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. 10,227,191

SHEET SUPPORTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet supporting apparatus comprising:a supporting portion configured to support a sheet; and
a regulation unit configured to regulate a position of an edge of the sheet supported by the supporting portion, the regulation unit configured to be moved and positioned with respect to the supporting portion, the regulation unit comprising:
a body portion;
an engagement portion configured to move between an engagement position at which the engagement portion engages with the supporting portion and a separation position at which the engagement portion is separated away from the supporting portion;
an operation portion configured to move the engagement portion between the engagement position and the separation position, the operation portion being pivotably supported by the body portion and comprising a pressing portion configured to press the engagement portion from the engagement position to the separation position by the operation portion being pivoted; and
a fixing component configured to fix the operation portion such that the operation portion is immovable with respect to the body portion so as to retain the engagement portion at the engagement position.

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. 10,218,891

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. 10,216,108

TONER PRODUCTION METHOD AND POLYMER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner production method comprising:a melt-kneading step of melt-kneading a resin composition including a binder resin, a colorant, a wax, and a wax dispersant to obtain a melt-kneaded product; and
a pulverizing step of pulverizing the melt-kneaded product, wherein
?18?[Tk?Tm]?10 where a temperature of the melt-kneaded product at an end of the melt-kneading step is Tk (° C.), and a softening point of the wax dispersant is Tm (° C.),
the wax dispersant is a polymer in which a styrene acrylic polymer is grafted to a polyolefin,
the styrene acrylic polymer has a monomer unit derived from ?-methylstyrene and a monomer unit derived from a cycloalkyl (meth)acrylate,
the monomer unit derived from the cycloalkyl (meth)acrylate is represented by formula (2)

where R1 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, and R2 represents a cycloalkyl group, and
the monomer unit derived from ?-methylstyrene is represented by formula (4)

US Pat. No. 10,218,953

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following units:
a generation unit configured to generate, from an input image, a plurality of hierarchical images having different frequency bands;
a gain calculation unit configured to calculate, for each of the hierarchical images, a gain based on a luminance value for each image area by using a tone conversion curve that is set according to the corresponding frequency band, wherein the tone conversion curve assigns tone with priority to different luminance ranges according to the frequency bands of the hierarchical images;
a determination unit configured to determine a combined gain by combining gains that are set for the plurality of hierarchical images;
a conversion unit configured to perform tone conversion on the input image by using the combined gain determined by the determination unit; and
a tone conversion curve generation unit configured to generate, based on the input image, a plurality of tone conversion curves including a first tone conversion curve and a second tone conversion curve that assigns tone with priority to a different luminance range from the first tone conversion curve, and generate a tone conversion curve for each of the plurality of hierarchical images by weighting and adding the plurality of tone conversion curves, wherein the tone conversion curve generation unit performs the adding by varying weights of the first tone conversion curve and the second tone conversion curve according to the frequency bands of the hierarchical images.

US Pat. No. 10,213,106

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EYE TRACKING DURING RETINAL IMAGING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling an ophthalmic apparatus to produce images of an area of an eye, wherein the apparatus scans the area with light, divides return light from the area into a first portion of light and a second portion of light, receives the first potion of the return light and the second portion of the return light with a first detection unit and a second detection unit respectively, generates a first image of the area based on the received first portion of the return light, and generates a second image of the area based on the received second portion of the return light, the method comprising:receiving the first image and the second image;
comparing the first image and the second image;
selecting the first image or the second image based on a result of the comparing step as a position detection image; and
estimating a change in position of the area based on the selected position detection image.

US Pat. No. 10,218,796

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SERVICE DISCOVERY PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of communicating with another apparatus via a network, the communication apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a predetermined communication interface,
wherein the at least one processor is configured to function as following units:
a receiving unit configured to receive at least one piece of external apparatus information sent from at least one external apparatus via the predetermined communication interface, the received at least one piece of external apparatus information including service identification information that identifies at least one service able to be provided by the at least one external apparatus;
a display control unit configured to perform control so as to display, using a web browser, at least one piece of the service identification information from the received at least one piece of external apparatus information that identifies the at least one service provided by the at least one external apparatus;
a control unit configured to, out of the at least one piece of service identification information displayed by using the web browser, receive a selection of any piece of the displayed at least one piece of the service identification information to designate the any piece of the displayed at least one piece of the service information as selected identification information; and
a communication control unit configured to establish communication, via the predetermined communication interface, with an external apparatus corresponding to the selected identification information;
wherein the receiving unit is capable of receiving the at least one piece of external apparatus information sent from the at least one external apparatus even if the at least one external apparatus does not belong to a same network as the communication apparatus, and
wherein in a case where the selected identification information indicates that the external apparatus corresponding to the selected identification information does not belong to the same network as the communication apparatus, the communication control unit performs control to cause the communication apparatus to belong to the same network as the external apparatus corresponding to the selected identification information and establish a communication with the external apparatus corresponding to the selected identification information.

US Pat. No. 10,217,786

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A member for a device, the device comprising:a first substrate which is provided with a first transistor;
a first structure which is disposed on the first substrate, the first structure including a first portion containing a conductive material and including a first wiring layer arranged between the first portion and the first substrate;
a second substrate provided with a second transistor;
a second structure disposed on the second substrate, the second structure including a second portion containing a conductive material and including a second wiring layer arranged between the second portion and the second substrate,
wherein the first structure and the second structure are arranged between the first substrate and the second substrate so that the first portion and the second portion are connected to each other,
wherein the first structure includes a first insulating film and a second insulating film, the first insulating film is arranged between the second insulating film and the first substrate, a material of the second insulating film is different from a material of the first insulating film, the first wiring layer is arranged between the first insulating film and the first substrate, and the first portion is arranged in a first groove formed of at least the first insulating film and the second insulating film,
wherein the second structure includes a third insulating film, the second wiring layer is arranged between the third insulating film and the second substrate, and the second portion is arranged in a second groove formed of at least the third insulating film, and
wherein the member comprises the first substrate and the first structure, and an upper face of the first structure is formed of the second insulating film and the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,216,764

IMAGE SEARCH APPARATUS, IMAGE SEARCH METHOD, AND SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image search apparatus which searches for an image containing an object requested from a distribution destination apparatus, comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the image search apparatus to function as:
a management unit configured to manage a first associated information in which an object of an image owned by the image search apparatus is associated with a category and a second associated information in which a user of the distribution destination apparatus is associated with a category, respectively;
a reception unit configured to receive, from the distribution destination apparatus, user information about the user of the distribution destination apparatus, and object information about the requested object;
a user category determination unit configured to determine, based on the user information received by the reception unit and the second associated information, a distribution destination user category to which the user of the distribution destination apparatus belongs;
an object category determination unit configured to determine, based on the object information received by the reception unit and the first associated information, an object category to which the object requested from the distribution destination apparatus belongs;
a comparison unit configured to determine whether the distribution destination user category coincides with the object category; and
an image search unit configured to search for an image based on a search condition as the requested object from the distribution destination apparatus in case where the distribution destination user category coincides with the object category, and not to search for the image based on the requested object in case where the distribution destination user category does not coincide with the object category,
wherein the reception unit is capable of receiving one user information and a plurality of object information from the distribution destination apparatus,
the object category determination unit determines the object category for each of the object information in case where the plurality of object information are received,
the comparison unit determines whether each of the object categories determined by the object category determination unit coincides with the distribution destination user category corresponding to the one user information, and
the image search unit searches for the image in accordance with the determination result of the comparison unit.

US Pat. No. 10,218,328

AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR GENERATING AUDIO SIGNALS FOR MONITORING FROM AUDIO SIGNALS FOR RECORDING AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An audio processing apparatus comprising a first audio signal processing circuit and a second audio processing circuit,wherein the first audio signal processing circuit generates audio signals for recording by controlling a gain of audio signals from a microphone and outputs the audio signals for recording, and
wherein the second audio signal processing circuit generates audio signals for monitoring by a user independently from the audio signals for recording, by performing a gain control for the audio signals for recording from the first audio signal processing circuit, the second audio signal processing circuit comprising:
a gain setting circuit which sets the gain by detecting amplitude level of the audio signals for recording from the first audio signal processing circuit; and
a gain controller which performs gain controlling based on the gain set by the gain setting circuit, to generate audio signals for monitoring from the audio signal for recording,
wherein the gain setting circuit acquires the gain that the first audio processing circuit sets currently, and determines the gain of the audio signals for monitoring based on the gain currently set in the first audio signal processing circuit and the amplitude level of audio signals for recording from the first audio signal processing circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,209,668

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE, AND DRUM CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
a charging member that contacts the image bearing member and charges the image bearing member;
a cleaning member including a contact portion configured to contact the charging member and clean the charging member; and
a developer bearing member including a base body and an elastic layer that covers the base body, configured to bear a developer for developing a latent image formed on the image bearing member, the developer bearing member being disposed below the cleaning member so as to overlap with the cleaning member when viewed in a vertical direction,
wherein the image forming apparatus is configured so that remaining toner remaining on the image bearing member that is not used for forming an image is collected by the developer bearing member,
a coat layer of the developer for developing the latent image is formed in a region of the elastic layer and the region is arranged inside of the both ends of the elastic layer in a direction of a rotation axis of the image bearing member, and
an end of the contact portion of the cleaning member is disposed, in the direction of the rotation axis, between one end of the ends of the elastic layer and an end of the region in which the coat layer is formed, and the end of the region is on a same side of the one end of the elastic layer.

US Pat. No. 10,207,406

ROBOT TRAJECTORY GENERATION METHOD, ROBOT TRAJECTORY GENERATION APPARATUS, PRODUCT FABRICATION METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM, PROGRAM, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot trajectory generation method arranged to generate trajectories for operating a plurality of robot arms, which are closely installed, by a control device, the robot trajectory generation method comprising:generating an operation instruction list which stores trajectory definition data including starting points and ending points of the trajectories of the plurality of robot arms to be generated;
determining a trajectory generation order of trajectory generation in accordance with the plurality of trajectory definition data included in the generated operation instruction list;
generating a first trajectory for operating a first robot arm such that the first trajectory avoids obstacle spaces registered in an obstacle memory in accordance with the trajectory definition data associated with the first robot arm included in the operation instruction list based on the determined trajectory generation order;
registering a sweeping space, in which a structure of the first robot arm sweeps, in the obstacle memory as an obstacle space to be avoided by the robot arm other than the first robot arm; and
generating a second trajectory for operating a second robot arm such that the second trajectory avoids the obstacle spaces registered in the obstacle memory, including an additionally registered obstacle space that is the sweeping space to be swept by the structure of the first robot arm, based on the trajectory definition data regarding the second robot arm, the trajectory of which is to be generated next after generating the first trajectory of the first robot arm as determined in the trajectory generation order.

US Pat. No. 10,212,314

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH COLOR CALIBRATION BY MEASUREMENT IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of image forming stations configured to form a measurement image on a sheet;
a fixing device configured to fix the measurement image on the sheet by heating the measurement image formed by the plurality of image forming stations;
a color sensor, provided on downstream of the fixing device in a conveyance direction of the sheet, configured to measure the measurement image on the sheet; and
a controller configured to:
control the plurality of image forming stations to form the measurement image on the sheet,
control the fixing device to fix the measurement image on the sheet,
perform a pre-scan for measuring the measurement image by the color sensor in order to determine a measurement condition for a main scan, wherein the measurement condition for the main scan is determined based on a measurement result of the measurement image by the pre-scan,
perform the main scan for measuring the measurement image by the color sensor based on the measurement condition for the main scan, and
detect spectral data of the measurement image based on a measurement result by the main scan,
wherein, in a case where density data of the measurement image is detected, the controller performs another main scan for measuring the measurement image by the color sensor based on a measurement condition for density detection without performing the pre-scan.

US Pat. No. 10,208,244

ORGANIC COMPOUND, ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT CONTAINING THE SAME, OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, IMAGING DEVICE, AND WINDOW MATERIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound represented by the following general formula (1)
wherein in the general formula (1), R11 to R15 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an unsubstituted or a substituted alkyl group, an unsubstituted or a substituted alkoxy group, an unsubstituted or substituted aryl group, an unsubstituted or a substituted aryloxy group, an unsubstituted or a substituted aralkyl group, an acyl group, or a halogen atom, provided that at least one of R11, R13, and R15 represents the unsubstituted or the substituted alkoxy group or the unsubstituted or the substituted aryloxy group; and R11 to R15 may form a ring structure by bonding therebetween,
R5 and R6 each independently represent an unsubstituted or a substituted alkyl group, an unsubstituted or a substituted aryl group, or an unsubstituted or a substituted aralkyl group, and
R21 to R24 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an unsubstituted or a substituted alkyl group, an unsubstituted or a substituted alkoxy group, an unsubstituted or a substituted aryl group, an unsubstituted or a substituted aryloxy group, an unsubstituted or a substituted aralkyl group, an acyl group, or a halogen atom and may form a ring structure by bonding therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,209,102

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS, MACHINE TOOL APPARATUS, AND EXPOSURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detection apparatus comprising:a scale including a reference position grating configured to change a pattern period along a first direction;
a detector including a light source configured to emit a divergent light beam, a detection grating configured to change a pattern period in the first direction, and a light receiver including a plurality of light receiving elements arrayed along the first direction; and
a signal processor configured to process a signal output from the detector, wherein:
the scale and the detector are relatively movable in the first direction,
the signal processor acquires a relative reference position between the scale and the detector by using a light intensity distribution of the divergent light beam obtained via the reference position grating and the detection grating,
the detection grating has a first spatial frequency that is offset by a predetermined frequency offset amount with respect to a local spatial frequency of an interference image from the reference position grating,
the detection grating is provided in an optical path between the scale and the light receiver, and
the light receiver detects a component of a second spatial frequency that is lower than the first spatial frequency in the light intensity distribution transmitting through the detection grating.

US Pat. No. 10,205,842

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM IN WHICH AN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS SENDS UPDATED SETTING INFORMATION TO A CONNECTED DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information system including an information processing apparatus and a device,the information processing apparatus comprising:
a first memory storing instructions; and
a first processor that executes the instructions stored in the first memory to cause the information processing apparatus to:
hold setting data used by a device connected to the information processing apparatus in a first database of the information processing apparatus;
control backup of the setting data held in the first database;
control execution of restoring the setting data backed up to the first database;
receive a request for acquiring setting data in the database from the device after the execution of the restoring, wherein the request includes time information;
when the time information included in the received request is not between the backup and the execution of restoring, send, to the device, update information indicating setting data corresponding to data updated in the first database since the time information included in the received request; and
when the time information included in the received request is between the backup and the execution of restoring, notify the device of a predetermined notification for causing the device to acquire setting data held in the first database after the execution of restoring; and
the device comprising:
a second memory storing instructions; and
a second processor that executes the instructions stored in the second memory to cause the information processing apparatus to:
hold setting data in a second database of the device;
send the request to the information processing apparatus, and
update the second database using the received update information.

US Pat. No. 10,205,848

PRINTING APPARATUS SERVING AS AN ACCESS POINT BASED ON AUTHENTICATION INFORMATION FOR A WIRELESS CONNECTION, PRINTING SYSTEM INCLUDING THE PRINTING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

19. A control method by a printing apparatus serving as a first access point based on inherent authentication information for a wireless LAN connection and an image processing apparatus in which the inherent authentication information is stored, the control method comprising:connecting to make a wireless LAN connection between the printing apparatus and the image processing apparatus in at least either one of:
a first connection mode for making a wireless LAN connection to the image processing apparatus while the printing apparatus serves as the first access point; and
a second connection mode for making a wireless LAN connection to the image processing apparatus via a second access point provided by an apparatus other than the printing apparatus and the image processing apparatus; and
controlling, in a case of making a connection in the first connection mode, a first function provided by the printing apparatus to be enabled and a second function which is enabled in the second connection mode to be disabled,
wherein the first function includes a function which receives a first print job from a first image processing apparatus connected in the first connection mode, and the second function includes a function which receives a second print job from a second image processing apparatus which is not connected in the first connection mode, and
wherein, by the controlling, the first print job is executed and the second print job is not executed in a case where a connection is made in the first connection mode, based on information received from the first image processing apparatus as a result of the connection made in the first connection mode.

US Pat. No. 10,205,857

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE WITH LAND LAYOUT THAT ENABLES RELIABLE SOLDERING, AND MOUNTING BOARD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup device that outputs an image signal corresponding to an optical image, comprising:signal terminals configured to be placed on one surface of the image pick device and soldered to a mounting board on which the image pickup device is to be mounted;
reinforcing terminals configured to be provided on the one surface, on which the signal terminal is placed, and reinforce the image pickup device; and
a holding fixing unit configured to hold the image pickup device,
wherein when the image pickup device is mounted on the mounting board, the reinforcing terminals are located between the signal terminals and the holding fixing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,203,619

TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:a binder resin containing an ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer;
a polysiloxane derivative A represented by formula 1

where R1 to R10 represent a methyl group, and l, m and n each independently represent an integer of at least 1; and
a polysiloxane derivative B represented by formula 2

where at least one of R11 to R20 is a C4-30 alkyl group, a C4-30 alkoxy group, an acrylic group, an amino group, a methacrylic group or a carboxyl group, the remaining groups among R11 to R20 each independently represent a methyl group or a phenyl group, and p, q and r each independently represent an integer of at least 1, wherein
a content of the polysiloxane derivative A is 5 to 30 parts by mass relative to 100 parts by mass of the binder resin, and
a content of the ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer in the binder resin is 50 to 100 mass %.

US Pat. No. 10,203,654

CARTRIDGE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge attachable to and detachable from an image forming apparatus main body, the cartridge comprising:a cartridge frame;
an image bearing member rotatably provided to the cartridge frame;
an end sealing configured to seal a gap between an end portion of the image bearing member in a rotational axis direction of the image bearing member and the cartridge frame, the end sealing having a fixed surface fixed to the cartridge frame, a contact surface which is opposite to the fixed surface and contacts the end portion of the image bearing member, and a side surface lateral to the fixed surface;
a cleaning unit extending in the rotational axis direction, configured to clean the image bearing member;
a sheet extending in the rotational axis direction, configured to abut on the image bearing member at one end of the sheet in a crossing direction that crosses the rotational axis direction; and
a resin member including (i) a fixing part positioned between the sheet and the cartridge frame, configured to fix the other end of the sheet to the cartridge frame and (ii) a sealing part which includes a first portion configured to seal a gap between a longitudinal end portion of the cleaning unit and the cartridge frame, and a second portion configured to seal a gap between the side surface of the end sealing and a surface of the cartridge frame facing the side surface of the end sealing,
wherein the resin member is integrally injection molded with the cartridge frame.

US Pat. No. 10,203,914

PRINTING APPARATUS OPERABLE IN SERVICE MODE FOR WORK PERFORMED BY SERVICE ENGINEER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus operable in a normal operation mode and a service mode for work performed by a service engineer, the printing apparatus comprising:at least one processor to perform the operations of the following units:
a receiving unit configured to receive a start instruction for starting a direct wireless communication function when the printing apparatus operates in the service mode;
a wireless communication unit configured to communicate with an external device by using the direct wireless communication function started according to the start instruction received by the receiving unit; and
a control unit configured to reactivate the printing apparatus when the printing apparatus receives a reactivation instruction from the external device connected to the printing apparatus by the direct wireless communication function,
wherein the printing apparatus reactivated by the control unit starts an operation in the service mode instead of the normal operation mode and starts the direct wireless communication function without receiving the start instruction for starting the direct wireless communication function.

US Pat. No. 10,205,506

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory including instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to:
search for other communication apparatuses each of which can execute, as a proxy of the communication apparatus, at least one of transmission processing and reception processing of a wireless signal during a period of a predetermined length which comes at a predetermined time interval;
obtain information indicating an appearance frequency of periods during which each communication apparatus among the other communication apparatuses detected by the search can transmit/receive the wireless signals; and
select, from the other communication apparatuses detected by the search, an apparatus for executing the processing as the proxy of the communication apparatus based on the obtained information.

US Pat. No. 10,203,197

RANGE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND RANGE MEASUREMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:a projector that irradiates a target object with pattern light in the form of slit light;
a camera that images the target object;
a memory storing a program; and
a processor that executes the program stored in the memory to act as units comprising:
(a) an image obtaining unit configured to obtain an image, imaged by the camera, of the target object projected with the slit light;
(b) a detection unit configured to detect, from the obtained image, a region projected with the slit light;
(c) an enlarging unit configured to enlarge the projected region in the obtained image;
(d) a search unit configured to search a region, which is a region in the obtained image except for the enlarged projected region, for image features of the target object; and
(e) a derivation unit configured to derive a position and an orientation of the target object, based on (1) a result of the searching of the region in the obtained image except for the enlarged projected region for image features of the target object and (2) a model of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,200,944

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RESTRICTING COMMUNICATION OF AN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS USING ENCRYPTION STRENGTH OF A RELAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. An information processing method of controlling an information processing apparatus including a display configured to display a plurality of communication relay apparatuses so as to be selectable, the information processing method comprising:perform a setting that prohibits use of an encryption method for communication that does not have a predetermined encryption strength such that the setting is active or inactive;
obtaining information regarding an encryption strength of an encryption method of a communication supported by a communication relay apparatus;
determining whether the obtained information of the encryption method of a communication relay apparatus indicates that an encryption strength of the encryption method satisfies the predetermined encryption strength; and
controlling, in a case where the setting is set as active, display based on determining whether the obtained information of the encryption method of a communication relay apparatus includes the set predetermined encryption strength,
wherein, in a case where the setting is active, displaying a communication relay apparatus that adopts the encryption method for communication that does not have the predetermined encryption strength so as not to be allowed to be selected for establishing communication, and, in a case where the setting is inactive, displaying a communication relay apparatus so as to be allowed to be selected for establishing communication, regardless of an encryption method for communication adopted by the communication relay apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,198,149

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a document editing application configured to retain, as a mode, a combination of commands including at least one of a command used in executing a document operation on a document and a command used in executing a print operation on the document, the information processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
provide an edit screen for editing a command associated with the mode;
determine whether a command associated with a first mode set as an editing target is editable;
display the command associated with the first mode on the edit screen in a case where it is determined that the command associated with the first mode is editable;
set a second mode, which is a default mode set in advance, as the editing target in a case where it is determined that the command associated with the first mode is not editable; and
display the command associated with the second mode on the edit screen.

US Pat. No. 10,200,721

IMAGE DATA ENCAPSULATION WITH REFERENCED DESCRIPTION INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encapsulating an encoded bitstream representing one or more still images, the method comprising:generating sub-image information comprising both of (i) one or more item IDs for identifying one or more sub-images of each of the one or more still images and (ii) location information used for identifying a portion, in the bitstream, of each of the one or more sub-images identified by the one or more item IDs;
generating sub-image description information comprising display parameters relating to the one or more sub-images;
generating reference information for associating the one or more item IDs with a display parameter in the sub-image description information; and
outputting the bitstream together with the generated information as an encapsulated data file.

US Pat. No. 10,200,558

IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus having a reading portion, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor that operates as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire first data obtained by the reading portion reading a main scanning line in a state where a light source of the reading portion is turned on in a first light quantity, and second data obtained by the reading portion reading the main scanning line in a state where the light source of the reading portion is turned on in a second light quantity smaller than the first light quantity or in a state where the light source of the reading portion is turned off;
a generation unit configured to generate difference data based on a difference of the first data and the second data; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether a mark arranged at a position corresponding to a home position of the reading portion has been detected on the main scanning position based on the difference data,
wherein the determination unit determines whether or not a pixel corresponding to a determination point indicating a predetermined position in a main scanning direction is a black pixel based on the difference data, and determines whether or not a pixel corresponding to a determination point different from the determination point is a white pixel based on the difference data, and
wherein the determination unit determines that, in a case of determining that a pixel corresponding to a determination point indicating the predetermined position is a black pixel and a pixel corresponding to a determination point different from the determination point is a white pixel, the mark has been detected on the main scanning position.

US Pat. No. 10,200,584

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-capturing apparatus communicating with a client apparatus via a network, comprising:an image-capturing unit configured to capture an image of a subject;
an infrared light cut filter configured to cut off infrared light;
an insertion and removal unit configured to insert and remove the infrared light cut filter to and from an optical path of the image-capturing unit;
a reception unit configured to receive, from the client apparatus via a network, an adjustment command capable of describing values including a condition of the insertion and removal of the infrared light cut filter and a delay time for the insertion and removal of the infared light cut filter; and
a conversion unit configured to convert the values included in the adjustment command into values that can be set in the image-capturing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,197,780

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from the object side to the image side:a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a rear lens system including a plurality of lens units,
the rear lens system comprising a lens unit A having a positive refractive power, a lens unit B having a negative refractive power, and a lens unit C having a positive refractive power, the lens unit A, the lens unit B and the lens unit C being arranged in said order from the object side to the image side,
wherein the first lens unit is not moved during zooming, the lens unit A is moved during zooming, and intervals between adjacent lens units are changed during zooming,
wherein the first lens unit includes a positive lens and a negative lens, the lens unit C includes a positive lens and a negative lens, the second lens unit includes a negative lens, and the lens unit B includes a positive lens, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
60.0 50.0 1.6 0.6

US Pat. No. 10,200,620

ZOOMING CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zooming control apparatus comprising:at least one processor and a memory holding a program which makes the processor function as:
an object detection unit configured to detect an object from an image;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first information regarding a distance to the object; and
a zooming control unit configured to perform zooming control for automatically changing a zoom magnification according to at least one of second information that includes information regarding a size of the object detected by the object detection unit and the first information regarding the distance to the object acquired by the first acquisition unit,
wherein a condition for automatically changing the zoom magnification in the zooming control is changed according to a reliability of the first information.

US Pat. No. 10,194,070

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS THROUGH WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first wireless communication unit;
a second wireless communication unit with a communication speed slower than a communication speed of the first wireless communication unit;
a control unit configured to remotely control an imaging apparatus in a mode selected from among a plurality of modes including a first mode for remotely controlling the imaging apparatus via the first wireless communication unit and a second mode for remotely controlling the imaging apparatus via the second wireless communication unit;
a display unit; and
a detection unit configured to detect a touch operation performed on the display unit,
wherein the control unit controls the display unit to display an item for inputting an instruction to cause the imaging apparatus to capture an image,
wherein the control unit controls the communication apparatus to transmit an image-capturing request to the imaging apparatus in a case where a touch operation on a predetermined region corresponding to the item for inputting an instruction to cause the imaging apparatus to capture an image is detected by the detection unit,
wherein, in the first mode, the control unit controls the display unit to display the item for inputting an instruction to cause the imaging apparatus to capture an image in a first size, and
wherein, in the second mode, the control unit controls the display unit to display the item for inputting an instruction to cause the imaging apparatus to capture an image in a second size that is larger than the first size.

US Pat. No. 10,194,090

VIEW ANGLE CONTROL APPARATUS AND VIEW ANGLE CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A view angle control apparatus comprising:a view angle change unit configured to change an angle of view of an image;
a control unit configured to perform a first control where the view angle change unit changes the angle of view from a first angle of view to a second angle of view that is by a predetermined amount in a wide-angle direction with respect to the first angle of view, in accordance with a first determination, and perform second control where the view angle change unit changes the angle of view to the first angle of view, in accordance with a second determination, after the first control; and
an operating member configured to accept an operation of changing a setting related to the predetermined amount, wherein
upon an operation having been performed through the operating member between start of the first control and start of the second control, the control unit performs the second control after changing the setting related to the predetermined amount in response to the operation.

US Pat. No. 10,188,308

METHOD OF IDENTIFYING THE SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION OF AREAS IN A SENSORY AREA OF BRAIN, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of identifying a spatial distribution of areas in a sensory area of brain by obtaining brain activity information from a human body of a subject to which a sensory stimulus is applied, comprising:determining a rough spatial distribution of at least one target area in a sensory area of cerebral cortex in each of a left hemisphere and right hemisphere of the brain;
applying a sensory stimulus to the target area by showing a video to the subject;
obtaining brain activity information using a brain activity measuring machine which measures brain activity in a region that includes the target area while the sensory stimulus is being applied to the target area;
calculating a correlation value between brain activity information of the target area in the left hemisphere and brain activity information of the target area in the right hemisphere using the obtained brain activity information; and
adjusting the determined rough spatial distribution of the target area to an adjusted spatial distribution of the target area in each of the left and right hemispheres so that the correlation value between brain activity information of respective target areas of an identical type in the adjusted spatial distribution in the left and right hemispheres increases.

US Pat. No. 10,191,394

DISTORTION DETECTION METHOD, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for obtaining a plurality of types of distortion components relating to a shot region of a substrate, implemented by a control unit included in an exposure apparatus configured to expose the substrate with light, the method comprising:obtaining, by the control unit, a first formula that expresses a shape of a substrate based on information about a warping shape of the substrate in a state where the substrate is not yet held by a chuck configured to hold the substrate and included in the exposure apparatus;
converting, by the control unit, the first formula into a second formula that expresses positional deviation amounts at a plurality of positions on a surface of the substrate held by the chuck;
calculating, by the control unit, the positional deviation amounts by using the second formula; and
obtaining, by the control unit, a plurality of types of distortion components relating to a shot region of the substrate, held by the chuck, based on the calculated positional deviation amounts,
wherein the chuck is held by a moving unit configured to be movable and included in the exposure apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,191,404

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A charging member comprising:an electroconductive substrate; and
a resin layer on the electroconductive substrate,
wherein the charging member has an area on a surface of the charging member,
the area including a compound represented by the following formula (1):

in the formula (1), R1 and R2 each represent a linear or branched alkyl group having carbon atoms of 3 or more and 16 or less, wherein the area being formed by applying an emulsion containing the compound to a surface of the resin layer, and wherein the compound is contained in the emulsion with a concentration of 30% by mass or more and 50% by mass or less based on the total mass of the emulsion.

US Pat. No. 10,191,406

ROTATABLE MEMBER AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE ROTATABLE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A rotatable member for use with a rotatable driving member provided in a process cartridge or an electrophotographic image forming apparatus, said rotatable member comprising:a hollow cylindrical rotation shaft engageable with the rotatable driving member,
wherein said rotation shaft includes a seam extending from one end to the other end thereof in an axial direction thereof,
wherein said rotation shaft includes a transmitting surface engaging with the driving member and configured to receive a driving force for rotating said rotation shaft about the axial direction, and
wherein said transmitting surface is twisted or inclined with respect to the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,191,409

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONTROLLED TONER DISCHARGE AMOUNT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
a developing device that develops an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member;
a toner bottle which is configured to supply the developing device with toner, and having a storage portion storing the toner and a discharge portion made of resin and discharging the toner stored in the toner storage portion, with the storage portion configured to rotate relatively to the discharge portion;
an attachment portion configured to be attached with the toner bottle;
a driving portion configured to drive the storage portion in a state that the toner bottle is attached to the attachment portion;
a controller controlling the driving portion;
a memory disposed in the toner bottle and memorizing information regarding component dimensions of a molded discharge portion of the toner bottle; and
an information reading portion that reads information regarding the component dimensions of the molded discharge portion;
wherein the controller controls the driving portion so that a discharge amount of the toner from the discharge portion becomes a specific toner amount targeted based on the information regarding the component dimensions of the molded discharge portion.

US Pat. No. 10,191,430

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image by using a developer;
a mounting unit to which a container is mounted, wherein the container is configured to contain a developer, and
wherein the container supplies the developer to the image forming unit;
a cover configured to be opened to replace the container mounted to the mounting unit, and to be closed to cover the container mounted to the mounting unit;
a detector configured to detect the container mounted to the mounting unit,
the detector being capable of detecting the container mounted to the mounting unit in a state where the cover is closed or in a state where the cover is opened;
a controller configured to determine whether a remaining amount of the developer contained in the container mounted to the mounting unit is more than a predetermined amount; and
a display unit configured to:
display, in a case where the container in which the remaining amount of developer is more than the predetermined amount is removed from the mounting unit, a first screen to prompt re-mounting of the removed container,
display a second screen different from the first screen in a case where the cover is closed without detecting the container by the detector after the first screen is displayed, and
display a third screen different from the second screen after the second screen is displayed in a case where the container is not mounted to the mounting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,191,436

PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM UNIT, ASSEMBLING METHOD THEREFOR, AND DISASSEMBLING METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photosensitive drum unit comprising:a photosensitive drum having a cylinder provided with a photosensitive portion at a peripheral surface thereof;
a rotational force receiving member for receiving a rotational force for rotating the photosensitive drum, the rotational force receiving member including a rotational force receiving portion for receiving the rotational force at one end portion side thereof and a portion-to-be-engaged at another end portion side thereof;
a spherical member including a spherical portion, a projected portion projected from the spherical portion, and an engaging portion for engaging with the portion-to-be-engaged;
a drum flange provided at one end portion of the cylinder and accommodating the spherical member, the drum flange including (i) a hole portion capable of accommodating the spherical portion and having an opening that opens outwardly in the longitudinal direction of the cylinder, (ii) a groove portion that continues from the hole portion and is capable of accommodating the projected portion for receiving the rotational force from the projected portion, and (iii) a limiting portion for limiting inward movement of the spherical portion in the longitudinal direction of the cylinder; and
a closing member capable of partially covering the opening of the hole portion and capable of being mounted to the drum flange to limit outward movement of the spherical portion in the longitudinal direction of the cylinder,
wherein one of the engaging portion and the portion-to-be-engaged includes a male screw portion and the other of the engaging portion and the portion-to-be-engaged includes a female screw portion.

US Pat. No. 10,185,119

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS WITH REFLECTION MIRROR MOUNTED BY LEAF SPRINGS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THEROF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a deflecting unit configured to deflect the light beam so that a photosensitive member is scanned with the light beam emitted from said light source;
a reflection mirror configured to guide the light beam, onto the photosensitive member, deflected by said deflecting unit; and
a casing configured to accommodate said deflecting unit and said reflection mirror; and
first and second leaf springs,
wherein said casing includes a first mirror supporting portion configured to support said reflection mirror in one end side, a second mirror supporting portion configured to support said reflection mirror in the other end side with respect to a longitudinal direction of said reflection mirror, and a facing portion configured to face a side end portion of said reflection mirror in said one end side,
wherein the following relationship is satisfied:
D2 where with respect to the longitudinal direction, L is a length of said reflection mirror, D1 is a longest distance of distances between a contact portion of said first mirror supporting portion to said reflection mirror and a contact portion of said second mirror supporting portion to said reflection mirror, W is a contact width of said second mirror supporting portion to said reflection mirror, and D2 is a distance between said facing portion and a position, closest to said facing portion, of the contact portion of said first mirror supporting portion to said reflection mirror,
wherein said first leaf spring urges said reflection mirror in an elastically deformed state in said one end side so as to urge said reflection mirror against said first mirror supporting portion,
wherein said second leaf spring urges said reflection mirror in an elastically deformed state in said the other side so as to urge said reflection mirror against said second mirror supporting portion, and
wherein at least one of said first and second leaf springs is bonded to said reflection mirror with an adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,185,942

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory to store instructions; and
one or more processors to execute the instructions and cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
a count unit configured to count, as a color pixel, a pixel determined as a gray pixel in an input image without counting, as a color pixel, a pixel determined as a white pixel in the input image in a case where a predetermined setting is not received from a user and, in a case where the predetermining setting is received from the user, the count unit counts without counting as a color pixel either of a pixel determined as a gray pixel in the input image or a pixel determined as a white pixel in the input image; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether the input image is a color document based on a number of pixels counted as a color pixel by the count unit.

US Pat. No. 10,187,540

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND OPTICAL SENSOR DETECTING TARGET FORMED ON IMAGE CARRIER OR RECORDING MEDIUM USING EFFECTIVE LIGHT-RECEIVING ELEMENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a light-emitting unit configured to emit light toward an image carrier or a recording medium;
a first light-receiving unit that includes a plurality of first light-receiving elements arranged along a first direction that is a movement direction of the image carrier or the recording medium, and is arranged so as to receive light emitted from the light-emitting unit and specularly reflected off the image carrier or the recording medium;
a second light-receiving unit arranged at a different position from the first light-receiving unit in a second direction different from the first direction, and that includes a plurality of second light-receiving elements arranged along the first direction, and is arranged so as to receive light emitted from the light-emitting unit and reflected off the image carrier or the recording medium;
a selection unit configured to select whether or not each of the plurality of first light-receiving elements in the first light-receiving unit is a first effective light-receiving element and to select whether or not each of the plurality of second light-receiving elements in the second light-receiving unit is a second effective light-receiving element;
a generation unit configured to generate a first detection signal from an output of the first effective light-receiving element selected by the selection unit, and to generate a second detection signal from an output of the second effective light-receiving element selected by the selection unit; and
a detection unit configured to detect a target formed on the image carrier or the recording medium based on the first detection signal and the second detection signal.

US Pat. No. 10,187,559

FLASH BAND DETERMINATION DEVICE FOR DETECTING FLASH BAND, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A flash band determination device that determines whether or not there is a flash band caused by an external flash of light in an image obtained through image pickup by an image pickup device, comprising:at least one processor:
a memory,
wherein the at least one processor is configured to function as following units by processing data stored in the memory:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not there is a flash band which is an area having a luminance level higher than a threshold level in a plurality of images which are continuously obtained; and
a changing unit configured to change the threshold level with respect to a current image picked up with an exposure condition which is different from an exposure condition used in picking up a preceding image;
wherein when it is determined by said determination unit that the flash band is present in the preceding image, and also image pickup has been performed with respect to the current image with the exposure condition different from the exposure condition used in picking up the preceding image, said changing unit changes the threshold level.

US Pat. No. 10,187,561

ACCESSORY APPARATUS, IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:an image processor configured to function as a motion vector detector configured to detect a motion vector in a first time period;
a computer configured to function as:
(i) a calculator configured to set, depending on the first time period, an angular velocity detection time period in which a first angular velocity is detected by an angular velocity detector; and
(ii) a communicator configured to:
(ii-i) transmit the angular velocity detection time period and first ID information corresponding to the first time period in relation to each other; and
(ii-ii) receive the first angular velocity detected in the angular velocity detection time period and second ID information corresponding to the first angular velocity in relation to each other,
wherein the calculator is configured to calculate an angular velocity of an object, when the first ID information and the second ID information are identical to each other, by using the motion vector detected in the first time period corresponding to the first ID information and the first angular velocity corresponding to the second ID information.

US Pat. No. 10,185,528

E-MAIL COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, E-MAIL COMMUNICATION METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a printer;
a memory storing computer-executable instructions; and
a processor executing the instructions causing the image processing apparatus to;
receive a plurality of divided e-mails which are divided from an e-mail;
generate the e-mail by combining the received plurality of divided e-mails;
control the printer to print an image based on image data included in the generated email; and
send, after a completion of the printing of the image by the printer, a confirmation e-mail to an e-mail address included in header information of the generated e-mail based on an MDN (Mail Delivery Notification) request included in the header information, wherein the confirmation e-mail is not send, in a case where the printing of the image has not yet been completed by the printer.

US Pat. No. 10,186,068

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR RENDERING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of rendering an image, the method comprising:assigning a multi-threaded rendering unit to render a region of the image using a plurality of threads, the plurality of threads comprising at least a first thread and a second thread;
for a first thread rendering a pixel on a scan line of the region, determining using an identifier of the first thread, an index of a start pixel on said scan line rendered by the second thread;
rendering the pixel by the first thread using a position of the pixel determined based on the index of the start pixel and the identifier of the first thread; and
rendering the image by combining rendered pixels of the region based on positions of the rendered pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,180,655

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR STABLY DETACHING A DEVELOPING UNIT ON AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a supporting member configured to support a developing unit including a developing roller and be movable between a first position where the developing roller can attach toner to a photosensitive member, and a second position where the developing roller is separate from the photosensitive member so that the developing roller does not attach toner to the photosensitive member;
an opening/closing member configured to open and close an opening through which the developing unit passes when the developing unit is attached to or detached from the supporting member; and
a restriction member configured to restrict a movement of the supporting member from a third position different from the first and second positions,
wherein in case where the opening/closing member is opened when the supporting member is at the first position, the restriction member presses the supporting member to move to the third position, and in case where the opening/closing member is opened when the supporting member is at the second position, the restriction member presses the supporting member to move to the third position.

US Pat. No. 10,182,192

IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A monitoring camera comprising:an image sensor configured to pick up an image;
a reception interface configured to receive, from a client apparatus, an acquisition request to acquire superimposing options available in the monitoring camera, wherein each of the superimposing options includes a parameter for superimposing a content on the image picked-up by the image sensor; and
a transmission interface configured to transmit superimposing options,
wherein, in a case where the acquisition request is received by the reception interface, the transmission interface is configured to transmit superimposing options available in the monitoring camera.

US Pat. No. 10,182,199

IMAGING DEVICE AND REPRODUCING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a pixel array including having a pixel including a photoelectric conversion unit, a first charge holding unit, and a second charge holding unit, wherein the first and second charge holding units hold signal charges generated in the photoelectric conversion unit;
a readout unit that reads out a first image signal that is based on signal charges which are generated in the photoelectric conversion unit during a first accumulation period and held in the first charge holding unit and a second image signal that is based on signal charges which are generated in the photoelectric conversion unit during a plurality of second accumulation periods and held in the second charge holding unit;
a scanning unit that drives the pixel such that an intermediate time of the first accumulation period matches an intermediate time of the plurality of second accumulation periods; and
a generating unit that generates images by using the first image signal and the second image signal whose accumulation periods have the matched intermediate time.

US Pat. No. 10,175,626

FEEDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding device comprising:a first plate on which a recording material is placed;
a second plate located above the first plate in a vertical direction;
an uplift unit configured to uplift a recording material placed on the first plate;
a detection unit configured to detect the recording material uplifted by the uplift unit arriving at a feeding position,
wherein a recording material fed from the second plate is detected by the detection unit when the recording material fed from the second plate passes the detection unit while the recording material placed on the first plate is not in the feeding position; and
a control unit configured to cause a first recording material and a second recording material to be sequentially fed from the second plate, and to cause the uplift unit to uplift the recording material placed on the first plate in an interval time from when a trailing edge of the first recording material passes the detection unit to when a leading edge of the second recording material arrives at the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,175,634

CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A container, used in an image forming apparatus having a detecting portion, in which discharged toner is collected, the container comprising:an intake portion for discharged toner to enter the container;
a collecting portion in which the toner entering via the intake portion accumulates;
a conveying member configured to convey the toner in the collecting portion in a direction away from the intake portion;
a movable member movable in accordance with accumulated toner in the collecting portion and configured to cause the detecting portion to detect movement of the movable member, the movable member having a guiding portion; and
a closing portion configured to make a closed condition with the movable member when the movable member is moving to a detecting position where the detecting portion detects the movement of the movable member,
wherein an opening is formed by the movable member and the closing portion, the opening releasing toner guided by the guiding portion when further toner is accumulated after the detecting portion detects the movement of the movable member.

US Pat. No. 10,177,695

MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor control apparatus comprising:a motor including a rotor;
a current detection unit configured to detect a current flowing through the motor;
a position estimation unit configured to estimate a position of the rotor based on the current detected by the current detection unit; and
a driving voltage generation unit configured to generate a voltage applied to the motor based on the position of the rotor estimated by the position estimation unit, wherein
the position estimation unit includes:
a counter electromotive voltage estimation unit configured to estimate a counter electromotive voltage generated in the motor based on the voltage generated by the driving voltage generation unit and the current detected by the current detection unit; and
an arc tangent calculation unit configured to calculate an angle of deviation by performing an arc tangent calculation using coordinate data on a two-dimensional plane based on the counter electromotive voltage estimated by the counter electromotive voltage estimation unit, and
the arc tangent calculation unit includes:
a fundamental-wave rotation calculation unit configured to repeatedly perform a rotation calculation of coordinate data on a fundamental wave by gradually decreasing a rotation angle;
a harmonic rotation calculation unit configured to repeatedly perform a rotation calculation of coordinate data on at least one harmonic by gradually decreasing the rotation angle;
a rotation direction judgment unit configured to judge a rotation direction of a subsequent rotation calculation by the fundamental-wave rotation calculation unit and the harmonic rotation calculation unit based on a result of the rotation calculation by the fundamental-wave rotation calculation unit and a result of the rotation calculation by the harmonic rotation calculation unit; and
a deviation angle calculation unit configured to calculate, as an angle of deviation of the fundamental wave, a total of rotation angles obtained as a result of the rotation calculation by the fundamental-wave rotation calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,177,190

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup device comprising:a photoelectric conversion portion including a first semiconductor region and configured to generate a charge in accordance with incident light, the first semiconductor region being of a first conductivity type;
a charge holding portion including a second semiconductor region configured to hold the charge generated by the photoelectric conversion portion and provided in a semiconductor substrate, the second semiconductor region being of the first conductivity type;
a floating diffusion region of the first conductivity type provided in the semiconductor substrate;
a first transfer gate electrode provided on a region between the first semiconductor region and the second semiconductor region;
a second transfer gate electrode provided on a region between the second semiconductor region and the floating diffusion region; and
a third semiconductor region provided under the second semiconductor region and in the semiconductor substrate, the third semiconductor region being of a second conductivity type;
a fourth semiconductor region provided under the first semiconductor region, the fourth semiconductor region being of the second conductivity type,
wherein
in a cross section of a pixel including the second semiconductor region, the third semiconductor region and the second transfer gate electrode, an impurity concentration at a first point within the third semiconductor region and on a first line oriented toward a depth direction of the semiconductor substrate and passing through the second semiconductor region is higher than an impurity concentration at a second point on a second line oriented toward the depth direction and passing through the second transfer gate electrode,
the second point on the second line is at a same depth as the first point on the first line, and
the third semiconductor region and the fourth semiconductor region are included in a continuous semiconductor region of the second conductivity type.

US Pat. No. 10,178,271

FACSIMILE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF FACSIMILE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A facsimile apparatus which is able to connect with an external telephone, the facsimile apparatus comprising:a line capture configured to capture a telephone line;
a detector configured to detect a voltage of the telephone line; and
at least one processor configured to cause the facsimile apparatus to perform operations including:
setting a first value based on the first voltage detected by the detector when the telephone line is not captured by the line capture,
setting a second value based on second voltage detected by the detector when the telephone line is captured by the line capture, and
setting a threshold for detecting picking up of a telephone receiver,
wherein the threshold is calculated by using the first value and the second value.

US Pat. No. 10,178,276

PRINTING APPARATUS INCLUDING NFC TAG, METHOD RELATED THERETO, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a card reader configured to read a card for user authentication;
a near field communication (NFC) tag;
a memory that stores instructions; and
a processor that executes the instructions to:
determine whether the card reader reads the NFC tag; and
determine, based on a result of determining whether the card reader reads the NFC tag, an operation method of the NFC tag.

US Pat. No. 10,175,971

DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, DISTRIBUTION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A distribution system comprising,a memory storing instructions; and
a processor executing the instructions causing the distribution system to:
obtain identification information and version information on each of firmware and an application that are installed in a plurality of network devices;
switch a screen displayed by a web browser between a first screen for first distribution setting pertaining to the firmware and second screens for second distribution setting pertaining to the application, based on the obtained information, wherein the first screen is not enabled to designate an operating state of the firmware after update of the firmware as the first distribution setting;
receive, through the second screens, designations of identification information on each of the network devices, the application to be distributed and an operating state of the application after distribution as the second distribution setting, wherein the operating state is one of activation, stop, and maintenance of a state before update of the application;
transmit, to each of the network devices, any of the first distribution setting designated through the displayed first screen and the second distribution setting designated through the displayed second screen;
transmit, in response to a request from each of the network devices to which the first distribution setting is transmitted, a first Uniform Resource Locator (URL) for downloading a file of firmware to be updated; and
transmit, in response to a request from each of the network devices to which the second distribution setting is transmitted, a second URL for downloading a file of application to be updated;
wherein each of the network devices to which the second distribution setting is transmitted is configured to:
(1) perform, if the designation of the operating state included in the second distribution setting is the activation, a processing of activating of the application after update of the application to be distributed to transmit an update success notification to the distribution system in response to a success of the processing of activating of the application;
(2) perform, if the designation of the operating state included in the second distribution setting is the maintenance of the state and the state before update of the application is the activation, the processing of activating the application after update of the application to be distributed to transmit an update success notification to the distribution system in response to the success of the processing of activating of the application;
(3) transmit, if the designation of the operating state included in the second distribution setting is the stop, the update success notification to the distribution system without performing the processing of activating of the application after update of the application to be distributed; and
(4) transmit, if the designation of the operating state included in the second distribution setting is the maintenance of the state and the state before update of the application is the stop, the update success notification to the distribution system without performing the processing of activating the application after update of the application to be distributed.

US Pat. No. 10,178,134

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MANAGEMENT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which has a printer engine, comprising:a network interface;
a facsimile communication unit;
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the image forming apparatus to:
manage a password for an administrator about settings corresponding to functions of the image forming apparatus;
receive a password via a web browser executed by a personal computer when an operation for the settings is performed;
provide a setting screen to the web browser by a web server of the image forming apparatus, wherein whether processing using a Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface is to be restricted, whether a facsimile function of transmitting data to an outside by the facsimile communication unit is to be restricted, and whether a predetermined function of transferring data to the outside using the network interface is to be restricted are designatable on the setting screen; and
reflect, on the image forming apparatus, at least one of setting values corresponding to restriction of the processing using the USB interface, restriction of the facsimile function, and restriction of the predetermined function according to one or more designations via the setting screen,
wherein, when the password for the administrator has been received from the web browser, the web browser is capable of designating the restriction of the processing using the USB interface, the restriction of the facsimile function, and the restriction of the predetermined function via the setting screen.

US Pat. No. 10,167,166

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus forming an image on a sheet, the apparatus comprising:an exterior member configured to open and close with respect to an apparatus main body;
a locking portion configured to lock the exterior member to the apparatus main body such that the exterior member is not moved with respect to the apparatus main body; and
a light source configured to emit light;
wherein the exterior member includes a thin portion which is made of the same material as other portions of the exterior member and is thinner than thicknesses of the other portions of the exterior member, and which allows penetration of the light from the light source so that the exterior member displays a status of the locking portion by the light penetrating at the thin portion.

US Pat. No. 10,162,290

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive transmission mechanism comprising:a first coupling rotated by a drive force from a drive source; and
a second coupling that is brought into engagement with the first coupling and that receives the drive force from the drive source through the first coupling;
wherein at least one of the first coupling and the second coupling is movable in a rotational axis direction,
wherein the first coupling includes a first drive transmission surface and a second drive transmission surface,
wherein the second coupling includes a third drive transmission surface and a fourth drive transmission surface,
wherein, when the first coupling and the second coupling are brought into engagement with each other and rotated in a forward direction, the first drive transmission surface and the third drive transmission surface are brought into contact with each other so as to be rotated in the forward direction while producing components of force in directions in which the first coupling and the second coupling are drawn to each other in the rotational axis direction,
wherein, when the first coupling and the second coupling are brought into engagement with each other and rotated in a reverse direction, the second drive transmission surface and the fourth drive transmission surface are brought into contact with each other so as to be rotated in the reverse direction without producing components of force in directions in which the first coupling and the second coupling are separated from each other in the rotational axis direction,
wherein a length in a radial direction between the first drive transmission surface and a center of rotation of the first coupling is greater than a length in the radial direction between the second drive transmission surface and the center of rotation of the first coupling, and
wherein a length in the radial direction between the third drive transmission surface and a center of rotation of the second coupling is greater than a length in the radial direction between the fourth drive transmission surface and the center of rotation of the second coupling.

US Pat. No. 10,165,145

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling an image forming apparatus including a plurality of functions and configured to display, on a first screen, buttons to be selected by a user for using the functions, the buttons respectively corresponding to the plurality of functions, the method comprising:displaying, a second screen after displaying a transition image in response to the user's selection of a button being displayed on the first screen;
wherein the transition image is an image in which the buttons including the selected button on the first screen are enlarged and included, and
wherein the transition image is displayed in such a way that the transition image overlaps the buttons on the first screen.

US Pat. No. 10,165,215

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising a plurality of pixels, each of the pixels including:a first photoelectric converter;
a first pixel memory;
a first transfer unit configured to transfer charges from the first photoelectric converter to the first pixel memory;
a second photoelectric converter;
a second pixel memory;
a second transfer unit configured to transfer charges from the second photoelectric converter to the second pixel memory;
a micro-lens that overlaps with the first and second photoelectric converters when viewed from an optical axis direction of the micro-lens; and
a switch adapted to control an electric connection state between the first pixel memory and the second pixel memory,
wherein an exposure time of the first photoelectric converter is longer than an exposure time of the second photoelectric converter,
wherein in each pixel, the micro-lens collects incident light to the first photoelectric converter and the second photoelectric converter, and
wherein in each pixel disposed in a center region, an optical axis of the micro-lens is located closer to the second photoelectric converter than to the first photoelectric converter.

US Pat. No. 10,160,612

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A reading apparatus comprising:a document placement table on which a document is placeable;
a reading unit configured to read the document placed on the document placement table;
a first conveying unit configured to load a plurality of documents and to convey the loaded documents individually toward the reading unit, the first conveying unit being capable of moving to a first position located above the document placement table and a second position rotated from the first position; and
a second conveying unit configured to be capable of moving to a third position and a fourth position rotated from the third position, the third position being a position to which a conveyed document from the first conveying unit in the first position is conveyed,
wherein when the first conveying unit is in the second position, the conveyed document from the first conveying unit is conveyed to the reading unit without passing through the second conveying unit.

US Pat. No. 10,154,221

IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, MOBILE APPARATUS, AND DRIVE METHOD OF IMAGING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels each of which outputs at least one of an imaging signal and a ranging signal,
wherein the imaging device performs
a first readout operation that reads out the imaging signal from a first pixel group of the plurality of pixels, and
a second readout operation that, after the first readout operation and before a readout operation for next acquiring the imaging signal is performed, reads out the ranging signal from a second pixel group of the plurality of pixels, wherein,
in the first readout operation, the imaging signal is not read out from a third pixel group of the plurality of pixels,
in a period from a reset of the first pixel group to a next reset of the first pixel group, the third pixel group is reset, and
the second pixel group is selected from the third pixel group based on the imaging signal read out by the first readout operation.

US Pat. No. 10,154,237

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor and containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
performing transformation processing, the transformation processing including keystone correction or curved surface transformation;
identifying transformation information related to amounts of transformation respectively between a first plurality of coordinates on a transformed image obtained by performing the transformation processing on an input image and a second plurality of coordinates on the input image corresponding to the first plurality of coordinates;
determining, based on the identified transformation information, a smoothing parameter related to an intensity of smoothing processing for reducing high-frequency components of an image for each region of the transformed image;
performing the smoothing processing on an image based on the input image, based on the determined smoothing parameter for each region; and
outputting an output image obtained by performing the transformation processing on the image based on the input image after having been smoothened through the smoothing processing.

US Pat. No. 10,154,262

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD USING IMPROVED PREDICTIVE ENCODING TECHNIQUES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an acquiring unit configured to acquire an encoding target block having a plurality of groups each including a predetermined number of pixels;
a deciding unit configured to decide for each group a quantization parameter used to quantize image data of the group and an encoding scheme so that a code length of the encoding target block does not exceed a predetermined value,
wherein the deciding unit selects, as the encoding scheme of a respective group, either a first encoding scheme that outputs quantized image data or a second encoding scheme that outputs encoded data of a differential between quantized image data and prediction data;
an encoding unit configured to generate encoded data by encoding image data of the encoding target block in accordance with the quantization parameters and the encoding schemes decided for the respective groups by the deciding unit; and
a multiplexing unit configured to generate stream data by multiplexing encoded data of the encoding target block outputted from the encoding unit and header information including first information for identifying an encoding mode,
wherein the deciding unit assigns, as the quantization parameter of the respective group, either a first quantization parameter or a second quantization parameter corresponding to a quantization step smaller than a quantization step corresponding to the first quantization parameter, out of the plurality of quantization parameters,
wherein the deciding unit selects as the encoding mode of the encoding target block either a first mode that compares, for each group, a code length obtained from encoding according to the first encoding scheme with a code length obtained from encoding according to the second encoding scheme and selects, for each group, whichever of the first encoding scheme and the second encoding scheme can obtain a smaller code length, or a second mode that selects the second encoding scheme as the encoding scheme of all groups of the encoding target block, and decides the quantization parameters and the encoding schemes of the plurality of groups of the encoding target block in accordance with the selected encoding mode,
wherein the multiplexing unit multiplexes the header information which includes second information for identifying the encoding scheme of each of the plurality of groups of the encoding target block if the deciding unit selects the first mode, and multiplexes the header information which does not include the second information if the deciding unit selects the second mode, and
wherein the deciding unit in the first mode decides the quantization parameters and the encoding schemes of the groups so that the code length of the encoding target block does not exceed a first value, and in the second mode decides the quantization parameters and the encoding schemes of the groups so that the code length of the encoding target block does not exceed a second value larger than the first value.

US Pat. No. 10,151,990

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle including:a toner base particle containing a binder resin, the binder resin being a vinyl resin, a polyester resin, or a hybrid resin provided by their bonding; and
a covering layer on the surface of the toner base particle, said covering layer containing a resin A, wherein
resin A is a polyolefinic thermoplastic elastomer having a hydrophilic group, and is present at the surface of the toner particle,
the modulus of elasticity Ea of the resin A and the modulus of elasticity Eb of the binder resin satisfy 0.5?(Ea/Eb)×100[%]?50.0, and
the adhesion force AT of the toner particle is at least 500 nN when a probe having spherical SiO2 attached at the tip of a cantilever is pressed into the toner particle at 3 ?N.

US Pat. No. 10,152,020

CARTRIDGE AND DRUM UNIT FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:a frame;
a rotatable carrying member for carrying developer;
a rotatable member rotatably supported by the frame;
a coupling member rotatable about a rotational axis thereof and movable between a first position in which the rotational axis of the coupling member is coaxial with the axis of the rotatable member and a second position in which the rotational axis of the coupling member is inclined relative to the rotational axis of the rotatable member; and
an urging member urging the coupling member toward the second position;
wherein the frame includes a retracted portion for permitting the inclination of the coupling member in a direction urged by the urging member at an inclination angle larger than an inclination angle of the coupling member in a direction other than the urged direction.

US Pat. No. 10,147,720

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, LIQUID-DISCHARGE HEAD SUBSTRATE, LIQUID-DISCHARGE HEAD, AND LIQUID-DISCHARGE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a transistor connected to a terminal having a first potential;
an anti-fuse element connected between the transistor and a terminal having a second potential different from the first potential; and
a resistor element connected in parallel with the anti-fuse element between the transistor and the terminal having the second potential,
wherein an electric path between the transistor and the anti-fuse element has a length smaller than a length of an electric path between the transistor and the resistor element.

US Pat. No. 10,143,381

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a light source;
a receiver configured to receive a photoacoustic wave generated from an object by irradiation of the object with light emitted from the light source;
a memory; and
a processor configured to acquire image data,
wherein the light source is configured to emit light at a plurality of timings,
the receiver is configured to output a plurality of signals corresponding to the plurality of timings by receiving the photoacoustic wave generated at the plurality of timings,
the memory is configured to store the plurality of signals, and
the processor is configured to:
acquire a plurality of photoacoustic image data corresponding to the plurality of timings by using the plurality of signals read out from the memory,
determine, by using the plurality of photoacoustic image data, a plurality of projection positions corresponding to the plurality of timings, and
reconstruct and acquire a photoacoustic image, based on an angle between the receiver and the plurality of projection positions, using the plurality of signals read out from the memory and the following:

where p0(r) is an initial sound pressure distribution, r0 is a position of the receiver, r is a projection position, t is a time, ? is the angle between the receiver and a projection position, dS0 is an area of a reception surface of the receiver, and b(r0, t) is a projection data term extracted using t with respect to a projection position according to one of the following:

US Pat. No. 10,144,230

CARRIAGE ASSEMBLY AND HEAD POSITION ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A carriage apparatus having a guide shaft, a support rail, and a carriage assembly movable along the guide shaft and the support rail, the carriage assembly comprising:a first structure which includes a first sliding face that contacts the guide shaft, and on which a head is to be mounted; and
a second structure which includes a second sliding face that contacts the guide shaft and a slider that contacts the support rail, the second structure holds the first structure to allow positional adjustment of the first structure relative to the second structure so as to change a height of the head,
wherein a portion of the first sliding face that contacts the guide shaft is shifted by performing the positional adjustment, and
wherein a portion of the second sliding face that contacts the guide shaft and a portion of the slider that contacts the supporting rail remain fixed when performing the positional adjustment.

US Pat. No. 10,142,545

IMAGE STABILIZING APPARATUS, ITS CONTROL METHOD, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilizing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or snore processors, cause the image stabilizing apparatus to function as:
a detecting unit configured to detect a motion vector in each of a plurality of areas made by dividing a motion vector detecting frame set in each of a plurality of images sequentially output from an imaging unit; and
a control unit configured to determine a motion vector of an object in the detected motion vector and to perform an image stabilization control based on the motion vector of the object,
wherein the control unit determines a size of the object based on the motion vector of the object,
wherein the control unit does not change the motion vector detecting frame when determining that the object is larger than a predetermined size, and
wherein the control unit changes the motion vector detecting frame when determining that the object is smaller than the predetermined size.

US Pat. No. 10,135,690

NODE DISCOVERY IN A COMMUNICATION NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of node discovery in a self-organizing network, the method comprising the following steps:performing a first discovery process for discovering spatial topology of a first group of nodes, the first group of nodes comprising at least a first node and a second node of the network, using at least one first wireless communication parameter comprising at least one antenna parameter,
evaluating the discovered spatial topology of the first group of nodes,
adapting said at least one first wireless communication parameter based on the evaluated spatial topology, thereby obtaining at least one second wireless communication parameter coordinated with wireless communication parameters of nodes of the first group of nodes, the at least one second wireless communication parameter comprising at least one antenna parameter; and
performing a second discovery process for discovering spatial topology of at least a third node of the network, not belonging to the first group of nodes, using said at least one second wireless communication parameter; and
wherein said adaptation step is performed in view of performing said second discovery process according to a respective discovery direction corresponding to a subdivision of a node discovery space.

US Pat. No. 10,136,001

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a conveying unit that conveys a document;
a reading unit that reads both a first side and a second side of the document conveyed by the conveying unit, and generates image data of the first side and image data of the second side;
a first storage unit configured to store image data of the first side read by the reading unit and image data of the second side read by the reading unit;
a second storage unit configured to store image data of the first side transferred from the first storage unit and image data of the second side transferred from the first storage unit; and
a determining unit configured to determine whether the second side is a blank page based on image data of the second side read by the reading unit,
wherein, in a case where the determining unit determines that the second side is not a blank page, the second storage unit stores image data of the second side transferred from the first storage unit, and
wherein, in a case where the determining unit determines that the second side is a blank page, the second storage unit does not store image data of the second side.

US Pat. No. 10,123,692

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:a movable unit including an examination unit and a manual operation member and configured to be movable with respect to a fixing unit in a horizontal direction;
a drive unit that transmits electric drive force for horizontal movement of the movable unit; and
a drive force transmit switching unit that switches whether or not to execute transmission of the electric drive force from the drive unit to the movable unit,
wherein the movable unit moves by the electric drive force from the drive unit and the drive force transmit switching unit when the transmission of the electric drive force is executed, and the movable unit moves with the drive unit and the drive force transmit switching unit, by a manual drive force provided through the manual operation member when the transmission of the electric drive force is not executed, and
wherein the movable unit is arranged by sharing a slide mechanism in a manual alignment of the examination unit for an eye to be inspected, the manual alignment being executed by using the manual operation member by an operator, and in an automatic alignment of the examination unit for the eye to be inspected, the automatic alignment being executed based on a relative position of the examination unit with respect to the eye to be inspected.

US Pat. No. 10,127,182

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM EXECUTING APPLICATION OCCUPATION OF AN APPLICATION AND USING BIDI SCHEMA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having an operating system, the information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
a receiving operation to receive an occupation request associated with a definition file in the printer driver for an exclusive access to a peripheral device from a first application;
a determining operation to determine whether the peripheral device is occupied by another application including a second application different from the first application, in a case where the occupation request associated with the definition file is received from the first application; and
an executing operation to execute occupation processing in an occupation period based on the occupation request associated with the definition file if it is determined that the peripheral device is not occupied by the other application, so that the first application is able to execute at least one of processing for acquiring information from the peripheral device and processing for transmitting information to the peripheral device, and that the other application including the second application is not able to execute processing for acquiring information from the peripheral device and processing for transmitting information to the peripheral device,
wherein the operating system stores identification information about the occupation processing in a storage area in a case where the occupation processing is executed,
wherein in a case where identification information about an execution request to be issued by the first application for executing at least one of the processing for acquiring information from the peripheral device and the processing for transmitting information to the peripheral device coincides with the identification information stored in the storage area, processing based on the execution request issued by the first application is executed, and
wherein in a case where identification information about an execution request to be issued by the other application including the second application does not coincide with the identification information stored in the storage area, processing based on the execution request issued by the other application is not executed.

US Pat. No. 10,127,456

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CORRECTS IMAGE DISTORTION TO SET A PASSAGE DETECTION LINE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to perform:
receiving a designation of a position for setting a passage detection line, for detecting a passage of a moving object, on an omnidirectional image captured by an image capture apparatus;
generating a corrected partial region image that is obtained by performing a distortion correction that reduces a distortion, wherein the corrected partial region image includes the position designated on the omnidirectional image;
receiving an information of the passage detection line on the corrected partial region image in accordance with a designation by a user;
converting the received information of the passage detection line into information of a passage detection line on the omnidirectional image;
generating an image of the passage detection line based on the information of the passage detection line on the omnidirectional image obtained by the converting; and
superimposing the generated image of the passage detection line on the omnidirectional image.

US Pat. No. 10,120,307

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING A LOCKING MECHANISM THAT LOCKS A GUIDE MEMBER IN A FIRST POSITION AND RELEASES UPON SLIDING MOVEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus for use with an image forming apparatus, the image heating apparatus comprising:a pair of rotatable members configured to form a nip for heating an image on a recording material;
a guide member configured to guide the recording material toward the nip;
a supporting mechanism configured to rotatably support said guide member about an axis so that said guide member is movable between a first position at which said guide member guides the recording material and a second position at which said guide member blocks at least a portion of a feeding path of the recording material; and
a locking mechanism configured to lock said guide member being in the first position, wherein said locking mechanism releases locking with sliding movement of said guiding member in a direction of the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,122,871

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT EXECUTES BOTH A FIRST TYPE OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATION AND A SECOND TYPE OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a memory that stores programs; and
a processor that executes the program to:
receive either one of a first ON setting of allowing execution of proximity wireless communication and a first OFF setting of not allowing execution of the proximity wireless communication, from a user via a setting screen of the communication apparatus provided by an OS operating on the communication apparatus, as a first wireless communication setting corresponding to the proximity wireless communication;
receive either one of a second ON setting of allowing execution of wireless communication and a second OFF setting of not allowing execution of the wireless communication, from the user via a setting screen of the communication apparatus provided by the OS operating on the communication apparatus, as a second wireless communication setting corresponding to the wireless communication;
send a request for change to the OS such that the first wireless communication setting is automatically changed from the first OFF setting to the first ON setting in accordance with activation of a predetermined application in the communication apparatus; and
send a request for change to the OS such that the second wireless communication setting is automatically changed from the second OFF setting to the second ON setting in accordance with acquisition of connection information including an SSID by the proximity wireless communication,
wherein data communication with a connection destination indicated by the SSID is performed by the wireless communication.

US Pat. No. 10,120,320

SHEET TRANSPORT DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet transport device comprising:a transport rotary unit that transports a sheet in a transporting direction by rotating;
a rotary member that rotates by being pressed by the sheet transported by the transport rotary unit;
a photo-interrupter that generates a signal in accordance with rotation of the rotary member; and
an endless belt that transmits a driving force from a motor to the transport rotary unit,
wherein the rotary member includes
a shaft extending in an axial direction of the rotary member,
a contact portion that projects from the shaft and that is brought into contact with the sheet transported, and
a light-blocking portion that blocks an optical path of the photo-interrupter,
wherein the contact portion and the light-blocking portion are arranged in such a manner that the endless belt is interposed between the contact portion and the light-blocking portion in the axial direction of the rotary member, and
wherein the rotary member is arranged in such a manner that part of the shaft of the rotary member is surrounded by the endless belt.

US Pat. No. 10,120,158

VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR AND OPTICAL DEVICE USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration-type linear actuator comprising:a drive unit having an electro-mechanical energy conversion element and a vibration body including a first projection;
a driven body in pressure contact with the first projection; and
a pressurizing unit configured to apply a pressure force between the first projection and the driven body, the pressurizing unit comprising:
a pressurizing member; and
a transfer unit configured to transfer the pressure force occurring in the pressurizing member to the vibration body,
wherein the vibration body and the driven body are configured to change a relative position of the first projection and the driven body by vibration occurring in the vibration body when a drive voltage is applied to the electro-mechanical energy conversion element,
wherein the transfer unit is disposed between the electro-mechanical energy conversion element and the pressurizing member while being in contact with both of the pressurizing member and one surface of the electro-mechanical energy conversion element, the one surface being opposite to a surface on which the vibration body is arranged, and
wherein, in a direction that intersects perpendicularly with a relative moving direction of the vibration body and the driven body and that intersects perpendicularly with a pressurizing direction by the pressurizing unit, a length of an area in which the first projection is in contact with the driven body is shorter than a length of an area in which the pressurizing member is in contact with the transfer unit.

US Pat. No. 10,118,385

PRINTING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing element substrate comprising:a printing element;
a driving circuit configured to drive the printing element;
a receiver circuit configured to receive a first signal and a second signal; and
a correction circuit configured to correct a phase difference between the first signal and the second signal received by the receiver circuit, and output the corrected first and second signals to the driving circuit,
wherein the correction circuit includes
a first delay circuit configured to generate a plurality of first delayed signals having different delay times with respect to the first signal, and
a second delay circuit configured to generate a plurality of second delayed signals having different delay times with respect to the second signal,
the correction circuit specifies a phase of the corrected first signal to be output to the driving circuit, on the basis of comparison between the plurality of first delayed signals and the second signal, and
the correction circuit specifies a phase of the corrected second signal to be output to the driving circuit, on the basis of comparison between the plurality of second delayed signals and the corrected first signal having the specified phase.

US Pat. No. 10,120,723

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PROCESSING JOBS IN PLURALITY OF QUEUES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system having a plurality of queues, including a first queue, a second queue, and a third queue, to manage processing jobs, the information processing system comprising,a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, causes the information processing system to perform operations including:
inputting a first job to the first queue, wherein the first job is regularly generated in the information processing system,
determining a queue to which a second job is to be input, wherein the second job is generated upon reception of a request corresponding to an operation of a user via a screen provided to a display by the information processing system,
wherein, in a case where aggregate processing of data to be processed for the second job is not completed, determining includes determining that the second job is to be input into the second queue, wherein a job input to the second queue is processed by the information processing system prior to a job input to the first queue, and
wherein, in a case where aggregate processing of the data to be processed for the second job is completed, determining includes determining that the second job is to be input into the third queue different from the second queue,
generating, in a case where a processing of the second job obtained from the second queue or the third queue has been performed by the information processing system, a report screen according to the performed processing, and
providing the generated report screen to the display for the user,
wherein a job input to the third queue is obtained by the information processing system prior to a job input to the second queue, and
wherein an aggregate processing of data to be processed for the obtained job input to the third queue is skipped on the information processing system.

US Pat. No. 10,112,417

TRAY, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A tray conveyed in a printing apparatus while holding a print medium being printed by a print unit of the printing apparatus, the tray comprising:a conveying tray configured to be conveyed by a conveyance unit of the printing apparatus; and
an adapter tray which is held at an inside part of the conveying tray in a replaceable manner, the adapter tray including a holding portion at which the print medium is held and an ink absorption portion positioned adjacent to the holding portion.

US Pat. No. 10,114,799

METHOD FOR ARRANGING IMAGES IN ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS ON SMALL DEVICES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of displaying digital images using an image display device, the method comprising the steps of:displaying a plurality of digital images on the display device;
dragging, across an electronic document on the display device, a digital image from the plurality of displayed digital images in response to a user's designation;
making the plurality of displayed digital images partly transparent except for the dragged digital image while the digital image is dragged;
changing a display position of the dragged digital image according to a user operation; and
changing opacity properties of each of the plurality of displayed digital images other than the dragged digital image so that an opacity property of each of the plurality of displayed digital images other than the dragged digital image is restored to an opacity property possessed before the dragging commenced, the changing being performed once the dragging of the digital image across the electronic document is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,116,923

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR IMPROVING QUALITY OF IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a generator configured to generate difference information relating to a difference in a luminance value between a plurality of parallax images;
a gain distribution determiner configured to determine a gain distribution depending on a reduction rate distribution determined based on the plurality of parallax images and the difference information generated by the generator;
an intensity determiner configured to determine an intensity of an unnecessary component based on a product of the gain distribution and the difference information, the unnecessary component corresponding to a ghost or a flare; and
a reducer configured to generate an output image by reducing, using the intensity of the unnecessary component, the unnecessary component from a synthesized image obtained by synthesizing the plurality of parallax images.

US Pat. No. 10,109,807

ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An organic light-emitting element comprising:a pair of electrodes; and
an organic compound layer placed between the pair of electrodes,
wherein the organic compound layer includes an iridium complex represented by the following general formula [1] and a metal complex compound represented by the following general formula [5]:
in the formula [1]:R1 to R8 each represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a cyano group, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a substituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaromatic group;
m represents an integer of 1 to 3 and n represents an integer of 0 to 2, provided that m+n equals 3;
ring A represents a cyclic structure selected from the group consisting of a benzene ring, a naphthalene ring, a phenanthrene ring, a fluorene ring, a 9,9-spirobifluorene ring and a chrysene ring, and is covalently bonded to a benzo[f]isoquinoline skeleton and an Ir metal, and the ring A may further have a substituent;
X represents a bidentate ligand; and
a partial structure IrXn is selected from any one of structures represented by the following general formulae [2] to [4]:
in the formulae [2] to [4]:R10 to R24 each represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group, an aralkyl group, a substituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaromatic group, and when n represents 2, multiple substituents represented by any one of R10 to R24 may be identical to or different from each other;
ML2  [5]in the formula [5]:M represents a divalent metal atom selected from the group consisting of beryllium, magnesium and zinc;
L represents a bidentate ligand; and
when M represents beryllium or magnesium, a partial structure ML comprises any one of structures represented by the following general formulae [8] to [11], and when M represents zinc, the partial structure ML comprises any one of the structures represented by the following general formulae [8] to [9]:
in the formulae [8] to [11]:R30 to R57 each represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a substituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaromatic group,in the formulae [8] to [11]:a ring B comprises any one of cyclic structures represented by the following general formulae [12] to [14]; and
*1 represents a bonding position with an oxygen atom and *2 represents a bonding position with a carbon atom in a heterocyclic five-membered ring skeleton:
in the formulae [12] to [14]:R60 to R73 each represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a substituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaromatic group.

US Pat. No. 10,107,362

DRIVE TRANSMISSION MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A drive transmission mechanism according to claim 1, wherein said second gearbox includes a planetary gear train.

US Pat. No. 10,106,357

DISCHARGE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A discharge device which discharges a sheet, the discharge device comprising:a shaft which is driven to rotate by a driving force transmitted from a driving source;
a driving roller configured to convey and discharge the sheet, the driving roller being provided on the shaft and rotating with the shaft; and
a rotating member provided on the shaft and having an outer circumferential surface which contacts the sheet, the rotating member being rotatable with respect to the shaft and including a first rotating part and a second rotating part adjacent to the first rotating part with respect to a rotating direction of the rotating member, a downstream end surface of the first rotating part adjoins an upstream end surface of the second rotating part with respect to the rotating direction of the rotating member in a boundary between the first rotating part and the second rotating part, and a downstream end surface of the second rotating part adjoins an upstream end surface of the first rotating part with respect to the rotating direction of the rotating member in the boundary between the first rotating part and the second rotating part,
wherein when the rotating member is viewed in an axial direction of the shaft, a distance between a rotation center of the shaft and an outermost edge of the downstream end surface of the first rotating part is greater than a distance between the rotation center of the shaft and an outermost edge of the upstream end surface of the second rotating part, and a distance between the rotation center of the shaft and an outermost edge of the downstream end surface of the second rotating part is greater than a distance between the rotation center of the shaft and an outermost edge of the upstream end surface of the first rotating part, and
wherein when the rotating member is viewed in the axial direction of the shaft, an entirety of the outer circumferential surface of the rotating member has an outer diameter greater than an outer diameter of an outer circumferential surface of the driving roller, and the outer circumferential surface of the rotating member, except for the vicinity of the boundary, does not have a protruding portion or a recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,110,766

METHOD OF CONTROLLING A PRINTING APPARATUS THAT SCRAMBLES IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION OF AN AUTHENTICATED USER AND CAUSES A PRINTER TO PRINT CHARACTERS OBTAINED BY SCRAMBLING THE IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION, AND RELATED PRINTING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY C

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling an image forming apparatus having a scanner that scans a document to obtain an image of the document as the image and a printer that prints an image on a sheet, the method comprising:performing an authentication processing for authenticating a user that uses the image forming apparatus;
causing the scanner to scan a document in accordance with a copy instruction by the user authenticated as the user that uses the image forming apparatus;
obtaining a month, day, and time on which the image obtained by scanning the document with the scanner is printed by the printer;
scrambling identification information of the authenticated user using at least one of the obtained month, day, and time; and
causing the printer to print, on a sheet, (i) the image obtained by scanning the document with the scanner, (ii) one or more characters obtained by scrambling the identification information, and (iii) the obtained month, day, and time.

US Pat. No. 10,110,770

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR SELECTIVELY STORING PRINT DATA AND DISPLAYING ALERTS TO A USER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of communicating with an external device, the image forming apparatus using a display device that displays a screen and using a storage that stores data, the image forming apparatus comprising:a controller having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having a circuitry, the controller being configured to:
acquire first print data, which is subjected to be stored so as to be printed according to a print instruction, from the external device;
determine whether the first print data is stored;
in a case where the first print data is determined to be stored, cause the storage to store the first print data to make it possible to issue the print instruction;
in a case where the first print data is determined not to be stored, register first information regarding the first print data that has not been stored in association with user information acquired from the first print data without causing the storage to store the first print data;
acquire second print data from the external device; and
based on a predetermined condition, after the second print data is registered, delete the second print data stored in the storage without a user instruction and register second information regarding the second print data that has been deleted in association with user information acquired from the second print data,
wherein the controller, on a basis that a user associated with the first information is currently in a login state, causes the display device to display a first notification message which indicates the first print data has not been stored,
wherein the controller, on a basis that a user associated with the second information is currently in a login state, causes the display device to display a second notification message which indicates the second print data has been deleted, and
wherein the controller, on a basis that a user associated with not only the second information but also the first information is currently in a login state, causes the display device to display not the second notification message but the first notification message.

US Pat. No. 10,110,776

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. An image reading method to be executed by an image reading apparatus,the image reading apparatus comprising:
an original tray on which an original is to be placed;
a reader configured to read an image of the original;
a conveyor configured to convey the original from the original tray to a reading position used by the reader; and
a skew corrector provided on a path for conveying the original and configured to mechanically correct skew of the original at a time of conveyance of the original,
the image reading method comprising:
acquiring a skew amount of the original at the time of the conveyance of the original based on an original image read by the reader;
stopping the conveyance of the original using the conveyor in a case where an absolute value of the skew amount based on the original image read by the reader without conducting correction of the skew using the skew corrector is larger than a predetermined first threshold value;
causing the skew corrector to correct skew of a succeeding original and correcting a tilt of the original image by conducting image processing on the original image read by the reader in a case where the absolute value of the skew amount based on the original image read by the reader without conducting the correction of the skew using the skew corrector is smaller than the predetermined first threshold value and larger than a second threshold value that is smaller than the predetermined first threshold value; and
correcting the tilt of the original image by conducting the image processing on the original image read by the reader in a case where the absolute value of the skew amount based on the original image read by the reader without conducting the correction of the skew using the skew corrector is smaller than the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,111,051

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of the stored instructions, performs the functions of:
a control unit configured to create a wireless network;
an assignment unit configured to assign, by using a DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol), an IP (Internet Protocol) address necessary for performing communication in the wireless network created by the control unit to another communication apparatus which has joined the wireless network; and
a search unit configured to transmit a search message for searching for an apparatus having a specific service function in the wireless network,
wherein, the search unit does not transmit the search message until the assignment unit transmits a DHCP ACK (Acknowledgment) message to said another communication apparatus in response to an assignment of the IP address to said another communication apparatus, and the search unit transmits the search message after the assignment unit transmits the DHCP ACK message to said another communication apparatus in response to an assignment of the IP address to said another communication apparatus, and
wherein the search unit starts the transmission of the search message after an ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) message obtained from the IP address is received from said another communication apparatus to update an ARP table.

US Pat. No. 10,104,138

METHOD, DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR ENCODING INTER-LAYER DEPENDENCIES IN ENCAPSULATING MULTI-LAYER PARTITIONED TIMED MEDIA DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for encapsulating multi-layer partitioned timed media data, the multi-layer partitioned timed media data comprising timed samples, each timed sample being encoded into a first layer and at least one second layer, at least one timed sample comprising at least one subsample, each subsample being encoded into the first layer or the at least one second layer, the method comprising:obtaining at least one subsample, belonging to said first layer, from at least one of the timed samples;
creating a first track comprising the at least one obtained subsample;
obtaining at least another subsample, belonging to said second layer, from the same one of the timed samples;
creating a second track comprising said at least another obtained subsample and generating descriptive metadata, the descriptive metadata comprising:
a first descriptor comprising a parameter which indicates, when set to 1, that the at least one obtained subsample belonging to said first layer is a complete frame; and
a second descriptor for signaling a dependency link between the at least another obtained subsample belonging to said second layer and the at least one subsample belonging to said first layer, said second descriptor referencing said first descriptor.

US Pat. No. 10,102,620

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control device for controlling tomosynthesis imaging for obtaining a tomosynthesis image from a plurality of projected images captured by irradiating an object with X-rays from a plurality of different angles by using an X-ray generation unit and an X-ray detection unit, the control device comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to function as:
a reconstruction unit configured to reconstruct tomosynthesis image from the plurality of projected images in accordance with a reconstruction condition including a reconstruction method and reconstruction filter information,
a tone conversion processing unit configured to perform tone conversion processing of the tomosynthesis image in accordance with a tone conversion condition,
a setting unit configured to change the reconstruction condition and the tone conversion condition, and
a control unit configured to control whether to use the changed tone conversion condition for tone conversion processing to be performed on a tomosynthesis image reconstructed in accordance with the changed reconstruction condition.

US Pat. No. 10,098,536

IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF OPERATING AN IMAGING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:a light source configured to irradiate light that is frequency swept;
an interference unit configured to diverge the irradiation light into irradiation light, which is to be irradiated on an object to be inspected, and reference light, to generate coherent light from reflected light of the irradiation light from the object to be inspected and the reference light;
at least two conversion units configured to subject at least two analog signals, which are obtained by diverging an analog signal of the coherent light, to analog-to-digital conversion;
an association unit configured to associate indices of at least two data arrays obtained by the analog-to-digital conversion;
an integration unit configured to integrate the at least two data arrays based on the associated indices; and
an image generating unit configured to generate an image of the object to be inspected based on a data array obtained by the integration.

US Pat. No. 10,104,294

PHOTOMETRIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photometric apparatus comprising a memory and at least one processor which control:a photometry unit configured to measure object light; and
a first display unit arranged on an optical path of the object light to the photometry unit and configured to display a plurality of display items in a region including a region overlapping a photometric range where the photometry unit measures the object light, the plurality of display items including a first display item and a second display item having a display area smaller than a display area of the first display item,
wherein the first display unit is configured to display the first display item in a display area outside a region of a display area corresponding to the photometric range, and display the second display item in a second display area inside the region of the display area corresponding to the photometric range, and
wherein at least part of the second display item is displayed in a position that overlaps the photometric range.

US Pat. No. 10,104,295

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH DISPLAY OF CROP AREA AND GRID LINES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an optical finder;
a first display segment placed on an optical path in the optical finder, the first display segment being a display segment for displaying a first crop area and having a frame shape;
a second display segment placed on the optical path, the second display segment being a display segment for displaying a grid line and having a shape with a plurality of lines that intersect one another and located inside the first display segment;
a third display segment placed on the optical path, the third display segment being a line-shaped display segment for displaying a grid line and located outside the second display segment, wherein in a state where the second display segment and the third display segment are simultaneously displayed, the lines included in the second display segment and the lines included in third display segment are visually recognized as lines in same straight lines; and
a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a setting unit configured to set a crop area;
a control unit configured to perform control
in a case where the first crop area is not set by the setting unit, to display both of the second display segment and the third display segment without displaying the first display segment, and
in a case where the first crop area is set by the setting unit, to display the first display segment and the second display segment without displaying the third display segment.

US Pat. No. 10,095,178

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a recording medium, the apparatus comprising:an image-bearing-unit support member that is movable between an inside and an outside of the image forming apparatus while supporting a plurality of image bearing units, which each include an image bearing member;
a belt member that contacts the plurality of image bearing members; and
an image-bearing-unit operating member that moves the image bearing units relative to the image-bearing-unit support member when the image-bearing-unit support member is inside the image forming apparatus, thereby moving the image bearing units from a contact position where the image bearing units contacts the belt member to a separate position where the image bearing units are separated from the belt member
wherein the image-bearing-unit operating member causes at least one of the plurality of image bearing units to be started to move from the contact position toward the separate position at different timing from timing at which the image-bearing-unit operating member causes the other image bearing unit or the other image bearing units to be started to move from the contact position toward the separate position.

US Pat. No. 10,095,449

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is operable at least in a first power state and in a second power state, in which electric power consumption in the second power state is less than electric power consumption in the first power state, the image forming apparatus comprising:a sensor having a plurality of elements arranged in a two-dimensional array and configured to sense a human around the image forming apparatus;
one or more processors; and
one or more memories that store instructions to be executed by the one or more processors, the instructions including:
instruction for outputting size of one area comprised of elements outputting a predetermined value or greater;
instruction for shifting a power state of the image forming apparatus to the first power state from the second power state based on the output size of the one area regardless of a shape of the one area.

US Pat. No. 10,095,106

REMOVING SUBSTRATE PRETREATMENT COMPOSITIONS IN NANOIMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A nanoimprint lithography method comprising:a) disposing a pretreatment composition on a first nanoimprint lithography substrate to form a pretreatment coating on the nanoimprint lithography substrate, wherein the pretreatment composition comprises a polymerizable component;
b) disposing discrete portions of imprint resist on the pretreatment coating, each discrete portion of the imprint resist covering a target area of the nanoimprint lithography substrate, wherein the imprint resist is a polymerizable composition;
c) forming a composite polymerizable coating on the nanoimprint lithography substrate as each discrete portion of the imprint resist spreads beyond its target area, wherein the composite polymerizable coating comprises a mixture of the pretreatment composition and the imprint resist;
d) contacting the composite polymerizable coating with a nanoimprint lithography template;
e) polymerizing the composite polymerizable coating to yield a composite polymeric layer;
f) repeating b) through e) to yield an imprinted nanoimprint lithography substrate;
g) repeating a) through f) to yield a multiplicity of imprinted nanoimprint lithography substrates, wherein each imprinted nanoimprint lithography substrate comprises an uncured portion of the pretreatment coating; and
h) removing the uncured portions of the pretreatment coating from the multiplicity of imprinted nanoimprint lithography substrates in a batch process.

US Pat. No. 10,095,125

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus for measuring a position of an object, comprising:a reflecting portion provided on the object and having a reflecting surface on which a plurality of reflectors configured to respectively retroreflect light are arrayed;
an optical system configured to cause first light to be incident on the reflecting surface, receive second light as reflected light of the first light from the reflecting surface, cause third light generated by reflecting the second light by a mirror member to be incident on the reflecting surface, and receive fourth light as reflected light of the third light from the reflecting surface; and
a processor configured to determine the position of the object based on a result of detecting the fourth light and a reference light,
wherein the plurality of reflectors are arrayed on the reflecting surface such that a displacement between optical paths of the first light and the second light is corrected by a displacement between optical paths of the third light and the fourth light.

US Pat. No. 10,097,700

FACSIMILE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME TO PREVENT MISTAKEN TRANSMISSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A facsimile apparatus constructed for execution of IP facsimile transmission to any one of a plurality of networks, the plurality of networks including at least one intranet IP network and at least one public network and further constructed for execution of G3 facsimile transmission to the public network, the facsimile apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions, and
a processor executing the instructions causing the facsimile apparatus to:
perform a setting, for each communication mode of the IP facsimile transmission, whether or not to permit a usage of the communication mode;
accept, from a user, a first transmission destination of facsimile transmission and a first communication mode for performing the facsimile transmission, wherein the first communication mode is selected from among a communication mode corresponding to the G3 facsimile transmission and one or more communication modes of the IP facsimile transmission according to the performed setting;
display, after the first transmission destination and the first communication mode have been accepted, a facsimile confirmation screen including a destination re-entry region and a communication mode re-entry region in which the communication mode corresponding to the G3 facsimile transmission is displayed as a default;
accept, from the same user, a second transmission destination via the destination re-entry region and a second communication mode via the communication mode re-entry region;
determine whether the accepted first transmission destination matches the accepted second destination;
determine whether the accepted first communication mode matches the accepted second communication mode; and
execute the facsimile transmission according to the first transmission destination and the first communication mode in accordance with determining that the first transmission destination matches the second transmission destination and the first communication mode matches the second communication mode,
wherein the instructions further cause the facsimile apparatus not to execute the facsimile transmission according to the first transmission destination and the first communication mode, in accordance with determining that the first communication mode does not match the second communication mode.

US Pat. No. 10,088,772

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a rotatable developer carrying member enclosing a magnetic field generating portion including a plurality of magnetic poles and configured to carry a developer; and
a resinous regulating portion provided at a position opposing said developer carrying member and configured to regulate an amount of the developer carried by said developer carrying member,
wherein said regulating portion is formed of a resin material containing magnetic powder, and at least a free end portion, opposed to said developer carrying member, of said regulating portion has relative permeability of 10 or more and 60 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,091,401

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING PLURALITY OF EXTERNAL CONNECTION TERMINALS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,088,437

COMPUTING DEVICE, COMPUTING PROGRAM, X-RAY MEASURING SYSTEM AND X-RAY MEASURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computing device configured to obtain information about a subject using a detection result detected by an X-ray detector which detects a monochromatic X-ray transmitted through the subject irradiated with a monochromatic X-ray in a certain wavelength, the device comprising:a unit configured to obtain detection results detected by the X-ray detector;
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain information about a tomographic image of a complex refractive index n of the subject for the monochromatic X-ray; and
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain information about a tomographic image of a mass absorption coefficient (?/?) of the subject in accordance with a correlation between a parametric ratio (?/?) according to a complex refractive index n and the mass absorption coefficient (?/?),
where ? denotes a linear absorption coefficient of a subject for a monochromatic X-ray in a certain wavelength, ? denotes mass density, n denotes a complex refractive index of a subject for a monochromatic X-ray in a certain wavelength, and 1?? and ?? respectively denote a real part and an imaginary part in the complex refractive index n,
wherein the detection results are detected at different angles while changing an irradiation angle of the monochromatic X-ray with respect to the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,085,010

IMAGING SYSTEM FOR CAPTURING AN IMAGE OF THE SAME OBJECT USING A PLURALITY OF IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUSES THAT CAN COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging system for capturing images including a same object using a plurality of image capturing apparatuses capable of communicating with each other, the imaging system comprising:at least one image capturing apparatus of the image capturing apparatuses transmits captured image data which is cut-out of a first captured image including an in-focus position, wherein the transmitted image also includes the in-focus position, to another image capturing apparatus among the image capturing apparatuses, and
each of the image capturing apparatuses determines each depth of field by using signals from an image area located within a second captured image, wherein the image area is an area selected from the second captured image on the basis of a correlation with the transmitted image,
wherein the image area shows the in-focus position of the first captured image within the second captured image.

US Pat. No. 10,082,731

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS AND PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An illumination apparatus comprising:an illumination optical system configured to illuminate a light modulation element;
a plurality of light source units each including a diffusing element, at least one solid-state light source, and a light-guiding optical system configured to guide a light beam from the solid-state light source to the diffusing element; and
an optical-path combining system configured to guide light beams from the light source units to the illumination optical system,
wherein the optical-path combing system includes a first reflective surface on which a first light source image is formed using a light beam from a first light source unit included in the plurality of light source units and a second reflective surface where a second light source image is formed using a light beam from a second light source unit included in the plurality of light source units, and
wherein when a plurality of predetermined regions in a region where light source images are formed by the illumination optical system using light beams from the optical-path combining system as viewed in an optical axis direction of the illumination optical system is defined as a plurality of effective regions and the number of the light source units is denoted by N, the following expression is satisfied:
0.7?X1/Y1·Y2/X2?1.3where X1 denotes a length of each of N subregions in a first side direction of the effective region, the N subregions being obtained by dividing the effective region by N along the first side direction or a second side direction orthogonal to the first side direction, Y1 denotes a length of each of the N subregions in the second side direction, X2 denotes a length of each light source image in the effective region in the first side direction, and Y2 denotes a length of the light source image in the effective region in the second side direction.

US Pat. No. 10,084,881

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL AND BROWSER STORAGE MANAGEMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing terminal in which an operating system operates, comprising:a memory storing instructions related to a web browser operating on the operating system; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing terminal to:
manage user information corresponding to one or more users registered in the web browser;
receive data to be saved in a reserved area reserved for the web browser from a web site accessed via the web browser;
in a case where specific user information has been input to the web browser to login as a user having been registered to the web browser, encrypt the received data;
save the encrypted data in a storage out of the reserved area corresponding to the specific user information, wherein the saved data in the storage is not data corresponding to an application cache, and
synchronize data saved in the reserved area reserved for the web browser with a corresponding web site as a background process on the information processing terminal, wherein data in the storage within the reserved area corresponding to user information of a user who has not logged-in is not used for a synchronization on the background process.

US Pat. No. 10,074,756

METHOD FOR PRODUCING OPTICAL COMPONENT, OPTICAL COMPONENT, AND OPTICAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical component comprising:a substrate containing silicon oxide;
a first layer disposed on the substrate and containing silicon oxide;
a second layer disposed on the first layer and containing a metal compound;
a third layer disposed on the second layer; and
a fourth layer disposed on the third layer and being a metal oxide layer, a metal nitride layer, or a metal carbide layer,
wherein the first layer has a first portion that is not between the substrate and the second layer, the first layer has a second portion that is between the substrate and the second layer, and each of the first portion and the second portion has a thickness of 30 to 1,000 nanometers (nm),
wherein the second layer has a third portion and a fourth portion that are on the second portion, the fourth portion is disposed between an edge of the second layer and the third portion, a thickness of the fourth portion is smaller than a thickness of the third portion, and the fourth layer overlaps the third portion and the fourth portion, and
wherein a porosity of the first layer is higher than a porosity of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,075,713

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR ENCODING AND DECODING THE TRANSFORM UNITS OF A CODING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of inverse transforming a plurality of residual coefficient arrays from a video bitstream configured for a 4:2:2 format, the method comprising:decoding four luma residual coefficient arrays, wherein each luma residual coefficient array corresponds to one 4×4 luma block of four 4×4 luma blocks collectively occupying an 8×8 luma region;
decoding, after the four luma residual coefficient arrays are decoded, a first chroma residual coefficient array and a second chroma residual coefficient array for a first colour channel, wherein the first chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with an upper portion of the 8×8 luma region and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with a lower portion of the 8×8 luma region, and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel is decoded consecutively after the first chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel is decoded;
decoding, after the first chroma residual coefficient array and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel are decoded, a first chroma residual coefficient array and a second chroma residual coefficient array for a second colour channel, wherein the first chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with the upper portion of the 8×8 luma region and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with the lower portion of the 8×8 luma region, and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel is decoded consecutively after the first chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel is decoded; and
applying a 4×4 inverse transform to each of the four decoded luma residual coefficient arrays, the decoded first and second chroma residual coefficient arrays for the first colour channel and the decoded first and second chroma residual coefficient arrays for the second colour channel.

US Pat. No. 10,070,129

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image coding apparatus configured to code an image in units of slices each of which includes a plurality of blocks, the image coding apparatus comprising:a coding unit configured to code blocks included in a first row of a slice and code blocks included in a second row, different from the first row, of the slice,
wherein, when coding a first quantization parameter in coding order of the first row, the coding unit uses a slice quantization parameter that is provided to the slice as an initial value,
wherein, when coding a first quantization parameter in coding order of the second row, the coding unit uses the slice quantization parameter that is provided to the slice as the initial value and that is used when coding the first quantization parameter in coding order of the first row, and
wherein, when coding a second quantization parameter in coding order of the second row, the coding unit uses the first quantization parameter in coding order of the second row.

US Pat. No. 10,067,325

PROJECTION OPTICAL SYSTEM, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A projection optical system comprising a first concave reflecting surface, a first convex reflecting surface, a second concave reflecting surface, and a third concave reflecting surface,wherein the first concave reflecting surface, the first convex reflecting surface, the second concave reflecting surface, and the third concave reflecting surface are arranged such that light from an object plane forms an image on an image plane by being reflected by the first concave reflecting surface, the first convex reflecting surface, the second concave reflecting surface, the first convex reflecting surface, and the third concave reflecting surface in an order named, and
letting Lt1 be a distance between the object plane and the second concave reflecting surface, Lt2 be a distance between the second concave reflecting surface and the image plane, Pt1 be a distance between the first concave reflecting surface and the second concave reflecting surface, and Pt2 be a distance between the second concave reflecting surface and the third concave reflecting surface, with no reflecting surface existing between the object plane and the first concave reflecting surface, and between the third concave reflecting surface and the image plane,
0.05?Pt1/Lt1?0.2 or 0.05?Pt2/Lt2?0.2
is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,068,161

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MAINTENANCE OF AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a sheet, the apparatus comprising:a projector that projects an image onto a projection target; and
one or more processors that execute a set of instructions to
detect an event that needs user work on the image forming apparatus; and
control the projector to project the image so that a target portion of the user work can be identified and to project an instruction image for performing the user work, based on a detected event,
wherein, on a basis of a detection that an amount of toner remaining in a toner bottle is low, the one or more processors execute the instructions to control the projector to project the image so that a cover of a container of the toner bottle can be identified and to control the projector to project the instruction image onto an opened cover of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,067,444

REMANUFACTURING METHOD OF DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A remanufacturing method of a cartridge, the cartridge comprising a flexible container and detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus, the remanufacturing method comprising:filling a used flexible container with developer, the used flexible container being configured to accomodate developer and provided with a plurality of openings for discharging developer; and
attaching a sealing member to an outside surface of the used flexible container such that the sealing member covers the plurality of openings.

US Pat. No. 10,070,004

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of wireless communication with an external apparatus, the communication apparatus, comprising:at least one processor, and
at least one memory storing a program which is executed by the at least one processor to cause the communication apparatus to function as:
a broadcast unit configured to broadcast an advertisement signal prior to establishing a connection by wireless communication with the external apparatus;
a setting unit configured to set an output radio wave intensity for which an advertisement signal is output by the broadcast unit for a type of error which occurs in the communication apparatus; and
a determination unit configured to determine a type of error that occurred in the communication apparatus, wherein
when an error occurs in the communication apparatus, the determination unit determines the type of error that occurred and the broadcast unit broadcasts, at an output radio wave intensity set for the type of error by the setting unit, an advertisement signal that includes information indicating that the error occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,067,447

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING REGULATION OF LUBRICANT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus fixing a toner image on a recording material, the fixing apparatus comprising:a tubular film;
an elongate heater having a first surface and a second surface, which is on an opposite side to the first surface, the first surface of the heater being in contact with an inner surface of the tubular film;
a roller provided in contact with an outer surface of the tubular film to form a nip portion between the tubular film and the roller, where in the recording material having the toner formed theron is heated and has the image fixed theron while being transported by the nip portion;
a lubricant interposed between the first surface of the heater and the inner surface of the tubular film;
a temperature detecting member provided on the second surface of the heater to detect a temperature of the heater;
a controller controlling electrical power to be supplied to the heater so that a temperature detected by the temperature detecting member reaches a target temperature; and
a guide member for guiding the tubular film, wherein the guide member is elongated in a longitudinal direction of the heater and is in contact with the inner surface of the tubular film, the guide member having a protrusion protruding toward the inner surface of the tubular film, and the guide member has a first region and a second region in the longitudinal direction, the first region being a region that overlaps the temperature detecting member as seen in a direction that is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the guide member, and the second region being a region that does not overlap the temperature detecting member as seen in the direction that is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the guide member, and
wherein the protrusion overlaps the first region of the guide member as seen in the direction that is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,070,008

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a decision unit configured to decide a threshold value that is used to determine an edge portion based on at least a pixel value having a minimum density in pixel values of a plurality of pixels constituting a reference area, being a part of first image data, including a target pixel and peripheral pixels of the target pixel;
a determination unit configured to obtain a contrast value indicating a contrast of the reference area based on the pixel values of the plurality of pixels in the reference area, and to compare the contrast value with the threshold value to determine whether or not the target pixel is included in the edge portion;
a halftone processing unit configured to generate second image data by performing halftone processing on the first image data; and
a correction unit configured to correct a pixel value of the second image data corresponding to the target pixel determined to be included in the edge portion using correction data generated based on a pixel value of the target pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,067,461

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE WITH A RESTRICTED PORTION THAT CONTACTS A RESTRICTING PORTION OF AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing cartridge capable of being attached to and detached from a body of an image forming apparatus, the developing cartridge comprising:a developer carrier configured to contact an image carrier that is provided to the body;
a first unit fixed to the body when the developing cartridge is in a predetermined attachment position in the body; and
a second unit supporting the developer carrier, the second unit being assembled to be movable with respect to the first unit for contact or separation of the developer carrier with respect to the image carrier, and the second unit including a restricted portion that comes into contact with a restricting portion provided to the body,
wherein an inserting direction in which the developing cartridge is guided up to the predetermined attachment position differs from a direction in which the developer carrier makes contact with or separates from the image carrier,
wherein the developing cartridge is capable of being attached to the body in a state in which the image carrier is attached to the body, and
wherein the restricted portion contacts the restricting portion when the developing cartridge has not reached the predetermined attachment position such that the developer carrier and the image carrier are prevented from making contact, and the restricted portion does not contact the restricting portion when the developing cartridge is in the predetermined attachment position.

US Pat. No. 10,070,033

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that controls an electronic device, comprising:a reception unit configured to receive an operation signal for the electronic device; and
a control unit configured to perform exclusive control of not accepting, when a first operation signal has been received via a first interface unit, a second operation signal which has been received via a second interface unit,
wherein when the first operation signal is an operation signal related to a first function, the control unit performs exclusive control against the second signal for a period from the start to the end of the operation of the electronic device corresponding to the first operation signal, and
when the first operation signal is an operation signal related to a second function, the control unit performs exclusive control against the second operation signal for the period from the start to the end of the operation of the electronic device corresponding to the first operation signal and a period until a predetermined time has elapsed since the end of the operation of the electronic device corresponding to the first operation signal.

US Pat. No. 10,065,438

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a feeding unit configured to feed a printing sheet;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the printing sheet fed by the feeding unit;
a printing unit configured to print the printing sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit; and
a control unit configured to control conveyance of a preceding sheet and a succeeding sheet succeedingly fed after the preceding sheet, wherein the control unit makes a leading edge of the succeeding sheet overlap the preceding sheet,
wherein the control unit decides an overlapping amount of the preceding sheet and the succeeding sheet such that the overlapping amount, in a case when an ink amount discharged on at least one of the preceding sheet and the succeeding sheet is greater than a threshold, is less than the overlapping amount in a case when the ink amount is less than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,070,078

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR WITH PIXELS HAVING IN-PIXEL MEMORIES, MOTION INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor for acquiring respective signals of a plurality of pixels disposed in a matrix in the solid-state image sensor, by sequentially reading the signals in signal lines disposed along a column direction, the solid-state image sensor comprising:first pixels that are disposed in columns of the matrix; and
second pixels having in-pixel memories and disposed in columns of the matrix different from those of the first pixels,
wherein a difference in exposure timings of the second pixels between adjacent rows of the matrix is caused to be different from a difference in exposure timings of the first pixels between adjacent rows of the matrix, by reading signals from the second pixels after holding the signals in the in-pixel memories for a predetermined charge retention time,
wherein an aperture ratio of photoelectric conversion units of the first pixels is larger than an aperture ratio of photoelectric conversion units of the second pixels,
wherein the first pixels are first ranging pixels and the second pixels are second ranging pixels, and
wherein image information is generated by selecting image information acquired in the first ranging pixels in a case where a value of the signals acquired in the second ranging pixels is smaller than a first value and by selecting image information acquired in the second ranging pixels in a case where a value of the signals acquired in the first ranging pixels is larger than a second value, the second value being greater than the first value.

US Pat. No. 10,063,765

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus including a focus detection pixel configured to perform focus detection by a phase difference method,wherein the focus detection pixel comprises:
a photoelectric conversion unit arranged in a substrate;
a microlens arranged above the photoelectric conversion unit; and
a light guide arranged between the photoelectric conversion unit and the microlens,
wherein a refracting power of the microlens on a first plane is smaller than a refracting power of the microlens on a second plane,
the first plane passes through a top of the microlens, is perpendicular to an upper surface of the substrate, and is located along a direction in which the focus detection pixel performs the focus detection, and
the second plane passes through the top of the microlens, is perpendicular to the upper surface of the substrate, and intersects the first plane.

US Pat. No. 10,061,242

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:a rotatable heating member and a rotatable pressing member configured to form a nip for fixing a toner image on a recording material;
a detecting portion configured to detect a temperature of said rotatable heating member;
a guiding portion configured to guide the recording material toward the nip while sliding on a back surface of the recording material;
a moving mechanism configured to move said rotatable pressing member relative to said rotatable heating member and said guiding portion so that said rotatable pressing member is movable between a first position where said rotatable pressing member contacts said rotatable heating member and a second position where said rotatable pressing member is spaced from said rotatable heating member and is further spaced from said guiding portion;
an air blowing portion configured to blow air toward said rotatable pressing member from a side, with respect to a recording material feeding path including the nip, where said rotatable pressing member is provided; and
a suppressing portion configured to suppress blowing of the air from said air blowing portion toward said detecting portion through between said guiding portion and said rotatable pressing member, said suppressing portion including an opposing portion that is positioned between said guiding portion and a peripheral surface of said rotatable pressing member and that opposes the peripheral surface of said rotatable pressing member taking the second position with a distance narrower than a distance between the peripheral surface of said rotatable pressing member taking the second position and said guiding member.

US Pat. No. 10,061,263

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A DUAL-POSITION DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, comprising:a main assembly;
a cartridge detachably mountable to said main assembly, said cartridge including a developing member configured to carry a developer to be applied to an image bearing member;
a transfer unit including an endless belt, a roller supporting said endless belt, and a roller supporting member for supporting said roller, and configured to transfer the developer image formed on said image bearing member;
a developing member moving mechanism configured to move said developing member relative to said image bearing member between a first position in which said developing member supplies the developer to said image bearing member and a second position which is different from the first position,
wherein said developing member moving mechanism is provided between said roller supporting member and said endless belt with respect to a longitudinal direction of said roller.

US Pat. No. 10,063,112

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmission apparatus comprising:a power transmission circuit configured to perform power transmission;
a communication circuit configured to perform wireless communication; and
a control unit configured to control power transmission to a first power reception apparatus by the power transmission circuit in accordance with a result of a negotiation to establish power transmission with the first power reception apparatus using communication by the communication circuit,
wherein, where a signal is received by the communication circuit from a second power reception apparatus that is different from the first power reception apparatus during the power transmission to the first power reception apparatus, the control unit is configured to determine whether to perform a negotiation to establish power transmission with the second power reception apparatus on a basis of a comparison between a predetermined value and a power reception value that is included in the signal received from the second power reception apparatus, the power reception value indicating an amount of power received by the second power reception apparatus during the power transmission to the first power reception apparatus;
wherein, where it is determined to perform the negotiation with the second power reception apparatus, the control unit causes the power transmission circuit to perform power transmission to the second power reception apparatus in accordance with the result of negotiation with the second power reception apparatus, and where it is determined not to perform the negotiation with the second power reception apparatus, the control unit determines not to perform the negotiation with the second power reception apparatus, and thereby power transmission to the second power reception apparatus by the communication circuit is restricted.

US Pat. No. 10,063,720

RELAY SERVER ENABLING RESUMPTION OF REMOTE SUPPORT, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A relay server that relays communication between at least one image processing apparatus and at least one information processing apparatus that performs remote support for the image processing apparatus, comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
manage a plurality of memory regions on the relay server each of which is used for a relay of communication for the remote support between an image processing apparatus and an information processing apparatus;
assign, for each connection being made from the image processing apparatus, one of the plurality of memory regions to the image processing apparatus as a memory region to be used for undergoing the remote support;
associate identification information of the image processing apparatus with identification information of the information processing apparatus in a case where the remote support for the image processing apparatus is started by the information processing apparatus; and
in a case where a resumption of the remote support is requested from the information processing apparatus after a reconnection by the image processing apparatus is performed, identify a memory region newly assigned, in accordance with the reconnection, to the image processing apparatus that is a target of the remote support, based on the identification information of the image processing apparatus associated with the identification information of the information processing apparatus, and transmit information for using the identified memory region to the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,055,640

CLASSIFICATION OF FEATURE INFORMATION INTO GROUPS BASED UPON SIMILARITY, AND APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least a processor and at least a memory coupled to the at least the processor and having stored thereon instructions which when executed by the at least the processor cooperate to act as:
an extraction unit configured to extract a feature information from an object in input image data;
a registration unit configured to classify a plurality of feature information into a plurality of groups based upon a similarity, and register the plurality of feature information into a dictionary, wherein the dictionary is used to determine a similarity between the feature information registered in the dictionary and the feature information extracted by the extraction unit; and
a deletion unit configured to delete, among the plurality of groups, a feature information of a group, which does not reach a predetermined use level, from the dictionary,
wherein information related to a time period elapsed from when the feature information had been registered in the dictionary at first is used as the use level, and
wherein, in a case where the number of feature information registered in the dictionary exceeds a predetermined number, the deletion unit deletes, from the dictionary, the feature information of the group which does not reach the predetermined use level.

US Pat. No. 10,054,882

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus that heats an image formed on a recording material, the image heating apparatus comprising:a heater, the heater having a plurality of heating elements arranged in a direction orthogonal to a conveying direction of the recording material; and
a control portion that controls electric power to be supplied to the plurality of heating elements, the control portion being capable of individually controlling the plurality of heating elements, wherein
the control portion sets a heating condition when controlling each of the plurality of heating elements, according to the thermal history of a heating region heated by one heating element and the thermal history of a heating region heated by a heating element adjacent to the one heating element.

US Pat. No. 10,048,907

DISPLAYING INFORMATION ON TERMINAL DEVICE BASED ON TERMINAL DEVICE TYPE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling screens to be displayed on terminal devices having different sized display devices, the method comprising:determining, on a terminal device, that the terminal device is a first type device having a display device of a first size or that the terminal device is a second type device having a display device of a second size that is smaller than the display device of the first size;
causing, on a terminal device determined to be the first type device, the display device of the first size to display a first screen including a predetermined menu item and information corresponding to a menu item other than the predetermined menu item, wherein the predetermined menu item corresponds to predetermined information relating to an image forming apparatus but not included in the first screen, wherein the first screen is displayed based on the determination that the terminal device is the first type device;
changing, in response to selection, by a user, of the predetermined menu item on the first screen, the first screen displayed on the display device of the first size, to a second screen including the predetermined menu item included in the first screen and the corresponding predetermined information,
wherein, the predetermined menu item and the information corresponding to the menu item other than the predetermined menu item are displayed concurrently on the first screen;
wherein, the predetermined menu item and the corresponding predetermined information are displayed concurrently on the second screen;
causing, on a terminal device determined to be the second type device, the display device of the second size to display a third screen including the predetermined menu item included in the second screen but not including the corresponding predetermined information, wherein the third screen is displayed based on the determination that the terminal device is the second type device;
changing, in response to selection of the predetermined menu item, by the user, on the third screen, the third screen displayed on the display device of the second size, to a fourth screen that includes the corresponding predetermined information; and
changing, in response to selection of a specific menu item, by the user, on the third screen, the third screen displayed on the display device of the second size, to a fifth screen including an item for an instruction to execute printing,
wherein the corresponding predetermined information included in the second screen is displayed based on information transmitted from the image forming apparatus based on a request from the terminal device having the display device of the first size;
and the corresponding predetermined information included in the fourth screen is displayed based on information transmitted from the image forming apparatus based on a request from the terminal device having the display device of the second size.

US Pat. No. 10,048,911

PARALLEL PROCESSING OF IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:image processing circuits that are able to perform image processing in each of the image processing circuits in parallel, wherein the image processing circuits include a first image processing circuit and a second image processing circuit, and the first image processing circuit is a previous image processing circuit of the second image processing circuit;
at least one sequencer processing circuit that manages a processing status of each of the image processing circuits; and
at least one CPU coupled to at least one memory containing programs that when executed by the at least one CPU, cause the at least one CPU to set a color count and a pixel count of pixels for each color as a processing unit for each of the image processing circuits, based on an image processing mode,
wherein the sequencer processing circuit causes the second image processing circuit to starts the image processing for the set processing unit without any intervention of processing by the at least one CPU, based on the processing status of the first image processing circuit, and
wherein the set processing unit of the first image processing circuit is different from the set processing unit of the second image processing circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,051,137

IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING FACSIMILE COMMUNICATION VIA IP NETWORK, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus that is capable of executing facsimile communication via an IP network, the communication apparatus comprising:a facsimile controller including a tone detector configured to detect a facsimile identification signal, and configured to control facsimile communication by deeming an analog signal as voice;
a telephone controller configured to control a telephone;
a selector configured to control whether to supply input signals from the IP network to both the facsimile controller and the telephone controller, or to either the facsimile controller or the telephone controller; and
at least one processor that executes instructions to set a reception mode of the communication apparatus from among a plurality of reception modes including a FAX/TEL-switching mode that, when a call is received, automatically determines whether to execute a facsimile reception or execute voice communication using the telephone,
wherein the selector provides control so that the input signals from the IP network are supplied to the facsimile controller and are prevented from being supplied to the telephone controller according to a call for voice communication being received when the FAX/TEL-switching mode has been set, and
wherein the facsimile controller executes the facsimile communication via the IP network according to the tone detector detecting the facsimile identification signal.

US Pat. No. 10,043,245

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM THAT EXECUTE A RE-ANTI-SHAKE PROCESS TO REMOVE NEGATIVE INFLUENCE OF AN ANTI-SHAKE PROCESS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor operatively coupled to a memory, serving as:
(a) a first anti-shake unit configured to execute an anti-shake process on image data relating to a captured image, and to record image data after the anti-shake process on a recording unit; and
(b) a second anti-shake unit configured to execute a re-anti-shake process while performing a control process of removing influence of the anti-shake process, which adversely affects the re-anti-shake process executed by the second anti-shake unit, executed by the first anti-shake unit on the image data, after the anti-shake process recorded on the recording unit, based on auxiliary information regarding the anti-shake process output by the first anti-shake unit,
wherein the first anti-shake unit performs (i) a first geometric deformation anti-shake process of correcting shake occurring in the captured image by performing geometric deformation on the captured image, and (ii) an optical anti-shake process of correcting the shake occurring in the captured image by outputting a driving signal to a shake correction unit, and the second anti-shake unit executes a second geometrical deformation anti-shake process.

US Pat. No. 10,043,253

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to perform operations including:
receiving input of a plurality of images having different exposures from one another,
generating gain information indicating relationships between coordinates and gains within each of the input plurality of images,
wherein generating the gain information includes generating, using a specific image, gain information indicating a relationship between coordinates and a gain of one image of the plurality of images having an exposure that is the smallest among exposure of the plurality of images, wherein the specific image is an image having a frequency band or resolution different from that of the image having the smallest exposure, and includes generating gain information indicating relationships between coordinates and gains of the rest of the plurality of images based on the generated gain information,
applying gain processing to each of the plurality of images based on the generated gain information,
applying development processing to each of the plurality of images to which the gain processing has been applied, and
compositing the plurality of images to which the development processing has been applied by applying the development processing.

US Pat. No. 10,043,276

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, ROBOT APPARATUS, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method by which an arithmetic operation unit performs image processing on an input image in which work positions in the input image of a work held by a holding unit imaged by an imaging unit appear preferentially in a plurality of distributed regions on the input image, comprising:a setting process in which the arithmetic operation unit sets searching regions on the input image so as to correspond to the plurality of distributed regions, respectively; and
a detecting process in which the arithmetic operation unit detects the work position by performing pattern matching processing by using a reference image, in a plurality of searching regions that have been set in the setting process, wherein,
in the detecting process, the arithmetic operation unit determines an evaluation value of pattern matching, every time the pattern matching processing is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,042,272

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:a support; and
a photosensitive layer on the support, wherein
a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises a copolymerized product of a hole transporting compound having an acryloyloxy group or a methacryloyloxy group and having a triphenylamine backbone, and a compound represented by formula (1) or formula (2):

where m1 represents 2 and X1 represents a 2-valent group obtained by removing 2 hydrogen atoms from any of a linear or branched alkane having 2 to 18 carbon atoms, a cyclic or polycyclic alkane having 6 to 12 carbon atoms unsubstituted or having a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, and an arene having 6 to 12 carbon atoms unsubstituted or having a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, provided that the number of carbon atoms in X1 is 2 to 18; and

where m2 represents 1, m3 represents 1, and Y1 represents an oxygen atom or a sulfur atom,
X2 represents a 2-valent group obtained by removing 2 hydrogen atoms from any of a linear or branched alkane having 1 to 15 carbon atoms, a cyclic or polycyclic alkane having 6 to 12 carbon atoms unsubstituted or having a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 9 carbon atoms, and an arene having 6 to 12 carbon atoms unsubstituted or having a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 9 carbon atoms, and
X3 represents a 2-valent group obtained by removing 2 hydrogen atoms from any of a linear or branched alkane having 1 to 15 carbon atoms, a cyclic or polycyclic alkane having 6 to 12 carbon atoms, unsubstituted or having a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 9 carbon atoms, and an arene having 6 to 12 carbon atoms, unsubstituted or having a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 9 carbon atoms,
provided that the total number of carbon atoms in X2 and X3 is 2 to 16.

US Pat. No. 10,031,444

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A development device, comprising:a developer bearing member which is configured to be rotatable and bear developer containing toner and carrier for carrying the developer to a developing area facing an image bearing member;
a magnet which is fixed inside of the developer bearing member, the magnet comprising a first magnetic pole for developing a latent image formed on the image bearing member, a second magnetic pole disposed adjacent to the first magnetic pole in a rotary direction of the developer bearing member and having an opposite pole to the first magnetic pole, and a third magnetic pole disposed adjacent to both the first magnetic pole and the second magnetic pole in the rotary direction of the developer bearing member and having an opposite pole to the first magnetic pole, and
a regulation portion which is disposed to face the developer bearing member without contacting the developer bearing member and regulates an amount of developer borne by the developer bearing member,
wherein the regulation portion is disposed such that, when a maximum peak amount of a magnetic flux density of the first magnetic pole in a normal direction of the developer bearing member is defined as positive, the magnetic flux density of the first magnetic pole in the normal direction of the developer bearing member becomes positive in an entire region from a downstream side of the regulation portion in the rotary direction of the developer bearing member and through the developing area.

US Pat. No. 10,029,473

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A page-wide liquid discharge head that discharges liquid, comprising:a plurality of recording element boards including
a plurality of discharge orifice rows arrayed in parallel in a second direction that intersects a first direction, in which direction the discharge orifice rows have discharge orifices configured to discharge liquid arrayed,
a plurality of recording elements configured to generate energy used to discharge liquid,
a plurality of pressure chambers having the recording elements within,
supply openings configured to supply liquid to the pressure chamber, and
recovery openings configured to recover liquid from the pressure chamber; and
a support member configured to support the plurality of recording element boards, the plurality of recording element boards being arrayed on the support member, the support member including
a common supply channel extending in the first direction and configured to supply liquid to the supply openings of the plurality of recording element boards, and
a common recovery channel extending in the first direction and configured to recover liquid from the recovery openings of the plurality of recording element boards.

US Pat. No. 10,029,474

LIQUID STORAGE UNIT, LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS USING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF REMOVING BUBBLES FROM LIQUID STORAGE UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid storage unit, comprising:a first liquid storage chamber having a constant volume and being capable of holding liquid supplied from a liquid tank;
a second liquid storage chamber communicating with the first liquid storage chamber, the second liquid storage chamber storing the liquid therein;
a pressure control chamber configured to change a pressure of the pressure control chamber through actuation of a pressure control unit;
a liquid flow path member configured to hold a liquid discharge head configured to discharge the liquid, the liquid flow path member comprising a flow path connecting the first liquid storage chamber to the liquid discharge head;
a joint member on which the liquid tank is mounted;
a seal member configured to seal a gap between the liquid flow path member and the joint member; and
an elastic member being configured to tightly partition the second liquid storage chamber and the pressure control chamber from each other and being deformable so as to increase and decrease a volume of the second liquid storage chamber in accordance with the pressure of the pressure control chamber,
wherein the liquid flow path member, the joint member, and the seal member form the first liquid storage chamber, the second liquid storage chamber, and the pressure control chamber,
wherein the elastic member is a part of the seal member,
wherein the elastic member is capable of removing bubbles in the first liquid storage chamber by increasing and decreasing the volume of the second liquid storage chamber through the deformation, and
wherein a wall member of the first liquid storage chamber is thicker than the elastic member, and an area of an inner surface of the first liquid storage chamber is larger than a surface area of the elastic member.

US Pat. No. 10,033,438

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply unit that wirelessly supplies power to an electronic apparatus;
a communication unit that performs wireless communication for acquiring status information from the electronic apparatus;
a detection unit that detects an external apparatus different from the electronic apparatus; and
a control unit that performs control so that the wireless communication is repeatedly performed with the electronic apparatus, after performing authentication via the communication unit,
wherein the control unit performs the authentication again in a case where timing at which communication is to be performed with the electronic apparatus via the communication unit comes in a state that the external apparatus different from the electronic apparatus is newly detected by the detection unit after the power supply unit starts wirelessly supplying power, and
wherein the control unit does not perform the authentication again in a case where timing at which communication is to be performed with the electronic apparatus via the communication unit comes in a state that the electronic apparatus different from the electronic apparatus is not newly detected by the detection unit after the power supply unit starts wirelessly supplying power.

US Pat. No. 10,025,250

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CORRECTS COLOR MISREGISTRATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of image forming units configured to form images each having a different color;
an intermediate transfer member onto which the images formed by the plurality of image forming units are transferred;
a detection unit configured to detect a color pattern formed on the intermediate transfer member, the color pattern being used for detecting color misregistration;
a controller configured to control the plurality of image forming units to form a plurality of first color patterns having different colors at a first image forming speed on the intermediate transfer member, control the detection unit to detect first color misregistration amounts, control the plurality of image forming units to form a plurality of second color patterns having the different colors at a second image forming speed different from the first image forming speed on the intermediate transfer member, and control the detection unit to detect second color misregistration amounts;
a generation unit configured to generate first correlation data based on the first color misregistration amounts and the second color misregistration amounts, and generate second correlation data based on the first correlation data; and
a correction unit configured to correct an image formation position based on the first color misregistration amounts in a case where the image forming units form images at the first image forming speed, correct the image formation position based on the first color misregistration amounts and the first correlation data generated by the generation unit in a case where the image forming units form images at the second image forming speed, and correct the image formation position based on the first color misregistration amounts and the second correlation data generated by the generation unit in a case where the image forming units form images at a third image forming speed,
wherein the third image forming speed is different from the first image forming speed, and
wherein the third image forming speed is different from the second image forming speed.

US Pat. No. 10,012,741

RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation detection apparatus comprising:a housing;
a first radiation imaging panel and a second radiation imaging panel arranged to overlap each other in the housing; and
a radiation absorbing portion arranged between the first radiation imaging panel and the second radiation imaging panel,
wherein the radiation absorbing portion comprises:
a first member with energy at a K-absorption edge of 38 keV to 60 keV; and
a second member,
wherein the first member comprises a resin with added particles containing at least one element selected from the group consisting of lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, promethium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, and thulium, and
wherein the second member comprises a metal plate containing at least one element selected from the group consisting of copper, silver, zinc, and tin.

US Pat. No. 10,012,938

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM, AND SPECTROPHOTOMETRIC APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination optical system, comprising:a light source; and
a light guiding member configured to guide a light flux emitted from the light source to an illuminated surface,
the light guiding member having:
an incident surface into which the light flux from the light source enters;
an ellipsoidal reflection surface configured to reflect the light flux from the incident surface; and
an exit surface from which the light flux reflected by the ellipsoidal reflection surface exits,
wherein the light source is arranged so as to be separated from a first focal point of the ellipsoidal reflection surface at a position farther from the illuminated surface, in a direction perpendicular to a light emitting surface of the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,009,494

IMAGE READING APPARATUS WITH END DETECTION AND IMAGE READING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:a tray on which an original is to be placed;
a conveyor configured to convey the original placed on the tray;
a sensor configured to read an image of the original that is being conveyed by the conveyor and to output image data;
a controller configured to:
perform an edge detection process on each pixel in a plurality of lines near a front end of the original, and to obtain, for each pixel, a result of the edge detection process,
generate a logical addition of the results of the edge detection process for each point in a main scanning direction to obtain edge information which indicates whether or not an image of an edge portion is detected at the each point, the main scanning direction being orthogonal to a conveying direction in which the original is conveyed, and
detect, based on the edge information, a portion where a given number of successive edge portions are detected in the main scanning direction to determine an original end portion in the main scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 10,009,497

NETWORK COMMUNICATION APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH AUTO-SHUTDOWN FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a computer-executable program for executing a method of controlling a network communication apparatus that includes a network port connectable to a telephone line and a communicator that communicates with an external apparatus via the telephone line,wherein the method comprises:
executing shutdown processing for stopping supply of electric power to the network communication apparatus when an auto-shutdown shifting time period elapses without receiving a user's operation;
detecting whether or not the network port is connected to the telephone line;
determining whether or not the shutdown processing is enabled; and
displaying, when it is detected that the network port is changed from a state of not being connected to the telephone line to a state of being connected to the telephone line, a selection screen for prompting a user to select whether or not to execute the shutdown processing.

US Pat. No. 10,007,232

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING FIXING DEVICE AND BLOWER FOR THE FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms a toner image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form the toner image on a recording medium;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image on the recording medium while conveying and heating the recording medium bearing the toner image at a fixing nip portion, the fixing unit including a heating member, and a pressurizing member forming the fixing nip portion with the heating member, a conveyance roller pair configured to convey the recording medium on which the toner image has been fixed at the fixing nip portion, and a cover covering the heating member and the conveyance roller pair;
a blower unit including a duct and a fan configured to blow air to a non-sheet-passing area of the heating member, the duct including a first opening through which airflow from the fan is directed to the non-sheet-passing area of the heating member and a second opening through which airflow from the fan discharges air surrounding the conveyance roller pair,
wherein the cover includes a third opening, and airflow from the fan is directed through the second opening of the duct and the third opening of the cover to discharge air surrounding the conveyance roller pair.

US Pat. No. 10,009,540

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR SETTING A COMBINATION PARAMETER FOR COMBINING A PLURALITY OF IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing device comprising:an image capturing unit configured to perform image capturing by forming a subject image of a subject with an optical system;
an operation unit configured to set, by user operation thereof, selection conditions and at least one of a focus position, an f-stop, or a zoom magnification,
wherein the operation unit includes a focus adjustment ring for setting the focus position, an aperture adjustment ring for setting the f-stop, and a zoom adjustment ring for setting the zoom magnification, the focus adjustment ring, aperture adjustment ring, and zoom adjustment ring included in a lens barrel of the optical system;
a central processing unit (CPU);
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the CPU, cause the CPU to:
generate a plurality of combined images by performing combination processing on an image captured by the image capturing unit using a plurality of image combination parameters, wherein each combined image of the plurality of combined images is combination processed using a different combination parameter of the plurality of image combination parameters;
retain the plurality of combined images; and
select at least one combined image from the plurality of combined images based on the selection conditions set by the operation unit, wherein the selection conditions are set based on user operation of at least one of the focus adjustment ring, the aperture adjustment ring, or the zoom adjustment ring of the operation unit after the image is captured by the image capturing unit; and
a display unit configured to display the selected at least one combined image.

US Pat. No. 10,009,544

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME AND IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:an image capturing unit which generates image data of an object;
an information adder which adds recording region information that indicates a region to be recorded and display region information that indicates a region to be displayed to the image data as a header information;
an output unit which outputs the image data to which the recording region information and the display region information is added; and
an image processor which extracts a recording region from the image data which is specified by the cording region information for recording and extracts a display region from the image data which is specified by the display region information for display.

US Pat. No. 10,008,048

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:
acquire an image of a breast;
acquire information on a position of a nipple of the breast in a three-dimensional coordinate system to which the image of the breast belongs;
specify a plurality of places in the image spaced apart from the nipple of the breast by a plurality of three-dimensional distances set at equal intervals on the basis of the information on the position of the nipple;
generate a composite image including the image and information indicating the plurality of places; and
cause a display unit to display the composite image.

US Pat. No. 10,005,283

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head including a substrate having formed thereon an energy generating element, wiring for supplying power to the energy generating element, and a supply port for supplying a liquid, the substrate having laminated thereon a flow path forming member on which a flow path for guiding the liquid supplied from the supply port to the energy generating element is formed, the method comprising:a step for forming a resin layer by applying a resin to form an area to be the flow path on the substrate;
a first smoothing step for smoothing a surface of the resin layer so that the resin layer has a first thickness, by pressing the resin layer with a smoothing member;
a concave-portion-forming step for forming a concave portion on the resin layer by removing a portion of the resin layer smoothed by the first smoothing step; and
a second smoothing step for smoothing a surface of the resin layer so that the resin layer has a second thickness, which is less than the first thickness, by pressing the resin layer on which the concave portion is formed by the concave-portion-forming step with the smoothing member.

US Pat. No. 10,002,315

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of communicating with an external apparatus storing first print data, the image forming apparatus comprising:a display unit configured to display information;
a storage unit configured to store second print data;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet based on the first print data or the second print data;
one or more processors; and
a memory storing executable instructions, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image forming apparatus to perform:
acquiring bibliographic information about a plurality of print data including the first print data and the second print data;
sending a request to the external apparatus for acquiring status of the external apparatus;
displaying a screen for selecting print data from among the plurality of print data including the first print data and the second print data on the display unit based on the bibliographic information; and
causing the image forming unit to form an image based on receiving a printing instruction for the selected print data via the screen,
wherein information that indicates that the first print data is printable or not printable is displayed on the screen depending on whether or not the status of the external apparatus has been acquired from the external apparatus according to the acquisition request.

US Pat. No. 9,998,738

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, IMAGE ENCODING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus which encodes an image, the apparatus comprising:a computer executing instructions that, when executed by the computer, cause the computer to function as:
a first acquiring unit configured to acquire an evaluation value for a block being a division of the image;
a determining unit configured to determine a class to which the block belongs to among a plurality of classes based on the evaluation value acquired by the first acquiring unit;
a second acquiring unit configured to acquire count information describing the number of blocks belonging to a predetermined class of the plurality of classes; and
a setting unit configured to set a quantization parameter usable for encoding a block belonging to a different class from the predetermined class based on the count information acquired by the second acquiring unit.

US Pat. No. 9,996,482

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that can communicate with an external device via a local interface, comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of the instructions stored in the memory, causes the information processing apparatus to:
receive an access instruction to access a web server of the external device connected via the local interface;
determine whether or not access request information issued by the access instruction includes port information used in a connection to the external device via the local interface;
in a case where the determination determines that the access request information does not include the port information, perform a search process for searching for the external device; and
start up a communication control unit by using port information, as a startup parameter, corresponding to the external device searched for by the search process,
wherein the communication control unit started up by the start-up communicates with the web server of the external device via the local interface.

US Pat. No. 9,996,018

TONER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle, the toner particle containing:a resin;
a pigment; and
a pigment dispersant, wherein:
the resin comprises a polar resin having an acid value of 2.0 to 30.0 mgKOH/g, and
the pigment dispersant comprises:
the structure represented by the following formula (1) or a tautomer thereof, and
a polymer moiety having a vinyl copolymer structure or polyester structure,

wherein:
X, Y and Z each independently represent —O—, a methylene group, or —NR4—, and R4 represents a hydrogen atom, or a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms,
R1 represents a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group, a polycyclic aromatic group, or a heterocyclic group,
R2 represents a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group, an aralkyl group, a linear, branched, or cyclic alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, or a monovalent group obtained by substituting a methylene group of a main chain of an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms by an ether bond, an ester bond, or an amide bond,
R3 represents a substituted or unsubstituted phenylene group, a linear, branched, or cyclic alkylene group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, or a divalent group obtained by substituting a methylene group of a main chain of an alkylene group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms by an ether bond, an ester bond, or an amide bond,
W represents a linking group to the polymer moiety,
a substituent of the substituted phenyl group and a substituent of the substituted phenylene group are each a methyl group, a methoxy group, a hydroxy group, a nitro group, a chloro group, a carboxy group, an amino group, a dimethylamino group, a carboxylic acid amide group, or a ureido group,
the polycyclic aromatic group is a group obtained by naphthalene, anthracene, phenanthrene, or anthraquinone by removing one hydrogen atom therefrom, and
the heterocyclic group is a group obtained by imidazole, oxazole, thiazole, pyridine, indole, benzimidazole, benzimidazolinone, or phthalimide by removing one hydrogen atom therefrom.

US Pat. No. 9,996,032

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPMENT APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container, comprising:a casing that contains developer; and
a belt-shaped conveying member configured to convey the developer and including a partitioning portion, the partitioning portion being a partition for the developer contained in the casing with respect to a conveying direction in which the developer is conveyed,
wherein the partitioning portion is in contact with an interior surface of the casing when the developer container is new and extends in a direction intersecting with the conveying direction in which the developer is conveyed,
wherein, when the developer container is new, a first developer amount which is an amount of the developer contained at an upstream side that is upstream of the partitioning portion in the conveying direction, is larger than a second developer amount which is an amount of the developer contained at a downstream side that is downstream of the partitioning portion in the conveying direction,
the partitioning portion (i) being moved to downstream side in the conveying direction together with the conveying member and moved relative to the casing or (ii) being joined to the casing and moved relative to the conveying member when the conveying member moves in circulating direction.

US Pat. No. 9,996,307

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT DETERMINES WHETHER A FORMAT OF NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION TAG DATA IS APPROPRIATE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory that stores instructions; and
a processor that, upon execution of the instructions stored in the memory, functions to:
determine, in a case where the information processing apparatus obtains data from an NFC (Near Field Communication) tag of a printing apparatus, whether a format of the data is an appropriate format,
perform processing for transmitting, if it is determined at least that the format of the data is the appropriate format and a print target file has been selected already in the information processing apparatus, a print job for printing the selected print target file to the printing apparatus identified in accordance with the data, and
execute, if it is determined that the format of the data is not the appropriate format, an error display.

US Pat. No. 9,990,704

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

22. An image processing apparatus comprising: one or more processors; and one or more memories storing a program which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the image processing apparatus to execute: obtaining a brightness range value used during processing for adjusting a dynamic range of display-image data; and generating the display-image data on the basis of the obtained brightness range value, using first image data and brightness difference data expressing a correspondence relationship between gradation values of the first image data and gradation values of second image data having a dynamic range wider than a dynamic range of the first image data, wherein in the generating, when the obtained brightness range value is within a predetermined range, the image processing apparatus generates the display-image data such that when the obtained brightness range value becomes smaller, (1) the dynamic range of the display-image data becomes narrower, and (2) the difference between a maximum gradation value of the dynamic range of the display-image data and a maximum gradation value of the dynamic range of the first image data becomes smaller.

US Pat. No. 9,988,227

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:a conveying roller configured to convey a sheet;
an abutment member against which a leading end of the sheet conveyed by the conveying roller abuts, the abutment member being provided at a downstream side of the conveying roller in a conveying direction in which the sheet is conveyed;
a motor configured to drive the conveying roller;
a phase determiner configured to determine a rotation phase of a rotor of the motor;
a controller configured to control the motor by controlling a value of a torque current component and a value of an excitation current component so that a difference between an instruction phase representing a target phase of the rotor and the rotation phase determined by the phase determiner is decreased, the torque current component being a current component having a current value represented in a rotating coordinate system based on the rotation phase, which generates torque in the rotor, and the excitation current component being a current component having a current value represented in the rotating coordinate system based on the rotation phase, which affects a strength of a magnetic flux through a winding of the motor; and
a torque determiner configured to determine load torque exerted on the rotor,
wherein the controller continues driving of the motor if the load torque determined by the torque determiner is lower than predetermined torque when the conveying roller conveys the sheet in a state in which the leading end of the sheet abuts against the abutment member to deflect the sheet and stops the driving of the motor if the load torque determined by the torque determiner is higher than or equal to the predetermined torque when the conveying roller conveys the sheet in a state in which the leading end of the sheet abuts against the abutment member to deflect the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,992,095

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for controlling a communication apparatus configured to perform, by using an internet protocol (IP) network in conformity with ITU-T Recommendation version V.34, packet communication of facsimile image data as audio data via a first channel and to perform facsimile procedure signal exchange via a second channel, wherein the communication apparatus includes a buffer configured to temporarily store transmitted and received packets to synchronize the transmitted and received packets between a transmitting side and a receiving side, the control method comprising:executing pre-procedure for facsimile communication via the second channel in conformity with ITU-T Recommendation version V.30;
executing synchronization procedure for the first channel after execution of the pre-procedure;
receiving facsimile image data via the first channel after execution of the synchronization procedure for the first channel;
shifting to the second channel after receiving the facsimile image data;
executing control processing including (1), (2), and (3) below at a timing of shifting to the second channel:
(1) acquiring a number of packets stored in the buffer,
(2) executing packet processing, including discarding one or more packets stored in the buffer in a case where the number of acquired packets exceeds a first threshold value and inserting a silent packet in the buffer in a case where the number of acquired packets does not exceed a second threshold value that is less than the first threshold value, and
(3) executing synchronization procedure for the second channel after execution of the packet processing; and
executing post-procedure for facsimile communication via the second channel in conformity with ITU-T Recommendation version V.30 after completion of executing the control processing.

US Pat. No. 9,992,612

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO WIRELESSLY SUPPLY POWER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply unit configured to wirelessly supply power to an electronic apparatus;
a communication unit configured to receive information regarding the electronic apparatus from the electronic apparatus; and
a control unit configured to control whether to perform a process for detecting a foreign object according to whether the information is updated by the electronic apparatus,
wherein the control unit controls the power supply unit so as to supply first power to the electronic apparatus, if the information is determined not to be updated by the electronic apparatus, and
wherein the control unit controls the power supply unit so as to supply second power, which is set based on the information, to the electronic apparatus according to non-detection of the foreign object, if the information is determined to be updated by the electronic apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,991,598

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:an antenna unit including an antenna pattern;
a magnetic member that covers at least a part of the antenna unit; and
a non-contact type integrated circuit,
wherein the antenna unit, the magnetic member, and the integrated circuit are included in a wireless communication device,
wherein a ratio of an area of the magnetic member to an area of a region including an outermost periphery of the antenna pattern is 90% or more,
wherein the ratio of the area of the magnetic member to the area of the region including the outermost periphery of the antenna pattern is determined such that a deviation between a resonant frequency of the wireless communication device and a target resonant frequency falls within a range of ?1.720% to +4.334%, and the range of ?1.720% to +4.334% is determined based on a first deviation and a second deviation, and
wherein the first deviation is determined based on a decrease in a communication distance between the wireless communication device and another wireless communication device, and the second deviation is determined based on a capacitance tolerance of a capacitor connected between the antenna unit and the integrated circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,992,368

COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION WITH USB DEVICES, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication control method of controlling a printing apparatus that controls communications between a USB device and a control apparatus, which controls the USB device, the control method comprising:determining whether the USB device has been connected to the printing apparatus;
determining whether the control apparatus has been connected to the printing apparatus;
determining whether a communication for controlling the USB device is being carried out via the printing apparatus; and
controlling supply of power to the printing apparatus and the USB device,
wherein, when the USB device and the control apparatus are connected to the printing apparatus, and a communication via the printing apparatus is being carried out, the printing apparatus and the USB device are not shifted into a power saving mode in which supply of power to the printing apparatus and the USB device is limited, and when the USB device and the control apparatus are connected to the printing apparatus, and a communication via the printing apparatus is not being carried out, the printing apparatus and the USB device are shifted into the power saving mode.

US Pat. No. 9,989,895

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a movable endless belt stretched by a plurality of stretching rollers;
a first image bearing member which is provided above said belt at a position opposing said belt and on which a first toner image is formed;
a plurality of second image bearing members which are provided above said belt at positions opposing said belt and on which second toner images are formed, respectively, said second image bearing members being arranged upstream of said first image bearing member with respect to a movement direction of said belt;
a first transfer roller, urged toward said first image bearing member in contact with an inner peripheral surface of said belt, configured to form a first transfer nip;
a plurality of second transfer rollers, urged toward said second image bearing members in contact with the inner peripheral surface of said belt, capable of forming a plurality of second transfer nips, said second transfer rollers being movable in a direction including a vertical direction;
a first auxiliary roller provided in contact with the inner peripheral surface of said belt at a position adjacent to and upstream of a most upstream second transfer roller among said plurality of second transfer rollers with respect to the movement direction of said belt, said first auxiliary roller being movable in the direction including the vertical direction;
a second auxiliary roller provided between said first transfer roller and a most downstream second transfer roller among said plurality of second transfer rollers with respect to the movement direction of said belt, said second auxiliary roller being movable in the direction including the vertical direction;
a first moving mechanism capable of moving said second transfer rollers in the direction including the vertical direction, a second moving mechanism capable of moving said first auxiliary roller in the direction including the vertical direction, and a third moving mechanism capable of moving said second auxiliary roller in the direction including the vertical direction; and
an executing portion capable of executing operations in first and second modes, wherein in the operation of the first mode, said second transfer rollers, said first auxiliary roller, and said second auxiliary roller are set in a first arrangement to form the first transfer nip and the second transfer nips and the second toner images and the first toner image are successively transferred from said second image bearing members and said first image bearing member, respectively, onto said belt, and in the operation in the second mode, said second transfer rollers, said first auxiliary roller, and said second auxiliary roller are set in a second arrangement to form the first transfer nip and in a state in which said belt is spaced from said second image bearing members and in which said second transfer rollers are spaced from said belt, and only the first toner image is transferred from said first image bearing member onto said belt to form an image,
wherein each of positions of said second transfer rollers and said first auxiliary roller with respect to the vertical direction is lower in the second arrangement than in the first arrangement, and
wherein in the second arrangement, in a state in which said first auxiliary roller contacts the inner peripheral surface of said belt, a position of a top of said first auxiliary roller is higher than an uppermost position among positions of tops of said second transfer rollers with respect to the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,987,848

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND CLEANING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:a conveyance unit configured to convey a record medium in a first direction;
a recording head having a nozzle arrangement region in which a plurality of nozzles for discharging ink is arranged in a second direction intersecting the first direction, the recording head being configured to perform a recording operation for recording on the record medium;
a cleaning unit configured to perform a cleaning operation on the recording head; and
a control unit configured to control the cleaning operation performed by the cleaning unit,
wherein a change operation changes relative position relation between a region where the record medium passes and the nozzle arrangement region,
wherein the control unit acquires end passage positions and a passage region, the end passage positions being positions in the nozzle arrangement region facing to positions where two side edges of the record medium in the second direction pass in a first recording operation before the change operation is performed, and the passage region being a region in the nozzle arrangement region facing to a region where the record medium passes in a second recording operation after the change operation is performed, and
wherein the control unit performs control for executing the cleaning operation in a case where the end passage position is included in the passage region, and control for not executing the cleaning operation in a case where the end passage position is not included in the passage region.

US Pat. No. 9,990,666

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR DELIVERING A RECOMMENDATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of displaying a recommendation on a display, said method comprising:receiving, by a server, a usage profile of an electronic device via a communication network, the usage profile comprising at least information related to a number of user inputs in relation to the electronic device for a period of time, the usage profile being determined by determining, using the electronic device, user inputs in relation to the electronic device;
accessing, by the server, an engagement profile associated with a task to be recommended, the engagement profile comprising a field indicating a number of user inputs required in order to perform the task to be recommended on the electronic device;
determining, by the server, a suitability rating for a recommendation to perform the task on the electronic device by comparing the usage profile and the engagement profile using a plurality of weighting factors, wherein comparing the usage profile and the engagement profile includes performing a first comparison and a second comparison, the first comparison performed by comparing first information included in the engagement profile with first information included in the usage profile, the second comparison performed by comparing second information included in the engagement profile with second information included in the usage profile, and wherein using a plurality of weighting factors includes using a first weighting factor for the first comparison and a second weighting factor for the second comparison, the second weighting factor different from the first weighting factor;
determining, by the server, a time for delivering the recommendation to perform the task on the electronic device based on a device type of the electronic device; and
sending, to the electronic device, the recommendation to perform the task on the electronic device based on the determined time for delivering the recommendation and a determination that the suitability rating exceeds a predetermined threshold, wherein the electronic device is configured to present the recommendation on the display.

US Pat. No. 9,987,855

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus used for processing of reproducing a target object by applying color onto a structure formed based on a concavo-convex signal indicating a shape of the target object, the image processing apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain concavo-convex data including the concavo-convex signal indicating the shape of the target object, color data including a color signal indicating color for each position of the target object, and color reproducibility according to a shape of concavo-convex;
a determining unit configured to determine a correction area based on the obtained concavo-convex data, color data, and color reproducibility, the correction area being an area in which color reproducibility represented by the color data is decreased according to the shape represented by the concavo-convex data; and
a correction unit configured to correct the concavo-convex data obtained by the obtaining unit by smoothing the concavo-convex signal corresponding to the determined correction area.

US Pat. No. 9,991,450

SPIRO[CYCLOPENTA[DEF]TRIPHENYLENE-4,9?-FLUORENE] COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A spiro[cyclopenta[def]triphenylene-4,9?-fluorene] compound represented by the following General Formula [1]:
wherein R1 to R8 are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen atoms, phenyl groups, biphenyl groups, terphenyl groups, naphthyl groups, phenanthryl groups, triphenylene groups, fluorenyl groups, dibenzothiophene groups, carbonyl groups, amino groups, and spiro[cyclopenta[def]triphenylene-4,9?-fluorene] groups, wherein
the phenyl groups, the biphenyl groups, the terphenyl groups, the naphthyl groups, the phenanthryl groups, the triphenylene groups, the fluorenyl groups, the dibenzothiophene groups, the carbonyl groups, the amino groups, and the spiro[cyclopenta[def]triphenylene-4,9?-fluorene] groups optionally have substituents selected from alkyl groups, phenyl groups, carbonyl groups having phenyl groups, substituted amino groups, and dibenzothiophene groups;
wherein R8 is selected from the group consisting of phenyl groups, biphenyl groups, terphenyl groups, naphthyl groups, phenanthryl groups, triphenylene groups, fluorenyl groups, dibenzothiophene groups, carbonyl groups, amino groups, and spiro[cyclopenta[def]triphenylene-4,9?-fluorene] groups.

US Pat. No. 9,983,528

PRINTING SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for a bookbinding printing, the apparatus comprising:a receiver that receives a print job having print data of a plurality of pages; and
a processor that is capable of imposing print data to a first area which is a half area on one surface of a front and back of a recording sheet on which print data is to be printed, a second area which is another half area on the one surface, a third area which is a half area on another surface of the front and back of the recording sheet, and a fourth area which is another half area on the another surface,
wherein in a case where a predetermined bookbinding mode has been set to the print job, the processor:
(a) imposes print data to the first, third, and fourth areas on a first recording sheet on which a first page of the print job is to be printed, and does not impose print data to the second area on the first recording sheet,
(b) imposes print data to the third and fourth areas on a second recording sheet on which fourth and subsequent pages of the print job are to be printed, and does not impose print data to the first and second areas on the second recording sheet, and
(c) imposes print data to at least the third area among the second, third, and fourth areas on a third recording sheet on which the last page of the print job is to be printed, and does not impose print data to the first area on the third recording sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,986,117

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:a display configured to display a print job history screen which represents a list of a plurality of already-printed print jobs;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor, the at least one memory having stored thereon data used in execution of a print job and instructions, which when executed by the at least one processor, cause the image processing device to:
selectively set a reprint function included in the image processing device to be enabled or disabled according to user operation on a reprint setting screen to be displayed by the display, wherein the setting via the reprint setting screen applies not only to a specific print job to be printed but also to the list of the plurality of already-printed print jobs represented on the print job history screen displayed by the display;
in a case where the reprint function is set to be enabled, reprint an already-printed print job using the data stored in the at least one memory, wherein the already-printed print job is selected from the list of the plurality of already-printed print jobs represented on the print job history screen displayed by the display,
selectively set a delete function included in the image processing device to be enabled or disabled according to user operation on a job security setting screen to be displayed by the display, wherein the setting via the job security setting screen applies not only to a specific print job to be printed but also to a plurality of print jobs executed by the image processing apparatus;
delete, after execution of a print job is completed, data used in executing the print job from the at least one memory by overwriting the data by other data in a case where the delete function is set to be enabled,
set the reprinting function to be disabled in response to setting of the delete function to be enabled, and
restrict the display to not accept an instruction to reprint any one of the already-printed print jobs included in the displayed print job history screen in a case where the delete function is set to be enabled,
wherein, in a case where the delete function is set to be disabled, the display displays on the print job history screen a reprint button for accepting the instruction to reprint at least one of the already-printed print jobs, and
wherein, in a case where the delete function is set to be enabled, the display does not display the reprint button on the print job history screen.

US Pat. No. 9,986,145

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of participating in a network formed by an access point, the communication apparatus comprising:a communication interface configured to communicate with a data processing apparatus;
a processor configured to control the communication interface to establish communication with the data processing apparatus via a network and to perform data communication with the data processing apparatus;
wherein the communication interface is further configured to receive, after the communication apparatus participates in the network, from the data processing apparatus a notification indicating whether the data processing apparatus has formed the network as the access point and to receive a notification indicating an external access point different from the data processing apparatus has formed the network; and
a display device configured to display a menu for accepting a predetermined instruction for transmission or reception of data via an Internet, wherein
if it is determined that the data processing apparatus has formed the network as the access point based on the notification received by the communication interface, the processor is configured to control the display device to cause a user to recognize that the predetermined instruction is not accepted, and
if it is determined that the external access point apparatus has formed the network based on the notification received by the communication interface, the processor is configured to thereby control the display device to cause a user to recognize that the predetermined instruction is accepted.
US Pat. No. 9,981,292

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:a perovskite metal oxide represented by following general formula (1);
Mn; and
a trivalent Bi,
wherein an amount of the Mn is 0.0020 moles or more and 0.0150 moles or less relative to 1 mole of the metal oxide, and an amount of the Bi is 0.00042 moles or more and 0.00850 moles or less relative to 1 mole of the metal oxide
Baa(Ti1-xZrx)O3  (1)where 0.02?x?0.13 and 0.986?a?1.02, andwherein a relative density of the piezoelectric material is 93% or more and 100% or less.

US Pat. No. 9,985,962

AUTHORIZATION SERVER, AUTHENTICATION COOPERATION SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authorization server comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the at least one processor, controls the processor act as:
a unit configured to receive an authorization token generation request along with a representative authorization token information and a local user information from a client device, the client device receiving transfer of an authority for using an application server based on an authorization operation performed by a user, the client device registering a first authorization token issued based on the transfer as representative authorization token information,
wherein the local user information is user information used in a local authentication process performed by a local authentication server, which is connected to the client device via a local network, and the unit receives the authorization token generation request after the user is locally authenticated by the local authentication server;
a unit configured to, in a case, where the client device is authenticated successfully on the basis of the representative authorization token information received along with the authorization token generation request, respond with a second authorization token to the client device and generate and store authorization token information by associating the local user information received along with the authorization token generation request with the second authorization token;
a determination unit configured to receive an authorization token verification request including the second authorization token from the application server that received a processing request along with the second authorization token from the client device, and, in a case that the authorization token is verified successfully on the basis of the received second authorization token and the authorization token information, determine whether a local authentication cooperation mode of a tenant identified by the second authorization token is enabled or not; and
a responding unit configured to, if determined by the determination unit that the local authentication cooperation mode is enabled, respond with the local user information included in the authorization token information and tenant information included in the authorization token information to the application server, and, if determined by the determination unit that the local authentication cooperation mode is not enabled, respond with another user ID included in the authorization token information,
wherein the application server processes a request from the client device based on the received local user information.

US Pat. No. 9,985,780

HASH VALUE GENERATING DEVICE THAT PERFORMS ROUND PROCESSING OF A HASH ALGORITHM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A hash value generating device comprising:a ? processor operating to perform ? processing included in round processing of Secure Hash Algorithm 3 (SHA-3 algorithm);
a ? processor operating to perform ? processing included in the round processing;
a ? processor operating to perform ? processing included in the round processing;
a ? processor operating to perform ? processing included in the round processing; and
an ? processor operating to perform ? processing included in the round processing,
wherein the ? processor includes a ?1 processor operating to calculate column sum and a ?2 processor operating to add the calculated column sum to a predetermined bit, and
wherein, in the round processing, the ? processor performs processing before the ?2 processor and the ? processor perform processing and after the ? processor performs processing.

US Pat. No. 9,977,638

JOB DELECTION CONTROL METHOD FOR AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for a data processing apparatus comprising:executing a transmission job for transmitting data;
storing, in a storage, history information of the executed transmission job;
receiving, from a user, a setting as to whether or not to delete a transmission job in which a communication error has occurred;
controlling, in accordance with the received setting, whether or not to delete the transmission job in which the communication error has occurred; and
controlling such that, in a case where a transmission job for transmitting the history information stored in the storage is executed, the transmission job for transmitting the history information stored in the storage, in which the communication error has occurred, is not deleted regardless of the received setting.

US Pat. No. 9,971,270

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising;an image forming unit configured to form an image on a printing medium;
a fixing unit configured to fix the image on the printing medium;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the printing medium along a conveyance path;
a color measurement unit configured to measure, downstream of the fixing unit in a conveyance direction of the printing medium, a color of the image;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information related to the printing medium; and
a controller configured to determine, based on the obtained information, a predetermined time for reducing an influence of thermochromism, and control, based on the predetermined time, the conveyance of the printing medium until the color measurement unit measures the color of the image formed on the printing medium after the printing medium passes the fixing unit.