US Pat. No. 10,250,890

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR ENCODING AND DECODING THE SIGNIFICANCE MAP FOR RESIDUAL COEFFICIENTS OF A TRANSFORM UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of decoding a bitstream, the method comprising:receiving, from the bitstream, encoded data of residual coefficients for a transform unit represented as a 8×8 block, wherein the received encoded data includes significant coefficient group flags for indicating whether at least one of residual coefficients within a corresponding sub-block of the 8×8 block is significant;
determining a scan order of the significant coefficient group flags for the transform unit from a plurality of scan orders of the significant coefficient group flags according to an intra-prediction mode corresponding to the transform unit from a plurality of intra-prediction modes, wherein a first scan order of the significant coefficient group flags is determined if the intra-prediction mode corresponding to the transform unit is a first intra-prediction mode and a second scan order of the significant coefficient group flags is determined if the intra-prediction mode corresponding to the transform unit is a second intra-prediction mode different from the first intra-prediction mode, and the second scan order of the significant coefficient group flags is different from the first scan order of the significant coefficient group flags;
determining a scan order of the residual coefficients for the transform unit from a plurality of scan orders of the residual coefficients according to the intra-prediction mode corresponding to the transform unit from the plurality of intra-prediction modes, wherein a first scan order of the residual coefficients is determined if the intra-prediction mode corresponding to the transform unit is the first intra-prediction mode and a second scan order of the residual coefficients is determined if the intra-prediction mode corresponding to the transform unit is the second intra-prediction mode different from the first intra-prediction mode, and the second scan order of the residual coefficients is different from the first scan order of the residual coefficients;
determining the significant coefficient group flags corresponding to respective sub-blocks of the 8×8 block according to the determined scan order of the significant coefficient group flags; and
decoding residual coefficients of the transform unit according to the determined significant coefficient group flags and the determined scan order of the residual coefficients to generate at least one frame.

US Pat. No. 10,248,073

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus body including an image forming portion configured to form an image on a sheet;
an openable member having a hook portion and configured to be opened with respect to the apparatus body;
a lock portion disposed in the apparatus body and movable between a lock position to lock the openable member in a closed state and a release position to permit opening of the openable member; and
a movable portion disposed in the apparatus body and configured to move with movement of the openable member such that the movable portion is located at a first position if the openable member is opened and at a second position if the openable member is closed, the movable portion including a block portion that is configured to block a movement of the lock portion from the release position to the lock position if the movable portion is located at the first position and that permits the lock portion to move from the release position to the lock position if the movable portion is located at the second position; and
an urge portion configured to urge the movable portion to the first position,
wherein the hook portion is configured to abut with and hold the movable portion at the second position in a state where the openable member is closed, and to be separated from the movable portion in a state where the openable member is open.

US Pat. No. 10,248,077

CARTRIDGE AND COVER MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable on an apparatus main body of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:a first unit that includes a photosensitive drum and
a first frame supporting the photosensitive drum so that the photosensitive drum is rotatable;
a second unit that includes a developing roller configured to supply developer to the photosensitive drum and
a second frame supporting the developing roller so that the developing roller is rotatable;
an attachment attached to one end of the first unit in a direction of an axis of rotation of the photosensitive drum,
the attachment including:
a first surface extending in a direction orthogonal to the axis of rotation,
a first projection portion projecting, toward an outside in the direction of the axis of rotation, further than the first surface,
a second surface extending in the direction orthogonal to the axis of rotation and recessed from the first surface toward an inner side in the direction of the axis of rotation, and
a second projection portion provided in the second surface, the second projection portion projecting further than the second surface toward the outside in the direction of the axis of rotation; and
an urging member configured to urge the developing roller against the photosensitive drum, one end and the other end of the urging member being configured to engage with the second projection portion of the attachment and a part of the second unit, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,248,080

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING VORTEX TUBE THAT GENERATES COLD AIR TO COOL A RECORDING MEDIUM AND WARM AIR TO HEAT A MEMBER INSIDE THE IMAGE FORMING APAPRATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming section configured to form a toner image;
a transfer portion configured to transfer the toner image, formed by the image forming section onto a recording medium;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image, which is transferred by the transfer portion, on the recording medium, by heating the toner image;
a vortex tube that is configured to receive a supply of compressed air generated by a compressor to generate cold air having a temperature that is less than a temperature of the compressed air, and warm air having a temperature that is greater than the temperature of the compressed air; and
a cooling portion that is configured to receive a supply of the cold air generated by the vortex tube to cool the recording medium on which the toner image has been fixed by the fixing portion,
wherein a member inside of the image forming apparatus is heated by the warm air generated by the vortex tube.

US Pat. No. 10,248,338

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to communicate with a connectable and removable nonvolatile storage device, the information processing apparatus comprising:a display device;
one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, causing the information processing apparatus to function as;
a backup processing unit configured to acquire a list of storage devices connected to the image processing apparatus and determine a backup setting information set in the image processing apparatus; and
a display control unit configured to display on the display device the list of storage devices connected to the image processing apparatus,
wherein based on the determined backup setting information, a storage device not specified as a backup destination for backing up data in the information processing apparatus is displayed on the display device as a removal instruction target, and
wherein based on the determined backup setting information, a storage device specified as a backup destination is not displayed on the display device as a removal instruction target to prevent the storage device for backup from being disconnected.

US Pat. No. 10,250,391

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control method for controlling a communication apparatus having an internet fax transmitting mode for transmitting image data of Tag Image File Format (TIFF) using electronic mail, the control method comprising the steps of:setting a first email address of the communication apparatus to a From field of a header of electronic mail data;
setting a second email address of a login user who logs in to the communication apparatus to a Sender field of the header of the electronic mail data;
generating a first electronic signature using the first email address set in the From field;
generating a second electronic signature using the second email address set in the Sender field;
adding to the electronic mail data including the image data of the TIFF, the first electronic signature and the second electronic signature; and
transmitting, in the internet fax transmitting mode, the image data of the TIFF as the electronic mail data to which the first electronic signature and the second electronic signature are added.

US Pat. No. 10,248,860

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OBJECT RE-IDENTIFICATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of identifying, with a camera, an object in an image of a scene, the method comprising the steps of:obtaining relative orientation of a candidate object to the camera;
selecting at least one of a plurality of attributes of the candidate object in accordance with the obtained relative orientation of the candidate object;
determining one of a head, an upper body, legs, and a whole body as a region of interest, the determined region of interest including the selected attribute;
operating a set of at least one of pan, tilt, and zoom corresponding to the determined region of interest so as to observe the selected attribute, and
identifying an object based on the result of the observation of the selected attribute.

US Pat. No. 10,248,888

CLASSIFYING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, INSPECTION METHOD, AND INSPECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A classifying method of classifying an article into one of a plurality of groups based on an evaluation value for an image of the article, the method comprising:a determining step of determining an evaluation method for obtaining the evaluation value based on sample images, which are images of a plurality of samples each of which has already been classified into one of the plurality of groups;
a first obtaining step of obtaining evaluation values for the sample images by the determined evaluation method;
a first changing step of changing a group for a sample with a sample image having a singular evaluation value for the group;
a second changing step of changing the evaluation method based on the sample images, each of which is being classified into one of the plurality of groups after changing the group; and
a second obtaining step of obtaining the evaluation value for the image of the article using the changed evaluation method, and classifying the article into one of the plurality of groups based on the obtained evaluation value for the image of the article.

US Pat. No. 10,250,688

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING SENSOR DATA IN A WIRELESS NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for transmitting data from a slave node to a master node in a robotic control network, the robotic control network being based on a shared transmission channel, access to the shared transmission channel being scheduled by the master node, the slave node comprising an acquisition device producing the data, the method comprising on the slave node:obtaining a request from the master node for acquiring data;
estimating the value of a time information representative of a delay for the acquisition device to acquire a block of data ready for transmission to the master node;
sending a message to the master node comprising the estimated time information value;
receiving, from the master node, an authorization of transmission of the block of data from the slave node to the master node, the authorization of transmission scheduling an access time for transmitting the block of data, wherein the scheduled access time depends on the estimated time information value and wherein the estimating of the value of the time information by the slave node is performed prior the receiving of the authorization of transmission from the master node; and
transmitting the block of data from the slave node to the master node during the scheduled access time after the receiving of the authorization of transmission of the block of data.

US Pat. No. 10,245,831

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a liquid discharge substrate configured to discharge liquid, the liquid discharge substrate including: a surface on which at least one pad is disposed close to a first edge; a first side surface that is adjacent to the surface with the first edge in between; at least one second side surface that is adjacent to the surface and the first side surface; and a back surface that is adjacent to the first side surface with a second edge in between opposing the first edge;
a wiring substrate including at least one wiring;
a support substrate that is in contact with the second edge and includes a surface on which the back surface of the liquid discharge substrate is joined; and
a sealing agent provided in a space defined by the surface of the support substrate, the first side surface, and an electric connection portion in which the at least one pad and the at least one wiring are electrically connected to each other, the electric connection portion extending in a direction crossing the first edge as viewed from the surface of the liquid discharge substrate,
wherein the second edge and at least one third edge intersect at an intersecting point, the at least one third edge forming the surface of the support substrate and being in contact with the back surface of the liquid discharge substrate,
wherein the sealing agent is provided on the second edge from the space to the intersecting point, and
wherein the liquid discharge substrate has an end portion on a side of the at least one second side surface, which protrudes beyond an end portion of the surface of the support substrate, as viewed from the surface of the liquid discharge substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,245,835

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharging apparatus, comprising:a head having a discharging port surface provided with discharging ports that discharge liquid;
a suction port configured to perform a suction operation to suck liquid from the discharging port surface under a state of being spaced away from the discharging port surface;
a pressure changing unit configured to change a pressure in the head; and
a control unit configured to cause the suction port to perform the suction operation under a state in which the pressure changing unit has changed the pressure in the head into a positive pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,249,678

IMAGING DEVICE, METHOD OF DRIVING IMAGING DEVICE, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric converter that generates charges by photoelectric conversion, a holding portion that holds the charges transferred from the photoelectric converter, and an amplifier unit that outputs a signal based on the charges transferred from the holding portion; and
an output line which is connected to the plurality of pixels and to which signals are output from the plurality of pixels,
wherein each of the plurality of pixels is configured to output a signal based on charges generated by the photoelectric converter during an exposure period, the exposure period including
a first period during which the photoelectric converter holds charges generated by the photoelectric converter in the first period and
a second period during which the photoelectric converter or the holding portion holds charges generated by the photoelectric converter in the second period while the holding portion is holding charges generated in the first period, and
wherein each of the plurality of pixels is further configured to reset the holding portion after outputting a signal based on charges held in the holding portion in the first period and before transferring charges generated in the first period from the photoelectric converter to the holding portion.

US Pat. No. 10,245,329

COMPOSITION HAVING DYE AND CONJUGATE OF POLYETHYLENEGLYCOL AND ADDITIVE AND CONTRAST AGENT FOR PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A contrast agent suitable for photoacoustic imaging, comprising: a compound represented by formula (1), (5), (6), or (7); and an additive, which interacts with the compound, wherein the additive is at least one selected from the group consisting of an ?-cyclodextrin, a ?-cyclodextrin, a hydroxypropyl-?-cyclodextrin, and a ?-cyclodextrin:
wherein R301 to R312 are each independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, —PO3T301, a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group, thiophene group, or pyridinyl group and a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms;
T301 is selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a sodium atom and a potassium atom;
R31 to R34 are each independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom and a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms;
A31, B31 and B32 each independently represent a linear or branched alkylene group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms;
L31 to L37 are each independently selected from the group consisting of CH and CR35 and may form a 4- to 6-membered ring;
R35 is selected from the group consisting of a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group, pyridinyl group, or benzyl group, ST302 and a linear or branched alkylene group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms;
T302 is selected from the group consisting of a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group and a linear or branched alkylene group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms;
Q31 is selected from the group consisting of —CONT31-, —NT31CO—, —NT31(C?O) NT31-, —NT31(C?S) NT31-, —NT31(C?O)O—, —O—, —S—, —S(?O)2NT31-, —OP(?O)(OT31)O—, —S—S—, —CT31=N—, —CT31=N—NH—, —CT31=N—O—, —CT31=N—NH—O—, —CONT31-R37—(C?O)O—, —CONT31-R37—CONT31-, formula (2) and formula (3);
T31 is selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom and an alkyl group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms;
R37 is selected from the group consisting of —CH(CO2T37)-, —CH(CH2CO2T37)- and a linear or branched alkylene group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms;
T37 is selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a sodium atom, a potassium atom and an alkyl group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms;
R38 is selected from the group consisting of an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, a hydrogen atom, —OCH3, —NH2, —OH, —CO2T38, —S(?O)2OT38, —P(?O)(OT38)2 and —OP(?O)(OT38)2;
T38 is selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a sodium atom and a potassium atom;
R39 is selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, —OCH3, —NH2, —OH, —S(?O)2OT39, —CO2T39, —P(?O)(OT39)2, —CONH—CH(CO2T39)-CH2(C?O)OT39, —CONH—CH(CO2T39)-CH2CH2(C?O)OT39 and —OP(?O)(OT39)2;
T39 is selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a sodium atom and a potassium atom;
q is an integer from 1 to 20;
n is an integer from 2 to 250:

US Pat. No. 10,247,902

MOTOR AND APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor comprising:a vibrator;
a pressing member that presses the vibrator onto a contacting member in contact with the vibrator;
a moving member that moves integrally with the vibrator;
a guide member that includes a surface parallel to a contact surface of the contacting member with the vibrator and that guides a movement of the moving member; and
at least three or more rolling members that are sandwiched between the moving member and the guide member,
wherein the vibrator and the contacting member move relatively by vibration that occurs in the vibrator,
wherein the moving member includes at least two or more first groove shapes that separately formed on the same straight line parallel to a moving direction of the vibrator, and a second groove shape that formed in parallel with the moving direction to separate from the first groove shapes in a direction orthogonal to the moving direction,
wherein the guide member includes a first guide part that is opposite to the first groove shapes and that includes a surface having a predetermined angle with respect to the surface parallel to the contact surface, and a second guide part that is opposite to the second groove shape and that is parallel to the surface parallel to the contact surface,
wherein the rolling members are sandwiched between each of the first groove shapes and the first guide part and between the second groove shape and the second guide part,
wherein, on a rear side of a surface of the guide member where the first and second guide parts are formed, the moving member includes a plurality of regulating parts that regulate a movement of the guide member to the rear side, and
wherein, when the guide member abuts against the plurality of regulating parts, part of each of the rolling balls is positioned inside each of the first groove shapes or the second groove shape.

US Pat. No. 10,248,432

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING MAIN SYSTEM AND SUBSYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a main system which includes a main processor;
a subsystem which includes a first sub processor, a memory used for storing a program to be executed by the first sub processor, and a second sub processor; and
a connecting circuit which connects the main system and the subsystem,
wherein, based on a shift event to shift the information processing apparatus to a power-saving state, the subsystem shifts to a subsystem power-saving state and the main system shifts to a main system power-saving state,
wherein, after the shift event to shift the information processing apparatus to the power-saving state is detected and before the subsystem shifts to the subsystem power-saving state, the main processor of the main system transfers a boot program of the subsystem from the main system into the memory of the subsystem via the connecting circuit and shifts the memory of the subsystem that has stored the transferred boot program of the subsystem into a self-refresh state, and
wherein, after a return event to return at least the subsystem from the subsystem power-saving state is detected, the second sub processor causes the memory of the sub system to cancel the self-refresh state and the first sub processor of the subsystem executes, without necessity to transfer the boot program from the main system into the memory of the subsystem after the return event is detected, the boot program that has been transferred into the memory of the subsystem before the subsystem shifts to the subsystem power-saving state and has remained stored in the memory of the subsystem while the subsystem has been in the subsystem power-saving state.

US Pat. No. 10,247,926

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical system in which a distance from a position where a paraxial marginal ray enters a lens surface closest to a magnification side to an optical axis is smaller than a maximum value of a distance from a position where the paraxial marginal ray enters a lens surface on a reduction side with respect to an intersection point P between the optical axis and a chief paraxial ray to the optical axis, the optical system comprising:an optical element,
wherein following conditional expressions are satisfied:
30??d?40
1.225?[nd?(14.387/?d)]?1.276
0.4300?[?gF?(2.9795/?d)]?0.5010where ?d is Abbe number of the optical element, ?gF is a partial dispersion ratio of the optical element for g-line and F-line, and nd is a refractive index of the optical element for d-line,wherein, when the optical element is disposed on the magnification side with respect to the point P, the optical element is a positive lens, and
wherein, when the optical element is disposed on the reduction side with respect to the point P, the optical element is a negative lens.

US Pat. No. 10,248,204

TACTILE STIMULUS CONTROL APPARATUS, TACTILE STIMULUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A tactile stimulus control apparatus comprising:one or more processors that, when executing instructions, causes the apparatus to:
control, in a case where a moving operation performed by a manipulator on an input surface provided corresponding to a display unit is detected while an image is displayed by the display unit, a scrolling speed based on the moving operation;
determine an intensity of a tactile stimulus to be provided to the manipulator based on a scrolling speed in a scroll-displaying according to the moving operation; and
control to generate the tactile stimulus to be provided to the manipulator to generate the tactile stimulus with the determined intensity,
wherein in a case where another moving operation on the input surface is detected during the scroll-displaying according to the moving operation, the intensity is determined based on a difference between an operation speed of the other moving operation and the scrolling speed of the scroll-displaying according to the moving operation.

US Pat. No. 10,251,039

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print system including a communication terminal and a printer,the printer including:
an NFC tag in which a plurality of SSIDs is stored with an IP address of the printer;
a printing device;
a memory that stores one or more programs; and
one or more processors that, when they execute the one or more programs, cause the communication terminal to:
print an image based on print data received via Wi-Fi, using the printing device, and
the communication terminal including:
an NFC reader that obtains information from the NFC tag;
a memory that stores one or more programs; and
one or more processors that, when they execute the one or more programs, cause the communication terminal to:
display, in a case where the information obtained from the NFC tag of the printer includes a plurality of SSIDs, a selection screen for a user to select one SSID from the plurality of SSIDs;
in accordance with the selection of one SSID by the user on the selection screen, connect to an access point corresponding to the selected SSID via Wi-Fi; and
transmit print data to the printer based on the IP address obtained from the NFC tag via the connected access point.

US Pat. No. 10,250,785

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS CAPABLE OF EFFICIENT AND UNIFORM HEAT DISSIPATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus provided with a battery accommodation section that can accommodate a battery, comprising:a substrate that has an electric component, which forms a heat source, mounted thereon;
a heat dissipating member that is formed in the battery accommodation section so as to receive and hold the battery when the battery is accommodated in the accommodation section;
a first heat conductive member that has one end thermally connected to the electric component and another end thermally connected to said heat dissipating member; and
an insertion port member that forms part of the battery accommodation section and is connected to said heat dissipating member at a location closer to a battery insertion port through which the battery is inserted than a remaining portion of said heat dissipating member,
wherein said insertion port member is formed of a material lower in thermal conductivity than said heat dissipating member.

US Pat. No. 10,250,790

ELECTRIC APPARATUS, IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image projection apparatus comprising:a first optical modulator configured to operate in response to receipt of a first clock signal whose polarity reverses periodically so as to modulate a first color light introduced thereto;
a second optical modulator configured to operate in response to receipt of a second clock signal whose polarity reverses periodically at a same period as that of the first clock signal so as to modulate a second color light introduced thereto;
an optical element through which exit lights from the first and second optical modulators pass;
a projection optical system configured to project an image light including the exit lights modulated by the first and second optical modulators onto a projection surface; and
a signal outputter configured to output the first and second clock signals respectively to the first and second optical modulators,
wherein:
the first and second optical modulators are arranged on mutually opposite sides across the optical element,
light exit surfaces of the first and second optical modulators respectively face first and second light entrance surfaces provided in the optical element at mutually opposite sides thereof, and
the signal outputter is configured to output the first and second clock signals such that, in each period of the first and second clock signals, a time period in which their polarities are mutually reversed is longer than a time period in which their polarities are mutually identical.

US Pat. No. 10,241,317

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. An image processing apparatus that stitches a plurality of partial image data to generate combined image data, the image processing apparatus comprising:an image acquiring unit that acquires the plurality of partial image data;
a state managing unit that manages state information indicating a state of processing for each of the plurality of partial image data;
a correction-amount acquiring unit that acquires, for each of stitching places of the partial image data, a correction amount for correcting deviation among the partial image data to be stitched; and
an image combining unit that corrects each of the plurality of partial image data on the basis of the correction amount for each of the stitching places acquired by the correction-amount acquiring unit, and generates combined image data obtained by stitching the partial image data after the correction,
wherein the correction-amount acquiring unit is configured from a plurality of correction-amount acquiring units that operate independently from one another,
wherein processing for different partial image data or different stitching places is executed in parallel by the plurality of correction-amount acquiring units,
wherein the state information includes information indicating whether the processing for acquiring the correction amount by the correction-amount acquiring unit is completed for each of the partial image data or each of the stitching places, and
wherein the plurality of correction-amount acquiring units are each controlled on the basis of the state information such that the processing for acquiring the correction amount is started from the partial image data or the stitching place for which acquisition of data necessary for acquiring the correction amount is completed and is not redundantly performed on the partial image data or the stitching places for which the processing for acquiring the correction amount is already completed.

US Pat. No. 10,244,137

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXTRACTING ONE OR MORE SETTINGS FROM A RECEIVED PRINT JOB IN A CASE WHERE POST-PROCESSING CANNOT BE PERFORMED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that executes a print job in which it is instructed to execute post-processing on a sheet on which an image has been printed, comprising:an operation interface configured to accept an operation from a user; and
one or more processors configured to perform processing, including
setting in advance, on a basis of first information inputted via the operation interface, a first setting regarding a control that is to be performed if the post-processing instructed in the print job is not executable,
receiving a print job in which post-processing is instructed,
controlling, in a case where a second setting regarding a control that is to be performed if the instructed post-processing is not executable is specified in the received print job and where the instructed post-processing is actually not executable, execution of the print job such that priority is given to the second setting over the first setting, the second setting being set independently of inputting of the first information, and
controlling, in a case where the second setting is not specified in the received print job and where the instructed post-processing is actually not executable, execution of the print job on a basis of the first setting.

US Pat. No. 10,244,141

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ADDING USER INFORMATION AND NUMBER INFORMATION TO PRINT TARGET IMAGE, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus capable of adding number information differing from copy set to copy set, to a printing target image, the printing apparatus comprising:a judging unit configured to judge whether to add user information indicating a current user to a printing target image;
a determination unit configured to determine a position to which the number information is to be added, based on the judgment about whether or not to add the user information indicating the current user to the printing target image;
a first setting unit configured to set whether to add the number information; and
a second setting unit configured to set whether to add the user information,
wherein the setting by the first setting unit and the setting by the second setting unit are configurable by users different from each other of the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,244,142

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CARRIES OUT FACSIMILE COMMUNICATIONS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that has a first codec that carries out an encoding process on image data, and a second codec that carries out an encoding process on the image data at higher speed compared with the first codec, comprising:a processor configured to cause the image processing apparatus to:
perform an encoding process on a first type of job using the second codec; and
stop, when a second type of job, which requires use of the second codec, is received while the second codec is being used to perform the encoding process on the first type of job, use of the second codec for performing the encoding process on the first type of job, and execute the encoding process on the first type of job using the first codec and an encoding process on the second type of job using the second codec in parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,244,152

CAMERA AND CAMERA ACCESSORY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A camera accessory comprising:a mount; and
an actuator configured to be driven to move an optical member,
wherein a plurality of electrical contact surfaces including a first electrical contact surface, a second electrical contact surface, and a third electrical contact surface are disposed on the mount in a mount circumferential direction of the mount, and the first, second, and third electrical contact surfaces are disposed in an order of the first, second, and third electrical contact surfaces,
wherein the first and the second electrical contact surfaces are disposed adjacent to each other, and the second and the third electrical contact surfaces are disposed adjacent to each other,
wherein, in the mount circumferential direction of the mount, any electrical contact surfaces which contact to electrical contact pins disposed on a camera are not disposed between the first and second electrical contact surfaces and any electrical contact surfaces which contact to electrical contact pins disposed on a camera are not disposed between the second and third electrical contact surfaces,
wherein the first electrical contact surface is used to detect that the camera accessory is coupled to a camera,
wherein the second electrical contact surface is for receiving electrical power from the coupled camera for communication, and
wherein the third electrical contact surface is for receiving electrical power from the coupled camera for driving the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,240,053

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for ink jet comprising a coloring material and a water-soluble organic solvent,wherein the coloring material is a compound represented by the following General Formula (1),
wherein the water-soluble organic solvent comprises a first water-soluble organic solvent having two or more hydroxy groups and having a Log P value of ?1.88 or more to ?1.09 or less, and
wherein the content (mass %) of the first water-soluble organic solvent is 5.0 times or more to 30.0 times or less by a mass ratio with respect to the content (mass %) of the coloring material:
wherein, in General Formula (1),R1, R2 and R3 each independently represent a hydrogen atom; a carboxylic acid group; a sulfonic acid group; a hydroxy group; an acetylamino group; a halogen atom; a cyano group; a nitro group; a sulfamoyl group; an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atom(s); an alkoxy group having 1 to 4 carbon atom(s); an alkoxy group having 1 to 4 carbon atom(s) substituted by at least one kind of group(s) selected from the group consisting of a hydroxy group, an alkoxy group having 1 to 4 carbon atom(s), a sulfonic acid group, and a carboxylic acid group; an alkylsulfonyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atom(s); or an alkylsulfonyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atom(s) substituted by at least one kind of group(s) selected from the group consisting of a hydroxy group, a sulfonic acid group, and a carboxylic acid group;
R4 and R5 each independently represent an alkylthio group having 1 to 4 carbon atom(s); an alkylthio group having 1 to 4 carbon atom(s) substituted by at least one kind of group(s) selected from the group consisting of a hydroxy group, a sulfonic acid group, and a carboxylic acid group; an alkoxy group having 1 to 4 carbon atom(s); or an alkoxy group having 1 to 4 carbon atom(s) substituted by at least one kind of group(s) selected from the group consisting of a hydroxy group, a sulfonic acid group, and a carboxylic acid group;
R6 represents a hydrogen atom; a carboxylic acid group; a sulfonic acid group; an alkylcarbonylamino group having 1 to 4 carbon atom(s); a halogen atom; an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atom(s); an alkoxy group having 1 to 4 carbon atom(s); or an alkoxy group having 1 to 4 carbon atom(s) substituted by at least one kind of group(s) selected from the group consisting of a hydroxy group, an alkoxy group having 1 to 4 carbon atom(s), a sulfonic acid group, and a carboxylic acid group;
R7 represents an anilino group substituted with a sulfonic acid group or a naphthylamino group substituted with a sulfonic acid group, and R7 may further have at least one kind of substituent(s) selected from the group consisting of: a sulfonic acid group; a carboxylic acid group; a phosphoric acid group; a sulfamoyl group; a carbamoyl group; a hydroxy group; an alkoxy group having 1 to 6 carbon atom(s); an amino group; a mono- or di-alkylamino group having 1 to 6 carbon atom(s); a mono- or di-arylamino group; an acetylamino group; an ureido group; an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atom(s); a nitro group; a cyano group; a halogen atom; an alkylsulfonyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atom(s); and an alkylthio group having 1 to 6 carbon atom(s);
R8 represents an anilino group; a naphthylamino group; a mono- or di-alkylamino group having 1 to 6 carbon atom(s); a mono- or di-arylamino group; an amino group; an alkylthio group having 1 to 6 carbon atom(s); a phenylthio group; a phenoxy group; an alkoxy group having 1 to 6 carbon atom(s); or a hydroxy group; and R8 may further have at least one kind of substituent(s) selected from the group consisting of: a sulfonic acid group; a carboxylic acid group; a phosphoric acid group; a sulfamoyl group; a carbamoyl group; a hydroxy group; an alkoxy group having 1 to 6 carbon atom(s); an amino group; a mono- or di-alkylamino group having 1 to 6 carbon atom(s); a mono- or di-arylamino group; an acetylamino group; an ureido group; an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atom(s); a nitro group; a phenyl group; a furyl group; a pyridyl group; a cyano group; a halogen atom; an alkylsulfonyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atom(s); and an alkylthio group having 1 to 6 carbon atom(s); and
R9 represents a heterocyclic aromatic ring, or an aromatic ring to which a heterocyclic aromatic ring is bonded via an azo group, and these rings may have at least one kind of substituent(s) selected from the group consisting of: an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atom(s); a sulfonic acid group; a carboxylic acid group; a phosphoric acid group; a sulfamoyl group; a carbamoyl group; a hydroxy group; an alkoxy group having 1 to 4 carbon atom(s); an alkoxy group having 1 to 4 carbon atom(s) substituted with a sulfonic acid group; a cyano group; an amino group; and an alkylcarbonylamino group having 1 to 4 carbon atom(s).

US Pat. No. 10,244,155

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus to which an interchangeable lens apparatus is attachable, the image capturing apparatus comprising:one or more processors configured to
acquire data from the interchangeable lens apparatus and to perform image correction processing based on the data acquired from the interchangeable lens apparatus;
wherein a data structure of the data acquired by the one or more processors includes:
a first region that stores first information indicating a number of first shooting condition values and second information indicating a number of second shooting condition values in a set of the second shooting condition values;
a second region that stores third information indicating a number of sets of the second shooting condition values;
a third region that stores the first shooting condition values and the sets of the second shooting condition values, a number of the first shooting condition values is indicated by the first information and a number of the sets of the second shooting condition values is indicated by the third information, and each set of the second shooting condition values consisting of the second shooting condition values whose number is indicated by the second information, and each set of the second shooting condition values consisting of the second shooting condition values whose number is indicated by the second information; and
a fourth region that stores correction values according to a combination of the first shooting condition values and the second shooting condition values.

US Pat. No. 10,244,157

INTERCHANGEABLE LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ACQUIRING IN-FOCUS STATE AT DIFFERENT IMAGE HEIGHTS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING FOCUSING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An interchangeable lens apparatus provided with an image capturing optical system and being attachable to and detachable from an image capturing apparatus, the image capturing apparatus being configured to be able to detect a defocus amount of the image capturing optical system at plural different image heights using a signal acquired by photoelectric conversion of an optical image formed by the image capturing optical system, the interchangeable lens apparatus comprising:a focus lens included in the image capturing optical system; and
a memory configured to store information on a focus sensitivity indicating a relation between a unit movement amount of the focus lens and a displacement amount of the optical image, the information on the focus sensitivity including a plurality of information for enabling acquiring the focus sensitivity different depending on an image height and different depending on pupil division directions in a detection of the defocus amount.

US Pat. No. 10,243,133

PIEZOELECTRIC BODY, VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric body, comprising:a piezoelectric element on which a plurality of first electrodes are disposed; and
a flexible printed circuit substrate including a plurality of wiring layers extending over a base, a part of the wiring layers being covered with a coverlay, and at a part of the wiring layers that is not covered with the coverlay, a plurality of second electrodes being disposed, wherein
the piezoelectric element and the flexible printed circuit substrate are bonded so that a part of the first electrodes and a part of the second electrodes are electrically connected and the piezoelectric element and a part of the coverlay overlap,
the coverlay has an end made up of a first outline part and a second outline part that intersect with the wiring layers, the first outline part coming in contact with one electrode of the second electrodes, and the second outline part coming in contact with another electrode of the second electrodes,
a length from an outer-shape line of the piezoelectric element that intersects with the flexible printed circuit substrate to the first outline part is shorter than a length from the outer-shape line to the second outline part, and
the one of the second electrodes is located closer to the outer-shape line than the other electrode of the second electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,244,159

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor, having a plurality of pixels arranged two-dimensionally, that photoelectrically converts an object image formed by an optical imaging system including a focus lens and output an electrical image signal; and
a processor that:
controls at least one of a readout rate and an exposure condition independently for each of a plurality of different regions of the image sensor;
calculates a plurality of focus evaluation values based on signals for autofocus processing read out from the pixels present in a first region of a plurality of different regions at a plurality of different focus lens positions while moving the focus lens, and finds an in-focus position of the focus lens based on the plurality of focus evaluation values;
controls to read out image signals for display to be output to a display unit from a second region that is different from the first region among the plurality of different regions; and
detects whether or not flicker occurs and a frequency of flicker,
wherein in the case where flicker occurs, the processor controls the exposure condition so that a charge accumulation period of the image signals for display is an integral multiple of the frequency of the flicker, and controls a readout rate of the signals for autofocus processing so as to be an integral multiple of the frequency of the flicker.

US Pat. No. 10,244,163

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT GENERATES A VIRTUAL VIEWPOINT IMAGE, IMAGE GENERATION METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates a virtual viewpoint image based on one or more captured images out of a plurality of captured images obtained based on capturing by a plurality of cameras, the apparatus comprising:at least one hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions executable by the at least one hardware processor to cause the image processing apparatus to:
acquire virtual viewpoint information including information related to a position and a direction of a virtual viewpoint;
determine whether a first object overlaps with at least a part of a second object in at least one image captured by at least one of the plurality of cameras;
decide, based on the position and the direction of the virtual viewpoint indicated by the acquired virtual viewpoint information and on a result of the determination as to whether the first object overlaps with at least a part of the second object in the at least one image, one or more captured images to be used for generation of a virtual viewpoint image according to the virtual viewpoint information; and
generate the virtual viewpoint image according to the virtual viewpoint information using the one or more captured images decided to be used for generation of the virtual viewpoint image.

US Pat. No. 10,241,349

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:a first optical element including a first lens and being configured to move in a direction different from an optical axis;
a first driver including a first magnet magnetized in a first magnetized direction and a first coil and being configured to drive the first optical element by an electromagnetic action;
a second optical element including a second lens and being configured to move in a direction different from the optical axis; and
a second driver including a second magnet magnetized in a second magnetized direction and a second coil and being configured to drive the second optical element by an electromagnetic action,
wherein the first magnet is disposed outside a second area onto which the second magnet is projected in the second magnetized direction and the second magnet is disposed outside a first area onto which the first magnet is projected in the first magnetized direction, and
wherein a distance of closest approach between the first magnet and the second magnet is longer than (a) a distance of closest approach between the first magnet and the second optical element when the image stabilization apparatus is not operated or (b) a distance of closest approach between the first optical element and the second magnet in an optical axis direction when the image stabilization apparatus is not operated.

US Pat. No. 10,244,170

IMAGE-SHAKE CORRECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. A control method of an image-shake correction apparatus comprising the steps of:a calculating step of calculating a shake correction amount on the basis of an output of an angular velocity detecting step of detecting shake;
an optical image-shake correction step of correcting image shake in accordance with the shake correction amount; and
a position detecting step of detecting a position of a main object in an image pickup screen on the basis of an output signal output from an image pickup element,
wherein a gain of a shake correction amount if a lateral magnification at a position of a main object in the image pickup screen is larger than a predetermined value is set to be larger than a gain of a shake correction amount if a lateral magnification at a position of a main object in the image pickup screen is smaller than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,244,172

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image sensor configured to photoelectrically convert an optical image of a subject to accumulate electric charge;
an optical member located on a subject side of the image sensor;
a vibration unit configured to vibrate the optical member;
a display unit configured to display a moving image based on a captured image signal output from the image sensor; and
a control unit configured to perform drive control of the image sensor, the vibration unit, and the display unit,
wherein, in a case where the optical member is vibrated while the moving image is displayed, the control unit causes the vibration unit to vibrate the optical member in a time between two readout periods for reading out electric charge accumulated in the image sensor and not to vibrate the optical member in the readout periods.

US Pat. No. 10,243,403

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus comprising:a power transmission unit configured to wirelessly transmit power to one or more power receiving apparatuses; and
a processor configured to function as:
a receiving unit configured to receive, from each of the one or more power receiving apparatuses, function information;
a determination unit configured to determine, based on the function information received from each of the one or more power receiving apparatuses, whether each of the one or more power receiving apparatuses has a function for internally lowering a voltage obtained through power reception; and
a control unit configured to control the power transmission unit to perform power transmission in a first manner in a case where the determination unit determines that at least one of the one or more power receiving apparatuses does not have the function for internally lowering the voltage obtained through power reception, and to control the power transmission unit to perform power transmission in a second manner that is different from the first manner in a case where the determination unit determines that all of the one or more power receiving apparatuses have the function for internally lowering the voltage obtained through power reception.

US Pat. No. 10,244,173

DRIVING DEVICE PROVIDED IN IMAGE STABILIZER, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving device for driving a moving part that is movably supported by a fixing part in a predetermined direction, the driving device comprising:a first actuator and a second actuator each of which is provided with a coil arranged in one of the fixing part and the moving part and a magnet arranged in the other part so as to face the coil, a thrust being given to the moving part so as to drive the moving part in the predetermined direction;
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to control an electric current supplied to the coil of the first actuator in response to a result obtained by multiplying a first coefficient that varies in response to the position of the moving part by a first control value obtained from a first function based on the position of the moving part, and to control an electric current supplied to the coil of the second actuator in response to a result obtained by multiplying a second coefficient that varies in response to the position of the moving part by a second control value obtained from a second function that is different from the first function based on the position of the moving part.

US Pat. No. 10,244,174

IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTION APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image shake correction apparatus that corrects a shake of an object image using an image shake correction unit, the object image being imaged by an imaging unit through an imaging optical system, the image shake correction apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor operating in accordance with a program stored in the memory,
the processor comprising:
an offset calculator configured to acquire a detection signal of shake from a first detector and to calculate first and second offset values;
a first controller configured to control the image shake correction unit using a first signal obtained by subtracting the first offset value from the detection signal;
an angular velocity calculator configured to calculate angular velocity data of the object image with respect to the image shake correction apparatus from a second signal obtained by subtracting the second offset value from the detection signal, a moving distance of the object image detected by a second detector, and a focal distance of the imaging optical system; and
a second controller configured to calculate a difference between the angular velocity data of the object image and data indicated by the second signal and to control the image shake correction unit.

US Pat. No. 10,244,179

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a first processing circuit which performs first image processing for a target image as an input processing target, and writing a first image as a processing result in a storage device;
a second processing circuit which reads out the first image written in the storage device, performs second image processing different from the first image processing for the first image, and outputs a second image as a processing result; and
a control circuit which controls the first processing circuit and the second processing circuit,
wherein the first image processing and the second image processing are performed for each of a plurality of regions defined for an image as a processing target,
readout of the first image by the second processing circuit is performed in parallel with writing of the first image by the first processing circuit, and
the control circuit sets a size of a second region defined for the first image as a processing target of the second image processing to be smaller than a size of a first region defined for the target image as a processing target of the first image processing.

US Pat. No. 10,239,317

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid discharge head including a liquid discharge head substrate and a flow path forming member, the liquid discharge head substrate having a base, a pressure generation portion provided at a front surface of the base to generate pressure for discharging a liquid, and a supply port for supplying the liquid to the pressure generation portion, and the flow path forming member forming a flow path for feeding the liquid supplied from the supply port to the pressure generation portion, the method comprising: providing a sacrificial layer on the front surface of the base; providing a cover layer at the front surface of the base, the cover layer covering the sacrificial layer and including a portion for covering an end of the sacrificial layer; providing a resin layer for covering the portion of the cover layer; providing a flow path mold member on a front surface of the cover layer and a front surface of the resin layer; providing the flow path forming member on a front surface of the flow path mold member; and removing the sacrificial layer by etching the base from a back surface of the base in a state in which the portion of the cover layer is covered with the resin layer, wherein, in providing the resin layer, an opening, which has an area smaller than an area of the sacrificial layer viewed from a direction orthogonal to the front surface of the base, is formed in the resin layer, and a surface of a part of the cover layer which covers the sacrificial layer, is exposed from the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,238,297

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:a light source;
an optical transmitter configured to transmit light emitted from the light source;
a scan controller configured to move an emission side of the optical transmitter;
a first optical meter disposed at an incidence side of the optical transmitter and configured to measure light fluence;
a second optical meter configured to measure light fluence;
a calculator configured to calculate a conversion factor that indicates a relationship between the fluence of light measured by the first optical meter and the fluence of light measured by the second optical meter;
a probe configured to receive an acoustic wave that is generated from an object due to the light emitted by the optical transmitter and convert the acoustic wave into an electric signal; and
a processor configured to acquire specific information about the inside of the object based on the electric signal,
wherein the scan controller can execute a first scanning mode for moving the optical transmitter so that the optical transmitter irradiates the object with the light emitted from the light source and a second scanning mode for moving the optical transmitter so that the second optical meter measures the fluence of light emitted from the optical transmitter;
wherein the calculator calculates the conversion factor based on the fluence of light measured by the first optical meter and the fluence of light measured by the second optical meter in the second scanning mode, and
wherein the processor acquires the specific information based on the electric signal acquired by the probe in the first scanning mode, the fluence of light measured by the first optical meter in the first scanning mode, and the conversion factor.

US Pat. No. 10,239,321

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FLOW PASSAGE MEMBER OF LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head for ejecting a liquid, comprising:a flow passage member, which is composed of a first resin and which is provided with a flow passage configured to come into contact with the liquid;
a liquid supply member bonded to the flow passage member; and
a plurality of resin-coated members having a core-sheath structure composed of a filler constituting an inner core and a second resin constituting an outer core,
wherein the flow passage member comprises the plurality of the resin-coated members.

US Pat. No. 10,244,192

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD OF IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving method for an image sensor including a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric conversion unit, a first charge holding unit, a second charge holding unit, and an output unit, the driving method comprising:holding a first signal, generated by one of the photoelectric conversion units in a first exposure time, in the respective first charge holding unit; and
holding a second signal, generated by the photoelectric conversion unit in a second exposure time longer than the first exposure time, in the respective second charge holding unit,
wherein at least a part of a period over which the first signal is held in the first charge holding unit and at least a part of a period over which the second signal is held in the second charge holding unit are overlapped.

US Pat. No. 10,244,193

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising a plurality of pixels each including:a pixel circuit in a substrate;
a first and a second electrode above the substrate, placed sequentially in a first direction being a direction along a surface of the substrate;
an upper electrode above the first and second electrodes;
a photoelectric conversion layer between the first and second electrodes and the upper electrode; and
an insulating layer between the first electrode and the photoelectric conversion layer, wherein
the pixel circuit includes
a first signal output circuit having a first amplification portion with a first input node connected to the first electrode,
a second signal output circuit having a second amplification portion with a second input node connected to the second electrode,
a first capacitor connected to the first electrode and the first input node, and
a first potential control portion configured to control a potential of the first electrode via the first capacitor, and
the first potential control portion supplies a first potential that collects signal charge generated in the photoelectric conversion layer, or a second potential that transfers the signal charge in the first direction, to the first electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,244,196

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projector comprising:a processor; and
a memory for storing instructions to be executed by the processor, wherein when the instructions stored in the memory are executed by the processor, the projector functions as:
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of pieces of user operation information each indicating one or more user operations performed by a user on an information processing apparatus;
a specification unit configured to specify, from among a plurality of information processing apparatuses on which the user operation indicated by the plurality of pieces of user operation information is performed, one or more information processing apparatuses capable of communicating with the projector;
a projection unit configured to project an image representing, as designatable user operation information, one or more pieces of user operation information, among the plurality of pieces of user operation information stored in the storage unit, indicating one or more user operations performed on an information processing apparatus specified by the specification unit as an information processing apparatus capable of communicating with the projector and not representing, as the designatable user operation information, one or more pieces of user operation information, among the plurality of pieces of user operation information stored in the storage unit, indicating one or more user operations performed on an information processing apparatus which is not specified by the specification unit as an information processing apparatus capable of communicating with the projector; and
an obtain unit configured to obtain image data corresponding to user operation information that is designated by a designation operation, among the one or more pieces of user operation information which are represented as the designatable user operation information on the image projected by the projection unit, wherein the obtain unit obtains the image data from an information processing apparatus on which a user operation corresponding to the designated user operation information is performed,
wherein the projection unit projects the image based on the image data obtained by the obtain unit.

US Pat. No. 10,239,330

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form a first image containing a first liquid and a coloring material on an ink receiving medium;
a liquid absorbing member including a porous body that comes into contact with the first image, the porous body being configured to absorb at least a part of the first liquid from the first image; and
a plurality of pressure applying units configured to press the first image on the ink receiving medium by the porous body of the liquid absorbing member,
wherein the plurality of pressure applying units include a first pressure applying unit configured to press the first image to absorb at least a part of the first liquid from the first image and a second pressure applying unit configured to press the first image, from which the at least a part of the first liquid has been absorbed, and
an average pore diameter of a portion of the porous body pressed by the second pressure applying unit is greater than an average pore diameter of a portion of the porous body pressed by the first pressure applying unit.

US Pat. No. 10,244,199

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging unit;
a generation unit configured to generate RAW image data by using image data acquired by the imaging unit;
a recording unit configured to record the RAW image data generated by the generation unit into a recording medium in accordance with a recording instruction;
a setting unit configured to control whether to set, as a target of storage into the recording medium, the RAW image data to be recorded into the recording medium by the recording unit in accordance with the recording instruction or not in accordance with a user instruction;
a development unit configured to generate developed image data by performing development processing on RAW image data; and
a control unit configured to control the development unit to automatically develop the RAW image data recorded in the recording medium after recording of the RAW image data into the recording medium by the recording unit and configured to control the recording unit to automatically record the developed image data, which is generated by developing the RAW image data by the development unit, into the recording medium, wherein
in a case where first RAW image data not set as the target of storage into the recording medium has been developed by the development unit, the control unit performs control to automatically delete the first RAW image data from the recording medium, and, in a case where second RAW image data set as the target of storage into the recording medium has been developed by the development unit, the control unit performs control not to delete the second RAW image data from the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 10,243,948

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC MAIL TRANSMITTING METHOD, AND ELECTRONIC MAIL TRANSMITTING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A MFP (Multi Function Peripheral) for transmitting data using an SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol), the MFP comprising:a scanner generating image data by scanning an original;
a storage device that stores authentication information, which includes an SMTP user name and a password, corresponding to identification information, which includes a user name, of each user of the MFP;
a memory storing instructions, and
a processor executing the instructions to cause the MFP to:
accept identification information of a user of the MFP;
obtain, from the storage device, authentication information managed for an SMTP authentication based on the accepted identification information;
send the obtained authentication information to an SMTP server for the SMTP authentication; and
after the SMTP authentication has been executed on the SMTP server, transmit, by Internet FAX (facsimile) using the SMTP, data including the image data generated by the scanner,
wherein the transmitted data includes a predetermined address, which is different from an e-mail address of the user corresponding to the accepted identification information, as a setting to a FROM field, and
wherein the predetermined address is common for a plurality of users and is set to the MFP in advance.

US Pat. No. 10,244,214

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a mirror;
a projection unit that includes a light source and a projection lens barrel unit, and is configured to project an image onto a projection surface, wherein projection light emitted from the light source passes through the projection lens barrel unit and is reflected by the mirror;
an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of a target object placed on the projection surface;
an imaging lens barrel unit, wherein target light coining from the target object is reflected by the mirror, passes through the imaging lens barrel unit, and is received by the image capturing unit;
an air blowing unit configured to blow air for cooling the light source; and
a duct through which the air blown by the air blowing unit is guided to the light source,
wherein
the mirror is disposed above the projection unit, the imaging lens barrel unit, and the image capturing unit,
a plane defined by a first direction and a second direction perpendicular to the first direction is orthogonal to a vertical direction,
the projection lens barrel unit is arranged to overlap with the imaging lens barrel unit in the vertical direction,
the projection lens barrel unit is arranged to overlap with the imaging lens barrel unit in the first direction,
the projection lens barrel unit is arranged so as not to overlap with the imaging lens barrel unit in the second direction,
the light source is arranged so as not to overlap with the imaging lens barrel unit, the image capturing unit and the projection lens barrel unit in the first direction, and
wherein the duct is arranged in such a manner that the air blown from the air blowing unit travels in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,241,660

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:a memory; and
at least one processor, the memory storing a program of instructions executable by the at least one processor, and the at least one processor executes the program of instructions to implement:
changing a display magnification of an image displayed on a display unit based on an operation performed by a user;
receiving a switching instruction to switch an image displayed on the display unit to another image; and
performing control, when a first image is switched to a second image:
to display the second image at a display magnification according to whether a first display magnification based on a display magnification at which the first image is displayed before a switch to the second image is smaller than a fit magnification,
to display the second image at a second display magnification that is at least the fit magnification if the first display magnification is smaller than the fit magnification, and
to display the second image at the first display magnification if the first display magnification is larger than the fit magnification,
wherein the fit magnification is one of a magnification at which the length of the second image matches the length of the display area and a magnification at which the width of the second image matches the width of the display area.

US Pat. No. 10,241,410

METHOD FOR IMPARTING WATER REPELLENCY TO SURFACE OF MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for imparting water repellency to an ejection port surface of a liquid ejection head, the ejection port surface being a surface of the liquid ejection head on which an ejection port is formed, the method comprising:a step in which a material including a compound containing a fluorine atom is deposited on a surface of a photosensitive resin layer on a substrate, the surface of the photosensitive resin layer serving as an ejection port surface, in order to form a member including the photosensitive resin layer and a material layer including the material, the material layer being disposed on a front surface of the photosensitive resin layer;
a first exposure step in which a surface of the member is exposed to an amount of light with an exposure apparatus in order to form a latent image in the photosensitive resin layer and the material layer of the member;
a development step in which the member including the latent image is developed, thereby removing the photosensitive resin layer and the material layer within the latent image, the ejection port being formed at a portion where the member has been removed;
an initial curing step in which the member is initially cured after the development step, wherein, in the initial curing step, the member is heated at 120° C. or more and 160° C. or less for 2 minutes or more and 4 minutes or less;
a second exposure step in which the surface of the member is exposed to an amount of light with an exposure apparatus subsequent to the development step and the initial curing step, wherein exposure in the second exposure step is incident from the same side as the first exposure and imparts water repellency to the member and thereby increasing a contact angle of pure water on the surface of the member by 3° or more;
a supply port forming step in which a supply port is formed by etching the substrate after the second exposure step;
an ultraviolet light irradiation step in which the member is irradiated with ultraviolet light after the supply port forming step;
a member removal step in which a part of the member is removed after the ultraviolet light irradiation step; and
a final heat curing step in which the member is cured after the member removal step, and in which the member is heated at 170° C. or more and 220° C. or less for 30 minutes or more and 120 minutes or less.

US Pat. No. 10,242,438

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR IMAGE RECOGNITION OF THE ASSEMBLY OF AN OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the apparatus to:
obtain an image of an assembled object that is constituted by a first object and a second object that have been assembled;
obtain a three-dimensional shape model of the assembled object that has at least one first area that corresponds to the first object and at least one second area that corresponds to the second object;
obtain a position and orientation of the assembled object based on the image;
obtain, from the three-dimensional shape model of the assembled object corresponding to the obtained position and orientation, a first evaluation value that is for evaluating a state of assembly in the at least one first area, and a second evaluation value that is for evaluating a state of assembly in the at least one second area; and
determine whether or not the assembly was successful based on the first evaluation value and the second evaluation value.

US Pat. No. 10,241,419

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, PATTERN FORMING METHOD, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PRODUCT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus that forms a pattern on a substrate, the lithography apparatus comprising:a moving unit configured to move with an original or the substrate mounted thereon;
a plurality of measurement units configured to obtain information about a position of the moving unit, measurement areas of the respective measurement units overlapping each other; and
a control unit configured to obtain an amount of positional deviation between the original or the substrate mounted on the moving unit and the moving unit based on a position of a mark formed on the original or the substrate and switch the measurement units used to obtain the information about the position of the moving unit, based on a switching position lying in an overlapping measurement area,
wherein, in a case where a first process and a second process that is performed after the first process are performed on one of a plurality of processing targets on the original or on the substrate, the control unit controls the moving unit with reflecting the obtained amount of the positional deviation after the first process is performed, changes the switching position based on the obtained amount of the positional deviation after the first process is performed and controls the measurement units so that the same one of the measurement units is used in performing the first and the second processes.

US Pat. No. 10,238,347

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus having a communication function capable of exchanging data with an external device using at least one of wired communication and wireless communication, comprising:a sensor unit including a sensor array configured to generate a signal corresponding to radiation;
a sound-production unit configured to make a notification by sound production; and
a notification unit configured to cause the sound-production unit to execute sound production in response to detection of an event,
wherein sound production by the sound-production unit is executed such that the sound production is not executed during a period of reading out a signal from the sensor array in a state in which communication with the external device is disabled.

US Pat. No. 10,241,424

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for performing an imprint process of forming a pattern on an imprint material for a shot region of a plurality of shot regions on a substrate by bringing the imprint material on the substrate and a mold into contact with each other, the apparatus comprising:a stage configured to hold the substrate;
a detector configured to detect a displacement in a relative position between the shot region and the mold in a direction parallel to a surface of the substrate when performing the imprint process for the shot region; and
a controller configured to control the imprint process,
wherein the controller is configured to:
obtain, when performing the imprint process for a first shot region of the plurality of shot regions, information relating to the displacement in the relative position between the first shot region on the substrate and the mold detected by the detector or a relative moving amount of the first shot region relative to the mold, which was used for aligning the first shot region and the mold with each other in the direction parallel to the surface of the substrate, after bringing the mold and the imprint material on the substrate into contact with each other;
adjust, when performing the imprint process for a second shot region of the plurality of shot regions, the relative position between the second shot region and the mold in the direction parallel to the surface of the substrate based on the obtained information relating to the displacement in the relative position between the first shot region on the substrate and the mold detected by the detector or the relative moving amount of the first shot region relative to the mold; and
bring the mold and the imprint material on the substrate into contact with each other to perform the imprint process for the second shot region.

US Pat. No. 10,240,913

THREE-DIMENSIONAL COORDINATE MEASURING APPARATUS AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL COORDINATE MEASURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A three-dimensional coordinate measuring apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the three-dimensional coordinate measuring apparatus to:
input a captured image of an object, in which internal scattering can occur, onto which a pattern that has bright section areas and dark section areas is projected;
estimate an internal scattering light component in a first area that corresponds to a bright section area of the projected pattern in the captured image, based on a luminance value of a second area that corresponds to a dark section area of the projected pattern; and
derive three-dimensional coordinates of the object based on data of the captured image and the estimated internal scattering light component,
wherein the pattern is constituted by a plurality of measuring lines that are a combination of bright sections and dark sections, and
wherein in deriving the three-dimensional coordinates of the object, the instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the three-dimensional coordinate measuring apparatus to identify the measuring lines based on a location of the first area or the second area, and calculate three-dimensional coordinates of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,241,429

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising: a support; an undercoat layer; and a photosensitive layer in the mentioned order, whereinthe undercoat layer comprises a binder resin and a strontium titanate particle,
the strontium titanate particle has a maximum peak at a position of 2?=32.20±0.20 (? represents a Bragg angle) in a CuK? characteristic X-ray diffraction pattern, and
a half-value width of the maximum peak is 0.10 deg or more and 0.50 deg or less.

US Pat. No. 10,241,430

TONER, AND EXTERNAL ADDITIVE FOR TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising:a toner particle containing a binder resin and a colorant; and
an external additive, wherein
the external additive is a core-shell type composite particle having:
a core containing a crystalline polyester resin; and
an organosilicon polymer-containing coating layer on the surface of the core,
a softening point of the toner particle is from 90° C. to 180° C., and
a softening point (Tm) of the crystalline polyester resin is from 50° C. to 105° C.

US Pat. No. 10,238,359

APPARATUS METHOD MEDIUM FOR SELECTIVE MODIFICATION OF IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION IN AN IMAGING ORDER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

13. A control method of an imaging control apparatus comprising:receiving an imaging order from a RIS terminal in communication with the imaging control apparatus;
determining whether a correction should be made to the imaging order, wherein it is determined that the correction should be made in response to determining that identification information is not included in the imaging order or that the identification information included in the imaging order coincides with identification information associated with a captured image which has already been stored in a PACS terminal in communication with the imaging control apparatus, wherein the identification information identifies an image for capture in accordance with the received imaging order;
permitting adding identification information upon determining that the correction should be made;
inhibiting correction of the identification information upon not determining that the correction should be made;
obtaining identification information upon determining that the correction should be made, wherein second identification information which does not coincide with identification information associated with a captured image which has already been stored in the PACS terminal is obtained when obtained first identification information coincides with identification information associated with a captured image which has already been stored in the PACS terminal, wherein the second identification information is obtained by determining whether the imaging control apparatus can communicate with an issuing system configured to issue identification information of an image which does not coincide with identification information associated with a captured image which has already been stored in the PACS terminal, and by obtaining the second identification information from the issuing system in response to determining that the imaging control apparatus can communicate with the issuing system and generating the second identification information in response to determining that the imaging control apparatus cannot communicate with the issuing system;
controlling an image capturing apparatus having an image sensor, the image capturing apparatus being controlled to prevent generation of an image of a subject through image capturing in accordance with the imaging order until after processing in said determining step and in said permitting or inhibiting steps; and
sending an image received from the image capturing apparatus and the obtained identification information to the PACS terminal in response to the determination step determining that the correction should be made, and sending an image received from the image capturing apparatus and the identification information included in the imaging order received in the receiving step in response to the determination step not determining that the correction should be made.

US Pat. No. 10,241,433

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS A FIXING CONDITION OF A FIXING PORTION BASED ON A SHAPE OF A SHEET TO BE USED IN IMAGE FORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a reading portion configured to read (a) a shape of a sheet to be used for image formation, and (b) an original sheet carrying an original image;
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image, corresponding to the original image read by said reading portion, on the sheet to be used for image formation;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image, formed by said image forming portion, to the sheet to be used for image formation; and
a controller configured to control a fixing condition of said fixing portion in accordance with the shape of the sheet to be used for image formation read by said reading portion.

US Pat. No. 10,243,995

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT OPERATES ACCORDING TO SECURITY POLICIES, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a display configured to display a screen of a user interface; and
at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor and having stored thereon instructions, which when executed by the at least one processor, the at least one processor and the at least one memory cooperate to act as:
a managing unit configured to manage an operation setting of the image processing apparatus including a plurality of setting items;
a setting unit configured to set a security policy of the image processing apparatus including a plurality of setting items;
a storage unit configured to store correspondence information which defines a correspondence relationship between the plurality of setting items of the security policy and the plurality of the setting items of the operation setting;
an identifying unit configured to refer to the correspondence information stored in said storage unit and identify a setting item of the operation setting which corresponds to a setting item of the security policy set by said setting unit; and
a restraining unit configured to restrain execution of at least one function of the image processing apparatus, wherein
said storage unit stores that the security policy has not been checked in response to a change of a setting item of the plurality of setting items of the security policy received via the user interface and/or a change of a setting item of the plurality of the setting items of the operation setting, and
said restraining unit causes the user interface to display a message indicating that the security policy has not been checked and restrains execution of the at least one function of the image processing apparatus in a case where a user instructs execution of the at least one function of the image processing apparatus before the identifying unit identifies the setting item of the operation setting which corresponds to the setting item of the security policy set by said setting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,241,434

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND POSITION DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, which is configured to form an image on a sheet, comprising:a plurality of image forming units configured to form a plurality of images, each having a different color;
a sensor configured to measure reflected light from a color pattern formed on a transfer member, the color pattern being used for detection of a color misregistration amount;
a first comparator configured to compare a measurement value of the sensor with a first threshold value;
a second comparator configured to compare the measurement value of the sensor with a second threshold value being different from the first threshold value; and
a controller configured to control the plurality of image forming units to form, on the transfer member, a plurality of color patterns, each having a different color, control the sensor to measure reflected light from the plurality of color patterns, cause the first comparator to compare measurement values of reflected light from the plurality of color patterns with the first threshold value to acquire first data, cause the second comparator to compare the measurement values of reflected light from the plurality of color patterns with the second threshold value to acquire second data, detect the color misregistration amount related to relative position of a color pattern having a reference color among the plurality of color patterns and a color pattern having another color among plurality of color patterns based on the first data and the second data, and determine an image forming condition for adjusting an image forming position of an image having other color different from the reference color based on the color misregistration amount,
wherein the controller generates correction data based on the first data and the second data, and detects the color misregistration amounts based on the second data and the correction data,
wherein the first data corresponds to a binary digital signal,
wherein the second data corresponds to a binary digital signal,
wherein the controller determines third data corresponding to an exclusive OR of the first data and the second data, and generates the correction data based on the third data, and
wherein the third data corresponds to a binary digital signal.

US Pat. No. 10,243,486

VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration wave motor comprising:a vibrator including a protruding portion that performs high frequency vibration;
a friction member, the vibrator being pressed to cause the protruding portion to abut to the friction member;
a fixing member configured to be attached or connected to either the vibrator or the friction member;
a movable member that moves integratedly with either the vibrator or the friction member;
a plurality of rotating members enabling relative movement between the friction member and the movable member; and
a falling off restriction portion that prevents the rotating members provided in either the fixing member or the movable member from falling off,
wherein the rotating members are provided between a first recessed portion provided on a surface of the movable member and a second recessed portion provided on a surface of the fixing member opposed to the movable member,
in case where at least one of the movable member and the fixing member moves in a pressing direction of a pressurizing member, so as to move the first recessed portion and the second recessed portion to a direction separating each other, wherein the falling off restriction portion abuts to an opposed portion opposed to the falling off restriction portion to restrict a movable range of the movable member in a pressing direction, so that a gap between surface provided with the first recessed portion and the surface provided with the second recessed portion is smaller than a diameter of the rotating members.

US Pat. No. 10,241,438

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING A DEVELOPING UNIT THAT IS PIVOTALLY SUPPORTED ABOUT THE AXIS OF A SHAFT, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a developing unit including a developer bearing member and a developing frame member, the developing frame member being configured to support the developer bearing member;
an end supporting member configured to pivotably support the developing unit on one end side in an axis direction of the developer bearing member;
an other-end supporting member configured to pivotably support the developing unit on the other end side in the axis direction;
a first shaft provided on an outside surface of the developing frame member in the developing unit;
a second shaft provided on either one of the developing unit and the other-end supporting member;
a first hole provided in the end supporting member, the first hole being configured to support the first shaft so that the developing unit pivots about the first shaft and the second shaft and also being configured to allow the first shaft to move in a direction intersecting the axis direction;
a second hole provided in the other of the developing unit and the other-end supporting member, the second hole being configured to support the second shaft so that the developing unit pivots about the first shaft and the second shaft and also being configured to restrain the second shaft from moving in the direction intersecting the axis direction; and
a biasing member configured to bias the first shaft in the direction intersecting the axis direction,
wherein the developing device is configured to be detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus independent of any image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 10,243,493

MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor control device comprising:a pulse generation unit connected to a stepping motor and configured to output pulse signals for driving the stepping motor; and
a controller configured to control the pulse generation unit to perform acceleration control or deceleration control of the stepping motor,
wherein the controller calculates a number of the pulse signals to be output from the pulse generation unit to the stepping motor when accelerating or decelerating the stepping motor at constant acceleration in the acceleration control or the deceleration control based on an initial speed of the stepping motor when the acceleration control or the deceleration control starts, a target rotation speed, and time from start of the acceleration control or the deceleration control of the stepping motor to time when the stepping motor reaches the target rotation speed, and
wherein the controller changes a rotation speed of the stepping motor in the acceleration control or the deceleration control along a sinusoidal waveform.

US Pat. No. 10,241,445

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of image forming stations, each including a rotatable image bearing member and a developing device configured to develop an image on said image bearing member with a developer, wherein said image forming apparatus is operable in a first mode in which the image is formed by only a part of said image forming stations and no image is formed by the rest of said image forming stations, and wherein an image forming operation in the first mode is executed by rotating said image bearing members of the part and the rest of said image forming stations;
a transferring device configured to transfer the images formed on said image bearing members of said image forming stations, wherein in the first mode, the part of said image forming stations is in a contacting state in which said image bearing members contact said transferring device;
a contacting/spacing device provided for the rest of said image forming stations and configured to enable the rest of said image forming stations to be in the contacting state or a spacing state in which said image bearing members are spaced from said transferring device; and
a controlling device configured to control said contacting/spacing device such that the rest of said image forming stations is changed into the contacting state after the image forming operation has been executed for a predetermined period in the spacing state.

US Pat. No. 10,241,453

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing an image, formed on a recording material, onto the recording material, the fixing device comprising:a cylindrical film;
a heater contacting an inner surface of said film;
a supporting member for supporting said heater, said supporting member being provided in a hollow space of said film;
a first portion for preventing lateral movement of said film in a generatrix direction of said film by receiving an end surface of said film, said first portion being supported by a frame of said fixing device and holding said supporting member; and
a second portion opposed to a surface of said heater that contacts said film and elongated along a widthwise direction of said heater, said second portion being provided at the same position as said first portion with respect to the generatrix direction of said film.

US Pat. No. 10,241,455

FIXING DEVICE HAVING A PRESSING MECHANISM THAT PRESSES FIRST AND SECOND ROTATABLE MEMBERS TOGETHER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:a first rotatable member;
a second rotatable member cooperative with said first rotatable member to form a nip for fixing a toner image on a recording material; and
a pressing mechanism configured to press at least one of said first rotatable member and said second rotatable member toward the other,
wherein a pressure P1 at a first position, in an upstream side of a center of a recording material feeding direction, and which is a maximum pressure in the nip, an average pressure P0 from the first position to a second position, which is a downstream end of the nip in the recording material feeding direction, a toner melt viscosity M1 at the first position, and a toner melt viscosity M2 at the second position, satisfy:
0.3 MPa?P1?0.65 MPa,
0 1.0×104 Pa?s?M1<1.0×105 Pa·s, and
0.5×102 Pa·s?M2?1.0×103 Pa·s.

US Pat. No. 10,241,460

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a first power mode and a second power mode in which power consumption is lower than power consumption in the first power mode, the image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the image bearing member when an image formation request is received;
a transfer unit configured to transfer onto a sheet the image formed on the image bearing member;
a fixing unit, including a first rotary member and a second rotary member, fix onto the sheet the image transferred by the transfer unit with a pressing force of the nip portion while applying heat via the first rotary member;
a first driving unit configured to rotate one of the first rotary member and the second rotary member; and
a second driving unit configured to bring the first rotary member and the second rotary member into contact with each other to form a nip portion and separate one of the first rotary member and the second rotary member from the other of the first rotary member and the second rotary member; and
a control unit configured to cause the first driving unit to execute a rotation operation to rotate one of the first rotary member and the second rotary member in a case where a predetermined time passes while the first rotary member and the second rotary member are in contact with each other without rotating and the image forming apparatus is in the first power mode, whereas the control unit causes the second driving unit to execute a separation operation to separate one of the first rotary member and the second rotary member from the other of the first rotary member and the second rotary member in a case where the predetermined time passes while the first rotary member and the second rotary member are in contact with each other without rotating and the image forming apparatus is in the second power mode,
wherein during the first power mode, power is supplied to the first driving unit and the second driving unit, and
wherein during the second power mode, power is not supplied to the first driving unit and the second driving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,240,950

SCALE, MEASURING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS, SCALE FABRICATING UNIT, AND SCALE FABRICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scale for measuring a displacement or velocity of a rotating object, the scale comprising:a first region including a first mark row with a plurality of marks arranged in a first period;
a second region including a second mark row with a plurality of marks arranged in a second period, which is different from the first period, having a phase continuity with the first mark row in the first region; and
a periodic mark row including the first mark row and the second mark row disposed one after another along a rotating direction of the rotating object,
wherein the periodic mark row is disposed over an entire circumference of the rotating object, and
wherein an expression below is satisfied:

where R2 represents a length of the second region, P1 represents the first period, P2 represents the second period, and round(a) represents an integer to which a value of a is round.

US Pat. No. 10,242,491

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING IMAGE CLIP POSITION, METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a first captured image captured from a first point of view and a second captured image captured from a second point of view which is different from the first point of view;
an initial value acquisition unit configured to acquire initial values of respective clip positions to clip display images from the first captured image and the second captured image;
a derivation unit configured to derive a first out-of-area amount that indicates an amount of a first exterior region of a first display image located outside a first region of the first captured image when the first display image is clipped from the first captured image based on the initial values and to derive a second out-of-area amount that indicates an amount of a second exterior region of a second display image located outside a second region of the second captured image when the second display image is clipped from the second captured image based on the initial values; and
a determination unit configured to determine the respective clip positions to clip the display images from the first captured image and the second captured image based on the first and second out-of-area amounts.

US Pat. No. 10,244,055

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT IS DIRECTLY CONNECTED WITH A TERMINAL APPARATUS WITHOUT AN INTERMEDIATION OF AN EXTERNAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus that is directly connected with a terminal apparatus without an intermediation of an external apparatus that is an apparatus existing outside the terminal apparatus, the communication apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to control:
a reception unit configured to receive a setting command for executing a communication setting of the communication apparatus from the terminal apparatus;
an operation acceptance unit configured to accept a setting operation for executing the communication setting of the communication apparatus from a user via an operation unit included in the communication apparatus; and
a setting unit configured to execute the communication setting of the communication apparatus,
wherein, in a case where the reception unit receives the setting command including a predetermined command for operating the communication apparatus in a direct connection state where the communication apparatus is directly connected with the terminal apparatus without an intermediation of the external apparatus, the setting unit executes a first communication setting for operating the communication apparatus in a first direct communication state where the communication apparatus is directly connected with the terminal apparatus without the intermediation of the external apparatus and the communication apparatus does not execute specification processing for specifying whether or not the communication apparatus operates as a specifying apparatus that determines a channel used for a direct connection with the terminal apparatus, and does not execute a second communication processing for operating the communication apparatus in a second direct connection state that the communication apparatus is directly connected with the terminal apparatus without the intermediation of the external apparatus and the communication apparatus executes the specification processing, and
wherein, in a case where the operation acceptance unit accepts the setting operation for operating the communication apparatus in the direct connection state, the setting unit executes one of the communication settings including the first communication setting and the second communication setting.

US Pat. No. 10,240,982

MEASUREMENT SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A measurement apparatus comprising:an illumination unit configured to illuminate a measurement object with use of a plurality of point light sources configured to emit light based on illumination images modulated according to periodic functions out of phase with one another;
an imaging unit configured to image the measurement object illuminated based on the illumination images;
a first calculation unit configured to calculate phase information of a change in a luminance value at each pixel based on a plurality of images captured by the imaging unit; and
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the phase information, a maximum reflection direction where a reflection direction is maximized on the measurement object.

US Pat. No. 10,239,717

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND SHEET-FEEDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a manual feed tray on which a sheet to be subjected to image formation is placed;
a sheet detector configured to detect whether the sheet is placed on the manual feed tray or not;
a fixed size setting unit configured to set a size of the sheet to be used with the manual feed tray in advance even if the sheet detector detects that the sheet is not placed on the manual feed tray;
a size detector configured to detect a size of a sheet placed on the manual feed tray, the size detector comprising a first sensor configured to detect a length of a sheet placed on the manual feed tray in a conveying direction and a second sensor configured to detect a length of a sheet placed on the manual feed tray in a direction intersecting with the conveying direction;
a sheet-feeding unit configured to feed the sheet placed on the manual feed tray; and
a controller,
wherein, in a case where the size of the sheet is set by the fixed size setting unit, when the sheet detector determines that the sheet is placed on the manual feed tray and a detected size that is determined in accordance with detection results of the first sensor and the second sensor of the size detector and a fixed size that is set by the fixed size setting unit are matched, the controller causes at least one of the sheet-feeding unit and the manual feed tray to start movement so that the sheet-feeding unit and the sheet on the manual feed tray are in contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,239,206

ROBOT CONTROLLING METHOD, ROBOT APPARATUS, PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A controlling method of a robot in which a controlling unit performs control for causing an actuator of each joint of a multi joint robot to operate according to each joint instruction value, the robot controlling method comprising:calculating, by the controlling unit, a joint error of each joint of the robot, for each of the joints;
calculating, by the controlling unit, an error component in a driving direction of the actuator of the joint, for each of the joints;
calculating, by the controlling unit, a residuals component excluding the error component in the driving direction of the actuator from the joint error of the joint, for each of the joints;
calculating, by the controlling unit, an error in position and orientation of an end point of the robot based on the residuals component of each of the joints by forward mechanism calculation;
calculating, by the controlling unit, a first correction quantity for correcting the joint instruction value using the error component in a driving direction of the actuator of the joint, for each of the joints;
calculating, by the controlling unit, a second correction quantity for correcting the joint instruction value by using the error in position and orientation of the end point of the robot, for each of the joints by inverse mechanism calculation; and
correcting, by the controlling unit, the joint instruction value by using the first correction quantity and the second correction quantity, for each of the joints.

US Pat. No. 10,239,721

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS CONTROLLING DIRECTION FOR CONVEYING SHEET, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus, comprising:a guide member configured to guide a sheet in a first direction in a first state, and guide the sheet in a second direction in a second state;
a driving source configured to generate a driving force for changing a state of the guide member from the first state to the second state;
a transfer member configured to change the state of the guide member from the first state to the second state by being moved by the driving force generated by the driving source; and
a control unit configured to control the driving force of the driving source,
wherein the control unit is further configured to set the driving force of the driving source to a value smaller than a force necessary to move the transfer member and greater than zero when the guide member is in the first state, and subsequently cause the driving force of the driving source to increase to a value larger than the force necessary to move the transfer member when the guide member is in the first state.

US Pat. No. 10,239,723

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image reading unit configured to read an image on a document;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet based on image data obtained by reading the image on the document;
a binding unit configured to perform binding processing to a sheet bundle including a plurality of sheets received from the image forming unit;
a discharging unit, which is provided in a space between the image reading unit and the image forming unit, configured to discharge the sheet bundle, to which binding processing has been performed by the binding unit, on a stacking tray;
a shift unit configured to shift the sheet received from the image forming unit in a width direction orthogonal to a conveyance direction of the sheet; and
a control unit configured to control the shift unit to:
(1) discharge a first sheet bundle at a first discharge position on the stacking tray, the first sheet bundle being a sheet bundle to which the binding processing is designated to be performed and the binding processing has been performed by the binding unit, and
(2) discharge a second sheet bundle at a second discharge position on the stacking tray, the second discharge position being different from the first discharge position in the width direction, and the second sheet bundle being a sheet bundle to which the binding processing has not been performed even though the binding processing is designated because the number of the sheets for the sheet bundle exceeds a predetermined number,
wherein the second discharge position is shifted in the width direction from the binding unit toward the front side of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,241,261

FIBER STRUCTURAL BODY AND LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fiber structural body comprising:a first fiber;
a second fiber spliced to the first fiber such that light that has propagated through the first fiber propagates through the second fiber;
a first coating layer;
a second coating layer; and
a heat sink,
wherein one of the first fiber and the second fiber is a photonic crystal fiber and the other of the first fiber and the second fiber is an optical fiber,
wherein a splice surface between the first fiber and the second fiber is coated with the first coating layer,
wherein the second fiber is coated with the second coating layer, and
wherein the heat sink is in contact with the first coating layer and has a thermal conductivity higher than a thermal conductivity of the first coating layer.

US Pat. No. 10,241,291

LENS BARREL, AND LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A barrel apparatus comprising:a base barrel in which a straight groove, extending in a direction of an optical axis, is formed;
a cam member being rotatable around the optical axis relative to the base barrel, in which a first cam groove and a second cam groove are formed;
an optical element barrel holding a first optical element;
a first moving barrel including a first cam follower in contact with the straight groove and the first cam groove;
a second moving barrel holding a second optical element, and including a second cam follower in contact with the straight groove and the second cam groove;
an elastic member disposed between the first moving lens barrel and the second moving barrel and biasing the first moving barrel and the second moving barrel in mutually opposite directions along the optical axis in a state where the optical element barrel is detachably attached to the first moving barrel; and
a fixing member attached to the first moving barrel detachably from the first moving barrel, and fixing an end of the elastic member.

US Pat. No. 10,244,376

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DECIDING CORRECTION AMOUNT IN THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of adjusting a sensitivity for a radio field intensity of a Bluetooth LE (Bluetooth Low Energy) packet received by a communication terminal, the method comprising:displaying a first screen related to an adjustment of the sensitivity for the radio field intensity of the Bluetooth LE packet; and
in accordance with receiving a predetermined user's instruction via the first screen, adjusting the sensitivity for the radio field intensity of the Bluetooth LE packet based on at least the radio field intensity of the Bluetooth LE packet received by the communication terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,244,127

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing method executed by an information processing apparatus that generates layout data by assigning image data to a template, the method comprising the steps of:acquiring photographing place information or photographing period information of the image data from the image data; and
automatically selecting a template with a design corresponding to the photographing place information or the photographing period information from a template group stored in the information processing apparatus without receiving a user's selection; and
outputting the layout data generated by assigning the image data to the selected template,
wherein after the image data is assigned to a temporary template, the photographing place information or the photographing period information is obtained from the image data assigned to the temporary template,
a template group corresponding to the temporary template is obtained, and the template with the design corresponding to the photographing place information or the photographing period information is selected from the acquired template group.

US Pat. No. 10,244,128

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM INCLUDING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CAN PROHIBIT ENTRY INTO SLEEP MODE, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS IN SYSTEM CONCERNED, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

3. An image forming apparatus comprising:a first interface configured to connect the image forming apparatus to a network;
a second interface configured to connect the image forming apparatus and a USB device to each other through a USB interface, wherein the USB device supports USB Over Network in which an external apparatus on the network controls the USB device through the image forming apparatus;
a processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions that when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
determine whether a packet received from an information processing apparatus on the network through the first interface is a packet for controlling the USB device being connected to the image forming apparatus through the second interface;
set, based on the determination that the packet received from the information processing apparatus on the network through the first interface is the packet for controlling the USB device being connected to the image forming apparatus through the second interface, a flag indicating whether the image forming apparatus shifts to a sleep mode in which communication between the information processing apparatus and the USB device being connected to the image forming apparatus through the second interface is obstructed; and
determine whether the flag is set in a case where the image forming apparatus is not operated for a period of time,
wherein the image forming apparatus does not shift to the sleep mode based on the determination that the flag indicating whether the image forming apparatus shifts to the sleep mode in which communication between the information processing apparatus and the USB device being connected to the image forming apparatus through the second interface is obstructed is set.

US Pat. No. 10,239,006

POLYMER NANOFIBER STRUCTURAL BODY AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A polymer nanofiber structural body comprising polymer nanofibers, the polymer nanofiber structural body further comprising:a first region;
a second region; and
a buffer region disposed between the first region and the second region,
wherein a polymer nanofiber existence ratio of the first region is different from that of the second region,
wherein the buffer region comprises a region in direct contact with the first region and the second region,
wherein a polymer nanofiber existence ratio of the buffer region continuously changes from the polymer nanofiber existence ratio of the first region to the polymer nanofiber existence ratio of the second region in a direction from the first region to the second region,
wherein each of the polymer nanofibers has a repeating unit comprising an imide structure,
wherein the polymer nanofiber structural body is free of interfaces between the first region and the buffer region, and between the buffer region and the second region, and
wherein the polymer nanofiber structural body is manufactured by a process comprising the steps of:
(i) forming the first region by electrospinning under a first production condition;
(ii) forming the second region by electrospinning under a second production condition that is different from the first production condition;
(iii) between the step (i) and the step (ii), forming the buffer region by electrospinning while continuously changing a production condition from the first production condition to the second production condition,
wherein the electrospinning in the step (iii) is conducted after the electrospinning in the step (i) continuously, and the electrospinning in the step (ii) is conducted after the electrospinning in the step (iii) continuously,
wherein at least one of the steps (i), (ii), and (iii) includes an electrospinning step comprising a step of laminating a polymer nanofiber by ejecting a polymer solution containing a polymer as a raw material of the polymer nanofiber from a spinning nozzle to a collector or a base material placed on the collector, and
wherein a positive voltage is applied to the spinning nozzle with a power source connected to the spinning nozzle, and a negative voltage is applied to the collector with a power source connected to the collector.

US Pat. No. 10,244,133

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING CONTENT CORRESPONDING TO ONE OR MORE MAINTENANCE EVENTS, AND METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a display device;
a plurality of sensors corresponding respectively to a plurality of covers, each of the plurality of sensors being configured to detect an open/closed state of the corresponding one of the plurality of covers;
one or more memories storing a plurality of movies respectively showing a plurality of works that are to be done by a user for the image processing apparatus; and
one or more processors executing a set of instructions to:
detect occurrence of one or more maintenance events;
acquire movie files to be played, the movie files corresponding to the detected one or more maintenance events;
cause the display device to display, on a same screen of the display device, all of the acquired movie files in sequence, together with a play bar that shows a total length of the acquired movie files;
determine whether all of the detected one or more maintenance events have been cleared or not upon detection, by the sensor corresponding to the cover at a position of the occurrence of the one or more maintenance events, of a change in the state of the cover from the open state to the closed state; and
switch content to be displayed on the display device on the basis of a determination result.

US Pat. No. 10,237,479

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A camera comprising:an input member for inputting a shooting instruction;
at least one processor which executes the following:
operating as an access point of a wireless network;
detecting an operation on the input member; and
terminating the operation as the access point according to the detection of the operation on the input member,
wherein the camera is configured to concurrently perform the operation as the access point and shooting in a case where predetermined shooting processing is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,232,616

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a substrate;
a piezoelectric element provided above the substrate;
an ejection orifice forming member provided above the substrate on a side on which the piezoelectric element is provided, the ejection orifice forming member having an ejection orifice configured to eject a liquid and defining a pressure chamber between the ejection orifice forming member and the substrate, the pressure chamber communicating with the ejection orifice and including the piezoelectric element therein;
a first thin film provided between the substrate and the piezoelectric element and defining a space between the first thin film and the substrate; and
a second thin film provided on the piezoelectric element at a side opposite to the first thin film side and differing from the first thin film in rigidity,
wherein a communicating port is formed in the substrate in a region facing the space, communicates with the space through an opening having a smaller area than an area of the region, and is closed at an end.

US Pat. No. 10,232,617

INK JET RECORDING METHOD, RECORDING HEAD, AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording method for recording an image by ejecting an ink from a recording head including a member defining an ejection orifice through which the ink is ejected, an ejection element configured to generate an energy used for ejecting the ink, and a first flow path communicating with a portion between the ejection orifice and the ejection element, the method comprising:ejecting an ink through the ejection orifice; and
moving the ink from the first flow path to the portion between the ejection orifice and the ejection element, separately from the ejecting of the ink,
wherein the ink is an aqueous ink comprising a coloring material and a compound containing a chain hydrocarbon having a carbon number of 8 or more to 18 or less substituted by a hydroxy group or an anionic group, and
wherein the moving of the ink is performed separately from an operation to fill the portion between the ejection orifice and the ejection element with the ink.

US Pat. No. 10,236,971

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE COMPRESSION AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus wirelessly communicable with another communication apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communications apparatus to:
receive, by wireless communication, a compressed captured image transmitted from the other communication apparatus, wherein the compressed captured image is obtained by compressing a captured image;
decompress the compressed captured image to obtain a decompressed captured image;
generate, based on the decompressed captured image, a CG image to be superimposed and displayed on the captured image;
compress the CG image to generate a compressed CG image;
transmit the compressed CG image to the other communication apparatus by wireless communication;
derive, based on a transmission time point of the compressed captured image in the other communication apparatus and a generation duration measured between a processing start time point and a processing end time point of generating the generated CG image, a time duration from when the compressed captured image is transmitted by the other communication apparatus until when the CG image is generated; and
change a compression ratio of the CG image compression based on whether the derived time duration is longer than a predetermined threshold, wherein the compression ratio is set further based on a transmission time duration of a compressed CG image for a preceding captured image.

US Pat. No. 10,237,484

IMAGE CAPTURE SYSTEM, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, LENS UNIT, CONTROL METHODS THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture system comprising an image capturing apparatus and an interchangeable lens configured to be detachably mounted to the image capturing apparatus,the image capturing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor or circuit configured to operate as:
an image capturing unit configured to obtain a captured image;
a synchronous signal generation unit configured to generate a synchronous signal for reading out the captured it rage continuously from the image capturing unit;
a first communication unit configured to transmit the synchronous signal to the interchangeable lens; and
a first measurement unit configured to measure a delay time from a timing at which the synchronous signal is generated until a timing at which the first communication unit transmits the synchronous signal to the interchangeable lens, the delay time being transmitted to the interchangeable lens by the first communication unit together with the synchronous signal, and
the interchangeable lens comprising:
at least one processor or circuit configured to operate as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain lens information;
a second communication unit configured to transmit the lens information to the image capturing apparatus;
a receiving unit configured to receive the synchronous signal and the delay time from the image capturing apparatus;
a second measurement unit configured to measure a time at which the receiving unit receives the synchronous signal;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a synchronous signal time which is a predicted value of the timing at which the synchronous signal is generated in the image capturing apparatus, by subtracting the delay time from the time, measured by the second measurement unit, at which the synchronous signal is received; and
a determination unit configured to determine a timing for the obtaining unit to obtain the lens information, based on the synchronous signal time.

US Pat. No. 10,237,486

IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE-CAPTURING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-capturing apparatus to which a lens apparatus is detachably attachable, the image-capturing apparatus comprising: at least one processor or one circuit which function as:a camera communicator configured to enable communication with the lens apparatus;
a camera controller configured to perform the communication with the lens apparatus through the camera communicator; and
a camera image stabilizer configured to perform, using image stabilization information, an image stabilization operation for reducing image blur,
wherein the camera controller is configured:
to set, before receiving from the lens apparatus first image stabilization information produced by the lens apparatus depending on a shake of the lens apparatus, second image stabilization information usable for the image stabilization operation,
to cause the camera image stabilizer, when receiving the first image stabilization information, to perform the image stabilization operation using the first image stabilization information; and
to cause the camera image stabilizer, when not receiving the first image stabilization information, to perform the image stabilization operation using the second image stabilization information,
wherein the camera image stabilizer is configured to switch image stabilization information used in the image stabilization operation between the first image stabilization information and the second image stabilization information between when the camera controller receives the first stabilization information and when the camera controller does not receive the first stabilization information, and
wherein the camera image stabilizer is configured to perform the image stabilization operation using the first image stabilization information when the camera controller receives the first image stabilization information, and perform the image stabilization operation using the second image stabilization information when the camera controller does not receive the first image stabilization information.

US Pat. No. 10,236,721

POWER RECEPTION APPARATUS, DETERMINATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power reception apparatus comprising:a power reception unit configured to receive power wirelessly supplied from a power transmission apparatus;
a voltage conversion unit configured to convert a voltage of the power received by the power reception unit to a voltage with a particular value;
a first detection unit configured to detect a change in voltage or current input to the voltage conversion unit;
a second detection unit configured to detect a change in consumption power of a load unit that operates with power output from the voltage conversion unit; and
a determination unit configured to make a determination, based on a relationship between the change in voltage or current detected by the first detection unit and the change in consumption power detected by the second detection unit, as to whether an object, which is not a target object to which power is to be transmitted, exists in a power transmission area covered by the power transmission apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,237,494

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more hardware processor; and
one or more memory for storing instructions to be executed by the one or more hardware processor,
wherein, when the instructions stored in the one or more memory are executed by the one or more hardware processor, the image processing apparatus functions as:
a display control unit configured to cause a display device to display a map image that indicates a layout of a plurality of cameras;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire operation information including designation of an area as a designated area for detection processing and designation of a type of the detection processing to be performed by at least one of the plurality of cameras, wherein the designated area is designated on the map image by a user;
an identification unit configured to identify one or more cameras that are capable of capturing an image corresponding to the designated area on the map image and performing the detection processing on an area corresponding to the designated area of the captured image according to the designated type; and
a processing unit configured to cause the display device to display identification information indicating the one or more cameras identified by the identification unit, among the plurality of cameras included in the map image.

US Pat. No. 10,232,632

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising:a liquid ejection head having a printing element substrate comprising an ejection port through which a liquid is ejected and an ejection energy generating element configured to generate ejection energy for ejecting the liquid, the liquid ejection head further having a liquid chamber member configured to hold the liquid to be supplied to the printing element substrate;
a flow path configured to communicate with the ejection port; and
a liquid delivery unit configured to feed the liquid to the flow path,
wherein an opening for supplying the liquid to the printing element substrate is defined by a surface of the liquid chamber member on a side on which the printing element substrate is provided, the opening extending along a longitudinal direction of the printing element substrate, wherein the liquid is delivered to the flow path by the liquid delivery unit at an angular frequency of ?, and wherein the opening is constructed such that a relation between the angular frequency ? of the liquid delivered from the liquid delivery unit, a coefficient of kinematic viscosity v of the liquid, and an equivalent diameter (a) of the opening satisfies ?(?/2v)×a>1.

US Pat. No. 10,235,963

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS COMMUNICABLE WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus;
one or more processors; and
one or more memory devices storing executable instructions, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to:
receive, from the external apparatus, a request for a resized image of image data recorded in a storage medium;
in response to the request for a resized image, (a) generate a resized image by reading the image data from the storage medium,(b) transmit the resized image to the external apparatus, (c) generate metadata of the resized image, and (d) temporarily store the metadata of the resized image;
receive, from the external apparatus, a request for information of the resized image; and
in response to a request from the external apparatus for information of the resized image, transmit the stored metadata of the resized image to the external apparatus without generating metadata again and without transmitting, together with the metadata of the resized image transmitted to the external apparatus, the resized image data.

US Pat. No. 10,234,431

TRANSDUCER UNIT, ACOUSTIC PROBE INCLUDING THE TRANSDUCER UNIT, AND PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS INCLUDING THE ACOUSTIC PROBE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transducer unit comprising:a chip;
a capacitive transducer provided on the chip and configured to receive an acoustic wave generated when a subject is irradiated with light from a light source and output an electric signal;
a circuit substrate including a current/voltage conversion circuit configured to convert a current output from the capacitive transducer into a voltage; and
a flexible printed wiring that electrically connects the capacitive transducer to the current/voltage conversion circuit,
wherein the circuit substrate is provided on a surface side opposite to a surface where the capacitive transducer is provided among surfaces of the chip.

US Pat. No. 10,232,644

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PLATEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a print head configured to print by ejecting ink on a sheet;
a platen configured to support and suction the sheet by negative pressure generated by a negative pressure generation unit, the platen being disposed at a position opposed to the print head;
an ink receiving portion configured to receive the ink ejected from the print head, the ink receiving portion being provided at a position corresponding to an end portion of the sheet in a sheet width direction; and
a blowing-out hole configured to blow air from inside of the sheet toward an outside of the sheet in the sheet width direction, the blowing-out hole being provided at the ink receiving portion,
wherein the blowing-out hole has a slit shape that is longer than an ejection port array of the print head in a sheet conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 10,237,255

DATA SYNCHRONIZING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AUTHORIZATION SERVER, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data synchronizing system including a device that can update data, a server system that causes another device to synchronize with the updated data in response to the update of the data by the device, and an authorization server, the data synchronizing system comprising:at least a processor; and
at least a memory coupled to the at least processor and having stored thereon instructions that, when executed by the at least processor, cause the at least processor to act as:
an authentication unit configured to determine whether a user is an authorized user based on authentication information input by the user via an authentication screen displayed by the device;
an issuance unit configured to issue authority information indicating that authority of the user has been transferred to the server system in a case where the user determined by the authentication unit as the authorized user inputs an instruction permitting the authorization server to transfer the authority of the user to the server system via an authorization confirmation screen displayed by the device;
a transmission unit configured to transmit identification information about the device associated with the user to the server system based on the authority information transmitted when the server system requests the authorization server to provide identification information about a data synchronization target device,
wherein the server system is configured to cause said other device to synchronize with the updated data in response to confirmation of identification information about said other device included in the identification information about the device transmitted by the transmission unit;
a providing unit configured to provide the authorization confirmation screen, including a name of the server system that is an access source and further including a name of the data synchronization target device of the updated data and selection items for enabling the user to select the data synchronization target device from among a plurality of target devices, to the device based on the identification information about the device associated with the user; and
a storage unit,
wherein the issuance unit is configured to issue the authority information indicating that the authority of the user has been transferred to the server system and associate the authority information with identification information about the data synchronization target device selected by the user, if the user selects the data synchronization target device and inputs an instruction permitting the authorization server to transfer the authority of the user to the server system via the authorization confirmation screen provided by the providing unit,
wherein the storage unit stores the identification information corresponding to the device selected by the user via the authorization confirmation screen into a terminal management table and stores, as a snapshot, the identification information corresponding to the device selected by the user via the authorization confirmation screen into a synchronization terminal table, and
wherein the providing unit compares the identification information of the device that is a current data synchronization target with the snapshot to check whether there is a change in the device that is to be data synchronized or not, and does not provide the authorization confirmation screen if there is no change.

US Pat. No. 10,235,742

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ADJUSTMENT OF INTENSITY OF EDGE SIGNAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:at least one non-transitory memory device;
at least one processor,
a recovery processing unit configured to, for an image subject to processing, perform filter processing of correcting aberration of an imaging optical system used when generating the image and recovering image quality degradation; and
an edge emphasis unit configured to perform edge emphasis processing by detecting an edge signal having a predetermined frequency component from the image subject to processing, adjusting intensity of the detected edge signal, and adding the edge signal after adjustment to the image subject to processing,
wherein the edge emphasis unit is further configured to:
make a degree of emphasis of the edge signal smaller in a case where the filter processing is performed than in a case where the filter processing is not performed, by making a rain adjustment value, to be applied to the edge signal corresponding to a pixel whose luminance value is equal to or less than a predetermined value, have a smaller value in a case where the filter processing is performed than in a case where the filter processing is not performed, and
make the degree of emphasis of the edge signal equal for both the case where the filter processing is performed and the case where the filter processing is not performed, by making the gain adjustment value, to be applied to the edge signal corresponding to a pixel whose luminance value is larger than the predetermined value, have an equal value for both the case where the filter processing is performed and the case where the filter processing is not performed,
wherein the recovery processing unit and the edge emphasis unit are implemented by the at least one processor executing at least one program recorded on the at least one non-transitory memory device.

US Pat. No. 10,235,743

MEASURING APPARATUS, MEASURING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A measuring apparatus comprising:an imaging device including plural pixels arranged in a matrix form and configured to take an image of a light source by the plural pixels;
an optical system configured to project light from the light source onto a sample and to guide light regularly reflected on the sample to the imaging device; and
a processor configured to obtain an optical characteristic of the sample based on an output of the imaging device,
wherein the processor is configured to
estimate a degree of diffusion for the projected light of the sample based on one of the image and the Fourier transform thereof and one of the light source and the Fourier transform thereof,
determine a coefficient of a Wiener filter based on the estimated degree of diffusion, and
obtain the optical characteristic based on the Wiener filter of which the coefficient has been determined, the Fourier transform of the image, and the Fourier transform of the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,236,798

VIBRATION ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration actuator, comprising:a vibrator including an electromechanical transducer and an elastic body;
a vibrator fixing member configured to hold the vibrator;
a contact member disposed in contact with the vibrator;
a guide portion configured to guide the vibrator in a direction in which the vibrator moves by relative movement of the vibrator and the contact member, the guide portion including a vibration damping member disposed in the vibrator fixing member; a movable plate; a rolling member configured to roll in the direction; and a hold member disposed so as to hold the rolling member between the movable plate and the hold member;
wherein the vibration damping member, the movable plate, the rolling member, and the hold member are disposed in this order, and, in relation to the movable plate, the vibration damping member is disposed on the vibrator side only, and
wherein the vibrator, the vibrator fixing member, the vibration damping member, and the movable plate are configured to be able to move integrally in relation to the contact member.

US Pat. No. 10,237,568

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for an image decoding apparatus for decoding quantization parameters for subblocks in a block representing a part of an image, wherein the block is divided into subblocks so as to form a quadtree, the method comprising:decoding a first quantization parameter for a first subblock, coded data related to a first difference value between the first quantization parameter for the first subblock and a second quantization parameter for a second subblock, and coded data related to a second difference value between a third quantization parameter for a third subblock and a rounding value of an average of quantization parameters for subblocks in the block, wherein the first subblock, the second subblock, and the third subblock are generated by dividing the block so as to form a quadtree;
acquiring the second quantization parameter based on the first quantization parameter and the first difference value decoded by the decoding, and acquiring the third quantization parameter based on the second difference value decoded by the decoding and the rounding value of the average of quantization parameters for subblocks decoded before the third subblock.

US Pat. No. 10,235,010

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO GENERATE AN AUDIO SIGNAL CORRESPONDING TO A VIRTUAL VIEWPOINT IMAGE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory which stores instructions executable by the at least one processor to cause the information processing apparatus to perform:
acquiring information related to a position of a virtual viewpoint for a virtual viewpoint image generated based on images obtained by capturing a region from a plurality of directions by a plurality of cameras;
determining, based on a position of an object in the region and the acquired information related to the position of the virtual viewpoint for the virtual viewpoint image, a virtual listening point for generating an audio signal; and
generating, based on the determined virtual listening point and a plurality of collected sound signals obtained by a plurality of microphones for collecting at least a sound in a part of the region, the audio signal corresponding to the determined virtual listening point.

US Pat. No. 10,231,683

BREAST IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A breast imaging apparatus, comprising a gantry which includes a generation unit configured to generate an x-ray radiation and a detection unit configured to detect the x-ray radiation generated by the generation unit, the generation unit and the detection unit being capable of rotating facing each other,wherein the gantry is provided with a front cover configured to protect a subject from the generation unit and the detection unit which rotate during CT imaging, and the front cover has an opening in which the breast of the subject is inserted and a breast holding portion configured to hold the breast of the subject inserted in the opening, and
wherein the front cover is detached from the gantry during mammographic imaging in which the breast of the subject is compressed between a compression plate and the detection unit and imaged with the x-ray radiation.

US Pat. No. 10,237,323

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:at least one hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions executable by the at least one hardware processor to cause the communication apparatus to perform at least:
establishing a connection for communication with another communication apparatus;
establishing at least one stream based on the connection for communication with the another communication apparatus;
determining, by using communication information associated with speed of communication between the communication apparatus and the another communication apparatus, a first window size corresponding to a size of a buffer for communication through the connection with the another communication apparatus and a second window size corresponding to a size of a buffer for communication through a stream of the at least one stream with the another communication apparatus;
deciding, based on the first window size determined by using the communication information associated with the speed of communication between the communication apparatus and the another communication apparatus, transmission timing of a first control frame for controlling a size of data to be transmitted from the another communication apparatus through the connection;
transmitting, according to the transmission timing decided, the first control frame generated based on the first window size determined; and
transmitting a second control frame for controlling a size of data to be transmitted from the another communication apparatus through the stream, wherein the second control frame is generated based on the second window size determined.

US Pat. No. 10,237,357

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a communication interface,
wherein the at least one processor functions as:
a receiving unit configured to receive a signal from an external apparatus via the communication interface;
a transmitting unit configured to transmit a signal to the external apparatus via the communication interface;
an executing unit configured to establish a connection with the external apparatus and execute a predetermined function using the established connection; and
a control unit configured to cause the communication apparatus to operate as a peripheral apparatus or a central apparatus,
wherein, in a case where an error relating to the predetermined function occurs,
(1) the control unit causes the communication apparatus to function as the peripheral apparatus, and the transmitting unit transmits a second advertise signal for notifying about the error that has occurred, via the communication interface, to a second external apparatus that operates as the central apparatus, and
(2) the control unit, after the second advertise signal is transmitted, causes the communication apparatus to operate as the central apparatus instead of the peripheral apparatus, and the transmitting unit transmits a connection request to a first external apparatus that functions as the peripheral apparatus, in response to receipt of a first advertise signal by the receiving unit from the first external apparatus, to establish a connection with the first external apparatus and transmits a notification indicating that the error occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,233,274

CURABLE COMPOSITION AND PATTERNING METHOD USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A curable composition, comprising: a polymerizable compound; and a polymerization initiator, wherein the polymerization initiator initiates polymerization to cure the polymerizable compound, and the curable composition further contains at least a compound having the following general formula (1) and a compound having the following general formula (2):
wherein X1 denotes a hydroxy group, l1 denotes an integer in the range of 0 to 7, m1 denotes 2, and n1 denotes an integer in the range of 1 to 16, and X2 denotes a hydroxy group, l2 denotes an integer in the range of 0 to 7, m2 denotes 1, and n2 denotes an integer in the range of 1 to 16,
wherein the weight percentage of the compound having the general formula (1) is higher than the weight percentage of the compound having the general formula (2), and
wherein the total concentration of the compound having the general formula (1) and the compound having the general formula (2) is equal to or more than 1.35 wt % wherein the curable composition has a surface tension of at least 26.1 mN/m.

US Pat. No. 10,233,046

SHEET DISCHARGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet discharging device comprising:a stacking portion configured to stack a sheet;
a discharging portion configured to feed the sheet so as to be discharged to said stacking portion, wherein said discharging portion includes a first roller configured to feed the sheet and a second roller provided so as to be contactable to a sheet surface opposite from another sheet surface to which said first roller is contactable;
a guiding portion configured to guide the sheet toward said discharging portion, said guiding portion being provided upstream of said discharging portion with respect to a discharging direction of the sheet; and
an electrically discharging member configured to electrically discharge the sheet in contact with the sheet fed by said discharging portion,
wherein an upstream end of said electrically discharging member with respect to the discharging direction is fixed to said guiding portion,
wherein a downstream end of said electrically discharging member with respect to the discharging direction is positioned on a side downstream of said discharging portion as a free end, and
wherein as viewed in a widthwise direction of the sheet perpendicular to a discharging direction of the sheet, said electrically discharging member is provided so as to extend between rotational axes of said first and second rollers in the discharging direction of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,233,047

PRINTING SYSTEM IMPROVED IN SHEET DISCHARGE PROCESSING, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system, comprising:a printing apparatus including a printer configured to print an image on a sheet based on a print job;
a plurality of sheet stackers configured to receive a sheet from the printing apparatus, each of the plurality of sheet stackers having a sensor that detects a full load of sheets; and
processing circuitry configured to:
determine a sheet stacker as a sheet discharge destination, to which the sheet subjected to printing by the printer is to be discharged, from among the plurality of sheet stackers based on a setting set on the print job;
in a case where the sensor detects a full load of sheets of the sheet stacker determined as the sheet discharge destination, search for another sheet stacker which is available for sheet discharge;
in a case where the another sheet stacker which is available for sheet discharge is found by the search, change the sheet discharge destination to the another sheet stacker; and
after changing the sheet discharge destination from the first sheet stacker to the another sheet stacker, in a case where there is no sheet stacker which is available for sheet discharge when the sensor detects a full load of sheets of the another sheet stacker, acquire a discharge order of printed sheets that have been discharged to the sheet stackers and, based on the acquired discharge order, display on a display a message prompting a user to remove sheets from a sheet stacker having the earliest-discharged sheet among the sheet stackers on which the sheets subjected to printing based on the print job are stacked,
wherein the print job has a setting of first discharge destination information representing that the sheet discharge destination is to be determined automatically, or a setting of second discharge destination information representing any one of the plurality of sheet stackers, and
wherein in a case where the setting of the first discharge destination information is set in the print job, the processing circuitry allows the printer to continue the printing on sheets by changing the sheet discharge destination to the another sheet stacker, and in a case where the setting of the second discharge destination information is set in the print job, the processing circuitry stops the print job to be executed without changing the sheet discharge destination to another sheet stacker and causes the display to display a message prompting the user to remove sheets from the sheet stacker represented by the second discharge destination information.

US Pat. No. 10,235,612

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CONVERTING DRAWING DATA OF A TRANSPARENT OBJECT THAT DOES NOT OVERLAP ANOTHER DRAWING OBJECT INTO DRAWING DATA OF A DRAWING OBJECT THAT DOES N

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores a printer driver; and
(B) a processor that is connected to the memory and that executes the printer driver to perform the steps of:
(a) determining, in a case in which a drawing object making up page data of a print job is a transparent object having an alpha channel as color information, whether the transparent object overlaps another drawing object;
(b) converting, in a case in which it is determined that the transparent object does not overlap the other drawing object, drawing data of the transparent object into drawing data of a drawing object not having an alpha channel as color information, wherein, in a case in which it is determined that the transparent object overlaps the other drawing object, the drawing data of the transparent object is not converted into the drawing data of the drawing object not having the alpha channel as color information; and
(c) creating, based on the converted drawing data of the transparent object that does not overlap the other drawing object, and based on the drawing data of the transparent object that has not been converted in the converting step, Page Description Language (PDL) data to be output to an image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,235,109

PRINTING SYSTEM TO REDUCE PRINT ERROR IN PERFORMING OUTPUT PROCESSING BASED ON DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the printing system to perform operations including:
causing history data about a print job to be stored into storage,
determining an evaluation value regarding a print setting error of a user based on the history data about the print job that is stored in the storage, and determining whether to cause the user to perform confirmation processing at a time of the printing according to whether the determined evaluation value exceeds a predetermined threshold value,
prompting, in response to it being determined that the determined evaluation value exceeds the predetermined threshold value, to the user a prompt to perform the confirmation processing at the time of the printing, and
conditioning the printing based on a response, received from the user to the prompting, indicating that the user has performed the confirmation processing at the time of printing.

US Pat. No. 10,234,600

OPTICAL MEMBER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL MEMBER, AND OPTICAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an optical member, comprising:a step of applying a dispersion liquid containing particles and a dispersion medium on a substrate;
a step of applying, on the substrate, a solution containing a component to form a binder after the step of applying the dispersion liquid, and causing the solution to permeate a portion between the particles; and
a step of drying the layer to prepare an antireflection film, wherein
the solution contains a silane-alkoxy condensate having an average particle diameter of 8 nm or more and 60 nm or less, and the solution contains a solvent having solubility of water of 10% by weight or less in an amount of 70% by mass or more.

US Pat. No. 10,237,168

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling a printing apparatus comprising:performing wireless connection processing, wherein a wireless connection in a first communication mode and a wireless connection in a second communication mode different from the first communication mode are capable of being concurrently maintained in the wireless connection processing, and the first communication mode and the second communication mode are in accordance with a predetermined wireless communication standard; conveying a sheet;
printing an object based on data received via a wireless connection established by the wireless connection processing on the conveyed sheet by discharging ink supplied from an ink tank; and
managing information related to a remaining amount of the ink tank,
wherein if the wireless connection processing is performed for connecting, in the second communication mode, the printing apparatus to a communication partner apparatus which operates as a role for assigning a channel to be used for a wireless connection, a wireless connection in the first communication mode is disconnected.

US Pat. No. 10,237,425

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS ASSOCIATING WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus including a transmission function for transmitting an image, the image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing computer executable instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to perform operations comprising:
transmitting an image to a set transmission destination;
setting whether to permit use of a previously un-registered destination as a transmission destination of the transmission function to which the image is transmitted;
receiving data including at least a destination field from a mobile terminal; and
controlling the image processing apparatus to set the transmission destination based on destination information included in the destination field of the received data upon a condition that a setting is set permitting use of a previously un-registered destination and not to set the transmission destination based on the destination information included in the destination field of the received data upon a condition that a setting is set prohibiting use of a previously un-registered destination.

US Pat. No. 10,237,426

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT EXECUTES A DESIRED WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device that is capable of communicating with an external apparatus that comprises a first Near Field Communication (NFC) circuit and a second NFC circuit, the communication device comprising:a display configured to display information;
a third NFC circuit; and
at least one controller configured to function as:
a unit that causes, in the display, display of a first screen that prompts a user to carry out an operation for starting NFC communication, wherein the first screen is a screen that is displayed in a state in which the third NFC circuit is not permitted to perform specified communication with the first NFC circuit but is permitted to perform specified communication with the second NFC circuit; and
a unit that causes, in the display, display of a second screen that prompts a user to carry out an operation for starting NFC communication, wherein the second screen is a screen that is displayed in a state in which the third NFC circuit is permitted to perform specified communication with the first NFC circuit but is not permitted to perform specified communication with the second NFC circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,237,433

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SPECIFYING A SETTING VALUE TO BE REST AND RESETTING THE SETTING VALUE AFTER INITIALIZATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a plurality of groups, each group including a plurality of setting items, the information processing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions;
at least one processor that executes the instructions to function as:
a selection unit that selects a group including the plurality of setting items in the selected group;
a clearing unit that clears setting values of the plurality of setting items included in the group selected by the selection unit;
and
a display that is capable of displaying a screen for setting a setting value,
wherein the display displays, in a case where the plurality of setting items includes an initialization setting item that is to be set when the information processing apparatus is initially activated, the screen for setting a setting value of the initialization setting item in accordance with the clearing unit having cleared the setting values of the plurality of setting items, and
wherein the display does not display, in a case where the plurality of setting items does not include the initialization setting item that is to be set when the information processing apparatus is initially activated, the screen in accordance with the clearing unit having cleared the setting values of the plurality of setting items.

US Pat. No. 10,237,440

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus for adding information to an image to be printed on a sheet, the printing apparatus comprising:a memory device storing instructions; and
one or more processors that executes the instructions to cause the printing apparatus to act as:
an addition unit configured to add the information;
a first setting unit configured to set, based on a user operation, an area on which the information is printed in a sheet;
a second setting unit configured to set, based on a user operation, a sheet size option in which it is not necessary for a user to specify a length in a sheet conveyance direction of the sheet on which the image is to be printed; and
a control unit configured to control the addition unit to add the information to the image, so that the information is printed on an area in the sheet corresponding to the area set by the first setting unit,
wherein the control unit is further configured to control, according to the setting of the sheet size option by the second setting unit in which it is not necessary for the user to specify a length in the sheet conveyance direction of the sheet on which the image is to be printed, the addition unit to add the information to the image, so that the information is printed on a leading end side area in the sheet conveyance direction of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,233,343

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for use in an ink jet recording method in which an ink is ejected from a recording head by action of thermal energy to record an image on a recording medium, the aqueous ink comprising:(a) zirconium oxide;
(b) a pigment;
(c) a resin dispersant for dispersing the pigment;
(d) a first urethane resin; and
(e) a second urethane resin,
wherein a content (ppm) of the zirconium oxide in terms of zirconium is 0.5 ppm or more to 20.0 ppm or less based on the total mass of the ink,
wherein the pigment comprises at least one pigment selected from the group consisting of phthalocyanine pigments, quinacridone pigments, diketopyrrolopyrrole pigments, dioxazine pigments, perinone pigments, perylene pigments, and anthraquinone pigments,
wherein each of the first urethane resin and the second urethane resin has a unit derived from a polyether polyol,
wherein a ratio of a weight-average molecular weight Mw1 of the first urethane resin to a weight-average molecular weight Mw2 of the second urethane resin is 0.20 times or more to 0.80 times or less, and
wherein the second urethane resin has a weight-average molecular weight Mw2 of 20,000 or more to 70,000 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,237,443

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a frame;
a sheet conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet in a sheet conveyance direction;
a facing member configured to face a first surface of the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveyance unit;
a reading unit supported movably by the frame in a thickness direction of the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveyance unit, the reading unit comprising:
a transparent portion defining a sheet conveyance path between the facing member and the transparent portion; and
a first reading sensor configured to read image information from a second surface opposite to the first surface of the sheet passing through the sheet conveyance path through the transparent portion;
an urging member configured to urge the reading unit toward the facing member in the thickness direction;
a fixed guide fixed to the frame and disposed in adjacent to the reading unit in the sheet conveyance direction, the fixed guide being configured to guide the second surface of the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveyance unit;
a plurality of protruded portions provided on either one of the reading unit and the fixed guide and protruding in the sheet conveyance direction at a plurality of positions in a width direction orthogonal to the sheet conveyance direction; and
a plurality of recessed portions provided on the other of the reading unit and the fixed guide and arranged on positions in the width direction corresponding to the plurality of the protruded portions, wherein the reading unit is movable in the thickness direction in a state where the plurality of the protruded portions are overlapped with the plurality of the recessed portions when viewed from the width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,237,447

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing inputted image data, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more memories storing instructions; and
one or more processors that, when executing the instructions, causes the image processing apparatus to:
extract edge intensity of a target pixel included in the inputted image data on a basis of the target pixel and surrounding pixels around the target pixel; and
perform conversion processing of converting a pixel value of the target pixel such that brightness of the target pixel becomes greater than brightness of the target pixel before conversion at least in accordance with the extracted edge intensity of the target pixel and the pixel value of the target pixel,
wherein, in the conversion processing, in a case where the pixel value of the target pixel is a first pixel value, the brightness of the target pixel after conversion differs depending on a value of the edge intensity of the target pixel, a ratio of increase in the brightness of the target pixel after conversion from the brightness of the target pixel before conversion decreases as the edge intensity of the target pixel increases, and the ratio of increase in the brightness of the target pixel after conversion from the brightness of the target pixel before conversion increases as the edge intensity of the target pixel decreases, and
wherein, after completion of the conversion processing, an image after the conversion processing is outputted.

US Pat. No. 10,234,650

LENS BARREL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:a first optical element;
a first drive mechanism that moves said first optical element in an optical axis direction of an image pickup optical system;
a second optical element that is located at an image surface side of said first optical element and is selectively inserted in an optical path of the image pickup optical system;
a holding member that holds said second optical element;
a second drive mechanism that moves said holding member in a direction different from an optical axis; and
a control unit that controls said first drive mechanism and said second drive mechanism,
wherein, in a case where said second drive mechanism removes said second optical element from the optical path in the state that said first optical element and said holding member are in an overlap state when viewing in a direction that intersects perpendicularly with the optical axis, the control unit controls said first drive mechanism to move said first optical element to an object side to a position where said first optical element and said holding member are not in the overlap state, and then controls said second drive mechanism to remove said second optical element from the optical path.

US Pat. No. 10,237,469

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

20. An information processing method comprising:acquiring defocus values at positions in a captured image, acquiring a position specified as an object in the captured image, and determining, based on a difference between a defocus value at each of the positions and a defocus value at the specified position, an estimated area of the object specified in the captured image; and
determining an object area from the captured image based on an evaluation value calculated from each of a plurality of evaluation areas set for the specified position,
wherein an evaluation area contained in the estimated area is used.

US Pat. No. 10,230,312

VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration wave motor comprising:a vibration plate including a rectangular flat plate portion and protruding portions provided on the flat plate portion, wherein the flat plate portion has an uneven thickness excluding the protruding portions;
a piezoelectric element that is fixed to the vibration plate and performs high-frequency vibration;
a friction member brought into contact with the protruding portions; and
a first natural vibration mode of a bending vibration and a second natural vibration mode of a bending vibration, which are excited in the vibration plate by the high-frequency vibration, the vibration plate and the friction member moving relatively to each other,
wherein maximum amplitude generated on tip ends of the protruding portions by the first natural vibration mode is larger than maximum amplitude generated on tip ends of the protruding portions by the second natural vibration mode,
a resonance frequency of the first natural vibration mode is lower than a resonance frequency of the second natural vibration mode, and
amplitudes of the first natural vibration mode and the second natural vibration mode in a frequency range at a time of drive substantially coincide with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,229,808

TRANSMISSION-TYPE TARGET FOR X-RAY GENERATING SOURCE, AND X-RAY GENERATOR AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM INCLUDING TRANSMISSION-TYPE TARGET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmission-type target comprising:a target layer configured to generate X-rays in response to irradiation of electrons; and
a transmissive substrate supporting the target layer and configured to allow the X-rays generated in the target layer to pass therethrough,
wherein the transmissive substrate includes polycrystalline diamond in which grain boundaries extend in a substrate thickness direction and a substrate plane direction, and the grain boundaries define an electrical potential of the target layer.

US Pat. No. 10,229,623

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONVERSION INFORMATION GENERATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus, comprising:a display panel configured to display an image;
a backlight configured to emit light onto the display panel; and
at least one processor that operates as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an expansion parameter to expand a reproducible color gamut, which is a range of colors that the image display apparatus can reproduce, from a reference color gamut to an expanded color gamut;
a determination unit configured to acquire a plurality of pixel values corresponding to a plurality of color components of input image data, and to determine whether or not each of the plurality of color components is a color within the expanded color gamut, based on each of the acquired plurality of pixel values and the expansion parameter; and
a conversion unit configured to generate output image data by performing, on input image data, color conversion processing to convert a color outside the expanded color gamut into a color within the expanded color gamut based on the determination result by the determination unit, wherein
the backlight increases an emission brightness of the backlight based on the expansion parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,229,625

LIQUID CRYSTAL DRIVE APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING LIQUID CRYSTAL DRIVE PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid crystal drive apparatus configured to drive a liquid crystal element, the apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to function as:
an image acquirer configured to acquire an input image; and
a driver configured to control, depending on the input image, application of a first voltage or a second voltage lower than the first voltage to each of multiple pixels of the liquid crystal element in respective multiple sub-frame periods included in one frame period to cause that pixel to form a tone,
wherein, when the sub-frame period where the first voltage is applied to the pixel is referred to as an ON period, the sub-frame period where the second voltage is applied to the pixel is referred to as an OFF period, and the sub-frame period that corresponds to the ON period and the OFF period respectively for a first pixel and a second pixel of two mutually adjacent pixels in the multiple pixels is referred to as an ON/OFF adjacent period, the driver is configured to provide, when causing the first and second pixels to form tones adjacent to each other, a plurality of the ON/OFF adjacent periods each being 0.8 ms or less separately from each other in the one frame period.

US Pat. No. 10,228,616

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus which performs a process of molding a material on a substrate using a mold, the apparatus comprising:a measurement unit configured to measure relative positions of the mold and the substrate;
a light source unit configured to emit light for curing the material;
a scanning unit configured to move the light source unit so as to scan the substrate with light from the light source unit; and
a control unit configured to control the process,
wherein the control unit performs the process by causing the scanning unit to move the light source unit so as to scan the substrate with the light while partially aligning the mold and the substrate with each other based on a measurement result of the measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 10,227,337

EVALUATION PROBE FOR CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM PERMEABILITY, EVALUATION METHOD FOR CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM PERMEABILITY, AND SCREENING METHOD USING AN EVALUATION PROBE FOR CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM PERMEABILITY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An evaluation method for an influence of a substance to be tested on permeability of a substance through a central nervous system tissue, the method comprising:a first step of administering, to a first biological specimen, an evaluation probe for central nervous system permeability in a non-invasive manner;
independently of the first step, a second step of administering, to a second biological specimen, the evaluation probe and a substance to be tested in a non-invasive manner; and
a third step of detecting and comparing permeability of the evaluation probes administered in the first step and in the second step through the central nervous system tissue of the first and second biological specimens,
wherein the detecting comprises observing, more than once over time, a dyeing state of the evaluation probe at a cranial nerve tissue,
wherein the evaluation probe is a probe for visualizing a function of a transporter associated with at least one of influx and efflux in a central nervous system, and
wherein the evaluation probe comprises at least one compound selected from the group consisting of compounds (1), (5)-(23), (25)-(28), and (30)-(46):

US Pat. No. 10,228,624

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus which transfers a pattern of an original to a substrate, the apparatus comprising:a substrate holding unit configured to hold the substrate;
an original holding unit configured to hold the original;
an electrode structure arranged so as to surround a side surface of one of the substrate or the original; and
a power supply configured to supply an alternating voltage to the electrode structure in a state where the substrate is held by the substrate holding unit and the original is held by the original holding unit,
wherein the electrode structure includes a plurality of electrode groups electrically insulated from each other, each electrode group including a plurality of electrodes electrically connected to each other, and
wherein the power supply supplies alternating voltages having different phases to the plurality of electrode groups.

US Pat. No. 10,230,931

PROJECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection apparatus comprising:a projection unit configured to project a plurality of color component images based on an input image onto a projection surface;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, concerning the plurality of color component images projected onto the projection surface, position information concerning a projection position of each of remaining color component images with reference to a projection position of one color component image; and
an image processing unit configured to perform image processing for at least one of the plurality of color component images based on the position information obtained by the obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 10,228,627

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle including a binder resin, a wax, a crystalline polyester and a colorant, whereinthe wax comprises an ester wax, the ester wax being (i) an ester compound of a dihydric alcohol and an aliphatic monocarboxylic acid, or (ii) an ester compound of a divalent carboxylic acid and an aliphatic monoalcohol,
a softening point of the toner is 80° C. to 140° C.;
an average circularity of the toner is at least 0.940; and
an integrated value of stress in the toner at 150° C. is at least 80 g·m/sec when measured using a tackiness tester on a toner pellet obtained by compressing the toner.
US Pat. No. 10,228,628

TONER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising:toner particles each of which contains a binding resin having an ester bond, a colorant, and polysiloxane,whereinthe polysiloxane is dimethylpolysiloxane,
the toner particles contain the polysiloxane in a content of 1 mass % or more and 15 mass % or less based on a total mass of the toner particles,
each of the toner particles has a domain in which the polysiloxane is contained, wherein in a cross section of each of the toner particles, the domain has a major axis of 10 nm or more and 500 nm or less,whereinwhenin an FT-IR spectrum of the toner particles measured and obtained by an ATR method under conditions where Ge is used as an ATR crystal and an infrared light incidence angle is 45°,
a maximum absorption peak intensity in a range of 990 cm?1 or more and 1040 cm?1 or less derived from Si—O of the polysiloxane is defined as Pa (Ge),
a maximum absorption peak intensity in a range of 1500 cm?1 or more and 1800 cm+1 or less derived from C(?O) of an ester group of the binding resin is defined as Pb (Ge), and
a value of Pa (Ge)/Pb (Ge) is defined as a siloxane index (Ge); and
in an FT-IR spectrum of the toner particles measured and obtained by an ATR method under condition where diamond is used as an ATR crystal and an infrared light incidence angle is 45°,
a maximum absorption peak intensity in a range of 990 cm?1 or more and 1040 cm?1 or less derived from the Si—O of the siloxane is defined as Pa (D),
a maximum absorption peak intensity in a range of 1500 cm+1 or more and 1800 cm?1 or less derived from the C(?O) of the ester group of the binding resin is defined as Pb (D), and
a value of Pa(D)/Pb(D is defined as a siloxane index (D),
a ratio of the siloxane index (Ge) to the siloxane index (D), i.e. Siloxane index (Ge)/Siloxane index (D), is 1.0 or less.
US Pat. No. 10,228,629

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:a toner particle that contains a hybrid resin A and a crystalline polyester resin B;
the hybrid resin A having a polyester segment, and a polypropylene glycol segment that has a number-average molecular weight of at least 300; and
the polyester segment having a structure derived from a condensation reaction between a dicarboxylic acid having an aromatic ring and a diol having an aromatic ring, wherein
|SPh?SPc|?|SPp?SPc|<1 where SPh is the SP value of the polyester segment of hybrid resin A, SPc is the SP value of crystalline polyester resin B, and SPp is the SP value of the polypropylene glycol segment of hybrid resin A.
US Pat. No. 10,228,630

TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:an external additive A having a number-average particle diameter (D1) of primary particles of 70 to 500 nm, and providing a charge control agent present on the surface thereof; and
a toner particle containing a binder resin and a colorant, wherein
external additive A has a wall friction angle ? calculated from formula (1) of not more than 25.0°
?=?/5.0  (1)
where ? represents a shear stress obtained when a flat circular disk is rotated (?/36) rad at (?/10) rad/min while the flat circular disk is inserted at a perpendicular load of 5.0 kPa into a powder layer of external additive A formed by applying a perpendicular load of 15.0 kPa, and
has a solidity of 0.40 to 0.90, where solidity=area of external additive A/convex area of external additive A.

US Pat. No. 10,228,889

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR EXECUTING JOB CONTROL SO THAT COPY JOB IS NOT LEFT IN SUSPENDED STATE WHEN USER LOGS OUT WHILE COPY JOB IS SUSPENDED BY USER OPERATION, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing computer-executable instructions that, when executed by a computer, cause the computer to perform a method for controlling an image processing apparatus that performs print processing based on a job, wherein the print processing that is performed by the image processing apparatus includes at least print processing performed based on a copy job for printing an image obtained by scanning an original on a sheet and print processing performed based on a print job for printing print data, the method comprising:changing, in response to receipt of a predetermined user operation via an operation unit the copy job on which the print processing is not yet completed to a suspended state, wherein the print job on which the print processing is not yet completed is not changed to the suspended state; and
upon condition of detecting a logout event that causes a user who has logged into the image processing apparatus to log out of the image processing apparatus, resuming at least one job and canceling a job or jobs that are not resumed from jobs changed to the suspended state, wherein when detecting the logout event, resuming a job that is not instructed to be executed by a user who logs out of the image processing apparatus and cancels a job or jobs instructed to be executed by the user who logs out of the image processing apparatus from the jobs changed to be in the suspended state.

US Pat. No. 10,228,890

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a storage unit configured to store a hybrid application program to be executed by the processor, the hybrid application program including a first program layer with an instruction set to be interpreted and executed by the processor and a second program layer with an instruction set compiled in advance by another apparatus other than the processor;
wherein the processor performs:
a first displaying step in which the first program layer causes a screen to display a user interface for receiving an instruction from a user;
an image acquisition step in which, in response to receiving a first instruction via the user interface, the second program layer acquires image data stored in a predetermined storage medium as image data in a first data format;
an associating step in which the second program layer associates the image data acquired in the image acquisition step with a predetermined ID;
a conversion step in which the second program layer converts the image data in the first data format into image data in a second data format usable in the first program layer, wherein the image data in the first data format can be used in the second program layer and cannot be used in the first program layer;
a second displaying step in which the first program layer acquires the image data in the second data format obtained in the conversion step and causes the screen to display the image data in the second data format;
an identifying step in which the second program layer identifies the image data in the first data format with which the predetermined ID is associated, based on the predetermined ID received from the first program layer after the displaying in the second displaying step; and
a processing step in which the second program layer performs predetermined image processing to the image data which is identified in the identifying step and is not received from the first program layer.

US Pat. No. 10,228,638

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONCENTRATION MEASUREMENT FUNCTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a sheet using a liquid developer including toner and carrier liquid, the image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive member;
an exposure unit configured to expose the charged photosensitive member to form an electrostatic latent image;
a development unit configured to store the liquid developer and to develop the electrostatic latent image using the liquid developer;
a supplying unit configured to supply toner and carrier liquid to the development unit;
a light emitting unit;
a light receiving unit configured to receive light that is emitted from the light emitting unit and passes through the liquid developer in the development unit, and to output an output value based on a light receiving amount;
a circulation unit configured to circulate the liquid developer stored in the development unit; and
a controller configured to:
control the circulation unit to circulate the liquid developer stored in the development unit:
start emission of the light emitting unit; and
determine whether a bubble is present in the liquid developer after a predetermined period elapses from an emission start of the light emitting unit according to a duration of a period of time from a first timing to a second timing, wherein the first timing corresponds to a timing at which the output value exceeds a first threshold, and the second timing corresponds to a timing at which the output value falls below a second threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,228,640

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A COMPRESSOR THAT OUTPUTS AIR TO SEPARATE A SHEET FROM A FIXING ROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form a toner image;
a transfer portion configured to transfer the toner image onto a sheet;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image to the sheet;
a compressor configured to output air based on a drive current supplied from a power source;
a detection portion configured to detect the drive current;
an ejection portion configured to eject the air output from the compressor;
a pipe configured to supply the air output from the compressor to the ejection portion; and
a determination unit configured to determine a characteristic expression indicating a relationship between the drive current and an air pressure of the air based on a first detection result obtained by the detection portion when the air pressure is adjusted to a first predetermined value and a second detection result obtained by the detection portion when the air pressure is adjusted to a second predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,228,643

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING A SHEET-LIKE MEMBER THAT COVERS A SURFACE OF A STATIONARY PAD AND A SURFACE OF A MOVABLE PAD MEMBER THAT ARE EACH OPPOSITE TO A ROTATABLE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:an endless belt and a rotatable member configured to form a nip for heating a toner image on a recording material therebetween;
a substantially stationary pad member and a movable pad member provided along a feeding direction of the recording material and configured to press said endless belt toward said rotatable member from an inside of said endless belt;
a moving mechanism configured to move said movable pad member between a first position at which said movable pad member presses said endless belt toward said rotatable member and a second position at which said movable pad member does not press said endless belt toward said rotatable member;
a single sheet-like member configured to cover such a surface of said stationary pad member as is opposite to said rotatable member and such a surface of said movable pad member as is opposite to said rotatable member; and
a controller configured to control an operation of said moving mechanism based on a kind of the recording material, wherein, when the recording material has first basis weight, said controller controls said moving mechanism so that said movable pad member is in the first position, and, when the recording material has a second basis weight that is less that the first basis weigh, said controller controls said moving mechanism so that said movable pad member is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,228,644

ADDITION-CURABLE LIQUID SILICONE RUBBER MIXTURE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, AND FIXING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member, comprising:a substrate; and
an elastic layer on the substrate,
wherein the elastic layer contains a cured product of an addition-curable liquid silicone rubber mixture including graphite particles,
wherein the graphite particles have a dibutyl phthalate (DBP) oil absorption number of from 80 cm3/100 g to 150 cm3/100 g,
wherein the elastic layer has a thermal conductivity in a thickness direction of from 1.1 W/(m·K) to 5.0 W/(m·K), and
wherein the elastic layer has a modulus in tension of from 0.1 MPa to 4.0 MPa.

US Pat. No. 10,228,645

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, POWER CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a printing unit configured to print an image on a print medium based on image data;
a communicating unit configured to receive data from an external apparatus;
a controlling unit configured to process the data received by the communication unit;
a storing unit configured to store the image data; and
a power controlling unit configured to (i) turn off the controlling unit and the storing unit, (ii) turn on the controlling unit based on predetermined wake data received by the communicating unit, and (iii) independent from turning on the controlling unit, turn on the storing unit based on a destination port number of the predetermined wake data.

US Pat. No. 10,228,647

OPTICAL SENSOR AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical sensor, comprising:a light emitting element that irradiates irradiating light toward an irradiated member;
a first light receiving element for receiving diffused reflection light into which the irradiating light is diffusely reflected by the irradiated member;
a second light receiving element for receiving specular reflection light into which the irradiating light is specularly reflected by the irradiated member; and
a housing for forming a first opening and a second opening, wherein the first opening is a common opening through which the irradiating light passes and through which the diffused reflection light to be received by the first light receiving element passes, and the second opening is an opening through which the specular reflection light to be received by the second light receiving element passes.

US Pat. No. 10,228,648

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DETERMINES LIFETIME OF PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member including a photosensitive layer made of amorphous silicon and a protective layer made of inorganic material provided outside said photosensitive layer;
a charger configured to electrically charge said photosensitive member;
an exposure light source configured to expose, to light, said photosensitive member charged by said charger;
a detector configured to detect a surface potential of said photosensitive member;
a controller configured to operate in an acquiring mode at predetermined timing during non-image formation, wherein in the acquiring mode said controller controls a charging condition of said charger so that a surface potential of said photosensitive member after being charged reaches a first surface potential, controls an exposure amount of said exposure light source which exposes said charged photosensitive member so the surface potential thereof reaches a second surface potential, and acquires the controlled exposure amount; and
an output circuit configured to output information on a lifetime of said photosensitive member, wherein said output circuit outputs the information in a case where a ratio Life(%) satisfies 0

US Pat. No. 10,228,649

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a piezoelectric transformer configured to output an output voltage;
a signal generator configured to generate a signal to drive the piezoelectric transformer; and
a controller configured to change a frequency of the signal so that the output voltage from the piezoelectric transformer is to be at a target voltage,
wherein in a case where the target voltage is a first voltage, the controller sets a change amount of the frequency of the signal to a first value, and changes the frequency of the signal per the first value in a period from a predetermined frequency to a target frequency corresponding to the first voltage, and in a case where the target voltage is a second voltage less than the first voltage, the controller sets a change amount of the frequency of the signal to a second value larger than the first value, and changes the frequency of the signal per the second value in a period from the predetermined frequency to a target frequency corresponding to the second voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,228,651

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,228,652

CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:a photosensitive drum;
a first frame rotatably supporting the photosensitive drum;
a developing roller for developing a latent image on the photosensitive drum;
a second frame rotatably supporting the developing roller, the second frame being connected to the first frame, and the second frame being rotatable relative to the first frame about an axis to move between (i) a first position in which the developing roller is positioned proximate to the photosensitive drum such that the developing roller can develop a latent image on the photosensitive drum and (ii) a second position in which the developing roller is spaced apart from the photosensitive drum; and
a clutch comprising:
a first drive transmission member provided along the axis and capable of receiving a rotational force; and
a second drive transmission member capable of operably connecting to the first drive transmission member and transmitting the rotational force from the first drive transmission member to the developing roller,
wherein the clutch is configured such that the first drive transmission member and the second drive transmission member are operably connected to each other when the second frame is in the first position so that the second drive transmission member can receive the rotational force from the first drive transmission member and transmit the rotational force to the developing roller, and the first drive transmission member and the second drive transmission are disconnected from each other when the second frame is in the second position so that the second drive transmission member does not receive the rotational force from the first drive transmission member.

US Pat. No. 10,229,945

SOLID STATE IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID STATE IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state image pickup element comprising a MOS type transistor, which amplifies a signal based on electric charges generated in a photoelectric conversion unit of a pixel,wherein the MOS type transistor includes:
a source region of a first conductivity type;
a drain region of the first conductivity type provided in a region apart from the source region; and
a channel region of the first conductivity type provided between the source region and the drain region,
wherein the channel region includes:
a first region provided in a region closer to the source region than the drain region; and
a second region provided in a region closer to the drain region than the source region, and
wherein a net impurity concentration of a first conductivity type impurity in the first region is higher than a net impurity concentration of the first conductivity type impurity in the second region.

US Pat. No. 10,230,716

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ENCRYPTION COMMUNICATING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

19. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium which stores instructions for causing one or more processors of an information processing apparatus for performing encryption communication with an external apparatus in accordance with an encryption communication protocol to perform the functions of the following units:a receiving unit configured to receive, from the external apparatus, information including type of hash algorithm available in the external apparatus that is used to sign parameter information in a handshake process, before receiving from the external apparatus the parameter information signed with the hash algorithm in the external apparatus, wherein the parameter information is to be used for encrypted communication protocol between the information processing apparatus and the external apparatus; and
a control unit configured to control the information processing apparatus to perform encryption communication with the external apparatus, in accordance with the encrypted communication protocol by using the parameter information signed with the hash in the external apparatus, in a case where the received information including the type of the hash algorithm in the external apparatus is identified as a predetermined type of hash algorithm,
wherein the control unit is configured to control the information processing apparatus not to perform the encryption communication with the external apparatus, in accordance with the encrypted communication protocol by using the parameter information signed with the hash in the external apparatus, in a case where the received information including the type of the hash algorithm in the external apparatus is not identified as the predetermined type of hash algorithm.

US Pat. No. 10,229,948

SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor apparatus, comprising:a first semiconductor layer provided with a first transistor and a photoelectric conversion element;
a second semiconductor layer provided with a second transistor;
a first conductor layer arranged between the first semiconductor layer and the second semiconductor layer;
a second conductor layer arranged between the first semiconductor layer and the second semiconductor layer, a distance between the second semiconductor layer and the second conductor layer being smaller than a distance between the second semiconductor layer and the first conductor layer;
a first insulator layer arranged between the first semiconductor layer and the first conductor layer in a direction where the first semiconductor layer and the second semiconductor layer are stacked each other;
a second insulator layer arranged between the second conductor layer and the second semiconductor layer;
a third insulator layer arranged between the first conductor layer and the second conductor layer; and
a conductive member which has a part arranged in a hole which penetrates through the first semiconductor layer, the first insulator layer, and the third insulator layer, and electrically connects the first conductor layer and the second conductor layer to each other,
wherein the part of the conductive member comprises a region mainly containing a first conductive material, and a conductive layer mainly containing a second conductive material other than the first conductive material,
wherein the first conductor layer is included in a first wiring pattern, the first wiring pattern including a first barrier metal layer which is arranged between the first conductor layer and the first insulator layer,
wherein the second conductor layer is included in a second wiring pattern, the second wiring pattern including a second barrier metal layer,
wherein the conductive layer is arranged between the region and the first insulator layer, and is in direct contact with the first insulator layer,
wherein the conductive layer is in direct contact with the first conductor layer and the second conductor layer, and
wherein the conductive layer is continuously extending from the first conductor layer to the second conductor layer.

US Pat. No. 10,230,993

IMAGE DECODING DEVICE AND METHOD OF CHROMINANCE CORRECTION WITH LINEAR-INTERPOLATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image decoding device configured to decode coded data, which is generated by coding pixel values of a block being decoded from pixels in the neighbor of the block being decoded, the device comprising:a decoding unit configured to decode the coded data and reproduce a prediction errors;
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not correction processing is performed on a chrominance signal of decoded pixels in the neighbor of the block being decoded, the decoded pixels being reference pixels for intra prediction for the block being decoded, the correction processing including linear-interpolation processing using at least two of first, second, and third values, wherein the first value is a value of a pixel located in left of a bottom left end of the block being decoded, the second value is a value of a pixel located above left of a top left end of the block being decoded, the third value is a value of a pixel located above a top right end of the block being decoded, the first, second, and third values are not adjacent to each other, and the first, second, and third values are in the neighbor of the block being decoded;
a correction unit configured to perform the correction processing on the chrominance signal based on a result of the determination by the determining unit;
a predicting unit configured to predict, using the intra prediction, a chrominance signal of the block being decoded from the chrominance signal corrected by the correction unit using the correction processing or the chrominance signal of the decoded pixel in the neighbor without the correction processing; and
a reproducing unit configured to reproduce pixel values of the block being decoded using a result of the prediction for the chrominance signal predicted by the predicting unit and the prediction errors reproduced by the decoding unit.

US Pat. No. 10,229,475

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD FOR IMAGE PICKUP USING RESOLUTION DATA AND COLOR DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a first pixel group including a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion unit;
a second pixel group including a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion unit; and
a signal processing unit,
the image pickup apparatus outputting data to an image processing unit configured to generate an image from data of a predetermined array, wherein
a wavelength band of lights to be photoelectrically converted in the photoelectric conversion units included in the first pixel group is different from a wavelength band of lights to be photoelectrically converted in the photoelectric conversion units included in the second pixel group,
the signal processing unit
generates resolution data by using signals output by the pixels included in the first pixel group, generates color data by using signals output by the pixels included in the second pixel group, and generates first data by performing de-mosaic processing on data generated by combining the resolution data with the color data,
generates second data by performing up-conversion processing on the first data, and
performs processing of setting the second data as the data of the predetermined array.

US Pat. No. 10,226,933

PRINTING APPARATUS WITH DETACHABLE PRINTHEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a carriage to which a printhead is detachably mounted;
an operation member rotatably provided on the carriage and movable between a first position at which the printhead is attached to or detached from the carriage and a second position at which the printhead is fixed to the carriage;
a fixing member, rotatably provided on the operation member, capable of fixing the printhead to the carriage; and
a spring member attached between the carriage and the fixing member,
wherein when the operation member is at the second position in a state in which the printhead is mounted to the carriage, the fixing member presses the printhead by pulling the spring member to have a first length, and when the operation member is at the second position in a state in which the printhead is not mounted to the carriage, a length of the spring member becomes a second length shorter than the first length.

US Pat. No. 10,226,948

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly including an image forming station configured to form an image on the basis of image information;
a toner bottle mounting portion provided on an upper portion of said main assembly, configured to mount a toner bottle, and configured to supply toner into said image forming station from the toner bottle mounted to said toner bottle mounting portion;
a top plate portion provided on the upper portion adjacent to said toner bottle mounting portion with respect to a direction crossing with a front-rear direction and with a vertical direction of the image forming apparatus, said top plate portion including a stacking surface having a length, in the front-rear direction of said main assembly, which is longer than 330 mm and shorter than 483 mm;
a wall portion provided at the upper portion adjacent to said toner bottle mounting portion with respect to the crossing direction and behind said top plate portion with respect to the front-rear direction, said wall portion including a wall surface protruding upward relative to said stacking surface; and
a connecting portion having a curved surface configured to connect said stacking surface with said wall surface.

US Pat. No. 10,226,181

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND DISPLAY METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:a light irradiation unit configured to irradiate an object with first light having a first wavelength and second light having a second wavelength different from the first wavelength;
an acoustic wave receiving unit configured to receive an acoustic wave that is generated from the object by irradiation of the object with the first light and by irradiation of the object with the second light, and convert the received acoustic wave into a first electric signal that corresponds to the first light and a second electric signal that corresponds to the second light;
an oxygen saturation acquiring unit configured to acquire first image data on an oxygen saturation distribution indicating oxygen saturation in the object based on the first electric signal and the second electric signal;
an image data acquiring unit configured to acquire second image data on an absorption coefficient distribution in the object, based on the first electric signal or the second electric signal;
a region of interest setting unit configured to set at least one region of interest based on a designation by a user for the second image data and apply the at least one region of interest to the first image data;
a statistics information acquiring unit configured to:
(a) calculate a histogram of the first image data included in the at least one region of interest;
(b) calculate a value indicating uni-modality or multi-modality in the histogram by differentiating the histogram and counting a number of locations where the sign of a differentiated value of the histogram is inverted; and
(c) calculate a reliability of a measurement based on the value indicating the uni-modality or multi-modality in the histogram; and
an image generating unit configured to (a) generate an image including (i) the second image data, (ii) the at least one region of interest on the second image data, and (iii) the reliability of the measurement, and
(b) cause a display device to display the image.

US Pat. No. 10,228,493

OPTICAL COMPONENT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical component having a surface including an optically effective area having an antireflection coating arranged thereon and an adjoining optically non-effective area having a light-shielding coating film arranged thereon,wherein the light-shielding coating film is formed such that an edge portion of the light-shielding coating film lies on an edge portion of the antireflection coating with an overlap width between 0.5 ?m and 50 ?m, and
wherein a thickness of the antireflection coating decreases toward an edge of the antireflection coating, which is in the edge portion of the antireflection coating, in an area having a width between 5 ?m and 1.8 mm from the edge of the antireflection coating.

US Pat. No. 10,228,749

POWER SAVING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM USING A PRE-CALCULATED SNMP GETNEXT REQUEST CORRESPONDENCE TABLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which comprises a controller including a first CPU, and a communication section including a second CPU, and can operate in a first power mode in which power is supplied to the second CPU and power is not supplied to at least the first CPU, and in a second power mode in which power is supplied to at least the first CPU and the second CPU, whereinthe communication section comprises:
a memory that stores instructions that, when executed by the second CPU, cause the communication section to function as
a holding unit configured to hold at least a piece of management information of the information processing apparatus managed by the controller; and
a response unit configured, when operating in the first power mode, to respond using management information held by the holding unit in substitution for the controller in response to a request from an external apparatus, wherein if a request from the external apparatus is GetNextRequest of SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) and an object ID designated by the GetNextRequest matches the GetNextRequest object ID information held by the holding unit, the response unit responds using the object ID information corresponding to the GetNextRequest object ID information and an implementation value corresponding to the object ID information,
wherein, when operating in the second power mode, in the management information managed by the controller, object ID information of MIB (Management Information Base) and an implementation value corresponding to the object ID information are corresponded to GetNextRequest object ID information and held, and
a correspondence to the GetNextRequest object ID information is generated upon generation of the MIB at the time of activation of the information processing apparatus or is updated upon updating of the MIB when a device arrangement and a setting of the information processing apparatus is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,228,239

MEASURING APPARATUS, MEASURING METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

13. A measuring method comprising:obtaining a first feature data by performing a binarization processing of a region in which objects are provided, the objects being overlapped with each other in image data obtained by an imaging device;
obtaining a position and a posture of at least one object among the objects on the basis of the obtained first feature data;
obtaining a second feature data of the at least one object, based on a three-dimensional model of the object, which is recognized based on the obtained position and the obtained posture;
determining that the at least one object is all of the objects in the region and there is no unrecognized object when a degree of coincidence between the first feature data and the second feature data is larger than a threshold value; and
determining that the at least one object is a part of the objects in the region and there is an unrecognized object when the degree of coincidence between the first feature data and the second feature data is less than the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,226,199

MEDICAL-IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire a three-dimensional image containing at least a tubular structure;
a specification unit configured to specify a first point inside the tubular structure and specify a lesion outside the tubular structure in the three-dimensional image;
a determination unit configured to determine whether a blood vessel is present in a region between the first point and the lesion based on signal values of voxels of the three-dimensional image in the region between the first point and the lesion;
a generation unit configured to generate a two-dimensional image of the tubular structure viewed from the first point based on the three-dimensional image; and
a display control unit configured to display information indicating a region of the lesion on the two-dimensional image to be distinguishable in a result of determining whether a blood vessel is present in the region.

US Pat. No. 10,229,530

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:at least one processor; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the image capturing apparatus to:
(1) input first information indicating a fine irregularity of a surface of a body to be rendered;
(2) input a diffuse-color map representing a color of the body to be rendered for each of a plurality of color components;
(3) based on the first information, generate, as pieces of information each indicating a tilt of a surface of an object to be rendered, at least two pieces of second information each of which corresponds to a respective maximum height;
(4) generate, for each of the plurality of color components and based on any one of the at least two pieces of second information, a shading processed image by performing a shading process on the diffuse-color map; and
(5) generate a color image of the body to be rendered by combining the shading processed images for the plurality of color components.

US Pat. No. 10,214,016

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a printhead having an ejection orifice surface on which a plurality of ejection orifices for ejecting ink are arranged, the printhead configured to perform a printing operation in a printing area;
a carriage including the printhead, and movable in a first direction;
a cap for covering the ejection orifice surface; and
a wiper configured to wipe the ejection orifice surface;
wherein the cap is movable, by a movement of the carriage, to a first position, and to a second position farther from the printing area than the first position along the first direction,
wherein, at the second position along the first direction, the cap can rise and lower to a capping position at which the cap abuts the ejection orifice surface, and to a separated position at which the cap does not abut the ejection orifice surface, and
wherein the wiper wipes the ejection orifice surface when the cap is at the second position and at the separated position.

US Pat. No. 10,216,071

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical system having a first optical axis on an incident side and a second optical axis on an exit side, the first optical axis being offset from the second optical axis, the optical system comprising:a reflection unit including
a first reflection surface and a second reflection surface meeting at an angle, forming a reflecting roof surface, and
a third reflection surface parallel or orthogonal to a ridge line of the roof surface, and positioned to reflect light along the second optical axis, the third reflection surface being different from the first reflection surface and the second reflection surface,
wherein the reflection unit is rotatable about the first optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,216,072

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

12. An image projection apparatus comprising:a light modulation element configured to modulate light; and
a zoom lens comprising a plurality of lens units, in which a distance between adjacent lens units is variable in a magnification variation,
wherein the plurality of lens units include, in order from an enlargement conjugate side to a reduction conjugate side, a first lens unit that has a negative refractive power and that is fixed for the magnification variation, a second lens unit, a third lens unit, a fourth lens unit, a fifth lens unit, a sixth lens unit, and a seventh lens unit, each of which moves for the magnification variation, and an eighth lens unit that has a positive refractive power and that is fixed for the magnification variation.

US Pat. No. 10,218,891

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PRIORITY IMAGE TRANSFER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:a communication unit capable of communicating with an external apparatus;
a display unit configured to display an image;
an operation unit configured to accept a user operation; and
a designation unit configured to, in response to a first operation of pressing both a first operation member and a second operation member being performed during display of an image, designating the image being displayed as an image to be transferred, which is to be transferred to the external apparatus,
wherein in response to a second operation that is different from the first operation and uses a plurality of operation members being performed, the designation unit designates the image being displayed as an image to be priority transferred, which is to be transferred with greater priority than the image to be transferred, and
the plurality of operation members to be used in the second operation include at least one of the first operation member and the second operation member.

US Pat. No. 10,218,894

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor including a plurality of pixels, each pixel including a plurality of photoelectric conversion units that generate focus detection signals from light flux that have passed through different regions in an exit pupil in an optical system; and
an image capturing unit configured to continuously capture a plurality of images by using the image sensor, the image capturing unit being configured to acquire a signal in a first acquisition mode or a second acquisition mode for each pixel, the first acquisition mode being a mode in which an image signal obtained by adding the focus detection signals of the plurality of photoelectric conversion units is acquired, and the second acquisition mode being a mode in which the focus detection signals are acquired in addition to the image signal,
wherein the image capturing unit is configured to alternately capture a recording image and a focus detection image having a smaller number of pixels than the recording image, apply all pixels to the first acquisition mode when capturing the recording image, and apply at least a part of the pixels to the second acquisition mode when capturing the focus detection image.

US Pat. No. 10,214,032

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing unit;
a cassette in which a plurality of sheets to be printed are stored, and which is capable of being drawn out from the apparatus;
a feeding roller which feeds a sheet stored in the cassette;
a roller pair which transports the sheet fed by the feeding roller to the printing unit, and is capable of being in an abutting state in which the sheet can be transported and a separate state in which the sheet cannot be transported; and
a mechanism which changes the roller pair from the abutting state to the separate state as the cassette is drawn out.

US Pat. No. 10,218,899

CONTROL METHOD IN IMAGE CAPTURE SYSTEM, CONTROL APPARATUS AND A NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method in an image capture system having a first image capture apparatus and a second image capture apparatus, the method comprising:analyzing a captured image captured by the first image capture apparatus;
deciding whether a likelihood of a capturing target that is an analysis result of the captured image is smaller than a predetermined threshold; and
in a case where the likelihood is smaller than the predetermined threshold, controlling an imaging area of the second image capture apparatus so that the imaging area of the second image capture apparatus becomes wider than in a case where the likelihood is not smaller than the predetermined threshold until the capturing target is found in a captured image captured by the second image capture apparatus,
wherein the controlling of the imaging area until the capturing target is found comprises: (a) making the imaging area wider, (b) determining whether or not the capturing target is found in the captured image captured by the second image capture apparatus using characteristic information on the capturing target, and (c) in response to the determination that the capturing target is not found in the captured image captured by the second image capture apparatus, repeating making the imaging area wider.

US Pat. No. 10,216,595

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that performs mirroring to store same data in a plurality of storage units, the information processing apparatus comprising:a memory of a main board, the memory being configured to store mirroring information including configuration information about the mirroring in the plurality of storage units;
a mirroring configuration unit configured to configure mirroring in the plurality of storage units based on the configuration information about the mirroring stored in the memory of a main board;
a memory of a sub board, the memory being configured to store the mirroring information;
a detection unit configured to detect replacement of the main board; and
a restoration unit configured to restore the mirroring information stored in the memory of the sub board in a memory of a replaced main board in accordance with detection of the replacement of the main board by the detection unit,
wherein the mirroring configuration unit is configured to configure mirroring in a mirroring state in accordance with the configuration information about the mirroring restored in the memory of the replaced main board being information indicating a mirror, and configure mirroring in a degraded state in accordance with the configuration information about the mirroring being information indicating degradation.

US Pat. No. 10,218,907

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD DETECTION AND CORRECTION OF ANGULAR MOVEMENT DUE TO SHAKING

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 an angular velocity of panning of an imaging device detected by an angular velocity sensor and a motion vector of an object detected from a plurality of image data successively imaged by an imaging element;
a decision unit configured to decide a value of a frame rate when the image data is acquired from the imaging element used to detect the motion vector; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate an angular velocity of the object with respect to the imaging device from the angular velocity of the panning and the motion vector of the object,
wherein the decision unit decides the value of the frame rate corresponding to the angular velocity of the panning and the acquisition unit acquires the motion vector of the object detected from the plurality of the image data imaged at the frame rate decided by the decision unit.

US Pat. No. 10,218,908

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTION, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus includes at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of following units:a temporary storage unit configured to temporarily store a video image including a (N-M)-th frame;
an output control unit configured to output a video image of frames up to N-th frame and later than the (N-M)-th frame, to a first signal path, and output a video image of the (N-M)-th frame that is temporarily stored in the temporary storage unit to a second signal path;
a first correction amount calculating unit configured to calculate a first correction amount used for correcting an image shake relating to the video image of the (N-M)-th frame based on the video image of the frames up to N-th frame and later than the (N-M)-th frame, output to the first signal path;
a first image shake correction unit configured to correct the image shake relating to the video image of the (N-M)-th frame by cutting out a predetermined region from the video image of the (N-M)-th frame based on the first correction amount; and
a recording unit configured to record the (N-M)-th frame, the image shake of which is corrected by the first image shake correction unit;
wherein the first signal path is connected to a display unit configured to display a video image for confirmation on a main body of the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,216,092

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS, ILLUMINATION DEVICE, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

18. An apparatus comprising:a light source configured to emit a light flux from an emission region; and
a condenser configured to condense the light flux so as to allow the light flux to exit to the outside,
wherein the condenser includes a plurality of reflection mirrors each having a reflecting surface for reflecting the light flux emitted from the emission region,
each reflecting surface of each of the plurality of reflection mirrors is rotationally symmetrical about an axis, and the plurality of reflection mirrors is disposed so as to surround the emission region,
at least two of the plurality of reflection mirrors are elliptical surface reflection mirrors of which the reflecting surface is elliptical having a focal point in the light emitting region,
at least one of the plurality of reflection mirrors is a spherical surface reflection mirror of which the reflecting surface is spherical having a central point in the emission region,
the at least two elliptical surface reflection mirrors and the at least one spherical surface reflection mirror are alternately arranged in the direction of the axis, and a light flux reflected by one spherical surface reflection mirror is further reflected by one elliptical surface reflection mirror oppositely disposed across the emission region so as to allow the light flux to be incident on the optical system, and
a position of at least one of the plurality of reflection mirrors in the direction of the axis is changeable.

US Pat. No. 10,218,912

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a display controller configured to exert control such that an image is displayed on a display screen in one of a plurality of display modes, the plurality of display modes including a first display mode and a second display mode; and
a first comparison unit configured to compare, when the first display mode is switched to the second display mode, a display size of the image that is displayed on the display screen in the first display mode and a given display size that is associated with the second display mode,
wherein the display controller is configured to exert control such that the image is displayed on the display screen in the second display mode in either the given display size that is associated with the second display mode or the display size of the image that is displayed in the first display mode, based on a result of the comparison by the first comparison unit.

US Pat. No. 10,218,920

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR GENERATING AN IMAGE BY VIEWPOINT INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing one or more programs configured to be executed by the processor, the one or more programs including instructions for:
acquiring virtual viewpoint information indicating a virtual viewpoint;
generating a virtual viewpoint image based on both of a plurality of captured images captured by multiple cameras from a plurality of directions and the virtual viewpoint information acquired in the acquiring, wherein, according to the virtual viewpoint information acquired in the acquiring, an inclination correction process for correcting an inclination based on the virtual viewpoint information is executed to generate the virtual viewpoint image to be output; and
outputting the generated virtual viewpoint image.

US Pat. No. 10,216,103

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint method of forming a pattern of an imprint material on a shot region of a substrate by a mold having a pattern region in which a pattern has been formed, each of the shot region and the pattern region including a mark, the method comprising:a deformation step of deforming at least one region among the pattern region and the shot region, based on information indicating a relative shape difference between the pattern region and the shot region measured in advance, such that the relative shape difference comes close to a target shape difference;
an estimation step of estimating a positional deviation between the mark in the pattern region and the mark in the shot region, which is to be generated in a case of overlaying the pattern region and the shot region while deforming the at least one region by; and
an alignment step of performing alignment between the pattern region and the shot region, based on the estimated positional deviation and detection results of a relative position between the mark in the pattern region and the mark in the shot region, such that the estimated positional deviation is formed in the relative position.

US Pat. No. 10,215,592

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS WITH MOVABLE UNIT SUCH AS DISPLAY UNIT MOVABLE IN OPENING AND CLOSING DIRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:an apparatus main body;
a display unit configured to be movable about a rotational axis of a hinge portion in an opening and closing direction with respect to said apparatus main body;
a magnetic field generating unit configured to be provided in said display unit and generate a magnetic field;
a magnetic sensor configured to be provided in said apparatus main body, and when said display panel is moved with respect to said apparatus main body, detect a moving state of said display unit with respect to said apparatus main body by detecting the magnetic field generated by said magnetic field generating unit;
a shield configured to be provided inside said apparatus air body and at such a location that said magnetic sensor is sandwiched between said shield and said display unit being in a closed state; and
a magnetic portion configured to be provided inside said apparatus main body and between said magnetic sensor said shield,
wherein an area of said magnetic portion is larger than an area of a surface on which said magnetic sensor is mounted,
wherein each of said shield and said magnetic portion is a magnetic body, said shield having magnetic holding power higher than said magnetic portion, and
wherein said magnetic portion is p between said magnetic sensor and said shield such that a distance between said magnetic portion and said magnetic sensor shorter than a distance between said magnetic portion and said shield.

US Pat. No. 10,216,104

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint method of forming a pattern of an imprint material on a shot region formed on a substrate by using a mold having a pattern region on which the pattern is formed, the method comprising:deforming at least one of a shape of the pattern region and a shape of the shot region in accordance with a deformation amount determined to make the shapes of the pattern region and the shot region more similar;
obtaining a shift amount between each of a plurality of marks provided on the pattern region and a corresponding one of a plurality of marks provided on the shot region, the shift amount being obtained based on the deforming the at least one of the shape of the pattern region and the shape of the shot region;
selecting marks to be used for controlling an overlay between the pattern region and the shot region based on the shift amounts obtained in the obtaining, such that a preset condition is satisfied; and
performing feedback control for the overlay between the pattern region and the shot region based on detection results on positions of the marks selected in the selecting, after deforming the at least one of the shape of the pattern region and the shape of the shot region.

US Pat. No. 10,216,106

METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a toner, comprising:a step (1) of forming resin microparticles in an aqueous medium in the presence of a surfactant;
a step (2) of aggregating the resin microparticles to form aggregated particles; and
a step (3) of heating the aggregated particles and allowing the aggregated particles to coalesce to form toner particles,
wherein a resin component in the resin microparticles contains an olefinic copolymer and resin A,
wherein the olefinic copolymer contains:
unit Y1 represented by formula (1), and
unit Y2 that is at least one selected from the group consisting of a unit represented by formula (2) and a unit represented by formula (3),
the olefinic copolymer has a melt flow rate equal to or more than 5 g/10 minutes and equal to or less than 30 g/10 minutes,
the resin A has an acid value of 1 mgKOH/g or more and 50 mgKOH/g or less,
the olefinic copolymer has a SP value of 16.0 (J/cm3)0.5 or more and 19.0 (J/cm3)0.5 or less,
the resin A has a SP value of 19.0 (J/cm3)0.5 or more and 21.0 (J/cm3)0.5 or less,
the resin component has an olefinic copolymer content of 50% by mass or more with respect to the total mass of the resin component,
the resin component has a resin A content of 10% by mass or more and 50% by mass or less with respect to the total mass of the resin component, and
the olefinic copolymer has a unit Y2 content of 3% by mass or more and 35% by mass or less with respect to the total mass of the olefinic copolymer,
where R1 denotes H or CH3, R2 denotes H or CH3, R3 denotes CH3 or C2H5, R4 denotes H or CH3, and R5 denotes CH3 or C2H5.
US Pat. No. 10,216,107

TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle that contains a binder resin and a wax, whereinthe solubility parameter SP of the binder resin is at least 9.4 and not more than 10.0,
the binder resin contains a resin having a structure represented by the following formula (1) in the terminal position on a main chain of the resin,
*—CO—R  formula (1)
wherein in formula (1), R represents a phenyl group or a derivative thereof, or —COOR1, R1 represents an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbons, and * represents a bond to the main chain of the resin,
the solubility parameter SW of the wax is at least 8.1 and not more than 9.0, and
SP and SW satisfy formula (2).
|SP?SW|>0.5  formula (2)