US Pat. No. 10,212,301

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM, WITH SELECTING BETWEEN PROCESS EXECUTABLE BY IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESS EXECUTABLE BY EXTERNAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a reading unit configured to read an image;
one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image forming apparatus to function as:
(1) a display control unit configured to display a selection screen for selecting one from among processes including at least first processing and second processing as processing for image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit, wherein the first processing is processing executable by the image forming apparatus for image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit, and the second processing is processing executable by an external device for image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit;
(2) a creation unit configured to create image data processed by the first processing from the image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit, if the first processing is selected via the selection screen as the processing for the image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit;
(3) a transmission unit configured to transmit the image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit to the external device, if the second processing is selected via the selection screen as the processing for the image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit; and
(4) a reception unit configured to receive, from the external device to which the image data was transmitted by the transmission unit, image data processed by the second processing from the image data obtained by reading an image by the reading unit that was transmitted to the external device by the transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 10,212,308

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system in which an image forming apparatus and an information processing apparatus are connected, and in which remote support of the image forming apparatus is performed from the information processing apparatus,wherein the image forming apparatus comprises:
a first memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one first processor that executes the instructions to:
connect to a telephone network and make a call to the information processing apparatus,
determine whether or not the call is by a predetermined connection, and
switch communication with the information processing apparatus to a call in accordance with HTTP media, in accordance with having determined that the call is by the predetermined connection, and
wherein the information processing apparatus comprises:
a second memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one second processor that executes the instructions to:
connect to the telephone network and make a call to the image forming apparatus, and
perform a call in accordance with HTTP media with the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,212,309

PRINTING DEVICE, PRINTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, FOR ROTATING IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing device configured to print an image based on print data, comprising:a print unit;
a network interface configured to receive the print data from an external computer;
at least one processor that causes a display unit to display a preview image generated from the received print data and representing a content of the image to be printed on a recording medium, wherein the preview image is displayed with an input portion in a state where it is determined that the received print data does not have an instruction setting an orientation of the received print data designated by a user, the input potion is for inputting an instruction of setting an orientation for the received print data from a user and causes the print unit to print the content of the image on the recording medium in the orientation set by the instruction input via the input portion by the user; and
in a state where it is determined that the received print data has an instruction of setting an orientation of the received print data designated by a user,
cause the print unit to print the content of the image on the recording medium in the orientation in accordance with the instruction originally set in the received print data without displaying the input portion.

US Pat. No. 10,212,311

PRINTING APPARATUS PERFORMING PROCESS CORRESPONDING TO USER, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus realized by a computer, the printing apparatus comprising:a storage that stores relating information that relates an information processing apparatus with a user who is permitted to use the printing apparatus;
an interface configured to receive print data;
a printer configured to print the print data received by the interface; and
processing circuitry configured to cause the printing apparatus to:
receive print data from the information processing apparatus via the interface;
specify a user who instructed execution of printing of the print data, which was received from the information processing apparatus via the interface, to the information processing apparatus based on the relating information stored in the storage; and
execute a process corresponding to the specified user.

US Pat. No. 10,212,314

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH COLOR CALIBRATION BY MEASUREMENT IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,209,496

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 positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the second lens unit is configured to move toward the image side during zooming from a wide angle end to a telephoto end, and an interval between adjacent lens units is changed during zooming,
wherein the first lens unit comprises a lens pair (LB1) of a positive lens (LP1) and a negative lens (LN1) that are arranged adjacent to each other, and a lens pair (LB2) of a positive lens (LP2) and a negative lens (LN2) that are arranged adjacent to each other,
wherein the second lens unit comprises a lens pair (LB3) of a positive lens (LP3) and a negative lens (LN3) that are arranged adjacent to each other, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.000<(?IRP1??IRN1)/(?IRP1??IRN1)<0.015;
?0.015<(?IRP2??IRN2)/(?IRP2??IRN2)<0.000; and
?0.005<(?IRP3??IRN3)/(?IRP3??IRN3)<0.015,
where, when a refractive index of a material at a wavelength of 400 nm is N400, a refractive index of the material at a wavelength of 1,050 nm is N1050, a refractive index of the material at a wavelength of 1,700 nm is N1700, an Abbe number ?IR of the material and a partial dispersion ratio ?IR of the material are ?IR=(N1050?1)/(N400?N1700) and ?IR=(N400?N1050)/(N400?N1700), respectively, ?IRP1 and ?IRP1 represent an Abbe number ?IR and a partial dispersion ratio ?IR of a first material for the positive lens (LP1), respectively, ?IRN1 and ?IRN1 represent an Abbe number ?IR and a partial dispersion ratio ?IR of a second material for the negative lens (LN1), respectively, ?IRP2 and ?IRP2 represent an Abbe number ?IR and a partial dispersion ratio ?IR of a third material for the positive lens (LP2), respectively, ?IRN2 and ?IRN2 represent an Abbe number ?IR and a partial dispersion ratio ?IR of a fourth material for the negative lens (LN2), respectively, ?IRP3 and ?IRP3 represent an Abbe number ?IR and a partial dispersion ratio ?IR of a fifth material for the positive lens (LP3), respectively, and ?IRN3 and ?IRN3 represent an Abbe number ?IR and a partial dispersion ration ?IR of a sixth material for the negative lens (LN3), respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,212,316

VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A video processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store a program and a plurality of input video signals; and
a processor configured to execute the program to implement a combining unit, a synchronizing unit, a predicting unit, and a control unit, wherein:
the combining unit is configured to combine the plurality of input video signals to output a combined video signal,
the synchronizing unit is configured to synchronize the combined video signal with one of the plurality of input video signals,
the control unit is configured to control an output timing of the combined video signal based on input timings of the plurality of input video signals, and
the predicting unit is configured to predict whether an overtaking occurs based on a relation between the input timing of the plurality of input video signals and the output timing of the combined video signal,
wherein when the overtaking is unavoidable for every input video signal of the plurality of input video signals, the control unit controls the output timing of the combined video signal based on input timings of input video signals except for an input video signal having a lowest priority among the plurality of input video signals.

US Pat. No. 10,209,754

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a power supply:
a power supply switch; and
at least one processor or circuit to perform the operations of the following units;
a communication unit configured to operate by using power from the power supply or a communication partner;
a control unit configured to execute software for controlling processing of each unit of the communication apparatus, wherein the control unit starts processing to stop execution of the software if an operation to the power supply switch is started while the control unit is executing the software;
a power supply control unit configured to control power hat is supplied to the control unit, in accordance with a state of an operation with respect to the power supply switch; and
a disabling unit configured to disable the communication unit, based on the state of the operation with respect to the power supply switch and an execution state of the software.

US Pat. No. 10,212,318

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS SUCH AS NETWORK CAMERA, AND IMAGE MONITORING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a lens unit;
a cover configured to protect the lens unit;
an illumination unit configured to be provided around the lens unit and emit illumination light toward a subject through the cover; and
an annular light-shielding member configured to be provided between the lens unit and the cover in a state of being in close contact with the cover and to shield reflected light of the illumination light so as to prevent the illumination light emitted from the illumination unit and reflected by the cover from entering the lens unit,
wherein the light-shielding member has a circulation path that enables circulation of air between an inner space of the light-shielding member and an outer space of the light-shielding member.

US Pat. No. 10,212,324

POSITION DETECTION DEVICE, POSITION DETECTION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories coupled to the one or more processors, the memories having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the device to:
detect an object from an image captured by each of a plurality of image capturing devices;
determine whether an object of interest is detected by at least two image capturing devices or a single image capturing device in the image capturing devices;
estimate, when the object of interest is detected by the at least two image capturing devices, a three-dimensional position and information on a height of the object based on a detected position where the object of interest is detected in an image captured by each of the at least two image capturing devices and positions and orientations of the at least two image capturing devices; and
estimate, when the object of interest is detected by the single image capturing device in the image capturing devices, the three-dimensional position of the object of interest based on a detected position where the object of interest is detected in an image captured by the single image capturing device, a position and an orientation of the single image capturing device, and the estimated information on the height.

US Pat. No. 10,212,582

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, PROVIDING METHOD, 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 one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to:
acquire first information corresponding to another communication apparatus;
transmit, to the another communication apparatus by unicast, an authentication request message for requesting authentication processing to be performed for the communication apparatus to provide a communication parameter for communicating in a wireless network, in a case where the first information is acquired, a search request message is received from the another communication apparatus, and the search request message includes second information corresponding to the first information,
transmit the authentication request message by multicast or broadcast, in a case where the first information is acquired and the search request message is not received from the another communication apparatus, or in a case where the first information is acquired and the search request message received from the another communication apparatus does not include the second information.

US Pat. No. 10,211,051

METHOD OF REVERSE TONE PATTERNING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method comprising:forming a patterned layer on a substrate, the patterned layer defining a relief pattern having non-uniformly sized features;
depositing a conformal hard mask layer by low temperature deposition over the patterned layer features;
applying a non-planar protective layer over the conformal hard mask layer, the protective layer having a planarity efficiency PE of less than 95% (PE 95%);
wherein the non-planar protective layer has a characteristic spatial parameter (sp), which is used for characterization of the planarity efficiency;
wherein the protective layer has an etch selectivity ?1 relative to the conformal hard mask layer of at least 5 (?1?5) under first etch conditions;
wherein the conformal hard mask layer has an etch selectivity ?2 relative to the protective layer of greater than (?2>1) under second etch conditions;
wherein the patterned layer has an etch selectivity ?3 relative to the conformal hard mask layer of at least 5 (?3?5) under third etch conditions;
selectively etching the protective coating under the first etch conditions to expose the top surface of the conformal hard mask layer extending over the tops of the pattern protruded features;
selectively etching the exposed conformal hard mask layer under the second etch conditions to expose the pattern features thereunder; and
selectively etching the exposed pattern features under the third etch conditions to expose the substrate and form a pattern that is the reverse of the relief pattern;
wherein the pattern includes a transition zone reverse tone feature in a transition zone and a small feature reverse tone feature in a small feature region;
wherein small features in the small feature region have a lateral size (s), in at least one in-plane direction that are less than the characteristic spatial parameter (sp) (s wherein the transition zone is between a large feature and the small feature region;
wherein the large feature is an open area that has two lateral sizes in-plane dimensions (s1 and s2) that are at least the characteristic spatial parameter (sp) (s1 and s2>sp);
wherein a first region over the large feature of a top surface of the non-planar protective layer prior to being etched under the first etch conditions forms a depression relative to a second region over the small feature region of the top surface of the non-planar protective area prior to being etched under the first etch conditions; and
wherein a transition zone critical dimension of a transition zone reverse tone feature is consistent with a small feature critical dimension of the small feature reverse tone feature.

US Pat. No. 10,212,335

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a touch detector configured to detect a touch operation performed on an extra-viewfinder display;
an access detector configured to detect access to a viewfinder unit including an intra-viewfinder display; and
a memory and at least one processor and/or at least one circuit to perform operation of the following units:
a control unit configured to perform control to perform specific processing based on a position of the detected touch operation,
wherein, in a case where no access is detected, after a touch on the extra-viewfinder display is started, the control unit performs control to perform, during the touch, the specific processing based on a position where the touch is detected,
wherein, in a case access is detected, even if a touch on the extra-viewfinder display is started, the control unit performs control not to perform the specific processing on a position where the touch is detected, and when the touch is released from the extra-viewfinder display, the control unit performs control to perform the specific processing on a position where the touch is released,
wherein, in a case where access is detected, the control unit performs control to set, as a position serving as a criterion for the specific processing, a position not based on a position where start of a touch is detected and that has been moved according to an amount of movement of a touch position of the touch from a position serving as a criterion for the specific processing that is set before start of the touch is detected, and
wherein, in a case where access is not detected, the control unit performs control to set, as a position serving as a criterion for the specific processing, a position based on a position where start of a touch is detected irrespective of a position serving as a criterion for the specific processing before start of the touch is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,212,344

IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD CAPABLE OF ADJUSTING EXPOSURE TIMING BASED ON DETECTED LIGHT QUANTITY CHANGE CHARACTERISTIC

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing device comprising:a photometric unit configured to obtain respective photometric values of a plurality of photometry areas in an image capturing area;
an operation unit configured to perform setting regarding continuous shooting and/or focus adjustment;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a light quantity change characteristic of a photometric target based on the photometric values of the plurality of photometry areas;
an adjustment unit configured to adjust exposure timing based on the light quantity change characteristic; and
a control unit configured to change a method of calculating the light quantity change characteristic according to the setting regarding continuous shooting and/or focus adjustment, and to determine whether the exposure timing is adjusted based on the light quantity change characteristic.

US Pat. No. 10,212,347

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a panning detection unit configured to detect a panning velocity of the image pickup apparatus;
a vector detection unit configured to detect motion vectors from a plurality of images acquired by an image sensor whose image pickup plane has a plurality of detection frames arranged in a first direction and a second direction orthogonal to the first direction;
a determination unit configured to determine a motion vector of an object among the motion vectors obtained from the detection frames;
a specifying unit configured to specify a target point in the images;
a control unit configured to set an image area in accordance with the motion vector of the object and the target point in the images and to drive an optical element so as to correct a difference between a moving velocity of the object and the panning velocity of the image pickup apparatus based on the image area; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate a moving direction of the object based on the motion vector of the object,
wherein the control unit drives the optical element based on the motion vector obtained from the detection frame located in the second direction when an angle between the first direction and the moving direction is smaller than an angle between the second direction and the moving direction, and
wherein each unit is implemented by one or more processors, circuitry or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,212,348

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, ITS CONTROL METHOD, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which causes a display unit to display a still image captured by an image capturing apparatus that includes the display unit, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to:
perform a control so as to extract an area for a main object from an image captured by the image capturing apparatus and display the extracted area;
calculate information on a motion of the main object based on a blur detected by a first detector which detects the blur of the image capturing apparatus and a motion vector detected by a second detector which detects the motion vector from the image; and
control an optical correction unit provided in the image capturing apparatus based on a motion vector indicating the information on the motion of the main object during capturing the still image,
wherein the one or more processors change the area, which is displayed on the display unit, for the main object based on the motion vector indicating the information on the motion of the main object before the still image is captured.

US Pat. No. 10,212,349

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a correction unit configured to optically correct image shake by moving a lens or an imaging element;
a first detector configured to detect an angular velocity of the imaging apparatus;
a second detector configured to detect a motion vector from a captured image;
a calculator configured to calculate an object angular velocity on the basis of the angular velocity of imaging apparatus and the motion vector;
a third detection unit configured to detect a cycle of a motion of the object on the basis of the object angular velocity; and
a processor configured to detect a cycle of a motion of the object on the basis of the object angular velocity and set an exposure timing at the time of panning on the basis of the cycle of the motion of the object and correct image shake of the object by driving the correction unit.

US Pat. No. 10,212,353

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire information about a focusing degree of a plurality of focal point detection areas; and
a display control unit configured to control each of the plurality of focal point detection areas to display a focus guide indicating a plurality of pieces of information including the focusing degree in a superimposed manner on a live view image captured by an image pickup unit,
wherein the display control unit performs the control to perform a simple display by displaying a focus guide corresponding to a focal point detection area having a low focusing degree to be smaller than a focus guide corresponding to a focal point detection area having a high focusing degree, or by not displaying at least one of the plurality of pieces of information in the focus guide corresponding to the focal point detection area having the low focusing degree.

US Pat. No. 10,210,820

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:a light-emitting unit including a plurality of light sources, each of which emits light having a first color, and a conversion member that converts a part of the light having the first color emitted from the respective light sources into light having a second color and emits light including the light having the first color and the light having the second color;
a display unit configured to display an image on a screen by modulating, based on image data, the light including the light having the first color and the light having the second color emitted from the light-emitting unit;
a control unit configured to individually control respective light-emitting brightness of the plurality of light sources based on input image data;
an estimation unit configured to estimate, based on the respective light-emitting brightness of the plurality of light sources, a first brightness distribution which is a brightness distribution of combined light obtained by combining the light having the first color emitted from the light-emitting unit and a second brightness distribution which is a brightness distribution of combined light obtained by combining the light having the second color emitted from the light-emitting unit; and
an image processing unit configured to perform image processing, in which color unevenness in the screen due to a difference between the first brightness distribution and the second brightness distribution is reduced based on the first brightness distribution and the second brightness distribution, to the input image data, and to output image data to which the image processing having been performed to the display unit, wherein
respective pixel values of the input image data include a first gradation value corresponding to the first color and a second gradation value corresponding to the second color, and
in the image processing, the respective first gradation values of the input image data are corrected based on the first brightness distribution and the respective second gradation values of the input image data are corrected based on the second brightness distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,210,821

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light source apparatus, comprising:a light-emitting unit having a plurality of light-emitting diodes having mutually different light emission colors;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing a program which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the light source apparatus to:
drive the light-emitting unit in such that each of the plurality of light-emitting diodes emits light periodically, wherein
the plurality of light-emitting diodes include a G-LED which is a light-emitting diode that emits green light and a specified-color LED which is a light-emitting diode that emits light different from green light; and
in a case where white light is emitted from the light-emitting unit, the current supplied to the G-LED in the lighting period of the G-LED is lower than the current supplied to the specified-color LED in the lighting period of the specified-color LED, and the lighting period of the G-LED in one cycle of light emission of the G-LED is longer than the lighting period of the specified-color LED in one cycle of light emission of the specified-color LED.

US Pat. No. 10,212,364

ZOOM CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND ZOOM CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A zoom control apparatus configured to control an angle of view, the apparatus comprising:a motion sensor configured to acquire a motion amount of an image capturing optical system; and
at least one processor or at least one circuit programmed to function as:
a controller configured to vary the angle of view,
wherein the controller is configured to (a) acquire a first value that is a velocity or an acceleration as a value relating to the motion amount, (b) acquire a second value that is a value relating to a moved amount of a motion of the image capturing optical system from a time at which the first value becomes equal to or higher than a third threshold and (c) make the angle of view wider in response to the second value becoming equal to or larger than a fourth threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,207,498

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:(a) a print head configured to print an image by ejecting an ink from an ejection port;
(b) a tank configured to store the ink supplied to the print head;
(c) a first path for supplying ink from the tank to the print head;
(d) a second path for collecting ink from the print head and returning the collected ink to the tank;
(e) a circulation path including the tank, the first path, the print head, and the second path, the circulation path being configured to circulate the ink between the print head and the tank,
(f) a discharging unit configured to perform a discharging operation for discharging the ink in the circulation path;
(g) an evaporation amount calculating unit configured to calculate an evaporation amount of the ink;
(h) a calculating unit configured to calculate a value relating to ink density in the circulation path on the basis of (i) an amount of ink in the circulation path and (ii) the evaporation amount of the ink; and
(i) a control unit configured to cause the discharging unit to perform the discharging operation based on the value relating to the ink density calculated by the calculating unit.

US Pat. No. 10,207,501

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet recording method using an ink jet recording apparatus having a plurality of aqueous inks that include a cyan ink, a magenta ink and a yellow ink each comprising a dye, ink storage portions that respectively store the respective aqueous inks, and a recording head that has a heat-generating portion to generate thermal energy and ejects the aqueous inks by action of the thermal energy, the method comprising ejecting the aqueous inks from the recording head to record an image on a recording medium, whereinthe recording head is formed by arranging a plurality of ejection orifice arrays corresponding to the aqueous inks on one recording element substrate,
the ink storage portions are housings formed of a thermoplastic resin, said ink storage portions being integrally formed in the recording head without any another member being interposed therebetween,
a protective layer comprising at least one of tantalum and tantalum oxide is formed on a face of the heat-generating portion that comes in contact with the aqueous inks, and
the ejection orifice arrays include a first ejection orifice array and a second ejection orifice array at both sides and include a third ejection orifice array at a position between the first and second ejection orifice arrays, and the aqueous inks corresponding to the first, second and third ejection orifice arrays satisfy condition 1 and condition 2 below:
condition 1: a value of dynamic surface tension (mN/m) of the aqueous ink corresponding to the third ejection orifice array is smaller than a maximum value of dynamic surface tension (mN/m) of the aqueous inks corresponding to the first ejection orifice array and the second ejection orifice array, and
condition 2: a value of lightness of the aqueous ink corresponding to the third ejection orifice array is larger than a minimum value of lightness of the aqueous inks corresponding to the first ejection orifice array and the second ejection orifice array.

US Pat. No. 10,207,506

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND RECOVERY METHOD OF PRINT HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a print head that ejects ink from an ejection port to perform a print operation, the print head having an ejection port surface on which the ejection port is formed;
a sucking unit having a cap which contacts the ejection port surface to perform a sucking operation of sucking the ink from the ejection port;
a first obtaining unit that obtains a first elapsed time from the end of a previous print operation;
a second obtaining unit that obtains a second elapsed time from a previous sucking operation by the sucking unit; and
a control unit that causes the sucking unit to perform the sucking operation in at least one of (i) a case where the first elapsed time is longer than a first threshold time and (ii) a case where the second elapsed time is longer than a second threshold time, the second threshold time being longer than the first threshold time,
wherein if the second elapsed time is longer than a third elapsed time which is shorter than the second threshold time after performing the print operation, the control unit causes the sucking unit to perform the sucking operation.

US Pat. No. 10,212,378

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a pixel array that has a plurality of image forming pixels and a plurality of focus detection pixels; and
one or more circuits configured to function as:
a readout unit that reads out a pixel signal from the pixel array;
an A/D conversion unit that has a first mode for A/D converting the pixel signal read out by the readout unit with a first resolution and a second mode for A/D converting the pixel signal read out by the readout unit with a second resolution that is higher than the first resolution; and
a control unit that switches between the first mode and the second mode in accordance with a magnitude relationship between a signal level of the pixel signal read out from the pixel array and a reference level.

US Pat. No. 10,207,511

INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET PRINTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink cartridge mountable, in a mounting direction crossing with a direction of gravity, to a cartridge mounting portion provided with an ink receiving tube and a plurality of electrical connecting portions, said ink cartridge comprising:a casing including an ink accommodating chamber configured to accommodate ink to be supplied to said ink receiving tube, said casing having a first side surface in a position at a leading end with respect to the mounting direction, an upper surface and a bottom surface;
a tube inserting portion into which the ink receiving tube is insertable and which is provided at said first side surface in a position closer to said bottom surface than to said upper surface;
a substrate having an area above said tube inserting portion, the area crossing with the mounting direction;
a plurality of electrical contacts electrically connectable with the plurality of electrical connecting portions, said electrical contacts being arranged in the area in a direction crossing with a direction of height which is from said bottom surface toward said upper surface;
a positioning portion provided in a position above said tube inserting portion and below said electrical contacts and engageable with a positioning member provided in the cartridge mounting portion to limit movement of said casing in a direction perpendicular to the mounting direction; and
a through-opening at a position between said tube inserting portion and said positioning portion of said first side surface, said through-opening being in fluid communication with said ink accommodating chamber to supply the air into said ink accommodating chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,212,382

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device, comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the image processing device to:
display an image and an item on a screen;
set whether or not to superimpose and record an item on the image; and
store the image on which the item is superimposed, in a memory unit, when the item is set to be superimposed and recorded on the image, and store the image on which the item is not superimposed, in the memory unit, when the item is set to be recorded without being superimposed on the image,
wherein the item is controlled to be located on the image and displayed on the screen when the item is set to be superimposed and recorded on the image, and the item is controlled to be located on a blank area generated by a difference between an aspect ratio of the image and an aspect ratio of the screen, and displayed on the screen when the item is set to be recorded without being superimposed on the image.

US Pat. No. 10,212,131

NETWORK DEVICE THAT REGISTERS EVENT, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network device that has a personal firewall function, and registers an event concerning a network service, comprising:one or more processors, connected to a memory, the one or more processors being configured to:
receive a registration request for registering an event;
determine whether or not a transmission destination specified by the received registration request corresponds to a transmission restriction target of the personal firewall; and
perform control, when it is determined that the transmission destination corresponds to the transmission restriction target, so as not to register an event according to the registration request,
wherein when control is performed so as not to register an event according to the registration request, a response indicative of a registration failure is transmitted to a transmission source of the registration request.

US Pat. No. 10,212,394

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR FOCUS DETECTION, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A signal processing apparatus for processing image signals, which are acquired from an image sensor arranged with a plurality of pixels, comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory,
wherein the at least one processor is configured to function as:
a correlation operation unit configured to perform a correlation operation with shifting of an A-image signal and a B-image signal respectively corresponding to a plurality of predetermined pixels of the image sensor,
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a defocus amount based on an output of the correlation operation, and
a control unit configured to determine image signals, included within the A-image signal and the B-image signal, with which the correlation operation is not to be performed, based on a comparison of a difference between the A-image signal and the B-image signal with a predetermined value, and to control the correlation operation unit to perform the correlation operation based on portions of the A-image signal and the B-image signal other than the determined image signals without performing the correlation operation on the determined image signals, and
wherein the acquiring unit is configured to acquire the defocus amount based on the output of the correlation operation performed in the correlation operation unit which is based on the portions of the A-image signal and B-image signal other than the determined image signals.

US Pat. No. 10,207,528

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING ORDER OF IMAGE FORMATION ON A PLURALITY OF PAGES TO BE POST-PROCESSED, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus that is connectable with a post-processing apparatus, wherein the post-processing apparatus comprises a first tray, a second tray, a stacking portion, and a folding unit, and is configured to discharge a sheet conveyed from the printing apparatus to the first tray, without switching back the conveyed sheet and is configured to switch back a sheet conveyed from the printing apparatus to the stacking portion, stack the switched back sheet on the stacking portion, perform a folding process that folds a plurality of the stacked sheets by using the folding unit to thereby form a brochure, and discharge the formed brochure to the second tray, comprising:a printer configured to form images for a plurality of pages of the brochure on a plurality of sheets; and
a processor that controls the post-processing apparatus to
in a first case where an instruction to execute the folding process has been received and the number of the plurality of sheets is larger than a predetermined number, discharge the plurality of sheets to the first tray, and
in a second case where the instruction to execute the folding process has been received and the number of the plurality of sheets is smaller than the predetermined number, fold the plurality of sheets to thereby form a brochure by using the folding unit and discharge the formed brochure to the second tray,
wherein the order of the images for the plurality of pages to be formed by the printer in the first case and the order of the images for the plurality of pages to be formed by the printer in the second case are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,212,405

CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the control apparatus to:
acquire information concerning an update timing of a projection or display image;
determine an image capturing timing by an image capturing unit based on the information concerning the update timing and an exposure period by the image capturing unit for capturing the projection or display image; and
control a projection or display image based on a pattern image extracted from a captured image obtained by image capturing by the image capturing unit at the determined image capturing timing based on the information concerning the update timing and the exposure period by the image capturing unit for capturing the projection or display image,
wherein an area in the projection or display image is specified based on the information concerning the update timing and information of the exposure period of the image capturing unit, and the image capturing timing is determined such that an image capture by the image capturing unit is performed during a period in which no update occurs in the specified area in the projection or display image, and
wherein the instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the control apparatus to determine a timing al which a lowermost end line of the specified area is updated as a timing to start capturing by the image capturing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,210,619

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR SELECTING AN OBJECT IMAGE TO BE PROCESSED BASED ON A DETERMINATION RESULT OF CORRELATION, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an image acquiring unit configured to acquire, based on an input image, a plurality of resolution hierarchical images having resolutions that are different from one another;
an extracting unit configured to extract a feature point in each of the plurality of resolution hierarchical images;
a feature amount acquirer configured to acquire a feature amount of the feature point;
a determining unit configured to determine a correlation among a plurality of feature points in the plurality of resolution hierarchical images using information on positions of the plurality of feature points in each resolution hierarchical image;
a selecting unit configured to select at least one processing object image to be processed with the feature point in the plurality of resolution hierarchical images, based on a determination result of the correlation; and
a processing unit configured to detect a motion vector using the at least one processing object image selected by the selecting unit,
wherein the determining unit determines the correlation between a specified resolution hierarchical image and another resolution hierarchical image that satisfy a predetermined condition of the feature amount in the plurality of resolution hierarchical images,
wherein the selecting unit selects a processing object image including at least the specified resolution hierarchical image for which the determination result of the correlation satisfies the predetermined condition, and does not select a processing object image for which the determination result of the correlation does not satisfy the predetermined condition,
wherein the predetermined condition is one of:
that the feature point having the largest feature amount in the plurality of resolution hierarchical images is included, and
that the feature point having the feature amount equal to or larger than a predetermined value in the plurality of resolution hierarchical images is included,
wherein each unit is implemented by one or more processors, circuitry or a combination thereof, and
wherein the processing unit performs one or more of image stabilization processing and dynamic range enlargement processing on the input images using the detected motion vectors.

US Pat. No. 10,209,102

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS, MACHINE TOOL APPARATUS, AND EXPOSURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,209,358

OBJECT DETECTION USING SONIC WAVES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus having a sensor including an output unit for outputting a sonic wave and an input unit for inputting a sonic wave from outside, the apparatus comprising:a control unit configured to cause the output unit to output a first sonic wave for a first time period and a second sonic wave for a second time period following the first time period and which is shorter than the first time period; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether there is an object in a first area, based on a first reflected wave of the first sonic wave input to the input unit after the output unit outputs the first sonic wave and after a first masking period longer than the first time period and overlapping with the first time period, and to determine whether there is an object in a second area which is closer to the apparatus than the first area, based on a second reflected wave of the second sonic wave input to the input unit after the output unit outputs the second sonic wave and after a second masking period longer than the second time period and overlapping the second time period and which is shorter than the first masking period.

US Pat. No. 10,209,104

ABSOLUTE ENCODER, PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, DRIVING APPARATUS, AND INDUSTRIAL MACHINE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An absolute encoder comprising:a scale having a sequence of marks;
a detector configured to detect a signal corresponding to a plurality of marks of the scale; and
a processor configured to generate a signal group that includes a plurality of signals for which there is a high probability of being detected this time by the detector on a basis of at least one signal that has been detected by the detector in advance and configured to obtain degrees of similarity between the signal detected this time by the detector and respective signals included in the signal group and configured to obtain an absolute position corresponding to the signal detected this time on a basis of the degrees of similarity;
wherein the signal detected this time by the detector and each of the plurality of signals are a code sequence that includes a plurality of codes corresponding to the plurality of marks of the scale.

US Pat. No. 10,210,643

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM THAT GENERATES AN IMAGE FROM A CAPTURED IMAGE IN WHICH AN INFLUENCE OF FINE PARTICLES IN AN ATMOSPHERE HAS BEEN REDUCED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates an image from a captured image, in which an influence of fine particles in an atmosphere has been reduced, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory that stores instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the image processing apparatus to function as:
(a) an input unit configured to acquire the captured image;
(b) a correction processing unit configured to perform correction processing that (i) corrects the captured image to reduce the influence of fine particles in the atmosphere, based on a pixel value of a pixel in which a scattered light component is enhanced due to the fine particles, and (ii) generates a corrected captured image; and
(c) an output unit configured to output an image based on the corrected captured image,
wherein the pixel value of the pixel, in which the scattered light component is enhanced due to the fine particles, is determined based on a lower pixel value, except for a minimum pixel value, within a predetermined block that includes the pixel in the captured image.

US Pat. No. 10,212,183

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PREVENTS UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS THERETO, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A method of controlling an information processing apparatus capable of communicating, with a server, the method comprising:inquiring of the server about an IP address of the information processing apparatus managed by the server;
determining whether the IP address obtained from the server as a result of the inquiry and an IP address stored in the information processing apparatus match each other; and
when it is determined that the IP address obtained from the server and the IP address stored in the information processing apparatus match each other, issuing a warning that a security level of the information processing apparatus is low.

US Pat. No. 10,211,675

WIRELESS POWER FEEDING SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wireless power feeding system for supplying electric power to a power reception device, in which a power transmission device and at least one other power transmission device that transmit electric power form a group in cooperation with each other,wherein the power transmission device comprises:
a power transmission unit configured to transmit electric power to the power reception device;
a communication unit configured to perform communication with the power reception device and the at least one other power transmission device; and
at least one processor that functions as:
a calculation unit configured to calculate a number of communicatable power transmission devices, using said communication unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a number of communicatable power transmission devices from each communicatable one of the at least one other power transmission device, using said communication unit;
a comparison unit configured to compare the number of communicatable power transmission devices, which is calculated by said calculation unit, and the number of communicatable power transmission devices of each communicatable one of the at least one other power transmission device, which is acquired by said acquisition unit; and
a determination unit configured to determine the power transmission device as a master device of the group, in a case where a result of comparison by said comparison unit indicates that the number of communicatable power transmission devices, which is calculated by said calculation unit, is larger than the number of communicatable power transmission devices of each communicatable one of the at least one other power transmission device, which is acquired by said acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 10,209,370

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a sensor array in which a plurality of sensors each configured to detect radiation is arranged;
a readout circuit configured to read out a signal from the plurality of sensors;
an output circuit configured to output the signal;
a driving unit configured to drive the plurality of sensors;
a controller configured to perform first control for resetting the plurality of sensors by causing the driving unit to drive the plurality of sensors before start of radiation irradiation, second control for causing the driving unit to accumulate charges in the plurality of sensors after the start of the radiation irradiation, and third control for causing the driving unit to drive the plurality of sensors to cause the output circuit to output the signal after the second control; and
a power supply circuit including a first switching voltage regulator that generates a voltage for the readout circuit and a second switching voltage regulator that generates a voltage for the output circuit,
wherein the second voltage regulator generates the voltage for the output circuit based on a first clock signal provided from the controller in the third control, and generates the voltage for the output circuit based on a second clock signal in the first control, the second clock signal being lower in power consumption of the second voltage regulator than the first clock signal, and
wherein the first voltage regulator generates the voltage for the readout circuit based on a third clock signal provided from the controller in the first control, the second control, and the third control.

US Pat. No. 10,209,631

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus for transferring a pattern of a mask onto a substrate by exposing the substrate while scanning the mask and the substrate, the apparatus comprising:a stage configured to hold and move the substrate;
a control unit configured to control movement of the stage;
a first measurement unit configured to measure a position, in a height direction, of a shot region of the substrate held by the stage before the shot region reaches an exposure area where the shot region is exposed; and
a second measurement unit configured to measure the position of the shot region in the height direction prior to the first measurement unit,
wherein the control unit:
controls the stage to perform:
first driving where the substrate is driven in the height direction based on a measurement result of the second measurement unit; and
second driving where the substrate is driven in the height direction based on a measurement result of the first measurement unit after the second measurement unit measures the position of the shot region in the height direction and until the shot region reaches the exposure area;
makes a first driving amount of the stage in the height direction in the first driving larger than half a distance corresponding to a difference between a final target position of the shot region in the height direction and the position of the shot region in the height direction measured by the second measurement unit;
makes a second driving amount of the stage in the height direction in the second driving smaller than the first driving amount of the stage in the height direction in the first driving; and
controls the stage so that the position of the shot region in the height direction is positioned at a position different from the final target position by the first driving and is positioned at the final target position by the second driving.

US Pat. No. 10,209,633

VIBRATION CONTROL APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

21. A lithography apparatus comprising:a patterning device configured to perform patterning on a substrate; and
a vibration control apparatus configured to control vibration of an object on which the patterning device is mounted,
wherein the vibration control apparatus includes:
a support member configured to contact a base and the object and support the object, the support member having a damping coefficient to passively damp vibration transferring from the base to the object;
a driving device configured to drive the patterning device to change a relative position between the patterning device and the base; and
a controller configured to perform:
negative feedback control of the driving device based on a command value obtained from information on vibration of the object; and
positive feedback control of the driving device based on a command value obtained by multiplying information on a relative velocity between the object and the base by a feedback gain, which is set to a value equal to or smaller than the damping coefficient of the support member.

US Pat. No. 10,211,684

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus comprising:a power transmitting unit configured to wirelessly transmit power to a power receiving apparatus;
a receiving unit configured to receive schedule information that defines a process performed by the power receiving apparatus and a time at which the process is performed; and
a control unit configured to determine a power amount to be transmitted to the power receiving apparatus in accordance with the process to be performed by the power receiving apparatus and control the power transmitting unit to transmit the determined power amount at a time at which the process is to be performed by the power receiving apparatus, based on the schedule information.

US Pat. No. 10,209,637

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising, in a following order:a support;
a charge generating layer containing a charge generation material; and
a charge transporting layer containing a charge transport material and serving as a surface layer,
wherein the charge transporting layer contains:
a polycarbonate resin (i) having a structural unit represented by formula (1-1), a structural unit represented by formula (1-2), and a structural unit represented by formula (1-3),
when numbers of repetitions of the structural unit represented by the formula (1-1) and the structural unit represented by the formula (1-2) in the polycarbonate resin (i) are respectively a and b, a/b is 0.25 to 4.00,
in the formula (1-1), R11 to R14 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an alkoxy group,in the formula (1-2), R15 to R18 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an alkoxy group, and X represents an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, or a sulfonyl group,in the formula (1-3), R211 to R214 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an alkoxy group; R215 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an alkoxy group; R216 and R217 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 9 carbon atoms; and i211 represents an integer of 0 to 3.

US Pat. No. 10,210,419

CONVOLUTION OPERATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A convolution operation apparatus, which recognizes a target in an input image data, comprising:a first product-sum calculator including:
a plurality of first multipliers each configured to multiply data input to a first input and a second input;
a plurality of first accumulators each configured to accumulate a multiplication result from a corresponding one of the plurality of first multipliers;
a first data supplier configured to supply the input image data as first data to the first input of each of the plurality of first multipliers; and
a second data supplier configured to supply a plurality of second data to respective second inputs of the plurality of first multipliers;
a second product-sum calculator including:
a plurality of second multipliers each configured to multiply data input to a first input and a second input;
a plurality of second accumulators each configured to accumulate a multiplication result from a corresponding one of the plurality of second multipliers;
a third data supplier configured to supply third data to the first input of each of the plurality of second multipliers; and
a fourth data supplier configured to receive and hold an output from each of the plurality of first accumulators and supply the output as fourth data to the second input of a corresponding one of the plurality of second multipliers; and
a controller configured to control the first product-sum calculator and the second product-sum calculator to parallelly execute product-sum processing,
wherein the second product-sum calculator provides the outputs from the plurality of second accumulators as results of convolution operations to the second data using the first data and the third data, and the target in the input image data is recognized based on the results of convolution operations, and
wherein the number of the plurality of first multipliers, the number of the plurality of first accumulators, the number of the plurality of second multipliers, and the number of the plurality of second accumulators correspond to a size of a filter kernel.

US Pat. No. 10,211,701

DRIVING APPARATUS AND OPTICAL APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving apparatus comprising:a driving unit comprising a motor;
an elastic member being in contact with the driving unit;
a fixing member configured to fix the driving unit through intermediation of the elastic member;
a first gear configured to transmit rotational driving force of the motor;
a second gear to be meshed with the first gear;
a rotary shaft holding the second gear; and
a regulating member configured to:
be spaced apart from the rotary shaft in a state where the rotary shaft is at a first position; and
come into contact with the rotary shaft in a state where the rotary shaft is at a second position displaced from the first position through deformation of the elastic member to regulate displacement of the rotary shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,210,422

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

12. An information processing method comprising:setting a plurality of patterns of blocks including a plurality of pixels;
obtaining feature amounts of pixel values in the plurality of blocks; and
detecting structure information of an image area of an image on the basis of the feature amounts of the pixel values obtained in the plurality of patterns,
wherein the plurality of patterns are set as block groups in which the plurality of blocks arranged at positions, which are point-symmetrical with respect to a center pixel in the image area.

US Pat. No. 10,209,655

FILM FOR USE IN FIXING DEVICE AND FIXING DEVICE WITH FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cylindrical film for use in a fixing device, the film comprising:a base layer having a cylindrical shape;
an a first electrode portion formed at one end part of the base layer in a longitudinal direction of the film;
a second electrode portion formed at the other end part of the base layer in the longitudinal direction of the film; and
a heat generation portion formed at a middle part of the base layer in the longitudinal direction of the film and electrically connected to the first and second electrode portions, the heat generation portion being formed of a conductive layer made of a same material as a material of the electrode portions,
wherein a thickness of the conductive layer is larger in the electrode portions than in the heat generation portion, and a surface area of the conductive layer per unit length in the longitudinal direction of the film is larger in the electrode portions than in the heat generation portion, and
wherein the electrode portions are formed of a circular part of the conductive layer, and the heat generation portion is formed of a plurality of thin linear parts of the conductive layer, the circular part extending in the circumferential direction of the film, and the plurality of thin linear parts extending in the longitudinal direction of the film and being arranged at predetermined intervals in the circumferential direction of the film.

US Pat. No. 10,201,969

RECORDING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording element substrate comprising:a plurality of recording elements;
a first logic circuit array which is an array of first logic circuits which correspond to the recording elements;
a plurality of memory elements;
a second logic circuit array which is an array of second logic circuits which correspond to the plurality of memory elements;
a signal supply circuit configured to supply a signal for controlling the plurality of recording elements and a signal for controlling the plurality of memory elements; and
a common line configured to connect the signal supply circuit to the first logic circuit array and the second logic circuit array in common,
wherein the first and second logic circuit arrays extend along a direction in which the common line extends, the first logic circuit array is disposed on one side of the common line, the second logic circuit array is disposed on the other side of the common line, and the first and second logic circuit arrays are arranged so that at least a portion of the first logic circuit array and a portion of the second logic circuit array overlap with each other in a direction orthogonal to the extending direction.

US Pat. No. 10,201,987

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PLATEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printhead configured to print on a sheet by ejecting ink;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the sheet in a first direction;
a platen including:
a plurality of supporting portions configured to support the sheet at a position opposing the printhead, wherein each of the supporting portions includes a supporting surface which is formed on a ribbed projection having a rectangular shape and contacts the sheet, a recess surrounded by the supporting surface, and a suction hole provided at the recess for suctioning the sheet onto the supporting surface, the plurality of supporting portions being positioned along a second direction crossing the first direction,
a plurality of first negative pressure chambers provided corresponding to the plurality of supporting portions, the pressure chambers communicating with the suction hole, and
a second negative pressure chamber communicating with the plurality of first negative pressure chambers; and
a fan configured to communicate with the second negative pressure chamber and generate negative pressure in the second negative pressure chamber and the plurality of first negative pressure chambers.

US Pat. No. 10,205,352

POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power receiving apparatus that complies with at least two power transfer methods and receives power wirelessly from a power transmitting apparatus, comprising:a detecting unit configured to detect power transmitted from another power transmitting apparatus which is different from the power transmitting apparatus while a first power transfer method is used out of the at least two power transfer methods; and
a control unit configured to control, when the power transmitted from the other power transmitting apparatus is detected, the power transmitting apparatus and the power receiving apparatus so that a second power transfer method different from the first power transfer method out of the at least two power transfer methods is used,
wherein a frequency used for wireless power transfer by the first power transfer method and a frequency used for wireless power transfer by the second power transfer method are different.

US Pat. No. 10,201,272

OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic imaging apparatus which captures a tomographic image of a subject's eye using interference light obtained by combining a return light from the subject's eye irradiated by measurement light and a reference light, the ophthalmologic imaging apparatus comprising:a selection unit configured to select any of a plurality of imaging modes including a first imaging mode for obtaining a first tomographic image of a retina region and a vitreous body region of the subject's eye and a second imaging mode, which is different from the first imaging mode, for obtaining a second tomographic image of the vitreous body region more suitable than that in the first tomographic image; and
a control unit configured to perform (a) control, in a case that the first imaging mode is selected, to display the first tomographic image on a display unit and (b) control, in a case that the second imaging mode is selected, to display the second tomographic image on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,205,894

IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including
a photoelectric conversion unit that generates a charge by photoelectric conversion;
a holding unit that holds the charge transferred from the photoelectric conversion unit to the holding unit; and
an amplifier unit that outputs a signal based on the charge transferred from the holding unit to the amplifier unit,
wherein:
the plurality of pixels is configured to output a first signal based on a charge generated in a first exposure period and a second signal based on a charge generated in a second exposure period with a length different from the first exposure period,
in the first exposure period, the photoelectric conversion unit accumulates the generated charge, and the charge held by the holding unit is transferred from the holding unit to the amplifier unit to read out the second signal,
the second exposure period includes a period of accumulating the generated charge only in the photoelectric conversion unit and a period of holding the generated charge in the photoelectric conversion unit and the holding unit, and
in the period of accumulating the generated charge only in the photoelectric conversion unit in the second exposure period, the charge held by the holding unit is transferred from the holding unit to the amplifier unit to read out the first signal.

US Pat. No. 10,205,904

IMAGE SENSOR CAPABLE OF CORRECTING NOISE CAUSED BY DARK CHARGE OF A FLOATING DIFFUSION PORTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:a pixel portion in which a plurality of unit pixels each provided with a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions and a floating diffusion portion shared by the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions are arrayed in matrix form;
an analog-digital converter that compares an analog signal with a reference signal that changes over time at a predetermined gradient, and converts the analog signal to a digital signal by counting, in a first direction or a second direction that differs from the first direction, from a start of the comparison until a transition point of a result of the comparison; and
a control circuit that controls the analog-digital converter;
wherein the control circuit controls the analog-digital converter in a first mode to:
convert a reset level of the floating diffusion portion by counting in the first direction or the second direction to acquire a first noise signal,
acquire a first optical signal by counting, in the first direction, an analog signal obtained by transferring a first photo charge accumulated in one or more photoelectric conversion portions including at least a first photoelectric conversion portion, among the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, to the floating diffusion portion,
acquire a second noise signal by counting, in the second direction, a potential that the floating diffusion portion has after the first optical signal is acquired, and
acquire a second optical signal by counting, the first direction, an analog signal obtained by transferring a second photo charge accumulated in at least a second photoelectric conversion portion not included in the one or more photoelectric conversion portions, among the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, to the floating diffusion portion.

US Pat. No. 10,205,921

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image output device which generates an output image signal representing an output image to be projected by a first projection unit, the first projection unit projecting a first image based on the output image signal so that a partial region in the first image overlaps a region of a second image projected by a second projection unit, the image output device comprising:one or more memories storing instructions; and
one or more hardware processors which, when executing the instructions, causes the image output device to perform:
generating a graphic signal representing information indicating a width of an overlapping region in the first image with the region of the second image, wherein the graphic signal represents an image for supplying user information for setting the first projection unit and/or the second projection unit;
superimposing the graphic signal on the first image, and outputting a graphic-superimposed image;
processing to subject one of the overlapping region of the first image or the graphic-superimposed image to luminance correction, and outputting an overlapping-processed image;
receiving a mode signal indicating which one of predetermined operation modes is to be applied, the predetermined operation modes specifying a procedure for generating the output image signal and including a first operation mode and a second operation mode, wherein the first operation mode is a mode in which alignment of projection regions of a plurality of projection units is performed for a multi-screen display, and the second operation mode is a mode in which the alignment has been completed;
outputting, as the output image signal to the first projection unit, the overlapping-processed image output by the processing or the graphic-superimposed image output by the superimposing according to the operation mode; and
projecting the first image by the first projection unit based on the output image signal so that the partial region in the first image overlaps the region of the second image projected by the second projection unit,
wherein the graphic superimposed image is subjected to the luminance correction after the graphic signal is superimposed on the first image, and the overlapping-processed image subjected to the luminance correction is output as the output image signal, to the first projection unit, in a case where the predetermined operation mode indicated by the mode signal is the second operation mode; and
wherein the graphic signal is superimposed on the overlapping-processed image output after the first image is subjected to the luminance correction, and the graphic-superimposed image is output as the output image signal to the first projection unit, in a case where the predetermined operation mode indicated by the mode signal is the first operation mode.

US Pat. No. 10,204,400

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:on or more processors: and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
a first acquiring unit configured to acquire information relating to a depth distribution of an object as map data with a first resolution;
a second acquiring unit configured to acquire image data of the object as image data with a second resolution higher than the first resolution;
a shaping unit configured to shape the map data based on the image data acquired by the second acquiring, unit;
a first reducing unit configured to reduce the image data acquired by the second acquiring unit so as to conform to the first resolution: and
a second reducing unit configured to reduce the image data acquired by the second acquiring unit for display so as to conform to a resolution lower than the second resolution,
wherein the shaping unit shapes the map data with the first resolution with reference to the image data of which the resolution has been changed from the second resolution to the first resolution, and
wherein the second reducing unit suppresses alias generated by reduction of the image more strongly than that suppressed by the first reducing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,203,637

FIXING APPARATUS HAVING A RESTRICTIVE GUIDE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:a cylindrical rotating member;
a guide member in contact with an inner surface of the rotating member and configured to guide rotation of the rotating member;
a roller forming a nip portion together with the guide member, with the rotating member in between;
a stay disposed in a hollow portion of the rotating member and configured to reinforce the guide member,
wherein an image carried by a printing material is fixed onto the printing material while the printing material is nipped and conveyed through the nip portion, and
wherein the guide member has a contact surface that restricts a position of the guide member with respect to the stay by coming into contact with a surface of the stay on the upstream side in the printing-material conveying direction, the contact surface being disposed, in a direction perpendicular to the printing-material conveying direction, in such a manner that a center is downstream from ends in the printing-material conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,204,943

IMAGE SENSOR, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA WITH PIXEL INCLUDING LIGHT WAVEGUIDE AND INSULATION FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor including a plurality of pixels,wherein at least a pixel of the plurality of pixels includes a plurality of photoelectric converters arranged in a semiconductor substrate and a light waveguide provided for the plurality of photoelectric converters,
the light waveguide includes a main waveguide surrounded by an insulation film so as to pass light entering the plurality of photoelectric converters, and a plurality of sub waveguides each arranged between the main waveguide and a corresponding photoelectric converter of the plurality of photoelectric converters,
a gate electrode is arranged above the semiconductor substrate via a gate insulation film, and
the plurality of sub waveguides are separated from each other by a separator including an electrically conductive member having a portion which is made of the same material as the gate electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,204,232

APPARATUS CAPABLE OF EXECUTING ADJUSTING OPERATION, CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ADJUSTING OPERATION OF APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
a processor that executes instructions, of the set of instructions, of:
(a) managing an access right that is assigned to each of a plurality of users;
(b) storing, in the memory device, an access level which is assigned to each set of adjusting user interfaces, the access level indicating an access level of each of a plurality of adjustment items included in the set of adjusting user interfaces;
(c) authenticating a user;
(d) displaying a first screen that displays selection user interfaces for selecting, by the authenticated user, a type of situation related to maintenance of the image forming apparatus and a type of trouble to be solved;
(e) determining, in accordance with selections of the type of situation and the type of trouble via the selection user interfaces by the authenticated user, whether or not the authenticated user has a predetermined access right for adjusting predetermined setting information of the image forming apparatus to solve the selected type of trouble;
(f) performing screen transition from the first screen to a second screen that displays a set of adjusting user interfaces to adjust the predetermined setting information, in a case where it is determined that the authenticated user has the predetermined access right; and
(g) restricting performing screen transition from the first screen to the second screen in a case where it is determined that the authenticated user does not have the predetermined access right,
wherein, in the determining, it is determined whether or not the authenticated user has an authority to use the set of adjusting user interfaces for solving the selected type of trouble based on the access right of the authenticated user and the access level of the set of adjusting user interfaces corresponding to the predetermined setting information, and
wherein the screen transition to the second screen is performed when it is determined that the authenticated user has the authority to use the set of adjusting user interface for solving the selected type of trouble.

US Pat. No. 10,201,927

IMPRINT APPARATUS, FOREIGN PARTICLE REMOVAL METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which performs an imprint process of molding an imprint material on a substrate using a mold and forming a pattern on the substrate, the apparatus comprising:a substrate chuck configured to hold a substrate;
a first plate configured to surround the substrate chuck;
a suction mechanism including a nozzle arranged to face a gap between the substrate chuck and the first plate, configured to suction a gas contained in the gap through the nozzle; and
a first stocker which stocks a second plate which is different from the substrate on which a pattern is formed,
wherein the substrate chuck is configured to hold the second plate while the suction mechanism suctions the gas contained in the gap,
wherein the second plate prevents a foreign particle, which is diffused from the gap by suctioning the gas contained in the gap by the suction mechanism, from adhering onto the substrate chuck.

US Pat. No. 10,204,780

IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus comprising:a stage configured to hold a substrate and be movable;
a material supplying device configured to supply an imprint material in an imprint region on the substrate;
a holder configured to hold a mold to be brought into contact with the imprint material supplied in the imprint region;
a member including a surface facing the stage and disposed between the holder and the material supplying device; and
a gas supplying device configured to form a flow of gas between the surface and the stage in a direction from the holder toward the material supplying device,
wherein the member is formed with a flow path of the gas such that the gas is diverted from a supply path along which the material supplying device supplies the imprint material in the imprint region.

US Pat. No. 10,204,271

IMAGE COMPOSITION EVALUATING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHODS THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for evaluating image composition comprising:one or more memories that store a set of instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the set of instructions to:
segment an image into a plurality of regions;
extract at least one feature from each of the plurality of regions;
classify each of the plurality of regions into a preset class based on the extracted at least one feature and a trained model;
extract at least one attribution from each of the plurality of regions;
collect the at least one attribution for each of the plurality of regions;
merge isolated regions in the plurality of regions and update the attributions of the merged regions after collecting the at least one attribution for each of the plurality of regions;
describe relationships among the plurality of regions based on the extracted attributions; and
evaluate a composition of the image to determine whether at least one composition problem is included in the image, based on the extracted attributions, the described relationships and at least one preset criterion,
wherein when updating the attributions of the merged regions, if a plurality of regions merged into one region have more than one class, the class for the one merged region is the one that most of the plurality of regions have.

US Pat. No. 10,200,944

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,199,417

STACKED-TYPE IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A stacked-type image sensor comprising:an imaging chip that includes a pixel unit in which a plurality of pixels are arranged, a plurality of output terminals that are provided so as to respectively correspond to the plurality of pixels, a first signal selection unit that can selectively input signals of the plurality of pixels and output the input signals to the plurality of output terminals, and a selection control unit that controls the first signal selection unit; and
a signal processing chip that includes a plurality of input terminals that are to be electrically connected to the plurality of output terminals, a second signal selection unit that can distribute and output signals that are input from the plurality of input terminals, a signal processing circuit that performs predetermined signal processing on the signals that have been distributed by the second signal selection unit, and a control signal generation unit that generates control signals for controlling the first signal selection unit arranged on the imaging chip and the second signal selection unit arranged on the signal processing chip,
wherein the imaging chip includes an input terminal that inputs the control signals from the control signal generation unit of the signal processing chip, and the signal processing chip includes an output terminal that outputs the control signals from the control signal generation unit to the selection control unit of the imaging chip,
wherein, in accordance with the control signals generated by the control signal generation unit that is arranged on the signal processing chip, the selection control unit controls the first signal selection unit arranged on the imaging chip to select which of the plurality of output terminals to output the output signals of the plurality of pixels, and
wherein the imaging chip and the signal processing chip are stacked on each other.

US Pat. No. 10,197,892

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS RESISTANT TO ENVIRONMENTS, AND IMAGE MONITORING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a main case configured to have, in an internal space thereof, a lens unit and a heater, the internal space being divided into a first closed space and a second closed space via an opening;
a valve member configured to open and close the opening;
a temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of the internal space;
a valve opening and closing actuator configured to open and close the valve member; and
a controller configured to control opening and closing actions of the valve member,
wherein, based on information about a temperature detected in the internal space by the temperature sensor, the controller determines whether to open or close the valve member using the valve opening and closing actuator, thus controlling opening and closing actions of the valve member by the valve opening and closing actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,198,149

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,199,960

VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration wave motor comprising:a vibrator including a vibration plate and a piezoelectric element;
a friction member in frictional contact with the vibrator;
a pressing member that generates a pressing force to bring the vibrator in frictional contact with the friction member; and
a pressing force transmitting member positioned between the vibrator and the pressing member to transmit the pressing force from the pressing member to the vibrator,
wherein the vibrator and the friction member move relatively in a relative movement direction by an elliptical vibration generated at the vibrator, and
wherein the pressing force transmitting member includes:
an engagement portion that is formed near a contact portion with the pressing member and with which the pressing member is engaged;
a first restricting portion that restricts movement in the relative movement direction; and
a second restricting portion that restricts movement in a direction perpendicular to a pressing direction by the pressing member and the relative movement direction,
wherein the pressing force transmitting member is rotatably held with respect to the pressing member.

US Pat. No. 10,199,964

MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS AND MOTOR CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A motor control apparatus that drives by application of a drive waveform to a motor, the motor control apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to output a positional detection signal according to a rotation of the motor, and
an acquire unit configured to acquire a phase value corresponding to a phase of the drive waveform of the motor; and
a control unit configured to change a cycle of the drive waveform based on the phase of the drive waveform of the motor,
wherein the control unit controls to change a cycle of the drive waveform to a cycle in which a difference between a phase value of the drive waveform and a target phase value at a second timing in which a travel time has elapsed from a first timing is smaller than a difference between a phase value of the drive waveform and a target phase value at the first timing by gradually changing a voltage of the drive waveform in a case where the phase value of the drive waveform acquired at the first timing of the signal differs from the target phase value at the first timing, and
wherein the positional detection signal includes a first level and a second level and the first timing corresponds to a timing at which the positional detection signal switches between the first level and the second level.

US Pat. No. 10,197,941

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a photosensitive member configured to rotate in a first direction;
an exposure unit, which includes a light source configured to radiate a light beam and a driving unit configured to drive the light source, and which is configured to scan the photosensitive member with the light beam in a second direction substantially orthogonal to the first direction to form an electrostatic latent image;
a determination unit configured to determine, depending on a position in the second direction of a predetermined pixel of image data that has been input, a number of bit data per pixel for the predetermined pixel;
a selection unit, which has a plurality of conversion conditions for converting the image data into a bit pattern for driving the driving unit, and which is configured to select a predetermined conversion condition from among the plurality of conversion conditions depending on the number of bit data determined by the determination unit, the plurality of conversion conditions being set such that numbers of bit data included in the bit pattern obtained after the conversion for radiating the light beam are different, and such that the numbers of bit data are different depending on the image data; and
a generation unit configured to generate, based on the predetermined conversion condition selected by the selection unit, and on a density value of the predetermined pixel, the bit pattern for generating a PWM signal for driving the driving unit for the predetermined pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,197,955

TEMPERATURE DETECTING MEMBER AND FIXING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A temperature detecting member for detecting a temperature of an object of a fixing device in contact with the object, said temperature detecting member comprising:a first film having an insulating property;
a temperature-sensitive element provided on said first film;
an electroconductive pattern formed on said first film, said electroconductive pattern being electrically connected with said temperature-sensitive element, and
a second film configured to cover said temperature-sensitive element and said electroconductive pattern in cooperation with said first film.

US Pat. No. 10,197,958

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing an image on a recording material, the fixing apparatus comprising:a cylindrical film;
a nip member in contact with an inner surface of the cylindrical film, wherein the nip member extends in a longitudinal direction of the cylindrical film;
a heater configured to heat the nip member by radiation heat, the heater provided in a hollow portion of the cylindrical film;
a roller configured to form a nip portion with the nip member through the cylindrical film, the nip portion being a portion where the recording material on which the image has been formed is conveyed and heated to fix the image on the recording material;
a support member configured to support the nip member, wherein a cross section of the support member perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the cylindrical film has a U-shape, and two end portions forming an opening portion in the U-shape support the nip member;
an insulation member provided between the two end portions of the support member and the nip member to bring the insulation member into contact with both the support member and the nip member and configured to suppress a leak of thermal energy from the nip member to the support member; and
a reflection member provided so as to surround the heater in an area between the nip member and the support member, wherein the reflection member reflects the radiation heat of the heater toward the nip member.

US Pat. No. 10,198,226

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM IN WHICH A RESTRICTION MODE RESTRICTS IMAGE FORMATION BY A CARTRIDGE THAT IS A PREDETERMINED CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus with a detachable cartridge for image formation, the apparatus comprising:(A) a printer;
(B) a memory that stores instructions; and
(C) a processor that executes the instructions to cause the image forming apparatus:
(a) to accept a job;
(b) to determine, if a restriction mode is set in which execution of the image formation by a predetermined cartridge is restricted, whether a cartridge loaded to the image forming apparatus is the predetermined cartridge by trying to obtain information related to the cartridge loaded to the image forming apparatus;
(c) to determine, if the cartridge loaded to the image forming apparatus is the predetermined cartridge, whether the accepted job is a specific job, the specific job being a job of printing information for purchasing a cartridge for which execution of the image formation is not restricted;
(d) to execute, if the accepted job is the specific job, printing by the printer based on the accepted job without restricting the execution of the image formation by the predetermined cartridge loaded to the image forming apparatus; and
(e) to execute the printing by the printer based on an accepted job if the restriction mode is not set or if the cartridge loaded to the image forming apparatus is not the predetermined cartridge,
wherein, if the accepted job is not the specific job, the execution of the image formation by the predetermined cartridge loaded to the image forming apparatus based on the accepted job is restricted.

US Pat. No. 10,200,559

IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS WITH TWO-SIDED SCANNING, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND MULTIFUNCTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image scanning apparatus which can execute scanning processes of both sides of an original in parallel, comprising:a first scanner for performing image scanning of a first surface of the original by receiving reflected light from the first surface and outputting analog signals, wherein the first scanner has a plurality of output channels;
a second scanner for performing image scanning of a second surface of the original by receiving reflected light from the second surface and outputting analog signals, wherein the second scanner has a plurality of output channels;
a control circuit for controlling output channels for outputting the analog signals of each of the first scanner and the second scanner; and
a conversion circuit for converting, into digital signals, the analog signals output from at least one of the first scanner and the second scanner,
wherein the control circuit changes, between a case of single-sided scanning and a case of both-sided scanning, the output channels of the analog signals output from a part of scanning region in a plurality of scanning regions of the first scanner, and changes the number of output channels for outputting the analog signals of each of the first scanner and the second scanner.

US Pat. No. 10,200,584

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,197,779

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical system comprising in order from an object side to an image side:a front unit including a plurality of lenses;
an aperture stop; and
a rear unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the front unit includes four negative lenses consecutively arranged from a side closest to the object side, and the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
?0.90 1.63 where ff represents a focal length of the front unit, fr represents a focal length of the rear unit, Y80 represents an image height at a half angle of view of 80°, and f represents a focal length of the optical system.

US Pat. No. 10,200,606

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an image capturing unit configured to obtain an omnidirectional image;
at least one processor; and
a memory storing instructions therein which cause the at least one processor to perform operations of:
a traveling direction obtaining unit configured to obtain information on a traveling direction of an image capturing apparatus when the omnidirectional image was shot; and
a processing unit configured to perform processing of panoramic expansion on the omnidirectional image obtained by the image capturing unit to generate a panoramically expanded image, based on the information on the traveling direction obtained with the traveling direction obtaining unit, such that an image portion of the omnidirectional image corresponding to the traveling direction is positioned at a horizontal center in the panoramically expanded image,
wherein the processing unit performs processing of panoramic expansion in accordance with change in the traveling direction in a case where the traveling direction changes while shooting the omnidirectional image that is a moving image.

US Pat. No. 10,189,162

MODEL GENERATION APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, MODEL GENERATION METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A model generation method for execution by a model generation apparatus, the model generation method comprising:inputting a three-dimensional shape model of a target object including (1) plane geometric features and (2) line geometric features;
setting a plurality of positions and orientations of a viewpoint, the viewpoint being used to observe the three-dimensional shape model of the target object, and sequentially selecting one of the plurality of positions and orientations of the viewpoint;
calculating, for the selected one of the plurality of positions and orientations of the viewpoint set in the setting and for the plane geometric features and the line geometric features, respectively, a degree of change of a relationship between image features of an image to be observed at the viewpoint and each of the plane geometric features and the line geometric features of the three-dimensional shape model when the selected position and orientation of the viewpoint or a position and orientation of the target object is changed; and
generating a hierarchical cluster of plane geometric features and a hierarchical cluster of line geometric features, separately, for the selected one of the plurality of positions and orientations of the viewpoint, by setting each of the plane geometric features and each of the line geometric features as an initial cluster in a lowest layer, and sequentially merging a pair of clusters in a current layer to generate a cluster in a higher layer based on similarity of the degree of change of the relationship calculated for the pair of clusters.

US Pat. No. 10,189,674

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a first discharging portion configured to discharge the sheet on which the image has been formed to an outside of the image forming apparatus;
a first supporting portion configured to support the sheet discharged by the first discharging portion;
an image reading portion configured to read the image formed on the sheet;
a first switching portion configured to switch between a first position to cause the sheet discharged by the first discharging portion to be conveyed to the first supporting portion and a second position to cause the sheet to be conveyed toward the image reading portion configured to read the image;
a second discharging portion configured to discharge the sheet whose image has been read by the image reading portion to the outside of the image forming apparatus;
a second supporting portion configured to support the sheet discharged by the second discharging portion; and
a second switching portion configured to switch between a third position to cause the sheet whose image has been read by the image reading portion to be conveyed toward the second discharging portion and a fourth position to cause the sheet to be conveyed toward the image forming unit,
wherein the image reading portion is disposed above the first discharging portion in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,192,524

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:a display control unit configured to enlarge a display target object to be displayed among a plurality of objects included in an image and to display the enlarged display target object on a screen one by one in a predetermined order;
a detection unit configured to detect whether there is a person in a predetermined range from the image display apparatus; and
a switching unit configured to switch a next display target object to be enlarged and displayed on the screen by the display control unit,
wherein, in a case that a person is detected in the predetermined range from the image display apparatus by the detection unit, the switching unit switches to an object that is classified as a first display type on the screen as the display target object among the plurality of objects by the display control unit, and, in a case that a person is not detected in the predetermined range from the image display apparatus by the detection unit, the switching unit switches to an object that is classified as a second display type which is different from the first display type on the screen as the display target object among the plurality of objects by the display control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,192,308

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a division unit configured to divide, into a plurality of partial regions, a region of interest obtained from each of cross sections of a first image and a second image, each of which has a plurality of cross sections;
a statistic information calculation unit configured to calculate, for each of the cross sections of the first image and the second image and each of the partial regions, statistic information of pixels included in the partial region;
a degree-of-coincidence calculation unit configured to calculate a degree of coincidence between the pieces of statistic information for a partial region in the first image and a partial region, corresponding to the partial region, in the second image, in a pair of cross-sectional positions in the first image and the second image; and
a specifying unit configured to specify positions of corresponding cross sections between the first image and the second image based on comparison between evaluation values each obtained by integrating the degrees of coincidence over the plurality of partial regions.

US Pat. No. 10,193,084

2,2?-BIBENZO[D]IMIDAZOLIDENE COMPOUND HAVING HETEROMONOCYCLIC GROUPS AT THE 1-, 1?-, 3- AND 3?- POSITIONS, AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT AND DISPLAY DEVICE CONTAINING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A 2,2?-bibenzo[d]imidazolidene compound expressed by the following general formula (1):
wherein Ar1 to Ar4 each represent a substituted or unsubstituted heteromonocyclic group; R1 to R8 each represent a hydrogen atom or a substituent selected from the group consisting of halogen atoms, alkyl groups having a carbon number in the range of 1 to 8, and substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon groups.

US Pat. No. 10,193,391

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,188,285

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a light-source unit configured to emit light while sweeping a frequency of the light;
an interference unit configured to separate the light emitted from the light-source unit into illuminating light to be applied to a fundus and reference light, and to generate interfering light formed of reflected light, which is light applied to the fundus and reflected by the fundus, and the reference light;
a scanning unit configured to scan the fundus with the illuminating light;
a detecting unit configured to detect the interfering light; and
an information-acquiring unit configured to acquire information on the fundus from the interfering light,
wherein the scanning unit is configured such that an angle of linear scanning of the fundus with the illuminating light is 68 degrees or greater in the air,
wherein the light-source unit in hides a surface-emitting laser, the surface-emitting laser including a first reflector, a second reflector, and an active layer provided between the first reflector and the second reflector,
wherein, when at least one of the first reflector and the second reflector is driven, a distance between the first reflector and the second reflector changes and the frequency of the light emitted changes,
wherein a coherence length of the surface-emitting laser during the sweeping of the frequency of the light is 23 mm or longer, and
wherein a range of a depth of a tomographic image of the fundus to be obtained using the information on the fundus is 3.2 mm or more.

US Pat. No. 10,191,359

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE ILLUMINATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An illumination apparatus comprising:a solid state light source unit including a plurality of light emitting points that emits light and is arranged on a light emitting face;
a plurality of optical elements configured to guide light emitted from the plurality of light emitting points to an illumination target face;
a heat conduction member arranged in a space different from a space between the light emitting face of the solid state light source unit and the plurality of optical elements, configured to conduct heat from the solid state light source unit; and
a cooling unit configured to supply a first fluid to the heat conduction member along a first flow path and supply a second fluid to the space between the light emitting face and the optical elements along a second flow path,
wherein the second fluid is a fluid from which dust or dust and moisture is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,188,308

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,193,949

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory storing one or more programs configured to be executed by the hardware processor, the one or more programs including instructions for:
acquiring a media content;
transmitting the media content acquired by the acquiring to another communication apparatus;
determining whether to describe, as an acquisition source URL of the media content acquired by the acquiring, a URL of the communication apparatus or a URL of the another communication apparatus, in accordance with a state of transmission of the media content;
generating, based on the determination made by the determining, a description file in which the acquisition source URL of each predetermined unit of the media content is described; and
providing the description file generated by the generating.

US Pat. No. 10,191,404

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,409

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONTROLLED TONER DISCHARGE AMOUNT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,417

FIXING DEVICE HAVING A COVER MEMBER THAT COVERS A FIXATION ROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:a first rotatable member configured to heat, in a fixing nip, an unfixed toner image formed on a sheet with toner comprising a parting material;
a second rotatable member cooperative with said first rotatable member to form said fixing nip;
a cleaner configured to clean said first rotatable member; and
a covering member configured to cover said first rotatable member over a range from said cleaner to an entrance of said fixing nip along a rotational direction of said first rotatable member with a gap D of not less than 0.5 mm and not more than 3.5 mm, said covering member being provided with a projection extending toward said first rotatable member at one end portion of said covering member with respect to the rotational direction of said first rotatable member, and said projection extending along a longitudinal direction of said first rotatable member,
wherein the gap D (mm) between said covering member and said first rotatable member and a peripheral speed V of said first rotatable member (mm/s) satisfy
0.5?D?0.0059×V+0.72.

US Pat. No. 10,191,419

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO CONVEY RECORDING MATERIAL HAVING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material;
a fixing unit configured to fix the image formed by the image forming unit on the recording material at a nip portion;
a conveyance path configured to convey a recording material on which the image has been fixed by the fixing unit,
wherein the image forming apparatus is configured such that a recording material, whose length in a conveyance direction is equal to or longer than a threshold length, is able to be conveyed in the conveyance path, and a recording material, whose length in the conveyance direction is shorter than the threshold length, is not able to be conveyed in the conveyance path; and
a control unit configured to perform control,
wherein, in a case where it is detected that a length of a predetermined recording material is shorter than the threshold lenght while the predetermined recording material is being conveyed toward the conveyance path, the control unit performs control to stop conveyance of the predetermined recording material in a state where the predetermined recording material is nipped at the nip portion.

US Pat. No. 10,191,428

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PERFORMING MISREGISTRATION CORRECTION CONTROL BASED ON DETECTION RESULTS OF DETECTION PATTERN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a forming unit configured to form a detection pattern on a rotationally drivable image carrier, the forming unit including a photosensitive member;
a detection unit configured to detect the detection pattern; and
a control unit configured to perform misregistration correction control based on a detection result of the detection pattern by the detection unit,
wherein the detection pattern includes a plurality of basic patterns arranged at a first interval in a sub scanning direction, which is a rotation direction of the image carrier,
each of the plurality of basic patterns includes N image groups (N being an integer of at least 3) arranged at a second interval in the sub scanning direction,
in the N image groups, a first image group including an image at a first angle relative to the sub scanning direction, and a second image group including an image at a second angle different from the first angle relative to the sub scanning direction, are arranged alternately in the sub scanning direction,
the first interval corresponds to a distance that a surface of the image carrier moves in a period of M (M being an integer of at least 2) times a first period corresponding to a rotation period of a rotational member included in the forming unit,
the second interval corresponds to a distance that the surface of the image carrier moves in a period of 1/(N?1) of the first period,
the forming unit is further configured to form a toner image on the photosensitive member, and transfer the toner image from the photosensitive member to the image carrier, thereby forming the detection pattern on the image carrier, and
the rotational member is the photosensitive member or a motor configured to drive the photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 10,191,430

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,436

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,438

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member for bearing a developer image;
an optical sensor including a light emitting portion for emitting light to a surface of said image bearing member, a light receiving portion for receiving the light reflected by the surface of said image bearing member, and a cover member, having a light-transmissive property, for covering said light emitting portion or said light receiving portion;
a cleaning member for cleaning said cover member in contact with said cover member, said cleaning member being movable; and
a supporting member for supporting said optical sensor, said supporting member being movable between a proximity position, where said optical sensor opposes said image bearing member with a predetermined distance, and a spaced position, where said optical sensor is spaced from said image bearing member by a distance more than the predetermined distance to form a cleaning space for permitting said cleaning member to move thereinto for cleaning of said cover member with said cleaning member between said optical sensor and said image bearing member,
wherein, when said supporting member is in the proximity position, said cleaning member is in a retracted position and, in the retracted position said cleaning member (i) is retracted from an opposing space between said optical sensor and said image bearing member and (ii) is in a space of a gap between said image bearing member and said supporting member, and
wherein, when said supporting member is in the spaced position, said cleaning member moves toward a cleaning position from the retracted position for cleaning said cover member with said cleaning member.

US Pat. No. 10,191,440

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a first controller including:
a first processor configured to, based on print target image data, obtain information indicating toner amount supplied to a photoconductor by a developer unit to form an image,
wherein an image forming area along a scanning direction of a laser that exposes the photoconductor is divided into a plurality of regions, and the obtained information includes at least information indicating toner amount on one of the plurality of regions; and
a second controller including:
a generation unit configured to, based on the information obtained by the first processor, generate patch data for cleaning the photoconductor, and
a second processor configured to control the developer unit to execute image formation, and to execute image formation based on the patch data generated by the generation unit,
wherein the information indicating toner amount on a part of the plurality of regions is transmitted from the first controller to the second controller.

US Pat. No. 10,191,443

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an openable member rotatable relative to a main assembly of the image forming apparatus; and
a supporting member connected between said main assembly of the image forming apparatus and said openable member and configured to support said openable member when said openable member is opened,
wherein said supporting member includes a first arm member and a second arm member which are slidable relative to each other, a pinion provided on said first arm member, a viscous damper mounted on a rotation shaft of said pinion, a rack provided on said second arm member and engaged with said pinion, and
wherein by opening said openable member, relative slide movement is caused between said first arm member and said second arm member so that said pinion engaged with said rack rotates and a braking force is produced by said viscous damper.

US Pat. No. 10,191,444

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH INCLUDES A DETACHABLE CARTRIDGE CONFIGURED TO AVOID A COLLISION BETWEEN AN EXPOSING MEMBER AND THE CARTRIDGE WHEN MOUNTING THE CARTRIDGE TO A SUPPORTING MEMBER OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:at least one cartridge including an image bearing member and a frame, the frame having at least two protruding portions protruding from an end of the frame; and
a supporting member for supporting the at least one cartridge configured to move between an inside position situated inside a main unit of the image forming apparatus and an outside position situated outside of the main unit, the supporting member comprising:
a mounting portion to which the at least one cartridge is mountable along a direction orthogonal to an axial direction of the image bearing member;
a pair of opposing and parallel-oriented vertical sidewalls connected to opposing sides of the mounting portion;
at least one image exposing member, positioned between and orthogonal to the pair of opposing vertical sidewalls, configured to form a latent image on the image bearing member by emitting light from a light emitting surface toward the image bearing member, the at least one image exposing member protruding from a bottom of the supporting member and being inserted from an opening into the cartridge when the cartridge is mounted to the mounting portion;
at least two guide portions, each formed as a groove provided on each of the vertical sidewalls so that an open-side of the groove faces inward into the supporting member, configured to engage the at least two protruding portions to guide the at least one cartridge to move toward the mounting portion; and
at least one regulating portion, formed in an upper edge of each of the vertical sidewalls, configured to regulate a rotation position of the cartridge when the at least two protruding portions are at a position in contact with the at least one regulating portion and not engaged with the at least two guide portions, the rotation having rotation axis which is parallel to the axial direction,
wherein a gap is formed between (i) a part of a bottom surface of the frame which is opposed to the light emitting surface and (ii) the light emitting surface when the rotation position of the cartridge is regulated by the at least one regulating portion being in contact with the at least two protruding portions and is not engaged with the at least two guide portions in a state in which the opening is opposed to a plane perpendicular to protruding direction of the at least one image exposing member.

US Pat. No. 10,191,445

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a movable unit including a regulating portion for regulating a position of a developing unit for supporting a developer carrying member and movable between a contact position for permitting contact of said developer carrying member with an image bearing member and a spaced position for permitting spacing of said developer carrying member from said image bearing member;
a driving member for moving said movable unit from the contact position to the spaced position, said driving member being displaceable between a contact phase for permitting location of said movable unit at the contact position and a spaced phase for maintaining said movable unit at the spaced position;
an openable member for opening and closing an opening provided for demounting said developer carrying member and/or said image bearing member from a main assembly of said image forming apparatus; and
a pressing member for pressing and moving said movable unit by being moved in interrelation with an opening operation of said openable member,
wherein when said driving member is displaced from the contact phase to the spaced phase, said movable unit is moved by a first movement amount from the contact position to a first spaced position, and
wherein when said openable member is opened, said pressing member presses and moves said movable unit to a second spaced position from the contact position by the first movement amount and a second movement amount smaller than the first movement amount.

US Pat. No. 10,191,446

PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER CARTRIDGE AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cartridge usable with a developing unit, the developing unit including a developing roller configured to carry toner, an accommodating portion configured to accommodate the toner, an agitator configured to stir the toner in the accommodating portion, and an opening provided in a side surface of the accommodating portion crossing with a rotational axis of the agitator and sealed by a sealing member, the cartridge comprising:a frame;
a photosensitive drum rotatably supported by the frame;
a mounting portion to which the developing unit is detachably mountable; and
a lever provided at an end portion of the frame with respect to a rotational axis direction of the photosensitive drum, the lever being rotatable between a first position and a second position,
wherein, when the developing unit is mounted and set in the mounting portion, the lever in the first position permits the developing unit to be retained in a mounted position in which the developing roller contacts the photosensitive drum,
wherein, when the lever is rotated from the first position to the second position in a state that the developing unit is in the mounted position, the lever urges the developing unit to move the developing unit relative to the frame, and
wherein in the first position at least a part of the lever overlaps with the opening in a case where the part of the lever is projected to the side surface in a direction along the rotational axis of the photosensitive drum in the state that the developing unit is in the mounted position.

US Pat. No. 10,185,059

OPTICAL ELEMENT AND OPTICAL SYSTEM INCLUDING THE OPTICAL ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical element comprising:a first optical member;
a resin layer formed on the first optical member; and
a second optical member cemented to the resin layer,
wherein the resin layer has an optical power and has a meniscus shape, and
wherein the following condition is satisfied:
?g where ?r indicates an outer diameter of the resin layer and ?g indicates a diameter of cemented surface of the resin layer and the second optical member.

US Pat. No. 10,185,902

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CONVERTS IMAGE DATA FROM LINE SEQUENCE TO BLOCK SEQUENCE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus that performs image processing on input image data in units of block, the apparatus comprising:one or more processors configured to function as:
a derivation unit configured to derive a memory size used in conversion processing of converting data alignment sequence in the image data from a line sequence into a block sequence which is executed before a generation of raster data based on the input image data and a memory size used in the conversion processing which is executed after the generation of the raster data;
a determination unit configured to determine whether to execute the conversion processing before the generation of the raster data or after the generation of the raster data, based on a comparison between the derived memory sizes; and
a conversion unit configured to execute the conversion processing before the generation of the raster data or after the generation of the raster data based on the determination.

US Pat. No. 10,185,407

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:an operation identifying unit configured to identify a type of operation by identifying a shape of a hand of an operator based on a captured image including the hand; and
a display controlling unit configured to display a cursor at an in-screen position corresponding to a first position indicated by the hand forming a first shape in a case where a first operation performed by the hand forming the first shape is detected and display the cursor at an in-screen position corresponding to a second position indicated by a finger of the hand forming a second shape in a case where a second operation performed by the hand forming the second shape is detected,
wherein the first shape is a shape of a clenched first in which none of fingers of the hand, including the finger, is extended,
wherein the second shape is a shape in which the finger is extended, and
wherein the display controlling unit corrects the in-screen position corresponding to the second position in a case where the second operation is detected after the first operation is detected so as to prevent the in-screen position of the cursor from moving due to the operator's extending the finger.

US Pat. No. 10,185,437

TOUCH SCREEN PANEL, INTERFACE CIRCUIT, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A touch screen panel comprising:a first electrode substrate with a rectangular first transparent conductive film formed on a surface;
a second electrode substrate with a rectangular second transparent conductive film formed on a surface;
a first electrode and a second electrode formed on two opposite sides of the first transparent conductive film of the first electrode substrate;
a third electrode and a fourth electrode formed on two opposite sides of the second transparent conductive film of the second electrode substrate, which are different from the two opposite sides of the first transparent conductive film;
an interface circuit configured to receive electrical signals from the first electrode and the second electrode, and the third electrode and the fourth electrode and process the signals; and
connecting portions, respectively provided on the same side of the first electrode substrate and the second electrode substrate, configured to connect the first electrode and the second electrode, and the third electrode and the fourth electrode to the interface circuit,
wherein the interface circuit includes a member configured to make an impedance of a wiring path formed on the side where the connecting portion is provided and connected to one of the first electrode, the second electrode, the third electrode, and the fourth electrode higher than an impedance of wiring paths connected to remaining electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,185,723

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a display device configured to display a setting screen; and
processing circuitry configured to cause the information processing apparatus to:
set a first image file naming rule by setting each of a plurality of items, selected via the displayed setting screen, to configure a file name to be created using the first image file naming rule;
determine whether or not any one of the plurality of items that configure the file name to be created using the first image file naming rule makes the file name created using the first image file naming rule unique;
add, in response to a determination that none of the plurality of items that configure the file name to be created using the first image file naming rule makes the file name created using the first image file naming rule unique, an item to the first image file naming rule that makes a file name created using the first image file naming rule having the added item unique; and
save a second image file naming rule, the second image file naming rule including the first image file naming rule and the added item.

US Pat. No. 10,185,225

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus which includes a projection optical system that projects a pattern of an original on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:an original holder that holds the original;
a substrate holder that holds the substrate;
a detector that detects an original-side mark image arranged in one of the original and the original holder, and a substrate-side mark image arranged in one of the substrate and the substrate holder via the projection optical system; and
a controller,
wherein the detector generates refocusable light field image data that includes the original-side mark image and the substrate-side mark image, and
wherein the controller
performs, based on the light field image data obtained from the detector, a refocus operation of reconstructing a plurality of images, and
adjusts a position of at least one of the original holder and the substrate holder in a first direction parallel to an optical axis of the projection optical system based on a difference between a peak position on a contrast curve obtained from a contrast value of the original-side mark image in each of the plurality of images and a peak position on a contrast curve obtained from a contrast value of the substrate-side mark image in each of the plurality of images.

US Pat. No. 10,185,226

STAGE APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

17. A lithography apparatus which forms a pattern on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:a stage apparatus configured to hold the substrate via a chuck with a chucking hole for chucking the substrate,
wherein the stage apparatus includes:
a plate configured to support the chuck on a support surface,
wherein the plate includes a first plate member, a second plate member, and a third plate member from a side of the support surface in a thickness direction,
at least one surface out of a first surface of the first plate member on a side of the second plate member and a second surface of the second plate member on a side of the first plate member includes a first concave portion configured to form a first channel extending in a direction along the surface,
at least one surface out of a third surface of the second plate member on a side of the third plate member and a fourth surface of the third plate member on the side of the second plate member includes a second concave portion configured to form a second channel extending in a direction along the surface, and
one of the first channel and the second channel communicates with the chucking hole.

US Pat. No. 10,185,251

REPRODUCTION METHOD FOR DEVELOPING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A reproduction method for a developing device including:a frame of the developing device;
a developer carrying member that carries developer;
a bearing member that rotatably supports the developer carrying member;
a fixing member having electric conductivity, the fixing member provided so as to pass through a through hole provided in the frame; and
a resin member having electric conductivity, the resin member fixed to the bearing member and engaged with the fixing member,
the reproduction method comprising:
releasing the engagement between the fixing member and the resin member and separating the bearing member and the resin member from the frame;
replacing parts to be used in the developing device or replenishing the developing device with developer;
connecting the bearing member and the resin member to the frame; and
inserting a fixing member having electric conductivity into the through hole to engage with the resin member and fix the resin member to the frame, thereby fixing the bearing member to the frame,
wherein, when the bearing member and the resin member are fixed to the frame again after separating the bearing member and the resin member from the frame, a conductive member having conductivity is attached to at least one of the fixing member and the resin member so that the conductive member is interposed between the resin member and the fixing member.

US Pat. No. 10,185,254

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT OBTAINS LIFETIME OF SECONDARY TRANSFER MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
an intermediate transfer member configured to convey the toner image primarily transferred from the image bearing member for secondary transfer onto a transfer material;
a primary transfer member configured to primarily transfer the toner image from the image bearing member onto the intermediate transfer member at a primary transfer portion;
a secondary transfer member configured to secondarily transfer the toner image from the intermediate transfer member onto the transfer material at a secondary transfer portion;
a first power supply configured to apply a voltage to the primary transfer member;
a second power supply configured to apply a voltage to the secondary transfer member;
a first detection unit configured to detect information based on a current value and a voltage value in a case of application of the voltage to the primary transfer member by the first power supply;
a second detection unit configured to detect information based on a current value and a voltage value in a case of application of the voltage to the secondary transfer member by the second power supply; and
a detection unit configured to obtain information with regard to the secondary transfer member based on a detection result by the second detection unit, wherein the detection unit takes advantage of a detection result by the first detection unit to obtain the information with regard to the secondary transfer member.

US Pat. No. 10,187,823

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device comprising:a base station unit configured to operate as a base station which constructs a first wireless network compliant with IEEE802.11 series;
a station unit configured to operate as a station which is connected to a base station that constructs a second wireless network compliant with the IEEE802.11 series;
a providing unit configured to operate as a providing device that provides a first communication parameter for connecting to the first wireless network;
a receiving unit configured to operate as a receiving device that receives a second communication parameter for connecting to the second wireless network;
a setting unit configured to set a value used for determining whether the communication device operates as a first role or a second role,
wherein, in a case where the communication device operates as the first role the communication device activates the base station unit and the providing unit, and the providing unit provides another communication device with the first communication parameter, and
wherein, in a case where the communication device operates as the second role, the communication device activates the station unit and the receiving unit, and the receiving unit receives, from the other communication device, the second communication parameter; and
a determination unit configured to perform a determination process of determining whether the communication device operates as the first role or the second role based on comparison of a value set by the setting unit with a value received from the other communication device,
wherein the setting unit is configured to set a different value based on whether the communication device activates the station unit.

US Pat. No. 10,185,519

DOCUMENT PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A document processing method, comprising:obtaining first and second document data, wherein the first document data includes a first element and first print setting information in association with each other in a higher hierarchical level, and a third element in a lower hierarchical level, and wherein the second document data includes a second element and second print setting information in association with each other in the higher hierarchical level, and a fourth element in the lower hierarchical level;
causing a display apparatus to display a setting screen;
generating combined document data based on the first and second document data if a combining instruction is input on the setting screen;
wherein the higher hierarchical level of the combined document data includes the first element and the first print setting information and neither includes the second element nor the second print setting information, and
wherein the lower hierarchical level of the combined document data includes the second print setting information and the fourth element in association with each other; and
causing an image forming apparatus to print based on user operation on the displayed setting screen.

US Pat. No. 10,185,528

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,179,453

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:an ejection opening row in which a plurality of ejection openings configured to eject a liquid are disposed in a first direction;
a pressure chamber in which a print element configured to generate energy to be used to eject a liquid is disposed;
a passage which communicates with the pressure chamber;
a supply opening row in which a plurality of supply openings extending in a second direction intersecting a face provided with the print element and configured to supply a liquid to the passage are arranged in the first direction;
a collection opening row in which a plurality of collection openings extending in the second direction and configured to collect a liquid from the passage are arranged in the first direction;
a first common supply passage which extends in the first direction and is configured to supply a liquid to the supply opening row;
a first common collection passage which extends in the first direction and is configured to collect a liquid from the collection opening row;
a first supply side communication opening which extends in the second direction and is configured to supply a liquid to the first common supply passage;
a first collection side communication opening which extends in the second direction and is configured to collect a liquid from the first common collection passage;
a substrate comprising the first common supply passage and the first common collection passage; and
a lid member including the first supply side communication opening and the first collection side communication opening, the lid member being disposed on the substrate,
wherein at least one of the first supply side communication opening and the first collection side communication opening is provided two or more in number.

US Pat. No. 10,179,467

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing head that performs printing on a printing medium by ejecting ink from the printing head;
a carriage on which the printing head is mounted;
a first guide rail extending in a first direction that intersects a conveying direction of the printing medium;
a second guide rail extending in the first direction, the second guide rail being spaced apart from the first guide rail in the conveying direction;
a first guide member that is in contact with the first guide rail and that moves together with the carriage, the first guide member guiding the carriage in the first direction;
a second guide member that is in contact with the second guide rail and that moves together with the carriage, the second guide member guiding the carriage in the first direction;
an interval switching member provided between the carriage and the first guide member, the interval switching member relatively displacing the carriage with respect to the printing medium in a second direction that is orthogonal to the conveying direction and the first direction; and
an inclination control member disposed between either one of the first guide member and the second guide member and the carriage, the inclination control member changing a distance between the carriage and the either one of the first guide member and the second guide member,
wherein upon a change in the distance with the inclination control member, the carriage rotates about a guide rail of the first guide rail and the second guide rail that is in contact with the other one of the first guide member and the second guide member, such that an angle of the printing head against the printing medium is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,181,307

DISPLAY SYSTEM, EYEWEAR, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DISPLAY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display system comprising:a display unit including a display screen; and
a display control unit,
wherein the display control unit sets at least one of luminance and a color map of the display screen based on wearing information indicating a wearing state of a plurality of eyewear, the wearing information being information indicating whether at least one of the plurality of eyewear is properly worn when the at least one of the plurality of eyewear is positioned over a wearer's eyes and the wearer's eyes are able to view the display unit through the worn eyewear, and
wherein, in a case where the wearing information does not satisfy a predetermined criterion, the display control unit further displays on the display unit, an indication to prompt users of the plurality of eyewear to change one or more of the plurality of eyewear.

US Pat. No. 10,181,088

METHOD FOR VIDEO OBJECT DETECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of performing foreground/background separation on an input image, said method comprising the steps of:for each input visual element at a locale in said input image:
identifying, using a processor, corresponding model visual elements at respective locales in a scene model associated with said input image, by comparing each input visual element at each respective locale in said input image to each corresponding model visual element in the respective locale in the scene model, each said model visual element being associated with a set of element models, each element model including at least a first visual data set and a second visual data set forming parts of the element model, said first and second visual data sets being associated with a single temporal data set;
determining, using the processor, a first set of visual distances between each said first data set and each said input visual element at a locale in said input image, and determining a second set of visual distances between each said second visual data set and each said input visual element at a locale in said input image;
determining, using the processor, a set of visual distances for each element model including each said first visual data set and a second visual data set based on a comparison between said first set of visual distances and said second set of visual distances;
selecting, using the processor, element models from said set of element models dependent upon the determined set of visual distances for said selected element models satisfying a predetermined criterion;
updating, using the processor, the first visual data set forming one of the parts of said selected element models using a first method of updating a visual data set;
updating, using the processor, the second visual data set forming one of the parts of said selected element models using a second method of updating a visual data set that is different from the first method;
generating a database containing the updated visual data sets;
classifying, using the processor, said selected element models as one of foreground and background based on the updated visual sets stored in the database; and
identifying, using the processor, a foreground object in the input image based on at least one group of foreground element models formed by applying connected component analysis to the classified element models.

US Pat. No. 10,179,858

COMPOUND, INK, RESIST COMPOSITION FOR COLOR FILTER, THERMAL TRANSFER RECORDING SHEET, AND TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A compound represented by the following formula (1),
wherein in the formula (1), R1 and R2 each independently represent a substituted or an unsubstituted alkyl group,
R3 represents an unsubstituted alkyl group or a substituted or an unsubstituted aryl group,
R4 represents an unsubstituted alkyl group,
R5 represents a substituted or an unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or an unsubstituted aryl group, or a substituted or an unsubstituted acyl group,
R6 represents an unsubstituted alkyl group or an alkoxy group, and n represents an integer of 0 to 5, wherein when n is an integer of 2 to 5, a plurality of R6's are the same or different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,182,199

IMAGING DEVICE AND REPRODUCING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,178,405

ENHANCED CODING AND DECODING USING INTRA BLOCK COPY MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A decoding method wherein a motion vector is associated with a block of pixels of a current image,wherein the image is subdivided into spatial subdivisions,
wherein the block of pixels belongs to a current spatial subdivision and is to be predicted using an Intra Block Copy mode, using a predictor block of pixels of the image designated by the motion vector, and
wherein the predictor block designated by the motion vector may belong to any one of previously decoded spatial subdivisions in the current image,
the method further comprising the steps of:
determining a value of a first flag associated with the current spatial subdivision, and
determining, based on the determined value of the first flag, whether the predictor block is inside the current spatial subdivision or outside the current spatial subdivision,
wherein the determined value of the first flag indicates that the predictor block is outside the current spatial subdivision when temporal prediction cannot be used for the current image.

US Pat. No. 10,175,610

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING TONER CONTENT DETECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a rotatable developer carrying member configured to carry a developer containing non-magnetic toner and a magnetic carrier;
first and second chambers configured to accommodate the developer supplied to said developer carrying member;
a first rotatable feeding member provided in said first chamber and configured to feed the developer in a first direction;
a second rotatable feeding member provided in said second chamber and configured to feed the developer in a second direction opposite to the first direction;
a first communication port configured to permit feeding of the developer from said second chamber to said first chamber;
a second communication port configured to permit feeding of the developer from said first chamber to said second chamber; and
a toner content detecting portion including a planar detecting surface including at least a planar coil generating a magnetic field and configured to detect the toner content,
wherein said detecting surface is provided in said first communication port above a bottom of said first communication port with respect to a vertical direction, and
wherein said detecting surface is disposed substantially in a central portion of said first communication port with respect to the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,175,626

FEEDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,175,632

POWER SUPPLY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply for supplying power to a load, the power supply comprising:a first switching unit configured to perform a switching operation to convert an input voltage to an output voltage, switching on and off being repeatedly performed in the switching operation in accordance with a control signal;
a power restriction unit configured to input the control signal; and
a second switching unit configured to input the control via the power restriction unit, and configured to perform switching on and off selectively in accordance with a control signal,
wherein the second switching unit is in an off state in a case where a voltage value according to the control signal is smaller than a threshold value and switches to an on state from the off state in a case where a voltage value according to the control signal exceeds the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,175,634

CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,175,916

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus being capable of acquiring print data comprising:an image forming device configured to form an image on a sheet;
an accepting device configured to accept a user operation; and
a controller having a processor that executes instructions stored in a memory, configured to:
acquire print data for a plurality of pages, the print data including a plurality of sets of print commands;
specify a page including print commands that matches print commands included in a top page in the acquired print data, wherein one or more pages preceding to the specified page are identified as a page group including a set of print commands of the plurality of sets of print commands;
accept, via the accepting device, a specification of a number of times image forming for the page group is to be repeatedly performed; and
cause the image forming device to perform an image forming according to the set of print commands the specified number of times repeatedly.

US Pat. No. 10,175,971

DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, DISTRIBUTION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A distribution system comprising,a memory storing instructions; and
a processor executing the instructions causing the distribution system to:
obtain identification information and version information on each of firmware and an application that are installed in a plurality of network devices;
switch a screen displayed by a web browser between a first screen for first distribution setting pertaining to the firmware and second screens for second distribution setting pertaining to the application, based on the obtained information, wherein the first screen is not enabled to designate an operating state of the firmware after update of the firmware as the first distribution setting;
receive, through the second screens, designations of identification information on each of the network devices, the application to be distributed and an operating state of the application after distribution as the second distribution setting, wherein the operating state is one of activation, stop, and maintenance of a state before update of the application;
transmit, to each of the network devices, any of the first distribution setting designated through the displayed first screen and the second distribution setting designated through the displayed second screen;
transmit, in response to a request from each of the network devices to which the first distribution setting is transmitted, a first Uniform Resource Locator (URL) for downloading a file of firmware to be updated; and
transmit, in response to a request from each of the network devices to which the second distribution setting is transmitted, a second URL for downloading a file of application to be updated;
wherein each of the network devices to which the second distribution setting is transmitted is configured to:
(1) perform, if the designation of the operating state included in the second distribution setting is the activation, a processing of activating of the application after update of the application to be distributed to transmit an update success notification to the distribution system in response to a success of the processing of activating of the application;
(2) perform, if the designation of the operating state included in the second distribution setting is the maintenance of the state and the state before update of the application is the activation, the processing of activating the application after update of the application to be distributed to transmit an update success notification to the distribution system in response to the success of the processing of activating of the application;
(3) transmit, if the designation of the operating state included in the second distribution setting is the stop, the update success notification to the distribution system without performing the processing of activating of the application after update of the application to be distributed; and
(4) transmit, if the designation of the operating state included in the second distribution setting is the maintenance of the state and the state before update of the application is the stop, the update success notification to the distribution system without performing the processing of activating the application after update of the application to be distributed.
US Pat. No. 10,178,286

METHOD FOR FORMING COLOR FILTER ARRAY, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus including a plurality of pixels respectively having color filters with the same color,wherein an average value of thicknesses of the respective color filters of the plurality of pixels is less than 0.75 ?m,
wherein the thicknesses of the respective color filters of the plurality of pixels periodically change at an interval of 10 times or more of an interval between the plurality of pixels, and
wherein an amplitude of the change is 2.0% or less of the average value.

US Pat. No. 10,177,792

DC-FREE NYQUIST-FREE ERROR CORRECTING LINE CODING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of terahertz communication by encoding a bitstream, the encoding comprising:obtaining at least one current input word of the bitstream to encode;
determining a variable codeword and a fixed codeword from the at least one current input word;
selecting the variable codeword or a fixed codeword based on a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) value; and
outputting an encoded word including the selected variable codeword or fixed codeword,
wherein determining the variable codeword comprises:
determining at least one nominal codeword associated with the at least one input word according to an error-control code and according to an error-control codebook,
determining a substitute codeword having a size different from the size of the nominal codeword and comprising a concatenation of the nominal codeword with a complementary bit sequence that is a codeword of the codebook, the substitute codeword having a digital sum and/or an alternate sum that keeps a current running digital sum and/or a running alternate sum bounded, and
selecting one of the at least one nominal codeword or the substitute codeword as the variable codeword.

US Pat. No. 10,178,312

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD TO POSITION IMAGES TO POSITION IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for positioning images obtained by imaging to an overall reference image included in the images, the image processing apparatus comprising:a memory that stores a program of instructions; and
a central processing unit that executes the program of instructions to cause the image processing apparatus to perform processing of:
classifying the images, except the overall reference image, into a plurality of groups based on an order of the imaging without duplicative classification into the group;
setting a group reference image in each of the groups; and
positioning the images using a motion vector indicating a positional deviation between the images,
wherein the positioning includes:
calculating a first conversion coefficient used to position another image included in the same group as that of the group reference image to the group reference image,
calculating a second conversion coefficient used to position the group reference image to the overall reference image, and
positioning the images, except the overall reference image, to the overall reference image using a conversion coefficient calculated by multiplying the first conversion coefficient by the second conversion coefficient.

US Pat. No. 10,171,541

METHODS, DEVICES, AND COMPUTER PROGRAMS FOR IMPROVING CODING OF MEDIA PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A proxy for providing a standard manifest for requesting streamed timed media data associated with at least one media item, organized into temporal media segments, the streamed timed media data belonging to partitioned timed media data comprising timed samples, the streamed timed media data being transmitted as media segment files each comprising at least one independently processed component resulting from processing at least one of the timed samples, the proxy comprising at least one microprocessor configured for carrying out the steps of:receiving an enhanced manifest comprising metadata for describing the processed components, the metadata comprising parameters used for describing at least a part of one of the processed components,
wherein at least one of the parameters is a dynamic parameter which value can vary over time, the at least one parameter being associated with an element referring to a metadata resource which is external to the enhanced manifest and which comprises at least one value defining the at least one parameter;
determining which parameters are not resolved from the enhanced manifest as the at least one parameter; and
generating a standard manifest based on metadata of the enhanced manifest and of the at least one value defining the at least one parameter,
wherein the at least one parameter is resolved dynamically using remote information such that at least one parameter from the enhanced manifest may be dynamically re-evaluated without depending upon media presentation description.

US Pat. No. 10,165,087

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SERVER-CLIENT SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

4. A control method for an information processing apparatus including an embedded client and server for managing, by a database, setting information of each of a plurality of clients including the embedded client and a network client, the control method comprising:performing, if an input for changing a value of address information as a network setting of the information processing apparatus is performed on the information processing apparatus, update processing for updating a connection destination address managed by the database for each client with the value corresponding to the changing, wherein the changing is not reflected as the network setting of the information processing apparatus until the value used for the update processing is transmitted to all of the plurality of clients; and
transmitting the value of the connection destination address managed by the database for each client to each client in response to a request from each client,
wherein, in the network client, setting information which is used by the network client to access the server is updated with the transmitted value, and
wherein the changing is reflected as the network setting of the information processing apparatus after the value used for the update processing has been transmitted to all of the plurality of clients.

US Pat. No. 10,162,290

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,162,579

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SETTING AND HOLDING PRINT SETTINGS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printer;
an operation unit that receive a user operation;
one or more memories
a communication interface that receives image data from an information processing apparatus; and
one or more processors that execute a set of instructions to:
set hold print setting of storing the image data received via the communication interface in the one or more memories until a print start instruction is received via the operation unit;
set a predetermined print mode of causing the printer to print an image with addition of a predetermined pattern image to the image data received via the communication interface,
in a case where the predetermined print mode is not set and where the hold print setting is set, store the image data received via the communication interface into the one or more memories, and cause the printer to start printing an image based on the image data stored in the one or more memories in response to receiving a print start instruction via the operation unit,
in a case where the predetermined print mode is not set and where the hold print setting is not set, cause the printer to start printing an image based on the image data received via the communication interface without receiving a print start instruction via the operation unit, and
in a case where the predetermined print mode is set, store the image data received via the communication interface into the one or more memories, and cause the printer to start printing an image with addition of the predetermined pattern image to the image data stored in the one or more memories in response to receiving a print start instruction via the operation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,165,145

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,162,588

CONTROL APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

17. A control method for a control apparatus configured to execute a job for producing a three-dimensional object, the control method comprising:acquiring a captured image of the object that is produced according to an execution of the job by the control apparatus, which is recorded by an imaging device; and
outputting the acquired captured image, attribute information indicating an attribute of the job, and data included in the job and indicating a target to be produced as history information of the job, from the control apparatus outward to accumulate in a data server,
wherein the output captured image including still images regarding plural timings during a time period from a start to an end of production carried out by the execution of the job.

US Pat. No. 10,165,153

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing data used for printing an image on a print medium with use of printing materials of multiple colors including at least printing material of a first color, printing material of a second color different from the first color, and printing material of a third color having higher lightness than the first and second colors, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media coupled to the one or more processors, the one or more computer-readable media storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing device to perform operating comprising:
acquiring first, second, and third pieces of multivalued data respectively corresponding to the printing materials of the first, second, and third colors; and
generating first, second, and third pieces of quantization data, respectively corresponding to the printing materials of the first, second, and third colors, for a plurality of pixels by quantization processing using a plurality of threshold value matrices defining threshold values for respective pixels,
wherein the generating, (i) generates the first quantization data on a basis of the acquired first piece of multivalued data of a target pixel and a threshold value for the target pixel in a first threshold value matrix, without using a second threshold value matrix, the arrangement of threshold values in the first threshold value matrix being different from the arrangement of threshold values in the second threshold value matrix, (ii) generates the second quantization data on a basis of the acquired second piece of multivalued data of the target pixel and a threshold value for the target pixel in the second threshold value matrix, without using the first threshold value matrix, and (iii) generates the third quantization data on a basis of the acquired third piece of multivalued data of the target pixel, the threshold value for the target pixel in the second threshold value matrix and the second piece of multivalued data of the target pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,165,175

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the electronic device to perform operations including:
accepting an operation, including a first movement operation, to move a selected location on a screen in which one or more items are positioned, and
performing a control operation,
wherein, in response to performing the first movement operation to move a particular item, in a case where the particular item is not located in a first direction at an end of a plurality of selectable locations, the particular item is moved in the first direction, while, in a case where the particular item is located in the first direction at the end of the plurality of selectable locations, the particular item is not moved, even if the first movement operation is performed to try to move the particular item, and
wherein, in response to performing the first movement operation to select one of a plurality of positioned items without moving any item, in a case where an item being currently selected in the first direction is not an item positioned at an end of the plurality of items, the selected item is changed from the item being currently selected to an item positioned in the first direction, while, in a case where the item being currently selected in the first direction is an item positioned at an end of the plurality of items, the selected item is changed from the item being currently selected to an item positioned in a second direction opposite to the first direction at an end of the plurality items.

US Pat. No. 10,165,188

OPTICAL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROLLING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM, THAT DISPLAY OBJECT DISTANCE INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:a focusing lens configured to move for focusing;
a magnification varying lens configured to move for magnification variation among a plurality of zoom positions, including a first zoom position, a second zoom position different from the first position, and an intermediary zoom position between the first and second zoom positions;
a memory configured to store electronic cam data, the electronic cam data being indicative of a positional relationship between the magnification varying lens and the focusing lens set for each of a predetermined number of representative object distances to maintain an in-focus state;
a display unit configured to display information indicative of an object distance;
a zoom position detector configured to detect a position of the magnification varying lens among the plurality of zoom positions;
a focus position detector configured to detect a position of the focusing lens; and
a controller configured to control the display unit to display information indicative of the object distance,
wherein when the magnification varying lens is being stopped at the first zoom position, the controller controls the display unit to display the information indicative of the object distance acquired based on the electronic cam data stored in the memory, the first zoom position, and the position of the focusing lens detected while the magnification varying lens is being stopped at the first zoom position, and
wherein in a period where the magnification varying lens moves from the first zoom position to the second zoom position, the controller controls the display unit to display the information indicative of the object distance acquired based on the electronic cam data stored in the memory, the intermediary zoom position detected by the zoom position detector, and a target position of the focusing lens to which the focusing lens is to be located when the magnification varying lens is located at the intermediary zoom position, the target position being calculated based on the electronic cam data stored in the memory and the position of the focusing lens detected while the magnification varying lens is at the first zoom position.

US Pat. No. 10,163,192

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus for encoding image data of a Bayer arrangement, the apparatus comprising:a luminance/color difference transforming unit configured to generate, from R and B component data of the image data of the Bayer arrangement and GL component data representing a low-frequency component of G component data calculated using G0 and G1 component data of the image data of the Bayer arrangement, (1) luminance component data formed from a luminance component, (2) first color difference component data formed from a first color difference component, and (3) second color difference component data formed from a second color difference component;
a generating unit configured to generate GH component data representing a high-frequency component of G component data calculated using G0 and G1 component data of the image data of the Bayer arrangement; and
an encoding unit configured to encode each component of the luminance component data, the first color difference component data, the second color difference component data, and the GH component data,
wherein the encoding unit performs encoding such that (1) a code amount of the luminance component data is more than that of the first and second color difference component data and (2) a code amount of the GH component data is less than that of the first and second color difference component data.

US Pat. No. 10,162,695

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND FAULT DIAGNOSIS METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor;
a first light emitter;
a first power supply unit which supplies power to the processor and outputs a first monitoring signal in a case where a voltage of the power supplied from the first power supply unit has exceeded threshold; and
an integrated circuit which receives the first monitoring signal output from the first power supply unit and a second monitoring signal output from the processor, and, in a power on process of the information processing apparatus, outputs a first failure signal in a case where a time period that elapses without receiving the second monitoring signal after receiving the first monitoring signal is greater than a predetermined time period;
wherein, in a case where the first failure signal has been output from the integrated circuit, the first light emitter enters a predetermined light emission state which notifies a person of an occurrence of an abnormality of the processor in the power on process.

US Pat. No. 10,154,155

IMAGE READING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DETERMINING OPENING-CLOSING STATE OF ORIGINAL CONVEYANCE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH IMAGE READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a first unit comprising:
a platen on which an original is placed;
a member; and
a first reader, with a read position thereof being movable in a predetermined direction, that reads a first side of an original; and
a second unit that is pivotable against said first unit and comprising:
an original tray on which an original is stacked;
a conveyance unit configured to convey an original stacked on said original tray along a conveyance path; and
a second reader that reads a second face that differs from the first side of the original conveyed by said conveyance unit; and
a controller configured to determine an opening/closing state of said second unit against said first unit based on read data obtained when said second reader reads said member disposed in said first unit,
wherein said first reader reads the first side of the original conveyed by said conveyance unit at a first read position and said second reader reads the second side of the original conveyed by said conveyance unit at a second read position that differs from the first read position in a case where the original placed on said original tray is read, and said first reader reads the first side of the original while moving under the original in the predetermined direction in a case where the original placed on said platen is read.

US Pat. No. 10,154,206

APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF, AND EXTERNAL APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING TRANSPARENCY INFORMATION INDICATIVE WHETHER A TRANSPARENCY IS SET

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising;a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor, the memory having instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to function as:
an image capturing section configured to capture an image of an object; an overlaying section configured to overlay overlay information on the captured image; and
a transmitting section configured to transmit transparency information indicative of whether or not a transparency can be set for at least a part of the overlay information to an external apparatus through a network,
wherein the overlay information selectively includes at least a text string, a background of the text string and an outline of the text string.

US Pat. No. 10,150,637

STACKING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus on which a sheet printed by a printing unit is stacked, comprising:a stacking tray on which the sheet is stacked;
a movable guide configured to guide the sheet to the stacking tray, the movable guide being movable between a retracted state and a projecting state, the movable guide when in the projecting state being positioned further downstream in a conveying direction of the sheet than when in the retracted state;
a discharge roller configured to convey the sheet while nipping the sheet with the movable guide when the movable guide moves to the projecting state; and
a torque limiter configured to act on the movable guide to stop movement of the movable guide.

US Pat. No. 10,149,639

PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A medical image display apparatus comprising:a computer that is configured to:
acquire first image data related to an oxygen saturation distribution in an organism generated by performing image reconstruction on the basis of an acoustic wave generated by irradiating an organism with light;
acquire second image data generated by performing image reconstruction based on an acoustic wave generated by irradiating the organism with light, the second image data being different from the first image data;
acquire information on a threshold determined on the basis of operation of a user;
acquire, on the basis of the second image data and the information on the threshold, information related to a first region as a noise where a value of the second image data is lower than the threshold or related to a second region as a blood vessel where the value of the second image data is higher than the threshold in order to determine a blood vessel position;
acquire, on the basis of the first image data related to the oxygen saturation distribution and the information related to the first or second region, an image related to the oxygen saturation distribution by trimming the first region as noise; and
output the image related to oxygen saturation distribution to a display unit configured to display the image related to the oxygen saturation distribution in such a manner that the first region of the image is darker than the second region of the image,
wherein the image reconstruction is performed by a method selected from the group consisting of a Fourier transform method, a universal back projection method, and a filtered back projection method.

US Pat. No. 10,151,950

LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE WITH COLOR CONVERSION MEMBER, SUPPORTING MEMBER AND LIGHT SUPPRESSING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source device comprising:a light source configured to emit light of a first color;
a planar conversion member configured to transmit a part of the light of the first color and configured to convert another part of the light of the first color into light of a second color;
a supporting member configured to support at least a part of an outer peripheral portion of the conversion member;
a suppressing member configured to suppress the light of the second color, from at least the part of the outer peripheral portion of the conversion member that is supported by the supporting member, from being emitted to outside of the light source device; and
a reflecting member configured to reflect the light of the first color and the light of the second color toward a side of the conversion member, wherein
the suppressing member is a member having reflectance lower than reflectance of the reflecting member with respect to at least the light of the first color.

US Pat. No. 10,151,996

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a light source that emits a light beam for exposing a photosensitive member;
a deflection unit that deflects the light beam emitted from the light source such that the light beam scans the photosensitive member;
a generation unit that generates an image clock for controlling timings at which the light source emits light; and
a control unit that controls a frequency of the image clock generated by the generation unit according to each position in an image region in which an image is formed in a main scanning direction that is a direction in which the light beam scans a scanning region of one line,
wherein the control unit controls the frequency of the image clock in a non-image region that is a region other than the image region, and
wherein a change rate of the frequency of the image clock per unit time in the non-image region is smaller than a change rate of the frequency of the image clock per unit time in the image region.

US Pat. No. 10,147,287

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS TO SET A DETECTION LINE USED TO COUNT THE PASSING NUMBER OF MOVING OBJECTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory for storing instructions to be executed by the hardware processor, wherein, when the instructions stored in the memory are executed by the hardware processor, the image processing apparatus functions as:
a generation unit configured to generate a movement trajectory of an object based on a plurality of images obtained from successive image capturing,
an obtaining unit configured to obtain setting information of a detection line for detecting passage of the object,
a determination unit configured to determine a display form of the movement trajectory according to a positional relationship of the detection line corresponding to the setting information obtained by the obtaining unit and the movement trajectory generated by the generation unit, wherein the determination unit determines a display form of the movement trajectory so that display forms are different between a movement trajectory intersecting the detection line and a movement trajectory not intersecting the detection line, and
a display control unit configured to display the movement trajectory on a display screen in the display form determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,144,219

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a first discharge port array group that has at least two rows of discharge port arrays arrayed in a first direction and discharges a liquid of a first color;
a plurality of second discharge port array groups that each have at least two rows of discharge port arrays arrayed in the first direction and discharge a liquid of a second color;
a plurality of third discharge port array groups that each have at least two rows of discharge port arrays arrayed in the first direction and discharge a liquid of a third color;
a fourth discharge port array group that has at least two rows of discharge port arrays arrayed in the first direction and discharges a liquid of a fourth color; and
a plurality of fifth discharge port array groups that each have at least two rows of discharge port arrays arrayed in the first direction and discharge a liquid of a fifth color, wherein
the first color is yellow, the second color is one of cyan and magenta, the third color is the other of cyan and magenta, the fourth color is an intermediate color other than black, cyan, magenta and yellow, and the fifth color is black,
one of the third discharge port array groups, one of the second discharge port array groups, the first discharge port array group, another of the second discharge port array groups, and another of the third discharge port array groups are arranged in this order in a second direction that intersects with the first direction,
the fourth discharge port array group is arranged on one side of the first discharge port array group in the second direction, and between the first discharge port array group and one of the second discharge port array groups,
each of the second discharge port array groups and the third discharge port array groups has a first discharge port array and a second discharge port array which are formed of a plurality of discharge ports having a diameter smaller than that of a plurality of discharge ports which constitute the first discharge port array,
each of discharge port arrays in the fourth discharge port array group is formed of a plurality of discharge ports having a diameter smaller than that of a plurality of discharge ports which constitute the first discharge port array,
the fifth discharge port array groups each include a discharge port array formed of a plurality of discharge ports which have the same diameter as that of the plurality of discharge ports that constitute the first discharge port array, and a discharge port array that is formed of a plurality of discharge ports which have a diameter smaller than that of the plurality of discharge ports that constitute the first discharge port array, and
the fifth discharge port array groups are arranged so as to be adjacent to the first discharge port array group on both sides of the first discharge port array group in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,148,862

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOCUS AREA DISPLAY, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a display unit configured to display an image obtained from an image capturing unit, wherein the image capturing unit is capable of acquiring multi-viewpoint images which are a plurality of two-dimensional images with different viewpoints;
at least one processor; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the image capturing apparatus to:
derive a disparity amount of the multi-viewpoint images in relation to a subject;
specify, as a focus area, a partial subject area focused in an input two-dimensional image related to the multi-viewpoint images based on the derived disparity amount to generate focus area data that represent whether or not each pixel is included in the focus area;
apply an edge detection filter to the focus area data so as to generate a boundary image indicating a boundary between the focus area and an area other than the focus area in the input image; and
generate a display image that represents the specified focus area in a manner different from an area other than the focus area by using the input image and the boundary image.

US Pat. No. 10,149,204

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device comprising:a base station unit configured to operate as a base station which constructs a first wireless network compliant with IEEE802.11 series;
a station unit configured to operate as a station which is connected to a base station that constructs a second wireless network compliant with the IEEE802.11 series;
a providing unit configured to operate as a providing device that provides a first communication parameter for connecting to the first wireless network;
a receiving unit configured to operate as a receiving device that receives a second communication parameter for connecting to the second wireless network;
a setting unit configured to set a value used for determining whether the communication device operates as a first role or a second role,
wherein, in a case where the communication device operates as the first role the communication device activates the base station unit and the providing unit, and the providing unit provides another communication device with the first communication parameter, and
wherein, in a case where the communication device operates as the second role, the communication device activates the station unit and the receiving unit, and the receiving unit receives, from the other communication device, the second communication parameter; and
a determination unit configured to perform a determination process of determining whether the communication device operates as the first role or the second role based on comparison of a value set by the setting unit with a value received from the other communication device,
wherein the setting unit is configured to set a different value based on whether the communication device activates the station unit.

US Pat. No. 10,148,455

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus which controls sequential processing by causing control of a data processing apparatus comprising a plurality of processing units to perform processing in a logical processing order, wherein the control apparatus is a processor,wherein the data processing apparatus comprises:
a plurality of communication units; and
the plurality of processing units,
wherein each of the plurality of processing units is connected to one of the plurality of communication units,
wherein the plurality of communication units are connected to a ring bus, and each of the plurality of communication units receives a packet from a previous communication unit connected via the ring bus and transmits a packet to a next communication unit connected via the ring bus,
wherein a packet transmitted in the ring bus can hold data and identification information,
wherein each of the plurality of communication units comprises:
a first storage unit which holds first connection information for identifying a packet of which data should be processed among received packets; and
a second storage unit which holds second connection information to be set to identification information of a packet holding a processed data in a case that the processed data processed by a corresponding processing unit is output, the second connection information being a value corresponding to first connection information held in a first storage unit of a communication unit connected to a respective processing unit which subsequently processes the processed data,
wherein each of the plurality of communication units determines whether data, which is held in a packet received from a previous communication unit, should be processed, the determination being based on the first connection information held by the first storage unit of the communication unit receiving the packet and identification information held in the packet received from the previous communication unit, the identification information having been set based on second connection information held by the second storage unit of the previous communication unit,
wherein the control apparatus, before performing the sequential processing, sets the first connection information of the first storage unit and the second connection information of the second storage unit, based on a logical processing order for the sequential processing, for at least two communication units among the plurality of communication units.

US Pat. No. 10,142,513

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CORRECTS POSITION CORRECTION OF IMAGE FORMED ON SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. An image forming apparatus comprising:a reader having a carriage that moves in a predetermined direction and illuminates an original, the reader being configured to read the original to generate original image data;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet based on the original image data;
a memory configured to store a correction condition for reducing a read error of the reader; and
a processor configured to perform tasks comprising:
(1) a test image forming task that controls the image forming unit to form a test image on the sheet, wherein the test image is used for detecting a position of an image to be formed on the sheet by the image forming unit;
(2) a generation task that generates a conversion condition based on read data related to the test image formed on the sheet and the correction condition stored in the memory, wherein the read data is output by the reader; and
(3) a conversion task that converts the image data based on the conversion condition,
wherein the image forming unit forms an output image on the sheet based on the converted image data.

US Pat. No. 10,142,517

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PRINT SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINT SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus to communicate with an external device which manages print data, the image forming apparatus comprising:at least one processor;
a job notification receiving unit implemented by the at least one processor and configured to receive a job notification;
an operation panel configured to receive a user input operation of a user operating the operation panel;
a job acquisition unit implemented by the at least one processor and configured to acquire print data and to monitor receipt of a job notification at the same time as monitoring receipt of a user input operation;
a printer configured to print a job;
a determination unit implemented by the at least one processor and configured to determine a number of user input operations received after the image forming apparatus is started up; and
a controller configured to perform control,
wherein, in a case where the job notification receiving unit receives, from the external device, the job notification first after start-up of the image forming apparatus, the controller performs control so that the job acquisition unit acquires unacquired print data from the external device,
wherein, in a case where print data is ready to be acquired from the external device and no job notification encouraging acquisition of the print data is received from the external device first after start-up of the image forming apparatus,
the controller performs control so that, in a case where the determination unit determines that a first user input operation is received after the image forming apparatus is started up, the job acquisition unit transmits a data acquisition request regarding the job to the external device and, in response, acquires unacquired print data from the external device, and
the controller performs control so that, in a case where the determination unit determines that a second or subsequent user input operation is received after the image forming apparatus is started up, a data acquisition request regarding the job is not transmitted to the external device and print data is not again acquired from the external device in response to the second or subsequent user input operation.

US Pat. No. 10,142,552

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CORRECTS CONTOUR, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a tone correction unit configured to perform a predetermined tone correction process in a part of a luminance range of an image obtained as a result of photographing;
a contour correction unit configured to perform a contour correction process that corrects a contour of an object in the image; and
a control unit configured to control the contour correction unit to perform a first contour correction process in a first part of the luminance range where the tone correction unit does not perform the predetermined tone correction process in the image, and to perform a second contour correction process, which is lower in a degree of correction than the first contour correction process, in a second part of the luminance range where the tone correction unit performs the predetermined tone correction process in the image.

US Pat. No. 10,132,613

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a captured image of a target object onto which a pattern is projected;
a distance acquisition unit configured to acquire, based on the image, a plurality of distance values, each indicating a distance to the target object;
a determination unit configured to determine whether each of the acquired distance values is noise generated by multiple reflection of the pattern;
a first processing unit configured to perform first processing, using distance values obtained by removing a distance value that is determined to be the noise from the plurality of distance values; and
a second processing unit configured to perform second processing that is different from (a) processing of the determination unit and (b) the first processing, using the plurality of distance values that are acquired by the distance acquisition unit and from which the distance value determined to be the noise has not been removed,
wherein the determination unit determines, based on a measured distance value at a first measurement point and a measured distance value at a second measurement point that is adjacent to the first measurement point, whether the measured distance value at the first measurement point is noise generated by the multiple reflection,
wherein, if an inclination of a vector connecting the measured distance value at the first measurement point and the measured distance value at the second measurement point is larger than a threshold, the determination unit determines that the measured distance value at the first measurement point is noise generated by the multiple reflection, and
wherein at least one processor and a memory are used to implement units comprising the determination unit, the first processing unit, and the second processing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,126,695

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT IS IMPROVED IN JAM PROCESSING EFFICIENCY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a conveying path for conveying a sheet supplied from the image forming unit;
a sheet inspection device configured to perform a sheet duplication inspection on a sheet being conveyed through the conveying path;
a display unit configured to display information; and
a controller configured to control the image forming unit to:
to interrupt image formation when a jam occurs in the conveying path; and
resume formation of images including respective images formed on one or more jammed sheets, after the one or more jammed sheets are removed,
wherein, in a case where one of the one or more jammed sheets is on a downstream side of the sheet inspection device, the controller is configured to control the image forming unit to resume the image formation from an image formed on the one of the one or more jammed sheets, based on a user instruction for resuming the image formation, and
wherein, in a case where one of the one or more jammed sheets is on an upstream side of the sheet inspection device, the controller is configured to control the image forming unit to resume the image formation from an image formed on the one of the one or more jammed sheets, without the user instruction for resuming the image formation.

US Pat. No. 10,129,446

TELECOMMUNICATION UNIT THAT ENABLES COMMUNICATION BETWEEN IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, AS WELL AS LENS ADAPTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication unit that is removably fixed to an image pickup apparatus and provided in a lens adapter, on which an interchangeable lens is removably mounted, to enable communication between the image pickup apparatus and the interchangeable lens, comprising:a first electric connecting unit having a plurality of contact portions that are electrically connected to contact portions of the interchangeable lens when the interchangeable lens is mounted on the lens adapter; and
a second electric connecting unit having a plurality of contact portions that are electrically connected to contact portions of the image pickup apparatus when the lens adapter is fixed to the image pick apparatus,
wherein the plurality of contact portions of the second electric connecting unit are formed as a comb teeth-shaped terminal, wherein a contact position of the comb teeth-shaped terminal contacting with the contact portions of the image pickup apparatus is movable relatively in an optical axis direction, and
wherein the plurality of contact portions of the second electric connecting unit are arranged more linearly than an arrangement of the plurality of contact portions of the first electric connecting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,129,457

CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SHOOTING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to provide:
an acquisition unit adapted to acquire annotation information input by a user with respect to a first image shot by a shooting unit;
an analysis unit adapted to analyze the acquired annotation information and determine whether the annotation information is a camera command generation target;
a generation unit adapted to generate a camera command defining an operation of the shooting unit based on the annotation information determined as the camera command generation target; and
a transmission unit adapted to transmit the generated camera command to the shooting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,126,674

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning device comprising:a semiconductor laser configured to emit a laser beam for exposing a photosensitive member;
a laser holder, which is a resin molded product, configured to hold the semiconductor laser;
an optical member configured to guide the laser beam so that the laser beam scans the photosensitive member;
an optical box configured to accommodate the optical member and including a side wall to which the laser holder is fixed, the optical box including (i) a first screw portion provided to the side wall and into which a first fixing screw is tightened for fixing the laser holder to the side wall, (ii) a second screw portion provided to the side wall and into which a second fixing screw is tightened for fixing the laser holder to the side wall, and (III) a third screw portion provided to the side wall and into which a third fixing screw is tightened for fixing the laser holder to the side wall;
wherein the laser holder includes:
a holding portion which is a main body of the laser holder and formed with a hole configured to allow the first screw to pass therethrough and a hole configured to allow the third screw to pass therethrough,
wherein the holding portion includes:
fixing portions configured to attach the semiconductor laser; and
a first contacting portion formed adjacent to the holes and contacts with the side wall;
a fixing mechanism protruding from an outer peripheral portion of the holding portion in a direction crossing with the second screw, the fixing mechanism includes:
two projecting portions projecting from the holding portion,
a bridge portion connected to the holding portion via the two projecting portions so as to bridge the two projecting portions, and
a second contacting portion formed adjacent to a hole through which the second screw passes;
wherein the second contacting portion is disposed inside the holes that is formed by the holding portion, two projecting portions and the bridge portion in an insertion direction of the second screw,
wherein the second contacting portion is connected with a bridge portion and not connected with a holding portion,
wherein the laser holder is fixed to the optical box by the first contacting portion abutting on the side wall by the first screw being fixed to the first screw portion, the second contacting portion abutting on the side wall by the second screw being fixed to the second screw portion, and the third contacting portion abutting on the side wall by the third screw being fixed to the third screw portion.

US Pat. No. 10,126,675

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image based on input image data, comprising:a semiconductor laser including a light-emitting element configured to emit laser light;
a light-receiving element configured to receive the laser light emitted from the light-emitting element;
a deflection unit configured to deflect the laser light emitted from the light-emitting element so that the laser light scans a photoconductor;
a drive unit configured to drive the semiconductor laser,
the drive unit including
a current supply unit configured to supply a current to the light-emitting element, the current supply unit being configured to, in at least a period during which the laser light scans the photoconductor, supply a bias current to the light-emitting element regardless of the image data and supply a switching current to be superimposed on the bias current to the light-emitting element on the basis of the image data,
a correction unit configured to correct a value of the current supplied from the current supply unit to the light-emitting element to correct a rising edge of a waveform representing an amount of laser light emitted from the light-emitting element, and
a bias current control unit configured to control a value of the bias current in accordance with a light receiving result of the light-receiving element which has received the laser light emitted from the light-emitting element upon a current being supplied to the light-emitting element; and
a control unit configured to switch a state of an operation performed by the correction unit for the current supplied to the light-emitting element, in such a manner that the correction unit corrects a value of the switching current when the switching current is supplied to the light-emitting element on the basis of the image data and in such a manner that the correction unit does not correct a value of the current supplied from the current supply unit to the light-emitting element when the laser light is made incident on the light-receiving element to control the value of the bias current.

US Pat. No. 10,126,683

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:a developer bearing member configured to be rotatable;
a first chamber configured to supply developer to the developer bearing member;
a second chamber configured to collect the developer conveyed from the developer bearing member and to form a circulation path of the developer with the first chamber;
a first wall dividing the first chamber from the second chamber and through which a first communication port for delivering the developer from the second chamber to the first chamber and a second communication port for delivering the developer from the first chamber to the second chamber are defined;
a first screw disposed within the first chamber and conveying the developer in a first direction;
a second screw disposed within the second chamber, comprising a first conveyance portion configured to convey the developer in a second direction opposite to the first direction and a return portion provided downstream of the first communication port in the second direction, the return portion being configured to convey the developer in the first direction;
a discharge portion provided, in the second chamber, downstream of the return portion in the second direction to discharge the developer out of the second chamber; and
a second wall through which a third communication port disposed upstream of the discharge portion in the second direction is defined to deliver the developer from the second chamber to the first chamber, the second wall facing at least a part of the return portion in a view from a horizontal direction such that a lower end of the third communication port is located above a lower end of the first communication port.

US Pat. No. 10,126,686

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING CLEANING UNIT WITH BRUSH ROLLER, ROTATABLE MEMBER, AND BLADE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an intermediary transfer member;
a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on said intermediary transfer member with toner including a wax;
a transfer rotatable member contactable to an outer surface of said intermediary transfer member to form a transfer portion in which a transferring electric field for transferring the toner image from said intermediary transfer member onto a recording material fed into the transfer portion is formed;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image on the recording material by heating the recording material together with the toner image carried thereon;
a feeding portion configured to feed the recording material after passing through said fixing unit, said feeding portion feeding the recording material such that a surface of the recording material carrying the toner image faces toward said transfer rotatable member at the transfer portion;
an executing portion configured to execute a double-sided image forming operation for forming toner images on respective sides of the recording material while passing the recording material through said feeding portion; and
a cleaning unit configured to electrostatically remove the toner from said transfer rotatable member,
wherein said cleaning unit includes a brush roller, a rotatable member, a first blade member and a second blade member, and said brush roller is electroconductive and contactable with said transfer rotatable member while rotating to electrostatically attract the toner from said transfer rotatable member,
wherein said rotatable member is supplied with a voltage and is contacted with said brush roller at a contact position to electrostatically attract the toner from said brush roller,
wherein said first blade member contacts said rotatable member at a first cleaning position to remove the toner from said rotatable member with rotation of said rotatable member,
wherein said second blade member contacts said rotatable member at a second cleaning position which is downstream of the first cleaning position and upstream of the contact position with respect to a rotational moving direction of said rotatable member and scrapes the wax from said rotatable member with the rotation of said rotatable member, and
wherein said first blade member is made of elastomer material, and said second blade member is made of plastic resin material.

US Pat. No. 10,126,434

RADIATION IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation image sensing apparatus comprising:a housing
an image sensing panel arranged in the housing and including a substrate having a surface, and an array having a plurality of elements two-dimensionally arranged on the surface of the substrate and configured to detect radiation;
a circuit component arranged in the housing and configured to drive the image sensing panel and process a signal from the image sensing panel;
a supporting plate arranged in the housing and including a first face on one side of the supporting plate and a second face on an opposite side of the supporting plate, the supporting plate being configured to support the image sensing panel and the circuit component, wherein the image sensing panel is supported by the first face so that the array is arranged between the surface of the substrate and the supporting plate in a state that the image sensing panel is arranged apart from the housing, and the circuit component is supported by the second face in a state that the circuit component is arranged apart from the housing;
a connecting portion arranged in the housing and having a first end connected to a region of the surface of the substrate, which is arranged outside the array, and a second end connected to the circuit component so that the image sensing panel and the circuit component are electrically connected with each other; and
a joint configured to join the housing and the second face of the supporting plate so as to support the image sensing panel and the circuit component via the supporting plate, wherein
upon an orthogonal projection onto a plane parallel to the first face, the supporting plate includes a first edge which is positioned inside an outer edge of the substrate and constitutes an outer edge of a concave portion of the supporting plate and a second edge which constitutes an outer edge of a projecting portion of the supporting plate, and the connecting portion passes through a space outside the first edge so as to electrically connect the array and the circuit component with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,122,601

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device comprising,a wireless communication unit;
a plurality of sensors;
a memory storing instructions, and
a processor executing the instructions causing the electronic device to
detect, via the wireless communication unit, wireless communication from a terminal existing on the periphery of the electronic device;
detect a change of state of the electronic device by using at least one of the plurality of sensors;
if the change of state is detected, and wireless communication that meets a predetermined condition corresponding to the detected change is detected, generate a first log that associates identification information corresponding to information included in the wireless communication with the detected change of state;
if the change of state is detected after a login operation to the electronic device is performed, generate a second log that associates identification information used to identify a user specified based on the login operation with the detected change of state; and
store the first log and the second log,
wherein the first log is generated independent of any login operation.

US Pat. No. 10,121,067

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT DETERMINES PROCESSING TARGET AREA OF AN IMAGE BASED ON DEGREE OF SALIENCY, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor;
a memory that includes instructions for the at least one processor to, by being executed by the at least one processor;
set a search area based on spatial information of a subject, the spatial information being information of an area in which the subject in an image is predicted to be present;
set a first area inside the search area but not outside the search area;
set a second area outside the first area;
calculate a first feature amount of the first area;
calculate a second feature amount of the second area, the second feature amount being a feature amount of the same type as the first feature amount; and
calculate a degree of visual saliency of the subject in the first area based on a difference between the first feature amount and the second feature amount,
wherein in a case that a plurality of search areas are set, the first area and the second area are set and the degree of visual saliency is calculated in each of the search areas, and a processing target area is determined from the first areas of the plurality of search areas based on the calculated degree of visual saliency.

US Pat. No. 10,122,887

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND OPTICAL SENSOR DETECTING TARGET FORMED ON IMAGE CARRIER OR RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a light-emitting unit configured to emit light toward an image carrier or a recording medium;
a first light-receiving unit that includes a plurality of first light-receiving elements arranged along a first direction that is a movement direction of the image carrier or the recording medium, and is arranged so as to receive light emitted from the light-emitting unit and specularly reflected off the image carrier or the recording medium;
a second light-receiving unit arranged at a different position from the first light-receiving unit in a second direction different from the first direction, and that includes a plurality of second light-receiving elements arranged along the first direction, the second light-receiving unit being arranged so as to receive light emitted from the light-emitting unit and reflected off the image carrier or the recording medium;
a selection unit configured to select a first mode or a second mode, in the first mode, a first light-receiving element among the plurality of first light-receiving elements being set as a first effective light-receiving element and a second light-receiving element among the plurality of second light-receiving elements being set as a second effective light-receiving element, and in the second mode, a first light-receiving element among the plurality of first light-receiving elements or a second light-receiving element among the plurality of second light-receiving elements being set as a third effective light-receiving element;
a generation unit configured to generate, if the first mode is selected by the selection unit, a first detection signal from an output of the first effective light-receiving element and a second detection signal from an output of the second effective light-receiving element, and to generate, if the second mode is selected by the selection unit, a third detection signal from an output of the third effective light-receiving element; and
a detection unit configured to detect i) a target formed on the image carrier or the recording medium or ii) a surface of the image carrier or the recording medium, based on the first detection signal and the second detection signal or based on the third detection signal.

US Pat. No. 10,121,098

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING PLURALITY OF PROCESSING UNITS FOR GENERATING INTERMEDIATE DATA, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a printer engine configured to print rasterized pages; and
at least one controller having one or more processors executing programs stored in a memory, the at least one controller being configured to function as:
a receiving unit configured to receive PDL data including a plurality of pages;
a plurality of processing units configured to generate, on a page basis, intermediate data of the plurality of pages based on the PDL data; and
a rasterizing unit configured to rasterize the intermediate data of the plurality of pages generated by the plurality of processing units;
wherein, in a case where generation of intermediate data of a following page is completed before generation of intermediate data of a preceding page, a second rasterization of the intermediate data of the following page by the rasterizing unit is controlled so that the second rasterization of the intermediate data of the following page is delayed until a first rasterization of the intermediate data of the preceding page is completed, and the second rasterization of the intermediate data of the following page by the rasterizing unit is executed after the first rasterization of the intermediate data of the preceding page is completed,
wherein, a first raster image generated by the first rasterization is printed on a first sheet and a second raster image generated by the second rasterization is printed on a second sheet which is different from the first sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,122,913

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor in which pixels are arrayed two-dimensionally, each of the pixels including a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements for a single microlens;
a readout unit capable of switching between carrying out a first readout operation of reading out, from the image sensor and at a first framerate, signals from photoelectric conversion elements corresponding to a first number of pupil areas among a plurality of pupil areas of an imaging optical system and a signal obtained by adding together signals from the photoelectric conversion elements corresponding to all of the pupil areas among the plurality of pupil areas of the imaging optical system, and a second readout operation of reading out, from the image sensor and at a second framerate, signals from photoelectric conversion elements corresponding to a second number, different from the first number, of pupil areas among the plurality of pupil areas of the imaging optical system and a signal obtained by adding together signals from the photoelectric conversion elements corresponding to all of the pupil areas among the plurality of pupil areas of the imaging optical system; and
a control unit that controls whether to cause the readout unit to carry out the first readout operation or the second readout operation in accordance with a status of the image capturing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,122,951

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:an imaging device; and
a signal processing unit, wherein:
the imaging device includes a first pixel and a second pixel each having a photoelectric converter;
the first pixel is a pixel configured to output a first pixel signal based on a light corresponding to white color on the photoelectric converter;
the second pixel is a pixel configured to output a second pixel signal based on a light corresponding to any one of colors of green, blue, and red on the photoelectric converter;
the first pixel is configured to output the first pixel signal in each of a first frame and a second frame;
the second pixel is configured to output the second pixel signal in each of the first frame and the second frame;
the signal processing unit is configured to perform a first inter-frame processing which is an addition of the first pixel signal of the first frame and the first pixel signal of the second frame, and a second inter-frame processing which is an addition of the second pixel signal of the first frame and the second pixel signal of the second frame; and
the signal processing unit is configured to perform the second inter-frame processing by changing weights of the second pixel signal of the first frame and the second pixel signal of the second frame, based on a difference between the first pixel signal of the first frame and the first pixel signal of the second frame.

US Pat. No. 10,121,252

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for performing region segmentation of an image, comprising:a setting unit configured to set a plurality of representative points on an input image;
a selection unit configured to sequentially select a block from a plurality of blocks, which are generated by dividing the input image, as a target block; and
a segmentation unit configured to perform region segmentation of the input image by clustering of pixels contained in the target block by referring to information of a representative point in the target block, and information of a representative point in at least one block adjacent to the target block including an unprocessed block in which the clustering of pixels has not been performed yet,
wherein at least one of the setting unit, the selection unit, and the segmentation unit is implemented using a processor.

US Pat. No. 10,120,230

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus connected to an imaging apparatus comprising:a display module configured to display an image;
a fan configured to rotate to cool the display module;
a first detecting unit configured to acquire an ambient temperature of the display module; and
a control unit configured to control a speed of rotation of the fan,
wherein, in response to acquisition, by the control unit, of a signal corresponding to a recording instruction given by the imaging apparatus, the control unit controls the speed of rotation the fan from a first speed of rotation to a second speed of rotation lower than the first speed of rotation, and
wherein, in response to a lapse of a first period determined based on the ambient temperature, the control unit controls the speed of rotation of the fan from the second speed of rotation to a third speed of rotation higher than the second speed of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,114,150

OPTICAL MULTILAYER COATING, OPTICAL LENS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL MULTILAYER COATING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical multilayer coating formed on or above a substrate, comprising:a high-refractive index layer with a refractive index of 1.76 to 2.7;
a magnesium oxyfluoride layer; and
a magnesium fluoride layer,
the high-refractive index layer, the magnesium oxyfluoride layer, and the magnesium fluoride layer being stacked on or above the substrate in this order and being in direct contact with each other,
wherein the magnesium oxyfluoride layer has a composition represented by the following formula:
MgxOyFz  (1)
where z/x is not less than 0.01 nor greater than 1.45 and z/y is not less than 0.01 nor greater than 3.17.

US Pat. No. 10,115,186

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, DEPTH MEASURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for detecting a sky region based on a color image and a depth image, the image processing apparatus comprising:a processor and/or circuitry configured to function as:
a first generator configured to generate a first provisional sky map based on pixel values of the color image;
a second generator configured to generate a second provisional sky map based on the depth values of the depth image; and
an integrator configured to generate a sky map by integrating the first provisional sky map and the second provisional sky map.

US Pat. No. 10,111,640

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging system comprising:an imaging unit configured to transfer a radiation image generated based on radiation to a console;
a setting unit configured to set a first interrupt determination time for determining an interrupt of transfer of reduced image data of the radiation image and a second interrupt determination time for determining an interrupt of transfer of whole image data of the radiation image data; and
a control unit configured to interrupt the transfer of the reduced image data in a case where an elapsed time taken to transfer the radiation image exceeds the first interrupt determination time and to interrupt the transfer of the whole image data in a case where an elapsed time taken to transfer the radiation image exceeds the second interrupt determination time.

US Pat. No. 10,112,417

TRAY, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,114,780

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERMITS USE OF A USB DEVICE BY AN APPLICATION BEING DISPLAYED, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus in which a plurality of applications operate, the apparatus comprising:an identification unit configured to identify, from among the plurality of applications, an application that is being displayed in a display unit; and
a control unit configured to perform control so that while one application among the plurality of applications is occupying a USB device USB-connected to the information processing apparatus, another application cannot use the USB device;
wherein the control unit performs control so as to forcibly close usage of the USB device by an application for which usage of the USB device is permitted, and permit usage of the USB device by the application identified as being displayed in the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,114,799

METHOD FOR ARRANGING IMAGES IN ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS ON SMALL DEVICES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,114,593

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT REQUIRES AUTHENTICATION OF USER, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a user authentication function, comprising:an NFC (near-field communication) communicator including a memory and configured to perform a near field communication with a mobile terminal;
a memory device configured to store instructions; and
a processor connected to the memory device and configured to execute the instructions to:
store connecting information including at least identification information of the printing apparatus in the memory of the NFC communicator in a case where a user logs into the printing apparatus through the authentication function, the connecting information permitting the user to perform NFC touch-to-print printing by connecting the mobile terminal to the printing apparatus; and
store error information for causing the mobile terminal to display an error message in the memory of the NFC communicator in a case where the user logs out of the printing apparatus, the error information notifying a user of the mobile terminal to place the mobile terminal in proximity to the NFC communicator again after logging into the printing apparatus,
wherein in a case where the mobile terminal is placed in proximity to the NFC communicator in a state where the connecting information is stored in the memory of the NFC communicator, the connecting information is sent to the mobile terminal by the near field communication to permit the user to perform NFC touch-to-print printing by connecting the mobile terminal to the printing apparatus using the connecting information, and
wherein in a case where the mobile terminal is placed in proximity to the NFC communicator in a state where the error information is stored in the memory of the NFC communicator, the error information is sent to the mobile terminal by the near field communication to notify the user to log into the printing apparatus prior to performing NFC touch-to-print printing by connecting the mobile terminal to the printing apparatus.