US Pat. No. 10,389,931

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING VIEWPOINT IMAGES GENERATED BASED ON PIXEL SIGNALS OUTPUTTED BY PIXELS EACH HAVING SUBPIXELS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus including pixels each divided into subpixels mutually having parallaxes, the apparatus comprisingat least one processor; and
a memory storing instructions which cause the at least one processor to perform operations of following units:
a viewpoint image generation unit that generates viewpoint images based on pixel signals outputted by the subpixels;
an image deviation amount calculation unit that calculates an image deviation amount from the viewpoint images;
a conversion factor calculation unit that calculates a conversion factor for use in conversion of the image deviation amount into a defocus amount; and
an outputting unit that outputs the conversion factor and the image deviation amount in association with the viewpoint images or an image obtained from the viewpoint images;
wherein the conversion factor and the image deviation amount are stored in a storage medium in association with the viewpoint images or an image obtained from the viewpoint images.

US Pat. No. 10,383,522

PULSE LASER AND PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pulse laser arranged to repeatedly emit pulse light, the pulse laser comprising:a laser medium;
a charge storage unit;
a power source unit configured to supply an electrical charge to the charge storage unit;
an excitation unit configured to cause irradiation of the laser medium with excitation light by being supplied with an electrical charge stored in the charge storage unit;
a switching unit connecting to an output of the charge storage unit and configured to control repeated supply of the charge stored in the charge storage unit to the excitation unit;
an energy monitoring unit configured to monitor energy stored in the charge storage unit; and
a control unit configured to control the switching unit to prevent the electrical charge stored in the charge storage unit from being supplied to the excitation unit when the energy monitored by the energy monitoring unit is larger than a threshold,
wherein the threshold is settable such that a value of the threshold differs depends on luminous efficiency of the pulse laser, and
wherein the luminous efficiency of the pulse laser indicates a ratio between an amount of the electrical charge stored in the charge storage unit and intensity of light emitted from the pulsed laser.

US Pat. No. 10,389,935

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR CONFIGURING A VIRTUAL CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus configured to control a virtual camera defining an imaging range of a virtual viewpoint image, the apparatus comprising:one or more hardware processors; and
a memory which stores instructions executable by the one or more hardware processors to cause the control apparatus to perform at least:
determining, based on a result of detection of position and motion of at least one object in a scene a position of a specific event expected to occur after a point of time of the detection, wherein the specific event is related to the at least one object;
controlling at least one of position and orientation of the virtual camera according to the determined position before occurrence of the specific event such that the detected position of the at least one object and the determined position of the specific event are included in a field of view of the virtual camera.

US Pat. No. 10,389,942

IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. A control method performed by an image blur correction apparatus which optically corrects an image blur of an object in an image captured by an imaging unit through an imaging optical system using a correction unit, comprising:acquiring distance information associated with the captured image and position information of the correction unit;
performing calculation processing for an amount of movement of the object from a detection signal of shaking detected by a first detection unit, movement information in an image detected by a second detection unit, the distance information, and the position information; and
controlling the correction unit by calculating an amount of correction for correcting the image blur of the object using the amount of movement of the object;
wherein, in the calculation processing, the amount of movement of the object is calculated by adding the position information synchronized with a detection period of the second detection unit to the movement information.

US Pat. No. 10,389,950

EXPOSURE CONTROL APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS EXPOSURE DURING SHOOTING AND DETECTS A REGION OF AN IMAGE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure control apparatus that controls exposure in taking an image of a subject, comprising:at least one processor connected to a memory, the at least one processor configured to:obtain detection results by detecting at least one specific region, which is predetermined in advance, in the taken image of the subject;select, when the at least one specific region is detected one of the detection results based on selecting conditions determined in advance to obtain a selected detection result;
control, when there is the selected detection result, exposure in accordance with a first photometric mode selected in advance;
judge whether exposure is being controlled using the selected detection result; and
judge, when it is judged that exposure is not being controlled using the selected detection result, whether the selected detection result has changed in a predetermined period,
wherein when it is judged that the selected detection result has not changed, a latest obtained detection result regarded as the selected detection result, and when it is judged that the selected detection result has changed, the selected detection result is not changed, and
wherein in a case where the specific region is not detected in a state in which exposure control is being performed using an exposure value based on the selected detection result, exposure is controlled so that the exposure value is maintained until a predetermined period has elapsed.

US Pat. No. 10,377,140

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a scanning unit configured to perform a scanning operation scanning an original document based on a scanning instruction;
a printhead configured to perform a printing operation;
a maintenance unit that can perform a plurality of maintenance operations for the printhead;
a storage unit configured to store maintenance information indicating which of the plurality of maintenance operations was performed;
a timer configured to measure an elapsed time from a previous printing operation; and
a control unit configured to control the maintenance unit to perform a maintenance operation that is determined based on the stored maintenance information if the elapsed time exceeds a threshold,
wherein, in a case where the scanning instruction is received, the control unit controls the maintenance unit to perform the maintenance operation that is determined based on the stored maintenance information before the scanning operation, even if the elapsed time does not exceed the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,377,150

POROUS BODY, INK JET RECORDING METHOD, AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A porous body comprising:a first porous layer including a first resin, a second porous layer including a second resin, and a third porous layer including a third resin in this order,
wherein the second porous layer has a portion where no material is present when viewed in a thickness direction.

US Pat. No. 10,379,729

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND A NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store a program; and
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the memory,
wherein the processor causes a display touch panel to display a first image among a plurality of images, and an image switching object,
wherein in a first case where a moving operation is performed on the first image on the display touch panel, the processor moves the first image with a movement distance corresponding to a distance of the moving operation on the display touch panel,
wherein the processor determines, when the moving operation is being performed in the first case, whether the first image is being touched or another object is being touched on the display touch panel,
wherein in a second case where the image switching object as the another object is touched by the user on the display touch panel when the moving operation is being performed so that it is determined that the another object is being touched in the determination, the processor changes a display target image among the plurality of images from the first image to a second image among the plurality of images, without a release operation from the image switching object, and
wherein, in a third case where it is determined that the first image is being touched in the determination, the processor moves continuingly the first image on the display touch panel.

US Pat. No. 10,376,151

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING DIRECTLY IRRADIATING ACOUSTIC WAVE DETECTOR FOR PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:a light source configured to generate light;
a controller configured to control a shape of an irradiation area of the light;
a controlling member configured to limit the irradiation area based on an instruction from said controller;
a detector configured to receive an acoustic wave generated from an object which is irradiated with the light;
a processor configured to generate characteristic information about a region inside the object using the acoustic wave received by said detector; and
an acquirer configured to acquire a shape of the object,
wherein said controller controls said shape of said irradiation area based on the shape of the object acquired by said acquirer so as to prevent said detector from being irradiated with the light without passing through the object, and
wherein said controlling member includes at least any one of a digital mirror device, a reflection type liquid crystal element, a transmission type liquid crystal element and a ?/2 plate.

US Pat. No. 10,379,787

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus being capable of performing first wireless communication and second wireless communication whose communication standard is different from that of the first wireless communication, the apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a program; and
at least one processor that executes the program to set, as a transmission time interval, a time interval for periodically transmitting a predetermined type of data packet in the first wireless communication;
a first wireless communication unit configured to perform the first wireless communication, wherein the first wireless communication unit periodically transmits the predetermined type of data packet in accordance with the set transmission time interval;
a second wireless communication unit configured to perform the second wireless communication;
a setting unit that sets whether or not to use the second wireless communication, wherein the second wireless communication periodically takes place between a time of the first wireless communication unit transmitting the predetermined type of data packet and a time of the first wireless communication unit transmitting a next predetermined type of data packet in accordance with the set transmission time interval;
wherein the at least one processor
sets, as the transmission time interval, a different time interval between a case that the setting unit sets to use the second wireless communication and a case that the setting unit sets not to use the second wireless communication.

US Pat. No. 10,379,789

DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM THAT UPDATES A REPLICATION DATABASE, DATA MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data management system including a first data management apparatus that stores a master database, and a second data management apparatus that stores a replication database synchronous with the master database for replication,wherein
the first data management apparatus includes
at least one controller configured to function as:
a unit that updates a part of data of the master database, and transmits, to the second data management apparatus, data indicating a difference between before and after the update; and
a unit that obtains backup data for restoring the master database according to a restoration instruction, restores the master database using the obtained backup data, and transmits all data of the restored master database; and
the second data management apparatus includes
at least one controller configured to function as
a unit that updates the replication database on the basis of the received data indicating the difference;
a unit that replaces all data of the replication database with all data of the restored master database, on the basis of the received all data of the restored master database; and
a unit that transmits, to the first data management apparatus, a result of the replacing,
wherein, in a case where the result transmitted to the first data management apparatus indicates that the replacing is successful, replication management information in the first data management apparatus is updated.

US Pat. No. 10,379,791

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING RECOVERY PRINTING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a sheet feeder configured to feed a sheet;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the sheet fed from the sheet feeder based on an input job;
an inspection unit configured to inspect the image on the sheet conveyed from the image forming unit, and detect a defective sheet based on the inspection of the image;
an insertion unit, provided upstream of the inspection unit in a sheet conveying direction, configured to feed one or more sheets placed on an inserter tray of the insertion unit by an operator, and insert the one or more sheets into sheets conveyed from the image forming unit;
a control unit configured to interrupt the job in a case where a defective sheet is detected by the inspection unit, and change a discharge destination of the defective sheet and subsequent sheets which follow the defective sheet and are already printed; and
an instruction unit configured to give an instruction for resuming the interrupted job,
wherein the control unit is configured to, based on the instruction for resuming the interrupted job from the instruction unit, control the image forming unit to form an image which is to be formed on the defective sheet on a sheet newly fed from the sheet feeder, and control the insertion unit to insert the subsequent sheets, which are placed on the inserter tray by the operator and fed from the inserter tray, on the newly fed sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,379,793

COMMUNICATION TERMINAL AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

15. A communication terminal having a wireless communication function, comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions stored in the memory device to function as:
an obtaining unit that obtains an intensity of a received radio wave;
a saving unit that saves a first threshold set in common to a plurality of apparatuses and a second threshold set in association with each apparatus, the first and second thresholds being compared with the intensity of the radio wave obtained by the obtaining unit to determine whether or not an apparatus that has transmitted the radio wave and the communication terminal are in a predetermined proximity state;
a determination unit that determines, by comparing the intensity of the radio wave obtained by the obtaining unit with one of the first threshold and the second threshold saved in the saving unit, whether or not the apparatus that has transmitted the radio wave and the communication terminal are in proximity to each other; and
an update unit that updates, in accordance with an update instruction, one of the first threshold and the second threshold saved in the saving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,379,795

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REDUCING DAMAGE CAUSED BY INVALID EXECUTION DATA, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that carries out either communications using a public network or communications without using the public network with an external apparatus, comprising:a storage device that stores an IP address assigned to the information processing apparatus;
a network interface that receives print data for printing from the external apparatus;
at least one memory that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions, the instructions, when executed, causing the information processing apparatus to perform operations comprising:
restricting printing of the print data when the IP address assigned to the information processing apparatus is a global IP address that is for use in the communications using the public network; and
permitting printing of the print data when the IP address assigned to the information processing apparatus indicates a same network as an IP address assigned to the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,379,313

VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR AND LENS DRIVING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration wave motor comprising:a vibrator;
a pressing member configured to press the vibrator against a friction member;
a holding member configured to hold the vibrator; and
a buffering member provided between the vibrator and the holding member,
wherein the vibrator and the friction member are moved relatively to each other in a relative movement direction by vibration of the vibrator,
wherein the holding member includes an extending part extending in a pressing direction of the pressing member and holds the vibrator in such a manner that the holding member sandwiches the vibrator and the buffering member with the extending part,
wherein the vibrator is provided with one of a holding projection and a holding recess having a concave shape, and the extending part is provided with the other one of the holding projection and the holding recess, and the holding projection and the holding recess engage with each other to regulate and hold movement of the vibrator in the relative movement direction relative to the holding member, and
wherein the one of the holding projection and the holding recess provided on the vibrator is provided at an intersection between nodes of two natural vibration modes generated in the vibrator.

US Pat. No. 10,381,388

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric converter that generates charges by photoelectric conversion and a charge holding portion that holds charges transferred from the photoelectric converter,
wherein the photoelectric converter includes a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type provided in a surface portion of a semiconductor substrate, a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity type provided under the first semiconductor region and configured to accumulate generated charges, a third semiconductor region of the first conductivity type provided under the second semiconductor region, and a fourth semiconductor region of the first conductivity type provided in a part of a portion between the first semiconductor region and the second semiconductor region,
wherein the second semiconductor region has a first region that does not overlap with the third semiconductor region in a plan view, and
wherein the fourth semiconductor region overlaps with at least a part of the first region in the plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,379,393

3D SHAPE RECONSTRUCTION USING PROJECTION ONTO ELECTRONIC LIGHT DIFFUSING LAYERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for depth estimation of a surface of an object positioned at an inspection station, the apparatus comprising:first and second transparency-controllable layers, the first and second layers being positioned in spaced-apart relation relative to each other, wherein both of the first and second layers are controllably switchable between a transparent mode in which the layer is transparent, and a diffuse mode in which the layer diffuses light;
a projector positioned and configured to project patterned light toward the first and second layers so as to illuminate the inspection station with patterned light;
an image capture device positioned and configured to capture images of the object at the inspection station; and
a controller configured to control transparency of the first and second layers and to control projection of patterned light by the projector, and configured to estimate depth of the surface of the object positioned at the inspection station by calculations using images of the object captured by the image capture device.

US Pat. No. 10,382,771

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a plurality of image processing circuits; and
a plurality of memories respectively connected to the plurality of image processing circuits,
wherein each of the plurality of image processing circuits performs image processing that includes development processing of RAW moving image data using a memory connected to the image processing circuit, and comprises a communication unit,
wherein a first image processing circuit that is one of the plurality of image processing circuits comprises at least one processor and/or at least one circuit to perform the following operations:
(a) decoding encoded RAW moving image data and storing the decoded RAW moving image data in a memory connected to the first image processing circuit,
(b) determining partial areas, in one frame of the decoded RAW moving image data, to be processed by respective image processing circuits of the plurality of image processing circuits so that the plurality of image processing circuits respectively process the partial areas in the one frame of the decoded RAW moving image data, the partial areas including (1) a first partial area to be processed by the first image processing circuit and (2) a second partial area to be processed by a second image processing circuit of the plurality of image processing circuits other than the first image processing circuit, wherein a size of the first partial area to be processed by the first image processing circuit is smaller than a size of the second partial area to be processed by the second image processing circuit,
(c) performing the image processing to the first partial area of the one frame of the decoded RAW moving image data, and
(d) transmitting, by the communication unit of the first image processing circuit, the second partial area of the one frame of the decoded RAW moving image data to the second image processing circuit which performs the image processing to the second partial area of the one frame of the decoded RAW moving image data.

US Pat. No. 10,372,035

IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms a pattern on an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold, the apparatus comprising:a generator that generates ionized gas by ionizing a first gas;
a supplier that supplies a second gas including the ionized gas generated by the generator to a space under the mold; and
a controller that controls a flow rate of the second gas supplied by the supplier to the space,
wherein the controller increases the flow rate of the second gas supplied from the supplier to the space so as to reduce a decrease in an ion concentration in the space caused by moving the substrate from the space after the mold is separated from the imprint material.

US Pat. No. 10,373,382

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. 10,372,989

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR DETERMINING RELATION OF PERSONS INCLUDED IN AN IMAGE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:circuitry configured to perform operations including:
detecting each person included in an image which includes a plurality of persons,
associating, as an association step, each detected person with another person included the image in a case where at least one of positions of the detected person and the another person, directions of faces of the detected person and the another person, or distances between the detected person and the another person meet a predetermined criteria,
causing a display device to perform display processing to select, as an associated person, one person associated in the association step, to determine, as a not associated person, a person included in the image who is not associated with any other person included in the image, and to distinguish between the associated person and the not associated person, and
causing a notification device to perform notification processing in a case where it is determined that a period of time in which the distinguished not associated person is contained in the image exceeds a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,366,465

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:an image capturing unit configured to capture an object and output a moving image;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire from the image capturing unit at least two images having different exposures for a first frame of the moving image;
a compression unit configured to generate at least two compressed images by performing respectively different compression processing on the at least two images having different exposures for the first frame of the moving image;
a transmission unit configured to transmit the at least two compressed images;
a composition unit configured to generate a composite image by compositing the transmitted at least two compressed images; and
a luminance distribution acquisition unit configured to acquire luminance distribution information of the composite image,
wherein the acquisition unit controls exposures of the at least two images having different exposures in a second frame of the moving image based on the luminance distribution information acquired by the luminance distribution acquisition unit, and
the compression unit generates at least two another compressed images by performing respectively different compression processing on the at least two images having different exposures in the second frame of the moving image based on the luminance distribution information and the exposures of the at least two images having different exposures in the second frame of the moving image.

US Pat. No. 10,368,012

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:an image sensor having a plurality of pixels, wherein each of the plurality of pixels has a plurality of photoelectric conversion units that respectively receives luminous fluxes that have passed through different regions on an exit pupil of an optical system;
one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the image capturing apparatus to:
obtain a plurality of first image data respectively corresponding to the different regions of the exit pupil, and a second image data corresponding to a plurality of regions of the exit pupil;
reduce the plurality of first image data;
generate distribution data representing distribution of defocus amount in the plurality of first image data;
generate extracted data for obtaining distribution data having higher resolution than the distribution data based on the first image data and the second image data; and
output the extracted data, the distribution data, and the second image data to be recorded in the image capture apparatus or transmitted outside.

US Pat. No. 10,368,018

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, IMAGE SENSOR, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a pixel area composed of a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix;
a plurality of output circuits that apply preset processing to signals which are read out in parallel from a plurality of divided areas obtained by dividing the pixel area in a column direction and output the processed signals;
a controller that performs control to execute first driving multiple times for reading out signals for obtaining correction data from each of the divided areas to the output circuits, and second driving for reading out image signals from the divided areas to the output circuits;
a correction circuit that obtains the correction data from the signals which are read out through the first driving, and corrects the image signals using the correction data; and
a memory that stores area-to-area differences in the correction data obtained from the divided areas,
wherein the controller executes the first driving with respect to pixels in a part of rows that includes a row at a border of the divided areas,
the correction circuit obtains the correction data by, for each column, removing one or more outliers of the signals that have been read out multiple times, and averaging a remainder of the signals, and
the correction circuit corrects the image signals obtained from the divided areas using the area-to-area differences in the correction data.

US Pat. No. 10,368,020

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus including a sensing device capable of acquiring a phase difference signal for use in focus detection and a pixel signal for an image, the 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 control unit configured to switch acquisition of the phase difference signal on an area-by-area basis in a frame in the sensing device, and
a correction unit configured to select defect information associated with the pixel signal acquired from the sensing device and correct the pixel signal based on the selected defect information,
wherein the memory stores the defect information which includes at least first defect information and second defect information in a same format as that of the first defect information,
the control unit has at least a first drive mode and a second drive mode in which the phase difference signal is acquired for an area different from an area for which the phase difference signal is acquired in the first drive mode, and
the correction unit switches defect information used, based on a change of an area in a frame in which the phase difference signal is to be acquired, and uses the first defect information in a case where, in a frame to be acquired, the control unit performs the control in the first drive mode while using the second defect information in a case where the control unit performs the control in the second drive mode.

US Pat. No. 10,366,539

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR REPORTING BASED ON ELAPSE TIME AND POSITIONAL RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN 3-D OBJECTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus to display a three-dimensional space in which a first virtual object and a second object are present, the information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
determining a positional relationship between the first virtual object and the second object in the three-dimensional space; and
reporting, based on a determination result obtained by the determining, that a distance between the first virtual object and the second object is less than or equal to a predetermined value,
wherein after a previous report has been reported, the reporting does not report before a predetermined time elapses since the previous report and reports if the distance becomes less than or equal to the predetermined value again after the predetermined time has elapsed since the previous report.

US Pat. No. 10,363,740

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a substrate including an energy generating element configured to generate energy used for ejecting a liquid;
a flow channel member overlying the substrate and defining a flow channel through which a liquid is supplied; and
an ejection opening member overlying the flow channel member and defining an ejection opening through which the liquid supplied through the flow channel is ejected by the energy from the energy generating element,
wherein the flow channel member contains a crosslinked cured product of a multifunctional epoxy resin and a polyhydric alcohol having a perfluoroalkyl group in the molecule thereof, and wherein the concentration of a component derived from the polyhydric alcohol in the flow channel member is lower on a side adjacent to the substrate than on the opposite side adjacent to the ejection opening member.

US Pat. No. 10,365,604

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONVEYING UNIT, AND TRANSMISSION MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conveying unit driven by a driving member to convey a developer, the conveying unit comprising:a conveying member configured to covey the developer; and
a transmission member configured to transmit driving of the driving member to the conveying member, the transmission member including:
a first engaging portion for engaging with the driving member, the first engaging portion being disposed at an end of the transmission member;
a second engaging portion for engaging with the conveying member; and
a spring portion having a shape wound around an axis, the spring portion being to be compressed in a direction of the axis, the spring portion including:
a first wound portion wound around the axis; and
a second wound portion wound around the axis, the second wound portion being connected to the first wound portion and including a small-radius portion,
wherein the small-radius portion is disposed such that, when the spring portion is projected in the direction of the axis, an outer portion of the small-radius portion is projected to inside of a mid-portion between an outer portion of the first wound portion and an inner portion of the first wound portion in a direction perpendicular to the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,348,952

USING BLUETOOTH LOW ENERGY FOR WIRELESS LAN ACCESS POINT DETECTION NOTIFICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mobile phone comprising:a first communication interface configured to receive a signal sent from an access point using a first communication system;
a second communication interface configured to communicate with an image pickup apparatus different from the access point using a second communication system different from the first communication system;
a memory configured to record a predetermined information which is used by the image pickup apparatus for communicating with the access point; and
a processor configured to compare the predetermined information which is recorded in the memory and a received information included in the signal received by said first communication interface,
wherein, when the predetermined information and the received information are the same, the processor controls said second communication interface, using the second communication system, to transmit a signal to the image pickup apparatus so as to start a communication interface of the image pickup apparatus to thereby connect the communication interface of the image pickup apparatus to the access point, and
when the predetermined information and the received information are not the same, the processor controls said second communication system so as not to send the signal to the image pickup apparatus, and
wherein power consumed by communication using said second communication interface is lower than power consumed by communication using said first communication interface.

US Pat. No. 10,348,955

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR TRACKING AN IMAGING TARGET IN A CONTINUOUS SHOOTING OPERATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus that continuously performs a plurality of photographing operations, the imaging apparatus comprising:a first image sensor configured to perform at least a first photographing operation and a second photographing operation successively to acquire a signal that can be used to generate a recording image, wherein the first image sensor includes a plurality of microlenses and a plurality of pixel portions each including a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, wherein each of the plurality of pixel portions corresponds to each microlens;
a second image sensor, which is different from the first image sensor, wherein the second image sensor receives a pair of light fluxes of an image re-formed on a predetermined focal plane of an imaging optical system;
a focal point detection unit configured to perform first focal point detection processing and second focal point detection processing successively, wherein the first focal point detection processing is operated between the first photographing operation and the second focal point detection processing, and wherein the second focal point detection processing is operated between the first focal point detection processing and the second photographing operation, wherein the first focal point detection processing and the second focal point detection processing are calculation of defocus amount, wherein the second focal point detection processing is performed by calculating the defocus amount by using the focal point detection signal acquired from the second image sensor; and
a processor configured to control a first lens drive for driving a focusing lens based on a result obtained through the first focal point detection processing, and control a second lens drive for driving the focusing lens based on a result obtained through the second focal point detection processing,
wherein the first focal point detection processing is performed by using the signal acquired from the first image sensor in the first photographing operation, and
wherein the second focal point detection processing is performed by using a focal point detection signal acquired from the second image sensor,
wherein if an aperture value corresponding to the signal acquired from the first image sensor is equal to or less than a first aperture value, the processor controls the first lens drive based on a focal point detection result obtained through the first focal point detection processing.

US Pat. No. 10,348,977

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CALCULATING LIGHT-AMOUNT VARIATION CHARACTERISTIC OF LIGHT FROM OBJECT, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image pickup device;
a display that displays an image obtained by picking up with the image pickup device as a through image; and
at least one processor configured to execute a program stored in at least one non-transitory memory so as to function as units comprising:
a control unit configured to pick up a first image with the image pickup device according to an image pickup condition changed when the image pickup condition is changed from a predetermined condition while displaying the through image, to pick up a second image with the image pickup device within a first accumulation period without reflecting the image pickup condition changed, and to pick up a third image with the image pickup device within a second accumulation period shorter than the first accumulation period without reflecting the image pickup condition changed;
a display control unit configured to display the first image on the display as the through image; and
a detection unit configured to detect a flicker,
wherein the detection unit detects the flicker based on the second image and the third image in a case where the image pickup condition is changed from the predetermined condition while displaying the through image, and
wherein the second image and the third image are not displayed as the through image on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,348,988

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a sensor including a plurality of pixel portions each having a photoelectric conversion portion configured to receive light from an object, transfer gate configured to transfer charges generated in the photoelectric conversion portion, and an integrating capacitor portion configured to integrate the charges; and
at least one processor or circuit configured to function and operate as:
a switching unit configured to switch between a first accumulation mode of transferring charges generated in the photoelectric conversion portion to the corresponding integrating capacitor portion during a charge accumulation period of the photoelectric conversion portion and a second accumulation mode of accumulating charges generated in the photoelectric conversion portion during the charge accumulation period without transferring the charges to the integrating capacitor portion, transferring the charges to the integrating capacitor portion after the end of the charge accumulation period, and integrating the charges in the integrating capacitor portion;
a storage unit configured to store beforehand, first defect information of the sensor corresponding to the first accumulation mode of the sensor and second defect information of the sensor corresponding to the second accumulation mode of the sensor; and
a correction unit configured to correct a defective pixel of the sensor by using the first defect information which has been stored in the storage unit, without using the second defect information when the switching unit selects the first accumulation mode and the sensor is driven in the first accumulation mode, and configured to correct the defective pixel of the sensor by using the second defect information which has been stored in the storage unit, without using the first defect information when the switching unit selects the second accumulation mode and the sensor is driven in the second accumulation mode.

US Pat. No. 10,349,002

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image;
a reduced image generation unit configured to generate a reduced image by reducing the image acquired by the acquisition unit;
a memory;
a first cutout image generation unit configured to generate a first cutout image by cutting out a part of the image that is not reduced by the reduced image generation unit;
a recording processing unit configured to perform a recording process including image processing for recording involving the writing into the memory on the reduced image stored in the memory, and processing for recording the processed image into a storage unit;
a display control unit configured to perform control so as to present a first display by outputting an image based on a reduced image generated by the reduced image generation unit and stored in the memory to a display unit, and perform control so as to present an enlarged display larger than the first display by outputting an image based on a cutout image generated by the first cutout image generation unit and stored in the memory to the display unit during the recording process;
a processing unit configured to perform specific processing different from the recording process and a display processing for presenting the first display or the enlarged display, the specific processing involving writing of data into the memory or reading of data from the memory; and
a control unit configured to perform control so as not to execute the specific processing at least when the enlarged display is ongoing during the recording process.

US Pat. No. 10,349,026

PROJECTOR, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROJECTION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A projector comprising:a first output unit configured to output a first optical image based on a frame inputted;
a first position control unit configured to control a position of the first optical image such that the first optical image in a second subframe period is shifted in a first direction by a first distance relative to the first optical image in a first subframe period, a frame period of the frame including the first subframe period and the second subframe period;
a second output unit configured to generate a second optical image based on the frame;
a second position control unit configured to control a position of the second optical image such that the second optical image in the second subframe period is shifted in the first direction by the first distance relative to the second optical image in the first subframe period; and
a projection unit configured to composite the first optical image and the second optical image such that the second optical image is shifted in a second direction different from the first direction by a second distance relative to the first optical image, and to project the composite optical image onto a projection plane.

US Pat. No. 10,349,028

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS IMAGE BASED ON SIGNAL OUTPUT FROM IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that utilizes image data to display a live view image and perform processing for image pickup, the apparatus comprising:an image pickup device including first pixels and second pixels, the second pixels being exclusive of the first pixels; and
a control unit configured to read out, at a first frame rate, first image data from the first pixels of the image pickup device, and read out, at a second frame rate higher than the first frame rate, second image data from the second pixels of the image pickup device simultaneously with the reading out of the first image data,
wherein said control unit starts control for reading out the second image data simultaneously with the reading out of the first image data, based on the first image data which has already been read out.

US Pat. No. 10,348,913

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including an image forming unit that forms an image, the image forming apparatus comprising:a display portion configured to display a state of the image forming unit;
an operation unit including an accommodating portion configured to accommodate the display portion;
a pivoting member provided in the display portion and being pivotably supported by a support portion provided in the accommodating portion such that the display portion is configured to pivot, wherein the display portion is capable of being pivoted with respect to the accommodating portion such that a center of mass of the display portion that has been pivoted from the accommodating portion is vertically above a center of mass of the display portion accommodated in the accommodating portion; and
an applying member provided in the operation unit so as to come into surface contact with the pivoting member, wherein the applying member is configured to apply frictional force to the pivoting member,
wherein the applying member is provided in the operation unit so that an area in contact with the pivoting member, in a case where a center of mass of the display portion is positioned vertically above a predetermined position, is larger than the area in contact with the pivoting member, in a case where the center of mass of the display portion is positioned at or below the predetermined position in a vertical direction,
wherein the predetermined position is a position that the center of mass of the display portion is vertically above the position of the center of mass of the display portion in a case where the display portion is accommodated in the accommodating portion,
wherein the display portion in which the center of mass is positioned vertically above the predetermined position is stopped by the frictional force applied by the applying member, and the display portion in which the center of mass is positioned at or below the predetermined position is pivoted by a weight of the display portion and is accommodated in the accommodating portion.

US Pat. No. 10,342,507

CONTROL APPARATUS, X-RAY IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEMORY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus that controls an imaging device that obtains an image using a sensor with a plurality of pixels arranged in two dimensions, the control apparatus comprising:a wireless communication circuit configured to communicate with the imaging device and an external image storage apparatus;
a memory configured to store an image based on an image transmitted from the imaging device and received by the wireless communication circuit;
an examination information input unit configured to obtain examination information including information about an examination state by receiving information from an external apparatus, the information about the examination state being information for managing a state of an examination including at least one imaging operation for the subject, and the external apparatus being different from the imaging device; and
a controller configured to limit transmission of the image stored in the memory to the external image storage apparatus if the information about the examination state is changed for starting the examination.

US Pat. No. 10,346,110

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM PERFORMING PROHIBITION PROCESSING FOR PRINT SETTINGS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to communicate with a printer, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor and at least one memory functioning as:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a sheet size included in print settings is a user-defined size;
a decision unit configured to decide a fixed sheet size used for prohibition processing, based on a width and a height of the user-defined size with reference to a sheet size table if the determination unit determines that the sheet size included in the print settings is the user-defined size, wherein the prohibition processing includes determining whether or not an invalid combination of the print settings which cannot be set at a same time is present to eliminate the combination of the print settings which cannot be set at the same time;
a changing unit configured to change the sheet size in the print settings from the user-defined size to the fixed size decided by the decision unit;
a prohibition processing unit configured to perform the prohibition processing based on the print settings including the fixed size as changed by the changing unit; and
a generation unit configured to generate printing data,
wherein the changing unit reverts the sheet size of the print settings in which the prohibition processing has been performed from the fixed size to the user-defined size, and
wherein the generated printing data is transmitted to the printer and the printer prints, based on the print settings, the sheet size of which has been reverted, on a sheet according to the user-defined size.

US Pat. No. 10,348,932

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM THAT DECREASE THE LIGHTNESS OF PIXELS, EXCEPT FOR A HIGHLIGHT REGION, BASED ON A GENERATED LIGHTNESS HISTOGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a first extraction unit configured to extract an object included in image data;
a second extraction unit configured to extract a highlight region of the object extracted by the first extraction unit;
a generation unit configured to generate a lightness histogram of pixels in a region including the highlight region extracted by the second extraction unit and a region around the highlight region in the object; and
a decreasing unit configured to decrease the lightness of the pixels, except for the highlight region, based on the lightness histogram generated by the generation unit,
wherein the first extraction unit, the second extraction unit, the generation unit, and the decreasing unit are implemented by at least one of a processor and a circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,346,115

PRINTING APPARATUS WHICH PERFORMS EFFICIENT CANCELLATION OF PRINT JOB

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printer; and
a controller which controls the printer to print an image, wherein the controller is configured to act as:
a storage control unit configured to store a received print job into a storage;
a receiving unit configured to receive, from a user after the storage control unit stores the received print job into the storage, an authentication instruction that enables the print job stored in the storage to be executed;
an executing unit configured to execute the print job for which the authentication instruction has been received;
a determination unit configured to determine at least one print job which has been stored in the storage; and
an identification unit configured to identify a print job, among the determined print jobs, for which the authentication instruction which causes output of the print job has been input; and
a cancelling unit configured to cancel the print job identified by the identification unit after the error for a print job in the printing apparatus is left unresolved for a predetermined time and not to cancel the print job which is not identified by the identification unit.

US Pat. No. 10,338,450

ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT UNIT, DIMMING WINDOW, AND IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrochromic element unit comprising:an electrochromic element having a pair of electrodes and an electrochromic layer disposed between the pair of electrodes;
a driver unit; and
an operation unit connected to the electrochromic element via the driver unit,
wherein the driver unit receives information from the operation unit and controls a transmittance of the electrochromic element,
wherein the operation unit performs a first type operation and a second type operation, and
wherein change in the transmittance of the electrochromic element by the second type operation is different from change in the transmittance of the electrochromic element by the first type operation.

US Pat. No. 10,341,549

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REDUCING AN IMAGE DATA AMOUNT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor and a memory which function as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain data that is based on light beams that have passed through partial pupil areas obtained by dividing an exit pupil of an imaging optical system into a predetermined number Np; and
a reduction unit configured to reduce a bit depth or a number of tones of signals constituting the data based on the predetermined number Np,
wherein the reduction unit reduces the bit depth to a value (>0) that is less than log2Np, or reduces the number of tones to be greater than or equal to 1/Np.

US Pat. No. 10,338,487

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle, the toner particle comprising (i) a toner base particle containing a binder resin and (ii) a resin fine particle, whereina surface of the toner base particle bears the resin fine particle,
the resin fine particle has an organosilicon condensate on a surface thereof,
the resin fine particle contains a resin having an ionic functional group, and
a charge attenuation constant of the toner is 3.5×10?3 to 1.0×100.

US Pat. No. 10,338,501

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising: a unit detachably mounted on a main assembly of said apparatus and including a belt, a cleaning device, a shutter member, and a holding member,wherein said belt is an endless belt and is stretched around a plurality of stretching rollers,
wherein said cleaning device includes a cleaning member for removing toner from said belt and a container for accommodating the toner removed from said belt and provided with a discharge opening, and
wherein said shutter member is movable between an opening position for opening said discharge opening and a closing position for closing said discharge opening, to open and close said discharge opening, and
wherein said holding member holds said shutter member at the opening position or the closing position; and
a guiding portion for guiding said unit and actable on said shutter member to open and close said shutter member when said unit is mounted to and dismounted from said main assembly, wherein said guiding portion includes an opening operating portion, a closing operating portion, and a shutter closing portion,
wherein said opening operating portion is contacted to said shutter member to move said shutter member from the closing position to the opening position in interrelation with an inserting operation of said unit relative to said guiding portion,
wherein said closing operating portion is contacted to said shutter member to move said shutter member from the opening position to the closing position in interrelation with an extracting operation of said unit from said guiding portion, and
wherein, when said unit is inserted relative to said guiding portion while said shutter member is in the opening position, said shutter closing portion is contacted to said shutter member at a position upstream of said opening operating portion and said closing operating portion, with respect to an inserting direction of said unit relative to said guiding portion, to move said shutter member from the opening position to the closing position in interrelation with the inserting operation.

US Pat. No. 10,338,433

LIGHT-EMITTING APPARATUS AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light-emitting apparatus comprising:a light-source unit configured to emit light of a first color;
a sheet member containing a conversion member configured to emit light of the first color and light of a second color that is different from the first color, according to incidence of the light emitted from the light-source unit;
a bottom-surface member;
a side-surface member; and
an upper-surface member, wherein
the sheet member emits the light of the second color by a light amount corresponding to a length of a path where the incident light of the first color passes through the sheet member,
a space including the light-source unit and the conversion member is formed by the bottom-surface member, the side-surface member, and the upper-surface member, and
a first opening connecting an inside and an outside of the space to each other is provided at a position, on the upper-surface member, which does not face the light-source unit.

US Pat. No. 10,331,029

IMPRINT APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE, AND SUPPLY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus comprising:a chamber configured to define a first space including a processing unit which includes a discharge unit configured to discharge an imprint material onto a substrate and is configured to perform an imprint process of forming a pattern of the imprint material on the substrate by using a mold, the first space containing a gas having a predetermined level of cleanliness; and
an enclosure configured to define a second space including a tank configured to store the imprint material supplied to the discharge unit,
wherein a gas that is cleaner than the gas that is contained in the first space is supplied to the second space so that a pressure of the second space becomes higher than a pressure inside the tank,
the tank has a first opening open to the second space, and
the enclosure has a supply port configured to supply the gas that is cleaner than the gas in the first space, to the second space, and
the gas supplied to the second space is absorbed from the first opening to the inside of the tank in response to a change in pressure inside the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,331,061

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a rotatable developing member configured to carry a developer containing toner and a carrier to a developing position where an electrostatic latent image formed on an image bearing member is developed;
a first frame configured to accommodate the developer;
a second frame mounted on said first frame and configured to cover part of an outer peripheral surface of said rotatable developing member;
a regulating portion provided opposed to said rotatable developing member and configured to regulate, at a position closest to said rotatable developing member, an amount of the developer carried on said rotatable developing member, said regulating portion being positioned below a rotation center of said rotatable developing member in a state that said rotatable developing member is in the developing position;
a magnet provided fixedly inside said rotatable developing member and configured to generate a magnetic field for peeling off the developer, passed through the developing position, from the outer peripheral surface of said rotatable developing member, said magnet including a plurality of magnetic poles including a first magnetic pole and a second magnetic pole which is provided adjacently to said first magnetic pole on a side downstream, with respect to a rotational direction of said rotatable developing member, of a first peak position where magnetic flux density of said first magnetic pole is a maximum and which has the same polarity as said first magnetic pole;
a cover portion provided opposed to said rotatable developing member along the outer peripheral surface of said rotatable developing member and provided between said second frame and said rotatable developing member over a rotational axis direction of said rotatable developing member, said cover portion being disposed so as to form a clearance between itself and said rotatable developing member with respect to a radial direction of said rotatable developing member and to form a clearance between itself and said second frame with respect to the radial direction of said rotatable developing member,
wherein when said developing device is seen in a cross section perpendicular to the rotational axial direction of said rotatable developing member in a state that said rotatable developing member is in the developing position,
with respect to the rotational direction of said rotatable developing member, a most upstream end of said cover portion is positioned downstream of an uppermost position of said rotatable developing member with respect to a direction of gravitation and upstream of a most upstream position of a half-width of magnetic flux density of said first magnetic pole, and
with respect to the rotational direction of said rotatable developing member, a most downstream end of said cover portion is positioned downstream of the first peak position and upstream of a position where the magnetic flux density of said first magnetic pole is a minimum on a side downstream of the first peak position and upstream of a second peak position where magnetic flux density of said second magnetic pole is a maximum.

US Pat. No. 10,331,068

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PERFORMING DENSITY ADJUSTMENT CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a conveyance roller configured to convey a sheet;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on an image bearing member;
a transfer portion at which the image is transferred from the image bearing member to the sheet;
a sensor configured to measure a measurement image formed on the image bearing member; and
a controller configured to:
in a case where the image forming unit forms images on a plurality of first sheets, control the image forming unit to form a first measurement image between an image which is to be transferred to a first sheet of the plurality of first sheets and an image which is to be transferred to a different first sheet of the plurality of first sheets, control the sensor to measure the first measurement image, and control an image forming condition based on a measurement result of the first measurement image measured by the sensor and a first feedback condition, and,
in a case where the image forming unit forms images on a plurality of second sheets, control the image forming unit to form a second measurement image between an image which is to be transferred to a second sheet of the plurality of second sheets and an image which is to be transferred to a different second sheet of the plurality of second sheets, control the sensor to measure the second measurement image, and control the image forming condition based on a measurement result of the second measurement image measured by the sensor and a second feedback condition which is different from the first feedback condition,
wherein a length of the second sheet in a conveyance direction is larger than a length of the first sheet in the conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 10,330,898

IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging optical system comprising:first and second lens elements arranged in order from an object side; and
an aperture stop, wherein
each of the first and second lens elements includes an aspherical surface which is rotationally asymmetric with respect to an optical axis,
a curvature of each of the aspherical surfaces changes along a first direction perpendicular to and intersecting a first cross section including the optical axis, and
the following conditions are satisfied:
0.4?dst/Td?1.0, and
|?st1??st2|?20,
where Td represents a distance between a lens surface closest to the object side and a lens surface closest to an image side, dst represents a distance between the aspherical surface closest to the object side and the aperture stop, ?st1 represents an Abbe number of the first lens element, and ?st2 represents an Abbe number of the second lens element, and
wherein
the first lens element has a positive refractive power on the optical axis,
the second lens element has a negative refractive power on the optical axis, and
the following condition is satisfied:
0.9?(?a2+?b2)/(?a1+?b1)?1.1,
where in the first cross section, ?a1 represents a refractive power of the first lens element at an on-axis principal ray passing position, ?a2 represents a refractive power of the first lens element at a most off-axis principal ray passing position, ?b1 represents a refractive power of the second lens element at an on-axis principal ray passing position, and ?b2 represents a refractive power of the second lens element at a most off-axis principal ray passing position.

US Pat. No. 10,329,106

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device comprising:a stacking portion on which a plurality of recording materials are stacked;
a feeding rotary member configured to feed the plurality of recording materials stacked on the stacking portion one by one, wherein the feeding rotary member feeds a first recording material which is an uppermost recording material stacked on the stacking portion and feeds a second recording material positioned under the first recording material;
a conveying rotary member configured to convey the recording material fed by the feeding rotary member;
a separating rotary member configured to form a nip with the conveying rotary member, wherein the separating rotary member is rotated in a predetermined direction so as to convey the first recording material when the first recording material is fed to the nip, and the separating rotary member stops in rotation or rotates in a direction opposite to the predetermined direction so as to separate the first recording material and the second recording material when the first recording material and the second recording material are fed to the nip;
a detecting unit configured to detect a rotational speed of the separating rotary member;
a driving unit configured to execute a feeding operation by the feeding rotary member;
a threshold determining unit configured to determine a threshold speed depending on the rotational speed of the separating rotary member detected by the detecting unit in a period in which the separating rotary member is rotated in the predetermined direction in a state where the first recording material is fed to the nip after the feeding operation of the first recording material is started;
a feeding control unit configured to control the driving unit to execute the feeding operation of the second recording material subsequently to passing of a trailing end of the first recording material through the feeding rotary member in an overlapping state where the first recording material and the second recording material partially overlap,
wherein, in a case where the rotational speed of the separating rotary member detected by the detecting unit is faster than the threshold speed, the feeding control unit controls the driving unit to continue the feeding operation of the second recording material,
wherein, in a case where the rotational speed of the separating rotary member detected by the detecting unit becomes slower than the threshold speed while the separating rotary member is rotated in the predetermined direction, the feeding control unit controls the driving unit to stop the feeding operation of the second recording material in a state where a leading end of the second recording material reaches the nip,
wherein the sheet feeding device further comprises a second detecting unit, provided downstream of the nip with respect to a recording material feeding direction, the second detecting unit being configured to detect a leading end of the recording material, and
wherein the threshold determining unit determines the threshold speed according to the rotational speed of the separating rotary member in a period from when the second detecting unit detects a leading end of the first recording material to when a distance between the trailing end of the first recording material and the feeding rotary member with respect to the feeding direction becomes a predetermined distance.

US Pat. No. 10,329,112

DRIVE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive transmission apparatus comprising:a rotatable shaft;
a pin provided on the shaft and projecting radially out of an outer circumferential surface of the shaft;
a rotating member configured to rotate with the shaft, the rotating member comprising an inner circumferential surface facing the outer circumferential surface of the shaft and an engage portion configured to engage with the pin; and
a protruded portion provided on one of the outer circumferential surface of the shaft and the inner circumferential surface of the rotating member and disposed in pressure contact with the other one of the outer circumferential surface of the shaft and the inner circumferential surface of the rotating member.

US Pat. No. 10,329,113

MOUNT APPARATUS TO BE MOUNTED ON MAIN BODY OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING MOUNT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mount apparatus to be mounted in a vertical direction on a top surface of a main body of an image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a sheet, the mount apparatus comprising:a latch member extending toward the main body from a surface facing the top surface of the main body, wherein the latch member is rotatable around a rotational axis extending in a direction orthogonal to the vertical direction and includes a first protrusion and a second protrusion, wherein the first protrusion protrudes in a direction intersecting the direction in which the latch member extends, the second protrusion is provided on a distal end side of the latch member relative to the first protrusion and protrudes in a direction opposite to the direction in which the first protrusion protrudes; and
a biasing member configured to bias the latch member in a predetermined rotation direction,
wherein, in a state where the mount apparatus is mounted on the main body, the first protrusion is inserted into the main body through an opening provided on the top surface of the main body and is engaged with an engaged portion of the main body by a biasing force of the biasing member, and
wherein, in a case where the mount apparatus is inclined with respect to the main body in a direction in which engagement of the first protrusion with the engaged portion of the main body is released, the second protrusion is engaged with the main body so as to regulate the inclination of the mount apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,325,356

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGING DEVICE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR EXCLUSIVELY PERFORMING ADJUSTMENT PROCESSING OR VIEWPOINT CHANGE PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:(A) a plurality of image sensors configured to acquire a plurality of viewpoint images;
(B) a memory that stores instructions; and
(C) at least one processor coupled to the memory and configured to execute the instructions:
(a) to perform image processing on image data based on the plurality of viewpoint images acquired by the plurality of image sensors, and to selectively apply, in performing image processing, a plurality of different image processings to the image data, the plurality of different image processings including:
(i) an adjustment process of adjusting a perceived resolution of an image, the adjustment process including a shift synthesis process of relatively shifting the plurality of viewpoint images to synthesize the plurality of viewpoint images that are relatively shifted;
(ii) a viewpoint change process of changing a viewpoint by changing a weighting coefficient when the plurality of viewpoint images are synthesized; and
(iii) a ghost reduction process of generating an image in which an influence of a ghost of the plurality of viewpoint images is reduced;
(b) to set the image processing to be applied in performing the image processing by exclusively setting one of the plurality of different image processings and to set a parameter of the image processing to be applied to the image data; and
(c) to perform other image processing using the plurality of viewpoint images for which the ghost is reduced according to the ghost reduction process if the ghost reduction process is set and one of the adjustment process and the viewpoint change process is applied.

US Pat. No. 10,315,814

TRANSFER CAP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cap that is capable of being fitted to a bottle, the cap comprising:a transfer port; and
a vent port that includes a membrane and a valve; and
wherein an ion leaching of materials used for manufacturing of the cap provide ion cleanliness levels <1 ppb for elements: Zn, Pb, Li, Sn, Ba, Co, Sr, and Pd;
wherein the transfer cap is fitted to the bottle by one of:
threads which interface with threads of the bottle; and
a snap fitting which interfaces with a lip on the bottle.

US Pat. No. 10,315,344

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint method of forming a pattern in an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold, the method comprising:detecting an interference pattern between light reflected by the mold and light reflected by the substrate in a state in which the mold and the imprint material on the substrate are in contact with each other; and
tilting, based on the interference pattern, the mold and the substrate relatively so as to reduce relative tilt between the mold and the substrate in the state,
wherein the tilting includes specifying a relative position of the interference pattern in a region where a pattern of the mold exists by detecting an edge of the region and the interference pattern and tilting the mold and the substrate relatively based on the relative position.

US Pat. No. 10,315,354

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which molds an imprint material on a substrate using a mold to form a pattern on the substrate, the apparatus comprising:a nozzle including a discharge outlet which discharges the imprint material onto the substrate;
a mold holder configured to hold the mold;
a gas supplier configured to supply a gas which accelerates filling of a pattern of the mold with the imprint material to a portion between the mold holder and the imprint material on the substrate; and
a reduction device provided with the nozzle,
wherein the reduction device performs gas supply or exhaust with respect to a second space between the reduction device and a portion of the substrate that faces the reduction device in order to reduce an amount of gas, from among the gas that was supplied by the gas supplier to the portion between the mold holder and the imprint material on the substrate, that flows, via the second space, into a first space between the nozzle and a portion of the substrate that faces the nozzle;
wherein the reduction device is attached to the nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,320,998

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system including an image forming apparatus, an information processing apparatus, and a relay server,the image forming apparatus including:
a first memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one first processor that executes the instructions in the first memory device to:
upon accepting a first operation of performing a predetermined operation for a hardware key provided in the image forming apparatus, display preferentially, on an operation unit and instead of a displayed normal screen on which operation is restricted due to occurrence of an error, a remote support start screen, wherein the remote support start screen including a start button for performing a remote support start instruction; and
upon accepting the remote support start instruction by a user operating the start button, control to obtain identification information for connecting the information processing apparatus from the relay server and display the obtained identification information on the operation unit, and
the information processing apparatus including:
a second memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one second processor that executes the instructions in the second memory device to:
accept the identification information by accepting an operation of an operator who uses the information processing apparatus;
connect to the image forming apparatus via the relay server using the accepted identification information; and
upon connecting to the image forming apparatus, activate a client application of the remote support to start the remote support.

US Pat. No. 10,315,879

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:a first stack tray on which a sheet be stacked;
a second stack tray on which a sheet can be stacked;
alignment members configured to align a sheet stacked on the first stack tray by coming into contact with sides of the sheet stacked on the first stack tray in a width direction perpendicular to a sheet conveyance direction;
a determiner that determines, in a case where the first stack tray is designated as a discharge destination for a first sheet and a second sheet is already stacked on the first stack tray, whether or not a width of the first sheet in the width direction is smaller than a width of the second sheet in the width direction;
a changer that changes the discharge destination for the first sheet from the first stack tray to the second stack tray in accordance with a determination result, by the determiner, indicating that the width of the first sheet is smaller than the width of the second sheet and regardless of a length of the first sheet in the sheet conveyance direction; and
a receiver that receives a user operation,
wherein, when the receiver receives a user operation indicating that a predetermined option has been selected by a user, the changer does not change the discharge destination regardless of the determination result indicating that the width of the first sheet is smaller than the width of the second sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,321,007

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME THAT SELECTIVELY PERFORM PREDETERMINED IMAGE PROCESSING BASED ON A DETECTED SHEET SIZE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a conveyance unit that includes a feeding roller and a registration roller that convey a sheet;
a detection unit including a registration sensor that detects a size in a sheet conveying direction of a first sheet that is being conveyed by the conveyance unit;
a printer engine that prints an image on the sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit;
an image processor including an application-specific integrated circuit and software that execute image processing on image data to be printed by the printer engine;
a memory that stores a set of instructions; and
a processor that executes instructions, of the set of instructions:
(a) to confirm whether the detection unit has detected the size of the first sheet;
(b) to cause the conveyance unit to convey the first sheet to print an image on the first sheet by the printer engine in a free size printing mode in which the printing apparatus does not accept a designation of a size of sheets to be used for printing by the printer engine from a user, before a user instruction for starting printing is accepted;
(c) to cause, in the free size printing mode, the conveyance unit to start conveying a portion of sheets of a plurality of sheets following the first sheet to print, by the printer engine, a portion of images on the portion of the sheets following the first sheet, before the detection unit detects the size of the first sheet;
(d) to cause, in the free size printing mode, the conveyance unit to start conveying other sheets, of the plurality of sheets, following the portion of the sheets following the first sheet, to print other images on the other sheets, in accordance with having confirmed that the detection unit detects the size of the first sheet;
(e) to cause, in the free size printing mode, the image processor to perform a predetermined image processing using a predetermined size in the sheet conveying direction, on image data of the portion of the images to be printed on the portion of the sheets following the first sheet, before the detection unit detects the size of the first sheet;
(f) to cause, in the free size printing mode, the image processor to perform the predetermined image processing, using the size detected by the detection unit, on image data of the other images to be printed on the other sheets in accordance with having confirmed that the detection unit detects the size of the first sheet; and
(g) to cause the printer engine to print the portion of the images, on the portion of sheets following the first sheet, based on image data on which the predetermined image processing using the predetermined size has been performed, and to print the other images on the other sheets based on the image data on which the predetermined image processing using the detected size has been performed,
wherein the printing of the portion of the images and the printing of the other images in (g) starts after the conveyance of the portion of sheets following the first sheet in (c) or the conveyance of the other sheets in (d) has been started and the predetermined image processing in (e) or (f) has been completed.

US Pat. No. 10,321,010

TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a scanner that reads a document to generate image data;
a transmission interface that transmits the image data; and
a display that displays a screen including a first item regarding a setting of whether or not to output a result of a transmission of the image data and a second item regarding a setting of the transmission, as a setting of each transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,321,015

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
one or more processors which execute the instructions and cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
a first edge detecting unit configured to detect two first edges of a line region included in image data, each first edge extending in a main scanning direction, including at least one pixel having a density greater than a predetermined density, and being adjacent to a white pixel region, the image data consisting of N pixels in the main scanning direction and M pixels in a sub scanning direction, wherein N and M are integers;
a second edge detecting unit configured to detect two second edges which are sandwiched between the first two edges and have a density greater than the predetermined density included in the line region, each second edge extending in the main scanning direction, consisting of pixels having a density greater than the predetermined density, and being closest to the corresponding one of the two first edges; and
a processing unit configured to decrease a density of at least one pixel having a density greater than the predetermined density within a target region sandwiched between the two second edges in the line region,
wherein the density decreasing is not performed for the at least one pixel which has a density greater than the predetermined density and is in the line region, in a case where the at least one pixel is in a region other than the target region.

US Pat. No. 10,310,255

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 providing a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit providing a negative refractive power; and
a rear lens providing a positive refractive power over an entire zoom range,
wherein an interval between each pair of adjacent lens units changes during zooming,
wherein the rear lens group includes:
a partial lens system LRp1 providing a positive refractive power and disposed closest to the object side in the rear lens group, the partial lens system LRp1 including at least first and second positive lenses and at least one negative lens;
an aperture stop disposed on the image side of the partial lens system LRp1; and
at least one lens unit providing a negative refractive power and disposed between the aperture stop and an image plane,
wherein the first lens unit and the aperture stop are configured to be positioned closer to the object side at a telephoto end than at a wide angle end, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.00 3.0 where fssFw represents a combined focal length of a front lens system consisting of all lenses disposed on the object side of the aperture stop at the wide angle end, LssFw represents an absolute value of a distance on an optical axis from a first lens surface closest to the object side in the zoom lens to the aperture stop at the wide angle end, f1 represents a focal length of the first lens unit, and fw represents a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 10,313,586

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A method for controlling an electronic apparatus including a motion detector that detects a motion, a proximity detector that detects proximity of an object, and a display that is viewable when viewed through an eyepiece part, the method comprising:performing control to start display on the display in a case where proximity detection information from the proximity detector corresponds to a distance closer than a threshold; and
changing the threshold to a value corresponding to a greater distance in a case where the motion detector detects a first motion,
wherein in a case where the proximity detector does not detect proximity before a predetermined time elapses after the first motion is detected, perform control to change the threshold back to a value before change.

US Pat. No. 10,313,588

IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing system comprising:a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix and defining a pixel area;
a plurality of processors that process an image signal read out from the pixel area;
a generation circuit that generates a plurality of readout pixel patterns having a plurality of different pixel densities and nonuniform pixel patterns used for reading out a signal from the plurality of pixels;
a setting circuit that sets one of the plurality of pixel densities for each of a plurality of divided regions obtained by dividing the pixel area; and
a controller that controls to read out an image signal from each of the plurality of divided regions using the readout pixel pattern corresponding to the pixel density set by the setting circuit,
wherein the setting circuit sets the pixel density for each of the plurality of divided regions such that a higher pixel density is set to a divided region where image capturing processing with higher image quality is to be performed among the plurality of divided regions.

US Pat. No. 10,313,595

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS ASPECT MARKERS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a lens mounting section;
a determination unit configured to determine a type of a lens mounted on the lens mounting section; and
a display control unit configured to perform control such that in a case where it is determined by the determination unit that the type of the lens mounted on the lens mounting section is a first lens for scaling a video by a factor of 1/a (a?1) in a horizontal direction with respect to a vertical direction, first aspect markers indicating an aspect ratio of M:N are displayed in a state superimposed on a first video acquired via the first lens, whereas in a case where it is determined by the determination unit that the type of the lens mounted on the lens mounting section is a second lens for scaling the video by a factor of 1/b (b?1, a?b) in the horizontal direction with respect to the vertical direction, second aspect markers indicating an aspect ratio of M?:N (M?=M×a/b) are displayed in a state superimposed on a second video acquired via the second lens.

US Pat. No. 10,312,832

VIBRATION TYPE ACTUATOR AND ULTRASONIC MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration type actuator comprising:a vibrator that includes a vibration plate and a piezoelectric element fixed to the vibration plate and vibrates due to a driving voltage;
a sliding member that frictionally contacts with the vibrator;
a pressing unit that presses the vibrator to the sliding member;
a base to which the vibration plate is fixed;
a holding member that holds the base;
a coupling unit that couples the base with the holding member in a relative movement direction between the vibrator and the sliding member due to the vibration, and moves the base with respect to the holding member in a direction of pressure of the pressing unit; and
a temporary fixing part that is formed at the base and the holding member and restricts a movement in the direction of pressure of the base and the holding member.

US Pat. No. 10,313,600

IMAGING DEVICE CAPABLE OF SIMULTANEOUSLY CAPTURING OF A MOTION IMAGE AND A STATIC IMAGE AND IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:an imaging sensor having a photoelectric converter that photoelectrically converts a light flux from an object and accumulates generated charges and a first capacitor and a second capacitor that hold the charges transferred from the photoelectric converter;
an optics that guides the light flux from the object to the imaging sensor; and
a controller that reads out a pixel signal that is based on an amount of charges held in one of the first capacitor and the second capacitor, and that transfers the charges to the other of the first capacitor and the second capacitor and holds the charges,
wherein the controller sets capturing conditions including accumulation periods for a motion image capturing and a static image capturing, and
wherein the controller selects a combination of the first capacitor and the second capacitor used for a motion image capturing and a static image capturing in accordance with the capturing conditions and a brightness of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,311,559

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to perform operations including:
extracting a plurality of types of feature amounts from an image including an inspection target object,
determining an anomaly degree of the inspection target object based on the extracted plurality of types of feature amounts,
generating a plurality of feature amount maps each for representing a distribution of feature amounts of respective one of the extracted plurality of types of feature amounts,
integrating the generated plurality of feature amount maps to obtain an integrated map based on contribution degrees of the respective plurality of feature amounts with respect to the determined anomaly degree, and
displaying, on a display, the integrated map as a defect image representing a defect included in the inspection target object.

US Pat. No. 10,313,614

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of communicating with an external apparatus via a network, the image processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory for storing instructions to be executed by the processor,
wherein, when the instructions stored in the memory are executed by the processor, the image processing apparatus functions as:
a correction processing unit for performing correction processing of an image;
a reception unit for receiving a command including setting information from the external apparatus, wherein the setting information indicates a value of a parameter for the correction processing;
a determination unit for determining whether a communication protocol of the command is a first communication protocol or a second communication protocol; and
a first conversion unit for converting the value of the parameter indicated by the setting information, in a case where the communication protocol of the command is the first communication protocol,
wherein the first conversion unit does not convert the setting information, in a case where the communication protocol of the command is the second communication protocol, and
wherein the first conversion unit converts the value of the parameter indicated by the setting information, such that values included in a first range are converted to a first value which is settable to the image processing apparatus and values included in a second range are converted to a second value which is settable to the image processing apparatus, wherein the values included in the second range are larger than the values included in the first range, and the second value is larger than the first value.

US Pat. No. 10,311,568

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the one or more processors to function as units comprising:
(1) an image acquisition unit adapted to acquire a radiation image capturing an object;
(2) a function acquisition unit adapted to acquire a point spread function from the radiation image; and
(3) a determination unit adapted to determine, based on a ratio of a length of a shape based on the point spread function projected in a first direction and a length of a shape based on the point spread function projected in a second direction, presence/absence of a movement of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,313,627

APPARATUS FOR PLAYING BACK RECORDED VIDEO IMAGES RELATED TO EVENT, AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a recording unit configured to record a video image;
a detection unit configured to detect an event in which a state of an object changes from the video image;
a generation unit configured to generate, when a first type event and one or more second type event related to the first type event are detected from the video image, an index associating the first type event and the one or more second type event;
a display unit configured to display a time line on which a plurality of symbols indicating respective events are arranged, wherein a symbol indicating each of the events is arranged in a position corresponding to a time when each of the events occurred;
a specifying unit configured to specify an event in response to a selection of a symbol indicating the event by a user;
an identification unit configured to identify, when the event of the first type is specified, one or more second type event related to the specified first type event based on the index; and
a playback unit configured to play back a video image concerning the identified one or more second type event.

US Pat. No. 10,311,325

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An article production apparatus, comprising:a conveying apparatus configured to convey at least one object;
an imaging apparatus configured to capture image data of the object; and
a robot configured to perform processing operation or assembly operation on the conveyed object to produce an article;
a robot controller configured to control the operation of the robot;
an image processing apparatus configured to perform image recognition process on the captured image data and store image data extracted from the captured image data into a storage device, the image processing apparatus including,
a control device capable of extracting image data from a plurality of extraction regions of the captured image data;
wherein the plurality of extraction regions is determined in accordance with a method of image recognition process that is at least one method selected from among a plurality of methods, and
wherein the extraction regions do not overlap with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,310,317

LIGHT MODULATION ELEMENT UNIT HAVING A LIGHT MODULATING ELEMENT AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING FOREIGN MATTERS FROM ADHERING TO LIGHT MODULATION ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light modulation element unit comprising:a light modulation element having a light modulator configured to modulate incident light and a cover glass that covers a light incident surface of the light modulator and that has a first light incident surface facing the light incident surface of the light modulator and a second light incident surface positioned on an opposite side to the first light incident surface;
a light shielding member, which is disposed along the second light incident surface of the cover glass, and has an opening through which light going toward the light modulator passes and a light shield to shield light that does not pass the opening; and
a heat radiation member that is separate from the light shielding member provided on an opposite side of the cover glass with respect to the light modulation element,
wherein the light shielding member further has an extension that extends to outside of the cover glass and that faces part of the heat radiation member with a first air gap,
wherein the light shield is disposed along part of the second light incident surface of the cover glass with a second air gap,
wherein the part of the second light incident surface of the cover glass is configured to communicate air through the first air gap and the second air gap, and
wherein the first air gap is smaller than the second air gap.

US Pat. No. 10,308,018

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTHEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a plurality of printing elements;
driving circuits that have at least one source follower transistor and correspond to each of the plurality of printing elements; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where a number of printing elements driven simultaneously does not exceed a predetermined number, perform a first control for driving the at least one source follower transistor by a fixed pulse width irrespective of the number of printing elements driven simultaneously, and, in a case where the number of printing elements driven simultaneously exceeds the predetermined number, perform a second control for changing a pulse width to drive the at least one source follower transistor based on the number of printing elements driven simultaneously,
wherein the predetermined number is determined such that the driving circuits keep a voltage across the printing elements fixed.

US Pat. No. 10,313,668

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ENCODING OR DECODING AN IMAGE COMPRISING ENCODING OF DECODING INFORMATION REPRESENTING PREDICTION MODES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A device for encoding an image, the device comprising a processor being configured for:receiving the image within an original sequence of digital images received as an input by the computing device;
encoding the image into encoded data, the encoding comprising the encoding of mode information representing a prediction mode for encoding a current block of pixels according to an Intra coding mode;
encapsulating the encoded data within a bitstream output from the computing device;
wherein encoding the image comprises for the determination of set of most probable prediction modes;
defining at least one candidate for a most probable prediction mode to be the mode information of a neighbour-block if it exists;
and wherein a candidate for a most probable prediction mode is horizontal or vertical mode information if this neighbour-block exists and has been encoded using a predetermined coding mode,
wherein the predetermined coding mode is neither inter coding mode nor intra coding mode.

US Pat. No. 10,308,043

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an ink image by an aqueous liquid component and a coloring material on an ink receiving medium;
a liquid absorbing device configured to come into contact with the ink image and absorb the aqueous liquid component from the ink image;
a first temperature measuring unit configured to measure a first temperature of the ink image after the aqueous liquid component is absorbed by the liquid absorbing device; and
a determination unit configured to determine a working state of the ink jet recording apparatus based on the first temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,311,915

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which performs image processing to a plurality of input frame images, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
a clipping unit configured to clip each image of the plurality of input frame images at a position determined based on a random value;
a masking unit configured to partially mask the image processed by the clipping unit; and
an outputting unit configured to output a plurality of frame images which are processed by the clipping unit and masked by the masking unit as a moving image, wherein the masking unit masks the image processed by the clipping unit so that a noise area included in the clipped image is hidden.

US Pat. No. 10,307,052

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:a scan unit configured to repeat two-dimensional scanning on a fundus of an eye to be inspected with measuring light, the two-dimensional scanning including scanning in a first direction and scanning in a second direction, wherein the second direction is different from the first direction, and wherein a speed of reciprocating scanning in the second direction is lower than that in the first direction;
an image generation unit configured to generate a two-dimensional image of the fundus based on reflected light of the measuring light from the fundus that is two-dimensionally scanned; and
a control unit configured to control, in the two-dimensional scanning, an amount of the measuring light that is radiated to the fundus in scanning not being used to generate the two-dimensional image including at least scanning of a return path in the second direction to be smaller than an amount of the measuring light that is radiated to the fundus in scanning being used to generate the two-dimensional image.

US Pat. No. 10,307,055

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a program executed by the processor,
wherein the processor and the memory are operatively coupled to function as units comprising:
(1) an acquisition unit configured to acquire a tomogram of a fundus of an eye to be examined, wherein the tomogram includes a cribrosa lamina and at least one tissue other than the cribrosa lamina;
(2) a detection unit configured to extract at least an inner limiting membrane and to detect the cribrosa lamina in the tomogram acquired by the acquisition unit, wherein the cribrosa lamina is located deeper than the inner limiting membrane in the tomogram;
(3) a calculation unit configured to calculate (a) a thickness of the cribrosa lamina detected by the detection unit and (b) a roughened pattern of a boundary of the cribrosa lamina detected by the detection unit; and
(4) an evaluation unit configured to evaluate a visual function of the eye using (a) the thickness of the cribrosa lamina and a reference value of the thickness of the cribrosa lamina and (b) the roughened pattern of the boundary of the cribrosa lamina and a reference value of the roughened pattern of the boundary of the cribrosa lamina.

US Pat. No. 10,310,397

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle, said toner particle comprising:a binder resin;
a colorant;
a release agent comprising an ester wax having a peak top temperature of a maximum endothermic peak of 65 to 85° C. measured with a differential scanning calorimeter, the ester wax comprising ester compounds each having two ester bonds in the individual molecule, the ester compounds each having one partial structure represented by formula (1-1) and two partial structures each represented by formula (2-2)
—O—CxH2x—O—  (1-1)

where x represents an integer from 6 to 12 and y represents an integer from 4 to 10, or
two partial structures each represented by formula (1-2) and one partial structure represented by formula (2-1)
CxH2x+1—O—  (1-2)

where x represents an integer from 6 to 12 and y represents an integer from 4 to 10,
the content of the ester compounds being at least 90% by mass based on a total mass of the ester wax, with ester compound S-22 prepared from docosanol and decanedioic acid, or ester compound N-22 prepared from 1,9-nonanediol and docosanoic acid having a largest content of any of the ester compounds contained in the ester wax, said largest content being from 70 to 80% by mass based on a total mass of the ester wax in a composition distribution measured by GC-MASS or MALDI TOF MASS, and
the toner particle further comprising a crystalline polyester that satisfies condition (iii) or (iv)
(iii) the crystalline polyester has a partial structure represented by formula (3), and the content of the partial structure represented by formula (3) is at least 90 mol % based on a total number of moles of a partial structure derived from a diol component in the crystalline polyester
—O—Cx H2x—O—  (3)
where x represents an integer from 6 to 12, or
(iv) the crystalline polyester has a partial structure represented by formula (4), and the content of the partial structure represented by formula (4) is at least 90 mol % based on a total number of moles of a partial structure derived from a dicarboxylic acid component in the crystalline polyester

where y represents an integer from 4 to 10, wherein
the toner contains 3.0 to 20.0 parts by mass of the crystalline polyester per 100 parts by mass of the binder resin, and a mass ratio of the ester wax to crystalline polyester (ester wax/crystalline polyester) is from 25/75 to 75/25.

US Pat. No. 10,310,402

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE HAVING CHARGING ROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a rotatable photosensitive member having a value, obtained by dividing an elastic deformation work amount by an entire work amount, of 47% or more;
a charging roller including an elastic layer and configured to electrically charge said photosensitive member under application of only a DC voltage, wherein said charging roller forms a nip with elastic deformation along the surface of said photosensitive member by being urged against said photosensitive member with a predetermined urging force, and in the nip, a surface of said charging roller and the surface of said photosensitive member are in contact to each other at a plurality of independent contact portions; and
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on said photosensitive member charged by said charging roller,
wherein when a nip region corresponding to the nip is formed by urging the charging roller against a measuring contact member with the predetermined urging force and then an area of a plurality of independent contact portions at which the surface of said charging member and the measuring contact member are in contact to each other is measured, the following relationship is satisfied:
(Contact width X) (mm)×(Contact area ratio ?)?0.1 (mm),
where a length from a position of one end to a position of the other end of the nip region with respect to a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of said charging roller is the contact width X, and a ratio of a sum of areas (mm2) of the independent contact portions to an entire area (mm2) of a measuring region in which the independent contact portions are provided is the contact area ratio ?,
wherein the measuring region is a rectangular region in which one edge has a unit length (mm) extending in the longitudinal direction of said charging member and another edge has the contact width X (mm) extending in the direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of said charging roller and which falls within the nip region.

US Pat. No. 10,310,410

DEVELOPMENT CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a cartridge that includes a developer carrier configured to carry developer on a surface thereof and a blade configured to regulate thickness of the developer carried on the surface of the developer carrier;
a developer container detachably attachable to the cartridge and containing the developer,
wherein the developer container is movable, with respect to the cartridge, between a first position and a second position different from the first position in a state where the developer container is attached to the cartridge;
an apparatus main body that has an attachment portion to which the cartridge is attached, the apparatus main body including an opening through which the cartridge passes when the cartridge is attached to the attachment portion and an opening and closing member that is configured to be movable between an open position where the opening is opened and a close position where the opening is closed; and
a moving member that moves so that in a case where the cartridge in which the developer container is attached at the first position is attached to the attachment portion, the moving member is at a position of preventing movement of the opening and closing member from the open position to the close position, and in a case where the cartridge in which the developer container is attached at the second position is attached to the attachment portion, the moving member is at a position of allowing movement of the opening and closing member from the open position to the close position.

US Pat. No. 10,310,412

DEVELOPING APPARATUS, CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR SUPPRESSING DEVELOPER LEAKAGE OF A FRAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developer carrying member that includes a carrying portion that carries developer;
a developing frame that stores the developer carried by the developer carrying member, the developing frame rotatably supporting the developer carrying member at an edge portion of the developer carrying member in a longitudinal direction;
a restricting member disposed in the longitudinal direction, the restricting member restricting a thickness of the developer carried on the carrying portion,
wherein the restricting member includes a supporting member, and an elastic member attached to the supporting member, and
wherein the elastic member restricts the thickness of the developer carried on the carrying portion by abutting against the carrying portion; and
an edge portion sealing member disposed between the edge portion of the developer carrying member and an edge portion of the developing frame that supports the edge portion of the developer carrying member, the edge portion sealing member restricting leakage of the developer in the edge portion of the developing frame,
wherein in the longitudinal direction, an edge portion of the carrying portion is disposed so as to be positioned outside an inner edge portion of the edge portion sealing member, and inside an outer edge portion of the edge portion sealing member, and
wherein an edge portion of the restricting member is disposed so as to be positioned outside the edge portion of the carrying portion, and inside the outer edge portion of the edge portion sealing member.

US Pat. No. 10,310,416

SEAL MEMBER, UNIT, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A seal member used in a cartridge or an image forming apparatus including a frame body which is provided with a housing portion for housing a developer, a roller which is provided so as to face an opening of the housing portion of the frame body, and a blade which comes into contact with a surface of the roller,the seal member to be provided on a region of the frame body outside the opening of the housing portion in an axial direction of the roller, so as to seal a gap between the frame body and the roller and a gap between the blade and the frame body to prevent a leakage of the developer, the seal member comprising:
a first surface which is configured to come into contact with the roller;
a second surface which is configured to come into contact with a surface of the blade opposite to a surface of the blade contacting the roller,
wherein, in a case where the seal member is provided on the frame body and the roller is not provided on the frame body, the second surface (i) is recessed, with respect to the first surface, in a direction approaching the frame body and (ii) includes an arc shaped part protruding in the direction approaching the frame body when viewed in the axial direction of the roller, and
wherein, in a case where both the seal member and the roller are provided on the frame body, the arc shaped part of the second surface comes into contact with the surface of the blade opposite to the surface of the blade contacting the roller; and
a third surface continuously arranged between the first surface and the second surface, wherein in a case where both the seal member and the roller are provided on the frame body, the third surface faces a tip of the blade when viewed in the axial direction of the roller.

US Pat. No. 10,310,418

SEPARATING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A separating device for separating a toner and a carrier liquid from a liquid developer including the toner and the carrier liquid using an electric field, said separating device comprising:an electroconductive electrode roller rotatable in a predetermined direction;
an electrode member provided with a gap between itself and an outer peripheral surface of said electrode roller,
wherein said electrode member is capable of applying a voltage for generating an electric field for moving the toner toward said electrode roller between said electrode roller and said electrode member,
wherein an upstream end portion of the gap with respect to a rotational direction of said electrode roller is provided above, with respect to a direction of gravitation, a downstream end portion of the gap with respect to the rotational direction;
a supplying portion configured to supply the liquid developer to said electrode roller;
a collecting portion provided below the downstream end portion of the gap with respect to the direction of gravitation and configured to collect the carrier liquid from said electrode roller in a side downstream of said electrode member with respect to the rotational direction;
a collecting roller provided downstream of said electrode member and upstream of said supplying portion with respect to the rotational direction and rotatable in the same peripheral movement direction as said electrode roller in contact with said electrode roller at a position opposing said electrode roller,
wherein said collecting roller is capable of applying a voltage for generating an electric field for moving the toner toward said collecting roller between said collecting roller and said electrode roller; and
a blade member configured to collect the toner from said collecting roller and in contact with said collecting roller counterdirectionally with respect to a rotational direction of said collecting roller,
wherein when a line passing through a center of said electrode roller and a top of said electrode roller with respect to the direction of gravitation is 0°, the upstream end portion of the gap is positioned in a range of 0° or more and less than 180° with respect to the rotational direction of said electrode roller, and
wherein when a line passing through a center of said collecting roller and a top of said collecting roller with respect to the direction of gravitation is 0°, a contact position of said blade member with said collecting roller is in a range of 35° or more in a side upstream of a position of contact between said collecting roller and said electrode roller with respect to the rotational direction of said collecting roller.

US Pat. No. 10,310,419

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARRIER SEPARATING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion, including an image bearing member, configured to form a toner image on a recording material with a liquid developer containing a toner and a carrier liquid,
wherein the carrier liquid contains a first substance, charged to an opposite polarity to a charge polarity of the toner, for imparting an electrical polarity to the toner and a second substance, higher in volume resistivity than the first substance, as a dispersion medium for dispersing the toner;
a cleaning portion configured to collect the liquid developer remaining on said image bearing member after the toner image is transferred onto the recording material;
a toner separating device configured to separate the liquid developer, fed from said cleaning portion, into the toner and the carrier liquid;
a carrier separating device configured to separate the carrier liquid, separated by said toner separating device, into the carrier liquid containing the first substance and the carrier liquid containing the second substance by applying an electric field to the carrier liquid; and
a feeding path configured to feed the carrier liquid, containing the second substance separated by the carrier separating device, toward said image forming portion.

US Pat. No. 10,310,420

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus, comprising:a first image bearing member that bears a toner image;
a second image bearing member that bears a toner image;
an intermediate transfer member that is movable and onto which a toner image born by at least one of the first image bearing member and the second image bearing member is primary-transferred;
a first transfer member that is in contact with an inner peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer member and is disposed at a position corresponding to the first image bearing member;
a first power supply that applies a voltage to the first transfer member;
a charging unit that is in contact with an outer peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer member and is disposed, with respect to a movement direction of the intermediate transfer member, downstream of a secondary transfer portion where the toner image is secondary-transferred from the intermediate transfer member onto a transfer medium and that charges toner that has passed the secondary transfer portion with opposite polarity that is opposite to a normal charging polarity of the toner; and
a control unit that can perform a collection operation in which the toner charged with the opposite polarity by the charging unit is moved from the intermediate transfer member to any one of the first and second image bearing members that are in contact with the intermediate transfer member, wherein
the control unit performs the collection operation by causing the first power supply to apply a first voltage that is a voltage having the opposite polarity to the first transfer member in a first state in which the first image bearing member and the second image bearing member are in contact with the intermediate transfer member, and
the control unit performs the collection operation by causing the first power supply to apply a second voltage that is a voltage having the opposite polarity and higher in absolute value than the first voltage to the first transfer member in a second state in which the first image bearing member is in contact with the intermediate transfer member and the second image bearing member is separated from the intermediate transfer member.

US Pat. No. 10,310,425

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a human;
an operation unit to be operated by an operator; and
a power-supply control unit configured to supply power to a predetermined device based on detection of a human by the detection unit, and to stop supplying power to the predetermined device based on no detection of a human by the detection unit,
wherein in a case where the operation unit is operated, the power-supply control unit does not stop supplying power to the predetermined device based on no detection of a human by the detection unit and stops supplying power to the predetermined device when a predetermined time elapses after the operation unit is operated.

US Pat. No. 10,312,734

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a first power supply unit configured to wirelessly supply power based on a first power supply method;
a second power supply unit configured to wirelessly supply power based on a second power supply method different from the first power supply method;
a communication unit configured to communicate with an electronic device; and
a control unit configured to select one of the first power supply unit and the second power supply unit, based on a communication with the electronic device, before starting wirelessly supplying power,
wherein the control unit is configured to perform a process to wirelessly supply power to the electronic device using the power supply unit selected by the control unit, and
wherein the control unit performs control to re-select, based on a power receiving state of the electronic device, after starting wirelessly supplying power using the first power supply unit or the second power supply unit, one of the first power supply unit and the second power supply unit.

US Pat. No. 10,310,444

DRIVE TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A drive transmission device including a driving rotational body, a driven rotational body that rotates by engaging with the driving rotational body, a driven member that is driven by the rotation of the driven rotational body, and an elastic member that rotates the driven rotational body by an elastic force when the driven rotational body does not engage with the driving rotational body, the drive transmission device comprising:a first rotational body and a second rotational body arranged downstream of the driven rotational body in a drive train that transmits a driving force from the driving rotational body to the driven member, the first rotational body being configured to rotate in synchronization with the driven rotational body, the second rotational body being configured to be rotated by the first rotational body and drive the driven member,
wherein, when the driven rotational body rotates by the elastic force of the elastic member, a case in which the first rotational body rotates without rotating the second rotational body, and a case in which the first rotational body rotates while rotating the second rotational body are provided,
wherein the driven member can move to a first position and a second position as a result that the driven member is driven by the second rotational body and moves, and a load required for the driven member to move is larger when the driven member is displaced to the first position than a load required when the driven member is displaced to the second position, and
wherein the first rotational body rotates without rotating the second rotational body by the elastic force of the elastic member when the driven member is at the first position, and the first rotational body rotates while rotating the second rotational body by the elastic force of the elastic member when the driven member is at the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,307,130

DOSE CALCULATION APPARATUS, DOSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THESE APPARATUS AND SYSTEM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A dose calculation apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions to be executed by the at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor executes the instructions to function as:
a specifying unit configured to specify physical shape information of at least one of a body width and a body thickness of a subject using a ray-sum image generated from a plurality of medical images acquired by imaging the subject with an X-ray computed tomography (CT) apparatus;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a correction coefficient corresponding to the physical shape information of at least one of the body width and the body thickness specified by the specifying unit from a storage unit configured to store a relationship between the physical shape information and the correction coefficient; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate dose in accordance with a physical shape of the subject based on the correction coefficient acquired by the acquisition unit and dose information acquired by taking of medical images.

US Pat. No. 10,313,540

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for an information processing apparatus capable of performing Bluetooth LE communication, the control method comprising:scanning a first type of advertisement packet conforming to the Bluetooth LE, that is transmitted from an external apparatus and indicates to be connectable with a specific communication partner, while transmitting a second type of advertisement packet conforming to the Bluetooth LE that indicates to be unable to accept a connection request and includes service information indicating services that the information processing apparatus can provide;
determining whether or not the information processing apparatus is designated as the connectable specific communication partner in the first type of advertisement packet received as a result of the scanning; and
transmitting, upon a condition that it is determined that the information processing apparatus is designated as the connectable specific communication partner in the first type of received advertisement packet, a connection request to a transmission source of the first type of received advertisement packet in order to establish a Bluetooth LE connection by serving as a master.

US Pat. No. 10,314,060

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to:
in a case where the communication apparatus is in a first cluster, detect a second cluster different from the first cluster, wherein the first cluster and the second cluster conform to a Neighbor Awareness Networking (NAN) standard;
select a period which does not overlap any of a discovery window of the first cluster and a discovery window of the second cluster, as a communication period in which the communication apparatus communicates with another communication apparatus via a NAN Data Link in the first cluster;
establish, with the another communication apparatus, the NAN Data Link in the first cluster that uses the selected communication period while the communication apparatus is in the first cluster; and
merge the second cluster with the first cluster after successful establishment of the NAN Data Link with the another communication apparatus in the first cluster.

US Pat. No. 10,313,550

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a cassette in which a sheet is stored and which can be opened and closed;
a size detector configured to detect a size of a sheet stored in the cassette;
a user interface through which type information representing a type of a sheet stored in the cassette is inputted;
a memory capable of storing a size setting and a type setting of a sheet stored in the cassette, wherein the size setting is size information acquired as a detection result of the size detector, and wherein the type setting is type information inputted through the user interface;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet fed from the cassette depending on the size setting and the type setting stored in the memory;
a controller comprising a processor accessible to the memory, the controller being configured to execute processes including:
a determination process to determine whether size information acquired as a detection result of the size detector in response to a closing operation of the cassette and the type setting stored in the memory satisfy a predetermined combination condition; and
a changing process to change, if the combination condition is not satisfied in the determination process, the size setting in the memory to the size information acquired as the detection result of the size detector in response to the closing operation of the cassette and the type setting in the memory to predetermined type information that satisfies the combination condition with respect to the size information acquired as the detection result of the size detector in response to the closing operation of the cassette.

US Pat. No. 10,310,240

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 rear lens group including at least one lens unit, wherein
the first lens unit does not move for zooming,
during zooming from a wide angle end to a telephoto end, each of the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit moves toward the object side, and an interval between each adjacent two of the lens units varies, and
the zoom lens satisfies the following conditional expressions:
0.1 ?1.4 1.5<(R2a+R1a)/(R2a?R1a)<30.0,where f3 is a focal length of the third lens unit, f4 is a focal length of the fourth lens unit, m3 is an amount of displacement of the third lens unit in the zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end, m4 is an amount of displacement of the fourth lens unit in the zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end, R1a is a radius of curvature of a lens surface nearest to the object side in the first lens unit, and R2a is a radius of curvature of a lens surface nearest to the image side in the first lens unit.

US Pat. No. 10,313,576

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, RECEPTION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing system comprising:an image capturing apparatus configured to transmit image data to an image receiving apparatus; and
the image receiving apparatus configured to receive the image data from the image capturing apparatus,
wherein the image capturing apparatus comprises:
an image capturing unit configured to generate the image data;
a communication unit configured to receive a command for changing Video Source Mode to define at least a frame rate and resolution related to the image data, from an external apparatus via a network; and
a control unit configured to perform a reboot process and cause the communication unit to transmit a predetermined notification to the external apparatus, in a case where Video Source Mode being set in the image capturing apparatus is changed from first Video Source Mode to second Video Source Mode different from the first Video Source Mode, in response to the command for changing Video Source Mode received by the communication unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to perform control not to perform the reboot process in a case where Video Source Mode being set in the image capturing apparatus is changed from the first Video Source Mode to third Video Source Mode different from the first Video Source Mode and the second Video Source Mode in response to the command for changing Video Source Mode received by the communication unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to cause the communication unit to transmit, to the external apparatus, information indicating that the second Video Source Mode is a target on which the reboot process is to be performed and information indicating that the third Video Source Mode is not a target on which the reboot process is to be performed, in response to a request command from the external apparatus, and
wherein the image receiving apparatus comprises a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display a setting screen for designating at least one of the frame rate and the resolution.

US Pat. No. 10,303,097

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING A HEATER AND A SUPPORTING MEMBER THAT ARE BONDED TOGETHER AT LATERAL SURFACES THEREOF USING AN ADHESIVE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:(A) a cylindrical film;
(B) a heater including a substrate and a heat generating element provided on the substrate, the heater having an elongated plate-like shape extending in a longitudinal direction, and having:
(a) a first surface contacting the film;
(b) a second surface opposite to the first surface; and
(c) a heater lateral surface extending in the longitudinal direction and facing outwardly in a widthwise direction of the heat generating element;
(C) a supporting member supporting the heater, the supporting member being provided with a recess for supporting the heater, and having a supporting lateral surface that is parallel to and opposes the heater lateral surface, and that is provided in the recess, the heater lateral surface and the supporting lateral surface being bonded to each other by an adhesive material to affix the heater and the supporting member to each other; and
(D) a high heat conduction member having a thermal conductivity greater than a thermal conductivity of the substrate, the high heat conduction member contacting the second surface of the heater and being sandwiched between the heater and the supporting member,
wherein a recording material, on which an image is formed, is heated by heat from the heater through the film.

US Pat. No. 10,306,173

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus for communicating with at least one of a first external apparatus and a second external apparatus via a network, the imaging apparatus comprising:a computer executing instructions that, when executed by the computer, cause the computer to function as:
an imaging unit configured to capture an image of an object;
a coding unit configured to perform encoding processing which encodes the image captured by the imaging unit;
a reception unit configured to receive setting commands; which can be used to set a parameter for encoding processing performed by the coding unit, from the first external apparatus or the second external apparatus via the network, wherein the first external apparatus is capable of transmitting a first setting command for encoding processing performed by the coding unit and the second external apparatus is capable of transmitting a second setting command for encoding processing performed by the coding unit, the second setting command being different from the first setting command;
a storage unit configured to store a first parameter of the first setting command; and
a conversion unit configured to convert a format of a second parameter of the second setting command received from the second external apparatus into a format of the first setting command and store a converted parameter into the storage unit, in a case where the second parameter of the second setting command received from the second external apparatus indicates a predetermined encoding method, and not to convert the format of the second parameter of the second setting command received from the second external apparatus into the format of the first setting command, in a case where the second parameter of the second setting command received from the second external apparatus does not indicate the predetermined encoding method.

US Pat. No. 10,303,098

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a photosensitive drum that bears a toner image;
a cleaning unit that is in contact with the photosensitive drum and cleans toner from the photosensitive drum;
a transfer belt that transfers the toner image from the photosensitive drum to a recording medium; and
a control unit that controls drive speed of the photosensitive drum,
wherein the control unit drives the photosensitive drum at a first drive speed that is the slowest among drive speeds that can be set by the control unit in a case that the photosensitive drum and the transfer belt are separated from each other and the photosensitive drum stops, and
wherein the control unit subsequently changes the drive speed of the photosensitive drum from a second drive speed to the first drive speed after the transfer belt is brought into contact with the photosensitive drum that is driven at the second drive speed, the second drive speed being faster than the first drive speed.

US Pat. No. 10,303,100

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CORRECTION METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a light source configured to emit a light beam based on a pulse width modulation (PWM) signal;
a photosensitive member which is rotated in a first direction, wherein a latent image is formed on the photosensitive member with the light beam emitted from the light source;
a deflecting unit configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source to move a light spot of the light beam radiated to the photosensitive member in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction;
a specifying unit configured to specify a number of bit data for forming one pixel based on a position of the one pixel in the second direction; and
a conversion unit configured to convert the number of bit data specified by the specifying unit into a data corresponding to the one pixel, and configured to output the number of bit data as the PWM signal; and
a driving unit configured to supply the PWM signal to the light source,
wherein the specifying unit specifies a different number of bit data for pixels included in at least one region of a plurality of regions divided with respect to the second direction and determines an arrangement of pixels formed by the different number of bit data with respect to the second direction based on a random number set for the at least one region.

US Pat. No. 10,303,101

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MATERIAL DETERMINATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image formation unit configured to form an image on a recording material;
a conveyance unit configured to convey a recording material;
an irradiation unit configured to emit light onto the recording material being conveyed by the conveyance unit;
an image capturing unit configured to capture the light emitted by the irradiation unit and reflected from the recording material as a surface image of the recording material,
wherein a first surface image and a second surface image are obtained from the surface image captured by the image capturing unit, and each resolution of the first surface image and the second surface image is different; and
a control unit configured to control an image forming condition of the image formation unit based on the first surface image and the second surface image.

US Pat. No. 10,303,103

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
a developing device configured to develop, with toner, an electrostatic latent image formed on said image bearing member; and
a controller capable of executing an operation in a forced consumption mode in which the toner, with which the electrostatic latent image is developed on said image bearing member by said developing device, is consumed without being transferred onto a recording material,
wherein said controller includes i) a difference calculating portion configured to calculate a difference between an image amount which is a video count value, and a reference value, ii) an integrating portion configured to integrate the difference to acquire an integrated value, and iii) an executing portion configured to execute the operation in the forced consumption mode when the integrated value reaches a predetermined threshold, and
wherein the reference value is set i) at a first reference value when information on an average image amount per predetermined image forming number or per predetermined driving time of said developing device is less than a value corresponding to a predetermined reference image amount, and is set ii) at a second reference value lower than the first reference value when the information on the average image amount is not less than the predetermined reference image amount.

US Pat. No. 10,303,105

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a first sheet holding unit configured to hold a sheet;
a second sheet holding unit configured to hold a sheet;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet fed from the first sheet holding unit or the second sheet holding unit;
a first binding unit configured to perform first binding processing, using a staple, on the sheet on which an image has been formed by the image forming unit;
a second binding unit configured to perform second binding processing, without using a staple, on the sheet on which an image has been formed by the image forming unit; and
a controller configured to control a sheet feeding operation,
wherein the controller is configured to be capable of executing a plurality of modes including at least a first feeding mode in which either the first sheet holding unit or the second sheet holding unit is automatically selected to perform sheet feeding based on sheet size information of an image forming job, and a second feeding mode in which a user specifies either the first sheet holding unit or the second sheet holding unit to be used for the sheet feeding, and
in a case where all conditions (A) to (D) below,
(A) the first feeding mode has been set by a user,
(B) it has been set by the user that the sheet held in the first sheet holding unit is of a first size and that the sheet is of a first type on which the first binding processing is performable but the second binding processing is not performable,
(C) it has been set by the user that the sheet held in the second sheet holding unit is of a first size and that the sheet is of a second type on which both the first binding processing and the second binding processing are performable, and
(D) an instruction to execute a first image forming job with the sheet size information indicating the first size and with the first binding processing specified as the binding processing has been given by the user are satisfied, the controller is configured to perform control to feed a sheet from the first sheet holding unit or the second sheet holding unit, and
in a case where all conditions (A) to (E) below,
(A) the first feeding mode has been set by the user,
(B) it has been set by the user that the sheet held in the first sheet holding unit is of a first size and that the sheet is of a first type on which the first binding processing is performable but the second binding processing is not performable,
(C) it has been set by the user that the sheet held in the second sheet holding unit is of a first size and that the sheet is of a second type on which both the first binding processing and the second binding processing are performable, and
(E) an instruction to execute a first image forming job with the sheet size information indicating the first size and with the second binding processing specified as the binding processing has been given by the userare satisfied, the controller is configured to perform control not to feed the sheet from the first sheet holding unit but to feed the sheet from the second sheet holding unit.

US Pat. No. 10,303,116

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A DRIVING-FORCE TRANSMISSION MEMBER FEATURING FIRST AND SECOND HELICAL GEAR PORTIONS WITH OPPOSING TWIST DIRECTIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, the apparatus comprising:a cartridge including a first roller that has a cartridge coupling in a longitudinal end of the first roller and a second roller that has a driven gear in a longitudinal end of the second roller; and
an apparatus main body to which the cartridge is detachably mountable, the apparatus main body including:
a drive source;
a drive gear configured to be rotated by the drive source; and
a driving-force transmission member configured to be rotated by a driving force transmitted from the drive gear to transmit the driving force to the cartridge,
wherein the driving-force transmission member includes:
a coupling portion including a driving-force transmission surface configured to engage with the cartridge coupling and transmit the driving force to the cartridge coupling for rotating the first roller;
a first helical gear portion configured to engage with the driven gear to transmit the driving force to the driven gear for rotating the second roller; and
a second helical gear portion configured to engage with the drive gear to receive the driving force,
wherein the coupling portion, the first helical gear portion, and the second helical gear portion rotate integrally and coaxially with each other when the driving-force transmission member rotates about an axis of rotation,
wherein the driving-force transmission surface of the coupling portion has a shape twisted in the same direction as a rotation direction of the driving-force transmission member toward the cartridge coupling in a direction parallel to the axis of rotation, and
wherein helical teeth of the first helical gear portion each has a shape twisted in the same direction as a twist direction of the driving-force transmission surface, and helical teeth of the second helical gear portion each has a shape twisted in a direction opposite to the twist direction of the helical teeth of the first helical gear portion.

US Pat. No. 10,303,634

ELECTRONIC DEVICE THAT CAN PERFORM COMMUNICATIONS BASED ON A PLURALITY OF COMMUNICATION STANDARDS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a connector constituted by plural types of pins, including a plurality of switching pins and a plurality of common pins, and configured to perform a communication in accordance with at least one of a first communication standard for requesting a symmetrical pin arrangement and a second communication standard for requesting an asymmetrical pin arrangement;
a first detection circuit connected to at least one pin of the plurality of common pins and configured to detect that a communication standard an external apparatus connected to the connector conforms to is the first communication standard based on a first signal input to at least one of symmetrically arranged pins among the plurality of common pins;
a second detection circuit connected to at least one pin of the plurality of switching pins and configured to detect that a communication standard an external apparatus connected to the connector conforms to is the second communication standard based on a second signal input to a predetermined pin of the plurality of switching pins; and
a control unit configured to
set the plurality of switching pins except for the predetermined pin thereof to be not used for the first communication standard and the second communication standard until at least one of the first signal and the second signal is detected,
in a case where the communication standard the external apparatus conforms to is the first communication standard, set the switching pins, including the predetermined pin, to be used as a symmetrical pin arrangement, and
in a case where the communication standard the external apparatus conforms to is the second communication standard, set the switching pins to be used as an asymmetrical pin arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,304,158

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM WITH CALCULATION OF INFORMATION REPRESENTING DIRECTION OF TARGET TISSUE AND WITH ESTIMATING OF DEPICTING APPEARANCE OF TARGET TISSUE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire information representing directivity at the time of imaging a first image of an object obtained by a first apparatus;
a calculation unit configured to calculate information representing a direction of a target tissue based on an image of the target tissue in a second image of the object obtained by a second apparatus;
a registration unit configured to (1) acquire a deformation rule to deform the second image to the first image as registration information for registration between the first image and the second image and (2) generate a deformed image of the second image by performing deforming the second image toward the first image by using the deformation rule as the registration between the first image and the second image;
an extracting unit configured to generate a label image by extracting an image representing the target tissue from the second image;
an estimation unit configured to estimate a depicting appearance of the target tissue in the first image based on (1) the information representing the directivity and (2) the information representing the direction of the target tissue; and
an image generation unit configured to generate a display image based on the depicting appearance of the target issue in the first image,
wherein the calculation unit generates a deformed label image by transforming the label image by using the deformation rule, and calculates the information representing the direction of the target tissue based on the deformed label image, and
wherein the image generation unit is configured to generate, as the display image, an image by superimposing (a) the deformed image of the second image and (b) an image of the target tissue with the depicting appearance of the target tissue in the first image.

US Pat. No. 10,304,161

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to perform operations of the following units of the image processing apparatus:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a main subject image and a background image by image capturing;
a determination unit configured to determine virtual image capturing conditions, which include a focal distance, corresponding to an output image to be generated, based on a positional relationship between a main subject and a subject of the background image;
a generation unit configured to deform the background image, and generate a background image of the output image that corresponds to the virtual image capturing conditions determined by the determination unit; and
a composition unit configured to compose the main subject image and the generated background image generated by the generation unit, thereby generating the output image.

US Pat. No. 10,304,164

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING LIGHTING PROCESSING FOR IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
a generation unit configured to generate normal image data in which normal information is stored for each of a plurality of areas at least part of which is different from one another in image data and for each pixel of the area;
a setting unit configured to set one of at least two or more smoothness degrees different from one another to each of a plurality of pieces of generated normal image data;
a smoothing unit configured to smooth each of the plurality of pieces of normal image data in the smoothness degree set by the setting unit;
an integration unit configured to generate integrated normal image data corresponding to pixel arrangement of the image data by integrating the plurality of pieces of normal image data smoothed by the smoothing unit; and
a lighting processing unit configured to perform lighting processing for the image data based on the integrated normal image data.

US Pat. No. 10,303,409

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a computer-readable storage device storing a software printer driver that generates a print job for causing a printing apparatus to perform printing; and
a processor configured to execute the software printer driver to:
change a drawing command input from an application so as to prevent a difference in hue from arising in printing at an overlap portion within a background-combined image object, in which a text object and a background thereof were combined by the application, in a case where an object relating to the drawing command is the background-combined image object, and the background-combined image object overlaps a graphics object for which a single color is specified; and
generate the print job by converting the changed drawing command into a PDL,
wherein the processor further executes the software printer driver to determine, in a case where following conditions 1) to 3) are satisfied, that the object relating to the drawing command is the background-combined image object and overlaps the graphics object for which the single color is specified:
1) the drawing command is a drawing command to specify drawing of an image object,
2) a portion where part of a graphics object that is one before the image object in drawing order and for which a single color is specified has changed into an image is included within the image object, and
3) the portion is the same color as that of the graphics object for which a single color is specified and overlaps the graphics object.

US Pat. No. 10,302,899

ZOOM-TYPE LENS BARREL AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:a first optical member configured to move in a direction of an optical axis of the lens barrel;
a second optical member configured to move in the direction of the optical axis;
a cam member configured to be cam-engaged with each of said first optical member and said second optical member and be held rotatably about a cam axis parallel to the optical axis; and
a linear actuator configured to drive said first optical member,
wherein said cam member is rotated by a cam action of said cam member and said first optical member, which is driven to move in the direction of the optical axis by said linear actuator,
wherein rotation of said cam member causes said second optical member to move in the direction of the optical axis due to a cam action of said second optical member and said cam member, and
wherein said cam member is disposed in an outer peripheral portion of the first optical member.

US Pat. No. 10,304,195

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD FOR JUDGING A RECOGNITION TARGET AREA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory that stores a program of instructions; and
at least one processor in communication with the memory, wherein by executing the program of instructions, the at least one processor performs:
detecting a line segment from an image;
determining whether four sides of a character plate that contains characters are detected based on the detected line segment;
calculating an aspect ratio of the detected four sides in a case where it is determined that four sides of the character plate are detected;
determining whether the calculated aspect ratio satisfies a first condition;
in a case where it is determined that four sides of the character plate are not detected, searching a vicinity of the detected line segment for a character string object, and determining whether the character string object satisfies a second condition; and
judging that a recognition target area is included in the image in a case where it is determined that the aspect ratio satisfies the first condition or it is determined that the character string object satisfies the second condition.

US Pat. No. 10,303,712

IMAGE RETRIEVAL APPARATUS THAT RETRIEVES DESIRED IMAGE FROM CONSECUTIVE IMAGES, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image retrieval apparatus that retrieves a predetermined image from a plurality of images shot continuously, the image retrieval apparatus comprising:a display control unit configured to display the plurality of images on a display unit in order in either of a first transition direction and a second transition direction that is opposite to the first transition direction according to a user's operation; and
a setting unit configured to set up a limit point in the first transition direction when the direction in which the images are displayed in order is switched from the first transition direction to the second transition direction based on an image displayed at a time of switching concerned, and to set up a limit point in the second transition direction when the direction in which the images are displayed in order is switched from the second transition direction to the first transition direction based on an image displayed at a time of switching concerned,
wherein said display control unit stops displaying the images in order in the first transition direction when a displayed image reaches an image corresponding to the limit point in the first transition direction during the images are displayed in order in the first transition direction, and stops displaying the images in order in the second transition direction when a displayed image reaches an image corresponding to the limit point in the second transition direction during the images are displayed in order in the second transition direction.

US Pat. No. 10,306,558

POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS FOR WIRELESSLY RECEIVING POWER FROM EXTERNAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power receiving apparatus comprising:a first antenna;
a second antenna; and
a control unit configured to execute control to exclusively and alternately execute power reception processing of wirelessly obtaining power from a power transmission apparatus via the first antenna and communication processing of wirelessly communicating with the power transmission apparatus via the second antenna, wherein power is wirelessly received by receiving a signal of a predetermined frequency via the first antenna in the power reception processing, and wireless communication is performed by receiving the signal of the predetermined frequency via the second antenna in the communication processing,
wherein during execution of the communication processing, the control unit executes control to set a resonance frequency of the second antenna to be the predetermined frequency and a resonance frequency of the first antenna to be a frequency other than the predetermined frequency and frequencies of an integral multiple of the predetermined frequency, so that the first antenna does not resonate with the signal of the predetermined frequency,
wherein during execution of the power reception processing, the control unit executes control to set the resonance frequency of the first antenna to be the predetermined frequency and the resonance frequency of the second antenna to be a frequency other than the predetermined frequency and frequencies of an integral multiple of the predetermined frequency, so that the second antenna does not resonate with the signal of the predetermined frequency, and
wherein in a case where execution of the communication processing is changed to execution of the power reception processing, the control unit executes control to first set the resonance frequency of the second antenna to be the predetermined frequency and then to set the resonance frequency of the first antenna to be a frequency other than the predetermined frequency and frequencies of an integral multiple of the predetermined frequency, so that the first antenna does not resonate with the signal of the predetermined frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,302,487

NOISE REDUCTION APPARATUS AND DETECTION APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A noise reduction apparatus comprising:a first delaying/combining unit configured to branch a pulse light beam of a first period into two pulse light beams, provide a first delay time between the two branched pulse light beams, and combine the two branched pulse light beams, to output a first pulse light beam polarized in a first direction and a second pulse light beam polarized in a direction orthogonal to the first direction and delayed by the first delay time with respect to the first pulse light beam;
a second delaying/combining unit configured to branch the first pulse light beam into two pulse light beams, provide a second delay time between the two branched pulse light beams, combine the two branched pulse light beams, to output a third pulse light beam polarized in a second direction and a fourth pulse light beam polarized in a direction orthogonal to the second direction and delayed by the second delay time with respect to the third pulse light beam, branch the second pulse light beam into two pulse light beams, provide the second delay time between the two branched pulse light beams, and combine the two branched pulse light beams, to output a fifth pulse light beam polarized in the second direction and a sixth pulse light beam polarized in a direction orthogonal to the second direction and delayed by the second delay time with respect to the fifth pulse light beam, and
a polarization adjustment unit configured to adjust a polarization direction of the first pulse light beam and a polarization direction of the second pulse light beam,
wherein the polarization adjustment unit is located between the first delaying/combining unit and the second delaying/combining unit.

US Pat. No. 10,300,694

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus for printing, the printing apparatus comprising:a printing head having a plurality of printing elements arranged in a predetermined direction, the printing head being for printing a column including dots aligned in the predetermined direction;
a conveying unit configured to convey a printing medium in a direction intersecting with the predetermined direction;
a signal acquisition unit configured to acquire a reference signal which is sequentially output in response to conveyance of the printing medium by the conveying unit; and
a time-division driving unit configured to divide the plurality of printing elements into a plurality of blocks, and, in a time period after a target reference signal is acquired by the signal acquisition unit and until a next reference signal of the target reference signal is acquired, to drive the plurality of printing elements at a time interval for each of the blocks on a basis of the target reference signal to thereby perform one column of printing,
wherein the time-division driving unit drives, in a case where, in a first column, a time after the target reference signal is acquired by the signal acquisition unit and until the next reference signal is acquired is shorter than a time required for driving the plurality of printing elements for one column of printing by the time-division driving unit, the plurality of printing elements so that a time required for driving the plurality of printing elements for one column of printing by the time-division driving unit in a second column, in which printing is performed after the first column, becomes shorter than a time required for driving the plurality of printing elements for one column of printing by the time-division driving unit in the first column.

US Pat. No. 10,306,089

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR RETRANSMITTING IMAGE DATA BASED ON DETECTION OF ABNORMALITY OF RECEPTION TIMING OF A HORIZONTAL SYNCHRONIZATION SIGNAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system, comprising:a reader that reads an image of a document for each line to generate image data;
a reader controller that has a memory that stores the image data generated by the reader, wherein the reader controller transmits the image data generated by the reader and a horizontal synchronization signal; and
a controller configured to receive the image data and the horizontal synchronization signal transmitted from the reader controller,
wherein the controller transmits a request of retransmission of the image data stored in the memory based on detection of abnormality of reception timing of the horizontal synchronization signal transmitted from the reader controller, and
wherein the reader controller transmits the image data in accordance with the request transmitted by the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,300,707

LIQUID EJECTING MODULE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting module comprising:an element arranged face on which a plurality of ejecting elements are arranged, each of the ejecting elements including
a pressure chamber in which liquid is contained,
an energy generating element for applying energy to liquid in the pressure chamber, and
an ejection port for ejecting liquid to which energy is applied by the energy generating element;
a circulation flow path including a supply flow path which supplies liquid to the pressure chamber and a collection flow path which collects liquid from the pressure chamber; and
a liquid delivery mechanism provided in the circulation flow path for circulating liquid in the pressure chamber,wherein,in a case where a direction of liquid to be ejected from the ejection port is assumed to be a direction from a lower side to an upper side, the liquid delivery mechanism is disposed lower than the element arranged face.

US Pat. No. 10,306,100

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a short-range wireless communication function, comprising:a scanner that scans a document and generates image data of the scanned document;
a storage that stores the image data generated by the scanner;
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to function as:
a control unit that, if an operation mode of scanning a document by the scanner and transmitting image data of the scanned document to an external apparatus by the short-range wireless communication function is instructed by a user input, controls to generate image data of a document by controlling the scanner, store the image data in the storage, and then, in response to the image data being stored in the storage, transmit the image data stored in the storage to the external apparatus by the short-range wireless communication function, and
a console unit that has a display unit and accepts a user instruction,
wherein, in response to storing the image data of the scanned document in the storage, the control unit performs display on the display unit to prompt a user to move the external apparatus to a communication area where short-range wireless communication is possible,
wherein if the operation mode is instructed, the control unit establishes wireless communication connection to the external apparatus by the short-range wireless communication function, generates a job ID, and transmits the job ID to the external apparatus, and
after generating the image data of the scanned document by controlling the scanner and storing the image data in the storage, the control unit requests the external apparatus of the job ID, obtains the job ID, and transmits, if the transmitted job ID matches the obtained job ID, the image data stored in the storage to the external apparatus by the short-range wireless communication function.

US Pat. No. 10,306,102

ENDING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION BASED ON NUMBER OF WIRELESSLY CONNECTED TERMINALS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first communication interface configured to perform a communication that conforms to any one of IEEE802.11 series;
a second communication interface configured to perform a wireless communication that conforms to Bluetooth® Low Energy; and
one or more processors configured to execute a set of instructions to
wirelessly connect the communication apparatus to a printing apparatus operating in a direct wireless communication mode via the first communication interface without using a relay apparatus;
acquire information regarding communication in the direct wireless communication mode from the printing apparatus through Bluetooth® Low Energy communication via the second communication interface;
determine whether to make the printing apparatus stop operation of the direct wireless communication mode based on the acquired information in a case where an instruction for making the printing apparatus stop the operation of the direct wireless communication mode is received from a user; and
instruct the printing apparatus to stop the operation of the direct wireless communication mode via the second communication interface by executing Bluetooth® Low Energy communication in a case where it is determined to make the printing apparatus stop the operation of the direct wireless communication mode.

US Pat. No. 10,303,050

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, DETECTING METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of detecting a foreign substance between a plate and a substrate on which an uncured material is provide the method comprising:bringing the plate into contact with the uncured material on the substrate so that a contact surface area of the plate contacting the uncured material increases;
detecting an interference fringe generated around the contact surface area by reflected light from the plate and reflected light from the substrate; and
detecting the foreign substance existing between the plate and the substrate based on a deformation of a shape of the interference fringe,
wherein, in a case where the foreign substance is detected as existing between the plate and the substrate, bringing further includes stopping the increasing of the contact surface area of the plate contacting the uncured material or detecting further includes obtaining a position of the foreign substance on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,303,062

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING STRUCTURE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a structure including a substrate and a photosensitive resin layer provided on the substrate, the method comprising:irradiating a region of the photosensitive resin layer with light in a state where a layer is provided on a surface of the substrate, the region being located above a space surrounded by the substrate and the photosensitive resin layer, and the surface facing the space; and
removing a portion of the photosensitive resin layer located above the space to form a hole,
wherein the provided layer has a reflectance of 40% or less with respect to the light,
wherein the substrate is made of silicon,
wherein the space surrounded by the substrate and the photosensitive resin layer is a space that is enclosed at the bottom and side by the substrate and is enclosed at top by the photosensitive resin layer, and
wherein the bottom and the side of the space are coated with the layer.

US Pat. No. 10,306,150

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS IMAGE SUITABLE FOR OPENED/CLOSED STATE AND ROTATED STATE OF DISPLAY UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus in which a display unit is able to open and close with respect to an apparatus main body via an opening/closing axis and is supported in a manner being rotatable about a rotational axis in an opened state, comprising;a magnetic field generating unit; and
at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operation of the following units:
an opening/closing detecting unit configured to be used to detect opening and closing of the display unit;
a rotation detecting unit configured to detect rotation of the display unit; and
a control unit configured to control display on a display panel of the display unit based on results of detection of a magnetic field, which is generated by the magnetic field generating unit, by the opening/closing detecting unit and the rotation detecting unit,
wherein the opening/closing detecting unit, the rotation detecting unit, and the magnetic field generating unit are arranged so that:
when the display unit is opened, assuming that the closed position with respect to the apparatus main body corresponds to an opening/closing angle of 0°, the opening/closing detecting unit detects the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating unit in a range of the opening/closing angle from 0° to 90°, the opening/closing detecting unit does not detect the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating unit in a range of the opening/closing angle from 90° to 175°, and the rotation detecting unit detects the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating unit irrespective of the opening/closing angle; and
when the display unit is rotated, assuming that a state in which the display panel faces the rear side of the apparatus main body corresponds to a rotational angle of 0° in the range of the opening/closing angle from 90° to 175°, the opening/closing detecting unit does not detect the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating unit irrespective of the rotational angle, the rotation detecting unit does not detect the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating unit in a range of the rotational angle from ?90° to 90°, and the rotation detecting unit detects the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating unit in a range of the rotating angle from 90° to 180°.

US Pat. No. 10,297,230

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising at least one processor that operates as:a first acquiring unit configured to acquire first image data obtained by imaging of an object;
a second acquiring unit configured to acquire information related to a first exposure value used for imaging;
a setting unit configured to set any of a plurality of display modes including a first display mode and a second display mode; and
a generating unit configured to generate, from the first image data, second image data corresponding to a display mode set by the setting unit, wherein
in a case where the first display mode has been set by the setting unit, the generating unit generates second image data having brightness corresponding to the first exposure value, so that a correspondence relationship which corresponds to the first exposure value is obtained as a correspondence relationship between brightness of the object and display brightness,
in a case where the second display mode has been set by the setting unit, the generating unit generates second image data having brightness corresponding to a second exposure value which differs from the first exposure value, so that a correspondence relationship which corresponds to the second exposure value is obtained as the correspondence relationship between brightness of the object and display brightness, and
the second exposure value used in the second display mode is changeable in accordance with a user instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,298,025

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply unit that wirelessly supplies power to an electronic apparatus;
a communication unit that communicates information with the electronic apparatus;
a memory unit that records predetermined information; and
a control unit that controls, based on whether a part of information regarding the electronic apparatus that is received from the electronic apparatus via the communication unit is same as the predetermined information, power to be supplied from the power supply apparatus to the electronic apparatus,
wherein the control unit controls, in a case where the part of the information regarding the electronic apparatus that is received from the electronic apparatus via the communication unit is not same as the predetermined information, the power supply unit so as to supply first power to the electronic apparatus based on another part of the information regarding the electronic apparatus that is received from the electronic apparatus via the communication unit,
wherein the control unit controls, in a case where the part of the information regarding the electronic apparatus that is received from the electronic apparatus via the communication unit is same as the predetermined information, the power supply unit so as to supply second power to the electronic apparatus without using the another part of information regarding the electronic apparatus that is received from the electronic apparatus via the communication unit, and
wherein the second power is lower than the first power.

US Pat. No. 10,298,853

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus includingat least one non-transitory memory device;
at least one processor; and
a recording unit configured to acquire a plurality of image data and record the plurality of image data in a recording medium, the image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire depth distribution information of an object corresponding to image data; and
a control unit configured to perform a process of recording the plurality of image data by performing switching between a first mode in which the recording unit records the image data and the depth distribution information corresponding to the image data in the recording medium and a second mode in which the recording unit records the image data in the recording medium without recording the depth distribution information,
wherein the depth distribution information is one of an image shift map based on parallax amounts of a plurality of viewpoint images, a defocus map based on a defocus amount for every region, a distance map indicating a relative distance relationship of objects in image data, and distance information indicating a distance relationship between an imaging apparatus and each object acquired according to a time of flight (TOF) method; and
wherein the recording unit, the acquisition unit and the control unit are implemented by the at least one processor executing at least one program recorded on the at least one non-transitory memory device.

US Pat. No. 10,296,807

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that decides a tone-conversion characteristic for converting an M level input image into an N level output image (where M>N), the apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory including instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:
decide a maximum d (where d is a positive integer) at which a difference between a luminance value Y(i) corresponding to an ith level of the input image and a luminance value Y(i+d) corresponding to an (i+d)th level does not exceed a given threshold; and
based on the decided maximum d, set the tone-conversion characteristic so that the ith level and the (i+d)th level of the input image respectively correspond to a jth level and a (j+1)th level of an output image.

US Pat. No. 10,298,889

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates a combined image by performing gamma processing and combination processing for a plurality of images obtained by capturing images of the same image capturing-target scene under different exposure conditions, the image processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire adjustment parameters that adjust gamma characteristics applied to the gamma processing in accordance with a dynamic range of the image capturing-target scene;
a gamma processing unit configured to perform the gamma processing to which adjustment parameters acquired by the acquisition unit have been applied for the plurality of images; and
a combination unit configured to generate the combined image by performing the combination processing for the plurality of images for which the gamma processing has been performed by the gamma processing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,297,625

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising a semiconductor substrate and a pixel,wherein the pixel includes:
a first electrode unit;
a second electrode unit located between the first electrode unit and the semiconductor substrate;
a photoelectric conversion layer located between the first electrode unit and the second electrode unit;
a blocking unit located between the photoelectric conversion layer and the second electrode unit and configured to cause electric charge having a first polarity to be injected from the photoelectric conversion layer into the second electrode unit and to prevent electric charge having a second polarity opposite to the first polarity from being injected from the photoelectric conversion layer into the second electrode unit; and
a voltage supply unit configured to supply a first voltage to one of the first electrode unit and the second electrode unit such that electric charge having the first polarity is injected from the photoelectric conversion layer into the second electrode unit, and configured to supply a second voltage to the one of the first electrode unit and the second electrode unit such that electric charge having the first polarity is prevented from being injected from the photoelectric conversion layer into the second electrode unit.

US Pat. No. 10,294,042

TRANSFER SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transfer system comprising:a stator in which a plurality of coils are arranged in a line; and
a carriage;
the carriage comprising:
a holding mechanism configured to hold a workpiece;
a carriage drive magnet arranged facing the line of the plurality of coils;
a power receiver to which a power receiving magnet is arranged facing the line of the plurality of coils; and
a conversion mechanism configured to convert an orientation of the workpiece using power that the power receiver receives.

US Pat. No. 10,294,059

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a discharge rotary member pair configured to discharge the sheet on which the image has been formed by the image forming unit;
a sheet supporting unit configured to support the sheet discharged through the discharge rotary member pair, the sheet supporting unit comprising a first support surface, and a second support surface provided downstream, in a sheet discharge direction, of the first support surface, and having a smaller inclination angle than the first support surface with respect to a horizontal plane;
an abutment surface configured to abut against an upstream end, in the sheet discharge direction, of the sheet supported on the sheet supporting unit;
an elevation unit configured to move the sheet supporting unit up and down; and
a control unit, in a state where no sheet is supported on the sheet supporting unit, configured to execute
(1) a first discharge mode of controlling the elevation unit such that the sheet supporting unit is positioned at a first position where a first intersection between a first extension line of the second support surface and a plane including the abutment surface is positioned higher than a nip of the discharge rotary member pair before the discharge rotary member pair starts discharging the sheet, and
(2) a second discharge mode of controlling the elevation unit such that the sheet supporting unit is positioned at a second position lower than the first position and where a second intersection between a second extension line of the second support surface and the plane including the abutment surface is positioned lower than the nip of the discharge rotary member pair before the discharge rotary member pair starts discharging the sheet,
wherein the control unit executes the first discharge mode in a case where a type of sheet to be discharged by the discharge rotary member pair is a first type, and executes the second discharge mode in a case where a type of sheet to be discharged by the discharge rotary member pair is a second type, and
the sheet of the second type has a higher stiffness than that of the sheet of the first type.

US Pat. No. 10,294,060

SHEET DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly including an image forming portion configured to form the image on the sheet; and
a sheet discharge unit disposed above the main assembly, the sheet discharge unit including:
a plurality of discharge portions including a first discharge portion and a second discharge portion disposed above the first discharge portion, configured to discharge the sheet on which the image had been formed by the image forming portion to an outside of the image forming apparatus; and
a plurality of trays including a first tray on which the sheet discharged by the first discharge portion is to be stacked and a second tray on which the sheet discharged by the second discharge portion is to be stacked, the second tray being disposed above the first tray,
wherein each of the first and second trays includes a protruding portion which protrudes from a surface thereof on which the sheet is to be stacked and which is disposed in a downstream end thereof in a discharge direction of the sheet,
wherein when viewed in a width direction of the sheet perpendicular to the discharge direction of the sheet, the protruding portion includes an inclined surface which is inclined upward in the discharge direction of the sheet and which is inclined with respect to a vertical direction, and
wherein the main assembly includes a cartridge in which the image forming portion is provided, and wherein the cartridge is arranged between the second discharge portion and the protruding portion of the second tray in the discharge direction of the sheet when the image forming portion forms the image on the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,294,068

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a discharging portion configured to discharge the sheet on which the image has been formed to an outside of the image forming apparatus;
a supporting portion configured to support the sheet discharged by the discharging portion;
an image reading portion configured to read, at a reading position, the image formed on the sheet;
a switching portion configured to switch between a first position to cause the sheet discharged by the discharging portion to be conveyed to the supporting portion and a second position to cause the sheet discharged by the discharging portion to be conveyed toward the image reading portion configured to read the image;
a conveyance portion configured to convey the sheet;
a control portion configured to control switching of the switching portion; and
a read sheet supporting portion configured to support the sheet whose image has been read by the image reading portion,
wherein the sheet conveyed toward the image reading portion due to the switching portion is conveyed to the reading position after conveyance of the sheet by the discharging portion is finished; and
wherein the control portion is configured to cause the sheet to be conveyed at a first conveyance speed in a period before a trailing end of the sheet is released from the discharging portion in a conveyance direction of the sheet and to cause the sheet to be conveyed at a second conveyance speed different from the first conveyance speed in a period after the trailing end of the sheet is released from the discharging portion in the conveyance direction of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,298,947

DESCRIPTION OF IMAGE COMPOSITION WITH HEVC STILL IMAGE FILE FORMAT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for generating an image file based on a plurality of images, the method comprising:obtaining the plurality of images; and
generating the image file based on the plurality of images,
wherein the image file includes offset information for identifying a data position of each of the plurality of images within the image file, and includes composition image information relating to a composition image that is based on the plurality of images, and
wherein the composition image is represented in a part of the image file.

US Pat. No. 10,294,595

POLYMER NANOFIBER SHEET AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A polymer nanofiber sheet comprising polymer nanofibers each of which comprises a polymer, the polymer nanofibers being accumulated, three-dimensionally entangled, and in contact with each other,wherein the polymer nanofiber sheet has a tensile elastic modulus of 100 MPa to 480 MPa,
wherein the polymer is a polyamide, a polyamide imide, a polymethyl methacrylate, or a polyethylene terephthalate,
wherein a low molecular weight organic compound is on a surface of respective said polymer nanofibers and in the respective said polymer nanofibers,
wherein the polymer nanofibers are crosslinked with each other by a chemical reaction between the polymer in each of the polymer nanofibers and the low molecular weight organic compound interposed between the polymer nanofibers at a position where the polymer nanofibers are in contact with each other, and
wherein the low molecular weight organic compound is a compound of formula (1):

US Pat. No. 10,298,961

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR DE-BLOCKING A BLOCK OF VIDEO SAMPLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of de-blocking an edge of a block of samples in a frame of sample data, the method comprising:decoding a first prediction mode for a first block of two adjacent blocks of sample data, each of the blocks of sample data including a primary color channel and at least one secondary color channel;
decoding a second prediction mode for a second block of the two adjacent blocks of sample data;
determining a boundary strength value for a block of samples along an edge corresponding to a boundary between said first block of sample data and said second block of sample data if the first prediction mode and the second prediction mode are both intra-block copy, wherein the boundary strength value indicates application of a weak de-blocking filter if block vectors associated with the two adjacent blocks are different, and indicates no de-blocking filtering is applied if the block vectors are equal; and
applying the weak de-blocking filter to the block of samples along said edge of the two blocks if the determined boundary strength value indicates that the weak de-blocking filter should be applied, the weak de-blocking filter having a filter strength that is less than the filter strength of a de-blocking filter that applied to an edge determined to have two, adjacently located, intra prediction mode blocks,
the method being characterized in that the block vectors reference a block of samples in the frame, and also in that the weak de-blocking filter is applied to the primary color channel of the block of samples along said edge without also applying a de-blocking filter to the at least one secondary color channel of the block of sample along said edge.

US Pat. No. 10,254,643

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. An imprint apparatus which forms a pattern of an imprint material on a shot region on a substrate by using a mold, the apparatus comprising:a supply device having a plurality of discharge outlets each of which is configured to discharge the imprint material as droplets; and
a controller configured to control the supply device, so as to discharge the imprint material as droplets from the plurality of discharge outlets and supply the imprint material onto the shot region,
wherein a discharge amount of the imprint material to be discharged as a droplet from each discharge outlet changes in accordance with a cumulative number of times the imprint material has been discharged as droplets, and
wherein the controller is configured to control the supply device based on information indicating the cumulative number of times for each discharge outlet, so that the discharge amount for each discharge outlet is brought close to a target amount.

US Pat. No. 10,288,999

METHODS FOR CONTROLLING EXTRUSIONS DURING IMPRINT TEMPLATE REPLICATION PROCESSES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method comprising the steps of:(a) providing a substrate having a substrate mesa extending from a surface of the substrate, the substrate mesa defining an active region having a first area;
(b) providing a template having a template mesa extending from a surface of the template, the template mesa defining a patterning region having a second area , the second area larger than the first surface area of the substrate, the template mesa further having a patterning surface with a relief image formed thereon;
(c) positioning the template in superimposition with the substrate such that patterning region of the template mesa overlaps the active region of the substrate mesa;
(d) filling a volume defined between the patterning region of the template and the active region of the substrate with a polymerizable material;
(e) solidifying the polymerizable material to form a patterned layer on the substrate; and
(f) separating the template from the solidified patterned layer.

US Pat. No. 10,254,922

USER INTERFACE FOR CUSTOMIZING MENUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a registration unit configured to register a menu item in a menu having a hierarchical structure in accordance with a user operation, the menu being composed of a plurality of items; and
a display control unit configured to
(i) display a first-type item and a second-type item as options in a specific layer of the menu having the hierarchical structure,
(ii) perform control to display a first menu item in a first-type menu in a lower layer below a layer of the first-type item, the first menu item being used to register a menu item in the first-type menu using the registration unit, and/or to delete a menu item registered in the first-type menu by the registration unit, and
(iii) display a second menu item in a second-type menu, wherein the second-type menu is a different menu from the first-type menu, and not displayed based on selecting of a menu item in the first-type menu, in a lower layer below a layer of the second-type item, the second menu item being used for deleting a menu item that is in the first-type menu in the lower layer below the layer of the first-type item and that has been registered by the registration unit.

US Pat. No. 10,255,690

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO MODIFY DISPLAY OF AUGMENTED REALITY CONTENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

20. A head mounted device, comprising:a camera,
a processor,
and a memory, the memory having instructions thereon executable by the processor to:
display a mixed reality environment to a user of the head mounted device, and
modify display of augmented reality content in the mixed reality environment, by:
detecting an interaction between a person and the user of the head mounted device, the interaction being detectable when a gaze interaction of the person is detected as directed towards the user and accordingly the camera;
determining an urgency of the detected interaction according to further interaction between the person and the user, the further interaction being non-gaze interaction;
determining that an element of the display of the augmented reality content is obscuring the interaction when the element is positioned between the person and a view of the user;
selecting a transition effect for modifying the display of the element from a plurality of transition effects according to the determined urgency of the interaction, the selected transition effect being selected based on a speed at which a visibility of the person to the user is varied; and
modifying the display of the element according to the selected transition effect.

US Pat. No. 10,289,025

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESSING UTILIZING VARYING SURFACE SPEEDS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member configured to carry a toner image, the photosensitive member rotating at a first speed;
an endless rotatable intermediate transfer member in contact with the photosensitive member, the intermediate transfer member rotating at a second speed lower than the first speed, wherein the toner image carried on the photosensitive member is primarily transferred to the intermediate transfer member;
a developing unit configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member to form a toner image, the developing unit collecting toner remaining on the photosensitive member after the toner image is primarily transferred from the photosensitive member to the intermediate transfer member; and
a collecting member disposed in a state in which a fixed surface of the collecting member is pressed against the rotating intermediate transfer member, the collecting member collecting toner remaining on the intermediate transfer member after the toner image primarily transferred from the photosensitive member to the intermediate transfer member is secondarily transferred from the intermediate transfer member to a transfer material.

US Pat. No. 10,289,030

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE FOR AN ELECTROSTATIC LATENT IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is able to execute image formation comprising:an image bearing member;
a developing device including:
a rotatable developing member configured to carry and feed a developer including toner and carrier toward a position where an electrostatic image formed onto the image bearing member is developed;
a magnet fixedly arranged inside the rotatable developing member, including a plurality of magnetic poles, and configured to generate a magnetic field for separating the developer that has passed the position where the electrostatic image formed onto the image bearing member is developed from an outer circumferential surface of the rotatable developing member, the plurality of magnetic poles including
a first magnetic pole arranged closest to the position where the electrostatic image formed onto the image bearing member is developed,
a second magnetic pole arranged downstream of the first magnetic pole with respect to a rotational direction of the rotatable developing member,
a third magnetic pole arranged upstream of the first magnetic pole and downstream of the second magnetic pole with respect to the rotational direction of the rotatable developing member so as to be adjacent to the second magnetic field, and having a same polarity as the second magnetic pole, and
a conductive member arranged downstream of the position where the electrostatic image formed onto the image bearing member is developed and upstream of the second magnetic pole with respect to the rotational direction of the rotatable developing member so as to face the outer circumferential surface of the rotatable developing member; and
a bias application unit configured to apply only a direct-current voltage to the conductive member and to apply only a direct-current voltage to the rotatable developing member,
wherein, during the image formation, the bias application unit applies only a direct-current voltage to the conductive member and applies only a direct-current voltage to the rotatable developing member so that a direct-current voltage applied to the conductive member has a same polarity as a normal charge polarity of the toner, a direct-current voltage applied to the rotatable developing member has a same polarity as the normal charge polarity of the toner, and an absolute value of a direct-current voltage applied to the conductive member is greater than an absolute value of a direct-current voltage applied to the rotatable developing member.

US Pat. No. 10,289,033

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an intermediate transfer belt configured to carry a toner image;
a first transfer roller being in contact with an outer circumferential surface of the intermediate transfer belt and configured to transfer the toner image carried by the intermediate transfer belt to a recording medium at a transfer portion;
a second transfer roller being in contact with an inner circumferential surface of the intermediate transfer belt and configured to form the transfer portion; and
a discharging device being disposed downstream from the transfer portion in a recording medium conveyance direction and configured to discharge an electric charge of a surface of the recording medium while the recording medium passes through the transfer portion, the surface of the recording medium being opposite to a surface on which the toner image is transferred,
wherein the discharging device includes a first discharging unit configured to discharge the recording medium, the first discharging unit being disposed and extending in a widthwise direction orthogonal to the recording medium conveyance direction,
a second discharging unit configured to discharge the recording medium, the second discharging unit being disposed downstream from the first discharging unit in the recording medium conveyance direction and extending in the widthwise direction orthogonal to the recording medium conveyance direction, and
a regulating unit configured to regulate contact of the recording medium with leading edges of the first and second discharging units, the regulating unit protruding toward the recording medium conveyance path to exceed the leading edges of the first and second discharging units,
wherein the first discharging unit is disposed so that the leading edge thereof close to the recording medium conveyance path faces upstream in the recording medium conveyance direction, and in a cross section orthogonal to a rotational axis of the first transfer roller, an angle between a reference line and the first discharging unit is in a range from 40° or more to 80° or less and an angle between the reference line and the second discharging unit is in a range of 30° or less, the reference line connecting a rotational center of the first transfer roller and a rotational center of the second transfer roller, and
wherein both the first discharging unit and the second discharging unit are mounted so as to be grounded.

US Pat. No. 10,257,247

METHOD, DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR ENCAPSULATING AND PARSING TIMED MEDIA DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for encapsulating a video bitstream organized into slice segments, the slice segments comprising a plurality of coding units, the method comprising:obtaining a region of interest comprising one or more tiles, each tile comprising a set of one or more coding units;
determining whether the region of interest forms part of a slice segment;
if it is determined that the region of interest forms part of a slice segment, defining a new slice segment comprising the coding units of only the region of interest; and
encapsulating the bitstream comprising the coding units of the region of interest using the new slice segment if it is determined that the region of interest forms part of a slice segment, and using the slice segment otherwise.

US Pat. No. 10,289,036

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image bearing member;
an intermediate transfer belt onto which a toner image, formed on the image bearing member, is transferred;
a contact member that contacts a surface of the intermediate transfer belt on a side opposite to the image bearing member and forms a transfer nip portion where the intermediate transfer belt and the image bearing member come into contact with each other; and
a control unit for controlling a peripheral velocity difference between a peripheral velocity of the intermediate transfer belt and a peripheral velocity of the image bearing member, wherein
when a relative moving distance between the image bearing member and the intermediate transfer belt, which is generated in the transfer nip portion due to the peripheral velocity difference, is taken as a shift amount of the toner image, the control unit sets a lower limit value of the shift amount to be at least ? of an average perimeter calculated from a weight-average particle diameter of the toner, which is measured in advance.

US Pat. No. 10,257,250

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, SERVER, CLIENT, AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A method performed in a management system for managing one or more target devices located in a customer environment, the method comprising:associating client information identifying a client device located in the customer environment with one or more target device identifiers identifying the one or more target devices, the client device being separate from the one or more target devices and responsible for collecting data from the one or more target devices;
generating a client installer to install client software on the client device, wherein the client information is included in the generated client installer;
transmitting the generated client installer to the client device;
receiving a validation request including the client information from the installed client software on the client device after the client software has been installed on the client device according to an execution of the client installer;
validating the client device on which the client software has been installed in response to the validation request received from the client device on which the client software has been installed, the validation request including the client information;
receiving from the validated client device a request for the one or more target device identifiers;
after determining that the client device has been validated, sending, to the validated client device, the one or more target device identifiers,
wherein the client software on the client device obtains data comprising at least one of log information, counter information, status information, and a setting value, from the one or more target devices, via a local network in the customer environment, based on the one or more target device identifiers sent by the management system; and
receiving the obtained data from the client software installed on the client device.

US Pat. No. 10,254,691

FIXING DEVICE THAT REGULATES A POSITION OF AN INNER SURFACE OF A FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:a rotatable cylindrical film;
a contact member contacting an inner surface of said film;
a nip forming member configured to form a nip in cooperation with said contact member through said film, wherein, in the nip, a recording material on which an image is formed is heated while being fed, and the image is fixed on the recording material; and
a regulating member provided at an inner space of an end portion of said film in a longitudinal direction of said film, and including an inner surface regulating surface that contacts the inner surface of said film and that is configured to regulate a position of the inner surface of said film, wherein, as viewed in the longitudinal direction of said film, with respect to a rotational direction of said film, said inner surface regulating surface includes a first region remotest from the nip and a second region closer to the nip than the first region, and the second region being positioned in a side upstream of a center of the nip with respect to a recording material feeding direction,
wherein said inner surface regulating surface is inclined so as to be spaced from the inner surface of said film toward a longitudinal center of said film with respect to the longitudinal direction of said film, and a degree of inclination of said inner surface regulating surface is greater in the first region than in the second region.

US Pat. No. 10,257,252

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:at least one hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions executable by the at least one hardware processor to cause the apparatus to perform at least:
determining whether contents identified by a content list to be transmitted to a reception apparatus include one or more unstored contents that have not been stored in a storage unit;
issuing, in a case where the contents identified by the content list include one or more unstored contents, a notification to the reception apparatus for restraining the reception apparatus from transmitting a content request for at least one unstored content to be stored and transmittable afterward;
acquiring and storing the at least one unstored content specified by the notification into the storage unit after issuing the notification for restraining the reception apparatus from transmitting the content request for the at least one unstored content to be stored and transmittable afterward; and
transmitting, in response to a content request from the reception apparatus that has received the content list, a content stored in the storage unit to the reception apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,289,052

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 configured to fix the image on the recording material, the fixing unit including a tubular film and an opposed member which is in contact with an outside surface of the film to form a first nip portion together with the film, wherein the recording material having the image formed thereon is heated while being conveyed by the first nip portion;
a conveying unit configured to convey the recording material having the image fixed thereon by the fixing unit, the conveying unit including a second nip portion configured to convey the recording material, the second nip portion being located at a position where a piece of recording material can be conveyed by the first nip portion and the second nip portion simultaneously;
a pressure variable mechanism capable of changing a pressure of the second nip portion;
a control unit configured to control the pressure variable mechanism; and
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information about a length of the recording material in a conveying direction of the recording material,
wherein the control unit controls the pressure variable mechanism according to the information about the length of the recording material acquired by the acquisition unit so that the recording material is conveyed by the second nip portion set to a first pressure in a case where the length of the recording material is less than a predetermined length, and the recording material is conveyed by the second nip portion set to a second pressure lower than the first pressure in a case where the length of the recording material is equal to or greater than the predetermined length.

US Pat. No. 10,289,055

DRIVE TRANSMITTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive transmitting apparatus, comprising:a first member;
a second member that drives due to a driving force of the first member; and
a cylindrical shaft that rotates in order to transmit the driving force of the first member to the second member, the cylindrical shaft including a pair of circumferential ends that oppose or abut with each other in a circumferential direction from one end to another end in an axial direction as a seam and a notched portion that is recessed in the axial direction on an approximately annular end surface at an end in the axial direction, and the cylindrical shaft receiving a force in the circumferential direction at the notched portion, wherein
when viewed in the axial direction,
the pair of circumferential ends and the notched portion are at different positions in the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,289,056

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a movable intermediate transfer member;
a first image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a second image bearing member disposed on a downstream side of the first image bearing member in a moving direction of the intermediate transfer member, and configured to bear a toner image;
a first primary transfer device configured to form a first primary transfer portion with the first image bearing member via the intermediate transfer member, and primarily transfer a toner image from the first image bearing member to the intermediate transfer member;
a second primary transfer device configured to form a second primary transfer portion with the second image bearing member via the intermediate transfer member, and primarily transfer a toner image from the second image bearing member to the intermediate transfer member;
a first transfer power source configured to apply a voltage to the first primary transfer device;
a second transfer power source configured to apply a voltage to the second primary transfer device;
a secondary transfer device configured to form a secondary transfer portion with the intermediate transfer member, and secondarily transfer a toner image from the intermediate transfer member onto a transfer material;
a charging device disposed on a downstream side of the secondary transfer portion for secondarily transferring a toner image from the intermediate transfer member onto a transfer material and on an upstream side of the first primary transfer portion in the moving direction, and configured electrically charge toner on the intermediate transfer member;
a charging power source configured to apply a voltage to the charging device; and
a control device configured to control at least the first transfer power source and the second transfer power source,
wherein, the control device switches a polarity of the voltage applied by the first transfer power source in response to a switching of a polarity of a voltage applied by the charging power source, and switches the voltage applied by the second transfer power source from a first voltage to a second voltage which is larger in absolute value than the first voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,254,710

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A development device which is removably insertable into an image forming apparatus, the development device comprising:a housing configured to store developer;
a developer carrying member configured to carry developer;
a first conductive member having a first surface for use in detection of an amount of developer stored in the housing based on a change in electrostatic capacitance, the first conductive member extending in a longitudinal direction of the developer carrying member, the longitudinal direction being perpendicular to an insertion direction in which the development device is inserted into the image forming apparatus;
a second conductive member having a second surface facing the first surface, the second conductive member extending in the longitudinal direction of the developer carrying member;
a development contact point electrically connected to the developer carrying member;
a first contact point electrically connected to the first conductive member; and
a second contact point electrically connected to the second conductive member,
wherein the first contact point is disposed on a more inner side than the development contact point in a perpendicular direction with respect to the insertion direction, and
wherein the second contact point is disposed on a more inner side than the first contact point in the perpendicular direction with respect to the insertion direction.

US Pat. No. 10,254,711

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,254,712

CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge for electrophotographic image formation, the process cartridge comprising:(i) a rotatable photosensitive member;
(ii) a rotatable developing roller configured to develop a latent image formed on the photosensitive member, the developing roller being capable of contacting to and spacing from the photosensitive member;
(iii) an urging force receiving portion configured to receive an urging force for spacing the developing roller from the photosensitive member;
(iv) a rotational force receiving portion configured to receive a rotational force for rotating the developing roller from outside of the process cartridge; and
(v) a movable member movable relative to the rotational force receiving portion outwardly at least in a longitudinal direction of the developing roller by the urging force receiving portion receiving the urging force.

US Pat. No. 10,289,060

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,289,061

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:a developer accommodating body configured to contain developer, the developer accommodating body being rotatable about a rotational axis, and the developer accommodating body being provided with a gear portion provided about the rotational axis;
a developer discharging body in fluid communication with the developer accommodating body, the developer discharging body being adjacent to a first end of the developer accommodating body, the developer discharging body having a discharge opening that is provided in a bottom portion of the developer discharging body, with the discharge opening being configured to permit discharge of the developer from the developer discharging body, and with the developer accommodating body being rotatable relative to the developer discharging body; and
a track provided at each of opposite sides of the developer discharging body, each track (i) projecting from a surface, (ii) including a first part with a first end and a second end, the first part ascending away from a bottom of the developer supply container as a distance to a second end of the developer accommodating body that is opposite from the first end of the developer accommodating body decreases, and (iii) including a second part extending from the second end of the first part such that a plane perpendicular to the rotational axis and passing through the second part passes through the discharge opening, with a portion of the surface extending from the first end of the first part in a direction away from the second part,
wherein a plane parallel to the rotational axis and passing through the second parts of the tracks is between the rotational axis and the discharge opening.

US Pat. No. 10,255,486

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF GENERATING FACE IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method comprising:storing in advance, as partial instance images in a storing unit, a plurality of partial face images obtained by photographing a face image of each of a plurality of persons on a plurality of photographing conditions and extracting a plurality of specific parts from each photographed face image, while associating each of the specific parts with a corresponding person and a corresponding photographing condition;
obtaining a photographing condition of an input face image;
approximating, for each of the specific parts, a specific part of the input face image by a first linear combination of the partial instance images of the specific part stored in the storing unit in association with respective persons and the photographing condition corresponding to the photographing condition of the input face image;
deciding, for each specific part of the input face image, a second linear combination of the partial instance images of the specific part stored in the storing unit in association with respective persons and each of a plurality of predetermined photographing conditions so that a weight for a partial instance image associated with each person in the second linear combination corresponds to the weight for the partial instance image associated with that person in the first linear combination of that part; and
generating an approximate image of the input face image with respect to each of the plurality of predetermined photographing conditions, by synthesizing the second linear combinations obtained for the plurality of specific parts of the input face image for each predetermined photographing condition.

US Pat. No. 10,290,096

DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A diagnosis support apparatus which provides information for supporting medical diagnosis, the apparatus comprising:a selection unit configured to select an imaging finding as a clue for medical diagnosis from candidates of the imaging finding generated by using medical information;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain an image feature corresponding to the selected imaging finding from a medical image;
a specifying unit configured to specify a portion in an abnormal shadow on the basis of the image feature, the portion being a partial region indicated by the selected imaging finding; and
a display control unit configured to display, on a display unit, the specified portion in the abnormal shadow included in the medical image together with a remaining region included in the medical image by displaying the medical image, wherein
the display control unit is configured to display, on the display unit, the specified portion in the abnormal shadow or a portion in the vicinity of the specified portion in the abnormal shadow so as to emphasize the specified portion in the abnormal shadow or the portion in the vicinity of the specified portion in the abnormal shadow compared to the displayed remaining region.

US Pat. No. 10,252,417

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:
obtain a relative position and orientation between a first object and a second object;
specify an occlusion region where the second object occludes the first object, from an image that includes the first object and the second object, based on the relative position and orientation, a first shape model that represents a shape of the first object, and a second shape model that represents a shape of the second object;
select, from the first shape model, model features other than model features that correspond to the specified occlusion region in the image;
calculate the position and orientation of the first object by associating the selected model features with image features in the image; and
determine an assembly state based on the position and orientation of the first object.

US Pat. No. 10,255,517

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the apparatus to:
obtain a feature amount from an input image;
obtain context information representing a context regarding the input image, wherein the context information includes a position and size of the input image in an original image from which the input image has been extracted;
obtain, from the feature amount, a first likelihood indicating a likelihood at which the input image is an image of a specific object;
obtain, from the context information, a second likelihood indicating a likelihood at which the input image is an image of the specific object; and
identify, by using the first likelihood and the second likelihood, whether the input image is an image of the specific object,
wherein the obtaining of the second likelihood is performed by a discriminator which has been learned using the first likelihood and the context information.

US Pat. No. 10,255,008

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE EXECUTION OF PRINT JOBS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors and storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the printing apparatus to function as:
an operation unit;
a receiving unit that receives a print job;
a storage unit that stores sheets;
a printing unit that prints an image of the print job on a sheet stored in the storage unit; and
a control unit that can perform, without requiring a user's operation after a sheet shortage of the storage unit occurs, a first control such that the printing unit prints an image of a subsequent print job before the print job whose printing is not executed due to the sheet shortage of the storage unit, and perform, without requiring a user's operation after a sheet shortage of the storage unit occurs, a second control such that the print job whose printing is not executed due to the sheet shortage of the storage unit is cancelled,
wherein the first control is performed based on an instruction user's input via a first setting screen displayed on the operating unit, and the second control is performed based on an instruction input via a second setting screen displayed on the operating unit; and
wherein the first setting screen can be displayed without predetermined authentication and the second setting screen is displayed upon condition that the predetermined authentication information is input.

US Pat. No. 10,255,532

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a memory device that stores raster image data corresponding to a background in a compressed format;
a generator that generates intermediate data corresponding to a foreground of the background based on obtained print data;
a decompressor that decompresses the raster image data stored in the memory device in a compressed format; and
a rasterizer that generates new raster image data based on raster data corresponding to the background obtained by the decompression and the generated intermediate data corresponding to the foreground,
wherein in a case where a request is made to stop the generation of the new raster image data in a state of waiting for at least a portion of the raster image data corresponding to the background to be decompressed,
the rasterizer stops generation of the new raster image data, and
the decompressor continues decompressing the at least a portion of the raster image data corresponding to the background.

US Pat. No. 10,255,534

CONTROL APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a plurality of sheet accommodating sections, the printing apparatus comprising:a display device;
a storage device that stores sheet attribute information of sheets to be stored in the plurality of sheet accommodating sections; and
at least one processor that, by executing a set of instructions, causes the printing apparatus to perform processing including:
displaying on the display device a screen relating to a print job,
determining, based on the sheet attribute information stored in the storage device, whether there is a sheet accommodating section among the plurality of sheet accommodating sections for which sheet attribute information designated in the print job is registered,
notifying, to a user, a determination result by the determining,
receiving, from the user, a setting instruction for setting the sheet attribute information stored in the storage device, and
setting, according to the received setting instruction, the sheet attribute information stored in the storage device,
wherein the determining is performed at least in response to setting the sheet attribution information according to the received setting instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,252,209

NANOFIBER SHEET AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SHEET

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A nanofiber sheet comprising electro-spun nanofibers, each of which comprises a polymer having an imide structure,wherein the nanofiber sheet has pores and bulk portions at which the nanofibers are bonded to each other,
wherein each of the bulk portions satisfies formula (1):
0.5?X2?Y?5 ?m2  (1),
where X represents a diameter (?m) of each of the nanofibers and Y represents an area (?m2) of an inscribed circle of a bulk portion when viewed from a surface, and
wherein a number of the bulk portions per unit area of 1 ?m2 of the nanofiber sheet is 7×10?3 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,257,337

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONNECTABLE WITH USE OF CLOSE PROXIMITY WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus;
a second communication unit configured to communicate with the external apparatus, a communication speed of the second communication unit being less than a communication speed of the first communication unit; and
a control unit configured to control the first communication unit to start establishing of communication with the external apparatus in a case where the second communication unit shares a communication parameter with the external apparatus, wherein the communication parameter is used by the first communication unit for establishing the communication with the external apparatus;
wherein the control unit selects from among a plurality of display modes including a single-display mode of displaying a single content recorded in the recording medium on a single screen of a display unit, and a multi-display mode of simultaneously displaying a plurality of contents recorded in the recording medium on the single screen of the display unit,
wherein the control unit determines a display mode in a case where the second communication unit shares the communication parameter with the external apparatus;
wherein, if a display mode in a case where the second communication unit shares the communication parameter with the external apparatus is the multi-display mode, the control unit displays the plurality of contents recorded in the recording medium on the single screen of the display unit and receives a selection of a transmission target and an instruction for starting transmission after establishment of the communication with the external apparatus by the first communication unit, and
wherein, if a display mode in a case where the second communication unit shares the communication parameter with the external apparatus is the single-display mode, the control unit performs control in such a manner that the communication apparatus transmits the content displayed in the single-display mode to the external apparatus via the communication unit without receiving a selection of the transmission target and an instruction for starting transmission after the establishment of the communication with the external apparatus by the first communication unit.

US Pat. No. 10,290,162

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a first detection unit configured to detect an object entering a queue;
a second detection unit configured to detect an object exiting the queue;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a number of objects lining up in a queue which includes a target object targeted for measuring a queuing time, in a case where the first detection unit has detected that the target object has entered the queue;
a measurement unit configured to measure, as the queuing time of the target object in the queue, a period from a time when the target object has entered the queue to a time when a number of objects having been detected by the second detection unit has reached the number acquired by the acquisition unit; and
an output unit configured to output the queuing time of the target object in the queue measured by the measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 10,289,907

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire information on a layer boundary in tomographic structure of a current subject to be inspected;
a determination unit configured to determine a depth range relating to a current en-face image of the subject to be inspected based on information indicating a depth range relating to a past en-face image of the subject to be inspected and the information on the layer boundary; and
a generation unit configured to generate the current en-face image through use of data within the depth range relating to the current en-face image among pieces of three-dimensional data acquired for the current subject to be inspected.

US Pat. No. 10,254,809

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING POWER SAVING FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus excluding a printing apparatus for printing an image, the image processing apparatus comprising:a power supply unit that receives alternating current (AC) power, the power supply unit being different from another power supply unit included in the printing apparatus such that power states of the image processing apparatus are controlled independent of power states of the printing apparatus;
a first network interface that connects the image processing apparatus to and communicates with an external apparatus but not the printing apparatus via a first network not including the printing apparatus, the first network interface capable of receiving data from the external apparatus even when the image processing apparatus is in a first power state in which the power supply unit supplies power to a first part including less than all devices that constitute the image processing apparatus;
a second network interface that connects the image processing apparatus to and communicates with the printing apparatus but not the external apparatus via a second network separate from the first network;
a memory that stores programs; and
a processor that executes the programs stored in the memory to:
shift the image processing apparatus to the first power state;
while not shifting the image processing apparatus from the first power state, determine a type of the data received via the first network interface when the image processing apparatus is in the first power state;
in a case where it is determined that the data received from the external apparatus by the first network interface when the image processing apparatus is in the first power state is a first type data which can be responded without shifting the image processing apparatus from the first power state, respond to the data received via the first network interface without shifting the image processing apparatus from the first power state; and
in a case where it is determined that the data received from the external apparatus by the first network interface when the image processing apparatus is in the first power state is a second type data which is necessary to be transferred to the printing apparatus via the second network interface, shift the image processing apparatus from the first power state to a second power state in which the power supply unit supplies power to the first part including less than all devices that constitute the image processing apparatus and to another device, which is also included in the image processing apparatus, to transfer the received data to the printing apparatus,
wherein in a case where the data received from the external apparatus by the first network interface when the image processing apparatus is in the first power state is the second type data, the image processing apparatus transfers the received second type data to the printing apparatus via the second network interface after shifting from the first power state to the second power state.

US Pat. No. 10,257,376

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM CAPABLE OF REDUCING POWER CONSUMPTION, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication system comprising:an image forming apparatus operable in a first power mode and a second power mode in which power consumption is lower than power consumption in the first power mode and greater than power consumption in a power off state; and
an image processing apparatus operable in a third power mode and a fourth power mode in which power consumption is lower than power consumption in the third power mode;
wherein the image forming apparatus includes:
a plurality of wake-up devices, each of the plurality of wake-up devices outputs a wake-up signal;
a first controller that receives the wake-up signal, shifts the image forming apparatus from the second power mode to the first power mode based on the wake-up signal, and identifies a wake-up device which output the received wake-up signal; and
a first network interface that transmits a predetermined instruction to the image processing apparatus in a case where the identified wake-up device is a predetermined device,
wherein the image processing apparatus includes:
a second network interface that receives the predetermined instruction from the image forming apparatus; and
a second controller that shifts the image processing apparatus from the fourth power mode to the third power mode based on the predetermined instruction, and
wherein one of the plurality of wake-up devices is a modem, and the first network interface does not transmit the predetermined instruction to the image processing apparatus on the basis that the identified wake-up device is the modem.

US Pat. No. 10,257,377

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printer engine;
a network interface which can change a link speed, and which receives data from an external apparatus;
a first controller which controls communication with the network interface;
a second controller which controls power supply to the printer engine and the first controller,
wherein
the first controller causes the printing apparatus to make a transition to a first sleep state or a second sleep state,
the first sleep state is a sleep state in which the second controller stops power supply to the first controller and the printer engine, and the link speed of the network interface is a first link speed,
the second sleep state is a sleep state in which the second controller stops power supply to the first controller and the printer engine, and the link speed of the network interface is a second link speed lower than the first link speed, and
the second controller
in a case where the printing apparatus is in the first sleep state, supplies power to the first controller by receiving data from the external apparatus, and
in a case where the printing apparatus is in the second sleep state, supplies power to the first controller and the printer engine by receiving data from the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,257,381

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF BEING SET TO POWER SAVING MODE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a printer;
a scanner;
a memory that stores programs; and
a processor that executes the programs to:
when a first setting is set for the image forming apparatus as a power saving setting, disconnect a communication link and change a communication speed of the image forming apparatus to a lower speed when the image forming apparatus shifts to a specific power saving mode in which power is not supplied to at least the printer, the scanner, and the processor; and
when a second setting is set for the image forming apparatus as the power saving setting, not disconnect the communication link when the image forming apparatus shifts to the specific power saving mode.

US Pat. No. 10,252,516

PRINTING APPARATUS, LIQUID ABSORBING APPARATUS, AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a transfer drum that includes a transfer section and a non-transfer section which are moved cyclically;
a print unit configured to form an ink image by discharging ink to the transfer section;
a transfer unit configured to perform a transfer operation of transferring the ink image formed on the transfer section to a print medium;
a liquid absorbing member configured to absorb a liquid component from the ink image on the transfer section before the transfer operation is performed;
a driving unit configured to move the liquid absorbing member; and
a control unit configured to control the driving unit such that, when a position at which the liquid absorbing member absorbs the liquid component from the ink image on the transfer section is defined as a liquid absorbing position, a predetermined portion in which liquid absorbing performance of the liquid absorbing member degrades passes through the liquid absorbing position while the non-transfer section passes through the liquid absorbing position.

US Pat. No. 10,289,941

PRINTING APPARATUS THAT PRINTS IMAGES RECEIVED FROM A PLURALITY OF EXTERNAL APPARATUSES, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a communication interface configured to perform wireless communication with a plurality of external apparatuses including a first external apparatus and a second external apparatus different from the first external apparatus;
a printer configured to print images received from the plurality of external apparatuses by the communication interface, on a sheet; and
a controller configured to perform control such that when a number of images received from the plurality of external apparatuses by the communication interface reaches a specified number, the specified number of images received from the plurality of external apparatuses are printed on one sheet such that at least one image received from the first external apparatus and at least one image received from the second external apparatus are printed on the same sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,257,388

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SETTING USER AUTHENTICATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
display, on a display unit, an application selection screen;
accept, via the application selection screen, an instruction to activate a web browser;
execute an application selected in a web page displayed on the web browser;
set, in accordance with a user operation input via the web browser, setting information indicating whether or not user authentication is required to execute an application which is selectable via the web browser, wherein the setting information is stored in a storage of the information processing apparatus;
require an input of user information, in a case where an execution for the application is instructed via the web browser and the setting information indicates that the user authentication for executing an application selected via the web browser is required; and
execute, based on an instruction via the web browser, the application selected via the web browser in a case where the user authentication based on the inputted user information succeeds,
wherein in a case where the setting information indicating that user authentication is required to activate the web browser is set, the user authentication is required to be performed twice from a time when the web browser is activated via a menu screen to a time when the application is executed from the web page displayed on the web browser.

US Pat. No. 10,285,586

REGISTRATION ACROSS FRAME BOUNDARIES IN AO-SLO CAPTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of compensating for image distortion, in a plurality of retinal image frames, as a result of eye movement, the method comprising:(a) receiving at least one reference image frame and the plurality of image frames capturing substantially the same portion of the eye;
(b) for each image frame of the plurality of image frames, determining, using a processor, a plurality of shifts relative to the reference image frame, the shifts representing image distortion within each image frame of the plurality of image frames with respect to the reference image frame;
(c) determining, using the processor, an initial eye movement trajectory based on the shifts within each image frame of the plurality of image frames;
(d) estimating, using the processor, image distortion within the reference image frame using the initial eye movement trajectory and the plurality of shifts within each image frame of the plurality of image frames;
(e) estimating, using the processor, a current eye movement trajectory based on the estimated image distortion within the reference image frame, and the shifts within each image frame of the plurality of image frames to provide a smooth transition between the plurality of image frames in the eye movement, wherein a magnitude of a gradient of the current eye movement trajectory during an inter-frame period is reduced; and
(f) compensating, using the processor, for image distortion within each image frame of the plurality of image frames using the current eye movement trajectory.

US Pat. No. 10,257,390

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT TRANSFERS TO A SET TRANSMITTING DESTINATION WHEN A SET CONDITION IS SATISFIED, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising;a scanner configured to scan an image for generating image data;
a storage configured to store a first address book associated with user information and a second address book not associated with the user information; and
one or more processors configured to execute a set of instructions to;
in a case where a transmitting destination is set for a transferring function for transmitting image data received from an external apparatus, enable to set a transmitting destination from the second address book without enabling to set a transmitting destination from the first address book;
set a transmitting destination and a condition for the transferring function, and
execute, in accordance with satisfaction of the set condition, the transferring function by using the set transmitting destination.