US Pat. No. 10,178,259

PRINT SYSTEM CAPABLE OF FOLDING A PRINTED SHEET BY A PREDETERMINED FOLDING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system comprising:a selection unit which selects a size of a sheet;
a designation unit which designates predetermined folding;
a print unit which prints an image on a sheet having a size selected by the selection unit;
a fold unit which folds, by the predetermined folding designated by the designation unit, a sheet printed by the print unit; and
a notification unit which notifies a user of predetermined information in a case where the predetermined folding is designated by the designation unit and a predetermined size that the fold unit cannot fold by the designated predetermined folding is selected.

US Pat. No. 10,178,266

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus for printing an image on a sheet, comprising:a printing unit; and
a controlling unit including a processor and a memory storing a program which when executed by the processor causes the controlling unit to control the printing apparatus to:
receive print job data from an external apparatus, the print job data including data of the image and job definition format data;
store a setting indicating whether to print, on the sheet, user identification information for identifying a user, together with the image;
determine whether the user identification information is included in the received job definition format data; and
when the print job data is received in a state where a setting for printing, on the sheet, the user identification information together with the image is stored, (1) if it is determined that the user identification information is included in the received job definition format data, print, by the printing unit, the image and the user identification information included in the received job definition format data, on the sheet, and (2) if it is determined that the user identification information is not included in the received job definition format data, cancel printing based on the received print job.

US Pat. No. 10,178,270

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printer;
a first wireless communicator that performs wireless local-area network (LAN) communication; and
a second wireless communicator that transmits, to an information terminal, identification information required to start the wireless LAN communication between the printing apparatus and the information terminal,
wherein the first wireless communicator receives print data from the information terminal using the wireless LAN communication based on the identification information and the printer performs printing based on the print data.

US Pat. No. 10,178,271

FACSIMILE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF FACSIMILE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,178,274

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING PWM CONVERSION PROCESSING FOR MAGNIFICATION CORRECTION OF IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photoconductor;
an optical scanning device having a light source that emits a laser beam, a deflection unit configured to deflect the laser beam so that the laser beam scans on the photoconductor, and an optical system that does not have an f? lens and which guides the laser beam deflected by the deflection unit onto the photoconductor;
a conversion unit configured to perform PWM conversion processing for input image data;
a correction unit configured to perform, for each pixel of the image data for which the PWM conversion processing has been performed, magnification correction processing in accordance with a pixel position in a main scanning direction of the laser beam by inserting or removing an auxiliary pixel that is a unit obtained by dividing one pixel in plurality, or by combining insertion and removal;
a counter that indicates the pixel position in the main scanning direction; and
a specification unit configured to specify image processing applied to the image data by analyzing a print job,
wherein a position where the auxiliary pixel is inserted or removed is different in accordance with the specified image processing to be applied to the image data,
wherein the correction unit determines, for each pixel, a number of auxiliary pixels to be inserted or removed and insertion positions or removal positions of auxiliary pixels, based on a count value of the counter,
wherein the correction unit determines a number of auxiliary pixels to be inserted or removed for each pixel by using a magnification profile that specifies the count value as an input value and a number of auxiliary pixels to be inserted or removed for a pixel at a position indicated by the count value as an output value,
wherein the correction unit inserts or removes the auxiliary pixel in accordance with a control table in which a number of auxiliary pixels to be inserted or removed and each predetermined pattern that specifies positions within one pixel where an auxiliary pixel is inserted or removed are associated with each other, and
wherein the control table to be used in the magnification correction processing is determined in accordance with the specified image processing to be applied to the image data.

US Pat. No. 10,178,276

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,175,971

DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, DISTRIBUTION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,178,297

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An accessory apparatus detachably attachable to an image-capturing apparatus, the accessory apparatus comprising:an accessory communicator configured to provide, with the image-capturing apparatus, three channels that are a notification channel used for providing a notice from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus, a first data communication channel used for data transmission from the accessory apparatus to the image-capturing apparatus, and a second data communication channel used for data transmission from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus; and
an accessory controller configured to control data communication with the image-capturing apparatus through the accessory communicator,
wherein:
the image-capturing apparatus and the accessory apparatus are each configured to have a function of switching the second data communication channel between a first setting in which the data transmission from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus is allowed and a second setting in which data transmission from the accessory apparatus to the image-capturing apparatus is allowed;
the accessory controller is configured to,
in response to receiving from the image-capturing apparatus through the notification channel a first notice indicating completion of switching from the first setting to the second setting in the image-capturing apparatus,
switch from the first setting to the second setting in the accessory apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,177,792

DC-FREE NYQUIST-FREE ERROR CORRECTING LINE CODING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,178,312

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,178,324

IMAGING APPARATUS, CLIENT DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF CLIENT DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for operating an imaging apparatus that can perform normal shooting or infrared shooting based on adjustment information received from a client device via a network, the method comprising:transmitting, to the client device, information indicating whether adjustment information for performing switching from the normal shooting to the infrared shooting and adjustment information for performing switching from the infrared shooting to the normal shooting can be individually set to the imaging apparatus; and
shooting a subject's image by performing normal shooting or infrared shooting with switching between the normal shooting and the infrared shooting based on the adjustment information received from the client device.

US Pat. No. 10,178,330

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:pixels which generate optical signals by performing photoelectric conversion on light and output the optical signals;
a reference signal supply unit;
a comparison unit; and
a counter configured to generate a count signal by counting a clock signal,
wherein the reference signal supply unit generates a first ramp signal having a potential which is changed with time in a first amplitude range in a first period and a second ramp signal in which a potential is changed with time in a second amplitude range which includes the first amplitude range and which has maximum amplitude larger than maximum amplitude of the first amplitude range and an amount of the change of the potential per unit time is the same as an amount of the change of the potential per unit time of the first ramp signal,
the comparison unit generates a first comparison result signal obtained as a result of first comparison in which the optical signal and the first ramp signal are compared with each other and a second comparison result signal obtained as a result of second comparison in which the optical signal and the second ramp signal are compared with each other,
as digital signals based on the optical signal, the count signal at a timing when a level of the first comparison result signal is changed and the count signal at a timing when a level of the second comparison result signal is changed are generated,
the comparison unit outputs the first and second comparison result signals to the counter, and
the counter holds the count signal as a first count signal according to the change of the level of the first comparison result signal, starts counting of the clock signal from the first count signal in the second comparison, and holds the count signal as a second count signal in accordance with the change of the level of the second comparison result signal.

US Pat. No. 10,177,821

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wireless communication system comprising:a first antenna;
a second antenna with an orientation relative to the first antenna that is changeable around a predetermined axis; and
a communication control unit configured to control wireless communication based on electric field coupling between the first antenna and the second antenna,
wherein the first antenna includes a first electrode including a bored portion, which is configured such that the predetermined axis passes through an inside of the bored portion, and a second electrode located inside the bored portion as viewed from a reference direction that is in parallel with the predetermined axis, and
wherein the second antenna includes a third electrode configured such that an electric signal is transmitted between the first electrode and the third electrode, and a fourth electrode configured such that an electric signal is transmitted between the second electrode and the fourth electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,178,342

IMAGING SYSTEM, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging system comprising:an imaging apparatus including:
an imaging unit configured to capture an object, and
an output unit configured to output image data obtained by the imaging unit and image correction data used to correct the image data to outside the imaging apparatus intermittently in cycles of two or more frames; and
an external recording device including:
an operation unit configured to input a recording start instruction,
a recording unit configured to record in a recording medium the image data and the image correction data output from the imaging apparatus, and
a recording control unit configured to, after the recording start instruction is input, control the recording unit to start recording in the recording medium the image correction data output from the imaging apparatus,
wherein the imaging apparatus controls the output unit to output the image correction data together with the image data for a predetermined period in each frame of the image data according to trigger indicating establishment of a connection with the external recording device, and not to output the image correction data until a next trigger indicating establishment of a connection with the external recording device and replacement of a lens are detected after a lapse of the predetermined period.

US Pat. No. 10,172,964

COMPOUND OR SALT THEREOF AND CONTRAST AGENT FOR OPTICAL IMAGING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A compound consisting of at least one organic dye covalently bound to a polyethylene glycol, or a salt thereof,wherein the organic dye is represented by any of formulae (2) to (6), and
wherein the polyethylene glycol is represented by any of formulae (8) to (10):

wherein, in the formulae (2) to (6):
X represents any of a hydrogen atom, a sodium atom, and a potassium atom; and
* represents a bond to O adjacent to Y in the formulae (8) to (10), either directly or through a linker;

wherein, in the formula (8):
Y represents a bond to N adjacent to * in the formulae (2) to (6), either directly or through a linker; and
t is an integer of 1 or more;
Y?OCH2CH2?nO—Y,   (9)
wherein, in the formula (9):
Y represents a bond to * in the formulae (2) to (6), either directly or through a linker, and the organic dye at each Y may be the same or different; and
n is an integer of 1 or more;

wherein, in the formula (10):
Y represents a bond to * in the formulae (2) to (6), either directly or through a linker, and the organic dye at each Y may be the same or different; and
s is an integer of 1 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,178,347

REMOTE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING REMOTE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A remote communication system comprising:a first projector configured to project an image transmitted from a remote site onto a first projection plane;
a plurality of image capturing units disposed on the first projection plane;
an extraction unit configured to extract a person part from each of images captured by the image capturing units;
a combining unit configured to combine the images captured by the image capturing units; and
a second projector configured to project, onto a second projection plane disposed in the remote site, the images extracted by the extraction unit and combined by the combining unit,
wherein the plurality of image capturing units is sequentially arranged from the top in the vertical direction, and a distance from a floor surface to, among the plurality of image capturing units, one that is arranged at a position closest to the floor surface is shorter than a distance that is calculated by equally dividing a distance from the floor surface to, among the plurality of image capturing units, one that is arranged at a most distant position from the floor surface by the number of the plurality of image capturing units.

US Pat. No. 10,178,134

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MANAGEMENT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,168,958

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system that performs data communication between a host and a device in conformity with a SATA standard, whereinthe host transmits a setup command to which information on an undefined command is written to the device, and
the device:
has a command table for commands in conformity with the SATA standard, in which a command code to identify each command and information on a transfer protocol of each command are described; and
makes the undefined command available between the host and the device by writing information on the undefined command to the command table in accordance with the received setup command.

US Pat. No. 10,171,008

VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR AND DRIVING APPARATUS USING THE VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration wave motor, comprising:a vibrating plate having a rectangular surface;
a piezoelectric device bonded onto the vibrating plate, and configured to vibrate at high frequency; and
a projection provided on one of the vibrating plate and the piezoelectric device, wherein
a natural vibration mode, which has a resonant frequency equal to or adjacent to a resonant frequency of torsional vibration in a natural vibration mode under a state in which the vibrating plate, the piezoelectric device, and the projection are integrated, is a natural vibration mode of bending vibration in one of a direction parallel to and a direction orthogonal to a torsion center axis of the torsional vibration in the natural vibration mode, and
the projection is provided at a position closer to an antinode than to a node, the node and the antinode being in the direction orthogonal to the torsion center axis of the torsional vibration in the natural vibration mode.

US Pat. No. 10,171,541

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,169,596

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to control an operation of software based on an issued license, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed, cause the at least one processor to operate as:
a holding unit configured to hold a serial number input to issue a first license for controlling the operation of the software;
a reception unit configured to receive an input of a serial number required to issue a second license for controlling the operation of the software at a different version;
a checking unit configured to check whether the serial number corresponding to the first license held by the holding unit and the serial number received by the reception unit are different from each other; and
a control unit configured to control the software based on the second license issued by a licensing server based on the serial number received by the reception unit along with returning the first license to the licensing server, if the checking unit confirms that the serial number corresponding to the first license held by the holding unit and the serial number received by the reception unit are different.

US Pat. No. 10,169,673

REGION-OF-INTEREST DETECTION APPARATUS, REGION-OF-INTEREST DETECTION METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A region-of-interest detection apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to provide:
a segmentation unit configured to segment an input image into a plurality of partial regions;
a background region setting unit configured to set a background region in the input image;
an overlap region setting unit configured to set a plurality of overlap regions each corresponding to a region in which one of the partial regions and the background region overlap each other, and calculate a region feature amount of each of the overlap regions;
a foreground level calculation unit configured to calculate a foreground level indicating a possibility of a foreground based on the region feature amount of each of the overlap regions and a pixel feature amount of each of a plurality of pixel positions in the input image, the foreground level being calculated for each of the plurality of pixel positions;
a saliency calculation unit configured to, based on the feature amount of each of the plurality of pixel positions and a feature amount of a portion around each of the plurality of the pixel positions, calculate a saliency indicating a degree of saliency of each of the plurality of pixel positions; and
a detection unit configured to detect a region of interest based on the foreground level and the saliency of the position.

US Pat. No. 10,160,204

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a support member extending in a first direction;
first and second supply path members arranged in the support member adjacent to each other along the first direction, each of which has a supply path extending in the first direction; and
a print element board having an element configured to generate energy used for ejection of a liquid supplied from the supply paths of the first and second supply path members, and further having an ejection port through which the liquid is ejected,
wherein the first supply path member includes an outlet port through which the liquid supplied to the supply path of the first supply path member flows out of the first supply path member,
wherein the second supply path member includes an inlet port that receives liquid flowed out of the outlet port of the first supply path member and transmits the received liquid into the supply path of the second supply path member,
wherein the outlet port is provided near an end portion of the supply path of the first supply path member on the side of the support member on which the second supply path member is provided,
wherein the inlet port is provided near an end portion of the supply path of the second supply path member on the side of the support member on which the first supply path member is provided, and
wherein the support member includes a first through hole communicating with the outlet port of the first supply path member, and a second through hole communicating with the inlet port of the second supply path member.

US Pat. No. 10,163,027

APPARATUS FOR AND METHOD OF PROCESSING IMAGE BASED ON OBJECT REGION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image 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 image processing apparatus to:
acquire image data;
acquire distance information corresponding to the image data;
detect one or more object regions, each representing an object, from the image data based on the distance information;
set a specific three-dimensional region;
extract an object region representing an object which does not overlap the specific three-dimensional region, from among detected object regions, based on the distance information; and
perform image processing for synthesizing the extracted object region in the image data and a corresponding region in the background image at a predetermined ratio or replacing the extracted object region in the image data with the corresponding region in the background image.

US Pat. No. 10,163,035

EDGE DETECTING APPARATUS AND EDGE DETECTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An edge detecting apparatus, comprising:at least one processor that operates as:
a first determining unit configured to determine, based on an input image, at least one of a distance between local maximum pixels which are pixels of which gradation values are local maximum values and a distance between local minimum pixels which are pixels of which gradation values are local minimum values; and
a detecting unit configured to detect an edge from the input image with a detection sensitivity based on the distance determined by the first determining unit wherein the detecting unit:
performs block matching using the input image;
corrects a result of the block matching using a correction parameter corresponding to a detection sensitivity based on a distance determined by the first determining unit; and
detects an edge from the input image based on a result of the block matching after correction.

US Pat. No. 10,165,087

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,160,222

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, LIQUID CONTAINER, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a liquid container capable of containing liquid and including a rocking body rotatable around a support shaft depending on an amount of contained liquid, the manufacturing method comprising the steps of:setting a spacer having a predetermined width at the support shaft;
assembling the rocking body to the liquid container by melting and swaging a part of the support shaft, said assembling of the rocking body to the liquid container being performed after said setting of the spacer at the support shaft; and
removing the spacer, said removing of the spacer being performed after said assembling of the rocking body to the liquid container.
US Pat. No. 10,162,280

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle and an external additive, wherein:the external additive is an organic-inorganic composite fine particle,
the organic-inorganic composite fine particle comprises
a resin fine particle, and
an inorganic fine particle which is embedded in the resin fine particle, and at least a part of which is exposed;
wherein an amount of the inorganic fine particle embedded in the resin fine particle is 10% by mass or more and 80% by mass or less based on a mass of the organic-inorganic composite fine particle; and
the resin fine particle comprises a crystalline polyester having a melting point from 60° C. to 150° C.

US Pat. No. 10,162,300

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly;
an image forming portion provided inside said main assembly and configured to form an image on a sheet;
an image reading device provided on said main assembly and including a reading portion configured to read an image on a sheet;
a sheet discharging portion provided in said main assembly and configured to discharge the sheet on which the image is formed by said image forming portion, wherein said sheet discharging portion is positioned below said image reading device with respect to a vertical direction;
a controller provided in said main assembly and disposed on a side closer to a rear surface of said image forming apparatus than said image forming portion is;
an operating panel mounted to said main assembly and disposed on a side closer to a front surface of said image forming apparatus than said image reading device is;
a cable configured to electrically connect said controller and said operating panel; and
an accommodating portion provided in said main assembly between said image reading device and said sheet discharging portion with respect to the vertical direction and configured to form a space for accommodating said cable in a state in which said cable forms a loop, wherein said accommodating portion includes an opening configured to permit passing of said cable in the space to an outside of said main assembly and accommodates said cable in the space so that a size of the loop changes depending on a position of said operating panel, connected by said cable, relative to said main assembly and so that a length of said cable from said opening to said operating panel changes depending on a change of the size of the loop.

US Pat. No. 10,165,380

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information 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 information processing apparatus to perform at least:
acquiring a plurality of head related transfer functions which can be used for generating an output audio signal based on an input audio signal;
setting a boundary direction based on characteristics, each corresponding to a direction, of at least two of the acquired plurality of head related transfer functions; and
selecting, according to relation between a specific direction and the set boundary direction based on the characteristics of the at least two of the acquired plurality of head related transfer functions, at least one of the plurality of head related transfer functions to be used for generating the output audio signal to reproduce a sound corresponding to the specific direction.

US Pat. No. 10,165,131

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a scanner to read a document; and
at least one processor that executes a set of instructions to:
receive, from an external apparatus, data that contains at least a transmission destination;
store the received data into a storage upon condition that the received data contains scan settings;
transmit, to the transmission destination, transmission data received from the external apparatus upon condition that the received data does not contain scan settings, wherein transmission of the transmission data is performed without receiving an execution instruction from a user on the image processing apparatus;
display a transmission screen for transmitting, to the transmission destination contained in the received data stored in the storage, data obtained by reading the document by the scanner; and
transmit, to the transmission destination, the data obtained by reading the document by the scanner in accordance with acceptance of an execution instruction from a user in a state where the transmission screen is displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,165,145

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,174

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:a focus signal generator configured to generate a focus signal by using a component of a predetermined frequency band of an image signal; and
a controller configured to perform in-focus control based on the focus signal,
wherein the controller is configured to:
perform minute drive of reciprocating a focus lens in an optical axis direction in the in-focus control, and
change each of a reciprocation period and the predetermined frequency band depending on a focus state or an image capturing condition in the minute drive.

US Pat. No. 10,165,175

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,188

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,189

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a touch panel configured to detect a touch on a display unit;
an orientation detection sensor configured to detect an orientation of the electronic apparatus; and
a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a display control unit configured to perform control to change a display position of a display item displayed on the display unit from a first display position to a second display position different from the first display position if the orientation of the electronic apparatus detected by the orientation detection sensor changes from a first orientation corresponding to a regular position to a second orientation corresponding to an upside down position; and
a control unit configured to perform control so that
processing relating to the display item is performed when a touch is released from the first display position in a case where the orientation of the electronic apparatus changes from the first orientation to a third orientation rotated by 90 degrees from the first orientation and the display position of the display item on the display unit is kept unchanged while the first display position is being touched, and
the processing is not performed when a touch is released from the first display position in a case where the orientation of the electronic apparatus has changed from the first orientation to the second orientation and the display position of the display item on the display unit has changed from the first display position to the second display position while the first display position is being touched.

US Pat. No. 10,165,190

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a body unit;
a movable unit;
a two-axis rotation means that connects the body unit and the movable unit;
a magnetic field generating means that is disposed in the movable unit;
a first magnetic sensor that is disposed in the body unit, detects a magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating means, and outputs a signal; and
a second magnetic sensor that is disposed in the body unit, detects a magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating means, and outputs a signal,
wherein each unit is implemented by one or more processors, circuitry or a combination thereof,
wherein the two-axis rotation means has a first axis and a second axis orthogonal to the first axis,
wherein the magnetic field generating means generates a magnetic field orthogonal to the first axis direction,
wherein the first magnetic sensor is disposed to detect a magnetic field in the first axis direction,
wherein the second magnetic sensor detects a magnetic field in a direction orthogonal to the first axis,
wherein the first magnetic sensor and the second magnetic sensor are disposed so as to align in the first axis direction,
wherein the first magnetic sensor and the second magnetic sensor cannot detect the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating means in a first state where the movable unit is housed in the body unit,
wherein the first magnetic sensor and the second magnetic sensor cannot detect the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating means in a second state where the movable unit is rotated about the first axis from the first state and the movable unit protrudes from the main unit,
wherein the first magnetic sensor detects the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating means in a third state where the movable unit is rotated about the second axis from the second state,
wherein the first magnetic sensor detects the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating means in a fourth state where the movable unit is rotated about the first axis from the third state and the movable unit is housed in the body unit,
wherein a transition from the second state to the third state is detected by a change in an output of the first magnetic sensor, and
wherein the transition from the third state to the fourth state is detected by the change in an output of the second magnetic sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,165,191

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING ZOOM FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image sensor;
an object detector configured to detect a specific object from a live view image picked up by said image sensor;
a movement detector configured to detect movement of the image pickup apparatus;
a memory; and
at least one processor and/or at least one circuit to perform the operations of the following units:
a zoom control unit configured to perform control such that a zoom operation is performed according to an amount of movement of the image pickup apparatus detected by said movement detector; and
a control unit configured to perform control such that the zoom operation performed by said zoom control unit according to the amount of movement of the image pickup apparatus is restricted, in a case where predetermined conditions are satisfied which include a condition that a direction of the movement of the object detected by said object detector is the same as a direction of the movement of the image pickup apparatus detected by said movement detector.

US Pat. No. 10,164,939

NETWORK DEVICE, NETWORK DEVICE CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network system for performing IPv6-based communication, the system comprising:a first network device connected to a Domain Name System (DNS) server via a network; and
a second network device,
wherein the first network device is associated with a plurality of IPv6 addresses and comprises:
at least one memory device that stores a first set of instructions; and
at least one processor communicatively connected to the at least one memory device of the first network device and configured by the first set of instructions to:
display at least some of a plurality of types of IPv6 addresses as available for user designation for registration in the DNS server;
receive a user instruction selecting, from the display of the at least some of the plurality of types of IPv6 addresses available for user designation for registration in the DNS server, a type of IPv6 address to be registered in the DNS server, wherein a user is permitted to select by the user instruction less than all of the plurality of types of IPv6 addresses;
determine whether or not a dynamic DNS function has been enabled;
determine at least one IPv6 address of the plurality of IPv6 addresses associated with the first network device, the at least one IPv6 address corresponding to the type selected in accordance with the user instruction; and
request, via the network, the DNS server to register a host name of the first network device and the determined at least one IPv6 address, at least in a state in which the dynamic DNS function has been enabled, and
wherein the second network device comprises:
at least one memory device that stores a second set of instructions; and
at least one processor communicatively connected to the at least one memory device of the second network device and configured by the second set of instructions to:
obtain at least a particular IPv6 address having been registered in the DNS server based on the host name of the first network device; and
transmit a packet to the particular IPv6 address.

US Pat. No. 10,165,214

IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a photoelectric conversion unit;
a differential amplifier circuit including a plurality of transistors forming a differential pair and a current source supplying a bias current to the plurality of transistors, and configured to receive a signal based on charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit;
a capacitor element including a first terminal and a second terminal;
a first switch connecting the first terminal to an electric path between the current source and the plurality of transistors; and
a second switch connecting the first terminal to a voltage supply node supplied with a voltage,
wherein the first switch and the second switch operate in phases opposite to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,165,215

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,165,220

RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a first input unit configured to accept an instruction for recording a moving image;
a recording unit configured to record a moving image to a recording medium based on the instruction for recording a moving image;
a communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus via a network;
a second input unit configured to accept a predetermined transfer designation operation for transferring, using the communication unit, a moving image;
a third input unit configured to accept an instruction for stopping moving image recording; and
a control unit configured to select different moving image portions, which are generated by a predetermined recording process of the moving image, to be transferred to the external apparatus in accordance with an operation state of the recording apparatus at which the predetermined transfer designation operation is accepted,
wherein
in a case where the predetermined transfer designation operation is accepted by the second input unit during recording of a moving image by the recording unit, in response that the instruction for stopping the moving image recording is accepted by the third input unit and the moving image recording is completed after the predetermined transfer designation operation is accepted by the second input unit, the control unit selects a moving image portion which is sequentially generated by the predetermined recording process of the moving image and in which the predetermined recording process of the moving image is completed after the predetermined transfer designation operation is accepted and automatically transfers the selected moving image portion to the external apparatus, and
in a case where the predetermined transfer designation operation is accepted by the second input unit while the recording unit is in a moving image recording preparation state, the control unit selects moving image portions that has been generated by the time of the acceptance of the predetermined transfer designation operation and automatically transfers the selected moving image portions to the external apparatus,
the predetermined transfer designation operation accepted during recording of a moving image by the recording unit and the predetermined transfer designation operation accepted while the recording unit is in a moving image recording preparation state are operations for outputting the same instructions from the same operation member.

US Pat. No. 10,164,978

MOBILE DEVICE AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system including a mobile device, an external system which needs authentication, and a control apparatus capable of controlling a provision of a service according to a reception of a signal sent from the mobile device,the mobile device comprising a memory storing instructions and a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the mobile device to:
according to a request according to success of authentication related to a user of the mobile device, control a start of a function of sending a signal at a predetermined frequency or on a predetermined cycle using wireless communication, wherein the signal includes a UUID, a major number and a minor number; and
according to another request, control a stop of the started function on the mobile device,
wherein, in a case where the control apparatus receives a signal sent from the mobile device according to the started function, the control apparatus provides a service corresponding to a content of the signal.

US Pat. No. 10,163,192

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,162,188

DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT AND OPTICAL SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A diffractive optical element comprising:a first diffraction grating; and
a second diffraction grating,
wherein when a refractive index of the first diffraction grating at wavelength ? [?m] is n1(?) and a refractive index of the second diffraction grating at the wavelength ? [?m] is n2(?), a conditional expression
is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,165,304

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, IMAGE ENCODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus configured to encode one or more image frames, the image encoding apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory in communication with the processor for storing computer-executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, perform operations comprising:
acquiring information so that a decoding process is able to be performed by an image decoding apparatus;
determining a size of a rectangular tile having a plurality of blocks according to the acquired information, the rectangular tile being a unit of processing in which an intra-picture prediction process in at least one of the plurality of blocks is independently performed without reference to other rectangular tiles; and
dividing each of the one or more image frames into rectangular tiles according to the determined size of rectangular tiles, and encoding the one or more image frames by performing the intra-picture prediction process in at least one of the plurality of blocks independently without reference to other rectangular tiles.

US Pat. No. 10,159,418

INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR OBTAINING INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information obtaining apparatus comprising:a first unit configured to obtain three or more image data pieces different in imaging conditions;
a second unit configured to obtain a first index value of a first region which is at least a part of a region corresponding to an artery, a vein, or a new blood vessel group and a second index value of a second region which is at least a part of a region other than the region corresponding to the artery, the vein, or the new blood vessel group in the image data;
a third unit configured to select a pair of the image data pieces from the three or more image data pieces using the first index value and the second index value of the image data; and
a fourth unit configured to obtain information about a blood vessel using the selected pair of the image data pieces,
wherein, in a case where the first index value of a first image data in the three or more image data pieces is ?1, the first index value of a second image data different from the first image data in the three or more image data pieces is ?2, the second index value of the first image data is ?1, the second index value of the second image data is ?2, and k is a positive constant, the third unit selects the first image data and the second image data which maximize a value of a following expression as the pair of the image data pieces,
|(?1?k·?2)?(?1?k·?2)|.

US Pat. No. 10,162,493

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a display unit configured to display a conversion setting screen of an electronic binder application when a plurality of mail files generated by a mail application are dragged-and-dropped from the mail application to the electronic binder application based on a first user's operation, wherein the display unit displays, on the conversion setting screen, a list that includes, as individual documents, a plurality of mail body texts and a plurality of attached files that are included in the dragged-and-dropped plurality of mail files, and wherein the individual documents are displayed in the list so that it is identified that each of the dragged-and-dropped mail files includes which mail body text and attached file;
a selection unit configured to select, based on a second user's operation on the conversion setting screen, at least one document to be incorporated in an electronic binder from among the displayed list of the individual documents that comprise the plurality of mail body texts and the plurality of attached files included in the dragged-and-dropped plurality of mail files, wherein the mail body texts and the attached files displayed as the individual documents in the list are selectable individually based on the second user's operation on the conversion setting screen, and wherein the selection unit further changes an order of the selected documents to be incorporated in the electronic binder responsive to if a user instruction to change an order of the selected documents; and
a creation unit configured to create the electronic binder by converting a mail body text and/or an attached file corresponding to the at least one selected document together with any change in order by the selection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,165,057

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL, AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing terminal which has a web browser by which a client which manages data and a service which provides a function by using the data managed by the client cooperate with each other through a network, the information processing terminal comprising:a memory storing instructions related to a proxy application; and
a processor constructed to execute the instructions stored in the memory so as to cause the information processing terminal to:
request to start the web browser, in which function information for calling a function provided by a service on the network has been registered, in response to a call specifying a type of function from an application as the client in the information processing terminal to a proxy application;
receive an access for a site provided by the proxy application from the started web browser;
create page data for calling the function information corresponding to the specified type of function according to the access; and
transmit the created page data to the web browser as a response to the access,
wherein, responsive to execution of a request using the function information via a page based on the created page data by the web browser, the data managed by the application as the client is processed by using the function provided by the service corresponding to the function information.

US Pat. No. 10,154,155

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,154,156

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:at least one storage memory configured to store data, wherein plural logical storage partitions are defined in the storage memory, one of the partitions is configured to store a temporally data generated by the image forming program and another one of the partitions is configured to store data other than the temporally data generated by the image forming program;
a storage malfunction detecting unit configured to detect a malfunction of the storage memory;
a partition confirmation unit configured to confirm, when the malfunction of the storage memory is detected by the storage malfunction detecting unit, whether or not the malfunctioning portion of the storage memory is in the partition which is configured to store the temporally data generated by the image forming program; and
a partition formatting unit configured to format the partition for clearing a logical error in a file system in the partition upon a condition that it is confirmed by the partition confirmation unit that the malfunctioning portion of the storage memory detected by the storage malfunction detecting unit is in the partition which is configured to store the temporally data generated by the image forming program; and
a display control unit configured to control displaying an error notification on a display of the image forming apparatus without formatting the partition in which the malfunction is detected at least upon a condition that it is confirmed by the partition confirmation unit that the malfunctioning portion of the storage memory detected by the storage malfunction detecting unit is not in the partition which is configured to store the temporally data generated by the image forming program;
wherein the storage malfunction detecting unit, the partition confirmation unit, the partition formatting unit, and the display control unit are implemented by at least one computer.

US Pat. No. 10,154,164

IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM AND READING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A reading apparatus, comprising:an image pickup element configured to pick up an image of an object;
a first optical system comprising at least one reflective surface configured to reflect a light flux from the object, the first optical system being configured to form an intermediate image of the object; and
a second optical system configured to image the intermediate image onto a light-receiving surface of the image pickup element, wherein:
the at least one reflective surface comprises a first reflective surface which is closest to the light-receiving surface on an optical path, and which has a positive power; and
the following condition is satisfied:
5?TD/IML?20where TD represents a maximum distance from the first reflective surface to the light-receiving surface on the optical path, and IML represents a maximum image height of the second optical system.

US Pat. No. 10,154,167

IMAGE DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, IMAGE DATA MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image data management system comprising:a processor; and
a memory for storing a computer executable program, wherein the processor executes the computer executable program to perform:
registering a specific source into a printing-unnecessary list based on a user's operation;
receiving image data transmitted from a source of transmission;
controlling so that the received image data is not printed responsive to a case where the source of transmission corresponding to the received image data exists as the specific source in the printing-unnecessary list;
controlling so that the received image data is printed responsive to a case where the source of transmission corresponding to the received image data does not exist as the specific source in the printing-unnecessary list;
acquiring a name of the source of transmission corresponding to the received image data based on address book data in which the name of and identification information on each source of transmission are registered in association with each other;
creating, based on the acquired name of the source of transmission, a folder path of a folder in which the received image data is to be stored,
wherein the acquired name of the source of transmission is set as part of the created folder path if the name of the source of transmission corresponding to the received image data is acquired based on the address book data, and
wherein a predetermined character string is set as the part of the created folder path if the name of the source of transmission corresponding to the received image data is not acquired based on the address book data; and
transferring the received image data into the folder indicated by the created folder path regardless of whether the received image data is controlled to be printed or not.

US Pat. No. 10,154,170

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR UNDERSTANDING WORK NEEDED TO RESTART DETECTION OF MAINTENANCE EVENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus including a display unit, the image processing apparatus comprising:a processor; anda memory storing instructions, when executed bythe processor, causing the image processing apparatus to function as:a detection unit configured to detect occurrence of a sheet jammed inside the image processing apparatus; and
a display control unit configured to display a screen on the display unit based on detection of the occurrence of the sheet jammed inside the image processing apparatus, the screen including a first region for displaying work that a user carries out to remove the jammed sheet from inside the image processing apparatus and a second region for displaying work that the user carries out after removing the jammed sheet from inside the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,154,172

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM THAT SET A SIZE AND AN ORIENTATION OF AN ENVELOPE BASED ON A USER INSTRUCTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a stacker on which an envelope is to be stacked, the envelope comprising a flap and a body portion;
an image forming device configured to form an image on the envelope conveyed from the stacker;
an operation device configured to display a screen for prompting a user to set a size of the envelope and an orientation of the envelop to be stacked on the stacker, and configured to accept the size of the envelope and the orientation of the envelope based on a user instruction, wherein the orientation of the envelope accepted by the operation device is one of a first orientation, in which the flap and the body portion are aligned in a width direction that is orthogonal to a conveyance direction of the envelope, and a second orientation, in which the flap and the body portion are aligned in the conveyance direction of the envelope; and
a controller configured to control the operation device to display a guidance image based on the size of the envelope and the orientation of the envelope accepted by the operation device,
wherein, in a case in which the first orientation is accepted by the operation device, the guidance image is an image for prompting a user to place the envelope such that the flap is positioned farther from a front side of the image forming apparatus in the width direction than the body portion, and, in a case in which the second orientation is accepted by the operation device, the guidance image is an image for prompting the user to place the envelope such that the flap is positioned upstream of the body portion in the conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 10,152,637

TEMPORAL SEGMENTATION OF ACTIONS USING CONTEXT FEATURES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of segmenting a video sequence, the method comprising:determining a segment score for each of a plurality of multi-scale fixed length segments of the video sequence, each of the segment scores providing a score for a plurality of actions associated with a corresponding multi-scale fixed length segment;
selecting a current segment from said plurality of multi-scale fixed length segments of the video sequence;
assigning the segment score of a further one of said segments as a context feature, the further segment being disjoint from the current segment and being used to provide context information outside the current segment;
determining a variable segment score for the current segment according to the context feature associated with the further segment and the segment score of the current segment; and
segmenting the video based on the determined variable segment score for the current segment.

US Pat. No. 10,152,659

PRINTING APPARATUS, USER INTERFACE SCREEN DISPLAYING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus to which a plurality of user-exchangeable color material containers is attached, the printing apparatus comprising:a display configured to display a user interface screen having a first display area in which contents explaining a procedure for exchanging a color material container are displayed and a second display area in which a display item relating to a remaining amount of color material in a color material container is displayed, wherein the first display area and the second display area are included in a same screen; and
a processor configured to control the display,
wherein the processor controls the user interface screen such that the contents in the first display area are automatically updated in sequence without an operation by a user, and the display item in the second display area is updated by an operation by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,154,206

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,154,216

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM USING COMPRESSIVE SENSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a light intensity distribution acquirer configured to acquire a light intensity distribution in an object space through image capturing using a plurality of pixels;
a coefficient distribution setter configured to set a coefficient distribution that is a distribution of a coefficient corresponding to each of the plurality of pixels and is to be applied to the light intensity distribution, such that the coefficient distribution is different for each image capturing condition;
an information acquirer configured to acquire object space information that is information on the object space and different from the light intensity distribution;
a pixel group setter configured to set a first pixel group and a second pixel group that are different from each other in the plurality of pixels, based on the object space information; and
an image generator configured to generate a combined image by combining a plurality of light intensity distributions obtained by applying the coefficient distribution to each of a plurality of light intensity distributions obtained on a plurality of image capturing conditions,
wherein the coefficient distribution setter sets a first coefficient distribution as at least one of the plurality of coefficient distributions applied to each of the plurality of light intensity distributions, such that fundamental statistics of the coefficient distribution for the first pixel group is different from that for the second pixel group in the first coefficient distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,150,634

SHEET DETECTING APPARATUS, SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet detecting apparatus configured to detect a sheet on a sheet conveying path on which the sheet is conveyed, the sheet detecting apparatus comprising:an abutment member having an abutment surface against which a leading edge of a sheet being conveyed abuts;
a holding member movable between a first position at which the holding member is located with respect to a locating portion provided in a main body of the sheet detecting apparatus and a second position at which the holding member is retracted from the first position; and
a flag configured to move in association with movement of the abutment member in order to change indication of detection by a detecting portion,
wherein the holding member holds the abutment member so that the abutment member is movable between a located state in which a striking portion provided on the abutment member strikes against a regulating portion provided on the holding member to locate the abutment member with respect to the holding member and a separated state in which the striking portion and the regulating portion are separated from each other, and
wherein in a state in which the holding member is located in the first position and the abutment member is in the located state, the leading edge of the sheet abuts against the abutment surface to push the abutment surface to move the holding member from the first position to the second position while the abutment member is in the located state, and thereafter, when the leading edge of the sheet separates from the abutment surface, the abutment member is moved from the located state to the separated state.

US Pat. No. 10,154,221

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,150,637

STACKING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,154,237

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,151,934

LENS BARREL CAPABLE OF ACCURATELY POSITIONING AND FIXING MAGNETIC SENSOR, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom-type lens barrel having an image blur correction device and being configured to change photographing magnification by movement of a lens group between a retracted position and a shooting position in a direction of an optical axis direction, wherein the image blur correction device comprises:a lens holding section configured to hold a correction lens that is provided on a plane orthogonal to the optical axis in a manner movable in a first direction and a second direction orthogonal to the first direction and that corrects an image blur by moving;
a flexible printed circuit board having a first magnetic sensor mounted thereon for detecting a change in a magnetic field of a magnet provided in said lens holding section; and
a magnetic sensor-holding section configured to hold said first magnetic sensor,
wherein an area of said flexible printed circuit board where said first magnetic sensor is mounted is locked with respect to said magnetic sensor-holding section in a manner movable in the first direction in a state restricted in movement in the second direction, and
wherein said first magnetic sensor is held on said magnetic sensor-holding section in a manner movable in the second direction in a state restricted in movement in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,149,639

PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,151,950

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,154,262

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,151,990

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,151,996

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,151,997

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a first image forming unit comprising:
a first image bearing member that is rotatably provided;
a first electrification portion configured to electrify the first image bearing member; and
a first developer bearing member that is rotatably provided and disposed to face the first image bearing member, the first developer bearing member being configured to bear a developer including a first toner and a carrier so as to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the first image bearing member;
a second image forming unit comprising:
a second image bearing member that is rotatably provided;
a second electrification portion configured to electrify the second image bearing member; and
a second developer bearing member that is rotatably provided and disposed to face the second image bearing member, the second developer bearing member being configured to bear a developer including a second toner and a carrier so as to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the second image bearing member;
a movable image transfer member to which a first toner image formed on the first image bearing member and a second toner image formed on the second image bearing member are respectively transferred, a position where the second toner image is transferred on the image transfer member is located downstream of a position where the first toner image is transferred on the image transfer member in a moving direction of the image transfer member;
a first driving portion configured to rotate the first developer bearing member;
a second driving portion configured to rotate the second developer bearing member;
a first electrification bias application portion configured to apply a first electrification bias to the first electrification portion;
a second electrification bias application portion configured to apply a second electrification bias to the second electrification portion;
a developing bias application portion configured to apply a common developing bias to both of the first developer bearing member and the second developer bearing member; and
a controller configured to control the second electrification bias application portion so as to have a voltage value of the second electrification bias applied to the second electrification portion in a first period different from that in a second period such that an absolute value of a potential difference between a surface potential of the second image bearing member and the common developing bias applied to the second developer bearing member by the developing bias applying portion in the first period is smaller than that in the second period,
where the first period is a period during which image formation by the first image forming unit is executed and image formation by the second image forming unit is not executed in a condition in which the first electrification bias is applied to the first electrification portion by the first electrification bias application portion, the second electrification bias is applied to the second electrification portion by the second electrification bias application portion, the common developing bias is applied to both the first developer bearing member and the second developer bearing member by the developing bias application portion, the first developer bearing member is rotated by the first driving portion, and the second developer bearing member is not rotated by the second driving portion, and
the second period is a period which is subsequent to the first period, and during which image formation by the first image forming unit and image formation by the second image forming unit are executed in a condition in which the first electrification bias is applied to the first electrification portion by the first electrification bias application portion, the second electrification bias is applied to the second electrification portion by the second electrification bias application portion, the common developing bias is applied to both of the first developer bearing member and the second developer bearing member by the developing bias application portion, the first developer bearing member is rotated by the first driving portion, and the second developer bearing member is rotated by the second driving portion.

US Pat. No. 10,152,000

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a developer bearing member configured to be rotatable, bear developer containing toner and carrier, and convey the developer to a development area opposing an image bearing member;
a first chamber which is disposed below a rotation axis of the developer bearing member in a vertical direction and from which the developer is supplied to the developer bearing member;
a second chamber disposed so as to be exposed to the developer bearing member and configured to accommodate the developer having passed through the development area and collected from the developer bearing member;
a first conveyance screw portion disposed in the first chamber and configured to convey the developer in the first chamber in a first conveyance direction;
a second conveyance screw portion disposed in the second chamber, comprising a rotatable shaft portion, and configured to convey the developer in the second chamber in a second conveyance direction opposite to the first conveyance direction;
a partition wall configured to separate the first chamber from the second chamber;
a first communication portion configured to permit the developer in the second chamber to be communicated from the second chamber to the first chamber; and
a second communication portion configured to permit the developer in the first chamber to be communicated from the first chamber to the second chamber,
wherein the first communication portion defines a communication path through which the developer in the second chamber is communicated from the second chamber to the first chamber, the communication path having a first area and a second area, at least a part of the first area being positioned within a range corresponding to a developer coating area of the developer bearing member in the second conveyance direction, the second area being positioned downstream of the developer coating area of the developer bearing member in the second conveyance direction, and
wherein a first length of the first area is shorter than a second length of the second area, the first length being a maximum length from a bottom surface portion of the communication path to an upper portion of the first area of the communication path, the second length being a maximum length from the bottom surface portion of the communication path to an upper portion of the second area of the communication path.

US Pat. No. 10,152,007

FIXING MEMBER, FIXING DEVICE HAVING FIXING MEMBER, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING FIXING MEMBER HAVING OVERLAPPING HEAT GENERATING STRIPS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing member for a fixing device, said fixing member comprising:a cylindrical base layer; and
a plurality of heat generating resistors extending in a longitudinal direction of said fixing member on said base layer and arranged with intervals in a circumferential direction of said base layer, each of said plurality of heat generating resistors having a volume resistivity less than that of said base layer, said plurality of heat generating resistors including a first heat generating resistor and a second heat generating resistor adjacent to each other in the circumferential direction, and said first heat generating resistor and said second heat generating resistor being at least partly overlapped in the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,152,012

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. An image forming apparatus comprising:a transforming portion that is configured to transfer a toner image to a sheet;
a fixing portion that is configured to fix the toner image on the sheet;
a drawer portion that (a) is drawable from an apparatus body and (b) includes a first pair of conveying rollers which is disposed at a downstream side of the fixing portion in a sheet conveying direction and which conveys the sheet on which the toner image was fixed by the fixing portion;
a conveying portion that (a) is disposed in the apparatus body and (b) includes a pair of separating rollers which conveys the sheet received from the first pair of conveying rollers and which come in contact with and are separated from each other, the pair of separating rollers conveying the sheet by reverse rotation after conveying the sheet received from the first pair of conveying rollers by positive rotation;
a second pair of conveying rollers that receives the sheet conveyed by the reverse rotation of the pair of separating rollers and conveys the sheet; and
a controller that controls operations of the drawer portion and the conveying portion such that: the pair of separating rollers are separated from each other when a jam of a sheet occurs in a state in which (i) a preceding sheet is nipped by the pair of separating rollers and (ii) a subsequent sheet subsequent to the preceding sheet spans the drawer portion and the conveying portion, and the first pair of conveying rollers conveys the subsequent sheet to a part between the pair of separating rollers up to a position at which the subsequent sheet does not span the drawer portion and the conveying portion.

US Pat. No. 10,152,020

CARTRIDGE AND DRUM UNIT FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,152,289

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT OBTAINS APPLICATION INFORMATION FROM A COMMUNICATION PARTNER APPARATUS EXISTING WITHIN AN EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION RANGE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A method for controlling a communication apparatus that communicates with a communication partner apparatus via a communication unit, comprising:sensing an event generated in the communication apparatus;
detecting, in response to the event being sensed by the communication apparatus, whether the communication partner apparatus exists in an effective range of the communication unit;
when the communication partner apparatus is detected to exist in the effective range of the communication unit, selecting an application corresponding to the sensed event without accepting an application selection instruction from a user, wherein (1) a first application is selected in a case where a first event is sensed and (2) a second application different from the first application is selected in a case where a second event different from the first event is sensed;
receiving, via another communication unit that has another effective range different from the effective range of the communication unit of the communication apparatus, a job that is to be executed by the communication apparatus;
transmitting, to the communication partner apparatus via the other communication unit, an activation instruction for the selected application in a case where the job is received via the other communication unit and where it is detected that the communication partner apparatus does not exist in the effective range of the communication unit; and
transmitting, to the communication partner apparatus via the communication unit, an activation instruction for the selected application in a case where the job is received via the other communication unit and where it is detected that the communication partner apparatus exists in the effective range of the communication unit,
wherein the activation instruction for an application for setting paper information is transmitted in a case where insertion-extraction of a cassette that stores paper to be printed by a printing function of the communication apparatus is sensed as the event, and
wherein the paper information that is designated by the application for setting paper information is registered in the communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,146,177

CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH USES CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:a casing;
a developing roller having a roller axis, the developing roller being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the roller axis;
a photosensitive drum having a drum axis, the photosensitive drum being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the drum axis;
a first coupling member having an axis, the first coupling member including (i) a first end portion operatively connected to the developing roller, (ii) a second end portion, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion; and
a second coupling member having an axis, the second coupling member (i) a first end portion operatively connected to the photosensitive drum, (ii) a second end portion, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion,
wherein the first coupling member is movable between a first position in which the axis of the first coupling member is substantially parallel to the roller axis, and a second position in which the axis of the first coupling member is inclined with respect to the roller axis,
wherein the second coupling member is movable between a first position in which the axis of the second coupling member is substantially parallel to the drum axis, and a second position in which the axis of the second coupling member is inclined with respect to the drum axis,
wherein a maximum angle of inclination of the axis of the first coupling member with respect to the roller axis is about 20 degrees to about 60 degrees, and
wherein a maximum angle of inclination of the axis of the second coupling member with respect to the drum axis is about 20 degrees to about 60 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,144,217

RECORDING APPARATUS, RECORDING METHOD, AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD FOR RECORDING AN IMAGE BY EJECTING LIQUID DROPLETS TOWARD A RECORDING MEDIUM WHILE MOVING THE LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND THE RECORDING MEDIUM RELATIVE TO EACH OTHER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a liquid ejection head that ejects liquid droplets from ejection ports including a medium ejection port line from which liquid droplets of a predetermined amount are ejected, a large ejection port line from which liquid droplets of an amount larger than the predetermined amount are ejected, and a small ejection port line from which liquid droplets of an amount smaller than the predetermined amount are ejected;
wherein the recording apparatus records an image on a recording medium while moving the liquid ejection head and the recording medium relative to each other,
wherein the liquid ejection head includes
an outlet from which gas is ejected toward the recording medium, wherein the outlet, the small ejection port line, the medium ejection port line, and the large ejection port line are arranged adjacently in this order, and wherein a distance between the outlet and the medium ejection port line is 60 ?m or shorter, and
wherein the gas is ejected from the outlet at a velocity that is higher than or equal to a velocity at which a vortex is generated by the ejected gas.

US Pat. No. 10,148,833

INPUT DEVICE PERFORMING NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION WITH A MOBILE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An input device comprising:a touch panel portion configured to receive an operation from a user by touching operation on a panel surface;
a detection surface portion configured to face a mobile device which is brought close to the input device and serves as an object to which near field communication is to be performed, the detection surface portion being arranged adjacent to the touch panel portion so that at least a part of the mobile device that is faced to the detection surface portion by the user for near field communication overlaps with the panel surface when viewing the panel surface from a front thereof; and
a near field communication portion configured to perform the near field communication with the mobile device facing the detection surface portion,
wherein the detection surface portion is inclined with respect to the panel surface of the touch panel portion so that a projecting amount at a side closer to the touch panel portion is larger than a projecting amount at a far side to the touch panel portion.

US Pat. No. 10,148,860

IMAGING APPARATUS, EXTERNAL APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR EXTERNAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGING SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus which communicates with an external apparatus via a network, the imaging apparatus comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory for storing instructions to be executed by the hardware processor,
wherein, when the instructions stored in the memory are executed by the hardware processor, the imaging apparatus functions as:
an imaging unit;
a first image processing unit configured to change, by image processing, a brightness of a captured image output from the imaging unit;
a second image processing unit configured to change, by image processing that is different from the image processing by the first image processing unit, a brightness of a captured image output from the imaging unit;
a receiving unit configured to receive, from the external apparatus via the network, a command in which first image processing information for controlling an operation of the first image processing or second image processing information for controlling an operation of the second image processing; and
a control unit configured to control the first image processing and the second image processing in accordance with the command received by the receiving unit,
wherein the first image processing information includes information indicating whether the first image processing is caused to be executed or not, and
wherein the second image processing information includes at least any one of information indicating that the second image processing is caused to be executed, information indicating that the second image processing is not to be executed, and information indicating that the operation of the second image processing is caused to be automatically controlled by the imaging apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,148,861

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS GENERATING FOCUS CHANGEABLE IMAGE, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain data based on a plurality of signals having different focuses;
a generation unit configured to, when a shooting instruction has been received, generate a preview image by carrying out a development process on the obtained data using a focus parameter;
a display control unit configured to display the preview image on a display device for a predetermined time period;
a first setting unit configured to set a focal length based on an object in the preview image in response to a user operation made while the preview image is displayed on the display device;
a selection unit configured to select one of a plurality of recording modes in response to a user operation; and
a storage control unit configured to, when a first recording mode is selected by said selection unit, provide control to store, into a recording medium, (a) first data, which is the obtained data, in association with (b) information indicative of the set focal length, and when a second recording mode is selected by said selection unit, provide control to store, into the recording medium, second data, which is generated by carrying out the development process on the obtained data using the set focal length,
wherein, in a mode where the first data is stored into the recording medium, third data which has the same focal length as the second data is generated by carrying out the development process on the first data with the information indicative of the set focal length, and fourth data which has different focal length from the second data is generated by carrying out the development process on the first data with information other than the information indicative of the set focal length.

US Pat. No. 10,148,863

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an image signal obtaining unit configured to obtain a first image signal based on a light flux which has passed through a first pupil region of an image capturing optical system and a second image signal based on a light flux which has passed through a second pupil region of the image capturing optical system, the second pupil region being different from the first pupil region;
an aberration information obtaining unit configured to obtain first aberration information of the image capturing optical system associated with the first pupil region and second aberration information of the image capturing optical system associated with the second pupil region;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a first defocus information based on at least one of the first image signal and the second image signal;
a correction unit configured to correct the first defocus information based on the first aberration information and the second aberration information to generate at least one second defocus information;
a distance map generation unit configured to generate a distance map based on the second defocus information;
a captured image generation unit configured to select one or more parallax images from a plurality of parallax images generated based on the first image signal and the second image signal to generate a captured image for displaying or recording; and
wherein generation of the second defocus information is performed to each of a plurality of detection regions in which the focus detection is performed, and wherein the distance map generation unit generates a distance map based on a plurality of the second defocus information and coordinates of the plurality of detection regions.

US Pat. No. 10,148,870

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a main image capturing system configured to capture an object image formed by a main optical system that can vary a magnification;
a first sub capturing system configured to capture an object image formed by a first sub optical system having an angle of view equal to or wider than that at a wide-angle end of the main optical system; and
a second sub capturing system configured to capture an object image formed by a second sub optical system having an angle of view narrower than that at the wide-angle end of the main optical system and equal to or wider than that at a telephoto end of the main optical system,
wherein an optical barrel configured to hold the main optical system is retractable relative to a body of the image capturing apparatus, and the first sub optical system and the second sub optical system are provided to the body,
wherein where an i-th denotes first or second, and an i-th inter-axis direction is a direction in which an optical axis of the main optical system is separated from one of an optical axis of the first sub optical system and an optical axis of the second sub optical system, and
wherein

are satisfied, where ?t is a half angle of view in a second inter-axis direction at the telephoto end of the main optical system, ft is a focal length at the telephoto end of the main optical system, N is an inter-axis distance between the main optical system and the second sub optical system, and ?i is a half angle of view in the i-th inter-axis direction of the i-th sub optical system among the first sub optical system and the second sub optical system, Lij is a distance in the i-th inter-axis direction between the optical axis of the i-th sub optical system and an outer circumferential surface of a j-th barrel segment, where j denotes an order of a barrel segment of the optical barrel counted from the body side in the optical barrel, and Mj is an extension amount of the j-th barrel segment relative to an optical surface closest to an object side in the first sub optical system and the second sub optical system.

US Pat. No. 10,148,889

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that corrects, by movement of an optical member or an imaging element, a position of an object image in an image, which is to be captured by performing panning of a camera, the apparatus comprising:a drive mechanism configured to control the position of the object image in a direction that is perpendicular to an optical axis by driving the optical member or the imaging element; and
at least one processor configured to function, on the basis of a program stored in a memory, as units comprising an exposure time setting unit configured to set an exposure time during image capturing,
wherein the exposure time setting unit (a) determines an upper limit value of the exposure time based on (1) a difference between an output of a first detection unit that detects movement of the apparatus by an angular velocity sensor and an output of a second detection unit that detects movement of the object image, the second detection unit being another of the units which the at least one processor functions as, and (2) an upper limit of a correction range by the optical member or the imaging element, and (b) sets the exposure time during image capturing to the upper limit value or less,
wherein in determining the upper limit value and setting the exposure time, the exposure time setting unit (1) acquires the output of the first detection unit in a period before the start timing of the exposure, (2) performs a process to average the difference between the acquired output of the first detection unit and the output of the second detection unit in the period, (3) adds, to the average value, a value calculated by multiplying, by a fixed value, the difference between a maximum value of the output of the first detection unit and the average value calculated by the averaging process in the period, and (4) determines the upper limit value by using a result of the addition, and
wherein the drive mechanism controls the position of the object image in the direction that is perpendicular to the optical axis by driving the optical member or the imaging element until the passage of the set exposure time.

US Pat. No. 10,148,947

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING PARAMETERS FOR ENCODING OR DECODING OF AN IMAGE OF A VIDEO SEQUENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining encoding parameters for encoding, into a bitstream, a portion of an image of a video sequence, the image portion being encoded by motion estimation with respect to a reference image portion, the encoding parameters for encoding the image portion by motion estimation including a coding mode and a motion information predictor for predicting motion information for obtaining the reference image portion, said method comprisingselecting a coding mode to encode the image portion by motion estimation from a first coding mode which is a skip mode in which a block residual is not encoded and motion information is encoded using a set of motion information predictors and a second coding mode which is a merge mode in which a block residual may be encoded and motion information is encoded using a set of motion information predictors, the set of motion information predictors being the same for the first and second coding modes;
selecting a motion information predictor to encode the motion information of the image portion from the set of motion information predictors which is the same for the first and the second coding modes,
wherein the selection of the coding mode and the motion information predictor involve comparing costs of encoding the image portion using the motion information predictors of the set in the first and second coding modes, said comparison of costs comprising:
calculating for one of the motion information predictors of the set, the cost of encoding the image portion for the first coding mode and the cost of encoding the image portion for the second coding mode;
detecting when one or more conditions are met, wherein the one or more conditions include a condition that, for the one of the motion information predictors of the set, the first-coding-mode cost of encoding the image portion is less than the second coding mode cost of encoding the image portion
if it is detected that the one or more conditions are met, omitting the computing of a cost for the second-coding-mode for any motion information predictors of the set for which a cost for the second coding mode has not yet been computed, and otherwise computing of the cost for the second coding mode for at least one further motion information predictor of the set for which a cost for the second coding mode has not yet been computed.

US Pat. No. 10,146,162

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photoconductor that rotates;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photoconductor to light and to form an electrostatic latent image on the photoconductor;
a developing unit configured to develops the electrostatic latent image by using toner, the electrostatic latent image being formed on the photoconductor;
a transfer unit configured to transfers a toner image onto a sheet, the toner image being obtained by the developing unit performing development onto a surface of the photoconductor;
a document reader configured to read an image on a document;
a data generating unit configured to generate first correction data and second correction data on the basis of a reading result, the reading result being obtained by the document reader reading a test image formed on a sheet, the first correction data being data for a first correction of image density in a rotation axis direction of the photoconductor, the first correction being performed in each of a plurality of areas of the photoconductor, the plurality of areas corresponding to an area in which the toner image of the test image is formed, the second correction data being data for a second correction of image density in the rotation axis direction of the photoconductor, the second correction being performed in an outside area outside the area in which the toner image of the test image is formed; and
a display unit configured to, when the test image which is read by the document reader is formed on a sheet of first size, displays the first correction data in such a manner that the first correction data is capable of being changed, and, when the test image which is read by the document reader is formed on a sheet of second size, the second size being smaller than the first size in dimension in the rotation axis direction of the photoconductor, displays the first correction data and the second correction data in such a manner that the first correction data and the second correction data are capable of being changed.

US Pat. No. 10,146,163

METHOD OF CONTROLLING TARGET SPEED OF ROTATING MEMBER USED IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having an intermediate transfer member that transfers an image on the intermediate transfer member to a sheet, the apparatus comprising:a first image forming unit configured to use toner of a first color to form a first image on a first photosensitive member;
a second image forming unit configured to use toner of a second color that is different from the first color to form a second image on a second photosensitive member;
a driving control unit configured to control a rotation speed of the second photosensitive member;
a first transferring member configured to form a first transferring nip portion for transferring the first image formed on the first photosensitive member to the intermediate transfer member;
a second transferring member configured to form a second transferring nip portion for transferring the second image formed on the second photosensitive member to the intermediate transfer member; and
a controller configured to control a mechanism for causing contact and separation of the second photosensitive member and the intermediate transfer member,
wherein, in a case where the mechanism is controlled to enter a first state, the intermediate transfer member separates from the second photosensitive member,
wherein, in a case where the mechanism is controlled to enter a second state, the intermediate transfer member contacts the second photosensitive member,
wherein in a case where a first monochrome image is formed on a sheet of a first type by using the toner of the first color, the controller controls the mechanism to enter the first state,
wherein in a case where a second monochrome image is formed on a sheet of a second type that is different from the first type by using the toner of the first color, the controller controls the mechanism to enter the second state,
wherein the driving control unit controls a rotation speed of the second photosensitive member for forming the second monochrome image on the sheet of the second type to a predetermined rotation speed, and
wherein the predetermined rotation speed is slower than a rotation speed of the second photosensitive member for forming the second image.

US Pat. No. 10,146,164

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a first line that is one of a neutral line and a hot line that supply, to a load, power supplied from an alternating-current power source;
a second line that is another one of the neutral line and the hot line;
a first relay, arranged on the first line, that turns ON/OFF a supplying of the power to the load;
a second relay, arranged on the second line, that turns ON/OFF a supplying of the power to the load;
a monitor configured to monitor a power supply state at a position in a stage subsequent to the first relay on the first line;
a controller configured to control ON/OFF of each of the first relay and the second relay;
a welding detector configured to perform first welding detection that detects whether the first relay is welded in accordance with a power supply state monitored by the monitor when a first performing condition is satisfied, and performing second welding detection that detects whether the first relay is welded in accordance with a power supply state monitored by the monitor when a second performing condition is satisfied; and
a storage configured to store a result of the second welding detection, wherein
the first performing condition is that the result of the second welding detection stored in the storage indicates that the first relay is welded,
the welding detector performs the first welding detection when the result of the second welding detection indicates that the first relay is welded, and skips the first welding detection when the result of the second welding detection does not indicate that the first relay is welded;
the controller performs control to turn ON the second relay and turn OFF the first relay while the welding detector is performing the first welding detection or the second welding detection, and
the controller further performs control to turn ON each of the first relay and the second relay when an image forming job is to be started.

US Pat. No. 10,146,165

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a manual feeding tray;
a detecting portion configured to detect whether or not a sheet is put on said manual feeding tray;
an image forming portion configured to form an image on the sheet fed from said manual feeding tray;
a first rotatable member;
a second rotatable member configured to form a nip, for fixing the image on the sheet, in cooperation with said first rotatable member;
a pressing mechanism configured to press said first rotatable member toward said second rotatable member;
a moving mechanism configured to move said pressing mechanism between a first position where the nip is formed by said first and second rotatable members and a second position where a force applied between said first and second rotatable members by said pressing mechanism is smaller than that when said pressing mechanism is in the first position;
a control unit configured to control an operation of said moving mechanism; and
a receiving portion configured to receive input of an instruction regarding an image forming operation for forming the image on the sheet by said image forming portion,
wherein said image forming apparatus is capable of selectively executing one of operations in a plurality of modes including a first mode in which said control unit is in a rest state and a second mode in which electric power is supplied to said control unit, and
wherein said image forming apparatus changes the mode of the operation to the second mode of the operation in response to change of detection of said detecting portion from presence of the sheet on said manual feeding tray to absence thereof during execution of the operation in the first mode with said pressing mechanism being in the second position, and
then in response to receipt of input of a predetermined instruction regarding the image forming operation by said receiving portion during execution of the operation in the second mode, said control unit controls said moving mechanism so that said pressing mechanism moves from the second position to the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,142,499

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document distribution system, comprising:a processor; and
a memory that stores a computer program,
wherein the processor executes the computer program to perform:
obtaining a sample image and a folder name of a saving destination folder selected by a user;
executing character recognition processing on the sample image to obtain character strings;
determining whether a same character string as the folder name of the saving destination folder exists among the character strings obtained by the character recognition processing;
registering, as an enlargement area, an area corresponding to the same character string in the sample image in a case where it is determined that the same character string as the folder name of the saving destination folder exists, wherein the registered enlargement area is associated with the sample image and the folder name;
obtaining a target image on which distribution processing is to be performed;
identifying the sample image similar to the obtained target image; and
displaying an area of the target image corresponding to the registered enlargement area associated with the identified sample image.

US Pat. No. 10,131,054

OBJECT GRIPPING SYSTEM, OBJECT GRIPPING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. A computer-readable storage medium storing a computer program for causing a computer to execute an object gripping method comprising:measuring a position and an orientation of at least one target object based on an image obtained by capturing the at least one target object;
selecting at least one holdable target object based on the position and orientation;
determining, as an object to be held, a holdable target object based on a priority set, when assembling the holdable target object to an assembly destination object; and
controlling a holding unit to hold the determined object to be held,
wherein the smaller the difference in value is between (1) a first relative position and orientation between the holdable target object and the holding unit, when holding the holdable target object, and (2) a second relative position and orientation between the holdable target object and the holding unit, when assembling the holdable target object to the assembly destination object, the higher the priority is set.

US Pat. No. 10,131,055

AUTOMATED ASSEMBLY APPARATUS AND AUTOMATED ASSEMBLY METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An automated assembly apparatus having an assembly robot, which has a plurality of hands of different heights and XY-axis moving unit movable in a horizontal direction, and a plurality of operation base units, which have operation bases and Z-axis moving unit capable of moving the operation bases in a vertical direction, the automated assembly apparatus comprising:a control unit which raises the operation bases in advance by the Z-axis moving unit to positions, at which the operation bases do not interfere with the plurality of hands, before the assembly robot reaches above the operation bases.
US Pat. No. 10,133,177

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure method of exposing a plurality of exposure regions on a substrate, the exposure method comprising the steps of:acquiring first height information, calculated on the basis of a height of at least one of a plurality of substrates exposed before a target substrate to be exposed, indicating a reference height with respect to the plurality of substrates;
measuring heights of some exposure regions among a plurality of exposure regions on the target substrate;
acquiring second height information indicating a height of the target substrate on the basis of a measurement result in the measuring step; and
calculating a height of one exposure region among a plurality of exposure regions on the target substrate on the basis of third height information indicating a reference height with respect to the one exposure region, the first height information and the second height information;
exposing the one exposure region on the target substrate after the target substrate is moved on the basis of the height of the one exposure region calculated in the calculating step.

US Pat. No. 10,131,154

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:a recording head configured to eject ink to record an image;
an ink tank provided in an apparatus body, including a filling portion to store ink to be supplied to the recording head;
a first cover member configured to be movable to a first position where the filling portion is not exposed and a second position where the filling portion is exposed; and
a valve unit configured to be switchable between an opened state where the ink tank communicates with the recording head and the inside of the tank communicates with external air and a closed state where the ink tank does not communicate with the recording head and the inside of the ink tank does not communicate with external air.

US Pat. No. 10,131,156

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to generate data for forming an image by recording at least a colored ink on a recording medium by using a printer, the image processing apparatus comprising:an input unit configured to input image data representing an image;
a first determination unit configured to determine, based on the image data, a first recording amount for use in recording by arranging the colored ink side by side on the recording medium and a second recording amount for use in recording by stacking the colored ink at discrete positions on the recording medium; and
an output unit configured to output layout data indicating a layout of the colored ink on the recording medium, the layout data being based on the first recording amount and the second recording amount,
wherein a layer to be formed by arranging the colored ink side by side on the recording medium and a layer to be formed by stacking the colored ink at discrete positions on the recording medium are in a same region of a high-density portion of the image.

US Pat. No. 10,136,024

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a first conveying path for conveying a sheet, the first conveying path being able to be pulled out by a user when a predetermined cover is open;
a second conveying path for conveying a sheet conveyed through the first conveying path,
a detection unit configured to detect a sheet jam occurring on the first conveying path or the second conveying path;
a locking mechanism configured to lock, based on the detection unit detecting a sheet jam occurred on both of the first conveying path and second conveying path, the predetermined cover so as not to be opened; and
a display control unit configured to display a predetermined screen for notifying a user that the predetermined cover is locked in a case where the detection unit detects a jam occurred on both of the first conveying path and the second conveying path,
wherein, in a case where the display control unit changes a display to a moving image indicating how to remove the jammed sheet from the predetermined screen displayed in accordance with a detection of the jam that occurred on both of the first conveying path and the second conveying path, the display control unit performs control to play the moving image without waiting for a user's instruction to play the moving image, and
in a case where the display control unit displays a moving image indicating how to remove the jammed sheet in accordance with a detection of a jam that occurred on either the first conveying path or the second conveying path without displaying the predetermined screen, the display control unit performs control to wait for the user's instruction to play the moving image before playing the moving image.

US Pat. No. 10,136,088

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT REDUCES AMOUNT OF INFORMATION OF DEFECTIVE PIXELS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image pickup device that has a plurality of pixels each of which is provided with a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions with respect to one micro lens thereof, such that light passing through a photographic optical system is pupil-divided;
a holding unit configured to hold first defect information indicative of defect information of first image data generated by adding all signals output from the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions of each of the plurality of pixels and reading out a resulting added signal, and second defect information obtained by excluding information redundant with the first defect information from defect information of second image data generated by reading out a signal from one of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions of each of the plurality of pixels or by adding signals output from part of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions and reading out a resulting added signal;
a designation unit configured to designate defective pixels included in the second image data based on the first defect information and the second defect information; and
a correction unit configured to correct the second image data by correcting defective pixels designated by the designation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,127,483

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR ESTIMATING TIME REQUIRED FOR PRINT PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for estimating a rendering time of a page, comprising:generating, for objects included in the page, a predetermined-shaped object whose shape is a predetermined shape corresponding to a shape of an object;
identifying, from among the generated predetermined-shaped objects, at least two predetermined-shaped objects which overlap each other;
estimating the rendering time of the page based on object information of the objects included in the page; and
displaying time information based on the rendering time,
wherein the estimating estimates the rendering time in accordance with at least a width and a height of a portion in which the at least two predetermined-shaped objects overlap each other.
US Pat. No. 10,126,550

OPTICAL ELEMENT, LIGHT-SHIELDING PAINT SET, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical element comprising:a substrate; and
a light-shielding film on a part of the periphery of the substrate, the light-shielding film containing an epoxy resin, a coloring agent, inorganic particles having a refractive index of 2.2 or more, and silica particles, the light-shielding film having an interface region having a thickness of 15 nm from the interface between the substrate and the light-shielding film,
wherein the average concentration of the inorganic particles in the interface region is 1.1 to 1.5 times as high as the average concentration of the inorganic particles in the light-shielding film.

US Pat. No. 10,127,424

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a predetermined feature in a captured image;
a determination unit configured to determine, based on a position of the predetermined feature detected by the detection unit, a position regarding setting of image analysis processing; and
a setting unit configured to perform, based on the position determined by the determination unit, setting regarding the image analysis processing to be performed on a monitoring area in the captured image, wherein the image analysis processing includes detection processing to detect an event, regarding an object different from the predetermined feature, at the monitoring area.

US Pat. No. 10,127,942

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus, comprising:a recorder that records moving image data into a recording medium designated as a recording destination among a plurality of recording media;
a reader that reads out, from the recording medium, temperature information on a current temperature of the recording medium; and
a controller that controls the recorder based on a recording speed corresponding to a temperature indicated by the temperature information read out by the reader,
wherein the controller controls, if a recording speed corresponding to a temperature indicated by first temperature information read out by the reader from a first recording medium designated as the recording destination during recording of the moving image data into the first recording medium is lower than a predetermined recording speed, the recorder to switch the recording destination from the first recording medium to another recording medium and continuously record the moving image data into the another recording medium, and
wherein the controller switches the recording destination to one of a plurality of recording media other than the first recording medium that has a highest recording speed among recording speeds corresponding to temperatures respectively indicated by a plurality of pieces of temperature information read out from the plurality of recording media other than the first recording medium.

US Pat. No. 10,127,456

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,120,294

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus for forming a pattern on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:a stage configured to move while holding the substrate on which a mark is formed;
a scope configured to capture an image of the mark on the substrate, the scope including an image sensor having an image sensing region where a plurality of pixels are arranged in matrix, and an imaging optical system for adjusting magnification;
a processor configured to read data of an image of the mark formed in the image sensing region sequentially on a row basis and process the read data, and obtain a position of the mark formed on the substrate; and
a controller configured to position the substrate by moving the stage based on the position of the mark and form the pattern on the substrate,
wherein, for capturing an image of a first mark on a first substrate by the scope, the controller moves the stage holding the first substrate by a predetermined offset amount with respect to the image sensor so that, in the image sensing region, the image of the first mark is disposed closer to a row in the image sensing region, from which the processor starts reading the data, than an image of a second mark on a second substrate different from the first substrate when the scope has captured the image of the second mark,
wherein the predetermined offset amount is based on a position of the image of the second mark in the image sensing region formed for obtaining a position of the second mark on the second substrate, and
wherein the controller is configured to set the magnification to a first magnification for capturing the image of the first mark and the image of the second mark.

US Pat. No. 10,121,067

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,121,068

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to function as:
a detecting unit configured to detect an object from an image,
an extracting unit configured to extract a feature amount of the detected object,
a deriving unit configured to derive a reliability for an extracted feature amount, wherein the derived reliability is indicative of a certainty for identifying an object with respect to the extracted feature amount,
a managing unit configured to manage an element in the detected object in association with the extracted feature amount and the derived reliability, and
an identifying unit configured to identify a selected object among a plurality of images,
wherein, in a case where the information processing apparatus receives input to identify a selected object based on a search condition that includes a selected feature amount associated with an element, the identifying unit identifies the selected object among the plurality of images based on the search condition, feature amounts associated with elements managed by the managing unit, and derived reliabilities.

US Pat. No. 10,120,307

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,120,308

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating device heating an image on a recoding medium, the image heating device comprising:a rotator;
a heater having an elongated and plate-like shape, configured to heat the rotator, the heater including a heat generating resistor that generates heat by receiving power, wherein the image formed on the recording medium is heated with heat from the heater via the rotator;
a connector electrically connected to one of longitudinal end portions of the heater to supply the power to the heater;
a power interrupting unit configured to interrupt supply of the power to the heater in response to an abnormal temperature rise of the heater, the power interrupting unit including a first electrical terminal which extends in a direction away from the connector in a longitudinal direction of the heater and a second electrical terminal which extends in a direction approaching the connector in the longitudinal direction of the heater;
a first conductive sheet metal that electrically connects the connector to the first electrical terminal, the first conductive sheet metal extending in the longitudinal direction of the heater;
a second conductive sheet metal that electrically connects the connector to the second electrical terminal, the second conductive sheet metal extending in the longitudinal direction of the heater, a length of the second conductive sheet metal in the longitudinal direction of the heater being shorter than a length of the first conductive sheet metal in the longitudinal direction of the heater; and
a regulation portion configured to regulate rotation of the power interrupting unit about a rotational axis crossing a surface of the heater.

US Pat. No. 10,120,314

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT SELECT, FROM AMONG A PLURALITY OF PAPER FEED SOURCES, ONE THAT SATISFIES A SELECTED CONDITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image designated by a job on a sheet fed from one of a plurality of paper feed sources, the image forming apparatus comprising:(A) a detection unit that detects paper types of sheets respectively fed from the plurality of paper feed sources when the sheets are conveyed, the detection unit being provided on a conveyance path used in common for the fed sheets;
(B) a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
(C) at least one processor that executes the instructions to function as:
(a) a first holding unit configured to hold paper sizes and paper types that are set by a user in one-to-one correspondence with the plurality of paper feed sources;
(b) a second holding unit configured to hold the paper types detected by the detection unit in one-to-one correspondence with the plurality of paper feed sources;
(c) a third holding unit configured to hold a paper size designated by the job and a paper type designated by the job or a condition related to setting of a paper type;
(d) a first selection unit configured, when the third holding unit holds the paper size and the paper type designated by the job, to select, from among the plurality of paper feed sources, a paper feed source loaded with sheets having the paper size and the paper type designated by the job with reference to the first holding unit;
(e) a second selection unit configured, when the third holding unit holds the condition, to select, from among the plurality of paper feed sources, a paper feed source that satisfies the condition with reference to at least one of the first holding unit and the second holding unit; and
(f) a control unit configured to perform control to feed a sheet from the paper feed source selected by the first selection unit or the second selection unit, and to form the image designated by the job on the fed sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,120,316

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF APPROPRIATELY EXECUTING SHUTDOWN PROCESSING, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus of which power states include at least a normal state, a power saving state, a first turned off state, and a second turned off state, the printing apparatus comprising:a switch used by a user to turn off the printing apparatus,
a storage device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
set one of at least two modes including an initialization mode and a resume mode,
wherein, in the initialization mode, the printing apparatus is started from an initialized state, and, in the resume mode, the printing apparatus is started from a resumed state,
wherein, in a case where the resume mode is set, the at least one processer executes following instructions to:
receive a turn off signal in a case where the switch is operated by the user to turn off the printing apparatus;
control to shift, in a case where no operation is performed in the normal state over a predetermined time period, the printing apparatus to the power saving state,
control to shift, in a case where a predetermined return factor occurs in the power saving state, the printing apparatus to the normal state, without an operation of the switch by the user;
control to shift, in response to the reception of the turn off signal, the printing apparatus to the first turned off state, at least under a condition that the printing apparatus is not in a predetermined state,
control to shift, in response to the reception of the turn off signal, the printing apparatus to the second turned off state, at least under a condition that the printing apparatus is in the predetermined state,
control to shift, in a case where the switch is operated by the user to turn on the printing apparatus in the first turned off state, the printing apparatus to the normal state, and
control to shift, in a case where the switch is operated by the user to turn on the printing apparatus in the second turned off state, the printing apparatus to the normal state,
wherein the predetermined state includes at least one of
a state in which a job to be executed by the printing apparatus is not executed properly,
a state in which an error has occurred on a software in a memory, turning off to the second turned off state being required to recover the image forming apparatus from the error,
a state in which update of a kernel of an Operating System (OS) is required,
a state in which change of the kernel is required, or
a state in which reboot of a module driver is required, and
wherein
power is supplied to the memory during the first turned off state, and
power is not supplied to the memory during the second turned off state,
wherein, in a case where the initialization mode is set, the at least one processor executes instructions to:
receive a turn off signal in a case where the switch is operated by the user to turn off the printing apparatus; and
control to shift, in response to the reception of the turn off signal, the printing apparatus to the second turned off state so that the printing apparatus is initialized in the next start processing of the printing apparatus, irrespective of whether or not the printing apparatus is in the predetermined state.

US Pat. No. 10,120,317

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a manual feeding tray;
a detecting portion configured to detect whether or not a sheet is put on said manual feeding tray;
an image forming portion configured to form an image on the sheet fed from said manual feeding tray;
a first rotatable member;
a second rotatable member configured to form a nip, for fixing the image on the sheet, in cooperation with said first rotatable member;
a pressing mechanism configured to press said first rotatable member toward said second rotatable member;
a moving mechanism configured to move said pressing mechanism between a first position where the nip is formed by said first and second rotatable members and a second position where said first and second rotatable members are spaced from each other;
a control unit configured to control an operation of said moving mechanism; and
a receiving portion configured to receive input of an instruction about an image forming operation for forming the image on the sheet by said image forming portion,
wherein said image forming apparatus is capable of selectively executing one of operations in a plurality of modes including a first mode in which said control unit is in a rest state and a second mode in which electric power is supplied to said control unit, and
wherein said image forming apparatus changes the mode of the operation to the second mode of the operation in response to detection of putting of the sheet on said manual feeding tray during execution of the operation in the first mode with said pressing mechanism being in the second position, and
then in response to receipt of input of a predetermined instruction about the image forming operation by said receiving portion during execution of the operation in the second mode, said control unit controls said moving mechanism so that said pressing mechanism moves from the second position to the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,120,318

RECORDING MATERIAL FEEDING DEVICE WITH CONTROL OF MOTOR SPEED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording material feeding device comprising:a plate on which a recording material is stacked;
a moving member configured to move a position of the plate;
a motor configured to rotate for driving the moving member;
a holding member configured to hold the position of the plate, the holding member being different from the moving member;
a torque limiter configured to limit transmission of a driving torque from the motor to the moving member so as to permit the transmission until a torque exerted on the motor reaches a predetermined torque and so as to stop the transmission of the driving torque when the torque exceeds the predetermined torque, in a case that the motor rotates in a state in which the holding member holds the position of the plate;
a storing portion configured to store information on a holding state of the holding member; and
a controller configured to control the motor to rotate at a rotational speed slower when the information stored in the storing portion is information indicating that the holding member holds the position of the plate than when the information stored in the storing portion is information indicating that the holding member does not hold the position of the plate.

US Pat. No. 10,120,319

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH IMAGE TIMING SIGNAL ADJUSTMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a conveying unit configured to convey a recording material toward an image forming position;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the recording material conveyed by the conveying unit at the image forming position in response to an image signal output from an output unit;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a length of the recording material in a conveyance direction of the recording material conveyed by the conveying unit;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a length of an output period of the image signal for the recording material;
wherein the conveying unit conveys a plurality of recording materials including a first recording material and a second recording material, and the second recording material is conveyed after the first recording material is conveyed, and
wherein the image forming apparatus further comprises a control unit configured to determine a timing at which an image signal for the second recording material is output from the output unit based on a timing corresponding to a length of the first recording material in the conveyance direction acquired by the first acquisition unit and a timing corresponding to a length of an output period of an image signal for the first recording material acquired by the second acquisition unit,
wherein in a case that the timing corresponding to the length of the output period of the image signal for the first recording material is earlier than the timing corresponding to the length of the first recording material in the conveyance direction, the control unit determines the timing at which the image signal for the second recording material is output from the output unit based on the timing corresponding to the length of the first recording material in the conveyance direction,
wherein in a case that the timing corresponding to the length of the output period of the image signal for the first recording material is later than the timing corresponding to the length of the first recording material in the conveyance direction, the control unit determines the timing at which the image signal for the second recording material is output from the output unit based on the timing corresponding to the length of the output period of the image signal for the first recording material, and
wherein the control unit determines the timing corresponding to the length of the output period of the image signal for the first recording material by summing up the length of the output period of the image signal for the first recording material acquired by the second acquisition unit and a length of a margin period necessary for the output unit to start outputting an image signal for a recording material following the first recording material, wherein the margin period is such that the image signal is not output from the output unit during the margin period.

US Pat. No. 10,120,320

SHEET TRANSPORT DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,120,322

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a transfer member abutting on the image bearing member and configured to transfer a toner image to a transfer material from the image bearing member;
a power source configured to apply voltage to the transfer member;
a detection unit configured to detect electric current flowing in the transfer member when voltage is applied to the transfer member from the power source;
a fixing unit configured to fix a toner image to a transfer material by heating the transfer material to which a toner image has been transferred by a heating unit; and
a control unit configured to control the heating unit to heat the fixing unit,
wherein the control unit controls the heating unit to heat the fixing unit in a state where conveyance of a subsequent transfer material stops after the transfer material that is in contact with the fixing unit is discharged from the fixing unit, in a case where a second current value that is detected by the detection unit when voltage is applied to the transfer member from the power source in a state where a transfer material is in contact with the fixing unit and the transfer member is greater than a first current value that is detected by the detection unit when voltage is applied to the transfer member from the power source before the transfer material reaches the fixing unit by a predetermined value or more.

US Pat. No. 10,120,323

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a transfer belt configured to rotate in contact with the image bearing member;
a transfer member configured to make contact with an inner peripheral surface of the transfer belt, wherein the transfer member is provided to correspond to the image bearing member;
a first power supply unit configured to apply a voltage to the transfer member, wherein if the first power supply unit applies a voltage of a second polarity opposite to a first polarity to the transfer member, a current flows in a first direction through a position in which the image bearing member makes contact with the transfer belt, and if the first power supply unit applies a voltage of the first polarity to the transfer member, a current flows in a second direction opposite to the first direction through the position in which the image bearing member makes contact with the transfer belt, the first polarity being a normal charging polarity of toner;
a resistance element connected between the first power supply unit and the transfer member; and
a diode connected in parallel with the resistance element in a direction in which the current flowing in the first direction is blocked and the current flowing in the second direction is passed.

US Pat. No. 10,122,887

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,120,071

APPARATUS THAT DETECTS PERSON BY USING SONIC SENSOR, METHOD, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS THAT INCLUDES THE DETECTION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a sonic sensor that outputs a sonic wave and receives a sonic wave, and outputs a signal corresponding to the received sonic wave;
a storage unit that stores a background data indicating objects or people previously located in front of the information processing apparatus; and
a control unit that periodically compares the background data and a frame data including a plurality of signals output from the sonic sensor during a predetermined measurement time and saves a difference between both the background data and the frame data,
wherein the control unit shifts a power state of the information processing apparatus to a first power state from a second power state in which power consumption is lower than power consumption in the first power state based on a plurality of the difference.

US Pat. No. 10,121,098

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,123,160

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus including a first communication unit and a second communication unit, comprising:an acquiring unit configured to acquire, while a first connection with a positioning apparatus is established via the first communication unit, position information from the positioning apparatus via the first connection;
a storing unit configured to store the acquired position information in a memory;
a switching unit configured to execute, in response to an instruction to switch connection, processing for disconnecting the first connection and processing for establishing a second connection with the positioning apparatus via the second communication unit; and
a deleting unit configured to delete the position information from the memory in response to the first connection being disconnected, wherein the deleting unit does not delete the position information when the disconnection is due to the instruction to switch connection.

US Pat. No. 10,122,911

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM WITH ABERRATION AND OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION FOR CORRECTING AUTOMATIC FOCUS DETECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus capable of executing automatic focus detection of an imaging optical system, the image pickup apparatus comprising:a first acquisition unit configured to acquire aberration information of the imaging optical system;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire object information of an object in a focus detecting area;
a determination unit configured to determine, based on the aberration information, whether it is necessary to obtain color information, angular information, and spatial frequency information of the object;
a calculation unit configured to calculate, based on the aberration information of the imaging optical system and the object information, a correction value used to correct a difference between a focus state of a captured image and a result of the automatic focus detection, caused by the aberration of the imaging optical system; and
a correction unit configured to correct the result of the automatic focus detection using the correction value.

US Pat. No. 10,122,913

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,120,107

OPTICAL ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical element comprising:a substrate;
a light-shielding film on part of an outer portion of the substrate; and
a coating on the light-shielding film,
wherein the light-shielding film contains a coloring agent, an epoxy resin, and inorganic fine particles having a refractive index of 2.2 or more, and
wherein the coating contains a cured mixture of melamine or benzoguanamine resin, and a phenolic resin, in proportions by mass of 1:5 to 7:5, a content of the melamine or benzoguanamine resin is 20.0% by mass or more and 60.0% by mass or less when the coating is 100% by mass.

US Pat. No. 10,120,621

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor operating to:
receive image data;
generate print data from the received image data;
control to form an image on a sheet based on the generated print data;
determine, based on a difference between a data amount of the received image data and a data amount of the generated print data, whether a delay in generation of the print data has occurred; and
issue a command to add pattern data which is not based on the received image data to the generated print data, according to the determination that the delay has occurred,
wherein an image based on the print data, which has not been generated at the time of the determination of delay, is formed after an image based on the added pattern data.

US Pat. No. 10,120,879

SCALABLE ATTRIBUTE-DRIVEN IMAGE RETRIEVAL AND RE-RANKING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for retrieval of images from a large-scale database of images, comprising:obtaining a user designation of a query image;
extracting features representative of the query image;
searching the large-scale database of images to obtain a candidate set of images from the large-scale database of images based at least in part on similarity of the features for the query image to features of the images in the large-scale database of images;
ranking the obtained candidate images;
projecting the query image into a subspace that captures semantic attributes; and
re-ranking the ranked candidate images based at least in part on similarity of a result of projecting the query image into the subspace that captures semantic attributes to a result of projecting the images in the large-scale database of images into the subspace that captures semantic attributes, wherein the similarity of the result of projecting the query image into the subspace that captures semantic attributes to the result of projecting the images in the large-scale database of images into the subspace that captures semantic attributes is measured by a distance metric that measures distances between attributes.

US Pat. No. 10,120,623

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS ENABLING CHARGING MANAGEMENT, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:an interface which receives print data from an external device;
an user interface;
a memory storing instructions; and
one or more processors which executes the instructions and causes a printing apparatus to function as:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire user information corresponding to the received print data; and
a printing control unit configured to control a printing of a print data,
wherein the printing control unit performs a printing of the print data corresponding to the acquired user information without receiving a print instruction via the user interface in a case where the user information acquired by the acquiring unit is user information which is stored in a storage device, and performs the printing of the printing of the print data corresponding to the acquired user information based on a print instruction received via the user interface in a case where the user information acquired by the acquiring unit is user information which is not stored in the storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,120,625

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT USES SET SHEET INFORMATION TO REDUCE USER EFFORT IN REPLENISHING SHEETS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of sheet feed cassettes configured to store sheets;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a sensor configured to detect an opening or closing of each sheet feed cassette;
a display unit;
a processor; and
a memory in communication with the processor, the memory storing instructions, which, when executed by the processor, cause the image forming apparatus to:
receive a print job in which a sheet size and a sheet type are designated;
select, from among the plurality of sheet feed cassettes, a sheet feed cassette corresponding to the sheet size designated in the print job;
in a case where a sheet type of the selected sheet feed cassette matches with the sheet type designated in the print job, control the image forming unit to form an image on a sheet fed from the selected sheet feed cassette, wherein, in a case where the sheet type of the selected sheet feed cassette does not match with the sheet type designated in the print job, an execution of the print job is suspended;
in a case where an opening or closing of one of the plurality of sheet feed cassettes is detected while the execution of the print job is suspended, determine whether the sheet feed cassette of which the opening or closing is detected matches with the selected sheet feed cassette;
in a case where it is determined that the sheet feed cassette of which the opening or closing is detected matches with the selected sheet feed cassette, cause the display unit to display a setting screen for setting a sheet type for the sheet feed cassette of which the opening or closing is detected; and
in a case where the sheet type set through the setting screen matches with the sheet type designated in the print job, control the image forming unit to form an image on a sheet fed from the sheet feed cassette of which the sheet type is set.

US Pat. No. 10,122,951

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,120,158

VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR AND OPTICAL DEVICE USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,120,161

LENS BARREL AND OPTICAL APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:a lens holding frame that holds a lens;
screws and nuts;
cam followers each mounted on an outer circumferential portion of the lens holding frame with one of the screws and one of the nuts; and
a cylindrical ring member having grooves into which the cam followers are disposed, and regulate a position of the lens holding frame,
wherein the lens holding frame includes holes that receive the nuts and recesses that seat bottoms of the cam followers, and
wherein axial end faces of the nuts protrude beyond bottoms of the recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,120,170

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a rear unit comprising a plurality of lens units and having a positive refractive power as a whole,
wherein an interval between all adjacent lens units is changed during zooming,
wherein the rear unit comprises a focus unit having a positive refractive power, which is configured to move during focusing, and an optical system being all lenses arranged on the image side of the focus unit having a negative refractive power at a telephoto end, the optical system not moving for focusing,
wherein the first lens unit is configured to move toward the object side after moving toward the image side during zooming from a wide angle end to the telephoto end, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
2.0<|fpt/ft|, and
0.20?(r1+r2)/(r1?r2)<0.5,where ft represents a focal length of the zoom lens at the telephoto end, fpt represents a combined focal length at the telephoto end of an optical system being all lenses arranged on the object side of the focus unit, r1 represents a curvature radius of a lens surface closest to the object side of the focus unit, and r2 represents a curvature radius of a lens surface closest to the image side of the focus unit.

US Pat. No. 10,120,171

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens unit having a negative refractive power and a second lens unit having a positive refractive power, whereinthe first lens unit and the second lens unit move along respective loci different from each other during zooming;
the first lens unit has two negative lenses which are arranged continuously from the object side to the image side; and
the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
?4.0 ?0.65 ?0.8<(fG11/f1)?(fG12/f1)<9.0where f1 represents a focal length of the first lens unit, f2 represents a focal length of the second lens unit, fw represents a focal length of the zoom lens at a wide angle end, fG11 represents a focal length of a negative lens (G11) disposed on most object side in the negative lenses contained in the first lens unit, and fG12 represents a focal length of a negative lens (G12) disposed on second most object side in the negative lenses contained in the first lens unit.

US Pat. No. 10,120,172

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein, during focusing from infinity to a close distance, the second lens unit moves toward the image side, and an interval between each pair of adjacent lens units is changed,
wherein the first lens unit consists of, in order from the object side to the image side:
a first lens sub-unit having a negative refractive power which does not move for image stabilization;
a second lens sub-unit having a positive refractive power, which moves during the image stabilization; and
a third lens sub-unit which does not move for the image stabilization,
wherein the second lens sub-unit includes a meniscus positive lens LIS having a concave surface facing the object side, and
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:
0.78

US Pat. No. 10,120,173

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having one of a positive refractive power and a negative refractive power; and
a rear lens group including at least one lens unit,
wherein the first lens unit is not moved for zooming, and intervals between adjacent lens units are changed during zooming,
wherein the first lens unit includes at least three lenses, and the second lens unit includes at least three lenses,
wherein at least two lens surfaces, among lens surfaces of lenses included in the second lens unit except for a lens arranged closest to the object side, have aspherical shapes, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.38<|m3/m2|; and
9.00

US Pat. No. 10,120,178

VIBRATION DRIVE DEVICE IN WHICH SEPARATION BETWEEN MEMBERS BY EXTERNAL FORCE IS SUPPRESSED, LENS BARREL, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STAGE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration drive device that comprises a vibrating body including an electromechanical energy conversion element and an elastic body having a first surface to which the electromechanical energy conversion element is joined and a second surface opposite from the first surface, on which protrusions are provided, and a driven body in pressure contact with the protrusions, and is configured to excite vibration in the vibrating body to thereby effect relative movement between the vibrating body and the driven body, the vibration drive device comprising:an equalizing stage disposed on a side facing the first surface of the elastic body; and
a vibration damping member disposed between the vibrating body and said equalizing stage and configured to suppress transmission of vibration of the vibrating body to said equalizing stage,
wherein said equalizing stage receives a pressure application force applied to the vibrating body via said vibration damping member, and thereby equalizes a pressure application force applied from the vibrating body to the driven body,
wherein a length of a region of said vibration damping member in contact with the vibrating body is shorter than a length of the vibrating body in a direction orthogonal to a driving direction in which the vibrating body and the driven body are moved relative to each other, and also to a pressure application direction between the vibrating body and the driven body,
wherein said equalizing stage includes protruding portions in contact with said vibration damping member at respective locations overlapping the protrusions as viewed in the pressure application direction,
wherein an upper surface, facing the vibrating body, of each of the protruding portions has a first predetermined length in the driving direction and a second predetermined length in a direction orthogonal to the driving direction and the pressure application direction, and the predetermined length in the driving direction is shorter than the second predetermined length in the orthogonal direction, and
wherein a length of the upper surface in the driving direction is shorter than a length of each of the protrusions in the driving direction.

US Pat. No. 10,117,631

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus to reduce a scattered-ray component from a radiographic image, the image processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing a program;
one or more processors configured to execute the program;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a radiographic image using a radiation detector that detects a radiation through an object;
a scattered-ray estimating unit configured to estimate a scattered-ray component contained in the radiographic image, wherein the scattered-ray component originates from a scattered ray which is a radiation scattered in the object;
a scattered-ray reducing unit configured to reduce the scattered-ray component from the radiographic image; and
an identifying unit configured to attach identification information for identifying the scattered-ray component to the radiographic image,
wherein, in a case where a reduction process performed by the scattered-ray reducing unit for reducing the scattered-ray component corresponding to the identification information is different from a reduction process performed by the scattered-ray reducing unit for reducing the scattered-ray component from a radiographic image newly acquired by the acquiring unit, the scattered-ray estimating unit newly estimates a scattered-ray component contained in the radiographic image without using the estimated scattered-ray component corresponding to the identification information, and
wherein the acquiring unit, the scattered-ray estimating unit, the scattered-ray reducing unit, and the identifying unit are implemented by the one or more processors.

US Pat. No. 10,119,941

ELECTROSTATIC CAPACITANCE TYPE TRANSDUCER AND DRIVE METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive method for an electrostatic capacitance type transducer including a plurality of elements, each of the plurality of elements including at least one cell, the cell having a first electrode and a second electrode separated from the first electrode, the plurality of elements including a first element and a second element, the first electrode or the second electrode in the first and second elements being applied with an alternating current voltage, the drive method comprising:setting a similar waveform of an alternating current voltage applied to the first and second elements; and
setting a phase difference between the alternating current voltage applied to the first element and the alternating current voltage applied to the second element to be equal to approximately 90 degrees, and
transmitting an ultrasonic wave from the first element and the second element by applying the alternating current voltage that are different in phase from each other by approximately 90 degrees to the first electrode or the second electrode of the first element and to the first electrode or the second electrode of the second element.

US Pat. No. 10,120,201

LENS BARREL AND OPTICAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:a first unit configured to have a first correction optical element arranged on an optical axis, and a first magnet that moves the first correction optical element along a first virtual spherical surface with a first radius around a spherical center thereof on the optical axis;
a second unit configured to have a second correction optical element arranged on the optical axis, and a second magnet that moves the second correction optical element along a second virtual spherical surface with a second radius smaller than the first radius around a spherical center thereof on the optical axis; and
a magnetic body configured to be arranged on at least one of said first unit and said second unit, and to reduce leakage of magnetic flux from a facing part of the second magnet that faces the first magnet.

US Pat. No. 10,123,021

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING QUANTIZATION PARAMETER, IMAGE ENCODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an evaluation unit configured to determine a first evaluation value based on image data corresponding to a block in an image frame and determine a plurality of second evaluation values each being determined based on image data corresponding to a respective one of a plurality of sub-blocks divided from the block, wherein each of the plurality of second evaluations is obtained based on values of pixels belonging to the corresponding sub-block and indicates a complexity level of values of pixels belonging to the corresponding sub-block; and
a determination unit configured to determine magnitude of a quantization parameter for use in quantizing the image data corresponding to the block based on the first evaluation value determined by the evaluation unit and a smallest second evaluation value among the second evaluation values,
wherein the determination unit determines the quantization parameter for use in quantizing the image data corresponding to the block as a first quantization parameter in a case where the first evaluation values are a first value and the smallest second evaluation value is a second value, and
wherein the determination unit determines the quantization parameter for use in quantizing the image data corresponding to the block as a second quantization parameter smaller than the first quantization parameter in a case where the first evaluation values are the first value and the smallest second evaluation value is a third value smaller than the second value.

US Pat. No. 10,120,723

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,121,246

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS THAT OBTAINS INFORMATION OF A SHAPE OF A SURFACE USING A CORRECTED IMAGE AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus that obtains information of a shape of a surface to be measured, the apparatus comprising:a first illumination unit configured to illuminate the surface with first light having a first wavelength having a light intensity distribution in a pattern shape;
a second illumination unit configured to illuminate the surface with second light having a second wavelength different from the first wavelength;
an image sensing unit configured to sense an image of the surface; and
a processor configured to obtain information of the shape of the surface by processing the image of the surface output from the image sensing unit,
wherein the processor obtains a first image of the first wavelength and a second image of the second wavelength of the surface sensed by the image sensing unit while illuminating the surface by using the first illumination unit and the second illumination unit, corrects the first image based on the second image, and obtains the information of the shape of the surface by using the corrected first image.

US Pat. No. 10,121,252

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,120,230

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,121,262

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING ALIGNMENT DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of aligning data for a target frame and a reference frame, the method comprising:receiving patch data for each of a plurality of reference patches of the reference frame, the patch data comprising a reference direction of a feature in an associated reference patch and a reference signal corresponding to a projection of reference patch image data in a direction substantially perpendicular to the reference direction;
determining a shift between at least one of said reference patches and a corresponding target patch in the target frame using the reference signal associated with said reference patch and a target signal corresponding to a projection of the target patch image data in the direction substantially perpendicular to the reference direction associated with said reference patch;
determining the alignment data for the target frame using the determined shift for said reference patch; and
transforming image data of the target frame using the alignment data.

US Pat. No. 10,121,271

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor or circuit;
a memory,
wherein the at least one processor or circuit is configured to function as following units using data in the memory:
an inputting unit configured to receive input of a captured image;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire, for each image area of the captured image, range information indicating a distance from an imaging apparatus to a subject at the time of imaging; and
a converting unit configured to convert, for each image area of the captured image, a luminance value of the captured image according to the distance to the subject, and convert a color value of the captured image into a predetermined value, based on the range information,
wherein the converting unit converts the luminance value of the captured image such that the luminance value decreases as the distance to the subject becomes shorter, and
wherein the converting unit assigns an equal luminance value to an image area included in a predetermined distance range.

US Pat. No. 10,121,274

MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical image processing system that manages commissions to create a three-dimensional (3D) shape using a plurality of medical images, the medical image processing system comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the medical image processing system to perform operations including:
selecting, by an operation from a user, a plurality of medical images used for creating a 3D shape,
identifying, using the selected plurality of medical images, one or more virtual anatomical parts included in the selected plurality of medical images that can be used by medical image processing system to create the three-dimensional (3D) shape,
generating a screen capable of accepting selection for the one or more identified anatomical parts,
causing a display unit to display the generated screen, and
accepting a commission to create, via a 3D forming apparatus, a tangible 3D shape as a formed object of one or more virtual anatomical parts selected on the displayed screen, from among the one or more identified anatomical parts,
wherein generating includes generating the screen such that the screen includes a first display item arranged on the screen and capable of accepting selection for data representing the one or more identified anatomical parts, and the screen does not include a second display item, wherein the second display item is capable of accepting selection for data representing one or more virtual anatomical parts different from the one or more identified anatomical parts.

US Pat. No. 10,120,267

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RE-CONFIGURING A LIGHTING ARRANGEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of re-configuring a lighting arrangement used to light a scene which is to be captured by an image capture device, the method comprising the steps of:obtaining an initial image of the scene using an initial configuration of the lighting arrangement;
developing an image content map identifying at least one scene characteristic of at least a part of the scene captured in the initial image;
determining an effect for a further image to be captured based on the scene;
in accordance with the at least one scene characteristic identified in the image content map, selecting from a plurality of factors at least one factor involving adjustment in order to achieve the determined effect for the further image;
determining light modifications for the further image to be captured by analyzing the initial configuration of the lighting arrangement, the effect, and the at least one factor; and
developing at least one lighting parameter for re-configuring the lighting arrangement based on the determined light modifications,
wherein selecting the at least one factor involving adjustment comprises determining a plurality of weighting values for the selected factors based on the factor's association with the effect and ranking the selected factors based on the determined weighting values.

US Pat. No. 10,120,276

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms a pattern of an imprint material on a shot region of a substrate by using a mold including a first portion and a second portion that are adjacent to each other and have different pattern configurations from each other, comprising:a supplier configured to supply the imprint material onto the shot region; and
a processor configured to determine information on an arrangement pattern of the imprint material to be supplied as droplets on the shot region by the supplier, and control the supplier based on the information,
wherein the processor is configured to:
obtain a pattern configuration of the first portion of the mold and a pattern configuration of the second portion of the mold;
obtain a first arrangement pattern of the imprint material generated based on the pattern configuration of the first portion of the mold, and a second arrangement pattern of the imprint material generated based on the pattern configuration of the second portion of the mold,
specify a boundary portion of the mold where a thickness of the pattern of the imprint material to be formed by the mold cannot be within an allowable range in a case of respectively adopting the first arrangement pattern to the first portion of the mold and the second arrangement pattern to the second portion of the mold, the boundary portion of the mold including a part of the first portion of the mold and a part of the second portion of the mold,
generate a third arrangement pattern of the imprint material to be
adopted to the boundary portion of the mold, such that the thickness of the pattern of the imprint material to be formed by the boundary portion of the mold falls within the allowable range, by combining the first arrangement pattern and the second arrangement pattern, and
determine the information on the arrangement pattern of the imprint material to be supplied as droplets on the shot region by the supplier based on the first arrangement pattern, the second arrangement pattern, and the third arrangement pattern, wherein the pattern configuration of the first portion of the mold includes concave portions extending in a predetermined direction, and the pattern configuration of the second portion of the mold includes no three-dimensional pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,122,584

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH NETWORK INTERFACES, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, provided with a first network interface and a second network interface, that transmits a search packet and receives a response packet in response to the search packet, the communication apparatus comprising:a memory;
a processor connected to the memory, the processor configured to:
transmit the search packet via each of the first network interface and the second network interface, wherein the search packet transmission via the first network interface and the search packet transmission via the second network interface each use the same protocol;
receive, via an operation screen, a selection whether to include the apparatus in search results;
determine, in a case where the communication apparatus receives a first response packet in response to the search packet via the first network interface and the communication apparatus receives a second response packet in response to the search packet via the second network interface, whether or not a source address of the first response packet and a source address of the second response packet match with each other; and
display on a user operation panel, in a case where it is determined that the source address of the first response packet and the source address of the second response packet match with each other, any one of information of the first response packet and information of the second response packet, as a search result, and not display on the user operation panel the other of the information of the first response packet and information of the second response packet, as the search result, and then perform control whether or not to display the apparatus based on the received selection.

US Pat. No. 10,114,150

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,115,186

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,112,387

LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharging head comprising:a discharge port that discharges a liquid;
a pressure chamber that communicates with the discharge port;
an energy generating element that is disposed in the pressure chamber;
a supply path that supplies a liquid to the pressure chamber; and
a recovery path that recovers the liquid from the pressure chamber,
wherein the discharge port is provided with a plurality of projections that project towards a central portion of the discharge port from an inner peripheral edge of the discharge port,
wherein an interval between the projections at a location where the projections are closest to each other is 5 ?m or less, and
wherein the supply path and the recovery path are connected to the pressure chamber so as to allow a circulatory flow of a liquid flowing from the supply path to the recovery path via the pressure chamber to be generated.

US Pat. No. 10,112,403

LIQUID CONTAINER AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid container comprising a containing chamber configured to contain a liquid, a supply port constructed for supply of the liquid into the containing chamber, and a cover member detachably attached to the supply port, whereinthe cover member includes a body portion located outside of the containing chamber and the supply port in a first state attached to the supply port;
the body portion includes a covering portion covering an opening surface of the supply port in the first state of the cover member, the body portion further including a support portion constructed for connecting the covering portion with another member in a second state of the cover member removed from the supply port, and a projecting portion projecting from the covering portion; and
in an attitude of the liquid container in a case where the cover member is to be removed from the supply port, the projecting portion projects only from below a gravity center of the covering portion in a gravity direction seen from a direction orthogonal to the opening surface in the first state of the cover member.

US Pat. No. 10,111,640

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,112,417

TRAY, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,114,780

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,116,836

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an acquirer configured to acquire information related to a lateral chromatic aberration; and
a corrector configured to correct an image to reduce the lateral chromatic aberration based on the information related to the lateral chromatic aberration,
wherein the information related to the lateral chromatic aberration includes a first component related to a design value, a second component related to a manufacturing error,
wherein each of the first component and the second component is a rotationally symmetric component.

US Pat. No. 10,114,799

METHOD FOR ARRANGING IMAGES IN ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS ON SMALL DEVICES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,116,857

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus adjustment apparatus comprising:an imaging unit configured to convert light from an optical system to an electric signal by photoelectric conversion and output an image signal for imaging and a pair of parallax image signals in a focus detection area;
a focus detection unit configured to detect a defocus amount using the pair of parallax image signals;
a control unit configured to control adjustment of a focus position of the optical system based on the defocus amount;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether the imaging unit is imaging a subject with a repetitive pattern in the focus detection area; and
a second determination unit configured to determine whether a degree of image blurring is equal to or more than a predetermined degree of blurring using at least one of the image signal for imaging and the pair of parallax image signals, wherein
when the first determination unit determines that the imaging unit is imaging a subject with a repetitive pattern in the focus detection area and the second determination unit determines that the degree of image blurring is equal to or more than the predetermined degree of blurring, the control unit moves a focus lens in the optical system to acquire a new defocus amount.

US Pat. No. 10,116,877

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a first image and a second image;
a determination unit configured to determine a partial area of the first image as a composite area to be combined with the second image; and
a combining unit configured to combine the second image with the composite area,
wherein the determination unit determines the composite area based on distance information with regard to a plurality of partial areas of the first image, and
wherein the determination unit further sets a prohibited area in the first image, and does not set, among the plurality of partial areas, a partial area that overlaps the prohibited area as the composite area.

US Pat. No. 10,114,593

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,114,596

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PREVENTING INFORMATION LEAKAGE WHEN ERROR OCCURS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a controller including a processor and a memory, the controller is configured to function as:
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of print jobs;
an execution unit configured to execute one print job of the stored print jobs; and
a control unit configured to control, in accordance with an occurrence of an error in the execution of the one print job of the stored print jobs, whether or not to cancel a print job of the stored print jobs which is different from the one print job of the stored print jobs,
wherein whether or not to cancel the different print job is controlled based on predetermined information relating to cancellation added to the different print job,
wherein in a case where an error occurs while a print job is being executed by the execution unit and the printing apparatus is set to perform automatically canceling a print job, the control unit does not automatically cancel a print job, stored in the storage unit, to which is added predetermined information indicating not to cancel the print job, and wherein the control unit cancels a print job, stored in the storage unit, to which is not added predetermined information indicating not to cancel the print job.

US Pat. No. 10,112,324

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND PRODUCTION METHOD FOR ARTICLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint method for forming a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold, the method comprising:carrying the substrate into an imprint apparatus;
supplying the imprint material by using a supply unit;
removing, after the substrate is carried into the imprint apparatus, a whole or a portion of foreign particles adhering to a pattern of the mold formed on the mold when bringing an imprint material supplied to a member different from the substrate inside the imprint apparatus and the mold into contact, and curing the imprint material so as to form the pattern of the imprint material on the member; and
forming the pattern on the substrate that has been carried into the imprint apparatus, by using the mold from which the foreign particles are removed,
wherein a distance between the member and the supply unit when carrying the substrate into the imprint apparatus is shorter than a distance between the substrate and the supply unit when carrying the substrate into the imprint apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,111,074

PRINTING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO TRANSMIT BLUETOOTH® LOW ENERGY ADVERTISE PACKET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus which perform a wireless communication based on Bluetooth® Low Energy, and which performs print processing based on print data received from an external apparatus, the printing apparatus comprising:a selecting unit configured to select, from a plurality of types of an advertise packet of the Bluetooth® Low Energy that differ in format, a type of an advertise packet to be transmitted by the printing apparatus; and
a wireless communication unit configured to transmit the advertise packet of the type selected by the selecting unit,
wherein the plurality of types of the advertise packet include an advertise packet that is in a format corresponding to a print application installed in the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,110,821

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image containing a recording target region and a peripheral region to the recording target region;
a switching unit configured to switch to a first mode, in which the acquisition unit acquires an image of the recording target region that does not contain the peripheral region, and a second mode, in which the acquisition unit acquires the image containing the peripheral region;
a resizing unit configured to resize the image acquired by the acquisition unit; and
a control unit configured to perform control to generate a first video signal containing a video image in which a first range in the image acquired by the acquisition unit is resized by the resizing unit to have a predetermined aspect ratio if the image processing apparatus is in the first mode, and generate a second video signal containing a video image in which a second range different from the first range in the image acquired by the acquisition unit is resized by the resizing unit in such a manner that an aspect ratio of the recording target region contained in the second range after the resizing matches the predetermined aspect ratio if the image processing apparatus is in the second mode.

US Pat. No. 10,110,835

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND MOVING OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a cell array having a plurality of groups arranged across a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns, each of the groups including a photoelectric converting unit, a signal holding unit, an amplifying unit having an input node, a first transfer unit having an electrical path between the photoelectric converting unit and the signal holding unit, and a second transfer unit having an electrical path between the signal holding unit and the input node; and
a control unit configured to control the plurality of groups,
wherein the control unit is configured to synchronize the plurality of groups to start and to complete a transfer of a signal from the photoelectric converting unit to the signal holding unit performed by the first transfer unit;
wherein the photoelectric converting unit is configured to accumulate a signal during a first accumulation period and during a second accumulation period other than the first accumulation period and longer than the first accumulation period, and
wherein at least one of the plurality of groups further has a capacitance changing unit configured to change a capacitance value of the input node therein.

US Pat. No. 10,109,807

ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,110,842

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor in which unit pixels each having a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions are arranged in matrix;
a readout unit that performs a first readout operation of reading out signals of a portion of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions of the unit pixel and a second readout operation of reading out signals of a greater number of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions of the unit pixel than the first readout operation;
a switching regulator that drives the readout unit; and
a frequency controller that controls a switching frequency of the switching regulator,
wherein the frequency controller controls a switching frequency of the switching regulator such that a phase of the switching frequency satisfies a predetermined relationship, with respect to a timing for reading out noise signals from the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions using the readout unit, a timing for reading out signals from the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions by the first readout operation, and a timing for reading out signals from the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions by the second readout operation.

US Pat. No. 10,109,299

SOUND PROCESSING APPARATUS, SOUND PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sound processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor and a memory connected to the at least one processor, wherein, when the at least one processor executes a program stored in the memory, the at least one processor functions as:
a detection unit adapted to detect a situation of a subject to be imaged from image data generated by imaging the subject to be imaged by an imaging unit;
an extraction unit adapted to extract a feature amount of a sound from sound data generated by a sound acquisition unit corresponding to the imaging unit;
a database adapted to hold a feature amount of a specific sound in association with the situation of the subject to be imaged;
an update unit adapted to update the feature amount of the specific sound held in the database based on the situation of the subject to be imaged detected by the detection unit, such that, if a feature amount corresponding to the situation of the subject to be imaged detected by the detection unit is not held in the database, the feature amount is set in the database, and, if a feature amount not corresponding to the situation of the subject to be imaged detected by the detection unit is held in the database, the feature amount not corresponding to the situation of the subject is deleted from the database; and
a determination unit adapted to execute a process of comparing the feature amount of the sound extracted by the extraction unit with a feature amount of a specific sound held in the database updated by the update unit, and determine whether the sound contains the specific sound.

US Pat. No. 10,110,073

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus, comprising:a battery;
a power transmitting unit configured to transmit power to one or more power receiving apparatus using power from the battery;
at least one processor; and
a memory,
wherein the at least one processor is configured, by executing computer executable instructions stored in the memory, to:
acquire user information for identifying a user from each of the one or more power receiving apparatus,
classify each of the one or more power receiving apparatus into one of a plurality of classes including a first class and a second class based on the acquired user information, and
decide an amount of transmission power for each of the one or more power receiving apparatuses based on a result of classifying the one or more power receiving apparatus,
wherein, in a case where the at least one processor classifies a first power receiving apparatus into the first class based on the user information acquired from the first power receiving apparatus and a second power receiving apparatus into the second class based on the user information acquired from the second power receiving apparatus, the at least one processor decides an amount of transmission power for each of the first power receiving apparatus and the second power receiving apparatus so that the amount of transmission power for the first power receiving apparatus is more than the amount of transmission power for the second power receiving apparatus, and
wherein the power transmitting unit transmits power to the one or more power receiving apparatus in accordance with the decided power amount.

US Pat. No. 10,108,278

HANDHELD DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING HEAD CONTACT PORTION, HANDHELD GRIP PORTION AND MANUAL OPERATION UNIT THAT CAUSES GENERATION OF CONTROL SIGNAL FOR HANDHELD DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A handheld display apparatus including a display unit configured to display an image, the handheld display apparatus comprising:a contact portion arranged in proximity to the display unit and configured to contact a head of a user;
a handheld grip portion including a plurality of bar members to be gripped by the user; and
an operation unit configured to receive a manual operation and cause another unit to generate a control signal for the handheld display apparatus, the operation unit arranged either on at least one of the plurality of bar members or in proximity to at least one of the plurality of bar members.

US Pat. No. 10,108,075

IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image projection apparatus configured to project light modulated by a plurality of light modulation elements and to display an image, the image projection apparatus comprising:a heat receiver provided to each of the plurality of light modulation elements, and to provide a heat exchange with the light modulation elements and a heat exchange with liquid;
a temperature changer configured to change a temperature of the liquid that flows in the heat receiver;
a pump configured to pump in and out the liquid; and
a flow path configured to circulate the liquid among the pump, the temperature changer, and the heat receiver,
wherein each temperature changer is provided for each heat changer and is provided between a corresponding heat receiver and another heat changer different from the corresponding heat receiver on the flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,106,312

PACKAGE BODY FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A package for an image forming apparatus that is configured to be conveyed in a state in which a toner bottle has been installed, the package comprising:(A) an image forming apparatus including:
(a) a plurality of exterior surfaces;
(b) an installation portion in which a toner bottle is installed, the installation portion being disposed inside of the plurality of exterior surfaces;
(c) a sheet conveying portion configured to convey a sheet, the sheet conveying portion being disposed between the installation portion and a first side surface of the plurality of exterior surfaces;
(d) an image forming unit configured to form an image on the sheet, the image forming unit being disposed under the installation portion;
(e) a driving electrical portion configured to drive the image forming unit, the driving electrical portion being disposed inside of the plurality of exterior surfaces;
(f) in a supporting portion supporting the driving electrical portion, the supporting portion being disposed inside of the plurality of exterior surfaces and (ii) disposed between a back side surface of the plurality of external surfaces and the image forming unit; and
(g) a discharge tray portion onto which the sheet is discharged and which is one of the plurality of exterior surfaces, the discharge tray portion being disposed over the installation portion; and
(B) a package body, the package body including:
(a) a packing box that covers the image forming apparatus; and
(b) a heat insulating portion for insulating the toner bottle from a space outside of the heat insulating portion, the heat insulating portion being disposed between the packing box and a part of the plurality of exterior surfaces of the image forming apparatus, the heat insulating portion having:
(i) a first heat insulating portion that covers the toner bottle installed in the installation portion on a front side surface of the plurality of external surfaces of the image forming apparatus,
(ii) a second heat insulating portion that covers the toner bottle installed in the installation portion on a second side surface of the plurality of exterior surfaces of the image forming apparatus and that meets the first side surface, and
(iii) a discharge tray heat insulating portion that covers the discharge tray portion.

US Pat. No. 10,107,362

DRIVE TRANSMISSION MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,106,348

SUPPLY UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A supply unit that is to be installed into an image forming apparatus, comprising:a supply member that supplies a sheet;
a unit body that includes an engaged portion to be engaged and supports the supply member; and
a cover member that includes a cover portion that covers the supply member and an engaging portion that is to engage the engaged portion,
wherein the supply unit is installed into the image forming apparatus with the engaging portion engaging the engaged portion and the cover portion covering the supply member, the cover member being detachable from the supply unit in a state in which the supply unit has been installed into the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,105,061

SUBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A subject information obtaining apparatus comprising:a receiver having a plurality of conversion elements which receive acoustic waves and output reception signals and a supporting member that supports the plurality of conversion elements such that directional axes of the plurality of conversion elements gather;
a movement mechanism configured to move the receiver; and
a controller configured to control a movement of the movement mechanism to move the receiver along a scanning trajectory by moving the receiver relative to an examined portion of the subject, a center position of the scanning trajectory being a center of gravity of a region formed by tracing an outer periphery of the scanning trajectory,
wherein the controller controls the movement mechanism so that in a case in which the examined portion lies in the left side of the body, the center position of the scanning trajectory of the receiver is offset from the center position of the scanning trajectory of the receiver from where the center position of the scanning trajectory of the receiver would be in a case the examined portion lies in the right side of the body.