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. 9,794,426

MOBILE TERMINAL, CONTROL METHOD FOR MOBILE TERMINAL, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR COMMUNICATING WITH AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile terminal comprising:
a memory device that stores programs; and
a processor that executes the programs to:
determine, in a case of receiving a beacon signal for BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) by the mobile terminal from an image processing
apparatus, whether radio field intensity of the beacon signal is not less than a threshold value;

upon determination that the radio field intensity is not less than the threshold value, automatically transmit user information
for login of the image processing apparatus to the image processing apparatus via GATT (Generic Attribute Profile) communication
by BLE; and

transmit an execution instruction for scan processing to the image processing apparatus via wireless LAN communication in
response to a scan instruction received by the mobile terminal from a user after the login of the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,792,388

PATTERN EXTRACTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pattern extraction apparatus for extracting a pattern of event transitions from event time-series data relating to operations
in a file system, comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the pattern extraction
apparatus to:

acquire operation information relating to operations performed by a computer terminal in the file system in response to user
input to the computer terminal;

store the operation information as the event time-series data, the event time-series data having a plurality of different
types of events in an operation history database;

generate an adjacent event graph by fetching, from the operation history database, adjacent events from the event time-series
data, representing each of the adjacent events as a node, connecting the nodes by a directed link, which has a direction based
on a direction of a transition between the adjacent events and a weight based on a weight of the transition between the adjacent
events, and representing identical events as a single node, wherein, if there are a plurality of transitions between the adjacent
events, the weight of the directed link between the adjacent events is obtained by accumulating weights of the plurality of
transitions;

set the weight of the directed link between the adjacent events based on a time period of at least one transition between
the adjacent events in the event time-series data when a number of stored data of the adjacent events is less than a predetermined
value, and set the weight of the directed link between the adjacent events to a predetermined fixed value when the number
of stored data of the adjacent events is not less than the predetermined value;

extract a pattern of event transitions from the event time-series data based on weights of directed links in graphical representation
form;

determine a recommended user input based on the extracted pattern; and
transmit, to the computer terminal, a message including the recommended user input to cause an operation in the file system
to be performed by the computer terminal.

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. 9,760,761

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that performs white balance correction and color correction of an image comprising one or
more processors configured to function as:
a generation unit configured to generate, based on a feature amount of an image, a correction parameter for white balance
correction reducing a color cast in an image;

a correction unit configured to perform white balance correction of the image by using the correction parameter generated
by the generation unit, and color correction for correcting a feature amount of a facial region in the image to be close to
a predetermined target feature amount; and

wherein the correction unit determines the extent of the color correction for correcting the feature amount of a facial region
in the image in accordance with a result of the white balance correction performed on the image so as to decrease the color
correction amount for correcting the feature amount of a facial region in the image or not to correct the feature amount of
the facial region when a second distance is longer than a first distance in a feature amount plane, wherein the first distance
indicates a distance between a feature amount of the facial region obtained before the white balance correction and the predetermined
target feature amount, and the second distance indicates a distance between a feature amount of the facial region obtained
after the white balance correction and the predetermined target feature amount.

US Pat. No. 9,755,342

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a first printed-circuit board including a first connector having a first terminal, a second terminal, a third terminal and
a fourth terminal;

a second printed-circuit board including a second connector having a fifth terminal, a sixth terminal, a seventh terminal
and an eighth terminal; and

a cable having a plurality of conductors including a first conductor, a second conductor, a third conductor, and a fourth
conductor, the cable being connected to the first connector and the second connector,

wherein the first conductor is a line configured to transmit a signal and is connected to the first terminal of the first
connector and the fifth terminal of the second connector,

wherein the third conductor is a line configured to supply power and is connected to the third terminal of the first connector
and the seventh terminal of the second connector,

wherein the second conductor is a line configured to be connected to ground and is connected to the second terminal of the
first connector and the sixth terminal of the second connector,

wherein the fourth conductor is a line configured to be connected to ground and is connected to the fourth terminal of the
first connector and the eighth terminal of the second connector,

wherein, in the cable, the second conductor and the fourth conductor are disposed adjacent to a conductor configured to supply
power,

wherein, in the first printed-circuit board, the second terminal and the fourth terminal are each connected to ground via
a plurality of capacitors whose frequency responses are different, and

wherein, in the second printed-circuit board, the sixth terminal and the eighth terminal are each connected to ground via
a plurality of capacitors whose frequency responses are different.

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. 9,722,171

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. 9,723,024

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. 9,720,207

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. 9,715,090

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 positive refractive power or a negative refractive power,
wherein the first lens unit and the fifth lens unit do not move for zooming, and the second lens unit and the fourth lens
unit move during zooming,

wherein the second lens unit includes at least three negative lenses and at least two positive lenses, including:
a first negative lens disposed on a most object side;
a first positive meniscus lens having a concave surface on an object side disposed adjacent to, and on an image side of, the
first negative lens; and

a second negative lens disposed adjacent to, and on an image side of, the first positive meniscus lens,
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
1.2
2.5<|fp1/f2|<5.0; and

0.9|f2/fw|<2.0,

where fw represents a focal length of the zoom lens at a wide angle end, f2 represents a focal length of the second lens unit,
fp1 represents a focal length of the first positive meniscus lens, and fp2 represents a focal length of a second positive
lens,

wherein the second positive lens is a positive lens arranged on a second most object side among the at least two positive
lenses in the second lens unit, and

wherein the fourth lens unit moves during focusing.

US Pat. No. 9,715,092

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, which is configured to form a subject image on an image pickup element, comprising, in order from an object
side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a rear group including a plurality of lens units,
wherein the rear group comprises a lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein an interval between each pair of adjacent lens units is changed during zooming from a shortest focal length to a longest
focal length,

wherein the image pickup element has a rectangular image pickup region, and when a focal length of the zoom lens is the shortest
focal length, a maximum image height is lower than a half of a diagonal length of the rectangular image pickup region, and
there are regions in which the subject image is not formed in the image pickup region,

wherein, when a focal length of the zoom lens at which the maximum image height becomes a half of the diagonal length of the
image pickup region is defined as an intermediate focal length, the maximum image height is increased during zooming from
the shortest focal length to the intermediate focal length, and

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.75
1.4 where ft represents a focal length of the zoom lens at the longest focal length, ?t represents a half angle of field of the
zoom lens at the longest focal length, Yw represents an image height at the shortest focal length, and D represents a length
that is a half of the diagonal length of the image pickup element.

US Pat. No. 9,716,126

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid-state image sensor including a pixel area and a peripheral circuit area, the method comprising:
forming a first element isolation and a first active region of the pixel area in a semiconductor substrate, and forming a
second element isolation and a second active region of the peripheral circuit area in the semiconductor substrate;

forming a gate electrode film so as to cover the first element isolation, the first active region, the second element isolation,
and the second active region;

implanting an n-type impurity into at least a first part of the gate electrode film in the pixel area in a state that at least
a second part of the gate electrode film in the peripheral circuit area is covered with a mask; and

forming, by patterning the gate electrode film in a state that an impurity concentration is higher in the first part than
in the second part after the implanting of the n-type impurity, a first gate electrode of a MOS transistor in the pixel area
from the first part, and a second gate electrode of an NMOS transistor in the peripheral circuit area from the second part,

wherein the first part of the gate electrode film includes a portion located above a boundary between the first element isolation
and the first active region.

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. 9,715,193

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CONSTANT VOLTAGE ELEMENT FOR SECONDARY TRANSFER OF TONER IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
an intermediary transfer member configured to carry the toner image transferred from the image bearing member at a primary-transfer
position;

a transfer member provided contactable to an outer peripheral surface of the intermediary transfer member and configured to
transfer the toner image from the intermediary transfer member onto a recording material at a secondary-transfer position;

a constant-voltage element electrically connected between the intermediary transfer member and a ground potential and configured
to form a predetermined voltage by passing of a current therethrough, said constant-voltage element comprising a Zener diode
or a varistor;

wherein the predetermined voltage is a breakdown voltage of the constant-voltage element,
a power source to form both of a secondary transfer electric field at the secondary-transfer position and a primary-transfer
electric field at the primary-transfer position by applying a voltage to the transfer member to pass the current through the
constant-voltage element;

a detecting portion configured to detect the current passing through the transfer member;
an executing portion configured to execute a test mode in which a test voltage is applied to the transfer member by the power
source to detect the current by the detecting portion when no recording material exists at the secondary-transfer position;
and

a controller configured to control a voltage to be applied to the transfer member by the power source when the recording material
exists at the secondary-transfer position on the basis of the current detected by the detecting portion in the test mode,
wherein

the controller controls the test voltage applied by the power source so that the current passes through the constant-voltage
element in a period of the test mode.

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. 9,716,808

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image communicating apparatus capable of performing a deemed voice communication, comprising:
a modem configured to perform FAX communication by the deemed voice communication;
a detection unit configured to detect a FAX reception instead of the modem by analyzing data of the deemed voice communication
received via an IP network; and

a control unit configured to control the detection unit on whether to detect the FAX reception based on the FAX communication
which is being performed by the modem,

wherein the control unit controls the detection unit to detect the FAX reception in a case where the modem is sending a FAX
signal in the FAX communication by the deemed voice communication, and

the control unit controls the detection unit not to detect the FAX reception in a case where the modem is not sending the
FAX signal in the FAX communication by the deemed voice communication.

US Pat. No. 9,716,823

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of driving an image pickup apparatus, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of microlenses;
a plurality of image pickup rows, in each of which a plurality of image pickup pixels are arranged, each of the plurality
of image pickup pixels comprising a photoelectric conversion element that is arranged correspondingly to one of the plurality
of microlenses, and being configured to output a signal for generating an image;

a distance measurement row, in which a plurality of focus detection pixels are arranged, each of the plurality of focus detection
pixels comprising a photoelectric conversion element that is arranged correspondingly to one of the plurality of microlenses
and that has a smaller light receiving area than the photoelectric conversion element included in the image pickup pixel,
and being configured to output a focus detection signal; and

a plurality of signal processing units, to each of which signals of the plurality of focus detection pixels and the plurality
of image pickup pixels are output,

the method comprising:
performing a first operation of reading signals from the plurality of image pickup rows to the plurality of signal processing
units;

performing, before or after the first operation, a second operation of reading signals from the distance measurement row to
the plurality of signal processing units;

controlling the plurality of signal processing units to be in an operating state in one of the first operation and the second
operation;

controlling a part of the plurality of signal processing units to be in an operation-restricted state in another of the first
operation and the second operation, wherein the method of driving an image pickup apparatus;

adding signals of image pickup pixels in a plurality of columns together in the first operation;
controlling, in the first operation, one of the plurality of signal processing units that processes the added signals to be
in the operating state, and controlling another of the plurality of signal processing units to be in the operation-restricted
state; and

controlling the another of the plurality of signal processing units to be in the operating state in the second operation.

US Pat. No. 9,714,826

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus for measuring a three-dimensional shape of an object using a plurality of space encoding patterns
each of which includes a light portion and a dark portion, the measurement apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors cause the measurement apparatus to:

obtain a first pattern set comprising patterns each of which has the light portion of each space encoding pattern masked by
a checkerboard pattern mask, and a second pattern set comprising patterns each of which has the light portion of each of the
space encoding pattern masked by a mask with varying the checkerboard pattern mask,

input, from a capturing device, captured images of an object to be measured on which the patterns of the first and second
pattern sets are sequentially projected by a projection device,

detect a correspondence between projection coordinates of the projected pattern and image coordinates of a captured image
for the projected pattern, and

derive a three-dimensional shape of the object to be measured based on detected correspondences.

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. 9,706,131

IMAGE COMBINING APPARATUS FOR GENERATING A COMBINED IMAGE FROM A PLURALITY OF IMAGES, IMAGE COMBINING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE COMBINING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image combining apparatus, comprising:
an image sensor that images a subject with different photographic conditions to generate a plurality of images; and
at least one processor that functions as:
a detecting unit configured to detect a region of interest including the subject from the plurality of images generated by
the image sensor;

a calculation unit configured to calculate combining ratios for the plurality of images in the region of interest detected
by the detecting unit;

a selection unit configured to select images having the combining ratios in the region of interest that are larger than a
predetermined value for use in image combining from among the plurality of images; and

a combining unit configured to use the images selected by the selection unit to generate a combined image corresponding to
regions including the region of interest and a region other than the region of interest, wherein

the combining unit comprises a first combining unit configured to generate the combined image for displaying, and a second
combining unit configured to generate the combined image for recording,

the first combining unit is configured to determine the combining ratio based on the region of interest in the image, and
generate the combined image by using only a part selected from the plurality of images generated by the image sensor according
to the determined combining ratio, and

the second combining unit is configured to determine, for each pixel in the image, the combining ratio based on a pixel value
of the pixel, and generate the combined image by using all of the plurality of images generated by the image sensor.

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. 9,706,075

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system comprising:
a server; and
an image processing apparatus that communicates with the server via a network,
wherein the server comprises:
a first memory for storing a first program; and
a first processor for executing the first program,
wherein the server manages a plurality of folders in a hierarchy, and
wherein the image processing apparatus comprises:
a scanner configured to scan a document to generate image data;
a second memory for storing a second program; and
a second processor for executing the second program, wherein the second processor controls to:
receive selection of one of the plurality of folders;
determine whether the selected folder has at least one subfolder;
display a list of the at least one subfolder on a display unit if it is determined that the selected folder has at least one
subfolder; and

display a setting screen on the display unit if it is determined that the selected folder has no subfolder,
wherein the displayed setting screen is used to set a reading parameter for scanning the document with the scanner.

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. 9,696,666

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. 9,699,386

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. An image processing method comprising:
obtaining a first image of an object shot with flashing of an illumination device and distance information of distances to
a plurality of positions of the object;

determining a position of a virtual light source that emits virtual light;
obtaining shape information of the object based on the distance information; and
generating an image in which the object is illuminated by the virtual light source by processing the first image based on
the obtained shape information of the object, the distance information, and the position of the virtual light source with
respect to the object.

US Pat. No. 9,699,387

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE FOR PROCESSING PUPIL-DIVIDED IMAGES OBTAINED THROUGH DIFFERENT PUPIL REGIONS OF AN IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:
an image sensor configured to capture a plurality of pupil-divided images obtained from light fluxes passing through different
pupil regions of an imaging optical system; and

a selection unit configured to select an image to be used for image processing from the plurality of pupil-divided images,
according to a position of an imaging area in the image sensor,

wherein
the plurality of pupil-divided images includes at least a first pupil-divided image obtained from a first pixel in the image
sensor, and a second pupil-divided image obtained from a second pixel in the image sensor,

the imaging area in the image sensor is divided into a plurality of areas including at least a first area and a second area,
regarding the first area, the selection unit selects the first pupil-divided image as an image which involves a first exposure
amount and is used for the image processing, and selects another pupil-divided image, other than the first pupil-divided image,
as an image which involves a second exposure amount less than the first exposure amount and is used for the image processing,
and

regarding the second area, the selection unit selects the second pupil-divided image as an image which involves the first
exposure amount and is used for the image processing, and selects another pupil-divided image, other than the second pupil-divided
image, as an image which involves the second exposure amount and is used for the image processing.

US Pat. No. 9,693,753

ULTRASONIC PROBE, AND PHOTOACOUSTIC-ULTRASONIC SYSTEM AND INSPECTION OBJECT IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE ULTRASONIC PROBE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ultrasonic probe, comprising:
a first array device having a pair of array ends and a plurality of electromechanical transducers arranged in a first direction
configured to transmit a focused beam between the pair of array ends and to receive an ultrasonic wave; and

a second array device having a plurality of electromechanical transducers arranged in a two-dimensional manner configured
to receive a photoacoustic wave,

wherein, in the first direction, the first array device has an overlapped portion which is overlapped with the second array
device and an un-overlapped portion extending continuously from the first array device such that a length of the first array
device is longer than that of the second array device.

US Pat. No. 9,699,419

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a holding unit that holds, for each event which may occur in an image, a type of an object to be determined whether or not
to come in contact with another object in a physical space, wherein the holding unit is configured to hold in advance, for
each event, an object type which is preset in advance as a type of an object to be determined whether or not to come in contact
with another object in the physical space;

a unit that sequentially acquires an image of each frame output from an image sensing device;
a first detection unit that detects, before performing an object detection on an image of interest, an event which occurs
in the image of interest;

a specifying unit that specifies, from object types each of which is held in advance in the holding unit and is preset in
advance as a type of an object to be determined whether or not to come in contact with another object in the physical space,
the object type which corresponds to the event detected by the first detection unit;

a second detection unit that detects an object of the object type specified by the specifying unit from the image of interest;
and

a determination unit that determines whether objects detected by the second detection unit come in contact with each other
in the physical space,

wherein the first detection unit detects a first event, and the specifying unit specifies, from the holding unit, a first
object type and a second object type as the object types which correspond to the first event, and

the determination unit:
sets an image, among the images of the frames, in which a distance between respective detection positions, in the image, of
a first object corresponding to the first object type and a second object corresponding to the second object type is equal
to or less than a threshold, as a target image, and

determines that the first object and the second object come in contact with each other in the physical space, if a magnitude
of acceleration, in the target image, of the first object is greater than or equal to a threshold, and an angle formed by
a vector representing the acceleration and a vector representing velocity, in the target image, of the second object is less
than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,643,413

PRINTING APPARATUS AND LEAKAGE DETECTION METHOD OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a carriage on which a printhead is mounted;
a moving unit configured to reciprocally move said carriage;
an encoder configured to detect a position of said carriage;
a supply unit configured to supply, to the printhead, one of a first voltage which is used to perform printing by the printhead
through a first power line to which a capacitor is parallel-connected, and a second voltage, lower than the first voltage,
which is used to detect a current leakage from the printhead through a second power line; and

a monitor unit configured to monitor a voltage appearing on the second power line;
a control unit configured to execute a detection operation to detect the current leakage based on the voltage monitored by
said monitor unit after turning off supply of the first voltage by said supply unit and turning on supply of the second voltage
by said supply unit,

wherein said control unit executes the detection operation at a timing at which a moving direction of said carriage is reversed
by a signal from said encoder.

US Pat. No. 9,647,021

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device including a semiconductor substrate having a first region where a plurality
of photoelectric conversion portions are disposed, and a second region where a circuit for processing signals from the plurality
of photoelectric conversion portions is disposed, and
an insulator including a first part disposed on the first region and a second part disposed on the second region, the method
comprising:

a first step of forming a plurality of first openings in the first part of the insulator, wherein the plurality of first openings
are respectively overlapped with the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions;

a second step of, after the first step, forming a first member in each of the plurality of first openings and on the first
and second parts of the insulator;

a third step of at least partially removing a part of the first member, the part of the first member being disposed on the
second part of the insulator, wherein the first member at least partially remains on the first part of the insulator after
the third step; and

a fourth step of, after the third step, forming a second member on the first member and planarizing the second member, resulting
in one planar surface across a part of the second member on the first region and a part of the second member on the second
region.

US Pat. No. 9,645,773

PERIPHERAL DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM, PRINTING DEVICE, PERIPHERAL DEVICE CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION REGARDING AN AMOUNT OF COLOR MATERIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
one or more processors in communication with the memory, the one or more processors configured to execute the instructions
to:

request for information on a color material of a device which performs a process by using the color material;
acquire, from the device, an RGB value representing a color of the color material as a response to the request of the request
unit; and

generate an image corresponding to an amount of the color material based on the acquired RGB value.

US Pat. No. 9,645,528

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TONER COLLECTING MODE AFTER STOPPAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image forming units, each including a photosensitive member, an electrostatic image forming unit, and a developing
device, the electrostatic image forming unit being configured to form an electrostatic image on said photosensitive member,
the developing device being configured to develop the electrostatic image into a toner image and capable of collecting transfer
residual toner deposited on said photosensitive member;

an intermediary transfer member configured to carry the toner image primary transferred from at least one of said photosensitive
members at each of primary transfer portions, each of the primary transfer portions being provided at a position opposing
a corresponding photosensitive member and including a most downstream primary transfer portion and a most upstream primary
transfer portion with respect to a rotational direction of said intermediary transfer member;

a rotatable transfer member configured to secondary transfer the toner image from said intermediary transfer member onto a
recording material while sandwiching the recording material between said rotatable transfer member and said intermediary transfer
member at a secondary transfer portion;

a constant voltage element, electrically connected between said intermediary transfer member and a ground potential, configured
to maintain a predetermined voltage by flow of a current therethrough;

a power source configured to form a secondary transfer electric field at the secondary transfer portion by applying a voltage
to said rotatable transfer member and configured to form a primary transfer electric field at the primary transfer portion
by passing the current through said constant voltage element;

a cleaning device configured to remove toner deposited on said intermediary transfer member at a side downstream of the secondary
transfer portion and upstream of the primary transfer portion with respect to the rotational direction of said intermediary
transfer member; and

a controller configured to execute, during interruption of an image forming operation due to occurrence of a jam of the recording
material, an operation in a collecting mode in which said photosensitive members and said intermediary transfer member are
rotationally driven under application of a predetermined voltage to said rotatable transfer member, and collect untransferred
toner, by said cleaning device, carried on said photosensitive members and said intermediary transfer member without being
subjected to a secondary transfer process at the secondary transfer portion,

wherein when the untransferred toner is carried on said intermediary transfer member at a side upstream of the most downstream
primary transfer portion and downstream of the most upstream primary transfer portion with respect to the rotational direction
of said intermediary transfer member, said controller executes the following operations during execution of the operation
in the collecting mode:

(i) during passing of the untransferred toner through each of the primary transfer portions during the execution of the operation
in the collecting mode, said controller effects control so that a voltage of an opposite polarity to a charge polarity of
the toner is applied to said rotatable transfer member, and

(ii) after passing of the untransferred toner through each of the primary transfer portions during the execution of the operation
in the collecting mode, said controller effects control so that a voltage of an identical polarity to the charge polarity
of the toner is applied to said rotatable transfer member.

US Pat. No. 9,645,537

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DETECTING PRESENCE OR ABSENCE OF A CARTRIDGE OR A SHAPE OF THE CARTRIDGE WITHOUT INCREASING THE NUMBER OF COMPONENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a light-emitting unit configured to emit light to the image bearing member that bears a developer image;
a developer container which is removably attached to the image forming apparatus and which contains developer;
a moving member configured to move the developer container attached to the image forming apparatus by moving between a shielding
position and a non-shielding position;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire a signal corresponding to the number of electrons discharged from the image bearing
member when irradiating a light from the light-emitting unit toward the image bearing member in a state where the moving member
is at the shielding position; and

a detecting unit configured to, based on the signal acquired by the acquiring unit, detect a presence or absence of the developer
container or to detect a shape of the developer container,

wherein, in a case where the moving member is at the non-shielding position, the developer container is at a first position
where a light emitted from the light-emitting unit toward the image bearing member is not shielded by the developer container,
and in a case where the moving member is at the shielding position, the developer container is at a second position where
a light emitted from the light-emitting unit toward the image bearing member is shielded by at least a part of the developer
container.

US Pat. No. 9,648,145

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate a first table used for compression of a message to be transmitted to another communication
apparatus and decompression of a compressed message received from the other communication apparatus, wherein the first table
associates an index with data;

an update unit configured to update the first table based on data contained in a message to be transmitted to the other communication
apparatus after the first table is generated by the generation unit;

a guide unit configured to guide the other communication apparatus to transmit a predetermined message corresponding to a
specific index in the first table by the other communication apparatus; and

a determination unit configured to determine integrity of the first table updated by the update unit and a second table used
in the other communication apparatus by referring to the predetermined message received from the other communication apparatus,
wherein the second table is used for compression of a message to be transmitted to the communication apparatus and decompression
of a compressed message received from the communication apparatus in the other communication apparatus,

wherein at least one of the generation unit, the update unit, the guide unit, or the determination unit is implemented using
a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,646,367

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD EACH WITH A FUNCTION OF APPLYING EDGE ENHANCEMENT TO INPUT IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
at least one processor functioning as:
a processing unit that performs edge enhancement processing for an edge portion in an image; and,
an output unit that outputs an image for which the edge enhancement processing has been performed by the processing unit,
wherein the processing unit decreases the edge enhancement processing to be applied to a target pixel which is an edge portion
in an image, based on a sum of values indicating brightness of the plurality of pixels around the target pixel,

wherein
the plurality of pixels around the target pixel are pixels on four vertexes of an area consisting of n×n pixels that include
the target pixel at a center.

US Pat. No. 9,646,631

AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An audio signal processing apparatus comprising:
one or more hardware processors; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions, which, when executed by the one or more hardware processors, cause the audio
signal processing apparatus to:

input an audio signal in which a first audio component and a second audio component are mixed;
transform the audio signal into a time-frequency signal representing relation between time and signal frequency;
divide the time-frequency signal into a plurality of frequency bands;
factorize a time-frequency signal in a frequency band, in which influence from the second audio component is small among the
plurality of frequency bands, into activity vectors composing a first activity matrix;

factorize the time-frequency signal transformed from the audio signal into activity vectors composing a second activity matrix
using the first activity matrix as a teacher activity; and

separate the first audio component and the second audio component from the audio signal, using the activity vectors composing
the second activity matrix.

US Pat. No. 9,648,213

IMAGE SENSOR, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
a pixel array having image forming pixels and phase-difference detecting pixels;
a storage device for storing correction processing information received from an exterior controller;
an information adding circuit which adds the correction processing information stored in the storage device and position information
of the phase-difference detecting pixels image data obtained from the pixel array as header information of the image data;
and

an output circuit which outputs the image data comprising the header information.

US Pat. No. 9,671,748

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE WITH MOUNTING INTERVAL REGULATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
a drum cartridge including an image bearing member configured to carry an image and provided detachably mountable to said
main assembly with respect to a rotational axis direction of said image bearing member;

a developing cartridge including a developer carrying member which is rotatable while carrying a developer on a surface thereof
and which is configured to develop a latent image formed on said image bearing member, wherein said developing cartridge is
provided detachably mountable to said main assembly with respect to the rotational axis direction of said image bearing member;

a moving mechanism configured to movably support said developing cartridge so that said developing cartridge is movable between
a mounting position where said developing cartridge is mounted and a spaced position spaced further from a surface of said
developing cartridge than the mounting position is;

a first bearing member configured to rotatably support a rotation shaft of said image bearing member and including a first
contact portion contacting said developing cartridge to regulate an interval between said image bearing member and said developing
cartridge;

a second bearing member configured to rotatably support said rotation shaft of said image bearing member and including a second
contact portion contacting said developing cartridge to regulate an interval between said image bearing member and said developing
cartridge;

a first mounting portion which is provided on a first side surface provided at one end side of said drum cartridge with respect
to the rotational axis direction of said image bearing member and on which said first bearing member is mounted, wherein said
first mounting portion includes a first hole into which said first bearing member is inserted and which includes a first supporting
portion configured to support said first bearing member and a first groove portion through which said first contact portion
is passable; and

a second mounting portion which is provided on a second side surface provided at the other end side of said drum cartridge
with respect to the rotational axis direction of said image bearing member and on which said second bearing member is mounted,
wherein said second mounting portion includes a second hole into which said second bearing member is inserted and which includes
a second supporting portion configured to support said second bearing member and a second groove portion through which said
second contact portion is passable;

wherein the first side surface is provided at a downstream side of said drum cartridge with respect to an inserting direction
of said drum cartridge into said main assembly,

wherein a phase where said first groove portion is provided is different from a phase where said first contact portion is
positioned when said first bearing member is mounted,

wherein a phase where said second groove portion is provided is the same as a phase where said second contact portion is positioned
when said second bearing member is mounted, and

wherein as viewed in the rotational axis direction of said image bearing member, on a line connecting a rotation center of
said image bearing member and a rotation center of said developer carrying member, an exterior side of the first side surface
facing the developer carrying member is positioned closer to the rotation center of said image bearing member than an exterior
side of the second side surface is.

US Pat. No. 9,664,876

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving apparatus to be connected to a lens barrel including a movable optical member so as to drive the movable optical
member, the lens driving apparatus comprising:
a drive unit driving the movable optical member;
a controller controlling the drive unit;
a first deriving unit deriving: a first information indicating at least one of a position or a speed of the movable optical
member; and a second information indicating at least one of a position or a speed of the drive unit based on a counter-electromotive
voltage generated through the drive of the drive unit; and

a selection unit configured to select the first information or the second information as a selected information in accordance
with a state of a backlash of the drive unit,

the controller controlling the drive unit based on: the first information or the second information selected by the selection
unit; and command information to direct driving of the movable optical member.

US Pat. No. 9,628,670

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising at least one processor coupled to at least one memory, the at least one processor
being programmed to:
input a color signal representing an image and an image quality signal representing a texture of the image;
convert the image quality signal into a physical quantity signal representing a physical quantity; and
determine a color material amount for outputting the image based on the color signal and the physical quantity signal,
wherein the image quality signal includes a signal representing glossiness value and a signal representing gloss clarity,
and the physical quantity corresponding to the signal representing the glossiness value and the physical quantity corresponding
to the signal representing the gloss clarity are a refractive index and a surface roughness of the image,

wherein a correlation between the physical quantity signal and the color material amount is higher than a correlation between
the image quality signal and the color material amount.

US Pat. No. 9,628,714

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:
an optical system including multiple lens units,
wherein the optical system comprises:
a first image blur correction lens unit disposed closest to an object side in the optical system and configured to rotate
during an operation of vibration isolation; and

a second image blur correction lens unit configured to move in a direction including a component in a direction perpendicular
to the optical axis during the operation of vibration isolation,

wherein a rotation center position of the first image blur correction lens unit in the optical axis direction changes depending
on zooming, and an interval between the first image blur correction lens unit and the rotation center position of the first
image blur correction lens unit is changed during zooming, and

wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:
1.0
where ft represents a focal length of the optical system at a telephoto end, and f1 represents a focal length of the first
image blur correction lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,628,717

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING ZOOM CONTROL BASED ON A SIZE OF AN OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
at least one processor or one circuitry which functions as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information about an object detected from an image,
a setting unit configured to set a reference size of an object for zoom control,
a control unit configured to perform the zoom control based on a size of the object indicated by the acquired information
and the set reference size, and

a first detection unit configured to detect a first operation for instructing to change the reference size,
wherein, in a case where the first operation has been detected during the zoom control in a first mode, the control unit performs
the zoom control in a second mode until a first time elapses after the first operation has been detected, and, when the first
time has elapsed, the control unit switches the second mode to the first mode, and

wherein, in the first mode, the reference size is set to a predetermined size and, in the second mode, the reference size
is changed according to the first operation.

US Pat. No. 9,628,727

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM DETERMINING OR ACQUIRING TARGET NOISE AMOUNT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing system comprising:
a plurality of image capturing apparatuses; and
an information processing apparatus that controls the plurality of image capturing apparatuses, wherein
each of the plurality of image capturing apparatuses comprises:
a memory storing a program; and
a processor that executes the program to function as
a target noise amount specifying unit that acquires a target noise amount as a noise amount that is targeted; and
an image capturing parameter determination unit that determines image capturing conditions based on the target noise amount,
where said image capturing conditions are specified by one or more image capturing parameters, and

the information processing apparatus comprises:
a memory storing a program; and
a processor that executes the program to function as
a noise amount range determination unit that determines a range that can be taken by a noise amount in each image capturing
apparatus;

a common area calculation unit that calculates a common range of a noise amount common to the plurality of image capturing
apparatuses; and

a target noise amount determination unit that determines a target noise amount from the common range of the noise amount.

US Pat. No. 9,627,005

VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus configured to display a video, the image display apparatus comprising:
an inputter for inputting a video frame constituting the video;
a video compressor for performing compression processing on the input video frame; and
a controller for (1) determining, in response to an input of a pause instruction to temporarily stop a display of the video,
a target video frame to be displayed during temporary stop by the pause instruction, and for (2) controlling a compression
ratio of the compression processing performed by the video compressor of the target video frame, so that image quality of
the target video frame to be displayed during temporary stop is higher than image quality of the target video frame displayed
during non-temporary stop in a case where the pause instruction is not input during the display of the video.

US Pat. No. 9,623,655

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a discharge-port-forming member having a first discharge port and a second discharge port through which a liquid is to be
discharged, the first discharge port and the second discharge port being formed in a same surface of the discharge-port-forming
member; and

a pressure-chamber-forming member that includes a first pressure chamber which is in communication with the first discharge
port and includes a first heating resistor formed in a bottom portion of the first pressure chamber, a second pressure chamber
which is in communication with the second discharge port and includes a second heating resistor formed in a bottom portion
of the second pressure chamber, a plurality of wiring layers, each of which includes a barrier metal as a base member, and
a joint surface, which is joined to the discharge-port-forming member,

wherein the first heating resistor and the second heating resistor whose depths from the same surface of the discharge-port-forming
member are different from each other, the first heating resistor is formed of a first barrier metal, the second heating resistor
is formed of a second barrier metal, and the plurality of wiring layers is not provided on a surface at a side of the joint
surface of the first barrier metal and the second barrier metal.

US Pat. No. 9,623,682

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
a conveyance path configured to convey the sheet on which the image is printed by the printing unit;
a sheet stacking unit on which the sheet discharged from the conveyance path is stacked inside the printing apparatus;
an extrusion member configured to push an edge of the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking unit such that a part of the stacked
sheet is exposed outside the printing apparatus via a discharge port, wherein the extrusion member is reciprocated between
a stack position and an extrusion position;

an operation unit configured to input a user instruction for picking up the sheet; and
a control unit configured to control the extrusion member to move from the stack position to the extrusion position in response
to the user instruction input by the operation unit,

wherein the control unit controls the movement of the extrusion member from the stack position to the extrusion position to
be restricted while the printing unit prints an image on a sheet to be stored in the sheet stacking unit.

US Pat. No. 9,626,551

COLLATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND IMAGE SEARCHING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A collation apparatus for collating an input image with a plurality of registered images comprising:
a processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions that when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
extract a plurality of feature quantities from a region of an object in the input image;
calculate, per each of the feature quantities, a plurality of similarity degrees between the plurality of feature quantities
extracted from the input image and a corresponding plurality of feature quantities of a registered image among the plurality
of registered images;

integrate, using a parameter, the plurality of similarity degrees corresponding to the plurality of feature quantities into
an integrated similarity degree;

estimate as to whether the object in the input image is identical with an object in each of the plurality of registered images;
and

learn the parameter to be used to integrate the plurality of similarity degrees, based on a result of the estimation by the
estimation unit and the integrated similarity degree.

US Pat. No. 9,621,623

CLIENT, SERVER, MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A client configured to perform communication with a server, comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
a request unit configured to access a service provided by the server and to request operation control information corresponding
to the service;

a registration unit configured to execute registration processing of the operation control information received from the server
according to the request, wherein the operation control information includes at least action information indicating an operation
executed by the service and type information indicating information for filtering associated with the operation;

a calling unit configured to call the service in order to cause the server to execute the service according to selection of
the service corresponding to the operation control information registered by a user; and

an execution unit configured to execute processing according to a content of processing information;
wherein the registration unit is further configured to register client processing information in associated with the operation
control information if operation control information and the client processing information are received from the server, and

wherein the execution unit is configured to executed, in calling the service by the calling unit, processing to be executed
by the client according to t a content of the registered client processing information associated with the operation control
information.

US Pat. No. 9,618,861

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
a conductive layer on the support; and
a photosensitive layer on the conductive layer, wherein
the conductive layer comprises a binder material, a first particle, and a second particle;
the first particle is composed of a core particle coated with aluminum-doped zinc oxide;
the second particle is composed of the same material as that of the core particle of the first particle and is not coated
with an inorganic material or an organic material;

a content of the first particle in the conductive layer is 20% by volume or more and 50% by volume or less based on a total
volume of the conductive layer; and

a content of the second particle in the conductive layer is 0.1% by volume or more and 15% by volume or less based on the
total volume of the conductive layer, and 0.5% by volume or more and 30% by volume or less based on the volume of the first
particle in the conductive layer.

US Pat. No. 9,618,867

PIGMENT DISPERSION AND TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pigment dispersion comprising:
a pigment;
a non-water-soluble solvent;
a compound having:
a partial structure represented by formula (1) and
a polymer having a monomer unit represented by formula (2); and
a polymer compound having a monomer unit comprising at least one structure selected from the group consisting of partial structures
represented by formulas (3) and (4)

[in formula (1), R1 and R2 each independently represent a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group, an OR5 group, or an NR6R7 group;R5 to R7 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl
group, or an aralkyl group; andAr represents a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group;wherein at least one of R1, R2, and Ar has a substituent that has a site bonded to the polymer]
[in formula (2), R3 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group andR4 represents a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group, a carboxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxycarbonyl group,
or a substituted or unsubstituted carboxamide group]
[in formula (3), R8 to R11 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a hydroxyl group, a carboxy group, a sulfo group, a C1-18 alkyl group, a C1-18 alkoxy group, or an organic group as required to form a ring with an adjacent position, wherein at least one of R8 to R11 has a substituent that has a site bonded to a main chain or a side chain in the polymer compound, and M1 and M2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a metal atom, or NH4]
[in formula (4), R12 to R16 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a hydroxyl group, an alkyl group, or an alkoxy group, wherein
at least one of R12 to R16 has a substituent that has a site bonded to a main chain or a side chain in the polymer compound, and M3 represents a hydrogen atom, a metal atom, or NH4].

US Pat. No. 9,615,795

PROBE SUPPORT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A probe support apparatus comprising:
a base stand;
a horizontal rotation member having a circumferential rotation axis extending vertically, configured to rotate circumferentially
with respect to said base stand and connected to said base stand;

a tilting-rotation member having a tilt axis extending in a horizontal direction, configured to tilt with respect to said
base stand and connected to said horizontal rotation member;

an arm connected to said base stand via said horizontal rotation member and said tilting-rotation member so as to rotate circumferentially
in a horizontal direction and tilt in a vertical plane; and

a probe support member having a non-deformable section connected to said arm and a deformable section connected to said non-deformable
section and configured to be connected to a probe,

wherein said arm has an alternative tilt axis extending in said horizontal direction at a far side far from said tilting-rotation
member, and

wherein said non-deformable section is tiltably connected to the arm via said alternative tilt axis so that said non-deformable
section can tilt around said alternative tilt axis parallel to said tilt axis.

US Pat. No. 9,618,876

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam for exposing a photoconductor;
a rotating mirror configured to deflect the light beam so that the light beam scans the photoconductor;
an optical box where the light source and the rotating mirror are disposed;
a cover attached to the optical box, the cover including a transparent window which the light beam deflected by the rotating
mirror passing therethrough and a recess at which a connection portion is provided;

a shutter which slides so as to reciprocate between a position on a light path of the light beam that has passed through the
transparent window and a position off the light path of the light beam that has passed through the transparent window;

a shutter moving mechanism including pushing unit and a spring, the pushing unit pushes the shutter to slide, the spring being
connected to the connection portion and the shutter so as to urge the shutter in a direction opposite to a pushing direction
of the pushing unit, and sliding the shutter in the opposite direction by elastic force;

wherein the recess is recessed toward an inner side of the optical box, and the recess is further recessed than a position
of a surface of the cover which is disposed on an extension of a rotational axis of the mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,618,880

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to bear developer;
a development chamber including the developer bearing member;
a developer storage chamber configured to store developer to be supplied to the development chamber;
a partition configured to separate the development chamber and the developer storage chamber and having an opening that allows
communication between the developer storage chamber and the development chamber;

a rotating shaft configured to be rotatable and provided inside the developer storage chamber;
a first sheet member attached to the rotating shaft;
a second sheet member attached to the rotation shaft; and
a plurality of protruding portions configured to protrude toward the inside of the developer storage chamber from the partition,
wherein in a rotation radial direction of the rotating shaft, a length of the first sheet member is shorter than a length
of the second sheet member, and the first sheet member contacts the plurality of protruding portions so that a space is formed
between the first sheet member and a plane portion of the partition which forms the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,618,883

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO CONTROL ROTATIONAL SPEED OF A ROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a transfer unit configured to transfer a toner image onto a sheet;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image onto the sheet, wherein the fixing unit includes a roller for conveying the
sheet; and

a control unit configured to control a rotational speed of the roller,
wherein, in a first case where both a first loop amount of the sheet at one side in a width direction orthogonal to a sheet
conveyance direction and a second loop amount of the sheet at the other side in a width direction are larger than a predetermined
amount, or both the first loop amount of the sheet at the one side and the second loop amount of the sheet at the other side
are smaller than the predetermined amount, the control unit switches the rotational speed of the roller between a first speed
and a second speed that is different from the first speed, and

wherein, in a second case where one of the first loop amount and the second loop amount is larger than the predetermined amount
and the other of the first loop amount and the second loop amount is smaller than the predetermined amount, the control unit
switches the rotational speed of the roller between a third speed and a fourth speed that is different from the third speed,

wherein a difference of the third speed and the fourth speed is smaller than a difference of the first speed and the second
speed.

US Pat. No. 9,615,810

X-RAY IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND MANAGEMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for controlling X-ray imaging by an X-ray detector including a photoelectric conversion device, the
control apparatus comprising:
a control unit configured to cause a display unit to display imaging conditions and an X-ray image corresponding to one of
the imaging conditions, and to simultaneously display a first icon and a second icon different from the first icon on a same
screen of the display unit so that one of the first icon and the second icon is selectable for the displayed X-ray image;
and

a receiver configured to receive a first operation input for selecting the first icon and a second operation input for selecting
the second icon,

wherein, in a case where the receiver receives the first operation input for the displayed X-ray image, the control unit is
configured to

associate first information indicating an imaging error with the displayed X-ray image, and
cause a storage unit to store the first information associated with the displayed X-ray image,
wherein, in a case where the receiver receives the second operation input for the displayed X-ray image, the control unit
is configured to

set an imaging condition for retaking a new X-ray image,
associate second information indicating an imaging error with the displayed X-ray image,
cause the storage unit to store the second information associated with the displayed X-ray image, and
control the X-ray detector according to the set imaging condition, and
wherein the control unit is configured to determine whether to set an imaging condition for retaking a new X-ray image, based
on whether the receiver receives the first operation input for the displayed X-ray image or the second operation input for
the displayed X-ray image.

US Pat. No. 9,615,811

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
a sensor array configured to obtain X-ray image data;
a read-out circuit configured to read out electric signals from the sensor array to obtain X-ray image data;
a determination unit configured to determine stability of offset data included in the X-ray image data obtained by the read-out
circuit before the X-ray image data is obtained based on data that the read-out circuit has repeatedly read out during a period
in which a condition where no X-ray is irradiated continues before an irradiation of the X-ray; and

a control unit configured to, when it is determined that the offset date is stable, perform a first control in which offset
data for offset correction to X-ray image data is obtained using the read-out circuit before obtaining the X-ray image data,
and perform a second control after the first control, in which X-ray image data is obtained using the read-out circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,618,386

PROBE, OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE PROBE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A probe configured to receive an acoustic wave from an object, the probe comprising:
an element having a cell structure, in which a vibration membrane having one of a pair of electrodes formed with a gap arranged
therebetween is supported so that the vibration membrane can be vibrated by the acoustic wave;

a light reflection layer provided at a position near the object with respect to the element and configured to reflect light;
and

a support layer provided between the element and the light reflection layer and configured to support the light reflection
layer,

wherein the support layer has a rupture stress of 50 MPa or larger.

US Pat. No. 9,619,221

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, NETWORK SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a transmission unit that transmits, to a distribution system, a first search request including version information indicating
current versions of firmware of the image forming apparatus to search a set of the firmware applicable to the image forming
apparatus without using an update information file;

one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having stored thereon, when an individual-update
of firmware of the image forming apparatus is performed, the update information file including version information indicating
versions of the firmware before and after the individual-update, wherein the individual-update is a manual update of a part
of the firmware of the image forming apparatus, and instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause
the image forming apparatus to:

set, to the update information file, flag information indicating a search option of a set of the firmware applicable to the
image forming apparatus;

acquire, from the distribution system, a set of applicable firmware found by using the version information included in the
first search request in the distribution system and that performs an update using the acquired set of the applicable firmware;
and

determine whether or not the update information file is stored if a set of applicable firmware corresponding to the version
information included in the first search request is not obtained from the distribution system,

wherein the transmission unit transmits, to the distribution system, a second search request including version information
included in the update information file if it is determined that the update information file is stored and the flag information
indicates, as the search option, to use the version of the firmware before the individual-update for the search.

US Pat. No. 9,616,693

PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a computer program for causing a computer to execute steps of
a control method for controlling an image processing apparatus which is capable of generating a book product by folding at
least one sheet, the method comprising steps of:
printing plural pages of images onto a plurality of sheets;
dividing the plurality of sheets into at least two groups, wherein the plurality of sheets divided into the at least two group
are to be folded individually for each group;

determining a number of sheets to be included in each group of the at least two groups based on a position on which an additional
sheet is to be inserted; and

controlling such that the plurality of sheets are divided based on the determined number.

US Pat. No. 9,584,676

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a non-transitory memory configured to store log data and image data, wherein
the log data indicates locations along a path of movement,
the log data contains a plurality of pieces of position information and a plurality of pieces of time information, each of
which corresponds to a respective one of the plurality of pieces of position information,

the image data contains a metadata region including time information indicating a time when an image is captured and position
information indicating a position where the image is captured, and

the position information contained in the metadata region of the image data is obtained at a timing at which the image is
captured, the timing being different from timings at which the plurality of position information contained in the log data
are obtained; and

a processor coupled to the non-transitory memory, wherein the processor is programmed to function as a display control unit
configured to display, on a display device, the plurality of position information contained in the log data and the position
information contained in the metadata region of image data in an order corresponding to the plurality of time information
contained in the log data and the time information contained in the metadata region of the image data,

wherein, if the non-transitory memory stores first image data that contains a metadata region including first time information
indicating a first time when a first image is captured, the first time being next to a second time indicated by second time
information contained in the log data in the order, the display control unit controls the display unit to display a first
position indicated by position information contained in the metadata region of the first image data and a second position
indicated by position information corresponding to the second time information of the log data such that the first and second
positions are connected to each other, and

wherein, if the non-transitory memory does not store the first image data, the display control unit controls the display unit
to display the second position and a third position indicated by position information corresponding to third time information
of the log data indicating a third time which is next to the second time in the order such that the second and third positions
are connected to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,581,950

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH FIRST AND SECOND POWER SUPPLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first power supply unit configured to supply first output power;
a second power supply unit configured to supply second output power;
a switching unit disposed on an input side of the second power supply unit;
a monitoring unit configured to monitor the second output power supplied by the second power supply unit;
a power source control unit configured to turn the switching unit ON or OFF; and
a control unit supplied with the first output power, and configured to control the image forming apparatus,
wherein, based on the second output power monitored by the monitoring unit having been lower than a threshold value since
the switching unit is turned ON, the power source control unit turns the switching unit OFF and then turns back to ON in a
state where the first output power is supplied to the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,579,907

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a supply unit configured to hold a plurality of rolls of a wound continuous sheet;
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet drawn from one of the rolls held by the supply unit;
a storage unit configured to store a sheet printed on by the printing unit; and
a guiding unit configured to be capable-of-taking
(a) a first position at which the sheet discharged from the printing unit is restricted to be fed toward the supply unit and
is dropped within the storage unit and

(b) a second position at which the sheet discharged from the printing unit is allowed to be fed toward the supply unit so
that the sheet is wound as a roll.

US Pat. No. 9,574,099

INK SET AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink set comprising:
a combination of a first ink and a second ink,
the first ink containing a pigment, a resin dispersant, and a water-soluble urethane resin,
the second ink containing a pigment, a resin dispersant, and a water-soluble urethane resin,
the second ink further containing a polyether-modified siloxane compound having a weight-average molecular weight of 10,000
or more to 50,000 or less,

a content P1 (% by mass) of the pigment in the first ink being larger than a content P2 (% by mass) of the pigment in the second ink,

a content U1 (% by mass) of the water-soluble urethane resin in the first ink being larger than a content U2 (% by mass) of the water-soluble urethane resin in the second ink,

a content S1 (% by mass) of a polyether-modified siloxane compound in the first ink being smaller than a content S2 (% by mass) of the polyether-modified siloxane compound in the second ink.

US Pat. No. 9,578,231

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising
at least one processor or circuitry which functions as:
a focus adjustment unit configured to perform focus adjustment using a phase-difference signal that is output from an image
sensor;

a computing unit configured to compute information on a defocus amount using the phase-difference signal that is output from
the image sensor;

a determination unit configured to determine, in response to a detection of preparation operations for capturing, that an
in-focus state is not obtained if the information on a defocus amount is more than a permissive value and that the in-focus
state is obtained if the information on a defocus amount is not more than the permissive value; and

a control unit configured to control a frame rate with which the phase-difference signal is obtained,
wherein in a case where the determination unit determines that the in-focus state is not obtained, the control unit sets the
frame rate to:

a first frame rate if the information on the defocus amount is equal to or more than a first threshold being larger than the
permissive value;

and a second frame rate, which is lower than the first frame rate, if the information on the defocus amount is less than the
first threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,578,232

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to photoelectrically convert a subject image formed by an imaging optical system;
a focus adjusting unit configured to adjust a focus state of the subject image on the image sensor;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire luminance signals of colors from signals obtained from a plurality of unit focus
detection areas forming a focus detection area of the image sensor;

a normalization unit configured to normalize the acquired luminance signals of the colors of the unit focus detection areas
using the signals obtained from the unit focus detection areas;

a calculation unit configured to calculate normalized focus evaluation values of the colors that indicate a focus state of
the subject image using the normalized luminance signals of the colors; and

a determination unit configured to determine a driving direction of the focus adjusting unit based on magnitude relations
of a first normalized focus evaluation value that corresponds to a first color and a second normalized focus evaluation value
that corresponds to a second color.

US Pat. No. 9,578,235

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR PROCESSING AN IMAGE SIGNAL FOR WHICH A FOCUS STATE CAN BE CHANGED AFTER IMAGE CAPTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to sequentially obtain an image signal from which reconstructed images having a plurality of
different focus states can be generated;

a detection unit configured to detect the focus state of the image signal obtained by the obtaining unit;
a generation unit configured to generate a reconstructed image from the image signal; and
an outputting unit configured to generate and output moving image data including, as frame data, the image signal and the
reconstructed image generated by the generation unit, wherein

in a case where the result of the detection of the focus state by the detection unit is an in-focus state, the outputting
unit includes the reconstructed image but does not include the image signal from which the reconstructed image is generated
as the frame data of the moving image data, and in a case where the result of the detection is an out-of-focus state, the
outputting unit includes the image signal as the frame of the moving image data.

US Pat. No. 9,575,420

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus for forming a pattern on a substrate, comprising:
a substrate holder configured to hold the substrate;
a cleaning unit configured to perform cleaning of the substrate holder;
a detector configured to detect a foreign substance by observing the substrate held by the substrate holder; and
a controller configured to control execution of a pattern forming operation on the substrate and a cleaning operation by the
cleaning unit;

wherein the controller operates such that,
in a case where a foreign substance is detected out of a predetermined area including a position at which a foreign substance
was previously detected after a predetermined number of executions of the cleaning operation, a next pattern forming operation
is performed after executing the cleaning operation, and

in a case where a foreign substance is detected again within the predetermined area after the predetermined number of executions
of the cleaning operation, a next pattern forming operation is performed without executing the cleaning operation,

wherein the lithography apparatus forms a pattern on a first substrate and a second substrate which is processed next to the
first substrate,

wherein when the controller controls execution of pattern forming operation on the first substrate and the second substrate,
the controller controls execution of the cleaning operation after processing the first substrate and before processing the
second substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,573,381

PRINTING APPARATUS AND BUBBLE EXHAUST METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead in which a plurality of nozzles are provided for discharging ink;
an ink tank for storing ink to be supplied to the printhead;
an ink channel for supplying ink from the ink tank to the printhead;
a bubble injection unit configured to perform a bubble injection operation to inject a bubble to the ink channel;
a cap capable of covering the nozzles;
a first pump configured to perform a first suction operation and a second suction operation that is stronger than the first
suction operation, so as to suck ink from the nozzles through the cap; and

a control unit configured to control the bubble injection unit and the first pump, wherein the control unit causes the bubble
injection unit to perform the bubble injection operation, and then causes the first pump to perform the first suction operation
and the second suction operation following the first suction operation while maintaining a capping state where the nozzles
are covered by the cap.

US Pat. No. 9,578,340

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a CPU;
a combining unit configured to combine a first moving image with a second moving image;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a slice type and a picture identifier of a first frame in the first moving image
and a slice type and a picture identifier of a second frame in the second moving image, wherein the first frame and the second
frame are frames that were not adjacent before the combining performed by the combining unit and are adjacent to each other
after the combining; and

a changing unit configured to change, in a case where the picture identifier of the first frame and the picture identifier
of the second frame match, both the picture identifier and the slice type of the second frame,

wherein in a case where the picture identifier of the first frame and the picture identifier of the second frame match and
the slice type of the second frame is a first slice type, the changing unit changes the picture identifier of the second frame
to a predetermined picture identifier having a bit length longer than the matched identifier and changes the slice type of
the second frame to a second slice type having a bit length shorter than the first slice type,

wherein a function of at least one of the combining unit, the acquisition unit and the changing unit is performed by the CPU,
and

wherein the predetermined picture identifier has a bit length that is an n-bit longer than the matched identifier, and the
second slice type has a bit length that is an n-bit shorter than the first slice type.

US Pat. No. 9,576,539

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light source apparatus comprising:
a light source;
a detection unit configured to detect light emitted by the light source;
a determination unit configured to determine a target brightness for the light source; and
a control unit configured to periodically perform control of light emission from the light source,
wherein the control unit divides one period of the control into a first period during which the light source is caused to
emit light that is to be detected by the detection unit and a second period during which the light source is caused to emit
light at the target brightness determined by the determination unit, and

during the first period, drives the light source using a driving signal with a value smaller than a value during the second
period, and

the detection unit detects light emitted by the light source during the first period.

US Pat. No. 9,576,372

OBJECT DETECTING APPARATUS, OBJECT DETECTING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object detecting apparatus comprising:
at least one memory; and
at least one processor connected to the memory and configured to execute instructions that, when executed, cause the object
detecting apparatus to:

identify a candidate region of an object based on an input image;
calculate a first score indicating reliability of the candidate region;
set a region to be excluded from the candidate region of the object in the input image, according to an application using
information of the object;

calculate a second score indicating reliability of the region to be excluded; and
detect a region of the object based on the identified candidate region, the set region to be excluded, the first score, and
the second score.

US Pat. No. 9,570,919

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE, POWER TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmission device that transmits power wirelessly to an external device, the power transmission device comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive, from a power reception device, identification information of the power reception device
and frequency information indicating a first transmission frequency that is suitable for the power reception device;

a first determination unit configured to determine whether the identification information is registered in the power transmission
device, as information of an external device to which the power transmission device can transmit power;

a second determination unit configured to determine whether the first transmission frequency indicated by the frequency information
coincides with a second transmission frequency used for transmitting power to another power reception device, if the first
determination unit determines that the identification information is not registered in the power transmission device; and

a changing unit configured to change the second transmission frequency, if the second determination unit determines that the
first transmission frequency coincides with the second transmission frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,524,125

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system which includes an image processing apparatus and a printing apparatus, wherein
the image processing apparatus comprises:
a processor and a memory;
a receiving unit configured to receive a print job transmitted from an information processing apparatus;
a generating unit configured to generate image data based on image information included in the received print job;
a setting unit configured to set authentication information used for login to the image processing apparatus as authentication
information of the print job transmitted from the information processing apparatus, and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit the print job including the authentication information set by the setting unit
and the image data generated based on the image information included in the print job transmitted from the information processing
apparatus, to the printing apparatus,

wherein the processor and the memory cooperate to function as the receiving unit, generating unit, setting unit and the transmitting
unit, and

the printing apparatus comprises:
an authenticating unit configured to perform authentication based on the authentication information included in the print
job transmitted from the image processing apparatus; and

a printing unit configured to perform printing based on the image data according to a success of the authentication.

US Pat. No. 9,524,155

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus in which an application program having an image processing function operates, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions that when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
select an image to be processed by the application program;
display, on a display unit, a table showing a plurality of functions of a processing which is applicable to the image selected,
according to a feature of the image selected, wherein the plurality of functions of the processing shown in the table include
a function of a processing which the application program already has, and a function of a processing which to be added to
the application program;

select, from the functions shown in the table displayed on the display unit, a function to be applied to the image selected;
obtain an installation program corresponding to the function of the processing selected, when the function of the processing
selected is the function of the processing to be added to the application program; and

add the function of the processing by using the installation program.

US Pat. No. 9,523,659

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a signal initialization unit configured to acquire, as an initial value of a pressure signal, a pressure signal that is obtained
by receiving, by a receiving unit, of an elasticity wave propagating from a measurement object;

an impulse response initialization unit configured to acquire an initial value of an impulse response of the receiving unit;
an output unit configured to output a modified pressure signal based on the initial value of the pressure signal and the initial
value of the impulse response,

wherein said output unit further comprises:
a signal modifying unit configured to modify the pressure signal by using the impulse response;
a signal constraining unit configured to modify the pressure signal based on constraint conditions, wherein the constraint
conditions include at least one of high contrast properties, positivity, and frequency band characteristics;

an impulse response modifying unit configured to modify the impulse response by using the pressure signal; and
an impulse response constraining unit configured to modify the impulse response based on constraint conditions which are time-bandwidth
characteristics of the impulse response, and

wherein said output unit is configured to generate the modified pressure signal by iteratively executing processes of the
signal modifying unit, the signal constraining unit, the impulse response modifying unit, and the impulse response constraining
unit in accordance with a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 9,523,926

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus that irradiates a pattern formed on an original with light emitted from an illumination system, projects
an image of the pattern on a substrate via a projection optical system, and exposes the substrate, the exposure apparatus
comprising:
an original holding unit including a holding frame and configured to move in a first direction and a second direction opposite
to the first direction; and

a measuring device configured to measure a position of the original holding unit,
wherein the holding frame has a first penetrating portion provided at a front lateral side of the holding frame and a second
penetrating portion provided at a back lateral side of the holding frame, each of the first and second penetrating portions
being configured to allow gas present in a space defined by the original and the holding frame to flow into and out from the
space while the original holding unit is being moved in the first and second directions,

wherein both the first and second penetrating portions are configured to allow a pressure loss in the flow of the gas in the
first direction caused by moving the original holding unit in the second direction to be less than the pressure loss in the
flow of the gas in the second direction caused by moving the original holding unit in the first direction, and

wherein the measuring device is arranged at a side toward the second direction of the original holding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,524,444

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A CONTOUR SEGMENT FOR AN OBJECT IN AN IMAGE CAPTURED BY A CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining a contour segment for an object in an image captured by a camera, the method comprising:
determining a plurality of corner points located on a part of an object in the image, wherein each corner point represents
a location of a corner of the object;

selecting pairs of corner points from the determined corner points;
determining a path for at least one of the pairs of corner points, the path connecting the corner points of the at least one
pair of corner points along the boundary of the object; and

determining the contour segment for the object using the determined path.

US Pat. No. 9,523,954

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS DEVELOPER REPLENISHMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photosensitive member based on image data to form an electrostatic latent image;
a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image using toner;
a container configured to contain toner;
a replenishment unit configured to replenish the toner to the developing unit from the container;
a detection unit configured to detect an amount of the toner contained in the developing unit:
a calculation unit configured to calculate a difference value between the amount of the toner detected by the detection unit
and a target toner amount

an accumulation unit configured to accumulate the difference value calculated by the calculation unit;
a controller configured to control the replenishment unit based on the difference value calculated by the calculation unit
and the accumulated value accumulated by the accumulation unit: and

a determination unit configured to obtain an amount of toner consumed by the developing unit based on the image data, obtain
the amount of toner contained in the developing unit based on a detecting result of the detection unit, determine, based on
the amount of the consumed toner and the amount of the contained toner, whether or not an error of an amount of the toner
replenished by the replenishment unit is larger than a threshold value, and determine, based on the number of times that the
error is determined, whether or not replacement of the container is required.

US Pat. No. 9,335,696

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a first power state and a second power state in which power consumption is lower than
in the first power state, the imaging forming apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an object present in a vicinity of the image forming apparatus;
a receiving unit configured to receive a user's operation;
a control unit configured to, if the object is detected by the detection unit or if the receiving unit receives the user's
operation, shift the image forming apparatus from the second power state to the first power state; and

a display unit configured to, if the image forming apparatus is shifted from the second power state to the first power state
in response to receipt of the user's operation by the receiving unit, display information indicating that there is dust adhering
to the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,330,462

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus that acquires information inside an object by receiving an acoustic wave that
has arrived from inside the object through a layer having an acoustic impedance that is different from that of the object,
and analyzing the acoustic wave, the object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
an acoustic wave probe that receives an acoustic wave and converts the acoustic wave into an electric signal;
a whole image generation unit that generates a whole image, which is an image indicating information inside the object, based
on the electric signal after the conversion;

a partial image generation unit that extracts a partial image, which is a part of the whole image, from the whole image; and
a similar image search unit that searches an area similar to the partial image, from the whole image,
wherein the similar image search unit searches an area similar to the partial image from a start position, which is a position
where the partial image has been extracted, in a direction where the acoustic wave that has arrived from inside the object
is reflected by the layer having acoustic impedance that is different from that of the object.

US Pat. No. 9,319,558

DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus, comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a destination of an electronic mail (e-mail), the receiving unit being able to receive
a plurality of destinations which are more than a maximum number of destinations for one e-mail;

dividing unit configured to divide the plurality of destinations received by the receiving unit in to a plurality of groups
of destinations which are equal to or less than the maximum number; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit each of a plurality of e-mails to each of the plurality of groups of destinations,
wherein the transmitting unit transmits, in a case where the number of a plurality of destinations received by the receiving
unit is equal to or less than the maximum number, one e-mail for which all of the plurality of destinations are set, and

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

US Pat. No. 9,310,706

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image bearing members on which electrostatic latent images are formed;
a plurality of developing units configured to develop each of the electrostatic latent images formed on the image bearing
members as a toner image;

an intermediate transfer member;
a primary transfer unit configured to transfer, as primary transfer, the plurality of toner images developed by the developing
units to the intermediate transfer member in a plurality of primary transfer portions;

a secondary transfer unit configured to transfer, as secondary transfer, the plurality of toner images which have been transferred
as the primary transfer to the intermediate transfer member to a recording material in a secondary transfer portion;

a supply unit configured to supply a common transfer current, to be used for the primary transfer and the secondary transfer,
to the primary transfer unit and the secondary transfer unit;

a forming unit configured to form a first test patch and a second test patch formed consecutively thereafter and next to the
first test patch with no other test patches formed therebetween, the first and second test patches for correcting color misregistration
or color density; and

a detecting unit configured to detect the first test patch and the second test patch formed on the intermediate transfer member,
wherein a length of the intermediate transfer member in a rotational direction thereof from a rear end of the first test patch
to a front end of the second test patch which is formed subsequently to the first test patch with no other test patches formed
therebetween the rear end of the first test patch and the front end of the second test patch, is longer than a length of the
intermediate transfer member from a primary transfer portion located in the lowermost stream among the plurality of primary
transfer portions to the secondary transfer portion.

US Pat. No. 9,311,026

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processing unit configured to perform a predetermined process on input data, and to output the input data on which the predetermined
process has been performed;

a specifying unit configured to specify a period, based on a start and an end of the predetermined process performed by the
processing unit;

a measurement unit configured to measure a data size of the output data output from the processing unit per unit time;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the measured data size in the specified period satisfies a specific condition;
an output unit configured to generate an abnormality detection log associated with the predetermined process performed by
the processing unit if the determination unit determines that the specific condition is satisfied and to output the generated
log; and

a first module and a second module forming a multi-stage structure where output data of the first module becomes input data
of the second module, wherein

each of the first module and the second module includes the processing unit, the specifying unit, the measurement unit, the
determination unit, and the output unit,

the determination unit of the second module makes the determination based on a result of the determination by the determination
unit of the first module, and

if an exceptional command is included in the input data input into the processing unit of the first module, the determination
unit of the second module does not detect, as an abnormality, a change caused by the exceptional command in the data size
of the output data output from the processing unit of the second module,

wherein at least one of processing unit, the specifying unit, the measurement unit, the determination unit, the output unit,
the first module, and the second module is implemented using a CPU.

US Pat. No. 9,311,580

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING READING AT A READING POSITION, GENERATING IMAGE DATA AND PRINTING AN IMAGE BASED ON THE IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to perform reading at a reading position and then to generate image data;
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet based on the image data generated by the reading unit;
a determining unit configured to determine whether image data includes an abnormal pixel, the image data being generated by
the reading unit with no document placed at the reading position; and

a control unit configured to control the determining unit to perform the determination in a case where a type of the sheet
on which the image is to be printed by the printing unit is a first type of sheet, and to control the determining unit not
to perform the determination in a case where the type of the sheet on which the image is to be printed by the printing unit
is a second type of sheet which is different from the first type of sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,213,279

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for performing a fixing process in which an unfixed toner image is fixed on a recording material while
conveying the recording material bearing the unfixed toner image at a nip portion, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a first rotary member configured to contact the unfixed toner image;
a second rotary member configured to form the nip portion with the first rotary member; and
an air supply unit configured to supply air to the second rotary member,
wherein the fixing apparatus is configured to execute
a first mode in which a warm-up for warming the second rotary member while rotating the first rotary member and the second
rotary member is performed for a period of the warm-up before the fixing process and in which supplying air by the air supply
unit for a period of the fixing process is performed,

a second mode in which the warm-up is performed for a longer period than the period of warm-up in the first mode and in which
supplying air by the air supply unit is performed for the period of the fixing process, and

a third mode in which the warm-up is performed for the same period as the period of the warm-up in the first mode and in which
supplying air by the air supply unit is not performed, independently of the number of the recording materials on which the
unfixed toner images are continuously fixed, for an entire period of the fixing process.

US Pat. No. 9,056,456

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus that records an image, comprising:
a recording head including at least first, second, and third discharge port arrays each having a plurality of discharge ports
for discharging inks having the same color arranged in a predetermined direction, the first, second, and third discharge port
arrays being displaced from one another in the predetermined direction so that N number of first discharge ports arranged
at an end on the first side in the predetermined direction of the first discharge port array and N number of second discharge
ports arranged at an end on the second side opposite to the first side in the predetermined direction of the second discharge
port array are arranged in a direction intersecting the predetermined direction to form a first overlap portion for discharging
the inks to the same area on a recording medium, and N number of third discharge ports arranged at an end on the first side
in the predetermined direction of the second discharge port array and N number of fourth discharge ports arranged at an end
on the second side in the predetermined direction of the third discharge port array are arranged in the intersecting direction
to form a second overlap portion for discharging the inks to the same area on the recording medium; and

a control unit configured to performs control to discharge the inks to the recording medium from the recording head according
to recording ratios respectively determined for the N number of first discharge ports, the N number of second discharge ports,
the N number of third discharge ports, and the N number of fourth discharge ports while relatively scanning in the intersecting
direction of the recording head and the recording medium,

wherein the control unit controls the discharge of the inks in each of pixel columns including a plurality of pixels arranged
in the predetermined direction on the recording medium so that (i) the inks are not discharged, among the N number of first
discharge ports, from M (0?M?N) number of discharge ports on the first side in the predetermined direction and are discharged
according to the first recording ratio from L (0?L?N?M) number of discharge ports on the second side in the predetermined
direction, (ii) the inks are not discharged, among the N number of second discharge ports, from the L number of discharge
ports on the second side in the predetermined direction and are discharged according to the first recording ratio from the
M number of discharge ports on the first side in the predetermined direction, (iii) the inks are not discharged, among the
N number of third discharge ports, from K (0?K?N) number of discharge ports on the first side in the predetermined direction
and are discharged according to the second recording ratio from J (0?J?N?K) number of discharge ports on the second side in
the predetermined direction, and (iv) the inks are not discharged, among the N number of fourth discharge ports, from the
J number of discharge ports on the second side in the predetermined direction and are discharged according to the second recording
ratio from the K number of discharge ports on the first side in the predetermined direction, and

wherein respective values in at least one of a first set of the M and the K and a second set of the L and the J continuously
increase or decrease as a position of the pixel column in the intersecting direction on the recording medium changes, and
the respective values differ from each other when the position of the pixel column in the intersecting direction on the recording
medium is a predetermined position.

US Pat. No. 9,056,745

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus comprising:
a sheet stacking member on which sheets are stacked, the sheet stacking member being detachably attached to an apparatus body;
a conveyance guide provided in the apparatus body, the conveyance guide positioned above the sheet stacking member when the
sheet stacking member is attached to the apparatus body;

a regulating member movably provided to regulate a position of the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking member;
an abutted portion provided on a bottom surface of the conveyance guide;
an abutting portion provided so as to move integrally with the regulating member, the abutting portion abutting a bottom surface
of the abutted portion; and

a movement regulating portion which regulates movement of the regulating member in a moving direction of the regulating member
when the sheet stacking member is attached to the apparatus body,

wherein the abutting portion is movable between a first position in which the abutting portion abuts the abutted portion in
a state that the sheet stacking member is attached to the apparatus body and a second position in which the abutting portion
has moved integrally with the regulating member in the regulating member's movable direction from the first position so that
the abutting portion does not abut the abutted portion in the state that the sheet stacking member is attached to the apparatus
body,

wherein the movement regulating portion includes a latching portion provided in the conveyance guide and a latched portion
formed on an upper surface of the abutting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,049,599

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a management setting unit configured to enable or disable a management function for managing users who use the image forming
apparatus;

a reception unit configured to receive a print job from an external apparatus via a wireless communication, the print job
including user identification information;

a first determination unit configured to determine whether the management function has been enabled or disabled;
a job control unit configured to, in a case where it is determined by said first determination unit that the management function
has been enabled, perform a user authentication based on the user identification information which is included in the print
job and permit an execution of the print job when the user authentication is successful, while the job control unit being
configured to, in a case where it is determined by said first determination unit that the management function has been disabled,
permit the execution of the print job without processing the user authentication;

a wireless communication setting unit configured to set an encryption method of the wireless communication;
a second determination unit configured to determine whether or not the encryption method set by said the wireless communication
setting unit has a predetermined security function; and

a warning display unit configured to display a warning message in a case where it is determined by said first determination
unit that the management function has been disabled and it is determined by said second determination unit that the encryption
method does not have the predetermined security function.

US Pat. No. 10,560,970

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus communicable with a device including a wireless interface, comprising:a wireless interface for performing wireless communication;
a display device; and
at least one processor that executes instructions to:
make a search for, by transmitting a probe request including an SSID corresponding to an access point information previously connected to the information processing apparatus, a nearby access point corresponding to the SSID, wherein the access point information is stored in the information processing apparatus;
display, on the display device, one or more access points found by the search, and
transmit, to the device, setting information for connection to an access point selected by a user from the displayed one or more access points, using a wireless direct communication established with the device,
wherein, in the search, a probe request including an SSID corresponding to an access point whose stealth SSID function is enabled is transmitted, upon condition that, as the access point information previously connected to the information processing apparatus, information of the access point whose stealth SSID function is enabled is stored.

US Pat. No. 10,548,477

PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoacoustic apparatus comprising a processing unit configured to:obtain a first image data group generated based on acoustic waves generated by irradiating an object with light having a first wavelength a plurality of times;
obtain first position shift information associated with irradiation timing of the light having the first wavelength on the basis of the first image data group;
obtain a second image data group generated based on acoustic waves generated by irradiating the object with light having a second wavelength different from the first wavelength a plurality of times;
obtain second position shift information corresponding to irradiating timing of the light having the second wavelength on the basis of the second image data group corresponding to the second wavelength;
obtain third position shift information on the basis of the first position shift information and the second position shift information; and
generate combined image data based on the third position shift information.

US Pat. No. 10,548,483

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:an image acquiring unit that acquires a plurality of object images captured by imaging an object for a plurality of times;
a shape acquiring unit that acquires shape information, which is information representing a shape of the object;
an image dividing unit that divides each of the plurality of object images into at least two partial images, based on the shape information; and
an image registering unit that registers the divided partial images to each other,
wherein the image acquiring unit comprises (a) a signal acquiring unit that acquires a signal obtained by converting by an acoustic element an acoustic wave generated in an object by irradiating the object with light, and (b) an information acquiring unit that generates the object image by performing an operation on the acquired signal.

US Pat. No. 10,554,891

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, IMAGE STABILIZATION METHOD, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:an image stabilization unit that performs image stabilization by changing a crop position at which part of image is cropped from an image obtained by photoelectric conversion of an optical image formed through a detachable lens unit by an image sensor based on a vibration amount detected by a vibration detection unit;
a control unit that controls the image stabilization unit so as to shift the crop position by a predetermined swing back amount toward a center of the image; and
a determination unit that determines whether or not zooming is performed based on focal lengths obtained from the lens unit at a predetermined time interval,
wherein the control unit increases the swing back amount in a case where zooming is performed than in a case where zooming is not performed,
wherein let a distance between positions on a sensor surface of the image sensor corresponding to a center of the image and a center of the crop position be ?, the focal length be f, and an angle [rad] at the position on the sensor surface of the image sensor corresponding to the center of the crop position with respect to a central axis which is orthogonal to the sensor surface of the image sensor and corresponding to the center of the image be ?, when relationship is expressed by
?=?×f,
then the swing back amount is a change amount of the angle ? in a predetermined period; and
wherein each unit is implemented by one or more processors, circuitry or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,554,893

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following units:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information about a lens;
a motion vector detection unit configured to detect a motion vector from a plurality of images captured by an image capture unit for capturing an object image; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate an image blur correction amount for correcting an image blur, on the basis of the motion vector detected by the motion vector detection unit, and a shake of an image capturing apparatus detected by a shake detection unit for detecting the shake of the image capturing apparatus,
wherein the calculation unit changes weights applied to the motion vector and the shake of the image capturing apparatus for calculation of the image blur correction amount, on the basis of information related to perspective of the lens acquired by the acquisition unit, and
wherein the information related to the perspective of the lens includes a perspective determination value calculated from a ratio of a first image capture distance and a second image capture distance, or a difference in number of pixels between the first and second image capture distances, the first and second image capture distances being obtained by projecting a first angle and a second angle onto an image capture plane, the first and second angles being obtained by equally dividing an angle of view calculated from a focal length of the lens and a size of the image capture plane, the first angle being closer to an optical axis of the lens than is the second angle.

US Pat. No. 10,549,526

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an ink supply unit configured to supply an ink onto a surface of an intermediate transfer body;
a heating unit configured to heat the intermediate transfer body; and
a transfer unit configured to transfer the ink on the surface of the intermediate transfer body to a printing medium, the ink supply unit, the heating unit, and the transfer unit being successively arranged with respect to a rotation direction of the intermediate transfer body,
wherein the heating unit includes a plurality of heating sources which are positioned relative to each other by being shifted in the rotation direction of the intermediate transfer body, and the plurality of heating sources includes:
a first heating source heating the intermediate transfer body; and
a second heating source heating the intermediate transfer body, a degree of heating the intermediate transfer body by the second heating source being greater than a degree of heating the intermediate transfer body by the first heating source, the second heating source being positioned on an upstream side, with respect to the rotation direction of the intermediate transfer body, of the first heating source.

US Pat. No. 10,549,527

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a conveyance mechanism including a conveyance member for conveying a cut sheet, the conveyance mechanism being configured to convey the cut sheet by moving the conveyance member;
a transfer member configured to cyclically pass through a formation area of an ink image and a transfer area where the ink image is transferred to the cut sheet, the transfer member having a peripheral length corresponding to a length of the cut sheet to which the ink image can be transferred, and including a plurality of areas that allow printing on a plurality of cut sheets in one rotation;
a print head including a nozzle through which ink is discharged to the transfer member based on print data, the print head being configured to form the ink image on the transfer member in the formation area;
a transfer mechanism including a pressing member for pressing a cut sheet to transfer the ink image from the transfer member to the cut sheet conveyed by the conveyance mechanism in the transfer area;
a memory that stores instructions; and
one or more processors coupled to the memory, and configured to execute the instructions to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire the print data for forming the ink image on the transfer member, the print data being obtained by performing image processing on data representing an image of a print target; and
a control unit configured to control the print head so as to use some areas, of the plurality of areas of the transfer member, for the formation of the ink image and so as not to use remaining areas, of the plurality of areas of the transfer member, for the formation of the ink image, by deciding, in accordance with information on a use count of each area, of the plurality of areas of the transfer member, for printing an image on cut sheets, an area on which an ink image based on the print data is formed so as to use, for printing, an area, of the plurality of areas of the transfer member, having a use count that is lowest, among the plurality of areas of the transfer member, more often than other areas of the plurality of areas of the transfer member.

US Pat. No. 10,549,528

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a transfer member that rotates cyclically;
a printhead configured to form an image on the transfer member;
a transfer unit configured to perform a transfer operation in which the image formed on the transfer member is transferred to a print medium;
a cleaning roller, which rotates in contact with the moving transfer member, for cleaning the transfer member after the transfer operation by the transfer unit and before a next image is formed by the printhead;
a liquid container configured to reserve a cleaning liquid so that a part of the cleaning roller is immersed in the cleaning liquid; and
a removal unit configured to remove an impurity by contacting a surface of the cleaning roller which rotates in the liquid container.

US Pat. No. 10,552,094

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONNECTING TO REMOTE PRINT SERVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
transmit a registration request for registering the printing apparatus and a cloud account of an owner of the printing apparatus in association with each other to a cloud print service composed of one or more servers,
acquire, in a case where the printing apparatus is designated as a public printer by the owner after the cloud print service associates the cloud account of the owner and the printing apparatus with each other on a basis of the registration request, a uniform resource locator for registering the printing apparatus in association with a third party, and
display a screen that includes the uniform resource locator on a display of the printing apparatus,
wherein the printing apparatus is capable of receiving an instruction about whether to designate the printing apparatus as a public printer or a non-public printer,
wherein a screen that includes the uniform resource locator is displayed on the display of the printing apparatus when the screen is displayed in a case where an instruction for designation as a public printer is received, and
wherein a screen that does not include the uniform resource locator is displayed on the display of the printing apparatus when the screen is displayed in a case where an instruction for designation as a non-public printer is received.

US Pat. No. 10,554,915

IMAGING SENSOR AND MOVING BODY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:a plurality of electrodes including a first electrode, a second electrode, and a third electrode arranged between the first electrode and the second electrode;
a photoelectric conversion layer provided over the first electrode, the second electrode, and the third electrode;
a counter electrode provided over the photoelectric conversion layer; and
one micro lens provided so as to correspond to the first electrode, the second electrode, and the third electrode,
wherein the first electrode, the second electrode, and the third electrode are arranged in a first direction,
wherein a length of the third electrode in a second direction corresponding to a direction orthogonal to the first direction is shorter than a length of the first electrode and a length of the second electrode in the second direction,
wherein a width of the third electrode in the first direction is shorter than the length of the first electrode and the length of the second electrode in the second direction,
wherein a first signal that is read out from the first electrode and a second signal that is read out from the second electrode are used for phase difference detection, and
wherein a third signal that is read out from the third electrode is used for imaging and is not used for phase difference detection.

US Pat. No. 10,552,097

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus having a wireless communication interface capable of executing a direct wireless communication with an external apparatus without using an external access point, the communication apparatus comprising:at least one memory that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
specify a user who logs into the communication apparatus;
generate an SSID (Service Set Identifier) based on information that is obtained by converting information of the specified user using a one way function; and
control the wireless communication interface to function as an access point to be used in the direct wireless communication with the external apparatus, wherein the access point is identified by the external apparatus based on the generated SSID.

US Pat. No. 10,552,098

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus connectable to an information processing apparatus via a network, the image forming apparatus comprising a controller including a processor or circuit, the controller configured to function as:a receiving unit configured to receive print data from the information processing apparatus, the print data including setting information in which printing of a plurality of copies including a first copy and a second copy is designated, a first sheet feed cassette is set for printing of the first copy and a second feed cassette is set for printing of the second copy;
a generation unit configured to generate image data from the print data received by the receiving unit;
a storage unit configured to store the image data generated by the generation unit;
a reading unit configured to read the stored image data at least twice, wherein the stored image data is read for a first time for printing of the first copy and read for a second time for printing of the second copy;
a processing unit configured to perform first image processing on the image data read for the first time according to a sheet type of sheets stored in the first sheet feed cassette and to perform second image processing on the image data read for the second time according to a sheet type of sheets stored in the second sheet feed cassette different from the first sheet feed cassette; and
a printing unit configured to print image data subjected to the first image processing on a sheet fed from the first sheet feed cassette, and to print image data subjected to the second image processing on a sheet fed from the second sheet feed cassette.

US Pat. No. 10,552,103

PRINT CONTROL METHOD FOR PERFORMING PRINT PROCESS ACCORDING TO PRINT DATA, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PRINT CONTROL PROGRAM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO PERFORM PRINT PROCESS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print control method by which print data is transmitted from an information processing apparatus to an image forming apparatus, the print control method comprising:detecting an event in which the print data is not transmitted normally from the information processing apparatus to the image forming apparatus;
causing, by the information processing apparatus, the image forming apparatus to suspend an execution of a print process in a case where the event is detected;
performing a predetermined process which enables the print data to be transmitted normally from the information processing apparatus to the image forming apparatus in a case where the event is detected; and
transmitting at least a part of the print data, which has not been transmitted to the image forming apparatus, after the predetermined process is performed,
wherein the image forming apparatus resumes the suspended printing process after the predetermined process is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,549,553

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a feeding roller configured to feed a sheet;
a pair of conveying rollers configured to nip and convey the sheet fed by the feeding roller;
a printhead configured to perform a printing operation on the sheet conveyed by the pair of conveying rollers;
a carriage configured to mount the printhead and move in a direction crossing a conveying direction of the sheet; and
a control unit configured to execute a skew correction operation of causing a leading edge of a succeeding sheet to abut against the pair of conveying rollers which nips a preceding sheet and is stopped to perform a print scan of the carriage for the preceding sheet before a last print scan of the carriage for the preceding sheet,
wherein the control unit executes, after the skew correction operation, a conveying operation of causing the pair of conveying rollers to nip an overlap portion where the preceding sheet and the succeeding sheet overlap with each other and conveying the succeeding sheet toward a printing start position where the printing operation starts, wherein the printhead comprises a plurality of nozzles arranged in the conveying direction and configured to discharge ink, and
wherein in a case in which the printing operation for the preceding sheet is performed in a state in which the overlap portion is conveyed by the pair of conveying rollers, if there is no gap, in the conveying direction, between a first image printed by a first print scan of the carriage and a second image printed by a second print scan of the carriage next to the first print scan on the preceding sheet, the control unit changes nozzles of the plurality of nozzles for printing the first image and/or nozzles of the plurality of nozzles for printing the second image.

US Pat. No. 10,551,355

PROBE AND SUBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A probe comprising:an element comprising at least one cell, each cell comprising a first electrode provided on a substrate, and a vibration membrane comprising a second electrode provided across a gap from the first electrode;
an acoustic impedance matching layer disposed above the element;
a light reflecting layer; and
an adhesive layer adhering the light reflecting layer to the substrate and adhering the acoustic impedance matching layer to the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,549,313

EDGE FIELD IMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint lithography method of edge field patterning, the method comprising:providing an imprint lithography template having a mold, the mold having a patterning surface comprising patterned features;
providing a substrate having a surface defining a first edge and an imprinting area having full imprint fields bounded by partial imprint fields, wherein each partial imprint field is bounded by up to two full imprint fields and has an edge step layer extending from the surface of the substrate, the edge step layer having a second edge a distance d from the first edge and a height h defined by a distance between the surface of the substrate and a surface of the edge step layer parallel to the surface of the substrate from which it extends, wherein a portion of the surface of the substrate between the first edge and the second edge is free of the edge step layer;
drop dispensing a polymerizable material on the surface of the edge step layer of one of the partial imprint fields;
contacting the polymerizable material on the edge step layer with the mold of the imprint lithography template; and
based on the contacting, forming a pattern on the surface of the edge step layer based on the patterned features,
wherein contact between the imprint lithography template and the portion of the substrate between the first edge and the second edge is prevented based on the edge step layer of the one of the partial imprint fields.

US Pat. No. 10,548,554

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, RADIATION IMAGING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus, comprising:an information acquisition unit configured to acquire information on a radiation image from a detection apparatus configured to take the radiation image by detecting radiation;
a transfer request unit configured to transmit to the detection apparatus, based on the information, a transfer request signal for requesting transfer of an untransferred radiation image taken by and stored in the detection apparatus; and
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire the radiation image from the detection apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,548,558

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR RADIOGRAPHIC SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for a radiographic system in which long length imaging is performed using a plurality of radiographic apparatuses that each includes an accumulation period enabling accumulation of electric charge corresponding to incident radiation and a preparatory period including a period to perform initialization operation, at least one of the plurality of radiographic apparatuses including a different preparatory period, the control apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a control circuit that executes the instructions to:
control the plurality of radiographic apparatuses and a radiation generation apparatus so that an exposure period of the radiation generation apparatus is included in a period in which accumulation periods of all the plurality of radiographic apparatuses overlap.

US Pat. No. 10,552,146

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT EXECUTES UPDATE APPLICATION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that has a device driver and a local communication port, and executes an update application that updates firmware of a first image processing apparatus configured to carry out communications via the local communication port, and firmware of a second image processing apparatus configured to carry out communications with the device driver, the information processing apparatus comprising:a processor configured to implement instructions stored in a memory and execute a plurality of tasks, including:
a first obtaining task that obtains first information indicating the second image processing apparatus configured to carry out communications with the device driver;
a second obtaining task that obtains second information indicating the first image processing apparatus connected to the local communication port; and
a determination task that determines at least one update candidate:
in a case where the device driver of the information processing apparatus is a V3 printer driver, using the first information and the second information; and
in a case where the device driver of the information processing apparatus is a V4 printer driver, using the first information without using the second information.

US Pat. No. 10,553,184

DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display device that displays an image comprising:a display,
a communication interface to communicate with an external device,
an input device to input an instruction by a user, and
at least one processor to perform a method comprising:
receiving information from the external device via the communication interface;
receiving the instruction inputted by a user;
setting a setting value for an image processing based on at least one of the information and the instruction, and
performing the image processing to an image to be displayed on the display based on the setting value,
wherein
a first range in which a parameter is settable by the setting based on the information is wider than a second range in which a parameter is settable by the setting based on the instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,552,672

MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A medical image processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the medical image processing apparatus to function as:
a selection unit configured to:
obtain lesion information relating to a medical image of an object of a plurality of medical images obtained by imaging an object using a medical imaging apparatus;
acquire additional information related to the medical image;
acquire time schedules of one or more doctors of a plurality of doctors;
determine whether a degree of urgency is set as a part of the additional information related to the medical image;
in a case where a determination is made that the degree of urgency is set, assign the medical image to a doctor of the plurality of doctors who is currently performing interpretation;
in a case where a determination is made that the degree of urgency has not been set, determine whether an interpretation deadline has been set as a part of the additional information related to the medical image;
in a case where a determination is made that the interpretation deadline has been set, assign the medical image to a doctor of the plurality of doctors whose acquired time schedule is set within the interpretation deadline; and
in a case where a determination is made that the interpretation deadline has not been set, assign the medical image to a doctor of the plurality of doctors whose acquired time schedule is set within a set time; and
an output unit configured to output, to a display unit, information corresponding to the doctor to which the medical image is assigned, together with the information corresponding to the assigned medical image.

US Pat. No. 10,549,346

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MODELING APPARATUS, THREE-DIMENSIONAL MODEL BODY MANUFACTURING METHOD, AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL MODELING DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. The three-dimensional modeling apparatus that performs three-dimensional modeling by repeatedly scanning a modeling material arranged on a modeling stage with an energy beam to form a solidified layer, comprising:a cover that includes a side wall, an energy beam transmitting portion that allows the energy beam to pass, a member having an opening formed by a gap at a lower portion of the energy beam transmitting portion, and a gas supplying opening for supplying gas to the gap, wherein the cover blows, downward from the opening, the gas supplied to the gap; and
a moving device that moves the cover so as to allow the energy beam to pass through the energy beam transmitting portion, according to scanning with the energy beam.

US Pat. No. 10,554,995

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for an image decoding apparatus for decoding quantization parameters for subblocks in a block representing a part of an image, wherein the block is divided into subblocks so as to form a quadtree, the method comprising:decoding a first quantization parameter for a first subblock, coded data related to a first difference value between the first quantization parameter for the first subblock and a second quantization parameter for a second subblock, and coded data related to a second difference value between a third quantization parameter for a third subblock and a rounding value of an average of quantization parameters for subblocks in the block, wherein the first subblock, the second subblock, and the third subblock are generated by dividing the block so as to form a quadtree;
acquiring the second quantization parameter based on the first quantization parameter and the first difference value decoded by the decoding, and acquiring the third quantization parameter based on the second difference value decoded by the decoding and the rounding value of the average of quantization parameters for subblocks decoded before the third subblock; and
reproducing parts of an image corresponding to the first subblock, the second subblock, and the third subblock, respectively using the acquired first quantization parameter, the acquired second quantization parameter, and the acquired third quantization parameter,
wherein the first subblock is arranged at upper left of the block.

US Pat. No. 10,554,996

VIDEO ENCODING AND DECODING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding a sequence of digital images into a bitstream, at least one block being encoded by inter prediction, the method comprising:generating a set of motion vector predictor candidates for a block to encode of a current frame, the set of motion vector predictor candidates being permitted to include, if available, at least one spatial motion vector predictor candidate and no more than one temporal motion vector predictor candidate, the generating comprising, if available, selecting as said temporal motion vector predictor candidate a motion vector at a predetermined position in a block of a reference frame, the reference frame being different from the current frame, wherein the block of the reference frame is located in vicinity of a bottom right position of an area, wherein the block of the reference frame is neighboring the area, and wherein the area has the same position and the same size as the block to encode;
selecting a motion vector predictor candidate from the generated set as a motion vector predictor for encoding a motion vector associated with the block to encode; and
encoding in the bitstream information identifying the selected motion vector predictor candidate,
wherein the generating comprises, if available, selecting as the spatial motion vector predictor candidate a motion vector associated with a block neighboring and diagonally below and to the left of the block to encode.

US Pat. No. 10,552,956

RECONSTRUCTION METHOD OF BIOLOGICAL TISSUE IMAGE, APPARATUS THEREFOR, AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE BIOLOGICAL TISSUE IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A reconstruction method of a biological tissue image using a signal processing apparatus based on measured spectrum data corresponding to an image region of the biological tissue image comprising:selecting one or more peaks of the measured spectrum data;
dividing the image region into a plurality of blocks;
generating a classifier for each of the plurality of blocks which classifies the measured spectrum data based on the selected one or more peaks thereby obtaining a plurality of classified blocks; and
acquiring reconstructed biological tissue image based on the plurality of classified blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,555,009

ENCODING DEVICE, ENCODING METHOD, DECODING DEVICE, DECODING METHOD, AND GENERATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An encoding device comprising:a dividing unit configured to divide an encoding unit of an image into a plurality of regions;
a header generation unit configured to generate, for each boundary that partitions each of the plurality of regions along a direction which crosses a line, a boundary header used to identify the boundary;
a trajectory generation unit configured to generate a piece of trajectory information representing a displacement of the boundary associated with progress of the line; and
an aligning unit configured to, when generating encoded data including the generated boundary headers and the generated pieces of trajectory information, change, in accordance with the number of boundaries, a manner in which the generated boundary headers and the generated pieces of trajectory information are aligned.

US Pat. No. 10,552,964

OBJECT TRACKING DEVICE AND A CONTROL METHOD FOR OBJECT TRACKING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object tracking device that obtains a plurality of image data and tracks an object region of a tracking object over the plurality of image data, the device comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors and including instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the object tracking device to:
collate image data of an object region of the tracking object in one of the plurality of image data with the other image data of plurality of image data;
output information about candidate regions of the tracking object in the other image data;
obtain depth information corresponding to each of the plurality of image data;
set a depth range based on the depth information corresponding to the object region of the tracking object in the depth information;
narrow down the candidate regions so that depth information of the narrowed candidate regions are within the set depth range; and
determine an object region of the tracking object in the other of the plurality of image data from the narrowed candidate regions.

US Pat. No. 10,552,717

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that uses a first rendering processor that performs rendering of a first area within a page based on print data and a second rendering processor that performs rendering of a second area within the page based on the print data, the image processing apparatus comprising:a controller, having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, being configured to:
acquire image data arranged across the first area and the second area based on the print data;
cause the first rendering processor having accessed the image data to perform rendering with pixels within the first area of all the pixels of the image data, wherein the image data in the first area is specified based on a memory address of an image data memory which stores the image data; and
cause the second rendering processor having accessed the image data to perform rendering with pixels within the second area of all the pixels of the image data, wherein the image data in the second area is specified based on the memory address of an image data memory which stores the image data.

US Pat. No. 10,552,718

MOBILE TERMINAL CAPABLE OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATION AND INCLUDING A LOCK SCREEN, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile terminal comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
detect an advertising packet for Bluetooth Low Energy, which is transmitted by an external device;
determine whether or not to perform a notification, based on a radio field intensity of the detected advertising packet for Bluetooth Low Energy;
display, on a display unit, a lock screen that restricts user's operations on the mobile terminal;
display a notification object by overlaying on the displayed lock screen, in a case where the processor determines to perform the notification while the lock screen is displayed on the display unit; and
request the external device to execute a predetermined process, without unlocking the lock screen on the display unit in a case where a first instruction is performed on the notification object displayed by overlaying on the displayed lock screen by the user via the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,552,980

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more memories storing instructions; and
one or more processors executing the instructions to:
generate a first image by performing projective transformation on an image captured by a first image capturing apparatus, the first image being an image corresponding to an imaging direction of a second image capturing apparatus which performs image capturing from an imaging direction different from that of the first image capturing apparatus;
receive a second image captured by the second image capturing apparatus;
receive a first difference image which is a difference image based on a difference between the second image and a third image by performing projective transformation on an image captured by a third image capturing apparatus which performs image capturing from an imaging direction different from that of the first image capturing apparatus and that of the second image capturing apparatus, the third image being an image corresponding to the imaging direction of the second image capturing apparatus;
generate a second difference image which is a difference image based on a difference between the first image and the second image; and
generate a foreground image base on the first difference image and the second difference image, the foreground image being used for generating a virtual viewpoint image.

US Pat. No. 10,554,524

ESTIMATION OF NETWORK CONDITIONS OF INDIVIDUAL PATHS IN A MULTI-PATH CONNECTION INVOLVING A DEVICE NOT AWARE OF MULTI-PATH SIGNALING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of estimating network conditions of a multi-path connection between a server and a client not aware of multi-path signaling, the server having a plurality of communication interfaces connected to a same communication interface of the client through a respective plurality of paths, the method comprising, at the server:obtaining at least one parameter characterizing the client;
determining, based on the at least one obtained parameter, an order for successively considering each path of two or more paths;
for each path successively considered, sending data over at least the path considered, and receiving, over a reception path, at least one feedback message, in response to the sent data; and
determining network conditions of the two or more paths, using the received feedback messages.

US Pat. No. 10,552,987

ENCODING AND DECODING OF TEXTURE MAPPING DATA IN TEXTURED 3D MESH MODELS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for encoding a textured three-dimensional mesh model into a bitstream, the textured 3D mesh model being composed of polygons between connected vertices, the method comprising the steps of obtaining texture data and of encoding the texture data in a bitstream, the texture data including:a texture image,
a texture coordinates table having entries, each entry defining a set of coordinates in the texture image, and
texture coordinates indexes associating each vertex of a polygon in the textured 3D mesh model with an entry in the texture coordinates table,
wherein the method further comprises deleting entry duplicate or duplicates from the texture coordinates table before encoding the texture coordinates table,
wherein the method further comprises obtaining connectivity data describing the connectivity between the vertices in the textured 3D mesh model,
wherein deleting entry duplicate or duplicates is based on the obtained connectivity data and includes:
successively considering each vertex of the textured 3D mesh model,
determining a plurality of polygons, preferably all the polygons, that share the vertex currently considered as a polygon vertex using the obtained connectivity data, and
determining one or more entry duplicates within only the set of entries associated, in the texture coordinates table, with the vertex currently considered in the determined polygons.

US Pat. No. 10,554,828

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS PROVIDING TRANSMISSION DESTINATION FROM AN ADDRESS BOOK, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of communicating with an external apparatus, comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
set, as a transmission destination, at least one of first transmission destinations included in a first address book stored on the communication apparatus and second transmission destinations included in a second address book stored on the external apparatus;
display detail information of the set transmission destination;
receive an instruction via a registration button to register the transmission destination in the first address book, in a case where at least one of the second transmission destinations is set as the transmission destination and the set transmission destination is usable in the communication apparatus;
register, according to the received instruction, the set transmission destination in the first address book; and
transmit electronic data to the set transmission destination,
wherein, in a case where the set transmission destination is unusable in the communication apparatus, a registration using the registration button is not performed.

US Pat. No. 10,554,831

REMOTE MAINTENANCE SYSTEM FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CAPABLE OF REDUCING USER'S TIME AND EFFORT, COMMUNICATION ESTABLISHMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

5. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a computer-executable program for executing a communication establishment method of establishing remote maintenance communication for an operator terminal to perform a maintenance operation of an image processing apparatus via a relay server,wherein the method comprises:
receiving a first connection request from a first image processing apparatus, for connecting to an operator terminal of a plurality of operator terminals; and
establishing a first remote maintenance communication, via a first relay server, between the first image processing apparatus and a first operator terminal of the plurality of operator terminals based on the first connection request,
assigning, in a case where a second connection request is received, a second operator terminal of the plurality of operator terminals that has not established a remote maintenance communication to a second image processing apparatus that has sent the second connection request, and
establishing the second remote maintenance communication, via a second relay server, between the second image processing apparatus having sent the second connection request and the assigned second operator terminal,
queuing a connection request received from one of the image processing apparatuses when all of the operator terminals have established the remote maintenance communication, and
establishing, when any of the plurality of operator terminals has disconnected the remote maintenance communication, the remote maintenance communication between the one of the image processing apparatuses having sent the queued connection request and the operator terminal having disconnected the remote maintenance communication.
US Pat. No. 10,551,759

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising:a toner particle including a binder resin; and
an inorganic fine particle, the inorganic fine particle including a calcium strontium zirconate fine particle, wherein
a number-average particle diameter of primary particles of the calcium strontium zirconate fine particle is 10 to 800 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,554,844

IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE SCANNING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image scanning apparatus including an image scanning unit in which a plurality of sensors for scanning an original and a plurality of light sources are arranged in a predetermined direction, comprising:a determination unit configured to determine whether there is an influence of external light from the outside of the image scanning apparatus on scanning by the image scanning unit;
a decision unit configured to decide a correction value corresponding to each of the plurality of sensors based on received light amounts of at least some of the plurality of sensors; and
a correction unit configured to correct, using the correction value corresponding to each of the plurality of sensors and decided by the decision unit, data corresponding to a received light amount of each of the plurality of sensors when scanning the original,
wherein if the determination unit determines that there is no influence of the external light, based on a received light amount of each of a first sensor and a second sensor arranged at a position that is readily influenced by the external light, as compared with the first sensor, the decision unit decides a correction value corresponding to each of the first sensor and the second sensor, and
if the determination unit determines that there is the influence of the external light, the decision unit decides the correction value corresponding to the first sensor and the correction value corresponding to the second sensor based on the received light amount of the first sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,554,847

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:a light source configured to irradiate an original with light;
an image sensor configured to receive light reflected on the original and output an image signal representing an original image of the original;
a reference member for shading correction;
a shading portion configured to perform the shading correction on the image signal through use of shading data acquired from a result of reading the reference member with the image sensor;
a power consumption controller configured to control power consumption of the image sensor; and
a controller configured to control operations of the light source and the image sensor to read the reference member and an original image of the original,
wherein the controller is configured to:
cause the power consumption controller to drive the image sensor with a first power consumption during a preparation period before the controller causes the image sensor to read the reference member and thereafter drive the image sensor with a second power consumption smaller than the first power consumption, and allow the image sensor driven with the second power consumption to read the reference member; and
cause the image sensor driven with the second power consumption to read an original image of the original.

US Pat. No. 10,551,534

OPTICAL ELEMENT, OPTICAL SYSTEM, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND LENS APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical element, comprising:a substrate;
a surface layer disposed on the substrate;
an absorption layer provided between the surface layer and the substrate, the absorption layer having transmittance that varies depending on a position on the substrate; and
an intermediate layer provided between the substrate and the absorption layer;
wherein the surface layer includes:
a first film disposed at a position farthest from the substrate and having a refractive index of no less than 1.05 nor more than 1.4 at a wavelength of 550 nm,
a second film disposed at a position closer to the substrate than the first film and having a higher refractive index than the substrate at a wavelength of 550 nm, and
a third film disposed at a position adjacent to the second film and having a lower refractive index than the second film at a wavelength of 550 nm, and
wherein an extinction coefficient of the absorption layer is not more than 0.5 and not less than 0.05 at wavelengths of from 400 nm to 700 nm, and
wherein the intermediate layer includes a film having a refractive index in a range between Nabs,int and Nsub, wherein Nabs,int is a refractive index of a film of the absorption layer that is closest to the intermediate layer, and Nsub is a refractive index of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,551,535

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF INSERTING AND EXTRACTING FILTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an insertion-extraction unit configured to insert and extract an optical filter which, when inserted, causes more infrared light to be transmitted than visible light;
a computation unit configured to compute an object distance between the image pickup apparatus and an object;
an evaluation unit configured to evaluate an image quality based on at least a sharpness in an image including a picked up object image;
a control unit configured to control said insertion-extraction unit so as to insert or extract the optical filter based on the image quality and the object distance, to thereby secure visibility of the object; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether the object distance is equal to or more than a predetermined distance,
wherein the control unit configured to control said insertion-extraction unit to extract the optical filter in response to the determination unit determining that the object distance is less than the predetermined distance.

US Pat. No. 10,547,961

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A signal processing apparatus comprising:one or more hardware processors; and
one or more memories which stores instructions executable by the one or more hardware processors to cause the signal processing apparatus to perform at least:
acquiring collected sound signals based on collection of sounds in a sound collection region by a plurality of microphones;
determining, based on one or more positions of objects detected in the sound collection region, at positions and sizes of a plurality of partial areas in the sound collection region;
extracting, from the collected sound signals, a plurality of audio signals respectively corresponding to the plurality of determined partial areas; and
generating, by sound processing using more than one of the plurality of extracted audio signals, a playback audio signal according to position and orientation of a designated virtual listening point.

US Pat. No. 10,545,656

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROLLING METHOD FOR DISPLAYING AN ITEM IN A DISPLAY AREA IN RESPONSE TO MOVEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to cause the information processing apparatus to act as:
a layout unit configured to generate a plurality of pages including a first page in which a first image is arranged in a first slot and a second page in which a second image is arranged in a second slot,
a display control unit configured to display a plurality of thumbnails corresponding to the plurality of pages in a first display area, and display, in a second display area, the first page corresponding to a thumbnail selected from the thumbnails displayed in the first display area; and
a movement control unit configured to move an image in response to a drag operation,
wherein, in a case where the first image arranged in the first page displayed in the second display area is moved to a thumbnail that corresponds to the second page and is displayed in the first display area, the second page is displayed in the second display area, and
wherein, in a case where the first image is moved to the second page in the second display area from the thumbnail corresponding to the second page and then the drag operation of the first image is released on the second slot in the second page, the first image is arranged in the second slot of the second page and the second image is arranged in the first slot of the first page.

US Pat. No. 10,547,199

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a memory and at least one processor and/or at least one circuit allowing the apparatus to perform the operations of the following units:
a power receiving unit configured to be capable of wirelessly receiving power from another apparatus;
a charging unit configured to be capable of charging a secondary battery using the power received from the another apparatus;
a wireless communication unit configured to be capable of performing wireless communication with the another apparatus;
a rectification smoothing unit configured to rectify and smooth the power received from the another apparatus, and to output the rectified and smoothed power;
a suppressing unit configured to suppress a transient voltage fluctuation in an output voltage of the rectification smoothing unit; and
a driving unit configured to drive the suppressing unit so that the output voltage of the rectification smoothing unit generated by the power received from the another apparatus does not exceed a first voltage; and
a control unit configured to control the power receiving unit, the charging unit, and the wireless communication unit,
wherein, when an operation to drive the suppressing unit so that the output voltage of the rectification smoothing unit does not exceed the first voltage has continued for a predetermined period or longer, the control unit controls the power receiving unit so as not to receive the power from the another apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,545,413

EVALUATION METHOD, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AN ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An evaluation method for evaluating an aberration of a projection optical system in an exposure apparatus, the method comprising:obtaining a first prediction coefficient which is a prediction coefficient of a first prediction formula which is a prediction formula for an aberration that is symmetrical with respect to an optical axis of the projection optical system, and obtaining a second prediction coefficient which is a prediction coefficient of a second prediction formula which is a prediction formula for an aberration that is asymmetrical with respect to the optical axis of the projection optical system;
determining whether a shape of an illuminated region in an object plane of the projection optical system is symmetrical or asymmetrical with respect to the optical axis; and
evaluating an aberration of the projection optical system using at least one of the first prediction coefficient and the second prediction coefficient, wherein the evaluating comprises:
evaluating the aberration of the projection optical system using the first prediction coefficient in a case where the determining determines that the shape of the illuminated region is symmetrical with respect to the optical axis, and
evaluating the aberration of the projection optical system using the first prediction coefficient and the second prediction coefficient in a case where the determining determines that the shape of the illuminated region is asymmetrical with respect to the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,545,415

DETECTION APPARATUS, PATTERN FORMING APPARATUS, OBTAINING METHOD, DETECTION METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection apparatus that detects a mark formed on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:a substrate holder having a holding surface for holding the substrate;
an optical system accommodated in the substrate holder;
an image sensor configured to capture an image of the mark from a lower surface side of the substrate through the optical system; and
a processor configured to perform detection processing for the mark based on the image of the mark captured by the image sensor,
wherein the processor is configured to correct a detection value of the mark based on a distance between the mark and the holding surface of the substrate holder in a height direction and information concerning telecentricity of the optical system, and
wherein the processor obtains the information concerning telecentricity of the optical system based on a detection value of the mark when the distance is a first distance and a detection value of the mark when the distance is a second distance different from the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,545,416

DETECTION APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection apparatus for detecting a plurality of marks provided on a substrate, comprising:an optical system;
an illumination unit configured to selectively illuminate the plurality of marks with a plurality of light beams via the optical system such that each of the plurality of marks is illuminated with at least one light beam; and
an image capturing device configured to capture images of the plurality of marks via the optical system,
wherein the illumination unit includes a change unit configured to individually change an irradiated position of each of the plurality of light beams on the substrate by individually changing an incident angle at which each of the plurality of light beams is incident on a pupil plane of the optical system, in accordance with positions of the plurality of marks on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,547,468

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the apparatus to:
display a code image including information for starting communication compliant with a Wi-Fi Device Provisioning Protocol (DPP) standard for communicating a communication parameter for a second wireless network different from a first wireless network with another communication apparatus, the information comprising information of a first frequency channel that is same as a frequency channel of the first wireless network, in a case where the communication apparatus is in the first wireless network; and
communicate the communication parameter with the other communication apparatus by performing the communication compliant with the Wi-Fi DPP standard in the first frequency channel in a case where the other communication apparatus has read the displayed code image.
US Pat. No. 10,545,420

MAGNETIC TONER AND IMAGE-FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner, comprising:a magnetic toner particle containing a binder resin, a wax and a magnetic body, wherein
the wax forms domains in the interior of the magnetic toner particle, the number-average diameter of the domains being 50 to 500 nm,
CV2/CV1?1.00 when Dn (m) is a number-average particle diameter of the magnetic toner, CV1 (%) is coefficient of variation of a brightness variance value of the magnetic toner in a particle diameter range of Dn ±0.500, and CV2 (%) is coefficient of variation of the brightness variance value of the magnetic toner in a particle diameter range of Dn ?1.500 to Dn ?0.500,
an average brightness of the magnetic toner is 30.0 to 60.0 in the particle diameter range of Dn ±0.500; and
coefficient of variation CV3 of an occupied area percentage for the magnetic body is 40.0 to 80.0% in a cross section of the magnetic toner observed using a transmission electron microscope when the cross section is divided with a square grid having a side of 0.8 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,545,422

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing a toner comprising a toner particle, said toner particle comprising a core particle containing a binder resin and a colorant, and a surface layer containing an organosilicon polymer, the method comprising the steps of:producing the core particle,
dispersing the core particle in an aqueous medium to obtain a core particle dispersion,
providing a hydrolysis solution containing a hydrolyzed organosilicon compound,
mixing the core particle dispersion with the hydrolysis solution to obtain a mixture, and
obtaining the toner particle by condensing the hydrolyzed organosilicon compound in the mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,545,424

LIQUID DEVELOPER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING LIQUID DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid developer, comprising:a carrier liquid;
a toner particle that is insoluble in the carrier liquid, the toner particle comprising a polyester resin having an acidic group, an acid value of the polyester resin being at least 5 mg KOH/g and a pKa of the acidic group being not more than 3.4; and
a polymer that is soluble in the carrier liquid, wherein
the polymer comprises a primary amino group at a position other than the end of a main chain of the polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,545,680

RECORDING/REPRODUCTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF RECORDING/REPRODUCTION APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:at least one processor;
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the recording apparatus to function as:
an output unit configured to output a clock signal to each of a plurality of recording media;
a communication unit configured to transmit a write command and write data to each of the plurality of recording media to write the data in each recording medium and to receive a response to the write command, that is transmitted from each of the plurality of recording media, in accordance with a timing signal obtained by delaying the clock signal; and
a control unit configured to control the communication unit to execute relay recording of, if data is transmitted and written in a first recording medium of the plurality of recording media, continuing the write of the data by switching a transmission destination of the data from the first recording medium to a second recording medium of the plurality of recording media,
wherein the control unit controls the communication unit in the relay recording so as to execute adjustment processing of adjusting a delay amount of the timing signal with respect to the second recording medium before switching the transmission destination of the data from the first recording medium to the second recording medium, and to write, in the first recording medium, data corresponding to a period of the adjustment processing before switching the transmission destination of the data from the first recording medium to the second recording medium.

US Pat. No. 10,545,428

METHOD OF FIXING REGULATING BLADE AND DEVELOPMENT DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of fixing a regulating blade made of resin to an attaching portion of a development frame member made of resin, the attaching portion being used to attach the regulating blade, the regulating blade being (i) arranged in non-contact with a developer bearing member that is arranged to carry a developer for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on an image bearing member, (ii) arranged to face the developer bearing member, and (iii) configured to regulate an amount of the developer to be carried on the developer bearing member, the method of fixing the regulating blade comprising:a warping step comprising imparting, to the regulating blade, a force for warping the regulating blade in such a manner that a gap between the developer bearing member supported by the development frame member and the regulating blade attached to the attaching portion is adjusted to within a predetermined range along a longitudinal direction of the developer bearing member; and
a fixation step comprising fixing the regulating blade to the attaching portion in a state in which the regulating blade is warped by the force imparted to the regulating blade in the warping step and the gap is within the predetermined range along the longitudinal direction of the developer bearing member.

US Pat. No. 10,547,992

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus operable as an AP (Access Point) or STA (Station) of a wireless LAN (Local Area Network), the apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing code to be executed by the at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor executes the code to
create a wireless LAN by operating as the AP;
accept from a user a first instruction for performing printing processing or a second instruction for performing a maintenance service by using a tethering function;
receive from a printing apparatus, after a direct connection to the printing apparatus by the wireless LAN cannot be established in accordance with a wireless LAN connection request that is transmitted by the communication apparatus to the printing apparatus, by communication in accordance with a predetermined wireless communication, a notification indicating that it is possible to connect to the wireless LAN, wherein the predetermined wireless communication is a wireless communication in which power consumption is lower than a wireless LAN; and
control to cause the communication apparatus to operate as the STA and connect to the printing apparatus, which operates as the AP, directly via a wireless LAN, in a case where the notification is received from the printing apparatus in a state where the first instruction has been accepted, and to control to cause the communication apparatus to operate as the AP and connect to the printing apparatus, which operates as the STA, directly via the wireless LAN created by the creating, in a case where the notification is received from the printing apparatus in a state where the second instruction has been accepted.

US Pat. No. 10,545,431

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF CARTRIDGE AND CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a cartridge, the cartridge being attachable to an apparatus main body of an image forming apparatus, and the cartridge including a first member and a second member, the first member including a first surface and a hole provided in the first surface, and the second member including a second surface and a third surface disposed on an opposite side of the second surface, the manufacturing method comprising:holding the first member and the second member so that the second surface covers the hole and so that the second surface and the first surface are in contact with each other; and
joining the first member and the second member to each other by ultrasonic spot welding so that a portion of the third surface is melted and a recess recessed towards the hole is formed in the third surface and so that at least part of a fused portion of the first member and the second member enters the hole.

US Pat. No. 10,545,944

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR GENERATING STATISTIC INFORMATION TO RECOGNIZE WHEN AN UNSUCCESSFULLY-TRANSMITTED FILE EXISTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising,a memory for storing instructions, and
at least one processor executing the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
store start time of a transmission process of log information;
perform control to transmit one or more log files corresponding to the log information to a log collection server;
store end time of the transmission process of the log information after the transmission control about all of the one or more log files has been completed;
generate statistic information about the transmission of the log information after the end time has been stored, wherein the statistic information is information for recognizing that an unsuccessfully-transmitted file exists; and
perform control to transmit to the log collection server the generated statistic information,
wherein the statistic information
includes the stored start time and the stored end time.

US Pat. No. 10,545,435

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS HEAT GENERATING QUANTITIES OF A PLURALITY OF HEAT GENERATING ELEMENTS BASED ON HEAT ACCUMULATION AMOUNTS, AND AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:a heater configured to generate heat to heat an image formed on a recording material, the heater having a plurality of heat generating elements divided in a direction orthogonal to a conveying direction of the recording material;
a roller for forming a nip portion for pinching and conveying the recording material together with the heater;
an acquisition portion that acquires a plurality of count values indicating heat accumulation amounts of a plurality of heating regions heated by the plurality of heat generating elements, respectively; and
a control portion configured to independently control electrical power supplied to each of the plurality of heat generating elements, the control portion controlling the electrical power supplied to each of the plurality of heat generating elements so that a difference between a first count value indicating a heat accumulation amount of a first heating region heated by a first heat generating element, among the plurality of heat generating elements, and a second count value indicating a heat accumulation amount of a second heating region heated by a second heat generating element, among the plurality of heat generating elements, is maintained within a predetermined range,
wherein the first heating region heated by the first heat generating element is a heating region that overlaps an edge of the recording material in the direction orthogonal to the conveying direction, and
wherein the second heating region heated by the second heat generating element is a heating region that overlaps a center of the recording material in the direction orthogonal to the conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,545,437

HEATER AND FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater used for a fixing device comprising:a substrate having a lengthwise direction and a widthwise direction;
a heat generation element arranged on the substrate;
a temperature detection element arranged on a face opposite to a face of the substrate on which the heat generation element is arranged;
two conductive lines electrically connected to the temperature detection element, the two conductive lines being arranged on the face opposite to the face of the substrate on which the heat generation element is arranged; and
a protection layer that covers the temperature detection element and the two conductive lines,
wherein one of the conductive lines is arranged to extend from the temperature detection element to one end portion of the substrate in the lengthwise direction of the substrate, and the other conductive line is arranged to extend from the temperature detection element to the other end portion of the substrate in the lengthwise direction of the substrate, and
wherein at least one of the two conductive lines has a region that is inclined in both of the lengthwise direction and the widthwise direction of the substrate in an area covered by the protection layer.

US Pat. No. 10,545,439

FIXED MEMBER AND HEAT FIXING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing member comprising a substrate, and a single layer of an elastic layer on the substrate,the elastic layer having a thickness of 100 ?m or more, and containing a binder and a filler,
wherein the elastic layer contains the filler in a content of 30% by volume or more to 60% by volume or less based on the total volume of the elastic layer, and
wherein, when a surface of the elastic layer facing to the substrate is defined as a first surface, and a surface of the elastic layer opposed to the first surface is defined as a second surface, an average value of ratios of an element derived from the filler is 0.0 atomic % or more to 6.0 atomic % or less in a region having a thickness of 6 ?m from the first surface toward the second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,546,208

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR SELECTING A VIDEO FRAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method, performed by at least one processor which executes a program stored in a storage, of selecting at least one video frame of a video sequence comprising a plurality of video frames, said method comprising:determining a sampling pattern based on length of the video sequence and processing capability of a running device including the at least one processor;
sampling a first set of said frames which are not continuous in the video sequence, wherein the frames of the first set are sampled throughout the video sequence in accordance with the first determined sampling pattern;
determining candidate frames from the sampled frames based on image quality;
sampling a second set of neighboring frames of the determined candidate frames, in accordance with similarity between each of the neighboring frames and each of the candidate frames; and
selecting at least one of the video frames from the first set of said frames and the second set of neighboring frames based on image quality,
wherein in a case where the similarity between a first neighboring frame and a predetermined candidate frame is lower than the similarity between a second neighboring frame and the predetermined candidate frame, the sampling of the second set of neighboring frames is executed such that the first neighboring frame is sampled with priority higher than the second neighboring frame.

US Pat. No. 10,545,442

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus configured to heat an image on a recording material, comprising:an endless belt;
a rotary member configured to form a nip portion, in which the recording material is nipped and conveyed and the image on the recording material is heated, with the endless belt;
regulating members comprising regulating surfaces for regulating the endless belt from moving in a longitudinal direction by being in contact with longitudinal ends of the endless belt; and
a sheet-like heating member provided inside of the endless belt, the heating member comprising a fixed area located at a first end side in a rotation direction of the endless belt and fixed to an internal member of the endless belt and a heating area configured to be in contact with an inner surface of the endless belt along a peripheral direction in an area different from an area forming of the nip portion in the peripheral direction of the endless belt and to heat the endless belt,
wherein the heating member comprises
a heat transfer member in contact with the inner surface of the endless belt, and
a heating portion located on an opposite side from a side, of the heating member, in contact with the inner surface of the endless belt across the heat transfer member, and
wherein both end portions of the heat transfer member are disposed at the same location or outside of both end portions of the heating portion in the longitudinal direction and are disposed inside of both end portions of the rotary member in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,545,444

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member on which an electrostatic image is to be formed;
a developing unit comprising a developer bearing member configured to carry and convey developer comprising toner and carrier to develop the electrostatic image, the developing unit being configured to accommodate the developer;
an inductance sensor configured to output a voltage value corresponding to a density of the toner in the developer in the developing unit;
a calculation portion configured to calculate an averaged image ratio of a predetermined number of electrostatic images to be formed on the image bearing member;
a developer supplying portion configured to supply the developer to the developing unit;
a controller configured to control the developer supplied from the developer supplying portion to the developing unit on a basis of the density of the toner output from the inductance sensor; and
a voltage controller configured to control a voltage value for adjusting a magnitude of a magnetic field of the inductance sensor such that an absolute value of the voltage for adjusting the magnitude of the magnetic field of the inductance sensor in a case where the averaged image ratio calculated by the calculation portion is a second image ratio larger than a first image ratio is smaller than an absolute value of the voltage for adjusting the magnitude of the magnetic field of the inductance sensor in a case where the averaged image ratio calculated by the calculation portion is the first image ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,545,446

TONE CORRECTION IMAGE PROCESSING BASED ON PIXEL FORMATION POSITION ON A PHOTORECEPTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a holding unit configured to hold a plurality of tone correction properties corresponding to spot diameters of light exposed on a photoreceptor;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a formation position on the photoreceptor;
a setting unit configured to set, based on the acquired formation position, at least one tone correction property out of the plurality of tone correction properties held in the holding unit;
a correction unit configured to perform correction processing on a pixel data for the formation position based on the set at least one tone correction property to generate tone correction data; and
an image forming unit configured to perform image formation based on the tone correction data generated by the correction unit;
wherein, in a case where the spot diameter corresponding to the formation position matches with the spot diameter corresponding to the set at least one tone correction property, the setting unit sets one tone correction property, while, in a case where the spot diameter corresponding to the formation position does not match with the spot diameter corresponding to the set at least one tone correction property, the setting unit sets two or more tone correction properties.

US Pat. No. 10,547,242

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a transformer configured to isolate a primary side and a secondary side;
a switching unit provided on the primary side of the transformer and configured to perform switching operation for converting an input voltage in which an AC voltage are rectified and smoothed and outputting an output voltage from the secondary side of the transformer;
a first detection unit configured to detect the output voltage;
a feedback unit configured to generate a feedback voltage based on the output voltage detected by the first detection unit;
a control unit configured to control the switching operation of the switching unit based on the feedback voltage generated by the feedback unit; and
a second detection unit configured to detect the AC voltage,
wherein the control unit performs the switching operation such that the higher the AC voltage detected by the second detection unit, the shorter a conduction time period of the switching unit corresponding to the feedback voltage and the smaller a variation amount of the conduction time period of the switching unit corresponding to a variation amount of the feedback voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,545,450

CARTRIDGE, MOUNTING METHOD FOR COUPLING MEMBER, AND DISASSEMBLING METHOD FOR COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:a rotatable member rotatable about an axis thereof;
a coupling member for receiving a rotational force for rotating the rotatable member;
a cylindrical member movably supporting one end portion of the coupling member inside of the cylindrical member;
a cylindrical member side force receiving portion, provided inside of the cylindrical member, for receiving the rotational force received by the coupling member;
a side cover provided at one longitudinal end portion of the rotatable member and covering the cylindrical member so as to permit rotation of the cylindrical member;
a first regulating portion, provided inside of the cylindrical member, for preventing the one end portion of the coupling member from disengaging in an axial direction of the cylindrical member, wherein the first regulating portion is capable of deformation to allow the one end portion of the coupling member to disengage in the axial direction of the cylindrical member; and
a second regulating portion for regulating the deformation of the first regulating portion in a state in which the one end portion of the coupling member is mounted to the inside of the cylindrical member,
wherein the side cover includes the second regulating portion.

US Pat. No. 10,547,244

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a transformer having a primary winding, a secondary winding and an auxiliary winding;
a first switching element connected in series to the primary winding;
a capacitor connected in series to the primary winding;
a second switching element connected in parallel to the primary winding and the capacitor connected in series to the primary winding;
a control unit configured to operate with an operation-enable voltage which is a voltage induced in the auxiliary winding to control switching operation of the first switching element and the second switching element; and
an adjustment unit configured to adjust a resultant voltage in which a voltage induced in the auxiliary winding while current is flowing in a predetermined direction with respect to the auxiliary winding in a case where the first switching element turned on and the second switching element turned off is applied into a voltage induced in the auxiliary winding while current is flowing in an opposite direction opposite to the predetermined direction with respect to the auxiliary winding in a case where the first switching element turned off and the second switching element turned on, and supply the resultant voltage to the control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,545,453

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:an electrophotographic photosensitive member having a surface layer containing a resin and a charge-transporting substance; and
a charging member configured to charge the electrophotographic photosensitive member, wherein
the surface layer has an average Martens hardness of 245 N/mm2 or more measured at a pushing force of 7 mN, and
a core defined by three-dimensional surface texture standards (ISO 25178-2:2012) of a surface of the charging member has an average Martens hardness of 2 to 20 N/mm2 measured at a pushing force of 0.04 mN, and an average adhesiveness of 70 mV or less measured with a scanning probe microscope in a field of view of 2-micrometer square.

US Pat. No. 10,545,709

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING HISTORY OF SETTING DETERMINED FOR EXECUTING JOB AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor, the at least one memory having stored thereon instructions, which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to cooperate to act as:
a storage unit configured to store histories of jobs;
a display unit configured to display the histories stored by the storage unit or a part of the histories stored by the storage unit on a display;
a control unit configured to, in a case where the number of histories displayed by the display unit is a predetermined number, delete at least one of the histories displayed by the display unit from the display in accordance with execution of another job and display a history of the executed another job on the display; and
a setting unit configured to set such that a history displayed by the display unit is not deleted by the control unit,
wherein the history set by the setting unit is not deleted from the display even when the another job is executed in a case where the number of histories is the predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 10,547,762

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR GENERATING A HALFTONE IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating halftone image data used for an image forming apparatus which forms an image based on the halftone image data by superimposing n (n?2) records on a same region in a recording medium, the image processing apparatus comprising:a memory that holds threshold matrix characteristic information related to a threshold matrix characteristic representing a dispersity of a dot pattern of each tone value obtained when dithering is performed using a threshold matrix; and
one or more circuitry for causing the image processing apparatus to function as:
a setting unit configured to set recording data indicating an amount of recording for n recording scans by dividing values of respective pixels in an image indicated by image data for the n recording scans based on the threshold matrix characteristic information; and
a halftoning unit configured to perform dithering using the threshold matrix on the recording data for each of the n records to generate the halftone image data.

US Pat. No. 10,547,763

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that performs image formation by transferring and fixing an image formed on an image carrier onto a sheet, comprising:a memory storing a first threshold matrix and a second threshold matrix for executing a halftone process that converts multi-tone input image data into output image data containing a smaller number of tones than the input image data; and
a controller unit including a processor or a hardware circuit configured to execute a program,
wherein the controller unit functions as an output unit configured to output output image data obtained by the halftone process with the first threshold matrix in a case where attribute information associated with pixels of the input image data is a first type, and to output output image data obtained by the halftone process with the second threshold matrix in a case where the attribute information associated with the pixels of the input image data is a second type,
wherein in the first threshold matrix, thresholds are arranged to express a tone level of output image data by means of the number of dots of a first size for input image data with a first density and also thresholds are arranged to express a tone level of output image data by means of dot area modulation for input image data with a second density higher than the first density,
wherein in the second threshold matrix, thresholds are arranged to express a tone level of output image data by means of dot area modulation for both input image data with the first density and input image data with the second density, and
wherein the thresholds in the first threshold matrix and the second threshold matrix are arranged such that an average dot size of output image data obtained by performing the halftone process with the second threshold matrix on input image data with the first density is smaller than an average dot size of output image data obtained by performing the halftone process with the first threshold matrix on the input image data with the first density.

US Pat. No. 10,547,765

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus operable to make a wireless LAN connection with a mobile terminal, the information processing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions stored in the memory to:
authenticate a user;
cause the information processing apparatus to shift to a state in which a Wi-Fi Direct connection request is able to be accepted from the mobile terminal;
determine whether or not the authenticated user is logged in to the information processing apparatus in a case that the Wi-Fi Direct connection request is received from the mobile terminal in the state where the Wi-Fi Direct connection request is able to be accepted;
start processing for establishing Wi-Fi Direct communication with the mobile terminal based on the Wi-Fi Direct connection request received from the mobile terminal in a case that at least it is determined that the authenticated user is logged in to the information processing apparatus; and
save, in a case that it is determined that the authenticated user is not logged in to the information processing apparatus, information related to the Wi-Fi Direct connection request received from the mobile terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,547,766

IMAGE READING APPARATUS WITH CORRECTION FOR SUB-SCANNING COLOR SHIFTS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a conveyor configured to convey a document;
a reading unit including a sensor configured to receive light reflected from the document conveyed by the conveyor, and configured to read an image of the document conveyed by the conveyor using the sensor, the sensor comprising:
a first line sensor having a plurality of light receiving elements including a light receiving element receiving light of a first color and a light receiving element receiving light of a second color that is different from the first color, the plurality of light receiving elements being arranged in a first direction in the first line sensor,
a second line sensor having a plurality of light receiving elements including a light receiving element receiving light of the first color and a light receiving element receiving light of the second color, the plurality of light receiving elements being arranged in the first direction in the second line sensor, and
the first line sensor and the second line sensor being arranged at a predetermined interval in a second direction, the second direction being a direction in which the document is conveyed by the conveyor;
a generator configured to generate read data representing an image of the document based on a result of receiving the light of the sensor;
at least one processor; and
a memory storing instructions which cause the at least one processor:
to detect a color shift in the second direction based on the read data generated by the generator, wherein the color shift in the second direction occurs in an area of a rear edge of the document in the second direction and the color shift in the second direction is caused by reading, by the reading unit, the image of the document being conveyed by the conveyor; and
to correct the read data corresponding to the rear edge of the document in the second direction based on a result of the detection.

US Pat. No. 10,547,256

MOTOR DRIVING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF RELIABLY STARTING MOTOR, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor driving apparatus comprising:a motor, and
a control circuit that controls driving of the motor,
the motor including:
a rotor having a magnet that has a cylindrical shape and an outer peripheral surface which is divided in a circumferential direction and is alternately multi-polar magnetized to different poles,
a first yoke having first magnetic pole portions which are arranged in an opposed relationship to the outer peripheral surface of the magnet,
a first coil that is energized to thereby excite the first magnetic pole portions,
a second yoke having second magnetic pole portions which are arranged in an opposed relationship to the outer peripheral surface of the magnet at respective positions shifted from the first magnetic pole portions each by a predetermined electrical angle, and
a second coil that is energized to thereby excite the second magnetic pole portions,
wherein the control circuit drives the rotor by switching respective directions of energizing the first coil and the second coil based on outputs from a plurality of position detection sensors that detect a rotational position of the rotor, to thereby change poles to which the first magnetic pole potions and the second magnetic pole portions are excited; and
when the rotor is started from a state in which the rotor is stopped, the control circuit performs direct current energization to move the rotor to a position dependent on the direct current energization, and then starts the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,543,676

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, AND TRANSFER ASSISTING LIQUID AND LIQUID SET USED THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising:a first intermediate image forming step of applying an ink onto an intermediate transfer member to form a first intermediate image;
a second intermediate image forming step of applying a transfer assisting liquid comprising thermoplastic resin particles and rosin-based resin particles to the first intermediate image formed on the intermediate transfer member to form a second intermediate image; and
a transfer step of bringing the second intermediate image formed on the intermediate transfer member into contact with a recording medium, peeling off the second intermediate image from the intermediate transfer member while a contact state with the recording medium is maintained, and transferring the second intermediate image to the recording medium,
wherein, in the transfer step, the second intermediate image brought into contact with the recording medium has a temperature of not less than a glass transition temperature of the thermoplastic resin particles.

US Pat. No. 10,543,677

TRANSFER MEMBER FOR TRANSFER-TYPE INKJET RECORDING, INKJET RECORDING METHOD AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transfer member for transfer-type inkjet recording, comprising a surface layer, wherein:the surface layer comprises an organosiloxane compound that has a polyalkylene oxide unit and is a condensate of a hydrolyzable organosilane compound comprising a hydrolyzable organosilane compound having a perfluoroalkyl group;
a contact angle of water on a surface of the transfer member is 85° to 110°; and
a contact angle of hexadecane on the surface of the transfer member is 25° to 50°.

US Pat. No. 10,543,678

PRINTING APPARATUS THAT SPECIFIES A REGION OF A TRANSFER MEMBER HAVING A POOR SURFACE CONDITION AND PROHIBITS PRINTING IN THE REGION, AND RELATED PRINT CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a transfer member that rotates;
a printhead configured to form an image on the transfer member;
a transfer unit configured to transfer, to a print medium, the image formed on the transfer member;
a detection unit configured to detect a surface condition of the transfer member;
a specifying unit configured to specify a region of the transfer member in which the surface condition is poor, based on a detection result output by the detection unit; and
a prohibiting unit configured to prohibit image formation by the printhead for the region of the transfer member, specified by the specifying unit, for which the surface condition is poor.

US Pat. No. 10,543,679

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet printing apparatus comprising:an image forming unit that includes an ink jet printing unit for applying ink containing an aqueous liquid medium and a coloring material on an ink receiving medium to form a first image containing an aqueous liquid component and the coloring material;
a liquid absorbing unit that is provided with a liquid absorbing member including a porous body, which includes a liquid absorbing surface configured to be brought into contact with the first image, and which absorbs at least a portion of the aqueous liquid component from the first image via the liquid absorbing surface;
a cleaning member that is disposed so as to be in contact with a liquid absorbing surface of the porous body and that has an adhesive force for removing attached matters from the liquid absorbing surface;
acquisition units for acquiring information on a moisture amount in the porous body;
a liquid application amount determining unit that determines a liquid application amount to be applied to the porous body in order to bring the liquid absorbing surface of the porous body, which is to be brought into contact with the cleaning member, into a wet state for removing attached matters on the liquid absorbing surface by the adhesive force of the cleaning member based on the acquired information; and
a liquid applying unit that applies an aqueous liquid to the porous body in accordance with the application amount determined by the liquid application amount determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,543,680

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND EJECTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. An ejecting method in an inkjet printing apparatus that includes a print head having an ejection opening surface on which a first ejection opening array capable of ejecting a first ink to a print medium and a second ejection opening array capable of ejecting a second ink to a print medium are arranged; and a cap member configured to cap the first ejection opening array and the second ejection opening array, the ejecting method comprising:performing a first preliminary ejecting operation for preliminarily ejecting the first ink to the cap member in a state in which a position of the cap member relative to the print head corresponds to a first relative position,
moving relatively at least one of the print head and the cap member to a second relative position;
performing a second preliminary ejecting operation for preliminarily ejecting the second ink after the first preliminary ejecting operation in a state in which a position of the cap member relative to the print head corresponds to the second relative position, the second relative position being a position in which the second ink ejected during the second preliminary ejecting operation lands in a position that overlaps with an area where the first ink ejected during the first preliminary ejecting operation lands; and
performing a third preliminary ejecting operation for preliminarily ejecting the first ink to the cap member after the second preliminary ejecting operation in a state in which a position of the cap member relative to the print head corresponds to the first relative position.

US Pat. No. 10,543,685

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor device used for a liquid discharge head, the device comprising:a wiring layer including a first wiring and a second wiring;
an insulating member formed above the first wiring and the second wiring;
a heat generation element arranged above and in contact with the insulating member, and electrically connected to the first wiring;
a conductive plug arranged in the insulating member;
a metal member arranged above and in contact with the insulating member, and electrically connected to the second wiring; and
an electrically conductive member covering an upper surface of the metal member and electrically connected to the second wiring,
wherein a part of the metal member is arranged between the conductive plug and the electrically conductive member in a direction perpendicular to the upper surface of the metal member,
wherein a resistivity of the electrically conductive member is less than a resistivity of the metal member and a resistivity of the heat generation element, and
wherein the heat generation element and the metal member are separated from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,547,016

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:a semiconductor substrate;
a first electrode layer disposed on the semiconductor substrate;
a second electrode layer disposed between the first electrode layer and the semiconductor substrate;
an accumulation layer disposed between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer and configured to accumulate signal electric charges generated by photoelectric conversion;
an insulating layer disposed between the accumulation layer and the second electrode layer;
a blocking layer disposed between the accumulation layer and the insulating layer and configured to prevent the signal electric charges in the accumulation layer from reaching the insulating layer; and
a circuit unit disposed in the semiconductor substrate, the circuit unit being connected to the second electrode layer to receive a signal based on the signal electric charges.

US Pat. No. 10,547,786

IMAGE PROCESSING FOR TURBULENCE COMPENSATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of compensating image data for phase fluctuations caused by a wave deforming medium, the method comprising:capturing, by a sensor of an imaging system, first image data and second image data for each of a plurality of pixel positions of the sensor, the sensor capturing an object through a wave deforming medium causing a defocus disparity between the first image data and second image data, the first image data and second image data are captured from different viewpoints;
determining the defocus disparity between the first image data and the second image data, the defocus disparity corresponding to a defocus wavefront deviation of the wave deforming medium; and
compensating the image data captured by the sensor for phase fluctuations caused by the wave deforming medium using the determined defocus disparity.

US Pat. No. 10,547,789

SUBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS, DISPLAY METHOD, PROGRAM, AND PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A subject information obtaining apparatus comprising:a processing unit configured to obtain a plurality of pieces of characteristic information based on acoustic waves generated by light irradiation of a subject with light a plurality of times,
wherein the processing unit is further configured to:
obtain first characteristic information and second characteristic information of a kind different from that of the first characteristic information as the characteristic information, and causes a display unit to display, within same screen, a distribution image generated by using a characteristic distribution of the first characteristic information and data indicating a time fluctuation of the second characteristic information in a region, and the region is-determined based on an instruction of a user for the distribution image;
generates a compound distribution by compounding the plurality of characteristic distributions of the first characteristic information corresponding to the plurality of times, as the distribution image; and
generates the data indicating the time fluctuation of the second characteristic information corresponding to the plurality of times;
wherein the processing unit can selectively execute at least a parallel display mode and a sole display mode, and the processing unit causes the display unit to display the distribution image corresponding to the compound distribution based on the first characteristic information and the data indicating the time fluctuation of the second characteristic information in a case where an input of the parallel display mode by a user is received and not to display the distribution image and the data indicating the time fluctuation of the second characteristic information in a case where the input of the parallel display mode does not exist or a case where the input of the sole display mode from the user is received.

US Pat. No. 10,543,691

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus, comprising:a recording head configured to eject ink to record an image;
a first tank including a filling port for injection of first ink, and configured to contain the ink to be supplied to the recording head;
a cap configured to close the filling port;
a rib provided between the first tank and the second tank; and
an elastic connection portion configured to connect the cap to the first tank or a main body of the apparatus, and to bias the cap in a direction separating from the filling port to the rib,
wherein the rib restricts the movement of the cap biased by the elastic connection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,543,698

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PLATEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printhead configured to print on a sheet by ejecting ink;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the sheet in a first direction;
a platen including:
a plurality of supporting portions configured to support the sheet at a position opposing the printhead, wherein each of the plurality of supporting portions includes a supporting surface which is formed on a ribbed projection having a rectangular shape and contacts the sheet, a recess surrounded by the supporting surface, and a suction hole provided at the recess for suctioning the sheet onto the supporting surface, the plurality of supporting portions being positioned along a second direction crossing the first direction;
a plurality of first negative pressure chambers provided corresponding to the plurality of supporting portions, the plurality of first pressure chambers communicating with the suction hole; and
a second negative pressure chamber communicating with the plurality of first negative pressure chambers;
a fan configured to communicate with the second negative pressure chamber and to generate negative pressure in the second negative pressure chamber and the plurality of first negative pressure chambers;
a plurality of opening/closing valves respectively provided in a plurality of channels through which the plurality of first negative pressure chambers and the second negative pressure chamber communicate with each other;
a plurality of cams, each of which can move to a first position, at which the opening/closing valve corresponding to the cam is opened, and a second position, at which the opening/closing valve corresponding to the cam is closed; and
a single shaft configured to control movements of the plurality of cams, the cams being moved from the second position to the first position by rotating the shaft to open the opening/closing valves corresponding to the plurality of supporting portions provided in an area through which the sheet passes.

US Pat. No. 10,547,803

IMAGING APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND MOVING IMAGING OBJECTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix including at least a first row and a second row,
wherein each of the first row and the second row contains a light-receiving pixel and a plurality of reference pixels, the light-receiving pixel being configured to receive incident light and output a pixel signal based on the incident light, and the plurality of reference pixels each being configured to output a pixel signal for forming an address signal indicating a position of the row to which the reference pixel belongs,
wherein the address signal output from the first row includes a first digital signal having a plurality of bits indicating a first digital value which is a signal value of the address signal output from the first row, where the pixel signal output from each of the reference pixels in the first row indicates a respective bit of the first digital signal so that a first combination of the pixel signals of the reference pixels in the first row corresponds to the first digital value,
wherein the address signal output from the second row includes a second digital signal having a plurality of bits indicating a second digital value which is a signal value of the address signal output from the second row, where the pixel signal output from each of the reference pixels in the second row indicates a respective bit of the second digital signal so that a second combination of the pixel signals of the reference pixels in the second row corresponds to the second digital value, and
wherein the first combination and the second combination are different from each other so that the signal value of the address signal output from the first row and the signal value of the address signal output from the second row are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,543,705

INK JET RECORDING METHOD USING POROUS BODY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet recording method comprising:an image forming step of applying to an ink receiving medium an ink, which contains a coloring material and a resin fine particle, and a reaction liquid, which agglomerates the coloring material and the resin fine particle, to thereby form a first image including a liquid component, and an agglomerate of the coloring material and the resin fine particle on the ink receiving medium; and
a liquid absorbing step of bringing a first surface of a porous body of a liquid absorbing member into contact with the first image on the ink receiving medium to thereby absorb at least a portion of the liquid component from the first image,
wherein an average pore diameter S of the first surface of the porous body is smaller than an average particle diameter d50 of a solid content contained in a mixture of the reaction liquid and the ink.

US Pat. No. 10,547,807

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:a photoelectric conversion element;
a first transistor including a gate that receives a first signal from the photoelectric conversion element;
a second transistor; and
a third transistor that selectively constitutes a first differential pair constituted by the first transistor and the third transistor, and a second differential pair constituted by the second transistor and the third transistor,
wherein a second signal based on a voltage at the gate of the first transistor is output to a gate of the second transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,547,824

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:a memory that stores a program; and
a processor that executes the program to operate as units comprising:
(a) an acquisition unit adapted to acquire image data and a depth map indicating distribution of depth information corresponding to the image data; and
(b) a correction unit adapted to generate a corrected depth map by applying filter processing to each region in the depth map by referring to a corresponding region in the image data,
wherein the correction unit performs weighted addition to depth information in a target region in the depth map using depth information in a peripheral region at a periphery of the target region to correct the depth information in the target region, thereby generating the corrected depth map,
wherein, in the weighted addition, a weight for depth information at a second position is set greater compared to a weight for depth information at a first position, wherein the second position is closer in the depth map to the target region than the first position is, and
wherein, in the weighted addition, a weight for depth information at a position corresponding to a position in the image data having a second pixel value is set greater compared to a weight for depth information at a position corresponding to a position in the image data having a first pixel value, wherein the second pixel value is closer to a pixel value of image data at a position corresponding to the target region than the first pixel value is.