US Pat. No. 10,397,575

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM, AND IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus comprising:a determination unit configured to determine a block size of a block included in an image;
an information encoding unit configured to encode information on a minimum area size related to a quantization parameter; and
an encoding unit configured to encode a difference value for a quantization parameter capable of being shared in encoding processes for a block group including a plurality of blocks,
wherein a size of each of the plurality of blocks is smaller than the minimum area size,
wherein the plurality of blocks includes at least both of a first block and a second block processed subsequent to the first block,
wherein the encoding unit is configured to encode the difference value in processing of the first block, in a case where the first block contains a coefficient value not equal to 0 and a split flag for the first block indicates that the first block is not split into blocks with half horizontal size and half vertical size, and
wherein the encoding unit is configured to encode the difference value in processing of the second block, in a case where the second block contains a coefficient value not equal to 0 and the difference value has not been encoded in the processing of the first block and a split flag for the second block indicates that the second block is not split into blocks with half horizontal size and half vertical size.

US Pat. No. 10,397,321

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,394,505

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,394,506

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. A control method of a system including a server, a client apparatus, and a printer,the method of the server comprising:
acquiring first account information input on an input screen by a user,
acquiring account change restriction information which indicates whether change in account information that is to be added to a print job is prohibited or not,
holding the acquired account change restriction information in a first restriction information memory, and
determining an operation authority on which a printer driver in the server is operating,
wherein, in a case where the operation authority on which the printer driver in the server is operating is an administrator authority, the acquired first account information is held, as administration account information, in a first administrator account registry memory which is able to be accessed by the administrator authority and which is not able to be accessed by a user authority, the user authority being lower in authority level than the administrator authority, and there being predetermined restriction on operation in the user authority, and
wherein, in a case where the operation authority on which the printer driver in the server is operating is the user authority, the acquired first account information is held, as user account information, in a first user account registry memory which is able to be accessed by the user authority, and
the method of the client apparatus comprising:
acquiring, from the server, the account change restriction information held in the first restriction information memory,
acquiring, from the server, the first account information held in the first administrator account registry memory,
acquiring second account information input on an input screen by a user,
holding, in a second restriction information memory which is able to be accessed by the administrator authority and which is not able to be accessed by the user authority, the account change restriction information acquired from the server,
holding, in a second administrator account registry memory which is able to be accessed by the administrator authority and which is not able to be accessed by the user authority, the first account information acquired from the server as administrator account information,
determining whether the account change restriction information held in the second restriction information memory indicates the change in account information is prohibited, and
determining an operation authority on which a printer driver in the client apparatus is operating,
holding the acquired second account information as user account information, in a second user account registry memory which is able to be accessed by the user authority, in a case where the operation authority on which the printer driver in the client apparatus is operating is the user authority, and where the account change restriction information held in the second restriction information memory indicates the change in account information is prohibited,
wherein, in a case where the account change restriction information held in the second restriction information memory indicates the change in account information is prohibited, the first account information held in the second administrator account registry memory is added to the print job,
wherein, in a case where the account change restriction information held in the second restriction information memory does not indicate the change in account information is prohibited and where the operation authority on which the printer driver in the client apparatus is operating is the user authority, the second account information held in the second user account registry memory is added to the print job,
wherein the print job that the first account information or the second account information is added to is transmitted to the printer via the server.

US Pat. No. 10,393,995

MIRROR DRIVING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mirror driving device comprising:a mirror;
a mirror box;
a mirror driving member rotatably attached to the mirror box and configured to drive the mirror between a first position where the mirror is located in an optical path and a second position where the mirror is retracted from the optical path;
a link member rotatably attached to the mirror driving member,
wherein a cam portion is formed in the mirror box,
wherein the link member includes a follower portion configured to follow with the cam portion,
wherein the cam portion is a groove cam portion having an inner cam surface and an outer cam surface,
wherein the follower portion does not follow with the outer cam surface in a case where the follower portion follows with the inner cam surface,
wherein the follower portion does not follow with the inner cam surface in a case where the follower portion follows with the outer cam surface,
wherein the follower portion follows with the outer cam surface in a case where the mirror moves from the first position to the second position,
wherein the follower portion makes contact with neither the inner cam surface nor the outer cam surface in a case where the mirror stops at the second position,
wherein the follower portion follows with the outer cam surface in a case where the mirror moves from the second position to the first position,
wherein the follower portion makes contact with the outer cam surface in a case where the mirror stops at the first position;
a rotation member engaged with the link member and configured to be driven to rotate by a driving source; and
a biasing member attached to the rotation member and configured to bias the follower portion toward the outer cam surface.

US Pat. No. 10,394,507

CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION TERMINAL AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method performed by an application executing on a communication terminal that includes an OS (operating system) and that communicably connects the communication terminal to an image processing apparatus, the method comprising:displaying, on an operating unit of the communication terminal in response to a user operation for file selection, a selection screen that includes at least first and second display items, wherein the first display item is used for displaying a first screen for a first file selection function provided by the application different from the OS, and wherein the second display item is used for displaying a second screen for a second file selection function provided by the OS;
in response to an instruction to select the first display item received through the selection screen, displaying the first screen for selecting a file within a predetermined folder of the communication terminal by using the first file selection function provided by the application different from the OS; and
in response to an instruction to select the second display item through the selection screen, invoking the second file selection function provided by the OS to display the second screen provided by the OS; and
transmitting data based on at least one file, that is selected through the displayed first screen and/or the displayed second screen, to the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,393,996

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor and at least one memory storing computer instructions, wherein the computer instructions, when executed, cause the at least one processor, to function as:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire first and second sets of image data;
a generating unit configured to generate first and second map data that respectively represent a distribution of data related to distance of the object, by using the first and second sets of image data;
an alignment unit configured to acquire the first and second map data that has been generated by the generating unit and perform alignment; and
a composing unit configured to perform composing processing of the first and second map data in which alignment has been performed by the alignment unit,
wherein the alignment unit performs alignment of the first and second map data by performing geometrical deformation processing by using a control parameter acquired from the first and second sets of image data.

US Pat. No. 10,394,509

DISPLAY LIST GENERATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display list generation apparatus, comprising:a first memory;
a second memory; and
a processor in communication with the first memory and the second memory, wherein the processor performs:
interpreting page description language (PDL) data:,
storing a result of an interpretation of the PDL data in the first memory;
copying the result of the interpretation from the first memory to the second memory in a case where a data size of the result of the interpretation does not exceeds a threshold;
generating a display list from the copy of the result of the interpretation stored in the second memory in a case where the data size of the result of the interpretation does not exceed the threshold; and
generating a display list from the result of the interpretation stored in the first memory in a case where the data size of the result of the interpretation exceeds the threshold, wherein the generation of the display list from the result of the interpretation stored in the first memory is performed after the processor has generated the display list from all results of interpretation which are stored in the second memory until then.

US Pat. No. 10,397,587

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain image data of a first data format, wherein the image data of the first data format comprises a plurality of pixel data each having a value of a single color component among a predetermined plurality of color components, and wherein the plurality of pixel data in the image data of the first data format being arranged according to a predetermined pixel arrangement;
a first conversion unit configured to convert the image data of the first data format that was obtained by the obtaining unit to a second data format, and output the image data of the second data format, wherein the image data of the second data format comprises a plurality of pixel data each having values of the plurality of color components;
a resizing unit configured to reduce the number of pixel data of the image data of the second data format that was output from the first conversion unit, and output reduced image data of the second data format; and
a second conversion unit configured to convert the reduced image data of the second format to the first data format, and output the converted image data as the reduced image data of the first data format.

US Pat. No. 10,397,843

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT WIRELESSLY COMMUNICATES WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus in accordance with a first communication method;
a second communication unit configured to communicate with the external apparatus in accordance with a second communication method;
a determination unit configured to determine identification information of the second communication unit based on predetermined information related to communication with the external apparatus via the first communication unit; and
a control unit configured to perform control so as to establish communication with external apparatus via the second communication unit, using the determined identification information of the second communication unit,
wherein the determination unit randomly determines at least a portion of the identification information of the second communication unit in a case where the predetermined information satisfies a predetermined condition, and
determines the identification information of the second communication unit to be a specific value in a case where the predetermined information does not satisfy the predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 10,396,305

ORGANIC EL DEVICE, AND DISPLAY APPARATUS AND LIGHTING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic EL device comprising, in the following order:a substrate;
a reflection electrode;
an organic compound layer; and
a light extraction electrode,
wherein the reflection electrode serves as a cathode and the light extraction electrode serves as an anode,
wherein the organic compound layer includes a first light-emitting layer which is electron trapping type and a second light-emitting layer disposed between the first light-emitting layer and the light extraction electrode,
wherein the first light-emitting layer emits blue light,
wherein the second light-emitting layer emits light whose wavelength is longer than a wavelength of the blue light from the first light-emitting layer, and
wherein an optical distance between the reflection electrode and the first light-emitting layer is a distance of constructive interference for the light of the first light-emitting layer.

US Pat. No. 10,394,514

PROJECTION DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a display unit configured to display an image;
a communication unit configured to communicate with at least one of a plurality of external display apparatuses; and
a control unit configured to perform control to cause the display unit to display, in a case where an image to be displayed by the display unit and an image to be displayed by the at least one of the plurality of external display apparatuses are to be displayed side by side, a predetermined image including a plurality of areas indicating a positional relationship between a plurality of display images, area information for identifying each of the plurality of areas, and identification information of each of the plurality of external display apparatuses,
wherein the control unit controls the display unit to display the predetermined image indicating a correspondence relationship between the identification information of each of the plurality of external display apparatuses and each of the plurality of areas,
wherein in a case where identification information about one of the plurality of external display apparatuses corresponds to one of the plurality of areas, the communication unit transmits, to the one of the plurality of external display apparatuses, information for identifying one of the plurality of areas corresponding to the one of the plurality of external display apparatuses.

US Pat. No. 10,392,211

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:a conveyance roller configured to convey a sheet;
a driving source configured to drive the conveyance roller; and
a drive transmission mechanism configured to transmit a driving force from the driving source to the conveyance roller, the drive transmission mechanism comprising:
a shaft;
a first rotary member supported on the shaft and driven to rotate by the driving source;
a second rotary member supported on the shaft and connected to the conveyance roller so as to rotate the conveyance roller; and
a coupling member engaged with the first rotary member and rotated integrally with the first rotary member, the coupling member comprising a body portion positioned on a side opposite from the second rotary member in an axial direction of the shaft with respect to the first rotary member and a projected portion projected from the body portion and extending toward the second rotary member in the axial direction through the first rotary member,
the coupling member being movable in the axial direction between a coupling position, at which the projected portion engages with the second rotary member such that the second rotary member rotates integrally with the first rotary member, and a release position, at which the projected portion is separated from the second rotary member such that a relative rotation of the second rotary member with respect to the first rotary member is permitted,
wherein the first rotary member comprises an opening portion through which the projected portion of the coupling member is inserted, and
the second rotary member comprises an engagement portion engaging with the projected portion projected from the first rotary member through the opening portion.

US Pat. No. 10,397,870

ELECTRONIC DEVICE THAT PERFORMS INDICATION ON A DISPLAY WHEN A WIRELESS CONNECTION WITH AN EXTERNAL DEVICE IS DISCONNECTED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:at least one processor; a first wireless communication interface coupled to the at least one processor;
wherein the at least one processor is configured to function as following units:
a first determination unit configured to, if a connection with an external device through the first wireless communication interface is disconnected, determine whether or not a disconnection is based on a request from the external device; and
a display control unit configured to control displaying a warning screen for indicating the disconnection on a display unit,
wherein in a case in which the first determination unit determines that the disconnection is based on the request from the external device, the display control unit causes display of the warning screen to be maintained for a predetermined amount of time and then automatically ended, and
wherein in a case in which the first determination unit does not determine that the disconnection is based on the request from the external device, the display control unit causes display of the warning screen to be maintained until a confirmation operation of a user is detected, and to be ended upon detection of the confirmation operation.

US Pat. No. 10,393,518

APPARATUS FOR DETECTING FLOOR-TO-FLOOR HEIGHT OF BUILDING, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A portable apparatus that operates to determine a movement trajectory and a location of the apparatus, the apparatus comprising:one or more processors that operate to:
acquire, using at least an atmospheric pressure sensor configured to cyclically detect an amplitude of atmospheric pressure applied to the apparatus, height information corresponding to a height at which the apparatus is present;
specify, in a case where an amount of change in the acquired height information, the height information being acquired during a period from a predetermined time ago to current time, is larger than a predetermined amount, that the apparatus is in a first state where the apparatus starts moving up or down, and in a case where the amount of change in the height information acquired during the period is smaller than the predetermined amount, that the apparatus is in a second state where the apparatus finishes moving up or down;
detect, in response to a transition of a state, from the first state to the second state, of the apparatus specified by the one or more processors, that the apparatus performs moving up or down corresponding to one floor in a building having one or more floors;
estimate, using the height information acquired by the one or more processors during the detected moving up or down corresponding to the one floor, a floor-to-floor height of the building having the one or more floors where the apparatus is present; and
determine the movement trajectory and the location of the apparatus in the building by one or more of the following:
(i) detecting a change in a movement direction of the apparatus; and
(ii) using the estimated floor-to-floor height of the building to confirm whether the apparatus is located on the one floor or on a floor different from the one floor in the building.

US Pat. No. 10,390,706

PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING APPARATUS, PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for acquiring subject information comprising the steps of:acquiring first image data by using an electrical signal acquired by converting an acoustic wave generated by irradiating a subject with light;
acquiring a surface-illuminance distribution of the light incident on a surface of the subject by using information about a surface shape of the subject and an intensity distribution of light for irradiation to the subject;
setting, on the surface of the subject in a numerical space, an imaginary light source having a light intensity distribution that is the same as the surface-illuminance distribution;
acquiring an internal light intensity distribution inside the subject by calculating light propagation inside the subject in the numerical space, of light emitted from the imaginary light source; and
acquiring second image data based on the first image data and the internal light intensity distribution inside the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,396,603

POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS THAT WIRELESSLY RECEIVES POWER, CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power receiving apparatus that is capable of communicating with a power transmitting apparatus with wireless power transmission capability, the power receiving apparatus comprising:a battery;
a power receiving unit configured to wirelessly receive power from a power transmitting apparatus;
a communication unit configured to communicate with the power transmitting apparatus; and
a control unit configured to control a first mode for transmitting a signal for notifying surrounding apparatuses of an own existence using the communication unit and for receiving a connection request transmitted in response to the signal, and a second mode for detecting existence of an external apparatus by receiving the signal transmitted for notifying surrounding apparatuses of own existence from the external apparatus and for transmitting a connection request to the external apparatus,
wherein the control unit controls the power receiving apparatus in the first mode in a case where the control unit detects, through the power receiving unit, power induced by an electromagnetic wave emitted from the power transmitting apparatus for detecting an other party to which the power transmitting apparatus provides power in a state where the control unit controls the power receiving apparatus in the second mode.

US Pat. No. 10,389,964

SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD OF SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND MOBILE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state imaging device comprising:a pixel unit including a plurality of pixels arranged to form a plurality of rows, each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric conversion element;
a plurality of row drive circuits respectively corresponding to the plurality of rows of the pixel unit, each including
a first signal generation unit,
a second signal generation unit, and
a drive signal generation unit configured to generate a readout scan signal for reading out a signal from the pixels and a shutter scan signal for causing the photoelectric conversion element to start charge accumulation, as drive signals for driving the plurality of pixels, based on a signal output from the first signal generation unit and a signal output from corresponding one of the second signal generation unit; and
a switching unit configured to switch the row drive circuit between:
a first state in which the first signal generation unit generates the readout scan signal and the second signal generation unit generates the shutter scan signal and
a second state in which the first signal generation unit generates the shutter scan signal and the second signal generation unit generates the readout scan signal.

US Pat. No. 10,390,223

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the apparatus to:
acquire, from a captured image, information about a communication-parameter setting process;
determine whether the acquired information includes identification information for identifying another communication apparatus which executes the communication-parameter setting process with the communication apparatus;
select, based on a result of the determination, either transmitting a signal for an authentication process performed in the communication-parameter setting process by broadcast or unicast, wherein the communication apparatus selects to transmit the signal by broadcast in a case where it is determined that the acquired information does not include the identification information, and selects to transmit the signal by unicast in a case where it is determined that the acquired information includes the identification information; and
transmit the signal by broadcast in a case where the communication apparatus selects to transmit the signal by broadcast, and transmit the signal to the another communication apparatus by unicast based on the identification information in a case where the communication apparatus selects to transmit the signal by unicast.

US Pat. No. 10,383,582

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,383,587

RADIATION CT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation CT apparatus, comprising:a rotation unit configured to rotate a radiation generation unit and a radiation detector about a rotation axis;
a gantry cover containing the radiation generation unit and the radiation detector:
a door configured to open and close an opening portion that is placed on the gantry cover; and
a control unit configured to control such that, when the door is opened, the rotation unit is stopped at a specific rotation position where a space that allows a user to access from the opening portion is formed, wherein
the rotation unit is stopped not to arrange the radiation generation unit and the radiation detector between the opening portion and a breast insert portion which the gantry cover includes.

US Pat. No. 10,384,895

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,389,259

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS SWITCHING A CAPACITANCE VALUE OF A RESONANCE CAPACITOR AT A TIME OF A CONTINUOUS OPERATION AND AN INTERMITTENT OPERATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a transformer including a primary winding and a secondary winding;
a first switching element connected in series to the primary winding of the transformer;
a resonance capacitor unit connected in parallel with the first switching element;
a second switching element connected in parallel with the primary winding of the transformer;
a capacitor connected in series to the second switching element, and connected in parallel with the primary winding of the transformer with the second switching element;
a feedback unit configured to output information according to an output voltage obtained by rectifying and smoothing a voltage induced by the secondary winding of the transformer; and
a control unit configured to, based on the information output from the feedback unit and which is input to the control unit, control turn-on or turn-off of the first switching element by a first control signal, and to control turn-on or turn-off of the second switching element by a second control signal,
wherein the control unit is capable of performing a continuous operation repeating a period for performing a switching operation that alternately turns on or turns off the first switching element and the second switching element before and after a dead time at which both of the first switching element and the second switching element are turned off, and capable of performing an intermittent operation alternately repeating a period for performing the switching operation and a period for stopping the switching operation, and
wherein the resonance capacitor unit includes a first resonance capacitor, a second resonance capacitor, and a third switching element connected in series to the second resonance capacitor,
wherein the second resonance capacitor and the third switching element are connected in parallel with the first resonance capacitor, and
wherein the control unit turns on the third switching element at the time of the continuous operation, and turns off the third switching element at the time of the intermittent operation.

US Pat. No. 10,386,699

SHUTTER APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,384,902

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,386,700

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,389,784

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,386,717

IMPRINT METHOD AND APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,388,257

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,389,283

MOTOR DRIVE APPARATUS FOR DRIVING STEPPING MOTOR AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,384,413

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,389,798

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,388,012

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,387,759

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,386,737

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,388,018

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,386,998

RESIZING A RESPONSE REGION OF A MOVING OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,386,743

DEVELOPING DEVICE THAT REDUCES THE BENDING OF A DEVELOPER REGULATING MEMBER WHEN THE DEVELOPER REGULATING MEMBER RECEIVES DEVELOPER PRESSURE OR MAGNETIC FORCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a developing container configured to store developer including toner and a carrier;
a developer bearing member rotatably provided and configured to bear the developer to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on an image bearing member;
a magnet fixedly placed within the developer bearing member and configured to generate a magnetic field for the developer bearing member to bear the developer; and
a developer regulating member placed not in contact with the developer bearing member so as to be opposed to the developer bearing member, configured to be magnetized by an external magnetic field, and configured to regulate an amount of developer borne on the developer bearing member,
wherein only both end portions of the developer regulating member are supported by the developing container such that the developer regulating member cannot rotate, and
wherein, in a cross section of the developer regulating member orthogonal to a rotational axis of the developer bearing member, the following are satisfied:
an area of the cross section of the developer regulating member is smaller than 28 mm2;
a magnitude of a normal direction component of a second moment of area of the developer regulating member with respect to a centroid of the cross section is larger than 25 mm4, the normal direction component being a component in a normal direction of the developer bearing member; and
a magnitude of a tangent direction component of the second moment of area of the developer regulating member with respect to the centroid of the cross section is larger than 70 mm4, the tangent direction component being a component in a tangent direction of the developer bearing member.

US Pat. No. 10,386,744

CARTRIDGE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,386,751

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,384,444

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a recording head including a plurality of ink discharge ports arranged in a predetermined direction;
a determination unit configured to, according to tone data indicating a tone of an image to be formed on a recording medium, determine recording data indicating whether or not to discharge ink at a position corresponding to each of pixels forming the image on the recording medium;
a complementing unit configured to generate complementary data based on the recording data, according to discharge defect information identifying a defective discharge port at which a discharge defect has occurred among the plurality of ink discharge ports, for causing a different discharge port, from the identified defective discharge port for discharging the ink to a different position from a position corresponding to the defective discharge port, to discharge ink; and a control unit configured to control a recording operation so as to move the recording head and the recording medium relative to each other in a direction intersecting the predetermined direction and discharge ink from the recording head onto the recording medium according to the complementary data,
wherein, if at least one discharge port among the plurality of ink discharge ports is identified as the defective discharge port, the complementing unit generates the complementary data for causing a discharge port, configured to discharge at a complementing position that is one predetermined position of positions adjacent, on both side in the predetermined direction, to a position at which the at least one discharge port discharge the ink, to discharge ink, and
wherein, if a tone value indicated by the tone data indicates a tone value half as large as a maximum tone value, the determination unit determines not to discharge the ink at more than half of complementing positions, each of which is the complementing position for the at least one discharge port.

US Pat. No. 10,386,755

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING CLEANING OPERATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,388,035

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,386,758

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,386,759

BELT UNIT AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,386,760

FIXING UNIT INCLUDING A PORTION-TO-BE-ENGAGED PROVIDED ON AN OPENABLE MEMBER, THE PORTION-TO-BE-ENGAGED BEING SPACED FROM OR ENGAGED WITH AN ENGAGING PORTION BASED ON MOVEMENT OF THE OPENABLE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing unit comprising:a fixing portion, including a rotatable heating member and a rotatable pressing member to form a first nip in cooperation with said rotatable heating member, to fix an image on a recording material by heating the recording material carrying the image, while nipping the recording material, at the first nip, and feeding the recording material in a recording material feeding direction;
a feeding portion, provided downstream of said fixing portion with respect to the recording material feeding direction, and including a first rotatable member and a second rotatable member to form a second nip, in cooperation with said first rotatable member, to nip and to feed the recording material fed from said fixing portion;
a main assembly rotatably supporting said rotatable heating member, said rotatable pressing member, and said first rotatable member;
an openable member, rotatably supporting said second rotatable member, and rotatably supported on said main assembly by a shaft and a bearing portion supporting said shaft, wherein, when said openable member is opened relative to said main assembly, said second rotatable member is spaced from said first rotatable member, and, when said openable member is closed relative to said main assembly, said second rotatable member contacts said first rotatable member;
an urging member provided in said main assembly and configured to urge said first rotatable member toward said second rotatable member along an urging direction, wherein said bearing portion includes an elongated hole having a long axis extending along the urging direction of said urging member;
an engaging portion provided in said main assembly; and
a portion-to-be-engaged provided on said openable member, wherein said portion-to-be-engaged is spaced from said engaging portion when said openable member is opened, and is engaged with said engaging portion when said openable member is closed,
wherein said shaft and said bearing portion are provided at a position at which a direction of moment acting on said openable member by an urging force of said urging member is the same as a direction in which said openable member opens.

US Pat. No. 10,386,761

FIXING DEVICE FOR SUPPRESSING REDUCED DURABILITY OF A FLEXIBLE ROTARY MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,384,451

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,386,763

ADDITION-CURABLE LIQUID SILICONE RUBBER MIXTURE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR, AND FIXING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An addition-curable liquid silicone rubber mixture comprising:an addition-curable liquid silicone rubber; and
graphite particles,
wherein the graphite particles have a DBP oil absorption number of 40 cm3/100 g to less than 80 cm3/100 g.

US Pat. No. 10,386,767

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DETECTING STREAKS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a photosensitive member;
a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive member;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photosensitive member, which is charged by the charging unit, to form an electrostatic latent image;
a developer unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member, using a developer, to form an image;
an intermediate transfer body to which the image on the photosensitive member is transferred;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the image on the intermediate transfer body to a sheet;
a first removing unit configured to remove developer remaining on the photosensitive member;
a second removing unit configured to remove developer remaining on the intermediate transfer body; and
a controller configured to output a test sheet on which a test image is formed by controlling the photosensitive member, the charging unit, the exposure unit, the developer unit, and the transfer unit, and to obtain read data related to the test sheet, and to detect a streak image included in the test sheet based on the read data,
wherein
the read data is outputted from a reading device,
the test image includes a first test image, a second test image, and a third test image,
the controller, in a case where the first test image is formed, controls the charging unit to adjust a potential of the photosensitive member to a first charging potential, controls the exposure unit to form an electrostatic latent image corresponding to the first test image, and controls the developer unit to adjust a potential of the developer unit to a first developing potential,
the controller, in a case where the second test image is formed, controls the charging unit to adjust the potential of the photosensitive member to a second charging potential, but not cause the exposure unit to expose the photosensitive member, and controls the developer unit to adjust the potential of the developer unit to a second developing potential,
the controller, in a case where the third test image is formed, controls the developer unit to adjust the potential of the developer unit to a third developing potential, but not cause the charging unit to charge the photosensitive member, and not cause the exposure unit to expose the photosensitive member,
the controller controls the second charging potential, the second developing potential, and the third developing potential so that a density of the second test image and a density of the third test image become a predetermined density, and
the controller detects the streak image based on first read data corresponding to the first test image, second read data corresponding to the second test image, third read data corresponding to the third test image, and fourth read data corresponding to a non-image region of the test sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,384,457

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD UNIT AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head unit comprising a page-wide type liquid ejection head including an ejection port surface on which an ejection port for ejecting a liquid is provided, the liquid ejection head being detachably attached to a liquid ejecting apparatus, and a protective member detachably attached to the liquid ejection head, whereinthe liquid ejection head includes a first rail portion along a longitudinal direction of the liquid ejection head, and the protective member includes a second rail portion along a longitudinal direction of the protective member; and
the second rail portion of the protective member is brought into contact with the first rail portion of the liquid ejection head mounted on the liquid ejecting apparatus, the ejection port surface is covered by sliding the protective member in a first direction along the longitudinal direction of the liquid ejection head, and after the protective member is attached to the liquid ejection head, the liquid ejection head and the protective member are both moved in a second direction opposite to the first direction to be removed from the liquid ejecting apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,386,768

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to function as:
a printer engine configured to perform image formation using a recording material stored in a cartridge; and
a printer controller communicably connected to the printer engine,
wherein the printer engine:
notifies the printer controller of a predicted value predicted based on a consumption amount of the recording material upon condition that an engine state does not satisfy a predetermined state, and
notifies the printer controller of raw data acquired using a sensor, instead of the predicted value, upon condition that the engine state satisfies the predetermined state, and
wherein the printer controller:
determines whether a cartridge mounted on the image forming apparatus is a cartridge refilled with a recording material,
if it is determined that the cartridge mounted on the image forming apparatus is the cartridge refilled with the recording material, performs control for shifting the printer engine to a predetermined state, acquires the raw data from the printer engine that has been shifted to the predetermined state, and notifies a user of a degree of wear of the cartridge based on the acquired raw data, and
if it is determined that the cartridge mounted on the image forming apparatus is not the cartridge refilled with the recording material avoids performing the control for shifting the printer engine to the predetermined state, acquires the predicted value from the printer engine, and notifies the user of the degree of wear of the cartridge based on the acquired predicted value.

US Pat. No. 10,386,772

RECORDING MATERIAL PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING ALIGNMENT UNIT FOR ALIGNING RECORDING MATERIALS AND IMAGING FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording material processing apparatus comprising:a conveyance unit configured to convey a recording material;
an alignment unit including a first alignment member and a second alignment member, the first alignment member and the second alignment member being configured to support the recording material conveyed by the conveyance unit, wherein at least the first alignment member approaches the second alignment member to align the supported recording material in a direction perpendicular to a conveyance direction of the recording material;
a stacking unit on which the recording material is stacked, wherein the supported recording material is discharged to the stacking unit when at least the first alignment member separates from the second alignment member; and
a control unit configured to execute a first control and a second control alternately,
wherein, in a case where the control unit executes the first control, the control unit controls the alignment unit to support a first recording material conveyed by the conveyance unit, to not align the first recording material in the direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction, and to discharge the first recording material to the stacking unit, and
wherein, in a case where the control unit executes the second control, the control unit controls the alignment unit to support a second recording material conveyed by the conveyance unit, to align the second recording material in the direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction, and to discharge the second recording material to the stacking unit.

US Pat. No. 10,384,468

RECORDING METHOD, RECORDED MATTER, RECORDED MATTER PROCESSING METHOD, AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING FOLD-CRACK RESISTANCE OF RECORDED MATTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording method, comprising:applying ink to a record medium, wherein the record medium comprises a base paper having a density of 0.6 g/cm3 or more and 1.2 g/cm3 or less;
forming a cover layer by applying a liquid composition containing polyurethane resin particles to the record medium to which the ink is applied in such a manner as to be at least partially overlapped with a region to which the ink is applied, wherein breaking strength of the cover layer is 0.43N or more and 0.58N or less, and breaking elongation of the cover layer is 313% or more and 708% or less; and
after forming the cover layer, folding the record medium,
wherein an application amount in terms of solid content of the liquid composition is 13.0 g/m2 or more and 19.2 g/m2 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,384,470

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:an image forming unit that forms a first image containing a first liquid and a coloring material on an ink receiving medium;
a liquid absorbing member that has a porous body coming in contact with the first image and absorbing at least a part of the first liquid from the first image; and
a liquid collecting device that collects the first liquid absorbed in the porous body,
wherein the porous body has a first surface that is a side contacting the first image and a second surface opposing the first surface, an average pore size of the second surface of the porous body is larger than an average pore size of the first surface, and
the liquid collecting device includes a gas ejection member that ejects gas to the second surface of the porous body to extrude the first liquid from the second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,386,781

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,386,782

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image, said apparatus comprising:a main assembly;
a photosensitive member unit supported by said main assembly and including a photosensitive member;
a cartridge including a developer carrying member, a coupling for receiving a driving force for driving said developer carrying member, and an accommodating portion accommodating a developer to be supplied to said photosensitive member; and
a supporting member provided inside said main assembly to support said cartridge and movable between an inside position in which said cartridge is mounted to said main assembly, and an outside position outside said main assembly, wherein said supporting member is movable to the outside position independently from said photosensitive member unit,
wherein when said supporting member is in the inside position, said photosensitive member and said cartridge are disposed at positions overlapping with each other as seen in a moving direction of said supporting member, and
wherein said cartridge is displaced from a first position taken when said supporting member is in the inside position to a second position in which said cartridge does not interfere with said photosensitive member, by said cartridge rotating about a rotation axis of said coupling relative to said supporting member, during movement of said supporting member from the inside position to the outside position independently from said photosensitive member which remains inside said main assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,384,474

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,386,785

CLEANING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning apparatus comprising a photosensitive body and a frame body that supports the photosensitive body and being attachable to and detachable from an installation position in an apparatus main body of an image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording material, the cleaning apparatus being installed in the apparatus main body with a developing apparatus including a developer bearing member that bears developer for developing an electrostatic image formed on the photosensitive body,wherein a surface of the frame body faces toward a side where the developing apparatus is provided in an arrangement direction of the developing apparatus and the cleaning apparatus being installed in the apparatus main body, and
a projection portion projects from the surface of the frame body, and moves an engaged portion, which is disposed on the apparatus main body, so as to allow a movement of the cleaning apparatus to the installation position when the cleaning apparatus is attached to the apparatus main body.

US Pat. No. 10,386,786

CARTRIDGE, MEMBER CONSTITUTING CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,389,888

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,389,894

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,389,895

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a display configured to display a preview image and at least one operation key for instructing processing to be performed on the preview image being displayed;
a user interface configured to receive an enlargement operation performed by a user for enlarging the preview image displayed on the display; and
at least one processor that executes instructions to, upon detecting that a distance between at least two input instruction objects has increased from a state in which the preview image is touched with the at least two input instruction objects, enlarge the preview image displayed on the display, and control the display not to display the operation key,
upon detecting that the distance between the at least two input instruction objects has decreased from a state in which the enlarged preview image is touched with the at least two input instruction objects, reduce the enlarged preview image, and
after detecting a release of at least one of the at least two input instruction objects from the preview image in a state in which the preview image has been reduced, change the operation key that has been in a non-displayed state into a displayed state,
wherein, a change key for changing a page of a preview image including a plurality of pages to another page of the preview image is displayed together with the operation key, the change key and the operation key being displayed in a second display area different from a first display area in which the preview image is displayed, and
wherein, in a case where the preview image is enlarged and the operation key is not displayed, the change key is displayed in the first display area in which the preview image is displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,389,897

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS WITH OVERLAPPED HOLDERS FOR LIGHT SOURCES, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THEREWITH

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus, comprising:a plurality of optical elements including a mirror and a lens;
a housing configured to house the plurality of optical elements therein;
a first holder attached to the housing, and configured to hold a first laser light source having a plurality of light emitting points to emit first laser lights for exposing a first photosensitive member and a first collimator lens through which the first laser lights emitted from the first laser light source pass, wherein the first holder is configured to have a first lens barrel portion that connects a portion for holding the first laser light source and a portion for holding the first collimator lens;
a second holder attached to the housing, and configured to hold a second laser light source having a plurality of light emitting points to emit second laser lights for exposing a second photosensitive member and a second collimator lens through which the second leaser lights emitted from the second laser light source pass, wherein the second holder is configured to have a second lens barrel portion that connects a portion for holding the second laser light source and a portion for holding the second collimator lens;
a rotary polygon mirror configured to be rotated and provided with a plurality of reflection surfaces by which the first laser lights emitted from the first laser light source and the second laser lights emitted from the second laser light source are deflected; and
a lens, of the plurality of optical elements, to which respective laser lights of the first laser lights emitted from the first laser light source and deflected by the rotary polygon mirror and the second laser lights emitted from the second laser light source and deflected by the rotary polygon mirror are first incident,
wherein the first laser lights emitted from the first laser light source and the second laser lights emitted from the second laser light source are incident to a reflection surface of the rotary polygon mirror at respective angles inclined over and under a virtual plane that is perpendicular to a rotation axis of the rotary polygon mirror and passes through the plurality of reflection surfaces without being reflected by a mirror,
wherein when viewing the first holder and the second holder from above the virtual plane in a rotation axis direction of the rotary polygon mirror, the first holder and the second holder are attached to the housing so that a first incident light path of the first laser lights incident to the rotary polygon mirror is placed between a second incident light path of the second laser lights incident to the rotary polygon mirror and the lens, and
wherein in the rotation axis direction, a part of the first lens barrel portion and a part of the second lens barrel portion overlap one another.

US Pat. No. 10,389,907

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,389,910

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,389,911

ORIGINAL READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,389,653

REQUEST DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A request distribution system connected with a first processing system and a second processing system and capable of adjusting resources to be used in request processing according to an amount of requests received, the request distribution system comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor that, when executing the instructions, causes the request distribution system to perform operations including:
specifying information indicating a part of users out of a plurality of users belonging to a predetermined network system as specification information for determining a processing system as a transmission destination, wherein processing for specifying the information indicating a part of users out of the plurality of users is repetitively performed at intervals of a predetermined time period,
receiving a request,
determining a processing system as the transmission destination of the received request, and
transmitting the received request to the determined processing system,
wherein, when a processing system for processing a request from a predetermined network system is switched in a switching from the first processing system to the second processing system, according to identification information included in each request and the information that has been specified when the each request is received, the second processing system is determined as a transmission destination of a part of a plurality of requests during a time period between a start and an end of the relevant switching,
wherein, during the time period between the start and the end of the relevant switching, the first processing system is determined as a transmission destination of requests other than the part of the plurality of requests, and
wherein resources to be used in request processing by the second processing system are adjusted according to the amount of requests of which the transmission destination is determined to be the second processing system.

US Pat. No. 10,383,511

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,383,514

OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING APPARATUS, OPERATION METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,383,516

IMAGE GENERATION METHOD, IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image generation method comprising:an acquisition step of acquiring a plurality of pieces of tomogram data of a subject, the plurality of pieces of tomogram data representing cross-sections at a substantially identical portion of the subject;
a calculation step of calculating a motion contrast value by using pieces of pixel data corresponding to one another among the plurality of pieces of tomogram data that have been acquired;
a comparison step of comparing the motion contrast value with a threshold for generating a motion contrast image of the subject;
a generation step of generating the motion contrast image based on a result of the comparing; and
a change step of changing the threshold,
wherein at least one processor in communication with at least one memory configured to perform the acquisition step, calculation step, comparison step, generation step and changing step.

US Pat. No. 10,389,930

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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. 10,389,945

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. A control method for an imaging control apparatus including a manual focus operation unit configured to receive an operation of manually adjusting focus, the control method comprising:a magnification instruction step of providing an instruction to magnify a live-view image obtained by an imaging unit; and
a control step of performing control to display the live-view image in magnified form at a first magnification in response to the instruction provided in the magnification instruction step, and performing control to, in response to the manual focus operation unit receiving the operation, display the live-view image at a higher magnification among the first magnification and a second magnification, the second magnification being determined in advance as a magnification at which the live-view image is displayed in response to the manual focus operation unit receiving the operation.

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. 10,377,165

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM IN WHICH PROGRAM IS RECORDED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a first apparatus configured to perform punching on a sheet by using a punching member;
a second apparatus, including a stacking part on which a plurality of sheets punched by the first apparatus is stacked, and configured to perform binding so as to obtain a bookbinding article in which a binding member penetrates in a ring shape through punched holes of the plurality of sheets;
a notification unit notifying information; and
a control unit configured, in a case of starting a job using the first apparatus and the second apparatus and determining that a jam has occurred in the stacking part, to cancel the job, and to cause the notification unit to notify that a thickness of a sheet stack stacked on the stacking part exceeds a thickness that enables to be bound by the binding member used by the second apparatus.

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. 10,383,061

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus operable in one of a plurality of setting modes including a Wi-Fi ON setting mode and a Wi-Fi OFF setting mode, the information processing apparatus comprising:a wireless communicator configured to receive information from outside the information processing apparatus, the wireless communicator being used for communication by a method different from Wi-Fi communication;
a wireless LAN interface configured to perform Wi-Fi communication with an external device;
one or more controllers configured to function as:
a unit configured to acquire, via the wireless communicator, first connection information including at least an SSID of an access point, wherein the first connection information is acquired without inputting of any characters by a user;
a unit configured to establish a Wi-Fi communication environment based on the first connection information, upon reception of the first connection information by the wireless communicator, wherein the first change processing for automatically changing a setting mode to the Wi-Fi ON setting mode is performed before the Wi-Fi communication environment is established, in a case where the setting mode before the first connection information is received by the wireless communicator is the Wi-Fi OFF setting mode;
a unit configured to store setting information including at least information for identifying the setting mode before the first connection information is received by the wireless communicator; and
a unit configured to perform second change processing for automatically changing the setting mode to the Wi-Fi OFF setting mode in response to a predetermined condition being satisfied after the Wi-Fi communication environment is established, at least based on the setting information indicating that the setting mode before the first connection information is received by the wireless communicator is the Wi-Fi OFF setting mode, and to not perform the second change processing even if the predetermined condition is satisfied after the Wi-Fi communication environment is established, at least based on the setting information indicating that the setting mode before the first connection information is received by the wireless communicator is the Wi-Fi ON setting mode.

US Pat. No. 10,376,915

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus, comprising:a discharge unit in which a plurality of nozzles that discharge a liquid onto a substrate are arranged along a first direction;
a plurality of elements that are provided for the plurality of nozzles and control to discharge the liquid from each of the plurality of nozzles;
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of drive waveforms applied to the plurality of elements when driving the plurality of elements;
a moving unit for moving the substrate in a second direction that intersects the first direction; and
a selection unit configured to select, from among the plurality of drive waveforms stored in the storage unit, a drive waveform corresponding to a discharge spacing of each of the plurality of nozzles in the second direction when the liquid is discharged from each of the plurality of nozzles with moving the substrate by the moving unit.

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. 10,379,272

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system, comprising a front unit, an aperture stop, and a rear unit, which are arranged in order from an object side to an image side,the front unit comprising a diffractive optical element, at least one first refractive optical element having a power in the same sign as a sign of a power of a diffractive surface of the diffractive optical element, and at least one second refractive optical element having a power in a different sign from the sign of the power of the diffractive surface,
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:

where ??dC-fsi is defined as ?dC-fsi?(?0.1968×?gd-fsi+0.548), and ?dC-fsi and ?gd-fsi represent a partial dispersion ratio between a d-line and a C-line and a partial dispersion ratio between a g-line and the d-line, respectively, of a material of an i-th (i is an integer of 1 or more and M or less, and M is an integer of 1 or more) first refractive optical element counted from the object side among the at least one first refractive optical element,
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:

where ??dC-fdj is defined as ?dC-fdj?(?0.1968×?gd-fdj+0.548), and ?dC-fdj and ?gd-fdj represent a partial dispersion ratio between the d-line and the C-line and a partial dispersion ratio between the g-line and the d-line, respectively, of a material of a j-th (j is an integer of 1 or more and N or less, and N is an integer of 1 or more) second refractive optical element counted from the object side among the at least one second refractive optical element, and
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:

where ??gd-fdj is defined as ?gd-fdj?(?1.687×10?7×vdfdj3+5.702×10?5×vdfdj2?6.603×10?3×vdfdj+1.462), and vdfdj represents an Abbe number of the material of the j-th (j is an integer of 1 or more and N or less, and N is an integer of 1 or more) refractive optical element counted from the object side among the at least one second refractive optical element.

US Pat. No. 10,382,604

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. An image processing apparatus communicable with an external apparatus, the image processing apparatus comprising:a storage;
at least one memory storing instructions, and
at least one processor that, upon executing the instructions, causes the image processing apparatus to:
set whether or not to remove information corresponding to an external line call number in an import process of a destination number based on communication type of the destination number;
obtain, from the external apparatus, destination information;
import, to the storage, a destination number obtained by removing the information corresponding to the external line call number from the obtained destination information, if a setting to remove the information corresponding to the external line call number has been performed, and
import, to the storage, the obtained destination information without removing the information corresponding to the external line call number, if a setting to not remove the information corresponding to the external line call number has been performed.

US Pat. No. 10,382,618

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a plurality of communication interfaces configured to be capable of wireless communication with an external apparatus,
wherein in a case where a first notification is received from the external apparatus via a predetermined communication interface out of the plurality of communication interfaces, the first notification being transmitted in accordance with execution of an operation for deactivating all communication functions of a plurality of communication interfaces of the external apparatus, the processor does not deactivate a communication function of the predetermined communication interface for a predetermined time,
in a case where a second notification is received via the predetermined communication interface within the predetermined time, the second notification being transmitted in accordance with execution of an operation for individually activating at least one communication function out of the communication functions of the plurality of communication interfaces of the external apparatus, the processor determines to maintain the communication function of the communication interface corresponding to the second notification in an activate state even after the predetermined period elapses, and
after the predetermined time elapses, the processor maintains the communication function of the communication interface corresponding to the second notification in the activate state, and deactivates a communication function of a communication interface that does not correspond to the second notification.

US Pat. No. 10,379,037

SPECTRAL COLORIMETRIC APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT USES THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A spectral colorimetric apparatus comprising:a light source configured to irradiate light onto a surface to be detected;
a spectral optical element configured to disperse reflected light that is reflected from the surface to be detected;
a light receiver configured to receive light dispersed by the spectral optical element;
a substrate on which the light receiver is mounted;
a housing having a first side wall on which the substrate is fixed and a second side wall on which the spectral optical element is fixed; and
a pressing arm configured to pinch the spectral optical element together with the second side wall and to press the spectral optical element to the second side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,376,229

COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHIC MAMMOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computed tomographic mammography system, comprising:a transmission type X-ray tube including a transmission type target and an X-ray detector disposed to face each other via a breast chamber;
a rotation unit which rotates the X-ray tube and the X-ray detector cooperatively around a rotation axis which is in the breast chamber; and
a gantry which houses the X-ray tube and the X-ray detector and has a front part with an insertion opening for a breast,
wherein the transmission type X-ray tube includes an electron emission source configured to emit an electron beam toward the transmission type target,
wherein the transmission type target includes a target layer which generates X-ray upon irradiation of electrons, and a supporting substrate which supports the target layer,
wherein the supporting substrate is configured to face toward a front part side of the gantry.

US Pat. No. 10,382,644

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus communicable with an external apparatus over a network, the information processing apparatus comprising:a storage device storing a file;
a processor configured to implement instructions stored in a memory and execute a plurality of tasks, including:
a setting task that sets one of a plurality of settings, including at least a first setting for which an SMB protocol is used for accessing the file stored in the storage device from the external apparatus and a second setting for which a WebDAV protocol is used for accessing the file stored in the storage device from the external apparatus;
a registration task that registers an e-mail address linked to a location of the file stored in the storage device; and
a transmitting task that transmits to the registered e-mail address:
in a case where the setting task sets the first setting, an e-mail providing location information including, in a body part of the e-mail, an SMB path of the stored file described for accessing the stored file using the SMB protocol; and
in a case where the setting task sets the second setting, an e-mail providing location information including, in the body part of the e-mail, a WebDAV path of the stored file described for accessing the stored file using the WebDAV protocol.

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. 10,382,646

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS ADAPTABLE TO PLURALITY OF SPECIFICATIONS OF COMMUNICATIONS PROTOCOL, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
connect the image processing apparatus with a first information processing apparatus which is compatible with a first specification of a communications protocol and is not compatible with a second specification of said communications protocol and a second information processing apparatus which is compatible with the second specification;
input an instruction of selecting a specification from among a plurality of specifications including the first specification and the second specification, the selected specification being used for notifying an information processing apparatus connected with the image processing apparatus of a status of the image processing apparatus;
receive, from the connected information processing apparatus, a transmission request for status information indicating a status of the image processing apparatus; and
transmit, according to the specification selected by the input instruction, the status information in response to the transmission request,
wherein a value of the status information is represented by the first specification with a first bit length and said value of the status information is represented by the second specification with a second bit length which is longer than the first bit length, and
wherein the stored instructions further comprising instructions to: store, in a storage unit,
a first interval information indicating first interval from a transmission of the status information indicating a normal state of the image processing apparatus until a reception of a next transmission request, and
a second interval information indicating second interval from a transmission of the status information indicating an error state of the image processing apparatus until a reception of a next transmission request; and
execute steps of:
comparing the length of the first interval and the second interval, determining, based on the result of the comparing, whether the connected information processing apparatus is compatible with the first specification of the communications protocol,
setting, in a case where it is determined that the connected information processing apparatus is compatible with the first specification, the first specification as the specification to be used to transmit the status information, and
setting, in a case where it is determined that the connected information processing apparatus is not compatible with the first specification, the second specification of the communications protocol as the specification to be used to transmit the status information.

US Pat. No. 10,379,316

OPTICAL DRIVER APPARATUS, OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical driving apparatus detachably attachable to an optical apparatus,the optical apparatus including:
a lens operation member operable manually; and
a locking mechanism switchable between a locking state of restraining motion of the lens operation member and an unlocking state of releasing the restraint,
the optical driving apparatus comprising:
a driving operation member;
an actuator configured to move the lens operation member; and
a controller configured to control the actuator,
wherein the locking mechanism includes a first portion and a second portion,
wherein the first portion engages with the second portion in the locking state and the first portion separates from the second portion in the unlocking state, and
wherein the controller is configured to:
drive the actuator in response to an operation of the driving operation member when the locking mechanism is in the unlocking state; and
control the actuator, when the locking mechanism is in the locking state, so as to provide one of a state of not driving the actuator in response to the operation of the driving operation member and a state of performing a warning operation.

US Pat. No. 10,382,649

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,379,325

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical system comprising:a negative lens,wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
30??d?40;
1.225?[nd?(14.387/?d)]?1.276; and
0.4300?[?gF?(2.9795/?d)]?0.5010,
where ?d is an Abbe number of the negative lens, ?gF is a partial dispersion ratio of the negative lens at a g-line and an F-line, and nd is a refractive index of the negative lens at a d-line.

US Pat. No. 10,382,664

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING SETTABLE FOCUS DETECTION AREAS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an image sensor including a pair of photoelectric conversion units for each of a plurality of microlenses arranged in a matrix of rows and columns, and capable of reading a signal from each row;
a memory storing a program; and
one or more processors which, by executing the program, function as each unit comprising:
a reading control unit configured to perform control so that a plurality of first areas each having a first predetermined number of rows in which signals used for focus detection are read when signals are read from the image sensor, and a plurality of second areas each having a second predetermined number of rows in which signals for use in focus detection are not read, are set by arranging each first area alternately with each second area on the image sensor; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate an amount of correlation using, among signals read by a first reading control for reading signals for use in focus detection, a pair of focus detection signals obtained from an area on the image sensor corresponding to a set focus detection area,
wherein, in a case where a second focus detection area larger in a column direction than a first focus detection area is set without changing the number of rows in which signals are read from the image sensor by the first reading control, the reading control unit makes the number of the first areas larger than in a case where the first focus detection area is set, and reduces the number of rows in which signals are read by the first reading control in each of the first areas, thereby making the first area smaller in the column direction than in the case where the first focus detection area is set.

US Pat. No. 10,382,923

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PREVENTING DATA ERRONEOUS TRANSMISSION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus that provides an access point and allocates one IP address, from among one or more IP addresses that are candidates of allocation, to an external terminal configured to access the access point in order to communicate with the external terminal in a first communication mode, the communication apparatus comprising:a display which displays information;
a network interface to which an IP address used for connecting to a specific network is allocated in order for the communication apparatus to communicate in a second communication mode different from the first communication mode; and
at least one controller configured to function as:
a reception unit configured to receive an input of setting information used in a communication via the access point per the first communication mode, the input setting information including the one or more IP addresses that are candidates of allocation for allocation to the external terminal configured to access the access point provided by the communication apparatus; and
a control unit configured to:
obtain the IP address used for connecting to the specific network per the second communication mode;
determine whether the communication apparatus is connected to at least one external terminal via the access point per the first communication mode;
determine, in a case where it is determined that the communication apparatus is connected to the at least one external terminal via the access point per the first communication mode, whether the obtained IP address used for connecting to the specific network per the second communication mode matches at least one IP address out of the one or more IP addresses that are candidates of allocation for allocation to the external terminal based on the input setting information used in the communication via the access point per the first communication mode, and control the display to display the information so that an operation to perform a communication via the specific network per the second communication mode and the communication via the access point per the first communication mode at the same time, is not allowed, in a case where it is determined the obtained IP address used for connecting to the specific network matches at least one IP address out of the one or more IP addresses that are candidates of allocation for allocation to the external terminal; and
set, in a case where it is determined that the communication apparatus is not connected to the at least one external terminal via the access point per the first communication mode, the obtained IP address used for connecting to the specific network to be used in the communication via the specific network per the second communication mode without determining whether the obtained IP address used for connecting to the specific network per the second communication mode matches at least one IP address out of the one or more IP addresses that are candidates of allocation for allocation to the external terminal per the first communication mode,
wherein in a case where it is determined the obtained IP address used for connecting to the specific network does not match at least one IP address out of the one or more IP addresses that are candidates of allocation for allocation to the external terminal, the operation to perform the communication via the specific network per the second communication mode and the communication via the access point per the first communication mode at the same time, is allowed.

US Pat. No. 10,382,676

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following units:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a first image file that includes light field data and a second image file not includes light field data;
a control unit configured to simultaneously display first image data corresponding to light field data included in the first image file and second image data corresponding to image data included in the second file on a display, and
wherein the control unit determines whether the image to be displayed corresponds to light field data or not by analyzing each data in a plurality of image files acquired by the acquisition unit, and performs display for informing a user that the displayed image data corresponds to either the first image data or the second image data.

US Pat. No. 10,382,697

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:a lens configured to be moved along an optical axis for varying a focal length of the lens apparatus;
an actuator configured to move the lens; and
a controller configured to:
obtain a first command for the actuator;
derive a second command for the actuator based on the first command so that a variation of a field-of-view change rate in a case where the lens is moved along the optical axis based on the second command is smaller than a variation of a field-of-view change rate in a case where the lens is moved along the optical axis based on the first command; and
output the second command to control the actuator,
wherein, in a case where a moving speed of the lens for the second command about a first position of the lens exceeds a predetermined limit speed of the lens, the controller is configured to derive the second command so that a moving speed of the lens for the second command about the first position does not exceed the predetermined limit speed, and a moving speed of the lens for the second command about a second position, different from the first position, of the lens is changed to compensate for change in time necessary to move the lens due to the derived second command about the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,382,707

IMAGING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels, each pixel including a photoelectric conversion unit that photoelectrically converts received light, a read node in which a signal charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit is accumulated, and a first readout circuit that performs analog-to-digital conversion to convert a signal based on the signal charge accumulated in the read node into a digital signal; and
a second readout circuit that reads a signal based on the signal charge, the signal having a smaller amplitude than a resolution of the analog-to-digital conversion of the first readout circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,382,710

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor connected to a memory, the at least one processor being configured to:
acquire a first image that is generated by image capturing and includes information of light intensity distributions obtained with a plurality of different exposures provided with transmittance distributions that are different from one another;
acquire information on the transmittance distributions; and
separate image signals corresponding to two or more exposures among the plurality of exposures from the first image in the same pixel based on an estimation using the information on the transmittance distributions, and to generate two or more second images using the separated image signals.

US Pat. No. 10,382,714

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND MOVING OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus that includes a first image sensor and a second image sensor each including a plurality of pixels arrayed in a matrix, a driving unit, and a signal readout unit,wherein each of the plurality of pixels includes a photoelectric conversion element, a first signal holding unit, a first transferring unit configured to transfer a signal according to an amount of charges generated in the photoelectric conversion element to the first signal holding unit, a second signal holding unit, and a second transferring unit configured to transfer a signal according to an amount of charges generated in the photoelectric conversion element to the second signal holding unit, and
the driving units
perform, on each of the first image sensor and the second image sensor, first driving of causing the first transferring unit to transfer, to the first signal holding unit, a signal according to an amount of charges generated in the photoelectric conversion element in a first period in accordance with an amount of light from an object which is not irradiated with light by a light irradiation unit, and causing the first signal holding unit to hold the signal as an image signal,
perform, on the first image sensor, second driving of causing the second transferring unit to hold, in the second signal holding unit, a signal generated in the photoelectric conversion element in a second period based on reflected light from the object irradiated with the light by the light irradiation unit, and
perform, on the second image sensor, third driving of causing the second transferring unit to hold, in the second signal holding unit, a signal generated in the photoelectric conversion element in a third period based on reflected light from the object irradiated with the light by the light irradiation unit, the third period including a period which does not overlap the second period.

US Pat. No. 10,377,089

BONDED PART, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF BONDED PART, INK TANK, AND INK CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A bonded part comprising:a first part; and
a second part;
wherein the first part includes a wall portion and a space portion surrounded by the wall portion,
wherein a first shape portion formed of bonding resin is arranged at a position between the second part and the wall portion, and
wherein the first shape portion includes a convex portion that passes through an internal portion of the second part and penetrates to an opposite side of the first part.

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. 10,382,728

EXTERNAL DEVICE CONTROL METHOD, IMAGING DEVICE CONTROL METHOD, IMAGING SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD, EXTERNAL DEVICE, IMAGING DEVICE, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling a client device that is capable of communicating, via a network, with a camera configured to include an imaging unit configured to capture an image of an object, the method comprising:a transmitting step of transmitting to the camera an inquiry command about capability of a tour operation including a forward direction tour operation, a backward direction tour operation, and a random tour operation,
wherein the camera selects, in the forward direction tour operation, an imaging position from among a plurality of imaging positions in predetermined order,
wherein the camera selects, in the backward direction tour operation, an imaging position from among the plurality of imaging positions in reverse order that is opposite of the predetermined order, and
wherein the camera randomly selects, in the random tour operation, an imaging position from among the plurality of imaging positions;
a receiving step of receiving capability information indicating the capability of the tour operation which is transmitted from the camera in response to the inquiry command; and
a control step of displaying a user interface for selecting the tour operation, in accordance with the capability information received in the receiving step, wherein the user interface displayed in the control step is a user interface in which a tour operation which the camera is able to operate is selectable and a tour operation which the camera is not able to operate is not selectable.

US Pat. No. 10,378,886

THREE DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THREE DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A three dimensional measurement apparatus that measures a three-dimensional shape of a measurement object using a composited image obtained by capturing, by an image capturing unit, the measurement object onto which a pattern is projected, the apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the stored instructions to:
composite a first image and a second image of the measurement object respectively captured by the image capturing unit under a first imaging condition and a second imaging condition that is different from the first imaging condition, by changing a luminance pixel value for one or more pixels in the second image such that the luminance pixel value in the second image, obtained in a case where light of a second exposure amount larger than a first exposure amount is incident on the image capturing unit under the second imaging condition, becomes larger than a luminance pixel value in the first image, obtained in a case where light of the first exposure amount is incident on the image capturing unit under the first imaging condition to maintain a magnitude relationship of an exposure amount of light incident on the image capturing unit and a luminance pixel value in an image obtained by the image capturing unit between the first image and the changed second image; and
measure the three-dimensional shape of the measurement object using the composited image.

US Pat. No. 10,381,969

CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control device, comprising:a driving unit configured to drive a plurality of coils of a multiple-phase motor by pulse width modulation;
a detection unit configured to detect currents flowing through the plurality of coils in a time-division manner; and
a change unit configured to change, in accordance with a duty in the pulse width modulation, a sequence of detecting the currents flowing through the plurality of coils by the detection unit, wherein if the duty in the pulse width modulation satisfies a predetermined condition, the change unit changes the sequence of detecting the currents flowing through the coils from a default sequence to the sequence according to the duty.

US Pat. No. 10,382,740

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain data of one or more of a plurality of first images;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain data of a second image that can be generated from the plurality of first images; and
a file generation unit configured to generate an image file containing the data of the second image and data of a subset of the plurality of first images,
wherein the file generation unit generates the image file such that the data of the subset of the plurality of the first images does not contain data of, among the plurality of first images, a first image that can be generated from data of the subset of the plurality of the first images and the second image contained in the image file, and
wherein the file generation unit stores in the image file data of the second image data and the data of the subset of the plurality of first images in order.

US Pat. No. 10,382,743

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT GENERATES STEREOSCOPIC PRINT DATA, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(A) a photographing section that acquires a first image of an object and a second image of the object, the first image and the second image being acquired at different times, and each including an object image of the object and a background portion;
(B) at least one memory that stores instructions; and
(C) at least one processor coupled to the at least one memory, and configured to execute the instructions to cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
(a) a distance information acquisition unit configured to acquire distance information associated with the object image included in each of the first image and the second image, the distance information corresponding to a distance in a depth direction of the object, and indicating a distance from the photographing section to the object;
(b) a movement vector calculation unit configured to calculate a movement vector of the object image in a horizontal direction, a vertical direction, and the depth direction, based on position information of the object image included in each of the first image and the second image;
(c) a thickness determination unit configured to determine a thickness of the object image, in the depth direction, included in each of the first image and the second image according to at least one of a horizontal component and a vertical component of the movement vector;
(d) a generation unit configured to generate stereoscopic print data based on (i) the second image, (ii) the distance information associated with the object image included in the second image and acquired by the distance information acquisition unit, (iii) the movement vector calculated by the movement vector calculation unit, and (iv) the determined thickness of the object image, by increasing a depth component of the position information of the object image included in the second image based on the at least one of the horizontal component and the vertical component of the movement vector, wherein the generation unit increases the thickness of the object image based on an increase of a scalar amount of the at least one of the horizontal component and the vertical component of the movement vector, without increasing a thickness of the background portion of the second image; and
(e) a storing unit that stores the generated stereoscopic print data in one of a second memory and a recording medium.

US Pat. No. 10,379,678

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, OPERATION DETECTION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT DETERMINE THE POSITION OF AN OPERATION OBJECT IN A THREE-DIMENSIONAL SPACE BASED ON A HISTOGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing device comprising:a distance acquisition unit configured to acquire depth information on a distance from an image pickup unit to a surface to be imaged, the surface to be imaged containing an operation object for an operation on a surface to be operated;
an extraction unit configured to extract a tip area of the operation object using the depth information; and
a determination unit configured to determine a tip position of the operation object in a height direction from the surface to be operated, based on a histogram, which indicates a relationship between a height of a point cloud in a three-dimensional space from the surface to be operated and a number of point clouds, generated from a group of pieces of depth information on the tip area;
wherein the distance acquisition unit is configured to continuously acquire the depth information with the histogram changing with lapse of time, and
wherein the determination unit is configured to:
determine whether a shape of the histogram has changed based on a ratio of a predetermined width of a window corresponding to the operation object and a width corresponding to a distribution of the point cloud;
increase the predetermined width of the window based on continuity of the histogram when the shape has changed; and
determine the tip position using a lowest height value in the window.

US Pat. No. 10,382,259

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A management apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions related to operations for management of a plurality of network devices using a first protocol that is SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) and a second protocol different from the first protocol; and
a processor executing the instructions causing the management apparatus to:
manage whether or not each of the network device supports the second protocol and the first protocol;
display a screen in which a setting for sending the setting information to a plurality of sending target network devices simultaneously can be selected if a network device that supports the second protocol and a network device that does not support the second protocol are included in the plurality of sending target network devices:
display information indicating that the timings at which the sending to the network devices do not match if the setting for sending the setting information to the plurality of sending target network devices simultaneously is selected:
send the setting information according to specifications of the second protocol to the sending target network device that supports the second protocol; and
send the setting information according to specifications of the first protocol to the sending target network device that does not support the second protocol, wherein the second protocol defines a request for controlling a setting operation using a plurality of data stores secured in the network device, in which setting information is managed in a data format different from that of the first protocol.

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. 10,373,293

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor;
at least one memory;
a first generation unit configured to generate a first image with a predetermined resolution and a second image with a resolution higher than the predetermined resolution, based on an image captured by an imaging unit;
a first processing unit configured to perform first image processing on the generated first image;
a second processing unit configured to perform second image processing, which is different from the first image processing, on the generated second image;
a derivation unit configured to derive a position and a direction of the imaging unit by detecting a marker feature or a natural feature in the processed first image;
a second generation unit configured to generate a virtual image, based on the derived position and direction; and
a composition unit configured to generate a composite image based on the processed second image and the generated virtual image,
wherein the first generation unit, the first processing unit, the derivation unit, the second generation unit, and the composition unit are realized by execution of a program stored in the at least one memory by the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,372,019

LENS DRIVING ADAPTER, LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens driving adapter detachably attachable to a lens barrel on which an operation member is provided, the lens driving adapter comprising:a driver configured to drive the operation member of the lens barrel to which the lens driving adapter is attached; and
an adapter body holding the driver,
wherein:
the adapter body includes a first contact portion and a second contact portion that are protrusions contactable with two circumferential portions in an outer circumferential surface of the lens barrel, the two circumferential portions being disposed at different positions away from the operation member;
the first and the second contact portions each have a shape that convexes toward the outer circumferential surfaces of the lens barrel; and
the adapter body includes a fixing member configured to fix the adapter body to the lens barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,372,033

IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which performs imprint processes to a plurality of shot regions in each of a plurality of substrate, the plurality of shot regions having the same shapes with each other, the apparatus comprising:a plurality of imprinting devices including a first imprinting device and a second imprinting device, each of which is configured to perform the imprint processes; and
a controller configured to control the plurality of imprinting devices, wherein the controller is configured to:
assign shot regions located in a first area on each substrate among the plurality of shot regions, as first shot regions for performing the imprint processes by the first imprinting device, and assign shot regions located in a second area different from the first area on each substrate among the plurality of shot regions, as second shot regions for performing the imprint processes by the second imprinting device, and
control the plurality of imprinting devices, so that the imprint processes of the first shot regions are performed by the first imprinting device and the imprint processes of the second shot regions are performed by the second imprinting device,
wherein the controller is configured to control the plurality of imprinting devices to perform the imprint processes for the plurality of substrates in parallel by assigning the first shot regions and the second shot regions thereby to control the time period required to perform the imprint processes by each of the first imprinting device and the second imprinting device.

US Pat. No. 10,372,034

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for forming a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate using a mold, the imprint apparatus comprising:a heating unit configured to irradiate a region to be processed on the substrate with light to heat the region to be processed;
a generation unit configured to generate irradiation amount distribution data, which indicates an irradiation amount distribution of light with which the heating unit irradiates the region to be processed; and
a measurement unit configured to measure information about absorption of the light by the region to be processed,
wherein the generation unit is configured to generate the irradiation amount distribution data by correcting, using a result of measurement by the measurement unit, temporary irradiation amount distribution data temporarily generated based on a shape of the region to be processed taken before the region to be processed is heated by the heating unit.

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. 10,373,324

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS THAT SCANS ORIGINAL, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus that projects a projection pattern formed by a plurality of projection lines on a to-be-read object to thereby measure bending of the to-be-read object, comprising:a distance measurement sensor configured to measure a distance to the to-be-read object;
a luminance measurement unit, including a camera, configured to measure a luminance of the to-be-read object; and
a processor configured to execute instructions stored in a memory to provide, at least:
a luminance distribution information generating unit configured to generate luminance distribution information of the to-be-read object for identifying a pattern of the to-be-read object, based on the measured luminance;
a distance distribution information-generating unit configured to generate distance distribution information of the to-be-read object for identifying a shape, a size, and a position of the to-be-read object, based on the measured distance; and
a projection pattern-generating unit configured to generate the projection pattern and determine a direction of the plurality of projection lines based on the generated distance distribution information and the generated luminance distribution information of the to-be-read object.

US Pat. No. 10,373,329

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DETERMINING AN IMAGE TO BE SUBJECTED TO A CHARACTER RECOGNITION PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image obtained by photographing a part of a subject;
a specification unit configured to specify a relative position between the obtained image and the entire subject;
a determination unit configured to determine a specific area included in the obtained image based on the specified relative position;
a calculation unit configured to calculate an edge amount of the determined specific area; and
a character recognition unit configured to execute a character recognition processing on the specific area in a case where the calculated edge amount in the specific area is larger than a first threshold,
wherein the first threshold is obtained based on an edge amount of an area corresponding to the specific area of an image whose a certainty factor of a result of the character recognition process being previously executed is equal to or larger than a second threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,372,050

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising in this order:a support;
an undercoat layer comprising a cured product of an electron transport material, a polyolefin resin and an isocyanate compound having two or more isocyanate groups;
a charge generation layer; and
a charge transport layer, wherein
the electron transport material has at least one member selected from the group consisting of a hydroxyl group, a thiol group, an amino group and a carboxyl group, and
the polyolefin resin has at least one member selected from the group consisting of a carboxyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group and an anhydrous carboxylic acid structure and an optionally substituted phenyl group, the polyolefin resin having a structure represented by formula (B1) and a structure represented by formula (B2)

where B101 to B104 are independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a methyl group and an optionally substituted phenyl group, and at least one of B101 to B104 is said optionally substituted phenyl group

where B201 to B204 are independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, a carboxyl group and an alkoxycarbonyl group, and at least one of B201 to B204 is said carboxyl or alkoxycarbonyl group, or
B201 and B203 are independently a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, and B202 and B204 are bonded in a structure of —C(?O)OC(?O)—, thereby forming a ring structure with C—C in formula (B2).

US Pat. No. 10,372,053

RECORDED MATERIAL AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recorded material, comprising:a recording medium; and
a fixed toner image on the recording medium, the fixed toner image comprising a cured resin and a toner particle in the cured resin, the toner particle including colorant particles, wherein
the cured resin is formed from an energy-curable liquid comprising a cationic polymerizable monomer included in a carrier liquid, the cationic polymerizable monomer being at least one compound selected from the group consisting of dodecyl vinyl ether, dipropylene glycol divinyl ether, dicyclopentadiene vinyl ether, cyclohexane dimethanol divinyl ether, tricyclodecane vinyl ether, trimethylolpropane trivinyl ether, 2-ethyl-1,3-hexanediol divinyl ether, 2,4-diethyl-1,5-pentanediol divinyl ether, 2-butyl-2-ethyl-1,3-propanediol divinyl ether, neopentyl glycol divinyl ether, pentaerythritol tetra vinyl ether, and 1,2-decanediol divinyl ether,
an average circularity of the toner particle is 0.70 to 0.99 and the toner particle is not exposed from a surface of the cured resin,
a ratio (T/D×100) between the toner particle (T) and the carrier energy-curable liquid (D) is 20 to 80 on a mass scale,
a volume-average particle diameter of the toner particle is not less than 0.5 ?m and less than 1 ?m, and
an average distance between wall surfaces of adjacent toner particles in the cured resin is not less than 75 nm and less than 125 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,372,056

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING GRID ELECTRODE WITH OPENING AND NON-OPENING PORTIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a rotatable photosensitive member;
a corona charger including a discharging wire and a plate-like grid electrode and being configured to charge a surface of said photosensitive member at a charging position; and
an exposure device configured to expose the surface of said photosensitive member charged by said corona charger at an exposure position, which is at a downstream side of said corona charger in a rotational direction of said photosensitive member at the charging position, to form an electrostatic image,
wherein said grid electrode includes a first portion having a plurality of openings and a second portion provided adjacent to said first portion with respect to the rotational direction, said second portion including a downstream side peripheral portion not provided with an opening in a charging region in a longitudinal direction of said corona charger, and
wherein in a cross-section orthogonal to the longitudinal direction and including the charging region, the downstream side peripheral portion extends from a downstream end portion of said plate-like grid electrode at least to a position crossing with a straight line A passing through the exposure position and said discharging wire.

US Pat. No. 10,372,058

COLOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a photoconductor drum, a light emitting element configured to operate in at least a laser emission operating region, and a charging unit charging the photoconductor drum, the light emitting element radiating light on the charged photoconductor drum to form a latent image, wherein the latent image becomes visible when toner attaches to the photoconductor drum, the image forming apparatus comprising:a first light-intensity controller configured to adjust, in a state where a first driving current added with a second driving current smaller than the first driving current is supplied to the light emitting element, the first driving current such that an emission level of the light emitted from the light emitting element is a first emission level;
a second light-intensity controller configured to adjust, in a state where the second driving current without addition of the first driving current thereto is supplied to the light emitting element, the second driving current such that the emission level of the light emitted from the light emitting element is a second emission level smaller than the first emission level; and
wherein the second light-intensity controller controls the second driving current without addition of the first driving current thereto in a margin region period in which laser emission corresponding to a margin region of a recording sheet is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,372,060

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR SCANNING LIGHT BEAM AT NON-UNIFORM SCAN SPEED AND EXPOSING PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
an irradiation unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member by scanning a laser beam at a non-uniform scan speed with respect to a main scanning direction and exposing the photosensitive member;
a correction unit configured to generate second image data by performing correction processing for correcting a tone value of a pixel in first image data in accordance with a position in the main scanning direction; and
a halftone processing unit configured to perform halftone processing on the second image data by a dither matrix that includes a plurality of submatrices each including a plurality of pixels and decide an exposure region of an image formed by the irradiation unit,
wherein in at least one of a first dither matrix corresponding to a first section, and a second dither matrix corresponding to a second section adjacent to the first dither matrix in the main scanning direction and corresponding to the second section different from the first section in tone value, at least a size of an exposure region of an image formed by using a first submatrix corresponding to a predetermined tone value in the dither matrix and a size of an exposure region of an image formed by using a second submatrix corresponding to the predetermined tone value are different.

US Pat. No. 10,372,062

DEVELOPING APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developing portion that accommodates a developer carrying member that carries developer;
a developer accommodating portion disposed below the developing portion, the developer accommodating portion accommodating the developer;
a conveyance shaft provided in the developer accommodating portion, the conveyance shaft being capable of conveying the developer accommodated in the developer accommodating portion and being rotatable in a predetermined rotation direction;
a drive transmission member which is provided on the developer accommodating portion and which is connected to one end of the conveyance shaft in an axial direction of the conveyance shaft, the drive transmission member rotating the conveyance shaft by receiving driving force from outside;
a first conveying member, having a first end thereof being a fixed end attached to the conveyance shaft and a second end thereof being a free end; and
a second conveying member, having a first end thereof being a fixed end attached to the conveyance shaft, and a second end thereof being a free end, and a length between the fixed end and the free end of the second conveying member being shorter than that of the first conveying member,
wherein the second conveying member is disposed upstream of the first conveying member in a rotation direction of the conveyance shaft in a state in which the fixed end of the second conveying member and the fixed end of the first conveying member overlap each other, and
wherein in a first position, a second position, and a third position that sequentially distance away from the drive transmission member in the axial direction of the conveyance shaft, a distance between the free end of the first conveying member and the free end of the second conveying member sequentially becomes larger as well.

US Pat. No. 10,372,065

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a movable photosensitive member;
a toner image forming portion configured to form a toner image by depositing toner on an electrostatic image formed on said photosensitive member;
a movable intermediary transfer member having an endless shape;
an image transfer portion configured to primary-transfer the toner image from said photosensitive member onto said intermediary transfer member and then to secondary-transfer the toner image from said intermediary transfer member onto a recording material;
a cleaning blade contacting said intermediary transfer member at a contact portion, and configured to remove deposited matter on said intermediary transfer member with movement of said intermediary transfer member;
a job executing portion capable of executing a job which is started by a single start instruction and which is a series of operations in which images are formed and outputted on a single or a plurality of recording materials;
a toner supply executing portion capable of executing a supplying operation for supplying the toner to the contact portion by forming a supplying toner image on said photosensitive member and then by primary-transferring the supplying toner image from said photosensitive member onto said intermediary transfer member in a non-image-forming period which is other than a period in which the toner image to be secondary-transferred onto the recording material is formed on said photosensitive member;
a storing portion configured to store a first integrated value obtained by integrating a value corresponding to a distance of movement of said intermediary transfer member and a second integrated value obtained by integrating a number of images formed in the job or jobs; and
a controller configured to cause said toner supply executing portion to execute the supplying operation and configured to set the first and second integrated values at initial values when the first integrated value reaches a first threshold or when the second integrated value reaches a second threshold, during execution of the job.

US Pat. No. 10,372,066

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit including
a photosensitive member, and
a developer bearing member configured to rotate, and bear a developing agent,
and configured to form the image on the photosensitive member using the developing agent on the developer bearing member;
an intermediate transfer member onto which the image is transferred;
a primary transfer member configured to transfer the image from the photosensitive member onto the intermediate transfer member;
a secondary transfer member configured to transfer the image from the intermediate transfer member onto the sheet;
a photosensitive member motor configured to rotate the photosensitive member;
an intermediate transfer member motor configured to rotate the intermediate transfer member;
a controller configured to:
control the photosensitive member motor so that a rotation speed of the photosensitive member is a photosensitive member target rotation speed;
control the intermediate transfer member motor so that a rotation speed of the intermediate transfer member is an intermediate transfer member target rotation speed;
acquire information related to a load of the photosensitive member motor in a period where the photosensitive member and the intermediate transfer member are rotated without rotating the developer bearing member; and
control the photosensitive member target rotation speed based on the information,
wherein, in a case where a predetermined condition is satisfied while the plurality of images are continuously formed by the image forming unit, the controller stops rotation of the developer bearing member to acquire the information.

US Pat. No. 10,372,067

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC BELT AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An endless electrophotographic belt, comprising:an electro-conductive base layer comprising a thermoplastic resin and carbon black, the base layer being a cylindrical extrusion product of a resin mixture comprising the thermoplastic resin and the carbon black, wherein
when observing a cross section of the cylindrical extrusion product with a transmission electron microscope (TEM) and obtaining a TEM image with a resolution of 0.01 to 1 nm/pixel, the TEM image including a lowest gray of more than 0 and a highest gray of less than 255, and extracting from the TEM image a square region of 100 nm a side in which the carbon black occupies 50 area % or more,
among pixels in the square region resulting from the carbon black and constituting 1% by frequency from the lowest gray in a frequency distribution of gray information possessed in each pixel constituting the square region of which a horizontal axis represents gray and vertical axis represents frequency, a pixel group constituted by the pixels that are mutually adjacent having an area of at least 10 nm2 is observed.

US Pat. No. 10,372,068

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A development device comprising:a developer bearing member provided rotatably and configured to bear developer including toner and carrier to convey the developer to a development region facing an image bearing member;
a first chamber configured to supply the developer to the developer bearing member;
a second chamber configured to collect the developer having passed through the development region from the developer bearing member;
a first communication portion configured to permit movement of the developer from the second chamber to the first chamber;
a second communication portion configured to permit movement of the developer from the first chamber to the second chamber;
a first conveyance screw disposed in the first chamber and configured to convey the developer in a first direction from the first communication portion toward the second communication portion, the first conveyance screw being disposed below the developer bearing member when the development device develops an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member;
a second conveyance screw disposed in the second chamber and configured to convey the developer in a second direction from the second communication portion toward the first communication portion;
a partition wall configured to partition the first chamber and the second chamber;
a guiding surface provided on the partition wall and configured to guide collecting the developer having passed through the development region from the developer bearing member to the second chamber;
a developer replenish portion configured to replenish the developer; and
a developer discharge portion configured to discharge a part of the developer as the developer is replenished by the developer replenish portion,
wherein the developer discharge portion is provided on a bottom portion of the first chamber which is disposed downstream of the second communication portion with respect to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,372,069

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A CONTROL PORTION CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING A ROTATION SPEED OF A PAIR OF CONVEYANCE MEMBERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a movable endless belt;
a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on the belt;
a transfer rotary member forming a transfer nip portion with the belt, and configured to transfer the toner image, formed on the belt, onto a recording material;
a pair of conveyance members arranged upstream of the transfer nip portion in a conveyance direction of the recording material, and configured to convey the recording material to the transfer nip portion, the pair of conveyance members forming a conveyance nip portion;
a first drive source configured to drive at least one of the pair of conveyance members;
a pair of fixing members arranged downstream of the transfer nip portion in the conveyance direction of the recording material, and configured to fix the toner image, which has been transferred onto the recording material in the transfer nip portion, onto the recording material, the pair of fixing members forming a fixing nip portion;
a second drive source configured to drive at least one of the pair of fixing members; and
a control portion configured to control:
(a) a drive speed of the first drive source, so that a speed of the recording material conveyed in the conveyance nip portion is greater than a speed of the recording material conveyed in the transfer nip portion; and
(b) a drive speed of the second drive source, so that the speed of the recording material conveyed in the transfer nip portion is greater than a speed of the recording material conveyed in the fixing nip portion,
wherein the control portion changes a rotation speed of the pair of conveyance members from a first speed to a second speed greater than the first speed after a first loop amount of the recording material, formed between the transfer nip portion and the fixing nip portion, becomes greater than a second loop amount of the recording material, formed between the transfer nip portion and the conveyance nip portion.

US Pat. No. 10,372,071

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a transfer roller comprising a conductive shaft portion and an outer circumferential portion containing a conducting agent and being formed around the shaft portion, the transfer roller forming a transfer portion where the transfer roller is in contact with an outer surface of the image bearing member to transfer the toner image borne on the image bearing member onto a recording medium;
a power feeding rotary member configured to rotate while in contact with the transfer roller to supply electric current to the transfer roller to transfer the toner image at the transfer portion;
a power source configured to apply a transfer bias to the power feeding rotary member; and
a controller configured to execute a cleaning mode of cleaning the power feeding rotary member by applying a bias from the power source to the power feeding rotary member to transfer toner adhering on the power feeding rotary member to the image bearing member through the transfer roller in a state that the transfer roller, the power feeding rotary member and the image bearing member are rotating while the transfer roller is in contact with the power feeding rotary member and the transfer roller is in contact with the image bearing member without forming an image,
wherein the controller is configured to execute the cleaning mode such that a period in which the cleaning mode is executed includes a first application period during which a reverse polarity bias having a polarity reverse to that of the transfer bias is continuously applied to the power feeding rotary member, and a second application period during which a same polarity bias having a same polarity as that of the transfer bias is continuously applied to the power feeding rotary member.

US Pat. No. 10,372,077

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of image bearing members configured to bear toner images;
a plurality of cleaning members configured to abut on the plurality of image bearing members respectively to remove toner from the image bearing members;
a movable intermediate transferring member configured to convey the toner images primarily transferred from the plurality of image bearing members for secondarily transferring the toner images to a recording material;
a charging member configured to charge residual toner with a reverse polarity of a regular charge polarity, the residual toner being toner remaining on the intermediate transferring member after the secondary transfer; and
a control unit configured to execute a supply operation to supply toner charged with the regular charge polarity to at least one abutting portion of a plurality of abutting portions at the time of image non-formation, the plurality of abutting portions being formed by the plurality of cleaning members and the plurality of image bearing members,
wherein in the supply operation, based on information of an image formation executed before the supply operation is executed, the control unit performs a control to supply an amount of the toner charged with the regular charge polarity to a predetermined image bearing member among the plurality of image bearing members, so that the amount of the toner charger with the regular charge polarity supplied to the predetermined image bearing member is the greatest among the amounts of the toner charged with the regular charge polarity suppled to each of the plurality of image bearing members, and
wherein an amount of the residual toner charged with the reverse polarity on the predetermined image bearing member is the greatest among the amounts of the residual toner charged with the reverse polarity on each of the plurality of image bearing members.

US Pat. No. 10,372,078

BEARING WITH PROJECTIONS PROJECTED IN RADIAL DIRECTION FROM OUTER SURFACE AND FROM AN INNER SURFACE THEREOF AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A bearing for supporting a rotation shaft configured to rotate a rotatable member, said bearing being capable of being supported by a supporting portion provided with an engaging hole engageable with said bearing, said bearing comprising:a plurality of positioning projections configured to determine a position of said bearing in the engaging hole with respect to a radial direction of said rotation shaft by engaging said bearing with the engaging hole, wherein said positioning projections project in the radial direction from an outer surface of said bearing opposing an inner wall surface of the engaging hole so as to be away from a rotation center of said rotation shaft and include outer peripheral contact surfaces contacting the inner wall surface of the engaging hole, and
a plurality of bearing projections configured to bear said rotation shaft, wherein said bearing projections project in the radial direction from an inner surface of said bearing opposing an outer peripheral surface of said rotation shaft toward the rotation center and include inner peripheral sliding surfaces on which the outer peripheral surface of said rotation shaft slides,
wherein said positioning projections project from different positions with respect to a circumferential direction of said rotation shaft so that between adjacent positioning projections with respect to the circumferential direction, the outer peripheral surface of said bearing and the inner wall surface of the engaging hole form a gap therebetween,
wherein said bearing projections project from different positions with respect to the circumferential direction so that between adjacent bearing projections, the inner peripheral surface of said bearing and the outer peripheral surface of said rotation shaft form a gap therebetween, and
wherein with respect to the circumferential direction of said rotation shaft, said positioning projections and said bearing projections are provided at positions different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,372,079

PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER UNIT AND DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photosensitive member unit comprising:a photosensitive member;
a transfer roller;
a mounting portion configured to mount thereon a development unit including a development roller;
a first gear and a second gear each provided at one end of the photosensitive member in an axial direction of the photosensitive member;
a third gear provided at one end of the transfer roller in the axial direction of the photosensitive member and configured to engage with the second gear,
wherein the first gear, the second gear, and the third gear are helical gears, and
wherein a direction in which helical teeth of the first gear are inclined is opposite to a direction in which helical teeth of the second gear are inclined, and the direction in which the helical teeth of the first gear are inclined matches a direction in which helical teeth of the third gear are inclined.

US Pat. No. 10,372,080

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A BLOCKING MEMBER THAT CHANGES A WIDTH OF AN OPENING OF AN AIR BLOW PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion configured to form an image on a recording material;
a fixing device having a nip, and configured to fix the image on the recording material while nipping and feeding the recording material on which the image is formed;
a cooling fan configured to feed air;
a first blow portion through which the air fed by said cooling fan flows toward a first area, which is an end portion of said fixing device, in a longitudinal direction of said fixing device, so as to cool the first area by the air via an opening of said first blow portion;
a blocking member configured to change a width of the opening of said first blow portion; and
a second blow portion, branched from said first blow portion so as to cross said first blow portion, through which the air blocked by said blocking member flows toward a second area, which is a region the recording material passes through said nip.

US Pat. No. 10,374,658

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication system including a printing apparatus, a mobile terminal, and a Near Field Communication (NFC) tag, whereinthe printing apparatus comprises:
a first display that can display information; and
a first network interface that can perform network communication, and the mobile terminal comprises:
an image capturing device that can obtain an image;
an NFC device that can perform short-range wireless communication;
a second display that can display information; and
a second network interface that can perform network communication, and wherein
the printing apparatus causes the first display to display a bar code that is based on connection information available for connecting the first network interface and the second network interface,
the mobile terminal reads the bar code by using the image capturing device,
the mobile terminal causes, in accordance with reading of the bar code, the second display to display a first screen in which connection information obtained based on the bar code and a specific button for displaying a second screen are arranged,
the mobile terminal causes, in accordance with the specific button being selected, the second display to display the second screen, the second screen is a screen for prompting a user to perform an operation of bringing the mobile terminal close to the NFC tag, and
the mobile terminal, after the second screen is displayed, transmits information corresponding to the connection information displayed in the first screen to the NFC tag by using the NFC device.

US Pat. No. 10,374,660

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO CARRY OUT WIRELESS POWER SUPPLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:an interface configured to establish a connection between the power supply apparatus and an electronic apparatus;
a communication unit configured to transmit, to the electronic apparatus, information indicating whether a foreign object detection process for detecting a foreign object is to be performed by the power supply apparatus;
a power supply unit configured to wirelessly supply power to the electronic apparatus; and
a control unit configured to:
cause the communication unit to transmit, to the electronic apparatus, the information indicating whether the power supply apparatus is to perform the foreign object detection process, after the power supply apparatus establishes the connection between the power supply apparatus and the electronic apparatus, and before the power supply apparatus outputs predetermined power to the electronic apparatus, and
in a case where the communication unit transmits the information indicating that the foreign object detection process is to be performed by the power supply apparatus, the control unit performs the foreign object detection process before the power supply apparatus outputs predetermined power to the electronic apparatus.

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. 10,373,459

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, CAMERA SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR CAMERA SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain a first video captured by a first camera;
a display control unit configured, in a case where an event in a second video captured by a second camera is detected by the second camera based on a state of the second video while the first video is being displayed by a display device and the second video is not being displayed by the display device, to cause the display device to display, in addition to the first video, both (a) a string of characters indicating a type of the event detected by the second camera and (b) identification information of the second camera which detected the event based on the state of the second video while the second video is not being displayed by the display device; and
a reception unit configured to receive a detection notification representing that the event in the second video is detected, wherein the display control unit, in a case where the detection notification is received by the reception unit while the first video is being displayed by the display device and the second video is not being displayed by the display device, causes the display device to display, in addition to the first video, both the string and the identification information.

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. 10,372,994

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR SELECTING A VIDEO FRAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of selecting at least one video frame of a video sequence in a database of video sequences, the method comprising:detecting, by a processor, a plurality of faces in at least one video frame of the video sequence, wherein the plurality of faces detected in the at least one video frame is determined to exceed a predetermined size threshold based on pixel size of a detected face relative to the at least one video frame;
tracking, by the processor, an orientation of the detected faces over a series of subsequent video frames to determine whether a first detected face is turning towards a second detected face, wherein the orientation of the detected faces is relative to a camera;
determining, by the processor, using the tracked orientation of the detected faces, a portion of the video sequence in which the first and second detected faces are oriented towards each other for at least a predetermined number of frames defining a gaze fixation of the detected faces; and
selecting, by the processor, at least one video frame from the determined portion of the video sequence in the database of video sequences, said selected video frame capturing the gaze fixation of the detected faces.

US Pat. No. 10,375,069

AUTHORIZATION DELEGATION SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AUTHORIZATION SERVER, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authorization delegation system that comprises an information processing apparatus, a service providing apparatus configured to provide a service via a network, and an authorization server and that registers the information processing apparatus as a client in the authorization server,wherein the information processing apparatus comprises:
at least one first processer and at least one first memory coupled to the at least one first processor and having stored thereon instructions that, when executed by the at least one first processor, cause the at least one first processor and the at least one first memory to cooperatively act as:
a first acquisition requesting unit configured to transmit an acquisition request for first authorization information indicating that a user's authority to create a second client is delegated to a first client on the basis of first authentication information provided from the authorization server in accordance with a registration of the first client in the authorization server; and
a registration requesting unit configured to transmit a registration request for the second client to the authorization server in accordance with an acquisition of the first authorization information in response to the acquisition request by the first acquisition requesting unit,
wherein the authorization server comprises:
at least one second processer and at least one second memory coupled to the at least one second processor and having stored thereon instructions that, when executed by the at least one second processor, cause the at least one second processor and the at least one second memory to cooperatively act as:
a managing unit configured to specify a tenant of the user on the basis of the first authorization information transmitted along with the registration request and to manage the specified tenant and the second client to be newly registered in association with each other; and
an issuing unit configured to issue second authentication information corresponding to the second client which is managed in association with the tenant,
wherein the at least one first processor and the at least one first memory in the information processing apparatus further cooperatively act as:
a second acquisition requesting unit configured to transmit an acquisition request for second authorization information indicating that a specific authority is delegated to the second client on the basis of the second authentication information provided from the authorization server in accordance with a registration of the second client in response to the registration request; and
a using unit configured to use a service of the service providing apparatus on the basis of the second authorization information acquired in response to the acquisition request by the second acquisition requesting unit, and
wherein the service providing apparatus comprises at least one third processer and at least one third memory coupled to the at least one third processor and having stored thereon instructions that, when executed by the at least one third processor, cause the at least one third processor and the at least one third memory to cooperatively act as:
a storing unit configured to confirm the specified tenant on the basis of the second authorization information and to store data relevant to provision of the service in association with the confirmed tenant.

US Pat. No. 10,372,005

ORGANIC ELECTROCHROMIC DEVICE, OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An organic electrochromic device, comprising:a pair of electrodes; and
an electrochromic layer arranged between the pair of electrodes,
wherein:
the electrochromic layer contains an organic electrochromic material, a redox substance, and a solvent;
the organic electrochromic material and the redox substance each comprise a material to be reversibly subjected to a redox reaction;
a peak change amount of a molar absorption coefficient caused by the redox reaction of the redox substance is ¼ or less than that of the organic electrochromic material; and
a potential at which the redox substance is oxidized is present between a potential at which the organic electrochromic material is reversibly oxidized and a potential at which the organic electrochromic material is irreversibly oxidized, or a potential at which the redox substance is reduced is present between a potential at which the organic electrochromic material is reversibly reduced and a potential at which the organic electrochromic material is irreversibly reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,365,605

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,862

SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR PERFORMING A PROCESS OF TRANSMITTING PAGE DESCRIPTION LANGUAGE DATA TO AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming system comprising:a first information processing apparatus;
a second information processing apparatus; and
an image forming apparatus,
wherein the first information processing apparatus acquires page description language data from an external apparatus, generates identification information for the acquired page description language data, transmits the generated identification information to the second information processing apparatus, transmits the page description language data to the second information processing apparatus if the second information processing apparatus determines that the page description language data is to be transmitted to the second information processing apparatus, and transmits the page description language data to the image forming apparatus in accordance with a request from the image forming apparatus without transmitting the page description language data to the second information processing apparatus,
wherein the second information processing apparatus acquires the identification information from the first information processing apparatus, transmits the identification information to the image forming apparatus, and transmits the page description language data to the image forming apparatus in response to a request from the image forming apparatus if the second information processing apparatus determines that the page description language data has been acquired from the first information processing apparatus, and
wherein the image forming apparatus acquires the identification information from the second information processing apparatus, acquires the page description language data from the first information processing apparatus if the image forming apparatus determines that the page description language data is to be acquired from the first information processing apparatus and forms an image based on the page description language data, and acquires the page description language data from the second information processing apparatus if the image forming apparatus determines that the page description language data is to be acquired from the second information processing apparatus and forms an image based on the page description language data.

US Pat. No. 10,365,863

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing executable instructions, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image forming apparatus to:
register a first print job in association with a user;
store state information in association with the first print job, the state information associated with the first print job indicating that the first print job has not been subjected to a predetermined operation during a period after the first print job is registered until the first print job is printed;
display a list of print jobs associated with the user and a user interface object on a display, the print jobs in the list including one or more print jobs which have been subjected to the predetermined operation and one or more print jobs which have not been subjected to the predetermined operation, the user interface object enabling a user to collectively select the one or more print jobs which have not been subjected to the predetermined operation based on selection of the user interface object, the one or more print jobs which have not been subjected to the predetermined operation including the first print job;
receive one or more inputs indicating selection of the user interface object;
determine the one or more print jobs which have not been subjected to the predetermined operation from among the print jobs in the list based on respective state information stored in association with each of the print jobs in the list;
based on the selection of the user interface object, present the one or more print jobs which have not been subjected to the predetermined operation in a selected state and the one or more print jobs which have been subjected to the predetermined operation not in a selected state; and
perform printing based on the one or more print jobs in the selected state.

US Pat. No. 10,365,865

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR MANAGING OBJECT USED FOR RENDERING, METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions;
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
acquire print data;
generate intermediate data based on the acquired print data, wherein the intermediate data includes information of edges of one or more objects;
manage information indicating identification information of one or more edges included in a section of a plurality of sections on a process line;
a raster image processor configured to generate bitmap data based on the generated intermediate data, wherein the raster image processor includes one or more processors, an electronic circuits or a combination of one or more processors and an electronic circuit;
wherein the at least one processor or the raster image processor is further configured to:
perform a sorting process, based on the intermediate data and the managed information indicating the identification information of the one or more edges included in the section, to arrange edges of objects on a process target line in an ascending order of coordinates; and
perform drawing of objects which are defined by two or more edges based on the edges arranged in accordance with a result of the sorting process of edges.

US Pat. No. 10,366,661

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a plurality of light modulation elements each configured to modulate light from a light source for a respective color; and
a driver configured to drive the plurality of light modulation elements using drive signals in accordance with a digital drive method,
wherein the driver is configured to make different, from one another, start timings of the drive signals corresponding to one frame period for the plurality of light modulation elements,
wherein the driver is configured to generate the drive signals of the respective light modulation elements to control an ON period and an OFF period based on a tone of an input image in each of a plurality of subframes contained in the one frame period, and
wherein in displaying a tone corresponding to a maximum tone of the input image, parts of the ON periods of the drive signals overlap with each other, and at least one of sums of the ON periods of the drive signals is shorter than the one frame period.

US Pat. No. 10,363,105

VIBRATION ACTUATOR SUITABLE FOR USE IN MAGNETIC FIELD ENVIRONMENT AND MEDICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration actuator in which a vibration element and a driven element are in contact with each other, with relative movement being effected between the driven element and the vibration element,the vibration element comprising:
an elastic body of which a main ingredient comprises a material which is electrically insulating, dielectric, or semi-conductive, said elastic body being in contact with the driven element; and
an electromechanical energy conversion element that is joined to said elastic body, said electromechanical energy conversion element comprising:
a piezoelectric body;
a first electrode that is provided on a surface of said piezoelectric body, through which surface said piezoelectric body is joined to said elastic body, said first electrode having a first gap to form an open loop structure;
at least two second electrodes that are provided in a manner opposed to said first electrode via said piezoelectric body;
at least one third electrode that is provided in a manner opposed to said first electrode via said piezoelectric body; and
at least one conduction path that electrically connects said first electrode and said at least one third electrode,
wherein a second gap is formed between said at least two second electrodes, and
wherein when viewed in a direction along which the vibration element is pressed against the driven element, a width of the first gap is narrower than a width of the second gap.

US Pat. No. 10,366,709

SOUND DISCRIMINATING DEVICE, SOUND DISCRIMINATING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sound discriminating device comprising:a sound input unit configured to input a sound to the sound discriminating device;
a feature amount extracting unit configured to extract, as a feature amount of the input sound, a differential value between an amplitude of a fundamental frequency of the input sound and an amplitude of a second harmonic of the fundamental frequency; and
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the input sound is a given sound by using the extracted feature amount,
wherein the given sound includes a scream or a verbal aggression such as a female scream, a female voice verbally abusing someone, a male scream, and a male voice verbally abusing someone,
wherein the differential value tends to be a large positive value in a case of the input sound being a female scream, and a large negative value in a case of the input sound being a male scream, a male voice verbally abusing someone, and a female voice verbally abusing someone.

US Pat. No. 10,365,453

OPTICAL DEVICE AND OPTICAL APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical device comprising:first and second optical elements formed of mutually different materials; and
a bonding member bonding the first and second optical elements to each other,
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.14 ?6.0 ?6.0

US Pat. No. 10,366,484

INSPECTION METHOD, INSPECTION APPARATUS, PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR DETECTING DEFECTS OF A WORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inspection method in which a processing unit controls imaging timing of an imaging apparatus that picks up an image of a work, controls an operation of a moving apparatus for moving at least one of the work and the imaging apparatus, and inspects the work based on an imaging result of the imaging apparatus, the inspection method comprising:a moving process in which the processing unit makes the moving apparatus operate according to path data, and changes a relative position between the work and the imaging apparatus;
an image acquiring process in which the processing unit makes the imaging apparatus pick up, at a plurality of imaging times, the image of a same inspection region of the work, while changing the relative position between the work and the imaging apparatus in the moving process, and acquires a plurality of images;
a position calculating process in which the processing unit determines the relative position between the work and the imaging apparatus, at each imaging time, of the plurality of imaging times, when having made the imaging apparatus pick up, at the plurality of imaging times, the image of the work; and
an identifying process in which the processing unit inspects, at a plurality of inspection times, the same inspection region of the work from each of the images, and identifies, in response to detection of a defect in the inspection region, a position of the defect in the work, based on the relative position between the work and the imaging apparatus at a time of picking up the image during which the defect is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,367,781

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the information processing apparatus to:
determine, when a data transmission is executed, whether or not a host name designated as a destination of the data transmission is set to a terminal list indicating an external terminal that is permitted as a data transmission destination;
permit, in a case where a result of the determination is that the host name is set to the terminal list, data transmission irrespective of whether or not an IP address corresponding to the host name is set to the terminal list;
determine, in a case where the result of the determination is not that the host name is set to the terminal list, whether or not the IP address designated as the destination of the data transmission is set to the terminal list;
permit, if a result of the determination is that the IP address is set to the terminal list, the data transmission; and
execute data transmission if data transmission is permitted.

US Pat. No. 10,368,041

IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a pixel unit in which at least one first pixel and a plurality of second pixels are arranged in a matrix, wherein the plurality of second pixels are arranged around the first pixel, and each of the plurality of second pixels is able to provide more brightness information than is provided by the first pixel;
a directional property determination unit that determines a direction of an intensity distribution based on differences among values of the plurality of second pixels;
a correlation value calculation unit that calculates a correlation value of the values of the plurality of second pixels; and
an interpolation processing unit that, when the correlation value is greater than a threshold that is based on a noise signal intensity in the values of the plurality of second pixels, interpolates a value of the first pixel based on the direction of the intensity distribution from the values of the plurality of second pixels and, when the correlation value is less than or equal to the threshold, interpolates the value of the first pixel from the values of the plurality of second pixels without depending on the direction of the intensity distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,364,223

ORGANIC COMPOUND, ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND WINDOW MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An organic compound, which is represented by the general formula (1):in the general formula (1), R1 and R2 are each independently selected from the group consisting of an alkyl group having 1 or more and 20 or less carbon atoms, an aryl group, an aralkyl group, and a heteroaryl group, and the alkyl group, the aryl group, the aralkyl group, and the heteroaryl group may each have a substituent; R3 and R4 are each independently selected from the group consisting of an alkyl group having 1 or more and 10 or less carbon atoms, and an alkoxy group having 1 or more and 10 or less carbon atoms; and A1? and A2? each independently represent a monovalent anion.

US Pat. No. 10,365,760

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a touching detection unit configured to detect a touching operation for touching a display unit;
a time counting unit configured to count a time period of the touching operation in a specific display item, the specific display item being assigned a function and being displayed on the display unit;
a function control unit configured to perform control to cause the function assigned to the specific display item to be executed in response to releasing from the specific display item after the touching operation for touching the specific display item has been detected; and
a display control unit configured to, in response to the touching operation for touching the specific display item displayed in a first display configuration being started, change the first display configuration of the specific display item to a second display configuration and thereafter, in response to the time period of the touching operation in the specific display item counted by the time counting unit having reached a time period threshold, change the display configuration of the specific display item from the second display configuration to the first display configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,365,770

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing executable instructions, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:
repeatedly obtain an input image that is obtained through imaging by an imaging unit oriented in a direction intersecting with a predetermined surface, the input image having pixels each representing a distance along the direction;
identify, in the obtained input image, an object area where an object that is present between the predetermined surface and the imaging unit is imaged; and
correct a distance represented by each pixel in the input image repeatedly obtained, by using a correction value obtained based on a difference between a distance represented by a pixel of a portion of the input image excluding the object area and a reference distance between the imaging unit and the predetermined surface,
wherein each time when the input image is obtained, the correcting corrects an input image to be obtained next time using the correction value obtained based on the difference between the distance represented by the pixel of the portion of the input image excluding the object area and the reference distance between the imaging unit and the predetermined surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,746

METHOD FOR PRODUCING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing a liquid ejection head that includes a member having an ejection port and a flow path communicating with the ejection port and a substrate having an energy generating element configured to eject a liquid supplied from the flow path through the ejection port, the method comprising:a step of providing a positive photosensitive resin layer on a substrate;
a step of heat-treating the positive photosensitive resin layer on the substrate;
a step of forming a mold material having a pattern of the flow path by subjecting the heat-treated positive photosensitive resin layer on the substrate to exposure and development;
a step of covering the mold material on the substrate with a negative photosensitive resin layer for forming the member;
a step of forming the ejection port communicating with the mold material by subjecting the negative photosensitive resin layer covering the mold material to i-line irradiation and development treatment; and
a step of forming the flow path communicating with the ejection port by removing the mold material from the substrate,
wherein the positive photosensitive resin layer includes a light absorbing agent that is nonvolatile at a temperature of the heat treatment of the positive photosensitive resin layer, and
the light absorbing agent has “a light absorbance (a1) at a wavelength of 365 nm” and “an average light absorbance (a2) in a wavelength range of 280 nm or more to 330 nm or less”, and an absorbance ratio A is 1.0 or less where the absorbance ratio A is a ratio a2/a1.

US Pat. No. 10,363,747

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF SUPPLYING LIQUID

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:an ejection opening for ejecting a liquid;
a pressure chamber having therein an energy generation element for generating energy for ejecting the liquid;
an ejection opening portion that allows communication between the ejection opening and the pressure chamber;
a first flow passage connected to the pressure chamber and supplying the liquid to the pressure chamber; and
a second flow passage connected to the pressure chamber and collecting the liquid from the pressure chamber,
wherein an expression of H?0.34×P0.66×W >1.7 is satisfied when a height of the pressure chamber at an upstream side of a communication portion between the pressure chamber and the ejection opening portion in a flow direction of the liquid inside the pressure chamber is set to H [?m],
a length of the ejection opening portion in a direction in which the liquid is ejected from the ejection opening is set to P [?m], and
a length of the ejection opening portion in the flow direction of the liquid inside the pressure chamber is set to W [?m].

US Pat. No. 10,368,106

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding at least a part of an image comprising a plurality of samples, each sample comprising at least two components, the method comprising:encoding a first chroma component and a second chroma component of at least one sample of the image to provide at least one encoded sample;
determining a set of filtering parameters for performing sample adaptive offset loop filtering on the image part, the set of filtering parameters comprising:
a sample adaptive offset type parameter indicating whether edge-type, band-type or no sample adaptive offset loop filtering is used for the at least one sample, said sample adaptive offset type parameter being a common filtering parameter for filtering both the first and second chroma components; and
at least one further filtering parameter, which is a dedicated filtering parameter for filtering an individual one of the first and second chroma components.

US Pat. No. 10,365,569

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PRODUCTION METHOD OF ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member having a support, a charge generation layer, a charge transport layer and a surface layer in the listed order, whereinthe surface layer comprises a cured product and a compound represented by formula (1) or (2):
H3C—(CH2)a—COOH  (1)
H3C—(CH2)b—OH  (2)
wherein in the formula (1), a is an integer of 6 or more; and in the formula (2), b is an integer of 6 or more;
the cured product is a polymerized product of a hole transporting compound having an acryloyloxy group or a methacryloyloxy group; and
the compound represented by the formula (1) or (2) is contained in an amount of 50 to 4000 ppm with respect to the hole transporting compound having an acryloyloxy group or a methacryloyloxy group.

US Pat. No. 10,365,576

CHARGING MEMBER, METHOD FOR PRODUCING CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member comprising:a support; and
a surface layer on the support,
wherein,
the surface layer includes polymetalloxane containing at least one metal atom selected from the group consisting of aluminum, zirconium, titanium, and tantalum, and
a group represented by the following formula (1) or (2) is bonded to the at least one metal atom in the polymetalloxane,

wherein, in formula (1), X represents an atomic group required for forming a ring; in formula (2), A1 and A2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and in formulas (1) and (2), a symbol “*” represents a binding site with a metal atom in the polymetalloxane.

US Pat. No. 10,365,580

DEVELOPING MEMBER, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing member comprising: a substrate, an elastic layer, and a surface layer in that order, the surface layer containing a urethane resin and a filler, the urethane resin having:the structure represented by structural formula (1) and at least one of the structures represented by structural formula (2) and structural formula (3), between two adjacent urethane linkages; and
the structure represented by structural formula (4) and the structure represented by structural formula (5), between two adjacent urethane linkages:

wherein in the urethane resin, the proportion of the total number of the structures represented by structural formula (4) and structural formula (5) relative to the total number of the structures represented by structural formulas (1), (2), (3), (4), and (5) is 25% to 75%, and
wherein the proportion of the number of the structures represented by structural formula (4) relative to the total number of the structures represented by structural formula (4) and structural formula (5) is 45% to 95%.

US Pat. No. 10,365,587

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND DEVELOPING APPARATUS INCLUDING DEVELOPING ROLLER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:a developing roller configured to bear developer;
a frame configured to rotationally support the developing roller at each of two end portions of the developing roller in a longitudinal direction of the developing roller; and
a sealing member configured to seal a space between the frame and each of the two end portions of the developing roller, wherein
the developing roller has:
first regions that are located at each of the two end portions of the developing roller in the longitudinal direction and are in contact with the sealing member; and
a second region that is located between the first regions in the longitudinal direction and is not in contact with the sealing member, the second region having a predetermined surface roughness Ra,
wherein the first regions have a first lubricant applied thereto, the first lubricant having a first average particle size smaller than the predetermined surface roughness Ra, and
wherein the second region has a second lubricant applied thereto, the second lubricant having a second average particle size larger than the predetermined surface roughness Ra.

US Pat. No. 10,365,590

BELT CONVEYANCE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. An image forming apparatus comprising:an endless belt member configured to bear an image and turn around; and
a steering roller configured to be tiltable and stretch the belt member, the steering roller including a roller configured to be rotatable with the belt member and a rubbing member configured to rub against the belt member to apply frictional force to the belt member, rotation of the rubbing member being regulated at both ends of the steering roller, the steering roller being tilted by frictional force acting on the rubbing member from the belt member,
wherein the rubbing member includes a recessed portion formed along an axial direction of the steering roller in an area opposed to an inner peripheral surface of the belt member, and
wherein a width of the recessed portion with respect to a circumferential direction of the steering roller is 300 ?m or more and a depth of the recessed portion is 100 ?m or more.

US Pat. No. 10,365,599

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH WRITE START TIMING DETERMINATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, which is operable at a plurality of image forming speeds, comprising:a photosensitive member;
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a deflection unit configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so that the light beam scans on a surface of the photosensitive member in a main scanning direction;
a developing unit configured to develop, with a toner, an electrostatic latent image, which is formed on the surface of the photosensitive member by the light beam, into a toner image;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image from the surface of the photosensitive member onto a bearing member or a recording medium that is conveyed by the bearing member;
a pattern detection unit configured to detect a registration correction pattern, which is transferred onto the bearing member by the transfer unit; and
a processor and a memory configured to function as:
a writing start timing determination unit configured to determine writing start timing at which the electrostatic latent image is started to be written on the photosensitive member by the light beam emitted from the light source, based on a detection result of the pattern detection unit;
a storage unit configured to store a correction amount for correcting the writing start timing that is determined by the writing start timing determination unit;
a density detection unit configured to detect a density correction pattern, which is transferred onto the bearing member by the transfer unit; and
a light intensity setting unit configured to set a light intensity of the light beam that is emitted from the light source, based on a detection result of the density detection unit,
wherein, in a case where a previous image forming speed when the registration correction pattern is detected by the pattern detection unit is the same as a next image forming speed at which a next image is formed, the next image is formed at the writing start timing that is determined by the writing start timing determination unit at the previous image forming speed, and
wherein, in a case where the previous image forming speed differs from the next image forming speed, the correction amount is corrected based on a difference between a light intensity of the light beam when the registration correction pattern is formed and a light intensity of the light beam when the next image is formed, the writing start timing that is determined by the writing start timing determination unit at the previous image forming speed is corrected based on a corrected correction amount and on a speed ratio of the previous image forming speed to the next image forming speed, and the next image is formed based on a corrected writing start timing.

US Pat. No. 10,348,953

COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device, comprising:a first communication interface;
a second communication interface;
a third communication interface; and
at least one processor to perform operations of:
a switching unit configured to switch communication by the first communication interface to communication by the second communication interface; and
a control unit,
wherein the control unit
in a first period that does not include a period of a process for switching by the switching unit, gives priority to communication by the third communication interface even if communication by the first communication interface is underway, and
in a second period that includes the period of the process for switching by the switching unit, gives priority to communication by the first communication interface over communication by the third communication interface.

US Pat. No. 10,345,886

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of displaying a code image in which information is embedded, comprising:a display unit;
a user interface configured to receive a user operation; and
a display controller configured to turn off the display unit based on a lapse of a predetermined period without receiving the user operation by the user interface,
wherein the display controller does not turn off the display unit based on the lapse of the predetermined period without receiving the user operation by the user interface if the code image is displayed on the display unit and turns off the display unit based on a lapse of another predetermined period that is longer than the predetermined period without receiving the user operation by the user interface even though the code image is displayed on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,346,179

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SERVER APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a function of entering and returning from a hibernation state and communicable with a server apparatus performing device certification, the information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors;
one or more memory devices storing executable instructions, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:
in a case where a software module is activated, store a hash value of the activated software module in a volatile memory;
request device certification based on the hash value stored in the volatile memory from the server apparatus; and
in a case where the device certification is requested after returning from the hibernation state, exclude a software module activated before entering the hibernation state from a target of the device certification, identify a software module activated after returning from the hibernation state and include the identified software module in a target of the device certification.

US Pat. No. 10,346,959

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing apparatus comprising a corrector that, when an object is sequentially irradiated with light from three or more light sources with mutually different positions to calculate surface normal information of the object, corrects a light source condition based on brightness of each of the light sources so that the surface normal information is calculated in a condition where the light sources are equal in brightness.

US Pat. No. 10,345,683

DOME-SHAPED COVER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DOME-SHAPED COVER, MOLD FOR FORMING DOME-SHAPED COVER, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A dome-shaped cover comprising:a hemispherical portion,
a collar portion, and
a cylindrical portion,
wherein the hemispherical portion has an outer surface and an inner surface,
wherein the cylindrical portion has an outer surface and an inner surface, and the outer surface forms an outer circumference of the cylindrical portion,
wherein the hemispherical portion has an end connected to an end of the cylindrical portion, and the cylindrical portion has an end connected to an end of the collar portion at an end opposite to the end connected to the hemispherical portion,
wherein the collar portion has a gate mark,
wherein the cylindrical portion has a thin portion, the thin portion being recessed from the outer surface of the cylindrical portion toward the inner surface of the cylindrical portion,
wherein the outer surface of the thin portion is a part of the outer surface of the cylindrical portion,
wherein, in a circumferential direction of the cylindrical portion, the thin portion is between other portions of the cylindrical portion that are thicker than the thin portion, and
wherein a portion of the outer surface of the cylindrical portion that is closest to the gate mark is located, on the outer circumference of the cylindrical portion, opposite to the thin portion.

US Pat. No. 10,343,426

PRINTING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS A POSITION OF A DISCHARGE TRAY, AND RELATED CONTROL METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a main assembly, the printing apparatus comprising:(A) a printing unit configured to print on a printing medium;
(B) a discharge tray to which the printing medium printed by the printing unit is stacked, the discharge tray being configured to move between an accommodated position, in which the discharge tray is accommodated in the main assembly, and an extended position, in which the printing medium can be stacked on the discharge tray;
(C) a motor connected to the discharge tray, the motor moving the discharge tray between the accommodated position and the extended position;
(D) an external tray configured to be detachably attached to the printing apparatus in a region in which the discharge tray is movable; and
(E) a control unit configured to control the motor, wherein, when the external tray is attached to the printing apparatus, the control unit controls the motor so as not to move the discharge tray from the accommodated position to the extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,348,049

LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE AND INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light source device comprising:a fiber laser including a resonator that generates a pulse light;
an amplifier that amplifies the pulse light emitted from the fiber laser and emits the amplified pulse light; and
a nonlinear fiber that generates a nonlinear effect when the pulse light amplified by the amplifier passes through the nonlinear fiber,
wherein a group delay dispersion of the resonator is denoted as D1, a group delay dispersion between an output terminal of the resonator and an input terminal of the nonlinear fiber is denoted as D2, and each of the group delay dispersion D1 and the group delay dispersion D2 is a positive value,
the velocity of light in a vacuum is denoted as c, a spectral full width at half maximum of the pulse light emitted from the fiber laser is denoted as ??, the center wavelength of the pulse light emitted from the fiber laser is denoted as ?, and a coefficient based on a shape of the pulse light is denoted as a,
a value of the spectral full width at half maximum ?? at which a function T(??):

is the minimum is denoted as ??_min, and
a value of the spectral full width at half maximum ?? at which a change amount of the function T(??) when the spectral full width at half maximum ?? increases by 0.01% of the center wavelength ? becomes ?3 dB is denoted as ??_3 dB, and
wherein the spectral full width at half maximum ?? satisfies ??_3 dB??????_min×2.

US Pat. No. 10,349,077

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image decoding apparatus for decoding a plurality of encoded image frames in an encoded stream, each of the image frames is divided into a plurality of tiles, the plurality of image frames being encoded tile by tile, the image decoding apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from a parameter set in the encoded stream for the plurality of encoded image frames, division information including a number of columns of tiles and a number of rows of tiles in the plurality of encoded image frames, and to acquire, from supplemental enhancement information (SEI) in the encoded stream for the plurality of encoded image frames, information indicating that a predetermined tile set including at least one tile is intended for a display, and position information of a predetermined tile set for a display of corresponding image portion in each of the plurality of image frames, the position information of the predetermined tile set including a first tile position of a first tile including top-left corner of the predetermined tile set and a second tile position of a second tile including a bottom-right corner of the predetermined tile set; and
a decoding unit configured to decode the encoded image frames in the encoded stream using the division information including the number of columns of tiles and the number of rows of tiles, wherein, when the image portion in the predetermined tile set corresponding to the position information acquired from supplemental enhancement information (SEI) is reproduced for a display in accordance with the information that indicating a predetermined tile set including at least one tile is intended for a display, the predetermined tile set corresponding to the position information acquired from supplemental enhancement information (SEI) is decoded with motion compensation by referring to a tile in a reference image frame at a corresponding position of the tile in the predetermined tile set without referring to any tiles in the reference image frame at positions different from the corresponding position of the predetermined tile set.