US Pat. No. 10,469,842

ENCODER OPTIMIZATIONS FOR PALETTE LOSSLESS ENCODING OF CONTENT WITH SUBSAMPLED COLOUR COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of lossless encoding a block of pixels in an image, the method comprising the following steps:obtaining an input block of input pixels conforming to an input sampling scheme in which at least one sub-sampled input pixel includes main pixel component or components but has secondary pixel component or components missing;
up-sampling the input block into a pre-encode block of pre-encode pixels conforming to a pre-encode sampling scheme in which all pre-encode pixels have all main and secondary pixel components;
encoding the pre-encode block of pre-encode pixels using a palette coding mode, the palette coding mode using a palette comprising a set of entries associating respective entry indexes with corresponding sets of pixel component values, and
wherein encoding the pre-encode block during the lossless encoding of the block of pixels includes encoding at least one pre-encode pixel that corresponds to a sub-sampled input pixel, using a palette entry different from the pre-encode pixel, wherein the palette entry different from the pre-encode pixel includes a value of the main pixel component or components that is equal to a value of the main pixel component or components of the pre-encode pixel and includes a value of the secondary pixel component or components that is different from a value of the secondary pixel component or components of the pre-encode pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,462,696

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more computers that causes the communication apparatus to:
execute share processing for sharing a communication parameter;
execute search processing, by sending a probe request and receiving a probe response, to search a communication partner apparatus that executes the share processing in a plurality of channels including a first channel and a second channel, wherein the second channel is not adjacent to the first channel; execute wait processing, by waiting for a probe request from a communication partner apparatus, wherein, in a case where the communication apparatus receives a probe request during execution of the wait processing, the communication apparatus responds by sending a probe response; and
notifying an error in a case where an error occurs in the share processing,
wherein when the search processing in the first channel is finished, the communication apparatus execute the search processing in the second channel without the search processing in a third channel which is adjacent to the first channel and length of period for the wait processing is randomly determined.

US Pat. No. 10,459,125

OPTICAL MEMBER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL MEMBER, AND OPTICAL FILM OF OPTICAL MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an optical member including a laminated body configured to reduce light reflection disposed on a substrate, comprising:1) preparing a polymer solution by mixing a solution of a linear polyimide polymer dispersed in a solvent and a solution of a branched melamine polymer dispersed in a solvent;
2) applying the polymer solution to a substrate or a thin film disposed on the substrate and forming a polymer layer of the linear polyimide polymer on the branched melamine polymer on the substrate or the thin film, wherein the polymer layer comprises 37% by weight or more and 55% by weight or less of the branched melamine polymer and 45% by weight or more and 63% by weight or less of the linear polyimide polymer based on a total weight of the linear polyimide polymer and the branched melamine polymer; and
3) forming a porous layer or a layer having a textured structure on the polymer layer.

US Pat. No. 10,459,386

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus operable in a first mode, in which a job can be processed at a first printing speed, and a second mode, in which the job can be processed at a second printing speed faster than the first printing speed, the apparatus comprising:(A) a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
(B) at least one processor that executes the instructions:
(a) to receive a reservation of a period in which the image forming apparatus will operate in the second mode;
(b) to control the image forming apparatus to operate in the second mode, rather than the first mode, in accordance with the reservation;
(c) to set a function in which the image forming apparatus operates in the second mode to be one of disabled and enabled; and
(d) to enable the reservation to be received based on the set function being changed from disabled to enabled.

US Pat. No. 10,459,396

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus main body having a mounting portion; and
first and second units individually mountable to and detachable from the mounting portion,
wherein the apparatus main body includes:
a switching member movable between a first position and a second position, the first position being a position in which attachment and detachment of the first unit with respect to the apparatus main body is allowed and attachment and detachment of the second unit with respect to the apparatus main body is restricted, and the second position being a position in which the attachment and detachment of the first unit is restricted and the attachment and detachment of the second unit is allowed;
an opening through which the first and second units are detachably attachable to the mounting portion; and
an opening and closing member movable between an open position where the opening is not covered by the opening and closing member and a closed position where the opening is covered by the opening and the closing member,
wherein the switching member is configured to move from the second position to the first position in conjunction with movement of the opening and closing member from the open position to the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,462,470

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR COPYING A BLOCK OF VIDEO SAMPLES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of decoding a block of samples of an image frame from a video bitstream, the method comprising:accessing a plurality of components of a vector in the video bitstream, the plurality of components indicating a spatial location in the image frame of a block of reference samples that corresponds to the block samples;
reading a plurality of adaptation parameters corresponding to the plurality of components of the vector from a local memory, the adaptation parameters being determined based on a size of a coding unit containing the block of samples, the size of the coding unit being specified in luma samples;
decoding each of the plurality of components of the vector from the video bitstream using a corresponding adaptation parameter from the plurality of adaptation parameters, wherein each said adaptation parameter is updated, for use in decoding further vectors from the video bitstream, using the corresponding decoded component so that each said adaptation parameter is adapted to statistics of the corresponding component that are derived from a single sequence of image frames including the image frame, and wherein each adaptation parameter is updated independently of other adaptation parameters of the plurality of adaptation parameters;
copying the block of reference samples from the video bitstream using the plurality of decoded components of the vector and decoded components from the decoded further vectors; and
decoding the block of samples using the copied block of reference samples.

US Pat. No. 10,460,166

ROBUST SEGMENTATION OF RETINAL PIGMENT EPITHELIUM LAYER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A computer implemented method for determining a retinal pigment epithelium, the method comprising:identifying a plurality of regions by calculating a degree of polarization uniformity value using captured image data of an eye, the captured image data being polarization-sensitive OCT data of the eye;
fitting, by a processor, a plurality of curves to at least some of the identified regions, each fitted curve defining at least one first depolarising region at a predetermined distance above the fitted curve and at least one second depolarising region at the predetermined distance below the fitted curve;
for each of the fitted curves, determining, by the processor, a curve score, wherein contribution of a corresponding at least one second depolarizing region is weighted higher than contribution of a corresponding at least one first depolarizing region;
comparing, by the processor, the determined curve scores;
selecting, by the processor, one of the fitted curves using a result of the comparing to determine a position of a healthy retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) of the eye;
generating an en face RPE thickness map using the determined position of the healthy retinal pigment epithelium; and
evaluating at least one of size and the number of at least one of diseased regions in the en face RPE thickness map.

US Pat. No. 10,459,401

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus main body to which a cartridge including a photosensitive drum, a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer and a container configured to store the developer is detachably attached;
a light emission unit disposed close to the photosensitive drum, provided with a plurality of light emitting elements arranged in a rotational shaft direction of the photosensitive drum, and configured to irradiate the photosensitive drum with light to form a latent image;
a supporting member having a regulation portion configured to, when inserting the cartridge into the apparatus main body, regulate a movement in a direction perpendicularly intersecting with an insertion direction of the cartridge until an insertion of the cartridge is completed; and
a belt configured to come in contact with the photosensitive drum during image formation,
wherein the light emission unit is disposed upstream from the belt in the insertion direction, and
wherein, in a state where the insertion of the cartridge into the apparatus main body is completed, in a normal direction to the surface of the belt, a distance from a surface of the belt to a rotational shaft of the photosensitive drum is equal to or longer than a distance from the surface of the belt to an image forming position where light emitted by the light emission unit forms an image on a surface of the photosensitive drum, and the light emission unit is disposed in a space formed by the photosensitive drum, the container and the belt and is not disposed within the photosensitive drum.

US Pat. No. 10,459,976

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR APPLYING AN ANNOTATION TO A PORTION OF A VIDEO SEQUENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method implemented by a processor to apply an annotation to a portion of a video sequence, the method comprising:receiving the video sequence in real-time during capture of the video sequence;
monitoring, in real-time, a plurality of signals associated with the video sequence, wherein the plurality of monitored signals include at least two monitored signals of the following types of signals: an image capture apparatus motion signal, an image capture apparatus zoom signal, an image capture apparatus frame rate signal, a video image lighting signal, a video image colour signal, a video image blur signal, a video image edge density signal, a video image corner density signal, a video image face appearance signal, a video image character motion signal, a video image object motion signal, a video image ambient noise signal, and a video image dialog signal, wherein one of the at least two monitored signals is a type of signal that is different from a type of signal of the remainder of the at least two monitored signals;
receiving an indication associated with a spatial area of interest of at least one frame during capture of the video sequence;
selecting, from the at least two monitored signals, a temporal portion of one of the at least two monitored signals for annotation,
wherein selecting the temporal portion for annotation is based upon each of the following: (i) the spatial area of interest, (ii) a temporal variation measure in one of the at least two monitored signals, and (iii) the one of the at least two monitored signals having a signal change nearest to a time of subsequently receiving the indication, wherein the signal change is a most recent signal change of one of the at least two monitored signals relative to a different signal change of the remaining of the at least two monitored signals;
applying an annotation to a portion of the video sequence corresponding to the selected temporal portion; and
storing the annotation in an annotation record associated with the video sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,456,923

SENSOR AND ROBOT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sensor comprising:first and second support portions configured to be relatively displaceable with respect to each other;
a first displacement measuring unit configured to measure displacement between the first support portion and the second support portion and is an incremental type; and
a second displacement measuring unit configured to measure displacement between the first support portion and the second support portion and is not the incremental type,
wherein the second displacement measuring unit comprises:
a magnetic-flux generating source supported by one of the first support portion and the second support portion; and
a magnetoelectric transducer supported by another of the first support portion and the second support portion,
wherein the first displacement measuring unit comprises:
a scale supported by one of the first support portion and the second support portion; and
a head supported by another of the first support portion and the second support portion, and
wherein the scale, the head, the magnetoelectric transducer, and the magnetic-flux generating source are disposed such that the scale and the head oppose each other and are interposed between the magnetoelectric transducer and the magnetic-flux generating source.

US Pat. No. 10,462,346

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:a determination unit configured, in a case where a definition condition defining a plurality of conditions including an image quality condition for defining image quality of a captured image captured by an imaging apparatus is specified, to determine whether predetermined processing according to a different image is being performed, the different image being different from an image corresponding to the definition condition and being generated by the imaging apparatus; and
a control unit configured, in a case where the definition condition is specified, to control the imaging apparatus to generate an image not satisfying at least part of the conditions defined by the definition condition and satisfying the other condition(s) according to a result of determination by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,462,363

OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising a plurality of first image capturing optical systems facing different directions,wherein each of the first image capturing optical systems includes a reflective element configured to bend an optical path to an image sensor,
wherein optical paths in the first image capturing optical systems intersect with one another on an object side of each reflective element,
wherein each of the first image capturing optical systems includes, in order from the object side, a first lens unit having a negative refractive power, and a second lens unit having a positive refractive power, the second lens unit including the reflective element configured to bend the optical path to the image sensor, and
wherein in each of the first image capturing optical systems, a condition of 3.205?L/f?5.50 is satisfied, where L is a distance between the first lens unit and the second lens unit, and f is a focal length of a whole optical system.

US Pat. No. 10,459,558

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a printing unit configured to print an image;
a touch panel display which is able to display a first screen being not able to scroll and a second screen being able to scroll, wherein the second screen includes plural buttons corresponding to applications of the information processing apparatus;
a detection unit configured to detect that an instruction object touches the touch panel display;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether a touch determination condition is satisfied, the touch determination condition for executing a process corresponding to a display item touched on the touch panel display;
a second determination unit configured to determine whether a flick determination condition for scrolling the second screen is satisfied; and
a control unit
configured to carry out processing associated with the touched display item in a case where the display item in the first screen is touched,
configured to execute the process corresponding to the display item touched in a case where the display item displayed on the second screen is touched and the first determination unit determines that the touch determination condition is satisfied, and
configured to scroll the second screen in a case where the display item displayed on the second screen is touched and the second determination unit determines that the flick determination condition is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,462,635

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, PORTABLE TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND SERVICE PROVIDING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating, using predetermined wireless communication, with a wearable computer device, 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:
store information for identifying the information processing apparatus, wherein the stored information includes a device name and address information;
detect, by the predetermined wireless communication, the wearable computer device, which a user is wearing, wherein the stored information is different than information for identifying the detected wearable computer device;
receive information of a pairing terminal paired with the detected wearable computer device directly from the detected wearable computer device by using the predetermined wireless communication, and
in response to a reception of a request, transmit data according to the received information of the pairing terminal,
wherein the data is transmitted via a communication different from a communication between the detected wearable computer device and the pairing terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,462,400

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels each of which includes:
a photoelectric conversion portion which photoelectrically converts incident light to generate a signal charge;
a charge holding portion that accumulates the signal charge transferred from the photoelectric conversion portion;
a floating diffusion region to which the signal charge of the charge holding portion is transferred;
a first transfer gate configured to transfer the signal charge from the photoelectric conversion portion to the charge holding portion; and
a second transfer gate configured to transfer the signal charge from the charge holding portion to the floating diffusion region,
wherein:
the photoelectric conversion portion includes a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type, and a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity type including a majority carrier of a polarity of the signal charge formed under the first semiconductor region,
the charge holding portion includes a third semiconductor region of the first conductivity type, and a fourth semiconductor region of the second conductivity type formed under the third semiconductor region,
in a cross section including the charge holding portion, the floating diffusion region and the second transfer gate, a first side edge of the fourth semiconductor region on the floating diffusion region side is provided between the floating diffusion region and a first side edge of the third semiconductor region on the floating diffusion region side, and
in the cross section, the floating diffusion region and the fourth semiconductor region are isolated by a semiconductor region of the first conductivity type, the semiconductor region being in contact with a surface of a semiconductor substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,459,329

PROJECTION-TYPE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection-type display apparatus, comprising:a light source unit capable of emitting first color light, second color light, third color light, and near infrared light;
a first reflection-type light modulation element for modulating the first color light;
a second reflection-type light modulation element for modulating the second color light;
a third reflection-type light modulation element for modulating the third color light;
a color combining unit configured to combine the first color light coming from the first reflection-type light modulation element, the second color light coming from the second reflection-type light modulation element, and the third color light coming from the third reflection-type light modulation element and guides combined light to a projection optical system;
a color separation unit configured to guide the first color light coming from the light source unit in a direction different from a direction of the second color light and the third color light coming from the light source unit;
a first polarization-separation unit configured to guide the first color light coming from the color separation unit to the first reflection-type light modulation element and guides the first color light coming from the first reflection-type light modulation element to the color combining unit; and
a second polarization-separation unit configured to guide the second color light coming from the color separation unit to the second reflection-type light modulation element, guides the third color light to the third reflection-type light modulation element, and guides the second color light coming from the second reflection-type light modulation element and the third color light coming from the third reflection-type color modulation element to the color combining unit,
where in the color separation unit is configured to guide the near infrared light coming from the light source unit to the first polarization separation unit,
wherein the color combining unit is configured to guide the near infrared light coming from the first polarization-separation unit to the projection optical system, and
wherein the first color light is green light, the second color light is red light, and the third color light is blue light.

US Pat. No. 10,459,349

EXPOSURE METHOD, EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure method of exposing exposure regions on a substrate by illuminating a pattern on an original, the method comprising:moving the substrate during a period from a start to an end of exposure performed on any region among the exposure regions,
wherein a timing at which the substrate is moved during the period is determined on the basis of a difference between a width of a pattern formed on the substrate in a first direction and a width of the pattern formed on the substrate in a second direction different from the first direction, and the first and second directions are directions which are parallel with a surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,455,208

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:
acquire a color temperature of each of a first sensed image that is sensed by a first image sensing device and a second sensed image that is sensed by a second image sensing device different from the first image sensing device; and
adjust color information of at least one of the first and the second image sensing devices so that the first and the second image sensing devices use a common color temperature which is an average color temperature of the color temperatures acquired from the first and the second image sensing devices.

US Pat. No. 10,442,189

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a first power state and a second power state in which power consumption is lower than power consumption in the first power state, the printing apparatus comprising:a human sensor which includes a plurality of elements, each of the plurality of elements outputting a signal corresponding to a temperature;
a storage which stores background temperature data including a plurality of temperature values; and
a controller which determines whether the printing apparatus shifts from the second power state to the first power state, based on the background temperature data and the plurality of signals output from the human sensor,
wherein the controller selects one or more signals among the plurality of signals output from the human sensor based on a comparison between the plurality of temperature values of the background temperature data and the plurality of signals output from the human sensor, and updates at least one of the plurality of temperature values of the background temperature data using the selected one or more signals, wherein the controller does not use the other signals to update the plurality of temperature values of the background temperature data.

US Pat. No. 10,442,191

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:an ejection head including nozzles from which ink is ejected;
a print control unit configured to perform a printing operation by ejecting liquid from the ejection head; and
a reserving unit configured to reserve liquid supplied to the ejection head,
a circulating passage for circulating liquid between the reserving unit and the ejection head;
a recovery control unit configured to perform a recovery operation to recover an ejection state in the ejection head before the printing operation is performed by the print control unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to a degree of concentration of ink in the circulating passage; and
a setting unit configured to set a control mode among a plurality of control modes based on the acquired information so as to set
(i) a first control mode where a first recovery operation is performed and the printing operation is performed under a first printing condition, in a case where the degree represented by the information is lower than a predetermined degree; or
(ii) a second control mode where a second recovery operation for recovery at a lower level than a level at which the first recovery operation is performed, or the recovery operation is not performed, and the printing operation is performed under a second printing condition, in a case where the degree represented by the information is not lower than the predetermined degree,
wherein the second printing condition corresponds to at least one of (a) a higher target temperature, at which the ejection head is maintained during the printing operation, than a target temperature for the ejection head during the printing operation under the first printing condition and (b) a lower ejection frequency of the nozzles than an ejection frequency of the nozzles in the first printing condition.

US Pat. No. 10,442,192

PRINT ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print element substrate comprising:a plurality of nozzles;
heaters arranged in correspondence with the plurality of nozzles;
a plurality of temperature sensors including a first sensor and a second sensor;
a first generating unit configured to select the first sensor from the plurality of temperature sensors, and in a first period and a second period that follows the first period, generate a first temperature signal;
a second generating unit configured to select the second sensor from the plurality of temperature sensors, and in the second period and a third period that follows the second period, generate a second temperature signal;
a processing unit configured to receive the first temperature signal and the second temperature signal, and based on values of the received signals, output a signal indicating a discharge state; and
a switching unit configured to output to the processing unit the first temperature signal from the start of the second period until a predetermined timing of the second period, and at the predetermined timing, to switch a signal to be outputted to the processing unit from the first temperature signal to the second temperature signal.

US Pat. No. 10,447,875

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONVEYING SHEETS INTERMITTENTLY TO PRINTHEAD WHILE FORMING OVERLAPS STATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a feeding roller configured to feed a sheet;
a feeding motor configured to drive the feeding roller;
a conveyance roller configured to convey the sheet conveyed by the feeding roller;
a conveyance motor configured to drive the conveyance roller;
a printhead configured to print an image by discharging ink on the sheet conveyed by the conveyance roller;
a carriage mounting the printhead to move in an intersecting direction which intersects a direction the sheet is conveyed;
a printing control unit configured to perform a printing operation for printing an image on the sheet by repeating an operation of intermittently conveying the sheet by the conveyance roller and an operation of discharging ink by the printhead when the conveyance roller stops;
a detection unit, arranged between the feeding roller and the conveyance roller, configured to detect a leading edge of the sheet; and
a conveyance control unit configured to, during a period in which the conveyance motor is intermittently driven for the printing operation on a preceding sheet, drive the feeding motor intermittently in synchronization with the conveyance motor before a leading edge of a succeeding sheet is detected by the detection unit, and drive the feeding motor continuously without synchronizing with the conveyance motor after the leading edge of the succeeding sheet is detected by the detection unit in order to cause the leading edge of the succeeding sheet to overlap the preceding sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,447,878

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a scanner;
a printer;
a network controller configured to receive, from an external device via a network, a network print job for causing the printer to print information contained in the network print job;
an operation unit configured to receive, from a user, an instruction for executing a local print job for causing the printer to print information read by the scanner;
at least one memory configured to store the network print job, the local print job, and information indicating a shutdown time at which the image forming apparatus is to be turned off; and
at least one processor configured to determine, based on whether each of print jobs stored before the indicated shutdown time but not yet printed is the local print job, whether to print each of the print jobs, and to turn the image forming apparatus off based on the indicated shutdown time,
wherein the processor causes the printer to complete, before turning the image forming apparatus off based on the indicated shutdown time, printing on a sheet each print job which has been determined to be the local print job among the print jobs which have been stored before the indicated shutdown time but which have not been started for printing on a sheet yet at the indicated shutdown time, and
wherein the processor prevents the printer from printing on a sheet, before turning the image forming apparatus off based on the indicated shutdown time, at least one print job that is the network print job among the print jobs which have been stored before the indicated shutdown time but which have not been started for printing on a sheet yet at the indicated shutdown time.

US Pat. No. 10,447,881

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM, FOR EXTENDING IMAGE PROCESSING FUNCTIONALITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a storage storing a device control application for causing the image forming apparatus to carry out a job;
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
perform control to store on the storage an image processing plug-in application for extending the device control application;
provide a connection library for executing the image processing plug-in application in conjunction with execution of the device control application; and
perform control to store on the storage an independent function plug-in application operable independently of the device control application,
wherein the image processing plug-in application extends also the independent function plug-in application,
wherein the provided connection library is used also by the independent function plug-in application for executing the image processing plug-in application in conjunction with execution of the independent function plug-in application,
wherein, in a case where a request for executing image processing is received from the device control application, the provided connection library selectively calls an image processing library or the image processing plug-in application depending on content of the request, and
wherein, in a case where a request for executing image processing is received from the independent function plug-in application, the provided connection library selectively calls the image processing library or the image processing plug-in application depending on content of the request.

US Pat. No. 10,441,233

IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS, X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging control apparatus for an X-ray imaging apparatus which performs X-ray imaging in accordance with a plurality of pieces of imaging information displayed in an information display area of a display unit, comprising:a display control unit configured to control a display position of prepared imaging information in a completed state of preparation for X-ray imaging and a display position of unprepared imaging information in an uncompleted state of preparation for X-ray imaging in accordance with a reference position set in the information display area; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether the unprepared imaging information displayed in the information display area falls within the information display area by using the information display area and the display position of unprepared imaging information, wherein
the display control unit changes the display position of prepared imaging information and the display position of unprepared imaging information so as to make the unprepared imaging information fall within the information display area when the unprepared imaging information does not fall within the information display area, and
the display control unit does not change the display position of prepared imaging information and the display position of unprepared imaging information when the unprepared imaging information falls within the information display area.

US Pat. No. 10,447,904

LENS MOUNT FOR USE IN ATTACHMENT/REMOVAL OF INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens mount provided in an interchangeable lens as arranged to enable a removable attachment of the interchangeable lens to an image pickup apparatus body including a bayonet-lug portion,the lens mount comprising:
a fixed mount part including a lens-side mount surface arranged to contact a mount surface formed on the image pickup apparatus body and a first screw portion, and configured to be fixed to a fixing portion provided on the interchangeable lens; and
a movable mount part including a lug portion arranged to engage with the bayonet-lug portion and a second screw portion arranged to cooperate with the first screw portion,
wherein when said movable mount part is rotatable about an optical axis from a state in which the mount surface and the lens-side mount surface are in contact with each other and the bayonet-lug portion and said lug portion do not overlap each other, said movable mount part moves toward the fixing portion along the optical axis, as said second screw portion cooperates with said first screw portion, whereby said lug portion is brought into engagement with the bayonet-lug portion, and
wherein the movable mount part moves toward the fixed mount part along the optical axis, as said second screw portion cooperates with said first screw portion.

US Pat. No. 10,444,839

TERMINAL, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A terminal comprising:a detector configured to detect an operation to a surface of the terminal;
a deformable part arranged in the surface and configured to be deformable;
a display configured to perform display to the surface; and
a controller configured to perform a control of the deformable part based on the detected operation so that a place in the surface is deformed in a case where a function of an icon displayed at the place in the surface by the display is not allowed for an object that is displayed by the display and dragged or to be dragged to the icon.

US Pat. No. 10,447,915

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGING APPARATUS WITH FIRST AND SECOND FOCUS DETECTION DATA AT A TOP AND BOTTOM OF CAPTURED IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:a pixel unit in which a plurality of unit pixels for converting an optically formed subject image into an image signal is arranged in a matrix form;
a first focus detector that performs focus detection by detecting a phase difference based on the image signal to generate first focus detection data;
a second focus detector that performs focus detection by detecting a phase difference based on the image signal to generate second focus detection data; and
an output unit that adds at least one of the first and the second focus detection data to at least a top of captured image data based on the image signal, and output the captured image data,
wherein the second focus detector performs more detailed phase difference detection than phase difference detection by the first focus detector to generate second focus detection data.

US Pat. No. 10,444,588

ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND WINDOW MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrochromic element, comprising:a pair of electrodes; and
an electrochromic layer disposed between the pair of electrodes and containing a plurality of organic electrochromic compounds,
wherein when an optical density in a decolored state thereof is defined as 0, a fluctuation ratio of a transmittance in a first wavelength region of 650 nm to 700 nm with respect to a first central transmittance in the first wavelength region is within ±15% at an optical density of 0.3.

US Pat. No. 10,447,934

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an orientation detector configured to detect an orientation of the imaging apparatus; and
at least one memory and at least one processor which function as:
a control unit configured to perform control to display an orientation guide for indicating an orientation of the imaging apparatus based on the orientation detected by the orientation detector;
a display control unit configured to perform control to perform 2-area enlargement display for displaying live view images captured in two different areas horizontally or vertically separated from each other by an imaging unit, side by side on a display unit; and
an adjustment unit configured, to, upon reception of a specific operation while the 2-area enlargement display is being performed, adjust a reference of the orientation guide based on the orientation detected by the orientation detector when the specific operation is received,
wherein the orientation guide is a display for indicating a difference between the orientation detected by the orientation detector and a pre-recorded reference orientation, and
wherein the adjustment unit updates and records the reference orientation based on the orientation detected by the orientation detector when the specific operation is received.

US Pat. No. 10,447,944

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:at least one memory device;
at least one processor;
a transformation unit configured to transform image data which is based on an output signal of an imaging; and
a processing unit configured to perform processing for obtaining a value to be used as a parameter for imaging control, based on the image data transformed by the transformation unit;
wherein
the image data which is based on the output signal of the imaging element is image data for which compression of a subject image has been caused by a lens used for imaging,
the transformation unit transforms the image data to correct the compression of the subject image for restoration,
the processing unit performs, in a case where a moving image is captured,
the processing for obtaining the value to be used as the parameter for imaging control, based on the image data transformed by the transformation unit, and
at least one of outputting image data not transformed by the transformation unit to an external device and storing the image data not transformed by the transformation unit into a storage medium,
wherein the transformation unit and the processing unit are implemented by the at least one processor executing at least one program recorded in the at least one memory device.

US Pat. No. 10,445,897

DEVICE FOR ACQUIRING INFORMATION RELATING TO POSITION DISPLACEMENT OF MULTIPLE IMAGE DATA SETS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a first plurality of image data sets;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire first composited image data using a first two or more image data sets of the first plurality of image data sets;
a third acquisition unit configured to acquire second composited image data, using a second two or more image data sets of the first plurality of image data sets, the second two or more image data sets being a combination different from the first two or more image data sets;
a fourth acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to positional displacement between the first composited image data and the second composited image data, using the first composited image data and the second composited image data; and
a fifth acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to positional displacement of the first plurality of image data sets, using information relating to the positional displacement between the first composited image data and the second composited image data.

US Pat. No. 10,444,624

ACTIVE METROLOGY FRAME AND THERMAL FRAME TEMPERATURE CONTROL IN IMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint apparatus comprising:a first frame having at least one motor and at least one cooling element;
a second frame coupled to an output end of the motor and having a surface configured to attach an imprinting mold;
a plurality of thermal sensors disposed at locations of the first frame and the second frame; and
a digital controller that is configured to apply a control signal for controlling a driving signal of the at least one cooling element to maintain a thermal balance of heat flow from the first frame to the second frame,
wherein the digital controller uses output of the plurality of thermal sensors to calculate a first transfer function of estimated heat flow provided by the motor between the first frame and the second frame and to calculate an inverse of a second transfer function of estimated heat flow of the cooling element between the first frame and the second frame,
wherein the digital controller calculates the control signal by running the value of a drive current, which powers the motor, through both the first transfer function and the inverse of the second transfer function to provide a value of the cooling current to be provided to the at least one cooling element to maintain the thermal balance, and
wherein at least one of the first transfer function and the second transfer function is used to calculate feedforward control effort.

US Pat. No. 10,445,909

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT GENERATES A WIDE ANGLE IMAGE USING A PLURALITY OF IMAGES, AND RELATED CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(A) at least one memory configured to store instructions; and
(B) at least one processor in communication with the at least one memory and configured to execute the instructions:
(a) to perform continuous photographing of a plurality of images using an image sensor while the image sensor moves in a panning direction;
(b) to detect first posture information of the image sensor just before the continuous photographing to produce a detected first posture information;
(c) to crop a predetermined area from each image of the plurality of images to produce a plurality of cropped predetermined areas;
(d) to detect at least one of angular velocity information and second posture information of the image sensor during the continuous photographing to produce a detected at least one of angular velocity information and second posture information of the image sensor;
(e) to detect a positional displacement between each of the plurality of cropped predetermined areas based on the detected at least one of the angular velocity information and the second posture information of the image sensor to produce a detected positional displacement of each of the plurality of cropped predetermined areas;
(f) to calculate an amount of a rotation component of each of the plurality of cropped predetermined areas based on the detected at least one of the angular velocity information and the second posture information of the image sensor to produce a calculated amount of the rotation component;
(g) to set a threshold amount of a rotation component based on one of (i) the detected at least one of the angular velocity information and the second posture information of the image sensor, and (ii) the detected first posture information of the image sensor; and
(h) to generate a wide angle image by compositing the plurality of cropped predetermined areas while correcting the detected positional displacement of each of the plurality of cropped predetermined areas, wherein, in a case in which the amount of the rotation component for a cropped predetermined area, of the plurality of cropped predetermined areas, is greater than the threshold amount of the rotation component, the detected positional displacement of the cropped predetermined area is corrected based on the threshold amount of the rotation component, and, in a case in which the amount of the rotation component for a cropped predetermined area, of the plurality of cropped predetermined areas, is equal to or less than the threshold amount of the rotation component, the detected positional displacement of the cropped predetermined area is corrected based on the amount of the rotation component.

US Pat. No. 10,447,189

ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE, ELECTRIC MOTOR SYSTEM AND ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electric motor control device comprising:at least one processor or circuit programmed to function as:
a generating unit configured to generate a drive waveform to an electric motor;
a position detecting unit configured to detect a rotational phase of the electric motor and to output a detected signal;
a speed detecting unit configured to detect information of a rotational speed of the electric motor based on the detected signal output by the position detecting unit; and
a control unit configured to control a phase relationship between the rotational phase of the electric motor and a phase of the drive waveform and set an amplitude of the drive waveform corresponding to a difference between a target speed and the information of rotational speed detected by the speed detecting unit to control a speed of the electric motor,
wherein characteristics of the amplitude of the drive waveform corresponding to an output of the electric motor have a first region in which a relationship between an integrated value obtained by integrating an output voltage of the electric motor and a setting value of the amplitude is linear and a second region in which the relationship between the integrated value and the setting value of the amplitude is non-linear,
wherein the control unit holds data indicating the characteristics and performs correction on the setting value of the amplitude based on the data in the second region to suppress non-linearity of the setting value of the amplitude of the drive waveform and the output of the electric motor.

US Pat. No. 10,444,377

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging system, comprising:a first radiation imaging apparatus, which is configured to be capable of taking a first radiation image based on first examination information;
a second radiation imaging apparatus, which is configured to be capable of taking a second radiation image based on second examination information; and
a control unit, which is configured to control imaging of the second radiation image in the second radiation imaging apparatus based on progress information related to imaging of the first radiation image in the first radiation imaging apparatus when predetermined examination information is duplicated between the first examination information and the second examination information.

US Pat. No. 10,444,641

HOLDING DEVICE, TRANSPORT DEVICE, LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A holding device which holds a substrate comprising:a base including a hole and an exhaust flow path communicating with the hole;
a moving member configured to, in response to the substrate being disposed on the moving member, move downwardly in a gravity direction due to a weight of the substrate, the movement of the moving member downwardly in the gravity direction due to the weight of the substrate causing the moving member to contact the base and thereby cover the hole with a surface of the moving member; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether the substrate is disposed on the moving member on the basis of a change in pressure of the exhaust flow path exhausted by an exhaust unit, the change in pressure of the exhaust flow path having been caused by the movement of the moving member downwardly in the gravity direction due to the weight of the substrate disposed on the moving member.

US Pat. No. 10,447,984

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an image capturing unit configured to capture an image including an embedded image that is printed on the basis of image data in which at least a color component has been modulated according to additional information;
an adjustment unit configured to adjust a white balance of the image captured by the image capturing unit on the basis of an adjustment value associated with the embedded image; and
a processing unit configured to process image data of the image captured by the image capturing unit whose white balance has been adjusted by the adjustment unit to read the additional information in the image captured by the image capturing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,444,658

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DEVELOPER TRANSPORTING MEMBER THAT TRANSPORTS DEVELOPER TOWARD A DEVELOPER BEARING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a developer bearing member configured to develop an electrostatic latent image with developer, the electrostatic latent image being formed on an image bearing member;
a developer transporting member configured to rotate around a shaft and transport the developer toward the developer bearing member;
a frame supporting the developer bearing member and the developer transporting member, the developer transporting member being configured to contact the frame when the developer transporting member rotates; and
an acquisition portion configured to acquire input printing mode information, the input printing mode information being one of a first image forming mode and a second image forming mode,
wherein the image forming apparatus is configured to perform:
the first image forming mode in which an image is formed at a first peripheral velocity ratio representing a ratio of a peripheral velocity of the developer bearing member to a peripheral velocity of the image bearing member in a case where the input printing mode information acquired by the acquisition portion indicates the first image forming mode, and
the second image forming mode in which an image is formed at a second peripheral velocity ratio representing a ratio of a peripheral velocity of the developer bearing member to a peripheral velocity of the image of the image bearing member, which is higher than the first peripheral velocity ratio in a case where the input printing mode information acquired by the acquisition portion indicates the second image forming mode,
wherein a rotation number ratio of a rotation number of the developer transporting member to a rotation number corresponding to the peripheral velocity of the image bearing member in the second image forming mode is higher than that in the first image forming mode.

US Pat. No. 10,444,660

DEVELOPING APPARATUS WITH REGULATING MEMBER HAVING A CURVED CONTACT SURFACE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:a developer carrying member configured to carry a developer;
a developer container configured to rotatably support the developer carrying member and to contain the developer; and
a regulating member provided on the developer container and configured to regulate a thickness of the developer carried on the developer carrying member,
wherein the regulating member comprises:
a support member configured such that, one end thereof is fixed to the developer container and the other end thereof is a free end, the support member being extended in a direction opposite to a rotating direction of the developer carrying member from the one end; and
a contact member configured to be fixed to the other end of the support member and contact a surface of the developer carrying member,
the contact member comprises:
a contact curved surface that is provided approximately along a peripheral surface of the developer carrying member and that is contactable to the surface of the developer carrying member; and
an opposite surface configured to be opposite to the surface of the developer carrying member on an upstream side of the contact curved surface in the rotating direction of the developer carrying member, the opposite surface not in contact with the surface of the developer carrying member,
wherein, when the developer carrying member is viewed in a rotation axis direction thereof, a relationship between a radius Rb of an arc formed by at least a part of the contact curved surface and a radius Rd of the surface of the developer carrying member is satisfied with
Rb>Rd, and
a center Pb of a virtual circle, along which the contact curved surface extends, exists in regions (i), (ii) and (iii) defined below:
Region (i), which is a region including a virtual straight line Ltp and an area located at an upstream side of the virtual straight line Ltp in the rotating direction of the developer carrying member, and the virtual straight line Ltp passes through a center Pd of the developer carrying member and a point Te;
Region (ii), which is a region including a virtual circle Cp and an area outside the virtual circle Cp, and the virtual circle Cp is such a circle that (1) a center thereof is the point Te and (2) a radius thereof is the radius Rb; and
Region (iii), which is a region including such a virtual straight line that (1) passes through the center Pd and (2) forms an angle with the virtual straight line Ltp, and the angle falls in 0 degree and 45 degree,
wherein the point Te is a point located at a most upstream position of the contact curved surface in the rotating direction of the developer carrying member.

US Pat. No. 10,444,666

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH REMOVABLE DEVELOPER CONTAINER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a conveying unit configured to feed a sheet to convey the sheet along a conveying path;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the sheet using a developer;
a mount to which a container is mounted, the container containing the developer;
a replenishing unit configured to replenish the image forming unit with the developer from the mounted container;
a controller configured to judge whether or not replacement of the mounted container is necessary, and
in a case where the mounted container is replaced with another one without replacement of the container necessary during image formation operation by the image forming unit,
(i) suspend feeding of the sheet by the conveying unit,
(ii) discharge the sheet remaining in the conveying path, and
(iii) disable an image forming operation of the image forming unit; and
a display configured to
display a screen for prompting replacement of the mounted container if replacement of the container is necessary, and
display a screen for prompting re-mounting of the replaced container in a case where the mounted container is replaced with another one without replacement of the container necessary.

US Pat. No. 10,444,668

DEVELOPING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device selectively mountable to one of a plurality of image forming apparatuses including a first image forming apparatus for forming an image at a first image forming speed and a second image forming apparatus for forming an image at second image forming speed, said developing device comprising:a rotatable developer bearing member configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on an image bearing member;
a developer container configured to accommodate a developer;
a feeding member configured to feed the developer in said developer container;
a discharge opening provided in said developer container and configured to permit discharging of the developer from said developer container;
a covering portion movable relative to said developer container and capable of changing a level of a lower end of said discharge opening depending on the image forming apparatus to which said developing device is mounted;
a first positioning portion configured to engaged with said covering portion to determine a position of said covering portion such that the lower end of said discharge opening is at a first level; and
a second positioning portion configured to engage with said covering portion to determine the position of said covering portion such that the lower end of said discharge opening is at a second level which is different from the first level.

US Pat. No. 10,444,671

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A DEVELOPER DETECTING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a developer container unit including
an agitating member configured to rotate and agitate developer,
a frame body configured to contain the agitating member and the developer, the frame body including a first wall surface and a second wall surface,
a first electrode disposed on the first wall surface, the first electrode including a first end, the first end located below a rotation center of the agitating member, and
a second electrode disposed on the second wall surface, the second electrode including a second end located below the rotation center, the second electrode facing the first electrode with a gap therebetween such that the gap has a smallest portion and a remote portion, wherein the smallest portion is located below the rotation center of the agitating member and located between the first end and the second end, and the remote portion is wider than the smallest portion and located above the smallest portion; and
a developer detecting unit configured to detect an amount of the developer based on an output generated in accordance with a capacitance between the first electrode and the second electrode, the developer detecting unit capable of detecting a first amount of developer and a second amount of developer that is smaller than the first amount of developer,
wherein if a magnitude of the output when the developer detecting unit detects the first amount of developer is defined as a first reference value, the developer detecting unit is configured to detect the second amount of developer when a magnitude of the output is a second reference value which has a first difference from the first reference value, and
wherein the developer detecting unit includes a controller and is configured to determine a magnitude of the first difference based on a magnitude of the first reference value such that the second reference value and the magnitude of the first difference are varied in accordance with the magnitude of the first reference value.

US Pat. No. 10,448,021

VIDEO ENCODING AND DECODING WITH IMPROVED ERROR RESILIENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of decoding a bitstream comprising an encoded sequence of digital images, at least one portion of an image being encoded with respect to a reference image by a motion estimation process that determines motion information identifying the reference image portion, the method comprising decoding the motion information using a motion information prediction process comprising:obtaining, for a target image portion of an image to be decoded, if available, one or more actual motion information predictors having motion vectors obtained from motion vectors associated with first image portions of the image to be decoded wherein the first image portions are adjacent to the target image portion;
if a number of the one or more obtained motion information predictors is lower than a target number, wherein the target number is greater than one, adding one or more motion information predictors to generate a set of motion information predictors until a number of motion information predictors in the set is equal to the target number, wherein the adding of one or more motion information predictors comprises:
performing a first process of adding, if available, one or more further actual motion information predictors having motion vectors obtained from motion vectors associated with second image portions of the image to be decoded or of the different image from the image to be decoded; and
if a number of motion information predictors after the first process is lower than the target number, performing a second process of adding one or more virtual motion information predictors, the one or more virtual motion information predictors having motion vectors which are neither associated with image portions of the image to be decoded nor of the different image from the image to be decoded; and
determining a motion information predictor from the generated set of motion information predictors for the target image portion of the image to be decoded.

US Pat. No. 10,444,697

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS MAIN BODY AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM USING AN ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING PROCESS TO FORM AN IMAGE ON A MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus main body that allows a first cartridge and a second cartridge to be inserted into an attachment position thereof, the first cartridge including a first projecting portion and a second projecting portion, the second cartridge including a third projecting portion, which has a shape different from that of the first projecting portion, and a fourth projecting portion, the image forming apparatus main body comprising:a movable member that has a first portion and a second portion, and the first portion and the second portion disposing so as to provide a first gap portion between them in a first direction,
wherein, in a case where the first cartridge is inserted into the image forming apparatus main body, by the first projecting portion having contacted the first portion, the movable member is moved in the first direction crossing an insertion direction of the first cartridge so as the enter the first projecting portion into the first gap portion, and allows the second projecting portion to pass through a space where the movable member located so as to allow the first cartridge to be moved to the attachment position of the image forming apparatus main body, and
wherein, in a case where the second cartridge is inserted into the image forming apparatus main body, by the third projecting portion having contacted the first portion, the movable member is moved in the first direction so as to enter the third projecting portion into the first gap portion, and allows the fourth projecting portion to pass through the space where the movable member located so as to allow the second cartridge to be moved to the attachment position of the image forming apparatus main body.

US Pat. No. 10,444,701

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an apparatus main body to which a cartridge can be detachably mounted;
a drive force transmission member configured to transmit drive force to a drive force receiving member of the cartridge; and
a control unit configured to perform a rotation control operation, where rotation of the drive force transmission member is controlled,
wherein image formation is performed on recording material by performing forward rotation of the drive force transmission member and transmitting drive force to the drive force receiving member of the cartridge,
wherein the drive force transmission member includes a plurality of first engaging portions,
wherein the drive force transmission member is configured to rotate forwards when the drive force receiving member rotates forward in a state where the plurality of first engaging portions each engage with a plurality of second engaging portions that the drive force receiving member has, and image formation on the recording material can be performed while the drive force receiving member is being rotated forwards,
wherein, of the plurality of first engaging portions and the plurality of second engaging portions, one plurality of engaging portions each at least move in a radial direction centered on a rotation axis line of the drive force transmission member, and can move between an engageable position where the other plurality of engaging portions can be engaged, and a non-engageable position where the other plurality of engaging portions cannot be engaged,
wherein, the control unit is configured to execute, after the cartridge has been mounted to the apparatus main body but before image formation is performed on the recording material,
(i) a forward rotation step where the drive force transmission member is rotated forward by ?° and the drive force receiving member is rotated forward, and
(ii) a backward rotation step where the drive force transmission member is rotated backward by ?°, after the forward rotation step,
and wherein each of the plurality of first engaging portions is in a state disposed upstream in the forward rotation direction of the drive force transmission member from the second engaging portion out of the plurality of second engaging portions with which engaging will be realized in the end, due to the control unit having executed the forward rotation step and the backward rotation step.

US Pat. No. 10,434,771

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a recording head including a first discharge port array and a second discharge port array each including a plurality of recording elements configured to generate energy for discharging ink and a plurality of discharge ports provided to correspond to the recording elements, the first and second discharge port arrays being shifted and arranged in a first direction so that part of the discharge ports arranged at an end portion of the first discharge port array in the first direction and part of the discharge ports arranged at an end portion of the second discharge port array in the first direction are located at same positions in the first direction;
a moving unit configured to execute relative movement between the recording head and a recording medium in a second direction crossing the first direction; and
a control unit configured to control timing of discharge from the second discharge port array,
wherein the plurality of discharge ports, in each of the first and second discharge port arrays, is obliquely arranged at a predetermined tilt with respect to the first direction, and
wherein the control unit is configured to adjust the timing of discharge from the second discharge port array by a first adjustment amount according to the predetermined tilt such that the part of the discharge ports of the first discharge port array and the part of the discharge ports of the second discharge port array are capable of discharging the ink to the same positions in the second direction on the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 10,438,361

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR FINDING BACKGROUND REGIONS IN AN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing a background model generated from a background image, the background model including respective superpixels in the background image and stability in terms of time for each superpixel in the background model, and storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:
input a video;
divide an image in the input video into a plurality of regions based on superpixels;
extract a feature from each of the plurality of regions;
select, with respect to a region of interest in the image, a neighboring region in the background model in a neighborhood of the region of interest based on the stability in terms of time for each superpixel in the background model;
compare the feature extracted from the region of interest in the image with a feature of the neighboring region in the background model and determine for each of the plurality of regions in the image whether the region is the background based on a result of the comparison;
output information of a region which is not determined as the background, as information representing an object region; and
update the stability in terms of time for each superpixel in the background model based on information of the region which is determined as the background.

US Pat. No. 10,434,777

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, CLEANING METHOD, AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising, in a liquid chamber including liquid:a heating resistor configured to generate thermal energy for ejecting the liquid;
a first electrode placed so as to cover the heating resistor;
a second electrode placed at a position different from a position at which the first electrode is placed; and
a third electrode placed at a position different from the position at which the first electrode is placed and the position at which the second electrode is placed,
wherein
in a case in which the heating resistor is driven, a voltage is applied between the first electrode and the second electrode so that the first electrode has a same polarity as a polarity of a predetermined component included in the liquid, and the second electrode has a polarity opposite to the polarity of the predetermined component, and
in a case in which the heating resistor is not driven, a voltage is applied between the second electrode and the third electrode so that the second electrode has a same polarity as the polarity of the predetermined component, and the third electrode has a polarity opposite to the polarity of the predetermined component.

US Pat. No. 10,438,382

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:an information acquiring unit that acquires three-dimensional data representing characteristic information on an object at a plurality of voxels;
a shape information acquiring unit that acquires information on a surface shape of the object;
a distance calculating unit that calculates, for each of the voxels, a distance between a surface of the object and a position inside the object corresponding to the voxel, based on the information on the surface shape;
a filtering unit that performs, for each of the voxels, filtering processing, including blur processing in accordance with the calculated distance; and
an image generating unit that generates a two-dimensional image, based on the three-dimensional data after the filtering processing.

US Pat. No. 10,434,797

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion including an image bearing member, a developing device configured to form a toner image on said image bearing member with a liquid developer including toner, and an intermediary transfer belt onto which the toner image is transferred from said image bearing member;
a feeding device including a feeding belt configured to feed a recording material on which the toner image is transferred from said intermediary transfer belt, while carrying the recording material on a surface thereof;
an ultraviolet irradiation portion arranged with said intermediary transfer belt in a horizontal direction while opposing said feeding belt and configured to irradiate the toner image, with ultraviolet radiation, formed on the recording material carried on said feeding belt;
a cover provided below said image bearing member with respect to a vertical direction and configured to cover at least a feeding surface of said feeding belt between said ultraviolet irradiation portion and said intermediary transfer belt with respect to a feeding direction on a side where said cover opposes said ultraviolet irradiation portion;
a first shielding plate extending in a direction perpendicular to the feeding direction on said feeding surface from an inner surface of said cover downwardly with respect to the vertical direction and configured to shield said intermediary transfer belt from the ultraviolet radiation toward said intermediary transfer belt; and
a second shielding plate provided on said cover while facing said intermediary transfer belt and extending downwardly with respect to the vertical direction along an outer surface of said intermediary transfer belt, wherein said second shielding plate is configured to shield said intermediary transfer belt from the ultraviolet radiation toward said intermediary transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 10,440,441

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus capable of communicating with an external apparatus via a network using a first communication protocol specified by Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) standard or a second communication protocol specified by GB/T28181 standard, the image pickup apparatus comprising:a storage unit configured to store first capability information in a memory, the first capability information being associated with the first communication protocol as capability information and also store second capability information different from the first capability information in the memory, the second capability information being associated with the second communication protocol as the capability information;
a reception unit configured to receive a command described in the first or second communication protocol for requesting the capability information from the external apparatus via the network;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the command received by the reception unit is described in the first communication protocol or the second communication protocol;
a reading unit configured to read out the first or second capability information associated with the communication protocol determined by the determination unit from the memory; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit the capability information which is associated with the communication protocol determined by the determination unit to the external apparatus via the network using the communication protocol determined by the determination unit before transmitting image data to the external apparatus,
wherein the first capability information indicates at least one of image encoding formats supported by the image pickup apparatus in the first communication protocol and the second capability information indicates at least one of image encoding formats supported by the image pickup apparatus in the second communication protocol,
wherein the at least one of image encoding formats supported by the image pickup apparatus in the first communication protocol does not include at least Surveillance Video and Audio Coding (SVAC),
wherein the at least one of image encoding formats supported by the image pickup apparatus in the second communication protocol includes at least SVAC.

US Pat. No. 10,440,193

IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading device comprising:a reading unit having a reading glass, and a reader configured to read an image on a document located on a surface of the reading glass; and
a document feeding unit configured to turn with respect to the reading unit, wherein the document feeding unit includes:
a conveyance unit configured to convey a document,
a discharge unit configured to discharge the document conveyed by the conveyance unit,
a discharge tray on which sheets of the document discharged by the discharge unit are to be stacked, and
an attachment part to which a communication unit configured to acquire information about a user using the image reading device is attached,
wherein the discharge tray includes a regulating portion disposed opposite a turning axis of the document feeding unit with respect to the center of the document feeding unit in a first direction perpendicular to the turning axis of the document feeding unit and parallel to the reading glass surface on which the document is to be placed and configured to regulate a movement of the document on the discharge tray in the first direction,
wherein the attachment part is disposed downstream of the regulating portion in a second direction in which the document is discharged, and
wherein, in the first direction, at least a portion of the attachment part overlaps a region where sheets of the document are to be stacked.

US Pat. No. 10,437,171

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a developer bearing member configured to bear developer;
a developing flame configured to accommodate developer to be borne by the developer bearing member and rotatably support the developer bearing member;
a supporting portion including a fixed end fixed to the developing frame and a free end extending from the fixed end to the upstream side in the rotation direction of the developer bearing member; and
a regulating portion provided at the free end of the supporting portion and configured to regulate the thickness of the developer borne on the developer bearing member by contacting with the developer bearing member,
wherein the regulating portion includes
a first contact portion contacting the developer bearing member,
a second contact portion contacting the developer bearing member on the downstream side of the first contact portion in the rotation direction of the developer bearing member,
a first opposed surface portion apart from and opposed to the developer bearing member on the upstream side of the first contact portion in the rotation direction of the developer bearing member, and
a second opposed surface portion apart from and opposed to the developer bearing member on the downstream side of the first contact portion and on the upstream side of the second contact portion in the rotation direction of the developer bearing member, and
wherein when, in a plane orthogonal to the rotation axis direction of the developer bearing member, the fixed end and the free end of the supporting member are connected by an imaginary straight line, a contact position where the first contact portion contacts the developer bearing member is located on the downstream side, in the rotation direction of the developer bearing member, of a point of contact of a tangent line parallel to the imaginary straight line with the outer periphery of the developer bearing member.

US Pat. No. 10,440,250

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING AN INTERFACE TO WHICH A RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING A COMMUNICATION FUNCTION OF TRANSMITTING STORED DATA IS ATTACHABLE, DATA PROCESSING METHOD FOR SUCH DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING INSTRUCTIONS FOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:a communication interface to which a recording medium having a communication function of transmitting stored data is attachable; and
a controller configured to record data captured in accordance with an imaging instruction in the recording medium in a case where the recording medium is attached, and
configured to specify a transmission mode of the recording medium in the case where the recording medium is attached and stop data transmission performed by the recording medium in accordance with the imaging instruction in a case of an automatic transmission mode for spontaneously transmitting data.

US Pat. No. 10,440,313

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR SPATIALLY ARRANGING A PLURALITY OF VIDEO FRAMES FOR DISPLAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processor-implemented method for spatially arranging a plurality of video frames for display on a layout region, said method comprising:analyzing a video sequence to determine a motion path followed by at least one object within the video sequence over a duration of the analyzed video sequence;
selecting, from within the analyzed video sequence, a set of video frames as the plurality of video frames based on the determined motion path of the at least one object within the analyzed video sequence;
creating, using the determined motion path, an image layout path for the selected video frames;
determining a position of each of the plurality of video frames along the created image layout path based on the determined motion path of the object and at least one motion characteristic of the at least one object within each of the plurality of video frames;
generating an anchor point for each selected video frame corresponding to the determined position, each said anchor point locating a selected video frame along the created layout path; and
spatially arranging the selected plurality of video frames within the layout region relative to the created image layout path using the generated anchor points.

US Pat. No. 10,440,569

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first communicator for performing wireless communication by a first communication method for which a communication partner apparatus accesses a storage unit included in the communication apparatus;
a second communicator for performing wireless communication by a second communication method having a higher communication speed or a larger communication range than the first communication method; and
at least one processor that implements units, wherein the units comprise:
a transmission unit configured to, in a case where the first communicator receives a first command from the communication partner apparatus and a first communication parameter for connecting to the communication apparatus via the second communicator is stored in the storage unit, transmit the first communication parameter to the communication partner apparatus via the first communicator;
a generation unit configured to, based on a communication of a second command by the first communicator, generate a second communication parameter, different from the first communication parameter, for connecting to the communication apparatus via the second communicator; and
a control unit configured to control to perform communication with the communication partner apparatus using the first communication parameter after the generation unit generates the second communication parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,437,526

PRINTING METHOD, SOUND CONTROL SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. The method according to claim 8 further comprising a search step of searching for the printer based on the identification information of the printer received in the reception step, wherein the print data is transmitted to the printer detected in the search step in the third transmission step.

US Pat. No. 10,429,640

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PERFORMING PROCESSING IN ACCORDANCE WITH REFLECTIVE SURFACE OF ROTATING POLYGONAL MIRROR FOR SCANNING PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a first light source and a second light source;
a first photosensitive member corresponding to the first light source and a second photosensitive member corresponding to the second light source;
a transfer unit configured to transfer a first image formed on the first photosensitive member to an image carrier, and to transfer a second image formed on the second photosensitive member onto the image carrier by overlapping the second image on the first image;
a deflection unit configured to deflect light emitted by the first light source and the second light source so that the light emitted by the first light source and the second light source scans respectively corresponding photosensitive members, using at least one rotating polygonal mirror that has a plurality of reflective surfaces;
a specification unit configured to perform surface specification processing for specifying a reflective surface that deflects light, out of the plurality of reflective surfaces of the rotating polygonal mirror, in a state where the rotating polygonal mirror is rotating;
a correction unit configured to perform correction processing for correcting image data in accordance with which reflective surface, out of the plurality of reflective surfaces of the rotating polygonal mirror, deflects light; and
a control unit configured to control so as to cause scanning of the first photosensitive member to start before the surface specification processing by the specification unit completes, and control so as to, after the surface specification processing by the specification unit completes, cause the correction processing to be performed by the correction unit, with respect to image data for causing light to be emitted from the second light source and in accordance with a specification result of the surface specification processing, and cause scanning of the second photosensitive member to start,
wherein the correction unit is further configured to perform correction processing by correcting image data after halftone processing based on the specification result of the surface specification processing by the specification unit.

US Pat. No. 10,430,667

METHOD, DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR RE-IDENTIFICATION OF OBJECTS IN IMAGES OBTAINED FROM A PLURALITY OF CAMERAS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for re-identification by a computing device of at least one target object in images obtained from at least two image sources, each of the image sources obtaining images representing an area associated with the corresponding image source, the method comprising:identifying, by the computer device, at least one target object in images obtained from one of a pair of image sources;
estimating, by the computer device, a relative velocity of the at least one target object in comparison with at least another object previously identified in images obtained from the one of the pair of image sources, wherein the previously identified another object is a moving object; and
establishing, by the computer device, based on the estimated relative velocity of the at least one target object, a correspondence between the at least one target object identified in images obtained from the one of the pair of image sources and a plurality of candidate objects represented in images obtained from an other image source of the pair of image sources, thereby determining which among the plurality of candidate objects is the at least one target object; and
wherein the method further comprises, by the computer device, a step of extracting, for the at least one target object and each of the plurality of candidate objects, respective image-based features, and a step of selecting at least one candidate object of the plurality of candidate objects based on the extracted image-based features and the relative velocity of each of the plurality of candidate objects, and on the extracted image-based features and the relative velocity of the at least one target object.

US Pat. No. 10,430,967

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors that operate to:
acquire features used for deriving a positional attitude of an imaging device from an image captured by the imaging device;
set a plurality of partial regions included in the image as a plurality of candidate regions to which a feature is to be added;
evaluate the plurality of set candidate regions;
determine a position and/or an orientation of a feature to be newly added based on the plurality of evaluated candidate regions; and
output the determined position and/or the orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,427,413

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a plurality of liquid chambers each including,
an energy generating element that generates energy for ejecting a liquid,
an ejection opening that ejects the liquid, and
a liquid supply opening that supplies the liquid to the energy generating element,
the liquid flowing in a first direction in the plurality of liquid chambers, and the plurality of liquid chambers being arranged in a second direction that intersects the first direction; and
a plurality of first side walls that extend in the first direction and that form walls on both sides of the plurality of liquid chambers,
wherein each of the plurality of first side walls includes a fragmenting portion that fragments each of the plurality of first side walls in the first direction, or a section reducing portion that is a portion in which a section vertical to the first direction has been scaled down,
wherein the plurality of first side walls are shared by adjacent liquid chambers,
wherein a continuously extending second side wall that forms a dummy liquid chamber together with a first side wall of the plurality of first side walls is positioned at an end portion in the second direction, and
wherein the fragmenting portion or the section reducing portion is provided at a position that is closer to the liquid supply opening with respect to a center of the ejection opening in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,427,427

PRINTING APPARATUS THAT DETECTS WHETHER A PRINT MEDIUM RUNS OUT AND, DURING DOUBLE-SIDED PRINTING, DISCARDS IMAGE DATA TO BE PRINTED ON THE RUN OUT PRINT MEDIUM, AND RELATED PRINT CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a storage unit configured to externally receive and to store image data used to print images;
a detection unit configured to detect presence and absence of a print medium fed from a feeding unit;
a print unit configured to read out, in accordance with detection of the print medium fed from the feeding unit by the detection unit, the image data for printing an image on the print medium, detected by the detection unit, from the storage unit, and to print the image on the print medium based on the image data;
a hold unit configured to hold a print medium, with an image being printed on a first surface, to print on a second surface, as a back surface of the first surface, in double-sided printing; and
a control unit configured to control, if the detection unit detects that a print medium fed from the feeding unit runs out, while the hold unit holds the print medium, with the image being printed on the first surface by the print unit, during execution of a sequence of the double-sided printing, data reading so as to read and to discard image data, corresponding to an image to be printed on the runout print medium, from the storage unit, to cause a conveyance unit to convey the held print medium from the hold unit to the print unit, and to cause the print unit to print an image on the second surface of the held print medium.

US Pat. No. 10,427,431

SHEET SUPPLYING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet supplying apparatus, comprising:a driving unit configured to cause a roll including a wound consecutive sheet to rotate in a first direction for feeding the sheet or a second direction opposite to the first direction;
a first sensor that detects a leading end portion of the sheet separated from an outer circumferential surface of the roll; and
a second sensor that detects the leading end portion of the sheet, the second sensor being positioned downstream of the first sensor with respect to a direction in which the sheet is fed, wherein
in a case in which the second sensor detects the leading end portion of the sheet, the driving unit causes the roll to rotate in the first direction, and
in a case in which the second sensor does not detect the leading end portion of the sheet, the driving unit causes the roll to rotate in the second direction, and when the first sensor detects the leading end portion of the sheet, the driving unit changes a rotation direction of the roll from the second direction to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,432,815

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT TURNS ON WHEN SENSING A HUMAN AND TURNS OFF WHEN NO OPERATION IS INPUT IN A PREDETERMINED TIME, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a human sensor;
an interface that receives a user operation; and
a power controller configured to, based on a sensing result of the human sensor, turn on a predetermined device;
wherein the power controller turns on the predetermined device and turns off the human sensor based on the sensing result of the human sensor, and the power controller turns on the human sensor and turns off the predetermined device based on a sensing result of the human sensor, when a predetermined time has elapsed without the interface receiving a user operation.

US Pat. No. 10,432,822

COLOR CONVERSION LUT CREATION APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS COLOR CONVERSION PROCESSING BY USING COLOR CONVERSION LUT, CREATION METHOD OF COLOR CONVERSION LUT, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color conversion LUT creation apparatus comprising:a derivation unit configured to derive an output value corresponding to an input value in an input image for a plurality of virtual color materials whose number is smaller than a number of actual color materials used in an image forming apparatus;
a setting unit configured to set a target number of dots of the actual color material, which is a target of a number of dots printed per unit area; and
a conversion unit configured to convert an output value of the plurality of virtual color materials into an output value of the actual color material so that a total value of numbers of dots of the actual color material coincides with the target number of dots and to create a color conversion LUT in which the input value and the output value of the actual color material are associated with each other, wherein
the setting unit sets the target number of dots based on dispersibility of a dot pattern corresponding to each tone level of a dither matrix used for halftone processing.

US Pat. No. 10,431,546

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a laminate, the method comprising:preparing a first wafer and a second wafer, the first wafer comprising a first semiconductor substrate and a first wiring structure on the first semiconductor substrate, the second wafer comprising a second semiconductor substrate and a second wiring structure on the second semiconductor substrate, the first wiring structure and the second wiring structure are arranged between the first substrate and the second substrate, the first wiring structure including a first plurality of conductive lines, and the second wiring structure including a second plurality of conductive lines; and
forming a connecting member configured to electrically connect a first conductive line of the first plurality of conductive lines and a second conductive line of the second plurality of conductive lines,
wherein the forming of the connecting member comprises:forming a first hole and a second hole each of which penetrates at least the first semiconductor substrate so that a part of the first semiconductor substrate is arranged between the first hole and the second hole, at least one of the first conductive line and the second conductive line exposes to the first hole, and at least the one of the first conductive line and the second conductive line exposes to the second hole; and disposing a conductive material in the first hole and the second hole.

US Pat. No. 10,432,830

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 perpendicular to an optical axis, 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; 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 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 each other when viewed from a direction of the optical axis, and
wherein the number of external connection terminals provided on a first inclined face among the plurality of inclined faces is different from the number of external connection terminals provided on a second inclined face, among the plurality of inclined faces, other than the first inclined face.

US Pat. No. 10,429,781

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE AND HEATER FOR USE IN IMAGE HEATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater for use in an image heating device, the heater comprising:a substrate;
a first heating block provided on the substrate and configured to generate heat by electric power supplied thereto;
a second heating block provided on the substrate at a position different from the position of the first heating block in a longitudinal direction of the substrate and configured to generate heat by electric power supplied thereto;
a third heating block provided on the substrate at a position different from the position of the first and second heating blocks in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and configured to generate heat by electric power supplied thereto;
a fourth heating block provided on the substrate at a position different from the position of the first, second and third heating blocks in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and configured to generate heat by electric power supplied thereto, the first to fourth heating blocks are controllable independently of each other;
a first temperature sensor provided on the substrate at a position corresponding to the first heating block;
a second temperature sensor provided on the substrate at a position corresponding to the second heating block;
a third temperature sensor provided on the substrate at a position corresponding to the third heating block;
a fourth temperature sensor provided on the substrate at a position corresponding to the fourth heating block;
a first conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the first temperature sensor;
a second conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the second temperature sensor;
a first common conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the first and second temperature sensors;
a third conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the third temperature sensor;
a fourth conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the fourth temperature sensor;
a second common conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the third and fourth temperature sensors;
a first electrode provided on the substrate at one end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the first conductive pattern;
a second electrode provided on the substrate at the one end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the second conductive pattern;
a first common electrode provided on the substrate at the one end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the first common conductive pattern;
a third electrode provided on the substrate at the other end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the third conductive pattern;
a fourth electrode provided on the substrate at the other end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the fourth conductive pattern; and
a second common electrode provided on the substrate at the other end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the second common conductive pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,429,782

FIXING DEVICE HAVING A PREVENTING MEMBER THAT PREVENTS FOLDING OF AN END PORTION OF A FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:(A) a cylindrical film;
(B) a pressing member configured to form a nip in cooperation with said film while contacting an outer surface of said film; and
(C) a preventing member provided at a longitudinal end portion of said film and contactable to a longitudinal end surface of said film when said film moves in a longitudinal direction of said film, said preventing member including:
(a) a guiding surface opposing an inner surface of said film and configured to guide rotation of said film; and
(b) a preventing surface configured to prevent movement of said film in the longitudinal direction of said film, wherein, as viewed in the longitudinal direction of said film, said preventing surface includes:
(i) a first region positioned downstream of a nip center line with respect to a recording material feeding direction; and
(ii) a second region positioned upstream of the first region with respect to the recording material feeding direction, the first region retracting in a direction of retracting from the longitudinal end surface of said film with respect to the longitudinal direction of said film relative to the second region,
wherein the second region and a region of said guiding surface, which is contactable to the inner surface of said film when said film rotates, extend continuously in the recording material feeding direction from a portion upstream of the nip center line to a portion downstream of the nip center line, and each of the second region and the region of said guiding surface, which is contactable to the inner surface of said film when said film rotates, has a length, with respect to a rotational direction of said film, that is greater at the portion upstream of the nip center line than at the portion downstream of the nip center line,
wherein, as viewed in the longitudinal direction of said film, with respect to the rotational direction of said film, an upstream end of the second region is positioned downstream of an upstream end of the region of said guiding surface, which is contactable to the inner surface of said film when said film rotates, and
wherein, in the nip, a recording material, on which an image is formed, is heated while being fed, and the image is fixed on the recording material.

US Pat. No. 10,432,880

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND DRIVING METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a pixel array having a plurality of rows of a plurality of pixels, the pixels each including:
a photoelectric converting unit configured to generate electric charges corresponding to incident light;
an amplification transistor having an input node, the amplification transistor configured to output a signal corresponding to electric charges in the input node;
a transfer transistor configured to transfer the electric charges generated by the photoelectric converting unit to the input node;
a reset transistor configured to reset the input node to a predetermined voltage; and
a capacitance setting unit configured to set a capacitance value of the input node,
a scanning circuit configured to perform shutter scanning sequentially performing processing of resetting electric charges of the photoelectric converting units on each row of the plurality of pixels by turning on the transfer transistors and the reset transistors, and readout scanning sequentially performing processing of transferring electric charges of the photoelectric converting unit to the input node on each row of the plurality of pixels by turning on the transfer transistors;
a first control unit configured to control the capacitance setting unit to set a capacitance value of the input node in the readout scanning; and
a second control unit configured to control the capacitance setting unit to set a capacitance value of the input node in the shutter scanning.

US Pat. No. 10,431,617

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device, comprising:a substrate including a photoelectric conversion area in which a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions are arranged along a main surface;
a film that is disposed on the photoelectric conversion area, and includes an inner surface on a side of the substrate and an outer surface on a side opposite to the side of the substrate;
a first member that is disposed between the film and the photoelectric conversion area, includes a bottom surface located on the side of the substrate, a top surface located on the side opposite to the side of the substrate, and a side surface connecting the bottom surface and the top surface, and includes a light shielding body;
a second member disposed at least between the film and the top surface; and
a color filter that is disposed above the substrate so that the film is arranged between the color filter and a photoelectric conversion portion in the photoelectric conversion area,
wherein a distance from the main surface to the top surface is smaller than a distance from the main surface to the color filter,
wherein the film includes a first part, a second part, and a third part, the first part overlapping at least a part of each of the photoelectric conversion portions in a normal direction to the main surface of the substrate, the second part overlapping the top surface in the normal direction, and the third part locating between the first part and the second part,
wherein a distance from the main surface to the inner surface at the first part is smaller than the distance from the main surface to the top surface, a distance from the main surface to the outer surface at the first part is smaller than a distance from the main surface to the outer surface at the second part, and the outer surface at the third part inclines to the top surface,
wherein a front surface of the second member on a side of the film inclines to the top surface, between the film and the top surface in the normal direction, and
wherein one or both of the following (A) and (B) are satisfied,
(A) the second member has a refractive index lower than a refractive index of the film, and
(B) the film and the second member each include a silicon compound, and the second member includes lower nitrogen concentration and/or higher oxygen concentration as compared with the film.

US Pat. No. 10,424,270

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus, comprising:a light-emitting unit configured to emit light of a first color;
a converting unit configured to emit light of the first color, light of a second color, and light of a third color responding to irradiation of the light of the first color emitted from the light-emitting unit;
a detecting unit configured to output a first detected value in accordance with brightness of the light of the first color, and a second detected value in accordance with brightness of the light of the second color;
a correcting unit configured to correct a component corresponding to the first color, a component corresponding to the second color, and a component corresponding to the third color of input image data, based on the first detected value and the second detected value, and
a display unit configured to display an image on a screen by transmitting the light emitted from the converting unit, based on the corrected input image data.

US Pat. No. 10,425,564

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT IS CAPABLE OF BOUNCE EMISSION PHOTOGRAPHING, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus capable of performing emission photographing by using a lighting device having a driving unit which changes an irradiation direction of a light emitted from a light source, the image pickup apparatus comprising:at least one processor, executing computer instructions stored in memory, or circuit, configured to function as:
a focus control unit configured to perform focus control for focusing on an object; and
a control unit configured to, during a predetermined period set according to an instruction regarding the focus control, when a determination whether or not to emit the light from the light source is made during the predetermined period, prohibit an operation to emit the light from the light source for determining a direction to be targeted in a case where the driving unit changes the irradiation direction.

US Pat. No. 10,421,219

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold, the apparatus comprising:a stage configured to be movable along a surface of a base plate, while holding the substrate;
a driver configured to relatively drive the mold and the substrate so as to bring the mold and the imprint material on the substrate into contact with each other, in a state where the stage is arranged on a first position of the base plate, wherein the stage arranged on the first position is located below the mold;
a measurement device configured to measure an inclination of the substrate held by the stage in a state where the stage is arranged on a second position of the base plate different from the first position, wherein the stage arranged on the second position is not located below the mold; and
a controller configured to control a relative inclination between the mold and the substrate when bringing the mold into contact with the imprint material in a state where the stage is arranged on the first position, based on information representing a difference of inclinations of the substrate at the first position and the second position, and the inclination of the substrate measured by the measurement device.

US Pat. No. 10,425,587

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:a body portion capable of interchangeably attaching a plurality of types of mounts to the image capturing apparatus,
each type of mount corresponding to at least one respective type of interchangeable lens, wherein mounts of the type of mount are configured to interchangeably attach lenses of the at least one respective type of interchangeable lens to the image capturing apparatus;
one or more processors; and
one or memories storing instruction that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image capturing apparatus to perform operations comprising:
identifying a type of the mount attached to the image capturing apparatus; and
managing a menu including a customizable menu, the customizable menu including an item which is registered by a user to be included in the customizable menu,
wherein, in a case where the type of mount identified by the identifying does not correspond to the item,
the customizable menu is managed so as to cancel registration of the item.

US Pat. No. 10,420,462

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT GENERATES A TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE OF A SUBJECT BASED ON PHASE-ADJUSTED MEASUREMENT SIGNALS FROM WHICH A BACKGROUND SIGNAL IS SUBTRACTED, AND RELATED IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDI

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores instructions; and
(B) at least one processor that executes the instructions to function as:
(a) a measurement signal acquiring unit configured to acquire measurement signals including information on a tomography of a subject in a depth direction obtained by performing optical coherence tomography on the subject;
(b) a base signal acquiring unit configured to acquire a base signal based on the measurement signals;
(c) a calculating unit configured to calculate phase shifts between the measurement signals and the base signal;
(d) a smoothing unit configured to smooth the phase shifts;
(e) an adjusting unit configured to adjust phases of the measurement signals corresponding to the smoothed phase shifts based on the smoothed phase shifts;
(f) a generating unit configured to generate a background signal corresponding to a noise component based on the phase-adjusted measurement signals;
(g) a subtracting unit configured to subtract the background signal from the phase-adjusted measurement signals; and
(h) an image generation unit configured to generate a tomographic image of the subject based on the phase-adjusted measurement signals from which the background signal is subtracted.

US Pat. No. 10,424,055

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a first linear interpolation circuit that generates an interpolated pixel value at an interpolation position through linear interpolation, based on pixel values of a pair of pixels among a plurality of pixels;
a plurality of second linear interpolation circuits that generate a plurality of correction values by respectively performing linear interpolation based on a pair of difference values among a plurality of difference values between pixel values of the plurality of pixels;
a first multiplication circuit that multiplies the plurality of correction values by a parameter relating to a boundary condition at the interpolation position; and
a generation circuit that generates a pixel value at the interpolation position based on the interpolated pixel value and the plurality of correction values multiplied by the parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,423,557

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT INCLUDING RING BUS SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a scanning unit that reads an image on a document;
a first controller unit having a plurality of modules to which data is input, wherein the plurality of modules include a scanning processing module that processes data output from the scanning unit, and are connected so that data output from a first module in the plurality of modules returns to the first module via another module of the plurality of modules; and
a second controller unit having a plurality of modules to which data is input, wherein the plurality of modules are connected so that data output from a first module in the plurality of modules returns to the first module via another module of the plurality of modules,
wherein the first controller unit has
an interface that transmits the data output from one of the plurality of modules to the second controller unit; and
a switch capable of setting an output destination of data from the one module of the plurality of modules to be the interface.

US Pat. No. 10,423,050

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF MAKING DETERMINATION ON RADIATING DIRECTION OF FLASH AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination apparatus including a first body that has a light-emitter and a second body that rotatably holds the first body in a predetermined direction, the illumination apparatus comprising:—a memory configured to store programs; and
at least one processor configured to execute the programs stored in the memory to function as:
a determination unit configured to:
obtain a difference between a present angle of the first body with respect to the second body and a target angle to which the first body is to be moved; and
based on whether the obtained difference is smaller than a threshold value, determine whether there is an angular deviation of the first body,
wherein the threshold value used in the determination varies with the target angle.

US Pat. No. 10,421,270

TRANSFER TYPE INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND TRANSFER TYPE INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transfer type ink jet recording method comprising:a liquid applying step of applying a liquid containing a first resin to a transfer member;
an intermediate image forming step of applying, to the transfer member applied with the liquid, an ink containing a second resin in such a way as to at least partly overlap with an area applied with the liquid to thereby form an intermediate image;
a heating step of heating the intermediate image; and
a transfer step of transferring the intermediate image subjected to the heating step to a recording medium,
wherein
in the heating step, a temperature of the intermediate image is not lower than a minimum coat forming temperature of the first resin and is not lower than a glass transition temperature of the second resin, and
in the transfer step, a temperature of the intermediate image is lower than a glass transition temperature of the first resin and is not lower than the glass transition temperature of the second resin.

US Pat. No. 10,421,283

EJECTION MATERIAL RECEIVING UNIT, EJECTION MATERIAL EJECTING APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF FLEXIBLE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ejection material receiving unit comprising:a first receiving space capable of receiving ejection material to be ejected from an eject head;
a second receiving space which is adjacent to the first receiving space and capable of receiving liquid; and
a flexible member separating the first receiving space and the second receiving space, wherein
the flexible member has a concave part which takes a concave shape in a state where the first receiving space is not filled with the ejection material and the second receiving space is not filled with the liquid, and
the concave shape is a shape dented toward the second receiving space from the first receiving space, and is also a shape conforming to a wall forming the second receiving space.

US Pat. No. 10,424,104

THUMBNAIL IMAGE CREATION APPARATUS, AND 3D MODEL DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A three-dimensional (3D) printing system comprising:a 3D printer;
a processor;
a memory storing instructions to be executed by the processor; and
an interface configured to receive an input from a user;
wherein, on a basis of the instructions, the processor executes:
editing 3D model data;
analyzing the edited 3D model data;
creating a thumbnail image of the edited 3D model data taken from a viewpoint based on the analysis;
displaying the thumbnail image on a display and receiving an input from the user regarding whether or not to use the thumbnail image as a thumbnail image of the edited 3D model data; and
in a case where an affirmative input is received from the user, associating the thumbnail image with the edited 3D model data and storing the thumbnail image and the edited 3D model data into the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,423,853

INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION-PROCESSING METHOD FOR GENERATING DISTRIBUTION OF BRIGHTNESS-RELATED VALUE OF IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information-processing apparatus comprising:a first acquisition unit configured to acquire gradation characteristic information which is information related to a gradation characteristic;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire axial characteristic information which is information related to an axial characteristic including a distribution, on an axis, of graduations corresponding to brightness-related values related to brightness of input image data; and
a generation unit configured to generate, based on the input image data, the gradation characteristic information, and the axial characteristic information, distribution information indicating a distribution of the brightness-related value of the input image data using the axis according to the axial characteristic information,
wherein the first acquisition unit, the second acquisition unit, and the generation unit are implemented via at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,421,295

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a recording unit configured to record an image on a sheet by causing a carriage mounted with a recording head to scan;
a plurality of rollers configured to press the sheet, wherein the plurality of rollers includes a first roller provided on an upstream side of the recording unit in a conveyance direction of the sheet and a second roller provided on a downstream side of the recording unit in the conveyance direction; and
a notice control unit configured to control an error notice,
wherein, in a case where the sheet is pressed by one of the first roller and the second roller, the notice control unit notices a jam error, and
wherein, in a case where the sheet is pressed by both of the first roller and the second roller, the notice control unit does not notice the jam error.

US Pat. No. 10,421,296

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND EXAMINATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a forming unit configured to form an examination pattern at a defined position related to a trailing edge of a recording material;
a detection unit configured to detect that the recording material is conveyed to a predetermined position on a conveyance path;
a reading unit configured to read the examination pattern formed on the recording material, the reading unit being positioned on a downstream side of the forming unit with respect to a conveyance direction;
a memory configured to save image data read by the reading unit, wherein the image data read by the reading unit corresponds to an image of a predetermined period between a start position on a downstream side of the examination pattern and an end position on an upstream side of the trailing edge of the recording material with respect to the conveyance direction;
a specifying unit configured to specify a trailing position corresponding to the trailing edge of the recording material in the image data saved in the memory; and
an examining unit configured to examine an examination pattern area corresponding to the examination pattern, wherein the examination pattern area is defined based on the trailing position of the image data specified by the specifying unit.

US Pat. No. 10,421,299

SHEET SUPPLYING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet supplying apparatus, comprising:a driving unit configured to cause a roll including a wound consecutive sheet to rotate in a first direction for feeding the sheet or a second direction opposite to the first direction; and
a sensor that detects the sheet,
wherein, in a case in which the sensor detects a leading end portion of the sheet while the roll is being rotated in the second direction, the driving unit changes a rotation direction of the roll from the second direction to the first direction and feeds the sheet, and
wherein the sheet supplying apparatus further comprises a specifying unit configured to specify a type of the sheet on the basis of a variation in an output of the sensor while the roll is being rotated in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,423,095

DEVELOPING APPARATUS HAVING A SEALING SHEET AND UNSEALING MECHANISM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:a developer bearing member bearing and feeding developer including toner and carrier in order to develop an electrostatic image formed on an image bearing member;
a developing container including a first chamber and a second chamber partitioned by a partition wall from the first chamber, and configured to contain the developer to be supplied to the developer bearing member;
a first communication portion configured to permit movement of the developer from the first chamber to the second chamber;
a second communication portion configured to permit movement of the developer from the second chamber to the first chamber;
a first feeding screw arranged in the first chamber and feeding the developer in a first direction from the second communication portion toward the first communication portion;
a second feeding screw arranged in the second chamber and including a first blade portion feeding the developer in a second direction from the first communication portion to the second communication portion, a second blade portion arranged downstream of the first blade portion in the second direction and feeding the developer in the first direction to deliver the developer through the second communication portion to the first chamber, and a third blade portion arranged downstream of the second blade portion in the second direction feeding the developer in the second direction;
a developer replenishing portion configured to replenish replenishment developer to the developing container;
a developer discharging portion configured to discharge a part of the developer contained in the developing container as the replenishment developer is replenished to the developing container by the developer replenishing portion;
a sealing sheet arranged upstream of the developer discharging portion in the second direction and sealing initial developer contained in the developing container; and
an unsealing mechanism unsealing the sealing sheet sealing the initial developer,
wherein the sealing sheet is arranged downstream of the second blade portion and upstream of the third blade portion in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,423,106

FIXING DEVICE THAT CONTROLS A POSITION OF A FIXING BELT USING A DISPLACING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:a pair of rotatable members forming a nip for fixing a toner image on a recording material, wherein at least one of said rotatable members is an endless belt;
a roller for rotatably supporting said endless belt;
a detecting device including a contact portion contacting one end of said endless belt with respect to a widthwise direction, an urging portion for urging said contact portion toward the one end of said endless belt with respect to the widthwise direction, and a sensor for detecting a position of said contact portion, wherein said detecting device detects a position of said endless belt with respect to the widthwise direction depending on an output of said sensor; and
a displacing device for displacing one end of said roller with respect to a longitudinal direction depending on the position of said endless belt detected by said detecting device,
wherein, before rotation of said endless belt is started, said displacing device displaces the one end of said roller with respect to the longitudinal direction so that said contact portion moves against an urging force of said urging portion upon the start.

US Pat. No. 10,423,366

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING ACTIVE STATUS MANAGEMENT, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which is connected to an image processing apparatus, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor executing instructions to act as:
an activation control unit configured to activate a status management program for acquiring and displaying information relating to a state of the image processing apparatus;
a generation unit configured to generate a print job in the information processing apparatus and unable to activate the status management program in accordance with an instruction to generate a print job;
a registration unit configured to register the image processing apparatus or a print queue corresponding to the image processing apparatus to a spooler service as a target of monitoring;
an event determination unit configured to detect occurrence of an event in the image processing apparatus or the print queue according to a notification from the spooler service, and
a detection unit configured to detect a restart of a spooler service,
wherein the activation control unit is software that differs from the generation unit and activates the status management program in a case where the event determination unit detects the event, and
the registration unit reregisters the image processing apparatus or a print queue corresponding to the image processing apparatus to a spooler service as the target of monitoring in a case where the detection unit detects the restart of the spooler service.

US Pat. No. 10,423,374

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR REDUCING PRINT PROCESSING TIME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:at least one controller including a processor configured to execute a program stored in a memory or a circuit configured to implement a function, the at least one controller being configured to function as:
a receiving unit configured to receive print data including page description language (PDL) data, wherein the print data has a plurality of pages;
a generating unit configured to generate intermediate data by interpreting the PDL data of the received print data;
a holding unit configured to hold generated intermediate data corresponding to a part of the plurality pages of the print data and hold PDL data corresponding to other part of the plurality of pages of the print data, wherein intermediate data based on the held PDL data corresponding to the other part is generated after the PDL data corresponding to the other part is transmitted from the holding unit to the generating unit; and
a rendering unit configured to generate image data based on first intermediate data and second intermediate data, wherein the first intermediate data corresponds to the intermediate data held by the holding unit and the second intermediate data is generated by the generating unit based on the PDL data held by the holding unit.

US Pat. No. 10,425,731

AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS, AUDIO PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. An audio processing method comprising:inputting a plurality of audio signals;
reducing wind noise of the plurality of input audio signals; and
controlling a reduction amount of the wind noise in the reducing based on a difference between an in-phase component and an antiphase component of the plurality of audio signals and controlling a speed of a change of the reduction amount of the wind noise in the reducing based on a magnitude of the in-phase component of the plurality of audio signals,
wherein, when the reducing decreases the reduction amount of the wind noise, the controller decreases the reduction amount of the wind noise in a first period of time in a case where the in-phase component of the plurality of audio signals is not larger than a threshold value, and decreases the reduction amount of the wind noise in a second period of time which is shorter than the first period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,423,705

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING ON A WEB BROWSER FOR UPLOADING DOCUMENTS TO A DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SERVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a document management program including first and second extended programs that operate on a web browser and a script program described in a predetermined script language,wherein the first extended program causes a computer to function as:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire information about a hierarchical folder structure managed by a document management server, wherein the document management server is different from the computer;
a display unit configured to hierarchically display, in a display area defined on the web browser according to descriptions of an HTML web page, folders of the hierarchical folder structure managed by the document management server, according to the information acquired by the first acquisition unit;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire information about a coordinate position of a pointing device in the display area and information about an event type, from mouse event information set by the web browser;
a determination unit configured to compare the acquired coordinate position of the pointing device with position of each of the hierarchically displayed folders of the hierarchical folder structure to determine whether the acquired coordinate position of the pointing device overlaps with any one of the hierarchically displayed folders of the hierarchical folder structure; and
a folder information creation unit configured to create, if the determination unit determines that the acquired coordinate position of the pointing device overlaps with one of the hierarchically displayed folders and if the event type acquired by the second acquisition unit is determined to be a Drop, folder information about the one of the hierarchically displayed folders determined to be overlapping with the acquired coordinate position of the pointing device and set the created folder information into the web browser, and
wherein the second extended program causes the computer to function as:
a third acquisition unit configured to acquire mouse event information relating to the display area defined on the web browser, based on a mouse event from an OS of the computer;
a first storage unit configured to store, into a bridge data storage unit, file information about the file that is being dragged when an event type included in the mouse event information acquired by the third acquisition unit is determined to be DragEnter representing that the pointing device dragging the file has entered into the display area defined on the web browser;
a second storage unit configured to store the mouse event information acquired by the third acquisition unit into the bridge data storage unit and notify the web browser that the mouse event information has been stored into the bridge data storage unit, wherein the stored mouse event information includes the information about the coordinate position of the pointing device in the display area and the information about the event type; and
an upload unit configured to upload, when it is notified by the web browser that the folder information has been stored into the bridge data storage unit, a file that is managed by the OS and that is identified by the file information stored in the bridge data storage unit to a folder that is identified by the folder information stored in the bridge data storage unit and that is managed by the document management server, and
wherein, the web browser executes the script program to perform:
acquiring, when notified by the second storage unit that the mouse event information has been stored, the mouse event information stored in the bridge data storage unit and
setting the acquired mouse event information into the second acquisition unit, and
wherein, the web browser executes the script program to further perform:
storing, when the folder information creation unit sets the created folder information into the web browser, the set folder information into the bridge data storage unit and
notifying the upload unit that the folder information has been stored into the bridge data storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,419,659

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF TO SWITCH AN ITEM FOR WHICH A SETTING VALUE TO BE CHANGED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a first operation member;
a second operation member; and
a memory and at least one processor configured to function as:
a control unit configured to perform control,
wherein, in a case where an item allocated as a setting item for which a setting value is changed according to an operation on the first operation member is a first item, the control unit performs control to change the setting value for the first item according to the operation on the first operation member, and
wherein, after a predetermined operation of either one of releasing an operation on the second operation member, and performing a particular operation on an operation member which is different from the second operation member to be performed after releasing the operation on the second operation member, the control unit performs control in such a manner that an item, for which the setting value is changed according to the operation on the first operation member, becomes different depending on whether the operation on the second operation member is continuously performed for a first period or longer after the operation is performed on the second operation member when the first item is set as the allocated item, until the operation on the second operation member is released.

US Pat. No. 10,416,590

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a conveyance unit configured to convey a recording material on a conveyance path in the image forming apparatus;
an irradiation unit configured to radiate light on segments of the recording material being conveyed by the conveyance unit, the light radiated on a segment of the recording material as the segment is being conveyed through an irradiation section of the conveyance path;
an image capturing unit configured to capture surface images of a plurality of segments of the recording material by capturing, for a plurality of times during an image capturing period, as a surface image, the light radiated by the irradiation unit and reflected on the recording material, wherein the plurality of times corresponds to the plurality of segments;
an image formation unit configured to form an image on a recording material; and
a control unit configured to control an image forming condition of the image formation unit,
wherein the conveyance unit accelerates or decelerates a conveyance speed of the recording material in at least a part of the image capturing period during which the image capturing unit captures the surface images the plurality of times,
wherein the image forming apparatus obtains feature quantity data on the basis of data obtained from the captured surface images, wherein the feature quantity data reflects a feature of the recording material, and
wherein the control unit controls the image forming condition based on the obtained feature quantity data and a threshold value set based on the conveyance speeds of the recording material in the image capturing period,
wherein, in the image capturing period, the irradiation unit does not change an amount of light radiated on the recording material, and the image capturing unit does not change a light receiving period for receiving and capturing light reflected on the recording material as a surface image one time.

US Pat. No. 10,416,598

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND HEATER FOR USE THEREIN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus for heating an image formed on a recording material, comprising:an endless belt;
a heater configured to be in contact with an inner surface of the endless belt, the heater including a substrate and a plurality of independently controllable heating blocks disposed on the substrate, the heating blocks are arranged along a longitudinal direction of the substrate, each of the heating blocks includes a first conductor disposed at a first position on the substrate so as to extend in the longitudinal direction, a second conductor disposed at a second position on the substrate so as to extend in the longitudinal direction, the second position being different from the first position in a transverse direction of the substrate that is transverse to the longitudinal direction, a heating element disposed between the first conductor and the second conductor and configured to generate heat by power supplied thereto via the first conductor and the second conductor, and an electrode electrically connected with the second conductor; and
electrical contacts configured to be in contact with electrodes of the heater to supply power to the heating element, wherein
at least one electrode corresponding to each of the plurality of heating blocks is disposed in an area where the heating element is located in the longitudinal direction on a second surface opposite to a first surface of the heater that comes into contact with the endless belt,
the heating blocks are provided on the second surface of the heater,
the electrical contacts are arranged so as to face the second surface of the heater, and
the heating element has a positive temperature coefficient of resistance.

US Pat. No. 10,416,603

SHEET-CONVEYING DEVICE AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus for forming an image on a sheet, comprising:an image-forming unit that forms the image on the sheet; and
a discharge unit that discharges the sheet to an outside of the image-forming apparatus, the discharge unit including a first roller and a second roller that rotate while being in contact with the sheet, a first rotating shaft that rotatably supports the first roller, and a second rotating shaft that rotatably supports the second roller,
wherein the sheet is discharged to the outside of the image-forming apparatus in a state in which a first surface of the sheet is in contact with the first roller and a surface opposite to the first surface of the sheet is in contact with the second roller; and
a conveyance unit that conveys the sheet in an opposite direction to convey the sheet again to the image-forming unit, the conveyance unit including a third roller and a fourth roller that rotate while being in contact with the sheet, a third rotating shaft that rotatably supports the third roller, and a fourth rotating shaft that rotatably supports the fourth roller;
wherein the third roller contacts the fourth roller without contacting the first roller,
the first rotating shaft, the second rotating shaft, the third rotating shaft, and the fourth rotating shaft are disposed at different positions respectively when viewed in an axial direction of the first rotating shaft,
the first roller and the fourth roller are arranged at different positons in a width direction of the sheet that is perpendicular to a conveyance direction of the sheet, and
the first roller and the fourth roller partially overlap when viewed in the axial direction of the first rotating shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,416,605

CLEANING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning device comprising:a cleaning brush held rotatable in a forward direction and a backward direction and configured to remove toner remaining on an image bearing member;
a cleaning container configured to contain the toner removed by the cleaning brush;
a scraper extending in a direction substantially parallel to a rotation axis of the cleaning brush and having a shape of a circular in cross section, and configured to scrape toner which has entered the cleaning brush by thrusting the cleaning brush vertically below the rotation axis of the cleaning brush; and
a holding portion configured to hold both ends of the scraper when the scraper is at a mounting position, the holding portion comprising an opening portion which opens toward the rotation axis of the cleaning brush to attach the scraper detachably to the holding portion, and a guide portion configured to guide movement of the scraper between the opening portion and the mounting position, and an angle ? between a line connecting the rotation axis of the cleaning brush and a center of the scraper, and a direction in which the guide portion guides the scraper is set to within 15° when viewed in a direction of the rotation axis of the cleaning brush.

US Pat. No. 10,419,775

MOVING IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, MOVING IMAGE ENCODING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A moving image encoding apparatus comprising:an encoding unit configured to perform predictive encoding for an encoding target image on a block basis;
a decoding unit configured to generate a decoded image by decoding the target image having undergone the predictive encoding;
a filter unit configured to apply deblocking filtering to the decoded image; and
an offset processing unit configured to perform an offset processing for the decoded image having undergone the deblocking filtering,
wherein the encoding unit performs the predictive encoding based on the decoded image having undergone the offset processing by the offset processing unit,
wherein the offset processing unit selects and executes a first offset processing for a low-frequency component image when an image of the block has a feature associated with the low-frequency component image in accordance with a feature of an image of a processing target block, and selects and executes a second offset processing for a high-frequency component image when an image of the block does not have a feature associated with the low-frequency component image,
wherein the apparatus further comprises:
(a) a counting unit configured to count a number of pixels, for each selected band of a plurality of bands, of the processing target block of the decoded image having undergone the deblocking filtering, whose pixel values belongs to the selected band, wherein the plurality of bands are obtained by dividing, into a plurality of portions, a range of values which pixel values are configured to take; and
(b) a decision unit configured to decide a starting band position of a predetermined number of consecutive bands of the plurality of bands, wherein the number of pixels included in the consecutive bands is the largest, and
wherein the offset processing unit selects the first offset processing when the number of pixels included in the predetermined number of bands from the decided starting band position is not less than a second threshold, and selects the second offset processing when the number of pixels included in the predetermined number of bands from the decided starting band position is less than the second threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,419,573

METHODS, DEVICES AND COMPUTER PROGRAMS ENABLING DATA TO BE PUSHED IN A NETWORK ENVIRONMENT COMPRISING PROXIES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for pushing at least one second resource associated with a first resource, in response to a request for the first resource, the method being carried out in an intermediary component comprising a memory, the method comprising:receiving a first request for a first resource;
sending a request for the first resource to a second component different from the intermediary component;
receiving from the second component, in response to the sent request, at least one identifier of at least one second resource to be pushed by the second component;
storing at least one of said at least one received identifier in a list associated with the first resource, the list being stored in the memory;
receiving a second request for the first resource from a client device;
transmitting the first resource to the client device;
selecting at least one second resource identified in the list associated with the first resource; and
pushing the selected at least one second resource to the client device.

US Pat. No. 10,416,553

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of curing an uncured material on each of a plurality of shot regions of a substrate while the uncured material is in contact with a member, the method comprising:before bringing the member and the uncured material on a target shot region into contact with each other, obtaining a relative position between the target shot region and the member, and performing first alignment for the target shot region between the target shot region and the member by driving a correction unit configured to correct the relative position between the shot region and the member;
after bringing the member and the uncured material on the target shot region into contact with each other, performing second alignment for the target shot region between the target shot region and the member by driving the correction unit; and
curing the uncured material on the target shot region after the second alignment,
wherein the first alignment for the target shot region includes alignment performed using a correction amount by the correction unit in the second alignment for another shot region where the uncured material has been cured earlier than in the target shot region.

US Pat. No. 10,419,629

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a first supporting portion configured to support a sheet;
a sheet conveyance portion configured to convey the sheet supported by the first supporting portion;
an image reading portion configured to read an image of the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveyance portion;
a sheet discharging portion configured to discharge the sheet, whose image has been read, in a discharging direction;
a second supporting portion disposed below the first supporting portion and configured to support the sheet discharged by the sheet discharging portion;
a light emitting portion configured to emit light; and
a transparent cover member configured to transmit the light from the light emitting portion and disposed on a surface of the image reading apparatus that intersects a width direction, the width direction being perpendicular to the discharging direction and parallel to a horizontal direction,
wherein the light emitted from the light emitting portion illuminates the second supporting portion through the transparent cover member.

US Pat. No. 10,419,639

IMAGE READING APPARATUS THAT CALCULATES CORRECTION VALUES FOR CORRECTING OUTPUTS OF LIGHT RECEIVING ELEMENTS, AND SHADING CORRECTING METHOD FOR CORRECTING AN IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a line sensor configured to read an image of a document placed in a read area, the line sensor having a plurality of light receiving elements in a main scanning direction;
a storage unit configured to store therein first reference data that is previously acquired by reading a first white reference member opposite to the plurality of light receiving elements of the line sensor;
a second white reference member of which a length is shorter than a length of the line sensor in the main scanning direction;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire reference data read by the line sensor in a condition in which the second white reference member and the line sensor are opposed to each other,
a correction unit configured to correct an output of the light receiving elements not opposite to the second white reference member, based on the first reference data stored in the storage unit and second reference data acquired by the light receiving elements opposite to the second white reference member among the reference data acquired by the acquiring unit.

US Pat. No. 10,416,576

OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR USE IN STAGE CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint lithography system comprising:a template chuck or holder configured to hold a template comprising alignment indicia;
a substrate chuck or holder configured to hold a substrate comprising alignment indicia;
an illuminator configured to illuminate the template and the substrate;
an optical lens array to optically compress each moiré fringe strip of a moiré image comprising moiré fringe strips, the moiré image resulting from an interaction of light between the alignment indicia of the template and the alignment indicia of the substrate; and
an acquisition device that includes one or more line scan cameras that are configured to process the compressed moiré image to determine a misalignment between the template and the substrate, wherein the one or more line scan cameras include a trilinear line scan camera, each line of the trilinear line scan camera is associated with a particular moiré fringe strip of the moiréfringe strips, and the compression of the moiré image is based on a pixel height of the acquisition device.

US Pat. No. 10,409,186

TONER AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising:toner particles containing a binder resin; and
organic-inorganic composite fine particles, each of which comprises a vinyl based resin particle and inorganic fine particles,
wherein:
the binder resin comprises a vinyl based polymer or a polyester,
the inorganic fine particles are exposed at surfaces of the organic-inorganic composite fine particles,
each of the organic-inorganic composite fine particles has convex portions derived from the inorganic fine particles on the surfaces thereof, and
an abundance ratio of the inorganic fine particles exposed at the surface of the organic-inorganic fine particles ranges from 20% to 70%, and
wherein:
the toner has an average circularity of 0.960 or more,whereinwhen the toner is charged by a two-component method so as to have a squared triboelectricity (Q2) of 4000 (mC/kg)2, the toner has an electrostatic adhesion F to a polycarbonate flat plate of 50 to 200 nN, and
a gradient of a linear approximation straight line ranges from 0.003 to 0.040, wherein the linear approximation straight line is obtained by a process including:
preparing three sets of the toner each having different squared triboelectricity from each other,
measuring electrostatic adhesion to a polycarbonate flat plate of the respective sets of the toner,
plotting the measured electrostatic adhesion on a graph having a horizontal axis of squared triboelectricity Q2 ((mC/kg)2), and a vertical axis of electrostatic adhesion F (nN) to a polycarbonate flat plate, and
drawing the liner approximation straight line based on the plots on the graph.

US Pat. No. 10,409,190

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning device comprising:a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a rotating polygon mirror configured to deflect the light beam such that the light beam emitted from the light source is scanned on a photosensitive member;
a lens and a reflection mirror configured to direct the light beam deflected by the rotating polygon mirror onto the photosensitive member;
an optical housing that contains the rotating polygon mirror and the optical component; and
a cover attached to the optical housing to cover an opening of the optical housing,
wherein the cover includes
a sealing member molded on the cover, and sandwiched between the cover and a side wall of the optical housing, for sealing a space between the cover and the side wall, anda channel through which the sealing member, being melted and injected in the molding process, flows, the channel being formed in the cover such that the sealing member which has been fixed is sandwiched between the side wall and the cover by attaching the cover to the optical housing,wherein the channel includes a first channel portion for holding a portion of the sealing member sandwiched between the side wall and the cover and a second channel portion connected with the first channel portion and extending from a part of the first channel portion toward an area surrounded by the first channel portion, the second channel potion is provided outside a light path area for the light beam when viewed in a direction of a rotational axis of the rotating polygon mirror, and the second channel portion is used as an inlet through which the sealing member being melted is injected into the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,409,198

FEEDING SCREW AND DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A feeding screw for feeding a developer, comprising:a rotation shaft; and
a helical blade provided on said rotation shaft and including a plurality of threads,
wherein said helical blade includes,
a first blade helically formed with a single thread on said rotation shaft,
a second blade helically formed with a single thread on said rotation shaft, and
a third blade helically formed with a single thread on said rotation shaft,
wherein with respect to a direction along said rotation shaft, a gap is provided between a most downstream end portion of said second blade and a most upstream end portion of said third blade, and
wherein a volume of said second blade is not more than 75% of said first blade between a most upstream end portion of said second blade and the most upstream end portion of said third blade with respect to the direction.

US Pat. No. 10,409,203

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT EXECUTES A CLEANING MODE IN WHICH POSITIONAL RELATIONSHIPS OF A FIRST SHEET AND A SECOND SHEET, FED THROUGH A FIXING NIP DURING A CLEANING MODE, RELATIVE TO A ROTATABLE HEATING MEMBER DIFFER FROM EACH OTHER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion for forming a toner image on each sheet, of a plurality of sheets;
a rotatable heating member and a rotatable pressing member for fixing, at a nip, the toner image formed on each sheet, of the plurality of sheets, by said image forming portion;
an executing portion for executing a cleaning mode for cleaning said rotatable heating member by introducing, into the nip, a sheet, of the plurality of sheets, on which a predetermined toner image is formed by said image forming portion;
a changing mechanism for making positional relationships of a first sheet and a second sheet, of the plurality of sheets, relative to said rotatable heating member different from each other with respect to a widthwise direction of said rotatable heating member when the first sheet and the second sheet are successively introduced into the nip in the cleaning mode; and
a re-introducing mechanism for re-introducing the first sheet and the second sheet, of the plurality of sheets, into the nip, the first sheet and the second sheet having passed through the nip and having been turned upside down,
wherein said changing mechanism changes the relative positional relationship of the first sheet and the second sheet, which are turned upside down, relative to said rotatable heating member.

US Pat. No. 10,406,829

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:(a) an image forming unit configured to form a first ink image containing a first liquid and a coloring material on an ink receiving medium; and
(b) a liquid absorbing member that includes a porous body configured to come into contact with the first ink image to absorb at least some of the first liquid from the first ink image to form a second ink image as a liquid reduced ink image,
wherein the image forming unit includes:
(i) a device configured to apply a reaction liquid containing a reaction component that increases the viscosity of an ink onto the ink receiving medium, and
(ii) a device configured to apply an ink containing the coloring material onto a part of a region onto which the reaction liquid is applied on the ink receiving medium, and
wherein the ink jet recording apparatus further comprises a mechanism configured to apply, before the first ink image comes into contact with the liquid absorbing member, a treatment liquid to at least a region to which the reaction liquid has been applied but the ink is not applied, the treatment liquid containing no coloring material but containing at least a water-soluble resin and a water-soluble organic solvent, and a mixture of the reaction liquid and the treatment liquid on the ink receiving medium being more viscously thickened than the reaction liquid.
US Pat. No. 10,401,748

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a toner comprising a toner particle containing an amorphous polyester, the toner production method comprising:a step of melt-kneading the amorphous polyester; and
a step of pulverizing the obtained kneaded material, wherein
the amorphous polyester contains an amorphous polyester 1,
the amorphous polyester further contains an amorphous polyester 2,
the amorphous polyester 1 contains either one of a tin compound and a titanium compound,
the amorphous polyester 2 contains the other of the tin compound and the titanium compound,
in the step of melt-kneading the amorphous polyester, both the amorphous polyester 1 and the amorphous polyester 2 are melt-kneaded,
a Sn/Ti abundance ratio between Sn and Ti in the amorphous polyester according to x-ray fluorescence analysis is 20/80 to 80/20,
a weight-average molecular weight Mw1 of the amorphous polyester 1 according to measurement by gel permeation chromatography (GPC) is Mw1<7,000,
the tin compound does not contain a Sn—C bond, and
the titanium compound has an alkanolamine-derived residue.

US Pat. No. 10,402,537

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,402,802

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,403,571

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:a semiconductor package including a ceramic substrate on which a semiconductor element is mounted and having a first surface on which a plurality of first lands is arranged; and
a printed wiring board having a second surface facing the first surface and on which a plurality of second lands respectively corresponding to the plurality of first lands is arranged,
wherein the plurality of first lands is respectively bonded to the plurality of second lands by solder, and
wherein a first bonding area of at least one of the second lands bonded to the solder is 56% or more and 81% or less of a second bonding area of a corresponding one of the first lands bonded to the solder, andwherein the at least one of the second lands bonded to the solder in the area of 56% or more and 81% or less of the area in which the corresponding one of the first lands is bonded to the solder is arranged in a region where an interval between the corresponding one of the first lands and the at least one of the second lands bonded to the corresponding one of the first lands is larger than an average value of intervals between the plurality of first lands and the plurality of second lands respectively bonded to the plurality of first lands.

US Pat. No. 10,402,346

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,399,791

CARRIAGE TRANSPORT SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A carriage transport system, comprising:a transport path formed of a plurality of transporting modules;
a plurality of carriages configured to move along the transport path; and
a receiver configured to receive a plurality of drive instructions before a timing of actually moving the carriages, and to receive a plurality of transport instructions at the timing of actually moving the carriages,
wherein each of the transporting modules has a controller and a memory for storing the drive instructions received by the receiver,
wherein each of the transport instructions is applied to each of the carriages entering the transport path, the memory preliminarily stores, before receiving the transport instructions, the plurality of drive instructions to be applied sequentially to the carriages entering sequentially the transport paths corresponding to the carriages, and
wherein, after receiving the drive instructions, the controller corresponding to at least one of the plurality of transporting modules executes the stored drive instructions one by one in a predetermined order in a sequential order with respect to at least a part of the plurality of carriages entering the transporting module corresponding to the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,399,802

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a body;
a sheet storage portion configured to store a sheet and inserted to the body;
a sheet supporting member configured to support the sheet and liftable with respect to the sheet storage portion;
a lift portion configured to lift the sheet supporting member with respect to the sheet storage portion; and
a damper mechanism comprising:
a movable portion supported by the sheet storage portion and configured to be moved with respect to the sheet storage portion by abutting against the body in a case where the sheet storage portion is inserted to the body;
a resistance member configured to produce a resistive force;
a first transmission portion interposed between the resistance member and the movable portion, the first transmission portion configured to actuate the resistance member to produce the resistive force and transmit the resistive force to the movable portion along with movement of the movable portion, so that an insertion speed of the sheet storage portion is reduced in a case where the sheet storage portion is inserted to the body; and
a second transmission portion interposed between the resistance member and the sheet supporting member, the second transmission portion configured to actuate the resistance member to produce the resistive force and transmit resistive force to the sheet supporting member along with lowering movement of the sheet supporting member, so that a lowering speed of the sheet supporting member is reduced in a case where the sheet storage portion with the sheet supporting member having been lifted by the lift portion is drawn out of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,398,788

POLYMER AND CONTRAST AGENT FOR PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING INCLUDING THE POLYMER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A polymer represented by any of formulae (1) to (7):
wherein in the formulae (1) to (7), each x represents an integer of 1 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,402,130

PRINTING SYSTEM AND RELATED CONTROL METHOD IN WHICH A PRINTING APPARATUS CONNECTS WITH A MOBILE TERMINAL IF A PRINTING RESERVATION CORRESPONDING TO A PRINTING INSTRUCTION FROM THE MOBILE TERMINAL IS MANAGED BY A SERVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system in which a management server, a mobile terminal, and an image forming apparatus can be connected via a network, the printing system including:(A) the management server that comprises:
(a) at least one memory storing first instructions; and
(b) at least one processor executing the first instructions to cause the management server:
(i) to issue a printing reservation in accordance with a request from a user;
(ii) to manage the issued printing reservation; and
(iii) to provide information concerning the managed printing reservation to the user, in response to an inquiry; and
(B) the image forming apparatus that comprises:
(a) at least one memory storing second instructions; and
(b) at least one processor executing the second instructions to cause the image forming apparatus:
(i) to accept a printing instruction from the mobile terminal;
(ii) to send an inquiry to the management server as to whether the management server manages a printing reservation corresponding to the accepted printing instruction;
(iii) to transmit connection information to the mobile terminal if the printing reservation corresponding to the accepted printing instruction is managed by the management server as a result of the inquiry;
(iv) to set communication with the mobile terminal as a connected state when a connection request from the mobile terminal using the transmitted connection information is received;
(v) to obtain printing data corresponding to the printing instruction from the mobile terminal set in the connected state;
(vi) to execute printing processing using the obtained printing data; and
(vii) to set communication with the mobile terminal to an unconnected state after execution of the printing processing is complete,
wherein, if the printing reservation corresponding to the accepted printing instruction is not managed by the management server as a result of the inquiry, the printing instruction accepted from the mobile terminal is rejected and the connection information is not transmitted to the mobile terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,402,138

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,402,693

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CLASSIFYING PATTERN IN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory coupled to the at least one processor, the memory having instructions that, when executed by the processor, perform operations as:
a generation unit configured to generate feature data based on an image;
a plurality of classification units each configured to classify a predetermined pattern by referring to the feature data; and
a control unit configured to control operations of the plurality of classification units,
wherein the plurality of classification units includes a first classification unit and a second classification unit, processing results of which do not depend on each other, and a third classification unit,
wherein the control unit operates the first and the second classification units in parallel,
wherein, in a case where at least either one of the first and the second classification units determines that a classification condition is not satisfied, the control unit stops operations of all of the plurality of classification units,
wherein, in a case where both the first and the second classification units determine that the classification condition is satisfied, the control unit operates the third classification unit by using classification results of the first and the second classification units,
wherein the third classification unit refers to feature data common to the first or the second classification unit from the same memory, and
wherein the control unit sequentially operates a plurality of the classification units that refer to the common feature data.

US Pat. No. 10,405,011

METHOD, SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND READABLE MEDIUM FOR GENERATING TWO VIDEO STREAMS FROM A RECEIVED VIDEO STREAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of generating two video streams from a received video stream, the method comprising:dividing a scene captured by the received video stream into a first region and a second region by placing a virtual plane in the scene such that the virtual plane defines and separates the first region and the second region;
assigning the regions of the scene represented in the received video stream to at least one of two output video streams, the first region being assigned to at least a first output video stream and the second region to at least a second output video stream according to the virtual plane; and
encoding pixel data assigned to each output video stream to generate the two video streams.

US Pat. No. 10,404,029

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light source apparatus, comprising:an introduction unit that introduces a pump light pulse having a first wavelength;
a shaping unit that shapes a waveform of the pump light pulse having the first wavelength; and
a nonlinear optical waveguide that generates a wavelength converted light pulse from the pump light pulse having the first wavelength through an optical parametric process, the pump light pulse being a pulse that has been shaped in the shaping unit, the wavelength converted light pulse including a second wavelength different from the first wavelength,
wherein the shaping unit shapes the waveform of the pump light pulse such that an absolute value of a time rate of change of the waveform at a peak area of the pump light pulse that has been shaped is smaller than an absolute value of a time rate of change of the waveform at a peak area of the pump light pulse before being shaped with the shaping unit.
US Pat. No. 10,401,730

METHOD FOR PRODUCING MICROSTRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,405,063

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A generation method of a media file comprising a media data box and a metadata box, the method comprising:obtaining media data comprising a plurality of samples, each sample comprising one or more spatial tiles; and
generating the media file in which a plurality of NAL(Network Abstraction Layer) units based on the obtained media data are contained in the media data box and tile information, which indicates information related to the one or more spatial tiles corresponding to the plurality of NAL units contained in the media data box, is described in the metadata box,
wherein the tile information is available to a client device which has received the media file in order for the client device to specify a correspondence relationship between the plurality of NAL units and the one or more spatial tiles.

US Pat. No. 10,391,764

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An element substrate on which a plurality of print elements and a plurality of drive elements configured to drive the plurality of print elements are integrated, comprising:a plurality of function circuits configured to execute a plurality of functions necessary to execute a print operation;
a data discrimination circuit configured to receive a data signal from an outside, discriminate a type of data included in the received data signal, and transfer the received data signal to a corresponding function circuit of the plurality of function circuits in accordance with a result of the discrimination;
an error detection circuit configured to receive the data signal and detect whether a transfer error occurs in the received data signal; and
a control circuit configured to control to reflect a detection result of the error detection circuit in a latch signal received from the outside and a reset signal received from the outside and, in accordance with the functions executed by the plurality of function circuits, cause some function circuits of the plurality of function circuits to latch the transferred data signal by the latch signal on which the detection result is reflected and cause remaining function circuits of the plurality of function circuits to reset the transferred data signal by the reset signal in which the detection result is reflected.

US Pat. No. 10,395,103

OBJECT DETECTION METHOD, OBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,391,780

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:a recording head having an ejection port surface provided with a plurality of ejection ports for ejecting ink, and configured to perform a recording operation;
an ink receiving portion configured to receive the ink ejected from the plurality of ejection ports;
an ink storage container including:
an ink containing chamber configured to contain ink to be supplied to the recording head,
an air communication port configured to communicate with air, and
a buffer chamber that can temporarily retain ink, located below the ink containing chamber and provided between the ink containing chamber and the air communication port, the ink containing chamber, the air communication port, and the buffer chamber being integrally formed, and
an ink return path configured to connect the ink receiving portion and the buffer chamber and cause the ink to be returned from the ink receiving portion to the buffer chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,395,621

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR MODIFYING A FONT CHARACTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of modifying a font character, the method comprising:receiving an outline of the font character, the outline being a vector representation of the character;
receiving a slant angle parameter to be applied to the font outline, the slant angle specifying an amount of shearing to be applied to the font outline;
determining a modified stroke width for each segment of the font outline according to an initial angle of the segment and the slant angle, the modified stroke width determined for a corresponding one of the segments being proportional to ratio of a length of the corresponding segment before and after applying the slant angle to the outline, the length of the corresponding segment changing due to application of the slant angle, wherein the modified stroke width determined for the corresponding segment is used for adjusting an initial stroke width of the corresponding segment to compensate for changes to stroke width of the corresponding segment caused by applying the slant angle; and
rendering the font character by applying each one of the determined modified stroke widths to the segment corresponding to each determined modified stroke width.

US Pat. No. 10,391,801

INKJET RECORDING METHOD AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,397,473

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,397,482

IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,397,486

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD EXECUTED BY IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,394,683

DATA TRANSMISSION METHOD, NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM, DATA TRANSMISSION DEVICE, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PRODUCT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data transmission method of transmitting data of log information recorded in log data of a manufacturing apparatus to an external device, the data transmission method comprising:storing correspondence information including information of a first identifier and information of a second identifier corresponding to the first identifier, the first identifier being an identifier used to identify a thing about a process performed by the manufacturing apparatus and being used by both of the manufacturing apparatus and the external device, the second identifier being an identifier used to identify a thing about a process performed by the manufacturing apparatus and being used by the manufacturing apparatus; and
obtaining, based on the correspondence information, information of the first identifier corresponding to information of the second identifier recorded in log information, and transmitting data of the log information to which the obtained information of the first identifier has been added,
wherein the storing and the obtaining are executed by an information processing apparatus,
wherein, in the storing, information of an event time corresponding to the information of the first identifier and the information of the second identifier is added, and correspondence information is stored, and
wherein, in the obtaining, if there are a plurality of identical pieces of information of the second identifier of the log information in the correspondence information, information of an event time corresponding to a piece of information of the second identifier closest to information of an event time of the log information is obtained based on the correspondence information, and information of the first identifier corresponding to the information of the event time is acquired.

US Pat. No. 10,394,178

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,397,321

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,394,505

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,383,511

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,377,165

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,376,915

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,379,490

CARTRIDGE UNIT HAVING A PLURALITY OF SUPPORTING PORTIONS FOR SUPPORTING A CARTRIDGE AND A PROTECTION COVER FOR PROTECTING A PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM OF THE CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge unit comprising:a cartridge configured to be attached to an image forming apparatus main body having a cartridge guide for guiding movement of the cartridge, the cartridge comprising:
a photosensitive drum; and
a housing configured to support the photosensitive drum rotatably,
wherein the cartridge is configured to be attached to the image forming apparatus main body by sliding movement in a direction of a rotary axis of the photosensitive drum; and
a protection cover configured to protect a photosensitive surface of the photosensitive drum and configured to support the housing before being attached to the image forming apparatus main body, the protection cover (i) being temporally attached to the image forming apparatus main body to guide attachment of the cartridge in a process of attaching the cartridge to the image forming apparatus main body, and (ii) being detached from the image forming apparatus body after supporting the attachment of the cartridge, the protection cover comprising:
a frame including a protecting portion that covers the photosensitive surface, with a lower portion of the frame in a vertical direction being open in a state in which the protection cover is attached to the image forming apparatus main body;
a first supporting portion and a second supporting portion projecting from a face of the frame and facing a side of the cartridge so as to support the cartridge before the cartridge is attached to the image forming apparatus main body, the first supporting portion and the second supporting portion being disposed at different positions in the direction of the rotary axis; and
a pushing-out portion disposed on the frame so that the pushing-out portion moves by sliding in the direction of the rotary axis so as to push the cartridge to move toward the image forming apparatus main body during the attaching process, with the pushing-out portion supporting the cartridge,
wherein the cartridge is removed from the support by the first supporting portion and the second supporting portion in a state in which the pushing-out portion slides to move the cartridge, with the cartridge thereby being attached to the image forming apparatus main body and the cartridge being supported by the pushing-out portion and the cartridge guide.

US Pat. No. 10,381,314

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING MOUNTING MEMBER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a mounting member including a base member having an arrangement region for an electronic device, and a frame member having an opening corresponding to the arrangement region and adhered to a periphery of the arrangement region of the base member, comprising:placing a base member and a frame member having a thermal expansion coefficient different from a thermal expansion coefficient of the base member in a state in which the base member is stacked with the frame member and a thermosetting adhesive agent is interposed between the base member and the frame member;
adhering the base member and the frame member by heating the base member, the frame member, and the adhesive agent from the state to a temperature equal to or higher than a curing temperature of the adhesive agent; and
cooling the base member and the frame member from the curing temperature, wherein the frame member has a quadrilateral shape including:
a first side including a first corner, a second corner and a first intermediate portion between the first corner and the second corner,
a second side including a third corner, a fourth corner, and a second intermediate portion between the third corner and the fourth corner,
a third side including the first corner, the third corner, and a third intermediate portion between the first corner and the third corner, and
a fourth side including the second corner, the fourth corner, and a fourth intermediate portion between the second corner and the fourth corner, and
in the state, the first side is warped so that a distance between the first intermediate portion and the base member is larger than a distance between the first corner and the base member and a distance between the second corner and the base member, and
in the state, the second side is warped so that a distance between the second intermediate portion and the base member is larger than a distance between the third corner and the base member and a distance between the fourth corner and the base member, and
in the cooling, a deformation in which warpage of the first side is reduced occurs in the first side, and a deformation in which the warpage of the second side is reduced occurs in the second side.

US Pat. No. 10,379,789

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,379,797

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT NOTIFIES A SERVER, BASED ON DATA SIZE INFORMATION, WHETHER A PORTABLE DOCUMENT FORMAT IS SUPPORTED, AND RELATED METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTING AND PRINTING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus communicable with a server and having an image forming unit to print an image from a print job on a sheet, the image processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores instructions; and
(B) a controller having a processor that executes the instructions to function as:
(a) an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from the server, (i) a print job including, print data (ii) data size information of print data, the data size information not including print data in a Portable Document Format (PDF) format, and (iii) size information of the print job, the size information not including, print data of the print job; and
(b) a notification unit configured:
(i) to initially provide a notification indicating that both of a PDF format and a format that is different front the PDF format are supported, wherein the image processing apparatus waits for receipt of complete pint data of a print job in the PDF format before performing image processing, and d w image processing apparatus is capable of starting the image processing before receipt of complete print data of a pint job in the format that is different from the PDF format; and
(ii) to provide, after obtaining the data size information, an updated notification to the server in a case in which the obtained date size information indicates a data size that is greater than a predetermined size, wherein the updated notification than is used to identify that the PDF format is not supported, but a format that is different from the PDP format is supported, wherein the image processing apparatus is capable of starting the image processing before receipt of the complete data of the print job in the format that is different from the PDF format,
wherein the notification unit provides a notification indicating that both of the PDF format and the format that is different from the PDF are supported again, after the notification unit provides the updated notification to the server, in a case in which the obtained data size information indications a data size that is greater that the predetermined size, and after printing the image from the print job.

US Pat. No. 10,379,798

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT OBTAINS AND DISPLAYS SYNCHRONIZED SETTING INFORMATION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
authenticate a user;
obtain synchronous data related to the authenticated user from an external apparatus;
receive a selection of whether to enable or disable immediate reflection upon completion of synchronization of the obtained synchronous data as a synchronization timing;
upon completion of synchronization of the synchronous data, determine whether a screen related to the synchronous data has been displayed on a display;
in a case where the screen related to the synchronous data has been displayed on the display and the synchronization timing is set to enable immediate reflection, reflect the synchronous data immediately on displayed contents of the screen related to the synchronous data;
in a case where the screen related to the synchronous data has been displayed on the display and the synchronization timing is set to disable immediate reflection, reflect the synchronous data on displayed contents of the screen upon accepting a predetermined operation from the user; and
in a case where the screen related to the synchronous data has been not displayed on the display, reflect, when displaying the screen on the display, the synchronous data on displayed contents of the screen.

US Pat. No. 10,382,618

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,379,799

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a printer;
a storage device;
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor executing the instructions causing the image forming apparatus to:
receive a print instruction to print component information indicating a use state of a component of the image forming apparatus,
determine whether print processing according to the print instruction is executable with the printer,
perform control to cause the printer to print the component information according to the print instruction in a case where it is determined that the print processing is executable, and
perform control to cause the storage device to hold the component information without performing printing in a case where it is determined that the print processing is inexecutable.

US Pat. No. 10,379,037

SPECTRAL COLORIMETRIC APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT USES THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,381,389

SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state imaging device comprising:a semiconductor substrate including a first region, a second region, and a third region, which are arranged in a plane along a surface of the semiconductor substrate;
a first gate electrode of a first transistor, the first gate electrode being on the first region of the semiconductor substrate;
a second gate electrode of a second transistor, the second gate electrode being on the second region of the semiconductor substrate and adjacent to the first gate electrode;
an insulator arranged on the semiconductor substrate, and a portion of the insulator is arranged between the first gate electrode and the second gate electrode;
an insulating film covering the first gate electrode and the second gate electrode;
wirings arranged on the semiconductor substrate so that the insulating film is arranged between the semiconductor substrate and the wirings; and
a light shielding member arranged between the insulating film and the third region of the semiconductor substrate,
wherein a void is present between the insulating film and the portion of the insulator arranged between the first gate electrode and the second gate electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,381,399

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a first substrate having a first primary surface, a second primary surface, an internal side surface which surrounds a through-hole formed in the first substrate, and an outer side surface which surrounds at least a part of the first substrate;
a semiconductor element formed on the first primary surface;
a first electrode formed on the first primary surface and connected to the semiconductor element on the first primary surface;
a second electrode formed on the second primary surface;
a through-electrode formed in the through-hole, the through-hole being formed so as to penetrate the first substrate, and the through-electrode connecting the first electrode and the second electrode to each other;
a second substrate bonded to the first substrate so as to face the first primary surface; and
a third electrode formed on the outer side surface of the first substrate and connected to the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,381,190

X-RAY GENERATING TUBE, X-RAY GENERATING APPARATUS, AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray generating tube comprising:an insulating tube having a pair of ends in a tube axial direction;
a cathode connected to the one end of the insulating tube and comprising:
an electron emitting source having an electron emitting portion configured to irradiate an electron beam; and
a cathode member electrically connected to the electron emitting source; and an anode connected to the other end of the insulating tube and comprising:
a target configured to generate an X-ray upon an irradiation with the electron beam;
an anode member which is electrically connected to the target and which holds the target;
a joining member configured to connect the insulating tube and the anode and located therebetween;
an outer anode sleeve protruding along the insulating tube from a peripheral portion of the anode member configured to be hermetically connected to the insulating tube via the joining member; and
an end surface conductive layer provided on the other end of the insulating tube,
wherein the other end of the insulating tube, the end surface conductive layer and the anode member are located in this order in the tube axial direction without being intervened by the joining member.

US Pat. No. 10,380,949

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a display;
an operation member; and
at least one of: a memory and at least one processor, or at least one circuit, to perform operations of units including:
a display control unit configured to perform control such that a plurality of items, including a specific item for setting a display color change mode to keep a dark adaptation state of a user from being completely released, are displayed on the display;
a setting unit configured to set the display color change mode based on an operation that includes an operation of selecting the specific item among the plurality of items displayed on the display, wherein the display color change mode is a display mode in which a display color is changed from a mode which is not the display color change mode; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where the display color change mode is set, perform control to release the display color change mode according to a specific operation on the operation member excluding an operation of selecting any of the plurality of items displayed on the display,
wherein in a case in which the display color change mode is set, and a power supply of the display apparatus is turned off and then turned on again, the setting unit maintains setting of the display color change mode, and
wherein in a case where the display color change mode is not set, the control unit performs control to increase a display brightness of the display according to the specific operation being performed, and in a case where the display color change mode is set, the control unit performs control to release the display color change mode according to the specific operation being performed.

US Pat. No. 10,373,382

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,367,685

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, FOR PERFORMING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication device to:
perform predetermined prevention processing to prevent operating as a base station in communication between a second another communication device and the communication device in a case where the communication device operates in a first mode in which the communication device disconnects from a wireless network according to connection of a first another communication device and the second another communication device to the wireless network to which the communication device is connected, and not perform the predetermined prevention processing in a case where the communication device operates in a second mode in which the communication device remains in a wireless network to which the communication device is connected after the first another communication device and the second another communication device are connected to the wireless network;
connect to a wireless network constructed by the second another communication device as a base station in a case where the communication device operates in the first mode; and
transmit information on the first another communication device to the second another communication device, via the connected wireless network.

US Pat. No. 10,368,012

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,368,018

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,368,020

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,367,781

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,365,604

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONVEYING UNIT, AND TRANSMISSION MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,356,269

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND ORIGINAL SIZE DETECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An original reading apparatus comprising:an original table for placing an original subjected to reading;
a reader, which includes an illumination portion for irradiating a reading position with light, and is configured to read the original while moving the reading position in a first direction beneath the original table;
a platen cover mounted to the original table so as to be openable and closable with respect to the original table;
an open/close sensor configured to detect an open/close state of the platen cover with respect to the original table;
a controller configured to control the illumination portion and to determine the size of the original based on image data output from the reader;
wherein the controller is configured to:
control the illumination portion to irradiate, in a case where an instruction for reading the original is received with a detection result of the open/close sensor being a first state, a predetermined position with light for a first duration to determine the size of the original based on image data output from the reader; and
control the illumination portion to irradiate, in response to a change of the detection result of the open/close sensor from the first state to the second state, the reading position with light for a second duration to determine the size of the original based on image data output from the reader, while moving the reading position from the predetermined position in a second direction;
wherein the predetermined position is a position between a front-end and a rear-end of the original placed on the original table, the second direction being opposite to the first direction, and the first duration being shorter than the second duration.

US Pat. No. 10,356,333

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM WITH INCREASED SATURATION CHARGE QUANTITY OF PIXELS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a plurality of pixels, each pixel including a photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate charge in response to incident light and to accumulate the charge a holding unit configured to hold the charge, an amplification unit configured to output a signal based on the charge, a first transfer switch configured to transfer the charge from the photoelectric conversion unit to the holding unit, and a second transfer switch configured to transfer the charge from the holding unit to the amplification unit; and
an output line to which the plurality of pixels are connected,
wherein
the image pickup apparatus performs a first exposure having a first exposure period and a second exposure having a second exposure period shorter than the first exposure period,
the first exposure period starts at a first time point,
at the first time point, the photoelectric conversion units of the plurality of pixels start accumulation of charge,
the first transfer switch of at least one of the plurality of pixels is kept off from the first time point to a second time point and the photoelectric conversion unit of the at least one of the plurality of pixels accumulates charge generated in a first period from the first time point to the second time point,
in the first period, the second transfer switches of the plurality of pixels are turned on and the amplification units of the plurality of pixels output the signals to the output line in turns,
the first exposure period includes a second period after the first period,
in the second period, the holding units of the plurality of pixels hold charge generated by the photoelectric conversion units in the first period.

US Pat. No. 10,353,340

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:an electro-conductive support;
an undercoat layer on the electro-conductive support, the undercoat layer comprising a urethane binder resin and titanium oxide secondary particles, said titanium oxide secondary particles being an aggregate of titanium oxide primary particles; and
a photosensitive layer on the undercoat layer, wherein
the number average particle diameter of the titanium oxide primary particles is 1 to 10 nm, and
the number average particle diameter of the titanium oxide secondary particles is 200 to 500 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,348,955

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,348,977

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,348,988

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,342,423

RETINAL MOVEMENT TRACKING IN OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method comprising:imaging a fundus of an eye to obtain a plurality of fundus images;
imaging the fundus to obtain a plurality of tomographic images;
determining a fundus movement of the eye based on the plurality of fundus image;
determining, based on the determined fundus movement, the number and positions of tomographic images to be re-imaged; and
re-imaging the determined number of tomographic images at the determined positions.

US Pat. No. 10,348,137

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COMMUNICATION, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply unit configured to perform wireless power supply to an electronic device;
a communication unit configured to communicate with the electronic device using power for the wireless power supply;
one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the power supply apparatus to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the electronic device, predetermined information for performing communication using the power; and
a control unit configured to control communication with the electronic device by the communication unit based on the predetermined information,
wherein in a case where the electronic device can perform communication using the power, the control unit controls the communication unit such that a modulation degree indicating a degree to which an amplitude changes in amplitude modulation for the communication is smaller the higher the power transmitted by the power supply unit is.

US Pat. No. 10,348,932

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,338,450

ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT UNIT, DIMMING WINDOW, AND IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,338,487

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,338,501

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,342,092

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source apparatus, comprising:a light source unit; and
a control unit configured to perform lighting control to light the light source unit, wherein
the light source unit emits first color light at a first timing, and emits second color light at a second timing which delays after the first timing by a predetermined period, in accordance with the lighting control by the control unit, and
the control unit performs a plurality of times of lighting control based on the predetermined period, so that at least a part of a period in which the light source unit emits the second color light in accordance with a first lighting control overlaps with at least a part of a period, in which the light source unit emits the first color light in accordance with a second lighting control, which is performed after the first lighting control.

US Pat. No. 10,334,127

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ENABLING A USER TO CHECK A MAINTENANCE METHOD CORRESPONDING TO A MAINTENANCE EVENT THROUGH A MOVING IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a maintenance event;
a reception unit configured to receive a display instruction to display a maintenance method corresponding to the maintenance event; and
a display control unit configured to display a first maintenance screen including a moving image indicating the maintenance method based on the detection of the maintenance event and display a second maintenance screen including the moving image indicating the maintenance method based on receipt of the display instruction in a state where the maintenance event is not detected,
wherein, in a case where the maintenance event is detected while the second maintenance screen is being displayed, the display control unit switches a display from the second maintenance screen to the first maintenance screen.

US Pat. No. 10,331,061

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,334,147

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to perform three-dimensional measurement of a target object by capturing a plurality of images of the target object, onto which a plurality of patterns is projected by a projection apparatus, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to function as:
a set unit configured to set a luminous intensity and a light emission time of the plurality of patterns projected by the projection apparatus to a first luminous intensity and a first light emission time, and configured to set an exposure time of the image capturing apparatus in capturing each of the plurality of images of the target object by the image capturing apparatus to a first exposure time based on the first luminous intensity;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the exposure time of the image capturing apparatus is set to an integral multiple of a flickering period of ambient light based on a variation between each luminance value of the plurality of images captured by an image capturing apparatus under the ambient light;
a control unit configured to perform control to set the exposure time to a second exposure time of the integral multiple of the flickering period of the ambient light near the first exposure time, and control to set the luminous intensity or the light emission time of the plurality of patterns projected by the projection apparatus to a second luminous intensity or a second light emission time based on the second exposure time in a case where the determination unit determines that the exposure time of the image capturing apparatus is set to the integral multiple of the flickering period of the ambient light; and
a measurement unit configured to perform the three-dimensional measurement of the target object using the plurality of images of the target object captured by an image capturing apparatus by projecting the plurality of patterns by the projection apparatus and capturing the plurality of images by the image capturing apparatus in the first exposure time, the first luminous intensity and the first light emission time set by the set unit when the exposure time is not set to the integral multiple of the flickering period of the ambient light, and configured to perform the three-dimensional measurement of the target object based on the plurality of images of the target object captured by an image capturing apparatus by projecting the plurality of patterns by the projection apparatus and capturing the plurality of images by the image capturing apparatus in the second exposure time and the second luminous intensity or the second light emission time set by the control unit when the exposure time is set to the integral multiple of the flickering period of the ambient light.

US Pat. No. 10,334,161

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores an operation control program; and
(B) at least one processor coupled to the memory, and configured to load and to execute the operation control program stored in the memory
a) to acquire light field data comprising a plurality of divided image data, including a first group of light field data received via a first group of divisional pixels, and a second group of light field data received via a second group of divisional pixels;
(b) to perform image processing, including color correction processing, on each of the first group of light field data and the second group of light field data of the plurality of divided image data; and
(c) to form synthesized image data by combining pixel signals of each of the first group of light field data and each of the second group of light field data, respectively, of the plurality of divided image data, wherein depths of field of the plurality of divided image data are greater than depth of field of the synthesized image data,
wherein the at least one processor executes the operation control program to form the synthesized image data using the plurality of divided image data subjected to the image processing.