acoustic wave,
wherein said determination unit is configured to
set a target position, using data generated based on a second propagation velocity and the plurality of detection signals,
set a third propagation velocity,
determine a plurality of signals corresponding to the target position, out of the plurality of detection signals based on
respective distances from said detection elements to the target position and the third propagation velocity, and

determine the first propagation velocity based on the plurality of signals corresponding to the target position.

US Pat. No. 9,581,929

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND SUPPORT MEMBER FOR AN OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus, comprising:
an optical deflector having a polygon mirror reflecting a light flux emitted from a light source to carry out scanning;
a drive unit rotating the polygon mirror about a rotation axis;
a board supporting the drive unit and the polygon mirror;
a housing to which the board is fixed;
at least two protruding portions protruding from the housing, wherein each of the protruding portions has a hole through which
a screw fixing the board to the housing is inserted and a bearing surface which is provided at a position around the hole
and which supports the board; and

first and second abutment portions protruding from the housing,
wherein each of the first and second abutment portions has a top, which contacts with an undersurface of the board, and supports
the board at a position different from the bearing surfaces, and

wherein a distal end of each of the first and second abutment portions protrudes toward the board higher than the bearing
surfaces in a direction along the rotation axis.

US Pat. No. 9,581,931

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member, comprising:
a substrate; and
an electro-conductive layer, the electro-conductive layer comprising a binder resin, an anion and a resin having a structure
unit represented by formula (1)


where R1 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, and Z represents a cationic organic group, wherein

said anion is at least one member selected from the group consisting of a fluorinated sulfonylimide anion, a fluorinated sulfonylmethide
anion, a fluorinated sulfonate anion, a fluorinated carboxylate anion, a fluorinated borate anion, a fluorinated phosphate
anion, a fluorinated arsenate anion, a fluorinated antimonate anion, a dicyanamide anion and a bis(oxalato)borate anion, and

a content of the resin having a structure unit represented by formula (1) is 1 to 10 parts by mass with respect to 100 parts
by mass of the binder resin.

US Pat. No. 9,581,958

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 said photosensitive drum;
(iii) a developing roller configured and positioned to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on said photosensitive
drum;

(iv) a second frame configured and positioned (a) to rotatably support said developing roller, and (b) to be connected to
said first frame so as to be movable relative to said first frame;

(v) a coupling member provided adjacent to an end of said second frame in a direction parallel to a rotational axis of said
developing roller, said coupling member including:

(v-i) a driving force receiving portion configured and positioned (a) to receive a driving force for rotating said developing
roller, and (b) to be movable relative to said second frame in a crossing direction crossing a rotational axis of said driving
force receiving portion, and

(vi) an urging portion configured and positioned to urge said driving force receiving portion in the crossing direction.

US Pat. No. 9,582,232

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR BUILDING A PRINT APPLICATION USING A HYBRID APPLICATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for executing, by a processor, a program including a first program layer with an instruction
set to be interpreted and executed by the processor and a second program layer with an instruction set interpreted in advance
by a unit other than the processor, comprising:
a conversion unit configured to convert content described in a first description language, by which a drawing result is not
obtainable from an operating system (OS), into content in a second description language, by which the drawing result is obtainable
from the OS, in the first program layer;

an instruction unit configured to cause the OS to draw the content in the second description language;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from the OS, data of the content obtained by drawing the content in the second description
language; and

a print instruction unit configured to issue a print instruction to perform a printing operation using a printer connected
to the information processing apparatus, based on the data of the content obtained by said obtaining unit,

wherein at least one of said conversion unit, said instruction unit, said obtaining unit and said print instruction unit is
implemented using the processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,583,818

METAMATERIAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A metamaterial configured by arranging at least one element on a planar conductor plate,
the at least one element having:
a first conductor portion arranged a predetermined distance away from the conductor plate in a two-dimensional plane that
includes the conductor plate; and

a second conductor portion arranged so as to connect the conductor plate and the first conductor portion,
wherein the element further has a third conductor portion that is arranged so as to be connected to an end portion of the
first conductor portion, is approximately perpendicular to a straight-line shaped side of the conductor plate, and is straight-line
shaped and extends toward the straight-line shaped side, and

wherein the element further has a fourth conductor portion that is arranged so as to be connected to an end portion of the
third conductor portion, is approximately parallel to a straight-line shaped side of the conductor plate, and is straight-line
shaped and extends toward the second conductor portion.

US Pat. No. 9,583,311

DRAWING APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY SYSTEM, PATTERN DATA CREATION METHOD, DRAWING METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A method for creating pattern data to be supplied to a plurality of optical systems, the pattern data creation method comprising:
dividing data corresponding to a drawing pattern and generating a plurality of data each corresponding to a region having
a width obtainable by dividing a drawing width of one optical system of the plurality of optical systems,

allocating information relating to continuity of drawing instruction data to the data, and
changing exposure amount information in data corresponding to an overlapping drawing region based on the information relating
to the continuity.

US Pat. No. 9,575,626

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display control apparatus which performs control to display a list of image files stored in a storage unit, comprising:
a determination unit configured to analyze each image file stored in the storage unit, and determine whether or not the image
file includes position information indicating a position and whether or not the image file includes positioning method information
indicating a positioning method for the position; and

a display control unit configured to, upon display of the list of image files stored in the storage unit, in accordance with
the result of determination by the determination unit, display an image file including the position information in an appearance
distinguishable from an image file not including the position information, while displaying a type of the positioning method
indicated with the positioning method information in the image file including the position information, in a distinguishable
appearance.

US Pat. No. 9,573,089

FILTER FRAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A filter frame for holding a filter, the filter frame comprising:
a first frame portion including a first holding portion, having a first side portion corresponding to a first side of the
filter, for holding the filter, a first plurality of ridges and troughs being formed on the first side portion;

a second frame portion including a second holding portion, having a second side portion corresponding to a second side of
the filter that is a back surface of the first side of the filter, for holding the filter by sandwiching the filter between
the first and second holding portions so as to oppose the first holding portion via the filter, a second plurality of ridges
and troughs being formed on the second side portion complementarily to the first plurality of ridges and troughs formed on
the first side portion; and

a hinge portion, rotatably connecting the first frame portion and the second frame portion.

US Pat. No. 9,578,228

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND FOCUS DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus which performs focus detection of a phase difference method by using signals from an image
pickup element including a first pixel and a second pixel sharing one micro lens, the focus detection apparatus comprising:
a signal separating portion configured to sequentially input a first signal obtained from the first pixel and a third signal
that is an added signal of the first signal and a second signal obtained from the second pixel and separate the first signal
and the third signal;

a first saturation detector configured to detect saturation of the first signal;
a second saturation detector configured to detect saturation of the second signal;
a luminance generating portion configured to generate luminance signals of the first signal and the second signal after a
saturation process of the first signal and the second signal is performed; and

a processor configured to perform a correlation calculation based on the luminance signals.

US Pat. No. 9,578,229

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging element including a plurality of pixel portions each having a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, including
an A portion and a B portion, with respect to one micro lens and color filters which are arranged for respective micro lenses,
wherein the A portion produces an A pixel signal and the B portion produces a B pixel signal, the imaging element configured
to output A pixel signals, and A+B pixel signals each of which is a mixture of the A pixel and the B pixel signal; and

a generating unit configured to generate B pixel signals based on the A+B pixel signals and the A image signals, and generate
a plurality of first pixel signals and a plurality of second pixel signals for phase difference-type focus detection,

wherein each of the first pixel signals adjacent to each other respectively is generated from at least the same pixel signal
obtained from the same A portion and each of the second pixel signals adjacent to each other respectively is generated from
at least the same B pixel signal obtained from the same B portion.

US Pat. No. 9,578,262

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND RADIATION INSPECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of sensors configured to detect radiation with a first sensitivity or a second sensitivity higher than the first
sensitivity;

a signal readout unit configured to read out a signal from the plurality of sensors; and
a computer with CPU and memory, programmed to
perform first control to control the signal readout unit to read out a signal from each of the plurality of sensors with the
second sensitivity, and

perform second control to select one or more sensors out of the plurality of sensors based on a readout result obtained in
the first control, for determining a timing to perform a readout by the signal readout unit from the plurality of sensors
with the first sensitivity or the second sensitivity.

US Pat. No. 9,574,953

MAGNETIC FORCE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A force sensor for obtaining a force applied to an action portion comprising:
the action portion supported by a supporting member;
a first magneto-electric transducer and a second magneto-electric transducer fixed to the action portion;
a magnetic flux generating source disposed so as to face the first magneto-electric transducer and the second magneto-electric
transducer;

a third magneto-electric transducer disposed at a fixed position with respect to the magnetic flux generating source for obtaining
a change in a magnetic field, wherein the force sensor obtains forces applied to the action portion in at least two different
axes directions simultaneously, from changes in output values of the first magneto-electric transducer, the second magneto-electric
transducer and the third magneto-electric transducer, and

wherein a relative position of the first magneto-electric transducer and the second magneto-electric transducer with respect
to the magnetic flux generating source and the third magneto-electric transducer is changed by the force applied to the action
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,577,003

METHOD OF FORMING AN IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE HAVING TWO WAVEGUIDES AND A LIGHT-SHIELDING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of making a solid-state image pickup device, comprising:
preparing a substrate having a first photoelectric conversion unit and a second photoelectric conversion unit;
forming a structure on the semiconductor substrate, the structure including a first insulating layer, a second insulating
layer arranged between the first insulating layer and the substrate, a first interconnect layer arranged between the second
insulating layer and the substrate, and a second interconnect layer arranged between the first insulating layer and the second
insulating layer;

forming a first hole and a second hole in the structure so that the first hole is arranged on the first photoelectric conversion
unit and the second hole is arranged on the second photoelectric conversion unit by etching the first insulating layer and
the second insulating layer;

forming a first portion in the first hole and a second portion in the second hole in a parallel manner by putting a first
material in the first hole and the second hole, after forming the first hole and the second hole in the structure;

forming a first film having a first part that covers the first portion and a second part that covers the second portion, the
first film comprising a second material different from the first material;

forming a light shielding member that covers the second portion so that the second part is arranged between the light shielding
member and the second portion; and

forming a second film that covers the light shielding member so that the first part is arranged between the second film and
the first portion.

US Pat. No. 9,577,004

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels, each pixel including a junction type field effect transistor provided in a semiconductor substrate,
wherein
the junction type field effect transistor includes a gate region and a channel region,
an orthogonal projection of the gate region onto a plane parallel to a surface of the semiconductor substrate intersects an
orthogonal projection of the channel region onto the plane,

a length of the orthogonal projection of the channel region in a channel length direction is greater than a total length of
the orthogonal projection of the gate region in the channel length direction, and

each of a source-side portion of the orthogonal projection of the channel region and a drain-side portion of the orthogonal
projection of the channel region protrudes out of the orthogonal projection of the gate region,

each of first and second parts of the orthogonal projection of the gate region protrudes out of a periphery of the orthogonal
projection of the channel region in a channel width direction toward opposite directions to each other;

the gate region includes a surface gate region in a surface side of the semiconductor substrate and a buried gate region disposed
at different depths from each other,

the channel region is disposed between the surface gate region and the buried gate region, and
an orthogonal projection of the surface gate region onto the plane is identical to an orthogonal projection of the buried
gate region onto the plane.

US Pat. No. 9,578,327

ENCODING APPARATUS, ENCODING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An encoding apparatus for encoding video data captured by a plurality of imaging units by a data unit, comprising:
an encoder configured to perform inter-encoding for encoding, according to a predetermined reference relationship including
(i) a reference relationship between data units each for which an image has been captured at a different image capturing time,
and (ii) a reference relationship between data units each for which an image has been captured by a different imaging unit,
a data unit to be encoded by referring to data units included in the predetermined reference relationship;

an output processor configured to output the data unit encoded by the encoder to a decoding apparatus;
a receiver configured to receive, from the decoding apparatus, error information indicating an error data unit which was not
decoded by the decoding apparatus; and

a controller configured to (iii) specify, based on the predetermined reference relationship, a data unit group, which has
not been encoded, to which an error may propagate in a state where the error data unit indicated by the error information
cannot be decoded, in a case where the error information is received by the receiver and (iv) change the inter-encoding by
the encoder so that the data unit group is encoded based on a reference relationship being different from the predetermined
reference relationship without referring to the error data unit and a data unit to which the error has propagated and the
encoding has been performed.

US Pat. No. 9,561,013

MOVABLE RADIOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND MOVABLE RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS HAVING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A movable radiographing apparatus having a wireless communication function, comprising:
a radiation generating unit including a radiation source;
an arm portion configured to support the radiation generating unit;
a support pillar configured to support the arm portion;
a moving unit configured to support the support pillar and including an operation unit to be operated by a user; and
a plurality of connector units each configured to receive therein a removable external antenna which is for wireless communication
between the movable radiographing apparatus and a flat panel detector,

wherein the connector units are provided on at least two of the radiation generating unit, the arm portion, the support pillar,
and the moving unit, and

wherein the external antenna is attachable to any one of the connector units.

US Pat. No. 9,565,412

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT DEVELOPS PHOTOGRAPHED DATA, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which develops photographed data to obtain developed data, comprising:
a saturation level calculation unit configured to calculate saturation levels of respective color signals in the photographed
data;

an upper limit determination unit configured to determine an upper limit of a dynamic range in the photographed data;
a replacement ratio calculation unit configured to, based on the upper limit, obtain replacement ratios for the color signals,
which change toward the saturation levels of the color signals;

an adjustment unit configured to adjust each of the color signals according to the upper limit;
a replacement process unit configured to carry out a replacement process in which a color signal of which the saturation level
is low is replaced with a color signal of which the saturation level is high based on the replacement ratio; and

a development process unit configured to obtain the developed data by carrying out a predetermined process on the photographed
data subjected to the replacement process by said replacement process unit.

US Pat. No. 9,563,816

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first feature extraction unit configured to extract, as a first feature, a feature of a component assembly in which components
are assembled for each of viewpoints;

a second feature extraction unit configured to extract a feature of the components as a second feature for each of the viewpoints;
a derivation unit configured to derive an evaluation value for each of the viewpoints based on the first feature and the second
feature; and

a determination unit configured to determine, based on the evaluation value for each of the viewpoints, a viewpoint for inspecting
an assembled state of the components,

wherein each of the first feature extraction unit, the second feature extraction unit, the derivation unit, and the determination
unit is implemented using one or more processors or one or more circuits.

US Pat. No. 9,554,007

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SECURING CARRIAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a carriage configured to reciprocate along a predetermined direction;
a frame in which the carriage is disposed; and
a unit that is openable with respect to the frame,
wherein a first engaging portion is formed on the image forming apparatus,
wherein the image forming apparatus restricts a movement of the carriage at least in the predetermined direction with use
of a securing component having a second engaging portion engageable with the first engaging portion, and

wherein, when the securing component is attached to the carriage, and then the unit is closed with the first engaging portion
and the second engaging portion engaging with each other, the securing component is arranged and fixed between the frame and
the unit.

US Pat. No. 9,523,569

POSITIONING APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for positioning a moving body, the apparatus comprising:
a first measurement device and a second measurement devices respectively configured to obtain position measure information
in a first direction of the moving body;

a drive unit configured to drive the moving body in the first direction; and
a controller configured to control the drive unit based on the position measurement information obtained by the first measurement
device or the second measurement device,

wherein the controller is configured to control the drive unit based on a control deviation in accordance with position command
information in the first direction of the moving body and the position measurement information, and a control parameter set
to a certain value, and

wherein the value of the control parameter being set differs according to whether the position measurement information is
the information obtained by the first measurement device or the information obtained by the second measurement device.

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. 9,524,387

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one
processor which act as:
a first authentication unit and a second authentication unit configured to respectively perform user authentication by a first
authentication scheme and a second authentication scheme, and each manage user information registered for user authentication;

an input unit configured to accept input of user information to be registered for user authentication by the first authentication
scheme;

a confirmation unit configured to, when the user information is input via the input unit, confirm whether or not user information
for user authentication by the second authentication scheme is managed by the second authentication unit for a user indicated
by the input user information; and

a control unit configured to control the first authentication unit to register the user information input via the input unit
under at least a condition that the confirmation unit confirms that the user information for user authentication by the second
authentication scheme is not managed, and to register information specific to the first authentication scheme out of the user
information input via the input, but not to register at least a part of user information which is inputted or prevented from
input via the input unit, under at least a condition that the confirmation unit confirms that the user information for user
authentication by the second authentication scheme is managed.

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. 9,524,423

IMAGE RECOGNITION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recognition apparatus for recognizing a specific object from among images supplied in time series, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store feature information regarding the specific object;
an object detection unit configured to detect an object area from the supplied image;
an object recognition unit configured to extract feature information from the image of the object area detected by the object
detection unit, compare the extracted feature information with the feature information of the specific object stored in the
storage unit, thereby calculating a degree of similarity, and perform an object recognition on the basis of the calculated
degree of similarity;

an object tracking unit configured to track the object included in the object area detected by the object detection unit,
in the images supplied in time series; and

a reliability determination unit configured to determine a reliability of the object tracking which is performed by the object
tracking unit,

wherein when the degree of similarity calculated by the object recognition unit is equal to or greater than a predetermined
threshold value, the object included in the object area is determined as being the specific object stored in the storage unit
so that a recognition confirmed state is set, and the recognition confirmed state is successively maintained between the images
supplied in time series by means of the object tracking by the object tracking unit, and

when the reliability of the object tracking is low and the degree of similarity calculated by the object recognition unit
is smaller than the predetermined threshold value, the recognition confirmed state which is successively maintained is set
into a recognition unconfirmed state where the object included in the object area is not determined a being the specific object.

US Pat. No. 9,524,177

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a CPU;
a programmable logic device configured to read circuit information in order to implement, by a configuration according to
the read circuit information, a logic circuit; and

a memory, connected to the programmable logic device, storing first circuit information in a first location corresponding
to a first address for causing the programmable logic device to implement a first logic circuit functioning as a storage medium
storing a boot program to be executed by the CPU and second circuit information in a second location corresponding to a second
address for causing the programmable logic device to implement a second logic circuit functioning as an image processing circuit,

wherein the programmable logic device is configured to read the first circuit information from the first location of the memory
based on the first address without an instruction by the CPU, in order to implement, by a first configuration according to
the read first circuit information, the first logic circuit,

wherein the CPU is configured to execute the boot program stored in the implemented first logic circuit, in order to transmit
information on the second address to the programmable logic device; and

wherein the programmable logic device is further configured to receive the transmitted information on the second address and
read the second circuit information from the second location of the memory based on the second address, in order to implement,
by a second configuration according to the read second circuit information, the second logic circuit.

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. 9,463,625

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a liquid ejection substrate configured to eject liquid;
an electric wiring member electrically connected to the liquid ejection substrate; and
a supporting member having a first supporting surface configured to support the liquid ejection substrate and a second supporting
surface configured to support the electric wiring member on the side of the first supporting surface, wherein

an outer peripheral portion of the electric wiring member disposed on the side of the second supporting surface is positioned
on an outside of the second supporting surface when viewed in a direction orthogonal to the second supporting surface,

the supporting member includes a first depression and a second depression, wherein the first depression and the second depression
are each depressions made in the second supporting surface, and wherein a first portion of the first depression is provided
at a position facing a first part of the outer peripheral portion of the electric wiring member, the second depression is
connected to the first portion of the first depression and a second portion of the first depression, and is provided at a
position facing a second part of the outer peripheral portion of the electric wiring member, and the second portion of the
first depression is provided at a position facing a third part of the outer peripheral portion of the electric wiring member,
the first, second and third parts of the outer peripheral portion of the electric wiring member each being different from
one another, and wherein the second depression has a width in cross section, orthogonal to a direction in which the second
depression is connected to the first depression, smaller than a width of the first depression, and

the electric wiring member and the supporting member are adhered to each other at least via an adhesive agent applied to the
first depression and the second depression,

wherein the first depression and the second depression are provided along one side of the outer peripheral portion of the
electric wiring member arranged successively in order of a first portion of the first depression, the second depression and
a second portion of the first depression, and are not provided in parallel to each other.

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. 9,335,906

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory for storing data and a computer program; and
a processor coupled to the memory for executing the computer program, the computer program comprising instructions for:
displaying, on a display unit, information about content data;
acquiring a plurality of content data pieces and attribute information including position information about the content data;
determining a display position of information indicating existence of the content data based on the position information about
the content data;

determining whether the existence of the plurality of content data pieces is to be displayed using individual information
corresponding to each piece of the content data or using representative information that combines the content data pieces
into one based on positional proximity of the display position of the information indicating existence of each piece of the
content data;

controlling the display unit to display the individual information indicating existence of the content data which satisfies
a predetermined condition based on time, and display the individual information indicating existence of the content data which
does not satisfy the predetermined condition in a distinguishable manner;

controlling the display unit to display representative information which combines at least one of the plurality of content
data pieces that satisfy the predetermined condition and representative information which combines content data that does
not satisfy the predetermined condition in a distinguishable manner for intuitive recognition of the representative information;

controlling the display unit to display representative information, which combines at least one of the plurality of content
data pieces which satisfy the predetermined condition and at least one of the plurality of content data pieces which does
not satisfy the predetermined condition, and representative information which combines content data that does not satisfy
the predetermined condition, in a distinguishable manner for intuitive recognition of the representative information; and

controlling the display unit to display representative information, which combines at least one of the plurality of content
data pieces which satisfy the predetermined condition and at least one of the plurality of content data pieces which does
not satisfy the predetermined condition, and representative information which combines content data that satisfies the predetermined
condition, in a similar display form.

US Pat. No. 9,320,004

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect received powers of a plurality of radio signals including a first radio signal and a
second radio signal and received during a first predetermined time period from another apparatus;

a transmission unit configured to transmit by proxy identification information of the another apparatus; and
a prohibition unit configured to prohibit transmission of the identification information of the another apparatus by the transmission
unit in a case where a change amount of received power between a first received power of the first radio signal and a second
received power of the second radio signal received after the first radio signal is received is larger than a first predetermined
value and the communication apparatus determines that a distance between the communication apparatus and the another apparatus
is shortened in the first predetermined time period based on the change amount of received power.

US Pat. No. 9,310,764

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form an image on a recording material;
a first housing configured to cover the image forming portion;
an image heating device configured to heat the image formed on the recording material;
a second housing, disposed to face the first housing outside of the first housing, configured to cover the image heating device;
a first opening, provided on the first housing, configured to convey the recording material from the first housing to the
second housing;

a second opening provided on the second housing so as to face the first opening, configured to convey the recording material
from the first housing to the second housing;

a first air blowing device including at least one of a first air supply device that is provided in the first housing so as
to supply air into the first housing from the outside of the first housing and a first air discharge device that is provided
in the first housing so as to discharge air from an inside of the first housing to the outside; and

a second air blowing device including at least one of a second air supply device that is provided in the second housing so
as to supply air into the second housing from the outside of the second housing and a second air discharge device that is
provided in the second housing so as to discharge air from an inside of the second housing to the outside,

wherein the first housing and the second housing communicate with the atmosphere through the first and second openings, respectively,
and

wherein when the absolute pressure of wind pressure of air in the first opening of the first housing is P1 [Pa (abs)] and
the absolute pressure of wind pressure of air in the second opening of the second housing is P2 [Pa (abs)], a relation of
P2

US Pat. No. 9,311,574

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus which is able to convey a sheet from at least one of a plurality of sheet storage units and print
an image on the sheet, comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold a print job, the holding unit being able to hold print jobs;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not there is at least one sheet storage unit for which attribution
information of a sheet to be used by a print job held in the holding unit is registered, in the plurality of sheet storage
units;

a notification unit configured to notify, based on the determination by the determination unit, that there is no sheet storage
unit for which the attribution information of a sheet to be used by the print job held in the holding unit is registered;

a selection instruction receiving unit configured to receive, from a user, a selection instruction for selecting at least
one print job from among the print jobs held by the holding unit;

an executing instruction receiving unit configured to receive, from a user, an executing instruction for the at least one
print job selected by the selection instruction; and

an executing unit configured to execute the at least one print job selected by the selection instruction according to the
executing instruction received by the executing instruction receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,214,012

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for reducing noise in an X-ray image obtained from a digital X-ray detector, the image processing
apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as a processing unit configured to apply, to
the X-ray image, a low-pass filter process in a specific direction to obtain a filtered image including pixels in the specific
direction, and to extract linear noise in the specific direction from the filtered image; and

a reduction unit configured to reduce noise of the X-ray image based on the extracted linear noise,
wherein the processing unit is configured to perform a process for extracting the linear noise for each of segmented imaging
regions of the X-ray image, the segmented imaging regions obtained by segmenting the X-ray image in the specific direction.

US Pat. No. 9,215,347

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus communicating with a Web server, said apparatus comprising:
a login unit configured to allow a user to log in to the information processing apparatus;
a transmitting unit configured to transmit a login request for an application of the Web server to the Web server;
a first receiver configured to receive screen data from the Web server provided by the application of the Web server;
a display unit configured to display an operation screen based on the screen data, wherein the operation screen includes a
logout key;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the logout key of the operation screen is operated by a user; and
a control unit configured to transmit a request for logging out from the application of the Web server to the Web server,
and log out from the information processing apparatus, in a case where the determination unit determines that the logout key
of the operation screen is operated by the user.

US Pat. No. 9,213,925

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR INSTRUCTING PRINTING TO A PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which instructs printing to a printing apparatus based on job data inputted in a folder,
the apparatus comprising:
a first determination unit configured to determine whether or not the job data is executable;
a second determination unit configured to determine whether or not a process for the job data ends normally;
a generation unit configured to generate, in the folder, a notification file to which an extension indicating a processing
status of the job data is added; and

a description unit configured to describe a status in the notification file,
wherein if the first determination unit determines that the job data is not executable or the second determination unit determines
that the process for the job data ends as an error end, the generation unit generates the notification file to which an extension
indicating an error is added within the folder, and

wherein the description unit describes an error cause in the notification file to which the extension indicating the error
is added.

US Pat. No. 9,161,002

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM RELATED TO BAYER STRUCTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image sensor having a Bayer pattern;
a development unit configured to generate a developed image based on signals read from said image sensor;
a color correction unit configured to perform a color correction for the developed image and output a corrected developed
image;

a generation unit configured to generate a Bayer image having the Bayer pattern from the corrected developed image;
a gamma correction unit configured to perform gamma correction processing for the corrected developed image or the Bayer image
generated by said generation unit; and

a change unit configured to change the performance of said gamma correction unit whether said gamma correction unit performs
the gamma correction for the Bayer image after said color correction unit performs the color correction and said generation
unit generates the Bayer image, or said gamma correction unit performs the gamma correction for the developed image without
generating the Bayer image by said generation unit after said color correction unit performs the color correction.

US Pat. No. 9,150,009

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing head including a discharge port array which includes a plurality of discharge ports for discharging ink arranged
in an array direction;

a suction unit configured to suction air through suction holes so as to attract a printing medium;
a scanning unit configured to cause the printing head to perform a plurality of scanning operations relative to the printing
medium in a scanning direction which is orthogonal to the array direction;

a supporting unit which includes the suction holes formed therein in a range having a width in the scanning direction larger
than a width of the printing medium in the scanning direction and which is configured to support the printing medium;

a conveying unit configured to convey the printing medium in a conveyance direction crosses the scanning direction relative
to the printing head such that a predetermined number of first discharge ports arranged in one end portion of the discharge
port array in the array direction in a first scanning operation in the plurality of scanning operations and a predetermined
number of second discharge ports arranged in the other end portion in the discharge port array in the array direction in a
second scanning operation which is performed after the first scanning operation in the plurality of scanning operations performed
by the printing head discharge ink in the same region or substantially the same region in the printing medium;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain information on discharge amounts of ink discharged on the printing medium in the individual
scanning operations;

a correction unit configured to perform correction by reducing a discharge amount of ink discharged from the predetermined
number of first discharge ports in the first scanning operation and a discharge amount of ink discharged from the predetermined
number of second discharge ports in the second scanning operation which are represented by the information obtained by the
obtaining unit using reduction rates in accordance with a position of the printing head in the scanning direction; and

a controller configured to perform control such that ink is discharged in accordance with a discharge amount of ink corrected
by the correction unit,

wherein, as for the discharge amount of ink discharged from the predetermined number of first discharge ports in the first
scanning operation, the reduction rates in a case where the printing head is located in a first position in the scanning direction
are larger than the reduction rates in a case where the printing head is located in a second position in the scanning direction
which is on a downstream side in the scanning direction in the first scanning operation relative to the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,141,314

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR UPDATING A USER INTERFACE FOR A PRINTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for comparing print capabilities, the method comprising:
sending first print setting options data to a printer driver, wherein the first print setting options data define first selected
options for print settings of a printing device;

receiving first print capabilities data from the printer driver, wherein the first print capabilities data were generated
based on the first print setting options data;

generating, based on the first print capabilities data, a base print capabilities lookup table that includes one or more first
print capabilities of the print settings of the printing device;

sending second print setting options data to the printer driver, wherein the second print setting options data define second
selected options for the print settings of the printing device;

receiving second print capabilities data from the printer driver, wherein the second print capabilities data were generated
based on the second print setting options data, and wherein the second print capabilities data include at least one print
capability different from the one or more first print capabilities; and

parsing the second print capabilities data to read respective print capabilities for each print setting in the second print
capabilities data and, while parsing the second print capabilities data,

finding print capabilities of a just-read print setting in the base print capabilities lookup table, and
comparing the print capabilities of the just-read print setting in the second print capabilities data to the print capabilities
of the just-read print setting in the base print capabilities lookup table, and

when a difference is found, generating delta print capabilities data indicating the difference between the print capabilities
of the just-read print setting in the second print capabilities data and the print capabilities of the just-read print setting
in the base print capabilities lookup table.

US Pat. No. 9,141,104

APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a movable carriage;
a DC motor configured to rotate to move the carriage, the DC motor including a plurality of coils and a plurality of Hall
elements;

a signal generation unit configured to output signals of the Hall elements indicating a rotational phase of the DC motor;
an encoder unit configured to output pulse signals indicating a position of the carriage;
a counter configured to count the pulse signals output from the encoder unit; and
a control unit configured to control driving of the DC motor by energizing each of the coils,
wherein the control unit includes a data table in which combinations of the signals of the Hall elements, pulse count values
of the encoder unit, and energization patterns for each of the coils of the DC motor are stored in correspondence with each
other, and the control unit refers to one of the energization patterns stored in the data table to drive the DC motor according
to a count value of the counter and an output of the signal generation unit,

wherein in a case where the output of the signal generation unit changes, the control unit resets the count value of the counter,
and

in a case where the count value of the counter exceeds a maximum value stored in the data table, the control unit uses one
of the energization patterns which corresponds to the maximum value to energize each of the coils.

US Pat. No. 9,112,676

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether to act as an authenticating apparatus that authenticates, for performing
wireless communication in a wireless network, an authenticated apparatus or as an authenticated apparatus that is authenticated
by an authenticating apparatus;

an authentication unit configured to authenticate, in a case where the determination unit determines that the communication
apparatus acts as the authenticating apparatus, a first other communication apparatus; and

a sending unit configured to send, in a case where a search request is received from a second other communication apparatus
that does not participate in a communication group while the communication apparatus and the first other communication apparatus
form the communication group, information indicating the first other communication apparatus that the communication apparatus
authenticated while acting as the authenticating apparatus, to the second other communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,088,762

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a first image capturing unit configured to shoot an object side;
a second image capturing unit configured to shoot a photographer side; and
a control unit configured to, in a shooting mode, in which both the first image capturing unit and the second image capturing
unit shoot, perform first recording processing when a setting meets a predetermined condition upon shooting and perform second
recording processing when the setting does not meet the predetermined condition upon shooting,

wherein the first recording processing corresponds to processing of image data captured by the first image capturing unit
and image data captured by the second image capturing unit in association with each other,

wherein the second recording processing corresponds to processing of image data captured by the first image capturing unit
without associating the image data captured by the first image capturing unit with image data captured by the second image
capturing unit, processing of image data captured by the first image capturing unit but not image data captured by the second
image capturing unit, or controlling to record image data captured by the first image capturing unit and not to perform image
capturing by the second image capturing unit, and

wherein the predetermined condition is whether a self-timer has been set, and if the self-timer has not been set, the control
unit performs the first recording processing.

US Pat. No. 9,086,577

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged on a substrate and each including a photoelectric conversion portion; and
element isolation regions formed between the plurality of pixels on the substrate,
wherein the plurality of pixels include
a first pixel including a first color filter for passing light having a first wavelength,
a second pixel including a second color filter for passing light having a second wavelength shorter than the first wavelength,
and

a pixel for focus detection into which light longer than at least the second wavelength can enter, and
of the element isolation regions, a first region between the pixel for focus detection and the first pixel has a potential
barrier against a signal charge, which is higher than that of a second region between the first pixel and the second pixel.

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. 9,082,186

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:
obtain center coordinates of an input rectangle image;
obtain projection coordinates to which the center coordinates are projected when the input rectangle image is deformed using
a deformation parameter necessary for deforming a shape of the input rectangle image;

obtain a distance between the projection coordinates and the center coordinates in a horizontal direction;
obtain, as projection center coordinates, coordinates calculated by adding the obtained distance to the projection coordinates,
the horizontal direction being set along one border of the input rectangle image;

obtain coordinates to which coordinates of four corners of the input rectangle image are projected when the input rectangle
image is deformed using the deformation parameter;

obtain, as projection four-corner coordinates, coordinates calculated by adding the distance to the obtained coordinates;
obtain distances between the projection four-corner coordinates of the four corners and the projection center coordinates
in the horizontal direction;

decide, as an output margin distance, a distance shorter than a minimum distance out of the obtained distances;
obtain, as projection source coordinates, coordinates of a projection source to be projected to coordinates apart from the
projection center coordinates by the output margin distance in the horizontal direction when the input rectangle image is
deformed using the deformation parameter;

obtain distances between the respective projection source coordinates and the projection center coordinates in the horizontal
direction;

decide a maximum distance out of the obtained distances as an input margin distance;
obtain, as a divided image horizontal size, a result obtained by adding the input margin distance to ½ of a size of the input
rectangle image in the horizontal direction; and

deform a shape of an image in a region whose distance from a left border of the input rectangle image is not more than the
divided image horizontal size and a shape of an image in a region whose distance from a right border of the input rectangle
image is not more than the divided image horizontal size to output the deformed images.

US Pat. No. 9,053,247

MONITOR CIRCUIT, BUS SYSTEM, AND BUS BRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A monitor circuit that monitors transfer of data from a master via a bus bridge, the monitor circuit comprising:
an activation control circuit configured to generate a counter activation signal from an input monitor activation signal;
a first counter circuit configured to be activated by the counter activation signal output from the activation control circuit;
a completion control circuit configured to, upon receiving a count completion signal from the first counter circuit, output
a monitor completion signal,

wherein the first counter circuit receives a signal of number of stuck transfers in bridge indicating the number of transfers
stuck in the bus bridge and a signal of bridge transfer completion indicating that a transfer is issued from the bus bridge,
counts the number of transfers issued using the signal of bridge transfer completion when being activated by the counter activation
signal, and then outputs the count completion signal when the transfers of the same number as that indicated by the signal
of number of stuck transfers in bridge are issued when being activated; and

a second counter circuit, wherein the activation control circuit selects, upon receiving the monitor activation signal, one
counter circuit in a non-active state from the first and second counter circuits and to generate the counter activation signal
that activates the selected counter circuit.

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. 10,560,972

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that is capable of externally controlling a projection apparatus, the information processing apparatus comprising:a communication interface configured to perform communication with the projection apparatus;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire function information of the projection apparatus from the projection apparatus via the communication interface;
a presenting unit configured to present the function information of the projection apparatus acquired by the acquiring unit; and
a control unit configured to control the presenting unit so as to present an indication of whether the projection apparatus is operating with a projection function or with a lighting function based on the function information of the projection apparatus acquired by the acquiring unit,
wherein at least one processor functions as the acquiring unit, the presenting unit and the control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,549,554

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PLATEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printhead configured to eject ink;
a sheet conveying unit configured to convey a sheet in a first direction; and
a platen configured to support the sheet at a position opposite to the printhead,
wherein the platen comprises:
a supporting portion configured to support the sheet, the supporting portion having contact portions contacting the sheet and a recess which is surrounded by the contact portions and is provided with a first suction hole;
a first ink groove configured to receive ink ejected from the printhead, the first ink groove extending in a second direction crossing the first direction and being disposed downstream of the supporting portion with respect to the first direction;
a second ink groove configured to receive ink ejected from the printhead, the second ink groove extending in the second direction and being disposed upstream of the supporting portion with respect to the first direction; and
a second suction hole disposed between the first ink groove and the supporting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,549,558

CUTTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cutting apparatus comprising:a conveying unit configured to convey a sheet in a conveying direction;
a carriage configured to move in a crossing direction, the crossing direction crossing the conveying direction;
a cutter unit including a rotary blade for cutting the sheet and configured to be attachable to the carriage;
a rotary portion provided on the carriage and configured to rotate with movement of the carriage;
a shaft provided coaxially with the rotary portion;
a driving input portion provided on the cutter unit and configured to transmit rotation of the rotary portion to the rotary blade, in a case when the shaft is inserted into the driving input portion;
an input gear provided coaxially with the driving input portion and configured to rotate with the driving input portion; and
a pendulum gear provided on the cutter unit,
wherein the pendulum gear transmits the rotation of the rotary portion to the rotary blade in a case when the cutter unit moves in a first direction along the crossing direction, and does not transmit the rotation of the rotary portion to the rotary blade in a case when the cutter unit moves in a second direction which is opposed to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,552,946

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME BASED ON ORIENTATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:a display unit; and
one or more processors which, when executing instructions, causes the display control apparatus to:
detect an orientation of the display control apparatus;
determine a touch state of the display unit;
set any one of a plurality of states including at least a first state and a second state; and
perform control in such a manner that a direction in which a display object is displayed on the display unit is changed according to the detected orientation and the set state;
in a case where the first state is set by the display control apparatus,
the display object is displayed in a first direction in a case where the display control apparatus is in a first orientation,
the display object is displayed in a second direction, which is different from the first direction by 270 degrees, in a case where the display control apparatus is in a second orientation, which is different from the first orientation by 90 degrees, and
the display object is displayed in a third direction, which is different from the first direction by 90 degrees, in a case where the display control apparatus is in a third orientation, which is different from the first orientation by 270 degrees; and
in a case where the second state is set by the display control apparatus,
the display object is displayed in the third direction in the case where the display control apparatus is in the first orientation,
the display object is displayed in the first direction in the case where the display control apparatus is in the second orientation, and
the display object is displayed in a fourth direction, which is different from the first direction by 180 degrees, in the case where the display control apparatus is in the third orientation,
wherein a change in the display direction of the first display object is based on a combination of a change in orientation of the display control apparatus and the touch state of the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,545,432

FEEDING SCREW AND DEVELOPING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding screw for feeding a developer comprising:a rotation shaft;
a first blade portion helically formed on an outer peripheral surface of said rotation shaft and configured to feed the developer in one direction;
a second blade portion helically formed on the outer peripheral surface of said rotation shaft and configured to feed the developer in the one direction; and
a third blade portion helically formed on the outer peripheral surface of said rotation shaft and configured to feed the developer in the one direction,
wherein
said first blade portion and said second blade portion overlap with each other when viewed along a rotational axis direction of said feeding screw,
said second blade portion and said third blade portion do not overlap with each other when viewed along the rotational axis direction of said feeding screw, and
said third blade portion and said first blade portion overlap with each other when viewed along the rotational axis direction of said feeding screw,
wherein
a gap is provided between a downstream end of said second blade in the one direction and an upstream end of said third blade portion in the one direction when viewed along the rotational axis direction of said feeding screw, and
said gap is disposed within a region where said first blade portion is formed when viewed along the rotational axis direction of said feeding screw.

US Pat. No. 10,547,794

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OPERATING SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS TO SET A PLURATLITY OF CHARGE ACCUMULATION PERIODS IN ACCORDANCE WITH A FLICKER PERIOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of operating a solid-state imaging apparatus includinga pixel unit configured to perform imaging of a plurality of frames by photoelectric conversion, the method comprising:
calculating, as one unit, exposure amounts of a plurality of frames imaged in a period during which a light source luminance is changing; and
setting, based on the exposure amounts of the plurality of frames, a plurality of charge accumulation periods including at least two periods different from each other to control exposure amounts of a plurality of other frames to be imaged after imaging the plurality of frames used in the calculating the exposure amounts,
wherein, in the setting the plurality of charge accumulation periods, the plurality of charge accumulation periods are set in accordance with a flicker period among the plurality of frames so that the plurality of charge accumulation periods differ from one another inversely correspondingly to a change of luminance in the flicker period.

US Pat. No. 10,548,075

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to:
search for an access point in a wireless LAN (Local Area Network);
select, in a case where a plurality of access points are found in the search, one of the plurality of found access points as a reference apparatus giving a reference of a timing at which the communication apparatus transmits a Discovery Beacon compliant with a NAN (Neighborhood Awareness Networking) standard, based on identification information related to each of the plurality of found access points and a strength of a radio wave received from each of the plurality of found access points;
and
transmit a Discovery Beacon compliant with the NAN standard at a timing based on a TSF (Timing Synchronization Function) timer value of the selected access point.

US Pat. No. 10,539,768

REAR CONVERTER OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A rear converter optical system which is detachably mounted on an image side of a main lens system to increase a focal length of the main lens system, wherein following conditional expressions are satisfied:0.58??cr/(?im×?c)<1.0; and
0.8<(?cr/2+0.35×skc)/(?im×?c/2)<1.5,where ?im represents a diameter of an image circle of the main lens system, ?cr represents an effective diameter, which is a diameter of a region through which light rays imaged by the main lens system and the rear converter optical system pass, of a lens surface closest to the image side of the rear converter optical system, ?c represents a lateral magnification of the rear converter optical system in the case where the rear converter optical system is mounted on the main lens system, and skc represents a backfocus in the case where the rear converter optical system is mounted on the main lens system.

US Pat. No. 10,534,299

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS REDUCING TIME TAKEN FOR MEASURING DENSITY OF PATCH IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
an image forming unit configured to form a patch image on the image bearing member;
a detecting unit including a light emitting unit configured to emit light toward a light emitted portion that is the image bearing member or the patch image, and a light receiving unit configured to receive reflection light from the light emitted portion;
a calculating unit configured to calculate a determination value for determining a surface condition of the image bearing member; and
a controlling unit configured to determine a value regarding to a density of the patch image, based on a light amount of reflection light from the patch image formed at a first position and a light amount of reflection light from the first position on the image bearing member,
wherein the controlling unit determines, based on the determination value calculated by the calculating unit, a light amount of reflection light from the first position on the image bearing member from light amounts of reflection light beams from a second position and a third position on the image bearing member where the patch image is not formed in a state in which the patch image is formed at the first position on the image bearing member, or determines the light amount of reflection light from the first position on the image bearing member by detecting the light amount of reflection light from the first position on the image bearing member with the detecting unit in a state in which the patch image is not formed at the first position on the image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 10,534,597

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PREFORMS SET VALUE SYNCHRONIZATION PROCESS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to perform:
a receiving task that receives, from an image forming apparatus that includes a plurality of devices whose energization states are controllable independently, a request for update information indicating setting information which has been updated in the information processing apparatus, wherein the request is related to a first device of the plurality of devices, the first device being in an energized state in the image forming apparatus;
a determination task that determines that the requested update information related to the first device has a dependency relationship with setting information of a second device of the plurality of devices, the second device being in a non-energized state in the image forming apparatus; and
a control task that, in a case where it is determined that the requested update information has a dependency relationship with the setting information of the second device, identifies setting information included in the requested update information that has the dependency relationship with the setting information of the second device of the plurality of devices, suspends transmission of the identified setting information included in the requested update information that has the dependency relationship with setting information of the second device of the plurality of devices, and transmits setting information included in the requested update information that does not have the dependency relationship with setting information of the second device of the plurality of devices to the image forming apparatus in response to the received request.

US Pat. No. 10,534,259

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMPRINT FORCE CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of applying an imprinting force to an imprint lithography template, the method comprising:providing, by a controller using a first control loop, a first control signal to a first actuator associated with the first control loop;
providing, by the controller using a second control loop, a second control signal to a second actuator associated with the second control loop, wherein the second control loop and the first control loop are different; and
applying, to the imprint lithography template:
a first force by the first actuator in response to the first control signal, and
a second force by the second actuator in response to the second control signal,
wherein the first force and the second force act in the same direction on the imprint lithography template.

US Pat. No. 10,535,288

INFORMATION OUTPUTTING METHOD, ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, AND DISPLAYING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information outputting method to be performed by a computer, the method comprising:an image acquiring step of acquiring image data;
an identifying step of identifying a first image characteristic of a first display image which is displayed using a first display characteristic of a first displaying apparatus and is based on the image data, and of identifying a second image characteristic of a second display image which is displayed using a second display characteristic of a second displaying apparatus different from the first displaying apparatus and is based on the image data; and
an information outputting step of causing displaying unit of the first displaying apparatus to display an image obtained by superimposing notification information based on a difference between the first image characteristic and the second image characteristic, on the first display image.

US Pat. No. 10,507,998

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a first photosensitive member;
a second photosensitive member;
an intermediate transfer belt, onto which toner images on the first photosensitive member and the second photosensitive member are transferred, the intermediate transfer belt being supported by a rotatable supporting roller;
a transfer portion configured to transfer the toner images on the intermediate transfer belt onto a sheet fed from a container containing sheets;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner images, which are transferred onto the sheet by the transfer portion, to the sheet;
a first stacking portion on which the sheet, on which the toner images are fixed by the fixing portion, is stacked;
a first binding unit configured to bind sheets stacked on the first stacking portion using a staple;
a second binding unit configured to bind sheets stacked on the first stacking portion without using a staple;
a discharge portion configured to discharge a bound sheet bundle from the first stacking portion in a discharge direction; and
a second stacking portion on which the sheet bundle discharged by the discharge portion is stacked,
wherein the first binding unit is disposed above the intermediate transfer belt, and a first vertical plane parallel to an axis of the supporting roller intersects the first binding unit and the intermediate transfer belt,
wherein the second binding unit is disposed above the intermediate transfer belt, and a second vertical plane parallel to the axis of the supporting roller intersects the second binding unit and the intermediate transfer belt,
wherein an upstream end of the second stacking portion in the discharge direction is located between the first photosensitive member and the first binding unit in a horizontal direction orthogonal to the axis of the supporting roller, and
wherein the upstream end of the second stacking portion in the discharge direction is located between the first photosensitive member and the second binding unit in the horizontal direction orthogonal to the axis of the supporting roller.

US Pat. No. 10,509,335

COVER MEMBER, CONVEYING APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conveying apparatus for conveying a holding portion that includes a holding surface where the holding portion holds a substrate, the conveying apparatus comprising:a conveying portion configured to convey the holding portion, and a cover member that covers a first surface on an opposite side of the holding surface of the holding portion; and
an attaching and detaching portion configured to attach and detach the holding portion to and from the cover member,
wherein the cover member is configured to be fixed to the holding portion while the first surface and the cover member are in contact with each other,
wherein the conveying portion conveys the holding portion and the cover member to a movable moving unit configured to hold the holding portion while having the first surface and the cover member be in contact with each other,
wherein the conveying portion conveys the cover member from the moving unit, and
wherein the attaching and detaching portion conveys the holding portion to the moving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,509,611

PRINT SYSTEM, SERVER, PRINTER, METHODS OF CONTROLLING THE PRINT SYSTEM, THE SERVER, AND THE PRINTER, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT CANCEL A PRINT JOB UPON RECEIVING A CANCELLATION INSTRUCTION AND DELETE PRINT DATA OF THE PRINT JOB IF THE PRINT JOB IS STORED IN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print system for causing print data, input by a user, to be printed by a printer via a server, the print system comprising:(A) the printer that includes:
(a) a first memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
(b) at least one first processor that executes instructions, of the set of instructions stored in the first memory device:
(i) to download, from the server, the print data in accordance with an existence notification for the print data from the server; and
(ii) to perform, in accordance with one of (1) an instruction according to the print data, and (2) a setting value of the printer that is set in advance, one of (i-i) storing of the downloaded print data into a non-volatile memory to be printed, and (i-ii) immediate printing of the downloaded print data; and
(B) the server that includes:
(a) a second memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
(b) at least one second processor that executes instructions, of the set of instructions stored in the second memory device to (i) transmit, in a case that a cancellation instruction for cancelling printing of the print data is received from the user, the cancellation instruction to the printer, (ii) to record cancellation of a print job, including the print data, in a print history, and (iii) to disconnect communication with the printer,
wherein the at least one first processor of the printer further executes the instructions, of the set of instructions stored in the first memory device:
(iii) to cancel print processing in accordance with receiving the cancellation instruction from the server;
(iv) to delete, in a case in which the printer receives the cancellation instruction from the server, the downloaded print data; and
(v) to record the cancellation of the print job in the print history.

US Pat. No. 10,509,357

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion for forming an image on a recording material,
wherein said image forming portion includes:
a first image forming portion for forming a toner image,
a second image forming portion for forming a toner image different in color from the toner image formed by said first image forming portion, and
an intermediary transfer member which is provided rotatably and on which the toner images formed by said first image forming portion and said second image forming portion are transferred,
wherein said first image forming portion is provided on a side downstream of said second image forming portion with respect to a rotational direction of said intermediary transfer member and is capable of transferring the toner image onto said intermediary transfer member so as to be superposed on the toner image formed by said second image forming portion,
wherein said image forming apparatus further includes:
a cleaning member capable of removing the toner images on said intermediary transfer member, and
a controller for controlling an operation of said image forming portion,
wherein said first image forming portion includes:
a first image bearing member,
a first developing device, provided so as to be contactable to and separable from said first image bearing member, for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on said first image bearing member by a liquid developer containing first toner at a first developing position opposing said first image bearing member,
a first transfer device, to which a first transfer voltage is to be applied, for transferring the toner image formed on said first image bearing member onto said intermediary transfer member at a first transfer position, and
a first blade, provided so as to be contactable to and separable from said first image bearing member, for removing the toner image on said first image bearing member,
wherein with an end of image formation, said controller causes said first blade to be separated from said first image bearing member during a rotational operation in which said first image bearing member rotates,
wherein during the rotational operation, said controller causes said first developing device to be in a separated position where said first developing device is separated from said first image bearing member when a first opposing position of said first image bearing member to said first blade at a time when said first blade is started to be separated from said first image bearing member reaches the first developing position, and
wherein during the rotational operation, said controller causes said first image bearing member to rotate so that the first opposing position passes through the first transfer position after said first blade is separated, and causes the liquid developer remaining on said first image bearing member at the first opposing position to be transferred onto said intermediary transfer member and causes said cleaning device to collect the transferred liquid developer.

US Pat. No. 10,510,159

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors;
a memory coupled with the one or more processors and including instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to function as:
a marker detection unit configured to detect one or more markers from an image obtained by capturing a physical space by an image capturing unit;
a feature detection unit configured to detect a feature from the image;
a first estimation unit configured to estimate a first set of position and orientation of the image capturing unit based on a detection result obtained by the marker detection unit and a detection result obtained by the feature detection unit;
a selection unit configured to select some markers of the one or more markers detected by the marker detection unit;
a second estimation unit configured to estimate a second set of position and orientation of the image capturing unit based on a feature not included in the some markers among the detection result obtained by the feature detection unit;
a stability obtaining unit configured to obtain stability of estimation of the set of position and orientation when the some markers of the one or more markers are removed based on the first set of position and orientation estimated by the first estimation unit and the second set of position and orientation estimated by the second estimation unit; and
a determination unit configured to determine, based on the stability, whether the some markers are removable.

US Pat. No. 10,510,944

VIBRATION ACTUATOR REDUCED IN COST AND SIZE, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration actuator comprising:a vibration element which includes an electromechanical energy conversion element and an elastic body having a pair of contact portions; and
a driven element which is driven relatively to the vibration element in a first direction, the driven element including side surfaces formed respectively on two sides thereof,
wherein the pair of contact portions contact with the driven element in a third direction orthogonal to both of the first direction and a second direction which is a direction of a thickness of the electromechanical energy conversion element, and
wherein each of the contact portions includes a contact surface formed thereon such that a pair of the contact surfaces face the driven element, the contact surfaces respectively contacting the side surfaces of the driven element in the third direction and facing each other through the driven element.

US Pat. No. 10,511,738

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a printer;
a USB interface;
a network interface connected to a network;
a memory that stores a program; and
a processor that executes the program to function as:
a USB control module that receives print data via the USB interface;
a TCP/IP processing module that receives print data via the network interface;
a Web server module that processes an HTTP protocol; and
a print processing module that controls the printer to perform print processing,
wherein in a case that the USB control module receives first print data not based on IPP via the USB interface, the USB control module transmits the first print data to the print processing module,
wherein in a case that the TCP/IP processing module receives second print data based on IPP via the network interface, the TCP/IP processing module transmits the second print data to the Web server module,
wherein in a case that the USB control module receives third print data based on IPP via the USB interface, the USB control module transmits the third print data to the TCP/IP processing module and the TCP/IP processing module transmits the third print data to the Web server module; and
wherein the second and third print data from the TCP/IP processing module are transmitted to the print processing module via the Web server module.

US Pat. No. 10,507,644

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:a print element substrate including an ejection opening for ejecting a liquid;
a wiring member including wiring electrically connected to the print element substrate;
a connection electrically connecting the print element substrate to the wiring member;
a support member supporting the wiring member;
a sealing material sealing the connection; and
a cover member having an opening through which the print element substrate is exposed and provided on the support member,
wherein the wiring member is a strip-shaped member, and
wherein a portion of the wiring member is provided on a supporting surface of the support member supporting the wiring member, and the portion of the wiring member includes a first portion that is sandwiched between the cover member and the support member and a second portion that is provided in the opening, and wherein the second portion is covered by the sealing material.

US Pat. No. 10,511,740

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DETERMINE A DOT ARRANGEMENT OF PRINTING MATERIAL BY HALFTONE PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(a) at least one memory storing instructions; and
(b) at least one processor executing the instructions to provide:
(i) an input unit configured to input image data representing a color of an image, and information identifying high gloss and low gloss areas in the image;
(ii) a first determination unit configured to determine, based on the image data, a recording amount of a printing material for forming the image on a recording medium; and
(iii) a second determination unit configured to determine a dot arrangement of the printing material by halftone processing for the recording amount according to the information.

US Pat. No. 10,511,741

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one hardware processor; and
at least one memory coupled to the at least one hardware processor and having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one hardware processor, cause the image processing apparatus to perform:
obtaining a length in a sub-scanning direction of a first black area in image data;
determining a white line in the image data, the white line being adjacent to the first black area in the sub-scanning direction, wherein the first black area is adjacent to the white line in one side; and
controlling correction of a pixel value in a second black area such that density of at least a part of the second black area is decreased in a case where the obtained length of the first black area is not more than a predetermined length, wherein the second black area is adjacent to the white line in another side in the sub-scanning direction,
wherein performing of the correction of the pixel value of the second black area is restricted in a case where the obtained length of the first black area is more than the predetermined length.

US Pat. No. 10,507,646

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus, comprising:a recording head in which a plurality of ejection ports for ejecting ink are arranged in a predetermined direction;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire recording data for deciding ejection or non-ejection of ink to each pixel;
a control unit configured to cause the recording head to perform an ejection operation from the plurality of ejection ports on a basis of the recording data while relatively moving the recording head and a recording medium in a cross direction crossing the predetermined direction;
a selection unit configured to select a target ejection port, from among the plurality of ejection ports in accordance with a predetermined priority order of the plurality of ejection ports with respect to each of a plurality of pixel rows arranged in the cross direction, wherein a plurality of pixels are arranged in a predetermined direction in each of the pixel rows; and
a determination unit configured to determine, on a basis of the ejection operation, whether or not the target ejection port selected by the selection unit with respect to each of the pixel rows in the cross direction is in ejection failure, wherein
the selection unit updates priority order for selecting the target ejection port for subjecting to the determination by the determination unit so that a previous target ejection port selected by the selection unit for subjecting to the determination by the determination unit with respect to a pixel row corresponding to a previous ejection operation of two pixel rows adjacent to each other in the cross direction has lowest priority order with respect to a pixel row corresponding to a subsequent ejection operation and selects, on a basis of the updated priority order, a target ejection port for subjecting to the determination by the determination unit with respect to the pixel row for which the subsequent ejection operation is to be performed.

US Pat. No. 10,511,744

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THAT SUPPRESS DIFFERENCE IN COLORS PRINTED IN FORWARD AND BACKWARD SCANS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable storage media coupled to the one or more processors, the one or more computer-readable storage media storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations for processing image data used for printing by a printing apparatus configured to perform forward and backward scan printing by using a print head in which nozzle arrays corresponding to multiple colors are aligned, the operations comprising:
setting a first control parameter when image data to be processed does not include a line portion and setting a second control parameter when the image data to be processed includes a line portion, the second control parameter being different from the first control parameter; and
processing the image data for suppressing a difference between a color printed in a forward scan and a color printed in a backward scan based on the set control parameter, wherein
the color difference suppressed in the processing operation based on the second control parameter is smaller than a color difference suppressed in the processing operation based on the first control parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,507,654

PRINT ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising arrayed substrates provided with:a plurality of ejection ports provided for a plate member,
a plurality of energy-generating elements, each provided facing a corresponding ejection port and generating energy for use in ejecting a liquid from the corresponding ejection port,
a plurality of first walls, each connected with the plate member and forming a part of a channel, through which a liquid flows, provided on a side of the plurality of energy-generating elements, and
a plurality of second walls, each having a volume larger than that of the plurality of first walls and being provided on another side of the plurality of energy-generating elements,
wherein a plurality of energy-generating element rows, in which at least one of the plurality of energy-generating elements is provided with a first wall in a first direction and a second wall in a second direction opposite to the first direction and at least one of the plurality of energy-generating elements in which a second wall is provided in the first direction and a first wall is provided in the second direction are arrayed, are equipped in parallel with each other at a predetermined period;
wherein the plurality of energy-generating element rows are provided, shifted in a direction in which the plurality of energy-generating elements are arrayed in a deviation by a space or less between adjacent energy-generating elements in an energy-generating element row; and
wherein supply ports for supplying liquid to the plurality of energy-generating elements are provided on both sides of each of the plurality of energy-generating element rows.

US Pat. No. 10,511,761

IMAGE CAPTURING CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing control apparatus comprising a memory and at least one processor which function as:a mode setting unit configured to set one of a plurality of autofocus modes (AF modes);
a display control unit configured to perform control to display a live-view image (an LV image); and
an AF control unit configured to perform AF control within an area that is included in a captured area and corresponds to the AF mode set by the mode setting unit, to perform control to determine an in-focus area,
wherein, after the in-focus area is determined, the display control unit performs control to:
if the AF mode set by the mode setting unit is a first AF mode in which the in-focus area is automatically determined within a first area included in the captured area, magnify the LV image with reference to the in-focus area; and
if the AF mode set by the mode setting unit is a second AF mode in which the in-focus area is automatically determined within a second area that is smaller than the first area, magnify the LV image with reference to a predetermined position in the second area, regardless of the in-focus area.

US Pat. No. 10,507,666

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PRODUCING POROUS BODY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:an image forming unit that forms a first image containing a first liquid and a coloring material on an ink receiving medium; and
a liquid absorbing member that includes a porous body, which is configured to be brought into contact with the first image so as to absorb at least a portion of the first liquid from the first image,
wherein the porous body is a porous sheet in which a first layer, which is configured to be brought into contact with the first image, a second layer including a second fiber, and a third layer including a third fiber are laminated in this order, and the first layer, the second layer, and the third layer are porous layers,
wherein an average fiber diameter of the second fiber is larger than an average fiber diameter of the third fiber,
wherein the second fiber has a core-in-sheath structure including a core structure forming a central axis and a sheath structure surrounding the core structure,
wherein a softening temperature of a material for forming the sheath structure is lower than any of a softening temperature of a material for forming the core structure, a softening temperature of a material for forming the first layer, and a softening temperature of a material for forming the third fiber, and
wherein an average thickness of the sheath structure is smaller than a thickness of the first layer.

US Pat. No. 10,509,211

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system comprising a protection cover made of resin and a lens portion arranged in order from an object side to an image side,wherein the protection cover includes an aspherical surface whose shape from an optical axis to a peripheral portion is continuously changed, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.05<|sag1/tc|<5.00, and
0.00<|fa/fc|<0.25,
where 2×ha represents an effective diameter of the aspherical surface, sag1 represents a distance in a direction of the optical axis between the aspherical surface and a reference spherical surface of the aspherical surface at a position where the height from the optical axis is ha, tc represents a thickness of the protection cover on the optical axis, fc represents a focal length of the protection cover, and fa represents a focal length of the lens portion when the lens portion is a prime lens or a focal length of a zoom lens at a wide angle end when the lens portion is the zoom lens.

US Pat. No. 10,511,774

IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pick-up apparatus that acquires an image signal by an imaging unit, comprising:a memory; and
one or more processors, wherein the processor functions as the following units according to a program stored in the memory:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first information indicating shake of the image pick-up apparatus detected by a shake detection unit:
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire second information indicating a movement of a subject detected in an image signal by the imaging unit;
a tracking unit configured to calculate coordinate values of the subject on an imaging screen using the second information and track feature points;
an estimation unit configured to estimate a position and/or attitude of the image pick-up apparatus and a positional relationship including a depth between the subject and the image pick-up apparatus from the first information and the coordinate values of the subject;
a computation unit configured to calculate a control amount of shake correction using (i) the estimation value of the position or attitude of the image pick-up apparatus acquired from the estimation unit, (ii) the positional relationship acquired from the estimation unit, (iii) the first information and (iv) the calculated coordinate values of the subject; and
a correction unit configured to correct image blur due to shake of the image pick-up apparatus based on the control amount calculated by the computation unit.
US Pat. No. 10,508,192

THERMOPLASTIC RESIN COMPOSITION, MOLDED ARTICLE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF MOLDED ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A thermoplastic resin composition comprising:a thermoplastic resin;
a filler; and
polyglyceryl fatty acid ester,
wherein the thermoplastic resin contains a component of formula (I):
—CH2—CH?CH—CH2—  (I),
wherein a fatty acid constructing the polyglyceryl fatty acid ester is an unsaturated fatty acid,
wherein a content of the thermoplastic resin is 40 wt % to 79.5 wt %, a content of the filler is 20 wt % to 50 wt %, and a content of the polyglyceryl fatty acid ester is 0.5 wt % to 12 wt %,
wherein a content of the component of the formula (I) with respect to the entire thermoplastic resin is 2 wt % to 30 wt %, and
wherein the unsaturated fatty acid is a hydroxy fatty acid and/or a condensate of the hydroxy fatty acid.

US Pat. No. 10,511,784

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND EXTERNAL DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus having a main body on which an external device can be mounted comprising:a detector configured to detect shake of the main body; and
a controller configured to control an exposure time of an imaging unit based on a detection signal generated by the detector and drive frequency information of the external device mounted on the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,511,791

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING READOUT FROM A PLURALITY OF DIVIDED AREAS OF A PIXEL AREA AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a pixel area composed of a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix;
a plurality of output circuits that apply preset processing to signals which are read out in parallel from a plurality of divided areas obtained by dividing the pixel area in a column direction and output the processed signals sequentially on a row-by-row basis;
a controller that performs control to execute first driving for reading out signals corresponding to a predetermined voltage to the output circuits from a predetermined row, and second driving for reading out image signals from the pixel area to the output circuits sequentially for each row; and
a correction circuit that generates gain data for each column based on the predetermined voltage for correcting differences between the signals for correction of different columns output via the output circuits for each of the divided areas, and corrects the image signals of the divided areas output via the output circuits using the gain data generated for the corresponding divided areas,
wherein the predetermined row is part of rows that includes a row at a border of the divided areas,
wherein each of the plurality of pixels includes a photoelectric converter, a transfer node to which charge generated by the photoelectric converter is transferred, and a reset transistor connected between the transfer node and a power supply,
wherein the pixel area includes a plurality of vertical signal lines each arranged for each column and divided at the border of the divided areas, and signals are read out from the plurality of divided areas to the output circuits in parallel via the divided vertical signal lines, and
wherein the correction circuit generates the gain data by dividing the signal for correction of each divided area for each column by an average value of the signals for correction of one of the plurality of divided areas.

US Pat. No. 10,511,792

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH FLASH BAND COMPENSATION TECHNIQUE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a lens unit configured to have a zoom function;
an image pickup device configured to sequentially start exposure and sequentially read out signals for each row of pixels;
a signal processing unit configured to generate image information based on image signals output from the image pickup device;
a storage unit configured to hold, in a memory unit, the image information generated by the signal processing unit;
a detection unit configured to, based on the image information held in the memory unit, detect a flash band that is caused by an external flash and extending across a plurality of frames;
a correction unit configured to correct the frames in which the flash band was detected by the detection unit to an image having less different levels of luminance; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate a zoom change ratio of the lens unit,
wherein the correction unit corrects the frames according to the zoom change ratio when the calculated zoom change ratio does not fall inside a first range determined in advance.

US Pat. No. 10,509,754

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a plurality of processing modules;
a connector to which an extension processing unit is optionally attached;
a bus switching unit configured to:
receive a setting signal for setting a data path on which data passes through each of the plurality of processing modules, before receiving the data; and,
set, based on the received setting signal, a data path on which the data passes through each of the plurality of processing modules, wherein a first type of data path on which the data passes through not only the plurality of processing modules and also the extension processing unit is set as the data path when the received setting signal is a first type, and a second type of data path on which the data passes through each of the plurality of processing modules without passing through the connector is set as the data path when the received setting signal is a second type, and wherein the data is input to and output from the extension processing unit via the connector in the first type of data path.

US Pat. No. 10,496,016

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a first image forming unit including:
a first photosensitive member;
a first charging member configured to charge the first photosensitive member;
a first exposure device configured to expose the first photosensitive member to form an electrostatic image; and
a first developing device configured to develop the electrostatic image formed on the first photosensitive member;
a second image forming unit including:
a second photosensitive member;
a second charging member configured to charge the second photosensitive member;
a second exposure device configured to expose the second photosensitive member to form an electrostatic image; and
a second developing device configured to develop the electrostatic image formed on the second photosensitive member;
an endless intermediate transfer member, to which toner images formed on the first photosensitive member and the second photosensitive member are to be transferred;
a cleaning blade brought into abutment against an outer peripheral surface of the endless intermediate transfer member to remove toner on the endless intermediate transfer member; and
a control unit configured to execute:
a first image forming mode, in which the first photosensitive member and the second photosensitive member are brought into abutment against the endless intermediate transfer member and image formation is executed; and
a second image forming mode, in which the first photosensitive member is separated from the endless intermediate transfer member and the first photosensitive member and the first developing device stop driving, and the second photosensitive member is brought into abutment against the endless intermediate transfer member and image formation is executed,
wherein the control unit is configured to set a potential difference, which is a difference between an absolute value of a dark point potential of the second photosensitive member charged by the second charging member and an absolute value of a direct current component of a developing bias to be applied to the second developing device, to have different values in the first image forming mode and the second image forming mode.

US Pat. No. 10,496,018

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:a rotatable tubular film;
a heater in contact with part of an inner surface of the film in a rotational direction of the film;
a temperature sensing member configured to sense a temperature of the inner surface of the film at a position different from a position of the heater in the rotational direction of the film;
a driving source configured to generate a driving force for rotating the film; and
a control unit configured to control a driving signal to be transmitted to the driving source and electric power to be supplied to the heater,
wherein the fixing apparatus fixes an image formed on a printing material to the printing material using heat of the heater via the film,
wherein, in a warm-up period of the fixing apparatus, the control unit supplies first electric power to the heater and thereafter supplies second electric power larger than the first electric power to the heater, and
wherein a timing of starting to supply the second electric power is determined according to a degree of an increase in temperature sensed by the temperature sensing member after the driving signal is transmitted to the driving source.

US Pat. No. 10,496,019

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a conveyance path configured to convey a sheet;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet conveyed along the conveyance path;
an opening/closing member configured to be openable and closable with respect to an apparatus main body, wherein a part of the conveyance path is exposed in a case where the opening/closing member is opened;
a facing member, wherein, in a case where the opening/closing member is closed with respect to the apparatus main body, the facing member is provided on a position facing the opening/closing member;
a first member including a first abutting portion and provided in the opening/closing member; and
a second member including a second abutting portion and provided in the facing member,
wherein, in a case where the opening/closing member is closed by a fixing member with respect to the apparatus main body, the first abutting portion and the second abutting portion abut on each other and form a Helmholtz resonator.

US Pat. No. 10,496,026

DRIVE TRANSMISSION DEVICE INCLUDING GEARS AND A CAM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH THE DRIVE TRANSMISSION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive transmission device comprising:a first gear;
a cam configured to rotate in interrelation with rotation of said first gear and capable of changing a state of two members between a pressed state and a pressure released state;
a pressing member configured to press said cam; and
a second gear configured to transmit a driving force to said first gear in engagement with said first gear,
wherein at least one of said first gear and said second gear includes a plurality of first teeth provided at positions corresponding to an engaging region in which said first gear is engaged with said second gear when the state of the two members is changed from the pressure released state to the pressed state and includes a plurality of second teeth provided at positions corresponding to a region other than said engaging region, and
wherein tooth thicknesses of said first teeth are thicker than tooth thicknesses of said second teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,496,033

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:a developer accommodating body configured to contain developer;
a developer discharging body in fluid communication with the developer accommodating body, the developer discharging body having a discharge opening configured to form at least a part of a discharge passageway through which developer may be discharged to outside of the developer supply container, with the developer accommodating body being rotatable about a rotational axis thereof relative to the developer discharging body; and
a track provided at each of opposite sides of the developer discharging body, each track being positioned below a horizontal plane that (i) includes the rotational axis and (ii) divides the developer supply container into a lower section that includes the discharge opening and an upper section, each track including (i) a first part that extends from a first position to a second position, with the second position being closer to the horizontal plane than the first position is to the horizontal plane, and with the first part having a surface facing upward, and (ii) a second part extending from the second position of the first part such that a plane perpendicular to the rotational axis and passing through the second part passes through an end of the discharge passageway when the discharge passageway through which developer is discharged to outside of the developer supply container is formed,
wherein, when the developer supply container is oriented such that the tracks are between an uppermost side and a lowermost side of the developer supply container, the end of the discharge passageway is positioned at a bottommost side of the developer supply container.

US Pat. No. 10,496,036

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:a casing;
developer contained within the casing;
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1, the photosensitive drum being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1;
a developing roller having an axis L1?, the developing roller being configured to develop a latent image formed on the photosensitive drum with the developer, and the developing roller being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1?;
a coupling member operatively connected to the photosensitive drum, the coupling member including a body having an axis L2, and the coupling member including at least one projection provided at an end of the body; and
a post extending in a direction parallel to the axis L1, the post being associated with the coupling member such that a movement of the post relative to the photosensitive drum coincides with a movement of the coupling member relative to the photosensitive drum,
wherein coupling member is movable between (i) a first position in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first distance away from the photosensitive drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the photosensitive drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1, with the first distance being greater than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 10,496,068

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROLLING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a main hardware module;
sub hardware modules including a first sub hardware module, a second sub hardware module, and a third sub hardware module;
a memory storing communication addresses;
a search unit that searches the communication addresses for a first communication address that is used by the main hardware module to communicate with the first sub hardware module, in a case where a connection route between the first sub hardware module and the second sub hardware module is in a disconnected state; and
a changing unit that changes the connection route between the first sub hardware module and the second sub hardware module from the disconnected state to a connected state, after the first communication address is found,
wherein the search unit searches the communication addresses for a second communication address that is used by the main hardware module to communicate with the second sub hardware module, in a case where a connection route between the second sub hardware module and the third sub hardware module is in a disconnected state and after the connection route between the first sub hardware module and the second sub hardware module is changed from the disconnected state to the connected state.

US Pat. No. 10,496,342

PRINTING SYSTEM, METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR IMPLEMENTING SERVICE COORDINATION AMONG A PLURALITY OF SECURITY DOMAINS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system that includes a first server system, a second server system, and a client,the first server system being configured to provide a print service, and including an authorization server, a token exchange server and a data conversion server,
the second server system being configure to provide a storage service and belonging to a security domain different from a security domain to which the first server system belongs,
the client belonging to a security domain different from the security domain to which the first server system belongs and from the security domain to which the second server system belongs,
the authorization server comprising:
at least a processor and at least a memory coupled to the at least the processor and having stored thereon instructions, when executed by the at least the processor, and cooperating to act as:
an association unit configured to associate first authority information for accessing the data conversion server with identification information of the client, and configured to associate second authority information for executing a specific operation on the second server system with identification information of the data conversion server;
a first issuance unit configured to, after verification of the first authority information received from the client, issue a first authorization token that is necessary for accessing the data conversion server, to the client to which a first authority has been granted according to the first authority information;
a second issuance unit configure to, after verification of the first authorization token, which is received from the data conversion server, and the second authority information, issue a second authorization token that is necessary for causing the token exchange server to issue a temporary URL to the data conversion server to which a second authority has been granted according to the second authority information;
the data conversion server comprising:
at least a processor and at least a memory coupled to the at least the processor and having stored thereon instructions, when executed by the at least the processor, and cooperating to act as:
a conversion unit to convert data to be printed into print data; and
the token exchange server comprising:
at least a processor and at least a memory coupled to the at least the processor and having stored thereon instructions, when executed by the at least the processor, and cooperating to act as:
a generation unit configured to generate the temporary URL, after receipt of the second authorization token from the data conversion server and verification, by the authorization server, of the second authorization token;
the client comprising:
at least a processor and at least a memory coupled to the at least the processor and having stored thereon instructions, when executed by the at least the processor, and cooperating to act as:
a transmission unit configured to transmit requests using the temporary URL to the second server system after receipt of the temporary URL.

US Pat. No. 10,497,118

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD OF A THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEDICAL IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing a program; and
one or more processors which, by executing the program, function as:
a finding acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of target findings in a three-dimensional medical image;
an inference unit configured to calculate a contribution of each target finding to an inferred diagnosis;
a selection unit configured to select a target finding according to the contribution calculated with the highest probability to the inferred diagnosis among the plurality of target findings; and
an identification unit configured to identify at least one cross-sectional image from the three-dimensional medical image based on a feature amount associated with the selected target finding.

US Pat. No. 10,498,946

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,498,950

RECORDING CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF RECORDING CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording control apparatus comprising:a memory; and
at least one processor to perform operations of the following:
a recording unit configured to perform control to record a moving image,
a stop instruction unit configured to instruct the recording unit to stop, and
a control unit configured to perform control,
wherein, based on that the recording of the moving image by the recording unit continues for a predetermined time, the control unit performs control to automatically stop recording of a moving image and display a receiving screen that receives an instruction for a moving image recorded most recently on a display, and
wherein, when a stop instruction is issued from the stop instruction unit before the recording of the moving image by the recording unit continues for the predetermined time, the control unit performs control to stop the recording of the moving image and shift to a recording standby screen without displaying the receiving screen on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,498,979

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a plurality of pixels arranged in rows and columns, each of the plurality of pixels including:
a photoelectric conversion unit that accumulates a signal charge generated by photoelectric conversion of irradiated light;
a first holding unit and a second holding unit that hold the signal charge which is transferred from the photoelectric conversion unit;
an output unit that outputs, to a column signal line, a signal based on an amount of the signal charge held by the first holding unit or the second holding unit;
a first transfer transistor that transfers the signal charge from the photoelectric conversion unit to the first holding unit;
a second transfer transistor that transfers the signal charge from the photoelectric conversion unit to the second holding unit;
a third transfer transistor that transfers the signal charge from the first holding unit to the output unit; and
a fourth transfer transistor that transfers the signal charge from the second holding unit to the output unit; and
a vertical scanning circuit that controls the first transfer transistor, the second transfer transistor, the third transfer transistor, and the fourth transfer transistor,
wherein:
the photoelectric conversion unit has a storage capacity smaller than a holding capacity of each of the first holding unit and the second holding unit,
the first holding unit holds the signal charge generated in a first frame period,
the second holding unit holds the signal charge generated in a second frame period which is a period prior to the first frame period and not overlapping with the first frame period,
the vertical scanning circuit is configured to transfer the signal charge generated in the first frame period to the first holding unit by plural times of transfer operations by turning on and off plural times the first transfer transistor in the first frame period,
the first frame period includes:
a first period which is a period from a first time to a second time, wherein the first time is a timing in which the photoelectric conversion unit starts an accumulation of the signal charge in a state where the first transfer transistor and the second transfer transistor are in an off state, the second time is a timing in which the first transfer transistor is first turned on after the first time, and the signal charge is held only in the photoelectric conversion unit in the first period, and
a second period which is a period from the second time to a third time, wherein the third time is a timing in which the first transfer transistor is first turned on after the first period, and the signal charge is held in the photoelectric conversion unit and the first holding unit in the second period, and
the vertical scanning circuit is configured to turn on the fourth transfer transistor so that the second holding unit outputs the signal charge generated in the second frame period to the output unit in the first period of the first frame period.

US Pat. No. 10,499,060

VIDEO ENCODING AND DECODING WITH IMPROVED ERROR RESILIENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of decoding a bitstream comprising a sequence of digital images encoded using inter prediction, the method comprising the steps of:obtaining one or more potential motion information predictors including a motion information predictor from an image block situated left of an image block being decoded when the motion information predictor from the image block situated left is available; and
generating a set of motion information predictors including at least one motion information predictor from among the obtained one or more potential motion information predictors, each potential motion information predictor being associated with an image block having a predetermined spatial relationship with the image block being decoded,
determining whether the obtained one or more potential motion information predictors include one or more duplicates, and in the event of said determining, the set of motion information predictors is generated without at least one of the duplicates and one or more additional motion information predictors are added until a number of motion information predictors in the set to be generated is a target number.

US Pat. No. 10,496,006

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING VARIABLE EXPOSURE START TIMING DEPENDING ON IMAGE INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a rotatable photosensitive member;
a charging device configured to electrically charge said photosensitive member at a charging position under application of a voltage;
an exposure device configured to expose said photosensitive member, charged by said charging device, to light at an exposure position thereby to form an electrostatic image on said photosensitive member;
a developing device configured to develop the electrostatic latent image into a toner image by supplying toner to a region of said photosensitive member exposed by said exposure device;
a transfer device configured to transfer the toner image from said photosensitive member onto a toner image receiving member at a transfer position under application of a voltage; and
a controller capable of executing:
an operation in a first mode in which an image forming operation is controlled so that an exposure start enable timing of said exposure device for a first sheet in an image forming job is set during movement of said photosensitive member through one full circumference from first passing, through the exposure position, of a region of said photosensitive member which has passed through the charging position when a DC voltage applied to said charging device with a start of image formation reaches a predetermined target voltage, and
an operation in a second mode in which an image forming operation is controlled so that the exposure start enable timing is set after movement of said photosensitive member through one full circumference after first passing, through the exposure position, of the region of said photosensitive member which has passed through the charging position when the DC voltage applied to said charging device with the start of image formation reaches the predetermined target voltage,
wherein on the basis of image information of the first sheet of the image forming job, said controller selects an executing mode from a plurality of modes including at least the first mode and the second mode.

US Pat. No. 10,496,008

TONER SUPPLYING MEANS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COMPRISING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a developing device configured to develop an electrostatic latent image into a toner image with a developer containing toner and a carrier;
an image bearing member configured to bear the toner image formed by said developing device;
an image density detecting portion configured to detect an image density of the toner image on said image bearing member;
a toner content detecting portion configured to detect a toner content of the developer in said developing device;
a humidity sensor configured to detect a humidity;
supplying means configured to supply the developer to said developing device; and
a controller configured to control said supplying means so that the toner content detected by said toner content detecting portion is a target value between an upper limit and a lower limit thereof and configured to cause said supplying means to supply the developer to said developing device,
wherein said controller is capable of executing setting control in which a reference toner image for toner content control is formed on said image bearing member and the target value of the toner content is set on the basis of an image density of the reference toner image detected by said image density detecting portion,
wherein when said controller executes the setting control, said controller sets the lower limit until execution of subsequent setting control based on the humidity detected by said humidity sensor and an average image ratio,
wherein the lower limit is higher when the humidity is a first humidity and the average image ratio is a first ratio than when the humidity is a second humidity higher than the first humidity and the average image ratio is a second ratio larger than the first ratio, and
wherein when the humidity is not less than a predetermined value, the lower limit is not changed irrespective of the average image ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,491,829

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the display control apparatus to perform operations comprising:
reading positional information;
determining a type of satellites used for calculating the positional information;
when the positional information is displayed with map,
in a case where quasi-zenith satellites are included in satellites used for determining the positional information, displaying information indicating that the positional information is obtained by using the quasi-zenith satellites, and in a case where the quasi-zenith satellites are not included in the satellites used for determining the positional information, not displaying the information indicating that the positional information is obtained by using the quasi-zenith satellites.

US Pat. No. 10,488,753

SUBSTRATE PRETREATMENT AND ETCH UNIFORMITY IN NANOIMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint lithography method comprising:disposing a pretreatment composition on a substrate to yield a liquid pretreatment coating on the substrate, wherein the pretreatment composition comprises a polymerizable component;
disposing discrete portions of an imprint resist on the pretreatment coating, wherein the imprint resist is a polymerizable composition;
forming a composite polymerizable coating on the substrate as each discrete portion of the imprint resist spreads on the liquid pretreatment coating;
after forming the composite polymerizable coating, contacting the composite polymerizable coating with an imprint lithography template defining recesses;
polymerizing the composite polymerizable coating to yield a composite polymeric layer defining a pre-etch plurality of protrusions corresponding to the recesses of the imprint lithography template, wherein at least one of the pre-etch plurality of protrusions corresponds to a boundary between two of the discrete portions of the imprint resist, and the pre-etch plurality of protrusions have a variation in pre-etch height of ±10% of a pre-etch average height;
separating the imprint lithography template from the composite polymeric layer; and
etching the pre-etch plurality of protrusions to yield a post-etch plurality of protrusions, wherein the post-etch plurality of protrusions have a variation in post-etch height of ±10% of a post-etch average height, and the pre-etch average height exceeds the post-etch average height.

US Pat. No. 10,488,792

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROL ELECTRICAL POWER SUPPLIED TO FIRST AND SECOND HEAT GENERATING BLOCKS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus that heats an image formed on a recording material, the image heating apparatus comprising:(A) a heater including:
(a) a first heat generating block; and
(b) a second heat generating block disposed adjacent to the first heat generating block in a longitudinal direction of the heater, the longitudinal direction being orthogonal to a conveying direction of the recording material; and
(B) a power control portion that controls electrical power to be supplied to the first and second heat generating blocks, the power control portion being capable of controlling the electrical power to be supplied to the first and second heat generating blocks independently, wherein, when (a) the recording material passes the position of the heater, and (b) an entire range, in the longitudinal direction, in which the second heat generating block is provided, is a range in which the recording material passes, and only a portion of a range, in which the first heat generating block is provided, is a range in which the recording material passes, the power control portion controls the electrical power to be supplied to the first heat generating block so that the electrical power supplied to the first heat generating block decreases as a recording material passing range, in the range in which the first heat generating block is provided, decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,482,219

LICENSE MANAGEMENT SERVER, LICENSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A license management server comprising:at least a processor and at least a memory coupled to the at least the processor and having stored thereon instructions, when executed by the at least the processor, and cooperating to act as:a receiving unit configured to receive a request for upgrading a first license to a second license from a license operation server that leases a license to a client;
an issuing unit configured to, in a case where the license upgrade request is received, change an expiration date of the first license from indefinite to a predetermined expiration date and issue the second license whose expiration date is indefinite; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit the first license whose expiration date is the predetermined expiration date and the second license whose expiration date is indefinite,wherein, in a case where the receiving unit receives a request for downgrading the second license to the first license from the license operation server,the issuing unit changes the expiration date of the second license from indefinite to a predetermined expiration date and issues the first license whose expiration date is indefinite,upon receiving the license upgrade request, the issuing unit deletes the first license whose expiration date has been changed to the predetermined expiration date, and
upon receiving the license downgrade request, the transmitting unit transmits the second license whose expiration date is the predetermined expiration date and the first license whose expiration date is indefinite to the license operation server.

US Pat. No. 10,481,476

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating data used to form on a recording medium an uneven layer on which a plurality of unit areas each having a projection are arranged, the image processing apparatus comprising:a first brightness information obtaining unit configured to obtain first brightness information regarding a first brightness of a predetermined area of an object observed in a first viewing direction and regarding a second brightness of the predetermined area of the object observed in a second viewing direction, the second viewing direction being a direction having an elevation angle different from an elevation angle of the first viewing direction; and
a first recording amount data generation unit configured to generate first recording amount data that indicates a recording amount of recording material used to form the uneven layer on the recording medium such that at least one of a width of each of the unit areas and a height of the projection changes in accordance with the first brightness information,
wherein a change in an area of a shadow to be observed in accordance with a change in an elevation angle of a viewing direction is controlled based on at least one of the width of each of the unit areas and the height of the projection.

US Pat. No. 10,481,848

RESOLVING PRINT SETTING CONFLICTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memory devices storing executable instructions, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to perform operations comprising:
starting initialization of a first module which performs conflict resolving processing for resolving a conflict between two print settings, wherein the print settings are received on an application having the first module; and
performing control to either perform the conflict resolving processing by the first module or call a conflict resolving processing function performed by a second module which is a module external from the application, based on at least one of an instruction received by the application and whether the initialization of the first module has been completed.

US Pat. No. 10,481,392

OPTICAL SENSOR, SCANNER UNIT, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical sensor comprising:a circuit board;
a bare chip mounted on the circuit board;
a protection member configured to protect the bare chip;
a pad connected to the bare chip via a wire; and
a pattern connecting the pad and a terminal portion at an edge of the circuit board to each other,
wherein the pattern is connected to the terminal portion on a same surface as a surface on which the bare chip is mounted, and a portion of the pattern between the protection member and the terminal portion is covered with solder resist.

US Pat. No. 10,477,066

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS TO EXTRACT LUMINANCE DATA FROM IMAGE DATA, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a dividing unit configured to divide image data into a plurality of regions;
a detecting unit configured to detect a presence or an absence of glossiness for each region to extract a glossy region;
an extraction unit configured to extract, based on each area of high-luminance regions included in image data, at least one high-luminance region containing a high-luminance pixel having a higher luminance than a predetermined luminance included in the glossy region; and
an expansion unit configured to expand the at least one high-luminance region which is extracted by the extracting unit without expanding at least one high-luminance region which is not extracted by the extracting unit,
wherein the expansion unit expands the high-luminance region in accordance with an expansion amount corresponding to at least an area of the high-luminance region, and
wherein the extraction unit and the expansion unit are implemented by at least one processor or at least one circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,477,067

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a screen processing unit configured to perform screen processing on image data based on a result of comparison between a value of a pixel in the image data and a threshold of a dithering matrix corresponding to the pixel; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether a pixel of interest is included in a halftone image in the image data having been subjected to the screen processing by the screen processing unit, based on a pixel value in a region having a predetermined length in a lateral direction from the pixel of interest,
wherein the dithering matrix includes a plurality of sub-matrices,
wherein out of the plurality of sub-matrices, a first sub-matrix and a second sub-matrix that have a same number of pixels in a vertical direction and in the lateral direction are adjacent to each other in the lateral direction,
wherein a threshold at a growth center in the first sub-matrix and a threshold at a growth center in the second sub-matrix are located at different positions in the vertical direction, and
wherein the predetermined length is larger than that corresponding to the number of pixels in the lateral direction of the first sub-matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,466,048

DISTANCE MEASURING APPARATUS, DISTANCE MEASURING METHOD, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A distance measuring apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processors, cause the information processing apparatus to function as:
an acquisition unit that acquires a first image at a first viewpoint where an object is irradiated with a first light comprising a pattern, a second image at a second viewpoint different from the first viewpoint where the object is irradiated with the first light, a third image at the first viewpoint where the object is irradiated with a second light not comprising a pattern, and a fourth image at the second viewpoint where the object is irradiated with the second light;
and a control unit that acquires information corresponding to a distance, by employing a fifth image obtained based on a ratio of the first image and the third image and a sixth image obtained based on a ratio of the second image and the fourth image.

US Pat. No. 10,468,614

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION ELEMENT, IMAGE PICK-UP ELEMENT, AND IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion element comprising:a lower electrode;
a photoelectric conversion layer; and
an upper electrode in this order,
wherein the photoelectric conversion layer contains a first organic compound and a second organic compound,
the first organic compound has a lower oxidation potential than the second organic compound, and ?E represented by the following formula (A) satisfies the following formula (B)
?E=oxidation potential of first organic compound?reduction potential of second organic compound  (A)
?E?1.79[V]  (B).

US Pat. No. 10,466,574

IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image projection apparatus in which a projection lens is interchangeable, the image projection apparatus comprising:an acquirer configured to acquire information on the projection lens; and
a controller configured to set, based on the information on the projection lens, at least one of an image direction of a vertical or lateral direction of a projection image and a shift direction of the projection image with respect to a shift direction of the projection lens,
wherein as the projection lens, a first projection lens and a second projection lens that has a different optical characteristic from that of the first projection lens are attachable to the image projection apparatus, and
wherein in a case where the second projection lens is attached to the image projection apparatus, the controller is configured to reverse at least one of the image direction of the projection image and the shift direction of the projection image with respect to a case where the first projection lens is attached to the image projection apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,466,602

PATTERNING METHOD, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A patterning method of forming a pattern of an original on a substrate using a lithography apparatus, the method comprising:detecting a plurality of first substrate-side marks arranged with respect to, out of a plurality of shot regions of the substrate, a part of shot regions on which the pattern is to be formed using a first original in the lithography apparatus;
detecting a plurality of second substrate-side marks arranged with respect to, out of the plurality of shot regions, other shot regions different from the part of the shot regions, on which the pattern is to be formed using a second original different from the first original in another lithography apparatus;
outputting information on detection results of the plurality of second substrate-side marks to be available in the another lithography apparatus; and
forming the pattern while performing alignment with the first original with respect to the part of the shot regions, based on detection results of the plurality of first substrate-side marks.

US Pat. No. 10,466,637

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
an image forming portion configured to form first and second toner images on the image bearing member;
a transfer portion configured to transfer the first and second toner images formed on the image bearing member by the image forming portion onto a sheet having a first surface and a second surface;
a moving portion provided upstream of the transfer portion in a conveyance direction of the sheet and configured to move the sheet in a width direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction;
a re-conveyance portion configured to invert the sheet bearing the first toner image transferred onto the first surface such that the first surface and the second surface change places and convey the sheet to the transfer portion again;
a detection portion configured to detect a first detection position where a position, in the width direction, of the sheet before the first toner image is transferred onto the first surface, and a second detection position where a position, in the width direction, of the sheet inverted by the re-conveyance portion before the second toner image is transferred onto the second surface; and
a control portion configured to control the image forming portion such that the first toner image to be transferred onto the first surface of the sheet is formed on a first image position of the image bearing member and the second toner image to be transferred onto the second surface of the sheet is formed on a second image position of the image bearing member, the first image position and the second image position being displaced in the width direction,
wherein the control portion controls the moving portion so as to move the sheet in the width direction to a first sheet position corresponding to the first image position based on the first detection position detected by the detection portion before the first toner image is transferred onto the first surface of the sheet, and to move the sheet in the width direction, which has been moved by the moving portion to the first sheet position and inverted by the re-conveyance portion, to a second sheet position corresponding to the second image position based on the second detection position detected by the detection portion before the second toner image is transferred onto the second surface of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,466,639

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING JAM PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a conveying unit configured to convey a sheet along a conveying path so as to process a job;
a drawer unit configured to be drawn out from the image forming apparatus;
a lock portion configured to be switched between a locking state for inhibiting the drawer unit from being drawn out and an unlocking state for permitting the drawer unit to be drawn out;
a jam detector configured to detect a position in the conveying path where a jam of the sheet has occurred;
a lock detector configured to detect a state of the lock portion; and
a controller configured to:
determine, based on the detected state of the lock detector, whether a failure of the lock portion being not unlocked has occurred; and
resume, in a case where the jam detector detects an occurrence of a jam at a position outside a predetermined range in which it is necessary to draw out the drawer unit in order to perform jam processing, the job which has been interrupted due to the jam after completion of the jam processing, without forcibly terminating the job before finished, even if it is determined that the failure of the lock portion being not unlocked has occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,467,461

APPARATUS FOR SEARCHING FOR OBJECT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a moving image acquisition unit configured to acquire a moving image captured by each of a plurality of image capturing apparatuses in an area in which the plurality of image capturing apparatuses is installed;
a detection unit configured to detect an object appearing in a frame image of the acquired moving image;
a first feature acquisition unit configured to acquire an image feature of the detected object;
a storage unit configured to store the acquired image feature;
a tracking unit configured to track the detected object in one moving image;
a second feature acquisition unit configured to acquire an image feature of an object to be searched from among the detected object;
a first search unit configured to search for an object having a similarity equal to or higher than a predetermined threshold from among image features stored in the storage unit and identify the object, based on the image feature acquired by the second feature acquisition unit;
a third feature acquisition unit configured to acquire an image feature of the object tracked by the tracking unit and corresponding to the object identified by the first search unit from among the image features stored in the storage unit; and
a second search unit configured to search for an object having a similarity equal to or higher than the predetermined threshold from among the image features stored in the storage unit and identify the object, based on the image feature acquired by the third feature acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 10,467,479

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR REDUCING A VISIBILITY OF A SPECIFIC IMAGE REGION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a computer executing instructions that, when executed by the computer, cause the computer to function as:
an input unit configured to input an image;
a determination unit configured to determine, based on the image and a background image, a specific area to be masked, by using a background subtraction method;
a processing unit configured to generate a mask image for masking the specific area determined by the determination unit and further configured to generate a protected image by combining the background image and the mask image corresponding to the specific area determined by the determination unit;
a first detection unit configured to perform first detection for detecting, by using pattern matching, a first area corresponding to a human body in the image, wherein a result of the first detection is used for updating the background image;
a second detection unit configured to perform second detection for detecting, by using the background subtraction method, a second area corresponding to a moving object in the image, wherein a result of the second detection is used for updating the background image; and
an updating unit configured to update the background image by using the result of the first detection by the first detection unit and the result of the second detection by the second detection unit if a proportion of the specific area, determined by the determination unit, to an area of the image is smaller than a threshold value, and update the background image by using the result of the first detection by the first detection unit and not using the result of the second detection by the second detection unit if the proportion is equal to or larger than the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,469,842

ENCODER OPTIMIZATIONS FOR PALETTE LOSSLESS ENCODING OF CONTENT WITH SUBSAMPLED COLOUR COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of lossless encoding a block of pixels in an image, the method comprising the following steps:obtaining an input block of input pixels conforming to an input sampling scheme in which at least one sub-sampled input pixel includes main pixel component or components but has secondary pixel component or components missing;
up-sampling the input block into a pre-encode block of pre-encode pixels conforming to a pre-encode sampling scheme in which all pre-encode pixels have all main and secondary pixel components;
encoding the pre-encode block of pre-encode pixels using a palette coding mode, the palette coding mode using a palette comprising a set of entries associating respective entry indexes with corresponding sets of pixel component values, and
wherein encoding the pre-encode block during the lossless encoding of the block of pixels includes encoding at least one pre-encode pixel that corresponds to a sub-sampled input pixel, using a palette entry different from the pre-encode pixel, wherein the palette entry different from the pre-encode pixel includes a value of the main pixel component or components that is equal to a value of the main pixel component or components of the pre-encode pixel and includes a value of the secondary pixel component or components that is different from a value of the secondary pixel component or components of the pre-encode pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,452,833

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a storage unit; and
a control circuitry that (a) causes the storage unit to store predetermined information if a power supply apparatus connected to the electronic device is a genuine battery pack, (b) prompts a user to select whether the power supply apparatus is a genuine battery pack if the predetermined information is not present in the storage unit and if the power supply apparatus is not a genuine battery pack, (c) prompts the user to select whether the user wants to use the power supply apparatus if the user has selected that the power supply apparatus is not a genuine battery pack, (d) causes the storage unit to store the predetermined information if the user has selected that the user wants to use the power supply apparatus, and (e) enables a shutdown process if the power supply apparatus is not a genuine battery pack and if the user has selected that the power supply apparatus is a genuine battery pack,
wherein if the predetermined information is present in the storage unit, the control circuitry permits the user to use the power supply apparatus without prompting the user to select whether the power supply apparatus is a genuine battery pack.

US Pat. No. 10,455,208

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:
acquire a color temperature of each of a first sensed image that is sensed by a first image sensing device and a second sensed image that is sensed by a second image sensing device different from the first image sensing device; and
adjust color information of at least one of the first and the second image sensing devices so that the first and the second image sensing devices use a common color temperature which is an average color temperature of the color temperatures acquired from the first and the second image sensing devices.

US Pat. No. 10,445,034

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS DISPLAYING A LIST OF NAMES EACH CORRESPONDING TO SET PRINT VALUES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a driver configured to generate, based on first information set by a first print setting software, first print data to be provided to a printer if the driver receives the first information, and configured to generate, based on second information set by a second print setting software, second print data to be provided to the printer if the driver receives the second information;
the first print setting software configured to cause a display to display a first print setting screen which includes print setting items, wherein the first print setting screen enables a user to input an identifier identifying a set of values to be registered, each value of which has been set on the first print setting screen to a different one of the print setting items; and
the second print setting software configured to cause the display to display the input identifier, and set the set of the values to the print setting items on the second print setting screen if the input identifier is selected by the user on the second print setting screen,
wherein the first print setting software is an application separate from the driver and separate from the second print setting software.

US Pat. No. 10,447,876

IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:an image sensor configured to read an image on an original;
an original tray on which the original is to be placed;
a conveyor configured to convey the original placed on the original tray to a reading position in which the image sensor reads the original;
an original length obtaining unit configured to obtain a length, in a conveyance direction, of the original that is placed on the original tray before the original is conveyed by the conveyor;
an original sensor provided between the original tray and the reading position and configured to assume a first state when the original sensor detects the original that is being conveyed by the conveyor and assume a second state when the original sensor does not detect the original;
a first distance detector configured to measure a first conveyance distance of the original by which the original has been conveyed from a time when the original sensor is changed from the first state to the second state;
a second distance detector configured to measure a second conveyance distance of the original by which the original has been conveyed from a time when the original sensor is changed from the second state to the first state before the original sensor is changed from the first state to the second state; and
a controller configured to control the conveyor so that:
the conveyor starts a conveyance of a succeeding original in a case where the succeeding original is on the original tray when the second conveyance distance reaches a second distance while the original sensor remains in the second state after the original sensor changes from the first state to the second state and before the first conveyance distance reaches a first distance, the second distance being a length obtained by adding a margin to the length of the original obtained by the original length obtaining unit, the first distance being longer than a size of a punch hole provided in the original and shorter than an interval in which a plurality of originals are conveyed; and
the conveyor suspends the conveyance of the succeeding original in a case where the original sensor changes from the second state to the first state after the conveyance of the succeeding original is started and before the first conveyance distance reaches the first distance, and thereafter restarts the conveyance of the succeeding original when the first conveyance distance reaches the first distance after the original sensor changes again from the first state to the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,447,878

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a scanner;
a printer;
a network controller configured to receive, from an external device via a network, a network print job for causing the printer to print information contained in the network print job;
an operation unit configured to receive, from a user, an instruction for executing a local print job for causing the printer to print information read by the scanner;
at least one memory configured to store the network print job, the local print job, and information indicating a shutdown time at which the image forming apparatus is to be turned off; and
at least one processor configured to determine, based on whether each of print jobs stored before the indicated shutdown time but not yet printed is the local print job, whether to print each of the print jobs, and to turn the image forming apparatus off based on the indicated shutdown time,
wherein the processor causes the printer to complete, before turning the image forming apparatus off based on the indicated shutdown time, printing on a sheet each print job which has been determined to be the local print job among the print jobs which have been stored before the indicated shutdown time but which have not been started for printing on a sheet yet at the indicated shutdown time, and
wherein the processor prevents the printer from printing on a sheet, before turning the image forming apparatus off based on the indicated shutdown time, at least one print job that is the network print job among the print jobs which have been stored before the indicated shutdown time but which have not been started for printing on a sheet yet at the indicated shutdown time.

US Pat. No. 10,447,890

IMAGE READING APPARATUS WITH SHADING CORRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:an original tray on which an original is to be stacked;
a conveyor configured to convey the original from the original tray to a delivery tray along a conveyance path;
a line sensor having a plurality of light-receiving elements and configured to read an image of the original passing through a reading position on the conveyance path;
a white reference plate, a distance between the reading unit and the white reference plate is larger than the distance between the reading unit and the original at the reading position;
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of second correlation data corresponding to the plurality of light-receiving elements;
a generator configured to generate a plurality of shading coefficients based on the plurality of second correlation data and a third reading result obtained by causing the reading unit to read the white reference plate before the original passes through the reading position;
a shading corrector configured to correct a reading result of the original, which is obtained by the reading unit, based on the plurality of shading coefficients; and
a calculating unit configured to
calculate a plurality of first correlation data corresponding to the plurality of light-receiving elements based on the first reading result of the white reference plate and a second reading result of a reference member placed at the reading position, which are obtained by the reading unit;
generate the second correlation data based on a moving average value of a first correlation data for N pixels along a main scanning direction;
wherein the reference member, which has a uniform density in the main scanning direction, is placed at the reading position by an operator; and
wherein upon generating the second correlation data which corresponds to pixels from a first pixel to a (N/2?1)th pixel, a weight of a first pixel is determined, corresponding to a pixel position, to be a value larger than 1.

US Pat. No. 10,444,821

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING POWER FACTOR CORRECTION CIRCUIT AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a power supply unit having an ON/OFF switchable power factor correction circuit, the power supply unit being configured to supply power to a predetermined load in the information processing apparatus; and
a power supply control unit configured to control such that power is supplied from the power supply unit to the predetermined load in accordance with input of a signal for returning the information processing apparatus from a power-saving state stopping power supply to the predetermined load,
wherein the power supply control unit determines whether the power factor correction circuit is to be turned on or not based on a cause of return of the information processing apparatus from the power-saving state, and controls to turn on the power factor correction circuit in a case where it is determined that the power factor correction circuit is to be turned on so that power can be supplied from the power supply unit to the predetermined load after a lapse of a predetermined delay time.

US Pat. No. 10,444,588

ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND WINDOW MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrochromic element, comprising:a pair of electrodes; and
an electrochromic layer disposed between the pair of electrodes and containing a plurality of organic electrochromic compounds,
wherein when an optical density in a decolored state thereof is defined as 0, a fluctuation ratio of a transmittance in a first wavelength region of 650 nm to 700 nm with respect to a first central transmittance in the first wavelength region is within ±15% at an optical density of 0.3.

US Pat. No. 10,445,612

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one memory storing executable instructions; and
at least one processor coupled to the at least one memory and executing the executable instructions to cause the information processing apparatus to provide:
an effective range setting unit configured to set an effective range of color information with respect to color information extracted from an image of an object captured by an imaging unit;
a color region extraction unit configured to extract a color region corresponding to the color information from another captured image that is different from the captured image from which the color information is extracted by regarding a region of the color information which is extracted from the effective range in the another captured image as the color region; and
a position derivation unit configured to derive a position of the object within an image plane of the next imaging operation based on a dispersion of the effective range of each of the color information.

US Pat. No. 10,447,660

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
perform control to cause a storage unit to store a digital certificate issued by a certification authority;
release a public key whose validity is certified by the issued digital certificate and perform encrypted communication with an external apparatus using the public key;
transmit, to the certification authority, an acquisition request for revocation information about the issued digital certificate in a case where a predetermined condition is satisfied, the revocation information being information on whether the issued digital certificate used in performing the encrypted communication with the external apparatus has been revoked;
receive, from the certification authority, revocation information about issued digital certificate based on the acquisition request having been transmitted to the certification authority;
generate at least a public key that is used for the encrypted communication based on confirming that the issued digital certificate used in performing the encrypted communication has been revoked from the received revocation information;
acquire a new digital certificate associated with the generated public key from the certification authority; and
cause the storage unit to store the acquired new digital certificate.

US Pat. No. 10,447,934

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an orientation detector configured to detect an orientation of the imaging apparatus; and
at least one memory and at least one processor which function as:
a control unit configured to perform control to display an orientation guide for indicating an orientation of the imaging apparatus based on the orientation detected by the orientation detector;
a display control unit configured to perform control to perform 2-area enlargement display for displaying live view images captured in two different areas horizontally or vertically separated from each other by an imaging unit, side by side on a display unit; and
an adjustment unit configured, to, upon reception of a specific operation while the 2-area enlargement display is being performed, adjust a reference of the orientation guide based on the orientation detected by the orientation detector when the specific operation is received,
wherein the orientation guide is a display for indicating a difference between the orientation detected by the orientation detector and a pre-recorded reference orientation, and
wherein the adjustment unit updates and records the reference orientation based on the orientation detected by the orientation detector when the specific operation is received.

US Pat. No. 10,447,937

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT PERFORM IMAGE PROCESSING BASED ON AN IMAGE PROCESSING PARAMETER SET FOR A FIRST OBJECT AREA, AND INFORMATION ON A POSITIONAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AN OBJECT IN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to perform image processing for an input image generated through imaging, the image processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores instructions; and
(B) one or more processors that execute the instructions stored in the memory to function as:
(a) a parameter setting unit configured to set a first image processing parameter for each of a plurality of first object areas included in the input image;
(b) a processing unit configured to perform the image processing for the input image with a second image processing parameter set based on a plurality of first image processing parameters corresponding to the plurality of first object areas; and
(c) a selecting unit configured to select a second object area in the input image,
wherein the processing unit obtains information on a positional relationship between an object contained in the second object area and an object contained in the first object area, and sets the second image processing parameter based on the plurality of first image processing parameters and the information on the positional relationship,
wherein the memory stores the first image processing parameters, set by the parameter setting unit, based on the captured image, and the information on the positional relationship acquired by the processing unit, and
wherein the processing unit performs the image processing based on the first image processing parameter and the information on the positional relationship, which are stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,447,943

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

3. The image capturing apparatus according to claim 1,wherein the data on the brightness indicates information about exposures each corresponding to a different one of the plurality of image capturing operations, and
wherein the setting includes changing the degree of the smoothing by changing, according to the first information, the number of image capturing operations corresponding to the information about the exposures to be smoothed.

US Pat. No. 10,447,944

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:at least one memory device;
at least one processor;
a transformation unit configured to transform image data which is based on an output signal of an imaging; and
a processing unit configured to perform processing for obtaining a value to be used as a parameter for imaging control, based on the image data transformed by the transformation unit;
wherein
the image data which is based on the output signal of the imaging element is image data for which compression of a subject image has been caused by a lens used for imaging,
the transformation unit transforms the image data to correct the compression of the subject image for restoration,
the processing unit performs, in a case where a moving image is captured,
the processing for obtaining the value to be used as the parameter for imaging control, based on the image data transformed by the transformation unit, and
at least one of outputting image data not transformed by the transformation unit to an external device and storing the image data not transformed by the transformation unit into a storage medium,
wherein the transformation unit and the processing unit are implemented by the at least one processor executing at least one program recorded in the at least one memory device.

US Pat. No. 10,445,897

DEVICE FOR ACQUIRING INFORMATION RELATING TO POSITION DISPLACEMENT OF MULTIPLE IMAGE DATA SETS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a first plurality of image data sets;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire first composited image data using a first two or more image data sets of the first plurality of image data sets;
a third acquisition unit configured to acquire second composited image data, using a second two or more image data sets of the first plurality of image data sets, the second two or more image data sets being a combination different from the first two or more image data sets;
a fourth acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to positional displacement between the first composited image data and the second composited image data, using the first composited image data and the second composited image data; and
a fifth acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to positional displacement of the first plurality of image data sets, using information relating to the positional displacement between the first composited image data and the second composited image data.

US Pat. No. 10,444,624

ACTIVE METROLOGY FRAME AND THERMAL FRAME TEMPERATURE CONTROL IN IMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint apparatus comprising:a first frame having at least one motor and at least one cooling element;
a second frame coupled to an output end of the motor and having a surface configured to attach an imprinting mold;
a plurality of thermal sensors disposed at locations of the first frame and the second frame; and
a digital controller that is configured to apply a control signal for controlling a driving signal of the at least one cooling element to maintain a thermal balance of heat flow from the first frame to the second frame,
wherein the digital controller uses output of the plurality of thermal sensors to calculate a first transfer function of estimated heat flow provided by the motor between the first frame and the second frame and to calculate an inverse of a second transfer function of estimated heat flow of the cooling element between the first frame and the second frame,
wherein the digital controller calculates the control signal by running the value of a drive current, which powers the motor, through both the first transfer function and the inverse of the second transfer function to provide a value of the cooling current to be provided to the at least one cooling element to maintain the thermal balance, and
wherein at least one of the first transfer function and the second transfer function is used to calculate feedforward control effort.

US Pat. No. 10,445,909

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT GENERATES A WIDE ANGLE IMAGE USING A PLURALITY OF IMAGES, AND RELATED CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(A) at least one memory configured to store instructions; and
(B) at least one processor in communication with the at least one memory and configured to execute the instructions:
(a) to perform continuous photographing of a plurality of images using an image sensor while the image sensor moves in a panning direction;
(b) to detect first posture information of the image sensor just before the continuous photographing to produce a detected first posture information;
(c) to crop a predetermined area from each image of the plurality of images to produce a plurality of cropped predetermined areas;
(d) to detect at least one of angular velocity information and second posture information of the image sensor during the continuous photographing to produce a detected at least one of angular velocity information and second posture information of the image sensor;
(e) to detect a positional displacement between each of the plurality of cropped predetermined areas based on the detected at least one of the angular velocity information and the second posture information of the image sensor to produce a detected positional displacement of each of the plurality of cropped predetermined areas;
(f) to calculate an amount of a rotation component of each of the plurality of cropped predetermined areas based on the detected at least one of the angular velocity information and the second posture information of the image sensor to produce a calculated amount of the rotation component;
(g) to set a threshold amount of a rotation component based on one of (i) the detected at least one of the angular velocity information and the second posture information of the image sensor, and (ii) the detected first posture information of the image sensor; and
(h) to generate a wide angle image by compositing the plurality of cropped predetermined areas while correcting the detected positional displacement of each of the plurality of cropped predetermined areas, wherein, in a case in which the amount of the rotation component for a cropped predetermined area, of the plurality of cropped predetermined areas, is greater than the threshold amount of the rotation component, the detected positional displacement of the cropped predetermined area is corrected based on the threshold amount of the rotation component, and, in a case in which the amount of the rotation component for a cropped predetermined area, of the plurality of cropped predetermined areas, is equal to or less than the threshold amount of the rotation component, the detected positional displacement of the cropped predetermined area is corrected based on the amount of the rotation component.

US Pat. No. 10,444,658

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DEVELOPER TRANSPORTING MEMBER THAT TRANSPORTS DEVELOPER TOWARD A DEVELOPER BEARING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a developer bearing member configured to develop an electrostatic latent image with developer, the electrostatic latent image being formed on an image bearing member;
a developer transporting member configured to rotate around a shaft and transport the developer toward the developer bearing member;
a frame supporting the developer bearing member and the developer transporting member, the developer transporting member being configured to contact the frame when the developer transporting member rotates; and
an acquisition portion configured to acquire input printing mode information, the input printing mode information being one of a first image forming mode and a second image forming mode,
wherein the image forming apparatus is configured to perform:
the first image forming mode in which an image is formed at a first peripheral velocity ratio representing a ratio of a peripheral velocity of the developer bearing member to a peripheral velocity of the image bearing member in a case where the input printing mode information acquired by the acquisition portion indicates the first image forming mode, and
the second image forming mode in which an image is formed at a second peripheral velocity ratio representing a ratio of a peripheral velocity of the developer bearing member to a peripheral velocity of the image of the image bearing member, which is higher than the first peripheral velocity ratio in a case where the input printing mode information acquired by the acquisition portion indicates the second image forming mode,
wherein a rotation number ratio of a rotation number of the developer transporting member to a rotation number corresponding to the peripheral velocity of the image bearing member in the second image forming mode is higher than that in the first image forming mode.