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.

US Pat. No. 10,444,660

DEVELOPING APPARATUS WITH REGULATING MEMBER HAVING A CURVED CONTACT SURFACE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:a developer carrying member configured to carry a developer;
a developer container configured to rotatably support the developer carrying member and to contain the developer; and
a regulating member provided on the developer container and configured to regulate a thickness of the developer carried on the developer carrying member,
wherein the regulating member comprises:
a support member configured such that, one end thereof is fixed to the developer container and the other end thereof is a free end, the support member being extended in a direction opposite to a rotating direction of the developer carrying member from the one end; and
a contact member configured to be fixed to the other end of the support member and contact a surface of the developer carrying member,
the contact member comprises:
a contact curved surface that is provided approximately along a peripheral surface of the developer carrying member and that is contactable to the surface of the developer carrying member; and
an opposite surface configured to be opposite to the surface of the developer carrying member on an upstream side of the contact curved surface in the rotating direction of the developer carrying member, the opposite surface not in contact with the surface of the developer carrying member,
wherein, when the developer carrying member is viewed in a rotation axis direction thereof, a relationship between a radius Rb of an arc formed by at least a part of the contact curved surface and a radius Rd of the surface of the developer carrying member is satisfied with
Rb>Rd, and
a center Pb of a virtual circle, along which the contact curved surface extends, exists in regions (i), (ii) and (iii) defined below:
Region (i), which is a region including a virtual straight line Ltp and an area located at an upstream side of the virtual straight line Ltp in the rotating direction of the developer carrying member, and the virtual straight line Ltp passes through a center Pd of the developer carrying member and a point Te;
Region (ii), which is a region including a virtual circle Cp and an area outside the virtual circle Cp, and the virtual circle Cp is such a circle that (1) a center thereof is the point Te and (2) a radius thereof is the radius Rb; and
Region (iii), which is a region including such a virtual straight line that (1) passes through the center Pd and (2) forms an angle with the virtual straight line Ltp, and the angle falls in 0 degree and 45 degree,
wherein the point Te is a point located at a most upstream position of the contact curved surface in the rotating direction of the developer carrying member.

US Pat. No. 10,444,671

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A DEVELOPER DETECTING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a developer container unit including
an agitating member configured to rotate and agitate developer,
a frame body configured to contain the agitating member and the developer, the frame body including a first wall surface and a second wall surface,
a first electrode disposed on the first wall surface, the first electrode including a first end, the first end located below a rotation center of the agitating member, and
a second electrode disposed on the second wall surface, the second electrode including a second end located below the rotation center, the second electrode facing the first electrode with a gap therebetween such that the gap has a smallest portion and a remote portion, wherein the smallest portion is located below the rotation center of the agitating member and located between the first end and the second end, and the remote portion is wider than the smallest portion and located above the smallest portion; and
a developer detecting unit configured to detect an amount of the developer based on an output generated in accordance with a capacitance between the first electrode and the second electrode, the developer detecting unit capable of detecting a first amount of developer and a second amount of developer that is smaller than the first amount of developer,
wherein if a magnitude of the output when the developer detecting unit detects the first amount of developer is defined as a first reference value, the developer detecting unit is configured to detect the second amount of developer when a magnitude of the output is a second reference value which has a first difference from the first reference value, and
wherein the developer detecting unit includes a controller and is configured to determine a magnitude of the first difference based on a magnitude of the first reference value such that the second reference value and the magnitude of the first difference are varied in accordance with the magnitude of the first reference value.

US Pat. No. 10,444,676

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS TO MOUNT ON AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FIXING AN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing apparatus that fixes an image onto a recording material, comprising:a cylindrical belt;
a long narrow nip plate contacting an inner surface of the belt;
a roller configured to form a nip portion through the belt in conjunction with the nip plate;
a supporting member supporting the nip plate along a longitudinal direction of the nip plate, the supporting member having a cross section in a shape of U perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the nip plate, and supporting, with two legs forming an opening in the shape of U, a surface of the nip plate opposite to a surface contacting the belt; and
a guide member disposed on an upstream side of the nip plate in a recording material conveying direction in the nip portion and including a guide portion configured to contact the inner surface of the belt,
wherein the recording material on which the image is formed is heated while being conveyed through the nip portion, and the image is fixed onto the recording material,
wherein the supporting member is arranged such that the opening in the shape of U opens towards the nip plate,
wherein the guide member is supported by a first surface and a second surface of an upstream side leg, among the two legs of the supporting member, located on an upstream side in the recording material conveying direction,
wherein the first surface is an end surface of the upstream side leg and facing the roller, and
wherein the second surface is a side surface of the upstream side leg and facing toward an upstream in the recording material conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,444,677

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH FIXING DEVICE, THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROLLING SUPPLY OF POWER TO A HEATER BY A DRIVER BASED ON AN OUTPUT OF A TEMPERATURE DETECTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a fixing device configured to fix an image on a recording material by heat generated by a heater;
a driver configured to supply power to the heater to cause the heater to generate heat;
a relay provided on a power supply line for supplying power to the heater, the relay being configured to allow and to interrupt supply of power to the heater;
a temperature detector provided on the fixing device, the temperature detector being configured to detect a temperature of the heater;
a control board including a controller configured to control supply of power to the heater by the driver based on an output of the temperature detector;
a connector including a first connection portion to be connected to the fixing device, and a second connection portion to be connected to the control board, the connector being configured to connect the fixing device and the control board to each other;
a loopback path configured such that a direct current (DC) voltage to be applied, via a first terminal of the second connection portion, to a second terminal of the first connection portion is applied to a fourth terminal of the second connection portion via a third terminal of the first connection portion; and
a path configured such that the DC voltage to be applied to the fourth terminal via the loopback path is applied to the relay as a drive voltage for the relay.

US Pat. No. 10,448,021

VIDEO ENCODING AND DECODING WITH IMPROVED ERROR RESILIENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of decoding a bitstream comprising an encoded sequence of digital images, at least one portion of an image being encoded with respect to a reference image by a motion estimation process that determines motion information identifying the reference image portion, the method comprising decoding the motion information using a motion information prediction process comprising:obtaining, for a target image portion of an image to be decoded, if available, one or more actual motion information predictors having motion vectors obtained from motion vectors associated with first image portions of the image to be decoded wherein the first image portions are adjacent to the target image portion;
if a number of the one or more obtained motion information predictors is lower than a target number, wherein the target number is greater than one, adding one or more motion information predictors to generate a set of motion information predictors until a number of motion information predictors in the set is equal to the target number, wherein the adding of one or more motion information predictors comprises:
performing a first process of adding, if available, one or more further actual motion information predictors having motion vectors obtained from motion vectors associated with second image portions of the image to be decoded or of the different image from the image to be decoded; and
if a number of motion information predictors after the first process is lower than the target number, performing a second process of adding one or more virtual motion information predictors, the one or more virtual motion information predictors having motion vectors which are neither associated with image portions of the image to be decoded nor of the different image from the image to be decoded; and
determining a motion information predictor from the generated set of motion information predictors for the target image portion of the image to be decoded.

US Pat. No. 10,444,693

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which forms an image on a sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of image forming units configured to form images of different colors;
a transfer member on which color patterns of the different colors formed by the plurality of image forming units are transferred, the color patterns being conveyed by the transfer member;
a sensor configured to measure the color patterns on the transfer member;
a comparator configured to compare values of the color patterns measured by the sensor with a threshold;
a circuit configured to control the threshold; and
a controller configured to:
determine whether the threshold corresponds to a target threshold for a current color pattern among the color patterns while the color patterns are measured by the sensor,
detect color misregistration concerning the color patterns based on a comparison result of the comparator, and
control relative positions of images of the different colors to be formed by the plurality of image forming units, based on the color misregistration.

US Pat. No. 10,444,701

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an apparatus main body to which a cartridge can be detachably mounted;
a drive force transmission member configured to transmit drive force to a drive force receiving member of the cartridge; and
a control unit configured to perform a rotation control operation, where rotation of the drive force transmission member is controlled,
wherein image formation is performed on recording material by performing forward rotation of the drive force transmission member and transmitting drive force to the drive force receiving member of the cartridge,
wherein the drive force transmission member includes a plurality of first engaging portions,
wherein the drive force transmission member is configured to rotate forwards when the drive force receiving member rotates forward in a state where the plurality of first engaging portions each engage with a plurality of second engaging portions that the drive force receiving member has, and image formation on the recording material can be performed while the drive force receiving member is being rotated forwards,
wherein, of the plurality of first engaging portions and the plurality of second engaging portions, one plurality of engaging portions each at least move in a radial direction centered on a rotation axis line of the drive force transmission member, and can move between an engageable position where the other plurality of engaging portions can be engaged, and a non-engageable position where the other plurality of engaging portions cannot be engaged,
wherein, the control unit is configured to execute, after the cartridge has been mounted to the apparatus main body but before image formation is performed on the recording material,
(i) a forward rotation step where the drive force transmission member is rotated forward by ?° and the drive force receiving member is rotated forward, and
(ii) a backward rotation step where the drive force transmission member is rotated backward by ?°, after the forward rotation step,
and wherein each of the plurality of first engaging portions is in a state disposed upstream in the forward rotation direction of the drive force transmission member from the second engaging portion out of the plurality of second engaging portions with which engaging will be realized in the end, due to the control unit having executed the forward rotation step and the backward rotation step.

US Pat. No. 10,434,777

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, CLEANING METHOD, AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising, in a liquid chamber including liquid:a heating resistor configured to generate thermal energy for ejecting the liquid;
a first electrode placed so as to cover the heating resistor;
a second electrode placed at a position different from a position at which the first electrode is placed; and
a third electrode placed at a position different from the position at which the first electrode is placed and the position at which the second electrode is placed,
wherein
in a case in which the heating resistor is driven, a voltage is applied between the first electrode and the second electrode so that the first electrode has a same polarity as a polarity of a predetermined component included in the liquid, and the second electrode has a polarity opposite to the polarity of the predetermined component, and
in a case in which the heating resistor is not driven, a voltage is applied between the second electrode and the third electrode so that the second electrode has a same polarity as the polarity of the predetermined component, and the third electrode has a polarity opposite to the polarity of the predetermined component.

US Pat. No. 10,434,797

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion including an image bearing member, a developing device configured to form a toner image on said image bearing member with a liquid developer including toner, and an intermediary transfer belt onto which the toner image is transferred from said image bearing member;
a feeding device including a feeding belt configured to feed a recording material on which the toner image is transferred from said intermediary transfer belt, while carrying the recording material on a surface thereof;
an ultraviolet irradiation portion arranged with said intermediary transfer belt in a horizontal direction while opposing said feeding belt and configured to irradiate the toner image, with ultraviolet radiation, formed on the recording material carried on said feeding belt;
a cover provided below said image bearing member with respect to a vertical direction and configured to cover at least a feeding surface of said feeding belt between said ultraviolet irradiation portion and said intermediary transfer belt with respect to a feeding direction on a side where said cover opposes said ultraviolet irradiation portion;
a first shielding plate extending in a direction perpendicular to the feeding direction on said feeding surface from an inner surface of said cover downwardly with respect to the vertical direction and configured to shield said intermediary transfer belt from the ultraviolet radiation toward said intermediary transfer belt; and
a second shielding plate provided on said cover while facing said intermediary transfer belt and extending downwardly with respect to the vertical direction along an outer surface of said intermediary transfer belt, wherein said second shielding plate is configured to shield said intermediary transfer belt from the ultraviolet radiation toward said intermediary transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 10,438,912

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD SUBSTRATE AND SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection head substrate comprising an electrode pad for receiving driving power for liquid ejection from an outside, the electrode pad including at least a conductor layer and a layer of gold,wherein a portion of the conductor layer has an opening region,
an upper layer portion in a laminating direction above the conductor layer including the opening region has at least the layer of gold, and
an external connection portion connected to the outside is provided on top of the layer of gold corresponding to the opening region of the conductor layer.

US Pat. No. 10,440,193

IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading device comprising:a reading unit having a reading glass, and a reader configured to read an image on a document located on a surface of the reading glass; and
a document feeding unit configured to turn with respect to the reading unit, wherein the document feeding unit includes:
a conveyance unit configured to convey a document,
a discharge unit configured to discharge the document conveyed by the conveyance unit,
a discharge tray on which sheets of the document discharged by the discharge unit are to be stacked, and
an attachment part to which a communication unit configured to acquire information about a user using the image reading device is attached,
wherein the discharge tray includes a regulating portion disposed opposite a turning axis of the document feeding unit with respect to the center of the document feeding unit in a first direction perpendicular to the turning axis of the document feeding unit and parallel to the reading glass surface on which the document is to be placed and configured to regulate a movement of the document on the discharge tray in the first direction,
wherein the attachment part is disposed downstream of the regulating portion in a second direction in which the document is discharged, and
wherein, in the first direction, at least a portion of the attachment part overlaps a region where sheets of the document are to be stacked.

US Pat. No. 10,438,402

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing a program; and
at least one processor, by executing the program, functioning as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a first captured image and a second captured image respectively captured by a first capturing unit and a second capturing unit arranged with different optical axes to reproduce left-right parallax, the first captured image and the second captured image each including an image of a captured object;
a correction unit configured to execute shading correction on the first captured image and the second captured image, wherein a center of light quantity distribution in the first captured image after the shading correction shifts for the optical axis of the first capturing unit, and a center of light quantity distribution in the second captured image after the shading correction shifts for the optical axis of the second capturing unit, and shift directions of the first captured image and the second captured image are opposite to each other;
a clipping unit configured to clip areas from the first captured image and the second captured image as a first display image and a second display image, wherein each of the clipped areas has a center different from the optical axes, and a relative position of the area clipped as the first display image with respect to the optical axis of the first capturing unit corresponds to the center of light quantity distribution in the first captured image and a relative position of the area clipped as the second display image with respect to the optical axis of the second capturing unit corresponds to the center of light quantity distribution in the second captured image; and
a generation unit configured to combine a virtual object with the first display image and the second display image to generate parallax images including the virtual object,
wherein the clipping unit clips the first display image and the second display image to each include a three-dimensional view area where the user views the captured object in three dimensions.

US Pat. No. 10,440,198

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, MOBILE TERMINAL, AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a scanner that scans a document to generate image data based on an image of the document;
a controller that notifies a user to bring a mobile terminal close to a communicable area with the image processing apparatus; and
a transmitter that transmits the generated image data to the mobile terminal by short range radio communication,
wherein the controller determines whether the image processing apparatus cannot communicate with the mobile terminal by the short range radio communication,
wherein the controller notifies the user to bring the mobile terminal close to the communicable area with the image processing apparatus in a case where the controller determines that the image processing apparatus cannot communicate with the mobile terminal by the short range radio communication, and the transmitter transmits the generated image data to the mobile terminal by the short range radio communication after the image processing apparatus becomes able to communicate with the mobile terminal by the short range radio communication, and
wherein the controller does not notify the user to bring the mobile terminal close to the communicable area with the image processing apparatus in a case where the controller determines that the image processing apparatus can communicate with the mobile terminal by the short range radio communication, and the transmitter transmits the generated image data to the mobile terminal by the short range radio communication.

US Pat. No. 10,440,210

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A facsimile apparatus capable of operating in an automatic reception mode in which reception of facsimile data is able to be automatically started, the facsimile apparatus comprising:a central processing unit (CPU);
a power supply controller configured to control power supply to the CPU;
a modem;
a detector configured to detect a calling signal received via a telephone line; and
a counter configured to count a number of calling signals detected by the detector,
wherein the power supply controller starts power supply to the CPU according to detection of a first calling signal by the detector in a state that power supply to the CPU is restricted,
wherein the counter counts the number of calling signals after power supply to the CPU is started by the power supply controller and before start processing of the CPU is completed, and
wherein the facsimile apparatus performs control to receive facsimile data by the modem in a case where the number of the calling signals counted by the counter reaches a predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 10,440,214

IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading device comprising:a reading unit having a reading glass, and a reader configured to read an image on a document on the reading glass;
a document feeding device configured to turn with respect to the reading unit, wherein the document feeding device includes:
a conveying unit configured to convey a document,
an attachment part to which a communication unit for acquiring information about a user using the image reading device is attached, wherein the communication unit is connected to a connecting unit with a cable having one end connected to the connecting unit and the other end connected to the communication unit;
a discharging unit configured to discharge the document conveyed by the conveying unit;
a discharge tray on which documents discharged by the discharging unit are to be stacked, wherein the discharge tray is configured to include an inclined portion that protrudes upward in a vertical direction in comparison with an area where the communication unit is to be attached; and
a storage portion provided in a space formed inside the document feeding device by protrusion of the inclined portion upward and configured to store a meandering portion of the cable.

US Pat. No. 10,440,218

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:
selectively determine from a plurality of data formats a data format of still image data generated from un-development moving image data not having undergone a development process and stored in a memory;
instruct to output the still image data;
generate from the un-development moving image data the still image data in the determined data format in a case where the image processing apparatus instructs to output the still image data; and
output the generated still image data,
wherein the un-development moving image data include a plurality of view point images acquired by capturing frames at a plurality of view points; and
the plurality of data formats include a data format that is the plurality of un-development view point images and a data format acquired by synthesizing the plurality of un-development view point images.

US Pat. No. 10,440,222

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for an information processing apparatus that executes a communication by a first communication method, executes a communication by a second communication method and belongs to a predetermined network constituted by a plurality of subnets, the control method comprising:receiving, from an external apparatus corresponding to an apparatus outside the information processing apparatus, specific information for specifying the external apparatus by the first communication method;
accepting an instruction for searching for the external apparatus from a user;
executing predetermined search processing based on the second communication method for searching for the external apparatus belonging to the same subnet as the subnet to which the information processing apparatus belongs, in a case where the instruction is accepted from the user;
executing, after execution of the predetermined search processing, specified search processing, that is different from the predetermined search processing, based on the second communication method for searching for one or a plurality of external apparatuses by using the specific information received by the first communication method, wherein an external apparatus having transmitted the specific information and belonging to a subnet different from the subnet to which the information processing apparatus belongs among the plurality of subnets is discovered by the specified search processing;
displaying a list for displaying information related to one or a plurality of the external apparatuses including the external apparatus discovered by the predetermined search processing and the external apparatus discovered by the specified search processing; and
executing a communication with the external apparatus corresponding to information selected from the list by the second communication method,
wherein the specified search processing using the specific information transmitted by the external apparatus discovered by the predetermined search processing is not executed in a case where the external apparatus corresponding to a transmission source of the specific information received before the instruction is accepted is discovered by the predetermined search processing.

US Pat. No. 10,440,226

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM WITH PERFORMING SMOOTHING ON OBJECT OTHER THAN CHARACTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a user interface;
at least one of (a) a memory storing a program, and one or more processors which executes the program and (b) one or more circuits, wherein the at least one of (a) the memory storing the program, and the one or more processors which executes the program and (b) the one or more circuits causes the image processing apparatus to function as a control unit configured to:
(1) detect text included in input data;
(2) display, on the user interface, a plurality of levels lined up in an order to allow a user to select a level from a plurality of levels, wherein each level in a first portion of the plurality of levels is associated with sharpening and each level in a second portion of the plurality of levels is associated with smoothing, wherein the first portion is separate from the second portion; and
(3) sharpen the input data more intensely when a level in the first portion more away from the second portion is selected, and smooth the input data more intensely without smoothing the detected text when a level in the second portion more away from the first portion is selected.

US Pat. No. 10,440,258

ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, CONTROLLING METHOD OF ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic equipment comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions that, when the instructions are executed by the processors, cause the electronic equipment to execute:
display controlling to execute control to display, in a case where an operation for executing a predetermined process to an image selected by an image selecting operation is executed, a confirmation screen for confirming whether or not to execute the predetermined process to the selected image, wherein a predetermined item for accepting an execution instruction of the predetermined process and another item are displayed on the confirmation screen; and
processing to execute the predetermined process to the selected image in a case where the predetermined item is selected,
wherein the display controlling is configured to execute control to display the confirmation screen so that a positional relationship between a display position of the another item and a display position of the predetermined item is different in accordance with whether or not the selected image is an image with which specific information is associated.

US Pat. No. 10,440,272

IMAGING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING ACTUATOR WHICH INCLUDES VIBRATOR HAVING CONTACT PORTION AND RELATIVE MOVEMENT MEMBER WITH WHICH THE CONTACT PORTION OF THE VIBRATOR IS PRESSURIZED AND IN CONTACT, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE IMAGING APPARATUS, PROGRAM OF THE I

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:at least one processor that functions, according to at least one program stored in a memory, as units comprising:
a detecting unit configured to detect an environment of a photographing optical system;
a control unit configured to control an actuator of driving the photographing optical system to perform a first operation and a second operation, which is different from the first operation, of performing maintenance of the photographing optical system; and
a measuring unit configured to measure an elapsed time froze a stop of the photographing optical system driven in the first operation,
wherein the detecting unit is configured to detect a temperature and a humidity as the environment,
wherein the control unit is configured to control the actuator to perform the second operation in a case where the elapsed time exceeds threshold,
wherein, in a case where the humidity detected by the detecting unit is a first value, the control unit is configured to set the threshold to a smaller value than a case where the humidity detected by the detecting unit is second value lower than the first value, and
wherein the control unit is configured to control the actuator to perform the second operation a in a case where the elapsed time does not exceed the threshold and a change amount of the temperature detected by the detecting unit exceeds a pre determined value.

US Pat. No. 10,439,525

MOTOR DRIVE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DRIVING MOTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor drive device that drives a motor to rotate comprising:at least one processor or one circuitry which functions as:
a detecting unit configured to detect a rotational position of a rotor;
a generating unit configured to generate a drive waveform to be output to the motor;
a control unit configured to perform control that synchronizes a phase of the rotational position and a phase of the drive waveform; and
a phase difference setting unit configured to set a phase difference between the rotational position and the drive waveform in a state in which the phase of the rotational position and the phase of the drive waveform are synchronized,
wherein the detecting unit comprises:
a first calculating unit configured to calculate a first count values based on a plurality of signals that change with the rotation of the rotor;
a second calculating unit configured to acquire the first count values and calculate a second count values having a first upper limit value; and
a third calculating unit configured to acquire the second count values, perform a process that multiplies the second count values by a conversion ratio that has been set, and calculate a third count values having a second upper limit value.

US Pat. No. 10,440,339

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING CORRECTION FOR A TARGET PIXEL HAVING HIGH LUMINANCE IN AN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor and/or circuit configured to function as following units:
a detection unit configured to detect a specific object area from an image;
a correction processing unit configured to perform correction, on a processing target pixel having a luminance higher than a predetermined value in the image, to reduce the luminance of the processing target pixel and to bring a chrominance signal ratio of the processing target pixel closer to a predetermined chrominance signal ratio, wherein the predetermined chrominance signal ratio corresponds to a representative color of the specific object area; and
an extraction unit configured to extract at least color information from a peripheral area of the processing target pixel in the image,
wherein the correction processing unit compares a chrominance signal ratio based on the color information with the predetermined chrominance signal ratio and controls an intensity of the correction to the processing target pixel according to a comparison result.

US Pat. No. 10,437,526

PRINTING METHOD, SOUND CONTROL SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. The method according to claim 8 further comprising a search step of searching for the printer based on the identification information of the printer received in the reception step, wherein the print data is transmitted to the printer detected in the search step in the third transmission step.

US Pat. No. 10,440,094

SYSTEM FOR RESTRICTING REMOTE OPERATION COMMAND IF NOT FROM RELAY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
establish a connection with a support apparatus via a relay apparatus;
make a data acquisition request to the relay apparatus,
obtain an operation command to remotely operate the information processing apparatus as a response to the data acquisition request, the operation command being transmitted from the support apparatus to the relay apparatus;
operate the information processing apparatus based on the obtained operation command;
operate, in a case where the information processing apparatus is not communicating with the support apparatus via the relay apparatus, the information processing apparatus based on receipt of a remote operation command from another apparatus other than the relay apparatus; and
restrict, in a case where the information processing apparatus is being remotely operated by the support apparatus via the relay apparatus, operating the information processing apparatus based on the receipt of the remote operation command from the another apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,437,538

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD FOR OBTAINING PRINTER STATUS AND NON-VOLATILE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing method for an information processing apparatus to obtain status information on a printer, the method comprising:determining whether a submitted job is a print job for causing the printer to perform a print operation or a status obtaining job for obtaining the status information without causing the printer to perform the print operation;
determining whether a connection method between the information processing apparatus and the printer is a network connection; and
transmitting dummy data for obtaining a response from the printer,
wherein the dummy data is transmitted in a case where the submitted job is determined to be the status obtaining job and the connection method is determined to be a network connection, and
wherein the dummy data is not transmitted in a case where the submitted job is determined to be the status obtaining job and the connection method is determined not to be a network connection.

US Pat. No. 10,437,300

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a connector configured to connect to an external device by cable and receive external power from the external device;
at least one processor and/or at least one circuit to perform operations of the following units:
a first determination unit configured to logically determine a power supply capability of the external device connected to the connector;
a condition setting unit configured to set a load current and a voltage threshold, based on the power supply capability logically determined by the first determination unit;
a test unit configured to execute a load test for detecting a voltage supplied from the external device while drawing the load current from the external device via the connector;
a second determination unit configured to determine whether the external device is capable of power supply at a power supply capability that depends on the power supply capability logically determined by the first determination unit;
a control unit configured to execute a predetermined function using the external power, according to an operation state that is set; and
a setting unit configured, in a case where the second determination unit determines that the external device is capable of power supply at the power supply capability that depends on the power supply capability logically determined by the first determination unit, to set, in the control unit, a permitted state in which the predetermined function can be executed using the external power, and, if not the case, to set, in the control unit, a prohibited state in which the predetermined function cannot be executed using the external power,
wherein the second determination unit, in a case where the voltage detected with the load test is greater than or equal to the voltage threshold, determines that the external device is capable of supply power at the power supply capability that depends on the power supply capability logically determined by the first determination unit, and, if not the case, determines that the external device is not capable of supply power at the power supply capability that depends on the power supply capability logically determined by the first determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,435,258

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:a storage unit configured to store a plurality of sheets;
a conveyance member configured to convey a sheet;
a support shaft portion having one end as a fixed end that is fixed to a main body of the sheet conveyance apparatus and the other end as a free end that is not fixed to the main body;
a separation unit including (i) a separation member to be supported by the support shaft portion, and configured to pinch a sheet with the conveyance member and separate a sheet from the plurality of sheets stored in the storage unit one by one, and (ii) a holding portion configured to hold the separation member; and
a guiding member configured to guide a sheet fed from the storage unit and configured to, by moving the separation unit in an axial direction of the support shaft portion, move in the axial direction together with the separation unit,
wherein, in a state where the separation member is supported by the support shaft portion, the separation member is lifted by the support shaft portion and is urged against the conveyance member and, due to the lifting and the urging, the separation member is not in contact with the holding portion, and
wherein, by moving the separation unit in the axial direction, the separation unit is removed from the sheet conveyance apparatus with the separation member.

US Pat. No. 10,439,619

RECORDING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:an output unit configured to output a clock signal to a storage medium;
an input/output unit configured to output a write command and data to be written to the storage medium according to the clock signal in order to write data to the storage medium, and configured to receive data from the storage medium according to a timing signal;
a generation unit configured to generate the timing signal by delaying the clock signal;
an adjustment unit configured to execute adjustment processing for adjusting a delay amount of the timing signal;
a buffer memory configured to hold input data;
an input control unit configured to execute input control to input continuously recording target data to be recorded to the storage medium, to the buffer memory;
a recording control unit configured to execute recording control for recording the recording target data held in the buffer memory to the storage medium, using the input/output unit; and
a control unit configured to control the input control unit, the recording control unit, and the adjustment unit,
wherein the control unit:
performs control such that the input control is started before a recording start instruction and the recording control is started in response to the recording start instruction; and
performs control such that the adjustment processing is executed during execution of the input control and before the recording control is started in response to the recording start instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,435,260

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS TO CHANGE THE SHEET CONVEYING DIRECTION BY MOVING A ROTATING MEMBER THAT CONVEYS THE SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:a first rotating member configured to rotate in one direction;
a second rotating member configured to convey, together with the first rotating member, a sheet in a first direction upon rotation of the first rotating member;
a third rotating member configured to convey, together with the first rotating member, the sheet in a second direction upon rotation of the first rotating member, wherein the second direction is a direction different from the first direction; and
a switching unit configured to switch a position of the first rotating member between a first position at which the first rotating member conveys the sheet with the second rotating member or the third rotating member, and a second position at which the first rotating member is retracted relative to the first position,
wherein, before a rear end of the sheet conveyed in the first direction has been conveyed by the first rotating member and the second rotating member, the switching unit moves the first rotating member from the first position towards the second position, and
wherein the switching unit includes a stopping unit configured to stop a movement of the first rotating member at a position between the first position and the second position after the switching unit has moved the first rotating member from the first position towards the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,435,264

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a sheet supporting portion on which a sheet is supported;
a regulating portion configured to be movable with respect to the sheet supporting portion, and regulate a position of the sheet supported on the sheet supporting portion;
a feeding portion configured to feed the sheet supported on the sheet supporting portion;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the sheet fed from the sheet supporting portion;
a sheet detection unit configured to detect that a sheet is supported on the sheet supporting portion; and
a control unit configured to execute, in a state where an image forming job in which an image is formed by the image forming unit is interrupted, a drive processing of the feeding portion such that
(a) the feeding portion is driven at a first timing if the regulating portion is not set to a moved state within a predetermined period of time from when the sheet detection unit has detected the sheet, and
(b) the feed portion is driven at a second timing later than the first timing if the regulating portion is set to the moved state within the predetermined period of time from when the sheet detection unit has detected the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,429,640

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PERFORMING PROCESSING IN ACCORDANCE WITH REFLECTIVE SURFACE OF ROTATING POLYGONAL MIRROR FOR SCANNING PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a first light source and a second light source;
a first photosensitive member corresponding to the first light source and a second photosensitive member corresponding to the second light source;
a transfer unit configured to transfer a first image formed on the first photosensitive member to an image carrier, and to transfer a second image formed on the second photosensitive member onto the image carrier by overlapping the second image on the first image;
a deflection unit configured to deflect light emitted by the first light source and the second light source so that the light emitted by the first light source and the second light source scans respectively corresponding photosensitive members, using at least one rotating polygonal mirror that has a plurality of reflective surfaces;
a specification unit configured to perform surface specification processing for specifying a reflective surface that deflects light, out of the plurality of reflective surfaces of the rotating polygonal mirror, in a state where the rotating polygonal mirror is rotating;
a correction unit configured to perform correction processing for correcting image data in accordance with which reflective surface, out of the plurality of reflective surfaces of the rotating polygonal mirror, deflects light; and
a control unit configured to control so as to cause scanning of the first photosensitive member to start before the surface specification processing by the specification unit completes, and control so as to, after the surface specification processing by the specification unit completes, cause the correction processing to be performed by the correction unit, with respect to image data for causing light to be emitted from the second light source and in accordance with a specification result of the surface specification processing, and cause scanning of the second photosensitive member to start,
wherein the correction unit is further configured to perform correction processing by correcting image data after halftone processing based on the specification result of the surface specification processing by the specification unit.

US Pat. No. 10,430,667

METHOD, DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR RE-IDENTIFICATION OF OBJECTS IN IMAGES OBTAINED FROM A PLURALITY OF CAMERAS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for re-identification by a computing device of at least one target object in images obtained from at least two image sources, each of the image sources obtaining images representing an area associated with the corresponding image source, the method comprising:identifying, by the computer device, at least one target object in images obtained from one of a pair of image sources;
estimating, by the computer device, a relative velocity of the at least one target object in comparison with at least another object previously identified in images obtained from the one of the pair of image sources, wherein the previously identified another object is a moving object; and
establishing, by the computer device, based on the estimated relative velocity of the at least one target object, a correspondence between the at least one target object identified in images obtained from the one of the pair of image sources and a plurality of candidate objects represented in images obtained from an other image source of the pair of image sources, thereby determining which among the plurality of candidate objects is the at least one target object; and
wherein the method further comprises, by the computer device, a step of extracting, for the at least one target object and each of the plurality of candidate objects, respective image-based features, and a step of selecting at least one candidate object of the plurality of candidate objects based on the extracted image-based features and the relative velocity of each of the plurality of candidate objects, and on the extracted image-based features and the relative velocity of the at least one target object.

US Pat. No. 10,430,684

SIGNAL PROCESSOR AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A signal processor comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire input pixel signals I(x) corresponding to two-dimensionally arranged pixels (x), respectively; and
a processing unit configured to apply a predetermined stochastic resonance process to each of the input pixel signals I(x) acquired by the acquisition unit,
wherein the predetermined stochastic resonance process includes addition of noise obtained by multiplying generated random number by K to the input pixel signal I(x), a binarization process of comparing the result of the addition of the noise to the input pixel signal I(x) with a threshold T2 and a threshold T1 (where T2>T1), and a process of calculating a probability related to the result of the binarization process,
the binarization process includes:
a first nonlinear process of outputting “0” in a case where the input pixel signal I(x) after the addition of the noise is less than the threshold T1, “1” in a case where the input pixel signal I(x) after the addition of the noise is greater than the threshold T2, and “P” in a case where the input pixel signal I(x) after the addition of the noise is greater than or equal to the threshold T1 and less than or equal to the second threshold T2; and
a second nonlinear process of determining whether to output “1” or “0” for a processing target pixel, in which the result of the first nonlinear process is “P,” based on input pixel signals of pixels around the processing target pixel, the second nonlinear process being subsequent to the first nonlinear process, and
the process of calculating a probability is a process of calculating a probability J(x) that the result of the first nonlinear process is “1,” or the result of the first nonlinear process is “P” and the result of the second nonlinear process is “1” in the binarization process.

US Pat. No. 10,431,463

SUBSTRATE HOLDING DEVICE, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE PRODUCTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A substrate holding device configured to hold a substrate, the substrate holding device comprising:a holding member including a center part having a hole through which gas is exhausted from a space between the substrate and the holding member and an outer peripheral part surrounding the center part;
a moving unit configured to relatively move the substrate and the holding member in a direction perpendicular to a substrate holding surface of the center part; and
a seal member provided on the outer peripheral part, configured to seal the space and configured to be deformed in response to a distance between the substrate and the holding member relatively moved by the moving unit,
wherein at least one of the outer peripheral part and the seal member has a through hole, and
wherein a first end of the through hole faces the space and a second end of the through hole faces an atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 10,430,457

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:
acquire, for each of a plurality of image-capturing environments, a captured image obtained by capturing under the image-capturing environment a surface on which a color chart is disposed;
extract color values from colored regions classified as an identical color in the color chart that is contained in the captured image, and extract color information representing the identical color from the color chart;
register the color information and the color values, both of which are extracted from the color chart that is contained in the captured image, in association with each other,
wherein, in a case where a first color value extracted from a first colored region in the color chart that is contained in a first captured image of the surface that has been captured under a first image-capturing environment is equal to a second color value extracted from a second colored region in the color chart that is contained in a second captured image of the surface that has been captured under a second image-capturing environment, first color information, representing the identical color into which the first colored region in the first captured image is classified, and second color information, different from the first color information, representing the identical color into which the second colored region in the second captured image is classified, are registered with the same color value;
acquire an image of an object;
acquire a color value of the object that is contained in the image of the object;
specify color information which has been registered in association with a color value corresponding to the acquired color value of the object; and
register the image of the object and the specified color information in association with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,427,400

PRINTHEAD AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printhead comprising:a printing element;
a driving circuit configured to drive the printing element;
an analog signal processing circuit configured to process one or more analog signals;
a bias circuit configured to supply a bias voltage to the analog signal processing circuit; and
a control terminal to which a control signal is inputted,
wherein, in a state in which the analog signal processing circuit and the bias circuit are receiving a supply of power, it is possible to switch starting and stopping of at least one of the analog signal processing circuit and the bias circuit based on the control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,427,403

REAL-TIME LINEFEED MEASUREMENT OF INKJET PRINTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for an image forming apparatus to print an image on a print medium, wherein the image forming apparatus includes a print head having a head sensor configured to sense information from the image printed on the print medium, the method comprising:printing a first swath of the image on the print medium by the print head;
capturing, by the head sensor, a first target image from the printed first swath;
comparing the first target image to a reference image for the first swath based upon the image;
determining a head sensor position deviation based on a relative shift between the first target image and the reference image, wherein the head sensor position deviation shows a vertical shift between a position of the head sensor and a position of a predetermined section of the print head;
repositioning the print head relative to the print medium on which the first swath is printed by at least one line feed distance in a feed direction which intersects the scan direction;
capturing, by the head sensor, a second target image from the printed first swath;
determining a line feed error based upon the second target image while compensating the head sensor position deviation; and
printing a second swath of the image on the print medium while compensating the line feed error.

US Pat. No. 10,427,410

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND DETECTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a print head that ejects ink for printing;
a maintenance unit configured to perform a maintenance operation of the print head;
a waste ink tank having an absorber that absorbs ink discharged by the maintenance unit;
a detecting unit provided on the absorber and configured to detect ink;
a first counting unit configured to count an amount of ink discharged to the waste ink tank for every first period of time;
a second counting unit configured to count an amount of ink discharged to the waste ink tank after the detecting unit detects ink; and
a determining unit configured to determine whether an amount of ink in the waste ink tank is equal to or greater than a predetermined amount,
wherein the determining unit makes determination based on an amount of ink counted by the first counting unit over a past second period of time before a point when the detecting unit detects ink and an amount of ink counted by the second counting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,427,411

INK-JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CLEANING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink-jet printing apparatus comprising:a print head having a discharge port face provided with a first discharge port having a first diameter and a second discharge port having a second diameter smaller than the first diameter, the print head being configured to perform a printing operation on a recording medium;
a cap configured to cover the discharge port face;
a suction unit connected to the cap, configured to suck ink from the print head when the cap covers the discharge port face, and capable of performing a first suction operation sucking ink at a first strength and a second suction operation sucking ink at a second strength higher than the first strength;
a control unit configured to cause the suction unit to perform the suction operation; and
a determining unit configured to determine a printing operation to be performed by the print head among a plurality of printing operations including a first printing operation performing printing on a recording medium using at least the second discharge port and a second printing operation performing printing on a recording medium using the first discharge port without using the second discharge port,
wherein, in a case where the determining unit determines to perform the first printing operation, the control unit causes the suction unit to perform the first suction operation and the second suction operation before the first printing operation, and
wherein, in a case where the determining unit determines to perform the second printing operation, the control unit causes the suction unit to perform the first suction operation and not to perform the second suction operation before the second printing operation and causes the suction unit to perform the second suction operation after the second printing operation.

US Pat. No. 10,427,412

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND LIQUID REFILLING CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a print head configured to eject a liquid;
a liquid storage unit including a liquid injection port protruding in a first direction through which the liquid is injected, and a pressing member provided inside the liquid injection port, the liquid storage unit storing the liquid to be supplied to the print head;
a first shape portion extending by a first length from an opening of the liquid injection port in the first direction and being formed with a first width in a circumferential direction of the opening;
a second shape portion extending by a second length shorter than the first length from the opening of the liquid injection port in the first direction and being formed with a second width shorter than the first width in the circumferential direction of the opening; and
a liquid refilling container configured to refill the liquid into the liquid storage unit, the liquid refilling container including a liquid pour-out port through which the liquid is poured out, a sealing member configured to seal the liquid pour-out port, an inclined portion having a tip at which the liquid pour-out port is formed, a third shape portion enabled to engage with the first shape portion, and a fourth shape portion enabled to engage with the second shape portion,
wherein a distance between the third shape portion and an opening of the liquid pour-out port is less than a distance between the fourth shape portion and the opening of the liquid pour-out port, and
wherein, in a case where the first shape portion engages with the third shape portion and the second shape portion engages with the fourth shape portion, the pressing member presses the sealing member to open the liquid pour-out port,
wherein in a case where the first shape portion and the third shape portion engage with each other, and the second shape portion and the fourth shape portion do not engage with each other, the pressing member does not press the sealing member,
wherein the first shape portions are formed at positions for which a positional relation relative to a center of the liquid pour-out port remains the same regardless of the type of the liquid stored in the liquid storage unit, and the second shape portions are formed at positions for which the positional relation varies depending on the type of the liquid stored in the liquid storage unit,
wherein in a case where a type of the liquid to be stored in the liquid storage unit is different from a type of the liquid stored in the liquid refilling container, the first shape portion engages with the third shape portion and the second shape portion does not engage with the fourth shape portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,413

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a plurality of liquid chambers each including,
an energy generating element that generates energy for ejecting a liquid,
an ejection opening that ejects the liquid, and
a liquid supply opening that supplies the liquid to the energy generating element,
the liquid flowing in a first direction in the plurality of liquid chambers, and the plurality of liquid chambers being arranged in a second direction that intersects the first direction; and
a plurality of first side walls that extend in the first direction and that form walls on both sides of the plurality of liquid chambers,
wherein each of the plurality of first side walls includes a fragmenting portion that fragments each of the plurality of first side walls in the first direction, or a section reducing portion that is a portion in which a section vertical to the first direction has been scaled down,
wherein the plurality of first side walls are shared by adjacent liquid chambers,
wherein a continuously extending second side wall that forms a dummy liquid chamber together with a first side wall of the plurality of first side walls is positioned at an end portion in the second direction, and
wherein the fragmenting portion or the section reducing portion is provided at a position that is closer to the liquid supply opening with respect to a center of the ejection opening in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,427,427

PRINTING APPARATUS THAT DETECTS WHETHER A PRINT MEDIUM RUNS OUT AND, DURING DOUBLE-SIDED PRINTING, DISCARDS IMAGE DATA TO BE PRINTED ON THE RUN OUT PRINT MEDIUM, AND RELATED PRINT CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a storage unit configured to externally receive and to store image data used to print images;
a detection unit configured to detect presence and absence of a print medium fed from a feeding unit;
a print unit configured to read out, in accordance with detection of the print medium fed from the feeding unit by the detection unit, the image data for printing an image on the print medium, detected by the detection unit, from the storage unit, and to print the image on the print medium based on the image data;
a hold unit configured to hold a print medium, with an image being printed on a first surface, to print on a second surface, as a back surface of the first surface, in double-sided printing; and
a control unit configured to control, if the detection unit detects that a print medium fed from the feeding unit runs out, while the hold unit holds the print medium, with the image being printed on the first surface by the print unit, during execution of a sequence of the double-sided printing, data reading so as to read and to discard image data, corresponding to an image to be printed on the runout print medium, from the storage unit, to cause a conveyance unit to convey the held print medium from the hold unit to the print unit, and to cause the print unit to print an image on the second surface of the held print medium.

US Pat. No. 10,427,430

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a first roller configured to feed a sheet;
a second roller configured to convey the sheet fed by the first roller;
a print head configured to print an image on the sheet conveyed by the second roller based on printing data;
a detection unit configured to detect an edge of the sheet; and
processor and memory configured to function as:
a control unit configured to perform a forming operation for forming an overlap state in which a leading edge of a succeeding sheet is overlapping with a preceding sheet; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether to perform a first conveyance operation for conveying the succeeding sheet to a printing start position at which printing of the succeeding sheet by the print head is started while keeping the overlap state or a second conveyance operation for conveying the succeeding sheet to the printing start position with an interval between a trailing edge of the preceding sheet and the leading edge of the succeeding sheet,
wherein the control unit controls the first roller and the second roller to perform a skew correction operation of the succeeding sheet by abutting the leading edge of the succeeding sheet against the second roller which stops before the trailing edge of the preceding sheet passes the second roller in a case in which the determination unit determines to perform the first conveyance operation.

US Pat. No. 10,432,811

IMAGE READING METHOD WITH DOCUMENT LAYOUT DETECTION, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREWITH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading method executed by an image reading apparatus which moves a reading head, in which a plurality of reading sensors are arranged in a first direction, along a document table in a second direction crossing the first direction, so as to read a plurality of documents placed on the document table, the image reading method comprising:a first moving step, by at least one processor of the image reading apparatus, for causing the image reading apparatus to move the reading head in the second direction to a detection position by a predetermined distance from a position, at which a first document is detected, in a state in which the reading head does not perform predetermined reading processing;
a first determining step, by the at least one processor, for determining the size and layout of the first document based on the result, when the reading head is at the detection position, of the predetermined reading processing by reading sensors among the plurality of reading sensors arranged at positions corresponding to the first document in the first direction; and
a second determining step, by the at least one processor, for determining whether or not a second document other than the first document exists at the detection position in the second direction and a position apart from the first document in the first direction, based on the result, when the reading head is at the detection position, of the predetermined reading processing by reading sensors among the plurality of reading sensors arranged at positions corresponding to the second document in the first direction, and determining the size and layout of the second document based on the result in a case where it is determined that the second document exists.

US Pat. No. 10,427,431

SHEET SUPPLYING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet supplying apparatus, comprising:a driving unit configured to cause a roll including a wound consecutive sheet to rotate in a first direction for feeding the sheet or a second direction opposite to the first direction;
a first sensor that detects a leading end portion of the sheet separated from an outer circumferential surface of the roll; and
a second sensor that detects the leading end portion of the sheet, the second sensor being positioned downstream of the first sensor with respect to a direction in which the sheet is fed, wherein
in a case in which the second sensor detects the leading end portion of the sheet, the driving unit causes the roll to rotate in the first direction, and
in a case in which the second sensor does not detect the leading end portion of the sheet, the driving unit causes the roll to rotate in the second direction, and when the first sensor detects the leading end portion of the sheet, the driving unit changes a rotation direction of the roll from the second direction to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,432,812

IMAGE READING DEVICE, DOCUMENT FEEDER DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading device, comprising:a reading unit including a reading glass, and a reader configured to read, through the reading glass, an image on a document placed on the reading glass; and
a turning unit configured to turn with respect to the reading unit,
wherein the turning unit includes
a pressing plate configured to press the document placed on the reading glass against the reading glass when the turning unit is at a position closing the reading glass,
an attachment part to which a communication unit for acquiring information regarding a user of the image reading device is attached,
wherein at least part of the pressing plate is removed from the turning unit to externally expose the attachment part, and
wherein the communication unit is attached to the attachment part in a state where at least part of the pressing plate is removed from the turning unit.

US Pat. No. 10,432,815

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT TURNS ON WHEN SENSING A HUMAN AND TURNS OFF WHEN NO OPERATION IS INPUT IN A PREDETERMINED TIME, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a human sensor;
an interface that receives a user operation; and
a power controller configured to, based on a sensing result of the human sensor, turn on a predetermined device;
wherein the power controller turns on the predetermined device and turns off the human sensor based on the sensing result of the human sensor, and the power controller turns on the human sensor and turns off the predetermined device based on a sensing result of the human sensor, when a predetermined time has elapsed without the interface receiving a user operation.

US Pat. No. 10,432,820

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a scanner that scans multiple original documents placed on a platen glass of the scanner to generate a scanned image;
a memory that stores instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the stored instructions to perform:
acquiring document images corresponding to the respective original documents by performing a multiple cropping process for the scanned image;
deciding a page order of the acquired document images based on area sizes of the acquired document images and position coordinates at which the acquired document images are located on the scanned image; and
arranging the document images of the respective original documents in the decided page order to create one file including the document images arranged in the decided page order.

US Pat. No. 10,432,822

COLOR CONVERSION LUT CREATION APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS COLOR CONVERSION PROCESSING BY USING COLOR CONVERSION LUT, CREATION METHOD OF COLOR CONVERSION LUT, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color conversion LUT creation apparatus comprising:a derivation unit configured to derive an output value corresponding to an input value in an input image for a plurality of virtual color materials whose number is smaller than a number of actual color materials used in an image forming apparatus;
a setting unit configured to set a target number of dots of the actual color material, which is a target of a number of dots printed per unit area; and
a conversion unit configured to convert an output value of the plurality of virtual color materials into an output value of the actual color material so that a total value of numbers of dots of the actual color material coincides with the target number of dots and to create a color conversion LUT in which the input value and the output value of the actual color material are associated with each other, wherein
the setting unit sets the target number of dots based on dispersibility of a dot pattern corresponding to each tone level of a dither matrix used for halftone processing.

US Pat. No. 10,432,823

PRINTING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO DISPLAY CODE IMAGE WITHOUT CHANGING COLOR, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:a printer;
a display;
a memory configured to store instructions; and
one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to:
set whether or not to perform first processing for changing color information of a screen to be displayed on the display; and
perform the first processing on the screen and control the display to display the screen whose color information has been changed by the first processing in a case where the setting to perform the first processing is set,
wherein, in a case where a code image to be read by an external apparatus is included in the screen to be displayed on the display, the one or more processors are configured to not perform the first processing on the code image included in the screen to be displayed, even if the setting to perform the first processing is set, and control the display to display the code image on which the first processing has not been performed.

US Pat. No. 10,431,546

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a laminate, the method comprising:preparing a first wafer and a second wafer, the first wafer comprising a first semiconductor substrate and a first wiring structure on the first semiconductor substrate, the second wafer comprising a second semiconductor substrate and a second wiring structure on the second semiconductor substrate, the first wiring structure and the second wiring structure are arranged between the first substrate and the second substrate, the first wiring structure including a first plurality of conductive lines, and the second wiring structure including a second plurality of conductive lines; and
forming a connecting member configured to electrically connect a first conductive line of the first plurality of conductive lines and a second conductive line of the second plurality of conductive lines,
wherein the forming of the connecting member comprises:forming a first hole and a second hole each of which penetrates at least the first semiconductor substrate so that a part of the first semiconductor substrate is arranged between the first hole and the second hole, at least one of the first conductive line and the second conductive line exposes to the first hole, and at least the one of the first conductive line and the second conductive line exposes to the second hole; and disposing a conductive material in the first hole and the second hole.

US Pat. No. 10,432,830

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING PLURALITY OF EXTERNAL CONNECTION TERMINALS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,429,759

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING OPTICAL PRINT HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a drum unit rotatably supporting a photosensitive drum, the image forming apparatus comprising:an optical print head configured to expose the photosensitive drum;
a movement mechanism configured to move the optical print head between an exposure position where the optical print head exposes the photosensitive drum, and a retracted position retracted further from the photosensitive drum than the exposure position;
a first abutting pin that is provided on a one end side of the optical print head in a longitudinal direction of the optical print head and protrudes from a side where the photosensitive drum is arranged of the optical print head and a side opposite to a side where the photosensitive drum is arranged of the optical print head and that is configured to be abutted against the drum unit; and
a second abutting pin that is provided on an other end side of the optical print head in the longitudinal direction of the optical print head and protrudes from a side where the photosensitive drum is arranged of the optical print head and a side opposite to a side where the photosensitive drum is arranged of the optical print head, and that is configured to be abutted against a second abutted portion formed on the other end side of the drum unit in the longitudinal direction to position the other end side of the optical print head in the longitudinal direction as to the drum unit, wherein the movement mechanism includes
a first moving member including a first supporting portion for supporting the optical print head at a position where the first supporting portion overlaps with the first abutting pin in the longitudinal direction of the optical print head, and moves the optical print head, and
a second moving member including a second supporting portion for supporting the optical print head at a position where the second supporting portion overlaps with the second abutting pin in the longitudinal direction of the optical print head and moves the optical print head.

US Pat. No. 10,432,848

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a display unit arranged on a first surface of the electronic apparatus;
a first operation member arranged on a second surface of the electronic apparatus;
a second operation member arranged on a third surface of the electronic apparatus, wherein the third surface is on a right side of the electronic apparatus when the first and second surfaces are viewed as front and top sides, respectively, of the electronic apparatus; and
a memory and at least one processor or circuit which function as:
a control unit configured to perform control to change an item to be selected from among a plurality of items displayed on the display unit to a previous item according to an operation on the first operation member and change the item to be selected to a next item according to an operation on the second operation member.

US Pat. No. 10,429,777

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT REGULATE A LUBRICANT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing a toner image on a recording material, the fixing apparatus comprising:(A) a tubular film having an inner surface and an outer surface;
(B) an elongate heater having a first surface that is in contact with the inner surface of the tubular film, and a second surface that is on an opposite side to the first surface;
(C) a roller provided in contact with the outer surface of the tubular film, and configured to form a nip portion with the roller, the recording material, having the toner image formed thereon, being heated in the nip portion and having the toner image fixed thereon while being transported through the nip portion;
(D) a lubricant interposed between the first surface of the heater and the inner surface of the tubular film;
(E) a temperature detecting member provided on the second surface of the heater to detect a temperature of the heater;
(F) a controller controlling electrical power to be supplied to the heater so that a temperature detected by the temperature detecting member reaches a target temperature; and
(G) a guide member for guiding the tubular film, the guide member (a) being elongated in a longitudinal direction of the heater, (b) being in contact with the inner surface of the tubular film, (c) having a plurality of protrusions protruding toward the inner surface of the tubular film, and (d) having a first region and a second region in a longitudinal direction of the guide member, the first region being a region that corresponds to the temperature detecting member in the longitudinal direction of the guide member, and the second region being a region that does not correspond to the temperature detecting member in the longitudinal direction of the guide member, and a width of one protrusion, of the plurality of protrusions, located at the first region being greater than a width of some of the plurality protrusions located at the second region.

US Pat. No. 10,432,852

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a plurality of image signals picked up by an image pickup unit;
a determining unit configured to determine distance information of the object image by using the plurality of image signals; and
a conversion unit configured to perform, on the distance information, gradation conversion that has at least one conversion characteristic out of a plurality of different conversion characteristics, and to output information that is based on the distance information converted by the gradation conversion,
wherein the conversion unit selects the one conversion characteristic out of the plurality of different conversion characteristics based on an application to which the information is output, and
wherein the conversion unit determines a gradation resolution of the output of the conversion unit based on the conversion characteristic.

US Pat. No. 10,432,854

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS TO DETERMINE WHETHER THERE IS FOG OR MIST IN A CAPTURED IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an image acquisition unit configured to acquire an image of a subject;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a ratio of a number of pixels having brightness values in a brightness range to a total number of pixels in an entire image;
an image processing unit configured to emphasize a contrast of the image when the ratio is equal to or greater than a first threshold; and
a control unit configured to change a brightness range for calculating the ratio based on at least one of an illuminance of the subject obtained from the image and an exposure target value used when the image is acquired.

US Pat. No. 10,429,781

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE AND HEATER FOR USE IN IMAGE HEATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater for use in an image heating device, the heater comprising:a substrate;
a first heating block provided on the substrate and configured to generate heat by electric power supplied thereto;
a second heating block provided on the substrate at a position different from the position of the first heating block in a longitudinal direction of the substrate and configured to generate heat by electric power supplied thereto;
a third heating block provided on the substrate at a position different from the position of the first and second heating blocks in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and configured to generate heat by electric power supplied thereto;
a fourth heating block provided on the substrate at a position different from the position of the first, second and third heating blocks in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and configured to generate heat by electric power supplied thereto, the first to fourth heating blocks are controllable independently of each other;
a first temperature sensor provided on the substrate at a position corresponding to the first heating block;
a second temperature sensor provided on the substrate at a position corresponding to the second heating block;
a third temperature sensor provided on the substrate at a position corresponding to the third heating block;
a fourth temperature sensor provided on the substrate at a position corresponding to the fourth heating block;
a first conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the first temperature sensor;
a second conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the second temperature sensor;
a first common conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the first and second temperature sensors;
a third conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the third temperature sensor;
a fourth conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the fourth temperature sensor;
a second common conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the third and fourth temperature sensors;
a first electrode provided on the substrate at one end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the first conductive pattern;
a second electrode provided on the substrate at the one end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the second conductive pattern;
a first common electrode provided on the substrate at the one end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the first common conductive pattern;
a third electrode provided on the substrate at the other end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the third conductive pattern;
a fourth electrode provided on the substrate at the other end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the fourth conductive pattern; and
a second common electrode provided on the substrate at the other end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the second common conductive pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,429,782

FIXING DEVICE HAVING A PREVENTING MEMBER THAT PREVENTS FOLDING OF AN END PORTION OF A FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:(A) a cylindrical film;
(B) a pressing member configured to form a nip in cooperation with said film while contacting an outer surface of said film; and
(C) a preventing member provided at a longitudinal end portion of said film and contactable to a longitudinal end surface of said film when said film moves in a longitudinal direction of said film, said preventing member including:
(a) a guiding surface opposing an inner surface of said film and configured to guide rotation of said film; and
(b) a preventing surface configured to prevent movement of said film in the longitudinal direction of said film, wherein, as viewed in the longitudinal direction of said film, said preventing surface includes:
(i) a first region positioned downstream of a nip center line with respect to a recording material feeding direction; and
(ii) a second region positioned upstream of the first region with respect to the recording material feeding direction, the first region retracting in a direction of retracting from the longitudinal end surface of said film with respect to the longitudinal direction of said film relative to the second region,
wherein the second region and a region of said guiding surface, which is contactable to the inner surface of said film when said film rotates, extend continuously in the recording material feeding direction from a portion upstream of the nip center line to a portion downstream of the nip center line, and each of the second region and the region of said guiding surface, which is contactable to the inner surface of said film when said film rotates, has a length, with respect to a rotational direction of said film, that is greater at the portion upstream of the nip center line than at the portion downstream of the nip center line,
wherein, as viewed in the longitudinal direction of said film, with respect to the rotational direction of said film, an upstream end of the second region is positioned downstream of an upstream end of the region of said guiding surface, which is contactable to the inner surface of said film when said film rotates, and
wherein, in the nip, a recording material, on which an image is formed, is heated while being fed, and the image is fixed on the recording material.

US Pat. No. 10,432,858

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR HAVING POWER CONTROL TO CONTROL POWER STATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus having a power supply and comprising:a display configured to be capable of selectively changing a display direction to at least one of an image pickup direction of an image pickup unit or an opposite direction;
at least one processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the at least one processor to perform operations comprising:
accepting an operation from a user;
controlling a power state of the power supply either in a first state or a second state, wherein power consumption in the first state is lower than power consumption in the second state, and to switch to the first state from the second state in response to a period, in which the operation from the user has not been accepted, exceeding a threshold; and
performing control including changing the threshold based on the display direction while a predetermined screen is displayed on the display such that the threshold in a case where the display direction is the image pickup direction is set to be longer than the threshold in a case where the display direction of the display is the opposite direction.

US Pat. No. 10,432,878

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM HAVING LOGICAL CIRCUIT TO GENERATE PIXEL DRIVING SIGNALS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a pixel area including a plurality of pixel circuit groups each of which includes a plurality of pixel circuits;
a plurality of drivers arranged so as to correspond to the different pixel circuit groups and configured to output driving signals to the corresponding pixel circuit groups; and
an address decoder configured to supply logical values indicating selection or deselection of the individual drivers to the drivers,
wherein each of the drivers includes
a first holding circuit configured to hold and output a logical value based on a logical value supplied from the address decoder,
a second holding circuit configured to hold and output a logical value based on the logical value output from the first holding circuit, and
a calculator configured to receive the logical values supplied from the first and second holding circuits and perform a logical operation for generating one of the driving signals.

US Pat. No. 10,432,880

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND DRIVING METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a pixel array having a plurality of rows of a plurality of pixels, the pixels each including:
a photoelectric converting unit configured to generate electric charges corresponding to incident light;
an amplification transistor having an input node, the amplification transistor configured to output a signal corresponding to electric charges in the input node;
a transfer transistor configured to transfer the electric charges generated by the photoelectric converting unit to the input node;
a reset transistor configured to reset the input node to a predetermined voltage; and
a capacitance setting unit configured to set a capacitance value of the input node,
a scanning circuit configured to perform shutter scanning sequentially performing processing of resetting electric charges of the photoelectric converting units on each row of the plurality of pixels by turning on the transfer transistors and the reset transistors, and readout scanning sequentially performing processing of transferring electric charges of the photoelectric converting unit to the input node on each row of the plurality of pixels by turning on the transfer transistors;
a first control unit configured to control the capacitance setting unit to set a capacitance value of the input node in the readout scanning; and
a second control unit configured to control the capacitance setting unit to set a capacitance value of the input node in the shutter scanning.

US Pat. No. 10,431,617

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device, comprising:a substrate including a photoelectric conversion area in which a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions are arranged along a main surface;
a film that is disposed on the photoelectric conversion area, and includes an inner surface on a side of the substrate and an outer surface on a side opposite to the side of the substrate;
a first member that is disposed between the film and the photoelectric conversion area, includes a bottom surface located on the side of the substrate, a top surface located on the side opposite to the side of the substrate, and a side surface connecting the bottom surface and the top surface, and includes a light shielding body;
a second member disposed at least between the film and the top surface; and
a color filter that is disposed above the substrate so that the film is arranged between the color filter and a photoelectric conversion portion in the photoelectric conversion area,
wherein a distance from the main surface to the top surface is smaller than a distance from the main surface to the color filter,
wherein the film includes a first part, a second part, and a third part, the first part overlapping at least a part of each of the photoelectric conversion portions in a normal direction to the main surface of the substrate, the second part overlapping the top surface in the normal direction, and the third part locating between the first part and the second part,
wherein a distance from the main surface to the inner surface at the first part is smaller than the distance from the main surface to the top surface, a distance from the main surface to the outer surface at the first part is smaller than a distance from the main surface to the outer surface at the second part, and the outer surface at the third part inclines to the top surface,
wherein a front surface of the second member on a side of the film inclines to the top surface, between the film and the top surface in the normal direction, and
wherein one or both of the following (A) and (B) are satisfied,
(A) the second member has a refractive index lower than a refractive index of the film, and
(B) the film and the second member each include a silicon compound, and the second member includes lower nitrogen concentration and/or higher oxygen concentration as compared with the film.

US Pat. No. 10,429,609

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical system comprising:a positive lens Gp; and
a focus unit configured to move during focusing and disposed closer to an image side than the positive lens Gp,
wherein a front unit disposed closer to an object side than the positive lens Gp has positive refractive power as a whole, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
LD/f<1.00;
15.0 0.020 0.35 0.05<(R12?R11)/(R12+R11)<0.80,
where ?dGp is an Abbe number of a material for the positive lens Gp, ?gF_Gp is a partial dispersion ratio of the material for the positive lens Gp, Dpi is a distance on an optical axis from an object-side lens surface of the positive lens Gp to an image surface, LD is a distance on the optical axis from a lens surface of the optical system closest to the object to the image surface, f is a focal length of the optical system, R11 is curvature radius of the object-side lens surface of the positive lens Gp, and R12 is a curvature radius of an image-side lens surface of the positive lens Gp.

US Pat. No. 10,430,660

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a motion vector detection unit configured to perform motion vector detection by using an image signal output from an image sensor;
a generation unit configured to generate information regarding a result of the motion vector detection as metadata;
a recording unit configured to record each frame image of moving image output from the image sensor in a recording medium in association with the metadata; and
a control unit configured to cause, during an image capturing operation, the motion vector detection unit to perform motion vector detection by using an image signal output from the image sensor on which first reduction processing to reduce a number of pixels of the frame image was performed, and cause, during a playback operation of playing back the recorded age instructed by a user, the motion vector detection unit to narrow an image area in the each frame image in which motion vector detection is to be performed based on the metadata and to perform motion vector detection by using an image signal output from the recording medium on which second reduction processing to reduce a number of pixels of the frame image was not performed or on which the second reduction processing was performed such that a number of pixels of the frame image which has undergone the second reduction processing is larger than number of pixels of the frame image which has undergone the first reduction processing.

US Pat. No. 10,424,267

ELECTRONIC DEVICE THAT CLASSIFIES IMAGE SIGNALS, DISPLAY DEVICE, AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:an image inputter including a plurality of input terminals each of which is configured to be able to receive each of a plurality of image signals, each of the plurality of image signals including an image data to be displayed by a display unit;
a detector configured to detect each characteristic of the plurality of image signals, each of the plurality of image signals being received in parallel by the respective input terminals;
a classification unit configured to classify the plurality of image signals into at least one group based on each characteristic detected by the detector;
a determinator configured to determine a type of the display mode to be associated with each of the at least one group based on the number of image signals included in each group; and
an outputter configured to output information indicating a display mode of the display unit associated with the at least one group,
wherein the determinator determines the type of the display mode to be a most recommended display mode when the number of image signals included in the group is equal to a predetermined number, and determines the type of the display mode to be a next most recommended display mode when the number of image signals included in the group is smaller than the predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 10,425,813

AUTHENTICATION MANAGEMENT METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, WEARABLE DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An authentication management method executed in a plurality of apparatuses cooperating with each other, the plurality of apparatuses including at least a first apparatus and a second apparatus, the authentication management method comprising:communicably connecting the first apparatus which performs authentication that a user is a predetermined person to allow reception of instruction by the user and the second apparatus which is worn by the user;
in a case where (a) the user wearing the second apparatus has been authenticated as the predetermined person by the second apparatus, and (b) the first apparatus is identified, by the second apparatus, as an apparatus being associated with the second apparatus to perform cooperative processing, transmitting an identification result from the second apparatus to the first apparatus; and
wherein the first apparatus is an apparatus which performs authentication by one of a first type authentication and a second type authentication to allow the reception of instruction by the user, wherein the number of operations performed by the user in the second type authentication is larger than the number of operations performed by the user in the first type authentication;
in a case where the identification result is received from the second apparatus, the first type authentication is performed, and in a case where the identification result is not received from the second apparatus, the second type authentication is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,425,564

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT IS CAPABLE OF BOUNCE EMISSION PHOTOGRAPHING, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus capable of performing emission photographing by using a lighting device having a driving unit which changes an irradiation direction of a light emitted from a light source, the image pickup apparatus comprising:at least one processor, executing computer instructions stored in memory, or circuit, configured to function as:
a focus control unit configured to perform focus control for focusing on an object; and
a control unit configured to, during a predetermined period set according to an instruction regarding the focus control, when a determination whether or not to emit the light from the light source is made during the predetermined period, prohibit an operation to emit the light from the light source for determining a direction to be targeted in a case where the driving unit changes the irradiation direction.

US Pat. No. 10,424,548

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:bonding a semiconductor substrate having a semiconductor element and a conductive layer disposed on a first surface, to a support substrate, at least through an adhesive layer between the semiconductor substrate and the support substrate, the semiconductor substrate including chip areas and a scribe area between the chip areas;
forming a groove in the scribe area of the semiconductor substrate, from a side of a second surface of the semiconductor substrate, the second surface being opposite to the first surface; and
dicing the semiconductor substrate into chips by cutting the semiconductor substrate in the scribe area along the groove, such that the chips include the chip areas but do not include the scribe area,
wherein, in the forming the groove, the conductive layer between the semiconductor substrate and the support substrate is exposed at a bottom of the groove, without the adhesive layer being exposed in the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,423,272

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image capturing unit;
a display configured to accept a touch operation, wherein the display displays a screen that indicates a set value of each setting item concerning shooting as a shooting standby screen;
a detector configured to detect a touch operation on the display;
a system controller configured to control the image capturing apparatus to be in a touch operation restriction state in which a touch operation on a position different from a specific area on the display is invalidated upon displaying the shooting standby screen in the display, and control the image capturing apparatus, in the restriction state, to release the restriction state and make a transition to a state in which a touch operation on a position different from the specific area is accepted upon detecting a touch operation on the specific area and to make the set value of each setting item concerning shooting changeable by the touch operation; and
a display controller configured to control the display to perform display to indicate the specific area upon detecting a touch operation on a position different from the specific area on the display in the restriction state.

US Pat. No. 10,420,462

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT GENERATES A TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE OF A SUBJECT BASED ON PHASE-ADJUSTED MEASUREMENT SIGNALS FROM WHICH A BACKGROUND SIGNAL IS SUBTRACTED, AND RELATED IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDI

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores instructions; and
(B) at least one processor that executes the instructions to function as:
(a) a measurement signal acquiring unit configured to acquire measurement signals including information on a tomography of a subject in a depth direction obtained by performing optical coherence tomography on the subject;
(b) a base signal acquiring unit configured to acquire a base signal based on the measurement signals;
(c) a calculating unit configured to calculate phase shifts between the measurement signals and the base signal;
(d) a smoothing unit configured to smooth the phase shifts;
(e) an adjusting unit configured to adjust phases of the measurement signals corresponding to the smoothed phase shifts based on the smoothed phase shifts;
(f) a generating unit configured to generate a background signal corresponding to a noise component based on the phase-adjusted measurement signals;
(g) a subtracting unit configured to subtract the background signal from the phase-adjusted measurement signals; and
(h) an image generation unit configured to generate a tomographic image of the subject based on the phase-adjusted measurement signals from which the background signal is subtracted.

US Pat. No. 10,424,055

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a first linear interpolation circuit that generates an interpolated pixel value at an interpolation position through linear interpolation, based on pixel values of a pair of pixels among a plurality of pixels;
a plurality of second linear interpolation circuits that generate a plurality of correction values by respectively performing linear interpolation based on a pair of difference values among a plurality of difference values between pixel values of the plurality of pixels;
a first multiplication circuit that multiplies the plurality of correction values by a parameter relating to a boundary condition at the interpolation position; and
a generation circuit that generates a pixel value at the interpolation position based on the interpolated pixel value and the plurality of correction values multiplied by the parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,420,472

APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a light irradiating unit configured to irradiate an object with light;
a receiving unit configured to output a signal in response to receiving an acoustic wave generated from the object irradiated with light; and
a processor configured to acquire characteristic distribution information, which indicates specific values at a plurality of positions inside the object, using the signal,
wherein the processor is configured to:
set a first position of interest;
acquire first weight distribution information which corresponds to the first position of interest and which is related to a plurality of positions including the first position of interest; and
acquire a substitute value for a specific value at the first position of interest using the first weight distribution information, the specific value at the first position of interest, and a specific value at a position that differs from the first position of interest among the plurality of positions.

US Pat. No. 10,424,067

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. An image processing method comprising:obtaining corresponding point information, which represents a plurality of pairs of points corresponding on two images, to perform an alignment processing between the two images;
determining whether the corresponding point information is satisfied or not;
displaying, on a display unit, a first GUI to instruct whether the alignment processing is performed or not, in a case that the corresponding point information is not satisfied; and
performing the alignment processing, in a case that, via the first GUI, a user instructs that the alignment processing is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,423,557

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT INCLUDING RING BUS SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a scanning unit that reads an image on a document;
a first controller unit having a plurality of modules to which data is input, wherein the plurality of modules include a scanning processing module that processes data output from the scanning unit, and are connected so that data output from a first module in the plurality of modules returns to the first module via another module of the plurality of modules; and
a second controller unit having a plurality of modules to which data is input, wherein the plurality of modules are connected so that data output from a first module in the plurality of modules returns to the first module via another module of the plurality of modules,
wherein the first controller unit has
an interface that transmits the data output from one of the plurality of modules to the second controller unit; and
a switch capable of setting an output destination of data from the one module of the plurality of modules to be the interface.

US Pat. No. 10,423,050

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF MAKING DETERMINATION ON RADIATING DIRECTION OF FLASH AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination apparatus including a first body that has a light-emitter and a second body that rotatably holds the first body in a predetermined direction, the illumination apparatus comprising:—a memory configured to store programs; and
at least one processor configured to execute the programs stored in the memory to function as:
a determination unit configured to:
obtain a difference between a present angle of the first body with respect to the second body and a target angle to which the first body is to be moved; and
based on whether the obtained difference is smaller than a threshold value, determine whether there is an angular deviation of the first body,
wherein the threshold value used in the determination varies with the target angle.

US Pat. No. 10,421,270

TRANSFER TYPE INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND TRANSFER TYPE INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transfer type ink jet recording method comprising:a liquid applying step of applying a liquid containing a first resin to a transfer member;
an intermediate image forming step of applying, to the transfer member applied with the liquid, an ink containing a second resin in such a way as to at least partly overlap with an area applied with the liquid to thereby form an intermediate image;
a heating step of heating the intermediate image; and
a transfer step of transferring the intermediate image subjected to the heating step to a recording medium,
wherein
in the heating step, a temperature of the intermediate image is not lower than a minimum coat forming temperature of the first resin and is not lower than a glass transition temperature of the second resin, and
in the transfer step, a temperature of the intermediate image is lower than a glass transition temperature of the first resin and is not lower than the glass transition temperature of the second resin.

US Pat. No. 10,421,272

CONTROL METHOD OF LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising:a liquid ejection head that includes a first heat generating resistor and a second heat generating resistor that generate thermal energy for ejecting liquid through application of a drive voltage, a first covering portion that covers the first heat generating resistor, a second covering portion that is electrically connected to the first covering portion and covers the second heat generating resistor, and an insulating layer that is provided between the first heat generating resistor and the first covering portion and between the second heat generating resistor and the second covering portion; and
a control unit configured to control surface potentials of the first covering portion and the second covering portion,
wherein the control unit includes a switch that sets the surface potentials of the first covering portion and the second covering portion to be equal to or less than a ground potential in a state where the drive voltage is not applied to the first heat generating resistor and the second heat generating resistor, in accordance with application of the drive voltage to at least either the first heat generating resistor or the second heat generating resistor.

US Pat. No. 10,421,283

EJECTION MATERIAL RECEIVING UNIT, EJECTION MATERIAL EJECTING APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF FLEXIBLE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ejection material receiving unit comprising:a first receiving space capable of receiving ejection material to be ejected from an eject head;
a second receiving space which is adjacent to the first receiving space and capable of receiving liquid; and
a flexible member separating the first receiving space and the second receiving space, wherein
the flexible member has a concave part which takes a concave shape in a state where the first receiving space is not filled with the ejection material and the second receiving space is not filled with the liquid, and
the concave shape is a shape dented toward the second receiving space from the first receiving space, and is also a shape conforming to a wall forming the second receiving space.

US Pat. No. 10,424,104

THUMBNAIL IMAGE CREATION APPARATUS, AND 3D MODEL DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A three-dimensional (3D) printing system comprising:a 3D printer;
a processor;
a memory storing instructions to be executed by the processor; and
an interface configured to receive an input from a user;
wherein, on a basis of the instructions, the processor executes:
editing 3D model data;
analyzing the edited 3D model data;
creating a thumbnail image of the edited 3D model data taken from a viewpoint based on the analysis;
displaying the thumbnail image on a display and receiving an input from the user regarding whether or not to use the thumbnail image as a thumbnail image of the edited 3D model data; and
in a case where an affirmative input is received from the user, associating the thumbnail image with the edited 3D model data and storing the thumbnail image and the edited 3D model data into the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,423,084

METHOD FOR PRODUCING LIQUID DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing a liquid developer containing an insulating liquid carrier, a toner particle dispersing agent, and a toner particle that contains a polyester resin A and a polyester resin B, the method comprising the following process A or process B:the process A having
a step of particulating a mixture of the polyester resin A, the polyester resin B, and the toner particle dispersing agent in a liquid a by applying a shear force to the mixture, and
a step of producing a toner particle in the liquid a via a molten state; and
the process B having
a step of dissolving, in a solvent b, a mixture of the polyester resin A, the polyester resin B, and the toner particle dispersing agent,
a step of mixing the resulting solution with the liquid a and applying a shear force to particulate the mixture in the liquid a and provide a toner particle, and
a step of distillatively removing the solvent b, wherein
the liquid a dissolves the toner particle dispersing agent and does not dissolve the polyester resin A and does not dissolve the polyester resin B,
the polyester resin A has a number-average molecular weight from 3,000 to 7,000,
the polyester resin A has an acid value of at least 5 mg KOH/g,
the polyester resin A has, as an acidic group, a carboxy group deriving from trimellitic acid and/or trimellitic anhydride,
the polyester resin B has a number-average molecular weight from 4,000 to 20,000,
the polyester resin B has an acid value of not more than 2 mg KOH/g,
the toner particle dispersing agent has a primary amino group,
the toner particle dispersing agent has an amine value of at least 40 mg KOH/g,
a mass ratio (B/(A+B)) of the polyester resin B to a sum of the polyester resin A and the polyester resin B is from 0.3 to 0.9, and
an SP value of the liquid a, an SP value of the polyester resin B, and an SP value of the toner particle dispersing agent satisfy the following relationship: SP value of liquid a

US Pat. No. 10,421,295

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a recording unit configured to record an image on a sheet by causing a carriage mounted with a recording head to scan;
a plurality of rollers configured to press the sheet, wherein the plurality of rollers includes a first roller provided on an upstream side of the recording unit in a conveyance direction of the sheet and a second roller provided on a downstream side of the recording unit in the conveyance direction; and
a notice control unit configured to control an error notice,
wherein, in a case where the sheet is pressed by one of the first roller and the second roller, the notice control unit notices a jam error, and
wherein, in a case where the sheet is pressed by both of the first roller and the second roller, the notice control unit does not notice the jam error.

US Pat. No. 10,421,296

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND EXAMINATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a forming unit configured to form an examination pattern at a defined position related to a trailing edge of a recording material;
a detection unit configured to detect that the recording material is conveyed to a predetermined position on a conveyance path;
a reading unit configured to read the examination pattern formed on the recording material, the reading unit being positioned on a downstream side of the forming unit with respect to a conveyance direction;
a memory configured to save image data read by the reading unit, wherein the image data read by the reading unit corresponds to an image of a predetermined period between a start position on a downstream side of the examination pattern and an end position on an upstream side of the trailing edge of the recording material with respect to the conveyance direction;
a specifying unit configured to specify a trailing position corresponding to the trailing edge of the recording material in the image data saved in the memory; and
an examining unit configured to examine an examination pattern area corresponding to the examination pattern, wherein the examination pattern area is defined based on the trailing position of the image data specified by the specifying unit.

US Pat. No. 10,423,090

MAGENTA TONER AND TONER KIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magenta toner comprising a magenta toner particle containing a binder resin, a colorant, a wax, a wax dispersant, and a crystalline polyester,wherein the wax dispersant is a graft polymer in which a styrene acrylic resin is grafted to a hydrocarbon compound, and the styrene acrylic resin has a monomer unit having a saturated alicyclic group,
the colorant contains Compound (1) represented by Formula below,

a content of the compound (1) in the magenta toner particles is 0.5 parts by mass or more and 20.0 parts by mass or less with respect to 100 parts by mass of the binder resin,
the colorant further contains, in addition to the compound (1), at least one compound selected from the group consisting of a naphthol-based compound, a quinacridone-based compound, and a lake compound thereof,
when observing a cross-section of the magenta toner particle using a transmission electron microscope (TEM), crystals of the crystalline polyester are dispersed in the cross-section, and
the number average value of maximum lengths of the crystals is 50 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 10,423,368

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, the apparatus comprising:a user interface that accepts, in accordance with user input, an instruction for execution of processing for adjusting an image forming condition;
an image forming unit that forms a predetermined test pattern on a sheet in response to the acceptance of the instruction by the user interface;
a reading unit that detects a density of the predetermined test pattern formed on the sheet by the formation unit;
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
obtain an area ratio of halftone dots in a highlight region of an image formed by the image forming unit, from the density detected by the reading unit, and
decide, based on the obtained area ratio of halftone dots, a smallest dot size of a screen for representing, by a dither pattern, a halftone of the highlight region.

US Pat. No. 10,423,115

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image carrying member configured to carry a toner image;
an endless and movable intermediate transfer belt having conductivity, the toner image on the image carrying member being primarily transferred to the intermediate transfer belt;
a secondary transfer member in contact with an outer peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer belt, and configured to secondarily transfer the toner image from the intermediate transfer belt to a transfer material;
a power supply configured to apply a voltage to the secondary transfer member, the toner image being primarily transferred from the image carrying member to the intermediate transfer belt by having a voltage be applied to the secondary transfer member from the power supply;
a contact member configured to contact with the intermediate transfer belt; and
a constant current diode, an anode side of the constant current diode being connected to the power supply, and a cathode side of the constant current diode being connected to the contact member.

US Pat. No. 10,423,119

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A PRESSING MEMBER CONFIGURED TO PRESS A DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a development cartridge including a developing member;
a photosensitive cartridge including a photosensitive member;
a mounting unit configured to mount the development cartridge and the photosensitive cartridge, the development cartridge and the photosensitive cartridge each being attachable to and detachable from the mounting unit in a longitudinal direction thereof;
a pressing member configured to press and move the development cartridge in a first direction intersecting with the longitudinal direction of the developing member, for separating the developing member from the photosensitive member or bringing the developing member into contact with the photosensitive member, in a state where the development cartridge and the photosensitive cartridge are mounted on the mount unit; and
an urging member configured to urge the pressing member in a second direction intersecting with both the longitudinal direction and the first direction,
wherein, when mounting the development cartridge onto the mounting unit, the development cartridge is moved in the second direction together with the pressing member by the urging member.

US Pat. No. 10,423,120

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING ROLLER SUPPORTED BY ROLLER SUPPORTING PORTIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:a photosensitive member;
a roller actable on the photosensitive member and including a core metal shaft;
roller supporting portions for rotatably supporting the roller; and
a regulating portion for regulating a position of the roller with respect to a longitudinal direction of the roller,
wherein the roller supporting portions are provided so as to support a first end portion and a second end portion of the core metal shaft, respectively, with respect to a direction of a rotational axis of the roller,
wherein the roller is further provided with cylindrical holes disposed at the first end portion and the second end portion of the core metal shaft with respect to the direction of the rotational axis and extending in the direction of the rotational axis with the rotational axis as a center, and
wherein the roller is supported by the roller supporting portions at inner peripheral surfaces of the holes.

US Pat. No. 10,423,378

DISPLAY PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for causing a display device to display video which comprises still images, the apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire, via a network, video data of the video; and
a display control unit configured to cause the display device to display a graphical user interface to select a display time for the still images included in the video,
wherein a first type of a time interval and a second type of a time interval are capable of being selected via the graphical user interface as the display time for the still images,
wherein the display control unit is configured to cause the display device to display the still images in accordance with a type of a time interval selected via the graphical user interface,
wherein, in a case where the first type of time interval is selected, the display control unit is configured to cause the display device to display the still images, such that one of the still images is displayed for a display time according to a difference between a capturing time when the one of the still images was captured and a capturing time when a still image subsequent to the one of the still images was captured, and
wherein, in a case where the second type of time interval is selected, the display control unit is configured to cause the display device to display the still images, such that one of the still images is displayed for a predetermined display time regardless of a difference between a capturing time when the one of the still images was captured and a capturing time when a still image subsequent to the one of the still images was captured.

US Pat. No. 10,421,853

PHOTOSENSITIVE GAS GENERATING AGENT AND PHOTOCURABLE COMPOSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photocurable composition, comprising:a polymerizable compound;
a photopolymerization initiator; and
a photosensitive gas generating agent, which is distributed unevenly at a gas-liquid interface of the photocurable composition,
wherein the photosensitive gas generating agent is a compound having:
a photostimulation responsive gas generating group to generate a gas by photostimulation;
a perfluoroalkyl group; and
a polyalkyleneoxy group to link the photostimulation responsive gas generating group and the perfluoroalkyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,421,628

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:an upstream conveyance member configured to nip and convey a sheet;
a receiving conveyance path configured to receive the sheet conveyed by the upstream conveyance member;
a first conveyance path and a second conveyance path branched from the receiving conveyance path;
a first support portion configured to support the sheet conveyed through and discharged from the first conveyance path;
a downstream conveyance member disposed on the first conveyance path and configured to nip and convey the sheet;
a guide member configured to guide the sheet passing through the receiving conveyance path, the guide member being movable between a first position where the guide member guides the sheet toward the first conveyance path and a second position where the guide member guides the sheet toward the second conveyance path; and
a rotary member disposed on the receiving conveyance path and configured to guide the sheet by rotating in contact with the sheet, the rotary member being configured so that the rotary member guides the sheet on a same side of the sheet as the guide member in a case where the guide member is at the first position and that the rotary member guides the sheet on an opposite side of the sheet from the guide member in a case where the guide member is at the second position,
wherein the upstream and downstream conveyance members are disposed, in a horizontal direction when viewed in a rotational axis direction of the rotary member, on a same side with each other with respect to a branching portion where the receiving conveyance path branches into the first and the second conveyance paths, and on an opposite side from the first support portion with respect to the branching portion, and
wherein the upstream conveyance member is arranged to convey the sheet at a nip portion in a direction approaching the branching portion from the opposite side from the first support portion in terms of the horizontal direction, and the downstream conveyance member is arranged to convey the sheet at a nip portion in a direction away from the branching portion toward the opposite side from the first support portion in terms of the horizontal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,423,705

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING ON A WEB BROWSER FOR UPLOADING DOCUMENTS TO A DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SERVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a document management program including first and second extended programs that operate on a web browser and a script program described in a predetermined script language,wherein the first extended program causes a computer to function as:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire information about a hierarchical folder structure managed by a document management server, wherein the document management server is different from the computer;
a display unit configured to hierarchically display, in a display area defined on the web browser according to descriptions of an HTML web page, folders of the hierarchical folder structure managed by the document management server, according to the information acquired by the first acquisition unit;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire information about a coordinate position of a pointing device in the display area and information about an event type, from mouse event information set by the web browser;
a determination unit configured to compare the acquired coordinate position of the pointing device with position of each of the hierarchically displayed folders of the hierarchical folder structure to determine whether the acquired coordinate position of the pointing device overlaps with any one of the hierarchically displayed folders of the hierarchical folder structure; and
a folder information creation unit configured to create, if the determination unit determines that the acquired coordinate position of the pointing device overlaps with one of the hierarchically displayed folders and if the event type acquired by the second acquisition unit is determined to be a Drop, folder information about the one of the hierarchically displayed folders determined to be overlapping with the acquired coordinate position of the pointing device and set the created folder information into the web browser, and
wherein the second extended program causes the computer to function as:
a third acquisition unit configured to acquire mouse event information relating to the display area defined on the web browser, based on a mouse event from an OS of the computer;
a first storage unit configured to store, into a bridge data storage unit, file information about the file that is being dragged when an event type included in the mouse event information acquired by the third acquisition unit is determined to be DragEnter representing that the pointing device dragging the file has entered into the display area defined on the web browser;
a second storage unit configured to store the mouse event information acquired by the third acquisition unit into the bridge data storage unit and notify the web browser that the mouse event information has been stored into the bridge data storage unit, wherein the stored mouse event information includes the information about the coordinate position of the pointing device in the display area and the information about the event type; and
an upload unit configured to upload, when it is notified by the web browser that the folder information has been stored into the bridge data storage unit, a file that is managed by the OS and that is identified by the file information stored in the bridge data storage unit to a folder that is identified by the folder information stored in the bridge data storage unit and that is managed by the document management server, and
wherein, the web browser executes the script program to perform:
acquiring, when notified by the second storage unit that the mouse event information has been stored, the mouse event information stored in the bridge data storage unit and
setting the acquired mouse event information into the second acquisition unit, and
wherein, the web browser executes the script program to further perform:
storing, when the folder information creation unit sets the created folder information into the web browser, the set folder information into the bridge data storage unit and
notifying the upload unit that the folder information has been stored into the bridge data storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,423,477

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PROCESSOR INITIALIZATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus connected to a device, comprising:a first controller configured to execute a program;
a second controller configured to access the device to control the device; and
a third controller configured to control a reset of the control apparatus by transmitting a watchdog reset signal to the first and the second controllers,
wherein, in a case where a condition for triggering a watchdog reset is satisfied, the third controller transmits a watchdog reset prior notification to the second controller before the third controller transmits the watchdog reset signal to the first and second controllers,
wherein, upon reception of the watchdog reset signal from the third controller, the first controller executes a watchdog reset on the control apparatus, and
wherein, in a case where a watchdog reset is executed, the second controller controls the device to perform processing for enabling the device to accept a command based on information acquired upon reception of the watchdog reset prior notification from the third controller.

US Pat. No. 10,419,659

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF TO SWITCH AN ITEM FOR WHICH A SETTING VALUE TO BE CHANGED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a first operation member;
a second operation member; and
a memory and at least one processor configured to function as:
a control unit configured to perform control,
wherein, in a case where an item allocated as a setting item for which a setting value is changed according to an operation on the first operation member is a first item, the control unit performs control to change the setting value for the first item according to the operation on the first operation member, and
wherein, after a predetermined operation of either one of releasing an operation on the second operation member, and performing a particular operation on an operation member which is different from the second operation member to be performed after releasing the operation on the second operation member, the control unit performs control in such a manner that an item, for which the setting value is changed according to the operation on the first operation member, becomes different depending on whether the operation on the second operation member is continuously performed for a first period or longer after the operation is performed on the second operation member when the first item is set as the allocated item, until the operation on the second operation member is released.

US Pat. No. 10,419,673

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor configured to implement the instructions and execute a plurality of tasks, including:
an acquisition task that acquires an image that is imaged by an imaging apparatus;
a detecting task that detects an occurrence of a factor that influences a position and orientation estimation relating to the image acquired by the acquisition unit task;
a determining task that determines whether or not to register the image based on the factor detected by the detecting task in an image database for estimating the position and orientation of the imaging apparatus from the image acquired by the acquisition task; and
a constructing task that constructs the image database using a group of images determined to be registered.

US Pat. No. 10,418,784

SURFACE EMITTING LASER, INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, LASER ARRAY, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SURFACE EMITTING LASER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A surface emitting laser comprising:a first reflecting mirror;
a second reflecting mirror; and
an active layer arranged between the first reflecting mirror and the second reflecting mirror,
wherein a gap is formed between the second reflecting mirror and the active layer,
wherein an oscillation wavelength is tunable,
wherein the second reflecting mirror includes a beam comprising a single-crystal semiconductor and a dielectric multilayer film supported by the beam, and
wherein the dielectric multilayer film is arranged in an opening formed in the beam,
wherein a surface of the dielectric multilayer film facing the active layer protrudes from the opening toward a side of the active layer with respect to a surface of the beam facing the active layer, and
wherein the dielectric multilayer film is arranged continuously from inside the opening to a portion around the opening and on top of the surface of the beam opposite to the surface facing the active layer.

US Pat. No. 10,419,573

METHODS, DEVICES AND COMPUTER PROGRAMS ENABLING DATA TO BE PUSHED IN A NETWORK ENVIRONMENT COMPRISING PROXIES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for pushing at least one second resource associated with a first resource, in response to a request for the first resource, the method being carried out in an intermediary component comprising a memory, the method comprising:receiving a first request for a first resource;
sending a request for the first resource to a second component different from the intermediary component;
receiving from the second component, in response to the sent request, at least one identifier of at least one second resource to be pushed by the second component;
storing at least one of said at least one received identifier in a list associated with the first resource, the list being stored in the memory;
receiving a second request for the first resource from a client device;
transmitting the first resource to the client device;
selecting at least one second resource identified in the list associated with the first resource; and
pushing the selected at least one second resource to the client device.

US Pat. No. 10,419,332

FEEDBACK MANAGEMENT IN A MULTIPATH COMMUNICATION NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of managing feedback messages in a multipath communication network utilised to transmit, between a first communication device and a second communication device, a data stream in real time by using a set of communication paths comprising plural communication paths associated with the data stream,the method comprising:
determining at least one transmission condition on at least one communication path and at least one transmission constraint for at least one feedback message;
selecting a plurality of communication paths out of the set of communication paths between the first communication device and the second communication device in order to transmit, in synchronization, a plurality of feedback messages from the first communication device to the second communication device over the plurality of communication paths respectively; and
wherein said selecting is based on the at least one transmission condition on the at least one communication path and the at least one transmission constraint for the at least one feedback message.

US Pat. No. 10,416,553

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of curing an uncured material on each of a plurality of shot regions of a substrate while the uncured material is in contact with a member, the method comprising:before bringing the member and the uncured material on a target shot region into contact with each other, obtaining a relative position between the target shot region and the member, and performing first alignment for the target shot region between the target shot region and the member by driving a correction unit configured to correct the relative position between the shot region and the member;
after bringing the member and the uncured material on the target shot region into contact with each other, performing second alignment for the target shot region between the target shot region and the member by driving the correction unit; and
curing the uncured material on the target shot region after the second alignment,
wherein the first alignment for the target shot region includes alignment performed using a correction amount by the correction unit in the second alignment for another shot region where the uncured material has been cured earlier than in the target shot region.

US Pat. No. 10,419,629

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a first supporting portion configured to support a sheet;
a sheet conveyance portion configured to convey the sheet supported by the first supporting portion;
an image reading portion configured to read an image of the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveyance portion;
a sheet discharging portion configured to discharge the sheet, whose image has been read, in a discharging direction;
a second supporting portion disposed below the first supporting portion and configured to support the sheet discharged by the sheet discharging portion;
a light emitting portion configured to emit light; and
a transparent cover member configured to transmit the light from the light emitting portion and disposed on a surface of the image reading apparatus that intersects a width direction, the width direction being perpendicular to the discharging direction and parallel to a horizontal direction,
wherein the light emitted from the light emitting portion illuminates the second supporting portion through the transparent cover member.

US Pat. No. 10,419,639

IMAGE READING APPARATUS THAT CALCULATES CORRECTION VALUES FOR CORRECTING OUTPUTS OF LIGHT RECEIVING ELEMENTS, AND SHADING CORRECTING METHOD FOR CORRECTING AN IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a line sensor configured to read an image of a document placed in a read area, the line sensor having a plurality of light receiving elements in a main scanning direction;
a storage unit configured to store therein first reference data that is previously acquired by reading a first white reference member opposite to the plurality of light receiving elements of the line sensor;
a second white reference member of which a length is shorter than a length of the line sensor in the main scanning direction;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire reference data read by the line sensor in a condition in which the second white reference member and the line sensor are opposed to each other,
a correction unit configured to correct an output of the light receiving elements not opposite to the second white reference member, based on the first reference data stored in the storage unit and second reference data acquired by the light receiving elements opposite to the second white reference member among the reference data acquired by the acquiring unit.

US Pat. No. 10,419,653

VIBRATION DRIVE DEVICE CAPABLE OF GENERATING CLICK FEELING AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a vibration drive device including a vibration actuator,
said vibration actuator including:
a vibration element including an electromechanical energy conversion element, and an elastic body joined to said electromechanical energy conversion element, and
a driven element that is in pressure contact with said elastic body; and
an operation member that is directly or indirectly joined to said vibration actuator included in said vibration drive device, and is driven by said vibration actuator,
said vibration drive device further including:
a position detection unit configured to detect a relative position between said vibration element and said driven element, and
a controller that applies a drive signal, for exciting vibration in said elastic body, to said electromechanical energy conversion element to control driving of said elastic body of said vibration actuator,
wherein in a case where the relative position is outside a first section, said controller performs control to excite in said elastic body a first vibration in a direction perpendicular to a contact surface between said elastic body and said driven element, whereas in a case where the relative position is within the first section, said controller performs control to excite said elastic body so as to make the relative position closer to a target position set within the first section and performs control to excite said elastic body strongly toward a position farther away from the target position.

US Pat. No. 10,409,532

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including an image forming unit for forming an image on a sheet and a display unit for displaying information for a user, the image forming apparatus comprising:a controller having a processor for executing instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry and being configured to:
display, on the display unit, a screen including a first display region for displaying a notification for prompting execution of printing a report indicating information on use states of the image forming apparatus and a second display region for causing the user to select print data as a printing target,
receive an instruction for executing the print process based on the information on use states of the image forming apparatus after the screen is displayed and cause the image forming unit to form an image based on the information on use states of the image forming apparatus, and
receive an instruction for executing the print process on the selected print data after the screen is displayed and cause the image forming unit to form an image based on the selected print data.
US Pat. No. 10,401,748

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,403,571

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,403,827

2,2?-BIBENZO[D]IMIDAZOLIDENE COMPOUND HAVING CONDENSED RINGS AT THE 1-, 1?-, 3- AND 3?-POSITIONS, AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT, DISPLAY DEVICE, IMAGE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, LIGHTING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND EXPOSURE UNIT, EACH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,399,791

CARRIAGE TRANSPORT SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A carriage transport system, comprising:a transport path formed of a plurality of transporting modules;
a plurality of carriages configured to move along the transport path; and
a receiver configured to receive a plurality of drive instructions before a timing of actually moving the carriages, and to receive a plurality of transport instructions at the timing of actually moving the carriages,
wherein each of the transporting modules has a controller and a memory for storing the drive instructions received by the receiver,
wherein each of the transport instructions is applied to each of the carriages entering the transport path, the memory preliminarily stores, before receiving the transport instructions, the plurality of drive instructions to be applied sequentially to the carriages entering sequentially the transport paths corresponding to the carriages, and
wherein, after receiving the drive instructions, the controller corresponding to at least one of the plurality of transporting modules executes the stored drive instructions one by one in a predetermined order in a sequential order with respect to at least a part of the plurality of carriages entering the transporting module corresponding to the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,404,932

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:a first photoelectric conversion element including a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type;
a first floating diffusion region of the first conductivity type, associated with the first photoelectric conversion element;
a second photoelectric conversion element including a second semiconductor region of the first conductivity type;
a second floating diffusion region of the first conductivity type, associated with the second photoelectric conversion element; and
an amplifier transistor including a gate connected to the first floating diffusion region,
wherein the first photoelectric conversion element and the second photoelectric conversion element are adjacent to each other with no insulating element separation region interposed between the first photoelectric conversion element and the second photoelectric conversion element, and
wherein the gate of the amplifier transistor is arranged between the first floating diffusion region and the second floating diffusion region.

US Pat. No. 10,404,933

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising:a first amplifier and a second amplifier;
a capacitor including a first electrode and a second electrode;
a first metal member being arranged on a surface of a semiconductor substrate and connecting an output terminal of the first amplifier and the first electrode; and
a second metal member connecting an input terminal of the second amplifier and the second electrode,
wherein the second electrode includes a polysilicon, and
wherein a plurality of vias are arranged at least on an upper surface or a lower surface of the first metal member, along a direction in which the second metal member extends.

US Pat. No. 10,399,812

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming portion configured to form an image on a sheet;
a scoring portion configured to form a score on the sheet;
a supporting portion on which the sheet on which an image has been formed by the image forming portion is supported;
a pushing member configured to push the sheet with an abutting portion of the pushing member in order to fold the sheet supported on the supporting portion; and
a setting portion configured to set a pushing position at which the pushing member pushes the sheet with the score to a position at which the sheet is to be folded at the score, wherein a center of the abutting portion does not coincide with a center of the score of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,398,788

POLYMER AND CONTRAST AGENT FOR PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING INCLUDING THE POLYMER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A polymer represented by any of formulae (1) to (7):
wherein in the formulae (1) to (7), each x represents an integer of 1 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,403,014

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor causing the image processing apparatus to act as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of images;
a deciding unit configured to decide the number of groups;
a separating unit configured to separate the plurality of images into the decided number of groups;
a setting unit configured to set the number of images to be selected from images included in one group among the separated groups;
an identifying unit configured to identify, based on a photographing date and time of each image included in the one group, a photographing period of the one group;
a dividing unit configured to divide the identified photographing period into a plurality of sections;
a selection unit configured to select, based on predetermined criteria, an image from images included in a target section which is one of the divided sections; and
a generation unit configured to generate a layout image by arranging the selected image,
wherein section division, in which the dividing unit further divides the section including the selected image, and image selection, in which the selection unit selects an image from an image-unselected section as a next target section, are repeated until the number of images selected from the one group reaches the set number of images.

US Pat. No. 10,395,337

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors, circuitry, or a combination thereof, that causes the apparatus to perform:
determining a reduction ratio based on pixel coordinate values indicating each of a plurality of divided areas and a deformation parameter for image deformation processing for each of the plurality of divided areas constituting an input image;
reducing, based on the reduction ratio determined for each of the divided areas, an image in the divided area and storing the reduced image in a memory; and
performing image deformation processing based on the deformation parameter for the reduced image in the divided area stored in the memory,
wherein in the determining, in a case where the reduction ratio for the divided area based on the deformation parameter and the pixel coordinate values is greater than one, the reduction ratio is one.

US Pat. No. 10,391,764

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An element substrate on which a plurality of print elements and a plurality of drive elements configured to drive the plurality of print elements are integrated, comprising:a plurality of function circuits configured to execute a plurality of functions necessary to execute a print operation;
a data discrimination circuit configured to receive a data signal from an outside, discriminate a type of data included in the received data signal, and transfer the received data signal to a corresponding function circuit of the plurality of function circuits in accordance with a result of the discrimination;
an error detection circuit configured to receive the data signal and detect whether a transfer error occurs in the received data signal; and
a control circuit configured to control to reflect a detection result of the error detection circuit in a latch signal received from the outside and a reset signal received from the outside and, in accordance with the functions executed by the plurality of function circuits, cause some function circuits of the plurality of function circuits to latch the transferred data signal by the latch signal on which the detection result is reflected and cause remaining function circuits of the plurality of function circuits to reset the transferred data signal by the reset signal in which the detection result is reflected.

US Pat. No. 10,395,093

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. An image processing method, comprising:performing first detection for detecting a person in a visible light image obtained by capturing that uses visible light;
performing second detection for detecting a person in an invisible light image obtained by capturing that uses invisible light in a capturing region that includes a capturing region of the visible light image; and
determining, if a person is not detected in the second detection at a position that corresponds to a position of a person detected in the first detection, that the person detected in the first detection is actually present.

US Pat. No. 10,397,412

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR ESTIMATING CAUSE OF ABNORMALITY HAVING OCCURRENCED IN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing system comprising an image processing apparatus and a server connected to the image processing apparatus via a network, the image processing apparatus comprising:a printer;
a controller having a memory storing instructions and a processor which executes the instructions, the controller being configured to function as:
a forming unit configured to form a chart by the printer;
a reading unit configured to read the chart formed by the forming unit and white paper by a scanner; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit first image data obtained by reading the chart and second image data obtained by reading the white paper to the server to estimate a cause of an abnormality that has occurred in the image processing apparatus,
and the server comprising:
a first estimating unit configured to estimate a cause of an abnormality that has occurred in the reading unit using a second feature amount of the second image data; and
a second estimating unit configured to
in a case the cause of an abnormality estimated by the first estimating unit is a cause of an abnormality,
estimate a cause of an abnormality that has occurred in the printer using a first feature amount of the first image data adjusted by the second feature,
wherein the second estimating unit excludes, from the first image data, a pixel corresponding to an abnormal pixel included in the second image data, and estimates the cause of the abnormality using a feature amount obtained by analyzing the first image data from which the pixel is excluded.

US Pat. No. 10,391,776

LIQUID STORAGE CONTAINER AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid storage container comprising:a liquid storage chamber configured to store a liquid;
a support part provided in the liquid storage chamber; and
a rocking body having, on one hand, a float part that moves in accordance with a height of a liquid surface of the liquid within the liquid storage chamber via a supported part that is supported rotatably by the support part, and on the other hand, a detection target part that is used to detect an amount of the liquid within the liquid storage chamber, and configured to rock with the support part as a fulcrum,
wherein the detection target part is coupled to the supported part via an arm part, and
wherein the arm part extending from the detection target part and an another arm part extending from the float part both extend to a lower side in the vertical direction from the supported part.

US Pat. No. 10,391,780

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:a recording head having an ejection port surface provided with a plurality of ejection ports for ejecting ink, and configured to perform a recording operation;
an ink receiving portion configured to receive the ink ejected from the plurality of ejection ports;
an ink storage container including:
an ink containing chamber configured to contain ink to be supplied to the recording head,
an air communication port configured to communicate with air, and
a buffer chamber that can temporarily retain ink, located below the ink containing chamber and provided between the ink containing chamber and the air communication port, the ink containing chamber, the air communication port, and the buffer chamber being integrally formed, and
an ink return path configured to connect the ink receiving portion and the buffer chamber and cause the ink to be returned from the ink receiving portion to the buffer chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,395,621

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR MODIFYING A FONT CHARACTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of modifying a font character, the method comprising:receiving an outline of the font character, the outline being a vector representation of the character;
receiving a slant angle parameter to be applied to the font outline, the slant angle specifying an amount of shearing to be applied to the font outline;
determining a modified stroke width for each segment of the font outline according to an initial angle of the segment and the slant angle, the modified stroke width determined for a corresponding one of the segments being proportional to ratio of a length of the corresponding segment before and after applying the slant angle to the outline, the length of the corresponding segment changing due to application of the slant angle, wherein the modified stroke width determined for the corresponding segment is used for adjusting an initial stroke width of the corresponding segment to compensate for changes to stroke width of the corresponding segment caused by applying the slant angle; and
rendering the font character by applying each one of the determined modified stroke widths to the segment corresponding to each determined modified stroke width.

US Pat. No. 10,397,423

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO TRANSFER SPECIFIC DATA UPON OCCURRENCE OF INTERRUPTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A copying apparatus comprising:a reader configured to read a document;
a storage configured to store image data of the document read by the reader;
a printer; and
a controller configured to read the image data of the document from the storage before image data for one page of the document has been stored in the storage and cause the printer to perform printing based on the read image data,
wherein the controller performs, in a case where an interruption factor of reading by the reader occurs before image data for one page of the document has been stored in the storage, control to transfer specific data to the printer instead of remaining image data of the document which is to be transferred to the printer, and
wherein, in a case where the interruption factor of reading by the reader occurs before image data for one page of the document has been stored in the storage, the printer performs printing based on the image data of the document stored in the storage and the specific data transferred by the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,391,788

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An element substrate comprising:a plurality of printing elements configured to discharge liquid;
a plurality of first driving elements disposed in correspondence with the plurality of printing elements and configured to drive the plurality of printing elements;
a plurality of heating elements configured to heat the element substrate, the heating elements not causing liquid discharge from the printing elements;
a plurality of second driving elements disposed in correspondence with the plurality of heating elements and configured to drive the plurality of heating elements;
a plurality of latch circuits disposed in correspondence with the plurality of second driving elements, and configured to output heat data signals to the plurality of second driving elements based on latch signals; and
a delay unit configured to delay timing of driving the plurality of second driving elements to drive the plurality of second driving elements at a predetermined time difference when driving the plurality of second driving elements simultaneously,
wherein the delay unit comprises a plurality of delay circuits disposed in correspondence with the plurality of latch circuits and configured to delay either the latch signals or the heat data signals.

US Pat. No. 10,397,427

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that supplies roughness shape data to an image forming apparatus that forms a roughness shape based on a roughness shape of an object to be reproduced, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more programs stored on the information processing apparatus, wherein the one or more programs cause the one or more processors to:
receive an input of information representing the roughness shape of the object to be reproduced;
acquire output characteristics relating to a roughness shape that the image forming apparatus can output; and
generate the roughness shape data that is supplied to the image forming apparatus based on the information representing the roughness shape of the object to be reproduced and the output characteristics,
wherein the roughness shape data is generated so as to give more weight to at least one of a difference of elevation, a height, and sharpness of a convex portion of the roughness shape of the object to be reproduced.

US Pat. No. 10,391,793

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display a first selection screen on which can be selected first print target data as print target data if a first selection item is selected via a predetermined screen, wherein, if a second selection item is selected via the predetermined screen, the display control unit causes the display unit to display a second selection screen on which can be selected second target data as the print target data, wherein the predetermined screen is displayed before the first and second selection screens are displayed;
a determination unit configured to automatically determine a first sheet attribute as a sheet attribute if the first selection item is selected via the predetermined screen, wherein, if the second selection item is selected via the predetermined screen, the determination unit automatically determines a second sheet attribute as the sheet attribute; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit data to cause an image forming apparatus to print after the print target data is selected using the first or second selection screen,
wherein if the first sheet attribute is determined as the sheet attribute by the determination unit and the determined first sheet attribute corresponds to at least one of first sheet information set in a first sheet tray of the image forming apparatus and second sheet information set in a second sheet tray of the image forming apparatus, print processing based on the transmitted data is executed,
wherein, if the first sheet attribute is determined as the sheet attribute by the determination unit and the determined first sheet attribute corresponds to neither the first sheet information set in the first sheet tray of the image forming apparatus nor the second sheet information set in the second sheet tray of the image forming apparatus, a third selection item including, as a display content, the first sheet information set in the first sheet tray of the image forming apparatus and a fourth selection item including, as the display content, the second sheet information set in the second sheet tray of the image forming apparatus, are displayed concurrently, and
wherein, if the third selection item is selected, a print processing corresponding to the third selection item is executed, while, if the fourth selection item is selected, a print processing corresponding to the fourth selection item is executed.

US Pat. No. 10,397,430

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT INSTALLS APPLICATION MODULES, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that executes an installed application in accordance with associated URL information for the installed application, comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the stored instructions to:
receive an instruction to perform installation of an additional application, the additional application being different from the installed application on the information processing apparatus;
install the additional application according to the received instruction;
determine whether associated URL information for the additional application corresponds to associated URL information for the installed application; and
in a case where the associated URL information for the additional application corresponds to the associated URL information for the installed application:
display a screen for prompting a user to select an application to be set to an enabled state from among applications including the additional application and the installed application;
receive a selection of an application set to the enabled state via the screen;
set the selected application to an enabled state; and
set an application not selected via the screen to a disabled state.

US Pat. No. 10,397,437

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a light source, which includes a plurality of light emitting points, and is configured to emit light beams based on an image data;
a photosensitive member configured to rotate in a rotation direction so that a latent image is formed on the photosensitive member with the light beams emitted from the light source;
a rotary polygon mirror, which is configured to rotate around a rotation axis, and has a plurality of mirror faces each configured to deflect the light beams emitted from the light source so that the photosensitive member is scanned with the light beams;
a detector configured to detect temperature;
a storage unit configured to store scan position error data for a scan position error corresponding to each of the plurality of mirror faces, wherein the scan position error data comprises a data based on a scan position in the rotation direction of the light beams deflected by each of the plurality of mirror faces; and
a correction unit configured to correct the scan position error data based on a temperature detection result of the detector to generate a correction data, and configured to correct the image data by using the correction data, in the rotation direction of the photosensitive member, of the light beams deflected by each of the plurality of mirror faces.

US Pat. No. 10,397,439

SERVER SYSTEM TRANSMITTING JOB TO PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SERVER SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A server system which transmits, via a network, a job received via the network to a processing apparatus that executes the job, the server system comprisinga transmission unit configured to transmit, in a case where the job for the processing apparatus is held by a holding unit at the time at which a connection of communication with the processing apparatus has been established, a notification message indicating an occurrence of the job to the processing apparatus through the connection-established communication even in a case where no inquiry associated with the job is made from the processing apparatus through the connection-established communication, wherein
in a case where the job is not held at the time of establishment of the connection, the transmission unit does not transmit the notification message.

US Pat. No. 10,395,136

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to provide:
a segmentation unit configured to segment a learning image into a plurality of regions for learning;
a first learning unit configured to learn a first region identifier for identifying a class of a region in an input image based on first training data;
an evaluation unit configured to evaluate a result of identification of a class of the first training data by the first region identifier;
a generation unit configured to generate second training data by dividing the first training data into correct data and incorrect data based on an evaluation result by the evaluation unit, dividing the incorrect data into a plurality of categories, and combining the incorrect data divided into the plurality of categories with the correct data; and
a second learning unit configured to learn a plurality of second region identifiers different from the first region identifier based on the second training data,
whereby the image processing apparatus is configured to generate the first and second region identifiers so as to improve region identification accuracy and accurately identify images in a case where image features vary due to a change of an imaging condition.

US Pat. No. 10,397,461

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus of an image capturing device, comprising:an obtain unit configured to obtain first information from a first control apparatus for controlling a first image capturing device on an upstream side of said image capturing device;
a generation unit configured to generate, based on a captured image obtained by said image capturing device and the first information, second information used to generate a 3D model of an object in the captured image;
a transmit unit configured to transmit transmission information being based on the first information and the second information to a second control apparatus for controlling a second image capturing device on a downstream side, and
a control unit configured to control generation of the transmission information in accordance with a size of the object in the captured image or the size and a position of the object in the captured image in a case in which the captured image obtained by said image capturing device includes an invalid object that is not an object corresponding to information registered in advance.

US Pat. No. 10,397,464

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:a controller having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, the controller being configured to function as:
a normalizer configured to perform normalization processing on a first signal and a second signal by using normalization coefficients related to the first signal and the second signal, respectively,
a correlation calculator configured to perform correlation calculation with respect to the normalized first and second signals, and
a corrector configured to correct correlation data to cancel the normalization processing, the correlation data being obtained by adding a plurality of output signals generated by the correlation calculation.

US Pat. No. 10,397,480

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus, comprising:at least one processor and/or circuitry;
a first calculation unit configured to calculate an angular velocity of movement of an image capturing apparatus;
a second calculation unit configured to calculate a moving amount of an object from a plurality of images captured by an image capturing device of the image capturing apparatus;
a third calculation unit configured to calculate an angular velocity of movement of the object based on output of the first and second calculation units;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the object is walking; and
a selection unit configured to select, based on a determination result of the determination unit, whether to perform control such that an image stabilization device corrects image blur of the object based on the angular velocity of movement of the image capturing apparatus calculated by the first calculation unit and the angular velocity of movement of the object calculated by the third calculation unit, or such that the image stabilization device corrects image blur of the object based on the angular velocity of movement of the image capturing apparatus calculated by the first calculation unit,
wherein the first calculation unit, the second calculation unit, the third calculation unit, the determination unit and the selection unit are implemented by the at least one processor or the circuitry or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,397,499

IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGING DEVICE FOR CAPTURING AN IMAGE WITH A RESTRAINED INFLUENCE OF A BLINKING STATE OF A LIGHT SOURCE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels arranged in rows and columns, each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric conversion unit configured to accumulate electric charges generated by incident light, a holding unit configured to hold the electric charges, an amplifying unit configured to output a signal based on the electric charges, a first transfer switch configured to transfer the electric charges from the photoelectric conversion unit to the holding unit, and a second transfer switch configured to transfer the electric charges from the holding unit to the amplifying unit;
output lines configured to output signals from the amplifying unit of the plurality of pixels; and
a control unit configured to execute the following operations:
a first transfer operation of transferring charges accumulated in a first charge accumulation period from the photoelectric conversion unit to the holding unit by simultaneously turning on the first transfer switches of a first pixel row and a second pixel row different from the first pixel row while maintaining the second transfer switches of the first pixel row and the second pixel row in the OFF state,
a first reading out operation of transferring the charges accumulated in the first charge accumulation period from the holding unit to the amplifying unit by turning on the second transfer switch of the first pixel row, after the first transfer operation,
a second transfer operation of transferring charges accumulated in a second charge accumulation period from the photoelectric conversion unit to the holding unit by simultaneously turning on the first transfer switches of the first pixel row and the second pixel row while maintaining the second transfer switches of the first pixel row and the second pixel row in the OFF state, after the first reading out operation, and
a second reading out operation of transferring the charges accumulated in the second charge accumulation period from the holding unit to the amplifying unit by turning on the second transfer switch of the second pixel row, after the second transfer operation,
wherein the second transfer switch of the second pixel row is maintained in the OFF state from the first reading out operation to the second reading out operation.

US Pat. No. 10,394,683

DATA TRANSMISSION METHOD, NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM, DATA TRANSMISSION DEVICE, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PRODUCT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data transmission method of transmitting data of log information recorded in log data of a manufacturing apparatus to an external device, the data transmission method comprising:storing correspondence information including information of a first identifier and information of a second identifier corresponding to the first identifier, the first identifier being an identifier used to identify a thing about a process performed by the manufacturing apparatus and being used by both of the manufacturing apparatus and the external device, the second identifier being an identifier used to identify a thing about a process performed by the manufacturing apparatus and being used by the manufacturing apparatus; and
obtaining, based on the correspondence information, information of the first identifier corresponding to information of the second identifier recorded in log information, and transmitting data of the log information to which the obtained information of the first identifier has been added,
wherein the storing and the obtaining are executed by an information processing apparatus,
wherein, in the storing, information of an event time corresponding to the information of the first identifier and the information of the second identifier is added, and correspondence information is stored, and
wherein, in the obtaining, if there are a plurality of identical pieces of information of the second identifier of the log information in the correspondence information, information of an event time corresponding to a piece of information of the second identifier closest to information of an event time of the log information is obtained based on the correspondence information, and information of the first identifier corresponding to the information of the event time is acquired.

US Pat. No. 10,393,681

X-RAY TALBOT INTERFEROMETER AND X-RAY TALBOT INTERFEROMETER SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray Talbot interferometer comprising:a source grating including a plurality of X-ray transmitting portions, configured to allow some of X-rays from an X-ray source to pass therethrough;
a beam splitter grating having a periodic structure, configured to diffract X-rays from the X-ray transmitting portions by using the periodic structure to form interference patterns each corresponding to one of the plurality of X-ray transmitting portions; and
an X-ray detector configured to detect X-rays from the beam splitter grating,
wherein the plurality of X-ray transmitting portions are arranged so that each of the interference patterns are superimposed on one another to enhance a specific spatial frequency component, the interference patterns being superimposed on one another while displaced by a distance that is different from a pattern period of each of the interference patterns, and
wherein the specific spatial frequency component is a spatial frequency component in a sideband generated by modulation of spatial frequency components specific to the interference patterns by a sample.

US Pat. No. 10,394,969

DYNAMICS CALCULATION METHOD, PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of performing a simulation of movement of a robot having (i) a movable component and (ii) a plurality of fixed components, the method comprising:acquiring, by a CPU, component data of each of the movable component and the plurality of fixed components, the component data containing (i) inertial mass information of each of the movable component and the plurality of fixed components, and (ii) position information of each of the movable component and the plurality of fixed components, wherein a first fixed component of the plurality of components is connected to the movable component in a tip end direction of the movable component and a second fixed component of the plurality of components is connected to the movable component in a base end direction of the movable component, and wherein the first fixed component is movable dependently on a movement of the movable component and the movable component is movable relative to the second fixed component;
formulating, by the CPU, a model for simulating the movement of the robot by:
a step of combining the inertial mass information of only the first fixed component among the first and second fixed components with the inertial mass information of the movable component; and
a step of combining the position information of only the second fixed component among the first and second fixed components with the position information of the movable component; and
simulating the movement of the robot based on the model.

US Pat. No. 10,397,567

MOTION VECTOR CODING APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR CODING MOTION VECTOR, MOTION VECTOR DECODING APPARATUS, AND METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR DECODING MOTION VECTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for determining a predicted motion vector for decoding at least one blocks included in a picture of a video from a bit stream which is hierarchical coded using a plurality of layers, the method comprising:obtaining, for generation of the predicted motion vector in a target block of a current picture on one of a plurality of layers, at least one of
(i) a first motion vector for a block at a position corresponding to the target block to be decoded of a previous picture before the current picture including the target block,
(ii) a second motion vector for a block, at a position corresponding to the target block to be decoded, of a picture in another layer of the plurality of layers, and
(iii) a third motion vector for one of neighboring blocks of the target block to be decoded of the current picture on one of the plurality of layers;
generating a candidate group of motion vectors used for prediction of a motion vector for the target block, the candidate group having the second motion vector and the third motion vector excluding the first motion vector if the second motion vector is in the candidate group, and the candidate group having the first motion vector and the third motion vector if the second motion vector is not in the candidate group;
determining the predicted motion vector from the generated candidate group for the target block in accordance with information about a predicted motion vector for the target block received from a bit stream; and
decoding the target block on the one of the plurality of layers using the determined predicted motion vector,
wherein the generated candidate group has a fixed number of motion vectors for prediction of a motion vector for the target block.

US Pat. No. 10,397,321

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS 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 plurality of devices including at least one image input device and at least one image output device, whose energization states are independently controllable, the plurality of devices configured to perform information processes according to set data;
a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions stored in the memory to:
determine an energization state of each device of the plurality of devices based at least on an energization state of a first controller, an energization state of a second controller that controls the image output device under the control of the first controller, and an energization state of a third controller that controls the image input device under the control of the first controller;
request update information about set data concerning at least one device of the plurality of devices that is controlled by a controller determined to be in an energized state from an external apparatus connected to the information processing apparatus through a network while not requesting update information about set data concerning one or more devices of the plurality of devices that are determined to be controlled by one or more controllers in a non-energized state; and
perform an update process that updates the set data of the at least one device of the plurality of devices that is controlled by the controller determined to be in an energized state according to the update information transmitted from the external apparatus in response to the request.

US Pat. No. 10,394,505

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS AN EXECUTION ORDER OF JOBS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of communicating with an external apparatus, comprising:a storage configured to store information;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet; and
one or more controllers having a processor executing instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, configured to perform:
processing of obtaining first print data from the external apparatus and storing, in the storage, identification information representing that image formation based on the first print data is uncompleted; and
processing of obtaining second print data from the external apparatus in a status in which the identification information is not stored in the storage, and not obtaining of the second print data from the external apparatus in a status in which the identification information is stored in the storage.

US Pat. No. 10,392,208

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a sheet support portion configured to support a sheet;
an ascending portion configured to cause the sheet support portion to ascend;
a feeding portion configured to feed the sheet supported by the sheet support portion;
a moving portion configured to support the feeding portion such that the feeding portion is movable between a separated position and a feeding position below the separated position, the separated position being a position at which the feeding portion is separated from the sheet supported by the sheet support portion, the feeding position being a position at which the feeding portion is capable of feeding the sheet;
a holding portion configured to move between a holding position and an allowing position, the holding position being a position at which the holding portion holds the moving portion in a state in which the feeding portion is positioned at the separated position, the allowing position being a position at which the holding portion allows the feeding portion to move to the feeding position;
a drive source configured to generate driving force; and
a transmission unit comprising a first transmission portion and a second transmission portion, the first transmission portion being configured to transmit the driving force from the drive source to the ascending portion, the second transmission portion being configured to transmit the driving force from the drive source to the holding portion,
wherein the holding portion moves toward the allowing position in a case where the driving force from the drive source is transmitted to the ascending portion and the holding portion respectively through the first transmission portion and the second transmission portion, and the sheet support portion is caused to ascend by the ascending portion,
wherein the second transmission portion branches from the first transmission portion,
wherein the transmission unit comprises a regulation portion configured to regulate movement of the holding portion from the holding position to the allowing position in a case where the drive source is stopped, and
wherein the regulation portion comprises a worm and a worm wheel which engages the worm.

US Pat. No. 10,383,582

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control device for controlling tomosynthesis imaging for obtaining a tomographic image from a plurality of projected images captured by irradiating an object with X-rays from a plurality of different angles by using an X-ray generation unit and an X-ray detection unit, the control device comprising:a memory storing program: and
one or more processors which, by executing the program, function as:
a condition setting unit configured to set process conditions including a reconstruction condition for reconstructing a tomosynthesis image from the plurality of projected images;
an image processing unit configured to generate the tomosynthesis image on the basis of the captured projected images and the set process conditions; and
a display control unit configured to cause the tomosynthesis image and a thumbnail image corresponding to the tomosynthesis image to be displayed on a display unit,
wherein the display control unit controls whether or not to cause a new thumbnail image, to be displayed on the display unit, corresponding to the tomosynthesis image generated, on the basis of the process conditions set by the condition setting unit and process conditions corresponding to a tomosynthesis image already generated by the image processing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,384,895

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND DETECTING METHOD OF ABNORMAL FEEDING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus to which a first feeding device which does not notify abnormal feeding of a sheet during sheet feeding therein or a second feeding device which notifies the abnormal feeding of the sheet during the sheet feeding therein is connectable, said image forming apparatus comprising:a sheet receiving portion configured to receive the sheet from the first feeding device or the second feeding device;
a detector provided at said sheet receiving portion and configured to detect the sheet received by said sheet receiving portion;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the sheet received by said sheet receiving portion; and
a controller configured to discriminate occurrence of the abnormal feeding of the sheet,
wherein in a case that the first feeding device is connected to said image forming apparatus, said controller discriminates that the abnormal feeding of the sheet occurs in the first feeding device when said detector does not detect the sheet at first timing of the sheet fed from the first feeding device being predicted to reach said detector, and
in a case that the second feeding device is connected to said image forming apparatus, said controller discriminates that the abnormal feeding of the sheet occurs at said sheet receiving portion when said detector does not detect the sheet at second timing of the sheet fed from the second feeding device being predicted to reach said detector and notification of the abnormal feeding of the sheet is not provided from the second feeding device.

US Pat. No. 10,386,699

SHUTTER APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A shutter apparatus comprising:a shutter base plate having an opening:
a light shield movable between a closed state for closing the opening and an open state for opening the opening;
a cam member rotatable in a first angle range, a second angle range, and a third angle range between the first angle range and the second angle range, the cam member that rotates in the third angle range rotating the light shield;
a motor configured to drive the cam member;
a forcing member configured to force the cam member so as to rotate the cam member from the first angle range to the third angle range; and
a restricting member configured to restrict the forcing member from forcing the cam member in at least part of the first angle range,
wherein in the first angle range, the restricting member is configured to transfer to a first state in which the restricting member is located on a locus of the forcing member and forced by the forcing member, a second state in which the restricting member retreats from the locus of the forcing member, and a third state in which the restricting member is located on the locus of the forcing member and is not forced by the forcing member, and
wherein the restricting member is in the first state after charging of the forcing member by the cam member is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,384,902

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:a reverse conveyance portion configured to convey a sheet in a first conveyance direction and a second conveyance direction that is opposite to the first conveyance direction;
a supporting portion arranged downstream of the reverse conveyance portion in the first conveyance direction and configured to support a lower surface of the sheet conveyed by the reverse conveyance portion; and
an opposing portion provided along and above the supporting portion and opposing to the supporting portion,
wherein either one of the supporting portion and the opposing portion comprises a first projected portion that protrudes toward the other of the supporting portion and the opposing portion,
the other of the supporting portion and the opposing portion comprises a second projected portion and a third projected portion that protrude toward the one of the supporting portion and the opposing portion,
the first projected portion is arranged between the second projected portion and the third projected portion in a width direction intersecting with the first conveyance direction, and
at least a part of the first projected portion is arranged to overlap with the second projected portion and the third projected portion in a sheet thickness direction intersecting with the first conveyance direction and the width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,386,700

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination apparatus comprising:a housing holding n optical member;
a light emitter housed in the housing and including a light source configured to emit illumination light projected frontward through the optical member;
an emission control substrate disposed behind the light emitter and on which a choke coil for controlling emission of the light source is mounted; and
a heat radiating member configured to be formed of a metal and to be housed in the housing and to cause heat transmitted from the light source to an outer face of the light emitter to radiate,
wherein the heat radiating member includes a lower face portion, a side face portion and a rear face portion disposed so as to respectively face a lower face and a side face of the light emitter and the emission control substrate,
wherein the rear face portion of the heat radiating member has a shape not covering at least part of the choke coil, and
wherein the light source is movable in the light emitter such that a distance from the optical member to the light source is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,389,784

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR GENERATING A DESCRIPTION FILE, AND CORRESPONDING STREAMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus for transmitting a video having a plurality of image frames to another communication apparatus based on MPEG-DASH, the communication apparatus comprising:a reception unit configured to receive from the another communication apparatus a request for description data;
a first transmission unit configured to transmit, to the another communication apparatus which transmits the request for description data received by the reception unit, description data including both of first positional information indicating a spatial position of an object in a first image frame and second positional information indicating a spatial position of the object in a second image frame in a case where the spatial position of the object in the first image frame and the spatial position of the object in the second image frame are different;
a determination unit configured to determine an image area in an image frame; and
a second transmission unit configured to transmit image data which is encapsulated in order to allow an independent transmission of the determined image area to the another communication apparatus based on a request for content data from the another communication apparatus which receives the description data transmitted by the first transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 10,386,717

IMPRINT METHOD AND APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint method comprising:placing a light-curable composition on a workpiece substrate;
bringing the light-curable composition and a mold into contact with each other in an atmosphere of a condensable gas;
aligning the mold and the workpiece substrate while the light-curable composition is in contact with both of the workpiece substrate and the mold;
irradiating the light-curable composition with light to obtain a light-cured composition; and
after the irradiation, separating the light-cured composition and the mold from each other, the condensable gas being a gas that condenses under a temperature condition that occurs during the contact and a pressure condition that occurs upon the light-curable composition penetrating into a space between the workpiece substrate and the mold or a depression in the mold;
wherein a film thickness of the light-curable composition during the alignment is 20% or more greater than a film thickness of the light-cured composition after the release and is 40 nm or less,
wherein the alignment is performed in a shear direction while the film thickness of the light-curable composition is increased by the dissolution of the condensable gas.

US Pat. No. 10,388,257

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program for causing a computer that has a display unit and a plurality of graphic controllers to execute a method, the method comprising:causing the display unit to display, using a graphic controller corresponding to an application of the plurality of graphic controllers, a screen of the application;
detecting an event that is generated by a user operation to the screen displayed on the display unit;
determining, when the event is detected, the graphic controller corresponding to the application displaying the screen on the display unit; and
based on a resolution of the display unit and information of the graphic controller for which the determination is made, converting coordinate information on the display unit of the user operation that the event indicates to a value of a coordinate system corresponding to the graphic controller for which the determination is made, and transmitting a result of the conversion to the application,
wherein a first graphic controller of the plurality of graphic controllers performs control using first coordinate information indicating coordinates in a window in which the event is detected, and second coordinate information indicating coordinates in a display area of an application, and
wherein in a case when the graphic controller is determined to be the first graphic controller, the result of the conversion obtained based on the resolution of the display unit includes the first coordinate information and the second coordinate information.

US Pat. No. 10,389,283

MOTOR DRIVE APPARATUS FOR DRIVING STEPPING MOTOR AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A motor drive apparatus that drives a motor having a coil and a rotor that has positive magnetic portions and negative magnetic portions disposed one after the other, comprising:a drive unit configured to supply the coil with a sinusoidal drive signal and rotate the rotor;
a signal output unit configured to output a rectangular shape signal that changes in accordance with rotation of the rotor, the signal output unit having a known mounting deviation angle with respect to the magnetic portions of the rotor; and
at least one processor or circuit configured to:
detect an amount of follow-up delay in rotation of the rotor relative to the supplied sinusoidal drive signal, the amount of follow-up delay being a deviation between a current phase of the sinusoidal drive signal and a current rotation position of the rotor, the amount of follow-up delay being detected in accordance with a difference between a stored reference position and an actual phase of the sinusoidal drive signal at a timing when a value of the rectangular shape signal changes, the stored reference position being an expected value of the sinusoidal drive signal plus a value corresponding to the known mounting deviation angle; and
determine a rotation position of the rotor, in accordance with the detected amount of follow-up delay and the sinusoidal drive signal,
wherein the expected value of the sinusoidal drive signal is the sinusoidal drive signal value expected at the timing when the value of the rectangular shape signal changes if there is no follow-up delay and no mounting deviation angle.

US Pat. No. 10,384,413

SHEET PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SHEET PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing system comprising:an image forming unit configured to form images on a plurality of sheets based on a print job;
a creasing device configured to crease the plurality of sheets;
a post processing unit configured to bind the plurality of sheets, wherein the print job includes:
creasing position information about a creasing position on the plurality of sheets to be creased, and
binding position information about a binding position on the plurality of sheets to be bound; and
a controller configured to control,
wherein, in a case where the creasing position information indicates that a center portion of the plurality of sheets is to be creased and the binding position information indicates that an end portion of the plurality of sheets is to be bound, the controller is configured to control creasing positions on the plurality of sheets such that a creasing position, on a sheet that is located more outer side when the plurality of sheets are folded, is to be shifted closer to a side opposite to the binding position than a creasing position on a sheet which is located more inner side when the plurality of sheets are folded.

US Pat. No. 10,389,798

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REFERRING TO TRANSMISSION JOB HISTORY, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image transmitting apparatus which is able to transmit image data by at least an email transmission protocol, comprising:a scanner configured to scan a document;
an execution unit configured to execute a transmission job for transmitting image data generated by scanning the document by the scanner;
a storage configured to store transmission history information of transmission jobs executed by the execution unit;
a control unit configured to perform a function for reading out setting information included in the transmission history information which has been stored in the storage and using the setting information as setting information of a new transmission job; and
a setting unit configured to set, based on a user instruction, whether to permit a use of the email transmission protocol,
wherein the use of a function for reading out setting information included in transmission history information of transmission job of the email transmission protocol and using the setting information in transmission history information of transmission job of the email transmission protocol as setting information of a new transmission job is inhibited based on the use of the email transmission protocol being set not to be permitted by the setting unit, and
wherein the execution unit, the control unit, and the setting unit are implemented by at least one processor and at least one memory.

US Pat. No. 10,388,012

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR IDENTIFYING CELLS OF BLOOD VESSEL WALL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:at least one of (a) a processor and (b) circuitry, configured to function as units comprising:
(1) an image acquiring unit configured to acquire an image of an eye, the image including a cross-section of a blood vessel wall;
(2) an acquiring unit configured to acquire candidate points of a membrane of a blood vessel wall from the acquired image, the candidate points of the membrane including candidate points of a media of the blood vessel wall; and
(3) a cell identifying unit configured to identify cells within the media of the blood vessel wall based on the candidate points of the media.

US Pat. No. 10,387,759

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a printer which prints images on a sheet;
a controller, comprising a processor that executes instructions stored in a memory or comprising circuitry, the controller being configured to:
(a) perform screen processing on the image data using a dither matrix including a plurality of threshold values, so as to generate an image after the screen processing; and
(b) cause the printer to print the image after the screen processing on a sheet,
wherein a screen represented by the dither matrix has first and second growth points each indicating a central position at which a halftone dot is generated,
wherein, in the image after the screen processing,
(i) a first region having a density lower than a predetermined density is represented by first halftone dots around the first growth point, and the plurality of thresholds of the dither matrix are arranged so that the first halftone dots have first screen rulings and first screen angles in the first region, and
(ii) a second region having a density being equal or greater than the predetermined density is represented by combining the first halftone dots around the first growth point and second halftone dots around second growth points adjacent to the first growth points, and the plurality of thresholds of the dither matrix are arranged so that combined first halftone dots and second halftone dots have screen rulings higher than the first screen rulings and second screen angles being different from the first screen angles at a predetermined angle in the second region.

US Pat. No. 10,386,737

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms a pattern of an imprint material in a region on a substrate by using a mold, comprising:a first optical member configured to guide first and second lights to the region;
a first light source configured to emit the first light by means of the first optical member to the region to observe the region;
a second light source configured to emit the second light having a first wavelength by means of the first optical member to the region to deform the region;
a third light source configured to emit a third light having a second wavelength to cure the imprint material on the deformed region;
a light shielding member configured to selectively shield the first light and the second light; and
a driving unit which drives the light shielding member,
wherein the second and third light sources are different, and the first wavelength is longer than the second wavelength.

US Pat. No. 10,388,018

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to provide:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a first image of an object and a second image of the object;
a difference processing unit configured to generate a difference image after the first image and the second image are registered by obtaining pixel values at corresponding positions from the registered first image and the registered second image and performing difference processing for the obtained pixel values; and
a pixel value change unit configured to perform processing of changing a pixel value in the difference image based on a larger one of a likelihood calculated using a pixel value in the first image and distribution information indicating a distribution of pixel values in a region of interest and a likelihood calculated using a pixel value in the second image and the distribution information indicating the distribution of the pixel values in the region of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,386,998

RESIZING A RESPONSE REGION OF A MOVING OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising: a touch panel; and one or more processors that, when executing instructions, causes the apparatus to:perform control so that a moving object and a different object from the moving object are displayed on a display screen of the touch panel,
wherein a display position of the moving object can be moved and a display position of the different object cannot be moved,
wherein each of the moving object and the different object are selectable to perform a function of the apparatus;
set a response region for receiving a touch operation with respect to the moving object,
wherein the response region has a first size;
detect a move instruction to change the display location of the moving object;
in response to the move instruction, determine an amount of overlap of the moving object and the different object, the amount of overlap including an overlap of the response region;
determine whether the moving object overlaps the different object as a result of the change of the display position of the moving object the determination based on the amount of overlap; and
in response to determining that the moving object overlaps the different object, reduce the first size of the response region of the moving object based on the amount of the overlap to a second size wherein the second size of the response region is smaller than the first size of the response region before the moving object overlaps the different object.

US Pat. No. 10,386,744

CARTRIDGE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a cartridge attachable to and detachable from a main body of an image forming apparatus, the method comprising:preparing a unit that includes a frame including a developer storage portion for storing developer, a fixing surface, and an opening connecting to an outside from the developer storage portion, and a first sheet member including one surface and an other surface, the one surface being a surface for attachment to the fixing surface, the other surface being an opposite surface;
fixing a second sheet member to the first sheet member via a connecting member such that the connecting member is in contact with the other surface of the first sheet member and in contact with the second sheet member, and
attaching a rotation member onto the opening so that the rotation member abuts on the second sheet member,
wherein the rotation member is configured to be rotated in a rotational direction during an image forming operation, and
wherein with respect to the rotational direction, the second sheet member is arranged on an upstream side of the first sheet member.

US Pat. No. 10,386,751

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising: a frame that is configured to accommodate developer;a rotating member that is rotatably supported by the frame;
a sheet member that is elongated along a rotational axis direction of the rotating member, wherein, in a short-length direction crossing the rotational axis direction, one end of the sheet member comes into contact with the rotating member along the rotational axis direction, and another end of the sheet member is fixed to the frame;
a resin formed portion, elongated along the rotational axis direction, that is integrally formed with the frame so as to include a surface where the sheet member is fixed; and
an end sealing member that is fixed to the frame at an end in the rotational axis direction so as to be side by side with the resin formed portion in the short-length direction, and is compressed between the frame and the rotating member,
wherein the resin formed portion includes an extending portion that extends to the end sealing member in the short-length direction,
wherein the extending portion includes a protruding portion that is more projected so as to be more away from the frame than the surface with respect to a direction orthogonal to both the rotational axis direction and the short-length direction when the sheet member and the rotating member are not mounted to the frame, and
wherein the protruding portion is compressed between the frame and the sheet member when the sheet member and the rotating member are mounted to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,386,755

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING CLEANING OPERATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a rotatable image bearing member;
a charging member for charging a surface of said image bearing member at a charging portion opposing said image bearing member;
a developing member for forming a developing portion in contact with said image bearing member and for forming a toner image to said image bearing member by developing a toner charged to a normal polarity at the developing portion;
a transfer member for forming a transfer portion in contact with said image bearing member and for transferring the toner image from said image bearing member onto a recording material at the transfer portion;
an exposure unit for exposing the surface of said image bearing member in a downstream side of the transfer portion and a upstream side of the charging portion with respect to a rotating direction of said image bearing member;
a charging voltage source for applying a charging voltage to said charging member;
a developing voltage source for applying a developing voltage to said developing member;
a transfer voltage source for applying a transfer voltage to said transfer member; and
a control unit for controlling said exposure unit, said charging voltage source, said developing voltage source and said transfer voltage source,
wherein said control unit controls to perform a first operation to form the toner image onto the recording material at the transfer portion, and to perform a second operation to rotate said transfer member and said image bearing member in contact with each other rather than in the first operation,
wherein the toner remaining on said image bearing member without being transferred onto the recording material is collected by said developing member in the first operation, and
wherein the second operation performed by said control unit includes:
(i) a first process for passing an area of said image bearing member charged to the normal polarity by said charging member through the transfer portion in a state in which the transfer voltage is applied to the transfer portion so as to form a potential difference between said transfer member and said image bearing member, which acts as an electrostatic force directed to the direction from said transfer member to said image bearing member to the toner charged to the normal polarity;
(ii) a second process for performing exposure to the area after the first process by an exposure amount smaller than an exposure amount exposed by said exposure unit in the first process or not for performing exposure to the area after the first process,
(iii) a third process for passing the area after the second process through the charging portion in a state in which the charging voltage is applied to the charging portion so as to form a potential difference between said charging member and said image bearing member, which does not generate an electric discharge between said charging member and said image bearing member but acts as an electrostatic force directed to the direction from said charging member to said image bearing member to the toner charged to the normal polarity;
(iv) a forth process for reaching the area after the third process to the developing portion in a state in which the developing voltage is applied to the developing portion so as to form a potential difference which acts as an electrostatic force directed to the direction from said image bearing member to said developing member to the toner charged to the normal polarity.

US Pat. No. 10,388,035

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising one or more processors and a memory storing a program which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the image processing apparatus to function as units comprising:a changing unit configured to change a parameter relating to image processing on an original image; and
a display control unit configured to carry out control to generate a first image by executing first image processing on the original image based on the changed parameter by the changing unit and to display the first image as an image corresponding to the changed parameter, and to carry out control to generate a second image by executing second image processing on the original image based on the parameter before the change by the changing unit and to display the second image as an image corresponding to the parameter before the change,
wherein in a case where a predetermined parameter for changing a number of pixels is changed by the changing unit, the display control unit carries out control to generate the second image by (i) executing processing to change a number of pixels on the original image based on the predetermined parameter changed by the changing unit and (ii) executing the second image processing, and to display the second image as an image corresponding to the parameter before the change.

US Pat. No. 10,386,758

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on a sheet;
a fixing unit configured to heat and fix the toner image formed on the sheet by the image forming unit;
a sheet discharge unit capable of stacking a plurality of sheets to be discharged through the fixing unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information corresponding to a maximum toner application amount per unit area of the toner image formed on the sheet; and
a controller configured to control the number of image formations on the plurality of sheets per unit time based on the information acquired by the acquisition unit,
wherein, in a case where a first job for forming a first toner image having a first amount as the maximum toner application amount per unit area on each of N sheets and stacking the N sheets on the sheet discharge unit is executed, the controller executes the first job with a first number of image formations on the plurality of sheets per unit time during a period from an Lth sheet to an Mth sheet in the first job, where L, M, and N are natural numbers and L wherein, in a case where a second job for forming a second toner image having a second amount more than the first amount as the maximum toner application amount per unit area is formed on each of the N sheets by the image forming unit and stacking the N sheets on the sheet discharge unit is executed, the controller executes the second job with a second number of image formations less than the first number of image formations on the plurality of sheets per unit time during the period from the Lth sheet to the Mth sheet in the second job.

US Pat. No. 10,386,759

BELT UNIT AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt unit for forming a heating nip portion configured to heat a toner image in cooperation with a rotary member facing the belt unit, the belt unit comprising:an endless belt;
a nip forming member provided along a longitudinal direction of the endless belt on an inner side of the endless belt and configured to contact to an inner surface of the endless belt for forming the heating nip portion;
a regulation member configured to regulate a position of the endless belt in the longitudinal direction; and
a snap-fit unit formed of the nip forming member and the regulation member and configured to regulate the regulation member from being disengaged from the nip forming member.

US Pat. No. 10,386,761

FIXING DEVICE FOR SUPPRESSING REDUCED DURABILITY OF A FLEXIBLE ROTARY MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing device that fixes an image formed on a recording material to the recording material, the fixing device comprising:a flexible cylindrical rotary member that rotates while contacting the recording material on which the image has been formed;
a roller that forms a fixing nip portion that nips and conveys the recording material together with the rotary member;
an end-surface opposing portion that opposes an end surface of the rotary member in a generatrix direction of the rotary member, the end-surface opposing portion being movable in the generatrix direction of the rotary member;
an inner-surface opposing portion that opposes an inner surface of the rotary member at an end portion of the rotary member in the generatrix direction of the rotary member, the inner-surface opposing portion being movable upstream in a recording material conveying direction;
a holding member that movably holds the inner-surface opposing portion, the holding member including a guide that guides the inner-surface opposing portion so as to move upstream in the recording material conveying direction; and
an urging member that urges the holding member toward the roller so as to form the fixing nip portion,
wherein, when the rotary member is laterally shifted and pushes the end-surface opposing portion, the inner-surface opposing portion moves upstream in the recording material conveying direction at the fixing nip portion by a force for pushing the end-surface opposing portion by the rotary member, and pushes the inner surface of the rotary member toward the upstream in the recording material conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,384,451

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus, comprising:a head having a discharge port surface in which a first discharge port array having a plurality of discharge ports configured to discharge liquid arranged along a first direction and a second discharge port array having a plurality of discharge ports configured to discharge liquid arranged along the first direction are provided, wherein the first discharge port array and the second discharge port array are adjacent in a second direction crossing the first direction;
a suction port configured to perform a suction operation for the discharge port surface; and
a moving unit configured to cause the suction port to move from a side of the first discharge port array to a side of the second discharge port array in the second direction, in a state in which the suction port is spaced away from the discharge port surface,
wherein, when viewed in the second direction, each of the plurality of discharge ports of the second discharge port array does not overlap with each of the plurality of discharge ports of the first discharge port array.

US Pat. No. 10,386,781

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COMPRISING INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER UNIT MOVABLY SUPPORTED ON MAIN BODY COVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a main body;
an opening portion provided in a side surface of the main body;
a cover pivotally provided on the main body and configured to be pivotal between a closed position in which the opening portion is closed and an open position in which the opening portion is opened, an upper part of the cover being openable outward and closable around a rotary shaft provided in a lower part of the cover;
an intermediate transfer unit provided in the main body so as to be detachable and mountable through the opening portion and provided with an intermediate transfer belt to which a toner image is transferred;
a secondary transfer unit movably supported with respect to the cover and provided with a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image transferred to the intermediate transfer belt to a recording material;
a guiding portion provided in the main body and configured to guide the intermediate transfer unit, the guiding portion being configured to guide the intermediate transfer unit from a first position in which the intermediate transfer unit becomes removable from the main body to a second position in which the intermediate transfer unit is mounted in the main body, the guiding portion being configured to support the intermediate transfer unit in the first position;
a first engaging portion provided on the secondary transfer unit; and
a second engaging portion provided on the cover so as to be engageable with the first engaging portion and configured to limit movement of the secondary transfer unit relative to the cover to a predetermined range by being engaged with the first engaging portion,
wherein when the cover is moved from an intermediate position between the closed position and the open position to the open position, a relative position of the secondary transfer unit with respect to the cover is changed by using a self-weight of the secondary transfer unit from a first relative position to a second relative position, and
wherein when the cover is located in the open position and the intermediate transfer unit is supported in the first position by the guiding portion, the secondary transfer unit interferes with the intermediate transfer unit if located in the first relative position, but does not interfere with the intermediate transfer unit if located in the second relative position.

US Pat. No. 10,384,474

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:an ejection head configured to eject an ink to form an image;
a transfer medium configured to temporarily hold the image formed by the ejection head;
a head heater configured to heat the ejection head to a target temperature T1;
a transfer medium heater configured to heat the transfer medium;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the image, temporarily held on the transfer medium, onto a recording medium; and
a control unit configured to perform such adjustment as to satisfy a a relationship of T1>T2, where T1 is the target temperature of the ejection head and T2 is a heated temperature of the transfer medium at an image forming position by the ejection head, wherein
the ejection head is movable between the image forming position and an escape position displaced from the image forming position, and
wherein the control unit is configured to perform such control as to start heating of the ejection head at the escape position and, after heating adjustment of the temperature of the ejection head to the target temperature T1, to move the ejection head to the image forming position.

US Pat. No. 10,386,786

CARTRIDGE, MEMBER CONSTITUTING CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus main assembly;
an image bearing unit including an image bearing member;
a developing unit including (i) a developer carrying member for developing a latent image formed on the image bearing member, (ii) a force receiving portion, (iii) and a storage member including a first electrode, wherein the developer carrying member is rotatable around a rotational axis;
a second electrode configured to contact and press the first electrode such that the first electrode is pressed upward by the second electrode; and
a pressing member configured to contact and press the force receiving portion such that the developer carrying member is pressed against the image bearing member,
wherein the first electrode and the force receiving portion are disposed such that a position of the first electrode and a position of the force receiving portion at least partially overlap with respect to a direction of the rotational axis, and
wherein the first electrode is located at a lower side of the rotational axis with respect to a gravity direction.

US Pat. No. 10,389,888

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

12. A method of controlling an image forming apparatus,the image forming apparatus including:
a photosensitive receiver configured to rotate;
an image processor configured to convert image data based on a plurality of conversion conditions corresponding to a plurality of positions in a predetermined direction orthogonal to a rotation direction of the photosensitive receiver; and
an image former configured to expose the photosensitive receiver with light based on the converted image data to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive receiver, and develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive receiver;
the method comprising:
forming a first test image and a second test image in a first region including a first position among the plurality of positions;
forming a third test image and a fourth test image in a second region including a second position among the plurality of positions, the second region being different from the first region in the predetermined direction;
forming a different first test image and a different second test image in a third region including a third position among the plurality of positions, the third region being different from the first region and the second region in the predetermined direction;
forming a different third test image and a different fourth test image in a fourth region including a fourth position among the plurality of positions, the fourth region being different from the first region, the second region, and the third region in the predetermined direction;
acquiring measurement data related to a plurality of test images, wherein the measurement data is output from a sensor, wherein the plurality of test images include the first test image, the second test image, the third test image, the fourth test image, the different first test image, the different second test image, the different third test image, and the different fourth test image; and
generating the plurality of conversion conditions based on the measurement data,
wherein the third test image, the different third test image, the fourth test image, and the different fourth test image are prevented from being formed in the first region,
wherein the first test image, the different first test image, the second test image, and the different second test image are prevented from being formed in the second region,
wherein the third test image, the different third test image, the fourth test image, and the different fourth test image are prevented from being formed in the third region, and
wherein the first test image, the different first test image, the second test image, and the different second test image are prevented from being formed in the fourth region.

US Pat. No. 10,389,894

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PRINTING AND PROJECTION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a first generation unit that generates approximate light pattern by adjusting spatial frequency of an input image, and generate projection image data based on the approximate light pattern; and
a second generation unit that generates print image data based on the input image,
wherein the second generation unit generates the print image data so that a difference between the input image and an image for observation obtained by superimposing projection light projected by a printer based on the projection image data onto a printed matter on which an image is printed by a printer based on the print image data is reduced, and
wherein the first generation unit and the second generation unit are implemented via at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,389,907

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR DETERMINING SUITABILITY OF PRINTING CONTENT DATA DISPLAYED ON A DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus, comprising:at least one processer; and
a memory,
wherein the at least one processer executes instructions stored in the memory to thereby cause following units to function:
a display control unit configured to display content on a display screen; and
a detection unit configured to detect approach or contact between a wireless device and the display control apparatus,
wherein the display control unit performs predetermined display on a basis of information acquired via wireless communication from the wireless device in a case where the approach or contact between the wireless device and the display control apparatus is detected by the detection unit while predetermined content is displayed on the display screen, and does not perform the predetermined display in a case where the approach or contact between the wireless device and the display control apparatus is detected by the detection unit while the predetermined content is not displayed on the display screen.

US Pat. No. 10,389,910

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a comparing unit configured to compare a signal value of a pixel with a threshold value at a position corresponding to the pixel in a threshold matrix that is composed of different threshold values arranged therein, to set whether to print or not to print a dot for the pixel,
a first threshold generation unit configured to generate a first threshold value corresponding to a specific pixel area by changing part of threshold values corresponding to the specific pixel area of a fiducial threshold matrix based on the signal value such that the number of dots to be printed for the specific pixel area is greater than a case of using threshold values of the fiducial threshold matrix;
a second threshold generation unit configured to generate a second threshold value corresponding to the specific pixel area by changing part of threshold values of the fiducial threshold matrix based on the signal value such that the number of dots to be printed for the specific pixel area is greater than the case of using threshold values of the fiducial threshold matrix and is smaller than a case of using the first threshold value; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether the comparing unit sets printing or not printing a dot using the first threshold value or the comparing unit sets printing or not printing a dot using the second threshold value for the specific pixel area.

US Pat. No. 10,389,911

ORIGINAL READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An original reading apparatus, comprising:an original tray on which an original is to be placed;
a conveyor configured to convey the original from the original tray to a reading position;
a reader configured to read the original being conveyed by the conveyor, and to output image data; and
an image processor configured to detect a streak image based on the image data, and to correct the detected streak image,
wherein the image processor is configured to:
determine, based on the image data on a pixel of interest and pixels that surround the pixel of interest, whether the pixel of interest is a streak image candidate;
determine, in a case where the pixel of interest is a streak image candidate, a streak image width in a direction perpendicular to a conveyance direction of the original;
determine, based on first information indicating a degree of continuity of the streak image candidate in the conveyance direction, whether the pixel of the streak image candidate is to be corrected; and
determine a correction width of the streak image to be corrected by the image processor in the direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction based on second information indicating a degree of continuity of the streak image candidate having the same streak image width, in the conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 10,383,511

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing apparatus for use in tomography, the processing apparatus comprising:a processor-implemented comparison unit configured to compare, based on volume data including a plurality of tomograms obtained using optical coherence tomography, values regarding layer thicknesses at symmetrical positions with respect to a line that couples, in a fundus, a macular region and an optic nerve papillary region; and
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display, on a two-dimensional image indicating two-dimensional positional relations of the symmetrical positions, information indicating a comparison result produced by the comparison unit,
wherein the comparison unit automatically obtains, as the comparison result, a difference between the values regarding layer thicknesses at symmetrical positions with respect to the line that couples the macular region and the optic nerve papillary region,
wherein the display control unit causes the display unit to change the display form in accordance with the difference between the values regarding layer thicknesses at the symmetrical positions with respect to the line that couples the macular region and the optic nerve papillary region, and
wherein the display form includes a display color.

US Pat. No. 10,383,514

OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING APPARATUS, OPERATION METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ophthalmologic imaging apparatus that acquires a plurality of types of images of an eye including a confocal image and a non-confocal image of the eye, the confocal image and the non-confocal image being obtained with a common light source, the ophthalmologic imaging apparatus comprising:a deciding unit configured to decide conditions relating to acquisition of the plurality of types of images, for each type of the plurality of types of images; and
a control unit configured to control the ophthalmologic imaging apparatus to acquire at least one of the plurality of types of images, in accordance with the decided conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,389,930

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup device comprising:a pixel region having a plurality of pixels that are two-dimensionally arranged, the plurality of pixels including a plurality of image pickup pixels and a plurality of focus detection pixels, the focus detection pixels each being configured to output a signal for focus detection based on phase difference detection;
a plurality of microlenses arranged to correspond to respective photoelectric conversion units of the respective image pickup pixels; and
a plurality of microlenses arranged to correspond to respective photoelectric conversion units of the respective focus detection pixels,
wherein, when at least one of the plurality of microlenses is orthogonally projected onto a corresponding photoelectric conversion unit, a vertex position of the at least one microlens that is orthogonally projected is off a center position of the at least one microlens.