US Pat. No. 10,106,350

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:a first rotary member configured to rotate in one direction;
a second rotary member configured to convey a sheet in a first direction together with the first rotary member with a rotation of the first rotary member;
a third rotary member configured to convey the sheet in a second direction different from the first direction together with the first rotary member with a rotation of the first rotary member; and
a switching unit configured to move the first rotary member before a trailing edge of the sheet conveyed in the first direction has been conveyed by the first and the second rotary members to switch from a first state to a second state, wherein the first state is a state where the second rotary member contacts a first surface of the sheet and the first rotary member contacts a second surface opposite to the first surface of the sheet, wherein the second state is a state where the first rotary member contacts the first surface of the sheet and the third rotary member contacts the second surface of the sheet,
wherein the switching unit switches from the first state to a third state and then switches from the third state to the second state, wherein the third state is a state where the first rotary member contacts the first or the second surface of the sheet, the second rotary member contacts the first surface of the sheet, and the third rotary member contacts the second surface of the sheet.

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. 10,110,507

PUSH-BASED TRANSMISSION OF RESOURCES AND CORRELATED NETWORK QUALITY ESTIMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for a server device to provide resources to a client device, comprising at the server device:receiving an HTTP message from the client device based on which the server device determines resources to push to the client device using an HTTP protocol connection;
receiving a probing message from the client device requesting the server device to enter a probing mode;
wherein the probing mode includes the following steps for the server device:
pushing, to the client device, the determined resources, using the HTTP protocol connection and a target data rate; and
notifying the client device of pushing information using a Web Socket connection established between a client application in the client device and a server application in the server device, thereby enabling a web application running in a web browser of the client device to determine an actual data rate of transmission of the pushed resources, the Web Socket connection being separate from the HTTP connection.

US Pat. No. 10,111,028

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a communication unit having a transmitting function and a receiving function for a radio signal, wherein, while belonging to a first group of devices, the communication apparatus activates the transmitting function and the receiving function to perform communication during a first period, and deactivates the transmitting function and the receiving function outside of the first period;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the communication apparatus, among devices in the first group, performs monitoring for a presence of a second group of devices which is different from the first group during a second period which is different from the first period;
a control unit configured to control the communication unit by activating the receiving function and performing such monitoring during the second period when it is determined that the communication apparatus performs such monitoring, and by keeping the transmitting function and the receiving function inactive outside the first period when it is determined that the communication apparatus does not perform the monitoring; and
a notification unit configured to notify another device in the first group of information related to the second group during the first period when a presence of the second group is detected during the second period.

US Pat. No. 10,109,762

LIGHT SOURCE AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS INCLUDING THE LIGHT SOURCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A super luminescent diode comprising:a first electrode layer which includes a first electrode and a second electrode;
a second electrode layer;
an active layer interposed between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer; and
a control unit configured to control current injected into the first electrode and the second electrode,
wherein the first electrode and the second electrode is disposed in an in-plane direction of the active layer;
wherein the first electrode and the second electrode are configured to independently inject current into a plurality of different regions in the active layer;
wherein the plurality of different regions in the active layer include a first region not including a light exit end of the super luminescent diode and a second region including the light exit end of the super luminescent diode;
wherein the active layer has an asymmetric multiple quantum well structure;
wherein light emitted from the first region and passed through the second region is output from the super luminescent diode; and
wherein the control unit is configured to perform the control such that a density of current injected into the first electrode is less than 14% of a density of current injected into the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,111,051

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of the stored instructions, performs the functions of:
a control unit configured to create a wireless network;
an assignment unit configured to assign, by using a DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol), an IP (Internet Protocol) address necessary for performing communication in the wireless network created by the control unit to another communication apparatus which has joined the wireless network; and
a search unit configured to transmit a search message for searching for an apparatus having a specific service function in the wireless network,
wherein, the search unit does not transmit the search message until the assignment unit transmits a DHCP ACK (Acknowledgment) message to said another communication apparatus in response to an assignment of the IP address to said another communication apparatus, and the search unit transmits the search message after the assignment unit transmits the DHCP ACK message to said another communication apparatus in response to an assignment of the IP address to said another communication apparatus, and
wherein the search unit starts the transmission of the search message after an ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) message obtained from the IP address is received from said another communication apparatus to update an ARP table.

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. 10,102,620

CONTROL DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING TOMOSYNTHESIS IMAGING, IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR CAUSING COMPUTER TO EXECUTE THE CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control device for controlling tomosynthesis imaging for obtaining a tomosynthesis image from a plurality of projected images captured by irradiating an object with X-rays from a plurality of different angles by using an X-ray generation unit and an X-ray detection unit, the control device 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:
a reconstruction unit configured to reconstruct tomosynthesis image from the plurality of projected images in accordance with a reconstruction condition including a reconstruction method and reconstruction filter information,
a tone conversion processing unit configured to perform tone conversion processing of the tomosynthesis image in accordance with a tone conversion condition,
a setting unit configured to change the reconstruction condition and the tone conversion condition, and
a control unit configured to control whether to use the changed tone conversion condition for tone conversion processing to be performed on a tomosynthesis image reconstructed in accordance with the changed reconstruction condition.

US Pat. No. 10,101,681

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing a binder resin and a wax, whereina cross-section of the toner observed under a transmission electron microscope shows at least 5 wax domains having an aspect ratio of at least 5, and
the toner satisfies the following formulae (1) to (3):
Ps/Pd?0.90  (1)
2.20?Ph/Pd  (2)
0.50?Pd?3.00  (3)
where Pd represents an intensity of the highest absorption peak in a range of 2843 cm?1 to 2853 cm?1 when an intensity of the highest absorption peak in a range of 3022 cm ?1 to 3032 cm ?1 is set to 1.00 in an FT-IR spectrum of the toner obtained by an attenuated total reflectance (ATR) method with an infrared light-incidence angle of 45° using diamond as the ATR crystal;
Ps represents an intensity of the highest absorption peak in a range of 2843 cm?1 to 2853 cm?1 when an intensity of the highest absorption peak in a range of 3022 cm?1 to 3032 cm?1 is set to 1.00 in an FT-IR spectrum of the toner obtained by the ATR method with an infrared light-incidence angle of 45° using germanium as the ATR crystal; and
Ph represents an intensity of the highest absorption peak in a range of 2843 cm?1 to 2853 cm?1 when an intensity of the highest absorption peak in a range of 3022 cm?1 to 3032 cm?1 is set to 1.00 in an FT-IR spectrum of a toner sample obtained by the ATR method with an infrared light-incidence angle of 45° using germanium as the ATR crystal, and the toner sample is obtained by heating the toner at 150° C. for 0.10 seconds and then leaving same to cool to 25° C.

US Pat. No. 10,102,459

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM OUTPUTS XPS DRAWING INSTRUCTIONS FROM AN APPLICATION TO CHANGE RESOLUTION OF TILE IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print control apparatus, comprising:a memory for storing a printer driver; and
a processor for executing the printer driver to perform:
receiving an XML Paper Specification (XPS) drawing instruction;
determining whether an application of an output source of the received XPS drawing instruction is a Graphics Device Interface (GDI) application;
determining whether a tile image drawing instruction is included in the received XPS drawing instruction, wherein the tile image drawing instruction instructs performing a pattern drawing for drawing repeatedly with a tile image in a designated region;
performing modification of the tile image drawing instruction in the received XPS drawing instruction so that resolution of the tile image with which the pattern drawing is performed in accordance with the tile image drawing instruction is changed, in a case where it is determined that the application of the output source of the received XPS drawing instruction is a GDI application and it is determined that the tile image drawing instruction is included in the received XPS drawing instruction; and
outputting, to a printer, a print command generated from the XPS drawing instruction that includes the modified tile image drawing instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,104,268

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of performing one side printing and both side printing, comprising:a scanner which performs a reading process on a document having been placed on a platen to obtain image data;
a user interface which receives a size of the document from a user;
a control unit configured to control the scanner to perform the reading process on the document; and
a printing unit configured to print the image data on a sheet,
wherein the control unit controls the scanner to perform the reading process based on a size of the sheet and obtains image data, and the printing unit performs one side printing based on the obtained image data
wherein in a case where the both side printing is set and a document having been placed on the platen is to be read, the control unit controls, on the condition that a size of the document is received via the user interface, the scanner to perform the reading process, based on the received size, on the document having been placed on the platen, and obtains image data, and the printing unit performs both side printing based on the obtained image data.

US Pat. No. 10,104,277

PANNING INDEX DISPLAY APPARATUS AND PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A panning information display apparatus comprising:at least one processor or circuit programed to perform the following operations:
acquiring panning information of an image pickup apparatus based on an output of a motion detecting unit configured to detect a motion of the image pickup apparatus to be panned;
acquiring object moving information indicative of a movement of an object image based on a motion vector generated using an output of an image sensor panning; and
controlling driving an optical element in a direction different from an optical axis direction based on the panning information and the object moving information,
wherein the at least one processor or circuit controls to display on a display unit information on whether a relationship between the panning information and the object moving information is within a follow shot available roan e that is determined by driving the optical element, and
wherein the panning information contains information on at least one of a panning direction and a panning amount, and the object moving information contains information on at least one of an object moving direction and an object moving amount.

US Pat. No. 10,097,707

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING A SCREEN FOR VERIFICATION OF REBOOTING NECESSITY AT THE TIME OF SETTING CHANGE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a display which is able to display a plurality of screens, wherein each of the plurality of screens has a status display area for displaying a status of the printing apparatus;
a user interface which receives a new setting value of the printing apparatus from a user being logged in to the printing apparatus and receives an instruction for changing a predetermined setting value of the printing apparatus into the new setting value from the user; and
a controller which reboots the printing apparatus to change the predetermined setting value into the new setting value in accordance with the instruction,
wherein, before the user interface receives the instruction after the user interface receives the new setting value, the controller controls the display to display a message indicating that the predetermined setting value is not changed in the status display area,
wherein, before the user interface receives the instruction after the user interface receives the new setting value, the controller controls the display to display the message in the status display area even if another user different from the user logs in to the printing apparatus.

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. 10,097,749

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. 10,097,502

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SPECIFYING A NETWORK INTERFACE USED FOR COMMUNICATION WITH RESPECT TO EACH OF VARIOUS NETWORK DEVICES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

3. A method for an apparatus that communicates with a network device having a plurality of network interfaces, the method comprising:determining whether an IP address of the network device used for communicating with the network device is an IP address of an IPv4 or an IP address of an IPv6;
issuing, in a case where the IP address is determined to be the IP address of the IPv4, to the network device, a first acquisition request for a first value used to identify a network interface managed, in correspondence with the IP address of the IPv4, by the network device with the IP address of the network device being specified;
issuing, in a case where the IP address is determined to be the IP address of the IPv6, to the network device, one or more second acquisition requests for a plurality of values each of which is used to identify a corresponding one of the plurality of network interfaces, each of a plurality of network interfaces corresponding to a different one of a plurality of addresses of the IPv4 and the IPv6 managed by the network device in a table;
specifying a second value for identifying a network interface corresponding to the IP address of the IPv6 included in a response from the network device to the second acquisition request; and
issuing a third acquisition request for a MAC address to the network device with the first value included in a response from the network device to the first acquisition request being specified or with the second value being specified.

US Pat. No. 10,092,187

PHOTOACOUSTIC WAVE MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoacoustic apparatus, comprising: a probe configured to receive an acoustic wave which is generated by light irradiating an object; and a signal processor configured to acquire information about the object on the basis of the acoustic wave which is received by the probe, wherein the probe includes a bright-field device having a view angle covering a bright-field illumination area, which is an area where the object is irradiated with the light, and a dark-field device having a view angle which does not cover the bright-field illumination area, which are configured to receive the acoustic wave, wherein a first contribution rate for a signal acquired, before a predetermined time period has elapsed since the light irradiation of the object, by said dark-field device is larger than a second contribution rate for a signal acquired, before the predetermined time period has elapsed since the light irradiation of the object, by said bright-field device.

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. 10,088,773

DEVELOPER SUPPLY KIT, DEVELOPER SUPPLYING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply kit comprising a developer supply container and developer accommodated therein,wherein the developer supply container includes:
a developer accommodating portion accommodating the developer,
a discharge opening configured to discharge the developer accommodated in the developer accommodating portion,
a drive receiving portion configured to receive a driving force, and
a pump portion operable so that an internal pressure of the developer accommodating portion alternately and repetitively changes between a pressure lower than an ambient pressure and a pressure higher than the ambient pressure, the pump portion being operable by the driving force received by the drive receiving portion,
wherein the developer accommodated in the developer supply container includes toner containing a binder resin material and a coloring material, and
wherein a depositing force Ftb between developer particles of the developer at 25° C. is not less than 20 g and not more than 100 g, and a mobility index of the developer is not less than 0.5 and not more than 25.0.

US Pat. No. 10,091,390

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR EXTRACTING FEATURE POINTS OF A DOCUMENT IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an image obtaining unit including a plurality of image obtainment devices and configured to obtain image data of a document image;
an extraction unit configured to extract a plurality of feature points of the document image;
an association unit configured to associate coordinates of a plurality of feature points of a registered document image registered in advance with coordinates of the plurality of extracted feature points of the document image;
a correspondence relationship obtaining unit configured to obtain a coordinate correspondence relationship between the coordinates of the plurality of feature points of the registered document image and the coordinates of the plurality of feature points of the obtained document image which are associated with each other; and
an angle obtaining unit configured to obtain a skew angle of the document image with respect to a predetermined direction and an assembling angle of the image obtaining unit with respect to a predetermined assembling direction using the obtained coordinate correspondence relationship,
wherein the coordinate correspondence relationship is a coordinate transformation coefficient, and
the correspondence relationship obtaining unit separately obtains a coordinate transformation coefficient regarding the skew angle of the document image and a coordinate transformation coefficient regarding the assembling angle of the image obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 10,084,394

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR CAPACITIVE ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE CAPACITIVE ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a driving/detecting unit that performs at least one of a driving operation to cause a second electrode of a capacitive transducer to vibrate and a detecting operation to detect current that flows by vibration of the second electrode, the capacitive transducer including a plurality of cells, each cell including a first electrode and the second electrode that face each other with a gap being interposed in between; and
an interconnect switching unit that changes the number of the cells to be electrically connected to one driving/detecting unit by switching connection/disconnection between the first electrode or the second electrode of a first cell and the first electrode or the second electrode of a second cell, wherein:
when the driving/detecting unit performs the driving operation, the driving/detecting unit adjusts a center frequency of a driving signal supplied to the capacitive transducer, corresponding to the number of the cells; and
when the driving/detecting unit performs the detecting operation, the driving/detecting unit adjusts a center frequency of a frequency band detected by a current detecting unit of the driving/detecting unit, corresponding to the number of the cells.

US Pat. No. 10,083,382

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH SECURE PRINT FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus to which a user is capable of instructing execution of one function out of a plurality of functions including at least a print function, the image forming apparatus comprising:a display device configured to display information; and
at least one controller having a processor that executes programs stored in a memory or circuitry having functions implemented therein,
the controller being configured to:
hold a plurality of print jobs including a print job associated with a user; and
control the display device to display, in response to an instruction to execute the print function, a screen including a list of print jobs of which a print instruction is available but has not yet been instructed,
wherein in a first case where the user has not been identified when the execution of the print function is instructed, the controller controls the display device to display the screen including the list of print jobs in which all of the plurality of print jobs are included in the list, and in a second case where the user has been identified when the execution of the print function is instructed, the controller controls the display device to display the screen including the list of print jobs in which only the print job associated with the identified user out of the plurality of print jobs is included in the list, and
wherein the controller controls, in the first case when the screen including the list of print jobs in which all of the plurality of print jobs are included in the list is displayed, display of the display device so as to disable deletion of the all of the plurality of print jobs displayed on the screen, and the controller controls, in the second case when the screen including the list of print jobs in which only the print job associated with the identified user out of the plurality of print jobs is included in the list is displayed, display of the display device so as to enable deletion of the print jobs associated with the identified user displayed on the screen.

US Pat. No. 10,084,677

NETWORK DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network device configured to generate first transmission data including setting information of the network device and transmit the generated first transmission data to a monitoring server via a network in response to an occurrence of a predetermined event, the network device comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions stored in the memory to:
detect the occurrence of the predetermined event;
generate second transmission data associated with a command for executing a process different from a communication acknowledgement process before transmission of the first transmission data to the monitoring server in response to detecting the occurrence of the predetermined event, the second transmission data being generated in the same data structure as the first transmission data with a lower processing load than the first transmission data;
transmit the generated second transmission data to the monitoring server using the command for executing the process different from the communication acknowledgement process, before transmission of the first transmission data; and
suppress transmission of the first transmission data to the monitoring server in a case where a predetermined response to the transmission of the second transmission data using the command for executing the process different from the communication acknowledgement process is not received from the monitoring server.

US Pat. No. 10,084,934

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT GENERATES FILE NAMES FOR NAMING FILES, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to:
display a setting screen for setting a naming rule, wherein the displayed setting screen receives setting of information for each item of a plurality of items to be used as the naming rule for generating a file name;
determine, when a user selects a target item from the plurality of items in the setting screen for changing information being set for the target item, whether the plurality of items other than the target item includes an item for which information that defines the file name to be unique has been set;
restrict, in the displayed setting screen, information that can be changed for the target item to the information that defines the file name to be unique, where it is determined that none of the plurality of items other than the target item includes an item for which the information that defines the file name to be unique has been set, wherein the information that can be changed for the target item is not restricted to the information that defines the file name to be unique, where it is determined that the plurality of items other than the target item includes an item for which the information that defines the file name to be unique has been set;
store, as the naming rule, information being set for the plurality of items in the setting screen after the information being set for the target item has been changed; and
generate a file name based on the stored naming rule.

US Pat. No. 10,084,937

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CORRECTING DENSITY NONUNIFORMITY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which corrects a density characteristic in a main-scanning direction using a density correction table corresponding to a position in the main-scanning direction in an image forming area, the image forming apparatus comprising:a storage which is able to store a plurality of density correction tables respectively corresponding to a plurality of positions in the main-scanning direction;
a memory storing instructions;
one or more processors which execute the instructions and cause the image forming apparatus to function as:
a receiving unit configured to receive a print setting for rotating image data;
a determination unit configured to determine a density correction table applied to a position of a pixel in the image data based on the print setting for rotating the image data received by the receiving unit from among the plurality of density correction tables in the storage; and
a correction unit configured to correct a density of the pixel in the image data using the density correction table determined by the determination unit,
wherein the determination unit respectively applies the plurality of stored density correction tables to positions in a sub-scanning direction of the image data so that the density correction tables applied to position of at least two pixels in the sub-scanning direction in the image data change.

US Pat. No. 10,084,950

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a main image capturing system configured to capture an object image formed by a main optical system, the main optical system being a zoom lens; and
multiple sub image capturing systems configured to respectively capture multiple object images respectively formed by multiple sub optical systems,
wherein the multiple sub optical systems are arranged on both sides across a sectional plane including an optical axis of the main optical system,
wherein at least one sub optical system included in the multiple sub optical systems is a fixed focal length optical system whose view angle is equal to or wider than that of the main optical system at its wide-angle end,
wherein at least one other sub optical system included in the multiple sub optical systems is a fixed focal length optical system whose view angle is smaller than that of the main optical system at its wide-angle end and is equal to or wider than that of the main optical system at its telephoto end, and
wherein the apparatus further comprises a processor configured to acquire, using a main image produced by the main image capturing system and multiple sub images produced by the multiple sub image capturing systems, object distance information in an image capturing view angle of the main image capturing system.

US Pat. No. 10,082,643

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS WITH DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system comprising:a diffractive surface; and
at least one aspherical surface,
wherein a phase function ?(r) of the diffractive surface is represented by
?(r)=2×m×?/?0×(C1×r2+C2×r4+C3×r6+C4×r8+C5×r10+ . . . +Cp×r2×p),
where ?0 is a designed wavelength, m (m is an integer) is a designed diffractive order, r is a position from an optical axis in a height direction orthogonal to the optical axis, i is an integer from 1 to p, Ci is a phase coefficient of a 2i-th order term,
wherein an aspherical function X(r) of the aspherical surface is represented by
X(r)=(1/R)×r2/[1+?{1?(1+k)(r/R)2}]+A1×r4+A2×r6+A3×r8+A4×r10+ . . . +Aq×r2×(q+1),
where R is a paraxial radius of curvature, k is a conic constant, r is the position from the optical axis in the height direction, j is an integer from 1 to q, Aj is an aspherical coefficient of a 2(j+1)-th order term,
wherein when an aspherical surface of the at least one aspherical surface closest to the diffractive surface is referred to as a first aspherical surface, the phase function ?(r) and the aspherical function X(r) of the first aspherical surface increase with different signs from each other in the height direction with increasing a distance from the optical axis, and a condition below is satisfied:

where f is a focal length of the optical system when focusing on an infinite object, and Fno is an F number of the optical system,
wherein a value of a sum of phase coefficients Ci of a higher order term than a second order term is large compared to a phase coefficient C1 of the second order term in the phase function ?(r), and
wherein a focal length fdo on the diffractive surface is set to a value satisfying
1/fdo=?2×m×C1×?/?0,
where ? is a wavelength, and
wherein conditions below are satisfied:

where L is a total optical length of the optical system.

US Pat. No. 10,084,952

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus that communicates with an external apparatus to accept a remote operation from the external apparatus comprising:a setting unit configured to set a time interval with respect to a timing of communicating with the external apparatus;
a communication unit configured to communicate with the external apparatus at the time interval set by the setting unit; and
a control unit configured to perform control to, based on a request of an operation through the remote operation received from the external apparatus, communicate with the external apparatus in one of a plurality of modes including a remotely operated mode in which an operation corresponding to a requested operation is executed,
wherein, in a case where a mode is shifted to the remotely operated mode, the setting unit changes the time interval to a shorter interval, and the control unit performs control to notify a user that the time interval is a long interval until a change of the time interval is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,084,452

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a dynamically partially reconfigurable device including a plurality of partial reconfiguration portions;
a first storage unit configured to store a plurality of pieces of circuit configuration information corresponding respectively to the plurality of partial reconfiguration portions, wherein each of the plurality of pieces of circuit configuration information is used for configuring a corresponding one of the plurality of partial reconfiguration portions into an identical logic circuit providing a predetermined function;
a preload unit configured to preload, before receiving a request for executing the predetermined function, one of the plurality of pieces of circuit configuration information from the first storage unit into a second storage unit having an access speed higher than an access speed of the first storage unit; and
a control unit configured to
if the partial reconfiguration portion corresponding to the preloaded one of the plurality of pieces of circuit configuration information is currently used by executing a different function that is not the predetermined function when the request for executing the predetermined function is received, start loading, among the plurality of pieces of circuit configuration information, another one that corresponds to another partial reconfiguration portion that is available, in a state in which the preloaded one of the plurality of pieces of circuit configuration information remains stored in the second storage unit, and
if the loading of the another one of the plurality of pieces of circuit configuration information completes before a completion of executing the different function using the partial reconfiguration portion, configure the another partial reconfiguration portion into the logic circuit by using the another one of the plurality of pieces of circuit configuration information stored into the second storage unit by the loading, without using the preloaded one of the plurality of pieces of circuit configuration information,
wherein the predetermined function is executed by using the logic circuit into which the another partial reconfiguration portion is configured.

US Pat. No. 10,084,978

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor configured to capture an optical image formed by light entering an imaging optical system from an object space,
the image sensor including (a) multiple pixels each including at least one photoelectric convertor and (b) a transmittance distribution provider configured to provide, to at least part of the multiple pixels, a transmittance distribution depending on an incident angle of the light,
the multiple pixels including an adjacent pixel group that includes a first pixel and second pixels adjacent to the first pixel, the adjacent pixel group including pixels to which mutually different four or more kinds of the transmittance distributions are provided; and
an image processor configured to produce, by using (a) an input image produced from an output of the image sensor and (b) information on the transmittance distributions, an output image corresponding to an optical observation image observable when the object space is observed from a first partial area of a pupil of the imaging optical system,
wherein the input image contains pixels each of which contains light intensity information of a plurality of observation images observable through mutually different partial areas of the pupil of the imaging optical system, and
wherein the image processor produces the output image by separating light intensity information of the observation image observable through the first partial area of the pupil of the imaging optical system from a pixel of the input image.

US Pat. No. 10,084,980

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor that includes an image sensing unit in which a plurality of pixels are arrayed, the sensor comprising:a plurality of readout units configured to read out signals from the image sensing unit;
a detector configured to detect an occurrence of a latch-up in each of the plurality of readout units; and
a controller configured to control power supply to the plurality of readout units,
wherein the plurality of readout units are configured to read out signals from a same pixel in the image sensing unit, and
the controller is configured to shut off power supply to at least part of a readout unit in which the occurrence of the latch-up has been detected out of the plurality of readout units and thereafter supply power to the at least part of the readout circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,085,010

IMAGING SYSTEM FOR CAPTURING AN IMAGE OF THE SAME OBJECT USING A PLURALITY OF IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUSES THAT CAN COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging system for capturing images including a same object using a plurality of image capturing apparatuses capable of communicating with each other, the imaging system comprising:at least one image capturing apparatus of the image capturing apparatuses transmits captured image data which is cut-out of a first captured image including an in-focus position, wherein the transmitted image also includes the in-focus position, to another image capturing apparatus among the image capturing apparatuses, and
each of the image capturing apparatuses determines each depth of field by using signals from an image area located within a second captured image, wherein the image area is an area selected from the second captured image on the basis of a correlation with the transmitted image,
wherein the image area shows the in-focus position of the first captured image within the second captured image.

US Pat. No. 10,081,175

AUXILIARY LIQUID, LIQUID SET, IMAGE RECORDING METHOD AND IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising the steps of:(a) forming a first intermediate image including:
(i) a step of applying a reaction solution containing an ink viscosity increasing component onto a first region of an intermediate transfer member, and
(ii) a step of applying an ink onto a second region of the intermediate transfer member, such that the second region where the ink is applied at least partly overlaps with the first region where the reaction solution is applied;
(b) forming a second intermediate image having the first intermediate image and an auxiliary liquid on the first intermediate image, by applying the auxiliary liquid containing a water-soluble resin and wax particles onto the first intermediate image on the intermediate transfer member; and
(c) bringing the second intermediate image on the intermediate transfer member into contact with a recording medium, peeling off the second intermediate image, having the first intermediate image, from the intermediate transfer member while maintaining the contact between the second intermediate image and the recording medium, and transferring the second intermediate image onto the recording medium,
wherein the method further comprises:
(i) adjusting a temperature Tc of the second intermediate image when the second intermediate image is contacting the recording medium, so as not to be lower than the melting point of the wax particles; and
(ii) adjusting a temperature Tr of the second intermediate image when the second intermediate image is peeled off from the intermediate transfer member, so as to be lower than the melting point of the wax particles.

US Pat. No. 10,081,184

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head having a recording element substrate for discharging a liquid and a housing with the recording element substrate attached thereto, which is attached to a carriage of a liquid discharge apparatus, the liquid discharge head comprising:a plurality of holes having openings on a back side of an attachment surface of the housing to be attached to the carriage, juxtaposed in a direction intersecting with a vertical direction in a state where the liquid discharge head is attached to the carriage; and
two first abutting portions, on the attachment surface, formed above two holes at both end sides of a plurality of the juxtaposed holes in the attachment state, or above portions more on an inner side than the two holes in the intersecting direction in the attachment state, and configured to contact the carriage to determine a position of the liquid discharge head on the carriage.

US Pat. No. 10,081,185

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, FLOW PATH MEMBER, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising: a liquid supply unit having a supply passage for liquid formed therein; and a liquid ejection unit capable of ejecting the liquid supplied through the supply passage from an ejection port,wherein the liquid supply unit includes first and second flow path forming members having first and second opposed surfaces opposed to each other, and a joining member which joins the first and second flow path forming members,
the first opposed surface has a groove portion which forms the supply passage, and a protruding portion protruding from the first opposed surface to form a side wall of the groove portion,
the second opposed surface has a lid portion which abuts against the protruding portion to cover the opening of the groove portion, and
the joining member is formed of a resin to come into contact with an outer surface of the protruding portion, the first opposed surface, and the second opposed surface.

US Pat. No. 10,082,731

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS AND PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An illumination apparatus comprising:an illumination optical system configured to illuminate a light modulation element;
a plurality of light source units each including a diffusing element, at least one solid-state light source, and a light-guiding optical system configured to guide a light beam from the solid-state light source to the diffusing element; and
an optical-path combining system configured to guide light beams from the light source units to the illumination optical system,
wherein the optical-path combing system includes a first reflective surface on which a first light source image is formed using a light beam from a first light source unit included in the plurality of light source units and a second reflective surface where a second light source image is formed using a light beam from a second light source unit included in the plurality of light source units, and
wherein when a plurality of predetermined regions in a region where light source images are formed by the illumination optical system using light beams from the optical-path combining system as viewed in an optical axis direction of the illumination optical system is defined as a plurality of effective regions and the number of the light source units is denoted by N, the following expression is satisfied:
0.7?X1/Y1·Y2/X2?1.3where X1 denotes a length of each of N subregions in a first side direction of the effective region, the N subregions being obtained by dividing the effective region by N along the first side direction or a second side direction orthogonal to the first side direction, Y1 denotes a length of each of the N subregions in the second side direction, X2 denotes a length of each light source image in the effective region in the first side direction, and Y2 denotes a length of the light source image in the effective region in the second side direction.

US Pat. No. 10,085,042

METHOD, DEVICE AND PROGRAM FOR ENCODING AND DECODING A SEQUENCE OF IMAGES USING AREA-BY-AREA LOOP FILTERING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding images, comprising:receiving a sequence of images;
encoding the received sequence of images to produce a bitstream; and
processing at least one encoded image to generate a reconstructed image usable as a reference image for the encoding of another image, the processing comprising loop filtering;
wherein the loop filtering comprises:
determining which images of said sequence of images are enabled images on which area-by-area loop filtering is to be enabled, permitting different image areas within the same enabled image to have different loop filtering selections, and which images of said sequence of images are disabled images on which area-by-area loop filtering is to be disabled, different image areas within the same disabled image not being permitted to have different loop filtering selections;
performing area-by-area loop filtering on each said enabled image of the sequence and disabling such area-by-area loop filtering on each said disabled image of the sequence;
producing a measure of the area-by-area loop filtering activity in one or more images, said measure being dependent on the loop filtering selections for the image areas of said one or more images in the case of enabling area-by-area loop filtering thereon; and
determining that at least one image of said sequence is an enabled image or a disabled image in dependence upon the measure,
wherein producing the measure comprises determining a number of image areas within an image, including consecutive and non-consecutive image areas, in which use of loop filtering is selected.

US Pat. No. 10,082,991

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a memory which stores a program,
at least one processor which executes the program stored in the memory to perform:
first device search using a first network protocol capable of searching for a device in a first subnet including the information processing apparatus and a second subnet not including the information processing apparatus;
second device search using a second network protocol capable of searching for a device in only the first subnet among the first subnet and the second subnet; and
automatic determination of a communication port to be used for a selected device selected by a user among one or a plurality of devices detected by the first device search,
wherein, in the automatic determination, the at least one processor automatically determines a first communication port corresponding to the first network protocol as the communication port to be used for the selected device, in a case where the selected device is not detected by the second device search, and
wherein, in the automatic determination, the at least one processor automatically determines a second communication port corresponding to the second network protocol as the communication port to be used for the selected device, in a case where the selected device is detected by the second device search.

US Pat. No. 10,082,741

MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A member for electrophotography, comprising:a support;
an electro-conductive elastic layer on the support; and
a plurality of electrically insulating domains on the electro-conductive elastic layer, wherein
a surface of the member for electrophotography includes surfaces of the electrically insulating domains with an exposed portion of the electro-conductive elastic layer free of being covered by the electrically insulating domains, and
the electrically insulating domains contain a resin having a structure represented by formula (1):
AnR  (1)
where n represents an integer of 2 or more, R represents a linking group that links n pieces of A and the linking group R contains an oligomer component of at least one resin selected from the group consisting of polyurethane, polyester, an epoxy resin, and polybutadiene, and A represents a structure represented by formula (2):

where R1 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, and symbol “*” represents a bonding site with the linking group R.

US Pat. No. 10,082,743

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing a crystalline polyester resin and an amorphous polyester resin, the crystalline polyester resin being dispersed as crystal domains in the amorphous polyester resin, wherein in a cross-sectional observation of the toner by transmission electron microscopy (TEM),a first number-average diameter (D1) of major axis lengths of the crystal domain dispersed up to a depth of 0.30 ?m from a toner surface is from 40 nm to 110 nm, and
a second number-average diameter (D1) of major axis lengths of the crystal domains dispersed deeper than 0.30 ?m from the toner surface is from 60 nm to 300 nm, the second number-average diameter (D1) further being from 1.25 to 4.00 times the first number-average diameter (D1).

US Pat. No. 10,082,749

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING AND TRANSFERRING A TONER IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on a photosensitive member;
a transfer portion configured to transfer the toner image formed by the image forming unit to a transfer material;
a first roller disposed upstream of the transfer portion in a conveying direction of the transfer material conveyed to the transfer portion, the first roller conveying the transfer material by coming into contact with a surface of the transfer material to which the toner image is to be transferred, wherein a triboelectric charge polarity of the first roller when the first roller is triboelectrically charged by contact with the transfer material is opposite to a charge polarity of the photosensitive member;
a first facing roller facing the first roller; and
a second roller disposed upstream of the transfer portion and downstream of the first roller in the conveying direction, the second roller conveying the transfer material by coming into contact with the surface of the transfer material to which the toner image is to be transferred, wherein a triboelectric charge polarity of the second roller when the second roller is triboelectrically charged by contact with the transfer material is same as the charge polarity of the photosensitive member,
wherein a triboelectric charge polarity of the surface of the first roller when the surface is triboelectrically charged by contact with the first facing roller is same as the triboelectric charge polarity of the surface of the first roller when the surface is triboelectrically charged by contact with the transfer material.

US Pat. No. 10,082,750

CLEANING DEVICE AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning device detachable from an image forming apparatus, the cleaning device comprising:an image bearing member;
a cleaning member that removes toner on the image bearing member; and
a frame that rotationally supports the image bearing member, and that supports the cleaning member,
wherein the frame includes
a waste toner containing unit that contains the toner removed with the cleaning member,
a vent hole that penetrates the frame in a direction crossing to the vertical direction in the state in which the cleaning device is mounted in the image forming apparatus, the vent hole communicates an inside and an outside of the waste toner containing unit and is covered with a filter, and the vent hole includes a first opening that is provided on an inside surface of the frame and a second opening that is provided on an outside surface that is a back side to the inside surface of the frame, and
a partitioning portion that protrudes from the inside surface of the frame (26) where the first opening is provided, inside the waste toner containing unit, and
wherein in a state in which the cleaning device is mounted in the image forming apparatus, the partitioning portion is, in a vertical direction, positioned between a contact position between the image bearing member and the cleaning member, and the vent hole.

US Pat. No. 10,082,767

AIR EXHAUSTS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COMPRISING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming portion;
an outer casing in which the image forming portion is provided, the outer casing including:
a first exhaust opening provided on a back surface of the outer casing and configured to discharge an air, taken into the outer casing and passing through a first ventilation path formed in the outer casing, from the back surface; and
a second exhaust opening provided on the back surface of the outer casing and configured to discharge an air, taken into the outer casing and passing through a second ventilation path formed in the outer casing, from the back surface; and
a guide cover configured to cover the second exhaust opening in such a manner that the first exhaust opening is not covered and the air discharged out of the second exhaust opening is guided toward a space other than a space facing the first exhaust opening,
wherein at least a portion of the guide cover is aligned with at least a portion of the first exhaust opening in a vertical direction and the guide cover is positioned backward of the first exhaust opening.

US Pat. No. 10,080,492

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MOTION ARTEFACTS REMOVAL IN OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for compensating for motion artefacts in Optical Coherence Tomography, the method comprising:acquiring a B-scan set including a plurality of B-scan OCT images acquired at least a position corresponding to a target position of a fundus of an eye; and
aligning the plurality of B-scans within the B-scan set using a first alignment process and a second alignment process, wherein the second alignment process is performed on the B-scan images within the B-scan set aligned by the first alignment process;
wherein the first alignment process aligns the B-scan images within the B-scan set at a first resolution in at least an axial direction, and the second alignment process aligns the B-scan images within the B-scan set aligned in the first alignment process at a second resolution being a higher resolution than the first resolution in at least the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,085,110

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO WIRELESSLY SUPPLY POWER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply unit configured to wirelessly supply power to an electronic apparatus;
a communication unit configured to receive information regarding the electronic apparatus from the electronic apparatus; and
a control unit configured to control whether to perform a process for detecting a foreign object according to whether the information is updated by the electronic apparatus,
wherein the control unit controls the power supply unit so as to supply first power to the electronic apparatus, if the information is determined not to be updated by the electronic apparatus, and
wherein the control unit controls the power supply unit so as to supply second power, which is set based on the information, to the electronic apparatus according to non-detection of the foreign object, if the information is determined to be updated by the electronic apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,084,881

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL AND BROWSER STORAGE MANAGEMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing terminal in which an operating system operates, comprising:a memory storing instructions related to a web browser operating on the operating system; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing terminal to:
manage user information corresponding to one or more users registered in the web browser;
receive data to be saved in a reserved area reserved for the web browser from a web site accessed via the web browser;
in a case where specific user information has been input to the web browser to login as a user having been registered to the web browser, encrypt the received data;
save the encrypted data in a storage out of the reserved area corresponding to the specific user information, wherein the saved data in the storage is not data corresponding to an application cache, and
synchronize data saved in the reserved area reserved for the web browser with a corresponding web site as a background process on the information processing terminal, wherein data in the storage within the reserved area corresponding to user information of a user who has not logged-in is not used for a synchronization on the background process.

US Pat. No. 10,074,756

METHOD FOR PRODUCING OPTICAL COMPONENT, OPTICAL COMPONENT, AND OPTICAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical component comprising:a substrate containing silicon oxide;
a first layer disposed on the substrate and containing silicon oxide;
a second layer disposed on the first layer and containing a metal compound;
a third layer disposed on the second layer; and
a fourth layer disposed on the third layer and being a metal oxide layer, a metal nitride layer, or a metal carbide layer,
wherein the first layer has a first portion that is not between the substrate and the second layer, the first layer has a second portion that is between the substrate and the second layer, and each of the first portion and the second portion has a thickness of 30 to 1,000 nanometers (nm),
wherein the second layer has a third portion and a fourth portion that are on the second portion, the fourth portion is disposed between an edge of the second layer and the third portion, a thickness of the fourth portion is smaller than a thickness of the third portion, and the fourth layer overlaps the third portion and the fourth portion, and
wherein a porosity of the first layer is higher than a porosity of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,073,406

DAMPER DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus main body including an image forming unit to form an image on a sheet on a sheet conveying path;
a moving part supported by the apparatus main body and configured to be rotated to take an opened position and a closed position with respect to the apparatus main body;
a rack provided in one of the apparatus main body and the moving part, wherein the rack includes a rack gear and an abutting portion extending along the rack gear;
a damper unit provided in the other of the apparatus main body and the moving part, wherein the damper unit includes a damper main body and a damper gear unit,
wherein the damper gear unit includes a gear portion, meshed with the rack gear, and a flange portion provided along a rotation shaft of the gear portion, wherein the gear portion and the flange portion integrally rotate, and
wherein the damper gear unit is rotatably supported by the damper main body such that a resistance force is applied from the damper main body through the gear portion to the rack gear during rotation of the moving part towards the opened position;
a holding member configured to hold the damper main body;
a first restricting portion provided on the holding member and configured to restrict a position of the rack by abutting to the abutting portion of the rack so that the rack gear is secured between the first restricting portion and the gear portion meshed with the rack gear; and
a second restricting portion provided on the holding member and configured to restrict a position of damper gear unit by contacting an outer peripheral surface of the flange portion of the damper gear unit,
wherein, during rotation of the moving part towards the opened position and towards the closed position, the outer peripheral surface of the flange portion can contact the second restricting portion of the holding member while rotating relative to the second restricting portion of the holding member.

US Pat. No. 10,068,350

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, SYSTEM, MEASUREMENT METHOD, DETERMINATION METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus for measuring a position, an attitude, or the position and the attitude of a work using an image obtained by capturing the work onto which pattern light having periodically arrayed lines is projected, comprising:a projection unit configured to project the pattern light onto the work;
an image capturing unit configured to obtain an image by capturing the work onto which the pattern light is projected;
a determination unit configured to determine, based on luminance information about a period direction of luminance unevenness generated, due to periodic shape unevenness of the work, in the image obtained by the image capturing unit, a base-line direction defined by a relative tilt direction between an optical axis of the projection unit and an optical axis of the image capturing unit with respect to the work so that a period direction of the lines of the pattern light is different from a period direction of the shape unevenness of the work; and
an output unit configured to output control information for controlling a position, an attitude, or the position and the attitude of the projection unit, the image capturing unit, or the projection unit and the image capturing unit to have the base-line direction with respect to the work determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,069,402

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a voltage detection unit configured to detect an input voltage input from an alternating current power supply;
a first voltage conversion unit configured to convert the input voltage into a first voltage;
a second voltage conversion unit connected to the first voltage conversion unit and configured to convert the first voltage output from the first voltage conversion unit into a second voltage different from the first voltage;
a switch unit configured to connect the alternating current power supply to the first voltage conversion unit or disconnect the alternating current power supply from the first voltage conversion unit; and
a control unit configured to control the switch unit and the second voltage conversion unit,
wherein the control unit determines a stand-by time period from making a connection of the switch unit to subjecting the second voltage conversion unit to activation start according to the input voltage detected by the voltage detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,064,556

PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD OF PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. A method for processing a signal in a photoacoustic apparatus that includes at least one processor, a light source and a converting element, the method comprising:causing the light source to generate a plurality of lights, each of the plurality of lights having a different wavelength from each other;
receiving, by the converting element, photoacoustic waves generated in a subject by irradiating the subject with the plurality of lights;
calculating, by the at least one processor, a plurality of pieces of property distribution information, corresponding to the plurality of lights, which each represents an optical absorption coefficient distribution, an initial sound pressure distribution, or optical energy absorption density distribution within the subject, the property distribution information being based on photoacoustic waves generated by irradiating the subject with each of the plurality of lights having a different wavelength from each other;
calculating, by the at least one processor, a plurality of times, a plurality of pieces of at least part of oxygen saturation distribution information within the subject by performing at least one of coordinate shifting processing and deformation processing between the plurality of the property distributions on optical absorption corresponding to the plurality of lights;
calculating, by the at least one processor, a plurality of pieces of spatial variance information indicating a spatial variance, corresponding to the plurality of light, in the plurality of pieces of at least a part of the oxygen saturation distribution;
calculating, by the at least one processor, positional deviation information between the subject and the converting element configured to receive the photoacoustic waves in a case where the spatial variance indicated by the spatial variance information is smaller than a predetermined value or the smallest from among the plurality of pieces of spatial variance information, and
calculating, by the at least one processor, the oxygen saturation distribution information using the plurality of pieces of the property distribution information after the at least one of the coordinate shifting processing and the deformation processing in according to the positional derivation information.

US Pat. No. 10,064,557

APPARATUS FOR ACQUIRING PROPERTY INFORMATION ON THE INTERIOR OF AN OBJECT BASED ON AN ACOUSTIC WAVE GENERATED FROM THE OBJECT IRRADIATED WITH LIGHT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:an irradiator configured to irradiate an object with light;
a probe including a plurality of transducers, configured to output a reception signal by receiving an acoustic wave generated from the object irradiated with the light, and a housing which surrounds the plurality of transducers,
a plurality of bags arranged inside the housing, each of the plurality of bags being made from a material that is expandable and contractible,
a medium supplier configured to supply a matching medium for propagating the acoustic wave into each of the plurality of bags in such a manner that the acoustic wave propagates between the object and the plurality of transducers via the matching medium, and
a controller configured to acquire property information on a region of interest of the object by using the reception signal,
wherein the plurality of transducers are arranged on an internal surface of the housing as a transducer arrangement surface,
wherein the internal surface of the housing has a spherical surface shape such that a region of high resolution is formed inside the housing,
wherein the controller controls an amount of the matching medium supplied to each of the plurality of bags in such a manner that the region of high resolution is included in the region of interest of the object, and
wherein the housing has a plurality of apertures through which the object passes in such a manner that the irradiator irradiates the object with the light and the plurality of transducers receives the acoustic wave while the object passes through the plurality of apertures and is held by the plurality of bags when the matching medium is supplied.

US Pat. No. 10,064,558

SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. A signal processing method comprising:storing a plurality of first reception signals acquired by receiving, with transducers and at a plurality of first reception positions, a first elastic wave generated by irradiating a subject with light;
acquiring subject information of an interest region using the plurality of first reception signals,
determining first signals from among the plurality of first reception signals, the first signals including reception signals corresponding to first transducers with a directivity angle including the interest region and excluding reception signals corresponding to second transducers with a directivity angle not including the interest region,
acquiring first corrected signals by correcting the first signals with first weighting factors;
acquiring a first sum of the first corrected signals and a second sum of the first weighting factors;
individually storing the first sum and the second sum, and
acquiring the subject information of the interest region, by using the first sum and the second sum which are stored.

US Pat. No. 10,069,435

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus configured to supply power to a load, comprising:a first line and a second line each of which receives an AC voltage from an AC power supply;
a conversion element configured to convert the AC voltage input to each of the first line and the second line into a current according to the AC voltage;
a voltage detection device including a first transformer including a primary winding and a secondary winding, the voltage detection device configured to detect an AC voltage based on a signal indicating the AC voltage output from the secondary winding of the first transformer by supplying the current converted by the conversion element to the primary winding;
a current detection unit including a second transformer having a primary winding and a secondary winding, the current detection unit configured to detect a current value of a current supplied to a first load included in the load based on a signal indicating an AC voltage output to a secondary side of the second transformer according to the current by supplying the current to the primary winding;
a zero-crossing detection unit configured to detect a zero-crossing timing of the AC power supply based on a signal indicating the AC voltage detected by the voltage detection device;
a voltage calculation unit configured to calculate a voltage of the AC power supply based on the signal indicating the AC voltage detected by the voltage detection device and the zero-crossing timing of the AC power supply detected by the zero-crossing detection unit;
a power calculation unit configured to calculate an amount of power to be supplied to the first load from the AC power supply based on a value of a current to be supplied to the first load detected based on the signal indicating the AC voltage output from the current detection unit, and a voltage value of the AC voltage calculated by the voltage calculation unit;
a switching unit configured to connect or disconnect a current path from the AC power supply to the primary winding of the first transformer and a power supply configured to output a predetermined DC voltage to a second load included in the load; and
a control unit configured to control the switching unit and control power supply to the first load and the second load,
wherein the control unit corrects the amount of power calculated by the power calculation unit based on a first voltage of the AC power supply calculated by the voltage calculation unit when the amount of power is calculated, and a second voltage of the AC power supply calculated by the voltage calculation unit when the switching unit is controlled to start power supply to the power supply and the first transformer from the AC power supply.

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. 10,061,249

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. 10,061,254

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM WITH INFORMATION ON CONVEYING SPEED TRANSFERRED BETWEEN CONTROL UNITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system comprising:an image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording material; and
a discharging device configured to discharge the recording material on which the image has been formed,
wherein the image forming apparatus includes
(1) an image forming unit configured to form the image on the recording material,
(2) a fixing unit configured to fix the image formed on the recording material by the image forming unit,
(3) a discharging unit configured to discharge the recording material on which the image has been fixed by the fixing unit to the discharging device,
(4) a first driving motor configured to drive the fixing unit and the discharging unit,
(5) a first control unit configured to control the first driving motor, and
(6) a loop detecting portion configured to detect a loop amount of the recording material between the image forming unit and the fixing unit, and
wherein the discharging device includes
(1) a conveying unit configured to convey the recording material discharged from the image forming apparatus,
(2) a second driving motor configured to drive the conveying unit, and
(3) a second control unit configured to control the second driving motor,
wherein the first control unit (a) controls a driving speed of the first driving motor so that the loop amount falls within a predetermined range, and (b) sends information concerning the driving speed of the first driving motor to the second control unit, and
wherein the second control unit controls a driving speed of the second driving motor depending on the information concerning the driving speed of the first driving motor sent from the first control 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. 10,060,028

CHARGING MEMBER, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR, A PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a charging member provided with a surface layer, wherein the surface layer includes conductive zinc oxide whiskers, wherein each zinc oxide whisker includes a nuclear portion and four needle crystal portions extending radially outward from the nuclear portion, and wherein at least one of the needle crystal portions is exposed on a surface of the surface layer to form a convex portion on the surface of the surface layer, the method comprising:(1) forming a resin layer used as a base of the surface layer;
(2) dispersing the conductive zinc oxide whiskers in a solvent which does not dissolve a resin in the resin layer;
(3) applying the conductive zinc oxide whiskers dispersed in the solvent to the resin layer; and
(4) melting the resin layer with the applied conductive zinc oxide whiskers to bury a part of the conductive zinc oxide whiskers in the resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,062,153

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor or circuit configured to:
acquire an input image generated by image pickup via an optical system; and
perform unsharp mask processing for the input image using a filter generated based on information of a point spread function of the optical system corresponding to an image pickup condition of the optical system in generating the input image,
wherein the filter is generated based on an unsharp mask used for the unsharp mask processing, and includes two-dimensional data having filter coefficients that are arranged rotationally asymmetrically with respect to a filter coefficient corresponding to a target pixel in the input image in convoluting the filter with the input image, and
wherein a peak position or a center of gravity position of the unsharp mask accords with a position in the filter of the filter coefficient corresponding to the target pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,057,874

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus connectable to a wireless base station, the apparatus comprising:a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a moving speed of the communication apparatus;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a moving speed of the wireless base station;
a control unit configured to control connection to the wireless base station based on the moving speed of the communication apparatus and the moving speed of the wireless base station;
a search unit configured to search for the wireless base station, and
a connection unit configured to connect to the wireless base station,
wherein when the search unit searches for a plurality of wireless base stations, the control unit determines whether a difference between the moving speed of the communication apparatus and a moving speed of each wireless base station is not more than the predetermined value, and
wherein when there exists the plurality of wireless base stations each having the difference not more than the predetermined value, the connection unit connects to one of the plurality of wireless base station each having the difference not more than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,052,017

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing apparatus for use in tomography, the processing apparatus comprising:a processor-implemented comparison unit configured to compare, based on a tomogram, layer thicknesses at symmetrical positions with respect to a line that couples, in a fundus, a macular region and an optic nerve papillary region; and
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display information indicating a comparison result produced by the comparison unit,
wherein the comparison unit automatically obtains a difference between the layer thicknesses at symmetrical positions with respect to the line that couples the macular region and the optic nerve papillary region, as the comparison result of the layer thicknesses at symmetrical positions with respect to the line that couples the macular region and the optic nerve papillary region,
wherein the display control unit causes the display unit to change the display form in accordance with the difference between the layer thicknesses at the symmetrical positions with respect to the line that couples the macular region and the optic nerve papillary region, and
wherein the display form includes a display color.

US Pat. No. 10,052,018

WAVEFRONT MEASURING METHOD FOR ADAPTIVE OPTICS SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling an optical-image pickup apparatus configured to radiate measurement light onto a subject, to measure a wavefront aberration generated at the subject with a wavefront measurement device, to correct the aberration with a wavefront correction device, and to acquire an optical image of the subject, the method comprising:receiving a first set of quality data that is representative of a quality of wavefront data, wherein the wavefront data is an estimation of wavefront aberrations generated at the subject;
comparing the first set of quality data to a first threshold;
in a first case wherein the comparison of the first set of quality data indicates that the wavefront data is of sufficient quality then performing normal adaptive optics feedback comprising:
sending a first set of control information to the optical-image pickup apparatus instructing the optical-image pickup apparatus to compensate for aberrations based on an estimated shape of the wavefront based on the received wavefront data; and
re-estimating the shape of the wavefront based on re-acquired wavefront data and sending a new first set of control information to the optical-image pickup apparatus instructing the optical-image pickup apparatus to compensate for aberrations based on the re-estimated shape of the wavefront; and
in a second case wherein the comparison of the first set of quality data indicates that the wavefront data is not of sufficient quality then performing an initial adjustment comprising:
sending a second set of control information to the optical-image pickup apparatus instructing the optical-image pickup apparatus to modify the optical path in which measurement light is radiated onto the subject;
receiving a new first set of quality data, to replace the previously received first set of quality data, that is based on new wavefront data after the optical path has been modified; and
re-comparing the new first set of quality data to the first threshold;
in a third case wherein the comparison of the first set of quality data that is based on the new wavefront data indicates that the new wavefront data is of sufficient quality then performing the normal adaptive optics feedback in which the optical path has been adjusted based on the second set of control information; and
in a fourth case wherein the comparison of the first set of quality data that is based on the new wavefront data indicates that the new wavefront data is not of sufficient quality then re-performing the initial adjustment based on a new second set of control information.

US Pat. No. 10,049,161

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An agent terminal executing an operating system (OS) in which information pieces respectively indicating a plurality of services are registered in advance, comprising:a memory storing instructions for an agent function of cooperating with a service; and
a processor which can execute the instructions causing the agent terminal to:
display a web site securely provided using Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) by a server, wherein Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) data corresponding to the web site includes descriptions related to a first function executed in response to an operation to a button displayed on the web site and, if the first function is executed, a second function defined in the first function using a navigator interface is further executed to display a selection screen for selecting one or more services from the plurality of services corresponding to the information registered in the OS;
display, by executing the second function according to a user operation to the button displayed on the web site, the selection screen;
issue, according to selection of more than one service via the selection screen, a request for processing data related to the web site to each service provider corresponding to the selected more than one service, wherein the descriptions related to the first function included in the HTML data corresponding to the web site includes information of the data related to the web site;
receive a notification related to each of the selected more than one service from the each service provider; and
display a screen indicating processing results of the selected more than one service based on the received notifications,
wherein the plurality of services corresponding to the information registered in the OS include services of applications which have been installed in the agent terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,048,911

PARALLEL PROCESSING OF IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:image processing circuits that are able to perform image processing in each of the image processing circuits in parallel, wherein the image processing circuits include a first image processing circuit and a second image processing circuit, and the first image processing circuit is a previous image processing circuit of the second image processing circuit;
at least one sequencer processing circuit that manages a processing status of each of the image processing circuits; and
at least one CPU coupled to at least one memory containing programs that when executed by the at least one CPU, cause the at least one CPU to set a color count and a pixel count of pixels for each color as a processing unit for each of the image processing circuits, based on an image processing mode,
wherein the sequencer processing circuit causes the second image processing circuit to starts the image processing for the set processing unit without any intervention of processing by the at least one CPU, based on the processing status of the first image processing circuit, and
wherein the set processing unit of the first image processing circuit is different from the set processing unit of the second image processing circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,049,610

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a display panel;
a light emitting unit having a plurality of light sources, brightness of the respective light sources being separately adjustable;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire feature values of an input image for divided regions respectively corresponding to the plurality of light sources; and
a control unit configured to implement, in a case where the input image is a first image including a predetermined object image, a control operation of controlling brightness of light sources corresponding to divided regions determined to be dark regions based on the feature values of the respective divided regions lower than brightness of light sources corresponding to other divided regions, wherein
the control unit determines, based on gradation values of pixels constituting the divided regions, whether the respective divided regions are flat regions in which the number of levels of gradation values of pixels constituting the divided regions is a first threshold or less, and determines that the input image is a second image not including the predetermined object image in a case where the number of divided regions determined to be the flat regions is a predetermined number or more, and in a case where the input image is the second image, the control unit does not implement the control operation of controlling the brightness of the light sources corresponding to the divided regions determined to be the dark regions lower than the brightness of the light sources corresponding to the other divided regions.

US Pat. No. 10,051,157

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD GENERATING SOFT PROOF IMAGE DISPLAY WITH COLOR ADJUSTMENT FOR PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when the program is executed by the processor, causes the image processing apparatus to:
execute color adjustment processing for an image according to a user manipulation;
generate a first soft proof image based on the image, a color adjustment parameter used in the color adjustment processing for the image according to a user manipulation, and taking into consideration the first characteristic information relating to a printing apparatus;
display the first soft proof image on a screen;
store the first color adjustment parameter used in the color adjustment processing that is performed while the first soft proof image is being displayed on the screen, taking into consideration the first characteristic information relating to the printing apparatus, and associate the first color adjustment parameter used in color adjustment with the image;
select a printing apparatus to be used for printing of the image and acquire a second characteristic information relating to the printing apparatus to be used for printing of an image from the printing apparatus;
determine whether or not the first characteristic information and the second characteristic information match each other;
in the event that there is no match, perform analysis to determine whether the first color adjustment parameter, taking into consideration the characteristic information relating to the printing apparatus associated with the image is available when the image is printed on the selected printer, said analysis comprising:
(a) generating a modified first soft proof image, to which the first color adjustment parameter has been applied, and which also takes into consideration the second characteristic information relating to the printing apparatus to be used for printing;
(b) generating a second soft proof image, based on the image and taking into consideration the second characteristic information relating to the printing apparatus to be used for printing;
(c) determining that a difference in color between an image to be printed, without a soft proof image and without taking into consideration the first or second characteristic information and the first modified soft image is smaller than a difference in color between said image to be printed, without a soft proof image and without taking into consideration the first or second characteristic information and the second soft image; and
print the image with applied first color adjustment parameter.
US Pat. No. 10,042,273

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member having cylindrical shape, the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising an electroconductive support and a surface layer on the electroconductive support, and comprising a layer immediately below the surface layer, between the electroconductive support and the surface layer, whereina plurality of convex portions having a longest diameter L1 in a generatrix direction of the electrophotographic photosensitive member of 30 ?m or more and a height H1 of 1 ?m or more are formed on a surface of the electrophotographic photosensitive member,
a plurality of convex portions corresponding to the convex portions on a surface of the surface layer are formed at an interface between the surface layer and the layer immediately below the surface layer,
a rate of fitting of the convex portions on the surface of the surface layer to the convex portions formed at the interface between the surface layer and the layer immediately below the surface layer is 20% to 200%, and
a ratio of an area of the convex portions on the surface to an area of the surface is 30% to 70%.

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. 10,039,038

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory;
the processor being configured to run a program stored in the memory for implementation of units, including
an NFC (Near Field Communication) control unit configured to perform a wireless communication with another communication apparatus using NFC communication; and
a wireless LAN (Local Area Network) communication unit configured to perform a wireless communication with said another communication apparatus using wireless LAN communication,
wherein the NFC control unit transmits a message to said another communication apparatus, the message including
information indicating the wireless LAN communication,
information indicating an image transfer service performed using the wireless LAN communication, and
an image transfer protocol being a protocol of an upper layer than the wireless LAN,
wherein, in a case where the NFC control unit receives, from said another communication apparatus, a request message including information indicating an image transfer protocol that is executable by the communication apparatus, the NFC control unit transmits a select message including information indicating the image transfer protocol to said another communication apparatus,
wherein, in a case where the NFC control unit receives, from said another communication apparatus, a request message including information indicating an image communication protocol that is not executable by the communication apparatus, the NFC control unit transmits a select message indicating that the image transfer protocol is not executable, and
wherein, after the NFC control unit has transmitted the message to said another communication apparatus, the wireless LAN communication unit communicates with said another communication apparatus using the image transfer protocol included in the message to transmit image data, without executing a service discovery.

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. 10,028,656

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical coherence tomographic apparatus which obtains a tomographic image of a fundus of an eye to be examined based on light obtained by combining return light from the fundus irradiated with measurement light through a first lens and reference light corresponding to the measurement light, the apparatus comprising:first and second scanning units configured to be provided on an optical path of the measurement light and configured to scan the measurement light on the fundus in directions crossing each other;
a second lens configured to be disposed between said first and second scanning units and the first lens on the optical path of the measurement light;
a first dichroic mirror configured to be disposed between the first lens and said second lens and configured to make the optical path of the measurement light branch off to an optical path of a fundus observation optical system for observation of the fundus, by separating light having a wavelength different from a wavelength of the measurement light;
third and fourth scanning units configured to be disposed on the optical path of the fundus observation optical system and configured to scan light for observation of the fundus on the fundus in directions crossing each other; and
a third lens configured to be disposed on the optical path of the fundus observation optical system and configured to be disposed between said third and fourth scanning units and said first dichroic mirror,
wherein said second lens and said first and second scanning units are disposed such that a position between said first and second scanning units is conjugate to an anterior ocular segment of the eye,
wherein said third lens and said third and fourth scanning units are disposed such that a position between said third and fourth scanning units is conjugate to the anterior ocular segment,
wherein the optical path of the fundus observation optical system is disposed on a reflection optical path of said first dichroic mirror,
wherein the optical path of the measurement light is disposed on a transmission optical path of said first dichroic mirror,
wherein the apparatus further comprises a second dichroic mirror configured to be disposed between the first lens and said second lens and configured to make the optical path of the measurement light branch off to an optical path of an anterior eye observation optical system for observation of an anterior ocular segment of the eye, by separating light having a wavelength different from a wavelength of the measurement light,
wherein said second dichroic mirror is disposed at the first lens side with respect to said first dichroic mirror,
wherein the optical path of the anterior eye observation optical system is disposed on a transmission optical path of said second dichroic mirror, and
wherein the optical path of the fundus observation optical system and the optical path of the measurement light are disposed on a reflection optical path of said second dichroic mirror.

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. 10,025,259

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A DAMPER UNIT WHICH REGULATES MOVEMENT OF A DOOR UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main body of the image forming apparatus;
a door unit that is provided to be opened with respect to the main body;
a loading portion that regulates movement of the door unit, the loading portion including:
a rotating member that is rotatable with the movement of the door unit; and
a damper unit that applies a resistive load to the rotating member so as to regulate the rotation of the rotating member and to thereby regulate the movement of the door unit; and
an arm portion provided on the door unit and projecting from the door unit in a predetermined direction, the arm portion comprising:
a first arm member (i) projecting from the door unit in the predetermined direction and (ii) including a first engagement portion engageable with the rotating member such that, when the first engagement portion is engaged with the rotating member, the rotating member rotates with the movement of the door unit, and
a second arm member (i) supported by the first arm member (ii) moveable with respect to the first arm member in the predetermined direction and (iii) including a second engagement portion engageable with the rotating member, wherein, in a state in which the first arm member and the rotating member are not engaged with each other and the second arm member and the rotating member are engaged with each other, the second arm member is configured to move with respect to the first arm member so that a distance between a distal end of the arm portion and the door unit in the predetermined direction increases during an opening operation of the door unit.

US Pat. No. 10,017,350

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PROPERLY PERFORMS FOLD LINE PROCESSING, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. An image forming system comprising:an image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a sheet;
a stacking unit configured to have sheets stacked thereon, which are sequentially received from the image forming apparatus, as a sheet bundle;
a folding unit configured to fold the sheet bundle stacked on the stacking unit at the center of the sheet bundle in a conveying direction of the sheets;
a conveying unit configured to convey the sheet bundle folded at the center by the folding unit to a processing position;
a press unit configured to move along a fold line portion of the sheet bundle conveyed to the processing position by the conveying unit, while pressing the fold line portion from a direction orthogonal to a thickness direction of the sheet bundle, to flatten the fold line portion;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a first pressing strength, which is applied to the fold line portion at a time of flattening the fold line portion designated by a user;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire information on the sheet bundle to be processed by the press unit, and acquire a second pressing strength based on the acquired information; and
a determination unit configured to determine a pressing strength to be actually applied to the fold line portion based on the first pressing strength acquired the first acquisition unit and the second pressing strength acquired by the second acquisition unit before the press unit flattens the fold line portion.

US Pat. No. 10,015,325

IMAGE READING APPARATUS WITH CONNECTION DETECTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to implement:
an output unit which outputs a trigger signal to an image reader;
an acquisition unit which acquires, in a main body of the image reading apparatus, a signal output from the image reader, wherein the image reader outputs an ineffective pixel signal which does not react to light and an effective pixel signal which reacts to light, and wherein, in a case that the trigger signal is output, the image reader further outputs an identification signal during at least a part of an ineffective pixel period in which the ineffective pixel signal is output and the effective pixel signal is not output; and
a determination unit which determines whether or not the image reader is correctly connected to the main body of the image reading apparatus, based on a signal output from the image reader during at least the part of the ineffective pixel period after the trigger signal has been output,
wherein in a case that the identification signal is not acquired by the acquisition unit in the main body of the image reading apparatus during the ineffective pixel period after the trigger signal has been output, it is determined that the image reader is not correctly connected to the main body of the image reading apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,007,415

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM WITH DRAG AND DROP OPERATIONS FOR PROCESSING CONTENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A non-transitory storage medium storing a document management program including a first extension program and a second extension program operating on a web browser, wherein the first extension program causes a computer to function as:a first acquisition unit configured to acquire, from a document management server, information of a content that is managed by the document management server, the acquired information of the content including a name of the content and a path of the content;
a display unit configured to display a screen in a display area, wherein the display area is defined according to a description of an HTML web page by the web browser, and wherein the screen hierarchically displaying the name of the content according to the path of the content is defined based on the acquired information of the content by the first extension program, and wherein the acquired information of the content and the screen are not included in the description of the HTML web page; and
a first storage unit configured to, when mouse event information which occurred on the web browser is determined to be drag-out indicating that the information of the content hierarchically displayed in the screen has been dragged outside the display area, transmit the dragged information of the content to be stored in a bridge data storage unit,
wherein the second extension program causes the computer to function as:
a monitoring unit configured to receive the information of the content stored in the bridge data storage unit, generate a drag object including the received information of the content, and monitor whether the drag object has been dropped outside the web browser; and
a downloading unit configured to, when the drag object is dropped outside the web browser, execute download processing by instructing the document management server to transmit a corresponding content based on the information of the content included in the drag object.

US Pat. No. 10,009,483

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING PRINT DATA TRANSMISSION METHODS SUITABLE FOR EACH SITUATION BY CAUSING AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO ACQUIRE PRINT DATA BY A SUITABLE METHOD BASED ON WHETHER THE IMAGE FOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with an image forming apparatus and a server via a network, the information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions, when executed by the processor, causing the information processing apparatus to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the image forming apparatus, information indicating whether the image forming apparatus is capable of acquiring, directly not via the information processing apparatus, from the server, print data acquired by converting a document file in the server,
wherein, on the basis that the acquisition unit has acquired from the image forming apparatus, information indicating that the image forming apparatus is capable of acquiring the print data from the server, the processor performs control to transmit, to the image forming apparatus via the interface, information for acquisition of the print data from the server, and
wherein, on the basis that the acquisition unit has acquired from the image forming apparatus, information indicating that the image forming apparatus is not capable of acquiring the print data from the server, the processor performs control to acquire the print data from the server, and transmit the acquired print data to the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,009,485

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging system for capturing an image by detecting radiation from a radiation generating apparatus and converting radiation into an electric signal, by a sensor, and transmitting image data of the image captured by the sensor to a controller, whereinthe controller displays, on a display unit, a message including the number of untransmitted images based on untransmitted image data which the sensor holds, based on whether the sensor already holds the captured image data at the time of connection of the sensor,
the sensor includes a storage unit comprising a semiconductor storage device configured to hold the image data of the captured image, and a transmission unit configured to transmit the image data held in the storage unit to the controller,
the controller includes a control unit configured to control whether to permit the use of the sensor, a reception unit configured to receive the image data transmitted by the transmission unit, and a generation unit configured to generate imaging data by adding imaging information to the received image data, and
the control unit controls whether to permit the use of the sensor, in accordance with the presence/absence of untransmitted image data in the storage unit, such that if the untransmitted image data exists in the storage unit, the control unit disables the use of the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,007,973

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor operatively coupled to a memory, serving as:
(a) an obtaining unit configured to obtain a contrast material-enhanced image of an object;
(b) a first region extraction unit configured to extract a first region representing a first anatomical portion of the object from the image;
(c) an estimation unit configured to estimate a state of the image concerning a temporal change in gray level from the first region; and
(d) a second region extraction unit configured to extract a second region representing a second anatomical portion of the object from the image based on an estimation result obtained by the estimation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,009,511

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM THAT PERFORMS READING AND TRANSMITTING PROCESS OF ORIGINAL IMAGE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus having a plurality of functions, including at least a copy function and a transmission function, and communicable with a mobile terminal via a network, the image processing apparatus comprising:an operation device;
a reading device that reads an original;
a memory device that stores instructions; and
at least one processor that implements the instructions stored in the memory to:
control the operation device to display a selection screen where a desired function, among the plurality of functions, is selectable;
receive a request regarding the transmission function from the mobile terminal via the network;
control the operation device to change a screen to be displayed on the operation device:
in accordance with the request regarding the transmission function received from the mobile terminal, from the selection screen to a predetermined screen, and then
in accordance with a first user operation received from the operation device while the predetermined screen is displayed on the operation device, from the predetermined screen to a transmission setting screen on which a destination set by the mobile terminal as a transmission destination of the image data is set; and
control, in accordance with a second user operation for executing a process regarding the transmission function received from the operation device while the transmission setting screen is displayed on the operation device, the reading device to read an original to obtain image data and to transmit data based on the obtained image data to the transmission destination.

US Pat. No. 10,007,208

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS FOR CORRECTING A BRIGHTNESS OF A LASER LIGHT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus comprising:a light-irradiation unit, having a rotational polygon mirror configured to reflect laser light emitted based on image data, configured to perform scanning by moving reflected light, reflected by the rotational polygon mirror, at a non-constant scanning velocity in a main scanning direction of a photosensitive member being charged without the reflected light being reflected, to form a latent image on a surface of the photosensitive member,
an emission timing correcting unit configured to correct an emission timing of the laser light so that an emission interval of the laser light becomes shorter as the scanning velocity increases, and/or an emission interval of the laser light becomes longer as the scanning velocity decreases; and
a brightness correcting unit configured to correct a brightness of the laser light so that an emission brightness of the light source increases as the scanning velocity increases and/or the emission brightness of the light source decreases as the scanning velocity decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,007,989

OCT DATA PROCESSING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING THE OCT DATA PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROCESSING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An OCT data processing method, comprising:acquiring interference signal sets of a plurality of frames including interference signal sets corresponding to a plurality of frames that form an image of the same cross section of an object to be inspected;
generating 3-D tomographic image data on the object to be inspected from the interference signal sets of the plurality of frames;
generating 3-D motion contrast data based on a pixel with time modulation in the object to be inspected from the interference signal sets corresponding to the plurality of frames that form the same cross section;
extracting a vessel from the object to be inspected based on one of the 3-D tomographic image data and the 3-D motion contrast data;
detecting a coordinate of an outer surface of a vessel wall of the extracted vessel based on the generated 3-D tomographic image data; and
detecting a coordinate of an inner surface of the vessel wall of the extracted vessel based on the generated 3-D motion contrast data.

US Pat. No. 10,007,232

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING FIXING DEVICE AND BLOWER FOR THE FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms a toner image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form the toner image on a recording medium;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image on the recording medium while conveying and heating the recording medium bearing the toner image at a fixing nip portion, the fixing unit including a heating member, and a pressurizing member forming the fixing nip portion with the heating member, a conveyance roller pair configured to convey the recording medium on which the toner image has been fixed at the fixing nip portion, and a cover covering the heating member and the conveyance roller pair;
a blower unit including a duct and a fan configured to blow air to a non-sheet-passing area of the heating member, the duct including a first opening through which airflow from the fan is directed to the non-sheet-passing area of the heating member and a second opening through which airflow from the fan discharges air surrounding the conveyance roller pair,
wherein the cover includes a third opening, and airflow from the fan is directed through the second opening of the duct and the third opening of the cover to discharge air surrounding the conveyance roller pair.

US Pat. No. 10,009,816

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors that cause the communication apparatus to:
obtain information of a first wireless network generated by a first other communication apparatus from a second other communication apparatus, wherein the second other communication apparatus connects to the first wireless network by a first wireless communication scheme;
search for a wireless network by the first wireless communication scheme;
determine, based on the information of the first wireless network obtained from the second other communication apparatus, whether the first wireless network to which the second other communication apparatus is connected and the wireless network detected by the search are different; and
transmit, if it is determined that the first wireless network to which the second other communication apparatus is connected and the wireless network detected by the search are different, a predetermined notification signal to the second other communication apparatus via communication by a second wireless communication scheme having lower transmission power than the first wireless communication scheme, and
not transmit, if it is determined that the first wireless network to which the second other communication apparatus is connected and the wireless network detected by the search are not different, the predetermined notification signal to the second other communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,008,048

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:
acquire an image of a breast;
acquire information on a position of a nipple of the breast in a three-dimensional coordinate system to which the image of the breast belongs;
specify a plurality of places in the image spaced apart from the nipple of the breast by a plurality of three-dimensional distances set at equal intervals on the basis of the information on the position of the nipple;
generate a composite image including the image and information indicating the plurality of places; and
cause a display unit to display the composite image.

US Pat. No. 10,009,608

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR ENCODING AND DECODING THE TRANSFORM UNITS OF A CODING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of inverse transforming a plurality of residual coefficient arrays from a video bitstream configured for a 4:2:2 format, the method comprising:decoding four luma residual coefficient arrays, wherein each luma residual coefficient array corresponds to one 4×4 luma block of four 4×4 luma blocks collectively occupying an 8×8 luma region;
decoding, after the four luma residual coefficient arrays are decoded, a first chroma residual coefficient array and a second chroma residual coefficient array for a first colour channel, wherein the first chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with an upper portion of the 8×8 luma region and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with a lower portion of the 8×8 luma region, and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel is decoded consecutively after the first chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel is decoded;
decoding, after the first chroma residual coefficient array and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the first colour channel are decoded, a first chroma residual coefficient array and a second chroma residual coefficient array for a second colour channel, wherein the first chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with the upper portion of the 8×8 luma region and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel corresponds to a 4×4 chroma block associated with the lower portion of the 8×8 luma region, and the second chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel is decoded consecutively after the first chroma residual coefficient array for the second colour channel is decoded; and
applying a 4×4 inverse transform to each of the four decoded luma residual coefficient arrays, the decoded first and second chroma residual coefficient arrays for the first colour channel and the decoded first and second chroma residual coefficient arrays for the second colour channel.

US Pat. No. 10,009,615

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VECTOR ENCODING IN VIDEO CODING AND DECODING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding an image, the image comprising a plurality of coding elements made of blocks of pixels, each block of pixels being encoded according to a coding mode out of a plurality of coding modes, the method comprising for each block of pixel to be encoded:determining the coding mode to be used for the encoding of a given block of pixels by sequentially evaluating some coding modes in the plurality of coding modes;
wherein the method comprises:
evaluating Inter coding modes and fast IBC coding modes, fast IBC coding modes evaluation performing a fast analysis using preferred block vectors; and
conducting a residue-test after evaluation of fast IBC coding modes to early terminate coding mode evaluation in case a coding mode leading to no residue has been found, wherein no residue-test is conducted between the evaluation of the Inter coding mode and the evaluation of the fast IBC mode.

US Pat. No. 10,005,272

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BODY, IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming method comprising:a step of applying an ink to an image forming surface of an intermediate transfer body to form an intermediate image of a temperature t1;
a step of performing temperature control such that the temperature of the intermediate image changes from the temperate t1 to a temperature t2; and
a step of transferring the intermediate image of the temperature t2 to a recording medium,
wherein the intermediate transfer body includes a surface layer having the image forming surface, an elastic layer, and a heat-insulating layer contiguously in the mentioned order, and
wherein the surface layer, the elastic layer, and the heat-insulating layer satisfy equations 1 to 4:
(C1+C2)×?t?Q,  equation 1:
where C1 is a heat capacity per 1 m2 of the surface layer; C2 is a heat capacity per 1 m2 of the elastic layer; ?t=t2?t1 and ?t>0° C. are satisfied; Q is a heat quantity applied to 1 m2 of a surface of the surface layer by heating at the temperature t1; and Q?50,000 J;
100 MPa?E1?1,000 MPa,  equation 2:
where E1 is a compressive elastic modulus of the surface layer;
0.5 MPa?E2?50 MPa,  equation 3:
where E2 is a compressive elastic modulus of the elastic layer; and
?3?0.13 W/m·K??1??2,  equation 4:
where ?1 is a thermal conductivity of the surface layer; ?2 is a thermal conductivity of the elastic layer; and ?3 is a thermal conductivity of the heat-insulating layer.

US Pat. No. 10,005,278

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a first transistor that includes a first primary terminal, a second primary terminal, and a first control terminal;
a second transistor that includes a third primary terminal, a fourth primary terminal, and a second control terminal; and
a first resistive element,
wherein the first primary terminal and the third primary terminal are connected to a first voltage line,
the second primary terminal and one terminal of the first resistive element are connected to a second voltage line,
the first control terminal, the second control terminal, the fourth primary terminal, and the other terminal of the first resistive element are connected to each other so as to form one node,
a potential change in the third primary terminal is transmitted to the first control terminal via capacitive coupling between the third primary terminal and the one node,
a transmitted potential change at the first control terminal turns on the first transistor, and
the semiconductor device further comprises:
a capacitive element which includes a first terminal connected to the first voltage line and a second terminal;
a third transistor which includes a fifth primary terminal connected to the second terminal, a sixth primary terminal connected to the second voltage line, and a third control terminal; and
a driving unit formed by at least one transistor which includes a fourth transistor and configured to cause an insulation breakdown of the capacitive element by supplying a control signal to the third control terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,005,287

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND METHOD OF SUPPLYING LIQUID

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus that uses a liquid ejection head including at least one print element board, and ejects a liquid from the liquid ejection head, the liquid ejection apparatus comprising:differential pressure generating unit that includes a supply passage of the liquid supplied to the print element board and a collection passage of the liquid collected from the print element board, and is configured to generate a difference between a pressure of the liquid in the supply passage and a pressure of the liquid in the collection passage to perform a supply and a collection of the liquid; and
flow resistance adjustment unit provided in the supply passage and/or the collection passage,
wherein the differential pressure generating unit includes a pair of negative pressure control units having set pressures different from each other, the negative pressure control unit of a higher pressure side is connected to the supply passage, the negative pressure control unit of a lower pressure side is connected to the collection passage, and a liquid feed pump that feeds the liquid from the supply passage and the collection passage to a liquid receiving tank is connected to a downstream side of the supply passage and the collection passage.

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. 10,002,459

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of generating a composite image by combining plural images at least including a foreground image and a background image, the image processing apparatus comprising:at least one controller including a processor configured to execute a program stored in a memory or a circuit configured to implement a function, the at least one controller being configured to:
generate, in a case where the foreground image includes a plurality transparent pixels and a plurality of semi-transparent pixels and an arrangement state of the transparent pixels is a first arrangement state in the foreground image, the composite image by performing alpha blending to combine a semi-transparent pixel in the foreground image with a pixel in the background image and also performing alpha blending to combine a transparent pixel in the foreground image with a pixel in the background image; and
generate, in a case where the foreground image includes a plurality of transparent pixels and a plurality of semi-transparent pixels and the arrangement state of the transparent pixels is a second arrangement state in the foreground image, the second arrangement state being different from the first arrangement state, the composite image by performing alpha blending to combine a semi-transparent pixel in the foreground image with a pixel in the background image and not performing alpha blending to combine a transparent pixel in the foreground image with a pixel in the background image.

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. 9,996,770

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ASSEMBLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method in which a processing unit determines, through image processing, a position of a workpiece from a search image obtained by capturing an image of the workpiece, the image processing method comprising:a model acquisition step of, with the processing unit, acquiring a model containing a plurality of model edges;
a rough search step of, with the processing unit, within the search image, searching for a position where a degree of matching between the search image and the model is maximized;
an edge extraction step of, with the processing unit, within the search image, setting an edge extraction region for each of the plurality of model edges contained in the model when the model is moved to the position searched for in the rough search step and performing an arithmetic operation of extracting an edge in each of the plurality of edge extraction regions; and
a close search step of, with the processing unit, performing fitting of a certain shape to an edge set of edges extracted in the edge extraction step to calculate a position of the workpiece,
wherein, in the close search step, if there is an edge extraction region where no edge has been able to be extracted in the edge extraction step, the processing unit incorporates, of the model moved to the position searched for in the rough search step, a model edge located in the edge extraction region where no edge has been able to be extracted in the edge extraction step into the edge set and performs the fitting.

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. 9,986,117

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:a display configured to display a print job history screen which represents a list of a plurality of already-printed print jobs;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor, the at least one memory having stored thereon data used in execution of a print job and instructions, which when executed by the at least one processor, cause the image processing device to:
selectively set a reprint function included in the image processing device to be enabled or disabled according to user operation on a reprint setting screen to be displayed by the display, wherein the setting via the reprint setting screen applies not only to a specific print job to be printed but also to the list of the plurality of already-printed print jobs represented on the print job history screen displayed by the display;
in a case where the reprint function is set to be enabled, reprint an already-printed print job using the data stored in the at least one memory, wherein the already-printed print job is selected from the list of the plurality of already-printed print jobs represented on the print job history screen displayed by the display,
selectively set a delete function included in the image processing device to be enabled or disabled according to user operation on a job security setting screen to be displayed by the display, wherein the setting via the job security setting screen applies not only to a specific print job to be printed but also to a plurality of print jobs executed by the image processing apparatus;
delete, after execution of a print job is completed, data used in executing the print job from the at least one memory by overwriting the data by other data in a case where the delete function is set to be enabled,
set the reprinting function to be disabled in response to setting of the delete function to be enabled, and
restrict the display to not accept an instruction to reprint any one of the already-printed print jobs included in the displayed print job history screen in a case where the delete function is set to be enabled,
wherein, in a case where the delete function is set to be disabled, the display displays on the print job history screen a reprint button for accepting the instruction to reprint at least one of the already-printed print jobs, and
wherein, in a case where the delete function is set to be enabled, the display does not display the reprint button on the print job history screen.

US Pat. No. 9,986,119

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR SHARING SETTING VALUE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of communication with an external apparatus that manages setting items of a plurality of image processing apparatuses connected to a network, the image processing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
inquire to the external apparatus for information as to whether or not a first database relating to setting items of the image processing apparatus exists in the external apparatus, in a case where an initial connection between the image processing apparatus and the external apparatus is performed via the network;
obtain setting values of the first database in a case where it is determined based on a result of the inquiry that the first database exists in the external apparatus;
reflect the obtained setting values to a second database held in the image processing apparatus and request to the external apparatus to update or replace information of the first database held in the external apparatus with the reflected setting values of the second database held in the image processing apparatus, and
make, in a case where it is determined based on a result of the inquiry that the first database does not exist in the external apparatus, a request to the external apparatus to newly generate the first database with setting values of the second database held in the image processing apparatus,
wherein the setting items include first setting items that can be edited in the external apparatus and second setting items that cannot be edited in the external apparatus.

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. 9,983,865

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. 9,986,180

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. 9,983,411

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CORRECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the control apparatus to:
detect, based on a result of acquiring audio outputted from an output apparatus, the result of acquiring being acquired in a display apparatus that displays an image in accordance with motion, and the image that the display apparatus displays, displacement between coordinate axes of an image space according to the image that the display apparatus displays and coordinate axes of an acoustic space according to audio outputted by the output apparatus; and
correct the detected displacement of the coordinate axes.

US Pat. No. 9,984,453

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus for measuring a position of a mark formed on a substrate, the measurement apparatus comprising:a detector configured to generate a detection signal for detecting the mark; and
a controller configured to determine, from an obtaining region of the detection signal, a partial region where an image processing is to be performed; and
an image processor configured to perform the image processing for the determined partial region to obtain a position of the mark,
wherein the controller is configured to determine the partial region, where the image processing is to be performed, based on a statistic representing dispersion of positions of marks, associated with the mark, having been obtained.

US Pat. No. 9,982,993

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus for measuring a shape of a surface of an object, comprising:a probe configured to be scanned on the surface of the object;
a plurality of reference members configured to be arranged in a scanning direction of the probe;
a plurality of detection units configured to be provided at different positions of the probe in the scanning direction and each configured to detect a distance from a reference member which has been selected from the plurality of reference members in accordance with a position of the probe in the scanning direction; and
a processing unit configured to obtain shape information of the surface of the object by obtaining position information of the probe based on at least one of detection results of the plurality of detection units while scanning the probe,
wherein the processing unit changes the detection result to be used to obtain the position information among the detection results of the plurality of detection units in accordance with a range within which the probe is arranged, among a plurality of ranges obtained by partitioning a scanning range of the probe in the scanning direction, and
a combination of reference members respectively selected for the plurality of detection units is different in each of the plurality of ranges.

US Pat. No. 9,977,638

JOB DELECTION CONTROL METHOD FOR AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for a data processing apparatus comprising:executing a transmission job for transmitting data;
storing, in a storage, history information of the executed transmission job;
receiving, from a user, a setting as to whether or not to delete a transmission job in which a communication error has occurred;
controlling, in accordance with the received setting, whether or not to delete the transmission job in which the communication error has occurred; and
controlling such that, in a case where a transmission job for transmitting the history information stored in the storage is executed, the transmission job for transmitting the history information stored in the storage, in which the communication error has occurred, is not deleted regardless of the received setting.

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. 9,975,338

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head substrate comprising the steps of:preparing a substrate including a heat storage layer, a pair of electrodes extending from a surface of the heat storage layer toward a back surface of the heat storage layer, a heat-generating resistor layer in contact with the pair of electrodes and the surface of the heat storage layer, and a first cover layer configured to cover a surface of the heat-generating resistor layer;
etching the heat-generating resistor layer and the first cover layer by using a mask in such a manner that the heat-generating resistor layer on the pair of electrodes and on the surface of the heat storage layer between the pair of electrodes remains;
removing the mask in a state where the surface of the heat-generating resistor layer on the pair of electrodes and on the surface of the heat storage layer between the pair of electrodes is covered with the first cover layer; and
forming a second cover layer configured to cover an end portion of the heat-generating resistor layer after removing the mask,
wherein the first cover layer is composed of an insulating material and the second cover layer is composed of an insulating material.

US Pat. No. 9,977,387

FIXING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing apparatus that heats a recording material on which an image is formed while conveying the recording material through a nip portion to fix the image on the recording material, the fixing apparatus comprising:a heating unit;
a backup member that forms the nip portion together with the heating unit;
a temperature detecting portion that detects a temperature of the heating unit, the temperature detecting portion including a first temperature detecting member that detects a temperature at one end of the heating unit in a longitudinal direction of the heating unit and a second temperature detecting member that detects a temperature at the other end of the heating unit in the longitudinal direction of the heating unit;
an acquiring portion that acquires a difference value between a detection temperature of the first temperature detecting member and a detection temperature of the second temperature detecting member; and
an alarming portion that sends a notification to a user in a case where a difference, between the two difference values acquired at different timings while conveying one recording material through the nip portion, exceeds a threshold, the notification indicating a possibility of a positional error of the recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,977,388

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS A REMAINING AMOUNT OF RECORDING MATERIAL, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR DISPLAYING A REMAINING AMOUNT OF RECORDING MATERIAL IN AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for performing image formation using a recording material stored in a container, the image forming apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing computer executable instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to:
identify, based on an output of a remaining amount sensor, that a remaining amount of the recording material reaches a first threshold indicating a low amount of the recording material and that the remaining amount of the recording material reaches a second threshold indicating a lower amount of the recording material than the first threshold;
calculate a consumed amount of the recording material based on a dot count of a raster data used in the image formation;
estimate a current value indicating a current remaining amount of the recording material based on at least information indicating the calculated consumed amount of the recording material and the identification based on the output of the remaining amount sensor,
wherein, upon condition that it is identified based on the output of the remaining amount sensor that the remaining amount of the recording material has reached the first threshold in a state where the estimated current value has not reached the first threshold, correction processing is performed such that the current value reaches the first threshold,
wherein, upon condition that the estimated current value has reached the first threshold and it is not identified based on the output of the remaining amount sensor that the remaining amount of the recording material has reached the first threshold, the estimation is controlled such that the estimated current value is maintained at the first threshold even in a case where an image formation in which the recording material is consumed is performed,
wherein, upon condition that the estimated current value has reached the first threshold and it is identified based on the output of the remaining amount sensor that the remaining amount of the recording material has reached the first threshold, control is performed to estimate the current value indicating the current remaining amount of the recording material based on the at least information indicating the calculated consumed amount of the recording material and the identification based on the output of the remaining amount sensor instead of the control performed to maintain the estimated current value at the first threshold,
wherein, upon condition that the estimated current value has reached the second threshold and it is not identified based on the output of the remaining amount sensor that the remaining amount of the recording material has reached the second threshold, control is performed to maintain the current value at the second threshold even in a case where an image formation in which the recording material is consumed is performed, and
wherein, upon condition that it is identified based on the output of the remaining amount sensor that the remaining amount of the recording material has reached the second threshold, control is performed to shift the image forming apparatus to a state where execution of an image formation in which the recording material is consumed is not accepted; and
display, on a displaying unit, information indicating the remaining amount of the recording material based on the predicted current value.

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. 9,977,389

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus comprising:a body;
a stacking portion on which a sheet is stacked;
a regulating portion configured to move between a first position and a second position closer to a center of the stacking portion in a width direction orthogonal to a sheet feeding direction than the first position, the regulating portion comprising a regulating surface configured to regulate a position, in the width direction, of the sheet stacked on the stacking portion, and a plurality of hook portions configured to engage with the body; and
a supporting portion pivotably supporting the stacking portion, the supporting portion disposed on the body and closer to the center of the stacking portion in the width direction than the regulating surface of the regulating portion positioned at the first position, wherein
the regulating portion defines a through portion through which the supporting portion passes in a case where the regulating portion moves between the first position and the second position,
the regulating surface is positioned closer to the center of the stacking portion than the supporting portion in a case where the regulating portion is at the second position, and
the plurality of hook portions comprises a first hook portion disposed more upstream than the through portion in the sheet feeding direction, and a second hook portion disposed more downstream than the through portion in the sheet feeding direction.

US Pat. No. 9,977,390

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MATERIAL DETERMINATION UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit that forms an image on a recording material;
a detection unit that detects a characteristic of the recording material,
a control unit to control an image forming condition for forming an image on the recording material by the image forming unit, based on a detection result of a characteristic of the recording material that has been detected by the detection unit,
a first conveyance roller arranged on an upstream side of the detection unit in a conveyance direction of the recording material, and configured to convey the recording material toward the detection unit;
a second conveyance roller arranged on a downstream side of the detection unit in the conveyance direction, and configured to continue to convey the recording material conveyed by the first conveyance roller, wherein
the control unit determines, based on a detection result of a characteristic of the recording material that has been detected by the detection unit at a first timing that is before a front end of the recording material contacts the second conveyance roller, whether the detection unit is to detect a characteristic of the recording material at a second timing that is after the front end of the recording material contacts the second conveyance roller.

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. 9,977,394

POWER SOURCE DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND VOLTAGE CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power source device comprising:a converter configured to generate a DC voltage as a driving DC voltage based on an output of a commercial AC power source;
an AC high voltage generator configured to generate an AC high voltage, the AC high voltage generator having a bridge circuit to which the driving DC voltage is applied, the bridge circuit being driven by a PWM signal, and an amplitude of the AC high voltage being varied in accordance with a voltage value of the driving DC voltage and an applying time of the driving DC voltage;
a voltage detector configured to detect the voltage value of the driving DC voltage output from the converter; and
a controller configured to determine a duty ratio of the PWM signal to change, based on a difference between the voltage value of the driving DC voltage detected by the voltage detector and a reference value, corresponding to the applying time of the driving DC voltage;
wherein the reference value is a voltage value of the driving DC voltage at which the amplitude of the AC high voltage is a predetermined value when the AC high voltage generator is driven by the PWM signal having a predetermined duty ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,975,346

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:an ejection element substrate configured to eject liquid;
a liquid chamber which is formed in a part of a flow passage that guides the liquid to the ejection element substrate;
a filter that divides the liquid chamber into a first liquid chamber on an upstream side and a second liquid chamber on a downstream side; and
first and second supply paths formed by a plurality of ribs provided on an inner wall of the second liquid chamber,
wherein the first supply path extends downward in a vertical direction from the filter in a posture at the time of use, and the second supply path communicates with the first supply path and extends in a direction crossing the vertical direction, and
a capillary force of the first supply path is greater than a capillary force of the second supply path.

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. 9,975,347

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus that ejects a liquid from a plurality of ejection openings of a liquid ejection head, the liquid ejection apparatus comprising:a supply path configured to communicate with the plurality of ejection openings and to supply the liquid to a plurality of areas of the liquid ejection head;
a calculator configured to calculate a liquid flow amount on the basis of ejection data for ejecting the liquid from the plurality of ejection openings; and
a controller configured to control, in a case where the liquid flow amount of at least one of the plurality of areas exceeds a predetermined flow amount, a liquid ejection amount per unit time from the liquid ejection head so that the liquid flow amount of each of the areas becomes the predetermined flow amount or less.

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. 9,979,231

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power reception apparatus comprising:a power reception unit configured to wirelessly receive power from a power supply apparatus;
a first detection unit configured to detect a voltage of the power received by the power reception unit;
a second detection unit configured to detect a voltage output from a battery;
a load unit; and
a control unit configured to control supply of the power received by the power reception unit to the load unit according to a detection result of the first detection unit and a detection result of the second detection unit,
wherein, in a case where a voltage detected by the first detection unit is lower than a first predetermined value, the control unit limits supply of power which is received by the power reception unit to the load unit based on the detection result of the second detection in order to keep power for supplying to the control unit, and
wherein, in a case where the voltage detected by the first detection unit is higher than or equal to the first predetermined value, the control unit does not limit supply of power which is received by the power reception unit to the load unit regardless of the detection result of the second detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,977,739

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A method for controlling an image processing apparatus that includes a processor and a non-volatile memory in communication with the processor, the non-volatile memory storing a control program that when executed by the processor, performs a process requested by a request for job processing; and a volatile working memory, wherein a size of an access unit of the volatile working memory is smaller than a size of an access unit of the non-volatile memory, the method comprising the steps of:detecting a request to back up management information regarding the job processing;
setting, upon condition that the request for data backup is accepted, whether the management information is to be cached to the non-volatile memory or the volatile memory based working on a predetermined data amount of the management information, wherein the setting determines that the management information is to be cached to the volatile working memory upon condition that the amount of management information is smaller than the predetermined data amount;
caching the management information in a set caching destination;
storing the management information to the volatile working memory in a case where it is determined that a data size of the management information requested to be stored is less than or equal to the predetermined data amount and (ii) to store the management information to the non-volatile memory in a case where it is determined that a data size of the management information requested to be store is more than the predetermined data amount, and,
wherein the caching back-ups the stored management information in the volatile working memory to the non-volatile memory upon condition that it is determined that a data size of data which has been stored in the volatile working memory has reached a data amount of the access unit of the non-volatile memory.

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. 9,978,005

PRINTER FOR DRAWING BOLD CHARACTER, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printer comprising:a printing device;
a network interface configured to receive data for drawing a character, wherein the data for drawing the character is a drawing command described in a page description language; and
a data processing unit including at least one processor and a memory storing instructions executed by the at least one processor, wherein the data processing unit acts as:
a drawing unit configured to, based on the data for drawing the character, draw the character multiple times by varying a drawing position of the character each time,
wherein the drawing performed multiple times includes at least drawing at a first drawing position, drawing at a second drawing position different from the first drawing position in a horizontal direction only, and drawing at a third drawing position different from the first drawing position in a vertical direction only;
a conversion unit configured to convert a drawing result obtained by performing the drawing multiple times into display list data; and
a rasterization unit configured to perform rasterization based on at least the display list data to generate a raster image of a page printed by the printing device.

US Pat. No. 9,974,434

OPHTHALMIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGE GENERATION METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image generation apparatus connected to an ophthalmic apparatus including a photoelectric conversion unit which receives return light of measurement light used by a scanner to scan a region of an eye to be inspected and converts the return light into an electric signal, the image generation apparatus comprising:an extraction unit configured to extract a reference signal of the scanner obtained while the scanner performs reciprocating scanning once;
a data string generation unit configured to generate sampling data strings of reciprocating scanning based on the electric signal using the reference signal as a sampling reference position;
an evaluation unit configured to compare, among the sampling data strings of the reciprocating scanning, a sampling data string of forward scanning with a sampling data string of backward scanning using a spatial frequency region of the sampling data string of the forward scanning and a spatial frequency region of the sampling data string of the backward scanning so as to evaluate the correlation between the sampling data strings;
a reference position compensation unit configured to compensate the sampling reference position in accordance with a result of the evaluation performed by the evaluation unit; and
an image construction unit configured to assemble image data to construct an image of the region of the eye based on the sampling data strings of the reciprocating scanning in accordance with the sampling reference position compensated by the reference position compensation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,975,716

SHEET DETECTING DEVICE, SHEET FEEDING UNIT INCLUDING THE SAME AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet detecting device, comprising:a sheet stacking portion on which a sheet is stacked;
an edge restricting portion movable to restrict an edge of the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion, the edge restricting portion comprising a guide portion configured to guide the sheet and a lock portion configured to lock the guide portion;
a detecting member configured to detect the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion, the detecting member being movable between a detecting position where the detecting member detects the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion and a retracting position where the detecting member is in contact with no sheet; and
a retract portion configured to retract the detecting member from the detecting position by interlocking with an unlocking operation of the lock portion.

US Pat. No. 9,975,717

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus, which is configured to feed a sheet, comprising:a stacking device onto which a sheet is stacked and which is movable;
a feeding unit comprising a feeding member configured to be brought into abutment against the sheet on the stacking device to feed the sheet, the feeding unit being configured to hold the feeding member;
a support device arranged above the stacking device and configured to removably support the feeding unit;
a first detection device configured to detect presence or absence of the sheet on the stacking device;
a second detection device configured to detect that the stacking device is raised to enable the sheet to be fed; and
a control unit configured to determine that a mounting state of the feeding unit to the support device is defective when the second detection device detects that the sheet is allowed to be fed while the first detection device detects absence of the sheet before sheet feeding processing by the feeding member.

US Pat. No. 9,978,792

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA WHICH CAN DETECT VISIBLE LIGHT AND INFRARED LIGHT AT A HIGH S/N RATIO

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor including a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second pixels, whereineach of the plurality of first pixels includes a first filter having a visible light transmittance higher than an infrared light transmittance and a first photoelectric converter configured to receive visible light transmitted through the first filter,
each of the plurality of second pixels includes a second filter having an infrared light transmittance higher than a visible light transmittance and a second photoelectric converter configured to receive infrared light transmitted through the second filter,
the plurality of first pixels form a plurality of first groups,
the plurality of second pixels form a plurality of second groups,
the solid-state image sensor includes a plurality of first synthesizers respectively corresponding to the plurality of first groups and a plurality of second synthesizers respectively corresponding to the plurality of second groups,
each of the plurality of first synthesizers is configured to synthesize a first signal from signals of first pixels of a corresponding first group of the plurality of first groups,
each of the plurality of second synthesizers is configured to synthesize a second signal from signals of second pixels of a corresponding second group of the plurality of second groups, and
a number of the second pixels of each second group used to generate the synthesized second signal is greater than a number of the first pixels of each first group used to generate the synthesized first signal.

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. 9,979,838

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:at least one storage memory configured to store data wherein plural logical storage partitions are defined in the storage memory, one of the partitions is configured to store data related to an application and another one of the partitions is configured to store data other than data related to the application;
a storage malfunction detecting unit configured to detect malfunction of the storage memory;
a partition confirmation unit configured to confirm, when a malfunction of the storage memory is detected by the storage malfunction detecting unit, whether or not the malfunctioning portion of the storage memory is in the partition which is configured to store the data related to the application, wherein the partition is defined for access by the application operating on an operating system of the image forming apparatus; and
a partition formatting unit configured to format the partition for recovering damage to a logical structure of a file system in the partition upon condition that it is confirmed by the partition confirmation unit that the malfunctioning portion of the storage memory detected by the storage malfunction detecting unit is in the partition which is configured to store the data related to the application and not to format the partition for recovering damage to a logical structure of a file system in the partition upon condition that it is confirmed by the partition confirmation unit that the malfunctioning portion of the storage memory detected by the storage malfunction detecting unit is not in the partition which is configured to store the data related to the application,
wherein the storage malfunction detecting unit, the partition confirmation unit and the partition formatting unit are implemented by at least one computer.

US Pat. No. 9,979,840

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system comprising:(A) a first information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and at least one memory storing an application that includes a plurality of templates and identification information assigned to each template, and the application, when executed by the at least one processor of the first information processing apparatus, causes the first information processing apparatus:
(i) to acquire a plurality of images;
(ii) to lay out one of the acquired plurality of images in one slot of one of the plurality of templates stored in the first information processing apparatus to generate a plurality of layout images, wherein the generated layout images are arranged in an arrangement order;
(iii) to cause a display unit to display the generated layout images;
(iv) to generate layout information in which the pieces of identification information respectively assigned to the plurality of templates used in the generated layout images are described in the arrangement order, wherein the layout information does not include any templates themselves;
(v) to generate a data set in which layout data includes the images used for generating the layout images and stored using file names with consecutive numbers, wherein the data set does not include any template themselves; and
(vi) to send the generated layout information and the generated data set, wherein no templates themselves are sent with the generated layout information and the generated data set, and
(B) a second information apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and at least one memory storing computer code that, when executed by the at least one processor of the second information processing apparatus, causes the second information processing apparatus;
(i) to obtain the generated layout information and the generated data set sent from the first information processing apparatus; and
(ii) to generate a layout image using the acquired layout information, the acquired data set, and the plurality of templates stored in the second information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,979,841

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING PRINT DATA TRANSMISSION METHODS SUITABLE FOR EACH SITUATION BY CAUSING AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO ACQUIRE PRINT DATA BY A SUITABLE METHOD BASED ON WHETHER THE IMAGE FOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with an image forming apparatus and a server via a network, the information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions, when executed by the processor, causing the information processing apparatus to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the image forming apparatus, information indicating whether the image forming apparatus is capable of acquiring, directly not via the information processing apparatus, from the server, print data acquired by converting a document file in the server,
wherein, on the basis that the acquisition unit has acquired from the image forming apparatus, information indicating that the image forming apparatus is capable of acquiring the print data from the server, the processor performs control to transmit, to the image forming apparatus via the interface, information for acquisition of the print data from the server, and
wherein, on the basis that the acquisition unit has acquired from the image forming apparatus, information indicating that the image forming apparatus is not capable of acquiring the print data from the server, the processor performs control to acquire the print data from the server, and transmit the acquired print data to the image forming apparatus.

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. 9,979,858

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a captured image obtaining unit configured to obtain a captured image of a subject on a stage, the captured image being captured by an image capturing device;
a distance image obtaining unit configured to obtain a distance image of the subject, the distance image being generated by a distance image generating device;
a candidate point detecting unit configured to set a plurality of division lines at predetermined intervals on an area including the subject in the distance image obtained by the distance image obtaining unit, and, on the basis of distance information on the division line, to detect, for each of the division lines, a point at which a change amount of a distance is larger than a threshold on the division line, as a candidate point of a contour of the subject;
a line detecting unit configured to detect a line in the captured image on the basis of luminance information of the captured image obtained by the captured image obtaining unit; and
a determining unit configured to determine, in the captured image, one line in the plurality of lines as the contour of the subject, on the basis of a positional relation between the plurality of lines detected by the line detecting unit and the plurality of candidate points detected by the candidate point detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,979,864

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an image acquirer configured to acquire an input image generated by an image pickup apparatus that controls exposure of an image sensor with a light flux from an image pickup optical system using a shutter; and
a processor configured to perform image restoration processing for the input image using an image restoration filter generated based on an optical transmission function from the image pickup optical system to the image sensor in the exposure,
wherein when one of a front curtain and a back curtain in the shutter is an electronic curtain and the other is a mechanical curtain, the processor uses, for the image restoration filter, a first image restoration filter generated based on the optical transmission function in a state where the mechanical curtain partially shields the light flux from the image pickup optical system to the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,976,034

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A coloring compound with a structure represented by the following formula (1):
wherein R1 to R3 independently denote a hydrogen atom, an unsubstituted amino group, or an amino group with a substituent,
R4 to R6 independently denote a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an unsubstituted aryl group, or an aryl group with a substituent,
A1 to A3 independently denote a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an aryl group, a carbamoyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, a carboxylic acid amide group, an alkoxysulfonyl group, a sulfonic acid amide group, a trifluoromethyl group, a cyano group, a hydroxy group, a nitro group, an amino group, or a halogen atom, and the aryl group, the carboxylic acid amide group, the sulfonic acid amide group, and the amino group in A1 to A3 optionally have a substituent, and
n denotes an integer in the range of 1 to 5.

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. 9,979,881

IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging control apparatus comprising:a touch detection unit configured to detect a touch operation on a touch panel;
a display control unit configured to control, in response to the touch detection unit detecting a moving operation of moving a touch position of the detected touch operation, a first mark to be displayed at a position on a display unit moved by an amount corresponding to the moving operation; and
a control unit configured to perform control, during recording of a captured moving image, not to perform specific processing relating to image capturing during at least a predetermined time period even if the touch detection unit detects a touch-up operation, which is releasing the touch performed following the moving operation, and to perform control, in a predetermined state other than during recording of a captured moving image, to perform within the predetermined time period the specific processing based on a position where the touch-up operation is detected in response to the touch detection unit detecting a touch-up operation performed following the moving operation.

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. 9,979,893

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging control apparatus comprising:an instruction member which instructs a start and an end of a function for temporarily changing a zoom position; and
a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a zoom control unit configured to perform control to move the zoom position from a first position, which is a zoom position before the function is started, to a second position according to an instruction for starting the function from the instruction member, and from the second position to the first position according to an instruction for ending the function from the instruction member; and
a display control unit configured to perform control to display an indicator indicating a range corresponding to a shooting range in a case where the zoom position is at the first position in a live view display in a case where the zoom position is at the second position, when shooting is in a standby state, and not to display the indicator even if the zoom position is at the second position by the function, when a moving image is being recorded.

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. 9,979,916

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a pixel region including a first group of pixels configured to perform a photoelectric conversion and a second group of pixels configured to perform the photoelectric conversion, each of pixels in the first and second groups being a pixel which outputs an output signal based on the photoelectric conversion;
a first signal processing unit arranged in a first direction with regard to the pixel region, and configured to perform a signal processing of the output signal from the first group of pixels;
a second signal processing unit arranged in a second direction different from the first direction, with regard to the pixel region, and configured to perform a signal processing of the output signal from the second group of pixels;
a first external connecting terminal arranged in the first direction with regard to the pixel region, and configured to supply a first voltage;
a second external connecting terminal arranged in the second direction with regard to the pixel region, and configured to supply the first voltage;
a third external connecting terminal arranged in the first direction with regard to the pixel region, and configured to supply a second voltage; and
a fourth external connecting terminal arranged in the second direction with regard to the pixel region, and configured to supply the second voltage,
wherein:
the first signal processing unit receives the first voltage from the first external connecting terminal, without receiving the first voltage from the second external connecting terminal,
the second signal processing unit receives the first voltage from the second external connecting terminal, without receiving the first voltage from the first external connecting terminal,
the first group of pixels receives the second voltage from the third external connecting terminal, without receiving the second voltage from the fourth external connecting terminal,
the second group of pixels receives the second voltage from the fourth external connecting terminal, without receiving the second voltage from the third external connecting terminal,
the first external connecting terminal, the second external connecting terminal, the third external connecting terminal and the fourth external connecting terminal are arranged outside the pixel region, and
the first direction is on a first side of the pixel region and the second direction is on a second side of the pixel region opposite the first side.

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. 9,971,249

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLED ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT EXPOSURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint lithography method comprising:identifying a non-rectangular shape outline of a first field of a substrate, the first field directly adjacent to a second field;
adjusting an exposure profile of an ultraviolet light beam based on the non-rectangular shape outline of the first field to provide a non-rectangular exposure profile of the ultraviolet light beam;
disposing a polymerizable composition on the first field of the substrate;
contacting the polymerizable composition in the first field with an imprint lithography template; and
while contacting the polymerizable composition in the first field with the imprint lithography template, directing the ultraviolet light beam having the non-rectangular exposure profile towards the substrate such that the ultraviolet light beam irradiates only the first field of the substrate.

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. 9,971,262

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner comprising:a magnetic toner particle containing a binder resin and a magnetic body with inorganic fine particles fixed to the surface of the magnetic toner particle, wherein
when the inorganic fine particles are classified in accordance with fixing strength thereof to the magnetic toner particle and in the sequence of the weakness of the fixing strength, as
first inorganic fine particles having weak fixing strength that are detached when a dispersion prepared by addition of the magnetic toner to surfactant-containing ion-exchanged water is shaken for 2 minutes at a shaking velocity of 46.7 cm/sec and a shaking amplitude of 4.0 cm,
second inorganic fine particles having medium fixing strength that are not detached by the shaking, but are detached by ultrasound dispersion for 30 minutes at an intensity of 120 W/cm2,
third inorganic fine particles having strong fixing strength that are not detached by the shaking and the ultrasound dispersion, the number-average particle diameter (D1) of the primary particles of the third inorganic fine particles being from 50 to 200 nm,
the third inorganic fine particles are silica fine particles, and
the number average particle diameter (D1) of the primary particles of the first inorganic fine particles and/or the second inorganic fine particles being from 5 nm to 30 nm,
1) the content of the first inorganic fine particles is 0.10 to 0.30 mass parts in 100 mass parts of the magnetic toner;
2) the second inorganic fine particles are present at 2.0 to 5.0-times the first inorganic fine particles;
3) the coverage ratio X of coverage of the magnetic toner surface by the third inorganic fine particles is 60.0 to 90.0 area % as determined with an x-ray photoelectron spectrometer; and
4) the content of the third inorganic fine particles is 2.5 to 4.0 mass parts in 100 mass parts of the magnetic toner particle.
US Pat. No. 9,971,263

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner having a toner particle that contains a binder resin and a magnetic particle, whereinthe magnetic particle satisfies all of the stipulations (i) to (iii) below:
(i) the magnetic particle has an octahedral shape having a protruded portion on a plane portion thereof,
(ii) the magnetic particle comprises a core particle that contains magnetite, with a coating layer provided on a surface of the core particle, and
(iii) the coating layer contains an iron-containing oxide and at least one material selected from the group consisting of a silicon-containing oxide and an aluminum-containing oxide, and
the ratio (Mw/Mn) of a weight-average molecular weight (Mw) to a number-average molecular weight (Mn) is at least 10.0 in a molecular weight distribution measured on the tetrahydrofuran (THF)-soluble matter of the toner using gel permeation chromatography (GPC).
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. 9,971,270

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising;an image forming unit configured to form an image on a printing medium;
a fixing unit configured to fix the image on the printing medium;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the printing medium along a conveyance path;
a color measurement unit configured to measure, downstream of the fixing unit in a conveyance direction of the printing medium, a color of the image;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information related to the printing medium; and
a controller configured to determine, based on the obtained information, a predetermined time for reducing an influence of thermochromism, and control, based on the predetermined time, the conveyance of the printing medium until the color measurement unit measures the color of the image formed on the printing medium after the printing medium passes the fixing unit.

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. 9,971,273

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an optical scanning unit configured to scan a photosensitive member with a light beam, wherein said optical scanning unit includes:
a rotatable polygonal mirror configured to deflect the light beam emitted from a light source;
a detecting portion configured to detect the light beam deflected by said rotatable polygonal mirror;
a slit provided between said rotatable polygonal mirror and said detecting portion and configured to regulate the light beam toward said detecting portion; and
a concave lens provided between said rotatable polygonal mirror and said slit and configured to change an irradiation position of the light beam reaching said detecting portion; and
a controller configured to control, on the basis of a detected signal by said detecting portion, a scanning start position of the photosensitive member with the light beam deflected by said rotatable polygonal mirror,
wherein said slit includes a first portion where a slit width is a first width with respect to a main scan direction and a second portion, different in position from the first portion with respect to a sub scan direction, where the slit width is a second width different from the first width with respect to the main scan direction, and
wherein said controller identifies one of reflecting surfaces of said rotatable polygonal mirror as a reference surface on the basis of a plurality of detected signals acquired by detecting a plurality of light beams that are reflected by the respective reflecting surfaces and that pass through said slit.

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. 9,971,276

DEVELOPING MEMBER, METHOD OF PRODUCING DEVELOPING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing member comprising:a conductive substrate;
a conductive elastic layer on the conductive substrate; and
a plurality of insulating domains on the conductive elastic layer, wherein
the developing member has a surface including:
at least one surface of the insulating domains; and
an exposed portion of the conductive elastic layer not covered with the insulating domains, and
the conductive elastic layer contains a resin and an anion, wherein
the resin has a cationic structure including at least one structure represented by a formula selected from the following Formulae (1) to (7):
[where R1 to R4 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond, provided that at least one of R1 to R4 represents a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or an urethane bond];[where R5 to R7 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond; R8 represents a carbon chain constituting a 4- to 6-membered ring and optionally containing a heteroatom; n represents the number of R9 that can bind to R8 at the number of the ring members; and (R9)n each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond, provided that at least one of R5 to R7 and (R9)n represents a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or an urethane bond];[where R10 and R11 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond; R12 represents a carbon chain constituting a 4- to 6-membered ring and optionally containing an oxygen atom or a sulfur atom; n represents the number of R13 that can bind to R12 at the number of the ring members; and (R13)n each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond, provided that at least one of R10, R11, and (R13)n represents a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or an urethane bond];[where R14 to R16 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond; R17 represents a carbon chain constituting a 4- to 6-membered ring and optionally containing a heteroatom; n represents the number of R18 that can bind to R17 at the number of the ring members; and (R18)n each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond, provided that at least one of R14 to R16 and (R18)n represents a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or an urethane bond];[where R19 to R22 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond, provided that at least one of R19 to R22 represents a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or an urethane bond];[where R23 to R25 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond, provided that at least one of R23 to R25 represents a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or an urethane bond]; and[where R26 represents a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond; R28 represents a carbon chain constituting a 4- to 6-membered ring and optionally containing a heteroatom; n represents the number of R27 that can bind to R28 at the number of the ring members; and (R27)n each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms, or a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or a urethane bond, provided that at least one of R26 and (R27)n represents a structure including a site binding to a polymer chain of the resin via an ether bond, an ester bond, or an urethane bond].

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. 9,971,282

CARTRIDGE HAVING A SEAL MEMBER FILLING A GAP BETWEEN A FRAME AND A BLADE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:a rotatable member;
a blade member provided in contact with the rotatable member;
a frame configured to support the blade member and the rotatable member; and
a seal member configured to fill a gap between the frame and the blade member at a longitudinal end portion of the blade member,
wherein the seal member is an injection-molded member formed integrally with the frame, and in a state in which the blade member is mounted to the frame, the seal member is disposed so that at least a part of a contact portion thereof with the blade member is non-overlapping with a contact portion thereof with the frame with respect to a longitudinal direction of the blade 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. 9,971,298

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE, AND DRUM CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
a charging member that charges the image bearing member;
a cleaning member that contacts the charging member and cleans the charging member;
a developer bearing member that bears a developer for developing a latent image formed on the image bearing member; and
a frame that accommodates the developer,
wherein the developer bearing member is disposed below the cleaning member so as to overlap with the cleaning member when viewed in a vertical direction and includes a base body and an elastic layer that covers the base body and has a width that accommodates, in a longitudinal direction of the developer bearing member, the entire region of the cleaning member in the longitudinal direction, and
in the longitudinal direction, the cleaning member is disposed at a position where the entire region thereof in the longitudinal direction is accommodated in the width of the elastic layer.

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. 9,973,644

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH FORCED AIR-COOLING STRUCTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image pickup element configured to photoelectrically convert an object image formed, by a shooting optical system;
a first circuit board arranged along in an optical axial direction of the image pickup element;
a second circuit board arranged along the optical axial direction in parallel with the first circuit board;
a fan;
an inlet arranged on one side of an apparatus body of the image pickup apparatus in a width direction, said inlet being configured to inhale external air by drive of said fan;
an outlet arranged on the one side of the apparatus body in the width direction, the outlet being configured to discharge the air inhaled through said inlet by the drive of said fan; and
a duct provided inside of the apparatus body while extending along in the optical axial direction, said duct having an inhaling part interconnecting with said inlet, a discharging part interconnecting with said outlet, and a cooling part connected to each of the inhaling part and the discharging part,
wherein each of the inhaling part and the discharging part is connected to the cooling part in a direction intersecting with the cooling part,
wherein the first circuit board is arranged on a surface of a side of the cooling part, on which said inlet and said outlet are open, and the second circuit board is arranged on a surface of a side of the cooling part, opposite to the surface on which the first circuit board is arranged.