US Pat. No. 9,948,883

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD THAT NOTIFY WHEN A DISPLAY UNIT IS DETERMINED TO BE ABLE TO DISPLAY AN IMAGE BASED ON A DISPLAY IMAGE WITH BRIGHTNESS OF INPUT IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire input brightness information on brightness of input image data, wherein the input image data includes gradation characteristics;
a setting unit configured to set, based on a user's operation, (i) a display range that is a range for displaying brightness that includes at least a portion of a range of possible brightness of the input image data, and (ii) reference brightness that is an upper limit of brightness of a display unit;
a generation unit configured to generate display image data by converting the gradation characteristics of the input image data, based on the display range set by the setting unit;
a determining unit configured to determine display characteristics of the display unit based on (i) the input brightness information acquired by the acquisition unit, (ii) the display range set by the setting unit, and (iii) the reference brightness set by the setting unit; and
a notification unit configured (i) to perform first notification processing to provide a first notification of information to a user regarding the display unit, in a case when the determining unit determines that the display unit is able to display an image based on the display image data generated by the generation unit with the brightness of the input image data, and (ii) to perform second notification processing to provide a second notification of information to a user regarding the display unit, in a case when the determining unit determines that the display unit is not able to display the image based on the display image data generated by the generation unit with the brightness of the input image data.

US Pat. No. 9,946,065

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system 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, which is configured to move during focusing; and
a third lens unit having one of a positive refractive power or a negative refractive power,
wherein the first lens unit consists of, in order from the object side to the image side:
a positive lens Gp1;
a positive lens Gp2; and
a subunit comprising a plurality of lenses, including at least one negative lens,
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
18?vdGp1?45.0;
18?vdGn1?40.0;and
?0.004 where:
vdGp1 represents an Abbe number of a material of the positive lens Gp1,
vdGn1 represents an Abbe number of a material of a negative lens Gn1 closest to the object side among the at least one negative lens of the subunit, and
?gFGn1 represents a partial dispersion ratio of the material of the negative lens Gn1.

US Pat. No. 9,947,615

ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic circuit comprising:a generating circuit having a first output node and a second output node, the first output node configured to output a first signal, the second output node configured to output a second signal, the second signal having a cycle shorter than a cycle of the first signal
a first decoder having a first input node and a third output node;
a second decoder having a second input node, a third input node and a fourth output node; and
a transmission path including a first transmission line and a second transmission line, the first transmission line being electrically connected to the first output node, the second transmission line being electrically connected to the second output node
wherein the first signal is synchronized with a first edge that is one of the rising edge and the falling edge of a reference clock, and the second signal is synchronized with a second edge that is the other of the rising edge and falling edge of the reference clock,
the first input node is electrically connected to the first transmission line,
the third output node is configured to control a signal input to the second input node,
the third input node is electrically connected to the second transmission line, and
the second decoder outputs a decoded signal generated in accordance with signals input to the second input node and the third input node.

US Pat. No. 9,924,355

SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system of switching communications between a first communication apparatus and a second communication apparatus comprising:
at least one hardware processor and a first memory and a second memory, wherein the second memory is different from the first
memory;

each of the first communication apparatus and the second communication apparatus including a near field short distance wireless
communication unit performing a short distance wireless communication and a long distance wireless communication unit performing
a long distance wireless communication, wherein a communication distance of the long distance wireless communication is longer
than a communication distance of the short distance wireless communication, and a storing unit configured to store a public
key in the first memory of the short distance wireless communication unit, respectively, on each of the first communication
apparatus and the second communication apparatus and to store a private key corresponding to the public key in the second
memory, respectively, on each of the first communication apparatus and the second communication apparatus;

the first communication apparatus further including
an acquisition unit configured to acquire connection information and the public key stored in the first memory of the short
distance wireless communication unit of the second communication apparatus via the short distance wireless communication,

an encryption unit configured to encrypt, by using the public key acquired by the acquisition unit, data to be processed by
the second communication apparatus, and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the encrypted data to the second communication apparatus via an established long
distance communication by using the connection information, and

the second communication apparatus further including
a decryption unit configured to decrypt, by the private key which corresponds to the public key and is stored in the second
memory of the second communication apparatus, the encrypted data transmitted by the transmission unit,

wherein, while the second communication apparatus operates in a power saving state, the public key stored in the first memory
of the short distance wireless communication unit of the second communication apparatus is able to be acquired by the first
communication apparatus, and the private key stored in the second memory of the second communication apparatus is not able
to be acquired by the first communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,924,121

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME TRANSFERRING OTHER PART OF CHARGES TO A COMBINED CAPACITOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of driving a solid-state imaging device having a pixel including a photoelectric conversion element that generates
signal charges by photoelectric conversion, an amplifier transistor, a first capacitor electrically connected to an input
node of the amplifier transistor, a second capacitor electrically connectable to the input node, and a switch for switching
an electrical path between the input node and the second capacitor between a conductive state and a non-conductive state,
the method comprising:
transferring at least a part of charges of the signal charges generated by the photoelectric conversion element from the photoelectric
conversion element to the first capacitor with switching the switch in the non-conductive state;

outputting by the amplifier transistor a first signal based on the part of the charges that the first capacitor holds;
resetting the first capacitor holding the part of the charges and the second capacitor with switching the switch in the conductive
state;

transferring, after resetting the first capacitor and the second capacitor, with holding the switch in the conductive state,
other part of the charges of the signal charges from the photoelectric conversion element to a combined capacitor of the first
capacitor and the second capacitor;

outputting by the amplifier transistor a second signal based on the other part of the charges that the combined capacitor
holds; and

generating an output signal in accordance with the first signal, the second signal, and a capacitance ratio between the first
capacitor and the combined capacitor.

US Pat. No. 9,922,092

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR CONTEXT MANAGEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for contextual management, the method comprising:
performing a first process repeatedly, wherein the first process includes:
(i) extracting content information corresponding to a new or modified content item from a collection of digital content items
to be distributed in a plurality of locations on a network,

(ii) normalizing the new or modified content item corresponding to the extracted content information,
(iii) sending the normalized content item to a data warehouse, which is a local storage for managing a normalized content
item, and

(iv) registering keywords extracted from the new or modified content item to the data warehouse;
performing a second process repeatedly, wherein the second process includes:
(i) examining a new content item of the data warehouse,
(ii) generating an index from content information of the new content item, and
(iii) updating an index database using the generated index,
receiving a query from a computing device, wherein the query is automatically generated by a client program of the computing
device in response to a user's operations for an application;

determining a context of the user associated with the received query;
generating an enhanced query by using a registered keyword corresponding to the contents of the query according to the reception
of the query;

performing a search based on the context of the user and contents of the enhanced query generated by using the registered
keyword;

generating a recommendation according to a result of the search and an index in the index database; and
returning the generated recommendation to the client program of the computing device.

US Pat. No. 9,924,145

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR IMAGE QUALITY ADJUSTMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus configured to display an image based on an input image signal, the image display apparatus comprising:
an image signal processing unit configured to adjust a display image based on an adjustment parameter;
a control unit configured to generate a plurality of adjustment parameter candidates different from each other;
a display unit configured to display a list of a plurality of adjusted images adjusted by the image signal processing unit
based on the plurality of adjustment parameter candidates; and

a user operation input unit configured to make a user to select an adjusted image from among the plurality of adjusted images
displayed as a list,

wherein the control unit:
repeats processing for causing the display unit to display the list of the plurality of adjusted images, and generating the
adjustment parameter candidate, based on an adjusted image selected by the user and the plurality of adjustment parameter
candidates; and

sets, in a case where a same adjusted image is selected, the adjustment parameter candidate set to the selected adjusted image,
as the adjustment parameter when displaying an image.

US Pat. No. 9,924,155

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion units configured to output a plurality of signals by photoelectrically converting
light fluxes each having passed through a different pupil region of an imaging optical system;

one or more processors;
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the imaging apparatus
to:

generate combined image data corresponding to the light fluxes by combining the plurality of signals corresponding to the
light fluxes each having passed through the different pupil regions of the imaging optical system, and

generate a single Design rule for Camera File system (DCF) image file including the combined image data and image data of
the signal corresponding to a light flux having passed through any one of the different pupil regions of the imaging optical
system, and

wherein the DCF image file comprises in a data arrangement order:
a header section that includes metadata and data of an offset amount to each image area;
a thumbnail image section that includes a thumbnail image;
an image section, and
wherein the combined image data and the image data of the signal corresponding to the light flux having passed through any
one of the different pupil regions of the imaging optical system are arranged in the data arrangement order in the image section.

US Pat. No. 9,924,157

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:
a memory that stores instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the instructions to cause the image processing device to function as:
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire an image;
a depth information acquisition unit configured to acquire depth information relating to a depth distribution of the image
acquired by the image acquisition unit;

an image transformation unit configured to perform an image transformation process on the image acquired by the image acquisition
unit through coordinate conversion;

a depth information transformation unit configured to perform a transformation process on the depth information acquired by
the depth information acquisition unit through coordinate conversion corresponding to the coordinate conversion performed
on the image;

a combination information generation unit configured to generate combination information based on the depth information transformed
by the depth information transformation unit; and

an image combination unit configured to combine a plurality of images transformed by the image transformation unit based on
the combination information generated by the combination information generation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,922,623

EMBOLDENING OF OUTLINE FONTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of increasing the weight of a character, the method comprising:
receiving a vector character description and an emboldening parameter of an initial character;
calculating direction and distance to transform vertices of the initial character using stroke widths; and
forming an emboldened representation of the initial character by moving each vertex of the initial character based on a combination
of the emboldening parameter, the calculated direction and distance, and a stroke width for each edge associated with the
vertex, such that each stroke of the emboldened representation of the initial character is thickened proportionally to the
width of the stroke to increase the weight of the initial character.

US Pat. No. 9,915,881

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus comprising:
a plurality of patterning devices arranged in two rows and each configured to perform patterning on one of a plurality of
substrates using one of a plurality of originals;

a substrate conveying path arranged to convey one of the plurality of substrates to one of the plurality of patterning devices,
wherein at least a portion of the substrate conveying path is arranged along and between the two rows; and

an original conveying path arranged to convey one of the plurality of originals to one of the plurality of patterning devices,
wherein at least a portion of the original conveying path is arranged along the two rows and opposite to the at least a portion
of the substrate conveying path with respect to one of the two rows.

US Pat. No. 9,915,889

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable intermediary transfer member for carrying a toner image to be transferred onto a recording material;
a first image forming portion including a rotatable first photosensitive member, a first charging member for electrostatically
charging said first photosensitive member, a first developing device for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on
a charged surface charged by said first charging member, a first transfer portion for transferring a toner image onto said
intermediary transfer member, and a first pre-exposure device for exposing to light said first photosensitive member at a
position downstream of said first transfer portion and upstream of said first charging member with respect to a rotational
direction of said first photosensitive member;

a second image forming portion including a rotatable second photosensitive member, a second charging member for electrostatically
charging said second photosensitive member, a second developing device for developing an electrostatic latent image formed
on a charged surface charged by said second charging member, a second transfer portion for transferring a toner image onto
said intermediary transfer member, and a second pre-exposure device for exposing to light said second photosensitive member
at a position downstream of said second transfer portion and upstream of said second charging member with respect to a rotational
direction of said second photosensitive member, wherein said second image forming portion is positioned upstream of said first
image forming portion with respect to a movement direction of said intermediary transfer member;

a detecting portion for detecting a current flowing through said first charging member when a predetermined voltage is applied
to said first charging member; and

an adjusting portion for adjusting an exposure amount of said first photosensitive member by said first pre-exposure device
on the basis of a detection result of said detecting portion in a region on said first photosensitive member having contacted
a toner band formed in a maximum amount per unit area on said intermediary transfer member by said second image forming portion
in a state in which a transfer current is supplied to said first transfer portion.

US Pat. No. 9,915,891

DEVELOPING DEVICE WITH LIGHT REFLECTION THROUGH REGULATING MEMBER GAP

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a container for accommodating a developer including toner and a carrier;
a developer carrying member, rotatably supported by said container, for carrying the developer;
a developer regulating member, provided on said container, for regulating an amount of the developer carried on said developer
carrying member;

a first chamber, opposing said developer carrying member, for supplying the developer to said developer carrying member;
a second chamber for circulating the developer between itself and said first chamber;
a partition wall for partitioning said first chamber and said second chamber;
a first feeding member, rotatably provided in said first chamber, for feeding the developer in said first chamber in a first
feeding direction; and

a second feeding member, rotatably provided in said second chamber, for feeding the developer in said second chamber in a
second direction opposite to the first feeding direction;

a cover for covering an opening of said container so that part of an outer peripheral surface of said developer carrying member
is covered over an entire longitudinal region of said developer carrying member; and

a light-transmitting portion, provided in said cover, for permitting light transmission to an inside of said container,
wherein said light-transmitting portion is provided at least in a cover side closer to said developer carrying member than
said partition wall is so that a light beam entering the inside of said container is reflected by a surface of said first
feeding member, the reflected light being emitted to an outside of said container through a gap between said developer carrying
member and said developer regulating member.

US Pat. No. 9,916,149

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM OF PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
at least one processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the information processing apparatus
to function as:

a detection unit configured to detect a connection of a portable medium storing a plurality of applications, the plurality
of applications including a first type of application and a second type of application, wherein the first type of application
is a host bundle and the second type of application is a fragment bundle that is added to the first type of application to
enhance functionality of the first type of application;

a creating unit configured to create, in response to a detection by the detection unit, an installation task list defining
an order of installing applications such that the first type of application is installed first and then the second type of
application is installed;

an installation unit configured to install the first type of application first and then install the second type of application
into the first type of application based on the installation task list created by the creating unit, wherein the second type
of application is temporary installed and disabled before installed into the first type of application, and is enabled after
installed into the first type of application; and

a control unit configured to start, after installation by the installation unit, the first type of application after enabling
the second type of application,

wherein the creating unit checks whether or not a license file that is stored in the portable medium and paired with at least
one of the first type of application or the second type of application corresponds to the information processing apparatus,
and creates the installation task list without the first type of application or the second type of application paired with
the license file that does not correspond to the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,917,958

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF PRINTING APPARATUS REQUESTING PRINT JOB FROM SERVER SYSTEM BASED ON DETECTED EVENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus which is connected to a server system via a network and executes printing in accordance with a print
job transmitted from the server system, the printing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program;
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the memory; and
a printing mechanism configured to execute printing,
wherein the processor detects a predetermined event about a status of the printing apparatus; and
wherein the processor transmits a request for the print job which is supplied to the server system from a terminal apparatus,
to the server system, on a condition that a predetermined time has elapsed from the detection of the predetermined event,
and

wherein the printing mechanism executes printing, in accordance with the print job which is transmitted to the printing apparatus
from the server system based on the request.

US Pat. No. 9,917,959

SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING JOB PROCESSING BETWEEN A PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SERVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing system comprising a server and a processing apparatus in communication with the server,
the server including
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a job,
a first control unit configured to store the obtained job and job notification information corresponding to the job in a first
memory,

a first notification unit configured to perform, in a case where a communication connection between the processing apparatus
and the server is established, job notification using the job notification information stored in the first memory, and

a first transmission unit configured to transmit job information in accordance with a request on the job information, and
the processing apparatus including
a second reception unit configured to receive the job notification notified from the server,
a second control unit configured to store reception information indicating that the job notification is received in a second
memory,

a determination unit configured to determine, in a case where a communication connection between the processing apparatus
and the server is established, whether or not the reception information is stored in the second memory,

a request unit configured to request, in a case where the second reception unit receives the job notification, the server
to transmit the job information, and

an execution unit configured to execute the job using the job information transmitted from the first transmission unit,
wherein the request unit requests the server to transmit the job information in a case where the determination unit determines
that the reception information is stored, and

wherein, in a case where the execution unit completes executing the job, the second control unit restores the reception information
related to the completed job in the second memory to an initial state.

US Pat. No. 9,917,965

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
acquire setting information for a user from a server in a case where the user logs into the image forming apparatus;
display a first display screen according to the acquired setting information in a case where the acquired setting information
is supported by the image forming apparatus;

display a second display screen according to pre-stored setting information of the image forming apparatus in a case where
the acquired setting information is not supported by the image forming apparatus; and

transmit, to the server at a predetermined timing, updated setting information indicating a change by the user to the acquired
setting information and not transmit, to the server at the predetermined timing, the pre-stored setting information of the
image forming apparatus even if the pre-stored setting information is used instead of using the acquired setting information
in a case where the acquired setting information is not supported by the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,917,966

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO STORE SPECIFIC DATA UPON OCCURRENCE OF INTERRUPTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a reader configured to read a document; and
a storage configured to store image data of the document read by the reader;
a controller configured to read the image data of the document from the storage before image data for one page of the document
has been stored in the storage and cause a printer to perform printing based on the read image data,

wherein the controller performs, upon occurrence of an interruption factor before image data for one page of the document
has been stored in the storage, control to store specific data in a storage area of the storage device in which remaining
image data of the document is to be stored,

wherein, in a case where an interruption factor occurs before image data for one page of the document has been stored in the
storage, the printer performs printing based on the image data of the document stored in the storage and the specific data
stored in the storage.

US Pat. No. 9,917,970

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a reading unit which is able to read an image of a document with a plurality of reading resolutions and generate image data;
a character recognition unit configured to execute character recognition processing;
a first receiving unit configured to receive a storage instruction for storing the image data in a storage unit; and
a second receiving unit configured to receive a character recognition instruction for causing the character recognition unit
to execute the character recognition processing on the image data which has been stored in the storage unit in accordance
with the storage instruction,

wherein the number of reading resolutions available when the storage instruction is received by the first receiving unit is
smaller than the number of reading resolutions available when the storage instruction is not received by the first receiving
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,917,973

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a network external that receives, from an internal device, a print job including one of first setting information specifying
a first process and second setting information specifying a second process; and

a controller that performs, according to the first setting information included in the received print job, the first process
of rendering a page of the received print job and then printing the rendered page without waiting for a completion of rendering
of all pages of the received print job, and performs, according to the second setting information included in the received
print job, the second process of rendering all the pages of the received print job and then printing all the rendered pages,

wherein the controller performs, according to third setting information included in the received print job, the second process.

US Pat. No. 9,917,983

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR USING HISTORY OF SETTINGS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method of an image forming apparatus that executes a process of a function, the method comprising:
setting, for the process of the function, setting information according to an instruction by a user who has logged into the
image forming apparatus as an individually authenticated user;

executing the process of the function using the set setting information, according to an instruction by the user;
storing the setting information that has been used for the process as setting history into a memory;
calling and reusing, for the process of the function, the setting information stored as the setting history in the memory;
selecting a first setting or a second setting;
in a case where the first setting is selected, storing the setting information having been used for the process as the setting
history into the memory in association with the user, wherein the stored setting information is capable of being called and
reused not only before the user logs out from the image forming apparatus but also after the user logs into the image forming
apparatus again after the user logs out from the image forming apparatus; and

in a case where the second setting is selected, storing the setting information having been used for the process as the setting
history into the memory not in association with the user, wherein the stored setting information is capable of being called
and reused before the user logs out from the image forming apparatus but is not capable of being called and reused after the
user logs out from the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,918,003

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
a focus detector configured to perform focus detection based on an image signal obtained via a first imaging optical system,
the first imaging optical system having a shallowest depth of field in a plurality of imaging optical systems having focal
lengths different from each other; and

a controller configured to:
obtain an output signal from the focus detector, the output signal being generated based on the image signal obtained via
the first imaging optical system;

determine position information of a first focus unit of the first imaging optical system; and
perform focus control of a second imaging optical system, different from the first imaging optical system, of the plurality
of imaging optical systems based on position information of a second focus unit of the second imaging optical system, the
position information of the second focus unit being determined based on the determined position information of the first focus
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,918,089

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM, PERTAINING TO AN IMAGE QUALITY PARAMETER, AND IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM, PERTAINING TO AN IMAGE QUALITY PARAMETER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine a block size of a block included in an image;
an information encoding unit configured to encode information on a minimum area size related to a quantization parameter;
and

an encoding unit configured to encode a difference value for a quantization parameter capable of being shared in encoding
processes for a block group including a plurality of blocks, a size of each of the plurality of blocks being smaller than
the minimum area size,

wherein the plurality of blocks includes at least a first block and a second block processed subsequent to the first block,
wherein the encoding unit is configured to encode the difference value in processing of the first block, in a case where the
first block contains a coefficient value not equal to 0, and

wherein the encoding unit is configured to encode the difference value in processing of the second block, in a case where
the second block contains a coefficient value not equal to 0, and the difference value has not been encoded in the processing
of the first block.

US Pat. No. 9,916,043

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR RECOGNIZING USER OPERATION BASED ON AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a processor that upon executing instructions stored in the memory functions as:
a detection unit configured to detect, from an image obtained by capturing a predetermined object, one or more indicated positions
indicated by a part of the predetermined object;

an extraction unit configured to extract, from the image, feature information indicating a state of the predetermined object,
the feature information being different from the one or more indicated positions;

a first recognition unit configured to recognize, based on a change in a positional relationship between two or more of the
indicated positions detected by the detection unit, an operation to be input to the information processing apparatus;

a second recognition unit configured to, based on a change in the feature information extracted by the extraction unit, recognize
the operation to be input to the information processing apparatus; and

an output unit configured to output either one of recognition results of the first recognition unit and the second recognition
unit, the either one of recognition results being selected based on a shift of a number of the indicated positions detected
by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,916,308

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, DOCUMENT MANAGING SERVER, DOCUMENT MANAGING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
a document management server that has a document sharing function; and
a posting management server that communicates with the document management server via a network and has a posting management
function,

wherein the document management server comprises:
a memory for storing a computer program; and
at least one processor for executing the computer program to perform a process comprising:
accepting a first sharing request for sharing a document from a client terminal that is operated by a user;
registering, in the document management server, the document to which the first sharing request has been made as a sharing
target among users;

determining whether or not the document has been successfully registered in the document management server;
posting, to the posting management server, information for accessing the document which has been registered in the document
management server if it is determined that the document has been successfully registered in the document management server;

posting the document to the posting management server if it is determined that the document has failed to be registered in
the document management server, wherein the posting management server is different from the client terminal;

accepting a second sharing request for sharing the document failed to be registered, wherein the second sharing request is
transmitted from a client terminal that is operated by a user in response to the user's selection of information of the document
posted to the posting management server, and wherein the second sharing request includes posting identification information
for identifying the document posted to the posting management server;

acquiring, from the posting management server, the document corresponding to the posting identification information included
in the second sharing request; and

re-registering the acquired document as a sharing target among users,
wherein, in a case where the user who made the second sharing request does not have authority to utilize the document sharing
function, the document management server causes an information processing device operated by the user to access location information,
which is linked to the posting identification information included in the second sharing request, about the document which
has failed to be registered in the document management server and has posted to the posting management server.

US Pat. No. 9,915,859

OPTICAL ELEMENT, LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE USING THE SAME, AND PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

18. A projection display apparatus comprising:
a light modulating element;
a light source device;
an illumination optical system configured to illuminate the light modulating element with a light flux from the light source
device; and

a color separating/combining system configured to guide a light flux from the illumination optical system to the light modulating
element and a light flux from the light modulating element to a projection optical system,
wherein
the light source device comprises
an optical element,
a solid light source configured to emit a light flux to excite the optical element, and
a condenser lens system configured to guide a light flux from the solid light source to the optical element,wherein
the optical element comprises
a wavelength converting layer configured to convert a portion of a light flux from the solid light source into converted light
having a wavelength different from a wavelength of the light flux from the solid light source,

a first scattering layer including a first particle and a first binder supporting the first particle, the first scattering
layer being configured to scatter a light flux from the solid light source which incidents the first scattering layer via
an incident surface of the first scattering layer and a light flux from the wavelength converting layer, and

a reflector configured to reflect a light flux from the wavelength converting layer, andwherein
the wavelength converting layer is provided between the first scattering layer and the reflector in a direction normal to
the incident surface.

US Pat. No. 9,915,868

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for performing an imprint process by which an imprint material on a substrate is molded by using a
mold having a pattern region on which a pattern is formed, the apparatus comprising:
(A) a detector configured to detect a mark formed in each of a plurality of shot regions on the substrate to obtain a shape
and a position of the shot regions on the substrate, wherein the plurality of shot regions includes a first shot region in
which all of the marks to be formed in one shot region are formed and a second shot region in which some of the marks to be
formed in one shot region are formed;

(B) a deformation unit configured to deform the pattern region; and
(C) a controller configured to control the imprint process, wherein the controller:
(a) performs the imprint process on the first shot region prior to that on the second shot region and performs the imprint
process on the second shot region after performing the imprint process on the first shot region;

(b) controls an amount of deformation of the pattern region by the deformation unit so that a shape of the pattern region
matches a shape of the first shot region obtained from the detector, when performing the imprint process on the first shot
region;

(c) calculates a preliminary shape of the second shot region by statistically processing results obtained by the detector
by detecting marks formed in the first shot region when performing the imprint process on the first shot region and obtains
a shape of the second shot region by correcting a portion of the preliminary shape of the second shot region according to
a number of marks formed on the second shot region when performing the imprint process on the second shot region; and

(d) controls the amount of deformation of the pattern region by the deformation unit so that the obtained shape of the second
shot region matches the shape of the pattern region.

US Pat. No. 9,912,827

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR MANAGING SETTING VALUES OF CLIENT DEVICE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a storage configured to store, in association with configuration information of an image processing apparatus as a client,
specification information used to determine settings information that is used for an operation of the image processing apparatus
and is to be shared between the information processing apparatus and the image processing apparatus;

a processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions that when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
obtain the configuration information of the image processing apparatus;
receive, in a case where specification information corresponding to the obtained configuration information is not stored in
the storage, the specification information corresponding to the obtained configuration information from an external storage
device;

generate, based on the received specification information, an editing screen for editing the settings information of the client;
display the generated editing screen; and
transmit to the image processing apparatus settings information to be shared with the image processing apparatus, which is
set by an operator of the information processing apparatus by using the generated editing screen, thereby causing the image
processing apparatus to synchronize settings information of the image processing apparatus with the transmitted settings information,

wherein the specification information indicates a value range of settings information of the client, the value range varying
depending on a configuration of the client, and

wherein the configuration information includes at least a model name or a firmware version of the client.

US Pat. No. 9,908,726

JOB PROCESSING METHOD FOR OVERCOMING A MULTIFEED OF DOCUMENTS STOPPING PRINTING OPERATION IN A PRINTING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
feeder configured to feed a sheet;
a printing section configured to print image onto the sheet fed by the feeder;
a sensor configured to detect multi feed of sheets fed by the feeder;
a receiver configured to receive a first instruction for interrupting execution of a print job if the sensor detects the multi
feed of sheets, the instruction being received before the execution of the print job is started; and

a controller configured to perform control so as to continue the execution of the print job if the sensor detects the multi
feed of sheets in a case where the receiver has not received the first instruction, and perform control so as to interrupt
the execution of the print job if the sensor detects the multi feed of sheets in a case where the receiver has received the
first instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,910,522

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a touch panel display, the apparatus comprising:
a first detection unit configured to detect that an instruction object touches the touch panel display;
a second detection unit configured to detect that the instruction object having been held in contact with the touch panel
display is detached therefrom; and

a control unit configured to, in a case where the first detection unit detects that an instruction object touches an area
of a display item on the touch panel display, select the display item which exists in the touched area,

wherein the control unit performs control to carry out processing associated with the selected display item when the second
detection unit detects that the instruction object is detached from the touch panel display before a moving distance of the
instruction object reaches a predetermined threshold value, and does not perform control to carry out processing associated
with the selected display item when the moving distance of the instruction object reaches the predetermined threshold value
before the second detection unit detects that the instruction object is detached from the touch panel display.

US Pat. No. 9,912,578

IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A method for controlling an image communication apparatus that receives image data and transfers the received image data,
comprising:
receiving a transfer destination of image data to be received and authentication information used to transfer image data to
the transfer destination;

registering the transfer destination received in the receiving;
determining whether or not authentication of an external apparatus using the authentication information received in the receiving
succeeds; and

in accordance with having determined in the determining that the authentication of the external apparatus using the authentication
information received in the receiving succeeds, enabling registration of the transfer destination in the registering.

US Pat. No. 9,910,274

DRIVING METHOD FOR VIBRATION BODY, VIBRATION DRIVING DEVICE, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration driving device comprising:
a vibration body configured to have a plate-like elastic body and a first electro-mechanical energy conversion element that
is joined to the elastic body; and

a control unit configured to excite a vibration in a first vibration mode and a vibration in a second vibration mode in said
vibration body by applying alternation voltages to the first electro-mechanical energy conversion element, orders or numbers
of nodes of the vibrations in the first and second modes in a first direction that intersects perpendicularly with a thickness
direction of the elastic body being mutually different by one, and orders or numbers of nodes of the vibrations in the first
and second modes in a second direction that intersects perpendicularly with the thickness direction of the elastic body and
the first direction being mutually different by one.

US Pat. No. 9,912,850

VIBRATION TYPE ACTUATOR, OPTICAL DEVICE, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration type actuator comprising:
a vibrator;
a friction member configured to relatively move in contact with the vibrator;
a pressing unit configured to bring the vibrator into press contact with the friction member by a pressing force;
a setting unit configured to set the pressing force applied by the pressing unit; and
a control unit configured to alter the pressing force set by the setting unit,
wherein the vibrator comprises a plurality of projections brought into contact with the friction member, and
wherein the friction member moves relative to the vibrator by elliptic motion of the projections, which are brought into press
contact with the friction member by the pressing force set by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,911,058

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR UPDATING A SCENE MODEL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of updating a scene model for a foreground segmentation of an input image captured from a camera, the method comprising:
determining one or more dynamic visual elements of the input image, wherein the one or more dynamic visual elements change
in form as time passes;

determining one or more dynamic visual elements each included in the scene model corresponding to the one or more dynamic
visual elements in the input image, the one or more dynamic visual elements in the input image being different from each other;

determining whether each of the one or more dynamic visual elements of the input image is foreground or background on a basis
of the determined one or more dynamic visual elements included in the scene model; and

updating the scene model on a basis of each of the one or more dynamic visual elements of the input image and the determined
one or more dynamic visual elements included in the scene model,

wherein the one or more dynamic visual elements included in the scene model is determined by selecting a nearest seed point
to a centroid of the dynamic visual element for matching the input image to the scene model.

US Pat. No. 9,912,855

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive, from an external apparatus, a command designating a parameter value related to image
data; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit a response to the external apparatus in response to the command received by the
receiving unit,

wherein a video source mode is settable to the image capturing apparatus,
wherein the video source mode defines at least a maximum value for a parameter of a first kind and a maximum value for a parameter
of a second kind,

wherein, an error response is not transmitted to the external apparatus from the transmitting unit in a state where a first
video source mode is being set to the image capturing apparatus, if the parameter value designated by the command is not settable
in the state and the parameter value designated by the command is the parameter value for the parameter of the first kind,
and

wherein the transmitting unit transmits an error response to the external apparatus in response to the command received by
the receiving unit in the state, if the parameter value designated by the command is not settable in the state and the parameter
value designated by the command is the parameter value for the parameter of the second kind.

US Pat. No. 9,912,856

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING CAPTURED IMAGES TO A TERMINAL VIA A NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
a control unit configured to execute
a first process for outputting an image which is captured by an image capturing unit and rotated, and
a second process for changing a first state in which an image capturing region captured by the image capturing unit is changed
in a first direction if a first changing command that specifies a change direction of the image capturing region for changing
the image capturing region is received, to a second state in which the image capturing region is changed in a second direction
different from the first direction if the first changing command is received; and

a receiving unit that is capable of receiving a first command that instructs to rotate the image captured by the image capturing
unit by 180 degrees, a second command that instructs to reverse a control direction for changing the image capturing region,
the first changing command, and a second changing command that specifies the image capturing region to be captured by the
image capturing unit for changing the image capturing region,

wherein the control unit is configured to execute the first process and the second process in response to the first command,
if the first command is received by the receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,911,060

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR REDUCING COLOR NOISE IN AN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one of:
one or more circuits; or
one or more processors and at least one memory, the at least one memory being coupled to the one or more processors and having
stored thereon instructions executable by the one or more processors,

wherein at least one of the one or more circuits or the execution of the instructions cause the image processing apparatus
to function as:

a first determination unit configured to determine whether or not a first area consisting of a plurality of pixels including
a pixel of interest is an area in a uniform color for the pixel of interest in input image data;

a second determination unit configured to determine whether or not a second area, different from the first area, consisting
of a plurality of pixels including the pixel of interest is an area in a uniform color;

a setting unit configured to set a reference area consisting of the pixel of interest and adjacent pixels of the pixel of
interest for the pixel of interest; and

a first correction unit configured to correct the pixel value of the pixel of interest to a value for which noise has been
reduced based on the pixel values of the pixels included in the reference area,

wherein the setting unit sets:
a predetermined area prepared in advance and consisting of a plurality of pixels as the reference area in a case where the
first determination unit determines that the first area is an area in a uniform color; and

an area consisting of a plurality of pixels in accordance with determination results by the second determination unit as the
reference area in a case where the first determination unit determines that the first area is not an area in a uniform color.

US Pat. No. 9,912,858

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor or at least one circuit, which functions and operates as:
a detection unit configured to detect a defocus state of an object image;
an object detection unit configured to detect an object from an image captured by an image capturing unit including a plurality
of pixels;

a focus control unit configured to control a focus position of an imaging optical system;
a shooting control unit configured to perform continuous shooting in which shooting preparation processing and real shooting
processing are repeated;

a focus detection unit configured to detect an in-focus position of the imaging optical system using an image obtained by
the real shooting processing;

a prediction unit configured to predict an object position in an imaging screen in the next real shooting processing, based
on a detection result obtained by the object detection unit;

a setting unit configured to set a focus detection area for the focus detection unit by selecting the pixels of the image
capturing unit for in-focus position detection with respect to the object position predicted by the prediction unit;

a reliability acquisition unit configured to obtain a reliability regarding the focus detection area set by the setting unit;
and

an object moving amount acquisition unit configured to obtain a moving amount of the object based on the in-focus positions
of the imaging optical system detected by the focus detection unit,

wherein until the detection result is obtained by the object detection unit before the real shooting processing during continuous
shooting, the focus control unit drives the imaging optical system based on the in-focus position indicated by detection results
up until the previous real shooting processing that are obtained by the focus detection unit, the reliability and the moving
amount of the object,

wherein in a case where it is determined that the reliability is low and that the moving amount of the object is large, the
focus control unit controls the focus position of the imaging optical system such that the focus position moves in a direction
of the in-focus position indicated by the detection results up until the previous real shooting processing that are obtained
by the focus detection unit, until the detection result is obtained by the object detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,912,866

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DRIVING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup apparatus comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels arranged in a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns; and
a plurality of column signal processing circuits provided respectively for the columns of the pixel array, each being configured
to receive output signals from the pixels and an analog signal varying with time,

wherein the plurality of column signal processing circuits include a first column signal processing circuit and a second column
signal processing circuit configured such that each of the first column signal processing circuit and the second column signal
processing circuit is configured to be independently switched between a driving state and a power saving state, and

a signal line for supplying the analog signal to the first column signal processing circuit and a signal line for supplying
the analog signal to the second column signal processing circuit are electrically isolated from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,911,070

IMPROVING PRODUCT PACKING OPERATION EFFICIENCY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
a computer-readable storage medium that stores computer executable instructions, which when executed by the at least one processor,
causes:

printing a first work instruction sheet including information about a product to be delivered to a destination that is the
same as a destination of a first product read by a reading apparatus;

printing, in a case where all products to be delivered to the destination that is the same as the destination of the first
product are read by the reading apparatus, a first shipping label for delivery to the destination of the first product;

determining, in a case where a second product to be delivered to a destination different from the destination of the first
product is read by the reading apparatus, whether there is another product to be delivered to the destination of the second
product; and

printing, in a case where it is determined that no other product is to be delivered to the destination of the second product,
a second shipping label for delivery to the destination of the second product.

US Pat. No. 9,912,867

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus (a) used in an image capturing apparatus including a display unit and (b) configured to perform
a process for displaying a still image acquired by the image capturing apparatus during its panning to follow a moving main
object, the image processing apparatus comprising at least one processor or circuit configured to perform operations of the
following units:
a vector acquiring unit configured to acquire, from multiple motion vectors detected at multiple positions in a moving image
acquired by the image capturing apparatus during the panning, a background motion vector corresponding to a background object
different from the main object; and

a processing unit configured (a) to determine, using the background motion vector, a background area of the still image where
the background object is captured and (b) to perform a magnification display process for magnifying the background area as
compared with a case where the display unit displays the entire still image and causing the display unit to display the magnified
background area.

US Pat. No. 9,912,868

IMAGE-BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS, TILT CORRECTION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE-BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING TILT CORRECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A tilt correction apparatus comprising:
a designation unit configured to designate a level of an effect of first tilt correction of an imaging apparatus having an
optical axis as a rotary axis and a level of an effect of second tilt correction of the imaging apparatus having an axis orthogonal
to the optical axis as a rotary axis;

an electronic correction unit configured to execute at least one of the first tilt correction and the second tilt correction
by moving an image clipping range set within an imaging screen; and

a control unit configured to vary a ratio of a first tilt-correctable range and a ratio of a second tilt-correctable range
in an electronic correction according to the level of the effect of the first tilt correction and the level of the effect
of the second tilt correction,

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

US Pat. No. 9,912,869

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE STABILIZATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:
a conversion unit that corrects an angular velocity signal detected by a camera shake detection unit based on an output variation
of the camera shake detection unit, and converts the corrected angular velocity signal into a camera shake amount;

a separation unit that divides each frame of image outputted from an image sensor into a plurality of regions, and separates
motion vectors, each calculated from a difference in each region between frames of images, into subject vectors corresponding
to a subject and background vectors corresponding to a background using the converted camera shake amount;

an identification unit that, based on the angular velocity signal before being corrected by the conversion unit, the background
vector, and a position signal indicating a position of a correction unit that corrects a shake optically, identifies the output
variation of the camera shake detection unit; and

a changing unit that changes the subject vector into a drive amount of the correction unit,
wherein the conversion unit corrects the angular velocity signal based on the output variation identified by the identification
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,912,873

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH DISPLAY SECTION AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising a memory that stores a program, and at least one processor that executes the program
to cause the image pickup apparatus to function as:
an image pickup unit configured to pick up an image of an object;
a development unit configured to generate image data by developing input data acquired by said image pickup unit;
a first generation unit configured to generate a first image by performing image processing on part of the image data as an
image of an observed area;

a second generation unit configured to perform predetermined image processing, which has a greater number of processing steps
than the image processing performed by said first generation unit, on the image data to thereby generate a second image;

a synthesis unit configured to generate a third image by synthesizing the first image with the second image; and
a display unit configured to display the third image.

US Pat. No. 9,912,881

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a detecting pixel including a converting element configured to detect incidence of radiation and a first switch element configured
to connect to the converting element for detection;

a different pixel including a different converting element and a second switch element which is connected to the different
converting element;

a signal line connected in common to a plurality of the first switch elements of a plurality of the detecting pixels;
a driving unit configured to drive the first and second switch elements; and
a control unit configured to control the driving unit,
wherein the control unit controls the driving unit such that, during irradiation, in a case where a change in a voltage supplied
to at least one first switch element of the plurality of the first switch elements is performed, a change in a voltage supplied
to a different first switch element that is different from the at least one first switch element is performed in an opposite
direction to the change in a voltage supplied to the at least one first switch element or a change in a voltage supplied to
the second switch element is performed in an opposite direction to the change in a voltage supplied to the at least one first
switch element.

US Pat. No. 9,912,885

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING PARTIAL READOUT FUNCTION OR SKIP READOUT FUNCTION AND PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. An operating method of an image pickup apparatus capable of reading out and outputting pixel data of a partial area of
a rolling shutter type image sensor, the method comprising:
controlling accumulation of the image sensor and signal readout from the image sensor so as to achieve constant accumulation
time irrespective of a readout condition of the image sensor,

wherein the controlling starts accumulation of a readout object line and signal readout of a line next to the readout object
line after signal readout from the readout object line is ended in a case where the accumulation time is equal to or longer
than a readout time for reading out all readout object pixel signals, and starts accumulation of the readout object line and
signal readout of the readout object line after signal readout from all readout object lines is ended in a case where the
accumulation time is shorter than the readout time for reading out all the readout object pixel signals.

US Pat. No. 9,912,886

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD OF IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising an image sensor and a control unit configured to control the image sensor,
the image sensor including a plurality of pixels,
each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric conversion unit, a charge holding unit, an output unit, a first
transfer unit configured to transfer charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit to the charge holding unit, and
a second transfer unit configured to transfer charge held in the charge holding unit to the output unit,

wherein the control unit causes the image sensor to repeatedly perform a holding operation and a transfer operation, the holding
operation being for making the first transfer unit transfer charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit to the charge
holding unit to hold the charge, and the transfer operation being for making the second transfer unit transfer the charge
held in the charge holding unit to the output unit, and

the control unit causes the image sensor to perform, as the holding operation, one or more of a plurality of holding operations
including a first holding operation and a second holding operation, the first holding operation being for performing, a plurality
of times in a period of one frame, a first sampling operation of making the first transfer unit transfer charge generated
by the photoelectric conversion unit in a first exposure time to the charge holding unit to hold the charge, and the second
holding operation being for performing, not less than once in the period of one frame, a second sampling operation of making
the first transfer unit transfer charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit in a second exposure time longer than
the first exposure time to the charge holding unit to hold the charge.

US Pat. No. 9,912,889

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image sensor that includes a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second pixels;
a focus state detector that detects a focus state according to a pair image based on pixel signals from the plurality of second
pixels;

a display that displays an image based on pixel signals from the plurality of first pixels; and
a controller configured to control output of signal mixed with the pixel signals in a predetermined row from the image sensor,
wherein the controller controls the output in a frame such that, in mixing and output signal mode, the signals from the predetermined
row of the plurality of first pixels are mixed and are output by a scanning circuit, a signal from a second pixel which is
included in the predetermined row is not mixed with the plurality of first pixels and second pixels which are included in
the predetermined row and is output by the scanning circuit,

wherein the focus state detector detects the focus state according to the pair image based on the pixel signals from the plurality
of second pixels without mixing in the frame, and

wherein the display displays the image based on mixed pixel signals from the plurality of first pixels in the frame.

US Pat. No. 9,913,148

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT DISCRIMINATES A NETWORK FORMED BY A NORMAL ACCESS POINT FROM A NETWORK FORMED BY A SIMPLE ACCESS POINT FUNCTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of participating in a network formed by a relay apparatus, the communication apparatus
comprising:
a processor and a memory;
a data communication unit that establishes communication with a data processing apparatus via the network formed by the relay
apparatus to perform data communication with the data processing apparatus;

a reception unit that receives a notification from the data processing apparatus indicating whether the network in which the
communication apparatus participates at present is a first network which is formed by the data processing apparatus operating
as the relay apparatus; and

a control unit that controls transmission of data from the communication apparatus via the Internet;
wherein, if the reception unit receives the notification indicating that the network in which the communication apparatus
participates at present is the first network formed by the data processing apparatus operating as the relay apparatus, reception
data from the data processing apparatus by the data communication unit is performed via the first network formed by the data
processing apparatus operating as the relay apparatus, and data transmission via the Internet based on control by the control
unit is performed via a second network different from the first network, and if the reception unit receives the notification
indicating that the network in which the communication apparatus participates at present is the first network formed by the
data processing apparatus operating as the relay apparatus, the control unit causes the communication apparatus to leave the
first network after receiving data via the first network so that the data transmission via the Internet is performed via the
second network,

wherein, if the reception unit does not receive the notification indicating that the network in which the communication apparatus
participates at present is the first network formed by the data processing apparatus operating as the relay apparatus, the
data reception from the data processing apparatus by the data communication unit is performed via a third network different
from the first network, and the data transmission via the Internet based on control by the control unit is performed via the
third network, and

wherein the units are implemented upon execution of instructions stored in the memory by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,912,893

DRIVING METHOD FOR AN IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving method for an image pickup apparatus that includes
pixel columns each including pixels each including a first sub pixel and a second sub pixel, the first sub pixel and the second
sub pixel each including a photoelectric conversion unit,

amplification portions each configured to process a signal generated at the photoelectric conversion units of a corresponding
pixel, the method comprising:

accumulating a signal generated during a first charge accumulation period by the first sub pixel;
accumulating a signal generated during a second charge accumulation period partially overlapped with the first charge accumulation
period by the second sub pixel; and

controlling the amplification portions such that
after processing of the signal generated during the first charge accumulation period is performed, processing of the signal
is performed which is generated during the second charge accumulation period of the second sub pixel included in the pixel
where the signal processing of the first sub pixel is performed, and

a bias current flowing through each of the amplification portions is reduced after the processing of the signal generated
during the first charge accumulation period is ended and before the second charge accumulation period is ended.

US Pat. No. 9,912,894

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric-conversion units each configured to generate a charge by photoelectric conversion;
a plurality of analog-to-digital (AD) converters; and
a first wiring,
wherein each of the plurality of AD converters comprises a comparing circuit,
the comparing circuit performs a first comparison which is a comparison of a signal based on the charge and a predetermined
threshold, and generates a first comparison result signal indicating a result of the first comparison,

when the first comparison result signal indicates that the signal based on the charge is smaller than the predetermined threshold,
the comparing circuit compares the signal based on the charge and a first ramp signal having a voltage changing in a first
time-dependent change rate,

when the first comparison result signal indicates that the signal based on the charge is larger than the predetermined threshold,
the comparing circuit compares the signal based on the charge and a second ramp signal having a voltage changing in a second
time-dependent change rate larger than the first time-dependent change rate,

wherein the first wiring transmits one of the first ramp signal and the second ramp signal, to the plurality of AD converters,
and

wherein the first wiring further transmits the predetermined threshold to the plurality of AD converters.

US Pat. No. 9,912,900

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus capable of communicating with an external device, the display apparatus comprising:
a first communication unit;
a second communication unit; and
a control unit configured to control the first communication unit and the second communication unit,
wherein the display apparatus is capable of being on standby in a first standby mode in which the first communication unit
and the second communication unit are enabled and in a second standby mode in which the second communication unit is enabled,

wherein, in response to the display apparatus being on standby in the first standby mode, when the control unit receives a
command via communication from the external device to the first communication unit, the control unit acquires information
of another display apparatus via the second communication unit and transmits the information to the external device via the
first communication unit, and

wherein, in response to the display apparatus being on standby in the second standby mode, when the control unit receives
a command via communication from another display apparatus to the second communication unit, the control unit transmits information
of the display apparatus to the other display apparatus via the second communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,910,351

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A method of manufacturing an article, comprising:
forming a pattern on a substrate by using an imprint apparatus; and
processing the substrate on which the pattern is formed,
wherein the imprint apparatus is configured to bring a mold having a first mark, a third mark, and a pattern region in which
a pattern is formed, into contact with an imprint material on a substrate having a second mark and a fourth mark, to form
the pattern of the imprint material, the imprint apparatus comprising:

a detecting unit configured to detect, after the mold and the imprint material on the substrate come in contact with each
other, the first mark and the second mark in a state in which a first portion of the mold where the first mark is formed and
the imprint material on a first portion of the substrate where the second mark is formed are in contact with each other but
a whole of the pattern region is not in contact with the imprint material; and

a control unit configured to control a relative position of the mold and the substrate based on a detecting result of the
first mark and the second mark,

wherein the first mark and the second mark are formed in respective first portions of the mold and the substrate,
wherein the third mark and the fourth mark are formed in respective second portions of the mold and the substrate,
wherein the second portion of the mold and the imprint material on the second portion of the substrate come in contact with
each other after the first portion of the mold and the imprint material on the first portion of the substrate come in contact
with each other,

wherein the detecting unit is configured to detect the third mark and the fourth mark after detecting the first mark and the
second mark, and

wherein the control unit is configured to control the relative position of the mold and the substrate based on a detecting
result of the third mark and the fourth mark, after controlling the relative position of the mold and the substrate based
on the detecting result of the first mark and the second mark.

US Pat. No. 9,910,626

PRINT INSPECTION APPARATUS AND PRINT INSPECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print inspection apparatus which inspects a print product of variable printing, the print inspection apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
at least one processor that controls the print inspection apparatus to function as:
a combining unit configured to obtain an object which is stored in a storage and used in the variable printing and to generate
a combined image by combining the obtained object;

an image setting unit configured to, in a case where the combined image is normally generated by the combining unit, set the
combined image to both of a print image and a collation image, wherein, in a case where the combined image is not normally
generated, the image setting unit sets a first image to the print image and further sets a second image to the collation image
prior to printing the print image, and wherein the first image is a blank image, and wherein the second image is a black image
used in contrast with the blank image;

a printing unit configured to instruct a printer to perform printing the print image set by the image setting unit thereby
generating the print product;

an image obtainment unit configured to obtain image data by reading the generated print product with a scanner; and
a comparison unit configured to compare the image data obtained by the image obtainment unit with the collation image set
by the image setting unit to perform inspection of the print product.

US Pat. No. 9,910,375

YELLOW TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A yellow toner comprising a toner particle containing:
a binder resin; and
a colorant containing at least one compound selected from the group consisting of a compound expressed by the following formula
(1), a compound expressed by the following formula (2), and a compound expressed by the following formula (3):


wherein in formulas (1) to (3), R1, R11, R12, and R21 each represent an alkyl group having a carbon number of 3 or more,

R3, R13, and R23 each represent an alkyl group, and

R4, R14, and R24 each represent a linear alkyl group having a carbon number of 3 or more, and

wherein the colorant further contains a pigment selected from the group consisting of C.I. Pigment Yellows 180, 155, 150,
and 74.

US Pat. No. 9,910,378

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SHORTENING TIME REQUIRED FOR START-UP, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a printer engine which forms an image on a sheet;
a storage which stores a print job for causing the printer engine to perform a print process;
an interface which receives an instruction to stop supplying power to the printer engine;
a controller which includes a processor and a memory, and, when the interface has received the predetermined instruction to
stop supplying power to the printer engine, performs a deletion process for deleting the print job stored in the storage and
transmits a predermined command to the printer engine without waiting for completion of the deletion process, wherein the
printer engine performs a protection process for protecting the printer engine in accordance with receiving the predetermined
command without waiting for completion of the deletion process; and

a power controller which stops supplying power to the printer engine when the protection process is completed, and stops supplying
power to the printer engine forcibly when a predetermined period has elapsed since the interface recieved the predetermined
instruction to stop supplying power to the printer engine without waiting for completion of the deletion process.

US Pat. No. 9,910,379

CHARGING MEMBER WITH CONCAVE PORTIONS CONTAINING INSULATING PARTICLES AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member comprising:
an electro-conductive support; and
an electro-conductive surface layer, the electro-conductive surface layer including, on an outer surface thereof, concave
portions that are independent of each other, a part of a wall of each of the concave portions constituting a part of the charging
member outer surface, each of the concave portions holding an insulating particle positioned therein, wherein

the insulating particle being exposed to a surface of the charging member and forming a convex portion on the surface of the
charging member,

an orthogonal projection image is obtained when each of the concave portions and the insulating particle held in each of the
concave portions are orthogonally projected on a surface of the electro-conductive support,

in the orthogonal projection image, a site exists in which an outer edge of a projection image derived from the insulating
particle and an outer edge of a projection image derived from each of the concave portions are separated,

an average value of acute angles is from 0° to less than 45°, each of the acute angles being formed by (I) a line segment
and (II) a longitudinal direction of the charging member, the line segment connecting (i) a center of gravity of a gap formed
by separation of the insulating particle and each of the concave portion, and (ii) a center of gravity of the insulating particle
and

the insulating particle has an average particle size of 6 to 30 ?m, and
a distance of the site in which the outer edge of the projection image derived from the insulating particle and the outer
edge of the projection image derived from the each of the concave portions are separated is 10 to 70 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,910,387

REMANUFACTURING METHOD OF DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A remanufacturing method of a cartridge including a photosensitive unit and a developing unit, wherein the photosensitive
unit comprises an image bearing member, and wherein the developing unit comprises a developer bearing member; a flexible container
configured to accommodate developer and provided with a plurality of openings for discharging the developer into a frame member;
and the frame member configured to accommodate the flexible container, the remanufacturing method comprising:
separating the photosensitive unit and the developing unit; and
refilling developer into the frame member.

US Pat. No. 9,910,391

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus for heating an image formed on a recording material, the image heating apparatus comprising:
a tubular rotary member including a conductive layer;
a magnetic core inserted into a hollow portion of the rotary member;
a coil helically wound around an outer side of the magnetic core and continuously extending in a range from one longitudinal
end of the rotary member to the other longitudinal end of the rotary member in the hollow portion, a helical axis of the coil
extending along a generatrix direction of the rotary member; and

a control unit configured to control a frequency of an alternating current flowing through the coil,
wherein the conductive layer generates heat by an electromagnetic induction in an alternating magnetic field formed when the
alternating current flows through the coil, and

wherein the control unit controls the frequency in accordance with a size of the recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,910,394

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,910,397

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH SPEED DIFFERENCE CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable image bearing member configured to carry a toner image;
a transfer device configured to transfer the toner image from said image bearing member onto a transfer material;
a cleaning blade configured to remove toner from said image bearing member after transfer of the toner image;
a rotatable fur brush provided at a position downstream of said transfer device and upstream of said cleaning blade with respect
to a rotational moving direction of said image bearing member, said fur brush being rotatable to provide a peripheral moving
direction thereof counterdirectional with respect to a peripheral moving direction of said image bearing member;

an executing portion capable of executing an operation in a first mode for forming a toner image on the transfer material
on the basis of an image formation signal inputted to said image forming apparatus and in a second mode for supplying a band
of the toner to said cleaning blade; and

a controller configured to control a peripheral speed difference between said image bearing member and said fur brush,
wherein the peripheral speed difference between said image bearing member and said fur brush when the band of the toner passes
said fur brush in the second mode is less than the peripheral speed difference between said image bearing member and said
fur brush when residual toner remaining on said image bearing member after transfer of the toner image passes said fur brush
in the first mode.

US Pat. No. 9,910,401

CARTRIDGE AND MEMBER USED FOR CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,910,405

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer;
a regulating member configured to regulate an amount of the developer borne by the developer bearing member; and
a toner seal member being in contact with a peripheral surface of the developer bearing member,
wherein the regulating member includes a flexible support member composed by a plate-like member and a blade member covering
the support member and being in contact with the developer bearing member, the regulating member is formed so that an end
portion of the regulating member protrudes in a thickness direction of the regulating member in comparison with a central
portion of the regulating member in a rotation axial direction of the developer bearing member, and the regulating member
is disposed so that the projecting direction of the regulating member faces the developer bearing member, and

the toner seal member is pressed along the rotation axial direction to the end portion of the regulating member in the rotation
axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,910,407

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form an image on a recording material;
a discharge portion configured to discharge the recording material on which the image has been formed by the image forming
portion, wherein a delivery conveyance portion is mountable to the discharge portion in a space adjacent to the image forming
portion, the delivery conveyance portion being configured to convey the recording material discharged from the discharge portion
to a post-processing apparatus configured to perform post-processing on the recording material, the delivery conveyance portion
having a power source circuit configured to supply electric power to the delivery conveyance portion;

a detection unit configured to detect a temperature;
a first cooling unit configured to cool the image forming portion; and
a control unit configured to control, in a case where the delivery conveyance portion is mounted, rotation of the first cooling
unit based on the temperature detected by the detection unit in a standby state in which an image forming operation is not
performed,

wherein, in a case where the delivery conveyance portion is not mounted, the control unit performs control on the first cooling
unit in the standby state regardless of the temperature detected by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,911,183

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method comprising:
acquiring a first image shot by using a compound eye image pickup apparatus;
acquiring image capturing condition information of the first image;
acquiring, in view of the image capturing condition information, optical characteristic information of a plurality of optical
systems having a plurality of focal lengths different from each other in the compound eye image pickup apparatus;

correcting a deterioration of the first image caused by shooting the first image based on the optical characteristic information;
and

generating a second image based on information of a position and an angle of a ray obtained from the deterioration-corrected
first image, the second image being different from the deterioration-corrected first image,

wherein the optical characteristic information contains at least one of information related to aberrations of the optical
systems and information related to peripheral illumination of the optical systems.

US Pat. No. 9,911,198

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR MATCHING MOVING TARGETS BETWEEN CAMERA VIEWS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of matching moving targets between two camera views, the method comprising:
tracking the moving targets over video frames in each of the camera views and recording motion directions of the targets;
determining appearance similarities for cross-camera target pairs over synchronised ones of the video frames;
determining a joint probability model of co-occurred ones of the recorded motion directions for the camera views using a weighted
accumulation of the recorded motion directions of the cross-camera target pairs, where accumulation weights used in determining
the joint probability model are derived from the determined appearance similarities; and

matching the moving targets between the camera views using the joint probability model.

US Pat. No. 9,912,761

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a storage unit adapted to, in the case where a service executed by a second wireless communication method is selected, store
service information corresponding to the service which can be read by another communication apparatus by a first wireless
communication method;

a communication unit capable of communicating with the other communication apparatus by the second wireless communication
method,

an acquiring unit adapted to acquire from the other communication apparatus, which read the service information from the storage
unit, a message indicating whether or not a service corresponding to the service information is executable;

a determination unit adapted to determine, based on the message, whether or not to start execution of the service by the second
wireless communication method with the other communication apparatus; and

a detection unit adapted to detect that reading of the storage unit by the first wireless communication method is performed
by the other communication apparatus,

wherein the determination unit determines whether or not to start execution of the service based on the message which the
acquiring unit acquired after it is detected that reading of the storage unit is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,901,257

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND PHOTOACOUSTIC PROBE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

16. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
an optical system having a lens configured to form a light beam from light generated by a light source;
a light guide configured to guide the light beam that has exited from the optical system, the light guide having an emission
end configured to emit light;

a diffusion member configured to diffuse the emitted light from the light guide;
a transparent spacer that includes a transparent member having a diffusion member side end and an object side end configured
to irradiate the object with the diffused light via the transparent member and via acoustic matching gel provided on the object,
the spacer spanning a distance from said diffuser panel to a position for the object;

a receiver having a receiving end configured to face the object and receive an acoustic wave generated at and propagated from
the object via the acoustic matching gel;

a housing surrounding the diffusion member and the transparent spacer;
a sealing member arranged on a periphery of the transparent spacer and so as to seal between the housing and the transparent
spacer to prevent the acoustic matching gel from penetrating inside of the housing; and

a processor configured to acquire information on an inside of the object on the basis of the acoustic wave,
wherein the transparent spacer has a spacing length between the diffusion member side end and the object side end such that
the object side end of the transparent spacer and the receiving end of the receiver are configured to abut the object via
the acoustic matching gel.

US Pat. No. 9,904,863

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM RECORDING MEDIUM THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising at least one processor programmed to function as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain biological information of a person; and
a determination unit configured to determine, based on a state of the biological information of a plurality of persons including
a specific person, processing which is allowed for a person other than the specific person, the processing being performed
by the information processing apparatus,

wherein the determination unit is further configured to determine processing which is allowed for the person other than the
specific person in relation to a plurality of positional relations between the specific person and the information processing
apparatus,

wherein the obtaining unit is further configured to obtain fingerprint information as the biological information, the fingerprint
information detected by a fingerprint sensor provided on the information processing apparatus, and

wherein the positional relation is estimated based on elapsed time from when it is estimated that the specific person passed
the information processing apparatus to the person other than the specific person based on the fingerprint information obtained
by the obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,904,865

SETTING APPARATUS WHICH SETS A DETECTION REGION FOR A DETECTION PROCESS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A setting apparatus which sets a detection region for a detection process of detecting a change of an image within the
detection region corresponding to an object to be detected, the apparatus comprising:
an interface configured to connect an image capture unit from which a first image in which the object to be detected is present
and a second image in which the object to be detected is not present are input; and

a processor, operatively coupled to a memory, and configured to determine a polygon corresponding to the object to be detected,
based on the first image and the second image, and to delete vertices of the polygon in increasing order of distance between
a vertex of the polygon and a straight line connecting two vertices adjacent to the vertex such that the detection process
of detecting the change in a third image is performed within the detection region of the polygon with the vertices of not
more than a predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 9,906,661

APPARATUS HAVING POWER-SAVING MODE, CONTROL METHOD OF THE APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus having, as operation modes, a normal mode and a power-saving mode in which consumed power is less than that
in the normal mode, the apparatus comprising:
a display unit;
a main control unit that transmits display information to the display unit;
a storage unit that stores data of an initial screen that is displayed on the display unit;
a sub control unit that transmits the initial screen data stored in the storage unit to the display unit at least during starting
of the main control unit; and

a change unit that transmits a change instruction to change the initial screen data stored in the storage unit into new initial
screen data, based on a change of a screen to be displayed at the time of return from the power-saving mode.

US Pat. No. 9,906,663

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus, comprising:
a light source emitting a light beam;
a rotary polygon mirror deflecting the light beam emitted from the light source so as to scan a photosensitive member with
the light beam;

an optical member configured to guide the light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror to the photosensitive member;
an optical box on which the light source is mounted and which contains the rotary polygon mirror and the optical member;
a cover mounted on a side wall of the optical box so as to cover an opening of the optical box, and the cover having a dust-proof
member which is molded on the cover so as to prevent dust from entering into the optical box and sandwiched between the cover
and the side wall of the optical box; and

the dust-proof member including a plurality of convex portions which are protruded toward the optical box and which are configured
to respectively contact with a top of the side wall of the optical box opposed to the dust-proof member, and a concave portion
which is provided between the plurality of convex portions and separated from the top of the side wall.

US Pat. No. 9,906,673

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A data processing apparatus, comprising:
a human sensor;
a first controller which computes a first value corresponding to a distance between a human and the data processing apparatus
at a first time based on output from the human sensor, a second value corresponding to a distance between a human and the
data processing apparatus at a second time which is later than the first time based on output from the human sensor, and a
change amount of a distance in a first time period between the first time and the second time based on the first value and
the second value; and

a power controller which changes a power state of the data processing apparatus based on the change amount.

US Pat. No. 9,906,676

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain reflective image data obtained by capturing light, the captured light including
surface reflective light reflected from a surface of an object to be reproduced and inner reflective light reflected from
the inside of the object to be reproduced;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain transmissive image data obtained by capturing light transmitted from a back side
of the object to be reproduced; and

a determining unit configured to determine an amount of coloring material for each pixel of an image representing the object
to be reproduced,

wherein the amount of coloring material is determined as larger as a ratio of a lightness of a reflective image represented
by the reflective image data to a lightness of a transmissive image represented by the transmissive image data is higher,
and

wherein the coloring material includes ink used for controlling scattering characteristics of the printed object.

US Pat. No. 9,904,882

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a controller that executes degeneracy control that provides one or more usable functions other than a non-usable function;
a storage that stores degeneracy information indicating that the degeneracy control is being executed; and
a device controller that:
(i) if the degeneracy information is stored in the storage and the image forming apparatus activates from a powered off state,
executes a first activation process that includes driving of a part corresponding to the non-usable function, and

(ii) if the degeneracy information is stored in the storage and the image forming apparatus activates from a power saving
state different from the powered off state, executes a second activation process that does not include driving of the part
corresponding to the non-usable function.

US Pat. No. 9,906,681

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a scanner configured to read an original and generate image data;
a memory configured to store the generated image data;
a printer configured to execute printing based on image data;
a communication interface for communicating with an outside;
a display; and
one or more processors that execute a set of instructions so as to:
set a transmission resolution;
cause the scanner to read the original and generate image data;
store the generated image data in the memory;
generate image data for transmission corresponding to the set transmission resolution based on the image data stored in the
memory;

cause the printer to execute printing based on the generated image data for transmission;
cause the display to display a confirmation screen for allowing a user to confirm whether to execute transmission, in accordance
with a completion of the printing by the printer; and

execute transmission of the generated image data for transmission via the communication interface, in accordance with a transmission
instruction by the user.

US Pat. No. 9,902,073

ROBOT APPARATUS, ROBOT CONTROLLING METHOD, PROGRAMMING AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:
a robot having a robot arm including a joint and an end effector attached to an end of the robot arm; and
a control unit configured to control an operation of the robot,
wherein:
the robot arm has a joint driving unit configured to drive the joint,
the joint driving unit has a rotating motor, a speed reducer transmitting a rotation of the rotating motor, a first angle
sensor sensing a rotation angle of a rotation axis of the rotating motor or an input axis of the speed reducer, and a second
angle sensor sensing a rotation angle of an output axis of the speed reducer, and

the control unit controls the operation of the robot, based on an output value of the second angle sensor until the end effector
is positioned to a predetermined position, and based on an output value of the first angle sensor when the operation of the
robot is controlled to perform a predetermined working after being positioned to the predetermined position.

US Pat. No. 9,906,709

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF PIXELS, EACH PIXEL INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF PHOTODIODES CORRESPONDING TO MICROLENS, LENS UNIT TO BE REMOVABLY MOUNTED ON IMAGE PICK UP APPARATUS, AND METHO

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus on which a lens is to be removably mounted, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element including a plurality of pixels, each pixel including a plurality of photodiodes, the plurality of
photodiodes corresponding to a micro lens;

a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a first focus detection unit configured to perform a focus detection by a contrast detection method based on a signal output
from the image pickup element;

a second focus detection unit configured to perform a focus detection by a phase difference detection method based on a pair
of image signals output from the image pickup element; and

a control unit configured to perform a focus control based on an in-focus position detected by one of the first focus detection
unit and the second focus detection unit,

wherein the control unit is configured to receive, from the lens, information indicating that whether the lens is compatible
with a predetermined communication method,

wherein when the control unit receives information indicating that the lens is compatible with the predetermined communication
method, the control unit is configured to perform a communication to obtain first information related to a displacement of
the in-focus position by the phase difference detection method by using the predetermined communication method,

wherein when the control unit receives information indicating that the lens is incompatible with the predetermined communication
method, the control unit is configured to obtain an information related to the displacement of the in-focus position by the
phase difference method and stored in the image pickup apparatus based on type information of the lens.

US Pat. No. 9,906,714

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a plurality of image signals picked up by an image pickup unit;
a determining unit configured to determine distance information of the object image by using the plurality of image signals;
and

a conversion unit configured to perform, on the distance information, gradation conversion that has at least one conversion
characteristic out of a plurality of different conversion characteristics, and to output information that is based on the
distance information converted by the gradation conversion,

wherein the conversion unit selects the one conversion characteristic out of the plurality of different conversion characteristics
based on a destination to which the information is output.

US Pat. No. 9,906,726

IMAGE STABILIZATION CONTROL APPARATUS, OPTICAL APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE STABILIZING CONTROL PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilization control apparatus configured to perform an image stabilization control to reduce image blur due
to shaking of an optical apparatus by using a shake detection signal obtained through detection of the shaking of the optical
apparatus and a motion vector detection signal indicating a motion vector detected in an image signal produced through image
capturing using the optical apparatus, the image stabilization control apparatus comprising:
a shake extracting unit configured to extract a first shake signal from the shake detection signal, the first shake signal
being a frequency component whose frequency is higher than a predetermined frequency;

one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image stabilization control apparatus
to function as:

a predicting unit configured to produce, by using the motion vector detection signal, a predicted shake signal indicating
a predicted value of the shaking;

a combining unit configured to combine the first shake signal with the predicted shake signal to produce a second shake signal;
a controlling unit configured to perform the image stabilization control by using the second shake signal; and
a motion vector extracting unit configured to extract a specific motion vector signal from the motion vector detection signal,
the specific motion vector signal being a frequency component whose frequency is lower than the predetermined frequency,

wherein:
the controlling unit is configured to perform the image stabilization control by using the second shake signal in still image
capturing, and

the predicting unit is configured to produce the predicted shake signal by using the specific motion vector signal.

US Pat. No. 9,906,731

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus capable of continuous shooting, comprising:
an imaging unit; and
at least one processor that executes instructions stored in at least one memory to detect a periodical light amount change
characteristic of light from an object;

to determine an exposure timing of the imaging unit; and
to perform control to execute, during the continuous shooting, a first mode or a second mode which is different from the first
mode, based on the periodical light amount change characteristic detected before the continuous shooting is started,

wherein in the first mode, the imaging apparatus detects the periodical light amount change characteristic in a period between
first and second exposures of the imaging unit during the continuous shooting and an exposure timing of the second exposure
is determined based on the periodical light amount change characteristic detected in the period,

wherein the first mode is executed during the continuous shooting, if a change of an amount of light from the object changes
in a predetermined period is detected before the continuous shooting is started,

wherein the second mode is executed during the continuous shooting, if a change of the amount of light from the object changes
in the predetermined period is not detected before the continuous shooting is started, and

wherein in the second mode, the imaging apparatus does not detect the periodical light amount change characteristic of light
from the object in the period between the first and the second exposures during the continuous shooting.

US Pat. No. 9,906,740

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor, the memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the image
processing apparatus to:

predict a noise amount based on RAW image data acquired by image capturing under fixed image capturing conditions, a color
adjustment parameter, which is information on color adjustment specified by a user, and the fixed image capturing conditions;

determine changed image capturing conditions, the contents of which were changed from the fixed image capturing conditions
based on the predicted noise amount;

determine a noise reduction parameter indicating a degree of noise reduction processing based on the changed image capturing
conditions and the predicted noise amount; and

perform noise reduction processing in accordance with the noise reduction parameter for second RAW image data acquired by
image capturing under the changed image capturing conditions.

US Pat. No. 9,904,179

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus for exposing each of a plurality of shot regions on a substrate, the plurality of shot regions including
two shot regions arranged adjacent to each other such that edges thereof contact each other, the apparatus comprising a control
unit configured to control exposure processing of exposing each of the plurality of shot regions on the substrate using control
information for controlling shapes of the shot regions exposed on the substrate such that the two shot regions are adjacent
to each other,
wherein the control information includes correction information for correcting, based on layout information of the plurality
of shot regions, a deviation of adjacent portions of the two shot regions caused by a distortion of the shapes of the two
shot regions when exposing each of the two shot regions, and

wherein the correction information includes information of a correction factor for at least one of the two shot regions for
matching sides where the two shot regions adjacent to each other are in contact, and

the control unit controls the exposure processing using the correction information.

US Pat. No. 9,906,743

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM HAVING A LIGHT SHIELDING PORTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of pixels, each pixel including a photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate a signal charge by photoelectric
conversion of incident light, a charge accumulation unit configured to accumulate the signal charge transferred from the photoelectric
conversion unit, a transistor configured to transfer the signal charge from the photoelectric conversion unit to the charge
accumulation unit, the transistor including a control electrode, and a floating diffusion portion configured to receive the
signal charge transferred from the charge accumulation unit;

a waveguide configured to guide the incident light into the photoelectric conversion unit; and
a light-shielding portion covering at least a part of the charge accumulation unit and at least a part of the control electrode
of the transistor, and having a portion which is between the waveguide and the control electrode of the transistor,

wherein:
the photoelectric conversion unit, the charge accumulation unit, and the floating diffusion portion are included in a substrate,
a second distance between the waveguide and the substrate is longer than a first distance between the portion of the light-shielding
portion and the substrate, and

the second distance is shorter than a sum of the first distance and a thickness of the light-shielding portion.

US Pat. No. 9,906,752

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit configured to acquire captured image data; and
one or more processors which, by executing the program, function as:
a control unit configured to sequentially display, in response to a first user operation, a predetermined number of captured
image data obtained by imaging after a timing at which the first user operation has been performed, in an order starting from
a newest imaging time of the captured image data on a display unit; and

a detecting unit configured to detect a motion of an object in an imaging period of obtaining the predetermined number of
captured image data, based on the predetermined number of captured image data, wherein

in a case where a magnitude of the motion detected by the detecting unit is equal to or larger than a threshold, the control
unit sequentially displays the predetermined number of captured image data in an order starting from the oldest imaging time
of the captured image data on the display unit, and

in a case where the magnitude of the motion detected by the detecting unit is smaller than the threshold, the control unit
sequentially displays the predetermined number of captured image data in the order starting from the newest imaging time of
the captured image data on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,904,193

TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising a toner particle containing:
a binder resin containing a styrene acrylic resin as a main component;
a colorant;
a hydrocarbon wax; and
a wax dispersant comprising a vinyl resin segment and a hydrocarbon compound segment, the vinyl resin segment being a styrene-n-butyl
acrylate bipolymer, wherein

the binder resin and the wax dispersant satisfy formulae (1) and (2):
|A?C|?0.20  (1)

C?D<1.65  (2)

where “A” represents a solubility parameter of the binder resin, “C” represents a solubility parameter of the vinyl resin
segment of the wax dispersant, and “D” represents a solubility parameter of the hydrocarbon compound segment of the wax dispersant,
and

a content of the hydrocarbon compound segment of the wax dispersant is 1 to 50 mass % with respect to a total mass of the
wax dispersant.

US Pat. No. 9,904,195

TONER, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising: a toner particle containing a binder resin and a colorant, and an inorganic fine particle A and an
inorganic fine particle B present on a surface of the toner particle, wherein
the inorganic fine particle A is a silica fine particle having a number-average particle diameter (D1) of primary particles of not less than 80 nm and not more than 200 nm;

the inorganic fine particle B has a number-average particle diameter (D1) of primary particles of not less than 5 nm and not more than 25 nm, and is at least one fine particle which is selected
from a group consisting of a silica fine particle, a titanium oxide fine particle, and an alumina fine particle;

when a fixing ratio of the inorganic fine particle A to the toner particle is represented by a fixing ratio A and a fixing
ratio of the inorganic fine particle B to the toner particle is represented by a fixing ratio B,

a sum of the fixing ratio A and the fixing ratio B is 75% or more,
where an inter-particle force measured after a load of 78.5 N is applied to the toner is Fp(A) and an inter-particle force
measured after a load of 157.0 N is applied to the toner is Fp(B),

the Fp(A) and the Fp(B) satisfy the following Formulas (1) and (2):
Fp(A)?30.0 nN, and   Formula (1):

(Fp(B)?Fp(A))/Fp(A)?0.90.   Formula (2):

US Pat. No. 9,906,762

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus having a display screen, the apparatus comprising:
a configuration acquirer that acquires configuration information indicating a positional relationship for projected images
of a plurality of projectors in a multi-projection realized by the plurality of projectors;

an input acceptor that accepts an instruction inputted via the display screen, which displays an image according to the positional
relationship;

a specifier that specifies a projector for which a setting is to be changed, from the plurality of projectors, based on a
position on the display screen at which the instruction was accepted by the input acceptor, and based on the configuration
information acquired by the configuration acquirer; and

a transmitter that transmits a signal for changing the setting of the projector specified by the specifier.

US Pat. No. 9,904,200

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image-bearing member;
a charging member configured to charge the image-bearing member by receiving a charge voltage in which a direct-current voltage
and an alternating-current voltage are superposed on each other;

a power source configured to apply the charge voltage to the charging member;
a toner-image forming unit configured to form a toner image on the image-bearing member charged by the charging member;
a detector configured to detect a current flowing through the charging member when the power source applies the charge voltage
to the charging member;

an extraction unit configured to extract, from the current detected by the detector when the charge voltage is applied to
the charging member, a current in a frequency band including a discharge current component;

an adjustment unit configured to adjust the alternating-current voltage based on the current extracted by the extraction unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information about an amount of use of the image-bearing member; and
a setting unit configured to set, based on the information acquired by the acquisition unit, a frequency band for extraction
performed by the extraction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,904,202

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING POTENTIAL DIFFERENCE CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a charging member configured to charge the image bearing member;
a developer bearing member configured to carry a developer for forming a developer image by developing an electrostatic image
on the image bearing member;

a developer storage portion configured to store the developer to be carried by the developer bearing member;
a transfer portion configured to transfer the developer image, formed on the image bearing member, onto a recording material;
a fixing device configured to fix the developer image on the recording material; and
a control portion configured to implement control such that, in a case that (I) the developer remaining on the image bearing
member without being transferred to the recording material is moved from the image bearing member to the developer bearing
member and then recovered in the developer storage portion, and (II) a second image is formed on a rear face of the recording
material after a first image is formed on a surface of the recording material and the first image is fixed by the fixing device,
(i) a second potential difference between (i-1) a surface potential of the image bearing member after being charged with the charging member when forming the second image
and (i-2) a potential of the developer bearing member is less than (ii) a first potential difference between (ii-1) a surface potential of the image bearing member after being charged with the charging member when forming the first image
and (ii-2) a potential of the developer bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,904,205

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS TIMING OF POLYGON MIRROR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first light emitting element that emits a first laser beam;
a second light emitting element that emits a second laser beam;
a first image bearing member and a second image bearing member configured to bear a developer image;
a rotating polygon mirror configured to rotate and reflect the first laser beam and the second laser beam to scan the first
image bearing member with the first laser beam and scan the second image bearing member with the second laser beam,

a mirror surface reflecting the second laser beam is different from a mirror surface reflecting the first laser beam at the
same time,

a direction of reflecting the second laser beam is different from a direction of reflecting the first laser beam at the same
time;

a sensor that detects the first laser beam reflected from each of the mirror surfaces by rotation of the rotating polygon
mirror;

a controller that generates a first signal for determining a timing to form an electrostatic latent image on the first image
bearing member with the first laser beam based on timing at which the first laser beam is detected by the sensor, and that
generates a second signal for determining a timing to form an electrostatic latent image on the second image bearing member
with the second laser beam reflected from the mirror surface different from the mirror surface reflecting the first laser
beam based on the first signal and a correction value,

wherein the correction value is for determining a timing for outputting the second signal based on the first signal, the correction
value being calculated only during a period of acceleration from a start of rotation of the polygon mirror toward a target
rotation speed, based on a plurality of signals outputted by the sensor, and

wherein the second signal is output according to the correction value after output of the first signal.

US Pat. No. 9,902,157

LIQUID EJECTION SUBSTRATE, LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection substrate including an ejection opening that ejects a liquid, an ejection energy generation element that
generates energy used to eject the liquid, and a pressure chamber that has the ejection energy generation element provided
therein,
wherein the liquid ejection substrate includes a first portion and a second portion deviated from each other in a thickness
direction of the liquid ejection substrate,

wherein the first portion is provided with a supply passage disposed at one side of the pressure chamber to supply the liquid
to the pressure chamber and a collection passage disposed at the other side of the pressure chamber to collect the liquid
from the pressure chamber, and

wherein the second portion is provided with a common supply passage communicating with a plurality of the supply passages
and a common collection passage communicating with a plurality of the collection passages.

US Pat. No. 9,904,208

ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER, CLEANING DEVICE, DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An accommodating device for collecting developer from an image bearing member, comprising:
an accommodating container for accommodating the developer from the image bearing member;
a feeding member for feeding the developer in a developer feeding direction and provided in said accommodating container;
and

a wall member for partitioning inside of said accommodating container, said wall member provided in said accommodating container
extending along a direction crossing the developer feeding direction and inclined toward a downstream side of said feeding
member with respect to the developer feeding direction,

wherein said wall member is contactable to the developer being fed in the developer feeding direction.

US Pat. No. 9,904,222

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH PLURALITY OF RIBS ON GUIDE TO FIXING NIP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion for forming an unfixed image on a recording material;
a fixing portion for fixing the unfixed image formed on the recording material onto the recording material at a fixing nip;
a first guide member configured to guide the recording material to the fixing nip, said first guide member contactable with
a surface of the recording material opposite from a surface of the recording material on which the unfixed image is formed;
and

a second guide member configured to guide the recording material to the fixing nip, said second guide member provided at a
position opposed to the surface of the recording material on which the unfixed image is formed and at an end of said fixing
portion with respect to a direction, as a widthwise direction of the recording material, perpendicular to a feeding direction
of the recording material,

wherein said second guide member is shaped so that a guide portion of said second guide member, contactable with the recording
material, is inclined in the direction perpendicular to a feeding direction of the recording material so that the guide portion
approaches said first guide member at a position thereof closer to an end portion thereof,

wherein a plurality of ribs with which the recording material is contactable are provided on the guide portion of said second
guide member,

wherein when the plurality of ribs are seen from a side upstream of the fixing nip with respect to the feeding direction,
the plurality of ribs are inclined in the direction perpendicular to the feeding direction of the recording material, and

wherein when the plurality of ribs are viewed in the direction perpendicular to the feeding direction, the plurality of ribs
are inclined in the feeding direction.

US Pat. No. 9,904,225

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a rotatable image bearing member on which an electrostatic image is formed;
a rotatable developer bearing member that supplies a developer to the image bearing member and develops the electrostatic
image; and

processing portion that processes image information so as to add a specific dot pattern to an image to be formed on recording
material, wherein the image forming apparatus executes: a first image formation mode in which an image is formed based on
the image information by setting a peripheral velocity ratio Vd/Vdr between a peripheral velocity Vd of the developer bearing
member and a peripheral velocity Vdr of the image bearing member to a first peripheral velocity ratio ?VI; and

a second image formation mode in which an image is formed based on the image information by setting the peripheral velocity
ratio Vd/Vdr to a second peripheral velocity ratio ?V2, which is higher than the first peripheral velocity ratio ?VI,

in the first image formation mode, the image forming apparatus forms an image with a first development contrast CI and forms
the specific dot pattern with a second development contrast C2, which is lower than the first development contrast CI,

in the second image formation mode, the image forming apparatus forms an image with a third development contrast C3 and forms
the specific dot pattern with a fourth development contrast C4, which is lower than the third development contrast C3, and
when ?C1 (=C2/C1) denotes a ratio between the second development contrast C2 and the first development contrast CI, and ?C2
(=C4/C3) denotes a ratio between the fourth development contrast C4 and the third development contrast C3,

?C2

US Pat. No. 9,904,226

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE OPTICAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
a light-emitting member;
a light-receiving member;
a substrate, in which a substrate layer, a conductive layer and a protective layer are laminated in this order and on which
the light-emitting member and the light-receiving member are mounted; and

a light-shielding member disposed between the light-receiving member and the light-emitting member and inserted in a through-hole
of the substrate provided between the light-receiving member and the light-emitting member,

wherein the through-hole is comprised of the substrate layer, the conductive layer and the protective layer in a depth direction
of the through-hole.

US Pat. No. 9,904,227

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONSUMABLE PRODUCT MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A consumable product management method for an image forming apparatus that can form an image by using a toner cartridge
filled with toner particles, the toner cartridge having a first non-volatile memory that holds individual information including
at least one of reference date and time and use record value, and the image forming apparatus includes a second non-volatile
memory configured to store the individual information, the method comprising:
reading individual information from the first non-volatile a memory of the toner cartridge
performing a first control or a second control, in which the first control includes adding the individual information read
from the first non-volatile memory of the toner cartridge, as new individual information, to the second non-volatile memory
of the image forming apparatus based on a comparison between the reference date and time included in the individual information
held in the first non-volatile memory of the toner cartridge and reference date and time included in individual information
stored in the second non-volatile memory of the image forming apparatus, and the second control includes adding the individual
information read from the first non-volatile memory of the toner cartridge, as new individual information, to the second non-volatile
memory of the image forming apparatus based on a comparison between the use record value included in the individual information
held in the first non-volatile memory of the toner cartridge and use record value included in individual information stored
in the second non-volatile memory of the image forming apparatus;

detecting a residual toner quantity of the toner cartridge using a sensor; and
setting irreversible life alarm history information into the first non-volatile memory of the toner cartridge, based on the
detected residual toner quantity,

wherein the first non-volatile memory of the toner cartridge has at least an area for storing the individual information about
the toner cartridge and an area for storing the irreversible life alarm history information.

US Pat. No. 9,904,232

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus, comprising:
a transformer;
a switching element connected to a primary side of the transformer;
a first line connected to a secondary side of the transformer, the first line configured to output a voltage of a first polarity;
a second line connected to the secondary side of the transformer, the second line configured to output a second polarity voltage
whose polarity is opposite to the first polarity;

a first diode connected to the first line in series in a predetermined direction;
a first capacitor connected to the first line between a voltage output side of the first diode and a ground;
a second diode connected to the second line in series in a direction opposite to the predetermined direction of the first
diode;

a second capacitor connected to the second line between a voltage output side of the second diode and the ground;
a resistor element connected between the transformer and the second diode in the second line; and
a control unit configured to control a drive frequency of the switching element to control a voltage output from the second
line constant.

US Pat. No. 9,902,183

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus, comprising:
a sheet supporting portion on which sheets are supported; and
a sheet binding unit having a first member and a second member, and binding a sheet bundle supported on the sheet supporting
portion by clamping and deforming a binding area of the sheet bundle by the first and second members, the binding area including
an edge of the sheet bundle and formed such that a longitudinal direction thereof inclines with respect to the edge of the
sheet bundle.

US Pat. No. 9,904,236

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS ACCOMODATING TONER COLLECTION CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming station configured to form a toner image;
a toner collection container configured to collect toner discharged from said image forming station;
a supporting unit configured to support said toner collection container and to be movable between a collecting position for
collecting the toner discharged from said image forming station while said image forming station forms the toner image and
a mounting and dismounting position at which said toner collection container is mountable and dismountable relative to said
image forming apparatus;

an openable member rotatably movable between a closing position and an opening position, wherein a rotatable axis of said
openable member extends in a vertical direction and is disposed upstream of said openable member with respect to a movement
direction of said supporting unit from the collecting position to the mounting and dismounting position; and

a restricting portion provided on said supporting unit and being configured to prevent contact between said toner collection
container and said openable member,

wherein a part of a movement path of said openable member, along which said openable member moves between the closing position
and the opening position, and a part of a movement path of said toner collection container, along which said toner collection
container moves with said supporting unit between the collecting position and the mounting and dismounting position, are overlapped
with each other,

wherein said toner collection container includes a portion overlapping said openable member as viewed in a horizontal direction
perpendicular to the movement direction of said supporting unit when said toner collection container is mounted on said supporting
unit, and said supporting unit is in the collecting position,

wherein the overlapping portion of said toner collection container includes an inclined surface inclining away from said openable
member toward a downstream side with respect to the movement direction of said supporting unit,

wherein said restricting portion provided on said supporting unit extends along the inclined surface of said toner collection
container,

wherein a side surface of said restricting portion includes a first portion overlapping said toner collection container and
a second portion not overlapping said toner collection container, as viewed in the horizontal direction perpendicular to the
movement direction of said supporting unit, when said toner collection container is mounted on said supporting unit, and said
supporting unit is in the collecting position, and

wherein the second portion is disposed such that when said openable member is in the opening position, said restricting portion
is opposed substantially along an entirety of said openable member in a widthwise direction of said openable member, and the
second portion is disposed extending along the first portion.

US Pat. No. 9,906,807

DESCRIPTION OF IMAGE COMPOSITION WITH HEVC STILL IMAGE FILE FORMAT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encapsulating an encoded bitstream representing one or more images, the method comprising:
providing description of images and/or sub-image pictures identifying portions of the bitstream representing the images and/or
sub-images of the one or more images;

providing composed picture description of at least one composed picture formed by one or more images and/or sub-image pictures;
and

outputting the bitstream together with the composed picture description as an encapsulated data file.

US Pat. No. 9,906,581

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory coupled to at least the processor and having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by at least the processor,
cause the information processing apparatus to perform operations comprising

establishing, by a management unit, a first Transmission Control Protocol communication connection with a server device and
a second Transmission Control Protocol communication connection with the server device in response to acquiring a communication
start request from an application installed in the information processing apparatus;

acquiring, by a first communication unit information indicating whether or not content has been generated from the server
device which dynamically generates the content using the first Transmission Control Protocol communication connection;

downloading, by a second communication unit, the generated content using the second Transmission Control Protocol communication
connection; and

executing, by a printing unit, a print process for transmitting print data based on the downloaded content to an image processing
apparatus, in parallel with downloading the content that has been completely generated by the server device using the second
Transmission Control Protocol communication connection by the second communication unit,

wherein the first communication unit does not download the generated content using the first Transmission Control Protocol
communication connection,

wherein the management unit transmits a download instruction to the second communication unit in response to the first communication
unit acquiring information indicating that the content has been generated and instructs the first Transmission Control Protocol
communication connection to disconnect from the first communication unit in response to confirming that there is no download
incomplete content in the server device and instructs the second Transmission Control Protocol communication connection to
disconnect from the second communication unit after instructing disconnection of the first Transmission Control Protocol communication
connection,

wherein the second communication unit continues to download the content generated in accordance with the download instruction
from the management unit while maintaining the second Transmission Control Protocol communication connection until the disconnection
of the second Transmission Control Protocol communication connection is instructed by the management unit.

US Pat. No. 9,904,043

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; a third lens unit having a positive refractive power; a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive
power; and a rear lens unit including at least one lens unit, wherein
the second lens unit includes one or more lens sub-units, and has a negative refractive power as a whole,
the first lens unit does not move for zooming, the second lens unit moves during zooming, the fourth lens unit moves during
zooming,

the zoom lens includes a stop between the second lens unit and the third lens unit or between the third lens unit and the
fourth lens unit, and

the zoom lens satisfies the following expressions:
0.50<(ft×?2w2)/(fw×?2t2)<1.40 and

?2.45 where ?2w and ?2t respectively represent lateral magnifications of the second lens unit at a wide angle end and a telephoto
end when a light beam enters from infinity, fw and ft respectively represent focal lengths of the zoom lens at the wide angle
end and the telephoto end, f1 represents a focal length of the first lens unit, and f2 represents a focal length of the second
lens unit at the wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,904,044

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power and being not moved for zooming;
a second lens unit being moved during zooming, and having a positive refractive power;
a third lens unit including an aperture stop, being not moved for zooming, and having a negative refractive power;
a fourth lens unit being moved during zooming; and
a fifth lens unit being not moved for zooming,
wherein at least three of a lens sub unit are included in the second lens unit and the fourth lens unit, and are moved in
an optical axis direction during zooming,

wherein the following expressions are satisfied:
0.6
1.4<|m2|/|m4|<50.0,
where f1 and f3 respectively represent focal lengths of the first lens unit and the third lens unit, and m2 and m4 respectively
represent a movement amount of one of the lens sub unit that is moved by a largest amount in the second lens unit during zooming
from a wide angle end to a telephoto end and a movement amount of one of the lens sub unit that is moved by a largest amount
in the fourth lens unit during zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 9,904,046

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an illumination optical system configured to illuminate a specimen;
an imaging optical system configured to form an optical image of the specimen;
a light modulator configured to generate at least one of a transmittance distribution and a phase distribution which are asymmetric
with respect to an optical axis on a pupil plane of at least one of the illumination optical system and the imaging optical
system;

an image sensor configured to photoelectrically convert the optical image;
a driver configured to change a relative position along an optical axis direction of the imaging optical system between a
focal plane of the imaging optical system and at least one of the specimen and the image sensor; and

an operating unit configured to reconstruct information of the specimen,
wherein the driver changes the relative position in acquiring a plurality of images of the specimen,
wherein the illumination optical system and the imaging optical system form a partially coherent imaging system, and
wherein the operating unit is configured to perform a compressive sensing reconstruction algorithm for the plurality of images
using the following expressions:

I=?T
T=1+i?(n021?n·n)
where I is a M×1 vector obtained by combining the plurality of images and subtracting a constant, ? is a M×N matrix determined
from the illumination optical system and the imaging optical system, T is a N×1 vector representing three-dimensional information
of the specimen, n is an N×1 vector representing a three-dimensional refractive index distribution of the specimen, n0 is a background refractive index of the specimen, • is an operator for taking the Hadamard product, and 1 is an N×1 vector
having all elements of 1.

US Pat. No. 9,904,559

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ACTIVATION METHOD THEREFOR FOR PROCESSING DATA OF A HIBERNATION IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a volatile memory;
at least one processor that operates to: (i) compress at least a part of data stored in the volatile memory into compressed
data, and (ii) decompress compressed data read into the volatile memory; a non-volatile memory configured to store non-compressed
data and the compressed data as hibernation images;

a first reading circuit configured to read the compressed data stored in the non-volatile memory into a region in the volatile
memory that is not used for initialization of a kernel; and

a second reading circuit configured to read the non-compressed data stored in the non-volatile memory into the volatile memory
in parallel with the decompression processing executed by the at least one processor,

wherein the at least one processor further operates to activate a system based on the decompressed data and the non-compressed
data read by the second reading circuit, and

wherein the initialization of the kernel executed by using a part of the volatile memory which is exclusively independent
of the region used by at least one of the processing executed by the first reading circuit and the processing executed by
the second reading circuit, the processing executed by the first reading circuit and the processing executed by the second
reading circuit are in parallel.

US Pat. No. 9,901,249

TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A tomographic image processing apparatus comprising:
an analyzing unit configured to perform layer analysis of a tomographic image of an eye to be inspected, the tomographic image
having been obtained using an OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) optical system;

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display (1) the tomographic image and (2) information indicating
a plurality of boundaries of layers in the tomographic image; and

an adjustment unit configured to adjust, in a case where a boundary of layers is selected from the indicated plurality of
boundaries, contrast of the tomographic image such that (a) a brightness difference between layers corresponding to the selected
boundary in the tomographic image becomes larger and (b) a brightness of a layer different from the layers corresponding to
the selected boundary is maintained.

US Pat. No. 9,904,071

IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION DEVICE CAPABLE OF PREVENTING OCCURRENCE OF IMAGE BLUR, LENS BARREL, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image blur correction device comprising:
a correction optical element,
a first drive section configured to include a first vibrator in which predetermined vibration is excited and a first slider
being in contact with said first vibrator and to move said correction optical element in a first direction orthogonal to a
direction of are optical axis of the correction optical element; and

a second drive section configured to include a second vibrator in which predetermined vibration is excited and a second slider
being in contact with said second vibrator and to move said correction optical element in a second direction orthogonal to
the direction of the optical axis,

wherein when viewed in the optical axis direction, said first drive section and said second drive section at least partially
overlap each other and a center point of the area of contact between said first vibrator and said first slider and a center
point of the area of contact between said second vibrator and said second slider overlap each other.

US Pat. No. 9,897,931

ELECTROCONDUCTIVE MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electroconductive member for electrophotography comprising, in this order:
an electroconductive substrate;
an electroconductive elastic layer; and
a surface layer, wherein
the surface layer has a volume resistivity of 1.0×1010 to 1.0×1016 ?·cm,

the surface layer has a universal hardness of 1.0 to 7.0 N/mm2 at a depth of 1 ?m from a surface thereof, and

the surface layer contains a polymer having a urethane linkage, a molecule of the polymer having structures represented by
structural formulae (1) and (2):


where in formula (1), R11, R12, and R13 each represent a divalent hydrocarbon group having 3 to 9 carbon atoms, provided that
R11 and R12 are different from each other, R13 is identical to one of R11 and R12, and p and q each independently represent
a number of 1.0 or more; and

in formula (2), r and s each independently represent a number of 1.0 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,897,932

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:
a toner particle containing a toner base particle containing a binder resin and a colorant, and a resin particle fixed to
a surface of the toner base particle; and

an inorganic fine particle A, wherein
the surface of the toner particle has protruded portions originating in the resin particle,
an average length (D) of long sides of the protruded portions is from 50 nm to 300 nm,
an average height (H) of the protruded portions is from 25 nm to 250 nm,
a relationship between the average long-side length and the average height of the protruded portions satisfies the following
formula (1), and

an average value of a compactness of the inorganic fine particle A observed under scanning electron microscope (SEM) as represented
by formula (2) below is from 0.40 to 0.80, and

the attachment rate of the inorganic fine particles A with a compactness of from 0.40 to 0.80 is from 0.1% to 5.0% by area
according to polycarbonate thin film attachment measurement of the toner:

0.50D?H?0.80D   Formula (1)

Compactness=area of inorganic fine particle/area of region enclosed by envelope of inorganic fine particle   Formula (2).
US Pat. No. 9,897,933

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising toner particles each having a surface layer containing an organosilicon polymer,
the organosilicon polymer comprising a siloxane-based polymer having a partial structure represented by formula (1) and a
partial structure represented by formula (2)

R—SiO3/2  (1)

where R represents an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, or a phenyl group;
Rf—SiO3/2  (2)

where Rf represents a structure represented by any one of formulae (i) and (ii), * in each of the formulae (i) and (ii) represents
a bonding portion with a silicon atom, and L in the formula (ii) represents a methylene group, an ethylene group, or a phenylene
group

*—CH?CH2  (i)

*-L-CH?CH2  (ii)

wherein an area RT3 of a peak assigned to the partial structure represented by formula (1) and an area RfT3 of a peak assigned
to the partial structure represented by formula (2) satisfy 0.300>(RfT3/RT3)>0.010 in a chart obtained by 29Si-NMR measurement of a tetrahydrofuran-insoluble matter of the toner particles.

US Pat. No. 9,897,934

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a crystalline resin and an amorphous resin,
wherein
a standard deviation of hydrogen nuclear relaxation times (HT1?-C) of the toner as measured by solid-state 13C-NMR is at least 0.0 and not more than 5.0, and

a hydrogen nuclear relaxation time (HT1?-C1) of a 13C peak with the longest relaxation time out of the hydrogen nuclear relaxation times (HT1?-C) and

a hydrogen nuclear relaxation time (HT1?-A1) of a 13C peak with the shortest relaxation time out of hydrogen nuclear relaxation times (HT1?-A)

satisfy the following Formula (1):
3.0?{(HT1?-C1)/(HT1?-A1)}?6.0  (Formula 1)

the hydrogen nuclear relaxation times (HT1?-C) being obtained by solid-state 13C-NMR (CP/MAS) measurement of 13C peaks derived from the crystalline resin,

the 13C peaks derived from the crystalline resin being obtained by;

measuring the toner using solid-state 13C-NMR (DD/MAS),

arranging peak intensity of 13C peaks derived from the crystalline resin in descending order,

selecting 13C peaks starting with a 13C peak with the highest peak intensity and ending with a 13C peak at which the ratio of a cumulative value of the integral intensity of the 13C peak to a total value of the integral intensities of all 13C peaks reaches 90%,

while the hydrogen nuclear relaxation times (HT1?-A) being obtained by solid-state 13C-NMR (CP/MAS) measurement of all of 13C peaks derived from the amorphous resin,

the 13C peaks derived from the amorphous resin being obtained by measuring the toner using solid-state 13C-NMR (DD/MAS).

US Pat. No. 9,897,936

METHOD OF PRODUCING CURABLE LIQUID DEVELOPER AND CURABLE LIQUID DEVELOPER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of producing a curable liquid developer comprising a pigment, a binder resin, a toner particle dispersing agent,
and a curable insulating liquid,
the method comprising:
a pigment dispersion step of preparing a pigment dispersion comprising the pigment, the binder resin, the toner particle dispersing
agent, and a solvent;

a mixing step of mixing the pigment dispersion with the curable insulating liquid; and
a distillative removal step of distillatively removing the solvent from a mixture obtained in the mixing step.

US Pat. No. 9,897,940

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND CONVEYING SCREW FOR DEVELOPING AN ELECTROSTATIC LATENT IMAGE ON AN IMAGE BEARING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer container that includes a first containing portion and a second containing portion and is capable of containing
a developer that includes a toner and a carrier, the second containing portion being separated from the first containing portion
by a partition wall, the developer contained in the developer container being able to be circulated between the first containing
portion and the second containing portion via a first communication portion that permits the developer to be communicated
from the first containing portion to the second containing portion and a second communication portion that permits the developer
to be communicated from the second containing portion to the first containing portion;

a developer replenishment portion for supply to the developer;
a developer discharging portion that is provided in the second containing portion for discharging a part of the developer;
a first conveying screw that is provided in the first containing portion for conveying the developer of the first containing
portion, and;

a second conveying screw that is provided in the second containing portion and includes:
a rotating shaft;
a first blade portion that is spirally formed on an outer circumference of the rotating shaft and conveys the developer of
the second containing portion in a conveying direction that is opposite of a conveying direction of the first conveying screw;

a second blade portion that is spirally formed on the outer circumference of the rotating shaft downstream of the first blade
portion with respect to the conveying direction of the first blade portion and upstream of the developer discharging portion
with respect to the conveying direction of the first blade portion and conveys the developer of the second containing portion
in a conveying direction that is opposite of the conveying direction of the first blade portion;

a disk portion that is provided on and throughout the entire outer circumference of the rotating shaft at, in the conveying
direction of the second blade portion, an upstream side end of the second blade portion; and

a circular portion that is provided on and throughout the entire outer circumference of the rotating shaft downstream of the
disk portion with respect to the conveying direction of the first blade portion and upstream of the developer discharging
portion with respect to the conveying direction of the first blade portion in such a way as to protrude in a radial direction,
a diameter of the circular portion being smaller than a diameter of the disk portion,

wherein the circular portion extends from an end of the disk portion in a rotation axis direction of the rotating shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,897,941

DEVELOPING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:
developer for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on an image carrier; and
a developer carrier on which the developer is carried, and which is disposed across a space from the image carrier,
a magnetic body having a magnetic pole being provided inside the developer carrier, and
the developer carried on the developer carrier being caused to fly between the image carrier and the developer carrier, and
to adhere to the electrostatic latent image, thereby developing the electrostatic latent image, wherein

the developer is a magnetic one-component polymerized developer;
in a cross-section of the developer carrier and the image carrier as viewed in an axis line direction of the developer carrier,
with a first line segment being a line segment that joins an axis line of the developer carrier and an axis line of the image
carrier,

a second line segment being a line segment that joins the axis line of the developer carrier and a position exhibiting, on
the surface of the developer carrier, maximal magnetic flux density of the magnetic pole for carrying the developer on the
developer carrier, at a position opposing the image carrier,

a first region being a region on the image carrier which is developed, in a case where developer is caused to fly between
the image carrier and the developer carrier when DC voltage identical to DC voltage applied to the developer carrier when
the electrostatic latent image is developed is applied to the developer carrier, with a potential of the image carrier set
to 0 V, in a state where the image carrier and the developer carrier are not rotating, and

a third line segment being a line segment that joins the axis line of the developer carrier and a downstream end portion,
in a rotation direction of the developer carrier, of a second region which is a region on the developer carrier resulting
from projecting, onto the developer carrier, the first region in a direction from the axis line of the image carrier towards
the axis line of the developer carrier,

then among angles in the rotation direction of the developer carrier, a first angle formed by the first line segment and the
second line segment is greater than 0° and is equal to or smaller than a second angle formed by the first line segment and
the third line segment.

US Pat. No. 9,897,942

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROLLING CONTACT PRESSURE BETWEEN IMAGE BEARING MEMBER AND TRANSFER DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image forming stations, each including a rotatable image bearing member, a developing device configured to
develop an image on said image bearing member with a developer, said developing device being capable of contacting and spacing
from said image bearing member, and a cleaning member contacting said image bearing member and configured to remove the developer
from said image bearing member;

a transferring device configured to transfer the images formed on said image bearing members of said image forming stations;
a contacting/spacing device provided for at least one of said image forming stations and configured to space said developing
device from said image bearing member of said at least one of said image forming stations and to contact said developing device
to said image bearing member of said at least one of said image forming stations;

a changing device provided for said at least one of said image forming stations and configured to change a contact pressure
between said image bearing member and said transferring device, wherein said image forming apparatus is operable in a mode
in which the image is formed by only a part of said image forming stations, and no image is formed by the rest of said image
forming stations, wherein in the mode, said developing device contacts said image bearing member in the part of said image
forming stations, said developing device is spaced from said image bearing member in the rest of said image forming stations,
and the contact pressure between said image bearing member and said transferring device is made smaller in the rest of said
image forming stations than in the part of said image forming stations, and wherein an image forming operation in the mode
is executed while said image bearing members of the part and the rest of said image forming stations are rotated; and

a controlling device configured to control said changing device such that while the image forming operation in the mode is
continuously executed, the contact pressure in the rest of said image forming stations is made larger than the smaller contact
pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,898,463

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SERVER, DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document management server comprising:
a cache data storage area which stores cache data; and
at least one processor which executes a computer program to perform a process comprising steps of:
generating, based on a URI included in a request received from a client, a character string that represents a location in
a folder hierarchy in the cache data storage area, wherein the URI indicates a storage location at which an entity file of
a requested document is stored, and wherein the URI is different from the location in the cache data storage area represented
by the character string, and wherein the folder hierarchy is generated based on groups which are obtained by dividing a document
ID included in the URI with a hyphen;

determining whether or not an image file corresponding to the requested document exists at the location in the cache data
storage area represented by the character string;

acquiring, in a case that it is determined that no image file corresponding to the requested document exists at the location
in the cache data storage area represented by the character string, the entity file of the requested document from the storage
location indicated by the URI;

generating an image file corresponding to the requested document by using the acquired entity file;
storing, as cache data, the generated image file at the location in the cache data storage area represented by the character
string;

transmitting the stored image file to the client in a case that it is determined that no image file corresponding to the requested
document exists at the location in the cache data storage area represented by the character string;

acquiring, in a case that it is determined that the image file corresponding to the requested document exists at the location
in the cache data storage area represented by the character string, the image file existing at the location in the cache data
storage area represented by the character string; and

transmitting the acquired image file to the client in a case that it is determined that the image file corresponding to the
requested document exists at the location in the cache data storage area represented by the character string.

US Pat. No. 9,897,956

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a converting unit configured to convert image data based on a conversion condition;
an image forming unit configured to form an image based on the converted image data;
a measurement unit configured to measure a plurality of measurement images which are formed by the image forming unit based
on measurement image data; and

a controller configured to control the image forming unit to form the plurality of measurement images, control the measurement
unit to measure the plurality of measurement images, obtain output characteristics of the image forming unit based on measurement
results of the plurality of measurement images, and generate the conversion condition based on the output characteristics,

wherein the plurality of measurement images include a first measurement image and a second measurement image different from
the first measurement image,

wherein the controller controls the image forming unit to form the first measurement image again, controls the measurement
unit to measure the first measurement image, obtains first output characteristics based on a current measurement result of
the first measurement image and a previous measurement result of the second measurement image, and generates the conversion
condition based on the first output characteristics, and

wherein the controller controls the image forming unit to form the second measurement image again, controls the measurement
unit to measure the second measurement image, obtains second output characteristics based on a current measurement result
of the second measurement image and a previous measurement result of the first measurement image, and generates the conversion
condition based on the second output characteristics.

US Pat. No. 9,897,958

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CORRECTING A PULSE WIDTH THAT IS BASED ON A CLOCK SIGNAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first control unit provided with a first oscillator internally and configured to perform control of a load by outputting
a pulse signal based on a clock signal output by the first oscillator; and

a second control unit provided with a second oscillator internally, connected to the first control unit by a serial communication
signal line, and configured to perform control of a load by outputting a pulse signal based on a clock signal output by the
second oscillator,

wherein the second control unit
measures a width of the pulse signal output from the first control unit via the serial communication signal line, upon receiving
an adjustment request from the first control unit;

compares a pulse signal width designated by the adjustment request with the measured width of the pulse signal; and
corrects, based on a result of the comparing, the width of the pulse signal that is based on the clock signal output by the
second oscillator.

US Pat. No. 9,897,959

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH FORCED CONSUMPTION MODE FOR TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a developing device configured to develop an electrostatic latent image, formed on the image bearing member, with a toner;
and

a controller configured to execute an operation in a forced consumption mode during a continuous image forming job for forming
images on a plurality of recording materials, and in the operation in the forced consumption mode, the toner is forcedly supplied
by the developing device to a region of the image bearing member corresponding to a non-image forming region between a recording
material and a subsequent recording material,

wherein the controller includes:
a temporarily determining portion configured to temporarily determine, on the basis of information on an amount of the toner
to be consumed by image formation during the continuous image forming job, execution of the operation in the forced consumption
after the image is formed on a first recording material and before the image is formed on a second recording material subsequent
to the first recording material in the continuous image forming job, and

a determining portion configured to determine whether or not the operation in the forced consumption mode is executed,
wherein in a case where said temporarily determining portion temporarily determines execution of the operation in the forced
consumption after the image is formed on the first recording material and before the image is formed on the second recording
material in the continuous image forming job, on the basis of information on an amount of the toner to be consumed in the
image formation on the second recording material in the continuous image forming job, after the image formation on the first
recording material and before the image formation on the second recording material in the continuous image forming job, said
determining portion determines whether or not the operation in the forced consumption mode is executed.

US Pat. No. 9,897,960

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a toner container having a cylindrical shape and configured to contain toner, the toner container comprising a discharge port
through which the toner is discharged and a conveyance portion, the conveyance portion being configured to convey the toner
toward the discharge port by rotation of the toner container in a first direction;

a toner amount detection unit configured to detect a value related to an amount of the toner contained in the toner container;
a driving unit configured to rotate the toner container in the first direction and in a second direction, the second direction
being opposite to the first direction;

a toner accommodating unit configured to accommodate the toner discharged from the toner container;
a remaining-toner amount detection unit configured to detect whether an amount of the toner accommodated by the toner accommodating
unit reaches a first set amount; and

a control unit configured to control the driving unit such that the driving unit rotates the toner container in the second
direction in a case where the remaining-toner amount detection unit has detected that the amount of the toner accommodated
by the toner accommodating unit is smaller than the first set amount and the amount of the toner contained in the toner container
detected by the toner amount detection unit reaches a second set amount.

US Pat. No. 9,897,709

IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix form, the plurality of pixels each being configured to generate an electric signal
depending on radiation or light, and each being configured such that the electric signal can be read out nondestructively;

an output amplifier configured to sequentially output electric signals read out nondestructively from the plurality of pixels;
and

a control unit configured to, in a period when electric signals for one frame of image data are being read out nondestructively
from the plurality of pixels, execute nondestructive readout processing a plurality of times for reading out electric signals
nondestructively from pixels in a first row included is the plurality of pixels, and execute nondestructive readout processing
a plurality of times for reading out electric signals nondestructively from pixels in a second row adjacent to the first row,

wherein the control unit resets the output amplifier in a period when the nondestructive readout processing is performed a
plurality of times on the pixels of the first row.

US Pat. No. 9,897,967

CLEANING UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning unit for removing toner on an image bearing unit, comprising:
a cleaning member configured to remove the toner;
a coil spring configured to convey the toner removed by the cleaning member in a longitudinal direction of the cleaning member;
a rotatable support member configured to support a first end of the coil spring to transmit a rotational driving force to
the coil spring; and

an engaging portion, provided in the support member, configured to engage with the first end of the coil spring, the coil
spring being disposed such that the first end of the coil spring is disposed within the engaging portion at a position not
in contact with both ends of the engaging portion in the longitudinal direction of the coil spring.

US Pat. No. 9,897,970

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
a frame, provided with an opening, for accommodating developer;
a sealing member for sealing the opening;
a rotatable member rotatable to wind up said sealing member; and
a sandwiching portion for sandwiching a part of said sealing member,
wherein in a state in which said part of said sealing member is folded back in said sandwiching portion and before said rotatable
member starts to rotate, said part of said sealing member is nonwelded in said sandwiching portion.

US Pat. No. 9,900,534

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels, each of the pixels being configured to output a pixel signal;
a signal line to which each of the pixels outputs the pixel signal;
a capacitor element;
a signal holding unit; and
a switch having one node connected to the signal line and another node connected to the capacitor element and the signal holding
unit,

wherein
the capacitor element samples the pixel signal when the switch is turned on, and holds the pixel signal when the switch is
turned off,

the pixel signal of a first pixel among the pixels is output to the signal line, and
a signal based on the pixel signal of the first pixel sampled by the capacitor element by turning the switch on is held by
the signal holding unit with the switch left turned on.

US Pat. No. 9,900,536

IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup system comprising:
an image pickup apparatus including: a pixel portion where pixels that each include a photoelectric conversion unit, a floating
diffusion, and a transfer transistor configured to transfer charges generated in the photoelectric conversion unit to the
floating diffusion are arranged in a matrix; and a scanning circuit configured to control charge accumulation periods of the
respective pixels by an electronic shutter operation and output signals generated during the charge accumulation periods from
the pixels; and

a signal processing unit configured to process a signal output from the image pickup apparatus,
the pixel portion including
a plurality of first rows which include pixels controlled by the scanning circuit such that the charge accumulation periods
are at least partially overlapped with each other, and

a plurality of second rows which include pixels controlled by the scanning circuit such that the charge accumulation periods
are not overlapped with the charge accumulation periods of the plurality of first rows wherein

a first pixel of the plurality of first rows uses the floating diffusion with a second pixel of the plurality of the second
rows in common,

a third pixel of the plurality of first rows does not use the floating diffusion with any pixel of the plurality of the second
rows in common, and

the signal processing unit performs signal processing without using a signal of the first pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,898,230

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a register;
one or more processors; and
a memory in communication with the one or more processors, the memory having stored thereon instructions that, when executed
by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:

transfer data stored in a first storage area designated by a first descriptor to a second storage area designated by a second
descriptor;

apply a checksum operation to the data being transferred from the first storage area to the second storage area;
when a first mode is set, apply the checksum operation to all the data being transferred from the first storage area to the
second storage area; and

when a second mode that is different from the first mode is set, (i) accumulate a data amount of the data being transferred
from the first storage area to the second storage area, (ii) not apply the checksum operation to the data being transferred
from the first storage area to the second storage area until the accumulated data amount exceeds a first data amount being
based on setting information set in the register, (iii) apply the checksum operation to the data being transferred from the
first storage area to the second storage area if the accumulated data amount exceeds the first data amount, and (iv) terminate
the checksum operation if the accumulated data amount exceeds a second data amount which is larger than the first data amount
and is based on the setting information set in the register.

US Pat. No. 9,898,233

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CANCELS JOB UPON OCCURRENCE OF ERROR, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for executing a plurality of predetermined types of print jobs, including a first type of print
job and a second type of print job, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor configured to implement instructions stored in the memory and execute:
a first setting task that sets, in accordance with an instruction from a user, a predetermined cancellation setting for a
suspended job to either on or off with respect to each of the plurality of predetermined types of print jobs;

a second setting task that sets a grace time period;
a detecting task that detects an occurrence of an error related to printing;
a suspending task that, based on the detection of the occurrence of the error, suspends a print job being currently executed;
and

a cancellation task that, when the grace time period set by the second setting task has elapsed since the suspending task
suspended the print job, cancels the suspended print job in a case where the print job is the first type but does not cancel
the suspended print job in a case where the print job is the second type,

wherein the first setting task sets, in accordance with the instruction from the user, the predetermined cancellation setting
to on with respect to the first type of print job but sets the predetermined cancellation setting to off with respect to the
second type of print job.

US Pat. No. 9,897,482

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM HAVING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup system comprising:
a first substrate having an array of pixels, each of the pixels including a photoelectric conversion element and a source
follower transistor having a gate receiving a signal from the photoelectric conversion region element, and having a region
arranged between the array of pixels and an edge of the first substrate; and

a second substrate having a comparing circuit of an analog-digital converter and a pixel drive circuit that generates a signal
for driving the pixels,

wherein the array of pixels overlaps the pixel drive circuit, and
wherein the region overlaps the comparing circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,897,483

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit;
a signal line
a circuit block coupled between the photoelectric conversion unit and the signal line; and
a control circuit configured to control the circuit block,
wherein the circuit block includes:
a differential amplifier circuit including:
a noninverting input terminal to which a signal from the photoelectric conversion unit is input;
an inverting input terminal;
an output terminal; and
a feedback path coupling the inverting input terminal and the output terminal together;
a first switch including:
a first terminal coupling to the output terminal; and
a second terminal coupling to the signal line, the first switch being configured to control conduction between the output
terminal and the signal line;

a second switch including:
a first terminal coupling to the inverting input terminal; and
a second terminal coupling to the signal line and the second terminal of the first switch, the second switch being configured
to control conduction between the inverting input terminal and the signal line; and

a third switch including:
a first terminal coupling to the inverting input terminal; and
a second terminal coupling to the output terminal and the first terminal of the first switch, the third switch being configured
to control conduction between the inverting input terminal and the output terminal,

wherein the control circuit supplies a first signal for controlling the first switch and the second switch and a second signal
for controlling the third switch, and

wherein the first signal and the second signal are in relation of logical NOT.

US Pat. No. 9,900,568

REMOTE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING REMOTE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A remote communication system comprising:
a first projector configured to project one or more images transmitted from a remote site onto a first projection plane;
at least one image capturing unit disposed on the first projection plane, the at least one image capturing unit operating
to capture an image, and the at least one image capturing unit comprising a plurality of image capturing units disposed on
the first projection plane;

an extraction unit configured to extract a person part image from the image captured by the at least one image capturing unit;
a scaling unit configured to scale the image captured by the at least one image capturing unit in accordance with a distance
from the at least one image capturing unit to a person serving as a subject, to make a size of the person part image by the
extraction unit become a predetermined size, wherein a scaling size of the image captured by the at least one image capturing
unit is determined so that a size of the person serving as the subject looks substantially fixed even if the person serving
as the subject moves away from the at least one image capturing unit, and wherein the image that undergoes the extraction
and the scaling comprises a plurality of images each captured by one of the plurality of image capturing units;

a second projector configured to project, onto a second projection plane disposed in the remote site, the image, which is
subjected to the extraction by the extraction unit and which is scaled by the scaling unit; and

a combining unit configured to combine the plurality of images each captured by one of the plurality of image capturing units.

US Pat. No. 9,900,829

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device having a functionality and operating in a wireless network, the communication device comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories containing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors
to perform operations comprising:

forming a network by the communication device being caused to operate as an access point;
joining a network by the communication device being caused to operate as a station;
judging whether the communication device operates as a service providing device that displays received video data or as a
service using device that transmits video data, in a case where the communication device performs a video streaming service;
and

determining, in accordance with a result of the judging and a protocol that is able to determine whether the communication
device operates as an access point or a station, that the communication device operates as the access point in a case where
the communication device operates as the service providing device, and that the communication device operates as the station
in a case where the communication device operates as the service using device.

US Pat. No. 9,900,830

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A terminal comprising:
a first display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display a predetermined screen including information about
a first wireless connection to be established between an access point in a communication partner apparatus and the terminal,
wherein the first wireless connection is established by a user operation that is performed after the predetermined screen
is displayed;

a second display control unit configured to cause the display unit to display a selection screen for selecting a target access
point to be used by the communication partner apparatus, the selection screen being to be displayed after the predetermined
screen is displayed; and

a designation unit configured to designate the target access point to be used by the communication partner apparatus according
to an instruction received via the displayed selection screen, the target access point being outside the terminal and outside
the communication partner apparatus,

wherein information about the designated target access point is received via the first wireless connection by the communication
partner apparatus, whereby the communication partner apparatus establishes a second wireless connection with the target access
point.

US Pat. No. 9,897,775

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical system comprising, in order from an object side toward an image side:
a first lens unit having positive refractive power and configured to be stationary during focusing; and
a second lens unit having negative refractive power and configured to move in a first focusing mode for focusing within a
range of object distances from infinity to a first finite distance and in a second focusing mode for focusing within a range
of object distances from a second finite distance that is shorter than infinity to a third finite distance that is shorter
than the first finite distance,

wherein the first lens unit and the second lens unit move toward the object side when a focusing mode is changed from the
first focusing mode to the second focusing mode,

wherein the optical system satisfies the following conditional expression:
2.20<|1??f2|×?r2<9.00

where ?f denotes lateral magnification of the second lens unit when focusing on a point at infinity, and ?r denotes lateral
magnification of a combination of any lenses that are on an image side with respect to the second lens unit when focusing
on the point at infinity.

US Pat. No. 9,897,788

OPTICAL SYSTEM, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND OPTICAL DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

12. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an optical device; and
a photoelectric conversion element configured to receive an optical image formed via an optical system,
wherein the optical device includes:
the optical system including:
an aperture stop, a unit A, and a unit B disposed at an image side relative to the unit A,
a distortion operation unit, which is a ring or a button, configured to move the unit A and the unit B with loci different
from each other in an optical direction for performing a distortion adjustment,

a zooming operation unit, which is a ring or a button, configured to move a lens which moves in zooming for changing a focal
length, and

a focusing operation unit, which is a ring or a button, configured to move a lens which moves in focusing for changing a focus
position,

wherein:
the optical system changes an optical state from a first optical state having a first distortion to a second optical state
having a second distortion larger than the first distortion by moving the unit A and the unit B, and

the distortion operation unit, the zooming operation unit, the focusing operation unit are independently operable by a user.

US Pat. No. 9,898,826

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
one or more memories that store instructions; and
one or more processors which, when executing the instructions, cause the information processing apparatus to implement operations
to:

input shape data indicating shapes and positional relationships of a plurality of objects;
generate block data in which a corresponding attribute of an object or a space is allocated to each of the plurality of blocks,
based on the shapes and the positional relationships of the plurality of objects, which are indicated by the shape data, in
a space formed by a plurality of blocks each having a predetermined size;

determine a part of blocks adjacent to a block having the attribute of the object in the block data as a block used for processing
for detecting a difference between a contacted state of the plurality of objects in the shape data and a contacted state of
the plurality of objects in the block data, based on the positional relationships or physical properties of the plurality
of objects, which are indicated by the shape data, wherein the contacted state indicates whether the plurality of objects
contact each other or not; and

detect the difference between the contacted states by using the block determined as being used for the detection processing
among the blocks adjacent to the block having the attribute of the object.

US Pat. No. 9,897,802

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP UNIT HAVING DEVICE FOR REMOVING FOREIGN SUBSTANCE DEPOSITED ON SURFACE OF OPTICAL MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus which is removably mounted on a lens unit, comprising:
a shutter unit;
an image pickup element configured to convert an optical image of an object into an electrical signal;
an infrared absorption glass which is disposed in front of the image pickup element;
a first monocrystalline plate which is disposed in front of the infrared absorption glass,
wherein the first monocrystalline plate has a higher Q value than the infrared absorption glass;
a vibrating unit configured to vibrate the first monocrystalline plate, while the vibrating unit is configured not to contact
with the infrared absorption glass; and

a holding member configured to hold the first monocrystalline plate and the infrared absorption glass and seals a space between
the first monocrystalline plate and the infrared absorption glass,

wherein the holding member holds the first monocrystalline plate with a first elastic member which is for absorbing a vibration
of the first monocrystalline plate,

wherein the first monocrystalline plate is closer to the image pickup element than to the shutter unit in a light axis direction,
and

wherein the shutter unit and the first monocrystalline plate are disposed next to each other in the light axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,897,803

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
at least one rear lens unit,
wherein the first lens unit is configured not to move for zooming,
wherein the second lens unit, the third lens unit, and the fourth lens unit are configured to move while changing an interval
between each pair of adjacent lens units thereof during zooming, and

wherein the third lens unit is configured to move from the object side toward the image side during focusing from an object
at infinity to an object at close distance.

US Pat. No. 9,898,064

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, POWER CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, WITH FAST START UP AND AUTOMATIC SCREEN UPDATING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a power switch;
a display having a display screen;
a controller including a processor and a memory, the controller controlling the display; and
an operation unit,
wherein the printing apparatus has a power-off state in which power is supplied neither to the memory nor to the processor,
a power-saving state in which power is supplied to the memory and power is not supplied to the processor, and a power-on state
in which power is supplied to the processor and memory;

wherein
in response to the power switch being operated while the printing apparatus is in the power-off state, the controller controls
the display to display a first screen on the display screen in the power-on state,

in response to the operation unit receiving an instruction from the user to change the display screen while the printing apparatus
is in the power-on state and the first screen is displayed, the controller controls the display to change the display screen
from the first screen to a second screen in the power-on state,

in response to the power switch being operated while the printing apparatus is in the power-on state and the second screen
is displayed, the controller performs a first action or a second action according to a preset value, wherein in the first
action, the controller controls the memory to store information indicating the first screen, and then shifts the printing
apparatus from the power-on state to the power-saving state, and in the second action, the controller shifts the printing
apparatus from the power-on state to the power-off state, and

in response to the power switch being operated while the printing apparatus is in the power-saving state, the controller shifts
the printing apparatus from the power-saving state to the power-on state and controls the display to display the first screen
on the display screen using the stored information.

US Pat. No. 9,899,613

ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light-emitting element comprising:
an anode;
a cathode; and
an organic compound layer placed between the anode and the cathode,
wherein the organic compound layer includes an emission layer;
wherein the emission layer includes at least a host and a guest;
wherein the guest comprises an iridium complex represented by the following general formula [1];
wherein the host comprises a heterocycle-containing compound; and
wherein a content of the host is 50 wt % or more with reference to a total amount of constituent materials for the emission
layer:

Ir(L1)(L2)(L3)  [1]

wherein in the general formula [1], a partial structure IrL1 comprises a partial structure represented by the following general formula [2]:


wherein in the general formula [2]:
a ring A1 represents an aromatic ring or an aromatic heterocycle, and the aromatic ring and aromatic heterocycle each represented by
the ring A1 may each further have a substituent selected from an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms, an aralkyl group,
an aryl group, a heterocyclic group, a substituted amino group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group, a halogen atom, and a cyano
group; and

R1 to R8 each represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms, an aralkyl group, an aryl group,
a heterocyclic group, a substituted amino group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group, a halogen atom, or a cyano group, and
may be identical to or different from one another, and when any one of substituents represented by the R1 to R8 is an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms, an aralkyl group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic group, a substituted
amino group, an alkoxy group, or an aryloxy group, the substituent may further have any substituent selected from an alkyl
group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms, an aralkyl group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic group, a substituted amino
group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group, a halogen atom, and a cyano group;

wherein in the general formula [1], a partial structure IrL2 comprises a partial structure represented by the following general formula [3]:


wherein in the general formula [3]:
a ring A2 represents an aromatic ring or an aromatic heterocycle, and the aromatic ring and aromatic heterocycle each represented by
the ring A2 may each further have any substituent selected from an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms, an aralkyl
group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic group, a substituted amino group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group, a halogen atom,
and a cyano group; and

a ring B represents a nitrogen-containing aromatic heterocycle, and the nitrogen-containing aromatic heterocycle represented
by the ring B may further have any substituent selected from an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms, an
aralkyl group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic group, a substituted amino group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group, a halogen
atom, and a cyano group;

wherein L1 and L2 represent ligands that are different from each other;

wherein in the general formula [1], L3 represents a monovalent bidentate ligand having a first atom that forms a coordinate bond with iridium and is selected from
N, O, S, and P, and a second atom that forms a coordinate bond with iridium and is selected from N, O, S, and P, and the first
atom and the second atom may be identical to or different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,898,845

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory for storing a program, wherein the processor executes the program to perform:
obtaining a document image;
setting a recognized cell in a table region included in the document image;
detecting straight lines from regions around four sides that constitute the recognized cell; and
deleting, in the document image, color information of an inside of a region surrounded by the detected four straight lines.

US Pat. No. 9,896,291

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus, comprising:
a first conveying portion conveying a sheet;
a second conveying portion including an abutment portion against which a front end of the sheet conveyed by the first conveying
portion abuts and conveying the sheet;

a curved guide including a curved portion and forming a curved sheet conveying path between the first and the second conveying
portions;

an opposed guide opposing the curved guide and forming the sheet conveying path together with the curved guide; and
a moving portion disposed to overlap with the curved portion in a width direction orthogonal to a sheet conveying direction
and movable between a projecting position where the moving portion projects to the sheet conveying path and a recede position
where the moving portion recedes in a direction approaching to the curved guide from the projecting position, the moving portion
being moved from the projecting position to the recede position by being pressed by the sheet as the sheet is conveyed by
the first conveying portion in a state in which the front end of the sheet abuts against the abutment portion,

wherein the moving portion comprises a downstream slope inclined such that the further downstream in the sheet conveying direction,
the more the downstream slope separates from the opposed guide, and an upstream slope formed upstream of the downstream slope
in the sheet conveying direction and inclined such that the further downstream in the sheet conveying direction, the more
the upstream slope approaches the opposed guide, and

the downstream and upstream slopes are configured to guide the sheet conveyed by the first conveying portion.

US Pat. No. 9,896,292

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS THAT CONVEYS SHEET, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey a sheet;
a switching member disposed at a branching point of a conveyance path through which the sheet is conveyed by the conveying
unit, and configured to switch a destination of conveyance of the sheet;

a drive unit configured to operate the switching member;
a sensor for detecting a state of the switching member; and
a controller configured to cause the drive unit to operate the switching member, to perform a checking operation for checking
a state of the drive unit based on an output from the sensor, and to control a sheet conveyance interval between a first sheet
conveyed by the conveying unit and a second sheet conveyed following the first sheet, according to a result of the checking
operation.

US Pat. No. 9,896,298

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CUTTING SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet cutting apparatus comprising:
a first conveying unit that conveys a sheet;
an upstream conveying unit that is disposed upstream of the first conveying unit in a conveying direction and that conveys
the sheet at a first conveying speed;

a cutting unit that is disposed downstream of the first conveying unit in the conveying direction and that cuts the sheet;
a second conveying unit that is disposed downstream of the cutting unit in the conveying direction and that conveys the sheet;
a third conveying unit that is disposed downstream of the second conveying unit and that conveys the sheet;
a detecting unit that is disposed between the second conveying unit and the third conveying unit and that detects the sheet;
and

a determination unit configured to determine whether the third conveying unit is nipping the sheet during cutting of the sheet,
wherein the first conveying unit and the second conveying unit convey the sheet at the first conveying speed before the sheet
reaches a cutting position;

wherein, the cutting unit cuts the sheet into a downstream part and an upstream part in a state in which the first conveying
unit and the second conveying unit are stopped and the upstream conveying unit is conveying the sheet at the first conveying
speed; and

wherein, after the sheet is cut, the second conveying unit conveys the downstream part of the sheet at a second conveying
speed higher than the first conveying speed, after the sheet is cut, the first conveying unit conveys the upstream part of
the sheet at a conveying speed higher than the first conveying speed to reduce the slack of the upstream part of the sheet,
formed between the upstream conveying unit and the first conveying unit during a state in which the first conveying unit and
the second conveying unit are stopped; and

in a case where the determination unit determines that the third conveying unit is nipping the sheet during cutting of the
sheet, after the detecting unit detects the sheet and before the cutting unit cuts the sheet, the third conveying unit conveys
the sheet at the first conveying speed, and after the cutting unit cuts the sheet, the third conveying unit conveys the downstream
part of the sheet at the second conveying speed higher than the first conveying speed, and

in a case where the determination unit determines that the third conveying unit is not nipping the sheet during cutting of
the sheet, after the detecting unit detects the sheet, the third conveying unit does not convey the sheet at the first speed,
but conveys the sheet at the second speed wherein said sheet cutting apparatus further comprises a second cutting unit between
the second conveying unit and the third conveying unit, wherein a portion to be discharged of the downstream part of the sheet
that is cut by the cutting unit is cut by the second cutting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,895,805

APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the apparatus
to:

hold data related to a worker;
obtain measurement data, which includes an image containing a face of the worker, for recognizing the worker;
recognize the worker based on the data related to the worker and the measurement data;
determine work information about work which the worker and a robot perform on a target object together, corresponding to the
recognized worker, based on attribute information which includes a physical feature of the recognized worker's body and an
operating motion of work performed in the past by the recognized worker; and

control at least one of a position, orientation, and path of the robot based on the work information to reduce a change in
an orientation of the worker when the worker and the robot perform the work on the target object together.

US Pat. No. 9,900,467

IMAGE READING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS SHADING CORRECTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An original reading apparatus, comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey an original set on a tray;
a sensor configured to read the original conveyed by the conveying unit and to output pixel data of the read original;
at least one memory; and
at least one processor connected to the at least one memory and configured by one or more programs stored in the at least
one memory at least to:

set a threshold value based on the pixel data in a first region of a reference sheet conveyed by the conveying unit;
determine whether or not target pixel data in a second region of the reference sheet is a singular-point pixel, the second
region being located downstream of the first region with respect to a conveying direction of the conveying unit;

for each of main-scanning positions, count the number of pixel data that have not been determined as the singular-point pixel;
for each of the main-scanning positions, cumulatively sum the pixel data that have not been determined as the singular-point
pixel if a count value corresponding to a main-scanning position of the pixel data is smaller than a predetermined number;
calculate the shading correction data using data obtained by cumulatively summing the predetermined number of the target pixel
data that have not been determined as the singular-point pixel; and

perform shading correction on the pixel data output from the sensor, based on the shading correction data.

US Pat. No. 9,899,445

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit including a first semiconductor region;
a first transistor configured to transfer a charge in the first semiconductor region;
a charge holding unit including a second semiconductor region configured to hold the charge transferred from the first transistor;
a second transistor configured to transfer the charge in the second semiconductor region;
a first insulating film covering the first semiconductor region, a first gate electrode of the first transistor, the second
semiconductor region, and a second gate electrode of the second transistor;

a first structure provided on a first side surface of the first gate electrode with the first insulating film interposed between
the first gate electrode and the first structure, the first side surface being on a side where the photoelectric conversion
unit is provided, and a second surface of the first gate electrode being on a side where the charge holding unit is provided;
and

a light shielding film provided along the first structure, on a region which extends from a region over the first gate electrode
to a region over the first semiconductor region,

wherein the first semiconductor region and the second semiconductor region are in a substrate,
wherein a cross-sectional shape of a top part of the first structure in a first direction from the photoelectric conversion
unit to the charge holding unit has a surface where a distance between the surface of the top part and the first side surface
of the first gate electrode decreases in a second direction from a bottom of the first structure to a top of the first structure,
and

wherein a distance between the first semiconductor region and an end of the light shielding film that is over the first semiconductor
region is smaller than a distance between a top surface of the first gate electrode and the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,895,858

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. A control method for controlling a sheet processing apparatus having a sheet discharge unit, the control method comprising:
performing crease processing on a sheet;
discharging, via the sheet discharge unit, a sheet having been subjected to the crease processing;
determining whether a number of the discharged sheets having been subjected to the crease processing exceeds a predetermined
number of sheets; and

performing control to cause the sheet discharge unit to discharge a sheet,
wherein, in a case where it is determined that the number of the discharged sheets having been subjected to the crease processing
exceeds the predetermined number of sheets, performing control includes causing the sheet discharge unit not to discharge
sheets having been subjected to the crease processing onto the discharge destination.

US Pat. No. 9,899,449

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an imaging device, the method comprising:
providing a first member including a first semiconductor substrate and a first wiring structure on the first semiconductor
substrate;

providing a second member including a second semiconductor substrate and a second wiring structure on the second semiconductor
substrate;

bonding the first member and the second member such that the second wiring structure is arranged between the first semiconductor
substrate and the second semiconductor substrate;

thinning the first semiconductor substrate after the bonding; and
forming an opening by etching the first substrate,
wherein the first member has a pixel part in which a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements is arranged, and a circuit
part in which a circuit element is provided out of the pixel part,

wherein the second member has a protection circuit,
wherein a first wiring of the first wiring structure is electrically connected to the protection circuit via a second wiring
of the second wiring structure before forming the opening, and

wherein the opening is formed above the first wiring of the first wiring structure.

US Pat. No. 9,898,686

OBJECT RE-IDENTIFICATION USING SELF-DISSIMILARITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of identifying an object in an image, the method comprising:
determining at least one feature map for each of a plurality of cells in the image;
determining, via photometric invariant self-dissimilarity matching, a self-dissimilarity between a first feature map associated
with a first one of the cells and a second feature map associated with a second cell, wherein the self-dissimilarity is determined
by determining a sum over thresholds of a difference in area between the first feature map and the second feature map;

forming an appearance signature for the object based on the determined self-dissimilarity;
determining a distance between the appearance signature of the object in the image and appearance signatures of each of a
plurality of further objects; and

identifying the object in the image based on the determined distances.

US Pat. No. 9,898,692

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus for performing printing on a sheet and which is connectable to a printing control apparatus, wherein
the printing control apparatus includes a storing unit configured to store a plurality of pieces of sheet attribute information
which includes information other than a sheet size, a first sending unit configured to send to the printing apparatus an instruction
to transmit size information of a size of a sheet, an extracting unit configured to extract, based on the size information
received from the printing apparatus, a sheet attribute information candidate from the plurality of pieces of sheet attribute
information stored in the storing unit, and a second sending unit configured to send to the printing apparatus the sheet attribute
information candidate extracted by the extracting unit, the printing apparatus comprising:
a sheet holding unit configured to hold a sheet;
a size obtaining unit configured to obtain size information of the sheet held in the sheet holding unit;
a setting unit configured to set, based on the obtained size information, attribute information of the sheet held in the sheet
holding unit, wherein the setting unit is configured to perform an automatic setting of the attribute information of the sheet
held in the sheet holding unit, and is configured to set, based on the sheet attribute information candidate sent from the
second sending unit, the attribute information to the sheet held in the sheet holding unit;

a switching unit configured to switch, based on the obtained size information, the automatic setting of the attribute information
to be valid or invalid; and

a third sending unit configured to send to the printing control apparatus the obtained size information according to the instruction
sent from the first sending unit, even in a case where, based on the obtained size information, the automatic setting of the
attribute information is switched to be invalid by the switching unit.

US Pat. No. 9,894,339

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

correct data on a strobe light-emission image photographed with strobe light-emitting, using a first white balance correction
value corresponding to environmental light;

generate first white balance correction image data;
correct the data on the strobe light-emission image using a second white balance correction value corresponding to strobe
light;

generate second white balance correction image data;
acquire distance information indicating a distance from an imaging unit, of each object included in the strobe light-emission
image;

calculate a normal vector to a surface of a photographed object based on the distance information;
calculate a ratio of a component of the strobe light for each region of the strobe light-emission image, based on distribution
characteristics of the strobe light, a reflectance of the photographed object, and the normal vector to the surface of the
photographed object, wherein the distribution characteristics of the strobe light are characteristics indicating how a light
quantity reaching the photographed object changes depending on a distance and a direction from a strobe light source; and

combine the first white balance correction image data and the second white balance correction image data for each region using
a combining ratio according to the component ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,890,011

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,893,104

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,893,110

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,893,113

RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,893,114

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,894,470

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,894,249

CONTROL UNIT, CONTROL SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control system for controlling execution of calibration on a plurality of printing apparatuses to be monitored, the control
system comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire, from each of the plurality of printing apparatuses, information about a calibration
state of said each printing apparatus, which is specified in accordance with a print volume of said each printing apparatus,
for a common calibration sheet type, a result of common calibration executed using the common calibration sheet type being
applied to other sheet types;

a determination unit configured to determine, for each of the plurality of printing apparatuses, whether each calibration
state for the common calibration sheet type satisfies a predetermined condition; and

an instruction unit configured to instruct a specific printing apparatus, the calibration state of which has been determined
to satisfy the predetermined condition, to perform a calibration execution process using the common calibration sheet type.

US Pat. No. 9,894,250

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM CONFIGURED TO GENERATE, BASED ON CORRECTION DATA, DATA INDICATING ON DOT POSITIONS DURING PRINTING AN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

20. An image processing method comprising:
acquiring first image data expressing a color of an image to be formed and second image data expressing a feature of the image,
color-separating the first image data into first color material amount data and second color material amount data,
generating inverted data acquired by inverting the second image data,
generating first corrected color material amount data from the first color material amount data and the inverted data and
generating second corrected color material amount data from the second color material amount data and the second image data,
and

generating, based on the first corrected color material amount data, first data indicating on dot printing positions during
a printing and scanning operation of an image forming apparatus, generating, based on the second corrected color material
amount data, second data indicating on dot printing positions in the printing and scanning operation, and generating, based
on the first data and the second data, image forming data to be output to the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,893,269

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,894,308

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF DRIVING AN IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, each of the plurality of pixels being configured to output a reset signal and
an image signal;

a scanning circuit configured to output the reset signal and the image signal sequentially from each of the plurality of pixels
by selecting the plurality of pixels sequentially; and

an amplifier unit configured to output a plurality of image signals obtained by amplifying one image signal that is output
from one of the plurality of pixels at a plurality of gains including a first gain and a second gain, which has a different
value from that of the first gain,

wherein, in a reading period, which is a period between beginning of selection of a first pixel by the scanning circuit out
of the plurality of pixels and beginning of subsequent selection of a second pixel out of the plurality of pixels, a number
of the reset signals output from the amplifier unit is less than a number of the plurality of amplified image signals output
from the amplifier unit,

wherein the amplifier unit also amplifies the reset signal at only one of the first gain and the second gain.

US Pat. No. 9,894,315

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to sense an image and output image data;
a transmitter configured to transmit the image data to an external image processing apparatus;
a receiver configured to receive processing information used in image processing performed by the external image processing
apparatus on the image data, wherein the image processing includes first image processing that converts the image data into
standard image data defined in a predetermined color space and second image processing that is performed on the standard image
data in accordance with an operation by a user; and

a recorder configured to record in an image file the processing information in association with the image data that has not
been processed by the external image processing apparatus,

wherein the processing information is information about the second image processing,
wherein, in a case where content of the second image processing performed by the external image processing apparatus is changed,
the receiver receives processing information corresponding to the changed second image processing from the external image
processing apparatus, and

wherein, upon receiving the processing information corresponding to the changed second image processing, the recorder creates
a new image file and records in the created image file the processing information in association with the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,883,845

RADIOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND TOMOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,885,675

IONIZING RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,887,224

DETECTION APPARATUS HAVING COVERING LAYER DISPOSED ON INTERLAYER INSULATING LAYER IN A PIXEL-ARRAY OUTSIDE REGION, AND DETECTION SYSTEM INCLUDING DETECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A detection apparatus comprising:
a pixel-array region where a plurality of pixels is disposed on a substrate and a pixel-array outside region disposed outside
the pixel-array region on the substrate, each of the plurality of pixels including a conversion element including an electrode
electrically connected to a corresponding one of a plurality of switching elements, an impurity semiconductor layer disposed
on the electrode, and a semiconductor layer disposed on the impurity semiconductor layer;

an interlayer insulating layer disposed so as to cover the plurality of switching elements and composed of an organic material,
each electrode being disposed on a surface of the interlayer insulating layer in the pixel-array region; and

a covering layer composed of an inorganic material,
wherein the covering layer is disposed on a surface of the interlayer insulating layer in the pixel-array outside region so
that an end of the impurity semiconductor layer of a pixel located at an edge of the pixel-array region among the plurality
of pixels is disposed on a surface of the covering layer on an opposite side of an interlayer insulating layer side.

US Pat. No. 9,884,424

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

output the composite display information to a display device.

US Pat. No. 9,885,963

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,886,222

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,885,971

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,886,744

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,885,991

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,885,997

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,888,049

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,886,001

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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