US Pat. No. 9,864,736

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input, as editing information, an input object in document data to an extension application from
an editing application for editing a document, the extension application being executed as an object embedded in the document;

a transmission unit configured to transmit the inputted editing information to an external information processing apparatus;
a reception unit configured to receive content that is a result of processing performed by the external information processing
apparatus based on the transmitted editing information;

an update unit configured to, in a case where the editing application keeps the document open and the extension application
is being executed, update the document data by displaying the content received by the reception unit on a display area of
the extension application;

a storage unit configured to store, in a case where the editing application keeps the document open and the input object in
the document data is edited without the extension application being executed, information indicating that the input object
is edited; and

a display unit configured to display a screen for selecting whether to update the display area of the extension application
in a case where the editing application keeps the document open, the extension application is being executed, and the information
indicating that the input object is edited is stored in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,863,496

DAMPING COMPONENT AND STRUCTURE INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A damping structure comprising:
a first frame on which a driving portion is mounted;
a second frame;
a screw which fixes the first frame to the second frame;
a restrict portion, provided around the screw and provided between the first and second frames, which restricts a distance
between the first and second frames; and

a damping member provided around the restrict portion and including one surface on a side of one end of the screw in an axial
direction and another surface on a side of the other end of the screw, the damping member being compressed by the first and
second frames in a condition in which the one surface and the other surface of the damping member respectively contact with
the first and second frames, the damping member having elasticity and rigidity, the rigidity of the damping member being lower
than rigidity of the first frame, rigidity of the second frame and rigidity of the restrict portion, and the damping member
having a loss factor, measured by a mechanical impedance method in a state of being compressed between the first and second
frames, of 0.05 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,864,290

TONER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESSES AND ELECTROSTATIC PRINTING PROCESSES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner, comprising:
toner particles each including:
a core portion containing a binder resin; and
a surface layer containing an organosilicon polymer,
wherein the organosilicon polymer has a partial structure represented by formula (1):
R—SiO3/2  formula (1)
where R represents a hydrocarbon group having 1 or more and 6 or less carbon atoms,
when surfaces of the toner particles are subjected to X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis to determine a carbon atom
density dC, an oxygen atom density dO, and a silicon atom density dSi, the silicon atom density dSi is 2.5 atomic % or more
and 28.6 atomic % or less with respect to 100.0 atomic % of the total of the carbon atom density dC, the oxygen atom density
dO, and the silicon atom density dSi,

in a chart obtained by subjecting tetrahydrofuran-insoluble matter of the toner particles to 29Si-NMR measurement, a percentage of an area of a peak assigned to the partial structure represented by formula (1) described
above is 20% or more with respect to a total area of a peak of the organosilicon polymer,

each of the toner particles contains a polyvalent metal element having a resistivity of 2.5×10?8 ?·m or more and 10.0×10?8 ?·m or less at 20° C., and

when the toner particles are subjected to X-ray fluorescence analysis, a net intensity originating from the polyvalent metal
element is 0.10 kcps or more and 30.00 kcps or less.

US Pat. No. 9,864,306

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CLEANING BLADE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable image bearing member configured to carry a toner image;
a cleaning blade configured to remove, with rotation of said image bearing member, toner remaining on said image bearing member,
said cleaning blade including a supported portion supported by a supporting member and a free end portion, said cleaning blade
contacting said image bearing member such that a direction from the supported portion toward an edge of the free end portion
is opposite a peripheral movement direction of said image bearing member, and said cleaning blade further including a first
surface opposed to said image bearing member and a second surface opposite from the first surface;

a toner retaining member cooperative with said image bearing member and configured to provide a toner accommodation space
capable of accommodating the toner removed from said image bearing member by said cleaning blade, said toner retaining member
being capable of retaining therein a part of the toner accommodated in the toner accommodation space and capable of being
deformed by the toner accommodated in the toner accommodation space to discharge the toner from said toner accommodation space;
and

a supporting sheet opposed to and substantially parallel with the second surface of said cleaning blade with a gap therebetween,
said supporting sheet having a first end portion supported at the supported portion of said cleaning blade and a second end
portion projecting beyond the free end portion of said cleaning blade,

wherein said supporting sheet supports said toner retaining member at a position adjacent to the second surface of said cleaning
blade beyond the free end portion of said cleaning blade, such that a gap is provided between said toner retaining member
and said image bearing member at a position where they are closest to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,866,618

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT UPLOADS IMAGES HELD BY A PLURALITY OF DEVICES TO SERVERS SET ON A DEVICE-BY-DEVICE BASIS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to communicate with a plurality of devices and a plurality of storage sites
to enable sharing of image information stored in the plurality of devices, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a device detection area provided on a surface of the information processing apparatus and configured to detect the plurality
of devices based on a change in pressure or by short distance wireless communication;

a memory; and
a processor connected to the memory and configured to execute instructions that, when executed, cause the information processing
apparatus to:

detect the plurality of devices placed within the device detection area, the plurality of devices each storing image information,
each device of the plurality of devices detected within a predetermined time period;

acquire respective storage site information indicative of an image upload destination, corresponding to a storage site of
the plurality of storage sites, to store the images stored in each respective device of the plurality of devices;

acquire image information stored in each respective device of the plurality of devices detected within the predetermined time
period;

upload the acquired image information from each respective device of the plurality of devices to the respective storage site
of the plurality of storage sites, the respective storage site corresponding to the image upload destination for the corresponding
respective device, based at least on the acquired respective storage site information; and

notify other devices of the plurality of devices of the respective storage site for each corresponding respective device of
the plurality of devices to enable sharing of image information stored in each device of the plurality of devices with the
other devices of the plurality of devices.

US Pat. No. 9,857,220

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERTER, FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, AND OPTICAL APPARATUS WHICH ARE USED FOR AUTOFOCUSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric converter comprising:
a photoelectric conversion portion configured to receive light from an object to generate charges;
a transfer portion configured to transfer the charges generated by the photoelectric conversion portion;
a capacitance portion configured to accumulate the charges transferred from the transfer portion;
a comparator configured to compare a signal corresponding to a charge amount accumulated in the capacitance portion during
a first time period with a predetermined threshold value, so as to determine whether an accumulation of the charges in the
capacitance portion is to be stopped; and

an output buffer configured to output a predetermined voltage, so as to set a height of a potential barrier in the transfer
portion,

wherein the output buffer is configured to change the predetermined voltage, so as to change the height of the potential barrier
in the transfer portion between the first time period and a second time period different from the first time period.

US Pat. No. 9,858,510

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONVERSION PROCESSING USING PLURAL GEOMETRIC TRANSFORMATIONS ON IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
at least one processor in communication with the memory, wherein the at least one processor performs:
acquiring data targeted for PDL (page description language) generation, the acquired data including first image data determined
to be bitmap data for which a geometric transformation processing is instructed, wherein the geometric transformation processing
includes at least one of first enlargement processing, rotation processing and skew processing;

determining whether the instructed geometric transformation processing includes the first enlargement processing;
extracting, based on a processing order of the first enlargement processing and a rotational angle of the rotation processing
to be performed after the first enlargement processing, second enlargement processing to be performed by a printing apparatus
from the instructed geometric transformation processing if it is determined that the instructed geometric transformation processing
includes the first enlargement processing;

obtaining second image data by performing a second geometric transformation processing for the first image data, wherein the
second geometric transformation processing is a geometric transformation processing other than the extracted second enlargement
processing in the first geometric transformation processing;

generating a command for performing the extracted second enlargement processing for the obtained second image data, wherein
the generated command instructs the printing apparatus to execute the second enlargement processing; and

transmitting the generated command to the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,857,757

CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A container in which toner discharged from an apparatus body of an image forming apparatus is collected, the container
comprising:
an intake portion from which the toner discharged from the apparatus body enters the container;
a collecting portion in which the toner entering via the intake portion accumulates;
a conveying member configured to convey the toner in the collecting portion in a direction away from the intake portion; and
a movable member movable in accordance with an amount of toner in the collecting portion and configured to cause, when the
movable member is at a first position, a detecting portion to detect an amount of toner in the collecting portion, the detecting
portion being provided on the apparatus body,

wherein the movable member (i) includes a guiding portion configured to guide the toner in a direction away from the first
position while the toner is conveyed by the conveying member and (ii) forms an opening, and

wherein the container further comprises a closing portion configured to close the opening after the movable member starts
to move and before the movable member reaches the first position, the closing portion opening the opening enabling the toner
to be released from the movable member through the opening when the movable member moves further than the first position by
further accumulated toner in the collecting portion after the movable member starts to move.

US Pat. No. 9,857,763

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:
a frame;
a developing roller rotatably supported by said frame;
a coupling member provided at one longitudinal end of said frame and configured to receive a driving force;
a gear provided at the one longitudinal end and configured to receive the driving force from said coupling member;
a covering member provided at the one longitudinal end and configured to cover said gear; and
a movable member provided at the one longitudinal end and movable relative to said frame,
wherein said movable member includes a projected portion capable of projecting beyond said covering member, and said movable
member is movable between a first position in which said projected portion projects beyond said covering member and a second
position in which said projected portion is closer to said frame than in the first position,

wherein, when said movable member is in the first position, said movable member is rotatable about an axis parallel with a
longitudinal direction of said frame, and

wherein a position of said projected portion is different at least with respect to the longitudinal direction of said frame
between when said movable member is in the first position and in the second position, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,857,764

PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drum unit usable in a process cartridge, the drum unit comprising:
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1; and

a coupling member having an axis L2, the coupling member including a first end portion operatively connected to the photosensitive drum and a second end portion,
the second end portion including at least one projection that is open to the axis L2 and an outer surface that faces away from the first end portion,

wherein, for at least part of the outer surface, a maximum distance from the axis L2 to the outer surface along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 decreases as the distance along the axis L2 from the first end portion increases, and

wherein the coupling member is movable between (i) a first position in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first
distance away from the photosensitive drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the photosensitive
drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1, wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 9,857,765

PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
a casing;
developer contained within the casing;
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1, the photosensitive drum being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1;

a developing roller having an axis L1?, the developing roller being configured to develop a latent image formed on the photosensitive drum with the developer,
and the developing roller being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1?; and

a coupling member having an axis L2 and including (i) a first end portion operatively connected to the photosensitive drum and the developing roller, (ii) a
second end portion having an outermost surface, (iii) an axle portion connecting the first end portion and the second end
portion to each other, and (iv) at least one projection extending from the second end portion,

wherein, for at least part of the outermost surface of the second end portion, a maximum distance from the axis L2 to the outermost surface along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 increases as the distance along the axis L2 from the axle portion increases, and

wherein the coupling member is movable between (i) a first position in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first
distance away from the photosensitive drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the photosensitive
drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1, with the first distance being greater than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 9,857,767

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge detachably attached to an image forming apparatus, the process cartridge comprising:
a drum unit configured to rotatably hold a photosensitive drum;
a developing unit that is assembled in such a manner as to be rotatable relative to the drum unit and includes a developing
roller configured to supply a developer to the photosensitive drum;

gap maintaining members provided to the photosensitive drum or the developing roller on both end portions of the photosensitive
drum in an axial direction, the gap maintaining members holding the developing roller while being apart from the photosensitive
drum with a gap in between; and

urging members configured to bias the developing unit toward the drum unit in such a direction that the developing roller
comes into contact with the photosensitive drum,

wherein the urging members are respectively disposed on outer sides of the gap maintaining members disposed at both end portions
in the axial direction, and

wherein the drum unit or the developing unit includes an electric contact portion configured to come into contact with an
electric contact of the image forming apparatus when the process cartridge is attached to the image forming apparatus, the
electric contact portion being disposed between the gap maintaining members in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,855,743

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus that records an image by ejecting ink onto a recording medium, comprising:
a recording head including a first recording element array and a second recording element array, the first recording element
array in which a plurality of recording elements configured to produce thermal energy used to eject ink of a first color are
arranged, the second recording element array in which a plurality of recording elements configured to produce thermal energy
used to eject ink of a second color different from the first color are arranged;

a first obtaining unit configured to, for each of the first and second recording element arrays, obtain first information,
the first information being information regarding a total number of times the plurality of recording elements included in
the corresponding one of the first and second recording element arrays have been driven since attachment of the recording
head to the inkjet recording apparatus;

a determining unit configured to, for each of the first and second recording element arrays, determine a driving pulse to
be applied to the plurality of recording elements included in the corresponding one of the first and second recording element
arrays on the basis of the first information; and

a controller configured to, for each of the first and second recording element arrays, control driving of the plurality of
recording elements included in the corresponding one of the first and second recording element arrays so as to eject the ink
by applying the driving pulse determined by the determining unit to the plurality of recording elements included in the corresponding
one of the first and second recording element arrays,

wherein the determining unit determines,
(i-1) when the total number of times indicated by the first information for the first recording element array is a first value,
a first driving pulse as the driving pulse to be applied to the first recording element array,

(i-2) when the total number of times indicated by the first information for the first recording element array is a second
value larger than the first value, a second driving pulse as the driving pulse to be applied to the first recording element
array, the second diving pulse having a pulse width different from that of the first driving pulse,

(ii-1) when the total number of times indicated by the first information for the second recording element array is the first
value, a third driving pulse as the driving pulse to be applied to the second recording element array, and

(ii-2) when the total number of times indicated by the first information for the second recording element array is the second
value, a fourth driving pulse as the driving pulse to be applied to the second recording element array, the fourth driving
pulse having a pulse width different from that of the second driving pulse and that of the third driving pulse.

US Pat. No. 9,855,764

RECORDING APPARATUS, RECORDING SYSTEM, AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a recording unit including a first nozzle array in which a plurality of nozzles for ejecting color ink are arranged in a predetermined
direction for applying the color ink to a recording medium to record an image on the recording medium, and a second nozzle
array in which a plurality of nozzles for ejecting an adjusting liquid are arranged in the predetermined direction, wherein
the adjusting liquid is substantially transparent and colorless and is applied to the recording medium for adjusting a degree
of surface roughness of the image formed on the recording medium, the adjusting liquid including a greater amount of polymer
having a function of adjusting glossiness than a polymer having a function of adjusting glossiness in the color ink, wherein
the first nozzle array and the second nozzle array are arranged in a cross direction crossing the predetermined direction;

a moving unit configured to move the recording unit relative to the recording medium in the cross direction; and
a conveying unit configured to convey the recording medium in the predetermined direction,
wherein the movement of the first and the second nozzle arrays with respect to the recording medium by the moving unit and
the movement of the recording medium by the conveying unit are performed alternately, and

wherein the recording unit applies the color ink to a first region and a second region which is different from the first region
on the recording medium from a part of nozzles of the first nozzle array without using other parts of the first nozzle array,
and applies the adjusting liquid to the first region using a nozzle of the second nozzle array provided upstream in a conveyance
direction of the recording medium than a part of nozzles of the first nozzle array for applying color ink to the first region
without using other parts of the second nozzle array, and applies the adjusting liquid to the second region using a nozzle
of the second nozzle array provided downstream in the conveyance direction of the recording medium than a part of nozzles
of the first nozzle array for applying the color ink to the second region without using other parts of the second nozzle array
so that the color ink is provided on the adjusting liquid without adjusting liquid on the color ink in the first region and
the color ink is provided with adjusting liquid on the color ink and without adjusting liquid under the color ink in the second
region.

US Pat. No. 9,855,774

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head including a plurality of recording elements configured to eject ink which are arranged in a predetermined
direction, the recording elements being arranged into a plurality of groups each of which is constituted by a plurality of
predetermined adjacent recording elements;

a scanning unit configured to execute a recording scanning in a forward direction and a recording scanning in a backward direction
along an intersecting direction that intersects with the predetermined direction with respect to a unit area including a pixel
area equivalent to a plurality of pixels on a recording medium by the recording head;

a driving unit configured to drive each of the plurality of predetermined adjacent recording elements in order at different
timings in the recording scanning in the forward direction and the recording scanning in the backward direction; and

a determination unit configured to determine a first mode in which an image specified by a user is recorded by the recording
scanning in the forward direction and the recording scanning in the backward direction by the scanning unit or a second mode
in which a pattern is recorded in each of the recording scanning in the forward direction and the recording scanning in the
backward direction by the scanning unit so as to form an adjustment pattern for adjusting a recording position in the intersecting
direction of the recording head, wherein a relative position of a recording position by the recording scanning in the forward
direction and a recording position by the recording scanning in the backward direction in the first mode is adjusted in accordance
with information relating to the formed adjustment pattern,

wherein the driving unit is arranged to drive the plurality of predetermined adjacent recording elements in a manner that,
in a case where the determination unit determines the first mode, the plurality of predetermined adjacent recording elements
are driven in a first order in the recording scanning in the forward direction and the plurality of predetermined adjacent
recording elements are driven in an order that is different from an inverted order of the first order in the recording scanning
in the backward direction, and in a case where the determination unit determines the second mode, the plurality of predetermined
adjacent recording elements are driven in a second order in the recording scanning in the forward direction and the plurality
of predetermined adjacent recording elements are driven in an inverted order of the second order in the recording scanning
in the backward direction.

US Pat. No. 9,860,682

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the communication apparatus to:
select another apparatus to be connected by the communication apparatus;
wirelessly receive, from the selected apparatus, information indicating that the selected apparatus is a source device which
transmits data being played by the source device or a sink device which receives and plays data being played by another source
device; and

select, based on whether the received information indicates that the selected apparatus is the source device or the sink device,
whether the communication apparatus, which is a dual-role device capable of operating as the sink device or the source device
selectively, operates as the sink device or the source device,

wherein,
(1) in a case where the received information indicates that the selected apparatus is the source device, the instructions
cause the communication apparatus to select the communication apparatus to operate as the sink device to connect to the selected
device,

(2) in a case where the received information indicates that the selected apparatus is the sink device, the instructions cause
the communication apparatus to select the communication apparatus to operate as the source device to connect to the selected
device.

US Pat. No. 9,856,098

FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body that includes an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet being conveyed;
a feeding cassette configured to be inserted into and pulled out from the apparatus main body;
a stacking member provided to the feeding cassette and configured to have sheets stacked on the stacking member;
a feeding member configured to be raised and lowered and to feed the sheets stacked on the stacking member to the image forming
unit;

a regulating member provided movably on the feeding cassette and configured to regulate a position of the sheets stacked on
the stacking member;

a first contact plate having a surface and provided on the regulating member and configured to come into contact with the
sheets stacked on the stacking member;

an elastic portion configured to elastically bias the first contact portion toward the sheets stacked on the stacking member;
a second contact plate having a surface and provided on the regulating member and configured to come into contact with the
sheets stacked on the stacking member on an upstream side, in a direction of sheet feeding by the feeding member, of the first
contact portion; and

a third contact plate having a surface and provided on the regulating member and configured to come into contact with the
sheets stacked on the stacking member on a downstream side, in the direction of sheet feeding by the feeding member, of the
first contact portion,

wherein, in a height direction of the sheets stacked on the stacking member, the entire surface in contact with the sheet
of the third contact plate is shorter than the entire surface in contact with the sheet of the second contact plate, and the
entire surface in contact with the sheet of the first contact plate is shorter than the entire surface in contact with the
sheet of the third contact plate, and

wherein the first contact plate is disposed at a position where the first contact portion comes into contact with the sheets
stacked on the stacking member in a case where an amount of sheets stacked on the stacking member is equal to or more than
a predetermined amount, and the first contact plate does not come into contact with the sheets stacked on the stacking member
in a case where the amount of the sheets stacked on the stacking member is less than the predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 9,851,552

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a light source which emits excitation light;
a phosphor which converts the excitation light into fluorescent light and rotates;
an image display element which modulates the fluorescent light; and
a control unit which controls the image display element so that the image display element repeats first displaying based on
an image signal and second displaying which is darker than the first displaying, at a predetermined frequency, wherein

the control unit can be operated in a moving image display mode which repeats the first displaying and the second displaying,
and in a still image display mode which does not repeat the first displaying and the second displaying, and

in a case of operating in the moving image display mode, when a higher frequency of the predetermined frequency and a rotation
frequency of the phosphor is represented by Fhigh, and a lower frequency thereof is represented by Flow,

the frequencies satisfy a relationship of:
|Fhigh/2?Flow|<15.

US Pat. No. 9,854,120

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A optical scanning apparatus comprising:
a light source;
a deflector configured to scanningly deflect a beam emitted from said light source;
a scanning lens configured to image the beam deflected by said deflector on a surface to be scanned;
a casing accommodating said light source, said deflector and said scanning lens; and
an elastic member urging said scanning lens toward said casing in a direction of an optical axis,
wherein said scanning lens is provided with an abutment surface at a beam emergent side of said scanning lens, said abutment
surface abutting to said casing, and is provided with a limiting portion at a side opposite from a beam emergent side, said
limiting portion limiting movement of said scanning lens in a direction opposite to a assembling direction of said scanning
lens,

wherein said elastic member as well as said limiting portion limits the movement of said scanning lens in the direction opposite
to the assembling direction of said scanning lens, and

wherein in a state that said scanning lens contacts a positioning portion of said casing with respect to the assembling direction,
a gap is provided between said elastic member and said limiting portion with respect to the assembling direction.

US Pat. No. 9,854,121

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR GENERATING A DIGITIZED DOCUMENT BY USING IMAGE DATA AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input first image data and second image data, the first image data and the second image data having
a same layout;

an extraction unit configured to extract text data of character strings contained in the first image data and information
about position of the character strings in the first image data, and extract text data of character strings contained in the
second image data and information about position of the character strings in the second image data

a receiving unit configured to receive, from a user, a specifying of one character string out of the character strings contained
in the first image data;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a character string at a position, in the second image data having the
same layout as the first image data, common to the first position in the first image data matches the one character string,
the specifying of which has been received by the receiving unit, using the text data and the information about the position
of the text data extracted, by the extraction unit, from the first image data and the text data and the information about
the position of the text data extracted, by the extraction unit, from the second image data; and

a storage control unit configured to perform control so as to store, in a case where the determination unit determines that
the character string at the position, in the second image data, common to the first position in the first image data matches
the one character string, the first image data and the second image data in one folder of which a name includes the character
string received by the receiving unit and configured to perform control so as to store, in a case where the determination
unit determines that the character string at the position, in the second image data, common to the first position in the first
image data does not match the one character string, the first image data and the second image data in different folders,

wherein at least one of the input unit, the extraction unit, the receiving unit, the determination unit, and the storage control
unit is implemented by one or more processors.

US Pat. No. 9,854,133

TEST CHART USED FOR CALIBRATION IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming station configured to form an image on a sheet;
conveyance rollers configured to convey the sheet on which the image is formed;
a sensor configured to measure, based on an accumulation time, reflected light from a measurement image that is formed on
a sheet conveyed by the conveyance rollers; and

a processor configured to cause execution of tasks including:
an image forming task that controls the image forming stations to form a plurality of measurement images on a sheet, wherein
the plurality of measurement images includes a first measurement image and a second measurement image, and

a measurement task that controls the sensor to measure the first measurement image based on a first accumulation time, and
measure the second measurement image based on a second accumulation time, wherein the second accumulation time is longer than
the first accumulation time,

wherein the conveyance rollers are configured to reverse the conveyance direction of the sheet,
wherein the processor is further configured to execute the measurement task after reversal of the conveyance direction of
the sheet on which the plurality of measurement images is formed, and

wherein a length of the first measurement image in a conveyance direction in which the conveyance rollers convey the sheet
is shorter than a length of the second measurement image in the conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 9,851,628

LIGHT SOURCE CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING LIGHT SOURCE CONTROL PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light source control apparatus configured to control driving of multiple light sources included in a light source unit
that is used in a state where the multiple light sources are lit, the multiple light sources each including multiple light-emitting
elements, the light source control apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor configured to implement the instructions stored in the memory and execute:
a measuring task that measures a measurable amount of each of the light sources, the measurable amount relating to a temporal
change of each of the light sources;

a calculating task that calculates a lifetime of each of the multiple light sources using the measurable amount; and
a control task that decreases, when the multiple light sources include a first light source whose calculated lifetime is shorter
than a target lifetime set for the light source unit, a light emission amount of the first light source.

US Pat. No. 9,849,592

ROBOT APPARATUS, ROBOT CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:
a robot arm that includes a plurality of joints;
a robot hand attached to a distal end of the robot arm;
a force detector configured to detect a first detection force in a first direction intersecting a distal end shaft extending
from the robot arm to the robot hand and a second detection force in a second direction in which the distal end shaft extends;
and

a control unit configured to control an operation of the robot arm so as to perform a fitting operation for fitting a gripped
object gripped by the robot hand and a counterpart object to each other on the basis of trajectory data of the robot arm,
and
wherein
the control unit executes a first detection force correcting process that performs a filtering process for the first detection
force with a first low-pass filter having a first cutoff frequency during the fitting operation;

a first force control process that moves the robot hand in the first direction to reduce the first detection force to correct
a trajectory of the robot arm during the fitting operation;

a second detection force correcting process that performs a filtering process for the second detection force with a second
low-pass filter having a second cutoff frequency higher than the first cutoff frequency during the fitting operation; and

a second force control process that stops the movement of the robot hand in the second direction when the second detection
force exceeds a threshold value during the fitting operation,
wherein
one of the gripped object and the counterpart object is a fitting object, and the other one is a fitted object having a hole
into which the fitting object is fitted, and

the control unit performs an operation for causing the fitting object to be fitted into the hole of the fitted object.

US Pat. No. 9,853,963

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authentication cooperation system comprising an authorization server, the authorization server comprises:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the at least one processor, controls the processor
act as:

a unit configured to, in a case where a client is authenticated successfully on basis of client information in response to
an authorization token generation request, transmit an authorization token to the client and generate and store authorization
token information by associating local user information received along with the authorization token generation request with
the authorization token; and

a responding unit configured to receive an authorization token verification request including the authorization token from
an application server having received a processing request along with the authorization token from the client, and, in a case
where the authorization token is verified successfully on basis of the received authorization token and the authorization
token information, transmit identification information of a tenant corresponding to the client information and the local user
information included in the authorization token information to the application server; and

the application server including at least one processor and at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed by
the at least one processor, controls the at least one processor to act as:

a receiving unit configured to transmit the authorization token verification request to the authorization server when the
receiving unit receives the processing request along with the authorization token from the client and receive the authorization
token information including the local user information associated with the authorization token and the identification information
of the tenant corresponding to the client information and the local user information included in the authorization token information
as a response as a result of a success of the authorization token verification request; and

a storing unit configured to store a local authentication cooperation mode indicating whether cooperation with a local authentication
security domain is enabled or not, for each tenant; and

a processing unit configured to process the processing request with the local user information included in the authorization
local information as a user identification in a case where the local authentication cooperation mode of the tenant described
in the identification information of the tenant is enabled and process the processing request with the identification of the
client which is included in the authorization token information as the user identification in a case where the local authentication
cooperation mode is not enabled.

US Pat. No. 9,851,669

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing a toner image onto a recording medium by conveying and heating the recording medium on which
the toner image is formed at a nip portion, comprising:
a first fixing member;
a second fixing member configured to form the nip portion together with the first fixing member;
a frame configured to support the second fixing member; and
a pair of urging mechanisms provided on either end of the first fixing member in a longitudinal direction of the first fixing
member, the pair of urging mechanisms urging the first fixing member against the second fixing member,

wherein each of the pair of urging mechanisms includes
a lever movable with respect to the frame in an urging direction in which the first fixing member is urged, and
a helical compression spring disposed in a compression state between a first spring support portion of the lever and a second
spring support portion of the frame, the spring including a first winding end portion and a second winding end portion opposite
to the first winding end portion in a compression direction of the spring,

wherein the first fixing member is urged against the second fixing member via the lever by an elastic force of the spring,
and

wherein at least one of the first spring support portion and the second spring support portion includes,
a protruding portion protruding toward the spring and inserted into an inner diameter side of the spring, and
a supporting surface supporting the first winding end portion of the spring, the supporting surface being provided outside
the protruding portion in a radial direction of the spring,
and
wherein the supporting surface includes a first supporting area and a second supporting area closer to the second winding
end portion of the spring— in the urging direction than the first supporting area, a portion of the first winding end portion of the spring with which
the second supporting area of the supporting surface contacts is located downstream of a portion of the first winding end
portion of the spring with which the first supporting area of the supporting surface contacts, in a winding direction of the
spring from the first winding end portion to the second winding end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,851,672

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT ADJUSTS IMAGE FORMING CONDITIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image;
an intermediate transfer member configured to have the image transferred thereto and to convey the image;
a sensor configured to measure light reflected from the intermediate transfer member;
a controller configured to control the image forming unit to form a measurement image, to control the sensor to measure light
reflected from a first area of the intermediate transfer member, to control the sensor to measure light reflected from the
measurement image, and to control the sensor to measure light reflected from a second area of the intermediate transfer member;

a selection unit configured to determine, from a plurality of measurement results of the first area, first information relating
to a tendency of the measurement results of the first area, to determine, from a plurality of measurement results of the second
area, second information relating to a tendency of the measurement results of the second area, and to select a computational
equation for computing a correction value of a measurement result of the measurement image from among a plurality of computational
equations, based on the first information and the second information;

a generation unit configured to generate the correction value from the measurement results of the first area and the measurement
results of the second area, based on the computational equation selected by the selection unit; and

an adjustment unit configured to adjust an image forming condition from the correction value generated by the generation unit
and the measurement result of the measurement image,

wherein the first area corresponds to an area, on an upstream side of the measurement image with respect to a conveyance direction
in which the intermediate transfer member conveys the image, in which the measurement image is not formed, and

the second area corresponds to an area, on a downstream side of the measurement image with respect to the conveyance direction,
in which the measurement image is not formed.

US Pat. No. 9,854,116

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO TRANSMIT IMAGE DATA AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit configured to scan a document and generate data of the document;
a receiving unit configured to receive data;
a registration unit configured to register a plurality of destinations in an address book;
a transmission unit configured to transmit data generated by the scanning unit to a destination set from the plurality of
destinations and to transmit data received by the receiving unit to a destination set from the plurality of destinations;

a selection unit configured to select, for a destination of the plurality of destinations, whether to display, when transmitting
the data to the destination, an input screen for receiving authentication information from a user or to use, without displaying
the input screen when transmitting the data to the destination, authentication information registered for the destination
registered by the registration unit; and

a display unit configured to display the input screen in a case where the transmitting unit transmits the data generated by
the scanning unit to the destination for which the selecting unit selects to display the input screen for receiving authentication
information from the user,

wherein the transmitting unit transmits the data generated by the scanning unit using the authentication information input
by the input screen,

wherein the registration unit can register the authentication information for the destination for which the selecting unit
selects to use the authentication information registered by the registration unit,

wherein the scan data and the received data are transmitted to the destination using the registered authentication information
by the transmitting unit based on the selection to use the registered authentication information, and

wherein the destination for which the selecting unit selects to display the input screen for receiving authentication information
from the user cannot be set as a destination of the data received by the receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,846,944

DEPTH CALCULATION DEVICE, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND DEPTH CALCULATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A depth detection device for detecting depth information on an object from captured first and second images with different
blur, the depth detection device comprising:
an extraction unit configured to extract frequency components from each of the first image and the second image; and
a depth obtaining unit configured to obtain the depth information from the frequency components extracted by the extraction
unit,

wherein the extraction unit extracts a first frequency component and a second frequency component from each of the first image
and the second image, the first frequency component being a component of a first frequency band, the second frequency component
being a component of a second frequency band, the second frequency band being lower than the first frequency band, and

wherein the depth obtaining unit includes:
a first depth-dependent value obtaining unit configured to obtain a first depth-dependent value from the first frequency component
of the first image and the first frequency component of the second image;

a second depth-dependent value obtaining unit configured to obtain a second depth-dependent value from the second frequency
component of the first image and the second frequency component of the second image; and

a depth information obtaining unit configured to obtain the depth information on the basis of the first depth-dependent value
and the second depth-dependent value.

US Pat. No. 9,847,742

LINEAR MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS AND LINEAR MOTOR CONTROL SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A linear motor control apparatus comprising:
a plurality of coil units which are continuously arranged;
a plurality of position detecting unis configured to detect a position of a first truck which moves over the plurality of
coil units;

a first motor controller configured to obtain deviation information on the basis of a value of a position of the first truck
detected by at least one of the position detecting units and a value of a target position of the first truck, and to obtain
current control signals on the basis of the deviation information;

a plurality of current control units configured to supply driving currents to the plurality of coil units on the basis of
the current control signals; and

a switching unit configured to select one or two adjacent of the current control units on the basis of the current control
signals output by the first motor controller,

wherein the selected one or two adjacent of the current control units provides the driving currents for the coil units on
the basis of the output of the first motor controller.

US Pat. No. 9,846,245

RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiographic image capturing apparatus comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels outputting an electrical signal corresponding to radiation are arranged;
a readout circuit section that reads an electrical signal output from the pixel array; and
a member for preventing radiation from entering the readout circuit section,
the radiographic image capturing apparatus causing image signals to be generated based on electrical signals read by the readout
circuit section,

wherein the pixel array includes a first region in which, among the plurality of pixels, some pixels used for generating the
image signals are arranged, and a second region in which, among the plurality of pixels, other pixels not used for generating
the image signals and different from the some pixels are arranged in at least part of a region around the first region,

wherein the readout circuit section is disposed in the second region, and
wherein, from an outer side toward an inner side of the pixel array in at least one direction of the pixel array, an end on
the inner side of the readout circuit section, an end on the inner side of an orthogonal projection of the member to the pixel
array, and an end on the inner side of the second region are arranged in this order.

US Pat. No. 9,846,810

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR TRACKING OBJECTS OF A SCENE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of tracking objects of a scene, the method comprising:
determining two or more tracks which have merged, each track being associated with at least one of the objects and having
a corresponding graph structure, each graph structure comprising at least one node representing the corresponding track;

creating a new node representing the merged tracks;
adding the graph structures as children nodes of the new node to create a merged graph structure;
detecting a split between the objects associated with one of the tracks represented by the nodes of the merged graph structure;
determining similarity between one or more of the nodes in the merged graph structure and foreground areas corresponding to
split objects;

selecting one of the one or more nodes in the merged graph structure based on the determined similarity; and
dividing the merged graph structure and creating a new graph structure for tracking the objects in response to the detection
of the split, the new graph structure being created from the merged graph structure based on the determined similarity, wherein
the new graph structure has the selected node at the root of the new graph structure such that the selected node is distinct
or separate from any preceding or prior node,

wherein the creation of the new graph structure removes and/or does not have a requirement or condition on having a 1:1 correlation
between merged tracks and split tracks, and

wherein the new graph structure is monitored, maintained and/or updated by an object tracker, a video object tracker or a
processor to track the objects of the scene or the objects in a sequence of images of the scene.

US Pat. No. 9,846,559

SYSTEM, AND POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:
a printing apparatus; and
a plurality of post-processing apparatuses,
wherein each of the post-processing apparatuses includes:
at least one processor configured to
perform post-processing on a product printed by the printing apparatus;
determine whether subsequent post-processing is to be performed by a subsequent one of the post-processing apparatuses on
the post-processed printed product or not, said subsequent post-processing apparatus being connected to, and following, the
post-processing apparatus;

transmit a completion notification that indicates completion of processing to the printing apparatus upon the completion of
the post-processing in a case where it is determined that no subsequent post-processing is to be performed by the subsequent
post-processing apparatus connected to, and following, the post-processing apparatus on the post-processed printed product;
and

transmit a partial completion notification that indicates completion of a part of processing to the printing apparatus upon
the completion of the post-processing in a case where it is determined that subsequent post-processing is to be performed
by the subsequent post-processing apparatus connected to, and following, the post-processing apparatus on the post-processed
printed product; and

wherein the printing apparatus includes:
a storage configured to hold job data,
a printer configured to perform print processing of the job data, and
at least one processor configured to delete the held job data in a case where the completion notification is received and
not to delete the held job data in a case where the partial completion notification is received.

US Pat. No. 9,846,560

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SELECTING AMONG A PLURALITY OF POWER SAVING MODES USING A SIMPLE OPERATION, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printer;
a controller that includes at least a processor, a memory, and a sleep recovery circuit, and controls the printer; and
a sleep recovery button that receives a user operation and causes a signal to be detected by the sleep recovery circuit in
response to receiving the user operation,

wherein, when an auto sleep timer value becomes zero, the controller shifts the printing apparatus to a power saving mode
in which power is not supplied to the printer and the processor, but power is supplied to the sleep recovery circuit,

wherein, when the sleep recovery button receives the user operation, the sleep recovery circuit detects the signal and causes
power to be supplied to the processor and the memory, thereby causing the controller to:

in a case where an operation time of the sleep recovery button is shorter than a threshold value, shift the printing apparatus
from the power saving mode to a first power mode in which power is not supplied to the printer, and reset the auto sleep timer
value to a default value; and

in a case where the operation time of the sleep recovery button is longer than a threshold value, shift the printing apparatus
from the power saving mode to a second power mode in which power is supplied to the printer, and reset the auto sleep timer
value to an extended value different from the default value, according to the operation time of the sleep recovery button,
and

wherein the operation time of the sleep recovery button includes a depression time of the sleep recovery button.

US Pat. No. 9,846,380

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT ADJUSTS RELATIVE POSITIONS OF IMAGES BY DETECTING TEST PATTERN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of image forming units configured to form images, each having a different color;
an intermediate transfer member to which the images formed by the plurality of image forming units are transferred, the intermediate
transfer member being configured to convey the images;

a detection unit configured to detect a color pattern formed on the intermediate transfer member, the color pattern being
used for detecting color misregistration;

a controller configured to:
control the plurality of image forming units to form a first plurality of color patterns, each having a difference color,
on the intermediate transfer member,

control the detection unit to detect a first amount of color misregistration, related to a relative position of a color pattern
having a reference color among the first plurality of color patterns and a color pattern having another color among the first
plurality of color patterns, and

determine a correction value for adjusting an image write start timing of the other color different from the reference color
based on the first amount of color misregistration detected by the detection unit; and

an obtaining unit configured to obtain information related to a sheet,
wherein the controller is further configured to, in a case where the plurality of image forming units continuously form a
first image and a second image that are to be transferred, respectively, to a first sheet and a second sheet based on a print
job, control the plurality of image forming units to form a second plurality of color patterns, each having a different color,

wherein the second plurality of color patterns are formed in between the first image and the second image on the intermediate
transfer member,

wherein the controller is further configured to control the detection unit to detect a second amount of color misregistration,
related to a relative position of a color pattern having a reference color among the second plurality of color patterns and
a color pattern having another color among the second plurality of color patterns, and determine the correction value based
on the second amount of color misregistration detected by the detection unit,

wherein a basis weight of the first sheet is less than a predetermined basis weight,
wherein a basis weight of the second sheet is greater than the predetermined basis weight, and
wherein a length of the second plurality of color patterns formed on the intermediate transfer member in a conveyance direction
of the images by the intermediate transfer member is longer than a length of the first plurality of color patterns formed
on the intermediate transfer member in the conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 9,846,384

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus to which a cartridge, which includes a photosensitive drum to be driven to rotate, is mounted
at a predetermined mounting position by moving the cartridge in a rotational axis direction of the photosensitive drum, the
image forming apparatus comprising:
an LED array on which a plurality of LED elements that emit light to form a latent image on the photosensitive drum are arrayed
in an array in a direction substantially parallel to a rotational axis line of the photosensitive drum;

a lens array through which the light emitted from the LED array passes;
an LED unit including the LED array and the lens array;
a first spring arranged outside one end of the LED array in a longitudinal direction of the LED array and elastically deformable
in an optical axis direction of a lens included in the lens array of the LED unit;

a second spring arranged outside another end of the LED array in the longitudinal direction and elastically deformable in
the optical axis direction;

a cam mechanism that elastically deforms the first and the second springs by the movement of the cartridge when mounting the
cartridge to the image forming apparatus; and

a positioning mechanism that (i) relatively positions the photosensitive drum of the cartridge mounted at the predetermined
mounting position and the lens in the optical axis direction and (ii) includes the first and the second springs and the cam
mechanism,

wherein, in a state in which the cartridge has been mounted at the predetermined mounting position, the first and the second
springs are contracted by an action of the cam mechanism in the state more than the first and second springs are contracted
during the movement of the cartridge when mounting the cartridge to the predetermined position, and

wherein relative positions of the photosensitive drum of the cartridge mounted at the predetermined mounting position and
the LED unit are defined by a force acted on the LED unit in the optical axis direction due to contraction of the first and
second springs in the state in which the cartridge has been mounted at the predetermined mounting position.

US Pat. No. 9,846,385

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT AND DISPLAY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light emitting element containing an anode and a cathode, and a light emitting layer arranged between the anode
and the cathode, and
the organic light emitting element further containing an organic compound layer which is arranged between the cathode and
the light emitting layer and touches the cathode,

wherein the organic compound layer contains a 1,1?,3,3a,3?,3?a,4,4?,5,5?,6,6?,7,7a,7?,7?a-hexadecahydro-2,2?-bibenzo[d]imidazolidene
compound represented by the following general formula [1]:


in the formula [1], R1 to R4 are each independently selected from the group consisting of a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group, a substituted or
unsubstituted biphenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted naphthyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted phenanthrenyl
group, a substituted or unsubstituted fluorenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted triphenylenyl group, a substituted or
unsubstituted dibenzofuranyl group, and a substituted or unsubstituted dibenzothiophene group.

US Pat. No. 9,846,386

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container including an opening and accommodating developer, the developer container comprising:
a sheet member that includes a plurality of holes through which the developer is caused to pass and that seals the opening;
and

an unsealing member that includes a plurality of protruded portions and that unseals and reveals the opening by moving the
sheet member,

wherein, as the unsealing member rotates, the protruded portions respectively pass through the holes, and ends of the protruded
portions protrude from a side of the sheet member, the side being opposite to a side on which the unsealing member is located.

US Pat. No. 9,846,392

DEVELOPING DEVICE FOR PREVENTING DENSITY UNEVENNESS AND DEVELOPER OVERFLOW

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device, comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to bear developer including nonmagnetic toner and magnetic carrier and develops a latent
image;

a developer container configured to support the developer bearing member rotatably and contain therein the developer to be
supplied to the developer bearing member, the developer container having a first chamber containing the developer therein,
a second chamber being arranged below the first chamber and forming a circulation path, in which the developer is circulated,
with the first chamber, and a partition wall partitioning the first chamber and the second chamber;

a first conveying member, arranged in the first chamber rotatably, configured to convey the developer;
a second conveying member, arranged in the second chamber, configured to convey the developer;
a multipolar magnet which is arranged inside the developer bearing member; and
a regulating member configured to regulate an amount of the developer borne on the developer bearing member;
the multipolar magnet having a first magnetic pole which is arranged at a position opposing the regulating member or in an
upstream side of a conveyance direction of the developer bearing member with respect to the position, and a second magnetic
pole which is adjacent to the first magnetic pole in an upstream side of the first magnetic pole in the conveyance direction,
and has the same polarity as that of the first magnetic pole,
wherein
a peak position of magnetic force of the first magnetic pole is arranged above a rotational center of the developer bearing
member, and a peak position of magnetic force of the second magnetic pole is arranged below the rotational center of the developer
bearing member,

wherein a rotational center of the first conveying member is arranged below the peak position of the magnetic force of the
first magnetic pole and above the peak position of the magnetic force of the second magnetic pole,

wherein an opposed surface of the partition wall facing the developer bearing member has a concave-arc-shaped opposed portion
formed along a circumferential surface of the developer bearing member, and a clearance between the opposed portion and the
circumferential surface of the developer bearing member facing the opposed portion is 1,200 ?m or less,

wherein the opposed portion having an apex positioned below a minimal position at which magnetic force is the smallest in
a zone in which magnetic force on the surface of the developer bearing member is equal to or less than 50 gauss and above
a peak position of magnetic force of the second magnetic pole, the zone being provided on a surface of the developer bearing
member which is on an upstream side of the first magnetic pole and on a downstream side of the second magnetic pole with respect
to a rotation direction of the developer bearing member,

and
wherein the opposed surface has a surface roughness Rz higher than an average particle diameter of the carrier.

US Pat. No. 9,846,399

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS THAT DETECTS POSITION OF TARGET

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detection apparatus that detects a position of a target in a predetermined direction, the position detection
apparatus comprising:
a swinging member of which one end is in contact with the target in the predetermined direction;
a moving member that is in contact with the other end of said swinging member;
a plurality of sensors that are arranged in a direction that intersects a moving direction of said moving member and output
signals corresponding to a position of said moving member that corresponds to a swinging amount of said swinging member; and

a detection unit configured to detect the position of the target based on output signals of said sensors,
wherein said moving member has a plurality of measured parts disposed on said moving member along a plurality of loci of measuring
positions of said sensors formed on said moving member during movement of said moving member,

wherein the measured parts are disposed so that the sum total of the output signals of said sensors becomes an even number,
and

wherein said detection unit determines that any one of said sensors failed in a case where the sum total of the output signals
of said sensors is an odd number.

US Pat. No. 9,846,407

DEVELOPING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing member comprising an electro-conductive substrate and an electro-conductive surface layer in this order,
the surface layer comprising a binder resin, an alumina particle and a polyester phosphate compound having a structure represented
by Formula 1:


wherein at least one of R1 to R3 is a substituent having a polyester structure, with the proviso that (i) if one of R1, R2
and R3 is a substituent having a polyester structure, the other two are a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkenyl group,
an aralkyl group, an aryl group or a polyoxyalkylene group, and (ii) if two of R1, R2 and R3 are substituents having a polyester
structure, the other is a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkenyl group, an aralkyl group, an aryl group or a polyoxyalkylene
group.

US Pat. No. 9,846,408

PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drum unit usable in a process cartridge, the drum unit comprising:
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1;

a drum flange provided at an end of the photosensitive drum, a part of the drum flange being positioned within the photosensitive
drum; and

a coupling member having an axis L2 and including (i) a first end portion at least a part of which is positioned within the drum flange, (ii) a second end portion
including (ii-i) a surface recessed in the second end portion and facing away from the first end portion and (ii-ii) at least
one projection projecting from a surface adjacent to the recessed surface, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first
end portion and the second end portion,

wherein the coupling member is movable between (i) a first position in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first
distance away from the photosensitive drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the photosensitive
drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1, with the first distance being greater than the second distance, and

wherein a maximum distance as measured from the axis L2, in a direction perpendicular to the axis L2, of at least a part of the connecting portion is shorter than a distance between the at least one projection and the axis
L2.

US Pat. No. 9,847,444

PHOTONIC DEVICE AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS INCLUDING THE PHOTONIC DEVICE AS LIGHT SOURCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photonic device comprising:
a first cladding layer;
a second cladding layer; and
an active layer including an emitting layer and a barrier layer and being provided between the first cladding layer and the
second cladding layer, the emitting layer emitting light in a spectrum having a center wavelength ?c and a spectrum half-maximum
width ??,

wherein at least one of the first cladding layer and the second cladding layer includes a light absorbing part for absorbing
light having a wavelength of ?s or less represented by the following Expression (1):

?s<(?c?(??/2))  (1), and

wherein the light absorbing part comprises a light absorbing layer, the light emitted from the emitting layer has a spectrum
center wavelength of 830 to 870 nm, and the light absorbing layer absorbs at least light having a wavelength of 790 nm or
less.

US Pat. No. 9,841,886

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a detection unit configured to detect a position input on a screen displayed on a display unit;
a display control unit configured to display a display item on the display unit and to scroll the display item with a display
effect corresponding to a scroll instruction; and

a control unit configured
to scroll, in a state where the position input is not detected, the display item with a display effect which is different
depending on whether a direction of the scroll is a first direction or a second direction opposite to the first direction,
in response to a scroll instruction,

to stop the scroll and to maintain, if the detection unit detects the position input on the screen during the scroll, the
display effect displayed when the position input has been detected during a detection of the position input, and

to scroll, in a state where the position input is being detected with the display effect displayed when the position input
has been detected, the display item while maintaining the display effect displayed when the position input has been detected,
according to movement of a position of the position input.

US Pat. No. 9,841,932

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, OUTPUT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
a display unit configured to display logical pages in a first area according to a first range of pages and display a print
image to show a print output result for a plurality of pages on which print settings are reflected in a second area according
to a second range of pages, the plurality of pages corresponding to the logical pages respectively;

a selection unit configured to select a logical page from the logical pages in the first area;
a deletion unit configured to delete the selected logical page from a print target; and
a display control unit configured to control the display unit to include a page corresponding to the deleted logical page
in the first range of pages and exclude the page corresponding to the deleted logical page from the second range of pages,

wherein when the selected logical page is not deleted by the deletion unit, the display unit displays the selected logical
page in the first area, and concurrently displays, in the second area, a first print image to show a print output result for
the plurality of pages, on which the print settings are reflected, including a page corresponding to the selected logical
page,

wherein when the selected logical page is deleted by the deletion unit, the display unit displays the deleted logical page
in the first area as a deleted page, and concurrently displays, in the second area, a second print image to show a print output
result for the plurality of pages, on which the print settings are reflected, in which the page corresponding to the deleted
logical page is excluded by the display control unit, and

wherein when the selected logical page is deleted by the deletion unit, the second range of pages from which the page corresponding
to the deleted logical page is excluded is smaller than the first range of pages.

US Pat. No. 9,843,999

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. A communication apparatus that is to be connected to an external apparatus via a network, comprising:
at least one processor;
a communication interface coupled to the processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor,
wherein the at least one processor is configured to function as following units:
a forming unit configured to form a first network, with the communication apparatus as an access point;
a participation unit configured to participate in a second network formed by an external access point;
a storing unit configured to store in the memory, information on the first network previously formed if any by the forming
unit, information on the second network previously formed if any by the external access point, and information on one or more
external apparatuses if any to which the communication apparatus has been connected before;

an accepting unit configured to accept selection, before forming the first network or participating in the second network,
on the basis of the information on the one or more external apparatuses stored in the memory, of one external apparatus for
which communication via the communication interface is to be established; and

a searching unit configured to search for, if the selection is accepted by the accepting unit, the second networks corresponding
to the network information stored in the memory in an area surrounding the communication apparatus via the communication interface,
wherein, if at least one of the second networks corresponding to the network information stored in the memory is found, the
participation unit participates in one of the second networks found by the searching unit and, if the search unit does not
find the second networks corresponding to the network information stored in the memory, the forming unit forms the first network
newly or based on the information on the first network stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,842,997

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT AND DISPLAY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light emitting element containing an anode and a cathode, and a light emitting layer arranged between the anode
and the cathode, and
the organic light emitting element further containing an organic compound layer which is arranged between the cathode and
the light emitting layer and touches the cathode,

wherein the organic compound layer contains a bisimidazolidene compound represented by the following general formula [1]:

in the formula [1], R1 to R4 are each independently selected from the group consisting of a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group, a substituted or
unsubstituted benzyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted biphenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted naphthyl group,
a substituted or unsubstituted phenanthrenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted fluorenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
triphenylenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted dibenzofuranyl group, and a substituted or unsubstituted dibenzothiophenyl
group; and

R5 to R12 are each independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less
carbon atoms and a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,838,010

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a rotation operation member having a circumferential surface;
a sheet member that is fixed to the circumferential surface of the rotation operation member; and
a detection unit provided at a position facing the sheet member and configured to apply light to the sheet member and detect
light reflected from the sheet member,

wherein, in the sheet member, a first region having a first reflectance, a second region having a second reflectance that
is lower than the first reflectance, and a convex portion are formed,

wherein, in the rotation operation member, a concave portion with which the convex portion can be engaged is formed, and
wherein, in the sheet member, the convex portion engages with the concave portion, and the sheet member is fixed to the circumferential
surface such that the first region and the second region are alternately arranged in the circumferential direction of the
circumferential surface.

US Pat. No. 9,835,964

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:
a toner particle that contains a colorant, and a binder resin containing a styrene-acrylic resin and a crystalline resin,
wherein

a compatibility parameter (V) between the styrene-acrylic resin and the crystalline resin satisfies 0.40?V?1.10, and
a weight-average molecular weight (Mw) of the crystalline resin is 15,000 to 45,000.

US Pat. No. 9,830,542

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printer configured to print images on sheets;
a sheet processor configured to execute bookbinding processing on the printed sheets on which images have been printed by
the printer;

a stacker, on which processed sheets, resulting from the bookbinding processing having been executed on the printed sheets
by the sheet processor, are stacked;

a movable stopper configured to prevent dropping of the processed sheets stacked on the stacker;
a controller configured to:
(i) set, based on a user instruction, a first mode or a second mode,
(ii) stop a print operation of the printer based on an amount of stacked sheets on the stacker and restart the print operation
when the stacked sheets are removed from the stacker, in a case where a mode of the printing apparatus is set to the first
mode, and

(iii) continue the print operation regardless of the amount of stacked sheets on the stacker in a case where the mode of the
printing apparatus is set to the second mode; and

a display unit configured to display a message for prompting a user to lower the movable stopper in a case where the mode
of the printing apparatus is set to the second mode.

US Pat. No. 9,830,543

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ACTIVATION METHOD THEREOF FOR CASES WHEN SETTING INFORMATION THAT IS REFERRED TO WHEN THE APPARATUS IS ACTIVATED IS REWRITTEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A control method for an information processing apparatus, the information processing apparatus including a memory which
stores information related to conditions for an activation of the information processing apparatus, a power supply unit which
supplies power, a controller which refers the information stored in the memory when power is supplied from the power supply
unit and then, in a case where the referred information is first information, starts activation of the information processing
apparatus without waiting for receiving a certain signal, and in a case where the referred information is second information,
start the activation of the information processing apparatus in accordance with of receiving the certain signal, the control
method comprising:
outputting the certain signal to the controller in a case where a predetermined time has elapsed without receiving a predetermined
signal from the controller since the power was supplied to the controller,

wherein the controller starts the activation of the information processing apparatus in accordance with receiving the certain
signal output from the power supply controller.

US Pat. No. 9,830,544

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXECUTING PRINT PROCESSING USING A PASSWORD INCLUDING SELECTING A PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION CODE TYPE THAT INDICATES A PURPOSE FOR USING THE PASSWORD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising one or more processors coupled via a bus to a memory, the one or more processors
being programmed to control:
a first display control unit configured to display a first setting screen provided by an operating system, the first setting
screen having only one area for inputting a personal identification code;

a setting unit configured to set the personal identification code via the displayed first setting screen;
a second display control unit configured to display a second setting screen provided by a device application installed in
conjunction with installing of a printer driver, the second setting screen being different from the first setting screen and
being used for selecting a personal identification code type among plural personal identification code types;

a selection unit configured to select, as the personal identification code type, one personal identification code type among
the plural personal identification code types via the displayed second setting screen, wherein the selected personal identification
code type is displayed on the first setting screen after the personal identification code type is selected via the second
setting screen;

a generation unit configured to generate a print job in which the personal identification code set via the displayed first
setting screen is used in accordance with the personal identification code type selected via the displayed second setting
screen; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit the generated print job to an image forming apparatus,
wherein the personal identification code is used as a password, and the personal identification code type indicates a purpose
for using the password.

US Pat. No. 9,830,545

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR SENDING IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system, comprising:
an authentication controller configured to authenticate a user;
a first operation key configured to set, as a transmission destination of data, a folder which has been registered for the
user authenticated by the authentication controller;

a second operation key configured to set, as a transmission destination of data, an e-mail address which has been registered
for the user authenticated by the authentication controller;

a transmitter configured to transmit data to the folder set by selection of the first operation key and to transmit data to
the email-address set by selection of the second operation key; and

a controller configured to restrict use of the first operation key in accordance with a user instruction for restricting use
of the first operation key,

wherein use of the second operation key is not restricted by the controller in accordance with the user instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,831,060

X-RAY GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray generating apparatus comprising:
an X-ray generating tube comprising:
an anode comprising a transmissive target and an anode member connected to the transmissive target;
a cathode comprising an electron emitting source and a cathode member connected to the electron emitting source; and
an insulating tube having a pair of ends in a tube axis direction, one end of which is connected to the anode member and the
other end of which is connected to the cathode member; and

a conductive container, which is connected to the anode member and is configured to house the X-ray generating tube and an
electrically insulating liquid,

wherein the anode member comprises an outer anode member configured to transfer a heat from the transmissive target to the
conductive container, and an inner anode member configured to transfer a heat from the electron emitting source to the electrically
insulating liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,832,358

IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-capturing apparatus comprising:
a capturing unit comprising circuitry configured to capture an image;
a superimposition unit configured to superimpose an object into target images captured by the capturing unit;
a reception unit configured to receive a request to acquire information regarding a number of settable objects; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit at least one of maximum numbers of settable objects which are to be superimposed
into target images based on the request received by the reception unit, wherein the maximum numbers of settable objects correspond
to respective types of the target images,

wherein the superimposition unit, the reception unit, and the transmission unit are each implemented by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,829,802

CONVEYING HAND AND LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A conveying hand for adsorbing a conveyed object, the conveying hand comprising:
a base;
a pad configured to contact the conveyed object and provide a first space between the pad and the conveyed object;
a first elastic member fixed to the base and configured to movably support the pad; and
a second elastic member disposed between the base and the pad and provide a second space communicating with the first space,
wherein the pad contacts the second elastic member to permit evacuation of the first space and the second space, and cause
the conveyed object to be adsorbed to the pad, and

wherein the pad, which is supported by the first elastic member, moves to separate from the second elastic member to release
the conveyed object from being adsorbed to the pad.

US Pat. No. 9,829,810

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a support and a photosensitive layer formed on the support,
wherein a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member contains a cured product obtained by copolymerizing:
at one compound (i) selected from the group consisting of a triphenylamine compound having a hydroxymethyl group and a benzidine
compound having a hydroxymethyl group; and

at least one compound (ii) selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by the following formula (1), a compound
represented by the following formula (2), a compound represented by the following formula (3), and a compound represented
by the following formula (4):


where, in the formulae (1) to (4), X represents an oxygen atom or a sulfur atom,
R1, R2, R21, R22, R23, R31, R32, R33, R34, R41, R42, R43, R44, and R45 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a monovalent group derived by removing one hydrogen atom from a saturated
aliphatic hydrocarbon with a carbon number of 4 or less in a straight chain,

Ar11, Ar12, Ar21, Ar23, Ar31, Ar34, Ar41, and Ar45 each independently represent a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group,

Ar22, Ar32, Ar33, Ar42, Ar43, and Ar44 each independently represent a substituted or unsubstituted arylene group, a substituent of the aryl group or the arylene
group is a group selected from the group consisting of a methyl group and a hydroxymethyl group,

at least one of Ar11 and Ar12 is an aryl group having a hydroxymethyl group as a substituent,

at least one of Ar21 to Ar23 is an aryl group or arylene group having a hydroxymethyl group as a substituent,

at least one of Ar31 to Ar34 is an aryl group or arylene group having a hydroxymethyl group as a substituent, and

at least one of Ar41 to Ar45 is an aryl group or arylene group having a hydroxymethyl group as a substituent.

US Pat. No. 9,829,814

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing:
a binder system containing at least two different polymers, said binder system comprising (i) a binder resin and (ii) a crystalline
polyester other than the binder resin;

a pigment; and
a pigment dispersant, wherein
the pigment dispersant comprises a structure represented by formula (1) and a polymer moiety, and
a hydrophobic parameter HP1 of the pigment dispersant and a hydrophobic parameter HP2 of the crystalline polyester satisfy
?0.28?(HP1?HP2)?0.15

where HP1 represents a volume fraction of heptane at a point of precipitation by the pigment dispersant as measured by the
addition of heptane to a solution containing 0.05 mass parts of the pigment dispersant and 1.48 mass parts of chloroform,
and

HP2 represents a volume fraction of heptane at a point of precipitation by the crystalline polyester as measured by the addition
of heptane to a solution containing 0.05 mass parts of the crystalline polyester and 1.48 mass parts of chloroform,


where R1 represents a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group or a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group;

Ar represents a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group;
Ar and R2 to R6 satisfy at least one of (i) Ar has a linking group that is bonded to a carbon atom in the aryl group and that forms a linking
portion of bond to the polymer moiety, or (ii) at least one of R2 to R6 is a linking group that forms a linking portion of bond to the polymer moiety;

each of the R2 to R6 that is not a linking group independently represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a hydroxyl
group, an amino group, a cyano group, a trifluoromethyl group, a carboxyl group, or a group represented by formula (2-1) or
a group represented by formula (2-2); and

Ar and R2 to R6 satisfy at least one of (iii) Ar has a group represented by formula (2-1) or a group represented by formula (2-2) as a substituent,
or (iv) at least one of R2 to R6 is a group represented by formula (2-1) or a group represented by formula (2-2),


wherein in formula (2-1) * represents a site where the group bonds to the Ar or the aromatic ring having R2 to R6 in formula (1);

R7 represents a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, an aralkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxycarbonyl
group, or a substituted or unsubstituted aralkyloxycarbonyl group;

A1 represents an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, or an NR8 group; and

R8 represents a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxycarbonyl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted aralkyloxycarbonyl
group,


wherein in formula (2-2) * and ** each represent a site where the group bonds to the Ar or the aromatic ring having R2 to R6 in formula (1);

the group represented by formula (2-2) forms a 5-membered heterocycle by bonding with the Ar or the aromatic ring having R2 to R6 in formula (1);

A2 represents an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, or an NR8 group; and

R8 represents a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxycarbonyl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted aralkyloxycarbonyl
group.

US Pat. No. 9,832,635

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a receiver configured to receive, from another communication apparatus, service type information indicating a type of service
that is executable between the communication apparatus and the another communication apparatus after communication has been
established;

at least one processor and a memory storing instructions, that when executed by the at least one processor controls the at
least one processor to perform operations comprising:

obtaining a communication parameter for communication with the another communication apparatus;
establishing communication between the communication apparatus and the another communication apparatus using the communication
parameter;

searching for the service type information via the communication established based on the obtained communication parameter,
wherein the receiver is configured to receive the service type information from the another communication apparatus based
on the searching; and

discarding the obtained communication parameter in response to a failure of the search to locate the service type information,
wherein the communication parameter includes identification information of a wireless network, and an encryption method and
an authentication method that are used for the wireless network.

US Pat. No. 9,830,842

DISPLAY APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING CONTROL TO CHANGE A POSITION ON AN IMAGE WHERE AN ADDITIONAL IMAGE IS SUPERIMPOSED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display a first image on a screen, wherein the first image includes a superimposing area on which
an image to be displayed on the screen by another display apparatus is superimposed and the first image is superimposed by
an additional image; and

a control unit configured to perform control such that the additional image does not overlap the superimposing area by controlling
change of a position on the first image where the additional image is superimposed, in a case where change of the position
is requested that at least a part of the additional image is included in the superimposing area.

US Pat. No. 9,829,820

TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle comprising a toner base particle containing a binder resin, a colorant and a releasing
agent; and a resin particle adhering to the surface of the toner base particle, wherein
the resin particle has a negatively charging characteristic and contains a resin A having an acid dissociation constant pKa
of 7.0 to 9.0, resin A comprising a monovalent group a represented by Formula (1):


where R1 represents a hydroxy group, a carboxy group, an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, or an alkoxy group having 1 to 18
carbon atoms; R2 represents a hydrogen atom, a hydroxy group, an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, or an alkoxy group having 1 to 18
carbon atoms; g represents an integer of 1 to 3; h represents an integer of 0 to 3; and when h is 2 or 3, a number h of R1 may be the same or different.

US Pat. No. 9,827,783

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
first and second image forming devices each of which includes a photosensitive member, a light source that emits a light beam,
and a developing member movable between a developing position for developing a latent image formed on the photosensitive member
and a retracted position retracted from the developing position;

a polygon mirror that rotates and reflects each of the light beams emitted from the light sources of the first and second
image forming devices; and

a detector that detects the light beam emitted from the light source of the second image forming device and reflected by the
polygon mirror,

wherein both of the first and second image forming devices are capable of forming latent images on the respective photosensitive
members by reflecting the light beams emitted from the light sources with the polygon mirror and emitting the light beams
to the photosensitive members, and developing the latent image in order from the first image forming device to the second
image forming device by the developing member that is positioned at the developing position,

wherein the second image forming device performs a light emitting processing to emit the light beam from the light source
of the second image forming device into the photosensitive member of the second image forming device and the detector so as
to detect the light beam at the detector, and the developing member of the first image forming device reaches the developing
position before the light emitting processing is finished.

US Pat. No. 9,829,836

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH PRE-EXPOSURE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image input portion into which image data corresponding to toner images to be formed is inputted;
a first image forming station including a first photosensitive member, a first charging roller configured to charge said first
photosensitive member at a first charging position, a first exposure member configured to expose said first photosensitive
member charged by said first charging roller to light on the basis of, among the image data inputted into said image input
portion, first image data corresponding to a first toner image formed at said first image forming station, and a first developing
device configured to develop with a toner an electrostatic latent image formed on said first photosensitive member by said
first exposure member;

a second image forming station including a second photosensitive member, a second charging roller configured to charge said
second photosensitive member at a second charging position by being supplied with only a DC voltage, a second exposure member
configured to expose said second photosensitive member charged by said second charging roller to light on the basis of, among
the image data inputted into said image input portion, second image data corresponding to a second toner image formed at said
second image forming station, and a second developing device configured to develop with a toner an electrostatic latent image
formed on said second photosensitive member by said second exposure member;

an intermediary transfer belt configured to bear the first toner image and the second toner image which are transferred superposedly
in the listed order;

a first transfer member disposed opposed to said first photosensitive member via said intermediary transfer belt and configured
to electrostatically transfer the first toner image formed on said first photosensitive member onto said intermediary transfer
belt at a first transfer position;

a second transfer member disposed opposed to said second photosensitive member via said intermediary transfer belt and configured
to electrostatically transfer the second toner image formed on said second photosensitive member onto said intermediary transfer
belt at a second transfer position, wherein said first image forming station is not provided with a pre-exposure member configured
to expose said first photosensitive member to light at a position downstream of the first transfer position and upstream of
the first charging position with respect to a movement direction of said first photosensitive member, and said second image
forming station is provided with said pre-exposure member configured to expose said second photosensitive member to light
at a position downstream of the second transfer position and upstream of the second charging position with respect to a movement
direction of said second photosensitive member; and

a controller configured to control an operation of said pre-exposure member depending on the first image data,
wherein said controller controls the operation of said pre-exposure member when image formation is effected using the first
image data and the second image data.

US Pat. No. 9,829,839

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING AN ELECTRIC POWER SHUT-OFF MEMBER, THERMAL FUSE, OR THERMAL SWITCH OPERABLE IN RESPONSE TO AN ABNORMAL TEMPERATURE RISE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus for heating a toner image formed on a recording material, said image heating apparatus comprising:
a fixing member configured to contact the toner image formed on the recording material;
a heater configured to contact said fixing member, said heater including a substrate, a heat generating resistor formed on
said substrate, and a protective layer formed on said substrate so as to protect said heat generating resistor;

a heat conduction member configured to contact a surface of said heater opposite to a surface of said heater contacting said
fixing member, said heat conduction member having a thermal conductivity higher than that of said substrate; and

an electric power shut-off member configured to be operable in response to an abnormal temperature rise of said heater to
shut off supply of electric power to said heater, said electric power shut-off member contacting said heat conduction member,

wherein a first contact area between said heat conduction member and said heater is larger than a second contact area between
said heat conduction member and said electric power shut-off member, the length of the first contact area in a longitudinal
direction of said heater being greater than the length of an outline of an external cover of said electric power shut-off
member in the longitudinal direction of said heater.

US Pat. No. 9,829,587

RADIOGRAPHING SYSTEM, CONTROL APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING RADIOGRAPHING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiographing system comprising:
a plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses configured to detect radiation and to form a radiographic image; and
a control apparatus configured to control the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses, wherein the control apparatus comprises:
a memory; and
a processor, the processor configured to control:
a shifting unit configured to, in response to a transition request from a radiation imaging apparatus to shift the radiation
imaging apparatus into a radiographing enabled state, shift the radiation imaging apparatus into the radiographing enabled
state in which radiation is detected and a radiographic image is generated,

a determining unit configured to determine whether to disable shifting the radiation imaging apparatus into the radiographing
enabled state based on control for radiographing using a different radiation imaging apparatus currently in the radiographing
enabled state, and

a disabling unit configured to disable shifting the radiation imaging apparatus into the radiographing enabled state based
on a determination result.

US Pat. No. 9,829,844

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO DETERMINE WHETHER IMAGE DATA INCLUDES PIXEL HAVING A VALUE LARGER THAN A PREDETERMINED VALUE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising a controller, including a processor configured to execute instructions stored in
a memory, or including circuitry, the controller configured to:
in a case where a value of a pixel in image data is equal to or smaller than a predetermined value, convert the value of the
pixel to a multiple of a constant k;

in a case where the value of the pixel is larger than the predetermined value, convert the value of the pixel to other than
a multiple of the constant k;

count a sum of the converted values of pixels in the image data;
determine whether or not the image data includes at least one pixel whose value is larger than the predetermined value based
on whether or not the counted sum is a multiple of the constant k; and

control a printing unit to perform a pre-exposure process to expose an image carrier before charging the image carrier, based
on the determination that the image data includes at least one pixel whose value is larger than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,829,845

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a developing device configured to develop a latent image on said image bearing member to form a toner image using a toner;
a transferring device configured to transfer the toner image on said image bearing member onto a recording material;
a temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature; and
a controller configured to execute a discharging operation for discharging a toner from said developing device onto said image
bearing member in a region corresponding to an interval between a recording material and a subsequent recording material in
a continuous image forming job for continuously forming an image on a plurality of recording materials on the basis of a value
correlating with an amount of toner consumption obtained every predetermined interval and a detection result of said temperature
sensor,

wherein said controller executes the discharging operation on the basis of integral information obtained by integration of
information determined based on a relationship of a predetermined deterioration threshold with the value correlating with
an amount of toner consumption,

wherein said controller is configured to change the relationship of the predetermined deterioration threshold with the value
correlating with an amount of toner consumption, based on the detection result of said temperature sensor detected upon the
toner consumption, and

wherein said controller changes the relationship so that when a temperature obtained on the basis of information detected
by said temperature sensor is not less than a predetermined temperature, execution of the discharging operation is promoted
more than when the obtained temperature is less than a predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,832,160

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT DEVICE, DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A document management system comprising an image processing apparatus and a management device that communicates with the
image processing apparatus through a network,
wherein the management device comprises:
a first processor that executes first code; and
a first memory storing the first code,
wherein the first processor executes the first code to control to:
automatically acquire first information relating to a content posted to an information sharing site, wherein the first information
includes a comment transmission destination of the information sharing site, the comment transmission destination indicating
a destination to which a comment about the posted content is transmitted from the image processing apparatus, and wherein
the information sharing site is different from the management device;

automatically generate, based on the automatically acquired first information, a ticket including a storage destination and
the comment transmission destination, wherein the storage destination indicates a destination of the management device to
which an electronic document is transmitted from the image processing apparatus, and wherein the ticket includes control information
for, when the ticket is selected by the user of the image processing apparatus, causing the image processing apparatus to
transmit an electronic document to the management device identified based on the selected ticket and causing the image processing
apparatus to transmit a comment about the posted content and document specifying information for specifying the electronic
document to the comment transmission destination of the information sharing site identified based on the selected ticket;

transmit the generated ticket to the image processing apparatus;
register an electronic document received from the image processing apparatus based on the storage destination included in
the ticket;

generate second information that is a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) used for specifying the registered electronic document;
and

transmit the generated second information to the image processing apparatus, and
wherein the image processing apparatus comprises:
a second processor that executes second code; and
a second memory storing the second code,
wherein the second processor executes the second code to control to:
display the ticket received from the management device;
receive a selection of the displayed ticket based on an operation of a user;
generate the electronic document;
transmit the generated electronic document to the management device based on the storage destination included in the selected
ticket;

receive the second information from the management device after the transmitting of the generated electronic document to the
management device; and

transmit a comment and the received second information to the information sharing site based on the comment transmission destination
included in the selected ticket.

US Pat. No. 9,829,856

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
i) a main assembly to which a process cartridge is detachably mountable, the main assembly including:
a projecting force applying member configured to apply a projecting force to the process cartridge with a closing operation
of an opening and closing cover when the process cartridge is mounted in the main assembly;

a spacing force applying member configured to apply a spacing force to the process cartridge when the process cartridge is
mounted in the main assembly; and

a carrier for carrying the process cartridge from an outside of the main assembly to an inside of the main assembly; and
ii) the process cartridge including:
an electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a developing roller configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a drum frame supporting the electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a developing frame supporting the developing roller and movable relative to the drum frame to move between a contact position
in which the developing roller is in contact with the electrophotographic photosensitive drum and a spaced position in which
the developing roller is spaced from the electrophotographic photosensitive drum;

a spacing force receiving member (i) including a spacing force receiving portion and (ii) movable between a projected position
in which the spacing force receiving portion is projected outside the developing frame and a retracted position in which the
spacing force receiving portion is retracted from the projected position toward an inside of the developing frame, the spacing
force receiving portion being capable of receiving the spacing force from the spacing force applying member to move the developing
frame from the contact position to the spaced position when the cartridge is in the inside of the main assembly and the spacing
force receiving member is in the projected position; and

a projecting force receiving member capable of receiving the projecting force from the projecting force applying member to
move the spacing force receiving member from the retracted position to the projected position when the cartridge is inside
of the main assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,829,857

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING AN ERRONEOUS ATTACHING PREVENTION UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus in which a cartridge is insertable to an attached position, the image forming apparatus comprising:
the cartridge including an protruding portion, extending in an insertion direction of the cartridge, and a boss;
a frame;
a guide surface provided in the frame on which the extending portion is placed;
a guide portion provided in the frame, configured to form a gap with the guide surface through which the extending portion
is able to pass therethrough; and

a movable member, including a pushed portion which comes into contact with the boss, configured on a downstream side of the
guide portion in the insertion direction,

wherein, the movable member moves in a direction intersecting with the insertion direction by the boss comes into contact
with the pushed portion so as to enable the cartridge to move along the guide surface for the attached position.

US Pat. No. 9,827,593

ULTRASONIC MOTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor comprising:
a vibrator that is configured to vibrate when a high frequency drive voltage is applied thereto;
a sliding member that comes in contact frictionally with the vibrator;
a pressurizing means for pressurizing the vibrator to the sliding member;
a base to which the vibrator is fixed;
a vibrator support member holding the base; and
a coupling means for coupling the base with the vibrator support member, the vibrator and the sliding member being relatively
moved by the vibration,

wherein the coupling means comprises a first rolling member and a second rolling member that freely move the base to the vibrator
support member in a pressurizing direction of the pressurizing means, and an urging member that urges one of the first rolling
member and the second rolling member in a direction perpendicular to the pressurizing direction of the pressurizing means,

wherein the first rolling member and the second rolling member are disposed in a position between the base and the vibrator
support member, and

wherein the vibrator is disposed in a position between the first rolling member and the second rolling member in a relative
moving direction of the vibrator and the sliding member.

US Pat. No. 9,830,683

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING IMAGE IN A DESIRED ORIENTATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display device that displays an image in an image display area, comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an attitude of the image display device; and
a control unit configured to control a direction of display of the image based on rotation information added to the image
and the attitude of the image display device, detected by said detection unit, wherein the rotation information added to the
image indicates an orientation of an image on the screen,

wherein if the detection unit detects a first rotation of the image display device from a state where a long side of the image
displayed in the image display area and a long side of the image display area do not match each other, so that longitudinal
sides and lateral sides of the image display device are inverted, said control unit automatically rotates the image displayed
in the image display area such that the long side of the image and the long side of the image display area match each other,

wherein if the detection unit detects a second rotation of the image display device from a state where the image is displayed
in the image display area such that the long side of the image and the long side of the image display area match each other,
so that the longitudinal sides and the lateral sides of the image display device are inverted, said control unit automatically
restricts rotation of the image displayed in the image display area, and

wherein if a predetermined condition has occurred while said control unit is restricting the rotation of the image, the control
unit changes the rotation information added to the image based on a current display state of the image without an explicit
changing operation from a user.

US Pat. No. 9,830,689

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that restores an image quality of an image obtained based on an optical image formed on an
image pickup device via an image pickup optical system, from degradation, comprising:
a first color feature amount calculation unit configured to calculate a feature amount of a color of a pixel in the image
before a predetermined restoration processing, as a first color feature amount;

an image restoration processing unit configured to perform the predetermined restoration processing on the image, using an
image restoration filter;

a second color feature amount calculation unit configured to calculate a feature amount of a color of a pixel in an image
after the predetermined restoration processing, which is output from said image restoration processing unit, as a second color
feature amount;

an attenuation unit configured to attenuate high-frequency components included in the first color feature amount and the second
color feature amount according to a photographing condition at a time of photographing of the image; and

a correction unit configured to correct a pixel value in the image after the predetermined restoration processing, based on
the first color feature amount and the second color feature amount of which the high-frequency components are attenuated by
said attenuation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,830,490

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus operating as an access point of a wireless network, the communication apparatus comprising:
a first output unit configured to output an image including information regarding the communication apparatus;
a receiving unit configured to receive, from a first other communication apparatus that reads the image output by the first
output unit and acquires the information regarding the communication apparatus from the image, a communication parameter used
for creating a wireless network;

a creating unit configured to create, after receipt of the communication parameter by the receiving unit, a wireless network
using the received communication parameter;

a second output unit configured to output, after receipt of the communication parameter by the receiving unit, an image including
information regarding the communication apparatus in response to a user instruction; and

a communication unit configured to communicate, through the created wireless network, with a second other communication apparatus
that acquires the communication parameter from the communication apparatus by reading the image output by the second output
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,832,812

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the processor(s), cause the communication apparatus to:
establish a wireless network compliant with Wi-Fi Direct standard with another communication apparatus; and
determine whether the communication apparatus has established the wireless network prior to start of a predetermined service,
1) wherein, in a case where it is determined that the communication apparatus has established the wireless network prior to
the start of the predetermined service, processing for leaving the wireless network is not performed when the predetermined
service ends, and

2) wherein, in a case where it is determined that the communication apparatus has not established the wireless network prior
to the start of the predetermined service, processing for leaving the wireless network is performed when the predetermined
service ends.

US Pat. No. 9,828,200

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a feeding member configured to feed a sheet;
a separating member configured to form a nip portion with the feeding member and separate sheets one by one at the nip portion;
a conveying unit disposed downstream of the feeding member in a sheet feeding direction and configured to convey the sheet;
a transfer unit disposed downstream of the conveying unit in the sheet feeding direction and configured to transfer an image
formed on an image bearing member onto the sheet while conveying the sheet;

a detecting unit configured to detect the sheet conveyed by the conveying unit; and
a control unit configured to control the conveying unit based on a detection result by the detection unit,
wherein a trailing edge of the sheet passes through the nip portion after a leading edge of the sheet reaches the transfer
unit,

wherein, before the trailing edge of the sheet passes through the nip portion, the control unit sets a conveyance speed of
the sheet by the conveying unit to a first speed and a loop of the sheet is formed between the conveying unit and the transfer
unit, and by passing of the trailing edge of the sheet through the nip portion, the conveyance speed of the sheet by the conveying
unit changes from the first speed to a second speed that is faster than the first speed and an amount of the loop becomes
larger, and

wherein the control unit calculates a point in time at which the trailing edge of the sheet passes through the nip portion
based on the detection result by the detecting unit, and the control unit changes the conveyance speed of the sheet by the
conveying unit from the second speed to a third speed that is slower than the second speed after the point in time so that
the amount of loop does not become larger than a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,831,278

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA WITH PIXEL OPENINGS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising a plurality of pixels for focus detection, each of the pixels plurality of pixels
including a photoelectric converter arranged in a semiconductor substrate, a microlens, and a light blocking portion arranged
between the semiconductor substrate and the microlens to cover part of the photoelectric converter,
wherein a face in each of the plurality of pixels, which is parallel to a surface of the semiconductor substrate and on which
the light blocking portion is arranged, includes a first opening and a second opening in addition to the light blocking portion,

wherein the light blocking portion includes a separator that has a light blocking property and is arranged between the first
opening and the second opening, and

wherein the second opening is larger in area than the light blocking portion, and the light blocking portion is larger in
area than the first opening.

US Pat. No. 9,831,285

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
forming a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type in a trench provided in a semiconductor substrate;
forming an insulating member on the semiconductor substrate;
forming a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity type that forms a photoelectric conversion portion; and
forming a gate electrode of a transistor on the semiconductor substrate,
wherein the first semiconductor region is present between the second semiconductor region and the insulating member in a direction
perpendicular to a depth direction of the semiconductor substrate, and

wherein a first part of the gate electrode is positioned above a channel region of the transistor, and a second part of the
gate electrode is positioned above the insulating member.

US Pat. No. 9,831,029

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE, POWER TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmission device comprising:
a power transmitter that wirelessly transmits power to a power receiving device;
a memory that stores instructions;
a processor that executes the instructions to:
acquire a receiving power amount from a specific power receiving device to which the power transmitter is transmitting power;
determine whether the acquired receiving power amount is smaller than a reference value calculated based on a maximum value
of receiving power amounts previously acquired from the specific power receiving device; and

prompt, in a case where it is determined that the acquired receiving power amount is smaller than the reference value, a user
to bring the specific power receiving device closer to the power transmission device.

US Pat. No. 9,830,021

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS THAT IRRADIATES LIGHT TO AN OBJECT PLACED THEREON AND DISPLAYS A GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-display apparatus comprising:
a display screen;
a plurality of light-emitting units arranged to emit light behind a rear surface of the display screen;
a plurality of light sensors provided at different positions behind the rear surface of the display screen to detect light
including light emitted from at least one light-emitting unit and light reflected from an object placed on a front surface
of the display screen, and to output at least a first detection value at a first time and a second detection value at a second
time; and

a determination unit configured to determine, based on a difference between the first and second detection values output by
the plurality of light sensors, a position of an object region of the display screen on which the object is placed, wherein

a GUI (Graphical User Interface) image including a menu, which receives an instruction from a user, is displayed on the display
screen, and

light emitted from at least one light-emitting unit is irradiated to the object on the display screen.

US Pat. No. 9,830,537

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording medium conveyed in a conveyance direction;
a line buffer configured to temporarily store image data of a predetermined number of lines;
a correction unit configured to perform magnification processing to the image data in a conveyance direction by controlling
reading of image data from the line buffer based on a correction condition so that a distortion of a formed image is corrected;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain a first correction condition based on a test chart formed by the image forming unit;
a derivation unit configured to derive a second correction condition from the first correction condition in a case where the
number of lines of the line buffer corresponding to the first correction condition exceeds the predetermined number of lines,
wherein the number of the lines of the line buffer corresponding to the second correction condition does not exceed the predetermined
number of lines,

wherein in a case in which the number of lines of the line buffer corresponding to the first correction condition does not
exceed the predetermined number of lines, the correction unit controls the reading of the image data from the line buffer
based on the first correction condition,

in a case in which the number of lines of the line buffer corresponding to the first correction condition exceeds the predetermined
number of lines, the correction unit controls the reading of the image data from the line buffer based on the second correction
condition, and

wherein a processor operates to function as the correction unit, the obtaining unit and the derivation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,818,925

VIBRATING BODY, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME AND VIBRATION TYPE DRIVE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibrating body comprising:
a substrate;
a piezoelectric element comprising a piezoelectric layer and electrode layers and joined to the substrate; and
a ceramic layer between the substrate and the piezoelectric element,
wherein the ceramic layer comprises a first region and a second region which is adjacent to the first region in a direction
perpendicular to a thickness direction of the ceramic layer,

wherein the first region has a square shape, each side of the first region having a length equal to a thickness of the ceramic
layer,

wherein the second region has a square shape, each side of the second region having a length equal to the thickness of the
ceramic layer,

wherein a difference between a porosity of the first region and a porosity of the second region is not greater than 15%,
wherein a porosity of the entire ceramic layer is between 10 and 60%, and
wherein the porosity of the entire ceramic layer is higher than a porosity of the entire piezoelectric layer.

US Pat. No. 9,804,512

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer which comprises a metal oxide particle and is formed on the support;
a charge generating layer formed on the undercoat layer; and
a charge transporting layer formed on the charge generating layer,
wherein either or both of the undercoat layer and the charge generating layer comprise a compound represented by the following
formula (1),

wherein R1 to R8 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a hydroxy group, an amino group, or a carboxyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,804,522

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an optical scanning unit configured to scan a photosensitive member with a light beam, wherein said optical scanning unit
includes a rotatable polygonal mirror configured to deflect the light beam emitted from a light source and a detecting portion
configured to detect the light beam deflected by said rotatable polygonal mirror; and

a controller configured to control, on the basis of a detected signal by said detecting portion, a scanning start position
of the photosensitive member with the light beam deflected by said rotatable polygonal mirror,

wherein a rotation center of said rotatable polygonal mirror is made eccentric with respect to a center of gravity of said
rotatable polygonal mirror by an eccentricity amount of 7.5 ?m or more, and

wherein said controller identifies one of a plurality of reflecting surfaces of said rotatable polygonal mirror as a reference
surface by using a light beam detection signal output from said detecting portion for each of the plurality of reflecting
surfaces of said rotatable polygonal mirror and a period of the light beam detection signals from light beams reflected by
two consecutive reflecting surfaces with respect to a rotational direction of said rotatable polygonal mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,804,523

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to rotate;
a charging unit configured to charge a surface of the image bearing member at a charging position;
a developing unit configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member at a development
position, the developing unit comprising a developer bearing member configured to rotate while bearing a developer containing
a toner and a carrier thereon and configured to be applied a development voltage; and

a control portion configured to perform a first mode and a second mode, the first mode being a mode in which a driving input
to the developer bearing member is stopped in response to image formation completion before or at the same time when a trailing
end of a charging area of the image bearing member charged by the charging unit reaches the development position, and an application
of the development voltage is stopped after the trailing end of the charging area reaches the development position, the second
mode being a mode in which the driving input to the developer bearing member is stopped in response to image formation completion
before or at the same time when the trailing end of the charging area reaches the development position, and the application
of the development voltage is stopped at a timing after the trailing end of the charging area reaches the development position
and earlier than that in the first mode, or at the same time when the trailing end of the charging area reaches the development
position,

wherein the control portion is configured to switch the first mode and the second mode based on information which influences
a toner charging amount.

US Pat. No. 9,807,084

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ENCRYPTION COMMUNICATING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for performing encryption communication with an external apparatus in accordance with
an encryption communication protocol, comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the stored instructions to perform the functions of:
a receiving unit configured to receive, from the external apparatus, information including strength of hash available in the
external apparatus that is used to sign parameter information in a handshake process, before receiving from the external apparatus
the parameter information signed with the hash in the external apparatus, wherein the parameter information is to be used
for encrypted communication protocol between the information processing apparatus and the external apparatus; and

a control unit configured to control the information processing apparatus not to communicate with the external apparatus,
in accordance with the encrypted communication protocol by using the parameter information signed with the hash in the external
apparatus, in a case where the external apparatus does not provide the information including the strength of the hash in the
external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,804,529

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING DEVELOPER REGULATING RIB

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developing container capable of accommodating a developer which contains toner and a carrier and including a first chamber
and a second chamber;

a partition wall configured to partitioning said first chamber and said second chamber;
a first communication portion configured to permit communication of the developer from said first chamber to said second chamber;
a second communication portion configured to permit communication of the developer from said second chamber to said first
chamber, the developer being communicatable between said first chamber and said second chamber through said first communication
portion and said second communication portion;

a developer supplying portion configured to supply the developer;
a developer discharging portion provided in said second chamber and configured to discharge a part of the developer;
a first conveying screw, provided in said first chamber, for conveying the developer in said first chamber in a first conveying
direction;

a second conveying screw, provided rotatably in said second chamber, for conveying the developer in said second chamber, wherein
said second conveying screw comprises,

(i) a shaft;
(ii) a first blade portion formed helically on an outer peripheral surface of said shaft and configured to convey the developer
in said second chamber in a second conveying direction opposite to the first conveying direction; and

(iii) a second blade portion formed helically on an outer peripheral surface of said shaft at a position downstream of said
first blade portion and upstream of said developer discharging portion with respect to the second conveying direction and
configured to convey the developer in said second chamber in the first conveying direction;

wherein said second conveying screw rotates in a direction from said partition wall toward a lower portion of said second
chamber with respect to a vertical direction; and

a projected portion which is provided on an inner wall portion of said second chamber on a side opposing said partition wall
and projects toward an interior of said second chamber while opposing a region of said second chamber, wherein said projected
portion is positioned between said first blade portion and said second blade portion with respect to a rotational axis direction
of said shaft and at a location where no helical blade portion is formed, said projected portion is also positioned to extend
above an upper end of said second blade portion with respect to a gravitational direction.

US Pat. No. 9,802,776

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave toward a sheet being conveyed;
a reception unit arranged opposite to the transmission unit across the sheet and configured to receive the ultrasonic wave;
a conveyance guide unit configured to form a conveyance path through which the sheet being conveyed between the transmission
unit and the reception unit passes;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire grammage information about grammage of the sheet to be conveyed;
a change unit configured to change a distance of the conveyance path in a thickness direction of the sheet; and
a control unit configured to control the change unit to set the distance of the conveyance path in the thickness direction
of the sheet according to the grammage information acquired by the acquisition unit,

wherein, in a case where the grammage information indicates that grammage of the sheet is first grammage, the control unit
controls the change unit to set the distance of the conveyance path in such a manner that the distance of the conveyance path
in the thickness direction of the sheet becomes larger than in a case where the grammage information indicates that grammage
of the sheet is second grammage which is smaller than the first grammage.

US Pat. No. 9,804,355

LENS BARREL AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel having a lens movable in an optical axis direction, the lens barrel comprising:
a first tube; and
a second tube that holds the lens,
wherein the first tube and the second tube are relatively movable in the optical axis direction,
wherein either one of the first tube and the second tube includes a first roller and a second roller which are brought into
contact with the other tube in a plane orthogonal to the optical axis direction,

wherein the first roller and the second roller are rotatable in accordance with the relative movement of the second tube and
movable in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis direction, and

wherein the one tube is configured not to limit a movement of the first roller in a direction to the other tube and to limit
a movement of the second roller in the direction to the other tube.

US Pat. No. 9,804,370

ZOOM LENS SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens system comprising:
in order from an object side to an image side,
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power that does not move for zooming;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power that moves during zooming; and
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power that moves during zooming, wherein
a distance between lens units that are adjacent to each other changes during zooming,
the first lens unit consisting of a first a-lens unit that does not move for focusing, and a first b-lens unit that moves
from the image side towards the object side during focusing from an infinite object to a near object, and

the first a-lens unit comprises two positive lenses and two negative lenses,
wherein
the following condition is satisfied:
7.50<|f1/f2|<11.00,

where f1 is a focal length of the first lens unit, and f2 is a focal length of the second lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,804,371

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power; and a third lens unit having a positive refractive power, a distance
between the adjacent lens units varying during zooming,
wherein the second lens unit includes a plurality of lenses, a cemented lens GRb2 is disposed nearest to the image side in the second lens unit, and the cemented lens GRb2 includes a negative lens and a positive lens cemented to the image side of the negative lens, and

provided that a lens surface of the cemented lens GRb2 on the object side has a curvature radius Rb2obj, a lens surface of the cemented lens GRb2 on the image side has a curvature radius of Rb2img, the cemented lens GRb2 has a focal length f2bimg, and a focal length of the second lens unit is f2, following conditional expressions are satisfied,

1.65<(Rb2obj+Rb2img)/(Rb2obj?Rb2img)<50.00,
and
1.0

US Pat. No. 9,804,372

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical system comprising, in order from an object side toward an image side:
a first lens unit having positive refractive power; and
a second lens unit having negative refractive power,
wherein a distance between consecutive ones of the lens units changes when focusing is performed,
wherein the first lens unit is stationary during focusing, and the second lens unit is moved toward the image side when focus
is changed from an object at infinity to an object at a short distance, and

wherein the optical system satisfies the following conditional expressions:
3.00<|1??22|<8.00

0.20<|f1/f2|<0.59

0.010
where ?2 denotes lateral magnification of the second lens unit when focusing on the object at infinity, f1 denotes focal length
of the first lens unit, f2 denotes focal length of the second lens unit, D2 denotes thickness of the second lens unit on an
optical axis, and DL denotes thickness of the optical system on the optical axis when focusing on the object at infinity,

where DL corresponds to a distance, on the optical axis, from a lens surface at the extreme end on the object side to a lens
surface at the extreme end on the image side in the optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,807,222

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a memory that stores instructions;
a processor that executes the instructions;
a first wireless communication interface configured to communicate with an external apparatus by a first communication method;
a second wireless communication interface configured to communicate by a second communication method different than the first
communication method; and

a near field wireless communication interface configured to perform communication by near field wireless communication,
wherein the processor executes instructions to register one or more external apparatuses and to enable, in accordance with
having performed near field wireless communication with an external apparatus by using the near field wireless communication
interface, communication by the first wireless communication interface or the second wireless communication interface to perform
communication with the external apparatus,

wherein, in a case where an operation mode of the communication apparatus is a predetermined operation mode for transferring
predetermined transfer target data, communication is enabled by the first wireless communication interface,

wherein, in a case where the operation mode of the communication apparatus is not the predetermined operation mode and the
external apparatus has been registered in advance, communication is enabled by the second wireless communication interface,
and

wherein, in a case where the operation mode of the communication apparatus is not the predetermined operation mode and the
external apparatus has not been registered in advance, processing is enabled for registering, using the second wireless communication
interface, the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,804,407

IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTION APPARATUS HAVING EXPOSED DAMPING MEMBER AND INSTALLATION REGION OF DAMPING MEMBER OVERLAPPING WITH BALL OR SPHERE CONTACT SURFACE IN AN OPTICAL AXIS DIRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image vibration correction apparatus, the apparatus comprising:
a first fixing member;
a second fixing member;
a movable member holding an optical element and configured to reduce image vibration by moving in a direction different from
a direction of an optical axis relative to the first fixing member, and to be disposed between the first fixing member and
the second fixing member; and

a spherical member that is movable being between the first fixing member and the movable member;
wherein the second fixing member has a damping member configured to attenuate vibration resulting from movement of the movable
member by connection with a portion of the movable member,

wherein the movable member includes a contact surface configured to make contact with the spherical member,
wherein, when viewed from the direction of the optical axis, the maximum movable range of the contact surface overlaps with
at least a portion of an installation region of the damping member,

wherein, when viewed from the direction of the optical axis, a center of the contact surface is positioned further outside
than a center of the optical element, and the installation region of the damping member is positioned further outside than
the center of the contact surface, and

wherein, when the image vibration correction apparatus is viewed from a side of the first fixing member on the direction of
the optical axis, at least a part of the damping member is exposed.

US Pat. No. 9,801,596

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging system, comprising:
a plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses, each radiation imaging apparatus comprising
a radiation detecting panel including a plurality of pixels arrayed in a two-dimensional matrix and configured to convert
radiation into image signals, and

an enclosure enveloping the radiation detecting panel;
wherein the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses are arrayed so that a part of each of the radiation imaging apparatuses
spatially overlap as seen from a radiation irradiation side, and a radiation image is acquired based on image signals from
each of the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses,

wherein the enclosure of at least one radiation imaging apparatus of the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses is formed
so that a radiation transmittance of the enclosure positioned in the overlapping region is higher than a radiation transmittance
of the enclosure positioned in a region that is different to the overlapping region,

wherein a power switch for the radiation imaging apparatus, a display unit for displaying a power state of the radiation imaging
apparatus and a connection portion of the radiation imaging apparatus are disposed on the enclosure positioned in the region
that is different from the overlapping region of the radiation imaging apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,805,443

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, STORAGE MEDIUM, PRODUCTION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING ASSEMBLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method for searching for a position of a pattern included in a model image in a search target by using
a plurality of template images and a pyramid, the plurality of template images being hierarchized sequentially by performing
reduction processing and low resolution processing on a feature image of the model image, the pyramid being obtained by search
target image hierarchization in accordance with reduction and resolution of the template images, the method comprising:
calculation of a degree of similarity being performed between the plurality of template images and the search target image,
the calculation being performed sequentially in an ascending order of resolution from low to high, the calculation being performed
through procedure comprising:

a local degree of similarity calculation process of calculating local degree of similarity between a point of the feature
image of the model image and a point corresponding to the point of the feature image in the search target image for each range
corresponding to the feature image of the model image while shifting a position of the feature image of the model image on
the search target image; and

a degree of similarity calculation process of calculating degree of similarity for each range corresponding to the feature
image of the image model at each position of said each local degree of similarity,

wherein correction is performed to decrease an absolute value of the local degree of similarity in a case where the local
degree of similarity is less than a predetermined value in the local degree of similarity calculation process.

US Pat. No. 9,806,251

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula (1);
Mn; and
Bi or Bi and Li,
wherein a Mn content relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide is 0.500 parts by weight or less,
a Bi content relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide is 0.042 parts by weight or more and 0.850 parts by weight
or less, and

a Li content relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide is 0.028 parts by weight or less:
(Ba1?x?yCaxSny)?(Ti1?zZrz)O3 (where 0.020?x?0.200, 0.020?y?0.200, 0?z?0.085, 0.986???1.100)   General formula (1).

US Pat. No. 9,802,412

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD AND SET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising the steps of:
applying a liquid composition to a recording medium; and
applying an ink containing a pigment to the recording medium so as to overlap at least with a part of a region of the recording
medium to which the liquid composition is applied,

wherein a water absorption amount of the recording medium at a contact time of 1 second according to the Bristow's method
is 15 ml/m2 or less,

wherein the ink contains water and a compound having a polyoxyalkylene unit,
wherein the liquid composition contains a tannin compound, and
wherein the content of the tannin compound in the liquid composition is more than 10% by mass and 80% by mass or less.

US Pat. No. 9,807,280

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a binarizing unit configured to generate a binary image by executing a binarization process on an input image;
a first determining unit configured to determine a character region within the binary image;
a character segmenting unit configured to acquire a region surrounding a character contained in the character region as character
segmentation rectangle information;

a thinning unit configured to acquire a thinned image by executing a thinning process on a region within the binary image,
the region being identified based on the character segmentation rectangle information;

an edge detecting unit configured to acquire an edge detected image by executing an edge detection process on the region identified
based on the character segmentation rectangle information;

a logical operation unit configured to take a logical AND of the thinned image and the edge detected image;
a second determining unit configured to determine, based on a result of the logical AND performed by the logical operation
unit, whether the character identified based on the character segmentation rectangle information is a character to be separated
from a background by the binarization process or not; and

an image processing unit configured to perform a predetermined image process for a character on the region being identified
based on the character segmentation rectangle information based on determination of the second determining unit that the character
identified based on the character segmentation rectangle information is a character to be separated from a background by the
binarization process,

wherein the image processing unit does not perform the predetermined image process for a character on the region being identified
based on the character segmentation rectangle information based on determination of the second determining unit that the character
identified based on the character segmentation rectangle information is not a character to be separated from a background
by the binarization process,

wherein the units are implemented by one or more processors, a circuitry, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,807,281

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for printing an image on a print medium with use of multiple color materials, the image processing
apparatus comprising:
a data acquisition unit configured to acquire pieces of multivalued data of a target pixel, the pieces of multivalued data
respectively corresponding to the multiple color materials;

a threshold value acquisition unit configured to, from among multiple threshold value matrices each configured to include
arrayed multiple threshold values, set one threshold value matrix for each of the multiple color materials, and from the set
threshold value matrix, acquire a first threshold value corresponding to the target pixel;

a reference color setting unit configured to, from among the pieces of multivalued data respectively corresponding to the
multiple color materials, set reference data that is referred to in order to perform a predetermined process on the first
threshold value acquired by the threshold value acquisition unit for that color material;

a calculation unit configured to, for that color material, perform the predetermined process on the first threshold value
on a basis of the reference data set by the reference color setting unit and thereby calculate a second threshold value; and

a generation unit configured to, for that color material, generate quantization data for printing a dot by comparing a corresponding
one of the pieces of multivalued data and the second threshold value, wherein

the threshold value acquisition unit and the reference color setting unit set the threshold value matrix and the reference
data for that color materials so as to make graininess of a dot pattern of that color material lower than graininess of a
mixed color dot pattern obtained by mixing respective dot patterns of the multiple color materials, the dot pattern being
determined by the quantization data.

US Pat. No. 9,807,296

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND AUTO FOCUS CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit;
a display controller configured to perform control such that a live view image which is captured by the image capturing unit
is displayed on a display unit;

a magnification ratio changing unit configured to change a magnification ratio of the live view image which is displayed on
the display unit;

an AF mode setting unit configured to set one of a plurality of AF modes in which a focus adjustment position to be used for
focus detection is selected according to the set AF mode; and

a controller configured to perform control such that in a case where a first AF mode is set by the AF mode setting unit and
a change is made from a first magnification ratio to a second magnification ratio which is greater than the first magnification
ratio by the magnification ratio changing unit, the live view image is enlarged and displayed at the second magnification
ratio and the AF mode is set to a second AF mode, and such that in a case where a change to the first magnification ratio
is made after the second magnification ratio is set, the first AF mode is set and the focus adjustment position is set based
on a focus adjustment position which is set in the second AF mode.

US Pat. No. 9,807,297

DEPTH DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS AND DEPTH DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A depth detection apparatus for detecting depth information on an object, based on a first signal corresponding to a luminous
flux that has passed through a first pupil region of an exit pupil of an imaging optical system, and a second signal corresponding
to a luminous flux that has passed through a second pupil region, which is different from the first pupil region,
the depth detection apparatus comprising:
a shift amount acquisition unit configured to acquire a provisional image shift amount, which is an amount of positional shift
between the first signal and the second signal;

a filter processing unit configured to perform filter processing on one or both of the first signal and the second signal
using a filter, wherein the filter is generated based on the provisional image shift amount; and

a depth deriving unit configured to derive the depth information on an object, based on a positional shift amount between
the filtered first signal and the filtered second signal, a positional shift amount between the filtered first signal and
the unfiltered second signal, or a positional shift amount between the unfiltered first signal and the filtered second signal,

wherein a phase term of the filter is a function generated by multiplying a second function by a coefficient, the second function
being generated based on a phase transfer function corresponding to the first pupil region or the second pupil region and
on the provisional image shift amount, and the coefficient being a real number greater than 0 and smaller than 1.

US Pat. No. 9,798,265

LIQUID DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid developer comprising:
a toner particle that contains a polyester resin;
and a carrier liquid that contains a vinyl ether compound that has a volume resistivity of 1×109 to 1×1015 ?·cm, wherein

the liquid developer contains a polymer compound having a structural unit represented by formula (1) in either the toner particle
or the carrier liquid:


where R1 to R4 are independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom and an alkyl group; A is selected from the group consisting
of a single bond, a carbonyl group, an alkylene group, an arylene group, and —COOR7— (where the carbonyl group in the —COOR7— is bonded to the carbon atom to which R1 is bonded, and R7 represents a C1-4 alkylene group); and B is an alkylene group or an arylene group.

US Pat. No. 9,798,266

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING ABNORMALLY DISCHARGED IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus performing image formation on recording material based on a print signal, the image forming
apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charging member which charges the photosensitive member at a charging position;
a first exposing unit which exposes a surface of the charged photosensitive member to form a latent image;
a second exposing unit which exposes the surface of the photosensitive member after the surface of the photosensitive member
passes a transfer position at which a toner image obtained by causing toner to adhere to the latent image is transferred to
a transferred body and before the surface of the photosensitive member reaches the charging position; and

a control unit which controls a period from a timing at which a portion of the photosensitive member exposed by the second
exposing unit is initially charged by the charging member to a timing at which the first exposing unit starts formation of
the latent image when performing image formation based on the print signal,

wherein the control unit varies a length of the period based on information related to a thickness of a photosensitive layer
of the photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 9,800,861

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
image capture unit having a plurality of micro-lenses, wherein a plurality of photo-electric conversion portions are arranged
for each of the micro-lenses;

recording unit configured to record captured image signals which are read out from the photo-electric conversion portions;
outputting unit configured to output positional information which corresponds to positions of the photo-electric conversion
portions in each micro-lens; and

a processing unit configured to group the image signals of the photo-electric conversion portions into groups based on the
positional information output by the outputting unit,

wherein the outputting unit outputs the positional information with regard to respective photo-electric conversion portions
to group the image signals into groups to have a parallax direction corresponding to a left-eye image and a right-eye image,

wherein each of the groups includes the image signals which are read out from two or more photo-electric conversion portions,
and

wherein the processing unit adjusts a gain of the image signals based on a number of captured image signals combined into
the respective groups.

US Pat. No. 9,798,282

BELT CONVEYOR UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt conveyor unit comprising:
a movable endless belt;
a stretching roller configured to stretch the belt;
a bearing configured to support a stretching roller shaft of the stretching roller; and
a regulation member configured to regulate lateral shift of the belt in a case the belt is shifted to one side in a belt width
direction that is perpendicular to a belt moving direction,

wherein the regulation member is fixed in a non-rotatable state in relation to the stretching roller shaft, and is disposed
outward of an end portion of the stretching roller in the belt width direction,

wherein the regulation member includes a first regulation portion opposing an edge portion of the belt with respect to a width
direction of the belt and a second regulation portion capable of being in contact with an inner peripheral surface of the
belt between the first regulation portion and the end portion of the stretching roller in the belt width direction,

wherein the first regulation portion includes
a first surface contactable to the edge portion of the belt corresponding to a first region of the belt wound around the stretching
roller; and

a second surface that is provided at a position retracted from the edge portion of the belt in comparison with the first surface
in the belt width direction and is not in contact with the edge portion of the belt corresponding to a second region of the
belt not wound around the stretching roller.

US Pat. No. 9,798,045

ANTIREFLECTION FILM AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens comprising: a substrate; and an antireflection film provided on the substrate, wherein: the antireflection film
includes hollow particles and a binder; the hollow particles have a mean particle size of from 15 nm to 100 nm; the antireflection
film contains voids, which are different from the hollow particles; the binder contains 10 voids/?m2 or less, each having
a cross-sectional area of 1,000 nm2 or more with respect to 1 ?m2 of a cross-sectional area of the binder; and a content of
the voids contained in the antireflection film is from 5 vol % to 25 vol % with respect to the antireflection film.

US Pat. No. 9,799,108

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire image data;
a brightness acquisition unit configured to acquire brightness information relating to ambient brightness of a display area
of an image based on the image data;

a control unit configured to control contrast of the image data acquired by the image acquisition unit, by using the brightness
information acquired by the brightness acquisition unit, such that contrast corresponding to a first range of gradation values
is higher in a first case where brightness information indicating a brightness lower than a predetermined brightness is acquired
by the brightness acquisition unit in comparison with a second case where brightness information indicating a brightness higher
than the predetermined brightness is acquired by the brightness acquisition unit, and such that contrast corresponding to
a second range of gradation values is lower in the first case in comparison with the second case, wherein gradation values
of the first range is less than the gradation values of the second range; and

a display control unit configured to display an image based on the image data whose contrast has been controlled by the control
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,799,118

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS AND DISTANCE CORRECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for correcting a depth map corresponding to an image, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an object included in the image;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the object detected by the detection unit is smaller than a predetermined
size or larger than the predetermined size; and

a correction unit configured to correct distance information in a target area, the target area corresponding to an area of
the object in the depth map, when the detected object is smaller than the predetermined size, and to not correct the distance
information in the target area when the detected object is larger than the predetermined size,

wherein the correction unit is further configured to acquire a confidence coefficient of the distance information, which indicates
an estimated accuracy of the distance information, at each position of the depth map, and to correct the distance information
in the target area using only the distance information of which the confidence coefficient is equal to or greater than a predetermined
value,

wherein the detection unit is further configured to determine a type of the detected object, and
wherein the determination unit is further configured to change the predetermined size depending on the type of the detected
object.

US Pat. No. 9,799,122

MOTION INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND MOTION INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motion information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a lighting device configured to illuminate an object at the same time with first intensity-modulated light, second intensity-modulated
light, and constant illumination light, wherein the first intensity-modulated light has a first center wavelength and is intensity-modulated
with a first reference signal, the second intensity-modulated light has a second center wavelength and is intensity-modulated
with a second reference signal that has substantially the same wavelength as the first reference signal, but a different phase,
and the constant illumination light has a third center wavelength and a constant intensity, wherein the first and second reference
signals have an integer number of periods during an exposure period;

an image generator configured to generate a first image corresponding to the first intensity-modulated light, a second image
corresponding to the second intensity-modulated light, and a third image corresponding to the constant illumination light
simultaneously during the exposure period; and

a motion information acquirer configured to acquire motion information in the images on the basis of the first to third images
generated by the image generator.

US Pat. No. 9,800,674

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing terminal having a web browser functioning as a relay function, which relays, via a network, a
client for managing data and a service for providing a function using the data managed by the client, the information processing
terminal comprising:
a processor;
a storage device; and
a memory storing a program for the relay function, wherein the program, when executed by the processor, causes the information
processing terminal to:

receive, upon receiving a message containing markup data for registering intent service information including location information
for calling a function provided by a service executed by an external device with which the information processing terminal
can communicate via the network, reference information pertaining to providing of the intent service information from the
service, wherein the reference information is embedded as a parameter of one of a title attribute and href attribute forming
the intent service information and includes information related to a service providing source of the service;

execute registration processing for registering the intent service information into the storage device by the relay function
according to the markup data contained in the received message;

provide, in response to a designation of a function by a user on a screen provided by the client, the user with a list of
pieces of the intent service information registered by the registration processing and service information corresponding to
a local service executed in the information processing terminal, wherein the pieces of the intent service information in the
list is displayed according to a display order or a display position based on the reference information, and the reference
information is displayed in the list;

transmit, to the service corresponding to the intent service information selected from the list, a request including information
about the data managed by the client; and

receive, from the service to which the request is transmitted, a response to be notified to the client,
wherein the received response includes a result of processing for the data using the function provided by the service,
wherein the result is related to processing for the data using a print function,
wherein, in the provided list, displaying of the service information corresponding to the local service has a priority, and
wherein the location information used for calling the function provided by the service is set to the href attribute forming
the intent service information.

US Pat. No. 9,799,124

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A PROPERTY OF AN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of determining a property of an image captured by a camera, the method comprising:
determining a plurality of vanishing points from the image;
associating each pixel of the image with at least one of the vanishing points based on alignment of a pixel edge orientation
with a vanishing point direction for each pixel, a similarity of an orientation of an image gradient at each pixel, and a
vanishing point direction from each pixel to each of the vanishing points;

partitioning the image into a set of regions based on a pair of the vanishing points;
constructing a space partition tree by iterating the partitioning;
determining a boundary line for each region of the set of regions that passes through at least one of the vanishing points
of said pair of vanishing points;

determining, for at least one of said regions, a confidence value for the property of the image based on pixels in the at
least one region; and

determining the property of the image for one or more pixels within said image based on the confidence value.

US Pat. No. 9,798,952

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to divide input image data into blocks each including a plurality of pixels, and to acquire
feature amounts of the blocks;

a first detection unit configured to detect a pair of two blocks whose feature amounts are approximate to each other, and
to extract a first aggregate area in which one block of the pair gathers and a second aggregate area in which the other block
of the pair gathers from the input image data; and

a second detection unit configured to perform additional detection of adding a first adjacent block adjacent to the first
aggregate area to the first aggregate area, and adding a second adjacent block adjacent to the second aggregate area to the
second aggregate area, wherein if the feature amounts of the first and second adjacent blocks are approximate to each other,
the addition of the first and second adjacent blocks is performed, wherein a relative positional relationship between the
two blocks of the pair is the same as a relative positional relationship between the first adjacent block and the second adjacent
block, and wherein at least one of the acquisition unit, the first detection unit, or the second detection unit is implemented
at least in part by hardware components of the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,798,962

PRINTING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR MANAGING SHEET ATTRIBUTE INFORMATION FOR PRINT JOBS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

16. A printing apparatus which executes a job for printing an image on a sheet conveyed from at least one of a plurality of
sheet holding units, the printing apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold the job;
a receiving unit configured to receive an execution instruction to execute the job held in the holding unit;
a determining unit configured to determine, based on a user instruction and before the receiving unit receives the execution
instruction, whether attribute information of the sheet designated by the job corresponds to sheet attribute information of
sheets held in the plurality of sheet holding units;

a displaying unit configured to display, based on the determination by the determining unit that the attribute information
of the sheet designated by the job does not correspond to the sheet attribute information of sheets held in the plurality
of sheet holding units, information indicating that the attribute information of the sheet designated by the job does not
correspond to the sheet attribute information of sheets held in the plurality of sheet holding units; and

a selecting unit configured to select, from the plurality of sheet holding units based on a user instruction, a sheet holding
unit from which the sheet designated by the job is to be conveyed,

wherein the display unit stops displaying the information in accordance with selection of the sheet holding unit by the selecting
unit without further determination by the determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,798,964

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING ACCOUNT INFORMATION MANAGED BY MOBILE TERMINAL APPARATUS ADAPTED TO MULTIUSER MODE FOR PERFORMING AUTHENTICATION PRINTING, SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an authentication information reception unit configured to receive authentication information which is based on at least user
information corresponding to a user account for a user using a mobile terminal from the mobile terminal through a short-range
wireless communication, the mobile terminal managing one or more user accounts and controlling, for each of the one or more
user accounts, an authorization of access to data for printing stored in the mobile terminal; and

a print control unit configured to control, in a case where the received authentication information corresponds to information
associated by the mobile terminal with target data for printing, a printer to print the target data, the information associated
with the target data being based on at least user information corresponding to one of the one or more user accounts managed
by the mobile terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,798,213

ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME, AN OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, IMAGE PICK-UP DEVICE AND WINDOW MATERIAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrochromic element, comprising:
a first electrode and a second electrode, at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode being transparent;
a third electrode; and
an electrolyte, an anodic organic electrochromic material, and a cathodic organic electrochromic material that are arranged
between the first electrode and the second electrode,

wherein the third electrode is electrically connectable to at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode via
the electrolyte, and

wherein the third electrode has an effective area that is larger than an effective area of the first electrode and an effective
area of the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,800,815

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM USING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in rows and columns;
a plurality of comparators, each of the comparators being provided in association with at least one column of the plurality
of pixels, and each of the comparators including a switch for controlling an operation;

a signal line which is provided commonly to the switches of the plurality of comparators and through which a control signal
for controlling the switches of the plurality of comparators is supplied;

a control signal generation unit configured to supply the control signal to the signal line; and
a signal line control unit configured to control an electric potential of the signal line to be set as a fixed electric potential,
wherein the plurality of comparators are arranged between the control signal generation unit and the signal line control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,794,426

MOBILE TERMINAL, CONTROL METHOD FOR MOBILE TERMINAL, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR COMMUNICATING WITH AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile terminal comprising:
a memory device that stores programs; and
a processor that executes the programs to:
determine, in a case of receiving a beacon signal for BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) by the mobile terminal from an image processing
apparatus, whether radio field intensity of the beacon signal is not less than a threshold value;

upon determination that the radio field intensity is not less than the threshold value, automatically transmit user information
for login of the image processing apparatus to the image processing apparatus via GATT (Generic Attribute Profile) communication
by BLE; and

transmit an execution instruction for scan processing to the image processing apparatus via wireless LAN communication in
response to a scan instruction received by the mobile terminal from a user after the login of the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,794,429

SERVER APPARATUS STORING PRINT DATA, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND PRINTING SYSTEM FOR CHECKING PROCESSING STATUS ON A PRINT DATA LIST

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus using an image forming unit configured to form an image based on print data and a display unit
configured to display information and communicating with an external device, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a controlling portion having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, the controlling
portion being configured to:

acquire information about print data that is to be received but has not yet been received by the external device;
cause the display unit to display a screen for enabling a printing instruction for causing the image forming unit to form
an image to be provided, based on the information of the print data that has not yet been received by the external device;
and

after the printing instruction is provided, cause the image forming unit to form an image according to the print data, that
has not vet been received by the external device, having been received.

US Pat. No. 9,794,431

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT REDUCE USER OPERATION LOAD FOR PRINTING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory that stores a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the communication apparatus to:
select an image to be printed;
receive from a user an instruction for initiating processing of a wireless parameter automatic setting, in a state where the
image to be printed is selected;

create a wireless network based on a wireless parameter;
perform the processing of a wireless parameter automatic setting with a partner apparatus that connects to the wireless network,
so as to provide the partner apparatus with the wireless parameter;

determine whether or not the partner apparatus connected to the wireless network using the wireless parameter provided by
the processing of a wireless parameter automatic setting is a printer apparatus; and

automatically transmit the selected image to the partner apparatus without performing a printer selection process by the user,
in a case where it is determined that the partner apparatus is the printer apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,792,388

PATTERN EXTRACTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pattern extraction apparatus for extracting a pattern of event transitions from event time-series data relating to operations
in a file system, comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the pattern extraction
apparatus to:

acquire operation information relating to operations performed by a computer terminal in the file system in response to user
input to the computer terminal;

store the operation information as the event time-series data, the event time-series data having a plurality of different
types of events in an operation history database;

generate an adjacent event graph by fetching, from the operation history database, adjacent events from the event time-series
data, representing each of the adjacent events as a node, connecting the nodes by a directed link, which has a direction based
on a direction of a transition between the adjacent events and a weight based on a weight of the transition between the adjacent
events, and representing identical events as a single node, wherein, if there are a plurality of transitions between the adjacent
events, the weight of the directed link between the adjacent events is obtained by accumulating weights of the plurality of
transitions;

set the weight of the directed link between the adjacent events based on a time period of at least one transition between
the adjacent events in the event time-series data when a number of stored data of the adjacent events is less than a predetermined
value, and set the weight of the directed link between the adjacent events to a predetermined fixed value when the number
of stored data of the adjacent events is not less than the predetermined value;

extract a pattern of event transitions from the event time-series data based on weights of directed links in graphical representation
form;

determine a recommended user input based on the extracted pattern; and
transmit, to the computer terminal, a message including the recommended user input to cause an operation in the file system
to be performed by the computer terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,794,438

OPERATION UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form an image on a recording medium; and
a reading portion disposed over the image forming portion and configured to read an image on an original;
a discharging tray disposed over the image forming portion and below the reading portion, and on which a recording medium,
on which the image is formed, is stacked, the discharging tray arranged such that the recording medium stacked on the discharging
tray is able to be taken out from the front side of the image forming apparatus; and

an operation portion disposed on a front side of the reading portion in a direction heading from a back surface to a front
surface of the image forming apparatus such that the operation portion neighbors the reading portion, and at least a part
of the operation portion overlaps with the discharging tray in a direction orthogonal to the direction heading from the back
surface to the front surface of the image forming apparatus, the operation portion comprising:

a panel portion; comprising
a display panel configured to display an information of the image forming apparatus; and
a touch panel which detects an input operation from a user to change the information displayed on the display panel according
to the input operation to the display panel;

a communication portion provided in the operation portion, comprising an antenna capable of transmitting/receiving radio waves
to/from a communication device brought close to the operation portion, and capable of executing communication between the
communication device and the antenna by a near field communication system, the antenna being provided at a position neighboring
the panel portion on the front side of the panel portion in the direction heading from the back surface to the front surface
of the image forming apparatus and within an area of the panel portion in a direction orthogonal to the direction heading
from the back surface to the front surface of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,794,440

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT OPERATES IN NORMAL MODE AND POWER SAVING MODE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that includes a printer engine and operates in a normal mode and a power saving mode, the image
forming apparatus comprising:
a main system;
a sub system communicably connected with the main system; and
an engine controller communicably connected with the sub system and configured to control the printer engine,
wherein when the image forming apparatus returns from the power saving mode to the normal mode, the sub system completes start-up
of software necessary for communication between the sub system and the engine controller before starting software necessary
for communication between the main system and the sub system is completed, and transmits, to the engine controller, device
information of the image forming apparatus acquired from the main system.

US Pat. No. 9,791,679

IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR FORMING HIGH-DEFINITION IMAGE AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging optical system comprising:
in order from an enlargement conjugate side to a reduction conjugate side,
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power configured not to move for zooming from a wide-angle end to a telephoto
end; and

a plurality of lens units configured to move so that a space between lens units adjacent to each other changes during the
zooming,

wherein the first lens unit includes, in order from the enlargement conjugate side to the reduction conjugate side, a first
lens subunit having a negative refractive power, a second lens subunit having a negative refractive power, and a third lens
subunit having a positive refractive power,

wherein the first lens subunit is configured not to move for focusing from an infinity to a close range, and
wherein both the second lens subunit and the third lens subunit are configured to move, during the focusing from the infinity
to the close range, from the enlargement conjugate side to the reduction conjugate side while a space between the second lens
subunit and the third lens subunit is narrowed.

US Pat. No. 9,772,804

JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM THAT PROCESSES A PLURALITY OF JOBS IN RESPONSE TO RECEPTION OF EXECUTION INSTRUCTIONS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system in which at least a client apparatus and a server apparatus and at least a printing apparatus are to
be connected, the printing system comprising:
the client apparatus including:
a display unit configured to display a list of documents stored in the server apparatus; and
a first controlling unit having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, the first
controlling unit being configured to:

transmit, to the server apparatus, a printing request for printing a plurality of documents selected from the list of documents
displayed by the display unit;

the server apparatus including:
a second controlling unit having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, the second
controlling unit being configured to:

generate print data from the plurality of documents based on the transmitted printing request; and
transmit, to the client apparatus, a generation request for generating a print job in response to the transmitted printing
request; and

the printing apparatus including:
a third controlling unit having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, the third
controlling unit being configured to:

generate a plurality of job identifications as many as a number of the plurality of documents selected in the client apparatus
in response to receiving, from the client apparatus, the generation request transmitted from the server apparatus; and

transmit, to the client apparatus, the generated plurality of job identifications,
wherein the second controlling unit of the server apparatus is further configured to transmit, to the client apparatus, a
plurality of uniform resource locators and a plurality of job identifications corresponding to respective pieces of the print
data in response to receiving, from the client apparatus, the plurality of job identifications transmitted from the printing
apparatus, the uniform resource locators being information indicating a storing destination of the print data on the server
apparatus, and

wherein the first controlling unit of the client apparatus is further configured to transmit, to the printing apparatus, the
plurality of uniform resource locators and the plurality of job identifications transmitted from the server apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,772,811

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. An image processing apparatus capable of communicating with a projection apparatus, the image processing apparatus comprising
at least one processor coupled to at least one memory, the at least one processor being programmed for:
controlling display on a display device connected to the image processing apparatus;
detecting a change in an image to be displayed on the display device;
controlling to transmit a partial area of an entire area of the image to be displayed, if the detecting detects the change
in the image, the partial area including the detected change of the image and not being the entire area of the image;

controlling to transmit the entire area of the image to be displayed, if a method of transmitting an image to the projection
apparatus is a first communication method; and

controlling to transmit the partial area and not transmit the entire area at predetermined intervals, if the detecting detects
the change in the partial area of the image, the partial area not being the entire area of the image, if a method of transmitting
an image to the projection apparatus is a second communication method,

wherein transmission of the partial area and/or the entire area is controlled based on whether a reception response is made
to transmission of the image.

US Pat. No. 9,773,458

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a light emission unit;
a display unit configured to display an image on a screen by modulating light from the light emission unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire base image data and difference data used in an expansion process for expanding at
least one of a dynamic range and a color gamut of image data;

a control unit configured to control light emission of the light emission unit, based on the difference data; and
a generation unit configured to generate display image data outputted to the display unit, based on the base image data.

US Pat. No. 9,736,380

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories coupled to the one or more processors and having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by
the one or more processors, cause the display control apparatus to:

obtain information from storage in which light field information with which an image whose focus state has been changed can
be generated is stored in association with an image having a predetermined focus state; and

perform control to display an image stored in the storage on a display unit, wherein in a case where an image having a different
focus state from the predetermined focus state is associated with the light field information, a first display item that notifies
that the image having the different focus state is present is displayed on the display unit together with the image having
the predetermined focus state,

wherein in response to receiving an input of an instruction on the first display item, the image having the different focus
state is displayed,

wherein in response to receiving an input of an instruction on the image having the predetermined focus state, information
regarding the image having the predetermined focus state is displayed together with the image having the predetermined focus
state,

wherein the predetermined focus state is a deep focus state, which is a focus state having a large depth of field,
wherein in response to designating a position in the image having the predetermined focus state, a reconstructed image in
which a subject located at the designated position is in an in-focus state is generated based on the light field information,
and

wherein in response to receiving an input of an instruction to save the reconstructed image, the reconstructed image is associated
with the light field information as a new image.

US Pat. No. 9,736,390

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a first image;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a second image that is different in dynamic range from the first image;
a characteristics acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the first image, characteristics information representing at
least one of a gradation value representing a bright area that is an area in the first image and is an area formed of a pixel
with a gradation value greater than or equal to a first threshold value, and a size of the bright area;

a first conversion unit configured to convert the first image to a third image by performing image processing in which a correspondence
relationship of a gradation value and display brightness is made closer to a correspondence relationship in the second image,
based on the characteristics information acquired by the characteristics acquisition unit; and

a combination unit configured to generate a combined image by combining the second image and the third image.

US Pat. No. 9,736,223

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image transmitting apparatus which is able to transmit image data by at least a first transmission protocol and a second
transmission protocol, comprising:
a scanning unit configured to scan a document;
an execution unit configured to execute a transmission job for transmitting image data generated by scanning the document
by the scanning unit;

a storage configured to store transmission history information of transmission jobs executed by the execution unit;
a control unit configured to read out setting information included in the transmission history information which has been
stored in the storage and use the setting information as setting information of a new transmission job;

a first setting unit configured to set, based on a user instruction, whether to permit a use of the first transmission protocol;
and

a second setting unit configured to set, based on a user instruction, whether to permit a use of the second transmission protocol,
wherein use of setting information included in transmission history information of transmission job of the first transmission
protocol is permitted based on the use of the first transmission protocol being set to be permitted by the first setting unit,

wherein use of setting information included in transmission history information of transmission job of the second transmission
protocol is permitted based on the use of the second transmission protocol being set to be permitted by the second setting
unit, and

wherein the execution unit, the control unit, the first setting unit, and the second setting unit are implemented by a processor
and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,769,380

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR OBTAINING WATERMARK INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that obtains information of a digital watermark based on an image obtained by causing an
image capturing device to capture a print product in which the digital watermark is embedded, comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to cause the image capturing device to capture a plurality of areas on the print product
by repeating continuous shooting a plurality of times, wherein the continuous shooting is performed under a plurality of image
capturing conditions;

a selection unit configured to select, from a plurality of images obtained by the continuous shooting by said image capturing
unit, an image from which the information of the digital watermark is to be obtained; and

an obtaining unit configured to obtain the information of the digital watermark based on the image selected by said selection
unit from the plurality of images obtained by the respective times of the continuous shooting by said image capturing unit,

wherein the plurality of the image capturing conditions correspond to a plurality of different focal lengths to the print
product, and

wherein said selection unit selects an image by using a predetermined criterion corresponding to a degree of an edge contained
in each of the plurality of images obtained by the continuous shooting.

US Pat. No. 9,768,375

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, MULTILAYERED PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR MULTILAYERED PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE DEVICE, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, OPTICAL DEVICE, VIBRA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A piezoelectric material that is free of potassium, comprising a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula
(1):
(NaxM1-y)(Zrz(Nb1-wTaw)y(Ti1-vSnv)(1-y-z))O3  (1),

where M represents at least any one of Ba, Sr, and Ca, and relationships of 0.80?x?0.95, 0.85?y?0.95, 0 and 0.05?1-y-z?0.15 are satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,767,611

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING DEPTH VALUES USING AN APPROXIMATE PLANE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor configured to operate to:
from a first image of an object captured from a first viewpoint and from a second image of the object captured from a second
viewpoint which is different from the first viewpoint, extract a contour of the object respectively;

associate a first plurality of points on a first contour extracted from the first image with a second plurality of points
on a second contour, and derive three-dimensional coordinates of the associated points;

derive an approximate plane for approximating the object based on the derived three-dimensional coordinates of the associated
points;

calculate an angle formed between a normal line of the approximate plane and a straight line connecting a viewpoint position
of an image capturing device with a point on a contour; and

select, based on the calculated angle, either (i) processing to calculate distances between the associated points and the
approximate plane, estimate depth values of one or more unassociated points other than the associated first plurality of points
on the first contour based on the calculated distances and estimate depth values of one or more unassociated points other
than the associated second plurality of points on the first contour based on the calculated distances or (ii) processing to
estimate depth values of one or more unassociated points other than the associated first plurality of points on the first
contour by performing linear interpolation on depth values of the associated points and estimate depth values of one or more
unassociated points other than the associated second plurality of points on the second contour by performing linear interpolation
on depth values of the associated points.

US Pat. No. 9,736,350

CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE INPUT APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus capable of controlling a plurality of apparatuses comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the control apparatus to perform:
a first obtaining process for obtaining, from one of a first apparatus into which image data is input and a second apparatus
that outputs image data to be input into the first apparatus, pair information identifying the first apparatus and the second
apparatus;

a second obtaining process for obtaining first attribute information, which identifies formats in which the image data can
be input into the first apparatus, from the first apparatus and second attribute information, which identifies formats in
which the image data can be output by the second apparatus, from the second apparatus; and

interlock control of the first apparatus and the second apparatus on the basis of the pair information, wherein
in the interlock control, an operating mode in the first apparatus is set to an operating mode that is suitable for inputting
image data in a shared format, which is a format shared by the first attribute information and the second attribute information,
and

in the interlock control, an operating mode in the second apparatus is set to an operating mode for outputting image data
in the shared format.

US Pat. No. 9,736,351

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus configured to transmit a command to an image capturing device including an encoding unit which is configured
to generate image data by encoding captured data generated by an image capturing unit, the control apparatus comprising:
a display control unit configured to display, in a display unit, a graphical user interface for setting a first set value
which is for generating the captured data by the image capturing unit and a graphical user interface for setting a second
set value which is for generating the image data by the encoding unit;

a transmission unit capable of transmitting, to the image capturing device, a first command for changing the first set value
and a second command for changing the second set value; and

a receiving unit configured to receive, in a case where, in response to one command of either the first command or the second
command being executed in the image capturing device, a set value corresponding to the other command of the either the first
command or the second command is changed in the image capturing device, information indicating the set value corresponding
to the other command in the image capturing device from the image capturing device,

wherein the display control unit changes a content of a graphical user interface for setting the set value corresponding to
the other command, based on the information, received by the receiving unit, indicating the set value corresponding to the
other command.

US Pat. No. 9,729,743

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a first sheet support unit configured to support sheets;
a second sheet support unit configured to support sheets;
a feed reservation unit configured to issue a feed reservation for specifying, from among the first and second support units,
a support unit from which a sheet is fed for each page of a first job;

a sheet feeding unit configured to feed one of sheets supported by the specified sheet support unit for each page;
a transfer unit configured to transfer an image of each page on the fed sheet, wherein a sheet conveyance path from the second
sheet support unit to the transfer unit is longer than a sheet conveyance path from the first sheet support unit to the transfer
unit, and
wherein the sheet feeding unit feeds one of the sheets supported by the second sheet support unit for a page of the first
job before feeding one of the sheets supported by the first sheet support unit for a previous page of the first job; and
a cancel unit configured to cancel a feed reservation for a page of the first job,
wherein, when the first job is interrupted by a second job after the feed reservation for each page of the first job has been
issued,

the cancel unit cancels the feed reservation for the page for which a sheet has not been fed and behind which there is no
page for which a sheet has been fed,

the cancel unit does not cancel a feed reservation for a page for which a sheet has not been fed and behind which there is
a page for which a sheet has been fed, and

wherein the feed reservation unit, and the cancel unit are implemented by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,729,750

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising at least one CPU controller and at least one memory, wherein the information
processing apparatus is communicable with a storage control device that causes a storage medium to store data, the at least
one CPU controller, according to a program stored in the at least one memory, configured to function as:
a reading unit configured to read the data from the storage medium attached to the storage control device;
a completion notification receiving unit configured to receive a completion notification corresponding to completion of storage
of the data from the storage control device in a case where the storage control device causes the storage medium to store
the data;

a progress notification receiving unit configured to receive, from the storage control device, a progress notification indicating
that a process for storing the data is halfway done before receiving the completion notification in a case where the storage
control device causes the storage medium to store the data; and

a control unit configured to control the reading unit to change a state in which reading by the reading unit is limited into
a state in which limitation of the reading is released, in a case where the completion notification receiving unit receives
the completion notification or in a case where the progress notification receiving unit receives the progress notification,

wherein the reading unit accesses the storage medium in response to release of the limitation and automatically reads the
data from the storage medium.

US Pat. No. 9,729,786

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS USING A PLURALITY OF INTEGRATED CIRCUITS FOR IMAGE PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain moving image data in a first format;
a first integrated circuit (IC) connected to the obtaining unit, wherein the first IC executes image processing with respect
to the moving image data in the first format output from the obtaining unit;

a second IC that executes image processing with respect to moving image data in a second format that is different from the
first format;

a third IC connected to the first IC and the second IC; and
an output unit that outputs the moving image data in the first format and the moving image data in the second format to an
external device,

wherein the image processing apparatus has a first mode for outputting the moving image data in the first format by the output
unit and a second mode for outputting the moving image data in the second format and corresponding to the obtained moving
image data in the first format,

wherein in the first mode, the first IC performs image processing on the obtained moving image data in the first format and
outputs the moving image data in the first format on which the image processing of the first IC is performed to the third
IC, the third IC provides the moving image data in the first format received from the first IC to the output unit without
converting the moving image data into the second format, and the output unit outputs the moving image data in the first format
provided from the third IC to an external device,

wherein in the second mode, the first IC performs image processing on the obtained moving image data in the first format and
outputs the moving image data in the first format on which the image processing of the first IC is performed to the third
IC, and the third IC converts the moving image data in the first format received from the first IC into moving image data
in the second format and outputs the converted moving image data in the second format to the second IC,

wherein in the second mode, the second IC performs image processing on the converted moving image data in the second format
received from the third IC and outputs to the third IC the converted moving image data in the second format on which the image
processing of the second IC is performed, and

wherein in the second mode, the third IC provides,
the converted moving image data in the second format, on which the image processing of the second IC is performed and received
from the second IC, to the output unit, and the output unit outputs the moving image data in the second format provided from
the third IC to the external device.

US Pat. No. 9,730,045

COMMUNICATING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communicating apparatus capable of connecting with an access point which determines a channel for wireless communication,
comprising:
a processor operating to:
connect with the access point by using a channel selected from a plurality of channels and to directly connect with an external
apparatus, without using the access point, by using the selected channel, wherein the communicating apparatus directly connects
with the external apparatus while the communicating apparatus connects with the access point; and

search the access point by preferentially using the selected channel of the plurality of channels, in a case where the connection
with the access point is disconnected while the communicating apparatus directly connects with the external apparatus by using
the selected channel,

wherein the direct connection, by using the selected channel, between the external apparatus and the communicating apparatus
without using the access point is maintained while the access point is searched by preferentially using the selected channel
of the plurality of channels.

US Pat. No. 9,729,790

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING WIRELESS TRANSMITTER-RECEIVER UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device configured to photoelectrically convert an object image into image signals;
a lens unit configured to form the object image on the image pickup device;
an image processing unit configured to perform image processing on the image signals output from the image pickup device;
a control unit configured to control the image pickup device and the image processing unit;
a converting unit configured to convert electric power supplied from a battery and supply converted electric power to the
image pickup device, the image processing unit, and the control unit;

a first board on which the image processing unit, the control unit and the converting unit are mounted; and
a wireless transmitting unit configured to wirelessly transmit data,
wherein the image pickup device is mounted on the lens unit via a second board,
wherein the first board is disposed in such a manner that the converting unit mounted on the first board does not overlap
the image pickup device and the lens unit,

wherein the converting unit has heat resistance higher than any one of the image pickup device, the image processing unit,
and the control unit, and

wherein the wireless transmitting unit is disposed in such a manner that a distance between the wireless transmitting unit
and the converting unit is shorter than any one of a distance between the wireless transmitting unit and the image pickup
device, a distance between the wireless transmitting unit and the image processing unit, and a distance between the wireless
transmitting unit and the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,753,837

APPLICATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, APPLICATION EXECUTION TERMINAL, APPLICATION MANAGEMENT METHOD, APPLICATION EXECUTION TERMINAL CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing terminal being connected to an information processing apparatus via a network, the information
processing terminal comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a condition that an application causes an error, the condition determined by the information
processing apparatus on the basis of the error of another information processing terminal in which the application has been
installed other than the information processing terminal; and

a display control unit configured to change a display form of the application satisfying the condition for causing the error,
wherein the error of the another information processing terminal other than the information processing terminal is determined
by selecting the another information processing terminal from a plurality of information processing terminals connected to
the information processing apparatus via the network according to installation information of the application and finding
common terminal identification information between the information processing terminal and the another information processing
terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,755,136

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by Formula (1):
(Ba1?xCax)a(Ti1?yZry)O3 (wherein, 1.00a 1.01, 0.125x 0.300, and 0.041y 0.074);

Mn; and
Mg, wherein
the content of Mn is 0.12 parts by weight or more and 0.40 parts by weight or less based on 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type
metal oxide on a metal basis;

the content of Mg is 0.10 parts by weight or less and 0.0005 parts by weight or more based on 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type
metal oxide on a metal basis, and the piezoelectric material is polarized.

US Pat. No. 9,753,903

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL, PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing terminal comprising a memory storing instructions for a relay function of causing a client that
manages data to cooperate with a service that provides a function using the data manacled by the client via a network, and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing terminal to:
execute a transmission of a first request to the service;
receive, from the service, information required to selectively register a plurality of pieces of function information as a
response to the first request, wherein the plurality of pieces of function information corresponds to processing capable of
being performed, based on different settings, using a function provided by the service;

execute a transmission of a second request to the service, according to a selection based on the received information;
perform registration processing of the function information using the relay function, according to a response to the second
request from the service; and

request the service, according to a designation of specific data managed by the client and a selection of registered function
information, to process the specific data based on settings corresponding to the selected function information,

wherein the relay function is provided as a web browser function of the information processing terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,753,681

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS TRANSMITTING A STORAGE DESTINATION OF DATA IN AN EXTERNAL INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS TO AN IMAGE FORMING DEVICE FOR ACQUIRING THE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising a memory and a processor in communication with the memory configured to
control:
a display unit configured to display data that is saved by an external information processing apparatus;
an identification unit configured to identify an image forming device by short-range wireless communication;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the image forming device, compatibility information indicating whether or
not the image forming device is compatible with a first print method for acquiring the data from the external information
processing apparatus, and printing based on the data; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the image forming device, a storage destination of the data in the external
information processing apparatus so that the image forming device acquires the data and prints based on the acquired data,
if the compatibility information indicates that the image forming device is compatible with the first print method, and to
generate print data and transmit the generated print data to the image forming device, if the image forming device is not
compatible with the first print method but is compatible with a second print method for receiving print data from the information
processing apparatus and printing based on the received print data.

US Pat. No. 9,753,682

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire input data used to generate an image;
a conversion unit configured to generate intermediate data by performing data conversion on the input data with a first data
conversion filter activated as a first process, and to generate image data by performing data conversion on the intermediate
data with a second data conversion filter activated as a second process different from the first process;

an output unit configured to output the image data, and
a setting unit configured to set a transmission method for transmitting the intermediate data from the first process to the
second process based on a form available for the first process to output data and a form available for the second process
to input data, wherein said transmission method is at least one of a data communication method and a path communication method.

US Pat. No. 9,753,775

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A resource management apparatus for managing a resource of an application in a unit of a group, wherein the resource management
apparatus includes at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor and having stored
thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to function as:
a changing unit configured to, when an application belonging to a group is installed on a system that, due to an installation
of an application, allocates for the application a resource in accordance with a declaration value of the application, add
a declaration value of a resource of the group to which the installed application belongs to a declaration value of a resource
of a resource definition application; and

an install unit configured to install, after addition processing by the changing unit, the resource definition application
in the system,

wherein the changing unit, if instructed to install an application that belongs to the group, before installing the application
adds a declaration value of the resource of a group to which the application belongs to change the declaration value of the
resource of the resource definition application so not to duplicate,

and the install unit installs the resource definition application, and in a case where the installation of the resource definition
application fails, stops the installation of the application.

US Pat. No. 9,720,224

PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing apparatus that processes an object by scanning light on the object, the apparatus comprising:
a scanning device including a mirror for reflecting the light and configured to scan the light by driving the mirror; and
a controller configured to control the scanning device,
wherein the controller is configured to obtain, based on a target scanning velocity, an angle of the mirror at which the scanning
device is caused to start driving of the mirror, so that an angle of the mirror, at which scanning of the light is started,
is a target angle.

US Pat. No. 9,719,773

MEASURING METHOD AND MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of measuring a shape of a surface of an optical element, the method comprising:
a measuring step of measuring, using a measuring device, a shape for each of a plurality of regions on the surface by a surface
height measurement at each of a plurality of positions in each of the plurality of regions to obtain shape data for each of
the plurality of regions, each of the plurality of regions having a region overlapping another of the plurality of regions;

an error obtaining step of obtaining an error of the surface height measurements for each of the plurality of regions so as
to minimize a difference in shape with respect to each of the overlapping regions based on the shape data obtained in the
measuring step for each of the plurality of regions; and

a correcting step of correcting the shape data obtained in the measuring step for each of the plurality of regions using the
error obtained in the error obtaining step for each of the plurality of regions to obtain the shape,

wherein the measuring step obtains, for obtaining the error, the shape data for each of the plurality of regions so as not
to include a component having a spatial frequency higher than a spatial frequency corresponding to a maximum degree of a first
polynomial representing the error.

US Pat. No. 9,722,107

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit including a first electrode, a second electrode, a photoelectric conversion layer disposed
between the first electrode and the second electrode, and an insulating layer disposed between the photoelectric conversion
layer and the second electrode;

an amplification unit electrically connected to the second electrode and configured to output a signal generated by the photoelectric
conversion unit;

a reset unit configured to supply a reset voltage to the second electrode;
a first capacitor including a first terminal and a second terminal, the first terminal being electrically connected to the
second electrode; and

a voltage supply unit configured to supply at least a first voltage and a second voltage different from the first voltage
to the second terminal,

wherein the following relationship is satisfied:
where Vs denotes a voltage supplied to the first electrode, Vd1 denotes the first voltage, Vd2 denotes the second voltage, Vres denotes the reset voltage, C1 denotes a capacitance value of the first capacitor, and C2 denotes a capacitance value of a second capacitor formed by the first electrode and the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,719,810

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A unit detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus including an optical detecting device, said unit comprising:
a rotatable member including a first light blocking portion configured to block light for the optical detecting device and
a second light blocking portion having a light blocking range having a length different from that of a light blocking range
of the first light blocking portion; and

a contacting member contacting said second light blocking portion,
wherein said second light blocking portion is retractable to a retracted position which is inside a peripheral surface of
said rotatable member by contacting said contacting member with rotation of said rotatable member, and wherein said second
light blocking portion is not detected by the optical detecting device when said second light blocking portion is in the retracted
position.

US Pat. No. 9,722,126

PHOTOCONDUCTIVE DEVICE, MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoconductive device that generates or detects terahertz radiation, comprising:
a semiconductor layer;
a structure portion in contact with the semiconductor layer, the structure portion being configured to receive light input
from a light source and to excite a surface plasmon wave with the light; and

an electrode electrically connected to the structure portion,
wherein the semiconductor layer has a thickness that is no less than a first propagation distance and no greater than a second
propagation distance,

the first propagation distance being a distance that the surface plasmon wave propagates through the semiconductor layer in
a perpendicular direction of an interface between the semiconductor layer and the structure portion until an electric field
intensity of the surface plasmon wave becomes 1/e times the electric field intensity of the surface plasmon wave at the interface,
the second propagation distance being a distance that a terahertz wave having an optical phonon absorption frequency of the
semiconductor layer propagates through the semiconductor layer in the perpendicular direction until an electric field intensity
of the terahertz wave becomes 1/e2 times the electric field intensity of the terahertz wave at the interface.

US Pat. No. 9,720,333

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scan-type exposure apparatus for transferring a pattern of a mask to a substrate via a projection optical system while
scanning the mask and the substrate in a scanning direction, comprising:
an aperture stop provided with at least one of a mask stage that holds the mask and is movable and a substrate stage that
holds the substrate and is movable and configured to reduce an influence of flare light that enters from the projection optical
system to the substrate,

wherein an opening of the aperture stop includes a first opening portion corresponding to one shot region on the substrate,
and a serrated second opening portion including a plurality of first openings that protrude in a second direction parallel
to the scanning direction from a side of the first opening portion along a first direction perpendicular to the scanning direction,
and

a length of each of the plurality of first openings in the first direction decreases outward in the second direction from
the side of the first opening portion along the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,720,334

STAGE APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN ARTICLE, AND DETERMINATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. A lithography apparatus which forms a pattern on a substrate, the lithography apparatus comprising:
the stage apparatus which includes a stage configured to be movable,
wherein the stage apparatus includes:
a driving unit configured to drive the stage by providing thrust to the stage;
a measuring unit configured to measure a position of the stage; and
a control unit configured to control the position of the stage by supplying, to the driving unit, a first combination signal
including a first signal for reducing a deviation between a current position of the stage and a target position, and a second
signal for reducing vibration of the stage caused by a thrust ripple included in the thrust, and

wherein the second signal is generated by the control unit by performing a generation process, the generation process including:
preparing a plurality of third signals, wherein an amplitude, a phase, or both the amplitude and the phase of each of the
plurality of third signals is different from each other;

obtaining, as information relating to a response of the stage, a measurement result of the measuring unit when driving the
stage by supplying a second combination signal including the first signal and one of the plurality of third signals to the
driving unit, wherein the information is obtained with respect to each of the plurality of third signals; and

determining the second signal based on the information obtained with respect to each of the plurality of third signals, such
that the vibration of the stage caused by the thrust ripple falls within an allowable range.

US Pat. No. 9,720,337

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer in this order,
wherein the photosensitive layer comprises a chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal,
the chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal has one or more peaks in each of a wavelength range of 646 nm or more and 668 nm
or less and a wavelength range of 782 nm or more and 809 nm or less in an absorption spectrum, and

when a peak with a maximum absorbance among the peaks in the wavelength range of 646 nm or more and 668 nm or less is assumed
to be a first peak and a peak with a maximum absorbance among the peaks in the wavelength range of 782 nm or more and 809
nm or less is assumed to be a second peak, an absorbance of the first peak is larger than an absorbance of the second peak.

US Pat. No. 9,720,345

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus in which a cartridge that supports a photosensitive member is mounted to an image forming position,
and which forms a latent image on the photosensitive member by exposure to form an image, the apparatus comprising:
an exposure member that (i) includes a light emitting element arranged in an array and (ii) exposes the photosensitive member
of the cartridge located in the image forming position when the exposure member is in an exposure position;

an operation member that moves to a first position and a second position with respect to a main body of the apparatus;
a first moving member that is pressed and moved by the operation member when the operation member is moved from the first
position to the second position, and switches the cartridge from a state where the cartridge is positioned in the image forming
position to a state where the positioning is released; and

a second moving member that is pressed and moved by the operation member when the operation member is moved from the first
position to the second position, and moves the exposure member from the exposure position to a retracted position where the
exposure member is more retracted from the photosensitive member than the exposure position,

wherein, while the operation member is moved from the first position to the second position to switch the cartridge from the
state where the cartridge is positioned to the state where the positioning is released, a first force acts from the first
moving member to the operation member in a direction in which the moving of the operation member from the first position to
the second position is suppressed, and

wherein, while the operation member is moved from the first position to the second position to move the exposure member from
the exposure position to the retracted position, a second force acts from the second moving member to the operation member
in a direction in which the moving of the operation member from the first position to the second position is suppressed, and
wherein, while the operation member is moved from the first position to the second position, timing of a peak of the first
force is different from timing of a peak of the second force.

US Pat. No. 9,720,346

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CORRECTING RELATIVE POSITION BETWEEN LASER BEAMS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member configured to be rotatable;
a light source including a first light emitting element configured to emit a first light beam and a second light emitting
element configured to emit a second light beam and configured to form an electrostatic latent image corresponding to an image
to be formed on a recording medium, on the photosensitive member, the first light emitting element and the second light emitting
element being arranged such that the first light beam and the second light beam expose different positions on the photosensitive
member in a rotation direction of the photosensitive member;

a deflection unit configured to deflect the first light beam and the second light beam emitted from the light source such
that the first light beam and the second light beam scan the photosensitive member;

a lens configured to guide the first light beam and the second light beam deflected by the deflection unit to the photosensitive
member;

an image data generation unit configured to generate first image data corresponding to the first light emitting element and
second image data corresponding to the second light emitting element based on an input image data;

an output unit configured to output a first correction data corresponding to a first area on the photosensitive member and
a second correction data corresponding to a second area on the photosensitive member different from the first area in a scanning
direction of the first light beam and the second light beam, and each of the first correction data and the second correction
data is used for correcting a length of image formed by the second light beam for each of the first area and the second area
based on the second image data and is not used for correcting a length of image formed by the first light beam;

a drive signal generation unit configured to generate a first drive signal for driving the first light emitting element based
on the first image data corresponding to the first light emitting element and generate a second drive signal for driving the
second light emitting element based on the second image data corresponding to the second light emitting element, the second
drive signal including a signal corresponding to the first area and generated based on the second image data corresponding
to the first area and the first correction data, and the second drive signal including a signal corresponding to the second
area and generated based on the second image data corresponding to the second area and the second correction data; and

a drive unit configured to cause the first light emitting element to emit the first light beam based on the first drive signal
and cause the second light emitting element to emit the second light beam based on the second drive signal,

wherein the drive signal generation unit generates the first drive signal and the second drive signal so as to form pixels
included in each of the first image and the second image, and the first correction data and the second correction data are
data for inserting a pixel or auxiliary pixel that is less in width than a pixel or removing a pixel or auxiliary pixel that
is less in width than a pixel for correcting the length of image.

US Pat. No. 9,720,349

DEVELOPER SUPPLY KIT, DEVELOPER SUPPLYING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply kit comprising a developer supply container and developer accommodated therein,
wherein said developer supply container includes:
a developer accommodating portion accommodating said developer,
a discharge opening configured to discharge said developer accommodated in said developer accommodating portion,
a drive receiving portion configured to receive a driving force, and
a pump portion operable so that an internal pressure of said developer accommodating portion alternately and repetitively
changes between a pressure lower than an ambient pressure and a pressure higher than the ambient pressure by the driving force
received by said drive receiving portion,

wherein said developer accommodated in said developer supply container includes toner containing binder resin material and
a coloring material, and said developer satisfies:

10?E (mJ)?80,

0.4?Ea (mJ)?2.0,

where E is total energy when it is not aerated, and Ea is total energy when it is aerated.

US Pat. No. 9,720,352

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ACCURATE POSITIONING OF SENSOR UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a belt unit including an endless belt capable of traveling around a plurality of stretching rollers supporting said endless
belt;

an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on said belt;
a sensor unit including a sensor including a light emitting portion and a light receiving portion and configured to detect
light from said belt;

a setting portion configured to set an image forming condition of said image forming unit in accordance with an output of
said sensor; and

a positioning member including a first portion-to-be-contacted contacting at least one end portion of said belt unit with
respect to a widthwise direction crossing with a moving direction of said belt at a plurality of positioning places and a
second portion-to-be-contacted contacting at least one end portion of said sensor unit with respect to the widthwise direction
at a plurality of positioning places.

US Pat. No. 9,722,669

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with an operation device by power generated when a communication portion included
in the operation device comes close to within a predetermined distance range;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire information held by the operation device via the communication portion of the operation
device;

a reception unit configured to receive an operation from the operation device by an operation portion while the communication
unit establishes communication with the communication portion; and

a control unit configured to control an operation based on the information acquired by the acquisition unit while the communication
unit establishes communication with the communication portion,

wherein the operation portion includes a display unit configured to display an operation screen which receives an operation
from the operation device,

wherein the operation screen is a language setting screen for setting one of a plurality of kinds of display languages, and
wherein while the communication unit establishes communication with the communication portion, the control unit switches the
language setting screen in accordance with the information acquired by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,721,391

POSITIONING OF PROJECTED AUGMENTED REALITY CONTENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of displaying augmented reality content on a physical surface, the method comprising:
determining a surface complexity measure for said physical surface from a captured image of said physical surface, said surface
complexity measure representing an amount of fine detail in said captured image;

determining a content complexity measure for the augmented reality content to be applied to said physical surface, said content
complexity measure representing an amount of fine detail in said augmented reality content;

adjusting a display attribute of said augmented reality content, based on a comparison of said surface complexity measure
and said content complexity measure, to modify the fine detail in said augmented reality content thereby improving the legibility
of the augmented reality content against said physical surface; and

displaying the modified augmented reality content on said physical surface.

US Pat. No. 9,720,367

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a printer;
a main processor of the image forming apparatus;
a human sensor;
a display;
a backlight of the display;
a touch panel that detects user operation for the display; and
a power controller that performs control such that power is supplied to the main processor, without turning on the backlight,
based on a detection result of the human sensor;

a sub processor that turns on the backlight, on a basis that the touch panel detects the user operation for the display that
the backlight has been turned off,

wherein the main processor controls the printer to be driven, on a basis that a screen displayed on the display that the backlight
has been turned on is operated by a user.

US Pat. No. 9,722,170

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a main component containing a perovskite-type metal oxide that can be expressed by the following general formula (1);
a first subcomponent containing Mn;
a second subcomponent containing Li; and
a third subcomponent containing Bi,
wherein the content of Mn on a metal basis is not less than 0.04 parts by weight and is not greater than 0.36 parts by weight
when the metal oxide is 100 parts by weight, content ? of Li on a metal basis is not less than 0.0013 parts by weight and
is not greater than 0.0280 parts by weight when the metal oxide is 100 parts by weight, and content ? of Bi on a metal basis
is not less than 0.042 parts by weight and is not greater than 0.850 parts by weight when the metal oxide is 100 parts by
weight

(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-y-zZrySnz)O3  (1)
(in the general formula (1), 0.09?x?0.30, 0.074?y?0.085, 0?z?0.02, and 0.986?a?1.02).

US Pat. No. 9,722,171

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by Formula (1):
(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-yZry)O3 (1.00?a?1.01, 0.125?x<0.155, and 0.041?y?0.074)

 as a main component; and
Mn component,
wherein the piezoelectric material:
contains Mn in a content of 0.12 parts by weight or more and 0.40 parts by weight or less based on 100 parts by weight of
the metal oxide on a metal basis; and

is polarized,
wherein an average equivalent circular diameter of crystal grains of the piezoelectric material is 1 ?m or more and 10 ?m
or less.

US Pat. No. 9,722,434

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a power receiving apparatus;
a power transmitting unit configured to wirelessly transmit power to a power receiving apparatus detected by said detection
unit; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit information regarding a waiting to a first power receiving apparatus in a case
where said first power receiving apparatus is detected by said detection unit while said power transmitting unit transmits
power to a second power receiving apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,723,210

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors programmed to perform operations of following units:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a focal length of an imaging optical system;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a distance to a subject;
a setting unit configured to set a movable range for a correction unit configured to correct camera shake, based on the focal
length and the distance to a subject; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate a correction amount for correcting the camera shake within the movable range that
was set by the setting unit, based on a camera shake signal from a camera shake sensor configured to detect camera shake and
output the camera shake signal,

wherein the setting unit determines the movable range such that a decreasing rate of a marginal illumination of light that
enters an image sensor via the imaging optical system, the decreasing rate of the marginal illumination changing according
to the focal length and the distance to a subject, does not become larger than a predetermined decreasing rate.

US Pat. No. 9,722,461

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a contactless power feeding unit configured to feed power wirelessly to a power receiving apparatus; and
a control unit configured to determine whether it is necessary to stop power feeding to the contactless power feeding unit
based on a power-saving setting of the printing apparatus, in a case where the printing apparatus shifts to a power-saving
mode,

wherein the control unit stops power feeding to the contactless power feeding unit, in a case where it is determined that
it is necessary to stop power feeding to the contactless power feeding unit, and

wherein power feeding to the contactless power feeding unit is continued in the power-saving mode, in a case where it is determined
that it is not necessary to stop power feeding to the contactless power feeding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,718,633

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:
a sheet conveyance portion configured to convey a sheet;
a conveyance guide arranged pivotably between a first open position and a first closed position around a pivot axis and comprising
a guide configured to guide a sheet conveyed by the sheet conveyance portion and a convex portion protruding in an axial direction
from the guide portion;

a retaining portion configured to be pivotable between a retention position and a release position, the retention position
being a position where the retaining portion retains the convex portion in a case where the conveyance guide is positioned
at the first closed position, and the release position being a position where the retaining portion allows the convex portion
to move such that the conveyance guide moves from the first closed position to the first open position; and

a door configured to come in contact with and separate from the conveyance guide, the door arranged pivotably between a second
open position and a second closed position around an opening and closing axis, and moving the conveyance guide from the first
open position to the first closed position by pressing the conveyance guide while pivoting from the second open position to
the second closed position in a state where the conveyance guide is positioned at the first open position.

US Pat. No. 9,720,440

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

5. A method for controlling a communication apparatus having:
an output unit configured to output a clock signal to a communication module that communicates with an external device;
a generation unit configured to generate a timing signal by delaying the clock signal; and
a communication unit configured to transmit data to the communication module according to the clock signal, and to receive
data from the communication module in accordance with a timing corresponding to the timing signal,

the method comprising:
performing an adjustment process for requesting a predetermined test pattern from the communication module and for adjusting
an amount of the delay in accordance with a result of receiving the test pattern which is sent from the communication module
in response to the request of the test pattern and is received by the communication unit in accordance with the timing signal;
and

controlling the communication unit, in a predetermined mode for continuously transmitting stream data to the communication
module, to repeatedly perform first processing for transmitting a first command to the communication module, second processing
for receiving a first response that is sent from the communication module in response to the first command, and third processing
for transmitting a packet including the stream data to the communication module according to the first response,

wherein, in the predetermined mode, if the first response sent from the communication module in response to the first command
is received by the communication unit, the communication unit is controlled to perform processing for transmitting the packet
including the stream data by the third process regardless of contents of the first response sent from the communication module
in response to the first command and received by the communication unit, and if the first response sent from the communication
module in response to the first command is not received by the communication unit, the communication unit is controlled so
that the packet including the stream data is not transmitted to the communication module,

wherein, in the predetermined mode, the communication unit is controlled to transmit a second command different from the first
command to the communication module and controls to perform the adjustment process if there is an error in a second response
sent from the communication module in response to the second command, and

wherein at least the controlling is performed by a CPU operating under control of instructions stored in a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,723,024

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A management apparatus that manages a plurality of image forming apparatuses including a first image forming apparatus
compliant with a setting management function that enables, by a specific authority, an operation of a plurality of setting
values that are sorted into a prescribed policy and included in setting information for the image forming apparatus, and a
second image forming apparatus, different from the first image forming apparatus, non-compliant with the setting management
function, comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which can execute the instructions causing the management apparatus to:
receive setting information from one of the plurality of image forming apparatuses;
determine whether the plurality of setting values that are sorted into the prescribed policy and included in the received
setting information includes a change;

determine whether or not the image forming apparatus that is a transmission source of the setting values of which it is determined
that the setting values include the change is the first image forming apparatus compliant with the setting management function;

output information indicating that the setting values have been changed as a warning if it is determined that the image forming
apparatus that is the transmission source is not the first image forming apparatus and if the image forming apparatus that
is the transmission source is identified as the second image forming apparatus, wherein one of the setting values of the image
forming apparatus that is the transmission source and is identified as the second image forming apparatus, which is sorted
into the prescribed policy, has been changed without the specific authority; and

output information indicating that the setting values have been changed as a notice as distinguished from the warning if it
is determined that the image forming apparatus that is the transmission source is the first image forming apparatus, and

wherein the change, in the case where it is determined that the image forming apparatus that is the transmission source is
the first image forming apparatus, is a change of the setting values according to the specific authority.

US Pat. No. 9,720,206

LENS APPARATUS HAVING MAGNIFICATION VARIATOR CONFIGURED TO MOVE DURING MAGNIFICATION VARYING AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:
a magnification variator configured to move during magnification varying;
a drive unit configured to drive the magnification variator;
a detector configured to detect a position of the magnification variator;
a deriving unit configured to derive a second drive signal to drive the drive unit based on: an information representing a
relationship between a position of the magnification variator and a size of a field of view picked up through the lens apparatus;
a position detected by the detector; and a first drive signal, wherein a field-of-view change rate obtained when the drive
unit is driven based on the second drive signal is smaller than a field-of-view change rate obtained when the drive unit is
driven based on the first drive signal; and

a corrector configured to output position data in which a variation of speed of the magnification variator is smaller than
that of position data based on the second drive signal, when the magnification variator is driven based on the second drive
signal derived by the deriving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,720,207

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus, comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a deflector including a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflect the light beam so that the light beam scans a photosensitive
member, a motor configured to rotate the rotary polygon mirror, a driving unit configured to drive the motor, and a circuit
board on which the motor and the driving unit are mounted;

a plurality of reflecting mirrors configured to reflect the light beam deflected by the deflector to guide the light beam
deflected by the deflector onto the photosensitive member; and

an optical box on which the light source is mounted, the optical box being configured to contain the deflector and the plurality
of reflecting mirrors,

wherein the optical box includes an installation portion on which the deflector is installed and a stepped portion including
a plurality of steps disposed between the installation portion and a side wall of the optical box,

wherein the plurality of steps include a farther step and a nearer step of which the farther step is farther from the installation
portion than the nearer step, and

wherein a height of the farther step is higher than a height of the nearer step.

US Pat. No. 9,715,193

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CONSTANT VOLTAGE ELEMENT FOR SECONDARY TRANSFER OF TONER IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
an intermediary transfer member configured to carry the toner image transferred from the image bearing member at a primary-transfer
position;

a transfer member provided contactable to an outer peripheral surface of the intermediary transfer member and configured to
transfer the toner image from the intermediary transfer member onto a recording material at a secondary-transfer position;

a constant-voltage element electrically connected between the intermediary transfer member and a ground potential and configured
to form a predetermined voltage by passing of a current therethrough, said constant-voltage element comprising a Zener diode
or a varistor;

wherein the predetermined voltage is a breakdown voltage of the constant-voltage element,
a power source to form both of a secondary transfer electric field at the secondary-transfer position and a primary-transfer
electric field at the primary-transfer position by applying a voltage to the transfer member to pass the current through the
constant-voltage element;

a detecting portion configured to detect the current passing through the transfer member;
an executing portion configured to execute a test mode in which a test voltage is applied to the transfer member by the power
source to detect the current by the detecting portion when no recording material exists at the secondary-transfer position;
and

a controller configured to control a voltage to be applied to the transfer member by the power source when the recording material
exists at the secondary-transfer position on the basis of the current detected by the detecting portion in the test mode,
wherein

the controller controls the test voltage applied by the power source so that the current passes through the constant-voltage
element in a period of the test mode.

US Pat. No. 9,716,808

IMAGE COMMUNICATING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image communicating apparatus capable of performing a deemed voice communication, comprising:
a modem configured to perform FAX communication by the deemed voice communication;
a detection unit configured to detect a FAX reception instead of the modem by analyzing data of the deemed voice communication
received via an IP network; and

a control unit configured to control the detection unit on whether to detect the FAX reception based on the FAX communication
which is being performed by the modem,

wherein the control unit controls the detection unit to detect the FAX reception in a case where the modem is sending a FAX
signal in the FAX communication by the deemed voice communication, and

the control unit controls the detection unit not to detect the FAX reception in a case where the modem is not sending the
FAX signal in the FAX communication by the deemed voice communication.

US Pat. No. 9,716,823

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF DRIVING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of driving an image pickup apparatus, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of microlenses;
a plurality of image pickup rows, in each of which a plurality of image pickup pixels are arranged, each of the plurality
of image pickup pixels comprising a photoelectric conversion element that is arranged correspondingly to one of the plurality
of microlenses, and being configured to output a signal for generating an image;

a distance measurement row, in which a plurality of focus detection pixels are arranged, each of the plurality of focus detection
pixels comprising a photoelectric conversion element that is arranged correspondingly to one of the plurality of microlenses
and that has a smaller light receiving area than the photoelectric conversion element included in the image pickup pixel,
and being configured to output a focus detection signal; and

a plurality of signal processing units, to each of which signals of the plurality of focus detection pixels and the plurality
of image pickup pixels are output,

the method comprising:
performing a first operation of reading signals from the plurality of image pickup rows to the plurality of signal processing
units;

performing, before or after the first operation, a second operation of reading signals from the distance measurement row to
the plurality of signal processing units;

controlling the plurality of signal processing units to be in an operating state in one of the first operation and the second
operation;

controlling a part of the plurality of signal processing units to be in an operation-restricted state in another of the first
operation and the second operation, wherein the method of driving an image pickup apparatus;

adding signals of image pickup pixels in a plurality of columns together in the first operation;
controlling, in the first operation, one of the plurality of signal processing units that processes the added signals to be
in the operating state, and controlling another of the plurality of signal processing units to be in the operation-restricted
state; and

controlling the another of the plurality of signal processing units to be in the operating state in the second operation.

US Pat. No. 9,706,062

IMAGE READING APPARATUS WITH READING POSITION DETERMINATION UNIT THAT DETERMINES READING POSITION FOR ORIGINAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a conveyor configured to convey an original to a reading area;
a reader configured to read the original at a reading position within the reading area;
a processor;
a detection unit configured to detect foreign objects adhered to a plurality of candidate reading positions using image data
read at the plurality of candidate reading positions within the reading area by said reader in a state where the original
is not being conveyed;

a count unit configured to count the number of foreign objects adhered to a plurality of sections at each of the candidate
reading positions; and

a determination unit configured to determine a reading position at which the original is read from among the candidate reading
positions according to the number of foreign objects adhered to a plurality of sections at each of the candidate reading positions,

wherein said processor operates to function as said detection unit, said count unit and said determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,706,075

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system comprising:
a server; and
an image processing apparatus that communicates with the server via a network,
wherein the server comprises:
a first memory for storing a first program; and
a first processor for executing the first program,
wherein the server manages a plurality of folders in a hierarchy, and
wherein the image processing apparatus comprises:
a scanner configured to scan a document to generate image data;
a second memory for storing a second program; and
a second processor for executing the second program, wherein the second processor controls to:
receive selection of one of the plurality of folders;
determine whether the selected folder has at least one subfolder;
display a list of the at least one subfolder on a display unit if it is determined that the selected folder has at least one
subfolder; and

display a setting screen on the display unit if it is determined that the selected folder has no subfolder,
wherein the displayed setting screen is used to set a reading parameter for scanning the document with the scanner.