US Pat. No. 9,894,343

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method comprising the steps of:
determining a plurality of first components, each of the plurality of first components corresponding to light reflected inside
an image pickup optical system and included in each of a plurality of parallax images obtained by using the image pickup optical
system, based on a plurality of pieces of relative difference information of the plurality of parallax images;

calculating a synthesis value of the plurality of first components; and
reducing a second component determined based on the synthesis value from a synthesis image of the plurality of parallax images.

US Pat. No. 9,890,011

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a sheet overlap processing portion configured to form a sheet bundle in which a plurality of sheets to be processed overlap
each other while being shifted from each other;

a conveyance roller pair configured to convey the sheet bundle formed by the sheet overlap processing portion;
a sheet supporting portion supporting the sheet bundle conveyed by the conveyance roller pair;
an end regulation member configured to abut with and regulate a downstream end, in a conveyance direction of the conveyance
roller pair, of the sheet bundle supported on the sheet supporting portion; and

a control portion configured to control a distance H and/or a shift amount L1 such that a relationship of L roller pair to the end regulation member in the conveyance direction, and L1 is a shift amount between a first sheet among the sheet bundle and a second sheet adjacent to the first sheet among the sheet
bundle.

US Pat. No. 9,893,104

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM USING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit disposed in a semiconductor substrate;
a first transfer transistor configured to transfer carriers generated in the photoelectric conversion unit;
a charge storage unit configured to store the carriers transferred from the photoelectric conversion unit;
a second transfer transistor configured to transfer the carriers in the charge storage unit to a floating diffusion unit;
and

a light shielding member having a first portion disposed over a first gate electrode of the first transfer transistor and
a second portion disposed between the first gate electrode and a second gate electrode of the second transfer transistor,

wherein a second bottom surface of the second portion is located closer to a surface of the semiconductor substrate than a
first bottom surface of the first portion, and

wherein the first portion overlaps an edge of the first gate electrode at a side of the photoelectric conversion unit in a
planer view.

US Pat. No. 9,893,110

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, AND CAMERA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid-state image sensor, the method comprising:
preparing a structure which includes a first region where photoelectric conversion is performed and a second region where
a peripheral circuit is arranged, and in which a wiring layer and a protective film covering the wiring layer are arranged;

depositing, over the structure, a first material film by using a color filter material of a first type;
forming a color filter of the first type positioned in the first region from the first material film by patterning the first
material film;

depositing, over the structure, a second material film by using a color filter material of a second type different from the
color filter material of the first type after the forming the color filter of the first type; and

forming a color filter of the second type positioned in the first region from the second material film by patterning the second
material film,

wherein the structure has a concave portion of an upper surface of the protective film in the second region, a ratio of a
width and a length of the concave portion being not less than three in a planar view with respect to the upper surface of
the protective film,

a part of the first material film enters the concave portion in the depositing the first material film,
the first material film is patterned so as to form a member including the part of the first material film from the first material
film in the forming the color filter of the first type, and

the second material film covers the member in the depositing the second material film.

US Pat. No. 9,893,113

RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation detection apparatus comprising:
a planar detection unit, having a two-dimensional array of elements which obtain electrical signals based on radiation, configured
to detect radiation upon irradiation;

a driving circuit which drives switches for causing the elements to output the electrical signals through driving signal lines;
an obtaining circuit which obtains the electrical signals from the elements through image signal lines in accordance with
the switches being driven;

a support base on which the driving circuit and the obtaining circuit are arranged; and
a conductive member having parts which are electrically connected to ground of the driving circuit and ground of the obtaining
circuit respectively,

wherein the radiation detection apparatus is formed by stacking the conductive member, the two-dimensional array and the support
base when viewed from a radiation source which performs irradiation with radiation, and

wherein the driving circuit, the obtaining circuit, the driving signal lines, the image signal lines, and the conductive member
form a closed circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,893,114

METHOD OF PRODUCING IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pick-up apparatus comprising:
a pixel circuit section including an array of pixel circuits;
a peripheral circuit section including a peripheral transistor disposed in the periphery of the pixel circuit section;
a silicon nitride film covering a photoelectric conversion element in the pixel circuit section;
a silicon nitride member covering a semiconductor region in the pixel circuit section;
a silicon oxide film disposed between the silicon nitride member and the semiconductor region;
an insulating film covering the silicon nitride film and the silicon nitride member and covering the peripheral transistor;
a first contact plug disposed in a contact hole of the silicon nitride member, the first contact plug being connected to the
semiconductor region and being surrounded by the silicon nitride film; and

a second contact plug passing through the insulating film and being in contact with the peripheral transistor, wherein
the silicon nitride film has an opening between the silicon nitride member and the semiconductor region,
the first contact plug is arranged in the opening, and the contact hole of the silicon nitride member has a width smaller
than a width of the opening,

a part of the silicon oxide film is arranged in the opening of the silicon nitride film so that the part of the silicon oxide
film is located between the first contact plug and the silicon nitride film,

the silicon nitride member has at least one of a hydrogen concentration higher than that of the silicon nitride film and a
hydrogen permeability higher than that of the silicon nitride film.

US Pat. No. 9,893,651

LINEAR VIBRATION-WAVE MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A linear vibration-wave motor being configured to apply a driving force, comprising:
a vibrator being operable to excite a vibration,
a member to be contacted contacting the vibrator, the vibrator being arranged to move in a direction of the driving force
with respect to the member to be contacted upon exciting the vibration;

a vibrator support configured to support the vibrator;
a pressurization member being operable to press the vibrator against the member to be contacted;
a unit cover member having an opening so that width direction thereof is extending in the direction of the driving force;
and

a unit base member having fixed thereto the member to be contacted and the unit cover member,
wherein the pressurization member is detachable from the vibrator support via the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,894,470

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating, using predetermined wireless communication, with a portable
terminal carried by a user, the information processing apparatus comprising,
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
detect connection to the portable terminal by the predetermined wireless communication; and
display, when selecting a target to be provided with a function of the information processing apparatus, information of a
paired terminal paired with the detected portable terminal as a choice of the target.

US Pat. No. 9,894,241

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AN INTERFACE CONFIGURATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printer;
a USB interface;
a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to display a selection screen on which a user selects an operating system
(OS) type of an information processing apparatus that communicates with the printing apparatus via the USB interface,

and to determine an interface configuration of the USB interface based on the OS type selected on the selection screen, wherein
in a case where the selected OS type is a predetermined type, it is determined to configure plural interfaces including an
interface for Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) and an interface for a service which is different from the IPP, and in a case
where the selected OS type is not the predetermined type, it is determined to configure an interface for a service not including
the IPP.

US Pat. No. 9,894,270

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR HANDLING A RAW IMAGE, OF A MOVING IMAGE OR A STILL IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a central processing unit (CPU); and
a memory having stored thereon instructions that when executed by the CPU, cause the CPU to perform control to cause the image
processing apparatus to:

obtain a RAW image generated from a captured image;
perform first development processing of developing the RAW image to obtain a developed image;
store, into a storage medium, the RAW image as a RAW image file and the developed image obtained by the first development
processing as an image file;

read the RAW image file stored in the storage medium and perform second development processing of developing the RAW image
to obtain a developed image having higher image quality than the developed image obtained by the first development processing;

output the developed image obtained by the first or second development processing as a display image;
recieve an instruction for enlarging a partial area of the display image; and
perform a switching operation to output the developed image obtained by the second development processing in a case where
the instruction for enlarging the partial area is given in a state in which the developed image obtained by the first development
processing is displayed as the display image.

US Pat. No. 9,894,283

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first input unit configured to input image data;
a second input unit configured to input spectral imaging data of shooting scene of the image data;
a generation unit configured to generate information relating to a light source of the shooting scene based on the spectral
imaging data; and

an appending unit configured to append the information relating to the light source to the image data,
wherein at least one of the first input unit, the second input unit, the generation unit, or the appending unit is implemented
using a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,893,269

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, STATOR FOR OSCILLATORY WAVE MOTOR, OSCILLATORY WAVE MOTOR, DRIVING CONTROL SYSTEM, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MAKING STATOR FOR OSCILLATORY WAVE MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:
a single piece of a piezoelectric material having a first surface and a second surface;
a common electrode disposed on the first surface;
a plurality of drive phase electrodes disposed on the second surface;
a detection phase electrode disposed on the second surface; and
a non-drive phase electrode disposed on the second surface,
wherein an absolute value d(1) of a piezoelectric constant of the piezoelectric material (1) in portions sandwiched between the plurality of drive phase electrodes and the common electrode, an absolute value d(2) of a piezoelectric constant of the piezoelectric material (2) in a portion sandwiched between the detection phase electrode and the common electrode, and an absolute value d(3) of a piezoelectric constant of the piezoelectric material (3) in a portion sandwiched between the non-drive phase electrode and the common electrode satisfy relationships d(2)<0.95d(1), d(3)<0.95d(1), and 0.9?d(3)/d(2)?1.1.

US Pat. No. 9,894,306

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging system comprising:
a radiation imaging apparatus including a radiation detection unit in which a plurality of conversion elements configured
to convert radiation into electric charges are arranged and a driving unit configured to drive the radiation detection unit;
and

a control apparatus configured to control the radiation imaging apparatus,
wherein the control apparatus comprises:
an operation detection unit configured to detect an operation instruction for the control apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine, in accordance with the operation instruction detected by the operation detection
unit, whether a difference time acquired by subtracting an elapsed time from initialization of the radiation detection unit
from an image sensing enable time indicating a time capable of image sensing a radiation image in use of the radiation detection
unit is not less than a threshold time; and

a control unit configured to change operating states of the radiation detection unit and the driving unit in accordance with
a determination result of the determination unit, wherein if it is determined that the difference time is not less than the
threshold time, the control unit energizes the radiation detection unit and the driving unit to set the operating state to
an image sensing enable state, and wherein if it is determined that the difference time is less than the threshold time, the
control unit stops energizing the radiation detection unit and the driving unit to shift the operating state to a sleep state.

US Pat. No. 9,883,845

RADIOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND TOMOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiographic apparatus for imaging a plurality of positions of a subject comprising:
a radiation source configured to emit radiation;
a radiation detection unit configured to detect the radiation emitted from the radiation source and transmitted through an
object to be examined of the subject;

a holding unit configured to hold the object to be examined between the radiation source and the radiation detection unit;
and

a control unit configured to perform control for determining a holding state of the object to be examined by the holding unit
based on a position of the subject and an imaging condition based on the holding state of the object,

wherein the control unit sets an intensity of the radiation larger in accordance with the cross section of the object which
naturally drops without being held by the holding unit in a case of imaging with a prone position than that in a case of imaging
with a standing position.

US Pat. No. 9,885,675

IONIZING RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ionizing radiation detection apparatus, comprising:
a chamber holding a scattering gas inside;
a first drift electrode disposed inside the chamber;
a first detection unit disposed inside the chamber so as to oppose the first drift electrode, the first detection unit being
configured to detect a first ionization electron produced through Compton scattering caused by an incident ?-ray inside the
scattering gas;

a second drift electrode configured to emit a reference X-ray upon being excited by the incident ?-ray;
a second detection unit disposed so as to oppose the second drift electrode, the second detection unit being configured to
detect a second ionization electron produced as the reference X-ray is photoelectrically absorbed by the scattering gas; and

a control unit configured to compensate for a change in an amplification factor of a signal output from each of the first
detection unit and the second detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,884,424

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus configured to display an operation of a robot, the display control apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory coupled with the at least one processor and storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one
processor, cause the display control apparatus to:

obtain measurement information of a processing target that includes at least one of the robot and a target that the robot
operates;

generate, based on the measurement information, display information that is viewable by a viewer;
generate emphasized display information that emphasizes a feature of a portion of the processing target by magnifying or changing
angle of or deforming the processing target, based on the display information;

generate composite display information in which the emphasized display information and non-emphasized display information
other than the emphasized display information are composed, the composite display information being generated by matching
the emphasized display information and the non-emphasized display information in the display information; and

output the composite display information to a display device.

US Pat. No. 9,885,963

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus including a measurement area for measuring a substrate, and an exposure area, which differs from
the measurement area, for exposing the substrate via a projection optical system, and executing an exposure operation while
supplying an immersion liquid between the projection optical system and the substrate disposed in the exposure area, the exposure
apparatus comprising:
plural stages each configured to hold the substrate and to be movable, and
a controller configured to control the driving of the plural stages and to change a receiving position on one stage of the
plural stages for receiving the immersion liquid supplied from another stage of the plural stages such that the one stage
receives the immersion liquid at a first receiving position in a case where a first processing on the one stage or the substrate
held by the one stage is to be performed at a first processing position, and the one stage receives the immersion liquid at
a second receiving position different from the first receiving position in a case where a second processing on the one stage
or the substrate held by the one stage is to be performed at a second processing position different from the first processing
position.

US Pat. No. 9,886,222

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS BUTTON FOR ACCESSING SERVER, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a request unit configured to request a server to perform registration of the image forming apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not processing related to the registration of the image forming apparatus
is successful; and

a control unit configured to control to display a button for accessing the server if it is determined by the determination
unit that the processing related to the registration of the image forming apparatus is successful, and prevent the button
from being displayed if it is determined by the determination unit that the processing related to the registration of the
image forming apparatus is not successful,

wherein if the button receives an instruction, accessing the server by a browser is performed if the button accepts an instruction,
user authentication is performed by the server through the browser, and a token associated with the user authentication is
stored, and

wherein the request unit, determination unit, and control unit are implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,885,971

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A charging member comprising:
a support; and
a surface layer on the support,
wherein the surface layer contains a compound represented by a following formula (a):

in the formula (a),
P1 represents a resin,
R1 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms,
L1 represents polymetalloxane having a structural unit represented by M1On/2
wherein M1 represents at least one metal atom selected from the group consisting of Ti, Zr, Hf, V, Nb, Ta, W, Al, Ga, In,
and Ge,

when metal atom M1 has a valence of p, n represents an integer of 1 or more and p or less, and
X1 represents any one of structures represented by the following formulae (1) to (4):

in the formulae (1) to (4), “*” represents a bonding site with A1, and “**” represents a bonding site with M1 in L1,
Y1 represents a group having a site coordinated with M1 in L1, and
(i) when X1 is a structure represented by the formula (1),
A1 represents an atomic group necessary for forming a 4- to 8-member ring together with M1, X1, and Y1, and containing an
aromatic ring in which a carbon atom constituting the aromatic ring is bonded to an oxygen atom of X1, and

(ii) when X1 is a structure represented by any one of the formulae (2) to (4),
A1 represents a bond or atomic group necessary for forming a 4- to 8-member ring together with M1, X1, and Y1.

US Pat. No. 9,886,744

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM WITH IMAGE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory, the processor and the memory configured to function as:
a derivation unit configured to derive parameters for white balance adjustment processing based on a transmittance of light
incident on each pixel of captured image data including a fine particle component corresponding to fine particles suspended
in the atmosphere when the image data is captured; and

a generation unit configured to generate corrected image data of the captured image data by performing white balance adjustment
processing on the captured image data to effect white balance adjustment of the captured image data using the derived parameters,
and performing removal processing on the captured image data to remove the fine particle component from the captured image
data using the transmittance,

wherein the derived parameters are weights that reflect a pixel value of a pixel having a high transmittance more than the
pixel value of a pixel having a low transmittance,

wherein the removal processing includes:
(i) referring to a plurality of pixels neighboring a pixel of interest to specify a pixel having a smallest average value
of an RGB value out of the plurality of pixels;

(ii) calculating a fine particle component of the pixel of interest by:
(a) assuming a transmittance of the specified pixel is 0; and
(b) multiplying a pixel value of the specified pixel by a value obtained by subtracting a transmittance of the pixel of interest
from 1; and

(iii) subtracting the fine particle component of the pixel of interest from a pixel value of the pixel of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,885,991

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first image forming unit configured to form an image in a first chromatic color;
a second image forming unit configured to form an image in a second chromatic color different from the first chromatic color;
and

a controller configured to:
control the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit to form, on a sheet, a superimposed measurement image
in which a first measurement image in the first chromatic color is superimposed on a second measurement image in the second
chromatic color;

acquire read data relating to the superimposed measurement image formed on the sheet;
analyze the read data; and
detect a streak image within the first measurement image and a streak image within the second measurement image based on a
result of the analysis, wherein:

the read data is output from a reading device;
the first image forming unit comprises:
a first photosensitive member;
a first charging unit configured to charge the first photosensitive member;
a first exposure unit configured to expose the first photosensitive member to form an electrostatic latent image on the first
photosensitive member; and

a first developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image on the first photosensitive member using a developer
of the first chromatic color on a first sleeve;

the second image forming unit comprises:
a second photosensitive member;
a second charging unit configured to charge the second photosensitive member;
a second exposure unit configured to expose the second photosensitive member to form an electrostatic latent image on the
second photosensitive member; and

a second developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image on the second photosensitive member using a
developer of the second chromatic color on a second sleeve;

the controller is configured to control the first image forming unit so that an absolute value of a first developing bias
applied to the first sleeve becomes larger than an absolute value of a surface potential of the first photosensitive member
charged by the first charging unit in order to form the first measurement image; and

the controller is configured to control the second image forming unit so that an absolute value of a second developing bias
applied to the second sleeve becomes larger than an absolute value of a surface potential of the second photosensitive member
charged by the second charging unit in order to form the second measurement image.

US Pat. No. 9,885,997

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable intermediary transfer member;
a plurality of image forming units arranged in a movement direction of said intermediary transfer member and configured to
successively transfer superposedly toner images onto said intermediary transfer member, wherein said image forming units include
first to third image forming units arranged from an upstream side toward a downstream side with respect to the movement direction
of said intermediary transfer member,

wherein said first image forming unit forms a first toner image and includes a first photosensitive member and a first exposure
member configured to expose said first photosensitive member to light with a predetermined exposure amount,

wherein said second image forming unit forms a second toner image and includes a second photosensitive member and a second
exposure member configured to expose said second photosensitive member to light with a predetermined exposure amount,

wherein said third image forming unit forms a third toner image and includes a third photosensitive member, a charging roller,
a transfer member and a pre-exposure member,

wherein said charging roller is configured to electrically charge said third photosensitive member at a charging portion and
configured to be supplied with only a DC voltage,

wherein said transfer member is configured to form a transfer portion between said intermediary transfer member and said third
photosensitive member,

wherein said pre-exposure member is disposed downstream of the transfer portion and upstream of the charging portion with
respect to a rotational direction of said third photosensitive member and is configured to expose said third photosensitive
member to light with a predetermined pre-exposure amount;

a voltage source configured to apply a voltage to said transfer member to form an electric field for transferring the third
toner image from said third photosensitive member onto said intermediary transfer member at the transfer portion while passing
the superposed first and second toner images through the transfer portion;

an executing portion configured to execute an image forming operation for forming an image on a recording material by successively
transferring the toner images superposedly onto said intermediary transfer member by said image forming units including said
first to third image forming units and then by transferring the superposed toner images altogether onto the recording material;
and

a setting portion configured to set each of the exposure amounts of said first and second exposure members so that a maximum
toner amount per unit area when the first and second toner images are superposed on said intermediary transfer member is a
predetermined value and configured to set the pre-exposure amount of said pre-exposure member at a predetermined value,

wherein said executing portion is configured to execute the image forming operation in one of a plurality of modes including
a first mode and a second mode,

wherein in the first mode, each of the exposure amounts of said first and second exposure members is set so that the maximum
toner amount per unit area during execution of the image forming operation by said executing portion is a first amount per
unit area, and the pre-exposure amount is set at a first pre-exposure amount, and

wherein in the second mode, each of the exposure amounts of said first and second exposure members is set so that the maximum
toner amount per unit area during execution of the image forming operation by said executing portion is a second amount per
unit area less than the first amount per unit area, and the pre-exposure amount is set at a second pre-exposure amount greater
than the first pre-exposure amount.

US Pat. No. 9,888,049

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, INSTRUCTION APPARATUS, TRANSMISSION METHOD, INSTRUCTION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A moving image transmission apparatus configured to transmit a plurality of video streams captured by one imaging apparatus
to a plurality of moving image reception apparatuses, the moving image transmission apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive, from a moving image reception apparatus from the plurality of moving image reception
apparatuses, a video stream request for acquiring the video stream from the plurality of video streams, the video stream request
including setting information used for determining whether to restrict viewing of a part of or a whole of an image; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the moving image reception apparatus, a video stream of restricted moving image
data in which at least a partial area of an image included in the video stream is restricted from viewing or a video stream
of unrestricted moving image data in which an image included in the video stream is not restricted from viewing, according
to the setting information received by the reception unit,

wherein the reception unit receives, from the moving image reception apparatus, an inquiry request for inquiring whether the
moving image reception apparatus is capable of receiving the video stream of the unrestricted moving image data, and

wherein the transmission unit transmits, to the moving image reception apparatus, a response to the inquiry request, the response
corresponding to authority of the moving image reception apparatus that has transmitted the inquiry request,

wherein the inquiry request is independent from the video stream request,
wherein the inquiry request is transmitted from the moving image reception apparatus to the reception unit, before transmitting
the video stream request including the setting information from the moving image reception apparatus to the reception unit,

wherein the transmission unit transmits, to the moving image reception apparatus, the response to the inquiry request, before
receiving the video stream request including the setting information from the moving image reception apparatus, and

wherein, for each video stream from the plurality of video streams, whether to restrict viewing of a part of or a whole of
an image is determined.

US Pat. No. 9,886,001

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge detachably attachable to an image forming apparatus, the process cartridge comprising:
a cartridge including an image bearing member;
a cover member detachable and attachable to the cartridge by sliding on the cartridge, and adapted to cover the image bearing
member;

a lock portion adapted to lock the cover member;
a first engaging portion provided at an upstream side of the cartridge in an inserting direction in which the cartridge is
inserted into the image forming apparatus, and configured to engage the cover member so that the cover member and the cartridge
do not separate in a direction perpendicular the inserting direction;

a second engaging portion provided at a downstream side of the cartridge in the inserting direction, and configured to engage
the cover member so that the cover member and the cartridge do not separate in a direction perpendicular the inserting direction;

a first engaged portion provided in the cover member so as to correspond to the first engaging portion, and adapted to engage
the first engaging portion when the cover member is locked to a main body of the cartridge, the first engaged portion supporting
the first engaging portion up to an area where the cartridge is inserted to a predetermined position of the image forming
apparatus when the cartridge is inserted into the image forming apparatus; and

a second engaged portion provided in the cover member so as to correspond to the second engaging portion, and adapted to support
the second engaging portion when the cover member is locked to the cartridge main body,

wherein the cartridge is configured in the inserting direction such that when the first engaging portion is located between
the first engaged portion and the second engaged portion, engagement between the cartridge and the cover member is released.

US Pat. No. 9,886,002

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus cartridge comprising:
a casing including an opening and an arc-shaped protrusion that is adjacent to the opening;
a developer roller having an axis L1, the developer roller being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1; and

a coupling member having an axis L2, the coupling member having (i) a first end portion operatively connected to the developer roller, (ii) a second end portion
including at least one projection that is open to the axis L2, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion, wherein a maximum distance as
measured from the axis L2, in a direction perpendicular to the axis L2, of at least part of the connecting portion is shorter than a distance between the at least one projection and the axis L2, and wherein at least part of the second end portion extends beyond the opening in the direction of the axis L1,

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

wherein the arc-shaped protrusion extends only partway around the coupling member.

US Pat. No. 9,886,778

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of transmitting objects to a printer comprising:
receiving an opaque object;
transmitting the opaque object to the printer;
holding the opaque object;
receiving another object which overlies part of the opaque object;
after the transmitting of the opaque object, determining whether or not the other object is translucent;
using the held opaque object and the other object determined to be translucent by the determining, generating a new opaque
object corresponding to the other object blended with the part of the opaque object; and

transmitting the new opaque object to the printer.

US Pat. No. 9,887,554

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREFOR, PROGRAMS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus that transmits electric power to a power receiving apparatus, the power transmitting apparatus
comprising:
a first power transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the power receiving apparatus, first type of electric power having
a first power value and second type of electric power having a second power value different from the first power value;

a second power transmitting unit configured to transmit electric power having a third power value which is larger than the
first power value and the second power value;

a communication unit configured to perform wireless communication wherein a communication range of the communication unit
is wider than electric power transmittable range of the first power transmitting unit and the second power transmitting unit;
and

a determination unit configured to determine whether the power receiving apparatus is the destination of power transmission
by the second power transmitting unit based on power transmissions with the first type of electric power and the second type
of electric power by the first power transmitting unit and communication by the communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,884,485

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:
a plurality of terminals for being electrically connected with a contact point provided in a liquid ejecting apparatus;
a liquid ejecting element substrate having a liquid ejecting element formed for ejecting a liquid in response to a control
signal transmitted from the liquid ejecting apparatus; and

a wiring member having a plurality of wirings that connect the plurality of terminals with the liquid ejecting element substrate
electrically,

wherein
the plurality of terminals includes a power source terminal for drive and a ground terminal for drive, for driving the liquid
ejecting element;

the power source terminal for drive and the ground terminal for drive are arranged adjacent to each other;
the plurality of wirings includes a power source wiring that connects the power source terminal for drive with the liquid
ejecting element substrate and a ground wiring that connects the ground terminal for drive with the liquid ejecting element
substrate, and

the power source wiring and the ground wiring are at least partially arranged in parallel.

US Pat. No. 9,885,780

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus, comprising:
a probe configured to irradiate an ultrasonic irradiation region of an object with ultrasonic waves, receive ultrasonic echoes
from the object, and convert the ultrasonic echoes into electric signals;

a driving control unit configured to control a driving mechanism configured to move the probe along a plurality of paths to
perform scanning of the object;

an ultrasonic control unit configured to control irradiation of ultrasonic waves to the object performed by the probe;
a signal processing unit configured to generate a line for an ultrasonic image based on the electric signals from the probe
as the probe moves along each path among the plurality of paths; and

a combining unit configured to combine a plurality of ultrasonic images obtained by the signal processing unit,
wherein the driving control unit causes the probe to move along:
a first path by moving the probe in a first direction; and
a second path by moving the probe in a second direction different from the first direction,
wherein the driving control unit alternates between causing the probe to move along a first set of paths parallel to the first
path in the first direction and causing the probe to move along a second set of paths parallel to the second path in the second
direction;

wherein at least a portion of the ultrasonic irradiation region of the probe in the first path and at least a portion of the
ultrasonic irradiation region of the probe in the second path overlap each other,

the ultrasonic control unit employs different ultrasonic-wave irradiation conditions for the probe as the probe is moved in
the first direction than the ultrasonic-wave irradiation conditions for the probe as the probe is moved in the second direction,

the combining unit combines a plurality of ultrasonic images obtained in accordance with electric signals based on ultrasonic
waves irradiated with the different ultrasonic-wave irradiation conditions,

wherein the ultrasonic-wave irradiation conditions include at least one of a focus position of the ultrasonic waves, a focus
depth of the ultrasonic waves, a center frequency of the ultrasonic waves, a steering direction of the ultrasonic waves, and
a transmission apodization of the ultrasonic waves.

US Pat. No. 9,887,062

TRANSMITTING-TYPE TARGET AND X-RAY GENERATION TUBE PROVIDED WITH TRANSMITTING-TYPE TARGET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmitting-type X-ray target comprising:
a target layer; and
a transmissive substrate configured to support the target layer,
wherein the transmissive substrate includes a first surface and a second surface facing each other and is formed of polycrystalline
diamond,

wherein the first surface includes polycrystalline diamond having a first average crystal grain diameter which is smaller
than a second average crystal grain diameter of polycrystalline diamond included in the second surface, and

wherein the target layer is supported by the first surface which includes the polycrystalline diamond having the first average
crystal grain diameter, such that a grain diameter of the polycrystalline diamond increases from the first surface towards
the second surface.

US Pat. No. 9,887,063

RADIATION GENERATING TUBE, RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS, RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation generating tube comprising:
an envelope including an insulating tube having a pair of openings, a cathode connected to one of the pair of openings of
the insulating tube, and an anode connected to the other of the pair of openings of the insulating tube;

an electron emitting source connected to the cathode; and
a target connected to the anode,
wherein the insulating tube and at least any one of the cathode and the anode are bonded via a conductive bonding member so
as to form a triple junction at a boundary between the insulating tube, the conductive bonding member, and vacuum inside the
envelope; and

wherein the boundary is coated with a dielectric layer without at least any of the one of the cathode and the anode intervened
therebetween so as to relax electric field concentration due to the triple junction.

US Pat. No. 9,884,505

RECORDING MEDIUM AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium, comprising:
a base; and
an ink receiving layer comprising inorganic particles having a primary particle size of 3 nm or more and not more than 50
nm, wherein a content of the inorganic particles in the ink receiving layer is 70 mass % or more and not more than 95 mass
%, based on the total mass of the ink receiving layer, and at least one compound selected from a compound represented by the
following formula (I) and a compound represented by the following formula (II),


wherein, in the formulas (I) and (II), R1 represents a structure represented by the following formula (III) or a structure represented by the following formula (IV),
and R2 to R4 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a structure represented by —(CH2)n—, where n represents an integer of 1 or more, and Y represents a structure represented by the following formula (V),


wherein, in the formulas (III) and (IV), R5 to R7 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a structure represented by —(CH2)n—, where n represents an integer of 1 or more,


wherein, in the formula (V), o and p each independently represent an integer of 0 or more but o and p do not simultaneously
represent 0, and R?1 to R?8 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a hydroxyalkyl group, a carbonyl group, —O—, a glucose group,
or a structure represented by —(CH2)n—where n represents an integer of 1 or more,

wherein the compound is obtained by causing dialdehyde starch, polyvinyl alcohol, and a primary or secondary amine to react
with each other, and

wherein the dialdehyde starch has a molecular weight of 10000 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,885,791

SCINTILLATOR AND RADIATION DETECTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scintillator, which has a first surface and a second surface that are not located on a same surface, the scintillator
comprising:
multiple first phases; and
a second phase positioned around the multiple first phases,
wherein:
a refractive index with respect to a wavelength range of scintillator light of the multiple first phases and a refractive
index with respect to the wavelength range of the scintillator light of the second phase are different from each other;

the scintillator further comprises an absorbing portion for absorbing the scintillator light, the absorbing portion being
provided between the first surface and the second surface in one of the multiple first phases and the second phase, which
has a lower refractive index; and

one of the multiple first phases and the second phase, which has a higher refractive index, is exposed at the first surface
and the second surface.

US Pat. No. 9,887,347

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, PIEZOELECTRIC ACTUATOR AND ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENT USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:
a substrate;
a first electrode;
a piezoelectric film; and
a second electrode,
wherein the piezoelectric film contains oxides of Ba, Bi, Ti, Zr, Fe and Mn,
wherein a molar ratio y of Bi relative to a sum of Ba and Bi is 0.001?y?0.015;
wherein a molar ratio x of Zr relative to a sum of Ti, Zr, Fe and Mn is 0.010?x?0.060,
wherein a molar ratio z of Fe relative to the sum of Ti, Zr, Fe and Mn is 0.001?z?0.015,
wherein a molar ratio m of Mn relative to the sum of Ti, Zr, Fe and Mn is 0.0020?m?0.0150, and
wherein a relationship between y and z is expressed by 0.90?y/z ?1.10.

US Pat. No. 9,886,079

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SUPPLYING POWER TO INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first ACDC converter which inputs AC power and outputs first DC power;
a second ACDC converter which inputs AC power and outputs second DC power;
a DCDC converter which converts the second DC power into third DC power and outputs the third DC power;
a first monitoring circuit which monitors the third DC power and outputs a power good signal based on that a state of the
third DC power;

a first switch arranged on a primary side of the second ACDC converter;
a second switch arranged between the second ACDC converter and a load, the second DC power being supplied to the load; and
a power supply controller which turns on the first switch and then,
if the power good signal is not input from the first monitoring circuit, turns off the first switch and then turns the first
switch back on, and

if the power good signal is input from the first monitoring circuit, turns on the second switch;
wherein the power supply controller turns off the first switch but does not turn the first switch back on if the third DC
power falls into an abnormal state after the second switch is turned on.

US Pat. No. 9,888,134

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING FILE ATTACHMENTS OF ELECTRONIC MAIL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for receiving an electronic mail from a mail server, and printing an image based on a file attached
to the electronic mail, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a network interface that transmits, to the mail server, a deletion request for deleting the electronic mail from the mail
server after the image is printed by a printing unit;

a processor that executes programs to:
determine whether the electronic mail is deleted from the mail server by the deletion request;
store, in a storage, identification information of the electronic mail in a case where the printing unit prints the image
and it is determined that the electronic mail is not deleted from the mail server by the deletion request; and

execute control not to print the image based on the file attached to the electronic mail corresponding to the identification
information stored in the storage in a case where a condition for receiving the electronic mail is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,887,879

MONITORING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A monitoring apparatus comprising:
a selection unit configured to select, in a case where a monitoring task for monitoring setting information set for a network
device is generated, a setting content to be a monitoring target from setting information that can be set for the network
device;

a saving unit configured to extract, as monitoring data, in a case where setting information of a specific type is selected
as the setting content, setting information corresponding to the setting content along with generation of a monitoring task
in which a network device as a target to be monitored, a monitoring setting, and a monitoring schedule are set, and save the
monitoring data in such a manner that the monitoring data is associated with the generated monitoring task;

a control unit configured to control execution of the generated monitoring task according to the monitoring schedule set in
the monitoring task;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire, in a case where the monitoring task is executed, setting information corresponding
to the monitoring data from the network device set in the monitoring task; and

an execution unit configured to execute, according to a result of a comparison process using the setting information acquired
by the acquisition unit, processing according to the monitoring setting set in the executed monitoring task,

wherein in a case where setting information of a type different from the specific type is selected as the setting content,
the saving unit does not save monitoring data along with generation of a monitoring task in which a network device as a target
to be monitored, a monitoring setting, and a monitoring schedule are set.

US Pat. No. 9,888,144

PRINTING APPARATUS FOR SKIPPING USER AUTHENTICATION FOR AN EXTERNAL DEVICE WHEN COMMUNICATING THROUGH A DIRECT WIRELESS CONNECTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to function as:
a wireless communication unit configured to perform a wireless communication being compliant with Wi-Fi Direct;
a reception unit configured to receive a login request via an operation unit of the printing apparatus;
a login unit configured to cause a user pertaining to the login request to log into the printing apparatus in accordance with
having received the login request by the reception unit;

a print authentication unit configured to send an authentication request to request user information for an external apparatus
in a case in which a print request is received from the external apparatus, and to notify the external apparatus of whether
or not the print request is accepted based on the user information received from the external apparatus as a response to the
authentication request; and

a print control unit configured to execute printing based on print data received from the external apparatus,
wherein, in a case in which the print request is received from an external apparatus with the wireless communication being
compliant with the Wi-Fi Direct, the print authentication unit notifies the external apparatus that the printing apparatus
accepts the print request without sending the authentication request to the external apparatus in a state in which a user
logs into the printing apparatus, and

wherein, in a case in which the print request is received from an external apparatus with a communication other than the wireless
communication being compliant with the Wi-Fi Direct, the print authentication unit sends the authentication request to the
external apparatus, and then determines whether or not to accept the print request based on a response to the authentication
request from the external apparatus, and notifies the external apparatus of whether or not the print request is accepted based
on the determination.

US Pat. No. 9,883,795

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM OF PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical coherence tomography apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured, based on interfering light produced by interfering return light of light emitted toward an object
to be measured and reference light, to generate a plurality of tomographic images of a substantially same scanning line portion
on the object to be measured;

an evaluation unit configured to evaluate an image quality of each of the plurality of tomographic images using values of
pixels forming each of the plurality of tomographic images,

a selection unit configured to select a tomographic image, as a reference tomographic image for alignment, from the plurality
of tomographic images based on evaluation results by the evaluation unit;

an alignment unit configured to align each of the plurality of tomographic images with the reference tomographic image selected
by the selection unit;

an image processing unit configured to generate a combined tomographic image by averaging the plurality of tomographic images
aligned by the alignment unit; and

a display control unit configured to display, on a display unit, the combined tomographic image generated by the image processing
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,888,149

IMAGE PRINTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PRINTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image printing apparatus for printing an image on a print medium by using a plurality of color materials including at
least cyan, magenta, and light blue, the image printing apparatus comprising:
a print head to print a dot corresponding to each of the plurality of color materials according to a signal,
wherein
the color material of light blue satisfies:
?LB?(?LC??LB)>0 and

?LB?(?LM??LB)>0

where ?LC represents a difference between lightness of the image printed on the print medium with the color material of cyan and lightness
of a blank area in the print medium, ?LM represents a difference between lightness of the image printed on the print medium with the color material of magenta and
lightness of the blank area in the print medium, and ?LB represents a difference between lightness of the image printed on the print medium with the color material of light blue and
lightness of the blank area in the print medium; and

?LC
h(C+M)
where hM represents a hue angle of the image printed on the print medium with the color material of magenta, h(C+M) represents a hue angle of the image printed on the print medium with the color material of cyan and the color material of
magenta in the same amount, and hB represents a hue angle of the image printed on the print medium with the color material of light blue.

US Pat. No. 9,888,150

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE WHICH PROCESSES IMAGE DATA IN CORRESPONDENCE WITH ONE OR MORE PIXELS OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

25. A method for processing image data in correspondence with one or more pixels of an image, the method comprising:
a first image processing to operate in accordance with an instruction from a CPU, the first image processing including: (i)
receiving first processing image data including image data and attribute data, (ii) processing the image data of the received
first processing image data based on an attribute value of the attribute data, and (iii) outputting second processing image
data including the image data processed by the first processing unit and the attribute data;

an intermediate processing to operate in accordance with an instruction from the CPU, the intermediate processing including:
(i) receiving the second processing image data obtained by the first image processing, and (ii) processing the received second
processing image data to exclude the attribute value of the attribute data thereof; and

a second image processing to operate in accordance with an instruction from the CPU, the second image processing including
processing the image data of the second processing image data processed in the intermediate processing, under a condition
that there is no compatibility with the attribute data.

US Pat. No. 9,888,151

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO SELECT TRANSMITTING DESTINATION FROM ADDRESS BOOK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which has a transmitting function for scanning a document and transmitting image data of
the scanned document and which has a transferring function for receiving image data and transmitting the received image data,
comprising:
at least one storage medium configured (i) to store instructions, and (ii) to store a first address book that users can reference
commonly, and a second address book that only a login user who logs into the image processing apparatus can reference; and

at least one processor that, upon execution of the instructions stored in the at least one storage medium, functions as
an accepting unit configured to accept a first display request of an address book for setting a transmitting destination of
the transmitting function or a second display request of an address book for setting a transferring destination of the transferring
function; and

a control unit configured to enable a display unit to display, in accordance with accepting the first display request by the
accepting unit in a state that a user logs into the image processing apparatus, the first address book and the second address
book,

wherein the control unit enables the display unit to display, in accordance with accepting the second display request by the
accepting unit in a state that a user logs into the image processing apparatus, the first address book without enabling to
display the second address book.

US Pat. No. 9,888,152

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a conversion unit configured to convert image data of a plurality of color components indicating one pixel based on a multidimensional
table;

a correction unit configured to correct the converted image data based on one-dimensional tables, wherein each one-dimensional
table respectively corresponds to the plurality of color components;

an image forming unit configured to convey a sheet along a conveyance path and form an image on the sheet based on the corrected
image data;

a measurement unit provided to the conveyance path and configured to measure a measuring image formed on the sheet;
a first generation unit configured to control the image forming unit to form a first measuring image on the sheet, control
the measurement unit to measure the first measuring image, and generate the multidimensional table based on a result of the
measurement of the first measuring image, wherein the first measuring image is a multi-color image;

a second generation unit configured to control the image forming unit to form a second measuring image for each of the plurality
of color components on the sheet, control the measurement unit to measure the second measuring image, and generate the one-dimensional
table based on a result of the measurement of the second measuring image;

a reading unit configured to read a pattern image formed on the sheet placed on a document positioning plate by a user;
a third generation unit configured to control the image forming unit to form a pattern image for each of the plurality of
color components on the sheet, control the reading unit to read the pattern image, and generate the one-dimensional table
based on a result of the reading of the pattern image;

an input unit configured to input user instruction information indicating whether to use the measurement unit or to use the
reading unit to generate the one-dimensional table; and

a determination unit configured to determine, based on the user instruction information input by the input unit, whether to
cause the second generation unit to generate the one-dimensional table or cause the third generation unit to generate the
one-dimensional table.

US Pat. No. 9,888,156

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus including a photoelectric conversion unit provided with a light incident plane,
the photoelectric conversion unit comprising:
a first electrode;
a second electrode having the light incident plane; and
a photoelectric conversion layer disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode, wherein
the photoelectric conversion apparatus includes a member that is in contact with the photoelectric conversion layer,
an area of a first plane that is parallel to the light incident plane and is located in the photoelectric conversion layer
surrounded by the member is smaller than an area of a second plane that is disposed between the first plane and the second
electrode and is located in the photoelectric conversion layer surrounded by the member, and

an area of orthogonal projection of the first electrode to the light incident plane is smaller than an area of orthogonal
projection of the second plane to the light incident plane, and

an area of orthogonal projection of the first plane to the light incident plane is smaller than the area of orthogonal projection
of the first electrode to the light incident plane.

US Pat. No. 9,883,806

LIGHT IRRADIATING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a probe including an irradiating unit which guides light from a light source to an object, a housing containing the irradiating
unit, an ultrasound probe configured for acquiring an acoustic wave that is generated in response to the object being irradiated
with light from said irradiating unit, and a touch sensor configured for acquiring a contact condition amount between the
object and the housing; and

a controller comprising a CPU configured for controlling irradiation with light from the irradiating unit based on a level
of the contact condition amount and a change in the contact condition amount per unit time,

wherein, in a case in which the contact condition amount is equal to or more than a first reference value and the change in
the contact condition amount per unit time is equal to or more than a second reference value, the controller performs a control
which enables irradiation with light from the irradiating unit, and

in a case in which the contact condition amount is less than the first reference value or the change in the contact condition
amount per unit time is less than the second reference value, the controller performs a control which disables irradiation
with light from the irradiating unit, based on the assumption that the change in the contact condition amount which occurs
when the housing is pressed against the object is positive,

wherein the first reference value is varied according to the change in the contact condition amount.

US Pat. No. 9,883,807

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a signal processor configured to reduce, from a first signal obtained by detection of a photoacoustic wave generated from
an object irradiated with light and a reflection wave of the photoacoustic wave with a probe, a component deriving from the
reflection wave of the photoacoustic wave, by using a time-differential signal of an impulse response of the probe to generate
a second signal; and

an image generator configured to generate image data by using the second signal,
wherein the signal processor is configured to generate a spectrum signal by performing spectral decomposition of the first
signal using the time-differential signal of the impulse response,

wherein the spectral decomposition is performed by base conversion using the time-differential signal of the impulse response
as a base or deconvolution using the time-differential signal of the impulse response,

wherein the signal processor is configured to reduce a negative coefficient of the spectrum signal, and
wherein the signal processor is configured to generate the second signal by converting the spectrum signal whose negative
coefficient is reduced into a time signal, by base conversion using the time-differential signal of the impulse response as
a base or convolution using the time-differential signal of the impulse response.

US Pat. No. 9,888,162

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING A CHANGING UNIT THAT CHANGES A READ REGION DEPENDING ON A REPRODUCTION MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory that stores instructions; and
a processor that executes the instructions to cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
an image data generating unit generating image data based on a signal received from an image pickup element comprising a unit
pixel including a plurality of pixels allocated to each of a plurality of microlenses;

a frame image generating unit generating a frame image for reproduction of a moving image based on data, within the image
data, read from a predetermined read region of the unit pixel; and

a changing unit changing the predetermined read region of the unit pixel for the frame image generating unit depending on
a reproduction mode relating to the reproduction of the moving image,

wherein the reproduction mode comprises a normal reproduction mode and a search reproduction mode, and
wherein a moving image reproduction speed for the search reproduction mode is higher than a moving image reproduction speed
for the normal reproduction mode.

US Pat. No. 9,888,165

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor having a pair of focus detection pixels that each receive light that passed through different exit pupil areas
of an imaging optical system;

a detection unit configured to perform, on a pair of image signals that were obtained from each of the focus detection pixels
and respectively correspond to the different exit pupil areas, shift processing for relatively shifting the pair of image
signals, and detect a phase difference of the pair of image signals;

a switching unit configured to switch between a starlit sky image capture mode for performing image capture of a starlit sky
and a normal image capture mode for performing normal image capture; and

a control unit configured to perform control such that a shift amount of one step by which the pair of image signals are relatively
shifted in the shift processing in a case where the starlit sky image capture mode is selected by the switching unit is smaller
than a shift amount of one step by which the pair of image signals are relatively shifted in a case where the normal image
capture mode is selected.

US Pat. No. 9,888,184

LIGHT EMISSION CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH LIGHT EMISSION CONTROL DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light emission control device comprising:
a selecting unit configured to divide each of a non-emission image obtained by photographing an object without making an emission
unit emit light and a pre-emission image obtained by photographing the object while making the emission unit emit light with
a predetermined light amount into a predetermined number of block areas, and to select at least one block area in the non-emission
image as at least one light-control target area according to a difference between a luminance value of a block area in the
non-emission image and a luminance value of a corresponding block area in the pre-emission image;

a first weighting unit configured to generate first weighting data by allocating a predetermined weight to each of the at
least one light-control target area;

a second weighting unit configured to obtain a weighting coefficient for each of the at least one light-control target area
in the non-emission image, and to generate second weighting data by multiplying the first weighting data by the weighting
coefficient;

a control unit configured to control the emission unit according to a main emission amount determined with reference to the
second weighting data; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether a photographing scene is a backlight scene,
wherein said second weighting unit decreases the weighting coefficient as the luminance value of the block area that is equal
to or more than a predetermined luminance value increases, and

wherein said determination unit determines that a photographing scene is a backlight scene when the luminance value of the
at least one light-control target area is equal to or less than a predetermined first threshold and when the luminance value
of background areas that are block areas except the at least one light-control target area is equal to or more than a second
threshold that is more than the first threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,888,442

ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR WIRELESSLY RECEIVING POWER FROM POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A non-transitory storage medium that stores a program for causing a computer to perform a method of controlling an electronic
device, the method comprising:
determining whether a detachable communication device is capable of using a wireless power supply of the power supply apparatus
if the detachable communication device is connected with a connection interface to the electronic device, wherein the electronic
device includes a power receiver that wirelessly receives power from a power supply apparatus, a first communicator that performs
wireless communication, and the connection interface that connects the detachable communication device to the electronic device,
the detachable communication device including a second communicator that performs wireless communication; and

controlling the first communicator to transmit data for notifying the power supply apparatus that the detachable communication
device that is currently connected is not capable of using the wireless power supply if the detachable communication device
that is currently connected is not capable of using the wireless power supply.

US Pat. No. 9,888,189

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING IMAGE CAPTURING CONTROL PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image captures having a plurality of pixels each including a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements for each micro
lens;

a reader configured to read a signal from the pixel by a first signal readout in which signals from the plurality of photoelectric
conversion elements are synthesized and read out and a second signal readout in which an output of a first photoelectric conversion
element is read out among the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements and then an output of a second photoelectric
conversion element is read out;

a photometer configured to provide photometry using a signal read out of at least a part of pixel area that has received light
from an object field;

a light emission controller configured to make a light emitter provide a first light emission and a second light emission
with a light emission amount calculated based on a result of the photometry in the first light emission, the light emitter
being configured to emit light to illuminate the object field; and

a switcher configured to switch a readout of an exposure control signal from the pixel area, between the first signal readout
and the second signal readout;

wherein the switcher switches the readout of the exposure control signal between the first signal readout and the second signal
readout based on the result of the photometry in a non-light emission of the light emitter before the first light emission.

US Pat. No. 9,883,067

MEMORY RESET CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE CONTROL APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
a memory which stores at least information indicating a condition to start a boot processing of the control apparatus;
a first controller which performs the boot processing of the control apparatus, wherein the first controller refers to the
information stored in the memory in response to receiving power, and then the first controller, in a case where the information
stored in the memory is first information, starts the boot processing without waiting for an input of a certain signal, and,
in a case where the information stored in the memory is second information, waits for the input of the certain signal and
starts the boot processing in response to the input of the certain signal; and

a second controller which initializes the information stored in the memory on a basis of lapse of a predetermined time without
performing the boot processing after supplying power to the first controller.

US Pat. No. 9,880,505

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device comprising:
a main assembly;
a holding unit detachably mountable to said main assembly;
a portion-to-be-engaged provided on said main assembly;
a rotatable member, provided in said holding unit, for feeding a sheet;
a guiding member for guiding feeding of the sheet, wherein said guiding member is provided in said holding unit and includes
an engaging portion engageable with said portion-to-be-engaged; and

a connecting shaft which is supported by the main assembly and which is connected with said holding unit,
wherein said guiding member is movable between an engaging position where said portion-to-be-engaged and the engaging portion
are engaged with each other to guide the sheet and a guiding position where said portion-to-be-engaged and the engaging portion
are disengaged from each other to guide demounting and mounting of said holding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,880,506

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a request for printing that contains a binding direction at the time of case binding
using a signature;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the binding direction contained in the request received by the reception
unit is a predetermined binding direction; and

a control unit configured to perform imposition processing so as to achieve a predetermined folding direction of the signature
and issue an instruction to carry out the printing if the received binding direction is determined to be the predetermined
binding direction, and perform the imposition processing in such a manner that a folding direction of the signature matches
the predetermined folding direction of the signature and also issue an instruction to carry out the printing so as to reverse
an order of a discharging paper if the received binding direction is determined not to be the predetermined binding direction.

US Pat. No. 9,880,763

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD FOR PROCESSING DATA IN MEMORY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus that stores data in a non-volatile memory, comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether a life time of the non-volatile memory is about to expire by referring
to a response value of a life time check command issued to a non-volatile memory, wherein the determination unit refers to
a first response value indicating a number of rewriting times of a cell in the non-volatile memory and a second response value
indicating a number of reserved blocks in the non-volatile memory, and, in a case where one of the response values indicates
a corresponding predetermined value of the one of the values, determines that the life time of the non-volatile memory is
about to expire;

an accepting unit configured to accept a selection of whether or not to erase data stored in the non-volatile memory in a
case where the determination unit determines that the life time of the non-volatile memory is about to expire;

an erasing unit configured to erase the data stored in the non-volatile memory, in a case where the accepting unit has accepted
the selection of erasing the data stored in the non-volatile memory; and

a display unit configured to display whether or not to erase the data stored in the non-volatile memory, in a case where the
determination unit has determined that the first response value indicates a first value which is a predetermined value corresponding
to the first response value, wherein

the accepting unit accepts a selection from a user after the display has been performed by the display unit, and
the determination unit further performs a determination after the accepting unit has accepted a selection of not erasing the
data stored in the non-volatile memory, and determines whether the first response value indicates a second value indicating
that the number of rewriting times of a cell is larger than the first value, or the second response value indicates a predetermined
value corresponding to the second response value, and

the erasing unit erases the data stored in the non-volatile memory in a case where the determination unit has determined that
the first response value indicates a second value indicating that the number of rewriting times of a cell is larger than the
first value, or the second response value indicates a predetermined value corresponding to the second response value.

US Pat. No. 9,880,511

CONTAINER FOR WASTE DEVELOPER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A container detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus for accommodating developer collected from the image forming
apparatus, said container comprising:
a case provided with an opening at an upper portion thereof and configured to accommodate the collected developer;
a lid unit that is detachably mounted to said case at a position so as to close said opening, said lid unit being detachable
from said case when said case becomes substantially full of collected developer;

a feeding member rotatable about a rotational axis thereof and configured to feed the developer accommodated in said case,
said feeding member being supported by said lid unit when said lid unit is dismounted from said case;

a pair of first supporting portions provided on said case correspondingly to respective end portions of said feeding member
with respect to a direction of the rotational axis and configured to rotatably support said feeding member by contacting said
respective end portions of said feeding member when said lid unit is mounted to said case; and

a pair of second supporting portions provided on said lid unit correspondingly to said respective end portions of said feeding
member and configured to support said feeding member by contacting said respective end portions of said feeding member when
said lid unit is dismounted from said case,

wherein said second supporting portions are disposed so as not to contact said respective end portions when said lid unit
is mounted to said case.

US Pat. No. 9,883,078

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EFFICIENT HALFTONE WHERE DIFFERENT DITHERING MATRICES ARE COMBINED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A graphics processing method comprising:
receiving a plurality of contiguous pixels, as a single input, comprising at least a first pixel span associated with a first
content type and a second pixel span associated with a second content type;

associating at least one dithering matrix with each of the pixel spans based on a corresponding content type, so that the
first and the second pixel spans are associated with different dithering matrices; and

processing the single input of the received plurality of pixels using an SIMD (Single Instruction Multiple Data) type processor
by referring to different dithering matrices depending on the content type of the corresponding pixel spans,

wherein the different dithering matrices are combined into a combined data structure by selecting elements of the matrices
depending on an arrangement of the pixel spans in the single input.

US Pat. No. 9,880,517

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
a photosensitive drum;
a rotatable developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on said photosensitive drum;
a rotatable developer supplying roller for supplying developer to said developing roller,
a developing roller gear, provided at an end of said developing roller, for receiving a driving force to rotate said developing
roller;

a developer supplying roller gear, provided at an end of said developer supplying roller, for transmitting a driving force
to said developer supplying roller and said developing roller gear;

an idler gear for transmitting a driving force to said developer supplying roller gear;
a coupling member having a driving force receiving portion for receiving a driving force from outside said process cartridge,
and a driving force transmitting portion for transmitting a driving force from said driving force receiving portion to said
idler gear;

an urging member for urging said driving force receiving portion in a direction crossing a rotational axis of said driving
force transmitting portion,

a supporting portion for rotatably supporting said driving force receiving portion so as to be movable together with said
driving force receiving portion relative to said driving force transmitting portion in the direction crossing the rotational
axis of said driving force transmitting portion; and

an abutting portion for receiving said supporting portion urged by said urging member,
wherein said abutting portion is positioned outside an outer periphery of said photosensitive drum on a plane perpendicular
to the rotational axis of said driving force transmitting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,883,096

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit including a plurality of pixels for detecting a pair of image signals of an object from light beams
that have passed through different pupil regions of an image forming optical system; and

at least one processor or circuitry, which functions as:
a setting unit configured to set focus detection areas in which a plurality of pixels of the image capturing unit are aligned
in a first direction and a second direction to form pixel lines along the first direction and the second direction, respectively,

a signal generation unit configured to generate the pair of image signals from outputs of distance measurement lines in each
of the set focus detection areas, and

a focus detection unit configured to determine an amount of defocus of an imaging optical system by using the pair of image
signals generated by the signal generation unit,

wherein of the set focus detection areas, for first and second set focus detection areas which are adjacent to each other
in the first direction, the distance measurement lines in the second set focus detection area are arranged in different pixel
lines in the second direction with respect to the pixel lines in which the distance measurement lines in the first set focus
detection area are arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,880,790

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR REDUCING A CONSUMPTION AMOUNT OF COLOR MATERIAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an area in which, in image data, pixels with more than a predetermined density are
successive in a main scanning direction and in a sub scanning direction; and

a correction unit configured to, on a basis of a distance from an edge portion of the area acquired by the acquisition unit
to a target pixel in the acquired area, correct a value of the target pixel,

wherein, in correction of the value of the target pixel by the correction unit, the target pixel is sub-divided into sub pixels,
and decreases a density on a sub-pixel-by-sub-pixel basis,

wherein the number of sub pixels that decreases a density in the target pixel is varied on a basis of the distance, and
wherein, in an area in which a plurality of pixels is successive in the main scanning direction including the target pixel,
the number of sub pixels that decreases a density for at least one of the plurality of pixels is different from the number
of sub pixels that decreases a density in the target pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,880,794

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a reception unit for receiving an instruction from a user and a display unit
for displaying information, the information processing apparatus capable of communicating with a printing apparatus that executes
print processing based on print data, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a controller having a processor that executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, the controller being configured
to:

obtain preview data generated by the printing apparatus, wherein the preview data includes images of a logical page unit and
first layout information, generate a first preview image of a physical page unit based on the images of the logical page unit
and first layout information, and cause the display unit to display the first preview image; and

obtain second layout information based on the instruction received via the reception unit, generate a second preview image
of the physical page unit based on the images of the logical page unit and the second layout information, and cause the display
unit to display the second preview image,

wherein the images of the logical page unit used for generating the second preview image of the physical page unit are the
images of the logical page unit used for generating the first preview image of the physical page unit.

US Pat. No. 9,883,103

IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING A DISPLAY IMAGE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging control apparatus that controls a capturing range in which an image is captured, the apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain settings regarding a plurality of predetermined capturing ranges and settings regarding
an order in which the plurality of predetermined capturing ranges are captured; and

a generating unit configured to generate a display image showing a range to be captured by image capturing performed while
the capturing range is changed from one of the plurality of predetermined capturing ranges to another one of the plurality
of predetermined capturing ranges or a range not to be captured by the image capturing performed while the capturing range
is changed from one of the plurality of predetermined capturing ranges to another one of the plurality of predetermined capturing
ranges, based on the settings regarding the plurality of predetermined capturing ranges and the settings regarding the order
in which the plurality of predetermined capturing ranges are captured.

US Pat. No. 9,880,028

ABSOLUTE ENCODER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An absolute encoder comprising:
a scale on which a plurality of marks including a plurality of types of marks are arrayed at a pitch with a gap therebetween,
the plurality of marks including a first mark group having an associated first code sequence and a second mark group having
an associated second code sequence, the first code sequence and the second code sequence having a complementary relation where
the second code sequence is an inverted code sequence of the first code sequence;

a first detecting device configured to detect the first mark group of the plurality of marks;
a second detecting device configured to detect the second mark group of the plurality of marks, wherein the second mark group
is different from the first mark group; and

a processor configured to obtain position information based on outputs of the first and second detecting devices by:
generating a sum signal of a first signal based on a detection result by the first detecting device and a second signal based
on a detection result by the second detecting device, wherein the sum signal is a periodic signal with a fixed amplitude;

obtaining first position data based on at least one of the first and second signals;
obtaining second position data having a resolution higher than that of the first position data based on a phase of the periodic
signal; and

generating data representing the position information based on the first position data and the second position data.

US Pat. No. 9,883,105

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor executing computer executable instructions or at least one circuit which functions as:
a first calculation unit configured to calculate first motion detection information indicating a motion of an imaging apparatus
body based on information detected by an angular velocity detection unit;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate second motion detection information indicating a motion of an object based
on successively captured images; and

a control unit configured to correct a movement amount relating to the motion of the object indicated by the second motion
detection information in the images of a plurality of frames corresponding to a predetermined period based on the first motion
detection information corresponding to each frame based on the first motion detection information, and calculate a motion
vector of a main object based on the corrected movement amount, and

wherein the control unit adds a frequency of the corrected movement amount relating to the motion of the object for the images
of the plurality of frames and calculates the motion vector of the main object based on a frequency distribution obtained
through the addition.

US Pat. No. 9,883,392

COMMUNICATION CONTROL APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A first communication apparatus comprising:
a computing unit configured to generate first information used in an authentication processing by performing calculation according
to a predetermined algorithm for a PIN held by the first communication apparatus;

a reception unit configured to receive second information, which is used in the authentication processing, from a second communication
apparatus via wireless communication compliant with IEEE802.11 standard;

an authentication unit configured to perform the authentication processing in which authentication is successful in a case
where the first information and the second information match, and the authentication is failed in a case where the first information
and the second information do not match; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit, in a case where the authentication in the authentication processing performed
by the authentication unit is successful, a communication parameter, which is used for performing wireless communication of
encryption type compliant with IEEE802.11 standard, to the second communication apparatus via wireless communication compliant
with IEEE802.11 standard, and not to transmit, in a case where the authentication in the authentication processing performed
by the authentication unit is failed, the communication parameter to the second communication apparatus via wireless communication
compliant with IEEE802.11 standard,

wherein the first communication apparatus performs wireless communication of the encryption type compliant with IEEE802.11
standard with the second communication apparatus based on the communication parameter after transmission of the communication
parameter by the transmitting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,882,148

ORGANIC COMPOUND, FIELD ELEMENT, ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT, DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS, LIGHTING APPARATUS, IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS, AND EXPOSURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light-emitting element comprising:
an anode;
a cathode;
an emitting layer between the anode and the cathode; and
an organic compound layer between the cathode and the emitting layer,
the organic compound layer containing a compound represented by general formula (2):

where R29 to R56 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom and a substituent, the substituent being any of a halogen atom, an alkyl
group containing 1 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms, and a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group.

US Pat. No. 9,883,438

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first communication unit configured to perform wireless communication with another communication apparatus using a first
communication method;

a second communication unit configured to perform wireless communication for performing communication processing with the
another communication apparatus using a second communication method which is different from the first communication method;

a setting unit configured to set priority to each of a plurality of communication processing associated with a record which
is used for performing handover from the first communication method to the second communication method and which is for designating
the second communication method;

a transmission unit configured to transmit information of the plurality of communication processing indicating the priority
set by the setting unit associated with the record to the another communication apparatus via the first communication unit;
and

a determination unit configured to determine, based on a response message with respect to the record, whether to perform handover
to the second communication method.

US Pat. No. 9,881,648

IMAGING DEVICE AND PLAYBACK DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
an imaging element that acquires a first image based on signal charge generated during a first accumulation time, and a second
image based on signal charge generated during a second accumulation time relatively longer than the first accumulation time
and recorded in synch with the first image during a synchronization period including the first accumulation time; and

a moving image file generating unit that generates a moving image file including a first moving image based on the first image,
a second moving image based on the second image, and synchronization information for synchronizing the first moving image
and the second moving image frame by frame.

US Pat. No. 9,880,375

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power;
an aperture stop; and
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the first lens unit and the second lens unit are configured to move during zooming so that an interval between each
pair of adjacent lens units is changed,

wherein the second lens unit includes at least one positive lens and at least one negative lens, and
wherein, when a refractive index of a material with respect to a wavelength of 400 nm is represented by Ns, a refractive index
of the material with respect to a wavelength of 1,050 nm is represented by Nm, a refractive index of the material with respect
to a wavelength of 1,700 nm is represented by Nl, and a relative partial dispersion ? of the material is expressed as:

?=(Ns?Nm)/(Ns?Nl),
the following conditional expression is satisfied:
?0.020 where ?IR(G2p)AVE represents an average value of relative partial dispersions of materials of the at least one positive lens included in the
second lens unit, and ?IR(G2n)AVE represents an average value of relative partial dispersions of materials of the at least one negative lens included in the
second lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,882,432

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREFOR, PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus comprising:
a first power transmitting unit configured to transmit power by a first wireless power transmission method;
a second power transmitting unit configured to transmit power by a second wireless power transmission method;
a detection unit configured to detect a wireless power transmission method supported by a power receiving apparatus; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether power is transmitted to a first power receiving apparatus by the first
power transmitting unit or the second power transmitting unit, based on a wireless power transmission method supported by
the first power receiving apparatus and detected by the detection unit, and a wireless power transmission method supported
by a second power receiving apparatus and detected by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,881,950

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA WITH LIGHT-SHIELDING PORTIONS AND AMPLIFICATION TRANSISTORS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor including a plurality of image sensing pixels configured to sense an image of an object, a first
pixel configured to detect light passing through a pupil of an image sensing lens, and a second pixel configured to detect
light passing through a different portion of the pupil, the sensor comprising:
a semiconductor substrate having a first surface and a second surface arranged opposite to the first surface, the semiconductor
substrate including, between the first surface and the second surface:

a well having a first conductivity,
photoelectric converters of the plurality of image sensing pixels,
a first photoelectric converter and a first semiconductor region of the first pixel, the first photoelectric converter including
a first part of the well and a first charge accumulation region having a second conductivity arranged in the well, the second
conductivity being different from the first conductivity, and

a second photoelectric converter and a second semiconductor region of the second pixel, the second photoelectric converter
including a second part of the well and a second charge accumulation region having the second conductivity arranged in the
well;

a first light shielding portion arranged above the first surface and configured to shield the first semiconductor region from
light;

a second light shielding portion arranged above the first surface and configured to shield the second semiconductor region
from light;

a first amplification transistor associated with the first photoelectric converter;
a second amplification transistor associated with the second photoelectric converter;
a first contact plug arranged over and in contact with the first semiconductor region to supply a potential to the well through
the first semiconductor region; and

a second contact plug arranged over and in contact with the second semiconductor region to supply a potential to the well
through the second semiconductor region,

wherein a first distance between the first semiconductor region and a gate electrode of the first amplification transistor
differs from a second distance between the second semiconductor region and a gate electrode of the second amplification transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,881,957

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A device, comprising:
a first semiconductor substrate which includes a photoelectric conversion unit where a plurality of photoelectric conversion
elements and a first plurality of transistors are arranged, the first semiconductor substrate having a first surface and a
second surface opposite to the first surface of the first semiconductor substrate, the first plurality of transistors being
on the first surface of the first semiconductor substrate;

a second semiconductor substrate which includes a signal processing unit where a second plurality of transistors are arranged,
the second semiconductor substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface of the second
semiconductor substrate, the second plurality of transistors being on the first surface of the second semiconductor substrate;

conductor layers and insulator layer arranged between the conductor layers; and
a lens array arranged on the second surface of the first semiconductor substrate,
wherein the first semiconductor substrate is stacked on the second semiconductor substrate so that the conductor layers and
the insulator layer are arranged between the first plurality of transistors and the second plurality of transistors, and

wherein a distance between the first surface of the second semiconductor substrate and the second surface of the second semiconductor
substrate is greater than a distance between the first surface of the second semiconductor substrate and a light input surface
of the lens array.

US Pat. No. 9,881,958

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a first substrate which is provided with a photoelectric conversion element and a floating diffusion region; and
a second substrate which is provided with a transistor,
wherein the floating diffusion region has a semiconductor region on which a first insulating film is disposed, and the transistor
has a silicide region on which a second insulating film is disposed,

wherein the first substrate and the second substrate are stacked with each other so that the first insulating film is disposed
between the first substrate and the second substrate, and

wherein the silicide region is arranged between the second insulating film and a semiconductor region of the second substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,880,684

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
one or more memories that store a set of instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the instructions to:
detect a touch position indicated by an operation object in contact with an input target surface;
detect a proximity position indicated by the operation object in proximity to the input target surface;
decide a condition for recognizing a type of operation with a plurality touch positions performed by the operation object
as a moving operation, according to a movement amount of the detected proximity position before the touch position starts
to be detected; and

recognize that the operation object has started the moving operation, based on the detected touch position and the decided
condition.

US Pat. No. 9,883,011

METHOD AND CORRESPONDING DEVICE FOR STREAMING VIDEO DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for streaming data corresponding to a video, each of a plurality of frames of the video being divided into n spatial
tiles, n being an integer, the method comprising:
transmitting, by a server, a description file to a client device, said description file including data about a spatial position
of each of the n spatial tiles and including data about at least n URLs corresponding to the n spatial tiles,

determining by the client device one or more URLs according to the data about the spatial position included in the description
file,

receiving from the client device, by the server, one or more request messages for requesting one or more spatial tiles, each
request message comprising one of the URLs determined by the client device, and

transmitting to the client device, by the server, video data corresponding to the one or more spatial tiles, in response to
the one or more request messages.

US Pat. No. 9,880,463

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint method of performing an imprint process on each of a plurality of shot regions of a substrate, wherein:
the plurality of shot regions include a peripheral shot region that includes an outer periphery of the substrate and a non-peripheral
shot region that does not include the outer periphery of the substrate,

the peripheral shot region includes a valid chip area from which a valid chip is obtained and an invalid chip area from which
no valid chip is obtained,

the invalid chip area includes a first area and a second area,
the first area captures an uncured resin that becomes pushed outwardly toward the outer periphery of the substrate when a
mold and the uncured resin are contacted with each other, and includes the outer periphery of the substrate,

the second area is located at an inner side of the first area, and
for the imprint process for the peripheral shot region, the method comprises:
a supplying step of supplying the uncured resin to the second area, without supplying the uncured resin to the first area;
a contacting step of bringing a pattern surface of the mold into contact with the uncured resin on the peripheral shot region;
a curing step of curing the resin while the uncured resin and the pattern surface are in contact with each other; and
a releasing step of releasing the pattern surface of the mold from the resin cured in the curing step.

US Pat. No. 9,880,979

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SWITCHING TO A PRIVACY MODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing terminal in which a web browser which stores data created when a website is browsed in a storage
area of the information processing terminal operates, the information processing terminal comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing terminal to:
store first data created when the website is browsed by using a tab of a first mode or a window of the first mode, in a first
area secured in the storage area to be reused in another tab or window;

when second data created when the website is browsed by using a tab of a second mode on the web browser or a window of the
second mode has been stored in the storage area and the tab of the second mode or the window of the second mode is closed
on the web browser, perform control to delete the stored second data in the storage area;

while a user browses the website by using a tab of the first mode on the web browser or a window of the first mode, display
a screen for switching the tab or the window selected by the user from the first mode to the second mode;

in response to switching to the second mode on the screen, store data created when the website is browsed by using a tab or
a window which has been switched to the second mode, in a second area different from the first area, as the second data; and

when the tab or the window which has been switched to the second mode on the screen is closed, perform control to delete the
stored second data for the tab or the window in the second area,

wherein, when the first data has been stored in the first area and the tab of the first mode or the window of the first mode
is closed on the web browser, the stored first data in the first area is not deleted, and

wherein, in response to the switching to the second mode on the screen, the web browser is reactivated so that the data is
stored in not the first area but the second area.

US Pat. No. 9,880,475

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY METHOD, LITHOGRAPHY SYSTEM, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus comprising:
a first patterning device configured to perform patterning of a substrate;
a second patterning device configured to perform patterning of a substrate; and
a controller configured to:
cause the first and second patterning devices to perform parallel processings in which the first patterning device performs
patterning of a first substrate belonging to a first lot based on recipe information for the first substrate, and the second
patterning device performs patterning of a second substrate belonging to a second lot different from the first lot based on
recipe information for the second substrate; and

transmit information regarding the parallel processing that includes a timing for requesting for the substrate to a preprocessing
apparatus configured to supply the substrate to the first and second patterning devices.

US Pat. No. 9,880,478

METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a toner including a toner particle, the method comprising:
a granulation step of mixing a polymerizable monomer composition containing a polymerizable monomer and an aqueous medium
to form a suspension of a particle of the polymerizable monomer composition; and

a polymerization step of polymerizing the polymerizable monomer in the particle of the polymerizable monomer composition in
a presence of a metal phosphate containing aluminum as a metal element to provide the toner particle, wherein,

a content ratio of aluminum in the metal phosphate containing aluminum is 1.0 mol % or more and 95.0 mol % or less with respect
to all metal elements of the metal phosphate containing aluminum, and

the metal phosphate containing aluminum is obtained by adding an aluminum compound to the aqueous medium and/or the suspension.

US Pat. No. 9,880,482

ULTRAVIOLET-CURABLE LIQUID DEVELOPER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ultraviolet-curable liquid developer comprising a hydrophobic cationically polymerizable liquid monomer, a photopolymerization
initiator, a toner particle insoluble in the liquid monomer, and a toner particle dispersing agent, wherein
the toner particle comprises a binder resin having an acid value of at least 5 mg KOH/g;
the toner particle dispersing agent is a polymer containing at least both a monomer unit represented by formula (1) and a
monomer unit represented by formula (2); and

the toner particle dispersing agent has a monomer unit represented by formula (1) at a position other than the terminal position:
?K?  (1)
where K is a unit having a primary amino group
?Q?  (2)
where Q is a unit having an alkyl group having at least 6 carbons, which may be substituted, a cycloalkyl group having at
least 6 carbons, which may be substituted, an alkylene group having at least 6 carbons, which may be substituted, or a cycloalkylene
group having at least 6 carbons, which may be substituted.

US Pat. No. 9,880,483

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CLEANING MODE USING AC VOLTAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member;
a charging member configured to charge the image bearing member;
a voltage applying device configured to apply a voltage to the charging member; and
a control unit configured to control the voltage applying device so as to perform a cleaning mode for applying an AC voltage
to the charging member with the voltage applying device while moving a surface of the image bearing member during non-image
formation of the image forming apparatus,

wherein a period of time during which the cleaning mode is performed includes a first time-period during which a first AC
voltage is applied and a second time-period during which a second AC voltage is applied, and a period of the first AC voltage
is different from a period of the second AC voltage,

wherein a peak-to-peak voltage value of the first AC voltage is the same as a peak-to-peak voltage value of the second AC
voltage, and

wherein the first and second AC voltages are non-sinusoidal.

US Pat. No. 9,880,485

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image forming units configured to respectively form an image;
a plurality of voltage generation units configured to respectively generate voltages for driving the plurality of image forming
units,

wherein each of the plurality of voltage generation units comprises:
a voltage generator having a transformer, configured to generate a voltage by a switching operation that is driven by changing
an input voltage of primary side of the transformer;

a clock generation unit configured to generate a clock signal of a frequency that becomes a reference frequency of the switching
operation;

a setting unit configured to set the frequency of the clock signal that the clock generation unit generates; and
a control unit configured to control so that the frequencies of the clock signals are set by the setting unit to values that
are different from each other when the image forming apparatus is in image forming and in a standby state in which the image
forming apparatus is waiting for start of image forming.

US Pat. No. 9,880,486

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH BAND-PASS FILTERS EACH HAVING PASSBAND FREQUENCY THAT IS INTEGRAL MULTIPLE OF CHARGING BIAS FREQUENCY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a charging member configured to charge a surface of the image bearing member in contact with or in proximity to the image
bearing member;

a power supply configured to selectively output a first charging bias having a first frequency or a second charging bias having
a second frequency, the first frequency being approximately n times the second frequency (n is an integer not less than 2),
each of the first charging bias and the second charging bias being obtained by superimposing a direct-current voltage and
an alternating-current voltage;

a detection member configured to detect a current flowing through the charging member;
a plurality of band-pass filters each configured to receive an output of a current detected by the detection member and have
a passband of a different frequency that is an integral multiple of the first frequency; and

a setting unit configured to set a first peak-to-peak voltage of the first charging bias based on a plurality of outputs of
the current of the first charging bias detected by the detection member passed through the plurality of band-pass filters,
and to set a second peak-to-peak voltage of the second charging bias based on a plurality of outputs of the current of the
second charging bias detected by the detection member passed through the plurality of band-pass filters, the setting unit
using a band-pass filter having a passband of an mth harmonics of the first frequency as a band-pass filter having a passband
of an (m×n)th harmonics of the second frequency (m is an integer not less than 2).

US Pat. No. 9,880,495

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR DETECTING AN AMOUNT OF DEVELOPER BASED ON A CHANGE IN ELECTRIC CAPACITANCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container configured to accommodate developer comprising:
a stirring member having a sheet member for stirring the developer; and
a conductive resin sheet arranged in the developer container so as to come into contact with the sheet member for detecting
an amount of developer by using electrostatic capacitance,

wherein the conductive resin sheet includes (i) an antenna member which is arranged on an inner surface of a frame of the
developer container and which is formed of a conductive resin, and (ii) a route portion which is formed of a conductive resin,
and

wherein an end of the antenna member in a longitudinal direction of the antenna member is provided outside an end of the sheet
member in a longitudinal direction of the sheet member.

US Pat. No. 9,883,060

APPARATUS, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT STORES PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a controller, which controls display of a specific notification;
a switching unit configured to switch the specific notification from a non-display state to a display state according to operation
of a specific button by a user; and

a setting unit configured to perform a setting for causing the switching unit to switch the specific notification from the
non-display state to the display state according to the operation of the specific button, in accordance with a user's instruction;

wherein the controller is able to perform displaying in a single window mode or a multi-window mode,
wherein
in a case where the setting is performed and displaying in the single window mode is performed, the switching unit switches
the specific notification from the non-display state to the display state according to the operation of the specific button
and the specific notification is displayed in a single window, and

in a case wherein the setting is not performed, the switching unit does not switch the specific notification from the non-display
state to the display state, even if the specific button is operated, and

wherein the controller, the switching unit, and the setting unit are implemented by one or more processors.

US Pat. No. 9,880,500

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a cylindrical film;
a plate heater contacting an inner surface of said film, and including an electrode portion for supplying electric power to
said heater, wherein said electrode portion is provided at a position outside of an end portion of said film with respect
to a longitudinal direction of said film, and at an end portion of said heater with respect to a longitudinal direction of
said heater, and a lubricant is applied in a region in which said heater contacts said film;

a supporting member for supporting a surface of said heater opposite from a surface of said heater that contacts said film;
and

a sealing member contacting a surface of said heater on which said electrode portion is provided, said sealing member being
provided at a position closer to a center of said heater than the position of said electrode portion,

wherein an image on a recording material is heated by heat of said film and is fixed on the recording material, and
wherein said sealing member includes an engaging portion engaging with an end portion of said supporting member with respect
to a widthwise direction of said heater perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of said heater, and a cantilever contact
portion contacting the surface of said heater on which said electrode portion is provided.

US Pat. No. 9,880,503

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT GENERATES CONVERSION CONDITION OF A MEASURING UNIT, AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a tone correction unit configured to correct image data based on a tone correction condition;
an image forming unit configured to form an image based on the corrected image data;
an image bearing member configured to bear the image formed by the image forming unit;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the image on the image bearing member onto a sheet;
a sensor configured to measure a measuring image on the image bearing member;
a receiving unit configured to receive a user instruction; and
a controller configured to execute:
a first measuring task that controls the image forming unit to form the measuring image on the image bearing member, and controls
the sensor to measure the measuring image;

a converting task that converts the measurement result of the measuring image measured in the first measuring task, based
on a conversion condition;

a first generating task that generates the tone correction condition based on the measurement result converted in the converting
task;

a test image forming task that controls the image forming unit to form a test image based on test image data, controls the
transfer unit to transfer the test image on the image bearing member onto the sheet;

a second measuring task that controls the sensor to measure the test image, which is formed by the image forming unit, on
the bearing member;

a receiving task that receives, using the receiving unit, a comparison information included in the user instruction, the comparison
information corresponding to information related to a result of a user having compared a sample image and the test image transferred
onto the sheet; and

a second generating task that adjusts the conversion condition, based on the comparison information and a measurement result
of the test image in the second measuring task, and adjusts the tone correction condition based on the measurement result
converted with the adjusted conversion condition.

US Pat. No. 9,875,408

SETTING APPARATUS, OUTPUT METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a computer program for causing a computer to perform a method
for outputting a setting window for setting a detection line on an image for detecting an object that passes through the detection
line, the method comprising:
receiving image data indicating an image shot by an imaging unit;
storing, in a memory a trajectory of an object; and
outputting the setting window on which the image shot by the imaging unit, the trajectory stored in the memory, and a range
are displayed,

wherein the range is displayed on the setting window on the basis of the trajectory, and the range is provided for setting
the detection line for detecting an object which moves along the trajectory displayed on the setting window.

US Pat. No. 9,875,423

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT CALCULATES LIGHT AMOUNT CHANGE CHARACTERISTIC, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CALCULATING LIGHT AMOUNT CHANGE CHARACTERISTIC

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
one or more processors connected to one or more memories, the one or more processors configured to:
perform a first calculation of a light amount change characteristic of light from an object based on a plurality of photometric
values obtained at intervals of a time period shorter than a predetermined time period;

perform a second calculation of the light amount change characteristic based on information on luminance changes within an
image, which information is obtained by performing charge accumulation for each of areas such that start timing thereof is
differentiated on an area-by-area basis, over a charge accumulation time period longer than the time period for obtaining
each of the plurality of photometric values; and

control whether to calculate the light amount change characteristic using said first calculation or calculate the light amount
change characteristic using said second calculation according to a state of the object.

US Pat. No. 9,874,733

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens unit having a negative refractive power;
and a second lens unit having a positive refractive power, an interval between adjacent lens units varying during zooming,
the first lens unit comprises at least three lenses, the first lens unit comprises a negative lens G1n that is made of a resin material and has an aspherical-shaped lens surface, and a positive lens G1p that is made of a resin material and has an aspherical-shaped lens surface,

wherein a following conditional expression is satisfied:
0.55<|f1/Sk|<2.20,

where f1 represents a focal length of the first lens unit, and Sk represents a back focus at a wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,875,522

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a plurality of receivers each of which is configured to acquire image data;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing a program which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the display control apparatus
to:

determine, as a display target, image data acquired by at least one of the receivers on the basis of an acquisition result
by the plurality of receivers; and

set a first display mode, in which two or more images based on two or more image data acquired by two or more of the receivers
are displayed together, in a case where the two or more image data are determined as the display targets, and set a second
display mode, in which one image based on one image data acquired by one of the receivers is displayed, in a case where the
one image data is determined as the display target,

wherein in a case where a plurality of image data are acquired and formats of the plurality of image data are not the same,
one format is determined based on the formats of the plurality of image data, and one or more image data having the determined
one format are determined as the display target.

US Pat. No. 9,875,559

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a plurality of pixel value rows aligned in a depth direction of an object to be measured
based on interference light obtained by causing return light of scanned measurement light from the object to be measured and
reference light corresponding to the measurement light to interfere with each other;

a forming unit configured to form a two-dimensional image based on pixel values selected in accordance with a predetermined
selection criterion from the plurality of pixel value rows, one of the pixel values being selected from one of the plurality
of pixel value rows;

a setting unit configured to set a selection range which is a range in the depth direction for selecting the pixel values
in the plurality of pixel value rows; and

a criterion changing unit configured to change the predetermined selection criterion in accordance with the set selection
range.

US Pat. No. 9,875,362

HASH VALUE GENERATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A hash value generation apparatus comprising:
a rearrangement circuit that rearranges input data into sheet structures defined in a SHA-3 algorithm and outputs data for
each sheet structure defined in the SHA-3 algorithm, wherein the sheet structures are parallel to a y-z plane of the input
data;

a ? operation unit configured to execute a ? operation included in a round process of a SHA-3 algorithm;
a ? operation unit configured to execute a ? operation included in the round process;
a ? operation unit configured to execute a ? operation included in the round process;
a ? operation unit configured to execute a ? operation included in the round process; and
an ? operation unit configured to execute an ? operation included in the round process,
wherein said ? operation unit receives data for each sheet structure defined in the SHA-3 algorithm from said rearrangement
circuit, and starts to execute the ? operation upon receiving data of three sheet structures, and

wherein said ? operation unit and said ? operation unit output one sheet structure two clock cycles after said ? operation
unit and said ? operation unit output one sheet structure.

US Pat. No. 9,868,279

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus which includes a plurality of nozzle arrays each formed from a plurality of nozzles for discharging
ink, and controls a printhead for executing printing on a print medium by discharging inks of a plurality of colors from the
plurality of nozzle arrays, the apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive image data from an external apparatus;
a generation unit, comprised of a plurality of integrated circuits, each including, as a component, a data processing unit
for processing image data, configured to generate print data to be output to the printhead by using the plurality of integrated
circuits to execute data processing for the image data received by the reception unit; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the print data generated by the generation unit to the printhead, wherein
one integrated circuit of the plurality of integrated circuits includes a first interface configured to receive the image
data from the reception unit,

each of the rest of the plurality of integrated circuits, respectively, includes a third interface configured to transfer
data to the transmission unit,

each of the plurality of integrated circuits includes a second interface configured to communicate with another integrated
circuit,

the one integrated circuit executes common data processing for the plurality of colors with respect to the image data received
by the reception unit, and transfers, via the second interface, the image data which has undergone the common data processing
to another integrated circuit responsible for executing specific data processing related to each of the plurality of colors,
and

the rest of the plurality of integrated circuits, respectively, executes, for the image data, input via the second interface,
having undergone the common data processing, the specific data processing related to an ink color by the data processing unit,
generates print data corresponding to the ink color for which the other integrated circuit is responsible by causing the data
processing unit to execute, for the image data, input via the second interface, having undergone the common data processing,
the specific data processing related to the ink color, and transfers the generated print data to the transmission unit via
the third interface.

US Pat. No. 9,868,283

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD CLEANING METHOD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of cleaning a liquid discharge head that includes a heat generating resistor that generates thermal energy for
discharging a liquid and a covering portion covering the heat generating resistor, the method comprising:
alternately performing a first voltage application process and a second voltage application process multiple times,
wherein the first voltage application process includes applying voltage between the covering portion and an electrode through
the liquid to dissolve the covering portion in the liquid, and

wherein the second voltage application process includes reversing relative polarities of the covering portion and the electrode
in the first voltage application process and applying voltage between the covering portion and the electrode; and

reducing energy applied in the second voltage application process at least one time such that the energy applied is less than
energy applied in the first voltage application process of an immediately preceding time.

US Pat. No. 9,872,129

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a one or more processors; and
a memory including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to function
as:

a first communication unit configured to perform short distance wireless communication;
a second communication unit configured to perform communication of a wireless local area network (LAN);
a start unit configured to start the short distance wireless communication with another communication apparatus by the first
communication unit while the second communication unit is joining a wireless LAN created by an external access point as a
station of the wireless LAN;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the communication apparatus can concurrently perform a station function
and an access point function of the wireless LAN in accordance with a start of the short distance wireless communication by
the start unit;

a first connection unit configured to directly connect to the another communication apparatus by the wireless LAN by disconnecting
from the external access point when the determination unit does not determine that the station function and the access point
function can be concurrently performed;

a reconnection unit configured to reconnect to the external access point as the station of the wireless LAN when a connection
by the first connection unit fails, wherein the reconnection unit is further configured to reconnect to the external access
point as the station of the wireless LAN when the connection by the first connection unit succeeded and wireless communication
with the another communication apparatus ended; and

a second connection unit configured to directly connect to the another communication apparatus by the wireless LAN without
disconnecting from the external access point when the determination unit determines that the station function and the access
point function can be concurrently performed.

US Pat. No. 9,867,541

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a three-dimensional region acquisition unit configured to acquire first positional information on a three-dimensional region
of an object;

a tomographic image acquisition unit configured to acquire second positional information on a tomographic image of the object;
and

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display, with the tomographic image, information on a cross-section
of the three-dimensional region, the information on the cross-section representing an intersection of the three-dimensional
region and a plane of the tomographic image,

wherein the display control unit is configured to determine a display style of the information on the cross-section on the
basis of information on a positional relation, obtained by using the first and second positional information, between the
cross-section and the three-dimensional region, and

wherein the display control unit is configured to cause the display unit to display, with the tomographic image, the information
on the cross-section in the display style.

US Pat. No. 9,867,545

ACOUSTIC WAVE MEASURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF ACOUSTIC WAVE MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An acoustic wave measuring apparatus, comprising:
an acoustic probe;
an input device for setting two or more regions of interest for an object, the regions of interest being set apart from each
other;

a pointing device for setting priorities on the regions of interest that have been set;
a processor configured to
(i) determine, for each of the set priorities, an inclusion region including the regions of interest set with the priority,
(ii) divide each of the inclusion regions into a plurality of scanning regions and determine which of continuous measuring,
fixed measuring, and non-measurement moving are performed for each of the scanning regions so as to shorten a total time required
for scanning,

wherein the continuous measuring is a method of measuring while moving said acoustic probe at a first speed,
wherein the fixed measuring is a method in which a measurement is performed while stopping said acoustic probe and after the
measurement said acoustic probe is moved at a speed faster than the first speed, and

wherein the non-measurement moving is a method of moving said acoustic probe without measuring at a speed faster than the
first speed, and

(iii) determine a priority scanning order of a plurality of scanning regions having the same priority so as to shorten a movement
distance of said acoustic probe; and

a movable mirror for scanning each of the inclusion regions according to the priority,
wherein said mirror scans the scanning regions according to the determined scanning order in each of the inclusion regions.

US Pat. No. 9,871,949

PSEUDO HALFTONE IMAGE PROCESSING USING A THRESHOLD MATRIX TO FORM DOTS NOT ROTATIONAL SYMMETRIC ON A 90 DEGREE BASIS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which performs image processing for print processing, comprising:
a pseudo halftone processing unit configured to perform pseudo halftone processing by dithering with respect to an input image,
and generate a halftone image constituted by plural dots, and

a threshold matrix holding unit configured to hold a threshold matrix used for the pseudo halftone processing,
wherein
in the threshold matrix, thresholds are arranged such that the halftone image has a density region in which dots to be formed
depending on a density of the input image are not rotational symmetric on a 90° basis, and orientations of the dots differ
from each other in the density region.

US Pat. No. 9,869,919

ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND WINDOW MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrochromic element, comprising:
a first electrode;
a second electrode;
a third electrode; and
an electrolyte, an anodic organic electrochromic compound, and a cathodic redox substance that are arranged between the first
electrode and the second electrode,

at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode being transparent, wherein:
the third electrode is electrically connectable to at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode through the
electrolyte;

the third electrode further has a redox substance; and
a reduced form of the redox substance of the third electrode is more easily oxidized than a reduced form of the anodic organic
electrochromic compound.

US Pat. No. 9,869,936

DETECTION APPARATUS, MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A measurement apparatus for measuring a position of a mark on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a stage configured to hold the substrate and being movable; and
a detection apparatus configured to cause light to be incident obliquely on the substrate including a plurality of layers,
including a top layer and an underlying layer, whose refractive indices are different from each other and detect a height
of the substrate using light reflected from an interface between the top layer and the underlying layer,

wherein the detection apparatus comprises:
an optical system including a polarizer for reducing, without completely removing, s-polarized light from light containing
p-polarized light and the s-polarized light, and causing the light, in which the s-polarized light has been reduced by the
polarizer, to be incident on the substrate,

wherein the optical system is configured to cause the light to be incident on the substrate at an angle of incidence by which
a ratio of an intensity of light reflected from a surface of the top layer to an intensity of light reflected from the interface
is less than that in a case where the angle of incidence is a Brewster's angle,

wherein the stage is controlled based on a detection by the detection apparatus such so that a height of the mark falls within
a tolerance.

US Pat. No. 9,872,241

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM FOR SERVICE SEARCH PERFORMED IN COMMUNICATION LAYERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a processor; and
a memory coupled with the processor, the memory having instructions that, when executed by the processor, perform operations
comprising:

presenting, before the communication device performs a service detection processing, a plurality of options including a first
option for specifying a service to be executed and performing wireless communication and a second option for specifying a
connected party and performing wireless communication;

selecting one of the first option and the second option;
first detecting, in a case where the first option is selected by the selection unit, a service that another communication
device is able to execute based on communication in a first communication layer; and

second detecting, in a case where the second option is selected by the selecting, a service that another communication device
is able to execute based on communication in a second communication layer different from the first communication layer,

wherein, in a case where the first option is selected and where detection of a service that the communication device is able
to execute by the first detecting fails, the second detecting is used for detecting the service.

US Pat. No. 9,869,943

METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING RESIN PARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a toner comprising a toner particle, the method comprising the steps of:
a) preparing a resin solution by mixing a resin A and an organic solvent,
b) mixing the resin solution, a resin fine particle containing a resin B, and a dispersion medium to form a droplet of the
resin solution whose surface has been covered with the resin fine particle, and

c) removing the organic solvent in the droplet, wherein:
the resin B is a polymer of a monomer composition comprising a monomer X having polymerizable unsaturated groups at the both
ends;

the monomer X has a peak molecular weight of 5,000 or more and 50,000 or less;
the content of the monomer X is 0.10% by mol or more and 3.00% by mol or less based on a total amount of monomers of the monomer
composition, and

the resin A and the monomer X satisfy the following formula (1),
|SPX?SPA|?2.0  (1)

where
SPA represents a solubility parameter of the resin A, and

SPX represents a solubility parameter of the monomer X.

US Pat. No. 9,869,953

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a transfer member forming a transfer nip portion together with the image bearing member and transferring a toner image borne
by the image bearing member onto a recording material while the recording material is conveyed at the transfer nip portion;

a fixing unit disposed on a downstream side in a conveyance direction of the recording material with respect to the transfer
nip portion and fixing the toner image onto the recording material while the recording material is sandwiched and conveyed
at the fixing nip portion;

a guide member provided between the transfer nip portion and the fixing nip portion and guiding the recording material to
the fixing nip portion;

a loop amount detection device provided between the transfer nip portion and the fixing nip portion and detecting a loop amount
of the recording material in a state where the recording material being conveyed strides over both the transfer nip portion
and the fixing nip portion; and

a control portion for controlling a conveyance speed of the recording material at the fixing nip portion based on a detection
signal of the loop amount detection device, the control portion controlling the conveyance speed of the recording material
at the fixing nip portion so that the loop amount of the recording material is maintained within a predetermined range,

wherein during a period after an operation for maintaining the loop amount of the recording material being conveyed within
the predetermined range is finished and until a recording material trailing edge exits out the transfer nip portion, the control
portion controls the conveyance speed of the recording material at the fixing nip portion so that a part of the recording
material touches the guide member between the transfer nip portion and the loop detection device.

US Pat. No. 9,869,957

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CLEANING FUNCTION FOR INTERMEDIARY TRANSFER MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image;
an intermediary transfer member configured to receive the toner image formed by said image forming portion;
a blade configured to clean said intermediary transfer member by removing residual toner therefrom;
an ambient condition sensor configured to detect an ambient condition of said apparatus;
a memory configured to store information relating to an accumulated use amount of said intermediary transfer member from a
fresh state thereof; and

a controller configured to execute an operation in a mode in which predetermined toner for cleaning said intermediary transfer
member is deposited on said intermediary transfer member in an area corresponding to a region between a preceding recording
material and a succeeding recording material during execution of a continuous image forming job for continuously forming the
images on the recording materials to supply the predetermined toner to said blade,

wherein when the accumulated use amount is less than a first predetermined amount and the ambient condition sensed by said
ambient condition sensor is a first condition, said controller sets a permissible number, which is a number of image formations
from a previous execution of the operation in the mode to a next execution of the operation in the mode, to a first permissible
number,

when the accumulated use amount is less than the first predetermined amount and the ambient condition sensed by said ambient
condition sensor is a second condition different from the first condition, said controller sets the permissible number to
a second permissible number,

when the accumulated use amount is less than a second predetermined amount which is greater than the first predetermined amount
and the ambient condition sensed by said ambient condition sensor is the second condition, said controller sets the permissible
number to a third permissible number,

wherein the second permissible number is less than the first permissible number and less than the third permissible number,
and

wherein the accumulated use amount is calculated with calibration depending on a size of the formed image.

US Pat. No. 9,869,960

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a drum flange provided at an end of the photosensitive drum, the drum flange being rotatable with the photosensitive drum
about the axis L1; and

a coupling member having an axis L2 and having (i) a first end at least a part of which is positioned within the drum flange, and (ii) a second end including
at least one projection,

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

wherein the coupling member includes a first part, a second part, and a third part, with the second part being between the
first part and the third part in a direction of the axis L2, and

wherein, for each of the first part, the second part, and the third part, a maximum distance from the axis L2 to an outermost surface of the coupling member as measured along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 is (i) D1 in the first part of the coupling member, (ii) D2 in the second part of the coupling member, and (iii) D3 in the third part of the coupling member, with the distances D1 and D3 being greater than the distance D2.

US Pat. No. 9,869,964

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body to which a cartridge is mountable, the cartridge including a photosensitive drum, a first frame, a second frame,
and a developing member, the photosensitive drum being interposed between the first frame and the second frame, the developing
member being provided in the second frame and configured to supply developer to the photosensitive drum; and

a cartridge opposing member provided opposed to the cartridge mounted to the main body, the cartridge opposing member comprising:
(i) an intermediate portion disposed between the first frame and the second frame of the cartridge mounted to the main body;
(ii) a light emitting portion provided in the intermediate portion and configured to emit a light toward the photosensitive
drum of the cartridge mounted to the main body; and

(iii) a detecting unit provided in a position opposed to the second frame and configured to detect the developer contained
in the second frame.

US Pat. No. 9,869,967

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a mounting portion on which a developer container provided with an accommodating portion configured to accommodate developer
is mountable;

a drive input portion configured to input a driving force for rotating the developer container mounted in said mounting portion,
to the developer container; and

a developer receiving portion for receiving developer discharged from the developer container by the rotation thereof,
wherein said mounting portion is provided with a rib extending in a dismounting direction, in which the developer container
is dismounted from said mounting portion, said rib being configured to guide a bottom portion of the developer container in
the dismounting direction, and said rib including a plurality of sets of alternating peaks and valleys arranged along a longitudinal
direction of said rib, and heights of the peaks as measured from the valleys are not less than 1 mm and not more than 10 mm.

US Pat. No. 9,864,902

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF COLLATING CATEGORIES OF IMAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory which stores a program; and
a processor which executes the program stored in the memory to:
select one of a plurality of unclassified images held in a holding unit in correspondence with respective imaging conditions;
select one of a plurality of classified images stored in a storage unit in correspondence with respective categories and the
respective imaging conditions;

check a difference between imaging conditions of the selected unclassified image and the selected classified image;
collate the selected unclassified image with the selected classified image if the difference between the imaging conditions
is smaller than a threshold, so that the selected unclassified image becomes a collated unclassified image;

classify the collated unclassified image in a same category as the selected classified image if the collated unclassified
image is determined to be in the same category as the selected classified image from a result of the collation, so that the
collated unclassified image becomes a classified collated image; and

register the classified collated image in the storage unit in correspondence with the same category as the selected classified
image and an imaging condition of the classified collated image, so that the classified collated image can be selected as
a new classified image to be collated with another one of the plurality of unclassified images,

wherein at least one of the imaging conditions is an orientation of an object or an illuminating condition.

US Pat. No. 9,866,720

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING IMAGE MAGNIFICATION CORRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a laser light source configured to emit a laser beam;
a deflection unit configured to deflect the laser beam so as to scan the photosensitive member with the laser beam;
a developing unit configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member upon the photosensitive
member being scanned by the laser beam deflected by the deflection unit;

a data conversion unit configured to convert a first bit pattern indicating a data set of one pixel of an image to a second
bit pattern containing a plurality of pieces of bit data that turns ON or OFF the laser light source;

a setting unit configured to set correction data for each pixel of the image in order to correct magnification of the image
in a main scanning direction, the correction data corresponds to a plurality of scanning positions of the laser beam in the
main scanning direction;

a correction unit configured to correct the second bit pattern on the basis of the correction data set by the setting unit
and configured to add, to the second bit pattern, bit data at a number of the scanning positions on the basis of the correction
data;

an output unit configured to output the bit data contained in the second bit pattern corrected by the correction unit, one
bit by one bit, in synchronization with a clock signal that drives the laser light source; and

a driving unit configured to turn ON or OFF a supply of an electric current to the laser light source on the basis of the
bit data output by the output unit,

wherein the correction unit selects within the image the magnified pixel subjected to magnification correction by using a
pseudorandom number.

US Pat. No. 9,864,499

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the display control apparatus to:
display some of a plurality of items on a screen, wherein the plurality of items are sorted by a category haying a plurality
of ranks and displayed according to a first rank of the plurality of ranks;

when the screen is scrolled by a scrolling operation by a user, move the displayed items to change items displayed on the
screen;

generate stimulation perceivable as a tactile sensation to the user who operates the display control apparatus, wherein the
stimulation is generated when a border between different values of a same rank or when a border between different values of
different ranks passes a predetermined position, wherein the tactile sensation is generated at a tactile sensation generation
position of the screen, said tactile sensation generation position being determined based on a scrolling start position and
border and the predetermined position;

determine if the border will pass through the predetermined position during the scrolling operation;
calculate a scheduled scrolling amount;
determine whether the predetermined position exists within a range of the scheduled scrolling amount from a current position
of the border;

wherein in a case that it is determined that the border will pass through the predetermined position during the scrolling
operation, the tactile sensation is generated before the border passes through the predetermined position; and

control to cause a first stimulation in a case where the border that passes the predetermined position is the border between
different values of a first rank, and control to cause a second stimulation in a case where a border that passes the predetermined
position is the border between different values of a second rank which is a higher rank than the first rank in the plurality
of ranks, the second stimulation being stronger than the first stimulation.

US Pat. No. 9,864,284

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a support, a charge generation layer, and a charge transport layer
in this order, the charge transport layer containing a charge transport material and a polycarbonate resin,
the charge transport layer being a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member, wherein
the polycarbonate resin has
a structural unit A comprising formula (103), and
a structural unit B comprising formula (104), (105), or (106),

where R231 to R234 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl, aryl, or alkoxy group, R235 and R236 are groups of the same kind, representing an alkyl group containing 1 to 9 carbon atoms, and i231 represents an integer of 0 to 3;


where R241 to R244 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl, aryl, or alkoxy group, and X represents a single bond or a sulfonyl
group;


where R251 to R254 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl, aryl, or alkoxy group, and R256 and R257 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl, aryl, or halogenated alkyl group;


where R261 to R264 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl, aryl, or alkoxy group, and W represents a cycloalkylidene group
containing 5 to 12 carbon atoms,

wherein the polycarbonate resin has a weight-average molecular weight of 30,000 or more and 100,000 or less, and
a proportion of the structural unit A in the polycarbonate resin is 25 mol % or more and 49 mol % or less,
wherein the relative dielectric constant E of the polycarbonate resin is 2.15 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,864,285

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support;
an intermediate layer formed on the support, the intermediate layer containing a polymerized product of a composition containing
a compound represented by formula (1);

a charge generating layer formed directly on the intermediate layer, the charge generating layer containing a phthalocyanine
pigment and a resin; and

a charge transporting layer formed on the charge generating layer, wherein
when an averaged sectional difference of elevation in a calculated length range of from 0.1 to 100 ?m in a surface of the
intermediate layer on a charge generating layer side is measured, in a calculated length range of from 0.5 to 1.5 times of
a calculated length at which a maximum of the averaged sectional difference of elevation (Rmk,max) is expressed, a value for
the averaged sectional difference of elevation (Rmk) is 0.05 ?m or more, where the averaged sectional difference of elevation
Rmk is calculated by obtaining three-dimensional surface profile data z(x,y) on the intermediate layer by measuring vertical
direction elevation data z(x,y) corresponding to horizontal direction coordinates (x,y), (1) dividing the resultant surface
profile data into meshes each having a length of one side of L, (2) averaging the elevations z(x,y) in each mesh having a
length of one side of L, (3) calculating in each mesh sectional differences of elevation from differences of elevation from
the surrounding meshes, and (4) averaging the resultant sectional differences of elevation over all the meshes, with the resultant
value being Rmk


R1 represents (i) an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof, the alkyl group having 2 or more polymerizable
functional groups, (ii) a group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of an alkyl group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms in the main chain, the alkyl group having 2 or more polymerizable
functional groups, with an oxygen atom, or (iii) a group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of an alkyl group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms in the main chain, the alkyl group having 2 or more polymerizable
functional groups, with NR17, the polymerizable functional groups each comprise a hydroxy group, a thiol group, an amino group, or a carboxyl group, and
R17 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof;

R2 represents (i) a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof, (ii) a group
derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms in the main chain with an oxygen
atom, (iii) a group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms in the main chain with NR18, (iv) a group derived by substituting at least one C2H4 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms in the main chain with COO, or (v)
a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, and R18 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof;

the substituent comprises an alkyl group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, a benzyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, or a phenyl
group for each of the alkyl group, the group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in the main chain of the alkyl group with an oxygen atom, the group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in the main chain of the alkyl group with NR17, the group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in the main chain of the alkyl group with NR18, and the group derived by substituting at least one C2H4 in the main chain of the alkyl group with COO;

the substituent of the aryl group comprises a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, a methyl group, an ethyl group,
an isopropyl group, a n-propyl group, a n-butyl group, an acyl group, an alkoxy group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, or an aminoalkoxy
group; and

X represents one structure selected from the formulae (X1), (X2), and (X3):

in the formulae (X1) to (X3), R3 to R16 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, a substituted or unsubstituted
alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof, or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group.

US Pat. No. 9,864,295

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND COVER ATTACHED TO OPTICAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning device comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a rotating polygonal mirror configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so that the light beam deflected
by the rotating polygonal mirror scans a photosensitive member;

an optical member configured to guide the light beam deflected by the rotating polygonal mirror to the photosensitive member;
an optical box to which the light source is attached and configured to contain the rotating polygonal mirror and the optical
member;

a cover configured to cover an opening of the optical box; and
a fixing unit configured to fix the cover to the optical box,
wherein the cover includes a dust-proof member injection-molded into the cover to prevent dust from entering the optical box
and sandwiched between the cover fixed to the optical box by the fixing unit and a top of a sidewall of the optical box, and

wherein the cover includes an inner peripheral wall, an outer peripheral wall, and a bottom portion connecting the inner peripheral
wall and the outer peripheral wall, the inner peripheral wall and the outer peripheral wall forming a flow path for injection-molding
the dust-proof member, the bottom portion including a first bottom portion, a second bottom portion shallower than the first
bottom portion, and a connection surface connecting the first bottom portion and the second bottom portion,

wherein the dust-proof member is injection-molded into the cover such that the flow path is filled with the dust-proof member
and that a part of the dust-proof member is in contact with the connection surface.

US Pat. No. 9,864,327

CARTRIDGE AND MEMBER USED FOR CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge attachable to and detachable from an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a rotatable developer carrying member; and
a development container configured to support the developer carrying member,
wherein the development container includes a positioning portion and a rotation stop portion provided at one end in an axial
direction of the developer carrying member and configured to be engaged with and guided by a guide of the image forming apparatus,
and also includes a longitudinal positioning portion provided at the one end in the axial direction of the developer carrying
member and configured to contact the guide and position the development container in a longitudinal direction, and

wherein, in a state where the cartridge is attached to the image forming apparatus, when a cross-sectional positioning range
is defined by using a width, having one end at a point at which the rotation stop portion contacts the guide and another end
at a point at which the positioning portion contacts the guide in an attachment direction of the cartridge, and a height being
a width of the guide at the point at which the rotation stop portion contacts the guide or the point at which the positioning
portion contacts the guide, the longitudinal positioning portion overlaps the cross-sectional positioning range in the longitudinal
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,859,329

IMAGING DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device manufacturing method, comprising:
preparing a substrate including a first main surface on which a plurality of transistors is to be formed and a second main
surface at an opposite side of the first main surface;

forming a polysilicon film on the first main surface, on the second main surface, and on a side surface of the substrate;
forming a first insulating film on the polysilicon film formed on the first main surface, on the second main surface, and
on the side surface of the substrate;

exposing the polysilicon film formed on the second main surface and on the side surface of the substrate by removing a portion
of the first insulating film formed on the second main surface and a portion of the first insulating film formed on the side
surface of the substrate; and

forming a second insulating film on the first main surface by a plasma chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method after the exposing
of the polysilicon film.

US Pat. No. 9,854,131

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH PERSONAL SETTING SYNCHRONIZATION AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to be connected to an external apparatus, comprising:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory,
wherein said at least one processor, when executing instructions stored in the at least one memory, is configured to function
as:

a storing unit configured to store a personal setting of each program in association with synchronous control information,
a synchronization management unit configured to synchronize the personal setting stored in the storing unit and a corresponding
personal setting held in the external apparatus, in accordance with the synchronous control information associated with the
personal setting, the synchronous control information indicating whether or not the personal setting associated with the synchronous
control information is synchronized with the personal setting held in and to be imported from the external apparatus, and

an import unit configured to import the synchronous control information in association with the personal setting, when the
personal setting is imported from another information processing apparatus,

wherein if the synchronous control information imported from the other information processing apparatus indicates that the
personal setting is not synchronized and the synchronous control information has not been specified by an application, the
import unit rewrites the synchronous control information so as to indicate that the personal setting associated with the synchronous
control information is synchronized.

US Pat. No. 9,854,179

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a motor;
a control unit to control driving of the motor;
a cam member on which a cam portion is formed, and driven by the motor;
a light-shielding member on which an engaging portion that engages the cam portion is formed, and is movable between a closed
state where an aperture is closed and an opened state where the aperture is opened in conjunction with the cam member being
driven; and

a biasing member to bias the cam member,
wherein an exposure operation is started based on a first operation, and the light-shielding member is moved from the opened
state to the closed state based on a second operation performed after the first operation has been performed,

wherein the cam portion is provided with a first zone where the light-shielding member maintains the closed state or the opened
state even if the cam member is driven by the motor, and a second zone where the light-shielding member moves from the closed
state to the opened state or from the opened state to the closed state if the cam member is driven by the motor,

wherein the first zone and the second zone are provided to the cam portion such that, at the time of the cam member being
driven in one direction, the engaging portion follows through the first zone, and thereafter the engaging portion follows
through the second zone,

wherein the control unit drives the motor in the first direction based on the first operation, whereby the cam member charges
the biasing member, and thereafter the control unit controls driving of the motor so as to stop the cam member in the state
where the biasing member is charged,

wherein in a case where the second operation is performed within a predetermined amount of time after the first operation
has been performed, the control unit drives the motor in a second direction that is the opposite direction to the first direction
based on the second operation, whereby the cam member is driven by biasing force of the biasing member and driving force of
the motor, the engaging portion follows through the first zone, and thereafter the engaging portion follows through the second
zone by the control unit driving the motor in the second direction,

and wherein, in a case where the second operation is not performed even if a predetermined amount of time elapses after the
first operation has been performed, the control unit drives the motor in the second direction, whereby the cam member is driven
by biasing force of the biasing member and driving force of the motor until the charge of the biasing member is disengaged,
the driving of the motor by the control unit is stopped, and the control unit drives the motor in the second direction based
on the second operation, whereby the cam member is driven by the driving force of the motor, the engaging portion follows
through the first zone, and thereafter the control unit drives the motor in the second direction, whereby the engaging member
follows through the second zone.

US Pat. No. 9,846,695

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with a file server storing a document file and with a storage
unit storing information on the document file as a record, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing computer-executable instructions; and
a processor executing the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
accept a request from a client to register a document file;
register entity data of the registration-requested document file in the file server;
execute determination processing of determining whether the entity data is successfully completed registering in the file
server, wherein the determination processing is executed to lock a record corresponding to a folder storing the document file
in the storage unit;

lock the record corresponding to the folder storing the document file in the storage unit in response to the determination
processing determining that completion of the registration of the entity data in the file server is successful;

register information on the registration-requested document file in the storage unit, as a record corresponding to the document
file;

update information of the locked record corresponding to the folder storing the document file, and unlock the updated record;
and

notify the client of a result of the request to register the document file.

US Pat. No. 9,846,777

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS UPDATE OF FIRMWARE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a storage device, the processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the
computer executable instructions including instructions, that when executed, cause the image forming apparatus to function
as:

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an instruction of updating firmware in the image forming apparatus; and
a control unit configured to determine whether the firmware in the image forming apparatus is security firmware, and in a
case where the control unit determines that the firmware in the image forming apparatus is security firmware, the control
unit then determines whether or not the obtained instruction is caused by a manual input and updates the security firmware
in the image forming apparatus upon determining that the obtained instruction is not caused by the manual input,

wherein in a case where the control unit determines that the firmware in the image forming apparatus is not security firmware,
the control unit updates the firmware without determining whether or not the obtained instruction is caused by the manual
input.

US Pat. No. 9,846,809

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising:
evaluating a first still image included in a still image file and a second still image extracted from a moving image included
in a moving image file as layout targets on a template;

specifying a still image of the layout target on the template out of the first still image and the second still image in accordance
with the evaluation; and

laying out the specified still image of the layout target on the template,
wherein in the evaluating, evaluation values are calculated using a common evaluation criterion for the first still image
and the second still image, and at least one of the evaluation value calculated for the first still image and the evaluation
value calculated for the second still image is modified such that a possibility that the second still image is specified as
the layout target on the template becomes high.

US Pat. No. 9,846,824

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PROVIDING PRINT-COST-REDUCING SETTINGS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a storage which is capable of storing a print job which is associated with a print setting;
a display which is capable of displaying a list of print jobs stored in the storage; and
a controller which selects a print job from the list of print jobs in a job selection screen displayed on the display, based
on a user's instruction, the job selection screen including an object placement area in addition to a list placement area,
the list of print jobs being placed in the list placement area, a selection object for changing the print setting of the selected
print job being placed in the object placement area,

wherein the object placement area and the list placement area are displayed on the same screen, and appropriate setting change(s)
dependent on the selected print job are placed in the object placement area,

in a case where the print setting associated with the selected print job indicates color printing, the controller places at
least a selection object for setting a print color to be monochrome in the object placement area, in response to selection
of the print job, and

in a case where the print setting associated with the selected print job indicates monochrome printing, the controller does
not place a selection object pertaining to print color setting in the object placement area, in response to selection of the
print job.

US Pat. No. 9,846,825

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING AN INTERMEDIATE REGION-BASED REPRESENTATION OF A DOCUMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of generating a region-based representation of a document, the method comprising:
generating an object-based representation of the document, the document comprising a plurality of objects;
generating a global compositing sequence using fill data and a compositing operation associated with the plurality of objects
independently of regions of overlap between the plurality of objects, the global compositing sequence being stored in a global
compositing sequence store; and

generating the region-based representation of the document using the object-based representation, the region-based representation
comprising references to the global compositing sequence and a local compositing sequence, the local compositing sequence
being stored in a local compositing sequence store, the local compositing sequence being determined on a per region basis
based on objects contributing to a corresponding region, wherein the region-based representation comprises an indication of
whether a region of the region-based representation references the global compositing sequence store or the local compositing
sequence store to allow rendering of the region-based representation.

US Pat. No. 9,848,115

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ADJUSTING OPTICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF LENS UNIT ATTACHABLE THERETO

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus capable of attaching a lens unit thereto, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire data transmitted from the lens unit; and
a processing unit configured to perform image processing, to correct image deterioration due to an imaging optical system
including the lens unit, based on the data acquired by the acquisition unit;

wherein the acquired data includes:
(a) a plurality of first capturing condition values belonging to a first type of optical parameter, wherein the plurality
of first capturing condition values includes at least a first value and a second value,

(b) a first set of second capturing condition values corresponding to the first value and a second set of second capturing
condition values corresponding to the second value, wherein both sets of second capturing condition values belong to a same
second type of optical parameter, wherein at least one of the second capturing condition values included in the first set
is different from any of the second capturing condition values included in the second set, and

(c) a plurality of correction values corresponding to combinations of the first value and the first set of second capturing
condition values, and a plurality of correction values corresponding to combinations of the second value and the second set
of second capturing condition values.

US Pat. No. 9,848,117

FOCUS CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus control apparatus, comprising:
at least one processor or at least one circuit programmed to function as:
an area setting unit that sets a plurality of divided areas by dividing an area in a first direction and in a second direction
that is different from the first direction, the first direction corresponding to a direction in which a focus state is detected,
and the plurality of divided areas corresponding to respective areas of an image sensor;

a focus detection unit that detects first information related to the focus state on the basis of a pair of image signals output
from the respective areas of the image sensor corresponding to the respective divided areas;

a calculation unit that calculates defocus information on the basis of the first information; and
a control unit that performs focus control on the basis of the calculated defocus information, wherein
in a first mode in which the defocus information for the focus control is calculated by combining pieces of the first information
detected in at least a part of the plurality of divided areas, the calculation unit calculates the defocus information by
changing, in accordance with an image capturing condition, combination of the plurality of divided areas the pieces of the
first information of which are to be combined.

US Pat. No. 9,848,119

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS COMPRISING IMAGE SENSORS AND A LIGHT BEAM SPLITTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
a first imaging sensor comprising pixel portions arranged in a two-dimensional array;
a second imaging sensor comprising pixel portions arranged in a two-dimensional array;
a light beam splitter arranged to split a flux of light entering an optical system into first and second fluxes of light to
be led to the first imaging sensor and the second imaging sensor respectively;

an image processor or circuit configured to generate a moving image based on signals from the second imaging sensor;
a calculation processor or circuit configured to perform a focus detection with a phase difference method based on signals
from the first imaging sensor or the second image sensor,

a setting processor or circuit configured to set a shooting mode between a first shooting mode, in which the moving image
to be recorded is generated based on the signals from the second imaging sensor and the calculation processor or circuit performs
the focus detection based on the signals from the first imaging sensor, and a second shooting mode, in which the moving image
to be recorded is generated based on the signals from the second imaging sensor and the calculation processor or circuit performs
the focus detection based on the signals from the second imaging sensor, in accordance with a setting condition relating to
at least one of the recoding size of the moving image, the frame rate of the moving image, or a subject tracking function
for a moving subject.

US Pat. No. 9,848,150

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS COMPRISING A/D CONVERTER WITH OFFSET AND GAIN CORRECTION BASED ON AMPLITUDE OF INPUT SIGNAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a pixel which converts arm optical signal into an electrical signal,
a comparator which compares a pixel signal from the pixel with a predetermined threshold voltage,
an A/D convertor which coverts, based on a result of comparing by the comparator, the pixel signal into digital data in a
low A/D conversion mode when an amplitude of the pixel signal is lower than the predetermined threshold voltage and in a high
luminance A/D conversation mode when an amplitude of the pixel signal is equal to or greater than the determined threshold
voltage, and

a processor which corrects an offset and a gain which are obtained by an A/D conversion by the A/D converter and included
in output data of the A/D converter,

wherein the processor corrects the offset and the gain included in the output data using an offset correction value and a
gain correction value for low luminance mode when the A/D converter converts a pixel signal in the low luminance mode and
using an offset correction value and a gain, correction value for high luminance mode when the A/D converter converts a pixel
signal in the high luminance mode.

US Pat. No. 9,848,159

IMAGE REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reproducing apparatus comprising:
one or more memories that store a set of instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the instructions to:
determine a plurality of images to be reproduced from among images recorded in a recording medium, wherein a still image or
portion of moving image is determined as the image to be reproduced; and

performing control to sequentially reproduce the plurality of images determined to be reproduced,
wherein a still image and a moving image including the portion in which the still image is inserted is recorded in the recording
medium;

wherein the plurality of images determined to be reproduced are capable of being selected so that both the still image and
a portion of moving image are to be reproduced; and

wherein control is performed so that both the certain still image and the portion of moving image in which the certain still
image is inserted are not to be reproduced.

US Pat. No. 9,846,681

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OUTPUTTING LAYOUT IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
one or more memories;
one or more processors in communication with the one or more memories, the one or more processors being configured to control;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image data group including a plurality of images;
a generation unit configured to generate a plurality of layout candidates for one page, each of the layout candidates being
generated by selecting one or more images from the plurality of images and by executing a process for arranging, in a template,
the selected images;

an evaluation unit configured to evaluate the generated layout candidates for the one page, for each of the generated layout
candidates, based on an image-specific evaluation of each image arranged in each of the generated layout candidates and an
in-page balance evaluation within each of the generated layout candidates, wherein the each of the generated layout candidates
is layout information that the process for arranging, in the template, the selected images, has been executed; and

a determination unit configured to determine a layout for the one page to be output from the plurality of layout candidates
for the one page based on a result of evaluation by the evaluation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,841,580

DISTANCE MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A distance measuring apparatus comprising:
an optical system forming an image of a subject;
an imaging device acquiring an electrical signal from a beam that has passed through an exit pupil of the optical system;
and

a calculation unit calculating a distance to the subject on the basis of the electrical signal,
wherein the imaging device includes a signal acquisition unit acquiring
a first electrical signal mainly based on a beam that has passed through a first region off the center of the exit pupil in
a predetermined direction;

a second electrical signal mainly based on a beam that has passed through a second region off the center of the exit pupil
in a direction opposite to the predetermined direction; and

a third electrical signal different from the second electrical signal on the basis of a beam that has passed through a third
region off the first region in the direction opposite to the predetermined direction, and

wherein the calculation unit performs a signal correction process for generating a first corrected signal by subtracting the
third electrical signal from the first electrical signal in a predetermined proportion and a distance calculation process
for calculating the distance by using the first corrected signal in a phase-difference detection method.

US Pat. No. 9,841,589

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination optical apparatus for illuminating a surface to be illuminated with light from a light source, the illumination
optical apparatus comprising:
an optical integrator configured to form a plurality of secondary light sources by causing an incident light to be reflected
at an inner surface thereof;

a light amount adjuster configured to have a plurality of light amount adjusting elements for adjusting a light amount of
the secondary light source; and

a condensor optical system configured such that the light amount adjuster is in a conjugate relationship with a light-emitting
end surface of the optical integrator,

wherein the light amount adjusting elements are located at positions, which correspond to a secondary light source which is
formed by an odd number of times of reflections in a first direction by the optical integrator and a secondary light source
which is formed by an even number of times of reflections in the first direction by the optical integrator and a secondary
light source which is formed by an odd number of times of reflections in a second direction different from the first direction
by the optical integrator and a secondary light source which is formed by an even number of times of reflections in the second
direction by the optical integrator,

wherein the light amount adjusting element is not located at a position which corresponds to the secondary light source which
is formed by no reflection in the optical integrator.

US Pat. No. 9,841,597

ANTI-REFLECTION FILM, OPTICAL ELEMENT INCLUDING THE SAME, AND OPTICAL SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical element comprising:
a substrate; and
an anti-reflection film consisting of a first layer to a seventh layer that are laminated in order from the substrate,
wherein the first layer to a sixth layer are formed of three kinds of mediums having different refractive indices from one
another, and

wherein, when refractive indices of the three kinds of mediums at a wavelength of 550 nm are defined as nL, nM, and nH, and
a refractive index of the seventh layer at a wavelength of 550 nm is defined as n7, a layer formed of a medium having the
refractive index of nL and a layer formed of the medium having the refractive index of nH are spaced away from each other,
and the following conditional expressions are satisfied:

1.35?nL?1.50
1.40?nM?1.65
1.6?nH?2.2
nL 1.1?n7?1.3.

US Pat. No. 9,841,610

OBSERVATION OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OBSERVATION APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. An observation apparatus, comprising:
an observation optical system for observing an object image enlarged by an ocular lens, the observation optical system comprising:
an objective lens;
an image inverting unit configured to invert an object image formed by the objective lens to an erect image; and
the ocular lens configured to enlarge the erect image; and
a blur detecting unit configured to detect blur,
the objective lens comprising, in order from an object side to an observation side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power, which is configured not to move for image blur correction;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power, which is configured to move for image blur correction; and
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power, which is configured not to move for image blur correction,
wherein the first lens unit consists of, in order from the object side to the observation side, a front unit having a positive
refractive power and a rear unit having a positive refractive power, which are separated by an air interval, which is, within
the first lens unit, a largest air interval in a direction of an optical axis,

wherein the second lens unit is configured to move based on the blur detected by the blur detecting unit so as to have a component
in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis for image blur correction, and

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
2.0?|?2|?10.0;

?0.5?(G3R1+G2R2)/(G3R1?G2R2)?0.5; and

d/f1>0.1,
where ?2 represents a lateral magnification of the second lens unit, G2R2 represents a curvature radius of a lens surface of the second
lens unit that is closest to the observation side, G3R1 represents a curvature radius of a lens surface of the third lens
unit that is closest to the object side, d represents the air interval between the front unit and the rear unit on the optical
axis, and f1 represents a focal length of the first lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,839,350

CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGING CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for controlling an imaging apparatus, wherein the imaging apparatus has (a) an emitting unit configured
to emit a fixation light at a predetermined fixation light position, (b) an imaging unit configured to obtain a tomographic
image of an eye fixed in position by the fixation light, and (c) a focus lens configured to focus light reflected by the eye
on the imaging unit, comprising:
at least one memory; and
at least one processor that is in communication with the memory and that is configured to cause the control apparatus to function
as:

a selection unit configured to select an imaging mode for imaging the eye;
a control unit configured to control a position of the focus lens so that the imaging unit obtains an in-focus tomographic
image of the eye; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether the currently selected imaging mode for imaging the eye indicates that
the predetermined fixation light position is the same as the previously selected imaging mode for imaging the eye,

wherein
based on a determination that the currently selected imaging mode for imaging the eye indicates a different fixation light
position from the previously selected imaging mode for imaging the eye, the control unit is configured to move the position
of the focus lens, and

based on a determination that the currently selected imaging mode indicates the same fixation light position as the previously
selected imaging mode, the control unit is configured to maintain the position of the focus lens.

US Pat. No. 9,839,351

IMAGE GENERATING APPARATUS, IMAGE GENERATING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of generating a motion contrast image using optical coherence tomography, comprising:
a data obtaining step of obtaining a plurality of pieces of tomographic image data each indicating a tomogram at substantially
the same portion of an object;

a removing step of removing an outlier from the plurality of pieces of tomographic image data;
a computation step of computing a motion contrast value based on the plurality of pieces of tomographic image data from which
the outlier is removed; and

a generation step of generating a motion contrast image of the object based on the motion contrast value.

US Pat. No. 9,843,728

FOCUS CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus control apparatus having a first mode in which a position of a focus lens is automatically changed, and a second
mode in which the position of the focus lens is manually changed, the focus control apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a first area in the first mode and a second area in the second mode, as areas for obtaining
signals used in focus detection;

a focus detection unit configured to detect a focus state based on signals output from areas of an image capturing unit that
correspond to the first area and the second area; and

a focus control unit configured to control the position of the focus lens in the first mode based on the focus state of the
first area detected by the focus detection unit,

wherein
upon switching from the first mode to the second mode, the setting unit sets a plurality of the second areas that are each
smaller than the first area set in the first mode, and

upon switching from the second mode to the first mode again, the setting unit sets the first area based on a second area that
is included among the plurality of second areas and that has been determined to be in an in-focus state.

US Pat. No. 9,843,731

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CAPTURING A GROUP OF IMAGES COMPOSED OF A PLURALITY OF IMAGES AND DISPLAYING THEM IN REVIEW DISPLAY FORM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit;
a memory configured to store an imaging program; and
a system control unit communicatively-coupled to the memory configured to execute the imaging program to:
perform control to cause the imaging unit to shoot a plurality of images in response to a single shooting instruction;
perform control to generate a set of images from the plurality of images and record each image in the generated set of images
as individual image files in response to the same single shooting instruction; and

perform control to automatically perform review display of the generated set of images in response to the same single shooting
instruction,

wherein the automatically performed review display includes
(a) sequentially displaying each image of the generated set of images in a single image display form on a display unit, wherein
in the single image display form each image of the generated set of images is switched from one to another, and then,

(b) displaying the generated set of images in a multi-image display form, wherein in the multi-image display form each image
of the generated set of images are displayed on a same screen of the display unit without displaying any live view image and
any image shot in response to any shooting instruction other than the single shooting instruction,

wherein each image of the generated set of images displayed in the single image display form is displayed in a larger size
on the display unit than each image of the generated set of images displayed in the multi-image display form.

US Pat. No. 9,842,199

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, WEB SERVER, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a web browser for calling and executing a web application from a web server,
the information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to function as:
(1) a first reception unit configured to receive a first application including (a) a configuration file group for registering
the web application and (b) a license file of the first application from a license management server, wherein the first application
includes (i) a URL of a web application and (ii) a secret key of the web application;

(2) an instruction receiver configured to receive an instruction for calling the web application via the first application;
(3) a generation unit configured to generate signature information that has been digitally signed using the secret key of
the web application included in the first application;

(4) a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the web server, the signature information generated by the generation unit;
and

(5) a second reception unit configured to receive, from the web server, data based on a result of a verification by the web
server using the signature information.

US Pat. No. 9,841,692

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing a binder resin, a colorant, a wax, and a crystalline polyester,
wherein,
the toner has two or more peak tops for crystallization peaks in a temperature range from 40° C. to 80° C. in a first DSC
curve, the first DSC curve being obtained using a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) by a process of heating the toner
to 100° C. and thereafter cooling the toner from 100° C. to 20° C. at 0.5° C./min, and

the toner satisfies the following formula
2.0?(?H(100)/?H(0.5))?6.0

where,
?H(0.5) represents an exothermic quantity (J/g) for the crystallization peak on the lowest temperature side of the two or
more crystallization peaks in the first DSC curve, and

?H(100) represents an exothermic quantity (J/g) for the crystallization peak on the lowest temperature side of crystallization
peaks having peak tops present in a temperature range from 40° C. to 80° C. in a second DSC curve, the second DSC curve being
obtained using the DSC by a process of heating the toner to 100° C. and thereafter cooling the toner from 100° C. to 20° C.
at 100° C./min.

US Pat. No. 9,843,752

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, DRIVING METHOD THEREOF, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor including a plurality of pixels arrayed so as to form a plurality of rows and a plurality of
columns, the sensor comprising:
a driving unit configured to drive, based on a first synchronizing signal, the plurality of pixels while scanning the pixels
for each row;

a readout unit configured to read out pixel signals from the plurality of pixels driven by the driving unit;
a transferring unit configured to transfer, based on a second synchronizing signal, the pixel signals read out by the readout
unit while scanning the pixel signals for each column;

an output unit configured to output the pixel signals transferred by the transferring unit;
a power supply unit configured to supply power to the readout unit and the output unit; and
a control unit,
wherein the control unit:
increases, in a first case in which a readout of the pixel signals is started, a power supply amount to at least one of the
readout unit and the output unit by the power supply unit at a timing when a first period based on at least one of the first
synchronizing signal and the second synchronizing signal has elapsed after setting the power supply unit from a non-operating
state to an operating state, and

sets, in a second case in which the readout of the pixel signals is completed, the power supply unit from the operating state
to the non-operating state at a timing when a second period based on at least one of the first synchronizing signal and the
second synchronizing signal has elapsed after decreasing the power supply amount to the at least one of the readout unit and
the output unit by the power supply unit.

US Pat. No. 9,843,783

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING AUTOFOCUS FUNCTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a focusing state based on a signal output from imaging element which is configured to
photoelectrically convert light that has passed through an imaging optical system including a focus lens into an electric
signal;

a color adjustment unit configured to colorize a captured image;
a correction unit configured acquire a correction amount to correct an amount of deviation in an in-focus position corresponding
to aberration of the imaging optical system which is acquired by an acquisition unit; and

a control unit configured to control driving of the focus lens based on the focusing state detected by the detection unit,
the amount of the deviation, and the correction amount;

wherein, in a first mode, the correction amount is a first amount, and in a second mode, the correction amount is a second
amount which is less amount than the first amount,

wherein the color adjustment unit colorize, in the second mode, a captured image with a small amount than the first mode.

US Pat. No. 9,843,276

DRIVE CONTROL CIRCUIT THAT DRIVES VIBRATOR, DRIVING METHOD, VIBRATION-TYPE DRIVING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive control circuit that drives at least one vibrator having an electro-mechanical energy conversion element and a
projection portion that comes into contact with a driven body, and effects relative movement between the driven body and the
projection portion through elliptical motion produced in the projection portion by application of an alternating-current signal
to the electro-mechanical energy conversion element said drive control circuit, comprising:
a controller configured to control the at least one vibrator; and
a drive circuit configured to output the alternating-current signal, which is to be applied to the electro-mechanical energy
conversion element, based on an output from said controller,

wherein in a case where a ratio of a component in a direction parallel to a driving direction of the driven body to a component
in a direction of a thickness of the electro-mechanical energy conversion element in a path of the elliptical motion is defined
as an ellipse ratio of the elliptical motion, said controller controls said drive circuit such that the ellipse ratio of the
elliptical motion in a first driving mode is greater than an ellipse ratio of the elliptical motion in a second driving mode
in which relative positions of the projection portion and the driven body are changed.

US Pat. No. 9,842,260

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD OF PERFORMING IMAGE SEGMENTATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:

set representative data to be used in first clustering, for each of temporally continuous images;
repeat clustering of pixels in an image based on the representative data;
update the representative data while the clustering is repeated; and
determine whether information representing an occurrence of change of contents in the temporally continuous images is input,
wherein in setting the representative data for an image succeeding to another image in the temporally continuous images, initial
representative data is set if it is determined that the information representing the occurrence of change is input, and representative
data updated after last clustering of an immediately preceding image is set if it is not determined that the information representing
the occurrence of change is input.

US Pat. No. 9,842,269

VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS, VIDEO PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A video processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a moving region in a movie; and
a discrimination unit configured to discriminate, based on a size of an overlapping region where the moving region detected
by the detection unit and a partial region of region having a predetermined shape corresponding to a certain object in the
movie overlap with each other, whether the region having the predetermined shape is the certain object.

US Pat. No. 9,842,279

DATA PROCESSING METHOD FOR LEARNING DISCRIMINATOR, AND DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing method for performing learning on a decision tree used in a discriminator which discriminates an input
image, the data processing method comprising:
setting a plurality of values including at least two positive values, for a plurality of learning images having respective
attributes, as respective selection probabilities for the plurality of learning images;

setting an initial set of the plurality of learning images to an uppermost node of a plurality of nodes in the decision tree;
sequentially selecting a node of the plurality of nodes other than a leaf node in the decision tree from the uppermost node;
selecting a sample subset of the learning images from a set of learning images assigned to the selected node in accordance
with selection probabilities of the learning images;

determining a branch rule for dividing the set of the learning images assigned to the selected node into at least two subnode
subsets using the selected sample subset of the learning images;

updating the selection probabilities of the learning images by decreasing the selection probabilities for the selected sample
subset of the learning images, wherein the selection probabilities are greater than zero and less than one; and

assigning the subnode subsets divided in accordance with the branch rule to nodes succeeding to the selected node as respective
sets for the succeeding nodes.

US Pat. No. 9,844,084

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a displaying unit configured to display a selection screen on which a user selects data to be obtained from a printing apparatus,
the data being selectable from among a plurality of candidates and including at least one of a jam history, an error history,
counter information and log information;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire connection information for establishing a wireless connection between the communication
apparatus and the printing apparatus, from the printing apparatus by using NFC (Near Field Communication), wherein the data
to be obtained from the printing apparatus is selected by the user on the selection screen prior to the acquiring unit acquiring
the connection information;

an establishing unit configured to establish a wireless connection between the communication apparatus and the printing apparatus
based on the connection information, wherein the wireless connection is established in accordance with the acquiring unit
acquiring the connection information;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit, in accordance with the wireless connection being established, an obtainment request
for obtaining data selected by the user on the selection screen to the printing apparatus using the established wireless communication;
and

a notifying unit configured to notify, in accordance with completion of obtaining the data corresponding to the obtainment
request, a user that obtainment of the data from the printing apparatus has been completed.

US Pat. No. 9,837,463

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a semiconductor substrate having a first area in which a plurality of pixels are provided, a second area provided on an outer
side with respect to the first area and in which a circuit that controls the plurality of pixels is provided, and a third
area provided on the outer side with respect to the second area;

a plurality of wiring layers provided above the semiconductor substrate in such a manner as to spread over the first area
and the second area;

an insulating film provided above a topmost one of the plurality of wiring layers in such a manner as to spread over the first
area, the second area, and the third area, the insulating film having a first opening in the third area;

an inner-lens layer provided above the insulating film in such a manner as to spread over the first area, the second area,
and the third area, the inner-lens layer having an inner lens in the first area; and

a planarization layer provided above the inner lens,
wherein the inner-lens layer has a second opening in the third area, the second opening being continuous with the first opening.

US Pat. No. 9,835,438

DISTANCE MEASURING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a grouping unit configured to group surfaces based on approximate shape information of a target object;
a determination unit configured to determine a pattern, based on the surfaces grouped by the grouping unit;
a projection control unit configured to control a projection unit to project the determined pattern on the target object;
a first image obtaining unit configured to obtain a first captured image including the target object on which the determined
pattern is projected by the projection unit, captured by a first capturing unit;

a second image obtaining unit configured to obtain a second captured image of the target object on which the pattern is projected
by the projection unit, the second captured image being captured by a second capturing unit arranged in a position different
from that of the first capturing unit;

a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first distance information of the target object based on the first captured
image captured by the first capturing unit;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire second distance information of the target object based on the second captured
image;

a decision unit configured to decide, for each area of the target object, whether the acquired first distance information
and the acquired second distance information are valid based on the first distance information and the second distance information;
and

a control unit configured to reduce a luminance of the pattern to be projected on the area for which the decision unit has
decided that first distance information and second distance information are valid,

wherein each unit is implemented by one or more processors, circuitry or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,838,515

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of connecting concurrently to a first wireless network and a second wireless network
having a different type from the first wireless network, comprising:
a memory storing a program; and
a processor, operating under control of the program stored in the memory, to:
communicate, with a communication partner apparatus, regarding communication parameters to be used for connecting via the
second wireless network, wherein

(1) in a case where the communication apparatus connects via the second wireless network while not connected to the first
wireless network, the communication apparatus determines whether to execute either a process to provide the communication
parameters from the communication apparatus to the communication partner apparatus or a process to receive the communication
parameters from the communication partner apparatus, and executes one of the process to provide the communication parameters
to the communication partner apparatus and the process to receive the communication parameters according to a determination
result, and

(2) in a case where the communication apparatus connects via the second wireless network while connected to the first wireless
network, execute the process to provide the communication parameters to the communication partner apparatus without performing
the determination,

wherein the processor is configured to operate, in a case where the communication apparatus connects via the second wireless
network while connected to the first network, to not receive the communication parameters from the communication partner apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,835,732

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging area in which a plurality of imaging pixels for obtaining a radiation image are arranged to form a plurality of
rows and a plurality of columns, each of the plurality of imaging pixels including a first conversion element configured to
convert radiation into an electrical signal, and a first switch;

a plurality of first driving lines for driving the first switches of the plurality of imaging pixels;
a plurality of column signal lines arranged to respectively correspond to the plurality of columns such that signals are read
out from the plurality of imaging pixels;

a plurality of detecting pixels each arranged in a position which is specified by a row of the plurality of rows and a column
of the plurality of columns, the detecting pixel being used for at least one of (a) detecting start of irradiation of radiation
and (b) monitoring irradiation amount of radiation, and each of the plurality of detecting pixels including a second conversion
element configured to convert radiation into an electrical signal, and a second switch;

a plurality of second driving lines which are different from the plurality of first driving lines, wherein at least one of
the plurality of second driving lines is supplied with a signal including, in a period during which radiation is irradiated,
a level for turning on the second switch and a level for turning off the second switch; and

a plurality of detection signal lines which are different from the plurality of column signal lines, each of the plurality
of detection signal lines corresponding to at least one of to the plurality of detecting pixels,

wherein each of the first switches is electrically connected to a corresponding first conversion element and a corresponding
column signal line among the plurality of column signal lines, and is not electrically connected to the detection signal line,
and wherein each of the plurality of second switches has a control terminal connected to a corresponding second driving line
of the plurality of second driving lines, each of the second switches is electrically connected to a corresponding second
conversion element and a corresponding detection signal line of the plurality of detection signal lines and is not electrically
connected to the plurality of column signal lines.

US Pat. No. 9,838,552

SYSTEM INCLUDING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND FIRST SERVER FOR GENERATING PAGE INFORMATION AND ISSUING CORRESPONDING INSTRUCTION INFORMATION FOR THE IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system which includes a first server and an image processing apparatus communicating with the first server, wherein:
the first server comprises a first memory storing instructions, and a first processor which is capable of executing the instructions
in the first memory causing the first server to:

generate page information including a message related to an input instruction, and first instruction information corresponding
to the input instruction;

issue a notification based on the generated first instruction information to the image processing apparatus, in response to
an inquiry about instruction information from the image processing apparatus; and

provide the generated page information to a request using a web browser from the image processing apparatus, and
the image processing apparatus comprises a display device, a second memory storing instructions, and a second processor which
is capable of executing the instructions in the second memory causing the image processing apparatus to:

transmit operation information of the image processing apparatus to the first server;
perform the inquiry about the instruction information to the first server at periodical timing;
display, in response to the notification based on the first instruction information from the first server to the inquiry about
the instruction information, a message corresponding to the notification in a status display area of the display device;

acquire, by using a web browser, the page information including a message related to the first instruction information provided
from the first server; and

display the provided message on the display device by using the page information.

US Pat. No. 9,836,254

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print image data; and
a memory and a processor configured to:
manage applications which are installable to the image forming apparatus, at least one of the applications being used for
executing a job using the printing unit;

receive a security policy data that is transmitted from an external apparatus, the security policy data defining a security
policy;

obtain, from the at least one of the managed applications, policy applying environment information indicating an environment
for setting a security policy; and

notify, to an administrator, at least one of the managed applications which does not have an environment for setting the security
policy defined by the security policy data, based on a result of obtaining the policy environment information from the managed
applications.

US Pat. No. 9,836,256

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including at least one processor and at least a memory coupled to the at least one
processor and having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one
processor to function as:
a first print setting unit, which is installed in the information processing apparatus, configured to receive set values of
a plurality of print setting items on a first print setting screen and save a set of the set values; and

a second print setting unit, which is installed in the information processing apparatus in response to an installation of
a printer driver, configured to receive set values of a plurality of print setting items on a second print setting screen
and save a set of the set values,

wherein the first print setting unit is configured to obtain the set of the set values saved by the second print setting unit,
display, on the first print setting screen, a first list of names each corresponding to a respective set in a plurality of
sets of set values including the obtained set of the set values, and reflect the set values of the set corresponding to a
name selected from the first list in set values of the plurality of print setting items on the first print setting screen,

wherein the second print setting unit is configured to obtain the set of the set values saved by the first print setting unit,
display, on the second print setting screen, a second list of names each corresponding to a respective set in a plurality
of sets of set values including the obtained set of the set values, and reflect the set values of the set corresponding to
a name selected from the second list in set values of the plurality of print setting items on the second print setting screen.

US Pat. No. 9,836,258

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium storing a program that causes, when executed by at least one central
processing unit, an information processing apparatus, the information processing apparatus being connectable to an external
device by one of a first connection method and a second connection method different from the first connection method, and
the information processing apparatus being capable of detecting that the information processing apparatus is newly connected
to the external apparatus by the first connection method, by using the program, but incapable of detecting that the information
processing apparatus is newly connected to the external apparatus by the second connection method,to execute a control method, the control method comprising:
storing, in a memory, predetermined device information to be obtained from the external apparatus to which the information
processing apparatus is connected;

receiving an instruction for performing predetermined processing;
performing determination processing for determining whether the information processing apparatus is already connected to the
external apparatus by the first connection method or the information processing apparatus is already connected to the external
apparatus by the second connection method; and

performing the predetermined processing by using the predetermined device information,
wherein the predetermined processing is performed either by using the predetermined device information that has been stored
in the memory since before the instruction is received without obtaining the predetermined device information after the instruction
is received or by using the predetermined device information to be obtained after the instruction is received without using
the predetermined device information that has been stored in the memory since before the instruction is received, based on
a determination result of the determination processing, and

wherein the predetermined processing is performed by using the predetermined device information that has been stored in the
memory since before the instruction is received without obtaining the predetermined device information after the instruction
is received in a case where it is determined that the information processing apparatus is connected to the external apparatus
by the first connection method, and the predetermined processing is performed by using the predetermined device information
to be obtained after the instruction is received without using the predetermined device information that has been stored in
the memory since before the instruction is received in a case where it is determined that the information processing apparatus
is connected to the external apparatus by the second connection method.

US Pat. No. 9,836,260

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, TERMINAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a first wireless communication unit and a second wireless communication unit which can communicate
at a communication speed higher than that of the first wireless communication unit, the printing apparatus comprising:
a communication control unit that, in a case where the first wireless communication unit communicates with a communication
partner apparatus in a state that a wireless connection using the second wireless communication unit cannot be established
in the printing apparatus, establishes a wireless connection between the printing apparatus and the communication partner
apparatus using the second wireless communication unit;

a receiving unit that receives print data from the communication partner apparatus via the wireless connection established
by the communication control unit; and

a print control unit that executes a print processing based on the print data;
wherein a portion where the communication partner apparatus is brought for wireless communication using the first wireless
communication unit is disposed on an operation unit having an operation display of the printing apparatus,

wherein an angle between a surface including the operation display on the operation unit and a transparent surface to place
a document for scan processing is changeable,

after the print processing based on the print data is completed, the printing apparatus works in the state that the wireless
connection using the second wireless communication unit cannot be established.

US Pat. No. 9,836,010

VIBRATION-TYPE DRIVING APPARATUS, ROBOT, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vibration-type driving apparatus comprising:
a vibrator including an electro-mechanical transducer;
a driven body disposed in contact with the vibrator;
a supporting portion extending from the vibrator;
a base to which the vibrator is fixed, with the supporting portion interposed therebetween;
a vibration absorber disposed between the supporting portion and the base;
a compressive-force adjusting device configured to adjust a compressive force to be applied to the vibration absorber between
the supporting portion and the base, and

a step portion provided in the base and in direct contact with a surface of the supporting portion on a base side or a member
disposed in contact with the surface of the supporting portion of the base side between the supporting portion and the base
and larger in rigidity than the vibration absorber.

US Pat. No. 9,836,016

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising an apparatus body and a cartridge capable of being detachably attached to the apparatus
body,
wherein the apparatus body includes a body-side terminal that is a terminal for supplying electricity to the cartridge and
a terminal supporting member for supporting the body-side terminal,

wherein the cartridge includes:
a developing apparatus that develops as a developer image an electrostatic latent image formed on an image bearing member;
a cartridge-side terminal to which electricity is supplied from the apparatus body and which is located on a downstream side
in an attaching direction of the cartridge; and

a frame having an opening that exposes the cartridge-side terminal,
wherein, in a process of attaching the cartridge to the apparatus body, the body-side terminal makes contact with the cartridge-side
terminal so as to insert the body-side terminal and the terminal supporting member into the opening, and

wherein the body-side terminal presses the cartridge-side terminal in a state in which the cartridge is attached to the apparatus
body.

US Pat. No. 9,838,582

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR DISPLAYING A SCREEN RELATED TO A SETTING OF A LIGHT EMISSION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a first light emission unit configured to be able to move to a light emission position and a non-light emission position;
a second light emission unit detachably attached to the image pickup apparatus;
an operation unit operable by a user; and
a display control unit configured to control a setting screen on a display unit,
wherein the operation unit is an operating member that is able to move the first light emission unit from the non-light emission
position to the light emission position and able to display a first setting screen related to a setting of the first light
emission unit and a second setting screen related to a setting of the second light emission unit on the display, in accordance
with an operation of the operating unit by the user,

wherein, in a case where the second light emission unit is not attached to the image pickup apparatus, the first light emission
unit is configured to move from the non-light emission position to the light emission position without displaying the first
setting screen on the display unit in accordance with an operation of the operation unit in a state in which the first light
emission unit is located at the non-light emission position,

wherein, in a case where the second light emission unit is not attached to the image pickup apparatus, the display control
unit is configured to display the first setting screen on the display unit in accordance with the operation of the operation
unit without moving the first light emission unit in a state in which the first light emission unit is located at the light
emission position,

wherein, in a case where the second light emission unit is attached to the image pickup apparatus, the display control unit
is configured to display the second setting screen on the display unit in accordance with the operation of the operation unit
regardless of a position of the first light emission unit,

wherein the first light emission unit is a built-in flash device of the image pickup apparatus, and
wherein the second light emission unit is an external flash device detachably attached to the image pickup apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,835,765

OPTICAL ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A diffractive optical element comprising:
a first substrate having a surface including a first region, and a second region that surrounds the first region;
a first member containing fine particles of a transparent conductive material provided on the first region;
a second member provided on the second region so as to contact with the first substrate, and on the first member so as to
contact with the first member; and

a second substrate provided on the second member,
wherein at least a part of an interface where the first member and the second member contact has a diffraction grating shape,
and

wherein the second member has an oxygen permeability of 2.0×10?11 cm3·cm·(cm2·s·cmHg)?1 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,837,046

DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control device comprising:
a calibration unit configured to display a plurality of images for colorimetry on a screen in a sequential order and to perform
calibration processing of adjusting display quality on the basis of a colorimetry result obtained by colorimetry with a sensor;

a detection unit configured to detect a predetermined event that can decrease an accuracy of colorimetry of the sensor while
the calibration processing is executed; and

a determination unit configured to perform determination processing of determining whether or not to stop the calibration
processing by comparing the colorimetry results before and after the detection of the predetermined event with the sensor
in a case where the detection unit detected the predetermined event, wherein

the determination unit displays again on the screen a preceding image for colorimetry that had been displayed before the predetermined
event was detected by the detection unit, performs colorimetry with the sensor, and determines to stop the calibration processing
in a case where a difference between a colorimetry value of the preceding image before the predetermined event as detected
by the detection unit and a colorimetry value of the preceding image after the predetermined event was detected by the detection
unit is greater than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,838,591

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM FOR GENERATING A SIGNAL FOR FOCUS DETECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels each of which includes a plurality of photoelectric conversion units,
wherein each of the plurality of pixels outputs a first signal based on charge generated by one of the plurality of photoelectric
conversion units,

wherein the imaging apparatus includes
a first step of adding first signals of a plurality of pixels which have a same row address and consecutive column addresses,
a second step of adding first signals which have the same row address and consecutive column addresses, and
a third step of adding first signals which have the same row address and consecutive column addresses,
wherein row addresses of the plurality of pixels having the signals added to one another in the first step are the same as
row addresses having the signals added to one another in the second step, and column addresses of the plurality of pixels
having the signals added to one another in the first step are different from column addresses having the signals added to
one another in the second step,

wherein the row addresses having the signals added to one another in the first step are different from row addresses having
the signals added to one another in the third step, a portion of a range of column addresses having the signals added to one
another in the first step overlaps with a portion of a range of column addresses having the signals added to one another in
the third step, and the other portion of the range of column addresses having the signals added to one another in the first
step does not overlap with the other portion of the range of column addresses having the signals added to one another in the
third step, and

wherein the row addresses having the signals added to one another in the second step are different from the row addresses
having the signals added to one another in the third step, a portion of the range of the column addresses having the signals
added to one another in the second step overlaps with a portion of the range of the column addresses having the signals added
to one another in the third step, and the other portion of the range of the column addresses having the signals added to one
another in the second step does not overlap with the other portion of the range of the column addresses having the signals
added to one another in the third step.

US Pat. No. 9,838,619

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION INSPECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a sensor array, in which a plurality of sensors configured to detect radiation with first sensitivity and second sensitivity
which are different from each other are arranged such that the plurality of sensors form a plurality of rows and a plurality
of columns, wherein each of the plurality of sensors also includes a first sample/hold circuit configured to sample and hold
a first signal obtained with the first sensitivity and a second sample/hold circuit configured to sample and hold a second
signal obtained with the second sensitivity;

a row selecting unit configured to select each sensor of the sensor array on a row basis;
a signal readout unit configured to read out a signal from each sensor on a row selected by the row selecting unit; and
a control unit configured to
perform first control to control the sensor array so as to make the first sample/hold circuits collectively sample and hold
the first signals in the plurality of sensors and make the second sample/hold circuits collectively sample and hold the second
signals in the plurality of sensors, and

perform second control to control the row selecting unit so as to make the signal readout unit read out the first signal and
the second signal obtained by the first control from each sensor,

wherein, in the second control, after the signal readout unit reads out the first signal and the second signal, in sequence,
respectively held by the first sample/hold circuit and the second sample/hold circuit of each sensor on a row selected by
the row selecting unit, the control unit controls the row selecting unit to select each sensor on a row different from the
selected row.

US Pat. No. 9,838,625

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING CORRECTION OF A BLACK LEVEL IN A COMBINED IMAGE SIGNAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to combine a plurality of image signals, the image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire the plurality of image signals;
a combining unit configured to compare signal values of all of the plurality of image signals which are positioned in a corresponding
area in an image and select only one image signal among the plurality of image signals for each area in the image according
to a predetermined rule, to generate a combined image signal;

a correction unit configured to correct a black level of each of the plurality of image signals yet to be combined and correct
a black level of the combined image signal generated by the combining unit;

a memory configured to store a table indicating whether correction of the black level is performed on the combined image signal
in accordance with a shooting condition; and

a control unit configured to refer to the table stored in the memory and control correction of the black level for the combined
image signal generated by the combining unit, based on a shooting condition at the time when the plurality of image signals
is acquired.

US Pat. No. 9,838,631

SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD OF DRIVING SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state imaging device comprising:
a pixel circuit configured to generate a pixel signal by photoelectric conversion;
a reference signal generation circuit configured to generate a reference signal which changes in level with time;
a plurality of comparators configured to,
compare a plurality of reference signals being given offset voltages differing from each other, with the pixel signal, or
compare a plurality of pixel signals being given offset voltages differing from each other, with the reference signal; and
a plurality of sets, each including a switch and a capacitor, each of the plurality of sets being provided for a different
one of the plurality of comparators and being configured to generate, based on the reference signal generated by the reference
signal generation circuit, the plurality of reference signals being given offset voltages differing from each other or the
plurality of pixel signals being given offset voltages differing from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,838,632

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF MOVIE RECORDING, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device having a plurality of pixels arranged in a two-dimensional array;
a first driver that drives the image pickup apparatus to acquire first image data from a first readout area of the image pickup
device;

a second driver that drives the image pickup device to acquire second image data from a second readout area, which is different
from the first readout area, of the image pickup device; and

a controller that:
changes a readout rate of the second image data to extend an exposure time for the image pickup device in a case where the
luminance of the subject becomes lower; and

reflects an evaluation value of a state of the subject based on the second image data acquired from the second readout area
to the first image data after extending an exposure time for the image pickup device.

US Pat. No. 9,838,633

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a photoelectric converter included in a pixel;
a transistor included in the pixel and having a gate, a first main electrode and a second main electrode, a voltage corresponding
to charges generated by the photoelectric converter being supplied to the gate;

a control line connected to the first main electrode of the transistor;
a voltage controller configured to change a voltage of the control line; and
a readout unit configured to generate a digital signal corresponding to a voltage of the gate, based on a current flowing
through the second main electrode of the transistor in which in a state that the pixel is selected and the voltage controller
changes the voltage of the control line.

US Pat. No. 9,838,636

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
a first photoelectric conversion element;
a second photoelectric conversion element adjacent to the first photoelectric conversion element in a first direction;
a third photoelectric conversion element adjacent to the first photoelectric conversion element in a second direction perpendicular
to the first direction;

a fourth photoelectric conversion element adjacent to the third photoelectric conversion element in the first direction, and
adjacent to the second photoelectric conversion element in the second direction;

a first, a second, a third and a fourth transfer transistors which are configured to transfer charges respectively from the
first, the second, the third and the fourth photoelectric conversion elements to a floating diffusion region;

an amplifying transistor configured to output a signal corresponding to the charges in the floating diffusion region;
a first, a second, a third and a fourth drive wirings extending in the first direction, which are electrically connected to
gates of the first, the second, the third and the fourth transfer transistors, respectively; and

a conductive member, which is configured to electrically connect the floating diffusion region and a gate of the amplifying
transistor to each other, and is configured to extend beyond an end portion of the floating diffusion region in a plan view
while being opposed to the first drive wiring,

wherein, in a plan view, a pair of the first photoelectric conversion element and the second photoelectric conversion element,
and a pair of the third photoelectric conversion element and the fourth photoelectric conversion element are arranged in line
symmetry, and

wherein, in the plain view, a pair of the first drive wiring and the second drive wiring, and a pair of the third drive wiring
and the fourth drive wiring are arranged in line symmetry.

US Pat. No. 9,838,637

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a pixel configured to generate a pixel signal corresponding to incident light;
an amplification circuit configured to amplify the pixel signal;
a setting circuit configured to set a gain of the amplification circuit based on a comparison result between a threshold and
the pixel signal amplified by the amplification circuit; and

a correction circuit configured to correct the pixel signal, which is amplified by a gain set by the setting circuit, by using
a first correction value and a second correction value, the first correction value being a value corresponding to a gain error
and the second correction value being a value corresponding to an offset of the amplification circuit in the gain.

US Pat. No. 9,838,638

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME, AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels;
a unit which is a unit different from the pixels and includes a detecting element configured to detect radiation and a switch
element corresponding to the detecting element;

a signal line configured to transmit a signal output from the detecting element in accordance with the switch element changing
to a conductive state; and

a controller,
wherein the controller performs
a first operation of obtaining, before a start of radiation irradiation to the radiation imaging apparatus, a signal of the
signal line when the switch element is in a non-conductive state and a signal of the signal line when the switch element is
in the conductive state as a first signal and a second signal, respectively,

a second operation of obtaining, in response to the start of the radiation irradiation, a signal of the signal line when the
switch element is in the non-conductive state and a signal of the signal line when the switch element is in the conductive
state as a third signal and a fourth signal, respectively,

a third operation of calculating, based on the first signal, the second signal, the third signal, and the fourth signal, an
irradiation amount of the radiation since the start of the radiation irradiation and outputting a signal to end the radiation
irradiation in response to the irradiation amount reaching a reference value, and

a fourth operation of reading out image data from the plurality of pixels after the end of the radiation irradiation.

US Pat. No. 9,838,656

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions to be executed by the hardware processor, wherein the instructions, when executed by the
hardware processor, cause the display control apparatus to:

generate an added frame by adding pixel values of a predetermined image pattern to pixel values of a first frame based on
a frame of an inputted image signal and generate a subtracted frame by subtracting the pixel values of the predetermined image
pattern from pixel values of a second frame based on the frame of the inputted image signal;

perform projection control to control a projection unit so that N frames, which are based on the frame of the inputted image
signal and include the added frame and the subtracted frame, are projected at N-times a frame frequency of the inputted image
signal, wherein N is greater than 1;

acquire a parameter based on a captured image obtained by a capturing unit capturing an image projected, according to the
projection control, on a screen; and

perform correction control to control, based on the parameter acquired in the acquiring, correction for a shape of an image
projected on the screen by the projection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,838,658

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS TONE CORRECTION, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which develops photographed data, comprising:
a storage device; and
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the computer executable
instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:

determine, based on a luminance histogram for the photographed data, an input lower limit and an input upper limit of luminance
values for use in developing the photographed data;

calculate, based on at least one of the determined input lower limit and the determined input upper limit, a reference level
of a gamma curve for use in carrying out gamma correction on the photographed data; and

perform gamma correction on the photographed data using the determined input lower limit and the determined input upper limit
and the gamma curve corresponding to the calculated reference level.

US Pat. No. 9,838,952

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether the communication device participates in a wireless network;
a first transmission unit configured to transmit a search signal having a setting function to a plurality of channels in a
case where the communication device does not participate in the wireless network;

a second transmission unit configured to transmit, on a part of the plurality of channels and where the communication device
belongs, the search signal in a case where the communication device participates in the wireless network; and

an execution unit configured to execute, with another communication device which has responded to the search signal, a setting
process of a communication parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,832,335

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH POWER SAVING MODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit;
a first control unit;
a second control unit configured to control said image forming unit; and
a plurality of lines that connect said first control unit and said second control unit,
wherein said plurality of lines include a first line for transmitting a clock to said second control unit from said first
control unit, a second line for communicating a command according to the clock between said first control unit and said second
control unit, and a third line for controlling a state of said second control unit by said first control unit,

wherein the command is represented by a predetermined number of data synchronized with the clock, and the predetermined number
of data has a start bit and command data that indicates a type of the command,

wherein the state of said second control unit includes a standby state and a sleep state of which power consumption is lower
than the standby state,

wherein said second control unit makes said image forming unit perform a preparation operation for forming an image in a case
where the start bit is in a first state after releasing the sleep state according to a state of the third line, and makes
said image forming unit not perform the preparation operation in a case where the start bit is in a second state after releasing
the sleep state according to the state of the third line.

US Pat. No. 9,829,777

LIGHT SOURCE UNIT AND PROJECTION TYPE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light source unit comprising:
a first light source configured to emit a first light flux;
a second light source configured to emit a second light flux;
a condenser optical system including a plurality of condenser lenses having a common optical axis and configured to condense
the first light flux from the condenser lenses to a first position and to condense the second light flux from the condenser
lenses to a second position different from the first position,

a first optical element arranged at the first position and configured to reflect the first light flux to the condenser optical
system; and

a second optical element arranged at the second position and configured to reflect the second light flux to the condenser
optical system,

wherein the condenser optical system is arranged such that the first light flux and the second light flux are incident on
a condenser lens, among the condenser lenses that is disposed closest to the first light source and the second light source,
at angles different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,832,341

METHOD FOR EXECUTING AN IMAGING DATA REQUEST FROM A MOBILE DEVICE TO AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS USING A PUBLIC AND PRIVATE NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mobile data processing method, comprising:
using an information processing apparatus having a memory and a processor coupled to the memory, the processor being configured
to receive from a mobile device, an imaging data request, a code generated by an image processing apparatus and a mobile device
code generated by the mobile device, the processor being configured to receive the imaging data request, the code and the
mobile device code via a public network when the mobile device is within a predetermined distance from the information processing
apparatus;

using the processor of the information processing apparatus to determine that the code and the mobile device code are stored
in the information processing apparatus in association with a user identification; and

using the processor of the information processing apparatus to transmit the received imaging data request to the image processing
apparatus via a private network in response to determining that the image processing apparatus has been logged into by a user
having the user identification stored in the information processing apparatus, to execute the imaging data request on the
image processing apparatus when the mobile device is within the predetermined distance from the information processing apparatus.