US Pat. No. 9,832,344

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory having instructions stored thereon, which when executed by the at least one processor, cause the image
processing apparatus to:

divide image data obtained by reading a document into a plurality of regions,
acquire variance values of pixel values obtained from the image data of each divided region, and determine whether the document
is blank using the acquired variance values,

acquire edge counts from the image data of respective divided regions, and determine whether the document is blank using the
acquired edge counts, and

determine that the document is blank in a case where at least one of a result of the determination whether the document is
blank using the acquired variance values and a result of the determination whether the document is blank using the acquired
edge counts indicates a determination result that the document is not blank.

US Pat. No. 9,832,349

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that performs gloss representation processing for representing a gloss of a target, the apparatus
comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to function as:
an input unit configured to input image data including at least one of a color signal and a gloss signal that expresses a
target that is reproduced;

a mapping unit configured to map, based on information indicating a gloss representable range of a gloss representation device,
the image data to the gloss representable range; and

a generation unit configured to generate, based on image data after the mapping, an output signal outputted to the gloss representation
device,

wherein the mapping unit:
performs a mapping that saves information indicating a local gloss difference in accordance with a spatial distribution of
the image data as the mapping of the image data,

performs, in accordance with a spatial distribution of at least one color signal included in the color signal, mapping of
a color signal that saves information indicating a local brightness difference, and

outputs, as a gloss signal mapping result, a weighted sum of a gloss signal after the mapping and a color signal after the
mapping.

US Pat. No. 9,829,789

METHOD FOR DETERMINING PATTERN OF MOLD FOR IMPRINT, IMPRINT METHOD, AND APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A determination method for determining a pattern of a mold, the pattern of the mold being used in imprint processing of
forming a pattern on imprint material by performing the steps of pressing the imprint material on a substrate against the
pattern of the mold in an atmosphere containing condensable gas to be liquefied due to compression, curing the imprint material,
and releasing the mold from the imprint material, the method comprising the steps of:
by using a processor,
calculating a shrinkage amount of the pattern on the imprint material, the pattern on the imprint material shrinking by desorbing
condensate liquid from the imprint material after completion of the pressing step, the condensate liquid being produced through
liquefaction of the condensable gas between the imprint material and the pattern of the mold in the pressing step and being
dissolved in the imprint material; and

determining a size of the pattern of the mold by using the calculated shrinkage amount.

US Pat. No. 9,828,511

IMAGE-RECORDING METHOD AND INK SET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-recording method comprising applying an ink containing a pigment to a recording medium and applying a liquid composition
to the recording medium to at least partially overlap an area where the ink is applied, the liquid composition configured
to disturb a dispersion state of the pigment in the ink, wherein
the ink further contains a resin particle, a water-soluble resin, and at least one surfactant selected from fluorinated surfactants
and silicone surfactants,

a content of the surfactant in the ink is 2% by mass or more and 8% by mass or less based on a total mass of the ink,
a content of the water soluble resin in the ink is 1% by mass or more and 10% by mass or less based on a total mass of the
ink,

a mass ratio of a content of the water-soluble resin in the ink to the content of the surfactant is 0.3 or more and 3.0 or
less, and

the water-soluble resin contains a unit derived from an unsaturated carboxylic acid and has an acid value of 90 mg KOH/g or
less.

US Pat. No. 9,829,794

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus that exposes a peripheral portion of a substrate to light, the apparatus comprising:
an optical system configured to expose the substrate to the light with respect to an exposure position of the substrate;
a stage configured to hold the substrate and be moved in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis of the optical system
to position the substrate in the direction; and

a controller configured to cause the stage to be moved in the direction,
wherein the controller is configured to cause the stage to be moved in the direction by an amount of deviation, of the exposure
position from an ideal exposure position thereof, obtained based on information about a distance between the optical system
and the peripheral portion in a direction parallel to the optical axis and a telecentricity of the optical system so that
a predetermined peripheral portion of the substrate is exposed to the light from the optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,828,515

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising a self-dispersing pigment, polyurethane resin particles, a surfactant, and water, wherein
the self-dispersing pigment is a pigment having a phosphonic acid group bonded directly or via another atomic group to a surface
thereof, and

the surfactant is represented by general formula (1):
wherein, in the general formula (1), R1 to R4 are each independently an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, x and y are each independently 1, and m+n is 2 to 8.

US Pat. No. 9,832,360

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor that includes a pixel array in which a plurality of unit pixels, each having a plurality of photoelectric
conversion elements, are arranged in matrix, and a plurality of column output lines respectively provided in columns of the
pixel array; and

a controller that performs control such that in a case in which signals from a portion of the plurality of photoelectric conversion
elements of each of the plurality of unit pixels is to be read out, signals from a plurality of unit pixels that are arranged
in the same column of the pixel array are output simultaneously to one column output line out of the plurality of column output
lines; and

an analyzer that analyses a spatial frequency of a subject,
wherein the controller determines whether or not signals from the plurality of unit pixels are to be output to one column
output line out of the plurality of column output lines at the same time, based on as analysis result from the analyzer.

US Pat. No. 9,832,361

IMAGING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ACCURATELY FOCUSING AN OBJECT INTENDED BY A USER AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system that forms an optical image of an object;
air imaging element that acquires an image of the object from the optical image;
a distance information acquiring unit that acquires distance information which is corresponding to distance between the imaging
optical system and the object;

a map generation unit that generates a map information corresponding to the mage based on the distance information;
a position detection unit that is able to detect touch operation of a user on a display unit displaying the image and that
detects a position in the image corresponding to a position touched by the user; and

a control unit configured to
acquire the distance information at the position of the acquired image from the map information to set the position as a focus
point according to the acquired distance information,

display, on the display unit, a distance histogram generated based on a map information corresponding to an area of part of
the image including the position,

generate a second distance histogram with a resolution of data section higher than in the distance histogram and to display
the second distance histogram on the display unit when an elapsed time from the display of the distance histogram exceeds
a predetermined value,

detect touch operation of the user for the distance histogram or the second distance histogram displayed on the display unit,
and

set as a focus point, a position indicating the distance information corresponding to a data section of the distance histogram
or the second distance histogram touched by the user.

US Pat. No. 9,832,364

AUTOMATIC FOCAL ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING AUTOMATIC FOCAL ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS, AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An automatic focal adjustment apparatus, comprising:
a generating unit configured to generate an AF evaluation value from an image signal;
a detecting unit configured to detect an in-focus position of a focus lens based on the AF evaluation value; and
a control unit configured to move the focus lens to the detected in-focus position when the detected in-focus position is
within a predetermined range from a reference position that is determined in advance corresponding to an object at an infinity
distance, and move the focus lens to a predetermined position when the detected in-focus position is not within the predetermined
range from the reference position,

wherein the predetermined position is the reference position, or is an in-focus position within the predetermined range from
the reference position from among in-focus positions detected in the past by the detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,832,376

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DISTINGUISHING RECONSTRUCTABLE IMAGE DATA FROM NORMAL IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following units:
a display unit configured to simultaneously display first image data corresponding to reconstructable image data included
in a first image file and second image data corresponding to non-reconstructable image data included in a second file on a
display;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire the first image file that includes the reconstructable image data that includes
information corresponding to a light field and the second image file includes the non-reconstructable image data;

a generation unit configured to generate a plurality of images having different focus positions from the first image data;
and

a control unit configured to control the display unit to perform display for informing a user that the displayed image data
corresponds to either the first image data corresponding to the first image file or the second image data corresponding to
the second image file, and configured to determine whether the image to be displayed corresponds to reconstructable image
data,

wherein the control unit informs a user that the displayed image data corresponds to the first image file by causing the display
unit to alternately display the plurality of images having the different focus positions.

US Pat. No. 9,829,815

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising:
toner base particles; and
an external additive,
wherein surfaces of the toner base particles contain a cycloolefin copolymer and a polyethylene, and
the polyethylene has a density of less than 0.930 g/cm3 and a weight average molecular weight in the range of from 10 thousand to 5 million.

US Pat. No. 9,829,816

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle, said toner particle comprising:
a pigment, the pigment being at least one member selected from the group consisting of an organic pigment and a carbon black;
and

a binder resin, the binder resin comprising styrene-acrylic resin, and a crystalline polyester resin, the crystalline polyester
resin being obtained by condensation polymerization of a monomer (a) selected from monomer group A described below and a monomer
(b) selected from monomer group B described below, wherein

the crystalline polyester resin has a content X (mol %) of the unit derived from the monomer (b), as calculated by formula
(1) of from 3.0 to 12.0 mol %:

X={Mb/(Ma +Mb)}×100   (1)

where Ma (mol/g) is the number of moles of the unit derived from the monomer (a) per unit mass, and Mb (mol/g) is the number
of moles of the unit derived from the monomer (b) per unit mass, and

a melting point of the crystalline polyester resin is from 50 to 85° C.,
monomer group A comprises a C2-11 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic diol, a C2-13 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic dicarboxylic acid, a C2-12 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic acid, an intramolecular anhydride of a C2-13 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic dicarboxylic acid, an alkylester of a C2-13 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic dicarboxylic acid, an alkylester of a C2-12 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic acid, or a lactonized compound of a C2-12 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic acid, and

monomer group B comprises a C12-22 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic diol, a C14-24 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic dicarboxylic acid, a C13-23 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic acid, an intramolecular anhydride of a C14-24 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic dicarboxylic acid, an alkylester of a C14-24 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic dicarboxylic acid, an alkylester of a C13-23 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic acid, or a lactonized compound of a C13-23 ?,?-straight-chain aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic acid.

US Pat. No. 9,829,818

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner having a toner particle comprising a resin A, which has a long-chain alkyl group having an average number of carbon
atoms of 27 to 50, and a crystalline resin, wherein
the SP value (cal/cm3)1/2 of the crystalline resin is 9.00 to 12.00,

in a GC/MS analysis of components that volatize when the toner is heated for 10 minutes at 200° C., an amount of volatile
components of saturated hydrocarbons having 30 to 37 carbon atoms is 90 ppm to 260 ppm of toluene equivalent, based on mass,
and

the resin A is a hybrid resin in which a polyester segment and a vinyl-based polymer segment are chemically bonded and a mass
ratio of the polyester segment to the vinyl-based polymer segment (polyester segment/vinyl-based polymer segment) in the resin
A is 50/50 to 90/10.

US Pat. No. 9,832,384

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, SETTING APPARATUS, TRANSMISSION METHOD, RECEPTION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmission apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive, from a setting apparatus, a command to superpose first superposition information on
an area in which a picked-up image, picked up by an image pickup unit, is displayed in a display screen, wherein the command
includes a parameter for setting a superposition mode in which the first superposition information is superposed on the area
in which the picked-up image is displayed in the display screen; and

a superposition unit configured to
(i) select, in accordance with the parameter received by the reception unit, one of a first superposition mode in which the
first superposition information is superposed on a fixed position on the area in which the picked-up image is displayed in
the display screen and a second superposition mode in which the first superposition information is superposed on a variable
position on the area in which the picked-up image is displayed in the display screen, in accordance with a change of the picked-up
image displayed on the display screen, wherein the change of the picked-up image occurs by changing at least one of a pan
angle, a tilt angle, and a zoom magnification of the image pickup unit, and

(ii) superpose the first superposition information on the area in which the picked-up image is displayed in the display screen
in the first superposition mode, in a case where the parameter indicates the first superposition mode, and superpose the first
superposition information on the area in which the picked-up image is displayed in the display screen in the second superposition
mode, in a case where the parameter indicates the second superposition mode.

US Pat. No. 9,832,391

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a pixel region including a plurality of pixel units each having a first photoelectric conversion
unit and a second photoelectric conversion unit, the plurality of pixel units being arranged in a matrix, and a storage unit
configured to store a signal read from the pixel region, one storage unit being provided for each column; and

a driver that drives the image sensor by using a first drive method of, for rows to be read of the plurality of pixel units,
combining a signal of the first photoelectric conversion unit and a signal of the second photoelectric conversion unit for
each pixel unit and outputting the combined signal to the storage unit while skipping a plurality of rows between the rows
to be read, and a second drive method of reading a signal from the first photoelectric conversion unit of each pixel unit
to the storage unit in any of the plurality of rows skipped in the first drive method and reading a signal from the second
photoelectric conversion unit of each pixel unit to the storage unit in another of the plurality of rows skipped in the first
drive method.

US Pat. No. 9,832,419

DISPLAY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM IN WHICH AN IMAGE-QUALITY ADJUSTING PARAMETER SET FOR RECEIVED IMAGE DATA IS RECORDED IN A STORAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus connected directly or indirectly to an external apparatus that executes a recording process for image
data, the display apparatus comprising:
(a) a display panel that displays an image based on received image data;
(b) a processor; and
(c) a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the display apparatus:
(i) to set an image-quality adjusting parameter for the received image data;
(ii) to execute an image-quality adjusting process on the received image data using the image-quality adjusting parameter
that is set for the received image data;

(iii) to perform control in which, in response to a detection of a start of the recording process for the image data executed
by the external apparatus, the image-quality adjusting parameter that has been set for the received image data is automatically
recorded in a storage as an image-quality adjusting parameter corresponding to the image data recorded by the external apparatus;

(iv) to automatically set, in a case when a start of the reproducing process for the image data executed by the external apparatus
is detected, the image-quality adjusting parameter recorded in the storage for the received image data as an image-quality
adjusting parameter corresponding to the image data reproduced by the external apparatus; and

(v) to perform control in which, in a case when a user operation of changing the image-quality adjusting parameter for the
received image data is detected during execution of the reproducing process for the image data by the external apparatus,
the image-quality adjusting parameter changed in accordance with the user operation is automatically recorded in the storage
as the image-quality adjusting parameter corresponding to the image data reproduced by the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,832,432

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
a depth information acquirer configured to acquire depth information of an object image;
a position attitude acquirer configured to acquire position information or attitude information of an apparatus; and
an image processor configured to generate three-dimensional information based on information relating to an optical vibration-proof
state of the apparatus, the depth information, and the position information or the attitude information, wherein

the information relating to the optical vibration-proof state is information relating to an eccentric amount of an image blur
corrector located in an optical system of the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,832,460

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image coding method for dividing an input image into a plurality of divisional blocks, and coding the image for each
of the divisional blocks, the image coding method comprising:
setting a first quantization parameter used for quantization of a target block;
acquiring a plurality of pieces of attribute information for the target block to be decoded in association with decoding of
coded data encoded by using the image coding method, the plurality of pieces of attribute information including a quantization
parameter to be set for each block and another piece of attribute information;

acquiring the plurality of pieces of attribute information for a block in a region different from a region corresponding to
the target block;

determining, based on the another piece of attribute information for the target block and the another piece of attribute information
in the block in the region different from the region corresponding to the target block, one or more blocks, from at least
one block in the region different from the region corresponding to the target block, as a block(s) for coding information
for designating the first quantization parameter, and

coding a difference value between the first quantization parameter and a second quantization parameter as information for
designating the first quantization parameter, the second quantization parameter being a quantization parameter to be used
for quantizing the determined block in the different region and different from the first quantization parameter or a quantization
parameter based on the other quantization parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,832,469

CODING APPARATUS, CODING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A coding apparatus for coding an image on a block-by-block basis, the coding apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a coding complexity of an intra picture and a coding complexity of an inter picture,
the intra picture and the inter picture having been coded previous to the image; and

a determination unit configured to determine a quantization parameter for at least one intra block in the inter picture, the
determined quantization parameter corresponding to a quantization parameter for an intra picture which is determined based
on the coding complexities of the intra picture and the inter picture.

US Pat. No. 9,829,674

LENS BARREL AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a lens holder that holds a lens and that is movable in an optical axis direction;
a fixing member that supports one end of a first guide shaft for guiding said lens holder in the optical axis direction and
that supports a second guide shaft in a cantilever manner, the second guide shaft being shorter than the first guide shaft
and regulating a pivot of said lens holder on the first guide shaft by engaging with said lens holder, said fixing member
having a wall portion that supports the other end of the first guide shaft; and

a pivot regulating shaft that extends from said lens holder on an object side in the optical axis direction, and that is configured
to regulate the pivot of said lens holder on the first guide shaft in a case where engagement between said lens holder and
the second guide shaft is released,

wherein said wall portion has a regulation hole that receives said pivot regulating shaft, and
wherein in a case where said lens holder is most extended with respect to said fixing member in a photographing position of
said lens holder, (a) when an impact is not applied to the lens barrel, said pivot regulating shaft is apart in the optical
axis direction from said regulation hole of said wall portion, and (b) when an impact is applied to the lens barrel, said
pivot regulating shaft engages with said regulation hole of said wall portion.

US Pat. No. 9,829,681

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system including a plurality of lens units, in which an interval between adjacent lens units changes during
focusing, the optical system comprising:
a positive lens unit arranged closest to an object side;
a first focus lens unit having a negative refractive power configured to move during focusing;
a second focus lens unit having a negative refractive power configured to move during focusing; and
an intermediate lens unit having a positive refractive power and arranged between the first focus lens unit having the negative
refractive power and the second focus lens unit having the negative refractive power,

wherein the first focus lens unit having the negative refractive power and the second focus lens unit having the negative
refractive power are configured to move toward an image side during focusing on from a first object at infinity to a second
object at a distance in which an image-to-object ratio is 1,

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
?0.80
?0.80 where fn1 represents a focal length of the first focus lens unit having the negative refractive power, fn2 represents a focal length of the second focus lens unit having the negative refractive power, mn1 represents a movement amount of the first focus lens unit having the negative refractive power during focusing on from the
first object at infinity to the second object at a distance at which an image-to-object ratio is 1, and mn2 represents a movement amount of the second focus lens unit having the negative refractive power during the focusing on from
the first object at infinity to the second object at a distance at which an image-to-object ratio is 1, wherein a sign of
mn1 or mn2 is positive when a position of a corresponding focus lens unit that is in focus on the second object at a distance at which
an image-to-object ratio is 1 is closer to the image side than a position of the corresponding focus lens unit that is in
focus on the first object at infinity.

US Pat. No. 9,829,746

DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING OPTICAL SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a display panel;
a light source unit configured to illuminate the display panel from a back surface side thereof;
an optical sheet arranged between the display panel and the light source unit; and
a housing configured to accommodate the light source unit and the optical sheet, wherein
one or more hole portions are provided on an area of the optical sheet along a support side, which is one side among four
sides of the optical sheet, while no hole portion is provided on an area of the optical sheet along an opposite side that
is opposite the support side of the optical sheet,

a gap is provided between the housing and the opposite side so that the opposite side does not contact the housing, and
the housing has a positioning portion that engages with each of the hole portions and restricts movement of the optical sheet
in directions perpendicular to the support side.

US Pat. No. 9,832,331

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a first image reading unit configured to read an image on a first surface of a sheet passing through a conveyance path;
a second image reading unit provided on a side opposite to the first image reading unit across the conveyance path and configured
to read an image on a second surface opposite to the first surface of the sheet;

a first transparent guide disposed along the conveyance path such that the first image reading unit reads the image on the
first surface through the first transparent guide, the first transparent guide comprising a guide surface coated with conductive
material and guiding the sheet passing through the conveyance path;

a second transparent guide disposed along the conveyance path to oppose to the first transparent guide across the conveyance
path such that the second image reading unit reads the image on the second surface through the second transparent guide, the
second transparent guide comprising a guide surface coated with conductive material and guiding the sheet passing through
the conveyance path;

a grounding member provided on the first transparent guide and grounding the first transparent guide; and
a conductive member provided on one of the first and second transparent guides and configured to abut with the other of the
first and second transparent guides on an outside, in a width direction orthogonal to a sheet conveying direction, of an area
where the sheet is conveyed in the sheet conveying direction, so as to electrically connect the one of the first and second
transparent guides with the other of the first and second transparent guides,

wherein the second transparent guide is grounded through the conductive member, the first transparent guide, and the grounding
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,829,769

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a biasing member to bias the cam member; and
a signal output unit that outputs a first signal which is operating preparation for capturing an image of a subject at a first
operation, and outputs a second signal which is operating capturing the image of the subject at a second operation performed
after the first operation has been performed,

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

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

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

wherein the control unit drives the motor so that the cam member is rotated in a second direction that is the opposite direction
to the first direction based on output of the second signal, whereby the cam member is driven by biasing force of the biasing
member and driving force of the motor, the engaging portion follows through the first zone, and thereafter the cam member
is driven by the driving force of the motor without using the biasing force of the biasing member, and the engaging portion
follows through the second zone,

wherein the motor is a stepping motor that is able to be driven in an open-loop driving mode where a conduction state of a
coil is switched in accordance with a predetermined time interval, and driven in a feedback driving mode where the control
unit switches the conduction state of the coil in accordance with a rotational position of a rotor,

wherein, in a case of driving the cam member such that the cam member charges the biasing member, the control unit drives
the stepping motor in the first direction in the feedback driving mode,

wherein, in a case of driving the cam member by the biasing force of the biasing member and the driving force of the stepping
motor, the control unit drives the stepping motor so that the cam member is rotated in the second direction in the open-loop
driving mode, and

wherein, in a case of driving the cam member so that the engaging member follows through the second zone, the control unit
drives the stepping motor so that the cam member is rotated in the second direction in the feedback driving mode.

US Pat. No. 9,830,538

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT RESTRICTS RECEPTION OF PRINT JOB BASED ON A TYPE OF A PREVIOUSLY RECEIVED PRINT JOB AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that receives a first print job and a second print job which is started to be received later
than the first print job and performs a print process of a plurality of copies of print data corresponding to the first print
job, comprising:
a memory for storing the received first print job and the received second print job; and
at least one processor connected to the memory and configured to:
determine whether the print data is to be printed by a sort printing method;
based on the determination that the print data is to be printed by the sort printing method, restrict a receiving process
of reception and storage into the memory of the second print job until at least a receiving process of reception and storage
into the memory of the first print job for the print process is completed so that the storage of the second print job is impossible
before at least completion of the receiving process of the first print job; and

based on the determination that the print data is not to be printed by the sort printing method, not perform the restriction
of the receiving process of the second print job so that the storage of the second print job is possible before completion
of the print process of the print data.

US Pat. No. 9,832,333

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:
a print engine;
a display;
a controller configured to register an initial screen selected by a user; and
a user interface which receives a user instruction
wherein, on a basis that the user interface receives the user instruction when the display does not display a screen, the
display is configured to display the initial screen that is previously registered, and

wherein the controller performs control such that the print engine is supplied with power, and controls the print engine to
perform a recovery operation if the initial screen displayed in the display is a predetermined screen.

US Pat. No. 9,802,776

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave toward a sheet being conveyed;
a reception unit arranged opposite to the transmission unit across the sheet and configured to receive the ultrasonic wave;
a conveyance guide unit configured to form a conveyance path through which the sheet being conveyed between the transmission
unit and the reception unit passes;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire grammage information about grammage of the sheet to be conveyed;
a change unit configured to change a distance of the conveyance path in a thickness direction of the sheet; and
a control unit configured to control the change unit to set the distance of the conveyance path in the thickness direction
of the sheet according to the grammage information acquired by the acquisition unit,

wherein, in a case where the grammage information indicates that grammage of the sheet is first grammage, the control unit
controls the change unit to set the distance of the conveyance path in such a manner that the distance of the conveyance path
in the thickness direction of the sheet becomes larger than in a case where the grammage information indicates that grammage
of the sheet is second grammage which is smaller than the first grammage.

US Pat. No. 9,807,222

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a memory that stores instructions;
a processor that executes the instructions;
a first wireless communication interface configured to communicate with an external apparatus by a first communication method;
a second wireless communication interface configured to communicate by a second communication method different than the first
communication method; and

a near field wireless communication interface configured to perform communication by near field wireless communication,
wherein the processor executes instructions to register one or more external apparatuses and to enable, in accordance with
having performed near field wireless communication with an external apparatus by using the near field wireless communication
interface, communication by the first wireless communication interface or the second wireless communication interface to perform
communication with the external apparatus,

wherein, in a case where an operation mode of the communication apparatus is a predetermined operation mode for transferring
predetermined transfer target data, communication is enabled by the first wireless communication interface,

wherein, in a case where the operation mode of the communication apparatus is not the predetermined operation mode and the
external apparatus has been registered in advance, communication is enabled by the second wireless communication interface,
and

wherein, in a case where the operation mode of the communication apparatus is not the predetermined operation mode and the
external apparatus has not been registered in advance, processing is enabled for registering, using the second wireless communication
interface, the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,801,596

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, and a radiation image is acquired based on image signals from
each of the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses,

wherein the enclosure of at least one radiation imaging apparatus of the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses is formed
so that a radiation transmittance of the enclosure positioned in the overlapping region is higher than a radiation transmittance
of the enclosure positioned in a region that is different to the overlapping region,

wherein a power switch for the radiation imaging apparatus, a display unit for displaying a power state of the radiation imaging
apparatus and a connection portion of the radiation imaging apparatus are disposed on the enclosure positioned in the region
that is different from the overlapping region of the radiation imaging apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,805,443

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, STORAGE MEDIUM, PRODUCTION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING ASSEMBLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method for searching for a position of a pattern included in a model image in a search target by using
a plurality of template images and a pyramid, the plurality of template images being hierarchized sequentially by performing
reduction processing and low resolution processing on a feature image of the model image, the pyramid being obtained by search
target image hierarchization in accordance with reduction and resolution of the template images, the method comprising:
calculation of a degree of similarity being performed between the plurality of template images and the search target image,
the calculation being performed sequentially in an ascending order of resolution from low to high, the calculation being performed
through procedure comprising:

a local degree of similarity calculation process of calculating local degree of similarity between a point of the feature
image of the model image and a point corresponding to the point of the feature image in the search target image for each range
corresponding to the feature image of the model image while shifting a position of the feature image of the model image on
the search target image; and

a degree of similarity calculation process of calculating degree of similarity for each range corresponding to the feature
image of the image model at each position of said each local degree of similarity,

wherein correction is performed to decrease an absolute value of the local degree of similarity in a case where the local
degree of similarity is less than a predetermined value in the local degree of similarity calculation process.

US Pat. No. 9,806,251

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula (1);
Mn; and
Bi or Bi and Li,
wherein a Mn content relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide is 0.500 parts by weight or less,
a Bi content relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide is 0.042 parts by weight or more and 0.850 parts by weight
or less, and

a Li content relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide is 0.028 parts by weight or less:
(Ba1?x?yCaxSny)?(Ti1?zZrz)O3 (where 0.020?x?0.200, 0.020?y?0.200, 0?z?0.085, 0.986???1.100)   General formula (1).

US Pat. No. 9,802,412

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD AND SET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising the steps of:
applying a liquid composition to a recording medium; and
applying an ink containing a pigment to the recording medium so as to overlap at least with a part of a region of the recording
medium to which the liquid composition is applied,

wherein a water absorption amount of the recording medium at a contact time of 1 second according to the Bristow's method
is 15 ml/m2 or less,

wherein the ink contains water and a compound having a polyoxyalkylene unit,
wherein the liquid composition contains a tannin compound, and
wherein the content of the tannin compound in the liquid composition is more than 10% by mass and 80% by mass or less.

US Pat. No. 9,796,180

PIEZOELECTRIC LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE WITH ELECTRODES FORMED ON PARTITION WALL SURFACES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection device, comprising:
a piezoelectric transducer including:
a plurality of pressure chambers;
a plurality of partitions each including a piezoelectric material and dividing the plurality of pressure chambers; and
a plurality of electrodes formed in the plurality of pressure chambers, respectively,
wherein the plurality of partitions each include a first side wall and a second side wall that is positioned on a back surface
side of the first side wall,

wherein the first side wall includes a first wall surface positioned at an upper portion thereof, the first wall surface being
positioned so as to be set back from a second wall surface positioned below the first wall surface in a direction normal to
the first wall surface,

wherein a first electrode of the plurality of electrodes is formed on the second wall surface,
wherein a second electrode of the plurality of electrodes is formed on the second side wall,
wherein an upper end of the second electrode is disposed higher than an upper end of the first electrode, and
wherein no electrode is formed on the first wall surface.

US Pat. No. 9,798,265

LIQUID DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid developer comprising:
a toner particle that contains a polyester resin;
and a carrier liquid that contains a vinyl ether compound that has a volume resistivity of 1×109 to 1×1015 ?·cm, wherein

the liquid developer contains a polymer compound having a structural unit represented by formula (1) in either the toner particle
or the carrier liquid:


where R1 to R4 are independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom and an alkyl group; A is selected from the group consisting
of a single bond, a carbonyl group, an alkylene group, an arylene group, and —COOR7— (where the carbonyl group in the —COOR7— is bonded to the carbon atom to which R1 is bonded, and R7 represents a C1-4 alkylene group); and B is an alkylene group or an arylene group.

US Pat. No. 9,800,861

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
image capture unit having a plurality of micro-lenses, wherein a plurality of photo-electric conversion portions are arranged
for each of the micro-lenses;

recording unit configured to record captured image signals which are read out from the photo-electric conversion portions;
outputting unit configured to output positional information which corresponds to positions of the photo-electric conversion
portions in each micro-lens; and

a processing unit configured to group the image signals of the photo-electric conversion portions into groups based on the
positional information output by the outputting unit,

wherein the outputting unit outputs the positional information with regard to respective photo-electric conversion portions
to group the image signals into groups to have a parallax direction corresponding to a left-eye image and a right-eye image,

wherein each of the groups includes the image signals which are read out from two or more photo-electric conversion portions,
and

wherein the processing unit adjusts a gain of the image signals based on a number of captured image signals combined into
the respective groups.

US Pat. No. 9,798,045

ANTIREFLECTION FILM AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens comprising: a substrate; and an antireflection film provided on the substrate, wherein: the antireflection film
includes hollow particles and a binder; the hollow particles have a mean particle size of from 15 nm to 100 nm; the antireflection
film contains voids, which are different from the hollow particles; the binder contains 10 voids/?m2 or less, each having
a cross-sectional area of 1,000 nm2 or more with respect to 1 ?m2 of a cross-sectional area of the binder; and a content of
the voids contained in the antireflection film is from 5 vol % to 25 vol % with respect to the antireflection film.

US Pat. No. 9,799,118

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS AND DISTANCE CORRECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for correcting a depth map corresponding to an image, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an object included in the image;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the object detected by the detection unit is smaller than a predetermined
size or larger than the predetermined size; and

a correction unit configured to correct distance information in a target area, the target area corresponding to an area of
the object in the depth map, when the detected object is smaller than the predetermined size, and to not correct the distance
information in the target area when the detected object is larger than the predetermined size,

wherein the correction unit is further configured to acquire a confidence coefficient of the distance information, which indicates
an estimated accuracy of the distance information, at each position of the depth map, and to correct the distance information
in the target area using only the distance information of which the confidence coefficient is equal to or greater than a predetermined
value,

wherein the detection unit is further configured to determine a type of the detected object, and
wherein the determination unit is further configured to change the predetermined size depending on the type of the detected
object.

US Pat. No. 9,799,122

MOTION INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND MOTION INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motion information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a lighting device configured to illuminate an object at the same time with first intensity-modulated light, second intensity-modulated
light, and constant illumination light, wherein the first intensity-modulated light has a first center wavelength and is intensity-modulated
with a first reference signal, the second intensity-modulated light has a second center wavelength and is intensity-modulated
with a second reference signal that has substantially the same wavelength as the first reference signal, but a different phase,
and the constant illumination light has a third center wavelength and a constant intensity, wherein the first and second reference
signals have an integer number of periods during an exposure period;

an image generator configured to generate a first image corresponding to the first intensity-modulated light, a second image
corresponding to the second intensity-modulated light, and a third image corresponding to the constant illumination light
simultaneously during the exposure period; and

a motion information acquirer configured to acquire motion information in the images on the basis of the first to third images
generated by the image generator.

US Pat. No. 9,800,674

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing terminal having a web browser functioning as a relay function, which relays, via a network, a
client for managing data and a service for providing a function using the data managed by the client, the information processing
terminal comprising:
a processor;
a storage device; and
a memory storing a program for the relay function, wherein the program, when executed by the processor, causes the information
processing terminal to:

receive, upon receiving a message containing markup data for registering intent service information including location information
for calling a function provided by a service executed by an external device with which the information processing terminal
can communicate via the network, reference information pertaining to providing of the intent service information from the
service, wherein the reference information is embedded as a parameter of one of a title attribute and href attribute forming
the intent service information and includes information related to a service providing source of the service;

execute registration processing for registering the intent service information into the storage device by the relay function
according to the markup data contained in the received message;

provide, in response to a designation of a function by a user on a screen provided by the client, the user with a list of
pieces of the intent service information registered by the registration processing and service information corresponding to
a local service executed in the information processing terminal, wherein the pieces of the intent service information in the
list is displayed according to a display order or a display position based on the reference information, and the reference
information is displayed in the list;

transmit, to the service corresponding to the intent service information selected from the list, a request including information
about the data managed by the client; and

receive, from the service to which the request is transmitted, a response to be notified to the client,
wherein the received response includes a result of processing for the data using the function provided by the service,
wherein the result is related to processing for the data using a print function,
wherein, in the provided list, displaying of the service information corresponding to the local service has a priority, and
wherein the location information used for calling the function provided by the service is set to the href attribute forming
the intent service information.

US Pat. No. 9,798,157

IMAGE STABILIZING APPARATUS, LENS BARREL, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilizing apparatus comprising:
a movable member holding a lens;
a moving unit configured to move the movable member in a predetermined plane;
a tilting unit configured to tilt the movable member relative to the predetermined plane;
a detection unit configured to detect shake; and
a control unit configured to control the moving unit and the tilting unit,
wherein the control unit sets a shift target value of the moving unit based on shake information obtained by the detection
unit, and

wherein the control unit sets a tilt target value of the tilting unit in accordance with the shift target value.

US Pat. No. 9,798,158

OPTICAL APPARATUS CAPABLE OF RETRACTING OPTICAL ELEMENT FROM OPTICAL PATH

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
an optical element;
a holding member configured to hold the optical element, wherein the holding member is supported by a first member attached
to a second member such that the optical element is movable between an entering position where the optical element enters
into an optical path and a retracted position where the optical element is retracted from the optical path;

a driving member configured to engage with the holding member and to drive the holding member between the entering position
and the retracted position of the optical element; and

a regulation member configured to regulate a moving amount of the first member with respect to the second member,
wherein the regulation member is arranged so that a distance from an engagement position of the holding member and the driving
member, when the optical element is at the entering position, to the regulation member is longer than a distance from the
engagement position of the holding member and the driving member, when the optical element is at the retracted position, to
the regulation member, and

wherein when the holding member moves toward a subject, the regulation member contacts a position regulating wall of the first
member in a direction of an optical axis of the optical element before a retraction contact pin of the driving member is disengaged
with an interface avoiding space of the holding member in the direction of the optical axis of the optical element.

US Pat. No. 9,798,160

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS THAT REDUCES BLURRING OF SUBJECT IMAGE AND OPTICAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:
a fixed unit;
a movable unit configured to hold an optical element and be supported so as to be rotatable about a first rotational axis,
which is perpendicular to an optical axis of the optical element, and a second rotational axis, which is perpendicular to
the optical axis and perpendicular to the first rotational axis, with respect to said fixed unit through a plurality of rolling
members;

a rotation restriction unit configured to be provided in said fixed unit and restrict rotation of said movable unit; and
a movement restriction unit configured to be provided around a rolling surface for the rolling members and restrict movement
of the rolling members,

wherein in a state where the second rotational axis coincides with a center of the rolling surface as seen in a direction
of the optical axis, assuming that a range over which the rolling members are movable before said movement restriction unit
restricts movement of the rolling members moving in a direction of the first rotational axis is a first moving range, and
a range over which said movable unit is rotatable before said rotation restriction unit restricts rotation of said movable
unit about the second rotational axis is a first rotational range,

a range over which the rolling members are movable before said movement restriction unit restricts movement of the rolling
members moving in a direction perpendicular to a direction of the first moving range is a second moving range, and a range
over which said movable unit is rotatable before said rotation restriction unit restricts rotation of said movable unit about
the first rotational axis is a second rotational range, and

a ratio of the first moving range to the first rotational range is a first ratio, and a ratio of the second moving range to
the second rotational range is a second ratio, the second ratio is greater than the first ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,798,952

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to divide input image data into blocks each including a plurality of pixels, and to acquire
feature amounts of the blocks;

a first detection unit configured to detect a pair of two blocks whose feature amounts are approximate to each other, and
to extract a first aggregate area in which one block of the pair gathers and a second aggregate area in which the other block
of the pair gathers from the input image data; and

a second detection unit configured to perform additional detection of adding a first adjacent block adjacent to the first
aggregate area to the first aggregate area, and adding a second adjacent block adjacent to the second aggregate area to the
second aggregate area, wherein if the feature amounts of the first and second adjacent blocks are approximate to each other,
the addition of the first and second adjacent blocks is performed, wherein a relative positional relationship between the
two blocks of the pair is the same as a relative positional relationship between the first adjacent block and the second adjacent
block, and wherein at least one of the acquisition unit, the first detection unit, or the second detection unit is implemented
at least in part by hardware components of the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,800,761

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR SENDING IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive authentication information from a user;
a login unit configured to perform login of the user based on the authentication information received by the reception unit;
one key configured to set, as a storage destination of image data, path information indicating a folder;
a transmission unit configured to transmit image data to store the image data in the storage destination indicated by the
path information set by the one key;

a first registering unit configured to register, as the path information which is set by the one key, first path information;
a second registering unit configured to register, as the path information which is set by the one key, second path information,
the second path information being preregistered by the user; and

a designating unit configured to designate a method for determining the path information to be set by the one key from a plurality
of methods including at least a first method and a second method, the first method being a method for determining path information
obtained by adding a user name to the first path information, and the second method being a method for determining the second
path information without adding a user name to the second path information,

wherein at least one of the reception unit, the login unit, the transmission unit, the first registering unit, the second
registering unit and the designating unit is implemented by a hardware processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,800,767

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH SHOCK RESISTANCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a lens unit including an optical system and an image pickup device;
a dome cover covering the lens unit;
an inner cover disposed between the lens unit and the dome cover;
a rotation base unit configured to support the lens unit and the inner cover;
a fixing portion configured to support the rotation base unit while allowing the rotation base unit to rotate in a pan direction,
wherein the rotation base unit supports the lens unit not to move to a fixing portion side,
wherein the rotation base unit supports the inner cover to move to the fixing portion side, and
wherein, in a case where the inner cover is pressed, the inner cover moves to the fixing portion side and contacts the fixing
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,798,962

PRINTING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR MANAGING SHEET ATTRIBUTE INFORMATION FOR PRINT JOBS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

16. A printing apparatus which executes a job for printing an image on a sheet conveyed from at least one of a plurality of
sheet holding units, the printing apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold the job;
a receiving unit configured to receive an execution instruction to execute the job held in the holding unit;
a determining unit configured to determine, based on a user instruction and before the receiving unit receives the execution
instruction, whether attribute information of the sheet designated by the job corresponds to sheet attribute information of
sheets held in the plurality of sheet holding units;

a displaying unit configured to display, based on the determination by the determining unit that the attribute information
of the sheet designated by the job does not correspond to the sheet attribute information of sheets held in the plurality
of sheet holding units, information indicating that the attribute information of the sheet designated by the job does not
correspond to the sheet attribute information of sheets held in the plurality of sheet holding units; and

a selecting unit configured to select, from the plurality of sheet holding units based on a user instruction, a sheet holding
unit from which the sheet designated by the job is to be conveyed,

wherein the display unit stops displaying the information in accordance with selection of the sheet holding unit by the selecting
unit without further determination by the determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,798,964

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING ACCOUNT INFORMATION MANAGED BY MOBILE TERMINAL APPARATUS ADAPTED TO MULTIUSER MODE FOR PERFORMING AUTHENTICATION PRINTING, SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an authentication information reception unit configured to receive authentication information which is based on at least user
information corresponding to a user account for a user using a mobile terminal from the mobile terminal through a short-range
wireless communication, the mobile terminal managing one or more user accounts and controlling, for each of the one or more
user accounts, an authorization of access to data for printing stored in the mobile terminal; and

a print control unit configured to control, in a case where the received authentication information corresponds to information
associated by the mobile terminal with target data for printing, a printer to print the target data, the information associated
with the target data being based on at least user information corresponding to one of the one or more user accounts managed
by the mobile terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,800,257

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels;
a plurality of analog signal output units each configured to output an analog signal in accordance with a signal which is
produced by and is output from a corresponding one of the plurality of pixels; and

a plurality of analog-to-digital (AD) converters provided to correspond to the plurality of analog signal output units and
each configured to perform AD conversion by comparing a ramp signal with the analog signal output from a corresponding one
of the analog signal output units, wherein

the photoelectric conversion apparatus has a first operation mode where the imaging sensitivity level is a first sensitivity
level and a second mode where the imaging sensitivity level is a second sensitivity level different from the first sensitivity
level,

in the first operation mode,
each of the plurality of AD converters uses a first ramp signal having a first slope to perform the AD conversion for the
analog signal having a first signal level lower than a threshold value, and uses a second ramp signal having a second slope
steeper than the first slope to perform the AD conversion for the analog signal having a second signal level higher than a
threshold value, and

in the second operation mode,
each of the plurality of AD converters uses a third ramp signal having a third slope for both of the analog signal having
the first signal level lower than the threshold value and the analog signal having the second signal level higher than the
threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,800,775

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
a plurality of signal generation units that receive light transmitted through different exit pupil regions of an imaging optical
system and output pairs of image signals, respectively;

a detection unit that detects first focus states of the imaging optical system by phase difference detection method based
on the pairs of image signals output from the plurality of the signal generation units without carrying out a predetermined
digital filtering process, and detects second focus states of the imaging optical system by the phase difference detection
method based on the pairs of image signals that have undergone the predetermined digital filtering process, and reliabilities
of the pairs of image signals;

a selection unit that selects a second focus state to be used for focus control of the imaging optical system from among the
second focus states detected by the detection unit based on the reliabilities; and

an adjustment unit that, if a difference between the first focus state and the second focus state corresponding to the first
focus state is greater than a threshold, performs a process of decreasing a possibility that the corresponding second focus
state is selected by the selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,796,925

METHOD FOR REMOVING TARGET OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A process for producing a liquid ejection head, comprising:
a method for removing a target object with a stripping solution, the target object including a mask material, a transformed
layer, and a deposited film, the mask material being formed on a substrate by using a resist, the transformed layer being
formed on a surface of the mask material in a step of forming a pattern on the substrate by dry etching with the mask material,
the deposited film being formed on a surface of the substrate and a surface of the transformed layer, and

the stripping solution including:
a first composition capable of removing the deposited film,
a second composition capable of removing the transformed layer, and
a third composition capable of removing the mask material,
the method including:
a removal step that includes:
a substep of removing the deposited film with the stripping solution having the first composition,
a substep of continuously changing the composition of the stripping solution from the first composition to the second composition
at least prior to the exposure of the transformed layer,

a substep of removing the transformed layer with the stripping solution having the second composition,
a substep of continuously changing the composition of the stripping solution from the second composition to the third composition
with at least the mask material remaining, and

a substep of removing the mask material with the stripping solution having the third composition,
wherein the stripping solution contains at least one of hydroxylamine and an amino alcohol,
wherein the concentration of hydroxylamine in the stripping solution is not changed or is reduced as the removal step proceeds,
and

wherein the concentration of the amino alcohol in the stripping solution is not changed or is increased as the removal step
proceeds.

US Pat. No. 9,800,815

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM USING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in rows and columns;
a plurality of comparators, each of the comparators being provided in association with at least one column of the plurality
of pixels, and each of the comparators including a switch for controlling an operation;

a signal line which is provided commonly to the switches of the plurality of comparators and through which a control signal
for controlling the switches of the plurality of comparators is supplied;

a control signal generation unit configured to supply the control signal to the signal line; and
a signal line control unit configured to control an electric potential of the signal line to be set as a fixed electric potential,
wherein the plurality of comparators are arranged between the control signal generation unit and the signal line control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,797,717

MEASURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measuring apparatus for obtaining information about a shape of an object, comprising:
an emitting unit configured to emit pattern light;
a projection optical system configured to guide the pattern light emitted from the emitting unit to the object;
a deflection unit arranged between the projection optical system that guides the pattern light and the object and configured
to deflect the pattern light emitted from the projection optical system, the deflection unit comprising a diffraction grating
arranged between the projection optical system that guides the pattern light and the object and configured to diffract the
pattern light emitted from the projection optical system;

an image sensing unit configured to capture an image of the object via the projection optical system that guides the pattern
light and the deflection unit that deflects the pattern light; and

a processing unit configured to obtain information about the shape of the object based on the image of the object captured
by the image sensing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,792,538

PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL USING SHEET ATTRIBUTE INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus which is able to convey a sheet from a sheet holding unit and print an image on the conveyed sheet,
the printing apparatus comprising:
a size detecting unit configured to detect a size of a sheet stored in the sheet holding unit;
a sending unit configured to send, to a server, size information indicating the size detected by the size detecting unit without
a sending request of the size information from the server;

a receiving unit configured to receive, from the server via the network, attribute information registered in the server in
association with the size information sent by the sending unit; and

a setting unit configured to set the attribute information received by the receiving unit, as attribute information of the
sheet stored in the sheet holding unit,

wherein at least one of the sending unit, the receiving unit, and the setting unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,789,723

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING ORDER OF IMAGE FORMATION ON A PLURALITY OF PAGES TO BE POST-PROCESSED, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey sheets to a post-processing apparatus that is equipped with a stacking tray onto which
a sheet is discharged from the printing apparatus, a saddle-stitched product tray onto which a brochure formed by executing
a saddle-stitch bookbinding process on a plurality of sheets is discharged, and a conveying path along which the sheets to
be subjected to execution of the saddle-stitch bookbinding process are switched back;

a first determination unit configured to determine whether or not the execution of the saddle-stitch bookbinding process is
designated;

a discharge destination decision unit configured, when said first determination unit determines that execution of the saddle-stitch
bookbinding process is designated, to decide between the stacking tray and the saddle-stitched product tray as a sheet discharge
destination based on a number of sheets per one copy and a saddle-stitchable number of sheets capable of being saddle-stitched
by the post-processing apparatus;

a first control unit configured, in a case where said discharge destination decision unit decides that the discharge destination
is the stacking tray, to control an order of image formation such that a sheet corresponding to an outermost sheet of the
brochure is discharged from the printing apparatus to the post-processing apparatus first and a sheet corresponding to an
innermost sheet of the brochure is discharged from the printing apparatus to the post-processing apparatus last; and

a second control unit configured, when said discharge destination decision unit decides that the discharge destination is
the saddle-stitched product tray, to control the order of image formation such that a sheet corresponding to an innermost
sheet of the brochure is discharged from the printing apparatus to the post-processing apparatus first and a sheet corresponding
to an outermost sheet of the brochure is discharged from the printing apparatus to the post-processing apparatus last.

US Pat. No. 9,794,598

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR RECOGNIZING THAT A MOVING IMAGE IS NOT PROPERLY CODED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the image processing apparatus to:
code first moving image data so that a data amount of the coded first moving image data to be stored in a virtual buffer is
a predetermined size;

generate second moving image data having a smaller number of pixels than the first moving image data; and
add, in a case where the first moving image data is not properly coded when the second moving image data is generated while
the first moving image data is coded, predetermined information for identifying that the first moving image data is not properly
coded, to the second moving image data,

wherein, in a case where the virtual buffer overflows or underflows, the predetermined information is added to the second
moving image data.

US Pat. No. 9,791,018

VIBRATION ISOLATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF ISOLATING VIBRATION, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration isolation apparatus comprising:
a support unit configured to elastically support an object to a mounting surface;
a measurement sensor configured to measure a displacement of the object relative to the mounting surface;
a drive unit configured to drive the object; and
a storage unit configured to store data indicating a relationship between the displacement of the object and information that
indicates a non-linear force produced by an elastic element including the support unit, the non-linear force varies corresponding
to the displacement of the object,

wherein the drive unit drives the object in a direction that includes a component of a displacement direction of the object
in accordance with the data and the displacement of the object measured by the measurement sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,791,792

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer on the support, wherein
a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises a binder resin with a hydrophobically treated hexagonal
boron nitride dispersed therein,

the hexagonal boron nitride having a graphitization index (GI) of 3.0 to less than 15.0, and
a content of the hexagonal boron nitride is 1 to 20% by volume with respect to the whole volume of the surface layer.

US Pat. No. 9,791,802

SCANNING OPTICAL DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scanning optical device comprising:
a laser light source that emits a laser light beam;
a laser control section that controls a light amount of the laser light beam emitted from the laser light source;
a photodetector that converts the laser light beam into an electric signal;
a signal-width detecting section that detects a signal width using an output waveform of the photodetector as a detection
signal on the basis of a threshold; and

a control section that cause the signal-width detecting section to detect a first signal width when the laser light source
emit laser light beams at a first light amount and a second signal width when the laser light source emit laser light beams
at a second light amount larger than the first light amount,

wherein when a value related to a change of a difference between the first signal width and the second signal width is equal
to or larger than a given value and the light amount used in image formation is equal to or larger than the second light amount,
the control section acquires a corrected signal width corresponding to the light amount used in image formation based on a
signal width detected when the laser light beam at a light amount smaller than the second light amount is emitted.

US Pat. No. 9,791,810

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING STRETCH MEMBER AND CONTACT MEMBER TO MAINTAIN POTENTIAL WITH A CURRENT FLOWING TO INTERMEDIATE TRANSER BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of image carriers configured to carry toner images;
an electrically conductive intermediate transfer belt movable in an endless manner to which toner images are primarily transferred
from the plurality of image carriers;

a secondary transfer member that contacts with an outer circumferential surface of the intermediate transfer belt, configured
to secondarily transfer the toner images from the intermediate transfer belt to recording materials;

a transfer power source configured to apply a voltage to the secondary transfer member;
an opposed member that is opposed to the secondary transfer member via the intermediate transfer belt;
at least one contact member that is provided between, among the plurality of image carriers, a most upstream image carrier
that is provided at a most upstream position in a movement direction of the intermediate transfer belt and a most downstream
image carrier that is provided at a most downstream position in the movement direction of the intermediate transfer belt,
the at least one contact member being in contact with an inner circumferential surface of the intermediate transfer belt;
and

a voltage maintenance element that is connected to the at least one contact member and the opposed member,
wherein the transfer power source supplies a current to the voltage maintenance element by applying a voltage to the secondary
transfer member to maintain the at least one contact member and the opposed member at a predetermined potential or higher.

US Pat. No. 9,791,812

ROTATABLE FEEDING MEMBER AND ROTATABLE FIXING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A rotatable feeding member for feeding a recording material, comprising:
a surface layer formed of a resin material; and
a character portion including characters selected from alphabetical and numeral characters made visible by recessing the surface
layer,

wherein the characters are arranged along a circumferential direction of the rotatable feeding member, and
wherein the characters are slanted with respect to a longitudinal direction of the rotatable feeding member.

US Pat. No. 9,791,814

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form the image on the sheet;
a double-sided conveyance path through which the sheet with the image formed on a first surface passes before the image forming
unit forms an image on a second surface opposite to the first surface;

a guide member having a contact portion configured to contact one end of the sheet in a width direction of the sheet, wherein
the guide member is provided on the double-sided conveyance path; and

a reversing roller unit forwardly and reversely rotatable and configured to convey the sheet to the double-sided conveyance
path during a reverse rotation,

wherein the reversing roller unit includes a drive shaft, and a first roller and a second roller coaxially disposed on, and
rotatable with, the drive shaft,

wherein the second roller is disposed at a position farther away from the contact portion than the first roller in an axial
direction of the drive shaft, and

wherein the second roller has an outer diameter that is larger than an outer diameter of the first roller.

US Pat. No. 9,791,816

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET ACCOMMODATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body formed with an opening;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
an accommodation unit configured to accommodate, inside the main body, the sheet on which the image has been formed by the
image forming unit;

a sheet moving unit configured to move the sheet accommodated in the accommodation unit until the sheet is exposed to outside
the main body via the opening;

a display unit configured to display a screen; and
a controller configured to switch the screen of the display unit,
wherein, in a case where an instruction is received from a user to accommodate a sheet in the accommodation unit, the controller
switches the screen of the display unit from a predetermined screen to a selection screen which displays information concerning
the user giving the instruction to accommodate the sheet in the accommodation unit and the controller causes the accommodation
unit to accommodate the sheet,

wherein, in a case where the information has been selected on the selection screen, the sheet moving unit moves a sheet of
the user associated with the selected information until the sheet is exposed to outside the main body via the opening and
the controller determines whether the accommodation unit is in use,

wherein, in a case where the controller determines that the accommodation unit is in use, the controller causes the display
unit to display the selection screen, and

wherein, in a case where the controller determines that the accommodation unit is not in use, the controller causes the display
unit to display the predetermined screen.

US Pat. No. 9,791,822

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING AN OPENING-CLOSING MEMBER AND A LOCK MECHANISM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body;
an opening-closing member configured to be opened and closed relative to the apparatus body;
a lock mechanism, provided in the apparatus body, configured to lock the opening-closing member in a locking position, the
lock mechanism including a rotatable lock member and a biasing member that biases the lock member; and

an engagement member, provided in the opening-closing member, configured to engage with the lock member,
wherein the lock member is rotated by being pressed by the engagement member when the opening-closing member is closed relative
to the apparatus body,

wherein when the lock member is rotated by being pressed by the engagement member, a rotation moment acting on the lock member
by the biasing member is switched from a second direction, in which the engagement member is pushed, to a first direction,
in which the engagement member is pulled toward the locking position, and

wherein the lock member sandwiches the engagement member at a first timing earlier than a second timing at which the rotation
moment is switched from the second direction to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,791,825

CARTRIDGE AND DRUM UNIT FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:
a frame;
a rotatable carrying member for carrying developer;
a rotatable member rotatably supported by the frame;
a coupling member rotatable about a rotational axis thereof and including a first portion provided with a through-hole and
a second portion more remote from the rotatable member than the first portion, the coupling member being movable between a
first position in which the rotational axis of the coupling member is coaxial with a rotational axis of the rotatable member
and a second position in which the rotational axis of the coupling member is inclined relative to the rotational axis of the
rotatable member;

a shaft portion penetrating the through-hole so that the coupling member is movable relative to the shaft portion, and having
opposite end portions supported by the rotatable member; and

an urging member urging the coupling member toward the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,791,826

DEVELOPING APPARATUS HAVING A FRAME PORTION WITH VARIED THICKNESS, AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a first frame member molded by pouring resin from a gate, with a conductive sheet integrally adhered by the resin; and
a second frame member configured to define a toner storage portion by being coupled with the first frame member,
wherein the first frame member includes a bent portion to which the conductive sheet is adhered, and a thickness varied portion
and

wherein the thickness varied portion is formed adjacent to the conductive sheet and between the conductive sheet and the gate.

US Pat. No. 9,788,809

APPARATUS, METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING WITH ELAPSED TIME CONTROL OF RADIATION SENSOR APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiographic imaging control apparatus, comprising:
a processor configured to function as:
a control unit configured to perform a first control to cause a radiation sensor to transit into a storage state, where electric
charges can be stored, in response to a determination that a predetermined time elapses since a predetermined instruction
is input, and to perform a second control to cause the radiation sensor to transit into the storage in response to a signal
from a detecting circuit, of the radiation sensor, configured to detect a start of a generation of radioactive rays;

a setting unit configured to set either the first control or the second control as a control to be performed; and
an obtaining unit configured to obtain radiation image data from the radiation sensor that has transited into the storage
state based on the control set by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,794,468

IMAGE SENSOR, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS USING PUPIL DIVISION IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor in which pixels, each having a photoelectric conversion region divided into a plurality of regions, are
arranged two-dimensionally, the image sensor comprising:
a first pixel, from the pixels, for which each of photoelectric conversion regions divided in a first direction receives a
light beam that passes through a pupil region of an imaging optical system that corresponds to each of photoelectric conversion
regions;

a second pixel, from the pixels, for which each of photoelectric conversion regions divided in a second direction different
to the first direction receives a light beam that passes through the pupil region of the imaging optical system that corresponds
to each of photoelectric conversion regions,

wherein the first pixel outputs signals having parallax in the first direction from the photoelectric conversion regions divided
in the first direction, and

the second pixel outputs signals having parallax in the second direction from the photoelectric conversion regions divided
in the second direction; and

an image processing circuit configured to generate, based on a first signal output from the first pixel and a second signal
output from the second pixel, parallax images having a number of parallaxes that is more than a number of parallaxes included
in each of the first signal and the second signal.

US Pat. No. 9,791,679

IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR FORMING HIGH-DEFINITION IMAGE AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging optical system comprising:
in order from an enlargement conjugate side to a reduction conjugate side,
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power configured not to move for zooming from a wide-angle end to a telephoto
end; and

a plurality of lens units configured to move so that a space between lens units adjacent to each other changes during the
zooming,

wherein the first lens unit includes, in order from the enlargement conjugate side to the reduction conjugate side, a first
lens subunit having a negative refractive power, a second lens subunit having a negative refractive power, and a third lens
subunit having a positive refractive power,

wherein the first lens subunit is configured not to move for focusing from an infinity to a close range, and
wherein both the second lens subunit and the third lens subunit are configured to move, during the focusing from the infinity
to the close range, from the enlargement conjugate side to the reduction conjugate side while a space between the second lens
subunit and the third lens subunit is narrowed.

US Pat. No. 9,772,804

JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM THAT PROCESSES A PLURALITY OF JOBS IN RESPONSE TO RECEPTION OF EXECUTION INSTRUCTIONS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system in which at least a client apparatus and a server apparatus and at least a printing apparatus are to
be connected, the printing system comprising:
the client apparatus including:
a display unit configured to display a list of documents stored in the server apparatus; and
a first controlling unit having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, the first
controlling unit being configured to:

transmit, to the server apparatus, a printing request for printing a plurality of documents selected from the list of documents
displayed by the display unit;

the server apparatus including:
a second controlling unit having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, the second
controlling unit being configured to:

generate print data from the plurality of documents based on the transmitted printing request; and
transmit, to the client apparatus, a generation request for generating a print job in response to the transmitted printing
request; and

the printing apparatus including:
a third controlling unit having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, the third
controlling unit being configured to:

generate a plurality of job identifications as many as a number of the plurality of documents selected in the client apparatus
in response to receiving, from the client apparatus, the generation request transmitted from the server apparatus; and

transmit, to the client apparatus, the generated plurality of job identifications,
wherein the second controlling unit of the server apparatus is further configured to transmit, to the client apparatus, a
plurality of uniform resource locators and a plurality of job identifications corresponding to respective pieces of the print
data in response to receiving, from the client apparatus, the plurality of job identifications transmitted from the printing
apparatus, the uniform resource locators being information indicating a storing destination of the print data on the server
apparatus, and

wherein the first controlling unit of the client apparatus is further configured to transmit, to the printing apparatus, the
plurality of uniform resource locators and the plurality of job identifications transmitted from the server apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,772,811

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. An image processing apparatus capable of communicating with a projection apparatus, the image processing apparatus comprising
at least one processor coupled to at least one memory, the at least one processor being programmed for:
controlling display on a display device connected to the image processing apparatus;
detecting a change in an image to be displayed on the display device;
controlling to transmit a partial area of an entire area of the image to be displayed, if the detecting detects the change
in the image, the partial area including the detected change of the image and not being the entire area of the image;

controlling to transmit the entire area of the image to be displayed, if a method of transmitting an image to the projection
apparatus is a first communication method; and

controlling to transmit the partial area and not transmit the entire area at predetermined intervals, if the detecting detects
the change in the partial area of the image, the partial area not being the entire area of the image, if a method of transmitting
an image to the projection apparatus is a second communication method,

wherein transmission of the partial area and/or the entire area is controlled based on whether a reception response is made
to transmission of the image.

US Pat. No. 9,773,458

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a light emission unit;
a display unit configured to display an image on a screen by modulating light from the light emission unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire base image data and difference data used in an expansion process for expanding at
least one of a dynamic range and a color gamut of image data;

a control unit configured to control light emission of the light emission unit, based on the difference data; and
a generation unit configured to generate display image data outputted to the display unit, based on the base image data.

US Pat. No. 9,736,380

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories coupled to the one or more processors and having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by
the one or more processors, cause the display control apparatus to:

obtain information from storage in which light field information with which an image whose focus state has been changed can
be generated is stored in association with an image having a predetermined focus state; and

perform control to display an image stored in the storage on a display unit, wherein in a case where an image having a different
focus state from the predetermined focus state is associated with the light field information, a first display item that notifies
that the image having the different focus state is present is displayed on the display unit together with the image having
the predetermined focus state,

wherein in response to receiving an input of an instruction on the first display item, the image having the different focus
state is displayed,

wherein in response to receiving an input of an instruction on the image having the predetermined focus state, information
regarding the image having the predetermined focus state is displayed together with the image having the predetermined focus
state,

wherein the predetermined focus state is a deep focus state, which is a focus state having a large depth of field,
wherein in response to designating a position in the image having the predetermined focus state, a reconstructed image in
which a subject located at the designated position is in an in-focus state is generated based on the light field information,
and

wherein in response to receiving an input of an instruction to save the reconstructed image, the reconstructed image is associated
with the light field information as a new image.

US Pat. No. 9,736,390

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a first image;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a second image that is different in dynamic range from the first image;
a characteristics acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the first image, characteristics information representing at
least one of a gradation value representing a bright area that is an area in the first image and is an area formed of a pixel
with a gradation value greater than or equal to a first threshold value, and a size of the bright area;

a first conversion unit configured to convert the first image to a third image by performing image processing in which a correspondence
relationship of a gradation value and display brightness is made closer to a correspondence relationship in the second image,
based on the characteristics information acquired by the characteristics acquisition unit; and

a combination unit configured to generate a combined image by combining the second image and the third image.

US Pat. No. 9,736,223

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REFERRING TO TRANSMISSION JOB HISTORY, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image transmitting apparatus which is able to transmit image data by at least a first transmission protocol and a second
transmission protocol, comprising:
a scanning unit configured to scan a document;
an execution unit configured to execute a transmission job for transmitting image data generated by scanning the document
by the scanning unit;

a storage configured to store transmission history information of transmission jobs executed by the execution unit;
a control unit configured to read out setting information included in the transmission history information which has been
stored in the storage and use the setting information as setting information of a new transmission job;

a first setting unit configured to set, based on a user instruction, whether to permit a use of the first transmission protocol;
and

a second setting unit configured to set, based on a user instruction, whether to permit a use of the second transmission protocol,
wherein use of setting information included in transmission history information of transmission job of the first transmission
protocol is permitted based on the use of the first transmission protocol being set to be permitted by the first setting unit,

wherein use of setting information included in transmission history information of transmission job of the second transmission
protocol is permitted based on the use of the second transmission protocol being set to be permitted by the second setting
unit, and

wherein the execution unit, the control unit, the first setting unit, and the second setting unit are implemented by a processor
and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,736,239

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that communicates with a first device and a second device, the information processing
apparatus comprising:
a management unit configured to manage a plurality of pieces of setting information that the first device uses and a plurality
of pieces of setting information that the second device uses;

an acceptance unit configured to accept a change instruction for changing setting information that the first device uses;
a processing unit configured to perform synchronization processing for synchronizing at least a part of pieces of setting
information from among the plurality of pieces of setting information that the first device uses and at least a part of pieces
of setting information from among the plurality of pieces of setting information that the second device uses; and

a control unit configured to, in a case where, if setting information that the second device uses is synchronized with setting
information obtained by changing the setting information that the first device uses according to the change instruction, the
plurality of pieces of setting information that the second device uses becomes mismatched with one another, cancel the setting
information that the first device uses from being changed according to the change instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,769,380

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR OBTAINING WATERMARK INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that obtains information of a digital watermark based on an image obtained by causing an
image capturing device to capture a print product in which the digital watermark is embedded, comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to cause the image capturing device to capture a plurality of areas on the print product
by repeating continuous shooting a plurality of times, wherein the continuous shooting is performed under a plurality of image
capturing conditions;

a selection unit configured to select, from a plurality of images obtained by the continuous shooting by said image capturing
unit, an image from which the information of the digital watermark is to be obtained; and

an obtaining unit configured to obtain the information of the digital watermark based on the image selected by said selection
unit from the plurality of images obtained by the respective times of the continuous shooting by said image capturing unit,

wherein the plurality of the image capturing conditions correspond to a plurality of different focal lengths to the print
product, and

wherein said selection unit selects an image by using a predetermined criterion corresponding to a degree of an edge contained
in each of the plurality of images obtained by the continuous shooting.

US Pat. No. 9,736,350

CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE INPUT APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus capable of controlling a plurality of apparatuses comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the control apparatus to perform:
a first obtaining process for obtaining, from one of a first apparatus into which image data is input and a second apparatus
that outputs image data to be input into the first apparatus, pair information identifying the first apparatus and the second
apparatus;

a second obtaining process for obtaining first attribute information, which identifies formats in which the image data can
be input into the first apparatus, from the first apparatus and second attribute information, which identifies formats in
which the image data can be output by the second apparatus, from the second apparatus; and

interlock control of the first apparatus and the second apparatus on the basis of the pair information, wherein
in the interlock control, an operating mode in the first apparatus is set to an operating mode that is suitable for inputting
image data in a shared format, which is a format shared by the first attribute information and the second attribute information,
and

in the interlock control, an operating mode in the second apparatus is set to an operating mode for outputting image data
in the shared format.

US Pat. No. 9,736,351

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, RECEPTION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus configured to transmit a command to an image capturing device including an encoding unit which is configured
to generate image data by encoding captured data generated by an image capturing unit, the control apparatus comprising:
a display control unit configured to display, in a display unit, a graphical user interface for setting a first set value
which is for generating the captured data by the image capturing unit and a graphical user interface for setting a second
set value which is for generating the image data by the encoding unit;

a transmission unit capable of transmitting, to the image capturing device, a first command for changing the first set value
and a second command for changing the second set value; and

a receiving unit configured to receive, in a case where, in response to one command of either the first command or the second
command being executed in the image capturing device, a set value corresponding to the other command of the either the first
command or the second command is changed in the image capturing device, information indicating the set value corresponding
to the other command in the image capturing device from the image capturing device,

wherein the display control unit changes a content of a graphical user interface for setting the set value corresponding to
the other command, based on the information, received by the receiving unit, indicating the set value corresponding to the
other command.

US Pat. No. 9,729,743

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a first sheet support unit configured to support sheets;
a second sheet support unit configured to support sheets;
a feed reservation unit configured to issue a feed reservation for specifying, from among the first and second support units,
a support unit from which a sheet is fed for each page of a first job;

a sheet feeding unit configured to feed one of sheets supported by the specified sheet support unit for each page;
a transfer unit configured to transfer an image of each page on the fed sheet, wherein a sheet conveyance path from the second
sheet support unit to the transfer unit is longer than a sheet conveyance path from the first sheet support unit to the transfer
unit, and
wherein the sheet feeding unit feeds one of the sheets supported by the second sheet support unit for a page of the first
job before feeding one of the sheets supported by the first sheet support unit for a previous page of the first job; and
a cancel unit configured to cancel a feed reservation for a page of the first job,
wherein, when the first job is interrupted by a second job after the feed reservation for each page of the first job has been
issued,

the cancel unit cancels the feed reservation for the page for which a sheet has not been fed and behind which there is no
page for which a sheet has been fed,

the cancel unit does not cancel a feed reservation for a page for which a sheet has not been fed and behind which there is
a page for which a sheet has been fed, and

wherein the feed reservation unit, and the cancel unit are implemented by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,729,750

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising at least one CPU controller and at least one memory, wherein the information
processing apparatus is communicable with a storage control device that causes a storage medium to store data, the at least
one CPU controller, according to a program stored in the at least one memory, configured to function as:
a reading unit configured to read the data from the storage medium attached to the storage control device;
a completion notification receiving unit configured to receive a completion notification corresponding to completion of storage
of the data from the storage control device in a case where the storage control device causes the storage medium to store
the data;

a progress notification receiving unit configured to receive, from the storage control device, a progress notification indicating
that a process for storing the data is halfway done before receiving the completion notification in a case where the storage
control device causes the storage medium to store the data; and

a control unit configured to control the reading unit to change a state in which reading by the reading unit is limited into
a state in which limitation of the reading is released, in a case where the completion notification receiving unit receives
the completion notification or in a case where the progress notification receiving unit receives the progress notification,

wherein the reading unit accesses the storage medium in response to release of the limitation and automatically reads the
data from the storage medium.

US Pat. No. 9,729,786

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS USING A PLURALITY OF INTEGRATED CIRCUITS FOR IMAGE PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain moving image data in a first format;
a first integrated circuit (IC) connected to the obtaining unit, wherein the first IC executes image processing with respect
to the moving image data in the first format output from the obtaining unit;

a second IC that executes image processing with respect to moving image data in a second format that is different from the
first format;

a third IC connected to the first IC and the second IC; and
an output unit that outputs the moving image data in the first format and the moving image data in the second format to an
external device,

wherein the image processing apparatus has a first mode for outputting the moving image data in the first format by the output
unit and a second mode for outputting the moving image data in the second format and corresponding to the obtained moving
image data in the first format,

wherein in the first mode, the first IC performs image processing on the obtained moving image data in the first format and
outputs the moving image data in the first format on which the image processing of the first IC is performed to the third
IC, the third IC provides the moving image data in the first format received from the first IC to the output unit without
converting the moving image data into the second format, and the output unit outputs the moving image data in the first format
provided from the third IC to an external device,

wherein in the second mode, the first IC performs image processing on the obtained moving image data in the first format and
outputs the moving image data in the first format on which the image processing of the first IC is performed to the third
IC, and the third IC converts the moving image data in the first format received from the first IC into moving image data
in the second format and outputs the converted moving image data in the second format to the second IC,

wherein in the second mode, the second IC performs image processing on the converted moving image data in the second format
received from the third IC and outputs to the third IC the converted moving image data in the second format on which the image
processing of the second IC is performed, and

wherein in the second mode, the third IC provides,
the converted moving image data in the second format, on which the image processing of the second IC is performed and received
from the second IC, to the output unit, and the output unit outputs the moving image data in the second format provided from
the third IC to the external device.

US Pat. No. 9,730,045

COMMUNICATING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communicating apparatus capable of connecting with an access point which determines a channel for wireless communication,
comprising:
a processor operating to:
connect with the access point by using a channel selected from a plurality of channels and to directly connect with an external
apparatus, without using the access point, by using the selected channel, wherein the communicating apparatus directly connects
with the external apparatus while the communicating apparatus connects with the access point; and

search the access point by preferentially using the selected channel of the plurality of channels, in a case where the connection
with the access point is disconnected while the communicating apparatus directly connects with the external apparatus by using
the selected channel,

wherein the direct connection, by using the selected channel, between the external apparatus and the communicating apparatus
without using the access point is maintained while the access point is searched by preferentially using the selected channel
of the plurality of channels.

US Pat. No. 9,729,790

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING WIRELESS TRANSMITTER-RECEIVER UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device configured to photoelectrically convert an object image into image signals;
a lens unit configured to form the object image on the image pickup device;
an image processing unit configured to perform image processing on the image signals output from the image pickup device;
a control unit configured to control the image pickup device and the image processing unit;
a converting unit configured to convert electric power supplied from a battery and supply converted electric power to the
image pickup device, the image processing unit, and the control unit;

a first board on which the image processing unit, the control unit and the converting unit are mounted; and
a wireless transmitting unit configured to wirelessly transmit data,
wherein the image pickup device is mounted on the lens unit via a second board,
wherein the first board is disposed in such a manner that the converting unit mounted on the first board does not overlap
the image pickup device and the lens unit,

wherein the converting unit has heat resistance higher than any one of the image pickup device, the image processing unit,
and the control unit, and

wherein the wireless transmitting unit is disposed in such a manner that a distance between the wireless transmitting unit
and the converting unit is shorter than any one of a distance between the wireless transmitting unit and the image pickup
device, a distance between the wireless transmitting unit and the image processing unit, and a distance between the wireless
transmitting unit and the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,761,618

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus having a structure comprising:
a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type provided on a substrate by an epitaxial growth method;
a second semiconductor region of the first conductivity type provided on the first semiconductor region; and
a third semiconductor region of a second conductivity type provided in the second semiconductor region such that a pn junction
is formed between the second semiconductor region and the third semiconductor region,

wherein the first semiconductor region is formed such that an impurity concentration of the first semiconductor region decreases
as a position within the first semiconductor region goes from a side of the substrate toward a side of the third semiconductor
region,

wherein the second semiconductor region includes (a) a first region provided, in a depth direction of the structure, below
the third semiconductor region and (b) a second region provided, in the depth direction of the structure, between the first
region and the first semiconductor region, and

wherein an impurity concentration peak of the first conductivity type of the first region is higher than that of the second
region.

US Pat. No. 9,727,585

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing light field information indicating an intensity distribution of light and
an incident direction of light, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory that stores a program executable by the processor;
wherein the program, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to function as:
an image generating unit configured to generate a refocus image from the light field information;
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a depth of field of the refocus image;
an information generating unit configured to generate first additional information to be attached to the refocus image, based
on the depth of field of the refocus image;

an attaching unit configured to attach the first additional information to the refocus image;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain second additional information, which is provided together with the light field
information and includes subject information; and

a distance calculating unit configured to determine a subject distance with regard to each piece of subject information included
in the second additional information, from the light field information and the second additional information,

wherein the information generating unit generates the first additional information by extracting subject information, of which
subject distance determined by the distance calculating unit is included in the depth of field, from among pieces of subject
information included in the second additional information.

US Pat. No. 9,750,478

X-RAY IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND MANAGEMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for medical imaging, comprising:
a control unit configured to control a medical imaging unit for detecting an X-ray to obtain a medical image; and
a communication unit configured to transmit the obtained medical image to an external apparatus,
wherein the control unit is configured to associate error information with the obtained medical image, wherein the error information
indicates an error in the medical imaging for the obtained medical image,

wherein, in a case where the control unit associates the error information with the obtained medical image, the communication
unit is configured to transmit the obtained medical image to a first external apparatus which is independent from the control
apparatus and is configured to store the obtained medical image associated with the error information, and

wherein, in a case where the control unit does not associate the error information with the obtained medical image, the communication
unit is configured to transmit the obtained medical image to a second external apparatus which is independent from the control
apparatus and different from the first external apparatus and is configured to store the obtained image to be used for diagnosis.

US Pat. No. 9,753,837

APPLICATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, APPLICATION EXECUTION TERMINAL, APPLICATION MANAGEMENT METHOD, APPLICATION EXECUTION TERMINAL CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing terminal being connected to an information processing apparatus via a network, the information
processing terminal comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a condition that an application causes an error, the condition determined by the information
processing apparatus on the basis of the error of another information processing terminal in which the application has been
installed other than the information processing terminal; and

a display control unit configured to change a display form of the application satisfying the condition for causing the error,
wherein the error of the another information processing terminal other than the information processing terminal is determined
by selecting the another information processing terminal from a plurality of information processing terminals connected to
the information processing apparatus via the network according to installation information of the application and finding
common terminal identification information between the information processing terminal and the another information processing
terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,755,136

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by Formula (1):
(Ba1?xCax)a(Ti1?yZry)O3 (wherein, 1.00a 1.01, 0.125x 0.300, and 0.041y 0.074);

Mn; and
Mg, wherein
the content of Mn is 0.12 parts by weight or more and 0.40 parts by weight or less based on 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type
metal oxide on a metal basis;

the content of Mg is 0.10 parts by weight or less and 0.0005 parts by weight or more based on 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type
metal oxide on a metal basis, and the piezoelectric material is polarized.

US Pat. No. 9,750,827

NEAR-INFRARED DYE-CONJUGATED HYALURONIC ACID DERIVATIVE AND CONTRAST AGENT FOR OPTICAL IMAGING INCLUDING THEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A polymer formed of units each represented by general formula (1):

wherein:
R1's are independent of each other from unit to unit in the general formula (1); and
the polymer contains at least one unit in which R1 is selected from the group consisting of general formula (2) and general formula (25), and at least one unit in which R1 is general formula (3):

provided that: in the general formula (2), the general formula (3), and the general formula (25), L's represent linkers independent
of each other from unit to unit, and * represents a binding site with N in the general formula (1); and in the general formula
(3), R2 represents any one of H, OH, OMe, NH2, and COOH, and k represents an integer of 20 or more and 200 or less,
wherein 0.13

US Pat. No. 9,753,903

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL, PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing terminal comprising a memory storing instructions for a relay function of causing a client that
manages data to cooperate with a service that provides a function using the data manacled by the client via a network, and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing terminal to:
execute a transmission of a first request to the service;
receive, from the service, information required to selectively register a plurality of pieces of function information as a
response to the first request, wherein the plurality of pieces of function information corresponds to processing capable of
being performed, based on different settings, using a function provided by the service;

execute a transmission of a second request to the service, according to a selection based on the received information;
perform registration processing of the function information using the relay function, according to a response to the second
request from the service; and

request the service, according to a designation of specific data managed by the client and a selection of registered function
information, to process the specific data based on settings corresponding to the selected function information,

wherein the relay function is provided as a web browser function of the information processing terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,753,681

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS TRANSMITTING A STORAGE DESTINATION OF DATA IN AN EXTERNAL INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS TO AN IMAGE FORMING DEVICE FOR ACQUIRING THE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising a memory and a processor in communication with the memory configured to
control:
a display unit configured to display data that is saved by an external information processing apparatus;
an identification unit configured to identify an image forming device by short-range wireless communication;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the image forming device, compatibility information indicating whether or
not the image forming device is compatible with a first print method for acquiring the data from the external information
processing apparatus, and printing based on the data; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the image forming device, a storage destination of the data in the external
information processing apparatus so that the image forming device acquires the data and prints based on the acquired data,
if the compatibility information indicates that the image forming device is compatible with the first print method, and to
generate print data and transmit the generated print data to the image forming device, if the image forming device is not
compatible with the first print method but is compatible with a second print method for receiving print data from the information
processing apparatus and printing based on the received print data.

US Pat. No. 9,753,682

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire input data used to generate an image;
a conversion unit configured to generate intermediate data by performing data conversion on the input data with a first data
conversion filter activated as a first process, and to generate image data by performing data conversion on the intermediate
data with a second data conversion filter activated as a second process different from the first process;

an output unit configured to output the image data, and
a setting unit configured to set a transmission method for transmitting the intermediate data from the first process to the
second process based on a form available for the first process to output data and a form available for the second process
to input data, wherein said transmission method is at least one of a data communication method and a path communication method.

US Pat. No. 9,753,775

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A resource management apparatus for managing a resource of an application in a unit of a group, wherein the resource management
apparatus includes at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor and having stored
thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to function as:
a changing unit configured to, when an application belonging to a group is installed on a system that, due to an installation
of an application, allocates for the application a resource in accordance with a declaration value of the application, add
a declaration value of a resource of the group to which the installed application belongs to a declaration value of a resource
of a resource definition application; and

an install unit configured to install, after addition processing by the changing unit, the resource definition application
in the system,

wherein the changing unit, if instructed to install an application that belongs to the group, before installing the application
adds a declaration value of the resource of a group to which the application belongs to change the declaration value of the
resource of the resource definition application so not to duplicate,

and the install unit installs the resource definition application, and in a case where the installation of the resource definition
application fails, stops the installation of the application.

US Pat. No. 9,720,224

PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing apparatus that processes an object by scanning light on the object, the apparatus comprising:
a scanning device including a mirror for reflecting the light and configured to scan the light by driving the mirror; and
a controller configured to control the scanning device,
wherein the controller is configured to obtain, based on a target scanning velocity, an angle of the mirror at which the scanning
device is caused to start driving of the mirror, so that an angle of the mirror, at which scanning of the light is started,
is a target angle.

US Pat. No. 9,723,317

METHOD OF GENERATING MEDIA FILE AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING MEDIA FILE GENERATION PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising:
generating a media file using a media file format;
providing a slice index box,
wherein the media file format includes a first portion and a second portion,
wherein the second portion is placed after the first portion in the media file format,
wherein the second portion includes NAL unit data in which a set of pictures including one or more pictures is coded and stored
such that each picture is divided, in coding order, into two or more slices, and coded data of each slice is stored; and

dividing each slice into two or more rectangular-shaped tiles and coding the two or more rectangular-shaped tiles, and
wherein a slice index box is provided in the first portion of the media file format such that a value indicating an ordinal
position of each slice to which each tile belongs in each picture is described in the slice index box.

US Pat. No. 9,721,539

IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system comprising:
a display apparatus comprising:
a first processor; and
a first memory having instructions stored thereon, which, when executed by the first processor, cause the display apparatus
to:

capture an image of physical space; and
transmit the captured image of physical space; and
an image processing apparatus which communicates with the display apparatus, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a second processor; and
a second memory storing instructions that, when executed by the second processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:
receive the captured image of physical space;
generate a virtual image based on position and orientation information of the display apparatus;
generate a synthesized image based on the captured image of physical space and the generated virtual image; and
transmit the generated synthesized image to the display apparatus,
wherein the first memory has further instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the first processor, cause the display
apparatus to:

receive the generated synthesized image; and
display the generated synthesized image in a first display mode and the captured image of physical space in a second display
mode, and

wherein the display apparatus uses the second display mode when the display apparatus cannot communicate with the image processing
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,719,773

MEASURING METHOD AND MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of measuring a shape of a surface of an optical element, the method comprising:
a measuring step of measuring, using a measuring device, a shape for each of a plurality of regions on the surface by a surface
height measurement at each of a plurality of positions in each of the plurality of regions to obtain shape data for each of
the plurality of regions, each of the plurality of regions having a region overlapping another of the plurality of regions;

an error obtaining step of obtaining an error of the surface height measurements for each of the plurality of regions so as
to minimize a difference in shape with respect to each of the overlapping regions based on the shape data obtained in the
measuring step for each of the plurality of regions; and

a correcting step of correcting the shape data obtained in the measuring step for each of the plurality of regions using the
error obtained in the error obtaining step for each of the plurality of regions to obtain the shape,

wherein the measuring step obtains, for obtaining the error, the shape data for each of the plurality of regions so as not
to include a component having a spatial frequency higher than a spatial frequency corresponding to a maximum degree of a first
polynomial representing the error.

US Pat. No. 9,722,107

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit including a first electrode, a second electrode, a photoelectric conversion layer disposed
between the first electrode and the second electrode, and an insulating layer disposed between the photoelectric conversion
layer and the second electrode;

an amplification unit electrically connected to the second electrode and configured to output a signal generated by the photoelectric
conversion unit;

a reset unit configured to supply a reset voltage to the second electrode;
a first capacitor including a first terminal and a second terminal, the first terminal being electrically connected to the
second electrode; and

a voltage supply unit configured to supply at least a first voltage and a second voltage different from the first voltage
to the second terminal,

wherein the following relationship is satisfied:
where Vs denotes a voltage supplied to the first electrode, Vd1 denotes the first voltage, Vd2 denotes the second voltage, Vres denotes the reset voltage, C1 denotes a capacitance value of the first capacitor, and C2 denotes a capacitance value of a second capacitor formed by the first electrode and the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,719,810

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A unit detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus including an optical detecting device, said unit comprising:
a rotatable member including a first light blocking portion configured to block light for the optical detecting device and
a second light blocking portion having a light blocking range having a length different from that of a light blocking range
of the first light blocking portion; and

a contacting member contacting said second light blocking portion,
wherein said second light blocking portion is retractable to a retracted position which is inside a peripheral surface of
said rotatable member by contacting said contacting member with rotation of said rotatable member, and wherein said second
light blocking portion is not detected by the optical detecting device when said second light blocking portion is in the retracted
position.

US Pat. No. 9,722,126

PHOTOCONDUCTIVE DEVICE, MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoconductive device that generates or detects terahertz radiation, comprising:
a semiconductor layer;
a structure portion in contact with the semiconductor layer, the structure portion being configured to receive light input
from a light source and to excite a surface plasmon wave with the light; and

an electrode electrically connected to the structure portion,
wherein the semiconductor layer has a thickness that is no less than a first propagation distance and no greater than a second
propagation distance,

the first propagation distance being a distance that the surface plasmon wave propagates through the semiconductor layer in
a perpendicular direction of an interface between the semiconductor layer and the structure portion until an electric field
intensity of the surface plasmon wave becomes 1/e times the electric field intensity of the surface plasmon wave at the interface,
the second propagation distance being a distance that a terahertz wave having an optical phonon absorption frequency of the
semiconductor layer propagates through the semiconductor layer in the perpendicular direction until an electric field intensity
of the terahertz wave becomes 1/e2 times the electric field intensity of the terahertz wave at the interface.

US Pat. No. 9,720,333

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scan-type exposure apparatus for transferring a pattern of a mask to a substrate via a projection optical system while
scanning the mask and the substrate in a scanning direction, comprising:
an aperture stop provided with at least one of a mask stage that holds the mask and is movable and a substrate stage that
holds the substrate and is movable and configured to reduce an influence of flare light that enters from the projection optical
system to the substrate,

wherein an opening of the aperture stop includes a first opening portion corresponding to one shot region on the substrate,
and a serrated second opening portion including a plurality of first openings that protrude in a second direction parallel
to the scanning direction from a side of the first opening portion along a first direction perpendicular to the scanning direction,
and

a length of each of the plurality of first openings in the first direction decreases outward in the second direction from
the side of the first opening portion along the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,720,334

STAGE APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN ARTICLE, AND DETERMINATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. A lithography apparatus which forms a pattern on a substrate, the lithography apparatus comprising:
the stage apparatus which includes a stage configured to be movable,
wherein the stage apparatus includes:
a driving unit configured to drive the stage by providing thrust to the stage;
a measuring unit configured to measure a position of the stage; and
a control unit configured to control the position of the stage by supplying, to the driving unit, a first combination signal
including a first signal for reducing a deviation between a current position of the stage and a target position, and a second
signal for reducing vibration of the stage caused by a thrust ripple included in the thrust, and

wherein the second signal is generated by the control unit by performing a generation process, the generation process including:
preparing a plurality of third signals, wherein an amplitude, a phase, or both the amplitude and the phase of each of the
plurality of third signals is different from each other;

obtaining, as information relating to a response of the stage, a measurement result of the measuring unit when driving the
stage by supplying a second combination signal including the first signal and one of the plurality of third signals to the
driving unit, wherein the information is obtained with respect to each of the plurality of third signals; and

determining the second signal based on the information obtained with respect to each of the plurality of third signals, such
that the vibration of the stage caused by the thrust ripple falls within an allowable range.

US Pat. No. 9,720,337

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND CHLOROGALLIUM PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer in this order,
wherein the photosensitive layer comprises a chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal,
the chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal has one or more peaks in each of a wavelength range of 646 nm or more and 668 nm
or less and a wavelength range of 782 nm or more and 809 nm or less in an absorption spectrum, and

when a peak with a maximum absorbance among the peaks in the wavelength range of 646 nm or more and 668 nm or less is assumed
to be a first peak and a peak with a maximum absorbance among the peaks in the wavelength range of 782 nm or more and 809
nm or less is assumed to be a second peak, an absorbance of the first peak is larger than an absorbance of the second peak.

US Pat. No. 9,720,340

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising:
toner particles, said toner particles comprising resin particles fixed to toner base particles, the toner base particles each
comprising resins and a colorant, wherein

the resins comprise a styrene-acrylic resin and a polyester resin A,
a content of the styrene-acrylic resin is 50.0 mass % or more with reference to the resins,
a content of the polyester resin A is 1.0 to 40.0 mass % with reference to the resins,
the styrene-acrylic resin has a peak molecular weight (Mp) of 5,000 to 30,000,
the polyester resin A has a unit represented by formula (1), and a ratio of the unit represented by formula (1) is 0.10 to
30.00 number % with reference to the number of all units constituting the polyester resin A,


a fixing amount of the resin particles to the toner base particles is 0.1 to 5.0 parts by mass with respect to 100.0 parts
by mass of the toner base particles, and

glass transition temperature of the resin particles Tg2 (° C.) is higher than glass transition temperature of the toner base
particles Tg1 (° C.).

US Pat. No. 9,720,345

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus in which a cartridge that supports a photosensitive member is mounted to an image forming position,
and which forms a latent image on the photosensitive member by exposure to form an image, the apparatus comprising:
an exposure member that (i) includes a light emitting element arranged in an array and (ii) exposes the photosensitive member
of the cartridge located in the image forming position when the exposure member is in an exposure position;

an operation member that moves to a first position and a second position with respect to a main body of the apparatus;
a first moving member that is pressed and moved by the operation member when the operation member is moved from the first
position to the second position, and switches the cartridge from a state where the cartridge is positioned in the image forming
position to a state where the positioning is released; and

a second moving member that is pressed and moved by the operation member when the operation member is moved from the first
position to the second position, and moves the exposure member from the exposure position to a retracted position where the
exposure member is more retracted from the photosensitive member than the exposure position,

wherein, while the operation member is moved from the first position to the second position to switch the cartridge from the
state where the cartridge is positioned to the state where the positioning is released, a first force acts from the first
moving member to the operation member in a direction in which the moving of the operation member from the first position to
the second position is suppressed, and

wherein, while the operation member is moved from the first position to the second position to move the exposure member from
the exposure position to the retracted position, a second force acts from the second moving member to the operation member
in a direction in which the moving of the operation member from the first position to the second position is suppressed, and
wherein, while the operation member is moved from the first position to the second position, timing of a peak of the first
force is different from timing of a peak of the second force.

US Pat. No. 9,720,346

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CORRECTING RELATIVE POSITION BETWEEN LASER BEAMS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member configured to be rotatable;
a light source including a first light emitting element configured to emit a first light beam and a second light emitting
element configured to emit a second light beam and configured to form an electrostatic latent image corresponding to an image
to be formed on a recording medium, on the photosensitive member, the first light emitting element and the second light emitting
element being arranged such that the first light beam and the second light beam expose different positions on the photosensitive
member in a rotation direction of the photosensitive member;

a deflection unit configured to deflect the first light beam and the second light beam emitted from the light source such
that the first light beam and the second light beam scan the photosensitive member;

a lens configured to guide the first light beam and the second light beam deflected by the deflection unit to the photosensitive
member;

an image data generation unit configured to generate first image data corresponding to the first light emitting element and
second image data corresponding to the second light emitting element based on an input image data;

an output unit configured to output a first correction data corresponding to a first area on the photosensitive member and
a second correction data corresponding to a second area on the photosensitive member different from the first area in a scanning
direction of the first light beam and the second light beam, and each of the first correction data and the second correction
data is used for correcting a length of image formed by the second light beam for each of the first area and the second area
based on the second image data and is not used for correcting a length of image formed by the first light beam;

a drive signal generation unit configured to generate a first drive signal for driving the first light emitting element based
on the first image data corresponding to the first light emitting element and generate a second drive signal for driving the
second light emitting element based on the second image data corresponding to the second light emitting element, the second
drive signal including a signal corresponding to the first area and generated based on the second image data corresponding
to the first area and the first correction data, and the second drive signal including a signal corresponding to the second
area and generated based on the second image data corresponding to the second area and the second correction data; and

a drive unit configured to cause the first light emitting element to emit the first light beam based on the first drive signal
and cause the second light emitting element to emit the second light beam based on the second drive signal,

wherein the drive signal generation unit generates the first drive signal and the second drive signal so as to form pixels
included in each of the first image and the second image, and the first correction data and the second correction data are
data for inserting a pixel or auxiliary pixel that is less in width than a pixel or removing a pixel or auxiliary pixel that
is less in width than a pixel for correcting the length of image.

US Pat. No. 9,720,349

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 said developer supply container includes:
a developer accommodating portion accommodating said developer,
a discharge opening configured to discharge said developer accommodated in said developer accommodating portion,
a drive receiving portion configured to receive a driving force, and
a pump portion operable so that an internal pressure of said developer accommodating portion alternately and repetitively
changes between a pressure lower than an ambient pressure and a pressure higher than the ambient pressure by the driving force
received by said drive receiving portion,

wherein said developer accommodated in said developer supply container includes toner containing binder resin material and
a coloring material, and said developer satisfies:

10?E (mJ)?80,

0.4?Ea (mJ)?2.0,

where E is total energy when it is not aerated, and Ea is total energy when it is aerated.

US Pat. No. 9,720,352

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ACCURATE POSITIONING OF SENSOR UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a belt unit including an endless belt capable of traveling around a plurality of stretching rollers supporting said endless
belt;

an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on said belt;
a sensor unit including a sensor including a light emitting portion and a light receiving portion and configured to detect
light from said belt;

a setting portion configured to set an image forming condition of said image forming unit in accordance with an output of
said sensor; and

a positioning member including a first portion-to-be-contacted contacting at least one end portion of said belt unit with
respect to a widthwise direction crossing with a moving direction of said belt at a plurality of positioning places and a
second portion-to-be-contacted contacting at least one end portion of said sensor unit with respect to the widthwise direction
at a plurality of positioning places.

US Pat. No. 9,719,847

DETECTION CIRCUIT, DRIVING METHOD, PROBE, AND SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A probe comprising:
a transducer configured to:
transmit an acoustic wave;
receive a reflected acoustic wave; and
output a detection signal in response to receiving the reflected acoustic wave;
a detection circuit configured to:
receive the detection signal from the transducer; and
perform, an operation on the detection signal; and
an operation control unit configured to output an operation signal to the detection circuit based on a transmission operation
signal,

wherein the transmission operation signal causes the transducer to transmit the acoustic wave,
wherein the transducer and the detection circuit are installed in built-in manner, and
wherein the detection circuit is caused to perform the operation, by the operation signal, for a first period of time, and
caused to not perform the operation, by the operation signal, for a second period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,722,669

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with an operation device by power generated when a communication portion included
in the operation device comes close to within a predetermined distance range;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire information held by the operation device via the communication portion of the operation
device;

a reception unit configured to receive an operation from the operation device by an operation portion while the communication
unit establishes communication with the communication portion; and

a control unit configured to control an operation based on the information acquired by the acquisition unit while the communication
unit establishes communication with the communication portion,

wherein the operation portion includes a display unit configured to display an operation screen which receives an operation
from the operation device,

wherein the operation screen is a language setting screen for setting one of a plurality of kinds of display languages, and
wherein while the communication unit establishes communication with the communication portion, the control unit switches the
language setting screen in accordance with the information acquired by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,720,367

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a printer;
a main processor of the image forming apparatus;
a human sensor;
a display;
a backlight of the display;
a touch panel that detects user operation for the display; and
a power controller that performs control such that power is supplied to the main processor, without turning on the backlight,
based on a detection result of the human sensor;

a sub processor that turns on the backlight, on a basis that the touch panel detects the user operation for the display that
the backlight has been turned off,

wherein the main processor controls the printer to be driven, on a basis that a screen displayed on the display that the backlight
has been turned on is operated by a user.

US Pat. No. 9,723,187

LIGHT AMOUNT ADJUSTING APPARATUS, LENS BARREL, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light amount adjusting apparatus, which is arranged in an optical path, for driving aperture blades and changing an opening
diameter to adjust a light amount, the light amount adjusting apparatus comprising:
a base supporting a motor; and
a ring-shaped member arranged rotatably about a predetermined axis with respect to the base, and that drives the aperture
blades with the motor,

wherein one of the base or the ring-shaped member is provided with two arc-shaped engaged parts disposed around the axis,
and the other of the base or the ring-shaped member is provided with two engaging parts each engaging with one of the arc-shaped
engaged parts.

US Pat. No. 9,722,170

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a main component containing a perovskite-type metal oxide that can be expressed by the following general formula (1);
a first subcomponent containing Mn;
a second subcomponent containing Li; and
a third subcomponent containing Bi,
wherein the content of Mn on a metal basis is not less than 0.04 parts by weight and is not greater than 0.36 parts by weight
when the metal oxide is 100 parts by weight, content ? of Li on a metal basis is not less than 0.0013 parts by weight and
is not greater than 0.0280 parts by weight when the metal oxide is 100 parts by weight, and content ? of Bi on a metal basis
is not less than 0.042 parts by weight and is not greater than 0.850 parts by weight when the metal oxide is 100 parts by
weight

(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-y-zZrySnz)O3  (1)
(in the general formula (1), 0.09?x?0.30, 0.074?y?0.085, 0?z?0.02, and 0.986?a?1.02).

US Pat. No. 9,722,171

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by Formula (1):
(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-yZry)O3 (1.00?a?1.01, 0.125?x<0.155, and 0.041?y?0.074)

 as a main component; and
Mn component,
wherein the piezoelectric material:
contains Mn in a content of 0.12 parts by weight or more and 0.40 parts by weight or less based on 100 parts by weight of
the metal oxide on a metal basis; and

is polarized,
wherein an average equivalent circular diameter of crystal grains of the piezoelectric material is 1 ?m or more and 10 ?m
or less.

US Pat. No. 9,722,434

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a power receiving apparatus;
a power transmitting unit configured to wirelessly transmit power to a power receiving apparatus detected by said detection
unit; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit information regarding a waiting to a first power receiving apparatus in a case
where said first power receiving apparatus is detected by said detection unit while said power transmitting unit transmits
power to a second power receiving apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,721,153

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT RECOGNIZE AN IMAGE BASED ON A DESIGNATED OBJECT TYPE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a hardware processor; and
a memory storing instructions executable by the hardware processor,
wherein the hardware processor executes the instructions stored in the memory to execute:
an acquisition task that acquires an analysis processing result including information related to at least an object direction
of an object detected from a plurality of images;

a designation task that designates a type of a target object; and
a determination task that determines, from among the plurality of images processed to obtain the analysis processing result,
at least one image applied to detection processing of the target object corresponding to the type designated by the designation
task and the information related to at least the object direction of the object included in the analysis processing result
acquired by the acquisition task.

US Pat. No. 9,723,208

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first calculation unit configured to calculate a shake correction amount for a moving image by using a shake signal output
from a shake detection unit;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate a shake correction amount for a still image achieving a higher anti-shake
performance than the shake correction amount for the moving image by using a shake signal output from the shake detection
unit;

a generation unit configured to generate, based on a difference between the shake correction amount for the moving image and
the shake correction amount for the still image, evaluation values indicating amount of shake on image sensing plane of an
image sensor; and

a recording unit configured to record the evaluation values in association with frame images of the moving image,
wherein the generation unit changes a display form for displaying information on the evaluation value in association with
the frame image of the moving image in accordance with the amount of shake.

US Pat. No. 9,723,209

IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTION DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image shake correction device for performing panning photographing the device comprising:
a processor programmed to function as:
a correction unit configured to correct a difference between an angular velocity data of an image pickup apparatus detected
by an angular velocity detection unit and a movement angular velocity data of the main subject calculated from a motion vector
detected based on the signal output from an imaging element by using an optical correction unit,

a determination unit configured to execute a determination process on a motion vector to calculate an angular velocity of
the main object for use in calculation of a drive signal of the optical correction unit; and

a control unit configured to change the determination process by the determination unit according to a state of the image
pick-up apparatus,

wherein the determination unit determines whether the detected motion vector is a motion vector of a main object or a motion
vector of a background, and

wherein the control unit changes a determination threshold value which serves as a criterion of the determination according
to the state of the image pick-up apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,723,210

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors programmed to perform operations of following units:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a focal length of an imaging optical system;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a distance to a subject;
a setting unit configured to set a movable range for a correction unit configured to correct camera shake, based on the focal
length and the distance to a subject; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate a correction amount for correcting the camera shake within the movable range that
was set by the setting unit, based on a camera shake signal from a camera shake sensor configured to detect camera shake and
output the camera shake signal,

wherein the setting unit determines the movable range such that a decreasing rate of a marginal illumination of light that
enters an image sensor via the imaging optical system, the decreasing rate of the marginal illumination changing according
to the focal length and the distance to a subject, does not become larger than a predetermined decreasing rate.

US Pat. No. 9,723,213

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing
apparatus to function as:

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an image signal that is capable of generating a plurality of reconstruction images
which have mutually different focus states;

a generating unit configured to generate a reconstruction image from the image signal obtained by the obtaining unit;
a display control unit configured to cause a display to display a reconstruction image generated by the generation unit;
a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction for performing enlarged display or reduced display; and
a control unit,
wherein, upon receiving an instruction for performing enlarged display or reduced display while a reconstruction image is
displayed on the display, the control unit selectively causes the display control unit to perform enlarged display or reduced
display of the displayed reconstruction image, or to perform enlarged display or reduced display of an other reconstruction
image which is generated by the generating unit and has a different focus state from the displayed reconstruction image.

US Pat. No. 9,723,220

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus which can set a high-dynamic-range mode which outputs a first image and outputs a second image with
an exposure amount different from that of the first image after the first image, the imaging apparatus comprising at least
one processor coupled to at least one memory, the at least one processor being programmed to implement:
a light amount adjustment unit configured to drive a light amount adjustment member to adjust the amount of light input to
an imaging unit which outputs images by imaging a subject;

a control unit configured to control the imaging unit; and
a setting unit configured to set a difference in the exposure amount between the first image and the second image to a predetermined
difference based on at least one of the light amount adjustment by the light amount adjustment unit and the controlling of
the imaging unit by the control unit when the high-dynamic-range mode is set,

wherein the first image and the second image are images used for compositing,
wherein the predetermined difference is a difference that maintains relative relationship in the exposure amount between the
first image and the second image, and

wherein the setting unit sets the predetermined difference in the exposure amount so that the relative relationship in the
exposure amount between the first image and the second image outputted when the light amount adjustment member is driven in
accordance with changes in a luminance of the subject is the same as the relative relationship in the exposure amount between
the first image and the second image outputted when the light amount adjustment member is not driven.

US Pat. No. 9,722,461

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a contactless power feeding unit configured to feed power wirelessly to a power receiving apparatus; and
a control unit configured to determine whether it is necessary to stop power feeding to the contactless power feeding unit
based on a power-saving setting of the printing apparatus, in a case where the printing apparatus shifts to a power-saving
mode,

wherein the control unit stops power feeding to the contactless power feeding unit, in a case where it is determined that
it is necessary to stop power feeding to the contactless power feeding unit, and

wherein power feeding to the contactless power feeding unit is continued in the power-saving mode, in a case where it is determined
that it is not necessary to stop power feeding to the contactless power feeding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,723,232

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a substrate, the substrate including an electrode layer, a semiconductor layer, and an insulating layer arranged between the
electrode layer and the semiconductor layer; and

a transfer gate electrode,
wherein the semiconductor layer and the insulating layer are arranged between the electrode layer and the transfer gate electrode,
wherein the semiconductor layer includes:
a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type;
a second semiconductor region configured to accumulate charges generated by photoelectric conversion, the second semiconductor
region having a second conductivity type opposite to the first conductivity type; and

a third semiconductor region of the second conductivity type to which the charges accumulated in the second semiconductor
region are transferred by the transfer gate electrode,

wherein the first semiconductor region is arranged between the second semiconductor region and the insulating layer and between
the third semiconductor region and the insulating layer,

wherein the second semiconductor region and the third semiconductor region are spaced a distance from the insulating layer
by the first semiconductor region, and

wherein the electrode layer is configured to be applied with a plurality of voltages.

US Pat. No. 9,723,236

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DRIVING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising: a control unit and a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric
conversion unit,
the photoelectric conversion unit including,
a first electrode,
a second electrode,
a photoelectric conversion layer that is disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode and is configured to
store signal charges, and

an insulating layer disposed between the photoelectric conversion layer and the second electrode,
wherein
the control unit sets, in a part of the plurality of pixels, a magnitude relationship between a potential of the first electrode
and a potential of the second electrode, in a first relationship in which a potential of the first electrode is lower than
a potential of the second electrode,

the control unit changes, in the part of the plurality of pixels, the magnitude relationship from the first relationship to
a second relationship opposite to the first relationship, in a period,

the control unit sets, in other part of the plurality of pixels, the magnitude relationship in the second relationship; and
the control unit changes, in the other part of the plurality of pixels, the magnitude relationship from the second relationship
to the first relationship, in the period.

US Pat. No. 9,718,633

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:
a sheet conveyance portion configured to convey a sheet;
a conveyance guide arranged pivotably between a first open position and a first closed position around a pivot axis and comprising
a guide configured to guide a sheet conveyed by the sheet conveyance portion and a convex portion protruding in an axial direction
from the guide portion;

a retaining portion configured to be pivotable between a retention position and a release position, the retention position
being a position where the retaining portion retains the convex portion in a case where the conveyance guide is positioned
at the first closed position, and the release position being a position where the retaining portion allows the convex portion
to move such that the conveyance guide moves from the first closed position to the first open position; and

a door configured to come in contact with and separate from the conveyance guide, the door arranged pivotably between a second
open position and a second closed position around an opening and closing axis, and moving the conveyance guide from the first
open position to the first closed position by pressing the conveyance guide while pivoting from the second open position to
the second closed position in a state where the conveyance guide is positioned at the first open position.

US Pat. No. 9,720,440

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

5. A method for controlling a communication apparatus having:
an output unit configured to output a clock signal to a communication module that communicates with an external device;
a generation unit configured to generate a timing signal by delaying the clock signal; and
a communication unit configured to transmit data to the communication module according to the clock signal, and to receive
data from the communication module in accordance with a timing corresponding to the timing signal,

the method comprising:
performing an adjustment process for requesting a predetermined test pattern from the communication module and for adjusting
an amount of the delay in accordance with a result of receiving the test pattern which is sent from the communication module
in response to the request of the test pattern and is received by the communication unit in accordance with the timing signal;
and

controlling the communication unit, in a predetermined mode for continuously transmitting stream data to the communication
module, to repeatedly perform first processing for transmitting a first command to the communication module, second processing
for receiving a first response that is sent from the communication module in response to the first command, and third processing
for transmitting a packet including the stream data to the communication module according to the first response,

wherein, in the predetermined mode, if the first response sent from the communication module in response to the first command
is received by the communication unit, the communication unit is controlled to perform processing for transmitting the packet
including the stream data by the third process regardless of contents of the first response sent from the communication module
in response to the first command and received by the communication unit, and if the first response sent from the communication
module in response to the first command is not received by the communication unit, the communication unit is controlled so
that the packet including the stream data is not transmitted to the communication module,

wherein, in the predetermined mode, the communication unit is controlled to transmit a second command different from the first
command to the communication module and controls to perform the adjustment process if there is an error in a second response
sent from the communication module in response to the second command, and

wherein at least the controlling is performed by a CPU operating under control of instructions stored in a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,723,024

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A management apparatus that manages a plurality of image forming apparatuses including a first image forming apparatus
compliant with a setting management function that enables, by a specific authority, an operation of a plurality of setting
values that are sorted into a prescribed policy and included in setting information for the image forming apparatus, and a
second image forming apparatus, different from the first image forming apparatus, non-compliant with the setting management
function, comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which can execute the instructions causing the management apparatus to:
receive setting information from one of the plurality of image forming apparatuses;
determine whether the plurality of setting values that are sorted into the prescribed policy and included in the received
setting information includes a change;

determine whether or not the image forming apparatus that is a transmission source of the setting values of which it is determined
that the setting values include the change is the first image forming apparatus compliant with the setting management function;

output information indicating that the setting values have been changed as a warning if it is determined that the image forming
apparatus that is the transmission source is not the first image forming apparatus and if the image forming apparatus that
is the transmission source is identified as the second image forming apparatus, wherein one of the setting values of the image
forming apparatus that is the transmission source and is identified as the second image forming apparatus, which is sorted
into the prescribed policy, has been changed without the specific authority; and

output information indicating that the setting values have been changed as a notice as distinguished from the warning if it
is determined that the image forming apparatus that is the transmission source is the first image forming apparatus, and

wherein the change, in the case where it is determined that the image forming apparatus that is the transmission source is
the first image forming apparatus, is a change of the setting values according to the specific authority.

US Pat. No. 9,720,206

LENS APPARATUS HAVING MAGNIFICATION VARIATOR CONFIGURED TO MOVE DURING MAGNIFICATION VARYING AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:
a magnification variator configured to move during magnification varying;
a drive unit configured to drive the magnification variator;
a detector configured to detect a position of the magnification variator;
a deriving unit configured to derive a second drive signal to drive the drive unit based on: an information representing a
relationship between a position of the magnification variator and a size of a field of view picked up through the lens apparatus;
a position detected by the detector; and a first drive signal, wherein a field-of-view change rate obtained when the drive
unit is driven based on the second drive signal is smaller than a field-of-view change rate obtained when the drive unit is
driven based on the first drive signal; and

a corrector configured to output position data in which a variation of speed of the magnification variator is smaller than
that of position data based on the second drive signal, when the magnification variator is driven based on the second drive
signal derived by the deriving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,721,232

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR COMMUNICATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a scanner that scans a document, and
a processor and a memory storing computer code that, when executed by the processor, causes the image processing apparatus
to function as:

a setting unit that sets an upper limit value of a data size of an electronic mail, the upper limit value being designated
by a user;

a determining unit configured to determine, by subtracting a predetermined value from the upper limit value designated by
the user, a second upper limit value for dividing the electronic mail, the determined second upper limit value being less
than the upper limit value designated by the user;

a dividing unit that divides an electronic mail including image data of the document scanned by the scanner into a plurality
of electronic mails so that a data size of each of the plurality of electronic mails does not exceed the determined second
upper limit value; and

a transmitting unit that transmits the plurality of electronic mails divided by the dividing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,720,207

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus, comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a deflector including a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflect the light beam so that the light beam scans a photosensitive
member, a motor configured to rotate the rotary polygon mirror, a driving unit configured to drive the motor, and a circuit
board on which the motor and the driving unit are mounted;

a plurality of reflecting mirrors configured to reflect the light beam deflected by the deflector to guide the light beam
deflected by the deflector onto the photosensitive member; and

an optical box on which the light source is mounted, the optical box being configured to contain the deflector and the plurality
of reflecting mirrors,

wherein the optical box includes an installation portion on which the deflector is installed and a stepped portion including
a plurality of steps disposed between the installation portion and a side wall of the optical box,

wherein the plurality of steps include a farther step and a nearer step of which the farther step is farther from the installation
portion than the nearer step, and

wherein a height of the farther step is higher than a height of the nearer step.

US Pat. No. 9,715,862

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of matching a perceived color of printed matter and a perceived color on a display
to display the perceived color of printed matter on the display, the image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor that functions as:
an acquiring unit configured to:
acquire a first field of view that is a field of view of a user with respect to a first region in an image based on image
data, on the display that displays the image,

acquire a second field of view of the user with respect to a second region that corresponds to the first region on printed
matter on which the image based on the image data is printed,

acquire information regarding spectral characteristics of the display, and
acquire information regarding spectral characteristics of reflected light from the printed matter;
a converting unit configured to convert image data to be displayed on the display based on the first field of view, the information
regarding spectral characteristics of the display, the second field of view, and the information regarding spectral characteristics
of reflected light from the printed matter so that a color perceived by the user in the first field of view on the display
becomes a color that corresponds to a color perceived by the user in the second field of view on the printed matter; and

a display control unit configured to control the display to display the image data converted by the converting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,715,356

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A MERGED INTERMEDIATE REPRESENTATION OF A PAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer implemented method for controlling an image rendering device to merge intermediate representations of a page
to be rendered, the method comprising:
receiving a page description language representation of the page, the page description language representation having a plurality
of sequential graphic objects ordered by drawing order;

forming a plurality of groups of sequentially adjacent graphic objects of the plurality of sequential objects, each group
being associated with a z-order according to the drawing order;

generating an intermediate representation from each of the groups, wherein at least two of the intermediate representations
are generated concurrently;

creating a data structure comprising records each corresponding to one of the intermediate representations, a priority of
each of the records, and a status of generating the corresponding intermediate representation;

merging by the image rendering device, in the z-order, at least two intermediate representations consecutive in the z-order
to form a merged intermediate representation independently of an intermediate representation preceding, in the z-order, the
at least two intermediate representations, wherein the at least two intermediate representations are selected using the priority
and status of the records in the created data structure; and

merging, by the image rendering device using the created data structure, the merged intermediate representation and the intermediate
representation preceding the merged representation in the z-order to render the page.

US Pat. No. 9,715,884

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor functioning as:
an acquisition unit adapted to acquire a plurality of activity vectors corresponding to a plurality of basis vectors as a
result of performing non-negative matrix factorization for an audio signal including audio and noise;

a determination unit adapted to determine for each of the plurality of acquired activity vectors whether the activity vector
has a noise characteristic based on a waveform of the activity vector, wherein when the difference between a component of
a first frequency band of a first activity vector and a component of a second frequency band of the first activity vector
which is higher than the first frequency band is smaller than the difference between a component of the first frequency band
of a second activity vector having an audio characteristic and a component of the second frequency band of the second activity
vector, the first activity vector is determined to have the noise characteristic; and

an output unit adapted to output a signal obtained by separating, from the audio signal, a component corresponding to the
activity vector which is determined to have the noise characteristic by said determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,715,636

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising a processor executing a program to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire image data resulting from reading an image printed sequentially in a first direction;
a setting unit configured to set a division size in the first direction and a second direction of a division area for dividing
the image data, the second direction crossing the first direction, as well as a shift amount in the first direction and the
second direction of the division area;

a processing unit configured to perform a predetermined process including an averaging process on the image data according
to the division size and the shift amount, a quantization process for quantizing a value obtained by performing the averaging
process on image data in each division area shifted in accordance with the shift amount, and an addition process for adding
values obtained by the quantization process; and
an extraction unit configured to extract a unique portion from image data on which the predetermined process has been performed;
wherein the setting unit sets
(i) the division size greater in the first direction than in the second direction; and/or
(ii) the shift amount greater in the first direction than in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,715,187

METHOD OF PRODUCING A COMPOUND HAVING A COLORANT STRUCTURE, AND TONER CONTAINING A COMPOUND OBTAINED BY THE PRODUCTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a compound represented by formula (1), comprising the steps of:
(a) polymerizing a vinyl-based polymerizable monomer represented by the formula (A) with a radical initiator having a protective
group by living radical polymerization to provide a polymer having the protective group at a terminal thereof;

(b) hydrolyzing the protective group of the polymer having the protective group at a terminal thereof obtained by the step
(a) to deprotect the polymer; and

(c) bonding the deprotected polymer obtained by the step (b) and a colorant to each other through a covalent bond:
X-L-Y  (1)
in which X represents a polymer portion having a monomer unit derived from the vinyl-based polymerizable monomer represented
by formula (A), L represents a linking group, and Y represents a colorant portion; and


in which R1 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and R2 represents a phenyl group, a phenyl group having a substituent, a carboxy group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, or a carboxamide
group,

wherein the vinyl-based polymerizable monomer comprises one of styrene and an acrylic acid ester.
US Pat. No. 9,715,188

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:
a toner particle containing a binder resin and a colorant;
an iron oxide particle;
an inorganic fine particle “a” selected from the group consisting of a silica particle, a titanium oxide particle and an alumina
particle; and

an organic-inorganic composite fine particle, the organic-inorganic composite fine particle comprising a vinyl resin particle
and inorganic fine particles “b” which are embedded in the vinyl resin particle, at least a part of said inorganic fine particles
“b” being exposed at surface of the organic-inorganic composite fine particle, wherein

the organic-inorganic composite fine particle has convexes derived from the inorganic fine particles,
a coverage ratio A of the toner particle surface with the inorganic fine particle “a” is 45.0 to 70.0%,
a ratio of a coverage ratio B to coverage ratio A is 0.50 to 0.85, when coverage ratio B (%) is a coverage ratio of the inorganic
fine particle “a” adhered to the toner particle surface,

a coverage ratio C of the surface of the organic-inorganic composite fine particle with the inorganic fine particles “b” is
20 to 70%, and

the content of the iron oxide particle present on a surface of the toner particle is 0.1 to 5.0% by mass based on the mass
of the toner particle.

US Pat. No. 9,715,199

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH REMOVABLE FEEDING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main assembly including a door;
a feeding unit including first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip for feeding a sheet and a moving mechanism
configured to move the first rotatable member in a spacing direction relative to the second rotatable member, wherein said
feeding unit is detachably mountable to said apparatus main assembly when the door is in an open state;

a power source provided in said apparatus main assembly;
a motor, provided in said apparatus main assembly, configured to drive the moving mechanism; and
an electric power supplying path capable of supplying electric power from said power source to said motor via said feeding
unit despite the door being in the open state.

US Pat. No. 9,715,210

MAIN BODY OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A main body of an image forming apparatus selectively detachably attachable a first cartridge group and a second cartridge
group thereto,
wherein the first cartridge group comprises a first drum cartridge including a first photosensitive drum and a first developing
cartridge which is a separate body from the first drum cartridge and includes a first developing roller, and

the second cartridge group comprises a second drum cartridge including a second photosensitive drum and a second developing
cartridge which is a separate body from the second drum cartridge and includes a second developing roller,

wherein the main body of the image forming apparatus comprises an exposure unit configured to form an electrostatic latent
image on the first photosensitive drum or the second photosensitive drum, and

wherein a first guide configured to position the first cartridge group to the main body of the image forming apparatus and
a second guide configured to position the second cartridge group to the main body of the image forming apparatus
are selectively detachable and attachable to the main body of the image forming apparatus.
US Pat. No. 9,713,932

RECORDING MEDIUM WITH ENHANCED FLEXIBILITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising:
a substrate; and
an ink receiving layer on the substrate, the ink receiving layer including
inorganic particles, and
a binder,
the inorganic particles including fumed silica particles,
the binder including
a water-soluble resin (1), and
a polyurethane resin (2) having an average particle diameter of 0.3 ?m or more and an elongation of 550% or more,
the total amount of the resin (1) and the resin (2) included in the ink receiving layer being 40% by mass or more and 80%
by mass or less of the content of the fumed silica particles included in the ink receiving layer,

the ink receiving layer further including a crosslinking agent that enables the resin (1) to be crosslinked,
the amount of the crosslinking agent included in the ink receiving layer being 1% by mass or more and 20% by mass or less
of the content of the resin (1) included in the ink receiving layer.

US Pat. No. 9,715,730

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A three-dimensional measurement apparatus comprising:
a first camera arranged to capture an object to acquire a first image;
a second camera arranged to capture the object from a view point different from that of the first camera to acquire a second
image; and

a control unit configured to
extract a plurality of edge lines of the object respectively from the first image and the second image,
calculate each of line-of-sight errors with respect to provisional three-dimensional coordinates, wherein the line-of-sight
errors are calculated from an endpoint of a first edge line selected from the plurality of edge lines of the first image and
an endpoint of a second edge line extracted from the plurality of edge lines of the second image so as to correspond to the
first edge line,

set an evaluation function from the respective line-of-sight errors and a three-dimensional constraint condition set based
on a relationship between different elements of a three-dimensional shape of the object, and

make an optimization calculation based on the evaluation function to determine three-dimensional coordinates of the object.

US Pat. No. 9,715,738

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS RECOGNIZING MULTI-TOUCH OPERATION, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the apparatus to:
acquire information about an image of a space on an operation surface;
identify a position where each of a plurality of objects to be used for an operational input has entered into the space, based
on the acquired information about the image;

identify a combination of a plurality of objects, among the plurality of objects, based on the position identified for each
of the plurality of objects, and associate the combined plurality of objects with each other;

extract at least one area including a plurality of objects to be used for the operational input, from periodically acquired
images; and

identify an intersectional position where a borderline of an image in which each area has been initially extracted crosses
with the area as the position where the object has entered into the space.

US Pat. No. 9,715,765

HEAD MOUNTED DISPLAY AND DISPLAY FOR SELECTIVELY DISPLAYING A SYNTHESIZED IMAGE AND A PHYSICAL SPACE IMAGE, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising one or more processors carrying out functions of a first obtaining unit, a second obtaining unit,
a generation unit, a synthesizing unit, a determination unit, and a display control unit;
the first obtaining unit obtaining a physical space image obtained by sensing a physical space by an image sensing device;
the second obtaining unit obtaining a position and orientation of the image sensing device;
the generation unit generating a virtual object based on the position and orientation obtained by the second obtaining unit;
the synthesizing unit generating a synthesized image by synthesizing the physical space image with the virtual object;
the determination unit determining whether an error region exists in the synthesized image; and
the display control unit causing a display device to display the synthesized image in a case where the determination unit
does not determine that the error region exists in the synthesized image, and to cause the display device to display the physical
space image in a case where the determination unit does determine that the error region exists in the synthesized image.

US Pat. No. 9,716,809

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method comprising:
obtaining input printing data that includes respective values for a plurality of pixels, wherein the input printing data includes
image pixel data and character pixel data;

identifying image pixels in the plurality of pixels in the input printing data;
identifying character pixels in the plurality of pixels in the input printing data;
selecting a first group of pixels in the input printing data, wherein the first group of pixels includes two or more image
pixels and one or more character pixels, and wherein the first group of pixels is located at a first area in the plurality
of pixels;

generating a value for a first target pixel corresponding to the entire first area by generating an average value of the respective
values of the two or more image pixels in the first group of pixels without using the respective values of any of the one
or more character pixels in the first group of pixels, thereby generating reduced-resolution image pixel data;

generating values indicating characters for second target pixels corresponding to the one or more character pixels in the
first group of pixels and generating values for not indicating characters for third target pixels corresponding to an area
of the two or more image pixels in the first group of pixels, wherein the values indicating characters and the values for
not indicating characters are represented by fewer bits than the respective values of the plurality of pixel in the input
printing data, thereby generating reduced-gradation-level character pixel data for a group of the second target pixels and
the third target pixels corresponding to the entire first area,

wherein a resolution of the reduced-gradation-level character pixel data is identical to a resolution of the input printing
data, and

wherein each of an area of the first target pixel in the reduced-resolution image pixel data and an area of the group of the
second and third target pixels in the reduced-gradation-level character pixel data coincides with the first area in the plurality
of pixels in the input printing data;

generating first dot data based on the reduced-resolution image pixel data;
generating second dot data based on the reduced-gradation-level character pixel data; and
generating image print data by combining the first dot data and the second dot data.

US Pat. No. 9,715,043

OPTICAL MEMBER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of producing, on a substrate, an optical member having an antireflection film, the method comprising:
performing coating with a liquid having particles dispersed in a dispersion medium and containing no component forming a binder,
and then performing coating with a solution not containing the particles and containing a component forming a binder to form
a layer in which spaces between the particles in the liquid having been used for the coating are filled with the binder by
the solution being saturated between the particles; and

drying the layer,
wherein, in the layer, the particles are present both in an area close to a surface facing the substrate and an area close
to a surface on a side opposite to the substrate, and are protruding from the surface on the side opposite to the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,716,848

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging element including a pixel unit having first and second photoelectric conversion units configured to generate image
signals by photoelectrically converting optical fluxes passing through different regions into which an exit pupil of an imaging
optical system is divided for one micro-lens; and

a controller configured to read the image signals from the photoelectric conversion units provided in the pixel unit,
wherein the controller controls a timing of a first removal operation of removing a noise component from a first image signal
read from the first photoelectric conversion unit and a timing of a second removal operation of removing a noise component
from a second image signal read from the first and second photoelectric conversion units to have a predetermined relationship
with a frequency of a noise source occurring during an operation of reading the image signals.

US Pat. No. 9,716,849

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a plurality of pixels each of which includes:
a photoelectric conversion portion which photoelectrically converts incident light to generate a signal charge of a first
polarity;

a charge holding portion that accumulates the signal charge transferred from the photoelectric conversion portion; and
a floating diffusion region to which the signal charge of the charge holding portion is transferred, wherein:
the photoelectric conversion portion includes a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type including carriers
of a second polarity as a majority carrier, and a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity type including carriers
of the first polarity as a majority carrier formed under the first semiconductor region,

the charge holding portion includes a third semiconductor region of the first conductivity type, and a fourth semiconductor
region of the second conductivity type formed under the third semiconductor region, and

a p-n junction between the third semiconductor region and the fourth semiconductor region is positioned deeper than a p-n
junction between the first semiconductor region and the second semiconductor region.

US Pat. No. 9,707,750

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An intermediate transfer member used in an image forming method including applying a treatment liquid onto an intermediate
transfer member, forming an intermediate image by applying an ink onto the intermediate transfer member coated with the treatment
liquid so as to form dots having an average diameter of R, and transferring the intermediate image to a recording medium,
the intermediate transfer member comprising:
a surface capable of receiving the treatment liquid and the ink, the surface having:
a plurality of recessed portions having bottoms, each allowing a circle having a diameter of less than R to be present therein
when viewed from above, and

a plurality of protruding portions separating the plurality of recessed portions such that a projected area S1 and an actual surface area S2 satisfies the relationship 1.1?S2/S1?5, wherein the actual surface area S2 includes upright surface of the plurality of protruding portions and the projected area S1 does not include the upright surface of the plurality of protruding portions.

US Pat. No. 9,707,751

TRANSFER-TYPE INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transfer-type ink jet recording apparatus comprising
an intermediate image forming unit for applying an ink containing a resin to an intermediate transfer member to form an intermediate
image and

a transfer unit for transferring the intermediate image to a recording medium,
wherein the apparatus further comprises
a heating unit for heating the intermediate image to a temperature equal to or higher than a minimum film forming temperature
of the resin and

a cooling unit for cooling the intermediate image heated by the heating unit to a temperature lower than a glass transition
temperature of the resin to supply the image to the transfer unit.

US Pat. No. 9,707,757

PHOTOSENSITIVE NEGATIVE RESIN COMPOSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. A method for forming a fine structure, comprising:
(1) disposing on a substrate the photosensitive negative resin composition according to claim 1, and
(2) subjecting the photosensitive negative resin composition to a patterning processing by photolithography using an i-line.

US Pat. No. 9,707,759

LIQUID-EJECTING HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE LIQUID-EJECTING HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid-ejecting head, comprising a member having opened therein an ejection orifice configured to eject a liquid, wherein
the liquid-ejecting head has, on a side being positioned on the member and having opened therein the ejection orifice, a cured
layer of a mixture containing:
a condensate of hydrolyzable silane compounds containing a hydrolyzable silane compound having 20 or more fluorine atoms and
a hydrolyzable silane compound having a cationically polymerizable group;

a fluorine atom-containing nonionic surfactant; and
an epoxy resin,
wherein the fluorine atom-containing nonionic surfactant includes a polyoxyethylene alkyl ether, a polyoxyethylene aryl ether,
or a polyoxyethylene dialkyl ester substituted by fluorine atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,707,763

PRINTING APPARATUS AND MIST COLLECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus performing a printing operation to form an image on a sheet, comprising:
a print head configured to eject ink;
a platen configured to hold the sheet, wherein the platen has an ink absorption element that absorbs ink ejected outside of
the sheet while performing a margin-less printing operation;

a collection unit configured to collect ink mist generated from the print head while the print head ejects ink; and
a control unit configured to control the collection unit to increase a collection power in a maintenance operation to be greater
than in the margin-less printing operation,

wherein the maintenance operation is a dissolving operation different from the margin-less printing operation, in which the
print head ejects ink onto the ink absorption element to dissolve deposited ink that was ejected and deposited on the ink
absorption element in the margin-less printing operation.

US Pat. No. 9,706,120

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CHANGING PRIORITIES PUT ON TYPES OF IMAGE PROCESSING, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a system controller that determines a scene by analyzing an image, and
an image processor that generates a plurality of images by performing a plurality of types of image processing on the image,
wherein the system controller puts a priority on each type of image processing based on the scene and causes the image processor
to perform a predetermined number of types of image processing which are selected in accordance with the priority,

wherein the system controller changes priorities which are put on at least one type of image processing in accordance with
whether or not an object of the image is a human, and

wherein the system controller changes priorities which are put on types of image processing related to an aspect ratio in
accordance with whether or not an object of the image is human.

US Pat. No. 9,705,876

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REDUCING SECURITY RISK, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, SYSTEM INCLUDING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor which act as:
an authentication control unit configured to execute a user authentication using a password;
a setting unit configured to set a password policy defining a password which can be used for the user authentication, in terms
of at least one of a length of the password, and a kind of character included in the password;

a receiving unit configured to receive data, which includes a password, from an information processing apparatus;
an input unit configured to input a password in accordance with an operation by a user; and
an execution unit configured to execute a processing using the received data in a case where the password input by the input
unit is compared with the password included in the received data, the password included in the received data is compared with
the password policy, it is determined that the password input by the input unit matches the password included in the received
data, and it is determined that the password included in the received data satisfies the password policy.

US Pat. No. 9,706,070

IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an image of an original placed on a platen glass, and to output image data of the image;
a processor and a memory;
a cover which is openably and closably provided to the platen glass;
a detector configured to detect open state/close state of the cover with respect to the platen glass;
a sensor configured to detect whether the original is placed at a predetermined position of the platen glass, responsive to
a detection of a close state of the cover;

a determination unit configured to determine presence/absence of the original on the platen glass and to determine a size
of the original based on a detection result of the sensor and on the image data output from the reading unit;

a blank determination unit configured to determine whether the original is blank or not based on the image data within a determination
area which is changeable according to the determined size of the original, responsive to an instruction to start reading of
the original by the reading unit; and

a control unit configured to cause a display to display information which indicates that the original is not on the platen
glass responsive to a determination by the determination unit of the absence of the original on the platen glass and configured
to cause a display to display information corresponding to the original being blank responsive to a determination by the determination
unit of the presence of the original on the platen glass and a determination by the blank determination unit that the original
is blank;

wherein the processor and the memory operate to function as the determination unit, the blank determination unit, and the
control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,696,644

RESIN FOR TONER AND TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A crystalline polyester resin for toner, satisfying the following relationships:
30?R?100

25?Tg?70

(Tg+273)/(Mp+273)?0.75, and

R=(IC20/IC)×100,

wherein R (%) represents a ratio of low diffraction angle components of the crystalline polyester resin for toner as calculated
based on measurement by wide-angle X-ray diffraction,

Tg (° C.) represents a glass transition temperature of the crystalline polyester resin for toner,
Mp (° C.) represents a melting point of the crystalline polyester resin for toner,
IC20 indicates the total area of crystalline peaks detected within a range of 5?2??20,

IC indicates the total area of crystalline peaks detected within a range of 5?2??60, and

2? indicates a diffraction angle (deg).

US Pat. No. 9,696,651

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus comprising:
a light-irradiation unit configured to irradiate a surface of a charged photosensitive member with laser light emitted by
a light source in accordance with image data so that the laser light moves on the surface of the photosensitive member at
a non-constant scanning velocity in a main scanning direction to form a latent image on the surface of the photosensitive
member;

a first correcting unit configured to correct an emission period of the laser light so that the emission period of the laser
light becomes shorter as the scanning velocity increases, and/or the emission period of the laser light becomes longer as
the scanning velocity decreases; and

a second correcting unit configured to select at least one of correcting an emission ratio of the laser light so that the
emission ratio of the laser light increases as the scanning velocity increases, and/or the emission ratio of the laser light
decreases as the scanning velocity decreases, and correcting 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,

wherein the image-forming apparatus forms a toner image by applying toner onto the latent image.

US Pat. No. 9,698,189

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERTER AND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric converter, comprising:
a plurality of pixels each having a photoelectric conversion layer and a pixel electrode configured to supply a potential
to the photoelectric conversion layer thereof;

a first electrode configured to supply a potential to each of the photoelectric conversion layers of the plurality of pixels
in common, and the first electrode having a region opposite to the pixel electrode via the photoelectric conversion layer
of each pixel; and

a second electrode configured to supply the potential to the first electrode, wherein
the pixel electrode of each pixel is formed by metal, and further includes an oxide conductive film provided between the first
electrode and the second electrode, and the oxide conductive film contacts the first electrode and the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,698,705

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER DEVICE AND ANALYTE INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electromechanical transducer device, comprising:
a first substrate having electromechanical transducer elements configured to provide conversion between acoustic waves and
electric signals, two-dimensionally arrayed on a first surface side of the first substrate;

an electric wiring substrate that is a second substrate electrically connected with the electromechanical transducer elements,
and is located on a second surface side being a back side of the first surface which is opposite the first surface side of
the first substrate; and

a first acoustic matching layer provided between the first substrate and the second substrate, containing electrically connecting
parts between the first substrate and the second substrate, wherein the first acoustic matching layer having an acoustic impedance
larger than that of the second substrate such that a reflection of an acoustic wave entering from the first substrate is restricted.

US Pat. No. 9,696,658

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container including an opening and configured to store developer therein, the developer container comprising
a conveyance member configured to convey the developer,
wherein the conveyance member includes a vibration target unit configured to receive a vibration,
wherein the conveyance member conveys the developer in a first direction in which the developer is conveyed toward an opening
side, and in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, along a surface of the conveyance member for carrying
the developer,

wherein the conveyance member conveys the developer by the vibration transmitted from the vibration target unit with a resultant
force generated by a conveyance component in the first direction and a conveyance component in the second direction, and

wherein a maximum acceleration in the first direction that is provided to the conveyance member by the vibration transmitted
from the vibration target unit is set to a lower acceleration than a maximum acceleration in an opposite direction from the
first direction that is provided by the vibration transmitted from the vibration target unit.

US Pat. No. 9,694,613

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising:
a substrate;
a first ink-receiving layer; and
a second ink-receiving layer serving as a top layer in this order,
wherein the first ink-receiving layer comprises an amorphous silica having an average particle size of 1.0 ?m or more,
the second ink-receiving layer comprises a colloidal silica having an average particle size of 30 nm to 100 nm,
a coating amount of the second ink-receiving layer is 0.2 g/m2 or more and 3.0 g/m2 or less, and

a root-mean-square slope R?q of roughness profile elements of a surface of the second ink-receiving layer is 0.3 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,696,663

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a developer bearing member that bears developer to which externally added particles have been added;
an image bearing member that is in contact with the developer bearing member and on which an electrostatic latent image formed
on a surface of the image bearing member is developed;

an intermediate transfer member to which a developer image developed on the surface of the image bearing member is transferred;
and

a cleaning member that is in contact with the image bearing member and cleans the surface of the image bearing member,
wherein the developer bearing member and the image bearing member are configured to be separable in a non-image-formation
period in which the development of the electrostatic latent image is not performed,

wherein a cleaning operation, in which the developer borne by the intermediate transfer member is transferred to the image
bearing member and removed from the surface of the image bearing member with the cleaning member, is executable in the non-image-formation
period,

wherein the image bearing member is in contact with the developer bearing member and the intermediate transfer member at least
within a period in which the cleaning operation is executed within the non-image-formation period,

wherein a first mode, in which the developer bearing member and the image bearing member are not brought into contact with
each other, and a second mode, in which the developer bearing member and the image bearing member are brought into contact
with each other, are selectively executable in a period in which the cleaning operation is executed, and

wherein the second mode is executed at least within the non-image-formation period immediately after an image formation period
in which the development of the electrostatic latent image is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,696,666

TRANSFER APPARATUS HAVING PRESSING MEMBER FOR TRANSFER BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transfer apparatus comprising:
a transfer belt configured to carry a toner image on a surface for transferring the toner image onto a recording material;
a steering roller configured to steer the transfer belt,
wherein, during a transferring operation for transferring a toner image on the transfer belt onto a recording material, at
least one end of the steering roller is swingably held so that a position in a width direction of the transfer belt to be
settled within a predetermined range;

a pair of transfer members disposed opposite to each other by having the transfer belt therebetween, configured to form a
transfer nip that transfers a toner image on the transfer belt onto a recording material; and

a pressing member provided at an upstream side in a moving direction of the transfer belt with respect to the transfer nip,
configured to press an inner surface of the transfer belt,

wherein the pressing member is configured to press an area within 25 mm or less from the transfer nip with respect to a moving
direction of the transfer belt, and

wherein the pressing member is configured to contact both ends of the transfer belt when the transfer belt is positioned to
one end of the predetermined range, and contact both ends of the transfer belt when the transfer belt is positioned to the
other end side of the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 9,696,673

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first image forming unit having a first photoreceptor and a first laser scanner including a first light source which emits
a first laser light and a first rotating polygon mirror which reflects the first laser light such that the first laser light
scans the first photoreceptor and, the first image forming unit is configured to form a first toner image, using a first toner,
by developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the first photoreceptor by scanning the first laser light;

a second image forming unit having a second photoreceptor and a second laser scanner including a second light source which
emits a second laser light and a second rotating polygon mirror which reflects the second laser light such that the second
laser light scans the second photoreceptor, the second image forming unit is configured to form a second toner image, using
a second toner having a color which is different from a color of the first toner, by developing an electrostatic latent image
formed on the second photoreceptor by scanning the second laser light;

an intermediate transfer member to which the first toner image formed on the first photoreceptor and the second toner image
formed on the second photoreceptor are transferred;

a transfer unit configured to transfer the first toner image and the second toner image transferred to the intermediate transfer
member to a recording medium;

a conveyance unit configured to convey the recording medium to a transfer position at which toner images on the intermediate
transfer member are transferred to the recording medium by the transfer unit;

a first optical sensor configured to detect the first toner image and the second toner image transferred to the intermediate
transfer member;

a second optical sensor arranged at a position different from where the first optical sensor is arranged in a direction which
crosses a direction in which the surface of the intermediate transfer member moves and configured to detect the first toner
image and the second toner image formed on the intermediate transfer member;

a storing unit configured to store data relating to the amount of skew of the recording medium to be conveyed to the transfer
position by the conveyance unit in a conveying direction of the recording medium at the transfer position; and

a control unit configured to control the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit,
wherein the control unit is further configured to:
control, based on at least one of the data relating to the amount of skew and a detection result of a color registration detection
toner image for detecting relative position relation of the first toner image and the second toner image, toner image forming
positions of the first toner image and the second toner image by controlling at least one of a phase relation of the first
rotating polygon mirror and the second rotating polygon mirror and an emission timing of the first laser light and an emission
timing of the second laser light;

cause the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit to form the color registration detection toner image
without correcting the first toner image forming position and the second toner image forming position using the data relating
to the amount of skew;

control, based on the data relating to the amount of skew and the detection result of the color registration detection toner
image detected by the first optical sensor and the second optical sensor, the emission timing of the first laser light and
the emission timing of the second laser light to correct the rotation phase relation of the first rotating polygon mirror
and the second rotating polygon mirror, and to correct the image forming position of the recording medium in the conveying
direction of the recording medium such that the first toner image and the second toner image to be transferred to the recording
medium is formed on the intermediate transfer member corresponding to the amount of skew of the recording medium to be conveyed
to the transfer position and color registration between the first toner image and the second toner image is suppressed, and

cause the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit to form density detection toner image for detecting density
of the first toner image and the second toner image formed by the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit
by controlling the emission timing of the first laser light and the emission timing of the second laser light without controlling
the rotation phase relation based on the data relating to the amount of skew and the detection result of the color registration
detection toner image detected by the first optical sensor and the second optical sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,696,684

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
(i) a photosensitive drum;
(ii) a rotatable developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on said photosensitive drum;
(iii) a developer supplying roller, provided in contact with said developing roller, for supplying a developer to said developing
roller;

(iv) a driving force receiving portion for receiving a driving force, wherein said driving force receiving portion is provided
at a shaft end portion of said developer supplying roller and is movable in a direction crossing a shaft of said developer
supplying roller;

(v) a first driving force transmitting portion configured to transmit the driving force received by said driving force receiving
portion, to said developing roller, wherein said first driving force transmitting portion is provided on said developer supplying
roller; and

(vi) a second driving force transmitting portion provided on said developing roller and configured to transmit the driving
force by engaging with said driving force transmitting portion,

(v) flexible sheets provided adjacent to an engaging portion between said first driving force transmitting portion and second
driving force transmitting portion and configured to intermittently contact said second driving force transmitting portion
with rotation of said second driving force transmitting portion,

wherein a peripheral movement direction of said developing roller is opposite to a peripheral movement direction of said developer
supplying roller, and a peripheral speed of said developer supplying roller is larger than a peripheral speed of said developing
roller.

US Pat. No. 9,696,433

RADIATION MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND RADIATION MEASUREMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation measurement apparatus including an array-type radiation detector having a plurality of pixels and an information
calculation unit which obtains information on detected energies of the individual pixels from the radiation detector and information
on a pixel on which a radiation ray is incident,
wherein the information calculation unit includes
an energy conversion unit configured to convert a detected signal of a pixel which is equal to or larger than a predetermined
threshold value into a detected energy,

a judgment value calculation unit configured to obtain a Compton scattering judgment value used to judge whether Compton scattering
has been generated in the pixel in accordance with the detected energy,

a scattering judgment unit configured to judge whether the Compton scattering has been generated in the pixel in accordance
with the Compton scattering judgment value, and

an incident pixel determination unit configured to obtain information on a pixel on which a radiation ray is first incident
in accordance with a result of the judgment performed by the scattering judgment unit, and

wherein the judgment value calculation unit obtains a Compton scattering judgment value CSV of the pixel in accordance with
Expression 1 below based on the Klein-Nishina formula d?/d?, an incident energy EO, a detected energy E?, and an electron static energy mc2:


US Pat. No. 9,696,954

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD FOR EXECUTING PRINT PROCESSING USING HOT FOLDER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory,
wherein the processor functions as:
a read unit configured to read a print setting set for print data;
a specifying unit configured to specify a page number of a page included in the print data, to which page the print setting
is applied; and

a determining unit configured to determine print settings for pages included in the print data based on the read print setting
and the specified page number,

wherein if the read print setting includes a back cover print setting, different from an entire print setting for the entirety
of the print data, for a back cover of the print data, the specifying unit specifies, in a first way set for the back cover
print setting, a first page number of a page included in the print data, to which page the back cover print setting is applied,

wherein if the read print setting further includes an exceptional page print setting, different from the entire print setting
and from the back cover print setting, the specifying unit specifies, in a second way set for the exceptional page print setting,
a second page number of a page included in the print data, to which page the exceptional page print setting is applied, and

wherein if the specified first and second page numbers are identical to each other, the determining unit determines that the
back cover print setting is applied to the page for the identical page number, in place of the exceptional page print setting.

US Pat. No. 9,696,203

SPECTRAL DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, SPECTRAL DATA PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A spectral data processing apparatus comprising:
an analyzer configured to perform principal component analysis of spectral data acquired for each of a plurality of regions
of a sample,

the analyzer obtaining an eigenvector by performing the principal component analysis of first spectral data of a first region
out of the plurality of regions, and performing the principal component analysis of second spectral data of a second region
different from the first region out of the plurality of regions using the obtained eigenvector; and

a time comparator configured to compare a required time Te from the termination of acquisition of the second spectral data
until acquisition of an eigenvector by performing the principal component analysis of the second spectral data and a required
time Ti from the termination of acquisition of the second spectral data until the termination of acquisition of spectral data
of a third region different from the first and second regions, wherein

the analyzer performs the principal component analysis of the second spectral data by using the eigenvector obtained by performing
the principal component analysis of the first spectral data in a case where Te is longer than Ti, and performs the principal
component analysis of the second spectral data by using the eigenvector obtained by performing the principal component analysis
of the second spectral data in a case where Te is shorter than Ti or in a case where Te and Ti are equal.

US Pat. No. 9,696,469

MULTILAYER DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A multilayer diffractive optical element, comprising:
a first substrate;
a second substrate;
a first resin layer having a first diffraction grating pattern disposed on the first substrate; and
a second resin layer having a second diffraction grating pattern disposed on the second substrate,
wherein the first diffraction grating pattern and the second diffraction grating pattern oppose each other in adhesion to
each other,

wherein the first resin layer includes a first region provided at a peripheral portion adjacent to a portion of the first
diffraction grating pattern, the first region satisfying 1?hR1/hd, wherein hR1 represents a thickness of the first resin layer in a direction normal to a surface of the first substrate, and hd represents
an average grating height of the first diffraction grating pattern,

wherein the first resin layer includes a second region provided at a peripheral portion adjacent to the first region, the
second region satisfying hR2/h1?0.34, wherein hR2 represents a thickness of the second region in a direction normal to a surface of the first substrate, and h1 represents an average thickness of the first region, and

wherein Expression (1) below is satisfied,
50?w1/hd and 0.5?w2/w1 (1), wherein w1 represents a width of the first region in a radial direction along a plane parallel to the surface of the first substrate,
and w2 represents a width of the second region in the radial direction along a plane parallel to the surface of the first substrate,
and

wherein the first resin layer and the second resin layer are in adhesion to each other at the first region and the second
region.

US Pat. No. 9,699,327

IMAGE READING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DETERMINING READING POSITION LESS AFFECTED BY FOREIGN MATTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey an original to a reading area on an original platen glass;
a reading unit configured to read the original at a reading position within the reading area; and
a processor configured to execute:
a detection task that detects, using image data read at a plurality of candidate reading positions within the reading area
in a state where the original is not conveyed, foreign matter adhering to the plurality of candidate reading positions;

a first determination task that determines the number of pieces of foreign matter of first width and the number of pieces
of foreign matter of a second width, the first width being not smaller than the second width; and

a calculation task that calculates an amount of stain based on the number of pieces of foreign matter of the first width and
the number of pieces of foreign matter of the second width; and

a second determination to task that determines a reading position at which the original is to be read, out of the plurality
of candidate reading positions, based on the amount of stain.

US Pat. No. 9,699,329

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD FOR NOTIFYING THAT A FILE IS BEING MOVED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
at least one processor in communication with the memory, wherein the at least one processor performs a process which comprises:
detecting provision of a movement instruction for moving a file stored in a first folder to a second folder;
determining whether exclusion processing is already performed for the file;
in a case where it is determined that the exclusion processing is not performed for the file, performing the exclusion processing
for not allowing the file to be operated by another user and storing first information indicating that the file is being moved;

moving the file to the second folder in a case where it is determined that the exclusion processing is not performed for the
file;

canceling the exclusion processing for the file after the file is moved to the second folder; and
notifying that the file is being moved, in a case where it is determined that the exclusion processing has been performed
for the file and when the first information is stored for the file for which the exclusion processing has been performed.

US Pat. No. 9,699,334

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS INCLUDING AN IMAGING UNIT CONFIGURED TO GENERATE AN IMAGE SIGNAL BY PHOTO-ELECTRICALLY CONVERTING AN OPTICAL IMAGE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus for displaying a plurality of menu items ordered from a first menu item to a last menu item,
each of the plurality of menu items being associated with a respective image processing setting function, the apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit configured to generate an image signal by photo-electrically converting an optical image;
a display control unit configured to control to display, on a display screen, an image based on the image signal generated
by the imaging unit and selectable menu items of the plurality of menu items, wherein the selectable menu items have end menu
items that are positioned at ends of the selectable menu items displayed on the display screen;

a detection unit configured to detect a touch operation on one of the selectable menu items on the display screen; and
a function control unit configured to execute the respective image processing setting function associated with a menu item
selected by a user,

wherein, (1) in response to the detection unit detecting release from the display screen of a touch without movement along
the display screen on one of the end menu items that is not the first or last menu item, the display control unit controls
(a) to shift a display position of the selected one of the end menu items, (b) to display a menu item of the plurality of
menu items that was not displayed on the display screen and (c) to shift a display position of an indicator indicating that
the one of the end menu items is selected, and (2) the function control unit starts executing the image processing setting
function associated with the selected one of the end menu items before end of the shifting of the display position of the
selected one of the end menu items, and

wherein, in response to the detection unit detecting release from the display screen of a touch without movement along the
display screen on one of the end menu items that is the first or last menu item, the display control unit controls not to
shift display positions of the selectable menu items; and

a memory and at least one processor that implement at least one of the display control unit, the detection unit, and the function
control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,696,529

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a fifth lens unit having a negative refractive power,
wherein at a telephoto end as compared to a wide angle end, an interval between the first lens unit and the second lens unit
is increased, and an interval between the second lens unit and the third lens unit is decreased,

wherein an interval between each pair of adjacent lens units is changed during zooming,
wherein the fifth lens unit is configured to move in an optical axis direction during focusing, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.4
?1.0
where fw represents a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide angle end, f3 represents a focal length of the third lens
unit, and m5 represents a movement amount of the fifth lens unit during zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 9,699,354

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS METHOD AND MEDIUM CORRECTING VALUE OF PIXEL OF INTEREST IN IMAGE DATA USING DETERMINED AMOUNT OF CORRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a feature amount indicating variance of signal values of pixels included in a
region of image data, wherein the region is of a predetermined size and includes a pixel of interest;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a feature amount indicating a brightness in the region;
a determination unit configured to determine an amount of correction of a value of the pixel of interest using the feature
amount indicating the brightness and an index value corresponding to the feature amount indicating variance in reference to
index values corresponding to each of a plurality of mutually differing feature amounts indicating variance; and

a correction unit configured to correct the value of the pixel of interest using the amount of correction determined by the
determination unit,

wherein the first obtaining unit, the second obtaining unit, the determination unit, and the correction unit are implemented
by one or more processors or circuitry, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,696,539

DEFORMABLE MIRROR AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A deformable mirror, comprising:
a mirror substrate having a continuous reflective surface; and
a plurality of actuators connected to the mirror substrate at a plurality of coupling portions,
wherein the mirror substrate has first regions and a second region thicker than the first regions,
wherein the first regions are arranged around the coupling portions,
wherein each of the actuators is connected to the mirror substrate at a different one of the coupling portions, and
wherein the second region is arranged between two coupling portions adjacent to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,698,337

PIEZOELECTRIC CERAMIC, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPLIANCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising: a metal oxide represented by General Formula (1); and 0.04 parts by weight or more
and 0.36 parts by weight or less of Mn and 0.042 parts by weight or more and 0.850 parts by weight or less of Bi on a metal
basis relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide, wherein the piezoelectric material includes first crystal grains
having a perovskite structure, and second crystal grains having a crystal structure different from that of the first crystal
grain, and the second crystal grain contains at least one metal oxide selected from Ba4Ti12O27 and Ba6Ti17O40 (Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-yZry)O3  (1)

(where 0.09?x?0.30, 0.025?y?0.085, 0.986?a?1.02).