US Pat. No. 10,409,188

MAGNETIC CARRIER, TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER, REPLENISHING DEVELOPER, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic carrier, comprising:a magnetic carrier particle having a magnetic body-dispersed resin carrier core material and a resin coating layer formed on the magnetic body-dispersed resin carrier core material,
the magnetic body-dispersed resin carrier core material includes magnetic particles A and magnetic particles B, magnetic particles A each including an iron oxide and an oxide of at least one nonferrous metal element selected from the group consisting of manganese, aluminum, magnesium, titanium and nickel, wherein
ra?rb where ra (?m) is a number average particle diameter of primary particles of magnetic particles A and rb (?m) is a number average particle diameter of primary particles of magnetic particles B,
M1/F1 is 0.010 to 0.100 where M1 (% by mass) represents a total content of the nonferrous metal element and F1 (% by mass) represents a content of an iron element in measurements of the magnetic body-dispersed resin carrier core material by a fluorescent X-ray diffraction method, and
M2/F2 is 1.0 to 10.0 where M2 (% by mass) represents a total content of the nonferrous metal element and F2 (% by mass) represents a content of an iron element in measurements of the magnetic carrier particle by an X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy method.

US Pat. No. 10,412,261

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING PRINT RECOVERY PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a feeder configured to feed sheets;
a printer configured to form images;
a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to:
receive print data and settings of a print job which are associated with the print data:
control the printer to form an image on a sheet fed from the feeder based on the received print data; and
determine whether the settings of the print job include a setting of not performing print recovery processing after sheet jam elimination,
wherein, in a case where it is determined that the settings of the print job include the setting of not performing print recovery processing after sheet jam elimination, the processor is further configured to execute the instructions to cancel the print job in response to the sheet jam being resolved after the sheet jam has occurred in the printer, record cancellation of the print job in the memory as an execution result of the print job, and perform notification of information to input the print job again, and
wherein, in a case where it is determined that the settings of the print job do not include the setting of not performing print recovery processing after sheet jam elimination, the processor is further configured to execute the instructions to resume the print job after sheet jam elimination and record completion of printing in the memory as an execution result of the print job.

US Pat. No. 10,408,934

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:a light source which generates light;
a plurality of conversion elements, each receiving an acoustic wave generated when an object is irradiated with the light and outputting an electrical signal;
a supporter which supports the plurality of conversion elements; and
an imager including a plurality of optical cameras, which is arranged on the supporter and which acquires an optical image of the object,
wherein the supporter has a hemisphere shape and supports the plurality of conversion elements along a plurality of spiral arrays on the hemisphere shape,
wherein the plurality of optical cameras is arranged at a region other than the plurality of spiral arrays on the hemisphere shape, and
wherein the plurality of optical cameras is arranged at a diagonal position with respect to a pole of the hemisphere shape.

US Pat. No. 10,412,265

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS A PROMPT TO MOVE THE APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having an image capturing unit for capturing an image, comprising:a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first image data by the image capturing unit capturing the image under a first image capturing condition; and
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire first additional information from the first image data;
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit of the information processing apparatus to display information that prompts a user to move the information processing apparatus based on second additional information cannot being acquired after the first additional information is acquired,
wherein the second acquisition unit acquires the second additional information embedded in the image from the second image data captured under a second image capturing condition different than the first image capturing condition after the information that prompts the user to move the information processing apparatus is displayed,
wherein output processing corresponding to the first and second additional information is performed in the information processing apparatus, and
wherein the first acquisition unit, the second acquisition unit and the display control unit are implemented by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,412,266

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus with which an external terminal can communicate, the apparatus comprising:a wireless communicator configured to receive, wirelessly, a connection request from the external terminal that requests the image processing apparatus to connect with the external terminal wirelessly;
a display;
a processor; and
a memory configured to store a program that causes the processor to:
set identification numbers of a predetermined number of digits corresponding to any one of at least a first setting that uses identification numbers which is registered in the image processing apparatus as the identification numbers to be set and a second setting that uses identification numbers which is obtained by a calculation by the image processing apparatus as the identification numbers to be set;
receive identification numbers same as the set identification numbers from the external terminal after the connection request is received from the external terminal; and
display, in a first case where the first setting has been selected, specific information different from the set identification numbers on each of the display of the image processing apparatus and a display of the external terminal, after receiving the identification numbers same as the set identification numbers from the external terminal, and not display, in a second case where the second setting has been selected, the specific information on each of the display of the image processing apparatus and the display of the external terminal, after receiving the identification numbers same as the set identification numbers from the external terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,411,761

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a communication unit configured to communicate with an image capturing apparatus in a communication mode that requires pairing between the communication apparatus and the image capture apparatus;
a Tele button;
a Wide button; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where an operation on the Tele button is received, control the communication unit to transmit information for driving a lens of the image capturing apparatus toward a telephoto side to the image capturing apparatus, and to, in a case where an operation on the Wide button is received, control the communication unit to transmit information for driving the lens of the image capturing apparatus toward a Wide side to the image capturing apparatus,
wherein in a case where both the Tele button and the Wide button are simultaneously operated, the control unit controls the communication unit to transmit data for performing pairing with the image capturing apparatus in response to receipt of data transmitted from the image capturing apparatus indicating the image capture apparatus is in a pairing mode, and
wherein the control unit controls the communication unit to transmit an operation request in a case where the image capturing apparatus is not in the pairing mode and pairing has been established between the communication apparatus and the image capturing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,411,762

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:an antenna that wirelessly receives power;
a power control unit that accumulates or supplies power received by the antenna;
a communication unit that communicates with a power supply apparatus via the antenna;
a switching unit that selectively activates one of a path from the antenna to the power control unit and a path from the antenna to the communication unit; and
a driving unit that drives the switching unit,
wherein the driving unit is connected to the antenna via a conversion element that converts an impedance,
wherein the driving unit includes:
a rectifier circuit connected to the conversion element; and
a voltage detection unit that detects a voltage value after rectification by the rectifier circuit,
wherein the driving unit conducts a second switch connected to an input of the power control unit in a case where the voltage detected by the voltage detection unit exceeds a second threshold larger than a first threshold, and the driving unit outputs a signal to conduct a first switch connected to an input of the communication unit in a case where the voltage detected by the voltage detection falls within a range from the first threshold to the second threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,410,995

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE HAVING AN INTEGRATED CIRCUIT CHIP, A FIRST MEMORY CHIP AND A SECOND MEMORY CHIP, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:an integrated circuit chip arranged on a substrate to perform processing on image data;
a first memory chip arranged adjacent to the integrated circuit chip on the substrate and connected to the integrated circuit chip; and
a second memory chip stacked on the integrated circuit chip and connected to the integrated circuit chip,
wherein the integrated circuit chip switches, according to the processing on the image data, between operation modes including a first operation mode to operate the first memory chip and limit operation of the second memory chip, and a second operation mode to operate the first memory chip and the second memory chip.

US Pat. No. 10,409,206

FIXING DEVICE HAVING A POSITIONING PORTION THAT IS INSERTED INTO AN OPENING OF A SUPPORTING MEMBER TO PREVENT MOVEMENT OF A HEAT CONDUCTIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:an elongated heat generating member extending in a longitudinal direction, and having a first region, and a second region provided in a position that is different from a position of the first region in the longitudinal direction;
an endless belt rotatable and in contact with said heat generating member;
an opposing member opposing said endless belt, and being configured to form a nip in cooperation with said endless belt so that a recording material, on which a toner image is formed, is nipped and fed in the nip;
a heat conductive member extending in the longitudinal direction within the first region in which a surface of said heat conductive member contacts said heat generating member;
a positioning portion provided at an end portion of said heat conductive member with respect to the longitudinal direction, so as to extend in a direction in which said positioning portion is spaced apart from said heat generating member;
a supporting member provided with a positioning portion opening at a position corresponding to the second region, and being configured to support said heat generating member via said heat conductive member; and
an electrical power shut-off member located in said positioning portion opening of said supporting member, and being configured to shut off electrical power supplied to said heat generating member,
wherein said positioning portion is configured to be inserted into said positioning portion opening of said supporting member to prevent movement of said heat conductive member.

US Pat. No. 10,409,213

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING REDUCED COMPONENT AND ASSEMBLING COST

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus arranged to form an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:an object;
an electrically conductive member; and
an urging member provided between the object and the electrically conductive member, the urging member being arranged to urge towards the object and to electrically couple the electrically conductive member and the object to each other,
wherein the electrically conductive member does not have any insulating cover and is formed of a material having an elastic coefficient that is lower than that of the urging member.

US Pat. No. 10,409,215

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE WITH MOUNTING INTERVAL REGULATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A drum cartridge including a photosensitive drum inside a body thereof and mountable to an image forming apparatus so as to form a predetermined gap between a toner carrying surface of a toner carrying member of a developing cartridge provided in the image forming apparatus and a toner carrying surface of said photosensitive drum configured to carry toner supplied from the toner carrying member, wherein said drum cartridge is insertable into and removable from the image forming apparatus in a rotational axis direction of said photosensitive drum in a state in which the developing cartridge is moved so that the toner carrying surface of the toner carrying member and the toner carrying surface of said photosensitive drum are spaced from each other by a spacing amount more than the predetermined gap, said drum cartridge comprising:a supporting member configured to support a supported portion of said photosensitive drum so that said photosensitive drum is rotatable; and
a holding portion provided in the body of said drum cartridge, configured to hold said supporting member in a state in which said supporting member inserts into a through hole,
wherein the through hole permits insertion of said supporting member from outside of the body of said drum cartridge to inside of the body toward said photosensitive drum in the rotational axis direction of said photosensitive drum, said holding portion including a first inner peripheral surface which is arcuate in shape about the rotational axis of said photosensitive drum and a groove shaped portion which is recessed outwardly in a radial direction of said photosensitive drum from said first inner peripheral surface,
said supporting member integrally includes an outer peripheral surface which is arcuate in shape and inserted to be held into said first inner peripheral surface from outside of the body of said drum cartridge to inside of the body, a second inner peripheral surface which rotatably supports said supported member of said photosensitive drum in a state in which said supported member is inserted, and a projected portion, which is inserted through said groove shaped portion from outside of the body of said drum cartridge to the inside of the body, projected outwardly from said outer peripheral surface in a radial direction of said photosensitive drum and contacting a contact surface of the toner carrying member so as to form the predetermined gap,
said groove shaped portion is provided at a position different, with respect to a circumferential direction of the rotation axis of said photosensitive drum, from a position of said projected portion relative to said holding portion in a state in which the predetermined gap is formed by said projected portion,
the first inner peripheral surface holds said outer peripheral surface of said supporting member in a state in which said projected portion is inside of the body of said drum cartridge,
wherein said supporting member supports one end portion of said supported portion of said photosensitive drum in a downstream side of a mounting direction when said photosensitive drum is mounted in the image forming apparatus,
wherein said drum cartridge further comprises an opposite end supporting member configured to support an opposite end supported portion of said photosensitive drum so that said photosensitive drum is rotatable, and an opposite end holding portion provided in the body of said drum cartridge configured to hold said opposite end supporting member in a state in which said opposite end supporting member inserts into an opposite end through hole,
wherein the opposite end through hole permits insertion of said opposite end supporting member from outside of the body of said drum cartridge to inside of the body toward said photosensitive drum in the rotational axis direction of said photosensitive drum, said opposite end holding portion including a third inner peripheral surface which is arcuate in shape about the rotational axis of said photosensitive drum, and an opposite end groove shaped portion which is recessed outwardly in a radial direction of said photosensitive drum more than said third inner peripheral surface,
said opposite end supporting member integrally includes an opposite end outer peripheral surface which is arcuate in shape and inserted to be held into said third inner peripheral surface from outside of the body of said drum cartridge to inside of the body, a fourth inner peripheral surface which rotatably supports said opposite end supported portion of said photosensitive drum in a state in which said opposite end supported member is inserted, and an opposite end projected portion, which is inserted into said opposite end groove shaped portion from outside of the body of said drum cartridge to inside of the body, projected outwardly from said outer peripheral surface in a radial direction of said photosensitive drum and contacting an opposite end contact surface of the toner carrying member so as to form the predetermined gap,
said opposite end groove shaped portion is provided at the same position, with respect to a circumferential direction of the rotation axis of said photosensitive drum, as said opposite end projected portion to said opposite end holding portion in a state in which the predetermined gap is formed by said opposite end projected portion, and
said third inner peripheral surface holds said opposite end outer peripheral surface of said opposite end supporting member in a state in which said opposite end projected portion is inside the body of said drum cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,412,292

LENS CONTROL DEVICE, LENS CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens control device for performing limit control of limiting a drive range of a focus lens and performing control of the focus lens, comprising:an input member configured to receive designation, from a user, of at least one end position of a drive range of the focus lens in a predetermined mode in which the drive range of the focus lens is limited;
at least one processor programmed to perform operations of following units:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire first information regarding the end position in the predetermined mode designated via the input member; and
a control unit configured to control drive of the focus lens in the determined mode based on the first information,
wherein, when the end position in the predetermined mode is designated via the input member, the control unit drives the focus lens from the designated end position to an end position and the acquisition unit acquires information corresponding to a drive amount during the drive as the first information.

US Pat. No. 10,412,295

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:at least one processor or circuit configured to function as the following units:
a focus detection unit configured to detect a focus state of an imaging optical system;
a reliability determination unit configured to determine reliability of the focus detection; and
a control unit configured to control an opening of an aperture of the imaging optical system,
wherein the control unit,
if the reliability determination unit determines that reliability of the focus detection performed in a state in which the opening of the aperture is controlled to a first aperture opening state is less than a threshold value,
changes the aperture to a second aperture opening state in which the opening of the aperture is reduced relative to the first aperture opening state, and
wherein the control unit does not change the aperture to the second aperture opening state if a predetermined condition is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,412,044

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF IMPROVING CONVENIENCE FOR USERS IN CHANGE OF NAMES RELATING TO MANAGEMENT OF DESTINATION TABLES, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising,a storage device;
at least one memory storing instructions, and
at least one processor executing the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
manage, using the storage device, a user group including at least one user ID;
store, in the storage device, a group destination table associated with the user group and including at least one address;
receive, according to a user's instruction, a setting indicating whether or not execution of a change of a name of the group destination table based on a change of a name of the user group is valid;
prompt a user to select the user group;
receive a new name for the selected user group; and
set the new name as a name of the group destination table associated with the selected user group, only in a case where the received setting indicates that the execution of the change of the name of the group destination table based on the change of the name of the user group is valid.

US Pat. No. 10,412,301

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a first image processing circuit configured to perform image processing on image data output from an image sensor; and
a second image processing circuit configured to perform image processing on the image data output from the image sensor,
wherein
in a first processing mode for outputting a still image by performing the image processing on the image data output from the image sensor, the first image processing circuit and the second image processing circuit alternately performs the image processing on the image data output from the image sensor on a frame-by-frame basis, and
in the second processing mode for outputting a moving image by performing the image processing on the image data output from the image sensor, the first image processing circuit performs the image processing on a first portion of the image data of one frame, the second image processing circuit performs the image processing on a second portion of the one frame which is different from the first portion, and the processed portions of the image data are combined.

US Pat. No. 10,412,304

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING AUTOMATIC BOUNCE DRIVE CONTROL, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AUTOMATIC IRRADIATION DIRECTION CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that includes a lighting device capable of changing an irradiation direction of light from a light emission section or can have the lighting device attached thereto, and further includes various switches, the image pickup apparatus being configured to perform automatic bounce drive control for determining an irradiation direction of the light from the light emission section based on a result of ranging of a target object, and driving the light emission section in the determined irradiation direction,wherein in a case where a switch among the various switches included in the image pickup apparatus, which is unrelated to the automatic bounce drive control, has been operated during execution of the automatic bounce drive control, out of control related to an operation of the switch and the automatic bounce drive control, the automatic bounce drive control is preferentially executed,
wherein in a case where a switch among the various switches included in the image pickup apparatus, which is related to the automatic bounce drive control, has been operated during execution of the automatic bounce drive control, out of control related to an operation of the switch and the automatic bounce drive control, the control related to the operation of the switch is preferentially executed, and
wherein the switch unrelated to the automatic bounce drive control is a button or a dial switch.

US Pat. No. 10,412,566

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling an information processing apparatus for writing tag data in an NFC (Near Field Communication) tag, the method comprising:receiving identification information of a printing apparatus from a user;
receiving, from the user, a setting related to an application to be started;
determining whether or not it is possible to connect to the printing apparatus using the received identification information;
generating the tag data that includes data corresponding to the received identification information and data corresponding to the received setting related to the start of the application; and
writing the generated tag data in the NFC tag with a short range wireless communication at least in accordance with a determination in the determining step that it is possible to connect to the printing apparatus using the received identification information.

US Pat. No. 10,412,317

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a reception unit configured to, in an enlarged display state where a partial enlarged area in a captured image is displayed on a display unit, receive a movement instruction to perform a movement of the enlarged area as a display target of the display unit;
a switching unit configured to switch the enlarged display state to an entire display state where an entirety of the captured image is displayed;
a display control unit configured to perform control so that when the enlarged display state is switched to the entire display state, and in a case where a particular operation is performed in the enlarged display state, a display item regarding focus adjustment is displayed at a position which is determined according to the enlarged area after the movement of the enlarged area, and in a case where the particular operation is not performed in the enlarged display state, the display item regarding focus adjustment is displayed at a position unrelated to the movement of the enlarged area; and
a holding unit configured to, when the entire display state is switched to the enlarged display state, hold information corresponding to a position of the display item displayed in the entire display state before the switching,
wherein the display control unit performs control so that when the enlarged display state is switched to the entire display state, and in a case where the display item is displayed at the position unrelated to the movement of the enlarged area according to the movement instruction, the display item is displayed at a position based on the information held in the holding unit.

US Pat. No. 10,411,048

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
a controller configured to execute the instructions to:
control an image pickup apparatus, which includes an image pickup element configured to capture an image formed by an optical system, to capture a plurality of images in different polarization directions; and
obtain polarization information based on the plurality of images,
wherein the controller is further configured to control the image pickup apparatus to capture the plurality of images under different exposure conditions while keeping an F-number of the optical system constant, and
wherein the controller is further configured to set the exposure condition by controlling an ISO speed in a case where a shutter speed is longer than a reciprocal value of a focal length of the optical system.

US Pat. No. 10,412,072

AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS, AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM, AUTHENTICATION METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A network camera, comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory that stores a computer-readable instruction for causing, when executed by the at least one processor, the network camera to:
receive first authentication data and/or second authentication data from a client;
perform first authentication for the first authentication data using HTTP basic authentication scheme;
perform second authentication for the second authentication data using WS-Security authentication scheme;
execute, in a case where authentication for the second authentication data by the second authentication at least succeed, processing for a service corresponding to a request from the client;
notify the client of an error in a case where the second authentication data does not exist, even if the authentication using the HTTP basic authentication scheme for the first authentication data by the first authentication succeeds, and
notify the client of an error in a case where the authentication using the HTTP basic authentication scheme for the first authentication data by the first authentication fails.

US Pat. No. 10,412,330

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:a generating unit configured to generate a plurality of pairs of image signals based on a signal obtained from an image sensor;
a phase difference determination unit configured to determine, for each one of the plurality of pairs of image signals, a phase difference of the image signals based on a correlation amount calculated while relatively shifting positions of image signals constitute the pair of image signals;
a calculating unit configured to calculate a defocus amount based on the phase differences determined by the phase difference determination unit; and
a control unit configured to control a position of a focusing lens based on the defocus amount,
wherein the generating unit is arranged to generate, as the plurality of pairs of image signals, a plurality of signal pairs having different detectable defocus amount ranges and different defocus amount detection accuracies, and
wherein the phase difference determination unit determines the phase difference, for each of the plurality of pairs of image signals, by setting a maximum shift amount and an area for each of the plurality of pairs of image signals, and computing the correlation amount for each of the plurality of pairs of image signals for the set area, the area being set for each of the plurality of pairs of image signals so that each area is to correspond to a substantially same area on the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,412,075

AUTHORIZATION SERVER, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM, AND AUTHORITY DELEGATING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authorization server, comprising:a memory storing instructions, and
at least one processor executing the instructions to cause the authentication server to:
receive from a client an authorization request in which a scope group, with which one or a plurality of scopes that define an extent for using a Web service are associated, is designated;
present to a user, in a case where one or more scopes among the one or a plurality of scopes associated with the scope group are included in an extent of an authority that the user has, a screen for accepting an authorization operation corresponding to the authorization request;
issue to the client, in accordance with accepting the authorization operation of the user corresponding to the authorization request via the screen, authorization information relating to the scope group; and
issue, in accordance with accepting an authorization token request based on the issued authorization information, an authorization token corresponding to the scope group,
wherein upon issuing an authorization token corresponding to the scope group, an authorization token that is signed with reciting only scopes in the extent of the authority that the user currently has is issued,
upon issuing an authorization token corresponding to the scope group, a refresh token for reissuing the authorization token is issued additionally,
in a case where a request to reissue the authorization token using the refresh token is accepted, the authorization token is reissued based on the one or a plurality of scopes associated with the scope group when the request to reissue was accepted, and
verification of the authorization token is performed by a resource server for providing a Web service.

US Pat. No. 10,411,058

SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor apparatus comprising:a silicon layer including a first semiconductor region and a second semiconductor region;
an insulator film disposed on the silicon layer and having a first hole positioned on the first semiconductor region and a second hole positioned on the second semiconductor region;
a first metal portion disposed in the first hole and containing a first metal element;
a first conductor portion disposed between the first metal portion and the first semiconductor region and containing a second metal element different from the first metal element;
a first silicide region disposed between the first conductor portion and the first semiconductor region and containing the second metal element;
a second metal portion disposed in the second hole and containing the first metal element;
a second conductor portion disposed between the second metal portion and the second semiconductor region and containing the second metal element; and
a second silicide region disposed between the second conductor portion and the second semiconductor region and containing a third metal element different from the first metal element and different from the second metal element, wherein
a thickness of the first conductor portion is larger than a thickness of the first silicide region and larger than a thickness of the second conductor portion.

US Pat. No. 10,409,529

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of being connected to an image processing apparatus comprising an image forming unit, the information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory storing executable instructions, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:
acquire a judgment result indicating whether a colorimetric value obtained as a result of measuring a color of a chart image formed by the image forming unit satisfies a predetermined criterion in terms of a difference between the colorimetric value and a target value;
transmit, in a case that the acquired judgment result does not satisfy the criterion, an instruction for executing a color adjustment process to the image processing apparatus without transmitting the judgment result to the image processing apparatus;
execute a judgment process, after the image processing apparatus executes the color adjustment process, for judging whether a colorimetric value obtained as a result of measuring the color of a chart image formed by the image forming unit satisfies a predetermined criterion in terms of a difference between the colorimetric value and a target value and acquire a judgment result of the judgment process; and
transmit, in a case that the judgment result of the judgment process does not satisfy the criterion, the judgment result to the image processing apparatus such that a display of the image processing apparatus displays the judgment result.

US Pat. No. 10,410,044

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DETECTING OBJECT FROM IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
inputting image data;
executing a detection process that detects a plurality of objects from the input image data;
after the detection process ends, integrating the plurality of detected objects on the basis of respective positions of the plurality of objects in the image data;
before the detection process ends, estimating an integration time required for integrating the plurality of detected objects; and
terminating the detection process in a case where a total time obtained by adding the integration time and the elapsed time is equal to or longer than a predetermined time,
wherein a real-time characteristic of the detection process is improved when integrating the plurality of detected objects in the image data is completed within the predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 10,409,025

OPTICAL APPARATUS WITH ROTATIONAL OPERATING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:an operating member configured to be rotationally operated about an optical axis of an image pickup optical system, thereby moving the image pickup optical system in a direction of the optical axis;
a fixing member configured to rotatably hold the operating member and provided inside of the operating member;
a guide member configured to be coupled to the operating member and rotate about the optical axis in synchronization with rotation of the operating member, and provided inside of the fixing member; and
a pressing member configured to be sandwiched between the operating member and the fixing member and apply pressing force acting as load on a rotational operation of the operating member to the operating member,
wherein:
the image pickup optical system has a holding member that holds a lens, and an engaging member provided in the holding member,
the guide member has a guide groove engaged with the engaging member and moves the holding member forward or backward in the direction of the optical axis in accordance with rotation of the guide member,
the fixing member has a first contact surface that comes into contact with the pressing member,
the operating member has a second contact surface that is provided in opposed relation to the first contact surface and comes into contact with the pressing member, and
one of the first contact surface and the second contact surface has a slope that changes the pressing force of the pressing member according to a rotational angle of the operating member.

US Pat. No. 10,406,730

IMPRINT APPARATUS FOR IMPRINTING WHEN A FOREIGN SUBSTANCE EXISTS ON A SUBSTRATE TO BE IMPRINTED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which performs imprint processing of forming a pattern by bringing an uncured resin dispensed on a substrate including a plurality of chip regions into contact with a mold, comprising:a dispensing device which dispenses the uncured resin on the substrate; and
a controller configured to:
obtain a result of a foreign substance inspection conducted on the substrate, the obtained result indicating existence of a foreign substance,
control the dispensing device to dispense the uncured resin onto the foreign substance,
cure the dispensed uncured resin without forming the pattern in the uncured resin,
control the dispensing device to dispense the uncured resin again on a first chip region where the foreign substance and the cured resin thereon exists, and
perform the imprint processing to the first chip region.

US Pat. No. 10,406,731

APPLICATION DEVICE, IMPRINTING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An application device to supply an imprinting material, the application device comprising:a container unit that contains the imprinting material,
an ejecting unit that is provided on the container unit and that ejects the imprinting material contained in the container unit, wherein the application device is a cartridge
a circulating device having a filtering means that filters the imprinting material,
wherein the circulating device has a pump for extracting the imprinting material from the container unit,
wherein the filtering means filters the imprinting material extracted by the pump, and
wherein the imprinting material filtered by the filtering means is supplied to the container unit.

US Pat. No. 10,410,063

SETTING APPARATUS AND SETTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

4. A method of controlling an image processing apparatus comprising:displaying first and second areas on a display screen, the first area being for designating one of a plurality of determination positions of an object region that indicates an area of an object moving in an image captured by a capturing device, and the second area being for displaying the image;
accepting a first user operation for setting a line on the image in the second area, and displaying the line in the second area;
accepting a second user operation for designating one of the plurality of determination positions in the first area, wherein the designated one of the plurality of determination positions is used for determining whether the moving object has passed the line set in the image;
transmitting information indicating the line set by the first user operation and information indicating the designated one of the plurality of determination positons designated by the second user operation to the capturing device so that the capturing device detects whether the designated one of the plurality of determination positions crosses the line; and
superposing, on the second area, the determination position designated from among the plurality of determination positions displayed in the first area.

US Pat. No. 10,411,606

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a rectifying and smoothing unit configured to rectify and smooth an AC voltage from an AC power supply to generate an input voltage;
a transformer including a primary winding, a secondary winding, and an auxiliary winding to which the input voltage is supplied;
a first switching element connected to the primary winding of the transformer;
a feedback unit configured to output a feedback voltage corresponding to an output voltage induced in the secondary winding of the transformer;
a voltage detection unit configured to detect a voltage corresponding to a voltage induced in the auxiliary winding of the transformer; and
a control unit configured to perform control of an operation of the first switching element based on the feedback voltage and the voltage detected by the voltage detection unit, thus controlling the output voltage,
wherein in a state where the voltage detected by the voltage detection unit is equal to or more than a first threshold voltage, the control unit shifts an operation to a first state where the control unit performs control of the first switching element so that the output voltage is to be a first output voltage based on the feedback voltage, and in a state where a voltage value of the AC power supply detected by the voltage detection unit is less than a second threshold voltage smaller than the first threshold voltage, the control unit shifts to a second state where the control unit performs control of the first switching element so that the output voltage is to be a second output voltage smaller than the first output voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,411,607

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE HAVING SWITCHING ELEMENT WITH DRIVING FREQUENCY CONTROL BASED ON INPUT VOLTAGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply device having a transformer in which a primary side and a secondary side are insulated, thereby converting an input voltage at the primary side, and supplying an output voltage at the secondary side to a load, the power supply device comprising:a switching element configured to drive the primary side of the transformer at a driving frequency;
a control unit configured to control operation of the switching element;
a setting unit configured to set an upper frequency limit of the driving frequency of the switching element;
a capacitor configured to smooth the input voltage and connected to a voltage input side of the transformer;
a switch configured to turn on and off the input voltage at the primary side of the transformer; and
an overvoltage detecting unit configured to turn off the switch, in a case where the output voltage of the secondary side exceeds a threshold, in a state that driving is performed using the upper frequency limit set by the setting unit, as the driving frequency of the switching element,
wherein, in a case where the input voltage at the primary side is higher than a voltage corresponding to the upper frequency limit, the control unit controls the operation of the switching element to perform driving by using the upper frequency limit as the driving frequency of the switching element without decreasing the output voltage, and
wherein the threshold is lower than a voltage that causes an open vent of the capacitor.

US Pat. No. 10,406,743

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint method comprising:forming a pattern on a substrate by discharging, from a plurality of orifices toward a substrate, an imprint material in accordance with distribution information indicating a distribution, on the substrate, of the imprint material that should be supplied onto the substrate, and curing the imprint material supplied on the substrate, while a mold is in contact with the imprint material;
obtaining discharge amount information on a discharge amount of the imprint material discharged from each of the plurality of orifices, the obtaining discharge amount information including discharging, using the plurality of orifices, the imprint material on a dummy substrate, curing the imprint material on the dummy substrate without bringing the mold into contact with the imprint material, and measuring a volume of the imprint material cured on the dummy substrate to obtain the discharge amount information; and
updating, based on the discharge amount information, the distribution information such that a thickness of the imprint material formed on the substrate using the mold falls within an allowable range.

US Pat. No. 10,410,329

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory comprising instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to:
acquire a first map which represents a distribution of signal values and a second map which represents a distribution of evaluation values corresponding to the first map as a pair; and
apply a first filtering process to the first map and apply a second filtering process to the second map,
wherein the processor is further configured to execute the instructions to:
in the first filtering process, determine a signal value of a first target signal based on a first reference signal value in the first map, and
in the second filtering process, according to the first filtering process, determine an evaluation value of a second target evaluation value corresponding to the first target signal using an evaluation value of a second reference evaluation value at a coordinate position corresponding to a coordinate position of the first reference signal.

US Pat. No. 10,408,799

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for obtaining information on an interior of a specimen using a plurality of time-series signals obtained by detecting, with a plurality of acoustic wave detecting devices, an acoustic wave generated by irradiating the specimen with light, the apparatus comprising:a signal processor configured to obtain the information on the interior of the specimen using the plurality of time-series signals,
wherein the signal processor is configured to perform a process for reducing amplitude values of signals caused by an interfacial acoustic wave and included in the plurality of time-series signals and to obtain the information using the plurality of time-series signals among which the amplitude values of the signals caused by the interfacial acoustic wave are reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,410,607

INFORMATION DISPLAY APPARATUS THAT SUPERPOSES INFORMATION ON AN IMAGED IMAGE AND DISPLAYS THE INFORMATION AND THE IMAGED IMAGE, AND RELATED INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information display apparatus that superposes information on an imaged image and displays the information and the imaged image, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor programmed to cause the apparatus:
(a) to detect, with a sensor, a movement direction of the imaged image relative to an imaging target;
(b) to determine a location of a portion of a target area within the imaged image, based on the detected movement direction, the location of the portion of the target area being shifted within the imaged image based on the detected movement direction;
(c) to recognize an object of one or more objects in the imaged image; and
(d) to superpose, on the imaged image, information related to an object when the object of the one or more objects is in the target area, and not to superpose, on the imaged image, the information related to an object when the object of the one or more objects is outside of the target area,
wherein, in a case in which a percentage of the one or more objects existing in the imaged image does not exceed a threshold value:
(i) the whole imaged image is determined to be the target area without using the detected movement direction;
(ii) the one or more objects recognizable in the imaged image are recognized; and
(iii) the information related to the recognized one or more objects in the imaged image is superposed on the imaged image.

US Pat. No. 10,410,099

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS WHETHER TO EXECUTE IMAGE PROCESSING FOR A TARGET PIXEL BASED ON A CALCULATED AMOUNT OF CHANGE OF PIXEL VALUES, AND RELATED CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for printing an image on a printing medium based on image data, the image forming apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores instructions;
(B) at least one processor that executes the instructions to function as:
(a) an image processing unit configured to execute, with respect to image data, image processing that adjusts an amount of a printing material to be applied to the printing medium;
(b) a calculation unit configured to calculate an amount of change of pixel values between a target pixel and a peripheral pixel that is adjacent to the target pixel; and
(c) a control unit configured to control whether to execute the image processing for the target pixel based on the calculated amount of change of pixel values; and
(C) a printing unit configured to print the image on the printing medium based on image data resulting from the control of execution of the image processing by the control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,412,668

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more memory devices storing instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the instructions and cause the communication apparatus to operate as:
a first connection unit configured to connect to a first access point;
a first establishment unit configured to share address information of the communication apparatus and another communication apparatus, identification information of a service, and identification information of a session, and establish a session with said another communication apparatus via the first access point connected by the first connection unit for executing a service between the communication apparatus and said another communication apparatus;
a detection unit configured to detect an occurrence of a condition for switching from the first access point to a second access point after establishing the session with said another communication apparatus via the first establishment unit;
a storage unit configured to store the address information of the communication apparatus and said another communication apparatus, the identification information of the service, the identification information of the session, and status information of the session;
a disconnection unit configured to disconnect from the first access point based on the detection by the detection unit;
a second connection unit configured to connect to the second access point after the disconnection by the disconnection unit; and
a second establishment unit configured to establish the session with said another communication apparatus via the second access point connected by the second connection unit, using the address information of the communication apparatus and said another communication apparatus, the identification information of the service, the identification information of the session, and the status information of the session stored by the storage unit for continuing the service between the communication apparatus and said another communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,409,356

PRINTING DEVICE HANDLING WAKE UP EVENT RECEIVED IMMEDIATELY BEFORE SHIFTED TO A LOW POWER MODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus which can be shifted at least between a first power state and a second power state of which power consumption is smaller than that of the first power state, comprising:a processing unit that performs a predetermined preprocessing for shifting the printing apparatus from the first power state to the second power state, wherein power is supplied to the processing unit in the first power state and power is not supplied to the processing unit in the second power state; and
a power controller that shifts the printing apparatus from the first power state to the second power state after the predetermined preprocessing, and shifts the printing apparatus from the second power state to the first power state,
wherein:
the processing unit detects an event that causes the printing apparatus to operate in the first power state, while the predetermined preprocessing is performed, and
the processing unit sets, while performing the predetermined preprocessing, information that causes the power controller to shift the printing apparatus from the second power state to the first power state based on the detection of the event.

US Pat. No. 10,406,808

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTHEAD SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:a printhead substrate comprising a print element;
a driving element for driving the printing element;
an application circuit for applying a driving signal to the driving element;
a ground line connected to the application circuit;
a plurality of temperature sensors configured to detect temperature relate to the printhead substrate, wherein the cathode side of the plurality of temperature sensors connects the ground line via a resistance;
a first selection circuit, on an anode side of the plurality of temperature sensors, configured to select one of the plurality of temperature sensors;
a second selection circuit, on the cathode side of the plurality of temperature sensors, configured to select one of the plurality of temperature sensors; and
a temperature signal output circuit configured to output a temperature signal in accordance with a difference between a voltage of an anode side of the temperature sensor selected by the first selection circuit and a voltage of a cathode side of the temperature sensor selected by the second selection circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,406,813

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a substrate provided with an element that generates energy used to eject a liquid; and
a nozzle plate including an ejection port that ejects the liquid,
wherein the ejection port includes,
a first ejection port that is an opening portion formed on an outer surface side of a recessed portion formed in an outer surface of the nozzle plate,
a second ejection port positioned on a bottom surface side of the recessed portion, the second ejection port including an opening portion that is smaller than the first ejection port, and
a plurality of protrusions that extend from an outer edge portion of the first ejection port towards a center portion of the second ejection port through the second ejection port, and
wherein a distance between a portion on the outer surface side at a tip portion on a center side of the protrusion and the substrate is larger than a distance between an outer edge portion on the outer surface side of the second ejection port and the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,406,821

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD USING DISCHARGE ENERGY GENERATION ELEMENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:first and second recording element substrates, each including discharge ports for discharging liquid and energy generation elements for generating energy for use in discharging liquid, and arranged along a longitudinal direction of the liquid discharge head; and
a supporting member configured to support the first and second recording element substrates,
wherein the supporting member includes a first supporting portion, which is a portion on a side, in a thickness direction of the supporting member, where the first and second recording element substrates are provided, and a second supporting portion, which is a portion on an opposite side of the first supporting portion,
wherein the first supporting portion includes a first individual flow path for supplying liquid to the first recording element substrate, and a second individual flow path for supplying liquid to the second recording element substrate,
wherein the second supporting portion includes a common flow path for supplying liquid to the first and second individual flow paths,
wherein the first supporting portion includes a third individual flow path for supplying liquid to the first recording element substrate, and a fourth individual flow path for supplying liquid to the second recording element substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,406,829

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:(a) an image forming unit configured to form a first ink image containing a first liquid and a coloring material on an ink receiving medium; and
(b) a liquid absorbing member that includes a porous body configured to come into contact with the first ink image to absorb at least some of the first liquid from the first ink image to form a second ink image as a liquid reduced ink image,
wherein the image forming unit includes:
(i) a device configured to apply a reaction liquid containing a reaction component that increases the viscosity of an ink onto the ink receiving medium, and
(ii) a device configured to apply an ink containing the coloring material onto a part of a region onto which the reaction liquid is applied on the ink receiving medium, and
wherein the ink jet recording apparatus further comprises a mechanism configured to apply, before the first ink image comes into contact with the liquid absorbing member, a treatment liquid to at least a region to which the reaction liquid has been applied but the ink is not applied, the treatment liquid containing no coloring material but containing at least a water-soluble resin and a water-soluble organic solvent, and a mixture of the reaction liquid and the treatment liquid on the ink receiving medium being more viscously thickened than the reaction liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,410,674

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR COMBINING RELATED VIDEO IMAGES WITH DIFFERENT FRAME RATES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging unit including an image sensor;
one or more processors or circuits and a memory storing instructions cause the one or more processors or circuits to perform operations of:
recording, on a recording medium, a first plurality of moving images obtained by the imaging unit;
variable setting a frame rate of a moving image to be imaged and be recorded from among a plurality of predetermined frame rates;
automatically selecting a plurality of moving images to be edited from among a plurality of moving images recorded on the recording medium;
generating a moving image having a first frame rate by combining the plurality of automatically selected moving images, wherein the first frame rate is a frame rate that has been set by the variable setting as a frame rate for the moving image to be imaged and be recorded; and
receiving input and enabling a user to specify a moving image to be edited, from among selected moving images to be edited,
wherein the automatic selection selects, as the moving images to be edited, moving images having the first frame rate and a second frame rate that is different from the first frame rate and is related to the first frame rate from among a plurality of moving images recorded on the recording medium, but does not select a moving image having a frame rate that is not related to the first frame rate as the moving images to be edited, and
wherein in the process of generating the moving image, the process of combining comprises combining the moving image specified by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,410,420

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory device that stores a program executed by the one or more processors in order for the image processing apparatus to function as:
a storage unit configured to store model data of a plurality of virtual objects;
a position and orientation acquisition unit configured to acquire a position and orientation of each of the plurality of virtual objects;
an interference determination unit configured to determine whether interference is present between the virtual objects based on the position and orientation of each of the plurality of virtual objects and the model data of the plurality of virtual objects;
an interference area recording unit configured to, in response to being determined that the interference is present between the virtual objects, determine a set of lines of intersections between interfered virtual objects as a contour of an interference area on a surface of an interfered virtual object and record the contour of the interference area;
a repeating unit configured to record contours of the interference area by repeating execution of the interference area recording unit at a predetermined timing;
a generation unit configured to generate a composite image including a captured image, an image of the plurality of virtual objects, and an image representing the recorded contours of the interference area, after an end of the interference; and
an output unit configured to output the generated composite image.

US Pat. No. 10,406,837

PRINTING APPARATUS AND LEAKAGE DETECTION METHOD OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printhead configured to perform a print operation by discharging ink;
a carriage, on which the printhead is mounted, and which reciprocally moves;
a supply unit configured to supply, to the printhead, a voltage which is used to perform the print operation;
a power line for connecting the printhead and the supply unit; and
a control unit configured to perform a detection operation for detecting a voltage appearing on the power line in a case that the supply unit supplies a voltage,
wherein the power line includes a first power line to which a capacitor is connected and through which a voltage is supplied by the supply unit for the print operation, and a second power line to which a capacitor is not connected and through which a voltage is supplied by the supply unit for the detection operation, and wherein the control unit performs the detection operation when a movement of the carriage is reversed, and does not perform the detection operation when the printhead performs the print operation.

US Pat. No. 10,406,838

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a print head configured to perform a print operation, the print head having an ejection opening surface on which a plurality of ejection openings for ejecting ink are arrayed along an array direction; and
a moving unit configured to move the print head between a printing position, in which the print operation is performed, and a standby position, in which the print operation is not performed,
wherein the moving unit moves the print head between the printing position and the standby position by simultaneously performing rotational movement, in which the print head is rotated around a rotation axis that is parallel to the array direction, and linear movement, in which the print head is moved linearly in the gravitational direction, of the print head.

US Pat. No. 10,398,408

EXAMINATION PORTION INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An examination portion information obtaining apparatus comprising:a bed member configured to support an examinee and having an opening through which a portion to be examined of the examinee is to be inserted;
a supporting member configured to support at least part of a portion to be examined of the examinee inserted through the opening and to be coupled with the bed member in a translationally movable manner with respect to the bed member;
an adjustment mechanism configured to move the supporting member horizontally with respect to the bed member so as to adjust a position of the supporting member with respect to the portion horizontally, while the supporting member is spaced apart from the portion;
a measuring member configured to measure information in the portion, the measuring member comprising:
an acoustic wave detector configured to receive acoustic waves from the portion, when the portion is irradiated with light from a light irradiation unit; and
a scanning mechanism configured to cause the acoustic wave detector to move translationally with respect to the supporting member;
wherein the adjustment mechanism is configured to close the supporting member to the portion vertically after a horizontal adjustment by the adjustment mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,401,744

CALIBRATION METHOD, MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. A method of manufacturing an article, the method comprising:exposing a substrate using an exposure apparatus;
developing the exposed substrate; and
processing the developed substrate to manufacture the article,
wherein the exposure apparatus includes:
a projection optical system configured to project a pattern of a mask onto the substrate;
a stage configured to be movable while holding the substrate; and
a measurement apparatus configured to measure a displacement of the stage,
wherein the measurement apparatus includes:
an encoder including a scale and a light receiving unit which is configured to receive light reflected by the scale, and configured to detect a change in relative position between the scale and the light receiving unit in a detection direction;
a measurement unit configured to measure a height at a plurality of positions on the scale at a first time and measure a height at a plurality of positions on the scale deformed after the first time at a second time; and
a control unit configured to determine, based on the measurement difference between a measurement result at the first time and a measurement result at the second time, whether the scale is deformed by expansion of the entire scale in the detection direction or by partial deformation of the scale,
wherein the control unit specifies, based on the determination result, a correction range within which a detection value of the encoder is corrected, and determines a correction value for correcting the detection value of the encoder within the specified correction range, and
wherein the specifying by the control unit includes:
specifying the entirety of the scale as the correction range when it is determined that the scale is deformed by expansion of the entire scale in the detection direction, and
specifying a range which is narrower than that of the entire scale and includes a portion of partial deformation of the scale as the correction range when it is determined that the scale is deformed by the partial deformation of the scale without the expansion of the entire scale in the detection direction.

US Pat. No. 10,401,745

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus that exposes a substrate via an original plate and a projection optical system comprising:a supply unit configured to supply a gas so as to cross the optical axis of the projection optical system in a space between the projection optical system and the substrate facing each other,
wherein the supply unit supplies the gas such that the gas crossing the optical axis in the space has a flow rate distribution in which a flow rate at a second position located farther from the projection optical system than a first position is higher than a flow rate at the first position, and
wherein the supply unit includes a first rectifying member that forms the flow rate distribution by dividing a flow path of the gas into a first flow path of the gas flowing to the first position and a second flow path of the gas flowing to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,401,746

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising in this order:a support member;
a charge generating layer having a thickness of less than 200 nm and containing a phthalocyanine pigment as a charge generating material; and
a charge transport layer containing a charge transporting material,
wherein the phthalocyanine pigment includes phthalocyanine crystalline particles having a particle size distribution and satisfies a requirement that the volume average of the products of ?i represented by equation (E1) and ?i represented by equation (E2) is 0.31 or more:

wherein k is a parameter representing the ratio r/R of the crystallite correlation length r of the phthalocyanine pigment to the volume average diameter R of the crystalline particles in the particle size distribution of the phthalocyanine pigment, and Ri represents the respective diameters of the crystalline particles in the particle size distribution, and wherein ? represents the absorption coefficient of the charge generating layer, d represents the thickness of the charge generating layer, and P represents the ratio of the volume of the charge generating material to the total volume of the charge generating layer.
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. 10,401,750

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle including:a toner base particle; and
fine particles present on a surface of the toner base particle, wherein
each of the fine particles includes:
a core fine particle; and
a condensate of at least one organosilicon compound selected from the group consisting of an organosilicon compound represented by Formula (1) below and an organosilicon compound represented by Formula (2) below, the condensate coating the surface of the core fine particle, and
in a wettability test of the toner with respect to a methanol/water mixed solvent, a methanol concentration, when a transmittance of light having a wavelength of 780 nm is 50%, is at least 5.0% by volume and not more than 20.0% by volume:

in Formulas (1) and (2), each of Ra, Rb and Rc independently represents an alkyl group, an alkenyl group, an acetoxy group, an acyl group, an aryl group, or a methacryloxyalkyl group, R1, R2, R3, R4 and R5 each independently represents a halogen atom or an alkoxy group.

US Pat. No. 10,402,006

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, OPERATION DETERMINATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,401,752

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an intermediary transfer member;
a first image forming portion including a first image bearing member, a first developing device configured to develop, with color toner, an electrostatic latent image formed on said first image bearing member, a first cleaning blade configured to remove the toner remaining on said first image bearing member after transfer of a toner image onto said intermediary transfer member, and a detecting portion configured to detect a value relating to an amount of the toner in said first developing device;
a second image forming portion including a second image bearing member, a second developing device configured to develop, with black toner, an electrostatic latent image formed on said second image bearing member, and a second cleaning blade configured to remove the toner remaining on said second image bearing member after transfer of a toner image onto said intermediary transfer member;
a contact-and-separation mechanism capable of switching a state of said first and second image bearing members between a first state in which said first and second image bearing members contact said intermediary transfer member and a second state in which said first image bearing member is separated from said intermediary transfer member and said second image bearing member contacts said intermediary transfer member; and
an executing portion capable of executing an image forming operation in a first black monochromatic mode in which in the first state, said first developing device is capable of forming a toner image to be supplied to said first cleaning blade and said second image forming portion forms a black image to be transferred to a recording material and capable of executing an image forming operation in a second black monochromatic mode in which in the second state, said second image forming portion forms the black image to be transferred to a recording material,
wherein when a toner amount in said first developing device is below a predetermined amount on the basis of said detecting portion during an image forming operation for continuously forming the black image to be transferred to a recording material in the image forming operation in the first black monochromatic mode, said executing portion is capable of continuously executing the image forming operation in the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,401,754

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING OPTICAL PRINT HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a drum unit including a photosensitive drum and being replaceable by being mounted into and dismounted from a main assembly;
an optical print head configured to expose the photosensitive drum;
a movement mechanism configured to reciprocally move the optical print head between an exposure position where the photosensitive drum is exposed, and a retracted position that is further retracted from the drum unit than the exposure position;
an abutting pin provided integrally with at least one of one end side and the other end side of the optical print head in a longitudinal direction of the optical print head and protrude from the optical print head toward a drum unit side and an opposite side opposite to the drum unit side in a reciprocation direction, in which the optical print head moves reciprocally, and configured to abut an abutting portion formed on the drum unit so as to position the optical print head with respect to the drum unit;
a first restrict portion fixed to the main assembly at an opposite side opposite to a side where the drum unit is provided with respect to the optical print head, and configured to restrict movement of the abutting pin in a perpendicular direction, which is perpendicular to both the longitudinal direction and the reciprocation direction; and
a second restrict portion fixed to the main assembly, and configured to restrict movement, in the perpendicular direction, of the optical print head moving from the retracted position to the exposure position,
wherein the optical print head moved by the movement mechanism from the retracted position to the exposure position is positioned with respect to the drum unit by abutment of the abutting pin with the abutting portion while the movement of the abutting pin in the perpendicular direction is restricted by the first restrict portion and while the movement of the optical print head in the perpendicular direction is restricted by the second restrict portion.

US Pat. No. 10,401,755

SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scanning apparatus comprising:a light source;
a deflection unit configured to deflect and scan light emitted from the light source;
an output unit configured to receive light scanned in a second area different from a first area in which light according to image data is scanned, in an area in which the deflection unit scans the light, and output a signal according to a light amount; and
a control unit configured to control an emission state of the light source to perform switching between a first emission state in which light source emits light to scan the light in the first area and the second area and a second emission state in which the light source emits light to scan the light in the second area,
wherein the output unit outputs a signal of a first value according to a light amount in a case where the light received by the output unit has a first light amount and outputs a second value according to a light amount in a case where the light received by the output unit has a second light amount larger than the first light amount, and
the control unit controls the emission state of the light source to perform switching from the first emission state to the second emission state in a case where an output time period of a signal of the second value corresponding to the second light amount is equal to or more than a predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 10,401,756

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a rotatable image bearing member, configured to carry a toner image, with first recess portions provided at intervals substantially equal to a first pitch Pdr (mm) in a rotation direction of the image bearing member; and
a rotatable developer bearing member, configured to carry developer comprising toner and carrier and to form the toner image on the image bearing member, with second recess portions provided at intervals substantially equal to a second pitch Ps (mm) in a rotation direction of the developer bearing member,
wherein the following relationship is satisfied
Vs/Vdr where Vdr represents a movement speed (mm/sec) of the first recess portions, Vs represents a movement speed (mm/sec) of the second recess portions, and Ws represents a length (mm) of each of the second recess portions in the rotation direction of the developer bearing member.

US Pat. No. 10,401,757

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING A BEARING SUPPORTED FEEDING SCREW

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:an accommodation frame for accommodating a developer;
a feeding screw including a shaft portion and a helical blade formed on said shaft portion and configured to feed the developer in said accommodation frame by rotation thereof;
a supporting member provided with a gear engaged with one end portion of said shaft portion to transmit a rotational force to said feeding screw; and
a bearing portion for rotatably supporting said supporting member,
wherein in a state that said supporting member is supported by said bearing portion, said one end portion is inside said accommodation frame, and
wherein in the state that said supporting member is supported by said bearing portion, a first distance between an end portion of said bearing portion in a rotational axis direction and an end portion of said helical blade closest to said bearing portion is larger than a second distance between the end portion of said bearing portion and an end surface of said shaft portion.

US Pat. No. 10,401,762

CARTRIDGE AND UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:a cartridge frame formed of a first resin material, and
a resin member formed of a second resin material that is different from the first resin material,
wherein the cartridge frame includes (i) a first surface with which a metal mold contacts so as to form a molding space between the first surface and the metal mold and on which an outlet port is provided in the molding space, (ii) a second surface that is opposite to the first surface and on which an inlet port is provided, and (iii) a straight passage straightly penetrating the cartridge frame from the inlet port to the outlet port, and
wherein the resin member is molded on the cartridge frame by the second resin material being injected from the inlet port into the molding space through the outlet port.

US Pat. No. 10,404,326

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmission apparatus comprising:a wireless power transmission circuitry;
a first wireless communication circuitry;
a second wireless communication circuitry different from the first wireless communication circuitry;
a memory storing a program; and
a processor that executes the program stored in the memory,
wherein:
the second wireless communication circuitry performs a data transfer process with a first electronic device entered in a predetermined range,
the processor determines whether or not the first electronic device has moved out of the predetermined range in a case where the data transfer process is in progress,
the processor determines whether or not a second electronic device has entered in the predetermined range after the first electronic device has moved out of the predetermined range,
the processor determines whether or not the second electronic device entered in the predetermined range and the first electronic device moved out of the predetermined range are the same,
the processor determines whether or not the data transfer process is in progress in a case where the second electronic device entered in the predetermined range and the first electronic device moved out of the predetermined range are the same, and
the wireless power transmission circuitry transmits power to the second electronic device in a case where the second electronic device entered in the predetermined range and the first electronic device moved out of the predetermined range are the same and the data transfer process is not in progress.

US Pat. No. 10,401,765

HEATER, IMAGE HEATING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH MAKES TEMPERATURE DISTRIBUTION OF REGION HEATED BY HEAT GENERATING ELEMENT EVEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater that is used for an image heating device, the heater comprising:a substrate; and
a plurality of heating blocks that are provided on the substrate and generate heat upon power supply, the plurality of heating blocks being arrayed along a longitudinal direction of the heater and being able to independently generate heat,
wherein a plurality of temperature detection elements are provided in at least one of the plurality of heating blocks,
wherein, in a case where only one of the heating blocks, in which the plurality of temperature detection elements are provided, is caused to generate heat, temperature distribution of the heating block, in which the plurality of temperature detection elements are provided, in the longitudinal direction is inclined so as to be lowered as being closer to both edges, and
wherein one of the plurality of temperature detection elements is arranged in an inclination region in which the temperature distribution is inclined.

US Pat. No. 10,402,537

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,401,770

DISCRIMINATING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A discriminating device, comprising:a light guiding member configured to guide a plurality of light beams from a first light source to an irradiated surface;
an image pickup element configured to receive a light beam from the irradiated surface; and
an optical system configured to focus the light beam from the irradiated surface to the image pickup element,
wherein the light guiding member guides a plurality of first light beams from the first light source to a first effective region of the irradiated surface, and guides a plurality of second light beams from the first light source to a second effective region of the irradiated surface,
wherein the plurality of first light beams form an angle of 7° or less with each other within a first cross section parallel to the irradiated surface,
wherein the plurality of second light beams form an angle of 7° or less with each other within the first cross section,
wherein an average value of incident angles of the plurality of first light beams with respect to the irradiated surface is 70° or more, and
wherein a difference between an average value of incident angles of the plurality of first light beams with respect to the irradiated surface and an average value of incident angles of the plurality of second light beams with respect to the irradiated surface is between 80° and 110° inclusive when the plurality of first light beams and the plurality of second light beams are projected to the irradiated surface.

US Pat. No. 10,402,802

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR SETTING PRINTING FEE BASED ON IMAGE ANALYSIS RESULT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a printer;
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:
determine whether an RGB digital image has a predetermined number of contiguous color pixels in series;
determine whether the RGB digital image is a color image or a monochrome image based on the determination whether the RGB digital image has the predetermined number of contiguous color pixels in the series;
determine whether each block having a plurality of pixels in the RGB digital image is color based on pixel values of the pixels;
determine a fee division for printing from among three or more fee divisions for printing based on the number of blocks determined to be color, wherein the fee divisions include one monochrome fee and two or more color fees;
set one of the color fees based on the determined fee division for the RGB digital image determined to be the color image, and set the monochrome fee for the RGB digital image determined to be the monochrome image even if the determined fee division is one of the color fees; and
convert the RGB digital image determined to be the color image into a CMYK image, and convert the RGB digital image determined to be the monochrome image into single K image data,
wherein the printer prints the converted CMYK image or single K image data.

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. 10,401,779

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,401,780

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,401,783

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,401,786

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE USED FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,401,787

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MEMBER FOR POSITIONING CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,401,788

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,404,867

SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,404,869

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,401,544

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,402,057

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,404,879

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,402,066

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,404,889

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,404,892

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,404,893

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,402,080

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,404,905

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,402,346

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF BACKING UP AND RESTORING KEY FOR DATA ENCRYPTION AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a storage device configured to store data;
an encryption chip mounted on a first board of the information processing apparatus, and configured to store an encryption key therein, the encryption chip encrypting data to be written into the storage device by using the encryption key, and decrypting data read from the storage device by using the encryption key;
a nonvolatile memory mounted on a second board, and configured to store a backup encryption key; and
wherein the nonvolatile memory stores predetermined identification information in association with the backup encryption key,
wherein, a control unit acquires an identification information of the information processing apparatus when restoring the backup encryption key to a component, and confirms whether the acquired identification information of the information processing apparatus is corresponding to the stored predetermined identification information,
wherein, in a case where the acquired identification information of the information processing apparatus is corresponding to the stored predetermined identification information, the restoring of the backup encryption key to the component is permitted, and in a case where the acquired identification information of the information processing apparatus is not corresponding to the stored predetermined identification information, the restoring of the backup encryption key to the component is not permitted.

US Pat. No. 10,404,912

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to process captured images captured by an image capturing apparatus configured to simultaneously capture a plurality of images for generating a panoramic image or a generated image generated from the captured images, the image processing apparatus comprising:a judgment unit configured to judge whether or not to perform an elimination process, which is to eliminate a region corresponding a support member supporting the image capturing apparatus, for the captured images or the generated image based on determining whether the region corresponding the support member is surrounded by a single region or by two or more different regions in the captured images or the generated image;
a notification unit configured to notify, in a case where the judgment unit determines that the region corresponding to the support member is surrounded by two or more different regions, a user of guidance information for changing a viewpoint position from which the image capturing apparatus captures images without performing the elimination process for the captured images or the generated image; and
a replacement unit configured to, in a case where the judgment unit judges that the region corresponding to the support member is surrounded by the single region, perform the elimination process by replacing the region corresponding the support member with texture in the single region surrounding the region corresponding the support member.

US Pat. No. 10,404,918

TRANSLATIONAL DRIVING APPARATUS AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS USING THIS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving apparatus comprising:drive units, each of which has a vibration-type actuator and an output portion that outputs a driving force;
a holding portion that holds the drive units;
a movable body that has driving-force receiving parts that slidably engage with the output portions, and that is driven by the drive units; and
a fixing portion that supports the movable body so as to allow translation in any direction in a plane,
wherein the fixing portion is shaped like a ring and has long holes elongated in a circumferential direction,
wherein the movable body has projecting members projected from an outer periphery of the movable body in radial directions, and
wherein the movable body is arranged inside the fixing portion with the projecting members being respectively inserted in the long holes.

US Pat. No. 10,404,920

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, LENS BARREL, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:a correction lens;
a lens holder configured to hold the correction lens and to move on a spherical surface with a predetermined point as a center on an optical axis for an image stabilization; and
a base member configured to movably hold the lens holder and to include a second surface that contacts a first surface on the lens holder when the lens holder moves on the spherical surface,
wherein at least one of the first surface on the lens holder and the second surface on the base member inclines to the predetermined point so as to approach to the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,401,600

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising in order from an object side to an image side a front lens group having a positive refractive power and configured not to move for zooming, a second lens group including a plurality of lens units each configured to move for zooming, and a rear lens group having a positive refractive power and configured not to move for zooming, an interval between each two, of a lens group, a lens unit, a lens subunit, and a lens sub-subunit, adjacent to each other being changed for zooming,wherein at least a part of the front lens group is configured to move for focusing,
the second lens group includes a lens unit V having a negative refractive power and a lens unit C,
the lens unit V includes a lens subunit V1 including in order from the object side to the image side a lens sub-subunit V1a having a negative refractive power and a lens sub-subunit V1b having a negative refractive power,
a conditional expression
0.50 is satisfied, where m1 is an interval on an optical axis between the lens sub-subunit V1a and the lens sub-subunit V1b at a wide angle end, and m2 is a maximum interval on the optical axis between the lens sub-subunit V1a and the lens sub-subunit V1b for zooming, and
wherein the lens unit V includes a lens subunit V2 on the image side of the lens subunit V1, the lens subunit V2 having a negative refractive power and configured to move along a locus convex toward the object side for zooming from the wide angle end to a telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 10,401,601

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a fifth lens unit having a positive refractive power, wherein intervals between adjacent lens units are changed during zooming,
wherein the first lens unit which is not moved in an optical axis direction for zooming,
wherein the second lens unit, the third lens unit, and the fourth lens unit are moved in the optical axis direction during zooming,
wherein the fourth lens unit is moved in the optical axis direction during focusing,
wherein the third lens unit comprises, in order from the object side to the image side, a first lens subunit having a positive refractive power, and a second lens subunit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the second lens subunit is moved during image stabilization in a direction having a component in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
?1.35 5.70 ?5.00

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. 10,403,658

IMAGE SENSING DEVICE AND MOVING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensing device comprising:a plurality of pixels arrayed so as to form a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns;
a plurality of sets of control lines respectively assigned to the plurality of rows such that one set of control lines is connected to one of the plurality of rows;
a row drive circuit configured to drive the plurality of sets of control lines; and
an assist circuit,
wherein each set of the plurality of sets of control lines includes a first control line and a second control line,
the row drive circuit includes a first drive circuit connected to a first end of the first control line of a corresponding set of control lines out of the plurality of sets of control lines and a second drive circuit connected to a first end of the corresponding second control line, and
the assist circuit includes a plurality of assist drive circuits each connected to a second end of the first control line of the corresponding set of control lines out of the plurality of sets of control lines, each of the plurality of assist drive circuits being configured to drive the corresponding first control line in accordance with a control signal supplied to the corresponding second control line by the second drive circuit and a second signal which is different from the control signal and different from a signal on the corresponding first control line, the second signal defining a period during which the assist drive circuit drives the corresponding first control line toward a predetermined voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,402,125

SYSTEM FOR CHECK PRINTING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing system including a printing unit, comprising:at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:
a print job acceptance unit configured to accept a print job;
a first print unit configured to control the printing unit to perform a first print process which is a print process using print data of a the print job;
a setting unit configured to receive, via a setting screen, an execution timing of a second print process which is a print process using a part of the print data of the print job before performance of the first print process, wherein the execution timing is specified by a user using the setting screen;
an acceptance unit configured to accept, via a user interface, during performance of the first print process, a user instruction for performing the second print process; and
a second print unit configured to control the printing unit to perform the second print process, the second print process being the print process using a part of the print data used in the first print process, during the performance of the first print process, the first print process being the print process using the print data of the print job, based on the execution timing of the second print process set by the setting unit and the user instruction which is accepted by the acceptance unit during the performance of the first print process,
wherein, in a case where the second print unit controls the printing unit to perform the second print process based on the user instruction accepted by the acceptance unit during the performance of the first print process, the second print unit is configured to control the printing unit to perform the second print process using only one page of the print data of the print job of the first print process being performed when the acceptance unit accepts the user instruction, the only one page being defined by a timing at which the acceptance unit accepts the user instruction, a page to be printed by the second print process being a page varying in accordance with the timing at which the acceptance unit accepts the user instruction,
wherein, in a case where the second print unit controls the printing unit to perform the second print process based on the execution timing of the second print process received by the setting unit, the second print unit is configured to control the printing unit to perform the second print process using print data of only one page defined by the execution timing of the second print process received by the setting unit,
wherein a delivery destination of the second print process being performed based on the user instruction accepted by the acceptance unit during the performance of the first print process is the same as a delivery destination of the second print process being performed based on the execution timing of the second print process received by the setting unit,
wherein both of the setting of the execution timing of the second print process by the setting unit and the acceptance of the user instruction for performing the second print process by the acceptance unit can be made for the accepted single print job, and
wherein pages to be printed by the first print process include a same page as a page to be printed by the second print process.

US Pat. No. 10,403,664

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:light receiving elements disposed along a first plane, wherein a light receiving element of the light receiving elements includes:
first and second photoelectric conversion portions arrayed along and below the first plane, and arrayed in an arrayed direction so that an isolation portion is disposed between the photoelectric conversion portions, and
a light guide portion disposed above the first and the second photoelectric conversion portions so that the light guide portion overlaps the first and the second photoelectric conversion portions in an orthogonal direction orthogonal to the first plane,
wherein, in at least a second plane, which is parallel to the first plane and which traverses the light guide portion, the light guide portion is surrounded by an insulating film and a refractive index of the light guide portion is higher than a refractive index of the insulating film,
wherein the second plane has a first direction parallel to the arrayed direction and a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, and
wherein, in the second plane, a width of the light guide portion in the first direction is larger than a width of the light guide portion in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,402,128

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus to communicate with a printing apparatus having a plurality of sheet holding units configured to hold sheets to be used for printing, wherein the printing apparatus is for conveying a sheet held in at least one of the plurality of sheet holding units and printing an image on the sheet, the print control apparatus comprising:a storage that stores sheet information of the sheets held in the plurality of sheet holding units;
a user interface that selects a sheet holding unit from the plurality of sheet holding units and receives sheet information which is different from a size of the sheet held in the selected sheet holding unit; and
controller that instructs, in a case where the sheet information stored in the storage unit of the sheet held in the selected sheet holding unit is changed to the sheet information received by the user interface, the printing apparatus not to use the sheet held in the selected sheet holding unit for printing until a predetermined condition is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,404,947

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store a program; and
a processor operatively coupled to the memory and configured to execute the program stored in the memory, wherein the processor:
(1) associates coordinates on a video captured by a first camera with coordinates on a video captured by a second camera;
(2) obtains, according to a user operation to designate a specific position within the field of view of the video captured by the first camera to be applied to an event detection in the video captured by the first camera, first position information of the specific position in the video captured by the first camera, wherein the specific position designated by the user operation is (a) a line segment for passage detection as the event detection or (b) a closed region for intrusion detection as the event detection; and
(3) sets for the second camera, based on (a) the obtained first position information of the specific position designated by the user operation in the video captured by the first camera and (b) the association between the coordinates on the video captured by the first camera and the coordinates on the video captured by the second camera, second position information of a specific position to be applied to an event detection in the video captured by the second camera.

US Pat. No. 10,403,667

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE SAME HAVING WAVEGUIDE INCLINED SIDE FACE WITH IMPROVED SENSITIVITY BY INCREASING REFLECTION RATE OF LIGHT REACHING SIDE FACE NEAR INCIDENT FACE OR ENTRANCE FACE OF WAVEGUIDE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:a photoelectric conversion unit disposed in a substrate;
a waveguide member disposed above the photoelectric conversion unit; and
an insulating member disposed above the substrate, and surrounding at least part of the waveguide member,
wherein the waveguide member has a first side face, a second side face, and a third side face, arranged in that order from the substrate,
wherein each of the first side face, the second side face and the third side face is inclined with respect to a line perpendicular to a light receiving face of the photoelectric conversion unit,
wherein an angle of inclination of the second side face is smaller than 90 degrees,
wherein the angle of inclination of the first side face is smaller than the angle of inclination of the second side face, and
wherein the angle of inclination of the third side face is smaller than the angle of inclination of the second side face.

US Pat. No. 10,402,131

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD TO FORM IMAGE ON SHEET USING PAGE IMAGE DATA AND OBJECT INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of transmitting print data to an image forming apparatus for forming an image on a sheet based on print data, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more controllers configured of at least one processor or at least one circuit having a function, the one or more controllers configured to perform:
receiving print data including a plurality of pages;
generating transmit print data to be transmitted to the image forming apparatus, the transmit print data including, for a first page of which print data meets a predetermined condition among the plurality of pages, page image data which is generated by performing rendering processing on the print data of the first page and, for a second page of which print data does not meet the predetermined condition among the plurality of pages, print data of the second page on which rendering processing has not been performed,
wherein the transmit print data that is transmitted to the image forming apparatus has a command in a PDL format for reading the generated page image data.

US Pat. No. 10,402,138

COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication terminal that transmits a login request to an external device, the communication terminal comprising:a near-field communication interface;
a display device;
a memory device that stores programs; and
at least one processor that executes the programs to cause the communication terminal to perform operations including:
setting, as operation settings of the communication terminal, whether to enable wireless communication functions which use the near-field communication interface;
receiving, via the near-field communication interface, a packet transmitted by an external device, upon condition that the setting sets to enable the wireless communication functions which use the near-field communication interface;
displaying a screen including identification information of the external device as a candidate for an external device to transmit a login request to, upon condition that a user operation to transition to a screen for performing transmission of a login request to an external device has been received and a strength of radio waves carrying the received packet is greater than or equal to a threshold value; and
displaying a predetermined notification before displaying a screen for performing the login request, upon condition that a user operation to transition to the screen for performing transmission of a login request to an external device has been received and the setting does not set to enable wireless communication functions which use the near-field communication interface.

US Pat. No. 10,402,139

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT GENERATES PRINT FUNCTION INFORMATION, AND RELATED CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores instructions; and
(B) one or more processors that execute the instructions stored in the memory to cause the information processing apparatus:
(a) to obtain a print setting definition file of a printer driver in which a setting item, a first additional item, and a second additional item are described;
(b) to obtain an additional function from a printing apparatus; and
(c) to generate print function information in which the setting item, the first additional item, and the second additional item are described, based on the print setting definition file, wherein, in a case in which a first additional function, as the additional function, is obtained, the print function information is generated so that information regarding the first additional function is described in the first additional item, and an attribute indicating non-display is described in the second additional item, and wherein, in a case in which the first additional function and a second additional function, as the additional function, are obtained, the print function information is generated so that information regarding the first additional function is described in the first additional item, and information regarding the second additional function is described in the second additional item.

US Pat. No. 10,399,324

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FORMING APPARATUS WHICH FORMS CONCAVO-CONVEX STRUCTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A forming apparatus configured to form a concavo-convex structure by stacking materials, comprising:one or more processors;
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the forming apparatus to:
obtain pieces of slice data corresponding respectively to a plurality of layers by dividing concavo-convex data indicating the concavo-convex structure; and
stack materials multiple times on a medium based on the slice data,
wherein the stacking is switchable between a first method and a second method, the first method outputting the slice data corresponding to an uppermost layer in the concavo-convex structure specified by the concavo-convex data in the last of a formation order of the pieces of slice data, and the second method outputting the slice data corresponding to the uppermost layer in the concavo-convex structure specified by the concavo-convex data in an earlier stage than the last of the formation order.

US Pat. No. 10,399,347

LIQUID SUPPLYING MECHANISM, AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid supplying mechanism, comprising:a tank configured to store a liquid supplied to a liquid ejection head; and
a bottle configured to replenish the liquid into the tank;
wherein the tank comprises:
a liquid storage section configured to store a liquid; and
a liquid injection port configured to inject the liquid into the liquid storage section from the bottle;
wherein the bottle comprises:
a bottle section configured to store the liquid replenished into the tank; and
a protruding section, which delivers the liquid with being inserted into the liquid injection port of the tank, and the protruding section is directly fixed to the bottle section,
wherein the liquid injection port of the tank comprises:
a protruding section insertion portion into which the protruding section of the bottle is insertable; and
a protruding section fixing portion, which is engageable with the protruding section of the bottle, to thereby be capable of fixing the bottle to the tank,
wherein the protruding section of the bottle comprises:
a first protruding portion having a first outer diameter F1 and being formed at an end portion of the protruding section;
a second protruding portion having a second outer diameter F2 smaller than the first outer diameter F1; and
a third protruding portion having a third outer diameter F3 larger than the first outer diameter F1,
wherein the first protruding portion is formed on the end portion of the protruding section, the third protruding portion is formed at a position adjacent to the bottle section, and the second protruding portion is formed between the first protruding portion and the third protruding portion,
wherein the protruding section insertion portion has an opening diameter T1 larger than the outer diameter F1, and the protruding section fixing portion is formed continuously with the protruding section insertion portion, and has an opening width T2 that is smaller than the outer diameter T1 and larger than the outer diameter F2, and
wherein the third outer diameter F3 is larger than the opening widths T1 and T2 so as to be configured that the third protruding portion comes into abutment on a peripheral edge of the protruding section insertion portion and the bottle is fixed to the tank with the protruding section fixing portion being sandwiched between the first protruding portion and the third protruding portion.

US Pat. No. 10,402,936

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD RELATING TO AN IMAGE COMPRESSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming system including an information processing apparatus and an image forming apparatus connected with the information processing apparatus, whereinthe information processing apparatus comprises:
at least one processor; and at least one memory storing instructions, when executed by the processor, causing the apparatus to function as;
a first compression unit configured to compress image data and to store compressed image data in a first storage unit;
a first determination unit configured to determine a compression method on a basis of a data size of the compressed image data stored in the first storage unit;
a decompression unit configured to decompress the compressed image data stored in the first storage unit; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit image data decompressed by the decompression unit and information on the determined compress method, and
the image forming apparatus comprises:
at least one processor; and at least one memory storing instructions, when executed by the processor, causing the apparatus to function as;
an reception unit configured to receive the decompressed image data transmitted by the transmission unit and the information on the determined compress method transmitted by the transmission unit;
a second compression unit configured to compress the received image data using a compression method specified by the received information and to store the compressed image data in a second storage unit; and
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a basis of the compressed image data stored in the second storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,404,991

METHOD OF DISPLAYING A REGION OF INTEREST IN A VIDEO STREAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of processing a video stream for encapsulation into an encapsulation file comprising media data and metadata describing the media data, the method comprising the following steps:obtaining the video stream, wherein each image of the video stream is subdivided into a plurality of image portions according to a subdivision grid,
encoding the images of the video stream into each of a plurality of encoded video streams, wherein, for each of the encoded video streams, at least one same image portion of the image portions of the images of the video stream is encoded with a higher resolution than the other image portions, and
encapsulating the plurality of encoded video streams into the encapsulation file,
wherein the encapsulation file is used in order to determine image portions that correspond to a region of interest,
wherein each image portion of the encapsulated encoded video streams being associated with resolution level data representing a level of resolution with which said each image portion is encoded and said resolution level data comprises superimposition data indicating a position of a data portion in a superimposition of image layers, and
wherein each image portion of the encapsulated encoded video stream is associated with location information indicating a position of the image portion in the subdivision grid.

US Pat. No. 10,401,152

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS, FORCE SENSOR, AND APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detection apparatus that illuminates light from a light source unit onto an object and receives reflected light from the object on a light receiver to obtain position information of the object, the position detection apparatus comprising:a detector including the light source unit and the light receiver; and
a signal processor configured to process a signal from the light receiver,
wherein the detector includes:
a first grating on an optical path between the light source unit and the object;
a second grating on an optical path between the object and the light receiver; and
a third grating on an optical path between the second grating and the light receiver,
wherein the light from the light source unit transmits through the first grating to form a first periodic image on an optical path between the first grating and the second grating,
wherein light corresponding to the first periodic image transmits through the second grating to form a second periodic image on the third grating,
wherein the signal processor is configured to acquire information related to a gap amount between the detector and the object based on a phase of a signal corresponding to light detected by the light receiver via the third grating, and
wherein the position detection apparatus comprises a part on the object, the light from the light source unit being incident on the part, the part having no grating in an incident plane of the light from the light source unit onto the object.

US Pat. No. 10,401,163

CALCULATION METHOD, MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A calculation method of calculating a shape of a surface to be measured, comprising:a first step of obtaining first shape measurement data representing a shape of a line region of the surface obtained by measuring the line region while scanning a probe in a first direction with respect to the surface and second shape measurement data representing a shape of a line region of the surface obtained by measuring the line region while scanning the probe in a second direction different from the first direction with respect to the surface;
a second step of, based on an inclination angle of the surface which is an angle made by a horizontal plane and a plane, including a scan direction of the probe, in contact with the surface at a point where the probe contacts the surface, determining a first correction parameter used to correct a measurement error caused by scanning the probe in the first direction and a second correction parameter used to correct a measurement error caused by scanning the probe in the second direction; and
a third step of obtaining first corrected shape data by correcting the first shape measurement data using the first correction parameter, obtaining second corrected shape data by correcting the second shape measurement data using the second correction parameter, and generating total shape data representing a total shape of the surface by compositing the first corrected shape data and the second corrected shape data,
wherein the first direction and the second direction are opposite to each other, and
the probe includes a probe shaft, a leaf spring that holds the probe shaft, a probe sphere provided at one end of the probe shaft, and a probe mirror provided at the other end of the probe shaft,
letting ? be an inclination of the probe shaft when the probe is scanned with respect to the surface, l be a length of the probe shaft from the probe sphere to the leaf spring, h be a length of the probe shaft from the leaf spring to the probe mirror, K be a torsional stiffness of the leaf spring, ? be a dynamic friction coefficient when the probe is scanned in a state in which the probe sphere is in contact with the surface, and F be a contact force at a contact point between the surface and the probe sphere,
in the second step, ?h as the first correction parameter and the second correction parameter is determined, in accordance with the inclination angle ? of the surface, by

US Pat. No. 10,403,233

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising at least one processor and/or at least one circuit to perform the operations of the following units:a generation unit configured to generate display image data by combining a plurality of images;
a determination unit configured to determine, based on a layout of at least one image included in the display image data, a display correspondence, which is a correspondence between a gradation value of the display image data and a display brightness in a case where a display panel displays an image based on the display image data; and
an output unit configured to output to the display panel the display image data and information indicating the display correspondence, wherein
the determination unit determines a first correspondence as the display correspondence in a case where a specific image, which is a predetermined type of image, is disposed on the most forward plane among the plurality of images included in the display image data, and
the determination unit determines a second correspondence, the range of the display brightness of which is different from that of the first correspondence, as the display correspondence in a case where the specific image is not disposed on the most forward plane among the plurality of images included in the display image data.

US Pat. No. 10,403,508

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINTING METHOD, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ARTICLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint apparatus forming a pattern of an imprint material on a region of a substrate to be processed using a mold, the imprint apparatus comprising:a mount portion on which the substrate is mounted;
a heating unit that heats the region to be processed,
a measurement member that measures shape information of at least either one of the substrate and the substrate mount surface of the mount portion in a thickness direction of the substrate, and
a control unit that controls the heating unit,
wherein, on a basis of information related to a difference in shape between a pattern area of the mold and the region to be processed and information related to a contact pressure exerted between the substrate and the mount portion, the control unit controls the heating unit to heat the region to be processed such that the difference in shape between the pattern area of the mold and the region to be processed is reduced, and
wherein, the information related to the contact pressure is information obtained on a basis of a distance between the substrate and the mount portion, the distance is obtained on the basis of a measurement result of the measurement member.

US Pat. No. 10,401,716

CALIBRATION OF PROJECTION SYSTEMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of calibrating a projection system having a plurality of projectors, and an image capture device, the method comprising the steps of:capturing, using the image capture device, an image of a calibration pattern projected on to a projection surface by a first projector of the plurality of projectors;
determining a projective reconstruction using a set of corresponding points between pixels in the captured image and pixels in the calibration pattern projected by the first projector;
determining a set of solutions for intrinsic parameters of the first projector, the set of solutions converting the determined projective reconstruction to a candidate Euclidean reconstruction based on minimisation of reprojection error between the image capture device and the first projector, the reprojection error being determined using the set of corresponding points;
determining intrinsic parameters of the first projector by selecting the intrinsic parameters from the identified set of solutions according to a reprojection error with respect to a second projector; and
applying the selected intrinsic parameters to determine a Euclidean reconstruction of the projection surface to calibrate the projection system.

US Pat. No. 10,401,719

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND PROJECTION-TYPE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source apparatus comprising:a light source;
a disk held to be rotatable about a rotation axis;
a wavelength conversion member arranged on the disk and configured to convert a wavelength of light from the light source; and
a storage member configured to store the disk,
wherein, inside of the storage member, a plurality of circumferential wall portions centering on the rotation axis is arranged so as to be connected to the storage member thermally, and
wherein the plurality of circumferential wall portions is fixed to the storage member storing the disk.

US Pat. No. 10,404,029

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS SHAPING A WAVEFORM OF A PUMP LIGHT SOURCE AND USING OPTICAL PARAMETRIC PROCESS WITH INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light source apparatus, comprising:an introduction unit that introduces a pump light pulse having a first wavelength;
a shaping unit that shapes a waveform of the pump light pulse having the first wavelength; and
a nonlinear optical waveguide that generates a wavelength converted light pulse from the pump light pulse having the first wavelength through an optical parametric process, the pump light pulse being a pulse that has been shaped in the shaping unit, the wavelength converted light pulse including a second wavelength different from the first wavelength,
wherein the shaping unit shapes the waveform of the pump light pulse such that an absolute value of a time rate of change of the waveform at a peak area of the pump light pulse that has been shaped is smaller than an absolute value of a time rate of change of the waveform at a peak area of the pump light pulse before being shaped with the shaping unit.

US Pat. No. 10,401,214

PROBE, OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE PROBE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A probe configured to receive an acoustic wave from an object, the probe comprising:a capacitive element having a cell structure, in which a vibration membrane having one of a pair of electrodes formed with a gap arranged therebetween is supported so that the vibration membrane is vibratable by the acoustic wave;
a light reflection layer provided closer to the object than the capacitive element and configured to reflect light;
a support layer provided between the capacitive element and the light reflection layer and configured to support the light reflection layer; and
an acoustic matching layer provided between the capacitive element and the support layer,
wherein the support layer has a rupture stress of 50 MPa or larger, and the acoustic matching layer has a smaller acoustic impedance than an acoustic impedance of the support layer.

US Pat. No. 10,403,008

IMAGE GENERATING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. A control method for an image generating apparatus generating a plurality of images by using a reception signal of an acoustic wave propagated from an object, the control method comprising:acquiring request information including information representing a requested viewing time of the plurality of images and information representing requested image qualities of the plurality of images;
setting the image qualities of the plurality of images to the requested image qualities when the plurality of images can be generated with the requested image qualities before the requested viewing time passes;
setting the image qualities of the plurality of images to image qualities different from the requested image qualities when the plurality of images cannot be generated with the requested image qualities before the requested viewing time passes; and
generating the plurality of images with the set image qualities of the plurality of images.
US Pat. No. 10,401,730

METHOD FOR PRODUCING MICROSTRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a microstructure provided with a member in which, on a substrate having a plurality of concave shapes processed thereon, a negative dry film resist is subjected to tenting on open faces of the plurality of concave shapes and then openings are formed in a tenting part of the dry film resist, the method comprising:forming the openings through steps including
a first exposure step of performing exposure with a first exposure light for the dry film resist other than a region in which the openings are formed,
a post baking step, and
a step of developing an unexposed part at the first exposure step with developer; and
forming the member by performing steps including
a second exposure step of performing exposure so as to cause overexposure with second exposure light radiated through a solid blank mask and
a step of performing curing processing in this order, wherein
an exposure dose (E1) of the first exposure light of the first exposure step is six times or less of an exposure dose (Egel) of the second exposure light used for gelling of the dry film resist.

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. 10,403,784

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE CONTROLLING A CURRENT INJECTION AMOUNT INTO AN ELECTRODE ACCORDING TO PIECES OF OPTICAL INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light emitting device comprising:a laminate including:
a lower electrode, a lower clad layer, an active layer, an upper clad layer, and an upper electrode in this order,
the lower clad layer, the active layer, and the upper clad layer constituting an optical waveguide layer,
the optical waveguide layer having a first edge face and a second edge face on opposite ends in a light guiding direction of the optical waveguide layer such that light guided though the optical waveguide layer is emitted in a guided direction from either of the first edge face and the second edge face,
wherein light emitted from the first edge face represents beam characteristics different from beam characteristics of light emitted from the second edge face,
wherein the light emitting device further comprises:
a first photodetector that receives an optical power of the light emitted from the first edge face and generates a first piece of optical information;
a second photodetector that receives an optical power of the light emitted from the second edge face and generates a second piece of optical information; and
a control section configured to execute a first adjusting step of adjusting a current injection amount into either one of the upper electrode and the lower electrode according to the first piece of optical information and subsequently execute a second adjusting step of adjusting a current injection amount into either one of the upper electrode and the lower electrode according to the second piece of optical information.

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. 10,395,348

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:an optical system;
an image capturing unit;
at least one memory configured to store instructions;
at least one processor in communication with the at least one memory configured to execute the instructions to combine images captured by the image capturing unit; and
a control unit configured to control an in-focus position and an aperture of the optical system,
wherein the control unit is configured to cause the image capturing unit to capture images while moving the in-focus position of the optical system to a plurality of positions to form a plurality of images with different in-focus positions, and to cause the image capturing unit to capture images with the aperture set to a depth of field deeper than depths of field for the plurality of images with the different in-focus positions to form a reference image, and
wherein the at least one processor executes further instructions to make a comparison of the reference image to the plurality of images with the different in-focus positions, and to combine images by using the plurality of images with the different in-focus positions and the reference image based on a result of the comparison.

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. 10,391,767

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head of a page-wide type, comprising:a plurality of recording element substrates each having an ejection port array including a plurality of ejection ports for ejecting a liquid, each ejection port communicating with a pressure chamber including therein a recording element that generates energy for ejecting a liquid, and a liquid supply path that supplies a liquid to the pressure chamber; and
a flow path member on which the plurality of recording element substrates are arranged,
wherein the flow path member includes a plurality of common supply flow paths that are provided adjacently to each other as running along a longitudinal direction of the liquid ejection head for supplying a liquid to the plurality of recording element substrates, and a plurality of individual supply flow paths that connect the liquid supply path of each recording element substrate to the common supply flow paths, and
the plurality of individual supply flow paths include portions running obliquely to a direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction of the liquid ejection head, as viewed from an ejection port array surface having the ejection port array.

US Pat. No. 10,391,772

SILICON SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A silicon substrate processing method comprising:providing a silicon substrate with a sacrificial layer formed in a form of an island on a front surface thereof, the front surface being a surface on a side where a flow path of an ejection port for ejecting liquid is to be formed, the sacrificial layer having a higher etching rate than the silicon substrate;
forming a mask layer on a back surface of the silicon substrate, the back surface being a surface opposite from the front surface, the mask layer being a layer that does not include an opening at a portion of the back surface opposite from the sacrificial layer;
forming a non-penetrating hole from an opening on the back surface of the silicon substrate; and
forming a beam on the back surface side by performing anisotropic etching on the silicon substrate in which the non-penetrating hole is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,395,103

OBJECT DETECTION METHOD, OBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object detection method comprising:acquiring an image;
generating a plurality of layer images by enlarging or reducing the image;
detecting a first object from at least one of the plurality of layer images;
estimating a specific object based on the detected first object;
selecting at least one of the plurality of layer images based on the estimated specific object;
detecting a second object larger than the detected first object in the selected layer image;
estimating the specific object based on the detected second object; and
determining the specific object based on the specific object estimated based on the first object and the specific object estimated based the second object.

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. 10,395,622

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTOR READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DISPLAYING IMAGES ARRANGED IN A MATRIX PATTERN ON SCREEN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for controlling a display device to display a plurality of images arranged in a matrix pattern on a screen of the display device comprising:a processor;
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the information processing apparatus to:
detect an instruction of scroll being input;
select images arranged in lines in a range corresponding to the screen in accordance with the detected instruction of scroll; and
perform a scroll display process based on a direction of the detected instruction of scroll, to display the selected images in accordance with a different order of priority rule depending on the direction of the detected instruction of scroll,
wherein the scroll display process is performed based on the direction of the detected instruction of scroll such that first images arranged in a first line are selected after second images arranged in a second line lower than the first line are selected and at least one of the first images arranged in the first line is displayed prior to a second image which is arranged in the second line and has not been displayed on the screen, while the displayed image or images move downward on the screen by scroll, and
wherein the scroll display process is performed based on the direction of the detected instruction of scroll such that third images arranged in a third line are selected after fourth images arranged in a fourth line upper than the third line are selected and at least one of the third images arranged in the third line is displayed prior to a fourth image which is arranged in the fourth line and has not been displayed on the screen, while the displayed image or images move upward on the screen by scroll.

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. 10,397,424

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a reading unit, which comprises a carriage including a sensor and a platen for placing an original thereon, configured to read an original placed on the platen using the sensor while moving the carriage in a predetermined direction;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet based on a read result of the original obtained by the reading unit; and
a controller configured to:
control the image forming unit to form a plurality of measurement images corresponding to four corners of the sheet on a predetermined surface of the sheet, wherein the plurality of measurement images includes a first measurement image, a second measurement image, a third measurement image, and a fourth measurement image,
control the reading unit to read a first area on the predetermined surface of the sheet, wherein the first area includes an area in which the first measurement image is formed and an area in which the second measurement image is formed,
control the reading unit to read a second area on the predetermined surface of the sheet, wherein the second area includes an area in which the third measurement image is formed and an area in which the fourth measurement image is formed,
generate a read image relating to the predetermined surface of the sheet based on first read data relating to the first area read by the reading unit and second read data relating to the second area read by the reading unit,
obtain position information of the plurality of measurement images based on the read image,
adjust the position information of the plurality of measurement images based on a shape of the read image, and
control a position of an image to be formed on the predetermined surface of the sheet by the image forming unit based on the adjusted position information of the plurality of measurement images.

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. 10,397,428

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, having at least a first power state, and a second power state which consumes less power than the first power state, the image forming apparatus comprising:an accepting unit configured to accept, from a user, a transition instruction for a transition of the image processing apparatus to the second power state;
a detecting unit configured to detect human;
a power control unit configured to transition the image processing apparatus from the second power state to the first power state based on detection of human by the detecting unit; and
a prohibition unit configured to prohibit the image processing apparatus from transitioning from the second power state to the first power state based on detection of human by the detecting unit, for a predetermined period in accordance with the transition instruction accepted by the accepting unit.

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. 10,395,380

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:at least one processor coupled to at least one memory, the at least one processor being programmed to implement operations comprising:
acquiring a corresponding point group between a first image and a second image, wherein the corresponding point group includes a plurality of corresponding point pairs each of which is a pair of a point in the first image and a point in the second image associated with the point in the first image;
calculating a first displacement field between the first image and the second image using the corresponding point group, and calculating a second displacement field between the first image and the second image using a remaining corresponding point group excluding a corresponding point pair selected from the corresponding point group;
calculating a matching degree of the corresponding point pair with respect to the remaining corresponding point group based on the first displacement field and the second displacement field; and
repeating the calculation of the first displacement field using the corresponding point group, and the second displacement field using the remaining corresponding point group excluding the corresponding point pair selected from the corresponding point group, and the calculation of the matching degree, until all the corresponding point pairs from the corresponding point group are selected.

US Pat. No. 10,394,104

LIGHT AMOUNT ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS AND OPTICAL APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light amount adjustment apparatus comprising:an aperture unit including a plurality of blade members and a movable member, the plurality of blade members forming an aperture, the movable member being capable of changing a size of the aperture formed by the plurality of blade members;
a driving unit including a driving shaft and configured to drive the movable member; and
a detection unit including a detection target member and a detection sensor, and configured to detect a driving amount of the driving unit by detecting a driving amount of the detection target member with use of the detection sensor,
wherein at least a part of the aperture unit, at least a part of the driving unit, and at least a part of the detection unit overlap one another, as viewed in a direction along a central axis of the aperture,
wherein the detection target member is engaged with the driving shaft, and
wherein an outer diameter of the detection unit is smaller than an outer diameter of the driving unit.

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. 10,391,801

INKJET RECORDING METHOD AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording method comprising:forming an ink image by ejecting ink on an ejection receiving medium by an inkjet head comprising a recording element substrate having an element which generates energy that is utilized for ejecting ink, a pressure chamber which has the element in the inside, and an ejection port which ejects ink, wherein the ink is circulated between the inside of the pressure chamber and the outside of the pressure chamber; and
removing at least a portion of a liquid component from the ink image by bringing a liquid absorbing member into contact with the ink image,
wherein the ink contains 5% by mass or more to 30% by mass or less of a water-soluble organic solvent having a boiling point of 110° C. or more, and
50% by mass or more of the water-soluble organic solvent contained in the ink image and having a boiling point of 110° C. or more is removed from the ink image in the removal of at least a portion of a liquid component from the ink image.

US Pat. No. 10,395,131

APPARATUS, METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CHANGING POSITION COORDINATES OF A CHARACTER AREA STORED IN ASSOCIATION WITH A CHARACTER RECOGNITION RESULT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a memory; and
at least one processor in communication with the memory, wherein the at least one processor executes:
identifying a character area corresponding to each character included in an image;
performing character recognition processing for each of the identified character areas to obtain character recognition results;
storing the obtained character recognition results in association with position coordinates of each of the character areas;
determining a specific character from the stored character recognition results;
changing position coordinates of the character area being stored in association with the determined specific character to extend the character area corresponding to the determined specific character;
displaying the image on a display;
acquiring a range selected by a user in the image displayed on the display; and
outputting, based on the results of the character recognition processing stored in association with the position coordinates of each of the characters after the changing, character recognition results corresponding to a plurality of character areas included in the selected range.

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. 10,397,449

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR STORING, AS IMAGE DATA, SIGNAL FROM PIXEL SENSIBLE TO LIGHT, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING SUCH IMAGE DATA, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensing device including a plurality of groups of pixels, each pixel of each group of pixels including a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements;
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:
a reading unit configured to perform, on a plurality of groups of pixels, a reading-out operation for reading out a signal as a first signal from part of the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements and a reading-out operation for mixing signals from the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements and reading out a resultant mixed signal as an image signal;
a correction unit configured to make a correction based on defect data which is data indicating a group of pixels for which when signals are read out from the photoelectric conversion elements by the reading unit, the first signal read from this group of pixels is defective while the image signal read out from this group of pixels is not defective, the correction being made on the first signal read out from the group of pixels indicated by the defect data; and
a generation unit configured to generate one image file including the first signal corrected by the correction unit and the image signal.

US Pat. No. 10,397,454

MULTIPOLARIZED SIGNAL TERMINAL CONNECTOR FOR ACCESSORY, ACCESSORY SHOE DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND ACCESSORY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A signal terminal connector for an accessory, comprising:a first surface opposed to an attaching direction of an accessory;
a first terminal row provided in the first surface;
a second surface that is inclined with respect to the first surface by a predetermined angle; and
a second terminal row provided in the second surface,
wherein the second surface is inclined with respect to the first surface, in a predetermined direction orthogonal to the attaching direction of the accessory and a direction in which terminals of the second terminal row are arranged, and is displaced with respect to the first surface in the predetermined direction,
wherein terminals of the first terminal row and the terminals of the second terminal row are arranged in a staggered relation to each other,
wherein each terminal of the first terminal row is a movable terminal having a contact portion which is displaced, and
wherein each terminal of the second terminal row is a fixed terminal having a contact portion which is not displaced.

US Pat. No. 10,395,149

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING PRINT JOB TIME DISPLAY AND IMAGE QUALITY ADJUSTMENT CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a printer configured to form an image on a sheet;
a display configured to display a remaining time in which a print job is not performed by the printer in a case where an image quality adjustment control for adjusting a parameter of the printer is performed, the remaining time being counted down;
a processor configured to execute instructions to:
perform a first image quality adjustment control;
perform a second image quality adjustment control different from the first image quality adjustment control;
control whether or not to perform the first image quality adjustment control repeatedly;
determine the remaining time based on a first time corresponding to the first image quality adjustment control and a second time corresponding to the second image quality adjustment control in a case where the first image quality adjustment control and the second image quality adjustment control are continuously performed after the printer finishes performing a print job, wherein the processor determines again the remaining time based on the second time before the second image quality adjustment control is performed in the case where the first image quality adjustment control and the second image quality adjustment control are continuously performed after the printer finishes performing the print job; and
determine the remaining time based on a third time corresponding to the first image quality adjustment control and the second time corresponding to the second image quality adjustment control in a case where the first image quality adjustment control and the second image quality adjustment control are continuously performed by interrupting a print job, the third time being shorter than the first time, wherein the processor determines again the remaining time based on the second time before the second image quality adjustment control is performed in the case where the first image quality adjustment control and the second image quality adjustment control are continuously performed by interrupting the print job.

US Pat. No. 10,395,407

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

16. An image processing method, comprising:acquiring a plurality of images;
executing an analyzing process including recognizing objects included in the images;
causing a display to display a screen including a setting section; and
executing a layout process for generating a layout image based on the analyzing process and a user's input on the setting section,
wherein a first face image of a first object and a second face image of a second object are displayed on the setting section, the first object and the second object having been recognized in the analyzing process, so that a user is able to set, on the setting section, a first priority in the layout process to the first object and able to set a second priority lower than the first priority in the layout process to the second object, while the first face image and the second face image are displayed on the setting section, and
wherein the layout process is executed based on a result of setting the first priority and the second priority on the setting section.

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. 10,394,134

EXPOSURE METHOD, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure method for repeatedly performing an exposure process for exposing a substrate via a projection optical system, the method comprising:a first exposure process for measuring optical characteristics of the projection optical system, and exposing the substrate while correcting the optical characteristics based on a result of the measurement;
a second exposure process for exposing the substrate while correcting the optical characteristics based on a result of estimating the optical characteristics by a prediction formula,
wherein the first exposure process includes determining a coefficient of the prediction formula from a result of measuring the optical characteristics up until the present, and judging whether the determined coefficient of the prediction formula has converged, and
wherein in the exposure method, the first exposure process is repeatedly performed, and the second exposure process is started after the first exposure process where it is judged that the determined coefficient of the prediction formula has converged.

US Pat. No. 10,397,473

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING AN IMAGE SYNTHESIS UNIT THAT GENERATES SYNTHESIZED IMAGE DATA DEPENDING ON AN OBJECT BRIGHTNESS, AND RELATED IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores instructions; and
(B) one or more processors that execute the instructions to cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
(a) a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first image data from one of a first pixel and a second pixel, of an image sensor, that share a single micro lens and receive light passing through different pupil areas of an optical system;
(b) a second acquisition unit configured to acquire second image data as a sum of the first image data obtained from the first pixel and the first image data obtained from the second pixel; and
(c) an image synthesis unit configured (i) to synthesize the first image data acquired by the first acquisition unit and the second image data acquired by the second acquisition unit based on an object brightness, so that the first image data is selected in an area in which the object brightness is a first value that is greater than a threshold value, and the second image data is selected in an area in which the object brightness is a second value that is less than the threshold value, and (ii) to generate synthesized image data of the first image data and the second image data.

US Pat. No. 10,397,475

CAPTURING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A capturing control apparatus that generates a high-dynamic-range (HDR) moving image by combining a first moving image captured by a first capturing unit and a second moving image captured by a second capturing unit, the capturing control apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions stored in memory to provide:
a first setting unit configured to set a first capturing condition in the first capturing unit and the second capturing unit when capturing a first frame image pair to be used in HDR composition;
a second setting unit configured to set a second capturing condition, different from the first capturing condition, in the first capturing unit and the second capturing unit when capturing a second frame image pair to be used in deriving a geometric correction parameter;
a capturing control unit configured to control capturing of the first moving image by the first capturing unit and the second moving image by the second capturing unit by capturing at least one first frame image pair using the first capturing condition and at least one second frame image pair using the second capturing condition;
a deriving unit configured to derive the geometric correction parameter used to correct a position shift between a frame image of the first frame image pair included in the first moving image and another frame image of the first frame image pair included in the second moving image based on frame images of the second frame image pair captured under the second capturing condition, one frame image of the second frame image pair being included in each of the first moving image and the second moving image; and
a combining unit configured to perform geometric correction processing for at least one of the frame image of the first frame image pair included in the first moving image and the another frame image of the first frame image pair included in the second moving image using the derived geometric correction parameter based on the second frame image pair, and after the geometric correction processing, combine at least the first frame image pair included in the first moving image and the second moving image to generate the HDR moving image,
wherein each of the first capturing condition and the second capturing condition include a first exposure condition for the first capturing unit and a second exposure condition for the second capturing unit,
wherein, in the first capturing condition, the first exposure condition for the first capturing unit is different from the second exposure condition for the second capturing unit, and
wherein, in the second capturing condition, at least one of the first exposure condition or the second exposure condition is higher than in the first capturing condition when capturing a scene that has shadow-detail loss regions or lower than in the first capturing condition when capturing a scene that has highlight-detail loss regions.

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. 10,397,482

IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging control apparatus comprising:at least one memory and at least one processor which function as:
a display control unit configured to perform control to present a 2-area enlargement display of displaying live view images captured at two imaging regions in an imaging unit that are separately arranged in a width direction or a height direction on a display unit;
a setting unit configured to set an autofocus method;
a control unit configured to perform control to conduct, in response to an autofocus instruction operation on a first operation unit, an autofocus operation inside of a range displayed in the 2-area enlargement display while maintaining the 2-area enlargement display in a state where the 2-area enlargement display is presented, and
to end, in response to an autofocus instruction operation on a second operation unit, the 2-area enlargement display and conduct the autofocus operation in a range independent of the inside of the range displayed in the 2-area enlargement display in a state where the 2-area enlargement display is presented,
wherein the control unit performs control to end the 2-area enlargement display and conduct the autofocus operation in the range independent of the inside of the range displayed in the 2-area enlargement display in response to the autofocus instruction operation on the second operation unit in a state where the 2-area enlargement display is presented when a first autofocus method is set by the setting unit, and
wherein the control unit performs control to conduct the autofocus inside the range displayed in the 2-area enlargement display while maintaining the 2-area enlargement display in response to the autofocus instruction operation on the second operation unit when a second autofocus method is set by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,395,943

PATTERNING METHOD, METHOD FOR PRODUCING PROCESSED SUBSTRATE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING OPTICAL COMPONENT, METHOD FOR PRODUCING CIRCUIT BOARD, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A patterning method comprising:placing a photocurable composition on a substrate;
bringing the photocurable composition into contact with a mold having an uneven pattern;
irradiating the photocurable composition with light to form a cured film;
separating the cured film from the mold;
forming a reverse layer on the cured film to which the uneven pattern of the mold has been transferred;
while recessed portions of the uneven pattern of the cured film are filled with the reverse layer, removing a part of the reverse layer to expose raised portions of the uneven pattern; and
etching the photocurable composition layer to form a reverse pattern using the reverse layer in the recessed portions as a mask,
wherein the photocurable composition contains at least a polymerizable compound (A) component and a photopolymerization initiator (B) component, the (A) component has a mole fraction weighted average molecular weight of 200 or more and 1000 or less, the (A) component has an Ohnishi parameter (OP) of 3.80 or more, and the Ohnishi parameter (OP) of the (A) component is a mole fraction weighted average of N/(NC?NO), N denotes a total number of atoms in a molecule, NC denotes a number of carbon atoms in the molecule, and NO denotes a number of oxygen atoms in the molecule.

US Pat. No. 10,397,486

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD EXECUTED BY IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a program, wherein when the program is executed by the processor, the image processing apparatus is configured to function as:
an image capture unit that performs predetermined image capture process using a physical auxiliary light source and a virtual light source, wherein the image capture unit performs the predetermined image capture process using the physical auxiliary light source and the virtual light source by:
obtaining a first image by capturing a subject with the physical auxiliary light source emitted;
generating a second image by applying image processing that reduces brightness to the first image; and
applying correction process that adds an effect of a virtual light of the virtual light source to the second image.

US Pat. No. 10,394,155

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a movable photosensitive member;
a charging roller provided in contact with or proximity to a surface of said photosensitive member and configured to electrically discharge the surface of said photosensitive member under application of a charging voltage consisting only of a DC component;
an electrostatic image forming portion configured to form an electrostatic image on the charged surface of said photosensitive member;
a developing sleeve provided opposed to the surface of said photosensitive member and configured to deposit toner on the electrostatic image formed on the surface of said photosensitive member under application of a developing voltage including an AC component and a DC component;
a charging voltage source configured to output the charging voltage;
a developing voltage source configured to output the developing voltage;
a first conducting path configured to electrically connect an output terminal of said charging voltage source to said charging roller;
a second conducting path configured to electrically connect an output terminal of said developing voltage source to said developing sleeve; and
a capacitor electrically connected between the output terminal of said charging voltage source and a ground potential or between said first conducting path and the ground potential,
wherein said capacitor satisfies the following relationship:
{C1/(C1+C2)}×Vpp?5(V),
where C1 (pF) is an electrostatic capacity formed by said first and second conducting paths, C2 (pF) is an electrostatic capacity of said capacitor, and Vpp (V) is a peak-to-peak voltage of the AC component of the developing voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,397,487

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A signal processing apparatus that processes a video signal, comprising:a signal conversion unit configured to convert a first video signal quantized according to a first characteristic to represent a video image with a relative luminance, into a second video signal quantized according to a second characteristic to represent the video image with an absolute luminance in an output of a display device based on a predetermined conversion correspondence relationship; and
a signal output unit configured to output information representing the conversion correspondence relationship in association with at least one of the first video signal and the second video signal.

US Pat. No. 10,394,159

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit including
a photoconductor,
a light source configured to emit light beam in a light amount corresponding to a value of supplied current,
a driving unit configured to supply current to the light source in accordance with a first pulse-with-modulation (PWM) signal generated based on image data, which includes a smoothing circuit which outputs a signal obtained by smoothing a second PWM signal input to control a value of the current supplied to the light source, and configured to control the value of the current in accordance with an output of the smoothing circuit, and
a deflection unit configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source such that the light beam scan the photoconductor,
wherein the image forming unit develops, using toner, electrostatic latent image formed on the photoconductor by being scanned by the light beam, transfers developed toner image on a recording sheet, and fixes the transferred toner image on the recording sheet; and
a control unit
configured to control the driving unit by changing a pulse width of the first PWM signal so that toner images for density detection having different density levels are formed in parallel in a scanning direction of the light beam,
configured to set a target light amount of the light beam based on density information of the toner images for density detection, and
configured to control a pulse width of the second PWM signal to be input to the smoothing circuit such that an amount of the light beam emitted from the light source based on the target light amount is controlled in accordance with a scanning position.

US Pat. No. 10,394,162

DEVELOPING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developer carrying member that carries a developer;
a development frame member that rotatably supports the developer carrying member and stores the developer; and
a regulating member provided in the development frame member to regulate a thickness of the developer carried on the developer carrying member, wherein
the regulating member includes a supporting member having a conductive property, and a contact member having a larger resistivity than that of the supporting member,
in a cross-section orthogonal to a rotation axis direction of the developer carrying member,
the contact member has a contact portion that contacts with a surface of the developer carrying member, and
the supporting member is disposed to be present on a normal line of the developer carrying member passing through the contact portion, and the contact portion has a first region and a second region positioned on a downstream side of the first region in a rotation direction of the developer carrying member,
wherein when a thickness of the contact member, between the first region and the supporting member, in a first direction along a first normal line passing through the first region, is a first thickness, and
a thickness of the contact member, between the second region and the supporting member, in a second direction along a second normal line passing through the second region, is a second thickness,
the first thickness is larger than the second thickness,
wherein when a third normal line of the developer carrying member, passing through a position at which a distance between a rotation center of the developer carrying member and the supporting member is the shortest, is used as a reference,
the contact portion is disposed at a position which is not on the downstream side of the third normal line but on the upstream side of the developer carrying member, in the rotation direction of the developer carrying member, and
wherein when a potential of the supporting member is V1 and a potential of the developer carrying member is V2 during a developing operation, a polarity of a potential difference (V1?V2) between the supporting member and the developer carrying member is the same as a charging polarity of the developer.

US Pat. No. 10,394,165

DEVELOPING DEVICE CARRYING LIQUID DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a rotatable developer carrying member configured to carry liquid developer including toner and carrier liquid to develop an electrostatic latent image carried on an image bearing member, at a developing position;
a developer container configured to store the liquid developer;
an electrode provided opposed to said developer carrying member with a predetermined gap therebetween and configured to form an electric field for moving the toner in the liquid developer supplied from said developer container into the predetermined gap, toward said developer carrying member; and
an urging roller provided downstream of said electrode and upstream of the developing position with respect to a rotational moving direction of said developer carrying member and configured to urge said developer carrying member,
wherein an amount of the toner on said developer carrying member per unit area in a region downstream of said urging roller and upstream of the developing position with respect to the rotational moving direction is not less than 50% of an amount of the toner on said developer carrying member per unit area in a region interposed between said electrode and said developer carrying member.

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. 10,394,173

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material;
a fixing unit having a heater and configured to heat and fix an image formed on the recording material onto the recording material; and
a control unit,
wherein the control unit calculates estimated power (Pp_after) to be used in the apparatus in a case where a throughput thereof is to be increased to become higher than a current throughput during forming the image, and compares the estimated power (Pp_after) and maximum suppliable power (Plimit) to the apparatus to determine whether the throughput is to be increased or not, and
wherein if the power used by the apparatus during forming the image at the current throughput is defined as power (Pp), the power (Pp_after) is calculated on a basis of the power (Pp) and a ratio of the current throughput to a throughput after the change.

US Pat. No. 10,394,175

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT USES A PREDETERMINED MEASUREMENT IMAGE AND CONTROLS IMAGE DENSITY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:a conversion unit configured to convert image data based on a conversion condition;
an image forming unit configured to form an image based on the converted image data;
an image bearing member;
a measurement unit configured to measure irregular reflection light from a measurement image on the image bearing member; and
a controller configured to control the image forming unit to form a plurality of measurement images including a predetermined measurement image based on measurement image data, to control the measurement unit to measure irregular reflection light from an area on the image bearing member where the plurality of measurement images are not formed, to control the measurement unit to measure the irregular reflection light from the plurality of measurement images, to determine whether a measurement result of the predetermined measurement image is selected as a measurement result used for generating the conversion condition based on the measurement result of the area, and to generate the conversion condition based on the selected measurement result,
wherein the controller generates the conversion condition based on the measurement result of the predetermined measurement image and measurement results of the other measurement images among the plurality of measurement images in a case where the measurement result of the predetermined measurement image is selected,
wherein the controller generates the conversion condition based on the measurement results of the other measurement images without using the measurement result of the predetermined measurement image in a case where the measurement result of the predetermined measurement image is not selected,
wherein a density level of the predetermined measurement image is lower than density levels of the other measurement image,
wherein the controller determines a reference value based on the measurement result of the area,
wherein the controller selects the predetermined measurement image in a case where the reference value is less than a threshold, and
wherein the controller does not select the predetermined measurement image in a case where the reference value is more than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,394,176

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ADJUSTMENT OF TONER CONTENT IN DEVELOPER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
a developing device configured to develop, with a developer containing toner and a carrier, an electrostatic latent image formed on said image bearing member;
a toner content detecting portion configured to detect a toner content in the developer in said developing device;
a supplying device configured to supply the toner to said developing device on the basis of an output of said toner content detecting portion to maintain the toner content in the developer in said developing device at a target value;
a calculating portion configured to calculate an image ratio of an image to be outputted;
a toner image detecting portion configured to detect a density of a toner image formed by said developing device;
an adjusting portion configured to adjust the target value on the basis of a result of detection of a density of a detection toner image by said toner image detecting portion, the detection toner image being formed by said developing device; and
a controller configured to control an execution frequency of said adjusting portion so that said adjusting portion effects adjustment after a number of times of image formation after occurrence of a high change rate of the image ratio that is greater than a predetermined change rate reaches a first value, and said adjusting portion effects adjustment after the number of times of image formation after occurrence of a low change rate of the image ratio that is lower than the predetermined change rate reaches a second value greater than the first value.

US Pat. No. 10,394,177

DRIVE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive transmission apparatus comprising:a first input gear configured to be driven by driving force from a driving source;
a first swing gear configured to be rotated by driving force from the first input gear;
a first swing member comprising a first engagement portion and a first retaining portion configured to retain the first swing gear in a rotatable manner; and
a supporting portion configured to support the first swing member swingably between a first position and a second position in a swinging direction about an axis of the first input gear,
wherein the supporting portion comprises:
a first portion configured to face the first engagement portion and permit the first swing member to be moved with respect to the supporting portion in a direction intersecting the axis of the first input gear in a case where the first swing member is on the first position; and
a second portion configured to engage with the first engagement portion and restrict the first swing member from being moved away from the supporting portion in the direction intersecting the axis of the first input gear in a case where the first swing member is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,394,178

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device comprising:a stacking unit configured to stack a sheet;
a feeding member including (a) a rotatable feeding roller configured to feed the sheet having been stacked on said stacking unit and (b) a supplying roller configured to supply the sheet fed by said feeding roller;
a holding member holding said feeding member;
a holder supporting portion provided above said stacking unit and configured to detachably support said holding member;
a raising and lowering unit configured to raise and lower said holding member;
a detecting unit having a detection state that is changed by movement of said holding member; and
a control unit capable of operating said raising and lowering unit to raise and lower said holding member in a state that said holding member is not mounted to said holder supporting portion,
wherein, when the detection state changes from a first state to a second state, said control unit discriminates that said holding member is mounted to said holder supporting portion,
wherein, when the first detection state of said detecting unit is maintained, despite the movement of said raising and lowering unit, said control unit discriminates that said holding member is not mounted to said holder supporting portion,
wherein said holder supporting portion includes (a) a driving shaft configured to rotate said supplying roller and (b) a movable shaft movable in an axial direction of said driving shaft, and
wherein said holding member is supported by said holder supporting portion by the engagement between said driving shaft and said movable shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,394,182

CARTRIDGE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND ASSEMBLING METHOD OF DRIVE TRANSMISSION UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:a rotatable member;
a rotational force receiving member for transmitting a rotational force to be transmitted to the rotatable member;
a preventing member connected with the rotational force receiving member and including an accommodating portion therein;
a rotatable coupling member including (i) a free end portion that includes a rotational force receiving portion for receiving the rotational force and (ii) a connecting portion connected with the preventing member to be partly accommodated in the accommodating portion so that a rotational axis of the coupling member is tiltable relative to a rotational axis of the rotational force receiving member; and
a shaft portion capable of receiving the rotational force from the coupling member, wherein the rotational axis of the coupling member is tiltable relative to the shaft portion,
wherein the preventing member includes a supporting portion for supporting one end of the shaft portion so as to prevent the shaft portion from moving in a rotational direction of the rotatable member to transmit the rotational force received from the shaft portion via the supporting portion to the rotational force receiving member,
wherein the supporting portion has a first surface and a second surface which are contactable with the one end of the shaft portion and which extend in the rotational axis direction of the rotatable member,
wherein the first surface and the second surface are disposed opposed to each other with respect to the one end of the shaft portion,
wherein the one end of the shaft portion is prevented from moving in a rotational direction of the rotatable member relative to the preventing member, and
wherein the rotational force receiving member and the preventing member are separate parts connected together.

US Pat. No. 10,397,514

PROJECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for deforming a first image into a second image and generating a third image which contains the second image, the image processing apparatus comprising:a memory unit configured to store coordinate values indicating a position of each of a plurality of grid points after deformation disposed in the second image; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether a pixel of interest in the third image is located in the second image or the pixel of interest in the third image is located outside of the second image, based on the coordinate values stored in the memory unit,
wherein the determination unit further decides a set of grid points after deformation corresponding to the pixel of interest from the plurality of grid points after deformation.

US Pat. No. 10,394,185

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:a main body;
a cartridge provided with a photosensitive member and being removable from the main body;
a light emitting member provided with a plurality of light emitting elements arranged in a rotation axis direction of the photosensitive member and configured to cause the plurality of light emitting elements to emit light to expose the photosensitive member;
a transfer member configured to transfer a toner image formed on the photosensitive member;
a cartridge moving member configured to move the cartridge between a first position for forming the image on the recording medium and a second position in which the cartridge is further retracted away from the transfer member than in the first position; and
a light emitting member moving member configured to move the light emitting member between a third position in which the light emitting member exposes the photosensitive member in order to form the image on the recording medium and a fourth position in which the light emitting member is further retracted away from the cartridge than in the third position,
wherein the cartridge moving member comprises a supporting member configured to support the cartridge, a first connecting member and a second connecting member,
wherein the supporting member comprises the light emitting member moving member,
wherein the first connecting member and the second connecting member are respectively connected to the supporting member at positions separated in the rotation axis direction of the photosensitive member, and the first connecting member and the second connecting member are connected to the supporting member and the main body so as to be rotatable with respect to the supporting member and the main body, and
wherein the cartridge is movable between the first position and the second position by movement of the supporting member by a rotation of the first connecting member and the second connecting member, and the light emitting member is movable between the third position and the fourth position by the movement of the supporting member by the rotation of the first connecting member and the second connecting member.

US Pat. No. 10,397,774

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an operation unit;
one or more memory devices that store a set of instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the set of instructions to perform operations including:
activating a software access point that is used in a case of executing direct wireless communication with a communication terminal and is identified from an external apparatus by a predetermined service set identifier (SSID) that complies with a specific setting method among a plurality of setting methods when an initial setting of the information processing apparatus is executed, wherein the initial setting is executed upon condition that power is supplied to the information processing apparatus while the information processing apparatus is in a state of factory shipment, and
activating a software access point that is used in a case of executing direct wireless communication with a communication terminal and is identified from an external apparatus by an SSID that is different from the predetermined SSID and complies with a setting method that is different from the specific setting method, based on a user operation for executing setting of the information processing apparatus through the setting method different from the specific setting method among the plurality of setting methods,
wherein the user operation is received via the operation unit, and
wherein a network setting used by the information processing apparatus is received from the communication terminal using the direct wireless communication via the activated software access point.

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. 10,396,270

VIBRATION ACTUATOR THAT IS EASY IN CONDUCTION INSPECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration actuator in which a vibration element and a driven element contact each other, and the driven element and the vibration element move relatively,the vibration element comprising:
an elastic body of which a main component comprises a material which is electrically insulating, dielectric, or semi-conductive; and
an electromechanical energy conversion element that is joined to the elastic body,
the electromechanical energy conversion element comprising:
a piezoelectric body;
a first electrode that is provided on a surface of the piezoelectric body, by which surface the piezoelectric body is joined to the elastic body, the first electrode having a closed loop structure;
at least two second electrodes that are provided in a manner opposed to the first electrode via the piezoelectric body; and
at least two conduction paths each having a conductor arranged in a through-hole formed in the piezoelectric body or a groove formed in a side surface of the piezoelectric body,
wherein the at least two conduction paths respectively and individually connect the at least two second electrodes to the first electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,395,763

MEDICAL INFORMATION TERMINAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A portable medical information terminal capable of displaying medical information which is personal information of a patient comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing (a) the medical information including a plurality of items, (b) a plurality of information display threshold values corresponding to respective places where the medical information terminal is moved, (c) a plurality of information concealing levels corresponding to each of the plurality of items included in the medical information, and (d) a program including instructions to be executed by the at least one processor to perform a method comprising:
in a case where the medical information is browsed by a user, obtaining position information indicating a current position of the portable medical information terminal;
determining, as a current information display threshold value, an information display threshold value corresponding to the place identified based on the obtained position information from among the plurality of information display threshold values stored in the at least one memory; and
causing a display unit to not display a description content of an item when an information concealing level of the item is set at more than the determined current information display threshold value, from among the plurality of items, or causing the display unit to display a description content of an item when an information concealing level of the item is set at not more than the determined current information display threshold value, from among the plurality of items,
wherein each of the plurality of information display threshold values stored in the at least one memory is a threshold value capable of displaying about the description contents of all or a part of the plurality of items.

US Pat. No. 10,397,566

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image coding apparatus which codes an image using intra prediction, the image coding apparatus comprising:a size determination unit configured to determine a size of a prediction block to be a unit of processing for performing intra prediction;
an intra prediction unit configured to derive a prediction error by performing intra prediction on the prediction block;
a cost determination unit configured to derive a coding cost of a prediction mode in a case where the intra prediction is performed using a reference according to the size determined by the size determination unit and determine the coding cost of the prediction mode based on the coding cost of the prediction mode and the prediction error; and
a mode determination unit configured to determine a prediction mode of the prediction block from among a plurality of prediction modes based on the coding cost.

US Pat. No. 10,394,497

RELAY APPARATUS THAT REGISTERS USER INFORMATION INCLUDED IN A FORMING REQUEST IN A GROUP THAT INCLUDES THE ACCOUNT OF THE RELAY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A relay apparatus that is connected to a forming apparatus which forms a three-dimensional object, the relay apparatus comprising;a memory storing instructions; and
a processor executing the instructions causing the relay apparatus to:
receive a forming request for the forming apparatus, which includes user information, from a client terminal;
perform a registration process to a message service, in response to reception of the forming request including the user information, so that a group, which includes at least the user information and an account of the relay apparatus, is managed by the message service; and
distribute a message concerning the forming apparatus and the forming request for the group,
wherein, in the registration process, in response to a reception of a first forming request including first user information, a first group, which includes the first user information and the account of the relay apparatus, is automatically registered to the message service, and
wherein, in the registration process, the first user information is further registered in addition to a second group that has been a target of a registration process in response to a reception of a second forming request that is different from the first forming request and is managed by the message service.