US Pat. No. 10,254,686

FIXING APPARATUS THE FIXES AN IMAGE ON RECORDING MATERIAL AND PERFORMS MOTOR CONTROL AFTER FIXING THE IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing apparatus configured to fix a toner image on a recording material, the apparatus comprising:a cylindrical heating film;
a nip portion forming member coming into contact with an inner surface of the film, wherein a lubricant is applied to a surface of the nip portion forming member coming into contact with the heating film;
a roller forming a nip portion through the film together with the nip portion forming member, the roller configured to rotate the film by a rotation thereof;
a motor configured to transmit a driving force to the roller to rotate the roller;
a control unit configured to control power supplied to the motor so that a rotational speed of the motor becomes a target rotational speed in a fixing process of conveying and heating the recording material carrying the toner image to fix the toner image to the recording material at the nip portion; and
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information related to a warm state of the apparatus,
wherein the apparatus is configured to execute the fixing process of conveying and heating the recording material carrying the toner image to fix the toner image to the recording material at the nip portion,
wherein the apparatus is configured to stop supply of power to the motor after the end of the fixing process and before starting a subsequent fixing process by executing a first control of stopping the supply of power to the motor and a second control of stopping the supply of power to the motor after an occurrence of a low-speed rotation period in which the motor rotates at a rotational speed lower than the target rotational speed in the fixing process,
wherein the apparatus is configured to execute either the first control or the second control to stop supply of power to the motor after the end of the fixing process and before starting the subsequent fixing process based on the acquired information related to the warm state of the apparatus, the acquired information being acquired at the start of the fixing process or after the end of the fixing process, and
wherein the apparatus executes the first control in a case where the warm state of the apparatus has not reached a high temperature state and executes the second control in a case where the warm state of the apparatus has reached the high temperature state.

US Pat. No. 10,254,687

FIXING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT MAINTAIN A PRESSING FORCE BETWEEN A CONTACT MEMBER AND A HEAT ROTATING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:a heating rotating member that generates heat when energized;
a pressure rotating member that forms a nip portion, together with the heating rotating member, in which a developer image, formed on a recording medium, is fixed to the recording medium while the recording medium is transported through the nip portion;
a contact member that comes into contact with and feeds power to the heating rotating member;
a contact holding member that holds the contact member so that the contact member presses against the heating rotating member, and that causes at least a portion of the contact member to elastically deform between the heating rotating member and the contact holding member; and
a displacement mechanism that displaces a relative position of the heating rotating member with respect to the pressure rotating member,
wherein, when the heating rotating member is separated from the pressure rotating member by the displacement mechanism, an interval between a fulcrum, at which the contact holding member holds the contact member, and a contact point, at which the contact member comes into contact with the heating rotating member, does not increase.

US Pat. No. 10,254,689

FIXING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT SET TARGET TEMPERATURES OF HEAT GENERATING ELEMENTS FOR HEATING A DEVELOPER IMAGE IN EACH OF A PLURALITY OF REGIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:a plurality of heat generating elements for heating a developer image formed on a recording medium corresponding to a plurality of heating regions, the heat generating elements fixing the developer image formed on the recording medium to the recording medium by heating,
wherein a first target temperature of the heat generating elements for heating the developer image is set based on a developer amount per unit area of the developer image in each of the plurality of heating regions, and the temperature of the heat generating elements is controlled to the first target temperature, and
wherein, in a case in which a developer image includes a developer image that is formed over two adjacent heating regions of the plurality of heating regions and the amount of developer per unit area of one portion thereof that is included in one of the two adjacent heating regions and the amount of developer per unit area of the other portion thereof that is included in the other of the two adjacent heating regions are substantially the same and a difference between the first target temperatures for the two adjacent heating regions is outside of a predetermined range, the first target temperature for one of the two adjacent heating regions is corrected to a second target temperature, which is higher than the first target temperature, so that the difference between the first target temperatures for the two adjacent heating regions is within the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 10,291,854

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:a processor;
a memory that stores a program that is executable by the processor and, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to function as units comprising:
(1) an image capture unit configured to obtain light-field data; and
(2) a control unit configured to successively display a moving image obtained by the image capture unit in a display apparatus,
wherein the control unit displays an assistance display indicating information related to light-field data to be obtained with present shooting parameters together with the moving image in the display apparatus, and
wherein the control unit controls the assistance display such that during moving image recording being performed, visibility of the moving image is not degraded by the assistance display in comparison to a case where moving image recording is not being performed, and
wherein the control unit performs the assistance display in a period where an instruction related to still image shooting is being input during moving image recording, and does not perform the assistance display in a period where the instruction is not being input during moving image recording.

US Pat. No. 10,252,384

AUTOMATED ASSEMBLY APPARATUS AND AUTOMATED ASSEMBLY METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An automated assembly apparatus comprising:an assembly robot that includes a Y-axis movement unit, a first X-axis movement unit movable in a Y-axis direction along the Y-axis movement unit, and a grip unit movable in an X-axis direction along the X-axis movement unit; and
a workbench unit including a Z-axis movement unit arranged below the assembly robot with respect to a Z-axis and a workbench movable in the Z-axis direction along the Z-axis movement unit,
wherein the assembly robot and the workbench unit are configured to perform an assembly operation for a first assembly component gripped by the grip unit and a second assembly component mounted on the workbench unit through movement in the Z-axis direction by the workbench unit, and
wherein the assembly robot has no unit for moving the grip unit in the Z-axis direction.

US Pat. No. 10,291,856

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS HAVING SELF-IMAGE DISPLAY MODE, AND CONTROL THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of a subject via an optical system;
a display unit including a display surface configured to display the image, and rotatably supported with respect to the image capturing unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire field angle in formation of the optical system; and
a display control unit configured to, if a field angle based on the field angle information is wider than a predetermined angle, change a display direction of the image to display the image on the display surface in a case where the display surface is rotated and oriented toward the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,254,694

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:a developer bearing member configured to bear lubricant and developer;
a regulating member configured to regulate a layer thickness of the developer on the developer bearing member;
a voltage application unit capable of applying a voltage to the regulating member; and
a control unit configured to control the voltage application unit to apply a predetermined voltage to the regulating member, the control unit being capable of executing a lubricant discharge mode for moving the lubricant from the developer bearing member, wherein
the lubricant has charging characteristics that allow the lubricant to be charged to a polarity opposite to the polarity of the developer as a result of being rubbed between the developer bearing member and the regulating member,
the control unit controls, in an image forming mode, a potential difference obtained by subtracting a voltage applied to the developer bearing member from the voltage applied to the regulating member so that the potential difference is set to the polarity of the developer, and
the control unit controls, in the lubricant discharge mode, the potential difference obtained by subtracting the voltage applied to the developer bearing member from the voltage applied to the regulating member so that the potential difference is set to the polarity of the lubricant or “0”.

US Pat. No. 10,291,860

IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM THAT PROVIDES AUTOMATIC RADIATING DIRECTION CONTROL, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup system that has an image pickup apparatus and a light-emitting apparatus built in or removably mounted on the image pickup apparatus and capable of communicating with the image pickup apparatus, the light-emitting apparatus having a light-emitting unit that emits light and a drive unit that changes a radiating direction of light from the light-emitting unit, the image pickup system comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory that stores instructions, which when executed by the hardware processor, cause the image pickup system to:
disable a preparatory operation for shooting and a shooting operation by the image pickup apparatus while the radiating direction of the light is being changed by the drive unit;
determine whether or not an instruction to suspend changing the radiating direction of the light by the drive unit has been issued; and
enable, when the image pickup system determines that the instruction to suspend changing the radiating direction of the light by the drive unit has been issued, the preparatory operation for shooting and the shooting operation by the image pickup apparatus, which have been disabled, and control the drive unit such that the light-emitting unit returns to an initial position prior to the change of the radiating direction of the light from the light-emitting unit by the drive unit.

US Pat. No. 10,254,698

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device comprising:a main assembly;
a holding unit detachably mountable to said main assembly;
a portion-to-be-engaged provided on said main assembly;
a rotatable member, provided in said holding unit, for feeding a sheet;
a roller holder, provided in said holding unit, for holding said rotatable member;
a gripping member, provided on said holding unit, for gripping said holding unit and being movable relative to said roller holder between (1) an engaging position where said gripping member engages with said portion-to-be-engaged and (2) a disengaging position where said gripping member does not engage with said portion-to-be-engaged; and
a feeding guide for guiding feeding of the sheet,
wherein said gripping member is held by said feeding guide in a case in which said holding unit is mounted in said main assembly and said gripping member is in the engaging position.

US Pat. No. 10,254,699

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO CORRECT TIMING OF IMAGE FORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of image bearing members;
an intermediate transfer member;
a plurality of image forming units respectively corresponding to the plurality of image bearing members and each configured to form an image on the corresponding image bearing member and to transfer the image formed on the corresponding image bearing member to the intermediate transfer member;
a conveyance unit configured to convey a recording material;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the image formed on the intermediate transfer member to the recording material conveyed by the conveyance unit;
a detection unit configured to detect image patterns for positional deviation detection respectively formed on the intermediate transfer member by the plurality of image forming units; and
a control unit configured to perform control by switching between a first mode, which determines, with a first image forming unit among the plurality of image forming units used as a reference, timing of image formation performed by a second image forming unit different from the first image forming unit, and a second mode, which determines timing of image formation performed by the second image forming unit with the second image forming unit used as a reference,
wherein, based on timings at which, in the first mode, the image pattern formed on the intermediate transfer member by the first image forming unit and the image pattern formed on the intermediate transfer member by the second image forming unit are respectively detected by the detection unit, the control unit, in the second mode, corrects timing of image formation performed by the second image forming unit or corrects timing at which the recording material is conveyed to the transfer unit by the conveyance unit.

US Pat. No. 10,291,097

BRUSHLESS MOTOR AND APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A brushless motor comprising:a rotor that includes a rotating shaft provided with an output section, and a magnet fixed onto the rotating shaft, the rotating shaft having a first end and a second end as tip ends in an axial direction of the rotating shaft, the second end being closer to the magnet than the first end;
a stator that includes a yoke having two openings on an output section side and another side in the axial direction, and a coil provided on an inner circumference of the yoke, the stator being disposed around the magnet, an output section side open end of the yoke being formed so as not to cover an output section side end of the coil and protruding more than the coil and the magnet to the output section side;
a case fixed onto the yoke and configured to cover an outer surface of the yoke except an output section side open end of the yoke in the axial direction;
a frame fixed onto the output section side open end of the yoke;
a first bearing fixed onto the frame and configured to rotatably support the first end of the rotating shaft;
a second bearing fixed onto the case and configured to rotatably support the second end of the rotating shaft, the second bearing including a receiving surface that contacts the second end in the axial direction;
an energizing member that contacts the first end to energize the rotating shaft in a direction from the first bearing to the second bearing; and
a wiring substrate disposed between the stator and the case in the axial direction and configured to electrify the coil.

US Pat. No. 10,289,051

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a transfer portion configured to convey a sheet and to transfer a toner image formed on an image bearing member to the sheet;
a fixing portion configured to convey the sheet at a fixing conveying velocity and to fix the toner image transferred to the sheet;
a loop detecting portion configured to detect a state of a loop of the sheet, the loop being formed between the transfer portion and the fixing portion; and
a control portion configured to control the fixing portion such that the fixing conveying velocity is changed to a first velocity or to a second velocity which is lower than the first velocity based on the state of the loop detected by the loop detecting portion,
wherein the control portion can set a plurality of velocity bands each of which is a combination of the first velocity and the second velocity, the control portion can perform a changing of the velocity band a several times based on the state of the loop of the sheet detected by the loop detecting portion while the transfer portion and the fixing portion are conveying the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,289,052

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

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 on the recording material, the fixing unit including a tubular film and an opposed member which is in contact with an outside surface of the film to form a first nip portion together with the film, wherein the recording material having the image formed thereon is heated while being conveyed by the first nip portion;
a conveying unit configured to convey the recording material having the image fixed thereon by the fixing unit, the conveying unit including a second nip portion configured to convey the recording material, the second nip portion being located at a position where a piece of recording material can be conveyed by the first nip portion and the second nip portion simultaneously;
a pressure variable mechanism capable of changing a pressure of the second nip portion;
a control unit configured to control the pressure variable mechanism; and
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information about a length of the recording material in a conveying direction of the recording material,
wherein the control unit controls the pressure variable mechanism according to the information about the length of the recording material acquired by the acquisition unit so that the recording material is conveyed by the second nip portion set to a first pressure in a case where the length of the recording material is less than a predetermined length, and the recording material is conveyed by the second nip portion set to a second pressure lower than the first pressure in a case where the length of the recording material is equal to or greater than the predetermined length.

US Pat. No. 10,290,077

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:at least one memroy storing instruction;
and at least one processor that when executing the instructions cause the display control apparatus to:
receive an operation on a display object displayed in a display area on a display;
change the display area from a first size to a second size smaller than the first size; and
control the display,
wherein, in a case where the operation is not received while the display area is displayed in the first size, when the display area is changed from the first size to the second size, display is controlled to display a first range out of the display object in the display area with the second size, and
wherein, in a case where the operation is received while the display area is displayed in the first size, when the display area is changed from the first size to the second size, display is controlled to move the display object to display a second range, which is different from the first range out of the display object and based on a position where the operation has been received, in the display area with the second size.

US Pat. No. 10,291,869

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:a pixel section in which pixels are arranged two-dimensionally, each of the pixels including (i) an amplifier transistor that is connected to a power voltage and has a gate into which a voltage of a signal charge generated by a photoelectric conversion area is input and (ii) a selection transistor that is connected to the amplifier transistor and a signal line; and
an AD conversion circuit including (i) a reference transistor that has a gate into which a ramp signal having a voltage that changes at a constant rate is input and (ii) a constant current source that is connected to the reference transistor and the signal line,
wherein the voltage of the ramp signal or a driving ability of the reference transistor changes between a first mode and a second mode, the first mode being a mode in which a voltage of a signal charge obtained by turning one selection transistor on per signal line is AD-converted by the AD conversion circuit, and the second mode being a mode in which a voltage of a signal charge obtained by turning a plurality of selection transistors on per signal line is AD-converted by the AD conversion circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,289,054

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus body;
an image forming portion disposed in the apparatus body and configured to form an image on a sheet;
a first sheet discharge portion configured to discharge the sheet, on which the image has been formed by the image forming portion, out of the apparatus body;
a second sheet discharge portion provided above the first sheet discharge portion and configured to discharge the sheet, on which the image has been formed by the image forming portion, out of the apparatus body;
a first sheet processing unit configured to process the sheet on which the image has been formed by the image forming portion;
a second sheet processing unit comprising a body separate from the first sheet processing unit and configured to be mounted between the first sheet discharge portion and the first sheet processing unit, the second sheet processing unit being configured to process the sheet discharged from the first sheet discharge portion and guide the sheet to the first sheet processing unit;
a first support portion provided on the first sheet processing unit;
a second support portion disposed upstream of the first support portion in a sheet discharge direction of the second sheet discharge portion and on or above the second sheet processing unit, the second support portion being configured to support stacked sheets, each of which is discharged out of the apparatus body by the second sheet discharge portion, in collaboration with the first support portion; and
a trailing end regulating portion arranged on an upstream end of the second support portion in the sheet discharge direction and configured to be in contact with and regulate trailing ends, in the sheet discharge direction, of the sheets stacked on the first and second support portions.

US Pat. No. 10,291,871

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, IMAGING APPARATUS DRIVING METHOD, AND IMAGING SYSTEM DRIVING METHOD USING PIXELS OUTPUTTING SIGNAL BASED ON AT LEAST PART OF PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION UNITS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a micro lens array including a plurality of micro lenses;
a plurality of photoelectric conversion units, including a first photoelectric conversion unit and a second photoelectric conversion unit; and
an output unit,
wherein one of the plurality of micro lenses overlaps the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second photoelectric conversion unit in planar view,
the first photoelectric conversion unit is disposed at a first position in a planar view,
the second photoelectric conversion unit is disposed at a second position in a planar view, the second position being outside of the first position,
the output unit outputs, to outside of the imaging apparatus, first signals and second signals in one frame period,
wherein the first signals are signals used for generating an image,
the second signals are signals used for performing focusing, and
wherein a number of the second signals is less than a number of the first signals.

US Pat. No. 10,289,055

DRIVE TRANSMITTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive transmitting apparatus, comprising:a first member;
a second member that drives due to a driving force of the first member; and
a cylindrical shaft that rotates in order to transmit the driving force of the first member to the second member, the cylindrical shaft including a pair of circumferential ends that oppose or abut with each other in a circumferential direction from one end to another end in an axial direction as a seam and a notched portion that is recessed in the axial direction on an approximately annular end surface at an end in the axial direction, and the cylindrical shaft receiving a force in the circumferential direction at the notched portion, wherein
when viewed in the axial direction,
the pair of circumferential ends and the notched portion are at different positions in the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,289,056

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a movable intermediate transfer member;
a first image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a second image bearing member disposed on a downstream side of the first image bearing member in a moving direction of the intermediate transfer member, and configured to bear a toner image;
a first primary transfer device configured to form a first primary transfer portion with the first image bearing member via the intermediate transfer member, and primarily transfer a toner image from the first image bearing member to the intermediate transfer member;
a second primary transfer device configured to form a second primary transfer portion with the second image bearing member via the intermediate transfer member, and primarily transfer a toner image from the second image bearing member to the intermediate transfer member;
a first transfer power source configured to apply a voltage to the first primary transfer device;
a second transfer power source configured to apply a voltage to the second primary transfer device;
a secondary transfer device configured to form a secondary transfer portion with the intermediate transfer member, and secondarily transfer a toner image from the intermediate transfer member onto a transfer material;
a charging device disposed on a downstream side of the secondary transfer portion for secondarily transferring a toner image from the intermediate transfer member onto a transfer material and on an upstream side of the first primary transfer portion in the moving direction, and configured electrically charge toner on the intermediate transfer member;
a charging power source configured to apply a voltage to the charging device; and
a control device configured to control at least the first transfer power source and the second transfer power source,
wherein, the control device switches a polarity of the voltage applied by the first transfer power source in response to a switching of a polarity of a voltage applied by the charging power source, and switches the voltage applied by the second transfer power source from a first voltage to a second voltage which is larger in absolute value than the first voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,290,082

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING A RESTORATION PROCESS FOR AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory configured to store a plurality of image restoration filters depending on an F-number; and
(B) at least one processor coupled to the memory, and serving as:
(a) an acquirer configured to acquire a plurality of first image restoration filters, according to an imaging condition, from among the plurality of image restoration filters; and
(b) an image restorer configured to perform a restoration process for an image through a predetermined calculation process based on the plurality of first image restoration filters, the image being obtained via an imaging optical system that includes an optical element having a transmittance distribution where a transmittance continuously changes in at least a partial area,
wherein the plurality of first image restoration filters are image restoration filters relating to an imaging optical system that does not include the optical element.

US Pat. No. 10,289,058

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DRAWER MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, the apparatus comprising:a main assembly provided with an opening;
a drawer member movable relative to the main assembly while supporting an image forming portion including at least an image bearing member for carrying a toner image, between an inside position which is inside the main assembly and in which an image forming operation is enabled and an outside position to which the drawer member is drawn out of the main assembly through the opening and in which a cartridge including at least a part of the image forming portion is mountable to and dismountable from the drawer member;
an optical unit provided in the main assembly and configured to emit light onto the image bearing member and including a light emission opening and a transparent member covering the light emission opening;
a cleaning member provided in the main assembly and configured to clean a surface of the transparent member by moving relative to the optical unit; and
an operating portion configured to move the cleaning member in a process of movement of the drawer member from the inside position to the outside position or a process of movement of the drawer member from the outside position to the inside position,
wherein a direction of the movement is perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 10,291,875

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF GENERATING AUDIO SIGNAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A signal processing apparatus, comprising:at least one hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions executable by the at least one hardware processor to cause the signal processing apparatus to perform at least:
acquiring information related to a capturing point of time corresponding to a virtual-viewpoint image generated based on a plurality of captured images that are captured from respectively different directions by a plurality of cameras;
identifying a length of a playback period of the virtual-viewpoint image;
obtaining a collected sound signal based on collection of sound of a sound collection region by at least one microphone, wherein the sound collection region includes at least a part of a capturing area captured by the plurality of cameras; and
generating an audio signal to be reproduced together with the virtual-viewpoint image in the playback period, by using the obtained collected sound signal corresponding to a sound collection period determined based on both the capturing point of time specified by the acquired information and the identified length of the playback period,
wherein a sound collection point of time corresponding to the audio signal at a beginning of the playback period is earlier than the capturing point of time corresponding to the virtual-viewpoint image.

US Pat. No. 10,289,828

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system comprising:a first information processing device configured to perform:
a first process of storing print data,
a second process of receiving a device token from an external device and transmitting the device token to another external device, and
a third process of transmitting requested print data to the external device;
a second information processing device configured to perform:
a fourth process of registering the device token of the external device in a registration database, and
a fifth process of receiving the device token from the external device and notifying the external device of determination information indicating whether the device token is valid based on the received device token and the registration database, and
an image forming apparatus configured to perform:
a sixth process of receiving a print instruction and transmitting a device token of the image forming apparatus to the external device to request the external device for the print data, and
a seventh process of receiving the print data from the external device and forming an image on a sheet based on the received print data,
wherein, in a state where the first process is executed by the first information processing device and the fourth process is executed by the second information processing device:
the image forming apparatus requests the first information processing device for the print data in the sixth process,
the first information processing device receives the device token from the image forming apparatus and transmits the device token to the second information processing device in the second process,
the second information processing device receives the device token from the first information processing device and notifies the first information processing device of the determination information in the fifth process,
the first information processing device transmits the requested print data to the image forming apparatus in a case where the notified determination information indicates that the device token is valid in the third process, and
the image forming apparatus forms the image on the sheet based on the print data received from the first information processing device in the seventh process.

US Pat. No. 10,289,060

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,289,061

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:a developer accommodating body configured to contain developer, the developer accommodating body being rotatable about a rotational axis, and the developer accommodating body being provided with a gear portion provided about the rotational axis;
a developer discharging body in fluid communication with the developer accommodating body, the developer discharging body being adjacent to a first end of the developer accommodating body, the developer discharging body having a discharge opening that is provided in a bottom portion of the developer discharging body, with the discharge opening being configured to permit discharge of the developer from the developer discharging body, and with the developer accommodating body being rotatable relative to the developer discharging body; and
a track provided at each of opposite sides of the developer discharging body, each track (i) projecting from a surface, (ii) including a first part with a first end and a second end, the first part ascending away from a bottom of the developer supply container as a distance to a second end of the developer accommodating body that is opposite from the first end of the developer accommodating body decreases, and (iii) including a second part extending from the second end of the first part such that a plane perpendicular to the rotational axis and passing through the second part passes through the discharge opening, with a portion of the surface extending from the first end of the first part in a direction away from the second part,
wherein a plane parallel to the rotational axis and passing through the second parts of the tracks is between the rotational axis and the discharge opening.

US Pat. No. 10,289,066

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
an exposing unit configured to expose said image bearing member;
an electric circuit board provided such that a plane of said electric circuit board is substantially perpendicular to a surface on which said image forming apparatus is placed;
a driving unit configured to supply a driving force;
a first metal plate supporting said exposing unit;
a second metal plate supporting said electric circuit board; and
a third metal plate supporting said driving unit,
wherein at least one of said first metal plate, said second metal plate and said third metal plate is provided at each of four sides of said image forming apparatus, the four sides being substantially perpendicular to the surface on which said image forming apparatus is placed,
wherein said first metal plate, said second metal plate and said third metal plate are electrically connected with each other, and
wherein at least one connecting portion between said first metal plate, said second metal plate and said third metal plate is connected with an electroconductive elastic member.

US Pat. No. 10,290,096

DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A diagnosis support apparatus which provides information for supporting medical diagnosis, the apparatus comprising:a selection unit configured to select an imaging finding as a clue for medical diagnosis from candidates of the imaging finding generated by using medical information;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain an image feature corresponding to the selected imaging finding from a medical image;
a specifying unit configured to specify a portion in an abnormal shadow on the basis of the image feature, the portion being a partial region indicated by the selected imaging finding; and
a display control unit configured to display, on a display unit, the specified portion in the abnormal shadow included in the medical image together with a remaining region included in the medical image by displaying the medical image, wherein
the display control unit is configured to display, on the display unit, the specified portion in the abnormal shadow or a portion in the vicinity of the specified portion in the abnormal shadow so as to emphasize the specified portion in the abnormal shadow or the portion in the vicinity of the specified portion in the abnormal shadow compared to the displayed remaining region.

US Pat. No. 10,253,194

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising:(a) a pigment;
(b) resin particles;
(c) a surfactant;
(d) at least one water-soluble organic compound; and
(e) water,
wherein a total of the content of the at least one water-soluble organic compound is 35 mass % or less based on a total mass of the ink,
wherein the at least one water-soluble organic compound comprises at least a first water-soluble organic compound being liquid at 25° C. and having a surface tension at 25° C. of 40 mN/m or less, and the content of the first water-soluble organic compound is 5 mass % or less based on a total mass of the ink,
wherein the surfactant is a surfactant represented by the following general formula (1):

wherein R1 to R4 each independently represents an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, x and y each independently represent a numerical value of from 1 to 5, and m+n represents a numerical value of from 0 to 7,
wherein the content of the surfactant is 0.7 mass % or more based on a total mass of the ink,
wherein a mass ratio of the content (mass %) of the surfactant to a total of the content (mass %) of the pigment and the content (mass %) of the resin particles is from 0.03 to 0.25,
wherein the surface tension of the ink at 25° C. is from 25 mN/m to 35 mN/m, and
wherein the resin particles have an acid value of from 20 mg KOH/g to 150 mg KOH/g.

US Pat. No. 10,253,197

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for ink jet, the aqueous ink comprising:a pigment; and
a urethane resin,
wherein the urethane resin has a unit derived from a polyisocyanate, a unit derived from a polyol having no acid group, and a unit derived from a polyol having an acid group, and a proportion of a unit derived from the polyol having an acid group present at a molecular terminal relative to the whole unit derived from the polyol having an acid group is 30% or less, and
wherein the aqueous ink has a dynamic surface tension of 55 mN/m or more at a lifetime of 10 msec.

US Pat. No. 10,255,247

PUNCTURE PLANNING APPARATUS AND PUNCTURE SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A puncture system comprising:a simulation unit that performs simulation of movement of an organ and a puncture needle when the puncture needle is inserted into the organ and advanced toward a target segment inside the organ, by simulation using an organ model;
a planning unit that plans a movement of the puncture needle when an actual organ is punctured, and outputs a planning result; and
a control unit that controls the movement of the puncture needle on a basis of the planning result,
wherein the simulation unit executes a plurality of times of the simulation in which conditions of an advancement speed of the puncture needle are mutually different and generates a plurality of simulation results, and
wherein the planning unit plans the movement of the puncture needle on a basis of a selected one of the plurality of simulation results, at least one puncture error and puncture time period of which meets a predetermined criteria,
wherein the simulation unit performs speed adjustment in performing the simulation, so as to reduce the advancement speed of the puncture needle in accordance with a puncture reaction force, which is a force that the puncture needle receives from the organ,
wherein the simulation unit adjusts the advancement speed of the puncture needle by multiplying a predetermined initial value of the advancement speed by a speed gain which is determined in accordance with the puncture reaction force,
wherein the speed gain is determined by the following expressions, and
the simulation unit executes the plurality of times of simulation while changing, as the condition, a value of a parameter ak in the following expressions:

where Kf is a speed gain, Fn is a puncture reaction force, Fnmin is a predetermined threshold, ak is a parameter to determine the reduction rate of the speed gain, and Kfmin is a predetermined minimum value of the speed gain.

US Pat. No. 10,253,200

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for ink jet comprising:(1) a pigment;
(2) a water-soluble acrylic resin for dispersing the pigment;
(3) a water-soluble urethane resin; and
(4) a nonionic fluorinated surfactant,
wherein the pigment comprises at least one of a carbon black and an organic pigment,
wherein the content (% by mass) of the pigment in the ink is 0.05% by mass or more to 15.00% by mass or less based on the total mass of the ink,
wherein the water-soluble acrylic resin comprises a copolymer having two or more units derived from two or more kinds of monomers, and of the two or more units, a unit that is (i) derived from a monomer that gives a homopolymer having a glass transition temperature Tg of 0° C. or more, and (ii) contained in a proportion of 95.0% by mass or more,
wherein the two or more units comprise (a) a hydrophilic unit and (b) a hydrophobic unit,
wherein the two or more kinds of monomers comprise (a) an anionic monomer from which the hydrophilic unit is derived, and (b) a monomer having an aromatic ring, from which monomer the hydrophobic unit is derived,
wherein the anionic monomer comprises at least one selected from the group consisting of acrylic acid and methacrylic acid, and the monomer having an aromatic ring comprises at least one selected from the group consisting of ?-methylstyrene, styrene, benzyl methacrylate, and benzyl acrylate,
wherein the water-soluble acrylic resin has a weight-average molecular weight of 3,000 or more to 15,000 or less,
wherein the water-soluble acrylic resin has an acid value of 50 mg KOH/g or more to 350 mg KOH/g or less,
wherein the content (% by mass) of the water-soluble acrylic resin in the ink is 0.02% by mass or more to 3.00% by mass or less based on the total mass of the ink,
wherein the content (% by mass) of the water-soluble acrylic resin relative to the content (% by mass) of the pigment is 0.05 times or more to 5.0 times or less,
wherein the water-soluble urethane resin comprises a unit derived from a polyisocyanate and a unit derived from a polyol,
wherein the water-soluble urethane resin has a weight-average molecular weight of 10,000 or more and 30,000 or less,
wherein the water-soluble urethane resin has an acid value of 10 mg KOH/g or more to 110 mg KOH/g or less,
wherein the content (% by mass) of the water-soluble urethane resin in the ink is 0.10% by mass or more to 5.00% by mass or less based on the total mass of the ink,
wherein the content (% by mass) of the water-soluble urethane resin relative to the content (% by mass) of the water-soluble acrylic resin is 0.1 times or more to 5.0 times or less,
wherein the nonionic fluorinated surfactant comprises a linear perfluoroalkyl ethylene oxide adduct having a perfluoroalkyl group with six or less carbon atoms,
wherein the content (% by mass) of the nonionic fluorinated surfactant in the ink is 0.01% by mass or more to 0.50% by mass or less based on the total mass of the ink, and
wherein the ink has a static surface tension of 25.0 mN/m or more to 40.0 mN/m or less.

US Pat. No. 10,289,355

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR ADJUSTING PRINT POSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a container in which a sheet is contained;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the sheet;
a reading unit configured to read a test image formed on the sheet; and
a controller configured to
control the image forming unit to form the test image on the sheet,
control the reading unit to read the test image, and
generate, based on a reading result of the reading unit, an image forming condition for correcting a shift between a position of an image to be formed on a first surface of the sheet by the image forming unit and a position of an image to be formed on a second surface different from the first surface of the sheet by the image forming unit,
wherein the controller determines a timing for the image forming unit to subsequently form the test image based on a time period during which the sheet is contained in the container.

US Pat. No. 10,289,358

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT IMPROVES FCOT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a tray on which an original is placed;
a conveyor configured to convey the original placed on the tray;
a first reader configured to read a first side of the original being conveyed;
a second reader configured to read a second side of the original being conveyed, a reading position of the second reader being disposed on a conveying path downstream of the first reader;
a memory configured to store image data output from the first and second readers; and
a printer configured to form an image on a recording medium based on the image data stored in the memory,
wherein a first memory output frequency in a first mode, where one side of an original is read and an image is formed on one side of a recording medium, is lower than a second memory output frequency in a second mode, where both sides of an original are read and an image is formed on both sides of a recording medium, and
wherein a time period in the first mode, from when starting storing the image data from the first reader in the memory to when starting outputting the image data from the memory while continuously reading the first side, is shorter than a time period in the second mode, from when starting storing the image data from the first reader in the memory to when starting outputting the image data from the memory while continuously reading the first side.

US Pat. No. 10,289,360

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a connection unit configured to connect to an image forming apparatus over a wireless network;
a first identifying unit configured to broadcast a packet to the wireless network and identify a current address of the image forming apparatus from a response packet to the packet;
a second identifying unit configured to unicast a packet to a default address of the image forming apparatus on the wireless network and, if a response packet to the packet is received, to identify that the current address of the image forming apparatus is the default address;
a third identifying unit configured to, if the first identifying unit and the second identifying unit do not identify the current address of the image forming apparatus, obtain an address of the information processing apparatus in the wireless network and information regarding a connection state of the network of the information processing apparatus and identify the current address of the image forming apparatus based on the address of the information processing apparatus and the information regarding the connection state of the network of the information processing apparatus; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit print data to the identified current address of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,291,155

VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vibration wave motor comprising:a vibrator including a piezoelectric element and a vibration plate; and
a friction member including a frictional contact surface to be brought into contact with the vibrator, the vibrator and the friction member being moved relative to each other using vibration generated in the vibrator,
wherein the vibration plate includes a flat plate portion to which the piezoelectric element is fixed and a projection portion to be brought into contact with the friction member, the friction member including at least one reinforcing portion that increases a strength of the friction member along a direction of the relative movement, in a region between the flat plate portion and the friction member,
wherein the reinforcing portion does not come into contact with the projection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,289,364

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that includes an application and a printer driver, comprising:a processor and a memory storing a program configured to function as:
a reception unit, in the application, configured to receive an instruction to execute a function which is different from printing related to the printer driver;
a setting unit, in the application, configured to set the instruction received by the reception unit in a Print Ticket and transfer the Print Ticket to an OS;
a calling unit, in the application, configured to call the printer driver via the OS;
an obtaining unit, in the printer driver called by the calling unit, configured to obtain the Print Ticket, from the OS, in which the instruction has been set by the setting unit; and
an execution unit, in the printer driver called by the calling unit, configured to execute the function based on the instruction set in the Print Ticket obtained by the obtaining unit,
wherein the function is a function different from a print function,
wherein the calling unit calls a first interface module prepared in the printer driver,
wherein the first interface module calls a second interface module, and
the second interface module obtains information to execute the function from a storage unit configured to store the information, and
wherein the execution unit executes the function based on the instruction set in the Print Ticket obtained by the obtaining unit and the information to execute the function obtained by the second interface module.

US Pat. No. 10,252,453

RESIN MOLDED ARTICLE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND PRINTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An injection molded article for an apparatus formed by a single type of molten resin being injected into a mold and a shape of the mold being transferred to the molded article, the molded article comprising:an exterior surface having a glossy mirror face or a textured face configured for being an exteriorly exposed part of the apparatus without having an additional article or layer applied thereto the exterior surface;
a non-exterior surface configured generally parallel to the exterior surface; and
an outwardly projecting longitudinal wall portion formed on the non-exterior surface being oriented in a substantially perpendicular configuration to both the exterior surface and the non-exterior surface, the longitudinal wall having two opposing longitudinal sides configured parallel to each other, and a distal edge side interconnecting the opposing longitudinal sides,
wherein a thickness between the exterior surface and the non-exterior surface is less than or equal to 3 mm,
wherein the non-exterior surface includes at least a repeated pattern of projections and/or recesses other than the projecting longitudinal wall portion, a distance from top points of the projections and/or recesses to bottom points of the projections and/or recesses being in the range of 0.01 mm or more and 1 mm or less,
wherein a total surface area, with respect to the non-exterior surface, of the at least repeated pattern of projections and/or recesses is less than a total surface area of the entire non-exterior surface,
wherein the repeated pattern of projections and/or recesses are formed directly adjacent to and along a substantial length of at least one of the longitudinal sides of the longitudinal wall portion; and
wherein the projecting longitudinal wall portion is formed in a manner such that after a flow of the molten resin is disturbed by a repeated pattern formed on the mold for forming the repeated pattern of the non-exterior surface, the molten resin flows into a recess formed on the mold.

US Pat. No. 10,254,506

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:an optical unit configured to be moved in a direction of an optical axis thereof;
a driving mechanism configured to move the optical unit in the direction; and
a biasing unit configured to respectively apply a first force and a second force to the optical unit at two positions thereof different from each other around the optical axis,
wherein
a component of the first force in the direction and a component of the second force in the direction have respective two directions opposite to each other, and
the biasing unit is configured to apply the first force and the second force to the optical unit such that, in a state where the optical axis is horizontal, the biasing unit applies, to the optical unit, a moment whose direction is same as a direction of a moment applied to the optical unit by a positional relation between a center of gravity of the optical unit and an intersection of the optical axis and a plane orthogonal to the optical axis and passing through a center of an engagement member in the optical unit engaged with the driving mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,254,508

CONVERTER DEVICE AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A converter device to be attached between a lens device, which is attachable to and detachable from an image capturing apparatus, and the image capturing apparatus, the converter device comprising a reimaging optical system configured to reimage a primary image formed by the lens device on an image plane as a secondary image,wherein, given that an imaging magnification of the reimaging optical system is represented as ?c, a distance on an optical axis from a first surface which is an object-side surface of a lens nearest to an object-side of the reimaging optical system to the primary image is represented as Objc, and a distance on the optical axis from the first surface to the secondary image is represented as Tdc, the following condition expressions are satisfied:
?5.00 ?0.20

US Pat. No. 10,289,370

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR MULTIPLE PROCESSING REQUESTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of communicating with an information processing apparatus, the image processing apparatus comprising:a first receiving unit configured to receive a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) request via a network;
a second receiving unit configured to receive a HTTP request via a Universal Serial Bus (USB);
a decoding unit configured to decode encrypted data corresponding to the HTTP request in a case where the HTTP request received by the first receiving unit is received by using an encryption port for communicating the encrypted data;
a first transmission unit configured to transmit, to the information processing apparatus, a first response for permitting transmission of print data in a case where the encrypted data is decoded and a content type of the HTTP requests received by using the encryption port indicates a request of printing,
a second transmission unit configured to transmit, to the information processing apparatus, a second response regarding a remote screen for enabling the information processing apparatus to manage the image processing apparatus in a case where the encrypted data is decoded and the content type of the second request received by using the encryption port indicates a request of the remote screen; and
a print unit configured to perform print processing based on print data that has been received based on transmission of the first response,
wherein the first transmission unit transmits the first response in a case where the HTTP request is received via the USB by the second receiving unit and the content type of the HTTP request received by using the USB indicates the request of printing,
wherein the second transmission unit transmits the second response in a case where the HTTP request is received via the USB by the second receiving unit and the content type of the HTTP request received by using the USB indicates the request of the remote screen,
wherein the network is connected based on connection information being communicated between the image processing apparatus and the information processing apparatus using Bluetooth Low Energy, and
wherein the first receiving unit, the second receiving unit, the decoding unit the first transmission unit, the second transmission unit and the print unit are performed by a processor of the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,289,907

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire information on a layer boundary in tomographic structure of a current subject to be inspected;
a determination unit configured to determine a depth range relating to a current en-face image of the subject to be inspected based on information indicating a depth range relating to a past en-face image of the subject to be inspected and the information on the layer boundary; and
a generation unit configured to generate the current en-face image through use of data within the depth range relating to the current en-face image among pieces of three-dimensional data acquired for the current subject to be inspected.

US Pat. No. 10,291,961

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first communicator configured to receive a first signal obtained by multiplexing a plurality of signals having a plurality of standards which are different from each other, and demultiplex a first network signal which is transmittable to and receivable from a network and which is included in the first signal;
a second communicator configured to receive a second network signal transmittable to and receivable from the network;
a selector configured to select one network signal from the first or second network signals; and
a controller,
wherein the first communicator includes a first confirmer configured to confirm a reception of the first network signal,
wherein the second communicator includes a second confirmer configured to confirm a reception of the second network signal, and
wherein the controller is configured to:
set at least one of a first selection mode for causing the selector to select one of the first or second network signals as a selected network signal or a second selection mode for causing the selector to select a preset network signal between the first and second network signals as the selected network signal;
in a case where the first selection mode is set, perform communication of the selected network signal whose reception is first confirmed between the first and second network signals by the first or second confirmer;
in a case where the second selection mode is set and a reception of the preset network signal is confirmed by the first or second confirmer, perform communication of the preset network signal; and
in a case where the second selection mode is set and the reception of the preset network signal is not confirmed, perform a receiving operation for receiving an instruction indicating whether the preset network signal is to be changed or a warning operation.

US Pat. No. 10,254,543

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR MIXED REALITY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more first processors; and
a first memory coupled to the one or more first processors and including first instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the one or more first processors, cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
an image capturing unit configured to capture a real space;
a detection unit configured to detect, from a plurality of image data captured by the image capturing unit, feature points to be used to obtain a position and an orientation of the image capturing unit;
an extraction unit configured to extract each of feature amounts of the feature points detected by the detection unit;
a generation unit configured to generate compressed image data by compressing a data amount of the image data;
a transmission unit configured to transmit, to an external server, the compressed image data and data including position information of the feature points detected by the detection unit and the feature amounts extracted by the extraction unit; and
a display unit configured to display composite image data generated in the external server based on the position information and the compressed image data by receiving the composite image data from the external server,
wherein the image capturing unit captures a pair of images corresponding to right and left eyes, wherein the first instructions, when executed by the one or more first processors, further cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
a determination unit configured to determine similarity of feature points between the pair of images based on the extracted feature amounts;
a setting unit configured to set a transmission priority of data including the feature points and the feature amounts based on the similarity of the feature points; and
a control unit configured to control a data amount transmitted by the transmission unit,
wherein the transmission unit sequentially transmits the data including the position information of the feature points and the feature amounts in a descending order of the transmission priority of the feature points to the external server, and
wherein the control unit measures a transmission amount of the compressed image data transmitted by the transmission unit and stops transmission of the data of the feature points and the feature amounts, when the transmission amount of the compressed image data exceeds a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,289,941

PRINTING APPARATUS THAT PRINTS IMAGES RECEIVED FROM A PLURALITY OF EXTERNAL APPARATUSES, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a communication interface configured to perform wireless communication with a plurality of external apparatuses including a first external apparatus and a second external apparatus different from the first external apparatus;
a printer configured to print images received from the plurality of external apparatuses by the communication interface, on a sheet; and
a controller configured to perform control such that when a number of images received from the plurality of external apparatuses by the communication interface reaches a specified number, the specified number of images received from the plurality of external apparatuses are printed on one sheet such that at least one image received from the first external apparatus and at least one image received from the second external apparatus are printed on the same sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,252,521

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head, comprising:a recording element substrate including an energy generating element configured to generate energy for discharging liquid and a driving circuit configured to drive the energy generating element; and
a wiring unit including a plurality of connection terminals for establishing electrical connection with a liquid discharge apparatus including the liquid discharge head and electrically connected to the recording element substrate,
wherein in the wiring unit, wiring lines are respectively connected with the plurality of connection terminals, and a functional element configured to regulate an applied voltage to a predetermined voltage or less is connected between at least one of signal wiring lines connected to the driving circuit and used to transmit a signal for driving the energy generating element among the wiring lines and a wiring line having a relatively larger electric capacitance than that of the signal wiring line, and
wherein the functional element is not connected to a power wiring line for driving the energy generating element among the wiring lines.

US Pat. No. 10,285,586

REGISTRATION ACROSS FRAME BOUNDARIES IN AO-SLO CAPTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of compensating for image distortion, in a plurality of retinal image frames, as a result of eye movement, the method comprising:(a) receiving at least one reference image frame and the plurality of image frames capturing substantially the same portion of the eye;
(b) for each image frame of the plurality of image frames, determining, using a processor, a plurality of shifts relative to the reference image frame, the shifts representing image distortion within each image frame of the plurality of image frames with respect to the reference image frame;
(c) determining, using the processor, an initial eye movement trajectory based on the shifts within each image frame of the plurality of image frames;
(d) estimating, using the processor, image distortion within the reference image frame using the initial eye movement trajectory and the plurality of shifts within each image frame of the plurality of image frames;
(e) estimating, using the processor, a current eye movement trajectory based on the estimated image distortion within the reference image frame, and the shifts within each image frame of the plurality of image frames to provide a smooth transition between the plurality of image frames in the eye movement, wherein a magnitude of a gradient of the current eye movement trajectory during an inter-frame period is reduced; and
(f) compensating, using the processor, for image distortion within each image frame of the plurality of image frames using the current eye movement trajectory.

US Pat. No. 10,252,523

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An element substrate comprising:a plurality of heat elements which include a first heat element and a second heat element configured to supply heat to a liquid for printing; and
a plurality of driving circuits which include a first driving circuit configured to drive the first heat element and a second driving circuit configured to drive the second heat element,
wherein the plurality of heat elements and the plurality of driving circuits are stacked and arranged on a surface of the element substrate, and
wherein the first heat element is arranged so as to overlap at least a part of the second driving circuit when viewed from a direction perpendicular to the surface of the element substrate.
US Pat. No. 10,256,393

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:a perovskite-type metal oxide expressed by the general formula (Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-yZry)O3, wherein x, y and a satisfy 0.030?x<0.090, 0.030?y?0.080, and 0.9860?a?1.0200;
a Mn component;
a Bi component, or a Bi and Li component;
a Cu component; and
a sub-constituent including at least one of Si and B;
wherein the Mn content is in the range of 0.040 part by weight to 0.500 part by weight in terms of metal element relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide, the Bi content is in the range of 0.042 part by weight to 0.850 part by weight in terms of metal element relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide, the Li content is in the range of 0 parts by weight to 0.028 part by weight in terms of metal element relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide, the Cu content is in the range of 0.001 part by weight to 4.000 parts by weight in terms of metal element relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide, and the content of the sub-constituent is in the range of 0.001 part by weight to 4.000 parts by weight in terms of element relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide.

US Pat. No. 10,286,649

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND CLEANING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:a recording head configured to perform a recording operation on a recording medium, the recording head including a discharge port surface in which a first discharge port configured to discharge a first amount of ink droplets and a second discharge port configured to discharge a second amount of ink droplets are formed, the second amount being smaller than the first amount;
a cap configured to cover the discharge port surface;
a pump connected to the cap and configured to suck ink from the recording head when the cap covers the discharge port surface;
a valve arranged between the cap and the pump, the valve being capable of switching between an open state in which the cap communicates with the pump and a closed state in which the cap does not communicate with the pump;
a determination unit configured to determine which of a plurality of recording operations to be performed by the recording head, the plurality of recording operations including a first recording operation for performing recording on the recording medium by using the first and second discharge ports and a second recording operation for performing recording on the recording medium by using the first discharge port without using the second discharge port; and
a control unit configured to if the determination unit determines to perform the first recording operation, control to perform a first suction operation and a second suction operation before the first recording operation wherein the first suction operation is an operation of sucking the ink by driving the pump with the valve opened, and wherein the second suction operation is an operation of sucking the ink by opening the valve after driving the pump for a predetermined time with the valve closed, and,
wherein the control unit is configured to, if the determination unit determines to perform the second recording operation, control not to perform the second suction operation and to perform the first suction operation before the second recording operation.

US Pat. No. 10,286,650

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to generate recording data used to discharge ink, by using a recording head including a nozzle array in which a plurality of nozzles configured to discharge the ink is arranged in a predetermined direction, from the recording head to a predetermined area of a recording medium while moving at least either the recording head or the recording medium in a crossing direction crossing the predetermined direction, the image processing apparatus comprising:a generation unit configured to generate pre-complemented data determining whether to discharge the ink from the nozzle array to each of a plurality of pixel areas on the recording medium;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information indicating a defective discharge nozzle among the plurality of nozzles; and
a complementary unit configured to, if the pre-complemented data determines that the ink is discharged from a target defective discharge nozzle in the nozzle array to a target pixel area on the recording medium, complement a defective discharge of the target defective discharge nozzle by discharging the ink, from a nozzle for complement in the nozzle array which is different than the target defective discharge nozzle, to one of pixel areas ranging from one adjoining the target pixel area on the recording medium in the predetermined direction to one N pixel areas apart from the target pixel area in the predetermined direction,
wherein the complementary unit is configured to divide the plurality of pixel areas into N processing groups including pixel areas N pixel areas apart in the predetermined direction, and execute complement processing to determine the one of the pixel areas to complement a defective discharge of a defective discharge nozzle for each of the pixel areas in a processing group of the N processing groups in a parallel manner and execute complement processing for each of the processing group of the N processing groups in a sequential manner from one processing group to another.

US Pat. No. 10,286,657

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND RECOVERY PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a print head configured to perform printing by ejecting ink from an ejection port;
an ink receiving unit configured to receive ink ejected from the print head;
a preliminary discharge unit configured to cause the print head to perform a preliminary discharge operation to the ink receiving unit in response to receiving a preliminary discharge command having a number of preliminary discharges;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information relating to a condensation degree of ink; and
a changing unit configured to change the number of preliminary discharges, in a case where the preliminary discharge command is received, based on a first threshold value determined by the condensation degree of ink obtained by the obtaining unit and a second threshold value that is larger than the first threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,286,660

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head which discharges a liquid, comprising:a substrate on which plural heaters configured to generate heat for discharging a liquid are provided;
plural electroconductive protective films configured to cover the plural heaters and define groups consisting of the covered plural heaters in the substrate;
plural discrete wirings electrically connected with the plural electroconductive protective films respectively;
a common wiring electrically connected with the plural discrete wirings in common; and
a terminal connected with the common wiring and configured to electrically connect the common wiring with an outside of the substrate,
wherein electrical resistance of the discrete wiring is higher than electrical resistance of the common wiring.

US Pat. No. 10,286,661

LIQUID DISCHARGE METHOD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS FOR HEATING A LIQUID THROUGH A SURFACE TO GENERATE A BUBBLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge method of discharging liquid with a liquid discharge head having a heating surface that contacts and heats the liquid, a discharge port that faces the heating surface and discharges the liquid, and a heating portion configured to generate thermal energy that is used to heat the liquid through the heating surface, the method comprising:heating, by applying a first voltage pulse to the heating portion, the liquid through the heating surface to generate a first bubble such that the first bubble communicates with an atmosphere, thereby discharging the liquid, wherein the liquid that is being discharged from the discharge port includes a trailing portion, the trailing portion moves toward the heating surface in response to a reduction in volume of the first bubble, and the trailing portion contacts the heating surface; and
heating, by applying a second voltage pulse to the heating portion, the trailing portion that is in contact with the heating surface through the heating surface, thereby generating a second bubble.

US Pat. No. 10,256,672

POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM, POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DETERMINING WHEN RECEIVED POWER IS DETERIORATED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transfer system comprising a power supply apparatus, and a power receiving apparatus which receive power supply from said power supply apparatus,the power receiving apparatus comprising
a power receiving unit configured to wirelessly receive power from the power supply apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine, when power received by the power receiving unit deteriorates, whether or not another power receiving apparatus exists within a range over which the power supply apparatus transmits power by detecting communication between the power supply apparatus and the another power receiving apparatus; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the power supply apparatus, a limitation signal for causing the power supply apparatus to limit supply of power in a case where the determination unit determines that the another power receiving apparatus does not exist within the range when power received by the power receiving unit deteriorates;
the power supply apparatus comprising
a control unit configured to limit wirelessly performing supply of power in a case where the limitation signal is received.

US Pat. No. 10,286,664

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND PRINTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a silicon substrate; and
an element disposed on the silicon substrate and configured to generate energy that is utilized for ejecting a liquid,
wherein a protective layer A containing a metal oxide is disposed on a first surface of the silicon substrate,
wherein a structure containing an organic resin and constituting part of a liquid flow passage is disposed on the protective layer A, and
wherein an intermediate layer A containing a silicon compound is disposed between the protective layer A and the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,254,629

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device that can be used with a second device attached to a first device, the electronic device comprising:a locking member that is provided in the first device and fixes the second device to the first device when the second device is attached to the first device,
wherein the locking member has a first engagement portion and an operation portion,
wherein the second device has a second engagement portion that engages with the first engagement portion,
wherein the operation portion is able to be operated between a locked position and a locking released position,
wherein the first engagement portion and the second engagement portion engage with each other by the operation portion being operated to be in the locked position when the second device is attached to the first device,
wherein the engagement between the first engagement portion and the second engagement portion is released by the operation portion being operated to be in the locking released position when the second device is attached to the first device, and
wherein an amount of projection of the operation portion from a case body of the first device or the second device when the operation portion is located at the locking released position is greater than an amount of projection of the operation portion from the case body of the first device or the second device when the operation portion is located at the locked position.

US Pat. No. 10,254,630

OPTICAL DRIVING APPARATUS, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND OPTICAL DRIVING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical driving apparatus externally attachable to an optical apparatus having a lens barrel and a ring member that is rotatable on an outer circumference of the lens barrel, the optical driving apparatus comprising:a driver configured to rotate the ring member;
a detector configured to detect an object that has entered a space between an outer circumference portion of the ring member and the optical driving apparatus; and
a controller configured to control the driver in response to a detection of the object by the detector when the driver is rotating the ring member,
wherein the detector has a contacted portion that extends in a first direction corresponding to an optical axis direction of the lens barrel and to which the object is contactable, and detects the object when the object presses against the contacted portion.

US Pat. No. 10,291,795

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SELECTING AN APPARATUS IN A WIRELESS NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus configured to perform wireless communication, comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing code to be executed by the at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor executes the code to function as:
a search unit configured to search for another communication apparatus by transmitting a probe request and receiving a probe response in return;
a display unit configured to display information about other communication apparatuses found as a result of search by the search unit, wherein the information includes information for identifying whether each of the other communication apparatuses is operating as a base station;
an acceptance unit configured to accept designation of the other communication apparatus for the communication apparatus to connect to from among the other communication apparatuses displayed by the display unit; and
a connection unit configured to connect to, in a case where the designated other communication apparatus is not operating as a base station, the other communication apparatus in response to a particular operation being performed by a user on the other communication apparatus, and connect to, in a case where the designated other communication apparatus is operating as a base station, the other communication apparatus even when the particular operation is not performed by the user on the other communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,291,799

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COMMUNICATING WITH A MOBILE TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with a mobile terminal in accordance with a predetermined wireless communication protocol, comprising:an operation unit including a screen operable by a user;
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
receive identification information used for authenticating the mobile terminal from the mobile terminal in accordance with the predetermined wireless communication protocol;
cause an authentication processing to authenticate the mobile terminal based on the received identification information;
receive predetermined information from the mobile terminal in accordance with the predetermined wireless communication protocol after the authentication processing successfully authenticates the mobile terminal, to determine to shift the screen of the operation unit into a logged-in state in a case where a distance between the mobile terminal and the information processing apparatus is within a set range; and
shift the screen of the operation unit into the logged-in state based on the received predetermined information.

US Pat. No. 10,291,800

APPARATUS, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT STORES PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

16. An apparatus comprising:at least one processor operating to:
cause a display unit to display a predetermined notification indicating a predetermined state;
cause the display unit to display a setting screen;
perform setting regarding displaying of the predetermined notification based on a user instruction via the setting screen;
change a state of the predetermined notification in response to a user operation on a specified button provided in an external apparatus; and
perform setting regarding sending of an e-mail,
wherein the specified button is set to be able to change, in response to the user operation on the specified button, the state from a non-display state in which the predetermined notification is not displayed even in the predetermined state, to a display state in which the predetermined notification is displayed in the predetermined state, and
wherein, in a case where the state is changed from the non-display state to the display state in response to the user operation on the specified button, the predetermined notification is displayed, and
wherein in a case where the setting regarding sending of the e-mail is performed, a notification is sent by the e-mail.

US Pat. No. 10,286,675

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus which executes recording on a first area of a recording medium conveyed in a conveyance direction by using a first recording unit having a group of recording elements for discharging ink stored in a first tank and executes recording on a second area of the recording medium different from the first area in a scanning direction by using a second recording unit having a group of recording elements for discharging ink stored in a second tank, which is arranged separately from the first recording unit by a predetermined distance in the scanning direction intersecting with the conveyance direction, the recording apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire first information about a residual amount of ink within the first tank and second information about a residual amount of ink within the second tank;
a determination unit configured to determine the first area and the second area in the scanning direction based on the first information and the second information,
wherein the length of the first area and the length of the second area in the scanning direction are according to a difference of the residual amount of ink within the first tank indicated by the first information and the residual amount of ink within the second tank indicated by the second information; and
a control unit configured to control recording of an image based on a determination made by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,254,893

OPERATING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An operating apparatus comprising:an image acquisition unit configured to capture an image on an operating surface and acquire image data;
a recognition unit configured to recognize a gesture performed by a user on the operating surface on the basis of the image data;
a determination unit configured to determine whether a touch panel sensor configured to detect positions touched by a user on the operating surface is connected or not; and
a control unit configured to recognize a touch operation, in a case where the determination unit determines that the touch panel sensor is connected on the basis of a position detected by the touch panel sensor, and to recognize a gesture operation based on a user's gesture recognized by the recognition unit, in a case where the determination unit determines that the touch panel sensor is not connected.

US Pat. No. 10,265,951

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. 10,265,960

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head including a substrate, a flow channel member overlying the substrate and having a flow channel therein through which a liquid flows, and an ejection opening member overlying the flow channel member and having an ejection opening therein through which the liquid is ejected, the method comprising:forming a first negative photosensitive resin layer over the substrate, the first negative photosensitive resin layer containing a photopolymerization initiator, a photopolymerizable compound, and a sensitivity adjusting agent capable of reducing the sensitivity of the first negative photosensitive resin layer, the first negative photosensitive resin layer having a thickness of 10 ?m or less;
exposing the first negative photosensitive resin layer to light to form a latent image of the flow channel member;
forming a second negative photosensitive resin layer containing a photopolymerization initiator and a photopolymerizable compound over the first negative photosensitive resin layer having the latent image;
exposing the second negative photosensitive resin layer to light to form a latent image of the ejection opening member; and
removing unexposed portions of the first and the second negative photosensitive resin layer to form the flow channel and the ejection opening,
wherein the first negative photosensitive resin layer has a transmittance A of 0.70 or less for the light used to expose the second negative photosensitive resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,265,969

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing device that generates data for forming an image by layering, on a printing medium, a first layer having a first area, and a second area that differs in gloss characteristics from the first area, and a second layer having a third area corresponding to the first area, and a fourth area corresponding to the second area, the image processing device comprising:one or more memories storing instructions; and
one or more processors which, when executing the instructions, causes the image processing device to function as:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first dot arrangement data corresponding to dot arrangement in the first layer formed by a gloss printing material for forming the first layer;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire image data that indicates a printing amount of a color printing material for forming the second layer, and in which the printing amount of the color printing material differs between the third area and the fourth area; and
a halftone unit configured to perform halftone processing of converting the image data into second dot arrangement data corresponding to dot arrangement of the color printing material on the printing medium based on the dot arrangement corresponding to the first dot arrangement data,
wherein the halftone unit separately performs the halftone processing in the third area and the halftone processing in the fourth area based on the dot arrangement corresponding to the first dot arrangement data.

US Pat. No. 10,265,990

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONVEYING SHEETS TO SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, 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 binding unit, and a folding unit, and is configured to discharge a sheet conveyed from the printing apparatus to the first tray without switching back the sheet and is configured to switch back each of a plurality of sheets conveyed from the printing apparatus, perform a binding process and a folding process for the plurality of sheets by using the binding unit and the folding unit to thereby form a brochure, and discharge the brochure to the second tray, the printing apparatus comprising:a printer configured to form images for a plurality of pages of the brochure on the plurality of sheets;
a display unit; and
a processor configured to control the post-processing apparatus to:
in a first case where an instruction to perform the binding process and the folding process has been received and the number of the plurality of sheets is smaller than a predetermined number, bind and fold the plurality of sheets to thereby form the brochure by using the binding unit and the folding unit and discharge the formed brochure to the second tray,
in a second case where the instruction to perform the binding process and the folding process has been received, the number of the plurality of sheets is larger than the predetermined number, and a first instruction is accepted via a selection screen displayed by the display unit, discharge the plurality of sheets to the first tray, and
in a third case where the instruction to perform the binding process and the folding process has been received, the number of the plurality of sheets is larger than the predetermined number, and a second instruction is accepted via the selection screen displayed by the display unit, stop a print process of the printer,
wherein the plurality of sheets include a body sheet and a cover sheet,
in the first case, the plurality of sheets are conveyed from the printer to the post-processing apparatus in the order of: the body sheet, the cover sheet; and
in the second case, the plurality of sheets are conveyed from the printer to the post-processing apparatus in the order of: the cover sheet, the body sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,261,732

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DOUBLE-SIDED PRINTING AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. An image forming apparatus comprising:a document feeder configured to convey an original to a predetermined reading position;
an image reader configured to perform image reading of a first original and perform image reading of a second original after reading of the first original, and configured to store read image in a first image memory;
a controller configured to obtain the read image of each original stored in the first image memory, store the obtained read image in a second image memory, and determine output timing of the read image of each original; and
a printer configured to perform double-sided printing to print the read image which is output from the controller using both sides of a sheet,
wherein the image reader is configured, before the image reading of each original is completed, to transfer the read image from the first image memory to the second image memory, and
wherein, as to the first original, the controller is configured, in a case where the printer performs the double-sided printing, to start to print a read image of the first original before the image reading of the first original is completed, and;
as to the second original, the controller is configured, in a case where the printer performs the double-sided printing, to start to print a read image of the second original after the image reading of the second original is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,261,738

PLUG-IN SOFTWARE PROGRAM, FUNCTION EXTENSION METHOD, AND FUNCTION EXTENSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method comprising:inputting a width of a sheet; and
executing a setting based on the input width to a predetermined program, so that the predetermined program scales an object generated by an application to a size corresponding to the input width,
wherein an information processing device performs the inputting and the executing of the setting, by executing a plug-in program for extending functionality of the application,
wherein the information processing device is able to cause a display apparatus to display a setting screen on which a user is able to designate a scaling process by the predetermined program, by executing the predetermined program, and
wherein the information processing device performs, by executing the plug-in program, the executing of the setting based on the input width to the predetermined program without displaying the setting screen by the predetermined program.

US Pat. No. 10,250,796

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS AND FOCUS ADJUSTMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus adjustment apparatus comprising:a signal generating unit configured to generate signals of two images respectively corresponding to a pair of light fluxes that pass through different pupil regions of a focusing lens;
a two-image displacement amount calculating unit configured to calculate a displacement amount of the two images with respect to each other based on a phase difference of the signals of the two images;
a steepness calculating unit configured to calculate a steepness of change in a correlation change amount of the two images;
a steepness normalizing unit configured to normalize the steepness; and
an evaluating unit configured to evaluate reliability of the displacement amount of the two images based on the normalized steepness.

US Pat. No. 10,250,286

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wireless communication apparatus, comprising:an antenna comprising:
an antenna element having one end portion that is opened; and
a ground conductor to be used as a ground, to which another end portion of the antenna element is connected;
a wireless device connected to the antenna; and
a blocking member, which is arranged so as to be opposed to the antenna, is configured to block an electromagnetic wave radiated from the antenna element, and is not electrically connected to the ground conductor,
wherein the blocking member is arranged so as to, in a plan view from the blocking member side in a direction toward the antenna, avoid overlapping at least the one end portion of the antenna element and overlap the another end portion of the antenna element.

US Pat. No. 10,250,808

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a camera body on which a lens device is detachably mounted;
a shake detector configured to be inside the camera body; and
a processor, wherein the processor functions according to a program stored in a memory as a control unit configured to determine an exposure time at a time of panning,
wherein the control unit determines the exposure time at the time of panning using a shake detection signal output by the shake detector irrespective of whether the lens device mounted on the camera body corresponds to the panning.

US Pat. No. 10,250,827

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging element including a plurality of micro-lenses and a plurality of photoelectric conversion units correspond to the plurality of micro-lenses;
one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the imaging apparatus to:
generate a first image signal based on a signal from a first photoelectric conversion unit among the plurality of photoelectric conversion units and a second image signal based on signals from the first photoelectric conversion unit and a second photoelectric conversion unit different from the first photoelectric conversion unit among the plurality of photoelectric conversion units; and
record a first correction parameter specific to the imaging element for correcting the first image signal, and a second correction parameter specific to the imaging element for correcting a third image signal based on the signal from the second photoelectric conversion unit in association with the first and second image signals in the memory,
wherein one file including the first and second image signals and the first and second correction parameters is generated and the generated file is recorded in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,248,011

PROJECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection apparatus comprising:a light source configured to emit light;
a projection unit configured to project an image on a projection surface based on the light emitted by the light source;
a projection control unit configured to control the light source and the projection unit;
a control unit configured to control the projection control unit based on schedule information in which an operation of the projection apparatus and a time at which the operation is to be performed are associated in advance; and
a storage unit configured to store a number of operations of turning on or turning off the light source and a total lighting time of the light source,
wherein, in a case where the control unit performs a power-off operation of the projection apparatus based on the schedule information, the control unit performs control whether to turn off the light source based on the power-off operation based on the number of the operations and the total lighting time.

US Pat. No. 10,250,829

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT USES PLURALITY OF IMAGE PROCESSING CIRCUITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an imaging unit comprising an image sensor including a vertical light-shielded region and an effective region that is not light-shielded;
a first image processing circuit connected to the imaging unit; and
a second image processing circuit connected to the first image processing circuit,
wherein the first image processing circuit:
receives image data from the imaging unit, and
applies, to image data of a first region which is a portion of the effective region of a frame of the image data received from the imaging unit, predetermined image processing by using image data of the vertical light-shielded region of the frame,
the first image processing circuit:
sets as a second region, out of the effective region of the frame, a portion that is at least partially different to the first region and that is contiguous with the vertical light-shielded region, and
consecutively transmits, to the second image processing circuit, (i) the image data of the vertical light-shielded region and (ii) unprocessed image data of the second region to which the predetermined image processing has not been applied, and
the second image processing circuit:
receives the image data of the vertical light-shielded region of the frame and the unprocessed image data of the second region transmitted from the first image processing circuit, and
applies the predetermined image processing to the unprocessed image data of the second region received from the first image processing circuit, by using the image data of the vertical light-shielded region received from the first image processing circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,244,942

OPHTHALMOLOGIC PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic photographing apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect information on movement of an eye to be examined;
a determination unit configured to determine, using the detected information, whether or not an imaging area for imaging the eye to be examined is beyond an edge of a predetermined range;
a scanning unit configured to scan the eye to be examined with scanning light;
a control unit configured to perform a tracking of the imaging area by controlling the scanning unit, using the detected information; and
a selection unit configured to select one of a plurality of modes including (a) a first mode to perform the tracking in a case where the imaging area is determined not to be beyond the edge of the predetermined range, and not to perform the tracking in a case where the imaging area is determined to be beyond the edge of the predetermined range, and (b) a second mode to perform the tracking without making the determination by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,248,018

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold including a pattern surface on which a pattern is formed, comprising:a driver configured to relatively drive the mold and the substrate to change a relative position and a relative orientation of the mold and the substrate; and
a controller configured to control the driver to:
arrange the mold and the substrate based on a target relative position set in advance, in a second direction perpendicular to a first direction for bringing the mold and the imprint material into contact with each other,
incline the mold so that a surface of the substrate and the pattern surface have a target relative inclination, and then
bring the mold and the imprint material on the substrate into contact with each other in a state where the mold is inclined relative to the substrate,
wherein before bringing the mold and the imprint material into contact with each other, the controller is configured to estimate a shift amount by which a mark on the mold shifts relative to the substrate in the second direction due to the inclining of the mold, based on an inclination angle of the mold, and to cause the driver to relatively drive the mold and the substrate in the second direction so as to correct for the estimated shift amount.

US Pat. No. 10,250,840

PROJECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection apparatus comprising:a projection unit configured to project an image;
an operation receiving unit configured to receive an operation; and
a control unit configured to control the projection unit,
wherein the control unit controls the projection unit to project a first adjustment image for indicating a plurality of adjustment positions in an image to be projected by the projection unit and selecting an adjustment target position from the plurality of adjustment positions,
wherein, when the operation receiving unit receives an operation for determining the adjustment target position while the projection unit is projecting the first adjustment image, the control unit controls the projection unit to project a second adjustment image for adjusting a position at which an image corresponding to the adjustment target position is projected in an area corresponding to the adjustment target position selected by the determination operation received by the operation receiving unit, and
wherein, in the second adjustment image, an image indicating an adjustment position different from the adjustment target position is different from an image indicating the plurality of adjustment positions in the first adjustment image so that the selected adjustment target position is visually recognized.

US Pat. No. 10,249,050

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that aligns a first image which is an object image including left and right breasts with a second image which is an object image including only one of the left and right breasts, the image processing apparatus comprising:an image acquiring unit that acquires the first and second images;
an identification information acquiring unit that acquires identification information, which is information to specify whether the left or right breast included in the first image is an alignment target;
a region setting unit that sets a region of interest in the first image based on the identification information; and
an aligning unit that aligns the region of interest in the first image with the second image.

US Pat. No. 10,248,042

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC ROLLER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic roller, comprising an electro-conductive substrate and an electro-conductive elastic layer as a surface layer on the electro-conductive substrate,wherein the elastic layer comprises a binder and retains a bowl-shaped resin particle having an opening in the state where the opening is exposed on a surface of the electrophotographic roller,
the surface of the electrophotographic roller comprises
a concave portion derived from the opening of the bowl-shaped resin particle exposed on the surface and
a convex portion derived from an edge of the opening of the bowl-shaped resin particle exposed on the surface,
a part of the surface of the electrophotographic roller is constituted by the elastic layer,
when the electrophotographic roller is pressed on a glass plate so that a load per unit area of a nip formed by the electrophotographic roller and the glass plate is 6.5 g/mm2 or more and 14.3 g/mm2 or less, and a square region having a side whose length is equal to a length of the nip in a direction along a circumferential direction of the electrophotographic roller is put in the nip,
in the square region,
the convex portion and the glass plate are in contact with each other, and a number of the contact portion is 8 or more, an average value Save of areas of the contact portion is 10 ?m2 or more and 111 ?m2 or less,
a variation coefficient S of the areas of the contact portion satisfies the following Expression (1), and
a variation coefficient D of areas of Voronoi regions each including the contact portion satisfies the following Expression (2):
0.68?S?1.00  Expression (1)
0.85?D?1.20.  Expression (2)

US Pat. No. 10,248,043

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PREVENTS TONER CHARGED WITH POLARITY OPPOSITE NORMAL CHARGING POLARITY FROM BEING COLLECTED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
a charging member configured to charge the photosensitive member;
a charging power supply configured to apply a voltage to the charging member;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photosensitive member;
a developing unit configured to develop a toner image on the photosensitive member by supplying toner;
an intermediate transfer member configured to form a transfer portion by contacting the photosensitive member and to receive the toner image transferred from the photosensitive member in the transfer portion; and
a potential forming unit configured to form a potential of the intermediate transfer member in the transfer portion,
wherein, in a case where a collection mode in which the exposure unit forms a first potential on the photosensitive member and the developing unit collects discharging toner discharged from the developing unit to a position where the first potential is formed is executed, the potential forming unit forms a potential having a polarity same as a normal charging polarity of toner and an absolute value greater than an absolute value of the first potential on the intermediate transfer member, and the charging power supply applies a voltage having a polarity same as the normal charging polarity and an absolute value greater than the absolute value of the first potential to the charging member.

US Pat. No. 10,248,046

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image processor configured to convert an image signal value included in image data based on a conversion condition;
an image former configured to form an image using toner based on the converted image signal value, and transfer the image to a sheet while conveying the sheet;
a sensor configured to measure a measurement image on the sheet; and
a controller configured to:
control a process condition to form the image by the image former,
control the image former to form a measurement image on the sheet based on measurement image data,
control the sensor to measure the measurement image, and
generate a control amount for controlling the process condition based on a measurement result of the measurement image,
wherein the controller is further configured to generate a profile of a toner adhesion amount in a sheet conveying direction based on the image signal value to control the process condition based on the control amount corresponding to the profile,
wherein the controller is further configured to perform a first gradation correction to an image signal through ? conversion and to derive a toner adhesion amount distribution of the image signal to which the first gradation correction is applied, and
wherein the controller is further configured to perform a second gradation correction by multiplying the image signal to which the first gradation correction is applied by a correction value which is derived based on the toner adhesion amount distribution and which varies in the sheet conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,248,050

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING MAGNETIC SEALING MEMBERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a developing container configured to accommodate a developer;
a rotatable developer carrying member configured to carry the developer;
a magnetic field generator provided inside said developer carrying member and configured to generate a magnetic field;
magnetic members configured to be magnetized by an ambient magnetic field, wherein said magnetic members are provided at respective end portions of said developer carrying member with respect to an axial direction of said developer carrying member with a gap to an outer peripheral surface of said developer carrying member; and
magnet members configured to generate a magnetic field, wherein said magnet members are provided at the respective end portions with respect to the axial direction of said developer carrying member, and wherein with respect to the axial direction of said developer carrying member, said magnet members are provided outside said magnetic members and are provided opposed to said magnetic members with gaps to said magnetic members so as to magnetize said magnetic members,
wherein with respect to the axial direction of said developer carrying member, the outer peripheral surface of said developer carrying member includes a first region including a developing region corresponding to an image forming region and a second region outside and adjacent to the first region and having lower developer feeding power than in the first region or having substantially no feeding power, and wherein with respect to the axial direction of said developer carrying member, the first region is larger than a region between outside surfaces of said magnetic members and is smaller than a region between inside surfaces of said magnet members.

US Pat. No. 10,249,076

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to produce a virtual light source image that is an image of an object lighted by a virtual light source, the apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
at least one processor configured to execute the instructions to provide:
a shape acquirer configured to acquire shape information relating to a shape of the object;
a light source condition setter configured to set a first virtual light source condition as a condition relating to a virtual light source, depending (a) on an image capturing mode indicating a type of a captured image acquired by image capturing of the object, (b) on image type information indicating a selected one of multiple types of the virtual light source images or (c) on an image capturing condition selected in the image capturing; and
an image producer configured to produce the virtual light source image by using the first virtual light source condition and the shape information.

US Pat. No. 10,248,058

MOUNTED FIXING APPARATUS FOR FIXING AN IMAGE FORMED ON A RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:a tubular film;
a heater provided at an inside of the film;
a protection element provided at the inside of the film, the protection element including two terminals and a switch that turns off to shut off power to the heater when the heater abnormally generates heat;
a first conductive member provided at the inside of the film, a first end of the first conductive member being electrically connected to one of the terminals of the protection element;
a second conductive member provided at the inside of the film, a first end of the second conductive member being electrically connected to the other of the terminals of the protection element; and
a holder configured to hold the heater and provided in the inside of the film,
wherein an unfixed image formed on a recording medium is fixed on the recording medium by the heat of the heater via the film,
wherein the first and second conductive members are not coated with an insulator,
wherein a second end of the first conductive member projects from a first end of the film in a longitudinal direction of the film,
wherein the second conductive member is folded at an intermediate point, a second end of the second conductive member also projecting from the first end of the film,
wherein the holder includes a wall portion provided between the first and second conductive members, and
wherein the wall portion is made of an electrically insulating material.

US Pat. No. 10,248,068

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit that includes an image bearing member and a development device, the development device including a developer container and a developer bearing member, the developer container containing a developer including toner and carrier, the developer bearing member bearing the developer for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member;
a developer replenishment unit configured to replenish the developer container with the developer;
an image density sensor configured to detect a density of a patch image formed by the image forming unit;
an inductance sensor configured to detect a toner density of the developer contained in the developer container as a ratio of the toner to the carrier on a basis of a magnetic permeability of the developer contained in the developer container; and
a controller,
wherein the controller determines an amount of the developer supplied to the developer container by the developer replenishment unit on a basis of the toner density, detected by the inductance sensor, of the developer contained in the developer container and on a basis of a target toner density that is a target of the toner density of the developer contained in the developer container so that the toner density of the developer contained in the developer container becomes equal to the target toner density,
wherein the controller sets the target toner density between an upper limit value and a lower limit value on a basis of the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor and on a basis of a reference density of the patch image,
wherein the controller sets the target toner density such that the target toner density set when the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor is higher than the reference density of the patch image is lower than the target toner density set when the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor is lower than the reference density of the patch image,
wherein, in a case where the set target toner density is the lower limit value, the controller is able to execute a mode of changing the lower limit value of the target toner density,
wherein, in the execution of the mode, the controller is configured to
(i) set the lower limit value of the target toner density into a first lower limit value in a case where the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor is higher than the reference density of the patch image and where an absolute value of a difference between the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor and the reference density of the patch image is less than a first threshold value,
(ii) set the lower limit value of the target toner density into a second lower limit value that is less than the first lower limit value in a case where the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor is higher than the reference density of the patch image and where the absolute value of the difference between the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor and the reference density of the patch image is equal to or greater than the first threshold value and is less than a second threshold value that is greater than the first threshold value, and
(iii) set the lower limit value of the target toner density into a third lower limit value that is less than the second lower limit value in a case where the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor is higher than the reference density of the patch image and where the absolute value of the difference between the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor and the reference density of the patch image is equal to or greater than the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,250,890

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,073

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,077

CARTRIDGE AND COVER MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,080

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,338

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,250,391

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,860

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OBJECT RE-IDENTIFICATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,888

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,250,688

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING SENSOR DATA IN A WIRELESS NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,245,831

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,245,835

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,249,678

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,245,329

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,247,902

MOTOR AND APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,432

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING MAIN SYSTEM AND SUBSYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,247,926

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,204

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,251,039

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,250,785

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS CAPABLE OF EFFICIENT AND UNIFORM HEAT DISSIPATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,250,790

ELECTRIC APPARATUS, IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,241,317

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,137

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,141

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,142

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,152

CAMERA AND CAMERA ACCESSORY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,240,053

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,155

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,157

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,159

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,163

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,241,349

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,170

IMAGE-SHAKE CORRECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,172

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,243,403

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,173

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,174

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,179

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,239,317

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,238,297

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,239,321

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,192

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD OF IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,193

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,196

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,239,330

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,199

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,243,948

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,214

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,241,660

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,241,410

METHOD FOR IMPARTING WATER REPELLENCY TO SURFACE OF MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,242,438

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,241,419

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,238,347

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,241,424

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,240,913

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,241,429

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,241,430

TONER, AND EXTERNAL ADDITIVE FOR TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,238,359

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,241,433

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,243,995

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,241,434

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND POSITION DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,241,438

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,243,493

MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,241,445

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,241,453

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,241,455

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,241,460

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,242,491

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,055

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,239,717

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,239,206

ROBOT CONTROLLING METHOD, ROBOT APPARATUS, PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,239,721

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,239,723

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,241,261

FIBER STRUCTURAL BODY AND LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,241,291

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,127

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,128

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,239,006

POLYMER NANOFIBER STRUCTURAL BODY AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,133

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,232,616

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,232,617

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,236,971

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE COMPRESSION AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,237,484

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,237,486

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,236,721

POWER RECEPTION APPARATUS, DETERMINATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,237,494

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,232,632

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,235,963

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,234,431

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,232,644

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PLATEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,237,255

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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