US Pat. No. 10,114,596

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,108,023

LENS APPARATUS, OPTICAL APPARATUS, DRIVING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:a lens;
a moving frame holding the lens;
an ultrasonic motor configured to drive the moving frame; and
a fixed portion in which a through hole is formed along a direction of an optical axis of the lens, the fixed portion supporting the moving frame so that the moving frame is movable in a direction perpendicular to the direction of the optical axis, the fixed portion holding the ultrasonic motor in the through hole so that the ultrasonic motor drives the supported moving frame in a first side, with respect to the fixed portion along the direction of the optical axis, where the moving frame is provided, and that the ultrasonic motor is removable from a second side, with respect to the fixed portion along the direction of the optical axis, opposite to the first side.

US Pat. No. 10,109,328

MEMORY CONTROLLER FOR ADJUSTING TIMING BASED ON MEMORY POWER STATES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A memory controller that controls first memory device and a second memory device, comprising:a power supply control unit configured to control power supply to the first memory device and the second memory device;
a storage unit configured to store a first setting value for adjusting writing timing in a first power state of writing of data in the first memory device, or reading timing in the first power state of reading of data from the first memory device, the first power state indicating a state where the power is supplied to the first memory device and the second memory device, and a second setting value for adjusting a writing timing in a second power state of writing of data in the first memory device, or a reading timing in the second power state of reading of data from the first memory device, the second power state indicating a state where the power is supplied to the first memory device while the power supply to the second memory is stopped; and
a control unit configured to control, in the first power state, the writing timing of the writing of data in the first memory device or the reading timing of the reading of data from the first memory device based on the first setting value stored in the storage unit, and control, in the second power state, the writing timing of the writing of data in the first memory device, or the reading timing of the reading of data from the first memory device, based on the second setting value stored in the storage unit.
US Pat. No. 10,108,099

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising:toner base particles; and
an external additive,
wherein a resin which has an elastic deformation rate of 70% or more and a melting temperature of 125.0° C. or less is contained in surfaces of the toner base particles.

US Pat. No. 10,106,355

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:a first pair of conveying rollers configured to convey a sheet;
a second pair of conveying rollers against which a leading edge of the sheet conveyed by the first pair of conveying rollers is abutted so that a loop is formed on the sheet, the second pair of conveying rollers conveying the sheet together with the first pair of conveying rollers by rotating after the loop is formed on the sheet;
a separator configured to separate the first pair of conveying rollers from each other;
a first conveyance path configured to guide the sheet toward the first pair of conveying rollers;
a second conveyance path which is a path different from the first conveyance path and which is configured to guide the sheet toward the first pair of conveying rollers; and
a controller configured to (a) determine by which of the first conveyance path and the second conveyance path the sheet with a loop is guided and (b) change a timing for the separator to separate the first pair of conveying rollers after the loop is formed on the sheet based on the determination of by which of the first conveyance path and the second conveyance path the sheet with the loop is guided.

US Pat. No. 10,106,357

DISCHARGE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A discharge device which discharges a sheet, the discharge device comprising:a shaft which is driven to rotate by a driving force transmitted from a driving source;
a driving roller configured to convey and discharge the sheet, the driving roller being provided on the shaft and rotating with the shaft; and
a rotating member provided on the shaft and having an outer circumferential surface which contacts the sheet, the rotating member being rotatable with respect to the shaft and including a first rotating part and a second rotating part adjacent to the first rotating part with respect to a rotating direction of the rotating member, a downstream end surface of the first rotating part adjoins an upstream end surface of the second rotating part with respect to the rotating direction of the rotating member in a boundary between the first rotating part and the second rotating part, and a downstream end surface of the second rotating part adjoins an upstream end surface of the first rotating part with respect to the rotating direction of the rotating member in the boundary between the first rotating part and the second rotating part,
wherein when the rotating member is viewed in an axial direction of the shaft, a distance between a rotation center of the shaft and an outermost edge of the downstream end surface of the first rotating part is greater than a distance between the rotation center of the shaft and an outermost edge of the upstream end surface of the second rotating part, and a distance between the rotation center of the shaft and an outermost edge of the downstream end surface of the second rotating part is greater than a distance between the rotation center of the shaft and an outermost edge of the upstream end surface of the first rotating part, and
wherein when the rotating member is viewed in the axial direction of the shaft, an entirety of the outer circumferential surface of the rotating member has an outer diameter greater than an outer diameter of an outer circumferential surface of the driving roller, and the outer circumferential surface of the rotating member, except for the vicinity of the boundary, does not have a protruding portion or a recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,110,757

PRINTING APPARATUS AND NOTIFICATION METHOD OF PRINTING APPARATUS ABNORMALITY IN A PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a carriage configured to mount a printhead and move;
an acceleration sensor provided in the carriage; and
at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor, the at least one processor serving as units comprising:
a transformation unit configured to obtain an obtained spectrum by frequency-transforming an output of the acceleration sensor; and
a determination unit configured to determine, based on the obtained spectrum, at least one of an operation abnormality of the carriage and an external impulse given to the printing apparatus, wherein
the determination unit includes:
a first determination unit configured to determine, in a predetermined frequency of interest, whether the obtained spectrum exceeds a first threshold; and
a second determination unit configured to determine, in a frequency band lower than the frequency of interest, whether the obtained spectrum exceeds a second threshold, and
the determination unit
(1) determines that the carriage operates normally if the first determination unit determines that the obtained spectrum is not more than the first threshold with respect to the frequency of interest,
(2) determines that the external impulse has occurred if the first determination unit determines that the obtained spectrum exceeds the first threshold with respect to the frequency of interest and the second determination unit determines that the obtained spectrum exceeds the second threshold with respect to the frequency band lower than the frequency of interest, and
(3) determines that a jam of a printing sheet caused by the carriage has occurred if the first determination unit determines that the obtained spectrum exceeds the first threshold with respect to the frequency of interest and the second determination unit determines that the obtained spectrum does not exceed the second threshold with respect to the frequency band lower than the frequency of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,104,378

RESIDUAL COLOUR TRANSFORM SIGNALLED AT SEQUENCE LEVEL FOR SPECIFIC CODING MODES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of coding an image formed of a plurality of coding units of pixels in a video sequence, a coding unit being the basic unit for which a prediction mode is selected, the method comprising:obtaining a residual block of pixels for at least part of a current coding unit using a predictor block of pixels;
determining whether to apply or not a residual colour transform to the obtained residual block of pixels before encoding it into a bitstream, the residual colour transform converting colour pixel components of the residual block from a colour space to another colour space;
signalling the result of the determining using a residual colour transform, RCT, flag in the bitstream;
wherein determining whether to apply or not the residual colour transform comprises taking into account a best current coding mode in deciding whether to perform an evaluation of the residual colour transform or not for the obtained residual block of pixels;
performing a first evaluation loop including enabling or disabling the residual colour transform for the first evaluation loop dependent on a colour type of the image and coding the residual block of pixels using the residual colour transform if enabled, to obtain a first rate-distortion cost,
evaluating whether or not the obtained first rate-distortion cost is lower than a reference best rate-distortion cost;
performing a second evaluation loop only in case of positive evaluation, the second evaluation loop including enabling or disabling the residual colour transform for the second evaluation loop depending on a colour type of the image and coding the residual block of pixels using the residual colour transform if enabled, to obtain a second rate-distortion cost; and
comparing the obtained rate-distortion cost or costs to the reference best rate-distortion cost to determine a best coding mode for coding the residual block of pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,098,541

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
memory coupled to the one or more processors and storing instructions, the instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a color fundus image including an optic disk area and a macular area of a subject's eye, the color fundus image being obtained using at least visible light;
a determination unit configured to determine, as a partial region of the color fundus image, one of a region of the color fundus image which includes the macular area and a region of the color fundus image which includes the optic disk area; and
a generation unit configured to generate an image in which a difference in color of the partial region is enhanced, by applying image processing based on a decorrelation stretching method to the partial region.

US Pat. No. 10,104,244

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM INCLUDING IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE WHICH COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A method at an image processing system comprising one or more information processing devices and one or more image processing devices connected to each other via a network, at least one of the image processing devices including a scanner that scans an image and outputs image data and a computer-readable storage medium, the method comprising:transmitting from each of the image processing devices via the network a notification signal indicating a function of the image processing device,
searching for at least one image processing device having a scanning function based on the notification signal received from an image processing device via the network;
transferring, based on the result of searching for at least one image processing device having the scanning function, from at least one of the information processing devices, identification data of the information processing device to an image processing device having the scanning function without transferring the identification data of the information processing device to another image processing device which does not have the scanning function;
receiving the identification data of an information processing device sent from the information processing device;
causing the computer-readable storage medium of the image processing device to store the received identification data of the information processing device;
selecting an information processing device whose identification data is stored in the computer-readable storage medium; and
transferring the image data outputted from the scanner to the selected information processing device.

US Pat. No. 10,099,476

PIEZOELECTRIC THIN FILM, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, PIEZOELECTRIC THIN FILM MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A piezoelectric thin film containing Pb(1.00˜1.20)(ZrxTi1-x)O3, where x=0.4 to 0.6, and having crystal orientations of at least a (100) plane, a (110) plane, and a (111) plane,wherein a ratio of a reflection intensity of the (100) plane relative to a sum of reflection intensities of the (100) plane, the (110) plane, and the (111) plane of the Pb(1.00˜1.20)(ZrxTi1-x)O3, where x=0.4 to 0.6, is not less than 95% as measured by X-ray diffractometry, and
wherein the piezoelectric thin film is formed after a dried coating layer is formed by applying a coating solution onto a substrate and heating the substrate to evaporate an organic solvent from the coating solution applied thereon in a state that a shield plate is arranged around the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,097,713

IMAGE READING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH ORIGINAL-SIZE-DETECTION FUNCTION AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH IMAGE READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:an opening-closing detection unit configured to detect an opening/closing state of a pressure plate that presses an original to a platen;
a light source that irradiates the original placed on the platen with light;
a line sensor configured to receive light reflected by the original at a reading position, and to output image signals;
a timing signal generating circuit configured to output a line periodic signal to the line sensor and to output a lighting control signal that is supplied to the light source in synchronization with the line periodic signal supplied to the line sensor; and
a controller configured to detect the length of the original in a predetermined direction that is perpendicular to a moving direction of the reading position based on the image signals output from the line sensor,
wherein the timing signal generating circuit is configured to output a first line periodic signal having a period longer than a period of a second line periodic signal at a time of reading an original image to the line sensor, and to output a first lighting control signal having a first duty ratio smaller than a second duty ratio at the time of reading the original image to the light source, in accordance with the opening-closing detection unit detecting the closing state, from the opening state, corresponding to a predetermined angle, and
wherein the first duty ratio relates to a ratio of a period during which the light source is lit during the period of the first line periodic signal.

US Pat. No. 10,097,716

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A server apparatus comprising:a storage unit configured to store setting information including a first setting and a second setting;
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
receive, from a first client apparatus, a deletion request for the first setting stored in the storage unit;
store, in the storage unit upon receiving the deletion request, information indicating deletion of the first setting;
receive, from a second client apparatus, a request for the setting information after the information indicating deletion of the first setting is stored in the storage unit, wherein setting information stored on the second client apparatus includes the first setting and the second setting;
upon receiving the request for the setting information, determine whether to send the second setting or the information indicating deletion of the first setting without sending the second setting, the determination based on a latest synchronization time at which synchronization of setting information was performed between the second client apparatus and the server apparatus; and
in a case it is determined to send the second setting, send the second setting to the second client apparatus, and, in a case it is determined to send the information indicating deletion of the first setting without sending the second setting, send the information indicating deletion of the first setting to the second client apparatus without sending the second setting.

US Pat. No. 10,095,161

ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:an accommodating chamber for accommodating developer, the accommodating chamber being provided with an opening;
a seal member for unsealably sealing the opening, the seal member including a hole; and
a rotatable member rotatably supported inside of the accommodating chamber,
wherein the rotatable member includes a shaft portion and a projection extending in a radial direction of the shaft portion, the projection being configured to wind up the seal member when the shaft portion rotates, and
wherein the hole and the projection are provided in a non-overlapping positional relationship with respect to a longitudinal direction along the shaft portion.

US Pat. No. 10,097,749

IMAGING SYSTEM, IMAGING APPARATUS, LENS UNIT, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens apparatus t is capable of being mounted to a camera apparatus, the lens apparatus comprising;an imaging optical system including a lens; and
at least one processor executing computer executable instructions or at least one circuit which functions as;
a communication unit configured to communicate with a camera apparatus; and
a control unit configured to control communication of the communication unit and driving of the lens;
wherein the control unit transmits, through the communication unit, a first information for cony ling a focus detection signal to a driving amount of the lens and a second information corresponding to a change of the first information according to an image height,
wherein the control unit controls driving of the lens based on a control signal indicating the driving amount of the lens received by the communication unit, and
wherein the control unit transmits the second information through the communication unit corresponding to every focus detection und a control mode in which the focus detection is performed for focus detection regions at different timings.

US Pat. No. 10,095,449

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is operable at least in a first power state and in a second power state, in which electric power consumption in the second power state is less than electric power consumption in the first power state, the image forming apparatus comprising:a sensor having a plurality of elements arranged in a two-dimensional array and configured to sense a human around the image forming apparatus;
one or more processors; and
one or more memories that store instructions to be executed by the one or more processors, the instructions including:
instruction for outputting size of one area comprised of elements outputting a predetermined value or greater;
instruction for shifting a power state of the image forming apparatus to the first power state from the second power state based on the output size of the one area regardless of a shape of the one area.

US Pat. No. 10,097,840

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An encoding apparatus that encodes Bayer array RAW image data, the apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store a program; and
one or more processors configured to execute the program stored in the memory,
wherein the one or more processors function as units comprising:
(1) a first transforming unit that transforms RAW image data into a first plane group constituted of a total of four planes, the four planes being an R plane constituted of an R component, a G0 plane constituted of a G0 component, a G1 plane constituted of a G1 component, and a B plane constituted of a B component;
(2) a second transforming unit that transforms RAW image data into a second plane group constituted of a total of four planes, the four planes including one luminance plane constituted of a luminance component and three color difference planes each of which is constituted of a color difference component, respectively different from each other;
(3) a RAW encoding unit that encodes each plane included in the first plane group or the second plane group by performing, for each plane, (a) wavelet transform to generate transform coefficients, (b) quantization on the generated transform coefficients, and (c) entropy encoding on the quantized transform coefficients; and
(4) a control unit that performs control so as to provide either the first plane group or the second plane group to the RAW encoding unit to encode the RAW image data,
wherein, when encoding a plurality of continuously input RAW image frames, the control unit (a) performs control so as to provide, to the RAW encoding unit, the second plane group obtained from a first RAW image frame in the plurality of continuously input RAW image frames, and (b) determines which of the first plane group or second plane group to be obtained from a second RAW image frame following the first RAW image frame is provided to the RAW encoding unit, based on the transform coefficients obtained when the RAW encoding unit performs the wavelet transform on a plane included in the second plane group of the first RAW image frame.

US Pat. No. 10,097,700

FACSIMILE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME TO PREVENT MISTAKEN TRANSMISSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A facsimile apparatus constructed for execution of IP facsimile transmission to any one of a plurality of networks, the plurality of networks including at least one intranet IP network and at least one public network and further constructed for execution of G3 facsimile transmission to the public network, the facsimile apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions, and
a processor executing the instructions causing the facsimile apparatus to:
perform a setting, for each communication mode of the IP facsimile transmission, whether or not to permit a usage of the communication mode;
accept, from a user, a first transmission destination of facsimile transmission and a first communication mode for performing the facsimile transmission, wherein the first communication mode is selected from among a communication mode corresponding to the G3 facsimile transmission and one or more communication modes of the IP facsimile transmission according to the performed setting;
display, after the first transmission destination and the first communication mode have been accepted, a facsimile confirmation screen including a destination re-entry region and a communication mode re-entry region in which the communication mode corresponding to the G3 facsimile transmission is displayed as a default;
accept, from the same user, a second transmission destination via the destination re-entry region and a second communication mode via the communication mode re-entry region;
determine whether the accepted first transmission destination matches the accepted second destination;
determine whether the accepted first communication mode matches the accepted second communication mode; and
execute the facsimile transmission according to the first transmission destination and the first communication mode in accordance with determining that the first transmission destination matches the second transmission destination and the first communication mode matches the second communication mode,
wherein the instructions further cause the facsimile apparatus not to execute the facsimile transmission according to the first transmission destination and the first communication mode, in accordance with determining that the first communication mode does not match the second communication mode.

US Pat. No. 10,089,102

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having an operating system on which a plurality of device drivers with different structures are installable, comprising:a memory storing instructions related to the operating system; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
perform a first comparison to compare an identifier for identifying a device associated with a device driver that has been installed on the information processing apparatus and an identifier for identifying a device to be associated with a device driver to be updated;
install the device driver to be updated and associate the installed device driver to be updated with the device identified by the identifier when it is determined based on the first comparison that the two identifiers are different;
display a message for inquiring a user of whether or not to update the device driver that has been installed with the device driver to be updated when it is determined based on the first comparison that the two identifiers are identical, and the structure of the device driver that has been installed is different from the structure of the device driver to be updated; and
update the device driver that has been installed, by the device driver that is to be updated and of which the structure is different from the structure of the device driver that has been installed, when the user gives an instruction for choosing the update to the displayed message.

US Pat. No. 10,089,726

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, RELATING TO GENERATING AN IMAGE CORRESPONDING TO A PREDETERMINED THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE BY TRANSFORMING A CAPTURED IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to perform operations comprising:
acquiring information for identifying a position of a vertex of a plane in a captured image, the captured image including a structure composed of a plurality of planes as an object;
identifying points corresponding to positions of vertexes of the plane on a spherical coordinate that corresponds to an image-capturing range of an image-capturing unit that captures the captured image based on the information acquired by the acquiring;
correcting positions of the points on the spherical coordinate to form a three-dimensional shape having the points on the spherical coordinate as the vertexes, into a predetermined three-dimensional shape; and
generating an overhead image by making a region in the captured image corresponding to the positions of the points corrected by the correcting, as a region corresponding to the plane.

US Pat. No. 10,084,320

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO WIRELESSLY RECEIVE POWER FROM EXTERNAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a power reception unit configured to wirelessly receive power from a power supply apparatus;
a load configured to receive the power from the power reception unit;
a communication unit configured to receive a detection period, during which the power supply apparatus detects a foreign object, from the power supply apparatus and to notify a control unit of the detection period; and
the control unit configured to perform a process for keeping power consumed by the electronic apparatus in a predetermined range until the detection period elapses,
wherein the process keeps the load constant by keeping an impedance of the load at a constant value.

US Pat. No. 10,073,330

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS AND PROJECTION TYPE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination apparatus comprising:an illumination optical system configured to illuminate a light modulation element;
a first light source unit that includes a first solid-state light source, a first wavelength conversion element configured to convert at least part of light from the first solid-state light source into first converted light that has a wavelength different from that of the light from the first solid-state light source, and a first light guide optical system configured to guide the light from the first solid-state light source to the first wavelength conversion element;
a second light source unit that includes a second solid-state light source, a second wavelength conversion element configured to convert at least part of light from the second solid-state light source into second converted light that has a wavelength different from that of the light from the second solid-state light source and a spectral distribution different that of the first converted light, and a second light guide optical system configured to guide the light from the second solid-state light source to the second wavelength conversion element; and
an optical path combining system that includes a first light guide surface configured to guide the light from the first light source unit to the illumination optical system, and a second light guide surface different from the first light guide surface and configured to guide light from the second light source unit to the illumination optical system,
wherein the first light guide surface viewed from an optical axis direction of the illumination optical system does not overlap the second light guide surface and is provided at a position different from that of the second light guide surface,
wherein the optical path combining system includes a first condenser optical system configured to form a first light source image on the first light guide surface using the light from the first light source unit, and a second condenser optical system configured to form a second light source image on the second light guide surface using the light from the second light source unit, and
wherein 0.7?d1/d2?1.3 is satisfied,
where when viewed from the optical axis direction of the illumination optical system, d1 is a distance between the first light source image and the second light source image and d2 is a width of the first light source image in a direction in which the first light source image and the second light source image are arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,073,414

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH PRINTER UNIT AND AIR-COOLED READER UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a printer unit configured to form a toner image on a recording material, said printer unit including a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image on the recording material;
a reader unit provided above said printer unit and configured to read an image of an original, said reader unit including an image sensor configured to optically read the original;
wherein in a side of said reader unit opposed to said printer unit, there are provided a suction opening configured to suck air from an outside of said reader unit and a discharging opening configured to discharge the air to an outside of said reader unit, and
wherein an air flow path connecting said suction opening and said discharging opening overlaps with an entirety of said image sensor in a longitudinal direction of said image sensor so that air can flow in the longitudinal direction of said image sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,070,129

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image coding apparatus configured to code an image in units of slices each of which includes a plurality of blocks, the image coding apparatus comprising:a coding unit configured to code blocks included in a first row of a slice and code blocks included in a second row, different from the first row, of the slice,
wherein, when coding a first quantization parameter in coding order of the first row, the coding unit uses a slice quantization parameter that is provided to the slice as an initial value,
wherein, when coding a first quantization parameter in coding order of the second row, the coding unit uses the slice quantization parameter that is provided to the slice as the initial value and that is used when coding the first quantization parameter in coding order of the first row, and
wherein, when coding a second quantization parameter in coding order of the second row, the coding unit uses the first quantization parameter in coding order of the second row.

US Pat. No. 10,067,325

PROJECTION OPTICAL SYSTEM, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A projection optical system comprising a first concave reflecting surface, a first convex reflecting surface, a second concave reflecting surface, and a third concave reflecting surface,wherein the first concave reflecting surface, the first convex reflecting surface, the second concave reflecting surface, and the third concave reflecting surface are arranged such that light from an object plane forms an image on an image plane by being reflected by the first concave reflecting surface, the first convex reflecting surface, the second concave reflecting surface, the first convex reflecting surface, and the third concave reflecting surface in an order named, and
letting Lt1 be a distance between the object plane and the second concave reflecting surface, Lt2 be a distance between the second concave reflecting surface and the image plane, Pt1 be a distance between the first concave reflecting surface and the second concave reflecting surface, and Pt2 be a distance between the second concave reflecting surface and the third concave reflecting surface, with no reflecting surface existing between the object plane and the first concave reflecting surface, and between the third concave reflecting surface and the image plane,
0.05?Pt1/Lt1?0.2 or 0.05?Pt2/Lt2?0.2
is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,067,340

METHOD FOR DETERMINING PHASE OF ROTATING POLYGONAL MIRROR USED IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a rotating polygonal mirror that has a plurality of deflection faces for deflecting a light beam;
a motor that has a rotor to which the rotating polygonal mirror is attached and is configured to rotationally drive the rotor for rotating the rotating polygonal mirror;
a first detection unit configured to output a first signal by detecting a light beam deflected by one of the deflection faces;
a second detection unit configured to output a second signal whose period is different from a period of the first signal, by detecting magnetic flux change caused by rotation of a magnet attached to the rotor of the motor;
a specifying unit configured to obtain a phase relationship between the first signal and the second signal, and to specify a deflection face that a light beam is incident on out of the deflection faces, based on the phase relationship; and
a storage unit configured to store setting information for setting whether to use rising or falling of the second signal in order to specify the phase relationship,
wherein the specifying unit determines, based on the setting information, whether to use rising or falling of the second signal in order to obtain the phase relationship.

US Pat. No. 10,068,375

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a first acquisition unit configured to acquire arrangement information of markers arranged in a real space;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire imaging property of an imaging apparatus for capturing an image of the real space;
an estimation unit configured to estimate a position and orientation of the imaging apparatus based on the markers arranged in the captured image;
derivation unit configured to derive an unstable area where the imaging apparatus is unable to capture an image for stably estimating the position and orientation of the imaging apparatus, based on the arrangement information of the markers and the imaging property of the imaging apparatus; and
a display unit configured to display the unstable area derived by the derivation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,065,819

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND FEEDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a feeding member configured to feed a recording material placed on a tray;
a conveying member configured to convey the recording material fed by the feeding member;
a separating member configured to form a nip with the conveying member and separate a plurality of recording materials at the nip,
wherein a feeding operation by the feeding member is ended after a leading end of the recording material reaches at least the conveying member;
a detecting unit configured to detect that the plurality of recording materials is fed to the nip;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the recording material fed from the tray; and
a control unit configured to switch between a first control and a second control,
wherein, under the first control, the feeding member starts feeding a recording material placed on the tray, and the feeding operation by the feeding member is ended before a trailing end of the recording material passes through the feeding member, and
wherein, under the second control, the feeding member starts feeding a first recording material placed uppermost on the tray, the feeding operation by the feeding member is continued after a trailing end of the first recording material passes through the feeding member to feed a second recording material placed under the first recording material in a state where the first recording material and the second recording material partially overlap, and the feeding operation by the feeding member is ended in a condition that the detection unit detects that the first recording material and the second recording material are fed to the nip.

US Pat. No. 10,065,827

CONVEYANCE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conveyance apparatus comprising:a conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet along a predetermined conveyance path;
a flapper configured to be movable between a first position and a second position, the flapper in the first position guiding a sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit from the predetermined conveyance path to a first conveyance path branched from the predetermined conveyance path, the flapper in the second position guiding a sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit from the predetermined conveyance path to a second conveyance path branched from the predetermined conveyance path;
a flapper moving unit configured to move the flapper to the first position when power is supplied to the flapper moving unit, wherein when power supply to the flapper moving unit is stopped, the flapper moves to the second position;
a detection unit configured to detect an occurrence of an abnormal state relating to the conveyance apparatus; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where the detection unit detects the occurrence of the abnormal state while a sheet is conveyed to the first conveyance path by the conveyance unit and the flapper is in the first position, stop a sheet conveyance operation of the conveyance unit and inhibit the flapper from moving to the second position by continuing to supply power to the flapper moving unit in a state where a remaining sheet is stopped at a position where the remaining sheet extends over the predetermined conveyance path and the first conveyance path.

US Pat. No. 10,069,923

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor and a memory storing computer code that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to execute:
searching for a device on a network using a first protocol, wherein device information obtained using the first protocol does not include a device name;
searching for a device on a network using a second protocol different from the first protocol, wherein device information obtained using the second protocol includes a device name, and a search result obtained using the second protocol is prioritized over a search result obtained using the first protocol;
causing, in a case where the a device was detected using the second protocol before detection of the device using the first protocol, a display to display a device name of the detected device based on device information obtained using the second protocol; and
performing, in a case where a device was detected using the first protocol before detection of the device using the second protocol, a suspension process for suspending display of identification information obtained using the first protocol and an inquiry of whether or not the detected device supports the second protocol, wherein a display process for identification information obtained using the first protocol is suspended until a response to the inquiry is received,
wherein in a case where a device was detected using the first protocol before detection of the device using the second protocol, then in dependence on whether the detected device does or does not support the second protocol,
causing, in a case where the detected device supports the second protocol, the display to display a device name of the detected device based on device information obtained using the second protocol, and
causing, in a case where the detected device does not support the second protocol, the display to display identification information for which the display process is suspended, and
wherein in a case where a device was detected using the second protocol before detection of the device using the first protocol, the inquiry is not performed.

US Pat. No. 10,065,828

PAPER OUTPUT TRAY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A paper output tray holding sheets, which are discharged, the paper output tray comprising:a tray main body having an upper surface and a lower surface side opposite to the upper surface, the upper surface being a sheet holding surface;
a first extension tray configured to be (i) housed on the lower surface side of the tray main body and (ii) pulled out from the tray main body in a sheet discharge direction; and
a second extension tray which is rotatably supported by the first extension tray and which is rotatable to be in a closed state in which the second extension tray is folded with respect to the first extension tray and an open state in which the second extension tray is open with respect to the first extension tray so that a sheet holding region is wider than that in the closed state,
wherein, in a case where the second extension tray is located above the upper surface of the tray main body and the first extension tray is housed in the tray main body on the lower surface side thereof, the second extension tray is configured to move toward the open state when a discharged sheet contacts the second extension tray.

US Pat. No. 10,068,152

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus, comprising:an image capture unit;
an attitude detector which detects an attitude of the image capture apparatus; and
a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a display control unit which performs control so as to display an image that was captured by the image capture unit in, among a first area along a first edge of a display unit visible through an eyepiece unit of an eyepiece finder, and a second area differing from the first area and along a second edge opposing the first edge of the display unit, the first area regardless of the attitude detected by the attitude detector, and so as to display an information group related to shooting on the display unit with an arrangement that differs according to the attitude detected by the attitude detector,
the image capture apparatus further comprising:
a second display unit visible from outside different from the eyepiece finder; and
an eye contact detector which detects eye contact to the eyepiece finder,
wherein the display control unit performs control such that in the second display unit, display is performed such that the center of the image that was captured by the image capture unit is positioned at the center of the second display unit, and margin areas of equal width are displayed on both sides of the displayed image, and
the display control unit performs control so as to display the image and the information group in the display unit within the eyepiece finder in a case where eye contact was detected by the eye contact detector, and so as to display the image and the information group in the second display unit in a case where eye contact has not been detected by the eye contact detector.

US Pat. No. 10,069,440

VIBRATOR AND ULTRASONIC MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibrator comprising:a piezoelectric element including a plurality of electrodes and configured to expand and contract when a voltage is applied;
an elastic member having conductivity and configured to come into contact with the piezoelectric element and be vibrated by the expansion and contraction of the piezoelectric element; and
a conducting member configured to apply the voltage to the piezoelectric element from outside,
wherein the conducting member comprises:
at least one first adhesive portion adhered to an electrode;
at least one second adhesive portion adhered to the elastic member; and
a feed portion electrically connected to means for applying the external voltage,
wherein the second adhesive portion is arranged closer to the feed portion than any one of the first adhesive portions,
wherein an adhesion area of the second adhesive portion is larger than an adhesion area of the first adhesive portion, and
wherein a path length from the feed portion to the first adhesive portion is longer than a path length from the feed portion to the second adhesive portion.

US Pat. No. 10,069,190

ANTENNA, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An antenna comprising:a substrate on or in which an antenna element part having an open end, a signal line connected to the antenna element part, and a first ground conductor connected to the antenna element part are formed; and
a printed wiring board in which a second ground conductor electrically connected to the first ground conductor is formed in a different layer from the first ground conductor,
wherein the second ground conductor has a shield part that partially overlaps with the antenna element part including a connection part between the antenna element part and the signal line and a connection part between the antenna element part and the first ground conductor and does not overlap with the open end of the antenna element part when viewed from a normal direction of the printed wiring board.

US Pat. No. 10,068,943

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus, comprising:a plurality of pixels configured to output image signals corresponding to radiation;
an image signal line configured to output the image signals; and
a detection signal line configured to output a detection signal for detection of irradiation of the radiation,
wherein at least one of the plurality of pixels comprises:
a conversion element configured to convert the radiation into charge;
a first switch configured to output the image signal corresponding to the charge via the image signal line;
a storage capacitor including a first electrode and a second electrode, in which the first electrode is electrically connected to the conversion element to store the charge; and
a second switch configured to electrically connect the second electrode and the detection signal line.

US Pat. No. 10,069,993

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT METHOD AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A resource management apparatus for managing resources used by a plurality of applications, the apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon executing instructions stored in the memory, performs the functions of
an obtaining unit configured to obtain upper-limit values of resource usage amounts of applications in an executable state;
a receiving unit configured to receive a resource obtainment request from a requesting application; and
an allocation unit configured to:
determine whether or not the requesting application is a UI (user interface) type application that involves a user interface;
if the requesting application is determined to be the UI type application,
allocate a requested resource to the requesting application in response to the resource obtainment request regardless of a resource usage amount, and
perform resource adjustment after allocating the requested resource, if the resource usage amount is larger than the upper limit value of resource usage amount;
if the requesting application is determined not to be the UI type application,
perform resource adjustment after entering the resource obtainment request in a queue until the resource usage amount is smaller than or equal to the upper limit value of resource usage amount, if the resource usage amount is larger than the upper limit value of resource usage amount; and
allocate the requested resource to the requesting application in response to a resource obtainment request entered in the queue, if the resource usage amount is smaller than or equal to the upper limit value of resource usage amount.

US Pat. No. 10,070,008

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a decision unit configured to decide a threshold value that is used to determine an edge portion based on at least a pixel value having a minimum density in pixel values of a plurality of pixels constituting a reference area, being a part of first image data, including a target pixel and peripheral pixels of the target pixel;
a determination unit configured to obtain a contrast value indicating a contrast of the reference area based on the pixel values of the plurality of pixels in the reference area, and to compare the contrast value with the threshold value to determine whether or not the target pixel is included in the edge portion;
a halftone processing unit configured to generate second image data by performing halftone processing on the first image data; and
a correction unit configured to correct a pixel value of the second image data corresponding to the target pixel determined to be included in the edge portion using correction data generated based on a pixel value of the target pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,070,012

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD FOR THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, THAT RECORD USER IDENTIFYING INFORMATION FOR USE IN IDENTIFYING PRINT DATA AS REGISTRATION INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that uses an image forming device configured to form an image on a sheet and having a user interface that permits a user to login to the image processing apparatus using a specific account, among a plurality of accounts stored in a storage device, identified by at least a specific user name and a specific user ID in association with the specific account, the image processing apparatus comprising:a controller, having a processor that executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, and configured to, in a state where the user is logged in to the image processing apparatus using login information containing the specific user name associated with the specific account:
obtain, from an external device, a first registration print job that includes the specific user ID, and store, in the storage device, the first registration print job in association with the specific account;
obtain, from the external device, a second registration print job that does not include the specific user ID but instead includes a specific e-mail address, and store, in the storage device, the second registration print job in association with the specific account;
store, in the storage device, the specific e-mail address in association with the specific account; and
cause the image forming device to perform image formation based on the first registration print job and the second registration print job.

US Pat. No. 10,065,412

INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording method comprising the steps of:applying, onto a recording medium, a treatment liquid containing (i) a component that causes an ink viscosity increase and (ii) a compound A having a polyalkylene glycol ether structure and having only one hydroxy group; and
applying an ink onto the recording medium,
wherein the compound A is represented by the following general formula (1):
CnH2n+1—[(OCH(CH3)CH2)x(OCH2CH2)y]—OH  (1)
where n is an integer of 8 or more to 16 or less, x is an integer of 1 or more to 8 or less, and y is an integer of 6 or more to 20 or less, and
wherein a cloud point of the compound A, measured by using a 1% by mass concentration aqueous solution of the compound A, is 50° C. or more.

US Pat. No. 10,068,742

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation generating apparatus comprising:a radiation generating tube including:
an envelope including an insulating tube having a pair of tube ends, a cathode connected to one of the pair of tube ends, and an anode connected to the other of the pair of tube end;
an electron emitting source connected to the cathode;
a target connected to the anode; and
a conductive bonding member bonded between the insulating tube and at least any one of the cathode and the anode;
a conductive container grounded and accommodating the radiation generating tube;
insulating liquid filled in a rest space between the conductive container and the radiation generating tube; and
a dielectric member located outside of the insulating tube in the conductive container,
wherein the dielectric member and the insulating liquid are located between the conductive bonding member and the conductive container.

US Pat. No. 10,070,029

LIGHT EMISSION CONTROL DEVICE INCLUDING ACCUMULATOR UNIT, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, AS WELL AS IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light mission control device that selectively controls light emission of a light emitting section when photographing, comprising:a capacitor configured to accumulate electric charges so as to supply electric current to the light emitting section;
at least one processor; and
a memory which is coupled to the at least one processor and stores instructions which cause the at least one processor to perform operations of the following units of the light emission control device;
a charge control unit configured to perform charge control for controlling a charge voltage of said capacitor based on a first voltage threshold value;
a light emission control unit configured to control light emission of the light emitting section in photographing, by supplying electric current from said capacitor of which the charge voltage is controlled based on the first voltage threshold value, to the light emitting section; and
a discharge control unit configured to control, when shifting the light emitting section to a predetermined state except the photographing, the charge voltage to a second voltage threshold value which is lower than the first voltage threshold value, by causing electric charges to be discharged from said capacitor,
wherein in a case that the second voltage threshold is set, the charge control unit performs charge control for controlling the charge voltage of said capacitor based on the second voltage threshold value, and
wherein when a power-off operation is performed in the predetermined state, a power is turned off without discharge controlling by the discharge control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,070,036

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS THROUGH WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first wireless communication unit;
a second wireless communication unit with a communication speed slower than a communication speed of the first wireless communication unit;
a control unit configured to remotely control an imaging apparatus in a mode selected from among a plurality of modes including a first mode for remotely controlling the imaging apparatus via the first wireless communication unit and a second mode for remotely controlling the imaging apparatus via the second wireless communication unit;
a display unit; and
a detection unit configured to detect a touch operation performed on the display unit,
wherein the control unit controls the display unit to display an item for inputting an instruction to cause the imaging apparatus to capture an image,
wherein the control unit controls the communication apparatus to transmit an image-capturing request to the imaging apparatus in a case where a touch operation on a predetermined region corresponding to the item for inputting an instruction to cause the imaging apparatus to capture an image is detected by the detection unit,
wherein, in the first mode, the control unit controls the display unit to display the item for inputting an instruction to cause the imaging apparatus to capture an image in a first size, and
wherein, in the second mode, the control unit controls the display unit to display the item for inputting an instruction to cause the imaging apparatus to capture an image in a second size that is larger than the first size.

US Pat. No. 10,070,038

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD CALCULATES DISTANCE INFORMATION IN A DEPTH DIRECTION OF AN OBJECT IN AN IMAGE USING TWO IMAGES WHOSE BLUR IS DIFFERENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for calculating distance information in a depth direction of an object in an image by using two images whose blur amounts are different, the image processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing a program; and
a processor operating according to the program, the processor functioning as units comprising:
(1) an acquisition unit that acquires distance range information for designating a range of distance to be calculated;
(2) a determination unit that determines a same F-number and respective focusing positions of the two images to be photographed, on the basis of the distance range information; and
(3) a calculation unit that calculates the distance information in the depth direction of the object in the range of distance to be calculated, on the basis of the difference in the blur amounts of the two images photographed with the F-number and the respective focusing positions determined by the determination unit,
wherein the determination unit determines the F-number such that the F-number satisfies the following formula:
where F is the F-number, r is the range of distance to be calculated, k is a predetermined coefficient, and ? is a wavelength of light.

US Pat. No. 10,070,047

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions to be executed by the hardware processor wherein in accordance with the instructions executed by the hardware processor, the image processing apparatus functions to perform steps, wherein the steps comprise:
receiving an instruction for validating first detection processing and second detection processing from a plurality of detection functions, wherein the second detection processing is different from the first detection processing;
performing the first detection processing to detect an object from an image captured by an imaging apparatus; and
outputting a recommendation of a zoom for the second detection processing to a display unit based on the object detected in the first detection processing and a failure of the second detection processing, wherein the second detection processing is for detecting a specific feature in the object detected in the first detection processing.

US Pat. No. 10,070,052

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:at least one non-transitory memory device;
at least one processor;
a camera device that includes a taking lens and an image sensor and captures a first image, based on a first shooting setting;
a scene discrimination unit that discriminates a scene of an object, based on the first shooting setting and a feature amount of the first image;
a candidate generation unit that generates a shooting setting candidate, based on a result of the discrimination by the scene discrimination unit;
an image generation unit that generates, based on the shooting setting candidate generated by the candidate generation unit, an image reflecting an effect obtained by the shooting setting candidate; and
a display control unit that causes a display device to display the image generated by the image generation unit,
wherein the candidate generation unit performs at least one of a first operation for generating a plurality of shooting setting candidates in which a predetermined parameter is separated by greater than or equal to a threshold value out of the shooting settings based on a result of the discrimination by the scene discrimination unit and a second operation for generating at least one shooting setting candidate based on the result of the discrimination by the scene discrimination unit, and
the display control unit causes the display device to preferentially display the shooting setting candidates generated by the first operation, and
wherein the scene discrimination unit, the candidate generation unit, the image generation unit and the display control unit are implemented by the at least one processor executing at least one program recorded on the at least one non-transitory memory device.

US Pat. No. 10,068,518

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR DITHERING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of dithering pixels of a graphical representation, the method comprising the steps of:receiving the graphical representation subdivided into a plurality of portions, each portion comprising a plurality of regions, each region being associated with an attribute type corresponding to content of the region;
combining adjacently located regions associated with a same predetermined attribute type within a portion, to form a merged region;
comparing a size of the merged region with a threshold for the predetermined attribute type to select a processor for dithering at least the merged region, the processor being selected from a plurality of processors comprising at least a central processing unit and a graphics processing unit; and
dithering pixels of the graphical representation using at least the selected processor.

US Pat. No. 10,070,061

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR ADDRESSING IMAGE BLUR AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a correcting lens, and
at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following units:
a calculation unit configured to calculate a correction amount for a vibration based on a vibration signal output from a vibration detection unit configured to detect the vibration; and
a setting unit configured to set a range of movement of the correcting lens, the correcting lens configured to be moved to correct image blur based on the correction amount for the vibration,
wherein the range of movement of the correcting lens is set by the setting unit, based on an object distance, and the setting unit sets the range of movement to be larger as the object distance increases, and
wherein the correcting lens is movable in a direction orthogonal to an optical axis of the image capturing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,068,056

MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A medical diagnosis support apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the apparatus to:
acquire medical diagnosis information from an image to be interpreted by computer processing;
receive from a user interpretation information as an interpretation result of the image to be interpreted;
calculate a degree of matching between the acquired diagnosis information and the interpretation information; and
permit, when the calculated degree of matching exceeds a predetermined threshold, presentation of the acquired diagnosis information,
wherein presentation of the acquired diagnosis information is inhibited when the calculated degree of matching does not exceed the predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,068,314

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a first optical image generation unit configured to generate optical low frequency image data from input optical image data;
a first digital imaging unit configured to obtain digital low frequency image data from the optical low frequency image data generated by the first optical image generation unit;
a second digital imaging unit configured to obtain digital image data from the input optical image data;
a memory configured to store instructions; and
one or more processors configured to execute the instructions stored in the memory to provide:
a second generation unit configured to generate digital high frequency image data from the digital image data that is obtained by the second digital imaging unit; and
a third generation unit configured to generate output image data based on both of the digital low frequency image data that is obtained by the first digital imaging unit and the digital high frequency image data that is generated by the second generation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,067,807

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that can provide security for a native function to be used by a script obtained by an application being executed, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:
(1) a storage unit configured to store a table that associates (a) application identification information that identifies an application, (b) a native function to be used by a script obtained by the application, and (c) a binding state that indicates whether or not the native function is usable by the script obtained by the application, wherein the table stores identification information of the application, the native function, and the binding state for each application;
(2) a detection unit configured to detect switching of display between applications being executed;
(3) a first identification unit configured to identify a first application transitioned from a displayed state to a non-displayed state, based on the switching of display detected by the detection unit;
(4) a first determination unit configured to determine, in the table, whether the binding state of the first application identified by the first identification unit indicates that the native function is usable;
(5) a first update unit configured to update the table by changing a value of the binding state associated with the first application to a value indicating that the native function is not usable in a case where it is determined by the first determination unit that the binding state of the first application identified by the first identification unit indicates that the native function is usable;
(6) a first change unit configured to change a state of the native function associated with the table to an unusable state by the script obtained by the first application in a case where it is determined by the first determination unit that the binding state of the first application identified by the first identification unit indicates that the native function is usable;
(7) a second identification unit configured to identify a second application transitioned from a non-displayed state to a displayed state, based on the switching of display detected by the detection unit;
(8) a second determination unit configured to determine, in the table, whether the binding state of the second application identified by the second identification unit indicates that the native function is usable;
(9) a second update unit configured to update the table by changing a value of the binding state associated with the second application to a value indicating that the native function is usable in a case where it is determined by the second determination unit that the binding state of the second application identified by the second identification unit indicates that the native function is not usable; and
(10) a second change unit configured to change a state of the native function associated with the table to a usable state by the script obtained by the second application in a case where it is determined by the second determination unit that the binding state of the second application identified by the second identification unit indicates that the native function is not usable.

US Pat. No. 10,069,089

ORGANIC METAL COMPLEX, AND ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE AND DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A luminescent material comprising:an organic metal complex having a structure represented by the following general formula (1):
MLmL?n  (1)
wherein L and L?, which are different from each other, each represent a bidentate ligand; wherein m represents an integer of 1 to 3 and n represents an integer of 0 to 2, provided that m+n is 3;
wherein M represents Ir;
wherein the partial structure MLm has a structure represented by the following general formula (8):

wherein the benzene ring with R41-R44 attached thereto in the formula (8) is further represented by any one of the following formulae:

wherein *1 shows the connection to the Ir;
wherein *2 shows the connection to the benzo[f]isoquinoline ring represented in the formula (8);
wherein R88 to R102, which may be identical to or different from each other, each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryloxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted aralkyl group, an amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group;
wherein the partial structure ML?n has a structure represented by any one of the following general formulae (10) to (12):

wherein R45 to R52, which may be identical to or different from each other, each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryloxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted aralkyl group, an amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, and R47 and R48 may be bonded to form a benzene ring that is fused with the benzo[f]isoquinoline ring represented in the formula (8); and
wherein R65 to R79, which may be identical to or different from each other, each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an aralkyl group, a substituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, and adjacent substituents among R65 to R68 may be bonded to form a ring that is fused with the benzene ring represented in the formula (10), and adjacent substituents among R77 to R79 may be bonded to form a ring that is fused with the backbone represented in the formula (12).

US Pat. No. 10,069,349

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply unit configured to perform wireless power supply based on a first frequency;
a communication unit configured to perform communication based on a second frequency; and
a control unit configured to control the communication unit to transmit, before predetermined power is supplied to an electronic device, a first command for acquiring at least one of data corresponding to a first address and data corresponding to a second address from the electronic device, to the electronic device,
wherein the control unit determines whether the electronic device is adaptable to the power supply unit by using the data corresponding to the first address,
wherein the control unit determines whether to perform a power supply process for supplying the predetermined power to the electronic device by using the data corresponding to the second address,
wherein, in a case where the electronic device is adaptable to the power supply unit, and when the power supply process is started, the control unit controls the communication unit to transmit a second command including data corresponding to a third address to the electronic device to notify the electronic device of starting to supply the predetermined power, and
wherein the data corresponding to the first address is unrewritable from the power supply apparatus and the electronic device, the data corresponding to the second address is rewritable from the electronic device and unrewritable from the power supply apparatus, and the data corresponding to the third address is unrewritable from the electronic device and rewritable from the power supply apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,061,249

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT FORMS COLOR IMAGE BY SUPERIMPOSING PLURALITY OF IMAGES IN DIFFERENT COLORS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is capable of forming an image at a plurality of image forming speeds, the image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit that has a first image forming part which forms a first image in a first color and a second image forming part which forms a second image in a second color different from the first color, and configured to form an image using the first image forming part and the second image forming part;
a first obtaining unit that has a sensor which measures a measurement image including a first measurement image and a second measurement image formed by the image forming unit on an image carrier, and configured to obtain information related to relative positions of the first measurement image and the second measurement image in a conveyance direction of the image carrier based on a result of measurement of the measurement image by the sensor, the first measurement image and the second measurement image being formed by the first image forming part and the second image forming part, respectively;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a type of a recording material on which an image is formed;
a generation unit configured to generate correlation data based on first information which is a result obtained by the first obtaining unit with respect to the measurement image in correspondence with a first image forming speed and on second information which is a result obtained by the obtaining unit with respect to the measurement image in correspondence with a second image forming speed, the correlation data indicating a relationship between relative positions of the first measurement image and the second measurement image in the conveyance direction corresponding to the first image forming speed and relative positions of the first measurement image and the second measurement image in the conveyance direction corresponding to the second image forming speed; and
a controller configured to, in a case where the image forming unit forms an image at the second image forming speed, correct relative positions of the first image and the second image in the conveyance direction based on the first information obtained in advance by the first obtaining unit and on the correlation data generated by the generation unit,
wherein the image forming speed is decided on based on the type of the recording material obtained by the second obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 10,061,260

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DRAWER MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, said apparatus comprising:a main assembly provided with an opening;
a drawer member movable relative to said main assembly while supporting an image forming portion including at least an image bearing member for carrying a toner image, between an inside position which is inside said main assembly and in which an image forming operation is enabled and an outside position to which said drawer member is drawn out of said main assembly through said opening and in which a cartridge including at least a part of said image forming portion is mountable to and dismountable from said drawer member;
an optical unit provided in said main assembly and configured to project light onto said image bearing member and including a light projection opening and a transparent member covering the light projection opening;
a cleaning member provided in said main assembly and configured to clean a surface of the transparent member by moving relative to said optical unit;
an operating portion configured to move said cleaning member in a process of movement of said drawer member from the inside position to the outside position or a process of movement of said drawer member from the outside position to the inside position; and
a guiding rail movable between a first position and a second position different from the first position while supporting said drawer member, said guiding rail permitting, when said guiding rail is in the first position, movement of said drawer member between an inside transitional position inside said main assembly and the outside position, and said guiding rail moving said drawer member from the inside transitional position to the inside position by being moved from first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,063,112

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmission apparatus comprising:a power transmission circuit configured to perform power transmission;
a communication circuit configured to perform wireless communication; and
a control unit configured to control power transmission to a first power reception apparatus by the power transmission circuit in accordance with a result of a negotiation to establish power transmission with the first power reception apparatus using communication by the communication circuit,
wherein, where a signal is received by the communication circuit from a second power reception apparatus that is different from the first power reception apparatus during the power transmission to the first power reception apparatus, the control unit is configured to determine whether to perform a negotiation to establish power transmission with the second power reception apparatus on a basis of a comparison between a predetermined value and a power reception value that is included in the signal received from the second power reception apparatus, the power reception value indicating an amount of power received by the second power reception apparatus during the power transmission to the first power reception apparatus;
wherein, where it is determined to perform the negotiation with the second power reception apparatus, the control unit causes the power transmission circuit to perform power transmission to the second power reception apparatus in accordance with the result of negotiation with the second power reception apparatus, and where it is determined not to perform the negotiation with the second power reception apparatus, the control unit determines not to perform the negotiation with the second power reception apparatus, and thereby power transmission to the second power reception apparatus by the communication circuit is restricted.

US Pat. No. 10,057,592

VIDEO ENCODING AND DECODING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding a sequence of digital images into a bitstream, at least one block of an image being encoded by inter prediction with respect to a reference image block, comprising generating a set of motion vector predictors for a block to encode of a current frame, the set of motion vector predictors being permitted to include at least one spatial motion vector predictor and no more than one temporal motion vector predictor, the generating comprising selecting as said temporal motion vector predictor the motion vector at a predetermined position in the vicinity of a bottom right position of an area of the reference frame collocated with said block to encode of the current frame, and in a block of the reference frame neighboring the collocated area; selecting a motion vector predictor from the generated set as a motion vector predictor for encoding a motion vector associated with the block to encode; and encoding in the bitstream information identifying the selected motion vector predictor.

US Pat. No. 10,054,877

DEVELOPING APPARATUS HAVING VARYING MAGNETIC FLUX DENSITY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a container containing a magnetic developer and having an opening through which the magnetic developer is fed;
a developer bearing member provided in the container so as to be rotatable in the opening and configured to carry the magnetic developer;
a magnetic field generating member provided inside the developer bearing member to generate a predetermined magnetic field;
a regulating member configured to contact the developer bearing member to regulate a layer thickness of the magnetic developer carried on the developer bearing member; and
a sealing member configured to seal a gap between an end of the developer bearing member in a rotation axis direction and an end of the opening in a longitudinal direction,
wherein, at the end of the opening in the longitudinal direction, an overlap portion is provided in which the developer bearing member, the regulating member, the sealing member, and the container are sequentially arranged so as to contact one another in a direction orthogonal to the rotation axis direction,
the magnetic field generating member has a first area where a value of a magnetic flux density is a predetermined value in the rotation axis direction and a second area including a local minimum portion in which the value is a minimum value, within a range from an end of the second area connected to the first area to an outer end of the overlap portion in the rotation axis direction, and
wherein in the second area, from the first area toward the overlap portion, the value decreases to the minimum value and then increases again.

US Pat. No. 10,057,472

FLASH UNIT HAVING MOVABLE LIGHT EMITTING UNIT AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH FLASH UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a display unit that is arranged rotatably between a regular position opposite to a back face of a body of the image pickup apparatus and a stand-up position that is rotated from the regular position by about 180 degrees so as to stand up from an upper face of the body; and
a flash unit that is provided on the upper face of the body so that a light emitting unit is movable between a light-emitting position that is projected from the body and a retracted position that is retracted inside the body, said flash unit comprising:
a first rotating shaft, a second rotating shaft, and a third rotating shaft that are arranged in parallel mutually;
a first support member that is rotatably connected with the light emitting unit through said first rotating shaft; and
a second support member that is rotatably connected with said first support member through said second rotating shaft and is rotatably connected with the body through said third rotating shaft,
wherein said third rotating shaft is arranged more on a side of the back face of the body than said first rotating shaft and said second rotating shaft is arranged more on a side of a front face of the body than said first rotating shaft in a case where the light emitting unit is in the retracted position, and
wherein the light emitting unit is movable between the retracted position and the light-emitting position even in a case where said display unit is in the stand-up position.

US Pat. No. 10,057,519

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels each of which includes:
a photoelectric conversion portion which photoelectrically converts incident light to generate a signal charge;
a charge holding portion that accumulates the signal charge transferred from the photoelectric conversion portion;
a floating diffusion region to which the signal charge of the charge holding portion is transferred;
a first transfer gate configured to transfer the signal charge from the photoelectric conversion portion to the charge holding portion; and
a second transfer gate configured to transfer the signal charge from the charge holding portion to the floating diffusion region,
wherein:
the photoelectric conversion portion includes a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type, and a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity type including a majority carrier of a polarity of the signal charge formed under the first semiconductor region,
the charge holding portion includes a third semiconductor region of the first conductivity type, and a fourth semiconductor region of the second conductivity type formed under the third semiconductor region,
in a first cross section including the photoelectric conversion portion, the charge holding portion and the first transfer gate, a first side edge of the fourth semiconductor region on the photoelectric conversion portion side is provided between the second semiconductor region and a first side edge of the third semiconductor region on the photoelectric conversion portion side,
in a second cross section including the charge holding portion, the floating diffusion region and the second transfer gate, a second side edge of the fourth semiconductor region on the floating diffusion region side is provided between the floating diffusion region and a second side edge of the third semiconductor region on the floating diffusion region side, and
a plane including the first cross section is different and distant from a plane including the second cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,048,907

DISPLAYING INFORMATION ON TERMINAL DEVICE BASED ON TERMINAL DEVICE TYPE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling screens to be displayed on terminal devices having different sized display devices, the method comprising:determining, on a terminal device, that the terminal device is a first type device having a display device of a first size or that the terminal device is a second type device having a display device of a second size that is smaller than the display device of the first size;
causing, on a terminal device determined to be the first type device, the display device of the first size to display a first screen including a predetermined menu item and information corresponding to a menu item other than the predetermined menu item, wherein the predetermined menu item corresponds to predetermined information relating to an image forming apparatus but not included in the first screen, wherein the first screen is displayed based on the determination that the terminal device is the first type device;
changing, in response to selection, by a user, of the predetermined menu item on the first screen, the first screen displayed on the display device of the first size, to a second screen including the predetermined menu item included in the first screen and the corresponding predetermined information,
wherein, the predetermined menu item and the information corresponding to the menu item other than the predetermined menu item are displayed concurrently on the first screen;
wherein, the predetermined menu item and the corresponding predetermined information are displayed concurrently on the second screen;
causing, on a terminal device determined to be the second type device, the display device of the second size to display a third screen including the predetermined menu item included in the second screen but not including the corresponding predetermined information, wherein the third screen is displayed based on the determination that the terminal device is the second type device;
changing, in response to selection of the predetermined menu item, by the user, on the third screen, the third screen displayed on the display device of the second size, to a fourth screen that includes the corresponding predetermined information; and
changing, in response to selection of a specific menu item, by the user, on the third screen, the third screen displayed on the display device of the second size, to a fifth screen including an item for an instruction to execute printing,
wherein the corresponding predetermined information included in the second screen is displayed based on information transmitted from the image forming apparatus based on a request from the terminal device having the display device of the first size;
and the corresponding predetermined information included in the fourth screen is displayed based on information transmitted from the image forming apparatus based on a request from the terminal device having the display device of the second size.

US Pat. No. 10,048,909

IMAGE FORMING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing device capable of performing communication by Bluetooth Low Energy, the printing device comprising:at least one processor,
the at least one processor being caused to perform operations comprising:
transmitting first advertisement information based on the Bluetooth Low Energy, wherein the first advertisement information includes transmission power information relating to transmission power used for transmitting the first advertisement information by the Bluetooth Low Energy;
receiving, by the Bluetooth Low Energy, predetermined information from an information processing device, wherein the predetermined information is transmitted by the information processing device in accordance with the first advertisement information having been received by the information processing device;
transmitting, based on the predetermined information being received, second advertisement information that is based on the Bluetooth Low Energy and different from the first advertisement information, using transmission power same as the transmission power used for transmitting, by the Bluetooth Low Energy, the first advertisement information received by the information processing device, wherein transmission power used for transmitting, by the Bluetooth Low Energy, the second advertisement information is same as transmission power indicated by the transmission power information included in the first advertisement information received by the information processing device;
receiving a print job from the information processing device that has received the second advertisement information; and
executing printing based on the print job.

US Pat. No. 10,049,687

AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS AND AUDIO PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An audio processing apparatus comprising:an input unit configured to receive sound data picked up by a sound pickup apparatus and receive an image captured by an imaging apparatus that corresponds to the sound pickup apparatus;
a detection unit configured to detect, from the received image, a condition of an imaging target in the received image;
a learning speed determination unit configured to set a learning speed;
a noise learning unit configured to perform noise component extraction processing to extract a noise component from the received sound data and perform learning processing at the set learning speed; and
a removal unit configured to remove a noise component from the received sound data based on the extracted noise component,
wherein, after the learning speed determination unit sets a first learning speed and to adapt the noise component extraction processing to the received sound data, the learning speed determination unit causes the noise learning unit to change the speed at which learning processing is performed by changing the first learning speed to a second learning speed, that is different from the first learning speed, based on the detected imaging target condition.

US Pat. No. 10,035,346

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

30. A liquid ejection head comprising:an ejection port forming member with an ejection port formed therein;
a base material;
a heating resistance element configured to generate bubbles in a liquid for ejecting the liquid, the heating resistance element having a surface opposite to the ejection port;
an insulating layer positioned between the base material and the heating resistance element;
a first electrical wiring arranged in the insulating layer;
a second electrical wiring arranged in the insulating layer;
a plurality of first connecting members configured to penetrate the insulating layer between the heating resistance element and the first electrical wiring, wherein the first connecting members abut both the first electrical wiring and a back surface of the heating resistance element opposite to the surface, thereby connecting the back surface of the heating resistance element opposite to the surface and the first electrical wiring; and
a plurality of second connecting members configured to penetrate the insulating layer between the heating resistance element and the second electrical wiring, wherein the second connecting members abut the back surface of the heating resistance element opposite to the surface, thereby connecting a back surface of the heating resistance element opposite to the surface and the second electrical wiring, the plurality of second connecting members being provided away from the plurality of first connecting members in a first direction,
wherein the plurality of first connecting members are arranged along a second direction intersecting the first direction and the plurality of second connecting members are arranged along the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,031,444

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A development device, comprising:a developer bearing member which is configured to be rotatable and bear developer containing toner and carrier for carrying the developer to a developing area facing an image bearing member;
a magnet which is fixed inside of the developer bearing member, the magnet comprising a first magnetic pole for developing a latent image formed on the image bearing member, a second magnetic pole disposed adjacent to the first magnetic pole in a rotary direction of the developer bearing member and having an opposite pole to the first magnetic pole, and a third magnetic pole disposed adjacent to both the first magnetic pole and the second magnetic pole in the rotary direction of the developer bearing member and having an opposite pole to the first magnetic pole, and
a regulation portion which is disposed to face the developer bearing member without contacting the developer bearing member and regulates an amount of developer borne by the developer bearing member,
wherein the regulation portion is disposed such that, when a maximum peak amount of a magnetic flux density of the first magnetic pole in a normal direction of the developer bearing member is defined as positive, the magnetic flux density of the first magnetic pole in the normal direction of the developer bearing member becomes positive in an entire region from a downstream side of the regulation portion in the rotary direction of the developer bearing member and through the developing area.

US Pat. No. 10,029,935

AMORPHOUS ALLOY MOLDING DIE AND METHOD FOR FORMING OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An amorphous alloy comprising Ni and Nb,wherein the amorphous alloy has
a composition containing Nb with a content in the range of 19.6 atomic % to 80.9 atomic %, Re with a content in the range of 7.4 atomic % to 59.2 atomic %, and Ni with a content in the range of 4.1 atomic % to 56.9 atomic %, and
wherein the sum of the contents of Nb, Re and Ni is 97.0 atomic % or more.

US Pat. No. 10,029,473

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A page-wide liquid discharge head that discharges liquid, comprising:a plurality of recording element boards including
a plurality of discharge orifice rows arrayed in parallel in a second direction that intersects a first direction, in which direction the discharge orifice rows have discharge orifices configured to discharge liquid arrayed,
a plurality of recording elements configured to generate energy used to discharge liquid,
a plurality of pressure chambers having the recording elements within,
supply openings configured to supply liquid to the pressure chamber, and
recovery openings configured to recover liquid from the pressure chamber; and
a support member configured to support the plurality of recording element boards, the plurality of recording element boards being arrayed on the support member, the support member including
a common supply channel extending in the first direction and configured to supply liquid to the supply openings of the plurality of recording element boards, and
a common recovery channel extending in the first direction and configured to recover liquid from the recovery openings of the plurality of recording element boards.

US Pat. No. 10,029,474

LIQUID STORAGE UNIT, LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS USING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF REMOVING BUBBLES FROM LIQUID STORAGE UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid storage unit, comprising:a first liquid storage chamber having a constant volume and being capable of holding liquid supplied from a liquid tank;
a second liquid storage chamber communicating with the first liquid storage chamber, the second liquid storage chamber storing the liquid therein;
a pressure control chamber configured to change a pressure of the pressure control chamber through actuation of a pressure control unit;
a liquid flow path member configured to hold a liquid discharge head configured to discharge the liquid, the liquid flow path member comprising a flow path connecting the first liquid storage chamber to the liquid discharge head;
a joint member on which the liquid tank is mounted;
a seal member configured to seal a gap between the liquid flow path member and the joint member; and
an elastic member being configured to tightly partition the second liquid storage chamber and the pressure control chamber from each other and being deformable so as to increase and decrease a volume of the second liquid storage chamber in accordance with the pressure of the pressure control chamber,
wherein the liquid flow path member, the joint member, and the seal member form the first liquid storage chamber, the second liquid storage chamber, and the pressure control chamber,
wherein the elastic member is a part of the seal member,
wherein the elastic member is capable of removing bubbles in the first liquid storage chamber by increasing and decreasing the volume of the second liquid storage chamber through the deformation, and
wherein a wall member of the first liquid storage chamber is thicker than the elastic member, and an area of an inner surface of the first liquid storage chamber is larger than a surface area of the elastic member.

US Pat. No. 10,033,900

CORRECTION METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing method for an image forming apparatus, wherein the image forming apparatus comprises:a light source comprising a plurality of light emitting points;
a photosensitive member configured to rotate in a first direction so that a latent image is formed on the photosensitive member with light beams emitted from the light source; and
a deflecting unit provided with a rotary polygon mirror having a plurality of reflection surfaces and rotated about a rotary shaft, the deflecting unit being configured to deflect the light beams by the rotary polygon mirror so that the light beams emitted from the light source scan on the photosensitive member,
the data processing method comprising:
a first correction step of correcting a pixel data of an adjacent pixel in the first direction with respect to a pixel included in a scanning line of interest in order to correct sparseness and denseness of density of an image occurring in the first direction caused by deviation of irradiation positions in the first direction of the light beams deflected by the plurality of reflection surfaces; and
a second correction step of correcting the pixel data of the adjacent pixel in the first direction as a correction result of the first correction step to increase a density value indicated by the pixel data of the adjacent pixel in the first direction as the correction result of the first correction step in a case where the density value is not larger than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,027,958

CODING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ENCODING IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an acquiring unit configured to acquire an encoding target block having a plurality of groups each including a predetermined number of pixels;
a deciding unit configured to decide, for each group, a quantization parameter used to quantize image data of the group and an encoding scheme so that a code length of the encoding target block does not exceed a predetermined value corresponding to a target code amount of the encoding target block, wherein the deciding unit selects, as the encoding scheme of respective groups, either of a first encoding scheme that outputs quantized image data or a second encoding scheme that outputs encoded data of a differential between quantized image data and prediction data; and
an encoding unit configured to generate encoded data by encoding image data of the encoding target block in accordance with the quantization parameters and the encoding schemes decided for the respective groups by the deciding unit,
wherein the deciding unit is further configured to assign, as the quantization parameter of the respective groups, either a first quantization parameter or a second quantization parameter corresponding to a quantization step smaller than a quantization step corresponding to the first quantization parameter, out of the plurality of quantization parameters, and
wherein the deciding unit selects as an encoding mode for the encoding target block either a first mode that selects either the first encoding scheme or the second encoding scheme as the encoding scheme for each group, by comparing sums of code lengths for each group resulting from encoding using each encoding scheme, or a second mode that selects the first encoding scheme as the encoding scheme of all groups of the encoding target block, and decides the quantization parameters and the encoding schemes of the plurality of groups of the encoding target block in accordance with the selected encoding mode,
wherein the deciding unit is further configured to select whichever of the first mode and the second mode has a smaller total of quantization parameters assigned to the plurality of groups of the encoding target block and to select the second mode regardless of the total of the quantization parameters, if the code length of the encoding target block obtained in the first mode is not the predetermined value or less.

US Pat. No. 10,019,661

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD FOR SELECTIVELY RASTERIZING PRINT DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus comprising:a print controller including one or more processors and at least one memory, the print controller functioning as:
a receiving unit configured to receive, from an external device, a print job that includes a plurality of ordered document files, and a print page range indicating sequential target pages, an initial page in the sequential target pages corresponding to a print start page in one of the plurality of ordered document files, and a last page in the sequential target pages corresponding to a print end page in another one of the plurality of ordered document files; and
a rasterizing unit configured to selectively rasterize pages of the received print job based on the print page range, so that the sequential target pages, including at least (i) pages between the print start page and a last page of the one document file and (ii) pages between a first page and the print end page of the other one document file, are rasterized, and the pages other than the sequential target pages are not rasterized, wherein the sequential target pages are printed and the pages of the print job other than the sequential target pages are not printed.

US Pat. No. 10,016,788

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DRIVING CAPACITANCE TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for driving a capacitance transducer including an element, the element including a cell having a structure in which a vibration membrane including one electrode of a pair of electrodes formed with a cavity therebetween is supported in such a manner that the vibration membrane can vibrate, the method comprising:in a mode in which the element that receives acoustic waves, applying a voltage that is lower than a pull-in voltage to the element as a reception bias voltage; and
in a mode in which the element transmits an acoustic waves, applying a voltage that is lower than the reception bias voltage to the element as a transmission bias voltage,
wherein the transmission bias voltage is set to be not more than one half of the pull-in voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,013,221

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT GENERATES PRINT DATA USING AN APPLICATION WITH TWO PROGRAM LAYERS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:at least one memory storing (i) an instruction set of an operating system, (ii) an instruction set of a first program layer of an application, containing instructions that require translation to be executable by a processor, and (iii) an instruction set of a second program layer of the application, containing instructions that have been translated in advance so as to be executable by a processor; and
at least one processor that, upon executing instructions stored in the at least one memory, performs the functions of
deciding a division condition of an image to be laid out in a print content based on at least one of information of the image and information of the information processing apparatus by causing at least one of the first program layer and the second program layer to operate;
dividing the image in accordance with the division condition decided in the deciding and creating a divided image by causing the second program layer to operate;
constructing the print content in which the divided image is laid out by causing at least one of the first program layer and the second program layer to operate;
rendering the print content in which the divided image is laid out and generating a rendering image by causing the second program layer to operate;
generating print data using the rendering image by causing the second program layer to operate; and
sending the print data generated using the rendering image to a printer.

US Pat. No. 10,008,959

DRIVING APPARATUS AND LENS DRIVING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving apparatus comprising:a vibration plate;
a vibrator having a piezoelectric element, a first contact part and a second contact part, the piezoelectric element exciting vibration of the vibration plate; and
a friction member being in contact with the first contact part and the second contact part, wherein the vibrator and the friction member relatively move with respect to each other, and the first contact part and the second contact part are provided at positions with and interpose an odd number of antinodal lines of vibration generated in a first direction of the vibrator along with excitation, and provided at positions with and interpose an odd number of nodal lines of vibration generated in a second direction of the vibrator along with excitation.

US Pat. No. 10,009,496

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An Information processing apparatus, comprising:a camera that acquires image data;
a first control unit that performs a moving-object detection process for detecting a moving object using low resolution image data acquired by the camera;
a second control unit that performs a user authenticating process for authenticating a user who uses the information processing apparatus using high resolution image data acquired by the camera in a normal power consumption mode; and
a power control unit that shifts the information processing apparatus to a power saving mode in which electric power is supplied to the first control unit and in which supply of electric power to the second control unit is stopped,
wherein, in the power saving mode, the power control unit shifts the information processing apparatus to the normal power consumption mode in which electric power is supplied to the second control unit when the first control unit detects a moving object in the moving-object detection process;
wherein, in the power saving mode, the camera has low imaging resolution, and in the normal power consumption mode, the camera has high imaging resolution.

US Pat. No. 10,009,497

NETWORK COMMUNICATION APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH AUTO-SHUTDOWN FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a computer-executable program for executing a method of controlling a network communication apparatus that includes a network port connectable to a telephone line and a communicator that communicates with an external apparatus via the telephone line,wherein the method comprises:
executing shutdown processing for stopping supply of electric power to the network communication apparatus when an auto-shutdown shifting time period elapses without receiving a user's operation;
detecting whether or not the network port is connected to the telephone line;
determining whether or not the shutdown processing is enabled; and
displaying, when it is detected that the network port is changed from a state of not being connected to the telephone line to a state of being connected to the telephone line, a selection screen for prompting a user to select whether or not to execute the shutdown processing.

US Pat. No. 10,009,500

LIGHT-GUIDE MEMBER, ILLUMINATION DEVICE, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS USING A LINE-SEQUENTAL METHOD TO ILLUMINATE A DOCUMENT FOR READING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light-guide member comprising:a light-incident surface formed at an end portion of the light-guide member in a first direction;
a light-emitting surface that is elongated in the first direction and that includes first and second light-emitting regions, which cause light to be emitted in different directions in a first cross section perpendicular to the first direction;
a common deflecting portion that deflects light from the light-incident surface toward the first and second light-emitting regions; and
a first protruding portion located on one side of the deflecting portion in the first cross section, and
a second protruding portion located on other side of the deflecting portion in the first cross section,
wherein the first and second protruding portions are protruded in a direction away from the light-emitting surface with respect to the deflecting portion, and
wherein curvature of the first and second light-emitting regions are different from each other in the first cross section.

US Pat. No. 10,009,512

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SERVER AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising an information processing apparatus and a server,wherein the information processing apparatus includes
at least a first processor; and
at least a first memory coupled to the at least first processor and having stored therein instructions which, when executed by the at least first processor, cause the at least first processor to function as:
a login unit configured to make a request to the server for permitting a user to automatically log in to the information processing apparatus, and configured to provide a function of the information processing apparatus to the user in response to a response from the server indicating that the server permits the automatic login;
a setting unit configured to be capable of setting at least one condition for the user to automatically log out from the information processing apparatus; and
a logout unit configured to make an inquiry to the server about whether or not the set condition has been satisfied, and stop providing the function of the information processing apparatus to the user in response to a response from the server indicating that the condition has been satisfied,
wherein, in a case that no condition is set, the logout unit makes the inquiry to the server, including an instruction that the information processing apparatus logs out only by an explicit instruction of the user, and
wherein the server includes
at least a second processor; and
at least a second memory coupled to the at least second processor and having stored therein instructions which, when executed by the at least second processor, cause the at least second processor to function as
a determination unit configured to transmit the response to the login unit indicating that the server permits the automatic login, when the determination unit determines to permit the user to automatically log in, based on face recognition processing for an image in which the user is imaged, in response to the request from the login unit,
wherein the determination unit transmits the response to the logout unit indicating that the condition has been satisfied, when the determination unit determines that the condition has been satisfied, based on face recognition processing for an image in which the user or another user is imaged, in response to the inquiry from the logout unit.

US Pat. No. 10,007,212

DEVELOPING APPARATUS HAVING DEVELOPER GUIDING PORTIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developer bearing member configured to rotate, bear developer including toner and carrier, and convey the developer to a developing region where the developer bearing member faces an image bearing member;
a first chamber arranged below a rotation axis of the developer bearing member in a gravity direction and configured to supply the developer to the developer bearing member;
a second chamber facing the developer bearing member and configured to collect the developer having passed through the developing region;
a partition portion arranged to separate the first chamber and the second chamber from each other;
a first communicating portion configured to permit the developer in the first chamber to communicate from the first chamber to the second chamber;
a second communicating portion configured to permit the developer in the second chamber to communicate from the second chamber to the first chamber;
a first conveyance screw arranged in the first chamber and configured to convey the developer in the first chamber in a first direction;
a second conveyance screw arranged in the second chamber configured to convey the developer in the second chamber in a second direction opposite to the first direction; and
a developer guiding portion arranged on the partition portion and facing the developer bearing member, the developer guiding portion being configured to guide the developer having passed through the developing region from the developer bearing member to the second chamber,
wherein the developer guiding portion includes
a first guiding portion arranged in an area between the first communicating portion and the second communicating portion in the second direction, and
a second guiding portion arranged above the second communicating portion, the second guiding portion covering an entire area of the second communicating portion in the second direction when viewed in the gravity direction, and
wherein when the developing apparatus is viewed in a cross section perpendicular to the rotation axis of the developer bearing member, one end portion of the second guiding portion is arranged above an upper end of the partition portion in the gravity direction while leaving a clearance between the second guiding portion and the developer bearing member, and the other end portion of the second guiding portion is arranged above a rotation axis of the second conveyance screw in the gravity direction and below an uppermost portion of the second conveyance screw in the gravity direction while leaving a clearance between the second guiding portion and the second conveyance screw.

US Pat. No. 10,007,220

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH IMAGE CORRECTION USING MEASUREMENT IMAGE AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a correction unit configure to correct image data based on a correction condition;
an image bearing member;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the image bearing member, based on the corrected image data;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the image onto a recording material;
a measurement unit configured to measure a measurement image formed on the image bearing member;
a converting unit configured to convert, based on a conversion condition, a measurement result of the measurement image measured by the measurement unit;
a first generating unit configured to:
control the image forming unit to form the measurement image,
control the measurement unit to measure the measurement image,
control the converting unit to convert the measurement result of the measurement image, and
generate the correction condition based on the measurement result converted by the converting unit; and
a second generating unit configured to:
control the image forming unit to form a test image,
control the transfer unit to transfer the test image onto the recording material,
obtain reading data related to the test image transferred onto the recording material, wherein the reading data is output from a reading device, and
generate the correction condition based on the reading data,
wherein the second generating unit controls the measurement unit to measure the test image formed on the image bearing member before the test image is transferred onto the recording material, and generates the conversion condition based on the reading data and the measurement result of the test image by the measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 10,007,225

FEEDING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding device for feeding developer, the feeding device comprising:a cleaning member for removing developer on an image bearing member, the cleaning member being in contact with the image bearing member, and the cleaning member extending toward an upstream side with respect to a rotational direction of the image bearing member;
an accommodating portion for accommodating the removed developer;
a feeding member for feeding the developer from the accommodating portion; and
a sheet member fixed to the accommodating portion and contacting the image bearing member,
wherein a wall surface of the accommodating portion is positioned on a side where the sheet member is provided with respect to a rectilinear line connecting a rotation center of the image bearing member and a rotation center of the feeding member in a flat plane perpendicular to an axial direction of the image bearing member,
wherein the wall surface approaches the rectilinear line with an increasing level with respect to a vertical direction so as to guide the developer to the feeding member,
wherein the feeding member is provided vertically above a position where the cleaning member contacts the image bearing member such that the feeding member overlaps a part of the cleaning member and a part of the image bearing member that is upstream of the cleaning member with respect to the rotational direction of the image bearing member, and
wherein a rotational direction of the feeding member and a rotational direction of the image bearing member are the same.

US Pat. No. 10,009,547

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT COMPENSATES FOR FLASH BAND, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image pickup device configured to sequentially start exposure and sequentially read out signals for each row of pixels;
a detection unit configured to, based on an image signal output from the image pickup device, detect a flash band appearing in a plurality of frames consecutive in terms of time due to an external flash; and
a correction unit configured to have a gain correcting function of changing gains with rows of the frames and correct at least one of the plurality of frames in which the flash band was detected by the detection unit to a full-screen flash image,
wherein when the detection unit detects flash bands caused by a plurality of external flashes fired in one frame, the correction unit calculates a gain based on a light quantity ratio between the plurality of external flashes, and when generating the full-screen flash image, multiplies a region where the flash bands overlay each other by the calculated gain to correct the region.

US Pat. No. 10,005,293

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a feeding roller configured to feed a sheet;
a conveyance roller configured to convey the sheet fed by the feeding roller;
an inkjet printing head configured to print on the sheet conveyed by the conveyance roller;
a reversing path for reversing the sheet from a first surface to a second surface; and
a control unit configured to control feeding of a preceding sheet and a succeeding sheet fed next to the preceding sheet,
wherein the control unit starts feeding of the succeeding sheet when a trailing edge of the preceding sheet, which was reversed by the reversing path, reaches a predetermined position and feeds the succeeding sheet so that a distance between the trailing edge of the preceding sheet and a leading edge of the succeeding sheet is within a predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 10,002,463

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, FOR ENABLING ACCURATE DETECTION OF A COLOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store a program; and
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the memory to function as:
a generation unit configured to generate a synthesized image to be displayed by synthesizing an image representing a target area in which a target object is arranged with a captured image of a physical space;
a detection unit configured to estimate a distance from the imaging reference plane for each pixel in the target area, determine whether the distance estimated for each pixel is included within the distance range, in a case where it is determined that the estimated distance is included within the distance range, determines that the target object is included within the distance range, and detect an area including each pixel determined as being one for which the estimated distance is included within the distance range as the area of the target object in the target area; and
a registration unit configured to determine whether the target object in the target area in the synthesized image is included in a distance range set as a distance from an imaging reference plane when the physical space is captured, in a case where it is determined that the target object is included in the distance range, to extract color information from the target area, and to register the extracted color information as specific color information.

US Pat. No. 9,994,040

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, LIQUID EJECTION METHOD, AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising:a liquid ejection head configured to perform a printing operation on a printing medium by ejecting a liquid from an ejection opening formed in the liquid ejection head;
a liquid supply source;
a circulation unit configured to circulate the liquid inside a circulation passage extending from the liquid supply source, through the liquid ejection head, and to the liquid supply source;
a deaeration unit configured to perform a deaeration operation to decrease an amount of dissolved gas in the liquid to a dissolved gas amount;
a recovery unit configured to perform a recovery operation of discharging the liquid from the ejection opening in order to recover liquid ejection performance from the ejection opening; and
a control unit configured to control an operation of driving the circulation unit and the deaeration unit, the control unit being configured to start the deaeration operation and circulate the liquid, having been deaerated by the deaeration operation, inside the circulation path after the recovery operation and before an initial printing operation after the recovery operation.

US Pat. No. 9,996,776

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO AVOID PERFORMING SHEET TYPE DETECTION IN PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:at least one processor;
a sensor configured to detect a sheet type of a sheet used for a print job;
a determination unit configured to determine, in a case where a cassette is opened, whether the cassette is used for the print job and the print job is suspended because of a sheet empty state;
a storage configured to store, in a case where the determination unit determines that the cassette is used for the print job and the print job is suspended because of the sheet empty state, the sheet type detected by the sensor; and
an instruction unit configured to instruct, in a case where printing is restarted, a printer to restart printing of the print job using the sheet type stored by the storage,
wherein the determination unit further determines whether the printing apparatus is set to a speed priority mode at a printing restart time,
wherein the storage stores the sheet type detected by the sensor in a case where the determination unit determines that (i) the cassette is used for the print job, (ii) the print job is suspended because of sheet empty state, and (iii) the printing apparatus is set to the speed priority mode, and
wherein the determination unit and the instruction unit are each implemented by at least one of the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,991,305

STACKED TYPE SOLID STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:electrodes arranged separately from each other, the electrodes including a pixel electrode;
an insulating member arranged between the electrodes;
a photoelectric conversion film arranged to cover the electrodes and the insulating member, the photoelectric conversion film being configured to convert an incident light to the photoelectric conversion film into a charge; and
an insulating film arranged between an upper surface of the pixel electrode and the photoelectric conversion film so that the photoelectric conversion film does not contact the pixel electrode,
wherein the insulating member has a side surface arranged on the upper surface of the pixel electrode, the side surface of the insulating member is inclined to the upper surface of the pixel electrode and is not perpendicular to the upper surface of the pixel electrode, the insulating member contacts the upper surface of the pixel electrode, and the insulating film extends between the side surface of the insulating member and the photoelectric conversion film, and both of the insulating member and the insulating film are continuously formed in a region between the electrodes.

US Pat. No. 9,992,360

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, FOR SUPPORTING DOCUMENT WORKFLOWS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to perform a process comprising:
receiving, from a workflow server, a generation instruction for an operation instruction object, wherein the work-flow server transmits the generation instruction to the image processing apparatus in accordance with a predetermined workflow which is stored in the workflow server and the predetermined workflow defines a sequence of tasks that the image forming apparatus performs;
generating the operation instruction object related to the predetermined workflow based on the generation instruction for the operation instruction object;
displaying the operation instruction object on a display unit; and
performing control to not display the operation instruction object on the display unit based on a received deletion instruction for the operation instruction object.

US Pat. No. 9,992,361

INPUT DEVICE HAVING PUSH-KEYS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inputting device having a push type key, said inputting device comprising:a base member including a main body portion, a key portion having an operation surface to be pushed by an operator, and a first elastic portion and a second elastic portion which connect between said main body portion and said key portion; and
an electrical equipment substrate provided on a back side of said base member, said electrical equipment substrate including an operating portion acted on by said key portion when said key portion moves,
wherein said operating portion is disposed at a position closer to said first elastic portion than to said second elastic portion, and
wherein said base member is provided with a third elastic portion connecting said key portion with said main body portion or with said second elastic portion in a side of said second elastic portion with respect to a first phantom line passing through a central portion of said key portion as seen in a direction perpendicular to said operation surface.

US Pat. No. 9,991,598

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:an antenna unit including an antenna pattern;
a magnetic member that covers at least a part of the antenna unit; and
a non-contact type integrated circuit,
wherein the antenna unit, the magnetic member, and the integrated circuit are included in a wireless communication device,
wherein a ratio of an area of the magnetic member to an area of a region including an outermost periphery of the antenna pattern is 90% or more,
wherein the ratio of the area of the magnetic member to the area of the region including the outermost periphery of the antenna pattern is determined such that a deviation between a resonant frequency of the wireless communication device and a target resonant frequency falls within a range of ?1.720% to +4.334%, and the range of ?1.720% to +4.334% is determined based on a first deviation and a second deviation, and
wherein the first deviation is determined based on a decrease in a communication distance between the wireless communication device and another wireless communication device, and the second deviation is determined based on a capacitance tolerance of a capacitor connected between the antenna unit and the integrated circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,992,368

COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION WITH USB DEVICES, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication control method of controlling a printing apparatus that controls communications between a USB device and a control apparatus, which controls the USB device, the control method comprising:determining whether the USB device has been connected to the printing apparatus;
determining whether the control apparatus has been connected to the printing apparatus;
determining whether a communication for controlling the USB device is being carried out via the printing apparatus; and
controlling supply of power to the printing apparatus and the USB device,
wherein, when the USB device and the control apparatus are connected to the printing apparatus, and a communication via the printing apparatus is being carried out, the printing apparatus and the USB device are not shifted into a power saving mode in which supply of power to the printing apparatus and the USB device is limited, and when the USB device and the control apparatus are connected to the printing apparatus, and a communication via the printing apparatus is not being carried out, the printing apparatus and the USB device are shifted into the power saving mode.

US Pat. No. 9,992,373

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING AN OPERATING STATE OF A NETWORK DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus communicable with a management apparatus managing a network device, the information processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which can execute the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
obtain device information of a network device which is registered in the management apparatus;
obtain capability information of a network device communicably connected to the information processing apparatus, wherein the capability information includes information indicating whether or not an internal monitoring function in the network device is enabled;
determine whether a network device as a registration target is registered in the management apparatus based on the device information of the network device which is registered in the management apparatus;
determine, as a monitoring mode for monitoring a network device which is not registered in the management apparatus, either of a first mode for transmitting operation information from a network device to the management apparatus without passing through the information processing apparatus and a second mode for transmitting operation information from a network device to the management apparatus via the information processing apparatus based on the obtained capability information of the network device;
instruct information of a network device which is not registered in the management apparatus to be registered in the management apparatus as a network device monitored in the determined monitoring mode;
manage information of a network device monitored in the first mode;
in a case that operation information of the network device monitored in the first mode is not transmitted from the network device to the management apparatus, or information valid as the operation information of the network device monitored in the first mode is not transmitted to the management apparatus, request the management apparatus to start communication between the management apparatus and the network device monitored in the first mode; and
update information of the network device managed by the information processing apparatus based on a result of the requested communication.

US Pat. No. 9,992,405

IMAGE CAPTURE CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture control apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the image capture control apparatus to:
perform control so as to display, on a display, a live view image captured by an image capture apparatus in any of a plurality of display states that include normal magnification display and enlarged display that is enlarged more than the normal magnification display,
perform control so as to, in a case where a first operation is performed during the enlarged display of the live view image, switch to the normal magnification display and execute auto focus (AF) processing based on a first AF method,
in a case where a second operation is performed during the enlarged display of the live view image, maintain the enlarged display and execute AF processing based on a second AF method, and
perform control so as to execute AF processing based on the first AF method both in a case where the first operation is performed and in a case where the second operation is performed during the normal magnification display of the live view image.

US Pat. No. 9,992,424

IMAGING APPARATUS, CAMERA SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD CONTROLLING FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus to perform a photographing operation using an illumination apparatus having a moveable unit, that includes a light emitting unit having a light source, and having a motor capable of automatically driving the moveable unit to change an irradiation direction of the light emitting unit, the imaging apparatus comprising:a first interface configured to communicate with the illumination apparatus;
a second interface configured to receive an instruction to start a photographing operation; and
a microcontroller configured to perform control,
wherein, in a case where the second interface receives the instruction to start a photographing operation after the first interface transmits an instruction, to the illumination apparatus, to determine an irradiation direction of the light emitting unit but before the first interface receives a notification indicating that determining the irradiation direction of the light emitting unit has ended, the microcontroller performs control to prevent performing a photographing operation during which the light emitting unit causes the light source to emit light, even if the light emitting unit is at a position where the light emitting unit is able to emit light, and
wherein, in the case where the second interface receives the instruction to start the photographing operation after an instruction to start an operation for determining an irradiation direction of the light emitting unit has been transmitted to the illumination apparatus and before a notification to end driving of the moveable unit has been received from the illumination apparatus, the microcontroller performs control to prevent performing flash photography.

US Pat. No. 9,990,890

DISPLAY DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display device comprising:a light emitting unit including a plurality of light sources for which light emission can be controlled independently;
a second panel configured to adjust transmittance of light from the light emitting unit; and
a first panel configured to adjust transmittance of light from the second panel, the display device being configured to display an image based on image data, further comprising:
a first control unit configured to perform first control with respect to the first panel for controlling transmittance of each pixel on the basis of the image data; and
a second control unit configured to perform, in a case where an image area of low brightness is adjacent to an image area of high brightness in the image data, second control for making transmittance of the second panel at a partial area corresponding to the image area of low brightness be lower than transmittance of the second panel at a partial area corresponding to the image area of high brightness.

US Pat. No. 9,992,426

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image capturing unit configured to capture an object image and output an image signal;
at least one processor configured to execute a program stored in at least one non-transitory memory so as to function as units comprising:
(1) an expander configured to expand a dynamic range of the image signal from the image capturing unit;
(2) a tone correction unit configured to perform tone correction on the image signal;
(3) a detection unit configured to detect signal values of a region within a screen corresponding to the image signal outputted from the image capturing unit after the expander expands the dynamic range by a predetermined amount; and
(4) a control unit configured to, in a case where the dynamic range is expanded by the predetermined amount, change a characteristic of the tone correction so as to suppress change in a display image which is displayed on a display unit caused by change in the dynamic range by the predetermined amount,
wherein the control unit changes the characteristic of the tone correction such that, even if a level of an input signal of the image signal is changed by the expansion of the dynamic range, a level of an output signal of the image signal obtained by performing the tone correction on the input signal does not change.

US Pat. No. 9,991,675

SURFACE EMITTING LASER, LASER ARRAY, LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE, INFORMATION ACQUISITION DEVICE, AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A surface emitting laser comprising:a pair of reflecting mirrors; and
an active layer arranged between the pair of reflecting mirrors,
wherein the active layer is to be excited by excitation light,
wherein a gap is formed between the active layer and one of the pair of reflecting mirrors,
wherein an oscillation wavelength of the surface emitting laser is changed by changing a position of at least one of the pair of reflecting mirrors,
wherein a defining structure that defines a light-emitting region of the active layer is arranged in at least one of a region between the pair of reflecting mirrors and a region in at least one of the pair of reflecting mirrors,
wherein, in the defining structure, a region excluding a region that corresponds to the light-emitting region is oxidized, and
wherein the defining structure is included in at least one of the pair of reflecting mirrors.

US Pat. No. 9,989,894

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an apparatus main body;
a cartridge, including a photosensitive member bearing a toner image, that is detachably attached to the apparatus main body;
a transfer member that transfers a toner image from the photosensitive member onto a recording material, the transfer member being movable between a first position so as to contact the photosensitive member and a second position so as to be separated from the photosensitive member when the cartridge is attached to the apparatus main body; and
a separation member arranged on the transfer member at an end in an axial direction of the transfer member and separates the photosensitive member and the transfer member, the separation member moving in a first direction when the photosensitive member rotates while the transfer member is at the second position so that the transfer member moves from the second position to the first position by movement of the separation member in the first direction,
wherein the separation member includes a contact surface contacting the photosensitive member when the transfer member is at the second position and a regulation unit that regulates a position of the separation member with respect to the photosensitive member, and
wherein the regulation unit contacts the photosensitive member earlier than the contact surface in a process of inserting the cartridge in the apparatus main body.

US Pat. No. 9,989,900

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on a recording material based on image data;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire image information related to a toner density of the toner image from the image data;
a fixing unit including a heating member and a pressure member forming a nip with the heating member, the fixing unit being configured to convey and heat the recording material on which the toner image is formed and to fix the toner image on the recording material at the nip;
a temperature detecting unit configured to detect a temperature of the heating member; and
a control unit configured to set a fixing temperature for each of a plurality of recording materials so that the temperature detected by the temperature detecting unit becomes the set fixing temperature,
wherein the acquisition unit acquires the image information of the toner image to be formed on a first recording material of the plurality of recording materials to an N-th recording material of the plurality of recording materials, in a job in which the toner image is continuously formed on the plurality of recording materials, N being an integer greater than two, and
wherein, in a case in which the toner density of the toner image on a k-th recording material of the plurality of recording materials is less than the toner density of the toner image on a (k-1)-th recording material of the plurality of recording materials, k being an integer greater than or equal to two, and less than or equal to N, the control unit sets the fixing temperature of the k-th recording material to a temperature that is greater than a temperature predetermined based on the image information of the toner image to be formed on the k-th recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,989,901

IMAGE FIXING DEVICE HAVING A CONTROLLER THAT MAINTAINS A TEMPERATURE OF THE HEATER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing an image on a recording material, said fixing device comprising:a cylindrical film;
a heater contacting said film, said heater including a substrate, a first heat generating resistor provided on a first surface of said substrate, which opposes said film, and a second heat generating resistor provided on a second surface of said substrate, which is opposite from the first surface;
a temperature detecting member configured to detect a temperature of said heater on a side having the second surface; and
a controller configured to control supply of electric power to said heater using one of PID control and PD control on the basis of a deviation between a target temperature and a detected temperature detected by said temperature detecting member, such that the temperature of said heater is maintained at the target temperature,
wherein the image is fixed on the recording material by heat generated by said heater,
wherein a proportional gain of the PID control or the PD control when said first heat generating resistor is supplied with the electric power and said second heat generating resistor is not supplied with the electric power is less than a proportional gain of the PID control or the PD control when said first heat generating resistor is not supplied with the electric power and said second heat generating resistor is supplied with the electric power, and
wherein said first heat generating resistor is longer than said second heat generating resistor, as measured in a longitudinal direction of said heater.

US Pat. No. 9,987,855

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus used for processing of reproducing a target object by applying color onto a structure formed based on a concavo-convex signal indicating a shape of the target object, the image processing apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain concavo-convex data including the concavo-convex signal indicating the shape of the target object, color data including a color signal indicating color for each position of the target object, and color reproducibility according to a shape of concavo-convex;
a determining unit configured to determine a correction area based on the obtained concavo-convex data, color data, and color reproducibility, the correction area being an area in which color reproducibility represented by the color data is decreased according to the shape represented by the concavo-convex data; and
a correction unit configured to correct the concavo-convex data obtained by the obtaining unit by smoothing the concavo-convex signal corresponding to the determined correction area.

US Pat. No. 9,989,910

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a driving rotation member configured to rotate forward to discharge the sheet, on which the image forming unit has formed the image, outside a main body of the image forming apparatus, and reversely rotate to convey again the sheet to the image forming unit;
a driven rotation member configured to form a nip, at which the sheet is conveyed, with the driving rotation member, and configured to be driven to rotate by the driving rotation member;
a holding member configured to hold the driven rotation member rotatably, the holding member being configured to oscillate; and
a coil spring configured to urge the holding member toward the driving rotation member so that the driven rotation member is pressed to the driving rotation member to form the nip,
wherein when viewed in a rotation axis direction of the driving rotation member, a fulcrum of oscillation of the holding member is provided on an upstream of a first virtual line, in a conveyance direction of the sheet at the nip, passing through both a rotation center of the driving rotation member and a rotation center of the driven rotation member, and
wherein when viewed in the rotation axis direction of the driving rotation member, an intersection point between a coil axis of the coil spring and the first virtual line is arranged in one, where the rotation center of the driving rotation member is not provided, of two regions divided by a second virtual line passing through both the rotation center of the driven rotation member and the fulcrum of oscillation of the holding member.

US Pat. No. 9,989,911

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly;
an image forming station configured to form an unfixed toner image on a recording material;
a fixing portion detachably mountable to said main assembly, said fixing portion including a first rotatable member for being contacted by such a surface of the recording material which carries the unfixed toner image formed by said image forming station to fix the unfixed toner image on the recording material;
a jam detecting portion configured to detect jamming in said fixing portion;
an executing portion configured to execute a cleaning process for cleaning said first rotatable member after clearance of the jamming detected by said jam detecting portion;
a storing portion provided on said fixing portion and configured to store information indicative of whether or not the cleaning process is executed by said executing portion; and
a notifying portion configured to notify an operator of a state of capability of an image forming operation on the recording material, of said image forming apparatus,
wherein, when the information stored in said storing portion of said fixing portion mounted in said main assembly indicates non-execution of the cleaning process, said executing portion executes the cleaning process before said notifying portion executes the notification.

US Pat. No. 9,989,656

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a pixel array where a plurality of pixels configured to detect radiation to obtain a radiation image are arrayed;
a sensor configured to detect radiation irradiation;
a reader configured to read out radiation image signals from the plurality of pixels and to read out sensor signals from the sensor; and
a processor configured to process the radiation image signals and the sensor signals read out by the reader, wherein
the sensor is reset after the radiation irradiation stops,
the reader reads out the radiation image signals from the plurality of pixels after the radiation irradiation stops, reads out a first sensor signal from the sensor in a first period before the radiation irradiation starts, and reads out a second sensor signal from the sensor in a second period after the radiation irradiation stops and the sensor is reset, and before the radiation image signals are read out, and
the processor corrects the radiation image signals based on a difference between the first sensor signal and the second sensor signal.

US Pat. No. 9,991,451

ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, LIGHTING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS, AND EXPOSURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An organic light-emitting device comprising:an anode;
a cathode;
a light-emitting layer disposed between the anode and the cathode;
an organic compound layer disposed between the cathode and the light-emitting layer,
wherein the organic compound layer includes a complex represented by Formula [1]:
where M represents lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium, or cesium;R1 and R5 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms or a fluorine atom; and
R2 to R4 and R6 to R9 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a fluorine atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms, or an aryl group, the alkyl group being able to have a fluorine atom, provided that at least one of R1 to R9 represents a fluorine atom or at least one of R1 to R9 represents an alkyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms and having a fluorine atom or at least one of R6 to R9 represents the aryl group, wherein
when any one of R2 to R4 and R6 to R9 represents an aryl group, the aryl group optionally further includes a fluorine atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms; and
when any one of R1 to R9 represents an alkyl group, a part or all of the hydrogen atoms of the alkyl group are optionally replaced by fluorine atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,986,137

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a first exterior member made of a conductive material;
a second exterior member made of a nonconductive material; and
an antenna covered by the second exterior member and configured to provide a wireless communication,
wherein the antenna includes:
a feeder configured to supply a current;
an oscillator configured to oscillate the current as a radio wave; and
an intermediate part located between the feeder and the oscillator, and
wherein the feeder and the oscillator are farther from the first exterior member than the intermediate part.

US Pat. No. 9,986,145

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of participating in a network formed by an access point, the communication apparatus comprising:a communication interface configured to communicate with a data processing apparatus;
a processor configured to control the communication interface to establish communication with the data processing apparatus via a network and to perform data communication with the data processing apparatus;
wherein the communication interface is further configured to receive, after the communication apparatus participates in the network, from the data processing apparatus a notification indicating whether the data processing apparatus has formed the network as the access point and to receive a notification indicating an external access point different from the data processing apparatus has formed the network; and
a display device configured to display a menu for accepting a predetermined instruction for transmission or reception of data via an Internet, wherein
if it is determined that the data processing apparatus has formed the network as the access point based on the notification received by the communication interface, the processor is configured to control the display device to cause a user to recognize that the predetermined instruction is not accepted, and
if it is determined that the external access point apparatus has formed the network based on the notification received by the communication interface, the processor is configured to thereby control the display device to cause a user to recognize that the predetermined instruction is accepted.

US Pat. No. 9,983,865

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of executing update processing for updating firmware, the image forming apparatus comprising:a processing device; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processing device, cause the image forming apparatus to perform:
(1) setting, as a setting regarding the update processing, either (a) a first setting indicating that the update processing is executed periodically or (b) a second setting indicating that the update processing is executed at a designated, non-periodical date and time,
(2) obtaining update firmware for updating firmware of the image forming apparatus, wherein the update firmware is obtained from a server on a network,
(3) executing extraction processing for extracting the update firmware obtained in the obtaining, wherein extracting the update firmware is performed in the background during a normal operation mode to reduce the time in the updating mode and downtime,
(4) in a case where the extraction processing is interrupted and the image forming apparatus re-boots after the interruption, determining, in order to retry the extraction processing in the background, whether the first setting or the second setting is set in the setting,
(5) deciding, in a case where it is determined that the first setting is set and that a set timing for performing the update processing has already passed upon the re-boot after the interruption, not to execute extraction processing corresponding to the first setting, wherein, in a case where it is decided to not execute the extraction processing, the image forming apparatus is caused to perform execution of an error display,
(6) deciding, in the deciding, in a case where it is determined, in the determining, that the first setting is set and that a set timing for performing the update processing has not passed, to execute the extraction processing corresponding to the first setting, and
(7) deciding, in the deciding, in a case where it is determined, in the determining, that the second setting is set and that a date and time for performing the update processing has passed, to re-execute the extraction processing.

US Pat. No. 9,986,174

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND FOR NOTIFYING PREDETERMINED TIME POINT DURING MOVIE RECORDING AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:an image capturing control unit configured to perform control to record a movie captured by an image capturing unit and including a first recording period to which a specific effect is applied and a second recording period to which the specific effect is not applied, the second recording period being a period contiguous to the first recording period, in one recording period; and
a display control unit configured to perform control to display, during recording the movie, an information display related to a time point at which the first recording period switches to the second recording period or a time point at which the second recording period switches to the first recording period with a live view image.

US Pat. No. 9,986,180

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor, comprisinga plurality of pixels arrayed in a row direction and a column direction and including a first photoelectric converter and second photoelectric converter respectively; and
a driver that supplies drive signals to the respective switches via common lines for the row direction or the column direction and drives the plurality of pixels by predetermined mode to output signals from the plurality of pixels included in a predetermined region,
wherein the predetermined mode includes a first mode that is a mode in which first signals corresponding to charges generated in the first photoelectric converter and the second photoelectric converter are read out for image signals, and a second mode that is a mode in which second signals corresponding to the charges generated in the first photoelectric converter are read out without combining with the charges generated in the second photoelectric converter,
wherein the driver read out a first number of the first signals in the predetermined region during a first read-out period and a second number, which is substantially same the first number, of the second signals in the predetermined region during second read-out period different from the first read-out period.

US Pat. No. 9,986,191

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:a plurality of pixels, each pixel including a photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate charge in response to incident light and accumulate the charge, a holding unit configured to hold the charge, and an amplifier unit configured to output a signal based on the charge; and
an output line to which signals from the plurality of pixels are output,
wherein
at a first time point, the photoelectric conversion units of the plurality of pixels start accumulation of the charge, charges generated in a first period from the first time point to a second time point are accumulated in the photoelectric conversion units of the plurality of pixels accumulate during the first period,
during the first period, the amplifier units of the plurality of pixels output the signals based on charges held by the holding units in turns,
in a second period from the second time point to a third time point, the holding units of the plurality of pixels hold charges generated by the photoelectric conversion units in the first period, and in the second period, the photoelectric conversion units of the plurality of pixel pixels accumulate charges generated by the photoelectric conversion units in the second period,
saturation charge quantity A2 of the holding unit is larger than saturation charge quantity A1 of the photoelectric conversion unit.

US Pat. No. 9,977,379

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:a first rotatable member and a second rotatable member configured to form a nip therebetween for fixing a toner image formed on a recording material;
a heating portion configured to heat said first rotatable member;
a detecting portion configured to detect a temperature of said first rotatable member;
a controller configured to control supplied electrical power to said heating portion depending on a detected temperature by said detecting portion; and
a setting portion configured to set a nip pressure at a first pressure when the recording material of a first kind is subjected to a fixing process and configured to set the nip pressure at a second pressure less than the first pressure when the recording material of a second kind is subjected to the fixing process,
wherein said controller controls the supplied electrical power depending on a difference between a target temperature of said first rotatable member and the detected temperature, the supplied electrical power being less when the nip pressure is the second pressure than when the nip pressure is the first pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,975,334

LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS, AND LIQUID SUCTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A suction method for a liquid discharging apparatus including a liquid discharging head having a discharge port array in which a plurality of discharge ports configured to discharge liquid are arrayed in a first direction, a common liquid chamber configured to hold the liquid to be supplied to the discharge ports, and a buffer chamber having a chamber which is sealed except for an opening formed therein communicating with the common liquid chamber, the buffer chamber being configured to hold a bubble in the chamber, and a cap configured to cover the plurality of discharge ports,wherein the liquid in the common liquid chamber is sucked from the discharge ports in a state in which the discharge ports are covered with the cap,
wherein the common liquid chamber includes a first region having a relatively high inertial resistance and a second region having a relatively low inertial resistance,
wherein the opening of the buffer chamber is disposed in the first region, and
wherein the liquid is sucked from the discharge ports via the cap in a state in which a temperature of the liquid in the first region is increased to be higher than a temperature of the liquid in the second region by heating the liquid in the common liquid chamber by a heating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,977,386

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING IMAGE FORMING CONDITION BASED ON CHARACTERISTIC OF SHEET TO FORM IMAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a sheet container configured to contain a sheet;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the sheet fed from the sheet container;
a sensor configured to detect a characteristic of the sheet fed from the sheet container;
a memory configured to store characteristic data representing the characteristic detected by the sensor;
a selector configured to select either a first mode or a second mode; and
a controller
i) configured to determine, in a case where the first mode is selected by the selector, an image forming condition according to the characteristic data, which is input by a user and represents a characteristic of a sheet contained in the sheet container and cause the sensor to detect a characteristic of a sheet, and store characteristic data according to a result of the detection into the memory, and
ii) configured to determine, in a case where the second mode is selected by the selector with the characteristic data being stored in the memory, an image forming condition based on the characteristic data stored in the memory before a result of detecting a characteristic of a sheet by the sensor is obtained, and configured to cause, in a case where the second mode is selected by the selector with the characteristic data not being stored in the memory, the sensor to detect a characteristic of a sheet, and determine an image forming condition based on a result of the detection by the sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,975,340

PRINTING APPARATUS AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a page wide type liquid ejection head that includes an ejection opening ejecting a liquid, a print element generating energy for ejecting a liquid, a pressure chamber having the print element provided therein, and a heater increasing a temperature of a liquid; and
a circulator configured to circulate the liquid so that the liquid passes through the pressure chamber,
wherein a circulation of the liquid is started after an adjustment of a temperature by the heater is started and the circulation of the liquid is stopped in a case where an image forming operation of ejecting the liquid from the ejection opening on the basis of a job is ended.

US Pat. No. 9,977,135

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION DETECTION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus for determining the presence or absence of radiation irradiation and determining a radiation dose, said radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a sensor portion including a pixel array configured to acquire an image signal indicating detected radiation, and a plurality of detection elements arranged in the pixel array and configured to detect the radiation; and
a circuit configured to read out at least the image signal from the sensor portion, wherein
the circuit generates a first signal for determining the presence or absence of radiation irradiation, and a second signal for determining the radiation dose,
the first signal corresponds to a combination of signals from detection elements of a first subset of the plurality of detection elements provided by an electrical connection to the circuit collectively, and the second signal corresponds to a combination of signals from detection elements of a second subset of the plurality of detection elements provided by an electrical connection to the circuit collectively, and
the number of detection elements of the first subset is greater than the number of detection elements of the second subset.

US Pat. No. 9,978,675

PACKAGE, ELECTRONIC COMPONENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A package including a first surface on which an electronic device is to be mounted, a second surface on a side opposite to the first surface, and a side surface that connects the first surface and the second surface, the package comprising:an insulating member that forms a part of the first surface, a part of the second surface and a part of the side surface;
a plurality of first electrically conductive members; and
a second electrically conductive member,
wherein each of the plurality of first electrically conductive members includes
a first terminal portion that forms a part of the first surface and is to be connected with a bonding wire, and
a second terminal portion that is positioned on a side of the side surface with respect to the first terminal portion and forms a part of the side surface,
wherein the second electrically conductive member includes
an embedded portion embedded in the insulating member,
a plurality of third terminal portions each of which forms a part of the first surface, is to be connected to the bonding wire and is connected to the embedded portion, and
a fourth terminal portion that forms a part of the second surface and is connected to the embedded portion, and
wherein at least one of the third terminal portions is positioned between two of the first terminal portions in a direction along the side surface.

US Pat. No. 9,975,350

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus, comprising:a light source;
a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflect a light beam emitted from the light source;
a plurality of optical members configured to guide the light beam, which has been deflected by the rotary polygon mirror, to a photosensitive member;
a drive motor configured to rotate the rotary polygon mirror;
an optical box to which the light source is attached, the optical box containing the rotary polygon mirror, the drive motor, and the plurality of optical members; and
a dynamic vibration absorber mounted inside the optical box and configured to be vibrated by vibrations of the optical box,
wherein the plurality of optical members are supported on a bottom portion of the optical box, and
wherein the dynamic vibration absorber includes a fixing portion, a first arm portion, and a second arm portion, wherein the fixing portion is fixed to the bottom portion of the optical box at a position between at least two adjacent optical members among the plurality of optical members, wherein the first arm portion extends from the fixing portion along the bottom portion of the optical box and along a longitudinal direction of the plurality of optical members, is disposed out of contact with the bottom portion of the optical box, and vibrates by vibration energy received from the bottom portion of the optical box through the fixing portion, and wherein the second arm portion extends from the fixing portion in a direction opposite to the first arm portion along the bottom potion of the optical box and along the longitudinal direction of the plurality of optical members, is disposed out of contact with the bottom portion of the optical box, and vibrates by the vibration energy received from the bottom portion of the optical box through the fixing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,979,978

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, METHOD OF IMAGE ENCODING, AND RECORDING MEDIUM, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, METHOD OF IMAGE DECODING, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image decoding apparatus capable of decoding a bit stream including data obtained by encoding an image including a tile, the tile including a plurality of block lines, the image decoding apparatus comprising:a number-of-blocks acquiring unit configured to acquire, from the bit stream, information indicating a number of blocks in a height direction in the tile;
an entry point offset acquiring unit configured to acquire, from the bit stream, an entry point offset indicating a size of data corresponding to a block line included in the tile; and
a decoding unit configured to decode the image including the tile based on the information acquired by the number-of-blocks acquiring unit and the entry point offset acquired by the entry point offset acquiring unit, in a case where the image includes a plurality of tiles and specific decoding processing is performed,
wherein the specific decoding processing includes referring to information updated in decoding of a predetermined-numbered block in a first block line, in decoding of a first block in a second block line subsequent to the first block line.

US Pat. No. 9,979,792

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT, IN A DIRECT PRINTING MODE, IS CONTROLLED NOT TO TRANSFER A SEARCH SIGNAL TO ANOTHER PRINTER REGARDLESS OF THE STATE OF THE OTHER PRINTER, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printer, comprising:at least one memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of instructions stored in the at least one memory, performs the functions of
a creating unit configured to create a wireless network in a case where the printer operates as an access point;
a first connection unit configured to connect to another printer via the wireless network created by said creating unit;
a second connection unit configured to connect to a communication apparatus via the wireless network created by said creating unit;
a receiving unit configured to receive a search signal to search a printer from the communication apparatus;
a responding unit configured to respond to the search signal received by the receiving unit;
a transferring unit configured to transfer the search signal received by the receiving unit to the other printer;
an operation unit configured to cause a user to input an instruction for an operation mode;
a determination unit configured to determine whether a direct printing mode is inputted by the user via the operation unit, wherein the direct printing mode is an operation mode which directly communicates with the communication apparatus not via an external access point to execute print processing;
a control unit configured to control the responding unit to respond to the search signal received and the transferring unit to transfer the search signal to the other printer regardless of a state of the other printer, in a case where the determination unit determines that the direct printing mode is not inputted by the user, and to control the responding unit to respond to the search signal and the transferring unit not to transfer the search signal to the other printer regardless of a state of the other printer, in a case where the determination unit determines that the direct printing mode is inputted by the user; and
a printing unit configured to execute print processing in response to a request from the communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,977,237

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:a light source;
a light deflector for deflecting a light beam emitted from said light source;
a mirror for reflecting the beam deflected by said light deflector;
an optical box and a closing member mounted to said optical box, wherein said mirror is accommodated in a space defined by said optical box and said closing member;
a pressing member for pressing said mirror to a seating surface of said optical box and for regulating a movement of said mirror in a direction of a normal line of a reflecting surface of said mirror; and
a regulating portion for regulating movement of said mirror in a direction which is parallel to the seating surface and in which the mirror approaches the closing member, said regulating portion being disposed in a position opposed to a surface of said mirror which is perpendicular to a said reflecting surface of said mirror and which is closer to said closing member than another surface of said mirror which is perpendicular to said reflecting surface of said mirror,
wherein said mirror has a plurality of apex lines, and said pressing member and said regulating portion are disposed at positions which are remoter from said closing member than the apex line that is closest to said closing member, with respect to a direction perpendicular to a surface of the closing member.

US Pat. No. 9,975,722

SHEET DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet discharge apparatus comprising:a discharge unit configured to discharge a sheet;
a supporting portion configured to support the sheet discharged by the discharge unit; and
a regulation portion configured to regulate a trailing edge position of the sheet discharged onto the supporting portion in a sheet discharge direction,
wherein the supporting portion comprises a base surface, a first projection portion, and a second projection portion,
wherein the first projection portion projects from the base surface, is disposed downstream of the regulation portion in the sheet discharge direction, and extends in a width direction orthogonal to the sheet discharge direction,
wherein the second projection portion projects from the base surface, is disposed downstream of the first projection portion in the sheet discharge direction with a predetermined interval from the first projection portion, is shorter than the first projection portion in the width direction, and overlaps a centerline of the base surface in the width direction, and
wherein a distance between a downstream end portion of the first projection portion and the regulation portion in the sheet discharge direction is shorter than a length of a sheet of a minimum usable size in the sheet discharge direction.

US Pat. No. 9,978,804

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an electronic device, comprising:fixing a first wafer and a second wafer to each other via a surrounding member, such that the first wafer and the second wafer face each other via a space and the surrounding member surrounds the space, the first wafer including a semiconductor substrate and a wiring structure arranged on the semiconductor substrate; and
forming an opening on a side of a second surface of the first wafer on an opposite side of a first surface on a side of the second wafer so as to expose a conductive member of the wiring structure, and then forming an electrode connected to the conductive member exposed via the opening,
wherein in the fixing, the first wafer includes, on a side of the first surface, a trench that intersects the surrounding member in a planar view of the first surface, and
in the forming, the electrode is formed under a condition that the space communicates with an external space via the trench.

US Pat. No. 9,980,084

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising: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 in a case where the communication apparatus has joined a wireless LAN created by an external access point, as a station of the wireless LAN; and
a control unit configured to control, when the short distance wireless communication with the another communication apparatus has been started by the start unit, the communication apparatus to:
perform, in a case where the communication apparatus and the another communication apparatus are connected to an identical external access point, data communication by the second communication unit via the identical external access point;
disconnect a connection with the external access point and perform direct data communication with the another communication apparatus by the second communication unit, in a case where the communication apparatus and the another communication apparatus are not connected to an identical external access point; and
perform, in a case where the communication apparatus concurrently performs a station function and an access point function, direct data communication with the another communication apparatus by the second communication unit without disconnecting a connection with the external access point even in a case where the communication apparatus and the another communication apparatus are not connected to an identical external access point.

US Pat. No. 9,979,847

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXECUTING AND CONTROLLING SEQUENTIAL PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a platform on which an application configured to control an execution of a processing flow including a plurality of process steps defined according to a definition file is operated, the apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
manage definition files included in an expansion program as a bundle for locating each definition of a plurality of process steps on the platform, if a manifest file included in the expansion program satisfies a specific condition and a license corresponding to the expansion program is valid, wherein the bundle includes the definition files, the manifest file describing a type of data, and objects associated with each definition file;
determine, if a type of data relating to an event generated in the information processing apparatus is an expansion program for locating at least one definition of a plurality of process steps on the platform, a type of the event; and
register, according to installation of the expansion program including the managed definition files, all of the objects associated with the each definition file included in the expansion program, if it is determined that the event type is installation, wherein the objects are displayed on a menu configured to accept an instruction to call each program installed in the information processing apparatus, according to the registration of the objects,
wherein the application different from the expansion program performs control in such a way as to execute processing corresponding to the defined process steps by using the definition file associated with one of the objects selected via the menu.

US Pat. No. 9,978,319

DISPLAY DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF WITH BRIGHTNESS AND TRANSMITTANCE CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display device comprising:a first panel for displaying an image by transmitting light based on image data;
a second panel having a plurality of pixels transmitting light forward to the first panel, the second panel being disposed on a rear surface side of the first panel;
a light emitting unit emitting light to the second panel, the light emitting unit being disposed on a rear surface side of the second panel and having a plurality of emission control areas, an emission brightness of each of the plurality of emission control areas being individually controllable;
one or more processors; and
a memory in communication with the one or more processors, the memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to:
(1) control the emission brightness of each of the plurality of emission control areas of the light emitting unit based on a target emission brightness corresponding to a feature value of a respective divided area of the image data corresponding to each of the plurality of emission control areas; and
(2) calculate an irradiation brightness of light irradiating each pixel of the second panel from the light emitting unit in a case where the emission brightness of each of the plurality of emission control areas is controlled based on its corresponding target emission brightness, and
(3) control transmittance of the first panel and the second panel,
wherein transmittance of a first pixel of the second panel whose corresponding pixel of the image data is a black pixel is controlled to a predetermined transmittance, and
wherein transmittance of a second pixel of the second panel whose corresponding pixel of the image data is not a black pixel is controlled based on a value obtained by dividing an emission brightness of an emission control area corresponding to the second pixel by a calculated irradiation brightness of the light irradiating the second pixel of the second panel from the light emitting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,979,877

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect in-focus positions by moving a focus lens of an imaging optical system along an optical axis in a predetermined range to acquire a focus evaluation value that is based on an image contrast;
a storage unit in which focus cam data is stored that indicates a relationship between an object distance and a focus lens position that corresponds to the object distance;
a calculation unit configured to calculate object distances at the in-focus positions that were obtained in the in-focus position detection continuously performed by the detection unit, based on focus lens positions at the in-focus positions and the focus cam data;
an estimation unit configured to estimate an object distance in next in-focus position detection, based on a difference between the object distances at the in-focus positions that were calculated by the calculation unit; and
a determination unit configured to determine a predetermined range in which the focus lens is moved in the next in-focus position detection, based on an estimated value for the object distance in the next in-focus position detection that was estimated by the estimation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,974,499

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging system, comprising:a plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses, each radiation imaging apparatus comprising
a radiation detecting panel including a plurality of pixels arrayed in a two-dimensional matrix and configured to convert radiation into image signals, and
an enclosure enveloping the radiation detecting panel;
wherein the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses are arrayed so that a part of each of the radiation imaging apparatuses spatially overlap as seen from a radiation irradiation side,
wherein a power switch for the radiation imaging apparatus and a display unit for displaying a power state of the radiation imaging apparatus are disposed on the enclosure positioned in a region that is different from an overlapping region of the radiation imaging apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,979,892

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in an order from an object side to an image side:a front lens group;
an aperture stop; and
a rear lens group having a plurality of lens units, wherein
the front lens group includes a first lens unit having a positive refractive power and a second lens unit having a negative refractive power in this order from the object side to the image side,
the interval between the lens units adjacent to each other varies at the time of zooming,
the first lens unit is fixed at the time of zooming,
the first lens unit includes a first lens subunit having a negative refractive power, which is fixed at the time of focusing and a second lens subunit having a positive refractive power, which moves at the time of focusing, wherein the second lens subunit is arranged at a position adjacent to the first lens subunit on the image side,
the rear lens group includes a lens unit moving in a direction of an optical axis so that an imaging magnification at a telephoto end is larger than an imaging magnification at a wide-angle end, and
wherein the aperture stop and a lens unit Ls arranged at a position adjacent to the aperture stop on the image side move along the same locus, which is convex toward the object side, at the time of zooming from the wide-angle end to the telephoto end, and, where the variable magnification ratio of the rear lens group is expressed as Zr, the amount of movement of the lens unit Ls at the time of zooming from the wide-angle end to a zoom position where the lens unit Ls is positioned at the most object side is expressed as ms, and the amount of movement of the lens unit arranged on the image side of the lens unit Ls at the time of zooming from the wide-angle end to a zoom position where the lens unit Ls is positioned at the most object side is expressed as mr, conditional expressions,
1.157?Zr<1.70
0.2 are satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,979,911

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DARK CORRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a program including instructions executed by the processor,
wherein the processor and the memory are operatively coupled to function as:
a dark correction unit configured to obtain a dark corrected image by removing a dark image obtained in a state without radiation irradiation from an object image obtained by radiation irradiation;
an addition value obtaining unit configured to analyze pixel values included in a plurality of dark corrected images and, based on an analysis result of the pixel values including a negative pixel value, obtain an addition value used to correct the negative pixel value; and
an adding unit configured to add the addition value to the pixel values of the dark corrected image.

US Pat. No. 9,979,913

DRIVING METHOD OF IMAGING DEVICE AND DRIVING METHOD OF IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving method of an imaging device which includes a pixel array in which unit cells each including a first photoelectric converting unit and a second photoelectric converting unit are arranged in rows and columns, the first photoelectric converting unit and the second photoelectric converting unit being provided in correspondence with one microlens and each accumulating electric carriers based on incident light, the driving method comprising:causing the imaging device to generate first signals each based on the electric carriers of the first photoelectric converting unit and the second photoelectric converting unit in corresponding one of the unit cells;
causing the imaging device to output signals which are obtained by adding the first signals output from each of m (m is two or more) number of unit cells among the unit cells, the m number of unit cells included in a first area being a partial area of the pixel array; and
causing the imaging device to output signals which are obtained by adding the first signals output from each of n (n is smaller than m) number of unit cells among the unit cells, the n number of unit cells included in a second area being another partial area of the pixel array, or output the first signals each output from a corresponding one of the unit cells included in the other partial area.

US Pat. No. 9,973,029

WIRELESS POWER TRANSMISSION/RECEPTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wireless power transmission apparatus comprising:a first antenna unit configured to perform wireless power transmission with another apparatus;
a communication unit configured to include a second antenna unit which is different from the first antenna unit and perform communication for authentication in the wireless power transmission with the other apparatus using electric power received through the first antenna unit;
a load configured to operate using the electric power received through the first antenna unit; and
a transformation unit configured to be connected to the first antenna unit and perform impedance transformation,
wherein the transformation unit performs impedance transformation in accordance with electric power consumed by the communication unit during the communication for authentication performed by the communication unit and performs impedance transformation in accordance with electric power consumed by the load when the authentication is successfully performed.

US Pat. No. 9,972,522

PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing apparatus for performing exposure processing of a substrate with light from a light source, the apparatus comprising:a stage;
a chuck installed on the stage and configured to chuck the substrate; and
a conveying unit configured to move, to a position above the chuck, one of a pressing member for pressing the substrate to reduce a warp of the substrate on the chuck and a cleaning member for cleaning the chuck,
wherein, when a pressing operation for reducing the warp of the substrate is to be performed before performing the exposure processing of the substrate while the substrate is arranged on the chuck, the conveying unit moves the pressing member to the position above the chuck to press the substrate using the pressing member, and
wherein, when a cleaning operation for cleaning the chuck is to be performed before performing the exposure processing of the substrate and after performing the pressing operation while the substrate is not arranged on the chuck, the conveying unit moves the cleaning member to the position above the chuck to clean the chuck using the cleaning member.

US Pat. No. 9,971,256

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms a pattern of an imprint material on a target region of a substrate using a mold, comprising:a driving device configured to relatively drive the mold and the substrate;
a measurement device configured to measure a relative position between the mold and the target region, in a surface direction parallel to a surface of the substrate;
a controller configured to control alignment between the mold and the target region in the surface direction, based on a measurement result by the measurement device, in a non-contact state where the mold and the imprint material are not in contact with each other, and then control the driving device so as to bring the mold and the imprint material into contact with each other,
wherein the controller, based on information on a shift amount, which is an amount of shift of the mold from the target region in the surface direction, the shift amount being caused by contact of the mold and the imprint material and including a difference between the relative position before the contact and the relative position after the contact, controls the alignment in the non-contact state such that the relative position between the mold and the target region is shifted by an amount for correcting the shift amount in the surface direction.

US Pat. No. 9,971,257

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a surface layer containing a charge transporting material and a polyester resin having the structure represented by general formula (I) and the structure represented by general formula (II):
wherein in general formula (I), X1 represents a divalent group; and

wherein in general formula (II), X2 represents one selected from the group consisting of a single bond, an oxygen atom, a divalent alkylene group, and a divalent cycloalkylene group, and R11 to R18 each represent one of a hydrogen atom and an alkyl group,
wherein the structure represented by general formula (I) includes the structure represented by formula (I-2):
andwherein the structure represented by general formula (II) includes the structure represented by general formula (II-1):

wherein in general formula (II-1), RX1 and RX2 each represent one selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, and an ethyl group, R?11, R?12, R?13, and R?14 each represent one of a hydrogen atom and a methyl group, and n represents an integer in the range of 11 to 18.
US Pat. No. 9,971,268

CURABLE LIQUID DEVELOPER HAVING A CATIONICALLY POLYMERIZABLE LIQUID MONOMER WITH A MONOFUNCTIONAL VINYL ETHER COMPOUND

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A curable liquid developer comprising a toner particle, a polymerization initiator, and a cationically polymerizable liquid monomer, whereinthe cationically polymerizable liquid monomer contains
(i) a compound (A) represented by the formula
(R—CH?CH—O—)n—CmH(2m+2?n)
where m represents an integer from 12 to 50; n represents an integer that is at least 2; and R represents a hydrogen atom or a C1-3 alkyl group; and
(ii) a monofunctional vinyl ether compound having one vinyl ether group and a C12-50 alkane chain segment.

US Pat. No. 9,971,272

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning device, comprising:a first light source;
a first incident optical system provided so as to correspond to a first light beam emitted by the first light source;
a second light source;
a second incident optical system provided so as to correspond to a second light beam emitted by the second light source;
an optical deflector disposed such that the first light beam from the first incident optical system and the second light beam from the second incident optical system are incident on the optical deflector;
a first imaging optical system configured to image the first light beam deflected by the optical deflector on a first surface to be scanned; and
a second imaging optical system configured to image the second light beam deflected by the optical deflector on a second surface to be scanned,
wherein, when a degree of convergence is expressed as {1?(Sk÷f)}, in which Sk represents distance, within a main scanning section, from a rear principal plane of the first or second imaging optical system to the corresponding first or second surface to be scanned, and f represents focal length of the first or second imaging optical system within the main scanning section,
the degree of convergence of the first incident optical system is equal to or greater than 0, and the degree of convergence of the second incident optical system is greater than the degree of convergence of the first incident optical system, and
wherein an angle of incidence, within a sub-scanning section, of the second light beam incident on a deflection surface of the optical deflector from the second incident optical system is less than an angle of incidence, within the sub-scanning section, of the first light beam incident on the deflection surface of the optical deflector from the first incident optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,971,275

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member including a photosensitive layer and a surface layer formed on an outer periphery side of said photosensitive layer;
a charging member configured to electrically charge a surface of said photosensitive member by being supplied with a charging bias voltage;
an exposure member configured to expose said photosensitive member to light to form an electrostatic latent image;
a rotatable developer carrying member configured to carry a developer containing toner;
a voltage source configured to apply, to said developer carrying member, a developing bias voltage including a DC component and an AC component to develop the electrostatic latent image on said photosensitive member with the toner; and
a controller configured to control said voltage source so that when a thickness of the surface layer of said photosensitive member is a first thickness, a developing bias voltage including an oscillating portion having an oscillating voltage and a rest portion having a substantially constant voltage alternately repeated is outputted, and so that when the thickness of the surface layer of said photosensitive member is a second thickness smaller than the first thickness, a developing bias voltage in which the rest portion is not included or is shorter than the rest portion when the thickness of the surface layer is the first thickness is outputted.

US Pat. No. 9,971,281

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer container, comprising:a conveyance member configured to convey a developer;
a vibration member arranged along an inclined surface opposed to the conveyance member and configured to vibrate through contact with the conveyance member; and
a protruding portion protruding from the inclined surface and configured to be held in contact with the vibration member,
wherein the conveyance member is a flexible sheet-like member,
wherein, under a state in which the vibration member is brought into contact with the protruding portion, a first gap and a second gap are formed between the vibration member and the inclined surface with the protruding portion as a boundary, and
wherein at least a part of the first gap and at least a part of the second gap are located in a region of a rotation locus of the conveyance member.

US Pat. No. 9,971,283

BELT CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR REDUCED BELT BUCKLING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt conveyance apparatus comprising:an endless belt carrying a toner image; and
a plurality of support rollers supporting the endless belt from an inner surface side of the endless belt in a tensioned state, the plurality of support rollers including a steering roller, a first roller, and a second roller, wherein
the steering roller is configured to move the endless belt in a width direction of the endless belt intersecting a traveling direction of the endless belt when tilted with respect to the first roller,
the first roller is disposed adjacent to and upstream of the steering roller in the traveling direction, and
the second roller is disposed adjacent to and downstream of the steering roller in the traveling direction, the second roller having a reverse crown shape in which end portions in a rotational axis direction each have a larger outer diameter than a middle portion.

US Pat. No. 9,971,284

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device configured to fix an image to a recording material, the fixing device comprising:a cylindrical belt;
a nip portion forming member configured to make contact with an inner surface of the belt;
a backup member configured to form a nip portion with the nip portion forming member via the belt;
a halogen heater arranged in a hollow portion of the belt to radiate radiation light toward the nip portion forming member, the halogen heater including a slender bulb filled with gas, the bulb including, at a longitudinal end of the bulb, a sealing portion for sealing the bulb; and
a reflection member configured to reflect the radiation light of the halogen heater toward the nip portion forming member, the reflection member being long in a longitudinal direction of the halogen heater, the reflection member being configured so that the longitudinal end lies on an inner side of the sealing portion in the longitudinal direction of the halogen heater.

US Pat. No. 9,971,293

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING OPTICAL SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image carrier that is rotated;
an optical sensor comprising:
a light emitting element that irradiates light towards the image carrier,
a light receiving element that outputs current in accordance with a received light amount, and
a housing that is configured to form a common opening that is an opening for determining an irradiation region of light irradiated from the light emitting element to the image carrier, and is the opening through which the light irradiated from the light emitting element passes and through which reflected light from the image carrier to be received by the light receiving element passes;
a converter circuit configured to convert the current outputted from the light receiving element into a voltage and to output the voltage;
an amplifier circuit configured to amplify a difference between the voltage outputted from the converter circuit and a reference voltage, and to output the difference as a voltage corresponding to the received light amount; and
a control unit configured to execute a measurement of the voltage outputted from the amplifier circuit by causing the light emitting element to emit light, under a measurement condition under which the reflected light is not incident on the light receiving element through the common opening, and to adjust the reference voltage used in the amplifier circuit based on a measured voltage obtained by the measurement.

US Pat. No. 9,971,046

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging system for performing a plurality of times of radiation imaging, the system comprising:a plurality of pixels configured to generate a signal corresponding to a radiation dose;
a signal line to which signals are supplied from one or more pixels of the plurality of pixels;
a readout circuit configured to perform a readout operation, the readout operation including reading out a signal (if any) that is being supplied to the signal line and generating a value corresponding to the signal;
a control unit configured to control the readout operation; and
a correction unit configured to correct the value generated by the readout circuit, wherein
the control unit causes the readout circuit to generate two values, including a first pixel value by performing the readout operation while a signal is being supplied from the one or more pixels to the signal line, and including a first offset value by performing the readout operation while no signal is being supplied from the one or more pixels to the signal line, before starting the plurality of times of radiation imaging,
the control unit causes the readout circuit to generate two further values, including a second pixel value by performing the readout operation while a signal is being supplied from the one or more pixels to the signal line, and including a second offset value by performing the readout operation while no signal is being supplied from the one or more pixels to the signal line, during the plurality of times of radiation imaging, and
the correction unit corrects the second pixel value by using the first pixel value, the first offset value, and the second offset value.

US Pat. No. 9,972,078

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processor; and
one or more memory storing a program which, when executed by the one or more processor, causes the image processing apparatus to:
acquire first image data represented by a color included in a first color gamut; and
convert colors of pixels of the first image data into colors included in a second color gamut by changing at least color saturation to thereby generate second image data represented by colors included in the second color gamut,
wherein the one or more processor converts the color of the pixel of the first image data by at least one of a first conversion process in which the color is converted such that a brightness of the color after the conversion approaches a target brightness and a second conversion process in which the color is converted such that the brightness does not change,
wherein the one or more processor converts the color of the pixel, a brightness of which is included in a first brightness range, of the first image data by the first conversion process, and converts the color of the pixel, a brightness of which is included in a second brightness range different from the first brightness range, of the first image data by the second conversion process,
wherein first brightness range is a range having a brightness higher than a predetermined brightness,
wherein the second brightness range is a range having a brightness equal to or lower than the predetermined brightness,
wherein the predetermined brightness is a specific brightness that maximizes color saturation of the second color gamut in a hue in which the color of the pixel of the first image data that is converted by the one or more processor is included, and
wherein the one or more processor converts the color of the pixel of the first image data by using the color after the conversion by the first conversion process and the color after the conversion by the second conversion process in a case where the specific brightness is equal to or lower than a first threshold value and equal to or higher than a second threshold value which is lower than the first threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,973,643

DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes instructions, of the set of instructions, to:
(a) store, in a storage unit, settings data for a plurality of setting items,
(b) receive, from a server via a network, information including update information for the settings data stored in the storage unit,
(c) execute processing for causing an operation screen displayed on a display unit of the device to transition to a specific screen in a case where the information including the update information is received and a predetermined operation screen is displayed on the display unit, and
(d) update the settings data stored in the storage unit by using the received information, including the update information, after an execution of the processing.

US Pat. No. 9,973,684

LENS CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens control apparatus comprising:a correction unit configured to correct a defocus amount and obtain a correction defocus amount;
a target zoom lens position obtainment unit configured to obtain a target zoom lens position; and
a target focus lens position obtainment unit configured to obtain a target focus lens position based on data representing a position of a focus lens corresponding to a position of a zoom lens for each object distance, the correction defocus amount, and the target zoom lens position,
wherein, in a case that a zoom speed is a first speed, the correction unit corrects the correction defocus amount to be greater as compared with a case that the zoom speed is a second speed less than the first speed.

US Pat. No. 9,969,591

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a sheet stacking unit on which a sheet is stacked;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the sheet fed from the sheet stacking unit;
an operation unit configured to receive information from a user and display a selection screen for the user to select a type and an orientation of the sheet to be stacked on the sheet stacking unit; and
a control unit configured to (i) receive sheet information, indicating the type and the orientation of the sheet to be stacked on the sheet stacking unit, from the operation unit, (ii) control the image forming unit based on the received sheet information, and
(iii) cause the operation unit to display a message prompting the user to mount an attachment for the sheet on the sheet stacking unit so as to increase stability of the sheet when feeding the sheet, based on the type and the orientation of the sheet indicated by the received sheet information,
wherein the control unit is configured to cause the operation unit to display the message in a case that the received sheet information indicates that the type of the sheet corresponds to a first type of envelope, and not to cause the operation unit to display the message in a case that the received sheet information indicates that the type of sheet corresponds to a second type of envelope that is different from the first type of envelope, and
wherein the attachment is necessary for the first type of envelope and is not necessary for the second type of envelope.

US Pat. No. 9,972,971

SURFACE EMITTING LASER, INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A surface emission laser comprising:a first reflector;
an active layer disposed on the first reflector;
a first beam disposed on the active layer via a space;
a second reflector disposed in an opening portion formed in the first beam;
a second beam disposed in the opening portion, and extending in a widthwise direction of the first beam to connect the second reflector and the first beam;
a first electrode disposed on, or included in or part of, the first beam; and
a second electrode disposed in between a portion of the active layer and a portion of the first electrode,
wherein both ends, at least in a longitudinal direction, of the first beam are fixed ends,
wherein a length, in the longitudinal direction of the first beam; of the second beam is smaller than a length, in the longitudinal direction of the first beam, of the second reflector, and
wherein the second reflector is not electrically connected to the first electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,969,931

ELECTROCHROMIC COMPOSITION AND ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrochromic composition comprising:an anodic electrochromic compound; and
a cathodic electrochromic compound,
wherein the anodic electrochromic compound is represented by General Formula [1] and the cathodic electrochromic compound is represented by General Formula [2],

wherein, in General Formula [1], A1 to A4 each independently represent a substituent selected from alkyl groups in which the number of carbon atoms is 1 or more and 20 or less, alkoxy groups in which the number of carbon atoms is 1 or more and 20 or less, and aryl groups which optionally have a substituent,wherein, when the aryl group has a substituent, the substituent is at least any one of alkyl groups in which the number of carbon atoms is 1 or more and 8 or less or alkoxy groups in which the number of carbon atoms is 1 or more and 8 or less,wherein R1 and R2 each are independently selected from hydrogen atoms or substituents, the substituents represented by R1 and R2 above each are at least any one of halogen atoms, alkyl groups in which the number of carbon atoms is 1 or more and 20 or less, alkoxy groups in which the number of carbon atoms is 1 or more and 20 or less, alkyl ester groups in which the number of carbon atoms is 1 or more and 20 or less, aryl groups which optionally have a substituent, amino groups which optionally have a substituent, or cyano groups, and two or more R1s and R2s optionally being present,
wherein n is an integer of 1 to 5,
wherein, in General Formula [2], R20 and R21 each are independently selected from hydrogen atoms or substituents, the substituents represented by R20 and R21 each are at least any one selected from halogen atoms, alkyl groups in which the number of carbon atoms is 1 or more and 20 or less, alkoxy groups in which the number of carbon atoms is 1 or more and 20 or less, alkyl ester groups in which the number of carbon atoms is 1 or more and 20 or less, acyl groups in which the number of carbon atoms is 1 or more and 20 or less, aryl groups which optionally have a substituent, amino groups which optionally have a substituent, or cyano groups, two or more R20s and R21s optionally being present, and Y? represents an anion,
wherein X shown in Formula [1], is a structure of any one of General Formulae [3] to [5], in which when n is 2 or more, a plurality of Xs each are independently selected from the following general formulae [3] to [5],

wherein, in General Formula [3], R3 represents an alkylene group in which the number of carbon atoms is 1 or more and 20 or less and which optionally be branched, and
wherein, in General Formula [4] and [5], R4 to R7 each represent a hydrogen atom or a substituent, and the substituents represented by R4 to R7 above each are at least any one of halogen atoms, alkyl groups in which the number of carbon atoms is 1 or more and 20 or less, alkoxy groups in which the number of carbon atoms is 1 or more and 20 or less, aryl groups which optionally have a substituent, alkyl ester groups in which the number of carbon atoms is 1 or more and 20 or less, amino groups which optionally have a substituent, or cyano groups.

US Pat. No. 9,965,853

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for obtaining a scale of a region of a processing target included in an image, comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing a program including instructions executed by the at least one processor to:
obtain an intensity distribution attribute of the region of the processing target;
select, based on the intensity distribution attribute, a calculation method for calculating the scale of the region; and
obtain the scale of the region by the selected calculation method,
wherein the intensity distribution attribute defines whether the region of the processing target is a convex region which has a higher intensity value than its surrounding region, a concave region which has a lower intensity value than its surrounding region, or a mixed region including the convex region and the concave region, and
wherein, if the intensity distribution attribute defines the region as the mixed region, a component of the convex region and a component of the concave region in the mixed region are obtained, and the calculation method for calculating the scale of the region for the mixed region is selected based on a comparison between the obtained component of the convex region and the obtained component of the concave region.

US Pat. No. 9,967,660

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A signal processing apparatus comprising:at least one hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions executable by the at least one hardware processor to cause the signal processing apparatus to perform at least:
obtaining, based on audio signals picked up by a plurality of sound pickup units, one or more directional sound signals corresponding to a specific frequency range; and
generating audio signals for reproduction by using a first number of directional sound signals corresponding to a first specific frequency range obtained in the obtaining and a second number of directional sound signals corresponding to a second specific frequency range obtained in the obtaining, wherein the first number is larger than the second number, and wherein the first number of directional sound signals have directivity in different directions respectively.
US Pat. No. 9,964,872

TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing:a binder resin,
a pigment,
a crystalline resin, and
an amorphous resin,wherein,an adsorption rate A1 of the crystalline resin to the pigment is from 5% to 40%,
an adsorption rate A2 of the amorphous resin to the pigment is from 20% to 60%, and
the adsorption rates A1 and A2 satisfy the following relationship: A1 wherein, in the relationship (1),
A1 represents an adsorption rate measured for a mixture obtained by mixing 0.1 mass part of the crystalline resin, 1.0 mass part of the pigment, and 20 mass part of a solvent in which 16 mass parts of styrene and 4 mass parts of n-butyl acrylate are mixed, and
A2 represents an adsorption rate measured for a mixture obtained by mixing 0.1 mass part of the amorphous resin, 1.0 mass part of the pigment, and 20 mass parts of a solvent in which 16 mass parts of styrene and 4 mass parts of n-butyl acrylate are mixed, and
a degree of compatibility represented by the following equation (2) is 70% or less:
degree of compatibility (%)=(1?B1/B2)×100  (2),
wherein, in equation (2),
B1 represents an exothermic quantity per gram (J/° C.) of the crystalline resin at an exothermic peak derived from crystallization of the crystalline resin, measured with a differential scanning calorimeter in a secondly cooling step of a process including: heating a resin mixture from 30° C. to 200° C., the resin mixture containing the amorphous resin and the crystalline resin with a mass ratio of 9:1, subsequently cooling the resin mixture from 200° C. to 0° C., subsequently heating the resin mixture from 0° C. to 120° C., then keeping the resin mixture at 120° C. for 5 minutes, and secondly cooling the resin mixture from 120° C. to 0° C., and
B2 represents an exothermic quantity per unit gram (J/° C.) of the crystalline resin at an exothermic peak derived from crystallization of the crystalline resin, measured with a differential scanning calorimeter in a secondly cooling step of a process including: heating the crystalline resin alone from 30° C. to 200° C., subsequently cooling the crystalline resin from 200° C. to 0° C., subsequently heating the crystalline resin from 0° C. to 120° C., then keeping the crystalline resin at 120° C. for 5 minutes, and secondly cooling the resin mixture from 120° C. to 0° C.,
wherein the heating and the cooling in the processes for measuring B1 and B2 are each performed at a rate of 10° C./min.

US Pat. No. 9,964,874

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing a binder resin, a colorant, a crystalline polyester, and a release agent, whereinwhen a cross-sectional image of the toner is observed using a scanning transmission electron microscope, 8-500 domains of the crystalline polyester are present in the cross-sectional image of the toner, the domains having a number-average major diameter of at least 50 nm and not more than 300 nm,
a ratio of the domains present in an area from an outline of the cross-sectional image to 25% of a distance between the outline and a centroid of the cross-sectional image, to a total number of the domains present in the cross-sectional image of the toner is 60 to 100 number %,
domains of the release agent are present in the cross-sectional image, and
a ratio of a total area of the domains of the release agent to an area of the cross-sectional image of the toner is 5.0 to 30.0 area %.

US Pat. No. 9,964,881

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles, each of which contains a binder resin and a colorant, whereinan onset temperature Te (° C.) of a storage elastic modulus E? obtained in a powder dynamic viscoelastic measurement on the toner is at least 50° C. and not more than 70° C., and
a value at Te (° C.) of a storage elastic modulus G? obtained in a pellet dynamic viscoelastic measurement on the toner is at least 4.0×107 Pa and not more than 1.0×1010 Pa.

US Pat. No. 9,964,887

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a photosensitive member;
a laser light source comprising a first light emitting point and a second light emitting point each configured to emit a laser light when being supplied with a current;
a deflector configured to deflect the laser light emitted from the laser light source so that the laser light emitted from the laser light source scans on the photosensitive member;
a light receiving portion disposed in a position to receive the laser light emitted from the laser light source, and configured to output a signal which indicates a received light intensity;
a first drive portion configured to supply a bias current to the first light emitting point, and configured to supply a drive current based on image data to the first light emitting point, the first drive portion being configured to control values of the bias current and the drive current with respect to the first light emitting point based on the signal which is input from the light receiving portion to the first drive portion by forming a first feedback loop between the first light emitting point and the light receiving portion;
a second drive portion configured to be capable of supplying a bias current to the second light emitting point, and configured to be capable of supplying a drive current based on image data to the second light emitting point, the second drive portion comprising a setting portion configured to set whether or not a current is supplied to the second light emitting point, the second drive portion being capable of controlling values of the bias current and the drive current with respect to the second light emitting point based on the signal which is input from the light receiving portion to the second drive portion by forming a second feedback loop between the second light emitting point and the light receiving portion; and
a controller configured to input to the second drive portion a first control signal which does not allow a supply of the current to the second light emitting point, to input to the first drive portion a second control signal for forming the first feedback loop, and to input to the second drive portion a third control signal for forming the second feedback loop at timing different from timing of forming the first feedback loop, in a state in which the setting portion of the second drive portion performs a setting based on the first control signal which does not allow the supply of the current to the second light emitting point.

US Pat. No. 9,964,888

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a light source configured to emit light beam for exposing a photosensitive member to light;
a deflecting unit configured to deflect the light beam so that the light beam scans the photosensitive member;
an optical unit configured to guide the light beam deflected by the deflecting unit to the photosensitive member;
a data generating unit configured to generate pixel data corresponding to each pixel included in an output image;
an outputting unit configured to output correction data for correcting a potential distribution of an electrostatic latent image centered at a target pixel formed on the photosensitive member due to a change of an exposure spot shape of the light beam on the photosensitive member is a scanning direction in which the light beam scans the photosensitive member,
wherein the outputting unit outputs the correction data for pixel data of the target pixel based on pixel data of surrounding pixels located around the target pixel, the correction data being set for each of a plurality of regions of the photosensitive member in the scanning direction, the outputting unit switching the correction data outputted depending on the position of the target pixel in the scanning direction;
a correcting unit configured to correct pixel data of the target pixel on the basis of the correction data and a plurality of pixel data of the surrounding pixels surrounding the target pixel by using a two dimensional filter; and
a control unit configured to control the light source on the basis of the pixel data of the target pixel corrected by the correcting unit, to form the target pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,962,073

TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CAPTURING TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic image capturing apparatus comprising:a scanning unit configured to scan a fundus of a subject's eye with measuring light;
a detection unit configured to detect return light from the fundus on which the measuring light is projected via the scanning unit;
a fixation lamp configured to guide a line of sight of a subject's eye;
a fixation lamp setting unit configured to set a turn-on position of the fixation lamp so that an acquisition position becomes closer to an optical axis of an optical path of the measuring light, the acquisition position being for acquiring an image of the fundus based on the detected return light; and
a control unit configured to control the scanning unit so that, in a case where the fixation lamp is turned on in the set turn-on position, a scanning position to be scanned with the measuring light by the scanning unit becomes closer to the acquisition position.

US Pat. No. 9,967,462

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect predetermined information from an image signal that is output from an image sensor at a predetermined period, and output a detection signal indicating the detected information;
a storage unit configured to store the detection signals for a plurality of periods, from a newer one to older ones;
a first calculation unit configured to calculate a first prediction value based on a predetermined number of detection signals, from a newer one to older ones excluding a latest detection signal, among the detection signals for the plurality of periods stored in the storage unit;
a computing unit configured to calculate a coefficient for obtaining a second prediction value based on a difference between the first prediction value and a value of the latest detection signal;
a second calculation unit configured to calculate the second prediction value based on the coefficient and the predetermined number of detection signals, from the latest one to older ones, among the detection signals for the plurality of periods stored in the storage unit; and
a generation unit configured to generate, based on the second prediction value, a control signal for controlling a predetermined constituent member that is used for obtaining the image signal.

US Pat. No. 9,964,907

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a storage unit configured to store a recording material;
a feeding unit configured to feed the recording material from the storage unit to a conveying path;
a regulation member configured to control a trailing edge of the recording material in a feeding direction in the storage unit;
a detection unit configured to detect time until the recording material reaches a predetermined position along the conveying path after the feeding unit begins to feed the recording material; and
a control unit configured to determine a state of the regulation member based on the time detected by the detection unit,
wherein, in a case where the time detected by the detection unit is a value between a first threshold and a second threshold, which is larger than the first threshold, the control unit determines that the regulation member is shifting from a position corresponding to a size of the recording material in the feeding direction.

US Pat. No. 9,964,908

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO CORRECT AN EDGE EFFECT AND SWEEPING EFFECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a printer engine including an exposure unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image based on data of an input image and a development unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed by the exposure unit;
a specification unit configured to specify a pixel in an edge portion in which an edge-effect and a sweeping-effect are expected to occur, from among a plurality of pixels constituting the input image; and
a correction unit configured to correct a value of the pixel in the edge portion in which the edge-effect and the sweeping-effect are expected to occur, which is specified by the specification unit,
wherein the correction unit corrects the value of the pixel using a first correction amount, which is an amount for correcting the edge-effect, or a second correction amount, which is an amount for correcting the sweeping-effect, whichever is larger.

US Pat. No. 9,964,911

DRIVING FORCE TRANSMITTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving force transmitting apparatus which is engaged with a unit detachable and attachable to a main body of an image forming apparatus and transmits or cuts off a driving force to the unit, comprising:an output member which includes a coupling allowed to be engaged with the unit and which is engaged with the unit to transmit the driving force;
an input member which is rotated by the driving force;
an input-side engagement member which is provided so as to be movable with respect to the output member in a rotational axis direction of the output member and rotates integrally with the input member;
an output-side engagement member which is allowed to be engaged with the input-side engagement member, the output-side engagement member rotating integrally and moving integrally in the rotational axis direction with the output member;
an elastic member which is provided between the input member and the input-side engagement member and having urging forces that urge the input-side engagement member toward the output-side engagement member; and
a disengagement member which moves the input-side engagement member at an engaged position, at which engagement with the output-side engagement member is allowed, in the rotational axis direction against an urging force of the elastic member to move the input-side engagement member to a disengaged position at which engagement with the output-side engagement member is released and cut off transmission of the driving force to the unit,
wherein in an engagement state where the input-side engagement member is at the engaged position, the driving force is transmitted from the input member to the output member through the input-side engagement member and the output-side engagement member,
wherein in each of the engagement state and a disengagement state where the input-side engagement member is at the disengaged position, the output member is allowed to move in a first direction which is parallel to the rotational axis direction and closer to the input-side engagement member when the output member is pressed by the unit, and
wherein in each of the engagement state and the disengagement state, when the output member is moved in the first direction, the output-side engagement member moves in a second direction which is parallel to the rotational axis direction and away from the input-side engagement member.

US Pat. No. 9,964,914

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member, comprising:an electro-conductive substrate; and
an electro-conductive resin layer, the electro-conductive resin layer containing an ion conducting agent consisting of a cation and an anion according to formula (5),
the cation being a binder resin of the electro-conductive resin layer, wherein a cationic group is bound to the binder resin
(CN)nX3-nCSO3?  (5)
where X represents a halogen atom and n represents an integer of 2 or 3.

US Pat. No. 9,964,916

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH LIGHT EMITTING SURFACE PROVIDED ON SURFACE THAT DEFINES RECESSED PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion configured to form an image on a sheet;
a sheet feeding device configured to feed the sheet;
an openable member configured to be opened for exposing at least a part of a sheet feeding path of said sheet feeding device to an outside of said image forming apparatus;
an operating portion operated for opening said openable member;
a recessed portion provided on said openable member and defined by at least an upper surface; and
a light emitting surface from which a light for illuminating said operating portion is emitted,
wherein said light emitting surface is provided on said upper surface that defines said recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 9,967,482

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR NOISE REDUCTION PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus to execute noise reduction processing on image data, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a capturing parameter that influences a degree of generation of random noise in the image data,
a processing unit configured to execute noise reduction processing on the image data, and
an output unit configured to output noise-reduced output image data based on a result of the processing unit,
wherein the processing unit determines a weight for a reference pixel based on a reference area including the reference pixel and a target area including a target pixel, and the processing unit calculates a value using reference pixels and weights corresponding to the reference pixels,
wherein a size of the target area and a size of the reference area are the same, and
wherein the output unit outputs, as a pixel value of the target pixel on the noise-reduced output image data, according to the capturing parameter, either a first value to be calculated in a case where a first pixel group is set as the target area or a second value to be calculated in a case where a second pixel group different from the first pixel group is set as the target area.

US Pat. No. 9,965,688

DISPLAY APPARATUS, DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:an input unit configured to input a plurality of video images captured by a plurality of imaging apparatuses;
a display unit configured to display in a plurality of display areas the video images of a first group out of the plurality of the video images input by the input unit, and then to switch them to the video images of a second group out of the plurality of the video images to produce display in a plurality of the display areas;
a detection unit configured to detect objects in each video image; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where a number of the objects detected in respective video images of the first group by the detection unit is equal to or greater than a first predetermined number, control the display unit to make a display time of the video image of the first group longer than a predetermined display time for displaying other video images of the first group.

US Pat. No. 9,964,921

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:(i) a photosensitive drum;
(ii) a rotatable developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on said photosensitive drum;
(iii) a developer supplying roller, provided in contact with said developing roller, for supplying developer to said developing roller;
(iv) a driving force receiving portion for receiving a driving force for driving said developing roller and said developer supplying roller, wherein said driving force receiving portion is provided on said developer supplying roller and is movable relative to said developer supplying roller in a direction crossing an axis of said developer supplying roller;
(v) a first driving force transmitting portion for transmitting the driving force from said driving force receiving portion, wherein said first driving force transmitting portion is provided on said developer supplying roller; and
(vi) a second driving force transmitting portion, provided on said developing roller, for transmitting the driving force from said first driving force transmission member to said developing roller,
wherein a rotational direction of said developing roller is opposite to a rotational direction of said developer supplying roller such that respective surfaces of said developing roller and said developer supplying roller move in same direction at a contact portion between said developing roller and said developer supplying roller, and a surface speed of said developer supplying roller is greater than a surface speed of said developing roller.

US Pat. No. 9,965,180

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an operation device equipped with a display device;
a first control unit configured to control an operation of the information processing apparatus and generate first graphic data corresponding to a screen to be displayed by the display device;
a second control unit configured to control an operation of the operation device and generate second graphic data corresponding to a software key; and
a display control unit configured to display, in the same screen on the display device, a display according to the first graphic data generated by the first control unit and a display according to the second graphic data generated by the second control unit; and
an identifying unit configured to identify an operation position where a user operates on the operation device, and
a determination unit configured to determine whether the operation position identified by the identifying unit is in a display region of the display according to the second graphic data,
wherein, based on a determination result obtained by the determination unit, the second control unit transmits, to the first control unit, either positional information indicating the operation position or character information corresponding to a key displayed at the operation position, the key being one of a plurality of keys included in the software key, and
wherein the first control unit, the second control unit, the display control unit, the identifying unit, and the determination unit are implemented using at least one hardware processor.

US Pat. No. 9,967,492

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND DRIVING METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING SIGNAL LINES EXTENDING IN COLUMN DIRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a pixel array having a plurality of electric signal output units arranged in matrix form and a plurality of A/D conversion units provided correspondingly to the electric signal output units, each of the electric signal output units outputting an electric signal based on incident electromagnetic waves, each of the A/D conversion units converting the electric signal input from the corresponding electric signal output unit to a digital signal;
a plurality of storage units provided correspondingly to columns of the electric signal output units, each of the storage units holding the corresponding digital signal;
a first signal line configured to supply a driving bias to at least one of the electric signal output units and the A/D conversion units, the first signal line extending in a column direction; and
a second signal line configured to transmit the digital signal from the A/D conversion units to the storage units, the second signal line extending in the column direction, wherein
the electric signal output units include a first electric signal output unit and a second electric signal output unit disposed adjacent to each other in a row direction; and
the first electric signal output unit and the second electric signal output unit are provided between the second signal line corresponding to the first electric signal output unit and the second signal line corresponding to the second electric signal output unit, the first signal line corresponding to the first electric signal output unit and the first signal line corresponding to the second electric signal output unit are provided between the first electric signal output unit and the second electric signal output unit, and the second signal line corresponding to the first electric signal output unit and the second signal line corresponding to the second electric signal output unit are not provided between the first electric signal output unit and the second electric signal output unit.

US Pat. No. 9,967,253

AUTHORITY DELEGATION SYSTEM, METHOD, AUTHENTICATION SERVER SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authentication server system capable of communicating with a server system providing a service accessible from a first client and a second client, the authentication server system comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory device storing a program which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the authentication server system to function as:
an authentication unit configured to determine whether a user is a legitimate user based on authentication information input by the user via an authentication screen displayed on the first client;
an issuance unit configured to issue authority information indicating that authority of the user has been delegated to the first client in a case where the user, determined to be the legitimate user by the authentication unit, provides an instruction for authorizing, under the authority of the user on the service, the first client via an authorization confirmation screen displayed on the first client;
an authorization unit configured to authorize the first client to access the service by the authority of the user based on the authority information transmitted when the first client requests an access to the service;a management unit configured to manage an identifier of the user determined to be the legitimate user by the authentication unit and an identifier of a client in association with each other;wherein the legitimate user is a user who has accessed the authentication server system using the second client and has been authenticated based on authentication information input by the user via an authentication screen displayed on the second client, and, after authentication, thelegitimate user issues an instruction to associate the legitimate user with the identifier of the second client via a client association confirmation screen,a first determination unit configured to determine whether the authority information has been issued for any of client identifiers associated with the identifier of the user determined to be the legitimate user by the authentication unit; and
a second determination unit configured to determine whether the identifier of the user determined to be the legitimate user by the authentication unit is associated with the identifier of the second client used by the user wherein, in a case where the first determination unit determines that the authority information has been issued for the any of client identifiers and the management second determination unit determines that the identifier of the user determined to be the legitimate user by the authentication unit is associated with the identifier of the second client, the issuance unit issues authority information indicating that the authority of the user has been delegated to the second client without receiving an instruction for authorizing the second client on the service,
wherein in a case where the management unit confirms that the second client operated by the user is not associated with the identifier of the user after the user has been determined to be the legitimate user by the authentication unit, the management unit provides an association confirmation screen for inquiring whether to associate the identifier of the user with the identifier of the second client in order to omit an operation for providing the instruction for authorizing the authority of the user on the service to be delegated to the second client, and manages the identifier of the user and the identifier of the second client in association with each other in response to an instruction for associating the identifier of the user with the identifier of thesecond client instructed via the association confirmation screen, andwherein the management unit manages the identifier of the user, the identifier of the first client, and a type of the first client in association with one another, and in a case where a type of the second client is same as the type of the first client when the identifier of the user is to be associated with the identifier of the second client, the management unit manages the identifier of the user and the identifier of the second client in association with each other without receiving the instruction for associating the identifier of the user with the identifier of the second client via the association confirmation screen.

US Pat. No. 9,967,528

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to:
determine a position shift correction amount for reducing a shift between a position in an image indicated by data and a position in the image in a projected state;
calculate an edge intensity to be used in edge emphasis processing for the image based on the determined position shift correction amount;
apply position shift correction to data of the image based on the determined position shift correction amount; and
execute the edge emphasis processing with respect to the data of the image after the position shift correction, based on the calculated edge intensity.

US Pat. No. 9,967,531

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF ESTIMATING CURVE, AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for estimating a curve for a curved surface for correcting distortion of an image on the curved surface, the 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 information processing apparatus to:
set a plurality of anchor points at which a curve to be estimated passes sequentially through, the curve being estimated corresponding to a curved surface on which an image is to be displayed;
select four anchor points including a first anchor point, a second anchor point, a third anchor point and a fourth anchor point, which are successional from the plurality of anchor points, wherein the selection is sequentially performed from a start side or terminal side of the curve to be estimated for the curved surface;
set first and second control points based on the selected anchor points, wherein the first control point is set based on the first, second and third anchor points, and the second control point is set based on the second, third and fourth anchor points;
calculate a first quadratic Bezier curve connecting between the first, second, and third anchor points based on the first control point and the first and third anchor points, and calculate a second quadratic Bezier curve connecting between the second, third and fourth anchor points based on the second control point and the second and fourth anchor points; and
estimate coordinate values of the curve to be estimated for the curved surface, wherein the curve connects the second anchor point and the third anchor point, based on the first quadratic Bezier curve between the second anchor point and the third anchor point and the second quadratic Bezier curve between the second anchor point and the third anchor point,
wherein an ideal curve connects between the first, second, third and fourth anchor points, and
wherein signs of errors between coordinate values of the ideal curve and coordinate values of the first quadratic Bezier curve between the second and third anchor points are opposite to signs of errors between coordinate values of the ideal curve and coordinate values of the second quadratic Bezier curve between the second and third anchor.

US Pat. No. 9,964,743

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a rear lens group including at least one lens unit,
wherein during zooming, the first lens unit does not move, and the second lens unit, the third lens unit, and at least one lens unit included in the rear lens group move so that intervals between adjacent lens units are changed during zooming, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
20.0 0.01 0.47??3t/?3w<2.00,where ?2w represents a lateral magnification of the second lens unit at a wide angle end, ?2t represents a lateral magnification of the second lens unit at a telephoto end, M3t represents a movement amount of the third lens unit during zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end, TD represents a total length of the zoom lens, ?3w represents a lateral magnification of the third lens unit at the wide angle end, and ?3t represents a lateral magnification of the third lens unit at the telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 9,964,753

MIRROR DRIVE DEVICE CAPABLE OF HIGH-SPEED FORWARD AND BACKWARD DRIVING OF MIRROR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mirror drive device that drives a mirror between a first state in which the mirror enters a photographing optical path and a second state in which the mirror retracts from the photographing optical path, the mirror drive device comprising:a mirror holder having a shaft and configured to hold the mirror;
a first cam member configured to be cam-engageable with the shaft;
a second cam member configured to be cam-engageable with the shaft; and
a drive source configured to drive the first cam member and the second cam member,
wherein the mirror drive device is configured such that when the mirror is placed in the second state, the shaft and the first cam member are brought into cam engagement with each other, and
wherein the mirror drive device is configured such that when the mirror is placed in the first state, the shaft is not brought into cam engagement with either of the first cam member and the second cam member.
US Pat. No. 9,962,985

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising:a substrate; and
a first and a second ink receiving layer over the substrate in this order from the side close to the substrate,
wherein the first ink receiving layer contains fumed silica, alumina, and a zirconium compound, the mass ratio of the fumed silica to the alumina is in the range of 40:60 to 60:40, and the zirconium compound content in the first ink receiving layer is in the range of 0.1% by mass to 3.0% by mass relative to the total mass of the first ink receiving layer, and
wherein the second ink receiving layer contains inorganic particles including at least one of fumed silica and alumina, and the fumed silica or the alumina accounts for 80% by mass or more of the inorganic particles in the second ink receiving layer.

US Pat. No. 9,965,291

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS ENABLING HIGH-SPEED START-UP, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a non-volatile memory which stores a specific program;
a magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM); and
a controller which stores status information of the information processing apparatus in the MRAM before receipt of an OFF instruction, and clears the status information stored in the MRAM and stores new status information in the MRAM after clearing the status information stored in the MRAM in accordance with the OFF instruction for turning off the information processing apparatus,
wherein, when the controller receives an ON instruction for turning on the information processing apparatus, the controller refers to the MRAM, and then, performs a first start-up process of the information processing apparatus including a storing process for storing the specific program stored in the non-volatile memory in the MRAM in a case where the status information stored in the MRAM has been cleared and the new status information has been stored in the MRAM and performs a second start-up process of the information processing apparatus without storing the specific program stored in the non-volatile memory in the MRAM in a case where the status information stored in the MRAM has not been cleared.

US Pat. No. 9,958,754

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:a lens barrel including a first operation ring, a second operation ring, and a third operation ring that are spaced apart along an optical axis direction of an optical system and disposed in this order from an object side toward an image side, each of the first, second, and third operation rings being rotatable about an optical axis of the optical system to operate a movable optical member included in the optical system; and
a driving apparatus that engages with the first, second, and third operation rings to drive the first, second, and third operation rings in a mounted state on the lens barrel,
wherein the driving apparatus includes a first communication unit and at least one operation unit,
wherein the lens barrel includes a second communication unit,
wherein communication between the lens barrel and the driving apparatus is established through the first communication unit and the second communication unit,
wherein in the mounted state, the lens barrel and the driving apparatus are fastened to each other using a first fastener and a second fastener disposed spaced apart from each other in the optical axis direction,
wherein at least part of the first communication unit is disposed overlapping the first fastener in the optical axis direction,
wherein in the mounted state, the second fastener is disposed between first and second operation rings in the optical axis direction,
wherein the second communication unit is disposed spaced from the third operation ring in the optical axis direction and disposed closer to the image side than the third operation ring in the optical axis direction, and
wherein the first fastener is disposed spaced from the third operation ring toward the image side in the optical axis direction.